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Trump Welcomes a Senate Impeachment Trial
"Welcome to the lead on Jake Tapper. We begin today with the politics. Lead president trump practically daring house. Democrats to impeach him and declaring he welcomes a senate trial across process that could theoretically get underway by Christmas. Now we've now heard and seen twelve witnesses testifying publicly seven hearings over five days while everyone sorting through the testimony. We should note that the most damning evidence came. I'm straight from the Horse's mouths fact. President trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate the bites. We know this not only because the rough transcript of the July twentieth call of the White House released but because president trump admitted it publicly. Yeah well I would think that if they were honest about it that SORTA major investigation into the Bison is very simple very simple answer indeed and what was the trump administration willing to do to secure secure this investigation into the bites. Were they willing to hold off a White House meeting which Presidents Alinsky desperately wanted to show US support to his public look into Putin. Well here's US ambassador to the EU. Gordon Zahn want. I know that members of this committee frequently frame. These complicated 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 the White House meeting. The answer is yes. Yes silent says no question it was a quid pro quo. Hey Ukraine you want the White House meeting you need to announce these investigations. Okay now. What about that four hundred million dollars in USA? That Ukraine crane also desperately wanted well acting White House Chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney explained why that was held up. He said so on camera now. He said he did so. So the president because the president wanted an investigation into Ukraine's role in the two thousand sixteen election. The look back to what happened happened in two thousand sixteen certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation. That is absolutely yup is a quid. Pro for funding will not flow unless the investigation into into Democratic Server. Happened as well. We do that all the time with with foreign policy and I have news for everybody get over it. There's going to be political influence in foreign policy. So yes there was a quid pro quo on the military aid and the other eight four hundred million dollars worth according to Mulvaney now two points on what Mulvaney said there one. He later tried to unseat what he said. And two veins portraying this as trying to get Ukraine to participate in a Justice Department investigation into two thousand sixteen but that is consistently. I'm not what president trump says he wants. President trump wants a look into a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine and the DNC server that US intelligence officials say was hacked by Russia not by Ukraine. Now this is just a fraction of the public evidence though these are facts seldom even acknowledged by the president's defenders. Facts are on our side. The facts are not facts are on the side. The truth is on the president's side the truth truth is the president of the United States by his own. Admission asked the foreign power to launch a major investigation into his political rival. Joe Biden his son and into a debunked conspiracy theory. These are investigations. That would help president trump politically and according to the president's own aides. The president used used a White House meeting and four hundred million taxpayer dollars to get Ukraine to do it now. You can debate whether or not it's criminal. You can debate whether or not it's impeachable impeachable. But you cannot debate whether or not those are the facts a CNN. Sara Murray reports Democrats are preparing to move forward with articles of impeachment. The president trump says bring it on. He's ready for an impeachment trial in the Senate Brinkley. I want to try. The Republican Party party has never been more unified Republican. Lawmakers have been working with the White House to prepare for a possible Senate trial coalescing around the notion that a long exhaustive Austin process may be the best course to protect the president. But I the house will have its say the house. Intelligence Committee and two other panels are crafting a report to serve but as the basis for articles of impeachment. Have the house. Judiciary Committee will consider after Thanksgiving. We have to decide. What does it mean and once we conclude our investigation If we decide that it means that the president should be held accountable. Democratic sources say a busy December is a head filled with public hearings and a likely vote in the House Judiciary Committee before before a full vote to impeach on the House floor which could come before Christmas Day. Potentially making trump the third president in history to be impeached. The House Democrats don't plan to wait for firsthand. Witnesses who have resisted testifying like acting chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Secretary of state. Mike Pompeo and former national national security adviser John Bolton they keep taking it to court and a no. We're not going to wait until the courts decide that might be information. That's available to the Senate. We can't wait for that because again. It's a technique it's obstruction of justice. Then in January. The impeachment battle is expected addition to the Senate where trump's fate will collide with six Democratic senators looking to unseat him in the next presidential election. I will be there for the trial you swear or but after weeks of hearings impassioned arguments from Democrats. This president believes he is above the law beyond accountability. And in in my view there is nothing more dangerous than unethical president. WHO believes there are above the law? Even Republican has been critical of trump. Don't appear convinced impeachment. It is the remedy an impeachable offense should be compelling overwhelmingly clear and unambiguous. I've not heard evidence proving. The President committed bribery or extortion. Now the White House legal team believes that is one hundred percent in the president's interest to have this public trial in the Senate. Jake it seems like we will soon find out if they are right all right Sarah Murray. Let's discuss with our team here today. Let me start with you because we heard from one democratic more credit congressman Brad Sherman today. Who said that in his? You wouldn't hurt to get more information so I guess the question is do you think. Democrats have made sufficient efficient case. Should they. I mean this idea that they're not gonNA wait for the courts they're not gonNA take too long etc those. Those are not arguments about the substance of of the evidence. Those are arguments about timing and politics show. Should they keep going well. I mean first of all timing and politics do matter so I think that that is something they have to take into consideration. I think think they made a case for anybody who wants to actually look at the case honestly and take the information honestly. I think they made an absolutely airtight case. You know the president it has done something. That's impeachable the Republicans don't want to absorb that information and I actually don't think it would make any difference whether it was John. Paul Moulton was up there overdue. Where did you Liana if there was some how able to even get these people to testify? There is nothing I just really can't think of anything that would make the Republicans change their mind because what has been demonstrated over. The last week is so horrifying and so clear and they can still sit there and say well it's inappropriate. It's so far beyond inappropriate. Every argument that they've made has been completely destroyed so they came out and made all these defenses. That one by one were knocked down They're laugh with no defenses. It's up to just say well it's bad but it's not impeachable. So the argument that she's making here is basically the house. Republicans and Senate Republicans are just not good faith. Operators there's there's no evidence it's going to convince them even if president trump literally were to shoot somebody on fifth avenue and everybody saw it. Yeah that may be true. But I think there's a gap that gives Republicans particularly in the Senate the opening if House Democrats want to make the charge of bribery or extortion. However you put it you need to prove that
White House 'will not co-operate with impeachment inquiry'
"Big news today is that the White House has taken its fight with Congress to the next level initially sending word that it will not participate in any aspect of the impeachment prob- yeah which is crazy like trump card just declined to participate like this is not the Vietnam War and this new tactic this new tactic through everything for a loop because you see today was meant to be the big day when Congress would testimony from Gordon Sunland Ambassador to the U. and Jeff stunt double but just before the C. Span cameras started rolling the White House pulled the doc we're following breaking news this morning it's moving quickly the White House blocking e you embassador Gordon Sunland from testifying to Congress just minutes before he was supposed to appear on Capitol Hill who sets five behind closed doors as part of an ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump specifically about his interactions with Ukraine Democratic House intelligence chairman calling the move to keep Sunlen from speaking to lawmakers quote strong evidence of obstruction wow donald trump's white house blocked an ambassador from testifying to Congress what a completely innocent thing to do trump was probably just scared that that ambassador would exonerate him too much now I gotta maintain my bad boy image run these streets so at the president's behest sunland pulled out of this impeachment hearing which is a big deal because although many people haven't heard of Gordon Sandon it appears that everything trump wants it from Ukraine went through him there's almost no one who was more involved in pushing the president's priorities in Ukraine then Gordon Sunland even before president trump spoke to the president of Ukraine in Sunland the US ambassador to the EU had been pushing the Ukrainians to commit to investigations Mr Trump wanted the ambassador to the EU. Gordon Zahn land worked behind the scenes to help carry out trump's wishes in Ukraine a country that isn't even in the EU okay that's your first red flag right there trump's ambassador to the E U was getting involved with the country that isn't in the EU that's not his jurisdiction that would be like Santa doing truth varies job that's not cool yeah because then it's just a creepy old man standing over your kids bed yeah it'd be like what are you doing we'll hold nothing word I'm just I'm just in your kids to eat okay now that I say loud sounds weird the tooth fairy as God data got killed me and the reason congress is so intense on having sonnen testify isn't just because he was at the center of Ukraine's scandal right it's also because he has text messages that show what was going on behind the scenes text messages given to Congress show Sunday at another diplomat discussing a possible link between investigations and aid to Ukraine on September nine bill alert the top US diplomat to Ukraine texts I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign sunland response I believe you were in correct about President trump's intentions the president has been crystal clear no quid pro quos of any kind adding I suggest we stopped the back and forth by text Taylor text Gordon Sunland are we now saying that security assistance and White House meeting are conditioned on investigations someone response call me I don't know if these guys are guilty or not but you have to admit those texts look suspicious because the only time when you say stop texting let's talk on the phone is when something shady is going down it's twenty one thousand nine hundred no one talks on the phone the only reason to talk on the phone at all is to wish mother happy birthday or to commit crimes or to commit crimes with your grandmother on her birthday just like all right and then you tell me who wins at Bingo and I'll take the rest at the same time I don't blame for wanting to shut down those texts because you see what's happening there the guy he's texting is being so explicit about everything is like I don't think it's a good idea to commit this crime it's like Yo yo Yo yo you know who he reminds me of reminds me of that one guy on every bachelor party group chat who has no chill runoffs is playing it cool and he's like I am excited to cocaine tomorrow guys see you at the cocaine and hookers delete delete delete now in response to the stonewalling the Democrats have issued a subpoena to embassador sunland but may take months or longer to wind its way through the courts in the mean time Congress is also hoping to hear testimony from the whistle blowers and remember there are now two whistleblowers aren't there's the first whistle blower who has secondhand information and secondhand and the second whistle blower who has firsthand information and then of course you've got the confessions from trump which I guess is small hand information I don't know how this works normally normally getting testimony from a whistle blower might not be such a big deal but this time they're talking about taking extra precautions to conceal this person's identity and it could be because the whistle blowers are shy maybe it's because the president has implied they should be executed I don't know either way Democrats are looking at some novel ways to ensure whistle lowest safety the House intelligence committee is taking extreme measures to protect the whistleblower from a president itching to learn his identity this country has to find out who that I was because that person's a spy in my opinion there are growing concerns about the whistle blowers safety it's still unclear when the whistle blower might talk to lawmakers but he is considering using an offsite location limiting staff and members who could be present possible steps include a remote location for testimony and perhaps masking the person's face or voice wow musk's and fake voices just to make sure that trump doesn't know who this person is seems a bit extreme I mean all they really need to do is disguise the whistle blow as trump's daughter tiffany and he'd be like who is this person I've never seen her before in my life I understand why Congress is being so careful here I mean this is serious