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TRUMP TOWER MEETING WITH RUSSIAN LAWYER SO HE SURPRISED EVERYBODY BY TESTIFYING ONCE, HE HANDED OVER DOCUMENTS, HE WAS CONTINUING TO GIVE THEM STUFF, CONTINUING TO MEET WITH THEM

HE WAS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK TO A WHOLE DIFFERENT COMMITTEE THE FOLLOWING DAY, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? NONE OF THAT HAPPENED THOSE FURTHER ROUNDS OF TESTIMONY, THOSE FURTHER DOCUMENTS DID NOT HAPPEN, BECAUSE IN A DRAMATIC FASHION IN A PREDAWN RAID ON HIS HOME, ROBERT MUELLER AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL JUMPED IN THERE, THAT FBI RAID WITH ITS SPEED, ITS SWARM OF OFFICERS, NO-KNOCK PROVISIONS, ALL THAT DRAMA, THAT MAY HAVE BEEN BECAUSE OF A FEAR THAT MR MANAFORT WOULD DESTROY SOME SPECIAL INFORMATIONHE SPECIAL COUNSEL WANTED BUT ALSO BECAUSE MR MANAFORT WAS STARTING TO GIVE THAT EVIDENCE AWAY TO CONGRESS PAUL MANAFORT, EVENTUALLY, WAS CHARGED WITH A DOZEN FELONIES IN OCTOBER

SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SPECIA UNSEL'S EVIDENCE TY PUT TOGETHER GIVEN THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CHARGES, THAT THE CHARGES CAME ALONGSIDE ANOTHER TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL, EQUAL NUMBER OF FELONY CHARGES AND TWO OTHER TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS PLEADING GUILTY TO FELONIES, IT NOW SEEMS CLEAR IN HINDSIGHT THAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE MAY NOT HAVE FOUND IT HELPFUL IN THEIR INQUIRIES HAD ALL THE EVIDENCE THEY COLLECTED FROM PAUL MANAFORT BEEN SPREAD ALL OVER CAPITOL HILL, POSSIBLY EVEN PROVIDED TO THE WHITE HOUSE BY THE PRESIDENT'S REPUBLICAN ALLIES IN CONGRESS MAYBE EVEN LEAKED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WRAPS UP ITS INVESTIGATION, WE WON'T KNOW IF OTHER EVIDENCE COLLECTED FROM MANAFORT ENDED UP BEING IN ANOTHER CASE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON WHO MAY BE CHARGED IN THIS ROIGS INVESTIGATION, BUT ROBERT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION IS VERY OBVIOUSLY GOING FULL STEAM THEY'VE GOT MULTIPLE CHARGES AGAINST TWO SENIOR CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS, GUILTY PLEAS AND COOPERATION AGREEMENTS FROM TWO OTHER OFFICIALS

THEY OBTAINED A GRAND JURY SUBPOENA AND ARE STILL ACTIVELY WORKING WITH A GRAND JURY ALONGSIDE THEIR ONGOING NEGOTIATIONS TO GET THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF INTERVIEWED BY MUELLER'S PROSECUTORS I JUST HAVE TO SAY, IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE ON EARTH ONE WHERE THINGS RETAIN THEIR NATURAL SIZE AND SHAPE, IT IS A HUGE FREAKING DEAL THAT THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IS QUIETLY COOPERATING WITH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND HAS BEEN FOR MONTHS, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL THAT HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE GRAND JURY WHICH HAS ALREADY HANDED DOWN DOZENS OF ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S TOP OFFICIALS THAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, THAT MIKE FLYNN COOPERATION WHILE HIM AND AT LEAST ONE MORE COOPERATING WITNESS ARE LOOMING OVER THIS PRESIDENCY, THINK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE TEAM AND WHAT THEY NEED TO STRATEGIZE

PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE OBVIOUSLY NEEDS ALL THE INTEL THEY CAN GET ON WHAT THEY ARE UP AGAINST WHAT MUELLER HAS, WHAT THEY NEED TO MITIGATE OR INVESTIGATE THEMSELVES TO THE EXTENT THAT THE EVIDENCE AND THE TESTIMONY IS GOING TO COME FROM OTHER WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS, OTHER TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THOSE FOLKS ARE PEOPLE WHO THE WHITE HOUSE HAS DIRECT ACCESS TO THERE'S NO QUESTION FOR EXAMPLE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS GOING TO HAVE ONGOING ACCESS TO AND COMMUNICATIONS WITH PEOPLE LIKE HOPE HICKS OR JARED KUSHNER OR DONALD TRUMP JR, PEOPLE LIKE THAT ARE NOT GOING TO TELL INVESTIGATORS ANYTHING THAT'S GOING TO SURPRISE THE WHITE HOUSE, BECAUSE THOSE FOLKS ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE EVERY DAY

BUT THEN THERE'S STEVE BANNON WHO RAN THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN HE'S IN A POSITION TO KNOW A LOT OF REALLY HIGH-LEVEL INSIDER INFORMATION ABOUT A NUMBER OF THINGS WE BELIEVE THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN'T KNOW THAT WHAT STEVE BANNON'S GOING TO SAY THEY DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW WHAT HE KNOWS, WHAT HE'S INCLINED TO TALK ABOUT, WHAT HE WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT

>> FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON TESTIFIED YESTERDAY DIDN'T ANSWER A LOT OF QUESTIONS REFUSED TO ANSWER SOME BEFORE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE >> STEVE HAS HAD VERY LITTLE CONTACT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE SINCE HE LEFT I KNOW STEVE A LITTLE BIT

NOT VERY WELL HE LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE AND HAS CERTAINLY NEVER RETURNED TO THE WHITE HOUSE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW PHONE CALLS HERE AND THERE, VERY, VERY LITTLE CONTACT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND I CERTAINLY HAVE NEVER SPOKE TO HIM SINCE HE LEFT >> THAT'S WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY SPEAKING WITH BRETT BAIER WHO'S TELLING INVESTIGATORS WHAT ABOUT THE RUSSIA MATTER

FOR ALL THE OTHER SENIOR AND EVEN SEMI-SENIOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A POSITION TO KNOW A LOT OF WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE CAMPAIGN AND THE TRANSITION THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ACCESS TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE NOT STEVE BANNON, NOT ANYMORE, ESPECIALLY NOT NOW AFTER THE PRESIDENT DENOUNCED HIM PUBLICLY AND FRAGRANTLY AND REPEATED LIMIT STEVE BANNON HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME OR MY PRESIDENCY WHEN HE WAS FIRED HE NOT ONLY LOST HIS JOB HE LOST HIS MIND HE HAD VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH OUR HISTORIC VICTORY

HE DOESN'T REPRESENT OUR BASE HE REPRESENTS HIMSELF HE WANTS TO MAKE HIMSELF SEEM FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN HE REALLY IS STEVE WAS RARELY IN A ONE ON ONE MEETING WITH ME AND ONLY ETEN TO HAVE HAD INFLUENCE THE PRESIDENT THREATENED A CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST STEVE BANNON AFTER MICHAEL WOLFF'S BOOK CAME OUT

THEN THE PRESIDENT, AFTER THREATENING TO SUE HIM GAVE MR BANNON A DEROGATORY NICKNAME, SLOPPY STEVE HAS BEEN DUMPED LIKE A DOG I DON'T THINK THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS DOGS THE PRESIDENT KEPT POURING IT ON SAID PUBLICLY THAT STEVE BANNON CRIED

HE CRIED WHEN HE GOT FIRED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND BEGGED FOR HIS JOB AND THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SENT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM SAID BANNON'S EMPLOYER SHOULD CONSIDER FIRING HIM AND THEN IN FACT, BRIGHT BARTCOM DID FIRE MR BANNON

AND HIS BENEFACTORS PUBLICLY DISPARAGED HIM AND CUT HIM OFF AT WHAT SEEMED TO BE THE INSISTENT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEN HE GOT A SUBPOENA TO TALK TO ROBERT MUELLER, WHICH IS GOOD TIMING IN TERMS OF GETTING A GUY AT A TIME WHEN HE'S MOST INCLINED TO TALK, RIGHT? BUT HE ALSO GOT THAT SUBPOENA RIGHT BEFORE BANNON WAS SUMMONED TO GO TO CAPITOL HILL LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE TO TELL TALES, THE WHITE HOUSE MUST BE VERY EAGER TO KNOW WHAT BANNON HAS TO SAY BUT UNLIKE EVERY OTHER SENIOR PERSON WHO IS IN THAT KIND OF POSITION, OR EVEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME, THE WHITE HOUSE IS PROBABLY NOT IN A POSITION TO FIND THAT STUFF OUT ON THE DOWNLOW FROM STEVE BANNON, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT TALKING WITH HIM THEY'RE FIGHTING HIM TOOTH AND NAIL

HE'S NOT GOING TO TELL THEM ANYTHING I MEAN, PLAUSIBLY THIS TIME LAST NIGHT, WE HAD NO IDEA WHY BANNON WAS GETTING SUBPOENAED TWICE, ONCE BIT MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND ONCE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, WELL, THEY'RE TRYING TO FORCE HIM TO TALK NBC NEWS REPORTS TONIGHT THAT THE PEOPLE DIRECTLY INVOLVED ARE OPERATING ON A BELIEF THAT STEVE BANNON'S SUBPOENA TO TESTIFY TO A GRAND JURY AND THE SUBPOENA TO TESTIFY IN CONGRESS ARE NOT UNRELATED MATTERS THEY'RE OPERATING ON THE BELIEF THAT THE MUELLER SUBPOENA TO STEVE BANNON WAS DESIGNED ESSENTIALLY TO PRESERVE FOR MUELLER THE FIRST CRACK AT BANNON'S TESTIMONY ON THE RUSSIA SCANDAL

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT WITH BANNON BEING IN THAT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITY FOR TEN HOURS WAS NOT THE REPUBLICANS SUDDENLY BEING OUTRAGED THAT A WITNESS WAS NOT BEING FORTHCOMING WITH THEM ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THEY HAVEN'T CARED ABOUT ANY OTHER WITNESS WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT WITH STEVE BANNON IN THERE FOR TEN HOURS WAS NOT A PRINCIPLED FIGHT ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY COULD BLOCK BY EXERTING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE THE VERY IDEA OF THAT IS ABSURD STEVE BANNON AND THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL HAVE THE SAME LAWYER

THE LAWYER'S PICKING UP HIS PHONE, I REPRESENT THE WHITE HOUSE, TELL BANNON HE CAN'T TALK THEN HE MOVES THE PHO TO THE OTHER EAR, I REPRESENT STEVE BANNON, I SAY NOT TO TALK IT'S THE SAME LAWYER THERE WAS NO PRINCIPLED FIGHT GOING ON BETWEEN TWO SIDES OVER EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IF SO, THE SAME LAWYER WOULD NOT BE REPRESENTING BOTH OF THOSE ENTITIES

AND THE IN CONTRA INVESTIGATION, THEY GAVE IMMUNITY TO SOME INVOLVED IN THAT AND IT ENDED UP SCREWING UP THE PROSECUTION IN THIS INVESTIGATION, IT IS LED BY A TRUMP TRANSITION MEMBER WHO HAS BEEN OPENLY WORKING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TO ADVANCE THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE ON THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION THAT KIND OF THING HAS CONSEQUENCES IT APPEARS THAT THE MUELLER SUBPOENA IS AT LEAST BELIEVED BY PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS TO HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO STOP STEVE BANNON FROM TALKING TO CONGRESS SO HIS EVIDENCE GOES TO MUELLER INSTEAD, TO PRESERVE AND PRESENT HIS EVIDENCE FOR THE CRIMINAL PART OF THIS INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF THERE BEING TRUMP PARTISANS LEADING AT LEAST SOME OF THE CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE RUSSIA MATTER, THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT RIGHT NOW, WHAT IT APPEARS TO MEAN ABOUT THIS WHOLE STEVE BANNON MISSION GOSS THEY'RE JUMPING IN TO MAKE SURE CONGRESS DOESN'T MESS UP WHAT MUELLER IS DOING

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BUT MOREOVER, GIVEN THAT ANOTHER EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIAL TODAY WAS FULLY WILLING TO ANSWER ALL THESE QUESTIONS, IT DOES TELL US THE WHITE HOUSE IS TREATING STEVE BANNON DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS WHO SERVED IN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THIS COMMITTEE IS TREATING WITNESSES DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY TREATED MR BANNON >> CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF TODAY, THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE WHERE THEY HAVE TRIED TO GET ANSWERS THIS WEEK FROM THREE PRESIDENT, CURRENT WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF RICK DEARBORN WHO WE'RE TOLD DID ANSWER QUESTIONS TODAY COREY LEWANDOWSKI WHO SHOWED UP AND SAID APPARENTLY, MAYBE HE'LL ANSWER QUESTIONS SOMETIME LATER AND FORMER TRUMP SENIOR ADVISER AND CAMPAIGN CEO, STEVE BANNON, WHO WOULD NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS YESTERDAY BUT DID GET A NIFTY SUBPOENA FROM THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER IN ADDITION TO THE ON-SITE SUBPOENA HE GOT YESTERDAY

HE WAS EXPECTED TO COME BACK TOMORROW, HIS LAWYER TONIGHT IS CASTING DOUBT ON THAT A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE SITUATION SAYS MR BANNON WILL COOPERATE FULLY AND ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS FROM THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, FROM ROBERT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION THE INITIAL SUBPOENA HAS NOW GIVEN WAY TO MR BANNON AGREEING TO MEET VOLUNTARILY WITH MUELLER'S INVESTIGATORS, A MEETING THAT IS EXPECTED TO HAPPEN SOON, AND, AGAIN, ONE WHERE SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE MATTER SAY BANNON INTENDS TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS AND COOPERATE FULLY

JOINING N IS ADAM SCHIFF IT'S REALLY NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK WITH US TONIGHT, PARTICULARLY THIS EVENING THANKFUL FOR YOU TO BE HERE >> GOOD TO BE WITH YOU >> IF A PERSON IS SUBPOENAED TO TESTIFY TO A GRAND JURY ON A CRIMINAL OR COUNTER INTELLIGENCE MATTER AND THEN THEY ARE SUBPOENAED TO TESTIFY TO CONGRESS ON THE SAME MATTER, DO THOSE THINGS POTENTIALLY CONFLICT? AND IF SO, DOES THE CRIMINAL OR COUNTER INTELLIGENCE MATTER TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER CONGRESS'S SUBPOENA? >> THEY DON'T NECESSARILY CONFLICT, AND ONE DOESN'T NECESSARILY TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THE OTHER

I CAN'T TELL YOU ANYTHING ABOUT THE TIMING OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S SUBPOENA OR WHETHER IT WAS A REACTIONO OUR INVITING MR BANNON TO APPEAR BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, BUT THERE'S NOTNG THAT WOULD PRECLUDE HIM FROM TESTIFNG COMPLETELY BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE AND ALSO FULLY COOPERATING WITH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WHAT MAKES THIS SO BEWILDERING, IS THE POSITION THE WHITE HOUSE HAS TAKEN WITH STEVE BANNON WAS DIRECTLY CONTRADICTED BY THE OTHER EXECUTIVE BRANCH WITNESS THAT WE HAD TESTIFY TODAY AND THAT IS, THAT WITNESS, A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATION ANSWERED ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS DURING THE CAMPAIGN, QUESTIONS DURING THE TRANSITION QUESTIONS DURING HIS TENURE IN THE ADMINISTRATION, SO WHAT SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS SAID YESTERDAY, NOT SURPRISINGLY, COMPLETELY WRONG

THEY DIDN'T DISCUSS ON SOME LONG DISCOURSE WITH THE COMMITTEE ABOUT THE PARAMETERS IN WHICH THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO TESTIFY HE ANSWERED ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS THEY ARE TREATING STEVE BANNON VERY DIFFERENTLY FOR REASONS WE DON'T UNDERSTAND IT MAY BE THEY'RE AFRAID OF WHAT HE HAS TO SAY, IT MAY BE THAT THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT HE HAS TO SAY IT MAY BE THAT THEY'VE THROWN HIM UNDER THE BUS ANDHEY HAVE THEIR OWN REASONS FOR THIS

BUT THERE'S NO DENYING THE INCREDIBLE CONTRADICTION BETWEEN WHAT THEY SAID TO STEVE BANNON, WHAT THEY HAVE SAID PUBLICLY AND THE TREATMENT OF THE WITNESS TODAY >> THERE IS SOMETHING STRANGE AND INTERESTING GOING ON ABOUT STEVE BANNON HE'S BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE COMPARED TO OTHER ADMINISTRATION AND CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS HE'S BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY BY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF YOUR COMMITTEE THAN THEY HAVE TREATED OTHER SENIOR CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS AND HE IS BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY BY THE WHITE HOUSE IN TERMS OF WHITE HOUSE INTERVENTION IN HIS POTENTIAL TESTIMONY DO YOU BELIEVE, AT LEAST ON THE PART OF THE WAY THE WHITE HOUSE IS DEALING WITH HIM, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS IS BECAUSE THEY'RE SCARED ABOUT WHAT HE IS GOING TO TESTIFY ABOUT? IS THERE SOMETHING ABOUT THE SCOPE OF THE QUESTIONING? THE KINDS OF TOPICS HE COULD CONCEIVABLY BE ASKED ABOUT, THAT THERE'S MORE REASON FOR THEM TO BE MORE NERVOUS ABOUT COMPARED TO THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTIFIED WITHOUT ANY WHITE HOUSE INTERFERENCE AT ALL? >> THAT IS A PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION

MANY OF THE OTHER WITNESSES ARE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION OR ARE MEMBERS OF THERESIDENT'S FAMILY THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SAY WITH STEVE BANNON, THERE'S ALWAYS A PROFOUND QUESTION ABOUT WHAT HE'S GOING TO SAY AND THAT BOOK, "FIRE AND FURY", COULDN'T BE FURTHER PROVE OF THAT THE COMMITTEE IS TREATING HIM DIFFERENTLY

THE OTHER WITNESS THAT WE H, COREY LEWANDOWSKI YESTERDAY GOES ON FOX NEWS AND SAYS I'M GOING TO ANSWER EVERY QUESTION OF THE COMMTEE BUT THEN WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TODAY? WE HAVE STEVE BANNON'S TESTIMONY, AND STEVE BANNON SAYS I WON'T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AFTER I LEFT THE CAMPAIGN WHAT DOES COREY LEWANDOWSKI DECIDE TO DO TODAY IN CONTRAST TO WHAT HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO DO YESTERDAY? HE DECIDES I'M NOT GOING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AFTER I LEFT THE CAMPAIGN HE CAN'T PROVIDE ANY EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, JUST THAT I'M N PREPARED TO DO IT AND WHAT DO THE COMMITTEE SAY? THAT'S FINE, COME BACK WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT TO YOU

WHEN WE ASKED MR LEWANDOWSKI, DID YOU SPEAK WITH THE PRESIDENT IN THE LAST 24 HOURS ABOUT YOUR PROPOSED TESTIMONY, HE WOULD NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION SO THERE IS A LOT MORE WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO KNOW HE SAYS HE'S WILLING TO COME BACK, BUT THE COMMITTEE WASN'T WILLING TO INSIST ON ANSWERS TODAY, AND WE'LL HAVE TO HOPE THATHEY'RE AS GOOD AS THEIR COMMITMENT TO BRING HIM BACK IN THE NEAR FUTURE >> CONGRESSMAN, ONE LAST POINT I WANT TO CLEAR UP WITH YOU

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION TODAY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS ASSERTING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IN ORDER TO BLOCK TESTIMONY FROM BANNON IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT FORMALLY DOING THAT THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY TODAY ON FOX NEWS TOLD BRETT BAIER THEY ARE NOT DOING IT THERE IS REPORTING THAT SUGGESTS THIS IS HAPPENING ARE THEY EXERTING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE? >> THIS IS THE EXACT KIND OF DODGE

THEY SEND JOHN KELLY OUT TO SAY WE HAVE NOT INVOKED EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE TECHNICALLY, THAT'S TRUE BUT WHAT THREE HAVE DONE IS SAYING, TELLING WITNESSES DON'T ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, BUT ALSO DON'T TELL THE COMMITTEE THAT WE'VE IOKED EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE WE DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE WE'RE HIDING SOMETHI BY INVOKING PRIVILEGE, BUT WE DON'T WANT YOU TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, SO DON'T ANSWER THEM >> THIS IS GETTING WEIRDER AND WEIRDER

>> CAN I MENTION, TOO, RACHEL? THIS IS AN IMPORTANT POINT WHICH YOU STARTED OUT WITH, IF WE ALLOW THIS, IT WILL NOT ONLY OBVIOUSLY IMPAIR OUR ABILITY TO GET TO THE TRUTH, IT WILL IMPAIR THE ABILITY OF ANY CONGRESS IN THE FUTURE TO HOLD ANY ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE IF WE WILL SIMPLY TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER WHE IT'S CONVENIENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE >> CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF, THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HELPING US SORT SOME OF THIS OUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR CLARITY SIR, ANK YOU FOR BEING HERE STAY WITH US to their breeding grounds

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"IN TOUCH" MAGAZINE, STORMY DANIELS, MY AFFAIR WITH DONALD SHE IS A FORMER ADULT ACTRESS, THE DETAILS OF HER AFFAIR WITH OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT ARE AVAILABLE ON YOUR LOCAL NEWSSTAND, AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU CARE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S ALLEGED MARITAL FIDELITY OR LACK THEREOF, YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY KNOW ABOUT THIS STORY AND LET ME SAY WHY MS DANIELS ALLEGED THAT THIS AFFAIR HAPPENED BETWEEN HER AND MR TRUMP IN 2006

THE MAGAZINE SAYS THEY HEARD THE STORY FROM MS DANIELS IN 2011, BUT THEY'RE PUBLISHING IT TODAY WE DO HAVE THE QUESTION AS TO WHY THIS MAGAZINE IS CHOOSING TO PUBLISH IT NOW, SEVEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD THEY HAD IT IN 2011, WE ASKED AND THEY GAVE US NO COMMENT BUT THIS TABLOID ACCOUNT, PUBLISHED AFTER A SELF-YEAR DELAY, THAT AT ANY OTHER TIME AT ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IT WOULD HAVE BLOWN THE DOORS OFF ANYTHING GOING ON

ONE MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION, MICHAEL COHEN PAID STORMY DANIELS $130,000 TO PURCHASE HER SILENCE OVER HER CLAIMS OF A 2006 AFFAIR WITH THE PRESIDENT AND SHE WAS NOT, REPORTEDLY, THE ONLY ONE IN A STORY THAT GOT BURIED, BECAUSE IT CAME OUT FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, THE SAME "WALL STREET JOURNAL" REPORTING TEAM REPORTED THAT A DIFFERENT ADULT STAR KAREN McDOUGAL, HAD ALSO BEEN PAID FOR HER SILENCE ABOUT MR TRUMP SHE WAS REPORTEDLY PAID $150,000 BY THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, WHICH BOUGHT HER STORY AFTER BUYING THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO THAT STORY, EXCLUSIVE BEING THE IMPORTANT PART OF THAT, THE TRUMP-FRIENDLY NATIONAL ENQUIRER QUASHED THAT STORY AND NEVER RAN IT

THE TRUMP-SUPPORTING NATIONAL ENQUIRER DENIED QUASHING THE STORY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN DENIED ANY KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THE ENQUIRER SAID OR DID OR ANY AFFAIR THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN DENYING REPORTS LIKE THIS SINCE THE CAMPAIGN BUT IN THE STORY OF STORMY DANIELS, WHEN DONALD TRUMP'S LAWYER, MICHAEL COHEN DENIED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A STORMY DANIELS/DONALD TRUMP AFFAIR, NOTABLY, HE DID NOT ADDRESS THE ALLEGED PAYMENT, THE $130,000 PAYMENT TO MS

DANIELS THAT WAS REPORTED IN THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TRACK THIS DOWN OURSELVES WE GOT BASICALLY THE SAME RESPONSE WE REACHED OUT TO MR COHEN ABOUT THAT PAYMENT AND WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM

HE WAS VERY NICE, HE TOLD US, QUOTE, HOW MANY MORE DENIALS ARE NEEDED? AGAIN, THOUGH, ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS ALLEGED $130,000 PAYMENT, SIR, CRICKETS NOTHING NO SPECIFIC DENIAL ON THAT SO, THERE IS STILL THIS QUESTION OF THIS ALLEGED PAYMENT FROM TRUMP WORLD TO THE PORN STAR FOR HER SILENCE ABOUT AN AFFAIR THAT'S NOW BEING DESCRIBED IN A DIFFERENT CONTEXT FROM AN EARLIER TIME BEFORE THIS PAYMENT WAS ALLEGEDLY MADE SO THE QUESTION ABOUT THIS STORY ABOUT THE IDEA OF PAYMENT, THAT'S WHY WE PLUNKED DOWN $3

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