A day before he presides over a joint session of Congress to ratify Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, the vice president tried to lower the president’s expectations while seeking ways to mollify him.
Donor money is helping pay for a dizzying array of litigation filed by the president or against him.
As he has done with other aspects of the presidency, Donald J. Trump has redefined the practice in ways that have unsettled even some Republicans.
The president mounted his most forceful and detailed legal attack yet on the subpoena for his tax returns from the Manhattan district attorney.
The court will hear highly anticipated arguments over whether the president’s accountants and bankers must disclose information about his financial affairs.