By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
The White House has grown so tumultuous in the wake of FBI Director James Comey that a former Trump transition official is advising whipsawed staffers to lawyer-up.
A former Trump transition official said it was 'total chaos' inside the White House after a tumultuous week on the communications front
Trump's firing of Comey on Tuesday caught his own press shop off guard, and the initial explanations they came up with for the firing failed to hold up for more than a single news cycle – and sometimes got contradicted by later explanations and by the president himself.
'It's total chaos,' a former Trump transition official with close administration ties told The Hill.
Explaining the flurry of competing leaks, the former official said: 'It's image-making on the inside and people trying to protect themselves.
There is a deep streak of paranoia among staff. The communications team sh** the bed on the Comey firing and now the war with the FBI has them all scared and throwing each other under the bus.'