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MSNBC 18 Dec 2019

Priest Rebukes Republican's Comparison Of Trump Impeachment To Jesus Trial

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During the debate over Trump's impeachment, Republicans compared the president's situation to Pearl Harbor and even the trial of Jesus... which was just too much for one Jesuit priest. Aired on 12/18/19.


Democrats have provided new evidence on President Donald Trump's impeachment trial that puts pressure on Republicans to include witness testimony and the additional documents.

The documents are from a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who allegedly sought to get information from Ukraine that would discredit the president's political rival.

Republicans are also being asked to vote "yes" to former National Security Advisor John Bolton providing testimony at the trial.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Washington, DC.
While speaking to press on MLK Day, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would not approve of the impeachment process against President Trump. Watch her remarks.
Just hours after a date was set for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, one of the key figures in the Ukraine scandal embarked on a media push on Wednesday night.
Rep. Jim Himes, member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about a new collection of evidence in the Donald Trump impeachment case that not only offers new insights into Donald Trump's behavior toward Ukraine, but exposes some shocking new sub-plots. Aired on 01/14/20.

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ON WHETHER THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE.
BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE. >> TODAY AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
>> TODAY AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE I SOLEMNLY AND SADLY OPEN THE
I SOLEMNLY AND SADLY OPEN THE DEBATE ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE
DEBATE ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF WE DO NOT ACT NOW, WE WOULD
IF WE DO NOT ACT NOW, WE WOULD BE DERELICT IN OUR DUTY.
BE DERELICT IN OUR DUTY. IT IS TRAGIC THAT THE
IT IS TRAGIC THAT THE PRESIDENT’S RECKLESS ACTIONS
PRESIDENT’S RECKLESS ACTIONS MAKE IMPEACHMENT NECESSARY.
MAKE IMPEACHMENT NECESSARY. HE GAVE US NO CHOICE.
HE GAVE US NO CHOICE. >> YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO
>> YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO THIS EVER SINCE THE GENTLEMAN
THIS EVER SINCE THE GENTLEMAN WAS ELECTED.
WAS ELECTED. MISTER -- CAME FORWARD AND DID
MISTER -- CAME FORWARD AND DID WHAT HE SAW FIT FOR THE AMERICAN
WHAT HE SAW FIT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BU BUT YET THEY WANTED TO
PEOPLE BU BUT YET THEY WANTED TO IMPEACH HIM.
IMPEACH HIM. >> ON DECEMBER 7th, 1941 A
>> ON DECEMBER 7th, 1941 A HORRIFIC ACT HAPPENED IN THE
HORRIFIC ACT HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ONE THAT
UNITED STATES AND IT’S ONE THAT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID THIS IS
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID THIS IS A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY.
A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY. TODAY DECEMBER THE 18th, 2019 IS
TODAY DECEMBER THE 18th, 2019 IS ANOTHER DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN
ANOTHER DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY.
INFAMY. >> WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY
>> WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY IS NOT ONLY PATRIOTIC, IT IS
IS NOT ONLY PATRIOTIC, IT IS UNIQUELY AMERICAN.
UNIQUELY AMERICAN. AMERICA IS A STORY OF ORDINARY
AMERICA IS A STORY OF ORDINARY PEOPLE CONFRONTING ABUSES OF
PEOPLE CONFRONTING ABUSES OF POWER WITH A STEADFAST PURSUIT
POWER WITH A STEADFAST PURSUIT OF JUSTICE.
OF JUSTICE. >> THE IMPEACHMENT SERVES TWO
>> THE IMPEACHMENT SERVES TWO PURPOSES.
PURPOSES. NUMBER ONE, STOP THE
NUMBER ONE, STOP THE INVESTIGATION BY THE U.S.
INVESTIGATION BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND UKRAINE INTO THE CORRUPTION OF
UKRAINE INTO THE CORRUPTION OF UKRAINE INTERFERENCE INTO THE
UKRAINE INTERFERENCE INTO THE U.S. ELECTION IN 2016.
U.S. ELECTION IN 2016. >> I’M DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT ANY
>> I’M DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT ANY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE WOULD SPOUT
MEMBER OF THE HOUSE WOULD SPOUT RUSSIAN PROP GAPDAGANDA ON THE F
RUSSIAN PROP GAPDAGANDA ON THE F OF THE HOUSE.
OF THE HOUSE. >> I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF
>> I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT.
THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. I COME TO THIS FLOOR NOT AS A
I COME TO THIS FLOOR NOT AS A DEMOCRAT, NOT AS A REPUBLICAN,
DEMOCRAT, NOT AS A REPUBLICAN, BUT AS AN AMERICAN WHO CARES
BUT AS AN AMERICAN WHO CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION,
DEEPLY ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, THE RULE OF LAW, AND THE RIGHTS
THE RULE OF LAW, AND THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE.
OF THE PEOPLE. >> NEVER IN ALL MY YEARS OF
>> NEVER IN ALL MY YEARS OF SERVING IN THIS GREAT
SERVING IN THIS GREAT INSTITUTION THAT I LOVE AND THE
INSTITUTION THAT I LOVE AND THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT DID I EVER
PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT DID I EVER EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER SUCH AN
EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER SUCH AN OBVIOUS WRONGDOING BY A
OBVIOUS WRONGDOING BY A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. >> SO YOU HEARD HOW SOME OF THE
>> SO YOU HEARD HOW SOME OF THE TALKING POINTS WENT TODAY.
TALKING POINTS WENT TODAY. SOME OF THEM TRANSLATED FROM THE
SOME OF THEM TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL RUSSIAN.
ORIGINAL RUSSIAN. WE HEARD AT LEAST ONE PEARL
WE HEARD AT LEAST ONE PEARL HARBOR REFERENCE.
HARBOR REFERENCE. ONE OTHER MOMENT THAT DREW A LOT
ONE OTHER MOMENT THAT DREW A LOT OF ATTENTION WAS WHEN ONE OF THE
OF ATTENTION WAS WHEN ONE OF THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBERS
REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBERS COMPARED THE IMPEACHMENT OF
COMPARED THE IMPEACHMENT OF TRUMP TO THE TRIAL OF JESUS.
TRUMP TO THE TRIAL OF JESUS. >> WHEN JESUS WAS FALSELY
>> WHEN JESUS WAS FALSELY ACCUSED OF TREASON, PONTIUS
ACCUSED OF TREASON, PONTIUS PILATE GAVE JESUS THE
PILATE GAVE JESUS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FACE HIS
OPPORTUNITY TO FACE HIS ACCUSERS.
ACCUSERS. DURING THAT SHAM TRIAL PONTIUS
DURING THAT SHAM TRIAL PONTIUS PILATE AFFORDED MORE RIGHTS TO
PILATE AFFORDED MORE RIGHTS TO JESUS THAN THE DEMOCRATS HAVE
JESUS THAN THE DEMOCRATS HAVE AFFORDED THIS PRESIDENT IN THIS
AFFORDED THIS PRESIDENT IN THIS PROCESS.
PROCESS. >> THAT BROUGHT THIS RESPONSE
>> THAT BROUGHT THIS RESPONSE FROM AUTHOR AND JESUIT PRIEST
FROM AUTHOR AND JESUIT PRIEST FATHER JAMES MARTIN.
FATHER JAMES MARTIN. "PILATE HAD JESUS BEATEN AND
"PILATE HAD JESUS BEATEN AND WHIPPED, THROWN INTO JAIL
WHIPPED, THROWN INTO JAIL OVERNIGHT, MARCHED THROUGH THE
OVERNIGHT, MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS CARRYING HIS CROSS, THEN
STREETS CARRYING HIS CROSS, THEN NAILED TO THAT CROSS UNTIL HE
NAILED TO THAT CROSS UNTIL HE DIED.
DIED. COMPARING THE TREATMENT RECEIVED
COMPARING THE TREATMENT RECEIVED BY THE PRESIDENT TO WHAT JESUS

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