As the clock progresses to the final version of Thursday's edited Mueller report, current and former assistants fear that their past cooperation with prosecutors might make them vulnerable to an indignant president.
The assistants of the White House, as well as others in the Trump circle, helped Mueller's probe as witnesses – even when the president finally reached the point where he regularly attacked the investigation as a witch hunt.
Now those who followed the White House leadership and Trump's lawyers to work together are concerned that their efforts could bring retribution from the president for what they revealed.
& # 39; They've asked questions and told the truth and now they're afraid the anger will follow & # 39 ;, a former official told NBC News. A person closed to Trump's White House described it as & # 39; breakdown-level anxiety & # 39 ;.
President Donald Trump grants White House Communications director Hope Hicks (L) as White House secretary Sarah Sanders listens during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, USA, January 17, 2018. White House assistants are afraid that the Mueller report can expose those who have revealed things that can make the president angry
The assistants went with the probe as part of what the former White House lawyer Ty Cobb & # 39; full collaboration mode & # 39; called.
He described the reasons for this last spring. & # 39; You don't have much choice. Otherwise, they sue, & he told Vox News last year, even when lengthy negotiations failed to convince the president to submit to an interview.
Depending on how the Justice Department and Mueller's team go further, the report can identify who has provided important information, or at least make it clear to insiders such as Trump or advisors who whisper the names of potential employees.
Former White House advisor Don McGahn, who was with Trump in both the campaign and the White House, spent a total of 30 hours with the Mueller team – something that allegedly made Trump nervous.
President Trump taunted the Russian probe as a & # 39; witch hunt & # 39; but his White House lawyers urged the assistants to cooperate
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was a source for Michael Wolff's & # 39; Fire and Fury & # 39; book and speculated that Trump might have met Russians attending a Trump Tower meeting
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) was one of the top officials who spoke to prosecutors
Former White House, when Director of Strategic Communication, Hope Hicks (L) was interviewed about her knowledge of a first statement about a meeting with Trump Tower with Russians
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and former White House assistant Josh Raffel also spoke with Mueller's team. Kushner reportedly spent seven hours with prosecutors in his second interview with them
Former Sean Spicer, press officer of the White House, was also interviewed
& # 39; I allowed him and everyone else to testify – I didn't have to do it. I have nothing to hide and demanded transparency so that this Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt can end, & the president tweeted in New Jersey last August when his collaboration came to light.
Those who met the Mueller team included loyalists from the past, such as Hope Hicks, who was able to have critical knowledge about the first statements that responded to the news of the Trump Tower meeting with Russians. Others included former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was a source for the Fire & Anger & # 39; book by Michael Wolff and former White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
& # 39; You have a whole bunch of former White House officials and current White House officials, but most of all former White House officials who were told to work together, & # 39; the former White House official who asked for anonymity told the network. "So people went and did that, and now the uncertainty is exactly how much of that information will be in that report and how recognizable to individuals it will be. And nobody knows. & # 39;
How much material is corrected is crucial. Barr said he screens material that affects & # 39; reputationele & # 39; interests, but prosecutors can push to include information that they deem critical, as long as it does not violate the confidentiality laws of the grand jury.
The White House Secretary, Sarah Sanders, also met with researchers. & # 39; The President urged me, like everyone else on the board, to fully cooperate with the Special Counselor. I was happy to sit with them voluntarily, & she told CNN in February.
Trump insisted on collaboration during the investigation, but his public comments also reveal how much he praises loyalty. He referred to former former lawyer Michael Cohen, who helped investigators as a & # 39; rat & # 39; and repeatedly praised the former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who brought his case to court and, according to prosecutors, lied instead of fully cooperating.