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THANK YOU FOR WATCHING “DEADLINE: WHITE HOUSE” WITH “DEADLINE: WHITE HOUSE” WITH NICOLE WALLACE STARTS RIGHT NOW. NICOLE WALLACE STARTS RIGHT NOW.>>>HI, EVERYONE.>>>HI, EVERYONE. IT’S 4:00 IN WASHINGTON D.C. IT’S 4:00 IN WASHINGTON D.C. WHERE OPEN WARFARE BETWEEN THE WHERE OPEN WARFARE BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS HAS DEMOCRATS DECLARING CONGRESS HAS DEMOCRATS DECLARING THAT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IS THAT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IS UPON US. UPON US. IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE A VOTE ON CONTEMPT CHARGES FOR A VOTE ON CONTEMPT CHARGES FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR JUST MOMENTS AWAY. JUST MOMENTS AWAY. WE’LL BRING THAT TO YOU LIVE WE’LL BRING THAT TO YOU LIVE ONCE IT BEGINS. ONCE IT BEGINS. THE HISTORIC CLASH ON CAPITOL THE HISTORIC CLASH ON CAPITOL HILL FOLLOWS DAYS OF HILL FOLLOWS DAYS OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE JUSTICE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSE DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR A JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR A DOCUMENT THAT DONALD TRUMP SAID DOCUMENT THAT DONALD TRUMP SAID TOTALLY EXONERATES HIM. TOTALLY EXONERATES HIM. THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY RESORTING THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY RESORTING TO EXTREME MEASURES TO HIDE IT. TO EXTREME MEASURES TO HIDE IT. ASSERTING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE ASSERTING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER THE FULL MUELLER REPORT. OVER THE FULL MUELLER REPORT. THE “NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTING THE “NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTING ON THE HIGH STAKES OF THE STONE ON THE HIGH STAKES OF THE STONE WALLING. WALLING. QUOTE, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S QUOTE, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WHOLESALE REFUSAL TO PROVIDE WHOLESALE REFUSAL TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO CONGRESS INFORMATION TO CONGRESS THREATENS TO UP END THE DELICATE THREATENS TO UP END THE DELICATE BALANCE THAT IS THE SEPARATION BALANCE THAT IS THE SEPARATION OF POWERS OUTLINED IN THE OF POWERS OUTLINED IN THE CONSTITUTION. CONSTITUTION. MR. TRUMP HAS DECLARED AN MR. TRUMP HAS DECLARED AN ALL-OUT WAR ON EFFORTS BY HOUSE ALL-OUT WAR ON EFFORTS BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO LOOK INTO HIS DEMOCRATS TO LOOK INTO HIS OFFICIAL CONDUCT AND BUSINESS OFFICIAL CONDUCT AND BUSINESS DEALINGS. DEALINGS. AND THAT HAS LEGAL EXPERTS AND THAT HAS LEGAL EXPERTS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM WARNING THAT ACROSS THE SPECTRUM WARNING THAT THE PRESIDENT’S CATEGORICAL THE PRESIDENT’S CATEGORICAL OPPOSITION TO WHAT HE SEES AS OPPOSITION TO WHAT HE SEES AS PARTISAN MEDDLING COULD CREATE A PARTISAN MEDDLING COULD CREATE A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. AN IMPASSE THAT THE INTERLOCKING AN IMPASSE THAT THE INTERLOCKING POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES BY POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES BY THE FRAMERS CANNOT SOLVE. THE FRAMERS CANNOT SOLVE. DEMOCRATS RATCHETING UP THE DEMOCRATS RATCHETING UP THE LANGUAGE ABOUT THE NEED TO SERVE LANGUAGE ABOUT THE NEED TO SERVE AS A GUARDRAIL ON CONDUCT THAT AS A GUARDRAIL ON CONDUCT THAT MAY ULTIMATELY LAY THE MAY ULTIMATELY LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR TRUMP’S FOUNDATION FOR TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT.>>I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THE>>I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THE PRESIDENT NOW SEEMS TO TAKE A PRESIDENT NOW SEEMS TO TAKE A WRECKING BALL TO THE WRECKING BALL TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. STATES.>>THIS COLLISION COURSE THE>>THIS COLLISION COURSE THE PRESIDENT AND ATTORNEY GENERAL PRESIDENT AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SET US ON IS NOT NORMAL. SET US ON IS NOT NORMAL. THIS COLLISION IS THE DEFINITION THIS COLLISION IS THE DEFINITION OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. AND THE BREATH OF THIS AND THE BREATH OF THIS OBSTRUCTION IS BEYOND ANYTHING OBSTRUCTION IS BEYOND ANYTHING IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY. IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY.>>THIS ISN’T ABOUT EXECUTIVE>>THIS ISN’T ABOUT EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. PRIVILEGE. IT’S ABOUT BURYING THE EVIDENCE, IT’S ABOUT BURYING THE EVIDENCE, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN.>>IF YOU THINK THERE’S NO>>IF YOU THINK THERE’S NO COLLUSION AND NO OBSTRUCTION, COLLUSION AND NO OBSTRUCTION, YOU HAVEN’T READ THE MUELLER YOU HAVEN’T READ THE MUELLER REPORT. REPORT.>>IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DUCK,>>IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DUCK, WALKS LIKE A DUCK, AND QUACKS WALKS LIKE A DUCK, AND QUACKS LIKE A DUCK, IT’S A DUCK. LIKE A DUCK, IT’S A DUCK. AND IF IT LOOKS LIKE AND IF IT LOOKS LIKE OBSTRUCTION, SOUNDS LIKE OBSTRUCTION, SOUNDS LIKE OBSTRUCTION, SMELLS LIKE OBSTRUCTION, SMELLS LIKE OBSTRUCTION, IT’S ON OBSTRUCTION, IT’S ON INSTRUCTION. INSTRUCTION. OBSTRUCTION. OBSTRUCTION.>>IF ALLOWED TO GO UNCHECKED,>>IF ALLOWED TO GO UNCHECKED, THIS OBSTRUCTION MEANS THE END THIS OBSTRUCTION MEANS THE END OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT.>>WE ARE IN DANGER, WE NEED TO>>WE ARE IN DANGER, WE NEED TO RESPOND AND WE NEED TO ACT FOR RESPOND AND WE NEED TO ACT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OF AMERICA.>>>THAT IS WHERE WE START TODAY>>>THAT IS WHERE WE START TODAY WITH SOME OF OUR FAVORITE WITH SOME OF OUR FAVORITE REPORTERS AND FRIENDS. REPORTERS AND FRIENDS. ELLIOTT WILLIAMS, FORMER DEPUTY ELLIOTT WILLIAMS, FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, HERE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, HERE ON SET, WASHINGTON POST BUREAU ON SET, WASHINGTON POST BUREAU CHIEF PHIL RUCKER FORMER CHIEF CHIEF PHIL RUCKER FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE CIA AND OF STAFF AT THE CIA AND PENTAGON, JEREMY BASH IS BACK. PENTAGON, JEREMY BASH IS BACK. CARE CARE CAROL LEE IS A POLITICAL CAROL LEE IS A POLITICAL REPORTER AND FORMER SPOKESPERSON REPORTER AND FORMER SPOKESPERSON AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MATT MILLER IS HERE. MATT MILLER IS HERE. JEREMY, LET ME START WITH YOU. JEREMY, LET ME START WITH YOU. IT’S A BIG AND HEFTY THING TO IT’S A BIG AND HEFTY THING TO ROLL OUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLL OUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. CRISIS. I DON’T THINK PEOPLE DO THAT I DON’T THINK PEOPLE DO THAT LIGHTLY. LIGHTLY. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT A WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT A SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE. SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE. DON McGHAN TURNS OUT TESTIFIED DON McGHAN TURNS OUT TESTIFIED PROOIT PROOIT PRIVATELY IN HIS 30 HOURS OF PRIVATELY IN HIS 30 HOURS OF TESTIMONY THAT THAT’S WHAT IT TESTIMONY THAT THAT’S WHAT IT FELT LIKE ON THE INSIDE. FELT LIKE ON THE INSIDE. WE HAVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE HAVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TALKING ABOUT A CONSTITUTIONAL TALKING ABOUT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. CRISIS. THAT IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. THAT IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.>>I DON’T THINK THIS IS BILL>>I DON’T THINK THIS IS BILL BARR’S DECISION. BARR’S DECISION. I DON’T THINK HE’S IN THE I DON’T THINK HE’S IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. DRIVER’S SEAT. I THINK THIS IS PRESIDENT I THINK THIS IS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION TO BASICALLY TRUMP’S DECISION TO BASICALLY SAY TO THE CONGRESS THAT WE’RE SAY TO THE CONGRESS THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO ABIDE BY THE NOT GOING TO ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER THAT HAS CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER THAT HAS GOVERNED OUR COUNTRY. GOVERNED OUR COUNTRY. THERE’S ONE SIMPLE REASON, THERE’S ONE SIMPLE REASON, BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHEN HIS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHEN HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES AND SITS ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES AND SITS BEFORE COMMITTEE, THE BEFORE COMMITTEE, THE REPUBLICANS LOSE A LOT OF REPUBLICANS LOSE A LOT OF YARDAGE, BILL BARR GOT BENCHED YARDAGE, BILL BARR GOT BENCHED HE TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF THE HE TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF THE SENATE AND HAD TO ADMIT HE SENATE AND HAD TO ADMIT HE MISLED THE PEOPLE WITH HIS FOUR MISLED THE PEOPLE WITH HIS FOUR PAGE LETTER, MISLED CONGRESS PAGE LETTER, MISLED CONGRESS THAT BOB MUELLER HAD NOT THAT BOB MUELLER HAD NOT EXPRESSED CONCERNS WITH THE WAY EXPRESSED CONCERNS WITH THE WAY BILL BARR DID THE MUELLER BILL BARR DID THE MUELLER REPORT. REPORT. AND THEN HEY, THE PRESIDENT AND THEN HEY, THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T TRY TO FIRE THE SPECIAL DIDN’T TRY TO FIRE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, HE JUST TRIED TO HAVE COUNSEL, HE JUST TRIED TO HAVE HIM REMOVED. HIM REMOVED. THE PRESIDENT SAW THAT AND SAID THE PRESIDENT SAW THAT AND SAID MY GUY IS NOT GOING UP THERE, MY GUY IS NOT GOING UP THERE, WE’RE NOT GOING TO PLAY BALL WE’RE NOT GOING TO PLAY BALL WITH THE CONGRESS BECAUSE WE’LL WITH THE CONGRESS BECAUSE WE’LL LOSE A LOT OF YARDAGE IF WE DO. LOSE A LOT OF YARDAGE IF WE DO.>>LET ME FOLLOW-UP WITH YOU ON>>LET ME FOLLOW-UP WITH YOU ON WHAT UNDER PINS YOUR ANALYSIS. WHAT UNDER PINS YOUR ANALYSIS. YOU THINK THE WHITE HOUSE YOU THINK THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL’S OFFICE IS CALLING THE COUNSEL’S OFFICE IS CALLING THE SHOTS? SHOTS?>>I THINK THE PRESIDENT IS>>I THINK THE PRESIDENT IS CALLING THE SHOTS. CALLING THE SHOTS. THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING MY THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING MY ADMINISTRATION IS NOT GOING TO ADMINISTRATION IS NOT GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. OVERSIGHT. IT’S NOT BECAUSE HE CARES ABOUT IT’S NOT BECAUSE HE CARES ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION OR EQUITY. THE CONSTITUTION OR EQUITY. HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT EXECUTIVE HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IS PROBABLY. PRIVILEGE IS PROBABLY. HE KNOWS THIS IS A LOSING HE KNOWS THIS IS A LOSING POLITICAL ARGUMENT EVERY MOMENT POLITICAL ARGUMENT EVERY MOMENT HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND WITNESSES ARE BEFORE CONGRESS. WITNESSES ARE BEFORE CONGRESS. BY THE WAY, WE SHOULD SAY AS BY THE WAY, WE SHOULD SAY AS CITIZENS AND PEOPLE WHO CARE CITIZENS AND PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER ABOUT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER THAT IS AN ABOMINATION. THAT IS AN ABOMINATION. THAT’S NOT THE WAY OUR SYSTEM IS THAT’S NOT THE WAY OUR SYSTEM IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. SUPPOSED TO WORK.>>PHIL RUCKER IT SEEMS WE’RE IN>>PHIL RUCKER IT SEEMS WE’RE IN DANGEROUS TERRITORY WHEN WE DANGEROUS TERRITORY WHEN WE ACCEPT THEIR PREMISES OR PLAYING ACCEPT THEIR PREMISES OR PLAYING ON THEIR FIELD WHEN WE ACCEPT ON THEIR FIELD WHEN WE ACCEPT THEIR PREMISES AND BET WHICH IS THEIR PREMISES AND BET WHICH IS ONE THEIR BASE WILL TOLERATE ONE THEIR BASE WILL TOLERATE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, THERE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO TO IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO TO ALIENATE THEM, THERE’S NO LIMIT ALIENATE THEM, THERE’S NO LIMIT TO WHAT THEY CAN DISTORT AND TO WHAT THEY CAN DISTORT AND CARTOON, IN THIS CASE THE CARTOON, IN THIS CASE THE SEPARATION OF POWER, THE SEPARATION OF POWER, THE FOUNDATION OF HOW THIS TOWN IS FOUNDATION OF HOW THIS TOWN IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. SUPPOSED TO WORK. I WAS IN THE UNENHAVE I CAN’T I WAS IN THE UNENHAVE I CAN’T BELIEVE POSITION OF HAVING TO BELIEVE POSITION OF HAVING TO DEFEND THIS MAN FROM TIME TO DEFEND THIS MAN FROM TIME TO TIME, IT’S SO BAD THAT JOHN YU, TIME, IT’S SO BAD THAT JOHN YU, WHO WROTE DURING THE BUSH YEARS WHO WROTE DURING THE BUSH YEARS ABOUT ENHANCED INTERROGATION ABOUT ENHANCED INTERROGATION MEASURES AND OTHER THINGS SAYS, MEASURES AND OTHER THINGS SAYS, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY WHAT THE YOU KNOW, BASICALLY WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING, THIS IS DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING, THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED, IT’S AN UNPRECEDENTED, IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY OVERREACH TO EXTRAORDINARY OVERREACH TO IGNORE SUBPOENAS AND REALLY IGNORE SUBPOENAS AND REALLY NOBODY THOUGHT JOHN YU AND THE NOBODY THOUGHT JOHN YU AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SORT OF DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SORT OF FUNCTIONED IN A PARTICULARLY FUNCTIONED IN A PARTICULARLY GENEROUS WAY WITH CONGRESS GENEROUS WAY WITH CONGRESS DURING THE BUSH YEARS, HE’S DURING THE BUSH YEARS, HE’S SOUNDING THE ALARMS. SOUNDING THE ALARMS. THAT’S HOW BAD IT IS. THAT’S HOW BAD IT IS.>>YEAH, WE REACHED AN EXTREME>>YEAH, WE REACHED AN EXTREME LEVEL AND THE PRESIDENT IS LEVEL AND THE PRESIDENT IS TESTING THINGS. TESTING THINGS. THIS IS IN KEEPING WITH DONALD THIS IS IN KEEPING WITH DONALD TRUMP AND HIS CHARACTER TRUMP AND HIS CHARACTER THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. HE’S ALWAYS TRIED TO BEND THE HE’S ALWAYS TRIED TO BEND THE RULES IN HIS FAVOR AND WORK RULES IN HIS FAVOR AND WORK OUTSIDE THE INSTITUTIONS AND OUTSIDE THE INSTITUTIONS AND SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS. HE’S TRIED TO CREATE SORT OF HIS HE’S TRIED TO CREATE SORT OF HIS OWN REALITIES, HIS OWN RULES, OWN REALITIES, HIS OWN RULES, STRUCTURES WHEN HE NEEDS TO AND STRUCTURES WHEN HE NEEDS TO AND HE’S NOT REALLY PAID A PRICE FOR HE’S NOT REALLY PAID A PRICE FOR THAT. THAT.>>SO I DON’T KNOW IF THIS>>SO I DON’T KNOW IF THIS TRIGGERS YOU IN ANY WAY SINCE TRIGGERS YOU IN ANY WAY SINCE YOU’RE GOING TO NEED SOME DADDY YOU’RE GOING TO NEED SOME DADDY WATER AT THE END OF THE SHOW. WATER AT THE END OF THE SHOW. WE TALK SO MUCH ABOUT THE WE TALK SO MUCH ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS NOT HAVING A PULSE, REPUBLICANS NOT HAVING A PULSE, NOT HAVING ANY MUSCLE MEMORY, A NOT HAVING ANY MUSCLE MEMORY, A CONSCIENCE, NOT VIEWING IT AS CONSCIENCE, NOT VIEWING IT AS THEIR JOB TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF THEIR JOB TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW. LAW. HERE’S WHAT JOHN YU SAYS, IT HERE’S WHAT JOHN YU SAYS, IT WOULD BE EXTRAORDINARY IF THE WOULD BE EXTRAORDINARY IF THE PRESIDENT WERE TO TRY TO STOP PRESIDENT WERE TO TRY TO STOP ALL CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON ALL CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON SUBPOENAED ISSUES, THAT WOULD BE SUBPOENAED ISSUES, THAT WOULD BE UNPRECEDENTED IF IT WERE A UNPRECEDENTED IF IT WERE A COMPLETE BAN. COMPLETE BAN. MR. BARR — THIS IS MORE ON MR. BARR — THIS IS MORE ON BARR, BUT THE IDEA THAT SOMEONE BARR, BUT THE IDEA THAT SOMEONE WHO HE HIMSELF AT THE TIME AND WHO HE HIMSELF AT THE TIME AND EVEN NOW IS VIEWED TO HAVE EVEN NOW IS VIEWED TO HAVE STRAINED THE LIMITS OF EXECUTIVE STRAINED THE LIMITS OF EXECUTIVE POWER IS ALARM RIGHT NOW TO ME POWER IS ALARM RIGHT NOW TO ME IS MORE THAN A CANARY IN A MINE. IS MORE THAN A CANARY IN A MINE.>>YEAH, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD>>YEAH, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY JOHN WAS RIGHT, BUT HE’S SAY JOHN WAS RIGHT, BUT HE’S RIGHT. RIGHT. IF THIS WERE THE ONLY FIGHT WE IF THIS WERE THE ONLY FIGHT WE WERE SEEING IT’S ONE THING. WERE SEEING IT’S ONE THING. IF THEY WERE WITHHOLDING IF THEY WERE WITHHOLDING DOCUMENTS ON ONE SET, IT WOULD DOCUMENTS ON ONE SET, IT WOULD BE UNJUSTIFIED, THEIR ARGUMENT BE UNJUSTIFIED, THEIR ARGUMENT IS WEAK AND WILL PROBABLY LOSE IS WEAK AND WILL PROBABLY LOSE IN THE COURTS. IN THE COURTS. BUT IT’S NOT. BUT IT’S NOT. I BELIEVE THE TRUMP I BELIEVE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOUR MONTHS INTO ADMINISTRATION FOUR MONTHS INTO THE DEMOCRAT HOUSE, HAS NOT THE DEMOCRAT HOUSE, HAS NOT TURNED OVER A SINGLE DOCUMENT TURNED OVER A SINGLE DOCUMENT FOR ANYTHING, NOT THE PROCESS FOR ANYTHING, NOT THE PROCESS FOR GRANTING SECURITY CLEARANCES FOR GRANTING SECURITY CLEARANCES TO JARED KUSHNER OR IVANKA TRUMP TO JARED KUSHNER OR IVANKA TRUMP OVER THE OBJEKS OF ANYTHING. OVER THE OBJEKS OF ANYTHING. THE QUESTION I THINK IS, ARE THE THE QUESTION I THINK IS, ARE THE COURTS GOING TO LET THIS PLAY COURTS GOING TO LET THIS PLAY OUT THE WAY THEY USUALLY DO OUT THE WAY THEY USUALLY DO WHERE THEY TAKE MONTHS IF NOT WHERE THEY TAKE MONTHS IF NOT YEARS TO DELIBERATE OR ARE THEY YEARS TO DELIBERATE OR ARE THEY GOING TO REALIZE THE PRESIDENT GOING TO REALIZE THE PRESIDENT IS UPENDING THE SYSTEM HERE, AND IS UPENDING THE SYSTEM HERE, AND IF THERE’S ANY NORMAL IF THERE’S ANY NORMAL FUNCTIONING OF CHECKS AND FUNCTIONING OF CHECKS AND BALANCES, THE COURTS HAVE TO ACT BALANCES, THE COURTS HAVE TO ACT IMMEDIATELY TO SAY NO TO THE IMMEDIATELY TO SAY NO TO THE ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION.>>>BELOVED FIGURES LIKE CHUCK>>>BELOVED FIGURES LIKE CHUCK ROSENBERG AND JOYCE VANCE FOR ROSENBERG AND JOYCE VANCE FOR LULLING ME INTO COMPLAINCENCY LULLING ME INTO COMPLAINCENCY ABOUT BILL BARR. ABOUT BILL BARR. BECAUSE HE’S MORE LIKE A FOX BECAUSE HE’S MORE LIKE A FOX NEWS INSTITUTIONALIST. NEWS INSTITUTIONALIST. “NEW YORK TIMES” WRITES BARR “NEW YORK TIMES” WRITES BARR APPEARS TO BE TRYING TO FIND A APPEARS TO BE TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO PROTECT HIS PROFESSIONAL WAY TO PROTECT HIS PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY AND NOT LOOK LIKE A INTEGRITY AND NOT LOOK LIKE A LACKY TO TRUMP — IN MY HUM PL LACKY TO TRUMP — IN MY HUM PL OPINION THAT SHIP HAS SAILED. OPINION THAT SHIP HAS SAILED.>>IN A SENSE JERRY IS RIGHT, IT>>IN A SENSE JERRY IS RIGHT, IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE BARR IS IN DOESN’T LOOK LIKE BARR IS IN CONTROL HERE IN ANY SENSE. CONTROL HERE IN ANY SENSE. IT’S ALL PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND IT’S ALL PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND THIS IS JUST THE 2020 THIS IS JUST THE 2020 ELECTIONS — AN APPETIZER TO THE ELECTIONS — AN APPETIZER TO THE 2020 ELECTIONS. 2020 ELECTIONS. THIS IS 2020 PLAYING OUT WITH THIS IS 2020 PLAYING OUT WITH THESE TWO BRANCHS OF GOVERNMENT. THESE TWO BRANCHS OF GOVERNMENT. THAT’S HOW THE PRESIDENT SEES THAT’S HOW THE PRESIDENT SEES IT. IT. THEY ARE DIGGING IN ON ALL THEY ARE DIGGING IN ON ALL FRONTS. FRONTS. NO SIGNS THAT THEY’RE GOING TO NO SIGNS THAT THEY’RE GOING TO GIVE ANYTHING TO THE DEMOCRATS. GIVE ANYTHING TO THE DEMOCRATS. SO, YOU KNOW, WE’VE SEEN THEM, SO, YOU KNOW, WE’VE SEEN THEM, THEY FOUGHT OVER BARR, McGAHN, THEY FOUGHT OVER BARR, McGAHN, THE MUELLER REPORT AND NOW THE MUELLER REPORT AND NOW THEY’RE GOING TO PROBABLY FIGHT THEY’RE GOING TO PROBABLY FIGHT OVER MUELLER HIMSELF. OVER MUELLER HIMSELF. AND YOU COULD ABSOLUTELY AND YOU COULD ABSOLUTELY ENVISION THE PRESIDENT SAYING — ENVISION THE PRESIDENT SAYING — TRYING TO BLOCK MUELLER FROM TRYING TO BLOCK MUELLER FROM TESTIFYING. TESTIFYING.>>HE’S ALREADY SAID THAT.>>HE’S ALREADY SAID THAT. THAT’S THE PRESIDENT’S POSITION. THAT’S THE PRESIDENT’S POSITION.>>YES.>>YES. BUT IS HE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL BUT IS HE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN DOING THAT? IN DOING THAT? THERE’S A QUESTION OF WHETHER THERE’S A QUESTION OF WHETHER MUELLER COULD, YOU KNOW, MUELLER COULD, YOU KNOW, EVENTUALLY TESTIFY ONCE HE EVENTUALLY TESTIFY ONCE HE LEAVES GOVERNMENT. LEAVES GOVERNMENT. WOULD HE BE ABLE TO OPERATE WOULD HE BE ABLE TO OPERATE UNDER DIFFERENT RULES WHERE HE UNDER DIFFERENT RULES WHERE HE WOULDN’T BE SUBJECT TO WHATEVER WOULDN’T BE SUBJECT TO WHATEVER THE PRESIDENT AND ATTORNEY THE PRESIDENT AND ATTORNEY GENERAL WANTED HIM TO DO. GENERAL WANTED HIM TO DO. BUT THIS IS JUST SOMETHING WE’RE BUT THIS IS JUST SOMETHING WE’RE GOING TO SEE THIS PRESIDENT GOING TO SEE THIS PRESIDENT CONTINUE TO DO. CONTINUE TO DO. AND THE COURTS, AS A REFEREE, AND THE COURTS, AS A REFEREE, IT’S A GREAT QUESTION OF HOW IT’S A GREAT QUESTION OF HOW THAT PLAYS OUT. THAT PLAYS OUT. BECAUSE THEIR CALCULATION IS BECAUSE THEIR CALCULATION IS WHETHER — NOT SO MUCH THAT THEY WHETHER — NOT SO MUCH THAT THEY WILL WIN BUT THEY CAN DRAG IT WILL WIN BUT THEY CAN DRAG IT OUT INTO NEXT YEAR AND THEY OUT INTO NEXT YEAR AND THEY MANAGED TO PUT DEMOCRATS IN A MANAGED TO PUT DEMOCRATS IN A BOX AND IN A PLACE WHERE THEY BOX AND IN A PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE DONE THINGS THAT MAYBE HAVE DONE THINGS THAT MAYBE ALIENATE VOTERS. ALIENATE VOTERS. IT’S ALWAYS A POLITICAL IT’S ALWAYS A POLITICAL CALCULATION. CALCULATION.>>A POLITICAL CALCULATION WITH>>A POLITICAL CALCULATION WITH SOME REALLY GRAVE LEGAL SOME REALLY GRAVE LEGAL QUESTIONS IN THE BALANCE. QUESTIONS IN THE BALANCE. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SORT OF TRAMPLING ON THESE SORT OF TRAMPLING ON THESE FUNDAMENTAL VALUES OF SEPARATION FUNDAMENTAL VALUES OF SEPARATION OF POWERS, AND TO — AGAIN THE OF POWERS, AND TO — AGAIN THE JOHN YOO QUOTE ISN’T MEANT TO JOHN YOO QUOTE ISN’T MEANT TO TRIGGER ANY OF OUR VIEWERS OR TRIGGER ANY OF OUR VIEWERS OR ANYONE AT THE TABLE BUT IT’S ANYONE AT THE TABLE BUT IT’S MEANT TO UNDERSCORE JUST HOW MEANT TO UNDERSCORE JUST HOW UNPRECEDENTED THIS MOMENT IS. UNPRECEDENTED THIS MOMENT IS.>>THANK YOU FOR OPENING THAT>>THANK YOU FOR OPENING THAT DOOR, I WASN’T GOING TO GO THERE DOOR, I WASN’T GOING TO GO THERE BECAUSE HE WAS YOUR FORMER BECAUSE HE WAS YOUR FORMER COLLEAGUE. COLLEAGUE.>>COME ON THROUGH.>>COME ON THROUGH.>>IT’S WHEN YOU’RE TOO HARD>>IT’S WHEN YOU’RE TOO HARD CORE FOR THE GUY WHO SAID IT’S CORE FOR THE GUY WHO SAID IT’S OKAY TO TORTURE PEOPLE IN SECRET OKAY TO TORTURE PEOPLE IN SECRET AROUND THE WORLD YOU HAVE A AROUND THE WORLD YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. PROBLEM. WHETHER IT WAS TORTURE IN 2004 WHETHER IT WAS TORTURE IN 2004 OR SEPARATION OF POWERS NOW, OR SEPARATION OF POWERS NOW, IT’S A BIG PROBLEM. IT’S A BIG PROBLEM. IT’S SORT OF LIKE YOU SAID, HOW IT’S SORT OF LIKE YOU SAID, HOW SIGNIFICANT IS IT AND THE SIGNIFICANT IS IT AND THE CONSEQUENCES? CONSEQUENCES? IT JUST SHOWS THE ARROGANCE OF IT JUST SHOWS THE ARROGANCE OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE PRESIDENT WITH RESPECT TO ITS PRESIDENT WITH RESPECT TO ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH CONGRESS. RELATIONSHIP WITH CONGRESS. THEY’VE NOT MADE A SINCERE LEGAL THEY’VE NOT MADE A SINCERE LEGAL ASSERTION HERE VINDICATING THEIR ASSERTION HERE VINDICATING THEIR RIGHTS TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE RIGHTS TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE BECAUSE AS WAS SAID ON THE PANEL BECAUSE AS WAS SAID ON THE PANEL BEFORE, THEY HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE, THEY HAVE DONE THIS ACROSS THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH ACROSS THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH CONGRESS, WHEN YOU’RE TALKING CONGRESS, WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE CENSUS AND IMMIGRATION ABOUT THE CENSUS AND IMMIGRATION AND ON DOWN. AND ON DOWN. THEY HAVE JUST SIMPLY CHOSEN NOT THEY HAVE JUST SIMPLY CHOSEN NOT TO SEE CONGRESS AS AN EQUAL TO SEE CONGRESS AS AN EQUAL NEGOTIATING PARTNER OR AS A NEGOTIATING PARTNER OR AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. AND LOOK, PEOPLE CAN DISAGREE AS AND LOOK, PEOPLE CAN DISAGREE AS TO LEGAL OUTCOMES, WHO OUGHT TO TO LEGAL OUTCOMES, WHO OUGHT TO WIN ON A CLAIM OF PRIVILEGE. WIN ON A CLAIM OF PRIVILEGE. YOU AND I JOKED ABOUT THIS LAST YOU AND I JOKED ABOUT THIS LAST TIME YOU WERE ON BECAUSE WE WERE TIME YOU WERE ON BECAUSE WE WERE ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE U.S. ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE U.S. ATTORNEY INVESTIGATION REVIEWING ATTORNEY INVESTIGATION REVIEWING YOUR EMAILS. YOUR EMAILS. BUT AT THE CORE WAS A BUT AT THE CORE WAS A FUNDAMENTAL RESPECT FOR THE TWO FUNDAMENTAL RESPECT FOR THE TWO BRANCHS OF GOVERNMENT AND BRANCHS OF GOVERNMENT AND PRESIDENT BUSH WOULD NEVER HAVE PRESIDENT BUSH WOULD NEVER HAVE SAID IT’S PARTISAN, IT’S A WITCH SAID IT’S PARTISAN, IT’S A WITCH HUNT, HARASSMENT, AND SO ON. HUNT, HARASSMENT, AND SO ON. YES, WE CAN DISAGREE ON WHO WINS YES, WE CAN DISAGREE ON WHO WINS AND LOSES BUT THERE HAS BEEN TO AND LOSES BUT THERE HAS BEEN TO BE A RESPECT FOR TRIBUNAL BE A RESPECT FOR TRIBUNAL INVESTIGATING YOU. INVESTIGATING YOU. AND IF WE DON’T HAVE THAT, WE AND IF WE DON’T HAVE THAT, WE DON’T HAVE A RULE OF LAW. DON’T HAVE A RULE OF LAW. AND THE PRESIDENT HAS SPENT A AND THE PRESIDENT HAS SPENT A LARGE AMOUNT OF CAPITAL AT LARGE AMOUNT OF CAPITAL AT TRYING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT TRYING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT ONE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT ISN’T ONE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT ISN’T LEGITIMATE ANYMORE BECAUSE LEGITIMATE ANYMORE BECAUSE DEMOCRATS RUN IT, AND IT’S DEMOCRATS RUN IT, AND IT’S DANGEROUS AND UNDERMINING FAITH DANGEROUS AND UNDERMINING FAITH OF GOVERNMENT. OF GOVERNMENT.>>ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO WALK>>ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO WALK THROUGH THE JOHN YOO DOOR. THROUGH THE JOHN YOO DOOR. JEREMY BASH, LET ME ASK YOU TO JEREMY BASH, LET ME ASK YOU TO PICK UP THIS THREAD. PICK UP THIS THREAD. THIS IDEA THAT TRUMP HAS DEBASED THIS IDEA THAT TRUMP HAS DEBASED THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY IN AN UNDENIABLE WAY NOW SEEKS TO AN UNDENIABLE WAY NOW SEEKS TO DEBASE AND REDEFINE THE WAY THAT DEBASE AND REDEFINE THE WAY THAT BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS WITH ANOTHER. WITH ANOTHER. IT SEEMS LIKE IF NOT STOPPED, IT IT SEEMS LIKE IF NOT STOPPED, IT SEEMS UNLIMITED POTENTIAL TO SEEMS UNLIMITED POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE PRESIDENCY FOREVER. CHANGE THE PRESIDENCY FOREVER.>>TWO NOTES ABOUT THE JOHN YOO>>TWO NOTES ABOUT THE JOHN YOO FACTOR HERE — FACTOR HERE –>>I CAN’T BELIEVE IT –>>I CAN’T BELIEVE IT –>>I KNOW.>>I KNOW. AT LEAST YOU CAN ARGUE HIS AT LEAST YOU CAN ARGUE HIS OPINIONS WERE — CAME OUT OF OPINIONS WERE — CAME OUT OF SOME NOTION OF PRINCIPLE. SOME NOTION OF PRINCIPLE.>>CORRECT.>>CORRECT.>>HE BELIEVED THAT IN THE>>HE BELIEVED THAT IN THE SYSTEM, THE UNI TEARIAN THEORY SYSTEM, THE UNI TEARIAN THEORY CARRIED WEIGHT. CARRIED WEIGHT. BUT HERE I DON’T THINK WE HAVE BUT HERE I DON’T THINK WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION ADVANCING A AN ADMINISTRATION ADVANCING A PRINCIPLE. PRINCIPLE. THEY SAID BOB MUELLER CAN’T THEY SAID BOB MUELLER CAN’T TESTIFY, BILL BARR SAID HE HE TESTIFY, BILL BARR SAID HE HE WAS FINE WITH IT. WAS FINE WITH IT. IT WAS ONLY AFTER BILL BARR IT WAS ONLY AFTER BILL BARR TESTIFIED AND DID SO POORLY TESTIFIED AND DID SO POORLY MAKING THE CASE IN FRONT OF MAKING THE CASE IN FRONT OF CONGRESS THAT THEY YANKED HIM CONGRESS THAT THEY YANKED HIM FROM THE GAME. FROM THE GAME. THIS ISN’T ABOUT PRINCIPLE. THIS ISN’T ABOUT PRINCIPLE.>>LET’S UNPACK THAT.>>LET’S UNPACK THAT. THE WAY HE GOT CAUGHT WAS BY THE WAY HE GOT CAUGHT WAS BY GOING TOO FAR. GOING TOO FAR. HE GOT CAUGHT BECAUSE AFTER HE HE GOT CAUGHT BECAUSE AFTER HE DID THAT, TWO LETTERS FROM DID THAT, TWO LETTERS FROM ROBERT MUELLER BECAME PUBLIC, IN ROBERT MUELLER BECAME PUBLIC, IN WHICH ROBERT MUELLER HAD BEEN WHICH ROBERT MUELLER HAD BEEN SOUNDING THE ALARMS ABOUT THE SOUNDING THE ALARMS ABOUT THE DISTORTION OF THE MUELLER DISTORTION OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. YOU’RE RIGHT, THAT’S THE DAMAGE YOU’RE RIGHT, THAT’S THE DAMAGE FOUNDATION. FOUNDATION.>>LET’S BE CLEAR WHAT’S>>LET’S BE CLEAR WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE. HAPPENING HERE. BOB MUELLER WROTE A REPORT THAT BOB MUELLER WROTE A REPORT THAT SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE. OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE.>>TEN TIMES.>>TEN TIMES.>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY. HE SAID IT IN A DOUBLE NEGATIVE. HE SAID IT IN A DOUBLE NEGATIVE. HE SAID THE PRESIDENT DID NOT HE SAID THE PRESIDENT DID NOT NOT OBSTRUCT JUSTICE. NOT OBSTRUCT JUSTICE. MOST OF US DON’T UNDERSTAND MOST OF US DON’T UNDERSTAND DOUBLE NEGATIVES, INCLUDING DOUBLE NEGATIVES, INCLUDING MYSELF. MYSELF. SO IT TOOK A WHILE FOR PEOPLE TO SO IT TOOK A WHILE FOR PEOPLE TO PICK UP THE REPORT. PICK UP THE REPORT. AND ALL THE WHILE, BILL BARR IS AND ALL THE WHILE, BILL BARR IS SAYING I DON’T SEE ANY ISSUES OF SAYING I DON’T SEE ANY ISSUES OF LAW OR FACT, HE DIDN’T DO LAW OR FACT, HE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG, CASE CLOSED. ANYTHING WRONG, CASE CLOSED. THAT PHRASE, CASE CLOSED, IS THE THAT PHRASE, CASE CLOSED, IS THE PHRASE MITCH McCONNELL HAS BEEN PHRASE MITCH McCONNELL HAS BEEN USING IN FRONT OF THE CONGRESS. USING IN FRONT OF THE CONGRESS. WHEN IT WAS BROUGHT UP THAT BILL WHEN IT WAS BROUGHT UP THAT BILL BARR MISLEAD THE CONGRESS AND BARR MISLEAD THE CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE PRESIDENT SAID, OH MY GOD, THE PRESIDENT SAID, OH MY GOD, THE MASK HAS BEEN RIPPED OFF. MASK HAS BEEN RIPPED OFF. WE HAVE NO GAME HERE. WE HAVE NO GAME HERE. GET THAT GUY AWAY FROM THE HILL, GET THAT GUY AWAY FROM THE HILL, AWAY FROM THE CAMERAS. AWAY FROM THE CAMERAS. I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT EVER CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT EVER AGAIN. AGAIN.>>WHERE DO WE GO AGAIN?>>WHERE DO WE GO AGAIN?>>THE HOUSE HAS TO FORCE ITS>>THE HOUSE HAS TO FORCE ITS WILL, THEY HAVE TO HOLD THE WILL, THEY HAVE TO HOLD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN CONTEMPT, ATTORNEY GENERAL IN CONTEMPT, WHICH IS SAD. WHICH IS SAD. BUT THEY HAVE TO HAVE STAND UP BUT THEY HAVE TO HAVE STAND UP FOR ARTICLE ONE BRANCH OF OUR FOR ARTICLE ONE BRANCH OF OUR GOVERNMENT, THE CONGRESS. GOVERNMENT, THE CONGRESS. IF THEY DON’T, THE SYSTEM OF IF THEY DON’T, THE SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES COLLAPSES CHECKS AND BALANCES COLLAPSES NICOLE. NICOLE.>>IT MAY HAPPEN IN OUR HOUR>>IT MAY HAPPEN IN OUR HOUR THAT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS THAT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS COUNTRY’S HISTORY A SITTING COUNTRY’S HISTORY A SITTING ATTORNEY GENERAL. ATTORNEY GENERAL. THERE WAS A VOTE FOR A THERE WAS A VOTE FOR A RESOLUTION TO THEN TAKE THIS RESOLUTION TO THEN TAKE THIS STEP TO THE FULL — TO THE FLOOR STEP TO THE FULL — TO THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS. OF CONGRESS. WE ARE — AND SOMETIMES WE WE ARE — AND SOMETIMES WE OVERDO THIS LANGUAGE, NOT YOU, OVERDO THIS LANGUAGE, NOT YOU, BUT I DO, WE ARE IN UNCHARTED BUT I DO, WE ARE IN UNCHARTED TERRITORY. TERRITORY.>>WE ARE.>>WE ARE. IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WERE TO IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WERE TO BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS, BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS, WHICH IS LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON, WHICH IS LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON, THAT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT THAT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT THE BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE ATTORNEY CONSEQUENCES FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WOULD BE ALSO. GENERAL WOULD BE ALSO. DOES HE WAKE UP — BILL BARR DOES HE WAKE UP — BILL BARR WAKE UP TOMORROW HE’S STILL THE WAKE UP TOMORROW HE’S STILL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE’S STILL ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE’S STILL GOING TO TAKE HIS ORDERS FROM GOING TO TAKE HIS ORDERS FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP, HE’S STILL PRESIDENT TRUMP, HE’S STILL GOING TO DO THE WORK HE’S BEEN GOING TO DO THE WORK HE’S BEEN DOING TO TRY TO BLOCK CONGRESS DOING TO TRY TO BLOCK CONGRESS FROM SEEING ANY OF THESE FROM SEEING ANY OF THESE MATERIALS AND IT’LL GO ON AND ON MATERIALS AND IT’LL GO ON AND ON AND ON, SO IT FALLS TO THE AND ON, SO IT FALLS TO THE JUDICIARY EVENTUALLY, AS WE WERE JUDICIARY EVENTUALLY, AS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, TO CREATE SOME TALKING ABOUT, TO CREATE SOME CHECKS AND BALANCES HERE. CHECKS AND BALANCES HERE. BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR THAT ANYTHING BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR THAT ANYTHING CONGRESS CAN DO WILL DETER THIS CONGRESS CAN DO WILL DETER THIS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THIS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THIS ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION.>>I UNDERSTOOD, BEFORE THE FULL>>I UNDERSTOOD, BEFORE THE FULL REPORT WAS OUT, THAT THE JUSTICE REPORT WAS OUT, THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAD SOME DEPARTMENT HAD SOME UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY — THEIR UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY — THEIR HAND COULD BE FORCED IN TERMS OF HAND COULD BE FORCED IN TERMS OF TURNING OVER UNDERLYING EVIDENCE TURNING OVER UNDERLYING EVIDENCE OR MAKING MUELLER AVAILABLE IF OR MAKING MUELLER AVAILABLE IF IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS WERE TO IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS WERE TO COMMENCE. COMMENCE. WHAT ARE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES WHAT ARE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES REPORTING ABOUT THOSE REPORTING ABOUT THOSE CONVERSATIONS ON CAPITOL HILL? CONVERSATIONS ON CAPITOL HILL?>>THAT COULD BE.>>THAT COULD BE. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS YOU THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS YOU INCREASINGLY SEE DEMOCRATIC INCREASINGLY SEE DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS TALKING ABOUT LAWMAKERS TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT. IN FACT, SPEAKER PELOSI WAS OVER IN FACT, SPEAKER PELOSI WAS OVER AT “THE WASHINGTON POST” THIS AT “THE WASHINGTON POST” THIS MORNING AND DID AN INTERVIEW MORNING AND DID AN INTERVIEW THERE, AND SAID LOOK THE THERE, AND SAID LOOK THE PRESIDENT IS SELF-IMPEACHING. PRESIDENT IS SELF-IMPEACHING. IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT THAT MEANS IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT THAT MEANS BUT THAT’S STRONGER LANGUAGE BUT THAT’S STRONGER LANGUAGE THAN WE’VE HEARD FROM PELOSI THAN WE’VE HEARD FROM PELOSI BEFORE AND THAT WOULD CREATE A BEFORE AND THAT WOULD CREATE A PROCESS WHERE THE MATERIALS PROCESS WHERE THE MATERIALS COULD COME FORWARD. COULD COME FORWARD. LET’S REMEMBER WHAT THE LET’S REMEMBER WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS WITHHOLDING HERE. WITHHOLDING HERE. THE MUELLER REPORT IS OUT IN THE MUELLER REPORT IS OUT IN PUBLIC BUT THERE ARE REAMS OF PUBLIC BUT THERE ARE REAMS OF EVIDENCE, TRANSCRIPTS OF THE EVIDENCE, TRANSCRIPTS OF THE INTERVIEWS THAT THEY DID THAT INTERVIEWS THAT THEY DID THAT HAVE NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC THAT HAVE NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC THAT WOULD PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION WOULD PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION AND ROAD MAPS ON THESE TEN AND ROAD MAPS ON THESE TEN EXAMPLES OF OBSTRUCTION OF EXAMPLES OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE THAN WHAT WE HAVE AND JUSTICE THAN WHAT WE HAVE AND READ IN THE MUELLER REPORT. READ IN THE MUELLER REPORT.>>SO JIM COMEY WROTE ABOUT A>>SO JIM COMEY WROTE ABOUT A WEEK AGO ONE OF THE WEEK AGO ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES, ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES, ONE OF THE BY-PRODUCTS OF SERVICE TO DONALD BY-PRODUCTS OF SERVICE TO DONALD TRUMP, IS THAT HE EATS YOUR SOUL TRUMP, IS THAT HE EATS YOUR SOUL OR THEY EAT YOUR SOUL — OR THEY EAT YOUR SOUL — SOMEBODY EATS YOUR SOUL, I DON’T SOMEBODY EATS YOUR SOUL, I DON’T REMEMBER. REMEMBER.>>JIM COMEY SAID THAT THE>>JIM COMEY SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT EATS THE SOULS OF ROD PRESIDENT EATS THE SOULS OF ROD ROSENSTEIN AND JOHN KELLY AND ROSENSTEIN AND JOHN KELLY AND EVERYONE. EVERYONE. I THINK BILL BARR’S SOUL WAS I THINK BILL BARR’S SOUL WAS EATEN PREVIOUSLY. EATEN PREVIOUSLY. I THINK HE JOINED LOOKING TO END I THINK HE JOINED LOOKING TO END THIS INVESTIGATION FOR PRESIDENT THIS INVESTIGATION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. TRUMP. HE SHOWED UP, AND HE DID THAT HE SHOWED UP, AND HE DID THAT THAT. THAT. AND HE’S CONTINUING TO DO THE AND HE’S CONTINUING TO DO THE JOB DESPITE THE CLEAR PRECEDENT JOB DESPITE THE CLEAR PRECEDENT OF THE HILLARY CLINTON OF THE HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION WHEN CONGRESS ASKS INVESTIGATION WHEN CONGRESS ASKS FOR MATERIALS ABOUT THE CLOSED FOR MATERIALS ABOUT THE CLOSED INVESTIGATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF INVESTIGATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TURNS IT OVER. JUSTICE TURNS IT OVER. HE’S GOING TO BE THE SECOND HE’S GOING TO BE THE SECOND CABINET OFFICIAL IN HISTORY HELD CABINET OFFICIAL IN HISTORY HELD IN CONTEMPT, I WORKED FOR THE IN CONTEMPT, I WORKED FOR THE FIRST ONE, ERIC HOLDER. FIRST ONE, ERIC HOLDER. HE’S NOT GOING TO BE THE ONLY HE’S NOT GOING TO BE THE ONLY ONE. ONE. I SUSPECT YOU’LL SEE TREASURY I SUSPECT YOU’LL SEE TREASURY SECRET AND ACTING HOMELAND SECRET AND ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHERS BECAUSE IT’S SECURITY AND OTHERS BECAUSE IT’S ACROSS THE ADMINISTRATION ACROSS THE ADMINISTRATION THEY’RE REFUSING TO COOPERATE AT THEY’RE REFUSING TO COOPERATE AT ALL. ALL. IT IS THE RESULT OF AN IT IS THE RESULT OF AN ADMINISTRATION IN WHICH NONE OF ADMINISTRATION IN WHICH NONE OF THE TRADITIONAL INCENTIVES WORK. THE TRADITIONAL INCENTIVES WORK. YOU CAN’T SHAME THEM INTO YOU CAN’T SHAME THEM INTO ACTING. ACTING. OTHERS WOULD TURN IT OVER NOT OTHERS WOULD TURN IT OVER NOT BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO COOPERATE BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO COOPERATE WITH CONGRESS BUT THEY WERE WITH CONGRESS BUT THEY WERE AFRAID OF POLITICAL SHAMED. AFRAID OF POLITICAL SHAMED. AND THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT AND THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE IN THE COURTS. THE FUTURE IN THE COURTS. PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T CARE PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THAT. ABOUT THAT. HE CARES ABOUT UP TO THE 2020 HE CARES ABOUT UP TO THE 2020 ELECTION. ELECTION.>>YOU CAN ALREADY SEE SOME OF>>YOU CAN ALREADY SEE SOME OF THE PRECEDENT BEING SET IN THE PRECEDENT BEING SET IN CERTAIN THINGS, THE WAY THE CERTAIN THINGS, THE WAY THE WHITE HOUSE HAS HANDLED THIS, WHITE HOUSE HAS HANDLED THIS, AND THE QUESTION IS HOW FAR DOES AND THE QUESTION IS HOW FAR DOES THAT GO DOWN THE ROAD AND THEN THAT GO DOWN THE ROAD AND THEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE POLITICS OF WHEN IT COMES TO THE POLITICS OF IT, THE THING WE DON’T KNOW IS IT, THE THING WE DON’T KNOW IS ALL OF US PAY ATTENTION TO THIS ALL OF US PAY ATTENTION TO THIS VERY CLOSELY, WE TUNE IN TO THE VERY CLOSELY, WE TUNE IN TO THE HEARINGS ALL DAY AND THE HEARINGS ALL DAY AND THE NITTY-GRITTY OF EVERYTHING, IT’S NITTY-GRITTY OF EVERYTHING, IT’S A REAL UNKNOWN HOW THIS PLAYS A REAL UNKNOWN HOW THIS PLAYS AMONG THE AVERAGE VOTER IN 2020. AMONG THE AVERAGE VOTER IN 2020. WHOSE MESSAGE ACTUALLY SINKS IN WHOSE MESSAGE ACTUALLY SINKS IN IS THE PRESIDENT SUCCESSFUL IN IS THE PRESIDENT SUCCESSFUL IN THE WAY HE’S CAST THINGS AND THE THE WAY HE’S CAST THINGS AND THE DEMOCRATS MOVE TO IMPEACHMENT, DEMOCRATS MOVE TO IMPEACHMENT, THEY HAVEN’T DONE A GOOD JOB THEY HAVEN’T DONE A GOOD JOB SAYING WHY THEY MIGHT DO THAT, SAYING WHY THEY MIGHT DO THAT, NOT JUST BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT NOT JUST BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE ANYMORE BUT BECAUSE IT’S AN ANYMORE BUT BECAUSE IT’S AN INVESTIGATIVE TOOL. INVESTIGATIVE TOOL. HAVE THEY MESSAGED WELL ENOUGH?

100 Comments

  • Kelly And Sam Seed

    Well, 27 to 37% of Americans don't think it's a crisis. They're totally content with an autocracy. What's the problem? Dictators are cool. Big strong men. Some of us love to heap praise on a corrupt, morally bankrupt, racist, lying, incompetent braggard and watch as he divides us, attacks most of us, takes power from Congress, destroys our supreme court, subverts the constitution and rule of law, and gets rich in the process. Nah, man. Nothing to see here. "Case closed."

  • Idylchatter

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-undocumented-immigrants-trump-20190208-story.html  A pipeline of undocumented workers for Donald Trump ran from Costa Rica to N.J.: 'My whole town practically lived there'

    >>Now the 34-year-old lives with his wife and daughters in a sturdy house built by "Trump money," as he put it, with a porch to watch the sun go down.
    It's a common story in this small town.
    Other former employees of President Donald Trump's company live nearby: men who once raked the sand traps and pushed mowers through thick heat on Trump's prized golf property – the "Summer White House," as aides have called it – here his daughter Ivanka got married and where he wants to build a family cemetery.
    "Many of us helped him get what he has today," Angulo said. "This golf course was built by illegals."
    The Washington Post spoke with 16 men and women from Costa Rica and other Latin American countries, including six in Santa Teresa de Cajon, who said they were employed at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. All of them said they worked for Trump without legal status – and that their managers knew.<<

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/purge-of-undocumented-workers-by-the-presidents-company-spreads-to-at-least-5-trump-golf-courses/2019/02/04/99454e4a-2690-11e9-ba08-caf4ff5a3433_story.html?utm_term=.cd28da828fe7 Purge of undocumented workers by the president’s company spreads to at least 5 Trump golf courses

    President Trump’s company has fired at least 18 undocumented workers from five golf courses in New York and New Jersey in the past two months, part of a purge set in motion after a series of reports about the clubs’ employment of workers without legal status.
    Eric Trump, the president’s son, confirmed the firings to The Washington Post on Monday. Those dismissed included three undocumented workers at the Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck near Montrose, N.J., and three more at the Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia in Pine Hill, N.J.
    Another was dismissed from Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Eric Trump said. Eric and his brother, Donald Trump Jr., have day-to-day control of the Trump Organization.
    The Washington Post could not independently verify Eric Trump’s figures. There have also been firings at the Trump course in Bedminster, N.J., which his son did not address.

  • Watcher

    stop saying that Fred Trump was a legit businessman, unlike his son? no, he wasn't Fred was a criminal too who use to skim off of government housing projects and who had mob ties and tRUMP always lost money even in his early years CON IN OFFICE AND RUNNING THE USA YOU, I pay Tax WHY NOT PEOPLE WITH MONEY WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ENOUGH< ENOUGH HE NEED TO GO TO JAIL

  • Eddie Johnson

    Impeach, remove, and prosecute #45 immediately! He's a corrupt criminal and should be impeached immediately! Just disgusting and deplorable! Sickening even! Impeach and lock him up immediately!

  • wily wascal

    Been pondering the question of Federal/Supreme Courts recognizing the Constitutional crisis we've entered and would expedite process in the interests of justice, stability, and protection of the Constitution. Like the legal analyst, I expected they probably would, although this will still take some time. I also suspect that we may see a quick decision on one or more of these Subpoenas, with a fair chance of providing enough evidence to proceed with impeachment hearings. My bet is the Trump tax returns and Mueller Report materials subpoenaed will be the first received by the House, as the law is clear and Trump's legal arguments flimsy, if not laughable. Then again, can the stacked Supreme Court be trusted any more than Barr? That will be the question going forward.

  • Hyper Sonic

    The founding fathers made the Constitution to stop would be dictators like Trump. USA, don't let this chump spit on the Constitution of the United States of America.

  • Bucky Pinata

    We are when the Dems want to circumvent the law, destroy the 1sta nd 2nd Amendments, allow illegals to vote, push a fake narrative, try to coup a Presidential election, etc., etc. etc….

  • Grey Area

    We cant do anything against Trump. Just vote him out, that's all we can do. Barr wont leave and Trump can block anyone from testifying, and we can't do anything. Just vote him out in 2020, VOTE.

  • Kathryn Shaw

    Benjamin Franklin and George Washington both believed strongly in informing the public. Trump wouldn't give Congress a used snot rag if requested, and would probably blame Hilary for having had to use one in the first place. If there are any GOP Senators that are capable of reading and remembering their childhood ethics, I suggest that they actually read the Mueller Report. Regardless of what McConnell has to say regarding the matter, any red blooded American should be offended by what Trump and his minions have done and continue to do. America will remain at their mercy until they are successfully thrown out.

  • Manuela Costa Lima

    Donald Trump is a deadly cancer inside the American republic and the murderer of the rule of law. If you care for your integrity and survival, don't let him and his minions win, America!

  • Christian Geiselmann

    Idiotic music background at the beginning. Can't you report simply the news without childish acoustic drama?

  • George Deriziotis

    The only crisis is the one the SOCIALIST ELITES are going to experience over the next several years! You people are so dumb, it amazes me that you make it through the day! You're going to lose seats in the Senate. You're going to lose the House. And the President will get re elected. And I can't wait to see what happens to Comey and company!

  • She's my President

    All Democrats can rely on is forced CENSORSHIP and if they win (Via cheating) Civil War will erupt AMERICA has had enough of job outsourcing and Illegal aliens taking domestic jobs .. Instead DEMS sold America out to CHINA and will be facing Military Tribunal for their treason

  • Sheik Yo Booty

    DONTHECON IS RUNNING THE CON OF HIS LIFE ON AMERICA
    Impeach and incarcerate the treasonous LITTLE MUSHROOM DK PUSSYGRABBER drumpf

  • Manny j

    Either The Congress removes trump or The Military Leadership will. They haven't protected America just to allow a wannabe dictator along with pootin to take it over. The clock is running!

  • Ruthie Rosenfeld

    (sound of tiny violin) Sad that 45 will drop the contemptuous AG like a hot potato … "I didn't know him very well. He worked for my administration for a very short time…"

  • Flummoxed Marmoset

    The FMIs [Fans of the Mewling Infant] would like us to believe that there is no difference between this executive privilage, and the executive privilage claimed by Obama over the 'Fast and Furious' documents, neither is excusable – but sorry this is quite a bit more serious.

  • Alfred Degiorgio

    The Ex-GOP is working very hard to stop the House from impeaching Trump, claiming that a Senate block is a certainty. In fact, the Ex-GOP is extremely worried that the Senate WILL NOT BLOCK impeachment! There are strong indications that some of its Senators would abandon Trump's sinking ship, and he publicly claimed that he expects SCOTUS to defend him, not the Senate! It's all a big bluff!

  • Jimi Harris

    Trump is a profoundly ignorant person! He has no more than a sixth grade knowledge and understanding of the US Constitution and America's three co-equal branches of government!!

  • Brian Smith

    So Barr and Mnuchin as well as others claim that congress is acting illegally, yet the only person to be able to state so with clarity would be a Judge. Barr and Mnuchin have not sought the legal opinion of a Judge in a courtroom for no other reason that a Judge would claim that they are wrong. Outlaws, all of them.

  • David C Witkin

    We are in the midst of a full-on Constitutional Crisis. I predict we will be seeing Trump and his family dragged out of the White House in handcuffs in January of 2021, along with many members of his Administration.

  • Art Studio

    From here on out there is nothing he won't declare executive privilege about. The deed is now done. this is a dictatorship. Impeach is the minimum to be done. Minimum.

  • WolfRenFlame

    Regardless of what happens I hope the voters hold the Republican party accountable for everything that's been going on. Republicans in Congress have absolutely no backbone when it comes to the coward named D. Trump.

  • beefy a la penis

    If Barr had any balls, courage, a spine, then he should voluntarily resign and pleade the fifth.

  • Marius M

    why is everyone laughing…? there is nothing funny about this horrific display of presidential criminality. really. ?

  • Rosemarie Collins

    He just thinks being potus means he's the end all be all ruler . Had he gotten an education, he'd have known about the 3 separate but equal branches of government

  • Michele Kett

    Trump can only stop them if they agree to continue to back him. What needs to be understood is why McConnel, et al continue to back him. They seem to be unable to recognise that Trump will betray them all once he has what he wants. Does Trump even know what he’ll do if he is able to become the country’s dictator? Narcissism knows no bounds, lacks reason but is addictive. He would be worse than Stalin, Hitler and Mao rolled into one.

  • amiho gatai

    omarosa, if she can trusted, has talked about evidence being by this administration. might be worth looking into.

  • L I

    I hope the Dems are not going to lose this fight, or they may be arrested and jailed. I fear that is in the GOP game plan as they end our constututional democracy and institute a banana republic where they never ever lose power. Barr was asked to start the process, far fetched maybe, but we have to expect the worst and plan our defense accordingly. Was this why Kamala Harris asked That question?

    Don't count on fair elections to right the wrong either. Remember Trump saying the voting machines weren't changed in the last election. He projects what he wants.

  • Brigitte Scott

    When an enemy of the people attacked American democracy in the past we fortunately had a leader who rallied us to join in its defense. We have no such leader today, since it appears, the American President is the enemy of democracy and the constitution.

  • Feanor Silva

    We are about to find out who really governs America. In other words, to whom is the Military going to give their loyalty?

  • brown beast

    So if the president doesn't follow the law OR oversight of congress.. What's the difference between America and a banana republic of a dictatorship!?

  • Eddie Johnson

    Putin's puppet! Parlayed with Putin! Lock him up immediately! Corrupt criminal element in the White House! Period! Period! Period!

  • TheRealCritique

    I don't ever want to hear another politician talking about ducks. Jesus, what a stupid metaphor. That guy needs to stay out of comedy attempts. Unfunniest black man on stage ever.

  • Junior Harry

    Hi Nicole.👋.
    Exceptional reporting, Nicole.👍☺👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏.
    Keep on digging, Nicole.👍.
    👉👉Patience democrats, patience.👍.

  • Silence DoGood

    Only crisis we have is the treacherous Dem party and boy are they going to pay for that in next elections!!!!

  • Brian Rapp

    WOW. #1. NBC. BABE. NICHOLLE. WALLACE. I. NEED. MY. 151. RUM. MAI. TAIS. DADDY. JUICE. canyonlocalfilmscom

  • Honest Business

    The red hat and tinfoil really helps them get their heads way up in Rump’s rump. Rump supporters have brain damage due to the lack of oxygen up there.

  • Tammy Tsang

    Talk talk talk and talk, non-stop talking. How about doing something constructive to indict the Orange Freak. People had heard enough already.

  • youil moradian

    My fellow American lets kick the M.F……..ers Republican out of everything, lets get rid of their party for good. No more F……..en republican in our country.

  • Candy Troy

    constitutional crisis, hold on, Didnt a Dem say about abolishing the constitution? and arent the 1 st and 2nd constantly assaulted? hmmm

  • Saltponds239

    Constitutional Crisis? You bet we are – Congress just passed a resolution to hold the AG in Contempt because the AG is obeying the law.

  • Donnie Darko

    Digital book burning… just like their ideological forefathers. Dims are right in line with Hitler. Tracking well he would be proud of Americas liberal left.

  • carl craft

    if we have to see the presidents tax returns for no reason, I want to see pelosi, harris, watters, and nadler's tax returns as well. You opened the door, if such things as personal as tax returns need to be public well then equally it has to be the same for everyone.

  • wandering spirit

    A constitutional crisis is when Nadler holds Barr in contempt for not breaking the law.
    A constitutional crisis is when corrupt Obama DOJ/FBI officials break laws and meddle
    in an election to overthrow a duly elected POTUS. It will be a bloodbath when the
    IG Report and Barr's Report are completed. Uh oh.

  • Philip Schaefer

    The only Constitutional Crisis is with the Democratic party. The laws don't apply to them, Hillary clearly mishandled classified material with her private server and purposely deleted email and destroyed equipment to cover it up, No charges. Under the Obama administration the IRS targeted conservative groups, no one was held accountable. The DNC and Hillary used the government, i.e. CIA, FBI and investigative to investigate a political opponent, the used same to harass the duly elected president they don't like. We have a democratic house that is abusing their constitutional duties to harass the president. When one of their harassment activities (the Muller investigation) did not result in what they claim they not are attacking the Attorney General for not violating the law and release redacted information.

  • K K

    Lol lol lol. All the Democrats can do is call the President names. BECAUSE HE DID NOT COLLUDE. HE IS INOCIENT….
    POLITICS AT ITS WORST. Its discusting to read STUPIDITY.

  • Brandon Vanderpoel

    David Horowitz has mentioned in speeches the origin of “political correctness”, it was used by Mao, the most brutal dictator in history. It meant for everyone to be in lock-step formation, nobody deviates from the party line, the narrative of their political agenda. That’s why every democrat and left wing news broadcast uses the same terms together. “Constitutional Crisis!” “Easter worshippers!” “Russian Collusion!” And i think he would probably know since he helped found the black panther party. Right wing news might do the same thing, just interesting to point out

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