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Republicans Matt Dowd and Chris Christie say the Trump admin is sinking after being torpedoed by New York Times op-ed

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Former GOP stars turned ABC contributors Chris Christie and Matthew Dowd compared the Trump administration to a sinking submarine on”Good Morning America” — and said the White House may be fatally damaged thanks to an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times from “a senior official in the Trump administration” who says he or she and others are working to thwart Trump’s worst instincts.

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Christie said that for several years he’d heard rumors of “a group of people in the White House” who were trying to keep the president coloring in the lines. “The bigger issue, though, is how do you get control of this if you’re the president,” Christie said, indicating the it was probably too late anyway. “If we go off on a leak investigation I can tell you this, I ran a number of leak investigations as U.S. attorney, they’re never fruitful.”

Dowd had even harsher words, speaking directly to the sanity of the 45th president. “This is not a leak but a torpedo shooting a hole in the side of the hull on the same team,” he said. “This is a massive hole. Now the president who wants to demonstrate that he isn’t unhinged has gone on the hunt for Red October, full hunt for Red October looking for Captain Ramius to see who is at fault and who is doing this.”

Dowd added that the White House may become completely paralyzed and dysfunctional, asking the GMA host “How can anybody within the White House, including the president, trust anything they see, hear or do?”

Both were clearly uncomfortable with the op-ed writer’s anonymity. But while Dowd said he “would much prefer if somebody is going to stand on the ground of integrity.” He seemed to think the writer had no other choice.

“The problem is Congress, the GOP and Congress, has been unwilling to hold this president accountable on any of these things,” Dowd said. But he also pointed out that the same stories keep coming out.

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“Let’s keep one thing in mind, this isn’t just one op-ed. We’ve had a book,’Fire and Fury,’ that said exactly the same thing: the president’s unstable and unhinged and amoral. Then we had Omarosa with a book, exact same thing. And now we have Bob Woodward with a book quoting senior officials saying the exact same thing. So this is a widespread problem with the president — it’s not one op-ed.”

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‘Russia is delighted’: Maddow says the elephant in the room is ‘rearing up and stomping its feet’

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC broke down how all of President Donald Trump's decisions in the Ukraine scandal primarily benefited Russia.

"We are in the middle of this impeachment now and it is still unfolding and there is still more to learn and tomorrow is going to be — tomorrow should be a big deal," Maddow noted. "Even just the news tonight is a big deal."

"But even after one day of public hearings so far, the elephant in the room here feels like it’s rearing up and stomping its feet, because who benefits with all these things Trump has done?" Maddow asked. "With all of them. With all this stuff in the middle of the impeachment, but all the other stuff he’s doing simultaneously."

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Republicans are treating voters like ‘children’ with their defense of Trump: Ex-presidential adviser

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former presidential adviser David Gergen laid into Republican lawmakers for claiming that the impeachment probe is only based on "hearsay."

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