Trump and GOP Melt Down Amid Ukraine Scandal, Impeachment: A Closer Look
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Trump and GOP Melt Down Amid Ukraine Scandal, Impeachment: A Closer Look

October 17, 2019

-The President is accusing
Democrats of treason as Republicans flail in their attempts to
defend him from impeachment. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” ♪♪ After more than two years
of serially abusing his power as president, using the office
to enrich himself, welcoming the interference
of foreign governments, and inflicting human-rights
abuses on migrant families, Donald Trump probably thought
he got away with all of it. He was like Patrick Swayze
at the end of “Point Break,” except instead of
a cool-ass surfer, he looks like a guy
who tried to hide a huge wave, fell off his board, and then
just washed up on the beach. [ Laughter ] This afternoon, Trump spoke to
the media in the Oval Office, and you can tell he’s totally
out of ways to defend himself because now
he just keeps insisting that he didn’t do anything wrong on his call
with the president of Ukraine. -We have a whistleblower that reports things
that were incorrect. As you know — and you probably
now have figured it out — the statement I made
to the president of Ukraine — a good man, a nice man, new —
was perfect. It was perfect. -I like how he just throws in, “You probably have
figured it out,” like they’re all on his side. Like, in Trump’s mind,
reporters are out there pounding the pavement,
digging for clues, marching into their
editor’s office going, “Chief, I got the scoop
of the year. Put it on the front page.
The call was perfect.” Now reality
is catching up with Trump as Democrats move forward with
their impeachment inquiry and support for impeachment
rises in the polls. And in response to all that, Trump is predictably
losing his mind. -The President leading his own
defense on Twitter overnight lashing out,
saying that Adam Schiff should be tried for treason,
even suggesting the possibility of civil war
if he’s impeached. -Trump even quotes
a Fox News guest who predicted a “Civil War-like fracture”
would result from the inquiry and calls for Chairman Schiff
to resign. -“In addition, I want to meet
not only my accuser, who presented second-
and third-hand information, but also the person who
illegally gave this information, which was largely incorrect,
to the whistleblower. Was this person spying
on the U.S. president? Big consequences.” -“Representative Adam Schiff illegally made up a fake
and terrible statement pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my
call to the Ukrainian president, and read it aloud to Congress
and the American people. It bore no relationship
to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?” -Honestly,
thank God he’s a moron. He’s threatening the collapse
of American democracy, and he says it like
he’s offering hors d’oeuvres at a party. “Can I get you
a bacon-wrapped dates? Some arrests for treason? Or maybe you’d like
our Obama Netflix?” [ Laughter ] But this is dangerous. The President is threatening
arrest and imprisonment for people who dare to
investigate his abuse of power. The only thing stopping
our system from collapsing is that everyone
just ignores him. We’ve all gotten to the point
where we have to treat the President
of the United States like a guy taking a [bleep]
in the subway car. At some point,
everyone’s just gonna move to the other end of the country. [ Cheers and applause ] By the way, the President accusing a sitting congressman
of treason simply for investigating him is
itself an impeachable offense. He keeps stacking offenses
on top of impeachable offenses. He’s making a Scooby sandwich
of crimes. “Scoob, we’re about to
get impeached! We gotta get outta here!” [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] It was a… It was cartoon that aired
when my writers were young. [ Laughter ] And as Trump was melting down
this weekend, the White House
was dispatching allies to the Sunday shows
to try to defend him. Let’s start with the creepiest
member of Trump’s staff, White House senior policy
advisor Stephen Miller. [ Thunder crashes ] [ Women cackling evilly ] [ Laughter ] Miller went on “Fox News Sunday”
right after Fox reported that Trump had been in contact not just with his personal
lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but with two other
private attorneys to dig up dirt from Ukraine. Fox host Chris Wallace
asked Miller why, if it was such
a legitimate inquiry, Trump didn’t go through
official channels, and Miller had no answer. -Why did he use
three private lawyers to get information on Biden
from the Ukrainian government rather than go through all of
the agencies of his government? -Two different points.
Number one — -How about answering
my question? Stephen, I’m asking you
a direct question. Why did the President
use private attorneys rather than go
to the State Department? If you don’t know,
that’s an acceptable answer. -There’s two issues
that were brought up — -I’m now asking two issues.
Why did he do it? -Chris, I understand. I understand that you have your
question. I have my answer. There’s two issues that were
brought up on the phone call. -You have your nonanswer.
It doesn’t work. -Damn. Damn, Chris. Be careful. If you anger him too much, he’ll
sneak into your room at night, bite you on the neck, and turn you
into whatever he is, which I guess is a… hairless cat? [ Laughter ] Then there was Ohio Congressman
Jim Jordan, who went on CNN
to repeat a bunch of debunked conspiracy theories
about Joe Biden. Now, the short version
of what you need to know here is that the Obama administration
and most of the West called for a Ukrainian
prosecutor to be fired because he wasn’t doing enough
to investigate corruption. That prosecutor was not
investigating Biden’s son
at the time, and yet Jordan kept
repeating the lie anyway until CNN host Jake Tapper
had enough. -He’s getting paid $50,000,
and then when the company that’s paying him that money
is under investigation, guess what. Daddy comes
running to the rescue. The vice president
of the United States — -That’s not what happened. Sir, sir.
That’s not what happened. -I’m just telling you
what happened. Joe Biden… -No, you’re not.
-…called up and said, “Fire this prosecutor,
or you’re not getting…” -No, you’re suggesting that
Biden called for the prosecutor to be fired to protect his son.
That’s not what happened. Joe Biden was trying
to get a prosecutor who was not pursuing corruption
fired. -It’s amazing the gymnastics
you guys will go through to defend what — -Sir, it’s not gymnastics.
It’s facts. -It’s fun to see Jake Tapper
tell an actual congressman, “This isn’t gymnastics.”
“What? It isn’t? I was about to tell a lie while doing
a handstand on a pommel horse.” Sunday was filled
with Republicans flailing in one interview
after another because they have
no convincing answers for the President’s behavior. Of course, Rudy was
in the middle of it, as he always is. Now, given that
he was the key figure relaying information
between Trump and Ukraine, today three different
House committees subpoenaed him. On Sunday, Rudy was asked if he would comply
with such a subpoena, and his answer, as usual,
made no sense. -Are you going to cooperate with the House
Intelligence Committee? -That is a question that has
a lot, a lot of implications. Believe it or not,
I’m an attorney. -I do not believe it. I think — I think
you are a bunch of body parts sewn together and brought
to life in a laboratory, and maybe, just maybe, some of the body parts
were from attorneys. But, by far, my favorite
Republican dumb guy from the Sunday shows yesterday was House Minority Leader
Kevin McCarthy, who did an interview
with “60 Minutes.” McCarthy was asked about the
notes from Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine.
Now, in these notes, the president of Ukraine
expressed an interest in getting more military aid
from the U.S., including anti-tank weapons
called Javelins. And immediately after that,
Trump said, “I would like you
to do us a favor, though.” And when McCarthy was asked
about that exchange, which seems like
an obvious quid pro quo, he tried a very dumb defense
that did not work. -What do you make
of this exchange? President Zelensky says, “We are almost ready
to buy more Javelins from the United States
for defense purposes.” And President Trump replies, “I would like you
to do us a favor, though.” -You just added another word.
-No, it’s in the transcript. -He said, “I’d like you
to do a favor, though”? -Yes, it’s in
the White House transcript. -I mean, it’s ama– I love that his genius defense
was, “You added a word.” And it wasn’t even true. Also, which word
in that sentence does he think if you took it out
would suddenly make it okay? But my favorite part
of the interview came next when “60 Minutes” host
Scott Pelley asked McCarthy how he planned
to defend the President. -How do you expect
the President’s defense to roll out going forward? -The defense of what? -Well, there’s an
impeachment inquiry. [ Laughter ] -[Bleep]. He’s like a kid who’s stumped
during a spelling bee. “Impeachment? Uh, can you
use it in a sentence?” “Impeachment.
As in, the President is about to go through
impeachment.” “Okay. Can you, uh… Can you spell it?” Trump and his allies
can’t defend their behavior because there is no defense. What happened here
is very simple and obvious. The President asked
for a quid pro quo, the White House
tried to cover it up, and they got caught.
That’s it. So now Trump is just lying
about the whistleblower, whose report was deemed credible
and urgent and corroborated by the notes
from the call itself. Today, Trump tweeted, “The whistleblower
knew almost nothing. Its second-hand description
of the call is a fraud.” Oh, so now
you’re suddenly concerned about second-hand information, because you’re the guy
who tweeted, “An ‘extremely credible source’
has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s
birth certificate is a fraud.” You just made that fake source
up for a racist lie. Trump likes to think
he’s a whistleblower. That’s why his lips
always look like that. But in reality,
he’s just eating the whistle. “It’s pretty cool, actually, because now when I fart,
it sounds like this… [ Whistle blows ] [ Laughter ] There’s another one
coming soon.” In a way, we’re lucky that these
guys are incompetent morons because now rather
than sticking together and coming up with a coherent
and believable defense, they’re all pointing fingers
at each other, trying to blame one another
for what happened with Ukraine. Like Rudy, you know,
the guy who always looks like he just woke up in the middle
of every interview. I mean, look at him. He looks
like an animatronic robot in Disney’s
Country Bear Jamboree who magically comes to life
when you ask him a question. Now, last week,
Rudy went on Fox News and said it was actually
the State Department that instructed him
to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden,
even holding up his phone to show the calls
from the State Department. And then on Thursday night,
he went on Fox News again and showed everyone
his text messages with a State Department official
named Kurt Volker, who had instructed him to meet
with Ukrainian officials. -What is the significance
of these? And are you, Rudy, concerned that you’re unnecessarily
dragging his name into this? -Who? Whose name?
-Volker’s name. -He should step forward
and explain what he did. The whistleblower
falsely alleges that I was operating on my own. Well, I wasn’t operating
on my own. -I like that Rudy is trying
to smear the whistleblower by pointing out the crimes
they didn’t report. “The whistleblower says
I acted alone. Well, joke’s on them.
We had a whole team. It was like ‘Ocean’s 11’ but if they were dumb
and not handsome.” Then Rudy literally pulled out
his iPad — his iPad — and read the text messages
from Volker, the State Department official telling him to meet
with Ukrainian officials. -Well, here’s Kurt.
Here’s Kurt saying, “Great. I will tell Yermak, and he’ll
visit with you there. Thanks.” “Mr. Mayor, how was
your meeting with Andrei? Do you have time for a call?
Best, Kurt.” They were all over me
asking me to do it. I was happy to do it. -Oh, my God. Rudy, you’re
literally reading evidence against yourself
on national television. Look, I’m not a lawyer,
but here’s my best legal advice. Go back to sleep. There you go. Also, it’s never good
when a confused old man reads texts off his iPad. I mean, best-case scenario, it’s your grandpa
asking you how to advance to the next level
on Candy Crush. I want to buy more lives, but I keep accidentally
taking pictures of myself.” But the weirdest part
was when Rudy was asked about Republicans
like Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who had called the Ukraine
accusations troubling, and somehow ended up doing a
bizarre impression of Al Gore. -One time,
Bill Clinton asked me, “What’s this guy Romney like?” You know what I told him?
“He’s our Al Gore.” -All right.
Rudy, hold that thought. -What do you mean,
“hold that thought”? That’s not a thought.
That’s a spasm. I mean, look at him. It’s like how your grandpa
dances at a wedding. He looks like a guy
who’s duct-taped to a chair trying to break free… which is probably something
he’s actually done because I’m pretty sure after
he does one of these interviews, the White House tries
to duct-tape him to a chair so he can’t do another one. “Gotta get out of here, Rudy! You gotta get loose! Gotta go back on TV
and confess to crimes!” Now, today we found out
that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was, himself,
on the call. These guys are all unraveling
and pointing fingers at each other because
everything’s coming out now. For example,
remember that infamous meeting Trump had with the Russians
in the Oval Office in 2017? That was the meeting where
he shared classified information and bragged about firing
former FBI director James Comey. Well, over the weekend,
“The Washington Post” reported that during that meeting,
Trump also told the Russians he didn’t care that they’d
interfered in the 2016 election, and then his aides tried
to cover that up, too. And then late this afternoon,
we found out he also asked the prime minister
of Australia to get involved. -President Trump has asked
another foreign leader — this time it was the prime
minister of Australia — to help investigate
his conspiracy theories around the origins of the now
complete, over, and shuttered Mueller investigation. From that “New York Times”
story, “President Trump pushed
the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call
to help A.G. William Barr gather information for
a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit
the Mueller investigation. -It keeps happening.
Trump tells a foreign country he either wants them
to interfere in our elections or he doesn’t care if they do and then his aides
try to hide it. Honestly, I’m just shocked
we didn’t find out about it from a text message on Fox News. “Rudy, I told the Russians
I don’t care if they interfere
in our election. I also asked Australia
to help us out. And I tried to bribe Ukraine.
All of this is impeachable. Whatever you do,
don’t read this text message out loud on Fox News.” [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] You can tell… impeachment is already having
an impact because rather than sticking together and coming up
with a coherent defense, Trump and his allies are running
through the dumbest excuses and pointing fingers
at each other. I don’t know if this
whole thing will end up with anyone getting taken away
in handcuffs, but if it does, at least we know
what that will look like. This has been “A Closer Look.”

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  1. Republicans and Fox News might be working on talking points for this mess. Next week we will hear repeated non sense from Trump, republicans and Fox News.

  2. Can Trump honestly be so dumb as to think his phone calls and meetings don't have witnesses. and doesn't he know when a criminal is cornered he will sell you out to save his self, it's a historical fact. Oh, that's right Trump doesn't believe in facts

  3. The sad fact is that even if impeached Frump is not going anywhere. Moscow Mitch will demand a few million in an account somewhere and then force the senate to keep Frump. The truth is that Frump should never even been allowed to run as he was a known con artist long before he was elected. Frump University anyone?

  4. If his supporters go nuts when he is impeached, they should put them down in the streets because that would mean they were rabid dogs.

  5. I wish these retarded cultist would move towards civil war. That would work out for the best for the country. Snuffed.


  7. Trump thinks he's just going to go back to his billionaire life after this NOT GOING TO HAPPEN he doesn't get to be Mr millionaire in his cozy tower

  8. He thought he was making some profound statement "Impeachment of what " all dramatic like it was his sparticus moment lol how pathetic oh brother

  9. Seth does a better job at twisting the truth and misrepresenting what people say than Adam Schiff, and that's saying something.

  10. Seth may be a master of ridicule, obfuscation, smear and insinuation but I'm yet to hear him explain what's actually criminal about what Trump did in the phone call with Zelenski.

  11. the people of Germany in WW2……didnt have IP numbers and for those with a religious agenda – you signed your mark…..X

  12. Let me answer this in two ways First in my normal voice and the second part in a silly high pitch sound ……Monty Python and Stephen Miller .

  13. As a Trump supporter I'm furious about the Ukraine scandal! WE NEED TO SEE ARRESTS!!!
    BIDEN, Vice President and his QUID PRO QUO with Ukraine, which HE ADMITS TO!! That treasonous pig need prison time!! Biden- Family THUGS!!!
    Barry Soetoro can be sleepy joes butt-mate. (I meant bunk-mate)
    I'm voting for Trump, again. Libs are f-ing insane.

  14. I feel very sad for all you Trump supporters and want to help you find the right therapy. If you ever want to talk and share this pain and hurt you are obviously expressing, then contact me. There is no way that any mentally healthy person could still support Donald Trump. So lets get the help you need so you can get back to reality and become a kind, compassionate and loving person again. I do feel you… and the support is here if you want it. Blessing to you and all the Trump supporter that have been scammed and conned. Boy, it must really be hard to face it, but face it you must. Love is always the answer.

  15. By asking friendly countries Trump is trying to "Normalize it" He is deflecting. Asking ANY COUNTRY is impeachable. Next he will be asking the Leader of Sudan or Zimbabwae to help, or the King of Denmark. He is trying to deflect. We are wise to these tricks.

  16. While we're all being unbelievably distracted by all of these insane stories I wonder what's really happening behind closed doors.

  17. What have you got against grandparents my grandparents are nothing like that guiliani moron they are great dancers and when they lie they coordinate

  18. He is an IMPOSTER. There was nothing ever genuine about this un-person. He has no money, he steals it. He can hardly read, nor write but "signs" declaration after declaration. Now it's probably coming out: he isn't legally President of the United States. The biggest con job of all times. Trump feels he hasn't failed. He accomplished that.

  19. It's incomprehensibly that the greatest nation in the world can't deal with such a simple situation. The rest of the world will have a hard time taking the US seriously in the future

  20. Evang christians love trump and wont change until they all get raptured to hell.because the sane ones of us know hes really the antichrist

  21. Jeez, I am dumbfounded how the US elected such a moron but there again we in the UK have landed up with an unelected moron so as bad as that is Trump takes bragging rights over the Russian named Boris for at least Trump was elected by the majority of the moronic caucuses and Johnson was elected by less than 0.3% of the people who were all members of the Tory party so I ask you, how democratic is that?

  22. Who's that weird looking Dumbo on television at night pretending he graduated from high school. Is he going to fly away with those BIG DUMBO EARS?

  23. Trump did get away with everything mentioned from 00:18 to 00:28. He may have finally crossed the line by attempting to out another rich dude and his rich son. Fine, but our system won't be fixed until the powerful are punished for hurting, exploiting, and defrauding the "little" people, not just other powerful people.

  24. This is how far gone Trump's egomania is. So far in fact that it will not allow him to believe the Russians pushed him over the finish line or that his public request for their help had anything to do with that help. "Russia, if you're listening…." no,no, no.

    It must have been those meddling kids in the Mystery Machine out of Australia that are the cause of all my woes. Whad'a nut job!

  25. Humpy Trumpty ia about fall of the wall and all of his millions and all of his man are falling with him with a great fall.

  26. You suck. Another obviously biased anchor. Jokes suck. Trump's smarter than your dumbass. A coup is treason. Dumbfucks. Lots of people died for this Union and you stupid fucks just laugh and pretend.

  27. If this is Game of Thrones, the best season finale ending surprise would be Putin killing Trump.

    In Mother Russia, Bus throw orange under it.

  28. Want to stop the war between Turkey and The Kurds? Send in Steve Miller, both sides would unite to murder this tumor baby born from Trump and Ivanka.

  29. Stephen Miller is so creepy and soooooo evil… and such a liar! These networks need to stop booking sycophants and apologists for Trump. I'm not ok with my cable dollars for advertising being used on shows that give these vampires an opportunity to strike out and further destroy our Democracy.

  30. so many dirty politicians are swarming around like cockroaches… looking for a way to maintain the power they have and want to keep.

  31. When Trump is lying, one of the 'tells' is when he rocks side to side, makes sleepy eyes, and some say sniffs incessantly when he is lying to the American people. Obviously we don't need to see his "tell" since every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie, but it is worth noticing.

  32. Seth , its ok man chill out! Its not the end of the world . Trump is the President but not forever . Youre feeling like a lot of us felt when Obama was President and those eight awful years eventually did pass . Hang in there in there buddy . Just try to remember that no matter who is elected America is and will always be great !

  33. Staphen Miller needs his rabies shots. Barr needs the Robespierre "end-the-reign-of-terror" treatment. Rudy needs a straight jacket, and his two stooges need a pal #3, for the comic film career they were born to. Pence needs a lighting bolt straight from a fed-up God. Pompeo needs to be "protected" just like he "protected" his fired staff. Mnuchin needs the soap and water treatment for his oily lies. General Milley needs a spine, since he lacks one, and Secretary Esper needs a new career as a super fast-talking auctioneer of cattle. And Trump needs to find out how 'in the old days we treated traitors." Come on, karma. Get off your duff and get busy.

  34. Gory Peter Lorre told the press that he shouldn't be investigated because he was acting under the direction of 45! What a pack of clowns! The WH releases a confession, then when they get caught, they admit it's doctored and it's not the full transcript raising the question why not release that? Then you have Bolton making poor Igor and Lev uncomfortable so he's canned. You can't make this stuff up! I dare you!

  35. Jordan is alleged to have watched a child getting corn holed and didn't do anything about it. After watching this, I inclined to believe it not only happened, but he was was involved too. What a total and completely dishonest asshole.

  36. My feet are drenched with Ukraine juice from the meltdown.
    Impeach Trump now! Err… but he was running as a joke, right Meyer?

  37. This is a idiot that we have running this country. If we don't get Moran out it's only going to get worse. And what shocks me is there are people out there willing to vote on him again. I pray he gets Impeached and then goes to a hard as prison. He is the worst I have see in my 61 yrs.!!!!!

  38. There is no need to defending yourself or a client against an investigation into the possibility of a crime. That would be very presumptive to assume there was any need to defend one's self, you might as well admit guilt before being charged. It worked in Stalin's Russia that way, or in Mao's China. But not America, not since we killed thousands of British soldiers in two wars to gain innocence until proven guilty. You asshole.

  39. "The creepiest member of Trump's …" Bold of you to assume that any one of them is creepier than the oth… "Steven Miller" Oh…. yeah, okay.

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