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‘It sure looks like obstruction was committed’: James Clapper demands to know why Barr let Trump off the hook

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN on Monday that he was baffled by Attorney General Bob Barr’s declaration that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice.

During a panel discussion on CNN, Clapper praised special counsel Robert Mueller for his work on the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but he said the question of whether the president committed obstruction of justice looms large over his work.

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“For me, as a layman, not as an attorney, it sure looked like obstruction was committed to me,” he said.

He went on to say that as much of the Mueller report should be made public as possible and that “the intense interest in this demands that.”

Lisa Monaco, a former chief of staff for Mueller during his tenure as FBI director, said that she was not surprised that Mueller did not make a determination for whether the president obstructed justice given that Department of Justice guidelines dictate that sitting presidents cannot be indicted.

However, she said Attorney General Bob Barr’s decision to add his own conclusion on the obstruction question tipped the balance in the president’s favor.

“What I think is quite striking is the attorney general’s decision to weigh in,” she said. “It seems to be that, what may be the case, is that Bob Mueller and his team laid out a… road map if you will for the next phase in this process, for Congress.”

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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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