White House prepares for Robert Mueller’s report, whatever it says

The White House made a quiet but notable personnel change a few weeks ago, moving a veteran staff attorney to a press office that is preparing a response to the much-anticipated final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — whatever it says, whenever it comes.

The transfer of Steven Groves to a press shop staffed largely by young assistants and interns came as the White House counsel’s office, where Groves previously was assigned, has made at least 17 new hires.

Together these actions show that a White House known for lack of planning is scrambling to prepare for Mueller’s findings about Russian support for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election — and for the gathering storm of Democratic-led congressional inquiries into Trump’s businesses, private foundation and activities in office.

Whether Trump is vindicated or placed in legal jeopardy — or more likely something in between — the White House, its allies and its critics are readying legal strategies and talking points for a potential pivot in his presidency.