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Trump 'Rages' Behind Closed Doors as He Considers Dumping Priebus

The administration is reportedly scrambling to figure out how to spin Donald Jr.'s email dump.

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While news was breaking of Donald Trump Jr.'s email revelations that the campaign was so desperate for “dirt” on Hillary Clinton they were willing to collude with Russia, President Donald Trump was “raging” behind closed doors.

According to an Associated Press report, the president is furious at the media for what he tweeted is “the greatest political witch hunt in history.” However, even CNN’s Chris Cuomo has noted that unless Trump Jr. made up the email, this is not a witch hunt.

At the same time, Trump has railed about Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to confidants, and the former RNC chair has been a target of criticism for months with constant speculation about an impending shakeup.

During a Tuesday panel discussion, MSNBC’s Kristen Welker revealed the grim outlook of a White House desperately scrambling to come up with ways to spin Trump Jr.’s email proving he was willing to collude with the Russian government.

“This is now a White House that is in full damage control,” she explained. “This complicates the narrative even further that we have heard consistently — from the president, from the vice president, from his top officials on down — saying that no one from his campaign met with or knew about Russia’s efforts to try to intervene with Russia’s efforts to intervene in the 2016 race, or to try to collude with them.”

At the same time, White House staffers are terrified of having anything to do with Russian policies because they might end up as part of the investigation being conducted special counsel Robert Mueller.

“The White House has been thrust into chaos after days of ever-worsening revelations about a meeting between Donald Trump Jr,” the Washington Post reported. “One White House official went so far as to stop communicating with the president’s embattled son.”

The legal teams seem to be confused about how to advocate for individual clients without throwing other staffers or family members under the bus.

Legal team spokesman Mark Corallo spent Saturday night trying to claim that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had no idea what they were getting into and that they were somehow duped into meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Just days later, Trump Jr. revealed the spin was a lie and that he was eager to meet with Veselnitskaya. "If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. wrote to publicist Rob Goldstone in an email.

Meanwhile, the president has seemingly been in hiding. After an intense G-20 during which Trump was forced to let his daughter serve as a stand-in for him, the president hasn’t surfaced to do anything other than tweet. The White House has also refused to do any on-camera briefings.

According to Time magazine, Trump Jr. spent the day with friends and close business associates once the New York Times broke the news about his incriminating emails. 

The president leaves Wednesday evening for another international trip and won’t be seen publicly before the departure.

Sarah K. Burris writes about politics and technology for Raw Story. 

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