Trump Prepares for Impeachment Trial After Lev Parnas Bombshell: A Closer Look

Trump Prepares for Impeachment Trial After Lev Parnas Bombshell: A Closer Look

-As he faces
only the third Senate impeachment trial
in history, the president is desperately
trying soothe his ego and pretend he doesn’t know
the key players in the scandal. For more on this, it’s time for
“A Closer Look.” In the last week,
the impeachment trial against President Trump
has been rocked by a series of
bombshell revelations from one of Trump’s key henchmen
in the Ukraine scandal, Lev Parnas.
Remember him? The guy who looks like a pinata,
but for crimes? The guy who looks like
a Soviet version of the sad-face emoji? [ Laughter ] A man who know, no joke, had a company called
“Fraud Guarantee.” And based on how
things have gone, it turns out
he’s a man of his word. The revelations began
with new evidence released by the House
that included Parnas’ handwritten notes
about Trump’s scheme to force Ukraine to dig up dirt
on Joe Biden. The notes made it
incredibly obvious — in case there was
any doubt before — that Parnas was at the center
of a corrupt plot designed exclusively for
political and financial reasons, and involving several
of Trump’s closest allies. The notes include
incriminating phrases like “Get Zelensky
to announce that the Biden case will be
investigated,” “do my magic and cut deal,”
“get deal done,” “one to three months,” and the ambiguous phrase
“Ukraine ledger.” The only way these notes
could be any more suspicious is if the letters
were cut out from magazines. [ Laughter ] These notes looked like clues
James Bond would find in an underground lair
right before he turns around, and sees Christoph Waltz
dangling Joe Biden above a shark tank. “Ah, James, you’re probably
here to rescue your old chum.” And then, after all of those
notes, there was one other note that referred to Trump’s
personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani — the man at the
center of this entire scheme — with just the word “Rudy”
and two asterisks. These guys are so dumb they literally wrote down the
names of their co-conspirators. This is like if Al Cowlings
had put a sticker on the inside of his white
Ford Bronco that said “OJ on board.” [ Laughter ] And yet, as incriminating
as these notes would seem, Trump supporters have gone to
extreme lengths to dismiss them. For instance, Fox host
Laura Ingraham said they were meaningless. -We got these notes of,
like, scribble scrabble on a Ritz-Carlton
Vienna notepad, and we’re supposed
to all think, “Oh, the Democrats
have a smoking gun.” -First of all,
you’re accusing someone else of scribble scrabble? Donald Trump can’t even sign
his own name. If you didn’t know, that is
the president’s signature. If you looked at it
for the first time, you’d be like, “I guess that’s
a prescription for, I don’t know,
Percocet?” Second, these are notes on a
Ritz-Carlton Vienna notepad. The Ritz-Carlton Vienna
sounds like the setting for literally every spy movie
ever made. They probably have tranquillizer
darts in the mini bar. Without looking it up,
I can say for certain there’s at least one
“Mission: Impossible” movie where Tom Cruise parachutes
out of an airplane, and crashes through the windows
of the Ritz-Carlton Vienna. Except, in this sequel,
he crashed through the window in the first five minutes,
and found a note that said, “Here’s our plan,
and how to stop us. The movie is over now.” [ Laughter ] Then, of course, there was
Parnas’ bombshell interview with Rachel Maddow,
where he confirmed all sorts of sordid details,
including the fact that Trump was willing to withhold
all aid to Ukraine unless they
specifically promised to dig up dirt
on Biden. Yet still,
Trump allies in the Senate have basically decided to
pretend it didn’t happen — like Martha McSally,
who made a big show of attacking CNN reporter Manu Raju simply
for asking if she thought the new evidence
offered by Parnas should be included
in the trial. -Senator McSally, should the
Senate consider new evidence as part of
the impeachment trial? -Manu, you’re a liberal hack.
I’m not talking to you. -You’re not gonna comment?
-You’re a liberal hack. -She might as well
have said, “I’d like to speak
to your manager.” This one moment shows
just how deeply and fully the Republican party has become
the party of Donald Trump. All that reporter did
was ask a simple, straightforward question,
and she accused him of bias. I feel like this isn’t
the first time she’s reacted
like that, either. “You know what?
You’re a hack.” “Okay, ma’am, but you still
have to pay for extra guac.” [ Laughter ] And then, of course,
there’s Trump himself, who denied ever knowing Parnas
despite the fact that Trump has had at least 10
separate interactions with him, and has been in multiple
photos with him — a fact Trump brushed off. -What is your response
to Lev Parnas, who said that your efforts in
Ukraine were all about 2020? You just wanted
Joe Biden out. -Well, I don’t know him. I don’t know Parnas,
other than, I guess I had
pictures taken — which do I with thousands
of people. He’s trying to probably
make a deal for himself. I don’t even who
know this man is, other than, I guess
he attended fundraisers, so I take a picture
with him. I’m in a room.
I take pictures with people. I take thousands and thousands
of pictures with people all the time — thousands during course
of a year. -Okay, it’s true that you
have photos with lots of people, but you also have photos
with lots of criminals. You have photos
with Michael Cohen, who’s now in jail,
and Paul Manafort, who’s now in jail,
and Kid Rock, who, at the very least,
should be in fashion jail for those
American-flag pants. Trump is lying
because he knows that he’s only the third
president in history to face a Senate
impeachment trial. His name and presidency will be stained in
the history books forever, regardless of what happens —
which is pretty remarkable given that, just a few years
ago, he was mostly known as the “you’re fired” guy. This is like if the “can you
hear me now” guy got arrested for burning down
a Verizon store. You’d realize, “Oh, now I know
why he switched to Sprint.” No matter how hard Republicans
try to rig the Senate trial to let Trump off easy,
the mark of this historic moment will never go away. And that’s something Trump
is very obviously aware of, because last week,
as the House voted to officially transmit
the articles of impeachment they had passed in December
to the Senate for a trial, Trump freaked out
on Twitter. -He asked “Why should I have
the stigma of impeachment attached to my name
when I did nothing wrong?” -In all caps,
he tweeted, quote, “I just got impeached for making
a perfect phone call.” -I mean,
I wouldn’t worry too much about the stigma
of impeachemnt, because you have so many
other stigmas. I mean, sure, you’re only the third president
to get impeached, but you’re the first one
to bail on an umbrella, and just leave it
outside an airplane. [ Laughter ] I’m gonna remember that more
than the impeachment thing. Second, nothing says
“perfect phone call” like shouting at
the top of your lungs. If you’re someone who tweets
in all caps, you’re not making
perfect phone calls. Besides, we all know
the only perfect phone call is when someone calls you up
to cancel dinner plans. “Oh, my God. We don’t have to
leave the house.” [ Cheers and applause ] “That was [bleep] perfect.” [ Laughter ] And apparently, Trump’s rage
isn’t confined to Twitter. CNN reported over the weekend
that Trump has been shuffling around his chintzy
resort in Palm Beach, grousing to club members
about how unfair it is that he’s facing
an impeachment trial. -A source
close to the White House saying president Trump
has appeared distracted by the impeachment trial, telling people around him
at Mar-a-Logo he can’t understand
why he was impeached. -He is a bit distracted by
the ongoing impeachment saga. He is apparently
asking people around him, “Why are they
doing this to me?” -Donald Trump not knowing
why he is impeached is in itself
an impeachable offense. [ As Trump ] “Why are they
doing this to me?” [ Normal voice ]
“Well, here’s a 300-page
document laying it out.” [ As Trump ] “What? No.
I don’t want to read that. Why? Why won’t they tell me?” [ Cheers and applause ] [ Normal voice ] Senate
Republicans are obviously intent on rigging the trial
as much as they can, but no matter what they do,
the trial itself is a significant, historic
judgment on its own, because in our current
manic news environment, everyone’s memories
are fried, and nothing ever really
seems to stick. Remember when Trump tried to
fire Robert Mueller? Or when his administration made
up a fake terrorist incident called the
“Bowling Green Massacre?” Or when Trump literally shoved
a fellow NATO leader out of the way so he could get
to the front of the group? I mean, look at him. It’s like he heard
there was free food in the conference room. [ Laughter ] He looks like he’s at a wedding,
trying catch the bouquet. [ As Trump ]
“Go away, Melissa. You’ve already been
married twice.” [ Normal voice ] So, knowing
that this historic mark of shame will follow him in the
history books forever, Trump’s been in desperate search
of ways to soothe his ego — so desperate that, at an event
in the Oval Office last week that was meant to promote
prayer in public schools, in front of him,
on the Resolute desk, was a map that appeared
to divide the country into a red-blue map based on
the 2016 election results. Basically, they gave him
that map the way parents give their kids a maze
and crayons at a restaurant. They actually should
give him a maze, but one where
he learns something. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] The weirdest part
of this charade was the fact the map
just sat there on the desk, unmentioned,
for the entire event. Trump never
talked about it. It was just there to entertain
him, and make him feel better. They might as well just have it
printed onto a blanket, so he can carry it around
Linus-style. [ Laughter ] Not only was the map
weirdly conspicuous for an event that had nothing
to do with the election, apparently,
it wasn’t even correct. While it appeared
to be very red, an emotionally reassuring symbol
of his popularity, Twitter sleuths
quickly determined it wasn’t
entirely accurate. Some counties
that went for Hillary Clinton were colored red. Trump’s literally just changing
the electoral map to make himself
feel better now. Why not go all the way, and
include the rest of the world? [ As Trump ] “Look, everyone,
I also won Greenland, Turkey, and the Caspian Sea.” Thank you, Caspia. Thank you,
Caspian people.” [ Normal voice ]
So, Trump faked an electoral map
to make himself feel better, and then conspicuously
laid it out on the famous
Resolute desk, hoping people would notice it.
That is insane. It’s like if you went over
to Steven Seagal’s house, and he had a shelf
full of Oscars, except they were just a bunch
of Ken dolls painted gold. “I won this one for ‘Submarine Justice 2:
Operation Killer Seals.'” It’s where I delivered
the famous line, “Hyah!” Trump knows that, ultimately,
in the eyes of history, it won’t matter whether
Republicans successfully rigged his impeachment trial
to let him off the hook. No matter what, he will be only
the third President in history to face such a trial,
and it follows him forever — especially as more damning
evidence emerges. A few years from now,
when they’re asked about where they stood on the
presidency of Donald Trump, I have a feeling a lot of
Republicans will say… -I don’t know him. -This has been
“A Closer Look.”

100 thoughts to “Trump Prepares for Impeachment Trial After Lev Parnas Bombshell: A Closer Look”

  1. trump "everyone knows l dont know that man Lev Parnas " the moment someone anyone says what trump doesnt want to hear trumps ceases to know them.

  2. It isn't one photo, or even half a dozen photos with Lev just standing beside the President.
    It is the many photos showing him with not just Trump but Trumps friends and family in more personal settings. In quite a few of them showing Rudy and Lev together, for example, Lev is either in a very relaxed state, laughing and joking or a member of a small group that includes these two. One of them looks like a literal meeting of criminals with smoke filling the small sitting room! It is impossible of them to say it was all 'Public Relation pictures taken at events' with the shear number of pictures showing these interactions.

    In addition to the numerous non-photo related documents that show Lev as the go-between….

    On that note, people:
    You do not want a bunch of people not affiliated with the government behaving like they are the government. It might seem innocent enough, some back-room dealing that are off the books but grease the wheel of negotiation, but these things always grow out of control. Eventually the shadow-government becomes too restricted by the actual government and you have yourself a good old-fashioned coup going on. This one was so incompetent, luckily, that we get such a unique look into the attempt….

  3. Bombshell star witnesses …Avenatti / Stormy/ Cohen , And New Hero Lev Parnas ….. good luck Libnut Morons … LMFAO !

  4. One day soon we the people will look back on trump supporters as we today look back on Nazi sympathizers. There are two types of people I will not let in my house or around my children, trump supporters, and pedophiles. Both have proven they make really bad decisions and both know what they are doing is wrong.

  5. I really hate the fact that Seth didn't talk about the part where the whole "You're a Liberal Hack" episode was orchestrated and staged by McSally, recorded by her own assistants and immediately put on her campaign website for fundraising purposes. That's so sinister and sh*tty given how she berated and insulted one of the most honest and professional journalists out there Manu Raju

  6. Can someone please tell me when the they upload these because they have the most infuriating upload schedule for "closer looks' !
    Seth Meyers has the most watched late night segment out of all Jimmy's, Steven, etc… But yet this segment is smoke and mirrors. Someone please help a brother out ?!

  7. OJ says: "How the firetruck did I end up in a Trump video? Please, PLEASE, just leave me alone already!!"
    Linus says: "They made fun of my binky." <cries>


  9. What has become of our great country?
    As cheesy and unpalatable as Big Brother or The Bachelor have been for me personally,
    They still occasionally portray a tiny amount of compassion and sincerity..
    I cannot say the same for the many circus acts and melodramas performed by our government and mainstream media lately…

  10. Hey, 3:55, the Sees Boyfriend Checking Other Girl meme model is still getting work. Maybe. There was some stuff about Trump and impeachment too I think

  11. McConnell is a lowlife.  I don't live in KY, but yesterday afternoon I gave a contribution to his challenger in the KY 2020 senate.  Amy McGrath, is a former Marine fighter pilot, a mom, a solid American.  We are the greatest country in the world.  We deserve better than this hideously corrupt mafia gang that is taking over our government !!!!

  12. How can one determine when these notes were actually written?

    How can one determine whether the information these notes contain is actually true?

  13. I've been saying this all along, Plumps supporters know he's guilty because you can't be that stupid, they just don't care! Yes, they don't care!!! Go figure? The man is unhinged and mentally disturbed. What's the attraction? God only knows …

  14. They really stink at lying but are top of the list at being the most horrible people in the history of The United States of America.

  15. I like commenting on YouTube videos to get my point across, but what I like even more is showing up at the polls in November to get my point across.

  16. It's not that Trump doesn't want to read the 300-page document outlining his crimes, it's that he can't read or understand anything with more than 3 syllables.

  17. Trump will get of free…..the main democrat party are much more corrupt, the biden, clintons , pelosi..etc..

    This is justs corrupt democrats fighting corrupt republicans… destracting the american people from real issues with corrupt political comedy…

    Real issues….healthcare a rip off, education a rip off, 40mill in poverty, why must the poor americans fight the rich americans wars.. why arnt the rich politicians and money friends children fighting theses wars…

  18. Question. If Trump is so guilty, why are INDEPENDENTS not overwhelmingly polling to remove him from office? Independents are in the 30% range for removal. I totally understand why republicans would be against this, but why 70% of independents? It's almost like the Democrats' accusations aren't that strong. OR, 70% of independents are secretly republicans…in which case democrats could never win a national election. Which is more likely?

  19. The Karma part is, Parnus has ended his own successful corrupt dealings, by dealing with Trump. Bet his life has been threatened, so he's "spilling all the beans" as a last and ultimate FU to Trump.

  20. ………….lightning sale on Ebay until 12 am= Pancy Nelosi autograped "BIG
    IMPEACHER" ballpoint pens $1.69 each or 3 for $5…..WHILE THEY

  21. ………….lightning sale on Ebay until 12 am= Pancy Nelosi autograped "BIG
    IMPEACHER" ballpoint pens $1.69 each or 3 for $5…..WHILE THEY

  22. Imagine if a few reviled billionaires purchased all of the federally-owned land in the west and with a few votes could gain Democrats 20+ electoral votes. That's why Trumps map is complete crap, our election isn't decided by rich land owners.

  23. What's funny is, you could put Kid Rock in actual jail for those American Flag pants. Or, at the very least, give him a fine.

  24. Mind you there are no crimes even alleged in the articles of impeachment. The Rudy Guilliani meetings were about the firm he was meant to be investigating and not about some deal about aid withdrawal. Now I know this with just a little reasearch why don't you?

  25. The allegations concerning "quid pro quo" lay at the feet of Congress who have used foreign aid as a dangling carrot since those funds were first shipped. What this entire fiasco is about is taking a stick figure– and then using anything possible to burn it. Keep in mind that the Democratic Party initiated articles of impeachment the day President Trump took office. Furthermore, the Democratic Party exhausted millions of dollars and several years trying to pursue wild allegations concerning Russia and the election which ended without much other than the sound of Democratic tears landing in the offices of government. What a complete waste of time and resources. Go enjoy a good economy for a change.

  26. Donald Trump probably in a few months: "I don't know this trump, I see his picture when I look in the mirror, but I've never met him; I'm sure he's good people but I don't know him"

  27. Seth Meyers always has that floating eye "empty stare" look. It comes from MK ultra and his handlers. Nothing more than a Paid NBC Shill. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSER!!!

  28. When donnie says he has never met 'this person', he means he has never had sex with them and not paid them $130,000 for their silence.

  29. Lev Parnas is a proven lier. He lied about the entire story to Rachel Madow. He is on tape lying. Why would you believe anything this man says?

  30. That lady in my right ear laughing with her loud mouth even before the sentence is complete. Seth, is that your mother in law pretending to be happy?

  31. "You're a liberal hack." = "Don't question me about this because I have no defense of the criminality that I'm allowing." These people are assured that their brainwashed base (which is shrinking) won't hold them accountable to American laws.

  32. I have some more handwritten notes I wrote in a hotel room all by myself to incriminate others if I am in trouble. Good thing I planned ahead. This is hilarious!

  33. Trump looking himself in the mirror: “ I don’t know that guy. May be I met him somewhere but I don’t remember who he is!”

  34. Trump said he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th ave and not lose any support. He was very correct when he said it. His support level has not been going down as many would expect. It appears that a large fraction of the public simply doesn't care.

  35. The Democrats are so desperate they are count on a man who's under prosecution for the truth. This man will say anything the Democrats want him to say to save his ass.

  36. Trump 2019: Making a perfect phone call.
    (How does that look…???)
    Trump has lied more than 16000 times in 3 year, and it's getting worse all the time – what a mess.

  37. I really don’t understand how these midwestern moron believes in this scum of the world. He is the worst president/human being EVER.

  38. This guy has been doing the same bit for months now. Jesus christ! Get new material! You are feeding on trump for your fame!

  39. Trump wanted to hang the Central Park Five even after they were were found innocent — what goes around, comes around. Wear your impeachment well Donny.

  40. I literally laughed out loud. Its so sad that its funny. Vote for Bernie dear Americans. Do us all favor and end this nightmare.

  41. If (When) the Senate finds President Donald Trump innocent (not guilty), can the Supreme Court over-rule the Senates descion, because the Supreme rules over if the Constitution has been violated?

  42. I'm surprised hand-writing experts haven't commented on his signature. Just looking at the visual characteristics shows how spikey he is.

  43. Just the way that would be gangster said “I don’t know him” proves his guilt to me. America’s enemies are so happy right about now

  44. Come on guys you have to stop making fun of Trump…….he probably has memory loss, why else wouldn't he remember the guy he took photos with and met more than 10 times 🙁

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