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> welcome, back. > welcome back. panel is here. panel is here. former obama campaign, manager. former obama campaign, manager. nbc white house, correspondent, nbc white house, correspondent, kristen welker, robert costa kristen welker, robert costa moderator of walk week on pbs. moderator of walk Week on pbs. , well, we got a little of a well. We got a little of a preview of the house case and p ...
eview of the house case and the senate defense just now. the senate defense just now.

The democrats are running into a the democrats, are running into a brick wall. brick wall. yeah. yeah. okay. , okay. that was. that was. p --. It is what it is, itseems p --. It is what it is. It seems as if the question is what’s --, as if the question is what’s --.

What is everybody going to look? What is everybody going to look like on the other side like on the other side, , that’s the question. , that’s the question. There seems to right now be a. There seems to right now be a push to rush this to the senate. push to rush this to the senate. The democrats are signaling. They, the democrats are signaling. They want to be finished with the want to be finished, with the articles of impeachment by the articles of impeachment by the time they take their next timethey, take their next recess. recess.

I spoke to sources over the. I spoke to sources over the weekend. Who said the senate weekend, who said the senate wants to have this wrapped up, wants to have this wrapped up within two weeks. within two weeks. what’s interesting? Is i talked what’s interesting is i talked to some democrats who say they to some democrats who say they think nancy pelosi should hold. Think nancy pelosi should hold the articles of impeachment. Not the articles of impeachment not send them to the senate until send them to the senate until the witnesses come and testify. the witnesses come and testify. mulvaney those guys mulvaney, those guys essentiallydepriveing, the , essentially depriveing the senate. The right to hold a trial senate the right to hold a trial and acquit the president. and acquit the president. , partisan, warfare.

, partisan, warfare. , . I have been skeptical, we , i have been skeptical. We would see a trial, some form or would see a trial, some form or another, because no one is quite another, because no one is quite sure how this works. Out. sure how this works, out. , there will likely be a trial, . There will likely be a trial. I have been hanging out all i have been hanging out all week, mcconnell blocked off week, mcconnell blocked off everything in january. Everything in january. the question is: what is the 2020? The question is: what is the 2020 republicans who are up for republicans who are up for re-election? Do senator collins re-election do senator collins, senator gardner they’re, going senator gardner they’re going to have to pressure majority to have to pressure majority leader mcconnell in terms of the leader mcconnell in terms of the rules and how this plays out.

rules and how this plays out. ? So far, most of the discussion so far most of the discussion about a five-to-six-week trial about a five-to-six-week trial, senator rand, paul and others senator rand, paul and others have told me if this trial is have told me if this trial is moving ina direction away from Moving in a direction away from the president. - the president. , if they don’t like the way it’s, if they don’t like the way it’s unfolding, they may call to unfolding, they may call to dismiss the trial and hold the dismiss the trial and hold the vote. And that could be the test vote and that could be the test for mcconnell. for mcconnell. >, > stephanie. I want to ask you stephanie. I want to ask you a more blatant question here, a more blatant question here, the number of ads that the number of ads that republican affiliates have aired. Republican affiliates have aired 4,235 texas number democratic, 4,235, texas number democratic, affiliate, groupsmaking the case affiliate groups, making the case for impeachment one. for impeachment one.

I know that the democrats didn’t. I know that the democrats didn’t want to look like they were want to look like they were politicizing this. , politicizing this. We are at this public machine. We are at this public machine paralysis. This hasn’t been paralysis. This hasn’t been organic. organic. The republicans have done a the republicans, have done a media campaign and it’s worked media campaign and it’s worked to get where we are. to get where we are.

, i’m, not sure chuck those , i’m, not sure chuck. Those ads have split. The country. ads have split the country. this country has beensplit, for this country has been split for a long time on impeachment. a long time on impeachment. There is a slight majority that there is a slight majority that do believe. At least impeachment do believe at least impeachment proceedings should believe, and proceedings should believe and many that believe he should be many that believe he should be removed from office. removed from office. a lot of those ads. When you dig a lot of those ads when you dig down into it, are acquisition down into it are acquisition, ads.

, ads. of people, building their own of people, building their own lists and things like that. lists and things like that. , the i think the difference isthe. I think the difference is democrats are running ads on. Democrats are running ads on things like getting prescription things like getting prescription drugs done or reforming the drugs done or reforming the healthcare system. Healthcare system. , , isn’t that a part of the isn’t that a part of the problem problem look. This is a giant effort. Look. This is a giant effort going on.

going on. You are saying the president of you are saying the president of the united states. , the united states. absolutely. , absolutely. , shine have one line: shine have one line: ? No, actually you seen this . No, actually, you seen this with speaker pelosi this week, withspeaker pelosi this week and the week before this is a and the week before this is a somber, serious, moment. , somber, serious moment. This is about. The impeachment of this is about the impeachment of the president of the united, the president of the united states.

states. , because the president of the because the president of the united states, from the evidence, united states from the evidence that we have seen and the that we Have seen and the hearings thus far and we’ll see hearings thus far and we’ll see what comes out in the articles. What comes out in the articles this week actively secured this week actively secured interference and it’s, not the interference and it’snot the first time and a check on that first time and a check on that abuse of power and breaking the abuse of power and breaking the Public trust. public trust. that’s serious, that’s, not that’s serious, that’s, not something you put on facebook, something you put on facebook ads to build your own political ads to build your own political, lists. , lists. , that’s something! You run a that’s something you run a straight process through and straight process through and democrats will get credit for. Democrats will get credit for that. that. There is time to build a public. There is time to build a public case.

case. , also it’s, not going to take. Also, it’s not goingto, take much convincing that the much convincing that the president is guilty of this president is guilty of this let’s face it. let’s face it. what’s, going on in your own what’s, going on in your own district district . Well, chuck, i think nancy well chuck. I think nancy pelosi has one more chance to go. Pelosi has one more chance to go off script. off script. We know what the script looks. We know what the script looks like here.

Democrats impeach in like here democrats, impeach in the house. , the house. republicans refoss to convict. republicans refoss to convict. the divisions in the country are the divisions in the country are hardened andthe next election hardened and the next election, probably becomes in large part, probably becomes in Large part about impeachment or nancy about impeachment or nancy pelosi can bring this to the pelosi can bring this to the brink and say you know what brink and say you know what we’re so close to the election, we’re so close to the election. We’Re going to trust the we’re going to trust the american people to make this american people to make this decision. decision. What about this third idea? ? What about this third idea over here over here? something different , something different, something that’s unexpected. , something that’s unexpected. , something that rather than something that rather thanmaking a point can make a making a point can make a difference in the country. Can difference in the country can scramble our politics sa lot of scramble our politics sa lot of you don’t trust.

The government, you don’t trust the government. I think we will trust you. I think we will trust you. , , i’m curious. What kristen is ? I’M curious, what kristen is reporting this third option of reporting this third option of waiting? How real is that in waiting? How real is that, in your mind, your mind, ? I think that there is concern . I think that there is concern if they move to the senate too, if they move to thesenate too quickly and mcconnell doesn’t quickly and mcconnell doesn’t, let new evidence be considered. Let new evidence be considered because there is a real chance, because there is a real chance that new evidence will come out. that new evidence will come out. There is active investigation. , there is active investigation.

, the courts will rule on mcgahn. The courts will rule on mcgahn that will have an impact on that will have an impact on bolton. bolton. There could be some. There could be some administration witnesses that administration witnesses that could be compelled to testify. could be compelled to testify. that’s all on the table. That’S all on the table. , if mcconnell sets rules that if mcconnell setsrules that doesn’t allow new evidence be doesn’t, allow new evidence be considered. Then.

considered then. There is another wild card, . There is another wild card, rudy guiliani. , rudy guiliani. i mean he is blatantly thumbing i mean he is blatantly thumbing his nose at the justice. His nose at the justice department. department. sdfy. sdfy. he’s got associates under die. he’s got associates under die.

He may not be a target of. He may not be a target of investigation. investigation. What has he been doing? What has he been doing? he’s, been over in ukraine. he’s, been over in ukraine. he’s, sending the signals to he’s sending the signals to democrats. democrats. some arewary privately. Some are wary privately.

, they think the president is. They think the president is going to conduct political war going to conduct political war in the coming five-to-ten weeks in the coming five-to-ten weeks, making his own case on ukraine, making his own case on ukraine and corruption. and corruption. we’ve heard echos of it in we’ve, heard Echos of it in senator cruz’s interview with senator cruz’s interview with you. you. , i did an article how the gop is. I did an article how the gop is embracing ukrainian interference embracing ukrainian interference. Despite testimony from u. s. , despite testimony from u. s. officials.

officials. , wait. Testimony that senator wait testimony that senator ted cruz illicited thisweek for ted cruz illicited this week for what it’s work. , what it’s, work. , you nailed it chuck. , you nailed it chuck. they’re ekwath, op-ed articles, they’re, ekwath, op-ed articles and political opinions With and political opinions with, interference. interference. rudy guiliani is basically >. > rudy guiliani is basically throughouting the entire throughouting the entire process, thumbing his nose process, thumbing his nose dangling the possibility that he dangling the possibility that he might be releasing more might be. Releasing more information. information.

in text message i said, are in text message i said: are you in fact going to turn over you in fact, going to turn over some information to attorney some information to attorneygeneral bail, barr general bail barr? He said he hasn’t made. He said he hasn’t made odetermination just yet. odetermination, just yet. privately, i think you have privately. I think you have republicans who are a little republicans, who are a little uncomfortable, if wondering where uncomfortable. If wondering, where is all of this going to go? Is all of this going to go? , i think even matt gates, i , i think even matt gates. I don’t know what rudy is up. To. don’t know what rudy is up: to. , beyond guiliani we have a beyond guiliani. We have a justice department, ig report and justice department, ig report and barr’s own report coming out. barr’sown report coming out.

There ought to be a lot of new. There ought to be a lot of new information coming out. information coming out. >, >, kiss tin. Before we go the kiss tin before we go, the president went really quickly. President went really quickly and basically defending saudi and basically defending saudi arabia. Before we know anything arabia before we know anything here. here. already, the president has been already. The president has been on an island. on an island.

He hasn’t convinced others to he. Hasn’T convinced others to come. Over. come over. , , you have the shooting airbase , you have the shooting airbase in pensacola and president trump in pensacola and president trumptweeting out. Essentially, he got tweeting out. Essentially he got that phone call from the leader that phone call from the leader of saudi arabia, apologizing. of saudi arabia apologizing. It underscores how complicated it underscores. How complicated his relationship is.

The united his relationship is the united states’ relationship is with states’ relationship is with saudi arabia. , saudi arabia. So far he has not called that.


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