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>> Announcer: THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT THE TRIAL OF DONALD J

TRUMP HERE'S LESTER HOLT >>> GOOD DAY, EVERYONE IT'S 1:00 PM

IN THE EAST WE'RE BACK ON THE AIR WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF THE SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TODAY, THE HOUSE MANAGERS WITH THE PROSECUTION LED BY CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF PRESENT THEIR CASE FOR THE PERSON'S GUILT, TWO COUNTS OF IMPEACHMENT THE PRESIDENT IS ACCUSED OF SOLICITING THE HELP OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT UKRAINE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND PRESSURING UKRAINE BY WITHHOLDING MILLIONS IN US

SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND HE'S ACCUSED OF ANY COOPERATION WITH CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS BARRING WITNESSES, WITHHOLDING DOCUMENTS, DEFYING SUBPOENAS SOME 13 HOURS YESTERDAY UNTIL 2:00 IN THE MORNING IN THE EAST, THE SENATE DEBATED THE RULES GOVERNING THE TRIAL WITH ONE DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT AFTER ANOTHER VOTED DOWN BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY A VERY, VERY LONG DAY THAT'S WHERE WE BEGIN TODAY, THE MODERATOR OF "MEET THE PRESS" CHUCK TODD NBC NEWS AND FORMER ATTORNEY CAROL LAMB

AND ALSO WITH US, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE THIS THING BEFORE, FORMER SENATOR BOB CHERRY KASIE HUNT IS ON CAPITOL HILL THAT'S WHERE WE START TO SET THE SCENE KASIE >> Reporter: LESTER, WE WERE GREETED TODAY BY A GROUP OF VERY TIRED SENATORS WHO WERE HERE ON THE FLOOR LATE INTO THE NIGHT, AS YOU POINT OUT, AS DAY TWO GETS UNDER WAY

AND THIS REALLY IS THE DAY FOR THE HOUSE PROSECUTORS FOR ADAM SCHIFF AND THE OTHER DEMOCRATS THAT ARE GOING TO MAKING THE CASE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP THIS IS THEIR FIRST DAY OF OPENING ARGUMENTS AND THEY ARE FOCUSED ON TRYING TO LAY OUT THE CASE PIECE BY PIECE THEY'RE ASSUMING THAT PERHAPS MANY AMERICANS HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THE HOUSE HEARINGS OR WHAT WAS UNCOVERED THEY'RE ALSO BETTING THAT THERE ARE SOME SENATORS WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE CASE LAID OUT IN THIS WAY

OVERALL, DEMOCRATIC SOURCES TELL US THEY WERE HAPPY WITH THE PRESENTATION LAST NIGHT THEY FEEL AS THOUGH SCHIFF LED THINGS IN A STRONG MANNER AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TEAM, DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES, SPECIFICALLY JASON CROW WHO BROUGHT THAT NATIONAL SECURITY PERSPECTIVE TO THE PROCEEDINGS OF COURSE, REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT LAST NIGHT'S PROCEEDINGS, THERE WAS ONLY ONE INSTANCE WHERE SUSAN COLLINS VOTED WITH DEMOCRATS ON A PROCEDURAL MOTION OTHERWISE, REPUBLICANS STAYED TOGETHER AND THAT'S WHAT MITCH McCONNELL WAS LOOKING FOR AS THEY TRY TO DEFEND THE PRESIDENT AT THIS POINT, THE STAKES ARE EXTRAORDINARILY HIGH

LESTER, I DO WANT TO SAY, WE'RE STILL FOCUSED ON THAT QUESTION OF WITNESSES WE LEARNED AT THE LUNCH THAT THE REPUBLICANS HELD JUST BEFORE GOING TO OPEN THE SESSION, THEY BROUGHT IN MICHAEL MUKASEY, THE FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL, TO MAKE AN EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE ARGUMENT, TO TRY TO UNDERSCORE TO THE SENATORS THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PRIVILEGE THAT SHOULD BE PROTECTED WHERE DOES THAT COME INTO PLAY? IT COMES INTO PLAY WHEN THEY START TALKING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT JOHN BOLTON SHOULD BE CALLED AS A WITNESS IN THE TRIAL AND THAT, OF COURSE, COULD BE A MAY HAVE SURPRISE COMING DOWN THE PIKE, LEFTER >> KASIE, THANK YOU THE PRESIDENT IS FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS WHILE HE FLIES BACK TO WASH FROM DAVOS, SWITZERLAND

BUT HE HAD THINGS TO SAY BEFORE LEAVING DAVOS, CHRIS CITIZEN WELKER IS THERE >> Reporter: WELL, THIS WAS A REMARKABLE PRESS CONFERENCE AND WHAT WAS REMARKABLE, IT CAPPED THE DAY 23467 THE PRESIDENT SHOWED RELATIVE RESTRAINT HE WAS ASKED A NUMBER OF TIMES ABOUT IMPEACHMENT, ONLY TO SAY IT WAS A WITCH HUNT AND A HOAX BUT TODAY, RIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT, IN THAT IMPROMPTU NEWS CONFERENCE, HE WAS PRESSED ON THE KEY QUESTION WOULD HE BE OPEN TO HAVING WITNESSES TESTIFY IN THE TRIAL PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID, WELL THAT IS UP TO THE SENATE

WHEN ASKED ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON, THE PRESIDENT SAID IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS AND HE ALSO SAID THAT BOLTON DID NOT LEAVE ON GOOD TERMS HE SAID THAT IT WAS HIS FAULT THIS IS CLEARLY A PRESIDENT TRYING TO RESET THE NARRATIVE IN HIS OWN WAY THAT'S WHY HE WANTED TO SPEAK OUT >> SOVEREIGN GODFATHER OF LIBERTY, WE GATHER IN THIS HISTORIC CHAMBER FOR THE SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY OF THESE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS

GIVE WISDOM TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS, AS HE PRESIDES LORD, YOU ARE ALL POWERFUL AND KNOW OUR THOUGHTS BEFORE WE FORM THEM AS OUR LAWMAKERS HAVE BECOME JURORS, REMIND THEM OF YOUR ADMONITION IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 10:31 THAT WHATEVER THEY DO SHOULD BE DONE FOR YOUR GLORY HELP THEM REMEMBER THAT PATRIOTS RESIDE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THAT WORDS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, AND THAT HOW SOMETHING IS SAID CAN BE AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT IS SAID GIVE THEM A CIVILITY BUILT UPON INTEGRITY

THAT BRINGS CONSISTENCY IN THEIR BELIEFS AND ACTIONS WE PRAY IN YOUR POWERFUL NAME AMEN >> CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS ABOUT TO GAVEL IN >> PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

>> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL >> WOULD YOU PLEASE BE SEATED >> AND QUICKLY, AS THEY TAKE THEIR SEATS AND PREPARE TO START, LET ME SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS IN VERY QUICKLY, CAROL, HOW WILL WE SEE FROM THE DEMOCRATS LOOK DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY? >> WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY WERE MOTIONS TO GET PARTICULAR KINDS OF EVIDENCE IN, AND THEREFORE, IT WAS A LITTLE CHOPPY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE TODAY, I EXPECT IS A MORE IMPORTANT CHRONOLOGICAL EVIDENCE

>> ALL PERSONS ARE COMMANDED TO KEEP SILENT ON PAIN OF IMPRISONMENT ALL SENATORS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE SITTING IN THE TRIAL OF IMPEACHMENT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AGAINST DONALD J TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES >> THE MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED >> COLLEAGUES, NO MOTIONS — NO MOTIONS WERE FILED THIS MORNING

SO WE'LL PROCEED TO THE HOUSE MANAGERS' PRESENTATION WE'LL GO FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS AND TAKE A SHORT RECESS WHEN THERE IS AN APPROPRIATE BREAK TIME BETWEEN PRESENTERS >> PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SENATE RESOLUTION 483, THE MANAGERS FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE 24 HOURS TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION OF THEIR CASE THE SENATE WILL NOW HEAR YOU >>> MR

CHIEF JUSTICES SENATORS, COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT AND MY FELLOW HOUSE MANAGERS, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING YOU, CHIEF JUSTICE, FOR A VERY LONG DAY, FOR THE WAY YOU PRESIDED OVER THESE PROCEEDINGS AND I WANT TO THANK THE SENATORS ALSO WE WENT WELL INTO THE MORNING, AS YOU KNOW UNTIL I BELIEVE AROUND 2:00 IN THE MORNING AND YOU PAID ATTENTION TO EVERY WORD AND ARGUMENT YOU HEARD FROM BOTH SIDES IN THIS IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

AND I KNOW WE ARE BOTH DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR THAT IT WAS AN EXHAUSTING DAY FOR US, CERTAINLY BUT WE HAVE ADRENALINE GOING THROUGH OUR VEINS AND FOR THOSE THAT ARE REQUIRED TO SIT AND LISTEN, IT IS A MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TASK AND, OF COURSE, WE KNOW OUR POSITIONS

YOU HAVE THE ADDED DIFFICULTY OF HAVING TO WEIGH THE FACTS AND THE LAW SO, I WANT TO BEGIN TODAY BY THANKING YOU FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE PROCEEDINGS YESTERDAY AND FOR INVITING YOUR PATIENCE AS WE GO FORWARD WE HAVE SOME VERY LONG DAYS YET TO COME SO, LET US BEGIN

WHEN A MAN UNPRINCIPLED IN PRIVATE LIFE, DESPERATE IN HIS FORTUNE, BOLD IN HIS TEMPER, CONSIDERABLE TALENTS HAVING THE ADVANTAGE OF MILITARY HANDS, DESPOTIC IN HIS ORDINARY DEMEANOR, KNOWN TO HAVE SCOFFED IN PRIVATE AT PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY, WHEN SUCH A MAN IS SEEN TO MOUNT THE HOBBY HORSE OF POPULARITY, TO JOIN IN THE CRY OF DANGER TO LIBERTY, TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO EMBARRASSING THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT AND BRINGING IT UNDER SUSPICION, TO FLATTER AND FALL IN WITH THE NONSENSE OF THE ZEALOTS OF THE DAY, IT MAY JUSTLY BE SUSPECTED THAT HIS OBJECT IS TO THROW THINGS INTO CONFUSION THOSE WORDS WERE WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER HAMILTON IN A LETTER TO GEORGE WASHINGTON, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PANIC OF 1792 THE FINANCIAL CREDIT CRISIS THAT SHOOK OUR YOUNG NATION HAMILTON WAS RESPONDING TO SENTIMENTS RELATED TO WASHINGTON AS HE TRAVELED THE COUNTRY THAT AMERICA IN THE FACE OF THAT CRISIS MIGHT DESCEND FROM A REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT PLUNGING INSTEAD INTO THAT OF MONARCHY THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION WORRIED THEN AS WE MIGHT TODAY THAT A LEADER MIGHT COME TO POWER NOT TO CARRY OUT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE THAT HE WAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT, BUT TO PURSUE HIS OWN INTERESTS

THEY FEAR THAT A PRESIDENT WOULD SUBVERT OUR DEMOCRACY BY ABUSING THE AWESOME POWER OF HIS OFFICE FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL OR POLITICAL GAIN AND SO THEY DEVISED THE REMEDY AS POWERFUL AS THE EVIL IT WAS MEANT TO COMBAT IMPEACHMENT AS CENTURIES HAVE PASSED, OUR FOUNDERS ACHIEVED AN ALMOST MYTHICAL CHARACTER WE'RE AWARE OF THEIR FLAWS

CERTAINLY SOME VERY PAINFUL AND PRONOUNCED, INDEED AND YET, WHEN IT CAME TO THE DRAFTING OF A NEW SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND WITH NO GUARANTEE WOULD SUCCEED, WE CANNOT HELP BUT BE IN AWE OF THEIR GENIUS, THEIR PRESSURE TIME AND TIME AGAIN STILL FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS THIS IS NO LESS TRUE OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, NOTWITHSTANDING HIS RECENT RETURN TO CELEBRITY BUT THEY WERE HUMAN BEINGS

THEY UNDERSTOOD HUMAN FRAILTIES EVEN AS THEY EXHIBITED THEM THEY CAN APPRECIATE JUST AS WE CAN HOW POWER CAN CORRUPT AND EVEN AS WE STRUGGLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE FRAMERS MIGHT HAVE RESPONDED TO PRESIDENTIAL MISCONDUCT OF THE KIND AND CHARACTER THAT WE ARE HERE TO TRY, WE SHOULD NOT IMAGINE FOR ONE MOMENT THAT THEY LACKED BASIC COMMON SENSE OR REFUSED TO APPLY IT OURSELVES THEY KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LIVE UNDER A DESPITE

AND THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES TO FRAME IT THEY KNEW THEY WERE CREATING AN EXTREMELY POWERFUL AND DID NOT INTEND IT TO BE USED FREQUENTLY OR FOR MATTERS OF POLICY BUT THEY PUT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR A REASON FOR A MAN TO SUBVERT FOR HIS OWN REASONS, FOR A MAN TO INVITE ENFORCE INTERFERENCE AND CHEATING IN AN ELECTION, FOR A MAN TO BE DISDAINFUL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LIMIT AVOIDING THE GOVERNMENT AND COEQUAL POWERS FOR A MAN TO BELIEVE THAT THE CONSTITUTION GAVE HIM THE RIGHT TO DO ANYTHING HE WANTED AND PRACTICED IN THE ART OF DECEPTION FOR A MAN WHO BELIEVED HE WAS ABOVE THE LAW AND BEHOLDEN TO NO ONE

FOR A MAN, IN SHORT, WHO WOULD BE A KING WE ARE HERE TODAY IN THIS HALLOWED CHAMBER, UNDERTAKING A SOLEMN ACTION FOR ONLY THE THIRD TIME IN HISTORY BECAUSE DONALD J TRUMP, THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS ACTED PRECISELY AS HAMILTON AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES FEARED PRESIDENT TRUMP SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS ABUSING THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO SEEK HELP FROM ABROAD, TO IMPROVE HIS RE-ELECTION PROSPECTS AT HOME AND WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT, HE USED THE POWERS OF THAT OFFICE TO OBSTRUCT THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIS OWN MISCONDUCT

TO IMPLEMENT THIS CORRUPT SCHEME, PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESSURED THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS INTO TWO DISCREDITED ALLEGATIONS THAT WOULD BENEFIT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WHEN UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT DID NOT IMMEDIATELY ASCENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHOLD TWO OFFICIAL ACTS TO INDUCE THE UKRAINIAN LEADER TO COMPLY AHEAD OF STATE MEETING IN THE OVAL OFFICE AND MILITARY FUNDING BOTH WERE OF GREAT CONSEQUENCE TO UKRAINE AND TO OUR NATIONAL INTEREST AND SECURITY BUT ONE LOOMS LARGEST

PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN MILITARY AID TO A STRATEGIC PARTNER AT WAR WITH RUSSIA TO SECURE FOREIGN HELP WITH HIS RE-ELECTION IN OTHER WORDS, TO CHEAT IN THIS WAY, THE PRESIDENT USED OFFICIAL STATE POWERS AVAILABLE ONLY TO HIM, AND UNAVAILABLE TO ANY POLITICAL OPPONENT TO ADVANTAGE HIMSELF IN A DEMOCRATIC ELECTION HIS SCHEME WAS UNDERTAKEN FOR A SIMPLE BUT CORRUPT REASON, TO HELP HIM WIN RE-ELECTION IN 2020 BUT THE EFFECT OF HIS SCHEME WAS TO UNDERMINE OUR FAIR AND FREE ELECTIONS AND TO PUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK

IT WAS NOT EVEN NECESSARY THAT UKRAINE UNDERTAKE THE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS THE PRESIDENT WAS SEEKING THEY MERELY HAD TO ANNOUNCE THEM THIS IS SIGNIFICANT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD NO INTEREST IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION, AS HE WOULD CLAIM AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT RATHER, HIS INTEREST WAS IN FURTHERING CORRUPTION, BY THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF INVESTIGATIONS THAT WERE COMPLETELY WITHOUT MERIT THE FIRST SHAM INVESTIGATION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DESIRED WAS INTO FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WHO HAD SOUGHT THE REMOVAL OF A CORRUPT UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR, DURING THE PREVIOUS U

S ADMINISTRATION THE VICE PRESIDENT ACTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH US OFFICIAL POLICY AT THE TIME

AND WAS SUPPORTED UNANIMOUSLY BY OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES AND KEY GLOBAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND THAT SHARED THE CONCERN OVER CORRUPTION DESPITE THIS FACT IN THE COURSE OF THIS SCHEME, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS AGENTS PRESSED THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE FALSE CLAIM THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN WANTED THE CORRUPT PROSECUTOR REMOVED FROM POWER IN ORDER TO STOP AN INVESTIGATION INTO BURISMA HOLDINGS, A COMPANY ON WHOSE BOARD BIDEN'S SON HUNTER SAT THIS ALLEGATION IS SIMPLY UNTRUE AND IT HAS BEEN WIDELY DEBUNKED BY UKRAINIANS AND AMERICAN EXPERTS ALIKE THAT REALITY MATTERED NOT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

TO HIM, THE VALUE IN PROMOTING A NEGATIVE TALE ABOUT FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TRUE OR FALSE WAS OF USEFULNESS TO HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN IT WAS A SMEAR TACTIC AGAINST A POLITICAL OPPONENT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP APPARENTLY FEARED REMARKABLY BUT PREDICTIVELY, RUSSIA, TOO, HAD SOUGHT TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT TO SMEAR MR BIDEN REPORTEDLY HACKING INTO THE ENERGY COMPANY AT THE CENTER OF THE PRESIDENT'S DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN ONLY LAST WEEK

RUSSIA ALMOST CERTAINLY WAS LOOKING FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT'S SON, SO THAT THE KREMLIN COULD ALSO WEAPONIZE IT AGAINST MR BIDEN, JUST LIKE IT DID AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON IN 2016, WHEN RUSSIA HACKED AND LEASED EMAILS FROM HER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT HE WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN TO MAKE USE OF SUCH DIRT AGAINST MR BIDEN, JUST AS HE MADE USE OF SECRETARY CLINTON'S HACKED AND RELEASED EMAILS IN HIS PREVIOUS CAMPAIGN WHICH BRINGS US TO US THE OTHER SHAM INVESTIGATION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DEMANDED THAT THE UKRAINE LEADER ANNOUNCE THIS INVESTIGATION WAS RELATED TO A DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY ALLEGING THAT UKRAINE, NOT RUSSIA, INTERFERED IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

THIS NARRATIVE PROPAGATED BY THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES CONTENDS THAT UKRAINE SOUGHT TO HELP HILLARY CLINTON AND HARM THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP, AND THAT A COMPUTER SERVER PROVIDING THIS FICTION IS HIDDEN SOMEWHERE IN UKRAINE THAT IS THE SO-CALLED CROWDSTRIKE CONSPIRACY THEORY THIS TALE IS ALSO PATENTLY FALSE AND REMARKABLE, IT'S PRECISELY WHAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S UNANIMOUS ASSESSMENT WAS THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION IN SWEEPING AND SYSTEMIC FASHION IN ORDER TO HURT HILLARY CLINTON AND HELP DONALD TRUMP NEVERTHELESS, THE PRESIDENT ULTIMATELY BELIEVED THAT A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT LEADING CREDENCE TO THESE ALLEGATIONS BY THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT COULD ASSIST HIS RE-ELECTION BY PUTTING TO DOUBTS THAT ANY AMERICANS HAD OVER THE LEGITIMACY OF HIS FIRST ELECTION EVEN IF HE INVITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE INTO THE NEXT

TO THE DEGREE THAT MOST AMERICANS HAVE FOLLOWED THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO INVOLVE ANOTHER FOREIGN POWER IN OUR ELECTION, THEY MAY BE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE OF WHAT IT ENTREATIED TO THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT OF THE CALL OF JULY 25th CALLED DO US A FAVOR AND INVESTIGATE BIDEN IN THE CONSPIRACY THEORY BUT THAT CALL WAS NOT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY OF THE PRESIDENT'S CORRUPT SCHEME NOR WAS IT THE END, RATHER, MERELY PART, ALTHOUGH A SIGNIFICANT PART OF A MONTH'S LONG EFFORT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES AND ASSOCIATES WHO PLIED SIGNIFICANT AND INCREASING PRESSURE ON UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE THESE TWO POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS KEY FIGURES IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WERE AWARE OR DIRECTLY INVOLVED OR PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHEME AS WE SAW YESTERDAY, ONE WITNESS, A MILLION DOLLAR DONOR TO THE PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL COMMITTEE PUT IT THIS WAY, EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP

AFTER TWICE INVITING UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT INVITING THE SPECIFIC DATE FOR THE PEROSE VISIT, THIS PRESIDENT VISITED THAT AND WITH THE LEADER, AN OFFICIAL MEETING WITH THE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE OVAL OFFICE WAS CRITICAL IT WOULD HELP BESTOW ON HIM IMPORTANT DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LEGITIMACY, AS HE SOUGHT TO IMPLEMENT AN AMBITIOUS ANTI-CORRUPTION PLATFORM EXCELLENT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD ALSO STRENGTHEN HIS POSITION AS HE SOUGHT TO NEGOTIATE A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA'S PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SEEKING THE END TO THE ANNEXATION AND ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF PARTS OF UKRAINE BUT MOST PERNICIOUS, PRESIDENT TRUMP CONDITIONED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE SAME PURPOSE, TO APPLY MORE PRESSURE ON UKRAINE'S LEADER TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS

THIS MILITARY AID WHICH IS LONG ENJOYED BY PARTISAN SUPPORT IS DESIGNED TO HELP UKRAINE DEFEND ITSELF FROM THE KREMLIN'S AGGRESSION MORE THAN 15,000 UKRAINIANS HAVE DIED FIGHTING RUSSIAN FORCES AND THEIR PROXIES 15,000 AND THE MILITARY AID WAS FOR SUCH ESSENTIALS AS SNIPER RIFLES, ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE LAUNCHERS, RADAR, NIGHT VISION GOGGLES AND OTHER FOR THE EFFORT AND MOST IMPORTANT TO PROTECT AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS IN THE REGION AND BEYOND, AMERICA HAS AN ABIDING INTEREST IN STEMMING RUSSIAN EXPANSIONISM AND RESISTING ANY EFFORTS TO REMAKE THE MAP OF EUROPE BY DENT OF MILITARY FORCE EVEN AS WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS STATIONED OVER THERE

MOREOVER, AS ONE WITNESS PUT IT DURING THE IMPEACHMENT CNN, UNITED STATES AIDS UKRAINE AND HER PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN FIGHT RUSSIA OVER THERE AND WE DON'T HAVE TO FIGHT RUSSIA HERE NOW, WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME WAS EXPOSED AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROPERLY PERFORMED ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO INVESTIGATE THE MATTER, PRESIDENT TRUMP USED THE SAME UNRAVELLED AUTHORITY AT HIS DISPOSAL AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO COVER UP HIS WRONGDOING IN UNPRECEDENTED FASHION THE PRESIDENT ORDERS THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO CATEGORICALLY REFUSE AND COMPLETELY OBSTRUCT THE HOUSE'S IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION SUCH A WHOLESALE OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESSIONAL IMPEACHMENT HAS NEVER BEFORE OCCURRED IN OUR DEMOCRACY AND IT REPRESENTS ONE OF THE MOST BLATANT EFFORTS OF A COVER-UP IN HISTORY

IF NOT REMEDIED BY HIS CONVICTION IN THE SENATE AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ABUSE OF OFFICE AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS WILL PERMANENTLY ALTER THE BALANCE OF POWER AMONG THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT INVITING FUTURE PRESIDENTS TO OPERATE AS IF THEY ARE ALSO BEYOND THE REACH OF ACCOUNTABILITY, CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND THE LAW ON THE BASIS OF THIS EGREGIOUS MISCONDUCT, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESRETURNED TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FIRST CHARGING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CORRUPTLY ABUSED THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION FOR HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT AND SECOND PRESIDENT TRUMP OBSTRUCTED CNN — INQUIRY INTO THAT POWER

THE HOUSE DID NOT TAKE THIS EXTRAORDINARY STEP LIGHTLY AS WE WILL DISCUSS, IMPEACHMENT EXISTS FOR CASES IN WHICH THE CONDUCT OF THE PRESIDENT RISES BEYOND MERE POLICY DISPUTES TO BE DECIDED AND OTHERWISE WITHOUT URGENCY AT THE BALLOT BOX INSTEAD, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO CONSIDER A MUCH MORE GRAVE MATTER AND THAT IS AN ATTEMPT TO USE THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY TO CHEAT IN AN ELECTION, FOR PRECISELY THIS REASON, THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT CANNOT BE DECIDED AT THE BALLOT BOX

FOR WE CANNOT BE ASSURED THAT THE VOTE WILL BE FAIRLY WON IN CORRUPTLY USING HIS OFFICE TO GAIN A POLITICAL ADVANTAGE AND ABUSING THE POWERS OF THAT OFFICE IN SUCH A WAY TO JEOPARDIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, IN OBSTRUCTING THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIS OWN WRONGDOING, THE PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN THAT HE BELIEVES THAT HE'S ABOVE THE LAW AND SCORNFUL OF CONSTRAINT AS WE SAW YESTERDAY ON THE SCREEN, THAT UNDER ARTICLE 2 HE CAN DO ANYTHING HE WANTS MOREOVER, GIVEN THE SERIOUSNESS OF CONGRESS AND PERSISTENCE, THIS ISSUE CANNOT AND MUST NOT BE DECIDED BY THE COURT IN PARTS OF CHIEF JUSTICE TODAY ARE GIVEN NO ROLE IN IMPEACHMENTS IN EITHER THE HOUSE OR SENATE

BEING DRAWN INTO LITIGATION TAKING MANY MONTHS OR YEARS TO COMPLETE WOULD PROVIDE THE PRESIDENT WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE HIS MISCONDUCT HE WOULD REMAIN SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE MAY TIE UP THE CONGRESS AND THE COURTS INDEFINITELY AS HE HAS WITH DON McGAHN, RENDERING IMPEACHMENT POWER EFFECTIVELY MEANINGLESS WE ALSO TOOK THE STEP WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME THE PRESIDENT SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS IN 2016, THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP IMPLORED RUSSIA TO HACK HIS OPPONENTS' EMAIL ACCOUNT, SOMETHING THAT THE MILITARY AGENCY DID ONLY HOURS LATER

ONLY HOURS LATER WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAID, HEY, RUSSIA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING, THEY WERE LISTENING ONLY HOURS LATER, THEY HACKED HIS OPPONENT'S CAMPAIGN AND THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT CLEAR, THIS WAS ALSO NOT THE LAST TIME ASKING CHINA ONLY RECENTLY TO JOIN UKRAINE IN INVESTIGATING HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT

OVER THE COMING DAYS, WE WILL PRESENT TO YOU AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE EXTENSIVE EVIDENCE COLLECTED DURING THE HOUSE'S IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO THE PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE NOTWITHSTANDING HIS UNPRECEDENTED AND WHOLESALE OBSTRUCTION OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO THAT MISCONDUCT YOU WILL HEAR AND READ TESTIMONY FROM COURAGEOUS PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO UPHELD THEIR OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS TO COMPLY DESPITE AN ORAL BY PRESIDENT TRUMP NOT TO COOPERATE WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THESE ARE COURAGEOUS AMERICANS WHO WERE TOLD BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NOT TO COOPERATE, NOT TO APPEAR, NOT TO TESTIFY, BUT WHO HAD THE SENSE OF DUTY TO DO SO

BUT MORE THAN THAT, YOU WILL HEAR FROM WITNESSES WHO HAVE NOT YET TESTIFIED LIKE JOHN BOLTON, AND MICK MULVANEY MR BLAIR AND MR DUFFEY AND IF YOU CAN BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS LAST MONTH, YOU WILL ALSO AREA FROM SECRETARY POMPEO

YOU WILL HEAR THEIR TESTIMONY AT THE SAME TIME AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IS, IF YOU ALLOW IT IF WE HAVE A FAIR TRIAL DURING OUR PRESENTATION, YOU WILL SEE DOCUMENTATION RECORDS THOSE THE PRESIDENT WAS UNABLE TO SUPPRESS, THAT EXPOSED THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME IN DETAIL

YOU WILL LEARN OF FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT HAS BEEN REVEALED IN THE DAYS SINCE THE HOUSE VOTED TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP, EVEN AS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENTS HAVE PERSISTED IN THEIR EFFORTS TO COVER UP THEIR WRONGDOING FROM CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC AND YOU WILL SEE DOZENS OF NEW DOCUMENTS PROVIDING NEW AND CRITICAL EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT'S GUILT TO REMAIN, AT THIS TIME, IN THE PRESIDENT'S HANDS AND IN THE HANDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET EVEN THE WHITE HOUSE YOU WILL SEE THEM AND SO WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF YOU ALLOW IT IF, IN THE NAME OF A FAIR TRIAL, YOU WILL DEMAND IT THESE ARE POLITICALLY CHARGED TIMES TEMPERS CAN RUN HIGH PARTICULARLY WHERE THIS PRESIDENT IS CONCERNED

BUT THESE ARE NOT UNIQUE TIMES DEEP DIVISIONS AND DISAGREEMENTS WERE HARDLY ALIEN CONCEPTS TO THE FRAMERS SO THEY DESIGNED THE IMPEACHMENT POWER IN SUCH A WAY TO INSULATE IT FROM THE CRUSH OF PARTISAN POLITICS THE FRAMERS QUESTIONED THE REMOVAL BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE A BODY ABLE TO RISE ABOVE THE FRAY

TO SOBERLY JUDGE THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT OR MISCONDUCT, FOR WHAT IT WAS, NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS IN FEDERAL 65 HAMILTON WROTE WHERE ELSE BUT IN THE SENATE COULD HAVING FOUND A TRIBUNAL SUFFICIENTLY DIG THAT FIED OR SUFFICIENTLY INDEPENDENT, WHAT OTHER BODY WOULD BE LIKELY TO FEEL CONFIDENCE ENOUGH IN THIS OWN SITUATION, TO PRESERVE, UNAWED AND UNINFLUENCED, THE NECESSARY IMPARTIALITY BETWEEN AN INDIVIDUAL ACCUSED, AND THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE, HIS ACCUSER? IT IS UP TO YOU TO BE THE TRIBUNAL THAT HAMILTON ENVISIONED IT IS UP TO YOU TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YOURSELVES THAT HIS CONFIDENCE AND THAT OF THE OTHER FOUNDERS WAS RIGHTLY PLACED THE CONSTITUTION ENTRUSTS YOU TO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ACTING AS IMPARTIAL JURORS TO HOLD A FAIR AND THOROUGH TRIAL AND TO WEIGH THE EVIDENCE BEFORE YOU, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PARTY AFFILIATION, OR YOUR VOTE IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION OR THE NEXT

OUR DUTY IS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND TO THE RULE OF LAW I RECOGNIZE THERE WILL BE TIMES DURING THE TRIAL THAT YOU MAY LONG TO RETURN TO THE BUSINESS OF THE SENATE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO THE SAME BUT NOT BEFORE YOU DECIDE WHAT KIND OF DEMOCRACY THAT YOU BELIEVE WE OUGHT TO BE AND WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPECT IN THE CONDUCT OF THEIR PRESIDENT

THE HOUSE BELIEVES THAT AN IMPARTIAL JUROR, UPON HEARING THE EVIDENCE THAT THE MANAGERS WILL LAY OUT IN THE COMING DAYS WILL FIND THAT THE CONSTITUTION DEMANDS THE REMOVAL OF DONALD J TRUMP FROM HIS OFFICE AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BUT THAT WILL BE FOR YOU TO DECIDE WITH THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY UPON YOU AND AS PRESIDENT KENNEDY ONCE SAID, A GOOD CONSCIENCE YOUR OWN SHARE REWARD IN DRAFTING OUR CONSTITUTION, THE FRAMERS DESIGNED A NEW AND UNTESTED FORM OF GOVERNMENT

IT WOULD BE BASED ON FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT OUR POLITICAL LEADERS WOULD BE CHOSEN DEMOCRATICALLY AND BY CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY ALONE HAVING BROKEN FREE FROM A KING WITH UNBRIDLED AUTHORITY WHO OFTEN PLACED HIS OWN INTEREST ABOVE THAT OF THE PEOPLE, THE FRAMERS ESTABLISHED THE STRUCTURE THAT WOULD GUARANTEE THAT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S POWER FLOWED ONLY FROM HIS OBLIGATION TO THE PEOPLE, RATHER THAN FROM A SOVEREIGN WHOSE POWER WAS CONFERRED ON HIM BY DIVINE RIGHT IN THIS NEW ARCHITECTURE, NO BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT OR INDIVIDUAL WOULD PREDOMINATE OVER ANOTHER IN THIS WAY, THE FOUNDERS ENSURED THAT THEIR ELECTED LEADERS AND THEIR PRESIDENT WOULD USE THE POWERS OF OFFICE ONLY TO UNDERTAKE THAT WHICH THE PEOPLE DESIRED AND NOT FOR THEIR PERSONAL GRANDISEMENT OR DESIRE AND NO PERSON INCLUDING AND ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT WOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW

NOTHING COULD BE MORE DANGEROUS TO A DEMOCRACY THAN A COMMANDER IN CHIEF THAT BELIEVED HE COULD OPERATE FREE FROM ACCOUNTABILITY, NOTHING THAT IS EXCEPT A CONGRESS THAT LET IT BE SO TO TAKE ROOT AND SUBVERT OUR FLEDGLING DEMOCRACY DIVIDED THROUGH THE EXECUTIVE, THE LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIAL BRANCHES SO THAT AMBITION MAY BE MADE TO COUNTER AMBITION THE FRAMERS REQUIRE THAT THE PRESIDENT SWEAR AN OATH TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAW AND TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

EVEN WITH THESE GUARD RAILS IN PLACE, THE FRAMERS UNDERSTOOD THAT AN INDIVIDUAL COULD COME TO POWER WHO DEFIED THAT SOLEMN OATH, WHO PURSUED HIS OWN INTERESTS, RATHER THAN THOSE OF THE COUNTRY HE LED FOR THAT REASON, THE FRAMERS ADOPTED A TOOL USED BY THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT TO CONSTRAIN ITS OFFICIALS THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT RATHER THAN A MECHANISM TO OVERTURN AN ELECTION, IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE A REMEDY OF LAST RESORT AND UNLIKE IN ENGLAND, THE FRAMERS APPLIED THIS ULTIMATE CHECK TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND

TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL OF A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT WAS NOT INTENDED FOR POLICY DISPUTES OR POOR ADMINISTRATION OF THE STATE INSTEAD, THE FRAMERS HAD IN MIND THE MOST SERIOUS OF OFFENSES THOSE AGAINST THE PUBLIC ITSELF HAMILTON EXPLAINED AN IMPEACHMENT WAS NOT DESIGNED TO COVER ONLY STATUTORY OR COMMON-LAW CRIMES, BUT INSTEAD, CRIMES AGAINST THE BODY POLITIC

HAMILTON WROTE THE SUBJECTS OF ITS JURISDICTION ARE THOSE OFFENSES WHICH PROCEED FROM THE MISCONDUCT OF PUBLIC MEN OR IN OTHER WORDS FROM THE ABUSE OR VIOLATION OF SOME PUBLIC TRUST THEY ARE OF A NATURE WHICH MAY WITH PECULIAR PROPRIETY BE DENOMINATED POLITICAL AS THEY RELATE CHEEFL TO INJURIES DONE IMMEDIATELY TO THE SOCIETY ITSELF IN OTHER WORDS, IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE CONFINED TO ABUSES OF PEOPLE'S TRUST AND TO THE SOCIETY ITSELF THIS IS PRECISELY THE ABUSE THAT HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT, WHEN HE WITHHELD MONEY AND SUPPORT FOR AN ALLY AT WAR TO SECURE A POLITICAL BENEFIT THE PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE CRIMES WOULD FIT THE POLITICAL NATURE OF THE OFFENSE AS JAMES WILSON, A DELEGATE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND A FUTURE ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT REASONED, IMPEACHMENTS ARE CONFINED TO POLITICAL CHARACTERS

TO POLITICAL CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS AND TO POLITICAL PUNISHMENTS THAT PUNISHMENT THE FRAMERS DETERMINED WOULD BE NEITHER PRISON NOR FINES BUT INSTEAD, LIMITED TO REMOVAL FROM OFFICE, AND DISQUALIFICATION FROM HOLDING FUTURE OFFICE THE FRAMERS CHOSE TO UNDERTAKE IMPEACHMENT FOR TREASON, BRIBERY OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS TO UNDERSCORE THE REQUIREMENT OF AN OFFENSE AGAINST SOCIETY IN THIS PHRASE, HIGH MODIFIES BOTH THE CRIMES AND THE MISDEMEANORS IN THAT BOTH RELATE TO A HIGH INJUSTICE

A TRANSGRESSION COMMITTED AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND TO THE PUBLIC TRUST THE FRAMERS HAD TWO BROAD CATEGORIES IN MIND THOSE ACTIONS THAT ARE FACIALLY PERMISSIBLE, UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S AUTHORITY BUT ARE BASED ON CORRUPT MOTIVES, SUCH AS SEEKING TO OBTAIN A PERSONAL BENEFIT THROUGH PUBLIC OFFICE AND THOSE THAT FAR EXCEED THE PRESIDENT'S CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OR VIOLATE THE LEGAL LIMITS ON THAT AUTHORITY IN ARTICLE ONE, WE DEAL WITH THE FIRST EVIL WHICH THE FRAMERS WISH TO GUARD AGAINST CASES IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT CORRUPTLY MISUSED THE POWER OTHERWISE BESTOWED UPON HIM TO SECURE REWARD

GUARDING AGAINST OFFICIAL ACTS WITH THE CORRUPT MOTIVE OF HELPING HIMSELF IS AT THE HEART OF THE IMPEACHMENT POWER AS ONE SCHOLAR EXPLAINED THE PRESIDENT'S DUTY TO FAITHLY EXECUTE THE LAW REQUIRES THAT HE UNDERTAKES ACTIONS ONLY WHEN MOTIVATED IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST RATHER THAN IN THEIR PRIVATE SELF-INTEREST EFFORTS TO WITHHOLD OFFICIAL ACTS FOR PERSONAL GAIN COUNTERMAN THE PRESIDENT'S SACRED BOTH AND THE BEHAVIOR AS CONCEIVED BY THE FRAMES ARE IN ARTICLE TWO, IT MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT OUGHT NOT OPERATE BEYOND THE LIMITS PLACED ON HIM BY LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIAL BRANCHES IMPEACHMENT WAS WARRANTED FOR A PRESIDENT WHO USURPED THE POWER OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT WAS NOT GRANTED TO HIM, SUCH AS DEFY CONGRESS THE RIGHT TO THE PROPRIETY, THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF IMPEACHMENT TO HIS OWN MISCONDUCT

THE FRAMERS FASHIONED A POWERFUL CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BUT NOT BEYOND ACCOUNTABILITY OF LAW WHEN A PRESIDENT WIELDS POWER IN WAYS THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATE AND SEEK TO EXTINGUISH THE RIGHTS OF CONGRESS, HE EXCEEDS THE POWER OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY AND VIOLATES THE LIMITS PLACED ON HIS CONDUCT OBSTRUCTION OF A SEPARATE AND COEQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF COVERING UP AN ABUSE OF POWER, NOT ONLY IMPLIES CORRUPT INTENT, BUT ALSO DEMONSTRATES A REMARKABLE ANTIPATHY OF POWER CONCENTRATED AND ENSHRINED IN CONSTITUTION IT IS THE BETRAYAL OF OATH OF OFFICE AND OF HIS DUTY TO PUT THE COUNTRY BEFORE HIMSELF

ON SEPTEMBER 24th, 2019, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI ANNOUNCED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH AN OFFICIAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWED PUBLIC REPORTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND UKRAINE THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENTS SOUGHT UKRAINE'S HELP IN HIS RE-ELECTION EFFORT AND REVELATIONS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WAS BLOCKING FROM CONGRESS AN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHISTLE-BLOWER A COMPLAINT POSSIBLY RELATED TO THIS GRAVE OFFENSE

THE NEXT DAY ON SEPTEMBER 25th, UNDER EXTRAORDINARY PRESSURE, THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED PUBLICLY THE RECORD OF THE JULY 25th CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY THE CALL RECORD REVEALED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP EXPLICITLY REQUESTED THAT THE NEW LEADER UNDERTAKE INVESTIGATIONS BENEFICIAL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THE CALL WAS PERFECT FAR FROM PERFECT THE CALL REVEALED THAT THE PRESIDENT USED HIS HIGH SCHOOL TO DIRECTLY PRESS THE LEADER OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO DO HIS POLITICAL DIRTY WORK

ASKING FOR A FAVOR, PRESIDENT TRUMP INSISTED THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY INVESTIGATE A FORMIDABLE POTENTIAL POLITICAL OPPONENT, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AS WELL AS THE BASIS OF THE CONSPIRACY THAT UKRAINE INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION WITNESSES WHO LISTENED TO THE CALL AS IT TRANSPIRED RECOGNIZED THAT THEY IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZED THESE REQUESTED DID NOT REPRESENT POLICY AND POLITICALLY CHARGED APPEALS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR A PRESIDENT TO MAKE KEY WITNESSES EMPHASIZED IT WAS NOT NECESSARY THAT UKRAINE ACTUALLY UNDERTAKE THE INVESTIGATIONS, ONLY THAT THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ANNOUNCE THEM PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OBJECTIVE WAS NOT TO ENCOURAGE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE LEGITIMATE ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT OR WRONGDOING ABROAD MADE CLEAR BY OF THE FACT THAT THE INVESTIGATIONS HE WANTED HAD BEEN DISCREDITED ENTIRELY RATHER, THE PRESIDENT SIMPLY WANTED TO REAP A POLITICAL BENEFIT BY TARNISHING A POLITICAL RIVAL

AND IN ATTEMPTING TO ERASE FROM HISTORY HIS PREVIOUS ELECTION MISCONDUCT TO COMPEL THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO DO HIS POLITICAL DIRTY WORK, PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, TWO OFFICIAL ACTS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, THAT COVETED WHITE HOUSE MEETING TO WHICH THE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HAD ALREADY BEEN INVITED AND $391 MILLION IN MILITARY ASSISTANCE UKRAINE NEEDED TO FIGHT THE RUSSIANS FOR STRATEGIC PARTNER OF THE UNITED STATES IN A HOT WAR WITH RUSSIAN-BACKED FORCES INSIDE ITS OWN BORDERS, THE SYMBOLIC SUPPORT CONFERRED ON IT BY AN OVAL OFFICE VISIT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE LIFESAVING SUPPORT OF OUR MILITARY AID WAS ESSENTIAL AS THE HOUSE'S PRESENTATION WILL MAKE CLEAR AND DIRECTLY SOLICITING FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN WITHHOLDING THOSE OFFICIAL ACTS IN ANNOUNCING THE ACTS BENEFICIAL TO HIS RE-ELECTION, THE PRESIDENT PUT HIS OWN INTERESTS ABOVE THE NATIONAL INTERESTS

PRESIDENT TRUMP UNDERMINED THE INTEGRITY OF OUR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS BY PRESSING A FOREIGN POWER TO INFLUENCE OUR MOST SACRED RIGHT AS CITIZEN TO CHOOSE OUR LEADERS AND WITHHELD AID CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE FRONT LINES OF RUSSIA THAT HAS THREATENED PEACE AND STABILITY ON AN ENTIRE CONTINENT IN SO DOING, THE PRESIDENT SACRIFICED NOT ONLY THE SECURITY OF OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES BUT ALSO OUR NATION'S CORE NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS PRESIDENT TRUMP UNDERTOOK HIS PRESSURE CAMPAIGN THROUGH HAND-PICKED AGENTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT, WHO CIRCUMVENTED TRADITIONAL POLICY CHANNELS PRESIDENT TRUMP INTENTIONALLY BYPASSED MANY US

CAREER OFFICIALS WITH RESPONSIBILITY OVER UKRAINE, AND ADVANCED HIS SCHEME PRIMARILY THROUGH THE EFFORT OF HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY RUDY GIULIANI PRESIDENT TRUMP CARRIED OUT THE SCHEME WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY, SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL LEGAL ADVISER JOHN EISENBERG AND WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL PAT CIPOLLONE WHEN THE PRESIDENT BECAME AWARE THAT THE SCHEME HAD BEEN UNCOVERED HE UNDERTOOK AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT TO OBSTRUCTION THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AND TO HIDE IT FROM THE PUBLIC AND CONGRESS

INCLUDING ALL EVIDENCE RELATED TO HIS MISCONDUCT THAT COVER-UP CONTINUES TODAY AS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT PROVIDED A SINGLE DOCUMENT PURSUANT TO LAWFUL SUBPOENAS BY THE HOUSE THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO CONTINUES TO PREVENT WITNESSES FROM COOPERATING FURTHER OBSTRUCTING THE HOUSE

EFFORTS THE PRESIDENT IS NO DOUBT PROUD OF BUT WHICH THREATEN THE INTEGRITY OF THIS INSTITUTION OF THIS CONGRESS AS A COEQUAL BRANCH OF POWER OUR ABILITY NOT ONLY TO DO OVERSIGHT BUT TO HOLD A PRESIDENT TO HIS UNINDICTABLE, ACCOUNTABLE, BUT DESPITE THE EFFORTS TO ON INSTRUCT OUR INQUIRY, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNCOVERED OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE RELATED TO THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT TO INTERVIEWS WITH 17 WITNESSES WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT REFORM AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEES MANY OF THESE WITNESSES BRAVELY DEFIED WHITE HOUSE ORDERS NOT TO COMPLY WITH DULY AUTHORIZED CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENAS

AND WERE IT NOT FOR THEM, WERE IT NOT FOR AMBASSADOR MARIE YOVANOVITCH WHO WAS FIRST THROUGH THE BREACH, WE MAY NEVER HAVE KNOWN OF THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME I WANT YOU TO IMAGINE FOR A MINUTE WHAT KIND OF COURAGE THAT TOOK FOR AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH THE SUBJECT OF THAT VICIOUS SMEAR CAMPAIGN TO RISK HER REPUTATION AND HER CAREER, TO STAND UP TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO'S INSTRUCTING HER THROUGH HIS AGENTS YOU WILL NOT COOPERATE

YOU WILL NOT TESTIFY YOU WILL TELL THEM NOTHING OR BILL TAYLOR WEST POINT GRADUATE, VIETNAM VETERAN WITH A BRONZE STAR AND SOMETHING HE WAS EVEN MORE PROUD OF THE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN'S BADGE

HE KNOWS WHAT COURAGE IS SHOWED A DIFFERENT KIND OF COURAGE IN VIETNAM BUT HE ALSO SHOWED COURAGE AS DID OTHERS IN COMING FORWARD IN DEFYING THE PRESIDENT'S ORDER THAT HE OBSTRUCT TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT HE KNEW BUT FOR THE COURAGE OF PEOPLE LIKE THIS AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN, A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT, BUT FOR THEIR COURAGE, WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT NOTHING

WHEN THE PRESIDENT DIRECTS HIS IRE TOWARDS THESE PEOPLE, THIS IS WHY BECAUSE THEY SHOWED THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD NOW, WE HELD IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SEVEN OPEN HEARINGS WITH 12 FACT WITNESSES SEPARATELY IS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HELD PUBLIC HEARINGS WITH CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERTS AND COUNSEL FROM THE INTELLIGENCE, HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AS IT SOUGHT TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO DRAFT AND CONSIDER ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

THE HOUSE ALSO COLLECTED TEXT MESSAGES FROM A WITNESS WHO PROVIDES LIMITED PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS SINCE THE CONCLUSION OF OUR INQUIRY, NEW EVIDENCE HAS CONTINUED TO COME TO LIGHT THROUGH COURT-ORDERED RELEASES OF ADMINISTRATION DOCUMENTS AND PUBLIC REPORTING, UNDERSCORING THAT THERE IS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT'S GUILT WHICH WILL HE CONTINUES TO BLOCK FROM CONGRESS, INCLUDING THE SENATE NEVERTHELESS, THE DOCUMENTS AND TESTIMONY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO COLLECT PAINTS AN OVERWHELMING AND DAMNING PICTURE OF THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO USE THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE TO CORRUPTLY SOLICIT FOREIGN HELP IN HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND WITHHOLD OFFICIAL ACTS AND MILITARY AID TO COMPEL THAT SUPPORT OVER THE COMING DAYS, YOU WILL HEAR REMARKABLY CONSISTENT EVIDENCE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CORRUPT SCHEME AND COVER-UP

WHEN YOU FOCUS ON THE EVIDENCE UNCOVERED DURING THE INVESTIGATION, YOU WILL APPRECIATE THERE IS NO SERIOUS DISPUTE ABOUT THE FACTS UNDERLYING THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT AND THIS IS WHY YOU WILL HEAR THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS MAKE THE ASTOUNDING CLAIM THAT YOU CAN'T IMPEACH A PRESIDENT FOR ABUSING THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T SERIOUSLY CONTEST THAT IS EXACTLY, EXACTLY WHAT HE DID AND SO THEY MUST GO FIND A LAWYER SOMEWHERE, APPARENTLY, THEY COULD NOT GO TO THEIR OWN ATTORNEY GENERAL IT WAS JUST REPORTED IN A MEMO HE WROTE AS PART OF THE AUDITION FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, WHICH OPINED THAT A PRESIDENT CAN BE IMPEACHED FOR ABUSING THE PUBLIC TRUST

COULDN'T GO TO BILL BARR FOR THAT OPINION, COULDN'T GO TO EVEN JONATHAN TURLEY, THEIR EXPERT IN THE HOUSE FOR THE OPINION NO, THEY HAD TO GO OUTSIDE TO A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER AND PROFESSOR AND WHY? BECAUSE THEY CAN'T CONTEST OF THE FACTS THE PRESIDENT WAS THE KEY PLAYER IN THIS SCHEME EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP

HE DIRECTED THE ACTIONS OF HIS TEAM HE PERSONALLY ASKED THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE HIS OPPONENT THESE FACTS ARE NOT IN DISPUTE ULTIMATELY, THE QUESTION FOR YOU IS WHETHER THE PRESIDENT'S UNDISPUTED ACTIONS REQUIRE THE REMOVAL OF THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM OFFICE BECAUSE HE ABUSED HIS OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC TRUST BY USING HIS POWER FOR PERSONAL GAIN BY SEEK ING ILLICIT FOREIGN ASSISTANCE IN HIS RE-ELECTION AND COVERING IT UP

OTHER THAN VOTING ON WHETHER TO SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN TO WAR THIS IS — THERE IS, I THINK, NO GREATER RESPONSIBILITY BEFORE YOU, THAN THE ONE BEFORE YOU NOW THE OATH THAT YOU'VE TAKEN TO IMPARTIALLY WEIGH THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE REQUIRES SERIOUS AND OBJECTIVE CONSIDERATION DECISIONS THAT ARE ABOUT COUNTRY NOT PARTY ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, NOT POLITICS ABOUT WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG

AFTER YOU CONSIDER THE EVIDENCE AND WEIGH YOUR OATH TO RENDER A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL VERDICT, I SUGGEST TO YOU TODAY, THE ONLY CONCLUSION CONSISTENT WITH THE FACTS OF LAW, NOT JUST THE LAW, BUT THE CONSTITUTION, IS CLEAR AS DESCRIBED BY CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERTS TESTIMONY BEFORE THE HOUSE THAT THIS CONDUCT IS NOT IMPEACHABLE, THEN NOTHING IS LET ME TAKE A MOMENT TO DESCRIBE TO YOU HOW WE INTEND TO PRESENT THE CASE OVER THE COMING DAYS TODAY, YOU WILL HEAR THE DETAILS OF THE PRESIDENT'S CORRUPT SCHEME IN NARRATIVE FORM, ILLUSTRATING THE TIME LINE OF THE EFFORT THROUGH THE TESTIMONY OF NUMEROUS WITNESSES WHO CAME BEFORE THE HOUSE, AS WELL AS THE DOCUMENTS AND MATERIALS WE COLLECTED AS EVIDENCE DURING THE INVESTIGATION AFTER YOU HEAR THE FACTUAL CHRONOLOGY, WE WILL THEN DISCUSS THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF IMPEACHMENT, AS IT WAS ENVISIONED BY THE FOUNDERS

BEFORE WE ANALYZE HOW THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT AND COVER-UP LEAD TO THE CONCLUSION OF HOW IT LED TO THE SORT OF CORRUPT CONDUCT THAT IT WAS INTENDED TO REMEDY LET ME START WITH A PREVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME, THE DETAILS OF WHICH YOU'LL HEAR DURING THE COURSE OF THIS DAY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ONE-MONTH — MONTHS' LONG SCHEME TO EX DISTRACT HELP FROM THE 2020 CAMPAIGN FROM THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO SOLICIT AND COMPEL THE NEW LEADER TO ANNOUNCE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS THE ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD REFERENCE TWO SPECIFICS ONE WAS TO UNDERMINE THE UNANIMOUS INTELLIGENCE OF OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, CONGRESS AND SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER THAT RUSSIA INTERFERE IN THE 2016 ELECTION TO HURT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THEN TO INVESTIGATE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

THE KREMLIN ITSELF IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROPAGATED TWO OF THE NARRATIVES THAT THE PRESIDENT DESIRED IN FEBRUARY 2019, LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER ANNOUNCED THAT RUSSIA ALONE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR A COVERT CAMPAIGN DESIGNED TO HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP WIN THE 2016 ELECTION, PRESIDENT PUTIN SAID, AS WE ALL KNOW, DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IN THE UNITED STATES, THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT ADOPTED A UNILATERAL POSITION IN FAVOR OF ONE OF THE CANDIDATES — IN FAVOR OF ONE CANDIDATE MORE THAN THAT, CERTAIN OLIGARCHS, CERTAINLY WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP, FUNDED THIS CANDIDATE, OR FEMALE CANDIDATE, TO BE MORE PRECISE THOSE WERE PUTIN'S WORDS FEBRUARY 2nd, 2017 OF COURSE, THIS IS FALSE

AND IT'S PART OF A RUSSIAN COUNTERNARRATIVE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SOME OF HIS ALLIES HAD ADOPTED THEONA HILL, SENIOR DIRECTOR AT THE COUNCIL DESCRIBED RUSSIA, EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE BASELESS THEORY >> THERE'S SOME QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS I'VE HEARD, SOME OF YOU ON THE COMMITTEE APPEAR TO BELIEVE THAT RUSSIA SECURITY SERVICES DID NOT CONDUCT A CAMPAIGN AGAINST OUR COUNTRY AND THAT PERHAPS FOR SOMEHOW, FOR SOME REASON, UKRAINE DID THIS IS FICTIONAL KNOWLEDGE THAT IS BEING PERPETRATED BY THE RUSSIAN SECURITY FORCES ITSELF

THE UNFORTUNATE TRUTH IS THAT RUSSIA IS THE FOREIGN POWER THAT SYSTEMATICALLY ATTACKED OUR INSTITUTION IN 2016 THIS IS THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES CONFIRMED IN CONGRESSIONAL REPORTS IT IS BEYOND DISPUTE EVEN IF SOME OF THE UNDERLYING DETAILS MUST RETAIN CLASSIFIED >> THIS, OF COURSE, WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP EMBRACED RUSSIAN ACTIVITY ANDS DID DISINFORMATION ON JULY 24th, LAST YEAR, ROBERT MUELLER TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN A SWEEPING AND SYSTEMIC FASHION

MUELLER AND HIS TEAM FOUND THAT, QUOTE, THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD BENEFIT FROM A TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND WORK TO SECURE THAT OUTCOME THEY ALSO FOUND THAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN EXPECTED IT WOULD BENEFIT ELECTORATELY, THROUGH INFORMATION STOLEN AND RELEASED THROUGH RUSSIAN EFFORTS JUST AS HE SOLICITED HELP FROM RUSSIA IN 2019, IN 2016, THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP SOLICITED HELP FROM RUSSIA IN HIS ELECTION EFFORT AS YOU RECALL AT A RALLY IN FLORIDA, HE SAID THE FOLLOWING — >> RUSSIA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING, I HOPE YOU'RE ABLE TO FIND THE 30,000 EMAILS THAT ARE MISSING I THINK YOU WILL PROBABLY BE REWARDED MIGHTILY BY OUR PRESS

LET'S SEE IF THAT HAPPENS >> FOLLOWING SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S TESTIMONY IN WHICH HE WARNED DID THE PRESIDENT RECOGNIZE THE DEMOCRACY AND RENOUNCE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRACY? DID HE CHOOSE TO STAND WITH INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION IN AFFIRMING THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE LAST ELECTION? HE DID NOT INSTEAD, ONLY ONE DAY AFTER SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS EMPOWERED IN THE BELIEF THAT HE HAD EVADED ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MAKING USE OF FOREIGN SUPPORT IN OUR LAST ELECTION, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ON THE PHONE WITH THE PRESIDENTS OF UKRAINE, PRESSING HIM TO INTERVENE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BEHALF IN THE NEXT ELECTION LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO LET THAT SINK IN JULY 24th, BOB MUELLER CONCLUDES, LENGTHY INVESTIGATION

HE COMES BEFORE THE CONGRESS HE TESTIFIES THAT RUSSIA SYSTEMICALLY INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION TO HELP ELECT DONALD TRUMP THAT THE CAMPAIGN UNDERSTOOD THAT AND THEY WILLFULLY MADE USE OF THAT HELP JULY 24th, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS THE VERY NEXT DAY, THE VERY NEXT DAY, HE'S ON THE PHONE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ON THE PHONE WITH A DIFFERENT FOREIGN POWER

THIS TIME, UKRAINE, TRYING TO GET UKRAINE TO INTERFERE IN THE NEXT ELECTION THE NEXT DAY THAT SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING THAT SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING HE DID NOT FEEL SHAMED BY WHAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FOUND

HE DID NOT FEEL DETERRED BY WHAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FOUND HE FELT EMBOLDENED BY ESCAPING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE VERY NEXT DAY HE'S ON THE PHONE SOLICITING FOREIGN INTERFERENCE, AGAIN NOW, THAT JULY 25th PHONE CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS A KEY PART OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DIRECT AND CORRUPT SOLICITATION OF FOREIGN HELP ON THE 2020 ELECTION THE REQUEST LIKELY SOUNDED FAMILIAR TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WHO HAD BEEN SWEPT INTO OFFICE IN A LAND SLIDE VICTORY ON A CAMPAIGN OF ROOTING OUT JUST THE TYPE OF CORRUPTION HE WAS BEING ASKED TO UNDERTAKE ON THIS CALL WITH OUR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CAMPAIGNED AS A REFORMER

AS SOMEONE OUTSIDE OF POLITICS WHO HAD COME IN AND CLEANED UP CORRUPTION WHO WOULD END THE POLITICAL PROSECUTIONS AND THE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS AND WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL, WHAT IS HE ASKING HIM TO DO? TO DO EXACTLY WHAT HE CAMPAIGNED AGAINST NO WONDER HE RESISTED THIS PRESSURE CAMPAIGN NOW, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD BEEN PROVIDED TALKING POINTS FOR DISCUSSION BY THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL STAFF BEFOREHAND

INCLUDING RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENCOURAGE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE ANTI-CORRUPTION REFORMS IN THE CAMPAIGN SO THE NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS IN THE US NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS, AND THAT WAS ROUTING OUT CORRUPTION AND THEY ENCOURAGED THE PRESIDENT TO TALK ABOUT IT, AS YOU SEE FROM THE RECORD OF THE CALL, AND I JOIN THE PRESIDENT SAYING READ THE CALL THAT TOPIC WAS NEVER ADDRESSED THE WORD CORRUPTION NEVER ESCAPES HIS LIST

INSTEAD, PRESIDENT TRUMP OPENLY PRESSED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO PURSUE THE TWO INVESTIGATION THAT'S WOULD BENEFIT HIM PERSONALLY IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S GRATITUDE FOR THE SIGNIFICANT MILITARY SUPPORT, THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED TO UKRAINE, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO AS YOU FAVOR OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT AND UKRAINE KNOWS A LOT ABOUT IT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THIS WHOLE SITUATION WITH UKRAINE THEY SAY CROWD STRIKE

I GUESS YOU HAVE ONE OF YOUR WEALTHY PEOPLE, THE SERVER, THEY SAY UKRAINE HAS IT THAT'S THAT CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORY I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THAT THERE'S THIS SERVER SOMEWHERE IN UKRAINE THAT SHOWS THAT IN FACT IT WAS UKRAINE THAT HACKED THE DNC NOT THE RUSSIANS THAT'S A RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA CONSPIRACY THEORY AND HERE IT IS BEING PROMULGATED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

MORE THAN PROMULGATED HE'S PRESSURING AN ALLY TO FURTHER THIS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA BECAUSE HE WAS REFERRING TO THIS DISCREDITED THEORY THAT UKRAINE WAS THE ONE WHO REALLY HACKED THE DNC, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE SERVERS IN 2016 AND THAT REFERENCE TO CROWD STRIKE, THAT'S AN AMERICAN CYBER SECURITY FIRM AND THE THEORY, THIS KOOKY THEORY IS THAT THEY MOVED IT TO UKRAINE TO PREVENT US LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM GETTING THEM

IF UKRAINE ANNOUNCED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THIS FABRICATION, PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD REMOVE WHAT HE PERCEIVED TO BE A CROWD OVER HIS LEGITIMACY OVER HIS LAST ELECTION RUSSIA'S ASSISTANCE WITH HIS CAMPAIGN AND SUGGEST IT WAS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT WAS THE REAL BENEFICIARY OF THE HELP ON THE CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD ZELENSKY, WHATEVER YOU DO, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU DO IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AGREED THAT HE WOULD DO THE INVESTIGATION SAYING, YES, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME? EVERYTHING THAT YOU JUST MENTIONED EARLIER PRESIDENT TRUMP TURNED TO A SECOND ADDRESS ASKING PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO LONG INTO THE ALLEGATION INTO FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, THE OTHER THING, THERE IS A LOT OF TALK OF BIDEN'S SON THAT BIDEN STOPPED THE PRUGS A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT THAT WHATEVER YOU CAN DO WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WOULD BE GREAT BIDEN WENT AROUND BRAGGING THAT HE STOPPED THE THERE WAS NO DOUBT

HE CONFIRMED HIS DESIRE ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE, DECLARING NOT ONLY THAT UKRAINE SHOULD INVESTIGATE BIDEN BUT THAT CHINA SHOULD DO THE SAME LET'S SEE WHAT HE SAID >> WELL, I WOULD THINK IF THEY WERE HONEST ABOUT IT, THEY WOULD START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER THEY SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS

HOW DID THE COMPANY THAT'S NEWLY FORMED AND ALL THESE COMPANIES, BY THE WAY, LIKEWISE, CHINA SHOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED TO CHINA IS JUST ABOUT AS BAD AS WHAT HAPPENED WITH UKRAINE >> THE DAY AFTER THAT JULY 25th PHONE CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT CONFIRMATION THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY UNDERSTOOD HIS REQUEST TO ANNOUNCE THE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS AND HE WOULD FOLLOW THROUGH AFTER MEETING WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND HIS TOP AIDE, THE PRESIDENT'S HAND PICKED AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION, GORDON SONDLAND, CALLED FROM AN OUTDOOR RESTAURANT IN KIEV TO REPORT BACK THIS WAS THE SECOND CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO ABOUT UKRAINE IN AS MANY DAYS

DAVID HOLMES, AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT, DINING WITH SONDLAND OVERHEARD THE CALL INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S VOICE THROUGH THE CELL PHONE I DESCRIBED PART OF THAT CALL LAST NIGHT HOLMES TESTIFIED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED SONDLAND, SO HE WILL DO THE INVESTIGATION? SONDLAND REPLIED, HE IS GOING TO DO IT ADDING THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WILL DO ANYTHING YOU ASK HIM TO AFTER THE PHONE CALL, HOLMES TOOK OPPORTUNITY TO ASK AMBASSADOR SONDLAND FOR HIS CANDID IMPRESSION OF THE PRESIDENT'S VIEWS ON UKRAINE

ACCORDING TO HOLMES — >> IN PARTICULAR I ASKED AMBASSADOR SONDLAND IF IT WAS TRUE THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT GIVE AN EXPLETIVE ABOUT UKRAINE AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AGREED THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT GIVE AN EXPLETIVE ABOUT UKRAINE I ASKED WHY NOT? AMBASSADOR SONDLAND STATED THAT THE PRESIDENT ONLY CARES ABOUT BIG STUFF I NOTED, THERE WAS BIG STUFF GOING ON IN UKRAINE LIKE A WAR WITH RUSSIA AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND REPLIED THAT HE MEANT BIG STUFF THAT BENEFITS THE PRESIDENT LIKE THE BIDEN INVESTIGATION THAT MR

GIULIANI WAS PUSHING THE CONVERSATION THEN MOVED ON TO OTHER TOPICS >> THOSE THREE DAYS IN JULY THE 24th, THE 25th AND THE 26th, REVEAL A LOT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EFFORT TO SOLICIT HELP FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN ASSISTING HIS OWN RE-ELECTION ON THE 24th, SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER TESTIFIES THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR 2016 ELECTION TO ASSIST THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HE KNEW ABOUT THE INTERFERENCE, WELCOMED IT AND UTILIZED IT

THAT'S THE 24th THE 25th IS THE DAY OF THE CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVING HE HAD ESCAPED ACCOUNTABILITY FOR RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE FIRST ELECTION, ASKED TO UNDERMINE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S CONCLUSION AND HELP HIM SMEAR A POLITICAL OPPONENT FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THEN THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW IN JULY, PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT TO ENSURE THAT UKRAINE HAD RECEIVED HIS REQUEST AND UNDERSTOOD IT AND WOULD TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT HE WANTED THREE DAYS IN JULY

IN MANY WAYS, THOSE THREE DAYS IN JULY TELL SO MUCH OF THE STORY THIS COURSE OF CONDUCT SHOULD ASTOUND ALL OF US WHO VALUE THE SANK AT THIS TIME AT THIS TIMY OF OUR ELECTIONS AND IT IS RESERVED ONLY FOR ACTIONS WHICH BENEFIT THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE RATHER THAN THE POLITICAL FORTUNES OF ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL FRUMP'S EFFORT TO SOLICITED INVESTIGATIONS HELPFUL TO HIS RE-ELECTION IS NOT ONLY CONDUCT UNBECOMING A PRESIDENT BUT IT IS CONDUCT OF ONE WHO BELIEVES THE POWERS OF HIS HIGH OFFICE ARE POLITICAL TOOLS TO BE WIELDED AGAINST HIS OPPONENTS INCLUDING BY ASKING A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE A UNITED STATES CITIZEN AND FOR A CORRUPT PURPOSE THAT ALONE IS GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF THE 45th PRESIDENT

BUT THESE THREE DAYS IN JULY WERE NEITHER THE BEGINNING NOR THE END OF THE SCHEME FRUMP ACTING THROUGH AGENTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING RUDY GIULIANI, SOUGHT TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS BY HOLDING THE HEAD OF STATE MEETING IN THE OVAL OFFICE UNTIL PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE COMPLIED HOSTING AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING FOR A FOREIGN LEADER IS AN OFFICIAL ACT AVAILABLE ONLY TO ONE PERSON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND IT IS AN OFFICIAL ACT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD ALREADY OFFERED TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DURING THEIR FIRST PHONE CALL ON I AM A 21st, AND IN A SUBSEQUENT LETTER TO THE UKRAINIAN LEADER

MULTIPLE WITNESSES TESTIFIED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING FOR UKRAINE FOR EXAMPLE, THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY GEORGE KENT EXPLAINED THAT A WHITE HOUSE MEETING WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR UKRAINIANS TO DEMONSTRATE THE STRENGTH OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH UKRAINE'S STRONGEST SUPPORTER DR HILL OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL EXPLAINED A WHITE HOUSE MEETING WOULD SUPPLY THE NEW UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT WITH, QUOTE, THE LENG IT MASSEY IT NEEDED AND IF THEY VIEWED THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING AS A RECOGNITION OF THEIR LEGITIMACY AS A SOVEREIGN STATE

THIS WHITE HOUSE MEETING WOULD ALSO PROVE TO BE IMPORTANT FOR THREE HAND PICKED AGENTS WHO PRESIDENT TRUMP PLACE IN THE CHARGE OF UKRAINE ISSUES AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND ENERGY SECRETARY RICK PERRY THE SO-CALLED THREE AMIGOED THEY HOPED TO CONVINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO HOLD AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING WITH ZELENSKY DURING A MEETING OF THE THREE AMIGOS ON MAY 23rd, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD THEM THAT UKRAINE HAD TRIED TO TAKE HIM DOWN IN 2016

HE THEN DIRECTED THEM, TALK TO RUDY GIULIANI ABOUT UKRAINE IT WAS IMMEDIATELY CLEAR THAT GIULIANI WHO WAS PURSUING THE DISCREDITING INVESTIGATIONS ON THE PRESIDENT'S BEHALF WAS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY GIULIANI BY THEN HAD SAID PUBLICLY THAT HE WAS ACTIVELY PURSUING INVESTIGATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP CORRUPTLY DESIRED, AND PLANNING A TRIP TO UKRAINE GIULIANI ADMITTED, QUOTE, WE'RE NOT MEDDLING IN AN ELECTION WE'RE MEDDLING IN AN INVESTIGATION

ON MAY 10, HOWEVER, GIULIANI CANCELED THE TRIP TO UKRAINE TO DIG UP DIRT ON FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE 2016 CONSPIRACY THEORY JUST AS PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WON ELECTIONS FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND PARLIAMENT FACED WITH A CHOICE BETWEEN WORKING WITH GIULIANI TO PURSUE AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING, UNDERSTANDING IT MEANT TAKING PART IN A CORRUPT EFFORT TO SECURE THE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS OR ABANDONING EFFORTS TO SUPPORT OUR UKRAINIAN ALLY, THE PRESIDENT'S AGENTS FELL INTO LINE THEY WOULD PURSUE THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING AND EXPLAIN TO UKRAINE THAT ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE INVESTIGATIONS WAS THE PRICE OF ADMISSION AS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND MADE CLEAR — >> I KNOW MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE FREQUENTLY FRAME THESE COMPLICATED ISSUES IN THE FORMER OF A SIMPLE QUESTION

WAS THERE A QUID PRO QUO? AS I TESTIFIED PREVIOUSLY, WITH REGARD TO THE REQUESTED WHITE HOUSE CALL AND THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING, THE ANSWER IS YES >> THIS QUID PRO QUO WAS NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT'S AGENTS, RUDY GIULIANI, AND UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER OF 2019 IN NUMEROUS TELEPHONE CALLS, TEXT MESSAGES AND MEETINGS INCLUDING A MEETING HOSTED BY THEN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISE O'JOHN BOLTON ON JULY 10th NEAR THE END OF THAT JULY 10 THINK MEETING, AFTER UKRAINIANS AGAIN RAISED THE ISSUE OF A WHITE HOUSE VISIT, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND BLURTED OUT THERE WOULD BE AGREEMENT FOR A WHITE HOUSE MEETING ONCE THE INVESTIGATIONS BEGAN AT THAT POINT, BOLTON IMMEDIATELY STIFFENED AND ABRUPTLY ENDED THE MEETING DURING A SUBSEQUENT DISCUSSION THAT DAY, SONDLAND, ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL TESTIFIED THAT SONDLAND BEGAN TO DISCUSS THE DELIVERABLE REQUIRED TO GET THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH SONDLAND SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED, INVESTIGATION OF THE BIDENS

THIS IS AGAIN IN THAT MEETING IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH UKRAINE AND UKRAINIAN DELEGATION AND AN AMERICAN DELEGATION SONDLAND EXPLAINED IN THAT MEETING HE HAD AN AGREEMENT WITH ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY WHEREBY ZELENSKY WOULD BE GRANTED THE OVAL OFFICE MEETING IF HE WENT FORWARD WITH THE INVESTIGATIONS AFTER THE MEETING, THE THEN SUPERVISOR DR HILL REPORTED BACK TO BOLTON WHO SAID TO TELL NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER THAT HE WAS NOT PART OF WHATEVER DRUG DEAL SONDLAND AND MULVANEY ARE COOKING UP ON THIS SHE REPORTED HER CONCERNS, AS DID VINDMAN

THE ACTIONS THEY TOOK ONCE THEY WERE MADE AWARE OF THE DRUG DEAL BOTH REFUSED TO TESTIFY IN OUR INQUIRY HOWEVER, DR HILL TESTIFIED THAT SHE UNDERSTOOD THAT MR EISENBERG INFORMED MR

CIPOLLONE OF HER CONCERNS ABOUT THE DRUG DEAL IF THIS BODY IS SERIOUS ABOUT A FAIR TRIAL, ONE THAT IS FAIR TO THE PRESIDENT AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE AGAIN URGE TO YOU ALLOW THE HOUSE TO CALL BOTH EISENBERG AND BOLTON AS WELL AS OTHER KEY WITNESSES WITH FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE WHO REFUSE TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE HOUSE ON THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT ADDITIONAL TESTIMONY AND DOCUMENTS ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE ACCORDING TO SONDLAND, EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP WHEN IT CAME TO THE PRESIDENT'S SELF-SERVING EFFORT IN PART RELYING ON EMAIL EXCERPTS, SONDLAND EXPLAINED THAT THE PRESIDENT'S SENIOR AIDES AND CABINET OFFICIALS KNEW THAT THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WAS PREDICATED ON UKRAINE'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS BENEFICIAL TO THE PRESIDENT'S POLITICAL CAMPAIGN HILL CHARACTERIZED THE QUID PRO QUO SUCCINCTLY

>> BUT IT STRUCK ME YESTERDAY WHEN YOU PUT UP ON THE SCREEN AMBASSADOR SONDLAND'S EMAILS ON WHO WAS ON THESE EMAILS AND HE SAID THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED TO KNOW HE WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT BECAUSE HE WAS BEING INVOLVED IN A DOMESTIC POLITICAL ERRAND AND WE WERE BEING INVOLVED IN NATIONAL SECURITY FOREIGN POLICY THOSE TWO THINGS HAVE JUST DIVERGED >> IN EFFECT, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS BEING DRAWN INTO THIS DOMESTIC POLITICAL ERRAND

HE GREW WARY OF BECOMING INVOLVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY'S ELECTION AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS BILL TAYLOR, THE ACTING US AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE AT THE TIME DESCRIBED THE CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH A SENIOR AIDE TO THE UKRAINIAN LEADER HE SAID — >> ALSO ON JULY 20th, I HAD A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDER, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER WHO EMPHASIZE THAT HAD PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DID NOT WANT TO BE USED AS AN INSTRUMENT IN A U

S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN >> REMEMBER THAT CONVERSATION WHEN YOU HEAR COUNSEL SAY THAT THE UKRAINIANS FELT NO PRESSURE TO BE INVOLVED IN A US RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

BUT THAT CONCERN DID NOT DETER PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS CONVERSATION WITH SONDLAND SHORTLY BEFORE THE 25TH OF JULY CALL, THE PRESIDENT MADE CLEAR THAT HE NOT ONLY WANTED UKRAINE TO DO THE INVESTIGATIONS OR ANNOUNCE THEM BUT ALSO A WHITE HOUSE MEETING WOULD ONLY BE SCHEDULED IF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CONFIRMED THESE INVESTIGATIONS AS VOLKER COMMUNICATED TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S TOP AIDE BY TEXT LESS THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE PHONE CALL BETWEEN TRUMP AND ZELENSKY, AND AGAIN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JULY 25th IN A TEXT 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE TRUMP-ZELENSKY PHONE CALL HERE'S WHAT IT SAID WITH VOLKER TEXTING ANDREI YERMAK GOOD LUNCH

THANKS HEARD FROM WHITE HOUSE ASSUMING PRESIDENT Z CONVINCES TRUMP HE WILL INVESTIGATE, QUOTE, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED, UNQUOTE, IN 2016, WE WILL NAIL DOWN DATE FOR VISIT TO WASHINGTON GOOD LUCK SEE YOU TOMORROW

KURT WELL, THOSE WORDS COULDN'T BE MUCH CLEARER ASSUMING PRESIDENT Z CONVINCES TRUMP, HE WILL INVESTIGATE, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 WE'LL NAIL DOWN THE VISIT TO WASHINGTON THAT'S A TEXT 30 MINUTES BEFORE THAT CALL

COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT WOULD LIKE YOU TO THINK, THIS IS JUST ABOUT THAT CALL YOU DON'T GET TO LOOK OUTSIDE THE FOUR CORNERS OF THAT CALL THEY DON'T WANT TO YOU LOOK AT THE MONTHS THAT WENT INTO PREPARING FOR THAT CALL OR THE MONTHS OF PRESSURE THAT FOLLOWED IT BUT YOU CAN JUST LOOK AT THE RIGHT NOW WHAT HAPPENED 30 MINUTES BEFORE THAT CALL IN THIS TEXT MESSAGE

HEARD FROM WHITE HOUSE ASSUMING PRESIDENT Z CONVINCES TRUMP HE WILL INVESTIGATE, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 IF YOU ARE WONDERING HOW IT SEEMED THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS AWARE OF WHAT HE WOULD BE ASKED ON THAT CALL, THIS IS HOW YOU CAN TELL HE WAS PREPPED OF COURSE HE WAS PREPPED

IN FACT THE MISSING CALL RECORD TO BURISMA WAS A SIGNAL COLONEL VINDMAN RECOGNIZED IN FACT CLEARLY HE HAD BEEN PREPPED FOR THAT CALL WHY ELSE WOULD THE NAME OF THIS PARTICULAR ENERGY COMPANY COME UP IN THAT CONVERSATION? WELL, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CLEARLY GOT THE MESSAGE TOWARD THE END OF THE CALL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SAID, I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVITATION TO VISIT THE UNITED STATES, SPECIFICALLY WASHINGTON, DC

ON THE OTHER HAND, I ALSO WANT TO ENSURE, I WANTED TO ASSURE THAT YOU WE WILL BE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THE CASE AND WE WILL WORK ON THE INVESTIGATION THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION ON THE OTHER HAND, I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT WE WILL BE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THE CASE AND WE WILL WORK ON THE INVESTIGATION PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THE QUID PRO QUO FOR THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON JULY 25th BUT HIS RETICENCE TO BE USED AS A POLITICAL PAWN KEPT PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PROMISE TO SCHEDULE THE MEETING

AND SO THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENTS PRESSED ON IN AUGUST, GIULIANI MET WITH A TOP UKRAINIAN AIDE AND MADE IT CLEAR UKRAINE MUST ISSUE A PUBLIC STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE INVESTIGATIONS IN ORDER TO GET THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING FEARFUL OF GETTING INVOLVED IN US DOMESTIC POLITICS AND HAVING ENTERED OFFICE WITH A PROMISE TO CLEAN UP GOVERNMENT AND CORRUPTION, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND HIS AIDES PREFERRED A GENERIC STATEMENT ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS

BUT GIULIANI INSISTED NO THE STATEMENT MUST INCLUDE TWO SPECIFIC INVESTIGATIONS THAT WOULD BENEFIT PRESIDENT TRUMP LET'S LOOK AT A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE STATEMENT THE UKRAINIANS PREFERRED AND THE ONE THAT GIULIANI REQUIRED SO ON THE LEFT, AND I WILL READ IT IN CASE YOU CAN'T SEE THE SCREENS, THE DRAFT, THE YERMAK DRAFT, THE UKRAINIAN DRAFT SAID WE INTEND TO INITIATE AND COMPLETE A TRANSPARENT AND UNBIASED INVESTIGATION OR OF ALL AVAILABLE FACTS AND EPISODES WHICH IN TURN WILL PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF THIS PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE

PRETTY GENERIC HERE'S THE GIULIANI, VOLKER RESPONSE WE INTEND TO INITIATE AND COMPLETE A TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION OF ALL AVAILABLE FACTS AND EPISODES, UP TO THAT POINT, IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME, UNTIL YOU GET TO, INCLUDING THOSE INVOLVING BURISMA AND THE 2016 ELECTIONS AND THEN IT GOES BACK TO THE UKRAINIAN DRAFT WHICH WILL PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF THIS PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE YOU CAN SEE SUCH GRAPHIC EVIDENCE

UKRAIIANS DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO MENTION THIS GIULIANI HAD TO INSIST, NO, NO, NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE SATISFIED WITH SOME GENERIC STATEMENT AFTER ALL, I THINK WE CAN SEE, THIS ISN'T ABOUT CORRUPTION NO THIS IS ABOUT ANNOUNCING INVESTIGATIONS TO DAMAGE BIDEN AND TO PROMOTE THIS FICTION ABOUT THE LAST ELECTION

SO HERE IN THESE TEXTS, YOU SEE THAT GIULIANI, VOELKLER AND SONDLAND HAVE ADDED THESE REFERENCES TO BIDEN AND THE 2016 ELECTION THEY WISHED TO ENSURE THE UKRAINIANS MENTIONED THE SHAM INVESTIGATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP REQUIRED NOW, THE UKRAINIANS RECOILED AT THE NEW STATEMENT RECOGNIZING THAT RELEASING IT WOULD RUN DIRECTLY COUNTER TO THE ANTI-CORRUPTION PLATFORM THAT ZELENSKY CAMPAIGNED ON AND WOULD EMBROIL THEM IN US

ELECTION POLITICS AS A RESULT, ZELENSKY DIDN'T GET HIS WHITE HOUSE MEETING HE STILL HASN'T GOTTEN HIS WHITE HOUSE MEETING SENATORS, WITNESS TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS, AND THE CALL RECORD ITSELF CONFIRM A CORRUPT QUID PRO QUO FOR THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING AN OFFICIAL ACT AVAILABLE ONLY TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN EXCHANGE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS, THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ALLIES HAVE OFFERED NO EXPLANATION FOR THIS EFFORT

EXCEPT THE PRESIDENT CAN AABUSE HIS OFFICE ALL HE LIKES AND THERE'S NOTHING DO YOU KNOW ABOUT IT CAN'T INDICT HIM CAN'T IMPEACH HIM THAT IS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT SERIOUSLY DISPUTE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CORRUPTLY USED AN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE VISIT FOR A FOREIGN LEADER TO COMPEL THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT INTO HELPING HIM CHEAT IN THE NEXT ELECTION THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING OF COURSE, WAS NOT THE ONLY OFFICIAL ACT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CONDITIONED ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO BIDEN AND THE CONSPIRACY THEORY MEANT TO HELP WITH THE LAST ELECTION

IN A FAR MORE DRACONIAN STEP, AS WE HAVE DISCUSSED THE PRESIDENT WITHHELD $391 MILLION OF MILITARY AID SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE THIS PHONE CALL WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, BUT AFTER GIULIANI WAS ALREADY PRESSING UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATIONS HIS CLIENTS SOUGHT, PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED THE HOLD ON UKRAINE'S MILITARY AID SIGNIFICANTLY THIS WAS AFTER CONGRESS HAD ALREADY BEEN NOTIFIED THAT MOST OF IT WAS PREPARED TO BE SPENT UKRAINE HAD MET ALL THE CRITICAL CONDITIONS FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION AND DEFENSE REFORMS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FUNDS WE CONDITION THE FUNDS, THEY MET THE CONDITIONS

THE FUNDS WERE READY TO GO AT THE TIME AND EVEN TODAY, WITNESSES UNIFORMLY TESTIFIED THAT THE ORDER TO HOLD THE FUNDING CAME WITHOUT EXPLANATION TO THE FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR UKRAINE THE ONLY MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WAS THAT THE HOLD WAS IMPLEMENTED AT THE DIRECTION OF THE PRESIDENT SINCE RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL INCURSION INTO UKRAINE IN 2014, THE US

HAS MAINTAINED A BIPARTISAN POLICY OF DELIVERING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE EACH YEAR WITH SEVERAL SENATORS HERE HAVE PERSONALLY INVESTED SIGNIFICANT TIME AND EFFORT TO ENSURE AND IT WAS PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF WHO ORIGINALLY AUTHORIZED ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE IN 2017 AND 2018 WITHOUT RESERVATION MAKING HIS ABRUPT DECISION TO WITHHOLD ASSISTANCE IN 2019 WITHOUT EXPLANATION ALL THE MORE SURPRISING TO THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR UKRAINE POLICY THAT CONFUSION, HOWEVER, WOULD SOON DISAPPEAR

THE PRESIDENT USED THE HOLD ON MILITARY AID AS LEVERAGE TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT HE HOPED WOULD HELP HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRIOR YEARS WHEN THE PRESIDENT APPROVED THE AID WITHOUT QUESTION AND THE INEXPLICABLE AID ON HOLD IN 2019 WAS THE EMERGENCE OF JOE BIDEN AS A POTENTIALLY FORMIDABLE OBSTACLE TO THE PRESIDENT'S RE-ELECTION THESE FUNDS THAT THE PRESIDENT WITHHELD, THESE FUNDS, THEY DON'T JUST BENEFIT UKRAINE THEY BENEFIT THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES BY ENSURING THAT UKRAINE IS EQUIPPED TO DEFEND ITS OWN BORDERS AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION

AS AMBASSADOR TAYLOR NOTED IN HIS DEPOSITION, THE UNITED STATES PROVIDES UKRAINE WITH RADAR AND WEAPONS AND SNIPER RIFLES, COMMUNICATIONS THAT SAVE LIVES IT MAKES UKRAINIANS MORE EFFECTIVE IT MIGHT EVEN SHORTEN THE WAR THAT'S WHAT OUR HOPE IS TO SHOW THE UKRAINIANS CAN DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THE RUSSIANS IN THE END WILL SAY, OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO STOP

THAT'S IN OUR INTERESTS THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT UKRAINE OR ITS NATIONAL SECURITY IT IS ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THIS ISN'T CHARITY IT IS ABOUT OUR DEFENSE AS MUCH AS UKRAINE'S

AMBASSADOR TAYLOR ALSO SAID THAT THE MERGE AID WAS CONCRETE DEMONSTRATION OF THE UNITED STATES' COMMITMENT TO RESIST AGGRESSION AND TO DEFEND FREEDOM THAT'S WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT, RIGHT? RESISTING AGGRESSION, DEFENDING FREEDOM NOT EXPORTING CORRUPT IDEAS THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT, RIGHT? IT WAS AGAINST THIS BACK DROP THAT AMERICAN OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR UKRAINE POLICY SAT IN ASTONISHMENT, ACCORDING TO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, WHEN THEY LEARNED ABOUT THE HOLD THEY EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT THE LEGALITY OF THE HOLD ON ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE

THEIR CONCERNS WERE WELL WARRANTED AS THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WHICH WAS JUST LAST NIGHT POO-POOED IT THAT'S JUST SOME INSTITUTION OF CONGRESS THEY'RE A NONPARTISAN ORGANIZATION THAT BOTH PARTIES HAVE COME TO RELY ON BUT I'M NOT SURPRISED THEY DON'T LIKE THE INCLUSION OF THE GAO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WARNED THIS WOULD BE THE CONCLUSION AND THE CONCLUSION WAS THE HOLD ON AID WAS NOT ONLY WRONG

IT WAS NOT ONLY IMMORAL IT WAS ALSO ILLEGAL IT VIOLATED THE LAW A LAW THAT WE PASSED SO THAT PRESIDENTS COULD NOT REFUSE TO SPEND MONEY THAT WE ALLOCATED FOR THE DEFENSE OF OTHERS AND FOR OURSELVES THE CONTROL ACT PREVENTS THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM UNILATERALLY MAKING FUNDING DECISIONS WHEN CONGRESS HAS MADE ITS INTENT CLEAR

IN FACT THE ACT EXISTS PRECISELY BECAUSE OF PREVIOUS PRESIDENTIAL ABUSES OF CONGRESS' POWER OF THE PURSE DURING THE NIXON ERA THE NONPARTISAN GAO RULED THAT THE HOLD ON MILITARY AID WAS NOT ONLY ILLEGAL BUT THAT HOLDING UNDERSCORES THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO ENSURE HIS OWN PERSONAL BENEFIT RATHER THAN TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS BE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AS HE SWORE HE WOULD DO WHEN HE TOOK HIS OATH OF OFFICE NOW BECAUSE THE RECENT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, WE NOW KNOW ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT HOW SENIOR OFFICIALS EXPRESS SERIOUS RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE HOLD AT THE TIME SO THIS IS NOT LIKE SOME NEW SURPRISE

THIS IS NOT LIKE SOMETHING THAT CAME OUT OF BLUE THE INDEPENDENT WATCH DOG AGENCY FOUND THIS WAS ILLEGAL NO THEY KNEW THIS WAS ILLEGAL AT THE TIME THESE CONCERNS WERE RAISED AT THE TIME

CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOLD HAVE REFUSED TO TESTIFY AT THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTION INCLUDING HIS CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY, HIS DEPUTY ROBERT BLAIR, MICHAEL DUFFEY, ALL OF THEM TO FIGHT CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENAS BUT WE'RE INCLUDED IN IMPORTANT EMAILS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC ONLY RECENTLY AS YOU KNOW, THESE AND MANY OTHER CATEGORIES OF DOCUMENTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, OMB, WERE SUBPOENAED BY THE HOUSE AND NONE WAS PRODUCED

NONE AT THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTION AND THROUGH MR CIPOLLONE'S INTERVENTION ALTHOUGH THE INVESTIGATION DEVELOPED AN OVERWHELMING BODY OF EVIDENCE THAT CLEARLY PROVES THE PRESIDENT IMPLEMENTED THIS HOLD TO PRESSURE UKRAINE WITH THE INVESTIGATIONS, THE FULL STORY BEHIND THE HOLD, THE FULL AND COMPLETE STORY IS WITHIN YOUR POWER TO REQUEST AS YOU CONSIDER THE EVIDENCE WE PRESENT TO YOU, ASK YOURSELVES WHETHER FOR THE DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES THAT HAVE BEEN DENIED BY THE PRESIDENT'S COMPLETE AND UNPRECEDENTED OBSTRUCTION COULD SHED MORE LIGHT ON THIS CRITICAL TOPIC

YOU MAY AGREE WITH THE HOUSE MANAGERS THAT THE EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT'S WITHHOLDING OF MILITARY AID TO COERCE UKRAINE IS ALREADY SUPPORTED BY OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE AND NO FURTHER INSIGHT IS NECESSARY ON CONVICT THE PRESIDENT IF THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS ATTEMPT TO CONTEST THESE OR OTHER FACTUAL MATTERS, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO HEAR FROM EACH WITNESS WITH FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE A FAIR TRIAL REQUIRES NOTHING LESS LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THE EVIDENCE THAT WE GATHER NOTWITHSTANDING THIS OBSTRUCTION FIRST, THE PRESIDENT WITHHELD THE AID WITHOUT EXPLANATION AND AGAINST THE ADVICE OF HIS OWN AGENCIES, CABINET OFFICIALS, NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS INCLUDING SECRETARY POMPEO, SECRETARY ESPER, AMBASSADOR BOLTON AND OTHERS

ONLY NICK MULVANEY, A CENTRAL FIGURE, REPORTEDLY SUPPORTED THE HOLD AND HE TOLD US WHY DURING A PRESS BRIEFING, MULVANEY ACKNOWLEDGED THE HOLD WAS ORDERED AS PART OF A QUID PRO QUO DESIGNED TO GET UKRAINE TO UNDERTAKE THE INVESTIGATION PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED STEKD, THE REASON FOR THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE HOLD WAS UNDOUBTEDLY ON THE PRESIDENT'S MIND DURING THE TELEPHONE CALL WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY ON JULY 25th NEAR BEGINNING OF THE CONVERSATION, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY EXPRESSES GRATITUDE FOR US

MILITARY ASSISTANCE NOTING THE UNITED STATES, QUOTE, GREAT SUPPORT IN THE AREA OF DEFENSE IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S REFERENCE TO DEFENSE AND MILITARY SUPPORT, PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDED BY SAYING, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO US A FAVOR THOUGH BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT AND UKRAINE KNOWS A LOT ABOUT IT PRESIDENT TRUMP THEN PROCEEDED TO OPENLY PRESS UKRAINE TO CONDUCT THESE INVESTIGATIONS

THIRD, NUMEROUS OFFICIALS WERE AWARE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WITHHOLDING THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING UNTIL UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THE INVESTIGATION THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD RATCHET UP PRESSURE ON UKRAINE TO COMPEL ITS ACTION STUNNED UKRAINE EXPERTS LIKE AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, BUT FOLLOWED LOGICALLY FOR THOSE ENGAGED IN THE PRESIDENT'S CORRUPT SCHEME FOURTH, BY THE END OF AUGUST, THERE WAS STILL NO EXPLANATION FOR THE HOLD DESPITE ONGOING EFFORTS FROM NUMEROUS OFFICIALS TO PERSUADE THE PRESIDENT TO RELEASE THE MONEY AND THE LEVERAGE OF THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING HAD NOT SUCCEEDED IN COERCING UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS, PROVIDING THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENTS EVERY REASON TO USE THE MOST AGGRESSIVE LEVEL OF INFLUENCE, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILITARY SUPPORT TO COMPEL UKRAINE TO ACT THEY DIDN'T FEEL PRESSURE, THEY WOULD HAVE DONE IT

THEY WOULD HAVE DONE IT BUT OF COURSE THEY DID IMAGINE IF THIS COUNTRY WERE DEPENDENT ON A MORE POWERFUL COUNTRY FOR OUR DEFENSE IMAGINE WE WERE AT WAR IMAGINE WE WERE WAITING FOR WEAPONS TO DEFEND OURSELVES

SOMETHING OUR FRAMERS SHOULD HAVE UNDERSTOOD IMAGINE WE FOUND OURSELVES IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES AND MUCH TO OUR ASTONISHMENT, WE COULDN'T EVEN GET A MEETING WITH OUR ALLY MUCH TO OUR ASTONISHMENT, THEY WERE WITHHOLDING AID FROM US DO YOU THINK WE WOULD FEEL PRESSURE? OF COURSE WE WOULD THE FRAME HERS COMMON SENSE AND SO MUST WE

ARE WE TO ACCEPT THE PRESIDENT SAID THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO I GUESS THAT CLOSES THE GATES IN EVERY COURTROOM IN AMERICA, JURORS, I KNOW YOU'RE NOT JUST JURORS, YOU'RE JURORS AND JUDGES, JURORS ALL OVER AMERICA ARE TOLD, YOU DON'T LEAVE YOUR COMMON SENSE AT THE DOOR WE DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE OUR COMMON SENSE AT THE DOOR HERE TOO TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR

THE AID IS WITHHELD WE'RE ASKING FOR IT YOU'RE ASKING FOR IT HIS OWN AIDES ARE ASKING FOR IT NO ONE CAN GET AN EXPLANATION

UKRAINIANS CAN'T GET AN EXPLANATION ALL THE UKRAINIANS GET IS WE WANT YOU TO DO THESE INVESTIGATIONS THEY'RE PROMISE AD WHITE HOUSE MEETING THEY WANT A WHITE HOUSE MEETING THEY NEED A WHITE HOUSE MEETING

THEY'RE GOING INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH PUTIN THEY WANT TO SHOW STRENGTH THEY CAN'T GET IN THE DOOR HE THIS SEE THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER GET IN THE DOOR OF THE WHITE HOUSE WE SEE THE PHOTOS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, THE AMBASSADOR, WHAT A GREAT TIME THEY'RE HAVING

BUT NO, THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE, OUR ALLY, CAN'T GET IN THE DOOR THEY'RE NOT STUPID THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON HERE THEY'RE NOT STUPID THAT CONVERSATION I REFERENCED YESTERDAY WHEN THE UKRAINIANS THREW IT RIGHT BACK IN OUR FACE

WHEN AMBASSADOR VOLKER SAID TO HIS UKRAINIAN COUNTER PART, YOU SHOULDN'T INVESTIGATE THE UKRAINIAN RESPONSE WAS, YOU MEAN LIKE THE ONE YOU WANT US TO DO ON THE BIDENS AND THE CLINTONS? THEY'RE NOT STUPID BY THE END OF AUGUST, THERE WAS NO EXPLANATION FOR THE HOLD DESPITE EFFORTS BY NUMEROUS PEOPLE TO SEEK THE RELEASE OF THE FUNDING THE LEVERAGE HADN'T SUCCEEDED IN GETTING THE PRESIDENT TO ENFORCE UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS, AND SO THE AID WAS WITHHELD TWO WITNESSES PRIVY TO THE SCHEME SAID THE ONLY LOGICAL CONCLUSION TO REACH ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S CONTINUED HOLD ON THE AID WAS IT WAS INTENDED TO PUT MORE PRESSURE ON UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS

AS I AM, THEY TESTIFIED, IT WAS AS SIMPLE AS TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR WE CAN DO MATH AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, SO CAN THE UKRAINIANS AND MAYBE EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN THAT, SO CAN THE RUSSIANS MULTIPLE SENIOR OFFICIALS INCLUDING PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF HAVE CONFIRMED THIS LOGICAL CONCLUSION ON SEPTEMBER 7th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SPOKE DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO BY THAT POINT WAS AWARE THAT A WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT WAS CIRCULATING THAT ALLEGED THE CONTOURS OF HIS SCHEME AND THAT CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC WERE BEGINNING TO ASK PROBING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOLD ON AID INCLUDING WHETHER THE WITHHOLDING OF THE AID WAS AN EXCHANGE FOR RE-ELECTION HELP

DURING THAT CALL, SEPTEMBER 7th, SO JULY, YOU'VE GOT MUELLER'S TESTIMONY, YOU'VE GOT THE CALL ITSELF, YOU'VE GOT THE FOLLOW UP CALL THE NEXT GUY THE PRESIDENT SPEAKING TO SONDLAND, WANTS TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE GOING TO DO THE INVESTIGATIONS, YOU'VE GOT AUGUST, WHEN THEY'RE TRYING TO HAMMER OUT A STATEMENT, AND THE UKRAINIANS ARE STILL RESISTING, AND THEN YOU HAVE SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 7th AMBASSADOR SONDLAND ON THE PHONE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THAT TIME HE'S AWARE THAT A WHISTLEBLOWER HAS FILED A COMPLAINT ALLEGING THE CONTOURS OF THE SCHEME AND CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC ARE BEGINNING TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOLD ON AID INCLUDING WHETHER THIS WAS TO GET HELP IN HIS RE-ELECTION AND DURING THIS CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, HE SAID THERE'S NO QUID PRO QUO

WHY WOULD HE DO THAT? THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT COMES UP IN CONVERSATION HELLO, HOW ARE YOU? NO QUID PRO QUO THAT'S THE KIND OF THING THAT COMES UP IN THE CONVERSATION IF YOU'RE TRYING TO PUT YOUR ALIBI OUT THERE IF YOU HEARD ABOUT A WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT, IF YOU'VE SEEN ALLEGATIONS, CONGRESS IS STARTING TO SNIFF AROUND, NO QUID PRO QUO BUT AND I KNOW THIS IS ASTONISHING, SO MUCH OF THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS BEEN A COMBINATION OF SHOCK AND YET NO SURPRISE

AND YET EVEN WHILE THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING, NO QUID PRO QUO, WHAT DOES HE SAY? ZELENSKY MUST PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE THE TWO POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS AND HE SHOULD WANT TO DO IT NO QUID PRO QUO EXCEPT THIS QUID PRO QUO SONDLAND IMMEDIATELY RELATED THE MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY INFORMING HIM THAT WITHOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS, THEY WOULD BE AT A STALEMATE SONDLAND MADE CLEAR THIS REFERENCE TO A STALEMATE MEANT THE RELEASE OF THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AFTER HESITATING FOR WEEKS TO JOIN THE PRESIDENT'S CORRUPT SCHEME FINALLY RELENTED

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY INFORMED SONDLAND HE AGREED TO DO A CNN INTERVIEW AND SONDLAND UNDERSTOOD THAT HE WOULD USE THAT OCCASION TO MENTION THESE ITEMS MEANING THE TWO INVESTIGATIONS AT THE HEART OF THE SCHEME THE CANDIDATE ZELENSKY WHO WAS SWEPT INTO OFFICE WITH A LAND SLIDE VICTORY ON A PROMISE OF FIGHTING CORRUPTION WOULD BE FORCED TO UNDERTAKE JUST THE SAME KIND OF CORRUPT ACT HE'D BEEN ELECTED TO CLEAN UP UPON LEARNING THIS, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR CALLS SONDLAND TO REGISTER HIS DEEP CONCERN TELLING HIM, IT WAS CRAZY CRAZY

TAYLOR LATER TEXTED SONDLAND TO REINFORCE THE POINT, AS I SAID ON THE PHONE, I THINK IT'S CRAZY TO WITHHOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN AS I SAID ON THE PHONE CLEARLY THEY HAD DISCUSSED IT AS I SAID ON THE PHONE TAYLOR TESTIFIED ABOUT THE MESSAGE AND THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO IT

TAYLOR SAID THAT SECURITY ASSISTANCE — I'M SORRY, THE SECURITY SYSTEM WAS SO IMPORTANT FOR UKRAINE AS WELL AS OUR OWN NATIONAL INTERESTS TO WITHHOLD THAT ASSISTANCE FOR NO GOOD REASON OTHER THAN HELP WITH THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MADE NO SENSE IT WAS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE TO ALL OF WHAT WE HAD BEEN TRYING TO DO IT WAS ILLOGICAL IT COULD NOT BE EXPLAINED

IT WAS CRAZY WHAT'S MORE, HE LEARNED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED ZELENSKY IN A PUBLIC BOX HE TESTIFIED, MR GOLDMAN ASKING THE QUESTION, NOW YOU REFERENCE AD TELEVISION INTERVIEW AND A DESIRE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PUT ZELENSKY IN A PUBLIC BOX WHICH YOU ALSO HAVE IN QUOTES WAS THAT IN YOUR NOTES? THIS IS A REFERENCE, I THINK, TO HIS WRITTEN TESTIMONY

WAS THAT REFERENCE TO IN A PUBLIC BOX IN HIS NOTES? REMEMBER HE KEPT DETAILED NOTES TAYLOR'S ANSWER, IT WAS IN MY NOTES WHAT DID YOU UNDERSTAND TO MEAN TO PUT ZELENSKY IN A PUBLIC BOX? AND TAYLOR RESPONDS, I UNDERSTOOD THAT TO MEAN PRESIDENT TRUMP THROUGH AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WAS ASKING FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO PUBLICLY ADMIT TO THESE INVESTIGATIONS THAT IT WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO DO THIS IN PRIVATE THAT THIS NEEDED TO BE DONE, THIS NEEDED TO BE A VERY PUBLIC STATEMENT

SO WE SAW EARLIER, THE SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON WHAT THE UKRAINIANS WANTED TO SAY THEY MADE NO MENTION AND NOW GIULIANI INSISTED, NO, NO, NO, THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE CREDIBLE UNLESS YOU MENTION THESE SPECIFIC INVESTIGATIONS THIS IS WHAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE

NOW YOU SEE AMBASSADOR SONDLAND HAS ACKNOWLEDGED TO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR THAT NOT ENOUGH TO USE EVEN THE RIGHT LANGUAGE, APPARENTLY GOT TO BE DONE IN PUBLIC NOT GOING TO TAKE ANY PRIVATE COMMITMENT IT HAS TO BE DONE IN PUBLIC AS WE WOULD LATER COME TO UNDERSTAND, THIS IS BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE INVESTIGATIONS BEING DONE

HE JUST WANTED THEM ANNOUNCED HE WANTED ZELENSKY IN A PUBLIC BOX HE WANTED IT ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY AMBASSADOR TAYLOR UNDERSTOOD FROM SONDLAND THAT BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS BUSINESSMAN, HE WOULD EXPECT TO GET SOMETHING IN RETURN BEFORE SIGNING A CHECK >> DURING OUR MEETING, DURING OUR CALL ON SEPTEMBER 8, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO ME THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A BUSINESSMAN

WHEN A BUSINESSMAN IS ABOUT TO SIGN A CHECK TO SOMEONE WHO OWES HIM SOMETHING, THE BUSINESSMAN ASKS THAT PERSON TO PAY UP BEFORE SIGNING THE CHECK MR VOLKER USED THE SAME LANGUAGE SEVERAL DAYS LATER WHILE WE WERE TOGETHER AT THE STRATEGY CONFERENCE I ARGUED TO BOTH THAT THE EXPLANATION MADE NO SENSE UKRAINIANS DID NOT OWE PRESIDENT TRUMP ANYTHING >> THIS IS VERY TELLING

AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, VIETNAM VETERAN, WEST POINT GRADUATE, UKRAINIANS DIDN'T OWE US ANYTHING CLEARLY DONALD TRUMP FELT THE UKRAINIANS OWED HIM THIS IS NOT ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY, IT IS ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, IT IS NOT ABOUT CORRUPTION NO IT IS ABOUT WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME? THOSE UKRAINIANS OWE ME

BEFORE I SIGN A CHECK, AND BY THE WAY, THAT'S NOT HIS MONEY THAT'S YOUR MONEY THAT'S THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S MONEY FOR THEIR DEFENSE BUT HERE WE SEE THE EXPLANATION PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A BUSINESSMAN

BEFORE HE SIGNS A CHECK, HE WANTS TO GET SOMETHING AND THAT SOMETHING, HE WOULD MAKE THAT PAYMENT FOR WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS, THAT THING HE WAS GOING TO BUY WITH THOSE TAX DOLLARS WAS A SMEAR OF HIS OPPONENT AND AN EFFORT TO LIFT WHATEVER CLOUD HE FELT WAS OVER HIS PRESIDENCY BECAUSE OF THE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE ON HIS BEHALF IN THE LAST ELECTION NOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS OFFERED AN ASSORTMENT OF SHIFTING EXPLANATIONS AFTER THE FACT FOR THE HOLD ON AID INCLUDING THAT HE WITHHELD THE MONEY BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE OR CONCERNS ABOUT BURDEN SHARING WITH OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES BUT THOSE THE ARGUMENTS ARE COMPLETELY WITHOUT MERIT

FIRST, THE PRESIDENT'S OWN ADMINISTRATION HAD DETERMINED BY THE TIME OF THE HOLD THAT UKRAINE HAD UNDERTAKEN ALL NECESSARY ANTI-CORRUPTION IS THAT DEFENSE REFORMS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FUNDS THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS REPEATEDLY MADE THIS CLEAR AS THE HOLD REMAINED AND THREATENED THE ABILITY OF THE AGENCIES TO SPEND THE MONEY BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR SECOND, THE EVIDENCE REVEALED THAT THE PRESIDENT ONLY ASKED ABOUT FOREIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO UKRAINE IN SEPTEMBER NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER THE PRESIDENT IMPLEMENTED THE HOLD AND AS IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE PUBLIC CONGRESS AND A WHISTLEBLOWER WERE BECOMING AWARE OF THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME

THE AFTER THE FACT EFFORT TO COME UP WITH A JUSTIFICATION ALSO BELIES THE TRUTH THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES PROVIDE FAR MORE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO UKRAINE THAN THE UNITED STATES THEIR SUPPORT IS LARGELY ECONOMIC OURS ALSO INCLUDES A LOT OF MILITARY SUPPORT BUT EUROPE IS A SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL BACKER OF UKRAINE

SOMETHING ELSE REMARKABLE ABOUT THIS THAT I WAS STRUCK BY YESTERDAY AS WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WITNESS TESTIMONY AND LOOKING AT SOME OF THOSE REDACTED EMAILS IN WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION SOUGHT TO HIDE ITS MISCONDUCT IN THOSE REDACTIONS, WHEN WE GOT TO SEE WHAT WAS BENEATH THEM, AND THERE WAS AN INDICATION, THIS IS VERY CLOSE HOLD THIS IS A NEED TO KNOW BASIS ONLY REMEMBER THAT? WE'LL SHOW YOU THAT AGAIN

ONE OF THOSE EMAILS THAT ONLY CAME TO LIGHT I BELIEVE RECENTLY, AND NOT BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION WANTED YOU TO SEE THIS INFORMATION, WE SEE THERE'S A DESIRE NOT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS HOLD IF THE PRESIDENT WAS FIGHTING CORRUPTION, IF HE WANTED EUROPEANS TO PAY MORE, WHY WOULD HE HIDE IT FROM US? WHY WOULD HE HIDE IT FROM THE UKRAINIANS, FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD? IF THIS WAS A DESIRE FOR EUROPE TO PAY MORE, WHY WOULDN'T HE CHARGE SONDLAND TO GO ASK EUROPE FOR MORE? WHY WOULDN'T HE BE PROUD TO TELL THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, I'M HOLDING UP THIS AID AND I'M HOLDING IT UP BECAUSE I'M WORRIED ABOUT CORRUPTION WHY WOULDN'T HE? BECAUSE OF COURSE WASN'T TRUE THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF THAT AND WHAT'S MORE, THE WHITE HOUSE ADMITTED WHY THE PRESIDENT HELD UP THE MONEY

THE PRESIDENT'S OWN CHIEF OF STAFF EXPLAINED PRECISELY WHY DURING OCTOBER 17th AND OCTOBER 17th PRESS CONFERENCE LET'S SEE AGAIN WHAT HE HAD TO SAY >> THOSE ARE THE DRIVING FACTORS DID HE ALSO MENTION TO ME THE CORRUPTION THAT RELATED TO THE DNC SERVER? ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT

THAT'S IT THAT'S WHY WE HELD UP THE MONEY >> SO THE DEMAND FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO IT WAS PART OF THE REASON THAT HE WANTED TO WITHHOLD FUNDING? >> THE LOOK BACK TO WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 CERTAINLY WAS PART OF IT HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT CORRUPTION WITH THAT NATION THAT'S ABSOLUTELY APPROPRIATE

>> BUT MULVANEY DIDN'T JUST ADMIT THAT IT WAS TO APPLY PRESSURE ON UKRAINE TO DO THE PRESIDENT'S DIRTY WORK HE SAID THAT WE SHOULD JUST GET OVER IT LET'S WATCH >> LET'S BE CLEAR WHAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED IS A QUID PRO QUO

>> IT IS FUNNING WILL NOT FLOW UNLESS THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEMOCRATIC SERVER HAPPENS AS WELL >> WE DO THAT ALL THE TIME WITH FOREIGN POLICY IF YOU READ THE NEWS REPORTS AND YOU BELIEVE THEM, WHAT DID McKINNEY SAY YESTERDAY? THAT HE WAS REALLY UPSET WITH THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN FOREIGN POLICY THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS HE WAS SO UPSET ABOUT THIS I HAVE NEWS FOR EVERYBODY

GET OVER IT THERE WILL BE POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN FOREIGN POLICY >> SHOULD THE CONGRESS JUST GET OVER IT? SHOULD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST DOCUMENT EXPECT OUR PRESIDENTS WILL CORRUPTLY ABUSE THEIR OFFICE THE HELP SEEK THE HELP OF A FOREIGN POWER? SHOULD WE JUST GET OVER IT? IS THAT WHAT WE'VE COME TO? I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE ANSWER IS NO WE CANNOT ALLOW A PRESIDENT TO WITHHOLD MILITARY AID FROM AN ALLY OR FOR ELICIT HELP IN A RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN I HOPE THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO JUST GET OVER THAT

I HOPE THAT WE JUST DON'T TO HAVE GET ACCUSTOMED TO THAT IS THAT WHAT WE WANT TO TELL OUR CONSTITUENTS? YEAH THE PRESIDENT WITHHELD AID FROM AN ALLY YEAH IT DAMAGED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND YEAH, HE WOULDN'T MEET WITH A FOREIGN LEADER WHO IS IMPORTANT TO US UNLESS HE GOT HELP IN THE NEXT ELECTION, AND YEAH, IT'S WRONG, IT'S CHEATING, TO BE BLATANT

AMERICANS ARE SUPPOSED TO DECIDE AMERICAN ELECTIONS BUT YOU KNOW, I GUESS WE JUST NEED TO GET OVER IT I GUESS THAT'S JUST WHAT WE SHOULD NOW EXPECT A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I GUESS THERE IS REALLY NO REMEDY FOR THAT ANYMORE THE IMPEACHMENT, I MEAN, MAYBE THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA 200 YEARS AGO BUT I GUESS WE JUST NEED TO GET OVER IT I GUESS MAYBE THE PRESIDENT REALLY IS ABOVE THE LAW BECAUSE THEY SAY YOU CAN'T INDICT THE PRESIDENT

THE PRESIDENT SAYS YOU CAN'T EVEN INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT THE PRESIDENT SAYS, HE'S IN COURT SAYING YOU CANNOT ONLY NOT INDICT THE PRESIDENT YOU CAN'T EVEN INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS YOU CAN'T EVEN INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT ARE WE REALLY PREPARED TO SAY THAT? THE ONLY ANSWER TO MISCONDUCT IS WE NEED TO GET OVER IT

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO SAY WITH THE NEXT PRESIDENT? WHAT DO WE SAY WHEN W A PRESIDENT FROM A DIFFERENT PARTY WHO REFUSES THE SAME KIND OF SUBPOENAS? AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS TO YOU, THE CHIEF OF STAFF SAYS, OR HER CHIEF OF STAFF SAYS TO YOU, JUST GET OVER IT I'M NOT DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN DONALD TRUMP DID JUST GET OVER IT HE ASKED FOR HELP WITH THE NEXT ELECTION I'M ASKING FOR HELP WITH THE NEXT ELECTION

JUST GET OVER IT WE DO THIS KIND OF THING ALL THE TIME PEOPLE ARE CYNICAL ENOUGH AS IT IS ABOUT POLITICS, ABOUT PEOPLE'S COMMITMENT TO THEIR GOOD CYNICAL ENOUGH WITHOUT HAVING US CONFIRM IT FOR THEM I THINK IT IS MORE THAN CRAZY

THAT WAS AMBASSADOR TAYLOR'S WORD FOR IT I THINK IT IS MORE THAN CRAZY I THINK IT IS GROSS ABUSE OF POWER AND I DON'T THINK THAT IMPEACHMENT POWER IS A RELIC IF IT IS A RELIC, I WONDER HOW MUCH LONGER WE CAN SUCCEED

FOR MONTHS, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS AGENTS HAVE PRESSURED UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY FINALLY YIELDED AS PREVIOUSLY NOTED, HE SCHEDULED A CNN INTERVIEW AND PLANNED TO ANNOUNCE THE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS HE INFORMED SONDLAND OF HIS PLAN DURING A SEPTEMBER 7 PHONE CALL IN THE SAME PHONE CALL, HE RELATED TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY THAT TRUMP REQUIRED THE UKRAINIAN LEADER MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO GET THE CRITICAL MILITARY AID PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CORRUPTION HAD FINALLY WORN DOWN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, OVERCOMING HIS EFFORT TO REMAIN TRUE TO HIS ANTI-CORRUPTION PLATFORM

UNTIL EVENTS INTERVENED BEFORE ZELENSKY COULD DO THE INTERVIEW, PRESIDENT TRUMP LEARNED HIS SCHEME HAD BEEN EXPOSED FACING PUBLIC AND CONGRESSIONAL PRESSURE ON SEPTEMBER 11, THE PRESIDENT FINALLY RELEASED THE HOLD ON AID TO UKRAINE JUST LIKE WHEN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HOLD, HE PROVIDED NO REASON FOR THE RELEASE BUT THE REASON IS QUITE SIMPLE THE PRESIDENT GOT CAUGHT

IN LATE AUGUST, PRESIDENT TRUMP LEARNED ABOUT A WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT THAT WAS WINDING ITS WAY THROUGH THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ON ITS WAY TO CONGRESS ON SEPTEMBER 9th, THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES ANNOUNCED AN INVESTIGATION INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MISCONDUCT AND THAT OF HIS PROXY, RUDY GIULIANI LATE ON SEPTEMBER 9, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL NOTIFIED THE SENATE AND HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE COMPLAINT AND THE FACT IT WAS BEING WITHHELD FROM CONGRESS CONTRARY TO LAW IN AN UNPRECEDENTED FASHION FACING SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC PRESSURE ON SEPTEMBER 11th, THE PRESIDENT GAVE UP AND RELEASED THE MONEY TO UKRAINE

ONE WEEK LATER, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY CANCELED THE CNN INTERVIEW AND RATHER THAN DEMONSTRATE THE CONTRITION OR ACKNOWLEDGE WRONGDOING, THE PRESIDENT INSTEAD HAS CONTINUED HIS EFFORT EVEN AFTER THE IMPEACHMENT EFFORT BEGAN HE NOT ONLY CONTINUED TO CALL ON UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS, AND CALLED ON CHINA TO DO THE SAME THIS SHOULD CONCERN ALL OF US

IT IS A CONFIRMATION ON NOT ONLY THE SCHEME TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO HELP THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUT A CLEAR SIGN THAT THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES THAT THESE CORRUPT ACTS ARE ACCEPTABLE THE PRESIDENT IS UNAPOLOGETIC, THIS LAWLESS, THIS UNBOUND TO THE CONSTITUTION, AND THE OATH OF OFFICE MUST BE REMOVED FROM THAT OFFICE, L EVERY ST HE CONTINUE TO USE THE VAST PRESIDENTIAL POWERS AT HIS DISPOSAL TO SEEK ADVANTAGE IN THE NEXT ELECTION PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ABUSE OF POWERS OF HIS OFFICE UNDERMINE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS AND COMPROMISE AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY IF WE DON'T STAND UP TO THIS TODAY, WE WILL WRITE THE HISTORY OF OUR DECLINE WITH OUR OWN HAND IF PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT HELD TO ACCOUNT, WE SEND THE MESSAGE TO FUTURE PRESIDENTS, FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS THAT THE PERSONAL INTERESTS OF THE PRESIDENT CAN FAIRLY TAKE PRECEDENT OVER THOSE OF THE NATION

THE DOMESTIC EFFECTS OF THIS DESCENT FROM DEMOCRACY WILL BE A WEAKENED TRUST IN THE TRUST IN OUR ELECTIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW AND A STEADY DECLINE OF THE SPREAD OF THOSE OF OTHER NATIONS FOR HOW KANANI COUNTRY TRUSTS THE UNITED STATES AS A MODEL OF GOVERNANCE IT IS ONE THAT SANCTIONS PRECISELY TO POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND MEDDLING THAT WE HAVE LONG SOUGHT TO HELP ERADICATE AROUND THE WORLD TO PROTECT AGAINST FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS, WE HAVE GUARD RAILS BUILT INTO OUR SYSTEM WE HAVE CAMPAIGN LAWS TO ENSURE POLITICAL ASSISTANCE CAN COME ONLY FROM DOMESTIC ACTORS AND WE TAKE SERIOUSLY THE NEED TO SHOW UP IN OUR INTEGRITY VOTING SYSTEM SO THAT A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OR ACTOR CAN'T CHANGE OUR TALLIES

THE PROMISE OF ONE PERSON AND ONE VOTE IS ONLY EFFECTIVE EACH VOTE IS CAST FREE AND FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AMERICANS DECIDE AMERICAN ELECTIONS AT LEAST IT SHOULD NOW, WHAT IF ELECTORAL CORRUPTION IS MORE INSIDIOUS? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE INVITATION COMES FROM WITHIN GEORGE MASON NOTED THE IMPEACHMENT WAS A NECESSARY TOOL BECAUSE THE MAN WHO PRACTICED CORRUPTION, SEEK TO REPEAT THIS GUILT

IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS CLEAR THAT A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT WERE TO OFFER DIRT ON HIS FOREIGN COMPONENT, HE WOULD TAKE IT IN OUR CONSTITUTION WRITTEN SOME 233 YEARS AGO, IF NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT ANY PERSON HOLDING OFFICE, IT DEMOLISHES AGAINST THEM ACCEPTING ANY PRESENT FROM A FOREIGN STATE PRESIDENT TRUMP DID MORE THAN TAKE THE FOREIGN HELP IN 2019 AS HE HAS DONE IN 2016 THIS TIME HE NOT ONLY ASKED FOR IT IN THE JULY 25th CALL, BUT WHAT HE DIDN'T GET THE HELP FROM THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT IN THE FORM OF THE INVESTIGATION, HE HELD HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND TAXPAYERS FUNDED MILITARY AID AND COVER THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING TO INCREASE THE PRESSURE ON UKRAINE LATER HE DEMONSTRATED NO REMORSE AND CONTINUED TO ENCOURAGE UKRAINE TO CONDUCT THE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS HE WANTED

THE CONSEQUENCES IN THESE ACTIONS ALONE SHAKEN OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM WHAT MESSAGE WOULD WE SEND IF HE CHOSE NOT TO HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE? MISCONDUCT UNDER TAKEN BY THIS PRESIDENT, LED OTHER PRESIDENTS THEY COULD USE THE POWER BY THE CONSTITUTION AND UNDERMINE IT NOTHING CAN WEAKEN THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTIONS MORE AND NO CAMPAIGN OR STAPLES OF A FUTURE FBI DIRECTOR COULD STAND UP TO THE PRESIDENT OF ELECTORAL MISCONDUCT SET BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IF WE DO NOT SAY CLEARLY THAT THIS BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE AND MORE THAN UNACCEPTABLE IMPEACHABLE WE UNDERMINE OUR GLOBAL STANDING OUR COUNTRY VIEWED AS A MODEL FOR DEMOCRAT IDEALS WORTH EMULATED

AMERICA IS NOT JUST A COUNTRY BUT ALSO AN IDEA IF WHEN TRIED, WE DO NOT AFFIRM THE VALUE WE'LL CONCLUDE THAT DEMOCRACY IS NOT ONLY DIFFICULT BUT MAY BE THAT IT IS TOO DIFFICULT, MAYBE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE AND WE'LL COME TO FILL THE VOID THAT WE LEAD ON THE HILL THAT DISTINGUISHED THE AUTOCRATS WILL BE COMPEING AND OF OUR FAIR ELECTIONS AUTOCRATS SET VALUES OF NOT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS BUT OPEN DEBATE BUT DISINFORMATION, PROPAGANDA AND A STATE SANCTION LIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN WOULD LIKE NOTHING OF THAT THE RUSSIANS HAD LITTLE DEMOCRACY LEFT THANKS TO VLADIMIR PUTIN THE RUSSIAN STORY LINE AND PROPAGANDA AND VIEW THEY WOULD LIKE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO BELIEVE THAT EVERY COUNTRY IS JUST THE SAME, JUST THE SAME, CORRUPT SYSTEM THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE THERE IS NO COMPETITION BETWEEN DEMOCRACY AND AUTOCRACY

THEY JUST WANT THE REST OF THE WORLD TO BELIEVE YOU CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE, WHY TAKE IT TO THE STREETS OF MOSCOW TO DEMAND SOMETHING BETTER IF THERE IS NOTHING BETTER ANYWHERE ELSE >> THAT'S THE RUSSIAN STORY THAT'S THE RUSSIAN STORY THAT'S WHO WINS BY THE DEFEAT OF OUR DEMOCRATIC IDEALS, OTHER DEMOCRACIES, IT IS AUTOCRATS I THINK ALL OF US IN THIS ROOM HAVE GROWN UP IN A GENERATION WHERE EACH SUCCESS GENERATION LIVE WITH MORE FREEDOM THAN THE ONE THAT CAME BEFORE

FREEDOM OF TO PRACTICE OUR FAITH IT IS TRUE AT HOME AND ALL OVER THE WORLD I THINK WE CAME TO BELIEVE THIS WAS A VIEW OF NATURE ONLY TO DEFINE IT IS NOT THIS YEAR PEOPLE HAVE FEWER FREEDOM THAN LAST AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE NEXT YEAR PEOPLE WILL LIVE AND MORE FREEDOM TODAY

THE PROSPECT FOR OUR CHILDREN IS EVEN IN MORE DOUBT EVERY GENERATION WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR WE ARE FIGHTING FOR IT RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THE DEMOCRACY THAT SERVED US SO WELL WILL CONTINUE TO PROSPER WE'LL STRUGGLE TO PROTECT THIS IDEA AND EVEN AS WE DO, WE'LL STRUGGLE TO PROTECT YOUR SECURITY IN MORE TANGIBLE WAYS

SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT AND DEMOCRATIC UKRAINE WHICH IS THE LIBERAL BULK WORK AGAINST RUSSIAN EXPANSIONISM IN EUROPE IT IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR SECURITY RUSSIA SHOWS THAT IT INVADED UKRAINE IN 2014 AND SOUGHT TO REDRAW THE MAP OF EUROPE THOSE ARE COMMITMENT TO UKRAINE, INDEPENDENCE AND SOVEREIGNTY JUST AN EMPTY PROMISE ARE WE PREPARED TO SUPPORT ITS EFFORTS TO KEEP RUSSIA CONTAINED SO THAT THEY AND WE MAY ALL EVENTUALLY ENJOY A LONG PEACE

RUSSIA IS NOT A THREAT, I DON'T NEED TO TELL YOU UKRAINE HAS BECOME THE DE FACTO PROVEN GROUND THAT THE 20th CENTURY — THE KREMLIN SHOWED BOLDLY IN 2016 OF THE MALIGN SKILLS IN UKRAINE, THEY WOULD NOT STAY IN UKRAINE RUSSIA EMPLOYED THEM HERE TO ATTACK OUR INSTITUTIONS AND THEY'LL DO SO AGAIN INDEED THEY NEVER STOPPED WILL WE ALLOW THE PRIMARY COUNTRY NOW FIGHTING RUSSIA TO BE WEAKEN PLACING OUR TROOPS IN EUROPE IN GREATER RISKS AND OPEN THE DOORS TO GREATER INTERFERENCE IN OUR AFFAIRS AT HOME? IF WE ALLOW THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO PURSUE HIS POLITICAL INTEREST RATHER THAN THE NATIONAL INTEREST, WE SEND OUR MESSAGE TO THE EUROPEAN ALLIES THAT OUR COMMITMENT OF FREE AND HOLD FOR SALE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER

THE RELIANCE RELIES ON A SHARED UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THAT RELIANCE STANDS FOR ONE BUILT ON THE RULE OF LAW WE ARE COUNTRIES BUILT ON A COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE AND NOT UNYIELDING LOYALTY A PRESIDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO HOLD A CALL HE HAS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE TIME AND LOCATION OF A MEETING O F THAT LEADER HE HAS THE RIGHT TO WITHHOLD FUNDING OF THAT LEADER, SHOULD THE LAW BE FOLLOWED AND PURPOSE BE JUSTICE

HE DOES NOT UNDER OUR LAWS AND OUR CONSTITUTION HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE TO CORRUPTLY SOLICIT FOREIGN AID IN HIS REELECTION HE DOES NOT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO WITHHOLD PRESIDENTIAL ACTS TO SECURE THAT ASSISTANCE AND HE CERTAINLY DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO UNDERMINE OUR ELECTIONS AND PLACE OUR SECURITY AT RISKS FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL BENEFITS NO PRESIDENT OR REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS CAN BE PERMITTED TO DO THAT NOW, LET ME TURN TO THE SECOND ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT WHICH CHARGES THE PRESIDENT OF MISUSING THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO OBSTRUCT AND INTERFERE WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THE EVIDENCE DURING THE HOUSE PRESENTATION IS UNDENIABLE AND DAMMING

PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUED A BLANKET ORDER DIRECTING THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVE BRANCH NOT TO COOPERATE WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO WITHHOLDING ALL DOCUMENTS AND TESTIMONIES HIS ORDER WAS CATEGORICAL AND UNPRECEDENTED THE PRESIDENT WAS ABLE TO BLOCK AGENCIES ACROSS EXECUTIVE BRANCH FROM PRODUCING MY RECORDS OR DOCUMENTS, DESPITE DUALLY AUTHORIZED SUBPOENAS THE WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES TO PRODUCE A SINGLE DOCUMENTS RECORD IN RESPONSE TO HOUSE SUBPOENA REMAINING IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONTINUES TO REFUSED TO PROVIDE A SINGLE DOCUMENT OR RECORD IN RESPONSE TO HOUSE SUBPOENAS THAT WERE MADE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT

IT IS WORTH UNDERSCORING THIS POINT THE HOUSE HAS YET TO RECEIVE A SINGLE DOCUMENT FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES PURSUANT TO ITS SUBPOENAS NOT A SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER, E-MAIL OR OTHER RECORDS HAVE BEEN TURNED OVER NOT ONCE I WANT TO PAUSE TO LET A DRINK OF WATER, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW OF YOUR TIMING, I HAVE ABOUT 10 MINUTES LEFT FROM MY PRESENTATION THE END IS INSIGHT

PRESIDENT TRUMP BLOCKED HIS WITNESSES, NINE OF THEM UNDER SUBPOENAED FROM TESTIFYING WITNESSES WITH FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION INCLUDING HIS CLOSEST AIDES AND SOME OF THEM DIRECTLY EVOLVING THE PRESIDENT THESE WITNESSES, MULVANEY, BLAIR, MICHAEL DUFFEY, SENIOR OFFICIAL AND THE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF LEGAL ADVISOR, JOHN EISENBURG AMONG OTHERS THE MANAGEMENT WILL PRESENT DETAILS OF WHAT THESE OFFICIALS KNEW ABOUT THEIR ROLES AND EXECUTING IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME THERE IS NO DISPUTE NOR COULD THERE BE PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERS OBSTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO SO BECAUSE THE UNIQUELY POWERFUL POSITION THAT HE HOLDS AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF NO OTHER AMERICANS COULD SEEK TO OBSTRUCT INTO THE INVESTIGATION LIKE THIS NO OTHER AMERICANS CAN USE THE PAST POWERS TO CONDUCT A CORRUPT SCHEME TO BENEFIT THEMSELVES AND USE THOSE SAME POWERS TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE AND BAR ANY COOPERATIONS WITH THE AUTHORITIES NOT A POLICE CHIEF, NOT A MAYOR, NOT A GOVERNOR AND NOT ANY ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY NOT ANY NON-ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE COUNTRY THOSE FOLKS WATCHING US AROUND THE COUNTRY YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM IF THEY DEFIDE THE LAW FOR SUBPOENA

THEY GOT A SUBPOENA, COMMANDING THEM TO APPEAR, YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM? BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ABOVE THE LAW THEY WOULD BE ARRESTED AND THEY WOULD BE DETAINED AND INCARCERATED, THEY WOULD BE FORCED TO COMPLY THEY'RE NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND NEITHER ARE WE NEITHER IS THE PRESIDENT

YET, DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE'S NOT ABOVE THE LAW, THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS, THE HOUSE HEARD FROM COURAGEOUS WITNESSES WHO DID OBEY SUBPOENAS AND WE GATHERED OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THE SECOND ARTICLE FOR OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS IS NOT SIMPLY ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION TO OBSTRUCT CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION OR EVEN AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IT SHOULD NOT BE MISUNDERSTOOD AS SOME ROUTINE DISPUTE THE CHARGES OF THE ARTICLE IS MUCH MORE SERIOUS THE PRESIDENT ATTEMPT OF OBSTRUCTING THE INQUIRY IS SO CATEGORICALLY AND COVERING UP HIS OWN MISCONDUCT

HIS ACTIONS WERE AT THE RISK OF COMING TO LIGHT, PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT TO HIDE AND COVER UP KEY EVIDENCE EVEN AS A SCHEME TO PRESSURE UKRAINE WAS STILL UNDERWAY AS A HOUSE PRESENTATION WILL MAKE CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT 'S COVER UP STARTED BEFORE UKRAINE RELATED ACTIVITIES THE PRESIDENT LEARNED EARLY ON OF EXISTENCE OF A LAWFUL WHISTLEBLOWER'S COMPLAINT FROM WITHIN THE COMMUNITY THAT RANG THE FIRST ALARM HE DEPLOYED THE WHITE HOUSE AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO INTERVENE IF UNPRECEDENTED FASHION TO CONCEAL AND WITHHOLD FROM CONGRESS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER A CREDIBLE AND URGENT WHISTLEBLOWER'S COMPLAINT EVEN THOUGH THE LAW REQUIRES THAT IS PROVIDED TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE THE PRESIDENT USED HIS POWER TO DIRECT AND MAINTAIN THAT EVERY TERM CATEGORY OF DEFIANCE OF CONGRESSIONAL SCRUTINY EVEN AS HE ATTACK THE INQUIRY ITSELF AND THE WITNESSES

THE PRESIDENT OFFERED MULTIPLE AND JUSTIFICATIONS OBSTRUCTING THE HOUSE'S INQUIRY, WHILE HIS ACTIONS AND STATEMENTS POWERFULLY REFLECT HIS OWN CONSCIOUSNESS AND GUILT SECOND, THE RAMIFICATIONS OF A PRESIDENT'S OBSTRUCTION GOES BEYOND THE MOTIVE COVERING UP HIS ACTION IT THREATENS THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE, OUR FOUNDERS PERFECTLY IN SHRINE IN OUR SYSTEM TO PROTECT THE DEMOCRACY EVADE ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE SENATE FOR DOING SO, THEY USE ESSENTIAL POWER GRANTED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE CONGRESS AND FOR A REASON PRESIDENT COULD SEE FOR HIMSELF THE POWER TO NEUTRALIZE AND NULLIFY THE IMPEACHMENT CLAUSE IN ORDER TO SHIELD THEMSELVES OF ANY ACCOUNTABILITY

IF CONGRESS IS UNABLE TO INVESTIGATE AND IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT ABUSE OF OFFICE WE WILL NO LONGER PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM A CORRUPT PRESIDENT WHO PRESENTS AN ONGOING THREAT THIS IS THE OUTCOME EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT AND ONE THAT THE FOUNDERS WARNED US ABOUT THROUGH THE IMPEACHMENT CLAUSE, THE FRAME OF THE CONSTITUTION EMPOWERED CONGRESS TO THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT AND RESPOND AT NECESSARILY BY REMOVING THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE THIS ENTIRE FRAMEWORK DEPENDS ON CONGRESS'S ABILITY TO DISCOVER AND THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE PRESIDENTIAL MISCONDUCT

WITHOUT THE ABILITY OF CONGRESS TO DO THAT, THE IMPEACHMENT POWER IS A NOVELTY IF YOU CAN'T INVESTIGATE IT OR ENFORCE IT, YOU CAN'T APPLY IT WHAT WE CONFRONT HERE IN THE SECOND ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT IS THEREFORE AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE AIMED AT DESTROYING THE IMPEACHMENT POWER ITSELF WHEN A PRESIDENT ABUSES HIS POWER OF OFFICE SO COMPLETELY DEFINES THE HOUSE OF INVESTIGATORS HE CONFIRM THAT IS HE SEES HIMSELF AS ABOVE THE LAW

HIS ACTION DESTABILIZED THE SEPARATIONS OF POWERS THAT DEFINES OUR DEMOCRACY AND PRESERVES OUR FREEDOM HE PROVES HE'S WILLING TO DESTROY A VITAL SAFE GUARD, A SAFE GUARD PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST TO ADVANCE HIS OWN PERSONAL INTERESTS TO COVER UP EVIDENCE THE HOUSE PRESENTATION OF THE SECOND ARTICLE FOCUSED ON THREE COURT AREAS FIRST THE SINGULAR IMPORTANCE ROLE OF IMPEACHMENT CLAUSE OF OUR DEMOCRACY SECOND, WHY THE PRESIDENT'S EXTENSIVE EFFORT TO COVER UP EVIDENCE OF HIS MISCONDUCT IS UNPRECEDENTED IN AMERICA'S HISTORY

THE PRESIDENT'S OBSTRUCTION POSTS A DIRECT THREAT, WITH CONSEQUENCES WITH ALL AMERICANS TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE AND FOR BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS OVER THE COMING DAYS, YOU WILL HEAR FROM THE HOUSE MANAGERS, DETAILS AND THE EFFORT TO HIDE IT FROM CONGRESS THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THAT THE HOUSE PRESENTED GO TO THE HEART OF THOSE EFFORTS LET ME SHARE A FEW KEY TAKE AWAYS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOUND THAT USING THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE PRESIDENT TRUMP SOLICITATE — TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATION THAT IS WOULD BENEFIT HIS REELECTION AND HARM THE ELECTION PROSPECT OF THE POLITICAL OPPONENT AND INFLUENCE THE 2020 U

S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IMPROPERLY INTO HIS ADVANTAGE PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO SOUGHT TO PRESSURE THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE TO TAKE THESE STEPS BY CONDITIONING, ON UKRAINE'S PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THESE INVESTIGATIONS HE ENGAGED IN A SCHEME FOR CORRUPT PURPOSES TO PURSUE HIS PERSONAL BENEFIT PRESIDENT TRUMP USED THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY IN A MANNER THAT COMPROMISED THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND UNDERMINE THE INTEGRITY OF THE U

S DEMOCRATIC PROCESS HE IGNORED AND INJURED THE INTERESTS OF THE NATION THE COMMITTEES UNDER TAKING THE INVESTIGATION SUBPOENAS, DOCUMENTS AND TESTIMONIES BEING VITAL TO THE INQUIRY FROM VARIOUS EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES IN RESPONSE OR EXCUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTED EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES AND OFFICE AND OFFICIALS NOT TO COMPLY WITH THOSE SUBPOENAS

PRESIDENT TRUMP THUS INTERPOSE THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY AGAINST THE LAWFUL SUBPOENAS OF THE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES FUNCTIONS AND JUDGMENTS NECESSARILY TO THE EXERCISE OF THE SOLE POWER IMPEACHMENT INVESTED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE WORDS OF THOMAS PAYNE, "THE AMERICAN CRISIS" THE SUMMER SOLDIERS AND THE SUNSHINE PATRIOTS WILL IN THIS CRISIS SHRINK FROM THE SERVICES OF THEIR COUNTRY BUT HE THEN RIGHT NOW DESERVES THE LOVE AND THANKS OF MAN AND WOMAN

17 DAYS LATER, GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSED DELAWARE, LEADING A VICTORY FOR THOSE TO COME TO OUR PROMISING COUNTRY AS MUCH AS OUR FOUNDERS FEAR AND UNCHECK CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO PURSUE HIS OWN WILL AND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE THEY FEAR THE POISON THAT COULD DIVERT US FROM A DIFFICULT SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AS GEORGE WASHINGTON WARNED US, THE COMMON AND CONTINUUM MISCHIEFS, TO MAKE IT OF THE INTERESTS AND DUTY OF THE WIDE PEOPLE TO DISCOURAGE AND RESTRAINT NOW OUR POLITICAL PARTIES AND AFFILIATIONS ARE CENTRAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY ENSURING THAT GOOD AND BAD POLITICAL PHILOSOPHIES ARE CONSIDERED IN THE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS

HERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN THE POLICIES OF ONE PARTY OR ANOTHER, MAKING DECISIONS OF THEIR POLITICAL LEADERS UP TO AND INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BASED ON THE DEGREE OF WHICH THAT PERSON REPRESENTS THEIR INTERESTS AND VALUES THAT'S NOT FACTUALISM, THAT'S THE FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY WHEN A LEADER TAKES THE REIGN OF HIGHEST OFFICE IN OUR LAND AND USES THAT POWER AND SOLICIT IN OUR ELECTIONS WE MUST ASK OURSELVES WHETHER OUR LOYALTY IS TO OUR PARTY OR TO OUR CONSTITUTION IF WE SAY THAT WE'LL ALIGN OURSELVES WITH THAT LEADER, ALLOWING OUR SENSE OF DUTY TO BE SERVED BY AN EXECUTIVE

THAT'S NOT DEMOCRACY IT IS NOT EVEN FACTUALISM IT IS A STEP ON THE ROAD TOWARDS TYRANNY THE DAMAGE THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE TO OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH A KEY STRATEGIC PARTNER WILL BE REMEIED OVERTIME AND UKRAINE CONTINUES TO ENJOY STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN CONGRESS BUT, IF WE FAIL TO ACT, THE DAMAGE TO OUR DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND TO OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES WILL BE LONG LASTING AND POTENTIALLY IRREVERSIBLE

AS YOU WILL HEAR IN THE COMING DAYS, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ACTED IN A MANNER OF GROSSLY IN COMPATIBLE WITH SELF GOVERNANCE HIS CONDUCT VIOLATED HIS OATH OF OFFICE AND CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAW HE HAS SHOWN NO WILLINGNESS TO BE CONSTRAINED BY THE RULE OF LAW AND DEMONSTRATED THAT HE'LL CONTINUE TO ABUSE HIS POWER AND OBSTRUCT INVESTIGATIONS INTO HIMSELF CAUSING FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE PILLARS OF OUR DEMOCRACY IF HE IS NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE >> HE CAN'T BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME SO TO SAYS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THERE IS NO REMEDY TO SUCH A THREAT BUT REMOVAL OF OFFICE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

WE ARE NEARLY TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES INTO THIS BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENT OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY OUR FUTURE IS NOT SURE AS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DEPARTED THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION HE ASKED, WHAT HAVE WE GOT? A REPUBLIC OR A MONARCHY HE RESPONDED A REPUBLIC IN WE CAN KEEP IT, FAIR TRIAL AND PARTIAL CONSIDERATIONS OF ALL OF THE EVIDENCE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT IS HOW WE KEEP OUR REPUBLIC THAT CONCLUDES OUR INTRODUCTION >> I SUGGEST WE HAVE A RECESS UNTIL 10 MINUTES UNTIL 4:00 AT WHICH WE'LL RECONVENE SO WE CAN CALL A CHAIR >> WITHOUT OBJECTION? SO ORDERED

ADAM SCHIFF, THE LEAD HOUSE MANAGER KICKING OFF THE CASE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT DELIVERY OF A BROAD THEME OF THE DEMOCRATIC ARGUMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT IN SOMBER AND CHRONICLE TONE, WE ARE AT 25 HOURS INTO THEIR CASE THEY GET 24 SO TWO MORE TO GO LET'S GO RIGHT NOW TO KASIE HUNT RIGHT NOW ON CAPITOL HILL HOW WILL THEY LAY THEIR CASE THE NEXT 22 HOURS? >>

>> Reporter: YOU SAW WHAT SCHIFF HAVE LAID OUT THE PAST FEW HOURS, THEY ARE BOTH LEAVING HISTORICAL AND TRADITIONAL CONCEPTS ROOTED IN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM WITH YOU KNOW THIS PRESIDENT MODERN APPROACH OF GOVERNING AND SHOWING HIS OFF THE CUP REMARKS THAT HE MADE OVER THE COURSE AMONG THIS INVESTIGATION ACTUALLY UNDERWAY TO TRY TO FRAME OUT THE BASICS THAT WE ARE HEARING HERE, THE IDEAS THAT AMERICANS HAVE NOT HEARD DIRECTLY OR EXPOSED TO IF THEY HAVE NOT FOLLOWED EVERY MINUTE OF THE HOUSE'S HEARING WHAT WE EXPECT GOING FORWARD IS FOR THE REST OF THE TEAM TO CENTER IN HERE AREAS OF EXPERTISE AS IT RELATES TO THIS INVESTIGATION WE EXPECT THEM TO USE ALL OF THEIR TIME OR AT LEAST MOST OF IT OF COURSE, IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THEY DON'T WANT TO GIVE IN THIS TIME AROUND I WOULD EXPECT TO HEAR NATIONAL SECURITY ARGUMENT COMING FROM CONGRESSMAN JASON CROWE, ONE OF THE MANAGERS THAT NANCY PELOSI SELECTED

HE'S A VETERAN WHO'S SPOKEN ALREADY ABOUT HOW MILITARY AID IMPACTED HIS OWN PERSONAL SERVICE I THINK THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF THE WAY THEY'RE GOING TO DIVIDE ALL OF THIS UP I THINK THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF SKEPTICISM AROUND WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT WITH CONGRESSMAN JERRY NADLER, ONE OF THE MANAGERS, PRETTY UNUSUAL TO SEE HIM PUSHED TO THE BACK OF ALL OF THIS AND I AM INTERESTED TO WATCH HOW HIS ROLE SORT OF UNFOLD FOR HERE, LESTER >> WE ARE JOINED BY OUR PANEL, SENATOR FROM NEBRASKA, GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE, CARRIE LAM THESE ARE NOT 12 STRANGERS

THEY'RE SPEAKING TO A NARROW AUDIENCE OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS DID THE ARGUMENTS SEEMED TO BE SUITED FOR THIS AUDIENCE? >> FIRST OF ALL, IT IS NOT REALLY MORE THAN A JURY I DON'T KNOW, I'M SITING HERE AND TRYING TO ASK MYSELF THE QUESTION, SCHIFF FINALLY TALKED ME INTO IT IT IS A SIMPLE QUESTION DO YOU THINK THE CONGRESS HAS THE RIGHT UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, YES OR NO? THE ARGUMENT THE PRESIDENT IS USING AND REPUBLICANS ARE USING IS THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

>> IS IT CONSTITUTIONAL WHAT THE CONGRESS IS DOING? THE ANSWER IS EMPHATICALLY YES DOES IT HAVE TO BE A CRIME? THE ANSWER IS EMPHATICALLY NO IF IT IS A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT AND HE DOES THE SAME THING, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF PRESIDENT BIDEN DID THE SAME THING AGAINST ONE OF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY? YOU WOULD BE OUTRAGED? >> DID YOU THINK OF IT IN THAT TERMS OURSELF? >> EXACTLY >> IS THE CASE EFFICIENT TO CAUSE YOU TO SAY THIS PERSON SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT

IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, IT IS RELATIVELY SIMPLE YESTERDAY'S PERFORMANCE WAS APPALLING OH MY GOD, THIS IS NOT THE WORLD'S GREATEST CELEBRITY BIAS, IT FELT LIKE A CIVIL WAR >> YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE IT? >> I DO RECOGNIZED PARTS OF IT I THINK THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO SETTLE DOWN AND A WAY YOU GET THEM TO SETTLE DOWN IS TO FOCUS ON THE FIRST QUESTION, IS THIS A CONSTITUTION PROCESS? THE ANSWER IS EMPHATICALLY YES, YOU NEED TO HAVE A CRIME

THE ANSWER IS EMPHATICALLY NO IF YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT DID EXACTLY THE SAME THING AND MY BELIEF IS YOU WOULD BE OUTRAGED BY IT YOU WOULD BE INCLINE TO VOTE TO REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE >> WE TOOK ALL DAY, SOME 14 HOURS TO FOR THIS UNITED STATES SENATORS TO COME UP WITH A PACKAGE THESE GUYS AND WHAT'S KNOWN AS THE MOST PARTISANS SENATE IN OUR LIFETIME

JAY SEKULOW IS SPEAKING >> NOW UNLESS HE'S MAKING IT UP, IT SEEMS LIKE HE'S GOT A LOT OF INFORMATION SO PROCEED WITH YOUR CASE THE MORE THEY DO THIS, 25 HOURS AT A TIME, IT UNDER CUTS THE ENTIRE ARGUMENT

YOU KNOW THAT'S THE ULTIMATELY WAY FOR THE UNITED STATES >> THE PRESIDENT SAYS WE HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS AS ONE WAY OF DEFENDING THE FACTS WE HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS DEMOCRATS SAY HE'S BOASTING THAT HE'S SUCCESSFULLY OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT? >> I THINK WHAT JERRY NADLER SAID LAST NIGHT OF WHAT HE CALLED EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE AND UNDER NONSENSE

THESE ARE PRIVILEGES RECOGNIZED BY THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT COMES OUT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION THIS IS WHAT THE CONSTITUTION IS ABOUT LOOK, THEY'RE PUTTING ON THEIR CASE, THE GOOD NEWS IS WE HAVE 22 HOURS MORE TO GO OF THEIR SIDE AND IT WILL GO WE'LL CONTINUE >> I CAN'T HEAR YOU, I AM SORRY

>> THERE IS A LOT OF THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE AND I WILL PROVIDE IT ADAM SCHIFF TALKED ABOUT QUID PRO QUO NOTICE IT WAS NOT IN THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, ALLEGATIONS OR ACCUSATIONS OF QUID PRO QUO I DIDN'T SEE ANY OF THAT THERE IS A LOT OF THINGS AND WE'LL DO IT IN ORDERLY

I CAN'T MAKE ANY DETERMINATION HOW LONG THE PROCEDURE IS GOING TO GO I HAVE NO IDEA NEXT QUESTION >> JAY? HOW MUCH OF YOUR PRESENTATION IS ON WHAT WE ARE HEARING TODAY AND THE NEXT TWO DAYS >> IT IS A COMBINATION IN THE BOOK

WE'LL CHALLENGE AGGRESSIVELY AND FACING FORWARD ON WHAT WE ARE HEARING AND WE HAVE AN AFFIRMATIVE CASE THAT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE AS WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> JAY SEKULOW WE HAVE STANDING BY RIGHT NOW SENATOR JOHN BAROSSO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

>> THANK YOU, LESTER >> HOW ARE ALL THE SENATORS TAKING ALL THIS IN, WHAT'S THE MOOD AND WHAT IS IT LIKE IN THERE? >> PEOPLE LISTENED CAREFULLY AND THEY'RE STILL LISTENING TODAY WITH A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HAVE WE ARE THERE UNDER THE POSSIBILITY OF PUNISHMENT BY IMPRISONMENT IF WE TALK I SAT NEXT TO LINDSEY GRAHAM HE'S A TALKATIVE KIND OF GUY

WE ARE TRYING TO BE IN OUR BEST BEHAVIOR I JUST CAME IN AT 25 HOURS OF THE ARGUMENT BY ADAM SCHIFF TO ME, IT WAS NO DIFFERENT OF WHAT I HEARD YESTERDAY I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING NEW TODAY AND THAT'S WHAT I AM HEARING FROM MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT WE HAVE ANOTHER 22 HOURS OF HIM MAKING PRESENTATIONS

WE HEARD NOTHING NEW TODAY >> HE HAS SAID A FACTUAL KIND OF ARGUMENT, THIS HAPPENS AND THIS HAPPENS WHAT DO WE KNOW OF THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE IS LARGELY BUILT ON THE PROCESS THE CONSTITUTIONALTY OF THIS IMPEACHMENT IS RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO, IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO RESPONSE TO OR ARE YOU HEARING ANYTHING THAT HELPS UMA YOU MAKE A WE HAVE SEEN ALL THESE ACTIVITIES AND NANCY PELOSI HAVE BEEN AT IT AT 25 YEARS AND THE PHONE CALL DID NOT HAPPEN UNTIL THIS PAST JULY

IT DOES SEEM THAT THIS IS VERY PARTISAN OF A BRUSH TO PROCESS IN THE HOUSE AND DONE A POOR JOB OF PUTTING THE CASE TOGETHER, VERY FLIMSY AND NOW THEY WANT TO BRING IN NEW EVIDENCE AND INDIVIDUALS TO TESTIFY WHEN THEY COULD HAVE DONE ALL OF THAT THEY SAID EVIDENCE WAS OVERWHELMING WELL, IF IT IS OVERWHELMING, THEY SHOULD NOT NEED NEW WITNESSES AND ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE PROSECUTION TEAM YESTERDAY SAID IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE DO THIS IMMEDIATELY WELL, NANCY PELOSI SAT ON THESE ARTICLES FOR 33 DAYS AMERICA HAS SEEN IT AS WHAT IT IS

A POLITICAL STUNT, VERY PARTISAN DIRECTED AT NOT JUST OVERTURNING THE LAST ELECTION BUT GOING AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION IN THE POINT THEY ARE CALLING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NAME TO BE ELIMINATED FROM THE BALLOT IN 2020 >> CHUCK TODD IS WITH ME >> SENATOR BARRASSO, I UNDERSTAND THIS MORNING BEFORE THE HEARING BEGAN, SENATOR McCONNELL AND I KNOW YOU ARE PART OF IT YOU BROUGHT IN THE FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL CASEY TO MAKE THE CASE TO YOUR ENTIRE CONFERENCE, WHY EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE WOULD BE RESPECTED HERE IN THE CASE OF SOME OF THESE WITNESSES >> LET ME ASK YOU THIS

IS THERE ANY ROOM IN THE MIDDLE WHICH IS GOING TO CLOSE SESSION AND HEARING BOLTON JUST NOT WHAT THE CAMERAS ON I MEAN YOU SERVED ON, YOU HAD TO GET CLASSIFIED MATERIAL IN THE PAST, IT SEEMS AS IF HERE IS AN EYE WITNESS AT THE END OF THE DAY NO MATTER WHAT ANYBODY THINKS OF THIS CASE, YOU HAVE AN EYE WITNESS, DON'T YOU WANT TO HEAR THIS EYE WITNESS AND IF IT MEANS TURNING THE CAMERA OFF, SO BE IT >> WE ADOPTED THE MODEL FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON'S IMPEACHMENT OF 20 YEARS AGO, 24 HOURS OF ARGUMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS BY THE HOUSE, 24 HOURS BY THE PRESIDENT AND 16 HOURS OF QUESTIONING THEY'LL HAVE THE QUESTION PUT TO US AS THE HUNDRED MEMBERS IN THE SENATE

DO YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION TO MAKE A DECISION OR HAVE YOU HEARD ENOUGH INFORMATION SO WE CAN GO — >> YOU ARE DUCKING MY QUESTION >> 51 MEMBERS WILL MAKE THAT DECISION AND IF PEOPLE AT THAT POINT SAY WE NEED TO HEAR MORE WE NEED TO HEAR FROM THIS WITNESS OR THAT WITNESS LET'S BRING THEM IN FOR DEPOSITIONS OR CLOSED HEARINGS OR TESTIMONIES OR IN FRONT OF THE SENATE 51 MEMBERS WILL MAKE THAT DETERMINATION AT THAT TIME

>> SOUNDS LIKE — SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM JOHN BOLTON >> I AM GOING TO HEAR BOTH CASES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND MAKE THE DECISION BY THAT TIME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION AND FINAL DECISION >> SENATOR BARRASSO, I KNOW IT IS A SHORT BREAK, WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US >> LET'S GO TO KASIE HUNT WITH NEW INFORMATION OF WHAT FOLLOWS NOW AS THE HOUSE MANAGERS MAKE THEIR CASE

>> Reporter: NEXT UP IS JERRY NADLER THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHICH HANDLES THOSE ASPECTS OF THIS CASE THE COVER UP ESSENTIALLY, THE OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS SECTION OF THESE ARTICLES COVER UP I SHOULD HAVE SAID, THE DEMOCRATS LANGUAGE AROUND, LANGUAGE THAT IN FLAMED REPUBLICANS LAST NIGHT WHEN USED ON THE FLOOR IN TALKING ABOUT HOW REPUBLICANS WERE HANDLING THIS PROCESS WE HEARD A LOT OF ANGER FROM REPUBLICAN SENATORS THIS MORNING ABOUT HOW NADLER CHARACTERIZED THEM LAST NIGHT LED TO THAT ASTONISHMENT FROM CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS, RESPONDING BACK TO HIM IN A HEATED WAY I AM INTERESTED IN HOW HE'LL RECEIVE ON THE FLOOR COMING UP

>> AND SEE THE EXCHANGE BY IT THANK YOU, WE WANT TO BRING IN HALIE JACKSON RIGHT NOW THE PRESIDENT IS EN ROUTE BACK TO WASHINGTON BUT NOT OUT OF CONTACT >> ABSOLUTELY NOT HE TWEETED AND RETWEETED 18 TIMES AT THIS MOMENT SINCE HE WENT WHEELS UP IN SWITZERLAND AND HEADED BACK TO THE U

S THE PRESIDENT VERY MUCH ENGAGED WITH HIS ALLIES SAYING HE'S FEELING RESOLVED BUT HE WANTS TO FRANKLY GET THIS OVE WITH I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THINGS OF WHAT WE HEARD SO FAR OF THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE TEAM YOU CLEARLY HEARD JAY SEKULOW, THEY'RE WORKING TO GET IT OVER WITH THEY DON'T GET A CHANCE TO RESPOND FOR SEVERAL DAYS IF HOUSE DEMOCRATS DO TAKE THEIR TIME UNTIL DEMOCRATS ARE TOTALLY DONE MAKING THEIR CASE

THE DEFENSE TEAM HAS TO SIT THERE AND WATCH AND LISTEN AND UNDERSCORING OUR REPORTING THIS MORNING THAT THE DEFENSE WANTS TO DO RESPONSIVE TO THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT CASE THAT'S WHAT YOU HEARD SEKULOW TALKS ABOUT HERE IS ONE AREA OF CONCERN FOR THE DEFENSE TEAM YOU HEARD PETER ALEXANDER ASKED JAY SEKULOW THIS, HONESTLY WE HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS, THEY DON'T HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS AS IT RELATES TO DOCUMENTS AND THE MATERIALS THAT DEMOCRATS REQUESTED DEMOCRATS ARE SEIZING ON THAT

SEKULOW DODGED THE QUESTION WHEN IT WAS PUT TO THE DEFENSE TEAM DEMOCRATS EXPECT TO HAMMER IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AS THIS GOES ON >> HALLIE, THANK YOU KRISTEN WELKER HAS BEEN TRAVELING WITH THE PRESIDENT, SHE'S STILL IN SWITZERLAND BEFORE HE LEFT, WE KNOW HE HELD AN UNSCHEDULED NEWS CONFERENCE

>> HE DID WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT BEFORE THAT'S PRESUMABLY WHAT WAS BEHIND HIS DECISION TO HOLD THAT IMPROMPTU NEWS CONFERENCE TO WAGE HIS OWN DEFENSE AMONG THE KEY HEADLINES, LESTER, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED WOULD HE BE WILLING TO HAVE WITNESSES TO TESTIFY IN HIS TRIAL, HE SAID LOOK, IT IS UP TO THE SENATE, HIS ANSWER GOT A LOT MORE INTERESTING WHEN HE WAS PRESSED ON IF JOHN BOLTON WITH SENATOR BARRASSO, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HIM TESTIFY BUT IT WILL BE A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE AND HE WENT INTO FURTHER DETAILS OF HIS THOUGHT PROCESS THE BOTTOM LINE IS HE DID NOT LEAVE ON THE BEST OF TERMS

THAT WAS A REAL WINDOW INTO WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP CLEARLY NOT WANTING JOHN BOLTON TO TESTIFY THE WHITE HOUSE AS WE HAVE BEEN REPORTING PREPARING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IF IT WERE TO COME TO THAT I ASKED PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT A KEY ARGUMENT THAT HIS ATTORNEYS ARE MAKING ABUSIVE POWER IS NOT IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE HE WAIVERED IN HIS ANSWER >> IS ABUSE OF POWER A DEFENSE? >> THERE IS NOTHING HERE I HAD AN INDEPENDENT WITH A GENTLEMAN

THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT MY CONVERSATION >> THERE YOU HEAR DEFIANCE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP COUNTER PROGRAMMING AND AGAIN TRIED TO TAKE HIS OWN COMMUNICATIONS INTO HIS OWN HANDS WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS SAYING HE'S DETERMINING TO DEFEND HIMSELF AS THIS DEBATE GOES ON THE SENATE FLOOR >> ADAM SCHIFF TALKS ABOUT THAT CONVERSATION

KRISTEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH LET ME TURN TO CARRIE LAM NOW WHEN THEY SAID 24 HOURS OVER TWO DAYS, IT WAS 24 HOURS OVER THREE DAYS HAVING WATCHED 25 HOURS, IS IT POSSIBLE IT IS TOO MUCH TIME GIVEN THE NARROW ARGUMENT THEY NEED TO MAKE

A TRIAL IS ANY TYPE OF EXPO EXPOSITION , RIGHT? THEY DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO CALL LIVE WITNESSES THIS WAS MORE OF AN OPENING STATEMENT NOW THEY'LL PLAY PORTIONS OF LONGER PORTIONS OF THE TESTIMONY THAT ALL OF THESE WITNESSES WHO CAME FORWARD DURING THE HOUSE INVESTIGATION I THINK A LOT OF SENATORS HAVE NOT HEARD ALL OF THE TESTIMONIES I AM SPECULATING BUT THAT'S GOING TO TAKE QUITE A BIT OF TIME

>> REPUBLICAN JOHN KENNEDY SAYS NINE OR TEN SENATORS HAVE NOT READ THE BRIEF AND THE ONE CLAIMS — >> THE SENATORS NEED TO SEE THE LIVE WITNESSES TO JUDGE THEIR CREDIBILITY AND DEMEANOR THAT'S IMPORTANT AT THE END EACH SIDE WILL HAVE TWO HOURS TO MAKE THEIR CLOSING ARGUMENTS, TRADITIONALLY KNOWN AS A CLOSING ARGUMENT THAT'S HOW I WOULD EXPECT MOST OF THE TIME TO BE TAKEN >> SENATOR PERRY, WE MENTIONED OVER AND OVER, THIS IS A POLITICAL PROCESS

HOW MUCH OF A DECISION MAKING IN THAT ROOM LISTENING TO THIS PRESENTATION WHAT THEY'LL HEAR WHEN THEY LEVER THAT ROOM OR WHAT THEY'LL SEE ON CABLE TV? >> WE HAD 100 NOTHING VOTES ON THE RULES WE HAD ALL THE EVIDENCE DELIVERED TO US BEFORE THE TRIAL BEGINS UNLIKE THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION WHERE THE LEADER DECIDES RIGHT AT THE LAST MINUTE WE'LL DELIVER THE EVIDENCE BECAUSE HE GOT A COUPLE OF PEOPLE IN HIS OWN PARTY THAT'S OBJECTING TO NOT DOING THAT YES, I UNDERSTAND THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE

I WAS ON THE 9/11 — MANY OF THE THINGS THAT ARE WITHHELD ARE NOT COVERED BY SUPREME COURT DECISION I JUST REPEATED AND I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS IS THE PRESIDENT RIGHT WHEN HE SAYS IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL HE SAYS I AM BEING TRIED THAT'S WHAT HE'S SAYING THE ENTIRE PROCESS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

THE ENTIRE PROCESS DOES NOT HAVE TO FIND HIM GUILTY OR TRIED YOU SAW HIM STAMMERING AND HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH THE ABUSE OF POWER QUESTION AND RIGHTFULLY SO I WILL PUT IT TO REPUBLICANS IN THE AUDIENCE, IMAGINE IF YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT BIDEN IN 2021 DOING THE SAME THING, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FEEL ABOUT IT? >> WHATEVER HAPPENS HERE IT WILL BE PRECEDENT >> IF YOU PASS BY SOMETHING THAT'S SUB STANDARD AND YOU DON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT? THAT'S AN UNDERSTANDING I DON'T THINK REPUBLICANS ARE AT RISK

IF HE'S ACQUITTED ON THE BASES THAT IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE IS A FURTHER WEAKENING OF THE CHECKS AND BALANCES THAT WERE WRITTEN IN THE CONSTITUTION IN THE FIRST PLACE >> WE UNDERSTAND CHUCK SCHUMER IS SPEAKING RIGHT NOW IN THE HALLWAY PERHAPS WE'LL LISTEN TO THAT >> I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THE HOUSE MANAGERS' CASE, IT WAS ON THE FACTS IT ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS AND TALKED ABOUT WHY WE HAVE WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS

THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS NEVER ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS OF WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS THEY TALKED ABOUT OTHER THINGS AND DID SOME FINGER POINTING BUT NEVER ANSWER THE QUESTIONS IF YOU ARE A JUROR LISTENING TO BOTH SIDES, YOU WOULD SIDED WITH THE PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE MANAGERS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT COUNCIL DID NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION, WHY WE SHOULD HAVE WITNESS AND DOCUMENTS >> I AM SAYING WHAT I AM GOING TO SAY ON THAT ISSUE >> WOULD YOU BE OPEN FOR A WITNESS TRADE? >> NO, THAT'S OFF THE TABLE

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BRING IN ANY WITHINS THEY WANT THEY HAVE NOT WANTED TO THAT TRADE IS NOT ON THE TABLE >> WHAT MORE DO HOUSE MANAGERS HAVE TO SAY? >> IF HOUSE MANAGERS CONTINUE TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST TWO HOURS, I THINK IT WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE A POWERFUL CASE, A, FIRST STEP WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS AND SECOND STEP, WE GET A REAL FAIR TRIAL AND WHO KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE IS A REAL FAIR TRIAL IF THERE IS NOT A FAIR TRIAL, ANY ACQUITTAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL HAVE LITTLE VALUE

I DON'T THINK THAT'S ENTIRELY ACCURATE THEY CHANGED THEIR MINDS AND A COUPLE OF THINGS McCONNELL PUT IN THE RESOLUTION I THINK BECAUSE THE PUBLIC WANTS A FAIR TRIAL AND IT MAY HAPPEN ON WITNESS AND DO YOU MEANS AS DOCUMENTS >> CHUCK SCHUMER MAKING A MEW COMMENTS HUNTER BIDEN, WOULD HE TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS ALLOWING JOHN BOLTON OR SOME OTHER IF HE'S TAKING THAT OPPORTUNITY

>> IT IS INTERESTING FOR RAND PAUL ON THE IMPEACHMENT ISSUE, THE PRESIDENT'S ALLY, HE SAYS IT IS A THREAT IF REPUBLICAN SENATORS VOTE FOR BOLTON HE MADE IT CLEAR AND HE KNOWS THAT MAKES THE PUBLIC UNCOMFORTABLE IT IS CLEAR THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, THEY'RE NOT A MAJORITY TO BRING BIDEN IN AS A WITNESS THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THIS IT IS FASCINATING HERE I THINK WHERE DEMOCRATS, DEMOCRATS KNOWING THAT REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TO BE THE ONE THAT IS BRING BIDEN IN

SOME OF THEM WANT TO CALL IT BLUFF BUT SCHUMER IS A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT THIS THIS BIDEN ISSUE TANGLES UP REPUBLICANS MORE SO FRANKLY THAN WITHOUT >> YEAH, WE'LL SEE IF IT WILL COME TO PASS LET'S GO TO HALIE JACKSON WHAT DO YOU HAVE? >> A COUPLE OF THINGS HERE ON THIS TOPIC OF WITNESS TESTIMONIES

I THINK IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT SENATOR SCHUMER SAYS THAT'S OFF THE TABLE OF AN IDEA OF TRADE BOLTON FOR HUNTER BIDEN EVERYTHING WE HEARD AND WE REPORTED THIS 24 HOURS AGO, IT IS CONFIRMED PUBLICLY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD INVOKE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IF BOLTON WERE TO BE CALLED BY SENATORS THAT'S NOT A DONE DEAL YET THAT'S STILL A QUESTION MARK THERE IS A CONSERVATIVE PUSH TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING

THE PRESIDENT'S ALLIES SAID HE WANTS TO GET THIS OVER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE I WANT TO GO BACK TO SOMETHING THAT THE SENATOR SAYS A MOMENT AGO RELATED TO THIS IDEA OF THE CASE THE DEFENSE TEAM IS MAKING I SPOKE TO ALAN DERSHOWITZ, HE'S SOMEBODY THAT YOU WILL SEE ON THE SENATE FLOOR MAKING ORAL ARGUMENTS ONCE THE DEFENSE TEAM HAVE THEIR MOMENT TO SHINE IN THE SPOTLIGHT DERSHOWITZ IS MAKING THE CASE THAT THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT DOES NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE NOTABLY, DERSHOWITZ WOULD NOT SAY IF HE BELIEVES THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY ABUSE THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE

THAT'S BEEN PRETTY SIGNIFICANT THIS WAS SOMEBODY ARGUING ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKING A PUBLIC CASE FOR HIM ON THE SENATE FLOOR AND WHO TO CHUCK'S POINT IS NOT SPEAKING NECESSARILY THE FACTS OF THE CASE AND SORT OF SUBSTANCE OF IT BUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL THRESHOLD OF WHERE THIS IS I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE AN ARGUMENT THAT YOU WILL HEAR BY THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE TEAM WHEN THEY GET THEIR TURN LIKELY STARTING ON SATURDAY >> HALIE, THANK YOU, WE ARE WATCHING ALONG WITH US PETE WILLIAMS, WHAT DOES IT STAND OUT TO YOU? >> A COUPLE OF POINTS, IF THE WHITE HOUSE HAVE THIS EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER BOLTON'S TESTIMONY, WHAT HAPPENS THEN? THE SENATE WOULD SUBPOENA HIM AND THE PRESIDENT WOULD SUE THE SENATE AND THEN IT WOULD GO TO COURT

NOW, IT IS NOT CLEAR HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE IF YOU LOOK AT THE TIMELINE IN THE NIXON CASE WHEN THERE IS A REQUEST BY THE GRAND JURY FOR THE WHITE HOUSE CASE, THAT WAS A RULING BY THE JUDGE AT THE END OF MAY AND TOOK ABOUT FIVE WEEKS TO GET A DECISION THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED THE CASE OF JULY 9th, MOVING AT ONE FOR THE SUPREME COURT IS HYPER SPEED SO BASICALLY IT TOOK THEM A MONTH, IT COULD HAPPEN A LITTLE FASTER THAN THAT, I WOULD NOT THINK IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN A LOT FASTER BECAUSE YOU WOULD GO TO THE DISTRICT COURT FIRST AND SAY YOU KNOW HERE IS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TESTIFY AND THE OTHER SIDE HAS TO REPLY

THEN YOU ASK THE SUPREME COURT TO TAKE THE CASE AND OTHER SIDE HAS TO WEIGH IN, THE COURT WOULD HEAR ARGUMENTS THE POINT IS IT IS NOT AN INSTANTANEOUS PROCESS IT COULD STRETCH BEYOND THE TRIAL OR STRETCH THE TRIAL >> WOULD IT LIKELY ALSO MEAN THE SAME THING FOR ALL OTHER WITNESSES OF DEMOCRATS AND MULVANEY AND OTHEROTHERS? >> I GUESS THERE IS A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS HERE, ONE IS IN THE NIXON'S CASE, THIS WAS A REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS AND NOT A LOT OF TESTIMONIES WHETHER THAT'LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE OR NOT, I DON'T KNOW

WOULD THAT MAKE THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE STRONGER? NOT CLEAR ALSO, THERE IS A QUESTION OF FACT THAT BOLTON IS CLEARLY NO LONGER IN THE GOVERNMENT DOES THAT IS LOWER THE THRESHOLD OR THE HAMMER THE WHITE HOUSE SENDS OVER >> WE UNDERSTAND SENATORS ARE GATHERING AGAIN IT IS A GOOD TIME FOR ME TO REMIND YOU THESE PICTURES YOU ARE SEEING ARE COMING FROM SENATE TV, THEY CONTROL THE CAMERAS

THEY ARE NOT SHOWING THE SENATORS FOR WHATEVER REASON LET'S GO HEAR JERRY NADLER >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE LAST NIGHT AS WE WENT INTO THE LONG HOURS TRULY THANK YOU THE HOUSE MANAGERS WILL TELL YOU A STORY OF THE PRESIDENT UKRAINE SCHEME

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE FACTS BEFORE US ARE NOT INDISPUTE THERE ARE NO CLOSE CALLS THE EVIDENCE SHOWS PRESIDENT TRUMP UNLAWFULLY WITHHELD MILITARY ASSISTANCE, EXTORT OUR ALLY AND TRIED TO COVER IT UP WHEN HE GOT CAUGHT THIS IS A STORY OF A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT EFFORT, CABINET OFFICIALS AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES AND THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT THIS EFFORT THREATENS THE SECURITY OF UKRAINE AND COMPROMISE OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT CARED ONLY ABOUT HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL INTEREST

IN THE SPRING OF 2019, THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE ELECTED A NEW LEADER, ZELENSKY, WHO CAMPAIGNED ON A PLATFORM OF CORRUPTION IN HIS COUNTRY DISPLEASURES IS WELCOMED BY THE UNITED STATES AND HIS ALLIES THE NEW GOVERNMENT ALSO THREATENS THE WORK OF CHIEF AID TO UKRAINE, RUDY GIULIANI PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AS TAKING POWER, MR RUDY GIULIANI WAS ALREADY ENGAGED IN AN EFFORT TO CONVINCE UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATION

THE FIRST WAS AN EFFORT TO SMEAR FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN THE SECOND WAS DESIGNED TO UNDERMINE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY UNANIMOUS ASSESSMENT THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION ONE OBSTACLE TO MR RUDY GIULIANI'S WORK WAS AMBASSADOR MARIE YOVANOVITCH, A 33 YEARS VETERAN OF A FOREIGN SERVICE, AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH PARTNERED WITH UKRAINE TO ROOT OUT THE KIND OF CORRUPTION THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED MR RUDY GIULIANI'S LIES TO FLOURISH

IN ORDER TO COMPLETE HIS MISSION, MR RUDY GIULIANI HE L PUBLIC SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE AMBASSADOR IT THE PRESIDENT'S ALLIES IN THE UNITED STATES, AND EVENTUALLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE OBJECT OF THE PRESIDENT'S UKRAINE SCHEME WAS TO OBTAIN A CORRUPT ADVANTAGE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN AS WE WILL SHOW, THE PRESIDENT WENT TO EXTRAORDINARY LENGTHS TO CHEAT IN THE NEXT ELECTION

THAT BEGINS WITH THE ATTEMPT TO GET AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH OUT OF THE WAY BY ALL ACCOUNTS SHE WAS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AND RESPECTED AMBASSADOR WITNESSES UNIFORMLY PRAISED HER 33-YEAR CAREER AS A NONPARTISAN PUBLIC SERVANT AND TOLD US SHE PARTICULARLY EXCELLED IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION ABROAD PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH NAMED HER AS AN AMBASSADOR TWICE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATED HER AS AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE

WHERE SHE REPRESENTED THE UNITED STATES IN 2016 TO 2019 ERADICATING CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE HAS BEEN A KEY POLICY PRIORITY OF THE US GOVERNMENT FOR YEARS DURING THE HOUSE INQUIRY, THE AMBASSADOR EXPLAINED WHY IMPLEMENTING THIS ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICY WAS SO IMPORTANT

>> AS CRITICAL AS THE WAR AGAINST RUSSIA IS, UKRAINE'S STRUGGLING DEMOCRACY HAS AN EQUALLY IMPORTANT CHALLENGE BATTLING THE SOVIET LEGACY OF CORRUPTION WHICH HAS PERVADED UKRAINE'S GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION MAKES UKRAINE'S LEADERS VULNERABLE AND THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S WHY THEY LAUNCHED DEMANDING TO BE A PART OF EUROPE DEMANDING THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SYSTEM

DEMANDING TO LIVE UNDER THE RULE OF LAW UKRAINIANS WANTED TO IT APPLY EQUALLY TO ALL PEOPLE, WHETHER THE INDIVIDUAL IN QUESTION IS THE PRESIDENT OR ANY OTHER CITIZEN IT WAS A QUESTION OF FAIRNESS, OF DIGNITY HERE AGAIN THERE IS A COINCIDENCE OF INTERESTS CORRUPT LEADERS ARE LESS TRUST WORTHY WHILE AN HONEST AND ACCOUNTABLE UKRAINIAN LEADERSHIP MAKES THE U

S PARTNERSHIP MORE RELIABLE AND MORE VALUABLE IN THE UNITED STATES >> THE EVENING, AMBASSADOR NOVOTNAICH WAS HOSTING AN EVENT AT THE US EMBASSY HONORING A FIGHTER WHO WAS KILLED WHEN ACID WAS THROWN IN HER FACE THE PREVIOUS YEAR

AT ABOUT 10:00 THAT NIGHT, THE EMBASSY EVENT WAS INTERRUPTED BY A TELEPHONE CALL FROM WASHINGTON AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH DESCRIBED THE CONVERSATION WITH THE HEAD OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT >> SHE SAID THAT THERE WAS GREAT CONCERN ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT WHERE THE LEADERSHIP OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT SITS IT WAS GREAT CONCERN THEY WERE WORRIED

THEY JUST WANTED TO GIVE ME A HEADS UP ABOUT THIS THINGS SEEMED TO BE GOING ON AND SHE WANTED TO GIVE ME A HEADS UP >> CONFUSED, SHE ASKED FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM WASHINGTON THREE HOURS LATER THEY SPOKE AGAIN AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH LEARNED THERE WERE CONCERNS ABOUT HER UP THE STREET

THAT IS, AT THE WHITE HOUSE THE AMBASSADOR WAS TOLD TO GET ON THE FIRST PLANE HOME WHY WAS A SUSPECTED CAREER DIPLOMAT ABRUPTLY REMOVED FROM HER POST? WHY WOULD SHE IN FACT URGED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO CATCH THE FIRST PLANE HOME? IF SHE WAS IN DANGER, SHE SHOULDN'T WAIT AT THE TIME THE WHITE HOUSE WOULDN'T SAY TODAY WE KNOW THE TRUTH

THE TRUTH WAS THAT SHE WAS THE VICTIM OF A SMEAR CAMPAIGN ORGANIZED BY RUDY GIULIANI, AMPLIFIED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ALLIES, AND DESIGNED TO GIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP THE PRETEXT HE NEEDED TO RECALL HER WITHOUT WARNING MR GIULIANI HAS ADMITTED AS MUCH TO THE PRESS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND MR GIULIANI'S SMEAR CAMPAIGN, AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH, YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A FEW ADDITIONAL CHARACTER WHO'S MR

GIULIANI DREW INTO HIS SCHEME THE FIRST OF THESE IS VIKTOR SHOKIN THE DISGRACED FORMER PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF UKRAINE WHO WAS FIRED BY THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT FOR GROSS CORRUPTION IN 2016, AT THE URGING OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT GOVERNMENT, THE PARLIAMENT VOTED TO REMOVE HIM AS PROSECUTOR GENERAL BECAUSE HE WAS CORRUPT AND REFUSED TO PROSECUTE CORRUPTION CASES AT THE URGING OF THE UNITED STATES, THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, ALL URGED THE UKRAINE GOVERNMENT TO DISMISS MR

SHOKIN THE SECOND CHARACTER IS YURI WHO SUCCEEDED HIM AS PROSECUTOR GENERAL HE ALSO PROVED RELUCTANT TO PROSECUTE CORRUPTION CASES AND SEVERAL WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT HE ALSO HAD A REPUTATION FOR DISHONESTY AND CORRUPTION AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH AND DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY GEORGE KENT BOTH TESTIFIED THE US

EMBASSY IN KIEV STOPPED WORKING WITH HIM ALTOGETHER SHOKIN, GIULIANI, THE GOALS OF ALL THREE CHARACTERS WERE ALIGNED IT WAS THE ROLE IN THE 2016 FIRING THE VICE PRESIDENT CARRYING OUT US

POLICY URGED THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TO DISMISS THE CORRUPT SHOKIN I NOTE THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CRITICIZED FOR FOR URGING THAT HE BE FIRED LUTSENKO FOUND HIS CAREER TRAJECTORY FADING AND ONCE THE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SUPPORT, HE WANTED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SUPPORT TO BOOST HIS PROSPECTS IN UKRAINE GIULIANI NEEDED SOMEONE TO ANNOUNCE TWO SHAM INVESTIGATIONS MEANT TO BOOST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN YOU A THREE WANTED AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH OUT OF WAY

SO IN EARLY 2019, THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN BEGAN HE BECAME THE PRIMARY VECTOR FOR FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY TESTIFIED THAT THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH WERE MOTIVATED BY REVENGE >> OVER THE COURSE OF 2018 AND 2019, I BECAME INCREASINGLY AWARE OF AN EFFORT BY RUDY GIULIANI AND OTHERS TO RUN A CAMPAIGN TO SMEAR AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH AND OTHER OFFICIALS IN KIEV THE CHIEF INVESTIGATORS WERE SOME OF THE SAME CORRUPT FORMER PROSECUTORS I HAD ENCOUNTERED

THEY WERE NOW PEDDLING FALSE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO EXTRACT REVENGE AGAINST THOSE WHO HAD EXPOSED THEIR MISCONDUCT INCLUDING US DIPLOMATS, UKRAINIAN ANTI-CORRUPTION OFFICIALS AND REFORMED MINDED GROUPS IN UKRAINE >> AS MR KENT INDICATED, THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH WAS ORCHESTRATED BY A CORE GROUP OF CORRUPT UKRAINE OFFICIALS WORKING AT MR

GIULIANI'S DIRECTION THIS GROUP INCLUDED TWO ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE NEWS OF LATE LEV PARNAS AND IGOR FRUMAN THEY WERE OF COURSE INDICTED LAST YEAR ON SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING CHARGES RELATED TO LARGE DONATIONS THEY MADE TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP SIMPLY PUT, IN DOING HER JOB WELL, AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH DREW HIS IRE

AS MR KENT OBSERVED, YOU CAN'T PROMOTE PRANT CORRUPTION EFFORTS WITHOUT PISSING OFF CORRUPT PEOPLE IT APPLIED TO THEM THEY FEARED THE AMBASSADOR WOULD STAND IN THE WAY OF HIS CORRUPT EFFORTS TO COERCE UKRAINE INTO CONDUCTING EXPRESSIONS WOULD BENEFIT THE POLITICAL INTERESTS OF HIS CLIENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP GIULIANI'S COORDINATED SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH BECAME PUBLIC IN THE UNITED STATES IN LATE MARCH, 2019

WITH THE PUBLICATION OF A SERIES OF OPINION PIECES IN THE HILL BASED ON INTERVIEWS WITH LUTSENKO ON MARCH 20th, 2019, IN ONE PIECE IN THE HILL, LUTSENKO FALSELY ALLEGED THAT AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH HAD GIVEN HIM A SO-CALLED DO NOT PROSECUTE LIST NOT ONLY WAS THE ALLEGATION FALSE AFTER HAVING HELPED ORIGINATE THE CLAIM, LUTSENKO WOULD LATER GO ON TO RETRACT IT IT ALSO FALSELY STATED THAT AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH HAD MADE DISPARAGING STATEMENTS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP

UNQUOTE IT DECLARED THE ALLEGATIONS TO BE A TOTAL FABRICATION PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMOTED SOLOMON'S ARTICLE IN A TWEET WHICH INTENSIFIED THE PUBLIC ATTACKS AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH THEN DONALD TRUMP JR CALLED AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH A JOKER ON TWITTER AND CALLED FOR HER REMOVAL

YOU CAN SEE THE SLIDES OF THE TWO TWEETS THESE UNFOUNDED SMEARS BY THE PRESIDENT AND HIS SON REVERBERATED IN UKRAINE THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY GEORGE KENT TESTIFIED THAT STARTING IN MID-MARCH, RUDOLPH GIULIANI WAS ALMOST UNMISSABLE IN THIS, QUOTE, CAMPAIGN OF SLANDER CLOSED QUOTE AND ACCORDING TO MR

KENT, THE SPOKESWOMAN RETWEETED DONALD TRUMP JR'S TWEET ATTACKING THE AMBASSADOR FURTHER UNDERMINING HER STANDING IN UKRAINE HER STANDING HE WAS NOT CONTENT TO STAY BEHIND THE SEASON EITHER

HE PROMOTED THE SAME ATTACKS ON TWITTER, FOX NEWS AND ELSER AT THE END OF MARCH, THE ATTACKS INTENSIFIED AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH SAID UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS DAVID HALE AN EMAIL DETAILING HER CONCERNS AND ASKING FOR A STRONG STATE OF SUPPORT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN APPLY, THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAID THEY WERE UNWILLING TO HELP HER THEY WROTE AMBASSADOR, BECAUSE THEY ISSUED A PUBLIC STATEMENT SUPPORTING HER, IT COULD BE UNDERMINED, QUOTE/UNQUOTE, BY THE PRESIDENT

AND THEIR CONCERN THE RUG WOULD BE PULLED OUT FROM UNDERNEATH STATE DEPARTMENT THE STATE DEPARTMENT CANNOT SUPPORT FOR AN AMERICAN AMBASSADOR THREATENED ABROAD BECAUSE THEY ARE CONCERNED IF THEY EXPRESS SUPPORT, THE RUG WILL BE PULLED OUT FROM UNDER THEM BY THE PRESIDENT WHAT IT MUST HAVE TAKEN TO CONVINCE OUR STATE DEPARTMENT TO REFUSE TO SUPPORT ITS AMBASSADOR THE PHONE RECORDS SHOW GIULIANI ALSO KEPT THE WHITE HOUSE APPRISE OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THESE SLIDES AGAIN, IT IS WORTH REMEMBERING THAT SMEARING AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH WAS A MEANS TO AN END

REMOVING HER WOULD ALLOW THE PRESIDENT'S ALLIES THE FREEDOM TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE THE SHAM INVESTIGATIONS SO WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT RUDY GIULIANI AND HIS HENCH MEN WERE PROMOTING LET'S FOCUS FIRST ON THE INVESTIGATION THAT UKRAINE, NOT RUSSIA, INTERFERED IN OUR LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN FEBRUARY 2017, SHORTLY AFTER THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, THE CIA, THE FBI, ALL THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OF THE UNITED STATES UNANIMOUSLY HAVE SET, THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE ELECTION TO HELP DONALD TRUMP IT GAINED SOME ATTENTION WHEN RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN PROMOTED IT AT A PRESS CONFERENCE

SECOND HE SAID, IT'S ON THE SLIDES, SECOND AS WE ALL KNOW, DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IN THE UNITED STATES, THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT ADOPTED A UNILATERAL POSITION ON ONE CANDIDATE MORE THAN THAT, CERTAIN OLIGARCHS CERTAINLY WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP FUNDED THIS CANDIDATE, OR FEMALE CANDIDATE, TO BE MORE PRECISE THAT'S PRESIDENT PUTIN TALKING, SHIFTING THE BLAME TO UKRAINE DR FIONA HILL EXPLAINED HOW IT IS A FICTIONAL NARRATIVE BEING PROPAGATED BY THE RUSSIAN SECURITY SERVICES

>> THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS I'VE HEARD, SOME OF YOU ON THIS COMMITTEE APPEAR TO BELIEVE THAT RUSSIA AND ITS SECURITY SERVICES DID NOT CAMPAIGN AGAINST OUR COUNTRY AND PERHAPS SOMEHOW FOR SOME REASON, UKRAINE DID THIS IS A FICTIONAL NARRATIVE THAT HAS BEEN PERPETRATED AND PROPAGATED BY THE RUSSIAN SECURITY SERVICES THEMSELVES THE UNFORTUNATE THING IS THAT RUSSIA WAS THE FOREIGN POWER THAT ATTACKED OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS IN 2016 THIS IS A PUBLIC CONCLUSION THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES CONFIRMED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL REPORTS IT IS BEYOND DISPUTE EVEN IF SOME OF THE UNDERLYING DETAILS MUST REMAIN CLASSIFIED

OUR NATION IS BEING TORN APART TRUTH IS QUESTIONED OUR HIGHLY EXPERT CAREER FOREIGN SERVICE IS BEING UNDERMINED IT HAS BEEN POLITICIZED THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT'S GOAL IS TO DIMINISH OUR COUNTRY

TO NEUTRALIZE THE PERCEIVED THREAT TO OUR INTERESTS >> PRESIDENT TRUMP KNEW THIS, TOO TOM BOSSERT SAID THAT THE IDEA THAT UKRAINE HACKED THE DNC SERVER WAS NOT ONLY A CONSPIRACY THEORY IT IS COMPLETELY DEBUNKED CLOSED QUOTE

AND HE AND OTHER US OFFICIALS SPENT HOURS WITH THE PRESIDENT EXPLAINING WHY THE SECOND FALSE ALLEGATION THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED THE UKRAINIANS TO ANNOUNCE WAS THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN USED HIS POWER TO PROTECT THE COMPANY ON WHOSE BOARD BY FORCING THE REMOVAL OF VIKTOR SHOKIN, THE CORRUPT PROSECUTOR GENERAL IT IS TRUE THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN HELPED REMOVE VIKTOR SHOKIN WHO WAS WIDELY BELIEVED TO BE CORRUPT

AND AS IN, IT WAS OFFICIAL POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES, THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND OTHERS, IN ORDER TO FIGHT CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE, TO ASK THAT THEY BE REMOVED SO THE VICE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, IS FOLLOWING US POLICY TO REMOVE SHOKIN NOT TO SECURE A PERSONAL BENEFIT BUT TO ADVANCE THE OFFICIAL POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES

EVEN MR LUTSENKO LATER ADMITTED THAT THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE VICE PRESIDENT WERE FALSE AND RUDOLPH GIULIANI TOLD KURT VOLKER, THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR UKRAINIAN NEGOTIATIONS, WHO HAD A PROMINENT ROLE IN THE SCHEME, THAT HE ALSO KNEW THE ATTACKS ON JOE BIDEN WERE A LIE WITH AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH OUT OF WAY, THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE UKRAINE SCHEME WAS COMPLETE MR

GIULIANI AND HIS AGENTS COULD NOW APPLY DIRECT PRESSURE TO THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TO SPREAD THESE HE TWO FALSE HOODS AND WHO BENEFITED FROM THIS SCHEME? WHO SENT MR GIULIANI TO UKRAINE IN THE FIRST PLACE? OF COURSE, WE COULD REPHRASE THAT QUESTION AS THE FORMER REPUBLICAN LEADER OF THE SENATE, HOWARD BAKER, ASKED IT IN 1973 WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT KNOW? AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT? >> CONGRESSMAN NADLER TAKING, HANDING OVER QUESTIONING WE'RE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT HAPPENED THERE

>> PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S RELATIONSHIP STARTED OUT WELL PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED THE TWO INVESTIGATIONS FROM ZELENSKY AND HE HAD NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT HE WOULD NOT GET WHAT HE WANTED ON APRIL 21st, 2019, ZELENSKY, WHO WAS NEW TO POLITICS, WON A LAND SLIDE VICTORY IN UKRAINE'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THAT EVENING, PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED ZELENSKY TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON THAT FIRST CALL, THE FIRST CALL, ZELENSKY INVITED PRESIDENT TRUMP TO VISIT UKRAINE FOR THE UPCOMING INAUGURATION

PRESIDENT TRUMP IN TURN PROMISED THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD SEND SOMEONE AT A VERY, VERY HIGH LEVEL DURING THAT SAME CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP INVITED ZELENSKY TO THE WHITE HOUSE SAYING, WHEN YOU'RE SETTLED IN AND READY, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO THE WHITE HOUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT BUT WE'RE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY ZELENSKY IMMEDIATELY SEMIED THE PRESIDENT'S INVITATION ADDING THAT THE WHOLE TEAM AND I ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT VISIT NUMEROUS WITNESSES TESTIFIED ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A WHITE HOUSE MEETING FOR THE POLITICAL NEWCOMER

A WHITE HOUSE MEETING WOULD SHOW UKRAINIANS THAT AMERICA SUPPORTED ZELENSKY'S ANTI-CORRUPTION PLATFORM THE CLEAR BACKING OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, UKRAINE'S MOST IMPORTANT PATRON WORKS ALSO SEND A POWERFUL MESSAGE TO RUSSIA THAT WE HAD UKRAINE'S BACK DURING THAT APRIL 24th CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP NEVER EVEN UTTERED THE WORD CORRUPTION BUT THE WHITE HOUSE CALL RECAP FALSELY STATED THAT THE TWO PRESIDENTS HAD DISCUSSED UKRAINE'S ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS SHORTLY AFTER THE PHONE CALL, JENNIFER WILLIAMS, ADVISER TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, LEARNED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED VICE PRESIDENT PENCE TO ATTEND ZELENSKY'S INAUGURATION

WILLIAMS AND HER COLLEAGUES BEGAN PLANNING HER TRIP TO KIEV AT THE SAME TIME, GIULIANI WAS TRYING TO GET UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS AND THE ALLEGED 2016 ELECTION INTERFERENCE ON APRIL 24, GIULIANI WENT ON FOX AND FRIENDS AND HAD THIS TO SAY >> KEEP YOUR EYE ON UKRAINE BECAUSE IN UKRAINE, A LOT OF THE DIRTY WORK WAS DONE IN DIGGING UP THE INFORMATION AMERICANS WERE USED, KRINL OFFICIALS WERE USED, THAT'S LIKE COLLUSION WITH THE UKRAINIANS

IN THIS CASE, CONSPIRACY WITH THE UKRAINIANS I THINK IT GIVES INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT JOE BIDEN ABOUT HIS SON, HUNTER BIDEN, ABOUT A COMPANY HE WAS ON THE BOARD OF, WHICH MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST CROOKED COMPANIES IN UKRAINE >> FOR THIS CAMPAIGN TO BE TRULY BENEFICIAL TO HIS BOSS, PRESIDENT TRUMP, GIULIANI NEEDED ACCESS TO THE NEW GOVERNMENT IN UKRAINE HE DISPATCHED HIS ASSOCIATES, LEV PARNAS AND IGOR FRUMAN TO TRY TO MAKE INROADS WITH THE ZELENSKY TEAM ON APRIL 25, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED HIS BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND IMMEDIATELY HE WAS AT THE TOP OF THE POLLS

THAT SAME DAY, DAVID HOLMES, AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT AT OUR EMBASSY IN UKRAINE, LEARNED THAT GIULIANI HAD REACHED OUT TO THE HEAD OF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S CAMPAIGN AS MR HOLMES EXPLAINED, THE NEW UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT BEGAN TO THINK THAT GIULIANI WAS A SIGNIFICANT PERSON IN TERMS OF MANAGING THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES AS GIULIANI AND ASSOCIATES WORKED BEHIND THE SCENES TO GET ACCESS TO THE NEW LEADERSHIP IN UKRAINE, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS PUBLICLY SIGNALING HIS INTERESTS IN THE INVESTIGATIONS ON MAY 2nd, THE PRESIDENT APPEARED ON FOX NEWS, WHEN ASKED SHOULD THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT EXPLAIN HIMSELF ON HIS DEALING IN UKRAINE AND WHETHER THERE WAS A CONFLICT WITH HIS SON'S BUSINESS INTERESTS, PRESIDENT TRUMP REPLIED AS FOLLOWS

>> I MEAN, IT IS A MAJOR SCANDAL, A MAJOR PROBLEM, BAD THINGS HAPPENED AND WE'LL SEE WHAT THAT IS THEY EVEN HAVE HIM ON TAPE TALKING ABOUT IT THEY HAVE JOE BIDEN ON TAPE TALKING ABOUT THE PROSECUTOR I'VE SEEN THE TAPE

A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT TIME BUT THEY HAVE TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM >> THE TAPE PRESIDENT TRUMP REFERENCED IS A VIDEO FROM JANUARY 2018 IN WHICH VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN EXPLAINED, HE PRESENTED AN ULTRAMATUM TO THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO REMOVE THE CORRUPT PROSECUTOR GENERAL TO ENSURE THE TAXPAYER MONEY WOULD BE USED APPROPRIATELY THE VICE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS WERE CONSISTENT WITH OFFICIAL US

POLICY AS WELL AS THE OPINIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ON MAY 9, "THE NEW YORK TIMES" PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT GIULIANI'S PLAN TO VISIT UKRAINE IN THE ARTICLE GIULIANI CONFIRMED THAT HE PLANNED TO MEET ZELENSKY AT THAT MEETING, HE WANTED TO PRESS THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE THE INVESTIGATION

INVESTIGATIONS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMOTED ONLY DAYS EARLIER GIULIANI SAID, WE'RE NOT MEDDLING IN AN ELECTION WE'RE MEDDLING IN AN INVESTIGATION WHICH WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DO GIULIANI EVEN WENT SO FAR AS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HIS ACTIONS COULD BENEFIT PRESIDENT TRUMP PERSONALLY HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, THIS ISN'T FOREIGN POLICY

THE INVESTIGATION, THEY'RE DOING ALREADY, AND THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE TELLING THEM TO STOP AND I'M GOING TO GIVE THEM REASONS WHY THEY SHOULDN'T STOP IT, BECAUSE THAT INFORMATION WOULD BE VERY, VERY HELPFUL TO MY CLIENT AND MAY TURN OUT TO BE HELPFUL TO MY GOVERNMENT THAT'S IT RIGHT THERE GIULIANI ADMITTING HE WAS ASKING UKRAINE TO WORK ON INVESTIGATIONS THAT WOULD BE VERY, VERY HELPFUL TO THE PRESIDENT

HE WAS NOT DOING FOREIGN POLICY HE WAS NOT DOING THIS ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT HE WAS DOING THIS FOR PERSONAL INTERESTS OF HIS CLIENT, DONALD J TRUMP THE NEXT MORNING, ON MAY 10, AMID COVERAGE OF HIS PLANNED TRIP TO UKRAINE, GIULIANI TWEETED FURTHER ABOUT BIDEN

THEN HAD A FLURRY OF CALLS WITH PARNAS, WHO WAS HELPING IN PLANNING HIS TRIP TO UKRAINE THAT SAME DAY, GIULIANI ALSO SPOKE WITH AMBASSADOR VOLKER ON THE PHONE FOR MORE THAN 30 MINUTES AMBASSADOR VOLKER HAD LEARNED THAT GIULIANI INTENDED TO TRAVEL TO UKRAINE AND HAD CALLED TO WARN GIULIANI THAT PROSECUTOR GENERAL LUTSENKO IS NOT CREDIBLE DON'T LISTEN TO WHAT HE IS SAYING LATER THAT DAY, GIULIANI HAD A 17-MINUTE CALL WITH A MASKED WHITE HOUSE NUMBER OF THE BEFORE SPEAKING AGAIN PARNAS FOR 12 MINUTES

THAT SAME DAY, ON MAY 10, POLITICO ASKED PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT GIULIANI'S UPCOMING TRIP AND HE REPLIED, I HAVE NOT SPOKEN TO HIM AT ANY GREAT LENGTH BUT I WILL I WILL SPEAK TO HIM BEFORE HE LEAVES BUT THAT EVENING, ON FOX NEWS, GIULIANI ANNOUNCED, I'M NOT GOING TO UKRAINE BECAUSE I THINK I'M WALKING INTO A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE ENEMIES OF THE PRESIDENT SEPARATELY, IN A TEXT MESSAGE TO POLITICO, GIULIANI ALLEGED THAT THE ORIGINAL OFFER FOR A MEETING WITH ZELENSKY WAS A SET-UP

HE SAID IT WAS A SETUP ORCHESTRATED BY SEVERAL VOCAL CRITICS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO WERE ADVISING ZELENSKY GIULIANI DECLARED, ZELENSKY IS IN THE HANDS OF THE AVOWED ENEMIES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP BUT GIULIANI HAD NOT STOPPED TRYING HE HAD HE PARNAS IN A LETTER FROM HIM TO ZELENSKY'S SENIOR AIDE ON MAY 11th, ASKING FOR A MEETING THAT LETTER MADE IT CLEAR THAT GIULIANI WAS REPRESENT GO PRESIDENT TRUMP AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN, AND THAT HE WAS WORKING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT

THE LETTER IS ON THE SLIDE AND READS, QUOTE, IN MY CAPACITY AS PERSONAL COUNSEL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT, I REQUEST A MEETING WITH YOU ON THIS UPCOMING MONDAY, MAY 13, OR TUESDAY, MAY 14 I WILL NEED NO MORE THAN A HALF-HOUR OF YOUR TIME AND I WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MY COLLEAGUE VICTORIA ON TOENSING, A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN ATTORNEY WHO IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS MATTER IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT GIULIANI'S AND PARNAS'S ATTEMPTS GOT THE MEETING WORKING THAT SAME DAY, GIULIANI SENT A TEXT TO PARNAS ASKING, THIS GUY IS CANCELING MEETING, I THINK? APPROXIMATELY THREE HOURS LATER, GIULIANI SENT PARNAS DRAFTS OF A PUBLIC STATEMENT THAT PEOPLE ADVISING THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ARE NO FRIENDS OF THE PRESIDENT THREE DAYS LATER, PRESIDENT TRUMP INSTRUCTED VICE PRESIDENT PENCE NOT TO ATTEND THE INAUGURATION IN UKRAINE

JUST THREE DAYS LATER VICE PRESIDENTIAL STAFFER VICTORIA WILLIAMS RECEIVED A SURPRISING CALL FROM THE CHIEF OF STAFF SHE DESCRIBED IT DURING HER TESTIMONY >> ON MAY 13th, AN ASSISTANT TO THE VICE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF OF STAFF CALLED AND INFORMED ME THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD DECIDED THAT THE VICE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT ATTEND THE INAUGURATION IN UKRAINE SHE DID NOT PROVIDE ANY FURTHER EXPLANATION

I RELATED THAT INSTRUCTION ON OTHERS INVOLVED IN PLANNING THE POTENTIAL TRIP I ALSO INFORMED THE NFC THAT THE VICE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT BE ATTENDING SO IT COULD IDENTIFY A HEAD OF DELEGATION TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES AT PRESIDENT-ELECT ZELENSKY'S INAUGURATION >> NOTABLY, WILLIAMS CONFIRMED THAT THE INAUGURATION DATE HAD NOT YET BEEN DECIDED, BEEN SCHEDULED AT THE TIME OF THAT PHONE CALL SO THE REASON FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION WAS CERTAINLY NOT DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT SECRETARY OF ENERGY RICK PERRY CAN ARE ULTIMATELY LEFT THE DELEGATION TO THE INAUGURAL ACOILING SECRETARY PERRY WERE AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION, GORDON SONDLAND, AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND NSC DIRECTOR LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN, SENATOR ROD JOHNSON WITH THE DELEGATION

WHEN ASKED OF THIS DELEGATION WAS GOOD GROUP, HOLMES REPLIED, IT WAS NOT A SENIOR DELEGATION AS WE MIGHT HAVE EXPECTED AFTER THE INAUGURATION, AMBASSADORS VOLKER AND SONDLAND LEFT HIM WITH A VERY FAVORABLE IMPRESSION OF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AMBASSADOR VOLKER SAID HE BELIEVED IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PERSONALLY ENGAGED WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE FULL US SUPPORT FOR HIM

WITH THE INAUGURATION TEAM RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES, THEY HAD A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ON MAY 23 THE MAY 23 MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP PROVED TO BE IMPORTANT FOR TWO GOOD REASONS FIRST, WITH AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH OUT OF WAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP AUTHORIZED AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, SECRETARY PERRY, AND AMBASSADOR VOLKER TO THE LEAD ENGAGEMENT WITH A NEW ADMINISTRATION IN UKRAINE TWO, PRESIDENT TRUMP INSTRUCTED THEN TO SATISFY GIULIANI'S CONCERNS IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD ON UKRAINE MATTERS

THESE OFFICIALS WERE ALL POLITICAL APPOINTEES AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND HAD DONATED $1 MILLION TO THE PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION THE PRESIDENT SAW THESE THREE POLITICAL APPOINTEES AS OFFICIALS WHO WOULD FULFILL HIS REQUESTS AMBASSADOR VOLKER TESTIFIED THAT HE, AMBASSADOR HE SONDLAND, SECRETARY PERRY AND SENATOR JOHNSON TOOK TURNS MAKING THEIR CASE THAT THIS IS A NEW CROWD IT IS A NEW PRESIDENT IN UKRAINE

HE IS COMMITTED TO DOING THE RIGHT THINGS, INCLUDING FIGHTING CORRUPTION THEY RECOMMENDED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS INVITATION FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO MEET WITH HIM IN THE OVAL OFFICE BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT RECEIVE THE RECOMMENDATION WELL AT HIS PUBLIC HEARING, AMBASSADOR VOLKER DESCRIBED THE MAY 23rd OVAL OFFICE MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP LET'S LISTEN

>> WE STRESSED OUR FINDING THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY REPRESENTED THE BEST CHANCE FOR GETTING UKRAINE OUT OF MEYER OF CORRUPTION IT HAD BEEN IN FOR OVER 20 YEARS WE URGED HIM TO INVITE PRESIDENT ZLEB TO THE WHITE HOUSE THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY SKEPTICAL GIVEN UKRAINE'S HISTORY OF CORRUPTION, THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE HE SAID IT WAS A CORRUPT COMPANY, FULL OF TERRIBLE PEOPLE

HE SAID THEY TRIED TO TAKE ME DOWN IN THE COURSE OF THAT CONVERSATION, HE REFERENCED CONVERSATIONS WITH MAYOR GIULIANI IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT DESPITE THE POSITIVE NEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS BEING CONVEYED BY THIS OFFICIAL DELEGATION ABOUT THE NEW PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD A DEEPLY ROOTED NEGATIVE VIEW ON UKRAINE ROOTED IN THE PAST HE WAS RECEIVING OTHER INFORMATION FROM OTHER SOURCES INCLUDING MAYOR GIULIANI THAT WAS MORE NEGATIVE, CAUSING HIM TO RETAIN THIS NEGATIVE VIEW WITNESSES SAID THE REFERENCES TO TAKING ME DOWN WAS THE ALLEGATIONS THAT UKRAINE HAD INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION

THIS IS WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CONSIDERED TO BE CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS ECHOED GIULIANI'S PUBLIC STATEMENTS ABOUT UKRAINE IN EARLY MAY RATHER THAN COMMITTING TO AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING WITH THE UKRAINIAN LEADER, PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTED THE DELEGATION TO TALK TO GIULIANI HERE IS HOW AMBASSADOR SONDLAND DESCRIBED THE INSTRUCTION FROM THE PRESIDENT >> IF WE WANTED TO GET ANYTHING DONE WITH UKRAINE, WAS APPARENT WE NEEDED TO TALK TO RUDY

>> YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT MR GIULIANI SPOKE FOR THE PRESIDENT, CORRECT? >> THAT'S CORRECT >> AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAW THE WRITING ON THE WALL IT WAS CONCLUDED, IF WE DID NOT TALK TO RUDY, NOTHING WOULD MOVE FORWARD ON UKRAINE THE THREE AMIGOS, AS THEY CALL THEMSELVES, DID AS THE PRESIDENT ORDERED AND BEGAN TALKING TO GIULIANI

DR HILL TESTIFIED, VOLKER, SONDLAND AND PERRY GAVE EVERY IMPRESSION THAT THEY WERE MEETING WITH GIULIANI AT THIS POINT AND RUDY GIULIANI WAS ALSO SAYING ON THE TELEVISION, INDEED, HAS SAID SUBSEQUENTLY, THAT HE WAS CLOSELY COORDINATING FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT LIKE DR HILL, AMBASSADOR BOLTON CLOSELY TRACKED THE UKRAINE RELATED ACTIVITIES HILL TESTIFIED ABOUT A CONVERSATION SHE HAD WITH BOLTON IN MAY OF 2019

THAT CONVERSATION WAS REVEALING SO LET'S LISTEN >> ON TELEVISION, MAKING THESE STATEMENTS AMBASSADOR BOLTON'S ATTENTION, THE ATTACKS, THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH AND EXPRESSED GREAT REGRET ABOUT HOW THIS IS UNFOLDING THE SHAMEFUL WAY IN WHICH AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH WAS BEING SMEARED AND I DOUBT THERE WAS ANYTHING WE COULD DO ABOUT IT

AND AMBASSADOR BOLTON HAD LOOKED PAINED BASICALLY INDICATED WITH BODY LANGUAGE THAT IT WAS NOTHING MUCH WE COULD DO ABOUT IT THEN IN THE COURSE OF DISCUSSIONS, THAT GIULIANI WAS A HAND GRENADE THAT WOULD BLOW EVERYONE UP >> YOU UNDERSTAND DID WHAT HE MEANT BY THAT? >> DID I, ACTUALLY >> WHAT DID HE MEAN? >> THAT WHAT MR

GIULIANI WAS SAYING WAS PRETTY EXPLOSIVE AND HE WAS FREQUENTLY ON TELEVISION MAKING QUITE INCENDIARY REMARKS ABOUT EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS, AND HE WAS CLEARLY PUSHING FORWARD, ISSUING IDEAS THAT WOULD PROBABLY COME BACK TO HAUNT US >> ACCORDING TO HILL'S DESCRIPTION, BOLTON SAID THAT GIULIANI'S INFLUENCE COULD BE AN OBSTACLE TO INCREASED WHITE HOUSE ENGAGEMENT WITH UKRAINE HE INSTRUCTED HIS STAFF NOT TO MEET WITH GIULIANI IN JUNE, VOLKER AND SONDLAND RELAING TO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED TO HEAR FROM ZELENSKY BEFORE SCHEDULING THE MEETING IN THE OVAL OFFICE AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TESTIFIED THAT HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND AT THE TIME WHAT THAT MEANT

AROUND THIS TIME, THE PRESIDENT PUBLICLY EXPRESSED THAT HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE OKAY TO ACCEPT FORWARD INTERFERENCE TO ASSIST HIS CAMPAIGN IF IT WAS IN THE FORM OF OPPOSITION RESEARCH ON HIS OPPONENT LET'S LISTEN TO THAT SHOCKING INTERVIEW >> THE CAMPAIGN THIS TIME AROUND, FOREIGNERS, RUSSIA, CHINA, IF SOMEONE OFFERS YOU INFORMATION ON AN OPPONENT, SHOULD THEY THE CALL THE FBI? >> I THINK MAYBE YOU DO BOTH I THINK YOU MIGHT WANT TO LISTEN THERE IS NOTHING WRONG LISTENING

IF SOMEBODY CALLED FROM A COUNTRY, NORWAY, WE HAVE INFORMATION ON YOUR OPPONENT, OH I THINK I WOULD WANT TO HEAR IT >> DO YOU WANT THAT KIND OF INTERFERENCE IN THE ELECTION? >> IT'S NOT INTERFERENCE THEY HAVE INFORMATION I THINK I WOULD TAKE IT

>> SHOCKING VIDEO MEANWHILE, GIULIANI CONTINUED TO PRESS UKRAINE TO DO THE PRESIDENT'S POLITICAL DIRTY WORK ON JUNE 21, FOR INSTANCE, GIULIANI TWEETED THE FOLLOWING NEW PRESS OF UKRAINE STILL SILENT ON INVESTIGATION OF UKRAINIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION AND ALLEGED BRIBERY OF POROSHENKO, TIME FOR LEADERSHIP AND INVESTIGATE BOTH IF YOU WANT TO PURGE HOW UKRAINE WAS ABUSED BY HILLARY AND OBAMA PEOPLE

THE QUID PRO QUO SCHEME WAS TAKING SHAPE GIULIANI WAS PUBLICLY ADVOCATING FOR UKRAINE TO CONDUCT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATION WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSED TO SCHEDULE AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING FOR UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT AS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TESTIFIED, THE SCHEME TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATIONS WOULD ONLY GET MORE INSIDIOUS WITH TIME >>> MR CHIEF JUSTICE, THE MAJORITY LEADER EXPRESSED A DESIRE FOR A BREAK TWO HOURS IN

SO WE'LL TAKE A BREAK IF THAT'S ACCEPTABLE FOR EVERYBODY MR CHIEF JUSTICE, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHERE WERE YOU ON JULY 25th, 2019? IT WAS A THURSDAY MEMBERS OF THE US

SENATE WERE HERE IN THIS CHAMBER ON JULY 25th, ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, OUR 68,000 TROOPS STATIONED THROUGHOUT EUROPE WERE DOING WHAT THEY DO EVERY DAY TRAINING AND PREPARING TO SUPPORT OUR ALLIES AND DEFEND AGAINST RUSSIA THE PROFESSIONALISM AND SACRIFICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM IS A SOURCE OF GREAT STRENGTH BUT AMERICA IS ALSO STRONG AND AMERICA IS ALSO SECURE BECAUSE WE HAVE FRIENDS

ON JULY 25th, 2019, ONE OF THOSE FRIENDS WAS A MAN NAMED ALEXANDER MARKIEFF IN A STORY TOLD IN THE "LOS ANGELES TIMES," HE WAS A SOLDIER IN THE UKRAINIAN ARMY DEFENDING HIS COUNTRY AND EUROPE AGAINST RUSSIAN BACKED FORCES ON UKRAINE'S EASTERN FRONT HE WAS IN A TRENCH HE WAS 38 YEARS OLD HE WOULD LATER DIE DEFENDING HIS COUNTRY DURING A MORTAR ATTACK ON HIS FIGHTING POSITION

GIVING HIS LIFE JUST LIKE OVER 13,000 OF HIS FELLOW UKRAINIANS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT FOR LIBERTY IN EUROPE THAT SAME "LOS ANGELES TIMES" ARTICLE PAINTED A PICTURE OF WHAT THE UKRAINIANS WERE GOING THROUGH DURING THIS TIME QUOTE, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UKRAINIANS LIKE MARKIEFF VOLUNTEERED TO HELP FIGHT THE RUSSIAN BACKED SEPARATISTS IN THE EAST MANY WERE SENT TO THE FRONT LINE WEARING SNEAKERS AND WITHOUT FLAK JACKETS AND HELMETS, LET ALONE RIFLES AND AMMUNITION UKRAINIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ORGANIZED IN AN UNPRECEDENTED UNITED CIVIL MOVEMENT NOT SEEN SINCE WORLD WAR II TO RAISE MONEY TO SUPPLY THEIR RAG TAG MILITARY WITH EVERYTHING FROM SOLDIERS' BOOTS TO BULLETS

WHILE OUR FRIENDS WERE AT WAR WITH RUSSIA WEARING SNEAKERS, SOME WITHOUT HELMETS, SOMETHING ELSE WAS HAPPENING OFF JULY 25th, PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE A PHONE CALL HE SPOKE WITH UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND ASKED FOR A FAVOR ON THAT SAME DAY, JUST HOURS AFTER HIS CALL, HIS ADMINISTRATION WAS QUIETLY PLACING AN ILLEGAL HOLD ON CRITICAL MILITARY AID TO SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS SO WHY SHOULD AMERICA CARE ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN UKRAINE? TIMOTHY MORRISON, FORMER DIRECTOR AT THE NSC PUT IT BLUNTLY >> YOU NEED TO BELIEVE THEY'RE ON THE FRONT LINES BETWEEN WEST AND VLADIMIR PUTIN'S RUSSIA

RUSSIA IS A FAILING POWER BUT IT IS STILL A DANGEROUS ONE UNITED STATES AIDS UKRAINE AND HER PEOPLE SO WE CAN FIGHT THERE AND NOT HERE THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN OBJECTIVE SINCE RUSSIA'S MILITARY INVASION IN 2014 IT MUST CONTINUE TO BE WE HELP OUR PARTNER FIGHT RUSSIA OVER THERE SO WE DON'T HAVE TO FIGHT RUSSIA HERE

OUR FRIENDS ON THE FRONT LINES IN TRENCHES WITH SNEAKERS FOLLOWING RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE IN 2014, THE UNITED STATES HAS STOOD BY UKRAINE OUR DIPLOMATS AND MILITARY COMMANDERS HAVE LONG SAID THAT SUPPORTING UKRAINE MAKES US SAFER YOU DON'T NEED ME TO TELL YOU THAT YOU ALL KNOW IT VERY WELL

WHEN THE FUNDING FOR THIS SECURITY ASSISTANCE CAME UP FOR A VOTE UNDER THIS ROOF, 87 OF YOU VOTED FOR THE AID AND MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN STAUNCH ADVOCATES FOR UKRAINE WORKING IN A NONPARTISAN WAY TO SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS AND THAT SUPPORT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE BECAUSE POLITICS SHOULD NOT PLAY A PART IN ENSURING THAT UKRAINE CAN BATTLE OPPRESSION AND ENSHOULD THAT YOU ARE FREEDOM WINS IN EUROPE

THIS BODY HAS IN SO MANY WAYS SET THAT EXAMPLE PROTECTING EUROPE FROM RUSSIA IS NOT A POLITICAL GAME LET ME PROVIDE SOME BACKGROUND IN EARLY 2014, IN WHAT BECAME KNOWN AS THE REVOLUTION OF DIGNITY, UKRAINIAN CITIZENS DEMANDED REFORMS AND AN END TO CORRUPTION OUSTING THE PRO RUSSIA CORRUPTION

THEY INVADED UKRAINE ANNEXING CRIMEA AND EASTERN PORTION OF UKRAINE SINCE 2014, MORE THAN 13ORS UKRAINES HAVE BEEN KILLED BECAUSE OF THE CONFLICT AND OVER 14 MILLION HAVE BEEN FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE IS THE FIRST ATTEMPT TO REDRAW EUROPE'S BORDERS SINCE WORD WAR TWO

IN 2017 JAMES MATTIS SUMMED IT UP WELL HE SAID, QUOTE, DESPITE RUSSIA'S DENIALS, WE KNOW THEY ARE SEEKING TO WE DRAW BORDERS BY FORCE UNDERMINING THE SOVEREIGN AND FREE NATIONS OF EUROPE AS AMBASSADOR TAYLOR PUT IT, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION DISMISSED ALL THE PRINCIPALS THAT HAVE KEPT THE PEACE AND CONTRIBUTED TO PROSPERITY IN EUROPE SINCE WORLD WAR II IT IS CLEAR RUSSIA IS NOT JUST A THREAT IN EUROPE BUT FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEPD AROUND THE WORLD OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES HAVE ALSO RESPONDED

IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE THIS HAS BEEN AN INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TODAY, THE EUROPEAN UNION IS THE SINGLE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR OF FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE HAVING PROVIDED ROUGHLY $12 BILLION IN GRANTS AND LOANS SINCE 2014 AND THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED OVER $3 BILLION IN THAT TIME WE ALL KNOW THAT WE CAN'T SEPARATE OUR OWN SECURITY FROM THE SECURITY OF OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES

THAT'S WHY THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED HELP IN THE FORM OF EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TESTIFIED THAT CONCRETE AID IS A COMMITMENT TO RESIST AGGRESSION AND FREEDOM AND DEFEND FREEDOM HE ALSO DETAILED UKRAINE'S FORCES >> THE ASSISTANCE WE PROVIDE TAKES MANY FORMS ONE OF THE COMPONENTS OF THAT ASSISTANCE IS COUNTER BATTERY RADAR

ANOTHER COMPONENT IS SNIPER WEAPONS THESE WEAPONS AND THIS ASSISTANCE ALLOWS THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY TO DETER FURTHER INCURSIONS BY THE RUSSIANS AGAINST UKRAINIAN TERRITORY IF THAT FURTHER INCURSION, FURTHER AGGRESSION WERE TO TAKE PLACE, MORE UKRAINIANS WOULD DIE IS IT A DETERRENT EFFECT THAT THESE WEAPONS PROVIDE, IT IS ALSO THE ABILITY IT GIVES UKRAINIANS THE ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE FROM A POSITION OF A LITTLE MORE STRENGTH WHEN THEY NEGOTIATE AN END TO THE WAR, NEGOTIATING WITH THE RUSSIANS

THIS IS ALSO A WAY THAT WOULD REDUCE THE NUMBER OF UKRAINIANS WHO WOULD DIE I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A FINER POINT HOW THIS AID HELPS I KNOW SOMETHING THAT COUNTER BATTERY RADAR IN 2005 I WAS AN ARMY RANGER SERVING IN A SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN FREQUENTLY THE INSURGENTS WE WERE FIGHTING WOULD LAUNCH ROCKETS AND MISSILES ON TO OUR SMALL BASE

BUT LUCKILY, WE WERE PROVIDED WITH COUNTER BATTERY RADAR SO 20, 30, 40 SECONDS BEFORE THOSE ROCKETS AND MORTARS RAINED DOWN ON US, AN ALARM WOULD SOUND WE WOULD RUN OUT FROM OUR TENTS AND JUMP IN TO OUR CONCRETE BUNKERS AND WAIT FOR THE ATTACK TO END THIS IS NOT A THEORETICAL EXERCISE AND THE UKRAINIANS KNOW IT

FOR UKRAINE AID FROM THE US CONSTITUTES ABOUT 10% OF THEIR MILITARY BUDGET IT IS SAFE TO SAY THEY CAN'T FIGHT EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT IT SO THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT U

S AID TO UKRAINE MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIA IN 2019, CONGRESS PROVIDED $391 MILLION IN SECURITY ASSISTANCE THIS INCLUDED $250 MILLION THROUGH DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THE UKRAINE SECURITY INITIATIVE, AND $141 MILLION THROUGH THE FOREIGN MILITARY PROGRAM

FMF PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED THE BILL TO AUTHORIZE THIS AID IN AUGUST 2018 AND SIGNED ANOTHER BILL THAT FUNDED THE FOLLOWING MONTH THE AID WAS UNDERWAY THE TRAIN WAS LEAVING THE STATION AND FOLLOWING THE SAME TRACK IT HAD FOLLOWED HE HAVE SINGLE YEAR BUT ALL OF THIS WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE

IN JULY OF 2019, PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, OMB, TO PUT A HOLD ON ALL OF THE AID THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY MADE THIS DECISION EVEN AFTER HIS OWN APPOINTED ADVISERS WARNED HIM WASN'T IN OUR COUNTRY'S INTERESTS TO WITHHOLD THE AID AFTER OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN THIS SENATE AND AGAINST LONGSTANDING POLICY EVEN IN HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION WHAT IS MOST INTERESTING TO ME ABOUT THIS IS THAT HE WAS ONLY INTERESTED IN THE UKRAINE AID NOBODY ELSE

AND THE US PROVIDES AID TO DOZENS OF COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD LOTS OF PARTNERS AND ALLIES HE DIDN'T ASK ABOUT ANY OF THEM

JUST UKRAINE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION HERE WAS WHY WOULD HE DO THAT? WHAT WAS HIS MOTIVATION? WE NOW KNOW WHY THIS SHOCKED PEOPLE ACROSS OUR OWN GOVERNMENT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ALONG WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAD ALREADY CERTIFIED TO CONGRESS THAT UKRAINE HAD IMPLEMENTED SUFFICIENT ANTI-CORRUPTION REFORMS TO GET THE FUNDS AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAD ALREADY NOTIFIED CONGRESS OF ITS INTENT TO DELIVER ASSISTANCE

SO LET'S RECAP ALL OF THIS CONGRESS HAD ALREADY FUNDED IT OUR OWN GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY CERTIFIED THAT IT MET ALL THE STANDARDS IT HAD MET EVERY OTHER YEAR AND CONGRESS HAD ALREADY BEEN NOTIFIED, JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER YEAR IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS, EVERYONE EXCEPT THE OMB SUPPORTED THE ASSISTANCE AND IT IS HEADED BY MICK MULVANEY, THE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF OF STAFF

UKRAINE EXPERTS AT DOD AND THE WHITE HOUSE SAID IT WAS TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT UKRAINE AND ITS FIGHT WASN'T JUST THE NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT THE HOLD WAS JUST OUTRIGHT ILLEGAL AND THEY WERE RIGHT IT WAS

THE PRESIDENT'S HOLD DID VIOLATE THE LAW JUST LAST WEEK, CONGRESS'S INDEPENDENT NONPARTISAN WATCH DOG, THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, RELEASED AN OPINION FINDING THE HOLD WAS ILLEGAL PRESIDENT TRUMP HELD THE MILITARY AID MONEY FOR SO LONG THAT THE ADMINISTRATION RAN OUT OF TIME TO SPEND THE MONEY EVEN AFTER THE PRESIDENT LIFTED THE HOLD ON SEPTEMBER 11th, AGAIN, WITH NO CLEAR EXPLANATION WHY WE THE CONGRESS HAD TO PASS ANOTHER LAW TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE

THE DELAYING THE DELIVERY OF THE AID IN THE SAME "LA TIMES" ARTICLE THAT TOLD THE STORY ABOUT OUR FRIEND MR MARKIEFF, THE UKRAINIAN DEFENSE PERSON SAID EVEN THOUGH HOLD HAD BEEN LIFTED, THIS WAS IN SEPTEMBER, QUOTE, IT HAS NOT REACHED US YET

THAT SPOKESPERSON WENT ON TO SAY, QUOTE, IT IS NOT JUST MONEY FROM THE BANK IT IS ARMS, EQUIPMENT AND HARDWARE TO THIS DAY, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS STILL HAVEN'T BEEN SPENT ALTHOUGH OUR GOVERNMENT NEITHER INFORMED UKRAINE OF THE HOLD NOR PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED IT, UKRAINE QUICKLY LEARNED ABOUT IT ON JULY 25th, THE SAME DAY AS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ZELENSKY, OFFICIALS AT UKRAINE'S EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON E-MAILED THE DOD TO ASK ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE FUNDING

BY MID-AUGUST, THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND THE NSC RECEIVED NUMEROUS QUESTIONS FROM UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS ABOUT THE HOLD EVERYONE WAS WORRIED AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE URGENT NEED FOR THE EQUIPMENT ON THE FRONT LINES BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE MESSAGE THAT IT SENT YOU SEE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HAD JUST BEEN SWORN IN THEY WERE VERY VULNERABLE

AND AS WE ALL KNOW, VLADIMIR PUTIN LOOKS FOR VULNERABILITY HE LOOKS FOR HESITATION HE LOOKS FOR DELAY ANDNY PUBLIC SIGN OF A HOLD ON THAT AID COULD BE A SIGN OF WEAKNESS THAT COULD SAY IT WAS TIME TO POUNCE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S HOLD ON THE UKRAINE ASSISTANCE WAS EVENTUALLY PUBLICLY REPORTED ON AUGUST 28th

AS WE WILL EXPLAIN, UKRAINE FULLY UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WAS CONNECTED TO THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED ON FEBRUARY 28th, DOD NOTIFIED CONGRESS THAT IT INTENDED TO DELIVER $125 MILLION OF ASSISTANCE APPROPRIATED IN SEPTEMBER INCLUDING AT LEAST $50 MILLION OF ASSISTANCE TO DELIVER COUNTER ARTILLERY RADAR AND DEFENSE LETHAL ASSISTANCE CONGRESS CLEARED THE NOTIFICATION WHICH ENABLED DOD TO BEGIN SPENDING THE FUNDS FOR UKRAINE TO RECEIVE THE REMAINING $125 MILLION, CONGRESS REQUIRED THAT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN COORDINATION WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFIED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE HAD TAKEN SUBSTANTIAL ANTI-CORRUPTION REFORMS THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LAURA COOPER AND SENIOR THAT'S THE ACROSS OUR GOVERNMENT CONDUCTED A REVIEW TO EVALUATE WHETHER UKRAINE HAD MET THE REQUIRED BENCH MARSHALL

MISS COOPER EXPLAINED THE REVIEW INVOLVED PULLING IN ALL THE VIEWS OF THE KIEV EXPERTS ON DEFENSE AND COMING ONE A CONSENSUS VIEW WHICH WOULD THEN RUN UP THE CHAIN IN THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO ASSURE WE HAVE APPROVAL BY MAY 23rd, THE ANTI-CORRUPTION REVIEW WAS COMPLETE AND DOD CERTIFIED TO CONGRESS THAT UKRAINE HAD COMPLIED WITH ALL THE CONDITIONS, AND THAT THE REMAINING HALF OF THE AID SHOULD BE RELEASED BUT AGAIN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT ON MAY 23 IN A LETTER TO CONGRESS, ONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SENIOR POLITICAL APPOINTEES, THE UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY, WROTE — QUOTE, ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, AND IN COORDINATION WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE, I HAVE CERTIFIED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE HAS TAKEN SUBSTANTIAL ACTIONS TO MAKE DEFENSE INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DECREASING CORRUPTION, INCREASING ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUSTAINING IMPROVEMENTS OF COMBAT CAPABILITY ENABLED BY US

ASSISTANCE CONGRESS APPROVED THE FUNDING WHICH SHOULD HAVE ALLOWED UKRAINE TO RECEIVE THE AID BUT WE KNOW THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED ON JUNE 18th, AS DOD WAS PREPARING TO SEND THE AID, THEY ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE LIKE THEY NORMALLY DO ANNOUNCING THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE $250 MILLION IN SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE FOR, QUOTE, ADDITIONAL TRAINING, EQUIPMENT AND ADVISORY EFFORTS TO BUILD THE CAPACITY OF INE'S

THIS INCLUDEDES SNIPER RIFLES, ROCKETES PROPELLED GRENADES, COUNTER ARTILLERY RADAR, COMMAND AND CONTROL, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, SECURE COMMUNICATIONS, VEHICLES, NIGHT VISION, AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO THE "NEW YORK TIMES," ONE DAY AFTER THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ISSUED THIS PRESS T RELEASE, ONE DAY, BE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT, ROBERT ENBLAIR, WHO WORKS FOR MK MULVANEY, CALLED OMB, ACTING DIRECTOR, TO SAY, WE NEED TO HOLD IT UP THE "IT" WAS THE ASSISTANCE THAT SAME DAY, JUNE 19th, PRESIDENT TRUMP GAVE AN INTERVIEW ON FOX NEWS WHERE HE RAISED THE SO CALL CROWD STRIKE CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT UKRAINE, NOT RUSSIA, HAD INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION A LINE HE WOULD ECHO — >> WE WANT TO PAUSE HERE BRIEFLY TO ALLOW SOME STATIONS TO RETURN TO THEIR COVERAGE

>> WE TAKE ATTENTION AWAY FROM RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE AND SHIFT TO IT UKRAINE IT IS A THEORY THAT HAS BEEN UNIVERSALLY DEBUNKED BY US INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT NONETHELESS, THE PRESIDENT SPURRED BY THENT JUNE 18th PRES RELEASE, AND WITH THE FALSE THEIRYOR UKRAINE INTERFERENCE, WITH THE FALSE THEORY ABOUT THE UKRAINE INTERFERENCE SUPPOSEDLY IN THE 2016 ELECTION, THE PRESIDENT STARTED ASKING ABOUT THE UKRAINE ASSISTANCE

AND ON JUNE 19, OMB ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR NATIONAL SECURITY, MICHAEL DUFFY, E-MAILED ELAINE MHEcCUSTER, THE DOD COMPTROLLER HE SAID, QUOTE, THE PRESIDENT HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRESS REPORT AND THAT HE WAS SEEKING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THIS WAS THE REFERENCE TO AN ARTICLE IN THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER SHOWING HERE ON THE SLIDE IN FRONT OF YOU THE WHITE HOUSE WITHHELD THIS EMAIL FROM THE HOUSE, OF COURSE, WE FIRST LEARNED OF IT FROM DUFFEY'S DEPUTY, MARK SANDY, WHO TESTIFIED THAT HE WAS COPIED ON IT

SUBSEQUENTLY AS A RESULT OF A LAWSUIT UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, THE PUBLIC AND THEREFORE CONGRESS, RECEIVED A COMPANY OF THAT EMAIL BUT THE WHITE HOUSE STILL REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH THE SUBPOENAS FOR THIS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS ON JUNE 20th, McCUSS KERR RESPONDED TO THE INQUIRY BY PROVIDING SANDY WITH INFORMATION SANDALY SHARED THE INFORMATION WITH DUFFEY BUT HE DID NOT KNOW WHETHER DUFFEY SHARED THE INFORMATION WITH THE WHITE HOUSE LAURA COOPER ALSO RECALLED RECEIVING AN EMAIL INQUIRY ABOUT UKRAINE'S SECURITY ASSISTANCE, QUOTE, A FEW DAYS AFTER DOD'S JUNE 18th PRESS CONFERENCE

SHELY NOTED IT WAS RELATIVELY UNUSUAL TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROMNT THE PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE, THEY SAID IT WAS FOR ADDITIONAL TRAINING F EQUIPMENT, ADVISORY EFFORTS, TO BUILD THEIL CAPACITY OF THE ARM FORCES DOD EMPHASIZED, QUOTE, ALMOST ALL THE DOZENS OF VENDORS ARE US COMPANIES OF MEANING THAT THIS FUNDING IT'S BENEFITED U

S BUSINESSES AND WORKERS NONETHELESS, PRESIDENT TRUMP PUT THE WHEEZE IN MOTION TO FREEZE THE FUNDSOU SHORTLY AFTER LEARNG ABOUT DOD'S PLANNED RELEASE OF THE FUNDS ACCORDING TO A "NEW YORK TIMES" ARREST ON, JUNE 27th, CHIEF OF STAFFG MULVANEY E-MAILED SAYING I'M JUSTD TRYING TO TIE UP SOME LOOSE ENDS DEFINITELY WE EVER FIND OUT ABOUT THE MONEY FROM UKRAINE AND WHETHER WE CAN HOLD IT BACK? BLAIRBL REPORTEDLY RESPONDED TH ITY WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE BUT NO PRETTY

UO HE ADDED, EXPECT CONGRESS TO BECOME UNHINGED AND I SUPPOSE HE SAID THAT FOR ALL THE REASONS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THIS CHAMBER AND OUR CHAMBER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL RESOUNDINGLY SUPPORTS IT THAT WAS JUST THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE FOR 2019, CONGRESS ALSO APPROPRIATED $129 MILLION THROUGH THE STATE DEPARTMENT

UNLIKE THE DEFENSE DARPT FUNDING WHICH WAS APPROVED BY CONGRESS AND READY TO BE SPENT, OMB BLOCKED THE STATE DEPARTMENT FROMRO EVEN SEEKING CONGRESS' APPROVAL TO RELEASE THE FUNDS I'LL PAUSE HERE TO ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND THE INITIAL HOLD ONLY FROM THETI PUBLIC RELEASE OF AN REPORTING ABOUT THESE EMAILS IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS THE WHITE HOUSE HAS REFUSED TO PROVIDE THESE EMAILS IN RESPONSE TO A SUBPOENA MICK MULVANEY AND ROB BLAIR REFUSED TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY THESE ARE A FEW OF THE MANY THOUSANDS C THAT LIKELY EXIST O THIS TOPIC BUT WHICH HAVE BEEN CONCEALED FROM CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLET, BECAUSE OF ONGOING OBSTRUCTION

LAST NIGHT, SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT, A NEW SET OF DOCUMENTS WERERM RELEASED UNDER A FREEDOMF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST BY AN INDEPENDENT WATCH DOG THAT HAD BEEN ASKING FOR THEM THEY WERE RELEASED LAST NIGHT BETWEENHA MR DUFFEY AND McCUSK AND OTHERS ON THE THINGS I'M TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ISN'T A LOT TO READ HERE IT IS ALL BLACKED OUT

IF THE LAWYERS CONTEST ANY OF THE FACTS THAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, YOU SHOULD DEMAND TO SEE THE FULL RECORD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO SEE THEHE FULL TRUTH WHEN IT COS TO PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS BUT BACK TO THE TIME LINE FROM JULYNT TO SEPTEMBER, 2019, THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADVISERS OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND OMB IMPLEMENTED U THE HOLD ON UKRAI ASSISTANCE THROUGH AN UNUSUAL AND UNLAWFUL PROCESS FIRST, ON JULY 3rd, THE STATE DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED DOD AND NSC STAFF THAT OMB WAS BLOCKING NOTIFICATION TO CONGRESS

IN ACCORDING TO JENNIFER WILLIAMS, VICE ,PRESIDENT'S AIDE, QUOTE, O CAME OUT OF THE BLUE BECAUSE IT HAD NOT BEEN PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED AROUND JULY 12th, PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTED THAT A HOLD BE PLACED ON THE DOD ASSISTANCE AS WELL THATIN DAY MR BLAIR SENT AN EML TO MR DUFFEY SAYING THE PRESIDENT IS DIRECTING A HOLD ON MILITARY SUPPORT FUNDING FOR UKRAINE

AROUND JULY 15th, TIM MORRISON LEARNED FROM DEPUTY DIRECTOR, OR ADVISER, CHARLES KUPPERMAN, QUOTE, IT WASTI THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTION TO HELD TO ASSISTANCE SEVERAL DAYS LATER, DUFFEY AND BLAIRY AGAIN EXCHANGED EMAILS AND SANDY TESTIFIED IN THE EMAILS, DUFFEY ASKED BLAIR ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE HOLD BLAIR PROVIDED NO EXPLANATION INSTEAD, EM, QUOTE, WE NEED TO LET THE HOLD TAKE PLACE

AND THEN, QUOTE, REVISIT THE ISSUE WITH THE PRESIDENT BETWEEN JULY 18th AND JULY 31st, THE NSC STAFF HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS IN WHICH THE HOLD WAS DISCUSSED REMEMBER THOSE DATES JULY 18th TO JULY 31st ACCORDING TO MARK SANDY AND OTHER WITNESSES, SEVERAL FACTS EMERGED

FIRST, THE AGENCIES LEARNED THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAD DIRECTEDG THE HOLD THROUGH OMB SECOND, NO JUSTIFICATION OR EXPLANATION WAS PROVIDED FOR THE HOLD DESPITE REPEATED QUESTIONS THIRD, EXCEPT FOR OMB, ALL AGENCIES SUPPORTED MILITARY AID BECAUSE IT WAS IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOURTH, MANY WERE CONCERNED THAT THES HOLD WAS OUTRIGHT ILLEGAL

AMBASSADOR TAYLOR LEARNED OF IT ONE, JULY 18th HE SAID, AS HE SAT IN ASTONISHMENT BECAUSE ONE OF THE KEY PILLARS OF SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE WAS THREATENED DAVID HOLMES, A DIPLOMAT AT THE US EMBASSY IN KIEV TESTIFIED THAT HE WAS SHOCKED BY THE HOLD

ALTHOUGH THERE WAS AN INITIAL, THERE WAS SOME QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE HOLD APPLIED TO DOD FUNDS CLEARED BY CONGRESS, IT SOON BECAME CLEAR THAT IT ALL $391 MILLION TIM MORRISON TESTIFIED THAT DOD THAT'S THE RAISED CONCERNS THAT AR MOEGT ON JULY 23rd ABOUT WHETHER IT WAS QUOTE, LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE TO NOT ALLOW FOR THE DISBURSEMENT OF THE FUNDING THESE CONCERNS RELATED TO POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF THE PACT GIVES THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY TO DELAY OR WITHHOLD THE FUNDS ONLY IF CONGRESS IS NOTIFIED OF THOSE INTENTIONS AND APPROVES THE PROPOSED ACTION OF COURSE, NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS HAD BEEN DONE THE ISSUE WAS ESCALATED QUICKLY AND AT A SENIOR LEVEL MOEGT JULY 26th, OMB REMAINED THE LONE VOICE FOR HOLDING THE AID

ACCORDING TO TIM MORRISON, OMB SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS CONCERNED ABOUT CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE COOPER ALSO ATTENDED THE JULY 18 MEETING SHELF RECEIVED NO FURTHER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WAS MEANT BY CORRUPTION THERE WAS NEVER A PRINCIPAL MEETINGOU CONVENED ON THIS ISSU BUT O THERE WAS A FOURTH AND FIL INTERAGENCY MEETING JULY 31st REMEMBER THAT DATE? A O FOURTH AND FINAL ONE THERE IS A PROCESS FOR MAKING SURE U

S AID MONEY MAKES IT TO THE RIGHT PLACE, TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND MR CHIEF JUSTICE, I DO SEE MEMBERS MOVING AND TAKING A BREAK WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A BREAK AT THIS TIME? I HAVE ANOTHER PROBABLY 15 MINUTES? >> I THINK WE CAN CONTINUE

>> OKAY IF I MAY, WHAT I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST WAS AT 6:30, WE TAKE A 30-MINUTE BREAK FOR DINNER >> SO A BREAK AT 6:30? OKAY >> WHAT I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST WAS A BREAK FOR DINNER AT 6:30 FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES

>> SO WE KNOW THERE WAS A HOLD BUT THERE WAS NO LAWFUL WAY TO IMPLEMENT THAT HOLD SO THEY HAD TO HAVE CREATIVE WAYS TO IMPLEMENT IT THERE IS A PROCESS TO MAKE SURE MONEY MAKES IT TO THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT PEOPLE IT HAS BEEN FOLLOWED EVERY YEAR SINCETH CONGRESS APPROVED SECURY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE THE ADMINISTRATION NEEDED TO FIND A WAY, A CREATIVE WAY OF GETTING AROUND THAT PROCESS

LATER IN THE EVENING OF JULY 25th, THE OMB FOUND THAT WAY EVEN THOUGH DOD HAD ALREADY NOTIFIED CONGRESS THE FUNDS WOULD BE RELEASED HERE IS HOW IT WORKED FIRST OMB ISSUED GUIDANCE ASSERTING THERE WAS AN ONGOING REVIEW OF ASSISTANCE EVEN THOUGH NONE OF THE WITNESSES WHO TESTIFIED WERE AWARE OF ANY REVIEW OF ASSISTANCE SECOND, OMB ATTEMPTED TO HIDE THE HOLDRD WITH FUNDING DOCUMEN, AND THIRD, THEY TRANSFERRED RESPONSIBILITY FOR APPROVING FUNDING OBLIGATIONS FROM CAREER CIVIL SERVANT MARK SANDY TO A POLITICAL APPOINTEE, MARK DUFFEY

SOMEONE WITH NO RELEVANT EXPERIENCE IN THIS FUNDING BASED ON RECENT PUBLIC REPORTING AND DOCUMENTS RELEASED UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, WE LEARNED THATID JULY 25th, APPROXIMATELY 90 MINUTES AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PHONE QUAL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, MR DUFFEY PUT THIS THREE-PRONG PLAN INTO MOTION WHEN HE SENT AN EMAIL TO DOD THAT'S THE COPYING SANDY THE EMAIL IS IN FRONT OF YOU IN THIS EMAIL, DUFFEY STATED, BASED ON GUIDANCE I HAVE RECEIVED AND IN LIGHT OF THE PLA NOT TO REVIEW ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE, PLEASE HOLD OFF ON ANY ADDITIONAL DOD OPERATIONS WITH THESE FUNDS PENDING THE PROCESS

DUFFEY ALSO UNDERSCORED, GIVEN THE SENSITIVE NATURE OF THE REQUEST, I APPRECIATE YOU KEEPING THAT INFORMATION CLOSELY HELD TO THOSE WHO NEED TO KNOW IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T TELL ANYBODY ABOUT IT LATERST THAT DAY, SANDY APPROVE AND SIGNEDUS THE DOCUMENT WHICH DELAYED FUNDING UNTIL AUGUST 5thFO SANDY TESTIFIED THE PURPOSE OF THIS WASLI TO PRECLUDE OBLIGATI FOR A LIMITED PERIOD OF TYPE BUT ENABLE PLANNING AND CASE WORK TO CONTINUE SANDY ALSO TESTIFIED THAT IT WAS UNUSUAL IN HIS 12 YEARS OF OMB EXPERIENCE, HE COULD NOT RECALL ANOTHER EVENT LIKE IT

DUFFEY TOLD SANDY HE WOULD NO RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROVING THE RELEASE OF THE FUNDING THIS WAS ONLY WEEKS AFTER SANDY HAD RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LEGALITY OF THE HOLD HE ALSO APPROVED THE RELEASE OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT FUNDING FROMUM THE COLLEAGUE HE ASSUMED APPROVAL FOR ALL $391 MILLION OF THE ASSISTANCE OVERSS THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, WITH DUFFEY IN CHARGE, THERE WERE FUNDING DPOMTS KEPT KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD

SUPPOSEDLY TO ALLOW FOR AN INTERAGENCY PROCESS AND REMEMBER, AN INTERAGENCY PROCESS THAT HAD ALREADY WRAPPED UP IN JULY STATING THAT THE DELAY WOULDN'T AFFECT THE PROGRAM AND CONCERNS CONTINUED TO BE RELATED WITHIN DOD THAT IT HAD IN TOTAL, THEY ISSUED NINE OF THESE DOCUMENTS BETWEEN JULY 25th AND SEPTEMBER 10th OFFICIALS INSIDE OMB ADVOCATED FORUS RELEASE OF THE FUNDS

THE STAFF SENT A MEMO TO DIRECTORAT VAUGHT SAYING IT WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE STRATEGY IN TERMS OF ONE, SUPPORTING A STABLE, PEACEFUL EUROPE TWO, THAT THE AID COUNTERED RUSSIAN AGGRESSION AND THREE, THAT THERE WAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THIS MEANT THAT EVERY RELEVANT AGENCY INVOLVED OPPOSED THE HOLD BYF MID-AUGUST THEY RAISED CONCERNED THAT THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO FULLY SPEND ABOUT IT THE END OF THE FISCAL 84 THEY TESTIFIED THAT $100 MILLION OF THE AID WAS AT RISK OF NOT GETTING TO UKRAINE

DOD CONCLUDED THAT COULD IT NO LONGER SUPPORT OMB'S CLAIM IN THE FOOTNOTES WITH THE BRIEF PAUSE IN OBLIGATIONS WILL NOT PRECLUDE DOD'S TIMELY EXECUTION OF THE FINAL POLICY DIRECTION SANDY TESTIFIED THAT AT THE HEART OF THAT ISSUE ABOUT ENSURING WE DON'T RUN AFOUL OF THE ACT RECORDS PRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO AND FOYA LAWSUIT SHOW MR DUFFE AND MRS McCUSKER

THEY WERE ALMOST ENTIRELY REDACTED HOWEVER, ALL THE SUBSEQUENT FOOTNOTES ISSUED BY OMB REMOVED THE R SENTENCE REGARDING DOD'S ABILITY BY THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR NEVERTHELESS, OMB CONTINUED TO IMPLEMENT THE HOLE AT THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTIONDE WE KNOW AS OF SEPTEMBER 5, THEY WERE CONTINUING TO INSTRUCT DOD TO HOLD THEAN AID THEY GAVE THE MATERIALS TO A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION BECAUSE OF A FOIA LAWSUIT

ON SEPTEMBER 5, DUFFEY E-MAILED THE FOLLOWING QUOTE NO, MOVEMENT FROM UKRAINE FORTHCOMING TO CONTINUE TO HOLD THROUGH FRIDAY END QUOTE WE KNOW ABOUT McCUSSKER

THEY REDACTED THEM WHOLE THING AS I EXPLAINED LAST NIGHT, OMB HAS KEY DOCUMENTS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REFUSED TO TURN OVER TO CONGRESS IT GOES TO THE HEART IN WHICH THE WAY THE PRESIDENT ABUSED HIS POWER CONCERNS ABOUT WHETHER THE ADMINISTRATION WAS BEENING, IF NOT BREAKING THE LAW, CONTRIBUTING TO AT LEAST TWO OMB OFFICIALS RESIGNING INCLUDING AN ATTORNEY IN OMB ONE COLLEAGUE SPECIFICALLY DISAGREED WITH COUNSEL ABOUT THE APPLICATION OF THE CONTROL ACT

AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE INDEPENDENT AND NONPARTISAN ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS ALREADY SAID THAT THE HOLD WAS ILLEGAL THE OMB REFERENCING THE QUOTE, INTERAGENCY PROCESS AS WE NOW KNOW, THERE WAS NO INTERAGENCY PROCESS IT HAD ENDED MONTHS BEFORE THEY MADE IT UP

THEY HAD TO MAKE IT UP BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T SAY THE REAL REASON FOR THE HOLD SOMETIME PRIORSO TO AUGUST 16th AMBASSADOR BOLTON HAD A ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMPNT ACCORDING TO MORRISON, AT THAT MEETING, THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT READY TO APPROVE THE RELEASE OF THE ASSISTANCES AMBASSADOR BOLTON INSTRUCTED MORRISON TO LOOK FOR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO GET PRESIDENT'S CABINET TOGETHER TO, QUOTE, HAVE THE DIRECT IN PERSON CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT ABOUT THIS TOPIC EVERYONE WAS WORRIED INCLUDING THE YPRESIDENT'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

IN MID-AUGUST, COLONEL VINDMAN DRAFTED A MEMORANDUM FOR AMBASSADOR BOLTON TO PRESENT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR A DECISION ON UKRAINE SECURITY ASSISTANCE THE MEMORANDUM RECOMMENDED THAT THE HOLD BE LIFTED MORRISON TESTIFIED THAT THE MEMORANDUM WAS NEVER PROVIDED TO THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE OF OTHER COMPETING ISSUES MORRISON TESTIFIED THAT A MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT WAS NEVER ARRANGED IN AUGUST, REPORTEDLY BECAUSE OF SCHEDULING PROBLEMSOF ACCORDING TO RECENT PRESS REPORTS ORGANIZATION AUGUST 30th, THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ESPER, THE SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEOEN MET WITH PRESIDENT TRU AND IMPLORED HIM TO RELEASE THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE BECAUSE DOING SO WAS IN THE INTERESTS OF THEE UNITED STATES

HOWEVER, PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUED TO IGNORE EVERYBODY LATER THAT DAY, DUFFEY E-MAILED UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE ELAINE McCUSKER WROTE CLEAR DIRECTION FROM POTUS TO HOLD THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT KNEW OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S HOLD ON ASSISTANCE WELL BEFORE THE PUBLIC REPORTED IT ON AUGUST 28th THIS WAS NOT SURPRISING U

S DIPLOMAT KATHERINE ACROSS TESTIFIED IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT IT WAS GOING TO COME OUT SHE SAID TWO INDIVIDUALS FROM THE UKRAINIAN SIM IN WASHINGTON APPROACHED HER APPROXIMATELY A WEEK LYAPART QUOTE, QUIETLY AND IN CONFIDENCE TO ASK ME ABOUT AN OMB HOLD ON UKRAINE'S SECURITY ASSISTANCE SHE COULD NOT PRECISELY RECALL THE DATES OF THESE CONVERSATIONS, BUT TESTIFIED THAT SHE WAS, QUOTE, VERY SURPRISED AT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MY UKRAINIAN COUNTER PARTS

EVERYONE WAS WORRIED SO WHY WOULD THESE DIPLOMATS QUIETLY MAKE THIS INQUIRY? IT IS BECAUSE IF IT HAD GONE PUBLIC, IT WOULD SHOW THAT WEAKNESS AGAINST RUSSIA IT WAS SO CONCERNING TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED SHE SAID, QUOTE, I THINK THAT IF PUBLIC IN UKRAINE, IT WOULD BE SEEN AS A REVERSAL OF OUR POLICY IT WOULD BE A REALLY BIG DEAL IN UKRAINE AND AN EXPRESSION OF DECLINING U

S SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE MEANWHILE,PE LAURA COOPER TESTIFIED THAT DOD HEARD FROM THE UKRAINIAN SIM ON JULY 25th, THE SAME DAY AS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL TO ZELENSKY >> ON JUST 25th, A MEMBER OF MY STAFF GOT A QUESTION FROM A UKRAINEG, EMBASSY CONTACT ASKIN WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH UKRAINE'S SECURITY ASSISTANCE BECAUSE AT THAT TIME, WE DID NOT KNOW WHAT THE GUIDANCE WAS ON USAI

THEY NOTIFIED APPORTIONMENT ARRIVED THAT DAY BUT THE STAFF MEMBER DID NOT FIND OUT ABOUT IT UNTIL LATER I WAS INFORMED THAT THE STAFF MEMBER TOLD THE UKRAINIAN THAT'S THE THAT WE WERE MOVING FORWARD ON USAI BUT RECOMMENDED THAT THE UKRAINE EMBASSY CHECK IN WITH STATE REGARDING THE FMF >> USAI REFERRED TO THE $250 MILLION THAT OMB BLOCKED FROM SENDING TO UKRAINE AND IT REFERRED TO THE $141 MILLION THAT THEY BLOCKED FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT ON JULY 25th, COOPER'S STAFF ALSO RECEIVED TWO EMAILS FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT REVEALING THE UKRAINIAN EMBASSY WAS, QUOTE, ASKING ABOUT ASSISTANCE

THE HILL KNOWS ABOUT THE SITUATION TO AN EXTENT AND SO DOES THE UKRAINIAN EMBASSY ONE OF COOPER'S STAFF MEMBERS REPORTED ADDITIONAL CONTACTS ABOUT THE HOLD IN AUGUST FINALLY, WE KNOW THE " UKRAINIA KNEW ABOUT THE HOLD BECAUSE "THE NEW YORK TIMES" D PUBLISHED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTER OFNE UKRAINE SHE STATED THAT SHE AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S OFFICE RECEIVED A CABLE IN LATE JULY INFORMING THEM OF THE HOLD IN SHORT, BY THE TIME OF POLITICO'S REPORT ON AUGUST 28th, THE UKRAINIANS WERE WELL AWARE THAT THE AID WAS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT, IT WAS NOT THE ONLY IMPORTANT OFFICIAL ACT THE WHITE HOUSE WAS WITHHOLDING FROM THEM

THE LONG SOUGHT WHITE HOUSE VISIT FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS ALSO IN LIMBO AS ALL OF THIS TRANSPIRED, THE UKRAINIAN TROOPS WERE STILL ON THE FRONT LINES IN EASTERN UKRAINE FACING OFF AGAINST RUSSIAN BACKED FORCES DYING IN DEFENSE OF THEIR COUNTRY AMBASSADOR BILL TAYLOR VISITED THOSE UKRAINIAN TROOPS ON JULY 26th

HE RECALLED SEEING, QUOTE, THE ARMED AND HOSTILE RUSSIAN LED FORCE ON A THE OTHER SIDE OF TH DANGED BRINK ACROSS THE LINE OF THE CONTACT WHEN ASKED TO REFLECT ONLY VISIT, HERE IS WHAT AMBASSADOR TAYLOR HAD TO SAY >> LET'S TALK ABOUT JULY 26th FIVE YEARS LATER YOU GO TO THE FRONT

YOU GODO THERE WITH AMBASSADOR VOLKER, I BELIEVE AND YOU'RE ON THE BRIDGE AND YOU'RE LOOKING OVER AT THE FRONT LINEHA OF THE RUSSIAN SOLDIERS IS THAT WHAT YOU S RECALL? >> YES, SIR AND YOU SAID THE COMMANDER THERE, THE UKRAINIAN COMMANDER THANKED YOU FOR THE MILITARY ASSISTANCE THAT YOU KNEW WAS BEINGRE WITHHELD AT THAT MOMENT >> THAT'S CORRECT

>> HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL, SIR? >> BADLY >> WHY? >> BECAUSE IT WAS CLEAR THAT THAT COMMANDER COUNTED ON US IT WAS CLEAR THAT THAT COMMANDER HAD CONFIDENCE IN US IT WAS CLEAR THAT COMMANDER WAS APPRECIATIVE OF THE CAPABILITIES THAT HE WAS T GIVEN BY THAT ASSISTANCE, BUT ALSO, THE REASSURANCE THAT WE WERE SUPPORTING HIM >> LIKE ME, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR IS A COMBAT VETERAN

IN FACT, HE WAS AWARDED A BRONZE STAR AMBASSADOR TAYLOR KNEW HOW VITAL OUR MILITARY AID WAS TO THOSE UKRAINIAN TROOPS BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT IT FEELS LIKE, TO HAVE PEOPLE COUNTING ON YOU MEMBERS OF THE US SENATE, I KNOW YOU BELIEVE THAT AID IS IMPORTANT TOO

BECAUSE 87O MEMBERS OF THIS BOD VOTED TO SUPPORT IT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT THINK THE AID WAS IMPORTANT LAST YEAR HE IGNORED YOU AND THE DIRECTION OF CONGRESS HE BETRAYED OUR WILL UKRAINIAN PARTNERS ANDID US

NATIONAL SECURITY WHEN HE CORRUPTLY WITHHELD THAT AIDSE AND HE DID BECAUSE HE SIMPLY WANTED TO HELP HIS OWN POLITICAL CAMPAIGN OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM DESERVE BETTER OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES DESERVE BETTER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER MRS

DEMINGS: CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS, SENATORS, AND COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT — NOW I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERED TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DURING THEIR FIRST PHONE CALL IN APRIL AS YOU KNOW, THAT MEETING WAS NOT SCHEDULED IT WAS NEVER SUCCEED AMBASSADOR HE SONDLAND TESTIFIED THAT AFTER THE MAY 23rd MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WOULD NOT BE INVITED TO THE OVAL OFFICE UNTIL HE ANNOUNCED THE OPENING OF INVESTIGATIONS THAT WOULD BENEFIT PRESIDENT TRUMP RE-ELECTION DURING HIS TESTIMONY, AMBASSADOR SNONL STRESSED THAT IT WAS A CLEAR QUID PRO QUO

LET'S LISTEN >> I KNOW THAT MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE FREQUENTLY FRAME THESE COMPLICATED ISSUES IN THE FORM OF A SIMPLE QUESTION WAS THERE A QUID PRO QUO? AS I TESTIFIED WITH REGARD TO THE WHITE HOUSE CALL IS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING, THE ANSWER WAS YES MR GIULIANI CONVEYED TO AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND OTHERS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED A PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY COMMITTING TO INVESTIGATIONS OF BURISMA AND THE 2016 ELECTION

MR GIULIANI DIRECTED THE REQUESTS TO UKRAINIANS AND THEY DIRECTED IT DIRECTLY TO US WE ALL UNDERSTOOD THAT THESE THREE REQUISITES WERE THE WHITE HOUSE CALL AND THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING REFLECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DESIRES AND REQUIREMENTS >> AMBASSADOR SONDLAND ALSO TESTIFIED THAT THE SCHEME TO PRESSURE UKRAINE INTO FULFILLING THE PRESIDENT'S REQUIREMENTS FOR AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING BECAME PROGRESSIVELY AND MORE SPECIFIC, PROBLEMATIC WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS CONTINUING OF INSID JUSTNESS

HE EXPLAINED THE EVOLUTION TO REQUESTS TO CALLS TO PURSUE SPECIFIC ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S POLITICAL OPPONENTS HERE IS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AGAIN >> WELL, MR CHAIRMAN, WHEN WE LEFT THE OVAL OFFICE, I BELIEVE ON MAY 23rd, THE REQUEST WAS VERY GENERIC FOR INVESTIGATION OF CORRUPTION IN A VERY VANILLA SENSE, AND DEALING WITH SOME OF THE OLIGARCH PROBLEMS IN UKRAINE WHICH WERE LONGSTANDING PROBLEMS AND AS TIME WENT ON, MORE SPECIFIC ITEMS GOT ADDED TO THE MENU INCLUDING THE BURISMA AND 2016 ELECTION MEDDLING SPECIFICALLY

THE DNC SERVICE SPECIFICALLY AND OVER THIS CONTINUUM, IT BECAME MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO SECURE THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING BECAUSE MORE CONDITIONS WERE BEING PLACED ON THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING >> IN SHORT, AMBASSADORS VOELKLER AND SONDLAND UNDERSTOOD TO GET THE MEETING SCHEDULED, THEY NEEDED TO GET MR GIULIANI'S AGREEMENT FIRST ON JUNE 27th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND EXPLAINED TO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDED TO HEAR FROM THE UKRAINIAN LEADER BEFORE HE WOULD CONSENT TO A WHITE HOUSE MEETING

HERE IS HOW AMBASSADOR TAYLOR EXPLAINED IT >> JUNE 27th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TOLD ME DURING A PHONE CONVERSATION THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY NEEDED TO MAKE CLEAR TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT HE, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, WAS NOT STANDING IN THE WAY OF THE INVESTIGATIONS >> DIPLOMAT DAVID HOLMES TESTIFIED THAT HE UNDERSTOOD EARLY ON THE INVESTIGATIONS TO MEAN THE BURISMA BIDEN INVESTIGATIONS THAT MR GIULIANI AND HIS ASSOCIATES HAD BEEN SPEAKING ABOUT PUBLICLY

MR HOLMES NOTED THAT WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WITHHOLDING AN OVAL MEETING WITH UKRAINE'S NEWLY ELECTED LEADER, HE AGREED TO MEET WITH UKRAINE'S CHIEF FOE, VLADIMIR PUTIN MR HOLMES HAD THIS TO SAY >> ALSO ON JUNE 28th, WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS STILL NOT MOVING FORWARD WITH A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, HE MET WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN OSAKA, JAPAN, MAKING A FURTHER SIGNAL OF LACK OF SUPPORT TO UKRAINE

>> AMBASSADOR VOLKER DID NOT DISPUTE OTHER WITNESSES' TESTIMONY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CONDITIONED OVAL OFFICE MEETINGS ON PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S WILLINGNESS TO ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS INDEED, AMBASSADOR VOLKER HELPED MATTERS ALONG AMBASSADOR VOLKER TESTIFIED THAT AT A CONFERENCE IN EARLY JULY, HE SUGGESTED THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SPEAK TO PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE PHONE TO DISCUSS THE INVESTIGATION DURING HIS TESTIMONY, AMBASSADOR VOLKER DESCRIBED THAT ENCOUNTER >> IN THE JULY 2nd OR 3rd MEETING WITH PRE ZELENSKY, YOU MENTIONED THE INVESTIGATIONS

YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT'S WHAT THE UKRAINIANS INTERPRETED REFERENCING INVESTIGATIONS TO BE, RELATED TO BURISMA IN THE 2016 ELECTION >> I DON'T KNOW SPECIFICALLY AT THAT TIME IF WE HAD TALKED SPECIFIC WILL YOU ABOUT BURISMA THAT WAS MY ASSUMPTION, THOUGH, THAT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN THINKING THAT, TOO >> MR GIULIANI BECAME AN INESCAPABLE PRESENCE TO BOTH UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL AND AMERICAN DIPLOMATS

TO THE UKRAINIANS, GIULIANI WAS SEEN AS BOTH A POTENTIAL CHANNEL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND AN OBSTACLE TO A PRODUCTIVE US/UKRAINE RELATIONSHIP A TOP AIDE SAID TO VOLKER, I FEEL THAT THE KEY FOR MANY THING IS RUDY AND I'M READY TO TALK WITH HIM AT ANY TIME

BUT EVERYONE UNDERSTOOD THAT MR GIULIANI WAS NO ROGUE AGENT HE WAS ACTING AT THE DIRECTION OF THE PRESIDENT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND CLEARLY DESCRIBED MR GIULIANI'S ROLE IN REGARD TO THE PRESIDENT

WILL HE LISTEN >> MR GIULIANI' REQUESTS WERE A QUID PRO QUO FOR ARRANGING A WHITE HOUSE VISIT FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY MR GIULIANI DEMANDED THAT UKRAINE MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE 2016 ELECTION DNC SERVER AND BURISMA

MR GIULIANI WAS EXPRESSING THE DESIRES OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE KNEW THESE INVESTIGATIONS WERE IMPORTANT TO THE PRESIDENT >> CONCERNED ABOUT MR GIULIANI'S INFLUENCE BEGAN TO GROW ON JULY 10th AT A MEETING BETWEEN AMBASSADORS TAYLOR AND TWO UKRAINIAN THAT'S THE IN KIEV, UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS SAID THEY WERE VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE MR

GIULIANI HAD TOLD THE CORRUPT PROSECUTOR GENERAL LUTSENKO THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD NOT MEET WITH THE UKRAINIAN LEADER BACK IN WASHINGTON, TWO IMPORTANT ENCOUNTERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE FURTHER REVEALED THE EXISTENCE OF A CORRUPT QUID PRO QUO AMBASSADOR SONDLAND FIRST BROKE THE INVESTIGATION WITH THE COUNTERPART AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S TOP AIDE ALSO PRESENT WERE SECRETARY PERRY, AMBASSADOR VOGUER, AND NSC OFFICIAL DR HILL AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN

TOWARD END OF THE MEETING, THE UKRAINIANS RAISED THE TOPIC OF AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AMBASSADOR BOLTON STARTED TO RESPOND WHEN AMBASSADOR SONDLAND INTERJECTED AND RAISED THE DEMAND OF THE INVESTIGATION HERE IS HOW LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN RECALLS THE CONVERSATION >> TO THE BEST OF MY RECOLLECTION, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID IN ORDER TO GET A WHITE HOUSE MEETING, THE UKRAINIANS WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE A DELIVERABLE INVESTIGATION >> AMBASSADOR VOLKER SEPARATELY CONFIRMED THIS RECOLLECTION DURING HIS TESTIMONY

>> I PARTICIPATED IN THE JULY 10th MEETING BETWEEN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER BOLTON AND THEN UKRAINIAN CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL AND SECURITY DEFENSE COUNSEL AS I REMEMBER, THE MEETING WAS ESSENTIALLY OVER WHEN AMBASSADOR SONDLAND MADE A GENERAL COMMENT ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS I THINK ALL OF US THOUGHT IT WAS INAPPROPRIATE >> AMBASSADOR BOLTON ALSO FOUND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND'S REFERENCE TO BE INAPPROPRIATE AND HE ABRUPTLY ENDED THE MEETING

HOWEVER, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WAS NOT DETERRED HE CONVENED A SECOND MEETING WHERE HE DISCUSSED WHAT NEEDED TO HAPPEN BEFORE AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING APPARENTLY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND HAD RECEIVED HIS MARCHING ORDERS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND HE WAS DETERMINED TO CARRY THEM OUT BOLTON SENT DR

HILL TO JOIN THAT MEETING AND REPORT BACK AND THIS IS WHAT DR HILL HAD TO SAY >> WHEN I CAME IN, HE WAS SAYING, WELL, LOOK WE HAVE A DEAL THAT THERE WILL BE A MEETING I HAVE A DEAL WITH CHIEF OF STAFF MULVANEY

THERE WILL BE A MEETING IF THE UKRAINIANS OPEN UP ON 2016 AND BURISMA AT THIS POINT, HAVING HEARD MR GIULIANI OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON THE TELEVISION AND ALL THE ISSUES THAT HE WAS ASSERTING, BY THIS POINT IT WAS CLEAR THAT BURISMA, GIULIANI WAS LAYING IT OUT THERE >> AFTER THE MEETING, DR HILL FOLLOWED UP WITH AMBASSADOR BOLTON AND RELATED WHAT TRANSPIRED

BOLTON WAS ALARMED IN OTHER WORDS, AMBASSADOR BOLTON DIDN'T WANT ANY PART OF IT HE DIRECTED DR HILL TO BRIEF THE NSC'S TOP ATTORNEY, JOHN EISENBERG, AS SHE EXPLAINED DURING HER HEARING >> WHAT WAS THAT SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION? >> THE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION WAS THAT I HAD TO GO TO THE LAWYERS, TO JOHN EISENBERG, I WAS SENIOR COUNSEL FOR THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

BASICALLY, SAY THAT I AM NOT PART OF THE, WHATEVER DRUG DEAL THAT MULVANEY AND SONDLAND ARE COOKING UP >> WHAT DID YOU UNDERSTAND THEN TO MEAN BY THE DRUG DEAL THAT MULVANEY AND SONDLAND WERE UP? >> I TOOK IT TO MEAN INVESTIGATIONS FOR A MEETING >> DID YOU GO SPEAK TO THE LAWYERS? >> I CERTAINLY DID >> SENATOR, AS FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE, I THINK IT IS QUITE INTERESTING THAT AMBASSADOR BOLTON CATEGORIZED THE CORRUPT SCHEME, THE PRESSURE CAMPAIGN, AS A, QUOTE, DRUG DEAL I THINK AMBASSADOR BOLTON WAS TRYING TO SEND AS YOU VERY POWERFUL MESSAGE

A MESSAGE THAT NOT ONLY WERE THE LAWYERS, THE TOP LAWYERS UNDERSTAND, BUT THAT EVERY PERSON WOULD UNDERSTAND EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EVERY MEMBER OF THE SENATE EVERY MEMBER OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY EVERY CITIZEN

AND AMBASSADOR BOLTON ALSO WANTED TO MAKE CLEAR, ESPECIALLY TO THE TOP ATTORNEY, THAT HE DID NOT WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH A DRUG DEAL IN PROGRESS BUT WE DO KNOW, WE KNOW NOW OF COURSE, THAT AMBASSADOR BOLTON CAN TESTIFY DIRECTLY ABOUT THIS HE CAN TESTIFY ABOUT THIS MEETING AS HE APPEARS BEFORE THIS BODY, HE HAS INDICATED THAT HE IS PREPARED TO DO IF THEY'RE WILLING TO ISSUE A SUBPOENA WE NEED TO HEAR FROM AMBASSADOR BOLTON

AND I KNOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR FROM AMBASSADOR BOLTON AS WELL DR HILL TESTIFIED THAT SHE SPOKE TO MR EISENBERG TWICE DR

HILL ALSO INDICATED THAT MR EISENBERG TOOK NOTES OF THE MEETING, WHICH WE, TO NO SURPRISE NOW DO NOT HAVE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S OBSTRUCTION IT IS CLEAR THEY WERE NOT OPERATING A ROGUE OPERATION HE TESTIFIED THAT EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP

LET'S LISTEN ONCE AGAIN >> EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP IT WAS NO SECRET EVERYONE WAS INFORMED VIA EMAIL ON JULY 19th, DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL CALL AS I COMMUNICATED TO THE TEAM, I TOLD PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN ADVANCE, ASSURANCES TO RUN A FULLY TRANS PARENT INVESTIGATION AND TURN OVER EVERY STONE WERE NECESSARY IN HIS CALL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

>> IN THE EMAIL REFERENCE, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WROTE THE FOLLOWING TO SECRETARY POMPEO, SECRETARY PERRY, REGARDING PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HE IS PREPARED TO RECEIVE POTUS' CALL WE'LL ASSURE HIM THAT HE INTENDS TO RUN A FULLY TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION AND WE WILL TURN OVER EVERY STONE BOTH MULVANEY AND PERRY RESPONDED TO THE EMAIL NOTING THE HEAD OF STATE CALL WOULD BE SCHEDULED RIGHT AWAY

NOW, YOU MAY BE ASKING, WHAT DID MULVANEY KNOW ABOUT THESE INVESTIGATIONS? AND DID HE HAVE EVERY CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP? ABOUT THEM? SENATORS, THIS BODY IS ENTITLED TO SEE ALL OF THE EVIDENCE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO HEAR ALL OF THE EVIDENCE AND WHILE THE NATURE OF THE DRUG DEAL WE TALKED ABOUT WAS UNCONTESTED, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE COUNTRY TO KNOW THAT EVERYONE WAS INVOLVED BECAUSE WE'VE HEARD THAT EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP LATER THAT DAY, JULY 19th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND CHECKS IN WITH AMBASSADORS TAYLOR ABOUT THE UPCOMING TELEPHONE CALL

AND THEY SAID IT LOOKS LIKE POTUS' CALLS TOMORROW I SPOKE DIRECTLY TO ZELENSKY AND GAVE HIM A FULL BRIEFING HE'S GOT IT AMBASSADOR VOLKER REPLIED TO SONDLAND'S TEXT, MOST IMPORTANT IS FOR ZELENSKY TO SAY THAT HE WILL HELP INVESTIGATION THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT THE UKRAINIANS UNDERSTOOD WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO TO EARN

ON JULY 20th, THE DAY AFTER AMBASSADOR SONDLAND'S PHONE CALL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ZELENSKY, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR SPOKE WITH THE UKRAINIAN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER UKRAINE'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER CONVEYED THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT DID NOT WANT TO BECOME AN INSTRUMENT IN US POLITICS HERE IS HOW AMBASSADOR TAYLOR EXPLAINED THAT CONCERN

>> WHAT DID YOU UNDERSTAND IT TO MEAN WHEN ZELENSKY HAD CONCERNS ABOUT BEING AN INSTRUMENT IN WASHINGTON DOMESTIC RE-ELECTION POLITICS? >> I UNDERSTOOD THAT THESE INVESTIGATIONS WERE PURSUANT TO MR GIULIANI'S REQUEST TO DEVELOP INFORMATION TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT BURISMA AND THE BIDENS THIS WAS VERY WELL KNOWN IN PUBLIC, MR GIULIANI HAD MADE THIS POINT CLEAR IN SEVERAL INSTANCES IN THE BEGINNING IN THE SPRING TIME

AND HE WAS AWARE THAT WAS A PROBLEM >> WOULD YOU AGREE THAT BECAUSE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IS WORRIED ABOUT THIS, THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WAS SOME PRESSURE FOR THEM ON PURSUE THESE INVESTIGATIONS IS THAT FAIR? >> HE INDICATED THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY UNDERSTOOD THAT HE DID NOT WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN THESE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES >> THE NEXT DAY, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR RELATED IT TO SONDLAND BUT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND DID NOT BACK DOWN

SPECIFICALLY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TEXTED A RESPONSE TO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR'S WORRY ABSOLUTELY BUT WE NEED TO GET THE CONVERSATION STARTED AND THE RELATIONSHIP BUILT, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PRETEXT AGAIN, AMBASSADOR HE SONDLAND HAD HIS MARCHING ORDERS AND HE WAS DETERMINED TO CARRY THEM OUT

A CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 25th BEFORE THE CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE TO SONDLAND AND REITERATED HIS EXPECTATION THAT THE UKRAINIAN LEADER WOULD COMMIT TO THE INVESTIGATION AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SUBSEQUENTLY CONTACTED AMBASSADORS VOLKER AND RELATED THE MESSAGE TO HIM VOLKER THEN TEXTED THE TOP AID WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INSTRUCTIONS ASSUMING PRESIDENT TRUMP Z CONVINCES TRUMP, HE WILL INVESTIGATE, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016

WE WILL NAIL DOWN THE DATE FOR A VISIT TO WASHINGTON SENATORS, IN OTHER WORDS, EVEN BEFORE THE JULY 25th PHONE CALL WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, BEFORE IT EVER TOOK PLACE, UKRAINE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT NEEDED TO INITIATE THAT IT NEEDED TO INITIATE THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONSPIRACY THEORY ABOUT THE 2016 ELECTION AS A CONDITION FOR PRESIDENT HE THE ZELENSKY THE NEWLY ELECTED UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TESTIFIED THAT ACTING ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DIRECT ORDERS, HE AND AMBASSADOR VOLKER PREPPED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY FOR THE TELEPHONE CALL

>> YOU WOULD AGREE THAT THE MESSAGE EXPRESSED HERE IS THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY NEEDS TO CONVINCE TRUMP THAT HE WILL DO THE INVESTIGATIONS IN ORDER TO NAIL DOWN THE DATE FOR A TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC CORRECT? >> THAT'S CORRECT >> BY THIS TIME, NONPARTISAN CAREER OFFICIALS HAD BECOME AWARE OF THIS QUID PRO QUO HERE IS WHAT THREE OF THEM SAID DURING THEIR TESTIMONY

AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, THE MEETING PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WANTED WAS CONDITIONED ON INVESTIGATIONS OF BURISMA AND ALLEGED UKRAINIAN INFLUENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS AMBASSADOR DAVID HOLMES IT WAS MADE CLEAR THAT SOME ACTION ON A BURISMA/BIDEN INVESTIGATION WAS A PRE CONDITION FOR AN OVAL OFFICE VISIT DR HILL

THERE SEEMS TO BE AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE INVOLVED YOU KNOW, BASICALLY TURNING A WHITE HOUSE MEETING INTO SOME KIND OF ASSET THAT WAS DANGLED OUT TO THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT A WHITE HOUSE VISIT A VISIT TO THE OVAL OFFICE DANGLED OUT TO THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT SENATORS, I ASK YOU TO THINK ABOUT THOSE WORDS AS YOU DECIDE WHAT ACTION YOU WILL TAKE

THINK ABOUT THOSE WORDS THERE WAS NO DOUBT IT CAME FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THEY TESTIFIED THAT MR GIULIANI WAS EXPRESSING THE DESIRES OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND WE KNEW THESE INVESTIGATIONS WERE IMPORTANT TO THE PRESIDENT THEY ADD THAT HAD MR

GIULIANI FOLLOW THE DIRECTION OF THE PRESIDENT AND WE FOLLOW THE PRESIDENT'S ORDERS HOWEVER, AMBASSADOR BOLTON WAS NOT INTERESTED IN HAVING, DID NOT WANT TO HAVE THE CALL BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A DISASTER HE THOUGHT THAT THERE COULD BE SOME TALK OF INVESTIGATIONS, OR EVEN WORSE THAN THAT HE THOUGHT, WHAT WAS AMBASSADOR, I ASKED YOU TODAY, SENATORS

WHAT WAS AMBASSADOR BOLTON SO AFRAID THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD SAY TO THE NEWLY ELECTED UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT? WHAT WAS THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER SO AFRAID THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD SAY TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY? THIS IS ANOTHER TOPIC WE WOULD LIKE THE ASK AMBASSADOR BOLTON ABOUT IF AND WHEN HE APPEARS BEFORE THIS BODY >>> CHIEF JUSTICE, DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, I THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR INDULL JENLS AND FOR YOUR COURTESY AS WE ALL UNDERTAKE OUR SOLEMN CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES DURING THIS SENATE TRIAL GEORGE WASHINGTON ONCE OBSERVED IN HIS FAREWELL ADDRESS TO THE NATION THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS SACREDLY OBLIGATORY UPON ALL THAT MEANS EVERYONE

IN FACT, THAT IS WHAT MAKES OUR GREAT COUNTRY SO DISTINCT FROM AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES AND ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY VLADIMIR PUTIN IS ABOVE THE LAW IN RUSSIA ERDOGAN IS ABOVE THE LAW IN TURKEY KIM JONG-UN IS ABOVE THE LAW IN NORTH KOREA

BUT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT IS WHAT THIS MOMENT IS ALL ABOUT AS WE ALL KNOW, CONGRESS IS A SEPARATE AND CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT WE DON'T WORK FOR THIS PRESIDENT OR ANY PRESIDENT

WE, OF COURSE, WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SERVE AS A CHECK AND BALANCE ON AN OUT OF CONTROL EXECUTIVE BRANCH THAT IS NOT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLAY BOOK THAT IS NOT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLAY BOOK THAT IS THE PLAY BOOK IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

JAMES MADISON ONCE OBSERVED, IN FEDERALIST 51, THAT THE CONGRESS SHOULD SERVE AS A RIVAL TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, WHY WOULD MADISON USE THE WORD RIVAL? BECAUSE THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION, I THINK, DID NOT WANT A KING THEY DID NOT WANT A DICTATOR THEY DIDN'T WANT A MONARCH THEY WANTED A DEMOCRACY

THE CONSTITUTION IS SACREDLY OBLIGATORY UPON ALL IT IS THROUGH THAT LENS THAT WE PROCEED TODAY I WOULD LIKE THE DISCUSS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S JULY 25th PHONE CALL WITH UKRAINE'S NEWLY ELECTED LEADER THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS THAT HIS CAUSE WAS PERFECT NOTHING CAN BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH

THE CALL IS DIRECT EVIDENCE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SOLICITATION OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION AS PART OF A CORRUPT SCHEME IT IS IMPORTANT, HAVE BEEN, TO REMEMBER THE CONTEXT OF THE CALL THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY, WAS IN A VULNERABLE POSITION AND VIEWED AMERICAN AND MILITARY SUPPORT AS CRITICAL TO HIS STANDING AND TO UKRAINE'S FRAGILE FUTURE AND TO DEMOCRACY EQUALLY SIGNIFICANT AS OUTLINED BY MY COLLEAGUES, AMERICA HAS A STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST IN SUPPORTING UKRAINE AGAINST RUSSIA'S CONTINUED AGGRESSION WILLIAM TAYLOR, WEST POINT GRADUATE, VIETNAM WAR HERO, AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE, POINTED BY DONALD TRUMP, TESTIFIED, UKRAINE IS A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF THE UNITED STATES

IMPORTANT FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY AS WELL AS EUROPE LIEUTENANT COLONEL THE ALEXANDER VINDMAN, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSEL OFFICER, TRUMP APPOINTEE, PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT, IRAQ WAR VETERAN, TESTIFIED A STRONG AND INDEPENDENT UKRAINE IS CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS UKRAINE REMAINS UNDER ATTACK BY RUSSIAN BACKED SEPARATISTS IN CRIMEA IT IS AN ONGOING WAR UKRAINE IS A FRIEND

RUSSIA IS A FOE UKRAINE IS A DEMOCRACY RUSSIA IS A DICTATORSHIP THE UNITED STATES MAY VERY WELL BE ONE OF THE ONLY THINGS STANDING BETWEEN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE BEING COMPLETELY OVERRUN AS PART OF VLADIMIR PUTIN'S CONTINUED AGGRESSION AGAINST THE FREE WORLD

THAT IS WHY THIS CONGRESSIONAL INDICATED $391 MILLION IN TIED A VULNERABLE UKRAINE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS BECAUSE IT IS IN AMERICA' NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS ON THE JULY 25th CALL, MR TRUMP COULD HAVE ENDEAVOURED TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS NEW UKRAINIAN LEADER INSTEAD, PRESIDENT TRUMP FOCUSED ON SECURING A PERSONAL FAVOR

HE WANTED UKRAINE TO CONDUCT PHONY INVESTIGATIONS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THE POLITICAL STANDING AND SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION ON THE JULY 25th CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP MA LINED A HIGHLY RESPECTED AMERICAN AMBASSADOR KNOWN AS AN ANTI-CORRUPTION CRUSADER AT THE SAME TIME, HE PRAISED A CORRUPT FORMER UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR AND ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTED UKRAINE' NEW LEADER TO SPEAK WITH HIS PERSONAL LAWYER, RUDOLPH GIULIANI

ON AN OFFICIAL CALL MR GIULIANI IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR THESE AND OTHER REASON, THE JULY 25th CALL WARRANTS OUR CLOSE SCRUTINY IT PRESENTS SIGNIFICANT AND SHOCKING EVIDENCE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP' CORRUPT INTENT

THE CALL LAYS BARE THE PRESIDENT'S WILLNESS TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET WHAT HE WANTS EVEN IF HIS BEHAVIOR UNDERMINES THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CALL, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY MENTIONED US MILITARY AID

AND HE STATES, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT SUPPORT IN THE AREA OF THE FENCE THE GREAT SUPPORT IN THE AREA OF DEFENSE INCLUDES THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE PASSED BY THIS CONGRESS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT DONALD TRUMP HELD UP IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRESIDENT ZLENL RAISED THE ISSUE OF DEFENSE SUPPORT, PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDED, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO US A FAVOR THOUGH THESE WORDS WILL LIVE IN INFAMY

>> WE WANT TO PAUSE HERE BRIEFLY TO ALLOW SOME STATIONS TO RETURN TO REGULAR PROGRAMMING >>> I WOULD LIKE YOU TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THIS WHOLE SITUATION IN UKRAINE THEY SAY CROWD STRIKE I GUESS YOU HAVE ONE OF YOUR WEALTHY PEOPLE, THE SERVER, THEY SAY, UKRAINE HAS IT PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUED

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CALL YOU OR YOUR PEOPLE, AND I WOULD LIKE YOU TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT AS YOU SAW YESTERDAY THAT WHOLE NONSENSE ENDED WITH A VERY POOR PERFORMANCE BY A MAN NAMED ROBERT MUELLER A VIETNAM WAR HERO, BY THE WAY A VERY POOR PERFORMANCE BY A MAN NAMED ROBERT MUELLER AN INCOMPETENT PERFORMANCE

BUT THEY SAY A LOT OF IT STARTED WITH UKRAINE WHATEVER YOU CAN DO IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO IT IF THAT'S POSSIBLE WHO IS THE THEY? REFERRED TO BY PRESIDENT TRUMP PUTTING FORTH THE BASELESS CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT THE UKRAINIANS, NOT THE RUSSIANS, WERE BEHIND THE HACK OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE SERVER IN 2016

THEY MEANS RUSSIA THEY MEANS PUTIN THEY ARE ENEMIES OF THE UNITED STATES NOT A SINGLE WITNESS WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE KNEW OF ANY FACTUAL BASIS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BELIEF IN THE CROWD STRIKE UKRAINE FAIRY TALE TO THE CONTRARY THE U

S INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THIS SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE ASSESSED THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION AS DR FIONA HILL TESTIFIED, THE THEORY THAT UKRAINE INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION IS, QUOTE, A FICTIONAL NARRATIVE THAT HAS BEEN PERPETRATED AND PROPAGATED BY THE RUSSIAN SECURITY SERVICES THE CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ADVANCED ON THE JULY 25th PHONE CALL HIS STONE COLD RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA

AS EARLY AS FEBRUARY 2017, VLADIMIR PUTIN BEGAN TO PROMOTE THIS LIE DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE SAYING, QUOTE, THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT ADOPTED A UNILATERAL POSITION IN FAVOR OF ONE CANDIDATE MORE THAN THAT, CERTAIN OLIGARCHS, CERTAINLY WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP, FUNDED THIS CANDIDATE, OR FEMALE CANDIDATE TO BE PRECISE THESE ARE THE WORDS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN A SCRIPT APPARENTLY ADOPTED BY PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT ABOUT WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS UNFOUNDED RUSSIAN INSPIRED CONSPIRACY THEORY ADVANCED BY DONALD TRUMP, VLADIMIR PUTIN MADE IT CLEAR WHEN HE SAID IN NOVEMBER OF 2019, THANK GOD NO ONE IS ACCUSING US ANYMORE OF INTERFERING IN U

S ELECTIONS NOW THEY'RE ACCUSING UKRAINIANS UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME PRESIDENT TRUMP TRIED TO CAPITALIZE ON RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA AND MISINFORMATION FOR HIS OWN POLITICAL BENEFIT ON JULY 24th, JUST ONE DAY BEFORE THIS CALL, SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS THAT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION IN SWEEPING AND SYSTEMATIC FASHION IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND DIVIDE AMERICA

MR MUELLER ALSO FOUND THAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WELCOMED RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION AND UTILIZED IT AS PART OF ITS CAMPAIGN MESSAGING DESPITE THE CLEAR AND OVERWHELMING CONCLUSION OF US INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS THE DISTINGUISHED SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THAT RUSSIA, NOT UKRAINE, INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION

PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUED TO PRESS THE NEW UKRAINIAN LEADER TO ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CROWD STRIKE UKRAINE CONSPIRACY THEORY WHY? PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT A POLITICAL FAVOR THAT'S WHY AS PART OF A SCHEME TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION THE SECOND DEMAND MADE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE JULY 25th CALL RELATED TO THE CAMPAIGN OF VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WHO ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY LAST APRIL

THROUGHOUT THE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER OF LAST YEAR PUBLIC POLLING CONSISTENTLY SHOWED THAT BIDEN WOULD DECISIVELY DEFEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN FACT, ON JUNE 16th OF LAST YEAR, JUNE 16th, A FOX NEWS POLL SHOWED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD LOSE TO JOE BIDEN BY TEN POINTS A CONCERN WITH JOE BIDEN'S CANDIDACY PROVIDES MOTIVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEMAND THAT THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATE THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AND HIS SON HUNTER HERE IS WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID ON THAT CALL

THE OTHER THING, THERE'S A LOT OF TALK ABOUT BIDEN'S SON, THAT BIDEN STOPPED THE PROSECUTION AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT THAT SO WHATEVER YOU CAN DO WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WOULD BE GREAT BIDEN WENT AROUND BRAGGING THAT HE STOPPED THE PROSECUTION SO IF YOU CAN LOOK INTO IT, IT SOUNDS HORRIBLE TO ME

NOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY UNANIMOUSLY TESTIFIED THAT THERE WAS NO FACTUAL SUPPORT FOR THE ALLEGATION THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN DID ANYTHING WRONG, OR MISUSED HIS AUTHORITY WHEN HE PRESSED FOR THE REMOVAL OF UKRAINE'S CORRUPT FORMER PROSECUTOR GENERAL JOE BIDEN DID NOTHING WRONG THE WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS, IN FACT, CARRYING OUT OFFICIAL US POLICY TO CLEAN UP THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE IN UKRAINE

THIS POLICY, OF COURSE, ALIGNED WITH THE PERSPECTIVE OF MANY IN THIS VERY DISTINGUISHED BODY AS WELL AS OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, AS WELL AS THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN DID NOT REMOVE THE CORRUPT PROSECUTOR THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT DID, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE FREE WORLD NONETHELESS ON OCTOBER 3rd, 2019 WHEN A REPORTER ASKED PRESIDENT TRUMP WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU HOPE ZELENSKY WOULD DO ABOUT THE BIDENS AFTER YOUR PHONE CALL? PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDED AS FOLLOWS >> WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU HOPE ZELENSKY WOULD DO ABOUT THE BIDENS AFTER THE PHONE CALL? >> WELL, I WOULD THINK THAT IF THEY WERE HONEST ABOUT IT THEY'D START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS

IT'S A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER >> START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS THE EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IS HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT DURING THE JULY 25th CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO REPEATEDLY PRESSED THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO COORDINATE WITH HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY, RUDOLPH GIULIANI WHY WAS RUDOLPH GIULIANI'S NAME MENTIONED MULTIPLE TIMES DURING THE JULY 25th PHONE CALL? GIULIANI IS NOT THE SECRETARY OF STATE

HE'S NOT AN AMBASSADOR HE'S NOT A MEMBER OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS RUDOLPH GIULIANI IS A COLD-BLOODED POLITICAL OPERATIVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REELECTION CAMPAIGN THAT IS WHY HE WAS REFERENCED MULTIPLE TIMES ON THAT JULY 25th PHONE CALL AND IT IS EVIDENCE OF CORRUPT INTENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

BY THE TIME THE CALL TOOK PLACE, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY UNDERSTOOD GIULIANI'S CONNECTION TO THE SHAKEDOWN SCHEME HE RECOGNIZED GIULIANI'S ROLE AS THE PRESIDENT'S POLITICAL OPERATIVE AS MATTERS RELATED TO UKRAINE ZELENSKY INFORMED PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT ONE OF HIS AIDES SPOKE WITH MR GIULIANI JUST RECENTLY, AND WE ARE HOPING VERY MUCH THAT MR

GIULIANI WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO UKRAINE AND WE WILL MEET ONCE HE COMES THE UKRAINIAN LEADER KNEW GIULIANI REPRESENTED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S POLITICAL INTERESTS IN HIS COUNTRY AND COULD HELP UNLOCK THE LONG SOUGHT AFTER OVAL OFFICE MEETING THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DESIRED THE PHONY INVESTIGATION SOUGHT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE JULY 25th CALL WERE NOT DESIGNED TO BOLSTER THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA QUITE THE CONTRARY PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT TO BENEFIT HIMSELF AND HIS OWN REELECTION PROSPECTS

ON THE JULY 25th CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO SUGGESTED THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SPEAK WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR ABOUT THE TWO FAKE INVESTIGATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT SOUGHT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND AT NO TIME DURING THIS ENTIRE SORDID SCHEME WAS THERE AN ONGOING AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE PHONY SLANDER RELATED TO JOE BIDEN FOR THE CONSPIRACY THEORY RELATED TO UKRAINIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION AT NO TIME WAS THERE AN ONGOING AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION AMERICA IS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD

WE DO NOT URGE OTHER SOVEREIGN COUNTRIES TO TARGET AMERICAN CITIZENS ABSENT ANY LEGITIMATE BASIS WHATSOEVER, ABSENT ANY SCINTILLA OF EVIDENCE PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES NOT PLAY BY THOSE RULES DURING THE JULY 25th CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP DIDN'T RAISE LEGITIMATE CORRUPTION CONCERNS AS IT RELATES TO UKRAINE PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT MENTION THE WORD CORRUPTION ONCE

THE PRESIDENT DID, HOWEVER, VICIOUSLY MALIGN FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE MARIE YOVANOVITCH, A DISTINGUISHED ANTI-CORRUPTION ADVOCATE, WHOM HE ABRUPTLY REMOVED BECAUSE SHE WAS SEEN AS AN OBSTACLE TO HIS GEOPOLITICAL SHAKEDOWN AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH JOINED THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS UNDER PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN AND SUBSEQUENTLY SERVED THREE OTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS SHE IS A HIGHLY RESPECTED DIPLOMAT AND FOREIGN SERVICE PROFESSIONAL

YET, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD THE NEW UKRAINIAN LEADER THE FORMER AMBASSADOR FROM THE UNITED STATES, THE WOMAN, WAS BAD NEWS AND THE PEOPLE SHE WAS DEALING WITH IN THE UKRAINE WERE BAD NEWS SO I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT HE DIDN'T STOP THERE LATER IN THE CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP OMINOUSLY ADDED, WELL, SHE'S GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH DID NOT KNOW OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DISPARAGING REMARKS AT THE TIME SHE DIDN'T LEARN OF THEM UNTIL THE CALL RECORD BECAME PUBLIC IN SEPTEMBER ASKED WHETHER SHE FELT THREATENED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S STATEMENT THAT SHE WAS GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS, AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH ANSWERED THAT SHE DID HEAR IS WHAT SHE SAID >> THE NEXT EXCERPT WHEN THE PRESIDENT REFERENCES YOU, IT'S A SHORT ONE, BUT HE SAID WELL SHE'S GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS

WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, AND YOU READ THAT YOU WERE GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS? >> I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK, BUT I WAS VERY CONCERNED >> WHAT WERE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT? >> SHE'S GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS IT DIDN'T SOUND GOOD IT SOUNDED LIKE A THREAT >> DID YOU FEEL THREATENED? >> I DID

>> DURING THAT SAME CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRAISE YURI LUNSENKO MR LUN SENKO WAS WIDELY REGARDED BY THE ENTIRE FREE WORLD, INCLUDING OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND TO BE CORRUPT AND INCOMPETENT BUT DONALD JOHN TRUMP, OUR PRESIDENT, PRAISED HIM ON THAT CALL HE TOLD PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, QUOTE, I HEARD YOU HAD A PROSECUTOR WHO WAS VERY GOOD AND HE WAS SHUT DOWN AND THAT'S REALLY UNFAIR

A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT, THE WAY THEY SHUT YOUR VERY GOOD PROSECUTOR DOWN AND YOU HAD SOME VERY BAD PEOPLE INVOLVED THINK ABOUT THIS CONTRAST THE PRESIDENT BASHED THE CAREER AMERICAN DIPLOMAT AN ANTI-CORRUPTION CHAMPION WHO HE UNCEREMONIOUSLY REMOVED BECAUSE SHE WAS VIEWED AS AN OBSTACLE TO HIS EFFORTS TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION

AND AT THE SAME TIME PRAISED SOMEONE WHO HE THOUGHT COULD BE AN ASSET A CORRUPT UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR WHO THE FREE WORLD VIEWED AS AN OBSTACLE TO THE RULE OF LAW THE IDEA THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CARES ABOUT CORRUPTION IS LAUGHABLE IT'S LAUGHABLE PLAIN READING OF THE ROUGH TRANSCRIPT OF THE JULY 25th CALL ALSO SHEDS LIGHT ON THE QUID PRO QUO INVOLVING THE OVAL OFFICE MEETING THAT HAD BEEN SOUGHT

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SAID ON THE CALL I ALSO WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVITATION TO VISIT THE UNITED STATES SPECIFICALLY WASHINGTON, DC ON THE OTHER HAND I ALSO WANTED TO ENSURE THAT WE WILL BE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THE CASE AND WILL WORK ON THE INVESTIGATION AS ALL OF YOU KNOW HERE IN THIS DISTINGUISHED BODY QUID PRO QUO IS A LATIN TERM

IT MEANS THIS FOR THAT STATEMENT THAT I JUST READ SHOWS THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY FULLY UNDERSTOOD AT THE TIME OF THIS JULY 25th CALL THAT IF HE YIELDED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEMAND FOR PHONY INVESTIGATION HE WOULD GET THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING IN THE OVAL OFFICE THAT HE DESPERATELY SOUGHT THIS FOR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REPEATEDLY INSISTED THAT HIS JULY 25th CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS A PERFECT CALL HIS STAFF AT THE WHITE HOUSE APPARENTLY BELIEVED OTHERWISE

THE PRESS OFFICE ISSUED A SHORT AND INCOMPLETE SUMMARY OF THE JULY 25th CALL LET ME READ IT FOR YOUR HEARING TODAY PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP SPOKE BY TELEPHONE WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR ZELENSKY OF UKRAINE TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS RECENT — >> RESTORE ORDER IN THE GALLERY AND THE SCRIPTURE SAYS FOR THE LORD LOVES JUSTICE AND WILL NOT ABANDON HIS FAITHFUL ONES

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CALL READOUT, JULY 25th, 2019 TODAY, PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP SPOKE BY TELEPHONE WITH PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY OF UKRAINE TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS RECENT ELECTION PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DISCUSSED WAYS TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND UKRAINE, INCLUDING ENERGY AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION BOTH LEADERS ALSO EXPRESSED THAT THEY LOOKED FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET

THAT IS THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CALL READOUT DATED JULY 25th, 2019 THE OFFICIAL READOUT PROVIDED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OMITTED KEY ELEMENTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S CONVERSATION LET'S REVIEW THE OFFICIAL READOUT DID NOT MENTION THE PHONY INVESTIGATIONS REQUESTED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP THE OFFICIAL READOUT DID NOT MENTION THE OVAL OFFICE MEETING SOUGHT BY PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

THE OFFICIAL READOUT DID NOT MENTION PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ELEVATION OF A DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY PROMOTED BY VLADIMIR PUTIN ABOUT 2016 ELECTION INTERFERENCE THE OFFICIAL READOUT DID NOT MENTION PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEMAND THAT UKRAINE INVESTIGATE HIS DOMESTIC POLITICAL RIVAL JOE BIDEN THE OFFICIAL READOUT DID NOT MENTION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MALIGNED AND THREATENED AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH AND THE OFFICIAL READOUT DID NOT MENTION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PRAISED A CORRUPT FORMER UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR THE COMPLETE CONVERSATION, HOWEVER, BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, THAT WE JUST OUTLINED, OFFERS POWERFUL EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER AND SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION

THE 2020 ELECTION SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S STAFF LISTENING IN ON THE CALL IMMEDIATELY GREW CONCERNED AS HE SAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM LISTENING TO THE CONVERSATION LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALEXANDER VINDMAN REALIZED THAT THE PRESIDENT'S DEMANDS OF THE UKRAINIAN LEADER WERE INAPPROPRIATE AND IMPROPER HE QUICKLY RECOGNIZED THAT AS THE PRESIDENT BEGAN REFERENCING THE BIDENS AND CROWD STRIKE THE CALL WAS DIVERGING FROM THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSEL APPROVED TALKING POINTS THAT HE HELPED PREPARE LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN, 20 YEAR IRAQ WAR VETERAN, PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT, AN AMERICAN PATRIOT

HE TESTIFIED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CALL THAT DUE TO THE UNEQUAL BARGAINING POSITION OF THE TWO LEADERS AND UKRAINE'S DEPENDENCE ON THE UNITED STATES, THE FAVOR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN PERCEIVED BY PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AS A DEMAND LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN WORRIED THAT THE CALL WOULD UNDERMINE US NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND HE KNEW IMMEDIATELY THAT HE HAD A DUTY TO REPORT THE CONTENTS OF THE CALL TO WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS >> I WAS CONCERNED BY THE CALL

WHAT I HEARD WAS INAPPROPRIATE AND I REPORTED MY CONCERNS TO MRIZENBERG IT IS IMPROPER FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DEMAND A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATE A US CITIZEN AND A POLITICAL OPPONENT

I WAS ALSO CLEAR THAT IF UKRAINE PURSUED AN INVESTIGATION IT WAS ALSO CLEAR THAT IF UKRAINE PURSUED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE 2016 ELECTIONS, THE BIDENS AND BURISMA — LOSING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT UNDERMINING US NATIONAL SECURITY AND INVESTING RUSSIA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES >> RECOUNTING THE CONTENT OF THE CALL BASED ON HIS DETAILED HANDWRITTEN NOTES LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN TOLD THE LAWYERS THAT HE BELIEVED IT WAS WRONG FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ASK PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO INVESTIGATE VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN OTHER WITNESSES WERE ALSO TROUBLED BY WHAT THEY HEARD

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE'S ADVISER JENNIFER WILLIAMS EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RAISED A DOMESTIC POLITICAL MATTER ON AN OFFICIAL CALL WITH A FOREIGN LEADER SHE TESTIFIED THAT THE MENTION OF INVESTIGATIONS STRUCK HER AS UNUSUAL AND POSSIBLY POLITICAL IN NATURE SHE SAID I GUESS FOR ME IT SHED SOME LIGHT ON POSSIBLE OTHER MOTIVES BEHIND A SECURITY ASSISTANCE POLL TIMOTHY MORRISON, A FORMER REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER WHO REPLACED DR FIONA HILL IN JULY OF 2019 ALSO REPORTED THE CALL TO NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSEL LAWYERS

AFTER THE CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUED TO PUSH THE SCHEME FORWARD ON JULY 26th, THE VERY NEXT DAY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AND AMBASSADOR TAYLOR MET WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND OTHER UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS ACCORDING TO DAVID HOLMES THE UKRAINE BASED DIPLOMAT WHO SERVED AS THE NOTE TAKER, THE UKRAINIAN LEADER MENTIONED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD BROUGHT UP SOME VERY SENSITIVE ISSUES DURING THE JULY 25th CALL VERY SENSITIVE ISSUES SENSITIV

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND THEN HAD A PRIVATE MEETING WITH ANDRIY YERMAK, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S TOP AIDE THE TWO MEN INSISTED THAT THE MEETING BE ONE ON ONE WITH NO NOTETAKER PERHAPS DUE TO THE SENSITIVE ISSUES THAT MIGHT COME UP AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TESTIFIED THAT HE AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S AIDE PROBABLY DISCUSSED THE ISSUE T OF INVESTIGATIONS AFTER THESE KEY MOMENTS IN UKRAINE, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WENT TO LUNCH WITH DAVID HOLE ALMS AND TWO OTHER AMERICAN OFFICIALS

LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN SAT CLOSE ENOUGH TO HEAR THE DETAILS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY PHONE CALL BETWEEN MR SONDLAND AND PRESIDENT TRUMP AS MR HOLMES RELAYED DURING HIS SWORN TESTIMONY UNDER OATH, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND PULLED OUT HIS UNSECURED CELL PHONE AND SAID THAT HE WAS GOING TO CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GIVE HIM AN UPDATE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT WAS SHOCKING

>> AMBASSADOR SONDLAND'S PHONE WAS NOT ON SPEAKERPHONE I COULD HEAR THE PRESIDENT'S VOICE THROUGH THE EAR PIECE OF THE PHONE THE PRESIDENT'S VOICE WAS LOUD AND RECOGNIZABLE AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND HELD THE PHONE AWAY FROM HIS EAR FOR A PERIOD OF TIME PRESUMABLY BECAUSE OF THE LOUD VOLUME I HEARD AMBASSADOR SONDLAND GREET THE PRESIDENT AND EXPLAIN HE WAS CALLING FROM KYIV

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND REPLIED, YES, HE WAS IN UKRAINE AND WENT ONTO STATE THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, QUOTE, LOVES YOUR ASS — >> WE WANTOU TO PAUSE BRIEFLY T ALLOW SOME STATIONS TO RETURN TO REGULAR PROGRAMMING FOR THE REST OFLA YOU, OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES >> HE'S GOING TO DO IT HE WILL DO ANYTHING YOU ASK HIM TO DO IMMEDIATELY AFTER THIS CALL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, MR

HOLMES FOLLOWED UP WITH AMBASSADOR SONDLAND >> AFTER THE CALL ENDED, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND REMARKED THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS IN A BAD MOOD AS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND STATED, IT WAS OFTEN THE CASE IN THE EARLY MORNING I TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK AMBASSADOR SONDLAND FOR HIS IMPRESSION OF THE PRESIDENT'S VIEWS ON UKRAINE IN PARTICULAR, I ASKED AMBASSADOR SONDLAND IF IT WAS TRUE THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT GIVE AN EXPLETIVE ABOUT UKRAINE

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AGREED THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT GIVE AN EXPLETIVE ABOUT NUKRAINE I ASKED WHY NOT? HE STATED THAT THE PRESIDENT ONLY CARES ABOUT BIGTE STUFF I NOTED THERE WAS BIG STUFF GOING ON IN UKRAINE,OT LIKE A W WITH RUSSIA AMBASSADOR SONDLAND REPLIED THAT HE MEANT BIG STUFF THAT BENEFITS THE PRESIDENT, LIKE THE BIDEN INVESTIGATION THAT MR GIULIANI WAS PUSHING

THE CONVERSATION THEN MOVED ON TO OTHER TOPICS >> DURING THE JULY 25th CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED FOR THE FAVOR OF THESE TWO PHONY POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT BROUGHT UP DEFENSE ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINE AND THE FOLLOWING DAY, AMBASSADOR SONDLANDASAN CONFIRMO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT UKRAINE WOULD INDEED INITIATE THE INVESTIGATIONSEN DISCUSSED ON T CALL O WHICH WAS THE ONLY THING THE PRESIDENT CARED ABOUT WITH RESPECT TO UKRAINE HE DIDN'T CARE THAT RUSSIA WAS FORCEFULLY OCCUPYING EASTERN UKRAINE, PRESIDENT TRUMP DIDN'T CARE THAT THOUSANDS OF UKRAINIANS APPARENTLY HAVE DIED FIGHTING FOR THEIR DEMOCRACY

HE DIDN'T SEEM TO CARE THAT SUPPORTING UKRAINE BOLSTERS AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY BUT HE CARED ABOUT HIMSELF AS IT RELATES TO THE PROSPECTS OF HIS RE-ELECTION IN 2020 IN02 NOVEMBER, PRESIDENT TRUMP DENIED THAT, HE SPOKE TO AMBASSADOR SONDLAND ON JULY 26th TELLING REPORTERS I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THAT BUT IN HIS PUBLIC TESTIMONY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND CONTRADICTED THAT ASSERTION WITH OFFICIAL RECORDS HE OBTAINED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AMBASSADOR SONDLAND FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT HOLMES' TESTIMONY REFRESHED HIS RECOLLECTION ABOUT THE JULY 26th CALL WHICH AMBASSADORAL SONDLAND HAD NOT ORIGINALLY DESCRIBED WHEN HE FIRST APPEARED AT A DEPOSITION BEFORE THE HOUSE

ALSO ON JULY 26th SHORTLY AFTER OUR MEETING, I SPOKE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP CALL DATES AND TIMES HAVE BEEN SHARED WITH MY ATTORNEYS THE CALL LASTED FIVE MINUTES I REMEMBER I WAS AT A RESTAURAT IN KYIV AND I HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT THAT THIS CONVERSATION INCLUDED THE SUBJECT OF INVESTIGATION AGAIN, GIVEN MR

GIULIANI'S DEMAND THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY MAKE AEL PUBLIC STATEMENT ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS, I KNEW THAT INVESTIGATIONS WERE IMPORTANT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP >> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THAT THE JULY 25th CONVERSATION WAS A PERFECT CALL IT WAS FAR FROM PERFECT IN A PERFECT CALL, THE PRESIDENT COULD NOT DEMAND A POLITICAL FAVOR FROM A VULNERABLE UKRAINE, UNDER ATTACK BY A RUSSIAN FOE IN A PERFECT CALL, THE PRESIDENT COULD NOT DEMAND THAT A FOREIGN LEADERIG INVESTIGATE A RUSSIAN-INSPIRED CONSPIRACY ABOUTED THE 2016 ELECTION

IN A PERFECT CALL, THE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT PRESSURE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO TARGET AN AMERICAN CITIZEN FOR POLITICAL PERSONAL GAIN IN A PERFECTSO CALL, THE PRESIDT WOULD NOT SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION IN A PERFECT CALL, THE PRESIDET WOULD NOT THREATEN THE WELL-BEING OF A HIGHLY RESPECTED AMERICAN AMBASSADOR AND SAY THAT SHE WAS GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS IN A PERFECT CALL, THE PRESIDENT WOULD NOTDE PRAISE A DISGRACED FORMER PROSECUTOR WHO THE FREE WORLD VIEWED AS CORRUPT AND INCOMPETENT AND IN A PERFECT CALL, THE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT HAVE DIRECTED A FOREIGN LEADER TO FOLLOW UP WITH RUDOLPH GIULIANI, A HUMAN HAND GRENADE

THIS WAS NOT A PERFECT CALL IT IS DIRECT EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP CORRUPTLY ABUSED HIS POWER AND SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION >> THE MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED >> COLLEAGUES WILL NOW TAKE A 30-MINUTE BREAK FOR DINNER, RECONVENE AT FIVE MINUTES AFTER 7:00 SO I ASK CONTENT THE SENATE STAND IN RECESS DURING THAT TIME

>> WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED >> SO THERE IS THE DINNER BREAK WE ARE AT ABOUT THE 5 1/2-HOUR MARK WE EXPECT THE DEMOCRATS AND THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS TO MAKE THEIR CASE I WANT TO CHECK IN WITH OUR CORRESPONDENTS

LOOK, I DON'T WANT TO FORCE YOU TO JUDGE THESE ARGUMENTS ALL THE WAY THROUGH WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FOR THE REST OF THESE ARGUMENTS TO SORT OF TELL YOU WHERE THE DEMOCRATS ARE HEADED HERE? WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WELL AND WHAT DO THEY STILL NEED TO IMPROVE ATON >> I KNOW IT SEEMS TEDIOUS TO VIEWERS AND IT MAY BE TEDIOUS IN THE SENATE, BUT THEY HAVE TO DO THIS THEY HAVE TO GO INTO ALL THESE DETAILS TO BUILD THIS NARRATIVE THAT THEY T KNOW IS THERE YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO SAY, IF THE ONLY ISSUE HERE WAS THAT THESE EVENTS HAPPENED, THIS IS AN OVERWHELMING CASE

THE EVIDENCECE IS OVERWHELMING BUT THEY HAVE TO — THEY HAVE TO PUT ALL OF THIS OUT THERE >> YOU AND I WERE TALKING, IF THEY WOULD JUSTG, REFER TO A TIMELINE ALL THE TIME, THIS MIGHT BE EASIER TO FOLLOW DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD COME UP TO SOMELD SORT OF CONSTRUCTION MAKE ITON EASIER TO FOLLOW THIS BIT — >> THAT IS A TRIAL TECHNIQUE YOU WANT TO MAKE IT AS EASY FOR THE — IF THIS WAS A REGULAR TRIAL, AS EASY AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT'S A LOT OF NUMBERS AND DATES AND FIGURES COMING IN AND SO IT'S HELPFUL TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT THE SENATORS CAN KEEP LOOKING BACK AT AND SAYING, I SEE WHERE THIS FITS IN NOW AND THAT MAY BE SOMETHING THAT THEY DECIDE TO DO IN THEIR CLOSING ARGUMENT

>> LET ME GO TO CAPITOL HILL KASIE HUNT, OUR CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT KASIE, WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH ROUND ONE OF THREE DAYS OF ROUNDS IT SEEMED AT THE LAST BREAK, THE REPUBLICAN TALKING POINT IS WE'RE NOT LEARNING ANYTHING NEW WHICH I GET WHAT THEY'RE DOING THERE WHAT'S THE FEELING IN JUST WHAT YOU'RE HEARING AND SEEING RIGHT NOW? >> Reporter: I THINK THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SPEAKING TO HERE, CHUCK

AND THAT KIND OF REPETITIVE, YOU KNOW, OKAY, FINE YOU HAVEN'T TOLD ME ANYTHING LATELY IS THE MESSAGE THAT THEY AT LEAST WE SHOULD SAY THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENDERS ARE TRYING TO PUSH HERE AND I THINK WHAT YOU AND CAROL WERE TALKING ABOUT IS EXACTLY RIGHT I THINK THE BIG QUESTION HERE IS HOW MUCH OF THIS IS SINKING IN THERE CLEARLY HAVE BEEN MOMENTS ON THE FLOOR THAT HAVE BROKEN THROUGH WHERE PEOPLE HAVE TOLD A COMPELLING ANECDOTE I NOTICED WHEN I WAS SITTING IN THES CHAMBER THAT THEY WERE AB TO GRAB THE SENATORS' ATTENTION WHENTI THEY PLAY VIDEOTAPE

YOU'LL SEE THEM TURN TO THE TVS THAT ARE SITTING ON THE FLOOR YOU'LL SEE THEM MAKE COMMENTS TO EACH OTHER ABOUT WHAT THEY'VE SEEN BUT OTHERWISE, IT'S HARD TO REALLY SEE HOW THEY ARE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION AND ABSORBING EVERY WORD OBVIOUSLY SOME OF THEM ARE TAKINGHE NOTES I SAW RAND PAUL HAD A HIDDEN CROSSWORD PUZZLE IN HIS STACK OF DOCUMENTS THAT HE WAS — >> PROBABLY NOT THE ONLY ONE

HE'S PROBABLY NOT THE ONLY ONE DOING A CROSSWORD >> I DON'T WANT TO NECESSARILY REPORT THAT THERE ARE ANY OTHERS DOING SIMILAR THINGS HOWEVER, IT'S A STRUGGLE, I THINK AND MY QUESTION IS, HOW DOES THIS TRANSLATE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WERI KNOW THAT IT'S CLEARLY BREAKING THROUGH AND PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY ATTUNED TO THIS, WHO ARE ALREADY HIGH-INFORMATION VOTERS, ARE PAYING VERY CLOSE ATTENTION AND WE ARE HEARING FROM OFFICES THAT THEY'RE GETTINGHE COMMENTS FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT NECESSARILY THAT KIND OF OVERWHELMING TIDE THAT WE SEE WITH MAJOR ISSUES

BUT THE QUESTION HERE IS HOW IS THIS GOING OVER WITH PERHAPS LOWER INFORMATION VOTERS WHO ARE GOING TO MAKE THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE DECISIONS BUT ALSO THE DECISIONS IN THE SENATE RACES AS SOME OF THESE SENATORS ARE CONSIDERING I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF OPEN QUESTIONS STILL AT THIS STAGE CLEARLY WE KNOW WHAT THE MESSAGING CHANNELS ARE GOING TO BE AND I THINK WE'RE WAITING TO SEE IF WE'RE GOING TO GET A CURVEBALL HERE ON THE WITNESS QUESTION >> LET ME GO DOWN TO THE OTHER END OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE HALLIE JACKSON, THE PART OF TODAY, TOMORROW AND FRIDAY THAT I KNOW YOU'RE CURIOUS ABOUT IS, HOW WILL THE PRESIDENT HANDLE THE FACT THAT ESSENTIALLY DEMOCRATS HAVE AN UNINTERRUPTED PERIOD OF TIME TONT LAY THIS OU WITHOUT A REBUTTAL, WITHOUT HIM BEING ABLE TOUT INSERT HIS LITT JOINERS IN THERE

HE'S JUST LANDED HE'S JUST GOTTEN THERE IS HE GOING TO INSERT HIMSELF? >> Reporter: I WAS GOING TO JUMP IN AND SAY HE HAD A HAND ON THE FACTN THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT HIM OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS AND HIS DEFENSE IT'S ABOUT HIS CONDUCT BUT HERE'S WHATIT I WOULD SAY, CHUCK, THE PRESIDENT IS INSERTING HIMSELF

WE TALLIED UP THE NUMBER OF TWEETS TODAY, HE BROKE A RECORD HIS LAST RECORD WAS 123 TWEETS WHEN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WERE CONSIDERING SENDING THE ARTICLES OVER THE PRESIDENT IS INSERTING HIMSELF BY TRYING TO DRIVE THE NEWS CYCLE BY TWEETING ABOUT THIS HE'S RETWEETING HIS ALLIES, PEOPLE HE LIKES, THIS IS AN EFFORT BY THE WHITE HOUSE TO TRY TO GET THEIR MESSAGING OUT THERE YOU ARE SEEING HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL JAY SEKULOW COME OUT DURING BREAKS, WE MAY OR MAY NOT SEE THIS AT THIS BREAK, TO GIVE THE WHITE HOUSEO MESSAGE WHICH FIND INTERESTING BECAUSE BEHIND THE SCENES I HEARD GRUMBLING ABOUT HOW ADAM SCHIFF, FOR EXAMPLE, OR JERRY NADLER WOULD COME OUT BREAKS AND TALK TO THE CAMERAS AND NOW HERE THE WHITE HOUSE IS, YOU KNOW, DOING THE SAME, TRYING TO FRANKLY SEIZE ON ANDRY CAPITALIZE ON SOME OF THE INTEREST AROUND THISIT AND MAKE SURE THAT EVEN THOUGH ADAM SCHIFF AND HIS TEAMRE HAS THE STAGE RIGHT NOW, BACKSTAGE OR IN THE WINGS, YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE TEAM SELLING THEIR ARGUMENT

THEY'LL GET THEIR OPPORTUNITY PROBABLY STARTING G ON SATURDAY THE WORD I KEEP HEARING AGAIN AND AGAIN IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MY C SOURCES IS FLUIDITY, FLEXIBILITY THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE RESPONDING IN KIND TO WHAT THEY ARE HEARING FROM THE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS HERE AND THE PRESIDENT, WE KNOW, IS SO ENGAGED IN THIS SO FAR THE REVIEWS SEEM TO BE MOSTLY POSITIVE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP, AT LEAST PUBLICLY AND FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD PRIVATELY FROM SOME OF HIS AIDES IF IT STARTS TO GET — I DON'T WANT TO SAY DULL

IF THE D PRESIDENT STARTS TO FE LIKE HIS TEAM IS LOSING THEIR AUDIENCE, THEN YOU MIGHT SEE SOME POTENTIAL FIREWORKS THERE >> SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR THERE, THANK YOU I WANT TO ASK KASIE ABOUT A MOMENT VERY EARLY IN THIS NEW ROUND AFTER THE BREAK AND THAT WAS JERROLD NADLER'S ROLE CHUCK SCHUMER WAS PRETTY ROUGH HE CLEARLY SEEMED TO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT ISSUE THAT SENATORS ARE NOT HAPPY, PARTICULARLY SOME REPUBLICAN SENATORS AREOM UNHAPPY WITH CONGRESSMAN NADLER

ARE THEY TRYING TO USE HIM LESS NOW? >> CHUCK, NOBODY IS EVER GOING TO SAY THAT OUTRIGHT AND THEY'RE TRYING TO MANAGE THE HOUSE GROUP BUT IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT NADLER GOT OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT WITH THE SENATE WITH WRAPPED LAST NIGHT AND ONE REPORTER SAID THEY ASKED ADAM SCHIFF A QUESTION, JERRY NADLER TRIED TO ANSWER IT AND HE WAS TOLD THAT ADAM SCHIFF WAS GOING TO BE TAKING THE QUESTIONS TODAY I THINK THAT GIVES YOU A LITTLE TASTE OF THAT

THERE'S CLEARLY SOME FRUSTRATION, I THINK IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THE CONSENSUS ALL THE WAY ALONG INSIDE THE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE SORT OF MEMBERSEM AND PEOPLE WHO WER INVOLVED IN IT HAS BEEN THAT SPEAKER PELOSIAS IS DOING THIS WITH ADAM SCHIFF BECAUSE NADLER IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, HE'S INVOLVED BUT IT'S NOT — HE'S NOT NECESSARILY PLAYING THE KIND OF ROLE THAT WOULD BE TYPICAL OF SOMEONE IN HIS POSITION >> THANK YOU THERE

CHECK IN WITH PETE WILLIAMS PETE, I FEEL LIKE WE'RE SITTING HERE SAYING, WE'RE IN THE MIDDE OF THE RACE, YOU KNOW, IT'S LAP 200 THERE'S 300 LAPS TO GO WHAT HAVE YOU OBSERVED? >> A COUPLE OF THINGS, CHUCK FIRST OF ALL, NUMBER ONE, I HAVE TO SAY, SOMETHING ABOUT THE CHIF JUSTICE AND HOW QUICKLY HE RESPONDED TO THAT BRIEF PROTEST THAT SUDDENLY SOMEONE YELLED IN THE GALLERY

HE WAS CLEARLY PREPARED FOR IT HE KNEW THE SCRIPT OF WHAT TO SAY OBVIOUSLY HE WASSA WELL PREPARE FOR THAT, INDICATING ALL OF THE EVENTUALITIES THAT HE'S HAD TO CONTENDS WITH OCCASIONALLY, IT DOES HAPPEN IN THE US

SUPREME COURT SOMEONE WILL STAND UP IN THEIR SEAT AND START YELLING MAYBE ONCE A TERM ON AVERAGE SO HE'S HAD TO CONTEND WITH THAT BEFORE I WAS IMPRESSED BY HOW QUICKLY HE KNEW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THE SERGEANT OF ARMS — >> YOU THINK HE'S GOT IT WRITTEN RIGHT THERE? >> APPARENTLY SO OR TAB 46 IN THE NOTEBOOK

THE SECOND THING THAT I JUST HAVE TO WONDER IS, TRYING TO HOLDYI THE ATTENTION OF SENATOR ON THE SENATE FLOOR THIS DOES SEE ALL OFLY GLACIAL TO ME YOU HAVE TO LAY OUT ALL OF THE FACTS YOU HAVE TO BUILD A CASE THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHETHER IT REALLY TAKES 12 HOURS TO DO IT OR WHETHER IT COULD BE SPEEDED UP A LITTLE BIT AND MAYBE IN AN AGE — THIS IS SORT OF THE TEMPO YOU WOULD HAVE EXPECTED TO HEAR DURING THE JOHNSON IMPEACHMENT

>> RIGHT YEAH A CENTURY AND A HALF AGO CAROL, RESPOND TO THAT LISTEN TO WHAT JUST HAPPENED

KASIE TOLD YOU THAT YOUR JURORS ARE GETTING GROGGY PETE WILLIAMS SAID THE SAME THING WHAT DO YOU DO TONIGHT? >> FIRST I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT THIS IS AN ATTORNEY TRIAL'S DREAM, YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO TALK TO THE JURORS BUT YOU HAVE A HUNDRED JURORS ANDDR THEY ARE AT ANY GIVEN POI, IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW GREAT OF A JOB YOU'RE DOING, THERE IS A PERCENTAGE OF THEM WHO AREU' NO GOINGTH TO BE PAYING ATTENTION AND YOU HAVE TO HOPE THAT — >> IT'S ROUGH

THE REPETITION WAS GLACIAL >> AND IT DOES IF THERE WAS SOMEBODY WHO WAS ACTUALLY LISTENING FOR THE ENTIRE TIME, F THEY WOULD SAY, Y ARE YOU REPEATING YOURSELF SO MANY TIMES BUT YOU HAVE TO GET EVERYBODY HEARING ALL PARTS OF THIS AND SO SOME REPETITION IS NECESSARY >> YOU HAVE TO ASSUME ONE OUT OF FIVE SENATORS MAY BE NODDING OFF AT ANYNG MOMENT IN TIME

>> PROBABLY NOT A BAD — >> OR EYES GLAZING OVER, TYPE OF THING THANK YOU WITH THE SENATE IN RECESS FOR DINNER, WE'RE GOING TO CONCLUDE OUR COVERAGE FOR NOW WHEN THE TRIAL N ASSUMES, YOU C WATCH CONTINUING COVERAGE ON NBCNEWSCOM

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>> YOU'RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW SPECIAL COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL TODAY, THE FIRST DAY OF OPENING ARGUMENTS LEANNE CALDWELL JOINS ME FROM THE CAPITOL HOUSE MANAGERS ARE TAKING A BREAK FOR DINNER WE'VE HEARD SEVERAL HOURS OF ARGUMENTS FROM SEVERAL OF THE HOUSE MANAGERS

WHAT HAVE THEY ESTABLISHED SO FAR S TODAY? >> Reporter: WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TOY' ESTABLISH IS THE RECORD THEY'RE OPERATING UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT SOME T OF THESE SENATORS HAVEN'T MADE MUCH ATTENTION TO THIS ENTIRE PROCESS OR THIS INVESTIGATION UP UNTIL THIS POINT ADAM SCHIFF, HE LET OFF GIVING AN OVERVIEW AND A SUMMARY OF WHAT THE REST OF THE CASE WAS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND HE REALLY ATTEMPTED, ANYWAY, TO TUG AT THE SENATORS' HEART STRINGS, TRYING TO APPEAL TO THEIR SENSE OFO FAIRNESS, THEIR SENSE OF DUTY AS SENATORS, TO HEAR ALL OF THE FACTS IN THIS CASE AND TO CONTEMPLATE THEM THOROUGHLY AND ACCURATELY AND THEN AFTER SCHIFF WRAPPED WITH HIS DEFENSE, THEN EACH OF THE MANAGERS TOOK THEIR AREA OF SPECIALTY AND REALLY BROKE DOWN EACH AREA OF THIS ENTIRE INVESTIGATION

ONE TALKED ABOUT THE WITHHOLDING OF FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANOTHER TALKED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S WITHHOLDING OF A MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AND SO THE MANAGERS' MESSAGE WAS IN FACT VERY MUCH METHODICAL A LOT OF IT WAS REPETITIVE BUT THEY'RE TRYING TO PROVE THEIR POINT AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE ACCURATELY AND FULLY, I GUESS — >> I LIKE THAT WORD

I GET WHAT YOU'RE SAYING HERE >> RIGHT AND SO THEY HAVE A BIG JOB TO DO THIS IS A VERY COMPLICATED SUBJECT AS WELL AT FIRST IT WAS JUST A PHONE CALL, A TRANSCRIPT OF A PHONE CALL AND THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT

BUT THE MORE THEY INVESTIGATED, THERE WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION, VERY COMPLICATED INFORMATION, FULL OF TIMELINES WHERE THE DATES MATTER, THE MATTERS OF IT SO WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO DO IS PAINT A STORY AND PAINT A PICTURE FOR THE SENATORS HERE, ALLISON >> ADAM SCHIFF WASTED NO TIME QUOTING ALEXANDER HAMILTON I WANT TO PLAY HIS OPENING COMMENTS >> WHEN A MAN, UNPRINCIPLED IN PRIVATE LIFE, DESPERATE IN HIS FORTUNES, BOLD IN HIS TEMPER HAVING THE ADVANTAGE OF MILITARY HABITS, KNOWN TO HAVE SCOFFED IN PRIVATE AT THE PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY, WHEN SUCH A MAN IS SEEN TO MOUNT THE HOBBY HORSE, THE POPULARITY TO JOIN IN THE CRY OF DANGER TO LIBERTY, TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY OF EMBARRASSING THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT AND BRINGING IT UNDER SUSPICION, TO FLATTER AND FALL IN WITH ALL THE NONSENSE OF THE DAY, IT MAY JUSTLY BE SUSPECTED THAT HIS OBJECT IS TO THROW THINGS INTO CONFUSION, THAT HE MIGHT RIDE THE STORM AND DIRECT THE WHIRLWIND

THOSE WORDS WERE WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER HAMILTON >> THE INTERNET IS LOVING THIS WHAT WAS HE GETTING AT HERE? WHAT KIND OF TONE WAS HE SETTING OFF THE BAT? >> Reporter: MY INTERPRETATION IS HE WAS CHALLENGING THE SENATORS TO THE TO LOOK AT THIS PURELY POLITICALLY THE PRESIDENT IS STILL VERY POPULAR AMONG THE BASE A LOT OF THESE SENATORS TIE THEIR POLITICAL FORTUNES TO THIS PRESIDENT AND SO WHAT I TOOK IS ADAM SCHIFF CHALLENGING THEM ON THAT NOTION THAT DON'T NECESSARILY DO WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU POLITICALLY, BUT DO WHAT IS RIGHT

AND SO WE'LL SEE HOW IF IT WORKS OR IF IT BACKFIRES ON HIM BUT THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT I THINK THAT ADAM SCHIFF IS TRYING TO GET ACROSS >> NADLER'S OPENING — I'M SORRY IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY, HUH? THAT'S WHERE WE ARE IN NADLER'S OPENING ARGUMENTS, I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY THAT FOR YOU TOO

>> PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE OBJECT OF THE PRESIDENT'S UKRAINE SCHEME WAS TO OBTAIN A CORRUPT ADVANTAGE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN AS WE WILL SHOW, THE PRESIDENT WENT TO EXTRAORDINARY LENGTHS TO CHEAT IN THE NEXT ELECTION THAT SCHEME BEGINS WITH THE ATTEMPT TO GET AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH, QUOTE, OUT OF THE WAY, UNQUOTE >> HOW DID NADLER BACK THAT UP? >> Reporter: WELL, HE WENT THROUGH THE FACTS OF THE CASE IN TALKING ABOUT HOW — ABOUT THE BIDENS AND HOW THE, YOU KNOW, THE ENTIRE — ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THESE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS HAVE BEEN HONING IN ON THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE DAY IS NOT ONLY IS IT THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T ACTUALLY WANT — CARE ABOUT THE ACTUAL INVESTIGATION HE WANTED THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS AND HUNTER BIDEN

THAT THEY ARE SAYING REALLY FLIES IN THE FACE OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM'S ARGUMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT CORRUPTION BECAUSE PERHAPS SAY IF THE BIDENS WERE CORRUPT, THEN THE MANAGERS ARE SAYING THAT THEN HE WOULD ACTUALLY WANT AN INVESTIGATION INTO THEM BUT, NO, HE JUST WANTED AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN INVESTIGATION TO HURT THE BIDENS POLITICALLY JOE BIDEN, SPECIFIC, ALLISON >> THE QUESTION OF WITNESSES, OF COURSE, STILL A BIG ISSUE TODAY

MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF TRADING WITNESSES, LISTEN TO HIS ANSWER HERE >> WOULD YOU BE OPEN TO, SAY, A WITNESS TRADE FOR HUNTER — >> NO I THINK THAT'S OFF THE TABLE FIRST OF ALL, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BRING IN ANY WITNESS THEY WANT THEY HAVEN'T WANTED TO

AND THAT TRADE IS NOT ON THE TABLE >> LATER ON, VAL DEMINGS SAID THAT JOHN BOLTON SHOULD TESTIFY IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE WE'VE MADE ANY PROGRESS HERE, HAVE WE? >> Reporter: THERE WAS AN ENTIRE DAY OF VOTING YESTERDAY ON CALLING WITNESSES AND ALL THOSE VOTES CAME DOWN ALONG PARTY LINES WITH EVERY REPUBLICAN OPPOSING BUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE FACED WITH THIS QUESTION LATER ON IN THE PROCESS CHUCK SCHUMER, HE REALLY SHOT DOWN THIS IDEA OF A ONE FOR ONE SWAP SAYING, OKAY, IF YOU ALLOW JOHN BOLTON TO COME TESTIFY, PERHAPS WE'LL GIVE YOU HUNTER BIDEN TO COME TESTIFY

SCHUMER SAID THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN I ALSO ASKED SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM ABOUT THAT IDEA TODAY AS WELL AND HE SAID THAT HE'S NOT INTERESTED IN A TRADE EITHER THE REASON IS BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ARE REALLY HONING IN ON THIS ISSUE OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, THAT IF JOHN BOLTON OR MICK MULVANEY, THE ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF, COME IN AND TESTIFY, THAT IT WILL SHATTER THE PROTECTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH SOME OF HIS CLOSEST ADVISERS IF THEY'RE WILLING TO COME STILL THOSE CONVERSATIONS OUT IN PUBLIC IN AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, REPUBLICANS SAY THAT THAT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY, NOT ONLY NOW BUT IN THE FUTURE IT REALLY SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE TAKING THIS ARGUMENT AND MAKING THIS ESSENTIAL AND CRITICAL IN THEIR DEFENSE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THEIR OPPOSITION TO HAVING ANY MORE WITNESSES COME BEFORE THE SENATE, ALLISON

>> LEANNE, YOU ARE THE EYES ON THE GROUND YOU GIVE US GREAT COLOR COMMENTARY HAS ANYONE FALLEN ASLEEP? >> SENATOR ENHOF TODAY >> OKAY >> HE WAS THE FIRST TO FALL ASLEEP WITHIN THE FIRST 30 MINUTES OF THIS TRIAL OPENING

TO BE FAIR, IT WAS A LATE NIGHT LAST NIGHT AND HE IS 85 YEARS OLD >> FAIR IT IS HARD TO SIT THERE AND NOT BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK AT ALL >> RIGHT, EXACTLY AND, REMEMBER, HIGH SCHOOL, TRYING TO STAY AWAKE

BUT IT WAS VERY INTERESTING HIS SEAT NEIGHBOR GENTLY NUDGED THE SENATOR ON THE ARM TO WAKE HIM UP AND WHISPER TO HIM I DON'T KNOW IF HE'S SAYING THIS, I COULD IMAGINE HIM SAYING THE PRESS IS WATCHING YOU, DO NOT FALL ASLEEP YOU'LL BE ON TWITTER SOON I DON'T KNOW IF THAT HAPPENS

BUT INHOFF NODDED >> THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD JEST DID WE GET ANY MILK DRINKERS THE ONLY OPTION FOR THE SENATORS DURING THE TRIAL, WATER, SPARKING AND MILK ANYONE GO FOR THE MILK TODAY? NO ONE DID YESTERDAY

>> Reporter: NOT YESTERDAY, BUT OUR COLLEAGUE WAS IN THE CHAMBER AND SENATOR TOM COTTON DRANK TWO GLASSES OF MILK HE REALLY DID KNOWING SENATOR COTTON, I'M NOT SURPRISED HE IS — YEAH, HIS FAVORITE THING FOR DINNER IS CHEESECAKE AND MILK MAYBE HE WAS JUST HAVING HIS MILK A LITTLE EARLIER AND HAVE CHEESECAKE FOR DINNER TONIGHT

>> I LIKE THAT THAT'S GOOD MY LAST QUESTION FOR YOU, DID ANYBODY BRING TREATS FOR THE PRESS TODAY? >> SADLY, IT WAS QUITE EMPTY FROM WHAT I SAW, I DID NOT SEE ANY SNACKS, NO TREATS, NO NOTHING LEFT IN THE PRESS GALLERY MAYBE THEY DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO GO PICK IT UP FROM THEIR 2:00 A

M EXIT LAST NIGHT AND TODAY >> I DON'T KNOW PAT TOOMEY, THEY MIGHT HAVE TO CHIP IN AND BRING SNACKS IN >> THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG

>> THERE COULD BE CHEESECAKE THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE'LL CATCH UP WITH YOU A LITTLE LATER >> THANKS ♪♪ ♪♪ >> THEY WANT TO MOVE QUIBBLE

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I'D LIKE TO PLAY SOMETHING HE SAID THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP HIS CASE FOR TRUMP'S REMOVAL FROM OFFICE >> IMPEACHMENT EXISTS FOR CASES IN WHICH THE CONDUCT OF THE PRESIDENT RISES BEYOND MERE POLICIES, DISPUTES, TO BE DECIDED OTHERWISE AND WITHOUT URGENCY AT THE BALLOT BOX INSTEAD, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO CONSIDER A MUCH MORE GRAVE MATTER AND THAT IS AN ATTEMPT TO USE THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY TO CHEAT IN AN ELECTION FOR PRECISELY THIS REASON, THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT CANNOT BE DECIDED AT THE BALLOT BOX

>> YOUR REACTION TO THAT STRATEGY? >> I MEAN, I THINK IT'S A — IT'S BASICALLY TRUE I MEAN, THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF THE STRATEGY HE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE TODAY MORE EFFECTIVE THAN I THOUGHT WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE FACTS IN THE ARGUMENT THAN WHEN HE WAS QUOTING HAMILTON BUT I THOUGHT HE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE AT NOT ONLY REPEATING AND GOING THROUGH THE FACTS

BUT THEN TAKING A PAUSE AND — AND THEN ASKING THE QUESTION, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? AND THEN ANSWERING IT VERY EFFECTIVE TODAY I THINK HIS TONE WAS GOOD HE WAS APPEALING TO THE BETTER ANGELS OF THE SENATE HE WAS ALSO TAKING THE TIME, IN MY OPINION, TO APPEAL TO THE OTHER JURY, IN THIS CASE THE AMERICAN VOTER

SOME HAVE CRITICIZED IT'S TOO BORING BUT THE TRUTH IS DIFFERENT PEOPLE TUNE INTO TELEVISION AT DIFFERENT TIMES SO WE REALLY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT NOT ONLY ARE ALL THE SENATORS AWAKE FOR THIS ARGUMENT BUT EVERYBODY WHO TUNES IN DURING THE DAY OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR DAY GETS THE INFORMATION THEY NEED IN ORDER TO BE REALLY EDUCATED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE WHITE HOUSE >> DANNY, THIS MORNING IN DAVOS, THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT THE DOCUMENTS DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO ACCESS HERE'S WHAT HE SAID >> WE'RE DOING VERY WELL

I GOT TO WATCH ENOUGH I THOUGHT OUR TEAM DID A VERY GOOD JOB BUT HONESTLY, WE HAVE ALL THE MATERIAL THEY DON'T HAVE THE MATERIAL >> DANNY, DEMOCRATS JUMPED ON THAT ONE RIGHT AWAY SAYING THE PRESIDENT'S BRAGGING ABOUT OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE THERE

YOU'RE A DEFENSE ATTORNEY WHAT DO YOU SAY? >> ISN'T IT AMAZING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SUCCESSFULLY GOTTEN US TO A POINT WHERE WE AUTOMATICALLY THINK WHEN HE SAYS SOMETHING LIKE THAT, OH, HE'S NOT SO GREAT WITH WORDS WHAT HE MEANT INSTEAD OF MATERIAL IS SUBSTANCE HE MEANT PROBABLY — BECAUSE I'M SURE THAT'S PROBABLY WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY HE HAS TO SAY

THERE'S NO OTHER DEFENSE TO SAYING WE HAVE THE MATERIAL THEY DON'T HAVE THE MATERIAL BECAUSE IF HE DOES MEAN DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS THAT WE'RE REFUSING TO TURN OVER, THAT JUST BOLSTERS THE ARTICLE II ARGUMENT THAT HE IS OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS SO THAT IS NOT A GOOD POSITION BUT AMAZINGLY, HE WILL CAME OR HIS DEFENDERS WILL CAME HE MEANT WE HAVE THE SUBSTANCE

WE HAVE THE MORE POWERFUL ARGUMENT YOU KNOW WHAT? WE'LL ACCEPT IT BECAUSE HE'S CREATED AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE WE THINK HE DOESN'T REALLY COMMUNICATE WELL HE DOESN'T HAVE A VERY STRONG VOCABULARY HE MEANT MATERIAL OR DID HE MEAN, YOU KNOW, BETTER ARGUMENT? OR STRONGER ARGUMENT? OR SUBSTANCE? OR FACTS? >> WHITE HOUSE ATTORNEY JAY SEKULOW TOLD REPORTERS TODAY WHAT HE'S MOST EAGER TO REBUT WHEN IT IS THE DEFENSE'S TURN

HERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT HE SAID >> NOTICE WHAT'S NOT IN THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ALLEGATIONS OR ACCUSATIONS OF QUID PRO QUO THAT'S BECAUSE IT DIDN'T EXIST >> DOES QUID PRO QUO, THE TERM QUID PRO QUO, NEED TO BE SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLES? >> NO, IT DOESN'T AT ALL

THAT WAS KIND OF A SILLY ARGUMENT, FRANKLY, IN MY OPINION THE ABUSE OF POWER INCLUDES THE — THE QUID PRO QUO IT — IT — IT INCLUDES A VIOLATION OF THE IMPOUNDMENT ACT IT INCLUDES, ESSENTIALLY, EXTORTION AND BRIBERY IT IS AN UMBRELLA TERM TO COVER THE PRESIDENT MISUSING HIS AUTHORITY AS THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN

AND QUID PRO QUO IS PART OF THAT ABUSE OF POWER >> DANNY, WE SAW THE PRESIDENT TALKING JUST A MOMENT AGO HE ADDRESSED THE PRESS SEVERAL TIMES TODAY IF YOU WERE HIS LAWYER, WOULD YOU BE OKAY WITH THAT? >> OF COURSE NOT I'M A DEFENSE ATTORNEY

THE FIRST THING I TELL MY CLIENTS IS DO NOT MAKE PUBLIC STATEMENTS BUT THE OTHER THING AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY IS SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A CLIENT WHO IS GOING TO DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AFTER ALL — >> WAIT A SECOND YOU THINK THIS IS ONE OF THOSE EXAMPLES? >> ESPECIALLY IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE, SOMETIMES THE CLIENT THAT DOES WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO, THAT'S WHY THEY'RE YOUR CLIENT TO BEGIN WITH BECAUSE THEY DO EVERYTHING THEIR WAY

THEIR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY AND THAT'S HOW THEY HAVE ARRIVED AT THIS POINT SIMILARLY, WITH TRUMP, HE'S DONE EVERYTHING EVEN — I'M CALLED TO MIND OF HIS DANCE WHEN HE WAS BEING INAUGURATED AND HE MOUTHS THE WORDS TO FRANK SINATRA'S "MY WAY" WHEN HIS ATTORNEYS MEET WITH THEM, HE'S TELLING THEM HOW IT'S GOING TO BE AND THAT'S WHY HE GOES THROUGH A LOT OF ATTORNEYS BECAUSE SOONER OR LATER, THE ATTORNEY HAS TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE CLIENT

NOT EXACTLY WHAT THE CLIENT WANTS I AM CERTAIN EVERY SINGLE LAWYER HE'S HAD HAS TRIED TO SAY TO HIM DIAL DOWN THE SOCIAL MEDIA AND I'M SURE EVERY SINGLE LAWYER HAS GONE BACK TO THE OTHER LAWYERS AND SAID HE'S NOT DOING IT WE HAVE A DECISION TO MAKE CAN WE CONTINUE TO REPRESENT HIM? OR DO WE HAVE TO WITHDRAWAL? AND IN MOST CASES, YOU KNOW, THEY STAY ON BOARD

UNLESS HE MATERIALLY DESTROYS THEIR OWN DEFENSE >> ONE PRETTY POWERFUL STATEMENT WE HEARD FROM ADAM SCHIFF I'D LIKE TO PLAY THAT >> AFTER YOU CONSIDER THE EVIDENCE AND WEIGH YOUR OATH TO RENDER A FAIR, IMPARTIAL VERDICT, I SUGGEST TO YOU TODAY THE ONLY CONCLUSION CONSISTENT WITH THE FACTS AND LAW, NOT JUST THE LAW BUT THE CONSTITUTION, IS CLEAR AS DESCRIBED BY CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERTS' TESTIMONY BEFORE THE HOUSE THAT THIS CONDUCT IS NOT IMPEACHABLE THEN NOTHING IS

>> IF THIS IS NOT IMPEACHABLE, NOTHING IS WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF SCHIFF'S ARGUMENT? IS THE SENATE POTENTIALLY SETTING A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT HERE? >> ABSOLUTELY THAT WAS THE QUOTE FROM THE LAW PROFESSOR FROM THE HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETING HE WAS VERY COMPELLING AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, HE'S REALLY RIGHT

IF YOU THINK IT'S A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE AND PUT YOUR PERSONAL INTEREST ABOVE THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE NATION AND SO CORRUPT THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF — OF FOREIGN AID SO THAT YOU CAN TWIST IT FOR YOUR OWN GOOD INSTEAD OF FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION AND CONGRESS HAS ALLOCATED THE MONEY IF YOU CAN'T FOR THAT, WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPEACH THEM? I THOUGHT HE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE HE HAD THE RIGHT TONE HE APPEALED TO THEM IN A VERY COMPELLING WAY THE OTHER PERSON WHO WAS REALLY GOOD, I THOUGHT, WAS CONGRESSMAN CROW FROM — FROM COLORADO

AS HE WOULD GO THROUGH THE CASE, HE WOULD SAY IF THEY DISPUTE THESE FACTS, DEMAND TO SEE THE DOCUMENTS YOU HAD THAT AS A SEEM AND IT WAS VERY GOOD OF COURSE, I'M JUST A GROUPIE FOR JEFFRIES WHO RESPONDED TO THE HECKLER WITH SCRIPTURE I MEAN, COME ON BETTER THAN THAT

>> PEOPLE LOVE YESTERDAY WHEN I QUOTED BIGGIE HE WON A LOT OF POINTS THE LAST COUPLE DAYS >> I TOTALLY AGREE WITH CYNTHIA THAT IF THIS KIND OF ABUSE OF POWER ISN'T IMPEACHABLE, NOTHING IS BUT THE ONE THING I THINK WE'RE LEARNING FROM THIS IMPEACHMENT IS THAT THERE REALLY IS NO SUCH THING AS PRECEDENT SO WE'VE HAD TWO OTHER PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENTS

YOU CAN'T USE ALL THESE JUDGE IMPEACHMENTS AS ANY GUIDANCE BECAUSE THEY'RE DIFFERENT FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT SO YOU LOOK AT THE TWO THAT WE'VE HAD AND WHAT YOU LEARN IS, NUMBER ONE, PRECEDENT REALLY ONLY APPLIES IN JUDICIAL CASES BECAUSE HAVING THE SOLE POWER TO IMPEACH, THEY CAN RECREATE THE RULES EVERY TIME THEY IMPEACH AND SINCE WE'VE ONLY HAD THREE TOTAL, EVEN IF SOMETHING WAS PRECEDENTIAL, NONE OF THESE CASES ARE GOING TO BE ENOUGH LIKE TO COMPARE THEM NO MATTER WHAT, THERE REALLY ISN'T SUCH THING AS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT BECAUSE THE NEXT IMPEACHMENT THAT COMES AROUND, WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PICK AT THE FACTS AND ULTIMATELY THE SENATE IS NOT BOUND BY ANYTHING IT DID BEFORE

THE REASON WE KNOW THAT IS THAT IT'S DONE SOME PRETTY OUT THERE THINGS WITH PRIOR IMPEACHMENTS INCLUDING, ARGUABLY IMPEACHING PEOPLE THAT COULDN'T BE IMPEACHED IN THE FIRST PLACE THE FIRST IMPEACHMENT WAS A SENATOR YOU CAN'T REALLY IMPEACH SENATORS THEY DID IT ANYWAY

THE IDEA IT'S A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT IS DANGEROUSLY MAYBE NOT THE CASE >> WE TALK SO MUCH ABOUT BOTH SIDES IN THIS THIS IS A NEW VENUE FOR HIM ANY IMPRESSIONS? I KNOW YESTERDAY HE HAD TO TELL THE CROWD TO TONE IT DOWN A BIT HE FELT LIKE HOUSE MANAGERS AND THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS WERE A LITTLE OUT OF LINE AND HE WANTED THEM TO RESPECT WHERE THEY WERE

>> YES, THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT AND HE IS CONDUCTING THIS TRIAL EXACTLY THE WAY I EXPECTED HIM TO NUMBER ONE, HE WAS A CLERK FOR CHIEF JUSTICE WHO WAS LARGELY A WALLFLOWER HE SAW HIS DUTY AS DOING VERY LITTLE AND AS HE SAID, I DID IT VERY WELL TO QUOTE ONE OF HIS FAVORITE PLAYS OR WORKS OF THEATER

SO THE CHIEF JUSTICE'S ROLE IS TO PRESIDE BUT THE SENATE RETAINS THE SOLE POWER TO IMPEACH AND CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERT IS VERY AWARE THAT NO MATTER WHAT HIS RULING IS, A SLIM MAJORITY OF THE SENATE CAN OVERRULE HIM SO IF HE IS GOING TO DECIDE TO MAKE A RULING AND IT'S A CONTROVERSIAL ONE, HE KNOWS, ULTIMATELY, IT'S UP TO THE SENATE TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION SO HE IS CONDUCTING THE TRIAL EXACTLY THE WAY I EXPECT

AND I JUST WANT TO ADD THIS — I THINK THIS IS TRUE BUT ISN'T IT INTERESTING, THIS MAY BE THE FIRST TRIAL THAT CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS HAS EVER PRESIDED OVER AS A JUDGE HE WAS IMMEDIATELY APPOINTED TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, WHICH IS APPELLATE COURT SO I DON'T KNOW THAT HE'S EVER PRESIDED OVER A TRIAL SO TO SPEAK AS A JUDGE THIS MAY BE HIS FIRST

SO APOLOGIES IF I'M — >> WE GOT TO GET A FACT CHECK ON THAT BECAUSE IF IT ISN'T, I'D LOVE TO FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS IT'S REALLY INTERESTING >> THIS COULD BE HIS FIRST CYNTHIA, MAYBE YOU KNOW I'M NOT SURE

>> I — I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT CAN I SAY ONE THING I THINK WE REALLY LEARNED THAT WE NEED TO THINK AND TALK ABOUT AND THAT IS THAT WE NEED A WAY TO ENFORCE SUBPOENAS WHEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE HAVE A SUBPOENA, THERE NEEDS TO BE A FAST-TRACK WAY SO THEY CAN BE ENFORCED BECAUSE THIS REALLY IS RIDICULOUS WE ALL KNOW — EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM KNOWS ALL THESE DOCUMENTS EXIST AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS HIDING THEM

AND THE REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TO PRESSURE THEM TO COME OUT AND THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO GET THEM BUT WE UNIFORMLY REALIZE THAT THEY EXIST AND THERE IS NO WAY TO ENFORCE THEM, REALLY I MEAN, WITHIN ANY KIND OF A TIMEFRAME BECAUSE THINGS GO TO THE DISTRICT COURT

THEN THEY GO TO THE APPELLATE COURT THEN THEY GO — AND THEY — THERE NEEDS TO BE A FAST-TRACK COURT THERE NEEDS TO BE A JUDGE ASSIGNED TO DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES AND EVERYTHING NEEDS TO GO VERY SPEEDILY WITH SPECIFIC TIME LIMITS SO THAT YOU AREN'T, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE 30 DAYS TO GET AN ANSWER OUT OF — OUT OF THE JUDGE AND 30 DAYS TO DO THE APPEAL SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN THAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT — ABOUT HOW WE HANDLE SUBPOENAS FROM THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE

BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE NOT REALLY CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED >> CYNTHIA, DANNY, THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US NO DOUBT TALK TO YOU LATER TONIGHT, SOME POINT TOMORROW THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING WITH US >>> TODAY, THE FIRST OF THREE DAYS OF OPENING ARGUMENTS FROM HOUSE MANAGERS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TRIAL

HERE WITH ME NOW TO DISCUSS FORMER ASSISTANT WATERGATE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, JILL WINE-BANKS JILL, GREAT TO SEE YOU YOU ARE SOMEBODY WHO HAS A TON OF EXPERTISE HERE WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS SO FAR TODAY? >> WELL, THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY IS THAT THE RULES ARE REALLY INTENDED TO COVER UP AND ARE NOT FAIR I THINK THIS IDEA OF A 12-HOUR DAY — YOU TALKED ABOUT SENATORS FALLING ASLEEP

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYONE TO SIT AND LISTEN, CONSISTENTLY, FOR 12 HOURS AND NOT DOZE OFF AND IT'S TRUE FOR THE PUBLIC, AS WELL I MEAN, I STAYED UP TILL 2:00 IN THE MORNING LAST NIGHT LISTENING AND IT'S JUST NOT FAIR TO THE VIEWERS, TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, THE PEOPLE WHO WILL HAVE TO VOTE BASED ON THE INFORMATION THEY GET HERE, TO HAVE IT CRAMMED IN LIKE THAT AND TO HAVE IT IN A SITUATION WHERE WE DON'T KNOW IF THERE ARE GOING TO BE ANY WITNESSES, ANY DOCUMENTS

AND CYNTHIA'S RIGHT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET A FAST TRACK FOR SUBPOENAS BECAUSE THE ONLY REASON THE HOUSE DIDN'T HAVE WITNESSES THAT THEY WOULD NOW LIKE IS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT SAID YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM AND THE ONE WHERE THEY DID SUBPOENA IS McGAHN THAT WAS IN APRIL IT IS ALMOST A YEAR AND IT STILL HASN'T BEEN RESOLVED

SO THERE WOULD BE NO IMPEACHMENT POSSIBLE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE WOULD STILL BE WAITING FOR THAT NOW, AS TO WHETHER OR NOT CHIEF JUSTICE HAS ACTUALLY SAT IN ON A TRIAL, I DON'T KNOW BUT THIS ISN'T REALLY A TRIAL BECAUSE, SO FAR, ALL THIS IS, IS A SUMMARY JUST LIKE YOU WOULD HAVE IN AN APPELLATE CASE THIS IS EXACTLY JUSTICE ROBERTS' ABILITIES BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HE DOES HE LISTENS TO ALL ARGUMENTS

HE LISTENS TO THE FACTS, AS PRESENTED FROM A COLD RECORD AND THEN HE JUDGES ON THAT SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TRIAL I'D LIKE TO SEE WITNESSES THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO SEE

MORE THAN 71% OF THE COUNTRY WANTS WITNESSES AND I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE THE KIND OF OUTPOURING THAT WE HAD DURING WATERGATE WHERE HUGE BAGS OF MAIL AND DAYS BEFORE THERE WAS ANY OTHER WAY TO COMMUNICATE ACTUAL LETTERS PEOPLE WROTE LETTERS >> CAN YOU IMAGINE? >> I MEAN, WE WERE INUNDATED AND THE WHITE HOUSE WAS INUNDATED AND IT MADE A DIFFERENCE

THREE DAYS AFTER RICHARD NIXON FIRED THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, THREE DAYS AFTER HE SAID I WILL NOT TURN OVER THE TAPES, I DON'T CARE WHAT THE COURT SAYS THREE DAYS LATER, THE MAIL MADE A DIFFERENCE SO EVERYONE LISTENING TO THIS SHOW SHOULD GET ON THE PHONE AND START CALLING THEIR SENATORS AND SAYING WE WANT WITNESSES YOU VOTED AGAINST HAVING ANY DECISION ON IT REALLY THE WAY IT WAS SET UP, McCONNELL WAS VERY CLEVER

HE DIDN'T MAKE THEM ACTUALLY VOTE AGAINST WITNESSES HE LET THEM TABLE THE DECISION TO LATER BUT THAT IMPEDES WHAT THE DEFENDANT — WHAT THE PROSECUTION CAN DO NOW BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SAY TO THE JURY, WHICH IS US, AS WELL AS THE SENATORS, YOU CAN'T SAY, IN THIS CASE, YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR WITNESS A SAY THE FOLLOWING BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW IF WITNESS A IS GOING TO SAY THAT BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO SAY THAT AND SO IT REALLY DOES IMPEDE WHAT YOU CAN DO

DESPITE THAT TODAY WAS BRILLIANT, ALL OF THE PRESENTERS WERE REALLY GOOD THEY ALL DID A VERY FINE JOB SCHIFF WAS OUTSTANDING IN HIS PRESENTATION AND HANDLING OF ALL THE ISSUES THAT HAVE COME UP I THINK IT WAS A GOOD DAY FOR ANYONE WHO LISTENED AND WHO GETS A SUMMARY FROM TODAY WILL SEE WHAT THE CRIMES COMMITTED WERE, AND THERE WERE CRIMES EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T NEED A CRIME TO IMPEACH SOMEONE YOU DO HAVE THE IMPOUNDMENT ACT VIOLATION

YOU HAVE FEDERAL ELECTION LAW VIOLATION YOU HAVE BRIBERY I MEAN, THERE ARE DEFINITELY CRIMES BUT ABUSE OF POWER WAS ALSO ESTABLISHED AS A CRIME IT IS EXACTLY WHAT OUR FOUNDERS MEANT WHEN THEY ADDED THE WORDS OF IMPEACHMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION

THE KINDS OF THINGS NOW AND IT IS TRUE IF THIS ISN'T IMPEACHABLE, THEN WE SHOULD JUST TAKE IT OUT OF THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE NOTHING COULD BE IMPEACHABLE >> YOU MENTION SOME OF THE PRESENTATIONS TODAY I'D LIKE TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT FROM ADAM SCHIFF WHEN HE WAS PUSHING FOR KEY WITNESSES

LET'S LISTEN TO THAT >> YOU WILL HEAR FROM WITNESSES WHO HAVE NOT YET TESTIFIED LIKE JOHN BOLTON AND MICK MULVANEY MR BLAIR AND MR

DUFFEY AND IF YOU CAN BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT'S WORD LAST MONTH, YOU WILL ALSO HEAR FROM SECRETARY POMPEO YOU WILL HEAR THEIR TESTIMONY AT THE SAME TIME AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IS, IF YOU ALLOW IT IF WE HAVE A FAIR TRIAL

>> WILL WE, THOUGH? DO YOU THINK WE ACTUALLY WILL AT ANY POINT? >> I THINK THAT WAS A GREAT STATEMENT AND IT IS WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN IF THE SENATORS WILL VOTE FOR IT, I REMAIN HOPEFUL THAT PEOPLE LISTENING — BECAUSE THERE WAS A VERY CLEVER WAY OF GETTING IN THIS IS WHAT THEY WOULD SAY THIS IS WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT THIS IS WHY THEY'RE RELEVANT

AND IF THAT IS TRUE, HOW CAN THEY GO BACK TO THEIR DISTRICTS, HOW CAN THEY GO BACK TO THEIR STATES AND TELL THEIR CONSTITUENTS I DIDN'T CARE, I DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR, I WANTED THIS OVER WITH? IT'S RIDICULOUS EVERYBODY SHOULD WANT TO HEAR THOSE WITNESSES I DON'T CARE WHAT YOUR PREDISPOSITION IS AND BY THE WAY, THE ONE THING THAT I WISH JUSTICE ROBERTS HAD DONE IS TO DO WHAT A JUDGE WOULD DO IN A NORMAL CASE, WHICH IS TO SAY TO THE JURY, IT'S OKAY IF YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS CASE IT'S OKAY IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION

WHAT'S NOT OKAY IS FOR YOU NOT TO JUDGE ON ONLY THE EVIDENCE HERE I NEED YOU TO BE ABLE TO SWEAR TO ME THAT YOU CAN SET ASIDE YOUR OPINION AND YOUR BIAS AND VOTE ON THE EVIDENCE THAT YOU HEAR IN THIS CHAMBER THAT'S WHAT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HEARD BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT AT LEAST TWO MEMBERS OF THE SENATE HAVE SAID THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE EVIDENCE THEY'RE GOING TO WORK WITH THE DEFENSE TO MAKE SURE HE'S ACQUITTED AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IS NOT PERMITTED

>> SO, JILL, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE JOB CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS HAS DONE SO FAR? >> SO FAR, HE'S DOING FINE THERE'S NOTHING THAT'S CALLED UPON HIM TO ACT IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY HE RESPONDED TO WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS PERHAPS NON-SENATORIAL BEHAVIOR SO HE'S — HE'S DONE FINE JOB AND HE'S ALSO DOING HIS DAY JOB

NOW, I WILL POINT OUT THAT TODAY IS THE — THE DAY THAT IS THE LAST ONE UNTIL FEBRUARY 23rd OF ORAL ARGUMENTS IN THE COURT AND WHILE HE HAS A JOB TO DO AND WHILE HE HAS TO HAVE CONFERENCES WITH HIS FELLOW JUSTICES, IT DOES MEAN WE DON'T HAVE TO START THIS TRIAL AT 1:00 IN THE AFTERNOON AND GO UNTIL 3:00 IN THE MORNING WE COULD START THIS EARLIER AND HE COULD BE THERE AND TAKE A BREAK OF SUFFICIENT LENGTH THAT HE COULD GO BACK TO THE COURT TO DO WHATEVER HE HAS TO DO AT THE COURT BUT TO LET PEOPLE SEE THIS DURING DAYLIGHT NOT TO BURY IT AFTER MIDNIGHT

AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS AT A TIME WHEN VOTERS GET TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON >> WELL AND JUST TO BE CLEAR, THEY HAVE SPLIT UP SO THEY'RE GOING TO BE EIGHT-HOUR DAYS NOW BUT GIVEN THAT THEY'RE EIGHT-HOUR DAYS WE'RE AT DINNER BREAK AT 7:20 I MEAN, THIS IS GOING TO GO QUITE A BIT MORE

JILL, I'M GOING TO LET YOU GO IN A MOMENT BUT ONE LAST QUESTION FOR YOU I DIDN'T ASK YOU ABOUT THE PIN TELL ME ABOUT THE PIN TODAY >> WELL, TODAY'S PIN IS AN OSTRICH THAT A FAN SENT TO ME

AND IT REPRESENTS ALL OF THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE BURYING THEIR HEAD IN THE SAND, WHO ARE REFUSING TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE EVIDENCE AND ALLOW WITNESSES >> JILL WINE-BANKS, THANKS, GREAT TO SEE YOU >> THANK >> ALL RIGHT HEAD BACK TO THE SENATE NOW FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

>> SO WE WILL DO OUR BEST NOT TO KEEP IT UP TOO LONG I'M GOING TO TURN NOW TO THE PART OF THE CHRONOLOGY THAT PICKS UP RIGHT AFTER THAT JULY 25th CALL AND WALK THROUGH THE INCREASINGLY EXPLICIT PRESSURE CAMPAIGN WAGED ON UKRAINE IN ORDER TO GET PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DELIVERABLE THE INVESTIGATIONS MEANT TO TARNISH HIS OPPONENT AND HELP HIS RE-ELECTION NOW, REMEMBER, BY THE END OF JULY, UKRAINE WAS AWARE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION TO HELP HIS POLITICAL EFFORTS

AND HAD COME TO KNOW THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PUT A FREEZE ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE SO THIS IS BY THE END OF JULY THEY ALSO CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WITHHOLDING AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING UNTIL THOSE INVESTIGATIONS WERE ANNOUNCED BOTH WERE VERY CRITICAL TO UKRAINE, AS A SIGN OF US

SUPPORT AND AS A MATTER OF THEIR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THEIR NATIONAL SECURITY, OF COURSE, IMPLICATES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN THE WEEKS AFTER THE JULY 25th CALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S HAND-PICKED REPRESENTATIVES ESCALATED THEIR EFFORTS TO GET THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS FROM UKRAINE SO LET'S GO THROUGH THIS STEP BY STEP BECAUSE THE THREE WEEKS FOLLOWING THE JULY 25th CALL TELL SO MUCH ABOUT THIS PRESSURE SCHEME LET'S START WITH JULY 26th

ON JULY 26th, SO THIS IS A DAY AFTER THE CALL, AMBASSADOR VOLKER SENDS A TEXT MESSAGE TO GIULIANI AND THAT TEXT MESSAGE SAYS, HI, MR MAYOR, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE PRESIDENT HAD A GREAT CALL WITH UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT YESTERDAY EXACTLY THE RIGHT MESSAGES AS WE DISCUSSED PLEASE SEND DATES WHEN YOU WILL BE IN MADRID

I AM SEEING YERMAK TOMORROW MORNING HE WILL COME TO YOU IN MADRID THANKS FOR YOUR HELP KURT >> SO HERE WE ARE THE DAY AFTER THAT CALL

AS MY COLLEAGUE DEMONSTRATES, THIS SAME DAY, SO JULY 26th IS THE DATE OF THAT SECOND INFAMOUS CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP, THIS TIME, AND GORDON SONDLAND THAT YOU HEARD THE DIPLOMAT, DAVID HOLMES, DESCRIBE SO THAT'S SAME DAY, JULY 26th, THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW WHERE THERE IS THIS TEXT MESSAGE OF COURSE, IN THAT JULY 25th CALL, THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO CONNECT RUDY GIULIANI WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE AND HIS PEOPLE AND SO THIS IS A FOLLOWUP WHERE AMBASSADOR VOLKER IS SAYING TO GIULIANI A GREAT CALL WITH UKRAINE PRESIDENT EXACTLY THE RIGHT MESSAGES AS WE DISCUSSED

AND WE KNOW, OF COURSE, THOSE MESSAGES WERE THE NEED TO DO THIS POLITICAL INVESTIGATION PLEASE SEND DATES WHEN YOU WILL BE IN MADRID I'M SEEING YERMAK TOMORROW MORNING HE WILL COME TO YOU IN MADRID SO HERE IS AMBASSADOR VOLKER, ONE OF THE THREE AMIGOS, FOLLOWING UP ARRANGING THIS MEETING BETWEEN GIULIANI AND UKRAINIANS

GIULIANI REPLIED, SETTING A MEETING IN EUROPE WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S TOP AIDE, FOR THE VERY NEXT WEEK QUOTE, I WILL ARRIVE ON AUGUST 1 AND UNTIL 5, HE WROTE NOW, REMEMBER ON JULY 22nd, SO A FEW DAYS BEFORE THIS AND BEFORE THE CALL, AMBASSADOR VOLKER HAD CONNECTED GIULIANI ORIGINALLY WITH YERMAK AND THEY AGREED TO MEET SO THIS WAS A FOLLOWUP

YOU HAVE THAT ARRANGEMENT BEING MADE BY VOLKER AND GIULIANI BEFORE THE CALL THEN YOU HAVE THE CALL AND NOW, YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWUP TO ARRANGE THE MEETING IN MADRID SO THEY DO MEET IN MADRID THIS IS AUGUST 2nd

ANDRE YERMAK, ZELENSKY'S TOP AIDE, FLEW TO MADRID MEETS WITH GIULIANI WHO THEY KNOW REPRESENTS THE PRESIDENT'S INTEREST BOTH GIULIANI AND YERMAK WALK AWAY FROM THIS MEETING IN MADRID CLEARLY UNDERSTANDING THAT A WHITE HOUSE MEETING IS LINKED TO ZELENSKY'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS IN SEPARATE CONVERSATIONS WITH GIULIANI AND YERMAK AFTER THIS MADRID MEETING, VOLKER SAID HE LEARNED THAT GIULIANI WANTED THE UKRAINIANS TO ISSUE A STATEMENT, INCLUDING SPECIFIC MENTIONS OF THE TWO INVESTIGATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED

ACCORDING TO AMBASSADOR VOLKER'S TESTIMONY, YERMAK TOLD HIM HIS MEETING WITH GIULIANI WAS VERY GOOD AND IMMEDIATELY ADDED THE UKRAINIANS ASKED FOR A WHITE HOUSE MEETING DURING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16th YERMAK PRESSES VOLKER ON THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING DATE SAYING THAT HE WAS WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION MAYBE YOU KNOW THE DATE THIS IS A RECURRENT THEME THAT WE'VE SEEN THROUGH THE TEXT MESSAGES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS AND THAT IS THE PRESS FOR THIS MEETING BY THE UKRAINIANS BECAUSE IT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THEM

GIULIANI'S OBJECTIVE WAS CLEAR TO AMBASSADORS VOLKER AND SONDLAND, WHO TOOK OVER COMMUNICATIONS WITH YERMAK HERE'S AMBASSADOR SONDLAND >> I FIRST COMMUNICATED WITH MR GIULIANI IN EARLY AUGUST SEVERAL MONTHS LATER

MR GIULIANI EMPHASIZED THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED A PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, COMMITTING UKRAINE TO LOOK INTO THE CORRUPTION ISSUE MR GIULIANI SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED THE 2016 ELECTION, INCLUDING THE DNC SERVER, AND BURISMA, AS TWO TOPICS IMPORTANT TO THE PRESIDENT >> GIULIANI EXERTED SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE IN THIS PROCESS

IN FACT, WHEN ON AUGUST 4th, YERMAK INQUIRED AGAIN ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL MEETING, AMBASSADOR VOLKER TURNED NOT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL STAFF OR TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO ARRANGE IT AND FOLLOW UP HE TURNS TO GIULIANI AGAIN VOLKER TOLD YERMAK THAT HE WOULD SPEAK WITH GIULIANI LATER THAT DAY AND WOULD CALL THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT'S AIDE AFTERWARDS VOLKER THEN TEXT GIULIANI THAT ASK ABOUT THE MADRID MEETING AND TO SET UP THE CALL THAT HE HAD MENTIONED TO YERMAK GIULIANI REPLIES THAT THE MEETING WITH YERMAK WAS EXCELLENT AND THAT HE WOULD CALL LATER

PHONE RECORDS OBTAINED BY THE COMMITTEES SHOW A 16-MINUTE CALL ON AUGUST 5th BETWEEN AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND GIULIANI AMBASSADOR VOLKER THEN TEXT YERMAK, HI, ANDRIY, CALL ANYTIME, KURT SEPARATELY, TOLD AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, GIULIANI WAS HAPPY WITH THAT MEETING AND IT LOOKS LIKE THINGS ARE TURNING AROUND A REFERENCE TO VOLKER'S HOPE THAT SATISFYING GIULIANI WOULD BREAK DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RESERVATIONS CONCERNING UKRAINE BUT THINGS HAD NOT TURNED AROUND BY THE END OF THAT FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST

BY AUGUST 7th THE AID WAS STILL ON HOLD AND THERE HAD BEEN NO MOVEMENT ON SETTING A DATE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING AMBASSADOR VOLKER THEN REACHES OUT TO GIULIANI TO TRY TO GET THINGS MOVING AMBASSADOR VOLKER TEXT GIULIANI TO RECOMMEND THAT HE REPORT TO THE BOSS, MEANING PRESIDENT TRUMP, ABOUT HIS MEETING WITH YERMAK IN MADRID

SPECIFICALLY, HE WROTE — THIS IS VOLKER WRITING TO GIULIANI — HI, RUDY HOPE YOU MADE IT BACK SAFELY LET'S MEET IF YOU ARE COMING TO DC IT WOULD BE GOOD IF YOU COULD CONVEY RESULTS OF YOUR MEETING IN MADRID TO THE BOSS SO WE CAN GET A FIRM DATE FOR THE VISIT

SO THIS IS AMBASSADOR VOLKER FOLLOWING UP GIULIANI GIULIANI'S MET WITH THE TOP AIDE TO THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE IN MADRID AND HE WANTS GIULIANI TO CONVEY TO THE BOSS, TO TRUMP, HOW GOOD THAT MEETING IN MADRID WAS ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION SO THEY CAN GET THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE IN THE DOOR AT THE WHITE HOUSE THINK ABOUT HOW UNUSUAL THIS IS THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL LAWYER, WHO'S ON THIS PERSONAL MISSION ON BEHALF OF HIS CLIENT TO GET THESE INVESTIGATIONS IN UKRAINE

THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE CAN'T GET IN THE DOOR OF THE OVAL OFFICE AND WHO ARE THEY GOING TO? ARE THEY GOING TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL? NO ARE THEY GOING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT? NO THEY TRIED ALL THAT THEY'RE GOING TO THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL LAWYER

DOES THAT SOUND LIKE OFFICIAL POLICY TO TRY TO FIGHT CORRUPTION? WHY WOULD YOU GO OUTSIDE OF THE NORMAL CHANNEL TO DO THAT? YOU WOULDN'T NO YOU'D GO TO YOUR PERSONAL ATTORNEY, WHO IS ON A PERSONAL MISSION THAT HE ADMITS IS NOT FOREIGN POLICY WHEN YOUR OBJECTIVE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLICY WHEN YOUR OBJECTION — WHEN YOUR OBJECTIVE IS A CORRUPT ONE WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? TO HAVE A CORRUPT OBJECTIVE

WELL, IT MEANS AN ILLICIT ONE IT MEANS AN IMPERMISSIBLE ONE ONE THAT FURTHERS YOUR OWN INTEREST AT THE COST OF THE NATIONAL INTEREST THE WILLINGNESS TO — TO BREAK THE LAW, LIKE THE IMPOUNDMENT CONTROL ACT BY WITHHOLDING AID IT'S INDICATIVE OF THAT CORRUPT PURPOSE

THE LENGTHS THE PRESIDENT WOULD GO NOT IN FURTHERANCE OF US POLICY BUT AGAINST US POLICY

NOT EVEN A DIFFERENCE ON POLICY AT ALL THE MERE PURSUIT OF PERSONAL INTEREST, THE PURSUIT OF AN ILLEGAL EFFORT TO GET FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IS THE VERY EMBODIMENT OF CORRUPT INTENT SO HERE WE ARE, AUGUST 7th, AND VOLKER IS SAYING, RUDY, IF YOU'RE COMING TO DC, LET'S GET TOGETHER

IT'D BE GOOD IF YOU CAN TALK TO THE BOSS BECAUSE WE CAN'T GET A MEETING EITHER WAY AROUND THAT TIME, AMBASSADOR VOLKER RECEIVED A TEXT MESSAGE FROM YERMAK, WHO ASKED HIM — AND THIS IS YERMAK ASKING VOLKER HI, KURT, HOW ARE YOU? DO YOU HAVE SOME NEWS ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING DATE? AND VOLKER RESPONDS, NOT YET I TEXTED RUDY EARLIER TO MAKE SURE HE WEIGHS IN FOLLOWING YOUR MEETING GORDON, MEANING SONDLAND, SHOULD BE SPEAKING WITH THE PRESIDENT ON FRIDAY

WE ARE PRESSING THIS SO THERE IS GORDON SONDLAND IS PRESSING THIS THIS IS THE MAN YOU'VE HEARD FROM ALREADY GORDON SONDLAND, THE MAN WHO SAYS THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY A QUID PRO QUO YOU ASKED ABOUT A QUID PRO QUO

THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO ABOUT THIS WHITE HOUSE MEETING, THIS IS WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT HERE GORDON WILL BE SPEAKING WITH THE PRESIDENT ON FRIDAY WE ARE PRESSING THIS AMBASSADOR VOLKER'S CONTACT WITH GIULIANI SPURRED A FLURRY OF COMMUNICATIONS

THE PATTERNS OF CALLS STRONGLY SUGGEST GIULIANI'S ATTEMPTING TO CALL THE WHITE HOUSE TO SPEAK TO A SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL LEFT A MESSAGE THEN HAS A FOUR-MINUTE CALL WITH THAT OFFICIAL LATER THAT NIGHT WE DON'T KNOW FROM THE CALL RECORDS WHO THAT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL WAS BUT RECALL THAT GIULIANI HAS PUBLICLY STATED THAT WHEN HE SPOKE TO THE WHITE HOUSE, HE USUALLY SPOKE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS CLIENT

ALSO, ON AUGUST 8th, YERMAK TEXT VOLKER THAT HE HAD SOME NEWS AMBASSADOR VOLKER REPLIES THAT HE CAN TALK THEN AMBASSADOR VOLKER UPDATES GIULIANI IN A TEXT THE NEXT DAY VOLKER SAYS TO GIULIANI IN THE TEXT, HI, MR MAYOR, HAD A GOOD CHAT WITH YERMAK LAST NIGHT

HE WAS PLEASED WITH YOUR PHONE CALL MENTIONED — HE'S REFERRING TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HERE — MAKING A STATEMENT CAN WE ALL GET ON THE PHONE TO MAKE SURE I ADVISE — AND HERE HE'S REFERRING TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY — CORRECTLY AS TO WHAT HE SHOULD BE SAYING? WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET THIS DONE RIGHT SO HERE, AUGUST 9th, THERE IS AN EFFORT BY VOLKER TO MAKE SURE THAT HE GETS THE STATEMENT RIGHT ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION BECAUSE IF THEY CAN'T GET THE STATEMENT RIGHT, AIN'T GONNA GET IN THE DOOR OF THE OVAL OFFICE

IT ALSO MAKES CLEAR WHO IS EXACTLY IN CHARGE OF THIS AND THAT'S RUDY GIULIANI AMBASSADOR VOLKER IS CHECKING WITH RUDY GIULIANI ABOUT WHAT HE SHOULD ADVISE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND WE KNOW THAT GIULIANI IS TAKING HIS ORDERS FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TEXT MESSAGES AND CALL RECORDS OBTAINED BY THE COMMITTEE SHOW THAT AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND GIULIANI CONNECTED BY PHONE TWICE AROUND NOON ON AUGUST 9th FOR SEVERAL MINUTES EACH CALLS TO GIULIANI, AMBASSADOR VOLKER CREATED A THREE-WAY CHAT USING WHATSAPP THAT INCLUDED HIMSELF, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, AND YERMAK

AMBASSADOR VOLKER INITIATED THE CHAT AROUND 2:20 THAT DAY AND THIS IS VOLKER CHATTING WITH SONDLAND AND YERMAK THE THREE-WAY CHAT VOLKER SAYS, HI, ANDRIY, MEANING YERMAK, WE HAVE ALL CONSULTED HERE, INCLUDING RUDY COULD YOU DO A CALL LATER TODAY OR TOMORROW YOUR AFTERNOON TIME? AND SONDLAND SAYS I HAVE A CALL SCHEDULED AT 3:00 P

M EASTERN FOR THE THREE OF US CALL RECORDS OBTAINED BY THE COMMITTEE SHOW THAT ON AUGUST 9th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TWICE CONNECTED WITH PHONE LINES ASSOCIATED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ONCE IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON FOR ABOUT 18 MINUTES AND ONCE IN THE LATE AFTERNOON FOR ABOUT TWO MINUTES WE KNOW THAT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND HAD DIRECT ACCESS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

AFTER ALL THIS ACTIVITY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AND VOLKER THOUGHT THEY HAD A BREAKTHROUGH FINALLY, A BREAKTHROUGH MINUTES AFTER THIS CALL, WHICH WAS LIKELY WITH TIM MORRISON ABOUT A POSSIBLE DATE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING, AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND SONDLAND DISCUSSED THE AGREEMENT THEY BELIEVE THEY'D REACHED AND STARTS WITH SONDLAND IN THIS TEXT MESSAGE MORRISON READY TO GET DATES AS SOON AS YERMAK CONFIRMS

VOLKER SAYS, EXCELLENT, HOW DID YOU SWAY HIM? >> NOT SURE I DID, SAYS SONDLAND I THINK POTUS REALLY WANTS THE DELIVERABLE WELL, WE KNOW WHAT THAT DELIVERABLE IS IT'S THE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS VOLKER SAYS, BUT DOES HE KNOW THAT? AND SONDLAND SAYS, YEP, CLEARLY LOTS OF CONVOS, MEANING CONVERSATIONS, GOING ON

VOLKER SAYS, OKAY, THAT'S GOOD IT'S COMING FROM TWO SEPARATE SOURCES AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TOLD THE COMMITTEES THAT THE DELIVERABLE REQUIRED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS A PRESS STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, COMMITTING TO DO THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE BIDENS AND THE ALLEGATION OF UKRAINE ELECTION INTERFERENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MENTIONED ON JULY 25th BUT TIM MORRISON TESTIFIED THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE DELIVERABLE HE WAS JUST INVOLVED IN TRYING TO SCHEDULE THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING

WHICH EVERYONE WANTED TO SCHEDULE AS A SIGN OF SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND OUR ALLY, UKRAINE BUT TRUMP'S AGENTS WOULDN'T JUST ACCEPT UKRAINE'S WORD FOR IT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND THEN RECOMMENDED TO AMBASSADOR VOLKER THAT YERMAK SHARE A DRAFT — A DRAFT OF THE PRESS STATEMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE STATEMENT WOULD COMPORT WITH THE PRESIDENT'S EXPECTATIONS SO HERE, ON AUGUST 9th — SO WE'RE STILL LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE JULY 25th CALL WE'RE ABOUT — I GUESS WE'RE ABOUT TWO WEEKS

SONDLAND SAYS IN THIS MESSAGE, TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS, MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO ASK ANDRIY FOR A DRAFT STATEMENT, PARENTHESES EMBARGOED, SO THAT WE CAN SEE EXACTLY WHAT THEY PROPOSE TO COVER EVEN THOUGH Z, REFERRING TO ZELENSKY, DOES A LIVE PRESSOR, THEY CAN STILL SUMMARIZE IN A BRIEF STATEMENT THOUGHTS? AND VOLKER SAYS, AGREE AT HIS DEPOSITION, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID THAT HE SUGGESTED REVEALING THE WRITTEN SUMMARY OF THE STATEMENT BECAUSE HE WAS CONCERNED THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WOULD SAY WHATEVER HE WOULD SAY ON LIVE TELEVISION AND IT STILL WOULDN'T BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR RUDY SLASH THE PRESIDENT

UNQUOTE YERMAK, IN TURN, WAS CONCERNED THAT THE ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD STILL NOT RESULT IN THE COVETED WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON AUGUST 10th, YERMAK TEXTED VOLKER ATTEMPTING TO SCHEDULE A WHITE HOUSE MEETING BEFORE THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT MADE A PUBLIC STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO BURISMA AND THE 2016 ELECTION SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING ON HERE THE PRESIDENT AND HIS AGENT, GIULIANI, THEY WANT THIS PUBLIC STATEMENT OF INVESTIGATIONS BEFORE THEY'LL GIVE A DATE

AND THE UKRAINIANS WANT A DATE BEFORE THEY HAVE TO COMMIT TO MAKING PUBLIC THEY'RE GOING TO DO THE INVESTIGATIONS AND SO YOU'VE HAD THIS STANDOFF WHERE HE'S JUST TRYING TO GET THE DELIVERABLE FIRST BUT THERE'S NO DEBATE ABOUT WHAT THE DELIVERABLE IS IT ON EITHER SIDE THERE'S NO DEBATE ABOUT THE QUID PRO QUO HERE YOU GIVE ME THIS, I'LL GIVE YOU THAT

YOU GIVE ME THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING, I'LL GIVE YOU THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO YOUR POLITICAL RIVAL NO NO NO YOU GIVE ME THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO MY RIVAL AND THEN I'LL GIVE YOU THE MEETING

THE ONLY DEBATE HERE IS ABOUT WHICH COMES FIRST SO AUGUST 10th, YERMAK TEXTS VOLKER I THINK IT'S POSSIBLE TO MAKE THIS DELARATION AND MENTION ALL THESE THINGS WE DISCUSSED YESTERDAY BUT IT WOULD BE LOGIC TO DO AFTER WE RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF DATE WE INFORM ABOUT DATE OF VISIT, ABOUT OUR EXPECTATIONS AND OUR GUARANTEES FOR FUTURE VISIT LET'S DISCUSS IT

AMBASSADOR VOLKER RESPONDED THAT HE AGREED BUT THAT, FIRST, THEY WOULD HAVE TO IRON OUT A STATEMENT AND USE THAT TO GET A DATE AFTER WHICH, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WOULD GIVE THE STATEMENT THE TWO DECIDED TO HAVE A CALL THE NEXT DAY AND TO INCLUDE AMBASSADOR SONDLAND YERMAK TEXTS AMBASSADOR VOLKER, EXCELLENT

ONCE WE HAVE A DATE, WE WILL CALL FOR A PRESS BRIEFING ANNOUNCING UPCOMING VISIT AND OUTLINING VISION FOR THE REBOOT OF US-UKRAINE RELATIONSHIP, INCLUDING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, BURISMA, AND ELECTION MEDDLING IN THE INVESTIGATION YERMAK WAS ALSO IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH AMBASSADOR SONDLAND REGARDING THIS APPROACH IN FACT, HE SENT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND THE SAME TEXT MESSAGE

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND KEPT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN THE LOOP ON AUGUST 10th, HE TOLD AMBASSADOR VOLKER THAT HE HAD REPORTED TO COUNSELOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WHO TESTIFIED FREQUENTLY — WITH POMPEO SONDLAND, I BRIEFED OLRICH SO OLRICH IS IN THE LOOP SONDLAND AND VOLKER CONTINUED TO PURSUE THE STATEMENT FROM ZELENSKY ON THE INVESTIGATION

THE NEXT DAY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND E-MAILS THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ABOUT EFFORTS TO SECURE A PUBLIC STATEMENT AND A BIG PRESSOR FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SONDLAND HOPED IT MIGHT, QUOTE, MAKE THE BOSS HAPPY ENOUGH TO AUTHORIZE AN INVESTIGATION — AN INVITATION AFTER FIRST BEING EVASIVE ON THE TOPIC, SECRETARY POMPEO SUBSEQUENTLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE LISTENED IN ON THE JULY 25th CALL NOW, SINCE HE WAS ON THE CALL, POMPEO MUST HAVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT WOULD MAKE THE BOSS, THAT IS THE PRESIDENT, HAPPY ENOUGH TO SCHEDULE A WHITE HOUSE MEETING AGAIN, EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP

ON AUGUST 11th, AMBASSADOR VOLKER SENT GIULIANI A TEXT MESSAGE THIS IS VOLKER TO GIULIANI HI, RUDY WE HAVE HEARD BACK FROM ANDRIY AGAIN THEY ARE WRITING THE STATEMENT NOW AND WILL SEND IT TO US

CAN YOU TALK FOR FIVE MINUTES BEFORE NOON TODAY? AND GIULIANI SAYS, YES, JUST CALL THAT'S AUGUST 11th ON THE NEXT DAY, AUGUST 12th, YERMAK SENT AMBASSADOR VOLKER AN INITIAL VERSION OF THE DRAFT STATEMENT BY TEXT NOTABLY, AS WE SAW EARLIER, THIS STATEMENT FROM THE UKRAINIANS DOESN'T EXPLICITLY MENTION BURISMA, BIDEN, OR 2016

ELECTION INVESTIGATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SEEKING SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING ON HERE NOW THERE WAS THIS GAME OF CHICKEN YOU GO FIRST NO, WE'LL GO FIRST

YOU GIVE US THE DAY WE'LL GIVE YOU STATEMENT NO YOU GIVES THE STATEMENT WE'LL GIVE YOU THE DATE REALIZING THEY'VE GOT TO GIVE THE STATEMENT, UKRAINE TRIES TO GIVE THEM A GENERIC STATEMENT THAT DOESN'T REALLY GO INTO SPECIFICS ABOUT THESE INVESTIGATIONS

AND WHY? YOU CAN IMAGINE WHY UKRAINIANS DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO GO IN PUBLIC AND SAY THEY'RE GOING TO DO THESE INVESTIGATIONS BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT STUPID BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THIS WOULD PULL THEM RIGHT INTO US PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS BECAUSE IT WAS INTENDED TO

WHICH ISN'T IN UKRAINE'S INTEREST IT'S NOT IN OUR INTEREST EITHER AND UKRAINE UNDERSTOOD THAT AND SO THEY RESISTED FIRST, THEY RESISTED HAVING TO DO THE PUBLIC STATEMENT THEN THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THE DELIVERABLE

THEN WHEN THEY HAD TO MAKE THE STATEMENT, THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BE SPECIFIC FOR ONE THING FOR ANOTHER THING THIS WAS WHAT ZELENSKY CAMPAIGNED ON HE WAS GOING TO FIGHT CORRUPTION

HE WAS GOING TO END POLITICAL INVESTIGATION SO HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE SPECIFIC SO HE SENDS THIS STATEMENT THAT DOESN'T HAVE SPECIFIC REFERENCES AND AMBASSADOR VOLKER EXPLAINED DURING HIS TESTIMONY, THAT WAS NOT WHAT GIULIANI WAS REQUESTING AND IT WOULD NOT SATISFY GIULIANI OR DONALD TRUMP

NOW, PRESUMABLY, IF THE PRESIDENT WAS INTERESTED IN CORRUPTION, THAT STATEMENT WOULD'VE BEEN ENOUGH BUT ALL HE WAS INTERESTED IN WAS AN INVESTIGATION OR ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO HIS RIVAL AND THIS DEBUNKED THEORY ABOUT 2016 NOW, THE CONVERSATION THAT VOLKER REFERRED TO IN HIS EARLIER TESTIMONY, TOOK PLACE ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 13th WHEN GIULIANI MADE CLEAR THAT THE SPECIFIC INVESTIGATIONS RELATED TO BURISMA, CODE FOR BIDENS, AND THE 2016 ELECTION HAD TO BE INCLUDED IN ORDER TO GET THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING

SO THE AMERICANS SEND BACK, TO THE UKRAINIAN TOP AIDE, A REVISED DRAFT THAT INCLUDES NOW THE TWO INVESTIGATIONS AND YOU'VE SEEN THE SIDE BY SIDE THIS WAS THEN THE ESSENCE OF THE QUID PRO QUO REGARDING THE MEETING AND THIS DIRECTION CAME FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP HERE IS HOW AMBASSADOR SONDLAND PUT IT >> MR

GIULIANI'S REQUEST WERE A QUID PRO QUO FOR ARRANGING A WHITE HOUSE VISIT FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY MR GIULIANI DEMANDED THAT UKRAINE MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE 2016 ELECTION DNC SERVER AND BURISMA MR GIULIANI WAS EXPRESSING THE DESIRES OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE KNEW THESE INVESTIGATIONS WERE IMPORTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

>> NOW, ACCORDING TO WITNESS TESTIMONY, AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS WERE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE DRAFT THAT GIULIANI, VOLKER, AND SONDLAND WERE NEGOTIATED THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THE STATEMENT WAS A DELIVERABLE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED BUT YIELDING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEMANDS WOULD, IN ESSENCE, FORCE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO BREAK HIS PROMISE TO THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE TO ROOT OUT CORRUPTION BECAUSE POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS ARE A HALLMARK OF THE KIND OF CORRUPTION THAT UKRAINE HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH IN THE PAST MR YERMAK TRIED TO GET SOME CONFIRMATION THAT THE REQUESTED INVESTIGATIONS WERE LEGITIMATE

IN RESPONSE TO THE DRAFT STATEMENT, YERMAK ASKS VOLKER, QUOTE, WHETHER ANY REQUESTS HAVE EVER BEEN MADE BY THE US TO INVESTIGATE ELECTION INTERFERENCE IN 2016 IN OTHER WORDS, WHETHER ANY REQUESTS HAD BEEN MADE BY ANY OFFICIAL US

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY THROUGH FORMAL CHANNELS AS YOU WOULD EXPECT IF IT WERE A LEGITIMATE REQUEST AMBASSADOR VOLKER TRIED TO FIND A SATISFACTORY ANSWER ON AUGUST 15th, VOLKER'S ASSISTANT ASKED DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY GEORGE KENT WHETHER THERE WAS ANY PRECEDENT FOR SUCH A REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATIONS AT HIS DEPOSITION, KENT TESTIFIED THAT IF YOU'RE ASKING ME, HAVE WE EVER GONE TO THE UKRAINIANS AND ASKED THEM TO INVESTIGATE AN INDIVIDUAL FOR POLITICAL REASONS? THE ANSWER IS I HOPE WE HAVEN'T AND WE SHOULDN'T BECAUSE THAT GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE TRYING TO PROMOTE IN THE POST-SOVIET STATES FOR THE LAST 28 YEARS WHICH IS THE PROMOTION OF THE RULE OF LAW

THE NEXT DAY, WE'RE NOW ON AUGUST 16th IN A CONVERSATION WITH AMBASSADOR BILL TAYLOR, THE US AMBASSADOR IN KYIV AND AMBASSADOR TAYLOR STEPPED IN WHEN AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH WAS PUSHED OUT

TAYLOR, QUOTE, AMPLIFIED THE SAME THING AND TOLD KENT THAT, QUOTE, YERMAK WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA OF INVESTIGATIONS AND SUGGESTED THAT IT SHOULD BE DONE OFFICIALLY AND PUT IN WRITING AS A RESULT, IT BECAME CLEAR TO KENT IN MID AUGUST THAT UKRAINE WAS BEING PRESSURED TO CONDUCT POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS KENT TOLD AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, THAT'S WRONG AND WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT AS A MATTER OF U

S POLICY AMBASSADOR VOLKER CLAIMED THAT HE STOPPED PURSUING THE STATEMENT FROM THE UKRAINIANS AROUND THIS TIME BECAUSE OF THE CONCERNS RAISED BY ZELENSKY'S AIDE AT HIS DEPOSITION, AND DESPITE ALL OF HIS EFFORTS TO SECURE A STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THESE VERY SPECIFIC POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS, DESIRED BY THE PRESIDENT, AMBASSADOR VOLKER TESTIFIED THAT HE AGREED WITH YERMAK'S CONCERNS AND ADVISED HIM THAT MAKING THOSE SPECIFIC REFERENCES WAS NOT A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE MAKING THOSE STATEMENTS MIGHT LOOK LIKE IT WOULD PLAY INTO OUR DOMESTIC POLITICS WITHOUT SPECIFIC REFERENCES TO THE POLITICALLY-DAMAGING INVESTIGATIONS THAT TRUMP DEMANDED, THE AGREEMENT JUST WOULDN'T WORK

UKRAINE DID NOT RELEASE THE STATEMENT AND, IN TURN, THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WAS NOT SCHEDULED AS IT TURNS OUT, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AND VOLKER DID NOT ACHIEVE THE BREAKTHROUGH, AFTER ALL NOW, LET'S GO INTO WHAT FINALLY BREAKS THE LAW IN JUNE BECAUSE THAT INVOLVES THE MILITARY AID WITH EFFORTS TO TRADE A WHITE HOUSE MEETING FOR A PRESS STATEMENT ANNOUNCING INVESTIGATIONS TEMPORARILY SCUTTLED, SONDLAND AND VOLKER GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

ON AUGUST 19th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TOLD VOLKER THAT HE DROVE THE LARGER ISSUE HOME WITH YERMAK PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S TOP AIDE PARTICULARLY, THAT THIS WAS NOW BIGGER THAN A WHITE HOUSE MEETING — BIGGER THAN JUST A WHITE HOUSE MEETING AND WAS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP PER SE THE RELATIONSHIP PER SE NOT JUST ABOUT THE MEETING ANYMORE

IT'S ABOUT EVERYTHING IT'S ABOUT EVERYTHING BY THIS TIME, IN LATE AUGUST, THE HOLD IN SECURITY ASSISTANCE HAD BEEN IN PLACE FOR MORE THAN A MONTH AND THERE WAS STILL NO CREDIBLE EXPLANATION OFFERED BY THE WHITE HOUSE, DESPITE SOME LIKE AMBASSADOR SONDLAND REPEATEDLY ASKING THERE WERE NO INTERAGENCY MEETINGS SINCE JULY 31st AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAD WITHDRAWN ITS ASSURANCES THAT IT COULD EVEN COMPLY WITH THE LAW

WHICH, INDEED, IT COULDN'T EVERY AGENCY IN THE ADMINISTRATION OPPOSED THE HOLD AS THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE CONFIRMED, CONCERNED DOD AND OMB OFFICIALS HAD BEEN RIGHT THAT THE PRESIDENT'S HOLDING OF THE AID WAS AN UNLAWFUL ACT BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS NOT BUDGING AT THE SAME TIME, DESPITE THE PERSISTENT EFFORTS OF NUMEROUS PEOPLE, PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSED TO SCHEDULE THE COVETED WHITE HOUSE VISIT FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY UNTIL THE INVESTIGATIONS WERE ANNOUNCED THAT WOULD BENEFIT HIS CAMPAIGN

HERE IS WHAT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID ABOUT THE HOLD ON FUNDS AND IT'S LINKED TO THE POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS IN UKRAINE IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY CREDIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE SUSPENSION OF AID, I LATER CAME TO BELIEVE THAT THE RESUMPTION OF SECURITY AID WOULD NOT OCCUR UNTIL THERE WAS A PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM UKRAINE COMMITTING TO THE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE 2016 ELECTION AND BURISMA, AS MR GIULIANI HAD DEMANDED FROM THE EMBASSY IN KYIV, DAVID HOLMES REACHED THE SAME CONCLUSION

THE CONCLUSION AS SIMPLE AS TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR >> MR HOLMES, YOU HAVE TESTIFIED THAT BY LATE AUGUST, YOU HAD — YOU HAD A CLEAR IMPRESSION THAT THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE HOLD WAS SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED HOW DID YOU CONCLUDE THAT — HOW DID YOU REACH THAT CLEAR CONCLUSION? >> SIR, WE'VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION SINCE MARCH MONTH BEFORE

AND WE'D BEEN — PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HAD RECEIVED A LETTER, CONGRATULATORY LETTER, FROM THE PRESIDENT SAYING HE — TO MEET HIM FOLLOWING HIS INAUGURATION IN MAY AND WE HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET THAT MEETING AND THEN THE SECURITY HOLD CAME UP WITH NO EXPLANATION AND I — I'D BE SURPRISED IF ANY OF THE — EARLIER WE DISCUSSED EARLIER, YOU KNOW, SOPHISTICATED PEOPLE, WHEN THEY RECEIVED NO EXPLANATION FOR WHY THAT HOLD WAS IN PLACE, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE DRAWN THAT CONCLUSION >> BECAUSE THE INVESTIGATIONS WERE STILL BEING PURSUED AND THE HOLD WAS STILL REMAINING WITHOUT EXPLANATION? >> CORRECT >> SO THIS, TO YOU, WAS THE ONLY LOGICAL CONCLUSION THAT YOU COULD REACH? >> CORRECT

>> SORT OF LIKE TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR? >> EXACTLY >> SONDLAND EXPLAINED THE PREDICAMENT HE BELIEVED HE FACED WITH A HOLD ON AID TO UKRAINE >> AS MY OTHER STATE DEPARTMENT COLLEAGUES HAVE TESTIFIED, THIS SECURITY AID WAS CRITICAL TO UKRAINE'S DEFENSE AND SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DELAYED I EXPRESSED THIS VIEW TO MANY DURING THIS PERIOD BUT MY GOAL AT THE TIME WAS TO DO WHAT WAS NECESSARY TO GET THE AID RELEASED

TO BREAK THE LOG JAM I BELIEVED THAT THE PUBLIC STATEMENT WE HAD BEEN DISCUSSING FOR WEEKS WAS ESSENTIAL TO ADVANCING THAT GOAL YOU KNOW, I REALLY REGRET THAT THE UKRAINIANS WERE PLACED IN THAT PREDICAMENT BUT I DO NOT REGRET DOING WHAT I COULD TO TRY TO BREAK THE LOGJAM AND TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM ON AUGUST 22nd, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TRIED TO BREAK THAT LOGJAM, AS HE PUT IT, REGARDING BOTH THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE HOLD AND THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND DESCRIBED THOSE EFFORTS IN HIS PUBLIC TESTIMONY LET'S LISTEN TO HIM AGAIN >> IN PREPARATION FOR THE SEPTEMBER 1 WARSAW MEETING, I ASKED SECRETARY POMPEO WHETHER A FACE-TO-FACE CONVERSATION BETWEEN TRUMP AND ZELENSKY WOULD HELP TO BREAK THE LOGJAM AND THIS WAS WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS STILL INTENDING TO TRAVEL TO WARSAW SPECIFICALLY, ON AUGUST 22nd, I E-MAILED SECRETARY POMPEO DIRECTLY, COPYING SECRETARY ED KENNA

I WROTE — THIS IS MY E-MAIL TO SECRETARY POMPEO — SHOULD WE BLOCK TIME IN WARSAW FOR A SHORT PULL-ASIDE FOR POTUS TO MEET ZELENSKY? I WOULD ASK ZELENSKY TO LOOK HIM IN THE EYE AND TELL HIM THAT ONCE UKRAINE'S NEW JUSTICE FOLKS ARE IN PLACE IN MID-SEPTEMBER, THAT ZELENSKY, HE, ZELENSKY SHOULD BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD PUBLICLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE ON THOSE ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO POTUS AND THE US HOPEFULLY, THAT WILL HELP BREAK THE LOGJAM THE SECRETARY REPLIED, YES >> ALSO EXPLAINED THAT BOTH HE AND SECRETARY POMPEO UNDERSTOOD ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE PRESIDENT WERE THE TWO SHAM INVESTIGATIONS THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO HELP HIS RE-ELECTION EFFORTS

AND THAT REFERENCE TO THE LOGJAM MEANT BOTH THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING AT THE END OF AUGUST, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JOHN BOLTON ARRIVED IN UKRAINE FOR AN OFFICIAL HAVEN'T DAVID HOLMES TOOK NOTES IN AMBASSADOR BOLTON'S MEETINGS AND TESTIFIED ABOUT AMBASSADOR BOLTON'S MESSAGE TO THE UKRAINIANS >> SHORTLY THEREAFTER, ON AUGUST 27th, AMBASSADOR BOLTON VISITED UKRAINE AND BROUGHT WELCOME NEWS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD AGREED TO MEET PRESIDENT ZELENSKY ON SEPTEMBER 1st IN WARSAW

AMBASSADOR BOLTON FURTHER INDICATED THAT THE HOLD ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE WOULD NOT BE LIFTED PRIOR TO THE WARSAW MEETING WHERE IT WOULD HANG ON WHETHER PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS ABLE TO, QUOTE, FAVORABLY IMPRESS PRESIDENT TRUMP >> LET'S THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING FURTHER TO SAY LET'S THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE

BOLTON FURTHER INDICATED THAT THE HOLD ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE WOULD NOT BE LIFTED PRIOR TO THE WARSAW MEETING WHERE IT WOULD HANG ON WHETHER PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS ABLE TO FAVORABLY IMPRESS PRESIDENT TRUMP WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD FAVORABLY IMPRESS PRESIDENT TRUMP? WHAT WERE THE ONLY TWO THINGS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY? WHAT WERE THE TWO THINGS THAT RUDY GIULIANI WAS ASKING OF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND HIS TOP AIDES? WHAT WOULD FAVORABLY IMPRESS DONALD TRUMP? WOULD DONALD TRUMP BE FAVORABLY IMPRESSED IF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WERE TO TELL HIM ABOUT THIS NEW CORRUPTION COURT OR NEW LEGISLATION OR HOW NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE RUSSIANS WERE GOING? OR HOW THEY'RE BRINGING ABOUT DEFENSE REFORM HAD ANY OF THOSE THINGS EVER COME UP IN ANY OF THESE TEXT MESSAGES, ANY OF THESE E-MAILS, ANY OF THESE PHONE CALLS, ANY OF THESE CONVERSATIONS? OF COURSE NOT OF COURSE NOT THERE WAS ONLY ONE THING THAT WAS GOING TO FAVORABLY IMPRESS PRESIDENT TRUMP IN WARSAW AND THAT IS IF ZELENSKY TOLD HIM, TO HIS FACE, I'M GOING TO DO THESE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS

I DON'T WANT TO DO 'EM YOU KNOW I DON'T WANT TO DO THEM I HAVE RESISTED DOING THEM BUT I'M AT WAR WITH RUSSIA AND I CAN'T WAIT ANYMORE I CAN'T WAIT ANYMORE I'M SURE THAT WOULD HAVE IMPRESSED DONALD TRUMP

BUT THE MEETING BETWEEN — BETWEEN THE TWO PRESIDENTS NEVER HAPPENED IN WARSAW PRESIDENT TRUMP CANCELLED THE TRIP AT THE LAST MOMENT BEFORE BOLTON LEFT KYIV, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR ASKED FOR A PRIVATE MEETING AMBASSADOR TAYLOR EXPLAINED THAT HE WAS EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT THE HOLD ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE HE DESCRIBED THE MEETING TO US DURING HIS TESTIMONY

>> NEAR THE END OF AMBASSADOR BOLTON'S VISIT, I ASKED TO MEET HIM PRIVATELY DURING WHICH I EXPRESSED TO HIM MY SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT THE WITHHOLDING OF MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE, WHILE THE UKRAINIANS WERE DEFENDING THEIR COUNTRY FROM RUSSIAN AGGRESSION AMBASSADOR BOLTON RECOMMENDED THAT I SEND A FIRST-PERSON CABLE TO SECRETARY POMPEO, DIRECTLY, RELAYING MY CONCERNS >> NOW, IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT, SENDING A FIRST-PERSON CABLE IS AN EXTRAORDINARY STEP STATE DEPARTMENT CABLES ARE ORDINARILY WRITTEN IN THE THIRD PERSON, AS AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TESTIFIED AT HIS DEPOSITION

SENDING A FIRST-PERSON CABLE GETS ATTENTION BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT MANY FIRST-PERSON CABLES THAT COME IN IN FACT, IN HIS DECADES OF SERVICE IN THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS, HE HAD NEVER WRITTEN A SINGLE ONE UNTIL NOW TAYLOR SENT THAT CABLE ON AUGUST 29th WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO READ THAT TO YOU RIGHT NOW? I WOULD LIKE TO READ IT TO YOU RIGHT NOW EXCEPT I DON'T HAVE IT

BECAUSE THE STATE DEPARTMENT WOULDN'T PROVIDE IT BUT IF YOU'D LIKE ME TO READ IT TO YOU, WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT WE CAN INSIST ON GETTING THAT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT JOHN BOLTON HAD IN MIND WHEN HE THOUGHT THAT ZELENSKY COULD FAVORABLY IMPRESS THE PRESIDENT IN WARSAW, WE CAN FIND THAT OUT, TOO JUST FOR THE ASKING

AND A DOCUMENT CALLED A SUBPOENA SO TAYLOR SENDS THAT CABLE AUGUST 29th THE STATE DEPARTMENT DID NOT PROVIDE THAT CABLE TO US IN RESPONSE TO THE SUBPOENA BUT WITNESSES WHO REVIEWED IT DESCRIBED IT AS A POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT DESCRIBED THE FOLLY OF WITHHOLDING MILITARY AID FROM UKRAINE AT A TIME WHEN IT WAS FACING INCURSION FROM RUSSIAN FORCES IN EASTERN UKRAINE THAT CABLE ALSO SOUGHT TO EXPLAIN THAT U

S ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE WAS IN — WAS VITAL TO US NATIONAL SECURITY, AS WELL NOW, WHY DON'T THEY WANT US TO SEE THAT CABLE? WHY DON'T THEY WANT US TO THEY THAT CABLE? MAYBE THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE THAT CABLE BECAUSE THAT CABLE FROM A VIETNAM VETERAN DESCRIBES JUST HOW ESSENTIAL THAT MILITARY ASSISTANCE WAS NOT JUST TO UKRAINE, MAYBE THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE THAT CABLE BECAUSE IT DESCRIBES JUST HOW IMPORTANT THAT MILITARY ASSISTANCE IS TO US

TO US PRESIDENT'S COUNSEL WOULD LOVE YOU TO BELIEVE THIS IS JUST ABOUT UKRAINE, YOU DON'T NEED TO CARE ABOUT UKRAINE WHO CARES ABOUT UKRAINE 100 PEOPLE CAN FIND UKRAINE ON THE MAP WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT UKRAINE? BUT WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT UKRAINE

THEY'RE AN ALLY OF OURS IF IT MATTERS TO US, WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN 1994 WHEN WE ASKED THEM TO GIVE UP THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT THEY HAD INHERITED FROM THE SOVIET UNION AND THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE THEM UP AND WE WERE WORRIED ABOUT PROLIFERATION, WE SAID, HEY, IF YOU GIVE THEM UP, WHICH YOU DON'T WANT TO DO BECAUSE YOU'RE WORRIED THE RUSSIANS MIGHT INVADE, IF YOU GIVE THEM UP, WE WILL HELP ASSURE YOUR TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY WE MADE THAT COMMITMENT I HOPE WE CARE ABOUT THAT HOPE WE CARE ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THEY DID GIVE THEM UP AND YOU KNOW WHAT, JUST WHAT THEY FEARED TOOK PLACE

THE RUSSIANS MOVED ACROSS THEIR BORDER AND MAY REMAIN OCCUPYING PART OF UKRAINE THAT'S THE WORD OF AMERICA WE GAVE AND WE'RE BREAKING THAT WORD WHY? FOR HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN? AMBASSADOR TAYLOR WAS EXACTLY RIGHT THAT'S CRAZY

IT'S WORSE THAN CRAZY IT'S REPULSIVE IT'S REPUGNANT IT BREAKS OUR WORD AND TO DO IT IN THE NAME OF THESE CORRUPT INVESTIGATIONS IS ALSO CONTRARY TO EVERYTHING WE ESPOUSE AROUND THE WORLD

I USED TO BE PART OF A COMMISSION IN THE HOUSE ON DEMOCRACY ASSISTANCE WHERE WE WOULD MEET WITH PARLIAMENTARIANS AND I KNOW MY SENATE COLLEAGUES DO MUCH OF THE SAME THING AND WE WOULD — WE WOULD URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO OBSERVE THE RULE OF LAW NOT TO ENGAGE IN POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS I DON'T NOW KNOW HOW WE MAKE THAT ARGUMENT NOW LOOK ALLIES IN THE FACE, FELLOW PARLIAMENTARIANS AND MAKE THAT ARGUMENT NOW

I WOULDN'T MAKE THAT ARGUMENT NOW NOW, TESTIMONY INDICATED THAT SECRETARY POMPEO EVENTUALLY CARRIED THAT CABLE INTO THE WHITE HOUSE BUT THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT THOSE NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS THAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE WERE ABLE TO OUTWEIGH THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL INTERESTS IN HIS GETTING FOREIGN HELP IN HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN THERE'S NO EVIDENCE AT ALL NOW WE GET TO AUGUST 28th

POLITICO IS THE FIRST TO PUBLICLY REPORT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD IMPLEMENTED A HOLD ON NEARLY $400 MILLION OF US MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE THAT HAD BEEN APPROPRIATED BY CONGRESS NOW THAT THE WORST-KEPT SECRET WAS PUBLIC, UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS IMMEDIATELY EXPRESSED THEIR ALARM AND CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS AS WITNESSES EXPLAINED THE UKRAINIANS HAD TWO SERIOUS CONCERNS, ONE, OF COURSE, WAS THE AID, ITSELF, WHICH WAS VITAL TO THEIR ABILITY TO FIGHT OFF RUSSIA, BUT IN ADDITION, THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT THE SYMBOLISM OF THE HOLD, THAT IT SIGNALED TO RUSSIA AND VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT THE UNITED STATES WAS WAVERING IN SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT THIS WAS A DIVISION THAT RUSSIA COULD AND WOULD EXPLOIT TO DRIVE FURTHER WEDGE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND UKRAINE TO ITS ADVANTAGE

THE SECOND CONCERN WAS WHY, LIKELY WHY UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS WANTED THE HOLD TO REMAIN A SECRET IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE IT WOULD ADD TO THE NEGATIVE IMPACT UKRAINE IF THE HOLD, ITSELF, BECAME PUBLIC BAD ENOUGH THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PUT A HOLD ON THEIR AID, IT WAS GOING TO BE FAR WORSE IF IT BECAME PUBLIC AS, INDEED, IT DID ANDRE YERMAK TEXTED "NEED TO TALK TO YOU" OTHER UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS EXPRESSED CONCERN TO AMBASSADOR VOLKER THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT WAS BEING SINGLED OUT AND PENALIZED FOR SOME REASON

WHAT DO WE THINK THAT REASON WAS? WHY WERE THEYING WITH SINGLED OUT? WHY WOULD THAT COUNTRY BE SINGLED OUT? THAT WAS THE ONE COUNTRY THAT THIS PRESIDENT COULD LEVER FOR HELP AGAINST AN OPPONENT HE FEARED THAT'S WHY UKRAINE WAS BEING SINGLED OUT ON AUGUST 29th YERMAK ALSO CONTACTED AMBASSADOR TAYLOR YERMAK SAID THE UKRAINIANS WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE HOLD ON MILITARY ASSISTANCE HE SAID HE AND OTHER UKRAIIAN OFFICIALS WOULD BE WILLING TO TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON TO EXPLAIN TO U

S OFFICIALS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ASSISTANCE AMBASSADOR TAYLOR WHO WAS ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE EXPLAINED THE UKRAINIAN VIEWPOINT AND, FRANKLY, THEIR DESPERATION >> IN SEPTEMBER THE MINISTER OF DEFENSE, FOR EXAMPLE, CAME TO ME, I WOULD USE THE WORD, DESPERATE, TO FIGURE OUT WHY THE ASSISTANCE WAS BEING HELD HE THOUGHT THAT, PERHAPS, IF HE WENT TO WASHINGTON TO TALK TO YOU, TO TALK TO SEC STAIR OF DEFENSE, TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT, HE'D BE ABLE TO FIND OUT AND REASSURE, PROVIDE WHATEVER ANSWER WAS NECESSARY, TO HAVE THAT ASSISTANCE RELEASED

>> WITHOUT ANY OFFICIAL EXPLANATION FOR THE HOLD, OFFICIALS COULD PROVIDE LITTLE ASSURANCE TO THEIR UKRAINIAN COUNTERPARTS IT'S BEEN PUBLICLY REPORTED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP, SECRETARY ESPER AND SECRETARY POMPEO MET IN LATE AUGUST AND ALL IMPLORED THE PRESIDENT TO RELEASE THE AID BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUED TO REFUSE TO RELEASE THE AID AS OF AUGUST 30th, THE PRESIDENT WAS CLEARLY DIRECTING OMB TO CONTINUE THE HOLD ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE DOCUMENTS REVIEWED BY JUST SECURITY BUT WITHHELD ON THE PRESIDENT'S INSTRUCTIONS, OMB OFFICIAL MICHAEL DUFFY EMAILED DOD CONTROLLER ELAINE McCUSTER, SO HERE WE ARE AUGUST 30th

A MONTH AFTER THAT JULY 25th CALL AID'S STILL BEING WITHHELD UKRAINIANS STILL HOLDING ON STILL NOT WILLING TO CAPITULATE NOT WILLING TO VIOLATE ZELENSKY'S WHOLE CAMPAIGN PLEDGE ABOUT NOT ENGAGING IN CORRUPT INVESTIGATION

THAT SAME DAY, AUGUST 30th, THE REPUBLICAN SENATOR RON JOHNSON SPOKE WITH AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TO EXPRESS HIS CONCERN ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION TO WITHHOLD MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE UKRAINE SENATOR JOHNSON DESCRIBED THAT CALL IN AN INTERVIEW WITH "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" ACCORDING TO SENATOR JOHNSON, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TOLD HIM THAT IF UKRAINE WOULD COMMIT TO, QUOTE, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016, IF PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS THAT CONFIDENCE, THEN HE'LL RELEASE THE MILITARY SPENDING SENATOR JOHNSON ADDED, AT THAT SUGGESTION, I WINCED MY REACTION WAS, OH, GOD, I DON'T WANT TO SEE THOSE TWO THINGS COMBINED

THE NEXT DAY, AUGUST 31st, SENATOR JOHNSON SPOKE BY PHONE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP REGARDING THE DECISION TO WITHHOLD AID TO UKRAINE ACCORDING TO "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL," PRESIDENT TRUMP DENIED THE QUID PRO QUO THAT SENATOR JOHNSON HAD LEARNED OF FROM AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AT THE SAME TIME, HOWEVER, PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSED TO AUTHORIZE SENATOR JOHNSON TO TELL UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS ON HIS UPCOMING TRIP TO KIEV THAT THE AID WOULD BE FORTHCOMING THE MESSAGE THAT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND COMMUNICATED TO SENATOR JOHNSON MIRRORED THAT USED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP DURING THE JULY 25th CALL WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN WHICH PRESIDENT TRUMP TWICE ASKED UKRAINIAN LEADER TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT INCLUDING IN CONNECTION TO AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY OF UKRAINIAN INTERFERENCE IN 2016 ELECTION

IT ALSO MIRRORED THE LANGUAGE OF THE TEXT MESSAGE THAT AMBASSADOR VOLKER SENT TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S AIDE JUST BEFORE THE JULY 25th CALL INDEED, DESPITE THE PRESIDENT'S SELF-SERVING DENIAL, THE MESSAGE WAS CLEAR, PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED THE INVESTIGATIONS AND HE WOULD WITHHOLD NOT ONE, BUT TWO ACTS VESTED IN HIM BY THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE IN ORDER TO GET THEM NOW BEGINS SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 1st PRESIDENT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO WARSAW AS WE KNOW, BUT HE DOESN'T GO TO WARSAW

MIKE PENCE GOES TO WARSAW JENNIFER WILLIAMS, SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR EUROPE AND RUSSIA, LEARNED OF THE CHANGE IN THE PRESIDENT'S TRAVEL PLANS ON AUGUST 29th THE VICE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ASKS THE REQUEST TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE FOR AN UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE THAT HAD JUST BEEN PUBLICLY REVEALED IN POLITICO AND WOULD BE A CRITICAL ISSUE DURING THE BILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN THE VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN WARSAW THE DELEGATION ARRIVED IN WARSAW, GATHERS IN THE HOTEL ROOM TO BRIEF VICE PRESIDENT PENCE BEFORE HE MET WITH UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER BOLTON LED THE MEETING

AS WILLIAMS DESCRIBED IT, ADVISERS IN THE ROOM, QUOTE, AGREED ON THE NEED TO GET A FINAL DECISION ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT IT COULD BE IMPLEMENTED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR BUT VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DID NOT HAVE AUTHORITY FROM THE PRESIDENT TO RELEASE THE AID AMBASSADOR SONDLAND ALSO ATTENDED THAT BRIEFING AT THE END OF IT, HE EXPRESSED CONCERN DIRECTLY TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE ABOUT THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE BEING HELD UNTIL THE UKRAINIANS ANNOUNCED THE VERY SAME POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATION AT THE HEART OF THIS SCHEME >> YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU ALSO HAD A CONVERSATION WITH VICE PRESIDENT PENCE BEFORE HIS MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN WARSAW

AND THAT YOU RAISED THE CONCERN YOU HAD AS WELL THAT THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE WAS BEING WITHHELD BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S DESIRE TO GET A COMMITMENT FROM ZELENSKY TO PURSUE THESE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS WHAT DID YOU SAY TO THE VICE PRESIDENT? >> I WAS IN A BRIEFING WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE AND I JUST SPOKE UP AND I SAID, IT APPEARS THAT EVERYTHING HAS STALLED UNTIL THIS STATEMENT GETS MADE SOMETHING THAT WORDS TO THAT EFFECT AND THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE THE CASE BASED ON, YOU KNOW, THE WORK THAT THE THREE OF US HAD BEEN DOING, VOLKER, PERRY, AND MYSELF, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT NODDED, LIKE, YOU KNOW, HE HEARD WHAT I SAID AND THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH IT AS I RECALL >> EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TESTIFIED VICE PRESIDENT PENCE WAS NEITHER SURPRISED OR DISMAYED BY THE DESCRIPTION OF QUID PRO QUO AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AS EXPECTED, THE FIRST QUESTION FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY RELATED TO THE STATUS OF THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE VICE PRESIDENT PENCE'S AIDE, JENNIFER WILLIAMS, TESTIFIED, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY EXPLAINED THAT JUST EQUALLY WITH THE FINANCIAL AND PHYSICAL VALUE OF THE ASSISTANCE THAT IT WAS THE SYMBOLIC NATURE OF THAT ASSISTANCE THAT REALLY WAS THE SHOW OF US SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE AND FOR UKRAINE'S SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY

LATER THAT DAY, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT SECURITY ASSISTANCE REMAINED IN PLACE WELL AFTER PRESIDENT PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, RETURNED FROM WARSAW AND AFTER THE MEETING, WARSAW MEETING WITH VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, HE PULLED ASIDE YERMAK, ZELENSKY'S TOP AIDE, AND INFORMED HIM THE AID WOULD NOT BE FORTHCOMING UNTIL UKRAINE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED THE TWO INVESTIGATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED SO HERE WE ARE AFTER THE MEETING, RIGHT AFTER THE MEETING, THEY'RE STILL WARSAW ZELENSKY PULLS ASIDE HIS UKRAINIAN COUNTERPART, YERMAK, AND EXPLAINED THE AID IS NOT COMING UNTIL THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE ANNOUNCED

>> BASED ON MY PREVIOUS CONVERSATION WITH SECRETARY POMPEO, I FELT COMFORTABLE SHARING MY CONCERNS WITH MR YERMAK IT WAS A VERY, VERY BRIEF POLITICIZED CONVERSATION THAT HAPPENED WITHIN A FEW SECONDS I TOLD MR YERMAK THAT I BELIEVED THE RESUMPTION OF U

S AID WOULD LIKELY NOT OCCUR UNTIL UKRAINE TOOK SOME KIND OF ACTION ON THE PUBLIC STATEMENT THAT WE HAD BEEN DISCUSSING FOR MANY WEEKS >> I'M GOING TO LET THAT SINK IN FOR A MINUTE, TOO YOU'VE HEARD MY COLLEAGUES AT THE OTHER TABLE SAY, UKRAINIANS FELT NO PRESSURE, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THEY FELT ANY PRESSURE OF COURSE, WE'VE ALREADY HAD TESTIMONY ABOUT HOW THEY DID FEEL PRESSURE AND THEY DID WANT TO BE DRAWN INTO THIS POLITICAL CAMPAIGN AND YOU SAW OVER AND OVER IN THESE TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS, NO, YOU GO FIRST, YOU ANNOUNCE, NO, YOU GO FIRST, AND WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THEY FELT NO PRESSURE

AND THERE IT IS, IT BREAKS OUT IN THE OPEN, THE MILITARY AID IS BEING WITHHELD AND THERE'S A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE HOLDING OF THE MILITARY AID AND THESE INVESTIGATIONS AND THE FIRST THING THEY'RE ASKING ABOUT, THEY SEND THE COPY OF THE ARTICLE, WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THIS AID? THEY'RE READY TO COME TO DC TO PLEAD FOR THE AID THEY GO TO WARSAW, THEY NEAT WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT THE FIRST QUESTION IS THE AID

AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT MEETING? NOW, THAT'S A BIG MEETING, BY THE WAY, WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE UKRAINIAN DELEGATION IT'S NOT LIKE IN FRONT OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE THE VICE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BRING IT UP AND SO HE GOES UP TO HIS COUNTERPART RIGHT AFTER THAT ON THE SIDELINES OF THAT MEET, HE SAYS, BASICALLY, YOU AIN'T GETTING THE MONEY UNTIL YOU DO THE INVESTIGATION WE'RE TO BELIEVE THEY FELT NO PRESSURE? FOLKS, THEY'RE AT WAR THEY'RE AT WAR AND TOLD YOU'RE NOT GETTING $400 MILLION IN AID YOU NEED UNLESS YOU DO WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS ARE THESE TWO INVESTIGATIONS IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S PRESSURE, THAT'S $400 MILLION WORTH OF PRESSURE

I GOT A BRIDGE I WANT TO SELL YOU IT'S HARD FOR US TO PUT OURSELVES IN THE UKRAINIANS' POSITION I MEAN, IMAGINE THE EASTERN THIRD OF OUR COUNTRY WERE OCCUPIED BY AN ENEMY FORCE AND WE'RE BEHOLDEN TO ANOTHER COUNTRY FOR MILITARY AID AND THEY'RE SAYING YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET IT UNTIL YOU DO WHAT WE WANT YOU THINK WE'D FEEL PRESSURED? I THINK WE'D FEEL PRESSURED

AND THAT'S EXACTLY THE SITUATION THE UKRAINIANS WERE IN NOW, YOU'VE HEARD MY COUNSEL — THE OTHER COUNSEL SAY BEFORE, WELL, BUT THEY SAY THEY DON'T FEEL PRESSURE LIKE THEY'RE GOING TO ADMIT THEY WERE BEING SHAKEN DOWN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES YOU THINK THEY FEEL PRESSURE NOW, YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT KIND OF PRESSURE THEY'D FEEL IF THEY ADMITTED THAT THE NSC OFFICIAL WITNESSED THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN SONDLAND AND YERMAK FROM ACROSS THE ROOM AND IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER RECEIVED A SUMMARY FROM AMBASSADOR SONDLAND

HE REPORTED THE SUBSTANCE OF THAT CONVERSATION TO HIS BOSS, AMBASSADOR BOLTON, WHO TOLD MORRISON TO CONSULT WITH THE LAWYERS GO TALK TO THE LAWYERS YOU KNOW, IF YOU KEEP GETTING TOLD YOU GOT TO GO TALK TO THE LAWYERS, THERE'S A PROBLEM THINGS ARE PERFECT, YOU DON'T GET TOLD, GO TALK TO THE LAWYERS, TIME AND TIME AGAIN MORRISON CONFIRMED THAT HE DID TALK TO THE LAWYERS

IN PART TO ENSURE THERE WAS A RECORD OF WHAT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WAS DOING THAT RECORD EXISTS WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO READ YOU THAT RECORD? I'D BE HAPPY TO READ YOU THAT RECORD IT'S THERE FOR YOUR ASKING OF COURSE, THE PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO PROVIDE THAT RECORD

PRECISELY WHY DID AMBASSADOR BOLTON DIRECT MORRISON TO TELL THE LAWYERS, TO TALK TO THE LAWYERS? WOULD YOU LIKE AMBASSADOR BOLTON TO TELL YOU WHY HE SAID THAT? HE'D BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU WHY HE SAID THAT HE'S THERE FOR YOUR ASKING WHAT DID BOLTON KNOW ABOUT THE FREEZE IN AID PRIOR TO THIS MEETING IN WARSAW? WHAT — WHAT DID HE MEAN THAT IF HE CAN PRESS ZELENSKY, IT'S GOING TO DEPEND ON WHETHER HE CAN PRESS ZELENSKY WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT? I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HE MEANT BY THAT I THINK WE KNOW WHAT HE MEANT BY THAT

TIM MORRISON ALSO CONVEYED THE SUBSTANCE OF THE SONDLAND/YERMAK PULL-ASIDE TO HIS COLLEAGUE, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR SO THIS IS NOW TIM MORRISON TOLD BY BOLTON, GO TALK TO THE LAWYERS, AND HE TALKS TO ALSO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, OUR AMBASSADOR, IN UKRAINE >> ON THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 1st I RECEIVED A READOUT OF THE PENCE/ZELENSKY MEETING OVER THE PHONE, TOLD ME PRESIDENT ZELENSKY OPENED THE MEETING BY IMMEDIATELY ASKING THE VICE PRESIDENT ABOUT THE SECURITY COOPERATION THE VICE PRESIDENT DID NOT RESPONSE SUBSTANTIVELY BUT SAID THAT HE WOULD TALK TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT NIGHT THE VICE PRESIDENT DID SAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED THE EUROPEANS TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT UKRAINE AND THAT HE WANTED THE UKRAINIANS TO DO MORE TO FIGHT CORRUPTION

DURING THE SAME PHONE CALL WITH MR MORRISON, HE DESCRIBED A CONVERSATION AMBASSADOR SONDLAND HAD WITH MR YERMAK IN WARSAW AMBASSADOR SONLAND TOLD MR YERMAK THAT THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE MONEY WOULD NOT COME UNTIL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY COMMITTED TO PURSUE THE BURISMA INVESTIGATION

I WAS ALARMED BY WHAT MR MORRISON TOLD ME ABOUT THE SONDLAND/YERMAK CONVERSATION >> AMBASSADOR TAYLOR THEN EXPLAINED WHY HE WAS SO ALARMED BY THIS TURN LET'S HEAR THAT AS WELL >> YOU SAID PREVIOUSLY THAT YOU WERE ALARMED TO LEARN THIS

WHY WERE YOU ALARMED? >> IT'S ONE THING TO TRY TO LEVERAGE A MEETING IN THE WHITE HOUSE IT'S ANOTHER THING, I THOUGHT, TO LEVERAGE SECURITY ASSISTANCE, SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO A COUNTRY AT WAR DEPENDENT ON BOTH THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND THE DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORT IT WAS — IT WAS MUCH MORE ALARMING, THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WAS ONE THING SECURITY ASSISTANCE WAS MUCH MORE ALARMING >> UPON LEARNING FROM MR

MORRISON THAT THE MILITARY AID MAY BE CONDITIONED ON UKRAINE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCING THESE TWO INVESTIGATIONS, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR SENDS AN URGENT TEXT MESSAGE TO AMBASSADOR SONDLAND ASKING, "ARE WE NOW SAYING THAT SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND WHITE HOUSE MEETING ARE CONDITIONED ON INVESTIGATIONS?" AND THE RESPONSE BY AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, "CALL ME" WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, RIGHT? YOU GET A TEXT MESSAGE THAT'S PUTTING IT IN BLACK AND WHITE, ARE WE SAYING SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING ARE CONDITIONED ON INVESTIGATIONS?" "CALL ME" IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T PUT THIS IN WRITING "CALL ME" AMBASSADOR TAYLOR DID, IN FACT, CALL SONDLAND

INFORMED BY NOTES HE TOOK AT THE TIME HE CALLED, HE SUMMARIZED THAT CONVERSATION AS FOLLOWS >> DURING THAT PHONE CALL AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TOLD ME THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD TOLD HIM THAT HE WANTS PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO STATE PUBLICLY THAT UKRAINE WILL INVESTIGATE BURISMA AND ALLEGED UKRAINIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION AMBASSADOR SONDLAND ALSO TOLD ME HE NOW RECOGNIZED THAT HE HAD MADE A MISTAKE BY EARLIER TELLING UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS THAT ONLY A WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WAS DEPENDENT ON A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS IN FACT, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID, EVERYTHING WAS DEPENDENT ON SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING SECURITY ASSISTANCE HE SAID THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN A PUBLIC BOX BY MAKING A PUBLIC STATEMENT ABOUT ORDERING SUCH INVESTIGATIONS

>> AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TESTIFIED HIS CONTEMPORANEOUS NOTES OF THE CALL REFLECT SONDLAND USED THE PHRASE, "PUBLIC BOX," TO DESCRIBE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DESIRE TO ENSURE THAT THE INITIATION OF HIS DESIRED INVESTIGATIONS WAS ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY, A PRIVATE COMMITMENT WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS AMBASSADOR TAYLOR'S EXTENSIVE NOTES AND, OF COURSE, WE WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THEM TO YOU TO CORROBORATE HIS TESTIMONY BUT PURSUANT TO THE PRESIDENT'S INSTRUCTIONS, THE STATE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT TURN THEM OVER YOU MIGHT RECALL FROM THE TAPE YESTERDAY AMBASSADOR TAYLOR SAID, THEY'LL BE SHORTLY COMING, I'M TOLD

WELL, SOMEBODY COUNTERMANDED THAT INSTRUCTION WHO DO WE THINK THAT WAS? BUT YOU SHOULD SEE THEM IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT SONDLAND TOLD AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, IF THE PRESIDENT'S COUNSEL TRIED TO CREATE ANY CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT SONDLAND TOLD TAYLOR ABOUT HIS CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT, AND, LOOK, SONDLAND HAD ONE RECOLLECTION IN HIS DEPOSITION, ANOTHER RECOLLECTION IN THE FIRST HEARING, AND ANOTHER RECOLLECTION IN THE DECLARATION YOU WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT CONVERSATION OR WHEN IT WAS FRESH IN SONDLAND'S MIND, HE TOLD TAYLOR ABOUT IT, TAYLOR WROTE IT IN HIS NOTES, YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TAYLOR'S NOTE ANY COURTROOM IN AMERICA HOLDING A FAIR TRIAL, YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE CONTEMPORANEOUS NOTES

THIS SENATE SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT DEMAND THOSE NOTES DEMAND TO SEE THE TRUTH WE'RE NOT AFRAID OF THOSE NOTES WE HAVEN'T SEEN THEM

WE HAVEN'T SEEN THEM MAYBE THOSE NOTES SAY SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, MAYBE THOSE NOTES SAY NO QUID PRO QUO MAYBE THOSE NOTES SAY IT'S A PERFECT CALL I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM I'M WILLING TO TRUST AMBASSADOR TAYLOR'S TESTIMONY AND HIS RECOLLECTION

I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM I'D LIKE TO SHOW THEM TO YOU THEY'RE YOURS FOR THE ASKING ON SEPTEMBER 25th THE "WASHINGTON POST" EDITORIAL BOARD REPORTED CONCERNS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WITHHOLDING MILITARY ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINE AND A WHITE HOUSE MEETING IN ORDER TO FORCE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS OF VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND PURPORTED UKRAINIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE US

ELECTION THE "POST" EDITORIAL BOARD WROTE, "WE'RE RELIABLY TOLD THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS A SECOND AND MORE VENAL AGENDA HE'S ATTEMPTING TO FORCE MR ZELENSKY TO INTERVENE IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION OF THE LEADING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE, JOE BIDEN" MR

TRUMP IS NOT JUST SOLICITING UKRAINE'S HELP WITH HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, HE'S USING US MILITARY AID THE COUNTRY DESPERATELY NEEDS IN AN ATTEMPT TO EXTORT IT SO THAT'S SEPTEMBER 25th PRESIDENT ON NOTICE SCHEME DISCOVERED

SEPTEMBER 5th SEPTEMBER 7th, THE EVIDENCE SHOWS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A CALL WITH AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WHERE THE PRESIDENT MADE THE CORRUPT BARGAIN FOR MILITARY AID AND THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING EVEN MORE EXPLICIT ON SEPTEMBER 7th AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SPOKE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE TELEPHONE AFTER THAT CONVERSATION AMBASSADOR SONDLAND CALLED TIM MORRISON TO UPDATE HIM ON THAT CONVERSATION

UNLIKE SONDLAND WHO TESTIFIED THAT HE NEVER TOOK NOTES, MORRISON TOOK NOTES OF THE CONVERSATION AND RECALLED IT DURING HIS PUBLIC TESTIMONY LET'S LISTEN >> NOW, A FEW DAYS LATER ON SEPTEMBER 7th, YOU SPOKE AGAIN TO AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WHO TOLD YOU THAT HE HAD JUST GOTTEN OFF THE PHONE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN'T THAT RIGHT? >> THAT SOUNDS CORRECT, YES >> WHAT DID AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TELL YOU THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID TO HIM? >> IF I RECALL THIS CONVERSATION CORRECTLY, THIS WAS WHERE AMBASSADOR SONDLAND RELATED THAT THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO BUT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HAD TO MAKE THE STATEMENT AND THAT HE HAD TO WANT TO DO IT

>> AND BY THAT POINT DID YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE STATEMENT RELATED TO THE BIDEN AND 2016 INVESTIGATION? >> I THINK I DID, YES >> AND THAT THAT WAS ESSENTIALLY A CONDITION FOR THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO BE RELEASED? >> I UNDERSTOOD THAT'S WHAT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND BELIEVED >> AFTER SPEAKING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP >> THAT'S WHAT HE REPRESENTED >> NOW, IF YOU BEAR IN MIND WHEN MR

MORRISON SAYS "THAT'S WHAT HE REPRESENTED" THAT WE ASKED MR MORRISON ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S CALLS WITH AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AND HE TESTIFIED THAT EVERY TIME HE CHECKED TO SEE THAT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, IN FACT, TALKED WITH THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE SAID THAT HE DID, THAT, YES, IN FACT, HE TALKED WITH THE PRESIDENT EVERY TIME HE CHECKED, HE WAS ABLE TO CONFIRM IT NOW, LET'S LET THIS SINK IN FOR A MINUTE ACCORDING TO MR

MORRISON'S TESTIMONY, FORMER REPUBLICAN STAFFER ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, HE SPEAKS WITH SONDLAND ON SEPTEMBER 7th AND SONDLAND SAYS HE'S JUST GOTTEN OFF THE PHONE WITH TRUMP OKAY? THIS IS CONTEMPORANEOUS "JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE CALL IS FRESH IN EVERYBODY'S MIND" AND WHAT WAS SAID? MORRISON SAYS "AMBASSADOR SONDLAND RELATED THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO BUT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HAD TO MAKE THE STATEMENT AND HE HAD TO WANT TO DO IT

NO QUID PRO QUO, BUT THERE'S A QUID PRO QUO" NO QUID PRO QUO, BUT THERE'S A QUID PRO QUO NOW, THERE ARE NOTES THAT SHOW THIS THERE'S A WRITTEN RECORD OF THIS THERE'S A WRITTEN RECORD OF WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD AMBASSADOR SONDLAND RIGHT AFTER THAT CALL

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THAT WRITTEN RECORD? IT'S CALLED "MR MORRISON'S NOTES" IT'S RIGHT THERE FOR THE ASKING IF YOU OVER HERE WANT TO PERSUADE YOU THAT CALL WASN'T HAPPENED OR WASN'T SAID, ALL HE SAID WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, HE NEVER SAID, BUT YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE MIC AND YOU HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT, WELL, IT'S A GOOD WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT CALL BECAUSE IT'S IN WRITING IS THERE ANY QUESTION WHY THEY'RE WITHHOLDING THIS FROM CONGRESS? IS THERE ANY QUESTION ABOUT THAT? THEY DIDN'T CLAIM, WELL, MR

MORRISON DIDN'T CLAIM ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY, MR SONLAND DIDN'T CLAIM ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY THERE'S NO ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY OVER THESE NOTES NO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER THESE NOTES THE NOTES HAVE ALREADY BEEN DESCRIBED

THE CONVERSATION HAS ALREADY BEEN RELEASED THERE'S NO EVEN, PLAUSIBLE, ARGUABLE, INVENTED, EVEN, EXCUSE FOR WITHHOLDING THESE NOTES I TELL YOU, IN ANY COURTROOM IN AMERICA, YOU'D GET TO SEE THEM SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT WOULDN'T BE ANY DIFFERENT IN A FAIR TRIAL ANYWHERE IN AMERICA

MORRISON, AGAIN, INFORMED AMBASSADOR BOLTON OF THIS SEPTEMBER 7th CONVERSATION AND GUESS WHAT AMBASSADOR BOLTON SAID THINK YOU CAN PROBABLY FIGURE THIS OUT BY NOW "GO TALK TO THE LAWYERS" "GO TALK TO THE LAWYERS" AND YET, AGAIN, FOR THE THIRD TIME, MORRISON WENT TO TALK TO THE LAWYERS ABOUT THIS CONVERSATION WITH AMBASSADOR SONDLAND

MORRISON ALSO CALLED AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TO INFORM HIM ABOUT THE CONVERSATION AND WE HAVE THE TESTIMONY FROM AMBASSADOR TAYLOR ABOUT THEIR CONVERSATION WHICH IS ALSO BASED ON HIS CONTEMPORANEOUS NOTES LET'S LOOK AT THE CONVERSATION NOW BETWEEN MR MORRISON AND AMBASSADOR TAYLOR >> ACCORDING TO MR MORRISON, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD AMBASSADOR SONDLAND HE WAS NOT ASKING FOR A QUID PRO QUO

BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID INSIST THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY GO TO A MICROPHONE AND SAY HE IS OPENING INVESTIGATIONS OF BIDEN AND 2016 ELECTION INTERFERENCE AND THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SHOULD WANT TO DO THIS HIMSELF >> OKAY SO HERE WE HAVE TWO WITNESSES TAKING CONTEMPORANEOUS NOTES BOTH REFLECTING THE SAME CONVERSATION CONVERSATION BETWEEN SONDLAND AND THE PRESIDENT IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT SAYS NO QUID PRO QUO, BUT QUID PRO QUO

THERE ARE DOCUMENTS THAT PROVE THIS DOCUMENTS THAT PROVE THIS THAT ARE YOURS FOR THE ASKING THE FOLLOWING DAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, SONDLAND TEXTS TAYLOR AND VOLKER TO BRING THEM UP TO SPEED ON THE CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SUBSEQUENTLY PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WHOM HE SPOKE TO AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP "GUYS, MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS WITH Z," MEANING ZELENSKY, "POTUS, LET'S TALK

" SONDLAND SPOKE TO TAYLOR BUT NOT VOLKER SHORTLY AFTER THIS TEXT ACCORDING TO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR WHO TESTIFIED, AGAIN, ON HIS REALTIME NOTES, LET'S SEE WHAT HE SAID >> THE FOLLOWING DAY ON SEPTEMBER 8th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AND I SPOKE ON THE PHONE HE CONFIRMED THAT HE HAD TALKED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, AS I SUGGESTED A WEEK EARLIER, BUT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ADAMANT THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, HIMSELF, HAD TO CLEAR THINGS UP AND DO IT IN PUBLIC PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID IT WAS NOT A QUID PRO QUO

>> IT'S ALL VERY CONSISTENT HERE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID NO QUID PRO QUO, BUT ZELENSKY MUST ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS PUBLICLY WAS WHAT HE WAS TELLING SONDLAND NO QUID PRO QUO EXCEPT FOR THE QUID PRO QUO PRESIDENT'S ATTORNEYS RELY ON THE FIRST HALF OF THAT SENTENCE AND WOULD LIKE YOU TO FORGET THE SECOND HALF EVER HAPPENED

WE DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE OUR COMMON SENSE AT THE DOOR WE DON'T HAVE TO RELY ON AN INCOMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF THAT CALL WE HAVE, INSTEAD, THE DETAILED NOTES OF MR MORRISON AND AMBASSADOR TAYLOR BUT WE ALSO KNOW WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD SONDLAND BECAUSE SONDLAND RELAYED THAT MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

DURING THE SAME SEPTEMBER 8th CONVERSATION WITH TAYLOR, SONDLAND DESCRIBED HIS CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HERE'S AMBASSADOR TAYLOR'S ACCOUNT OF IT >> AMBASSADOR SONDLAND ALSO SAID THAT HE HAD TALKED TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND MR YERMAK AND HAD TOLD THEM THAT ALTHOUGH THIS WAS NOT A QUID PRO QUO, IF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DID NOT CLEAR THINGS UP IN PUBLIC, WE WOULD BE AT A STALEMATE I UNDERSTOOD A STALEMATE TO MEAN UKRAINE WOULD NOT RECEIVE THE MUCH-NEEDED MILITARY ASSISTANCE

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID THAT THIS CONVERSATION CONCLUDED WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AGREEING TO MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT IN AN INTERVIEW ON CNN >> SO NOT ONLY DID HE RELATE, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, RELATE THIS CONVERSATION TO MR MORRISON AND MR TAYLOR, NOT ONLY DID MR TAYLOR, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, MR

MORRISON, TALK ABOUT IT, BUT SONDLAND CONFIRMS HE'S RELAYED THIS CONVERSATION TO ZELENSKY, HIMSELF EVERYONE WAS NOW IN THE LOOP ON THE MILITARY AID BEING WITHHELD FOR THE POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS TAYLOR CONTINUED RECALLING THE STARTLING ANALOGY AMBASSADOR SONDLAND USED TO DESCRIBE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S APPROACH TO UKRAINE >> DURING OUR MEETING, DURING OUR CALL ON SEPTEMBER 8th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO ME THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A BUSINESSMAN WHEN A BUSINESSMAN IS ABOUT TO SIGN A CHECK TO SOMEONE WHO OWES HIM SOMETHING, THE BUSINESSMAN ASKS THAT PERSON TO PAY UP BEFORE SIGNING THE CHECK

MR VOLKER USED THE SAME LANGUAGE SEVERAL DAYS LATER WHILE WE WERE TOGETHER AT THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY CONVERSATION I ARGUED TO BOTH THAT THE EXPLANATION MADE NO SENSE THE UKRAIIANS DID NOT OWE PRESIDENT TRUMP ANYTHING >> AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TESTIFIED THAT AT THE END OF THE SONDLAND/ZELENSKY CONVERSATION, PRESIDENT ZEENSKY SAID HE HAD RELENTED AND AGREED TO DO A CNN INTERVIEW TO ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS

SO THERE WAS A BREAKTHROUGH AFTER ALL THE PROMISED MEETING WASN'T ENOUGH THE WITHHELD SECURITY ASSISTANCE BROKE THE LOGJAM ZELENSKY WAS GOING TO GO ON CNN AND ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS TAYLOR, THOUGH, REMAINED CONCERNED THAT EVEN IF THE UKRAINIAN LEADER DID AS PRESIDENT TRUMP REQUIRED, PRESIDENT TRUMP MIGHT CONTINUE TO WITHHOLD THE VITAL U

S SECURITY ASSISTANCE IN ANY EVENT AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TEXTED HIS CONCERNS TO AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND SONDLAND STATING, "THE NIGHTMARE IS THEY GIVE THE INTERVIEW AND DON'T GET THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE THE RUSSIANS LOVE IT, AND I QUIT" THAT'S QUITE TELLING, TOO

WHAT'S AMBASSADOR WORRIED ABOUT? HE'S WORRIED UKRAINIANS ARE FINALLY GOING TO AGREE TO DO IT, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND THEY'RE STILL GOING TO GET STIFFED ON THE AID AT HIS DEPOSITION, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR ELABORATED, "THE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO IS WHERE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY GOES OUT IN PUBLIC, MAKES AN ANNOUNCEMENT HE'S GOING TO INVESTIGATE BURISMA AND THE INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION, MAYBE AMONG OTHER THINGS, HE MIGHT PUT THAT IN SOME SERIES OF INVESTIGATIONS, BUT THE NIGHTMARE WAS HE WOULD MENTION THOSE TWO, TAKE ALL THE HEAT FROM THAT, GET HIMSELF IN BIG TROUBLE IN THIS COUNTRY," MEANING UKRAINE, OR THIS COUNTRY MEANING THE UNITED STATES, "AND PROBABLY — IN THIS COUNTRY AS WELL, MEANING BOTH, I GUESS "AND THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE WOULD NOT BE RELEASED THAT WAS THE NIGHTMARE" IT IF IT HAPPENED, TAYLOR TESTIFIED HE'D QUIT

EARLY IN THE MORNING IN EUROPE, SEPTEMBER 9th, 12:47 AM IN WASHINGTON, DC, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR REITERATED HIS CONCERNS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S QUID PRO QUO FOR SECURITY ASSISTANCE IN TEXT MESSAGES WITH AMBASSADORS VOLKER AND SONDLAND

HERE ARE THE SEPTEMBER 9th TEXT MESSAGES TAYLOR TEXTS TO SONDLAND, "THE MESSAGE TO THE UKRAINIANS, PARENTHESES AND RUSSIANS, WE SEND WITH A DECISION ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE IS KEY WITH A HOLD, WE HAVE ALREADY SHAKEN THEIR FAITH IN US THUS, MY NIGHTMARE SCENARIO" AND TAYLOR GOES ON AND SAYS, "COUNTING ON YOU TO BE RIGHT ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW, GORDON

" MEANING IF THEY DO IT, YOU DARN WELL BETTER COME THROUGH WITH THE MILITARY AID SONDLAND SAYS, "BILL, I NEVER SAID I WAS RIGHT I SAID WE ARE WHERE WE ARE AND BELIEVE WE IDENTIFIED THE BEST PATHWAY FORWARD LET'S HOPE IT WORKS" TAYLOR SAID, "AS I SAID ON THE PHONE, I THING IT'S CRAZY DO WITHHOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN

" AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TESTIFIED ABOUT WHAT HE MEANT HE SAID THAT TO WITHHOLD THAT ASSISTANCE FOR NO GOOD REASON OTHER THAN HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MADE NO SENSE IT WAS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO ALL OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO, IT WAS ILLOGICAL, IT COULD NOT BE EXPLAINED, IT WAS CRAZY IN RESPONSE TO AMBASSADOR TAYLOR'S TEXT MESSAGE, SONDLAND REPLIES AT ABOUT 5:00 AM

IN WASHINGTON, SO — THE MESSAGE FROM TAYLOR GOES OUT AT 12:47 AM THE MESSAGE BACK FROM SONDLAND COMES AT 5:00 AM SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE FIVE HOURS LATER

SO TAYLOR HAS TEXTED AT 12:47 AM "AS I SAID ON THE PHONE, I THINK IT'S CRAZY TO WITHHOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR HELP FROM A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN" THERE HE IS AGAIN PUTTING IT IN WRITING FOR CRYING OUT LOUD SONDLAND SAID TO CALL HIM ABOUT THIS STUFF

AND SO FIVE HOURS LATER YOU GET THIS REALLY INTERESTING MESSAGE FROM SONDLAND, "BILL, I BELIEVE YOU'RE INCORRECT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INTENTIONS THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CRYSTAL CLEAR NO QUID PRO QUOS OF ANY KIND THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO EVALUATE WHETHER UKRAINE IS TRULY GOING TO ADOPT TRANSPARENCY AND REFORMS THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY PROMISED DURING HIS CAMPAIGN I SUGGEST WE STOP THE BACK AND FORTH BY TEXT

" IN OTHER WORDS, CAN YOU PLEASE STOP PUTTING THIS IN WRITING? CONGRESS MAY READ THIS ONE DAY IF YOU STILL HAVE CONCERNS, I RECOMMEND YOU GIVE LISA KENNA OR US A CALL TO DISCUSS THEM DIRECTLY THANKS" THIS TEXT AND OTHER DENIALS OF A QUID PRO QUO WERE INTENTIONALLY FALSE AND SIMPLY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN RECORD OF A FALSE EXPLANATION THAT COULD LATER BE USED TO CONCEAL WRONGDOING THE TEXT MESSAGE THEYS THERE WERE NO QUID PRO QUOS OF ANY KIND

BUT YOU SEE HIS TESTIMONY HE SWORE UNDER OATH, HE WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR WHEN HE SAID THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO FOR THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING AND HE SUBSEQUENTLY TESTIFIED THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO FOR THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE AS WELL AS CONFIRMED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DIRECTION TO HIM ON SEPTEMBER 7th SONDLAND'S RECOLLECTION OF THIS CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, AS I MENTIONED, HAS EVOLVED OVER TIME INITIALLY IN HIS DEPOSITION, HE TESTIFIED THAT THE CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT OCCURRED BETWEEN TAYLOR'S TEXTS OF SEPTEMBER 9th AT 12:47 WASHINGTON TIME AND HIS RESPONSE AT 5:00 AM

HE RECALLED VERY LITTLE THE CONVERSATION AT THAT TIME OTHER THAN HIS BELIEF THAT HIS TEXT MESSAGE REFLECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RESPONSE SUBSEQUENTLY, THOUGH, AND, AGAIN, THIS WAS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY YOU DO DEPOSITIONS IN CLOSED SESSION, SUBSEQUENTLY, AFTER THE OPENING STATEMENTS OF THE TESTIMONY OF AMBASSADOR TAYLOR AND MR MORRISON WERE RELEASED, WHICH DESCRIBED IN OVERLAPPING AND PAINFUL DETAILS SONDLAND'S CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ON SEPTEMBER 7th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SUBMITTED AN ADDENDUM TO HIS DEPOSITION TESTIMONY WHICH IN RELEVANT PART SAID THIS "FINALLY, AS OF THIS WRITING, I CANNOT SPECIFICALLY RECALL IF I HAD ONE OR TWO CALLS, PHONE CALLS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, IN THE SEPTEMBER 6th TO 9th TIMEFRAME DESPITE REPEATED REQUESTS TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT, I'VE NOT BEEN GRANTED ACCESS TO ALL THE PHONE RECORDS AND I WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW THOSE PHONE RECORDS ALONG WITH ANY OTHER NOTES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS THAT MAY EXIST TO DETERMINE IF I CAN PROVIDE A MORE COMPLETE TESTIMONY TO ASSIST CONGRESS

HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH I HAVE NO SPECIFIC RECOLLECTION OF PHONE CALLS DURING THIS PERIOD WITH MR TAYLOR, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, MR MORRISON, I HAVE NO REASON TO QUESTION THE SUBSTANCE OF THEIR RECOLLECTION ABOUT MY SEPTEMBER 1st CONVERSATION WITH MR YERMAK" DURING HIS PUBLIC TESTIMONY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND PURPORTED TO REMEMBER MORE OF THIS CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

ALTHOUGH HE STILL COULDN'T OR MAINTAINED HE COULDN'T REMEMBER IF IT WAS ON SEPTEMBER 7th OR SEPTEMBER 9th, AND ACCORDING TO HIS TESTIMONY, PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT SPECIFICALLY SAY THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO, BUT WHEN SONDLAND SIMPLY ASKED THE PRESIDENT WHAT HE WANTED FROM UKRAINE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IMMEDIATELY BROUGHT UP A QUID PRO QUO ACCORDING TO SONDLAND, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID, "I WANT NOTHING, I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO, I WANT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING" AND I SAID, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? AND HE SAID, "I WANT HIM TO DO WHAT HE RAN ON" IN A SUBSEQUENT TESTIMONY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND EXPLAINED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFERENCE TO WHAT HE RAN ON WAS A NOD TO ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION HERE, HOWEVER, CORRUPTION LIKE BURISMA HAS BECOME CODE FOR THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SOUGHT

SO YOU'VE GOT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND'S EMERGING RECOLLECTION WHAT YOU'VE GOT IS ACTUALLY WRITTEN NOTES TAKEN AT THE TIME HE DOES NOT CONTEST WRITTEN NOTES OF AMBASSADOR TAYLOR AND MR MORRISON

NOTES WHICH I BELIEVE WILL REFLECT QUITE CLEARLY THE UNDERSTANDING OF DIRT FOR DOLLARS THAT WAS CONFIRMED BY THIS TELEPHONE CALL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP >> WELL, YOU WEREN'T DISSUADED, THEN, RIGHT, BECAUSE YOU STILL THOUGHT THAT THE AID WAS CONDITIONED ON THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS AFTER SPEAKING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP >> BY SEPTEMBER 8th, I WAS ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED IT WAS >> AND PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT DISSUADE YOU OF THAT IN THE CONVERSATION THAT YOU ACKNOWLEDGED YOU HAD WITH HIM >> I DON'T EVER RECALL BECAUSE THAT WOULD HAVE CHANGED MY ENTIRE CALCULUS

IF PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD TOLD ME DIRECTLY, I'M NOT — >> THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M ASKING, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND YOU STILL BELIEVED THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE WAS CONDITIONED ON THE INVESTIGATION AFTER YOU SPOKE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP? YES OR NO? >> FROM A TIMEFRAME STANDPOINT, YES >> OKAY SO HERE WE HAVE SONDLAND SAYING THAT WHATEVER HIS RECOLLECTION MAY BE ABOUT THAT CALL, HE WAS STILL VERY CLEAR WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED AND HE WAS VERY CLEAR THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO THAT IS CONSISTENT, OBVIOUSLY, WITH WHAT MR

MORRISON HAS HAD TO SAY AND AMBASSADOR TAYLOR IN OTHER WORDS, HE DIDN'T BELIEVE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DENIAL OF A QUID PRO QUO AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU SONDLAND'S UNDERSTANDING WAS FURTHER CONFIRMED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OWN CHIEF OF STAFF ON OCTOBER 17th AT A PRESS BRIEFING IN THE WHITE HOUSE, MICK MULVANEY ADMITTED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHOLD THE ESSENTIAL MILITARY AID FOR UKRAINE AS LEVERAGE TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THE CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT UKRAINE HAD INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION >> THAT WAS — THOSE WERE THE DRIVING FACTORS HE ALSO MENTIONED TO ME IN PAST THAT THE CORRUPTION RELATED TO THE DNC SERVER, ABSOLUTELY

NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT BUT THAT'S IT THAT'S WHY WE HELD UP THE MONEY >> WHEN PRESSED THAT HE JUST CONVINCED THE VERY QUID PRO QUO THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD BEEN DENYING, MULVANEY DOUBLED DOWN LET'S LISTEN TO THAT

>> LET'S BE CLEAR, WHAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED IS A QUID PRO QUO IT IS FUNDING WILL NOT FLOW UNLESS THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEMOCRATIC SERVER HAPPENED AS WELL >> WE DO — WE DO THAT ALL THE TIME WITH FOREIGN POLICY >> THIS EVIDENCE DEMONSTRATES THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY UNTIL UKRAINE MADE A PUBLIC STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE TWO INVESTIGATIONS BUT AS YOU WILL LEARN NEXT, HE GOT CAUGHT

AND THE COVER-UP ENSUED >> CHIEF JUSTICE AND SENATORS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE THIS IS A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT YOU HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT OBLIGATION AND THAT IS ULTIMATELY TO DECIDE WHETHER THE PRESIDENT COMMITTED IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES AND IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT JUDGMENT, YOU HAVE TO HAVE ALL OF THE FACTS AND SO WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS CHRONOLOGY

WE'RE CLOSE TO BEING DONE BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT WHILE ALL OF THIS MATERIAL WAS GOING ON, THESE DEALS WERE BEING MADE THERE WERE OTHER FORCES AT WORK EVEN BEFORE THE PRESIDENT'S FREEZE ON US

MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE BECAME PUBLIC ON AUGUST 28th, MEMBERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS BEGAN TO EXPRESS CONCERN ON AUGUST 9th, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, WROTE TO THE OMB AND THE WHITE HOUSE WARNING THAT A HOLD ON ASSISTANCE MIGHT CONSTITUTE AN ILLEGAL IMPOUNDMENT OF FUNDS THEY URGED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO FOLLOW THE LAW AND OBLIGATE THE FUNDING WHEN THE NEWS OF THE FROZEN AID BROKE ON AUGUST 28th, CONGRESSIONAL SCRUTINY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION INCREASED ON SEPTEMBER 3rd A GROUP OF SENATORS, BOTH REPUBLICANS AND SENATORS, INCLUDING SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN, SENATOR ROB PORTMAN, SENATOR DICK DURBIN, SENATOR RON JOHNSON, SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL, SENT A LETTER TO ACTING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY EXPRESSING, AND I QUOTE, "DEEP CONCERNS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERING NOT OBLIGATING THE UKRAINE SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDS FOR 2019

TWO DAYS LATER AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, ON SEPTEMBER 5th, A "WASHINGTON POST" EDITORIAL EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WITHHOLDING MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE IN ORDER TO PRESSURE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO ANNOUNCE THESE INVESTIGATIONS THAT WAS THE FIRST PUBLIC REPORT LINKING THE FROZEN SECURITY AID TO THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT MR GIULIANI HAD BEEN PUBLICLY PRESSING FOR AND THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP, AS WE'VE HEARD, HAD PRIVATELY URGED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO CONDUCT ON THE JULY 25th CALL THAT SAME DAY, SENATORS MURPHY AND JOHNSON MET WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN KIEV AMBASSADOR TAYLOR WENT WITH THEM AND HE TESTIFIED, MR

TAYLOR TESTIFIED, THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S, QUOTE, FIRST QUESTION TO THE SENATORS WAS ABOUT WITHHELD SECURITY ASSISTANCE AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TESTIFIED THAT BOTH SENATORS, QUOTE, STRESSED THAT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE AND WASHINGTON WAS UKRAINE'S MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC ASSET AND THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SHOULD NOT JEOPARDIZE THAT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT BY GETTING DRAWN INTO US DOMESTIC POLITICS NOW, SENATOR JOHNSON AND SENATOR MURPHY LATER SUBMITTED LETTERS WHERE THEY EXPLAIN THAT THEY SOUGHT TO REASSURE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY THAT THERE WAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN CONGRESS FOR PROVIDING UKRAINE WITH MILITARY ASSISTANCE AND THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO LIFT THE HOLD

HERE IS WHAT THEY SAID IN THAT LETTER SENATOR MURPHY SAID, "SENATOR JOHNSON AND I ASSURED ZELENSKY THAT CONGRESS WANTED TO CONTINUE THIS FUNDING AND WOULD PRESS TRUMP TO RELEASE IT IMMEDIATELY" AND SENATOR JOHNSON IN THE LETTER SAID, "I EXPLAINED THAT I HAD TRIED TO PERSUADE THE PRESIDENT TO AUTHORIZE ME TO ANNOUNCE THE HOLD WAS RELEASED BUT THAT I WAS UNSUCCESSFUL" NOW, AS NEWS OF THE PRESIDENT'S HOLD ON MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE BECAME PUBLIC AT THE END OF AUGUST, CONGRESS, THE PRESS, THE PUBLIC, STARTED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIVITIES WITH UKRAINE THIS RISKED EXPOSING THE SCHEME THAT YOU'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT TODAY

BY NOW, THE WHITE HOUSE HAD LEARNED THAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAD FOUND THAT A WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT RELATED TO THE SAME UKRAINE MATTER WAS, QUOTE, CREDIBLE AND, QUOTE, AN URGENT CONCERN, AND THEY WERE, THEREFORE, REQUIRED TO SEND THAT COMPLAINT TO CONGRESS ON SEPTEMBER 9th, 3 HOUSE INVESTIGATING COMMITTEES SENT A LETTER TO WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL PAT CIPOLLONE STATING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GIULIANI, QUOTE, APPEARED TO HAVE ACTED OUTSIDE PRESIDENT — OUTSIDE LEGITIMATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS TO COERCE THE UKRAIIAN GOVERNMENT INTO PURSUING TWO POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS UNDER THE GUISE OF ANTI-CORRUPTION ACTIVITY THE LETTER ALSO SAID THIS, "IF THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO PRESSURE UKRAINE INTO CHOOSING BETWEEN DEFENDING ITSELF FROM A RUSSIAN AGGRESSION WITHOUT US ASSISTANCE OR LEVERAGING ITS JUDICIAL SYSTEM TO SERVE THE ENDS OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, THIS WOULD REPRESENT A STAGGERING ABUSE OF POWER

A BOON TO MOSCOW AND A BETRAYAL OF THE PUBLIC TRUST" THE CHAIRS REQUESTED THE WHITE HOUSE PRESERVE ALL RELATIVE RECORDS AND PRODUCE THEM BY DECEMBER 16th THIS INCLUDED THE TRANSCRIPT OR ACTUALLY THE CALL RECORD OF THE JULY 25th CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY NOW, BASED ON WITNESS TESTIMONY, IT LOOKS LIKE THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL'S OFFICE CIRCULATED THE COMMITTEE'S DOCUMENT REQUEST AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE TIM MORRISON, A SENIOR DIRECTOR AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSEL, REMEMBERED SEEING A COPY OF THE LETTER AND ALSO RECALLED THE THREE COMMITTEES, UKRAINE INVESTIGATION, WAS DISCUSSED AT A MEETING OF SENIOR LEVEL AND STAFF SOON AFTER IT WAS PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED

LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN RECALLED DISCUSSIONS AMONG THE NSC STAFF MEMBERS THAT THE INVESTIGATION, HERE'S A QUOTE, MIGHT HAVE THE EFFECT OF RELEASING THE HOLD ON UKRAINE MILITARY ASSISTANCE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE, QUOTE, POTENTIALLY POLITICALLY CHALLENGING, FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO JUSTIFY THAT HOLD TO CONGRESS LATER THAT SAME DAY, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL INFORMED THE HOUSE AND SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES HE'D DETERMINED THAT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT SUBMITTED AUGUST 12th APPEARED TO BE CREDIBLE, MET THE DEFINITION OF URGENT CONCERN UNDER THE STATUTE, AND YET, HE REPORTED, THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WAS WITHHOLDING THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT FROM CONGRESS THAT VIOLATED THE LAW WHICH REQUIRED HIM TO SEND IT IN SEVEN DAYS THE ACTING DIRECTOR LATER TESTIFIED THAT HIS OFFICE INITIALLY WITHHELD THE COMPLAINT BASED ON THE ADVICE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND UNPRECEDENTED INTERVENTION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NOW, ACCORDING TO PUBLIC REPORTING AND TESTIMONY FROM THE ACTING DNI AT A HEARING BEFORE THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE ON SEPTEMBER 26th, THE WHITE HOUSE HAD BEEN AWARE OF THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT FOR WEEKS PRIOR TO THE I

G'S SEPTEMBER 9th LETTER TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES ACTING DNI McGWIRE TESTIFIED WHEN HE RECEIVED THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HIS OFFICE CONTACTED THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL'S OFFICE FOR GUIDANCE CONSISTENT WITH ACTING DNI'S TESTIMONY, "THE NEW YORK TIMES" HAS REPORTED THAT THE IN LATE AUGUST THE PRESIDENT'S CURRENT DEFENSE COUNSEL, MR CIPOLLONE, AND NSC LAWYER JOHN EISENBERG PERSONALLY BRIEFED PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT THE COMPLAINT'S EXISTENCE AND TOLD THE PRESIDENT THEY BELIEVED THE COMPLAINT COULD BE WITHHELD FROM CONGRESS ON EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE GROUNDS

NOW, ON SEPTEMBER 10th, THE NEXT DAY, AMBASSADOR BOLTON RESIGNED FROM HIS POSITION AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ON THAT SAME DAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, CHAIRMAN SCHIFF OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WROTE A LETTER TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR DEMANDING THAT HE PROVIDE THE COMPLAINT AS THE LAW REQUIRED THE NEXT DAY ON SEPTEMBER 11th PRESIDENT TRUMP LIFTED THE HOLD ON THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE NOW, NUMEROUS WITNESSES HAVE TESTIFIED THAT THEY WEREN'T AWARE OF ANY REASON WHY THE HOLD WAS LIFTED, JUST AS THERE WAS NO EXPLANATION FOR THE HOLD BEING IMPLEMENTED THERE WAS NO ADDITIONAL REVIEW, NO ADDITIONAL EUROPEAN CONTRIBUTION

NOTHING TO JUSTIFY THE PRESIDENT'S CHANGE IN POSITION EXCEPT HE GOT CAUGHT JUST AS THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL EXPLANATION FOR WHY THE HOLD ON UKRAINIAN ASSISTANCE WAS IMPLEMENTED, NUMEROUS WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT THEY WERE NOT PROVIDED WITH ANY REASON FOR WHY THE HOLD WAS LIFTED ON SEPTEMBER 11th FOR EXAMPLE, JENNIFER WILLIAMS WHO WAS THE SPECIAL ADVISER TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, TESTIFIED THAT SHE WAS NEVER GIVEN A REASON FOR THAT DECISION NEITHER WAS LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN HERE'S WHAT HE TOLD US DURING THE HEARING

>> ARE YOU ALSO AWARE, HOWEVER, THAT THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE HOLD WAS NOT LIFTED FOR ANOTHER TEN DAYS AFTER THIS MEETING? >> THAT'S CORRECT >> AND AM I CORRECT THAT YOU DIDN'T LEARN THE REASON WHY THE HOLD WAS LIFTED? >> THAT'S CORRECT >> COLONEL VINDMAN, YOU DIDN'T LEARN A REASON WHY THE HOLD WAS LIFTED, EITHER? IS THAT RIGHT? >> CORRECT >> COLONEL VINDMAN, ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE COMMITTEE'S LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION INTO UKRAINE MATTERS ON SEPTEMBER 9th, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE HOLD WAS LIFTED? >> I AM AWARE, AND I WAS AWARE >> AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, THE PERSON IN CHARGE AT THE U

S EMBASSY IN KIEV, WHO COMMUNICATED THE DECISION TO THE UKRAINIANS, ALSO NEVER GOT AN EXPLANATION HERE'S WHAT HE SAID >> ARE YOU ALSO AWARE, HOWEVER, THAT THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE HOLD WAS NOT LIFTED FOR ANOTHER TEN DAYS AFTER THIS — >> FINALLY, I LEARNED THE HOLD — AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE WOULD BE PROVIDED I WAS NOT TOLD THE REASON WHY THE HOLD HAD BEEN LIFTED

>> MARK SANDY, A CAREER OFFICER AT OMB, TESTIFIED HE ONLY LEARNED OF A POSSIBLE RATIONALE FOR THE HOLD IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AFTER THE ACTING DNI HAD INFORMED THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT NOW, SANDY TESTIFIED THAT SOMETIME IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, HE RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM HIS BOSS, MICHAEL DUFFY APPROXIMATELY TWO MONTHS AFTER THE HOLD HAD BEEN PLACED, THE EMAIL, QUOTE, ATTRIBUTED THE HOLD TO THE PRESIDENT'S CONCERN ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES NOT CONTRIBUTING MORE TO UKRAINE AND REQUESTED, QUOTE, INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES WERE CONTRIBUTING TO UKRAINE THIS WAS A DIFFERENT EXPLANATION THAN OMB DIRECTED ON THE JULY 26th OMB MEETING

THAT REFERENCED CORRUPTION LIEUTENANT COLONEL TESTIFIED THAT NONE OF THE FACT ON THE GROUND ABOUT UKRAINIAN EFFORTS TO COMBAT CORRUPTION OR OTHER COUNTRIES' CONTRIBUTION TO UKRAINE HAD CHANGED BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP LIFTED THE HOLD ACCORDING TO A PRESS REPORT, AFTER CONGRESS BEGAN INVESTIGATING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SCHEME, THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL'S OFFICE OPENED AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION RELATING TO THE JULY 25th CALL THE FOLLOWING SLIDES PROVIDE EXCERPTS FROM A REPORT IN "WASHINGTON POST" AS PART OF THAT INTERNAL INVESTIGATION, WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS REPORTEDLY GATHERED AND REVIEWED HUNDREDS OF DOCUMENTS THAT REVEAL EXTENSIVE EFFORTS TO GENERATE AN AFTER THE FACT — ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINE HAD BEEN ORDERED BY THE PRESIDENT

THESE DOCUMENTS REPORTEDLY INCLUDE, QUOTE, EARLY AUGUST EMAIL EXCHANGES BETWEEN ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY AND WHITE HOUSE BUDGET OFFICIALS SEEKING TO PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION FOR WITHHOLDING THE FUNDS AFTER THE PRESIDENT HAD ALREADY ORDERED A HOLD IN MID-JULY ON THE NEARLY $400 MILLION IN A SECURITY MID-JULY ON THE NEARLY $400 MILLION IN ASSISTANCE THE "WASHINGTON POST" ARTICLE ALSO REPORTED, THIS IS A QUOTE, "EMAILS SHOW OMB DIRECTOR FOUGHT AND OMB STAFFERS ARGUING THAT WITHHOLDING THE AID WAS ILLEGAL WHILE OFFICIALS AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY — OMB LAWYERS SAID IT WAS LEGAL TO WITHHOLD THE AID AS LONG AS THEY DEEMED IT A TEMPORARY HOLD YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THESE DOCUMENTS, BUT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS WITHHELD THEM FROM CONGRESS, SO THE HOUSE CAN'T VERIFY THE NEWS REPORT, BUT YOU COULD YOU COULD DO THAT IF YOU COULD SEE THESE DOCUMENTS

YOU SHOULD SUBPOENA THEM AND THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO SEE ALL THE RELEVANT DOCUMENTS NOW, THE LENGTHY DELAY CREATED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S HOLD PREVENTED THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FROM SPENDING ALL CONGRESSIONALLY APPROPRIATED FUNDS BY THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR AS WE MENTIONED BEFORE THAT MEANT THE FUNDS WERE GOING TO EXPIRE DECEMBER 30th BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, UNUSED FUNDS DO NOT ROLL OVER TO THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR THIS CONFIRMED THE FEARS EXPRESSED BY COOPER, SANDY, AND OTHERS, CONCERNS THAT WERE DISCUSSED WITHIN THE RELEVANT AGENCIES IN LATE JULY AND THROUGHOUT AUGUST, APPROXIMATELY ULTIMATELY $35 MILLION OF UKRAINE MILITARY ASSISTANCE, THAT'S 14%, OF THE DOD FUNDS, REMAINED UNSPENT BY THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR

IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT UKRAINE DID NOT PERMANENTLY LOSE THE $35 MILLION OF CRITICAL MILITARY ASSISTANCE THAT HAD BEEN FROZEN BY THE WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS HAD TO PASS A PROVISION ON DECEMBER 27th, 3 DAYS BEFORE THE FUNDS WERE TO EXPIRE TO ENSURE THE REMAINING $35 MILLION COULD BE SENT TO UKRAINE NOW, GEORGE KENT IS AN ANTI-CORRUPTION AND RULE OF LAW EXPERT HE TOLD US AMERICAN ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS PRIORITIZE BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY, SUPPORT FOR THE RULE OF LAW, NOT THE PURSUIT OF INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATIONS, PARTICULARLY OF POLITICAL RIVALS HERE'S HOW HE EXPLAINED THE APPROACH >> U

S EFFORTS TO COUNTER CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE FOCUS ON BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY SO THE UKRAIIAN GOVERNMENT HAS THE ABILITY TO GO AFTER CORRUPTION AND EFFECTIVELY INVESTIGATE, PROSECUTE, AND JUDGE, ALLEGED CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES USING APPROPRIATE INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS THAT IS, TO CREATE AND FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW THAT MEANS THAT IF THERE ARE CRIMINAL NEXUSES OR ACTIVITY IN THE UNITED STATES, US

LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD PURSUE THE CASE IF WE THINK THERE'S BEEN A CRIMINAL ACT OVERSEAS THAT VIOLATES US LAW, WE HAVE THE INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS TO ADDRESS THAT IT COULD BE THROUGH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND FBI AGENTS ASSIGNED OVERSEAS OR THROUGH TREATY MECHANISMS SUCH AS A MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE TREATY

AS A GENERAL PRINCIPLE, I DO NOT BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES SHOULD ASK OTHER COUNTRIES TO ENGAGE IN SELECTIVE POLITICALLY ASSOCIATED INVESTIGATIONS OR PROSECUTIONS AGAINST OPPONENTS OF THOSE IN POWER BECAUSE SUCH SELECTIVE ACTIONS UNDERMINE THE RULE OF LAW REGARDLESS OF THE COUNTRY >> NOW, DAVID HOLMES CONCURRED DURING HIS TESTIMONY, HOLMES ALSO COMPARED THE OFFICIAL APPROACH THAT WE BELIEVE IN, THAT WE PROMULGATE ACROSS THE WORLD, WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND MR GIULIANI ACTUALLY WERE DOING >> OUR LONG-STANDING POLICY IS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO ESTABLISH AND BUILD RULE-OF-LAW INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE CAPABLE WHEN THEY'RE INDEPENDENT AND CAN ACTUALLY PURSUE CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS THAT'S OUR POLICY

WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR QUITE SOME TIME WITH SOME SUCCESS SO FOCUSING ON PARTICULAR CASES INCLUDING PARTICULAR CASES WHERE THERE IS AN INTEREST OF THE PRESIDENT, JUST NOT PART OF WHAT WE'VE DONE, IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN WHY WE WOULD DO THAT >> UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO KNOW THE EXPLANATION WE KNOW WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS BECAUSE IT WOULD HELP HIM IN HIS ELECTION NOW, ON SEPTEMBER 18th, APPROXIMATELY A WEEK BEFORE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SPOKE BY TELEPHONE WITH VICE PRESIDENT PENCE

DURING HER DEPOSITION, JENNIFER WILLIAMS TESTIFIED, AND SHE WAS VICE PRESIDENT PENCE'S ASSISTANT, SHE HAD TESTIFIED THAT VICE PRESIDENT PENCE BASICALLY REITERATED THAT THE HOLD ON AID HAD BEEN LIFTED AND ASKED A BIT MORE ABOUT HOW ZELENSKY'S EFFORTS WERE GOING NOW, FOLLOWING HER DEPOSITION AND WHILE PREPARING FOR HER TESTIMONY AT THE OPEN HEARING ON NOVEMBER 19th, WILLIAMS REVIEWED THE DOCUMENTS THEY'D NOT BEEN PRODUCED TO US BY THE WHITE HOUSE AND THOSE DOCUMENTS REFRESHED HER RECOLLECTION OF VICE PRESIDENT PENCE'S CALL TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY THE WHITE HOUSE BLOCKED WILLIAMS FROM TESTIFYING ABOUT HER REFRESHED RECOLLECTION OF THE VICE PRESIDENT'S CALL WHEN SHE APPEARED AT THE OPEN PUBLIC HEARING

THEY CLAIMED THAT CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE SEPTEMBER 18th CALL INCLUDING THE INFORMATION THAT WILLIAMS WANTED TO TELL US ABOUT, WERE CLASSIFIED ON NOVEMBER 26th SHE SUBMITTED A CLASSIFIED ADDITION TO HER HEARING TESTIMONY WHERE SHE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE VICE PRESIDENT'S SEPTEMBER 18th TELEPHONE CALL WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE PROVIDED THIS CLASSIFIED ADDITION TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IT HAS BEEN SENT TO THE SENATE FOR YOUR REVIEW NOW I'VE READ THAT TESTIMONY

I'LL JUST SAY THAT A COVER-UP IS NOT A PROPER REASON TO CLASSIFY A DOCUMENT VICE PRESIDENT PENCE HAS REPEATEDLY SAID PUBLICLY THAT HE HAS NO OBJECTION TO THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASING THE ACTUAL TRANSCRIPT OF HIS CALLS WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND, YET, HIS OFFICE HAS REFUSED MANY REQUESTS BY THE COMMITTEE TO DECLASSIFY WILLIAMS' ADDENDUM SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD ALSO SEE THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE ABOUT THIS CALL WE URGE THE SENATORS TO REVIEW IT AND WE ASK, AGAIN, THAT THE WHITE HOUSE DECLASSIFY IT AS THE HOUSE WROTE IN TWO SEPARATE LETTERS, THERE'S NO BASIS TO KEEP IT CLASSIFIED AND, AGAIN, IN CASE THE WHITE HOUSE NEEDS A REMINDER, IT'S IMPROPER TO KEEP SOMETHING CLASSIFIED JUST TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT OR TO CONCEAL WRONGDOING NOW, WE'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF FACTS TODAY

WE'VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT SCHEME A SHAKEDOWN OF UKRAINE FOR HIS PERSONAL BENEFIT WAS, I BELIEVE, AN OBVIOUS ABUSE OF HIS POWER BUT THIS MISCONDUCT, THE SCHEME, BECAME EXPOSED CONGRESS ASKED QUESTIONS THE PRESS REPORTED NONPOLITICAL OFFICERS IN THE GOVERNMENT EXPRESSED CONCERN

THE WHISTLE-BLOWER LAWS WERE ACTIVATED AS THIS HAPPENED, THERE WAS AN EFFORT TO CREATE AN AFTER-THE-FACT MISLEADING RECORD TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD ACTUALLY BEEN DOING THESE WERE NOT THE ONLY EFFORTS TO HIDE MISCONDUCT AND THE MISCONDUCT CONTINUED CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF WILL REVIEW SOME OF THOSE ITEMS >> SO WE HAVE ABOUT 20 MINUTES LEFT IN THE PRESENTATION TONIGHT

I'D LIKE TO NOW GO THROUGH WITH YOU THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO HIDE THIS CORRUPT SCHEME EVEN AS IT CONTINUED WELL INTO THE FALL OF LAST YEAR ON AUGUST 12th, A WHISTLE-BLOWER IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SUBMITTED A COMPLAINT ADDRESSED TO THE CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES THIS EXPLOSIVE DOCUMENT STATED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE FROM UKRAINE TO ASSIST IN HIS 2020 RE-ELECTION BID THE COMPLAINT ALLEGED A SCHEME BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO, QUOTE, USE THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO SOLICIT INTERFERENCE FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN THE 2020 US

ELECTION THE COMPLAINT STATED THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD APPLIED PRESSURE ON UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S MAIN DOMESTIC POLITICAL RIVALS AND DETAILED THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL LAWYER, RUDY GIULIANI THE COMPLAINT ALSO STATED THAT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER BELIEVED THAT THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIVITIES, QUOTE, POSED RISK TO US NATIONAL SECURITY AND UNDERMINE THE U

S GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO DETER AND COUNTER FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN US ELECTIONS UNDER THE LAW THE WHISTLE-BLOWER WAS REQUIRED TO FILE THE COMPLAINT WITH THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHICH WAS THEN REQUIRED TO VET AND ASSESS THE COMPLAINT AND DETERMINE IF IT WARRANTED REPORTING TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES

THE LAW GIVES THE INSPECTOR GENERAL 14 DAYS TO CONDUCT AN INITIAL REVIEW AND THEN INFORM THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ABOUT HIS FINDINGS ON AUGUST 26th THE INSPECTOR GENERAL SENT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE INSPECTOR GENERAL WROTE THAT BASED ON A REVIEW, HIS REVIEW, OF THE COMPLAINT, ITS ALLEGATIONS CONSTITUTED AN URGENT CONCERN AND APPEARED CREDIBLE UNDER THE STATUTE INSPECTOR GENERAL CONFIRMED THE WHISTLE-BLOWER ACTED LAWFULLY IN BRINGING THE COMPLAINT AND CREDIBLY RAISED A LEGITIMATE CONCERN THAT SHOULD BE COMMUNICATED TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES OF CONGRESS

THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE QUICKLY INFORMED THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THE COMPLAINT UNDER THE LAW THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WAS REQUIRED TO FORWARD THE COMPLAINT AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S DETERMINATION TO THE CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES NO LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS AFTER HE RECEIVED IT THE LEGAL REQUIREMENT IS EXTREMELY CLEAR UPON RECEIPT OF THE TRANSMITTAL FROM THE IG

, THAT IS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, THE DIRECTOR SHALL WITHIN SEVEN CALENDAR DAYS OF SUCH RECEIPT FORWARD SUCH TRANSMITTAL TO THE CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES TOGETHER TO ANY COMMENT THE DIRECTOR CONSIDERS APPROPRIATE YET, THE WHITE HOUSE MOBILIZED TO KEEP THE INFORMATION IN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT FROM CONGRESS INCLUDING BY INVIING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO RENDER AN OPINION AS TO WHETHER THE COMPLAINT COULD BE WITHHELD FROM CONGRESS THE STATUTORY DEADLINE OF SEPTEMBER 2nd WHEN THE INSPECTOR — WHEN THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WAS REQUIRED TO TURN IT OVER TO CONGRESS CAME AND WENT AND THE COMPLAINT REMAINED HIDDEN FROM CONGRESS FINALLY, ON SEPTEMBER 9th, A FULL WEEK AFTER THE COMPLAINT WAS REQUIRED TO BE SENT TO CONGRESS AND ONCE AGAIN AN URGENT CONCERN THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ONE WEEK AFTER IT WAS REQUIRED TO BE SENT TO CONGRESS, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WROTE TO THE LEADERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES TO INFORM THEM THAT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WAS WITHHOLDING A WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT IN DIRECT CONTRAVENTION OF PAST PRACTICE AND THE LAW ON SEPTEMBER 24th SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI ANNOUNCED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS MOVING FORWARD WITH AN OFFICIAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

THE NEXT DAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED A RESOLUTION CALLING ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE THE WHISTLE-BLOWER'S COMPLAINT IMMEDIATELY TO THE CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES LATER THAT DAY THE WHITE HOUSE PUBLICLY RELEASED THE SUMMIT OF THE JULY 25th CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND PERMITTED THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO PROVIDE THE WHISTLE-BLOWER'S COMPLAINT, RELATED TO DOCUMENTS TO THE CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES THE PRESIDENT, HIMSELF, WAS HAPPY TO DISCUSS THE MOTIVATIONS FOR THE SCHEME IN PUBLIC THAT DAY WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP REITERATED THAT HE WANTED UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS >> DO MORE ON JOE BIDEN AND THE — >> NO, I WANT HIM TO DO WHATEVER HE CAN THIS WAS NOT HIS FAULT

HE WASN'T THERE HE'S JUST BEEN HERE RECENTLY BUT WHATEVER HE CAN DO IN TERMS OF CORRUPTION BECAUSE THE CORRUPTION'S MASSIVE NOW, WHEN BIDEN'S SON WALKED AWAY WITH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM UKRAINE, HE KNOWS NOTHING AND THEY'RE PAYING HIM MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, THAT'S CORRUPTION WHEN — >> FINALLY, THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP EXPLAINED TO THE PUBLIC THAT HE WANTED UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 26th THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE PUBLICLY RELEASED DECLASSIFIED REDACTIONS OF TWO DOCUMENTS, THE WHISTLE-BLOWER'S AUGUST 12th COMPLAINT AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S AUGUST 26th TRANSMITTAL TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

EVEN AFTER THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO THE UKRAINE MATTER BEGAN, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS PROXY, RUDY GIULIANI, HAVE CONTINUED TO PUBLICLY URGE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION OF VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND ALLEGED 2016 ELECTION INTERFERENCE BY UKRAINE ON SEPTEMBER 30th DURING HIS REMARKS AT THE SWEARING IN OF THE NEW LABOR SECRETARY, PRESIDENT TRUMP STATED — >> NOW, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE RAN ON A BASIS OF NO CORRUPTION THAT'S HOW HE GOT ELECTED AND I BELIEVE THAT HE REALLY MEANS IT, BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF CORRUPTION HAVING TO DO WITH THE 2016 ELECTION AGAINST US AND WE WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO

THANK YOU >> SO HERE HE IS MEETING AT THE UNITED NATIONS, SEPTEMBER 30th, AND HE'S STILL PURSUING THIS BOGUS CROWDSTRIKE CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE ON OCTOBER 2nd IN A PUBLIC PRESS AVAILABILITY, PRESIDENT TRUMP DISCUSSED THE JULY 25th CALL WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND STATED THE CONVERSATION WAS PERFECT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN NICER HE THEN LINKED HIS NOTION OF CORRUPTION WITH THE BIDEN INVESTIGATION

ON OCTOBER 3rd IN REMARKS BEFORE HE DEPARTED ON MARINE ONE, PRESIDENT TRUMP EXPRESSED HIS HOPE THAT UKRAINE WOULD INVESTIGATE VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS SON PRESIDENT TRUMP ACTUALLY ESCALATED HIS RHETORIC URGING NOT ONLY UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS BUT CHINA, TOO >> MR PRESIDENT, WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU HOPE ZELENSKY WOULD DO ABOUT THE BIDENS AFTER YOUR PHONE CALL? >> WELL, I WOULD THINK THAT IF THEY WERE HONEST ABOUT IT, THEY'D START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER

THEY SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS BECAUSE HOW DOES A COMPANY THAT'S NEWLY FORMED AND ALL THESE COMPANIES, IF YOU LOOK AT — BY THE WAY, LIKEWISE, CHINA SHOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED IN CHINA IS JUST ABOUT AS BAD AS WHAT HAPPENED WITH UKRAINE SO I WOULD SAY THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, IF IT WERE ME, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THEY START — >> THE SAME DAY PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED THAT HE HAS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO INVESTIGATE CORRUPTION THAT REALLY MEANS HE FEELS HE HAS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO INVESTIGATE OR GET FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS THE PRESIDENT SENT A SIMILAR TWEET THE NEXT DAY ONCE AGAIN LINKING CORRUPTION WITH THE BIDEN INVESTIGATION "AS PRESIDENT, I HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO END CORRUPTION, EVEN IF THAT MEANS REQUESTING THE HELP OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY OR COUNTRIES

IT IS DONE ALL THE TIME THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS OR A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE BIDENS THIS DOES HAVE TO DO WITH CORRUPTION!" GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR BEING SO OBVIOUS "THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS OR A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE BIDENS" BUT YOU GOT TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS I GUESS THAT'S JUST A COINCIDENCE

PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUED TO DEMONSTRATE HIS EAGERNESS TO SOLICIT FOREIGN ASSISTANCE RELATED TO HIS PERSONAL INTERESTS HERE'S WHAT'S OKAY HE SAID, IF WE FEEL THERE'S CORRUPTION LIKE I FEEL THERE WAS IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN, THERE WAS TREMENDOUS CORRUPTION AGAINST ME, IF WE FEEL THERE'S CORRUPTION, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO GO TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY" PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDED THAT ASKING PRESIDENT XI OF CHINA TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE CAN START THINKING ABOUT EVEN LAST MONTH, EVEN LAST MONTH, THE PRESIDENT AND GIULIANI'S SCHEME CONTINUED, DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER, GIULIANI TRAVELED TO BUDAPEST, KIEV, AND VIENNA, TO MEET WITH A FORMER UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AS PART OF A CONTINUING EFFORT TO DIG UP DIRT, POLITICAL DIRT, ON VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND ADVANCE THE THEORY THAT UKRAINE INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION

ASKED ABOUT HIS INTERVIEWS OF FOREIGN UKRAINIAN PROSECUTORS, GIULIANI TOLD "THE NEW YORK TIMES" THAT HE WAS ACTING ON BEHALF OF HIS CLIENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP "LIKE A GOOD LAWYER, I AM GATHERING EVIDENCE TO DEFEND MY CLIENT AGAINST THE FALSE CHARGES BEING LEVELED AGAINST HIM" INDEED, EVIDENCE OBTAINED BY THE HOUSE FROM GIULIANI'S ASSOCIATE CONFIRMS THAT HE HAD BEEN REPRESENTING HIMSELF IN AS EARLY AS MAY 2019 AS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PERSONAL LAWYER DOING DONALD J TRUMP'S PERSONAL BIDDING IN HIS DEALINGS WITH UKRAINE THIS LETTER, MAY 10th, 2019, FROM GIULIANI TO ZELENSKY, SAYS AMONG OTHER THINGS, "HOWEVER, I HAVE A MORE SPECIFIC REQUEST

IN MY CAPACITY AS PERSONAL COUNSEL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT, I REQUEST A MEETING WITH YOU ON THIS UPCOMING MONDAY, MAY 13th, OR TUESDAY, MAY 14th I WILL NEED NO MORE THAN A HALF AN HOUR OF YOUR TIME AND I'LL BE ACCOMPANIED BY VICTORIA TOENSING, A DISTINGUISHED ATTORNEY WHO'S VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS MATTER PLEASE HAVE YOUR OFFICE LET ME KNOW WHAT TIME WILL BE CONVENIENT FOR YOU AND VICTORIA AND I WILL BE THERE" GIULIANI TOLD "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" WHEN HE LEARNED FROM NEW YORK ON HIS MOST RECENT TRIP, PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED HIP AS HIS PLANE WAS STILL TAXIING DOWN THE RUNWAY "WHAT DID YOU GET?" HE SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED

"MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE," GIULIANI REPLIED GIULIANI CLAIMED HE WAS PUTTING HIS FINDINGS INTO A 20-PAGE REPORT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD ASKED HIM TO BRIEF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS SHORTLY THEREAFTER ON THE SAME DAY PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD REPORTERS BEFORE DEPARTING ON MARINE ONE THAT HE WAS AWARE OF GIULIANI'S EFFORTS IN UKRAINE AND GIULIANI WAS GOING TO REPORT HIS PURPORTED FINDINGS TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND CONGRESS [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> WELL, I JUST KNOW HE CAME BACK FROM SOMEPLACE AND HE'S GOING TO MAKE A REPORT I THINK TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TO CONGRESS HE SAID HE HAS A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION

I HAVE NOT SPOKEN TO HIM ABOUT THAT INFORMATION, BUT RUDY, AS YOU KNOW, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREAT CRIME FIGHTERS OF THE LAST 50 YEARS AND HE DID GET BACK FROM EUROPE JUST RECENTLY AND I KNOW — HE HAS NOT TOLD ME WHAT HE'S FOUND, BUT I THINK HE WANTS TO GO BEFORE CONGRESS AND SAY AND ALSO TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TO THE PROPER — I FEEL HE'S FOUND PLENTY YEAH >> THREE DAYS AFTER THAT, THOSE REMARKS ON DECEMBER 10th, GIULIANI CONFIRMED TO THE "WASHINGTON POST" THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD ASKED HIM TO BRIEF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND REPUBLICAN SENATORS ON HIS, QUOTE, FINDINGS, UNQUOTE, FROM HIS TRIP TO UKRAINE GIULIANI STATED, "HE WANTS ME TO DO IT I'M WORKING ON PULLING IT TOGETHER AND HOPE TO HAVE IT DONE BY THE END OF THE WEEK

" THAT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th, GIULIANI REPORTEDLY MET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND ON DECEMBER 17th, GIULIANI CONFIRMED TO CNN THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF HIS EFFORTS TO DIG UP DIRT ON VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN IN UKRAINE AND THAT THEY ARE ON THE SAME PAGE THE FOLLOWING DAY, ON DECEMBER 18th, 2019, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVED THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT YOU ARE CONSIDERING IN THIS TRIAL SINCE THE HOUSE VOTED ON THESE ARTICLES, EVIDENCE HAS CONTINUED TO COME TO LIGHT RELATED TO THE PRESIDENT'S CORRUPT SCHEME AMONG OTHER THINGS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT LAWSUITS, PRESS REPORTING AND DOCUMENTS PROVIDED TO CONGRESS FROM RUDY GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS, FURTHER CORROBORATE WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME

AS GIULIANI, AGAIN, SAID ON DECEMBER 17th, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN, QUOTE, VERY SUPPORTIVE, UNQUOTE, OF HIS EFFORTS TO DIG UP DIRT ON VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THEY ARE, QUOTE, ON THE SAME PAGE PARNAS FURTHER CORROBORATED WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SCHEME, THAT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR WITHHOLDING MILITARY AID AND SUSTAINING THAT HOLD AND THAT HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY MR GIULIANI WAS WORKING AT THE DIRECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIMSELF ON DECEMBER 20th NEW EMAILS WERE RELEASED SHOWING THAT 91 MINUTES AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL WITH UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, A TOP OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AID, ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO WITHHOLD, TO HOLD OFF ON SENDING MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE SO THOSE WERE NEW DOCUMENTS THAT CAME ON DECEMBER 20th

ON DECEMBER 29th REVELATIONS EMERGED FROM OMB DIRECTOR AND ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY'S ROLE ABOUT THEM, ABOUT THAT ROLE, AND THE DELAY OF AID AND EFFORTS BY LAWYERS AT OMB, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE, TO JUSTIFY THE DELAY AND THE ALARM THAT THE DELAY CAUSED WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION THOSE RECORDS JUST BECAME AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 29th ON JANUARY 2nd NEWLY UNREDACTED PENTAGON EMAILS WHICH RAISED SERIOUS CONCERNS BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ABOUT THE LEGALITY OF THE PRESIDENT'S HOLD ON AID BECAME AVAILABLE ON JANUARY 6th FORMER TRUMP NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON ANNOUNCED HE WOULD COMPLY WITH A SENATE SUBPOENA COMPELLING HIS TESTIMONY HIS LAWYERS STATED THAT HE HAS NEW RELEVANT INFORMATION

ON JANUARY 13th REPORTS EMERGED THAT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT HACKED UKRAINIAN GAS COMPANY, BURISMA, ALMOST CERTAINLY IN AN EFFORT TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S SON IN ORDER TO WEAPONIZE THAT INFORMATION AGAINST MR BIDEN AND IN FAVOR OF MR TRUMP, JUST AS RUSSIA DID AGAINST SECRETARY CLINTON IN FAVOR OF THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP IN 2016 THAT BRINGS US UP TO JANUARY 13th OF THIS YEAR LAST WEEK, HOUSE COMMITTEES RECEIVED NEW EVIDENCE FROM LEV PARNAS THAT FURTHER DEMONSTRATES THE PRESIDENT WAS A CENTRAL PLAYER IN THE SCHEME TO PRESSURE UKRAINE FOR HIS POLITICAL GAME

AND ALSO LAST WEEK THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE FOUND THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP VIOLATED THE LAW WHEN HE WITHHELD THAT AID LAST NIGHT WE HAVE A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT WHEN MORE REDACTED EMAILS FROM THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WERE PRODUCED I THINK REPRESENTATIVE CROW SHOWED YOU THESE THESE ARE AMONG THE DOCUMENTS THAT WERE JUST RELEASED

I'M SURE THAT IF WE COULD READ UNDER THOSE REDACTIONS, IT WOULD BE A VERY PERFECT EMAIL, BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK WHAT IS BEING REDACTED HERE? WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP CONFIDENTIAL DURING THE COURSE OF AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY? AS YOU CAN SEE, RIGHT UP UNTIL LAST NIGHT EVIDENCE CONTINUES TO BE PRODUCED THE TRUTH IS GOING TO COME OUT INDEED, THE TRUTH HAS ALREADY COME OUT, BUT MORE AND MORE OF IT WILL MORE EMAILS ARE GOING TO COME OUT MORE WITNESSES ARE GOING TO COME FORWARD

THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE RELEVANT INFORMATION TO SHARE AND THE ONLY QUESTION IS, DO YOU WANT TO HEAR IT NOW? DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE FULL TRUTH NOW? YOU WANT TO KNOW JUST WHO WAS IN THE LOOP? SOUNDS LIKE EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW BROAD THIS SCHEME WAS? WE HAVE THE EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED THE AID WITHHELD HE DID SO TO COERCE UKRAINE TO HELP HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN HE WITHHELD A WHITE HOUSE MEETING TO COERCE THE SAME SHAM INVESTIGATION

WE CAN AND WILL PROVE PRESIDENT TRUMP GUILTY OF THIS CONDUCT AND OF OBSTRUCTING THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIS MISCONDUCT BUT YOU AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHO ELSE WAS INVOLVED IN THIS SCHEME YOU SHOULD WANT THE WHOLE TRUTH TO COME OUT YOU SHOULD WANT TO KNOW ABOUT EVERY PLAYER IN THIS SORDID BUSINESS IT IS WITHIN YOUR POWER TO DO SO, AND I WOULD URGE YOU EVEN IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO VOTE TO CONVICT AND IMPEACH AND REMOVE THIS PRESIDENT TO FIND OUT THE FULL TRUTH ABOUT HOW FAR THIS CORRUPTION GOES

BECAUSE I THINK THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW NOW, TODAY — YESTERDAY, WE MADE THE CASE FOR WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR THIS ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY THIS MORNING I INTRODUCED YOU TO THE BROAD SWEEP OF THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT AND THEN DURING THE COURSE OF TODAY, WE WALKED YOU THROUGH A FACTUAL CHRONOLOGY IN REALTIME ABOUT HOW THIS PLOT UNFOLDED AND DURING THAT FACTUAL CHRONOLOGY TODAY, YOU SAW IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, GIULIANI BEGAN THAT SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH IN ORDER TO GET HER FIRED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP SOMETHING HE WOULD LATER ADMIT WAS NECESSARY TO GET HER OUT OF THE WAY BECAUSE SHE WAS GOING TO BE IN THE WAY OF THESE TWO INVESTIGATIONS

THIS IS THE SUPPOSED ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORT BY THE PRESIDENT TO GET RID OF A WOMAN WHO HAS DEDICATED HER CAREER TO REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES OFTEN IN DANGEROUS PARTS OF THE WORLD, TO FIGHTING CORRUPTION AND TO PROMOTING THE RULE OF LAW THIS PLOT BEGINS WITH GETTING HER OUT OF THE WAY WITH THE PRESIDENT SAYING THAT SHE'S GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS THIS ANTI-CORRUPTION REFORMER, THIS US PATRIOT, THIS PLOT BEGINS WITH GETTING HER OUT OF THE WAY

AND TELLINGLY, AND THIS SAYS SO MUCH ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION, TELLINGLY, IT WASN'T ENOUGH JUST TO RECALL HER OR FIRE HER THE PRESIDENT COULD HAVE DONE THAT ANY TIME NO, THEY WANTED TO DESTROY HER SO WE HEARD IN MARCH ABOUT THE EFFORT TO GET RID OF HER, AND IT SUCCEEDED AND GUESS WHAT MESSAGE THAT SENT TO THE UKRAINIANS ABOUT THE POWER THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYER HAS

UKRAINIANS WERE WATCHING THIS WHOLE SAGA THEY WERE HEARING HIS INTERVIEWS THEY WERE SEEING THE SMEARS THAT HE WAS PUTTING OUT AND THIS ATTORNEY FOR THE PRESIDENT WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH THESE CORRUPT UKRAINIANS WAS ABLE TO GET A UN

AMBASSADOR YANKED OUT OF HER JOB PROOF POSITIVE YOU WANT A WINDOW TO THIS PRESIDENT, YOU WANT TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN WITH THIS PRESIDENT, YOU GO THROUGH HIS LAWYER NEVER MIND THE STATE DEPARTMENT, NEVER MIND THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, NEVER MIND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT YOU GO THROUGH HIS LAWYER THAT'S MARCH

APRIL, ZELENSKY HAS THIS HUGE VICTORY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION HE GETS A CONGRATULATORY CALL FROM THE PRESIDENT THE PRESIDENT ASSIGNS VICE PRESIDENT PENCE TO GO TO THE INAUGURATION MAY, GIULIANI IS REBUFFED BY ZELENSKY CANCELS THE TRIP TO UKRAINE

THE ONE WHERE HE WANTED TO GO, REMEMBER, MEDDLE IN THE INVESTIGATION BECAUSE GIULIANI SAYS ENEMIES OF TRUMP SURROUND ZELENSKY GUESS THAT MEANS HE DIDN'T GET THE MEETING AND THEY MUST BE ENEMIES OF THE PRESIDENT OF COURSE, THE UKRAINIANS KNOW WHY HE WANTS THAT MEETING MAY, TRUMP DISINVITES PENCE TO THE INAUGURATION

PENCE IS GOING, GIULIANI'S REBUFFED, PENCE AIN'T GOING THAT'S MAY INSTEAD, MAY 23rd, WE HAVE THIS MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND THERE'S A NEW — A NEW PARTY IN TOWN THE THREE AMIGOS THEY'RE GOING TO BE HANDLING THE UKRAINE PORTFOLIO

AND THEY'RE TOLD, WORK WITH RUDY WORK WITH RUDY AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, AMBASSADOR VOLKER, SECRETARY PERRY WORK WITH RUDY AND AS YOU SAW IN JUNE, GIULIANI IS PUSHING FOR THESE INVESTIGATIONS

AND THEY'RE TRYING TO ARRANGE THESE MEETINGS AND TRYING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN AND ALSO IN JUNE THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THEY'RE GOING TO RELEASE THE MILITARY AID THE PRESIDENT READS ABOUT THIS AND THEN HE STOPS IT HE STOPS THE AID

IN JULY, JULY 10th, YOU HEARD IN THE CHRONOLOGY THERE'S THAT MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE THE MEETING IN WHICH SONDLAND BLURTS OUT IN THIS MEETING BETWEEN UKRAINIANS AND AMERICANS, HEY, THEY'VE GOT A DEAL THEY'RE TRYING TO GET THIS MEETING A DEBATE OF WHETHER THE MEETING IS GOING TO HAPPEN, WHEN IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SONDLAND SAYS, HEY, WE GOT A DEAL WITH MULVANEY HERE, WE'RE GOING TO GET THIS MEETING AND YOU'RE GOING TO DO THOSE INVESTIGATIONS, AND BOLTON STIFFENED AND ABRUPTLY ENDS THE MEETING THAT WAS THE FIRST MEETING THAT DAY AND THEN SONDLAND BRINGS THE DELEGATION TO A DIFFERENT PART OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEY HAVE THE FOLLOW-UP MEETING WHERE HE MAKES IT EVEN MORE EXPLICIT, THIS DRUG DEAL IS MADE EVEN MORE EXPLICIT AND DR

HILL IS TOLD BY AMBASSADOR BOLTON, YOU NEED TO GO TALK TO THE LAWYERS, I DON'T WANT ANY PART OF THIS DRUG DEAL THEY'RE COOKING UP THAT'S JULY JULY IS THE MONTH WHERE THAT EMAIL GOES FROM SONDLAND TO POMPEO AND OTHERS AND EVERYBODY IS IN THE LOOP JULY IS THE MONTH WHERE THE HOLD IS IMPLEMENTED WITH NO EXPLANATION JULY IS THE MONTH WHERE MUELLER TESTIFIES ABOUT RUSSIA'S SYSTEMIC INTERFERENCE IN OUR AFFAIRS

JULY IS THE MONTH AFTER MUELLER TESTIFIES THAT THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES HE HAS ESCAPED ACCOUNTABILITY THE NEXT DAY IN JULY IS, OF COURSE, THE JULY 25th CALL IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT ASKS FOR HIS FAVOR AND JULY IS THE MONTH, JULY 26th, IS THE DATE OF THE CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, YOU KNOW THE ONE, ZELENSKY LOVES YOUR ASS, HE'LL DO ANYTHING YOU WANT IS HE GOING TO DO THE INVESTIGATION? YEAH, HE'S GOING TO DO THE INVESTIGATION

JULY IS THE MONTH OF THAT CONVERSATION BETWEEN SONDLAND AND DAVID HOLMES WHERE HOLMES SAYS CAN YOU TELL ME CANDIDLY HERE WHAT THE PRESIDENT THINKS OF UKRAINE, DOES HE GIVE A BLANK ABOUT UKRAINE? NO, HE DOESN'T GIVE A BLANK ABOUT UKRAINE, HE ONLY CARES ABOUT THE BIG STUFF WELL, THERE'S KIND OF BIG STUFF IN UKRAINE, LIKE A WAR WITH THE RUSSIANS NO, NO, NO, BIG STUFF THAT AFFECTS HIM PERSONALLY LIKE THE BIDEN INVESTIGATION THAT GIULIANI WANTS THAT'S THE MONTH OF JULY AUGUST, WEGIULIANI AND YERMAK I MADRID

AUGUST, WE HAVE THE BACK AND FORTH ABOUT THE STATEMENT NO, YOU GO FIRST AND YOU COMMIT AND PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE THE INVESTIGATIONS AND THEN WE'LL GIVE YOU A DATE NO, YOU GO FIRST YOU GIVE US THE DATE THEN WE'LL ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION

WELL, WE'LL GIVE YOU A STATEMENT THAT DOESN'T MENTION THE SPECIFICS NO, NO, YOU GIVE US A STATEMENT THAT MENTIONS THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT'S THE MONTH OF AUGUST AUGUST IS ALSO THE MONTH WHERE IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT IT'S NOT JUST THE MEETING ANYMORE IT'S EVERYTHING

EVERYTHING IS CONDITIONED ON THESE INVESTIGATIONS THE RELATIONSHIP THE MONEY THE MEETING SONDLAND AND HOLMES TESTIFY IT'S AS SIMPLE AS 2 PLUS 2 EQUALS 4

THAT'S AUGUST SEPTEMBER, SONDLAND SAYS TO YERMAK, EVERYTHING IS CONDITIONED ON PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS SO MESSAGE DELIVERED NO AMBIGUITY THE UKRAIIANS ARE TOLD QUID PRO QUO

TAYLOR TEXTS, "THIS IS CRAZY TO WITHHOLD AID" SEPTEMBER'S THE MONTH, SEPTEMBER 7th, IN PARTICULAR, TRUMP AND SONDLAND TALK ON THE PHONE AND THE PRESIDENT HAS A CONVERSATION WHERE HE SAYS, NO QUID PRO QUO, EXCEPT HERE'S THE QUID PRO QUO ZELENSKY'S GOT TO GO TO THE MIC, AND WHAT'S MORE, HE SHOULD WANT TO DO IT SEPTEMBER'S ALSO THE MONTH WHERE THE INVESTIGATIONS BEGIN IN CONGRESS SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH WHERE AFTER THOSE INVESTIGATIONS BEGIN, AFTER THE PRESIDENT KNOWS HE'S BEEN CAUGHT, THE AID IS FINALLY RELEASED

AND SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH WHERE PENCE AND ZELENSKY ARE ON THE PHONE AND JENNIFER WILLIAMS HAS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE A LOOK AT BECAUSE IT IS RELEVANT TO THESE ISSUES THAT'S SEPTEMBER OCTOBER, TRUMP ADMITS, YES, IF IT WASN'T OBVIOUS ENOUGH, HE WANTS UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT OCTOBER IS THE MONTH WHERE HE INVITES ANOTHER NATION, CHINA, TO INVESTIGATE HIS OPPONENT THIS IS THE BROAD OUTLINE OF THE CHRONOLOGY THAT WE WENT THROUGH TODAY

TOMORROW, WE WILL GO THROUGH THE LAW, THE CONSTITUTION, AND THE FACTS AS THEY APPLY TO ARTICLE 1 THAT IS THE PLAN FOR TOMORROW WE'VE INTRODUCED THE CASE WE'VE GONE THROUGH THE CHRONOLOGY AND TOMORROW WE WILL APPLY THE FACTS TO THE LAW AS IT PERTAINS TO PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER AND LET ME JUST CONCLUDE THIS EVENING BY REMARKING AGAIN ON WHAT BROUGHT US HERE

WHAT BROUGHT US HERE IS THAT SOME COURAGEOUS PEOPLE CAME FORWARD COURAGEOUS PEOPLE THAT RISK THEIR ENTIRE CAREERS AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S BEEN SO STRIKING TO ME ABOUT THAT AS I WATCH THESE WITNESSES LIKE MARIE YOVANOVITCH, DR HOLMES, DR HILL, IS HOW MUCH THESE DEDICATED OFFICIALS ARE WILLING TO RISK THEIR CAREER, THE BEGINNING OF THEIR CAREER, THE MIDDLE OF THEIR CAREER, LATE IN THEIR CAREER, WHEN THEY HAD EVERYTHING TO LOSE

BUT PEOPLE SENIOR TO THEM WHO HAVE EVERY ADVANTAGE, WHO SIT IN POSITIONS OF POWER, LACK THAT SAME BASIC COMMITMENT LACK THAT SAME BASIC WILLINGNESS TO PUT THEIR COUNTRY FIRST AND EXPOSE WRONGDOING WHY IS IT THAT COLONEL VINDMAN WHO WORKED FOR FIONA HILL, WHO WORKED FOR JOHN BOLTON AND DR KUPPERMAN, WHY IS IT THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO STICK THEIR NECK OUT AND ANSWER LAWFUL SUBPOENAS WHEN THEIR BOSSES WOULDN'T? I DON'T KNOW THAT I CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION, BUT I JUST CAN TELL YOU I HAVE SUCH ADMIRATION FOR THE FACT THEY DID

I THINK, AND I THINK THIS IS SOME FORM OF COSMIC JUSTICE, THAT THIS AMBASSADOR THAT WAS SO RUTHLESSLY SMEARED IS NOW A HERO FOR HER COURAGE THERE IS JUSTICE IN THAT BUT WHAT REALLY WOULD VINDICATE THAT LEAP OF FAITH THAT SHE TOOK IS IF WE SHOW THE SAME COURAGE THEY RISKED EVERYTHING THEIR CAREERS

AND, YES, I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE ASKED TO DECIDE MAY RISK YOURS, TOO, BUT IF THEY COULD SHOW THE COURAGE, SO CAN WE I YIELD BACK >> PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SENATE RESOLUTION 243 OF THE 100th CONGRESS, A SINGLE ONE-PAGE CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT IDENTIFIED BY THE HOUSE MANAGERS FOR FILING WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE THAT WILL BE RECEIVED ON JANUARY 22nd, 2020, SHALL NOT BE MADE PART OF THE PUBLIC RECORD AND SHALL NOT BE PRINTED BUT SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE PURSUANT TO THE STANDING ORDER FROM THE 100th CONGRESS THE MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED >> MR

CHIEF JUSTICE, COLLEAG SS, WE'RE ALMOST THROUGH FOR THE EVENING WE'LL CONVENE AGAIN AT 1:00 TOMORROW BEFORE WE ADJOURN I'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT TOMORROW IS THE OFFICIAL LAST DAY FOR THIS TERM'S SENATE PAGES THIS GROUP OF — [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] AND IN ADDITION TO WITNESSING THIS UNUSUAL EVENT THAT WE'RE ALL EXPERIENCING, THEY'RE STUDYING FOR THEIR FINAL EXAMS AS WELL WE WISH THEM WELL AS THEY HEAD OFF BACK TO BORING NORMAL HIGH SCHOOL

>> MR LEADER, LET ME JUST ADD MY THANKS AND GRATITUDE FOR ALL OF US IT IS RARE, PARTICULARLY THESE DAYS, WHEN 100 SENATORS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE OF EVERY POLICE PERSUASION GET UP AND GIVE SOMEONE A STANDING OVATION, BUT YOU DESERVE IT THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORK, AND WE HOPE YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL AND SUCCESSFUL LIVES [ APPLAUSE ] >> SO, MR

CHIEF JUSTICE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT ON TUESDAY JANUARY THE 28th FROM 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM WHILE THE SENATE IS SITTING AS A COURT OF IMPEACHMENT, NOTWITHSTANDING THE SENATE'S ADJOURNMENT, THE SENATE CAN RECEIVE HOUSE MESSAGES AND EXECUTIVE MATTERS, COMMITTEES BE AUTHORIZED TO REPORT LEGISLATION AND EXECUTIVE MATTERS AND SENATORS BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT STATEMENTS FOR THE RECORD, BILLS, RESOLUTIONS, AND CO-SPONSOR REQUESTS AND WHERE APPLICABLE THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDING OFFICER BE PERMITTED TO REFER SUCH MATTERS

>> WITHOUT OBJECTION? SO ORDERED >> FINALLY, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE TRIAL ADJOURN UNTIL 1:00 PM THURSDAY JANUARY 23rd AND THIS ALSO CONSTITUTES THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE SENATE >> WITHOUT OBJECTION? SO ORDERED

SENATE IS ADJOURNED ♪♪ >> HEY, EVERYONE, I'M ALISON MORRIS YOU'RE WATCHING "NBC NEWS NOW" SPECIAL COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL HOUSE MANAGERS MADE THEIR CASE THAT TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER AND SHOW REMOVED FROM OFFICE

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK, A TRY ANY DAY — >> WOULDN'T THAT BE GREAT? WOULDN'T THAT BE BEAUTIFUL? THEIR CORRUPT FACES, I'D LOVE TO HEAR IT DON'T KEEP TALKING I MAY MAKE HISTORY >> WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT? >> I ALREADY — >> EXAMPLE ♪♪ >> SENATE WILL CONVENE, THE COURT OF IMPEACHMENT

>> GET OVER IT >> THERE'S GOING TO BE POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN FOREIGN POLICY >> ARE WE REALLY PREPARED TO SAY THAT? GOING AFTER THE PRESIDENT FOR MISCONDUCT, WE NEED TO JUST GET OVER IT? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SAY TO THE NEXT PRESIDENT? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SAY TO A PRESIDENT FROM A DIFFERENT PARTY WHO REFUSES THE SAME KIND OF — AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS TO YOU, JUST GET OVER IT? I'M NOT DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN DONALD TRUMP DID, JUST GET OVER IT HE ASKED FOR HELP IN THE NEXT ELECTION, I'M ASKING FOR HELP IN THE NEXT ELECTION JUST GET OVER IT

IS THAT WHAT WE'VE COME TO? >> TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF OPENING ARGUMENTS ON THE SENATE FLOOR LEIGH ANN CALDWELL JOINS ME NOW FROM THE CAPITOL WHERE THE HOUSE MANAGERS MADE THEIR ARGUMENTS TODAY QUITE A DAY, LEIGH ANN THEY STARTED AT 1:00 IT'S NOW 9:45 THEREABOUTS

SO IN THE FIRST DAY OF OPENING ARGUMENTS, WHAT DID THE HOUSE MANAGERS LAY OUT FOR US? >> Reporter: WELL, WHAT THEY TENDED TO DO IS REALLY TELL A STORY, TELL A NARRATIVE OF ALL THE THINGS THEY FOUND IN THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION INTO THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ENTIRE UKRAINE SCANDAL SO THEY LAID OUT THE CHRONOLOGICAL TIMELINE AND ALL THE DETAILS OF THE EVENT THEY REALLY TRIED TO PIECE THIS TOGETHER INTO A STORY FOR THE SENATORS AND THEY TOLD A STORY OF A VINDICTIVE PRESIDENT WHO CARED MOSTLY AND ONLY ABOUT HIS POLITICAL FUTURE INSTEAD OF THE BETTERMENT OR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY SO IT WAS, YOU KNOW, EIGHT HOURS OF TESTIMONY TODAY THAT DEMOCRATS ARE TELLING ME THAT WAS VERY EFFECTIVE, THAT THE MANAGERS DID AN EXCELLENT JOB REALLY LAYING OUT VERY CLEARLY THE FACTS HERE, ALISON >> LEIGH ANN, THEY MAKE THEIR CASE, DO YOU THINK THAT WAS EFFECTIVE? I MEAN, IT MANAGED TO KEEP MOST OF THE SENATORS AWAKE TODAY

>> Reporter: IT WAS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE FOR MULTIPLE REASONS ONLY BECAUSE IT BROKE UP THE MONOTONY OF THE VOICES, BUT THEY ALSO USED IT TO REMIND THE SENATORS THAT OF WHAT THEY FOUND IN THEIR INVESTIGATION, PUTTING IT IN THE WITNESSES' OWN WORDS INSTEAD OF THROUGH THIS POLITICAL LENS OF THESE MANAGERS SO IT WAS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IT WAS ALSO EFFECTIVE BECAUSE THE SENATORS REALLY SEEMED TO PAY ATTENTION WHEN THE VIDEO CLIPS WERE PLAYING A LOT OF SENATORS TURNED THEIR HEAD, ACTUALLY WATCHED THESE CLIPS AND SO I THINK IN A STORYTELLING PERSPECTIVE IT REALLY WORKED AND ALSO IN LEGITIMACY PERSPECTIVE, IT REALLY HELPED TO MAKE THEIR CASE BECAUSE, AGAIN, IT WAS THE WORDS OF THE WITNESSES, THE PEOPLE, THEMSELVES, WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE INSTEAD OF THESE HOUSE DEMOCRATS, ALISON >> LEIGH ANN, REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THEY HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING NEW TODAY

HERE'S SENATOR BARRASSO >> WELL, WE'VE JUST COME OUT OF LISTENING TO SIX HOURS OF TESTIMONY SO FAR TODAY, ESSENTIALLY, AND I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING NEW AT ALL WE WERE HERE ALL DAY YESTERDAY FOR ABOUT 13 HOURS NO NEW MATERIAL PRESENTED >> WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT ARGUMENT, NOTHING NEW? >> Reporter: WELL, THERE WASN'T ANYTHING NEW BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS NOT AGREED TO INCLUDE NEW EVIDENCE OR NEW DOCUMENTS INTO THIS TRIAL, BUT IT'S ALSO, YOU KNOW, IT IS NEW FOR A LOT OF THESE MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING EXTREMELY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE HOUSE

THEY HAVE DAY JOBS THEY HAVE THEIR OWN WORK TO DO AND SO THERE, WITH ALL OF THIS PUT OUT AT ONE TIME, FLOWN THROUGH THIS NARRATIVE, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT SENATORS DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING NEW TODAY, BUT THE QUESTION OF ACTUAL NEWNESS, THINGS THAT NONE OF US KNOW, IS STILL VERY MUCH A QUESTION IN THE SENATE TRIAL BECAUSE ROUND ONE THEY DID NOT AGREE TO INCLUDE NEW EVIDENCE INTO THIS AND THEY WILL HAVE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION ONCE AGAIN, PERHAPS, AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK >> YEAH, I MEAN, LEIGH ANN, YOU'RE HINTING AT THAT, IF THEY DON'T ALLOW NEW EVIDENCE IF THEY ALSO DON'T ALLOW WITNESSES, CAN SENATE REPUBLICANS EXPECT TO HEAR ANYTHING NEW AT ANY POINT? >> Reporter: PROBABLY NOT

I MEAN, JUST LAST NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT THERE WAS A WHOLE TROVE OF NEW EMAILS THAT WERE RELEASED BECAUSE OF A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT A LOT OF IT HAS BEEN — SOME OF IT — MOST OF IT, I SHOULD SAY, HAS BEEN REPORTED BEFORE >> UH-HUH >> Reporter: "THE NEW YORK TIMES" DID A STORY LAYING OUT A LOT OF THIS JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AGO BUT MORE NEW INFORMATION IS COMING OUT

AND SCHIFF JUST TALKED ABOUT THIS IN HIS VERY FINAL MOMENTS OF HIS TESTIMONY TODAY SAYING THAT THAT'S WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE, THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE INFORMATION THAT KEEPS COMING OUT SO HE ASKS THE SENATORS, HE SAID, DO YOU WANT TO SEE IT DOWN THE ROAD AFTER THIS IS ALL OVER? OR DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION NOW? THAT'S ANOTHER THING WHEN SCHIFF WAS REALLY KIND OF LAYING OUT HIS CASE TODAY, HE REALLY WOVE IN THIS ALMOST PRESSURE CAMPAIGN TO A VERY SUBTLE PRESSURE CAMPAIGN, I SHOULD SAY, TO REALLY TRY TO GET THESE SENATORS TO ENTERTAIN NEW EVIDENCE HE WAS TALKING ABOUT AMBASSADOR TAYLOR WHO HAS, YOU KNOW, TALKED ABOUT REAMS AND REAMS OF NOTES THAT HE'S NOT BEEN ABLE TO TURN OVER BECAUSE THE STATE DEPARTMENT WON'T LET HIM REPRESENTATIVE SCHIFF SAID, DON'T YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN IT? WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN IT WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S IN IT IT COULD BE VERY DAMAGING TO OUR CASE BUT WE SHOULD WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH AND YOU SENATORS SHOULD WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, TOO

WE'LL SEE IF THAT IS AN ARGUMENT THAT WORKS BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO WORK ON FOUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS IN ORDER FOR THEM TO AGREE ON NEW EVIDENCE, NEW WITNESSES, ALISON >> LEIGH ANN, THE HOUSE MANAGERS WERE REALLY TRYING TO ESTABLISH THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED UKRAINE TO HELP HIM INTERFERE WITH THIS YEAR'S ELECTION HERE'S HAKEEM JEFFRIES >> THIS WAS NOT A PERFECT CALL IT IS DIRECT EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP CORRUPTLY ABUSED HIS POWER AND SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2020 ELECTION

>> ALL RIGHT WE'RE GOING TO GO TO JAY SEKULOW, ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS HE'S SPEAKING RIGHT NOW >> WANT TO SEE THE MEMO, POMPEO AND — >> LOOK, THESE ARE QUESTIONS, FIRST OF ALL, THAT THE SENATE HAS TO ADDRESS THEY WILL DETERMINE WHAT WILL GO IN THE RECORD AND WHAT WILL NOT

UNDER THE RULES THAT WERE ADOPTED SO OUR POSITION RIGHT NOW IS THE SENATE, WE ARE GOVERNED BY A SENATE RESOLUTION AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO >> WHAT REALLY STANDS OUT IN YOUR MIND TODAY, THE FIRST THING YOU WANT TO READ WHEN YOU GET TO — >> I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING THAT THEY'RE MAKING THE REFERENCES TO THE CAREER PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THE VARIOUS AGENCIES, BUT WHEN YOU READ THE TRANSCRIPT, THEY ALSO SAID THINGS THAT WERE VERY POSITIVE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY MAY BE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THAT, BUT WE PROBABLY WON'T GET TO TALK ABOUT THAT FOR A COUPLE DAYS I SUSPECT >> MANAGED TO TALK ABOUT — REPEATEDLY TOLD THE SENATORS, YOU SHOULD SEE THIS DOCUMENT, COULD SUBPOENA THIS DOCUMENT

WHY SHOULDN'T THE SENATORS? WHY DO YOU OPPOSE THAT? >> I SAID THIS THIS MORNING I SAID IT YESTERDAY I'M GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT

DESPITE WHAT MANAGER NADLER SAID, YOU CANNOT CALL THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE AND OTHER NONSENSE THERE'S CONSTITUTIONAL PRIVILEGES AT STAKE THAT DON'T JUST AFFECT THIS PRESIDENCY, BY THE WAY, BUT AFFECT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY FOR OTHER PRESIDENTS THAT COME >> BRIEFLY, YOU BEEN SPEAKING TO THE PRESIDENT THROUGHOUT — >> I WOULD NEVER DISCUSS WITH YOU IF I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT >> WHAT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT TWEETING IN REALTIME, HE TWEETED, "NO PRESSURE" >> OKAY

>> DURING THE — >> WHAT IF — >> I'VE BEEN IN — I'M SURE — I'VE BEEN IN A HEARING ALL DAY, AS YOU ALL HAVE BEEN, SO, I MEAN, I'M — LOOK, I'M NOT GOING TO — I'M NOT GOING TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S MOOD I THINK THE WHOLE FACT THAT WE'RE HERE IS RIDICULOUS I MEAN, THINK ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE I SAID THAT AT THE BEGINNING OF WHEN WE SPOKE YESTERDAY, WHICH SEEMS LIKE ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO, BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS WHY ARE WE HERE? ARE WE HAVING AN IMPEACHMENT OVER A PHONE CALL? THIS HAS BEEN A THREE-YEAR ATTEMPT TO TAKE DOWN A PRESIDENT THAT WAS DULY ELECTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WE'RE DOING THIS, TEN MONTHS TO GO UNTIL A GENERAL ELECTION, PRETTY DANGEROUS FOR OUR REPUBLIC, IN MY VIEW >> SORRY, WHY NOT MAKE THE — >> BECAUSE I WANT TO LET THEM TRY THEIR CASE AND WE WANT TO TRY OUR CASE

BECAUSE WE BELIEVE WITHOUT QUESTION THE PRESIDENT WILL BE ACQUITTED THERE'S NOT A DOUBT >> ONE MORE >> ARE YOU RULING OUT — >> I DON'T — I — THOSE THAT KNOW ME KNOW I DON'T RULE OUT ANYTHING NOTHING IS RULED OUT, BUT AT THIS POINT THE WAY THE PROCEDURES ARE SET UP — SORRY — THE WAY THE PROCEDURES ARE SET UP AT THIS POINT, HERE'S WHAT I BELIEVE IS GOING TO HAPPEN

THEY'RE GOING TO — IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE GOING TO SPEND TOMORROW AND FRIDAY AND THEN I SUSPECT WE'LL START ON SATURDAY AND THEN WE'LL GO PROBABLY ANOTHER DAY OR TWO, BUT WHO KNOWS WE GOT TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION WITH OUR TEAM >> THEN WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS? >> THEN THERE'S QUESTIONS TWO DAYS OF THAT THEN THERE'S PROBABLY A HALF-DAY ARGUMENT ON WILL THERE BE WITNESSES OR NOT? THAT'S PROBABLY, YOU KNOW, A DAY

>> WHAT ARE YOUR PREDICTIONS — >> LOOK, MY PREDICTION IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WILL BE ACQUITTED OF THE — >> ON THE — >> DO YOU THINK TWEETING DURING ANY OF THIS IS AFFECTING THE SENATORS WHEN THEY READ THE TWEET? >> I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THAT >> SOME REPUBLICANS — >> LET'S — >> SAID IT'S ILLUMINATING, ENLIGHTENING THEY'RE NOT SAYING THEY AUTOMATICALLY BUY THE DEMOCRATS' CASE BUT DOES THAT — >> ILLUMINATING, ENLIGHTENING, NOT QUESTIONING WHAT YOU'RE SAYING THEY SAID, I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE — OBVIOUSLY I'VE BEEN IN THE PROCEEDINGS IS THERE ANYTHING WE LEARNED TODAY WE HAVE NOT HEARD FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS? >> SENATOR KENNEDY SAID HE POLLED NINE OUT OF TEN SENATORS AND HAD ABSOLUTELY NO — >> WHAT DID HE SAY? >> HE SAID NINE OUT OF TEN SENATORS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT REALLY WENT ON IN THE HEARINGS AND THE TENTH — >> BECAUSE THE HEARINGS DON'T MAKE SENSE TO PEOPLE, IS THAT WHAT'S SAYING? >> THEY DIDN'T — >> SENATORS ARE — >> OKAY OKAY

OKAY AT THE END OF THE DAY, I BELIEVE WITHOUT QUESTION THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WILL BE ACQUITTED THANK YOU, EVERYBODY SEE YOU TOMORROW >> ALL RIGHT

THAT WAS JAY SEKULOW, THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYER MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT TRUMP BACK IN THE UNITED STATES FROM THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND KELLY O'DONNELL JOINS ME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE KELLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP BROKE HIS TWITTER RECORD TWEETING AND RETWEETING 132 TIMES, A FULL 45 THIS AFTERNOON HE'S BACK HOME AT THE WHITE HOUSE NOW

SHOULD WE EXPECT TO HEAR EVEN MORE FROM HIM NOW THAT HE'S AT HOME? >> Reporter: ALISON, WE TRIED TO GET THE PRESIDENT TO SPEAK TO US NOT THROUGH HIS TWITTER FEED BUT IN PERSON WHEN MARINE ONE LAND LANDED ON THE SOUTH LAWN I WAVED HIM OVER AND SHOUTED A QUESTION HE DECLINED HE DID A NEWS CONFERENCE IN DAVOS BEFORE COMING BACK TO THE US

HE MAY BE ON EUROPE TIME NOW NOT SURE HE IS CERTAINLY INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO HAPPENS TO BE HIS 15th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY WITH THE FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP THE PRESIDENT SETTING RECORDS ON TWITTER FOR HIS OWN TWEETING AND RETWEETING

IT'S A SIGN THAT HE EVEN WENT OUT OF THE COUNTRY, EVEN WHEN ARGUING PUBLICLY, THAT HE IS TRYING TO DO THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS, BE A STATESMAN ON THE WORLD STAGE, DO THOSE THINGS, WHILE THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IS GOING ON HE IS STILL ALWAYS TRYING TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PUBLIC DIRECTLY SO USING TWITTER TO TWEET AND RETWEET ONE OF THOSE TWEETS WAS "NO PRESSURE" IN ALL CAPS ONE WOULD ASSUME HE MEANS NO PRESSURE APPLIED TO UKRAINE AND YOU JUST HEARD FROM ONE OF HIS EIGHT NAMED LAWYERS, THERE ARE MORE LAWYERS INVOLVED IN THE CASE, BUT EIGHT NAMED BY THE WHITE HOUSE, JAY SEKULOW, WHO INSISTS THEY BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT WILL ULTIMATELY BE ACQUITTED BUT WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO RIGHT NOW, OF COURSE, THE DEMOCRATS, THE HOUSE MANAGERS, HAVE THE FLOOR AND THEY ARE PUTTING OUT THEIR NARRATIVE AND WHAT WE DON'T KNOW IS HOW WILL THE PRESIDENT RESPOND, FOR EXAMPLE, TOMORROW WHILE HE'S BACK HERE IN THE U

S AND HIS DAY DOES INCLUDE SOME TRAVEL TO SOUTH FLORIDA TO ONE OF HIS OWN CLUBS AT DURAL IN MIAMI, THE RNC, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE, WINTER MEETING WILL BE TAKING PLACE SO THERE IS SOME TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT IF HE WANTS TO WEIGH IN ON TWITTER OR IN PERSON TALKING TO REPORTERS ONE THING THAT HE SAID IN DA VOS HIS LAWYERS SEEMED TO ADVISE AGAINST, THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT THE TRIAL, EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN PERHAPS ATTENDING, HIMSELF, AND BEING ABLE TO SIT IN THE WELL OF THE SENATE AND WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS

HIS LAWYERS SAID TO OTHER REPORTERS TODAY THAT THEY WOULD ADVISE AGAINST THAT AND PRESIDENTS DON'T NEED TO DO THAT BY GOING INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER IT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF HOW IN ONE BREATH THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT HOW HE'D LIKE IT TO BE A LONG PROCESS WITH LOTS OF WITNESSES THEN WE HEAR FROM HIS LAWYERS AND THEY TAKE A DIFFERENT VIEW THEY'RE NOT COMMITTING TO THE ISSUE OF WITNESSES NOW THEY WANT THINGS TO MOVE ALONG QUICKLY YOU HEARD SEKULOW TALK ABOUT THE FACT THEY'RE BOILING IT DOWN TO SAY IS THIS REALLY AN IMPEACHMENT ABOUT A PHONE CALL? VERY DIFFERENT NARRATIVES COMING FROM THE TWO TEAMS, IF YOU WILL, THE HOUSE MANAGERS WHO BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE THINGS THAT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF REMOVING HIM FROM OFFICE AND THE PRESIDENT'S LEGAL TEAM TRYING TO SAY THIS IS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO GET AT THE POLITICAL ENEMY OF THOSE BRINGING THIS CASE, NOT ABOUT HIS CONDUCT

VERY DIFFERENT PORTRAITS BEING LAID OUT IN THE SENATE ALISON? >> KELLY, YOU MENTIONED THE PRESIDENT TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PERHAPS HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE TRIAL THIS MORNING HE SPOKE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AND ADDRESSED THE QUESTION OF WITNESSES I'D LIKE TO PLAY THAT QUICKLY >> I WOULD RATHER GO THE LONG WAY

I WOULD RATHER INTERVIEW BOLTON I WOULD RATHER INTERVIEW A LOT OF PEOPLE THE PROBLEM WITH JOHN, IF THAT — IT'S A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM, I DON'T KNOW IF WE LEFT ON THE BEST OF TERMS I WOULD SAY PROBABLY NOT, YOU KNOW, AND SO YOU — LIKE PEOPLE TESTIFYING WHEN THEY DIDN'T LEAVE ON GOOD TERMS AND THAT WAS DUE TO ME NOT DUE TO HIM

OTHER PEOPLE, MICK MULVANEY, IS PROBABLY AROUND HERE SOMEPLACE I'D LOVE TO HAVE MICK GO, BUT I THINK THAT HE'S REALLY EXPRESSED HIMSELF VERY WELL WHEN HE DID A CHRIS WALLACE INTERVIEW A VERY, VERY POWERFUL SBRIR LOVE TO HAVE MIKE POMPEO TESTIFY AGAIN, THAT'S A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM

I'D LOVE TO HAVE MIKE POMPEO IT'S A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM I'D LOVE TO HAVE RICK PERRY RICK PERRY HAS ASKED ME, I'D LOVE TO TESTIFY, PLEASE LET ME TESTIFY BECAUSE HE KNOWS THIS IS ALL A HOAX HE UNDERSTANDS IT BETTER THAN MOST

>> KELLY, THE PRESIDENT REALLY LEANING INTO THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARGUMENT, PARTICULARLY BOLTON AND POMPEO TESTIFYING WE JUST HEARD FROM JAY SEKULOW HE DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO COMMENT THAT MUCH ON WITNESSES DO WE HAVE A SENSE OF WHERE THE DEFENSE REALLY STANDS ON THIS? >> Reporter: WELL, A LOT OF LOVE THERE FROM THE PRESIDENT HE WOULD LOVE TO SEE JUST ABOUT EVERYONE TESTIFY

AN UNDERLYING PRINCIPLE OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IS THAT ANY PRESIDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO UNFETTERED CONVERSATIONS AND ADVICE FROM THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM AND ESPECIALLY IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY AREA YOU HAVE THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER AT THE TIME, JOHN BOLTON YOU HAVE SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO CLEARLY, THERE ARE NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATION TO THEIR CONVERSATIONS AND WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT PROTECTING IT FOR THE OFFICE THAT THAT PRIVILEGE THAT A PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS REMAIN PRIVATE AND NOT BE SUBJECT TO T CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AS A SEPARATION OF POWERS ISSUE NOW, PRIVILEGE DOES NOT EXTEND TO COVERING UP CORRUPT BEHAVIOR OR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, SO THAT'S WHERE THE COURTS ARE THE THIRD PARTY IN THIS, AND THEY COULD DECIDE THIS

SO THOSE ARE THE VERY THORNY ISSUES THAT ARE REAL AND COULD CONCEIVABLY AFFECT FUTURE PRESIDENTS IF JOHN BOLTON OR MIKE POMPEO WERE COMPELLED TO TESTIFY HOWEVER, IN THE INTERVIEW SETTING WHERE YOU SEE MICK MULVANEY HAS GIVEN AN INTERVIEW, PERHAPS JOHN BOLTON WILL SOMEDAY GIVE AN INTERVIEW, AND DOES THAT GET TO THE SAME ISSUE WHERE THEY COULD TELL THEIR STORY OR THEIR ACCOUNT, THAT WOULDN'T BE UNDER OATH OF COURSE, AND IT MIGHT NOT BE AS PROBING AS YOU WOULD HAVE IN A COURTROOM SETTING EVEN IN THE SENATE WHERE THEY'RE REALLY TRYING TO GET AT CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT, WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT KNOW? WHAT WAS HIS INTENT? THOSE THINGS THAT WE CAN'T SEE FROM THE OUTSIDE THAT'S WHERE THE DEBATE IS, AND SOMEONE LIKE JOHN BOLTON WHO IS QUOTED BY SO MANY OTHER WITNESSES FOR HAVING SAID USING THE DRUG DEAL ANALOGY THAT HE WAS UPSET ABOUT THAT OR TELLING EMPLOYEES TO GO TO THE LEGAL COUNSEL, THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, THAT'S WHY THERE'S SO MUCH INTEREST IN IT THE DEFENSE IS SAYING WE WILL WAIT TO DECIDE ON WITNESSES WHEN WE GET TO THAT CRITICAL POINT >> KELLY O'DONNELL, AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THANK YOU SO MUCH

>>> TO TALK US THROUGH THE LEGALITIES OF TODAY'S TRIAL PROCEEDINGS, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AND NBC LEGAL ANALYST GLEN KIR ISSUE NER AND DANNY CEVALLOS IS HERE WITH ME GLEN, I'M GOING TO START WITH YOU WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF THE OPENINGS TODAY? EFFECTIVE? >> EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE I THINK YOU COULD TAKE ADAM SCHIFF'S TWO TO TWO AND A HALF HOUR STATEMENT THAT STARTED THIS MORNING AND RAN INTO THE AFTERNOON PRINTED IN A BOOK, AND IT COULD BE USED BOTH AS A HISTORY LESSON IT COULD CERTAINLY BE USED IN LAW SCHOOLS TO TEACH ADVOCACY

I THINK HAKEEM JEFFRIES, THE SAME HOLDS TRUE BOTH IN SUBSTANCE AND IN TONE AND IN PRESENTATION AS LONG AS THOSE STATEMENTS WERE, THOSE MEN TOGETHER WITH REPRESENTATIVE LOFGREN AND THE OTHERS, THEY REALLY HELD, I THINK, THE AUDIENCE'S INTEREST IN TELLING A COMPELLING STORY OF CRIME AND ABUSE AND CORRUPTION ALL BUILT AROUND REALLY THREE CENTRAL VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN PRETTY RAPID SUCCESSION YOU KNOW, HE WITHHOLDS UKRAINIAN DEFENSE FUNDS THAT WERE APPROPRIATED BY CONGRESS AND NOW THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE OFFICE HAS SAID THAT CONDUCT BY DONALD TRUMP VIOLATED THE LAW HE THEN USED THAT VIOLATION OF THE LAW TO SOLICIT A BRIBE FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, WHICH IS NOT ONLY A VIOLATION OF THE LAW, BUT IT'S A CRIME, AND THEN THOSE TWO THINGS IN COMBINATION REALLY REPRESENT THE COMMISSION OF YET ANOTHER CRIME, WHICH IS SEEKING FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS I'LL TELL YOU, AT ITS CORE, ALISON, THERE IS SO MUCH EVIDENCE, OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE, INCONTRA VERITABLE EVIDENCE THAT THE PRESIDENT ABUSED HIS AUTHORITY THAT HE COMMITTED THESE CRIMES, THAT HE THEN TRIED TO COVER THEM UP BY OBSTRUCTING THE CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY INTO THESE CRIMES THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND AS A FORMER CAREER PROSECUTOR HOW ANY SORT OF FAIR, HONEST PATRIOTIC LAW-ABIDING DEMOCRACY-LOVING SENATOR CAN TURN A BLIND EYE TO ALL OF THIS IT CAN'T JUST BE THAT POLITICS WILL RULE THE DAY

>> DANNY, ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS, JAY SEKULOW SPOKE JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO HE ALSO SPOKE EARLIER TONIGHT HERE'S WHAT HE SAID WHEN A REPORTER ASKED HIM IF HE WANTED TO CALL JOE BIDEN AS A WITNESS >> WELL WE'RE NOT MAKING ANY DETERMINATION ON WHAT WITNESSES WE MIGHT CALL BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW YET THEIR CASE WE'RE STILL HEARING IT

WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WE DON'T EVEN KNOW IF THERE WILL BE WITNESSES WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY THAT AS IT GOES >> THE BIG QUESTION IS WILL WE HAVE WITNESSES AT ALL WHO MIGHT THEY BE

DO YOU THINK THERE'S ANY CHANCE WE'D SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, A BIDEN, AND DO YOU THINK THERE'S ANY CHANCE WE'LL EVEN HAVE WITNESSES AT ALL HERE >> THAT'S A PRETTY DEFENSE ATTORNEY RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION WHEN YOU'RE LISTENING TO THE PROSECUTION'S CASE IN CHIEF, YOUR JOB IS TO TAKE ANY ONE OF THOSE SPINNING PLATES AND KNOCK IT DOWN YOU WANT TO DEFEAT ANY ELEMENT OF THEIR CASE, AND HERE THERE ARE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, AND THE DEFENSE DOESN'T HAVE ANY BURDEN WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE BURDEN IS THAT THE PROSECUTORS HAVE IN AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT THEY DO HAVE THE BURDEN TO MAKE THEIR CASE, WHATEVER THAT MEANS TO INDIVIDUAL SENATORS

AND AS WE SAW TODAY WITH THEIR PRESENTATION, THEY REALLY PUT A LOT OF COMPELLING FACTS TOGETHER SO THE DEFENSE HAS ITS WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY, YOU REALLY HAVE TWO PATHS TO GO DOWN WHEN YOU'RE DEFENDING A CASE SOMETIMES WHEN THE CASE IS REALLY BAD AND THE FACTS ARE AGAINST YOU, YOU REALLY ONLY HAVE ONE OPTION, BUT OFTEN AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY YOU COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATE THEORY OF THE CASE IN THAT SENSE YOU DO DEVELOP YOUR OWN BURDEN TO PROVE THAT ALTERNATE THEORY IT'S YOUR OWN PERSONAL BURDEN TO TELL THE JURY, NO, NO, THIS IS HOW IT REALLY HAPPENED, AND WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU

OR YOU DO NOTHING AND SIMPLY POKE HOLES AT THE PROSECUTION'S CASE AND ESSENTIALLY SAY THEY'RE LYING, AND THAT'S ABOUT ALL YOU CAN DO IN THIS SITUATION THE DEFENSE'S MAIN THRUST APPEARS TO BE AT THE OUTSET TO TAKE EVERYTHING THE PROSECUTORS ARE SAYING, THE HOUSE MANAGERS AND SAYING YEAH, SO WHAT? THAT'S NOTHING THE PRESIDENT'S ALLOWED TO DO THAT ALL THAT STUFF IS TOTALLY OKAY IT'S A BIT OF A GAMBIT BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO APPEAR TO HAVE AN ALTERNATE THEORY

IF THEY DON'T HAVE AN ALTERNATE THEORY, I DON'T SEE HOW THEY HAVE A PLAN TO CALL ANY WITNESSES AT ALL BUT JAY SEKULOW IS SMART IN SAYING WE'RE NOT GOING TO TELL YOU NOW WE'RE NOT GOING TO REVEAL OUR HAND >> IF THAT'S THE CASE, IF THEY ARE GOING WITH THAT POKE HOLES, IT'S PERHAPS BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE ELSE TO GO >> AND OFTEN WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THE BURDEN — IF YOU'RE THE DEFENSE, IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE BURDEN, YOU DON'T WANT TO TAKE ON ANYTHING THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO TAKE ON

IF AT THE END OF THE CASE YOU CAN STAND UP AND SAY THE PROSECUTION HAD THE BURDEN, MY CLIENT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT I CAUTION YOU, MITCH McCONNELL MADE SOME REFERENCE TO THIS, I THINK IT WAS YESTERDAY OR MAYBE THE DAY BEFORE, BUT THERE IS NO PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE SO TO SPEAK IN THE SENATE THAT'S A JUDICIAL CREATION SO WHEN I SPEAK OF BURDEN, REALLY THEIR ONLY PHILOSOPHICAL HERE IN THE SENATE BECAUSE THEY DON'T REALLY EXIST THERE'S NO REAL GUIDANCE FOR THAT, BUT EACH SENATOR HAS TO DECIDE ON THEIR OWN WHAT THEIR OWN PERSONAL STANDARD OF PROOF IS, THEIR OWN — WHO HAS THE BURDEN IN THEIR OWN MIND

IT'S A UNIQUE PERSONAL INDIVIDUAL DECISION AND SO TO THAT END, THE DEFENSE IN THIS CASE, IF THEY GO TO THE POKE THE HOLES THEORY ROUTE, THEY PROBABLY SHOULDN'T CALL ANYONE AND AT THE END, THEY SHOULD JUST STAND UP AND SAY, HEY, THEY HAVEN'T PROVEN ANYTHING >> LETS STICK WITH THE HOUSE MANAGERS IF YOU WILL, THE DEMOCRATS HAMMERING INTENT THEY'RE TRYING TO SHOW THE PRESIDENT'S ONLY INTENTION WAS PERSONAL GAIN

I'D LIKE TO PLAY WHAT REPRESENTATIVE HAKEEM JEFFRIES SAID ON THE FLOOR TODAY >> WHY WAS RUDY GIULIANI'S NAME MENTIONED MULTIPLE TIMES DURING THE JULY 25th PHONE CALL? GIULIANI IS NOT THE SECRETARY OF STATE HE'S NOT AN AMBASSADOR HE'S NOT A MEMBER OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORE RUDOLPH GIULIANI IS A COLD-BLOODED POLITICAL OPERATIVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN, AND IT IS EVIDENCE OF CORRUPT INTENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

>> ALL RIGHT HOW IMPORTANT IS INTENT HERE, AND HOW EFFECTIVELY DO YOU THINK REPRESENTATIVE JEFFRIES MADE HIS ARGUMENT? >> YOU KNOW, I THINK HE WAS A COMPELLING ORAL ADVOCATE, AND YOU KNOW, GIULIANI IS PLAINLY ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S HENCHMEN TO TRY TO EXECUTE THIS DIRTY UKRAINIAN DEAL BY WHICH THEY HOPED TO SORT OF WRONGFULLY DIRTY UP JOE BIDEN, AND I THINK WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESIDENT'S INTENT OR I GUESS THE ALTERNATE EXPLANATION THAT HE TRIES TO GIVE THAT, YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT'S JUST A CORRUPTION FIGHTER AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO DO, THAT REALLY COULDN'T BE MORE TRANSPARENTLY FALSE AND INCREDIBLE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT IF THE PRESIDENT WAS REALLY INTENT ON FIGHTING THE CORRUPTION PRESENTED BY JOE BIDEN, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IT FROM THE TIME HE TOOK OFFICE HE WOULDN'T HAVE WAITED UNTIL JOE BIDEN THROWS HIS HAT INTO THE RING, BECOMES THE FRONT RUNNER AS THE POTENTIAL OPPONENT IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE, AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN WE'VE GOT TO GET AFTER THIS JOE BIDEN CORRUPTION THING IT REALLY KIND OF FALLS UNDER THE WEIGHT OF ITS OWN FRIVOLITY PLUS, IF YOU'RE GOING TO INVESTIGATE CORRUPTION, YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT WITH US

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES YOU'RE NOT GOING TO START SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD FOR OTHER WORLD LEADERS TO START LOOKING INTO CORRUPTION I JUST DON'T THINK ANY OF THE ARGUMENTS OFFERED BY THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE TEAM HOLD WATER >> GLEN, DANNY, THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH I TRUST WE'LL BE SEEING YOU AGAIN VERY SOON

>> THANKS, ALISON >> THANKS >>> ANOTHER MARATHON DAY IN THE SENATE, THIS ONE A LITTLE BIT SHORTER THAN YESTERDAY JOINING ME NOW TO BREAK IT ALL DOWN, FORMER HOUSE JUDICIARY COUNSEL DURING THE NIXON IMPEACHMENT, MICHAEL CONWAY THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE

THERE'S BEEN TALK OF A POTENTIAL JOHN BOLTON, HUNTER BIDEN WITNESS TRADE DEAL CHUCK SCHUMER SAYING TODAY THAT IS OFF THE TABLE WHERE DO YOU THINK THE DEBATE OVER WITNESSES GOES NOW? >> I THINK THE DEBATE OVER WITNESSES IS GOING TO GO FOLLOWING A PRESENTATION BY THE MANAGERS AND THE WHITE HOUSE YOU KNOW WHAT DANNY JUST SAID, I THINK WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHAT ADAM SCHIFF SAID DANNY SAID THE DEFENSE COULD BE THERE'S NOTHING THERE DOESN'T ARISE TO AN IMPEACHABLE DEFENSE

ADAM SCHIFF MADE A POWERFUL ARGUMENT QUOTING MICK MULVANEY SAYING ARE WE JUST SUPPOSED TO GET USED TO IT? ARE WE JUST SUPPOSED TO BE READY FOR PRESIDENTS TO ACT THIS WAY? IS THAT WHAT WE NOW EXPECT? I THOUGHT THOSE RHETORICAL QUESTIONS WERE VERY DAMNING THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS SIMPLY SAY THERE'S NOTHING HERE, THEY'RE GOING TO RUN UP TO WHAT SCHIFF SAID, I THINK IT'S A VERY POWERFUL RESPONSE TO THAT ARGUMENT JAY SEKULOW WAS BEING VERY COY ABOUT WHETHER THERE'S GOING TO BE A MOTION TO DISMISS I THINK THE ODDS ARE VERY HIGH AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE PRESENTS THIS CASE, AFTER THE SENATORS HAVE THEIR WRITTEN QUESTIONS, THERE'S GOING TO BE A MOTION TO DISMISS THE CASE, AND IT'S GOING TO PUT VULNERABLE REPUBLICANS, REPUBLICANS IN COMPETITIVE RE-ELECTION RACES IN A VERY DIFFICULT SPOT THEY VOTED YESTERDAY NO WITNESSES

ARE THEY GOING TO CHANGE THEIR MIEPD, AND IF THEY CHANGE THEIR MIND, IT'S GOING TO LOOK AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE MANAGERS MADE A PERSUASIVE CASE TO MAKE THEM CHANGE MARE MIND >> THE SENATORS WILL BE LOOKING AT ANY NEW POLLS TO SEE IF THIS TRIAL IS MOVING PUBLIC OPINION DEPENDING ON WHAT THOSE POLLS SAY, DO YOU THINK THEY COULD ACTUALLY SWAY THE SENATORS' VOTES? >> I THINK THEY CAN SWAY THIS MUCH THE POLLS NOW SHOW THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, INCLUDING REPUBLICANS REALLY WANT TO HEAR WITNESSES I THINK IT WILL VERY MUCH PERSUADE THEM ON THAT GROUND

AND THEN ONCE THE WITNESSES ARE HEARD, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE WHAT EFFECT THAT HAS JOHN BOLTON IS THIS MYSTERY WITNESS, AND MAYBE HE'LL COME IN THE PRESIDENT KIND OF TELLINGLY SAID HE DIDN'T LEAVE ON THE BEST OF TERMS, AND THE PRESIDENT WAS KIND OF HALF APOLOGETIC THAT IT WAS HIS FAULT, WHICH WAS EXTREMELY UNUSUAL FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ACKNOWLEDGE ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT MAYBE JOHN BOLTON WON'T BLAME THE PRESIDENT MAYBE HE'S OUT TO BRING RUDY GIULIANI OR SONDLAND OR THE THREE AMIGOS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE WHAT THE WITNESSES SAY

I THINK THE PUBLIC OPINION POLLS ARE GOING TO BE A POWERFUL FORCE ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO ALLOW WITNESSES >> MICHAEL CONWAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON >> VERY GOOD, THANK YOU >>> TODAY'S OPENING ARGUMENTS GAVE US A GLIMPSE OF THE STRATEGY DEMOCRATS WILL USE TO MAKE THEIR CASE FOR THE PRESIDENT'S REMOVAL

MICHAEL STAR HOPKINS A REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST, GREAT TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE WE GOT YOU GUYS ON HERE TONIGHT HOW ABOUT THAT? I ALWAYS APPRECIATE IT, EVEN IF WE HAVE A LITTLE TROUBLE GETTING TO YOU BECAUSE THINGS RUN LONG DID WE LEARN ANYTHING NEW ABOUT HOW THE DEMOCRATS ARE APPROACHING THIS TRIAL? SOMEWHERE WE LEARNED THERE'S GOING TO BE METHODICAL ABOUT LAYING OUT A TIME FRAME THEY'RE GOING TO LAY OUT EACH OF THE FACTS SO THEY CAN RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY WE'RE NOT GETTING ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

IT SEEMS LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PROVIDING COVER FOR THE PRESIDENT DON'T CARE ABOUT THAT IT'S ABOUT THE NEXUS OF POWER AND ACCESS TO POWER IT'S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THAT WORKS >> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT A PARTICULAR ISSUE AND JOSEPH I WANT TO GET YOUR OPINION ON THIS THIS TRADING WITNESSES CONCEPT, BOLTON, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR A HUNTER BIDEN

SCHUMER SAYING THAT'S OFF THE TABLE IS THAT A SMART STRATEGY? >> I THINK IN THEORY IT'S A BAD IDEA WE SHOULDN'T BE REWARDING REPUBLICANS FOR — WE DO NEED ACCESS TO THOSE WITNESSES I THINK THERE IS GOING TO BE TO HAVE TO BE SOME KIND OF TRADEOFF UNLESS THE POLITICAL PRESSURE GETS TOO MUCH FROM AMERICANS I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE THE DRIVING FORCE IN THIS

>> WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS? DID THE DEMOCRATS HAND THE REPUBLICANS AN ARGUMENT THEY CAN USE LATER? >> I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE DOING YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO HAVE A MORE CAPTIVE AUDIENCE THAN YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW, AND DEMOCRATS ARE NOT SPEAKING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY'RE SPEAKING TO A — TO INDIVIDUALS WHO AGREED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED THREE YEARS AGO WHEN I HEAR, YOU KNOW, CONGRESSMAN HAKEEM JEFFRIES, I HEAR THEM SPEAKING TO THE HISTORY BOOKS I HEAR THEM TRYING TO PRESERVE THEIR PLACE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY MOUNTAIN

IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW DO WE GET AMERICANS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE CASE WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO LAY OUT NOW IS SOMETHING THEY SHOULD TAKE SERIOUSLY, THE ARGUMENTS THEY ARE MAKING ARE ONES THAT ARE TRIED AND TRUE AND HAVE FAILED >> PART OF THE REASON THEY'RE TRIED AND TRUE IS REPUBLICANS HAVE LIMITED ANY ACCESS WHAT WE KEEP SAYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE WHY KEEP HIDING THINGS THE PRESIDENT KEEPS SAYING HE WANTS BOLTON TO TESTIFY, MAYBE SHE'LL SHOW UP IF HE WANTED TO SHOW P UP, HE WOULD SHOW UP

IF HE WANTED BOLTON TO TESTIFY HE'D WAIVE PRIVILEGE THOSE ARE EASY THINGS TO DO >> MICHAEL AND I HAVE BEEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE CLOCK >> YOU'RE HAVING ALL THE GOOD CONVERSATIONS OFF AIR, GUYS >> I FEEL LIKE IT'S GROUND HOG DAY

IT'S THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AT SOME POINT, YOU SAY LOOK, IF YOU WANTED WITNESSES YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THE COURTS DEMOCRATS HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE COURTS THAT IS THEIR RIGHT TO DO SO THAT IS A STRATEGY THEY HAVE EM EMPLOYED

THEN THEY DON'T GET TO SAY WE WANT THESE WITNESSES BECAUSE AGAIN, IN A DEMOCRACY AND AMERICAN REPUBLIC WHEN YOU HAVE TWO BRANCHES THAT DISAGREE THE THIRD BRANCH DECIDE REALLY KIND OF AN APPEAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GLOSS OVER THE FACT THEY HAVE PLACED THEMSELVES IN THIS POSITION ON PURPOSE >> LET ME ASK YOU THIS, DEMOCRATS TODAY, HOW DO YOU THINK THEY DID? YESTERDAY THEY WERE GETTING A WHOLE ROUND OF APPLAUSE, PEOPLE THINKING THEY DID A GREAT JOB ADAM SCHIFF WAS STRONG A LOT OF DEMOCRATS SAID YESTERDAY, DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT TODAY? DID THEY CARRY IT OVER? >> I THINK THEY LAID OUT THE CASE

I THINK THEY LAID OUT THE THEORY FROM THE CASE ONCE AGAIN, I THINK THE PROBLEM IS GOING TO BE IT'S PRETTY BAKED IN AT THIS POINT IF YOU BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT OR IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT, IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE COVER FOR THE PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE EVERY REASON TO IGNORE EVERYTHING ELSE >> DO YOU THINK THEY MISSED ANY OPPORTUNITIES THINKING YOU'RE SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS? >> I THINK THEY SHOULD SHOW MORE VIDEOS I THINK THEY SHOULD DO MORE IMAGES

>> PEOPLE SAID THAT WAS AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY >> IT WORKED REALLY WELL, ESPECIALLY IN THESE DAYS BECAUSE CLIPS ARE SO SHORT PEOPLE ARE SO ATTUNED TO WATCHING VIDEOS IT WORKS WELL AND IT'S EASILY DIGESTIBLE >> IS IT SOMETHING YOU COULD SAY ON THE FLIP SIDE THAT THEY COULD EMPLOY A SIMILAR STRATEGY OR DOES THAT NOT WORK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THINGS HERE? >> I THINK I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU THIS THING IS KIND OF FULLY BAKED

REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO RUN THEIR OWN VIDEOS OR MAYBE THEY WON'T THEY'RE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PUT ON CASE THEY COULD SHOW UP AND SAY DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN SAYING THE SAME THINGS THEY'VE BEEN SAYING THIS ENTIRE TIME, AND NOW WE'RE AT A SITUATION WHERE, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE BEGGING FOR AN OPEN BOOK FINAL BECAUSE THEY HAVE BOMBED THEIR MUELLER MIDTERM PAPER AND FAILED THEIR GROUP PROJECT IN THE HOUSE THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW >> I THINK DEMOCRATS SHOULD SWITCH UP A LITTLE BIT

AND I THINK THEY NEED TO FOCUS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT'S WHO'S GOING TO CHANGE THIS THIS IS GOING TO BE ABOUT POLL NUMBERS FOR SUSAN COLLINS, FOR TILLIS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO BE PAYING ATTENTION THEY NEED TO BE OUTSIDE THE SENATE PROTESTING AND BEING VIGILANT AND VERY ACTIVE >> I'VE GOT TO LET IT GO

MICHAEL JOSEPH THANKS SO MUCH >>> BREAKING N

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