President Donald Trump reportedly told some of his associates that he needs better “TV lawyers” that can set up a more public defense against special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to the Washington Post.

The report featured 22 unnamed sources that banded together to corroborate the story, claiming that the president has been scrambling “for survival” due to the probe. Parallel to the investigation, Trump has also been worried about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), who was also recently announced as the latest addition to his legal team.

“Trump gripes that he needs better ‘TV lawyers’ to defend him on cable news and is impatient to halt the ‘witch hunt' that he says undermines his legitimacy as president,” according to the Post.

The report cites members of the White House and Justice Department, as well as “Trump confidants and attorneys connected to the probe.”

Giuliani, who was supposed to strengthen Trump's defense, wound up dealing a critical blow to the president's credibility during a bombshell interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity. During the interview, Giuliani revealed that Trump had reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 hush payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

This contradicted the commander-in-chief's repeated denial of having any knowledge about the payment or where the money had come from.

“No, I don't know,” he told reporters on Air Force One when asked to share information about the Daniels payment.

While Giuliani has since attempted to rectify his mistake and clarify his remarks, it was too little too late, as the president had already begun to change his tune.

“Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer […] from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement,” the president posted on Twitter.

Of course, the Post's report came as the special counsel's investigation entered its second year and, according to the report, the president is still extremely frustrated with the FBI's actions. The post stated that one confidant said Trump exhibits frustrations over the FBI's raids on Cohen “as often as 20 times a day.”

Furthermore, the post describes the situation in the White House as chaotic: a picture of “disarray and defiance.”

“The Mueller operation, like the former Marine Corps platoon commander who leads it, is secretive and methodical,” the Post report says. “Ten blocks west in the White House, President Trump combats the probe with bluster, disarray, and defiance as he scrambles for survival.”

While the investigation gains traction, the Trump administration continues to scramble and cover its tracks. Despite this, Mueller is spoonfed incriminating information seemingly every month.


H/T: The Washington Post