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AND MAJESTIC MARCH TOWARD A MORE PERFECT UNION.

PERFECT UNION. >>> MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, I WANT TO

>>> MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING YOU FOR THE

BEGIN BY THANKING YOU FOR THE DISTINGUISHED WAY YOU HAVE

DISTINGUISHED WAY YOU HAVE PRESIDED OVER THESE PROCEEDINGS.

PRESIDED OVER THESE PROCEEDINGS. SENATORS, WE ARE NOT ENEMIES BUT

SENATORS, WE ARE NOT ENEMIES BUT FRIENDS.

FRIENDS. WE MUST NOT BE ENEMIES.

WE MUST NOT BE ENEMIES. IF LINCOLN COULD SPEAK THESE

IF LINCOLN COULD SPEAK THESE WARS DURING THE CIVIL WAR,

WARS DURING THE CIVIL WAR, SURELY WE CAN LIVE THEM NOW AND

SURELY WE CAN LIVE THEM NOW AND OVERCOME OUR DIVISIONS AND OUR

OVERCOME OUR DIVISIONS AND OUR ANIMOSITIES.

ANIMOSITIES. IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON,

IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON, THE LIGHTS ARE FINALLY GOING OUT

THE LIGHTS ARE FINALLY GOING OUT IN THE CAPITOL AFTER LONG DAY OF

IN THE CAPITOL AFTER LONG DAY OF IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD J.

IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD J. TRUMP.

TRUMP. THE SENATE HEARD ARGUMENTS ONLY

THE SENATE HEARD ARGUMENTS ONLY HOURS EARLIER ON WHETHER TO CALL

HOURS EARLIER ON WHETHER TO CALL WITNESSES AND REQUIRE THE

WITNESSES AND REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE

ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS IT HAS WITHHELD.

DOCUMENTS IT HAS WITHHELD. COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT STILL

COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT STILL MAINTAINS THE PRESIDENTS

MAINTAINS THE PRESIDENTS INNOCENCE WHILE OPPOSING ANY

INNOCENCE WHILE OPPOSING ANY ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE THAT WOULD

ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE THAT WOULD PROVE OTHERWISE.

PROVE OTHERWISE. IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON.

IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON. ON THIS NIGHT, NOT ALL THE

ON THIS NIGHT, NOT ALL THE LIGHTS HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED.

LIGHTS HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED. SOMEWHERE IN THE SBOULS OF THE

SOMEWHERE IN THE SBOULS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, DONALD

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, DONALD TRUMPS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, A

TRUMPS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, A LIGHT REMAINS ON.

LIGHT REMAINS ON. SOMEONE HAS WAITED UNTIL THE

SOMEONE HAS WAITED UNTIL THE COUNTRY IS ASLEEP TO HIT "SEND"

COUNTRY IS ASLEEP TO HIT "SEND" TO INFORM THE COURT IN A FILING

TO INFORM THE COURT IN A FILING DUE THAT DAY THAT THE JUSTICE

DUE THAT DAY THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT THAT

DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT THAT WOULD REPRESENT JUSTICE, IS

WOULD REPRESENT JUSTICE, IS REFUSING TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS

REFUSING TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS DIRECTLY BEARING ON THE

DIRECTLY BEARING ON THE PRESIDENTS DECISION TO WITHHOLD

PRESIDENTS DECISION TO WITHHOLD MILITARY AID FROM UKRAINE.

MILITARY AID FROM UKRAINE. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS THEM.

THEM. IT IS NOT TURNING THEM OVER, AND

IT IS NOT TURNING THEM OVER, AND IT DOES NOT WANT THE SENATE TO

IT DOES NOT WANT THE SENATE TO KNOW UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.

KNOW UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. SEND.

SEND. THATS WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY

THATS WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN YOU LEFT HOME FOR THE

NIGHT WHEN YOU LEFT HOME FOR THE WEEKEND IN A REPLAY OF THE

WEEKEND IN A REPLAY OF THE DUPLICITY WE SAW DURING THE

DUPLICITY WE SAW DURING THE TRIAL, WHEN THE PRESIDENTS

TRIAL, WHEN THE PRESIDENTS LAWYERS ARGUED HERE THAT THE

LAWYERS ARGUED HERE THAT THE HOUSE MUST GO TO COURT AND

HOUSE MUST GO TO COURT AND ARGUED IN COURT THAT THE HOUSE

ARGUED IN COURT THAT THE HOUSE MUST COME HERE.

MUST COME HERE. THEY WERE AT IT AGAIN.

THEY WERE AT IT AGAIN. TELLING THE COURT IN A MIDNIGHT

TELLING THE COURT IN A MIDNIGHT FILING THAT IT WOULD NOT TURN

FILING THAT IT WOULD NOT TURN OVER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS EVEN AS

OVER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS EVEN AS THEY ARGUED HERE THAT THEY WERE

THEY ARGUED HERE THAT THEY WERE NOT COVERING UP THE PRESIDENTS

NOT COVERING UP THE PRESIDENTS MISDEEDS.

MISDEEDS. MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON.

MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON. ALL TOO TRAGEDY A METAPHOR FOR

ALL TOO TRAGEDY A METAPHOR FOR WHERE THE COUNTRY FINDS ITSELF

WHERE THE COUNTRY FINDS ITSELF AT THE CONCLUSION OF ONLY THE

AT THE CONCLUSION OF ONLY THE THIRD IMPEACHMENT IN HISTORY,

THIRD IMPEACHMENT IN HISTORY, AND THE FIRST IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

AND THE FIRST IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WITHOUT WITNESSES OR DOCUMENTS.

WITHOUT WITNESSES OR DOCUMENTS. THE FIRST SUCH TRIAL OR NONTRIAL

THE FIRST SUCH TRIAL OR NONTRIAL IN IMPEACHMENT HISTORY.

IN IMPEACHMENT HISTORY. HOW DID WE GET HERE?

HOW DID WE GET HERE? IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS

IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROCEEDING, YOU DID NOT KNOW

PROCEEDING, YOU DID NOT KNOW WHETHER WE COULD PROVE OUR CASE.

WHETHER WE COULD PROVE OUR CASE. MANY SENATORS, LIKE MANY

MANY SENATORS, LIKE MANY AMERICANS, DID NOT HAVE THE

AMERICANS, DID NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH MUCH, LET

OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH MUCH, LET ALONE, ALL OF THE OPEN HEARINGS

ALONE, ALL OF THE OPEN HEARINGS IN THE HOUSE DURING OUR

IN THE HOUSE DURING OUR INVESTIGATION.

INVESTIGATION. NONE OF US COULD ANTICIPATE WHAT

NONE OF US COULD ANTICIPATE WHAT DEFENSES THE PRESIDENT MIGHT

DEFENSES THE PRESIDENT MIGHT OFFER.

OFFER. NOW YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT WE

NOW YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT WE PROMISED.

PROMISED. OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF THE

OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENTS GUILT.

PRESIDENTS GUILT. DONALD JOHN TRUMP WITHHELD

DONALD JOHN TRUMP WITHHELD HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO AN ALLY OF WAR AT AT COVETED

TO AN ALLY OF WAR AT AT COVETED WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THEIR

WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THEIR PRESIDENT TO COERCE OR EXTORT

PRESIDENT TO COERCE OR EXTORT THAT NATIONS HELP TO CHEAT IN

THAT NATIONS HELP TO CHEAT IN OUR ELECTIONS.

OUR ELECTIONS. WHEN HE WAS FOUND OUT, HE

WHEN HE WAS FOUND OUT, HE ENGAGED IN THE MOST

ENGAGED IN THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT TO COVER IT

COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT TO COVER IT UP IN THE HISTORY OF

UP IN THE HISTORY OF PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT.

PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT. FIGHTING OFF SUBPOENAS FOR

FIGHTING OFF SUBPOENAS FOR DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES, AND

DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES, AND USING HIS OWN OBSTRUCTION AS A

USING HIS OWN OBSTRUCTION AS A SWORD AND SHIELD.

SWORD AND SHIELD. ARGUING HERE THAT THE HOUSE DID

ARGUING HERE THAT THE HOUSE DID NOT FIGHT HARD ENOUGH TO

NOT FIGHT HARD ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THEIR NONINVOCATION OF

OVERCOME THEIR NONINVOCATION OF PRIVILEGE IN COURT, AND IN COURT

PRIVILEGE IN COURT, AND IN COURT THAT THE HOUSE MUST NOT BE HEARD

THAT THE HOUSE MUST NOT BE HEARD TO ENFORCE THEIR SUBPOENAS BUT

TO ENFORCE THEIR SUBPOENAS BUT THAT IMPEACHMENT IS A PROPER

THAT IMPEACHMENT IS A PROPER REMEDY.

REMEDY. HAVING FAILED TO PERSUADE THIS

HAVING FAILED TO PERSUADE THIS SENATE OR THE PUBLIC THERE WAS

SENATE OR THE PUBLIC THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, HAVING OFFERED

NO QUID PRO QUO, HAVING OFFERED NO EVIDENCE TO CONTRADICT THE

NO EVIDENCE TO CONTRADICT THE RECORD, THE PRESIDENTS TEAM

RECORD, THE PRESIDENTS TEAM OPTED IN A KIND OF ZBRAX

OPTED IN A KIND OF ZBRAX DESPERATION FOR A DIFFERENT KIND

DESPERATION FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEFENSE.

OF DEFENSE. FIRST, PREVENT THE SENATE AND

FIRST, PREVENT THE SENATE AND THE PUBLIC FROM HEARING FROM

THE PUBLIC FROM HEARING FROM WITNESSES WITH THE MOST DAMNING

WITNESSES WITH THE MOST DAMNING ACCOUNTS OF THE PRESIDENTS

ACCOUNTS OF THE PRESIDENTS MISCONDUCT.

MISCONDUCT. AND, SECOND, FALL BACK ON THE

AND, SECOND, FALL BACK ON THE THEORY OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER SO

THEORY OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER SO BROAD AND UNACCOUNTABLE IT WOULD

BROAD AND UNACCOUNTABLE IT WOULD ALLOW ANY OCCUPY PANT OF 1600

ALLOW ANY OCCUPY PANT OF 1600 PENNSYLVANIA TO BE AS CORRUPT AS

PENNSYLVANIA TO BE AS CORRUPT AS HE CHOSES AS THE CONGRESS IS

HE CHOSES AS THE CONGRESS IS POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT

POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

IT. THAT DEFENSE COLLAPSED OF ITS

THAT DEFENSE COLLAPSED OF ITS OWN DEADWEIGHT.

OWN DEADWEIGHT. PRESIDENTS MAY ABUSE THEIR POWER

PRESIDENTS MAY ABUSE THEIR POWER WITH IMPUNITY, THEY ARGUED.

WITH IMPUNITY, THEY ARGUED. ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT A

ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, THEY

CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, THEY CLAIMED.

CLAIMED. ON STATUTORY CRIME IS A

ON STATUTORY CRIME IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, EVEN

CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE NO STATUTORY

THOUGH THERE WERE NO STATUTORY CRIMES WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS

CRIMES WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS ADOPTED.

ADOPTED. THE PRESIDENT HAD TO LOOK FAR

THE PRESIDENT HAD TO LOOK FAR AND WIDE TO FIND A DEFENSE

AND WIDE TO FIND A DEFENSE LAWYER TO MAKE SUCH AN ARGUMENT

LAWYER TO MAKE SUCH AN ARGUMENT UNSUPPORTED BY HISTORY, THE

UNSUPPORTED BY HISTORY, THE FOUNDERS, OR COMMON SENSE.

FOUNDERS, OR COMMON SENSE. THE REPUBLICAN EXPERT WITNESS IN

THE REPUBLICAN EXPERT WITNESS IN THE HOUSE WOULD NOT MAKE IT.

THE HOUSE WOULD NOT MAKE IT. SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARS

SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARS WOULD NOT MAKE IT.

WOULD NOT MAKE IT. EVEN ALANERS DID WISH WOULD MAKE

EVEN ALANERS DID WISH WOULD MAKE IT.

IT. AT LEAST NOT IN 1998.

AT LEAST NOT IN 1998. THIS HAS BECOME THE PRESIDENTS

THIS HAS BECOME THE PRESIDENTS DEFENSE, YET THIS DEFENSE PROVED

DEFENSE, YET THIS DEFENSE PROVED INDEFENSIBLE.

INDEFENSIBLE. IF ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT

IF ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT IMPEACHABLE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS

IMPEACHABLE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS CLEAR THE FOUNDERS CAN SIT THE

CLEAR THE FOUNDERS CAN SIT THE HIGHEST OF ALL HIGH CRIMES AND

HIGHEST OF ALL HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, BUT IF WERE NOT

MISDEMEANORS, BUT IF WERE NOT IMPEACHABLE, A WHOLE RANGE OF

IMPEACHABLE, A WHOLE RANGE OF UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT IN A

UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT IN A PRESIDENT WOULD BE BEYOND REACH.

PRESIDENT WOULD BE BEYOND REACH. TRUMP COULD OFFER ALASKA TO THE

TRUMP COULD OFFER ALASKA TO THE RUSSIANS IN EXCHANGE FOR SUPPORT

RUSSIANS IN EXCHANGE FOR SUPPORT IN THE NEXT ELECTION OR DECIDE

IN THE NEXT ELECTION OR DECIDE TO MOVE TO MAR-A-LAGO

TO MOVE TO MAR-A-LAGO PERMANENTLY AND LET JARED

PERMANENTLY AND LET JARED KUSHNER RUN THE COUNTRY,

KUSHNER RUN THE COUNTRY, DELEGATING TO HIM THE DECISION

DELEGATING TO HIM THE DECISION TO GO TO WAR.

TO GO TO WAR. BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ARE NOT

BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ARE NOT NECESSARILY CRIMINAL, THIS

NECESSARILY CRIMINAL, THIS ARGUMENT WOULD ALLOW HE COULD

ARGUMENT WOULD ALLOW HE COULD NOT BE IMPEACHED FOR SUCH ABUSES

NOT BE IMPEACHED FOR SUCH ABUSES OF POWER.

OF POWER. OF COURSE, THIS WOULD BE ABSURD.

OF COURSE, THIS WOULD BE ABSURD. MORE THAN ABSURD, IT WOULD BE

MORE THAN ABSURD, IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS.

DANGEROUS. AND SO HE TRIED TO IMEMBELLISH H

AND SO HE TRIED TO IMEMBELLISH H LEGAL CREATIONS -- ABUSES OF

LEGAL CREATIONS -- ABUSES OF POWER THAT WOULD HELP THE

POWER THAT WOULD HELP THE PRESIDENT GET RE-ELECTED WERE

PRESIDENT GET RE-ELECTED WERE PERMISSIBLE AND UNIMPEACHABLE

PERMISSIBLE AND UNIMPEACHABLE AND ONLY THOSE FOR GAIN WERE

AND ONLY THOSE FOR GAIN WERE UNDER THE APPEAL.

UNDER THE APPEAL. UNDER THIS THEORY, AS LONG AS

UNDER THIS THEORY, AS LONG AS THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES ITS IN

THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES ITS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, HE CAN DO

THE PUBLIC INTEREST, HE CAN DO ANYTHING AND NO QUID PRO QUO TOO

ANYTHING AND NO QUID PRO QUO TOO CORRUPT.

CORRUPT. NO DAMAGE TO OUR NATIONAL

NO DAMAGE TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TOO GREAT.

SECURITY TOO GREAT. EVEN THE PRESIDENTS OTHER

EVEN THE PRESIDENTS OTHER LAWYERS HAD TO RUN AWAY FROM IT.

LAWYERS HAD TO RUN AWAY FROM IT. SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH?

SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH? HE TRIED TO COERCE AN ALLY TO

HE TRIED TO COERCE AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT BY SMEARING HIS

HELP HIM CHEAT BY SMEARING HIS OPPONENT.

OPPONENT. HE BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL

HE BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TO DO IT WHEN HE

SECURITY TO DO IT WHEN HE WITHHELD MILITARY AID TO ALLY.

WITHHELD MILITARY AID TO ALLY. HE COVERED IT UP AND HE COVERS

HE COVERED IT UP AND HE COVERS IT UP STILL.

IT UP STILL. THIS CONTINUING OBSTRUCTION IS

THIS CONTINUING OBSTRUCTION IS THE THREAT TO THE OVERSIGHT AND

THE THREAT TO THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATORY POWERS OF THE

INVESTIGATORY POWERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND IF LEFT

HOUSE AND SENATE AND IF LEFT UNADDRESSED WILL PERMANENTLY AND

UNADDRESSED WILL PERMANENTLY AND DANGEROUSLY ALTER THE BALANCE OF

DANGEROUSLY ALTER THE BALANCE OF POWER.

POWER. THESE UNDENIABLE FACTS REQUIRE

THESE UNDENIABLE FACTS REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO RETREAT TO HIS

THE PRESIDENT TO RETREAT TO HIS FINAL DEFENSE.

FINAL DEFENSE. HES GUILTY AS SIN BUT CANT WE

HES GUILTY AS SIN BUT CANT WE JUST LET THE VOTERS DECIDE.

JUST LET THE VOTERS DECIDE. HES GUILTY OF SIN BUT WHY NOT

HES GUILTY OF SIN BUT WHY NOT LET THE VOTERS CLEAN UP THIS

LET THE VOTERS CLEAN UP THIS MESS?

MESS? AND HERE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION

AND HERE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION WE MUST LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF

WE MUST LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THIS PRESIDENCY AND TO THE

THIS PRESIDENCY AND TO THE CHARACTER OF THIS PRESIDENT OR

CHARACTER OF THIS PRESIDENT OR LACK OF CHARACTER AND ASK CAN WE

LACK OF CHARACTER AND ASK CAN WE BE CONFIDENT THAT HE WILL NOT

BE CONFIDENT THAT HE WILL NOT CONTINUE TO TRY TO CHEAT IN THAT

CONTINUE TO TRY TO CHEAT IN THAT VERY ELECTION.

VERY ELECTION. CAN WE BE CONFIDENT THAT

CAN WE BE CONFIDENT THAT AMERICANS AND NOT FOREIGN POWERS

AMERICANS AND NOT FOREIGN POWERS WILL GET TO DECIDE, AND THE

WILL GET TO DECIDE, AND THE PRESIDENT WILL SHUN ANY FURTHER

PRESIDENT WILL SHUN ANY FURTHER FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR

FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC AFFAIRS.

DEMOCRATIC AFFAIRS. AND THE SHORT, PLAIN, SAD,

AND THE SHORT, PLAIN, SAD, INCONTESTABLE ANSWER IS NO.

INCONTESTABLE ANSWER IS NO. YOU CANT.

YOU CANT. YOU CANT TRUST THIS PRESIDENT

YOU CANT TRUST THIS PRESIDENT TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

TO DO THE RIGHT THING. NOT FOR ONE MINUTE.

NOT FOR ONE MINUTE. NOT FOR ONE ELECTION.

NOT FOR ONE ELECTION. NOT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY.

NOT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY. YOU JUST CANT.

YOU JUST CANT. HE WILL NOT CHANGE AND YOU KNOW

HE WILL NOT CHANGE AND YOU KNOW IT.

IT. IN 2016, HE INVITED FOREIGN

IN 2016, HE INVITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION.

INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION. HEY, RUSSIA, IF YOURE

HEY, RUSSIA, IF YOURE LISTENING, HACK HILLARYS

LISTENING, HACK HILLARYS E-MAILS, HE SAID, AND THEY DID.

E-MAILS, HE SAID, AND THEY DID. IMMEDIATELY.

IMMEDIATELY. AND WHEN THE RUSSIANS STARTED

AND WHEN THE RUSSIANS STARTED DUMPING THEM BEFORE THE

DUMPING THEM BEFORE THE ELECTION, HE MADE USE OF THEM IN

ELECTION, HE MADE USE OF THEM IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY TOUTING AT

EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY TOUTING AT CAMPAIGN STOPS.

CAMPAIGN STOPS. WHEN INVESTIGATED, HE DID

WHEN INVESTIGATED, HE DID EVERYTHING TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE,

EVERYTHING TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE, GOING AS FAR AS TO FIRE THE

GOING AS FAR AS TO FIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE FBI AND ASKED

DIRECTOR OF THE FBI AND ASKED THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL TO LIE

THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL TO LIE ON HIS BEHALF.

ON HIS BEHALF. DURING THE SAME CAMPAIGN, WHILE

DURING THE SAME CAMPAIGN, WHILE TELLING THE COUNTRY HE HAD NO

TELLING THE COUNTRY HE HAD NO BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA,

BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA, HE WAS CONTINUING TO PURSUE THE

HE WAS CONTINUING TO PURSUE THE MOST LUCRATIVE DEAL OF HIS LIFE.

MOST LUCRATIVE DEAL OF HIS LIFE. A TRUMP TOWER IN THE HEART OF

A TRUMP TOWER IN THE HEART OF MOSCOW.

MOSCOW. SIX CLOSE ASSOCIATES WOULD BE

SIX CLOSE ASSOCIATES WOULD BE INDICTED OR GO TO JAIL IN

INDICTED OR GO TO JAIL IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRESIDENTS

CONNECTION WITH THE PRESIDENTS CAMPAIGN, RUSSIA, AND THE EFFORT

CAMPAIGN, RUSSIA, AND THE EFFORT TO COVER IT UP.

TO COVER IT UP. ON THE DAY AFTER THAT TRAGIC

ON THE DAY AFTER THAT TRAGIC CHAPTER APPEARED TO COME TO AN

CHAPTER APPEARED TO COME TO AN END WITH BOB MUELLERS

END WITH BOB MUELLERS TESTIMONY, DONALD TRUMP WAS BACK

TESTIMONY, DONALD TRUMP WAS BACK ON THE PHONE, THIS TIME WITH

ON THE PHONE, THIS TIME WITH ANOTHER FOREIGN POWER, UKRAINE,

ANOTHER FOREIGN POWER, UKRAINE, AND ONCE AGAIN, SEEKING FOREIGN

AND ONCE AGAIN, SEEKING FOREIGN HELP WITH HIS ELECTION.

HELP WITH HIS ELECTION. ONLY THIS TIME HE HAD THE FULL

ONLY THIS TIME HE HAD THE FULL POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY AT HIS

POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY AT HIS DISPOSAL.

DISPOSAL. THIS TIME HE COULD USE COERCE.

THIS TIME HE COULD USE COERCE. THIS TIME HE COULD WITHHOLD AID

THIS TIME HE COULD WITHHOLD AID FROM A NATION WHOSE SOLDIERS

FROM A NATION WHOSE SOLDIERS WERE DYING EVERY WEEK.

WERE DYING EVERY WEEK. THIS TIME, HE BELIEVED HE COULD

THIS TIME, HE BELIEVED HE COULD DO WHATEVER HE WANTED UNDER

DO WHATEVER HE WANTED UNDER ARTICLE II, AND THIS TIME, WHEN

ARTICLE II, AND THIS TIME, WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT WITHIN, HE COULD M

HE WAS CAUGHT WITHIN, HE COULD M SURE THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

SURE THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD NEVER INVESTIGATE THE

WOULD NEVER INVESTIGATE THE MATTER AND THEY DIDNT.

MATTER AND THEY DIDNT. DONALD TRUMP HAD NO MORE JEFF

DONALD TRUMP HAD NO MORE JEFF SESSIONS.

SESSIONS. HE HAD JUST THE MAN HE WANTED IN

HE HAD JUST THE MAN HE WANTED IN BILL BARR.

BILL BARR. A MAN WHOSE VIEW OF THE IMPERIAL

A MAN WHOSE VIEW OF THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY, A PRESIDENCY IN

PRESIDENCY, A PRESIDENCY IN WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS LITTLE MORE THAN AN EXTENSION

IS LITTLE MORE THAN AN EXTENSION OF THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, IS

OF THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, IS TO DO THE PRESIDENTS BIDDING.

TO DO THE PRESIDENTS BIDDING. SO CONGRESS HAD TO DO THE

SO CONGRESS HAD TO DO THE INVESTIGATION ITSELF.

INVESTIGATION ITSELF. JUST AS BEFORE, HE OBSTRUCTED

JUST AS BEFORE, HE OBSTRUCTED THAT INVESTIGATION IN EVERY WAY.

THAT INVESTIGATION IN EVERY WAY. HE HAS NOT CHANGED.

HE HAS NOT CHANGED. HE WILL NOT CHANGE.

HE WILL NOT CHANGE. HE HAS MADE THAT CLEAR HIMSELF

HE HAS MADE THAT CLEAR HIMSELF WITHOUT SELF-AWARENESS OR

WITHOUT SELF-AWARENESS OR HESITATION.

HESITATION. A MAN WITHOUT CHARACTER OR

A MAN WITHOUT CHARACTER OR ETHICAL COMPASS WILL NEVER FIND

ETHICAL COMPASS WILL NEVER FIND HIS WAY.

HIS WAY. EVEN AS THE MOST RECENT AND MOST

EVEN AS THE MOST RECENT AND MOST EGREGIOUS MISCONDUCT WAS

EGREGIOUS MISCONDUCT WAS DISCOVERED, HE WAS UNAPP JETTIC,

DISCOVERED, HE WAS UNAPP JETTIC, UNREPENTED, AND MORE DANGEROUS

UNREPENTED, AND MORE DANGEROUS UNDETERRED.

UNDETERRED. HE CONTINUED PRESSING UKRAINE TO

HE CONTINUED PRESSING UKRAINE TO SMEAR HIS RIVALS, EVEN AS THE

SMEAR HIS RIVALS, EVEN AS THE INVESTIGATION WAS UNDERWAY.

INVESTIGATION WAS UNDERWAY. HE INVITED NEW COUNTRIES TO GET

HE INVITED NEW COUNTRIES TO GET INVOLVED IN THE ACT, CALLING ON

INVOLVED IN THE ACT, CALLING ON CHINA TO DO THE SAME.

CHINA TO DO THE SAME. HIS PERSON RUDY GIULIANI

HIS PERSON RUDY GIULIANI DISPATCHED HIMSELF TO UKRAINE

DISPATCHED HIMSELF TO UKRAINE TRYING TO GET FURTHER

TRYING TO GET FURTHER INTERFERENCE INTO OUR ELECTION.

INTERFERENCE INTO OUR ELECTION. THE PLOT GOES ON.

THE PLOT GOES ON. THE SCHEMING PERSISTS, AND THE

THE SCHEMING PERSISTS, AND THE DANGER WILL NEVER RECEDE.

DANGER WILL NEVER RECEDE. HE HAS DONE IT BEFORE.

HE HAS DONE IT BEFORE. HELL DO IT AGAIN.

HELL DO IT AGAIN. WHAT ARE THE ODDS, IF LEFT IN

WHAT ARE THE ODDS, IF LEFT IN OFFICE, HELL CONTINUE TRYING TO

OFFICE, HELL CONTINUE TRYING TO CHEAT.

CHEAT. I WILL TELL YOU -- 100%.

I WILL TELL YOU -- 100%. NOT 5, NOT 10, NOT OR EVEN 50

NOT 5, NOT 10, NOT OR EVEN 50 BUT 100%.

BUT 100%. IF YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY,

IF YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY, AND YOU DO NOT REMOVE HIM FROM

AND YOU DO NOT REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE, HE WILL CONTINUE TRYING

OFFICE, HE WILL CONTINUE TRYING TO CHEAT IN THE ELECTION UNTIL

TO CHEAT IN THE ELECTION UNTIL HE SUCCEEDS.

HE SUCCEEDS. THEN WHAT SHALL YOU SAY?

THEN WHAT SHALL YOU SAY? WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF RUSSIA,

WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF RUSSIA, AGAIN, INTERFERES IN OUR

AGAIN, INTERFERES IN OUR ELECTION AND DONALD TRUMP DOES

ELECTION AND DONALD TRUMP DOES NOTHING BUT CELEBRATE THEIR

NOTHING BUT CELEBRATE THEIR EFFORTS?

EFFORTS? WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF UKRAINE

WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF UKRAINE CAPITULATES AND ANNOUNCES

CAPITULATES AND ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE

INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE PRESIDENTS RIVALS?

PRESIDENTS RIVALS? WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IN FUTURE

WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IN FUTURE WHEN CANDIDATES COMPETE FOR THE

WHEN CANDIDATES COMPETE FOR THE LEGION OF FOREIGN POWERS IN

LEGION OF FOREIGN POWERS IN THEIR ELECTIONS?

THEIR ELECTIONS? WHEN THEY DRAFT THEIR PLATFORMS

WHEN THEY DRAFT THEIR PLATFORMS TO ENCOURAGE FOREIGN

TO ENCOURAGE FOREIGN INTERVENTION INTO THEIR

INTERVENTION INTO THEIR CAMPAIGN.

CAMPAIGN. FOREIGN NATIONS AS THE MOST

FOREIGN NATIONS AS THE MOST SUPEROF SUPER PACS OF THEM ALL.

SUPEROF SUPER PACS OF THEM ALL. IF NOT LEGAL, SOMEHOW

IF NOT LEGAL, SOMEHOW PERMISSIBLE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP

PERMISSIBLE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP HAS MADE IT SO AND WE REFUSED TO

HAS MADE IT SO AND WE REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BUT WRING

DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BUT WRING OUR HANDS.

OUR HANDS. THEYLL HACK YOUR OPPONENTS

THEYLL HACK YOUR OPPONENTSE-MAILS, MOUNT A SOCIAL MEDIA

E-MAILS, MOUNT A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT YOU,

CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT YOU, ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS OF YOUR

ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS OF YOUR OPPONENT TO HELP YOU, AND ALL

OPPONENT TO HELP YOU, AND ALL FOR THE ASK.

FOR THE ASK. LEAVE DONALD TRUMP IN OFFICE

LEAVE DONALD TRUMP IN OFFICE AFTER YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY

AFTER YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY AND THIS IS THE FUTURE THAT YOU

AND THIS IS THE FUTURE THAT YOU WILL INVITE.

WILL INVITE. WE HAVE KNOWN SINCE THE DAY WE

WE HAVE KNOWN SINCE THE DAY WE BROUGHT THESE CHARGES THAT THE

BROUGHT THESE CHARGES THAT THE ROAD TO CONVICTION REQUIRING

ROAD TO CONVICTION REQUIRING FULLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE SENATE

FULLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE SENATE MAY BE PROHIBITIVELY HIGH.

MAY BE PROHIBITIVELY HIGH. YET THE ALTERNATIVE IS A RUN

YET THE ALTERNATIVE IS A RUN AWAY PRESIDENCY, AND A NATION

AWAY PRESIDENCY, AND A NATION WHOSE ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO THE

WHOSE ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

HIGHEST BIDDER. SO YOU MIGHT ASK, HOW GIVEN THE

SO YOU MIGHT ASK, HOW GIVEN THE GRAVITY OF THE PRESIDENTS

GRAVITY OF THE PRESIDENTS MISCONDUCT, GIVEN THE ABUNDANCE

MISCONDUCT, GIVEN THE ABUNDANCE OF EVIDENCE OF HIS GUILT, GIVEN

OF EVIDENCE OF HIS GUILT, GIVEN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY SENATORS

THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY SENATORS OF BOTH PARTIES OF THAT GUILT,

OF BOTH PARTIES OF THAT GUILT, HOW THAT WE ARRIVED HERE WAS SO

HOW THAT WE ARRIVED HERE WAS SO LITTLE -- TO THE IMPEACHMENT --

LITTLE -- TO THE IMPEACHMENT -- IMPEACHMENT MUCH LESS SO AND WHY

IMPEACHMENT MUCH LESS SO AND WHY IS THE -- BETWEEN THE PARTIES

IS THE -- BETWEEN THE PARTIES EVEN GREATER TODAY?

EVEN GREATER TODAY? IT IS NOT FOR THE REASON THE

IT IS NOT FOR THE REASON THE PRESIDENTS LAWYERS WOULD HAVE

PRESIDENTS LAWYERS WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE.

YOU BELIEVE. ALL THOUGH THEY HAVE CLAIMED

ALL THOUGH THEY HAVE CLAIMED MANY TIMES AND MANY WAYS THAT

MANY TIMES AND MANY WAYS THAT THE PROCESS IN THE HOUSE WAS

THE PROCESS IN THE HOUSE WAS FLAWED BECAUSE WE DID NOT ALLOW

FLAWED BECAUSE WE DID NOT ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO CONTROL IT, IT

THE PRESIDENT TO CONTROL IT, IT WAS, IN REALITY, LITTLE

WAS, IN REALITY, LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE PROCESS IN

DIFFERENT THAN THE PROCESS IN PRIOR IMPEACHMENTS.

PRIOR IMPEACHMENTS. THE CIRCUMSTANCES, OF COURSE,

THE CIRCUMSTANCES, OF COURSE, WERE DIFFERENT.

WERE DIFFERENT. THE WATERGATE INVESTIGATION

THE WATERGATE INVESTIGATION BEGAN IN THE SENATE AND IT

BEGAN IN THE SENATE AND IT PROGRESSED BEFORE IT GOT MOVING

PROGRESSED BEFORE IT GOT MOVING IN THE HOUSE.

IN THE HOUSE. THERE, OF COURSE, MUCH OF THE

THERE, OF COURSE, MUCH OF THE INVESTIGATIVE WORK HAD BEEN DONE

INVESTIGATIVE WORK HAD BEEN DONE BY THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.

BY THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. CLINTON THERE WAS LIKE WISE AN

CLINTON THERE WAS LIKE WISE AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL THAT

INDEPENDENT COUNSEL THAT CONDUCTED A MULTIYEAR

CONDUCTED A MULTIYEAR INVESTIGATION THAT STARTED WITH

INVESTIGATION THAT STARTED WITH A REAL ESTATE DEAL IN ARKANSAS

A REAL ESTATE DEAL IN ARKANSAS AND ENDED WITH A BLUE DRESS.

AND ENDED WITH A BLUE DRESS. NIXON AND CLINTON, OF COURSE,

NIXON AND CLINTON, OF COURSE, PLAYED NO ROLE IN THOSE

PLAYED NO ROLE IN THOSE INVESTIGATIONS BEFORE THEY MOVED

INVESTIGATIONS BEFORE THEY MOVED TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY

TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

COMMITTEE. BUT TO THE DEGREE YOU CAN

BUT TO THE DEGREE YOU CAN COMPARE THE PROCESS WHEN IT GOT

COMPARE THE PROCESS WHEN IT GOT TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN

TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN EITHER PRIOR AND RECENT

EITHER PRIOR AND RECENT IMPEACHMENTS, IT WAS LARGELY THE

IMPEACHMENTS, IT WAS LARGELY THE SAME AS WE HAVE HERE.

SAME AS WE HAVE HERE. THE PRESIDENT HAD THE RIGHT TO

THE PRESIDENT HAD THE RIGHT TO CALL WITNESSES, TO ASK

CALL WITNESSES, TO ASK QUESTIONS, AND CHOSE NOT TO.

QUESTIONS, AND CHOSE NOT TO. THE HOUSE MAJORITIES IN NIXON

THE HOUSE MAJORITIES IN NIXON AND CLINTON DID NOT SEE THEIR

AND CLINTON DID NOT SEE THEIR POWER.

POWER. WE GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO

WE GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO REQUEST SUBPOENAS AND COMPEL A

REQUEST SUBPOENAS AND COMPEL A VOTE AND THEY DID.

VOTE AND THEY DID. SO THE DUE PROCESS THE HOUSE

SO THE DUE PROCESS THE HOUSE PRESIDED HERE -- PROVIDED HERE

PRESIDED HERE -- PROVIDED HERE WAS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AND, IN

WAS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AND, IN SOME WAYS, EVEN GREATER.

SOME WAYS, EVEN GREATER. NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENTS

NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENTS COUNSEL HOPES THAT THROUGH SHEER

COUNSEL HOPES THAT THROUGH SHEER REPETITION THEY CAN CONVERT

REPETITION THEY CAN CONVERT NONTRUTH INTO TRUTH.

NONTRUTH INTO TRUTH. DO NOT LET THEM.

DO NOT LET THEM. EVER SINGLE COURT TO HEAR THE

EVER SINGLE COURT TO HEAR THE ARGUMENTS HAS REJECTED THEM.

ARGUMENTS HAS REJECTED THEM. THE SUBPOENAS HAVE INVALID.

THE SUBPOENAS HAVE INVALID. REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT.

REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT. THEY HAVE ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY.

THEY HAVE ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY. REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT.

REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT. PRIVILEGE MACON SEAL CRIME OR

PRIVILEGE MACON SEAL CRIME OR FRAUD.

FRAUD. REJECTED BY THE COURT IN NIXON.

REJECTED BY THE COURT IN NIXON. BUT IF THE PROCESS HERE WAS

BUT IF THE PROCESS HERE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME, THE

SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME, THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENTS

FACTS OF THE PRESIDENTS MISCONDUCT WERE VERY DIFFERENT

MISCONDUCT WERE VERY DIFFERENT FROM ONE IMPEACHMENT TO THE

FROM ONE IMPEACHMENT TO THE NEXT.

NEXT. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF NICHOLSONS

NICHOLSONS NICHOLSON -- NIXONS TIME BROKE

NICHOLSON -- NIXONS TIME BROKE INTO THE DNC AND THE PRESIDENT

INTO THE DNC AND THE PRESIDENT COVERED IT UP.

COVERED IT UP. NIXON, TOO, ABUSED THE POWER OF

NIXON, TOO, ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO GAIN AN UNFAIR

HIS OFFICE TO GAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OVER HIS OPPONENT.

ADVANTAGE OVER HIS OPPONENT. BUT IN WATERGATE, HE NEVER

BUT IN WATERGATE, HE NEVER SOUGHT TO COERCE A FOREIGN POWER

SOUGHT TO COERCE A FOREIGN POWER TO AID HIS RE-ELECTION.

TO AID HIS RE-ELECTION. NOR DID HE SACRIFICE OUR

NOR DID HE SACRIFICE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN SUCH A

NATIONAL SECURITY IN SUCH A PALPABLE AND DESTRUCTIVE WAY AS

PALPABLE AND DESTRUCTIVE WAY AS WITHHOLDING AID FROM AN ALLY AT

WITHHOLDING AID FROM AN ALLY AT WAR.

WAR. HE CERTAINLY DID NOT ENGAGE IN

HE CERTAINLY DID NOT ENGAGE IN THE WHOLESALE OF OBSTRUCTION OF

THE WHOLESALE OF OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS OR JUSTICE THAT WE HAVE

CONGRESS OR JUSTICE THAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS PRESIDENT COMMIT.

SEEN THIS PRESIDENT COMMIT. THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT

THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT CLINTONS MISCONDUCT PALE IN

CLINTONS MISCONDUCT PALE IN COMPARISON TO NIXON AND DO NOT

COMPARISON TO NIXON AND DO NOT HOLD A CANDLE TO DONALD TRUMP.

HOLD A CANDLE TO DONALD TRUMP. LYING ABOUT AN AFFAIR IS MORALLY

LYING ABOUT AN AFFAIR IS MORALLY WRONG AND UNDER OATH IT IS A

WRONG AND UNDER OATH IT IS A CRIME.

CRIME. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS

IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS DUTIES IN OFFICE.

DUTIES IN OFFICE. THE PROCESS BEING THE SAME, THE

THE PROCESS BEING THE SAME, THE FACTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMPS

FACTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMPS MISCONDUCT BEING FAR MORE

MISCONDUCT BEING FAR MORE DESTRUCTIVE, WHAT THEN ACCOUNTS

DESTRUCTIVE, WHAT THEN ACCOUNTS FOR THE RESULT FOR AND

FOR THE RESULT FOR AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR HIS

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR HIS REMOVAL.

REMOVAL. WHAT HAS CHANGED?

WHAT HAS CHANGED? THE SHORT ANSWER IS, WE HAVE

THE SHORT ANSWER IS, WE HAVE CHANGED.

CHANGED. THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE

THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE CHANGED.

CHANGED. FOR REASONS, AS VARIED AS THE

FOR REASONS, AS VARIED AS THE STARS THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY

STARS THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY AND OURS IN THE HOUSE ARE NOW

AND OURS IN THE HOUSE ARE NOW FAR MORE ACCEPTING OF THE MOST

FAR MORE ACCEPTING OF THE MOST SERIOUS MISCONDUCT OF A

SERIOUS MISCONDUCT OF A PRESIDENT AS LONG AS IT IS A

PRESIDENT AS LONG AS IT IS A PRESIDENT OF ONES OWN PARTY.

PRESIDENT OF ONES OWN PARTY. AND THAT IS A TREND MOST

AND THAT IS A TREND MOST DANGEROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY.

DANGEROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY. 50 YEARS AGO, NO LAWYER

50 YEARS AGO, NO LAWYER REPRESENTING THE PRESIDENT WOULD

REPRESENTING THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE EVER MADE THE OUTLANDISH

HAVE EVER MADE THE OUTLANDISH ARGUMENT THAT IF THE PRESIDENT

ARGUMENT THAT IF THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES HIS CORRUPTION WILL

BELIEVES HIS CORRUPTION WILL SERVE TO GET HIM RE-ELECTED, BY

SERVE TO GET HIM RE-ELECTED, BY COERCING AN ALLY TO HELP HIM

COERCING AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT OR ANY OTHER FORM HE MAY

CHEAT OR ANY OTHER FORM HE MAY NOT BE IMPEACHED.

NOT BE IMPEACHED. THAT THIS THIS IS SOMEHOW A

THAT THIS THIS IS SOMEHOW A PERMISSIBLE USE OF HIS POWER.

PERMISSIBLE USE OF HIS POWER. BUT HERE WE ARE.

BUT HERE WE ARE. THE ARGUMENT HAS BEEN MADE, AND

THE ARGUMENT HAS BEEN MADE, AND SOME APPEAR READY TO ACCEPT IT.

SOME APPEAR READY TO ACCEPT IT. THAT IS DANGEROUS FOR THERE IS

THAT IS DANGEROUS FOR THERE IS NO LIMITING PRINCIPLE TO THAT

NO LIMITING PRINCIPLE TO THAT POSITION.

POSITION. IT MUST HAVE COME AS A SHOCK --

IT MUST HAVE COME AS A SHOCK -- A PLEASANT SHOCK -- TO THIS

A PLEASANT SHOCK -- TO THIS PRESIDENT THAT OUR NORMS AND

PRESIDENT THAT OUR NORMS AND CONSTITUTIONS WOULD PROVE TO BE

CONSTITUTIONS WOULD PROVE TO BE SO WEAK.

SO WEAK. THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUSTICE

THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE PROUD OFFICE

DEPARTMENT, AND THE PROUD OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL NOW MERE LEGAL

OF LEGAL COUNSEL NOW MERE LEGAL TOOLS AT THE PRESIDENTS

TOOLS AT THE PRESIDENTS DISPOSAL, TO INVESTIGATE ENEMIES

DISPOSAL, TO INVESTIGATE ENEMIES OR CHURN OUT HELPFUL OPINIONS

OR CHURN OUT HELPFUL OPINIONS NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEYRE

NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEYRE WRITTEN ON.

WRITTEN ON. THE FBI PAINTED BY THE PRESIDENT

THE FBI PAINTED BY THE PRESIDENT AS CORRUPT AND DISLOYAL.

AS CORRUPT AND DISLOYAL. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOT

THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOT TO BE TRUSTED AGAINST THE GOOD

TO BE TRUSTED AGAINST THE GOOD COUNSEL OF VLADIMIR PUTIN.

COUNSEL OF VLADIMIR PUTIN. THE PRESS PORTRAYED AS ENEMIES

THE PRESS PORTRAYED AS ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE.

OF THE PEOPLE. THE DAILY ATTACKS ON THE

THE DAILY ATTACKS ON THE GUARDRAILS OF OUR DEMOCRACY, SO

GUARDRAILS OF OUR DEMOCRACY, SO RELENTLESSLY ASSAILED, HAVE MADE

RELENTLESSLY ASSAILED, HAVE MADE US NUMB AND BELIEVE -- BLIND TO

US NUMB AND BELIEVE -- BLIND TO THE CONSEQUENT.

THE CONSEQUENT. DOES NONE OF THAT MATTER ANYMORE

DOES NONE OF THAT MATTER ANYMORE IF HES THE PRESIDENT OF OUR

IF HES THE PRESIDENT OF OUR PARTY?

PARTY? I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE NEVER

I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE NEVER HAVE A PRESIDENT LIKE DONALD

HAVE A PRESIDENT LIKE DONALD TRUMP IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

TRUMP IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. ONE THAT WOULD BETRAY THE

ONE THAT WOULD BETRAY THE NATIONAL INTEREST AND THE

NATIONAL INTEREST AND THE COUNTRYS SECURITY TO HELP WITH

COUNTRYS SECURITY TO HELP WITH HIS RE-ELECTION.

HIS RE-ELECTION. AND I WOULD HOPE TO GOD THAT IF

AND I WOULD HOPE TO GOD THAT IF WE DID, WE WOULD IMPEACH HIM,

WE DID, WE WOULD IMPEACH HIM, AND DEMOCRATS WOULD LEAD THE

AND DEMOCRATS WOULD LEAD THE WAY.

WAY. BUT I SUPPOSE YOU NEVER KNOW

BUT I SUPPOSE YOU NEVER KNOW JUST HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS UNTIL

JUST HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS UNTIL YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH IT, BUT

YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH IT, BUT YOU, MY FRIENDS, ARE CONFRONTED

YOU, MY FRIENDS, ARE CONFRONTED WITH IT.

WITH IT. YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH THAT

YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH THAT DIFFICULTY NOW.

DIFFICULTY NOW. YOU MUST NOT SHRINK FROM IT.

YOU MUST NOT SHRINK FROM IT. HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO

HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO DONALD TRUMP.

DONALD TRUMP. I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT.

I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT. NOT BECAUSE IT WILL BE WRITTEN

NOT BECAUSE IT WILL BE WRITTEN BY NEVER TRUMPERS, BUT BECAUSE

BY NEVER TRUMPERS, BUT BECAUSE WHENEVER WE HAVE DEPARTED FROM

WHENEVER WE HAVE DEPARTED FROM THE VALUES OF OUR NATION, WE

THE VALUES OF OUR NATION, WE HAVE COME TO REGRET IT, AND THAT

HAVE COME TO REGRET IT, AND THAT REGRET IS WRITTEN ALL OVER THE

REGRET IS WRITTEN ALL OVER THE PAGES OF OUR HISTORY.

PAGES OF OUR HISTORY. IF YOU FIND THAT THE HOUSE HAS

IF YOU FIND THAT THE HOUSE HAS PROVED ITS CASE, AND STILL VOTE

PROVED ITS CASE, AND STILL VOTE TO ACQUIT, YOUR NAME WILL BE

TO ACQUIT, YOUR NAME WILL BE TIED TO HIS WITH A CORD OF STEEL

TIED TO HIS WITH A CORD OF STEEL AND FOR ALL OF HISTORY.

AND FOR ALL OF HISTORY. BUT IF YOU FIND THE COURAGE TO

BUT IF YOU FIND THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO HIM, TO SPEAK THE

STAND UP TO HIM, TO SPEAK THE AWFUL TRUTH TO HIS RANK

AWFUL TRUTH TO HIS RANK FALSEHOOD, YOUR PLACE WILL BE

FALSEHOOD, YOUR PLACE WILL BE AMONG THE DAVIDS WHO TOOK ON

AMONG THE DAVIDS WHO TOOK ON GOLIATH.

GOLIATH. IF ONLY YOU WILL SAY ENOUGH.

IF ONLY YOU WILL SAY ENOUGH. WE REVERE THE WISDOM OF OUR

WE REVERE THE WISDOM OF OUR FOUNDERS AND THE INSIGHTS THEY

FOUNDERS AND THE INSIGHTS THEY HAD INTO SELF-GOVERNANCE.

HAD INTO SELF-GOVERNANCE. WE SCOURED THEIR WORDS FOR

WE SCOURED THEIR WORDS FOR HIDDEN MEANING AND TRY TO PLACE

HIDDEN MEANING AND TRY TO PLACE OURSELVES IN THEIR SHOES.

OURSELVES IN THEIR SHOES. WE HAVE ONE ADVANTAGE THAT THE

WE HAVE ONE ADVANTAGE THAT THE FOUNDERS DID NOT, FOR ALL THEIR

FOUNDERS DID NOT, FOR ALL THEIR GENIUS, THEY COULD NOT SEE INTO

GENIUS, THEY COULD NOT SEE INTO THE FUTURE.

THE FUTURE. WE, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAVE THE

WE, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF TIME.

ADVANTAGE OF TIME. OF SEEING HOW THEIR GREAT

OF SEEING HOW THEIR GREAT EXPERIMENT IN SELF-GOVERNANCE

EXPERIMENT IN SELF-GOVERNANCE HAS PROGRESSED.

HAS PROGRESSED. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SWEEP OF

WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SWEEP OF HISTORY, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN

HISTORY, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN OUR NATION AND THE REST OF THE

OUR NATION AND THE REST OF THE WORLD HAVE MOVED WITH A SEEMING

WORLD HAVE MOVED WITH A SEEMING FORCE IN THE DIRECTION OF

FORCE IN THE DIRECTION OF GREATER FREEDOM.

GREATER FREEDOM. MORE FREEDOM TO SPEAK AND TO

MORE FREEDOM TO SPEAK AND TO ASSEMBLE, TO PRACTICE OUR FAITH,

ASSEMBLE, TO PRACTICE OUR FAITH, AND TOLERATE THE FAITH OF

AND TOLERATE THE FAITH OF OTHERS.

OTHERS. TO LOVE AND CHOOSE LOVE OVER

TO LOVE AND CHOOSE LOVE OVER HATE.

HATE. MORE FREE SOCIETIES.

MORE FREE SOCIETIES. WALLS TUMBLING DOWN.

WALLS TUMBLING DOWN. NATIONS REBORN.

NATIONS REBORN. BUT THEN, LIKE A PENDULUM

BUT THEN, LIKE A PENDULUM APPROACHING THE END OF ITS ARC,

APPROACHING THE END OF ITS ARC, THE OUTWARD MOVEMENT BEGINS TO

THE OUTWARD MOVEMENT BEGINS TO ARREST.

ARREST. THE GOLDEN GLOBE OF FREEDOM

THE GOLDEN GLOBE OF FREEDOM REACHES THE ZENITH AND STARTS TO

REACHES THE ZENITH AND STARTS TO REPEAT.

REPEAT. THE PENDULUM SWINGS BACK INTO

THE PENDULUM SWINGS BACK INTO THE CENTER AND RECEDES INTO A

THE CENTER AND RECEDES INTO A DARK UNKNOWN.

DARK UNKNOWN. HOW MUCH FARTHER IT WILL TRAVEL

HOW MUCH FARTHER IT WILL TRAVEL IN THE DIRECTION, HOW MANY MORE

IN THE DIRECTION, HOW MANY MORE FREEDOMS WILL BE EXTINGUISHED

FREEDOMS WILL BE EXTINGUISHED BEFORE IT TURNS BACK, WE CANNOT

BEFORE IT TURNS BACK, WE CANNOT SAY.

SAY. BUT WHAT WE DO HERE IN THIS

BUT WHAT WE DO HERE IN THIS MOMENT WILL AFFECT ITS COURSE

MOMENT WILL AFFECT ITS COURSE AND ITS CORRECTION.

AND ITS CORRECTION. EVERY SINGLE VOTE, EVEN A SINGLE

EVERY SINGLE VOTE, EVEN A SINGLE VOTE, BY A SINGLE MEMBER, CAN

VOTE, BY A SINGLE MEMBER, CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY.

CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY. IT IS SAID THAT A SINGLE MAN OR

IT IS SAID THAT A SINGLE MAN OR WOMAN OF COURAGE MAKES A

WOMAN OF COURAGE MAKES A MAJORITY.

MAJORITY. IS THERE ONE AMONG YOU WHO WILL

IS THERE ONE AMONG YOU WHO WILL SAY ENOUGH?

SAY ENOUGH? AMERICA BELIEVES IN A THING

AMERICA BELIEVES IN A THING CALLED TRUTH.

CALLED TRUTH. SHE DUDS-- DOES NOT BELIEVE WER

SHE DUDS-- DOES NOT BELIEVE WER ENTITLED TO OUR OWN FACTS.

ENTITLED TO OUR OWN FACTS. TO HER, TRUTH MATTERS.

TO HER, TRUTH MATTERS. THERES NOTHING MORE CORROSIVE

THERES NOTHING MORE CORROSIVE TO A DEMOCRACY THAN THE IDEA

TO A DEMOCRACY THAN THE IDEA THAT THERE IS NO TRUTH.

THAT THERE IS NO TRUTH. AMERICA ALSO BELIEVES THAT THERE

AMERICA ALSO BELIEVES THAT THERE IS IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT

IS IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG AND RIGHT MATTERS

AND WRONG AND RIGHT MATTERS HERE.

HERE. BUT THERE IS MORE.

BUT THERE IS MORE. TRUTH MATTERS.

TRUTH MATTERS. RIGHT MATTERS.

RIGHT MATTERS. SO DOES DECENCY.

SO DOES DECENCY. DECENCY MATTERS.

DECENCY MATTERS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT SMEARS A

WHEN THE PRESIDENT SMEARS A PATRIOTIC PUBLIC SERVANT LIKE

PATRIOTIC PUBLIC SERVANT LIKE MARIE YAVANOVITCH, WE RECOIL.

MARIE YAVANOVITCH, WE RECOIL. WHEN THE PRESIDENT MOCKS THE

WHEN THE PRESIDENT MOCKS THE DISABLED, A WAR HERO, A PRISONER

DISABLED, A WAR HERO, A PRISONER OF WAR, OR A GOLD STAR FATHER,

OF WAR, OR A GOLD STAR FATHER, WERE APPALLED BECAUSE DECENCY

WERE APPALLED BECAUSE DECENCY MATTERS HERE.

MATTERS HERE. WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO

WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO COERCE AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT

COERCE AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT IN OUR ELECTIONS AND COVERS IT

IN OUR ELECTIONS AND COVERS IT UP, WE MUST SAY ENOUGH.

UP, WE MUST SAY ENOUGH. ENOUGH.

ENOUGH. HE HAS BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL

HE HAS BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND HELL DO SO AGAIN.

SECURITY AND HELL DO SO AGAIN. HE HAS COMPRISED OUR ELECTIONS,

HE HAS COMPRISED OUR ELECTIONS, AND HE WILL DO SO AGAIN.

AND HE WILL DO SO AGAIN. YOU WILL NOT CHANGE HIM.

YOU WILL NOT CHANGE HIM. YOU CANNOT CONSTRAIN HIM.

YOU CANNOT CONSTRAIN HIM. HE IS WHO HE IS.

HE IS WHO HE IS. TRUTH MATTERS LITTLE TO HIM.

TRUTH MATTERS LITTLE TO HIM. WHAT IS RIGHT MATTERS EVEN LESS

WHAT IS RIGHT MATTERS EVEN LESS AND DECENCY MATTERS NOT AT ALL.

AND DECENCY MATTERS NOT AT ALL. I DO NOT ASK YOU TO CONVICT HIM

I DO NOT ASK YOU TO CONVICT HIM BECAUSE TRUTH OR RIGHT OR

BECAUSE TRUTH OR RIGHT OR DECENCY MATTERS NOTHING TO HIM

DECENCY MATTERS NOTHING TO HIM BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE PROVEN OUR

BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE PROVEN OUR CASE AND IT MATTERS TO YOU.

CASE AND IT MATTERS TO YOU. TRUTH MATTERS TO YOU.

TRUTH MATTERS TO YOU. RIGHT MATTERS TO YOU.

RIGHT MATTERS TO YOU. YOU ARE DECENT.

YOU ARE DECENT. HE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE.

HE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE. IN FEDERALIST 55, JAMES MADISON

IN FEDERALIST 55, JAMES MADISON WROTE THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN

WROTE THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN QUALITIES IN HUMAN NATURE,

QUALITIES IN HUMAN NATURE, QUALITIES LIKE I BELIEVE

QUALITIES LIKE I BELIEVE HONESTY, RIGHT, AND DECENCY,

HONESTY, RIGHT, AND DECENCY, WHICH JUSTIFIES OUR CONFIDENCE

WHICH JUSTIFIES OUR CONFIDENCE IN SELF-GOVERNMENT.

IN SELF-GOVERNMENT. HE BELIEVED WE POSSESSED

HE BELIEVED WE POSSESSED SUFFICIENT VIRTUE THAT THE

SUFFICIENT VIRTUE THAT THE CHAINS OF DEST PATISM WERE NOT

CHAINS OF DEST PATISM WERE NOT NECESSARY TO RESTRAIN OURSELVES

NECESSARY TO RESTRAIN OURSELVES FROM DESTROYING AND DEVOURING

FROM DESTROYING AND DEVOURING ONE ANOTHER.

ONE ANOTHER. IT MAY BE MIDNIGHT IN

IT MAY BE MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON, BUT THE SUN WILL

WASHINGTON, BUT THE SUN WILL RISE AGAIN.

RISE AGAIN. I PUT MY FAITH IN THE OPTIMISM

I PUT MY FAITH IN THE OPTIMISM OF THE FOUNDERS.

OF THE FOUNDERS. YOU SHOULD, TOO.

YOU SHOULD, TOO. THEY GAVE US THE TOOLS TO DO THE

THEY GAVE US THE TOOLS TO DO THE JOB.

JOB. A REMEDY AS POWERFUL AS THE EVIL

A REMEDY AS POWERFUL AS THE EVIL IT WAS MEANT TO CONSTRAIN.

IT WAS MEANT TO CONSTRAIN. IMPEACHMENT.

IMPEACHMENT. THEY MEANT IT TO BE USED RARELY

THEY MEANT IT TO BE USED RARELY BUT THEY PUT IT IN THE

BUT THEY PUT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR A REASON.

CONSTITUTION FOR A REASON. FOR A MAN WHO WOULD SELL OUT HIS

FOR A MAN WHO WOULD SELL OUT HIS COUNTRY FOR A POLITICAL FAVOR,

COUNTRY FOR A POLITICAL FAVOR, FOR A MAN WHO WOULD THREATEN THE

FOR A MAN WHO WOULD THREATEN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, FOR

INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, FOR AN MAN TO INVITE INTERFERENCE IN

AN MAN TO INVITE INTERFERENCE IN OUR AFFAIRS, AND UNDERMINE OUR

OUR AFFAIRS, AND UNDERMINE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR

NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ALLIES.

ALLIES. FOR A MAN LIKE DONALD J. TRUMP.

FOR A MAN LIKE DONALD J. TRUMP. THEY GAVE YOU A REMEDY, AND THEY

THEY GAVE YOU A REMEDY, AND THEY MEANT FOR YOU TO USE IT.

MEANT FOR YOU TO USE IT. THEY GAVE YOU AN OATH, AND THEY

THEY GAVE YOU AN OATH, AND THEY MEANT FOR YOU TO OBSERVE IT.

MEANT FOR YOU TO OBSERVE IT. WE HAVE PROVEN DONALD TRUMP

WE HAVE PROVEN DONALD TRUMP GUILTY, NOW DO IMPARTIAL JUSTICE

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