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100 thoughts on “On Republicans Defending The President: He Is ‘Closely Watching’ | Meet The Press | NBC News”

  • Sure, back channels are a real thing in dealing with foreign governments, but it's about WHAT Trump was trying to get – and that was something for personal gain not for the U.S. and by withholding aid, there was real harm done.

  • Disgusting Hugh Hewitt. It's partisan because the selfish GOP don't want to go with their morals. Don't blame it being partisan if the one side doesn't even want to engage. Then it is purely partisan on the GOP side.

  • BanthemOnCraftcadia says:

    It isnt complicated at all tho. Trump solicited aid from a foreign power to stay in office. 3 counts of Corruption. (Ukraine, Russia, and China was asked to investigate Biden)
    trump withheld 400 million (that he had no business withholding, he literally had no authority to hold up the money, none whatsoever, that was illegal) to make another foreign power to start sham investigations. 2 counts of bribery. (This and the one in 2016 when Paul Manafort was being investigated in 2016 by Ukraine's Special Prosecution office. Rudy got involved and told them that if the investigation ceased that the presidents could meet. The investigations ceased, and the next week the presidents met.

  • I'm depressed that they're talking about quid pro quo like it's some foreign language when 90% of people can tell you what expelliarmus means.

  • it's not too complicated. Criminal president is a criminal. c r i m i n a l. b r i b e r y. criminal. extortion. criminal. no exoneration. Crime is not normal presidential behavior, until trump. no exoneration. c r i m i n a l. no exoneration.

  • Ushering in the age of lawlessness. Oh my the republicons must be proud. And then the dems unable to just tell a simple truth about the corrupt and rotten to the core pretend president.

  • Trump has a strategy……..deny the whole thing.He's said it over and over.The Republicans know that won't work so they are basically making up their own defenses

  • Democrats once again this is going to blow up in your faces . Mark my words . America knows this is a scam your a bunch of liars liberal's . This impeachment hoax once again is going to blow up in your faces . Your on a sinking ship Democrats . The IG report due out The criminal investigation into the Russian hoax Durham is conducting .Once again America is on to the game you are running and your fixing to be exposed Democrats for the liars and fraud's you are ! Trump 2020

  • These peoples sources are themselves lol . They are all a bunch of liars . There sources what a joke . Along with there fake news . And he is right the American people do not like it and we will once again speak in Nov 2020 and give President Trump another term . That is what is coming . All of this is dead on arrival to the senate . Big waste of time one more thing that blows up in Democrats faces another hoax that failed . Here is the outcome it dies in the senate ! Trump 2020

  • i knew they were fumbling when they came to the game in a wheelchair. Uggh! this is BS!!!! please stop playing this multimedia capitalist game dems and get it done or…

  • you should use the word "extortion" because thats what withholding u.s. military aid in exchange for a fake investigation into your political opponents is. extortion.
    calling extortion a quid pro quo is like calling a murder an assault. you should call it extortion or else people will think youre all idiots.
    you think its rude to call a mob boss who extorts money from people an extortionist, huh. because deep down you actually really like donald trump. because he's a tv star.
    fine. thats cool. i still think o.j. is hands down the best running back who's ever played in the nfl and i'm glad he's not guilty and i'm sure he'll find the real killers. thats right. its like that.

  • I find it really irritating to hear people saying 'the average person' can't understand the concept of a quid pro quo. And I really don't get how Hugh Hewitt thinks there is no basis for impeachment. I guess being friends with Pompeo leads to massive denial…

  • Wow, my 1st look at Todd, and my last. Creepy, oily, and balding, the comb down is worse than the Orange fold-over. My $15 barber could fix the freak's "do" in 5 minutes. Hahahahaha

  • Attempted bribery and attempted extortion are also crimes. You don’t get a pass just because your scheme becomes public before you can seal the deal. They only released the aid because word got out and then they had no choice.

  • 2:24 "…or if there's something corrupt…". He's so right about that, how about the EXTORTION that Joe Biden used to get his son's prosecutor fired ? Maybe we could play the tape of Joe BRAGGING !!!

  • Rep. Tom Cole… seriously? That statement you made is akin to saying a bank robber isn't guilty of bank robbery if he gets caught and doesn't get any money. How absurd. DO YOUR JOB OR RESIGN!!!

  • Imagine the CEO of your company is withholding your paycheck until you agree to help him in an illegal and nefarious scheme to destroy his business competitor. And suppose he tells you that you have a choice: either you can do what he wants, and you’ll get your pay. Or, you can refuse, but you’ll lose your pay and the bank will foreclose on your house. If this scheme came to light, I’m pretty sure the shareholders would be disgusted with the CEO, and the board of directors would vote him out of the Company, and call the authorities to take him away.

  • Thank God finally NBC admits it no quid pro quo let's simplify it we didn't play ABC's right apparently come on there's no case wake up Demi's maga2020

  • International extortion with foreign policy that benefits Russia and trump gets rid of a political opponent. trump had one agenda and its corrupt. Hewitt is playing ostrich like the Republicans and this is not a time the nation should look the other way when trump is again working for his own gain and not the nations.

  • Michael Holloway says:

    Once again the far right has successfully established the words and framing used by the media and nearly everyone. "Quid pro quo" sounds like a game. Extortion, bribery, and obstruction are the crimes committed here. You won't see the media referring to them.

  • I am so tired of these republicans lying shamelessly. I am disgusted. They are not corrupt they are evil. They are destroying our country. They learned in law school that basically anything is ok as long as they get their client off. But the president is not their client, and “anything” is NOT ok. Betraying their oath to uphold the Constitution is not ok. Aiding and abetting a traitor who is selling our country to Putin (Ukraine being extorted when it tries to protect itself from Russian invasion IS about Putin) is not ok.

    Let’s be clear: even the Nazis in Germany under Hitler were less treasonous than the GOP is now. At least the Nazis were not attacking their own country. The GOP is destroying America and handing it over to Russia to destroy us.

  • News Truth Channel says:

    You all are absolutely idiots. Reporters and and Democrat Congressman, are liars, usurpers of the Constitution and of the Rights of the President of the U.S., committing fraud on and against the American People Impeachment is a total scam, Whistleblower worked for Biden, friends with Schiff's staff, worked in the CIA, is linked to the corruption in Ukraine, Whistleblower's Attorney is part of the Coup against the Lawfully Elected President, the DNI changed the rules of requiring First Hand Knowledge before any Whistleblower complaint will even be accepted, but then all of sudden Second hand knowledge is Okay NOW, which then shows he conspired with the Democrat's to remove the President by false and fraudulent Testimony, the Democrat's will not allow the Whistleblower to testify or be questioned..because the Scam would be found out, as engineered by the Democrat's and the Deep state, complete and total corruption by them would be broadcast to all American's and they would see how sick, horrible all of the Democrat's behind this scam really are! Anyone who could or would believe all of this Sham, really needs to get a brain. TRUMP WAS NOT GOING TO VIOLATE THE LAW……ANY CORRUPTION NOT CLEARED AND REMOVED FROM UKRAINE…NO FUNDS! If Biden was part of that corruption, then he is included…ITS THE LAW! And since Joe Biden bragged about how he actually did commit QUID PRO QUO and their is evidence from Emails from the State Department showing he knew the Company his son was in was being raided by the law in Ukraime….HE DID WHAT HE DID TO MAKE THE INVESTIGATION AND THE QUESTIONING OF HIS SON GO AWAY, WHICH IS REAL HONEST TO GOD QUID PRO QUO AND IN DIRECT VIOLATION TO THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES! Want to find out more about the lies and fraud the Liberal Media and Democrat's in our Government are doing and see for yourself, they are all in violation of the Laws of the United States…..NOT PRESIDENT TRUMP! TRUMP DOING HIS DUTY AS PRESIDENT BY SIMPLY ENFORCING THE LAW! WHICH THE DEMOCRATS DON'T WANT BECAUSE IT WILL EXPOSE THEIR CORRUPTION AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW EVERYWHERE BOTH IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD! Go to this site and see the evidence laid out fully from all over…..https://trumpfortruth.org

  • I thought the Democrats had a simple straightforward case now and that the Mueller investigation was too complicated. It makes it sound that the American public is too dumb or just doesn't value its democracy…

  • Finally a rational thought process of how politics function.
    Hugh Hewitt nails it!
    As the saying goes, "Nobody wants to see how sausage or laws are made"
    This is what you get, America, when you elect ignorant polititians to Congress that have no idea how Free Market Systems works.
    We did real good for 100 years then Demoncrats decided they wanted to keep slaves 1860, then Separate but Equal 1940, then Abortion on demand 1970, now Socialism 2020 'We can make it work this time!'.
    The Constitution works. Just stop trying to adulterate it. Use the enclosed mechanism to change it if you must.
    As Ben Franklin said, 'Our Republic is Liberty in action, if you can keep it'

  • MSNBC ARE CRIMINAL LIARS. AND THEY NEED TO GO TO PRISON FOR TREASON.THEN ALL THEIR LIES COME OUT.AND END THEIR LYING CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR WITH A REALLY LONG PRISON TERM UGHHHHHH.PRAISE THE LORD.

  • How do you know this just stupid commentary. We all watch the same news. This guy is so out of it, yeah trump! I have a source to…how can this be real without any due process, come on. Your making this up as you go. Come on! Drama is. Commentary.

  • Are you serious. I'm from UK. You are all coming at this from a complete place of ignorance. You are missing out on the biggest story ever..Hillary Clinton comey strzok page McCabe Clapper brennan are heading for prison..why arent you getting that story out..read the transcript of his call.

  • Hugh Hewitt is out of his peabrain little mind. Spouting utter nonsense.

    Why would NBC pay to have a party hack parroting Replican talking points?

    And, neither Chuck nor the other panelists challenged him . Infuriating.

  • Harry Reid changed the rules when Bush was President and a supreme court seat opened up.
    A president should not get to appoint a justice in his last year in office, and as majority leader he got to prevent confirmation, CHEATING bush out of his rightful appointment…..and setting the prescient for the next majority leader to do the same thing. So obama got Bush's rightful appointment and then in his last year in office obama was in the SAME position Bush was in and the SAME thing was done to obama that the dems did to Bush. What goes around comes around. The young uneducated lunatic left don't know why merrick garland wasn't confirmed, it's all mitch mc connels fault. So like good sheep they get their mob together and scream in the streets….too stupid to now how stupid they are.
    And now pelosi is setting up future dems for the same dirt she is dishing out. And this is the garbage American people are sick of and why we voted for CHANGE and we will be voting to keep our warrier.

  • Harry Reid changed the rules when Bush was President and a supreme court seat opened up.
    A president should not get to appoint a justice in his last year in office, and as majority leader he got to prevent confirmation, CHEATING bush out of his rightful appointment…..and setting the prescient for the next majority leader to do the same thing. So obama got Bush's rightful appointment and then in his last year in office obama was in the SAME position Bush was in and the SAME thing was done to obama that the dems did to Bush. What goes around comes around. The young uneducated lunatic left don't know why merrick garland wasn't confirmed, it's all mitch mc connels fault. So like good sheep they get their mob together and scream in the streets….too stupid to now how stupid they are.
    And now pelosi is setting up future dems for the same dirt she is dishing out. And this is the garbage American people are sick of and why we voted for CHANGE and we will be voting to keep our warrier.

  • The president loves confusion. Confusion means point of focus is not on one thing. This is why the president doesn't care about variance in talking points from different republicans.

    Hewitt does not speak for most people. In contrast to his statements, we want the truth. He is correct concerning the impeachment inquiry is partisan.

    The logical reason of partisanship is due to someone or group had/have to look into the allegations that surface from "The Phone Call." The republicans, and the DOJ shrugged the call off. The republicans proved long ago their only real concerns stop at GOP interest. Anything contrary to those interest, "Is Fake News."

  • Going  by 
    details  in  news 
    reports  ,   the 
    following    stages  of 
    time  in  relation 
    to  ongoing  impeachment 
    inquiry  against  US 
    President  Trump  emerge 
    as  milestones  of 
    the  story  :-

    ( 1 ).
    25  July 
    2019   alleged  phone 
    call  by  President 
    Trump;

    ( 2 ).  Month 
    of  August  2019 
    when whistleblower  is  reported 
    to  have  made 
    the  alleged  complaint ;

    ( 3 ).
    25  September  2019 
    when  the  Speaker 
    of  the  House 
    of  Representatives  in 
    the  US  decides 
    to  start  impeachment 
    inquiry   against  President 
    Trump ;

    ( 4 ).  October 
    2019  when  the 
    Congress   reportedly   approved 
    formal  inquiry  against 
    President  Trump  which 
    proceeded   with  speed 
    during  the  month . 
    Some  of   Trump’s   
    former  staff   are 
    reported  to  have 
    testified  against   him 
    in  October  or 
    early  November  in 
    2019. 

                              In  this 
    context  ,  it 
    may  be  apt 
    to  refer  to 
    this  Vedic  astrology 
    writer’s  predictive  alert 
    of  early  May 
    ,  2019   in 
    article  –     “ Mid 2019 
    to  November 2020  for 
    President  Donald  Trump 
    – a  Vedic  astrology 
    view”   –   published 
    on  1  June 
    2019  in  monthly 
    Webzine  of  Wisdom 
    Magazine  at  wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/5060/.    The 
    following  predictive  alert  
    made  nearly  five 
    months  prior    on 
    1  May   in 
    the  said  article  
    looks  to  be 
    prophetic  and  precisely 
    relevant  :-

    “  The 
    month  of  October 
    in  present  year 
    2019  looks  to  be  particularly 
    worrisome ,  calling  for 
    more  care  , 
    appropriate  strategy  and 
    much  needed  patience. 
    Machinations    or  designs  
    of  those  opposing 
    him  ,  within 
    the  US   or 
    from  among  global 
    community  ,  can 
    gather   more  steam. 
    Some  friends  may 
    likely  distance  with 
    him.  Severe  storms 
    or  earthquake  or 
    volcano  eruption  in 
    vulnerable  regions  in 
    the  US  are 
    likely.  Some  worrisome 
    concerns  related  to 
    energy  resources  or 
    food  stuff  or 
    communal  issues  can 
    be  likely.”

  • How anyone can defend Trump is beyond me. It's not alright for Trump to extort foreign countries by withholding foreign aid. These people are traitors.

  • Rand Paul joining the sycophantic morons, just made me realize that the Trump movement is a massive lie. Rand sold out. Republicans have sold out. Rand Paul jumping in the fray has made me realize the republicans are COOKED. Done!

  • Logain UBiv Tnomal Ablar says:

    This is sad and one would expect the members of the guest panel to be better than this. These people defending Trump's actions always avoid a key point that changes the argument that there was nothing wrong with the call. Trump did not shakedown President Zelensky to push American foreign policy or to combat corruption in the Ukraine. Trump did it to benefit himself politically, pushing a foreign power to act against a former US Vice President and his current political rival leading up to the 2020 Presidential election. All based on a conspiracy theory that have already been debunked. If THAT is not a high crime then what is? Trump's actions have everything to do with benefiting himself and that makes him a national security risk because it shows that Trump as President of the United States can be bargained with on an international scale for personal gain.

  • There was NO xchange! NO contract and No wrong doing.
    DEMS need to get their noses out of the president's business! He's getting things done! If Trump wins we ALL win!

  • You are witnessing the systematic destruction of the old guard. Ignatius is the reporter that outed classified transcripts of General Michael Flynn. He's as dirty as it gets. He's not in trouble (1st amendment) but the Col who leaked the classified intelligence is in deep Doo Doo.

  • Obama nearly got impeached because he wore a tan suit. Trump can use the constitution for toilet paper and the GOP is good with that.

  • I like his defense… some other presidents have bribed it is OK so this one should be able to bribe as well

    Ludicrous… this why must Americans do not trust the government do not vote

    Also what trump is betting on… conspiracy by confusion

    Clear cut:

    Lied and cheated to gain his wealth
    Colluded to get in
    Lied his way through
    Bribed to stay in

    All this plus bad tax policy, weakening economics with trade wars, lack of conscience on the world stage.. the list goes on

    We need a two pronged approach:

    Highlight his immoral impeachable activities

    Focus clear talking points on his lack of policy and presidential accomplishments

  • There was NO secret trial or hearing, it was gathering depositions from witnesses with both parties present, these "Trump forever" guys love to misguide the American people. And Trump's deal was blackmail, he held up funds already okayed by Congress. Does the GOP really want to defend an outright liar to the American people (before and during his presidency) who started with a religious travel ban which caused chaos for millions of people, and it's been down-hill ever since. How about the government shutdown he caused? How about his taking money that Congress gave to the military for his "wall"? After decimating government departments or turning them into their Orwellian opposites, they'll be out of a job. But maybe that's the point of a libertarian anarchic state run by oligarchs, not a government by the people.

  • Orlando Pipo Marrero says:

    GUYS, LET'S FACE IT. THE ONLY THING THAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ARE GOOD THESE DAYS IS AT DOING ANYTHING TO BRING DIVISION, VIOLENCE, CONFUSION, HATE AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN ORDER TO BRING TRUMP DOWN AS WELL AS ANYONE WHO IS WITH HIM. THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENS CAN SEE THROUGH ALL THIS CRAP AND NON SENSE THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TRIES TO DO AND BRING WHICH ALWAYS END UP IN FAILURE SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST NOT SMART PEOPLE. THEY KNOW THAT AMERICA NO LONGER WANTS TO CHOOSE THE TYPICAL POLITICIAN THAT SPEAKS NICE, MAKE YOU THINK THAT HAS GREAT IDEAS, WANTS TO TAX THE WEALTHY AND EVERYONE ELSE, ACCEPTS LARGER CONTRIBUTION OF MONEY, PREACH FREE EVERYTHING AND ALLOWS EVERYONE TO COME TO OUR COUNTRY PLACING THEM FIRST OVER THE AMERICAN CITIZENS. NONE OF THEM DESERVE A SHOT BECAUSE THEIR POSITION HAS BEEN ONE TO STOP WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO PLAN WHAT TO DO TO TRUMP TO BRING HIM DOWN WHEN HE IS THE ONLY ONE ACCOMPLISHING THINGS FOR AMERICA. DEMOCRATS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID…

  • I wonder what Hugh thinks of the Whistleblower Complaint being withheld from Congress; the transcript of the taped conversation being moved to another server; that even though the Whistleblower was found to be credible, Barr squashed it? Firing the ambassador because she wouldn't go along? Withholding the aid? What about Bolton calling it a drug deal and saying he wouldn't be involved and telling his aid to report it to the IG? No…. total misrepresentation. I thought he was more honest?

  • Michael S. Chupka says:

    to submarine the argument that the "aid got there." the aid got there only because the white house plan was exposed by the whistleblower. that's when the aid found its way to ukraine.

  • Did nothing wrong??? Are the trump supporters insane??? This is abuse of power. Period!!! Bribing a foreign president is so egregious and beneath the USA!!! Trump's actions reflect on all of us. I am ashamed this happened and I want him to be held accountable. No other potus has EVER done anything close to this. It's outrageous and criminal!!!

  • Whatever blackmail Trump is using on his Party to keep them destroying their careers for him. I can't wait for the files to be released when Trump goes down.
    Lindsey should have stayed away from the young boys. Rand? Stop teh drinking and affairs. McConnell was busted out of the military for homosexual behavior. We know what Trump has on him.

  • The American people voted Congress Blue specifically to impeach Trump. Why would anyone say America doesn't want this? Stupid.commentary.

    Trump is getting busted for a single act of blackmail. We're not talking about the other twenty felonies Trump committed. or the 40+ sexual assaults, or the millions in tax fraud or money laundering, or the 12000 + lies to America, or the debt he ran up or the taxes he didn't show us…..ad nauseum.

  • OBAMA HELD BACK UKRAINE AID!!!!! BUT IT WAS THE GOD OF THE LEFT SO NO BIG DEAL, THEN HE STOLE BILLIONS OF IT, STILL NO BIG DEAL IT WAS OBABAL, HE GAVE CRIMEA TO RUSSIA, BILLIONS TO IRAQ THAT SAYS DEATH TO AMERICA, NO BIG DEAL!!!! LOL

  • The only reason the quid pro quo didn't get finished is because it got discovered. Had the news not of broke on it Trump would have gotten his way. Take him down.

  • Why didn't he say anything at all about yeah the aide got there but it got there after the quid pro quo head come to light they say that the ukrainians didn't know anything about the aid they knew it was going to be held up unless they did what the White House wanted the president broke the law you tried to use the office the presidency for his own political gain Only Fools and buffoons don't understand that Chuck Todd should not be doing a show because he never asked the right questions he lets them get away with lies someone better should be doing Meet the Press like Rachel Maddow or one of the other guys

  • More spies placed in the whitehouse by Democrat and RINO liberals. How deep does this Coup go ? Nickey Haley exposes Kelly and Tillerson as willing conspirators. Treason Sedition Espinage..

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