CBS’s O’Donnell Will get Combative Over Impeachment, Will get SCHOOLED

In stark distinction to her interview with Democratic impeachment managers final week, the place she teed them up and gave them free rein to make their case and throw out new accusation with out proof, CBS Night Information anchor Norah O’Donnell bought combative with a gaggle of Home Republicans (North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, New York’s Elise Stefanik, Georgia’s Doug Collins, and Arizona’s Debbie Lesko). And in return, they schooled her on the shortage of proof for impeachment and the brand new, doubtful guide by former Nationwide Safety Advisor John Bolton.

As the primary query within the video beneath reveals, one of many questions O’Donnell requested the group stood out, not a lot for what was requested however the way it was seemingly edited. Judging from the truth that O’Donnell’s voice grew to become desynced from the video, the audio high quality modified, and her lips didn’t match the phrases, it’s protected to counsel a lot of the query was added in post-production.

Regardless of the motive for the edit, the televised query was: “He says it was well-known inside the White Home that the help was tied to the announcement of investigations, political investigations.”

Stefanik stepped up and referred to as out the Democrats’ star witness. “Gordon Sondland, as you noticed within the President’s crew’s testimony, they stated he presumed and assumed. There was no direct dialog,” she stated, noting that if Bolton was so essential, why didn’t Adam Schiff (D-CA) subpoena him?

That was when O’Donnell started to speak over the Congresswoman. “Ambassador Bolton additionally makes the cost that the President was at odds along with his complete nationwide safety crew,” she declared, “And in response to Bolton saved up citing conspiracy theories about Ukraine.”

That sparked a forwards and backwards with Meadows the place O’Donnell repeatedly elevated her voice to talk over him. Meadows identified that nobody within the media had learn Bolton’s manuscript and it didn’t match up with what individuals who did learn it had been saying (click on “develop”):

 

 

MEADOWS: Effectively, you already know, you retain speaking about what Bolton brings up. To my information nobody’s really learn the manuscript. So, I need to clear.

O’DONNELL (Speaking over Meadows): The White Home crew has. The White Home counsel’s crew has a replica.

MEADOWS: They usually’ve really communicated what was in that manuscript to you? As a result of–

O’DONNELL (Speaking over Meadows): They’ve confirmed that they learn…

MEADOWS: — I’ve talked to them final night time at midnight and once more early this morning, and particularly after we take a look at that and what’s within the manuscripts and what’s not, it’s not related relating to this.

“You do not query the timing of this so-called launch,” Rep. Lesko requested O’Donnell. No obvious reply was given. “That is very questionable to me. This is rather like the Kavanaugh factor. It is just like the Democrats drip out all these things to attempt to trigger some controversy and influencing. This factor has been political from the beginning.”

O’Donnell requested the plain query about somebody making an attempt to affect the course of the trial, to which Lesko educated her. “Effectively, whoever leaked it out definitely is making an attempt to affect the trial and affect the general public,” she stated earlier than the soundbite was abruptly reduce off.

Taking issues in a sinister course, O’Donnell requested them in the event that they thought “Republican senators face political repercussions in the event that they break with the President?” Clearly, they might face blowback from their constituents again at residence, which Meadows hit on.

“The query must be flipped. The place’s a brave Democrat who will really take a look at the info and vote in favor of not impeaching this President,” Collins added.

The CBS anchor continued to push the concept of penalties for senators who voted for extra witnesses. Stefanik responded by citing one of many liberal media’s favourite polls exhibiting greater than 50 % of People needed extra witnesses. “That does not simply imply John Bolton. Meaning the whistleblower and which means Hunter Biden. And it actually opens up challenges for the Democrats,” she stated.

The section ended there with O’Donnell completely schooled.

The transcript is beneath, click on “develop” to learn:

CBS Night Information
January 27, 2020
6:39:20 p.m. Jap

NORAH O’DONNELL: Within the wake of the Bolton bombshell, Republican leaders are urging their rank and file to pause, take a breath. However in an unique CBS Information interview, the President’s staunchest defenders within the Home warned there might be a political value to pay for senators who vote towards the President.

[Cuts to video]

The President’s former nationwide safety adviser, John Bolton writes in a guide that the help to Ukraine was tied to the investigation into the Bidens. Does that contradict the President’s protection?

REP. MARK MEADOWS (R-NC): I do not see it as a contradiction, however proper now we’re commenting on what we believed was leaked to The New York Instances, and we have seen this play earlier than.

O’DONNELL (query seems to be dubbed in midway by): He says it was well-known inside the White Home that the help was tied to the announcement of investigations, political investigations.

REP. ELISE STEFANIK (R-NY): I’ve learn each phrase of the deposition. The Democrats’ star witness, which is Gordon Sondland, as you noticed within the President’s crew’s testimony, they stated he presumed and assumed. There was no direct dialog, and Adam Schiff selected to not subpoena and proceed that course of with John Bolton, and so they rushed this case.

O’DONNELL (Speaking over Stefanik): Ambassador Bolton additionally makes the cost that the President was at odds along with his complete nationwide safety crew, the secretary of protection, the nationwide safety adviser had been all urging the President in late August to launch the help and that the President refused, and in response to Bolton saved up citing conspiracy theories about Ukraine.

MEADOWS: Effectively, you already know, you retain speaking about what Bolton brings up. To my information nobody’s really learn the manuscript. So, I need to clear.

O’DONNELL (Speaking over Meadows): The White Home crew has. The White Home counsel’s crew has a replica.

MEADOWS: They usually’ve really communicated what was in that manuscript to you? As a result of–

O’DONNELL (Speaking over Meadows): They’ve confirmed that they learn…

MEADOWS: — I’ve talked to them final night time at midnight and once more early this morning, and particularly after we take a look at that and what’s within the manuscripts and what’s not, it’s not related relating to this.

O’DONNELL: Would not what he has to say be of curiosity to members of Congress?

REP. DOUG COLLINS (R-GA): Whether or not Mr. Bolton is writing a guide or not, frankly, that is what all people does on this city. However we return to is that is in regards to the info. We all know nothing occurred from the Ukrainian’s perspective. After which they bought the help.

MEADOWS: And I believe, on the finish of the day, this might be an essential situation to deal with exterior the confines of an impeachment trial.

REP. DEBBIE LESKO (R-AZ): You do not query the timing of this so-called launch? We have not even seen the guide. That is very questionable to me. This is rather like the Kavanaugh factor. It is just like the Democrats drip out all these things to attempt to trigger some controversy and influencing. This factor has been political from the beginning.

O’DONNELL: Do you suppose that this might affect the trial? There could be some Republican senators who then say, we should always hear from Bolton?

LESKO: Effectively, whoever leaked it out definitely is making an attempt to affect the trial and affect the general public. [Cuts off short]

O’DONNELL: Do you suppose Republican senators face political repercussions in the event that they break with the President?

MEADOWS: Yeah, I do. I imply, pay attention, I do not need to converse for my Senate colleagues, however there are all the time political repercussions for each vote you’re taking. There is no such thing as a vote that’s increased profile than this.

COLLINS: The query must be flipped. The place’s a brave Democrat who will really take a look at the info and vote in favor of not impeaching this President.

O’DONNELL: I’ve personally spoken with Republican senators who’re on the fence and should vote to name witnesses, which might lengthen this trial.

[Crosstalk]

O’DONNELL: I am questioning about these senators who could vote to name witnesses and be a part of the Democrats. Would they face political penalties?

STEFANIK: I believe this witness query is a vital one. Typically instances we’re requested, over 50 % of the American individuals need us to name witnesses. That does not simply imply John Bolton. Meaning the whistleblower and which means Hunter Biden. And it actually opens up challenges for the Democrats.

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