The big picture: When it all boils down, Trump really only trusts his own instincts. And his instincts here are the same as they were with the Mueller investigation: Fight like hell.

No nuance or apology — not a hint of it.

Turn the leader of the investigation (in this case, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff) into a conservative media villain.

Condemn Trump enemies in the most incendiary and exaggerated language possible (treason, traitors, coup, etc.).