Some Republicans are wary of joining the Trump administration amid the brewing Russia controversy.
Recent news stories suggesting that the congressional and FBI investigations may now reach some top White House officials may deter potential nominees from joining the administration, Politico reported in May.
The Trump-Russia story has gained even more steam since then, following Trump’s abrupt decision to fire FBI director James Comey, a slew of media reports that raised questions about the president’s and his associates’ ties to Russia, and Comey’s bombshell testimony before the Senate earlier this month.
A number of potential nominees are having second thoughts as the continuing investigations threaten to derail Trump’s agenda, four people close to prospective nominees told Politico. Others echoed similar sentiments to The Washington Post in a story published Saturday.
An attorney who represents potential executive branch nominees also told Politico that three clients said they were not interested in working for Trump after former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed as a special prosecutor to spearhead the FBI’s Russia probe.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that people are being very cautious, to put it mildly,” the attorney said. If people continue to drop out from consideration, “you’re going to have a situation where they’re going to have trouble getting A-list of even B-list people to sign up,” the lawyer added.