Day 1,096: Democrats And GOP Fight Over Trump Impeachment Rules | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

WELL, GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN AS WE START A NEW WEEK HERE AT OUR WE START A NEW WEEK HERE AT OUR NBC NEWS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW NBC NEWS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK YORK

DAY 1,096 OF THE TRUMP DAY 1,096 OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION 288 DAYS TO GO NOW UNTIL THE 288 DAYS TO GO NOW UNTIL THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL AND THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION DAY WILL BE ONE INAUGURATION DAY WILL BE ONE YEAR FROM TODAY

YEAR FROM TODAY DONALD TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL DONALD TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL GETS UNDER WAY JUST OVER 12 GETS UNDER WAY JUST OVER 12 HOURS FROM NOW HOURS FROM NOW HE’S NOW ON HIS WAY TO THE WORLD HE’S NOW ON HIS WAY TO THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS, ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND SWITZERLAND

HE WILL LAND LESS THAN 12 HOURS HE WILL LAND LESS THAN 12 HOURS BEFORE THE SENATE IS GAVELED BEFORE THE SENATE IS GAVELED INTO SESSION, 1:00 PM EASTERN INTO SESSION, 1:00 PM EASTERN TIME

TIME TONIGHT THE BATTLE OVER HOW THE TONIGHT THE BATTLE OVER HOW THE CASE WILL PROCEED IS HEATING UP CASE WILL PROCEED IS HEATING UP WITH JUST HOURS TO GO, MITCH WITH JUST HOURS TO GO, MITCH McCONNELL, THE LEADER IN THE McCONNELL, THE LEADER IN THE SENATE, HAS RELEASED THE GROUND SENATE, HAS RELEASED THE GROUND RULES, AND IT’S CLEAR HE IS RULES, AND IT’S CLEAR HE IS READY TO MOVE SWIFTLY WHILE READY TO MOVE SWIFTLY WHILE PUTTING OFF CONSIDERATION OF PUTTING OFF CONSIDERATION OF WITNESSES UNTIL AFTER OPENING WITNESSES UNTIL AFTER OPENING ARGUMENTS ARGUMENTS TOMORROW HE’S GOING TO INTRODUCE TOMORROW HE’S GOING TO INTRODUCE THOSE RULES THOSE RULES

THERE WILL LIKELY BE UP TO TWO THERE WILL LIKELY BE UP TO TWO HOURS OF DEBATE HOURS OF DEBATE DEMOCRATS WILL INTRODUCE DEMOCRATS WILL INTRODUCE AMENDMENTS WHICH WILL LIKELY AMENDMENTS WHICH WILL LIKELY LEAD TO MORE DEBATE BEFORE A LEAD TO MORE DEBATE BEFORE A VOTE VOTE THEN ON WEDNESDAY, 1:00 P

M, THEN ON WEDNESDAY, 1:00 PM, HOUSE MANAGERS AND TRUMP DEFENSE HOUSE MANAGERS AND TRUMP DEFENSE LAWYERS MAKE THEIR ARGUMENTS LAWYERS MAKE THEIR ARGUMENTS

THEY EACH GET 24 HOURS OVER TWO THEY EACH GET 24 HOURS OVER TWO DAYS TO DO THAT, WHICH COULD DAYS TO DO THAT, WHICH COULD MAKE FOR SOME VERY LONG DAYS MAKE FOR SOME VERY LONG DAYS THAT’S PART OF McCONNELL’S THAT’S PART OF McCONNELL’S INTENTION INTENTION AFTER THAT’S DONE, SENATORS GET AFTER THAT’S DONE, SENATORS GET 16 HOURS TO PRESENT QUESTIONS IN 16 HOURS TO PRESENT QUESTIONS IN WRITING

WRITING THEN THEY’LL CONSIDER AND VOTE THEN THEY’LL CONSIDER AND VOTE ON WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS ON WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS UNLIKE THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT UNLIKE THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS, NONE OF THE PROCEEDINGS, NONE OF THE EVIDENCE FROM THE HOUSE WILL EVIDENCE FROM THE HOUSE WILL IMMEDIATELY COME OVER TO THE IMMEDIATELY COME OVER TO THE SENATE CHAMBER AS PART OF THE SENATE CHAMBER AS PART OF THE SENATE CASE SENATE CASE

IT WILL ALL HAVE TO BE SUBJECT IT WILL ALL HAVE TO BE SUBJECT TO A VOTE TO A VOTE MORE ON THAT IN A BIT MORE ON THAT IN A BIT YOU MAY RECALL McCONNELL WAS YOU MAY RECALL McCONNELL WAS PRETTY CLEAR ABOUT HIS AGENDA PRETTY CLEAR ABOUT HIS AGENDA WITH REGARD TO THE IMPEACHMENT WITH REGARD TO THE IMPEACHMENT CASE

CASE >> EVERYTHING I DO DURING THIS, >> EVERYTHING I DO DURING THIS, I’M COORDINATING WITH WHITE I’M COORDINATING WITH WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL HOUSE COUNSEL THERE WILL BE NO DIFFERENCE THERE WILL BE NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT’S POSITION BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT’S POSITION AND OUR POSITION AND OUR POSITION

THERE’S NO CHANCE THE THERE’S NO CHANCE THE PRESIDENT’S GOING TO BE REMOVED PRESIDENT’S GOING TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE FROM OFFICE >> SO THAT’S COORDINATION >> SO THAT’S COORDINATION TONIGHT DEMOCRATIC SENATE TONIGHT DEMOCRATIC SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER, MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER, WHO HAS BEEN PRESSING FOR WHO HAS BEEN PRESSING FOR WITNESSES, SLAMMED McCONNELL’S WITNESSES, SLAMMED McCONNELL’S DECISIONS

DECISIONS >> IT IS NOW CERTAIN THAT LEADER >> IT IS NOW CERTAIN THAT LEADER McCONNELL IS GOING ALONG WITH McCONNELL IS GOING ALONG WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COVER-UP HOOK, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COVER-UP HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER LINE, AND SINKER WHEN YOU LOOK AT HIS RESOLUTION, WHEN YOU LOOK AT HIS RESOLUTION, IT’S NO WONDER HE DELAYED IT IT’S NO WONDER HE DELAYED IT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TILL THE LAST MINUTE

HE DIDN’T WANT PEOPLE TO STUDY HE DIDN’T WANT PEOPLE TO STUDY IT OR KNOW ABOUT IT IT OR KNOW ABOUT IT IT’S CLEAR McCONNELL IS IT’S CLEAR McCONNELL IS HELL-BENT ON MAKING IT MUCH MORE HELL-BENT ON MAKING IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO GET WITNESSES AND DIFFICULT TO GET WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS AND INTENT ON RUSHING DOCUMENTS AND INTENT ON RUSHING THE TRIAL THROUGH THE TRIAL THROUGH TOMORROW BEFORE THE RESOLUTION TOMORROW BEFORE THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED, WE WILL BE ABLE TO IS ADOPTED, WE WILL BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE AMENDMENTS, AND WE INTRODUCE AMENDMENTS, AND WE WILL INTRODUCE A WHOLE SERIES OF WILL INTRODUCE A WHOLE SERIES OF AMENDMENTS FOR WITNESSES, FOR AMENDMENTS FOR WITNESSES, FOR DOCUMENTS, AND OTHER WAYS TO DOCUMENTS, AND OTHER WAYS TO STRAIGHTEN OUT WHAT McCONNELL STRAIGHTEN OUT WHAT McCONNELL HAS DONE AND MAKE IT A REAL HAS DONE AND MAKE IT A REAL TRIAL

TRIAL >> SCHUMER AT A SMALL WOBBLY >> SCHUMER AT A SMALL WOBBLY PODIUM OUTSIDE PENN STATION PODIUM OUTSIDE PENN STATION FRIDAY WE LEARNED WHO WOULD BE FRIDAY WE LEARNED WHO WOULD BE DEFENDING TRUMP DURING THE DEFENDING TRUMP DURING THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

A NUMBER OF THEM HAVE BEEN FOX A NUMBER OF THEM HAVE BEEN FOX NEWS REGULARS AND ARE LOYAL NEWS REGULARS AND ARE LOYAL SUPPORTERS OF THE PRESIDENT SUPPORTERS OF THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCED A GROUP OF REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCED A GROUP OF REPUBLICANS FROM THE HOUSE WHO WILL GET FROM THE HOUSE WHO WILL GET TRUMP’S DEFENSE MESSAGE OUT, NOT TRUMP’S DEFENSE MESSAGE OUT, NOT ON THE SENATE FLOOR BUT LARGELY ON THE SENATE FLOOR BUT LARGELY IN THE MEDIA IN THE MEDIA THIS AFTERNOON, TRUMP’S THIS AFTERNOON, TRUMP’S ATTORNEYS AND THE DEMOCRAT HOUSE ATTORNEYS AND THE DEMOCRAT HOUSE MANAGERS HAD WALK-THROUGHS OF MANAGERS HAD WALK-THROUGHS OF THE SENATE AS PART OF THEIR THE SENATE AS PART OF THEIR PREPARATION

PREPARATION TRUMP’S LAWYERS ALSO RELEASED A TRUMP’S LAWYERS ALSO RELEASED A LEGAL BRIEF REFUTING THE LEGAL BRIEF REFUTING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, CALLING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, CALLING ON THE SENATE TO IMMEDIATELY ON THE SENATE TO IMMEDIATELY ACQUIT HIM ACQUIT HIM OVER THE WEEKEND, HOUSE MANAGERS OVER THE WEEKEND, HOUSE MANAGERS SUBMITTED THEIR BRIEF OUTLINING SUBMITTED THEIR BRIEF OUTLINING THE CASE AGAINST TRUMP AND WHAT THE CASE AGAINST TRUMP AND WHAT THEY SAY IS OVERWHELMING THAT HE THEY SAY IS OVERWHELMING THAT HE USED HIS OFFICIAL POWER TO USED HIS OFFICIAL POWER TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO INTERFERE IN PRESSURE UKRAINE TO INTERFERE IN OUR UPCOMING 2020 ELECTION OUR UPCOMING 2020 ELECTION

IT’S WORTH NOTING THAT HAS IT’S WORTH NOTING THAT HAS UNFOLDED THAT SINCE THE HOUSE UNFOLDED THAT SINCE THE HOUSE VOTED TO IMPEACH ONE MONTH AGO, VOTED TO IMPEACH ONE MONTH AGO, WE’VE SEEN NEW EVIDENCE OF WE’VE SEEN NEW EVIDENCE OF COURSE FROM RUDY GIULIANI COURSE FROM RUDY GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS, WHO LAST ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS, WHO LAST WEEK HERE TOLD RACHEL MADDOW WEEK HERE TOLD RACHEL MADDOW THAT TRUMP KNEW WHAT HE WAS THAT TRUMP KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING IN UKRAINE DOING IN UKRAINE AMONG THAT EVIDENCE, TEXTS AMONG THAT EVIDENCE, TEXTS SUGGESTING A FORMER US SUGGESTING A FORMER U

S AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE WAS UNDER AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE WAS UNDER SURVEILLANCE, A GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE, A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG AGENCY FOUND TRUMP WATCHDOG AGENCY FOUND TRUMP BROKE THE LAW BY BLOCKING AID TO BROKE THE LAW BY BLOCKING AID TO UKRAINE UKRAINE EMAILS REVEALED DISCUSSIONS EMAILS REVEALED DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND THE PENTAGON AND BUDGET AND THE PENTAGON ABOUT HOLDING OFF THAT AID THAT ABOUT HOLDING OFF THAT AID THAT HAD BEEN APPROVED BY CONGRESS HAD BEEN APPROVED BY CONGRESS

AND FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY AND FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON SAID HE WAS ADVISER JOHN BOLTON SAID HE WAS WILLING TO TESTIFY IN THE SENATE WILLING TO TESTIFY IN THE SENATE TRIAL IF SUBPOENAED TRIAL IF SUBPOENAED SO IT’S BEEN A BUSY MONTH SO IT’S BEEN A BUSY MONTH TONIGHT RUDY GIULIANI IS ONCE TONIGHT RUDY GIULIANI IS ONCE AGAIN SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE AGAIN SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL AND HIS FORMER IMPEACHMENT TRIAL AND HIS FORMER PAL AND CONSTANT COMPANION LEV PAL AND CONSTANT COMPANION LEV PARNAS

PARNAS HE SAYS PARNAS LIED WHEN HE HE SAYS PARNAS LIED WHEN HE SPOKE TO RACHEL ABOUT THEIR WORK SPOKE TO RACHEL ABOUT THEIR WORK FOR TRUMP IN UKRAINE FOR TRUMP IN UKRAINE >> IN VERY LARGE PART DID NOT >> IN VERY LARGE PART DID NOT TELL THE TRUTH TELL THE TRUTH

THE MAN IS A DEMONSTRATED LIAR THE MAN IS A DEMONSTRATED LIAR THE MOTIVATION IS NOT TO GO TO THE MOTIVATION IS NOT TO GO TO PRISON PRISON >> LET’S MOVE ON TO THE OTHER >> LET’S MOVE ON TO THE OTHER ALLEGATION WHICH IS THAT YOU ALLEGATION WHICH IS THAT YOU DIRECTED THE SURVEILLANCE OF A DIRECTED THE SURVEILLANCE OF A SITTING U

S AMBASSADOR SITTING US AMBASSADOR

>> RIGHT >> RIGHT >> MARIE YOVANOVICH >> MARIE YOVANOVICH >> NO, I DID NOT

>> NO, I DID NOT I CAN DEFINITELY TELL YOU I I CAN DEFINITELY TELL YOU I DIDN’T DIDN’T IN FACT, SHE DIRECTED IN FACT, SHE DIRECTED SURVEILLANCE ON ME SURVEILLANCE ON ME

>> NO ONE IS INVESTIGATING THAT >> NO ONE IS INVESTIGATING THAT LAST BIT BECAUSE THERE IS NO LAST BIT BECAUSE THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT IT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT IT HOWEVER, THE UKRAINE GOVERNMENT HOWEVER, THE UKRAINE GOVERNMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGED

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