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THIS PRESIDENTS’ DAY WEEKEND AND WILLIE TAKING A WELL-DESERVED WILLIE TAKING A WELL-DESERVED MORNING OFF MORNING OFF

WORKED THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT AND WORKED THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT AND I’M HERE ON VALENTINE’S DAY I’M HERE ON VALENTINE’S DAY OKAY OKAY WE BEGIN WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE WE BEGIN WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE ANOTHER INSTANCE OF QUID PRO QUO ANOTHER INSTANCE OF QUID PRO QUO BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

BY PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE’S A LOT TO GET TO, SO THERE’S A LOT TO GET TO, SO WE’RE JUST DIVING IN WE’RE JUST DIVING IN THE SAME ISSUE THAT GOT HIM THE SAME ISSUE THAT GOT HIM IMPEACHEDTHE FIRST PLACE IMPEACHEDTHE FIRST PLACE

BEFORE A MEETING WITH ANDREW BEFORE A MEETING WITH ANDREW CUOMO PRESIDENT TRUMP PUT OUT 0 CUOMO PRESIDENT TRUMP PUT OUT 0 LINK THAT PUT OUT A FREEZE WITH LINK THAT PUT OUT A FREEZE WITH DEMAND THE STATE DROP A MYRIAD DEMAND THE STATE DROP A MYRIAD OF LAWSUITS AGAINST HIM AND HIS OF LAWSUITS AGAINST HIM AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION JUST DOING IT IN PLAIN SIGHT JUST DOING IT IN PLAIN SIGHT WHY NOT

WHY NOT RIGHT? RIGHT? HE WROTE THIS — HE WROTE THIS — I’M SEEING GOVERNOR CUOMO TODAY I’M SEEING GOVERNOR CUOMO TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND HE MUST AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND HE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT NATIONAL UNDERSTAND THAT NATIONAL SECURITY FAR EXCEEDS POLITICS SECURITY FAR EXCEEDS POLITICS NEW YORK MUST STOP ALL OF ITS NEW YORK MUST STOP ALL OF ITS UNNECESSARY LAWSUITS AND UNNECESSARY LAWSUITS AND HARASSMENT, START CLEANING HARASSMENT, START CLEANING ITSELF UP AND LOWERING TAXES ITSELF UP AND LOWERING TAXES

YEAH YEAH NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES ISSUED A SUBPOENA LETITIA JAMES ISSUED A SUBPOENA FOR TRUMP’S FINANCIAL RECORDS FOR TRUMP’S FINANCIAL RECORDS AND HAS FILED A NUMBER OF AND HAS FILED A NUMBER OF LAWSUITS AGAINST THE TRUMP LAWSUITS AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION ORGANIZATION SHE RESPONDED TO THE PRESIDENT’S SHE RESPONDED TO THE PRESIDENT’S TWEET WRITING, WHEN YOU STOP TWEET WRITING, WHEN YOU STOP VIOLATING THE RIGHTS AND VIOLATING THE RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF ALL NEW YORKERS WE LIBERTIES OF ALL NEW YORKERS WE WILL STAND DOWN

WILL STAND DOWN UNTIL THEN WE HAVE A DUTY AND UNTIL THEN WE HAVE A DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO DEFEND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW LAW BY THE WAY, I FILED A EDTHE LAWS BY THE WAY, I FILED A EDTHE LAWS NOT THE GOVERNOR NOT THE GOVERNOR

WONDERING WONDERING WEIRD WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING WEIRD WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING WONDER IF ANYONE SAW THIS WONDER IF ANYONE SAW THIS COMING? COMING? CUE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE FROM CUE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE FROM JUST TWO WEEKS AGO

JUST TWO WEEKS AGO >> WHAT WE HAVE ALLEGED IN THIS >> WHAT WE HAVE ALLEGED IN THIS CASE IS IN A THE PRESIDENT CASE IS IN A THE PRESIDENT SOLICITED A PERSONAL POLITICAL SOLICITED A PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT IN EXCHANGE FOR AN BENEFIT IN EXCHANGE FOR AN OFFICIAL ACT OFFICIAL ACT SOLICITED DIRT ON A POLITICAL SOLICITED DIRT ON A POLITICAL OPPONENT IN EXCHANGE FOR THE OPPONENT IN EXCHANGE FOR THE RELEASE OF $391 MILLION IN RELEASE OF $391 MILLION IN MILITARY AID SOLICITED DIRT IN MILITARY AID SOLICITED DIRT IN EXCHANGE FOR A WHITE HOUSE EXCHANGE FOR A WHITE HOUSE MEETING MEETING

AND IF THIS SENATE WERE TO SAY AND IF THIS SENATE WERE TO SAY THAT’S ACCEPTABLE, THEN THAT’S ACCEPTABLE, THEN PRECISELY AS WAS OUTLINED IN PRECISELY AS WAS OUTLINED IN THAT QUESTION COULD TAKE PLACE THAT QUESTION COULD TAKE PLACE ALL ACROSS AMERICA IN THE ALL ACROSS AMERICA IN THE CONTEXT OF THE NEXT ELECTION AND CONTEXT OF THE NEXT ELECTION AND ANY ELECTION ANY ELECTION GRANT ALLOCATED TO CITIES OR GRANT ALLOCATED TO CITIES OR TOWNS OR MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS TOWNS OR MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT THE PRESIDENT THE COUNTRY, BUT THE PRESIDENT COULD SAY, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO COULD SAY, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET THAT MONEY, MR MAYOR, MRS GET THAT MONEY, MR

MAYOR, MRS COUNTY EXECUTIVE, MRS TOWN COUNTY EXECUTIVE, MRS TOWN SUPERVISOR, UNLESS YOU ENDORSE SUPERVISOR, UNLESS YOU ENDORSE ME ME FOR RE-ELECTION FOR RE-ELECTION

THE PRESIDENT COULD SAY THAT TO THE PRESIDENT COULD SAY THAT TO ANY GOVERNOR OF OUR 50 STATES ANY GOVERNOR OF OUR 50 STATES THAT’S UNACCEPTABLE THAT’S UNACCEPTABLE THAT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN THAT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

IN OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC >> CHUCK ROSENBERG, SEEMED SO >> CHUCK ROSENBERG, SEEMED SO LUDICROUS WHEN HAKEEM JEFFRIES LUDICROUS WHEN HAKEEM JEFFRIES MADE THAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT MADE THAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT POTENTIALLY COULD HAPPEN AND YET POTENTIALLY COULD HAPPEN AND YET AS OF YESTERDAY, IT HAS AS OF YESTERDAY, IT HAS WHAT’S THE RECOURSE? WHAT’S THE RECOURSE? WHAT’S YOUR TAKE MOVING FORWARD? WHAT’S YOUR TAKE MOVING FORWARD? >> FIRST OF ALL, YOU KNOW, IT’S >> FIRST OF ALL, YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT THAT HARD TO PREDICT THAT NOT THAT HARD TO PREDICT THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL BE A LOGICAL THE PRESIDENT WILL BE A LOGICAL AND PETULANT, MIKA AND BY THE AND PETULANT, MIKA AND BY THE WAY, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN PUT WAY, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN PUT HIS TWEET BACK UP HIS TWEET BACK UP

>> UH-HUH >> UH-HUH >> BUT THERE IS A RANK >> BUT THERE IS A RANK INCONSISTENCY WITHIN IT INCONSISTENCY WITHIN IT FIRST SAYS NATIONAL SECURITY IS FIRST SAYS NATIONAL SECURITY IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN POLITICS

POLITICS AND IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE, AND IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE, THERE’S THE RANK POLITICS THERE’S THE RANK POLITICS RIGHT? RIGHT? THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE AFTER THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE AFTER TALKING ABOUT THE PRIMACY OF TALKING ABOUT THE PRIMACY OF NATIONAL SECURITY THERE COMES NATIONAL SECURITY THERE COMES THE THREAT THE THREAT

IF HE DOESN’T GET WHAT HE WANTS, IF HE DOESN’T GET WHAT HE WANTS, A CESSATION TO THE LAWSUITS THAT A CESSATION TO THE LAWSUITS THAT HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST HIM AND HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST HIM AND HIS ORGANIZATIONS BY NEW YORK HIS ORGANIZATIONS BY NEW YORK STATE, THEN HE’S GOING TO EXACT STATE, THEN HE’S GOING TO EXACT REVENGE REVENGE MR JEFFRIES WAS SPOT-ON MR

JEFFRIES WAS SPOT-ON I GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR THAT, BUT I GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR THAT, BUT THIS HAS BEEN A PATTERN WE’VE THIS HAS BEEN A PATTERN WE’VE SEEN OVER AND OVER AND OVER SEEN OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND I THINK IT’S DEEPLY AGAIN AND I THINK IT’S DEEPLY DISTURBING DISTURBING >> SO JONATHAN LEMIRE, SO MUCH >> SO JONATHAN LEMIRE, SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED HAS HAPPENED

WE STARTED WITH THIS WE STARTED WITH THIS THERE ARE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT THERE ARE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY THAT WE COULD HAPPENED YESTERDAY THAT WE COULD HAVE STARTED WITH HAVE STARTED WITH GIVEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S GIVEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S COMMENTS LATER IN THE DAY, WHICH COMMENTS LATER IN THE DAY, WHICH WE’LL GET TO, BUT WE’VE GOT A WE’LL GET TO, BUT WE’VE GOT A SITUATION NOW WHERE THE SITUATION NOW WHERE THE PRESIDENT’S APPEARS TO BE ISSUES PRESIDENT’S APPEARS TO BE ISSUES QUID PRO QUOS IN REALTIME ON QUID PRO QUOS IN REALTIME ON TWITTER

TWITTER WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM THE WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND FROM YOUR WHITE HOUSE AND FROM YOUR SOURCES IN WASHINGTON? SOURCES IN WASHINGTON? >> YEAH >> YEAH DOING SO IN PLAIN SIGHT DOING SO IN PLAIN SIGHT

THERE’S LITTLE ATTEMPT TO COVER THERE’S LITTLE ATTEMPT TO COVER THIS THIS WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD SORT OF A CONTENTIOUS SORT OF A CONTENTIOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO AND MOST NEW YORK OFFICIALS AND MOST NEW YORK OFFICIALS BECAUSE MOST OF DEMOCRAT AND A BECAUSE MOST OF DEMOCRAT AND A SERIES OF INVESTIGATIONS THE SERIES OF INVESTIGATIONS THE STATE HAS RUN IN ADDITION TO STATE HAS RUN IN ADDITION TO WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE HOUSE OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPRESENTATIVES THAT IS SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT THAT IS SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN IRRITATED ABOUT FOR A HAS BEEN IRRITATED ABOUT FOR A WHILE

WHILE RECALL, OF COURSE, EVEN RECALL, OF COURSE, EVEN RENOUNCED CITIZENSHIP ON THE RENOUNCED CITIZENSHIP ON THE STATE OF NEW YORK STATE OF NEW YORK IS NOW A CITIZEN OF FLORIDA IS NOW A CITIZEN OF FLORIDA

IN PART BECAUSE OF HOW UPSET HE IN PART BECAUSE OF HOW UPSET HE WAS WITH HOW THINGS WERE GOING WAS WITH HOW THINGS WERE GOING ON WITH THOSE OFFICIALS ON WITH THOSE OFFICIALS NOW, WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS NOW, WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS EXACTLY WHAT REPRESENTATIVE EXACTLY WHAT REPRESENTATIVE JEFFRIES IMPLIED JEFFRIES IMPLIED SEEMS TO BE A QUID PRO QUO OFFER SEEMS TO BE A QUID PRO QUO OFFER RIGHT IN FRONT

RIGHT IN FRONT TOOK AWAY THIS PROGRAM, GLOBAL TOOK AWAY THIS PROGRAM, GLOBAL PROGRAM A FEW WEEKS AGO PROGRAM A FEW WEEKS AGO SUGGESTING HE’S TRYING TO PUT IT SUGGESTING HE’S TRYING TO PUT IT BACK ON THE TABLE IF THESE BACK ON THE TABLE IF THESE INVESTIGATIONS STOP AND GETS A INVESTIGATIONS STOP AND GETS A CHEAP SHOT AT THE GOVERNOR’S CHEAP SHOT AT THE GOVERNOR’S BROTHER WHILE HE’S AT IT BROTHER WHILE HE’S AT IT

NO DEAL STRUCK YESTERDAY THAT NO DEAL STRUCK YESTERDAY THAT WE’VE HEARD WE’VE HEARD LETITIA JAMES SPOKE OUT LETITIA JAMES SPOKE OUT FORCEFULLY AGAINST IT, THE FORCEFULLY AGAINST IT, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ATTORNEY GENERAL THIS IS WINDOW HOW THE PRESIDENT THIS IS WINDOW HOW THE PRESIDENT IS FEELING POST-IMPEACHMENT

IS FEELING POST-IMPEACHMENT COMPLETELY EMBOLDENED, COMPLETELY EMBOLDENED, UNCHECKED UNCHECKED WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FEW WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FEW DAYS AFTER THE VERDICT DAYS AFTER THE VERDICT

LIEUTENANT CORNERLONEL VINDMAN LIEUTENANT CORNERLONEL VINDMAN WALKED OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN WALKED OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN FRONT OF CAMERAS FRONT OF CAMERAS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG TOLD PEOPLE AROUND HIM WE’VE TOLD PEOPLE AROUND HIM WE’VE WRITTEN THIS WEEK HE FEELS NOT WRITTEN THIS WEEK HE FEELS NOT ONLY DID HE SURVIVE IMPEACHMENT ONLY DID HE SURVIVE IMPEACHMENT BUT COME OUT STRONGER THAN EVER, BUT COME OUT STRONGER THAN EVER, BECAUSE NO ONE IN THE REPUBLICAN BECAUSE NO ONE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY EXCEPT FOR MITT ROMNEY PARTY EXCEPT FOR MITT ROMNEY DARED STAND UP TO HIM

DARED STAND UP TO HIM >> WE’VE SEEN A PATTERN HERE AND >> WE’VE SEEN A PATTERN HERE AND MICHAEL STEELE, IT’S THE MICHAEL STEELE, IT’S THE PRESIDENT CAN’T TAKE A WIN PRESIDENT CAN’T TAKE A WIN HE CAN’T TAKE A WIN WHEN HE’S HE CAN’T TAKE A WIN WHEN HE’S GOTTEN HIS WAY GOTTEN HIS WAY

WHEN HE’S GOTTEN THROUGH WHEN HE’S GOTTEN THROUGH SOMETHING SOMETHING HE CAN’T TAKE A WIN HE CAN’T TAKE A WIN ACTUALLY DOUBLES DOWN AND GETS ACTUALLY DOUBLES DOWN AND GETS WORSE

WORSE WHICH LEADS ME TO SUSAN COLLINS, WHICH LEADS ME TO SUSAN COLLINS, I BELIEVE, SAYING, WELL, I I BELIEVE, SAYING, WELL, I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS LEARNED A LESSON? LEARNED A LESSON? WELL — NO WELL — NO HE’S DOING IT AGAIN HE’S DOING IT AGAIN

IN PLAIN SIGHT IN PLAIN SIGHT THE REPUBLICANS OWN THIS, BUT DO THE REPUBLICANS OWN THIS, BUT DO THEY CARE? THEY CARE? >> NO >> NO THEY DON’T

THEY DON’T AND YOU KNOW, IN LARGE MEASURE, AND YOU KNOW, IN LARGE MEASURE, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY’VE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY’VE SADDLED UP WITH THE PRESIDENT IN SADDLED UP WITH THE PRESIDENT IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, THE WAY ALL TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, THE WAY ALL OF THESE THINGS PLAY OUT OF THESE THINGS PLAY OUT YOU KNOW, ON THE FIRST PART OF YOU KNOW, ON THE FIRST PART OF THIS, YOU KNOW, YOU GET ON THE THIS, YOU KNOW, YOU GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF IMPEACHMENT, AND OTHER SIDE OF IMPEACHMENT, AND WHAT YOU SEE IS THE PRESIDENT WHAT YOU SEE IS THE PRESIDENT NOW WANTING TO EXACT HIS NOW WANTING TO EXACT HIS REVENGE REVENGE

HE WANTS TO SETTLE THE SCORE HE WANTS TO SETTLE THE SCORE THIS IS NOT OVER UNTIL HE SAYS THIS IS NOT OVER UNTIL HE SAYS IT’S OVER IT’S OVER UNTIL HE FEELS THAT HE’S MADE UNTIL HE FEELS THAT HE’S MADE HIS POINT AFTER THOSE WHO, YOU HIS POINT AFTER THOSE WHO, YOU KNOW, PERCEIVE HAS COME AFTER KNOW, PERCEIVE HAS COME AFTER HIM AND DONE SO

HIM AND DONE SO SO YOU HAVE THAT SO YOU HAVE THAT REPUBLICANS STILL SIT THERE REPUBLICANS STILL SIT THERE STYMIED BY THE WHOLE THING WHERE STYMIED BY THE WHOLE THING WHERE YOU HAVE A SUSAN COLLINS TELLING YOU HAVE A SUSAN COLLINS TELLING US, OH, WELL, YOU KNOW, HE’S US, OH, WELL, YOU KNOW, HE’S GOING TO LEARN FROM THIS GOING TO LEARN FROM THIS

THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T LEARN THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T LEARN ANYTHING FROM THESE EXERCISES, ANYTHING FROM THESE EXERCISES, AS HE SEES THEM AS HE SEES THEM HE SETS HIS OWN COURSE HE SETS HIS OWN COURSE SO, YOU KNOW, AS I’VE SAID SO, YOU KNOW, AS I’VE SAID BEFORE, THE IMPORTANT THING, BEFORE, THE IMPORTANT THING, MIKA, WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM IT? MIKA, WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM IT? >> YEAH

>> YEAH >> WHAT DO WE GET AWAY FROM >> WHAT DO WE GET AWAY FROM THIS? THIS? BECAUSE THAT’S THE IMPORTANT BECAUSE THAT’S THE IMPORTANT PART OF THIS PART OF THIS WE KNOW TRUMP IS NOT GOING TO WE KNOW TRUMP IS NOT GOING TO LEARN ANYTHING, BECAUSE HE LEARN ANYTHING, BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO DOESN’T WANT TO

HE SET HIS COURSE, HIS MIND IN A HE SET HIS COURSE, HIS MIND IN A CERTAIN DIRECTION CERTAIN DIRECTION WHAT ARE WE TAKING AWAY FROM WHAT ARE WE TAKING AWAY FROM THIS AND WHAT WILL BE OUR NEXT THIS AND WHAT WILL BE OUR NEXT MOVE AS GOVERNMENT, AS CITIZENS, MOVE AS GOVERNMENT, AS CITIZENS, AS THE STATE OF NEW YORK? AS THE STATE OF NEW YORK? AND HOW DO WE NOW ADAPT ON THIS AND HOW DO WE NOW ADAPT ON THIS PLAYING FIELD, IF YOU WILL, TO PLAYING FIELD, IF YOU WILL, TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING WITH THE, YOU KNOW, THE PERP WALKS OF

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