Multiple Cabinet officials and senators from both parties, including senior Senate Republicans, have privately urged National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to stay in their jobs for the sake of the nation’s security and continuity of government.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also intends to stay on, according to a source briefed on his thinking.

Two senior national security officials told Axios that they and their colleagues at the top level of government have decided to defy any requests they believe would put the nation at risk or break the law. They plan to force Trump to fire them.