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White House dusting off Mueller playbook as pressure mounts

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md.  Tru...
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, as Acting Director of Nationa...
Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., right, questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire before the House Intelligence Committee ...

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Tru...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, as Acting Director of Nationa...

Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., right, questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire before the House Intelligence Committee ...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is dusting off its playbook from the Russia investigation.

Caught off guard by the speed at which a whistleblower's claims of President Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds have morphed into an impeachment inquiry, Trump and his team are scrambling to respond.

They're turning, at least for now, to some of the same strategies they used to counter special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

The basic tactics deployed by the short-staffed White House: Attempt to discredit government officials at the heart of the story. Dispatch Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other allies to muddy the picture. Lean on Republicans in Congress to provide cover.

And, most of all, presidential counterattacks.