Jeff Zeleny

Jeff Zeleny


CNN Senior Washington Correspondent, covering President Trump, the vast field of 2020 candidates and the state of politics in America.

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President Biden hails the bipartisan infrastructure plan, saying: “Of course, neither side got everything they wanted in this deal. But that’s what it means to compromise and forge consensus—the heart of democracy.”

“You held the line that day,” @BennieGThompson  tells four heroic police officers who will testify on the opening day of the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol. Hearing is underway now, streaming or on TV.

Congresswoman @Liz_Cheney  says “the cancer” leading to the insurrection at the Capitol must be investigated and rooted out to protect American democracy. “In the end, we are one nation under God,” she says as the hearing opens. “Jan. 6th threatens our most sacred legacy.”

“I feel like I went to hell and back to protect them and people in this room, but too many people are now telling me that hell doesn’t exist or hell wasn’t that bad,” Officer Michael Fanone says in gripping testimony, loudly calling deniers of the insurrection “disgraceful.”

“As the deal goes to the entire Senate, there is still plenty of work ahead to bring this home. There will be disagreements to resolve and more compromise to forge along the way.”

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President Trump took off in Air Force One 1 hr 20 minutes ago, but thousands of his supporters remain stranded on a dark road outside the rally. “We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding.

NEW: GSA has informed president-elect Joe Biden the administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN.

Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama recorded a rare joint video, which is set to air tonight. It's a “free-flowing conversation," an aide says, focusing on “the majesty of the passage of power, importance of upholding democracy and staying civically engaged.”

A senior GOP strategist, who is not a "Never Trumper" and often gives the president the benefit of the doubt, tells me: "If what we just heard is a preview of the President's message for the week, he loses and we lose. We can kiss the Senate goodbye if the tone doesn't change."

@JoeBiden  will fly to Washington today on a private aircraft, yet another remarkable change in protocol on the eve of his inauguration. No immediate word on why he wasn’t offered - or isn’t flying - on a US government plane, which is standard for a president-elect.

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