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hear when george country testifies in a public session next week, when the democrats will ask a lot of questions about this so-called parallel foreign policy. shadow foreign policy, if you will, to pursue matters relates to how the president politically pushed the government to announce investigations into joe biden and political rivals, look into the interference campaign that occurred in the 2016 elections and be concerns raised by people like george kent. served in the state department and worked directly on ukraine issues and concerned about people like rudy giuliani not based in the best interests of the united states and undermined u.s. policy towards ukraine and here we get a glimpse of his concerns about the removal of a key diplomat from that post ambassador yovanovitch he says should not have been piushed ou amid a smear campaign. going through documents undoubt think that will shed new light about the role of rudy giuliani.
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how this individual appears to have been sidelined amid a push by president and analyzed for ukraine to launch investigations that could potentially help the president politically. >> reading through the transcripts, we have in the last couple of day, all key. right? opening up, making it the testimony public next wednesday, and you also are reporting that now they, being the house dems, are expediting the process and hope to have it wrapped by christmas? >> reporter: yes. aswer that within the realm of possibility because of several steps taken and clear how to move forward in the coming weeks. they'll have open hearings next week. probably expected another week of open hearings after that. after the public sessions we expect the house to go into recess at that point. that's the week of thanksgiving. at that point expect the house intelligence committee to start to put together a report along with two other committees mounting this investigation.
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the report will detail findings and recommendations that will lead to the house judiciary committee likely taking up articles of impeach mrment. that could take place in first and second week of december. probably have a public hearing and public vote in the committee on those articles of impeachment before it goes to the full house in december. the week before christmas. having a vote there to impeach president trump, which would be the third time in history this would happen to an american president but several steps this week making clear they're moving quickly. not just on the push lick hebli push but not mounting court fights to get testimony. kooperman, withdrew subpoena after he filed a lawsuit and today made a decision not to subpoena john bolton former national security advisers who could be a star witness given what he's witnessed about the ukraine matter all along.
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concerned raised along the way but don't want to issue a subpoena. bolton's attorney indicated they would fight this in court and don't want the proceedings dragging along. all together, democrats signaling they're moving ahead and not letting it drag out and could be done by year's end. >> manu raju, thank you. on capitol hill for us. bring in cnn political analyst, a former trump justice department spokeswoman and jim baker back with us, former general counsel for the fbi and a cnn legal analyst. welcome to both of you. jim baker first to you on manu the second point. expedited timeline, wrapped by christmas. is that feasible? >> well, it's feasible if they've set their expectations accordingly. strikes me as a former prosecutor, makes me think you have a trial date. you get ready for the trial and have to do what you need to do. you make strategic and tack ticketi -- tactical condition ises.
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too complicated, can't got ready for trial. a feeling preparing to bring charges as a group of people getting ready for a proceeding and just going to have to cut and shape and focus the case as they get ready for a self-imposed deadline but not a crazy deadline. seems to me it's in their interests to move quickly with this while the public is focused on it and while the evidence is going in the direction i think they want it to go. >> what do you think? >> they have to consider that their jury here, to borrow jen's metaphor, their jury is twofold. one, the american people. so you need to put on a case for them. you can't have ten-hour hearings and expect people to watch at work. that's not a reasonable expectation for most americans. on the other hand you also have the senate republicans and those two are linked obviously. public opinion sways senate republicans to a large extent. so i think the number one thing they need to concentrate on is
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putting together a case, but putting that case in a way that it is easily digestible. frankly, tv-friendly. but a message that is simple and easy to grasp by voters. >> let's switch gears and move ahead to the whistle-blower. jim, back over to you. before i do that, news in from the "wall street journal." we've confirmed here at cnn this report out of the "journal" the government accountability office is conducting this legal review of the trump administration's phrase $400 million freeze to ukraine. obviously the center of this inquiry. remind us what exactly would be illegal? >> a what exactly would be illegal is not spending the funds in accordancefeder with fl law. appropriations law congress passed. congress has forbidden for a long time goofing around with the executive branch goofing around with money they've
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appropriated for certain purposes and the term used sometimes is impounding the money and holding on to it not spending it the right way. i recall there were allegations that president nixon was trying to do this and congress back in the '70s tried to stop that from happening. that's the main problem. in some way, shape or form the funds were not being spent in accordance with federal law. either not spent at all or other funds in connection with, i don't know, the giuliani foreign policy effort spent improperly. >> on to the whistle-blower. what i wanted to get to, sarah, for you. or maybe when we should say, when republican congressman jim jordan formally requests this whistle-blower to publicly testify. a reminder. ultimately it's the democrats who approveni witnesses the republicans want. with regard to whistle-blower, how do you see it playing out? >> republicans at this point see it in their advantage to make the whistle-blower out to be a partisan figure. i'd say the number one problem with that is that time has
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passed as someone pointed out, the like smul capolice called 9 investigated the crime and now we're finding out who called 911. whether the transcript is, what was said in transcripts and the point about impoundment, i don't think it's actually relevant. >> the other huge headline today was this. this cnn source confirms that president trump actually asked attorney general bill barr to hold this news conference clearing him of any crimes regarding the phone call with the president of ukraine. jim to you. we should mention the president vehemently denies this. bill barr did release a statement. prosecutors found wrongdoing by the president and said the i.g., not required to turn over a whistle-blower complaint to congress. either way, does the a.g. seem
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to be bok legal maneuvering on behalf of the president of the united states? >> well, he may be doing it on behalf of the president. may be doing it on behalf of himself, because he's kind of in a pickle here. probably has it in his mind he's trying to avoid the fates of attorney general sessions and jim comey also. who sessions on one hand recused himself. jim comey refused to state publicly the president was not under investigation when we were conducting the russia investigation. it may be the case. i don't know exactly why the attorney general didn't give the presses conference. it may be it would force him to address the recusal issue head-on. maybe he's recused himself already. i have no real facts to support that but it strikes me that's an issue here that's lurking. in addition, like with -- go ahead. sorry. >> i was going to say. should it be a pickle? the president, the constitution? just saying. >> well, in terms of what the press conference was supposed to
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say. if in the press conference all the attorney general was going to say was that certain lawyers within the criminal division of the department of justice, certain prosecutors, looked at this matter and assessed with respect to the president alone and only looking at federal election law, what we understand the case to be, then there was no case. now, that's a pretty narrow statement and to me i do think it's, it calls out for, really cries out for further investigation, i think, to understand exactly what was going on here, and i don't know how the inspector general, the department of justice, doesn't get involved in this at some point given all the statements going on and so on. >> the president laments in a tweet, sarah for you, that "it was just explained to me for the next weeks i get no lawyer and no due process." you saw that tweet. wonder, it was just explained to him? what's going on here? >> well, of course, we borrowed
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jim's metaphor earlier getting prepared for trial but this isn't a trial. the impeachment process is a political process at its core. what democrats and the house are doing now is very different from a trial in that sense. you know, i think the president probably exaggerated that someone explained that to him. my guess, it's been explained because he's used that talking point of for weeks. it's not about making our case yet. you'll hear our case later's not able to make the case now. they won't let us make it now. part of their talking point when democrats were holding closed door depositions. now we get the transcripts and seeing talking points on the right shift and also will see talking points on the left shift. >> sarah and jim. thank you so much for all of that. we are getting more on our breaking news and come back to this. reading this new transcript from a key witness, george kent. several hundred pages.
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starting coarse through it. and settling a lawsuit against president trump's charity. see how he's responding to that. tom: the american people can fix anything. the problem is corporations and the people who run and own them have purchased our democracy. here's the difference between me and the other candidates. i don't think we can fix our democracy from the inside. i don't believe washington politicians and big corporations will let that happen. the only way we can make change happen is from the outside.
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for me, this comes down to whether you trust the politicians or the people. and if you say you trust the people, are you willing to stand up to the insiders and the big corporations, and give the people the tools they need to fix our democracy. a national referendum. term limits. eliminating corporate money in politics. making it easy to vote. i trust the people. and as president, i will give you tools we need to fix our democracy. i'm tom steyer, and i approve this message.
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i'm brooke baldwin. last night in louisiana a nasty personal turn. the person spouting insults was noted president. it was louisiana senator john kennedy. >> and you know what our democratic friends have done for him? speaker nancy pelosi is trying to impeach him. i don't mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb! >> such is what he said, listen to the cheers. see that young boy in between the two of them standing behind them? we all know really in partisan times but this is a sitting u.s. senator. disrespecting the speaker of the
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house, the person who is third in line to the presidency and most powerful woman in our government. mr. senator, you don't have to agree with speaker pelosi but you should respect her. matt lewis, senior columnist for the "daily beast" and cnn political commentator and matt, you were as angry as i was. tell me why. >> not only disrespecting the speaker of the house this is a grown man disrespecting a lady in public and being cheered for it. i think it speaks to civility and this is very common. we saw the other day rand paul at a rally very similar playing to donald trump standing beside him, standing to a trumpian crowd calling for the media to unmask the whistle-blower and here you have a u.s. senator not to be disrespectful, of course, but calling nancy pelosi dumb, and he was really just -- it was a caricature of the demagogic
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populist politician like huey long. the whole reason i never -- someone who's a conservative center-right journalist, sort of being a caricature of a huey long pow ppulist is not exactly what i signed up for in political parties. >> i just -- to your point, grown man, and, but i also am not just looking at him and the president standing next to him but looking at the crowd behind him and livening h inlistening crowd responds and cheers and the young man behind him, could be, i don't know, a teenager. standing between the two of them, right there. i'm almost like out of -- it's like behavior and be language raising a generation of bullies, given the signal that it's okay to talk like this. >> yeah. >> woman or man. >> first of all, it's the madness of crowds. there's a crowd psychology.
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people in these mass movements get swept up and say and do things, they lose an nom onymit say or do things they wouldn't normally do. a mob mentality mind-set. the other thing i'll say i was sitting in my sunday school class at church this past sunday and the sunday school class is about parenting. specifically how to parent. all of the advice we were hearing about, you know, making sure that our children are prepared for the real world and that they know there are consequences to the things that they do. donald trump breaks everything we could teach our children of how to behave. never mind at devout religious christian, whatever your religion is, just as decent human beings, donald trump goes against almost every single thing. this is a microcosm of that. >> well, spending your sunday
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doing that. >> sunday morning. football constitutes -- >> i got you. how about lindsey graham? reaching into the archives trotting out this familiar defense of allegations against president trump. play this clip. what he, what he's now saying about quid pro quo. >> what i can tell you about the trump policy towards the ukraine, it was incoherent. depends who you talk to. they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo. so, no. i find the whole process to be a sham and i'm not going to legitimatize it. >> i mean, every day, matt, seems to be a new lindsey graham explanation. jim jordan, the trump republican friend in the house is now calling for the whistle-blower to testify in a public hearing. democrats so far rejected outing of an anonymous figure. if you were counseling republicans what would you tell them about this battle? >> well, look's going back to john kennedy earlier. this is -- you look at any of
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these republicans. i don't know how -- they don't seem like normal people. i think there's a reason why they're losing the suburbs. which i think is going to be a long-term problem. >> some are. look at mitt romney. >> that's true. >> some are. >> some of them are -- i have -- wharn is donald trump saying? i assume some are good people? but the case of lindsey graham is especially egregious. someone who knows better. he's not just a partisan hack. right? at least he didn't used to be's someone who was john mccain's best friend. someone who was the house impeachment manager during bill clinton who has completely flip-flopped and now he is at the point where he is literally saying i think because the cognitive dissidence is so great has said he simply can't or won't read the transcripts. >> yet they're coming from transparency yet he's not reading the transcript? >> i guess afraid where the evidence may take him, if he actually reads it. it's stunning. >> matt lewis.
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all right. following breaking news. the house impeachment inquiry just released another batch of witness testimony this time from george kent deputy assistant secretary of state foreeuropean and eurasia affairs and know he felt cut out of decisions regarding ukraine. jim baker is back with me. jim i have a little nuggets. read this to you. this is from manu raju up on the hill. kent offers more corroboration gordon sondland, eu ambassador, asked marie yovanovitch, the ousted ambassador, to write a "tweet declares for support for the policy of president trump consent sa kent said was a way to defend herself as opposed to the state department defending her."
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that was gordon sondland's position. have yovanovitch tweet this public support. and the president of the united states via always twitter and this corroborates what we heard from gordon sondland. what do you think about that? >> i mean, it's bizarre. it's not normal. it is just the strangest sort of management structure i've ever heard of. i mean, i guess thinking about this whole situation and how the administration has managed both the personnel and the policy with respect to ukraine, i thought one of the benefits we were supposed to get from a business person president was good, solid management, and this does not look like that either from a substantive perspective, how they developed the policy, how they handled relationships with government of ukraine and then how he managed their people, who knew what. it was just confusion. this kind of personnel thing, tweeting out something to placate the president to keep
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your job is bizarre and inappropriate. >> the second nugget, jim. the headline is, kent says volker reached out 0 giuliani, because he, quote/unquote, had influence over president trump's thinking on ukraine. one of the quotes is, and i think by that moment in time that was self-evident to anyone who was working on issues and therefore made sense to try to engage the mayor, meaning that rudy giuliani had influence on president trump on all things ukraine. again, this just as we've had so many conversations, jim, just about how it was giuliani. it was giuliani who was seemingly running the show or putting these ideas in the president's head with regard to ukraine and dot, dot, dot. it was -- it was the president's personal attorney. >> exactly. the president's personal attorney and seems clear to everybody working on this issue
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as more testimony comes out that mr. giuliani played a central role in returning the unite foreign policy with respect to ukraine. and everybody knew that he was the president's personl attorney. it is just, defies common sense, this assertion by some that somehow the president didn't know what was going on, that he was, had a plausible capability and his personal attorney doing all of these supposedly at the behest of the president as an emissary, as well as a person attorney running around trying to conduct an investigation mr. giuliani tweeted about last night or yesterday some sometime. it is clear giuliani had a central role and whether the american people believe somehow the president didn't know about this is for them to decide. it just seems crazy to me. >> jim baker, stand by for me. reading through his and reading
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questions about rudy giuliani's involvement in all this. what are you reading? >> reporter: yes. very concerned about the role rudy giuliani was pushing forward, what he calls a campaign of lies. in part the push to get rid of the former ukraine ambassador marie yovanovitch, someone who raised concerns about giuliani's efforts himself to pursue investigations, push ukraine to invest gate the president's political rivals and says he was cut out as a person of policy for the state department, says he was cut out in favor of his parallel foreign policy effort rudy giuliani was a part of. he says this in reference to what his concerns are saying mr. giuliani at that point had been carrying on a campaign for several months, full of lies and incorrect information about ambassador yovanovitch. this was a continuation of his campaign of lies.
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so then asked, so you did not think it was true at the time that the ambassador was removed because she was part of the efforts against the president? he responds, i believe that mr. giuliani as a u.s. citizen has first amendment rights to say whatever he wants, but he's a private citizen. his assertions and allegations against former ambassador yovanovitch were without basis, untrue, period. he goes on to talk more about the role that rudy giuliani played as it came to carrying out foreign policy. specifically ukraine policy. he says that later on in the testimony he talks about his conversations with the u.s. special envoy to ukraine at the time kurt volker saying he was reaching out to giuliani because it was clear that "giuliani had influence on the president in terms of the way the president thought of ukraine" and we know the president dispatched, according to other witnesses, essentially said, deal with rudy
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giuliani when it came to ukraine. what was rudy giuliani doing? he was pursuing those investigations, pushing the ukrainian government to look into jb. pushi joe biden and election interference something that could undercut findings of the u.s. intelligence community that russia interfered in the 2016 campaign to help the president. those investigations, of course, could help the president politically if ukraine were to move forward and all of this coming at a time ukrainian aid had been withheld. $400 million approveed by congress given to ukraine to fight aggression and he talks about the decision to withhold that money saying a lot of confusion about that as well. here's an individual, brooke, cut out of the decision-making process, should have been in charge of ukraine and saw rudy giuliani pursuing these refreff and raised significant concerns. >> thank you, manu. the george kent transcript,
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new today a judge just ordered president trump to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit with the state of new york. the lawsuit filed in 2018 against trump and his three oldest children accused donald j. trump foundation of violating campaign finance law and saying a little more than a checkbook to serve mr. trump's business and political interests. the foundational lawyers accused the attorney general's office's political motivation and released a statement saying it will donate the $2 million among eight different charities and went on to write in part we are pleased the court in rejecting the frivolous request interest and other damages recognizes every penny ever raised by the trump foundation has gone to help those most in need. more trouble inside the tom steyer 2020 campaign. a report out by the associated press this afternoon indicates a
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top iowa campaign aide allegedly offered money to local politicians for campaign endorsement for steyer. his presidential run has already apologized over a campaign aide who resigned after secretly downloading a database of south carolina supporters of democratic rival senator kamala harris. abby phillip, our cnn political correspondent with the campaign's response. doesn't sound good. >> reporter: dicey week for tom steyer and his campaign. an odd situation where basically this steyer aide who was a former state representative official reached out to some of his former colleagues in a way that made many of them feel like what he was really offering them was money in exchange for political endorsements in iowa. one of those officials, tom courtney, said that the offer left a bad taste in his mouth. but interestingly, the steyer campaign is basically saying we didn't actually disburse money to any iowa candidates and don't
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intend to this cycle but the aid in question, pat murphy apologized saying it was never my intention to make my former colleagues uncomfortable and i apologize for any miscommunication on their part. in ways he's acknowledging there was clearly some kind of conversation that happened that made folks feel that that was the offer being made. this comes, as you just pointed out, as steyer is facing just this week another aide accused of improperly accessing information that belonged to another candidate in south carolina. another bad taste in their mouth about the tom steyer campaign. flush with money, a mostly self-funded candidate but there are concerns there is other stuff going on here. the campaign spent a lot of time this week basically apologizing for a lot of different incidents. >> he is in a debate later on this month. coming up, a minnesota man
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and then he got angry and it escalated when i told him everyone has come here from somewhere else. and i tell him even americans came here from london. that was the point he threw the acid. the pain was so bad. and i went to the restaurant to wash my face right away because the burn was so painful, very painful. >> i can't even begin to imagine. but just as an american citizen, this was over where you were parking your car. what was going through your mind as this was happening? >> at the moment, he told me you have to be 30 feet away.
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and then he started saying you don't respect my laws and when i tell him what are you talking about, he pulled out a bottle at that moment. >> what are you thinking, sir? what are you thinking when this is happening? you live here lawfully. >> right. i don't understand the question. what is it? >> if he's telling you to go back, home is here. >> yeah. at that moment, yeah, my instincts told me that something is up with this guy. and i was concerned something, have something else in his bag. and then i went back to my truck and move it. >> craig, if i may ask your attorney a question. so the man now faces this felony
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hate crime. can you just tell me exactly what he faces and what justice looks like for mahud? >> sure. the gentleman is charged with first-degree reckless injury, which is a felony. then there's a hate crime penalty enhancer that alleges that mr. blackwell targeted mahud for his race, ethnic ancest ancestry. i'm here to assist mahud with the criminal justice system and participate potentially in a trial or other court proceedings. >> craig and mahud, appreciate you coming on national tv and sharing your story. and i hope justice is served for you. thank you, gentlemen, very much. >> thank you. shifting stories, abuse of
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emails and only day two of roger stone's political trial. political operative and long-time friend of president trump is accused of obstructing justice. i understand a key witness here has just taken the stand? >> yeah, the witness -- you talk about witness tampering. this is the guy that the government says roger stone tampered with, tried to intimidate him in not cooperating with congressional investigators. he went before members of congress and gave testimony about contacts with roger stone, about contacts with wikileaks and roger stone tried to prevent him from going forward and cooperating. and so that is why he is taking the stand. there's several extensive text messages of roger stone essentially what the government is arguing, threatening him, cursing at him. using all sorts of vile language
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to try to prevent him from testifying. at one point telling randy stonewall. plead the fifth. hold to the plan. stick to the plan. and randy now on the stand. he is a colorful person, as we know. he is a comedian. he also does imitations. it's certainly going to be a lively end of the day as he is now on the stand under direct examination. brooke? >> shimon, thank you for the update. day two of testimony. new details about what the vice president's adviser testified behind closed doors about that july 25th phone call. lauren fox, what do we know? >> we're learning that she told lawmakers behind closed doors that the phone call was more political than diplomatic in nature. however her concerns about that call she never raised to her
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superiors. that's a key detail. basically she was one of the vice president's two aides who were on that call. and it's a very key detail. it gives democrats an opportunity to say that she had concerns about what was going on with this funding. also she said she did not believe that the vice president was part of these discussions with the ukrainians. obviously this is a key detail here. democrats going into this wanted to know what the vice president knew and when. but we're just getting new details, of course, exactly what she said in the room, her testimony spanning several hours this morning. it got out just a few minutes ago. brooke? >> she appeared, someone who did not, firmer national security adviser john bolton. why wasn't he on capitol hill today? >> he was never subpoenaed which, of course, is very unusual, given what we've seen over the last several weeks with these depositions, but they did not want to subpoena him because they didn't want this to end up
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in court. aide for adam schiff said they didn't want to get it tied up in a rope-a-dope. they're going to use this as another example of obstruction. democrats are saying we don't want to get tied up. what we want to do is move forward with our impeachment inquiry. if they don't want to show up, that's on them. they can see that in potential article of impeachment when they move forward, saying that these individuals and the white house were obstructing justice. brooke? >> what's the timeline for this impeachment process now. >> potentially, this could all be wrapped up in the house of representatives before christmas. of course, that's coming as they move into this public phase of the impeachment inquiry. next week we'll see three public hearings. that's a very significant addition to what we've been seeing in these closed door depositions. of course, we're getting more and more transcripts every single day. the american people are getting an opportunity to see exactly what's been going on for the last several weeks in what
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republicans had argued was a closed door process. all that have moving into the public sphere. once you have these public hearings, that's going to be a very significant change for the american people who are going to be watching at home. brooke? >> that starts wednesday. lauren, thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. could impeachment be the grinch that steals christmas? "the lead" starts right now. breaking just minutes ago, new testimony released in the impeachment probe. a state department official who worked directly on ukraine issues, talking about rudy giuliani's continuing campaign of, quote, lies. also breaking today, the spotlight now on vice president pence and what he knew as a top aide to pence was on the ukraine call just finished testifying in the impeachment inquiry. plus harsh words echoing around the world. the french president blaming president trump for causing