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>>>NO DEFENSE. LET’S PLAY HARDBALL. LET’S PLAY HARDBALL. GOOD EVENING, I’M CHRIS MATTHEWS GOOD EVENING, I’M CHRIS MATTHEWS IN WASHINGTON. IN WASHINGTON. WITH IRON CLAD EVIDENCE OF WITH IRON CLAD EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING BY THE PRESIDENT, HIS WRONGDOING BY THE PRESIDENT, HIS REPUBLICAN ALLIES ARE LEFT WITH REPUBLICAN ALLIES ARE LEFT WITH NO DEFENSE. NO DEFENSE. SO THEY’VE TURNED TO STREET SO THEY’VE TURNED TO STREET THEATER, ANYTHING TO NOT DEAL THEATER, ANYTHING TO NOT DEAL WITH THE FACTS AND THE FACTS ARE WITH THE FACTS AND THE FACTS ARE DAMNING. DAMNING. A LITTLE LATER IN THIS SHOW I’LL A LITTLE LATER IN THIS SHOW I’LL WALK THROUGH THE VERY CLEAR, WALK THROUGH THE VERY CLEAR, VERY SIMPLE CASE AGAINST THE VERY SIMPLE CASE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. FOR ALL THE SOUND AND FURY FROM FOR ALL THE SOUND AND FURY FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DEFENDERS THE THE PRESIDENT’S DEFENDERS THE CASE THAT TRUMP TRADED HIS CASE THAT TRUMP TRADED HIS PUBLIC TRUST FOR PERSONAL PUBLIC TRUST FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN IS REMARKABLY POLITICAL GAIN IS REMARKABLY PURE. PURE. REPUBLICAN FRUSTRATION, HOWEVER, REPUBLICAN FRUSTRATION, HOWEVER, WAS EVIDENT IN YESTERDAY’S MADE WAS EVIDENT IN YESTERDAY’S MADE FOR TV SPECTACLE AS A GROUP OF FOR TV SPECTACLE AS A GROUP OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE BY TRUMP HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE BY TRUMP LOYALISTS STORMED THE SECURE LOYALISTS STORMED THE SECURE ROOM WHERE DEPUTY DEFENSE ROOM WHERE DEPUTY DEFENSE SECRETARY WAS SCHEDULED TO SECRETARY WAS SCHEDULED TO TESTIFY. TESTIFY. “THE NEW YORK TIMES” EDITORIAL “THE NEW YORK TIMES” EDITORIAL BOARD PUT IT BLUNTLY, THEY’RE BOARD PUT IT BLUNTLY, THEY’RE RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS. RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS. “THE TIMES” REPORTS ON THE “THE TIMES” REPORTS ON THE EFFORT TO GRIND PROCEEDINGS TO A EFFORT TO GRIND PROCEEDINGS TO A HALT. HALT. QUOTE, REPUBLICANS ARE GROWING QUOTE, REPUBLICANS ARE GROWING INCREASINGLY UNEASY ABOUT THE INCREASINGLY UNEASY ABOUT THE INQUIRY AND FRETTING THAT IT INQUIRY AND FRETTING THAT IT COULD GET MUCH MORE WORSE FOR COULD GET MUCH MORE WORSE FOR THEM. THEM. THAT UNEASE WAS EVIDENT AGAIN THAT UNEASE WAS EVIDENT AGAIN TODAY AS SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM TODAY AS SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM INTRODUCED A SENATE RESOLUTION INTRODUCED A SENATE RESOLUTION COSPONSORED BY MAJORITY LEADER COSPONSORED BY MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL TO CONDEMN THE MITCH McCONNELL TO CONDEMN THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. HOUSE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY.>>WHAT’S HAPPENED IS THAT THE>>WHAT’S HAPPENED IS THAT THE INTENT TO OPEN UP AN INQUIRY OF INTENT TO OPEN UP AN INQUIRY OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP FAILED MISERABLY SO THEY TRUMP FAILED MISERABLY SO THEY CREATED A NEW PROCESS THAT I CREATED A NEW PROCESS THAT I THINK IS VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE THINK IS VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE COUNTRY. COUNTRY.>>WELL, THE MAJORITY OF SENATE>>WELL, THE MAJORITY OF SENATE REPUBLICANS NOW 46 HAVE GOTTEN REPUBLICANS NOW 46 HAVE GOTTEN IN THE LINE. IN THE LINE. THEY’VE COSPONSORED THE THEY’VE COSPONSORED THE RESOLUTION, BUT NOTABLY SEVEN RESOLUTION, BUT NOTABLY SEVEN HAVE NOT. HAVE NOT. LOOK AT THOSE. LOOK AT THOSE. THOSE ARE THE HOLDS OUTS. THOSE ARE THE HOLDS OUTS. THEY MAY END UP BEING THE THEY MAY END UP BEING THE PROFILES IN COURAGE, WE DON’T PROFILES IN COURAGE, WE DON’T KNOW. KNOW. SENATOR COLLINS AND THE REST OF SENATOR COLLINS AND THE REST OF THEM, THAT GROUP HAS NOT SIGNED THEM, THAT GROUP HAS NOT SIGNED INTO THIS EFFORT TO BASICALLY INTO THIS EFFORT TO BASICALLY SHORT CIRCUIT THE WHOLE PROCESS. SHORT CIRCUIT THE WHOLE PROCESS. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THAT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAVE THAT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN TREATING UNIFIED REPUBLICAN BEEN TREATING UNIFIED REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR TRUMP AS A GIVEN SUPPORT FOR TRUMP AS A GIVEN HAVE GROWN INCREASINGLY FEARFUL HAVE GROWN INCREASINGLY FEARFUL OF GOP DEFECTIONS IN A HOUSE OF GOP DEFECTIONS IN A HOUSE IMPEACHMENT VOTE AND A POTENTIAL IMPEACHMENT VOTE AND A POTENTIAL SENATE TRIAL ITSELF. SENATE TRIAL ITSELF. IT ADDS THE WEST WING BELIEVES IT ADDS THE WEST WING BELIEVES MORE MUST BE DONE TO SHORE UP MORE MUST BE DONE TO SHORE UP REPUBLICAN SUPPORT TO AVOID REPUBLICAN SUPPORT TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT AND GENUINE EMBARRASSMENT AND GENUINE POLITICAL PERIL. POLITICAL PERIL. YESTERDAY THE NUMBER TWO HOUSE YESTERDAY THE NUMBER TWO HOUSE REPUBLICAN STEVE SCALISE REPUBLICAN STEVE SCALISE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE PROCESS. COMPLAINED ABOUT THE PROCESS.>>IT’S A PROCESS WE’VE BEEN>>IT’S A PROCESS WE’VE BEEN HIGHLY CRITICAL OF, THE FACT HIGHLY CRITICAL OF, THE FACT THAT IT’S CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, THAT IT’S CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, THE FACT THAT MEMBERS OF THE FACT THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT AREN’T ON THE CONGRESS THAT AREN’T ON THE RELEVANT COMMUNITIES DON’T HAVE RELEVANT COMMUNITIES DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE TRANSCRIPTS OF THE ACCESS TO THE TRANSCRIPTS OF THE HEARINGS. HEARINGS. MAYBE THEY DO THAT IN SOVIET MAYBE THEY DO THAT IN SOVIET UNION, BUT THAT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE UNION, BUT THAT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.>>THE SOVIET UNION HAD FOUR>>THE SOVIET UNION HAD FOUR DOZEN — THERE THEY ARE — FOUR DOZEN — THERE THEY ARE — FOUR DOZEN REPUBLICANS IN THOSE DOZEN REPUBLICANS IN THOSE HEARINGS, IN THOSE SECRET HEARINGS, IN THOSE SECRET HEARINGS IN THE CAPITOL THE LAST HEARINGS IN THE CAPITOL THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS. SEVERAL DAYS. AS I SAID ALMOST FOUR DOZEN AS I SAID ALMOST FOUR DOZEN REPUBLICAN MEMBERS DO HAVE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS DO HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR MEMBERSHIP ON ACCESS TO THEIR MEMBERSHIP ON THOSE THREE COMMITTEES LEADING THOSE THREE COMMITTEES LEADING THEIR INQUIRY. THEIR INQUIRY. OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, FOREIGN OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTELLIGENCE. AFFAIRS AND INTELLIGENCE. THAT MEANS ALMOST ONE QUARTER OF THAT MEANS ALMOST ONE QUARTER OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY IN HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY IN THERE ABLE TO ATTEND THOSE THERE ABLE TO ATTEND THOSE DEPOSITIONS. DEPOSITIONS. THE REPUBLICAN ESCALATION AND THE REPUBLICAN ESCALATION AND COMPLAINTS, HOWEVER, ABOUT THE COMPLAINTS, HOWEVER, ABOUT THE INQUIRY COMES JUST DAYS AFTER INQUIRY COMES JUST DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUED A CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUED A CALL FOR REPUBLICANS TO GET TOUGHER. FOR REPUBLICANS TO GET TOUGHER. AND THEIR EFFORT WITH AND THEIR EFFORT WITH YESTERDAY’S STUNT WASN’T LOST YESTERDAY’S STUNT WASN’T LOST WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. IN A TWEET THIS MORNING HE IN A TWEET THIS MORNING HE THANKED HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR THANKED HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR BEING TOUGH, SMART AND BEING TOUGH, SMART AND UNDERSTANDING IN DETAIL THE UNDERSTANDING IN DETAIL THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT IN AMERICAN GREATEST WITCH HUNT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. HISTORY. FOR MORE I’M JOINED BY JILL FOR MORE I’M JOINED BY JILL COLVIN, WHITE HOUSE REPORTER FOR COLVIN, WHITE HOUSE REPORTER FOR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. JASON JOHNSON, POLITICS EDITOR JASON JOHNSON, POLITICS EDITOR AT THE ROOTS.COM, AND DAVID AT THE ROOTS.COM, AND DAVID FRUM, SENIOR EDITOR AT THE FRUM, SENIOR EDITOR AT THE ATLANTIC. ATLANTIC. GIVE US A SENSE OF GIVE US A SENSE OF REPUBLICANS — COMING UP WITH REPUBLICANS — COMING UP WITH SEVEN HOLD OUTS IS PRETTY SEVEN HOLD OUTS IS PRETTY DRAMATIC IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. DRAMATIC IN THIS ENVIRONMENT.>>WHAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW ARE>>WHAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW ARE TEAM EXERCISES. TEAM EXERCISES. I HOPE YOU’VE NEVER HAD THE I HOPE YOU’VE NEVER HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING ON A LOSING EXPERIENCE OF BEING ON A LOSING TEAM, BUT WHEN YOUR TEAM IS TEAM, BUT WHEN YOUR TEAM IS FACING A BIG DEFICIT IN STRENGTH FACING A BIG DEFICIT IN STRENGTH AND POWER — AND POWER –>>I’VE BEEN ROOT FRG THE>>I’VE BEEN ROOT FRG THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ALL MY PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ALL MY LIFE SO I’M SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR LIFE SO I’M SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR WITH IT. WITH IT.>>SO YOU DUMP GATORADE ON>>SO YOU DUMP GATORADE ON EVERYONE’S HEADS BECAUSE THE EVERYONE’S HEADS BECAUSE THE OTHER GUYS ARE MEANER AND OTHER GUYS ARE MEANER AND STRONGER AND FASTER THAN YOU. STRONGER AND FASTER THAN YOU. THAT IS THE SITUATION THE THAT IS THE SITUATION THE REPUBLICANS ARE IN. REPUBLICANS ARE IN. THEY HAD JOHN THUNE SAYING, GEE, THEY HAD JOHN THUNE SAYING, GEE, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS. MITCH McCONNELL PUBLISHED AN MITCH McCONNELL PUBLISHED AN OP-ED DEISSENTING. OP-ED DEISSENTING.>>IT SEEMS TO ME THEY’RE DOING>>IT SEEMS TO ME THEY’RE DOING HARASSMENT OF THE WHOLE HARASSMENT OF THE WHOLE OPERATION, BUT THE WHOLE OPERATION, BUT THE WHOLE TECHNIQUE BACK IN INREAGAN ERA TECHNIQUE BACK IN INREAGAN ERA WAS CHANGE THE SUBJECT, NOT FROM WAS CHANGE THE SUBJECT, NOT FROM WHO’S RIGHT, WHO’S WRONG BUT WHO’S RIGHT, WHO’S WRONG BUT WHAT SIDE ARE YOU ON, YOU CHANGE WHAT SIDE ARE YOU ON, YOU CHANGE THE SUBJECT. THE SUBJECT. ARE YOU REPUBLICAN, THEN GET IN ARE YOU REPUBLICAN, THEN GET IN LINE. LINE. THIS ISN’T ABOUT GUILT, IT’S THIS ISN’T ABOUT GUILT, IT’S ABOUT LOYALTY TO THE PARTY. ABOUT LOYALTY TO THE PARTY.>>THAT’S A LITTLE WHAT YOU’VE>>THAT’S A LITTLE WHAT YOU’VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT DOING THE SEEN THE PRESIDENT DOING THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WHERE HE’S LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WHERE HE’S SORT OF SAID REPUBLICANS, I NEED SORT OF SAID REPUBLICANS, I NEED YOU BEHIND ME, YOU NEED TO FIGHT YOU BEHIND ME, YOU NEED TO FIGHT HARDER. HARDER. YOU’VE GOT TO STAND BEHIND ME. YOU’VE GOT TO STAND BEHIND ME. HE’S BEEN MAKING THAT PUBLIC HE’S BEEN MAKING THAT PUBLIC CRY. CRY. WHAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS WEEK IS WHAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS WEEK IS FINALLY A RECOGNITION BY THE FINALLY A RECOGNITION BY THE WHITE HOUSE. WHITE HOUSE. REMEMBER A MONTH AGO YOU HAD THE REMEMBER A MONTH AGO YOU HAD THE WHITE HOUSE SAYING WE DON’T NEED WHITE HOUSE SAYING WE DON’T NEED A WAR ROOM, THAT WOULD BE A WAR ROOM, THAT WOULD BE SUGGESTING THERE WAS SOMETHING A SUGGESTING THERE WAS SOMETHING A PROBLEM HERE, AND NOW THIS WEEK PROBLEM HERE, AND NOW THIS WEEK YOU’VE SEEN A CONCERTED EFFORT YOU’VE SEEN A CONCERTED EFFORT BY THE WHITE HOUSE TO TRY AN BY THE WHITE HOUSE TO TRY AN OUTREACH TO MEMBERS. OUTREACH TO MEMBERS. WE HAD MICK MULVANEY THIS WE HAD MICK MULVANEY THIS WEEKEND AT CAMP DAVID WITH WEEKEND AT CAMP DAVID WITH MEMBERS TRYING TO LOOP THEM IN, MEMBERS TRYING TO LOOP THEM IN, SETUP CALLS, TRYING TO GET SETUP CALLS, TRYING TO GET EVERYBODY ONBOARD. EVERYBODY ONBOARD. OF COURSE THEY’LL STILL GOT A OF COURSE THEY’LL STILL GOT A VERY, VERY LONG WAY TO GO. VERY, VERY LONG WAY TO GO. YOU’VE STILL GOT TRUMP ALLIES YOU’VE STILL GOT TRUMP ALLIES OUTSIDE THE BUILDING VERY OUTSIDE THE BUILDING VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT. CONCERNED ABOUT IT.>>JASON, THERE’S AN OLD PHRASE>>JASON, THERE’S AN OLD PHRASE WHEN THE DOGS BARK THE CARAVAN WHEN THE DOGS BARK THE CARAVAN MOVES ON. MOVES ON. I LIKE SPORTS METAPHORS, BUT I LIKE SPORTS METAPHORS, BUT HERE THE CALL HAS BEEN MADE. HERE THE CALL HAS BEEN MADE. THEY’VE GOT THE CASE. THEY’VE GOT THE CASE. THE PRESIDENT TRADED HIS PUBLIC THE PRESIDENT TRADED HIS PUBLIC TRUST FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL TRUST FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN. GAIN. IT’S ON THE RECORD. IT’S ON THE RECORD. MULVANEY ACCEPTED IT, YOU’VE GOT MULVANEY ACCEPTED IT, YOU’VE GOT A TRANSCRIPT OF IT. A TRANSCRIPT OF IT. I DON’T KNOW — YOU CAN BEAT THE I DON’T KNOW — YOU CAN BEAT THE DRUMS ALL YOU WANT, YOU CAN BARK DRUMS ALL YOU WANT, YOU CAN BARK ALL YOU WANT, THAT’S DONE. ALL YOU WANT, THAT’S DONE. SO WHAT ARE THEY DOING? SO WHAT ARE THEY DOING? ARE THEY DELAYING, DISTRACTING ARE THEY DELAYING, DISTRACTING IT? IT? SEEMED LIKE STREET THEATER SEEMED LIKE STREET THEATER YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY.>>IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF>>IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF PERFORMANCE ART TO USE A SPORTS PERFORMANCE ART TO USE A SPORTS METAPHOR. METAPHOR. THEY’RE UP THERE — EXACTLY. THEY’RE UP THERE — EXACTLY. BECAUSE PART OF IT IS ALSO TO BECAUSE PART OF IT IS ALSO TO INTIMIDATE THEIR COLLEAGUES AND INTIMIDATE THEIR COLLEAGUES AND SHOW WE’RE WILLING TO DO SHOW WE’RE WILLING TO DO ANYTHING. ANYTHING. AND PART OF THIS I THINK AND PART OF THIS I THINK CONCERNS AND DAWNCONDOLENCES, NA CONCERNS AND DAWNCONDOLENCES, NA PELOSI THE HOUSE SPEAKER WAS OUT PELOSI THE HOUSE SPEAKER WAS OUT YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY. I DON’T THINK THEY WOULD HAVE I DON’T THINK THEY WOULD HAVE TRIED THIS IF PELOSIB HAD BEEN TRIED THIS IF PELOSIB HAD BEEN AROUND. AROUND. BUT I THINK THIS IS ABOUT WHAT’S BUT I THINK THIS IS ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THAT BUILDING. HAPPENING IN THAT BUILDING. I THINK THIS IS ABOUT SCARY I THINK THIS IS ABOUT SCARY DEMOCRATS AND LETTING THEM KNOW DEMOCRATS AND LETTING THEM KNOW WE WILL MAKE THIS AS LOUD AND WE WILL MAKE THIS AS LOUD AND UGLY AND RULICKIDICULOUS AS POSS UGLY AND RULICKIDICULOUS AS POSS>>I THINK THEY HAVE A CASE.>>I THINK THEY HAVE A CASE. HERE’S THE ARGUMENT I WOULD SAY, HERE’S THE ARGUMENT I WOULD SAY, YOU GO TO A SUBURBAN REPUBLICAN, YOU GO TO A SUBURBAN REPUBLICAN, HERE’S THE ARGUMENT, NATIONAL HERE’S THE ARGUMENT, NATIONAL DEFENSE, NATIONAL SECURITY. DEFENSE, NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS PRESIDENT COMPROMISED THAT THIS PRESIDENT COMPROMISED THAT TO GET SOME DIRT ON JOE BIDEN. TO GET SOME DIRT ON JOE BIDEN.>>THAT’S THE ARGUMENT AND>>THAT’S THE ARGUMENT AND YOU’VE SEEN THE REPUBLICANS YOU’VE SEEN THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING GOING TO MODERATE HOUSE SEATS GOING TO MODERATE HOUSE SEATS WHERE, YOU KNOW, DISTRICTS WHERE WHERE, YOU KNOW, DISTRICTS WHERE THE PRESIDENT WON IN 2016 AND A THE PRESIDENT WON IN 2016 AND A DEMOCRAT WON IN 2018 AND SAYING, DEMOCRAT WON IN 2018 AND SAYING, REALLY, IS THIS WHAT YOU ELECTED REALLY, IS THIS WHAT YOU ELECTED THIS PERSON TO DO? THIS PERSON TO DO? PURSUE IMPEACHMENT? PURSUE IMPEACHMENT? DON’T YOU WANT THEM TO TALK DON’T YOU WANT THEM TO TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND ISSUES ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND ISSUES THAT REALLY IMPACT YOU? THAT REALLY IMPACT YOU?>>YESTERDAY’S MOCK SIT IN,>>YESTERDAY’S MOCK SIT IN, HOUSE REPUBLICANS COMPLAINED THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS COMPLAINED THE PRIVATE NATURE OF THE PRIVATE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS UNFAIR. PROCEEDINGS IS UNFAIR.>>THIS IS A SOVIET-STYLE>>THIS IS A SOVIET-STYLE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS. IMPEACHMENT PROCESS.>>THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS I SAID>>THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS I SAID BEFORE, THEY UNDERSTAND BEFORE, THEY UNDERSTAND FAIRNESS, AND THEY INSTINCTIVELY FAIRNESS, AND THEY INSTINCTIVELY KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS NOT FAIR. NOT FAIR.>>THIS A PROCESS LACKING>>THIS A PROCESS LACKING LEGITIMACY, CREDIBILITY AND LEGITIMACY, CREDIBILITY AND FAIRNESS. FAIRNESS.>>BY GOLLY, IF THEY’RE GOING TO>>BY GOLLY, IF THEY’RE GOING TO DO IT, DO IT IN PUBLIC. DO IT, DO IT IN PUBLIC.>>BY GOLLY.>>BY GOLLY. MANY OF THE SAME REPUBLICANS HAD MANY OF THE SAME REPUBLICANS HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH CLOSED DOOR NO PROBLEMS WITH CLOSED DOOR MEETINGS WHEN THEY WERE USED OF MEETINGS WHEN THEY WERE USED OF COURSE DURING THE BENGHAZI COURSE DURING THE BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. REMEMBER THAT? REMEMBER THAT? HERE’S HOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HERE’S HOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE TREY GOWDY SELECT COMMITTEE TREY GOWDY DESCRIBED IT BACK IN 2015. DESCRIBED IT BACK IN 2015.>>I CAN JUST TELL YOU OF THE 50>>I CAN JUST TELL YOU OF THE 50 SOME ODD INTERVIEWS WE HAVE DONE SOME ODD INTERVIEWS WE HAVE DONE THUS FAR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THUS FAR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE BEEN PRIVATE, AND YOU THEM HAVE BEEN PRIVATE, AND YOU DON’T SEE THE BICKERING AMONG DON’T SEE THE BICKERING AMONG THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN PRIVATE INTERVIEWS. PRIVATE INTERVIEWS. YOU DON’T SEE ANY OF THAT. YOU DON’T SEE ANY OF THAT. I CAN JUST TELL YOU IN THE I CAN JUST TELL YOU IN THE PRIVATE INTERVIEWS THERE IS PRIVATE INTERVIEWS THERE IS NEVER ANY OF WHAT YOU SAW NEVER ANY OF WHAT YOU SAW THURSDAY. THURSDAY. IT IS ONE HOUR ON THE REPUBLICAN IT IS ONE HOUR ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, ONE HOUR ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE, ONE HOUR ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE, WHICH IS WHY YOU’RE GOING SIDE, WHICH IS WHY YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE NEXT TWO DOZEN TO SEE THE NEXT TWO DOZEN INTERVIEWS DONE PRIVATELY. INTERVIEWS DONE PRIVATELY. THE PRIVATE ONES ALWAYS PRODUCE THE PRIVATE ONES ALWAYS PRODUCE BETTER RESULTS. BETTER RESULTS.>>YOU KNOW, THERE HE IS TREY>>YOU KNOW, THERE HE IS TREY GOWDY DESCRIBING HOW YOU DO A GOWDY DESCRIBING HOW YOU DO A REALLY GOOD SET OF INVESTIGATIVE REALLY GOOD SET OF INVESTIGATIVE HEARINGS IF YOU WANT THE TRUTH, HEARINGS IF YOU WANT THE TRUTH, IF YOU DON’T WANT A SHOW, YOU IF YOU DON’T WANT A SHOW, YOU KNOW? KNOW? AND NOW HE’S SAYING — IT’S AND NOW HE’S SAYING — IT’S TAPED. TAPED.>>AND YRM THAT WAS GOING TO BE>>AND YRM THAT WAS GOING TO BE THE PRESIDENT’S OUTSIDE LAWYER THE PRESIDENT’S OUTSIDE LAWYER IF THERE HADN’T BEEN THESE RULES IF THERE HADN’T BEEN THESE RULES PROHIBITING HIM FROM SERVING AS PROHIBITING HIM FROM SERVING AS A LOBBYISTS, THEN HE ACTUALLY A LOBBYISTS, THEN HE ACTUALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF WOULD HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM. TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM.>>IT’S HARD FOR ME TO HATE>>IT’S HARD FOR ME TO HATE ANYBODY, BUT LINDSEY WITH HIS ANYBODY, BUT LINDSEY WITH HIS TAIL WAGGING THE LAST COUPLE OF TAIL WAGGING THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, HE’S BEEN CALLED INTO DAYS, HE’S BEEN CALLED INTO SERVICE, HE’S DONE IT, AND SERVICE, HE’S DONE IT, AND GRABBING PEOPLE. GRABBING PEOPLE. IT’S LIKE REMEMBER THE CARD IT’S LIKE REMEMBER THE CARD CHECK THINGS WITH THE LABOR CHECK THINGS WITH THE LABOR UNIONS? UNIONS? EVERYONE WANTS TO CONDEMN THE EVERYONE WANTS TO CONDEMN THE HOUSE HEARINGS NOW AND AS WE HOUSE HEARINGS NOW AND AS WE WENT ON-AIR TONIGHT 46 MEMBERS WENT ON-AIR TONIGHT 46 MEMBERS OF THE 53 PERSON REPUBLICAN OF THE 53 PERSON REPUBLICAN CAUCUS IN THE U.S. SENATE, SIX CAUCUS IN THE U.S. SENATE, SIX HOLDING OUT. HOLDING OUT. DOESN’T THAT MAKE A LITTLE BIT DOESN’T THAT MAKE A LITTLE BIT OF A STATEMENT EITHER WAY? OF A STATEMENT EITHER WAY?>>AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE>>AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS, YOU BETTER HAVE THINGS, YOU BETTER HAVE EVERYBODY SIGN BEFORE YOU TAKE EVERYBODY SIGN BEFORE YOU TAKE ANY OF IT PUBLIC BECAUSE THE ANY OF IT PUBLIC BECAUSE THE GAME HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT GAME HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT GETTING TO TWO THIRDS OF THE GETTING TO TWO THIRDS OF THE SENATE. SENATE. THAT’S OBVIOUSLY NOT POSSIBLE. THAT’S OBVIOUSLY NOT POSSIBLE. DONALD TRUMP IS NOT GOING TO BE DONALD TRUMP IS NOT GOING TO BE MOVED FROM OFFICE BY A SENATE MOVED FROM OFFICE BY A SENATE VOTE. VOTE. BARRING SOME DIRECT DIVINE BARRING SOME DIRECT DIVINE INTERVENTION ON THE MIND OF THE INTERVENTION ON THE MIND OF THE REPUBLICAN SENATE CAUCUS. REPUBLICAN SENATE CAUCUS. BUT THE QUESTION IS DOES DONALD BUT THE QUESTION IS DOES DONALD TRUMP GET 54-55 VOTES FOR TRUMP GET 54-55 VOTES FOR REMOVAL? REMOVAL? WHERE’S MIT ROMNEY — WHERE’S MIT ROMNEY –>>A MAJORITY VOTE.>>A MAJORITY VOTE.>>AND IF LINDSEY GRAHAM GETS A>>AND IF LINDSEY GRAHAM GETS A MAJORITY VOTE LINED UP, THAT’S MAJORITY VOTE LINED UP, THAT’S ALARMING. ALARMING.>>TO THEM.>>TO THEM.>>SO I DON’T KNOW WHY HE’S>>SO I DON’T KNOW WHY HE’S DOING THIS. DOING THIS. YOU BE TO HAVE EVERYBODY THERE YOU BE TO HAVE EVERYBODY THERE ON THE FIRST DAY OR DON’T DO IT. ON THE FIRST DAY OR DON’T DO IT.>>IF YOU GET 53 VOTES, MAJORITY>>IF YOU GET 53 VOTES, MAJORITY VOTE, JILL, OBJECTIVELY YOU HAVE VOTE, JILL, OBJECTIVELY YOU HAVE A HOUSE VOTE THAT COULD IMPEACH A HOUSE VOTE THAT COULD IMPEACH WHICH I THINK COULD BE ABOUT WHICH I THINK COULD BE ABOUT 230, BY GUESS PRETTY UNANIMOUS 230, BY GUESS PRETTY UNANIMOUS AMONG DEMOCRATS, MAYBE SOME AMONG DEMOCRATS, MAYBE SOME REPUBLICANS. REPUBLICANS. AND THEN A MAJORITY OF THE AND THEN A MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE. REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE. THAT’S A CONDEMNING STATEMENT. THAT’S A CONDEMNING STATEMENT.>>IT WOULD BE A STRIKING BLOW>>IT WOULD BE A STRIKING BLOW TO THE PRESIDENT. TO THE PRESIDENT. THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THEM TRYING THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THEM TRYING TO RAMP UP THE EFFORT. TO RAMP UP THE EFFORT. LINDSEY GRAHAM HAD A LINDSEY GRAHAM HAD A CONVERSATION WITH MICK MULVANEY, CONVERSATION WITH MICK MULVANEY, THE ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF WHO OF THE ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF WHO OF COURSE HAS HIS OWN PROBLEMS. COURSE HAS HIS OWN PROBLEMS. THIS IS ALL HAPPENING AS THE THIS IS ALL HAPPENING AS THE WHITE HOUSE IN TURMOIL AS WHITE HOUSE IN TURMOIL AS USUALLY. USUALLY. YOU NEED TO BRING SOME PEOPLE YOU NEED TO BRING SOME PEOPLE ON — ON –>>DAVID FRUM SAID YOU DON’T>>DAVID FRUM SAID YOU DON’T START A ROLL CALL UNTIL YOU KNOW START A ROLL CALL UNTIL YOU KNOW HOW IT’S GOING TO END UP. HOW IT’S GOING TO END UP.>>PELOSI DID THAT.>>PELOSI DID THAT. ESSENTIALLY THAT’S WHAT ESSENTIALLY THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED. HAPPENED. PELOSI DIDN’T FINALLY SAY LET’S PELOSI DIDN’T FINALLY SAY LET’S MOVE AHEAD TO IMPEACHMENT UNTIL MOVE AHEAD TO IMPEACHMENT UNTIL SHE KNEW SHE HAD THE NUMBERS SHE KNEW SHE HAD THE NUMBERS THAT WERE GOING TO LOOK GOOD. THAT WERE GOING TO LOOK GOOD. EVEN WITH ALL THOSE PRIVATE EVEN WITH ALL THOSE PRIVATE HEARINGS — HEARINGS –>>BY THE WAY, WE’VE GOT THE>>BY THE WAY, WE’VE GOT THE GUY’S OPENING STATEMENT. GUY’S OPENING STATEMENT. WE’VE ALL GOT IT VERBATIM. WE’VE ALL GOT IT VERBATIM.>>BUT THE MOVEMENT FOR>>BUT THE MOVEMENT FOR IMPEACHMENT IN THE PUBLIC AND IMPEACHMENT IN THE PUBLIC AND NOT JUST IMPEACHMENT BUT NOT JUST IMPEACHMENT BUT IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL, THOSE IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL, THOSE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP WITH NUMBERS ARE GOING UP WITH PRIVATE HEARINGS. PRIVATE HEARINGS. WHEN THIS GOES PUBLIC IT’S GOING WHEN THIS GOES PUBLIC IT’S GOING TO LOOK REALLY BAD. TO LOOK REALLY BAD.>>TRUMP’S LATEST WORD GAME,>>TRUMP’S LATEST WORD GAME, HE’S GOING TO CALL IMPEACHMENT, HE’S GOING TO CALL IMPEACHMENT, ATTEMPTED IMPEACHMENT. ATTEMPTED IMPEACHMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, IF THE HOUSE IN OTHER WORDS, IF THE HOUSE VOTES TO IMPEACH, HE’S GOING TO VOTES TO IMPEACH, HE’S GOING TO CALL ATTEMPTED IMPEACHMENT. CALL ATTEMPTED IMPEACHMENT. HE’S PLAYING A GAME. HE’S PLAYING A GAME.>>NONETHELESS, YOU COULD STILL>>NONETHELESS, YOU COULD STILL WIND UP A SITUATION WHERE THE WIND UP A SITUATION WHERE THE PRESIDENT WILL CERTAINLY TRY IT, PRESIDENT WILL CERTAINLY TRY IT, BUT HE WILL STILL BE ABLE TO BUT HE WILL STILL BE ABLE TO STAND UP THERE IN FRONT OF STAND UP THERE IN FRONT OF VOTERS COME 2020 AND SAY, LOOK, VOTERS COME 2020 AND SAY, LOOK, THEY TRIED TO TAKE ME DOWN AND THEY TRIED TO TAKE ME DOWN AND THEY FAILED TO DO IT, I’M STILL THEY FAILED TO DO IT, I’M STILL HERE. HERE.>>YOU COULD TRY THAT.>>YOU COULD TRY THAT. DO YOU THINK BILL CLINTON LIKES DO YOU THINK BILL CLINTON LIKES TO HAVE PIN IMPEACHED? TO HAVE PIN IMPEACHED? I’M TELLING YOU THAT’S A MARK I’M TELLING YOU THAT’S A MARK AGAINST YOU, AND I’M TELLING YOU AGAINST YOU, AND I’M TELLING YOU IT WILL BE USED AGAINST HIM IN IT WILL BE USED AGAINST HIM IN THE NEXT ELECTION. THE NEXT ELECTION. IT WILL NOT BE A PLUS. IT WILL NOT BE A PLUS.>>LINDSEY GRAHAM IS PLENTY>>LINDSEY GRAHAM IS PLENTY SMART AND HE KNOWS THIS. SMART AND HE KNOWS THIS. IF YOU’RE USING BAD ARGUMENTS IF YOU’RE USING BAD ARGUMENTS IT’S BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE GOOD IT’S BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE GOOD ONES. ONES. AND HE DID GET JOHN THUNE TO AND HE DID GET JOHN THUNE TO SIGN THE CONDEMNATION OF THE SIGN THE CONDEMNATION OF THE PROCESS. PROCESS. THAT’S AN EASIER VOTE AND A WAY THAT’S AN EASIER VOTE AND A WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO COMMIT EARLY. TO GET PEOPLE TO COMMIT EARLY.>>YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE IS A>>YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE IS A PROCESS. PROCESS. IT’S CALLED IMPEACHMENT. IT’S CALLED IMPEACHMENT. YOU CALL THE ROLL. YOU CALL THE ROLL. YOU PUT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT YOU PUT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT OR ONE ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT OR ONE ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT BEFORE THE HOUSE AND THEY VOTE. BEFORE THE HOUSE AND THEY VOTE. IT’S A PRIVILEGE MOTION. IT’S A PRIVILEGE MOTION. AND YOU GET A MAJORITY VOTE AND AND YOU GET A MAJORITY VOTE AND THE PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHED THE PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHED FOREVER, FOREVER IN THE HISTORY FOREVER, FOREVER IN THE HISTORY BOOKS HE IS IMPEACHED, A LITTLE BOOKS HE IS IMPEACHED, A LITTLE ASTERISK, IMPEACHED. ASTERISK, IMPEACHED. REPUBLICANS WERE PREPARED REPUBLICANS WERE PREPARED YESTERDAY TO DO ANYTHING TO TOOK YESTERDAY TO DO ANYTHING TO TOOK TO PUT ON A GRAND PERFORMANCE. TO PUT ON A GRAND PERFORMANCE. A SOURCE SAYS SOME MEMBERS ASKED A SOURCE SAYS SOME MEMBERS ASKED TO BE ARRESTED CITING THE OPTICS TO BE ARRESTED CITING THE OPTICS OF BEING MARCHED OUT OF THE OF BEING MARCHED OUT OF THE SKIFF IN HANDCUFFS IN FRONT OF SKIFF IN HANDCUFFS IN FRONT OF THRONGS OF REPORTERS AND NEWS THRONGS OF REPORTERS AND NEWS CAMERAS. CAMERAS. ONE OF THEM — I’M SORRY, PEOPLE ONE OF THEM — I’M SORRY, PEOPLE CAN’T HELP WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE CAN’T HELP WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE BUT THEY WERE SO DULL LOOKING BUT THEY WERE SO DULL LOOKING AND PASSIONLESS. AND PASSIONLESS.>>THEY KNOW THIS IS RIDICULOUS.>>THEY KNOW THIS IS RIDICULOUS. THEY KNOW THIS IS SHOW. THEY KNOW THIS IS SHOW. AND HERE’S THE THING, WHAT ARE AND HERE’S THE THING, WHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY BEING ARRESTED FOR? YOU ACTUALLY BEING ARRESTED FOR? IT’S AN INCEMENT TO ACTUALLY — IT’S AN INCEMENT TO ACTUALLY –>>THEY LOOK LIKE THEY’RE GOING>>THEY LOOK LIKE THEY’RE GOING OUT FOR MAYBE LUNCH. OUT FOR MAYBE LUNCH.>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY. THE YOUNG REPUBLICAN CONVENTION THE YOUNG REPUBLICAN CONVENTION SORT OF MANCHING TO THEIR LATEST SORT OF MANCHING TO THEIR LATEST MEETING WITH THE CHICKEN MEETING WITH THE CHICKEN DINNERS. DINNERS. HERE’S THE ISSUE, EVEN IF YOU HERE’S THE ISSUE, EVEN IF YOU HAD GOT ARRESTED IT’S NOT HAD GOT ARRESTED IT’S NOT CHANGING HOW THE PUBLIC FEELS CHANGING HOW THE PUBLIC FEELS ABOUT THIS. ABOUT THIS.>>BY THE WAY, THAT’S YOUR PARTY>>BY THE WAY, THAT’S YOUR PARTY THERE, DAVID. THERE, DAVID. I’M TELLING YOU WE ALWAYS SAY I’M TELLING YOU WE ALWAYS SAY AROUND HERE DEMOCRATS FALL IN AROUND HERE DEMOCRATS FALL IN LOVE, REPUBLICANS FALL IN LIEP. LOVE, REPUBLICANS FALL IN LIEP. THEY LOOK LIKE THEY WERE TOLD TO THEY LOOK LIKE THEY WERE TOLD TO LINE UP LIKE AT A CATHOLIC LINE UP LIKE AT A CATHOLIC SCHOOL RECESS 2 BY 2, NO SCHOOL RECESS 2 BY 2, NO TALKING. TALKING.>>WHAT ALSO HAPPENED THERE IS>>WHAT ALSO HAPPENED THERE IS SOME OF THE HOT HEADS TOOK THEIR SOME OF THE HOT HEADS TOOK THEIR PHONES WITH THEM, AND SOME OF PHONES WITH THEM, AND SOME OF THE HOT HEADS — THE LUNK HEADS THE HOT HEADS — THE LUNK HEADS SAID I’M TAKING MY PHONE WITH ME SAID I’M TAKING MY PHONE WITH ME BECAUSE I’M GOING TO MAKE A BECAUSE I’M GOING TO MAKE A POINT. POINT. AND ONLY AFTER THEY WERE IN DID AND ONLY AFTER THEY WERE IN DID THEY REALIZE WAIT A MINUTE THEY REALIZE WAIT A MINUTE THAT’S REALLY BAD. THAT’S REALLY BAD. SO YOU SAW THIS HILARIOUS THING SO YOU SAW THIS HILARIOUS THING WHERE PEOPLE WERE TWEETING AND WHERE PEOPLE WERE TWEETING AND TAKING PICTURES AND TWO HOURS TAKING PICTURES AND TWO HOURS LATER SAYING ACTUALLY THAT WAS LATER SAYING ACTUALLY THAT WAS MY STAFF, I SIGNALED THE TWEET MY STAFF, I SIGNALED THE TWEET AND MY STAFFER OUTSIDE THE ROOM AND MY STAFFER OUTSIDE THE ROOM DID THE TWEET FOR ME. DID THE TWEET FOR ME.>>LIKE THEY’RE ON A DESTROYER?>>LIKE THEY’RE ON A DESTROYER?>>THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY UNTRUE.>>THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY UNTRUE. BUT AS JASON SAID THERE ARE SOME BUT AS JASON SAID THERE ARE SOME REALITIES HERE, THIS IS MORALE REALITIES HERE, THIS IS MORALE BUILDING EXERCISE. BUILDING EXERCISE. THIS IS ALL GOING TO BE FULLY THIS IS ALL GOING TO BE FULLY PUBLIC VERY, VERY SOON AND ALL PUBLIC VERY, VERY SOON AND ALL THIS WILL BE FORGOTTEN. THIS WILL BE FORGOTTEN.>>WE’RE GOING TO GET TO THAT IN>>WE’RE GOING TO GET TO THAT IN THE REST OF THE SHOW WHICH IS THE REST OF THE SHOW WHICH IS HOW DEMOCRATS CAN HOLD HEARINGS HOW DEMOCRATS CAN HOLD HEARINGS WHERE YOU ACTUALLY HAVE, YOU WHERE YOU ACTUALLY HAVE, YOU KNOW, A SMART COUNSEL THAT KNOW, A SMART COUNSEL THAT ACTUALLY KEEPS THE FOCUS FOR A ACTUALLY KEEPS THE FOCUS FOR A HALF-HOUR OR TWO OR TWO HOURS HALF-HOUR OR TWO OR TWO HOURS INSTEAD OF EVERYBODY DOING THEIR INSTEAD OF EVERYBODY DOING THEIR FIVE MINUTE POP UPS.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. The swamp is dark. The swamp is deep. Donny Trump wants to keep it all. His balls are blue. He needs a clue.
    9/11 remains an unsolved crime.

  2. Hillary WON the POPULAR VOTE in 2016. Trump was installed as President by the ELECTORAL COLLEGE. Let's not forget that!

  3. Let's review…..
    ORANGE MAN GOOD, HONEST AND SMART, AND HARD WORKING.
    OBAMA DNC BAD, FRAUDS AND LIARS, AND HARDLY WORKING.
    …. to be cont'd
    ….. thru TRUMPS 2020 AMERICA.

  4. Many of these members in this crowd are members of these inquiry committees (look at the picture) and allowed to participate in these hearings. Why were´nt they inside the secure room? Acting like dogs followings the orders of their chief to make a rebellion, behaving like kids in a nursery with no discipline, throwing pizza boxes around. It´s a shame.

  5. Do these republicans know how ridiculous they look???
    If I was an employer I would never want to hire one of these guys if they are not reelected. What a jokers!!

  6. Bad situation. To acquit Trump in impeachment, Republicans have to endorse foreign election interference. Getting trump off hook opens America up to the highest bidder. Looks like China and Russian will fight over the carcass of American Democracy. Wait till Bezos and Zuckerberg try to cut deals with those managements. The handcuffs will not be golden.

  7. Graham canine analogy is good. On command Lindsey will wag his tail and hump any leg Trump directs him to. Lindsey could work for Kim Jon Un if necessary.

  8. Trump have little respect for the law. The Dems have the law on there side, and they are going by the law. When did it stop being against the law to make threats against people(s) lives?? Investigation should be done on that!!

  9. I'm genuinely surprised Trump hasn't blamed all of this on Hilary's emails and/or Benghazi. Truly amazing. Instead they are coming up with stuff that's way, way worse. 😂😂😂😂😂

  10. I watched this entire report expecting to hear "the facts" and "the very clear and simple case against the President." All I heard was a ton of guestimation and interpretation on what your crystal ball is telling you.

  11. Lindsey Graham you don't think anymore. Trump does all your thinking for you . And everyone knows how smart he is.😒

  12. What has corrupt Democrats and the corporate media so fearful is not Trump so much as they fear "after Trump". Because they have to figure out a way to oust Trump and his corruption without progressives being emboldened to oust them for their own corruption.

  13. Maybe that's how they do it in the Soviet Union?!? Um, someone should tell Mr. Scalise that the Soviet Union hasn't been around since 1991.

  14. You know they were called to duty by their Orange Leader! Barr sure has disappeared in all of this! He is a horrid criminal right along with Trump! I got one word for the Dem's! FIGHT!

  15. trump knows he broke the law, and he’s counting on a corrupt and immoral Republican Party to protect him and not the law. He’s fearful there may be a Republican or two who actually has morals and who actually loves the country over any single criminal.

  16. Can someone please explain to the spitting, yelling host that microphones can record a fly fart at forty feet. There is NO NEED to yell and dribble on your chin. How do you speak over the kitchen table? That is how you use a microphone. Poor old Trey (cloudy) Gowdey – a complete birth defect. When they circumcised him they threw away the best bit.

  17. The GOP is too corrupt and power hungry to choose ethical justice over their own power and greed. They will not impeach Trump no matter how bad it looks because they will retain power in the end. Trump voters consist of many poor uneducated persons who believe whatever the party tells them to irrespective of any facts because they are under the power of classical conditioning where confirmation bias reigns supreme!

  18. Look at these hypocrites who swore to uphold constitution and laws and principles but they backing the very criminal who they said would betray the country, corruption, madman, liar and now they doing anything he says even lying for him. McConnell you Republicans did Clinton and Benghazi investigation's same way. Your party will be destroyed by your lying and covering up for this conman and traitor.

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  20. So in other words, Trump will go to jail. Too many issues that are coming into place. I'm thinking his devious ways can't compete against whats righteous.

  21. Time to see the Republican lemmings breaking off from the crowd who are willingly jumping off the cliffs of insanity into the abyss of a totalitarian regime that is devoid of moral conscience.

  22. "The "American People" can sense that this 'process' is not fair." Jim Jordan is FOS. What's good for the Goose… is good for the Gander.

  23. Democrats are trying to have the American people forget about the corruption they have been doing.
    Their time is nearer than they think. Just a matter of time now!
    Trump 2020

  24. Gee…Imagine the party of law in order meeting to get folks in line or on the team to defend a criminal…

    The Republican clown show distractions ARE NOT working. Dems are walking and chewing gum at the same time. Let's get on to impeachment and watch the Republicans excuse trump's crimes while on the public record.

  25. If Trump is kicked out we get the WONDERFUL Democrats? Have we forgotten that they suffered HUGE losses in 2010, only 2 years after Obama was elected? Is this the best we can do?

  26. Are their any demonstration outside the whitehouse? any public outcry like vietnam? People need to start start pressuring the GOP and make the republicans follow the law. This isnt getting out of hand, It is already out of hand! Republicans keep shouting the people needs, but only does what they want for themselves. Tax break for the rich. Justice for the rich. Public control. new wars for profit. But forgets the veterans, hurricane victems, schools for kids. instead they want more privat prisons with no oversight.

  27. We're living in historic times. 100 years from now, many will be remembered for where they stood. trump, mcconnell, graham, and many other republicans will be remembered for how they failed to support our nation. Quite the contrary.

  28. Graham is shedding lies. There is a difference between depositions and the standard kind of hearing we see on c-span. Deposing and interviewing like a grand jury is not a public consumption action. Most of the Republicans who invaded the SCIF in violation of security laws know the difference between the two just as most knew it was forbidden to take phones into a SCIF. Why are they pretending to not know? I heard one of them say he had turned his phone off and I thought immediately of one of the indictments of Russians who were running an attack from Russia. It clearly indicated that at least one of them knew how to turn the recording function in phones on, remotely, and record conversations unknown to the phone owner. (Youtube had a video about how it was done.) That Congressman had never even read the indictments. How lazy can a man be?

    Graham is advocating an interpretation of the Constitution which is so out of kilter with the actual text it suggests he can't read. The house has the sole authority to impeach. To impeach fairly, investigations must occur. Had Mueller been allowed to stay active a few more months, he might have been connected to the talk about the phone call. Then Barr would have been in charge of it. But Barr closed him out. Then Barr mischacterized the report and now that mischaracterization has been cited by a judge to show the difference between not finding evidence of collusion when all the evidence is available and not uncovering evidence when all the information known to have existed or likely to have existed is missing or not located or destroyed.

    Graham is protecting the President from impeachment but impeachment might never had gone this far if Barr had not turned down the chance for the FBI to conduct it's own investigation into Trump's call. Barr probably thought he was burying the knowledge of the phone call. He never thought some people would consider the President's words a blackmail attempt, a dirty shakedown, a rotten act calculated to repeat in 2020 what he did in 2016 (complete with Russian lowlifes.)

    Graham is so wrapped in hypocrisy he cannot think straight. He would have a gigantic hissyfit if House Democrats passed a resolution condemning the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding a hearing on Trump's financial statement in a classified setting. He would be the first to huff "We don't take orders from the House and we set the rules for the Senate using Senators not Representatives."

    Graham's hypocrisy is self-evident when you read the constitution and compare what it says to what he thinks it says. No one so ignorant or so arrogant deserves a place of power. Hands off the Constitution. Lindsey. Hands off now!

  29. What a load of rubbish! Ever heard of Benghazi??? Trey Gowdy praised being able to hold investigations behind closed doors.

  30. Will any of the 45 family go down for money laundering?? Will Moscow Mitch go down for money laundering? Stay tuned

  31. The Republicans look guilty, act like criminals and Putin cant help this time, America is weeping while the Republicans dig a hole for themselves and the lying traitorous chief. While protecting their almost worthless jobs. Only 14 people out of a hundred support the lawmakers. 4 in 10 support the lying chief.

  32. Republicans who signed that proposal to condemn the process are so disingenuous because the process rules were written and passed by a Republican majority. Now when it’s being used and not working out in their favor, they scream it’s unfair. They’re disgusting.

  33. Let's show the world how bigoted the Republicans are. We all have this on tape! Politics before human decency and they don't serve the country but only themselves.

  34. These Republicans don't know how laughable they sound. Only the dumbest Trump Troll, doesn't get it. The average person knows the President is a traitor. Soulless Republicans we see what you're doing.

  35. Dear Jill, Americans can care about more than one thing at a time. We do it in life every day, job, family, community etc. Please tell the Republicans most Americans are not as dumb as they think. We are not all Trump Trolls

  36. You Republicans need to go back to school, Government 101!!! Lindsey Graham needs to resign–maybe he and Trump can do it together!

  37. So frustrating to see these GOP trolls coming out to defend the worse man we have to get the office of the presidency through the support of the Russia govt then to watch as he does everything that Russia needs to be done. Rump is the Puppet of Putin. Period

  38. If this were Russia the government would be drumming up false investigations to jail political rivals, oh wait, that's what Barr is working on. Scalise is such a liar.

  39. Obstruction of Justice, and also putting little children and babies in zoo-like cages, who have been forcibly pulled from their mothers or caregivers and then sent to big cities like Chicago or Denver, and leaving them to opioids or pneumonia or typhus.
    This was Trump’s “idea”

  40. I find the goppers protest of the process amusing given that this is the same process that trey gowdy used during the benghazi. anybody who follows gaetz has got to be one brick shy of a full load.

  41. BY GOLLY THE GOP MADE THE RULES FOR PRIVATE INQUIRIES AND now

    Now they whine about the privacy. What a bunch o morons!!

  42. Can you say jail time. I think Chris doesn't even belive what he is saying, just trying to keep his job.Hilary said by not respecting who would win the 2016 election would tear our country apart. The day after the election she started {resist dot org } and guess what ,she was right. Russia,Russia,Russia. Fake Fake Fake. And Chris knows this .Wake up people

  43. "Stormed" a secure meeting! More like a "Wall Street Shuffle"! (My apologies to 10CC) With electronics in hand, thereby proving that ethics and regulations matter not to the Republicans!

  44. Ok, then it is clear that acts and issues exist. Words of a Republican here!!!!! "" THE WEST WING BELIEVES MORE SHOULD BE DONE TO SHORE UP REPUBLICAN SUPPORT TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT AND GENUINE POLITICAL PERIL ""

  45. How dare they impeach such a good President.. perhaps the best president EVER in the history of our nation… No one has done so much for the nation than he has. He has made America the Greatest… specially the 'M' & 'E' in America…..
    * He stopped North Korea from building any nuclear weapons…
    * We now have such a wonderful trade deal with China.
    * Oh Wow… and look at our neighbours in the north and the south… we have the best deal ever with both Canada & Mexico. They are all so ecstatic.  They are praising us day an night. All this from the greatest deal maker.
    * As regards Asia & the Pacific.  Ah, yes… the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty… How can anyone complain with the alternative treaty we now have with all the Asian / Pacific countries… That treaty which took the previous govt more than 10 years— i.e. the whole Presidential time for the good for nothing Obama presidency… we got it done in just two weeks. We are now beating all the Asian / Pacific countries in their own game now.. oh Wow…
    * Health Care: Oh boy, and now you and I and everyone else in American have such a wonderful health insurance — the best health care in the world and no one pays anything for it. Where can you get that.. All of these done by this President….the “most stable” person in the world.
    * Speaking of climate:  We now have the best climate ever… we did so much to control pollution, emissions from automobiles, clean all the water and the air. Here we did so good that the entire world now just wants to come to our Great USA. In fact, if not for the Great Wall that Mexico paid for and we built as was promised, they would all be here– the entire world. Imagine that. Thank god we have the Great Wall to stop them.
    * Oh yes, how could I forget our farmers… They are the best and the richest farmers in the world… They are making records profits because of his deal. Under our smartest President, the farmers have made so much money selling record produce, so much so, that they are now giving their extra moneys back to the state coffers. Our state coffers are now brimming with extra money from them…
    * Deficits all wiped out: Now that we have so much extra money from the farmers that all our record deficits that was created when we gave such good breaks to our rich friends– this has all now been wiped away. Thanks to our great American farmers.
    After three years of his rule, we have record productions of everything from cars to cool-aids. And all these because of our greatest President ever. How could anyone ever think of impeaching such a historic President that our nation ever had. It is all lies… all 10,000 lies. Never believe the fake media… or a fake President !

  46. These pubs are seriously ridiculous!
    They really think that Americans are going to buy this smoke screen!
    The last reference that they should using is that if the Soviet Union !!!

  47. By "getting tough", our babyman president thinks throwing an Animal House Frat Party style intrusion, forcing their entry where they KNOW they have NO RIGHT to be is how THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA shows strength. Mr. Trump, why don't you just wander down to St. Jude's and steal some candy?

  48. "Biggest sinners sit closest to the priest", and it sounds like whomever came up with that USSR line is sitting in the first row closest to the isle.

    See if you can track down the origin for that talking point.

  49. "Iron Clad" ? ? Lol. There is No chance of impeaching Trump. Try to knowing that it will fail – that's what you want? Only bias politicians sneaking, leaking, accusing, investigating, lying, making up stories, bucking the system, wasting valuable time instead of putting real bills on the floor than mean something; would do such childish acts. You want to throw a wrench in the best economy, jobs, markets, consumer confidences ever in US History? If so, You're a fool and should watch more fiction TV because that world is not real.

  50. Is it likely that the Republicans will actually read the Constitution at some point? It might be a good idea that could stop them showing how ignorant they are of the Laws they operate under and even save them from making fools of themselves – though they are probably already at the point that they can't escape the latter.

  51. How pathetic and desperate of the republicans that some of them wanted to be arrested and taken out in cuffs…all for the 'show'. This party has got to go and I mean all of them. They're nuts.

  52. So, would the sanctions have anything to do with not wanting to go on the record for or against DJT? HOR republicans don't have access to the republicans on the committees in order to have them consider your questions and concerns. Some of us were born in the morning and some of us were born at night, it wasn't this morning or last night! If your job is to defend the constitution I suggest you make it a requirement to read it! If you claim to stand for law and justice, do your jobs! I'm a retired preschool teacher and even the worst students are better behaved! You changed the rules in 2015, so abide by the rules.

  53. The good republican died. God rest his soul. That was John McCain. He was very good at keeping Lindsey and the rest of the goofballs in line. Now is when we miss him!

  54. It's so hard to listen to a bunch of republican sycophants blowing Hot air and temper tantrum. I am embarrassed for them. These are our law makers please! Their constituents should have all of them recalled. These are defective models of republican party.

  55. Every one of those reptile Repthugs that stormed the room are traitors. They are somehow beyond lies and into fantasy world. Everything trump and his cohorts are doing is right out of Russian philosophy and quoted liberally by Putin.

  56. Murkowski is the only one who has even a chance of opposing Trump and probably Romney will as well. The others have no conscience.

  57. Laughable. Please continue to secure the next election for Donald Trump. We appreciate your idiotic shortsighted hateful ways. No one I talk to in real life believes anything on tv anymore. Even Democrats are completely ashamed of the nonsense and poo flinging going on. What happened to serving the people?
    Mental midgets, Dixiecrats, Dumbocrats, SlaveTraders, KKK supporters. None of the current Dems seem to know their own history.
    Tulsi Gabbard is on point, which is why Thug Hillary is trying to discredit her. Dumb, dumb, dumb dumbocrats. How stupid are you? The media will test that for us and it is astonishing the level of ignorance that is out there.
    JmB

  58. Trump's mafia doing their master's bidding. Everyone of them should be locked up. They're a corrupt band of thieves.

  59. Trump ……a Putin.😈 puppet
    2 hrs. In Helsinki meeting Trump destroys transcript
    My question would be how much evidence has Trump already
    fed to Putin.😈 and why didn't Republicans say something then
    Why did it take Democrats, to demand answers to the corruption and lies 😲 from Trump
    American people and country 😳 should come first

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