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Don Jr. Subpoenaed as Trump Lies About Mueller Report: A Closer Look

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  • -The President is lying about the Mueller report
  • as his son, Don Jr., is facing a congressional subpoena.
  • For more on this, it's time for "A Closer Look."
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • Last night, President Trump held a rally in Florida
  • where he once again lied about Special Counsel
  • Robert Mueller's report,
  • which established that Trump's campaign
  • had links to Russia and benefited from
  • Russian interference in the election
  • and that Trump repeatedly tried to obstruct the investigation.
  • Remember? I mean every time we talk about this story,
  • I have to restate those basic facts,
  • facts that would, in a sane world,
  • dominate the political landscape for months, if not years.
  • Because everyone keeps forgetting them.
  • And I'm not blaming anyone.
  • It's just too much keeps happening.
  • While we were talking about the Mueller report,
  • we found out that Trump lost over a $1 billion in 10 years.
  • This [bleep] is distracting. [ Laughter ]
  • It's like going to book club
  • where everyone read a different book,
  • they all talk at the same time, and instead of rosé,
  • people do uncut cocaine while Skrillex plays.
  • [ Laughter and applause ] We can't focus.
  • But the report was incredibly damning for Trump.
  • For one thing, the report was 448 pages.
  • If you went to a parent-teacher conference
  • and the teacher said, "Let me get your son's file,"
  • and it was 448 pages,
  • that kid's going to military school.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • But Trump's been lying about it, and he did so again last night
  • when he claimed that the report exonerated him.
  • And he also claimed that if he had investigated
  • anyone in the crowd for two years,
  • he could have found crimes in their backgrounds, too.
  • -Did you see what just happened, by the way?
  • No collusion.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • No obstruction.
  • No anything.
  • Two years on a witch hunt.
  • I could've gotten anybody in this audience,
  • I could've found something on you.
  • -Wow, that is an interesting new political strategy.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Accusing your own supporters of being criminals.
  • He should start calling people out like an insult comic.
  • "Check out that lady.
  • You telling me you've never passed a bad check.
  • Look at her."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • "Big old fraud face."
  • For obvious reasons, Trump wants to move on
  • from the Mueller report as quickly as possible,
  • which is why he's waging a war on Congress
  • to stop them from reading the full, unredacted report
  • and all the underlying evidence.
  • Trump is also refusing to hand over documents
  • and telling former aides to defy subpoenas.
  • He is fundamentally lawless, which is not surprising,
  • because the guy spent his whole life getting away with stuff.
  • If you left work every Friday early
  • to go golfing with Kid Rock,
  • your boss would be like, "You're fired."
  • And also, Kid Rock plays golf?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Seems like a bowling guy.
  • In fact, at his rally last night,
  • Trump referenced a tweet he had retweeted
  • suggesting that he should get two more years
  • added onto his presidency,
  • and in the process of attacking the media,
  • doubled down on the joke.
  • -They are a bunch of fakers. There's no question about it.
  • But you know, in six years,
  • they're all gonna be out of business, folks.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • They're all gonna be out of business.
  • [ Cheers and applause continues ]
  • Now, if we want to drive them crazy,
  • I'll say in 10 years, they'll go crazy.
  • "See, he is a despot. He is a despot."
  • Well, 10 or 14. Let's see.
  • Whatever we like, right? Watch.
  • It'll be headlines tomorrow.
  • "Donald Trump wants to break Constitution."
  • -You don't get credit for predicting headlines
  • that you created. [ Laughter ]
  • You can't rob a liquor store
  • and then say, "Watch the media tomorrow.
  • It'll say, 'Oh, he robbed a liquor store!'"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • "'He had a gun. He was waving it around.'"
  • [ Applause ]
  • The Mueller report, it just came out three weeks ago,
  • and Trump already wants to cover it up and move on.
  • In fact, Trump is now citing executive privilege
  • to block the release of the full, unredacted report
  • and all the underlying evidence.
  • And yet he also keeps claiming that the report
  • he doesn't want anyone to see exonerates him.
  • And he did it again during an event
  • at the White House this afternoon.
  • -The report comes back, it's perfect.
  • It's beautiful. There's no collusion.
  • Nobody even talks about collusion.
  • Do you know, I haven't heard the word "Russia" in a long time.
  • There's no more talk about Russia.
  • What happened to Russia? The Russian witch hunt?
  • They don't talk about -- Because it was so on collusion,
  • which, by the way, is by far -- that's the big deal.
  • 'Cause it was all about Russia.
  • So I haven't heard the word "Russia."
  • They don't use the word "Russia" anymore.
  • -Just because you don't hear the word "Russia,"
  • doesn't mean no one else uses it.
  • For one thing, all you watch is Fox News,
  • where I'm pretty sure they pretend
  • Russia doesn't even exist.
  • When they show a map of Europe and Asia,
  • they replace Russia with a graphic that says,
  • "What about Hillary's e-mails?"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • And yet no matter -- no matter --
  • [ Applause ]
  • No matter how much Trump would like to move on,
  • the investigation is very much not over.
  • In fact, we just found out yesterday
  • that the Senate Intelligence Committee,
  • whose chairman is a Republican, had subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr.
  • to come back in and testify again about some of the details
  • in the Mueller report.
  • And speaking to reporters today,
  • Trump made clear he was not happy about that.
  • -I was very surprised to see my son --
  • My son's a very good person, works very hard.
  • The last thing he needs is Washington, D.C.
  • Think he'd rather not ever be involved.
  • Remember, he said to me, a long time ago
  • when I was thinking about running,
  • "Dad, if I can help, let me know.
  • It's not my expertise.
  • -Here's my question -- what is his expertise?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Because it's definitely not business, politics, speaking,
  • spelling, writing, or standing.
  • I mean, look at this. Why --
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • Why does this whole family stand like a bunch of weirdos?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Don Jr. looks likes he's recording you
  • with a secret mic strapped to his chest.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • "Could you say that a little louder
  • and closer to my nipples?"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • "So, the meeting did take place?"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • So, Trump and his son are both mad about the subpoena.
  • In fact, CNN reported that one option
  • Trump Jr. is considering in response to the subpoena
  • is to invoke his 5th amendment rights
  • and another is just not to appear at all.
  • And if that happens, one Democratic Senator said
  • they should enforce the subpoena by any means necessary.
  • -If Donald Trump Jr. defies this subpoena,
  • he ought to be jailed.
  • -Wow. I do not think Don Jr. would fair well in jail.
  • I mean, for one thing,
  • can you imagine his hair with only prison shampoo?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • So, we just got the Mueller report three weeks ago,
  • and we're still waiting for the full, unredacted version
  • as well as all the underlying evidence.
  • Now is when the Congressional response should start, not stop.
  • And yet Republicans want to declare the whole thing over
  • and move on as quickly as possible.
  • -Robert Mueller's witch hunt found nothing.
  • And they were trying.
  • Mueller is done. It's over.
  • -It's not even worth talking about anymore.
  • I'm done with it.
  • -I'm not going to do any more.
  • Enough already. It's over.
  • -The Special Counsel's finding is clear.
  • Case closed.
  • Case closed.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -It's really funny when the least interesting
  • man in the world takes that long a dramatic pause.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • He sounds like a ghost drifting away in a graveyard.
  • "Case...closed."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • McConnell also said in his speech
  • that he wanted to finally end discussion
  • of the Russia investigation once and for all.
  • -That's what I want to discuss this morning.
  • Russia's interference in American elections,
  • the work of the Special Counsel and the Attorney General
  • and how we can finally end this "Groundhog Day" spectacle.
  • -This isn't "Groundhog Day."
  • Every week, we find out something new.
  • If anything, we have too much information.
  • Following the latest developments
  • in the Russia investigation is like trying to piece together
  • the plot lines of the last 20 Marvel movies.
  • "Okay, so that guy told that guy to fire that guy.
  • But he said no and told that other guy
  • he was gonna quit so he wouldn't go to jail
  • like that other guy who shared polling data
  • with that guy while that one lawyer
  • was lying about that other lawyer's deal
  • with that other guy.
  • And despite all this, you're telling me
  • Paul Rudd hasn't aged a day this whole time?"
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • The evidence is plain as day.
  • It's right in front of us.
  • In fact, this week, hundreds of former prosecutors
  • signed a letter saying Trump would've been indicted
  • if he weren't the president.
  • The letter is a nuanced, in-depth legal argument,
  • But it can basically be summed up in two words.
  • -Case closed.
  • Case closed.
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • -This has been "A Closer Look."
  • [ Cheers and applause ]

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