Jim Himes – Laying Out the Facts in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry | The Daily Show


Welcome back to the show. The first public
impeachment hearings are in a couple of days. Uh, in the planning of this
event– this is gonna be huge– have you thought
of getting that guy who’s gonna come and be like, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” Have you thought of that? I was just working on getting
Anna Kendrick to come join us, ’cause, you know, that,
that will improve our ratings. It is a big– It is a really,
really big moment, not just for Congress,
but for America as a whole. Now, as we saw in that clip, you believe that Donald Trump has done something
that is an impeachable offense. Many Democrats do, in fact, more than half of the country
believes in impeachment. Why do you think this was
an impeachable offense? Well, there’s two things going on here
that are impeachable. Number one is
a corrupt abuse of power. And that’s the difference
between Donald Trump, as you just saw in that clip,
uh, extorting, essentially, a foreign leader–
a vulnerable foreign leader, as we speak, the Ukrainians
are fighting the Russians– and saying,
as he so gracefully put it, “We want you to do us a favor,
though.” And, of course,
at the same time, military aid is being held up, and a meeting
in the White House– which is a big deal for the new
president of Ukraine– is being held up. Um, that is— It has nothing
to do with our foreign policy. It has everything to do with
the personal political interest of the president
of the United States. And I don’t care if you’re
a Republican or a Democrat, that is not okay. The other piece of this,
of course, is we have an ambassador. And the American public is gonna
hear from her on Friday. All three witnesses, diplomats who are as sharp,
patriotic, serving under Democratic
and Republican administrations over the many, many years,
veterans, in some cases, uh, who was fired. She was fired
because some weird combination of Rudy Giuliani
and shady folks in Ukraine decided that she wasn’t
on Donald Trump’s team. -Mm-hmm.
-And that just can’t happen. You say it’s not okay, and you specifically use
the word “extortion.” It’s interesting,
because “quid pro quo” has been the term
that everybody’s using. But-but you’re not a fan
of that phrase. Why? Well, the main reason I’m not
a fan of that phrase is that… And-and there’s a reason
why the Republicans, who,
of course, have been throwing every variety
of spaghetti against the wall
to see what sticks, focused on quid pro quo. ‘Cause quid pro quo is,
“I’m gonna hand you “a suitcase of money,
and in exchange, you’re gonna do this for me.” Now… By the way, the chief of staff
admitted that that existed. Uh, Ambassador Sondland,
uh, in his revised testimony after he, uh, refreshed
his recollection, -admitted that there was a,
uh, a-a quid pro quo. -Mm-hmm. But the point is if you…
If that’s all you focus on, you miss the extortion. I mean,
it’s right out of The Godfather when somebody in a position
of immense power looks at somebody not
in a position of immense power and says, “I want you
to do us a favor, though.” I mean, look,
the message is not missed. Trump-Trump and the Republicans
have said, though, this had nothing to do
with extortion. It was about America saying,
“We want to make sure “that there is no corruption
in Ukraine “before we give
Ukrainians money, “and part of that corruption
could be Hunter Biden and Joe Biden
and what they’ve done.” So, what do you make
of that argument, then? Um, it’s absurd. Uh, all over the world, uh, the United States government
tries to promote, uh, clean elections,
a clean economy, and there’s all kinds of ways
we do that. Uh, that’s what, actually,
Joe Biden was doing when he was encouraging
the Ukrainians to get rid of
a clearly corrupt prosecutor that the world knew was corrupt. He was executing
the anti-corruption policy of the United States of America.
We do it all the time. It bears absolutely no relation
to the president saying, “I want you to investigate
my political opponent.” And if you look
at the transcript… And, boy, I-I don’t often agree
with the president. I agree with him on this one.
Read the transcript. He does not use
the word “corruption.” He mentions the Bidens
over and over again. So we cannot lose the fact that, uh, that there is
a radical difference between doing what we do
all over the world, encouraging an end
to corruption, and saying, “I want you to look
into my political opponent.” The-These proceedings
were-were… were happening at a pace
that was, um, dictated by the Democrats
for a very long time. You know, Nancy Pelosi said,
“We’re not gonna launch “a formal, uh, proceeding. “We’re gonna take our time
with the inquiry. We-we want to get
all our ducks in a row.” Um, some have said the Democrats
have made a mistake in not waiting for Bolton,
as one of the most prominent notetakers
in the administration. Is there a reason the Democrats
are doing this now? Is– Why not wait
a little bit longer and make sure you’ve got
even more witnesses? Or-or is this a matter
of “timing is important”? I-I think the main reason
for the timing is that the facts are
really not anymore in dispute. And it– and it’s funny.
When in– When Republicans are interviewed, uh,
they never say, “Well, this fact
is clearly wrong.” They-they say
the process is ugly. They say this is not fair. Uh, they say,
“Yeah, this was pretty bad, but it’s not impeachable bad.”
Right? -Right.
-So the facts are there. And, of course, we’d want
to hear from John Bolton. Personally, I want to hear
from Rudy Giuliani, who, uh, you know, again,
another sort of chapter of this bizarre saga,
where you have -the president’s
personal lawyer– -Mm-hmm. he’s got no position with
the United States government– running around Ukraine,
saying God knows what to God knows whom,
probably– We all watch Rudy on TV.
I imagine those weren’t particularly
diplomatic conversations. Um, and, uh, you know, I would
really like to understand that. Because we can’t have
private citizens, of course, carrying out
corrupt enterprises, uh, in vulnerable countries. But the bottom line is
that the facts are there and the open hearings will make
them plain to all Americans. It’s interesting,
because America’s history with open hearings
has shown that– For instance, with Nixon, once those hearings
became public, the swell of support
for impeachment increased dramatically,
because people started to hear and see for themselves what
the president was accused of. It is different now though
in that people get their news from completely different
sources. So are you worried that this
could be one of those things where the hearings are happening but people who watch Fox News and people who consume media
that supports Donald Trump, they’re just gonna get
information that is like, “No, nothing is happening. Everything is fine.
Look the other way”? Or do you think this will shift
the conversation even more? Well, the conversation
has already shifted. I mean,
when the Ukraine thing broke, the numbers– the way
the American people thought about impeachment changed
pretty dramatically. And there was a ten, 15,
almost 20-point swing. We’re in a world today where
some 49% of the American public thinks the president
should be impeached and removed. That was not true
before this Ukraine thing. That said– and-and here’s
what really worries me– um, being elected to an office
like the one I hold or that senators hold,
there’s a profound public trust. And it’s not just to the
president. It’s to our system. It’s to the Constitution. It’s to the resiliency
of our democracy. And when Lindsey Graham
or my Republican colleagues do everything they can
to try to make it sound like this is okay– and I don’t
just mean the Ukraine stuff– I mean, you know– This is the
first president in our history who, before the election,
said he might not recognize the legitimacy of that election. He challenges judges. He calls the press
“the enemy of the people.” This stuff is eroding the
cornerstones of our democracy. And where are my Republican
colleagues in saying, “This is not okay?” Let me ask you
about the Republican colleagues. They’ve said
it’s not about that. You know, people like
Lindsey Graham have said, “No, this whole
impeachment thing is incorrect. “This is not how you should
be removing a president. A president should be removed
by the people in an election.” That’s what they say. “Let’s let
the American people decide, because this impeachment thing
feels like a witch hunt.” How do you respond to that
criticism from their side? Well, the statement…
So, Lindsey Graham called the impeachment process
illegitimate. Folks on the right
are calling it a coup. This is a specifically
enumerated remedy, in the Constitution
of the United States that we all swear to uphold, for holding the president
accountable. By the way, it turns out,
if you read the Mueller report, uh, that it’s the only way to
hold the president accountable, because under the opinion
of the Department of Justice, -the president can’t be charged
with a crime. -Right. So it is the only way.
It is the constitutional way that we hold
a president accountable. Um, and so, too, again,
attack that process and to call it a “coup,”
you know, that sound you hear is the cornerstone’s
of our system beginning -to erode a little bit.
-Oh. It sounds like
there’s gonna be a showdown. From Wednesday onwards,
America will never be the same. Thank you so much
for being on the show. And, uh, good luck
with the hearings. -Thank you so much. Thanks.
-We’ll see how it goes. Congressman Jim Himes,
everybody.

100 Replies to “Jim Himes – Laying Out the Facts in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry | The Daily Show”

  1. Whoa Nelly…Lmao
    Did this guy just say America goes around to world to promote democracy and righteousness. What planet are these people living on. America goes around to promote hey agenda to make itself rich and pillage other people's Homeland. For natural resources. They have been doing this for hundreds of years. They even celebrate a terrorist call Christopher Columbus… every time I hear these people celebrate this it makes me want to rip someone's throat out. Even Thanksgiving. You're thankful for pillaging and killing and robbing people of their land and natural resources. This world has gone crazy.. promoting terrorism

  2. i knew i recognized this guy's name from the title and it turns out it's because he's the representative from the district next to mine. between him and chris murphy, connecticut is working to end this shitstorm.

  3. Impeach a prez because some homely, Nazi-haircutted, bulld*ke and Obammy lackey says he did something wrong? Not in this country, you pube-headed freak.

  4. Hey I heard ambassador Taylor heard that this,guy Sondland overheard a conversation that this other guy hears from a guy in-house that there is f I r sure a qiud cqou pro ball player in the white house.

    Go home or do your job jerk offs. The economy is booming.get USMCA DONE

  5. I genuinely think Americans don't understand a sht that's happening & just jump on the wagon like always.
    Yes Americans are stupid, both left & right.

  6. This is a political solution, not letting the people decide to vote the “president” out.

    Huh. Go figure. I guess things were different when Republicans decided to impeach Clinton for telling people he did not have sex with that woman who gave him a BJ.

    Yah, that must have been very different.

  7. It's AOK with me, and none of you should be taking the big bucks to mislead the un-informed or dysfunctional.  However, without you completely transparent guys we might never known how heavily involved organized crime is with our politics … @t

  8. If Obama had behaved the way Trump have been behaving; the entire country, and members of all parties would have joined together and got him out the first time! But due to Trump being white, he gets to dodge the bullet each time, while the common people suffer for his vile actions. Double standards anyone? The white is not evil mentality is still the achilles heel of this world. No wonder why this entire world is fallen apart! And will continue until the majority starts to wake up! Hopefully by then it will not be too late for us ALL!

  9. “Some ppl say” gtfo Trevor everyone’s been pulling there hair out that weak sauce Nancy didn’t do this sooner. You gonna Say Hillary should run again next. Smh, you can cash in with out selling out you know🤷‍♂️

  10. The Ukraine/impeachment is a red herring, because the real deal is Trump gets to invade South America if we let them abuse their neighbors the Ukraine, and the Chinese are in on it as well, as we stay silent about Hong Kong. Both of them showed up when we made an attempt to wipe out the Democracy in Venezuela, like Bolivia, a successful Socialist country that threatens the oligarchs very existence. Now they'll back off.
    In the end the case against Trump, who may simply know of no other particular corruption questions, is vague. He's a jerk, but ignorance of the law is rarely an excuse. In his case, he's mentally disabled and may actually have forgotten people who swears he knows them. He didn't design this long term plot at any rate; he was just cashing in on it. Nobody thinks Biden will win in any case, and nobody ever did, despite the inevitable cache he had. He was this term's Clinton.

  11. If Ukraine doesn't do the investigation, they won't get military aid from the US, Russian wins.
    If Ukraine does the investigation that makes Joe Biden looks bad, Trump wins the election, Russian wins.
    If Trump is impeached which causes the instability of the US in 2020, Russian wins.
    US has been played to a point that it's checkmate.

  12. How many people on here was asked by someone if they want the president impeached? Just curios, because I was never asked. Lol

  13. America removing corruption? I'm just glad Trump made it all so public, thanks to his open and brutal ways more people can see what is wrong and hopefully this is the beginning of a more transparant and fair era?

  14. School children have to be taught the ONE LESSON to be learned from this. The President has to operate within the frame-work of THE CONSTITUTION. That this president and his enablers don't know this, shows how faulty their education was.

  15. He's a liar, America often interferes with other government elections in favor of their own self interest. He just said they only do it for fair elections, what a complete bunch of bullshit. That's why people don't like you.

  16. It is a sad state of affairs when I have to tune-in to Trever Noah, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and watch YouTube snippets from Jimmy Kimmel, for facts I cannot trust to get from so-called journalists who try to minimize reporting Cheetolini's outrageous behavior and criminal behavior, as if it is normal and okay…case-in-point; Norah O'Donnell on CBS soft reporting the betrayal of the Kurds. I expected it from Fox news…really CBS? Thanks to Trevor and my boys I do not totally feel alien!!!!

  17. Remember Putin has been in the White House with Trump several times now. Talk about sending a message. Sorry about this Ukraine. We elected an imbecile.

  18. (202) 224-3121 Congress USA phone number. This is the number to call all members of Congress please call both Republicans and Democrats for your state and leave messages. please say you support of our constitution impeachment and removal. Michael Moore wrote that calls AR noticed and have impact.

  19. Lindsey g has changed his position so many times he is a traitor! And should be removed by the people in the next election as he is not for law and order or to protect our constitutional order and democracy. The trump team (incl Putin) has something on him so he is silent partner in crime against us the people of USA.
    2. If it was any democrates on such crime they would have been hung , dried and quartered …do you remember them not allowing any 182 fed judges and Supreme Court judges withheld by Moscow Mitch . Wait till this goes to senate Moscow Mitch will drag this on till elections

  20. Trump kicked off his campaign for president by taking a country that has been an ally and trade partner of the United States for about a century and categorically equating them with rape, drugs and crime in general. Right there, I figured, "Well, shit. There's no way in hell this guy's gonna be President now. Surely, every President we've ever had like this is history, by now. Surely, we're better than that by now."
    Then his campaign gained traction. I thought, "What? No."
    Now, look. Somehow, we're still talking about this guy like whether he's a good president has ever been a matter of dispute.

  21. I believe Trump's downfall, which I'm happy about, was due to his backers, ie Fox News and other varying supporters, being so nonchalant about his corruption, emboldened that idiot so much so to the point that Trump felt like he could get away with anything and ALL would just look the other way… NOPE!

  22. I’m sorry but the whole “a sitting president cannot be indicted” thing needs to change! NO ONE should be above the law!!! The asshat should be locked up in federal prison along with all his corrupt cronies! 🔒🔒🔒

  23. Being European, and witnessing this unbelievable show, I am not sure if I should be scared about the state of the world, or simply join the laughter…

  24. Ben Franklin has an harsh opinion on what these republicans are doing and here the quote "Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither. He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security. He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."

  25. US anti corruption, doesn't mean removing corrupt people, just remove the one that are not corrupted by the US.
    But I guess it's the same for all countries that intervene in the internal politics of another.

  26. lies and more lies
    watch bill barr speech 11/15 wake up, or more likely u still want to hate and will watch more lies from democrap news

  27. "all over the world America is trying to encourage free and fair elections" yeah….right. until those elections bring forth a candidate not to americas liking. then its time to give that country a healthy dose of freedom 😉

  28. I say 50 people will be indicted related to trump in all this criminal drama. 7 down and 43 to go. It's early still too. Hmm 😀😁😂😂

  29. The reality is most comedians like Trevor are panicking. Imagine the world without Trump, where would most comedians get their materials?

  30. Read the transcript+hear the Ukraine president=case closed. But we are liberals we hear late night tv shows to decide the fate of the country xD

  31. There are many facts presented here but one thing is not a fact, Hunter being on that Ukrainian board is not so innocent as he proclaims, politicians are the only things more corrupt than corporate media, lawyers and drug dealers, that being said, I'm a liberal, just don't want to ignore the obvious

  32. Whatever. You dumbasses will get yours handed on a gilded plate. Time is nigh. I can't wait for Rudy the tooth fairy to give his damnable replies. This guy is going to give up the whole thing. Who needs Trump? We certainly don't. We have Giuliani right where we want him. Stay tuned, righties, the plot thickens by not only the day, but by the hour. My story.

  33. How does this guy not mention Trump literally hired the guy who managed the campaign of the corrupt Ukrainian President who was ousted, one Paul Manafort, TO BE HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER! That destroys Republican's talking point that Trump just wanted to fight corruption.

  34. Remember that a LOT of people where killed by Russians and The Turks because of Trump's delay on providing military aid, and his pulling out his forces from the area.

  35. A Democratic mouthpiece who spews impeachment lies, hate and confusion about the President!
    The American people are wise to your propaganda smear campaign . . .

  36. We are amidst a Cold Civil War, Special interests against women's rights, Republicans v dissenting opinion, Industrialists v human wellbeing. The Southern Right Vs the conservationist liberals. Nobody else understands the leverage silently wrenched against democracy.

  37. The Republicans and the Dems are working for the same corporate lords. In this rich country 90 percent of the wealth is owned by 1 percent of population. Think about it

  38. Bolton is going to write a book…he's not going to show up and give away his narrative. The trend for impeachment is growing in popularity. I don't care if he's impeached or not but I do care if he goes to jail.

  39. The hole in this whole impeachment situation is that if Trump investigated Ukraine is going to come out and say that they found this evidence. That would look so sketchy.

  40. Hunter Biden's only qualification as a board member of an Ukranyan company was his father's responsibility for the Ukraine in the Obama administration. Maybe Trump will be impeached for putting pressure on the Ukraine for his personal goals but that doesn't make the Biden nepotism right. He should resign as a candidate.

  41. President Trump is the best thing to have happened to America ♥️💯

    Charismatic leader. Witch hunting by assholes.
    We love TRUMP ♥️.
    The Oldman
    Former Pakistan Air Force 🇵🇰

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