On Twitter and in person, President Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations that have been brought against him in the last couple weeks. He might seem self-assured on social media, but in reality, it seems that Trump is starting to sweat a little. This loss of confidence surely has to do with the fact that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia.
On Thursday, according to POLITICO, President Trump held a meeting with his legal teem to discuss the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. An unnamed White House official explained that the meeting “centered around the nuts and bolts of how the investigation would work – and how the administration will need to handle the inquiry.”
Michael Cohen, who has long been an attorney for the Trump Organization, was among those who attended the meeting, along with White House Counsel Don McGahn.
According to another unnamed official, McGahn and his team have urged the President and the rest of the White House staff to be cautious now that Mueller is involved in the investigation. McGahn has also been talking to White house aides about records retention and how to handle potential requests for those records.
The primary goal for all involved seems to be to keep the President from doing any more damage.
Trump is not the only one who has recently sought legal counsel, though. Some White House aides have already reached out to lawyers as well. An unnamed attorney told POLITICO that he has spoken with several of these aides and at least two of them may be retained by his firm.
Mueller’s appointment really does seem to have “put the administration in bunker mode.”
‘I respect the move. But the entire thing has been a witch hunt.’
‘And there is no collusion between, certainly, myself and my campaign — but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians. Zero.’
Trump seemed just slightly more calm during that press conference than he did early on Thursday morning, when he claimed via Twitter that he was a victim of “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017
Unless they cut off his Twitter access, Trump’s lawyers and aides are certainly going to have their work cut out for them when it comes to preventing him from further damaging his reputation.
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