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Trump Impeachment Hearings – Day One | The Daily Show

November 16, 2019

For the first day
of the public hearings, the Democrats chose
to call two witnesses– Bill Taylor, the acting
ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent,
senior State Department official and townsperson
in a 1950s musical. And before the questioning
even started, both men emphasized
in their opening statements that they aren’t Team Republican
or Team Democrat. They’re playing
on America’s side. It has been a privilege
for me to serve our country and the American people
for more than 50 years. I’m nonpartisan and have been
appointed to my positions by every president,
from President Reagan to President Trump. I am not here
to take one side or the other. I have served proudly
as a nonpartisan, career foreign service officer
for more than 27 years under five presidents– three Republican
and two Democrat. I represent the third generation
of my family to have chosen a career
in public service. Indeed, there has been
a George Kent sworn to defend the Constitution
continuously for nearly 60 years. Ooh! Three generations of George Kent have been defending
the Constitution. It almost sounds like the only
reason America keeps running is because of George Kents. Yes. If America’s an office,
George Kent is the only guy who knows how to fix
the printer. “It was the toner cartridge! It’s always
the toner cartridge!” I will say, though, there’s
gonna be a lot of pressure on the next George Kent. Yeah. You know he’s gonna be like,
“Screw the Constitution, Dad. “I was born to uphold the law. “I was born to dance! Whoo!” So, both of these men are devoted,
nonpartisan civil servants. So if you hear these guys saying that Trump did
some messed-up shit, you know to take it seriously. And from the sound of it,
Trump did some messed-up shit. Once I arrived in Kiev,
I discovered a weird combination of encouraging, confusing and ultimately alarming
circumstances. According to Mr. Morrison,
President Trump did insist that President Zelensky go
to a microphone and say
he is opening investigations of Biden
and 2016 election interference. Ambassador Sondland
tried to explain to me that President Trump is
a businessman. When a businessman is
about to sign a check to someone
who owes him something, the businessman
asks that person to pay up before signing the check. I think it’s crazy
to withhold security assistance for help
with a political campaign. What did you mean when you said
you thought it was crazy? It was illogical.
It could not be explained. It was crazy. -Hmm.
-(laughter) Unexplainable. Illogical. Crazy. That’s the description Bill
Taylor gave of Trump’s actions. It’s also the title
of Trump’s new memoir. Same thing. Yes. (like Trump):
It’s my full story, and it’s a coloring book, folks. -(laughter)
-You’re gonna love it! And Ambassador Taylor’s
testimony was pretty clear. He testified
that Trump wanted to u… wanted Ukraine to investigate
his political rival Joe Biden. And the ambassador even came
with new evidence that hadn’t been public before. Last Friday…
(clears throat) a member of my staff told me of events that occurred
on July 26. In the presence of my staff,
at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called
President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kiev. The member of my staff
could hear President Trump on the phone asking
Ambassador Sondland about the investigations. The member of my staff asked
Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought
about Ukraine. Mr. Sondland responded
that President Trump cares more about the investigations
of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for. Okay, this is just unbelievable. Trump’s people were discussing
their Ukrainian plot in public? In a restaurant?
That’s what he’s saying. I mean, first of all,
that’s rude. You’re in a restaurant– you
put your phone away, all right? -You engage.
-(laughter) And also, why is Trump talking
so loudly on the phone that people can hear him
on the other side? He reminds me
of every immigrant father, ever, talking on the phone.
He’s just like, (loudly):
“No, don’t worry, Trevor. “I also had herpes
when I was 16, ah? It’s going to go away.”
You’re like, “Shh, Uncle. I’m with my friends.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. Tell your friends
to be careful of herpes, ah?” Now, for the Democrats, today was all about showing
the American people that Trump abused his office
by trying to extort Ukraine. And in response
to the Republican argument that Trump may have tried
to do it but wasn’t successful, Joaquin Castro had
a few questions. So… Ambassadors… is attempted murder a crime? Is attempted murder a crime? (chuckles):
Attempted murder is a crime. Is attempted robbery a crime? Neither of us is a lawyer,
but I… I think anybody in this room
could answer that question. I think that’s right,
and I’ll be … I’ll go out on a limb
and say yes, it is. Is attempted extortion
and bribery a crime? I don’t know, sir. Mm! That’s a pretty effective
line of questioning. I mean, it’s either that,
or Castro’s just trying to get -some free legal advice.
-(laughter) Now, what if I attempted
to steal my neighbor’s Wi-Fi but couldn’t figure out
the password? Is that a crime? Is that a crime? Yes,
I know it’s not his dog’s name, because I killed his dog, which
brings me to my second question. Now, the Republicans
also had their turn to question the witnesses
about what Trump had done. But it seemed like
they were trying to solve a completely different case. Was Hunter Biden a corporate
governance expert? I have no idea. Do you know
if Hunter Biden relocated -to Ukraine?
-No knowledge. Is he the Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
of the Ukraine? Do you know
if he speaks Ukrainian? Given Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma’s board
of directors… Hunter Biden’s added
to the board of Burisma… Hunter Biden… Do you know
whether Hunter Biden offers anything
other than the fact that his dad’s
the former vice president? And also, does Hunter Biden
like flowers, or do you think
I could send him a card? Is he, like, seeing someone? Because I totally think
we’d make a great couple. Are you friends
with Hunter Biden? What the hell was this? Like, here’s the thing, man. If Republicans want to
investigate Hunter Biden, then investigate Hunter Biden, but that’s not
what this hearing is about. Right? You’re just making it
about something else. Imagine if the cops showed up
at your office to investigate a robbery and while
they’re dusting for prints, you pop up like, “Hey, I know
you guys are busy, but could you also figure out
who’s been stealing my yogurt every day?” Like, “That’s not the reason
we’re here. “Well, maybe it should be, okay? That was Ukrainian yogurt.” But Republicans weren’t
just trying to figure out Hunter Biden’s height, weight
and favorite color, when it was
Congressman Jim Jordan’s turn to ask questions,
his big argument was that none of this testimony
should count because it was all a game
of telephone. You weren’t on the call,
were you? The president– You didn’t listen in on
President Trump’s call, -and President Zelensky’s call?
-I did not. You’ve never talked with
Chief of Staff Mulvaney? -I never did.
-You never met the president. -That’s correct.
-This is what I can’t believe and you’re their star witness. -You’re their first witness.
-Mr. Jordan… You’re the guy. You’re the guy,
based on this. Based on– I mean, I’ve seen… I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand
than this. Mm. That’s a good point. Good point, Jim Jordan. These guys don’t have
firsthand knowledge of what Trump was doing
with Ukraine. So why are they
the ones testifying? I mean, maybe it’s because the White House has blocked
all the people who do have firsthand knowledge
from testifying. That’s a good point, Trevor.
That’s a good point. Thank you, me. All of today, Jim Jordan’s
only focus was making it seem like this entire process
was somehow a sham. But it all backfired when he tried to turn the focus
to the whistle-blower. Now, there is one witness,
one witness that they won’t bring
in front of us, they won’t bring in front
of the American people. And that’s the guy
who started it all. The whistle-blower.
Nope. I say to my colleague,
I’d be glad to have the person who started it all
come in and testify. President Trump is welcome
to take a seat right there. (laughter) -Ho-Ho!
-(cheers and applause) This Congressional hearing was filmed in front
of a live studio audience. You know, by Congress standards, that was a pretty good slam.
Yeah. The only way
it could have been better is if the congressman
was like, “Seriously, President Trump
is welcome any time. “In fact, I’ve actually got
his invite right here. Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh.” So that was day one of the
public impeachment hearings, and the only way we’ll
find out more about this saga is when Congress kicks off
day two. Or we could just sit next
to Donald Trump’s people in a restaurant and hear
what he shouts over the phone.

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  1. Impeachment is most likely not happening and trump will be elected again if Democrats don’t focus on getting the right candidate and talk about impeachment everyday.

  2. What I love about the whole thing is that there patriots working to stop shady shit or to leak the whole thing.

  3. There is this one Republican senator who absolutely destroyed the so called star witness . By the way the star witness got all of his information by way of hearsay and yet hes the star witness.🙄🙄

  4. Does this guy do anything else except Trump, Trump Trump every damn day? Question, who is more powerful, Trump or Hillary?
    And why do you idiots ignore bragging creepy Joe Biden and how he put his unqualified son on a foreign energy board? I'm tired of working to pay taxes to pay the government's salaries just to waste my time AGAIN. The desperation to take this man down is hilarious at this point.

  5. All the Republicans have is “the call, the call”. There is soooo much more than that one call and it’s slowly trying to come out.

  6. Liberal/democrats have no facts and no evidence. Just subjective feelings. I'm starting hate you democrats more than ever.

  7. You know, one's got to feel some pity for these Republicans cos there's really not much to argue on Trump's crimes… I guess it's a really tough place to be. So I'm also wondering why not just make it simple by standing to protect the Constitution and the United States of America.

  8. Can we just line up all the republican-goons against a wall so we can make room for real republicans. Bunch of spineless puppets. I want REAL republicans back in office what a bunch of nobodies.

  9. So the reason everyone thinks trump is getting impeached is because all the night time shows which are COMEDIANS btw, tell you there is a real case ? What a joke.

  10. 4:10–4:45

    Attempted murder IS a crime.
    Attempted robbery IS a crime.
    Attempting bribery & extortion IS extortion & bribery, and both are crimes.

  11. They are trying to expose their theory that Hunter Biden did something, trying to expose the things that are not there to expose…trying to make these hearings to do their dirty work…corruption in the WH!

  12. Trevor is full of shit! I didn't watch this video but my neighbor over heard his wife talking to her sister, who knows Trevor's next door neighbor and she said that Seth has been "full of shit ever since Trump was elected".

  13. They know Trump is guilty, they have no answer for his behavior. So they throw sand in the air so it clouds the atmosphere and gets in everyone's eyes..GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!

  14. Jim Jordan suffers with little man syndrome. Also, he's wearing the same clothing today (Friday), that he wore Wednesday.

  15. TRump should get up and testify under oath to help clear it all up. Clinton testified. What had the Rump got to be afraid about? And drop off his GD taxes while he is at it!

  16. If the Republican Senators hadn’t agreed with Trump to not let a sitting president to be arrested or investigated, Trump PHYSICALLY would have been dragged out of the White House in chains! Do you guys hear me? Trump is a damned criminal.

    Please, my republicans, do not re-elect Trump just because of his party. Your boy is dangerous and is not a true American. If any other president had done any of this, he or she would have been gone the same day.

  17. 4:40 …Taylor doesn't know if attempted extortion and bribery is a crime, is that what he is going to go with? the GOP should just go belly up right now……….

  18. Hey guys this isn't cool. This is an extreme misrepresentation of facts and dialogue. Watch the trial in full. Please don't be influenced politically by a cable t.v. show. This is what you call propaganda.

  19. lmao… I heard it from a guy that heard it from a guy that heard it from this other guy that this dude felt like Trump might be doing something bad…. Ok that sounds great.. Unreal how stupid some of you people are …wow

  20. Firstly, the trump family has been involved with smearing reputations for 90 yrs. And been involved in eastern European politics for the same amount of.time. beginning with his uncle John G. Trump smearing the reputation of Nicolas Tesla at his death in 1943. He was part of a group within the republican party that wanted to steal his technological innovations. Starting from the president FDR down to the majestic 12 group of advisors that led the assault on his reputation. We're just now understanding the depths of the trump families involvement with conspiracy and their roles as instigators. The American people will come to know about a deep state in the federal government. But the revelations will expose the republicans for what they are, and trumps involvement in a corrupt party's politics.

  21. Can someone PLEASE tell me why Biden has nothing to do with this???? Would it not even strengthen the Democrats case if Hunter came on and explained what actually put him on the board of Berisma???? It seems to me it is more than relevant. No one can deny how much Trump talks about corruption. If Hunter can shed light Trump had no reason to be concerned, it would strengthen the Democrat case. But as it is now, it looks as if Trump has every reason to question if the money was going to be going into the hands of a President who would not allow the shady practices that Ukraine & Burisma in particular are actually known for. Seems like a waste for BOTH parties if you ask me.

  22. Testimony of the non partisans witnesses finding no quid pro quo when cross examined by GOP congressmen and counsel!hahaha!

  23. "I heard that someone heard that someone may have said…"
    "I dont have any real info, but man am I peeved at Trump for firing me"

    Great star witnesses guys. You've basically handed him 2020

  24. These desperate attempts to open investigations (their own witch-hunts?) sure do make you wonder whether Trump and GOP are getting really scared of losing in 2020.

  25. Why is the staffer not testifying? I loathe Trump but none of this shit makes any sense. You're taking second hand info as fact. Speaking of illogical.

  26. The Republicans are humiliating themselves during these proceedings. Acting extremely immature with total disregard to the constitution and doing the right thing, regardless of party lines.

  27. I've actually heard Donald Trump's voice on one of his employee's cell phone complaining about something he was unhappy with a furniture finish. He is loud and I heard and understood every word clearly. He hated the "antique finish" on wooden furniture pieces that was approved by Melania for the new Briarcliff property back in maybe 2010. He said " I don't want those to look like they are 200 years old – I want them to look new!" "Do something about it!" Poor Sidney….. he received the brunt of DT's anger and I witnessed and heard him getting chewed out. So I believe that someone else could hear his voice over a cell phone call.

  28. Peter Welch deserves the Congressional medal of honor for slapping down that insolent, impotent, useless, cum-guzzling motherfucker, Jim-small-pecker-Jordan.

  29. Republicans and democrats are an embarrassment to our country..sick of this picking sides crap, im sick of the lies and pathetic excuses. Witch hunt, hoax, fake news just a bunch of scumbags both parties should be ashamed of themselves

  30. If they are allowed to out this whistle blower its shows people coming forward with information will screw you if the whistle blower was on trumps side they would do everything in their power to protect them..

  31. All the butt hurt Demorats here hahahahaha losers the hearing didn’t go the way you wanted. Trump 2020 and it eats you inside that it’s going to happen. This is only solidifying Trumps campaign.

  32. Trump kind of reminds me of a kid that wants to write on a wall but not get in trouble so they write their siblings name. Everyone can tell that it's your hand writing it doesn't matter if you tried to make it look like someone else because you put their name on it.

  33. hey you ignorant fuck, how about you stop the propaganda and learn WTF us going on here? This Taylor is a lying POS. How about you play the video of Biden blackmailing the Ukraine ? If anyone that watching ur show has a brain cells and really cares about the truth it'sl on utube you POS! Yeah nobody can ask about anything about Biden and what the fuck his son was on the board of a gas company making millions of dollars when he knew nothing about it. Oh now Trump needs to release thousand of papers because he released the calls and what was said on the calls! And nobody cares about her frickin parents are from?

  34. Jim Jordan is a pasty, perverted s.o.b. who should be tossed in jail for refusing to go to higher ups about a coach who was sexually abusing multiple athletes at ohio state he looked the other way for his own perverted reasons, however there is no excuse. As of this week, the newest accounting rose to 177 young male athletes; 177 at this number, it should be a given that he should be ousted. Somebody needs to stand up for these kids; and jordan should dig deep and step down cause this case isn't just going to go away. What a loser.

  35. Who is going to believe the ambassador of the us? The ones that do so are completely naïve or simply stupid… or interested ones, the worst kind

  36. There are so many … so many who couldn't see the forest for the trees… oh its a pity, where is ur critical thinking america, where?

  37. Normally Trevor is left-centre, but this video looks like he has succumbed to the dark side. That's why its not even funny. The entire point of Hunter Biden line of questioning was to demonstrate a clear conflict of interest for Joe Biden. Of course then it IS the president's job to find out if Joe Biden is compromised. Do democrats want their top contender to be compromised?

    Of course Trevor completely leaves out the context and plays dumb.

  38. The whistleblower didn’t have 1st hand knowledge either. They just want to identify the whistleblower so they can attempt to discredit him/her. But that train has left the station. The whistleblower’s claims have been corroborated by numerous people. They need to move on to their next plan. But, Trump probably wants to retaliate against the whistleblower. So he’s pressuring them to find out the identity. I swear that man is his own worse enemy.

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