Listen: Details of Trump’s call to Ukraine revealed: ’I would like you to do us a favour’
"But I begin with what has been such another wild newsday his day with so much going on consider the noticeably subdued at times even beleaguered president trump holding this first press conference sense. Nancy Pelosi came out for impeachment minutes in the House has gotten so much closer to backing an impeachment probe. Two hundred and Sixteen Democrats are count right now and Donald Trump's almost surreal meeting yes of of all days today in the United States with the president of Ukraine. You're looking at the man that we now know. Donald trump secretly pressured on a phone call to do something thing that attorneys general have resigned over that is the kind of thing that's not allowed in the United States to investigate a political rival Joe Biden and that is what the notes Nicole reveal deal throughout tonight's broadcast. I'm going to stay on the facts and the law but when I say certain things that sound like they're a criticism of the President I will remind you we are reporting. The News of the facts have emerged about the president so when I say he's doing something that would be illegal for. Most people do inside. The United States sounds bad. It's actually just what is in these notes highly highly incriminating they reveal the president asking for what he calls a quote favor an investigation into Joe Biden. Who at the time of this July was someone that looked like they might be the opponent to Donald Trump in the general election? At least he may have thought so and that the president was willing to strike a deal to get it and shows immediately after the Ukrainian president discussed this defense offense money that was so vital donald trump says he would like you to do us a favor and then ask about what appears to be a reference to Clinton's emails that that alone would just sound strange but then Ukrainian president goes on this is from the brand new notes. We have to say something very specific. He spoke with Rudy Giuliani recently and plans to meet with him again. Donald Trump then brings up by saying it would be great if the Ukrainians would work with Attorney General Bill to investigate Biden Haydn. The president responds that he has a new prosecutor in Ukraine and that will be a one hundred percent his person who will look into the situation. You're seeing the deal oh being formed and then Donald Trump says he'll have regional Yanni and attorney general bill bar follow up on all of this. It's all here in black and white this. This is what has come out just today. The president demanding foreign prosecutor investigate his domestic political rival. This is one of the greatest examples of an abuse of government power for and it doesn't matter if that prosecutor that is being pressured to do a political pro to take out on arrival or Joe Biden. It doesn't matter whether they're here in the US or overseas overseas what those notes reflect is a classic mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader. This is how Mafia bostock's BOSTOCK's. What have you done for us. We've done so much for you but there's not much the prosperity I have a favor. I WanNa ask you what does that favor. Of course the favor is to investigate his political rival to investigate the Biden's chairman shift not mincing words there in his response he also said these notes were even worse and more shocking talking then he might have expected. This conduct is bad. What's detailed here to put it plainly and this is of course and this is important before I bring in our experts that you know this night everything yeah. I've just told you is just. What is public tonight? It's what the White House has been forced and compelled including with bipartisan pressure in the Senate to reveal what is not in public tonight but we are already getting vibes and energy and mood about is the entire whistle blower complaint that blew the lid on all of this and I can tell you in just the last few hours that was privately that is to say under the classified rules turned over to the intelligence committees in Congress and they are dealing with the complaint in private so I don't have those details for you but the Democrats who have reviewed it are already saying it's troubling had the opportunity as have members of the committee to read the whistleblower complaint. I found the allegations deeply disturbing. I also found on them very credible. I can understand why the inspector general found them credible. Even without the benefit yet of the inspector general's full analysis analysis. That's a reference to the trump appointed official in the intelligence community this inspector general who under the law deemed this urge incredible people that got us to this point. Adam Schiff basically saying that while he's not yet able to reveal the details of what's in this complaint we have some of the mood music from the White House notes and and he's waiting to get more from the people blowing the whistle inside the trump administration now those members of Congress got. This whistle blower complaint the right around the same time. Donald Trump stepped out there and tried to keep all eyes on him at this press conference and we cover a lot of these. I'm only going to show you parts of it that we deem newsworthy or that are relevant to fact checking checking but it was not a typical trump press conference. He seemed at times meandering as I mentioned earlier beleaguered but he did in his own way. Defend everything about what even some Republicans are saying incriminating in the notes of this call which was very innocent call very very very innocent very nice. Call fact Lindsey Graham said to me when he read very interesting. Good man is a smart man. He said I can't can't believe it. I never knew you could be this really nice to a person. I didn't think you had that in you to be so nice. I was Nice Nice to a lot of people people don't understand that joining night for our special coverage by former civil prosecutor from the southern district of New York and a former counsel to the mayor of New York knick Ackerman who was a Watergate special prosecutor and Eleanor clift reporting for us from Washington where she's a correspondent for the daily Beast good evening to everyone Maya what is the significance of the White House notes that have now come to the public eye these call notes. I think you've already stated are a make it very clear that Donald Donald Trump spent most of a call almost all of the notes focused specifically on asking the Ukrainian president to reopen an investigation on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and to eccentrically do it as he is dangling Ling. We've been good to you as presidents. Alinsky says Oh. Yes and I need to come to buy more defense weapons since and that's when he says we've been good to you. You haven't been so good to us so when you put all that together and when almost everything thing that Donald trump wants to focus on is the what they can do. Ukraine can do for him and then says he's going to send his personal attorney attorney Rudy Giuliani and his attorney general. It's pretty staggering. It's kind of like the mob boss who says I've been good to you right. I've been real good to you got to me. They used to prosecute my bosses this if you gave this to me. I'd say it's a typical typical transcript of what I get that I would put into evidence in the course of a mob boss trial. It is right out of Don Corleone. He goes through this in talks about how the Europeans have not been good to him and then he goes on to say look look at but the United States is very very good to Ukraine. I wouldn't you say that it's reciprocal. There's a -serily because things are happening are not good but the United States has been very very could right and he wants. He wants what he calls favor and the favor is doing something just so. We stay on this for everyone watching because there's been so many things it's happening. The favor is something that if you were ordered to do it it would be an unlawful order in the United States. Is that correct. That's correct if you had if you if you had a boss when you were. DOJ and they I said I want an investigation of political rival. Go do it. That's an unlawful order totally. I'm off so what happens. Donald Trump makes that order and tries to execute it through Asia Bar. He claims in here mentioned five times abroad well. It's just a stewart crime. I mean the crime is committed here in the United States. It doesn't make it any less. It's a crime and in fact this impeachment. Inquiry shouldn't be just looking at president trump. It should also be looking at a bar. Do you think people who and we're. We're not there yet because we're investigating if US officials tried to carry this out do they have criminal liability. Absolutely I think they they would have to be worried and now we have to do remember when William Bar testify when in his confirmation hearing and Senator Kamla Harris said were were you ever directed to open an investigation by the president right in your conversations about getting this job and he becomes bizarrely you unable to understand the word suggest right he in this he paused and says I'm. I'm having trouble answering the question because I don't know what you mean by suggest and we all sat go. I think it's a pretty simple word and she couldn't get him to answer the question. This seems to suggest that we know why that's a great point and something that was pressed based on him under oath by Kamla prosecutor like yourself. I want to put this in the context of what Donald Trump said he would do. In other words a lot of the bit best evidence are things that he said in public and some people didn't take him seriously and now things that have come out that he said in private people say oh. Some of his allies tonight or are making the argument well. It's out there. So how bad can it be well. No you fought tooth and nail to keep it from coming out. You kept this part of secret because it executed on the things they used to claim were jokes or hyperbole earlier. Political rhetoric in that context is let's look at Donald Trump back when the American public was assessing him. This is October twenty sixteen and he said had this is his playbook. If I win I'll get a political investigation of my political opponents knicks. He believes a bass bass could be illegal to carry out. Take a look my attorney general I will ask to appoint a special prosecutor."