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The White House in advance of tomorrow's testimony as well as president trump weighing the possibility of firing hiring the intelligence community inspector general who decided the whistle blowers complaint had merit in the first place. We begin though tonight. Keeping them honest with a look at how president trump and his supporters they plan to battle back. The plan is outlined in a memo drafted by Republicans staffers on the hill and circulated two. GOP members on key committees. And it's important to look closely at this memo because whatever you may think of the president or the case that he tried to extort Ukraine's president for political gain. There is a lot in these talking points which are just not true. So let's look at talking point number one for Republicans to us when discussing Ukraine affair. The rough summary of the July twenty fifth phone call shows no conditionality or evidence pressure now this is not quite as far as what the President of course has been saying. That was a great perfect call a perfect doll. So Republicans uh-huh will be saying. Yeah maybe not perfect but there was no pressure in the call now. TIKOLO cures the key. Sentence from the rough transcript immediately. After Ukraine's presidents Linski asked about the military assistance has country has yet to see the president. Says right away. I would like you to do us a favor. Though clearly connecting the favor to the aide he then asked for Investigations Twenty Sixteen election and then later the other thing which is the Biden investigating them no talking corruption in general no list of Ukrainians. The president thinks thinks should be investigated. No List from the Treasury Department of Ukrainians who are on a watch list. No it's the Biden's and two thousand sixteen and of course many of the impeachment witnesses already substantiated this behind closed doors but in any event the best evidence of what the president wanted comes from the president himself. Yeah well I would think that if they were honest about it that SORTA major investigation Gatien very simple answer which brings us to Republican talking point number two namely that neither side so anything improper about the call now that has been a familiar. Refrain from the president's defenders all along including today. The bottom line is the only two people letter letter at the heart of this or president trump and presidents alinsky. And we've already seen the transcripts so what other people think about a conversation is really a secondary to the fact that the two men that were participating in the conversation both said it was a good call or put another way congressman. SCALISE is saying that the alleged edge extortionist and his alleged victim agree that nothing happened now others were on the call some already testified to what they heard and see staffer Alexandrov inman saying there. There was no ambiguity and quote no doubt about where the president was doing so that makes them for two so far. Furthermore Than Your Times has reported about concern among Ukrainian officials the pressure to investigate by trump and Giuliani pressure. They came close time to giving into in order to get held up aid. So let's see how talking about three east ends up to the facts here is that the Ukrainians were not even aware that the military aid had been frozen. This is an Oldie but goodie. In fact testimony throughout the closed door hearings brings including from witness Katherine Cross released just to adjust yesterday suggest the Ukrainians knew very early in the fair the frozen by the office of Management and budget aged. And finally there's talking point four can call it no harm no foul. No investigations were done and the eight eventually flowed so no problem. Nikki Haley's lately. been making this argument. Even Kellyanne Conway has and others. But keeping him on as the aid only began flowing nearly a year after it was approved by Congress shortly after the whistleblower complaint became unknown to the administration so there's no telling how this holdup impacted the fight in Ukraine to people die because the hold up and again. According to The Times Ukraine officials were close to giving being into the extortion but then came the whistle blower so furthermore as many legal lines have also pointed out attempted bribery and attempted. Extortion are still considered crimes. We're now on those new signs of infighting the White House. Let's go to Jim Acosta for that. So what are you learning Anderson. It's a picture of chaos as the president heads into this very different aren't phase for him in the impeachment inquiry very public face with officials testifying in front of the cameras up on Capitol Hill Anderson my colleagues over here at the White House are hearing from our sources that when Mick Mulvaney the acting chief of staff started these legal maneuverings a few days ago I was going to join this lawsuit in federal court that would determine whether or not he should Responded these congressional subpoenas up on Capitol Hill and testify and then yesterday He decided he's going to pull out of that Legal challenge imposes hoses own. Legal Challenge filed his own lawsuit. And then this morning we find out. He's scrapping the whole thing altogether and he's going back to the original legal guidance from the administration that he's immune From testifying under the subpoena that has been issued for his testimony Anderson. What we're hearing from our sources is that the White House counsel's office is very upset about this? The president is very upset about this there. Aggravated with Mick Mulvaney for opening up this Pandora's box right before these public hearings get started in the words of one official inside the administration. What the hell was he thinking Anderson? I would it. Would it shows to US heading into these hearings is ah you know. There is a lot of infighting chaos going on behind the scenes and this administration at a very critical moment for the president. Is there I mean. Are they gearing up for the televised hearings hearings. Well we understand that the White House is trying to put up this rapid response team. They've been talking about this for weeks. I just talked to a source Just in the last couple of hours or as you said that not all of those team members are in place that The paperwork is still being put through a for some key members of that rapid response team. The trump campaign is going to be doing. Its own the war room. Its own rapid response in terms of what is coming out of these hearings. But you do get the sense Anderson From the White House and the trump campaign republicans up on Capitol Capitol Hill that. They're all sort of working off different and somewhat dated talking points. They're all trying to say the same thing that the president did nothing wrong but now the public is going to get a chance to decide for themselves themselves watching this and living color. Yeah and of course the question I I assume the president will be watching the proceedings of the White House. Usually so no. He's not he's very busy But we know he watches. You know even a normal time you watch everything that's right. He watches us all the time and he watches Fox to Vegas Make himself feel better but Anderson. My understanding is that yes the president will me watching these proceedings. He's GonNa be glued to his TV as always with smartphone at hand Ready to respond. The question is just how he responds to all of this. And I talked to a source close to the White House Earlier who said the president has pushed out of this administration pushed out of this west wing all the people who push back on him and so the message coming from this one source is alarming one and that is the president is likely to be pretty unrestrained when it comes to all of his responses to what we're about to hear later on this week Anderson. Jim Jim Acosta Jim. Thanks very much more now on what to expect tomorrow. Proceedings Begin at ten am eastern time scheduled to testify. Bill Taylor top EU diplomat in Ukraine and Georgia candidate. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Both have already spoken in closed session. Opening statements will be heard at about ten five. According to the format that Chairman Congressman Adam Schiff and the ranking. Republican will each forty five minutes to ask questions or have designated. Staffers do the questioning. Additional similar rounds may be added at the chairman's discretion the following members will alternate biparti. Each having five minutes of Cuny time. The day is expected to end no later than four thirty. WanNa talk about it now. With one of the lawmakers I will be part of the proceedings and the history of being made tomorrow California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu Member of the House Foreign Affairs Judiciary. Committee's congressman thanks for being with US just in terms of of the approach. Tomorrow by Democrats. Can you give a sense of how planned it is. Is there a coordinated effort from top down where every Democrat has what they assert part they are focusing on. What can you say thank you for? Your question. Wouldn't let the witnesses speak for themselves. In this case and Basso also bill Taylor was handpicked by the trump administration to go to Ukraine to fix things up and the American people. We're going to hear him talk about the presence abuse of power. And how president did this whole pressure campaign to try to bribe Ukrainians to launch to bogus investigations into the DNC server as well as Biden. And we're going to have forty forty five minutes of uninterrupted time for one side and then flipped other side and that gives a lot more times American people to get the story and big chunks. Thanks so that forty five minute chunk do you know is it Adam. Schiff GonNa be doing the questioning or is he going to make a statement and then handed off to do an attorney. WHO's going to be questions? So we'll hear opening statements and under the rules of the House. Pass either Adam Schiff or one of the staff attorneys. You can ask questions of ambassador Taylor as well as of Mr Kent I was at the winners deposition from Bassett Bill Taylor and in that position both congressman has been shift in staff attorneys ask questions as the Republicans and so you're gonNA have alternating forty five minute blocks and then when that is done then the members on the committee committee will get to ask five minute question and you said there will be opening statements or is that opening statements by both the the ranking Republican ranking Democrat or by the witness themselves. Also it's going to give both will happen both from the witness and the to correct. Okay the the Republican central message. Tomorrow's essentially president. Trump may may have done this but his intentions were pure and there really wasn't a conditionality in the phone. Call when you hear that. What do you think the American people should watch the witnesses and decide for themselves because witnesses going to contradict every single Republican? Talking Point is very clear that this phone call how. Donald Trump had with Ukrainian leader wasn't just a one off phone call. It was an entire pressure campaign to get Ukrainians launched to bogus investigations to influence Lawrence. Our election and the president used withholding critical security aide as well as dangling an important meeting with the White House in order to bribe Ukrainians to engage in this election. Interference that's what all these witnesses are going to say. Not only this week but also next week where additional hearings have been announced how likely is it that Republicans are going to ah according to some plan to push debunk conspiracy theories that it was Ukraine. Who Interfere in the two thousand sixteen election Russia float unsupported claims about about the Biden's Haydn's is basically just going to be kind of a tale of two Two Different Committee meetings happening the same time. Democrats going to ask questions and then Republicans will we'll focus on on there. There is the difference as you're GONNA have career diplomats trump's people testifying against him the American people. We're going to see that these are witnesses that cannot have the credibility question. Bill Taylor is a West Point graduate. You served in Vietnam one hundred first airborne you have have amazing witnesses that are going to be able to push back and all the Republican talking points and by the way it was just announced today that the Justice Department is looking at expanding. Its case against a thirteen Russians interfered or you elections those Russians who do not Ukrainians and our entire intelligence community understands. It's it's the Russians hacked US twenty sixteen not the Ukrainians in this new reporting for the New York Times that the president trump is considered fire in the intelligence community inspector general who he actually appointed. We did if the president were to actually do that. Is that something that could potentially become part of an overall impeachment inquiry. Absolutely Inspector General's tendrils job is to root out fraud. Waste and abuse of power is not to be loyal to the president and again this trump's own handpicked person that is now trying to tell the truth American people and tomorrow the American people are GonNa see a story come out narrative that has basically unchallenged which the president solicit solicit foreign interference in our campaigns. And a US auto lovers of governmental power as well as private attorney Rudy Giuliani to extract these bogus investigations and exchange. Thanks for giving hundreds of millions of dollars the Ukrainians and an important White House meeting terms. I appreciate your time. Thank you take coming up next more breaking news that new reporting from on the New York Times is Maggie. Haberman action that the president's reportedly been weighing against as we just talked about the intelligence community. Inspector General Man reportedly is furious at also. Tonight Tony Schwartz. Who wrote the book the art of the deal on? What's in the president's head and how he may view the hearings starting tomorrow? Hey guys. This is Connor Rogers. I live in active lifestyle with tons of travel during football season constantly on the go. I can't sacrifice style for comfort and and thanks macworld and I don't have to anymore. I'm sure you guys can't stand shopping. But it's easy and takes no time to place an order on their website the underwear shirts and sweats. They're all perfect for workouts. Or when you're on the move. 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Health is not currently available in New York New Jersey or Rhode Island in addition to order fresh in fighting the White White House on the eve of impeachment hearings breaking news on the president weighing action. That would certainly be radioactive a story in the New York Times Maggie Haberman on the byline. And I'm quoting from the lead had quote. President trump has discussed dismissing the intelligence communities inspector. General Michael Atkinson. Because Mr Atkinson reported a whistle blowers complain about Mr Trump's interactions with Ukraine into Congress after concluding it was credible according to four people familiar with the discussions in fact the report goes on to say the president has continued to talk about fire in the Inspector General. Maggie Haberman joins us now by phone. So what more can you tell us about this reporting sure interesting. Thanks for having me. So this is something we've seen of a pattern pattern with president trump over time where he talks about getting rid of people who are investigating him or to have done something connected to an investigation when he's appointed them. He believes they owe him their job. This is another one of those instances where as the whistle blower complaint was blowing up and as it had been deemed credible by the inspector. General's office the President started telling Advisors that he wanted to see Atkinson of the general dismissed And he has continue talking about the sense. Now it's not clear that this went anywhere we have Two officials telling us Pretty strong terms that this was never under serious consideration Some people oh close to the president saw this is another form of bending which we know that he does. And we've all been told over time that you know AIDS. Don't take these these ventilation from him seriously. Unless Phoenix repeated demands and seems to be moving toward doing something but it is indicative of a mindset and this notion according to reporting the President Believe Atkinson has been disloyal loyal. I mean obviously just is worth mentioning. It is not an inspector general's job to be loyal to the President United States right at the president intensity you a number one that he's got sweeping powers as the head of the executive branch to dismiss people and he believes that people who he put in these jobs should be loyal loyal to him but to your point. Inspectors general are supposed to be devoid of politics and freed from politics and that was part of what made this so striking. The first place Circle Whistle blowers complaint with the Inspector General had deemed credible. So has has now off. The TAP is a And he has. He raised this again recently. Do you know our understanding is that he is he has continued at at times talking about it. I do not expect that it's going to go anywhere I don't expect that anyone is going to move to get rid of Atkinson but again I think it is. It is worth documenting that this is something that the president has said Ed about people who are investigating him and he has been a recurring theme. We saw throughout Mahler and here it is again right as combing Maggie Haberman appreciate it. Thanks thanks for joining us. Narrow legal and political times legal analysts are Ross garber it teaches law to lane university. His specialty impeachment law also with US political analysts in USA Today columnist Onus Kirsten powers and CNN chief. Legal analyst. Jeffrey Toobin so Jeff. The President I mean based on this reporting seems to think that the intelligence community spectra general works for and should be loyal to him. Him Not surprising. I guess that he has that opinion. Given what we have seen in the past absolutely I mean just remember Jeff Sessions. who was the attorney general? Who did the right thing? In recusing himself from the Russia investigation and the president spent months fuming about that and then ultimately ultimately humiliated sessions by firing him on the day of the midterm elections. I it's always possible that a one. The reason people come forward with stories like this is that they know it's so outrageous that once it sees the light of day in a story like Maggie's that The the the story will be the the idea will be killed but still the the the the principal remains that as I think you pointed out. Donald Trump thinks everybody in the executive branch works for him. Not for the rule of law or the taxman interest in terms of what kind of expecting Tamar are with these hearings. Obviously we've seen testimony given a behind closed doors. We've seen transcripts of testimony that have been released but but often you know. There's a lot of hype in front of whether it's Robert Muller testifying about what that's going to be what the impact is going to be. And then it's different different than what Julie Democrats expect. Yeah I mean the Democrats are going to need to deliver and I I I think that You know what they're going to do is be be being really trying to bring along people who aren't already on board the basis already convinced of this right the democratic base. Well you need to do is you need to lay this out in a really clear way. A very nonpartisan way a very sober way And make it very clear what happened and why this rises to the level of impeachment Schmidt. And so I don't know that it necessarily needs to have any fireworks or anything like that in fact it would probably be better if if there wasn't But what it does it does need to the B. Is it needs to be very clear and they need to be ready for the Republicans who are going to be working overtime to muddy the waters to poke holes in to You know any claims made by the witnesses to impugn the credibility of the witnesses and to somebody the waters and so I think it's GonNa be a challenge for them But you know I think that they also at the same time are very aware of this. Challenging are trying to try to structure this in a way. That's the most Convincing convincing Ross I mean the hearings are not gonNa look like other impeachment hearings that we've seen before. Can you just talk about how you see the setup of it and what you make a given your Your experience yes I mean. Th there's no one-size-fits-all impeachment I mean it's it. We've we say it all the time but it's worth kind of repeating beating. I mean this is an incredibly unusual occurrence in American history. I mean we've never removed the president through the impeachment process Only the you know this will be the fourth time that we've actually gone through an investigation. So there's no kind of routine way to do it But it will be interesting I you you know it seems like The Chairman of the ranking member GONNA ask questions but then what will be interesting here and unlike other congressional hearings is that staff members it will probably carry The the substantial weight of Of the performance tomorrow. And that's going to be interesting to watch the chew lawyers. This one for the Democrats won for the Republicans. These are lawyers but this isn't a typical court case they're going to have to make some Pretty a significant arguments in a way to capture the public attention A- and and and for the Democrats sort of meats that very high burden of treason bribery rivalry and high crimes and misdemeanors for the Republicans as Christopher noted kind of poking holes in the in the Democrats case and kind of making a narrative of of the Republican zone. Jeff it just make a point. I've had you know we're talking about the Republicans as if they're just sort of poking holes in making things up one point that is certainly going to be made and it's a fair point. Is that both of the witnesses. Tomorrow had no direct contact with president trump. And that doesn't mean they can't give incriminating testimony. But but I think the Democrats had better be prepared for the argument of like well. Why are we hearing from them? If they didn't have contact with the president now. I know there are responses to that but I think unlike arguments some arguments the Republicans will make. That's a real argument and and I think it will be interesting to see how the Democrats respond to it. And we're curious that also points to the importance of someone like John Bolton or even Mick Mulvaney go that doesn't that sort of runs afoul of of the time line. The Democrats upset. Yeah it's unfortunate because I do think having somebody like John Bolton in particular Testifying would be extremely powerful because somebody somebody who is You know he's obviously had a falling out with the president but he is somebody who is in good standing in the conservative Movement for the most part and it certainly isn't considered sittard part of the deep state or anything like that and I think would have some information to share. That would be very interesting to people so the Democrats have decided that they. I want to keep this on this timeline and I'm not. I'm not sure that that's necessarily exactly the right answer or the right decision but I do think having staff asking the question. John is very helpful because what happens too often in these hearings. Is You just get a lot of grandstanding. And you get people. You get members of Congress. Now they are still going to be able to ask questions. They're just I'm not gonNA have as much time but it turns it into a bit of a circus and it turns into a much more partisan event and I think it's important for this to look at the elise partisan possible as can you Rossa. CNN's reporting that Republicans don't plan to be overly aggressive with these two witnesses tomorrow. Plan to press them in ways that sows doubt about their our understanding of what was happening in the White House. The forty five minutes. Initially I had thought that was the the two attorneys attorneys would be would be asking questions for forty five minutes but it seems like opening statements also from Adam Schiff and the ranking Republican are going to be included -cluded in that forty five minutes according to Congressman Louie just add on or questions from From from both leaders. Yeah I mean I. It's going to be very interesting to to to see how this plays out and and in terms of sort of the aggressiveness. You know one question I have is will Will each side be playing into its base or will they reach out and sort of you know who's definition of aggressive oriented. Yeah I'M GONNA use. Ross garber appreciate Paris. Jeff toobin thanks very much coming up next more. What happens tomorrow when win? The impeachment hearing gets underway. How will the president reacted next my conversation with someone who knows him well he wrote Mister Fromm or the art of the deal? The tension homeowners with a strong housing market. 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He's obviously watches which is a lot of this. They often claim he's too busy to watch it but he clearly does well. I think that he is in two places right now. I'm sorry sorry to say this because one of them seems fine. which for me to me? which is I suspect? He is in his nervous. System is in a very high state state of activation. And God save you to be around him right now because this is the ultimate humiliation to have his election election called into question the thing he's been which had motivated the whole Russia his refusal to believe that Russia was involved or at least refusal refusal to analogy fear of his election. Being not legitimate. Yeah I mean. He has imposter syndrome at a level. We'll probably previously unknown to man. He doesn't even know he has it. But what it shows up as is rage and attacking and all of the ways as in which he tries to prop himself up. But I think the other piece so he's going to be feeling that that worry the other thing is there's a sport in this to him and I get the sense the eerie sense that there's a part of it when he's not in the rage that enjoys it because he actually truly believes right now like every other time in his teflon trump life. He's GonNa get away with it and and he may well. I mean it is remarkable that this phone call that he had with Ukraine's president was right after the molar testimony. I mean for them that he would set himself up once again for a fall he needs the action he he has a very strong self destructive impulse so I don't think it's a coincidence that he immediately started. Did it again the next day. What's amazing is that only what five or six weeks or somewhere around there since it happened? And it's it's it's murky even to remember the call now. Of course it'll come up the testimony. Yeah all of the testimony tomorrow but he he is so relentless about attacking anything. It is interesting. Though his just from a marketing standpoint his relentlessness in and pushing the same message over and over and over again even when it just demonstrably not true. It was a perfect call. I mean there's no. Republicans begins really arguing. It was a perfect call and yet he continues to. I don't know if he believes it I don't no. It isn't about believing it's about kind of locking into an automatic reaction. No collusion no collusion. No collusion perfect call. Oh perfect call perfect call you keep saying it and saying it and it has a eventually a somewhat hypnotic effect and I think you know not for the people people who are most clearly opposed to trump. But that's not who he's worried about and not for the people who loved trump because they're ignoring this but that little group in the middle so you know he wants to pull them over to his side I mean nothing is really going to happen on this. Unless Republicans in the Senate peel away in some yes and they won't. It's almost inconceivable to me that they will you know what he's done is he has progressively pushed people backwards devolving. It's very unusual to move from one state of moral development back down to a lower state but I would say that if you look at what the Republicans are saying to defend this man. It's evidence that he has them completely in his thrall not only voting but literally morally in his thrall. Tony Schwartz thank you thank you of next intelligence committee many chairman. Adam Schiff speaking out tonight saying the house will have to decide if the fact show bribery and treason of more than that as well as an in depth. Look at the twenty year congressional veteran when we continue. Hey everyone it's poppy harlow in this week's episode boss files a conversation with San Francisco Fed President President Mary Daly. She has a remarkable story of resilience and define the dropped out of college and fifteen years old or donut shops rob and then turned it all around her PhD day. She is responsible for crowning. US Monitoring. It's an important conversation. Hope you find it fascinating. I did check it out since the boss by people who are really dying. Don't keep bringing it up. Is that true. I don't know I'm just usually around people that die faster. Reagan Morning Sundays Sundays at eleven. Thirty only on Adult Swim House. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam. Schiff says tonight. He's made no decisions about where where the impeachment investigation will ultimately lead. He added the house. We'll have to evaluate whether the facts quote show bribery treason high crimes and misdemeanors unquote California Congressman. Then of course we'll be in the driver's seat as the hearings get underway on and take a closer look though at his background and his mindset going into tomorrow our chief political analyst. Gloria borger her will. It feels times like being in the eye of the hurricane You can never tell when you're going to step out of the force wins but it's a sure bet that this week House intelligence committee chairman. Adam Schiff will be at the center of the storm leading an historic public inquiry. Unimpeachable humint is of course much more intense now than ever before anyone not living under a rock knows. That shift is one of president. Trump's favorite targets little pencil neck and he's not subtle about it. He should resign from office in disgrace and practically they should look at him for treason just just months ago. Shift was in the camp that believed impeachment was not a good idea. We've talked in depth about this. Steve Israel is a close shift friend and former former Democratic colleague. Impeachment might have some consequences that would be harmful to the country to the Democratic Party to members members of Congress but when the president engaged in this phone call with President Solanki. That was a bridge too far for him. What made this a necessity for me? And so so many of my colleagues is that if the president believes that he can abuse his office the power that office can failed to defend our national security and there is no accountability even if accountability is only in the house. That's too dangerous. A prospect to persist shift came to Congress from Los Angeles County District Twenty years ago. Ready to win an election a moderate Democrat who beat the Republican incumbent a leader of the impeachment fight right against Bill Clinton. How's that for Mr Rubin priority has always been Engaging in these National partisan ideological logical Crusades and ignoring the business at home in the district. I don't think people value that shift served in the state Senate but his greatest impact came as an assistant. US Attorney when he prosecuted an FBI agent for selling secrets to the Russians. While it does feel the times like my life has come full circle from a major role in the Republican led twenty fourteen Benghazi investigation to becoming chairman of the Intelligence Committee. This this year. What people don't understand about Adam is that he wanted to go on the Intelligence Committee for two principal reasons number one? It was bipartisan and number. Two it was quiet and so I often say to. How'd that work out for you buddy? Not as expected just weeks ago house. Republicans tried to censure him. How did that feel? We'll have Republican friends. Well you know. I think a my republican colleagues. Finding they lacked the courage to stand up to this unethical president and have console themselves by attacking those who do and. That's a sad reality but it is where the house. Gop Is Kevin McCarthy will do whatever Donald Trump asked asked him to do. He'll merely ask how he wants. McCarthy to jump in the McCarthy will jump behind closed doors with a chairman who has lied three times the American public looking them in the eye. And Somehow we're supposed to trust what comes out of that it's ugly and very personal illegitimate hearings. Republicans say run by a partisan. It is a Soviet style. Impeachment process. Chairmanship is unfit to chair. The Intelligence Committee chairman is having none of it or this precedent. They're gonNA destroy what America stands for in the world they're going to countenance Holding up eight or meetings or whatever to get help in the next election election campaign. They're going to normalize that rationalize that they're going to hunker down and put their heads in the sand about whereas people sense of duty. If that sounds like a line out of a screen play it could could be shift has written a few of his own and took some dramatic and controversial liberties in describing the president's phone call with the Ukrainian gene president. And I'm GonNa say this only seven times so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political ponant understand lots of it. The performance four minutes turned into a political opening for Republicans one in particular shifty shifty is double corrupt politicians. He took my I words on the phone call and they were so good he totally changed. Do you regret doing it that way. No I made clear I was mocking the president and just as clearly the president doesn't I don't like being mocked but it was a mafia kind of organized crime shakedown but I'm not surprised if the president was attacking me about this you'd be attacking me about something nothing else. What's his mood like these? How would you describe it? He's got some overwhelming responsibilities and they are on his shoulders but he is excellent at relieving relieving that burden with his humor. Look he's got up a goofy sense of humor. That people don't see people would use Abou- We loves funny movies. Everybody knows that he can take you. From the first word of the big Lebowski to the final scene of the big Lebowski. I'm the dude. So that's what you call me. You know they're anywheres from the dude that would apply to your life. I've been asked in the past. Not sure whether you can air this is my only question. What line from the big lebowski comes up up most in political life and I have to say it's the line? No you're not wrong. You're just an goal. Gloria borger reporting still ahead former. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley faithful defender. President trump goes pretty far and finds a spot on are ridiculous. It stays on TNT. All the lead wrestling hits harder. Flies Higher Dr Riggs Boundary His holy whistling a new League Wednesdays at eight on. TNT can't get enough of the NBA sign lineup for NBA League. Pass to gain access to every game being played across the association every night with all new ways to watch through the NBA APP visit Mba dot com or the the NBA APP to get started today busy nine. The eve of the first public impeachment hearing chicken Chrissy. What he's working on? Primetime Chris this this is it brother. These are the weeks of the most consequence for this president in his presidency. Thus far I know some people will say it wasn't that said during Muller. Yeah that was a big deal. This is a bigger deal. Why we've never had people speak about direct communications in direct action that they viewed as wrong or suspicious or worthy of this kind of scrutiny? It's very big for both parties. We'll have tips tonight for what people should look for. And what they should look away. Hey from if they can we have left and right here to talk about what the impact is and what matters from their perspective and we will take you through the latest polls as well well in democratic side and what impeachment may mean to that. Busy Busy Day tomorrow Chris. Thanks very much. You know about Eight minutes from now coming up. What's the one thing most people can't honestly say about President trump well former? UN Ambassador Nikki. Haley has gone ahead and set it ridiculous time now for the ridiculous tonight in the history of absurd testimonials. This one may take the big beautiful. Elegant cake involves Nikki Haley the former South Carolina Orlando governor turned. UN ambassador WHO's most remarkable achievement may been escape. The trump administration without being whacked by the President or having to wear a wire for the feds is usually blood in blood out for trump hires but she remains unscathed until now she appeared on the today. Show this morning to plug her book. And maybe angled to replace Vice President Pence in the two thousand twenty ticket female suburban voters continue to run away from the president to her credit ambassador. Halley is not to have it both ways. No when you say trump. She says train doesn't matter what the question is. What about history fullness? Did you think he was a truthful person. Yes in every instance that I dealt with him he was truthful. He listened and he was great right to work with how trump truthful great to work with a listener. Who is this man she speaks of? I'd Swipe right on him before we even address the president's inability to lie. I mean if I was on tinder which I'm not before we address the president's inability to lie a superpower that apparently only Nikki Haley can see. Let's just quickly address the good listener part. Have you ever seen the him at a cabinet meeting. You know sitting there with his arms cross kind of looks like a guy wishing he had some meatloaf in front of him. The food or the singer either would probably be more interesting than governing. Just about everyone who has fled at this White House has commented on the President Short attention span and lack of interest in reading or listening to long detailed briefings as for Hill claimed that trump is truthful person bless bless her heart though. I'm not sure how she qualified eight. It's actually going to win her any Kudos from the president if he was listening. Did you notice. She gave herself some wiggle room by saying in every for instance I dealt with him he was. Truthful is like when vice president pence or other politicians respond to a question that they they don't want to answer or respond to by saying well. Well all I can tell you is what I saw actually know. y'All can speak to things you haven't seen also but not to be true for instance. I haven't been on the moon but I know it's not made out of cheese. Jeez I'm sure Nikki. Haley worked very hard. It's the UN ambassador but she has eyes and ears and the TV like the rest of us and trump makes stuff up all the time on TV in many places. He's like California the same person votes many times. Not a conspiracy theory millions and millions of people vote many times not just twice not just three times they vote. It's like a circle. They come back. They put a new hat on. They come back. They put a new shirt on president. Obama wanted to meet and Jimmy Kimmel dot meet him. The Obama administration was begging for meeting. And you WANNA buy groceries. You need a picture own a car. You need ide- you go out and you WANNA buy anything you need I D. I put groceries this weekend and recorded me. Apparently make stuff up in front of all of us. The American people but speaks truth directly Nikki. Haley bless her heart as I speaking truth to power in Basketball Haley knows which way the wind is blowing Republican politics and she was willing to throw some people in the administration under the bus. Just the ones that don't matter anymore. The ones who are no longer in power no longer in the good graces is a daddy dearest. Haley Clinton that John Kelly Rex tillerson tried to get her to help them undermine the president and when she stopped by the novelty show over at Fox and friends. She continued to slam secretary of state REX. A AH REX tillerson. He's saying you're not telling the truth. I mean that's so racks so rex. It's the long awaited sequel to that so Raven John Goodman Goodman's GonNa Stars Rex. Tillerson a spunky retiree with psychic abilities. Who Uses disguises to get himself involved in age inappropriate teenage hijinks? That's so rex. That's coming next. Fall streaming on Disney so in summation ambassador. Haley may have survived the administration. But it's not clear. Reputation can survivor book tours. Endless and kind of sad stops along sick of in st whether pants gets the push and she somehow makes it onto the two thousand twenty ticket or not. She'll certainly always be pulling well on the ridiculous and that does frozen news continues one Hanover. Hanover Chris for Cuomo Primetime purse. Are you interested in learning how great companies grow download the Mar- tech podcast. 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