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‘I don’t believe for one second’ that North Korea talks collapsed because of Cohen hearings: Ex-House Intel chair

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Former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) in a Monday MSNBC appearance scoffed at President Donald Trump’s claim that the Michael Cohen hearings were to blame for his failed summit with North Korea, saying Trump should blame himself.

“I never think it is helpful to have, I don’t care what president’s in office, to have contentious hearings like that when there is some serious negotiations happening overseas,” said Rogers. “But I don’t believe for one second that’s why the talks collapsed.” Rogers then cast the blame specifically on the president.

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“Setting Kim Jong-Un up as an international player is really risky,” Rogers said. “He went from that isolation -saw no light of day outside of the borders of North Korea- to now this international player, certainly in the region and that gave him stature for him to walk in and do what he did in those hearings.”

Rogers said whether “it was worth the risk” was subject to debate, but the outcome certainly wasn’t. “I think that led more to the walk out of Kim Jong-Un than anything,” he said.

Rogers also disputed Trump’s insistence that ending U.S. military exercises with South Korea represented a savings for the US, and instead cast it as a victory for North Korea.

“I disagreed with it when they offered that up the last go around and got nothing for it, and now we will get nothing for it again,” he said. “I didn’t think this went well for the president at all.”

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Republicans are terrified of having to think for themselves once Trump is gone: S.E. Cupp

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On CNN Monday, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp argued that GOP lawmakers are not just scared of retribution for not standing with outgoing President Donald Trump; they are also scared of having to define what they stand for as a party without him telling them what to believe.

"For the past four years, we, especially in the media, have heard Republicans in private are XYZ — disgusted, disturbed, troubled — but publicly, very silent, except in these moments where it really doesn't count, where everyone is doing it," said Cupp. "I think, in fact, if I write another book, I will call it 'In private: the great cowardice of Trump's GOP.'"

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‘No hands to play’: Harvard Law professor says even competent lawyers wouldn’t have saved Trump’s case

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe argued that President Donald Trump's legal case to overturn the presidential election results was doomed to fail — even if he had had more knowledgeable and skilled legal counsel.

"Let me ask you about the breaking news from the GSA," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Emily Murphy, Trump appointee, said she was not pressured to do anything. Trump obviously seems to be clearly taking credit, I recommended she do this, I am the one calling the shots. You have been very clear that this withholding of a transition from the GSA and Emily Murphy, as the chief, could have been in violation of federal law. Do you believe any laws were broken in this delay?"

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Trump becomes ‘hermit-in-chief’ as he hides from reporters amid election court losses: CNN’s Acosta

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On CNN Monday, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down how President Donald Trump's loss is starting to sink in for the president, his advisers, and his party.

"Becoming something of a hermit-in-chief, President Trump steered clear of the cameras yet again and was even unusually silent on social media much of the day, as more top Republicans slam President Trump's legal team for serving up nothingburgers in his quest to upend the 2020 election," said Acosta. "Even though some of the president's advisers urged him to dump attorney Sidney Powell from his legal team, it's unclear whether that will satisfy close allies like former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who are losing patience with Mr. Trump's efforts to cling to power."

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