Trump Confesses Amid Senate Impeachment Trial: A Closer Look

Trump Confesses Amid Senate Impeachment Trial: A Closer Look

-As House managers
in the Senate impeachment trial seek to prove
that the President Is a criminal
who’s unfit for office, the President
is providing more evidence that he’s a criminal
who’s unfit for office. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] You might recall
that earlier this week, after a tense exchange Between House managers and
President Trump’s defense team, Chief Justice John Roberts, who’s presiding
over the impeachment trial, warned both sides
to observe the decorum accorded to such an august body
as the United States Senate. -I think it is appropriate
at this point for me to admonish
both the House managers and the President’s counsel,
in equal terms, to remember
that they are addressing the world’s greatest
deliberative body. -The world’s greatest
deliberative body? Are you serious?
There’s better deliberation between the hosts
of “The Voice.” [ Laughter ] This is a place
where a sitting senator once brought out
a giant poster of Ronald Reagan
holding a machine gun, riding a velociraptor
to mock the Green New Deal and where another senator,
James Inhofe, infamously held up a snowball to try to prove that
global warming isn’t real. It is not
a great deliberative body. It’s more like show-and-tell
hour at the senior center. [ Laughter ] Also, the Senate isn’t
a deliberative body, because it doesn’t deliberate.
It does nothing. It’s where legislation passed
by the House goes to die. Democrats have passed
hundreds of bills on everything
from the minimum wage to prescription drugs
to equal pay to voting rights, and Mitch McConnell
has ignored all of it. In his office,
he separates his trash into three different cans, for evidence
against the President, legislation passed by the House,
and plastic. [ Laughter ] And in this trial…
[ Cheers and applause ] In this trial right now,
we are very much seeing at least some of the Senators
live down to the very low expectations
they’ve set for themselves. For example, former senator
and MSNBC contributor Claire McCaskill
expressed some concern that members of the Senate
might not be able to stay awake through the trial
and listen to the evidence for long, uninterrupted periods. -For Senators, this is hard, because they’re used to
moving constantly, they’re used to talking
constantly. They are not used to listening
for long periods of time. -I love how the hardest thing
to ask a senator to do is just shut the [Bleep] up
for one lousy day. [ Laughter ] Just sit down and shut up.
It’s not hard. It’s irritating,
but it’s not hard. Also, you know who else
is used to talking and moving and has difficulty listening
for long periods of time? Children.
We talk about senators the way pre-K teachers
talk about story time. “Well, they’re used to
moving and talking, so we only made it
halfway through ‘Clifford Commits a Crime.'”
[ Laughter ] But it’s true. Senators apparently are having
a tough time doing their jobs, because there have reportedly
been stretches of the trial where senators
have been caught napping or missing from their desks.
And the A.P. reported today that almost immediately,
bored and weary senators started openly flouting
some basic guidelines. At a chamber
that prizes decorum, when one of the freshman House
prosecutors stood to speak, many of the senator jurors
bolted for the cloakrooms, where their phones are stored. Oh, my God, they’re like parents
at a school play when someone else’s kid
is onstage. “Okay, Tyler’s part is done,
so I’m gonna go warm up the car
for three hours.” Also read the first part
of that sentence again. How can you be bored
almost immediately? This is a historic
Senate impeachment trial, not a French New Wave film. And by the way, we get it,
Truffaut — life is hard
and death inevitable. Would it kill you to throw in a guy getting hit in the nuts
with a soccer ball just once? In fact, at one point,
one of the House managers prosecuting the case
against Trump, Jason Crow, a combat veteran,
was laying out in damning detail just how egregious
Trump’s crime was, when he noticed that Senators
were leaving the chamber, and commented on that fact.
-There is a process for making sure
that U.S. aid money makes it to the right place,
to the right people. And, Mr. Chief justice, I do see a lot of members
moving and taking a break. Would we like to take a break
at this time? I have another
probably 15 minutes. -That’s insane. I mean, in the middle
of laying out damning evidence against the President
of the United States, in the middle of an historic
Senate impeachment trial, and he had to stop to ask
if the members needed a break. Can you imagine
an episode of “Law & Order” where the jury just walks out during Sam’s Waterston’s
big speech? His eyebrows would raise
right off his head. [ Laughter ] [ Slide whistle plays ] And not only…
[ Cheers and applause ] Not only have senators
been napping, fidgeting, and leaving the room as evidence
of the President’s crime is laid out before them, some of them are even whining
about the amenities. For example,
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy complained to the A.P., there’s coffee,
but it’s miserable coffee. Oh, I’m sorry, is the coffee at
the Senate impeachment trial not gourmet enough for you?
Should we have George Clooney stop by and bring you
an espresso machine? [ Cheers and applause ]
And you know who I bet definitely doesn’t care
about the quality of the coffee? Bernie Sanders.
“I drink black coffee out of a tin cup
like an old prospector, and that’s it.”
[ Laughter and applause ] “I don’t even rinse.” The Republicans
can’t be bothered to pay attention
to the evidence, and neither, it seems,
can Trump’s own defense team. If you’ve been watching
the trial in detail, you might have noticed
the stark difference between the table where the
Democratic House prosecutors have been sitting
and the table where Trump’s defense team
has been sitting. -You see the counsel table, that the impeachment managers’
table on the left. That’s got all the paper on it. The much cleaner counsel table
on the right is the White House defense
counsel for the President. You can tell a little bit
about the difference in approach from the two sides
simply from looking at their work environment.
-It’s true, the Democrats’ table looks like it has
actual evidence on it. The Trump team’s table
looks like a bus boy
just cleaned it off. I guess it’s not surprising, given that Trump’s desk
is also always so clean. I mean, look at that.
He looks like a tourist taking a photo
on the set of “The West Wing.” [ Laughter and applause ] “Is this — Is this the same
phone Martin Sheen used? This is so cool.”
[ Laughter ] And even when
they do have papers, Trump’s defense team usually
doesn’t seem prepared to actually use them.
I mean, the last time a lawyer showed up to Congress
to defend Trump, he was literally
lugging his documents around in a grocery-store tote bag. Remember that guy from
the House hearing, Steve Castor? He was either a lawyer or a guy
the Republicans randomly picked from the frozen aisle
at Whole Foods. “Quick, can you come defend
the President from impeachment?” “Alright, I guess.
Just let me finish filling my tote bag
with these Amy’s burritos.” [ Laughter ] In fact, Trump’s team
is apparently so unwilling to listen to the actual
arguments Democrats are making, that at one point,
Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow went off on an angry tirade about something he misheard
during the trial. Basically,
one of the House prosecutors made a reference to FOIA
lawsuits to obtain documents. “FOIA” is just an acronym for
“Freedom of Information Act.” If you’re in politics or law or are really just a person
who reads the news, you’ve probably
heard that term before. But Sekulow thought she said
the words “lawyer lawsuits,” which makes no sense at all, and
then he went off about it. -The President’s lawyers
may suggest that the House should have
sought these materials in court or
awaited further lawsuits under the
Freedom of Information Act — AKA, FOIA lawsuits. -And by the way… lawyer lawsuits? [ Laughter ] Lawyer lawsuits? We’re talking
about the impeachment of a President of
the United States, duly elected. And the members, the managers, are complaining
about lawyer lawsuits? [ Laughter ] The Constitution
allows lawyer lawsuits. [ Laughter ]
It’s disrespecting the Constitution
of the United States to even say that
in this chamber — lawyer lawsuits. -She didn’t say it,
because it’s not a thing! Also, if it was a thing,
why would you be insulted by it? Lawyer lawsuits is just a
redundant way to describe a job, like “bus-driver bus driving.” [ Laughter and applause ] “What the [Bleep] did you say?!” [ Laughter ] Seriously!
How have you never heard… [ Cheers and applause ] Have you never heard the term
“FOIA lawsuits” before? You’re supposed to be a lawyer? Did they also pick you
out of line at Whole Foods? “Alright, who else here wants to defend the President
from impeachment? You get a $10 coupon
for an espresso.” And Sekulow isn’t
the only Trump defender who doesn’t seem to know
how the law works. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro
lashed out on Twitter in the middle of the trial
as House manager Adam Schiff was presenting his case,
writing, “Prosecutor Adam Schiff says Donald Trump
is not innocent. Way to go, Democrats. No presumption of innocence.
No constitutional guarantees. Welcome to America
under Democrat rule.” Have you never seen a trial
before? Prosecutors
are supposed to argue that the defendant is guilty.
That’s how it works. They don’t walk out and say, “Ladies and gentlemen
of the jury, today we’re gonna figure out
some stuff together, and however it breaks
is good with me.” [ Laughter ] How do you not know that? Your show is literally called
“Justice with Judge Jeanine.” Are you actually a judge, or did you just pick that name
because you love alliteration? I mean, in that case,
you could have also gone with “Janky Jeanine’s
Jibber-jabber Junction.” [ Laughter and applause ] You know, while
this was going on, Trump is at the
World Economic Forum in Davos, where he confirmed that he was watching
the impeachment proceedings. And in the process,
he actually confessed to one of the
articles of impeachment, obstructing Congress.
During a press conference, Trump bragged that his side
was winning the trial because he was hiding
all of the evidence from House prosecutors.
-We’re doing very well. I got to watch enough, I thought
our team did a very good job. But, honestly,
we have all the material. They don’t have the material. -He literally just confessed.
[ Laughter ] Again, the guy confesses more
than a 15-year-old Catholic boy. “Forgive me, Father,
for I have sinned four times in the bathroom
at home and once in the bushes
by cheerleader practice.” [ Laughter ]
“Also, I’d love to wrap this up so I can get home
and sin again.” [ Laughter ] Trump, of course, is only
the third President in history to face the prospect of
being removed from office by the Senate
in an impeachment trial. Now, you might expect
a normal person in that position to do everything possible to prove that they’re competent,
sane, fit for office. Instead, here’s
the sitting President of the United States,
amid historic reckoning that will stain his name
and presidency forever, talking about how Tesla CEO
Elon Musk is good at rockets. -Tesla is now worth more
than GM and Ford. Do you have comments
on Elon Musk? -Well, you have to
give him credit. I spoke to him very recently,
and he’s also doing the rockets. He likes rockets. And he does good at rockets,
too, by the way. -Yeah, yeah, yes, he does.
He does good at rockets. [ Laughter ] The presidency of Donald Trump
is the closest we’ll ever come to finding out what it would be
like if Tarzan worked at NASA. “Ground control to Tarzan,
What’s your status?” “Space cold for Tarzan,
but Tarzan good at rockets.” [ Laughter ] What we’ve seen
once again this week is that Trump and his lawyers
have no defense for his obviously corrupt
behavior, which is why
their desks are empty and their Republican allies
are leaving the chamber and ignoring the evidence. Even if he’s acquitted
by the Senate, Trump may very well spend
the rest of his life in court, dealing with legal challenges
and indictments, or as they’re
technically known… -Lawyer lawsuits. -This has been
“A Closer Look.” [ “A Closer Look” theme plays ]
[ Cheers and applause ]


100 thoughts on “Trump Confesses Amid Senate Impeachment Trial: A Closer Look”

  • I can't believe people who watch and like this show think of themselves as patriotic Americans. Watch the impeachment hearings and you will be discussed in the dems.

  • What do so many USAmericans have with frensh films?
    The best films of the world come from Skandinavia.
    Lars von Trier, Adams Apples, and and and…

  • The politics of the USA make me so proud to be from the EU.

    ✌ peace
    💪 impact
    ❤ love

  • Patricia Foster says:

    He won’t be removed.

    It’s not a good idea? Only a few months left? That’s right. Only a few months with Pence or Pelosi is all we need for peace of mind. May ALL Trump fans….supporters…….voters…….Republicans…… NEVER have a MOMENTS peace EVER again in their lives. ….as of now.

  • Honestly I was shocked Trump got the nomination after saying the he knows more than the Generals!!!!
    He's such a pompous bogus liar!!!!

  • Not much on the Republicans desks because it has allready been proven false. It's suprising that the dems say he broke the law and you believe it without evidence. Real evidence!

  • I saw a clip from Fox News saying that the republicans are basically winning the opening arguments because that guy is telling off democrats about lawyer lawsuits! Of course they didn’t show any context of the argument or that it was a misunderstanding.

  • The Republican tactic is simply to fake outrage, imagine.. they should have removed tRump from public view and hired real lawyers. tRump and his tiny hands are sooooo screwed.

  • Vote to subpoena any further potential evidence: 53-47 to not subpoena
    Vote to convict or acquit the president: 53-47 to acquit.
    Don't hold your breath waiting for these people to hold Trump accountable. One side, will, and the other will whine about how it's a sham trial and that they're bored.

  • Graysonshelbyryan Conroy says:

    nuts are exposed ovaries, eggs, as little girls would aspire to be real women as wee men are expecting of 5 yr old boys

  • I cannot believe that new evidence and testimonials cannot be allowed to further allow the Senate to come to the truth for such a powerful Nation. This Senate will go down in history for making probably one of the most important decisions they will ever have to in their time as a Senator. I trust they can set a side their differences and allow all the facts to speak for the truth. With out the truth your great Nation will loose its freedoms and everything the USA stands for. I pray for you and the rest of the world that they will do what they were put there to do in the first place regardless how difficult a decision it may be. Remember the rest of the world is watching.

  • eileen MAIZE Carey says:

    Yeah "CHIEF NO justice Roberts" hand picked by "cheetoPERVO bonespur LIAR extraordinaire CONald drumph potus" more like PO PUS 😜

  • why don't they stop the trial unless everyone is there and paying atten. maybe they would get the message they are being paid to be there geesh what a bunch of filth

  • Cameron Mitchell says:

    Let the whole Elon musk answer play!!! He also says we should protect Elon like Thomas Edison, and then inexplicably starts talking about the “American” invention of the wheel 🤦🏾‍♂️

  • Trump is taunting our Democracy, mocking the US constitution and gauging the Moral meter of the American every day, apparently close to 50% of the US people either stupid or had no blood in their vein.

  • Between "lawyer lawsuits" and "he's good at rockets" , if you're not convinced that this entire administration is dumb as all hell, clearly you're an idiocy afflicted idiot whose not "good at brain" .
    Sigh… we're so fucked, but at least we can laugh at the idiots just before the mushroom cloud.

  • And wait when he will NOT get impeached… he is going to go full blast Spoiled Bratt like he is ! Effing lost of space, time and money… Vote him out in 2020 ! don't fudge this one up America !!! Do not fudge this one up !

  • Now if only the judge gets those balls back and punishes the senators (on both sides) leaving willynilly and not paying attention, and using smart watches.

  • Every time Jay Sekulow says "lawyer lawsuit" with complete indignation, an angel gets its wings. But then every time he talks about how he holds the Constitution dear, a unicorn dies.

  • Kyoumi Masuhara says:

    Senate needs to get the stick out their ASS OR GET FIRED! This is their fucking job. If any middle or low class person acted like this AT WORK, we would be FIRED IMMEDIATELY. 😠🤬

  • This impeachment trial is
    Captain Jesus Incarnated Son of Jesus Christ God of gods

  • Senators not paying attention at the trial signify they already have made their minds up – the world will see upon their vote whether each is a Patriot or traitor (by protecting traitor trump)!😡🇺🇸🌊🌊🌊

  • Oh my god all these old farts cannot handle not having their phones for a few hours during a historic impeachment trial.

    From this moment on it's illegal for Boomers to complain about "kids and their phones."

  • Seth , Global Warming  is NOT caused by  the people as  Socialist Democrat Trump   claims .  According to  Nikki  Haley  Trump still believes  that Human beings  are fault of Global warming .  Trump once tried to get a Permit to build a SEA Wall to protect one  of  his  Golf Course  from a Global   Warming Flood.Trump and three of children Don jr.  Ivanka and  Eric wrote in an open  letter to  then Prez  Obama in the NY News  paper to fight  against Global Warming.

  • I’m pretty sure that I once overheard talking about 3rd graders using the same terms as the Senator in regards to their attention span. It doesn't bode well that we have to rely on such people to be in charge of fixing the overwhelming problems facing the entire planet.

  • Alberto Martinez says:

    these corrupt politicians (R) need to be arrested for contempt. regular citizens have been arrested for things such as not paying a fine to speeding a little… This is the republicans in their hypocrisy. shame to them and their damn supporters.

  • At what point do you call this what it is, A BLOODLESS COUP. What do you call it when the leaders of one party blatantly disregarding their oath of office and the law of the land for the purpose of holding onto power. That's called a BLOODLESS COUP

  • America the only thing you should attempt is to pass a law that says all presidential candidates need to show their taxes and they need to pass a physical every year—including a psych evaluation.
    After that, the Emoluments Clause, gerrymandering, the Electoral College and the impeachment etc… would be a piece of cake.
    Good luck, 'cuz this ought to really embarrass you America. Cheers, from Toronto

  • more fake news by yet another democrat party hack pretending to be a comedian so they can pollute the masses with leftist propaganda

  • Michael Stuermer says:

    Republicans don't care about paying attention, they have already decided to not remove Trump despite the damning evidence. Not surprising as they have always been power and party before Country. Unfortunately, corporate Democrats have also embraced this philosophy.

  • Goya lawsuits? GOYA lawsuits?! Typical Democrats trying to distract from the issue by talking about Francisco Goya, the romantic painter who has been dead almost a hundred years!

  • This is just wrong! Imagine if any of us did what there Republican senators are doing at our work. Please vote in 2020

  • The reason that the GOP doesn't feel the need to listen or prepare for rebuttal is because they have already been instructed that they will not listen and they will not vote to remove Trump from office,  This is because they are all guilty of some of the same crimes as Traitor Trump.  I wonder if these Senators understand that there are many, many voters who are paying attention.  I guess they will just have to find out when we vote them out of office for being incompetent and for NOT DOING their job for all these years!

  • I guess they think that if they can't hear the evidence (by sleeping, being in another room, etc.), there's no obligation to vote in accordance to it.

  • Rudy is releasing all that material on a pod cast today. It's funny how Dems Blame all the crimes they've committed on Trump

  • Trump admits “It’ll be nice for the media to bash me, having some people believe I’m hated by the Majority of Americans, and then get re-elected in 2020. Thank You”

  • It's kinda sad to hear so many people taking Trump's words so literally. He says they "have all the documents" because he wants someone to actually prove that he's guilty. But they can't, because he's not. He's goading his opponents into humiliating themselves. Worst part is, they've already done exactly that, multiple times, yet there are lots of people who still haven't caught on. Seth is utilizing that mindset to keep up his ratings and make himself money, which honestly should be upsetting to people sucked into this bandwagon. Someone making money through exploitation of others is the kind of thing, I would think, cause liberals to be very angry.

  • I don’t understand why would you try to undermine the gravitas of the Senate. The Chief Justice is trying to elevate the seriousness of the procedure, so both stick to the rules. I think we should give the Senate the importance it has. Because then maybe the members understand and they start behaving like adults. And preferably we don’t all go to a world conflict.

  • Joaquin Delgado says:

    Abortions, traffic fatalities, killed by violence in America, victims of terrorism, victims of famine and political violence, killed by our troops in the Middle East. Who cares about life? God made us that way.


    They made it clear right from day one that they don't care about the evidence. These senators only care about their reelection! Party over country. What America has turned into 🙄.

    Otumfour Kojo Agyemang

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