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THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BIG PART OF AND SO GORDON SONDLAND

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR LONGER THAN A WEEK FOR WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TODAY WITH AMBASSADOR GORDON SONDLAND, AMBASSADOR TO THE EU BECAUSE HIS FIRST SCHEDULED TESTIMONY WAS CANCELED NOW HE'S BEEN SUBPOENAED SO HE HAS CERTAINLY A LOT OF — HE CAN PROVIDE ANSWERS AND INVESTIGATORS HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS FOR HIM >> AND I THINK WHAT ELIJAH CUMMINGS WAS SAYING IN THAT CLIP ABOUT PUTTING COUNTRY FIRST AND BEING A PATRIOT, I THINK IS AT THE HEART OF SOME OF THE THEMES THAT ARE GOING TO BE DISCUSSED IN THIS TESTIMONY TODAY

YOU KNOW, WHAT'S BEEN ALLEGED SO FAR IS THAT THERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT WERE KIND OF WORKING OUTSIDE OF THE LINES AND GORDON SONDLAND APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF AN OPERATION TO HOLD UP AID TO UKRAINE IN EXCHANGE FOR SOME KIND OF PAY BACK IN TERMS OF INVESTIGATING WHAT THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES TO BE CORRUPTION IN THE 2016 ELECTION AND THE BIDENS AND WHAT WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT, I THINK, YOU KNOW, WHEN SONDLAND IS DEPOSED AND IS QUESTIONED ABOUT ALL OF THIS IS WHAT EXACTLY DOES HE HAVE TO SAY IF HE IS GOING TO SAY AS HAS BEEN REPORTED THERE WAS SOME KIND OF QUID PRO QUO THAT WENT ON, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN ON CAMERA REPEATEDLY SAYING THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO

MANY OF HIS DEFENDERS ON CAPITOL HILL HAVE GONE ON THE SHOWS AND SAID THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO SO THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE SOME PRETTY DAMAGING TESTIMONY IF HE ENDS UP TESTIFYING TRUTHFULLY ABOUT ALL OF THIS THE OTHER THING IS, YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO FIONA HILL, THE TOP RUSSIAN, YOU KNOW, EXPERT TO THE PRESIDENT, ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT WAS TESTIFYING JUST EARLIER THIS WEEK SAYING THAT SONDLAND AND MULVANEY WAS PART OF THIS, QUOTE, DRUG DEAL ACCORDING TO JOHN BOLTON AND SO IT DOES SOUND AS THOUGH — >> USING IT METAPHORICALLY BUT IT DOES SOUND AS THOUGH THERE IS SOME KIND OF ROGUE SHADOW OPERATION GOING ON TO TRY TO GET THE PRESIDENT HIS POLITICAL DIRT ON JOE BIDEN AND PERHAPS DREDGE UP SOME KIND OF INFORMATION THAT LENDS CREDENCE TO THE CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT HE AND GIULIANI HAVE BEEN PEDDLING FOR SOME TIME NOW THAT THEY WERE SOMEHOW THE VICTIMS IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN

>> WHAT WE DON'T KNOW IS WHY HE BOWED TO WHITE HOUSE PRESSURE LAST WEEK NOT TO TESTIFY OR SPEAK TO CONGRESS AND WHY HE'S DECIDED TO GO SPEAK TO CONGRESS THIS WEEK IT WAS "THE WASHINGTON POST" THAT REPORTED HE WOULD SAY THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO THIS IS CNN'S REPORTING HERE AND THIS IS FROM FRIENDS TALKING TO CNN'S TEAM IF HE WANTED TO GET THIS MEETING, SONDLAND IS GOING TO TESTIFY, WITH ZELENSKY, THEN YOU COULD ABANDON THAT OR YOU COULD WORK THROUGH RUDY

THE PERSON SAID AGAIN DESCRIBING WHAT SONDLAND MAY SAY ON THURSDAY THEY CAME TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT RUDY WANTED WAS A PUBLIC STATEMENT BY CELINE SKI TO LOOK AT BURISMA THE IDEA THAT THROUGH RUDY GIULIANI WAS THIS SEPARATE SHADOW OEPERATION TO BENEFIT TH PRESIDENT AND PERSON AFTER PERSON HAS BEEN TESTIFYING OVER THE LAST WEEK TO SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT >> AND WHATTIC MAKES HIM SO IMPORTANT IS UNLIKE SOME OF THE LOWER LEVEL PEOPLE WHO HAVE OR ARE GOING TO TESTIFY, SONDLAND ACTUALLY HAD CONTACT WITH THE PRESIDENT

I MEAN, THERE IS AT LEAST ONE PHONE CALL AND PERHAPS MORE WHERE HE AND DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT HOW UKRAINE POLICY SHOULD UNFOLD THAT MAKES HIM ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF THE KBUCHLT INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING AT TRUMP'S DIRECTION OF FOREIGN POLICY WHAT WAS THE GOAL OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY IN UKRAINE? THE CORE QUESTION OF THIS WHOLE IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION IS WAS DONALD TRUMP PURSUING THE NATIONAL INTEREST OR HIS POLITICAL INTEREST IN GETTING DIRT ON BIDEN BURISMA FROM THAT LAST FULL SCREEN WE JUST PUT UP, THAT'S HUNTER BIDEN'S COMPANY SO WAS OUR FOREIGN POLICY IN UKRAINE DESIGNED TO GET DIRT ON BIDEN AND THUS, YOU KNOW, BURISMA, OR WAS IT ABOUT PURSUING THE NATIONAL INTEREST? THAT'S WHY SONDLAND IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE HE IS A DIRECT TIE TO DONALD TRUMP ON THAT SUBJECT

>> SPEAKING OF LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE, LET'S LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY IN THIS MEETING BETWEEN SOME CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS, NANCY PELOSI AND DONALD TRUMP AS WELL AS EVERYONE THERE AROUND THAT MASSIVE CONFERENCE — OVAL CONFERENCE TABLE THE BODY LANGUAGE SAYS A LOT IN THIS PICTURE THIS WAS THE PICTURE PUT OUT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SHOW HE FELT THAT NANCY PELOSI WAS HAVING THE TEMPER TANTRUM, THAT NANCY PELOSI SAID DONALD TRUMP WAS HAVING THE TEMPER TANTRUM SHE THEN OWNED IT AND I GUESS TURNED IT INTO AN ASSET AND PUT IT ON HER TWITTER FEED

BUT THE POINT IS, THERE WERE A LOT OF WORDS EXCHANGED IN THIS MEETING AND THIS IS I BELIEVE WHERE NANCY PELOSI WAS ASKING HIM WHY DO ALL ROADS SEEM TO LEAD BACK TO RUSSIA WITH YOU, MR PRESIDENT AND THAT'S WHEN THERE WAS A SORT OF ANGRY END WHAT MORE DO WE KNOW ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT? >> SO MANY THINGS TO UNPACK THERE

CAN WE DO ONE MORE BEAT ON THAT PHOTO? BECAUSE UNTIL NOW, WHAT HER STAFF OWNED AND WHAT HAS KIND OF MADE HER, YOU KNOW, KIND OF ICONIC AMONG THE DEMOCRATIC BASE AND BEYOND THAT IS THAT PICTURE OF HER WALKING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND PUTTING HER SUNGLASSES ON I MEAN, THIS MAKES THAT LOOK LIKE, YOU KNOW, NOT EVEN AT ALL SYMBOLIC I MEAN, LOOK AT THAT PHOTO OF ONE WOMAN STANDING UP AND, YOU KNOW, GIVING IT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AT A TABLE WITH ALL MEN THERE I MEAN, OF COURSE SHE'S GOING TO OWN THAT NOW, BEYOND THE SYMBOLISM AND THE IMAGERY THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT, WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT? IT WAS FROM ALL ACCOUNTS, PEOPLE I'M TALKING TO, OUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING TO, PRETTY INTENSE

AND THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS PRETTY — TO USE HIS WORD THAT HE LIKES TO USE — RUDE TO HER IT WAS A TWO-WAY STREET IT WAS VERY ANTAGONISTIC I'M TOLD WHEN THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAME BACK TO THE CAPITOL ON THE SENATE FLOOR BECAUSE THERE WERE SENATORS THERE, IT WAS ALL THE TALK EVEN AMONG REPUBLICANS

HOW THE PRESIDENT TREATED THE HOUSE SPEAKER IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND WHAT ALL THIS MEANS BEYOND THE HISTRIONICS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DEALT HIM A HUGE REBUKE YESTERDAY WITH A VOTE SAYING THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE WHAT THEY DID WITH THE TROOPS IN SYRIA

>> 2-1 REPUBLICAN >> EXACTLY AND THE MAJORITY OF HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THE REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILL SAYING WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO%-p THEY STOOD UP

THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS THE PRESIDENT WAS SO UPSET AND NANCY PELOSI, IT'S ONE OF HIS FAVORITE FOILS >> HE'S LASHING OUT AT NANCY PELOSI THERE BUT IN HIS HEAD PROBABLY IT'S THE REPUBLICAN DEFECTIONS HE'S MOST NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT WOULD YOU SAY, JIM? >> I WOULD SAY SO AS MUCH AS PRESIDENT TRUMP CONSIDERS HIMSELF TO BE A MASTER TACTICIAN AT ALL OF THIS, HE MAY HAVE PLAYED THINGS BADLY HERE NOT MADE A GREAT CHESS MOVE HERE

HE IS GOING TO NEED THOSE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE TO STAY HOME IF HE IS IMPEACHED IN THE HOUSE AND THEY CONDUCT A TRIAL IN THE SENATE AND MITCH McCONNELL WAS SAYING YESTERDAY IN ADDITION TO THIS MEETING THAT OCCURRED AT THE WHITE HOUSE, MITCH McCONNELL WAS TALKING TO REPUBLICANS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND SAYING HE INTENDS TO HOLD A TRIAL IN THE SENATE IF THE PRESIDENT IS IMPEACHED IN THE HOUSE WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE AND DANA I THINK PUT HER FINGER RIGHT ON IT, IS THIS TURKEY SYRIA POLICY THAT THE PRESIDENT SORT OF ROLLED OUT THERE WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION TO A LOT OF THE STAKE HOLDERS IN WASHINGTON HAS UNNERVED THE VERY PEOPLE HE'S GOING TO NEED IF THINGS GET VERY CRITICAL FOR HIM IN THE SENATE LATER ON THIS YEAR SO THIS MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OF HIS WORST MOVES SINCE HE'S COME INTO OFFICE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS — THEY WON'T SAY IT PUBLICLY BECAUSE THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT BEING TWEETED ABOUT

BUT THEY WILL SAY PRIVATELY THAT THEY'VE HAD IT UP TO HERE WITH THE PRESIDENT >> WHATEVER THE POLITICS, THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING US ALLIES ARE DYING WHILE THESE THINGS ARE BEING SAID AND THESE LETTERS ARE BEING WRITTEN

JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND AS WELL JEFFREY TOOBIN, DANA BASH, JIM ACOSTA, THANK YOU >>> BREAKING NAUZ BORIS JOHNSON JUST A SHORT TIME AGO ANNOUNCED A NEW DEAL FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION FOR BREXIT BUT THE DEAL STILL NEEDS TO BE APPROVED BY BOTH THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND BRITISH PARLIAMENT

THIS IS A GIANT STEP >> Reporter: IT'S HUGE YOU CAN SEE BY THE WAY THE POUND ROSE ON THE BACK OF THIS 11th HOUR BREAKTHROUGH AND THE HOPES WITH IT THAT SOMETHING HAD BEEN ACHIEVED, THE NEGOTIATORS HERE IN BRUSSELS ACROSS THE COMMISSION HAD BEEN WORKING DAY AND NIGHT EUROPEAN NEGOTIATORS, BRITISH ON THE OTHER IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE HOW THEY WERE GOING TO COBBLE TOGETHER SOME DEAL GIVEN HOW DIFFERENT ALL THEIR POSITIONS WERE

IN THE END, THEY DID IT WHAT NOW HAPPENS IS EUROPEAN — ANGELA MERCKKEL HAS ARRIVED IN E BUILDING THE DEAL WILL BE PUT TO THEM THE EXPECTATION IS THEY WILL ACCEPT IT SINCE AFTER ALL THE EU NEGOTIATORS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THEIR BEHALF PROTECTING EUROPEAN RED LINES AND SO ON THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT BORIS JOHNSON DOES NOW

WE HAD THIS TWEET FROM HIM EARLIER THIS IS HOW WE LEARNED THE DEAL HAD BEEN DONE SAYING WE GOT A GREAT DEAL DONE IT NOW NEEDS TO GET DONE BY WESTMINSTER ON SATURDAY WE NEED TO GET BEHIND IT SO WE CAN GET TO THE OTHER PRIORITIES OF THIS GOVERNMENT THAT IS REALLY LIKELY THE NEXT STICKING POINT

IT IS LIKELY IT'LL GET PAST THE EUROPEAN LEADERS THIS WAS THE DEAL NEGOTIATED ON THEIR BEHALF HOW HE GETS THE NUMBERS BEHIND HIM AND THIS IS, AGAIN, WHERE THERESA MAY HAD FAILED BEFORE HIM IT'S HARD TO SEE BUT A GLIMMER OF HOPE THIS AFTERNOON

>> WOW THIS IS JUST CHANGING BY THE DAY, BY THE HOUR PLEASE KEEP US POSTED THANK YOU >>> ALL RIGHT

PRESIDENT TRUMP FACING CRITICISM ON HIS DECISION TO PULL TROOPS OUT OF NORTHERN SYRIA INCLUDING FROM ONE OF HIS FIERCEST ALLIESL TAYLOR WITH THE INFAMOUS "CALL ME" WHEN THINGS SEEMED TO BE GETTING TOO HOT IN TERMS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS QUID PRO QUO >> WHENEVER YOU'RE EXCHANGING TEXTS AND THEY SAY CALL ME IT TYPICALLY MEANS YOU DON'T WANT TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION VIA TEXT AND THE AMBASSADOR WILL HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR WHEN HE GOES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT WHAT PHIONA HILL, THE TOP RUSSIA ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT WAS SAYING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS EARLIER THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTING SHE WAS DESCRIBING JOHN BOLTON AS REFERRING TO THE SCHEMING GOING ON BETWEEN MICK MULVANEY AND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AS A, QUOTE, DRUG DEAL AND SAYING WHAT RUDY GIULIANI IS DOING IS LIKE A HAND GRENADE THAT'S GOING TO BLOW EVERYBODY UP

WE'LL HAVE TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THAT LAWMAKERS WANT TO ASK ABOUT NOT JUST WHAT FIONA HILL WAS TESTIFYING, BUT WHY WAS GORDON SONDLAND TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT AS HE WAS TEXTING WITH BILL TAYLOR ABOUT THIS SO-CALLED QUID PRO QUO? ACCORDING TO "THE WASHINGTON POST" AND SOME OTHER OUTLETS, INCLUDING CNN DOING SOME REPORTING ON ALL OF THIS, SONDLAND HAS SAID, WELL, IT WAS A QUID PRO QUO BUT NOT A CORRUPT QUID PRO QUO THAT FLIES IN THE FACE OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SAYING THAT THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO SOLICITING FOREIGN HELP IN AN ELECTION IS AGAINST THE LAW

AND IF WE GET TO THE END OF THIS PROCESS AND THERE'S EVIDENCE OF THAT, MY GUESS IS YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BROUGHT FORWARD I TALKED TO A SOURCE IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME OF THIS TESTIMONY EARLIER THIS WEEK WHO SAID THIS IS A PIVOTAL WEEK IN THIS INVESTIGATION >> THE EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT SOLICITING FOREIGN HELP FOR AN ELECTION IS IN THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE CALL WHERE HE SAYS, HEY, GO LOOK INTO THE BIDENS TALK TO RUDY GIULIANI >> THERE WAS ALL OF THIS MANEUVERING GOING ON UP UNTIL THIS PHONE CALL

FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SAY IT WAS A PERFECT PHONE CALL, NOTHING NEFARIOUS THERE, IT WAS NO PRESSURE IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE WAS A PRESSURE OPERATION GOING ON BEFORE THAT PHONE CALL >> GORDON SONDLAND WILL TESTIFY TO THAT THIS IS CNN'S REPORTING "THE WASHINGTON POST" SAYING HE'LL SAY THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO

NOT A CORRUPT ONE CNN IS REPORTING ABOUT THE MEETING GORDON SONDLAND WAS TRYING TO SET UP HERE IF YOU WANTED TO GET THIS MEETING WITH ZELENSKY YOU CAN ABANDON THAT OR WORK THROUGH RUDY GIULIANI DESCRIBING WHAT SONDLAND MAY SAY ON THURSDAY THEY CAME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT RUDY WANTED WAS A PUBLIC STATEMENT BY ZELENSKY TO LOOK AT BURISMA, HUNTER BIDEN'S COMPANY, AND THE SERVER THAT DEALS WITH THE CONSPIRACY THEORY ABOUT CROWD STRIKE

THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE CONCEDED BY ZELENSKY IF HE WANTED TO MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT, HENCE A QUID PRO QUO >> THAT'S RIGHT WHAT MAKES SONDLAND SO IMPORTANT, HE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH DONALD TRUMP HE IS NOT A GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT HE IS A HOTEL OWNER FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WHO GAVE A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE TRUMP INAUGURATION

HE HAD NOT BEEN A PARTICULARLY CLOSE TRUMP SUPPORTER IN THE YEAR LEADING UP TO THE ELECTION BUT HE BECAME ONE IN A VERY SELF-CONSCIOUS WAY, IT APPEARS, TO GET AN AMBASSADORSHIP HE GOT ONE AND THERE WERE AT LEAST SOME PHONE CALLS BETWEEN SONDLAND AND THE PRESIDENT AND WHAT MAKES HIS TESTIMONY SO IMPORTANT IS THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN TESTIFY ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH UKRAINE

SINCE WE'RE IN AN IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION, WHAT COMES OUT OF THE PRESIDENT'S MOUTH IS SO IMPORTANT OBVIOUSLY, WE HAVE THE PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT THAT WAS RELEASED EARLIER THAT MANY PEOPLE REGARD AS A SMOKING GUN BUT SONDLAND CAN ALSO TESTIFY ABOUT WHAT TRUMP WAS SAYING IN REA REALTIME THAT'S IMPORTANT IN UNFOLDING HOW THIS STORY DEVELOPED >> ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING ON SUCH A BUSY WEEK ON SO MANY OTHER LEVELS

OBVIOUSLY, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SYRIA AS WE JUST SAW THE VICE PRESIDENT HAS JUST LANDED IN ATTEMPT TO BROKER SOME SORT OF CEASE-FIRE THAT MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT BEGAN BY GIVING THE GREEN-LIGHT TO ERDOGAN AND THEN THIS LETTER THAT WAS RELEASED BY THE WHITE HOUSE FROM THE PRESIDENT TO ERDOGAN AND THE LANGUAGE IN IT THAT JUST STRUCK SO MANY PEOPLE AS UNUSUAL COMING FROM A PRESIDENT AND THEN THIS ICONIC PHOTOGRAPH THAT BOTH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND NANCY PELOSI HAVE RELEASED THIS WAS NANCY PELOSI STANDING UP TO — WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S THE RIGHT WORD CONFRONTING THE PRESIDENT ABOUT THE THINGS HE HAD SAID IN THIS MEETING

OUR REPORTING IS THAT IN THIS WHITE HOUSE MEETING, I'LL TAKE YOU THROUGH A FEW THE PRESIDENT BRAGGED ABOUT HIS NASTY LETTER TO ERDOGAN WE MAY HAVE A CHANCE TO READ SOME PORTIONS OF THAT HE CALLED GENERAL MATTIS THE MOST OVERRATED GENERAL HE SAID FEWER THAN 100 ISIS PRISONERS HAD ESCAPED AND THEY'RE THE LEAST DANGEROUS ONES

>> THE IMPORTANT THING THERE IS THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WOULDN'T CONFIRM IT HE WOULDN'T CONFIRM THEY WERE THE LEAST DANGEROUS >> HOW DO WE KNOW THE LEAST DAE DANGEROUS ONES >> AND HE CALLED NANCY PELOSI A THIRD RATE POLITICIAN AND THAT'S WHEN, I THINK THE MOMENT WHERE YOU SEE HER STANDING UP

I THINK IT'S THE MOMENT WHERE SHE SAYS, WHY DO ALL ROADS WITH YOU LEAD BACK TO PUTIN? WHAT A DAY, DANA >> WHAT A DAY I MEAN, THIS IS — IF WE WERE WATCHING A TV SHOW ABOUT A PRESIDENCY, WE WOULD ROLL OUR EYES AND SAY, YEAH, RIGHT YOU CAN PROBABLY SAY THAT ABOUT EVERY FIVE MINUTES OF THIS PRESIDENCY BUT THIS REALLY CAPS IT BECAUSE IT'S CLIMACTIC

AND THAT PICTURE, THE FACT THAT THE WHITE HOUSE, THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED THAT OUT BECAUSE THAT MAKES IT LOOK BAD FOR NANCY PELOSI, I MEAN, I GUESS SHE, LIKE MANY POLITICIANS, ARE KIND OF A RORSCHACH TEST BUT IT'S HARD TO SEE HOW THAT PICTURE SHOWS ANYTHING OTHER THAN HER LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY STANDING UP TO THE PRESIDENT, PARTICULARLY AFTER WHAT WE NOW ARE TOLD FROM PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO WERE IN THAT ROOM HAPPENED WHERE THE PRESIDENT WAS, AGAIN TO USE HIS ROOM, RUDE TO HER AND THAT WAS ALL THE TALK I'M TOLD ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE WHEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAME BACK AND, AGAIN, THE WHOLE REASON FOR THIS BLOW-UP IS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT GOT HIS HEAD HANDED TO HIM WITH A MAJOR AND VERY IMPORTANT VOTE YESTERDAY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHERE THE MAJORITY OF HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS REBUKED HIM ON HIS DECISION IN SYRIA AND WHAT IT HAS DONE TO THE U

S ALLIES THERE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS, THE KURDS, AS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT IS AT THE CORE OF ALL OF THIS BEHAVIOR >> JEFFREY, CAN I TIE THIS TOGETHER A LITTLE BIT WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY? BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT LOST ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE YESTERDAY, 2-1, ON THE SYRIA VOTE AND IT ALSO SEEMS HE'S LOSING A LITTLE BIT IN THE PROCESS HERE ON IMPEACHMENT

THE WHITE HOUSE IS TRYING TO STONEWALL THEY'RE TRYING TO UTILIZE THE STRATEGY WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND THE CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES BUT THE WALL IS CRUMBLING BECAUSE ALL THESE PEOPLE THEY'VE TRIED TO KEEP FROM TESTIFYING OR HOPING WOULDN'T TESTIFY ARE AND THEY ARE TELLING A STORY >> THIS IS REALLY EXTRAORDINARY

THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL PAT CIPALLONE WROTE THIS LETTER LAST WEEK, ALTHOUGH WE SEEM TO WORK IN DOG YEARS IN — IT SEEMS LIKE A LONG TIME AGO, BUT ONLY LAST WEEK THIS EIGHT-AGE LETTER SAYING NO ONE IN THE ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS KANGAROO COURT YOU'LL NOT GET ANY WITNESSES OR DOCUMENTS WHAT WE'VE SEEN THIS WEEK IS THAT QUITE A FEW REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, MOSTLY CAREER PEOPLE, BUT NOT ALL SONDLAND IS A POLITICAL APPOINTEE WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING IS THEY ARE SLAPPING THESE INDIVIDUALS WITH SUBPOENAS

AND THEY ARE GOING TO — THEY ARE DEAL WITH THE QUESTION OF, AM I GOING TO LISTEN TO THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL OR AM I GOING TO LISTEN TO MY OWN PERSONAL LAWYERS WHO SAY YOU HAVE GOT A SUBPOENA, PAL YOU BETTER SHOW UP AND WHAT THESE WITNESSES ARE DOING IS, BY AND LARGE, SHOWING UP AND THEY ARE BUILDING A CASE THAT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE IT IS HEADING TOWARDS IMPEACHMENT AT THIS POINT BUT THAT LETTER, THAT EIGHT-PAGE LETTER WHICH MANY OF US THOUGHT WAS A COMPLETE SHUTDOWN, HAS TURNED OUT NOT TO BE

AND THAT IS VERY MUCH BENEFITING THIS INVESTIGATION >> VERY NOTABLE AND VERY IMPORTANT DAY OBVIOUSLY, WE'LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ALL OF THE DEVELOPMENTS THANK YOU, GUYS >>> WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THAT WHITE HOUSE MEETING

THAT REMARKABLE PICTURE DEMOCRATS SAY THE PRESIDENT HAD A MELTDOWN WE WILL SPEAK TO ONE SENATOR WHO WAS THERE IN THE ROOM AND SAYS HE >>> REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE HAVE BEEN SLOW TO CRITICIZE PRESIDENT TRUMP ON MUCH OF ANYTHING, UNTIL NOW OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION TO WITHDRAW US

TROOPS FROM SYRIA, THEREBY UNLEASHING VIOLENCE AND DEATH ON THE KURDS HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE SAYING >> DON'T BELIEVE ISIS IS GOING TO COME OUR WAY, YOU'RE MISTAKEN >> I'M SPEAKING FOR MOST MEMBERS OF MY CONFERENCE THAT THIS WAS A MISTAKE, AND I HOPE IT CAN BE REPAIRED >> I HOPE THAT THE VICE PRESIDENT AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE CAN DO SOMETHING IN THIS TRIP TO BEGIN TO TURN THIS BACK IN A BETTER DIRECTION

>> WE ARE REVERSING OUR STANCE ON MAINTAINING PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE REGION >> JOINING US, SUSAN GLASSER, A STAFF WRITER AT THE NEW YORKER AND CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS ANALYST GREAT TO SEE YOU ONE OF THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE HAS BEEN THEIR RELUCTANCE TO CRITICIZE OR SPEAK OUT AGAINST LOTS OF THINGS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP SO WHY NOW? WHY HAS THIS SYRIA DECISION CHANGED THINGS FOR THEM? >> THAT'S RIGHT

IT'S BEEN ONE OF THE CENTRAL PARADOXES OF THE TRUMP ERA THE SILENCE OF THE REPUBLICANS AND, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE THESE OBJECT LESSONS IN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CRITICIZE TRUMP PUBLICLY YOU KNOW, SOME OF THEIR BRETHREN WHO DID, BOB CORKER, JEFF FLAKE DRIVEN OUT OF THE SENATE, COLLAPSING REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR THEM AND IT JUST — IT STRIKES YOU AS THIS ALMOST INCREDIBLE, WEIRD HYPOCRISY ON THE PART OF REPUBLICANS TO BE SO VOCAL

LINDSEY GRAHAM WHO FLATTERS THE PRESIDENT AT EVERY TURN IS OUT THERE NOW SAYING IT'S A DISASTER FOR THE PRESIDENCY IT'S THE WORST DECISION HE'S MADE AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A COUPLE POLITICAL DI NAJYNAMICS AT WORK I THINK THERE'S A CYNICAL PERHAPS PERCEPTION ON THE PART OF REPUBLICANS THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DOESN'T CARE THAT MUCH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY, THAT IT'S ESSENTIALLY A FAR AWAY CONFLICT AND THAT MAKES IT EASIER FOR THEM TO SPEAK OUT IN THE WAY THAT THEY WOULD LIKE

THERE'S A SENSE THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY INFLUENCE THE PRESIDENT ON FOREIGN POLICY MOVES BECAUSE THEY'VE DONE IT BEFORE REMEMBER, HE THREATENED TO PULL OUT OF SYRIA BEFORE THEY WALKED HIM BACK OBVIOUSLY, IT'S TOO LATE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN NOW SO I DO THINK THEY THINK THEY CAN INFLUENCE HIM ON FOREIGN POLICY AND NUMBER THREE, IT UNDERSCORES THE EXTENT TO WHICH REPUBLICANS NEVER ACTUALLY ENDORSE DONALD TRUMP'S AMERICA FIRST VERSION OF FOREIGN POLICY

THEY ARE JUST NOT WITH HIM MANY PEOPLE INSIDE HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION DO NOT SUPPORT THIS POLICY AND SO I THINK YOU'RE SEEING REPUBLICANS ACTUALLY SAY WHAT THEY THINK FOR A CHANGE >> WHILE WE HAVE YOU, I DO WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THIS LETTER THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RELEASED THIS WAS HIS LETTER TO PRESIDENT ERDOGAN OF TURKEY

AND HE RELEASED IT THE LANGUAGE IS JUST STRIKING TO ATTEMPT TO PARSE HERE'S JUST THE LAST PARAGRAPH I'LL READ YOU THE LAST COUPLE OF SENTENCES HE'S TRYING TO SAY THAT ERDOGAN DOESN'T WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SLAUGHTERING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

THEN HE SAYS IT WILL LOOK — HISTORY WILL LOOK UPON YOU FAVORABLY IF YOU GET THIS DONE THE RIGHT AND HUMANE WAY IT WILL LOOK UPON YOU FOREVER AS THE DEVIL IF GOOD THINGS DON'T HAPPEN DON'T BE A TOUGH GUY DON'T BE A FOOL! I WILL CALL YOU LETTER, SINCERELY DONALD TRUMP YOU ARE STEEPED IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS LETTER? >> WELL, CONSIDER THE REACTION THAT WE RECEIVED THIS MORNING WHEN WE WOKE UP HERE IN WASHINGTON FROM TURKEY AND ITS LEADER PRESIDENT ERDOGAN HE SAID HE THREW IT IN THE GARBAGE WHETHER HE METAPHORICALLY OR ACTUALLY DID SO, THE LETTER WAS DATED THE EXACT SAME DAY THAT TURKEY'S LEADER ORDERED THE INVASION OF SYRIA IN OTHER WORDS, UTTERLY DISREGARDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IT'S JUST SUCH A DEVASTATING BLOW TO AMERICA'S STANDING AND AUTHORITY IN THE WORLD

AND IT'S GOT TO BE HUMILIATING FOR THESE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE OUT THERE TODAY YOU HAVE THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE VICE PRESIDENT IN ANKARA, THE TURKISH CAPITAL IS THIS THE POLICY THAT THEY WANT TO REPRESENT? THEY CAN'T EVEN ARTICULATE WHAT IT IS BUT PEOPLE ARE TREATING THIS AS AN OUTLIER I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE AS WELL, THAT THIS IS VERY CONSISTENT WITH HOW DONALD TRUMP HAS OPERATED ON THE WORLD STAGE AND REPRESENTED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SINCE DAY ONE OF HIS PRESIDENCY

REMEMBER HOW HE TALKS ALL THE TIME ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL LETTERS THAT HE EXCHANGES WITH KIM JONG-UN WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE CONTENTS, BUT I WOULD SUSPECT THEY'RE QUITE SIMILAR IN TONE AND CONTENT TO THIS LETTER THAT WE'VE JUST SEEN WHAT I FIND AMAZING, I'M SURE YOU DO, TOO, IS THAT TRUMP AND HIS WHITE HOUSE APPARENTLY LEAKED THIS BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A POSITIVE DOCUMENT FOR HIM THAT'S THE PART THAT'S REALLY JUST STUNNING WHO COULD READ THAT OBJECTIVELY AND SAY, WELL, GEE, WE GET THIS OUT THERE AND THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO LOOK GREAT? >> PARTICULARLY SINCE IT WAS DISREGARDED AND THROWN IN THE TRASH

BUT SUSAN GLASSER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON ALL OF THIS GREAT TO TALK TO YOU HRIEANG FR THESE HEARINGS >> WHAT A TOUCHING INTERVIEW WITH HER THERE >> IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE I THINK WE COULD TALK TO DOZENS IF NOT HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO WOULD FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME WAY

>> ESPECIALLY MARKAY SO THE ENERGY IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FEELS LIKE IT IS LURCHING TO THE LEFT IS THAT TRUE? JOHN AVALON HAS OUR REALITY CHECK >> HEY, GUYS SO LOOK

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A LOT OF PROBLEMS WHEN IT COMES TO HIS RE-ELECTION HE'S THE ONLY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY OF GALLUP NEVER TO HIT 50% APPROVAL SIX OUT OF TEN AMERICANS SAY HE DOESN'T DESERVE A SECOND TERM ALL OF THOSE STATS WERE BEFORE A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAID HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED

BUT DEMOCRATS ARE STILL MORE THAN CAPABLE OF SCREWING UP THE 2020 ELECTION BUT LURCHING TOO FAR LEFT AND PLAYING INTO REPUBLICAN HANDS IT'S NO SECRET TRUMP HAS BEEN CALLING DEMOCRATS SOCIALIST, RADICALS, EXTREME CHECK OUT THIS POLL FROM MID-SUMMER JOE BIDEN CRUSHING TRUMP BY TEN POINTS

WITH THE REST BEATING HIM BY A FEW POINTS OR TIED WHEN TRUMP IS PITTED AGAINST A, QUOTE, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE YOU REGARD AS SOCIALIST, HE WINS BY SIX HERE'S THE THING BEYOND THE FEAR AMONGERING OF THE PHRASE AND THE FACT THAT 6% OF DEMOCRATS THINKS IT MEANS BEING SOCIAL, THERE ARE POLICIES THAT CAN CREDIBLY BE CALLED SOCIALISTS SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

NOW REBRANDED AS MEDICARE FOR ALL IT WOULD ELIMINATE ALL PRIVATE INSURANCE AND PUT EVERYONE ON A FREE GOVERNMENT PLAN AT A COST OF $30 TRILLION OVER TEN YEARS WARREN AND SANDERS ARE THE MOST OUTSPOKEN CANDIDATES BUT 90% OF DEMOCRATS LIKE THE PUBLIC OPTION NOW, CALL IT MEDICARE FOR ALL THAT WANT IT

AND BACKED BY FOLKS LIKE BIDEN AND BUTTIGIEG AMONG INDEPENDENT VOTERS, SUPPORT FALLS TO 39% WHILE SUPPORT FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION ROCKETS UP TO 70% THEst NO HARD TO SEE WHAT THE BETTER POLICY IS EVEN THE POPULIST OHIO DEMOCRATIC SENATOR SHERROD BROWN SAID, QUOTE, I THINK IT'S A TERRIBLE MISTAKE IF THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE WOULD PUBLICLY SUPPORT MEDICARE FOR ALL ALSO THINGS LIKE BETO O'ROURKE TO DETAIN AR-15s MAY DRAW CHEERS IN DEBATES, BUT ALSO PLAY INTO CONSERVATIVES

THERE'S NO QUESTION DEMOCRATS ARE BECOMING MORE LIBERAL AS A PARTY BUT DEMOCRATIC VOTERS ARE OLDER, MORE MODERATE, AND MORE BLUE COLLAR THAN YOU MIGHT THINK IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU THAT THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES VERY LIBERAL ONLY MAKE UP 19% OF THE PARTY'S VOTERS THAT'S A SMALL BUT LOUD SLIVER OF THE ELECTORATE A NEW PUGH SURVEY FOUND SIX IN TEN DEMOCRATS SAY THEY WANT A CANDIDATE WHO CAN WORK TO FIND DEMON GROUND

AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY WE'VE SEEN JOE BIDEN BEATING DONALD TRUMP IN STATES LIKE OHIO BY EIGHT POINTS WHILE TRUMP EDGES SANDERS OR WARREN BY SINGLE DIGITS SEE THE SAME DYNAMIC IN WISCONSIN WHERE BIDEN LEADS TRUMP BY NINE POINTS MAY PLAY WELL IN TOWN HALLS AND ON TWITTER BUT IT COULD MAKE DEMOCRATS LOSE TO A DEEPLY POPULAR INCUMBENT AND THAT'S YOUR REALITY CHECK

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