* Tom LoBianco and Eric Tucker report that President Trump is being egged on to confront Robert Mueller:
Even as President Donald Trump’s advisers encourage him to accept the realities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, longtime friends and allies are pushing Trump to fight back, citing concerns that his lawyers are naive to the existential threat facing the president.
Trump supporters and associates inside and outside the White House see the conciliatory path as risky to the maverick president’s tenure. Instead, they want the street-fighting tweeter to criticize Mueller with abandon.
The struggle between supporters of the legal team’s steady, cooperative approach, and the band of Trump loyalists who yearn for a fight, comes as the Mueller probe begins lapping at the door of the Oval Office. Mueller, who is investigating the firing of former FBI director James Comey and other key actions of the Trump administration, has signaled that his team intends to interview multiple current and former White House officials in the coming weeks and has requested large batches of documents from the executive branch.
Gee, I wonder which group he’s going to be more inclined to listen to?
* Damian Paletta reports that Trump is getting ready to make some industrial policy:
President Trump is working on legislation that would create new incentives for companies to keep jobs in the U.S. and punish those that move overseas, he said on Tuesday.
Precise details of the legislation could not be learned, and it’s unclear whether it is close to being introduced or still in the drafting stages. But Trump said it has been in the work for a while and kept under wraps.
“Economic-development incentives for companies,” Trump said in a Forbes interview published Tuesday. “Incentives for companies to be here.”
I don’t know, sounds a lot like that “picking winners and losers” Republicans claim to hate so much.
* Susan Collins is going to announce on Friday whether she’ll run for governor of Maine in 2018, which would be a major loss for Republicans, since it would open up a Senate seat.
* Jonathan Martin responds to the president’s ludicrous claim that the New York Times tricked Bob Corker into getting recorded criticizing him. It turns out Corker said this, referring to his aides and to the Times: “I know they’re recording it, and I hope you are, too.”
* The Post editorial board has an excellent list of suggestions on how Congress can deal with a president plainly unfit to hold his office.
* Rep. Eliot Engel, who is a hawkish, pro-Israel Dem and opposed the Iran nuclear deal, explains why he now thinks we should keep it.
* And Matt Shuham has a good case study in how Sarah Sanders defends Trump’s blatant, repeated lies by saying that when he said one thing he actually meant something else. So he wasn’t lying, duh.