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‘The final days of the mad king’ as GOP senators prepare to dump Trump: Carl Bernstein

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Legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein on CNN.

On CNN Saturday, legendary former Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein broke down the significance of outgoing President Donald Trump’s attacks on democracy — and the dim prospects of his political future.

“We are watching … the final days of the mad king, and what he is attempting to do to overturn constitutional rule in this country, our constitutional traditions, our democratic traditions of fair election,” said Bernstein. “And he also is trying to undermine the very basis of trust in our electoral institution, which is essential for having democracy. And Republicans on Capitol Hill, particularly in the Senate, know this.”

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“Here’s what I believe,” said Bernstein. “I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do know what people on Capitol Hill, Republicans, are saying to each other. And that is, they think he is mad. Not all of them, but many, many of them do, particularly in the Republican Senate. And as time goes on, and as these Republicans realize that throwing in their lot with Donald Trump is going to be increasingly a dangerous business, as we go through this 60 days and they’ve already started to conclude this — as craven as some of them have been about taking on Donald Trump.”

“I would guess that we are going to see a diminution of Donald Trump’s influence in this country, because it’s becoming apparent, more and more, to even people who voted for him, that his stability, that his processes are not those of someone who has got his feet firmly planted on the ground,” Bernstein added.

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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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