No Kangaroo Court: Trump’s Refusal To Cooperate With Congress Constitutes Obstruction


WELCOME TO THE “LATE SHOW.” I AM YOUR HOST, STEPHEN COLBERT. THINGS AREN’T GOING WELL FOR
DONALD TRUMP TODAY. HALF OF CONGRESS ABSOLUTELY
HATES HIM, AND THE DEMOCRATS AREN’T FOND OF HIM, EITHER.( LAUGHTER )
I’LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT IN TONIGHT’S “DON AND THE GIANT
IMPEACH.”>>I DON’T LIKE TO BE THE
SUCKER.>>Stephen: NOW A LOT OF
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING UP TOW THIS POINT, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
MUSING PUBLICLY, “WHEN IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS COMING?”
WELL, MARK YOUR CALENDAR, TATTOO IT ON YOUR FOREHEAD, AND FLIP
OFF YOUR BOSS, BECAUSE IT’S HERE. THIS AFTERNOON, THE WHITE HOUSE
DELIVERED ON THEIR PREVIOUS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WITH AN
OFFICIAL LETTER TELLING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT
TRUMP WILL NOT COOPERATE WITH THEIR IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. YES. ( BOOING )
DON’T GET HIM WRONG. DON’T GET HIM WRONG. TRUMP WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH
THEIR INQUIRY INTO HIS CONVERSATION WITH UKRAINE BUT,
TRAGICALLY, HE HAS PHONE SPURS.( LAUGHTER )
THE WHITE HOUSE–( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THE WHITE HOUSE– THE WHITE HOUSE MADE THE
ANNOUNCEMENT IN AN OFFICIALLY BITCHY EIGHT-PAGE LETTER TO
CONGRESS, WRITING, “GIVEN THAT YOUR INQUIRY LACKS ANY
LEGITIMATE CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATION, ANY PRETENSE OF
FAIRNESS, OR EVEN THE MOST ELEMENTARY DUE PROCESS
PROTECTIONS, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO
PARTICIPATE IN IT.” WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT. YOU CAN’T JUST NOT PARTICIPATE
IN YOUR OWN IMPEACHMENT.( AS JUDGE )
“SIR, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND BATTERY. HOW DO YOU PLEAD?”
( AS DEFENDENT )
“UH… PASS?”
( LAUGHTER )
“CAN I BUY A VOWEL? I WOULD LIKE TO…” THE LETTER IS FULL OF ABSOLUTELY
BONKERS ARGUMENTS, TELLING THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, “YOU HAVE
DENIED THE PRESIDENT THE RIGHT TO CROSS-EXAMINE WITNESSES.” THE WITNESS IS TRUMP’S
INCRIMINATING PHONE TRANSCRIPT, WHICH HE RELEASED. IF HE WANTED TO, HE COULD
CROSS-EXAMINE HIMSELF. “WHERE WAS I ON THE NIGHT OF THE
PHONE CALL? “I WAS ON THE PHONE!”
“AH-HA! WELL, LET ME ASK YOU THIS, IF
THAT’S THE CASE, DID YOU GET ANY DIRT ON JOE BIDEN?( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )
NOW, THE LETTER– SAME LETTER–
( APPLAUSE )
THE LETTER WHINES ON, “THE
PRESIDENT CANNOT ALLOW YOUR CONSTITUTIONALLY ILLEGITIMATE
PROCEEDINGS TO DISTRACT HIM AND THOSE IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
FROM THEIR WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE PRESIDENT HAS A COUNTRY TO
LEAD.” YES. AND IT’S UKRAINE. HE’S LEADING THEM STRAIGHT INTO
PUTIN’S ARMS. COME TO PAPA. THIS LETTER CAME TO THE HOUSE,
JUST HOURS AFTER THE HOUSE WAS ALL SET TO HEAR TESTIMONY FROM
AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION, GORDON SONDLAND, SEEN
HERE REALIZING, “I’M GOING TO JAIL FOR THAT GUY?”
HOUSE DEMOCRATS WANT TO ASK SONDLAND ABOUT A SERIES OF TEXTS
HE SENT TO THE FORMER AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE, WHICH REVEALED THAT
TRUMP PUT PRESSURE ON THE UKRAINIANS TO INVESTIGATE JOE
BIDEN. BUT SEW’S LAWYERS LEARNED THE
ADMINISTRATION WOULDN’T LET THE AMBASSADOR TESTIFY, AFTER THE
STATE DEPARTMENT LEFT A VOICE MAIL LAST NIGHT AT TELPH: 30
A.M. FIRST OFF, STATE DEPARTMENT,
JUST TEXT. NOBODY WANTS TO LISTEN TO VOICE
MAIL. ALSO, ANYBODY WHO CALLS THAT
LATE ONLY ONE ONE THING: “HI. HEY, GORDON, IT’S ME. IT’S ME, UNDER SECRETARY FOR
TRADE NEGOTIATIONS. I WAS JUST CALLING BECAUSE I WAS
THINKING HOW MUCH I WANT YOU NOT TO TESTIFY TOMORROW. GORDON. GORDON. WHAT ARE YOU NOT WEARING?”
NOTICE, ACCORDING TO HOUSE INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN ADAM
SCHIFF, SONDLAND’S TESTIMONY IS NOT THE ONLY THING THE WHITE
HOUSE IS BLOCKING.>>WE ARE ALSO AWARE THAT THE
AMBASSADOR HAS TEXT MESSAGES OR EMAILS ON A PERSONAL DEVICE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS
WITHHOLDING THOSE MESSAGES AS WELL. THE FAILURE TO PRODUCE THESE
DOCUMENTS WE CONSIDER YET ADDITIONAL STRONG EVIDENCE OF
OBSTRUCTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL FUNCTIONS OF
CONGRESS.>>Stephen: AND OBSTRUCTION OF
AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS ITSELF GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT. THIS WHOLE THING IS LIKE THAT
M.C. ESCHER PRINT: HANDS CUFFING THEMSELVES. BUT TRUMP, TRUMP– THEY LOVE
ESHER JOKES. THEY LOVE… BUT TRUMP INSISTS THAT HE HAS
NOTHING WRONG, NOTHING TO HIDE, TWEETING:
“I WOULD LOVE TO SEND AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, A REALLY GOOD MAN AND
GREAT AMERICAN, TO TESTIFY. BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, HE WOULD BE
TESTIFYING BEFORE A TOTALLY COMPROMISED KANGAROO COURT.” FIRST,UN THIS IS CONGRESS AND
NOT A COURT, RIGHT? SECOND, YOU ALSO KNOW THAT THERE
ARE NO ACTUAL KANGAROOS. THERE’S ALSO NO KOALA BAILIFF,
NO DINGO JUDGE, THE GAVEL’S NOT A BOOMARANG, AND
THE JURY IS NOT ALL CROCODILES DUNDEE.( LAUGHTER )
I ASK– I ASK BECAUSE THE WHOLE KANGAROO METAPHOR, THIS THEME
HAS BEEN POPULAR AMONG REPUBLICANS. TAKE FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVE AND
STAR OF FRAT BABY” MATT GAETZ.>>WHAT WE SEE IN THIS
IMPEACHMENT IS A KANGAROO COURT, AND CHAIRMAN SCHIFF IS ACTING
LIKE A MALICIOUS CAPTAIN KANGAROO.>>Stephen: (AS GAETZ)
“CHAIRMAN SCHIFF IS A MALICIOUS CAPTAIN KANGAROO. TRUMP’S BEING RAILROADED BY THE
TERRIFYING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE.( LAUGHTER )
THIS WHOLE THING IS A LOAD OF HOWDY DOODY, AND IT’S BROUGHT TO
YOU BY THE LETTERS ‘F’ AND ‘U.'”( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
CONGRESS– NO, I’M MAD! NO, I’M STILL IN CHARACTER AS
MATT GAETZ!>>Jon: PUT IT DOWN!>>Stephen: CONGRESS STILL
WANTS TO HEAR FROM THE ORIGINAL WHISTLEBLOWER WHO STARTED THIS
WHOLE THING. AND THEY’RE TAKING EVERY
PRECAUTION. IN FACT, HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE
CONSIDERING MASKING THE IDENTITY OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER FROM
TRUMP’S G.O.P. ALLIES IN CONGRESS. HOLD ON. THE WHISTLEBLOWER IS DEFENDING
DEMOCRACY AND GETS TO WEAR A MASK. IS IT THIS GUY?( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THANK YOU, CAP! I DON’T KNOW WHO IT IS. I DON’T KNOW WHO IT IS. THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO
CONSIDERING HAVING THE WHISTLEBLOWER ALTER HIS VOICE,
POSSIBLY WITH MODIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. “POSSIBLY WITH MODIFICATION
TECHNOLOGY.” WHAT OTHER WAY WOULD THEY
POSSIBLY DO IT? “PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BETRAYED
OUR NATION’S CORE IDEALS AND TURNED HIS BACK ON ALL THAT
WE STAND FOR! HE MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE
BEFORE DEMOCRACY ERODES BENEATH OUR FEET. I SAY THIS NOT JUST AS A PATRIOT
BUT AS A MEMBER OF THE ♪ LOLLIPOP GUILD
THE HOLLY POP GUILD ♪ THE LOLLIPOP GUILD
♪ I REPRESENT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
♪ AND WE’D LIKE TO GO AND DRAG YOUR ASS TO JAIL ♪
OH, THAT’S GOOD. THAT’S A HIGH. THAT’S A HIGH.>>Jon: GET IT ALL IN. ♪ LOVING YOU IS EASY BECAUSE
YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL ♪ THANK YOU.( APPLAUSE )
( CHEERS )

100 comments

  1. We must silence all conservative thought. We must disconnect from those that wont accept our way and who resist the formation of a benevolent world order. If they fail to conform we must end the conservative madness by any means necessary. First disarm, then imprison them. There are at least 5 million of these morons in the United States so we must start planning the solution to bring this to its finality so that can reach our utopia.

  2. Defenders of Trump:
    Give me one reason that says Trump is NOT guilty and should not be impeached.
    I have a many reasons why I do NOT support Trump.

  3. Did not Bush try to change the constitution to make gay marrige illegal and then send soldiers to Iraq to die and murder in an illegal war in Iraq.

  4. This impeach never end Bull shit is really getting old. I have an idea for making the presidency of this country something a little bit more decent. Whoever wins the political process to be in the white house will be the party running the country. The losers will be out of the political spectrum until next election. About that ? I know…. To many people out of job.

  5. Quick shoutout to the production crew that makes such tight animations on a crazy short schedule. I just watched "I don't like to be the sucker" at :23 like 4 times because it was so well done. They're little moments, but hey guys, we see you, awesome work.

  6. Talk about not having any idea of how the real world works! He really thinks that he can just tell The entire country & it's government the equivalent of "Go away kid, you bother me."

    That's not the way it goes. You commit endless crimes and you get investigated…especially when you brag about them in your tweets!

  7. They didn't vote on articles of impeachment. If they want to go through impeachment they're going to have to vote on it. Instead, it's all just for show. With not teeth or bite.

  8. I wouldn't corporate with the treasonous crap that Congress is deeply involved in. Here these people are behaving worse then a spoiled rotin 2 year old, on national TV, making all Americans look real bad in the eyes of the world. No body seems to care about that. No seems to care about all the Illegal stuff every president sense Ragon committed. Now they just flat out make lies up. It's not hard at all to see the desperation of Congress. It's clear to me that Trump must have some real good evidence against these criminals in Congress. That's the driving force behind all this.

  9. Quid pro joe-caught confessing corruption on tape,but let's totally ignore that- trump 2020 fake impeachment after fake impeachment 😂😂colbert least funny member of the democratic party.

  10. Democrats are the dumbest, sleaziest, lying cheating, thieving, shit-bags on the Earth. You know you are. You can't look yourself in the mirror without knowing you're fake AF.

  11. I come for the comedy; I stay for the unbiased political critique. This show i'snt the least bit predictable. You never know which side Stephen Colbert will lampoon with his brilliant comedic barbs.

  12. The Democrats are the crybaby party . They have nothing to do in life but to lead endless investigations. If you vote Democrat in 2020 please sick help for your Trump Derangement Disorder

  13. Clinton went to testify for an impeachment for a damn blow job. And trump isnt cooperating for defiling the Constitution and emoluments clause on several times. Incredible that republikkkans and their voters can be that biased and hypocrites

  14. Democrats and supporters go to be the dumbest idiots in the history of universe. No doubt. What the heck do you want? You tried with Mueller and nothing, NOTHING. Now you try this. You just want to kick him out of the office. Well, it will not happen. Never. I read the transcript from Trump and nothing stands out. Nothing. Normal phone call. Whistleblower can continue to blow the whistle

  15. LOL. All Trump needs to do, is make sure every person who had knowledge of the phone call, be with him in a room on the day the whistleblower testifies, and whoever is absent is the whistleblower.

  16. The transcript is not a "witness". Witnesses are humans. Transcripts are pieces of paper. You cannot cross-examine a transcript.

  17. "I have nothing to hide" proceeds to hide any and all relevant information that might make him look guilty and refuse to show it to anyone

  18. Where have I heard similar arguments….🧐. Oh yeah, “sir, may I have your badge number? I’m not driving, I’m traveling.” Trump sounds like a sovereign citizen doofus.

  19. No wonder all these late shows have lost millions of viewers lol. Seriously, funny little voices and politics may have worked in the past but it is not a good business model for gaining viewers these days (especially when it obvious the host is engaged in one-sided politics).

  20. Take a good look at trump and you will see he is still a coward, just as he was in his 5 time draft-dodging days (and calling himself "smart" for scamming his way out of serving his country). 1. No more press conferences, trump can't handle tough questions. He can only shout a few comments defending himself in front of a chopper, thereby avoiding "tough" questions that would require, God forbid, an honest answer. 2. The "successful businessman" refuses to produce the tax returns that would prove how bigly successful he is. Because he is afraid to let the Country see what a loser he has been over the past few decades. If not for his daddy's money, he would be out on the street with his "great" negotiating skills. 3. Refuses to follow the Constitution (which he claims to love but obviously never read) and submit to the impeachment investigation. Because he knows he has engaged in criminal conduct. 4. Uses OUR taxpayer money to bully the Ukraine's president to become his conflicted agent to dredge up bullshit dirt on Joe Biden and his son, even though they were exonerated in past investigations. BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE CAN'T WIN WITHOUT CHEATING.

    Anyone who thinks this president is "tough" or a "stand-up guy" is delusional.

  21. Trump would like to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry by testifying and revealing everything he did that is considered impeachable, but the problem is is that he has literally said and confessed to all the impeachable stuff already

  22. I can't wait till 50 years from now when I'll be able to confuse my memories of this whole mess with a particularly nasty nightmare.

  23. Trump has nothing to hide then release his tax forms. Trump has admitted to telling thousands of lies so he should have been impeached long ago

  24. I'm becoming a Trumper. Ridicule, laughter, scorn can only go 3 yrs. it's warn off for me. The Syrian pull-out is the leadedship I've been waiting for. Carry on you fucking war. I'm now with Trump – sent him $10.

  25. The Democratic party has absolutely no power to do a fucking thing. They need to bring back the right to have them arrested on the spot for refusal. We all think all the House has to do is send the Sgt at Arms to go arrest them.

    They can't. They have absolutely NO power to force them and Commie Loving Secret Grand Lizard of the KKK Comrade Trump knows this and tells his people to just ignore them. And democrats have no choice but to sit around twiddling their thumbs.

  26. TRUMP, YOU ARE A SUCKER. YOU ARE A "SLAP-ASS-CRAZY," LESS THAN HUMAN BEING. I'M SERIOUS, TRUMP NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED NOW AND REMOVED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE 25TH AMENDMENT. TRUMP HATES DEMOCRACY, HE HATES AMERICANS, AND HE HATES HIS COUNTRY. HE WILL START A WAR WITH ANYONE, ANYBODY, AND ANY COUNTRY WHO DEFIES OR ATTACKS HIM, NOT HIS COUNTRY. ANY DICTATOR, SUCH AS TRUMP IS, BELIEVES AN ATTACK ON HIM CONSTITUTES AN ATTACK ON AMERICA. TRUMP DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT AMERICA. HE ONLY CARES ABOUT HIMSELF. TRUMP DIDN'T WRITE THE "ART OF THE DEAL." HE COULDN'T NEGOTIATE A SUCCESSFUL DEAL IF HE TRIED. LOOK AT ALL HIS DADDY'S MONEY LOST ON HIS BELLY-UP CASINOS.

  27. Why should he have to cooperate? Anyone name calling in the comments actually know why he might not cooperate? Why he really shouldn’t have to?

  28. Trump previously lashed out at the impeachment inquiry, which picked up pace last week amid news of a second whistleblower and congressional subpoenas, and referred to Clinton, arguing she “can delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER getting a Subpoena from the United States Congress, but I can’t make one totally appropriate telephone call to the President of Ukraine? Witch Hunt!”

  29. I love it when his presidency becomes his downfall a lovely downfall for a dictator straight to jail with that scumbag.

  30. This is pathetic. While Trump and these talk show hosts are part of a reality show, behind the scenes law are being passed which will make the rich richer and the middle class bleed.

  31. Doesn't matter. They got their tax cuts and now will cut and run from the US, while things fall apart. This is too much like Nixon that it all seems planned. Dragging it out for so long when he never should have been elected by the Electoral College or never sworn in when he didn't divest or show his taxes. People like him, with businesses and patents all over the world, should be allowed to ever be nominated. Thanks a heap to those people out there who did this to the US. So typically "American," the more I learn about this country. Bunch of scammers and liars.

  32. God, are people actually swallowing this shit from Colbert? What a corrupt hack he is. Trump has not done anything impeachable and the Democrats know it. That is why they’re holding this hearing behind closed doors. They promised to impeach Trump since day 1 and they’ve tried everything to do it. We’ve just had 3 years of Russia hoax. Surely the US public has had enough?

  33. Actually Stephen, You legally can't have obstruction unless a crime has already been committed. The Legal definition of obstruction is to interfere with the investigation of a crime. If no crime has been committed, then obstruction cannot exist. The Supreme Court has decided this on several occasions. So Trump can stonewall Congress all day long, just as long as he hasn't committed any crimes. You aren't a very good lawyer.

  34. If you don't show up in court, they will proceed with the trial with you in absentum… That is what they need to do, so once he is outside of the white house, he can receive the sentence.

  35. Had you and the rest of the socialist press subjected obama to this level of scrutiny and harrassment he probably would never have been elected. The man was a foreign communist puppet who damn near destroyed US prestige world wide. Did jack shit domestically for 8 years and tanked your ecnomy. But for some reason old barry 'foreign student visa' soweto is worshipped.
    Guy couldnt string 2 words together without an autoprompt. Talk about a robot. First gay president.
    You dont like him. We get it.
    Change the record its getting pretty fucking boring.
    The Don is doing EXACTLY what he said he was gonna do.
    Which surprise surprise is WHAT HE WAS VOTED IN TO DO. Finally a president who says what he thinks and does what he says.
    Keep losing your freaking might you 3rd rate hack. Youre embarrassing.

  36. Trump's letter is like a neon sign flashing: No defense, I did it, No defense. On the other hand, it would be great if he wants to move the actual trial tot the House which is the essence of what he's saying. His letter, however, makes the Democrat's case. It's not just that he somehow thinks he's above. His childish tone isn't the best way to convince even the Supreme Court that you take the job seriously. In the meantime, why don't hold a Constitution Quiz – see how any correct answers different groups get compared to Trump's answers taken from his various statements

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