Secret memos from Hope Hicks released: Trump thought investigation was his 'Achilles heel'
Based on a ton of newly released secret memos due to a Freedom of Information Act release, and confirmed by BuzzFeed News, we are now learning all sorts of new stuff.
Hope Hicks, former White House Director of Communications, apparently told the FBI that Trump feared that all the US intelligence agencies agreeing that Russia intervened in the 2016 election would be his kryptonite.
"Trump thought the fact that the intelligence community assessed the Russians had interfered in the 2016 election was his Achilles heel."
Per Ellie Hall: "Hicks also told the FBI that Trump was 'angry, surprised, and frustrated' the day Mueller was appointed special counsel, and that she had only seen him like this on one other occasion — when the Access Hollywood tape came out during the campaign."
"Even if it had no impact on the election, Trump thought that was what people would think. He thought the assessment took away from what he did."
The memos also informed us that Trump's first choice to be U.S. Attorney General was, in fact, Rudy Giuliani.
Of course, we now know he never accepted the position, and instead is Trump's personal attorney, but the memos show he declined because he was hoping to become Secretary of State.
“Prior to Sessions’ recusal, Gates had not had conversations with anyone about recusal issues,” stated the memo. “After the recusal, he recalled conversations where people offered their opinion that had Rudy Giuliani been Attorney General, he would not have recused himself. Gates knew Giuliani had been the first choice for Attorney General, but turned it down because he wanted to be Secretary of State instead.”
Giuliani made no secret of his ambitions, either. He ended up withdrawing his own name from consideration for untold reasons, but that could be because he ended up doing a behind the scenes investigation into Joe Biden.
“I thought I could play a better role being on the outside and continuing to be his close friend and adviser," he said in a statement at the time.