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>>> NOW TO OUR SPECIAL REPORT ON >>> NOW TO OUR SPECIAL REPORT ON BRIBERY AND POLITICS BRIBERY AND POLITICS

TOMORROW CONGRESS WILL RELEASE TOMORROW CONGRESS WILL RELEASE ITS REPORT ON TRUMP’S UKRAINE ITS REPORT ON TRUMP’S UKRAINE PLOT FOLLOWED BY IMPEACHMENT PLOT FOLLOWED BY IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS EXPLORING WHETHER HEARINGS EXPLORING WHETHER DONALD TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER DONALD TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER AND DEMANDED A BRIBE TO HELP HIS AND DEMANDED A BRIBE TO HELP HIS REELECTION REELECTION NOW IN LAW, JUDGES AND LAWYERS NOW IN LAW, JUDGES AND LAWYERS ALWAYS LOOK TO PRECEDENTS FIRST ALWAYS LOOK TO PRECEDENTS FIRST TO SEE WHAT WE’VE LEARNED BEFORE TO SEE WHAT WE’VE LEARNED BEFORE AND WHERE THE LINES ARE, HOW AND WHERE THE LINES ARE, HOW PAST SCANDALS CAN DETERMINE IF PAST SCANDALS CAN DETERMINE IF SOMETHING WAS JUST HARDBALL SOMETHING WAS JUST HARDBALL FOREIGN POLICY OR TYPICAL HORSE FOREIGN POLICY OR TYPICAL HORSE TRADING, OR WAS IT A CRIME? TRADING, OR WAS IT A CRIME? AND DIRECTLY ASKING FOR A BRIBE AND DIRECTLY ASKING FOR A BRIBE IS A CRIME IS A CRIME SO LET’S GO THROUGH SOME OF SO LET’S GO THROUGH SOME OF THESE KEY PRECEDENTS WHICH COULD THESE KEY PRECEDENTS WHICH COULD HAUNT TRUMP

HAUNT TRUMP STARTING WITH THE NOTORIOUS STARTING WITH THE NOTORIOUS ABSCAM SCANDAL, WHICH IMPLICATED ABSCAM SCANDAL, WHICH IMPLICATED SEVEN CONGRESSMEN FROM BOTH SEVEN CONGRESSMEN FROM BOTH PARTIES, "AMERICAN HUSTLE" WROTE PARTIES, "AMERICAN HUSTLE" WROTE YOU MAY REMEMBER FBI AGENT YOU MAY REMEMBER FBI AGENT PLAYED BY BRADLEY COOPER GOING PLAYED BY BRADLEY COOPER GOING UP AGAINST BRIBERY IN WASHINGTON UP AGAINST BRIBERY IN WASHINGTON IN THE WAKE OF WATERGATE IN THE WAKE OF WATERGATE >> YOU’RE GOING TO DO THIS >> YOU’RE GOING TO DO THIS BECAUSE YOU GOT NO CHOICE, YOU BECAUSE YOU GOT NO CHOICE, YOU WORK FOR ME WORK FOR ME

>> YOU KEEP CHANGING THE RULES >> YOU KEEP CHANGING THE RULES YOU’RE GETTING A LITTLE POWER YOU’RE GETTING A LITTLE POWER DRUNK DRUNK YOU WANT TO WAKE HIM UP? YOU WANT TO WAKE HIM UP? >> I SAID WE SHOULDN’T DO ANY OF >> I SAID WE SHOULDN’T DO ANY OF IT, IRVING

IT, IRVING YOU KNOW THAT YOU KNOW THAT NOW I SUPPORT RICHIE NOW I SUPPORT RICHIE

HE’S GOT VISION TO IT HE’S GOT VISION TO IT >> HE IS THE ONE WHO IS RUINING >> HE IS THE ONE WHO IS RUINING AMERICA, NOT ME AMERICA, NOT ME >> HOW AM I RUINING AMERICA? >> HOW AM I RUINING AMERICA? >> THAT’S BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE >> THAT’S BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE A BIG SHOT, GET A PROMOTION

A BIG SHOT, GET A PROMOTION >> THE DIALOGUE IS REALISTIC >> THE DIALOGUE IS REALISTIC BECAUSE THE PLOT WAS VERY REAL, BECAUSE THE PLOT WAS VERY REAL, RIGHT DOWN TO THE TENSE MOMENTS RIGHT DOWN TO THE TENSE MOMENTS WHEN A POLITICIAN’S HANDLERS GET WHEN A POLITICIAN’S HANDLERS GET IN THAT PLACE, THAT MOMENT IN THAT PLACE, THAT MOMENT BEFORE A BRIBE WHERE EVERYONE BEFORE A BRIBE WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS SOMETHING PRETTY LEGALLY KNOWS SOMETHING PRETTY LEGALLY DANGEROUS IS GOING DOWN DANGEROUS IS GOING DOWN >> EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, I’LL >> EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, I’LL HANDLE THAT FOR THE MAYOR HANDLE THAT FOR THE MAYOR

>> NO, IT’S FOR THE MAYOR >> NO, IT’S FOR THE MAYOR IT WOULD BE A SIGN OF DISRESPECT IT WOULD BE A SIGN OF DISRESPECT TO THE CHIC IFSHEIK IF THE MAYOR TO THE CHIC IFSHEIK IF THE MAYOR TAKE IT TAKE IT IT’S FOR YOU, MAYOR

IT’S FOR YOU, MAYOR >> FIVE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE >> FIVE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE HAVE BEEN IMPLICATED IN THE HAVE BEEN IMPLICATED IN THE FBI’S ABSCAM BRIBERY FBI’S ABSCAM BRIBERY INVESTIGATION INVESTIGATION >> TODAY ANOTHER ABSCAM TRIAL >> TODAY ANOTHER ABSCAM TRIAL GOT UNDER WAY INVOLVING ANOTHER GOT UNDER WAY INVOLVING ANOTHER CONGRESSMAN CONGRESSMAN

>> THE FBI’S ABSCAM >> THE FBI’S ABSCAM INVESTIGATION RESULTED IN A INVESTIGATION RESULTED IN A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS CONGRESS >> UNLIKE THE PRESIDENT, JUSTICE >> UNLIKE THE PRESIDENT, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RULES ALLOW FOR DEPARTMENT RULES ALLOW FOR INDICTING THOSE MEMBERS OF INDICTING THOSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHILE THEY’RE IN CONGRESS WHILE THEY’RE IN OFFICE OFFICE THERE IS NO FIRST STEP OF THERE IS NO FIRST STEP OF IMPEACHMENT FOR ABUSE OF POWER

IMPEACHMENT FOR ABUSE OF POWER BRIBERY GETS YOU INDICTED QUICK BRIBERY GETS YOU INDICTED QUICK IF THERE IS EVIDENCE, AND THERE IF THERE IS EVIDENCE, AND THERE WAS WAS FBI TAPES SHOWING CONGRESSMEN FBI TAPES SHOWING CONGRESSMEN ACCEPTING BRIBES, WHICH IS WHAT ACCEPTING BRIBES, WHICH IS WHAT THAT VERY SCENE WE JUST SHOW THAT VERY SCENE WE JUST SHOW YOU’D IN "AMERICAN HUSTLE" WAS YOU’D IN "AMERICAN HUSTLE" WAS BASED OFF OF BASED OFF OF

HERE IS MIKE MYERS, A DEMOCRATIC HERE IS MIKE MYERS, A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA TAKING A $50,000 BRIBE FROM AN TAKING A $50,000 BRIBE FROM AN FBI INFORMANT FBI INFORMANT >> TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF MONEY, >> TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF MONEY, OKAY OKAY >> LET ME SAY THIS TO YOU

>> LET ME SAY THIS TO YOU YOU’RE GOING ABOUT IT THE RIGHT YOU’RE GOING ABOUT IT THE RIGHT WAY WAY I’M GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING I’M GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING REAL SIMPLE REAL SIMPLE

MONEY TALKS IN THIS BUSINESS AND MONEY TALKS IN THIS BUSINESS AND [ BLEEP ] WALKS [ BLEEP ] WALKS IT WORKS THE SAME WAY IN IT WORKS THE SAME WAY IN WASHINGTON WASHINGTON >> SPEND IT WELL

>> SPEND IT WELL OKAY? OKAY? >> PLEASURE >> PLEASURE >> PLEASURE >> PLEASURE

A BAG OF CASH AND A HANDSHAKE A BAG OF CASH AND A HANDSHAKE IT’S PRETTY DAMNING IT’S PRETTY DAMNING MYERS IS THE FIRST CONGRESSMAN MYERS IS THE FIRST CONGRESSMAN CONVICTED IN ABSCAM

CONVICTED IN ABSCAM THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT ABOUT WHAT THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT ABOUT WHAT HE DID AND WHAT THE FACTS HE DID AND WHAT THE FACTS SHOWED SHOWED HE THEN IMPLORED HIS HOUSE HE THEN IMPLORED HIS HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO STILL STAND BY COLLEAGUES TO STILL STAND BY HIM HIM

HE INVOKED EVEN A, QUOTE, LYNCH HE INVOKED EVEN A, QUOTE, LYNCH MOB ATTACK MOB ATTACK >> I HOPE THAT THE MEMBERS WILL >> I HOPE THAT THE MEMBERS WILL NOT LET THE POLITICAL PRESSURES NOT LET THE POLITICAL PRESSURES OF THE VOTE FORCE THEM IN OF THE VOTE FORCE THEM IN JOINING A LYNCHING MOB, BECAUSE JOINING A LYNCHING MOB, BECAUSE THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I THINK IT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I THINK IT IS IS I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE NOW TO I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE NOW TO SIT ON DEATH ROW WHEN YOU VOTE SIT ON DEATH ROW WHEN YOU VOTE TO EXPEL

TO EXPEL IT WILL HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS IT WILL HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS HITTING THE BUTTON IF I WAS HITTING THE BUTTON IF I WAS STRAPPED IN AN ELECTRIC CHAIR IN STRAPPED IN AN ELECTRIC CHAIR IN THIS WELL THIS WELL >> BUT HERE’S WHAT’S SO RELEVANT >> BUT HERE’S WHAT’S SO RELEVANT ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW

WHEN THE FACTS CAME OUT, MYERS’ WHEN THE FACTS CAME OUT, MYERS’ CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES DIDN’T CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES DIDN’T DENY THEM OR MINIMIZE THEM DENY THEM OR MINIMIZE THEM THEY VOTED TO EXPEL HIM THEY VOTED TO EXPEL HIM THEY MADE HIM THE FIRST THEY MADE HIM THE FIRST CONGRESSMAN EXPELLED SINCE THE CONGRESSMAN EXPELLED SINCE THE CIVIL WAR

CIVIL WAR >> GUILTY >> GUILTY THAT’S THE VERDICT IN THE FIRST THAT’S THE VERDICT IN THE FIRST ABSCAM TRIAL ABSCAM TRIAL

THE JURY OF NINE WOMEN AND THREE THE JURY OF NINE WOMEN AND THREE MEN FOUND PENNSYLVANIA MEN FOUND PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL MYERS AND CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL MYERS AND THREE CO-DEFENDANTS GUILTY OF THREE CO-DEFENDANTS GUILTY OF BRIBERY AND CONSPIRACY BRIBERY AND CONSPIRACY >> THE HOUSE VOTED >> THE HOUSE VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO APPROVE OF OVERWHELMINGLY TO APPROVE OF MYERS TAKING A BRIBE IN THE MYERS TAKING A BRIBE IN THE ABSCAM INVESTIGATION WAS ABSCAM INVESTIGATION WAS EXPELLED EXPELLED A MOMENT IN HISTORY

A MOMENT IN HISTORY >> A MOMENT IN HISTORY >> A MOMENT IN HISTORY THE HOUSE STANDING TOGETHER IN THE HOUSE STANDING TOGETHER IN THAT BIPARTISAN REBUKE OF THAT BIPARTISAN REBUKE OF BRIBERY BRIBERY

MOST OF FELLOW DEMOCRATS VOTED MOST OF FELLOW DEMOCRATS VOTED TO EXPEL HIM ALONG WITH MOST TO EXPEL HIM ALONG WITH MOST REPUBLICANS WHO HAD THE SAME REPUBLICANS WHO HAD THE SAME PROBLEM IN THE SAME SCANDAL WITH PROBLEM IN THE SAME SCANDAL WITH RICHARD KELLEY, A FLORIDA RICHARD KELLEY, A FLORIDA REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN >> MY WAY OF THINKING IS THERE >> MY WAY OF THINKING IS THERE IS ONLY TWO PEOPLE INVOLVED, YOU IS ONLY TWO PEOPLE INVOLVED, YOU AND I AND I >> OKAY

>> OKAY >> IF THAT’S ALL RIGHT WITH YOU, >> IF THAT’S ALL RIGHT WITH YOU, THAT’S THE WAY WE’LL DO IT THAT’S THE WAY WE’LL DO IT IT’S UP TO YOU IT’S UP TO YOU

>> OKAY >> OKAY >> I DON’T KNOW WHETHER I CAN — >> I DON’T KNOW WHETHER I CAN — I TELL YOU WHAT, PUT THAT IN I TELL YOU WHAT, PUT THAT IN THERE THERE I GUESS YOU CAN STICK THOSE IN I GUESS YOU CAN STICK THOSE IN YOUR OTHER POCKETS OR YOUR BACK YOUR OTHER POCKETS OR YOUR BACK POCKET OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT

POCKET OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT LEAVE YOUR JACKET OPEN, YOU’LL LEAVE YOUR JACKET OPEN, YOU’LL BE IN GOOD SHAPE BE IN GOOD SHAPE >> LET ME BORROW THIS >> LET ME BORROW THIS

>> THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE >> THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU LITERALLY POCKET THE WHEN YOU LITERALLY POCKET THE BRIBE BRIBE KELLY THERE GOT PRISON TIME AS KELLY THERE GOT PRISON TIME AS WELL, ALONG WITH FIVE OTHER WELL, ALONG WITH FIVE OTHER REPRESENTATIVES AND ONE SENATOR REPRESENTATIVES AND ONE SENATOR WHO WENT TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY, WHO WENT TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY, MOST OF THEM DEMOCRATS MOST OF THEM DEMOCRATS THIS WAS A HUGE DEAL AND THERE THIS WAS A HUGE DEAL AND THERE WAS NO DOUBT IN COURT OR IN THE WAS NO DOUBT IN COURT OR IN THE CONGRESSIONAL VOTE OR IN PUBLIC CONGRESSIONAL VOTE OR IN PUBLIC CONVERSATION THAT TRADING YOUR CONVERSATION THAT TRADING YOUR OFFICE FOR PERSONAL BENEFIT, OFFICE FOR PERSONAL BENEFIT, CASH OR POLITICAL HELP WAS CASH OR POLITICAL HELP WAS WRONG

WRONG AND NOT LIKE A LITTLE WRONG BUT AND NOT LIKE A LITTLE WRONG BUT LIKE GET KICKED OUT OF OFFICE LIKE GET KICKED OUT OF OFFICE AND GO TO PRISON WRONG AND GO TO PRISON WRONG WHILE ENVELOPES OF CASH CAN LOOK WHILE ENVELOPES OF CASH CAN LOOK KIND OF OLD SCHOOL, THESE KIND OF OLD SCHOOL, THESE PRECEDENTS ARE NOT ANCIENT PRECEDENTS ARE NOT ANCIENT HISTORY, WHICH MAY BE CHILLING HISTORY, WHICH MAY BE CHILLING FOR DONALD TRUMP FOR DONALD TRUMP

CONSIDER THE MORE RECENT CASE OF CONSIDER THE MORE RECENT CASE OF WILLIAM JEFFERSON, A DEMOCRATIC WILLIAM JEFFERSON, A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN INDICTED BY THE CONGRESSMAN INDICTED BY THE OBAMA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FOR OBAMA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FOR BRIBERY, AGAIN CAUGHT ON TAPE IN BRIBERY, AGAIN CAUGHT ON TAPE IN A STING A STING HERE HE WAS ACCEPTING $100,000 HERE HE WAS ACCEPTING $100,000 FROM A WOMAN WHO TURNED OUT TO FROM A WOMAN WHO TURNED OUT TO BE AN FBI INFORMANT BE AN FBI INFORMANT >> MY HANDS ARE FULL, IF YOU >> MY HANDS ARE FULL, IF YOU DON’T MIND GRABBING IT

DON’T MIND GRABBING IT >> Reporter: AS YOU CAN SEE, >> Reporter: AS YOU CAN SEE, JEFFERSON STUFFS THE BRIEFCASE JEFFERSON STUFFS THE BRIEFCASE INTO A BAG, BUT DECLINED HER INTO A BAG, BUT DECLINED HER OFFER TO TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT OFFER TO TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT THE MONEY THE MONEY >> WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A PEEK >> WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A PEEK AT IT OR WHATEVER? AT IT OR WHATEVER? >> I WOULD NOT >> I WOULD NOT

>> YOU MAY REMEMBER JEFFERSON’S >> YOU MAY REMEMBER JEFFERSON’S COVER-UP, BECAUSE HE TOOK THAT COVER-UP, BECAUSE HE TOOK THAT COLD CASH AND MADE IT COLDER, COLD CASH AND MADE IT COLDER, STUFFING $10,000 BUNDLES OF IT STUFFING $10,000 BUNDLES OF IT INTO HIS FREEZER, WHICH THE FBI INTO HIS FREEZER, WHICH THE FBI FOUND WHEN THEY RAIDED HIS HOME FOUND WHEN THEY RAIDED HIS HOME NOW IF JEFFERSON WAS HOPING NOW IF JEFFERSON WAS HOPING FELLOW DEMOCRATS MIGHT MAKE FELLOW DEMOCRATS MIGHT MAKE APOLOGIES FOR HIM, HE WAS WRONG APOLOGIES FOR HIM, HE WAS WRONG IT WAS UNDER THE OBAMA DOJ THAT IT WAS UNDER THE OBAMA DOJ THAT THE AGENTS FOUND THE DOLLARS YOU THE AGENTS FOUND THE DOLLARS YOU SEE RIGHT THERE IN HIS FREEZER, SEE RIGHT THERE IN HIS FREEZER, WHILE IN CONGRESS NANCY PELOSI WHILE IN CONGRESS NANCY PELOSI KICKED HIM OFF THE KEY COMMITTEE KICKED HIM OFF THE KEY COMMITTEE HANDLING MONEY AND HANDLING MONEY AND APPROPRIATIONS, AND HE CLAIMED APPROPRIATIONS, AND HE CLAIMED THAT WAS SOME SORT OF RIGGED THAT WAS SOME SORT OF RIGGED DEAL AGAINST HIM

DEAL AGAINST HIM THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE RARE THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE RARE TIMES THAT WILLIAM JEFFERSON AND TIMES THAT WILLIAM JEFFERSON AND DONALD TRUMP SOUNDED SIMILAR DONALD TRUMP SOUNDED SIMILAR >> IN THIS CASE, IT WAS STRICTLY >> IN THIS CASE, IT WAS STRICTLY POLITICAL POLITICAL

SHE BELIEVES THAT IT GIVES HER A SHE BELIEVES THAT IT GIVES HER A POLITICAL ADVANTAGE IN THIS SET POLITICAL ADVANTAGE IN THIS SET OF ELECTIONS OF ELECTIONS SHE HOPES THAT OUT OF IT SHE’LL SHE HOPES THAT OUT OF IT SHE’LL BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ONE DAY BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ONE DAY IF THE DEMOCRATS CAN TAKE IF THE DEMOCRATS CAN TAKE CHARGE CHARGE >> NANCY PELOSI, SHE IS BLOCKING >> NANCY PELOSI, SHE IS BLOCKING THE VOTE

THE VOTE SHE DOESN’T WANT THE VOTE TO SHE DOESN’T WANT THE VOTE TO TAKE PLACE BECAUSE THEY WOULD TAKE PLACE BECAUSE THEY WOULD RATHER HURT THEIR POLITICAL RATHER HURT THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS THAN HELP THEIR BLACK OPPONENTS THAN HELP THEIR BLACK CONSTITUENTS CONSTITUENTS THAT’S WHAT IT IS THAT’S WHAT IT IS

>> BUT ATTACKING PELOSI DIDN’T >> BUT ATTACKING PELOSI DIDN’T CHANGE THE EVIDENCE CHANGE THE EVIDENCE AND TO BE CLEAR AGAIN, IN A AND TO BE CLEAR AGAIN, IN A COMPARISON AND A CONTRAST TO COMPARISON AND A CONTRAST TO TODAY, AT THAT TIME, OTHER TODAY, AT THAT TIME, OTHER LEADERS IN BOTH PARTIES DID SAY LEADERS IN BOTH PARTIES DID SAY THE BRIBERY EVIDENCE REQUIRED THE BRIBERY EVIDENCE REQUIRED MOVING JEFFERSON, WHICH IS THE MOVING JEFFERSON, WHICH IS THE HOUSE’S VERSION EFFECTIVELY OF HOUSE’S VERSION EFFECTIVELY OF IMPEACHMENT AND CONVICTION IMPEACHMENT AND CONVICTION >> I INTEND TO HOLD OUR >> I INTEND TO HOLD OUR COLLEAGUES TO A HIGHER STANDARD

COLLEAGUES TO A HIGHER STANDARD AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE STANDARD HERE, WE ALL KNOW THAT STANDARD HERE, WE ALL KNOW THAT BRINGING DISHONOR ON THIS HOUSE BRINGING DISHONOR ON THIS HOUSE IS A STANDARD THAT ALL OF US IS A STANDARD THAT ALL OF US ATTEMPT TO MEET ATTEMPT TO MEET AND MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS NO AND MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS NO DISHONOR BROUGHT DISHONOR BROUGHT

>> THE ALLEGATIONS THAT HAVE >> THE ALLEGATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ARE EXTRAORDINARILY BEEN MADE ARE EXTRAORDINARILY SERIOUS SERIOUS THEY IF PROVEN TRUE SHOULD LEAD THEY IF PROVEN TRUE SHOULD LEAD TO THE EXPULSION OF THE MEMBER TO THE EXPULSION OF THE MEMBER IN QUESTION IN QUESTION >> SERIOUS TALK

>> SERIOUS TALK NOW CONGRESSMAN JEFFERSON’S WADS NOW CONGRESSMAN JEFFERSON’S WADS OF CASH ARE NOT THE EXACT SAME OF CASH ARE NOT THE EXACT SAME AS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S UKRAINE AS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S UKRAINE PLOT PLOT THE EVIDENCE AGAINST TRUMP IS THE EVIDENCE AGAINST TRUMP IS FAR, FAR WORSE FAR, FAR WORSE

JEFFERSON WENT TO PRISON FOR JEFFERSON WENT TO PRISON FOR TRADING A SMALLER OFFICE FOR TRADING A SMALLER OFFICE FOR THOSE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THOSE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN THE FREEZER DOLLARS IN THE FREEZER TRUMP IS FACING EVIDENCE OF TRUMP IS FACING EVIDENCE OF TRADING A FAR LARGER OFFICE FOR TRADING A FAR LARGER OFFICE FOR HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THE LINE ON THE LINE OR PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, YOU OR PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, YOU COULDN’T FIT ALL THE MONEY THAT COULDN’T FIT ALL THE MONEY THAT HE SEIZED IN THE UKRAINE PLOT HE SEIZED IN THE UKRAINE PLOT INTO THE LARGEST FREEZER IN THE INTO THE LARGEST FREEZER IN THE WORLD

WORLD AND I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING AND I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING TONIGHT AS CONGRESS GOES DOWN TONIGHT AS CONGRESS GOES DOWN THIS VERY SERIOUS ROAD THIS THIS VERY SERIOUS ROAD THIS WEEK WEEK THERE WAS A TIME WHEN PEOPLE IN THERE WAS A TIME WHEN PEOPLE IN BOTH PARTIES STATED THE OBVIOUS BOTH PARTIES STATED THE OBVIOUS FACT THAT SELLING YOUR OFFICE IS FACT THAT SELLING YOUR OFFICE IS WRONG WRONG

SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE STILL SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE STILL OF COURSE IN CONGRESS TODAY OF COURSE IN CONGRESS TODAY CONSIDER REPUBLICAN ROY BLUNT’S CONSIDER REPUBLICAN ROY BLUNT’S APPROACH TO EVIDENCE OF APPROACH TO EVIDENCE OF JEFFERSON’S BRIBERY AS IT CAME JEFFERSON’S BRIBERY AS IT CAME OUT OUT HE STAKED OUT THE POSITION THAT HE STAKED OUT THE POSITION THAT EVEN IF IT DIDN’T VIOLATE THE EVEN IF IT DIDN’T VIOLATE THE LAW, IT DID, IT WOULD LAW, IT DID, IT WOULD POTENTIALLY BRING SUCH DISREPUTE POTENTIALLY BRING SUCH DISREPUTE ON THE HOUSE THAT JEFFERSON ON THE HOUSE THAT JEFFERSON SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED AND SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED AND POTENTIALLY EXPELLED

POTENTIALLY EXPELLED COMPARE THAT TO HIS APPROACH TO COMPARE THAT TO HIS APPROACH TO DONALD TRUMP SO FAR AS THE DONALD TRUMP SO FAR AS THE EVIDENCE MOUNTS EVIDENCE MOUNTS HE IS DEFERRING TO THE PRESIDENT HE IS DEFERRING TO THE PRESIDENT AND STILL WAITING FOR MORE AND STILL WAITING FOR MORE FACTS FACTS

>> YOU DON’T HAVE TO NECESSARILY >> YOU DON’T HAVE TO NECESSARILY HAVE VIOLATED A LAW TO VIOLATE HAVE VIOLATED A LAW TO VIOLATE THOSE STANDARDS THOSE STANDARDS YOU CERTAINLY DON’T HAVE TO YOU CERTAINLY DON’T HAVE TO VIOLATE A LAW TO HAVE BROUGHT VIOLATE A LAW TO HAVE BROUGHT DISREPUTE ON THE HOUSE DISREPUTE ON THE HOUSE IT’S HIGH TIME, MR

SPEAKER, IT’S HIGH TIME, MR SPEAKER, THAT WE DID START THIS THAT WE DID START THIS INVESTIGATION INVESTIGATION >> ONE WAY OR ANOTHER YOU’RE >> ONE WAY OR ANOTHER YOU’RE GOING TO DECIDE IT’S WHAT THE GOING TO DECIDE IT’S WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE SAID, AN PRESIDENT SAYS HE SAID, AN IMPEACHABLE PROBLEM OR NOT IMPEACHABLE PROBLEM OR NOT

THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE THINKS HE THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE THINKS HE WAS ON SOLID GROUND, AND WE’LL WAS ON SOLID GROUND, AND WE’LL SEE WHAT OTHER FACTS MIGHT COME SEE WHAT OTHER FACTS MIGHT COME TO THE FORE THAT HAVE AN IMPACT TO THE FORE THAT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THAT ON THAT >> YES, LET’S SEE WHAT FACTS >> YES, LET’S SEE WHAT FACTS COME TO THE FORE COME TO THE FORE BECAUSE IF BRIBERY WAS BAD BECAUSE IF BRIBERY WAS BAD ENOUGH TO EXPEL A LOWER LEVEL ENOUGH TO EXPEL A LOWER LEVEL POLITICIAN, LOGICALLY IT IS MORE POLITICIAN, LOGICALLY IT IS MORE CONCERNING FOR A HIGHER LEVEL CONCERNING FOR A HIGHER LEVEL POLITICIAN LIKE OUR PRESIDENT

POLITICIAN LIKE OUR PRESIDENT WHO WIELDS ENORMOUS UNCHECKED WHO WIELDS ENORMOUS UNCHECKED POWERS THAT OFTEN OPERATE IN POWERS THAT OFTEN OPERATE IN SECRET SECRET WE ONLY KNOW ABOUT TRUMP SEIZING WE ONLY KNOW ABOUT TRUMP SEIZING THE MONEY AND TRYING TO TRADE THE MONEY AND TRYING TO TRADE THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT BECAUSE OF UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT BECAUSE OF THE WHISTLE-BLOWER THE WHISTLE-BLOWER

NOW TRUMP ALLIES HAVE OFFERED A NOW TRUMP ALLIES HAVE OFFERED A DIFFERENT DEFENSE, THAT TRUMP DIFFERENT DEFENSE, THAT TRUMP WAS SEEKING THE INVESTIGATIONS WAS SEEKING THE INVESTIGATIONS AND NOT ACTUALLY MONEY AND NOT ACTUALLY MONEY BUT THE PRECEDENTS DON’T HELP BUT THE PRECEDENTS DON’T HELP HIM THERE EITHER HIM THERE EITHER LANDMARK CASES SHOW POLITICIANS LANDMARK CASES SHOW POLITICIANS CONVICTED OF QUID PRO QUO CONVICTED OF QUID PRO QUO BRIBERY HAPPEN ALL THE TIME BRIBERY HAPPEN ALL THE TIME WITHOUT FORMALLY TAKING CASH OR WITHOUT FORMALLY TAKING CASH OR EXPLICITLY STATING THE DEAL

EXPLICITLY STATING THE DEAL TAKE ANOTHER CASE THAT MAY HAUNT TAKE ANOTHER CASE THAT MAY HAUNT DONALD TRUMP, DEAN SKELOS, WHO DONALD TRUMP, DEAN SKELOS, WHO WENT FROM BEING A STATE MAJORITY WENT FROM BEING A STATE MAJORITY LEADER TO A CURRENT INMATE, LEADER TO A CURRENT INMATE, SERVING FOUR YEARS IN PRISON SERVING FOUR YEARS IN PRISON RIGHT NOW FOR BRIBERY, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW FOR BRIBERY, BECAUSE HE WAS FOUND TO HAVE TRADE HIS HE WAS FOUND TO HAVE TRADE HIS OFFICE AND VOTE TO FOR BRIBES OFFICE AND VOTE TO FOR BRIBES AND TO GIVE HIS SON A JOB AND TO GIVE HIS SON A JOB HIS LAWYERS ARGUED THERE WAS NO HIS LAWYERS ARGUED THERE WAS NO FORMAL QUID PRO QUO AND THAT FORMAL QUID PRO QUO AND THAT SHOULD SAVE HIM SHOULD SAVE HIM

SKELOS WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE SKELOS WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE FAMOUS OBAMA INVESTIGATORS AND FAMOUS OBAMA INVESTIGATORS AND THEY GATHERED CRUCIAL WIRETAPS THEY GATHERED CRUCIAL WIRETAPS OF THESE FATHER/SON PHONE CALL OF THESE FATHER/SON PHONE CALL >> I’M GOING TO BE PRESIDENT OF >> I’M GOING TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE THE SENATE I’M GOING TO BE TO BE MAJORITY I’M GOING TO BE TO BE MAJORITY LEADER

LEADER I’M GOING CONTROL EVERYTHING I’M GOING CONTROL EVERYTHING EVERYBODY’S GOING TO KNOW WHO EVERYBODY’S GOING TO KNOW WHO CALLS THE SHOTS ON THEM, BELIEVE CALLS THE SHOTS ON THEM, BELIEVE ME ME

>> A JURY COULD INFER A QUID PRO >> A JURY COULD INFER A QUID PRO QUO EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T EVER QUO EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T EVER FORMALLY STATED, WHICH IS WHAT FORMALLY STATED, WHICH IS WHAT SKELOS’ STAR WITNESS WAS SKELOS’ STAR WITNESS WAS TESTIFYING IN THEIR DEFENSE, TESTIFYING IN THEIR DEFENSE, THAT THEY NEVER EXPLICITLY SAID THAT THEY NEVER EXPLICITLY SAID THERE WAS A TRADE FOR A VOTE TO THERE WAS A TRADE FOR A VOTE TO GET A JOB FOR HIS SON, WHICH MAY GET A JOB FOR HIS SON, WHICH MAY RING FAMILIAR RING FAMILIAR NOW WHEN SKELOS WAS FINALLY NOW WHEN SKELOS WAS FINALLY SENTENCED, IT WAS IN 2018 UNDER SENTENCED, IT WAS IN 2018 UNDER THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AS A STATE OFFICIAL, HE WENT AS A STATE OFFICIAL, HE WENT DIRECTLY TO PRISON, BECAUSE DIRECTLY TO PRISON, BECAUSE THESE CASES SHOW BRIBE I HAVE A THESE CASES SHOW BRIBE I HAVE A SERIOUS OFFENSE THAT PEOPLE GO SERIOUS OFFENSE THAT PEOPLE GO TO PRISON FOR

TO PRISON FOR IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE FEW IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE FEW IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES LISTED BY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES LISTED BY NAME IN THE CONSTITUTION NAME IN THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAST TIME THE SENATE AND THE LAST TIME THE SENATE HELD AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF ANY HELD AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF ANY OFFICIAL, DID YOU KNOW IT OFFICIAL, DID YOU KNOW IT ACTUALLY INVOLVED ABUSE OF POWER ACTUALLY INVOLVED ABUSE OF POWER FOR KICKBACKS IN THE CASE FOR KICKBACKS IN THE CASE AGAINST THEN JUDGE TOM PORSHAS AGAINST THEN JUDGE TOM PORSHAS

>> THIS MORNING THE SENATE >> THIS MORNING THE SENATE OPENED ITS FIRST IMPEACHMENT OPENED ITS FIRST IMPEACHMENT TRIAL SINCE FORMER BILL CLINTON TRIAL SINCE FORMER BILL CLINTON THIS TIME IT’S THE TRIAL OF US THIS TIME IT’S THE TRIAL OF U

S DISTRICT JUDGE, THOMAS JR DISTRICT JUDGE, THOMAS JR >> THOSE KICKBACKS MAY SOUND >> THOSE KICKBACKS MAY SOUND LIKE BRIBERY LIKE BRIBERY

THEY VOTED FOR THREE OF THE FOUR THEY VOTED FOR THREE OF THE FOUR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, INCLUDING UNANIMOUSLY VOTING TO INCLUDING UNANIMOUSLY VOTING TO IMPEACH ON THE CHARGE OF IMPEACH ON THE CHARGE OF ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CONDUCT ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OF CONDUCT INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE TRUST AND INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE PLACED IN HIM AS A CONFIDENCE PLACED IN HIM AS A FEDERAL JUDGE, AND HE WAS KICKED FEDERAL JUDGE, AND HE WAS KICKED OFF THE BENCH OFF THE BENCH >> THE SENATE HAVING TRIED G >> THE SENATE HAVING TRIED G THOMAS PORTEOUS JR

, DISTRICT OF THOMAS PORTEOUS JR, DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA, HAVING FOUND HIM LOUISIANA, HAVING FOUND HIM GUILTY OF CHARGES CONTAINED IN GUILTY OF CHARGES CONTAINED IN ARTICLES 1, 2, 3, AND 4 OF THE ARTICLES 1, 2, 3, AND 4 OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, HE IS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, HE IS HEREBY REMOVED FROM OFFICE AND HEREBY REMOVED FROM OFFICE AND HE IS HEREBY FOREVER HE IS HEREBY FOREVER DISQUALIFIED TO HOLD AND ENJOY DISQUALIFIED TO HOLD AND ENJOY ANY OFFICE OF HONOR, TRUST OR ANY OFFICE OF HONOR, TRUST OR PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES >> THAT’S WHAT POST IMPEACHMENT >> THAT’S WHAT POST IMPEACHMENT CONVICTION LOOKS LIKE IN THE CONVICTION LOOKS LIKE IN THE SENATE SENATE

THAT TRIAL IMPEACHING A FEDERAL THAT TRIAL IMPEACHING A FEDERAL JUDGE IS ACTUALLY ONLY ONE OF JUDGE IS ACTUALLY ONLY ONE OF NINE IMPEACHMENT TRIALS IN THE NINE IMPEACHMENT TRIALS IN THE LAST CENTURY LAST CENTURY IT WAS LED, HOWEVER,ED BY BIDID IT WAS LED, HOWEVER,ED BY BIDID YOU KNOW THIS? YOU KNOW THIS? A PRETTY FAMILIAR FIGURE FROM A PRETTY FAMILIAR FIGURE FROM THE CURRENT IMPEACHMENT SAGA, THE CURRENT IMPEACHMENT SAGA, CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF, WHO IS CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF, WHO IS OF COURSE NOW THE INTELLIGENCE OF COURSE NOW THE INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN CHAIRMAN HE ACTED AS THE MANAGER OR HE ACTED AS THE MANAGER OR PROSECUTOR PRESENTING THAT PROSECUTOR PRESENTING THAT IMPEACHMENT CASE TO THE SENATE

IMPEACHMENT CASE TO THE SENATE >> THE HOUSE RECOGNIZES WHAT AN >> THE HOUSE RECOGNIZES WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY PROCEEDING THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY PROCEEDING THIS IS AND HOW SELDOM AN IMPEACHMENT IS AND HOW SELDOM AN IMPEACHMENT IS UNDERTAKEN UNDERTAKEN THE JUDGE HAS COMMITTED A THE JUDGE HAS COMMITTED A SERIOUS VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC SERIOUS VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC TRUST THAT IN THE PHRASEOLOGY OF TRUST THAT IN THE PHRASEOLOGY OF GOVERNOR MORRIS, ONE OF THE GOVERNOR MORRIS, ONE OF THE FRAMERS THAT THE JUDGE HAS SO FRAMERS THAT THE JUDGE HAS SO MISDEMEANED HIMSELF BY VIOLATING MISDEMEANED HIMSELF BY VIOLATING THE PUBLIC TRUST THAT IT THE PUBLIC TRUST THAT IT NECESSITATES HIS REMOVAL FROM NECESSITATES HIS REMOVAL FROM THE BENCH THE BENCH

>> CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF HAS THE >> CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF HAS THE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF LEADING UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF LEADING THIS RARE PROCESS NOW TWICE THIS RARE PROCESS NOW TWICE HE IS LAYING A SIMILAR HE IS LAYING A SIMILAR GROUNDWORK IN THE CASE AGAINST GROUNDWORK IN THE CASE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESIDENT TRUMP HE IS, OF COURSE, THE MAN WHO HE IS, OF COURSE, THE MAN WHO ALSO SUMMARIZED AMBASSADOR ALSO SUMMARIZED AMBASSADOR SONDLAND’S ACCOUNT OF QUID PRO SONDLAND’S ACCOUNT OF QUID PRO QUO BRIBERY IN A WAY THAT YOU QUO BRIBERY IN A WAY THAT YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT’S GOING TO THINK ABOUT WHAT’S GOING TO POTENTIALLY HAPPEN AND HIS POTENTIALLY HAPPEN AND HIS EXPERIENCE LEADING IMPEACHMENT EXPERIENCE LEADING IMPEACHMENT CASES, HE WAS IN A WAY TEEING UP CASES, HE WAS IN A WAY TEEING UP THE BLUEPRINT FOR A POTENTIAL THE BLUEPRINT FOR A POTENTIAL CASE TO PREVENT TO THE SENATE AS CASE TO PREVENT TO THE SENATE AS HE’S DONE BEFORE

HE’S DONE BEFORE >> TODAY’S TESTIMONY IS AMONG >> TODAY’S TESTIMONY IS AMONG THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE TO THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE TO DATE DATE IT GOES RIGHT TO THE HEART OF IT GOES RIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE ISSUE OF BRIBERY, AS WELL AS THE ISSUE OF BRIBERY, AS WELL AS OTHER POTENTIAL HIGH CRIMES OR OTHER POTENTIAL HIGH CRIMES OR MISDEMEANORS MISDEMEANORS MISDEMEANORS MISDEMEANORS

A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT IN THE A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS INQUIRY HISTORY OF THIS INQUIRY >> A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT >> A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT POTENTIALLY LEADING TO HOW HE POTENTIALLY LEADING TO HOW HE WOULD MAKE HIS CASE IN THE WOULD MAKE HIS CASE IN THE SENATE SENATE SO WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU TAKE SO WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU TAKE ALL OF THESE PRECEDENTS ALL OF THESE PRECEDENTS TOGETHER? TOGETHER? WELL, BRIBERY IS A SERIOUS WELL, BRIBERY IS A SERIOUS CRIME

CRIME FOR MANY POLITICIANS AND BOTH FOR MANY POLITICIANS AND BOTH PARTIES IN CONGRESSES AND STATE PARTIES IN CONGRESSES AND STATE HOUSES, BASICALLY EVERYWHERE BUT HOUSES, BASICALLY EVERYWHERE BUT THE WHITE HOUSE, BRIBERY CAN GET THE WHITE HOUSE, BRIBERY CAN GET YOU A TICKET STRAIGHT TO PRISON YOU A TICKET STRAIGHT TO PRISON AND A BRIBERY PLOT IS STILL A AND A BRIBERY PLOT IS STILL A FELONY, EVEN IF THERE IS NO FELONY, EVEN IF THERE IS NO OFFICIAL MONEY INVOLVED OR EVEN OFFICIAL MONEY INVOLVED OR EVEN NECESSARILY AN EXPLICIT QUID PRO NECESSARILY AN EXPLICIT QUID PRO QUO SPELLED OUT THAT IS WHAT THE QUO SPELLED OUT THAT IS WHAT THE PRECEDENTS SAY, WHICH SHOULD PRECEDENTS SAY, WHICH SHOULD WEIGH ON THE MIND OF ANY WEIGH ON THE MIND OF ANY POLITICIAN IN ANY PARTY CAUGHT POLITICIAN IN ANY PARTY CAUGHT UP IN A BRIBERY PLOT, WHETHER UP IN A BRIBERY PLOT, WHETHER IT’S SUCCESSFUL OR NOT IT’S SUCCESSFUL OR NOT

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