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“Are you serious?” Trump stuns confidants by insisting Mueller will clear him soon

The political news media are crowing about Donald Trump’s assurance that he’s not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but new reporting suggests that condition could be very, very temporary.

None of this means that Trump won’t try, though. Trump’s absurd belief, stoked by his legal team, stunned at least one confidant:

“The President’s mantra is ‘All this Russia stuff, it’s all going to wrap up soon.’ He repeats it as fact,” said one source who speaks to Trump. “Part of me is like – ‘Are you serious? You believe this?'”

The report goes on to say that Trump’s fragile sense of well-being will reach a crucial inflection point this week when his lawyers meet with Mueller’s team. Unless the result of that meeting is confirmation of Trump’s fantasy, those close to Trump expect he will lose it:

Three sources familiar with the President’s recent conversations about the investigation said Trump has become convinced that he will receive a letter of exoneration, which would be unusual. One source worried Trump would have a “Meltdown” if that doesn’t happen.

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