The Trump White House counsel’s office has swelled in recent months as U.S. House Democrats press investigations of President Donald Trump and his private businesses, lawmakers seek information about the special counsel’s Russia investigation, and the federal courts confront a series of cases that could force the president to hand over financial records he’s long tried to keep secret.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who succeeded Donald McGahn as the president’s top in-house lawyer, said a few months ago he planned to beef up the counsel’s team with more than a dozen new attorneys. The Trump White House counsel has played a central role in the administration’s attempts to shield current and former officials from speaking with Democrats.

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