According to a recent report from Rolling Stone, members of Donald Trump’s inner circle have begun using a rat emoji in text messages when referring to Mark Meadows amid concerns that the former Trump chief of staff may be cooperating with prosecutors to protect himself.
This development follows concerns raised by a statement from Meadows’ lawyer earlier this month, which left many speculating about the possibility of Meadows flipping on his former boss.
In the statement, Meadows’ lawyer neither confirmed nor denied whether Meadows had testified before a grand jury or any other legal proceeding. The lawyer emphasized Meadows’ commitment to truth-telling where legally obligated to do so.
This ambiguity has led some of Trump’s allies to interpret it as a sign that Meadows may be cooperating with prosecutors, particularly those investigating Trump’s alleged involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. However, others close to the former president are advising him not to jump to conclusions.
Rolling Stone’s sources, who have direct knowledge of the situation, revealed that certain individuals close to Trump are attempting to reassure him by downplaying Meadows’ silence. They have conveyed to Trump that there is currently no solid evidence of Meadows formally cooperating, suggesting that his reserved stance could simply be a result of legal counsel advising him to maintain a low profile. But the former president remains skeptical.
In private conversations, however, individuals expressing concern over Meadows’ statement have adopted a sardonic approach, employing the rat emoji to refer to him.