Roy, you had asked earlier in the thread why Trump had held back when he could have gone ahead and appointed Jeff Clark as AG despite threats of mass resignations at DOJ. Clark, as AG, would have publicly provided DOJ's blessing for Trump's lie and therefore might have provided cover for states to overturn (or decertify) their results.
We got closer to an answer yesterday. The testimony of Richard Donahue and Jeffrey Rosen revealed a 2-hour meeting with Trump (and others including Clark) after Trump had "leaked" his intent to appoint Clark AG. In that meeting Deputy AGs and and Acting AG Rosen lambasted Clark to his face and not only convinced Trump that he'd have immediate mass resignations, but -- and here's the clincher -- it would look bad for Trump. Trump wanted Clark who was completely unqualified for the position because Clark had already been conspiring with Trump and was clearly willing to break the law (had stated as such per testimony of DOJ/WH lawyers) for the President. Donahue and others convinced Trump that Trump would look bad which of course is the only thing that hits home for the former POTUS. Conspiring to illegally overturn a righteous election didn't matter, but looking bad is where he draws the line.
The bottom line on your question (I think) is that Donald Trump isn't Vladimir Putin, and the USA is not Russia. It's not that Trump might not want to be Putin (likely aspires to that level of power), but there is legitimacy to the idea that this republic doesn't allow for unfettered power. Trump doesn't (didn't) have unfettered power over the media, over the department of justice, over the federal government, over business. And this reality provides a check on an otherwise ruthless, amoral, narcissistic, liar (all traits he shares with Putin). The beauty of these hearings to me is that although it seems that Trump was pretty close to finding a way to create a constitutional crisis, there were clearly enough checks, even among Trump appointees and Trump loyalists, to prevent him from achieving his aim. The bottom line is that there were not nearly enough people willing to put Trump over country. It is a pretty substantial warning though that it may not have been too far off from happening -- an additional handful of Trump cultists in positions of influence may have made all the difference, at least temporarily.