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September 26, 2023

Finger-pointing begins inside Trump team over Jan. 6 indictment

Inside the Trump team, finger-pointing has already begun over the Department of Justice’s indictment of former President Donald Trump and his associates for their alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. The indictment, which was released Friday, has sent shockwaves through the President’s inner circle, with many of his advisors, lawyers and former allies blaming Trump for the unrest. Many of them have voiced their disappointment and frustration to the media, while others have remained silent. One senior former White House adviser was quoted as saying the indictment “was entirely predictable” given Trump’s rhetoric leading up to the siege, and noted that while he himself had been advocating for peaceful protests, Trump was encouraging violence. “Most of us warned him that this was a possibility, but he refused to listen,” the advisor said. Other members of Trump’s inner circle have been more reluctant to speak out, with multiple sources close to the former President saying he is currently “shellshocked” and very much aware of who is unhappy with him. One former aide went as far as to call the indictment “a huge self-inflicted wound” that Trump’s advisors had sought to warn him about. No matter who takes the blame, the indictment is seen as a major blow to Trump’s chances of making a political comeback, with many in his inner circle citing it as a final nail in the coffin for any future political ambitions.