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Watch Adam Schiff Deliver His Closing Remarks In The Senate Impeachment Trial

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., delivered his closing remarks in the Senate impeachment trial, claiming how important removing President Trump from office would be.


Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., claimed that President Trump "betrayed his oath to protect and defend the Constitution" during his closing arguments for the Senate impeachment trial.
As the Senate moves ahead with the likely acquittal of President Trump in the ongoing impeachment trial, Republicans are weighing an option to launch their own probe into the whistleblower. One America's Emily Finn takes a look at the remarks by some of the senators mulling an investigation.
House Manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivers his closing argument at the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, a House manager in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, invoked 'Harry Potter' and Prof. Dumbledore in his closing remarks.

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AND MAJESTIC MARCH TOWARD A MORE PERFECT UNION.
PERFECT UNION. >>> MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, I WANT TO
>>> MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING YOU FOR THE
BEGIN BY THANKING YOU FOR THE DISTINGUISHED WAY YOU HAVE
DISTINGUISHED WAY YOU HAVE PRESIDED OVER THESE PROCEEDINGS.
PRESIDED OVER THESE PROCEEDINGS. SENATORS, WE ARE NOT ENEMIES BUT
SENATORS, WE ARE NOT ENEMIES BUT FRIENDS.
FRIENDS. WE MUST NOT BE ENEMIES.
WE MUST NOT BE ENEMIES. IF LINCOLN COULD SPEAK THESE
IF LINCOLN COULD SPEAK THESE WARS DURING THE CIVIL WAR,
WARS DURING THE CIVIL WAR, SURELY WE CAN LIVE THEM NOW AND
SURELY WE CAN LIVE THEM NOW AND OVERCOME OUR DIVISIONS AND OUR
OVERCOME OUR DIVISIONS AND OUR ANIMOSITIES.
ANIMOSITIES. IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON,
IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON, THE LIGHTS ARE FINALLY GOING OUT
THE LIGHTS ARE FINALLY GOING OUT IN THE CAPITOL AFTER LONG DAY OF
IN THE CAPITOL AFTER LONG DAY OF IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD J.
IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD J. TRUMP.
TRUMP. THE SENATE HEARD ARGUMENTS ONLY
THE SENATE HEARD ARGUMENTS ONLY HOURS EARLIER ON WHETHER TO CALL
HOURS EARLIER ON WHETHER TO CALL WITNESSES AND REQUIRE THE
WITNESSES AND REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE
ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS IT HAS WITHHELD.
DOCUMENTS IT HAS WITHHELD. COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT STILL
COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT STILL MAINTAINS THE PRESIDENT’S
MAINTAINS THE PRESIDENT’S INNOCENCE WHILE OPPOSING ANY
INNOCENCE WHILE OPPOSING ANY ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE THAT WOULD
ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE THAT WOULD PROVE OTHERWISE.
PROVE OTHERWISE. IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON.
IT IS MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON. ON THIS NIGHT, NOT ALL THE
ON THIS NIGHT, NOT ALL THE LIGHTS HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED.
LIGHTS HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED. SOMEWHERE IN THE SBOULS OF THE
SOMEWHERE IN THE SBOULS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, DONALD
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, DONALD TRUMP’S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, A
TRUMP’S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, A LIGHT REMAINS ON.
LIGHT REMAINS ON. SOMEONE HAS WAITED UNTIL THE
SOMEONE HAS WAITED UNTIL THE COUNTRY IS ASLEEP TO HIT "SEND"
COUNTRY IS ASLEEP TO HIT "SEND" TO INFORM THE COURT IN A FILING
TO INFORM THE COURT IN A FILING DUE THAT DAY THAT THE JUSTICE
DUE THAT DAY THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT THAT
DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT THAT WOULD REPRESENT JUSTICE, IS
WOULD REPRESENT JUSTICE, IS REFUSING TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS
REFUSING TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS DIRECTLY BEARING ON THE
DIRECTLY BEARING ON THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION TO WITHHOLD
PRESIDENT’S DECISION TO WITHHOLD MILITARY AID FROM UKRAINE.
MILITARY AID FROM UKRAINE. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS THEM.
THEM. IT IS NOT TURNING THEM OVER, AND
IT IS NOT TURNING THEM OVER, AND IT DOES NOT WANT THE SENATE TO
IT DOES NOT WANT THE SENATE TO KNOW UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.
KNOW UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. SEND.
SEND. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY
THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN YOU LEFT HOME FOR THE
NIGHT WHEN YOU LEFT HOME FOR THE WEEKEND IN A REPLAY OF THE
WEEKEND IN A REPLAY OF THE DUPLICITY WE SAW DURING THE
DUPLICITY WE SAW DURING THE TRIAL, WHEN THE PRESIDENT’S
TRIAL, WHEN THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS ARGUED HERE THAT THE
LAWYERS ARGUED HERE THAT THE HOUSE MUST GO TO COURT AND
HOUSE MUST GO TO COURT AND ARGUED IN COURT THAT THE HOUSE
ARGUED IN COURT THAT THE HOUSE MUST COME HERE.
MUST COME HERE. THEY WERE AT IT AGAIN.
THEY WERE AT IT AGAIN. TELLING THE COURT IN A MIDNIGHT
TELLING THE COURT IN A MIDNIGHT FILING THAT IT WOULD NOT TURN
FILING THAT IT WOULD NOT TURN OVER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS EVEN AS
OVER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS EVEN AS THEY ARGUED HERE THAT THEY WERE
THEY ARGUED HERE THAT THEY WERE NOT COVERING UP THE PRESIDENT’S
NOT COVERING UP THE PRESIDENT’S MISDEEDS.
MISDEEDS. MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON.
MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON. ALL TOO TRAGEDY A METAPHOR FOR
ALL TOO TRAGEDY A METAPHOR FOR WHERE THE COUNTRY FINDS ITSELF
WHERE THE COUNTRY FINDS ITSELF AT THE CONCLUSION OF ONLY THE
AT THE CONCLUSION OF ONLY THE THIRD IMPEACHMENT IN HISTORY,
THIRD IMPEACHMENT IN HISTORY, AND THE FIRST IMPEACHMENT TRIAL
AND THE FIRST IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WITHOUT WITNESSES OR DOCUMENTS.
WITHOUT WITNESSES OR DOCUMENTS. THE FIRST SUCH TRIAL OR NONTRIAL
THE FIRST SUCH TRIAL OR NONTRIAL IN IMPEACHMENT HISTORY.
IN IMPEACHMENT HISTORY. HOW DID WE GET HERE?
HOW DID WE GET HERE? IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS
IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROCEEDING, YOU DID NOT KNOW
PROCEEDING, YOU DID NOT KNOW WHETHER WE COULD PROVE OUR CASE.
WHETHER WE COULD PROVE OUR CASE. MANY SENATORS, LIKE MANY
MANY SENATORS, LIKE MANY AMERICANS, DID NOT HAVE THE
AMERICANS, DID NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH MUCH, LET
OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH MUCH, LET ALONE, ALL OF THE OPEN HEARINGS
ALONE, ALL OF THE OPEN HEARINGS IN THE HOUSE DURING OUR
IN THE HOUSE DURING OUR INVESTIGATION.
INVESTIGATION. NONE OF US COULD ANTICIPATE WHAT
NONE OF US COULD ANTICIPATE WHAT DEFENSES THE PRESIDENT MIGHT
DEFENSES THE PRESIDENT MIGHT OFFER.
OFFER. NOW YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT WE
NOW YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT WE PROMISED.
PROMISED. OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF THE
OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT’S GUILT.
PRESIDENT’S GUILT. DONALD JOHN TRUMP WITHHELD
DONALD JOHN TRUMP WITHHELD HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO AN ALLY OF WAR AT AT COVETED
TO AN ALLY OF WAR AT AT COVETED WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THEIR
WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THEIR PRESIDENT TO COERCE OR EXTORT
PRESIDENT TO COERCE OR EXTORT THAT NATION’S HELP TO CHEAT IN
THAT NATION’S HELP TO CHEAT IN OUR ELECTIONS.
OUR ELECTIONS. WHEN HE WAS FOUND OUT, HE
WHEN HE WAS FOUND OUT, HE ENGAGED IN THE MOST
ENGAGED IN THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT TO COVER IT
COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT TO COVER IT UP IN THE HISTORY OF
UP IN THE HISTORY OF PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT.
PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT. FIGHTING OFF SUBPOENAS FOR
FIGHTING OFF SUBPOENAS FOR DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES, AND
DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES, AND USING HIS OWN OBSTRUCTION AS A
USING HIS OWN OBSTRUCTION AS A SWORD AND SHIELD.
SWORD AND SHIELD. ARGUING HERE THAT THE HOUSE DID
ARGUING HERE THAT THE HOUSE DID NOT FIGHT HARD ENOUGH TO
NOT FIGHT HARD ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THEIR NONINVOCATION OF
OVERCOME THEIR NONINVOCATION OF PRIVILEGE IN COURT, AND IN COURT
PRIVILEGE IN COURT, AND IN COURT THAT THE HOUSE MUST NOT BE HEARD
THAT THE HOUSE MUST NOT BE HEARD TO ENFORCE THEIR SUBPOENAS BUT
TO ENFORCE THEIR SUBPOENAS BUT THAT IMPEACHMENT IS A PROPER
THAT IMPEACHMENT IS A PROPER REMEDY.
REMEDY. HAVING FAILED TO PERSUADE THIS
HAVING FAILED TO PERSUADE THIS SENATE OR THE PUBLIC THERE WAS
SENATE OR THE PUBLIC THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, HAVING OFFERED
NO QUID PRO QUO, HAVING OFFERED NO EVIDENCE TO CONTRADICT THE
NO EVIDENCE TO CONTRADICT THE RECORD, THE PRESIDENT’S TEAM
RECORD, THE PRESIDENT’S TEAM OPTED IN A KIND OF ZBRAX
OPTED IN A KIND OF ZBRAX DESPERATION FOR A DIFFERENT KIND
DESPERATION FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEFENSE.
OF DEFENSE. FIRST, PREVENT THE SENATE AND
FIRST, PREVENT THE SENATE AND THE PUBLIC FROM HEARING FROM
THE PUBLIC FROM HEARING FROM WITNESSES WITH THE MOST DAMNING
WITNESSES WITH THE MOST DAMNING ACCOUNTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S
ACCOUNTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S MISCONDUCT.
MISCONDUCT. AND, SECOND, FALL BACK ON THE
AND, SECOND, FALL BACK ON THE THEORY OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER SO
THEORY OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER SO BROAD AND UNACCOUNTABLE IT WOULD
BROAD AND UNACCOUNTABLE IT WOULD ALLOW ANY OCCUPY PANT OF 1600
ALLOW ANY OCCUPY PANT OF 1600 PENNSYLVANIA TO BE AS CORRUPT AS
PENNSYLVANIA TO BE AS CORRUPT AS HE CHOSES AS THE CONGRESS IS
HE CHOSES AS THE CONGRESS IS POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT
POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
IT. THAT DEFENSE COLLAPSED OF ITS
THAT DEFENSE COLLAPSED OF ITS OWN DEADWEIGHT.
OWN DEADWEIGHT. PRESIDENTS MAY ABUSE THEIR POWER
PRESIDENTS MAY ABUSE THEIR POWER WITH IMPUNITY, THEY ARGUED.
WITH IMPUNITY, THEY ARGUED. ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT A
ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, THEY
CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, THEY CLAIMED.
CLAIMED. ON STATUTORY CRIME IS A
ON STATUTORY CRIME IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, EVEN
CONSTITUTIONAL CRIME, EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE NO STATUTORY
THOUGH THERE WERE NO STATUTORY CRIMES WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS
CRIMES WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS ADOPTED.
ADOPTED. THE PRESIDENT HAD TO LOOK FAR
THE PRESIDENT HAD TO LOOK FAR AND WIDE TO FIND A DEFENSE
AND WIDE TO FIND A DEFENSE LAWYER TO MAKE SUCH AN ARGUMENT
LAWYER TO MAKE SUCH AN ARGUMENT UNSUPPORTED BY HISTORY, THE
UNSUPPORTED BY HISTORY, THE FOUNDERS, OR COMMON SENSE.
FOUNDERS, OR COMMON SENSE. THE REPUBLICAN EXPERT WITNESS IN
THE REPUBLICAN EXPERT WITNESS IN THE HOUSE WOULD NOT MAKE IT.
THE HOUSE WOULD NOT MAKE IT. SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARS
SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARS WOULD NOT MAKE IT.
WOULD NOT MAKE IT. EVEN ALANERS DID WISH WOULD MAKE
EVEN ALANERS DID WISH WOULD MAKE IT.
IT. AT LEAST NOT IN 1998.
AT LEAST NOT IN 1998. THIS HAS BECOME THE PRESIDENT’S
THIS HAS BECOME THE PRESIDENT’S DEFENSE, YET THIS DEFENSE PROVED
DEFENSE, YET THIS DEFENSE PROVED INDEFENSIBLE.
INDEFENSIBLE. IF ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT
IF ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT IMPEACHABLE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS
IMPEACHABLE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS CLEAR THE FOUNDERS CAN SIT THE
CLEAR THE FOUNDERS CAN SIT THE HIGHEST OF ALL HIGH CRIMES AND
HIGHEST OF ALL HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, BUT IF WERE NOT
MISDEMEANORS, BUT IF WERE NOT IMPEACHABLE, A WHOLE RANGE OF
IMPEACHABLE, A WHOLE RANGE OF UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT IN A
UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT IN A PRESIDENT WOULD BE BEYOND REACH.
PRESIDENT WOULD BE BEYOND REACH. TRUMP COULD OFFER ALASKA TO THE
TRUMP COULD OFFER ALASKA TO THE RUSSIANS IN EXCHANGE FOR SUPPORT
RUSSIANS IN EXCHANGE FOR SUPPORT IN THE NEXT ELECTION OR DECIDE
IN THE NEXT ELECTION OR DECIDE TO MOVE TO MAR-A-LAGO
TO MOVE TO MAR-A-LAGO PERMANENTLY AND LET JARED
PERMANENTLY AND LET JARED KUSHNER RUN THE COUNTRY,
KUSHNER RUN THE COUNTRY, DELEGATING TO HIM THE DECISION
DELEGATING TO HIM THE DECISION TO GO TO WAR.
TO GO TO WAR. BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ARE NOT
BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ARE NOT NECESSARILY CRIMINAL, THIS
NECESSARILY CRIMINAL, THIS ARGUMENT WOULD ALLOW HE COULD
ARGUMENT WOULD ALLOW HE COULD NOT BE IMPEACHED FOR SUCH ABUSES
NOT BE IMPEACHED FOR SUCH ABUSES OF POWER.
OF POWER. OF COURSE, THIS WOULD BE ABSURD.
OF COURSE, THIS WOULD BE ABSURD. MORE THAN ABSURD, IT WOULD BE
MORE THAN ABSURD, IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS.
DANGEROUS. AND SO HE TRIED TO IMEMBELLISH H
AND SO HE TRIED TO IMEMBELLISH H LEGAL CREATIONS -- ABUSES OF
LEGAL CREATIONS -- ABUSES OF POWER THAT WOULD HELP THE
POWER THAT WOULD HELP THE PRESIDENT GET RE-ELECTED WERE
PRESIDENT GET RE-ELECTED WERE PERMISSIBLE AND UNIMPEACHABLE
PERMISSIBLE AND UNIMPEACHABLE AND ONLY THOSE FOR GAIN WERE
AND ONLY THOSE FOR GAIN WERE UNDER THE APPEAL.
UNDER THE APPEAL. UNDER THIS THEORY, AS LONG AS
UNDER THIS THEORY, AS LONG AS THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES IT’S IN
THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES IT’S IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, HE CAN DO
THE PUBLIC INTEREST, HE CAN DO ANYTHING AND NO QUID PRO QUO TOO
ANYTHING AND NO QUID PRO QUO TOO CORRUPT.
CORRUPT. NO DAMAGE TO OUR NATIONAL
NO DAMAGE TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TOO GREAT.
SECURITY TOO GREAT. EVEN THE PRESIDENT’S OTHER
EVEN THE PRESIDENT’S OTHER LAWYERS HAD TO RUN AWAY FROM IT.
LAWYERS HAD TO RUN AWAY FROM IT. SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH?
SO WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH? HE TRIED TO COERCE AN ALLY TO
HE TRIED TO COERCE AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT BY SMEARING HIS
HELP HIM CHEAT BY SMEARING HIS OPPONENT.
OPPONENT. HE BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL
HE BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TO DO IT WHEN HE
SECURITY TO DO IT WHEN HE WITHHELD MILITARY AID TO ALLY.
WITHHELD MILITARY AID TO ALLY. HE COVERED IT UP AND HE COVERS
HE COVERED IT UP AND HE COVERS IT UP STILL.
IT UP STILL. THIS CONTINUING OBSTRUCTION IS
THIS CONTINUING OBSTRUCTION IS THE THREAT TO THE OVERSIGHT AND
THE THREAT TO THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATORY POWERS OF THE
INVESTIGATORY POWERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND IF LEFT
HOUSE AND SENATE AND IF LEFT UNADDRESSED WILL PERMANENTLY AND
UNADDRESSED WILL PERMANENTLY AND DANGEROUSLY ALTER THE BALANCE OF
DANGEROUSLY ALTER THE BALANCE OF POWER.
POWER. THESE UNDENIABLE FACTS REQUIRE
THESE UNDENIABLE FACTS REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO RETREAT TO HIS
THE PRESIDENT TO RETREAT TO HIS FINAL DEFENSE.
FINAL DEFENSE. HE’S GUILTY AS SIN BUT CAN’T WE
HE’S GUILTY AS SIN BUT CAN’T WE JUST LET THE VOTERS DECIDE.
JUST LET THE VOTERS DECIDE. HE’S GUILTY OF SIN BUT WHY NOT
HE’S GUILTY OF SIN BUT WHY NOT LET THE VOTERS CLEAN UP THIS
LET THE VOTERS CLEAN UP THIS MESS?
MESS? AND HERE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION
AND HERE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION WE MUST LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF
WE MUST LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THIS PRESIDENCY AND TO THE
THIS PRESIDENCY AND TO THE CHARACTER OF THIS PRESIDENT OR
CHARACTER OF THIS PRESIDENT OR LACK OF CHARACTER AND ASK CAN WE
LACK OF CHARACTER AND ASK CAN WE BE CONFIDENT THAT HE WILL NOT
BE CONFIDENT THAT HE WILL NOT CONTINUE TO TRY TO CHEAT IN THAT
CONTINUE TO TRY TO CHEAT IN THAT VERY ELECTION.
VERY ELECTION. CAN WE BE CONFIDENT THAT
CAN WE BE CONFIDENT THAT AMERICANS AND NOT FOREIGN POWERS
AMERICANS AND NOT FOREIGN POWERS WILL GET TO DECIDE, AND THE
WILL GET TO DECIDE, AND THE PRESIDENT WILL SHUN ANY FURTHER
PRESIDENT WILL SHUN ANY FURTHER FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR
FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC AFFAIRS.
DEMOCRATIC AFFAIRS. AND THE SHORT, PLAIN, SAD,
AND THE SHORT, PLAIN, SAD, INCONTESTABLE ANSWER IS NO.
INCONTESTABLE ANSWER IS NO. YOU CAN’T.
YOU CAN’T. YOU CAN’T TRUST THIS PRESIDENT
YOU CAN’T TRUST THIS PRESIDENT TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
TO DO THE RIGHT THING. NOT FOR ONE MINUTE.
NOT FOR ONE MINUTE. NOT FOR ONE ELECTION.
NOT FOR ONE ELECTION. NOT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY.
NOT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY. YOU JUST CAN’T.
YOU JUST CAN’T. HE WILL NOT CHANGE AND YOU KNOW
HE WILL NOT CHANGE AND YOU KNOW IT.
IT. IN 2016, HE INVITED FOREIGN
IN 2016, HE INVITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION.
INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION. HEY, RUSSIA, IF YOU’RE
HEY, RUSSIA, IF YOU’RE LISTENING, HACK HILLARY’S
LISTENING, HACK HILLARY’S E-MAILS, HE SAID, AND THEY DID.
E-MAILS, HE SAID, AND THEY DID. IMMEDIATELY.
IMMEDIATELY. AND WHEN THE RUSSIANS STARTED
AND WHEN THE RUSSIANS STARTED DUMPING THEM BEFORE THE
DUMPING THEM BEFORE THE ELECTION, HE MADE USE OF THEM IN
ELECTION, HE MADE USE OF THEM IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY TOUTING AT
EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY TOUTING AT CAMPAIGN STOPS.
CAMPAIGN STOPS. WHEN INVESTIGATED, HE DID
WHEN INVESTIGATED, HE DID EVERYTHING TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE,
EVERYTHING TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE, GOING AS FAR AS TO FIRE THE
GOING AS FAR AS TO FIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE FBI AND ASKED
DIRECTOR OF THE FBI AND ASKED THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL TO LIE
THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL TO LIE ON HIS BEHALF.
ON HIS BEHALF. DURING THE SAME CAMPAIGN, WHILE
DURING THE SAME CAMPAIGN, WHILE TELLING THE COUNTRY HE HAD NO
TELLING THE COUNTRY HE HAD NO BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA,
BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA, HE WAS CONTINUING TO PURSUE THE
HE WAS CONTINUING TO PURSUE THE MOST LUCRATIVE DEAL OF HIS LIFE.
MOST LUCRATIVE DEAL OF HIS LIFE. A TRUMP TOWER IN THE HEART OF
A TRUMP TOWER IN THE HEART OF MOSCOW.
MOSCOW. SIX CLOSE ASSOCIATES WOULD BE
SIX CLOSE ASSOCIATES WOULD BE INDICTED OR GO TO JAIL IN
INDICTED OR GO TO JAIL IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRESIDENT’S
CONNECTION WITH THE PRESIDENT’S CAMPAIGN, RUSSIA, AND THE EFFORT
CAMPAIGN, RUSSIA, AND THE EFFORT TO COVER IT UP.
TO COVER IT UP. ON THE DAY AFTER THAT TRAGIC
ON THE DAY AFTER THAT TRAGIC CHAPTER APPEARED TO COME TO AN
CHAPTER APPEARED TO COME TO AN END WITH BOB MUELLER’S
END WITH BOB MUELLER’S TESTIMONY, DONALD TRUMP WAS BACK
TESTIMONY, DONALD TRUMP WAS BACK ON THE PHONE, THIS TIME WITH
ON THE PHONE, THIS TIME WITH ANOTHER FOREIGN POWER, UKRAINE,
ANOTHER FOREIGN POWER, UKRAINE, AND ONCE AGAIN, SEEKING FOREIGN
AND ONCE AGAIN, SEEKING FOREIGN HELP WITH HIS ELECTION.
HELP WITH HIS ELECTION. ONLY THIS TIME HE HAD THE FULL
ONLY THIS TIME HE HAD THE FULL POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY AT HIS
POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY AT HIS DISPOSAL.
DISPOSAL. THIS TIME HE COULD USE COERCE.
THIS TIME HE COULD USE COERCE. THIS TIME HE COULD WITHHOLD AID
THIS TIME HE COULD WITHHOLD AID FROM A NATION WHOSE SOLDIERS
FROM A NATION WHOSE SOLDIERS WERE DYING EVERY WEEK.
WERE DYING EVERY WEEK. THIS TIME, HE BELIEVED HE COULD
THIS TIME, HE BELIEVED HE COULD DO WHATEVER HE WANTED UNDER
DO WHATEVER HE WANTED UNDER ARTICLE II, AND THIS TIME, WHEN
ARTICLE II, AND THIS TIME, WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT WITHIN, HE COULD M
HE WAS CAUGHT WITHIN, HE COULD M SURE THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
SURE THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD NEVER INVESTIGATE THE
WOULD NEVER INVESTIGATE THE MATTER AND THEY DIDN’T.
MATTER AND THEY DIDN’T. DONALD TRUMP HAD NO MORE JEFF
DONALD TRUMP HAD NO MORE JEFF SESSIONS.
SESSIONS. HE HAD JUST THE MAN HE WANTED IN
HE HAD JUST THE MAN HE WANTED IN BILL BARR.
BILL BARR. A MAN WHOSE VIEW OF THE IMPERIAL
A MAN WHOSE VIEW OF THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY, A PRESIDENCY IN
PRESIDENCY, A PRESIDENCY IN WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS LITTLE MORE THAN AN EXTENSION
IS LITTLE MORE THAN AN EXTENSION OF THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, IS
OF THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, IS TO DO THE PRESIDENT’S BIDDING.
TO DO THE PRESIDENT’S BIDDING. SO CONGRESS HAD TO DO THE
SO CONGRESS HAD TO DO THE INVESTIGATION ITSELF.
INVESTIGATION ITSELF. JUST AS BEFORE, HE OBSTRUCTED
JUST AS BEFORE, HE OBSTRUCTED THAT INVESTIGATION IN EVERY WAY.
THAT INVESTIGATION IN EVERY WAY. HE HAS NOT CHANGED.
HE HAS NOT CHANGED. HE WILL NOT CHANGE.
HE WILL NOT CHANGE. HE HAS MADE THAT CLEAR HIMSELF
HE HAS MADE THAT CLEAR HIMSELF WITHOUT SELF-AWARENESS OR
WITHOUT SELF-AWARENESS OR HESITATION.
HESITATION. A MAN WITHOUT CHARACTER OR
A MAN WITHOUT CHARACTER OR ETHICAL COMPASS WILL NEVER FIND
ETHICAL COMPASS WILL NEVER FIND HIS WAY.
HIS WAY. EVEN AS THE MOST RECENT AND MOST
EVEN AS THE MOST RECENT AND MOST EGREGIOUS MISCONDUCT WAS
EGREGIOUS MISCONDUCT WAS DISCOVERED, HE WAS UNAPP JETTIC,
DISCOVERED, HE WAS UNAPP JETTIC, UNREPENTED, AND MORE DANGEROUS
UNREPENTED, AND MORE DANGEROUS UNDETERRED.
UNDETERRED. HE CONTINUED PRESSING UKRAINE TO
HE CONTINUED PRESSING UKRAINE TO SMEAR HIS RIVALS, EVEN AS THE
SMEAR HIS RIVALS, EVEN AS THE INVESTIGATION WAS UNDERWAY.
INVESTIGATION WAS UNDERWAY. HE INVITED NEW COUNTRIES TO GET
HE INVITED NEW COUNTRIES TO GET INVOLVED IN THE ACT, CALLING ON
INVOLVED IN THE ACT, CALLING ON CHINA TO DO THE SAME.
CHINA TO DO THE SAME. HIS PERSON RUDY GIULIANI
HIS PERSON RUDY GIULIANI DISPATCHED HIMSELF TO UKRAINE
DISPATCHED HIMSELF TO UKRAINE TRYING TO GET FURTHER
TRYING TO GET FURTHER INTERFERENCE INTO OUR ELECTION.
INTERFERENCE INTO OUR ELECTION. THE PLOT GOES ON.
THE PLOT GOES ON. THE SCHEMING PERSISTS, AND THE
THE SCHEMING PERSISTS, AND THE DANGER WILL NEVER RECEDE.
DANGER WILL NEVER RECEDE. HE HAS DONE IT BEFORE.
HE HAS DONE IT BEFORE. HE’LL DO IT AGAIN.
HE’LL DO IT AGAIN. WHAT ARE THE ODDS, IF LEFT IN
WHAT ARE THE ODDS, IF LEFT IN OFFICE, HE’LL CONTINUE TRYING TO
OFFICE, HE’LL CONTINUE TRYING TO CHEAT.
CHEAT. I WILL TELL YOU -- 100%.
I WILL TELL YOU -- 100%. NOT 5, NOT 10, NOT OR EVEN 50
NOT 5, NOT 10, NOT OR EVEN 50 BUT 100%.
BUT 100%. IF YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY,
IF YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY, AND YOU DO NOT REMOVE HIM FROM
AND YOU DO NOT REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE, HE WILL CONTINUE TRYING
OFFICE, HE WILL CONTINUE TRYING TO CHEAT IN THE ELECTION UNTIL
TO CHEAT IN THE ELECTION UNTIL HE SUCCEEDS.
HE SUCCEEDS. THEN WHAT SHALL YOU SAY?
THEN WHAT SHALL YOU SAY? WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF RUSSIA,
WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF RUSSIA, AGAIN, INTERFERES IN OUR
AGAIN, INTERFERES IN OUR ELECTION AND DONALD TRUMP DOES
ELECTION AND DONALD TRUMP DOES NOTHING BUT CELEBRATE THEIR
NOTHING BUT CELEBRATE THEIR EFFORTS?
EFFORTS? WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF UKRAINE
WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IF UKRAINE CAPITULATES AND ANNOUNCES
CAPITULATES AND ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE
INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE PRESIDENT’S RIVALS?
PRESIDENT’S RIVALS? WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IN FUTURE
WHAT SHALL YOU SAY IN FUTURE WHEN CANDIDATES COMPETE FOR THE
WHEN CANDIDATES COMPETE FOR THE LEGION OF FOREIGN POWERS IN
LEGION OF FOREIGN POWERS IN THEIR ELECTIONS?
THEIR ELECTIONS? WHEN THEY DRAFT THEIR PLATFORMS
WHEN THEY DRAFT THEIR PLATFORMS TO ENCOURAGE FOREIGN
TO ENCOURAGE FOREIGN INTERVENTION INTO THEIR
INTERVENTION INTO THEIR CAMPAIGN.
CAMPAIGN. FOREIGN NATIONS AS THE MOST
FOREIGN NATIONS AS THE MOST SUPEROF SUPER PACS OF THEM ALL.
SUPEROF SUPER PACS OF THEM ALL. IF NOT LEGAL, SOMEHOW
IF NOT LEGAL, SOMEHOW PERMISSIBLE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP
PERMISSIBLE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP HAS MADE IT SO AND WE REFUSED TO
HAS MADE IT SO AND WE REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BUT WRING
DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BUT WRING OUR HANDS.
OUR HANDS. THEY’LL HACK YOUR OPPONENTS’
THEY’LL HACK YOUR OPPONENTS’ E-MAILS, MOUNT A SOCIAL MEDIA
E-MAILS, MOUNT A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT YOU,
CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT YOU, ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS OF YOUR
ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS OF YOUR OPPONENT TO HELP YOU, AND ALL
OPPONENT TO HELP YOU, AND ALL FOR THE ASK.
FOR THE ASK. LEAVE DONALD TRUMP IN OFFICE
LEAVE DONALD TRUMP IN OFFICE AFTER YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY
AFTER YOU HAVE FOUND HIM GUILTY AND THIS IS THE FUTURE THAT YOU
AND THIS IS THE FUTURE THAT YOU WILL INVITE.
WILL INVITE. WE HAVE KNOWN SINCE THE DAY WE
WE HAVE KNOWN SINCE THE DAY WE BROUGHT THESE CHARGES THAT THE
BROUGHT THESE CHARGES THAT THE ROAD TO CONVICTION REQUIRING
ROAD TO CONVICTION REQUIRING FULLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE SENATE
FULLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE SENATE MAY BE PROHIBITIVELY HIGH.
MAY BE PROHIBITIVELY HIGH. YET THE ALTERNATIVE IS A RUN
YET THE ALTERNATIVE IS A RUN AWAY PRESIDENCY, AND A NATION
AWAY PRESIDENCY, AND A NATION WHOSE ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO THE
WHOSE ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.
HIGHEST BIDDER. SO YOU MIGHT ASK, HOW GIVEN THE
SO YOU MIGHT ASK, HOW GIVEN THE GRAVITY OF THE PRESIDENT’S
GRAVITY OF THE PRESIDENT’S MISCONDUCT, GIVEN THE ABUNDANCE
MISCONDUCT, GIVEN THE ABUNDANCE OF EVIDENCE OF HIS GUILT, GIVEN
OF EVIDENCE OF HIS GUILT, GIVEN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY SENATORS
THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY SENATORS OF BOTH PARTIES OF THAT GUILT,
OF BOTH PARTIES OF THAT GUILT, HOW THAT WE ARRIVED HERE WAS SO
HOW THAT WE ARRIVED HERE WAS SO LITTLE -- TO THE IMPEACHMENT --
LITTLE -- TO THE IMPEACHMENT -- IMPEACHMENT MUCH LESS SO AND WHY
IMPEACHMENT MUCH LESS SO AND WHY IS THE -- BETWEEN THE PARTIES
IS THE -- BETWEEN THE PARTIES EVEN GREATER TODAY?
EVEN GREATER TODAY? IT IS NOT FOR THE REASON THE
IT IS NOT FOR THE REASON THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS WOULD HAVE
PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE.
YOU BELIEVE. ALL THOUGH THEY HAVE CLAIMED
ALL THOUGH THEY HAVE CLAIMED MANY TIMES AND MANY WAYS THAT
MANY TIMES AND MANY WAYS THAT THE PROCESS IN THE HOUSE WAS
THE PROCESS IN THE HOUSE WAS FLAWED BECAUSE WE DID NOT ALLOW
FLAWED BECAUSE WE DID NOT ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO CONTROL IT, IT
THE PRESIDENT TO CONTROL IT, IT WAS, IN REALITY, LITTLE
WAS, IN REALITY, LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE PROCESS IN
DIFFERENT THAN THE PROCESS IN PRIOR IMPEACHMENTS.
PRIOR IMPEACHMENTS. THE CIRCUMSTANCES, OF COURSE,
THE CIRCUMSTANCES, OF COURSE, WERE DIFFERENT.
WERE DIFFERENT. THE WATERGATE INVESTIGATION
THE WATERGATE INVESTIGATION BEGAN IN THE SENATE AND IT
BEGAN IN THE SENATE AND IT PROGRESSED BEFORE IT GOT MOVING
PROGRESSED BEFORE IT GOT MOVING IN THE HOUSE.
IN THE HOUSE. THERE, OF COURSE, MUCH OF THE
THERE, OF COURSE, MUCH OF THE INVESTIGATIVE WORK HAD BEEN DONE
INVESTIGATIVE WORK HAD BEEN DONE BY THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.
BY THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. CLINTON THERE WAS LIKE WISE AN
CLINTON THERE WAS LIKE WISE AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL THAT
INDEPENDENT COUNSEL THAT CONDUCTED A MULTIYEAR
CONDUCTED A MULTIYEAR INVESTIGATION THAT STARTED WITH
INVESTIGATION THAT STARTED WITH A REAL ESTATE DEAL IN ARKANSAS
A REAL ESTATE DEAL IN ARKANSAS AND ENDED WITH A BLUE DRESS.
AND ENDED WITH A BLUE DRESS. NIXON AND CLINTON, OF COURSE,
NIXON AND CLINTON, OF COURSE, PLAYED NO ROLE IN THOSE
PLAYED NO ROLE IN THOSE INVESTIGATIONS BEFORE THEY MOVED
INVESTIGATIONS BEFORE THEY MOVED TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY
TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.
COMMITTEE. BUT TO THE DEGREE YOU CAN
BUT TO THE DEGREE YOU CAN COMPARE THE PROCESS WHEN IT GOT
COMPARE THE PROCESS WHEN IT GOT TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN
TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN EITHER PRIOR AND RECENT
EITHER PRIOR AND RECENT IMPEACHMENTS, IT WAS LARGELY THE
IMPEACHMENTS, IT WAS LARGELY THE SAME AS WE HAVE HERE.
SAME AS WE HAVE HERE. THE PRESIDENT HAD THE RIGHT TO
THE PRESIDENT HAD THE RIGHT TO CALL WITNESSES, TO ASK
CALL WITNESSES, TO ASK QUESTIONS, AND CHOSE NOT TO.
QUESTIONS, AND CHOSE NOT TO. THE HOUSE MAJORITIES IN NIXON
THE HOUSE MAJORITIES IN NIXON AND CLINTON DID NOT SEE THEIR
AND CLINTON DID NOT SEE THEIR POWER.
POWER. WE GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO
WE GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO REQUEST SUBPOENAS AND COMPEL A
REQUEST SUBPOENAS AND COMPEL A VOTE AND THEY DID.
VOTE AND THEY DID. SO THE DUE PROCESS THE HOUSE
SO THE DUE PROCESS THE HOUSE PRESIDED HERE -- PROVIDED HERE
PRESIDED HERE -- PROVIDED HERE WAS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AND, IN
WAS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AND, IN SOME WAYS, EVEN GREATER.
SOME WAYS, EVEN GREATER. NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENT’S
NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENT’S COUNSEL HOPES THAT THROUGH SHEER
COUNSEL HOPES THAT THROUGH SHEER REPETITION THEY CAN CONVERT
REPETITION THEY CAN CONVERT NONTRUTH INTO TRUTH.
NONTRUTH INTO TRUTH. DO NOT LET THEM.
DO NOT LET THEM. EVER SINGLE COURT TO HEAR THE
EVER SINGLE COURT TO HEAR THE ARGUMENTS HAS REJECTED THEM.
ARGUMENTS HAS REJECTED THEM. THE SUBPOENAS HAVE INVALID.
THE SUBPOENAS HAVE INVALID. REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT.
REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT. THEY HAVE ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY.
THEY HAVE ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY. REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT.
REJECTED BY THE McGAHN COURT. PRIVILEGE MACON SEAL CRIME OR
PRIVILEGE MACON SEAL CRIME OR FRAUD.
FRAUD. REJECTED BY THE COURT IN NIXON.
REJECTED BY THE COURT IN NIXON. BUT IF THE PROCESS HERE WAS
BUT IF THE PROCESS HERE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME, THE
SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME, THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S
FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S MISCONDUCT WERE VERY DIFFERENT
MISCONDUCT WERE VERY DIFFERENT FROM ONE IMPEACHMENT TO THE
FROM ONE IMPEACHMENT TO THE NEXT.
NEXT. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF NICHOLSON’S
NICHOLSON’S NICHOLSON -- NIXON’S TIME BROKE
NICHOLSON -- NIXON’S TIME BROKE INTO THE DNC AND THE PRESIDENT
INTO THE DNC AND THE PRESIDENT COVERED IT UP.
COVERED IT UP. NIXON, TOO, ABUSED THE POWER OF
NIXON, TOO, ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO GAIN AN UNFAIR
HIS OFFICE TO GAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OVER HIS OPPONENT.
ADVANTAGE OVER HIS OPPONENT. BUT IN WATERGATE, HE NEVER
BUT IN WATERGATE, HE NEVER SOUGHT TO COERCE A FOREIGN POWER
SOUGHT TO COERCE A FOREIGN POWER TO AID HIS RE-ELECTION.
TO AID HIS RE-ELECTION. NOR DID HE SACRIFICE OUR
NOR DID HE SACRIFICE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN SUCH A
NATIONAL SECURITY IN SUCH A PALPABLE AND DESTRUCTIVE WAY AS
PALPABLE AND DESTRUCTIVE WAY AS WITHHOLDING AID FROM AN ALLY AT
WITHHOLDING AID FROM AN ALLY AT WAR.
WAR. HE CERTAINLY DID NOT ENGAGE IN
HE CERTAINLY DID NOT ENGAGE IN THE WHOLESALE OF OBSTRUCTION OF
THE WHOLESALE OF OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS OR JUSTICE THAT WE HAVE
CONGRESS OR JUSTICE THAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS PRESIDENT COMMIT.
SEEN THIS PRESIDENT COMMIT. THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT
THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT CLINTON’S MISCONDUCT PALE IN
CLINTON’S MISCONDUCT PALE IN COMPARISON TO NIXON AND DO NOT
COMPARISON TO NIXON AND DO NOT HOLD A CANDLE TO DONALD TRUMP.
HOLD A CANDLE TO DONALD TRUMP. LYING ABOUT AN AFFAIR IS MORALLY
LYING ABOUT AN AFFAIR IS MORALLY WRONG AND UNDER OATH IT IS A
WRONG AND UNDER OATH IT IS A CRIME.
CRIME. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS
IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS DUTIES IN OFFICE.
DUTIES IN OFFICE. THE PROCESS BEING THE SAME, THE
THE PROCESS BEING THE SAME, THE FACTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S
FACTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MISCONDUCT BEING FAR MORE
MISCONDUCT BEING FAR MORE DESTRUCTIVE, WHAT THEN ACCOUNTS
DESTRUCTIVE, WHAT THEN ACCOUNTS FOR THE RESULT FOR AND
FOR THE RESULT FOR AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR HIS
BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR HIS REMOVAL.
REMOVAL. WHAT HAS CHANGED?
WHAT HAS CHANGED? THE SHORT ANSWER IS, WE HAVE
THE SHORT ANSWER IS, WE HAVE CHANGED.
CHANGED. THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE
THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE CHANGED.
CHANGED. FOR REASONS, AS VARIED AS THE
FOR REASONS, AS VARIED AS THE STARS THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY
STARS THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY AND OURS IN THE HOUSE ARE NOW
AND OURS IN THE HOUSE ARE NOW FAR MORE ACCEPTING OF THE MOST
FAR MORE ACCEPTING OF THE MOST SERIOUS MISCONDUCT OF A
SERIOUS MISCONDUCT OF A PRESIDENT AS LONG AS IT IS A
PRESIDENT AS LONG AS IT IS A PRESIDENT OF ONE’S OWN PARTY.
PRESIDENT OF ONE’S OWN PARTY. AND THAT IS A TREND MOST
AND THAT IS A TREND MOST DANGEROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY.
DANGEROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY. 50 YEARS AGO, NO LAWYER
50 YEARS AGO, NO LAWYER REPRESENTING THE PRESIDENT WOULD
REPRESENTING THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE EVER MADE THE OUTLANDISH
HAVE EVER MADE THE OUTLANDISH ARGUMENT THAT IF THE PRESIDENT
ARGUMENT THAT IF THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES HIS CORRUPTION WILL
BELIEVES HIS CORRUPTION WILL SERVE TO GET HIM RE-ELECTED, BY
SERVE TO GET HIM RE-ELECTED, BY COERCING AN ALLY TO HELP HIM
COERCING AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT OR ANY OTHER FORM HE MAY
CHEAT OR ANY OTHER FORM HE MAY NOT BE IMPEACHED.
NOT BE IMPEACHED. THAT THIS THIS IS SOMEHOW A
THAT THIS THIS IS SOMEHOW A PERMISSIBLE USE OF HIS POWER.
PERMISSIBLE USE OF HIS POWER. BUT HERE WE ARE.
BUT HERE WE ARE. THE ARGUMENT HAS BEEN MADE, AND
THE ARGUMENT HAS BEEN MADE, AND SOME APPEAR READY TO ACCEPT IT.
SOME APPEAR READY TO ACCEPT IT. THAT IS DANGEROUS FOR THERE IS
THAT IS DANGEROUS FOR THERE IS NO LIMITING PRINCIPLE TO THAT
NO LIMITING PRINCIPLE TO THAT POSITION.
POSITION. IT MUST HAVE COME AS A SHOCK --
IT MUST HAVE COME AS A SHOCK -- A PLEASANT SHOCK -- TO THIS
A PLEASANT SHOCK -- TO THIS PRESIDENT THAT OUR NORMS AND
PRESIDENT THAT OUR NORMS AND CONSTITUTIONS WOULD PROVE TO BE
CONSTITUTIONS WOULD PROVE TO BE SO WEAK.
SO WEAK. THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUSTICE
THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE PROUD OFFICE
DEPARTMENT, AND THE PROUD OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL NOW MERE LEGAL
OF LEGAL COUNSEL NOW MERE LEGAL TOOLS AT THE PRESIDENT’S
TOOLS AT THE PRESIDENT’S DISPOSAL, TO INVESTIGATE ENEMIES
DISPOSAL, TO INVESTIGATE ENEMIES OR CHURN OUT HELPFUL OPINIONS
OR CHURN OUT HELPFUL OPINIONS NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY’RE
NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY’RE WRITTEN ON.
WRITTEN ON. THE FBI PAINTED BY THE PRESIDENT
THE FBI PAINTED BY THE PRESIDENT AS CORRUPT AND DISLOYAL.
AS CORRUPT AND DISLOYAL. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOT
THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOT TO BE TRUSTED AGAINST THE GOOD
TO BE TRUSTED AGAINST THE GOOD COUNSEL OF VLADIMIR PUTIN.
COUNSEL OF VLADIMIR PUTIN. THE PRESS PORTRAYED AS ENEMIES
THE PRESS PORTRAYED AS ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE.
OF THE PEOPLE. THE DAILY ATTACKS ON THE
THE DAILY ATTACKS ON THE GUARDRAILS OF OUR DEMOCRACY, SO
GUARDRAILS OF OUR DEMOCRACY, SO RELENTLESSLY ASSAILED, HAVE MADE
RELENTLESSLY ASSAILED, HAVE MADE US NUMB AND BELIEVE -- BLIND TO
US NUMB AND BELIEVE -- BLIND TO THE CONSEQUENT.
THE CONSEQUENT. DOES NONE OF THAT MATTER ANYMORE
DOES NONE OF THAT MATTER ANYMORE IF HE’S THE PRESIDENT OF OUR
IF HE’S THE PRESIDENT OF OUR PARTY?
PARTY? I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE NEVER
I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE NEVER HAVE A PRESIDENT LIKE DONALD
HAVE A PRESIDENT LIKE DONALD TRUMP IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
TRUMP IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. ONE THAT WOULD BETRAY THE
ONE THAT WOULD BETRAY THE NATIONAL INTEREST AND THE
NATIONAL INTEREST AND THE COUNTRY’S SECURITY TO HELP WITH
COUNTRY’S SECURITY TO HELP WITH HIS RE-ELECTION.
HIS RE-ELECTION. AND I WOULD HOPE TO GOD THAT IF
AND I WOULD HOPE TO GOD THAT IF WE DID, WE WOULD IMPEACH HIM,
WE DID, WE WOULD IMPEACH HIM, AND DEMOCRATS WOULD LEAD THE
AND DEMOCRATS WOULD LEAD THE WAY.
WAY. BUT I SUPPOSE YOU NEVER KNOW
BUT I SUPPOSE YOU NEVER KNOW JUST HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS UNTIL
JUST HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS UNTIL YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH IT, BUT
YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH IT, BUT YOU, MY FRIENDS, ARE CONFRONTED
YOU, MY FRIENDS, ARE CONFRONTED WITH IT.
WITH IT. YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH THAT
YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH THAT DIFFICULTY NOW.
DIFFICULTY NOW. YOU MUST NOT SHRINK FROM IT.
YOU MUST NOT SHRINK FROM IT. HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO
HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO DONALD TRUMP.
DONALD TRUMP. I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT.
I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT. NOT BECAUSE IT WILL BE WRITTEN
NOT BECAUSE IT WILL BE WRITTEN BY NEVER TRUMPERS, BUT BECAUSE
BY NEVER TRUMPERS, BUT BECAUSE WHENEVER WE HAVE DEPARTED FROM
WHENEVER WE HAVE DEPARTED FROM THE VALUES OF OUR NATION, WE
THE VALUES OF OUR NATION, WE HAVE COME TO REGRET IT, AND THAT
HAVE COME TO REGRET IT, AND THAT REGRET IS WRITTEN ALL OVER THE
REGRET IS WRITTEN ALL OVER THE PAGES OF OUR HISTORY.
PAGES OF OUR HISTORY. IF YOU FIND THAT THE HOUSE HAS
IF YOU FIND THAT THE HOUSE HAS PROVED ITS CASE, AND STILL VOTE
PROVED ITS CASE, AND STILL VOTE TO ACQUIT, YOUR NAME WILL BE
TO ACQUIT, YOUR NAME WILL BE TIED TO HIS WITH A CORD OF STEEL
TIED TO HIS WITH A CORD OF STEEL AND FOR ALL OF HISTORY.
AND FOR ALL OF HISTORY. BUT IF YOU FIND THE COURAGE TO
BUT IF YOU FIND THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO HIM, TO SPEAK THE
STAND UP TO HIM, TO SPEAK THE AWFUL TRUTH TO HIS RANK
AWFUL TRUTH TO HIS RANK FALSEHOOD, YOUR PLACE WILL BE
FALSEHOOD, YOUR PLACE WILL BE AMONG THE DAVIDS WHO TOOK ON
AMONG THE DAVIDS WHO TOOK ON GOLIATH.
GOLIATH. IF ONLY YOU WILL SAY ENOUGH.
IF ONLY YOU WILL SAY ENOUGH. WE REVERE THE WISDOM OF OUR
WE REVERE THE WISDOM OF OUR FOUNDERS AND THE INSIGHTS THEY
FOUNDERS AND THE INSIGHTS THEY HAD INTO SELF-GOVERNANCE.
HAD INTO SELF-GOVERNANCE. WE SCOURED THEIR WORDS FOR
WE SCOURED THEIR WORDS FOR HIDDEN MEANING AND TRY TO PLACE
HIDDEN MEANING AND TRY TO PLACE OURSELVES IN THEIR SHOES.
OURSELVES IN THEIR SHOES. WE HAVE ONE ADVANTAGE THAT THE
WE HAVE ONE ADVANTAGE THAT THE FOUNDERS DID NOT, FOR ALL THEIR
FOUNDERS DID NOT, FOR ALL THEIR GENIUS, THEY COULD NOT SEE INTO
GENIUS, THEY COULD NOT SEE INTO THE FUTURE.
THE FUTURE. WE, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAVE THE
WE, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF TIME.
ADVANTAGE OF TIME. OF SEEING HOW THEIR GREAT
OF SEEING HOW THEIR GREAT EXPERIMENT IN SELF-GOVERNANCE
EXPERIMENT IN SELF-GOVERNANCE HAS PROGRESSED.
HAS PROGRESSED. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SWEEP OF
WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SWEEP OF HISTORY, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN
HISTORY, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN OUR NATION AND THE REST OF THE
OUR NATION AND THE REST OF THE WORLD HAVE MOVED WITH A SEEMING
WORLD HAVE MOVED WITH A SEEMING FORCE IN THE DIRECTION OF
FORCE IN THE DIRECTION OF GREATER FREEDOM.
GREATER FREEDOM. MORE FREEDOM TO SPEAK AND TO
MORE FREEDOM TO SPEAK AND TO ASSEMBLE, TO PRACTICE OUR FAITH,
ASSEMBLE, TO PRACTICE OUR FAITH, AND TOLERATE THE FAITH OF
AND TOLERATE THE FAITH OF OTHERS.
OTHERS. TO LOVE AND CHOOSE LOVE OVER
TO LOVE AND CHOOSE LOVE OVER HATE.
HATE. MORE FREE SOCIETIES.
MORE FREE SOCIETIES. WALLS TUMBLING DOWN.
WALLS TUMBLING DOWN. NATIONS REBORN.
NATIONS REBORN. BUT THEN, LIKE A PENDULUM
BUT THEN, LIKE A PENDULUM APPROACHING THE END OF ITS ARC,
APPROACHING THE END OF ITS ARC, THE OUTWARD MOVEMENT BEGINS TO
THE OUTWARD MOVEMENT BEGINS TO ARREST.
ARREST. THE GOLDEN GLOBE OF FREEDOM
THE GOLDEN GLOBE OF FREEDOM REACHES THE ZENITH AND STARTS TO
REACHES THE ZENITH AND STARTS TO REPEAT.
REPEAT. THE PENDULUM SWINGS BACK INTO
THE PENDULUM SWINGS BACK INTO THE CENTER AND RECEDES INTO A
THE CENTER AND RECEDES INTO A DARK UNKNOWN.
DARK UNKNOWN. HOW MUCH FARTHER IT WILL TRAVEL
HOW MUCH FARTHER IT WILL TRAVEL IN THE DIRECTION, HOW MANY MORE
IN THE DIRECTION, HOW MANY MORE FREEDOMS WILL BE EXTINGUISHED
FREEDOMS WILL BE EXTINGUISHED BEFORE IT TURNS BACK, WE CANNOT
BEFORE IT TURNS BACK, WE CANNOT SAY.
SAY. BUT WHAT WE DO HERE IN THIS
BUT WHAT WE DO HERE IN THIS MOMENT WILL AFFECT ITS COURSE
MOMENT WILL AFFECT ITS COURSE AND ITS CORRECTION.
AND ITS CORRECTION. EVERY SINGLE VOTE, EVEN A SINGLE
EVERY SINGLE VOTE, EVEN A SINGLE VOTE, BY A SINGLE MEMBER, CAN
VOTE, BY A SINGLE MEMBER, CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY.
CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY. IT IS SAID THAT A SINGLE MAN OR
IT IS SAID THAT A SINGLE MAN OR WOMAN OF COURAGE MAKES A
WOMAN OF COURAGE MAKES A MAJORITY.
MAJORITY. IS THERE ONE AMONG YOU WHO WILL
IS THERE ONE AMONG YOU WHO WILL SAY ENOUGH?
SAY ENOUGH? AMERICA BELIEVES IN A THING
AMERICA BELIEVES IN A THING CALLED TRUTH.
CALLED TRUTH. SHE DUDS-- DOES NOT BELIEVE WE’R
SHE DUDS-- DOES NOT BELIEVE WE’R ENTITLED TO OUR OWN FACTS.
ENTITLED TO OUR OWN FACTS. TO HER, TRUTH MATTERS.
TO HER, TRUTH MATTERS. THERE’S NOTHING MORE CORROSIVE
THERE’S NOTHING MORE CORROSIVE TO A DEMOCRACY THAN THE IDEA
TO A DEMOCRACY THAN THE IDEA THAT THERE IS NO TRUTH.
THAT THERE IS NO TRUTH. AMERICA ALSO BELIEVES THAT THERE
AMERICA ALSO BELIEVES THAT THERE IS IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT
IS IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG AND RIGHT MATTERS
AND WRONG AND RIGHT MATTERS HERE.
HERE. BUT THERE IS MORE.
BUT THERE IS MORE. TRUTH MATTERS.
TRUTH MATTERS. RIGHT MATTERS.
RIGHT MATTERS. SO DOES DECENCY.
SO DOES DECENCY. DECENCY MATTERS.
DECENCY MATTERS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT SMEARS A
WHEN THE PRESIDENT SMEARS A PATRIOTIC PUBLIC SERVANT LIKE
PATRIOTIC PUBLIC SERVANT LIKE MARIE YAVANOVITCH, WE RECOIL.
MARIE YAVANOVITCH, WE RECOIL. WHEN THE PRESIDENT MOCKS THE
WHEN THE PRESIDENT MOCKS THE DISABLED, A WAR HERO, A PRISONER
DISABLED, A WAR HERO, A PRISONER OF WAR, OR A GOLD STAR FATHER,
OF WAR, OR A GOLD STAR FATHER, WE’RE APPALLED BECAUSE DECENCY
WE’RE APPALLED BECAUSE DECENCY MATTERS HERE.
MATTERS HERE. WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO
WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO COERCE AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT
COERCE AN ALLY TO HELP HIM CHEAT IN OUR ELECTIONS AND COVERS IT
IN OUR ELECTIONS AND COVERS IT UP, WE MUST SAY ENOUGH.
UP, WE MUST SAY ENOUGH. ENOUGH.
ENOUGH. HE HAS BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL
HE HAS BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND HE’LL DO SO AGAIN.
SECURITY AND HE’LL DO SO AGAIN. HE HAS COMPRISED OUR ELECTIONS,
HE HAS COMPRISED OUR ELECTIONS, AND HE WILL DO SO AGAIN.
AND HE WILL DO SO AGAIN. YOU WILL NOT CHANGE HIM.
YOU WILL NOT CHANGE HIM. YOU CANNOT CONSTRAIN HIM.
YOU CANNOT CONSTRAIN HIM. HE IS WHO HE IS.
HE IS WHO HE IS. TRUTH MATTERS LITTLE TO HIM.
TRUTH MATTERS LITTLE TO HIM. WHAT IS RIGHT MATTERS EVEN LESS
WHAT IS RIGHT MATTERS EVEN LESS AND DECENCY MATTERS NOT AT ALL.
AND DECENCY MATTERS NOT AT ALL. I DO NOT ASK YOU TO CONVICT HIM
I DO NOT ASK YOU TO CONVICT HIM BECAUSE TRUTH OR RIGHT OR
BECAUSE TRUTH OR RIGHT OR DECENCY MATTERS NOTHING TO HIM
DECENCY MATTERS NOTHING TO HIM BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE PROVEN OUR
BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE PROVEN OUR CASE AND IT MATTERS TO YOU.
CASE AND IT MATTERS TO YOU. TRUTH MATTERS TO YOU.
TRUTH MATTERS TO YOU. RIGHT MATTERS TO YOU.
RIGHT MATTERS TO YOU. YOU ARE DECENT.
YOU ARE DECENT. HE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE.
HE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE. IN FEDERALIST 55, JAMES MADISON
IN FEDERALIST 55, JAMES MADISON WROTE THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN
WROTE THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN QUALITIES IN HUMAN NATURE,
QUALITIES IN HUMAN NATURE, QUALITIES LIKE I BELIEVE
QUALITIES LIKE I BELIEVE HONESTY, RIGHT, AND DECENCY,
HONESTY, RIGHT, AND DECENCY, WHICH JUSTIFIES OUR CONFIDENCE
WHICH JUSTIFIES OUR CONFIDENCE IN SELF-GOVERNMENT.
IN SELF-GOVERNMENT. HE BELIEVED WE POSSESSED
HE BELIEVED WE POSSESSED SUFFICIENT VIRTUE THAT THE
SUFFICIENT VIRTUE THAT THE CHAINS OF DEST PATISM WERE NOT
CHAINS OF DEST PATISM WERE NOT NECESSARY TO RESTRAIN OURSELVES
NECESSARY TO RESTRAIN OURSELVES FROM DESTROYING AND DEVOURING
FROM DESTROYING AND DEVOURING ONE ANOTHER.
ONE ANOTHER. IT MAY BE MIDNIGHT IN
IT MAY BE MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON, BUT THE SUN WILL
WASHINGTON, BUT THE SUN WILL RISE AGAIN.
RISE AGAIN. I PUT MY FAITH IN THE OPTIMISM
I PUT MY FAITH IN THE OPTIMISM OF THE FOUNDERS.
OF THE FOUNDERS. YOU SHOULD, TOO.
YOU SHOULD, TOO. THEY GAVE US THE TOOLS TO DO THE
THEY GAVE US THE TOOLS TO DO THE JOB.
JOB. A REMEDY AS POWERFUL AS THE EVIL
A REMEDY AS POWERFUL AS THE EVIL IT WAS MEANT TO CONSTRAIN.
IT WAS MEANT TO CONSTRAIN. IMPEACHMENT.
IMPEACHMENT. THEY MEANT IT TO BE USED RARELY
THEY MEANT IT TO BE USED RARELY BUT THEY PUT IT IN THE
BUT THEY PUT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR A REASON.
CONSTITUTION FOR A REASON. FOR A MAN WHO WOULD SELL OUT HIS
FOR A MAN WHO WOULD SELL OUT HIS COUNTRY FOR A POLITICAL FAVOR,
COUNTRY FOR A POLITICAL FAVOR, FOR A MAN WHO WOULD THREATEN THE
FOR A MAN WHO WOULD THREATEN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, FOR
INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, FOR AN MAN TO INVITE INTERFERENCE IN
AN MAN TO INVITE INTERFERENCE IN OUR AFFAIRS, AND UNDERMINE OUR
OUR AFFAIRS, AND UNDERMINE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR
NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ALLIES.
ALLIES. FOR A MAN LIKE DONALD J. TRUMP.
FOR A MAN LIKE DONALD J. TRUMP. THEY GAVE YOU A REMEDY, AND THEY
THEY GAVE YOU A REMEDY, AND THEY MEANT FOR YOU TO USE IT.
MEANT FOR YOU TO USE IT. THEY GAVE YOU AN OATH, AND THEY
THEY GAVE YOU AN OATH, AND THEY MEANT FOR YOU TO OBSERVE IT.
MEANT FOR YOU TO OBSERVE IT. WE HAVE PROVEN DONALD TRUMP
WE HAVE PROVEN DONALD TRUMP GUILTY, NOW DO IMPARTIAL JUSTICE

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