Even as President Trump’s advisers encourage him to accept the realities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, friends and allies are pushing Trump to fight back, citing concerns that his lawyers are naive to the existential threat facing the president, the Associated Press reports. Trump supporters inside and outside the White House see the conciliatory path as risky to the maverick president’s tenure. They want the street-fighting tweeter to criticize Mueller with abandon. The struggle between supporters of the legal team’s steady, cooperative approach, and the band of Trump loyalists who yearn for a fight comes as the Mueller probe “begins lapping at the door of the Oval Office,” AP says. Mueller, who is investigating the firing of former FBI director James Comey and other key actions of the Trump administration, has signaled that his team intends to interview many current and former White House officials in the coming weeks and has requested large batches of documents from the executive branch.
Trump could return to fighting Mueller at any moment, say Trump allies, advisers and former campaign aides. Officially, “The president respects what Bob Mueller is doing and has fully cooperated and asked everyone around him to fully cooperate with Bob,” said Trump’s attorney, John Dowd. “And as a result,” he added, there has been for months “a very productive, professional relationship.”