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the deck in their favor. they now have come out of this and failed to prove their case. >> we should be looking also at obstruction of justice by the president. >> president trump and french president emmanuel macron sparred with the cameras rolling. >> would you like some nice isis fighters? let me say, that was one of the nicest nonanswers i've heard. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "nfl rewinew day." you're looking at live pictures, you're about to right there. that is the room where the house judiciary committee will hold its first hearing this morning. setting up for what promises to be a big day. the scathing impeachment report will serve as a road map for the next stage of this inquiry.
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and that report alleges that the president of the united states undermined our democracy and endangered national security by placing his own personal and political interests above those of the country. it also details what democrats call the unprecedented efforts by the president to conceal his conduct from congress. >> this morning the president is in the united kingdom for meetings with nato leaders. these meetings will be interesting today after a new video appeared overnight that seems to show the canadian prime minister, french president emmanuel macron, and prime minister boris johnson, it appears they might be laughing at the president and how he conducted himself yesterday.
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>> you see the laughing. you can hear justin trudeau saying you see his team's jaws drop to the floor. we will cover the president in the united kingdom shortly. first suzanne malveaux live on capitol hill where these hearings, getting ready to begin. >> reporter: good morning, john. well, this is a 300-plus-page document that members of the house judiciary committee will use as their guide on whether or not to impeach president trump. the hearing will begin in just four hours. a democratic aide saying trying to keep the tone academic and serious but if history is any guide, there will be fireworks from this committee as the democrats make their case for impeaching the president. after ten weeks of investigating president trump, house intelligence democrats have now turned over the impeachment inquiry to the house judiciary committee which is holding its
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first hearing today to begin the process of drafting the articles of impeachment. >> well, our hearing focuses really on the legal standard. that is, what do the terms bribery, high crimes, and misdemeanor mean. >> reporter: jerry nadler has a starting point with the intelligence committee's 300-page report outlining their case for impeaching president trump. writing, the president placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the united states, sought to undermine the integrity of the u.s. presidential election process, and endangered u.s. national security. >> we naught ththought that the was so overwhelming with regard to the wrong doing at issue, we had to make this report. >> reporter: the report providing new phone records which democrats say show the president's allies' efforts to push out false narratives. among them, calls between rudy giuliani, lev parnas, the white
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house budget office, and the top republican on the house intelligence committee devin nunes. >> if there were members of congress that were also part of that domestic political errand for the president and using taxpayer resources to accomplish it, that's a problem. >> reporter: nunes stopping short of denying he spoke with parnas. >> i'll go back and check all my records, but it seems very unlikely that i would be taking calls from random people. >> reporter: the report also alleging top members of the trump administration including mike pence, mike pompeo, rick perry, and mick mulvaney were knowledgeable of or active participants in trump's treasure campaign. the white house dismissing the impeachment report's finding and again attacking the process. and trump's allies agree. >> they're having one big problem. the problem is the president did nothing wrong and they can't prove it. >> reporter: meanwhile, house
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judiciary democrats calling on their republican colleagues to take this morning's session seriously. >> it's time to take a hard beat and ask yourself, do you want to go down that way? or do you want to be part of the team republican and democratic that sought to restore the integrity of our democracy? >> reporter: democrats will have three constitutional scholars who will argue for the case for impeaching the president. the republicans will have one scholar arguing the opposite. all eyes are going to be on the chair of judiciary committee jerry nadler and his performance. he's been criticized of losing control of the hearings in the mueller probe. we'll look for the at ratrics f the president's supporters. >> one of the words we've heard is the circus. that this could lead to major fireworks. we'll tell you why next. cologuard:
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commentator joe lockhart and cnn legal analyst jennifer rogers. great to have both of you. so today's going to be interesting, joe. because -- i mean, as john has said, the hall of fame of the passionate, vocal supporters of the president and i mean matt fwai gates and jim jordan are in this -- are on this committee. and they'll have five minutes to opine or yell or whatever they want to do. >> even doug collins who's the ranking member is more articulate and fiery than devin nunes was. nunes was pretty monotone in what he was doing. i think it's really the clash or the collision of two strategies. the democrats are just about the evidence. just about the evidence. the republicans are trying to create a circus. and, you know, i think it's going to resemble, you know, a bunch of nerds on one side and a
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frat party on the other side. and the republicans will do whatever they can to disrupt it and -- >> i mean, if that's the case, which one do you think is more compelling? >> well, i expect that frat parties are more interesting than people arguing about the constitutional merits of high crimes and misdemeanors. >> bingo. i mean, bingo. doesn't that tell you all you need to know about how the democrats are not necessarily misplaying this but not reading the room right if. >> i don't think so. i think it's important for them to get this on the record. how do you define a high crime and misdemeanor? how this one in particular was exactly what alexander hamilton was worried about. you know, they're going to have to take the circus atmosphere to get this on the record. and it sets up the rest of the process. >> he successfully said revenge of the nerds. i'm not suggesting that's what's going to happen here.
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it happened then. jennifer rogers, let's put up on the screen the law professors who are testifying today. circus aside, if it goes as the democrats have planned or want, what will they provide this morning? >> well, they're going to provide us with the historical and legal underpinnings of impeachment. so one point is as joe said to get things on the record. the other is one of the president's talking points here has been that this whole inquiry is a hoax, a witch hunt. it's not appropriate or proper. and in fact, it is the only appropriate way that the house of congress can remove a corrupt president. i think it's important for the american people to hear from these law professors. and what they're going to say is here's what the constitution said, here's what the founders had in mind. here's historical examples of what has risen to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor in the past. >> and as we look at this giant
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report, i'm holding up just half of it right now. because it's too heavy for me to hole up the whole thing. do you expect the democrats on the committee to make direct reference to this and say on page 200 here it says the president did "x," where does that fit into the historical context? >> i think they will try to extract as they always do with witnesses a conclusion about whether the conduct was impeachable. i think they will hesitate to draw that final conclusion. i think instead they'll talk about bribery. if you can prove a scheme for one thing to another. you will hear, yes, it is. but i don't think they'll take that final step to say page 73 it says "x," "y," and "z." is that impeachable in. >> will some of these experts we'll hear today -- should the republicans have found more? >> i think you're going to find people anywhere that have either
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contributed to republicans or democrats. and these are people whose background and expertise is constitutional law. so again, you can't -- there's nothing pure. there'll be nothing lofty or bipartisan about this hearing. except for the four people suting thesut i -- sitting there testifying. >> stand by. we have more to discuss. inside this report that i'm not going to hold up again. inside this report, the phone records reveal for the first time -- we didn't know anything about this. showing all kinds of calls between rudy giuliani and mysterious number one. but also devin nunes, the republican ranking member of the house intelligence committee, what is that all about? ♪ - [woman] with my shark, i deep clean messes like this,
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this morning the dramatic revelation inside the report from the house committee, phone records, lots of them, that tied rudy giuliani to the white house, lev parnas, to devin nunes the key republican in congress who ran the house intelligence committee hearings. and also ties rudy giuliani to some mysterious number listed only as one inside the phone records. all of these calls were made on key dates during the ukraine controversy. back with us, joe lockhart and jennifer rodgers. let's put up some of these dates. april 24th which is the day marie yovanovitch was recalled
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from njoku. that's not that date. but the 24th which is another date -- >> there were a flurry of phone calls. >> rudy giuliani talking to a number from omb. could that have been mick mulvaney? rudy giuliani talking to the white house six times. rudy giuliani talking to lev parnas, his associate who's been indicted. and this mysterious number one which we'll get to in a minute. as a legal matter here, jennifer, what do these phone records show you in. >> well, this was a conspiracy. all of these people who were doing this smear campaign on yovanovitch, withholding the aid, it was a bribery and extortion conspiracy. people who talk a lot during a conspiracy are often involved in the conspiracy. if you're looking at this, it's can we put thus person who was previously outside or questionable like devin nunes inside the conspiracy? >> here's devin nunes' own call
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log. the ones that have been put into the report. four times on april 1th he talked to lev parnas. >> he's talking to giuliani a lot. also lev parnas who has been indicted. >> indicted for funneling russian money contributing to a trump super pac and a congressman's campaign. why is congressman devin nunes in april before we knew lev parnas' name talking to lev parnas. >> at the risk of quoting hillary clinton and the vast right wing conspiracy, we're finding out that this conspiracy is more vast than we thought and involves devin nunes. you know, i think these -- in some ways, these calls are not surprising. all of the fact witnesses laid out that rudy was running this operation. but what it does is it teases what they would be able to prove and the evidence they'd be able to uncover if the president
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isn't stonewalling. so i think these calls as much as anything really bolsters the obstruction of congress articles as they go forward. as if look at these calls. if we could get a all of the calls, we'd be able to put all of the pieces together on what the spaers was made up of. >> it's surprising to many in that they're only now appearing when the report comes out. that we did not know about them beforehand. and apparently the members on the committee, or the democrats on the committee, they did so why not release that fact before doing this questioning? >> i think it's because they didn't have any witnesses to question them about. and i think they were smart, actually, to hold it back. now people are interested in the report. if it was just a rehashing of what happened over the last two or three weeks, you wouldn't have the interest you're seeing now with people saying i'm interested in this and tuning in
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more. if you can't question anyone about them, there's not really a great way to get it out other than just releasing them or linking them. i think this has a bigger impact. >> jennifer, joe, thank you both very much. new video appears to show world leaders laughing about their interactions or at least what they've witnessed from president trump. so how will this affect today's meetings? we'll tell you what they were saying here.
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that video you've been watching has gone viral overnight. that's basically world leaders caught on camera apparently laughing at donald trump. you see justin trudeau saying he -- this is what he was saying. he was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top. that was to a small dprogroup o leaders there including emmanuel macron and boris johnson. troudeau said, you just watch hs team's jaws drop to the floor.
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nobody mentions trump by name. they don't appear to know cameras are rolling. >> the president might not like that. >> so in the next hour, president trump will meet with the german chancellor and hold a press conference. how will that go? joining us from london, kaitlan collins and nic robertson. so any idea, kaitlan, of the response to this viral video? >> well, the president hasn't publicly addressed it, but you have to see that if the president sees this video of the world leaders grinning talking about how he conducted himself, he's not going to like it. he said time and time again if he was going to get in office he was going to change it because he wasn't going to have world leaders laughing at the united states like he felt happened when president obama was in office. we're waiting to see what his response is going to be. we do know he did interact with
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the canadian prime minister upon arrival. whether or not the two discussed it, though, is unclear. and the white house hasn't gotten back to us yet. >> you added the last hour that it's not clear they're laughing at the president or whether or not they're sharing this experience. >> i saw that as a support group. >> commiserating over what happened with the president. they're having a moment at the president's expense, nic robertson. and it comes in a very different setting for president trump. one in which these leaders especially emmanuel macron are standing up publicly to the president. they're not really having the normal, you know, dish of attitude from president trump that they accept. >> you know, it's really fascinating. you look across the span of the last three years of these leaders' global meetings with president trump. and we remember back a couple
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years ago his first arrival at nato and he literally was trying to get up to the front of the queue. and he wasn't the first person to get a hand shake from emmanuel macron at that pount. so president trump found his way with these leaders. but at the same time, they've been finding their way with him. they're cautious not to upset him, i think, in the past. they've been trying to find -- we have macron over the years first the bromance trying to find the most effective way to work with president trump believing there is some magic formula or a silver bullet to getting it right. and the reality is they recognize now and the concern at nato and i've heard this said in the corridors here. you know, the unpredictability of president trump. and i think that's what we're seeing here. we're seeing these leaders who are sort of -- they're the leaders of their country. they are used in their own
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countries of getting things pretty much their own way or the way they want. and here they're comparing notes about how they deal with president trump. it's been a real learning curve. i think the shines come off the president obviously in their eyes. and the fear now i think in a way -- we saw this with macron. has come out. obviously there's still a caution. as we've heard today, the partnership of nato is all about all for one, one for all. it's unity, strength in numbers. a billion people, 29 countries. but really you get this sense now that this dynamic with president trump, it's really blown apart, you know, particularly in the case of macron. >> so interesting to hear nic's perspective from there that they're trying to figure out the magic formula on president trump. a fool's errand. >> and macron has tried everything. >> the gamut. we've seen that there. so kaitlan, german chancellor
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angela americamerkel, the presi will be meeting with her. what do we expect? >> that's going to be an interesting meeting. they've had a testy relationship in the past. but now merkel is on her way out of office. it seems by judging the interactions this week that the french president is going to be the one to take her place to then be the one in that contentious relationship with the president who pushes back. it's astonishing to see how these world leaders are still so surprised how the president conducts himself and breaks norms. it shows there's surprise when he does things like yesterday where he had three separate occasions where he was speaking for several times at times going on for 40 minutes. i think it was a total of two hours and one minute. so the question is how do they respond today? does he do that again? is there another moment like we saw yesterday? with merkel the question is whether president trump is going
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to bring up germany and its spending. that's something he's brought up multiple times. at times it's been awkward between the two of them. he even brought it up while sitting down with the canadian prime minister. hours before that clip of him acting astonished. >> kaitlan collins, nic robertson, thank you very much. we'll hear from the president several times this morning including at the same time as the next impeachment hearing in the house judiciary committee. >> interesting split screen. also overnight, this unexpected twist in the impeachment report putting a spotlight on one of the strongest allies in congress. what this reveals about the role of devin nunes. next. but with less carbon footprint. can we have both? at bp, we're working every day to make energy that's cleaner and better. and we see possibilities everywhere.
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all right. new this morning, this major revelation inside the house
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intelligence committee impeachment report. phone records that show at least four calls or attempted calls between indicted rudy giuliani associate lev parnas and the top republican on the house intelligence committee devin nunes including at least one call that lasted eight minutes. joining me now is cnn legal analyst jim paik baker. jim, you suggest that if nothing else, this makes devin nunes a witness in a federal investigation. why in. >> because he was in contact with at least one person who's under indict in the southern district of new york lev parnas who's been charged with others and who is alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to have -- to basically allow foreign donations into u.s. political campaigns. and to undertake efforts to cover that up, basically, by making false statements and falsifying records. and so i think these at a
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minimum are important leads for the prosecutors and fbi agents in the -- in that case, in the lev parnas case to follow up. they should just -- i can't imagine they wouldn't ask devin nunes exactly what were these conversations and what did you say to him and what did he say to you? and just to try to get to the bottom of that. in part, i think, to find out if lev parnas is trying to make any claims or statements about what devin nunes or others may or may not have said about them. >> lev parnas is under investigation indicted for those alleged crimes you're suggesting right there. he's the guy that rudy giuliani used to do so much of the research in ukraine. he served as a translator in key meetings with rudy giuliani. do you think this makes parnas a desirable witness.
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what's the likelihood they'll see them before congress. they've been on their radar screen if they can do it in a way -- if they can get his testimony in a way that doesn't mess up the criminal case in new york, right? because if they don't want -- you don't want to be in a position where you're giving him immunity that somehow complicates the new york skcase. the impeachment investigators definitely want to talk to him. it's going to be difficult to talk to nunes, yeah, in the criminal case he's on the witness lee least. >> just in terms of theatrics, what about the theatrics of devin nunes sitting through those public hearings when he had spoken to lev parnas, a key player in this events during the events themselves? >> yeah, he should have disclosed that, obviously. you think mr. nunes over a period of time, i think, has tried to have a foot in both
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camps. he allegedly or supposedly recused himself in the russia matter. then he showed up. i was in the room with andy mccabe when we were briefing members of congress about the russia investigation. and he showed up even though he was supposedly recused and there was some confusion about that at the time. it was very murky. so i don't -- i think he's frankly overconfident with respect to his ability to navigate these kinds of issues. i do think he needs some help and some good advice with respect on how to proceed here. i saw a bit of a clip of him on tv last night. i don't know. he looks a bit concerned, to be frank. >> just one other legal matter. rudy giuliani, jim acosta is saying the trump campaign is not happy with him trying to create distance. as a legal matter, what are some of the complications for the president concerns rudy giuliani? >> if the president did nothing wrong, he has nothing to worry about. if all his conversations were above board and on the up and
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up, he should be okay no matter what mr. giuliani says. if, however, that's not the case and he decides to somehow separate himself from mr. giuliani, let mr. giuliani take the blame for some of these activities, then it's unclear exactly what giuliani would say. and, you know, hae's covered in most part -- the communications are covered by the attorney/client privilege but there are some exceptions to that. personally if they were involved in unlawful activity. i'm not saying there were, but there are exceptions to the attorney/client privilege. so president trump needs to be thoughtful about that and get good legal advice himself. >> always an education to have you on. thank you. >> thank you. john, only three other presidents have faced impeachment. what were the founding fathers' ideas on how to handle impeachment? >> we'll ask them. >> we have booked them and we'll get a history lesson.
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senator kamala harris has ended her once-promising presidential campaign even though she did qualify for this month's democratic debate. rebecca buck is live in washington with more. what happened? >> reporter: it's really one of the surprising moments in the race with kamala harris announciannounce ing she was dropping out yesterday because she simply didn't have the money to continue to compete. listen to what she had to say to her supporters. >> my dear supporters, it is with deep regret but also with deep gratitude that i am susp d suspending our campaign today. but i want to be clear with you. i am still very much in this fight. although i am no longer running for president, i will do everything in my power to defeat donald trump and fact for the future of our country and the best of who we are. >> reporter: now as you
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mentioned kamala harris had qualified for the december debate. but because of her financial strains, she decided it wasn't worth continuing to that point. we also seen reports in recent weeks of turmoil in her campaign, mismanagement and missteps were also markers of her downfall in this race. but the president tweeted yesterday, too bad we'll miss you kamala. she responded saying don't worry mr. president, i'll see you at your trial. of course she's going to be on the list for many of these democrats if they win the nomination to potentially be a running mate. we expect her to stay on as a rising star in the democratic party. >> doesn't sound like she's going far. meaning off the campaign trail. rebecca, thank you very much. another big moment in politics today. georgia's republican governor is expected to defy president trump and appoint an atlanta
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businesswoman to the senate. they wanted to name a vocal critic of impeachment. instead, victor blackwell live in atlanta with more. this is seen by many as an act of defiance against president trump. >> reporter: it is. longtime georgia senator john new isaacson is retiring ended of the year. the president had wanted him to name congressman doug collins who we'll hear a lot from today at that judiciary hearing. that's not going to happen. but the reaction from georgia republicans, republicans across the country to the georgia governor's pick has been stunning. we are just a few hours out from an announcement that could dramatically change the relationship between president trump and brian kemp. brian kemp is planning to break with president trump. two sources tell cnn that he will appoint kelly lefler.
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that's despite the president campaigning for the governor last year. >> he is somebody who will be a great governor of georgia. brian kemp. >> reporter: instead, a source says president trump lobbied the governor to tab congressman doug collins, an ardent supporter of the president as the ranking member of the house judiciary committee. >> the judiciary committee has become a giant instagram filter to make you appear that something's happening that's not. >> reporter: last month kemp brought lefler on a secret trip to the white house to meet the president. according to an official familiar with the meeting, the president was frustrated and urged kemp to appoint collins. >> i appreciate the support i've received from the president and many others. i have a big job to do. we'll have to see where the governor goes with his pick. >> reporter: johnny isakson gave his last speech on the floor on tuesday. although he was initially up for re-election in 2022, georgia
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election rules would force lefler to run for the senate next year meaning both georgia senate seats will be on the ticket in november. but in a time when crossing the president could mean dire political consequences, kemp is still expected to choose lefler. mitch mcconnell is throwing his full support behind that decision. >> sounds like the governor of georgia made a terrific appointment. she will be an incumbent republican senator. we will be behind her. everything i've heard about her is extremely -- i think she's going to be terrific. >> reporter: but many conservative groups do not think lefler is aligned on many social issues. and some of the staunchest supporters are blasting kemp for defying the president. including matt gates who tweeted, you are ignoring his requests because you think you know better than potus and threatening, maybe you need a primary in 2022. let's see if you could win one without trump.
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collins is not ruling out challenging lefler in 2020. >> that'll be a decision we have to make at that point. >> reporter: well, of course any change to the senate comes in the context of the bending trial of the president. the impeachment hearings we're seeing today. one, there's no indication that she would side with democrats or even cast a vote in that. but to give an idea how this is going over here in georgia, the board of the georgia young republicans voted unanimously according to the atlanta journal constitution to support the lefler pick. the spokesperson said unity sometimes means swallowing pride and ambition to do what's best for the party. clearly not a ringing endorsement. that is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. eastern. >> victor, thank you very much. so would the framers of the constitution have pursued impeachment in this case? in the trump presidency. we take a look back, way back at the history of impeachment and why america's founders considered it such a critical
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tool. cnn's jamie gengel is here to explain. you really have gone in the time machine and gone way back. >> i asked them personally. i spoke to hamilton. it turns out in 1789 they were pretty good at looking into the future. so we looked, we asked three historians to help us look back at what were the founders so worried about, how did they come up with those now familiar terms high crimes and misdemeanors. and it turns out, they were worried about presidents living up to these words. >> i franklin delano roosevelt -- >> i john kennedy -- >> do solemnly swear -- >> that i will faithfully execute -- >> the presidency of the united states -- >> preserve, protect, and defend -- >> preserve, protect, and defend -- >> the constitution of the
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united states -- >> so help me god. >> reporter: 230 years ago the founders were so worried about their fragile republic, they felt they needed an impeachment clause. how to get rid of a president before they even decided how to elect one. thomas jefferson called it a formidable weapon. >> we have to remember that the great fear of the constitutional convention delegates was tyranny. >> they recently had a revolution. they had broken away from a monarchy. power was a very big concern. >> reporter: they trusted george washington to be the first president. but benjamin franklin warned nobody knows what sort may come afterwards. >> how do we rein in a president? >> the founders knew they had to do something to stop tyrants and despots. >> reporter: he will spare no pains to keep himself in for life. and will then lay a train for
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the succession of his children. but what would warrant impeachment? james madison worried a president might lose his capacity, pervert his administration, or even worse betray his trust to foreign powers. >> this is a theme that george washington hammers over and over again. no foreign influence in our early republic. >> reporter: and in the 18th century, impeachment was certainly more civilized than the alternative. >> before there was impeachment, the only course would be assassination. better to be put on trial franklin argued than to face the knife. >> reporter: after much debate, the constitutional congress settled on these. treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. >> it's simple. it's a crime against the state, a crime against the people. you don't need to break a law to commit a high crime.
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>> reporter: the founders probably didn't envision this. >> president zelensky, quote, loves your ass. >> was there a quid pro quo? the answer is yes. >> reporter: or this. >> it was a perfect call. a perfect call. this is a hoax. >> reporter: what do you think the founders would think about donald trump? >> oh, boy. i'm going to plead the fifth. tyranny is one of the main things they were worried about. demagoguery was the second one. >> the trump character was alive and well at the time of the american revolution. somebody with blarney and salesmanship. those characters have existed forever. >> no quid pro quo. >> reporter: but whether you think donald trump is guilty or innocent of high crimes and misdemeanors, the underlying
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questions today are exactly what the founders were concerned about. >> what if a president, perhaps, has lied? what if a president worked with a foreign power? what if a president started to make money off the office of the presidency? that's a president that should be removed. >> reporter: you may remember yesterday the president said this was unfair and that these charges were not what the founders had in mind. they were exactly what they had in mind. really textbook. and when you see them laid out, it's exactly the charges that are being talked about. >> i think it's such an important thing to talk about. these are exactly the issues at play the founders were concerned about. now, you may not been the president did it or did it to an extent that was impeachable, but they are precisely what the founders talked about. >> they rise to the occasion of removal from the office.
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>> the thing they were focused on first, when i went back and talked to madison and franklin, i did find the footnote to all of this very interesting. that before they figured out how a president would be elected, the first thing they wanted to know was how do you get rid of a bad one? >> because it hadn't been done before. don't forget, there weren't elected leaders like this before we did it. thank you so much for that. >> thank you very much. all eyes will be on this room right there. the impeachment hearings will begin soon. "new day" continues right now. >> the impeachment process slowly drags on. they're having one big problem. the president did nothing wrong. >> this is the result of a president who believes that he is beyond impeachment. >> in london, mr. trump was locking horns with emmanuel macron. said the alliance suffered a
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brain death. >> that is a nasty statement. >> i know my statements created some reactions. i do stand by. >> people call it a bromance. it's been a power play since the get go. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is a special edition of "new day." congress is about to move one step closer to impeaching the president of the united states. these are the first public hearings from the house judiciary committee. they begin in just hours. you're looking at live pictures from inside the hearing room. the judiciary committee actions follow the sweeping, scathing report from the intelligence committee that included some startling revelations. not only does the report make the case the president abused his power, not only does it outline an effort to obstruct justice, but it reveals the existence of an intriguing web of phone records that might suggest coordination between the president's lawyer rudy giuliani, the white house, lev parnas, an


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