Whistleblower Alleges Trump Cover-Up of Ukraine Scandal: A Closer Look


-Today, we got to see the
damning whistle-blower complaint that sparked
the impeachment inquiry over President Trump’s
Ukraine scandal. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -So, yesterday, we saw the memo
from Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine, and it was already
incredibly damning. The memo revealed a quid quo pro
in which Trump dangled hundreds of millions of dollars
in military aid, and in return,
pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate
a political rival, Joe Biden, by literally telling
the president of Ukraine to “do us a favor.” And as a general rule, you never
want to do Trump a favor because it will always
go unpaid. In fact, it will very likely
be punished because Trump will take
a liking to you, make you part of his entourage, and destroy your dignity
and reputation. I mean, just look
at Rudy Giuliani. The guy used to be
America’s mayor, and now he’s constantly on TV looking like he just fell
ass first onto a railroad spike. [ Laughter ] And then we got to see
the full declassified whistle-blower complaint
that details a series of illegal actions designed to
get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election
and then to orchestrate a cover-up of those actions, and you’ll never guess
who was in the middle of it all. -From the whistle-blower
who says, “In the course
of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government
officials that the president
of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference
from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. Election.” -This interference includes,
among other things, pressuring a foreign country
to investigate one of the president’s main
domestic political rivals. The president’s personal lawyer,
Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is the central figure
in this effort. -This person says they heard
from multiple U.S. officials that they were deeply concerned
by what they viewed as Mr. Giuliani’s circumvention of national security
decision making processes to engage with
Ukrainian officials and relay messages
back and forth between Ukraine
and the president. -Amazing, they concocted
an illegal scheme to extort
the Ukrainian government to help them win
the 2020 election, and they chose as their
go-between, Rudy Giuliani. [ Laughter ] That’s like if you planned
a bank heist and made Mr. Magoo
your getaway driver. “Magoo, where’s the car?” [ As Mr. Magoo ] Car? I thought we were using skis! [ Applause ] [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ] Then in
the hearing this morning, the acting Director of National
Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, was grilled about his handling
of the whistle-blower complaint, and specifically Giuliani’s role
in the scandal. And Maguire said even he,
an intelligence official at the highest levels
of government, had no idea what Rudy was doing. -Were you aware of his role
or understanding what his role was,
doing what you do? -Congressman Quigley,
my only knowledge of what Mr. Giuliani does,
I have to be honest with you, I get from TV and from the news
media. -Congressman,
all I know about Mr. Giuliani is what I see on TV, and, so,
all I can say is I hope he gets his narcolepsy
cured soon. [ Laughter ] I mean, lookit, why does
he always look like he’s being woken up in
the middle of a question? [ Laughter and applause ] Of course, this would all — this would all seem like
a shocking abuse of power and obviously impeachable
behavior to any normal person, and yet during the hearing
today, Republicans on the committee
chose instead to defend the president
like Congressman Devin Nunes, who concocted an insane lie
about how Democrats had also supposedly worked
with Ukrainians to dig up dirt on Trump. -Today, they accused
the president of pressuring Ukrainians
to take actions that would help himself
or hurt his political opponents. And yet, there are numerous
examples of Democrats doing the exact same thing. Democrats on this very committee negotiated with people
who they thought were Ukrainians in order to obtain nude pictures
of Trump. -I assure you, no one wants
nude pictures of Donald Trump. [ Laughter and applause ]
In fact, nude pictures of Donald Trump
are the one thing that should be literally
covered up. Also, if nude pictures
of Trump existed, the first person to show them
to us would be Donald Trump. [ Laughter ] Maybe that’s why Rudy
always looks like that — Trump just showed him
the nude pics. [ As Trump ]
Rudy, check these out. I just got these developed. Oh, look, by the way,
I broke my thumb. [ Laughter ] That’s not my thumb, Rudy. You think you’re looking
at my thumb. But that’s not my thumb.
I tricked you, Rudy. [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ] But it’s not
just Rudy Giuliani’s involvement that’s detailed in
the whistle-blower complaint. There are also explosive details
in the report about the lengths to which
the White House went to cover up their scheme. Now, remember, they keep saying there’s nothing wrong
in the phone call and everything Trump did
was appropriate, and yet today, we found out
that the Trump team actually went out of their way
to take the notes of the call and hide them by moving them
from the place they’re normally kept
to a high security location where very few people
would see them. -Here is where the alleged
cover-up comes in, “In the days following the call, I learned from multiple
U.S. officials that senior White House
officials had intervened to lock down all records
of the phone call, especially the official
word for word transcript of the call that was produced,
as is customary, by the White House
situation room.” -The whistle-blower reports
that “the White House officials told me that they were directed
by the White House lawyers to remove
the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts
are typically stored.” -The transcript was loaded into
a separate electronic system, when White House officials
describe the act as an abuse
of this electronic system because the call did not contain
anything remotely sensitive from a national security
perspective. -They took the notes
out of the normal system used for calls like this and
tried to lock them down by putting them into a classified
system to hide them, which makes it
incredibly obvious that this was a cover-up. It’s like if your husband
had a folder on his desktop that said,
“Work stuff, not porn.” [ Laughter ] I mean, honestly,
we’re so lucky these guys are terrible at cover-ups. it was so obvious, people
caught onto it immediately. The president had a phone call,
and then his staff was like, “Put it in a separate system,” and a bunch of people were like,
“Why?” And Trump’s staff was like,
“Uh, no reason.” And then Rudy Giuliani
went on TV, woke up from his nap,
and screamed, “We did a cover-up!” [ Laughter ] And apparently, this wasn’t even
the first time they’ve tried to cover up something like this. The whistle-blower wrote
in their complaint that “According to White House
officials I spoke with, this was not the first time
under this administration that a presidential transcript
was placed into this code-word-level system solely for the purpose
of protecting politically sensitive rather than national security
sensitive information.” so they have a secret system
where they keep politically sensitive
information. Is that also where they keep
Trump’s eyeglass prescription? -10,000 known or suspested
gang members… Controlled by large derners… Advising lawmarkers… -Yes, yes. Lawmarkers, as in when
they write up articles of impeachment, they can do it
using lawmarkers. [ Laughter ] Now Trump is lashing out
so erratically that it’s actually hard
to understand what he’s saying. For example, after the hearing, which was held by Intelligence
Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Trump said this. -It’s a disgrace to our country. it’s another witch hunt.
Here we go again. It’s Adam Schiff and his crew
making up stories and sitting there, like, pious,
whatever you want to call them. -Whatever we want to call — We don’t want to call them
anything. Why does he put it on us
to come up with his insults? it’s like Presidential
Match Game. Sitting there like pious blanks. Is it…lawmakers? I’m sorry, the answer
was lawmarkers. [ Laughter ] And this morning… [ Applause ] This morning, Trump said
something even more menacing about the whistle-blower in a
private meeting with diplomats. Trump reportedly called
the whistle-blower a spy and suggested they should be
punished for treason. -This morning, while at
a private event in New York, the “L.A. Times” is reporting
that the president called the whistle-blower
almost a spy, along with anybody who might
have helped that person. The president went on to say, “you know what we used to do
in the old days when we were smart, right? The spies and treason,
we used to handle it a little differently
than we do now.” -Holy [bleep] We may not have Trump’s
nude pics, but we’re definitely seeing
a dic-tator! Tator — dictator. Trump wasn’t the only one
losing his mind this morning. After the release of
the whistle-blower report, a reporter for “The Atlantic”
tweeted that Rudy Giuliani called her today
and that Giuliani “was nearly shouting in my phone
call with him, ‘It is impossible that
the whistle-blower is a hero and I’m not,
and I will be the hero. These morons, when this is over, I will be the hero,’
he told me. I had this conversation
while in an Uber. And when I hung up,
the driver was like, ‘Uh, everything okay?'” I mean, not only is Rudy
meddling in elections, now he’s meddling
in people’s Uber ratings. [ Laughter ] Hey, I’m sorry, if you
got to talk to Giuliani, I got to give you one star.” So now Democrats have even
more explosive new evidence for the impeachment inquiry. And now we’re moving full steam
ahead with that inquiry. Trump, of course,
is losing his mind. Yesterday, for example, he attacked House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and even bizarrely claimed she was no longer
the Speaker of the House. -Did you ask House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi to find a way out of impeachment
yesterday? -Not at all. No. Look, she’s lost her way. She’s been taken over
by the radical left. She may be radical left,
herself, but she really has lost her way. All she’s thinking about is
this. She’s been taken over
by the radical left, the whole Democrat Party. You take a look at what’s
happening in the media today. The whole party is taken over
by the left, and Nancy Pelosi,
as far as I’m concerned, unfortunately, she’s no longer
the Speaker of the House. -Well, unfortunately for you, she very much is
the Speaker of the House. [ Cheers and applause ]
She is. I mean… He’s such a bratty teen. I’m surprised he didn’t add, “I’m going to my room,
and I’m never coming out, and as far as I’m concerned,
you’re no longer my mom.” [ Laughter ] In fact, Trump is lashing out
so wildly that yesterday, he tried to take the rest
of the White House down with him
when out of nowhere, he dragged Vice President
Mike Pence into his mess. Now, Mike pence is an expert at managing to stay
out of the fray. Remember that oval office
meeting with Pelosi and Schumer where Pence basically tried to
teleport himself away until it was over? And yet, yesterday,
when Trump was asked about his conversations
with the president of Ukraine, in which Trump asked him
to meddle in the 2020 election in exchange for hundreds
of millions of dollars in military aid,
Trump, out of nowhere, dragged Pence into his mess. -I think you should ask
for V.P. Pence’s conversation because he had a couple
of conversations also. I can save you a lot of time.
They were all perfect. Nothing was mentioned
of any import other than congratulations. But the word is
that they’re going to ask for the first phone conversation. You can have it
any time you need it. And also Mike Pence’s
conversations, which were, I think,
one or two of them. They were perfect. -Damn, he’s taking Mike Pence
down with him. It’s like when the cops separate
two suspects in a murder case. The one guy’s like,
“I’ll never talk,” and the other guy is like, [ As Trump ]
You should talk to Mike Pence. It was all his idea. [ Normal voice ] And it’s not
just Mike Pence who is now implicated in this whole mess. There is also
Attorney General William Barr. Yesterday, we learned
that Trump’s Ukraine call was referred to
the Department of Justice as a possible crime, and that
Barr’s team shut it down. Barr was also mentioned multiple
times in the notes from the phone call and then
in the report released today, the whistle-blower
said explicitly that Attorney General Barr
appears to be involved as well, which means Barr may have been
lying during this exchange with Senator Kamala Harris
back in May. -Has the president or anyone
at the White House ever asked or suggested that you
open an investigation of anyone? Yes or no, please, sir. -Um, the president
or anybody else. -Seems you’d remember
something like that and be able to tell us. -Yeah, but I’m trying to grapple
with the word, suggest. I mean, there have been
discussions of matters out there that — they have not asked me
to open an investigation, but —
-Perhaps they’ve suggested? -I don’t know.
I wouldn’t say, suggest. -Hinted?
-I don’t know. -Inferred? You don’t know. Okay. -I mean, look at her face. She’s questioning him the way
you ask your son, “Do you smoke weed?” when
you’ve already found the weed. [ Laughter ] But for real, you know
someone’s lying when that’s how they respond. It’s like if your boss at Kinkos
comes to you and says, “Hey, Brad, did you get drunk,
sit on the copier, photocopy your ass, and put it
up in the break room?” and your answer is,
“Uh [Mumbling] [ Laughter ] Yeah, I’m just trying to grapple
with the word ‘photocopy’.” [ Laughter ] Yeah. It was you then. You put it up in the break room. [ Cheers and applause ]
And then there is the State Department’s role
in all of this. For example, in an interview
on Fox News this week, Giuliani actually admitted
that the State Department was also involved
in this scandal by asking him to take
a phone call with an official in Ukraine to manufacture
a baseless smear against Biden. -You didn’t get involved in this
on your own. Did our State Department ask you
to go on a mission for them? -They did. -Oh, my God, Rudy,
why do you keep going on TV and confessing this stuff? [ Laughter ] Here’s my theory —
when Rudy and Trump and their cohorts are huddled
in the White House or on Air Force One, they all make perfect sense
to each other, right? They don’t even realize the
plans they’re making are crimes. It’s like when you
and your friends take mushrooms in the back bedroom and you’re
throwing theories around. You feel like geniuses. Then you leave the bedroom, but you forgot your mom’s
having her book club. And suddenly the moment
they all look at you, you realize, “Oh, no,
we’re really [bleep] high.” [ Laughter ] I mean, seriously, that fast.
He gives it up that fast. Can you imagine Rudy’s episode
of “Law & Order”? [ “The Clang” plays ] -Did our State Department ask
you to go on a mission for them? -They did. [ Outro for “Law & Order”
plays ] [ Laughter and applause ] -Then, Rudy admitted again
during an interview on Fox News, where he literally held up
his phone to show his calls from the State Department. That came after
a “Washington Post” report in which White House insiders tried to blame Rudy
for everything. According to those insiders, the person who appears to have
been more directly involved in nearly every stage of the entanglement with Ukraine
is Giuliani. “Rudy, he did all of this,”
one U.S. official said. “This [bleep] show
that we’re in, it’s him injecting himself
into the process.” Oh, man, I love it. They’re all trying to blame
each other now. This is like the end
of “Reservoir Dogs” where everybody’s pointing a gun
at someone else. You’ve got Mr. Orange.
He’s blaming Mr. White. And everybody’s mad at Mr. Red. [ Laughter ] What we saw today in this
whistle-blower complaint is impeachable behavior
on its own, let alone all the other ways
in which Trump has abused his power
over the last two years. And now that things are getting
really bad, they’re trying to pin it
on each other with the White House
blaming Rudy, Rudy blaming
the State Department, and Trump blaming Pence. In fact, if both Trump and Pence
get removed from office, the next person in the line
of succession would be Nancy Pelosi,
in which case, it would actually be true
that… -She’s no longer
the Speaker of the House. -This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. How many of his base would regurgitate if shown the nude peepee tapes? So let’s see the tapes.. melania wants them for her divorce lawyer…Rudy Giuliani

  2. If there are not laws against all the corrupt things that Trump is doing, there needs to be. If there are, why is he still in office?!!

  3. What's amazing to me is how many of you commenters believe these lies are true do yourself a favor and do some research

  4. Nunez stop trying to muddy the waters with your lies you corrupt POS asshole! What the hell happened to the Republican party? You guys have all become Trump's little bitches, bending over backwards to defend this corrupt moron. He is hurting your party trust me ya'll need to impeach him and let Pence take the reins. You'll have a much better chance of holding onto power.

  5. God, you leftards are just insane.
    You're so much in the land of make-believe.
    Everything here is an interpretation, and not a believable one.

  6. What is sad is, is that the democrats are as far left as the conservatives in my country are… so how far right are the republicans then?

  7. Turdy: "Nancy Pelosi is no longer the Speaker of the House!!!" https://youtu.be/m-KEFW5nETQ?t=575 SOOOOOOOOO FUNNNNYYYYYY!!!!!

  8. way back when trump? when you were faking bone spurs,not only that but you have held 1 political office unfortunately your lying,cheating and corrupt ass got into the white house.
    GTFO BITCHES.

  9. Democrats find credible evidence that Republicans did X. Republicans, for the first time and without evidence, accuse Democrats of being the ones who REALLY did X. Rinse, repeat. I refer you to the case of Rubber v. Glue.

  10. What's the most remarkable – and sad too – in Dump's meltdown is not the fact that he clearly can't take it any more and suffering an impeachment breakdown. I'm not even sure at this stage that Dump actually realizes he set both feet in deep doo-dooh the minute he released a summary of the infamous Ukraine call. He seems to have completely lost whatever moral compass he had left that had prevented him so far from doing really stupid things and compromising himself as well as just everybody in his sphere of influence (and gosh, the idiot is so bloated with bacon cheeseburgers, that sphere has reached a critical diameter by now!!). Judging from the live eruption and all hell breaking loose with the President of Finland nearby – who wished he could fly back to Helsinki immediately and finish this embarassing conference by Skype – Dump is sh*tting his pachydermic pants out of terror. Fear and panic have a smell but we can't obviously witness it. Nevertheless, Dump is going crystal-clear apesh*t out of the terror Congress has triggered in him. There's one thing that reassures me, THOUGH… He still. knows he's guilty. But since he is such a pathological liar, there's always the danger he becomes delusional in his public denial and starts to ACTUALLY believe he's truly innocent. That's where the worst of the worst dangers lies ahead of us,: that a narcissistic criminal with a Caligula mentality starts deviating from reality and acting on his delusion…

  11. The house should subpoena that pos president and question him in an effort to give him the opportunity to clear this crime up

    All he has to do is sit in front of congress and answer the questions

  12. the more i watch latenight with Seth the more I start to realize
    everyone who watches him becomes dumber and de-evolved. So I stopped
    watching him and you can too. I also realized that from watching Late
    Night with Seth Meyers the USA is the stupidest country and its citizens
    are dumber then ever especially because of people like SETH MEYERS. Go
    watch this video to see how stupid US CITIZENS are. @

  13. Not only is Nancy still the speaker of the house…..since trump is now throwing Pence under the bus as well….guess who's next in line to take over your job? Yup…Nancy.

  14. The democrats are just as corrupt as Trump. Corruption fighting corruption = Bernie Sanders for President because he’s against them all

  15. OMG!!! Who else forgot that the speaker of the house could end up as president if the president and the vice president couldn't do it?????

  16. Actually, I think Rudy Giulliano’s claim about being on a State Department mission was an attempt at avoiding him being charged with violating the Logan Act, since he probably realised that working as Trump’s personal lawyer/fixer is stretching the definition of acting with the “authority of the United States” in his dealings with foreign powers just a teensy weensy bit.

  17. This is silly. The NSA record everything worldwide, 24/7 – their job. Just call them up and get the transcripts. Doesn't anybody know how this works?

  18. Meyers: Can you imagine Rudy’s episode of Law & Order?
    Law & Order intro
    Hannity: Did our State Department asked you to go on a mission for them?
    Giuliani: uh they did, they did
    End credits. 🤯😆😆😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣

  19. Yes Throw out Bill Barr. He is as much involved as the others , Yes ,,,,More than is what is involved at this moment, time5,15 am oct, 13th /0 19 /.

  20. https://play.google.com/music/m/Top2jgmg7xbmeaowlluptpqkcsa?t=Chase_Down_The_Bully_-_Ice_Cube

    Give this tune a listen

    #IMPEACHTRUMP #ICECUBE 👊💯💯💯💯

  21. Nunes is one of the wormiest, most pathetic, cowardly, soulless bastards to ever betray the United States. He's a miserable, pathetic human being.

  22. Devin Nunez is truly Delusional! He’s spewed more conspiracy theories than Trump! They just spew this bullshit with no proof at all!

  23. The world is watching you America and laughing at your "Freak Show Banana Republican" Administration. No rational leadership anywhere on Planet Earth, could risk trusting wannabe president bonespurs !…

  24. The whole world knows that Pedo Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are Russian assets Seth Meyer is gay and love black butt best..

  25. Seth. A sadly challenged bloke overflowing with misapprehension. His lies and corrosive false narrative invokes applause from equally challenged audience.. We fully understand the Democrat Party's m.o. it is capricious, socialist to make everyone as miserable as possible.

  26. Use this opportunity to expose HK rioters' fake news, and extreme violent:

    https://youtu.be/NZXoBZODsf4

    (fake news, extremely shameful human beings)

    https://youtu.be/XSBI9GM3aFg

    (Animals go out hunting, disgusting)

  27. If they got impeached Nancy would be president.. This is too fishy. Trump was already not suppose to be there. The Presidential race is packed with a bunch of peons with “wishful thinking” or just flat out half backed ideas; and this woman could be the first female preident to intorduce to us that aliens are real, aliens who may just be demons and vampires from the lure of our world. (Yea it got real interesting at the end there.) I thought it was pretty interesting how the one woman (Marcia Fudge) that chanllenged Nacny just bowed out abruptly.

    The plan is coming together!

    Stay tuned for the next episode of: MAGA MANY AMERICANS GET ANALY-PENERTRATED!

    PREVIEW FOR NEXT WEEK: The dog was in on it.

  28. This guy in the White House has been deeply involved in TAX FRAUD AND TAX EVASION THE VERY SAME THING AL CAPONE WENT TO AND DIE IN PRISON FOR!NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW OR THE U.S. CONSTITUTION..
    LAW-MAKERS OF THE NATION IT'S TIME FOR SWIFT AND DECISIVE ACTION!TREASON JUST DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ENOUGH FOR THIS LAME DUCK CONGRESS! So I'm going to put all my confidence in the SDNY to hold donald j trump accountable for his numerous violations of the law(tax fraud,tax evasion,banking and mail FRAUD)all in which are major felonies calling for serious prison time!

  29. Trump thinks the Speaker of the house is under his control is a part of his Corrupt Administration, he can fire him or her any how he wants

  30. So, children, the one important thing to remember about this whole saga that is dragging on for months, that will help make sense, is: there is a big difference when Trump lies and when all other Republican officials are lying. With all other Republican officials, they KNOW when they are lying and are spouting nonsense out of their ass (especially Nunes), and so they do so with a little "wink and a nod" — just spew your lie; no need to defend it or prove it; just move on to your next nonsensical lie.

    But with Trump, due to brain damage or mental illness or delusions or dementia or whatever, he actually BELIEVES his lies. That is why he will defend them, double down on them, insult anyone (whether politician or media) who refutes them, and will refuse to listen to any evidence which varies from his version of events. He truly lives in an alternative universe. His wives know it, his children know it, his business associates know it, and now all the government workers in Washington know it. This is a VERY dangerous situation. Trump is a very sick man.

    Sadly, most of Trump's supporters (the "deplorables") are more like HIM than other Republican officials, refusing to listen to reason and evidence. Please pray for America.

  31. I think this is what Rudy’s all about, trying hard and failing hard, to be americas mayor again.. corrupt parasitic swamp scum the whole lot of them (yes trump and his republican entourage)

  32. I was waiting to see Giuliani dress up in Drag on Fox 🦊 I’ve seen Pics of him and trump where trump is Kissing Giuliani’s Neck And Bosoms. U can see it on Google.

  33. During an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump stated he didn’t direct Rudy to go to Ukraine on his behalf, which is in complete contradiction in the White House Transcript Trump has be telling the world to read.

    From WH Transcript:

    Trump: Good because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. MR. GIULIANI is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. RUDY very much knows what’s happening and he is very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great.

    The following witnesses even testified that Rudy Giuliani was in Ukraine on Trump’s behalf:

    William Taylor

    Gordon Sondland – donated $1 million to Trump and was appointed by Trump

    George Kent

    Marie Yovanovitch

    David Holmes

    Rudy even tweeted the following:

    The investigation I conducted concerning 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption, was done solely as a defense attorney to defend my client against false charges that kept changing as one after another were disproven.

    Followed by Rudy going on National TV and stating he was in Ukraine to defend Trump.

  34. Too bad trump has no grip on reality. I think this whole situation is due to his republican loyalists bowed down and kissed his butt, which made him believe he could get away with anything?

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