Anderson Cooper asks whether US institutions are 'strong enough' to survive Trump attacks

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked if American institutions were “strong enough” to survive persistent attacks from President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE.

Cooper was discussing Trump’s latest criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Press: Mueller closes in on Trump Mueller's findings don't matter MORE and the Justice Department (DOJ) on Monday night.

Norman Eisen, former White House ethics czar for President Obama, said that Trump is trying to delegitimize law enforcement agencies to discredit the investigations against him.

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“Democracy is more powerful than this autocracy,” Eisen said on Monday night. “And it’s coming for Donald Trump so he’s pushing back.”

“You really believe that though? That the institutions are stronger than- or strong enough to resist this kind of thing from the president of the United States?” Cooper asked.

“I do, Anderson,” Eisen said. “In every case, sooner or later, every dog gets its day. And sooner or later, democracy is more powerful including because the rule of law.”

Trump blasted the DOJ over criminal charges that were brought against two GOP congressmen in recent weeks.

Trump suggested that Sessions and DOJ officials were hurting the GOP ahead of the November midterm elections by bringing charges against Reps. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsGM layoffs show Congress played Americans with corporate tax cut Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February MORE (R-N.Y.) and Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterCalifornia dreamin’ in the 2020 presidential race Proposed House GOP rules would force indicted lawmakers to step down from leader roles: report Overnight Defense: What the midterms mean for defense panels | Pompeo cancels North Korea meeting | Trump eyes Kim summit in early 2019 | Pentagon drops name for border mission MORE (R-Calif.).

Collins is facing insider trading charges. Hunter is facing charges for allegedly misusing campaign funds. 

"Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department," Trump tweeted.

"Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff," he added.

Trump faced backlash for his comments, including from two GOP senators who have been vocal critics of the president.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePence casts tie-breaking vote for Trump appeals court judge Dem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving Flake: Republican Party ‘is a frog slowly boiling in water’ MORE (R-Ariz.) condemned the attack on Monday, saying the president was trying to use the DOJ to “settle political scores.”

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseCNN to partner with The Des Moines Register on polling ahead of 2020 Iowa caucuses Sasse calls on DOJ to investigate its handling of wealthy sex offender's plea deal Beto O'Rourke seen as a top contender in 2020: poll MORE (R-Neb.) warned Trump that the United States is “not some banana republic.”