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Aides urge Trump to ‘lawyer up’ as he becomes more and more ‘mistrustful of many around him’

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President Donald Trump has been repeatedly urged to hire outside counsel for the multiple criminal investigations into potential Trump organization ties to Russia.

Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush penned a New York Times update on the difficult position the Trump White House finds itself in as investigations swirl.

Multiple sources told the Times the recommendations to hire outside legal representation came even before for FBI Director Robert Mueller was named as special counsel for the Justice Department investigations into collusion with Russia.

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This was not the only big piece of news in the New York Times update.

The Times’ sources leaked that, “the president has become mistrustful of many around him amid a spate of leaks about West Wing dysfunction.”

Those remaining in the inner circle are said to include Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, longtime aide Hope Hicks, bodyguard turned White House aide Keith Schiller and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Amid “an atmosphere of diminished morale,” Trump associates are realizing, “they are likely to have to hire lawyers of their own” as the investigations continue.

One additional implication is that after the firing of James Comey, a major staff shakeup may have to wait. It could now be difficult to fire anyone.

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Also late today, Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went on record with a gaggle of reporters after emerging from a closed-door Senate meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“It was a counterintelligence investigation before now,” Senator Graham claimed. “It seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation.”

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Trump impeachment defense team may be forced to change tactics to hold off GOP defections: report

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According to a report from Axios, Donald Trump's defense team is considering an attempt to shorten the president's Senate trial in order to get it over quickly as Democrats try to pry away Republican defectors.

The report states that "A truncated defense would likely reflect a decision not to contest facts or defend Trump point by point, but rather to try to diminish the legitimacy of Democrats' overall case and end the trial as quickly as possible."

Speaking with reporters, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow stated, "We’re not going to try to run the clock out," before adding that he hopes to warp up “Saturday or Monday or Tuesday."

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Fox News legal analyst bucks his network and lays out why Trump’s attack on impeachment is bogus

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Judge Andrew Napolitano has been one of the political wild cards at Fox News: like his colleague Chris Wallace — but unlike so many others at the right-wing cable news outlet — Napolitano doesn’t see it as his job to reflexively defend everything President Donald Trump says and does. And Napolitano, in an op-ed published on Fox News’ website this week, takes issue with Trump’s assertions that his impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate is a “hoax.”

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‘Your head will be on a pike’: GOP senators warned to stay on Trump’s side in impeachment trial

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Republican senators received a violently metaphorical threat before the impeachment vote.

One of President Donald Trump's confidantes said GOP senators were warned not to vote for impeachment -- or else, reported CBS News.

“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike," senators were told, according to the confidante.

It's not clear who delivered the message or how it was sent.

So far, the network reported, all 53 GOP senators' heads appear to be safe.

None of them have signaled they will vote to convict Trump and remove him from office.

In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump.

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