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HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON. THAT’S “ALL IN” FOR THIS THAT’S “ALL IN” FOR THIS EVENING. EVENING. “THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” STARTS “THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” STARTS NOW. NOW.>>THANK YOU, MY FRIEND.>>THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. MUCH APPRECIATED. MUCH APPRECIATED. THANKS TO YOU AT HOME FOR THANKS TO YOU AT HOME FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR. JOINING US THIS HOUR. HAPPY MONDAY. HAPPY MONDAY. IS A NATIONAL EDUCATION BOARD, IS A NATIONAL EDUCATION BOARD, PRESTIGIOUS ONE, IT’S THE PRESTIGIOUS ONE, IT’S THE COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS. SCHOLARS. AND BECAUSE THIS IS AN ACTUAL AND BECAUSE THIS IS AN ACTUAL PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION, IT PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION, IT NEEDS PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES. NEEDS PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES. AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THIS MONTH, NEEDED A NEW ONE, THIS MONTH, NEEDED A NEW ONE, NEEDED A NEW PRESIDENTIAL NEEDED A NEW PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE TO THIS PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE TO THIS PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION. COMMISSION. AND THEY FOUND THE PERFECT GUY. AND THEY FOUND THE PERFECT GUY. HE’S A BIG TRUMP DONOR. HE’S A BIG TRUMP DONOR. HE WRITES ARTICLES FOR THE HE WRITES ARTICLES FOR THE CONSERVATIVE BLOG, “NEWSMAX.” CONSERVATIVE BLOG, “NEWSMAX.” LIKE THIS ONE. LIKE THIS ONE. “TRUMP’S NEW TAX CODE WILL SAVE “TRUMP’S NEW TAX CODE WILL SAVE THE ECONOMY.” THE ECONOMY.” HE ALSO RUNS A COUPLE OF PRIVATE HE ALSO RUNS A COUPLE OF PRIVATE SORT OF PSEUDO-EDUCATIONAL SORT OF PSEUDO-EDUCATIONAL COMPANIES THAT WILL ALLOW YOU COMPANIES THAT WILL ALLOW YOU BASICALLY TO BUY CERTIFICATIONS BASICALLY TO BUY CERTIFICATIONS WHICH APPEAR TO BE ACADEMIC WHICH APPEAR TO BE ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS IF YOU SQUINT AND QUALIFICATIONS IF YOU SQUINT AND MAYBE IF YOU’VE HAD A FEW MAYBE IF YOU’VE HAD A FEW DRINKS. DRINKS. HERE’S THE “DENVER POST.” HERE’S THE “DENVER POST.” “GEORGE MENTZ OWNS THE GLOBAL “GEORGE MENTZ OWNS THE GLOBAL ACADEMY OF FINANCE AND ACADEMY OF FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT. MANAGEMENT. HE WAS PREVIOUSLY THE CEO OF A HE WAS PREVIOUSLY THE CEO OF A SIMILAR COMPANY, THE AMERICAN SIMILAR COMPANY, THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. ACADEMY OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. BOTH COMPANIES AWARD BOTH COMPANIES AWARD CERTIFICATIONS, ALLOWING CERTIFICATIONS, ALLOWING APPLICANTS TO ADD AN ALPHABET APPLICANTS TO ADD AN ALPHABET SOUP OF TITLES AFTER THEIR SOUP OF TITLES AFTER THEIR NAMES. NAMES. FOR A FEE, FOR EXAMPLE, PAID TO FOR A FEE, FOR EXAMPLE, PAID TO THIS GUY, HE WOULD SEND YOU THIS GUY, HE WOULD SEND YOU SOMETHING THAT DESCRIBES YOU AS SOMETHING THAT DESCRIBES YOU AS AN ACCREDITED LIFE COACH OR A AN ACCREDITED LIFE COACH OR A CERTIFIED POLITICAL SCIENTIST OR CERTIFIED POLITICAL SCIENTIST OR A MASTER ISLAMIC FINANCIAL A MASTER ISLAMIC FINANCIAL SPECIALIST. SPECIALIST. YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM MORE THAN YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM MORE THAN 100 OTHER TITLES. 100 OTHER TITLES. YOU JUST PAY THIS GUY AND THEN YOU JUST PAY THIS GUY AND THEN HE SENDS YOU A PIECE OF PAPER HE SENDS YOU A PIECE OF PAPER GIVEN YOU THE TITLE. GIVEN YOU THE TITLE. ACCORDING TO GEORGE MENTZ, THIS ACCORDING TO GEORGE MENTZ, THIS TRUMP DONOR, THIS NEW APPOINTEE TRUMP DONOR, THIS NEW APPOINTEE TO THIS NATIONAL PRESTIGIOUS TO THIS NATIONAL PRESTIGIOUS EDUCATION COMMISSION, BUYING ONE EDUCATION COMMISSION, BUYING ONE OF THESE CERTIFICATIONS FROM HIS OF THESE CERTIFICATIONS FROM HIS COMPANY, QUOTE, MAKES YOU ONE OF COMPANY, QUOTE, MAKES YOU ONE OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF GLOBAL THE NEXT GENERATION OF GLOBAL LEADERS. LEADERS. OH, YES, BECAUSE YOU PAY HIM OH, YES, BECAUSE YOU PAY HIM $378 AND HE GIVES YOU A PIECE OF $378 AND HE GIVES YOU A PIECE OF PAPER CALLING YOU A CERTIFIED PAPER CALLING YOU A CERTIFIED POLITICAL SCIENTIST, CLEARLY, POLITICAL SCIENTIST, CLEARLY, YOU ARE READY FOR YOUR TURN ON YOU ARE READY FOR YOUR TURN ON THE GLOBAL STAGE. THE GLOBAL STAGE. CLEARLY, YOU ARE ONE OF THE NEXT CLEARLY, YOU ARE ONE OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF GLOBAL LEADERS. GENERATION OF GLOBAL LEADERS. BUT THIS GUY, MR. “NEWSMAX” BUT THIS GUY, MR. “NEWSMAX” BLOGGER FAKE CERTIFICATIONS BY BLOGGER FAKE CERTIFICATIONS BY MAIL, I MEAN, AS IMPRESSIVE AS MAIL, I MEAN, AS IMPRESSIVE AS HIS RECORD IS IN THE FIELD OF HIS RECORD IS IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION, I THINK THE REAL EDUCATION, I THINK THE REAL ATTRACTION FOR THIS PRESIDENTIAL ATTRACTION FOR THIS PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT FOR HIM GETTING A APPOINTMENT FOR HIM GETTING A PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT TO THIS PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT TO THIS PRESTIGIOUS FEDERAL EDUCATION PRESTIGIOUS FEDERAL EDUCATION BOARD MUST HAVE BEEN HIS LONG BOARD MUST HAVE BEEN HIS LONG LIST OF BOOKS. LIST OF BOOKS. HERE’S ONE OF THE BOOKS THAT HE HERE’S ONE OF THE BOOKS THAT HE HAS AUTHORED. HAS AUTHORED. AND THIS IS NOT THE WHOLE BOOK. AND THIS IS NOT THE WHOLE BOOK. THIS IS JUST THE TITLE. THIS IS JUST THE TITLE. THIS IS A BOOK HE WROTE IN 2013, THIS IS A BOOK HE WROTE IN 2013, BUT THAT THE WHOLE TITLE IS BUT THAT THE WHOLE TITLE IS HERE. HERE. IT IS, AND I QUOTE, “SUCCESS IT IS, AND I QUOTE, “SUCCESS MAGIC: THE PROSPERITY SECRET TO MAGIC: THE PROSPERITY SECRET TO WIN WITH MAGICAL SPIRITUAL WIN WITH MAGICAL SPIRITUAL POWER, HOW TO GROW RICH, POWER, HOW TO GROW RICH, INFLUENCE PEOPLE, PROTECT YOUR INFLUENCE PEOPLE, PROTECT YOUR MINDSET AND LOVE YOURSELF LIKE A MINDSET AND LOVE YOURSELF LIKE A WARRIOR USING TIMELESS ABUNDANCE WARRIOR USING TIMELESS ABUNDANCE SECRETS.” SECRETS.” THAT’S THE TITLE. THAT’S THE TITLE. NOW, IN THE ODD CHANCE THAT THAT NOW, IN THE ODD CHANCE THAT THAT SEEMS LIKE THAT BOOK MIGHT BE SEEMS LIKE THAT BOOK MIGHT BE CONFUSING, HOW DO YOU LOVE CONFUSING, HOW DO YOU LOVE YOURSELF LIKE A WARRIOR USING YOURSELF LIKE A WARRIOR USING TIMELESS ABUNDANCE SECRETS WHILE TIMELESS ABUNDANCE SECRETS WHILE ALSO USING MAGICAL SPIRITUAL ALSO USING MAGICAL SPIRITUAL POWER TO GROW RICH AND INFLUENCE POWER TO GROW RICH AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE, AND WHAT DOES THAT HAVE PEOPLE, AND WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH SUCCESS, MAGIC, AND TO DO WITH SUCCESS, MAGIC, AND WHY ISN’T THERE A COMMA BETWEEN WHY ISN’T THERE A COMMA BETWEEN THEM? THEM? DON’T WORRY. DON’T WORRY. IT SOUNDS A LITTLE CONFUSING BUT IT SOUNDS A LITTLE CONFUSING BUT HE HAS A TICK IN HIS BOOKS WHICH HE HAS A TICK IN HIS BOOKS WHICH IS HE PUTS THE REALLY GOOD IS HE PUTS THE REALLY GOOD PARTS, REALLY IMPORTANT PARTS, PARTS, REALLY IMPORTANT PARTS, IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. SO THE “DENVER POST” WAS SO THE “DENVER POST” WAS REVIEWING THIS GUY’S LITERARY REVIEWING THIS GUY’S LITERARY OUTPUT IN THE LIGHT OF HIS NEW OUTPUT IN THE LIGHT OF HIS NEW PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT AND PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT AND WERE ABLE TO ZOOM RIGHT IN ON WERE ABLE TO ZOOM RIGHT IN ON THE BOTTOM LINE THESIS OF THAT THE BOTTOM LINE THESIS OF THAT BOOK WITH THE 29-WORD TITLE, NOT BOOK WITH THE 29-WORD TITLE, NOT INCLUDING THE AMPERSAND, AND THE INCLUDING THE AMPERSAND, AND THE BOTTOM-LINE THESIS OF THE BOOK BOTTOM-LINE THESIS OF THE BOOK ACCORDING TO THE “DENVER POST” ACCORDING TO THE “DENVER POST” IS THIS. IS THIS. “WHEN A PERSON STARTS STRUGGLING “WHEN A PERSON STARTS STRUGGLING AND INITIATES” — ALL CAPITAL AND INITIATES” — ALL CAPITAL LETTERS — “ALCHEMY OR MAGIC, LETTERS — “ALCHEMY OR MAGIC, SOMETHING HAPPENS.” SOMETHING HAPPENS.” GOT IT? GOT IT? THE “DENVER POST” PROFILED MENTZ THE “DENVER POST” PROFILED MENTZ AS A HOMEGROWN PRESIDENTIAL AS A HOMEGROWN PRESIDENTIAL EMPLOYEE. EMPLOYEE. HIGHLIGHTED HIS AWKWARD BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTED HIS AWKWARD BUSINESS HISTORY OF HANDING OUT FAKE HISTORY OF HANDING OUT FAKE ACADEMIC TITLES FOR MONEY, BUT ACADEMIC TITLES FOR MONEY, BUT ALSO THE QUITE AMAZING LIST OF ALSO THE QUITE AMAZING LIST OF BOOKS THAT HE HAS TO HIS NAME BOOKS THAT HE HAS TO HIS NAME BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST THAT ONE. BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST THAT ONE. I MEAN, LET ME SHOW YOU A LITTLE I MEAN, LET ME SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT OF A LIST. BIT OF A LIST. THESE ARE ALL BY THE SAME GUY. THESE ARE ALL BY THE SAME GUY. TRUMP DONOR JUST APPOINTED TO A TRUMP DONOR JUST APPOINTED TO A FEDERAL EDUCATION BOARD. FEDERAL EDUCATION BOARD. YI, HE YI, HE YES, HE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BIG YES, HE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BIG ONE. ONE. “SUCCESS MAGIC: THE PROSPERITY “SUCCESS MAGIC: THE PROSPERITY SECRET TO WIN WITH — HOW TO SECRET TO WIN WITH — HOW TO GROW RICH, INFLUENCE PEOPLE, GROW RICH, INFLUENCE PEOPLE, PROTECT YOUR MINDSET AND LOVE PROTECT YOUR MINDSET AND LOVE YOURSELF LIKE A WARRIOR USING YOURSELF LIKE A WARRIOR USING TIMELESS ABUNDANCE SECRETS.” TIMELESS ABUNDANCE SECRETS.” THAT’S ONE. THAT’S ONE. HE’S ALSO THE A UUTHOR OF “THE A HE’S ALSO THE A UUTHOR OF “THE A ALUMINATI SECRET LAWS OF MONEY, ALUMINATI SECRET LAWS OF MONEY, THE WEALTH MINDSET MANIFESTO.” THE WEALTH MINDSET MANIFESTO.” ALSO “THE ALUMINATI HANDBOOK.” ALSO “THE ALUMINATI HANDBOOK.” ALSO THE 50 LAWS OF POWER OF THE ALSO THE 50 LAWS OF POWER OF THE ILLUMINATI.” ILLUMINATI.” ALSO I DON’T KNOW HOW HE FINDS ALSO I DON’T KNOW HOW HE FINDS THE TIME, BUT THE SAME YEAR HE THE TIME, BUT THE SAME YEAR HE WROTE THE SUCCESS MAGIC BOOK WROTE THE SUCCESS MAGIC BOOK WITH THE 29-WORD-LONG TIGHT THE WITH THE 29-WORD-LONG TIGHT THE ABOUT THE ALCHEMY AND SOMETHING ABOUT THE ALCHEMY AND SOMETHING HAPPENING, THAT SAME YEAR, HE HAPPENING, THAT SAME YEAR, HE ALSO WROTE A WHOLE OTHER ALSO WROTE A WHOLE OTHER DIFFERENT BOOK THAT’S CALLED DIFFERENT BOOK THAT’S CALLED “THE ABUNDANCE BIBLE AND THE “THE ABUNDANCE BIBLE AND THE SECRET POWERS OF MANIFESTING SECRET POWERS OF MANIFESTING WEALTH, HEALTH AND PEACE OF WEALTH, HEALTH AND PEACE OF MIND.” MIND.” MAN HAS THIS GUY GOT IT ALL MAN HAS THIS GUY GOT IT ALL FIGURED OUT. FIGURED OUT. WHEN HE STARTED DONATING MONEY WHEN HE STARTED DONATING MONEY TO THE DONALD TRUMP FOR TO THE DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT SPONDED BY NAMING HIM PRESIDENT SPONDED BY NAMING HIM ECONOMIC BOARD THAT ADVISED THE ECONOMIC BOARD THAT ADVISED THE CAMPAIGN. CAMPAIGN. NOW THAT DONALD TRUMP, SURPRISE, NOW THAT DONALD TRUMP, SURPRISE, IS ACTUALLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE IS ACTUALLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THEY’VE GONE BACK UNITED STATES, THEY’VE GONE BACK TO THE WELL AND SO NOW THE TO THE WELL AND SO NOW THE AUTHOR OF “THE ILLUMINATI SECRET AUTHOR OF “THE ILLUMINATI SECRET LAWS OF MONEY” AND ALL THOSE LAWS OF MONEY” AND ALL THOSE OTHER BOOKS, NOW HE’S A OTHER BOOKS, NOW HE’S A PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE TO THE PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE TO THE FEDERAL PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION FEDERAL PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS. ON PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS. BECAUSE WHY NOT? BECAUSE WHY NOT? AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU WERE AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU WERE WORRIED ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL WORRIED ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION, A COMMISSION ON COMMISSION, A COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS, AND WHAT PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS, AND WHAT DONALD TRUMP MIGHT BE CAPABLE OF DONALD TRUMP MIGHT BE CAPABLE OF DOING TO SUCH AN EDUCATION DOING TO SUCH AN EDUCATION BOARD, WHEN IT COMES TO HIM BOARD, WHEN IT COMES TO HIM APPOINTEES FOR VARIOUS JOBS IN APPOINTEES FOR VARIOUS JOBS IN THE ADMINISTRATION, THERE WOULD THE ADMINISTRATION, THERE WOULD APPEAR TO BE SOME CONTINUITY IN APPEAR TO BE SOME CONTINUITY IN THE COLLECTION PROCESS BETWEEN THE COLLECTION PROCESS BETWEEN HOW HE HAS FOUND PERSONNEL FOR HOW HE HAS FOUND PERSONNEL FOR BOARDS LIKE THAT AND HOW HE HAS BOARDS LIKE THAT AND HOW HE HAS CHOSEN, LIKE, HIS TOP ADVISER ON CHOSEN, LIKE, HIS TOP ADVISER ON CHINA, WHICH IS AN EVEN MORE CHINA, WHICH IS AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT JOB. IMPORTANT JOB. I MEAN, IT’S EASY TO FORGET NOW, I MEAN, IT’S EASY TO FORGET NOW, BUT WHEN TRUMP ANNOUNCED HE WAS BUT WHEN TRUMP ANNOUNCED HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN THE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN THE FIRST PLACE, KIND OF HIS WHOLE FIRST PLACE, KIND OF HIS WHOLE ARGUMENT FOR WHY HE WAS RUNNING ARGUMENT FOR WHY HE WAS RUNNING WAS ABOUT CHINA. WAS ABOUT CHINA. IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY THE MOST IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO HIM DURING IMPORTANT THING TO HIM DURING THE CAMPAIGN, THE MULTIMEDIA THE CAMPAIGN, THE MULTIMEDIA TEAM AT THE “HUFFINGTON POST” TEAM AT THE “HUFFINGTON POST” WEBSITE CUT TOGETHER AN EPIC WEBSITE CUT TOGETHER AN EPIC SORT OF ENDLESS SUPERCUT OF WHAT SORT OF ENDLESS SUPERCUT OF WHAT TRUMP WAS TALKING ABOUT EVERY TRUMP WAS TALKING ABOUT EVERY DAY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. DAY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. EVERY TIME HE OPENED HIS MOUTH EVERY TIME HE OPENED HIS MOUTH TO EXPLAIN WHY HE DECIDED TO RUN TO EXPLAIN WHY HE DECIDED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. FOR PRESIDENT.>>LET’S SAY CHINA, CHINA.>>LET’S SAY CHINA, CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] YOU GO OVER TO CHINA. YOU GO OVER TO CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. YOU TAKE CHINA. YOU TAKE CHINA.>>CHINA.>>CHINA.>>CHINA.>>CHINA. I LOVE THEM. I LOVE THEM. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. I HAVE TO HAVE MY CHINA. I HAVE TO HAVE MY CHINA.>>THAT WAS FROM 2015.>>THAT WAS FROM 2015. THAT WAS THE WAY HE STARTED TO THAT WAS THE WAY HE STARTED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. RUN FOR PRESIDENT. THAT WAS HIS STATED FOR HAVING THAT WAS HIS STATED FOR HAVING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. I HAVE TO HAVE MY CHINA. I HAVE TO HAVE MY CHINA. CHINA. CHINA. HE BECOMES PRESIDENT. HE BECOMES PRESIDENT. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, — ON THE BELIEVE IT OR NOT, — ON THE ISSUE OF CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, I ISSUE OF CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, I HAVE TO HAVE MY CHINA, AND FOR HAVE TO HAVE MY CHINA, AND FOR THAT JOB WHICH YOU THINK WOULD THAT JOB WHICH YOU THINK WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO GET THE RIGHT PERSON, HE PICKS GET THE RIGHT PERSON, HE PICKS SOMEBODY WHO REPORTEDLY HAD SOMEBODY WHO REPORTEDLY HAD NEVER BEEN TO CHINA, WHO NEVER BEEN TO CHINA, WHO DOES NOT SPEAK CHINESE, HAS NOT DOES NOT SPEAK CHINESE, HAS NOT FORMALLY STUDIED CHINA. FORMALLY STUDIED CHINA. HOW DOES HE PICK THIS GUY ON HIS HOW DOES HE PICK THIS GUY ON HIS SUPPOSEDLY TOP ISSUE? SUPPOSEDLY TOP ISSUE? WELL, THE GUY DID WRITE SOME WELL, THE GUY DID WRITE SOME BOOKS WITH SOME AMAZING TITLES BOOKS WITH SOME AMAZING TITLES THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE, PERHAPS, THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE, PERHAPS, MAYBE APPEALED TO THE MAYBE APPEALED TO THE PRESIDENT’S SENSE OF BRANDING ON PRESIDENT’S SENSE OF BRANDING ON THIS ISSUE. THIS ISSUE. BECAUSE PETER NAVARRO’S BOOKS ON BECAUSE PETER NAVARRO’S BOOKS ON CHINA ARE CALLED THINGS LIKE CHINA ARE CALLED THINGS LIKE “DEATH BY CHINA.” “DEATH BY CHINA.” “CONFRONTING THE DRAGON.” “CONFRONTING THE DRAGON.” ALSO “THE COMING CHINA WARS.” ALSO “THE COMING CHINA WARS.” IT’S GOOD ENOUGH. IT’S GOOD ENOUGH. LOOK AT THAT. LOOK AT THAT. “DEATH BY CHINA.” “DEATH BY CHINA.” GET ME THAT GUY. GET ME THAT GUY. IT SOUNDS AWESOME. IT SOUNDS AWESOME. PLEASE TELL ME THAT’S A MOVIE PLEASE TELL ME THAT’S A MOVIE ALREADY. ALREADY. THAT’S HOW WE GOT OUR NATION’S THAT’S HOW WE GOT OUR NATION’S TOP PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER ON TOP PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER ON CHINA. CHINA. NOW, IN LOOKING AT HIS LITERARY NOW, IN LOOKING AT HIS LITERARY OUTPUT ON CHINA, CONTRACT THETHE OUTPUT ON CHINA, CONTRACT THETHE OF HIGHER EDUCATION REPORTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION REPORTS PETER NAVARRO INVENTED A FAKE PETER NAVARRO INVENTED A FAKE SOURCE, A FAKE, QUOTE, CHINA SOURCE, A FAKE, QUOTE, CHINA MUSE, FOR HIS BELLIGERENT MUSE, FOR HIS BELLIGERENT SOMEWHAT CRAZY BOOKS ABOUT SOMEWHAT CRAZY BOOKS ABOUT CHINA. CHINA. IN PETER NAVARRO’S BOOKS HE IN PETER NAVARRO’S BOOKS HE REPEATEDLY CITES SOMEBODY NAMED REPEATEDLY CITES SOMEBODY NAMED RON VARA WHO SAYS VERY QUOTABLE RON VARA WHO SAYS VERY QUOTABLE ANTI-CHINA THINGS IN MR. ANTI-CHINA THINGS IN MR. NAVARRO’S BOOKS, THINGS LIKE NAVARRO’S BOOKS, THINGS LIKE “YOU’VE GOT TO BE NUTS TO EAT “YOU’VE GOT TO BE NUTS TO EAT CHINESE FOOD.” CHINESE FOOD.” “THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER “THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION” WAS FIRST TO DOCUMENT EDUCATION” WAS FIRST TO DOCUMENT IT BUT THIS REPEATEDLY CITED IT BUT THIS REPEATEDLY CITED EXPERT EXPERT EXPERT IS A FIGMENT OF PETER EXPERT IS A FIGMENT OF PETER NAVARRO’S OWN IMAGINATION, IT’S NAVARRO’S OWN IMAGINATION, IT’S HIS IMAGINATION FRIEND. HIS IMAGINATION FRIEND. THE NAME, RON VARA, THIS NAME HE THE NAME, RON VARA, THIS NAME HE KEEPS CITING AS A CHINA EXPERT KEEPS CITING AS A CHINA EXPERT IS ACTUALLY AN ANAGRAM OF HIS IS ACTUALLY AN ANAGRAM OF HIS OWN LAST NAME. OWN LAST NAME. NAVARRO. NAVARRO. SINCE HE HAS BEEN CAUGHT CITING SINCE HE HAS BEEN CAUGHT CITING HIMSELF AS A FAKE CHINA EXPERT HIMSELF AS A FAKE CHINA EXPERT IN HIS OWN BOOKS ABOUT CHINA, IN HIS OWN BOOKS ABOUT CHINA, MR. NAVARRO HAS TRIED TO PASS MR. NAVARRO HAS TRIED TO PASS THIS OFF AS A HILARIOUS IN-JOKE THIS OFF AS A HILARIOUS IN-JOKE THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD JUST GET THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD JUST GET OVER. OVER. WHO AMONG US DOES NOT ENJOY WHO AMONG US DOES NOT ENJOY MADE-UP SOURCES IN BOOKS AS A MADE-UP SOURCES IN BOOKS AS A SOURCE OF INHERENT PLURALITY? SOURCE OF INHERENT PLURALITY? THE PROBLEM WITH THIS LINE, THE THE PROBLEM WITH THIS LINE, THE PEOPLE WITH WHOM HE WAS PEOPLE WITH WHOM HE WAS CO-AUTHORING HIS BOOKS CO-AUTHORING HIS BOOKS APPARENTLY DIDN’T KNOW THAT APPARENTLY DIDN’T KNOW THAT PETER NAVARRO’S SOURCE WAS MADE PETER NAVARRO’S SOURCE WAS MADE UP. UP. “ONE OF MR. NAVARRO’S CO-AUTHOR “ONE OF MR. NAVARRO’S CO-AUTHOR WAS UNAWARE OF RON VARAS’ WAS UNAWARE OF RON VARAS’ FICTIONAL STATUS. FICTIONAL STATUS. RON VARAS IS QUOTED IN “SEEDS OF RON VARAS IS QUOTED IN “SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION” WHICH WAS WRITTEN DESTRUCTION” WHICH WAS WRITTEN IN 2010 BY NAVARRO AND GLENN IN 2010 BY NAVARRO AND GLENN HUBBARD, A PROFESSOR OF FINANCE HUBBARD, A PROFESSOR OF FINANCE AND ECONOMICS AT COLUMBIA AND ECONOMICS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. UNIVERSITY. ASKED VIA EMAIL WHETHER HE KNEW ASKED VIA EMAIL WHETHER HE KNEW PETER THATNAVARRO INSERTED A PETER THATNAVARRO INSERTED A FICTIONAL CHARACTER INTO THEIR FICTIONAL CHARACTER INTO THEIR BOOK AND WHETHER DOING SO WAS BOOK AND WHETHER DOING SO WAS OKAY WITH HIM, PROFESSOR HUBBARD OKAY WITH HIM, PROFESSOR HUBBARD REPLIED, “NO AND NO.” REPLIED, “NO AND NO.” AS IN, NO, I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS AS IN, NO, I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS MAKING UP SOURCES FOR OUR BOOK, MAKING UP SOURCES FOR OUR BOOK, AND NO, I’M NOT OKAY WITH IT. AND NO, I’M NOT OKAY WITH IT. AND THAT’S JUST BIZARRE. AND THAT’S JUST BIZARRE. I MEAN, IT’S JUST FUNNY AND IT’S I MEAN, IT’S JUST FUNNY AND IT’S WEIRD AND IT’S — BUT IN THE WEIRD AND IT’S — BUT IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WITH THEIR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WITH THEIR HIRING POLICIES AND THEIR HIRING POLICIES AND THEIR EXCELLENT VETTING, THAT IS WHO EXCELLENT VETTING, THAT IS WHO YOU’RE GOING TO GET AS THE TOP YOU’RE GOING TO GET AS THE TOP CHINA ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT. CHINA ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT. RIGHT? RIGHT? GET ME THE “DEATH BY CHINA” GUY. GET ME THE “DEATH BY CHINA” GUY. AND HE HAS NOW BECOME THE ACTUAL AND HE HAS NOW BECOME THE ACTUAL ARCHITECT OF A REAL TRADE WAR ARCHITECT OF A REAL TRADE WAR THAT OUR COUNTRY IS WAGING WITH THAT OUR COUNTRY IS WAGING WITH CHINA AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, CHINA AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, U.S. MANUFACTURING IS IN AN U.S. MANUFACTURING IS IN AN ACTUAL RECESSION FOR THE FIRST ACTUAL RECESSION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS AND THE FEDERAL TIME IN YEARS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GIVING DIRECT GOVERNMENT IS GIVING DIRECT BAILOUT PAYMENTS TO U.S. FARMERS BAILOUT PAYMENTS TO U.S. FARMERS TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR THE TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVASTATION THE CHINA ECONOMIC DEVASTATION THE CHINA TRADE WAR HAS CAUSED U.S. FARMS. TRADE WAR HAS CAUSED U.S. FARMS. THOSE PAYMENTS TO U.S. FARMERS THOSE PAYMENTS TO U.S. FARMERS AT THIS POINT ARE ALREADY MORE AT THIS POINT ARE ALREADY MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT THE U.S. THAN DOUBLE WHAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT PAID OUT DURING THE GOVERNMENT PAID OUT DURING THE GREAT RECESSION TO SAVE THE GREAT RECESSION TO SAVE THE WHOLE U.S. AUTO INDUSTRY. WHOLE U.S. AUTO INDUSTRY. BUT DON’T WORRY, PETER NAVARRO BUT DON’T WORRY, PETER NAVARRO HAS IT ALL IN HAND. HAS IT ALL IN HAND. HE KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING. HE KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING. RON VARA TOLD HIM NOT TO EAT THE RON VARA TOLD HIM NOT TO EAT THE CHOW MEIN SO, YOU KNOW, “DEATH CHOW MEIN SO, YOU KNOW, “DEATH BY CHINA,” WE’RE CONFRONTING THE BY CHINA,” WE’RE CONFRONTING THE DRAGON. DRAGON. SO IT’S ALL NUT, BUT NOW, THIS SO IT’S ALL NUT, BUT NOW, THIS PARTICULARLY NUTTY AND PARTICULARLY NUTTY AND DESTRUCTIVE AREA OF PRESIDENTIAL DESTRUCTIVE AREA OF PRESIDENTIAL POLICYMAKING AND PRESIDENTIAL POLICYMAKING AND PRESIDENTIAL PERSONNEL LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT PERSONNEL LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT POTENTIALLY BE THE NEXT PAGE IN POTENTIALLY BE THE NEXT PAGE IN THE DONALD TRUMP IMPEACHMENT THE DONALD TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. INQUIRY. THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AS THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AS YOU KNOW SPARKED BY A YOU KNOW SPARKED BY A WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT, AN WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT, AN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONAL RAISING THE ALARM FIRST RAISING THE ALARM FIRST INTERNALLY AND THROUGH INTERNALLY AND THROUGH WHISTLE-BLOWER CHANNELS THAT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER CHANNELS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD BEEN, QUOTE, USING PRESIDENT HAD BEEN, QUOTE, USING THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO SOLICIT INTERFERENCE FROM A SOLICIT INTERFERENCE FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN THE 2020 U.S. FOREIGN COUNTRY IN THE 2020 U.S. ELECTION, INCLUDING AMONG OTHER ELECTION, INCLUDING AMONG OTHER THINGS PRESSING A FOREIGN THINGS PRESSING A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO INVESTIGATE ONE OF COUNTRY TO INVESTIGATE ONE OF THE PRESIDENT’S MAIN PLILTOLITIC THE PRESIDENT’S MAIN PLILTOLITIC RIVALS.” RIVALS.” THAT WAS THE WHISTLE-BLOWER THAT WAS THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT. COMPLAINT. THERE WAS A CONCERTED EFFORT THERE WAS A CONCERTED EFFORT WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, EVEN IT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, EVEN IT APPEARS AT THE OFFICE OF THE APPEARS AT THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, TO TRY TO KIBOSH INTELLIGENCE, TO TRY TO KIBOSH THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER’S COMPLAINT, THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER’S COMPLAINT, KEEP IT QUIET, KEEP CONGRESS KEEP IT QUIET, KEEP CONGRESS FROM GETTING IT. FROM GETTING IT. NEVERTHELESS, THE COMPLAINT GETS NEVERTHELESS, THE COMPLAINT GETS TO CONGRESS. TO CONGRESS. THE ALLEGATION IS TOTALLY THE ALLEGATION IS TOTALLY EXPLOSIVE. EXPLOSIVE. WHEN IT EMERGES THAT THE WHEN IT EMERGES THAT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER’S COMPLAINT WHISTLE-BLOWER’S COMPLAINT HINGES ON A JULY 25th PHONE CALL HINGES ON A JULY 25th PHONE CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE, PRESIDENT PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE, PRESIDENT TRUMP INITIALLY ASSERTS THAT THE TRUMP INITIALLY ASSERTS THAT THE CALL WAS, IN HIS WORDS, CALL WAS, IN HIS WORDS, “PERFECT.” “PERFECT.” THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CALL. CALL. THE WHITE HOUSE TO BACK THAT UP THE WHITE HOUSE TO BACK THAT UP THEN RELEASED THE OFFICIAL NOTES THEN RELEASED THE OFFICIAL NOTES FROM THAT CALL. FROM THAT CALL. THE WHITE HOUSE NOTES OF THAT THE WHITE HOUSE NOTES OF THAT CALL CONFIRM EVERYTHING THE CALL CONFIRM EVERYTHING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER SAID AND WORSE. WHISTLE-BLOWER SAID AND WORSE. I MEAN, THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE I MEAN, THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE IS PRESIDENT TRUMP DEMANDING IS PRESIDENT TRUMP DEMANDING FROM UKRAINE AN INVESTIGATION FROM UKRAINE AN INVESTIGATION INTO ONE OF HIS DOMESTIC INTO ONE OF HIS DOMESTIC POLITICAL RIVALS. POLITICAL RIVALS. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE THE PRESIDENT IT WAS ALMOST LIKE THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T REALIZE THAT WAS BAD. DIDN’T REALIZE THAT WAS BAD. WITH ALL THE THINGS HE’S GOTTEN WITH ALL THE THINGS HE’S GOTTEN AWAY WITH, OH, THIS ONE IS BAD? AWAY WITH, OH, THIS ONE IS BAD? THIS IS WHAT I’M GOING TO GET IN THIS IS WHAT I’M GOING TO GET IN TROUBLE FOR? TROUBLE FOR? THE PRESIDENT SORT OF HAD TO THE PRESIDENT SORT OF HAD TO PIVOT FROM THE CALL WAS PERFECT. PIVOT FROM THE CALL WAS PERFECT. THE PRESIDENT’S SUPPORTERS, THE PRESIDENT’S SUPPORTERS, PARTICULARLY MEMBERS OF PARTICULARLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, INITIALLY TRIED TO CONGRESS, INITIALLY TRIED TO KIND OF SPIN THE WHITE HOUSE KIND OF SPIN THE WHITE HOUSE NOTES ON THAT CALL. NOTES ON THAT CALL. TRIED TO KIND OF REIMAGINE WHAT TRIED TO KIND OF REIMAGINE WHAT HAPPENED THERE. HAPPENED THERE. SUPPORTERS WERE, LIKE, OKAY, WE SUPPORTERS WERE, LIKE, OKAY, WE KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, BUT KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, BUT YOU’RE READING IT WRONG. YOU’RE READING IT WRONG. RIGHT? RIGHT? YOU’RE READING TOO MUCH INTO IT. YOU’RE READING TOO MUCH INTO IT. HE’S NOT REALLY LITERALLY ASKING HE’S NOT REALLY LITERALLY ASKING FOR UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THE FOR UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS. BIDENS. THAT’S FAKE NEWS. THAT’S FAKE NEWS. THAT’S DEMOCRATIC SPIN. THAT’S DEMOCRATIC SPIN. IN RESPONSE TO THAT PUSHBACK, IN RESPONSE TO THAT PUSHBACK, REPORTERS NATURALLY JUST ASKED REPORTERS NATURALLY JUST ASKED THE PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, SIR, THE PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, SIR, ARE YOUR SUPPORTERS RIGHT? ARE YOUR SUPPORTERS RIGHT? IS THAT NOT WHAT YOU MEANT? IS THAT NOT WHAT YOU MEANT? WHAT DID YOU WANT TO HAPPEN WHAT DID YOU WANT TO HAPPEN THERE, SIR? THERE, SIR? WERE YOU ASKING FOR AN WERE YOU ASKING FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF THE BIDENS? INVESTIGATION OF THE BIDENS?>>WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU HOPE>>WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU HOPE ZELENSKY WOULD DO ABOUT THE ZELENSKY WOULD DO ABOUT THE BIDENS AFTER YOUR PHONE CALL? BIDENS AFTER YOUR PHONE CALL?>>WELL, I WOULD THINK THAT IF>>WELL, I WOULD THINK THAT IF THEY WERE HONEST ABOUT IT, THEY WERE HONEST ABOUT IT, THEY’D START A MAJOR THEY’D START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS. INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS. IT’S A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER. IT’S A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER.>>OH, THERE GOES THE INITIAL>>OH, THERE GOES THE INITIAL DEFENSE THAT HE WAS NOT ASKING DEFENSE THAT HE WAS NOT ASKING FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS. BIDENS. “MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT DID YOU “MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT DID YOU HOPE ZELENSKY WOULD DO AFTER HOPE ZELENSKY WOULD DO AFTER YOUR PHONE CALL?” YOUR PHONE CALL?” “WELL, IF THEY WERE HONEST ABOUT “WELL, IF THEY WERE HONEST ABOUT IT, I HOPE THEY’D START A MAJOR IT, I HOPE THEY’D START A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS.” INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS.” THE PRESIDENT JUST ADMITS IT, THE PRESIDENT JUST ADMITS IT, YES, THAT’S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO YES, THAT’S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO GET IN THAT CALL FROM AN FOREIGN GET IN THAT CALL FROM AN FOREIGN COUNTRY, AN INVESTIGATION INTO COUNTRY, AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS. THE BIDENS. WHY, IS THAT BAD? WHY, IS THAT BAD? THEN IN THE NEXT BREATH, HE THEN IN THE NEXT BREATH, HE COMPOUNDS THE PROBLEM IN WHAT IS COMPOUNDS THE PROBLEM IN WHAT IS TURNING OUT TO POTENTIALLY BE A TURNING OUT TO POTENTIALLY BE A VERY IMPORTANT WAY. VERY IMPORTANT WAY.>>IT’S A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER.>>IT’S A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER. THEY SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE THEY SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS BECAUSE HOW DOES A BIDENS BECAUSE HOW DOES A COMPANY THAT’S NEWLY FORMED AND COMPANY THAT’S NEWLY FORMED AND ALL THESE COMPANIES, YOU LOOK ALL THESE COMPANIES, YOU LOOK AT — BY THE WAY, LIKEWISE, AT — BY THE WAY, LIKEWISE, CHINA SHOULD START AN CHINA SHOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS. INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS.>>OH, CHINA SHOULD START AN>>OH, CHINA SHOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS, INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS, TOO. TOO. YES, THE THING YOU ARE YES, THE THING YOU ARE IMPEACHING ME FOR, ASKING IMPEACHING ME FOR, ASKING UKRAINE FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF UKRAINE FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF THE BIDENS, YES, I DID THAT. THE BIDENS, YES, I DID THAT. WE’VE NOW PROVIDED YOU WRITTEN WE’VE NOW PROVIDED YOU WRITTEN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE EVIDENCE OF OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE EVIDENCE OF THAT AND I’M REITERATING IT HERE THAT AND I’M REITERATING IT HERE ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN. ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN. ALSO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ALSO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPEACH ME FOR ASKING CHINA TO IMPEACH ME FOR ASKING CHINA TO DO THE SAME THING, I’M GOING TO DO THE SAME THING, I’M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND COMMIT THAT CRIME GO AHEAD AND COMMIT THAT CRIME RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, IN FRONT RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, IN FRONT OF ALL OF YOU. OF ALL OF YOU. MICROPHONES ALL STILL ON? MICROPHONES ALL STILL ON? OKAY. OKAY. READY? READY? HERE GOES. HERE GOES. I WOULD ALSO LIKE CHINA TO I WOULD ALSO LIKE CHINA TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS. INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS. NOW, WHERE DO I SIGN? NOW, WHERE DO I SIGN? THE ONLY DEFENSE AT THAT POINT THE ONLY DEFENSE AT THAT POINT FOR THE PRESIDENT’S SUPPORTERS FOR THE PRESIDENT’S SUPPORTERS WOULD HAVE TO BE A CREATIVE ONE. WOULD HAVE TO BE A CREATIVE ONE. REPUBLICAN SENATOR MARCO RUBIO REPUBLICAN SENATOR MARCO RUBIO SORT OF TOOK THE LEAD ON THAT SORT OF TOOK THE LEAD ON THAT ARGUING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ARGUING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP COULDN’T POSSIBLY HAVE JUST COULDN’T POSSIBLY HAVE JUST ASKED CHINA TO INVESTIGATE JOE ASKED CHINA TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN, TOO. BIDEN, TOO. HE CANNOT HAVE DONE THAT. HE CANNOT HAVE DONE THAT. IT MUST HAVE BEEN — HE MUST — IT MUST HAVE BEEN — HE MUST — UH — HE WAS KIDDING? UH — HE WAS KIDDING? LET’S SAY HE WAS KIDDING. LET’S SAY HE WAS KIDDING.>>YOU’RE ONE OF THE LOUDEST>>YOU’RE ONE OF THE LOUDEST CRITICS OF CHINA AND ITS HUMAN CRITICS OF CHINA AND ITS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. RIGHTS ABUSES. I MEAN, IS IT OKAY FOR HIM TO I MEAN, IS IT OKAY FOR HIM TO ASK TO SAY THAT? ASK TO SAY THAT?>>I DON’T THINK IT’S A REAL –>>I DON’T THINK IT’S A REAL — I THINK, AGAIN, I THINK HE DID I THINK, AGAIN, I THINK HE DID IT TO GET YOU GUYS. IT TO GET YOU GUYS.>>HE DIDN’T MEAN THAT.>>HE DIDN’T MEAN THAT. HE WAS TELLING A HILARIOUS JOKE HE WAS TELLING A HILARIOUS JOKE TO GIG YOU GUYS. TO GIG YOU GUYS. TO MAKE YOU GIGGLE? TO MAKE YOU GIGGLE? TO GIG YOU? TO GIG YOU? I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY ALSO GOT ASKED MICK MULVANEY ALSO GOT ASKED ABOUT IT. ABOUT IT. THIS IS THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING THIS IS THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING WHERE MULL VAUGHNY WENT AHEAD WHERE MULL VAUGHNY WENT AHEAD AND CONFIRMED THERE WAS A QUID AND CONFIRMED THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO DEMAND TO UKRAINE THAT PRO QUO DEMAND TO UKRAINE THAT THEY DO THESE INVESTIGATIONS THEY DO THESE INVESTIGATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS DEMANDING IF PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS DEMANDING IF THEY WANTED TO GET THEIR U.S. THEY WANTED TO GET THEIR U.S. MILITARY AID. MILITARY AID. AND THEN, OF COURSE, AFTER THAT, AND THEN, OF COURSE, AFTER THAT, HE PRETENDED THAT HE HADN’T SAID HE PRETENDED THAT HE HADN’T SAID THAT AT ALL. THAT AT ALL. PART OF THE REASON HE ENDED UP PART OF THE REASON HE ENDED UP DANCING HIMSELF INTO THAT BOX AT DANCING HIMSELF INTO THAT BOX AT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE, THOUGH, THAT PRESS CONFERENCE, THOUGH, IS BECAUSE HE WASN’T JUST ASKED IS BECAUSE HE WASN’T JUST ASKED ABOUT UKRAINE. ABOUT UKRAINE. AT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. AT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. HE GOT ASKED THE UNANSWERABLE HE GOT ASKED THE UNANSWERABLE QUESTION ABOUT HOW HE COULD QUESTION ABOUT HOW HE COULD POSSIBLY EXPLAIN THAT TRUMP WAS POSSIBLY EXPLAIN THAT TRUMP WAS ALSO ASKING FOR CHINA TO DO IT ALSO ASKING FOR CHINA TO DO IT AS WELL. AS WELL.>>CAN YOU CLARIFY, I’VE BEEN>>CAN YOU CLARIFY, I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET AN ANSWER TO THIS, TRYING TO GET AN ANSWER TO THIS, WAS THE PRESIDENT SERIOUS WHEN WAS THE PRESIDENT SERIOUS WHEN HE SAID THAT HE WOULD ALSO LIKE HE SAID THAT HE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE CHINA INVESTIGATE THE TO SEE CHINA INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS? BIDENS? AND YOU WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED AND YOU WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE DECISION TO WITHHOLD IN THE DECISION TO WITHHOLD FUNDING FROM UKRAINE. FUNDING FROM UKRAINE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US NOW, CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US NOW, DEFINITIVELY, WHY? DEFINITIVELY, WHY? WHY WAS FUNDING — WHY WAS FUNDING –>>SURE, LET’S DEAL WITH THE>>SURE, LET’S DEAL WITH THE SECOND ONE FIRST. SECOND ONE FIRST.>>LET’S — YOU KNOW WHAT, OF>>LET’S — YOU KNOW WHAT, OF THOSE TWO, I’D RATHER DEAL WITH THOSE TWO, I’D RATHER DEAL WITH ME BEING DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN A ME BEING DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN A QUID PRO QUO ARRANGEMENT OF QUID PRO QUO ARRANGEMENT OF ILLEGALLY WITHHOLDING ILLEGALLY WITHHOLDING CONGRESSIONALLY APPROPRIATED CONGRESSIONALLY APPROPRIATED MONEY FROM A FOREIGN ALLY IN MONEY FROM A FOREIGN ALLY IN EXCHANGE FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL EXCHANGE FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL HELP FOR THE PRESIDENT. HELP FOR THE PRESIDENT. I WOULD ACTUALLY RATHER TALK I WOULD ACTUALLY RATHER TALK ABOUT THAT. ABOUT THAT. THAN WHETHER HE REALLY MEANT IT THAN WHETHER HE REALLY MEANT IT WHEN HE COMMITTED THE SAME CRIME WHEN HE COMMITTED THE SAME CRIME OUT LOUD ON THE LAWN WHEN IT OUT LOUD ON THE LAWN WHEN IT COMES TO CHINA. COMES TO CHINA. CAN WE DEAL WITH THAT ONE AFTER? CAN WE DEAL WITH THAT ONE AFTER? THE CHIEF OF STAFF, NEEDLESS TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF, NEEDLESS TO SAY, NEVER WENT BACK AND SAY, NEVER WENT BACK AND SPECIFICALLY ANSWERED THE PART SPECIFICALLY ANSWERED THE PART OF THAT QUESTION ABOUT CHINA. OF THAT QUESTION ABOUT CHINA. I MEAN, WHAT WOULD HE SAY IF HE I MEAN, WHAT WOULD HE SAY IF HE HAD? HAD? BUT CNN SOON REPORTED THAT THE BUT CNN SOON REPORTED THAT THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR ABOUT THE CHINA PART OF THIS REALLY DIDN’T CHINA PART OF THIS REALLY DIDN’T APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN A JOKE OR AN APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN A JOKE OR AN EFFORT TO GIG THE PRESS, EFFORT TO GIG THE PRESS, WHATEVER THAT MEANS. WHATEVER THAT MEANS. CNN REPORTING THAT ONE OF THE CNN REPORTING THAT ONE OF THE CALL RECORDS THAT HAS BEEN CALL RECORDS THAT HAS BEEN LOCKED UP INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE LOCKED UP INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE IN A STANDALONE HIGH-SECURITY IN A STANDALONE HIGH-SECURITY SERVER THAT’S USUALLY RESERVED SERVER THAT’S USUALLY RESERVED FOR HIGHLY CLASSIFIED MATERIAL FOR HIGHLY CLASSIFIED MATERIAL LIKE COVERT ACTION, ONE OF THOSE LIKE COVERT ACTION, ONE OF THOSE CALL RECORDS IS FROM WHEN CALL RECORDS IS FROM WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED PRESIDENT PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED PRESIDENT XI OF CHINA AND, IN FACT, TALKED XI OF CHINA AND, IN FACT, TALKED TO HIM ABOUT JOE BIDEN. TO HIM ABOUT JOE BIDEN. WE STILL HAVEN’T SEEN THAT CALL WE STILL HAVEN’T SEEN THAT CALL RECORD. RECORD. IT IS REPORTEDLY LOCKED UP IN IT IS REPORTEDLY LOCKED UP IN THAT HIGH-SECURITY SERVER. THAT HIGH-SECURITY SERVER. SOME DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE SOME DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE NOW CALLED FOR THOSE CALL NOTES NOW CALLED FOR THOSE CALL NOTES TO BE RELEASED. TO BE RELEASED. WITHIN A WEEK OF THE PRESIDENT WITHIN A WEEK OF THE PRESIDENT STANDING ON THE SOUTH LAWN AND STANDING ON THE SOUTH LAWN AND CALLING FOR CHINA TO INVESTIGATE CALLING FOR CHINA TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN, WE ALSO HAVE THIS JOE BIDEN, WE ALSO HAVE THIS INTRIGUING REPORTING IN THE INTRIGUING REPORTING IN THE “FINANCIAL TIMES.” “FINANCIAL TIMES.” “TRUMP ADVISER SAYS CHINA “TRUMP ADVISER SAYS CHINA PROVIDED INFORMATION ABOUT PROVIDED INFORMATION ABOUT HUNTER BIDEN.” HUNTER BIDEN.” “MICHAEL PILLSBURY, INFORMAL “MICHAEL PILLSBURY, INFORMAL WHITE HOUSE ADVISER ON CHINA, WHITE HOUSE ADVISER ON CHINA, SAID HE RECEIVED INFORMATION SAID HE RECEIVED INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES OF ABOUT THE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES OF HUNTER BIDEN DURING A VISIT TO HUNTER BIDEN DURING A VISIT TO BEIJING IN THE SAME WEEK THAT BEIJING IN THE SAME WEEK THAT DONALD TRUMP URGED CHINA TO DONALD TRUMP URGED CHINA TO PROBE MR. BIDEN.” PROBE MR. BIDEN.” “I GOT QUITE A BIT OF BACKGROUND “I GOT QUITE A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM THE ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM THE CHINESE.” CHINESE.” MR. PILLSBURY TOLD THE MR. PILLSBURY TOLD THE “FINANCIAL TIMES.” “FINANCIAL TIMES.” SO, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS BEING SO, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS BEING IMPEACHED FOR ASKING UKRAINE TO IMPEACHED FOR ASKING UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN. INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN. HE THEN OPENLY ANNOUNCES THAT HE THEN OPENLY ANNOUNCES THAT HE’S DOING THE SAME THING WITH HE’S DOING THE SAME THING WITH CHINA AND WE LEARNED THAT HE HAS CHINA AND WE LEARNED THAT HE HAS APPARENTLY RAISED THIS ALREADY APPARENTLY RAISED THIS ALREADY NOT JUST ON THE WHITE HOUSE NOT JUST ON THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH LAWN IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY SOUTH LAWN IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY BUT IN A PRIVATE CALL TO THE BUT IN A PRIVATE CALL TO THE CHINESE PRESIDENT. CHINESE PRESIDENT. THE RECORDS OF WHICH HAVE NOW THE RECORDS OF WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN HIDDEN AWAY. BEEN HIDDEN AWAY. AND NOW HE HAS APPARENTLY AND NOW HE HAS APPARENTLY DISPATCHED ONE OF HIS CHINA DISPATCHED ONE OF HIS CHINA ADVISERS TO GO TO CHINA TO ADVISERS TO GO TO CHINA TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE BIDEN COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE BIDEN FAMILY. FAMILY. WHATEVER YOU CAN GET FROM THE WHATEVER YOU CAN GET FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. CHINESE GOVERNMENT. I MEAN, THAT’S WHAT THIS GUY IS I MEAN, THAT’S WHAT THIS GUY IS SAYING. SAYING. “I HAVE GOT QUITE A BIT OF “I HAVE GOT QUITE A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM BACKGROUND ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM THE CHINESE.” THE CHINESE.” VERY EXPLOSIVE CLAIM IN THE VERY EXPLOSIVE CLAIM IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS IMPEACHMENT MIDDLE OF THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. INQUIRY. WELL, THE SAME DAY THAT STORY WELL, THE SAME DAY THAT STORY APPEARS IN THE “FINANCIAL APPEARS IN THE “FINANCIAL TIMES,” THAT GENTLEMAN, THAT TIMES,” THAT GENTLEMAN, THAT ADVISER TO TRUMP ON CHINA, HIS ADVISER TO TRUMP ON CHINA, HIS NAME IS MIKE B L PILLS SCHAEL PI NAME IS MIKE B L PILLS SCHAEL PI WENT ON C-SPAN THAT DAY AND HE WENT ON C-SPAN THAT DAY AND HE WAS ASKED ABOUT IT AND THIS IS WAS ASKED ABOUT IT AND THIS IS LIKE POETRY. LIKE POETRY. THIS IS LIKE EVERY ONCE IN A THIS IS LIKE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THE NEWS GODS HAND DOWN WHILE THE NEWS GODS HAND DOWN NOT PROSE BUZZT POETRY. NOT PROSE BUZZT POETRY. OCTOBER 10th. OCTOBER 10th. “TRUMP ADVISER SAYS CHINA “TRUMP ADVISER SAYS CHINA PROVIDED INFORMATION ABOUT PROVIDED INFORMATION ABOUT HUNTER BIDEN.” HUNTER BIDEN.” THAT STORY’S IN THE “FINANCIAL THAT STORY’S IN THE “FINANCIAL TIMES.” TIMES.” THE GUY THIS STORY IS ABOUT GOES THE GUY THIS STORY IS ABOUT GOES ON C-SPAN. ON C-SPAN. HE GETS ASKED ABOUT IT. HE GETS ASKED ABOUT IT. WATCH. WATCH.>>THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” IS>>THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” IS QUOTED AS YOU SAYING, I QUOTE, QUOTED AS YOU SAYING, I QUOTE, “I GOT QUITE A BIT OF BACKGROUND “I GOT QUITE A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM THE ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM THE CHINESE,” PILLSBURY TOLD THE CHINESE,” PILLSBURY TOLD THE “FINANCIAL TIMES.” “FINANCIAL TIMES.”>>I WONDER WHAT, I HAVEN’T>>I WONDER WHAT, I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” SPOKEN TO THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” FOR A MONTH. FOR A MONTH.>>I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO THE>>I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” — I HAVEN’T “FINANCIAL TIMES” — I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” SPOKEN TO THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” FOR AT LEAST A MONTH. FOR AT LEAST A MONTH. THAT’S NUTTY. THAT’S NUTTY. THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” QUOTING ME THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” QUOTING ME TODAY SAYING I GOT BACKGROUND ON TODAY SAYING I GOT BACKGROUND ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM CHINA, THAT’S HUNTER BIDEN FROM CHINA, THAT’S INSANE, I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO THEM INSANE, I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO THEM FOR A MONTH. FOR A MONTH. WHEREUPON THE REPORTER IN WHEREUPON THE REPORTER IN QUESTION FOR THE “FINANCIAL QUESTION FOR THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” INSTANTLY POSTS ONLINE TIMES” INSTANTLY POSTS ONLINE THE EMAIL HE GOT THE PREVIOUS THE EMAIL HE GOT THE PREVIOUS DAY FROM MICHAEL PILLSBURY DAY FROM MICHAEL PILLSBURY SAYING EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS GOING SAYING EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS GOING QUOTE QUOTE QUOTED AS SAYING IN THE STORY. QUOTED AS SAYING IN THE STORY. “MIKE PILLSBURY DENIED ON C-SPAN “MIKE PILLSBURY DENIED ON C-SPAN HE TOLD ME THIS BUT HERE’S THE HE TOLD ME THIS BUT HERE’S THE EMAIL EXCHANGE I HAD WITH HIM EMAIL EXCHANGE I HAD WITH HIM LAST NIGHT” THEN HE POSTS IT LAST NIGHT” THEN HE POSTS IT FROM MIKES PILLSBURY TO REPORTER FROM MIKES PILLSBURY TO REPORTER AT THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” AND AT THE “FINANCIAL TIMES” AND THERE’S THE QUOTE, “ACTUALLY I THERE’S THE QUOTE, “ACTUALLY I GOT QUITE A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON GOT QUITE A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON HUNTER BIDEN FROM THE CHINESE.” HUNTER BIDEN FROM THE CHINESE.” DO NOT DENY THINGS YOU HAVE DONE DO NOT DENY THINGS YOU HAVE DONE IN GENERAL. IN GENERAL. GOD WILL KNOW. GOD WILL KNOW. RIGHT? RIGHT? SO WILL YOUR MOTHER, WHEREVER SO WILL YOUR MOTHER, WHEREVER SHE IS. SHE IS. BEYOND THAT, DEFINITELY DON’T BEYOND THAT, DEFINITELY DON’T DENY THINGS THAT YOU HAVE NOT DENY THINGS THAT YOU HAVE NOT ONLY DONE BUT YOU’VE PUT IN ONLY DONE BUT YOU’VE PUT IN WRITE INGING LESS THAN 24 HOURS WRITE INGING LESS THAN 24 HOURS PREVIOUS TO YOUR DENIAL. PREVIOUS TO YOUR DENIAL. ESPECIALLY IF THE THING THAT ESPECIALLY IF THE THING THAT YOU’RE DENYING IS SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE DENYING IS SOMETHING THAT YOU PUT IN WRITING ON THE RECORD YOU PUT IN WRITING ON THE RECORD TO A REPORTER WHO THEN PRINTED TO A REPORTER WHO THEN PRINTED YOUR WORDS. YOUR WORDS. IT’S NOT LIKE REPORTERS GET IT’S NOT LIKE REPORTERS GET THESE THINGS FROM YOU AND THEN THESE THINGS FROM YOU AND THEN THEY BURN ALL THEIR MATERIALS THEY BURN ALL THEIR MATERIALS ONCE THEY’VE PUBLISHED, RIGHT? ONCE THEY’VE PUBLISHED, RIGHT? MR. PILLSBURY LATER GOT QUITE MR. PILLSBURY LATER GOT QUITE CAGY ABOUT HIS CLAIMS THAT THE CAGY ABOUT HIS CLAIMS THAT THE HE HAD BEEN DISPATCHED TO CHINA HE HAD BEEN DISPATCHED TO CHINA TO GO COLLECT INFORMATION ON TO GO COLLECT INFORMATION ON HUNTER BIDEN THERE AFTER THE HUNTER BIDEN THERE AFTER THE PRESIDENT SAID OUT LOUD ON THE PRESIDENT SAID OUT LOUD ON THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH LAWN THAT’S WHITE HOUSE SOUTH LAWN THAT’S WHAT HE WANTED. WHAT HE WANTED. HE TOLD THE “WASHINGTON POST” HE TOLD THE “WASHINGTON POST” WHEN THEY REPORTED ON THIS WHEN THEY REPORTED ON THIS DEVELOPMENT THAT, QUTOTE, WHITE DEVELOPMENT THAT, QUTOTE, WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAD ASKED HIM HOUSE OFFICIALS HAD ASKED HIM NOT TO DISCLOSE HIS NOT TO DISCLOSE HIS CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. SO NOW, RIGHT, IMPEACHMENT SO NOW, RIGHT, IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT ARE WELL ALONG THEIR PRESIDENT ARE WELL ALONG THEIR WAY TO FRUITION. WAY TO FRUITION. I MEAN, IT WAS LAST WEEK WE GOT I MEAN, IT WAS LAST WEEK WE GOT AMBASSADOR BILL TAYLOR AMBASSADOR BILL TAYLOR TESTIFYING THAT THE WHITE HOUSE TESTIFYING THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WITHHELD MEETINGS AND DELAYED WITHHELD MEETINGS AND DELAYED AND THREATENED TO WITHHOLD AND THREATENED TO WITHHOLD MILITARY AID UNLESS UKRAINE MILITARY AID UNLESS UKRAINE ANNOUNCED BOGUS INVESTIGATIONS ANNOUNCED BOGUS INVESTIGATIONS TO BENEFIT THE PRESIDENT TO BENEFIT THE PRESIDENT DOMESTICALLY. DOMESTICALLY. AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TIFFESTIFYING AMBASSADOR TAYLOR TIFFESTIFYING THAT THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY THAT THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY INSISTED ON THAT, JUST INSISTED ON THAT, JUST DEVASTATING TESTIMONY. DEVASTATING TESTIMONY. SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE “WASHINGTON POST” REPORTING IN “WASHINGTON POST” REPORTING IN ADDITION TO WITHHOLDING MEETINGS ADDITION TO WITHHOLDING MEETINGS AND MILITARY AID, IT APPEARS THE AND MILITARY AID, IT APPEARS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ALSO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ALSO WITHHELD TRADE ASSISTANCE FROM WITHHELD TRADE ASSISTANCE FROM UKRAINE AS WELL. UKRAINE AS WELL. PART OF THE SAME PRESSURE PART OF THE SAME PRESSURE CAMPAIGN TO GET THESE CAMPAIGN TO GET THESE INVESTIGATIONS OUT OF UKRAINE INVESTIGATIONS OUT OF UKRAINE THAT THE PRESIDENT THOUGHT WOULD THAT THE PRESIDENT THOUGHT WOULD HELP HIM IN HIS NEXT ELECTION. HELP HIM IN HIS NEXT ELECTION. WELL NOW TODAY, THE HOUSE HAS WELL NOW TODAY, THE HOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL TAKE A ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL TAKE A VOTE THIS WEEK ESTABLISHING THE VOTE THIS WEEK ESTABLISHING THE FORMAT FOR HOW THEY’RE GOING TO FORMAT FOR HOW THEY’RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE IMPEACHMENT MOVE FORWARD IN THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. PROCEEDINGS. THERE’S A FAIRLY LONG LIST OF THERE’S A FAIRLY LONG LIST OF DEPOSITIONS THAT ARE STILL TO GO DEPOSITIONS THAT ARE STILL TO GO FOR THE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS FOR THE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITNESS TESTIMONY THAT THEY’VE WITNESS TESTIMONY THAT THEY’VE BEEN TAKING THUS FAR. BEEN TAKING THUS FAR. THAT PART OF THE INVESTIGATION. THAT PART OF THE INVESTIGATION. BUT HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI BUT HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI AND INTELLIGENCE CHAIR ADAM AND INTELLIGENCE CHAIR ADAM SCHIFF ARE SAYING AS OF TODAY SCHIFF ARE SAYING AS OF TODAY THAT THERE WILL BE A FULL VOTE THAT THERE WILL BE A FULL VOTE IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK TO IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK TO ESTABLISH THE RULES FOR THE NEXT ESTABLISH THE RULES FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF THE IMPEACHMENT PHASE OF THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS WHICH WILL INCLUDE PROCEEDINGS WHICH WILL INCLUDE NOT JUST CLOSED-DOOR DEPOSITIONS NOT JUST CLOSED-DOOR DEPOSITIONS BUT ALSO PUBLIC HEARINGS. BUT ALSO PUBLIC HEARINGS. IMPORTANTLY, “THE NEW YORK IMPORTANTLY, “THE NEW YORK TIMES” IS REPORTING THAT THE TIMES” IS REPORTING THAT THE RULES THAT THEY’RE GOING TO VOTE RULES THAT THEY’RE GOING TO VOTE ON WILL ALLOW STAFF FROM THE ON WILL ALLOW STAFF FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT SOME OF THE QUESTIONING CONDUCT SOME OF THE QUESTIONING OF THE WITNESSES IN THESE PUBLIC OF THE WITNESSES IN THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS WHICH IS A BIG DEAL HEARINGS WHICH IS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, I BECAUSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, I LOVE YOU, BUT DOING THE LOVE YOU, BUT DOING THE QUESTIONING WITH THIS LILY PAD QUESTIONING WITH THIS LILY PAD HOPPING AROUND IN FIVE-MINUTE HOPPING AROUND IN FIVE-MINUTE CHUNKS FROM MEMBER TO MEMBER TO CHUNKS FROM MEMBER TO MEMBER TO MEMBER WHERE NOBODY CAN KEEP THE MEMBER WHERE NOBODY CAN KEEP THE LINE OF QUESTIONING IN THEIR LINE OF QUESTIONING IN THEIR HEAD AND EVERYBODY’S SHOWBOATING HEAD AND EVERYBODY’S SHOWBOATING AND EVERYBODY KEEPS STARTING AND EVERYBODY KEEPS STARTING OVER FROM THE BEGINNING, OVER FROM THE BEGINNING, BASICALLY THAT’S A MEANS OF BASICALLY THAT’S A MEANS OF DOING THE QUESTIONING THAT DOING THE QUESTIONING THAT ELICITS NO INFORMATION AND THE ELICITS NO INFORMATION AND THE PUBLIC CAN’T FOLLOW. PUBLIC CAN’T FOLLOW. IF INSTEAD AT THESE PUBLIC IF INSTEAD AT THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS YOU GOING TO HAVE STAFF HEARINGS YOU GOING TO HAVE STAFF DOING THE QUESTIONING WITH DOING THE QUESTIONING WITH CONTINUITY, WITH SUBJECT MATTER CONTINUITY, WITH SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE KNOWING WHAT THEY’RE EXPERTISE KNOWING WHAT THEY’RE ASKING ABOUT AND WHY, WELL, THAT ASKING ABOUT AND WHY, WELL, THAT HELPS YOU ACTUALLY LEARN THINGS HELPS YOU ACTUALLY LEARN THINGS FROM WITNESSES. FROM WITNESSES. THAT’S A LARGE PART OF WHY THE THAT’S A LARGE PART OF WHY THE WATERBEAT WATERBEAT WATERGATE HEARINGS WERE SO REF WATERGATE HEARINGS WERE SO REF LA TOIR LA TOIR REV REV REVULATORY FOR THE PUBLIC. REVULATORY FOR THE PUBLIC. IT’S GOING TO GO UP TO A RULES IT’S GOING TO GO UP TO A RULES COMMITTEE FOR A VOTE FIRST WHICH COMMITTEE FOR A VOTE FIRST WHICH WILL TEE UP A FULL HOUSE VOTE WE WILL TEE UP A FULL HOUSE VOTE WE BELIEVE ON THURSDAY OF THIS BELIEVE ON THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK. WEEK. BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT, AS BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT, AS THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, WHICH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, WHICH IS LIKE A MONTH OLD NOW, AS IT IS LIKE A MONTH OLD NOW, AS IT STARTS, YOU KNOW, TURNING ON THE STARTS, YOU KNOW, TURNING ON THE RUNWAY LIGHTS AND PLANNING ITS RUNWAY LIGHTS AND PLANNING ITS APPROACH, NOW WE’VE GOT THIS ONE APPROACH, NOW WE’VE GOT THIS ONE GIGANTIC DANGLING THREAD IN GIGANTIC DANGLING THREAD IN TERMS OF WHAT EXACTLY THEY’RE TERMS OF WHAT EXACTLY THEY’RE INVESTIGATING AND WHAT IT’S INVESTIGATING AND WHAT IT’S GOING TO MAKE OF THE ARTICLES OF GOING TO MAKE OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT HERE BECAUSE IT IMPEACHMENT HERE BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES APPEAR LIKE HIDING REALLY DOES APPEAR LIKE HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT THAT THE IN PLAIN SIGHT THAT THE PRESIDENT DID THIS NOT JUST WITH PRESIDENT DID THIS NOT JUST WITH UKRAINE, HE DID THIS WITH TWO UKRAINE, HE DID THIS WITH TWO COUNTRIES. COUNTRIES. IT IS AT LEAST WORTH ASKING IT IS AT LEAST WORTH ASKING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE HERE, I’LL ABOUT THAT BECAUSE HERE, I’LL SHOW YOU, HERE’S PETER NAVARRO, SHOW YOU, HERE’S PETER NAVARRO, AKA, RON VARA, RIGHT, THE AUTHOR AKA, RON VARA, RIGHT, THE AUTHOR “DEATH BY CHINA.” “DEATH BY CHINA.” THE ARCHITECT OF THE PRESIDENT’S THE ARCHITECT OF THE PRESIDENT’S CHINA TRADE WAR. CHINA TRADE WAR. BEING ASKED ABOUT THIS VERY BEING ASKED ABOUT THIS VERY ISSUE BY CNN’S JIM SCIUTTO. ISSUE BY CNN’S JIM SCIUTTO. WATCH HOW NAVARRO ANSWERS. WATCH HOW NAVARRO ANSWERS.>>YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO>>YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND CLOSED KNOW WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN THE ADMINISTRATION, AND DOORS IN THE ADMINISTRATION, AND THE ONLY WAY — THE ONLY WAY –>>I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE>>I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW.>>HEY –>>HEY –>>WHEN POLITICS ENTERED TRADE>>WHEN POLITICS ENTERED TRADE NEGOTIATIONS. NEGOTIATIONS.>>LET ME ANSWER THIS.>>LET ME ANSWER THIS. I MEAN, THE PROBLEM THAT I’VE I MEAN, THE PROBLEM THAT I’VE SEEN OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS SEEN OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS IN WASHINGTON IS THAT THERE’S IN WASHINGTON IS THAT THERE’S JUST TOO MANY STORIES THAT ARE JUST TOO MANY STORIES THAT ARE REPORTED BASED ON ANONYMOUS REPORTED BASED ON ANONYMOUS SOURCES. SOURCES.>>OH, LET’S NOT GO THERE.>>OH, LET’S NOT GO THERE.>>INEVITABLY GET IT WRONG.>>INEVITABLY GET IT WRONG. SO — SO –>>WELL.>>WELL.>>I DON’T KNOW, DO WE WANT TO>>I DON’T KNOW, DO WE WANT TO SPEND THIS TIME DOING THAT? SPEND THIS TIME DOING THAT?>>I’M ASKING YOU A DIRECT>>I’M ASKING YOU A DIRECT QUESTION, DID YOU BRING UP QUESTION, DID YOU BRING UP INVESTIGATING THE BIDENS AS PART INVESTIGATING THE BIDENS AS PART OF THE NEGOTIATION? OF THE NEGOTIATION?>>IN MY JUDGMENT –>>IN MY JUDGMENT –>>WE’RE NOT –>>WE’RE NOT –>>YOU’RE ASKING ME WHAT HAPPENS>>YOU’RE ASKING ME WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WHITE HOUSE BEHIND CLOSED IN THE WHITE HOUSE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. DOORS.>>I’M ASKING IF POLITICS>>I’M ASKING IF POLITICS HAVE — HAVE –>>I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU –>>I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU –>>THE INTERNET — THE SPHERE OF>>THE INTERNET — THE SPHERE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HERE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HERE.>>JIM, ASKED AND ANSWERED.>>JIM, ASKED AND ANSWERED.>>ASKED, REPEATEDLY, BUT NOT>>ASKED, REPEATEDLY, BUT NOT ANSWERED AT ALL. ANSWERED AT ALL. “I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU.” “I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU.” “I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU.” “I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU.” AND AS THE HOUSE STARTS TO LAND AND AS THE HOUSE STARTS TO LAND THESE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS, THESE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS, AS THEY ROUND AT LEAST FIRST AS THEY ROUND AT LEAST FIRST BASE AND HEAD TOWARD SECOND, IT BASE AND HEAD TOWARD SECOND, IT IS STARTING TO SEEM LIKE THIS IS STARTING TO SEEM LIKE THIS REALLY MIGHT BE CHAPTER TWO. REALLY MIGHT BE CHAPTER TWO. COUNTRY TWO, AT LEAST. COUNTRY TWO, AT LEAST. ARTICLE 2 MAYBE?