Trump's new morning ritual involves a 'venting session' to his legal team about Russia

President Donald Trump has begun phoning members of his legal team most mornings at about 6:30 a.m. to vent and strategize about the Russia investigation, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing three senior White House officials.

The discussions usually involve an overview of recent headlines and a plan to combat the "fake news" media, as well as a brainstorming of ways to handle Justice Department officials and the special counsel leading the investigation into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russians to meddle in the 2016 election.

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President Donald Trump, First Lady Melanie Trump, and their 11-year-old son Barron, walk across the South Lawn of the White House, on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017. The First Family was returning from a weekend at Camp David. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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First Lady Melanie Trump, with the refletion of her 11-year-old son Barron in her sunglasses, walks across the South Lawn of the White House, on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017. The First Family was returning from a weekend at Camp David. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of US First Lady Melania Trump, walk across the South Lawn upon return to the White House on June 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump returned to the White House after spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat with his family. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, First Lady Melanie Trump, their 11-year-old son Barron, and Melania's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knav, arrived on Marine One, on the South Lawn of the White House, on Fathers Day, Sunday , June 18, 2017. The First Family was returning from a weekend at Camp David. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The calls typically devolve from strategy consultations into rants, however, and do little to lighten Trump's mood before he arrives at the Oval Office to begin the day's work, the officials told The Post.

Trump's advisers initially encouraged the daily phone calls as a way to help Trump compartmentalize, but The Post reported that one White House official could only laugh when asked whether the calls had been effective.

Indeed, Trump frequently sends out streams of angry tweets early in the mornings, including several on Thursday lambasting the Democratic National Committee's handling of hacks during the 2016 election.

But White House advisers such as Kellyanne Conway say Trump has been tending to "business as usual," despite media reports suggesting otherwise.

"Conjecture about the mood and momentum of the West Wing is inaccurate and overwrought," Conway told The Post. "The pace is breakneck, the trajectory upward."

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