Trump Publicly Asks Ukraine to Investigate Biden Amid Impeachment: A Closer Look
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Trump Publicly Asks Ukraine to Investigate Biden Amid Impeachment: A Closer Look

October 15, 2019

-President Trump confessed on TV
to the thing he’s being investigated for,
and on top of that, he managed to drag Vice
President Mike Pence into it. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] First, let’s just remember the
central issue at question here. Trump had a phone call
with the president of Ukraine during which he dangled
hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid
and in return asked him to dig up dirt on a political
opponent, Joe Biden, by literally telling
the president of Ukraine, “I would like you
to do us a favor.” That is extortion
and a flagrant abuse of power. And as we said before, you never
want to do Trump a favor because then he’ll befriend you and then humiliate you
on national television. I mean, yesterday, all
the president of Finland did was sit next to him
in the Oval Office while Trump descended
into madness, and at one point, when Trump
tried to get close to him by putting a hand on his leg, the president of Finland
literally had to swat him away. -Finland is the happiest country
in the world. -Finland is a happy country. [ Laughter ] -That is… That is like… That is like when you
get in a fight with your wife on the drive to a dinner party,
and then when you sit down, you try to act
like it didn’t happen but she wants you to know
she hasn’t forgotten. “Isn’t that right, honey?”
“Get your hand off of me. We will talk about this
when we get home.” In fact, during that
whole press conference, the president of Finland
was turning to the cameras and pleading for help
like Mr. Roper when Mrs. Roper gets horny. Now, as you’ll recall, Trump
has lashed out at accusations that he did anything wrong
on the call with the president of Ukraine, insisting there was
no quid pro quo and that he did not pressure
Ukraine to investigate Biden. -There was no quid pro quo.
There was nothing. It was a perfect conversation. There was absolutely
no pressure put on him. There was no quid pro quo.
At all. There was no pressure.
No nothing. There was no pressure. Uh, that was not pressure. I know when I give pressure.
And that was not pressure. -What does that mean?
“I know when I give pressure”? Trump’s only defense is, “I know when I commit a crime,
and that was not a crime.” Like if the cops
knocked on your door and said, “Did you beat a guy to death
with a tire iron, chop up his body
with a chain saw, and throw his limbs
into the river?” And you said, “I didn’t chop him
up. I know when I chop guys up.” You might also remember that in addition to the actual
notes from the call, we also have
the whistleblower’s complaint which has been deemed
urgent and credible and alleged that the President pressured Ukrainian
President Zelensky to initiate or continue
an investigation into the activities of former
Vice President Joseph Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. And even though we’ve literally
seen the call notes and Trump has basically
admitted to doing what the whistleblower alleges,
he also keeps calling the whistleblower
a liar and a spy. In fact, he even claimed that
once House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saw the actual notes
from the call, she changed her mind
on impeachment. -The whistleblower
was so dishonest. The whistleblower said
terrible things about the call, and if you remember
at the beginning, it was “quid pro quo.” That’s all you heard about. And I think he said seven
or eight times “quid pro quo.” In other words,
you’re gonna do that or we’re not
gonna give you money. You’re gonna do this,
or we’re not gonna — Nancy Pelosi called for
essentially impeachment. “Let’s impeach the President.”
Before she saw the transcript. So when she saw that, she —
I heard she went crazy. She said, “We can’t impeach him
in this conversation. That’s a great conversation.” [ Laughter ] -I guarantee you
she did not say that. At this point, he’s just writing fan fiction
about Nancy Pelosi now. “Nancy Pelosi
walked into her office, and she read the transcript
and said, ‘We can’t impeach him! We can’t impeach him
on this conversation. That’s a great conversation.’ And then she gazed
out the window and had the same thought
that had nagged her for years. Why hadn’t she married someone
as handsome as Donald Trump?” [ Laughter ] So, again, all of this — all of this is confirmed
by the call notes themselves. We already have
all the evidence. It’s all there in plain sight. But yesterday, a reporter tried
to ask Trump a simple question. If you weren’t pressuring
the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, then what were you
asking him to do? And instead of answering
that question, Trump got mad and told him to talk to the president
of Finland instead. -Go ahead. Ask a question. -The question, sir, was what did
you want President Zelensky to do about Vice President Biden
and his son, Hunter? -Are you talking to me?
-Yeah. It was just a follow-up
of what I just asked you, sir. -Listen. Are you ready? We have the president
of Finland. Ask him a question. -I have one for him. I just wanted to follow up
on the one that I asked you. -Did you hear me?
Did you hear me? Ask him a question.
-I will. -I’ve given you a long answer. Ask this gentleman a question.
Don’t be rude. -He’s like a teacher
telling his class to listen to his guest speaker
on Career Day. “Look.
I know Kyle’s dad is boring because he’s an accountant, but you got to ask him
a question. Kyle’s right there.
He’s super upset about this.” So, to recap, Trump said
there was to pressure, no quid pro quo,
the whistleblower was wrong, and he did not — he did not ask
the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden. And then this morning, he told reporters
on the White House lawn that he wanted Ukraine
to investigate Joe Biden. -What exactly did you hope
Zelensky would do to Hunter Biden
after your phone call? -Well, I would think that
if they were honest about it, they’d start a major
investigation into the Bidens. It’s a very simple answer. They should investigate
the Bidens. I would say that President
Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend
that they start an investigation
into the Bidens. [ Laughter ] -So — So he just
confessed on TV. After two weeks
of lying and spinning, he just admitted
to the crime he’s accused of. He basically just blew
the whistle on himself. He should have a whistle just
around his neck at all times. “Ukraine should investigate
Joe Biden.” [ Whistle blows ] “Putin should find
Hillary’s e-mails.” [ Whistle blows ] “I’m gonna release a sex tape.” [ Whistle blows ] So Trump has once again just
outed himself as a criminal, but as we all know,
when Trump implodes, he doesn’t just implode
on his own. He takes everyone else in
the White House down with him. Trump’s like a tornado. You don’t know when or where
it’s going to touch down, but when it does, it’s going to
suck up some cows, a few houses, and maybe even a scarecrow. And we’re seeing the same thing
happen in the Ukraine scandal that sparked
the impeachment inquiry. For example, you might remember
last week when out of nowhere Trump dragged
Vice President Mike Pence into his mess
by telling the press that Pence had also spoken
with the president of Ukraine and that they should look
at Pence’s phone calls, too. -I think you should ask
for V.P. Pence’s conversation because he had a couple
of conversations, also. I could save you a lot of time.
They were all perfect. Nothing was mentioned
of any import other than congratulations. But the word is that
they’re going to ask for the first
phone conversation. You can have it
any time you need it. And, also,
Mike Pence’s conversations, which were I think one or two
of them — they were perfect. -And let me just say,
with all sincerity, no one deserves to be
dragged down by Donald Trump more than Mike Pence. Although, Pence is — [ Cheers and applause ] Pence should have seen
this coming… when Trump tried to give him
a “Godfather” kiss at the RNC in 2016. “Come here, Fredo.
Come here, Fredo.” [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Cheers and applause ] And then after Trump
dragged Pence into his mess, you’ll never guess
what happened. “The Washington Post”
did some reporting, and it turns out
Pence also had a phone call with the president of Ukraine
where he discussed cutting off the hundreds of millions
of dollars in military aid that Trump had dangled
as part of his quid pro quo. -“The Washington Post”
reports President Trump repeatedly involved
Vice President Pence in his plan to exert pressure on
the new president of Ukraine. Trump used the Vice President
to inform the Ukrainian leader that hundreds of millions
of dollars in U.S. aid was still being withheld. -Well, Mike Pence,
you can’t be surprised that the ass [bleep]
you pledged your loyalty to is now throwing you
under the bus. This isn’t a case
of the carriage turning back into a pumpkin, because
he’s always been a pumpkin. [ Cheers and applause ] And on top of that,
on top of that, White House sources are clearly
leaking to “The Washington Post” that Pence was involved
so they can dirty him up, too. I love imagining
how this is all playing out. Pence coming home
from a hard day’s work of trying to blend in with the
background during meetings, flicking on the lights,
and the house is empty except for Trump
sitting there in the corner with his back turned. “Ohh. Hello, Mike. Weren’t expecting me, were you?
Oh, you’re in trouble, Mike. It’s all —
It’s all here in this note. I know what you did last summer
because I did it, too.” [ Laughter ] In fact, if you read — if you read this
“Washington Post” article, you can almost see,
line by line, Pence’s aides trying to claim he’s innocent and White House aides
claiming he’s guilty. Pence’s aides, for example,
say they didn’t know anything about Trump’s efforts to
pressure Ukraine’s president to investigate Biden. Officials close to Pence
insist he was unaware of Trump’s efforts
to press Zelensky for damaging information
about Biden and his son. All right, I’m sorry,
but that’s just insane. Of course Pence knew about it. You think Trump
kept this a secret? The guy can’t keep his mouth
shut about anything. He probably ran over to Pence’s
office immediately to tell him about it just like a kid
who figured out how to type “BOOBS”
on a calculator. “Mike! Mike, look. Do you see, Mike? Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Do you see?” [ Laughter ] So, obviously,
Pence knew what was going on, just like Trump’s
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who was on this call, and his
Attorney General, Bill Barr, who was named repeatedly
during the call. So now,
because they’re all implicated and because
they have no defense, they’re just threatening to
block the impeachment inquiry all together. Trump’s calling it
a treasonous coup, and Rudy Giuliani is actually
threatening to sue Congress for following
the impeachment procedure laid out by the founders
in the Constitution. And if you’re wondering just
how serious this lawsuit is, here’s a real
text-message exchange Rudy had with a reporter
for “The Atlantic” who posted it to Twitter
on Tuesday. “What are you planning
to do next?” “Looking at a jawsuit
to end lawless action.” “Who are you going to sue?” “The swamp.
Trump v. the swamp.” “How do you sue the swamp?”
“In federal court.” You know it’s bad when “jawsuit” isn’t even the stupidest part
of the text message. Seriously, why are these guys
so bad at spelling? Yesterday, Trump spelled “moat”
with two O’s. Rudy spelled lawsuit “jawsuit.” In fact,
if you showed up at court and told the judge you wanted
to file a “jawsuit” against impeachment,
they would call it moot and then dismiss it
like the president of Finland. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] Again, what happened here
is very simple. The President
extorted a foreign country to meddle in the 2020 election, his staff tried to cover it up,
and then they got caught, and now he’s admitting to it. Several of his most senior aides
are involved, and they’re threatening to obstruct
the impeachment inquiry. And, most importantly, the Vice
President is now involved, too. Trump is turning on Pence,
and all Pence can say is… -Don’t be rude.
-This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]

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  1. No matter how hard you dipshits grasp at straws this whole Ukraine deal is just going to spell the end for the Democrats. With all the crap coming out about these Democrat representatives involvement no wonder they are desperately trying to shut Trump down.

  2. "I know when I give pressure", like he tried with the Finn president on his knees?
    Sauna is usually done naken in Finland, but one never touch someone uncalled for, like Donald Trump tried.

  3. Those coast guard members look like they would rather be anywhere than standing behind Trump

    Edit: Oh my god that Donald Trump-written Nancy Pelosi fanfiction was GOLD.

  4. SETH, watch out yourself, you'll get a bigger competitor once Trump impeached and lose his job. Trump is the world best commedian any way..😁 The subject itself is the biggest laughter indeed.

  5. This administration has shown us that our constitution and laws are based on interpretations, like the bible/Quran. You can make it into whatever you want with or without facts. Just be sketchy and you will be fine…otherwise, how are all these clear as day crimes being explained away as if they are unbreakable codes!!!

  6. 7:45 No one deserves to be dragged down by Donald Trump more than Mike Pence
    😀 😀  Michael Cohen's laughing from this jail cell.

  7. A choke collar not a whistle around his neck. But I don't think if his staff tugged on it that it would have any effect on him.

  8. Why is Pence putting himself on the ticket with Trump? He doesn't have to be his VP. He could turn down the post.

  9. President Donald Trump should've said I know when I commit a crime not when he says I know when I give pressure so he's wrong? And also President Trump said something about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

  10. If Trump wouldn’t have become President how you would have flourished your comic show business !!!! Mr late night

  11. It's fucked up that people act like washed up late night hosts have any kind of moral authority or treat them like journalists. Drrr do I wanna Drr no wuts hapening in da world da err better watch some comedy! You people are whats wrong with this species have some critical thinking, question everything & stop going along with the establishment narrative! Your agreeing with multi billion dollar corporation hit pieces & propaganda without even thinking of a motive!

  12. Trump’s gonna blow a gasket with all that rage. Jesus. No wonder he was hiding in the White House today. How can Republicans keep defending this asshat? He absolutely admitted it outright. Their only defense is that he was joking. Riiiight.

  13. We need a foreign dignitary who is brave enough to bitchslap Trump when he steps out of line, right there for all to see.

  14. You're a f**** ass once you go put your head in the toilet and flush yourself somewhere you're saying the s*** in America I hope your f*** fall down the stairs you f**** bum

  15. It’s insane that julianis autocorrect went to jaw and not law first and he’s a lawyer. Meaning he uses the word jaw more than the word law. Is he speaking about his unhinged jaw or breaking jaws of whistleblowers? Strange

  16. We don't need a whistleblower when Trump is openly tweeting treason.

    "Oh he really didn't mean he wanted to commit treason ."- Rubio

  17. I can't believe all the bullshit trump is able to get away with this.
    If he doesn't go to prison then WE THE PEOPLE have the right to resist arrests.

  18. Reporter: "So the whistleblower says you extorted Ukraine to investigate Biden."

    Trump: "No that's fake news, total lie. You see what I did was I extorted Ukraine in order to investigate Biden."

  19. 2:03 look at the girl standing behind trump while he talks about "not giving pressure"…she can barrely hold a laugh…so epic! I wish i could have been there when she had that laugh with all her collegues afterwards….must have been epic! Her collegues also looked a bit funny at that moment! 😀

  20. You know you're evil when the president of the happiest country in the world swats your little orange hand away 😅

  21. My god he sounds like a 9 year old called to the principal's office trying to save his ass by lying about eeeeeevvvvverything.

  22. If it was an actual investigation into corruption, the FBI would have done it and there would be nothing wrong with a quid pro quo or other pressure. The fact Trump used his private attorney and dangled the military aid to pressure foreign leaders to do the actual investigation FOR him is proof that this was not a legitimate investigation into corruption.

  23. I am voting for that guy. I didn't vote for trump before but I am definitely voting for him now. He's an idiot. Very easy to catch. I'd rather have someone I can catch and watch easily than some obama, reagan, ford, nixon type who smiles in my face and fucks me in the butt without the decency to give me a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey first. Trump fucks you in the butt but he is completely oblivious to doing so and is just as shocked at the fucking as you are. How did this happen…….Omg. Well, I am not sorry because it's not terrible but omg where did our clothes go. Who took off my suit. Who took of your cloths? PENCE GET IN HERE…we has ghosts.

  24. Any talk about "Quid Pro Que" or "Pressure" is completely IRRELEVANT. Despite Dirty Donnie and the right wing media's desperate attempts at spinning this.
    It is illegal to "Solicit" foreign help for a political campaign.
    Merely asking for help is illegal.

  25. The most stupid thing about this (and that competition is tough) is that "quid pro quo" is irrelevant. Asking a foreign power for this type of "favor" is an impeachable offense whether or not anything is offered in return.

  26. This dude is fuckin terrible. All I ever see him talk about is narrow minded politics. There is no news worthy equality in his speaking. Unfortunately this is just a publicised opinion, or properganda. It would be nice to see an even footed debate to quell change, rather than encourage confirmation biased echo chambers.
    Rubbish TV, guided as political news. This offers no intellectual gain for the viewer, either isolating or foundering views. There is no hope for the greater humanity when labels of minority are considered powered or inferior to the masses.
    Surround yourself with people you wish to be like, left or right have the same extremes and are just as dangerous.
    Be balanced, be zero, circumnavigate the goal, do not accept all knowing

  27. "Hyuuuuagggghhhhhh…hyuaghhhh!!!!" – Sorry, I threw up while typing this just at the mere mention of a tRump sex tape.

  28. If he ever ends up in Court he will have a leaf blower strapped to his head, so that he can pretend he hasnt heard the questions

  29. It’s going to get worse on the world stage for America (if that’s even possible!) send back #AnneSacoola so we can have #JusticeForHarryDunn. You don’t get to claim diplomatic immunity if you kill someone. Trump Admin said no to sending her back, they should change their minds.

  30. read the transcript

    the favor was about looking into Crowdstrike and its role in interfering with the 2016 election.
    Zelensky brought up the Biden investigation. Clinton's 1999 Law Enforcement treaty actually encourages corruption investigations.

  31. err…that's called 'out of context'. Zelensky brought it up…Trump agrees and hopes they follow up considering Biden used his influence to withhold US$1 billion in US loans unless Shokin was fired…

  32. if you defend trumps phone call with the Ukrainian president at this point you're either a low IQ conservative willfully defending your party over country or a paid shill.

  33. Absolutly love your reports on Trump 😂😂 You nail it and put words on how the rest of the world sees your current president 😂😂

  34. Lefties are sad. This is just another attempt, they will fail, and will come up with something new. Yoh ppl are pathetic

  35. 4:54 You're such a liar Seth. Trump already answered the SAME QUESTION with a long long long answer that was really detailed and the news reporter asked him the same question again and Trump was like, there's a fu*king dummy right there. This dude doesn't understand English obviously, so he asked him are you talking to me? Not like DeNiro but truly amazed that this guy is asking the same question again. Anyone would of thought that. Then he told him it's enough, he just talked to the guy for almost a minute and this dude asks the same question, I would of asked wtf also. You took this completely out of context and just showed the latter part where Trump appropriately reacts to this dumb reporter. Shame on you Seth!!!!!

  36. Impeachment,a closer look: The Democrats using the deep State to try to subvert Democracy . The END. Normally they'd just assassinate him, like they did in 1964, but now they can use mockingbird media pressitutes to indoctrinate their sheep audience play along.

  37. You don't need the quid pro quo for it to be illegal. Just asking is illegal! 
    "It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of
    value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election."

  38. The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    —Article II, Section 4

  39. I dont like Trump but what the fck happened to his Late Night Shows becoming a political propaganda. BRING COMEDY BACK AGAIN!!!!!!

  40. Seth Meyers is a talent-less, lying , liberal sack of garbage who has a pack of ignorant clapping seals for an audience… WAKE UP LIBERALS, "entertainers" like him along with corrupt democRATS and their accomplices in the fake MSM are playing you all for a bunch of fools….PATHETIC

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