House Judiciary Holds Impeachment Hearing as GOP Lies About Ukraine: A Closer Look


-The House held its latest
impeachment hearing today as President Trump’s
allies doubled down on a ludicrous
conspiracy theory about Ukraine. For more on this, it’s time
for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] This morning,
the House Judiciary Committee held its second hearing, laying out the impeachment
evidence against Trump. Now, as we’ve established, Republicans have
no counter argument on the actual merits
of the case. For example,
they’re so desperate that this morning
on Fox News, Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy argued
that you shouldn’t be allowed to impeach a president
in their first term. -In modern history
we’ve never gone after impeaching a president
in the first term. -Is that really your argument? We shouldn’t impeach him
because it’s his first term? Everyone knows the founders said
you can commit unlimited crimes until your second term. Republicans can’t contest
any of the facts, so instead,
during the hearing today, they tried to stall by staging
as many dumb interruptions as possible and forcing Chairman
Jerry Nadler to gavel them down. -The House committee
on the Judiciary will come to order. Without objection the chair
is authorized to declare recesses
of the committee — -I object. -Objection noted. [ Gavel bangs ]
Without objection — -Ruling on the point of order —
-You made a — You made a ruling on the point
of order, Mr. Chairman. You can’t then
not allow us to — -The gentleman
is not recognized. [ Gavel bangs ]
-It’s a rule. -The obligation,
not the consideration. You are obligated —
-Those are not in debate. Suspend.
Gentleman is not recognized. -…gets the chance
to offer rebuttal. Nobody asked for this —
[ Gavel banging ] -The gentleman will suspend.
[ Gavel banging ] -Bang it harder. -The gentleman will suspend. -Will you let him finish
his point of order? -He made his point of order. -The gentleman will suspend
and not make a speech. -Man, that gavel
is getting a workout. When this is over,
Jerry Nadler is going to have one giant hulk arm. Republicans had to engage
in these dumb stunts because they have nothing else. For example, they also demanded that House
Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who conducted
the first round of hearings, testify during today’s hearing, and to really hammer the point
home, they brought in a poster that said, where is Adam,
and another poster with Schiff’s face on the side
of a milk carton. Why? Why do these look like
middle school art projects? I mean, can’t the Republicans hire someone
who is good at graphic design? This looks like something
a crazy guy would wear on a sandwich board
in Times Square. This of course follows
the GOP’s proud tradition of bringing very stupid posters
to official House proceedings, like the time they made a poster
that said, “Liar, liar pants on fire”
for Michael Cohen’s testimony, or the time they brought
in a poster accusing Democrats
of acting like Soviets during
the first impeachment vote. At this point, Republicans are the only thing keeping
the D.C. Kinko’s in business. If you walk into Kinko’s now,
their price list includes black and white copies, color copies,
dumb Republican posters. Now, the main point
of the hearing today was to let lawyers for Democrats
and Republicans lay out their cases, and the
Republican lawyer was a guy you might remember
from the first round of impeachment hearings,
Steve Castor. In those hearings, Castor often
struggled to question witnesses. At one point during the first
round of hearings, his line of questioning
was so bad it flustered the witness
and left him speechless. -In fairness, this irregular
channel of diplomacy, it’s not as outlandish
as it could be, is that correct? -It’s not as outlandish
as it could be. It is a little unusual for
the U.S. Ambassador to the EU to play a role
in Ukraine policy. -Okay. And, you know,
might be irregular but it is
certainly not outlandish. [ Laughter ] And then Secretary Perry — -I mean, that’s probably
the same series of faces
the Kinko’s employee made when Republicans asked him
to print those dumb posters. “Can you put this man’s face
on a milk carton? It’s for Congress.” [ Laughter and applause ] So that — that’s the guy. That’s the guy Republicans had
making their arguments today. Now, let’s compare
the Democrats’ lawyer, who presented a lengthy body
of evidence, witness testimony, and video evidence to Castor.
the Republicans’ lawyer. -President Trump’s persistent
and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country
to help him cheat to win an election is a clear
and present danger to our free and fair elections
and to our national security. -To impeach a president
who 63 million people voted for over eight lines
in a call transcript is baloney. -It’s, uh, baloney. Really loses the drama when the word you’re
ramping up to is baloney. You ever hear a detective
in a mystery novel saying, “I’ve deduced that the suspect’s
alibi is, uh, baloney.” Castor’s demeanor throughout
this whole thing was that of a guy who knew
he was fighting a losing battle. In fact, instead of keeping his
documents in a brief case or cardboard boxes
like most lawyers, he showed up
to the hearing this morning with his papers
in a grocery store tote bag. Look at that. It’s like he forgot about the
hearing until the last minute and had to find whatever
was lying around his house. I bet there was only one piece
of paper at the top of that bag and the rest of it
was just organic produce. And the fact that he kept all
of his papers in a grocery bag might explain why he didn’t seem to know very much
about what was in them. The Republicans wrote
their own report rebutting
the impeachment inquiry. But when Castor was questioned
by the Democratic counsel about a key element
of that report, he didn’t seem to know
anything about it. -Quote, “I thought
that the references to specific individuals and investigations such
as former Vice President Biden and his son struck me
as political in nature. Given that former Vice President is a political opponent
of the President.” So you left that out of your
staff report, too, didn’t you? -Well, you know,
Miss Williams — -Sir, did you leave that out
of your report? Yes or no? -I — if you’re telling me
I did — I don’t know as I sit here
right now that’s in the report. -I’m telling you you did.
-Okay. [ Laughter ] -I have my report in my bag. Just let me — [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] [ Laughter ] “You guys, I think
I brought my groceries.” What we saw yet again today is
that the Republican Party and Donald Trump is fundamentally
untethered from reality, and my favorite recent example
of this came on Friday when Trump was
at the White House talking about repealing
environmental regulations, and he said this truly
bat[bleep] about toilets. -We have a situation where
we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers
and other elements of bathrooms where you turn the faucet
on and areas where there is tremendous
amounts of water where the water
rushes out to sea because you could never handle
it and you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet.
You don’t get any water. They take a shower and water
comes dripping out, just dripping out,
very quietly dripping out. People are flushing toilets
10 times, 15 times
as opposed to once. -Hey, man. Just because you have
to flush 10 or 15 times doesn’t mean everyone does. I mean, look at your diet. Standard toilets were not built
to withstand this. I bet the White House toilets
are like the theme park models that will suck down anything. You know, when you flush them,
they sound like an F-14 taking off. I bet at least once a day
the Secret Service knocks on the bathroom door
and says, “Mr. President,
you still in there? It’s been over an hour,”
and then he says, “Hold on. I’ll be right out.” [ Toilet flushes ] [ Applause ] “Son of a gun.
I got to flush again.” [ Toilet flushes ] My favorite part, though,
came right after that when the President said this. -People are flushing toilets
10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water, so EPA is looking at that
very strongly, at my suggestion. -Oh, was it your suggestion? I’m pretty sure we all know
where it came from. I mean, can you imagine the EPA
going through the suggestion box at the end of the week? Alright.
Bring back casual Fridays. Not a terrible idea. Oh, new coffee
for the break room. We can do that. Let’s see what we have here. Look into toilets that have
to be flushed 15 times. You turn on the faucet
and you don’t get any water. You take a shower and water
comes dripping out very quietly. Dripping out. Guys, who told the President
about the suggestion box?! [ Laughter and applause ] So, Trump won’t tell the EPA
to deal with the climate crisis that poses an existential threat
to the planet, but he will tell them
to look into toilets that supposedly have to be
flushed 15 times. But still,
you got to give it to Trump. He might not know
how toilets work. He might not care
about the climate crisis. But when he is right,
he is right. And, later at that same event,
the President said something that even
I cannot criticize because it is undeniably true. -You have many states
where they have so much water that it comes down. It’s called rain. [ Laughter ] -Can’t argue with the man. That’s airtight. Sounds like the sports guy
on the local news who had to fill in
for the weather man. And the clouds, there’s
no other way to say it. They had too much water. They’re puking water. It’s also called rain. This is how detached
from reality Trump is, and as we’ve learned
throughout this impeachment process,
it’s not just him. He’s brought the entire
Republican Party along with him. Just take Texas Senator
Ted Cruz. Now, you might remember him
as the guy who grew a beard and looks like
Santa’s deadbeat brother. Well, to defend Trump
during the impeachment inquiry, Republicans have been pushing a ludicrous
conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered
in the 2016 election, and that is what Trump
was concerned about, so Cruz, who was himself the subject
of several Trump conspiracy theories during the campaign
and even once called Trump a pathological liar,
went on TV yesterday and repeated that insane theory
to the shock of “Meet the Press” host
Chuck Todd. -Do you believe Ukraine
meddled in the American election in 2016? -I do and I think there is
considerable evidence. -You do? -Wow! You know what you just said
is crazy when the person you’re talking
to reacts like that. Like if you were at a party
and someone said they hate baby Yoda. You do? But all he does is sip soup. He doesn’t want trouble,
you monster! In that interview, Cruz pointed
to an op-ed written by a Ukrainian
ambassador in 2016 criticizing Trump but that’s not even close
to the criminal Russian hacking campaign and it’s not what
Trump was talking about in his infamous phone call
with the President of Ukraine. Trump was repeating
a deranged conspiracy theory that the Democrats had somehow
colluded with Ukraine to interfere
in the 2016 election and hide
a Democratic computer server, which does not exist,
in Ukraine. It’s a theory that’s so insane, even “Fox and Friends”
gently pushed back on it when Trump brought it up during
a rambling interview last month. -They have the server,
right, from the DNC, Democratic National Committee. -Who has the server? -The FBI went in and they told
them, “Get out of here. We’re not giving it to you.” They gave the server
to CrowdStrike or whatever it’s called, which is a company owned
by a very wealthy Ukrainian. And I still want
to see that server. You know, the FBI has never
gotten that server. That’s a big part
of this whole thing. Why did they give it
to a Ukrainian company? Why?
-Are you sure they did that? Are you sure they
gave it to Ukraine? -Well, that’s what the word is. -How do you know
what the word is? You don’t even know
how toilets work. “I heard they hid the server
by flushing it down the toilet 15 times.” Every single part of this
conspiracy theory has been debunked,
and yet Republicans have been mindlessly repeating
it to defend Donald Trump. For example, the cybersecurity
firm CrowdStrike, which did help the Democrats
investigate the Russian hacking, is not owned by
a “wealthy Ukrainian,” and the server does not exist. And when Republican Congressman
Randy Weber found that out on live TV
last week, he was shocked. -Chris, was CrowdStrike involved
in the DNC hacking? -Yes. Is CrowdStrike in part
owned by a Ukrainian? -No. -Really?
-Yes. -That is not the information —
yes really or — That’s not the information
that we have. -You have bad information. -What Trump is saying is go back
and let’s look at all the information
on the D-triple-C server. -There was no server. They operated in a cloud system. There is no server to steal. -“Well, clouds are even worse. According to my weatherman, when
the clouds get too full of water they burst. It is called rain. It is undeniably called rain.” So this theory
has been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked,
and yet Republicans keep claiming they’re gonna find
more evidence to prove it. In fact, last week
it was reported that Trump’s lawyer
Rudy Giuliani traveled to Europe
and Ukraine again, even while he’s personally
under criminal investigation for his ties to Ukraine, to try to prove his theory
that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election,
and Trump suggested this weekend that Rudy might even present
his findings to Congress. -Rudy has decided there is
no better time for a trip to Eastern Europe interviewing people
about Ukraine. More specifically,
working on a new project to discredit the Democrats’
case against the President. According to “The Times,”
Giuliani was in Budapest Tuesday meeting with an ousted
Ukrainian prosecutor, trying to dig up dirt on
the President’s political rival. -Well, I just know he came
back from someplace and he is going
to make a report I think to the attorney
general and to Congress. He says he has a lot
of good information, but I think he wants to go
before Congress and say
and also to the attorney general and to the Department
of Justice. I hear he’s found plenty.
Yeah. -Is that what you hear?
Did you hear it from Rudy? Boss, you’ll never believe it.
I found the server. The one the Democrats
sent to Ukraine. He’s here at a restaurant,
asking me to order something. Also, please, I’m begging you. I’m begging you please let Rudy
testify before Congress. That would be amazing. It would probably take
five minutes to get him to accidentally admit
to everything. The guy breaks down
under zero pressure. He’s already confessed on TV
and given us all the evidence. -Did our State Department ask
you to go on a mission for them? -They did. -You did ask Ukraine
to look into Joe Biden. -Of course I did. You know who I did it
at the request of? The State Department.
It’s all here. Right here. -Rudy already held his own trial
where he confessed and indicted himself. It’s like watching
a one-man show called “My mother’s Italian, my father’s Jewish,
and I’m in jail.” Just to recap, these guys don’t
know how impeachment works. They don’t know
how computers work. They don’t know
how toilets work. They’re pretty close on rain. All they have are delusional
conspiracy theories they’ve concocted to defend
a criminal President, and every day new evidence
of Trump’s corruption — -Comes dripping out. -This has been “A Closer Look.”

100 Replies to “House Judiciary Holds Impeachment Hearing as GOP Lies About Ukraine: A Closer Look”

  1. " Very quietly dripping out . . . " WTF is this bone spur on about now? Please people, write your reps and senators and tell them to impeach this joke. Voters it is going to be up to us to actually take out the trash from our oval office. We will have to vote this mess out because the senate has already made up their minds before the impeachment trial has even started.

  2. Do they even REALIZE they’re not putting forth a defense??? Of course, doing so now would be dicey with a guy who’s running out of friends to throw under the ?.

  3. TRUMP 2020 democrats are fighting a losing battle and have zero evidence Nadler is just as corrupt as chairman sciff and has no right to be in that chair

  4. This whole video is nothing but bs I urge everyone to watch the whole videos of everything this dumb incompetent host is talking about this is a disgrace for the American people because of the lies you Portray for political gain

  5. The DNC and supporters are a mess of delusional, infantile traitors and literally every declassified and leaked document proves it.
    Russians = Hillary!
    Bidens = Ukraine!
    Election tampering = British government; Christopher Steele!
    Seth Meyers = Compulsive lying nut job!

  6. Trump is the best thing that has happened to the us in 100 years. Any one who can't see what he has done for this country is a total idiot.

  7. My question is where is Nunes?

    Actually 62 million voted for Trump, while 65 million voted for Hillary, so the Electoral College elected Trump and not the American people/voters.

    Castor getting caught omitting important information in his report was enjoyable for me, LOL

    There goes another member of the Republican Party speaking for the American People, when most Americans don’t agree with their narrative. I myself am an Americans and believe everyone in Washington DC isn’t above the rule of law. The Ukraine Military Aid was approved and released by Congress for Ukraine’s efforts in ending corruption in their country. Which included getting corrupted Shokin fired at the demand of US, ER and Ukraine Leaders.

    Trump finally release the Ukraine Military Aid 2 days after learning Congress would investigate the Whistle-Blower complaint. So, Trump only released the funds because he got caught. The GOP keep calling for fact witnesses as Bolton, Perry, Pompeo, Mulvaney and Rudy refuse to honor their lawful subpoenas and are fact witnesses, unlike Hunter and Joe, since they weren’t on the July 25th call or have first knowledge of Rudy and his 2 associates’ actions in Ukraine.

    IG Report released on Dec 9th, states FBI’s launch of Russia Probe justified and unbiased. The report also stated Trump’s campaign wasn’t spied on.

    In the Mueller Report, the term collusion isn’t a legal term, so the Mueller didn’t assess collusion, but did assess coordination as defined by conspiracy law. Page 1 Vol 1: The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Late July 2016, Papadopoulos suggested that the Trump Campaign had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the Campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton. While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges.

    Since, Trump got away with working with Russia on his 2016 election and announcing on National TV that he would welcome help from any foreign country on his 2020 election, without maybe contacting the FBI, Trump felt empower to try his business as usual tactic to pressure Zelensky into announcing a baseless investigation against Joe Biden for personal political gain. As Sondland testified, Trump only care about the announcement and not a real investigation. Sondland donates a million dollars to Trump’s election campaign and receives ambassadorship from Trump.

    All the people who say Trump is guilty testified under oath. All the people who claim his innocence refused to testify under oath. I have heard a number of GOP saying Trump shouldn’t be able to get impeach on a partisan vote, which make no legal sense to critical thinkers, since impeachment is based on rule of law and not party. Nepotism, attacking a 16 year, stealing from a charity and abuse of power is clearly okay in Washington D.C. as long as you have an "R" by your name.

    If Trump gets away with this a precedence will be set for EVERY POLITICIANS to do this in the future, which will COMPETELY REMOVE the election out of the control of the American People/Voters.

  8. I am sure they will find a server provided by who do you think? Yes Russia becaus that is where this story of Ukraine interferring came from. Doesn't bother republicans that they are the mouth piece for Putin like Pravda?

  9. I live in Australia. My country is LITERALLY ON FIRE because of people like Trump denying climate change like its the most business savvy idea they ever had… If this world is going to survive any longer we cannot allow people like him to have a voice in any regard anymore because they are literally killing us and burning us out of our homes.

  10. Fine. just let the democrats have their woman president. Geeze. Trump's term is almost up, nothing happened, just let the whiny democrats win the next one. Who cares?

  11. Looks like the fbi needs to investigate Rudy for going to Ukraine trying to coverup something. Probably just ruse to meet with Russia.

  12. What's baloney is that almost 67 million people voted against him and he still became president. How stupid are the Republicans to use the popular vote as part of their argument since he lost it by almost 4 million people.

  13. Surprised Seth is a puppet I've heard funnier jokes on a popsicle stick. The whole show is uesd to bash the only REAL American president. President Trump. Yo! Seth I bet your wife enjoys fucking alpha male's when you are at work you are a beta

  14. Come on Seth. Quit lying to the American people. Most of what you are saying is not accurate at all. The Democrats are not following the rule of law. It’s all a joke to you. This is not funny.

  15. Why are there so many ignorant people on this site who know nothing about the law? In this country we are innocent until proven guilty. Why are people wanting it the other way???

  16. The Republicans are not arguing that Trump should not be impeached in his first term but this is the argument that he decided to take and mold into his own winning argument. He's part of a large group of people who omit large sections of information to frame the conversation. Right from the beginning, he tells you that it's a conspiracy theory so you don't have to think for yourself, they're doing all the thinking for you. The GOP has a real argument and the fact they don't show it to you directly shows that the Never-Trumpers can't dispute it directly.

  17. Now we all know that The Fake News Networks and DemoCrook Congress are lying, don't we Seth. All of the FAKE NEWS people on MSNBC, ABC CBS NBC, WoPo, NYT and C-Span support the Lying Shifty, Shumut, Poopsie, Nutlerd and the other jokers soon to be just citizens or in getmo. No return to continue the criminal TREASON and SEDITION in Congress of the DEMOCROOKS and SATANIST that are in there now. 2020 is Coming and they are AFRAID the swamp will drown them.

  18. video started out rather fair reporting then turned into another republican and trump bashing left wing hate and disinformation campaign to win next election by TOTAL discrediting and lies manipulated to ruin trump

  19. People have no problem bashing trump, it’s hilarious how they preach tolerance and immediately 180! Hypocrisy at its finest folks!

  20. I came here to educate but to no avail you people have already drank the kool aid… have fun with the poison that now courses through your veins ? TRUMP 2020.

  21. No one else suspicious that impeechment has been tried from many different angles, is this bypassing democracy or the peoples will in the name of moral superiority based on lies mhhhhhhhh – this isnt funny it just seems malicious and elitist

  22. Wow you sheep are so unbelievably blind. You watch shows like this with clips that are taken out of context and spliced together. Really sad day when information has never been more readily available and no one bothers to question it.

  23. Castor does not look like the kind of person who would eat or buy vegetables… He looks like he subsists on Fruit-Rollups and dog treats.

  24. "Sinks, and showers and other elements of bathrooms" – A Survival Guide on How-To Turn On The Faucet – By Donald J. Trump.

  25. Democrats are a bunch of manipulative trash that blames the republican party for what they do. Like the creation of the KKK, black votes counting for less, etc.

  26. He will tell them to look in to any and all regulations. Slash them all. And especially any and all things related to Obama.
    But that's not even the worst part. The worst part is that this whole impeachment charade. Is going to cost us 20 seats in the house. And the Presidency! After all that he's still going to be president for at least 4 more years, hopefully.

  27. when will the savvy media expose the fact that most if not all of his audience is a special effect this Michigan one cannot be more obvious look at the clown in the plaid shirt next to him… everything they do is staged, pathetic! Yeap they will cheat again in the next elections, get ready for fascism while the media and the Dems are tiptoeing through the tulips.

  28. The funniest thing about this was when he told the Fox and Friends folks who pushed back about where the server was, and Trump said, “Well that’s what the word is.” I couldn’t stop laughing at the guy who is the president of the United States, who can declassify anything, can use his FBI to verify anything just says “Well that’s the word”. Lol! Duuude! You’re the president. Is it that the FBI isn’t talking to you? Lol!!! Where does he get his news or his “Word” from?? Lol! It’s not the intelligence community obviously

  29. While the Republicans are batshit crazy in many of their thoughts and beliefs, to be fair to them the "cloud" is a server (technically islts usually many servers).

  30. Americans (Republicans) wakeup, this administration is against all Americans security and future!

    Yang2020.com
    NOT left
    NOT right
    just FORWARD!

    #myDATAchecks #1kForAllAmericans #YANG2beatTRUMP

    #YangSTRONG #YangSMART

  31. im so glad i decided not to go to Budapest on Tuesday, even tho i was planning to, i do not want to be in the same city as that man,,

  32. HEY LOOK AT ME!!! I JUST JOINED THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT – NOW HERE ARE MY DEMANDS: I want my own talk show, I think Seth should give me his. It's not fair that he has a talk show and I don't. I know he worked for it and I didn't, but I want it. He must give me his show. Oh, he could still host a couple days a week, but he has to share it with me! It's immoral that he has a show and doesn't give some time to me!

  33. You only defend against facts brought out during the impeachment process. Can anyone pls show me where I can find these facts to defend against. I want links to documents or transcripts of testimony, not words typed in a reply. That is all I need to make up my own mind.

  34. At this point Seth is clearly making this up because WTF!!!!!! I’m serious, this isn’t sad, depressing or . . . No it’s still treason, but it’s also just pathetic. Nothing these people do is in the realm of acceptable behavior for toddlers, let alone adults controlling our lives and reputation.

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