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President-elect Joe Biden's legal adviser Bob Bauer called President Trump's efforts to get Republican lawmakers to intervene in the Electoral College "an abuse of office," "appalling" and "pathetic" — and said there is "no chance" it will work.

Driving the news: Bauer spoke with reporters ahead of Trump's expected meeting today at the White House with GOP leaders in the Michigan Legislature and Georgia's expected certification of Biden's win in that state.

  • “No state legislature in our country's history ever has done what Donald Trump is apparently agitating for the Michigan State Legislature to do, which is to ignore the results of a popular vote election and wrest control from the voters," Bauer said.
  • "It’s an open attempt to try and intimidate election officials... it will also be unsuccessful."

What's next: Bauer said that "the harm is real" to the democratic system but that the Trump campaign's mounting court losses, and signals from key officials around the country, offer assurances that some basic checks are still working.

  • “While the president and his allies are ripping at the fabric of democracy any way they can, the fabric is not tearing," Bauer said. "It is holding firm.”

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Off the Rails

A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”

President Trump was almost shouting. He directed his son-in-law and his senior strategist from his private quarters at the White House late on election night. He barked out the names of top Fox News executives and talent he expected to answer to him.

Off the Rails

Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Off the Rails

The siege

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On Jan. 6, White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger entered the West Wing in the mid-afternoon, shortly after his colleagues' phones had lit up with an emergency curfew alert from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.