“You guys aren’t embarrassed?” – GOP called out after Trump stonewalls congress | Don Lemon


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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin SHOCKED by Donald Trump’s Terrible Political Analysis to LASHED OUT at DEMS


>>>YOU’RE WATCHING CNN. I’M BROOKE BALDWIN. IT’S FRIDAY AFTERNOON. LET’S GET YOU CAUGHT UP TO SPEED ON THE IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND WE BEGIN WITH THE BATCH OF TEXT MESSAGES RELEASED BY THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES. SO THESE MESSAGES BETWEEN TOP DIPLOMATS SUGGEST WHAT THE PRESIDENT DENIED REGARDING HIS CALL WITH THE PRESIDENT, A QUID PRO QUO. IN FACT THE PRESSURE FOR UKRAINE TO LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP’S POLITICAL RIVAL WAS SO EXPLICIT THAT THESE TEXT MESSAGES SHOW ONE DIPLOMAT IS FORCED TO DENY IT. BUT THE PRESIDENT SAW THAT TEXT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT. AND HERE HE WAS JUST MOMENTS AGO.>>THE TEXT MESSAGE THAT I SAW FROM AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WHO’S HIGHLY RESPECTED WAS THERE’S NO QUID PRO QUO. HE SAID THAT. HE SAID, BY THE WAY, IT’S ALMOST SOUNDED LIKE IN GENERAL, BY THE WAY, THERE’S NO QUID PRO QUO. AND THERE ISN’T.>>WE WILL GET ALL INTO THESE TEXT MESSAGES BUT FIRST TO THE OTHER MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS TODAY. YOU HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES INSPECTOR GENERAL IS NOW SPEAKING TO HOUSE COMMITTEES IN A CLOSED SESSION. YOU HAVE THE FORMER DIPLOMAT CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TRUMP PRESSURING UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN, TESTIFIED THAT HE FOUND THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE VICE PRESIDENT HAD QUOTE, UNQUOTE NO CREDIBILITY AND THAT HE FOUND JOE BIDEN TO BE A MAN OF INTEGRITY. WE ARE ALSO LEARNING TODAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RAISED THIS ISSUE OF INVESTIGATING NOT ONLY JUST JOE BIDEN, BUT ALSO ELIZABETH WARREN WITH THE CHINESE PRESIDENT BACK IN JUNE AND THAT HE BOOTED THE AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE BECAUSE SHE BLOCKED EFFORTS ON UKRAINE DOING A BIDEN PROBE. ALSO, TRUMP’S SON-IN-LAW, JARED KUSHNER, IS ONE OF THE OFFICIALS FOCUSED ON THE PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHMENT STRATEGY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND FINALLY THIS, THE PRESIDENT IS DARING THE DEMOCRATS AND THE HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI ON AN IMPEACHMENT VOTE. WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS ARE DRAFTING A LETTER SAYING THEY WILL NOT PRODUCE THE DOCUMENTS UNTIL THE FULL HOUSE VOTES ON AN OPEN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AND HERE IS MORE NOW FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>THE WAY THEY’RE DOING IT, THEY’VE TAKEN AWAY OUR RIGHTS. SO IF THEY PROCEED, AND THEY’LL GET THEIR PEOPLE — THEY’RE ALL IN LINE BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH MANY OF THEM DON’T WANT TO VOTE, THEY HAVE NO CHOICE. THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THEIR LEADERSHIP. AND THEN WE’LL GET IT TO THE SENATE AND WE’RE GOING TO WIN. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN VERY UNIFIED. THIS IS THE GREATEST WITCH-HUNT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY.>>AND JUST MOMENTS AGO, CNN OBTAINED THE FULL OPENING STATEMENT OF KURT VOLKER, THE FORMER DIPLOMAT TO UKRAINE WHO NOT ONLY BACKED JOE BIDEN BUT ALSO GAVE A WARNING TO THE PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL ATTORNEY RUDY GIULIANI. FOR MUCH MORE ON THAT, WE GO TO SUNLEN SERFATY ON CAPITOL HILL. WHAT EXACTLY DID AMBASSADOR VOLKER SAY TO THIS COMMITTEE YESTERDAY?>>Reporter: BROOK, THIS IS PART OF KURT VOLKER’S NINE HOURS OF TESTIMONY IN FRONT OF LAWMAKERS YESTERDAY. BUT SIGNIFICANT STATEMENTS IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT WHICH WAS OBTAINED BY CNN. IN THAT STATEMENT HE SAYS HE WAS NOT AWARE OF ANY EFFORT TO URGE THE UKRAINIANS TO SPECIFICALLY INVESTIGATE VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN BUT HE DOES MAKE THE POINT TO DISTINGUISH THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO BIDEN WITH INVESTIGATION INTO BURISMA WHICH IS THE ENERGY COMPANY WHERE JOE BIDEN’S SON, HUNTER BIDEN, SERVED ON THE BOARD. IN THIS OPERATION STATEMENT, VOLKER SAYS OF JOE BIDEN, QUOTE, I HAVE KNOWN FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR 24 YEARS AND THE SUGGESTION THAT HE WOULD BE INFLUENCED IN HIS DUTIES AS VICE PRESIDENT BY MONEY, FOR HIS SON SIMPLY HAS NO CREDIBILITY TO ME. I KNOW HIM AS A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY. AND THE OPENING STATEMENT REALLY DOES ALSO SHOW KURT VOLKER HERE TRYING TO DEFEND HIMSELF, PORTRAYING HIMSELF AS SOMEONE WHO’S TRYING TO TAMP DOWN THE INFLUENCE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PERSONAL LAWYER RUDY GIULIANI OVER THE PRESIDENT. IN ANOTHER SECTION HE SAYS OF A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, QUOTE, 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 BY THE NEW PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD A DEEPLY ROOTED NEGATIVE VIEW OF 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. AND THAT CERTAINLY KEEPS IT IN LINE WITH WHAT WE SAW FROM THOSE TEXT MESSAGES LAST NIGHT CLEARLY THAT WERE RELEASED TO THE COMMITTEE, CLEARLY SOME CONCERN ON THE PART OF KURT VOLKER HERE ABOUT THE INFLUENCE OF RUDY GIULIANI AND THE FACT THAT HE HAD PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EAR IN ALL OF THIS. >>GETTING TO THE TEXT MESSAGES NEXT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FROM THE HILL. MORE ON THOSE DAMNING TEXT MESSAGES AND ALSO THE PEOPLE INVOLVED HERE. SO FORMER U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE UKRAINE, KURT VOLKER, HANDED THEM OVER TO CONGRESS. VOLKER RESIGNED FROM HIS POST ONE DAY AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT. IGN GORDON SONDLAND DONATED $1 MILLION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S INAUGURAL COMMITTEE. AND BILL TAILOR IS RUNNING THE EMBASSY IN UKRAINE SINCE THERE’S NO PERMANENT AMBASSADOR AT THE MOMENT. NOW WE TALK TEXTS. JESSICA SCHNEIDER IS HERE ON ALL THINGS TEXT MESSAGES. TELL US WHAT YOU FOUND. >>PAGES AND PAGES OF TEXTS TURNED OVER TO HOUSE DEMOCRATS THAT SHOW HOW THE ADMINISTRATION WAS DETERMINED TO PUSH UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON AND ALSO TO PUSH UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND RUDY GIULIANI HAVE WRONGLY SAID WAS UKRAINE’S INFLUENCE ON THE 2016 ELECTION. SO ONE OF THE FIRST TEXTS, JULY 25th, OF COURSE, WE KNOW THAT’S THE SAME DAY OF THAT NOW CONSEQUENTIAL PHONE CALL BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND UKRAINE’S NEW PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. ON THIS DAY, U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY WHO ABRUPTLY RESIGNED LAST WEEK, HE TEXTED ZELENSKY AIDE SAYING THIS, HEARD FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, ASSUMING PRESIDENT Z WILL CONVINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP, WE WILL NAIL DONE A DATE. LET’S GO TO THE NEXT TEXT. IT SHOWS HOW INVOLVED OFFICIALS WERE IN CRAFTING A STATEMENT. VOLKER WRITING TO RUDY GIULIANI, HI, MR. MAYOR, HAD A GOOD CHECK WITH ZELENSKY’S AIDE LAST NIGHT. MENTIONED Z MAKING A STATEMENT. CAN WE ALL GET ON THE PHONE TO MAKE SURE I ADVISE Z CORRECTLY AS TO WHAT HE SHOULD BE SAYING. DAYS LATER, AUGUST 30th, THE TOP AMERICAN DIPLOMAT, WILLIAM TAILOR, HE TELLS VOLKER THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS CANCELED HIS TRIP TO UKRAINE. THE VERY NEXT DAY, GORDON SONDLAND WAS TEXTED. TAYLOR SAYS ARE WE SAYING THAT SECURITY ASSISTANTS AND WHITE HOUSE MEETING ARE CONDITIONED ON INVESTIGATIONS. SONDLAND REPLIES, CALL ME, LET’S TAKE THIS OFF TEXT. THAT ASSISTANCE REFERRING TO THE NEARLY $400 MILLION IN AID THAT WAS INITIALLY WITHHELD FROM UKRAINE BY THE WHITE HOUSE AND FINALLY RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 11th. TWO DAYS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11TH, TAYLOR BRINGS UP THE POINT, I THINK IT’S CRAZY TO WITH HOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. SONDLAND TEXTS BACK LATER DEFENDING THE PRESIDENT SAYING I BELIEVE YOU WERE INCORRECT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S INTENTIONS. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CRYSTAL CLEAR, NO QUID PRO QUOS OF MY KIND. SONDLAND SUGGESTS THEY STOP TEXTING AND THEY DO. SO WHILE THIS NOTION OF QUID PRO QUO SEEMS TO BE CALLED INTO QUESTION HERE, BROOKE, THIS SERIES OF TEXTS SHOWS HOW INVOLVED THESE TOP OFFICIALS WERE IN PUSHING THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA AND IT’S ALL RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE. BROOKE?>>THANK YOU FOR GOING THROUGH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE, JES JESSICA. JAMES CLAPPER ONCE SERVED AS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. A PLEASURE AS ALWAYS, SIR. WE JUST RAN THROUGH SOME OF THOSE TEXTS. DO YOU SEE A QUID PRO QUO HERE?>>WELL, I CERTAINLY DO AND THE REASON, BROOKE, IS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DISCUSSIONS THAT WERE GOING ON, THE THREE CORNER DISCUSSIONS HERE, INDICATE CLEARLY THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO. A LOT OF DISCRETION BACK AND FORTH ABOUT DO THE UKRAINIANS MAKE A STATEMENT FIRST OR SET A DATE FOR A VISIT FIRST AND THERE’S A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH OVER THAT. AND I THOUGHT THE AMBASSADOR TO THE EU’S STATEMENT WAS SO OUT OF CONTEXT. IT’S ALMOST LIKE HE REALIZED THAT THESE TEXTS ARE ON THE RECORD AND HE NEEDED TO SAY SOMETHING AND THIS WAS AFTER THE APPARENT PHONE CALL HE HAD, HE NEEDED TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT NO QUID PRO QUO. THAT STRUCK ME AS VERY OUT OF CONTEXT. >>TO THAT POINT AGAIN, WHEN YOU HAVE THE ACTING AMBASSADOR SAYING, QUOTE, I THINK IT’S CRAZY TO WITHHOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN, THIS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A LENGTHY BACK AND FORTH AROUND MIDNIGHT, AND THEN IT TAKES SONDLAND FIVE HOURS TO RESPOND WITH HIS NO QUID PRO QUO LINE AND HE ASKS TO TAKE THE TEXTS OFFLINE. DIRECTOR CLAPPER, HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THAT?>>WELL, AS I SAID, IT’S QUITE SIGNIFICANT TO ME. AT LEAST WHAT I WAS READING INTO THAT AND I WAS STRUCK BY THE FACT AS WELL THAT TAYLOR A FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER AND THE EU REPRESENTATIVE IS A POLITICAL APPOINTEE AND A DONOR TO — >>TO TRUMP’S INAUGURAL COMMITTEE. >>EXACTLY. >>WHY TAKE IT OFFLINE? WHY WOULD ONE DO THAT?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. YOU CAN INFER, OF COURSE, THAT — SINCE THERE IS NO RECORD OF THE SUBSTANCE OF THE TELEPHONE CONVERSATION, YOU CAN INFER WHAT PERHAPS WENT ON DURING THAT CALL AND THAT’S WHY — AND THAT THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY SOME SENSITIVITY ABOUT WHAT WAS AFOOT HERE AND BEST TO DISCUSS THAT OFFLINE. >>HOW ABOUT NOW GOING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HOW HE, YOU KNOW, DAY AFTER DAY ON TV, AND ALSO OF COURSE ON TWITTER DEFENDING HIS BEHAVIOR AS, QUOTE, PERFECT. HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. HE SAYS HE HAS A RIGHT TO INVESTIGATE CORRUPTION IN ANY COUNTRY IF IT AFFECTS THE UNITED STATES. LISTEN TO THIS.>>[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>WE WOULD HAVE TO LOOK.>>DIRECTOR CLAPPER, IS IT JUST A COINCIDENCE THAT THE ONLY INVESTIGATION PRESIDENT TRUMP KNOWS ABOUT INVOLVES A POLITICAL RIVAL?>>WHAT A COINCIDENCE THAT IS. OF ALL THE CONCERN ABOUT THE CORRUPTION OF UKRAINE, AND THAT IS AN ISSUE THERE, BUT HE ONLY SIGNALS OUT ONE OR TWO PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS SON, WHO JUST HAPPENS TO BE LEADING RIGHT NOW — LEADING THE POLLS AS HIS PRIMARY OPPONENT FOR 2020. WHAT A COINCIDENCE THAT IS. AND THEN OF COURSE WHAT REALLY STRUCK ME WAS PUBLICLY, BRAZENLY INVITING CHINA TO INVESTIGATE. A GREAT RULE OF LAW PROPONENT, WHICH IS JUST INCREDIBLE TO ME. IT’S A COMMUNIST COUNTRY AND THAT HE — THAT APPARENTLY ASCRI ASCRIBE VERACITY ON ANY INVESTIGATION THAT CHINA WOULD RUN ON AMERICA. >>AND WE’RE IN A TRADE WAR AND THAT AFFECTS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US BACK AT HOME. AND WHO KNOWS HOW IT MAY ALL BE TIED TOGETHER, RIGHT?>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY. THE PRESIDENT ALSO TRIED TO BOOST THE LEGITIMACY OF HIS INTERACTIONS WITH UKRAINE THIS WAY, HERE WE WAS. >>I WAS INVESTIGATED. I WAS INVESTIGATED AND THEY THINK IT COULD HAVE BEEN BY UNITED KINGDOM. THEY THINK IT COULD BY AUSTRALIA, BY ITALY. WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO IT, I WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. >>CAN YOU JUST FACT-CHECK THAT FOR ME?>>WELL, THE INVESTIGATION HE’S REFERRING TO I GUESS IS THE COUNTER INTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION WHICH WAS LAUNCHED IN JULY OF ’16. AND AS WAS OCCASIONED BY, YOU KNOW, THE DOZENS OF — WE DIDN’T SEE ALL OF THESE, CONTACTS BETWEEN RUSSIANS AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND I KNOW MANY OF US, WE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE SUBSTANCE OF THESE DISCUSSIONS WHICH THAT’S SINCE COME OUT. BUT CONTEMPORANEOUSLY, DASHBOARD LIGHT WAS BLINKING YELLOW AT THE TIME. WHY ALL OF THESE CONTACTS WITH RUSSIA? PARTICULARLY AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF WHAT WE WERE SEEING ABOUT THE MAGNITUDE OF THE EFFORTS THAT THE RUSSIANS WERE UNDERMINING OUR SYSTEM, HELP HIM AND HURT HILLARY CLINTON. AND SO I GUESS, YOU KNOW — SINGLE MINDED TERMIDETERMINATIO DISCREDIT THE ASSESSMENT AND THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND I THINK — AND THE REASON OF COURSE IS — WHICH WE ENCOUNTERED IN JANUARY OF 2017 WAS, YOU KNOW, JUST CAN’T GET HIS HEAD AROUND THE FACT THAT THE ELECTION, AS I ASSERT IN MY BOOK, COULD WELL HAVE BEEN SWUNG TO HIM BY THE RUSSIANS. AND OF COURSE THAT CASTS DOUBT ON THE LEGITIMACY OF HIS ELECTION. >>OF COURSE AND IT’S SOMETHING HE BRINGS UP OVER AND OVER AGAIN.>>EXACTLY. >>THAT WAS RUSSIA IN 2016. JUST IN THE LAST HOUR BEFORE I CAME OUT HERE, WE ALSO HAVE NOW LEARNED THAT MICROSOFT HAS JUST REPORTED THAT HACKERS LINK TODAY TYPICAL IRANIAN GOVERNMENT TRIED TO ATTACK A 2020 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AS WELL AS CURRENT AND FORMER U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, YOU KNOW, OPENLY UNDER ATTACK. AND THE MAN IN CHARGE HERE, NOT ONLY IT SEEMS DOESN’T CARE, BUT IS OPENLY SOLICITING IT.>>WELL, THAT’S NEWS TO ME, BUT IT’S REALLY NOT SURPRISING THAT THE OTHER COUNTRIES HAVING WITNESSED WHAT THE RUSSIANS DID IN 2016 AND AGAIN IN 2018, OTHER COUNTRIES FOR DIFFERENT AGENDAS, DIFFERENT REASONS, ARE GOING TO TRY TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTION PROCESS AND THEY’LL PICK AND CHOOSE CANDIDATES THAT THEY EITHER LIKE OR DON’T LIKE OR CAUSES THEY DON’T LIKE OR DISLIKE AND WILL TRY TO AFFECT OR INFLUENCE VOTING TO INCLUDE SUPPRESSING VOTING. AND SO WE HAVE A CONTINUING PROBLEM HERE WHICH IS A FUNDAMENTAL UNDERPINNING OF OUR SYSTEM IS UNDER ATTACK, NOT JUST BY RUSSIA, BUT BY OTHERS FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. >>EXACTLY. IT WAS A PRIVILEGE, SIR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANKS FOR HAVING ME. >>>WE ARE NOW SEEING WHAT THE KEY WITNESS IN THIS SCANDAL TESTIFIED TO CONGRESS ABOUT WHAT RUDY GIULIANI AND PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD HIM TO DO. PLUS NEW DETAILS TODAY ABOUT WHO’S RUNNING POINT ON THE PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHMENT DEFENSE AND WHY THE TRUMP TEAM BELIEVES THEY DON’T NEED A WAR ROOM. AND REPUBLICANS ARE RESPONDING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MOST RECENT OUTBURST WITH MORE DEAFENING SILENCE. HOW WILL HISTORY JUDGE THEIR ACTIONS? WE’LL TALK TO ONE OF THE>>>WE’RE BACK. YOU’RE WATCHING CNN. I’M BROOKE BALDWIN. PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY BE DARING DEMOCRATS TO IMPEACH HIM BECAUSE HE’S DONE NOTHING WRONG. BUT BEHIND THE SCENES, THERE’S A COORDINATION UNDER WAY AND IT’S BEING LED BY THE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SON-IN-LAW AND ACTING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY. DANA BASH IS WITH ME IN WASHINGTON FOR MORE ON WHAT THIS STRATEGY MAY LOOK LIKE. UNTIL NOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN OPERATING SON’S PLAN. IS THIS A SIGN THAT THEY ARE TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY?>>YEAH. IF THIS TURNS OUT TO BE A MORE TRADITIONAL STRATEGY, THE THREE WORDS THAT I AM HEARING FROM REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILL WHO FEEL VERY MUCH IN THE DARK IS, BRING IT ON. LET’S GO.>>WOW. >>THEY DEFINITELY WANT THIS. IT’S NOT AS THOUGH THERE ISN’T AN OPEN PHONE LINE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERSHIP. THAT’S ALWAYS THE CASE WITH — PARTICULARLY WITH THIS PRESIDENT. HE IS NOT ONLY HIS OWN COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, HE’S HIS OWN LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, HE’S HIS OWN EVERYTHING. AND THAT’S — HE’S KIND OF A ONE-MAN SHOW WHEN IT COMES TO THESE KINDS OF RELATIONSHIPS. HAVING SAID THAT, IT’S — THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN TOLD FROM REPUBLICAN SOURCES WHO HAVE BEEN VERY FRUSTRATED IS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE, FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE, HAS NOT UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS IS DIFFERENT. IN SUBSTANCE, BUT MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, IN PROCESS, AND AN IMPORT. THIS IS IMPEACHMENT. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL THAT THEY GOT TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER. AND WHETHER OR NOT THE WHITE HOUSE SEES THAT NOW AND HOW THEY’RE GOING TO ACTUALLY ACT DIFFERENTLY, THAT IS TO BE DETERMINED. BUT THE FACT THAT THEY’RE TELEGRAPHING THAT IS DIFFERENT. >>OKAY. BRING IT ON WITH THE FOOTNOTE OF BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT. HOW ABOUT LAST NIGHT AT AMHERST COLLEGE, RUTH BADER GINSBURG WAS ASKED HER OPINION ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY AND HOW IT WILL BE SEEN DOWN THE ROAD HISTORICALLY. >>HOW DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WILL CHARACTERIZE THIS TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY?>>AS AN ABBERRATION. >>A GREAT MAN SAID THE TRUE SYMBOL OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT THE BALD EAGLE, IT IS THE PENDULUM. THE PENDULUM GOES TOO FAR TO THE RIGHT, IT’S GOING TO SWING BACK. THE SAME THING, TOO FAR TO THE LEFT. SO I’M HOPING TO SEE IT SWING BACK IN MY LIFETIME. >>WHEN RBG SPEAKS, WE LISTEN. BUT ALSO YOU, DANA, YOU HAVE BEEN IN D.C. FOREVER. AS YOUR EXPERIENCE, TOO, THE PENDULUM DOES SEEM TO BE WAY ON ONE SIDE RIGHT NOW. BUT WILL IT COME BACK, DO YOU THINK?>>YEAH, AND I THINK THAT THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT THE PENDULUM DOES SWING. IT GOES BACK AND FORTH. THAT IS THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. IT’S JUST IN MODERN TIMES, IT’S BEEN SWINGING MUCH FASTER. THINK ABOUT WHERE WE WERE IN 2008. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT AND A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS, A VETO PROOF — EXCUSE ME, A FILIBUSTER PROOF MAJORITY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND TWO YEARS LATER THAT STARTED TO SWING BACK UNTIL A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT AND IT’S STARTING TO COME BACK AGAIN. I DIDN’T USED TO HAPPEN NECESSARILY THAT QUICKLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT OVERALL CONTROL IN WASHINGTON, AND IT IS FASTER. THE WORD THAT SHE USED AT THE BEGINNING, ABERRATION, OF COURSE. THAT’S A VERY DIPLOMATIC WORD. THAT’S PROBABLY ANOTHER WORD YOU WOULD USE. AND YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND TRY TO SPELL THAT. AND EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE DIE-HARD TRUMP FANS. PEOPLE I TALKED TO TODAY WHO LIKED THE PRESIDENT AND SAID WHAT HE DID YESTERDAY ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT OKAY. THEY’RE NOT SAYING THAT PUBLICLY YET — >>CALLING ON CHINA?>>YEAH. CALLING ON CHINA TO INVESTIGATE. BUT THAT’S WHY YOU SAW THE PRESIDENT TRY TO REEL IT BACK IN HIS COMMENTS TODAY.>>I JUST — I HAVE FRANK BRUNEI IN MY HEAD AND THE LEAD LINE WAS TRUMP WILL BE WITH US FOREVER. THAT’S A WHOLE OTHER SEGMENT. DANA BASH, GOOD TO SEE YOU, MY FRIEND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANKS, BROOKE. >>AS WE GET WORD THAT THERE’S AN INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO THE HANDLING OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TAXES. ANDE >>>CNN CONTACTED THE OFFICES OF 64 REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO SEE IF ANY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CALL FOR CHINA NOW TO INVESTIGATE HIS 2020 RIVAL JOE BIDEN. AND YOU SEE ALL THE NAMES ON THE SCREEN HERE. BARELY ANY OF THEM RESPONDED. NOT ONE SAID THEY’RE WORRIED. BUT SOME OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS ARE AND THEY WANT TO KNOW WHERE IS THE LINE BEING DRAWN. HERE IS IOWA REPUBLICAN SENATOR JONI ERNST GETTING CONFRONTED ON THIS VERY ISSUE.>>ALL OF OUR ALLIES, HE’S PUSHING ASIDE, HE’S MAKING FUN OF THEM ON TWITTER — >>MA’AM — >>AND THEN WE END UP WITH, OH, WE LOVE PEOPLE FROM NORTH KOREA OR WE LOVE RUSSIA. BUT WHERE — I UNDERSTAND IT’S A NONANSWER, ANSWER, I GET IT, I KNOW WHAT — >>I CAN’T SPEAK FOR HIM. I’LL JUST SAY THAT.>>BUT YOU CAN SPEAK FOR YOURSELF. >>AND I DO. I HAVE SAID THIS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. NORTH KOREA NOT OUR FRIEND. RUSSIA NOT OUR FRIEND. I HAVE MADE THAT VERY, VERY CLEAR AND THE PRESIDENT KNOWS WHERE I STAND ON THOSE ISSUES.>>WHAT ABOUT WHISTLE-BLOWERS?>>AND I’VE SAID THAT TOO. WHISTLE-BLOWERS SHOULD BE PROTECTED. I STAND WITH CHUCK GRASSLEY ON THIS. WE HAVE LAWS IN PLACE. LAWS NEED TO BE ENFORCED.>>RIGHT. SO THIS IS WHAT’S HAPPENING AS THESE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON RECESS. IN A LETTER TO HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS, JOE WALSH IS IMPLORING REPUBLICANS TO PUT COUNTRY OVER PARTY AND JOE WALSH IS WITH ME NOW. WELCOME. GOOD TO HAVE YOU ON. >>GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, BROOKE. >>YOUR FELLOW REPUBLICANS, WHY SO SILENT?>>I’LL START HERE, SILENCE AFTER WHAT WE WITNESSED YESTERDAY, I MEAN, A PRESIDENT IN FRONT OF THE WORLD TELLING FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTION, ANY REPUBLICAN SILENT AFTER YESTERDAY, BROOKE, IT’S UNCONSCIONABLE AND IT’S UNFORGIVEABLE. HE IS WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS FEARED. NOW, WHY ARE REPUBLICANS SILENT? THEY’RE SILENT BECAUSE THEY’RE AFRAID. BROOKE, YOU AND I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE, THESE REPUBLICANS FEEL THE WAY ABOUT TRUMP THAT I DO, THEY’RE JUST SCARED TO DEATH TO SAY THAT PUBLICLY.>>I WANT TO COME BACK TO PRECISELY THAT POINT. BUT HERE IS A REPUBLICAN WHO CAME OUT IN THE WAKE OF WHAT YOU MENTIONED ABOUT TRUMP BEING LIKE CHINA, IF YOU’RE LISTENING. MITT ROMNEY TWEETED A LITTLE BIT AGO SAYING WHAT TRUMP DID YESTERDAY IS APPALLING AND WRONG, BUT FROM OTHER REPUBLICANS CRICKETS, YOU HAVE SENATOR RON JOHNSON TELLING REPORTERS, QUOTE, I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANYTHING IMPROPER ABOUT IT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITH CHINA AND THE BIDENS, BUT I THINK AN AWFUL LOT OF INVESTIGATIONS CAN OCCUR HERE IN AMERICA. TO YOUR POINT ABOUT PUTTING COUNTRY OVER PARTY, WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL NEED TO HAPPEN FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO DO THAT, TO TURN ON TRUMP?>>THEY’VE GOT TO LEAD. AND WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE MITT ROMNEYS OF THE WORLD. WHEN SENATOR ROMNEY CAME OUT TODAY AND SAID THIS HAS GOT TO BE CONDEMNED, YOU CAN’T STAND THERE AND TELL CHINA TO INTERFERE IN YOUR ELECTION. WILL HURD LAST NIGHT SAID THE SAME THING. THAT NEEDS TO BE ENCOURAGED. BROOKE, THE TOUGHEST THING IS FOR THE FIRST ONE OR TWO OR THREE OR FOUR REPUBLICANS TO STICK THEIR NECKS OUT BECAUSE THEY’RE GOING TO GET HIT. IT’S HAPPENED TO ME. ONCE YOU SAY IT. ONCE YOU SAY THAT THIS GUY HAS NO CLOTHES, THAT HE’S DISLOYAL, YOU GET POUNDED EVERY DAY. THESE FIRST FEW WHO COME OUT, BROOKE, WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE AND HOPE THAT OTHER REPUBLICANS WILL FOLLOW.>>IF YOU’RE RIGHT AND YOU’RE TALKING TO REPUBLICANS AND DEEP DOWN, THEY’RE UNDER THE ROCK SAYING WE HOPE HE’S OUT TOO BUT THEY CAN’T SAY IT OUT LOUD — >>I’M LOSING YOU, BROOKE. >>CAN YOU HEAR ME, JOE WALSH? JOE WALSH? DID YOU LOSE ME. >>BROOKE, I CAN’T HEAR YOU ANYMORE, BUT I THINK I KNOW WHERE YOU WERE GOING. POLITICIANS, BROOKE, THEY HAVE SO FEW OPPORTUNITIES TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT. TO PUT COUNTRY ABOVE PARTY. MAN, WE ARE AT ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS RIGHT NOW, BROOKE, IN THIS COUNTRY’S HISTORY WHERE WE HAVE A CLEAR AND PRESENT THREAT RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. AND EVERY REPUBLICAN KNOWS IT. AGAIN, I’LL SAY WHAT I SAID BEFORE, BROOKE, WE GOT TO ENCOURAGE THESE REPUBLICANS, THESE FIRST FEW REPUBLICANS TO COME OUT AND SENATOR RUBIO TODAY BASICALLY PUNTED AND WOULDN’T EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID WAS WRONG. THEY NEED TO BE CALLED OUT. THIS IS, AGAIN, WE HAVE SO FEW OPPORTUNITIES TO SAY THIS. EVERY REPUBLICAN RIGHT NOW HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THEIR COUNTRY ABOVE THEIR PARTY. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED EXTREME DISLOYALTY. AND IF WE — IF REPUBLICANS CAN’T CALL THIS OUT, BROOKE, THEY’LL NEVER BE FORGIVEN AND THEN THERE’S NOTHING ELSE TO CALL OUT.>>JOE WALSH, LET ME TRY THIS AGAIN, CAN YOU HEAR ME? I THINK WE HAVE GREMLINS IN THE SYSTEM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO HEAR A REPUBLICAN PERSPECTIVE. BYE.>>>MOMENTS FROM NOW, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WILL SPEAK AFTER THE TESTIMONY OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WATCHDOG TESTIFYING ON THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT, PLUS, AFTER THESE DAMNING>>>CNN HAS LEARNED ABOUT ANOTHER INSPECTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATION OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE TREASURY ACTING INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS HIS OFFICE WILL LOOK INTO HOW THE DEPARTMENT HANDLED REQUESTS FROM THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THE PRESIDENT’S TAX INFORMATION AND ALL OF THIS COMES AMID A SECOND WHISTLE-BLOWER OVER AT THE IRS. LAURA, YOU ARE THE ONE WITH THE SCOOP. TELL US WHAT YOU’RE LEARNING.>>Reporter: WE KNOW THAT HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SENT A LETTER REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF TREASURY TO LOOK INTO HOW THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO HIS APRIL REQUEST FOR THE PRESIDENT’S TAX RETURNS. WE KNOW THE OIG IS GOING TO LAUNCH A PROBE. THEY SAID IN A STATEMENT, THEY ASKED TREASURY OIG TO INQUIRE INTO THE PROCESS IN WHICH THEY RESPONDED TO THE REQUEST FOR FEDERAL TAX INFORMATION. WE ARE UNDERTAKING THAT INQUIRY. THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE ACTING INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS COMES AFTER WE HAD REPORTED EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT A WHISTLE-BLOWER HAD COME FORWARD BACK IN JULY TO HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE ALLEGING THAT THERE HAS BEEN POTENTIAL WRONGDOING RATE TODAY THE PRESIDENTIAL AUDIT PROGRAM. THAT’S THE PROGRAM IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT’S TAX RETURNS ARE AUDITED WHEN A NEW ADMINISTRATION COMES INTO OFFICE. BROOKE?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>THE KEY WITNESS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SCANDAL SAYS HE DOESN’T BELIEVE JOE BIDEN DID ANYTHING WRONG AND HIS TESTIMONY DOESN’T STOP THERE. WE HAVE PART OF THE TRANSCRIPT FOR YOU AND THE DAMNING TEXT MESSAGES LINKING AN INVESTIGATION TO PRESIDENTIAL MEETING, A FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR WILL PICK THROUGH EACH OF>>>YOU ARE WATCHING CNN ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON. I’M BROOKE BALDWIN. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH ME. THE DEVELOPMENTS ON THE IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION ARE COMING IN FAST WITH THE BIGGEST EYE OPENER FROM A BATCH OF TEXT MESSAGES RELEASED BY THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES. THESE MESSAGES SUGGEST WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DENIED REGARDING THAT PHONE CALL BACK IN JULY WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, A QUID PRO QUO. IN FACT THE PRESSURE FOR UKRAINE TO LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP’S POLITICAL RIVAL WAS SO EXPLICIT THAT THE TEXTS SHOW WHAT DIPLOMAT IS FORCED TO DENY IT. THE PRESIDENT SAW THAT TEXT IN A WHOLE DIFFERENT LIGHT AND HERE HE WAS MOMENTS AGO.>>THE TEXT MESSAGE THAT I SAW FROM AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WAS THERE’S NO QUID PRO QUO. HE SAID THAT. HE SAID, BY THE WAY, IT’S ALMOST SOUNDED LIKE IN GENERAL, BY THE WAY, THERE’S NO QUID PRO QUO. AND THERE ISN’T.>>WE WILL GET INTO THOSE TEXT MESSAGES IN JUST A SECOND. BUT TO OTHER DEVELOPMENTS JUST TODAY. THE INTEL COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL IS SPEAKING TO HOUSE COMMITTEES IN A CLOSED SESSION. THE FORMER DIPLOMAT CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TRUMP PRESSURING UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN TESTIFIED THAT HE FOUND THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT HAD QUOTE, UNQUOTE NO CREDIBILITY AND THAT HE FOUND BIDEN TO BE A MAN OF INTEGRITY. WE’RE ALSO LEARNING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RAISED THIS ISSUE OF INVESTIGATING NOT ONLY JOE BIDEN BUT ELIZABETH WARREN WITH THE CHINESE PRESIDENT BACK IN JUNE AND TRUMP REPORTEDLY BOOTED THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE BECAUSE SHE BLOCKED EFFORTS ON UKRAINE DOING A BIDEN INVESTIGATION. TRUMP’S SON-IN-LAW, JARED KUSHNER, IS ONE OF THE OFFICIALS FOCUSED ON THE PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHMENT STRATEGY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND FINALLY THE PRESIDENT IS DARING THE DEMOCRATS, DARING SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI ON THIS IMPEACHMENT VOTE. LET’S START WITH THE HOUR, LET’S FOCUS ON KURT VOLKER. HE QUIT HIS JOB AS SPECIAL ENVOY TO UKRAINE IN THE WAKE OF THE CONTROVERSY AND YESTERDAY TESTIFIED BEFORE THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES. AND SO WE NOW KNOW SOME OF WHAT HE TOLD THESE LAWMAKERS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. CNN POLITICS CONGRESSIONAL REPORTER LAUREN FOX IS ON CAPITOL HILL FOR US. VOLKER TESTIFIED THAT HE GAVE A WARNING, SPECIFICALLY TO THE PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL ATTORNEY, RUDY GIULIANI. WHAT DID HE SAY?>>WELL, WE HAVE HIS OPENING STATEMENT NOW, BROOKE, AND WHAT WE ARE LEARNING IS THAT ESSENTIALLY HE ARGUED AGAINST ANY OF THIS INFORMATION ON THE BIDENS SAYING THAT IT PROBABLY WAS NOT CREDIBILITY. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD A NEGATIVE VIEW OF UKRAINE AND THAT’S WHAT HE WAS WORKING AGAINST. IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT YESTERDAY HE SAID, QUOTE, IN THE COURSE OF THAT CONVERSATION, HE REFERENCED CONVERSATIONS WITH MAYOR GIULIANI. IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT DESPITE THE POSITIVE KNEW AND IS THE RECOMMENDATIONS BEING CONVEYED BY THIS DELEGATION ABOUT THE NEW PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD DEEPLY ROOTED NEGATIVE VIEW ON UKRAINE ROOTED IN THE PAST. HE WAS RECEIVING OTHER INFORMATION FROM OTHER SOURCES INCLUDING GIULIANI THAT WAS MORE NEGATIVE CAUSING HIM TO RETAIN THIS NEGATIVE VIEW. THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF WHAT VOLKER SAID HE WAS WORKING AGAINST WHEN IT CAME TO GIULIANI AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DIRECTLY. BROOKE?>>OF COURSE ALSO HOW HE SPOKE SO HIGHLY OF JOE BIDEN A SECOND AGO. YOU ALSO HAVE SOME NEW REPORTING ABOUT TODAY’S CLOSED DOOR TESTIMONY BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, MICHAEL ATKINSON. THIS IS THE SAME GUY WHO DEEMED THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT CREDIBLE AND OF URGENT CONCERN. WHAT HAS HE TOLD LAWMAKERS?>>Reporter: WHAT HE’S TELLING LAWMAKERS IS THAT ESSENTIALLY HE’S WALKING THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS OF HOW HE HANDLED THIS COMPLAINT AND HOW HE WENT ABOUT CORROBORATING IT. WE HAVE NOW LEARNED FROM TWO SOURCES THAT WHAT WAS TURNED OVER LAST NIGHT WERE DOCUMENTS RELATED TO HOW THE ICIG WENT ABOUT CORROBORATING THAT COMPLAINT. I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY. BUT SOURCES ARE TELLING ME THIS IS MOSTLY ABOUT PROCESS AND SO FAR THERE AREN’T THESE BIG EXPLOSIVE, YOU KNOW, MOMENTS IN THIS HEARING BUT OF COURSE IT’S STILL ONGOING. WE’LL STILL KEEP YOU POSTED, BROOKE, ON EXACTLY WHAT COMES OUT OF THIS MEETING. >>WE KNOW YOU WILL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>>LET’S GET YOU BACK TO THOSE TEXT MESSAGES NOW AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED. FORMER U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY KURT VOLKER HANDED THEM OVER TO CONGRESS. HE RESIGNED FROM HIS JOB AFTER THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT. THERE’S THIS MAN BY THE NAME OF GORDON SONDLAND. AND BEFORE THAT, HE DONATED A MILLION DOLLARS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S INAUGURAL COMMITTEE. THE THIRD NAME IS BILL TAYLOR. HE’S RUNNING THE U.S. EMBASSY IN UKRAINE SINCE THERE IS NO>>>HI THERE, I’M BROOKE BALDWIN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH ME. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS GONE WAY OUT OF HIS WAY TO DOWNPLAY THE WHITE HOUSE’S SCRIPT OF HIS CALL WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT HE REPEATEDLY URGED TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON HUNTER ON TRUMP’S BASELESS CLAIMS OF CORRUPTION. WHO NEEDS A SUMMARY WHEN YOU CAN HEAR IT RIGHT FROM THE PRESIDENT’S MOUTH. TAKE A’S LISTEN AS TRUMP REVIVES HIS UKRAINE CONSPIRACY AND, OH, ADDS CHINA TO THE LIST.>>CHINA SHOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS, BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED IN CHINA IS JUST ABOUT AS BAD AS WHAT HAPPENED WITH — WITH UKRAINE. SO I WOULD SAY THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, IF IT WERE ME, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THEY START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS. >>THAT MIGHT HAVE CLEARED THINGS UP FOR SENATOR MITT ROMNEY WHOSE INITIAL REACTION WAS THE FOLLOWING, “IF THE PRESIDENT ASKED OR PRESSURED THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINIAN TO INVEST GATE HIS RIVAL IT WOULD BE TROUBLING TO THE EXTREME CRITICAL FOR THE FACTS TO COME OUT.” LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR ANSWER NOW, SENATOR. AS FOR THE BIDENS, HERE’S YOUR DAILY REMINDER THAT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY WRONGDOING BY THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OR HIS SON IN UKRAINE. AND WITH RESPECT TO CHINA AND TRUMP’S CLAIM THE FATHER AND SON GOT MILLIONS FROM THE COUNTRY, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN RECEIVED A DIME, AND A LAWYER FOR HUNTER BIDEN PUSHED BACK ON HIS CHARACTERIZATION CALLING IT A “GROSS MISREPRESENTATION.” TEAM BIDEN SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP IS “DESPERATELY CLUTCHING FOR CONSPIRACY THEORIES THAT HAVE BEEN DEBUNK AND DISMISSED.” LAST NIGHT BEFORE THE LATEST ATTACK THE FORMER V.P. WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE BLUNT. >>I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DESTROY ME AND YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DESTROY MY FAMILY. >>CNN’S JEREMY DIAMOND IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE THIS AFTERNOON. JEREMY, SEEMS WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD TO SAY ABOUT CHINA WILL ONLY MAKE THINGS MORE — DIFFICULT — OVER THERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE?>>Reporter: VERY MUCH SO AND ALL COMES JUST BEFORE THE PRESIDENT’S TEAM IS SET TO RESTART THOSE NEGOTIATIONS WITH CHINA OVER THAT ONGOING TRADE WAR. THIS ADDS A WHOLE NEW ELEMENT TO THAT. WHAT WE SAW FROM THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING AFTER DAYS OF HIM GOING AFTER THE WHISTLE-BLOWER, SEEKING TO DISCREDIT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND THAT INDIVIDUAL’S CLAIMS, WE NOW HAVE THE PRESIDENT ESSENTIALLY CONFIRMING WHAT THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER SAID IN THE COMPLAINT CONFIRMING WHAT WAS ALREADY CLEAR FROM THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESIDENT’S CALL, WHICH IS THE PRESIDENT SAYING THAT HE DID INDEED HOPE THAT UKRAINE WOULD START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AS A RESULT OF THAT JULY KORCONVERSATION AN PLAIN AND CLEAR TO SEE IN THE COMMENTS YOU PLAYED MOMENTS AGO, BROOKE AND THE PRESIDENT ADDING TO THAT, OF COURSE, AS WELL ALSO SAYING HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHINA INVESTIGATE THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT. AGAIN, YOU MENTIONED THOSE ALLEGATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING ABOUT THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AND HIS SON AS IT RELATES TO CHINA, THERE’S NO EVIDENCE THAT THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT RECEIVED MONEY FROM CHINA AS A RESULT OF THOSE BUSINESS DEALINGS. BUT WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE, BROOKE, REALLY IS, DESPITE THE FACT THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT HAVE THE A WAR ROOM ON IMPEACHMENT, THERE IS NO CLEAR OVERARCHING MESSAGE WE’RE HEARING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WE SEE THE PRESIDENT TAKING THE MANTLE AND RUNNING THE STRATEGY HIMSELF. THAT IS SIMPLY TO SAY WHATEVER IS ON HIS MIND, SEEMS, AT THE MOMENT, AND PERHAPS TO PUT ALL OF THIS OUT IN PUBLIC AS IF TO SAY IT PUBLICLY RATHER THAN IN A SECRET TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH ANOTHER WORLD LEADER WOULD SOMEHOW NORMALIZE THE BEHAVIOR AND MAKE IT MORE ACCEPTABLE. AS YOU SAID, FOR THOSE SENATORS WONDERING WHAT THE PRESIDENT EXACTLY WAS SAYING AND WHAT HIS INTENTIONS WERE BEHIND THAT ASK TO THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, IT’S NOW OUT IN THE OPEN AND VERY CLEAR TO SEE. BROOKE?>>BRASICALLY, CHINA, IN CASE YOU’RE LISTENING IN FRONT OF ALL THE WORLD CAMERAS TO SEE. AND JIM BAKER, FORMER COUNSEL AS WELL AS NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF SECURITY AND CNN LEGAL ANALYST. JIM BAKER A PLEASURE. WHAT WE WITNESSED TODAY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE FROM THIS PRESIDENT, JUST, WAS THAT ILLEGAL?>>IT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. SO, THEREFORE, IT IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE IT’S DIRECTLY IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE PRESIDENT’S DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. HE IS NOT TAKING CARE THAT THE LAWS OF FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND NOT LIVING UP TO HIS OATH OF OFFICE. THIS WAS A DRAMATIC DAY FOR AMERICA. IN MY OPINION, A VERY SAD DAY, TOO. I THINK IT’S A SAD DAY, AND ONE THAT ALL AMERICANS SHOULD BE TROUBLED ABOUT. THE PRESIDENT, IF HE ACTUALLY THINKS THAT JOE BIDEN OR ANY MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY BROKE A U.S. LAW, RIGHT? THAT’S THE PRESIDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENFORCE U.S. LAW, REFER THE MATTER TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TELL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO ASK THE FBI WHERE I USED TO WORK TO INVESTIGATE. THAT’S THE WAY THIS IS SDDONE. YOU DON’T INVITE A FOREIGN POWER ESPECIALLY AN ENTITY LIKE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO START INVESTIGATING AMERICANS LET ALONE AMERICANS WHO ARE POTENTIAL POLITICAL OPPONENTS. THE THING HERE THAT TROUBLES ME THE MOST IS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS ABUSING HIS POWER IN ORDER TO STAY IN POWER. THAT IS THE — THE — GO AHEAD. I’M SORRY. >>NO. HE’S DOING IT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. DOES HE THINK BY SAYING IT PUBLICLY. >>BROAD DAYLIGHT. >>– DOES THAT SOMEHOW MAKE IT OKAY?>>NO, IT DOESN’T MAKE IT OKAY. I DON’T WANT TO MAKE, I DON’T WANT TO LEAD TO MAKING ANALOGIES BUT YOU CAN’T STAND ON A STREET CORNER AND PROCLAIM YOU’LL COMMIT A CRIME AND GO DO IT AND SOMEHOW HAVE THAT BE OKAY. THE THING HERE IS THE PRESIDENT HAS SO MUCH POWER. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SO MUCH POWER THAT FOREIGN LEADERS LISTEN TO HIM AND THEY WANT TO BE ON HIS GOOD SIDE, BECAUSE HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHOLE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THEY WANT TO DO THINGS HE WANTS THEM TO DO. SO HIM SPEAKING THE WORDS IN AND OF ITSELF IS THE ABUSE OF POWER. IT IS WHAT IS, AGAIN, AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. NOT STATUTES, PER SE, BUT THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF. >>AND HOW DOES THIS WHITE HOUSE, THEN, EVEN BEGIN TO FIGHT THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS ADMITTING THIS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT?>>I HAVE — THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION, BECAUSE HE’S SERVING UP EXHIBIT AFTER EXHIBIT FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS AND HE’S WRITING THE IMPEACHMENT, WRITING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR THEM. I WAS THINKING EARLIER THAT THIS MAY BE THE FIRST TIME WE COULD HAVE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WITH LINKS EMBEDDED INTO IT WITH VIDEO LINKING TO THE PRESIDENT MAKING THE STATEMENTS HIMSELF. I MEAN, IT’S SO CRAZY. BUT HE’S SERVING UP AND JUST MAKING IT EASIER FOR THEM AND, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE HAVE TO DO DUE DILIGENCE BEHIND THE SCENES BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW IF YOU’RE AT THE WHITE HOUSE YOU DEAL WITH THIS KIND OF A SITUATION. IT’S JUST CRAZY. IT’S CRAZY. >>EMBEDDED, EXAMPLE, AND THEN CUT TO, YOU KNOW — >>TO CNN VIDEO.>>RIGHT. CNN VIDEO. JIM BAKER, STAND BY. MORE QUESTIONS. MORE REPORTING FROM CAPITOL HILL ONE OF THE KEY PEOPLE MENTIONED KURT VOLKER TESTIFYING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. VOLKER, WHO RESIGNED THE DAY AFTER THAT COMPLAINT WENT PUBLIC IS A CAREER DIPLOMAT, A GOOD FRIEND OF THE LATE SENATOR JOHN McCAIN’S AND SOMEONE WHO CNN LEARNED WAS NEVER FULLY ONBOARD VIA THE TRUMP TRAIN AT LEAST IN THE EYES OF THIS WHITE HOUSE AND ALSO THE MAN IN A SERIES OF TEXT MESSAGES WITH RUDY GIULIANI, TEXTED GIULIANI CLAIMS SHOW THE STATE DEPARTMENT WAS AWARE OF HIS EFFORTS TO GET UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS. GO TO CAPITOL HILL TO OUR CORRESPONDENT THERE SUNLEN SERFATY. SUNLEN, WE DON’T KNOW, ALL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND DON’T KNOW DETAILS OTHER THAN THE VOLKER TESTIMONY BUT THAT ISN’T STOPPING LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH SIDES PUTTING THEIR SPIN ON THINGS. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?>>Reporter: NOTABLY ALREADY A LENGTHY BRIEFING NOW LASTING ALREADY FOUR HOURS PLUS. IT’S STILL GOING ON RIGHT NOW BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ON THE HOUSE SIDE OF THE CAPITOL IN THAT CLASSIFIED ROOM. YOU NOTED, LAWMAKERS ARE COMING IN AND OUT OF THAT BRIEFING OCCASIONALLY STOPPING TO TALK TO PRESS. NOT MUCH BY WAY OF SUBSTANCE. LAWMAKERS REFUSING TO WADE INTO THE DETAILS OF WHAT EXACTLY KURT VOLKER IS SAYING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND WHAT EXACTLY ARE THOSE DOCUMENTS WE KNOW WERE DELIVERED LAST NIGHT TO THE COMMITTEE, DOZENS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS ON HIS BEHALF. NOT MUCH BY WAY OF SUBSTANCE, BUT DEMOCRATS WE’RE SEEING, THEIR RESPONSE REALLY GOING AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW COMMENTS THIS MORNING. AGAIN, PROMPTING UKRAINE AND NOW CHINA TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON. HERE’S WHAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SAID JUST A SHORT TIME AGO.>>THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS ENCOURAGING A FOREIGN NATION TO INTERFERE AGAIN TO HELP HIS CAMPAIGN BY INVESTIGATING A RIVAL IS A FUNDAMENTAL BREACH OF THE PRESIDENT’S OATH OF OFFICE. IT ENDANGERS OUR ELECTIONS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUGHT TO BE CONDEMNED BY EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY. >>Reporter: AND SIMILARLY WE’VE SEEN REPUBLICANS ESSENTIALLY FALL INTO THEIR PARTISAN CAMP, BROOKE. REPUBLICANS LEAVING THAT MEETING SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT’S TESTIMONY WAS IMPRESSIVE BY KURT VOLKER TODAY BUT TWO REPUBLICANS SAYING THEY DID NOT BELIEVE HIS TESTIMONY IN ANYWAY ADVANCED THE DEMOCRATS’ IMPEACHMENTSUNLEN, T >>>JIM BAKER BACK TO YOU. TESTIMONY FOUR HOURS PLUS, STILL ONGOING. IS THE BIG QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT THE STATE DEPARTMENT COORDINATED WITH RUDY GIULIANI ON HIS PURSUIT OF DIRT ON JOE BIDEN?>>NO. THE BIG QUESTION IS WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT DO WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT SAY? HE SAID SOME OF THAT TODAY AS WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT, BUT WHAT DID HE ASK RUDY GIULIANI TO DO? AND WHAT EFFORTS DID HE UNDERTAKE? THE PRESIDENT, UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, THE PRESIDENT DOES HAVE AUTHORITY BROADLY TO CONDUCT THE FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES. IF HE THINKS THAT SOME TYPE OF PERSONAL EMISSARY WOULD DO A JOB MORE EFFECTIVELY TRAN PERHAPS A STATE DEPARTMENT DIPLOMAT HE LIKELY HAS THE POWER TO DO THAT. THAT’S NOT THE BIG ISSUE. THE ISSUE WHAT DID THEY ACTUALLY SAY AND WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO GET UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES TO DO AND WAS THAT A VIOLATION OF THE PRESIDENT’S OATH OF OFFICE? THAT’S WHAT WE NEED TO COME BACK TO. THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT. THAT’S WHAT’S OF BIG CONCERN HERE. MR. GIULIANI AND OTHERS, WHETHER THEY VIOLATED CRIMINAL STATUTES HAVING TO DO WITH CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS IS SOMETHING THE FBI COULD AND SHOULD INVESTIGATE. THE GRAVEST QUESTION FOR AMERICA IS WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT UP TO AND WHAT DID HE WANT THEM TO DO? AND HE’S TELLING US, AGAIN, FROM THE FRONT LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE EXACTLY WHAT HE THOUGHT. THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. I DON’T SEE HOW ANYBODY COULD HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT WHAT THE ISSUE IS HERE ANYMORE. >>JIM BAKER, YOU’VE BEEN EXCELLENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR INSICT THERE. >>>ADDING TO ALL OF THIS MOMENTS AGO AS HE FACES SERIOUS QUESTIONS OVER HIS ROLE IN THIS WHOLE SCANDAL, THE VICE PRESIDENT IS REPEATING THOSE DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORIES. >>>PLUS CNN DIGS UP EVIDENCE OF THE REPUBLICANS HYPOCRISY ON FORMER PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN. HEAR HOW THEY PRAISED HIM JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.>>>AND LATER, THIS WOMAN WHO JUST WROTE THE BOOK ON ANDREW JOHNSON’S IMPEACHMENT JOINS ME LIVE TO EXPLAIN THE STRIKING SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE FORMERR

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