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>>> RUSHED WEAK AND INCOMPLETE. >> HISTORY WILL BE YOUR FINAL

JUDGE. WILL SENATORS RISE TO THE OCCASION THE ONLY CONCLUSION

WILL BE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG.

>> THESE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR ANYTHING

THEY CAN GET. BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE THE

ELECTION. >> YOU LOOKING AT A LIVE SHOT AT

THE U.S. CAPITOL. A PLACE STILL RECOVERING FROM A MARATHON

DEBATE THAT WENT WELL INTO THE NIGHT. THIS IS LIVE COVERAGE

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST. IT WAS A NIGHT OF CONGRESSIONAL DRAMA

AND IT INCLUDED A PERSONAL MANAGEMENT FROM THE CHIEF

JUSTICE OF

THE

SUPREME COURT. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. YOU WERE TRACKING THIS

LATE INTO THE NIGHT. DID ANYTHING SURPRISE YOU ABOUT HOW

THINGS WENT YESTERDAY WHICH WAS REALLY A DAY TO SET THE TABLE

FOR THE REST OF THE TIME? >> I THINK THE BIG THING WAS

MITCH PULLING BACK THE STRICTNESS ON THESE RULES. WE

WEREN'T EXPECTING HIM TO DO THAT WHEN WE SAW THE RULES ON MONDAY.

WHAT DIDN'T SURPRISE ME IS DEMOCRATS WEREN'T THE ONES.

REPUBLICANS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THEY GO HOME AND SAY THIS

TRIAL WE'RE ABOUT TO START IS CONSISTENT WITH THE BILL CLINTON

PRECEDENT

LARGELY CONSIDERED BIPARTISAN. THAT'S NEWS FROM YESTERDAY. I

THINK IT SETS TO TONE MITCH WANTS TO WATCH CAREFULLY WHERE

THE REPUBLICANS ARE. >> WE'VE SEEN WHAT HE WAS

PROPOSING WHEN HE PLANNED TO INTRODUCE. AS WE WERE HEARING IT

READ YESTERDAY IT WASN'T COURSE RESPONDING. WHEN YOU HEAR THAT

CORRECTLY, THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ARGUE FOR 24 HOURS WILL BE

SPREAD OVER THREE DAYS, NOT TWO. THERE WAS A QUESTION OF WHEN AND

HOW EVIDENCE WOULD BE INTRODUCED WHEN GATHERED BY THE HOUSE

MANAGERS AND THE COMMITTEES ON THE HOUSE SIDE. INDEED, IT SEEMS

LIKE IT WAS THE

REPUBLICAN CAUCUS

LUNCH. >> MCCONNAL GOT FEEDBACK.

>> IT STILL FELT LIKE 12 HOUR DAYS BECAUSE OF THE DEBATE OVER

MOTION. WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO AS A SUPPORTER, YOU

SEE CHUCK SCHUMER MOVING EARLY IN THE TRIAL TO MAKE

MOTIONS ABOUT

WITNESSES.

THE CHARGE IS THEY'RE MAKING THE

PROGRESS LAST LONGER. THE COST, THAT COST IS BEING OUTWEIGHED BY

DEMOCRATS, BY THE

IDEA THEY HAVE TO CONVINCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRIAL IS NOT

DONE IN THE WAY

OF

THE VIEW. IS THIS A

SUBSTANCE FOR DEMOCRATS. IT WILL SET THINGS UP WITH A MORE

MANAGEABLE SCHEDULE. NOT GETTING ANY GROUND ON WITNESSES. LEADER

MCCOLONEL KEPT TALKING ABOUT HOW THAT SHOULD BE A MID-TRIAL

QUESTION. IS THIS A WIN FOR DEMOCRATS?

>> I DON'T THINK IT'S A WIN. THE DEMOCRATS ARE FRUSTRATED

RIGHT

NOW. MITCH MCCONNEL HAS THIS CONTROLLED NOT BY CSPAN.

>> PEOPLE KEEP THROWING AROUND THE TERM. DO THEY HAVE ANY SORT

OF SAY OVER THAT ANGLE? IT'S NOT UP TO ANYONE IN THE MEDIA WORLD

TO CHOOSE THAT. >> HE DID ASK FOR THE ANGLES.

>> I ASKED ABOUT FREEDOM TO RULE THE SENATE CHAMBER AND SHOW

REACTIONS AND WHAT'S HAPPENING AND PERHAPS THE TABLES OF

IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS OR THE TEAM.

>> WHEN I TALKED TO SENATE REPUBLICANS ABOUT WHAT'S THE

EFFECT OF ALL THIS, TO HAVE THIS ONE CAMERA ANGLE OR LIMITED

CAMERA ANGLES, YOU DON'T SEE THE SENATOR IN THEIR CHAIRS OR THE

WASHINGTON POST REPORTED THE REPUBLICAN

FROM IDAHO FELL ASLEEP

IN

HIS CHAIR.

GIVE UP NOTHING ON WITNESSES. KEEP BATTLING THE MOTION.

>> STAY WITH US. LET'S TALK

ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE THIS MORNING IN

SWITZERLAND. HE TOOK DETECT AIM

AT

THE IMPEACHMENT. >> WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE

CORRUPT. HE HAD NO IDEA I WAS GOING TO RELEASE THE TRANSCRIPT.

HE NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD DO THAT.

>> HE COULD SHOW UP AT YOUR TRIAL ANY DAY.

>> WE WANT THAT BE GREAT. >> I WOULD LIKE TO SIT RIGHT IN

THE FRONT ROW AND STARE AT THEIR CORRUPT FACES. I WOULD LOVE TO

DO IT. >> TALKING ABOUT ALL THAT IS OUR

COLLEAGUE REPORTING FROM THE PRESIDENT WHAT WAS THE REACTIONS

IN SWITZERLAND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CALLING THE

CONGRESSIONAL CHAIRMAN A FEEDBACK.

>> THAT WAS NOT THE PLAN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AS THEY CAME. THEY

HAD PLANNED TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND FOCUS ON THE

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. THROUGHOUT THE PRESIDENT'S STAY HERE HE WAS

DISTRACTED AND BAITED INTO

TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT AND THE FACT HE'S CALLING THE

LEADERS OF COLLEAGUES SAYING THEIR PURSUING A WITCH HUNT AND

HOAX. IT SHOWS THE FOAL OF THE PRESIDENT'S TRIP WHICH WAS TO

CONTRAST WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE AS THE ECONOMIC MESSAGE AS TO

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS DID NOT WORK OUT

ACCORDING TO PLANNED. THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO SHOW HE WAS

SHOWING OUT THEATRICS GOING ON IN CONGRESS. WE HEARD A LOT OF

ABOUT THAT. THE PRESIDENT TRUMPED INTO THE PARTISANSHIP

AND THE THEATRICS TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT AND TWEETING ABOUT

IT THROUGHOUT THE DAY. IT SHOWS HE'S VERY MUCH OBSESSED WITH

THIS IDEA THIS IS THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL TAKING PLACE.

IT'S HARD TO CARRY OUT THE DUTIES OF OFFENSE WITHOUT BEING

BAITED INTO TALKING ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS.

>> YOU HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY HE WOULD LOVE TO GO. IS THE

WHITE HOUSE SIGNALING SOMETHING LIKE THIS?

>> IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY THINKS. HE

SAID EARLIER TODAY HE WANTED A LONGER TRIAL AND WE WANTED A

QUICK DISMISSAL. HE'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT ALL OVER THE PLACE. I

DO THINK THIS IDEA HE'S HAVING THE CAMERAS ONLY FOCUSED ON ONE

ANGLE AND NOT HAVING THE

TYPE OF THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD NORMALLY

WANT WHICH IS HIGH FOCUS ON THE VARIOUS PLAYERS INVOLVED, IT

SHOWS HE WISHES HE WAS THE ONE DIRECTING THIS IMPEACHMENT

PROCESS AND THE ONE OPERATING THE CAMERAS AND SHOWING WHO

WOULD SHOW UP

ON THE CAMERAS. HE WOULD LIKE IT TO BE SOMETHING HE CAN SHOW THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE HE'S GETTING A RAW DEAL. I WOULD NOT BE

SURPRISED IF PRESIDENT TRUMP FOUND A WAY TO PUT HIMSELF IN.

WHETHER IT'S INTERVIEWS, CAMERAS, GIVING LIVE COMMENTARY

BACK IN WASHINGTON. I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED TO HEAR FROM THE

PRESIDENT BACK IN THE TRIAL AND HE MAKES HIMSELF A DIRECT

PLAYER. >> ALL RIGHT. TRAVELING, THANK

YOU SO MUCH. AMBER, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JUST HOW THE

PRESIDENT MIGHT INSERT HIMSELF IN THE PROCESS?

>> ONE, I KNOW I WENT TO BED LATER TONIGHT AND WOKE UP TO THE

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. I KNOW HE'S ON A DIFFERENT TIME ZONE BUT

HE'S ACTIVE AND INVOLVED. STAYED QUIET DURING THE DAY AND WANTED

TO INSERT HIMSELF IN THE CONVERSATION. WHICH IS

INTERESTING TO ME, HE'S AS YOU'RE TEAM AREPORTED BETWEEN

WANTING TO SEIZE THE MOMENT WITH THE SENATE AFTER FEELING

DEMOCRATS WEREN'T GIVING HIM A FAIR CHANCE. THEN WANTING TO

JUST ASK SENATORS TO DISMISS THE ENTIRE THING. I SENSE AS THE

TRIAL IS GETTING STARTED HE'S LIKE YOU KNOW, LET'S

GO FULL FORCE. >> I TALKED TO RAND PAUL, THE

SENATOR OF KENTUCKY AND JUST PUT IT ON THE WEB SITE. THERE'S BEEN

A PUSH TO PUT IT ON THE TRIAL. IF THE PRESIDENT WANTS THIS FOR

NOW, HE'S NOT PUSHING IT. THE TEAM IS NOT GOING TO FILE A

MOTION TO DISMISS THE TRIAL AT THIS POINT. HOW MANY REPUBLICANS

ARE BEHIND THE DEAL? HE SAID 45 REPUBLICANS. HE SAID 5-8

REPUBLICANS ARE THINKING THROUGH. THEY NEED TO HEAR MORE

FROM THE TRIAL. HEARING THE NUMBER 45 IS A GOOD COUNT. IT

SHOWS IT'S NOT CLOSE TO A MAJORITY TO GET RID OF THE

TRIAL. EVEN IF THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO DISMISS IT, YOU NEED

51 VOTES TO DISMISS IT. >> WHAT WOULD THE BE PROSPECT OF

SEEING PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKE

AN APPEARANCE

HERE. >> MITCH MCCONNEL HAS NO

INTEREST IN THAT. >> THE IDEA OF HIM COMING TO THE

CAPITOL TO SPEAK AT A LUNCH OR TO THE SENATORS FORMALLY, I

WOULD NOT RULE THAT OUT. AT THE SAME TIME AS A WITNESS, IT WOULD

HAVE TO BE PART OF A MAJOR WITNESS DEAL. SOME DEMOCRATS

HAVE GLOATED TO THE POST MAYBE PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD TESTIFY IN

THE TRIAL IN EXCHANGE FOR JOE BIDEN. THESE ARE MORE

POLITICAL THINGS. THERE'S SUCH A JAM. MAYBE BRING IN PRESIDENT

TRUMP. MAYBE BRING IN V.P. BIDEN.

>> YOUR HEAD LINE, THEY BRING IN BIDEN FOR BOLTEN. GIVE US A

REPUBLICAN PERSPECTIVE AND DEMOCRAT.

>> THE DEMOCRATIC

PERSPECTIVE THE LOATHING. IN FACT, RACHEAL AND SIMON WHO

REPORTED THE STORY WITH ME ASKED SENATOR BROWN ABOUT THE IDEA. HE

DIDN'T LIKE THE QUESTION YESTERDAY. YOU HAD TENSION AMONG

DEMOCRATS ABOUT TRADING WITNESSES. THEY DON'T BELIEVE

THEY'RE RELEVANT. THEY ALSO NOTE REPUBLICANS ARE DIGGING SUCH A

HARD LINE IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A WITNESS YOU'RE GOING TO

LIKELY HAVE TO NEGOTIATE A

DEAL, A COMPROMISE. >> THERE'S APPLES TO ORANGES AND

IF THERE'S WITNESSES THAT CAN ACTUALLY SPEAK TO THE

CONVERSATIONS THEY'VE HAD SOMEONE LIKE

JOHN BOLTEN. DEMOCRATS SEE THAT. VERY

OBVIOUS POLITICAL REASONS. WHAT ARE THEY WEIGHING IN TERMS OF

RISK TO HUNTER BIDEN REALLY, THE RISK JOE BIDEN LITTICLY. IN THE

STORY, SOME DEMOCRATS POINT OUT JOE BIDEN IS FAMILIAR WITH

SPENDING TIME IN THE SENATE. HE'S A CREATURE OF THE SENATE

AND VERY COMFORTABLE IN THIS CHAMBER.

>> THEY CAN'T STAND ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE THEY EVEN HAVE

TO ENGAGE ON THESE DISCUSSIONS. WHEN YOU BRING IT UP, THEY KNOW

THIS CAN THE RIALTY TODAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP PLAYS POLITIC

INS A CERTAIN STYLE. YOU MAY NOT FEEL THEY'RE RELEVANT AT ALL.

THAT'S WHO THEY WANT WHEN IT COMES TO WITNESSES. DEMOCRATS

HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE. IF THEY DON'T BOGON WITNESSES, ARE THEY

PREPARED TO GO THROUGH THE TRIAL WITHOUT WITNESSES? IN A PERFECT

WORLD FOR DEMOCRATS THEY WOULD CALL JOHN BOLTEN, NICK MULVANI,

ALL SENATORS THEY FEEL RELEVANT. REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO ARGUE

WITH THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AND SAY YOUR PERSPECTIVE DOESN'T

IMMEDIATE OURS AND YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE.

>> WE SAW SENATOR

TALKING THIS MORNING. >> WHEN WE OFFER AN AMENDMENT

AFTER THE QUESTION PERIOD, AFTER THE PRESENTATIONS INSTEAD OF

ONE VAGUE PROCEDURE, THEY SAID NO. REPUBLICAN SENATORS VOTING

AGAINST HAVING A FAIR TRIAL WITH RELEVANT EVIDENCE. IT'S CLEAR

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED THE

DOCUMENTS. IT WAS A DARK DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE SENATE. AS A

CONSEQUENCE, THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP BEGINS

WITH A CLOUD HANGING OVER IT. A CLOUD OF UNFAIRNESS.

>> NO SURPRISE THAT REPUBLICANS DIDN'T GIVE ANY GROUND ON

CALLING WITNESSES AT THIS POINT. SENATOR SCHUMER WANTS TO CALL IT

TO THEIR ATTENTION DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THERE'S MORE LISTING TO

BE DONE. ONE LINE WE HEARD YESTERDAY WAS THEY WANT

TO CALL WITNESSES AND THEY'RE REFERENCING THE CLINTONS. AT

THAT TIME THEY WERE RECALLING WITNESSES. THEY WERE HAVING

PEOPLE COME HERE AND LOOKING AT INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE ALREADY

ON THE RECORD. THERE'S STILL PEOPLE HERE. DEMOCRATS ARE

HUNGRY TO GET A BASIC TESTIMONY FROM.

>> THE FUNDAMENTAL TENSION HERE IS THAT THIS IS NOT LIKE THE

CLINTON TRIAL AS YOU POINT OUT BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT

TRUMP'S TOP AIDS ARE GOING TO SAY ABOUT WHY HE

WAS

HOLDING UKRAINE AIDS. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A YEARS LONG

REPORT AND BOXES WOULD HAVE BEEN

SENT IN. IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS THEY TALK ABOUT BEING IN THE

HOUSE AT THE TIME. THIS IS NOT LIKE THE CLINTON TRIAL IN THAT

SENSE. CAN DEMOCRATS EXPECT THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE TO

DIG INTO DETAILS THAT COULD BE DAMAGING OR THE PRESIDENT TO

THEIR PARTY IN AN ELECTION YEAR? IT'S JUST NOT GOING

TO HAPLITICLY. YOU

HAPPEN POLITICALLY. LET'S BRING ON JOHN BOLTEN AND SEE IF HE

INCRIMINATES THE PRESIDENT AND RISKS DECIDING TO CONVICT AND

KICK HIM OUT OF OFFICE. IT'S NOT GOING HAPPEN. I THINK THAT'S

WHERE HE'S REPORTING ON THE DEAL COMES IN. WHERE CAN DEMOCRATS

MEET REPUBLICANS IN THE MIDDLE AND FIND WIGGLE ROOM ON THE

WITNESSES? >> EVEN IF YOU CUT A DEAL,

HUNTER BIDEN OR BOLTEN, YOU CAN HAVE THE WHITE HOUSE

PRIVILEGE

ON TESTIMONY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN THEN? IT'S PREVENTERRED BY THE

WHITE HOUSE IN TERMS OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. YOU CAN

ALSO SEE HIM IN A CLASSIFIED SETTING. THEY'RE ARGUING BASED

ON OUR SETTING IF BOLTEN IS EVER CALLED AS A WITNESS THEY WOULD

ARGUE IT HAS TO BE CLASSIFIED BECAUSE HE'S HAD CONVERSATIONS

WITH THE PRESIDENT. OUR REPORTING WAS BACKED UP

BY

THE PRESIDENT

EVERYTHING MY REPORTING TELLS ME IS THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

WHERE ARE THE ISSUES FROM? POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE. THIS

IS SOMEONE WHO WANTS A FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN RIGHTS AND POLITICS

AND THE IDEA HE'S GOING TO BREAK FROM THE PRESIDENT AS HE CHEERS

THE PRESIDENT ON IRAN POLICY AND OTHER NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES.

IT'S AS ONE REPUBLICAN SOURCE SAID MOMENTS OF FANTASY FOR

DEMOCRATS TO BOLTEN IS GOING TO BE THE SAVIOR FOR THE CASE. AT

THIS POINT, THEY HAVE THE ARGUMENT FROM THE HOUSE AND

TRYING TO UNDERSCORE IT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

>> IF I CAN JUMP IN

THERE

BY CONTRAST IT'S TO HOLD UP THE UKRAINE AID. YOU'RE SAYING

YOU'RE REPORTING. NO WAY ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A FORMER WHITE

HOUSE TOP AID TESTIFY. IT'S INCONCEIVABLE THINKING THE

NUMBER TWO TO THE PRESIDENT IS ALSO GOING TO BE PART OF THESE

NEGOTIATIONS AND TESTIFY. >> MULVANEE TALKED PUBLICLY. IF

HE'S WILLING TO SAY THAT IN FRONT OF REPORTERS, CONGRESS

WONDERS, DEMOCRATS IN PARTICULAR, WHY CAN'T HE SAY

THAT IN FRONT OF THE SENATE TRIAL. THE COUNSEL, THEY'RE

READY TO ALERT

PRIVILEGE

IN ANYTHING. >> WE WERE TALKING ABOUT

YESTERDAY SETTING THE SAGE. LET'S GO TO CAPITOL HILL. LATE

INTO THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT. RECAP WHAT PEOPLE MAY

HAVE

MISSED YESTERDAY.

THE BEGINNING OF YESTERDAY WAS AN EXPERIENCE FOR THEM. WE

DIDN'T KNOW HOW MANY UNTIL THE END OF YESTERDAY. IT WAS A TOTAL

OF 11. WHAT WAS THOSE AMENDMENTS ABOUT. MOST OF THEM HAPPENED ON

SUBPOENAED AUTHORITIES FOR DIFFERENT WITNESSES AND

DEPARTMENTS FOR THE GOVERNMENT. HE STARTED GIVING MORE DOCUMENTS

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND TESTIMONY OF JOHN BOLTEN

AND NICK MUVVANEE. THAT WAS A COLLECTION. LIKE A LAUNDRY LIST

OR TO-DO LIST OF A THING THE HOUSE DID NOT GET WHEN INVOLVED

IN THEIR INVESTIGATION FOR THE IMPEACHMENT. IT TOOK A WHILE

YESTERDAY. AS YOU SAID IT WAS A MARATHON. NOW, WHAT ARE SENATORS

SAYING THIS MORNING AS THEY ROUND THE ROTUNDA HERE TALKING

TO SENATORS AS THEY PREPARE TO GO IN. ONE SENATOR WAS

DISAPPOINTED REPUBLICANS SHOT DOWN ALL 11 AMENDMENTS. HE WAS

IMPRESSED BY THE HOUSE MANAGEMENT AND THE CASE THEY

BROUGHT YESTERDAY. TAKE A LISTEN.

>> I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THEIR ORGANIZATION AND THE WAY

THEY MADE THE PRESENTATIONS AS THE WHY THE WITNESSES AND

DOCUMENTS WERE IMPORTANT. THEY'LL NOW DO THAT IN REGARD TO

THE

ARTICLES

OF IMPEACHMENT. >> WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE

DEFENSOR? THE WHITE HOUSE HAS THINGS THEY COMMENTED ON

YESTERDAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?

>> I THOUGHT THEY WERE SHORT ON DEFENDING THE FACTUAL ISSUES.

THEY POINTED OUT DIFFERENCES BUT NO SUPPORT. THEY SAID, FOR

EXAMPLE, THE UKRAINIANS DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE HOLD UNTIL IT

BECAME PUBLIC YESTERDAY THERE WAS A GOOD DEAL OF INFORMATION

THAT'S

IN

THE HOUSE. I THOUGHT THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS DIDN'T

ADDRESS

THE

FACTUAL ISSUES

THEY CAME WELL PREPARED YESTERDAY. THAT WAS THE

MAIN

TAKE AWAY. WE HEARD ABOUT CONCERN FROM A

DEMOCRATIC AID NO MISSION HAS BEEN FILED AT THE 9:00

A.M.

DEAD LINE. OPENING ARGUMENTS START WITH THE HOUSE MANAGEMENT.

STAY TINED. WE'LL HAVE MORE FROM CAPITOL HILL.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE GOT A SENSE OF HOW DEMOCRATS PLAN

THEIR CASE. EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE ARGUING OVER THEIR

PROCEDURE, WITNESSES WOULD BE CALLED AND MORE DOCUMENTS WOULD

BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD. WE WERE ALSO TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF

THE SUBSTANCE OF WHY THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM

OFFICE. >> YES, THEY

CAME WELL PREPARED. DEMOCRATS LOOKED INTO THE HISTORY OF

IMPEACHMENTS INCLUDING THE FEDERAL JUDGES TO POINT OUT

THERE WERE OTHER TRIALS AND WITNESSES, SOMETIMES DOZENS.

THEY WOULD AIR VIDEO OF REALLY THEIR ALL STAR WITNESSES DURING

THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. I WAS WATCHING THIS GOING WHAT ARE

THEY DOING WITH THE OPENING ARGUMENTS. AND

AS

PREPARED AS THEY WERE, LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE GATHERED. THEY

LOOKED AT THE SENATE AND BASICALLY SAID THAT. THEY BROKE

IN A FORMAL PRESENTATION TO SAY WE ALL KNOW WHY TRUMP WITHHELD

THE OVAL OFFICE MEETING BUT THERE'S TENSION IN THAT AS WELL.

THEY SPENT HOURS YESTERDAY ARGUING WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO THE

BOTTOM OF THIS. YOU HEAR THE SENATE REPUBLICANS COME OUT AND

CALL THEM ON THAT. LIKE AFTER THAT DAY, THEY NEED TO COME TO

THEIR SIDE ON WITNESSES BY SAYING WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO THE

BOTTOM OF IT, THEY'RE GOING TO GO SAY THIS IS AN I REFEUDABLE

CASE. >> HOUSE MANAGERS ARE NOT MAKING

ANY NEW

ARGUMENTS. TO PULL TOGETHER THE TESTIMONY

AND REALLY MAKE IT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT AND

JUDGMENT. THEY HAVE THE TESTIMONY FROM THE DIFFERENT

OFFICIALS AND CURRENT INFORMER AND NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO SAY AT

THE END OF THE DAY IT WAS ABUSE OF POWER. THEY'RE MAKING A CASE

TO THE SENATORS IN

BIG PICTURE

TERMS.

TERMS THERE'S, IT'S IN THOSE STARK TERMS THEY'RE MAKING THEIR

CASE. >> THEY HAVE TO WALK A BIT OF A

TIGHT ROPE IN THE SENSE THEY NEED TO TRY TO LET THE HOMES TO

THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, WHY THEY THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP

SHOULD BE

REMOVED. WITH AN OPEN MIND AND HEAR THEIR ARGUMENTS AND PERHAPS

WALK AWAY WITH MORE QUESTIONS OR MORE CONCERNS. WHAT WAS YOUR

THOUGHT ON THE TONE? >> IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE

THEY'RE SO FAR AWAY RIGHT NOW TO BEING ANYWHERE CLOSE TO REMOVING

PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM OFFICE THEY'RE ARGUING A LOT ON PROCESS

AND HOW THEY'RE HANDLING THE TRIAL AND FOCUSING

ON

LEADER MC

MCCONNELL. SO THE FIRST GOAL IS TO BREAK MCCONNELLS GREP OR

GRIP OR PULL IT APART. THEY HAVEN'T REALLY FOUND A WAY IN.

THEY KEEP TRYING TO SAY MCCONNELL IS UNFAIR AND NOT

DOING ENOUGH TO OPEN THE PROCESS UP BUT IT'S BEEN AN UPHILL

CLIMB. THE DEMOCRATS ARE ON BETTER GROUND WHEN MAKING THE

CASE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHEN THEY'RE PROCESSED OFF, THEY

FEEL THEY'RE LOSING LIE BIT OF THEIR LANE WHICH IS TO PUT A

SPOTLIGHT

ON PRESIDENT TRUMP. >> YOU MADE SUCH A GREAT POINT

EARLIER, THE DEMOCRATS GETTING THIS OUT, THEORISTICKED

PLAYING

INTO MCCONNELLS STRATEGY. DO WE WANT TO CONTINUE THIS FOR

ANOTHER COUPLE OF WEEKS? AND HE'S NO, WE'RE DONE. SCHUMER

DRAGS

IT OUT. SOME PEOPLE WERE STILL WORKING

THE DEBATE STARTED WITH JERRY NADLER FINALLING GETTING UP TO

SPEED TO TALK ABOUT THE BOLTEN MOTION AND MOST OF THE COUNTRY

WAS LIKELY ASLEEP OR IN BED. THAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT

OF

THE DAY. A BIG MOMENT IN THAT FIRST DAY CAME WAY AFTER MOST

PEOPLE TURNED OFF THE TV. >> HE TOLD ME AS LONG AS

MCCONNELL IS 51 VOTES HE CAN SHAPE THE TRIAL AND HAVE A GRIP

ON IT. HE'S PROVEN TO HAVE

THAT SO

FAR. >> IT'S BROWNED TO SET IN. WE

TALK ABOUT BONES. THERE'S A WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH

CONSTITUENTS. IT'S GOING TO

BE A

PROCESS. THERE'S A RISK THERE THAT THE DEMOCRATS NEED.

>> YES, THIS IS THEIR JOB. THEY OFTEN QUIT. THEY WANTED IT. THEY

WANTED TO BE AN ELECTED OFFICE. NO SYMPATHY REALLY. NO SYMPATHY

FOR ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL. I HAVE RESPECT FOR PEOPLE WHO SERVE. NO

SYMPATHY. THEY WANT TO BE IN THE U.S. SENATE. THIS IS PART OF

THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO SIT IN THE TRIAL AND THEY DIDN'T

HAVE TO TAKE THE OATH WHEN CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS DID IT. THEY'RE

GOING TO BE IMPARTIAL JURORS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE TRIAL. YOU

SAW SENATOR BLACK BURN GET PINGED FOR APPEARING ON LAURA

INGRAM'S FOX NEWS SHOW WHILE THE TRIAL WAS GOING ON. HOW HARD ARE

THESE RULES? >> WE'RE WONDERING IF THEY COULD

REALLY GO TO THE BATHROOM AND GET A CUP OF COFFEE?

>> SOME ARE

GOING ON TV. >> IT'S TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM A

CRIMINAL TRIAL. THERE'S NOTHING HOLDING THE SEC TOES TO THE OATH

OF IMPARTIALITY. CHUCK SCHUMER TALKED ABOUT THIS AS REPUBLICANS

POINT OUT IN THE 90S. THEY PUT IMPEACHMENT IN A POLITICAL BODY.

THEY KNOW THERE'S POLITICS LIKE THIS. YES, THERE'S AN OATH AND

RULES BUT THERE'S NOTHING ENFORCING THESE PEOPLE.

>> WE'LL FIND OUT. WE WILL TALK ABOUT HOW JOHN ROBERTS DID.

FIRST, I WANT TO BEGIN TO HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN

MANAGING. THEY ALSO RISK SOME

OF THE HEADERS. THEY THINK IT'S JUST NOT TRUE. WE HEARD THE

PRESIDENT SAY THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE. WE HAVE A FACT CHECKER

THAT TALLIES THE STATEMENTS NOT CORRECT. DID IT SURPRISE YOU,

BOB, TO

HEAR THESE ATTORNEYS? >> IN A LEGAL SETTING, ADDING

LAWYER AFTER LAWYER, IT'S USUALLY A BAD SIGN. IT'S GOING

TO BE CHAOS AT THE TRIAL ABOUT WHOSE SPEAKING FOR WHO AND

WHAT'S THE ARGUMENT. THAT'S WHY LEGAL TEAMS TRY TO SPEND MONTHS

UPON MONTHS PREPARING THE ARGUMENT. EVERYTHING'S COHERENT

ON THE SAME PAGE, FACT CHECK. THAT'S WHAT LAW FIRMS ARE PAID

FOR. THEY'RE MAKING SURE THEY'RE NOT MAKING A CASE. PROSECUTORS

WANT TO TAKE THE SAME DISCRETION TO THEIR METHOD. WHAT

WE SAW FROM. WHOSE REALLY IN CONTROL AND THE OUTSIDE LAWYERS

AND THE OUTSIDE WITH THE INSIDE LAWYER. THEY'RE ALL MAKING

DIFFERENT ARGUMENTS. SO HE CLEARLY WAS TRYING TO REACT TO

AN ARGUMENT THE HOUSE

DEMOCRATS WAS

MAKING. INSTEAD, HOUSE DEMOCRATIC MEGAER STARTED TO

MAKE THESE ARGUMENTS FOR IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL FROM

OFFICE. THEY WENT RIGHT INTO THE ARGUMENT. YOU COULD SEE THE TEAM

NOT TAKING THE BACK OF IT. FAST BALL AFTER FAST BALL RIGHT FROM

THE START. SO IT WAS IN TERMS OF THE RESPONSE. BECAUSE OF THAT

NATURE OF THE COMMENTARY YOU SAW SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE. HE

CHARACTERIZED THE HOUSE PROCESS IN A WAY THAT WAS INACCURATE

TALKING ABOUT THE WAY IT WAS ALL DONE WITH WITNESSES AND WHETHER

REPUBLICANS WERE ALLOWED IN OR NOT. THEY WERE ALLOWED IN. MORE

IMPORTANTLY, THE WHOLE SCENE TOLD US IT'S A LEGAL TEAM ON THE

TRUMP SIDE AND GETTING ITS BARINGS. BASED ON DAY ONE, YES,

IT IS. >> IT DOES THOUGH MAKE YOU ASK

THE QUESTIONS NOT JUST ABOUT THROUGH THE STATEMENTS OR

MISTAKES IN SPEAKING, IF SOME OF THEIR TALKING POINTS WERE THINGS

WE'VE HEARD THE PRESIDENT DIRECTLY SAY. WE'VE HEARD THE

PRESIDENT KNOCKING ADAM SHIFT AND TALKING ABOUT HOW HE WASN'T

TALING THE TRUTH AND WHAT THIS ALL GETS TO IN PART HE TRIED TO

USE HYPERBOLE AND THROUGH MOCK OR MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF THE PHONE

CALL HE HAD AND ACTED LIKE IT WAS A MAFIA SHAKE DOWN CALL AND

READ A SHAKE DOWN VERSION OF THE CALL. THAT'S WHAT HE SAID

YESTERDAY BEFORE

THE CHIEF JUSTICE. THEY SITED THAT AS FALSE. IT WAS CLEARLY

ADAM SHIFT USING HYPERBOLE AND BEING TOO CLEVER.

>> HIS NAME WAS USED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN BY THE WHITE

HOUSE COUNSEL YESTERDAY. >> THAT'S A CHALLENGE FOR

DEMOCRATS. ADAM SHIFT HAS BECOME A CHARACTER IN THE POLITICAL

DRAMA. ONE OF THE BEST SPOKESMEN ABLE TO MAKE THE CASE IN A

STRONG WAY. AT THE SAME TIME HE HAD BECOME A MAN FOR THE

REPUBLICANS. THEY GO AFTER HIM DAY AFTER DAY TRYING TO MAKE HIM

A VILLAIN IN THE ENTIRE EPISODE AND DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO

SPREAD OUT THEIR TEAM WITH CONGRESSMAN CROW ANADEMMINGS,

YOU SEE A WHOLE ARRAY OF DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES AND

HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING THIS IS US, WE'RE NOT JUST ADAM

SHIFT. HE'S THERE AND THE POINT PERSON. NOTING HE WAITED UNTIL

LATER IN THE DAY TO SPEAK. >> MY REPORTING, CONGRESSIONAL

COLLEAGUES THAT NANCY PELOSI HANDED THE IMPEACHMENT TO SHIFT

AND NOT NADLER FOR A R. SHE TRUST SHIFT

MORE THAN NADLER. IN AUGUST CONGRESS WAS ON BREAK AND

NALDLER CAME

OUT ON

CNN.

A LOT OF HIS COLLEAGUES DIDN'T KNOW IT. IT WAS

A

PERIOD

MOMENT. BY THE WAY,. >> SHE HAD A LOT OF FAITH IN

SHIFT. >> ONE THING WE HAVEN'T TALKED

ABOUT YET IS THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. WHAT'S

SO INTERESTING TO ME IS THAT 2020 RACE WE'RE JUST DAYS AWAY

FROM THE IOWA CAUCUSES. YET DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES TO BE

DOMINATED BY THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS. ADAM SHIFT, SPEAKER

PELOSI AND OTHERS OUT FRONT, SENATOR SANDERS IS RISING IN THE

POLLS BUT NOT A MAJOR FIGURE IN THE TRIAL AT ALL. SENATOR WARREN

MAJOR FIGURE IN THE RACE. THERE'S NOT AN INTERCEPTION

REALLY LITTICLY BETWEEN THE TRIAL AND THE 2020 RACE. I

WONDER WHY SOMETIMES THERE'S A REPORTER SOMEONE HASN'T

GALVANIZED AT THE MOMENT. THEY'VE EXISTED AS SEPARATE

WORLDS. >> WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST

NIGHT ON THE SHOW. AMY WENT OUT IN FRONT OF REPORTERS AND TOOK

THAT MOMENT AND USED IT AS THE IOWA TOWN HALL SHE WISHES SHE

WAS HAVING. YOU GUYS WISH YOU WERE IN IOWA

RATHER THAN HERE. SHE TWEETED I CAN DO TWO

THINGS AT ONCE. IT'S A LITTLE BIT TO LEAD THE TWO TOGETHER.

I'M AN EXPERIENCED SENATOR, I GOT THIS. WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW

THAT'S GOING TO PLAY. WE'VE NEVER BEEN IN THIS SITUATION

LIKE THIS BEFORE. >> DEPENDING ON HOW LATE THE

TRIAL GOES EVERY NIGHT, THAT CAN BE A PROBLEM. THEY PRESENTED A

LOT OF NERVOUSNESS WHEN MITCH WAS THREATENING TO HAVE THE 24

HOURS BROKE UP FOR A FEW DAYS. THAT'S 1:00 IN THE MORNING OR

LATER GIVING BREAKS. NO WAY FOR A SENATOR RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

TO TRAVEL TO IOWA

FOR THE NIGHT. WE'RE WATCHING THE MICROPHONES HERE TO SEE IF

WE HEAR FROM IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS AND A PRESS CONFERENCE

AND YOU CAN SEE THERE THE REPORTERS ARE ABLE TO GET SOME

SENSE OF WHAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE SAYING

TODAY. THE RESTRICTIONS ARE PRETTY INTENSE. THE RESTRICTIONS

ON CAPITOL HILL ARE TOUGH FOR SO MANY REASONS INCLUDING CAPITOL

HILL IS A PLACE THAT THERE'S SO MUCH YOU CAN GO UP AND STRIKE UP

A CONVERSATION WITH THE MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS AND SENATE

AND

GET INFORMATION. SOMETIMES CAMERAS. UNLESS REPORTERS ARE

WALKING AROUND WITH A NOTEBOOK AND A PHONE.

>> THIS IS STARTING TO BE DISCUSSION FOR HOW IT WAS

HANDLED. >> SENATOR GRAHAM AND

REPUBLICANS ARE TALKING. LET'S GO TO THEM LIVE.

>> I WANT TO MAKE AN OBSERVATION HERE. THE HOUSE MANAGERS WERE

PROPOSING YESTERDAY BASICALLY THE STORY OF THE INSTITUTION OF

THE PRESIDENT AND DIDN'T KNOW IT. MAKES US THINK WHEN IT

COMES

TO IMPEACHMENT.

SO BOTTOM LINE, THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT WAS CONDUCTED BY

OUTSIDE COUNSEL. NONE HERE. KEN STAR SPENT FIVE YEARS

INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT BEFORE WE TOOK UP THE MATTER IN

THE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT WAS ALLOWED TO CROSS EXAMINE AT THE

HOUSE JUDICIARY

COMMITTEE. ROBERT MUELLER WAS AN OUTSIDE COUNSEL APPOINTED TO

INVESTIGATE

THIS PRESIDENT.

THEY DECIDED TO TAKE NO ACTIONS. THEY SAID THERE WAS NO COLLUSION

BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. WHEN IT

CAME TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, THEY DID NOT

RECOMMEND

ANY ACTION. THE PRESIDENT WAS FRUSTRATED

BECAUSE HE SAID HE DID NOTHING WRONG. I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT. IT

WAS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COUNTRY WOULD HAVE

SOMEONE TO LOOK AT THESE ALLEGATIONS BECAUSE

THEY'RE

VERY SERIOUS.

FROM THE TIME THEY AUTHORIZED IMPEACHMENT, IT TOOK 48 DAYS.

NOT TWO YEARS, FIVE YEARS LIKE CLINTON BUT 48 DAYS. THE FACT

FINDING PROCESS WAS DONE IN THE SPELL COMMITTEE. NOT THE

JUDICIARY. THE PRESIDENT HAD A RIGHT AND COULD

NOT REQUEST

WITNESSES. IT WAS THE HOUSE JUDICIARY

COMMITTEE WHICH I WAS APART. WHAT WE'VE DONE IS IMPEACH A

PRESIDENT WITHOUT OUTSIDE COUNSELING WITHIN A 48 DAY

PERIOD. HERE'S WHAT STRUCK ME THE MOST. ONE OF THE HOUSE

MANAGERS SAID THE REASON WE DIDN'T GO TO COURT AND WE DIDN'T

WANT TO GO THROUGH THE COURTS IS THAT WE COULDN'T IMPEACH THEM

BEFORE THE ELECTION. THEY WITHDREW THE DEPUTY NATIONAL

SECURITY ADVISER CASE FOR THE DEPUTY SECURITY NATIONAL ADVISER

COURT AND SAID TELL ME WHAT TO DO, JUDGE. THE HOUSE ACTUALLY

WITHDREW THE SUBPOENAED. THEY DIDN'T WANT THE COURT PROCESS TO

STOP THE IMPEACHMENT TRAINING. THEY WOULD HAVE THE UNITED

STATES SENATE CREATE AN IMPEACHMENT PROCESS WHERE AS THE

PRESIDENT WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO TO

ARTICLE

THREE COURT. WHAT WOULD IT DO? IT WOULD

ALLOW. >> SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM AND

HE'S THERE GIVING A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATOR.

YOU'RE WATCHING LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST. WE'RE

GOING TO KEEP MONITORING WHAT'S GOING ON ON CAPITOL HILL. WE

EXPECT HOUSE MANAGERS THAT COULD COME IN A FEW MOMENTS. IF THEY

DO, WE'LL BRING YOU THAT. THINGS GET UNDERWAY IN THE SENATE AS

THE TRIAL RESUMES. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF A MESSAGE

LINDSEY GRAHAM WANTS TO MAKE RIGHT NOW? WHAT'S THE GOAL OF

REPUBLICANS IF THEY TRY TO USE THIS TIME?

>> ONE, THEY WANT TO TALK AND BE HEARD. EXPECT A LOT OF THIS

DURING THE BREAKS. SENATORS GOING OUT AND REPORTERS. TWO,

WHAT GRAHAM SAID LISTENING TO HIM. LISTEN, GUYS. WE ALREADY

INVESTIGATED TRUMP WITH RUSSIA AND THE MULLER INVESTIGATION,

THEY DIDN'T

FIND ANYTHING WRONG. IT'S STOP INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT.

THAT PLAYS INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP. DEMOCRATS WANT IT SEEKING. IT

WAS INVESTIGATION BY ROBERT MUELLER FOUND NO INVESTIGATION.

WE'RE WATCHING JERRY NADLER COME DOWN THE ESCALATOR THERE. IF YOU

WANT TO WEIGH IN ON HOW REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO TALK

ABOUT THIS. >> WELL, REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING

TO DISMISS IT SOON AS POSSIBLE. THEY KNOW

THAT THE MODERATES, IF YOU WANT TO CALL THEM THAT, ARE IN TOUGH

RACES LIKE SUSAN COLLINS IN MAINE AND COREY IN COLORADO AND

THEY CAN'T IMMEDIATELY DISMISS IT.

>> I'LL ANSWER A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BEFORE WE BEGIN THE

PRESENTATION TODAY. YESTERDAY WE FEEL THAT WE HAD A VERY POWERFUL

CASE. IT SHOULD INVOLVE THE CALLING OF WITNESSES AND THE

PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS. THE HOUSE SHOULD HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE ITS CASE. THEY SHOULD REMOVE THE PRESIDENT

FROM OFFICE BUT THE SENATE SHOULD ALLOW US A FAIR TRIAL.

THEY SHOULD ALLOW ONE FOR THE HOUSE TO CALL WITNESSES. ONE

THING CLEARLY ESTABLISHED YESTERDAY IS THE SENATE IS NOT

IN COURT OF APPEALS. THAT WAS IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING. IT

MUST DEAL WITH A DRY RECORD FROM THE COURT BELOW. THE HOUSE

CHARGED THE PRESIDENT, THE SENATE TRIES THE CASE AND A

TRIAL INVOLVES WITNESSES IF FAIR AND WE LAID OUT WHY THE

WITNESSES ARE IMPORTANT AND WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO SAY AND LAID

OUT ALL THE DOCUMENTS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS WITHHOLDING

AND HOW THE SENATORS IF THEY'RE DOING IMPARTIAL JUSTICE SHOULD

WANT TO

SEE THOSE DOCUMENTS. LATE LAST NIGHT OR EARLY THIS MORNING,

DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU'RE AT IN THE WORLD, THEY THOUGHT THINGS

WERE GOING WELL. IN DEED THEY HAVE THE MATERIAL HIDDEN FROM

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IS NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT. IF THE

SENATORS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT WANTING TO LEARN ALL THE FACTS,

IF THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO CONTEST ANY OF THE FACTS, THESE

DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES WILL REDUCE. LET THE PEOPLE HEAR WHAT

JOHN BOLTEN OR NICK HAS TO SAY OR ANY OTHER WITNESSES WITH

RELEVANT INFORMATION THEY WANT TO KNOW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

WANT TO HEAR FROM THESE WITNESSES AND FOR A VERY GOOD

REASON BECAUSE THEY CAN SHED LIGHT ON THE PRESIDENT'S

MISCONDUCT. YESTERDAY WE MADE THE CASE FOR THE WITNESSES AND

THE DOCUMENTS. TODAY WE'LL BEGIN OUR TRIAL WITH THE FACTUAL

CRINOLOGY. WE'LL GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AND WHEN. WE

DO NOT ASSUME EVERYONE IN THE SENATE WAS ABLE TO WATCH THE

TESTIMONY. SOME OF YOU IN THE PRESS WERE ABLE TO DO THAT. WE

CANNOT ASSUME THE SENATORS WERE ABLE TO DO THAT AS WELL AS WE

WERE. YET ALONE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO DO SO. WE

WILL LAY OUT ALL THE FACTS ENDOCRINOLOGY. WE BELIEVE WE'LL

MAKE AN OVERWHELMING CASE ON BOTH ARTICLE

ONE AND TWO. >> I'M GOING TO RESPOND

TO THE

QUESTIONS.

>> THIS ISN'T LIKE A

FANTASY

FOOTBALL TRADE A WITNESS THAT ALLOWS TO SMEAR A PRESIDENTIAL

CANDIDATE IF YOU WANT TO GET A LEGITIMATE WITNESS. TRIALS

AREN'T

TRADES FOR WITNESSES. WE OFFERED FOR THE CHIEF JUSTICE TO RULE.

NOT SURPRISING, THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM WAS OPPOSED. NOT BECAUSE

THEY MADE AN IMPARTIAL DECISION BUT BECAUSE THEY DO TRUST THE

CHIEF JUSTICE TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT MATERIALITY. THEY WANT TO

SMEAR BIDEN. THEY WANT THE SCHEME THEY WERE UNABLE TO DO

WHEN THEY TRIED TO GET UKRAINE TO SMEAR THE BIDENS, THEY WANT

TO USE THIS TRIAL. THAT'S NOT THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIAL AND

SENATORS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE ABUSED IN THAT WAY.

>> HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO YOUR ARGUMENTS?

>> I CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE SENATORS. I WOULD HOPE THEY HAVE

AN OPEN MIND. AS I SAID YESTERDAY WHATEVER THEY THOUGHT

IN THE PAST OR SAID IN THE PAST THERE'S AN EVENT OF

CONSTITUTIONAL SUPER SEEDS ALL OF THAT. THAT'S AT THE BEGINNING

OF THIS TRIAL. SO I HAVE TO HOPE THAT SOME IF NOT ALL THE

SENATORS WILL ABIDE BY THAT OATH AND WILL HEAR US WITH AN OPEN

MIND. EVEN IF THEY DON'T, I DO EXPECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE

WATCHING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LISTENING. AND THEY DO HAVE

AN OPEN MIND. IT'S THOSE AMERICANS WE'RE TALKING TO ALSO.

AS I SAID BEFORE WE'RE TRYING TO STATE TWO JURIES. THE SENATE AND

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >> WHAT'S THE APPROPRIATION FROM

THE CHIEF JUSTICE? >> WELL, LOOK, WHEN YOU SCHEDULE

A TRIAL AS MITCH MCCONNELL DID THAT'S DESIGNED TO BE HIDDEN IN

THE DEAD OF NIGHT AND YOU REQUIRE THOSE GOING AT IT,

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TEMPERS FLAIR. THAT HAPPENS IN EVERY

COURTROOM IN AMERICA AS WELL. WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO KEEP

FOCUSED ON THE FACTS. THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM WOULD LIKE

NOTHING MORE THAN TO PROVOKE A BITTER CONFLICT. WE'RE NOT GOING

TO LET THEM. THE FACTS ARE DAMMING. WE'RE GOING TO LAY THEM

OUT IN GREAT

DETAIL TODAY. THANK YOU. >> AND THE HOUSE MANAGER IS

WALKING

AWAY FROM REPORTERS. I WAS SOFAS NIGHTED BY THE FIRST QUESTION

OUT. WHICH IS SUPPOSE TO BE FOR JERRY NADLER. HE TRIED TO GO

OVER AND ASK A QUESTION AND SHIFF SHUT IT DOWN RIGHT AWAY.

THERE'S A LOT OF CONCERN HOW HE TALKED LAST NIGHT. WHY IS THAT

AN ISSUE RIGHT NOW? >> IT GETS TO WHERE HE SAID

EARLIER, NOT SEEN AS A PERFECT SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC

CAUSE. THAT'S WHY SPEAKER PELOSI PUT SHIFF OUT FRONT AND YOU

HEARD HIM SAY I'M THE PERSON OUT FRONT.

>> AT ONE POINT LAST NIGHT CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS ADMONISHED

BOTH SIDES. IT WAS DERIVED FROM NADLER AND ONE

OF TRUMP'S LAWYERS. THEY WERE KIND OF GOING AFTER EACH OTHER.

>> LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WATCH THAT. IN CASE YOU WEREN'T

CHECKING THIS OUT, LET'S PLAY THIS.

>> THEY'VE COME HERE AND ATTACKED EVERY INSTITUTION OF

OUR GOVERNMENT. IT'S ABOUT TIME WE BRING THIS POWER TRIP IN FOR

A LANDING. >> THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO

SAY A LOT OF THINGS THAT RUB ME THE WRONG WAY.

>> ONLY GUILTY PEOPLE THRIVE TO HIDE EVIDENCE. I GUESS WHEN

PRESIDENT OBAMA INSTRUCTED HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO NOT GIVE

INFORMATION, HE WAS GUILTY OF A CRIME.

>> THIS IS JUST LIKE OBAMA. WHEN YOU FIND VIDEO OF BARACK OBAMA

SAYING UNDER CART CAL TWO HE CAN DO ANYTHING THEN YOU CAN COMPARE

BARACK OBAMA TO DONALD TRUMP. >> ALL RIGHT. WELL, WHAT WE

DIDN'T SEE THERE WAS JERRY NADLER. WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT

WHAT HE SAID IN A FEW MOMENTS. ALL THAT LED TO CHIEF JUSTICE

JOHN ROBERTS REBUKING BOTH THE HOUSE SPEAKER MANAGERS AND THE

PRESIDENT'S LAWYER. >> I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE AT

THIS POINT FOR ME TO ADMONISH BOTH THE HOUSE MANAGERS AND THE

PRESIDENT'S COUNSEL IN EQUAL TERMS TO REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE

ADDRESSING THE WORLD'S GREATEST BODY. ONE REASON IT'S EARNED

THAT TITLE IS BECAUSE THE MEMBERS AVOID SPEAKING IN A

MANNER AND SPEAKING LONG NOT INDUCIVE TO CIVIL DISCOURSE. IN

THE 1905 SWING TRIAL A SENATOR OBJECTED WHEN ONE OF THE

MANAGERS USED THE WORD -- AND THE OFFICER SAID THE WORD OUGHT

NOT BEEN USED. I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO ASPIRE TO THAT HIGHEST

STANDARD BUT I DO THINK THOSE ADDRESSING THE SENATE SHOULD

REMEMBER WHERE THEY

ARE. >> OKAY. SO BOB, WE'RE NOT

EXPECTING A WHOLE LOT FROM THE CHIEF JUSTICE IN TERMS OF

PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLL HERE. THAT WAS A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT.

>> IT WAS. ROBERTS, THE CHIEF JUSTICE MAY NOT HAVE A MAJOR

ROLL WHEN IT COMES TO DECIDING WITNESSES. IT'S GOING TO BE A

NEGOTIATION AMONG SENATORS AND THE TWO PARTIES. AT THE SAME

TIME WE LIVE IN SUCH A POLARIZED AGE WE ALL KNOW FOR THE CHIEF

JUSTICE TO SIT THERE AND MODERATE THE TONE OF THE TRIAL

IS QUIET SIGNIFICANT ON DAY ONE. HE'S GOING TO BE SETTING THE

PACE AND THIS COULD ONLY GET HOTTER AT SOME POINT AS BOTH

SIDES BATTLE. WE HAVE A PRESIDENCY ON THE LINE AND AN

ELECTION MONTHS AWAY. THIS IS THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME

COURT WHO IN EFFECTIVE SUPPOSE TO

BE A PARLIAMENTARIAN. HE'S GOING TO SPEAK UP AND SAY YOU'RE OUT

OF LINE. IT'S A ROLL HE MAY HAVE TO STEP UP MORE AN MORE BECAUSE

THIS IS NOT A CALM TRIAL. >> IT'S ALMOST LIKE HE'S

ENFORCING A REALITY THAT DIDN'T EXIST ANYMORE. NEXT TO EACH

OTHER, THAT'S DETERIORATING. >> YEAH, WE TALKED ABOUT THE

LINE

HOUSE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS. REALLY TALKING ABOUT THE

PRESSURE AND THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM ACCUSED OF LYING. IT RAMPED

UP THE

TENSION LAST NIGHT. >> IT WAS LIKE DRAMA.

>> IT'S NOT THE TONE THAT EARLIER IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS HAD

SET WHERE THEY WERE MAKING THEIR ROBUST ARGUMENTS. THEY WERE

STILL DOING IT WITH THE SLIDES AND PRESENTATIONS

AND USING TAPE. IT WAS MUCH MANUFACTURE CONTENT HEAVY.

>> THIS THREAD CAN ONLY UNRAVEL IN THE COMING DAYS. WHEN I WAS

TALKING TO THE SENATORS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, DEMOCRATS ARE SO

FRUSTRATED THAT THE BEHAVIOR IS INDICATIVE OF WHERE MANY

DEMOCRATS

ARE AT. THEY

PLUMMET. THEY SHOULDN'T SHOULD BE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION. IT'S

NOT A SURPRISE TO SEE HIM LASH OUT AND REPUBLICANS

UNSURPRISINGLY ARE JUMPING ON NADLER'S SPEECH AND REMARKS AND

SAYING THESE DEMOCRATS ARE OUT OF CONTROL. THAT'S GOING TO BE A

GROWING CLAMMER REPUBLICANS TELL ME TO TRY TO DISMISS THIS TRIAL.

>> AND IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER

FOR

MODERATE REPUBLICANS

. >> PER SAY, THIS MORNING HOW THE

CASE THEY NEED TO MAKE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS SOMETIMES

DIFFERENT THAN STRATEGY IN TERMS OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS. THEY

FELT DEMOCRATS FELT LIKE TO TALK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND

HAMMER HOME HOW THEY FELT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS HIDING

THEY NEEDED TO CONTROL THE NARRATIVE BY LENGTHENING THIS

OUT BY 12 HOURS. WELL, BY CONTRAST, THAT ALIENATING

REPUBLICANS ALREADY TIRED ON

DAY ONE. THEY NEED THEM TO RETURN.

>> WE'RE WATCHING SENATORS HEAD TO THE CHAMBER AND WE'LL BRING

YOU THE PROCEEDINGS LIFE AND UNINTERRUPTED ONCE

THEY

GET UNDERWAY.

McCONNELL WILL BE UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE SO AS

PRESIDENT TRUMP COMES BACK FROM SWITZERLAND, HOW MUCH PRESSURE

IS THE PRESIDENT GOING TO PUT?

AS YOU SAID, YOU WOKE UP FROM A LOT OF TWEETS FROM THE

PRESIDENT. McCONNELL HAS BEEN IN TIGHT CONTROL BUT DOES THE

PRESIDENT GET RESTLESS AND START TO PUSH McCONNELL AND CIGARETTE

OF THE TRIAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE? THE BALANCE OF POWER

AND ESPECIALLY WITH McCONNELL AND THE PRESIDENT, THAT IS

SOMETHING TO WATCH. >> WHAT WILL YOU BE WATCHING

FOR? >> I WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE

HOW MUCH MORE THEATRICAL THIS GETS. YOU COULD RISK GETTING

ADMONISHED BUT DOES TRUMP SEEM LIKE HE HAS POUNDING THE TABLE?

AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE,

LAWYERS AND POLITICIANS WERE ON THE TEAM. IF WE THOUGHT

YESTERDAY WAS THAT WE DRAMATIC, WILL HE GET AMPED UP EVEN MORE?

>>

IT IS NOW TO SEE THE DEMOCRATS MAKE THEIR CASE OVER THE NEXT

THREE DAYS AND REPUBLICANS IN THE FORM OF THE WHITE HOUSE TEAM

WILL MAKE THEIR CASE AND THAT IS LIKELY TO SPREAD OVER THE

WEEKEND

AND WE EXPECT TO BE HERE THROUGH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IS A DAY OFF

AND THEN BACK ON MONDAY. THERE WERE CONCERNED THAT THAT MIGHT

DILUTE THE REPUBLICAN ARGUMENT HAVING IT SPLIT AND PARTIALLY ON

THE WEEKEND IS NOT IDEAL IN TERMS OF BUILDING A CASE BUT DO

YOU SEE THAT AS A LIABILITY OR OPPORTUNITY?

>> THERE IS A SPLIT IN THE GOP

ABOUT THIS. SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO GET THIS DONE AS QUICKLY AS

POSSIBLE AND HAVE LIMITED CAMERA ANGLES AND GET IT DONE AND RUSH

IT THROUGH AND FINISH IT UP. THE PRESENT SIDE FOR NOW IS

CONTAINED AND HE IS SOMETIMES GRANTED SAYING WE HAVE TO HAVE

EVERY WITNESS CALLED AND BRING OUT ALL THE EVIDENCE AGAINST THE

FORMER CIA DIRECTOR AND PULL OUT ALL THESE DIFFERENT PEOPLE WITH

THE CONNECTIONS TO DIFFERENT

TRUMP CONTROVERSY AND PUT THEM BEFORE THE SENATE. FOR NOW THAT

IS NOT HAPPENING SO A WEEKEND GOES TO THE McCONNELL

PERSPECTIVE TO KEEP IT LOW-KEY AND MOVING.

>> WE WILL BRING THIS TO YOU LIVE AN UNINTERRUPTED WANT TO

GET UNDERWAY. YOU ARE SEEING THE SENATE AS IT IS ABOUT TO

RECONVENE. AS THE COURT OF IMPEACHMENT FOR THE TRIAL OF

PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE WILL BRING US ALL TO YOU THROUGHOUT THE

DAY. WE WILL BE HERE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS. YOU CAN GO

TO THE WASHINGTON POST ON YOUTUBE

AND YOU CAN SEE ALL THIS COVERAGE. A REMINDER THAT WE

DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER THE CAMERA ANGLE ANOTHER DOES

C-SPAN. WE HAVE SEEN SOME DEMOCRATS COME OUT AND VOICE

THEIR CONCERNS AND OBJECTIONS TO HOW THIS IS BEING CONTROLLED.

>> THERE ARE REAL CONCERNS ABOUT PRESS ACCESS.

ON ONE TERM IT IS THE CAMERA ANGLE AND YOU ARE ONLY SEEING

THE SENATE'S VERSION

BUT AS A REPORTER THAT LOVES TO RUN THE CAPITAL, IT IS ONE OF

THE FEW PLACES YOU CAN GO AND PUT A MICROPHONE IN A LAWMAKERS

FACE AND ASKED TOUGH QUESTIONS BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITH THE

WHITE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT IS ROPED OFF AND GOVERNORS ARE

SOMETIMES ROPED OFF AND SENATORS IF THEY ARE INSIDE THE CAPITAL,

YOU CAN GO UP TO THEM

AND THAT IS PART OF THE JOY AND VITALITY OF BEING REPORTED TO GO

TO LAWMAKERS AND IT WORRIES ME AS A REPORTER THAT THE MINUTE

YOU START PUTTING UP BARRICADES TO PROTECT CENTERS, YOUR

DAMAGING THE ABILITY TO GET INFORMATION FROM NONPARTISAN

REPORTERS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON OR EVEN COLUMNIST. THE

PRESIDENT'S RIGHT TO BE THERE AND THE PRESS ARE CREDENTIALED

AND HAVE GONE THROUGH BACKGROUND CHECKS

SO WHY IS SECURITY SOMEHOW DIFFERENT? SOMETIMES IT IS

DIFFERENT WITH THE CAPITAL WHEN THE CHIEF COURT IS THERE BUT THE

MORE FREEDOM, THE BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO AMERICAN JOURNALISM AND

THIS SHOULD WORRY EVERY REPORTER WHEN POLITICIANS MAKE DECISIONS

LIKE THIS. >> WE ARE SEEING THEM LEAD IN

PRAYER . THE WORK OF THE SUPREME COURT CONTINUES ON AND CHIEF

JUSTICE ROBERTS HAS A LOT ON HIS PLATE RIGHT NOW.

>> THERE ARE ARGUMENTS COMING IN

AND GOODNESS KNOWS HOW LONG. >> I WANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF

COFFEE HE IS DRINKING. LET'S LISTEN IN.

>> JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AS HE PRESIDES. LORD, YOU ARE ON

POWERFUL AND KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS BEFORE WE FORM THEM. AS OUR

LAWMAKERS HAVE BECOME JURORS, REMIND THEM OF YOUR ADMONITION

IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 10:31 THAT WHATEVER THEY DO SHOULD BE DONE

FOR YOUR GLORY. HELP THEM REMEMBER THAT PATRIOTS RESIDE ON

BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND THAT WORDS HAVE CONSEQUENCES AND THAT

HOW SOMETHING IS SAID CAN BE AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT IS SAID. GIVE

THEM A CIVILITY BUILT UPON INTEGRITY THAT BRINGS

CONSISTENCY IN THEIR BELIEFS AND ACTIONS. WE PRAY IN YOUR

POWERFUL NAME, AMEN.

>> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF

AMERICA INTO THE JUSTICE FOR WHAT IT STANDS, ONE NATION,

UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

>> BE SEATED. IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION,

WE WILL CONTINUE. NO OBJECTION SO WERE TO. THE SERGEANT AT ARMS

WILL MAKE A PROCLAMATION. >>

HERE YE, HERE YE, HERE YE, OPERATIONS ARE

PERMITTED TO KEEP SILENT ON CHARGE OF IMPRISONMENT. THIS IS

EXHIBITED BY THE HEALTH OF THE NATIVES AGAINST DONALD JOHN

TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

>> THE MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED.

>> NO MOTIONS WERE FILED THIS MORNING SO WE WILL PROCEED TO

THE HOUSE MANAGER'S PRESENTATION AND GO FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO

HOURS AND THEN TAKE A SHORT RECESS WHEN THERE IS AN

APPROPRIATE BREAK TIME BETWEEN PRESENTERS.

>> PURSUANT TO THE VISIONS OF RESOLUTION 43, THE MANAGERS OF

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE 24 HOURS TO MAKE A

PRESENTATION FOR THEIR CASE. THE SENATE WILL NOW HERE IT.

>> MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, SANDERS, COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT AND MY

FELLOW HOUSE MINIATURES, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THINKING YOU CHIEF

JUSTICE FOR A VERY LONG DAY. FOR THE WAY YOU HAVE PRESIDED

OVER THESE PROCEEDINGS AND I WANT TO THANK THE SENATORS ALSO.

WE WENT WELL INTO THE MORNING AS YOU KNOW UNTIL I REALLY AROUND

2:00 IN THE MORNING

AND YOU PAID ATTENTION TO EVERY WORD AN ARGUMENT YOU HEARD FROM

BOTH SIDES IN THIS IMPEACHMENT TRIAL AND I KNOW WE ARE BOTH

DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR NOT. IT WAS AN EXHAUSTING DAY FOR US,

CERTAINLY BUT WE HAVE A JOURNALING GOING THROUGH OUR

VEINS AND FOR THOSE THAT ARE REQUIRED TO SIT AND LISTEN, IT

IS A MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TASK

AND WE KNOW OUR POSITIONS. YOU HAVE THE ADDED DIFFICULTY OF

HAVING TO WEIGH THE FACTS AND THE LAW. I WANT TO BEGIN BY

THANKING YOU FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE PROCEEDINGS YESTERDAY AND

FOR INVITING YOUR PATIENCE AS WE GO FORWARD AS WE HAVE LONG DAYS

YET TO COME. SO, LET US BEGIN. WHEN A MAN

UNPRINCIPLED AND PRIVATE LIFE DESPERATE IN HIS FORTUNE, BOLD

IN HIS TEMPER POSSESSED CONSIDERABLE TALENTS, HAVING THE

ADVANTAGE OF MILITARY HABITS

IN HIS ORDINARY DEMEANOR, KNOWN TO HAVE SCOFFED IN PRIVATE AT

THE PRINCIPAL'S OF LIBERTY

, WHEN SUCH A MAN IS SEEN TO MOUNT THE HORSE OF POPULARITY

AND JOIN IN THE CRY OF DANGER TO LIBERTY, TO TAKE EVERY

OPPORTUNITY OF EMBARRASSING THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT AND BRING IT

UNDER SUSPICION, TO FLATTER AND FALL IN WITH ALL THE NONSENSE OF

THE ZEALOTS OF THE DAY, IT MAY JUSTLY BE SUSPECTED THAT HIS

OBJECT IS TO THROW THINGS INTO CONFUSION. THAT HE MIGHT RIDE

THE STORM AND DIRECT THE WHIRLWIND. THOSE WORDS WERE

WRITTEN BY

ALEXANDER HAMILTON IN A LETTER TO PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PANIC OF 1792.

A FINANCIAL CREDIT CRISIS SHOOK OUR YOUNG NATION. HAMILTON WAS

RESPONDING TO SENTIMENTS RELATED TO WASHINGTON AS HE TRAVELED THE

COUNTRY

IN THE FACE OF THAT CRISIS MIGHT DESCEND FROM A REPUBLICAN FORM

OF GOVERNMENT PLUNGING INSTEAD INTO THAT OF MONARCHY. THE

FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION WORRIED THEN AS WE WORRY TODAY

THAT A LEADER MIGHT COME TO POWER NOT TO CARRY OUT THE WILL

OF THE PEOPLE THAT HE WAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT BUT TO

PURSUE HIS OWN INTEREST

. A FEAR THAT A PRESIDENT WOULD SUBVERT OUR DEMOCRACY BY ABUSING

THE AWESOME POWER OF HIS OFFICE FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL OR

POLITICAL GAIN. SO, THEY DEVISED A REMEDY I WAS POWERFUL AS THE

EVIL IT WAS MEANT TO COMBAT. IMPEACHMENT. AS CENTURIES HAVE

PASSED, THE FOUNDERS

ACHIEVED AN ALMOST MYTHICAL CHARACTER. WE ARE AWARE OF THEIR

THAWS

AND YET WHEN IT CAME TO THE DRAFTING OF A NEW SYSTEM WITH NO

GUARANTEE IT WILL SUCCEED

, WE CANNOT HELP BUT BE IN ALL OF THEIR GENIUS. THEY HAVE

INDICATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

STILL AND MAYBE BECAUSE OF THEIR BRILLIANCE AND THE BRILLIANCE OF

THEIR WORDS, WE FIND

IT MORE DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS. THIS IS NO

HISTORY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON NOTWITHSTANDING HIS RECENT

RETURN TO CELEBRITY. BUT THERE WERE HUMAN BEINGS THAT

UNDERSTAND HUMAN

FRAILTIES EVEN AS EXHIBIT THEM AND THEY CAN APPRECIATE JUST AS

WE CAN HOW POWER CAN CORRUPT AND EVEN AS WE STRUGGLE TO

UNDERSTAND HOW THE FRAMERS MIGHT HAVE RESPONDED TO PRESIDENTIAL

MISCONDUCT OF THE KIND OF CHARACTER THAT WE ARE HERE TO

TRY, WE SHOULD NOT IMAGINE FOR ONE MOMENT THAT THEY LACK BASIC

COMMON SENSE.

OR REFUSED TO APPLY IT OURSELVES. THEY KNEW WHAT IT WAS

LIKE TO LIVE UNDER A DESPERATE AND THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES TO

BE FREE OF IT. THEY KNEW THEY WERE CREATING AN ENORMOUSLY

POWERFUL EXECUTIVE AND THEY KNEW THEY NEEDED TO CONSTRAIN IT.

THEY DID NOT INTEND FOR THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT TO BE USED

FREQUENTLY

WERE OVER MATTERS OF POLICY BUT THEY PUT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION

FOR A REASON. FOR A MAN WHO WOULD SUBVERT THE INTEREST OF

THE NATION TO PURSUE HIS OWN INTEREST. FOR A MAN THAT WOULD

SEEK TO PERPETUATE HIMSELF IN OFFICE BY

INVITING FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AND CHEATING IN AN ELECTION. FOR

A MAN THAT WOULD BE DISDAINFUL AT CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITS

IGNORING OR DEFEATING THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT IN THE

COEQUAL POWERS AND AMANDA BELIEVED THAT THE CONSTITUTION

GAVE HIM THE RIGHT TO DO ANYTHING HE WANTED AND PRACTICED

IN THE ART OF DECEPTION. FOR AMANDA BELIEVED HE WAS ABOVE THE

LAW AND A MAN IN SHORT HE WOULD BE A KING. WE ARE HERE TODAY IN

THIS HALLOWED CHAMBER

UNDERTAKING THE SOLEMN ACTION FOR ONLY THE THIRD TIME IN

HISTORY BECAUSE DONALD JOHN TRUMP, THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES HAS ACTED PRECISELY AS HAMILTON AND HIS

CONTEMPORARIES FEARED. PRESIDENT TRUMP SOLICIT

FOREIGN INTERFERENCE ABUSING THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO SEEK HELP

FROM ABROAD AND TO IMPROVE HIS REELECTION PROCESS AT HOME. WHEN

HE WAS CAUGHT, HE USE THE POWERS OF THE OFFICE TO OBSTRUCT THE

INVESTIGATION INTO HIS OWN MISCONDUCT.

TO IMPLEMENT THIS CORRUPT SKIN, HE PRESSURED THE PRESIDENT OF

UKRAINE TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS INTO TWO

DISCREDITED ALLEGATIONS THAT WOULD BENEFIT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S

2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. WHEN THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT DID NOT

IMMEDIATELY ASCENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD TWO OFFICIAL

ASKED TO INDUCE THE UKRAINIAN LEADER TO COMPLY AND HEAD OF

STATE MEETINGS IN THE OVAL OFFICE AND MILITARY FUNDING.

BOTH WERE GREAT CONSEQUENCE TO UKRAINE AND TO THE NATIONAL

INTEREST AND SECURITY BUT ONE

LOOMS LARGEST. PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD HUNDREDS OF LINES OF

DOLLARS IN MILITARY AID TO A STRATEGIC PARTNER AT WAR WITH

RUSSIA TO SECURE FOREIGN HELP WITH HIS REELECTION AND ANOTHER

WORDS TO CHEAT. IN THIS WAY, THE PRESIDENT USED POWERS AVAILABLE

ONLY TO HIM AND UNAVAILABLE TO ANY POLITICAL OPPONENT TO

ADVANTAGE HIMSELF

IN THE ELECTION. THIS WAS TAKEN FOR A SIMPLE BUT CORRUPT REASON

TO HELP HIM WIN REELECTION IN 2020.

THE EFFECT OF HIS SKIN WAS UNDERMINE ARE FREE AND FAIR

ELECTIONS AND TO PUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK. IT

WAS NOT EVEN NECESSARY THAT UKRAINE UNDERTAKE THE POLITICAL

INVESTIGATIONS. THEY REALLY JUST HAD TO ANNOUNCE THEM. THIS IS

SIGNIFICANT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD NO INTEREST IN FIGHTING

CORRUPTION AS HE WOULD CLAIM

AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT BUT RATHER HIS INTEREST WAS IN FURTHERING

CORRUPTION BY THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF INVESTIGATIONS THAT WERE

COMPLETELY WITHOUT MERIT. THE FIRST INVESTIGATION THAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP DESIRED WAS INTO JOE BIDEN WHO WOULD STOP THE

REMOVAL OF A CORRUPT UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR, DURING THE PREVIOUS

U. S. ADMINISTRATION. THE VICE PRESIDENT ACTED IN ACCORDANCE

WITH U. S. OFFICIAL POLICY AT THE TIME AND WAS SUPPORTED

UNANIMOUSLY

BY THE EUROPEAN ALLIES AND KEY GLOBAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

SUCH AS THE

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND THAT SHARED THE CONCERN OVER

CORRUPTION. DESPITE THIS FACT, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS AGENTS

PRESS THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION INTO

THE FALSE CLAIM THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN ONE OF THE CRÊPE

PROSECUTOR REMOVED FROM POWER IN ORDER TO STOP AN INVESTIGATION

INTO HOLDINGS A COMPANY

ON THE BOARD AND THIS HAS BEEN UNTRUE AND WIDELY DEBUNKED BY

UKRAINIAN AND AMERICAN EXPERTS ALIKE. THAT MATTER NOT MATTERED

TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. TO HIM, THE VALUE IN PROMOTING A NEGATIVE

TILL ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS THE USEFULNESS TO THE

REELECTION CAMPAIGN. IT WAS A SMEAR TACTIC THAT PRESIDENT

TRUMP FEARED.

REMARKABLY, BUT PREDICTABLY, RUSSIA HAS SOUGHT TO SUPPORT

THIS EFFORT TO SMEAR MR. BIDEN.

JUST AS HE MADE USE OF

THE EMAILS AND IN HIS PREVIOUS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WHICH

BRINGS US TO THE OTHER SHAM INVESTIGATION THAT PRESIDENT

TRUMP DEMANDED THAT THE UKRAINIAN LEADER ANNOUNCE. THIS

INVESTIGATION WAS RELATED TO A DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY

ALLEGING THAT UKRAINE, NOT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE 2016

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THIS NARRATIVE

PROPAGATED BY THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES CONTENDS

THAT UKRAINE SOUGHT TO HELP HILLARY CLINTON AND HARM

CANDIDATE TRUMP AND THAT A COMPUTER SERVER

PROVIDING THIS FICTION IS HIDDEN SOMEWHERE IN UKRAINE. THAT IS

THE SO-CALLED CROWD STRIKE CONSPIRACY THEORY.

THIS TALE IS ALSO PATENTLY FALSE AND REMARKABLY IT IS PRECISELY

THE INVERSE OF WHAT THE U. S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S

UNANIMOUS ASSESSMENT WAS THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE 2016

ELECTION IN SWEEPING SYSTEMIC FASHION IN ORDER TO HURT HILLARY

CLINTON AND HELP DONALD TRUMP. NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENT

EVIDENTLY BELIEVED THAT A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

TO THESE ALLEGATIONS BY THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT SHOULD AND

COULD ASSIST HIS ELECTION TO HAVE ANY DOUBTS AMERICANS MAY

HAVE HAD OVER THE LEGITIMACY OF THE FIRST ELECTION EVEN AS HE

INVITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE NEXT. TO THE DEGREE THAT

MOST AMERICANS

HAVE FOLLOWED THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO INVOLVE ANOTHER

FOREIGN POWER IN OUR ELECTION, THEY MAY BE MOST FAMILIAR WITH

THE TREATY ON THE NOW INFAMOUS JULY 25 CALL TO DO US A FAVOR

AND INVESTIGATE BIDEN IN THE 2016 CONSPIRACY THEORY. THAT

CALL WAS NOT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY.

OR THE CORRUPT SCHEME AND OR WAS AT THE END. RATHER, IT WAS

MERELY PART ALTHOUGH A SIGNIFICANT PART OF A MONTH-LONG

EFFORT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES THAT HAD SIGNIFICANT

AND INCREASING PRESSURE ON UKRAINE

TO ANNOUNCE THE TWO POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS. KEY

FIGURES IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WERE AWARE AND

DIRECTLY INVOLVED OR PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHEME. WE

SAW ONE WITNESS, A MILLION-DOLLAR DONOR PUT IT THIS

WAY. EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP.

AFTER 21 UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT

PROVIDING A SPECIFIC DATE FOR THE PROPOSED VISIT, PRESIDENT

TRUMP CONDITIONED THIS COVETED MEETING ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF

THESE SHAM INVESTIGATIONS. FOR UKRAINE'S NEW AND UNTESTED

LEADER, AN OFFICIAL MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES

IN THE OVAL OFFICE WAS CRITICAL. IT WOULD HELP US TO WANT HIM

IMPORTANT DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LEGITIMACY AS HE

SOUGHT TO

IMPLEMENT AN AMBITIOUS ANTICORRUPTION PLATFORM. ACTUAL

AND APPEARED SUPPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

WOULD ALSO STRENGTHEN HIS POSITION AS HE SOUGHT TO

NEGOTIATE A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA'S PRESIDENT, BODMER PUTIN

SEEKING AN END TO ANNEXATION AND CONTINUE MILITARY OCCUPATION.

MOSTLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

IN APPROPRIATED TAXPAYER FUNDING AND MILITARY ASSISTANCE FOR THE

SAME PURPOSE, TO APPLY MORE PRESSURE ON UKRAINE'S LEADER TO

ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS. THIS MILITARY AID WHICH IS LONG

ENJOYED BY PARTISAN REPORT WHICH WAS TO HELP

FOR THE EFFORT.

MOST CRITICALLY, THE MILITARY AID THAT WE PROVIDE HELPS TO

PROTECT AND ADVANCE AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST IN

THE REGION AND BEYOND. AMERICA HAS AN ABIDING REGION IN

RESISTING ANY NATION'S EFFORTS TO REMAKE THE MAP OF EUROPE

BY MILITARY FORCE EVEN AS WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS

STATIONED THERE. MOREOVER, AS ONE WITNESS PUT IT IN THE

IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, THE UNITED STATES AGE UKRAINE AND HER

PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN FIGHT

THIS MATTER CANNOT AND MUST NOT BE DECIDED BY THE COURTS WHICH

APART FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE HERE TODAY ARE

GIVEN NO ROLE IN IMPEACHMENTS AND UNDER THE HOUSE OR THE

SENATE BEING DRAWN INTO LITIGATION MAKING MANY MONTHS OR

YEARS TO COMPLETE WOULD PROVIDE THE PRESIDENT

WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE MISCONDUCT AND HE WOULD REMAIN

SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE MAY TIE UP TO CONGRESS IN THE

COURTS INDEFINITELY. AS HE HAS WITH DON McGANN RENDERING THE

IMPEACHMENT POWER EFFECTIVELY, MEANING LESS. WE ALSO TOOK THE

STEP WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME

THE PRESIDENT SOLICITED FOR INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS

AND IN 2016, THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP IMPLORED RUSSIA TO HACK

HIS OPPONENTS EMAIL ACCOUNT, SOMETHING THAT THE RUSSIAN

MILITARY AGENCY DID ONLY HOURS LATER. ONLY HOURS LATER. WITH

THE PRESIDENT SAID RUSSIA IF YOU ARE LISTENING, THEY WERE

LISTENING. ONLY HOURS LATER THEY HACKED HIS OPPONENTS.

OVER THE COMING DAYS, WE WILL PRESENT TO YOU AND TO THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE THE EXTENSIVE EVIDENCE COLLECTED DURING THE

IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO THE PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER AND

OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE. NOTWITHSTANDING HIS

UNPRECEDENTED AND WHOLESALE OBSTRUCTION OF THE INVESTIGATION

INTO THAT MISCONDUCT. YOU WILL HEAR AND READ TESTIMONY FROM

COURAGEOUS PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO UPHELD THEIR OATH OF THE

CONSTITUTION AND LEGAL OBLIGATIONS TO COMPLY WITH

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION DESPITE

A CATEGORICAL ORDER BY PRESIDENT TRUMP NOT TO COOPERATE WITH THE

IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. THESE ARE COURAGEOUS AMERICANS THAT WERE

TOLD BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NOT TO COOPERATE

AND NOT TO APPEAR AND NOT TO TESTIFY BUT HAD A SENSE OF DUTY

TO DO SO.

MORE THAN THAT, YOU WILL HEAR FROM WITNESSES WHO HAVE NOT YET

TESTIFIED. LIKE JOHN BOLTON AND MICK MULVANEY AND MR. BLAIR

AND MR. DUFFY AND IF YOU CAN BELIEVE THE PRESENCE WORDS, YOU

WILL ALSO HEAR FROM SECRETARY POMPEO. YOU WILL HEAR THEIR

TESTIMONY AT THE SAME TIME AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IS IF

YOU ALLOW IT. IF WE HAVE A FAIR TRIAL.

DURING OUR PRESENTATION, YOU WILL SEE DOCUMENTARY RECORDS

AND THOSE THE PRESIDENT WAS UNABLE TO SUPPRESS THAT EXPOSED

THE SCHEME IN DETAIL AND YOU WILL LEARN OF FURTHER EVIDENCE

THAT HAS BEEN REVEALED IN THE DAYS SINCE THE HOUSE VOTED TO

IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP EVEN AS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENTS

HAVE PERSISTED TO COVER UP THEIR WRONGDOING FROM CONGRESS AND THE

PUBLIC.

YOU WILL SEE DOZENS OF NEW DOCUMENTS PROVIDING NEW AND

CRITICAL EVIDENCE OF THE GUILT THAT REMAINED AT THIS TIME IN

THE PRESIDENTS HANDS. IN THE HANDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE

DEFENSE AND DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. YOU

WILL SEE THEM AND SO WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IF YOU ALLOW IT.

IF IN THE NAME OF A FAIR TRIAL, YOU WILL DEMAND IT.

THESE ARE POLITICALLY CHARGED TIMES. TEMPERS CAN RUN HIGH AND

PARTICULARLY WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS CONCERNED BUT THESE ARE NOT

UNIQUE TIMES

AND THEY WERE HARDLY ALIEN CONCEPTS TO THE FRAMERS SO THEY

DESIGNED IMPEACHMENT POWER AS A WAY TO INSULATE IT AS WELL AS

THEY COULD WITH PARTISAN POLITICS. THE FRAMERS PLACED THE

QUESTION OF REMOVAL BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE, A BODY

ABLE TO RISE ABOVE THE FRAY AND SOBERLY JUDGE THE PRESIDENT'S

CONDUCT OR MISCONDUCT FOR WHAT IT WAS AND NOTHING MORE AND

NOTHING LESS. IN 65, HAMILTON WROTE WHERE ELSE THEY END IN THE

SENATE COULD HAVE THEM FOUND A SUFFICIENTLY DIGNIFIED OR

INDEPENDENT? WHAT OTHER BODY WOULD BE LIKELY TO FEEL

CONFIDENCE ENOUGH IN ITS OWN SITUATION TO PRESERVE

THE NECESSARY IMPARTIALITY BETWEEN AN INDIVIDUAL ACCUSED

AND THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE, THE ACCUSER. IT IS UP TO

YOU TO BE THE TRIBUNAL

AND TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YOURSELF THAT THE CONFIDENCE

WAS RIGHTLY PLACED. THE CONSTITUTION TRUST YOU

TO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ACTING AS IMPARTIAL JURORS TO HOLD A

FAIR AND THOROUGH TRIAL NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PARTY

AFFILIATION

OR VOTE IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION OR THE NEXT. OUR DUTY IS TO THE

CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW. I RECOGNIZE THERE WILL BE

TIMES DURING THE TRIAL THAT YOU MAY WANT TO RETURN TO THE

BUSINESS OF THE SENATE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO

THE SAME

. NOT BEFORE YOU DECIDE WHAT KIND OF DEMOCRACY YOU BELIEVE WE

OUGHT TO BE. WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO

EXPECT IN THE CONDUCT OF THEIR PRESIDENCY. THE HOUSE BELIEVES

THAT AN IMPARTIAL JUROR UPON HEARING THE EVIDENCE WILL FIND

THAT THE CONSTITUTION DEMANDS THE REMOVAL OF DONALD TRUMP FROM

THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY. THAT WILL BE FOR YOU TO DECIDE

WITH THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY UPON YOU AND AS PRESIDENT KENNEDY

ONCE SAID, A GOOD CONSCIOUS YOU WERE ONLY SURE OF.

IN DRAFTING ERROR CONSTITUTION, THE FRAMERS DESIGNED A NEW AND

UNTESTED FORM OF GOVERNMENT THAT WOULD BE BASED ON FREE AND FAIR

ELECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT OUR POLITICAL LEADERS WOULD BE

CHOSEN DEMOCRATICALLY AND BY CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY ALONE

HAVING BROKEN FREE FROM UNBRIDLED AUTHORITY, HE PLACED

HIS ADDRESS ABOVE HIS OWN THAT WOULD GUARANTEE THAT THE CHIEF

EXECUTIVE'S POWER FLOWED ONLY FROM HIS OBLIGATION TO THE

PEOPLE RATHER THAN FROM WHOSE POWER WAS CONFERRED ON HIM BY

DIVINE RIGHT. IN THIS NEW ARCHITECTURE

, NO BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT OR INDIVIDUAL WOULD PREDOMINATE

OVER ANOTHER AND IN THIS WAY THE FOUNDERS INSURED THAT THEIR

ELECTED LEADERS AND THE PRESIDENT WOULD USE THE POWERS

OF OFFICE ONLY TO UNDERTAKE THAT WHICH THE PEOPLE DESIRED AND NOT

FOR A PERSONAL AGGRANDIZEMENT OR ENRICHMENT. THOSE THAT REBELLED

AND FOUGHT

A REVOLUTION DESIRED NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE AND THE

GENERATIONS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED DESIRE. THAT NO PERSON INCLUDING

AND ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT

WOULD BE ABOVE THE WALL. NOTHING CAN BE MORE DANGEROUS TO A

DEMOCRACY THAN A COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF LEPLEY THAT

HE COULD OPERATE FREE FROM ACCOUNTABILITY. NOTHING THAT IS

EXCEPT A CONGRESS THAT IS WILLING TO LET IT BE SO. TO

ENSURE THAT NO SUCH THREAT COULD TAKE ROOT, THE FRAMERS HAD THREE

POLITICAL RANGES OF GOVERNMENT WITH THE EXECUTIVE AND

LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIAL BRANCHES. THAT AMBITION MAY BE

MADE TO COUNTERACT AMBITION AND THEY PROVIDED FOR PRESIDENT

ELECTIONS EVERY FOUR YEARS AND THE FRAMERS REQUIRED THAT THEY

SWEAR AN OATH TO EXECUTE THE LAW AND PRESERVE AND PROTECT AND

DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. EVEN WITH THE

GUARD RAILS IN PLACE, THE FRAMERS UNDERSTOOD THAT AN

INDIVIDUAL COULD COME TO POWER TO DEFY THAT SOLEMN OATH IN

PURSUIT

ITS OWN INTERESTS RATHER THAN THOSE OF THE COUNTRY HE LED AND

FOR THAT REASON, THE FRAMERS ADOPTED A TOOL TO CONSTRAIN ITS

OFFICIALS WITH THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT RATHER THAN A

MECHANISM TO OVERTURN ELECTION IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE A LAST

RESORT AND UNLIKE IN ENGLAND, THE FRAMERS APPLIED THIS

ULTIMATE CHECK

TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES. IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL OF A DULY ELECTED

PRESIDENT WAS NOT INTENDED FOR POLICY DISPUTES FOR

ADMINISTRATION BUT INSTEAD, THE FRAMERS HAD IN MIND THE MOST

SERIOUS OF OFFENSES THOSE AGAINST THE PUBLIC ITSELF

. HAMILTON EXPLAINED THAT IMPEACHMENT WAS NOT DESIGNED TO

COVER ONLY STATUTORY OR COMMON LAW CRIMES BUT INSTEAD CRIMES

AGAINST THE BODY POLITIC. HAMILTON WROTE THE SUBJECTS ARE

THOSE OFFENSES WHICH PROCEED FROM THE MISCONDUCT OF PUBLIC

MASS. FROM THE ABUSE OR VIOLATION OF PUBLIC TRUST. THEY

ARE OF A NATURE WHICH WITH PARTICULAR PROPRIETY WOULD BE

POLITICAL AS THEY RELATE CHIEFLY TO INJURIES DONE IMMEDIATELY TO

SOCIETY ITSELF.

IN OTHER WORDS, IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE CONFINED TO

USES OF PEOPLE'S TRUST AND TO THE SOCIETY ITSELF. THIS IS

PRECISELY THE ABUSE

THAT HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT WHEN HE

WITHHELD MONEY AND SUPPORT FOR AN ALLY AT WAR TO SECURE A

POLITICAL BENEFIT. THE PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE CRIMES

WOULD FIT THE POLITICAL NATURE OF THE OFFENSE AS A DELEGATE OF

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

IN THE FUTURE ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT MENTIONED

THAT IMPEACHMENTS ARE CONFINED TO POLITICAL CHARACTERS AND

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS AND POLITICAL PUNISHMENTS. THAT

PUNISHMENT THE FRAMERS DETERMINED WOULD BE NEITHER

PRISON NOR FINDS BUT INSTEAD LIMITED TO REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

AND DISQUALIFICATION FROM HOLDING FUTURE OFFICE.

THE FRAMERS CHOSE TO UNDERTAKE IMPEACHMENT FOR TREASON

, BRIBERY OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS TO UNDERSCORE

THE REQUIREMENT OF AN OFFENSE AGAINST SOCIETY. IN THIS PHRASE,

HIGH MODIFIES BOTH THE CRIMES AND THE MISDEMEANORS IN THAT

BOTH RELATE TO A HIGH INJUSTICE AND A TRANSGRESSION COMMITTED

AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND TO THE PUBLIC TRUST.

THE FRAMERS HAD TWO BROAD CATEGORIES IN MIND. THOSE

ACTIONS THAT ARE PERMISSIBLE

UNDER THE AUTHORITY BUT ARE BASED ON CORRUPT MOTIVES SUCH AS

SEEKING TO OBTAIN A PERSONAL BENEFIT THROUGH PUBLIC OFFICE

AND THOSE THAT FAR EXCEED THE PRESIDENT'S CONSTITUTIONAL

AUTHORITY OR VIOLATE THE LEGAL LIMITS ON THAT AUTHORITY. IN

ARTICLE 1 WE DEAL WITH THE FIRST

WHICH THE FRAMERS WISHED TO GUARD AGAINST AND THAT IS CASES

IN WHICH A PRESIDENT CORRUPTLY MISUSED A POWER OTHERWISE

BESTOWED ON HIM TO SECURE AND REWARD.

BUT ALSO DEMONSTRATES THE POWER SHINE IN THEIR CONSTITUTION. IS

A BETRAYAL OF THE PRESENCE

SACRED OATH OF OFFICE AND OF HIS DUTY TO PUT THE COUNTRY BEFORE

HIMSELF. ON SEPTEMBER 24 OF 2019 , THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY

PELOSI ANNOUNCED AT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD MOVE

FORWARD IN AN OFFICIAL INQUIRY INTO DONALD JOHN TRUMP. THIS

FOLLOWED PUBLIC REPORTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND UKRAINE THAT

THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENTS SOUGHT UKRAINE'S HELP IN THE

REELECTION EFFORT AND REVELATIONS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

WAS BALKING FROM CONGRESS WITH THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT

POSSIBLY RELATED TO THIS GRAVE OFFENSE. THE NEXT DAY ON SAVANNA

THE 25th UNDER EXTRAORDINARY PRESSURE, THE WHITE HOUSE

RELEASED PUBLICLY THE RECORD OF THE JULY 25 CALL BETWEEN

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE PREMIUM PRESIDENT

ZELENSKY.

THIS WAS BENEFICIAL TO THE CAMPAIGNING AND UPON RELEASE OF

THE RECORDS, HE CLAIMED THAT THE CALL WAS PERFECT. IT WAS FAR

FROM PERFECT. IT RECALLED A PRESIDENT THAT USE HIS HIGH

OFFICE TO PERSONALLY AND DIRECTLY PRESS THE LEADER OF A

FOREIGN COUNTRY TO DO HIS POLITICAL DIRTY WORK. ASKING FOR

A FAVOR, PRESIDENT TRUMP INSISTED THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

INVESTIGATE A POTENTIAL POLITICAL OPPONENT AS WELL AS

THE BASIS CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT UKRAINE, NOT RUSSIA INTERFERED

IN THE ELECTIONS TO ASSIST CANDIDATE TRUMPS OPPONENT.

WITNESSES ENLISTED TO THE CALL AS IT TRANSPIRED AND TESTIFIED

THAT THEY MERELY RECOGNIZED THESE REQUESTED NOT HAVE

OFFICIAL POLICY AND WERE INSTEAD POLITICALLY CHARGED APPEALS NOT

APPROPRIATE FOR A PRESIDENT TO MAKE. KEY WITNESSES EMPHASIZED

IT WAS NOT NECESSARY THAT UKRAINE ACTUALLY UNDERTAKE THE

INVESTIGATIONS ONLY THAT THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THEM. THE

OBJECTIVE WAS NOT TO ENCOURAGE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO

INVESTIGATE LEGITIMATE ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT OR

WRONGDOING ABROAD AND THAT WAS MADE CLEAR BY THE FACT THAT THE

INVESTIGATION HAD BEEN DISCREDITED ENTIRELY. RATHER,

THE PRESIDENT SIMPLY WANTED TO REAP A POLITICAL BENEFIT BY

TARNISHING A POLITICAL RIVAL AND IN ATTEMPTING TO RAISE FROM

HISTORY HIS PREVIOUS ELECTION MISCONDUCT. TO COMPEL THE

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO DO HIS POLITICAL DIRTY WORK, PRESIDENT

TRUMP WITHHELD TWO ACTS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE WITH THE COVETED

WHITE HOUSE MEETING TO WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAD ALREADY BEEN

INVITED AND 391 MILLION MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO FIGHT THE

RUSSIANS. FOR A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF THE UNITED STATES AND

A HOT WAR WITH RUSSIAN BACK FORCES INSIDE ITS OWN BORDERS,

THE SYMBOLIC SUPPORT INFERRED BY THE OVAL OFFICE WITH THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH THE SUPPORT OF MILITARY AID

THAT WAS ESSENTIAL. AS THE HOUSES PRESENTATION WILL MAKE

CLEAR INDIRECTLY SOLICITING INTERFERENCE AND WITHHOLDING

THOSE OFFICIAL ACTS IN EXCHANGE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF

POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS BENEFIT TO THE RELAXING, THE PRESIDENT

PUT HIS OWN INTERESTS ABOVE THE NATIONAL INTEREST. PRESIDENT

TRUMP UNDERMINE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS BY

PRESSING A FOREIGN POWER TO INFLUENCE OUR MOST SACRED RIGHT

AS CITIZENS. OUR RIGHT TO FREELY CHOOSE OUR LEADERS. HE

THREATENED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY I WITHHOLDING CRITICAL AID

WITH AN AGGRESSOR THAT HAS THREATENED PEACE AND STABILITY

ON ENTIRE CONTINENT. IN SO DOING, THE PRESIDENT SACRIFICED

NOT ONLY THE SECURITY OF OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES BUT ALSO OUR

NATIONS CORE NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. PRESIDENT TRUMP

UNDERTOOK THE PRESSURE CAMPAIGN TO HANDPICKED AGENTS INSIDE AND

OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT WHO CIRCUMVENTED TRADITIONAL POLICY

CHANNELS. PRESIDENT TRUMP INTENSELY BYPASS MANY U. S.

GOVERNMENT CAREER OFFICIALS WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF UKRAINE

AND ADVANCED HIS SKIING PRIMARILY THROUGH THE EFFORT OF

HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY, RUDY GIULIANI.

PRESIDENT TRUMP CARRIED OUT THE SCHEME WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF

SENIOR MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS SEEING THE ACTIVE CHIEF OF STAFF

NICK MULVANEY AND VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY

COUNCIL JOHN EISENBERG AND THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL

. WHEN THE PRESIDENT BECAME AWARE THAT THE SKIN WOULD BE

UNCOVERED, HE UNDERTOOK AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT TO SHUT THE

IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AND TO HIDE IT INCLUDING ALL EVIDENCE

RELATED TO HIS MISCONDUCT. THAT COVER-UP CONTINUES TODAY AS THE

IMMIGRATION HAS NOT PROVIDED A SINGLE DOCUMENT PURSUANT TO

SUBPOENAS BY THE HOUSE. DEMONSTRATION ALSO CONTINUES TO

PRESENT WITNESSES FROM COOPERATING AND FURTHER

OBSTRUCTING THE HOUSE THAT THEY ARE NO DOUBT PROUD OF. IT

THREATENED THE INTEGRITY OF THIS INSTITUTION WITH A COEQUAL

BRANCH OF POWER. OUR ABILITY NOT ONLY TO DO OVERSIGHT BUT TO HOLD

A PRESIDENT THAT IS INDICTABLE ACCOUNTABLE. DESPITE THESE

EFFORTS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNCOVERED

OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE RELATED TO THE MISCONDUCT TO INTERVIEW WITH

70 WITNESSES THAT APPEARED BEFORE THE INTELLIGENCE REFORM

AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. MANY OF THESE WITNESSES BRAVELY

DEFIED WHITE HOUSE ORDERS NOT TO COMPLY WITH DULY AUTHORIZED

SUBPOENAS AND WERE IT NOT FOR THEM AND NOT FOR AMBASSADOR

MARIE YOVANOVITCH, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN OF THE SKIING. I

WANT TO KNOW WHAT COURAGE THIS TOOK.

TO RISK HER REPUTATION AND CAREER AND TO STAND UP TO THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO IS OBSTRUCTING HER

THROUGH HIS AGENTS THAT YOU WILL NOT COOPERATE. YOU WILL NOT

TESTIFY. YOU WILL TELL THEM NOTHING.

OR BILL TAYLOR, A WEST POINT GRADUATE AND VIETNAM VETERAN

WITH A BRONZE STAR AND SOMETHING HE WAS EVEN MORE PROUD OF WITH

THE INFANTRY BADGE.

HE KNOWS WHAT COURAGE IS. HE SHOWED DIFFERENT KIND OF COURAGE

IN VIETNAM BUT ALSO CLOSE SHOWED COURAGE AS DID OTHERS IN COMING

FORWARD AND DEFYING THE PRESIDENT'S ORDER

TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT HE KNEW.

THE PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT, BUT FOR THEIR COURAGE, WE WOULD HAVE

NO NOTHING OF THE PRESIDENTS MISCONDUCT, NOTHING.

WHEN THE PRESIDENT DIRECTS HIS IRON TOWARDS HIS PEOPLE, THIS IS

WHY. THEY SHOWED THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD.

WE HAVE SEVEN OPENING HEARINGS IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

WITH 12 FACT WITNESSES AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HELD

HEARINGS WITH CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERTS AND COUNSEL FROM THE

HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AS IT SOUGHT TO DETERMINE WHETHER

TO DRAFT OR CONSIDER ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. THE HOUSE ALSO

COLLECTED TEXT WHICH IS RELATED TO THE PRESIDENTS SCHEME FROM A

WITNESS THAT PROVIDED LIMITED PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS.

SINCE THE CONCLUSION OF OUR INCREASE, NEW EVIDENCE HAS

CONTINUED TO COME TO LIGHT TO COURT ORDER RELEASES WITH PUBLIC

REPORTING AN UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE IS MORE EVIDENCE OF THE

PRESIDENTS GUILT WHAT SHE CONTINUES TO BLOCK FROM CONGRESS

INCLUDING THE SENATE. NEVERTHELESS, THE DOCUMENTS AND

TESTIMONY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO COLLECT

PAINTS AN OVERWHELMING AND DAMNING PICTURE OF THE

PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO USE THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE TO

CORRUPTLY SOLICIT FOREIGN HELP IN HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND

WITHHOLD OFFICIAL ACTS AND MILITARY AID TO COMPEL THAT

SUPPORT. OVER THE COMING DAYS, YOU WILL HEAR REMARKABLY

CONSISTENT EVIDENCE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CORRUPT SCHEME AND

COVER-UP. WHEN YOU FOCUS ON THE EVIDENCE UNCOVERED, YOU WILL

APPRECIATE THAT THERE IS NO SERIOUS DISPUTE ABOUT THE FACTS

UNDERLYING THE CONDUCT.

THIS IS WHY YOU WILL HEAR THE PRESIDENTS LAWYERS MAKE THE

ASTOUNDING CLAIM THAT YOU CAN IMPEACH A PRESIDENT FOR ABUSING

THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE. THEY CAN'T SERIOUSLY CONTEST THAT IT

IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID. SO, THEY MUST FIND A LAWYER SOMEWHERE.

APPARENTLY THEY CANNOT GO TO THEIR OWN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO

WAS JUST REPORTED AS PER THE ADDITION THAT A PRESIDENT CAN BE

IMPEACHED FOR ABUSING PUBLIC TRUST. COULDN'T GO TO THE BILL

BAR FOR THE OPINION. COULDN'T EVEN GO TO JONATHAN TURLEY,

IN THE HOUSE, THEY HAD TO GO OUTSIDE OF THESE EXPERTS AND

OUTSIDE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS TO A CRIMINAL DEFENSE

LAWYER AND PROFESSOR. WHY? BECAUSE THEY CAN'T CONTEST THE

FACTS. THE PRESIDENT WAS THE KEY PLAYER

IN THE SCHEME AND EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP. HE DIRECTED THE

ACTIONS OF HIS TEAM AND PERSONALLY ASKED FOR GOVERNMENT

TO INVESTIGATE HIS OPPONENT. THESE FACTS ARE NOT IN DISPUTE.

ULTIMATELY, THE QUESTION FOR YOU IS WHETHER THE PRESENCE

UNDISPUTED ACTIONS REQUIRE THE REMOVAL OF THE 45th PRESIDENT

BECAUSE HE ABUSED HIS OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC TRUST

BY USING HIS POWER FOR PERSONAL GAIN BY SEEKING ILLICIT FOREIGN

ASSISTANCE IN HIS REELECTION AND COVERING IT UP. OTHER THAN

VOTING ON WHETHER TO SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN TO WAR, I THINK

THERE IS NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY BEFORE YOU THAN

THE ONE BEFORE YOU NOW. THE OATH YOU HAVE TAKEN TO IMPARTIALLY

WEIGH THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE REQUIRES SERIOUS AND OBJECTIVE

CONSIDERATION. DECISIONS THAT ARE ABOUT COUNTRY AND NOT PARTY

AND ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND NOT POLITICS AND ABOUT WHAT IS

RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG. AFTER YOU CONSIDER THE EVIDENCE AND

WAY YOUR OATH TO RENDER A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL VERDICT, I SUGGEST

THE ONLY CONCLUSION CONSISTENT WITH THE FACTS OF LAW AND NOT

JUST THE LAW BUT THE CONSTITUTION IS CLEAR AS

DESCRIBED BY LAW EXPERTS AND TESTIMONY BEFORE THE HOUSE IF

THIS CONDUCT IS NOT IMPEACHABLE, THEN NOTHING IS.

LET ME TAKE A MOMENT TO DESCRIBE TO HOW WE INTEND TO PRESENT THE

CASE OVER THE COMING DAYS. TODAY YOU WILL HEAR THE DETAILS OF THE

CROP SCHEME IN NARRATIVE FORM ILLUSTRATING THE TIMELINE TO THE

EFFORT OF TESTIMONY FROM NUMEROUS WITNESSES THAT CAME

BEFORE THE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE DOCUMENTS AND MATERIALS WE

COLLECTED DURING THIS INVESTIGATION. AFTER YOU HEAR

THE CRIMINOLOGY, WE WILL THEN DISCUSS THE CONSTITUTIONAL

FRAMEWORK AS IT WAS ENVISIONED BY THE FOUNDERS BEFORE WE

ANALYZE HOW THE FACTS OF MISCONDUCT AND COVER-UP LEAD TO

THE CONCLUSION THAT THE PRESIDENT UNDERTOOK A CORRUPT

COURSE OF CONDUCT THAT IMPEACHMENT WAS INTENDED TO

REMEDY. LET ME START WITH A PREVIEW OF THE PRESIDENTS SCHEME

THAT DETAILS DURING THE COURSE OF THIS DAY.

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MONTH-LONG SCHEME TO EXTRACT HELP IN THE

ELECTION CAMPAIGN FROM THE NEW UKRAINE PRESIDENT AN EFFORT TO

SOLICIT AND COMPEL THE NEW LEADER TO ANNOUNCE POLITICAL

INVESTIGATIONS, THE ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD REFERENCE TWO SPECIFIC

INVESTIGATIONS AND ONE WAS INTENDED TO UNDERMINE THE

UNANIMOUS CONSENSUS OF OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND

CONGRESS AND SPECIAL COUNSEL

ROBERT MUELLER TO HELP THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP AND TO HURT THE

PRESIDENCY OF THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN.

THIS IS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR FIRST BEGINNING ONE OF THE TWO

FALSE NARRATIVES THAT THE PRESIDENT DESIRED

AND IN FEBRUARY 2017, LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER THE U. S.

INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE RELEASED AN ASSESSMENT THAT RUSSIA ALONE

WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR COVERT INFLUENCE CAMPAIGNS DESIGNED TO

HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP WIN THE 26 ELECTION, PRESIDENT PUTIN SAID

AS WE ALL KNOW, DURING THE PRESENT CAMPAIGN IN THE 90s, THE

CRANING GOVERNMENT ADOPTED A UNILATERAL POSITION IN FAVOR OF

ONE OF THE CANDIDATES. IN FAVOR OF ONE CANDIDATE. MORE THAN

THAT, CERTAINLY WITH THE APPROVAL OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

THEY FUNDED THIS CANDIDATE OR FEMALE CANDIDATE TO BE MORE

PRECISE. THOSE WERE PUTIN'S WORD FEBRUARY 2, 2017. OF COURSE,

THIS IS FALSE AND IS PART OF A RUSHING COUNTER NARRATIVE THAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SOME OF THE ALLIES HAVE ADOPTED. FIONA HILL,

SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE AND RUSSIA FOR THE SECURITY COUNSEL

DESCRIBED THE EFFORT TO PROMOTE THIS THEORY.

>> BASED ON QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS I HAVE HEARD, SOME OF

YOU ON THIS COMMITTEE BELIEVE THAT RUSSIA AND ITS SECURITY

SERVICES DID NOT CONDUCT THAT AGAINST OUR COUNTRY AND THAT

PERHAPS FOR SOME REASON UKRAINE DID. THIS IS A FICTIONAL

NARRATIVE THAT IS BEING PROPAGATED BY THE RUSSIAN

SECURITY THEMSELVES. THE UNFORTUNATE TRUTH IS THAT RUSSIA

HOLDS THE FOREIGN POWERS THAT ATTACKED OUR DEMOCRATIC

INSTITUTIONS AND THIS IS A PUBLIC CONCLUSION OF OUR

INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES CONFIRMED IN CONGRESSIONAL REPORTS ON THIS

IS BEYOND DISPUTE. EVEN IF SOME OF THE UNDERLYING DETAILS WERE

CLASSIFIED.

>> THIS OF COURSE WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP

EMBRACED RUSSIAN ACTIVITY AND DISINFORMATION. ON JULY 24 OF

LAST YEAR, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER TESTIFIED BEFORE

CONGRESS THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE 26 ELECTION IN A

SWEEPING AND SYSTEMIC FASHION TO BENEFIT DONALD TRUMP'S POLITICAL

CAMPAIGN. ROBERT MUELLER AND HIS TEAM FOUND THAT THEY PERCEIVED

IT WOULD BENEFIT FROM A TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND WORKED TO SECURE

THE OUTCOME. THEY ALSO FOUND THAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN EXPECTED

IT WOULD BENEFIT ELECTORALLY FROM INFORMATION STOLEN AND

RELEASED THROUGH RUSSIAN EFFORTS. JUST AS HE SALUTED IT

HELP IN UKRAINE IN 2019, AND 2016, THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP ALSO

SOLICITED HELP FROM RUSSIA IN HIS ELECTION EFFORT AND AS YOU

WILL RECALL, AT A RALLY IN FLORIDA, HE SAID THE FOLLOWING,

-- >> RUSSIA, IF YOU ARE WITH ME,

I HOPE YOU WERE ABLE TO FIND THE 3000 EMAILS THAT ARE MISSING. I

THINK YOU WILL PROBABLY BE REWARDED BY OUR PRESS. LET'S SEE

THAT HAPPEN. >> FOLLOWING THE TESTIMONY

DURING WHICH ROBERT MUELLER WARNED AGAINST FUTURE

INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS , TO THE PRESENT RECOGNIZES THE

THREAT POSED TO OUR DEMOCRACY AND DENOUNCE INTERFERENCE? DID

HE CHOOSE TO STAND WITH HIS OWN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND BOTH

HOUSES OF CONGRESS AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION

AND AFFIRMING THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR LAST ELECTION?

HE DID NOT. INSTEAD, ONLY ONE DAY AFTER SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT

MUELLER TESTIFIED, EMPOWERED IN THE BELIEVE THAT HE HAD EVADED

ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MAKING USE OF SUPPORT IN THE LAST ELECTION,

PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ON THE PHONE WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE

PRESSING HIM TO INTERVENE ON HIS BEHALF IN THE NEXT ELECTION.

LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO LET THAT SINK IN.

JULY 24, ROBERT MUELLER CONCLUDES A LENGTHY

INVESTIGATION AND COMES FOR CONGRESS AND TESTIFIES THAT

RUSSIA SYSTEMICALLY INTERFERED TO HELP ELECT DONALD TRUMP AND

THE CAMPAIGN UNDERSTOOD THAT AND THEY MADE USE OF THAT HELP.

JULY 24, THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED. THE VERY NEXT DAY, THE VERY NEXT

DAY, HE IS ON THE PHONE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ON THE PHONE

WITH A DIFFERENT FOREIGN POWER AND THIS TIME UKRAINE TRYING TO

GET UKRAINE TO INTERFERE IN THE NEXT ELECTION THE NEXT DAY. THAT

SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING. THAT SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING. HE DID

NOT FEEL

ASHAMED BY WHAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FOUND OR DETERRED BY

WHAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FOUND. HE FELT EMBOLDENED BY ESCAPING

ACCOUNTABILITY.

THE VERY NEXT DAY HE IS ON THE PHONE SOLICITING FOREIGN

INTERFERENCE AGAIN.

NOW,

THAT JULY 25 ON CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT

ZELENSKY WAS A KEY PART OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DIRECT AND

CORRUPT SOLICITATION OF FOREIGN HELP AND THE REQUEST LIKELY

SOUNDED FAMILIAR TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WHO HAD BEEN SWEPT INTO

OFFICE ON A LANDSLIDE VICTORY ON A CAMPAIGN OF ROOTING OUT THE

TYPE OF CORRUPTION HE WAS BEING ASKED TO UNDERTAKE ON THIS CALL

WITH OUR PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CAMPAIGNED AS A

REFORMER AND SOMEONE OUTSIDE OF POLITICS WHO WOULD COME UP AND

CLEANUP CORRUPTION AND END THE POLITICAL PROSECUTIONS AND

POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS AND WHAT IS HIS MOST IMPORTANT AND

POWERFUL PATRON ASKING HIM TO DO? TO DO EXACTLY WHAT HE

CAMPAIGNED AGAINST. NO WONDER HE RESISTED THE CAMPAIGN. PRESIDENT

TRUMP HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TALKING POINTS FOR DISCUSSION BY THE

STAFF BEFOREHAND INCLUDING RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENCOURAGE

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE ANTICORRUPTION

REFORMS IN UKRAINE SO THE NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF

UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS IN THAT INTEREST AND THAT WAS ROOTING

OUT CORRUPTION AND THEY ENCOURAGED THE PRESIDENT TO TALK

ABOUT IT BUT AS YOU SEE FROM THE RECORD OF THE CALL AND I JOINED

THE PRESIDENT SAYING READ THE CALL, THAT TOPIC WAS NEVER

ADDRESSED AND THE WORD CORRUPTION NEVER ESCAPED HIS

LIPS. AND SAID, PRESIDENT TRUMP OPENLY PRESSED PRESIDENT

ZELENSKY TO PURSUE THE TWO INVESTIGATIONS THAT WOULD

BENEFIT HIM PERSONALLY . IN RESPONSE TO HIS GRATITUDE FOR

THE SIGNIFICANT MILITARY SUPPORT , THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED

UKRAINE AND HE SAID I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO US A FAVOR BECAUSE OUR

COUNTRY HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT AND UKRAINE KNOWS A LOT ABOUT

IT. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE WHOLE

SITUATION WITH UKRAINE AND THEY STATE CROWD STRIKE. I GUESS YOU

HAVE ONE OF YOUR WEALTHY PEOPLE AND THEY SAY UKRAINE HAS IT.

THAT IS THE CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORY I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER

THAT THERE IS THE SERVER SOMEWHERE IN UKRAINE THAT SHOWS

THAT IN FACT IT WAS UKRAINE THAT HACKED THE DNC. THAT IS A

RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA CONSPIRACY THEORY AND HERE IT IS BEING

PROMULGATED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND MORE THAN

PROMULGATED, HE IS PRESSURING AN ALLY TO FURTHER THIS PROPAGANDA.

HE IS REFERRING TO THIS EXTENSIVELY DISCREDITED

CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT UKRAINE WAS THE ONE THAT REALLY HACKED

THE DNC IN 2016 AND THAT REFERENCE TO CROWD STRIKE IS AN

AMERICAN CYBER SECURITY FIRM AND THE THEORY IS THAT CROWD STRIKE

MOVED TO UKRAINE TO PREVENT U. S. LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM GETTING

THERE.

IF UKRAINE ANNOUNCED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE

FABRICATION, PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD REMOVE WHAT HE PERCEIVED

TO BE A CLOUD OVER HIS LEGITIMACY OF HIS LAST ELECTION.

RUSSIA'S ASSISTANCE WITH HIS CAMPAIGN AND SUGGEST THAT IT WAS

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT WAS THE REAL BENEFICIARY. ON THE

CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WHATEVER YOU

COULD DO, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO IT IF POSSIBLE.

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AGREED THAT HE WOULD DO THE INVESTIGATION

SAYING IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ME AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU JUST

MENTIONED. PRESIDENT TRUMP MEN'S TURNED TO HIS SECOND REQUEST TO

LOOK INTO THE ALLEGATION INTO FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND

HE SAID

THERE IS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE SON. THAT BINDS STOP THE

PROSECUTION AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT THAT SO

WHATEVER YOU CAN DO WOULD BE GREAT. BIDEN WENT AROUND

BRAGGING THAT HE STOPPED THE PROSECUTION SO IF YOU COULD LOOK

INTO IT, IT SOUNDS HORRIBLE TO ME. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP INTENDED TO PRESS THE UKRAINE LEADER TO LOOK

INTO HIS POLITICAL RIVAL EVEN AFTER THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

BEGAN AND HE CONFIRMED HIS DESIRE TO DECLARE THAT NOT ONLY

UKRAINE SHOULD INVESTIGATE BIDEN BUT THAT CHINA SHOULD DO THE

SAME. LET'S SEE WHAT HE SAID. >>

MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU HELP PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

WOULD DO? >> I WOULD THINK IF THEY WERE

HONEST ABOUT IT THAT THEY WOULD START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO

THE BIDEN'S. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER. THEY SHOULD INVESTIGATE

THE BIDEN'S BECAUSE HOW DID THE COMPANY THAT IS NEWLY FORMED AND

ALL THESE COMPANIES, BY THE WAY, LIKEWISE, CHINA SHOULD START AN

INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDEN'S. WHAT HAPPENED AT CHINA IS JUST

ABOUT AS BAD AS WHAT HAPPENED WITH UKRAINE.

>> NOW, THE DAY AFTER THAT JULY 25 PHONE CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP

SOUGHT CONFIRMATION THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY UNDERSTOOD

HIS REQUEST TO ANNOUNCE THE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED

INVESTIGATIONS AND THAT HE WOULD FOLLOW THROUGH AFTER MEETING

WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND HIS TOP

AIDE, THE HAMBRICK AMBASSADOR CALLED PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM AN

OUTDOOR RESTAURANT

TO REPORT BACK AND THIS WAS THE SECOND CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE

TWO ABOUT UKRAINE IN AS MANY DAYS. DAVID HOLMES AND THE

AMERICAN DIPLOMAT UNDER HOOD THE CALL. HOLMES TESTIFIED THAT

HE ASKED

SONDLAND IF HE WOULD DO THE INVESTIGATION AND SONDLAND

REPLIED THAT HE WILL DO IT AND THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WILL DO

ANYTHING YOU ASK HIM TO. AFTER THE PHONE CALL, HE TOOK THE

OPPORTUNITY TO ASK FOR NEWS ON UKRAINE AND ACCORDING TO HOLMES

-- >> I ASKED AMBASSADOR SONDLAND

IF IT WAS TRUE THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT GIVE AN

EXECUTIVE ABOUT UKRAINE AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AGREED. I

ASKED WHY NOT AND HE SAID HE ONLY CARES ABOUT BIG STUFF. I

NOTED THERE WAS BIG STUFF GOING ON IN UKRAINE LIKE A WAR WITH

RUSSIA. AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID HE MET BIG THINGS THAT

AFFECTED THE PRESIDENT. THE CONVERSATION THEN MOVED ON TO

OTHER TOPICS.

>> THOSE THREE DAYS IN JULY , THE 24th AND THE 25th AND THE

26th REVEAL A LOT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EFFORT TO

SOLICIT HELP FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND ASSISTING HIS OWN

REELECTIONS. ON THE 24th, SPECIAL COUNSEL

ROBERT MUELLER TESTIFIES IT WAS INTERVIEWED IN OUR 2016 ELECTION

TO ASSIST THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND YOU ABOUT THE INTERFERENCE AND

WELCOMED IT AND UTILIZED IT IN THE 25th IS THE DAY OF THE CALL

WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVING HE ESCAPED ACCOUNTABILITY FOR

RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE FOR SELECTION AND WELCOMING OF IT AS

THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO HELP UNDERMINE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S

CONCLUSION AND HELP THEM SMEAR FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND

THEN THE THIRD DAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT TO ENSURE THAT

UKRAINE HAD RECEIVED HIS REQUEST AND UNDERSTOOD IT AND WOULD TAKE

THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT HE

WANTED. THREE DAYS IN JULY. IN MANY WAYS, THOSE THREE DAYS TELL

SO MUCH OF THE STORY.

THIS COURSE OF CONDUCT ALONE SHOULD ASTOUND ALL OF US WHO

VALUE THE SANCTITY OF OUR ELECTIONS. AND WHO UNDERSTAND

THAT THE VAST POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY ARE RESERVED ONLY FOR

ACTIONS WHICH BENEFIT THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE RATHER THAN

THE POLITICAL FORTUNES OF ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL. PRESIDENT

TRUMP'S EFFORT TO USE AN OFFICIAL PHONE CALL TO SOLICIT

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF INVESTIGATIONS WAS HELPFUL TO

THE REELECTIONS AND WAS NOT ONLY CONDUCT UNBECOMING OF A

PRESIDENT

BUT CONDUCT OF ONE THAT BELIEVES THE POWERS OF HIS HIGH OFFICE

OUR POLITICAL TOOLS TO BE WIELDED AGAINST HIS OPPONENTS

INCLUDING BY ASKING A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE A

UNITED STATES CITIZEN AND FOR A CORRUPT PURPOSE. THAT ALONE IS

GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL OF OFFICE OF THE 45th PRESIDENT. THESE THREE

DAYS IN JULY WERE NEITHER THE BEGINNING OR END OF THIS SCHEME.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ACTING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE U. S.

GOVERNMENT INCLUDING HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY SOUGHT TO

COMPEL UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS BY WITHHOLDING

THE HEAD OF STATE MEETING IN THE OVAL OFFICE UNTIL THE PRESIDENT

OF UKRAINE COMPLIED.

HOSTING AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING FOR A FOREIGN LEADER IS AN

OFFICIAL ACT AVAILABLE ONLY TO ONE PERSON, THE PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES. IT IS AN OFFICIAL ACT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD

ALREADY OFFERED TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DURING THAT FIRST

PHONE CALL ON APRIL 21 AND IN A SUBSEQUENT LEADER -- I MEAN

LETTER TO THE LEADER. MULTIPLE WITNESSES TESTIFIED ABOUT THE

IMPORTANCE OF A MEETING AND FOR EXAMPLE, GEORGE KENT EXPLAINED

THAT A MEETING WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR UKRAINIANS TO

DEMONSTRATE THE STRENGTH OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

STRONGEST SUPPORTER. DR. FIONA HILL EXPLAINED A WHITE HOUSE

MEETING WITH A SUPPLY TO A NEW GOVERNMENT WOULD GIVE THE

LEGITIMACY NEEDED ESPECIALLY THE RUSSIANS. UKRAINIAN TO THE WHITE

HOUSE MEETING AS A RECOGNITION OF THEIR LEGITIMACY AS A

SOVEREIGN STATE.

THIS WHITE HOUSE MEETING WOULD ALSO PROVE TO BE IMPORTANT FOR

THREE HANDPICKED AGENTS WHOM PRESIDENT TRUMP PLACED IN CHARGE

OF U. S. UKRAINE ISSUES AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, AMBASSADOR

VOLKER AND RICK PERRY. THE SO-CALLED THREE AMIGOS. THEY

HOPE TO CONVINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO HOLD AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING

WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. DURING A MEETING OF THE THREE AMIGOS ON

MAY 23, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD THEM THAT UKRAINE HAD TRIED TO

TAKE HIM DOWN IN 2016. HE THEN DIRECTED THEM TO TALK TO RUDY

GIULIANI ABOUT UKRAINE. IT WAS IMMEDIATELY CLEAR THAT RUDY

GIULIANI THAT WAS PURSUING THE INVITATIONS IN UKRAINE ON THE

PRESIDENT'S BEHALF WAS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING AN OVAL OFFICE

MEETING FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. GIULIANI BY THEN HAD SAID

PUBLICLY THAT HE WAS ACTIVELY PURSUING INVESTIGATIONS THAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP CORRUPTLY DESIRED AND PLANNING A TRIP TO

UKRAINE. GIULIANI ADMITTED "WE ARE NOT MEDDLING IN ELECTION BUT

MEDDLING IN AN INVESTIGATION. ON MAY 10 HOWEVER, GIULIANI

CANCELED THE TRIP TO UKRAINE TO DIG UP DIRT ON VICE PRESIDENT

BIDEN AND THE 2016 CONSPIRACY THEORY JUST AS PRESIDENT

ZELENSKY WON ELECTIONS IN PARLIAMENT. FACE WITH A CHOICE

BETWEEN WORKING WITH GIULIANI TO PURSUE AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING

AND UNDERSTANDING IT MEANT TAKING PART IN A CORRUPT EFFORT

TO SECURE THE INVESTIGATIONS OR ABANDONING EFFORTS TO SUPPORT

THE ALLIES, THE PRESENT AGENTS FELL INTO LINE. THEY WOULD

PURSUE THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING AND EXPLAIN TO UKRAINE THAT

ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE INVESTIGATION WAS THE PRICE OF

ADMISSION. AS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND MADE CLEAR .

>> I KNOW MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE FREQUENTLY FRAME

THESE COMP LOCATED ISSUES IN THE FORM OF A SIMPLE QUESTION. WAS

THERE A QUID PRO QUO? AS I TESTIFIED PREVIOUSLY WITH REGARD

TO THE REQUESTED WHITE HOUSE CALL AND MEETING, THE ANSWER IS

YES. >> THIS QUID PRO QUO WAS

NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE PRESENT AGENTS AND RUDY GIULIANI AND

UKRAINE OFFICIALS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER OF 2019 AND NUMEROUS

TELEPHONE CALLS AND TEXT MESSAGES AND MEETINGS INCLUDING

DURING A MEETING HOSTED BY JOHN BOLTON ON JULY 10. NEAR THE END

OF THAT JULY 10 MEETING AFTER THE UKRAINIANS AGAIN RAISED THE

ISSUE OF A WHITE HOUSE VISIT, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND BLURTED OUT

THAT THERE WOULD BE AGREEMENT FOR A WHITE HOUSE MEETING ONCE

THE INVESTIGATIONS BEGAN. AT THAT POINT, BOLTON IMMEDIATELY

STIFFENED AND ABRUPTLY ENDED THE MEETING. DURING A SUBSEQUENT

DISCUSSION THAT DAY, HE WAS EVEN MORE EXQUISITE. BOTANIC COLONEL

ALEX PENMAN AND DIRECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

TESTIFIED THAT SONDLAND BEGAN TO DISCUSS THE DELIVERABLE

REQUIRED TO GET THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH SONDLAND

SPECIFICALLY MENTIONING INVESTIGATION OF THE BIDENS.

THIS IS AGAIN IN THAT MEETING IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE

UKRAINIAN DELEGATION AND AMERICAN DELEGATION. SONDLAND

EXPLAINED IN THAT MEETING THAT HE HAD AGREEMENT WITH THE ACTIVE

CHIEF OF STAFF, MICK MULVANEY WHERE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WOULD

BE GRANTED THE OVAL OFFICE MEETING IF HE WENT FORWARD WITH

THE INVESTIGATIONS. AFTER THE MEETING, THE SUPERVISOR DR. HELP

REPORTED BACK TO BOLTON THAT TOLD HER TO TELL JOHN EISNER,

THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL ADVISOR

AND HE WAS NOT PART OF WHATEVER DRUG DEAL THEY WERE COOKING UP

ON THIS. SHE REPORTED HER CONCERNS AND IT REMAINS UNCLEAR

WHAT ACTION IF ANY BOLTON OR EISENBERG TOOK ONCE THEY WERE

MADE AWARE OF MULVANEY AND SONDLAND IS DRUG DEAL AND BOTH

REFUSED TO TESTIFY HOWEVER, DR. HILL TESTIFIED THAT SHE

UNDERSTOOD THAT MR. EISENBERG INFORMED HIM OF CONFIRMS ABOUT

THE DRUG DEAL. IF THIS BODY

IS SERIOUS ABOUT A FAIR TRIAL AND ONE THAT IS FAIR TO THE

PRESIDENT AND AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE URGE YOU TO ALLOW THE HOUSE

TO CALL BOTH EISENBERG AND BOLTON AS WELL AS OTHER KEY

WITNESSES WITH FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE THAT REFUSED TO

TESTIFY BEFORE THE HOUSE ON THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT.

ADDITIONAL TESTIMONY AND DOCUMENTS ARE PARTICULARLY

IMPORTANT BECAUSE ACCORDING TO SONDLAND, EVERYONE WAS IN THE

LOOP WHEN IT CAME TO THE PRESENT SELF-SERVING EFFORT. IN PART,

RELYING ON EMAIL EXCERPTS, HE EXPLAINED THAT THE SENIOR AIDES

AND OFFICIALS NEW

THAT THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WAS PREDICATED ON UKRAINE'S

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT WERE

BENEFICIAL TO THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. HILL CHARACTERIZED THE

QUID PRO QUO SUCCINCTLY. >> IT STRUCK ME YESTERDAY

WHEN YOU PUT IT UP ON THE SCREEN, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND'S

EMAILS AND HE WAS ON THESE EMAILS AND HE SAID THESE ARE THE

PEOPLE THAT NEED TO KNOW AND HE WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT BECAUSE HE

WAS BEING INVOLVED IN A DOMESTIC POLITICAL ERRAND AND WE WERE

BEING INVOLVED IN NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY AND

THOSE TWO THINGS HAD JUST DIVERGED.

>> IN EFFECT, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS BEING DRAWN INTO

THIS DOMESTIC LOCAL ERRAND AND HE GREW WEARY OF BECOMING

INVOLVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY SELECTION AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS.

DEL TAYLOR, THE ACTING U. S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE AT THE

TIME DESCRIBED THE CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH A SENIOR AIDE TO THE

UKRAINIAN LEADER. HE SAID

-- >> ALSO ON JULY 20, I HAD A

PHONE CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDER LUKE, PRESIDENT

ZELENSKY'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WHO EMPHASIZE THAT

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DID NOT WANT TO BE USED AS AN INSTRUMENT IN

A U. S. REELECTION CAMPAIGN.

>> REMEMBER THAT CONVERSATION WHEN YOU HEAR COUNSEL SAY THAT

UKRAINIANS FELT NO PRESSURE TO BE INVOLVED IN A U. S.

REELECTION CAMPAIGN BUT THAT CONCERN DID NOT DETER PRESIDENT

TRUMP. IN HIS CONVERSATION WITH SONDLAND SHORTLY BEFORE THE

JULY CALL, HE MADE CLEAR THAT HE NOT ONLY WANTED UKRAINE TO DO

THE INVESTIGATIONS OR ANNOUNCE THEM BUT ALSO A WHITE HOUSE

MEETING WOULD ONLY BE SCHEDULED IF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CONFIRMED

THESE INVESTIGATIONS AND IS LOOKING AT THE TOP AIDE WITH

LESS THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE THAT PHONE CALL BETWEEN TRUMP AND

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND AGAIN, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JULY 25 IN

A TEXT 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

PHONE CALL , HERE IS WHAT IS SAID. WITH VOLKER TEXTING UNDER

THE TOP AIDE TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. "GOOD LUNCH, THANKS.

HEARD FROM WHITE HOUSE. ASSUMING PRESIDENT Z IS CONVINCED THAT HE

WILL INVESTIGATE AND GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENS, WE WILL

NAIL DOWN A DATE FOR WASHINGTON. GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU TOMORROW."

>> THOSE WORDS CANNOT BE MUCH CLEARER.

ASSUMING THE PRESIDENT COMMENCES TRUMP THAT HE WILL INVESTIGATE

AND GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016, WE WILL NAIL

DOWN AND VISIT TO WASHINGTON. THAT IS A TEXT 30 MINUTES BEFORE

THAT CALL.

THE PRESIDENT WOULD LIKE TO THINK THIS IS JUST ABOUT THAT

CALL. YOU DON'T GET TO LOOK OUTSIDE THE FOUR CORNERS OF THAT

CALL. THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO LOOK AT THE MONTHS I WENT INTO

PREPARING FOR THAT CALL OR THE MONTHS AND THE PRESSURE THAT

FOLLOWED. YOU CAN JUST LOOK

RIGHT NOW WHAT HAPPENED 30 MINUTES BEFORE THAT CALL IN THIS

TEXT MESSAGES. HEARD FROM WHITE HOUSE ASSUMING HE WILL

INVESTIGATE AND GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED. IF YOU

ARE WONDERING HOW IT SEEMED THAT HE WAS AWARE OF WHAT HE WOULD BE

ASKED ON THAT CALL, THIS IS HOW YOU CAN TELL. HE WAS PREPPED, OF

COURSE HE WAS PREPPED. IN FACT, THE MISSING REFERENCE LOOKED TO

BARISMA AND WAS A SIGNAL THAT COLONEL VELDMAN RECOGNIZE THAT

CLEARLY HAD BEEN PREPPED FOR THAT CALL. WHITE HOUSE WITH THE

NAME OF THIS PARTICULAR ENERGY COMPANY COME UP IN THAT

CONVERSATION? PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CLEARLY GOT THE MESSAGE AND

TOWARD THE END OF THE CALL , PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SAID I ALSO

WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVITATION TO VISIT THE UNITED

STATES AND SPECIFICALLY WASHINGTON D.C. BUT I ALSO WANT

TO ENSURE YOU THAT WE WILL BE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THE CASE AND

WILL WORK ON THE INVESTIGATION. THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION BUT

ON THE OTHER HAND I WANT TO ASSURE YOU

THAT WE WILL BE SERIOUS ABOUT THE CASE. PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

CERTAINLY UNDERSTOOD THE QUID PRO QUO FOR THE JULY MEETING BUT

HIS RETICENCE TO BE USED AS A POLITICAL PAWN CAP PRESIDENT

TRUMP FROM MOVING FORWARD WITH A PROMISE TO SCHEDULE THE MEETING

AND SO, THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENTS PRESSED ON. IN AUGUST,

GIULIANI MET WITH THE TOP UKRAINIAN EIGHT AND MADE IT

CLEAR THAT THEY MUST ISSUE A PUBLIC STATEMENT ANNOUNCING

INVESTIGATIONS IN ORDER TO GET THE WHITE HOUSE MOVING. FEARFUL

OF GETTING INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC POLITICS AND HAVING ENTERED WITH

A PROMISE TO CLEAN UP GOVERNMENT AND CORRUPTION

, THEY PREFERRED A GENERIC STATEMENT ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS

BUT GIULIANI INSISTED THAT THE STATEMENT MUST INCLUDE TWO

SPECIFIC INVESTIGATIONS THAT WOULD BENEFIT PRESIDENT TRUMP.

LET'S LOOK AT A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE STATEMENT UKRAINIANS

PREFERRED AND THE ONE THAT GIULIANI REQUIRED. ON THE LEFT,

I WILL READ IT IN CASE YOU CANNOT SEE THE SCREENS. THE

DRAFT, THE YEAR MARK DRAFT AND THE UKRAINIAN DRAFT HAD AN

TRANSPARENT AND UNBIASED POSITION OF ALL AVAILABLE FACTS

IN A SUIT WHICH IN TURN WILL PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF THIS

PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE. THAT IS PRETTY GENERIC. HERE IS THAT

GIULIANI VOLKER SONDLAND RESPONSE.

THIS IS WHAT HAD TO BE INCLUDED. WE INTEND TO INITIATE AND

COMPLETE A TRANSPARENT AND UNBIASED INVESTIGATION OF ALL

AVAILABLE FACTS AND EPISODES AND UP TO THAT POINT IT IS EXACTLY

THE SAME UNTIL YOU GET TO INCLUDING THOSE INVOLVING

BURISMA AND THE 2016 ELECTIONS AND THEN IT GOES BACK WHICH IN

TURN WILL PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF THIS PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE.

YOU CAN SEE UKRAINIANS DID NOT WANT TO DO THIS. THEY DID NOT

EVEN WANT TO MENTION THIS. GIULIANI HAD TO INSIST, NO NO NO

, WE WILL NOT