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  • - Impeachment.

  • It's the constitutional way

  • to swipe left on a president.

  • (audience laughing)

  • The magical wonderful road to impeachment

  • Who knows where it'll go

  • - That's probably presidential harassment.

  • - [Female Reporter] President Trump has been accused

  • of threatening to hold back military aid to the Ukraine

  • if leaders there failed to investigate

  • former vice president Joe Biden.

  • - [Male Reporter] The president pushed eight times

  • for an investigation into Joe Biden.

  • At the time of the call, the Trump administration

  • was withholding $250 million in military aid

  • to Ukraine that Congress had already approved.

  • - Yeah, this is huge.

  • Donald Trump is accused of holding back military aid,

  • approved by Congress, for Ukraine,

  • unless they helped him dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

  • Which, if true, would be devastating.

  • It's an abuse of power, it's extortion,

  • and maybe worse of all, it's asking a foreign country

  • to meddle in America's election.

  • Which is the one thing that, if you were Donald Trump,

  • you should stay away from.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Right, 'cause they had just beaten the Russia case.

  • It would be like if the day after Michael Jackson

  • got acquitted of touching kids

  • he was like,

  • "Let's celebrate, slumber party at my house."

  • (audience laughing)

  • But the one silver lining of any Trump scandal

  • is that if you just wait long enough,

  • eventually, he'll just spill the beans himself.

  • (audience laughing)

  • - The conversation I had was largely congratulatory,

  • was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place.

  • Was largely the fact that we don't want our people,

  • like, Vice President Biden and his son

  • creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.

  • There was no pressure put on them whatsoever,

  • but there was pressure put on, with respect to, Joe Biden.

  • What Joe Biden did for his son,

  • that's something they should be looking at.

  • (reporters clamoring)

  • - We all heard that, right?

  • (audience laughing)

  • Trump just said there was no pressure,

  • except for the pressure to get dirt on Biden.

  • That's the only pressure we're talking about!

  • (audience laughing)

  • (chimes ringing)

  • On Monday, the Ukraine scandal blew up.

  • On Tuesday. the Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry.

  • On Wednesday. the transcript of the call came out,

  • and today the big news

  • is that the secret whistleblower complaint

  • that kicked this whole thing off

  • has finally been released.

  • - The House Intelligence Committee has just released

  • the whistleblower complaint.

  • This is the second paragraph of that complaint

  • from the whistleblower who says,

  • "In the course of my official duties,

  • "I have received information

  • "from multiple U.S. government officials

  • "that the President of the United States is using the power

  • "of his office to solicit interference

  • "from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election."

  • - That's right.

  • The whistleblower's complaint has accused the president

  • of soliciting foreign interference in America's election,

  • which is really bad for Trump.

  • What's even worse is that this entire complaint

  • is only nine pages long

  • which means people might actually read it.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Hell, if it had a few pictures,

  • Trump himself might even read it.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Trump and his defenders are saying

  • that the whistleblower's account is fake, all right,

  • because they say that the whistleblower

  • is basing all of this on secondhand information.

  • He didn't hear the calls,

  • and he hasn't seen anything himself.

  • They also point out that the President of Ukraine himself

  • said yesterday that he never felt any pressure from Trump.

  • Although, if you actually watched

  • the Ukrainian President say it,

  • you might come up with a different impression.

  • - [Reporter] President Zelensky,

  • have you felt any pressure from President Trump

  • to investigate Joe Biden and Hunter Biden?

  • - I think you read everything,

  • so, I think you read text.

  • I'm sorry, but I don't want to be involved to democratic,

  • open elections of USA.

  • No, you hear that we had, I think, good phone call.

  • It was normal, we spoke about many things and so,

  • I think when you read it that nobody pushed me, yes.

  • - In other words, no pressure.

  • (audience laughing)

  • - Okay, okay, I don't wanna contradict the president,

  • but I don't think the translation of that was no pressure.

  • (audience laughing)

  • That man seemed like he was under intense pressure.

  • I mean, he actually said the line,

  • "I don't wanna get involved."

  • I mean, that's not a comfortable phrase you ever say

  • when you're just comfortable.

  • "How are you feeling?"

  • "I don't wanna get involved, I'm so comfortable."

  • (audience laughing)

  • You can't ask him that question in front of Trump.

  • It's like asking the hostage,

  • how he is being treated,

  • while the kidnapper is right next to him.

  • (audience laughing)

  • "Oh, how are they treating me?

  • "Oh, it's um, it's amazing.

  • "Last night, they even gave me toilet paper.

  • "I love it here."

  • (audience laughing)

  • The big news today is that the White House

  • has taken its fight with Congress to the next level,

  • officially sending word that it will not participate

  • in any aspect of the impeachment probe,

  • which is crazy.

  • Trump can't just decline to participate.

  • This is not the Vietnam War.

  • (audience laughing)

  • And this new tactic, this new tactic

  • threw everything for a loop.

  • Because, you see, today was meant to be the big day

  • when Congress would hear testimony from Gordon Sondland,

  • ambassador to the EU and Jeff Ross stunt double.

  • But, just before the C-Span cameras started rolling,

  • the White House pulled the plug.

  • - [Reporter] We're following breaking news

  • this morning and it's moving quickly.

  • The White House blocking EU ambassador

  • Gordon Sondland from testifying to Congress

  • just minutes before he was supposed to appear

  • on Capitol Hill.

  • He was set to testify behind closed doors

  • as part of an ongoing impeachment inquiry

  • into President Trump,

  • specifically about his interactions with Ukraine,

  • Democratic House Intelligence Chairman

  • calling the move to keep Sondland

  • from speaking to lawmakers, quote,

  • "Strong evidence of obstruction."

  • - At the president's behest,

  • Sondland pulled out of this impeachment hearing,

  • which is a big deal.

  • Because although many people haven't heard

  • of Gordon Sondland,

  • it appears that everything Trump wanted from Ukraine

  • went through him.

  • - [Reporter] Even before President Trump

  • spoke to the President of Ukraine,

  • Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU

  • had been pushing the Ukrainians to commit

  • to investigations Mr. Trump wanted.

  • - And the reason Congress

  • is so intent on having Sondland testify,

  • isn't just because he was at the center

  • of thia Ukraine scandal, right?

  • It's also because, he has text messages that show

  • what was going on behind the scenes.

  • - [Female Reporter] Text messages given to Congress

  • show Sondland and another diplomat

  • discussing a possible link

  • between investigations and aid to