Trump’s Legal Team Insists That “Abuse Of Power” Is Not Impeachable

Trump’s Legal Team Insists That “Abuse Of Power” Is Not Impeachable


WELCOME TO “THE LATE SHOW.” I’M YOUR HOST STEPHEN COLBERT! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( PIANO RIFF ) LET’S START OFF THE EVENING ON A
POSITIVE NOTE, JOHN. HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
DAY! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE TO REMEMBER. BOTH THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST
LADY NOTED THE DAY ON TWITTER. MELANIA WAS SHORT AND SWEET. “TOGETHER WE HONOR DR. MARTIN
LUTHER KING JR. #M.L.K. DAY.” SHE REALLY RELATES TO DR. KING’S
MESSAGE, ESPECIALLY THE PART ABOUT WANTING TO BE “FREE AT
LAST.” ( LAUGHTER )
>>Jon: OH, OH, MY GOODNESS!>>Stephen: I THINK I HEARD. I DON’T KNOW. IT’S WHAT I HEARD.>>Jon: THANK GOD ALMIGHTY.>>Stephen:ED TOEST THING
ABOUT THAT TWEET WAS THE GRAPHIC SHE CHOSE,
WHICH JUST SAID, “M.L.K. DAY.” TIMELY AND FACTUAL. ( LAUGHTER )
AND I’M BEING TOLD WE HAVE A PREVIEW OF THE FIRST LADY’S
TWEET FOR TOMORROW, “TOGETHER WE HONOR TUESDAY JANUARY 21.” AGAIN, SO TRUTHFUL.>>Jon: DIRECT. DIRECT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: IN ADDITION TO THIS BEING M.L.K. DAY,
IT’S ALSO THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF TRUMP’S INAUGURATION. JANUARY 20, 2017. I THINK WE ALL REMEMBER
WHERE WE WERE WHEN WE WEREN’T THERE. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) BUT WE’RE ALSO EXACTLY ONE YEAR
AWAY FROM THE INAUGURATION OF OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( PIANO RIFF ) SO IT WILL EITHER BE A MASSIVE,
HISTORIC CELEBRATION IN DC, OR THE WHITE HOUSE WILL TELL US IT
WAS A MASSIVE, HISTORIC CELEBRATION IN DC. ( LAUGHTER )
BUT INAUGURATION DAY MAY COME EARLY BECAUSE TOMORROW IS THE
BEGINNING OF TRUMP’S SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
I’LL GIVE YOU THE LATEST IN TONIGHT’S DON AND THE GIANT
IMPEACH.>>I’M GONNA BOMB THE (BLEEP)
OUT OF THEM.>>STEPHEN: OVER THE WEEKEND,
HOUSE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS FILED A 111 PAGE BRIEF OUTLINING THE
PRESIDENT’S ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS. THEY CONCLUDE THAT “PRESIDENT
TRUMP’S CONDUCT IS THE FRAMERS’ WORST NIGHTMARE.” YES, THE FRAMERS’ WORST
NIGHTMARE, NEXT TO THE ONE WHERE THEY’RE
ADDRESSING THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS WITHOUT PANTALOONS. ( LAUGHTER )
IN RESPONSE, THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS SAY THAT ABUSE OF POWER
IS NOT IMPEACHABLE. YES, IT IS. IT’S THE MOST POWERFUL JOB IN
THE WORLD. THAT’S WHY ABUSE OF POWER IS THE
THING A PRESIDENT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO DO. IT’S LIKE LORD ACTON’S FAMOUS
SAYING, “POWER CORRUPTS, IS DONALD TRUMP CORRUPT? ABSOLUTELY.” ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) BUT THEY’RE SAYING “TECHNICALLY,
IT’S NOT A CRIME.” WELL, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BREAK
THE LAW TO GET FIRED. IT MAY NOT BE AGAINST THE LAW
FOR YOU TO DUNK YOUR JUNK IN MY CAPPUCCINO, BUT I STILL WANT YOU
FIRED. AMERICA DOES NOT RUN ON JUNK
DUNKING. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Jon: WORTH IT.>>Stephen: WARM THIS TIME OF
YEAR.>>Jon: I DON’T MESS WITH
THAT.>>Stephen: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
SCHOLAR LAURENCE TRIBE SAYS, THE
ARGUMENT THAT ONLY CRIMINAL OFFENSES ARE IMPEACHABLE HAS
DIED A THOUSAND DEATHS IN THE WRITINGS OF ALL THE EXPERTS ON
THE SUBJECT, BUT IT STAGGERS ON LIKE A VENGEFUL ZOMBIE. LOOK, LARRY, YOU MAY NOT AGREE
WITH THE PRESIDENT’S ALLIES, BUT I THINK THE TERM “VENGEFUL
ZOMBIES” IS A LITTLE– OH. ( LAUGHTER )
OH. ON THE NOSE. ON THE NOSE.>>Jon: OH, THAT THING RIGHT
THERE.>>OPT NOSE. ON THE NOSE.>>Jon: WHOO! ( PIANO RIFF )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( PIANO RIFF )
>>Stephen: I OBJECT! ( LAUGHTER )
BUT THE ULTIMATE INSULT AGAINST TRUMP’S DEFENSE BRIEF IS THE
ALLEGATION THAT IT IS “SO WEAK HE LIKELY DICTATED PARTS
HIMSELF.” THERE’S A HINT OF THAT IN THIS
SECTION WHICH READS: “THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT NOW
BEFORE THE SENATE ARE AN AFFRONT TO THE CONSTITUTION. HELLO, I’LL TAKE A LARGE MEAT
LOVER’S PIZZA. EXTRA MEAT. EXTRA LOVER. GOOD BYE. DAMN! I FORGOT THE GARLIC KNOTS!”
( LAUGHTER )>>Jon: YOU DON’T NEVER GET
‘EM.>>Stephen: AND HERE’S THE
THING — DONALD TRUMP IS TAKING NONE OF THIS LIGHTLY. WITH HIS PRESIDENCY ON THE LINE,
TRUMP IS TURNING TO HIS FAVORITE LEGAL SCHOLAR: TELEVISION. ( LAUGHTER )
ACCORDING TO A SOURCE, TRUMP HAS BEEN TELLING PEOPLE THAT “HE
WANTED A HIGH PROFILE LEGAL TEAM THAT CAN PERFORM ON TELEVISION,”
AND “TRUMP LOVES HAVING PEOPLE WHO ARE ON TELEVISION WORKING
FOR HIM.” (AS TRUMP)
“GET ME MATLOCK, PERRY MASON, LAW AND ORDER, DHARMA AND GREG.” ( LAUGHTER )
TEAM TRUMP INCLUDES HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR AND MAN WHO JUST
GOOGLED “ALAN DERSHOWITZ UNDERWEAR”, ALAN DERSHOWITZ, WHO
FAMOUSLY DEFENDED O.J. SIMPSON AND JEFFREY EPSTEIN. (AS TRUMP)
“GET ME DERSHOWITZ, I’M EXACTLY AS INNOCENT AS EPSTEIN AND O.J. JARED, JUST IN CASE, GAS UP
THE BRONCO.” ( LAUGHTER )
DERSHOWITZ WAS ON THE SUNDAY SHOWS PUSHING THE WHOLE ABUSE OF
POWER IS NO BIGGIE:>>YOU NEEDED PROOF OF AN ACTUAL
CRIME. IT NEEDN’T BE A STATUTORY CRIME,
BUT IT HAS TO BE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, CRIMINAL IN NATURE.>>STEPHEN: BUT DURING THE
CLINTON IMPEACHMENT, ONE PROMINENT LEGAL SCHOLAR
DISAGREED:>>IT CERTAINLY DOESN’T HAVE TO
BE A CRIME IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO COMPLETELY CORRUPTS THE
OFFICE OF PRESIDENT AND WHO ABUSES TRUST AND WHO POSES GREAT
DANGER TO OUR LIBERTY, YOU DON’T NEED A TECHNICAL CRIME.>>Stephen: OKAY, BUT LOOK,
WE’VE ALL — WAIT — ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
BACK IN 1974 DERSHOWITZ SAID THIS ABOUT RICHARD NIXON AND
WATERGATE: “I’M NOT HAPPY SEEING NIXON’S GANG BEING TRIED BY
BLACKS AND LIBERALS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.” WOW. THAT STATEMENT DIDN’T AGE WELL,
BUT NEITHER DID ALAN DERSHOWITZ. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) ( PIANO RIFF )
AS I SAID, THE SENATE TRIAL STARTS TOMORROW, BUT WE’RE STILL
A LITTLE FUZZY ON THE DETAILS THANKS TO SENATE MAJORITY LEADER
— ( AUDIENCE BOOING )
— AND CROWD FAVORITE MITCH McCONNELL. ( LAUGHTER )
HERE’S HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO WORK: AS MAJORITY LEADER,
MCCONNELL WRITES UP THE RULES FOR THE TRIAL, THEN THE ENTIRE
SENATE VOTES ON THOSE RULES. SIMPLE. THING IS: MCCONNELL HAS SO FAR
REFUSED TO REVEAL ANY OF THE DETAILS ABOUT HIS RESOLUTION. THE TRIAL STARTS TOMORROW! THAT WOULD BE LIKE A WEDDING
INVITE GOING OUT THAT SAYS “CEREMONY AT 1 PM, ST. MATTHEW’S
EPISCOPAL CHURCH. B-Y-O BRIDE.” ( LAUGHTER )
MITCH HAS BEEN HUSH-HUSH ABOUT THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, BUT IT
DOESN’T SEEM LIKE HE’S CONFIDENT TRUMP IS INNOCENT, BECAUSE
REPORTEDLY, MCCONNELL IS PREPARING A RESOLUTION THAT
WOULD LEAVE ROOM FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’S LAWYERS TO MOVE
IMMEDIATELY TO DISMISS THE IMPEACHMENT CHARGES, IN WHAT’S
BEING CALLED “A BREAK-GLASS OPTION.” “BREAK-GLASS.” A SURE SIGN THAT EVERYTHING’S
A-OKAY. THAT’S WHY PUBLIC BUILDINGS HAVE
— ( APPLAUSE )
THAT’S WHY PUBLIC BUILDINGS HAVE AXES ON THE WALL WITH SIGNS THAT
SAY BREAK GLASS IN CASE EVERYTHING’S HUNKY DORY. ( LAUGHTER )
WHILE MCCONNELL IS BUSY RIGGING THE TRIAL, SOME OF THE JURORS
HAVE ALREADY STARTED THEIR DEFENSE OF THE PRESIDENT, LIKE
ALABAMA SENATOR AND FRANKENSTEIN NOTICING FIRE, RICHARD SHELBY. SHELBY WAS ON “THIS CURIOUS WEEK
WITH GEORGE,” WHO ASKED HIM THIS QUESTION:
>>DO YOU THINK IT WAS PROPER FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SOLICIT
FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION? WE’VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT IN
PUBLIC ASK THE UKRAINIANS TO GET INVOLVED, ASK THE CHINESE TO
GET INVOLVED.>>WELL, THOSE ARE JUST
STATEMENTS POLITICAL. THEY MAKE THEM ALL THE TIME.>>SO IT’S OK?>>I DIDN’T SAY IT WAS OK. I SAID PEOPLE MAKE THEM– PEOPLE
DO THINGS. THINGS HAPPEN. ( LAUGHTER )
>>STEPHEN: AN IRONCLAD DEFENSE. IT’S LIKE A DEFENSE ATTORNEY
SAYING, “YOUR HONOR, DID MY CLIENT COMMIT MURDER? SURE, BUT THINGS HAPPEN. SOMETIMES SHARP THINGS HAPPEN 22
TIMES TO THE TORSO. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( PIANO RIFF )
YOU MUST DECLARE HIM INNOCENT BY REASON OF “WHATCHA GONNA DO? KIDS WILL BE KIDS .” ( LAUGHTER )
WITH IMPEACHMENT HEATING UP IN WASHINGTON, TRUMP ESCAPED TO
TEXAS FOR THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU. HE BEGAN BY TELLING THEM THAT
THEY ALL LOVED HIM:>>A POLL JUST CAME OUT– “WALL
STREET JOURNAL.” IT JUST CAME OUT. LOOK AT THIS: “FARMER APPROVAL
OF TRUMP HITS RECORD, POLL SHOWS 83% OF THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS
APPROVE OF THE PRESIDENT’S JOB PERFORMANCE.” 83%! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
BUT, I WANT TO KNOW, REALLY: WHO ARE THE 17%? WHO ARE THEY? WHO THE HELL ARE THE 17%? ( LAUGHTER )
ANYBODY IN HERE FROM THE 17%? DON’T RAISE YOUR HAND; IT MAY BE
DANGEROUS. ( AUDIENCE REACTS )
>>Stephen: WOW, THAT’S A LITTLE
DISCONCERTING FROM THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD. (AS TRUMP)
“SERIOUSLY, WHO IN THIS ROOM DOESN’T APPROVE OF ME? I’M THROWING A SPECIAL PARTY FOR
YOU GUYS. JUST FOLLOW THE COWS UP THAT
RAMP.” ( LAUGHTER )
JUST IGNORE THE WHIRLING PARTY BLADES. ( LAUGHTER )
TRUMP ALSO SPENT A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT
AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER, SEEN HERE A’WRANGLIN’ A
CUPCAKE. LAUGH
AND YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHICH DETAIL ABOUT MILLER HE FOCUSED
IN ON!>>HE HAD THE BIG, BEAUTIFUL
COWBOY HAT ON. I LOVE THAT HAT. I WISH WE COULD WEAR THEM IN
WASHINGTON OR NEW YORK BECAUSE I WOULD BE THE BIGGEST BUYER OF
THAT HAT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>STEPHEN: ACTUALLY, YOU “CAN” WEAR THEM IN NEW YORK. MY DRUMMER, JOE SAYLOR, IS
WEARING ONE RIGHT NOW. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( RIM SHOT )
NOT A JOKE, JOE. ( RIM SHOT )
( LAUGHTER ) ONE ISSUE AFFECTING FARMERS IS
THE ESTATE TAX. AND IF THERE’S ANYBODY WORRIED
ABOUT WHO INHERITS THEIR FORTUNE, IT’S DONALD TRUMP.>>IS THERE ANYBODY HERE THAT
DOES NOT LOVE THEIR CHILDREN AND DOES NOT WANT TO LEAVE THEIR
BEAUTIFUL FARM TO THEIR CHILDREN? YOU MEAN THERE’S NOT ONE PERSON
THAT DISLIKES YOUR CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY’RE BRATS– BECAUSE
THEY’RE SPOILED ROTTEN BRATS?>>STEPHEN: (AS TRUMP)
“C’MON, ADMIT IT. EVERYONE HATES THEIR KIDS,
RIGHT? ESPECIALLY THE BLONDE ONE, GIANT
GUMS. WE’VE GOT A GREAT SHOW FOR YOU
TONIGHT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
JIM GAFFIGAN IS HERE. WHEN WE RETURN, THERE ARE
VACANCIES IN THE ROYAL FAMILY. STICK AROUND. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )

100 Replies to “Trump’s Legal Team Insists That “Abuse Of Power” Is Not Impeachable

  1. And in the end, he’ll be found ‘Not Guilty’. Everyone here can have their own opinion on innocence or guilt, but at the end of the day, the votes aren’t there. Many claim how horrible it is that Republican senators have decided how they will vote before the trial. But even worse, Democratic senators have stated they will vote ‘Guilty’ before the trial had started. So much for the assumption of ‘Innocent until proven guilty’. No waiting to hear evidence or any defense, just straight to the finish line. If you wish to see the true enemy of democracy and unlawful tyrants, look for those that will not follow the basic tenants of procedure or rights of the accused. If Democrats are allowed to trample the U.S. Constitution in a trial against the president, you the commoner stand no chance.

  2. Incidentally Pantone announced their new color for 2020… 'CLASSIC BLUE" …. Obviously they think that women are idiots and don't recognize the subliminal messaging going on. LADIES… WEAR RED THIS YEAR!

  3. Can't wait to see Colbert face when Trump walks away from this bullshit impeachment trial, and especially when Trump takes over the house in 2020.
    But Colbert will believe shifty shiff when he said that he heard everything that Trump said to the president of Ukraine.
    Then after saying that he was just joking.
    So that just proves that shifty is just a two faced fucking liar.
    Just like the rest of the Dems, or should I say Dumbs.

  4. This vile, putrid scum has to resort to attacking the first lady who has been a fine, caring woman in order to get ratings. Disgraceful.

  5. Stephen Colbert: "That's a little disconcerting from the most powerful man in the world."
    Tywin Lannister: "You're a fool if you think that's the most powerful man in the world."

  6. Evangelical idiots are the reason Trump is in there they are using Trump to promote religion and that's the whole reason he's being impeached you can't promote religion in the government keep it out of the white house!

  7. Trump needs two of those hats one to crap in and the other to cover it up. He should be good at it, plenty of experience.

  8. I agree, the president should be allowed to extort and threaten who he likes ….. well maybe who he doesn't like.
    The people should not be allowed to select their leader, but they are not allowed to know that. Do they think America is a democracy?? George the third is a better option to trump …. even considering he is dead, dig him up and take him to the White house.

  9. I feel sad for amercian democracy. If ANYONE ELSE in the world was a trial for literally anything. and you assemble a judge with jury you generally call any and all witnesses or people to vouch for or talk for either partys case weather it implicates or frees either party. Its sad that in the highest possible court, this is being waved. WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? CLEARLY ITS NOT HERE. sad but true.

  10. Sorry to say, but prepare for the re-election of the stable genius, Moscow Mitch, Mark Zuckerberg, Putin and all the lazy non voters will make this 4 more years possible.

  11. When Trump is reading an article about himself he miraculously starts concentrating and reading very well. And in 2016 it was suspected that little Donnie could not read! All he needed was a little motivation.

  12. This process, the deliberate destruction of all truth and honesty by GOP Senate junta, totally undermines democracy, what ever the facts, we will back our man, they had decided that before the made up their current excuses, "there is no crime here, move along". The basis of the State is being dismantled, this is being seen globally and is encouraging those who rule by fiat and fear. I am strangely glad that I have probably only got 15/20 years left. I should not be glad that I am so old

  13. How do even supporters hear "dont raise your hand it may be dangerous " and not get a little freaked out? That was fucking chilling!

  14. Hey Cuckbert….How about some phantom fries with your big NOTHINGBURGER yet again. Trump has beaten you time after time after time. Enjoy the taste of crow much???

  15. LMAO! Who doesn't love their soiled rotten brat children's?  As trump is addressing the middle and poor class.  (Trump)"You mean, you all don't have a father or mother that gave you millions, or stole millions from a kids charity like I did?"  I'm surprised Trump didn't ask," Who all in here has a hot daughter that you would like to bang?  Come on, I can't be the only one"  What an Imbecile! or as Trump would pronounce it," Im-bass-sole

  16. Americans seeing the abuse of power is literally why Americans had a revolution in 1776. at least according to our history books.

  17. While we have been wrangling with this stuff, Trump has taken our public lands, lands that belong to us, the people, and we can use them for camping, fishing, recreation, free of charge. They wre never to be developed. He has gotten them and he has arranged for big parts of California to be fracking areas…….. lots of fracking and mining.

  18. Not liking the mmm mmmm direct. Direct. That's the band comments while Colbert speaks. Watched Colbert for years and not liking the peanut gallery. Leave the show to Colbert. Play your guitars or whatnot and let Colbert do the talking. It's his show

  19. Alan Derschowitz will donate his entire salary from the Trump impeachment to charity.

    Charity was 13 years old when she was knocked up for the first time by Derschowitz on Epstein Island.

  20. But… it’s literally in the constitution as one of the reasons to impeach. Not that it’s at all surprising that pootus hasn’t read the constitution.

    Also, it actually is illegal to dunk your junk in a cappuccino- it’s interference with food, and it’s definitely a crime. Though I’m sure it has a higher sentence where I am (Queensland Australia)- it’s a 10 year jail sentence. A couple years ago, someone thought it would be funny to hide needles in strawberries. Massive outcry, and they definitely went to jail over it.

  21. ALAN DERSHOVITZ should be sent to hell with no ticket back. he is a brazen liar who distorts the law according to his whims and where his interests lie. toxic man.

  22. It’s incredible the amount of harm a person can do to democracy in such a short span of time. It’ll take the USA at least 20 years to undo this! All of the nominations made by this criminal at the White House should be rolled back, and the criminals put in place be tried for treason!

  23. Trumps legal team are idiots…No point in them working hard..God says -NO MORE BEING PRESIDENT Of America DONALD Trump

  24. If anyone thinks getting an oval office "favor" from Lewinsky is the same as an oval office "favor" from Zelensky is the same has some learnin' to do!!

  25. Since when has it been illegal to have a consensual affair? Clinton was impeached for having a bj in the WH!
    Working with foreign gov to win elections is illegal! Trump did it from the WH!!

  26. If you watch Colbert, you have already proven yourself to be a Moron. Democrats of today are anti Christian, anti American and anti White, just the way they like it.

  27. I hope I wake up one day and realize this was just a terrible nightmare. Or some really f'd up " social experiment "

  28. if abuse of power is not an impeachable offense that would mean that anybody can do whatever they want which is absolutely ridiculous

  29. framer is good. founding father is, i hope, beginning to smell. the whole usg stinks, and it's not trump that's the cause. he's just the noxious flower that grows well in a bed of shit. he's only in office because a very large minority of americans thought the democratic offering was worse. some evidence they were right.

  30. 10:12 Is it not illegal to passively aggressively threaten the american people as an US president? Wouldn't that be impeachable?

  31. If Democrats win this year, the GOP will have to get their late night talk show hosts to make a lot of money being funny….

  32. Wow……I just find myself everyday up here in Canada asking myself the same question every single day "Is this real, is this actually happening, that worst example of humanity actually the Leader of the USA?" Funny thing is I've never seen such blatant and obvious narcassim, disregard, and childish behavior from an adult in this kind of position of power my entire life……I've seen worse leaders of Countires, many in fact, just not one so bloody childish and immature and bent on messing up the political system as much as possible before he leaves…….I'm not a fan of our PM Trudeau myself but I'd take another 99 of him before even one of that piece of garbage you call President

  33. "New study suggests Donald Trump’s “fake news” attacks are backfiring"
    https://www.psypost.org/2020/01/new-study-suggests-donald-trumps-fake-news-attacks-are-backfiring-55335?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=linkedin

  34. He's the meanest, dumbest, craziest, most childish person I have ever seen. The maximum, on all counts.

    How is this man real???

  35. Again, the Apprentice Trump tries to confuse the issue by questioning, what is abuse of power. He is more or less acting ignorant to the facts. Trump believes acting stupid is intelligent.

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