They are, however, 'expecting a Twitter spree.'
With each passing day, special counsel Robert Mueller gets closer to wrapping up his massive investigation into connections between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.
But rather than prepare for Mueller's eventual report, the White House "is all but winging it," according to the Atlantic.
The reporting, based on interviews with multiple current and former White House officials, shows Trump's team has "no plans in place for responding to the special counsel's findings — save for expecting a Twitter spree."
Of course the team is relying on Trump's favorite method of spreading vitriol and lies. It's not like they can stop him.
"I don't think there's anyone in the world that can stop Donald Trump from tweeting," Rudy Giuliani admitted. "I've tried," he added.
The reason for the complete lack of preparation? Trump's unwillingness to stick to any plan, according to officials.
"We would always put together plans with the knowledge that he wouldn't use them or they'd go off the rails," a recently departed official told the Atlantic. "And at this point, with Mueller, they've decided they're not even going to do that."
Trump's bungling of plans often makes its way into the public sphere. After Russian dictator Vladimir Putin "won" re-election in Russia, Trump's national security team told Trump in no uncertain terms, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE."
On a call with Putin, Trump of course congratulated him, and was then furious his inability to follow simple directions — written in all caps — was discovered by the press.
The Mueller investigation has already led to more than 30 indictments, including guilty pleas and/or convictions of five high-level Trump confidants.
Most recently, Trump's longtime lawyer and oft-described "fixer," Michael Cohen, entered into a second plea deal with federal prosecutors after spending 70 hours giving testimony to Mueller's team. Cohen's initial plea deal fingered Trump as an accomplice in felonies related to the 2016 election. In the most recent plea deal, Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about the extent of Trump's business dealings with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
Yet despite the mountain of evidence Mueller is gathering, Trump's White House team is not preparing for an eventual report.
"It's like, 'Jesus, take the wheel,'" one person told the Atlantic, "but scarier."
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.