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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 TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE.

Cooper was discussing Trump’s latest criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcGahn departs as White House counsel The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms 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 CollinsGOP Rep. Chris Collins raised from within district after indictment Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach Poll: Indicted GOP Rep. Chris Collins holds slim lead in New York House race MORE (R-N.Y.) and Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterDem candidate announces Ben & Jerry's flavor: Ammar-etto American Dream California Dem hits Trump Jr. over claims of links to extremist groups Poll: Dems lead in 5 critical California House seats 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 FlakeOn The Money: Treasury official charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers | Trump to seek 5 percent budget cut from Cabinet members | Mnuchin to decide by Thursday on attending Saudi conference Mnuchin to decide by Thursday whether to attend Saudi conference GOP senator: Not 'appropriate' for Mnuchin to go to Saudi conference 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 SasseGOP lawmaker on Trump's 'Horseface' comment: 'That's not the way men act' Republican senator and Sean Hannity clash over claims in new book GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid' MORE (R-Neb.) warned Trump that the United States is “not some banana republic.”