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Trump defiant as pressure grows

The investigation has taken a serious turn in recent days, raising the clear possibility that whether Mueller finds wrongdoing or not, a period of political stress and upheaval is inevitable.

Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes — even if it puts him at odds with his legal team.

Trump has decided that “this is a political fight and he’s going to fight it,” a White House official told CNN’s Jeff Zeleny.

But the sense of chaos around the White House is deepening. The President again called the Russia probe a “witch hunt” over the weekend while a legal adviser tried to walk back Trump’s admission Friday…

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