Donald Trump is in hot water
right now for apparently using his office
for his own political gain. And while we’re still trying
to digest the details of his call
with the leader of Ukraine, we’re finding out that he
may have done it more than once. NBC News has just confirmed
that The New York Times reported that President Trump has asked
another foreign leader– this time it was the prime
minister of Australia– to help investigate
his conspiracy theories around the origin of the now
complete Mueller investigation. From that New York Times story,
quote: President Trump pushed
the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call
to help A.G. William Barr gather information for
a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hoped will discredit
the Mueller investigation. Yes, it is now being reported that after the Mueller report
was released, Donald Trump asked
Australia’s prime minister to help him get information
that would discredit Robert Mueller’s report. And if it’s true,
this is bad for two reasons. One, because it would mean Trump
has been using the presidency as his personal
vendetta machine, and two, it also means
he’s been using world leaders as his personal errand boys.
Think about it. Just running around
to world leaders like, “Ukraine! “I need you to investigate
Joe Biden and his son. “Australia! Help me discredit
Robert Mueller! “Spain! I want some of those
little pies you guys make “with the…
with the meat in the middle. “Yeah. These scandals
are making me hungry. “Can you just…
the little ones? Em-pa-na-das.
I want those ones.” (laughing):
So… so what started as a scandal
about a call to Ukraine is now snowballing bigly. And I don’t know…
I don’t know for certain how Trump is dealing
with this shit, but judging by the 87 tweets
he released over the weekend, it doesn’t seem like
he’s taking it well. And I get it.
I mean, not only are Democrats trying to impeach his ass,
but now polls are showing that every day
more and more Americans are in favor of proceedings
to impeach his ass. But luckily for Trump,
there’s a group of supporters who will never leave his side, and those are
Republican lawmakers. The president didn’t do
anything wrong. We’ve all seen the transcript.
There’s nothing there. I’m glad
President Trump continues to look into that interference
so it doesn’t happen again. When I read the transcripts, I see two leaders… having admiration,
not intimidation. What do you make
of this exchange? President Zelensky says, “We are almost ready
to buy more Javelins from the United States
for defense purposes,” and President Trump replies, “I would like you to do us
a favor, though.” You just added another word. -No. It’s in the transcript.
-He said, “I’d like you -to do a favor, though?
-Yes. It’s in– It’s in -the White House transcript.
-When I read the transcript… That is the face of someone
who knows he done (bleep) up. (laughter) ‘Cause I love how
he pounced on the journalist ’cause he thought
he had a moment, like, he thought he
was gonna exonerate Trump. All he did
was make things worse. He’s like, “Though!” Guys like,
“Uh, he said, ‘though.'” “Oh. (chuckling) Okay.” It’s almost like,
“If my client is guilty, then how do you explain
this knife?” They’re like, “That’s the murder
weapon we were looking for.” “Ah, what knife?” (laughter) Now, look, man, it’s no surprise
most Republican lawmakers are standing
with President Trump, but what is a little surprising
is that they’re arguing that not only did Trump
not do anything wrong, but the real bad guy here is the one who reported
the crime in the first place. Who is this whistleblower?
What bias do they have? Why did they pick
this whistleblower to tell a hearsay story? I know the difference
between a whistleblower and a deep state operative. This is a deep state operative
pure and simple. Rotten snitch.
I’d love to whap him. I want to know all about him. I want to know what kind
of dogs they have, how many marriages they’ve had, if they have a DUI. I want to know if they’re
a partisan. I want to know everything. I want to know
his childhood nickname. I want to know his AOL password. I want to know if the hairs
on the back of his neck stand up
when you lightly whisper, “Hello, handsome” into his ear. I want to know it all. So, yes, Trump supporters
are desperately trying to figure out
who the whistleblower is. And that person is, clearly,
in a very precarious situation, which is why lawmakers
and journalists are now saying
it’s imperative to protect this person’s identity
at all costs. No one wants it slipping. Nobody wants
the identity coming out. So for more on this,
and what’s being done to protect the whistleblower,
we go now to our senior
White House correspondent, Roy Wood, Jr., everybody! (cheers and applause) -Hey, Trevor.
-Roy’s live in D.C. -Roy…
-Mm-hmm. The whistleblower is under
intense scrutiny and there’s concern
that their identity may be leaked by the press. What is being done
to protect them? That’s exactly right, Trevor. Certain details about this
person’s identity have already been reported
by The New York Times, but I spoke
with him this morning, -and there’s an important…
-Wait, wait, wait. H-Him? So you’re confirming
that it’s a man? Trevor, gender is a spectrum,
okay? We don’t know how he identifies. Well, you– Well,
you just said “he” again. All right, damn, it’s a man,
all right? You got me. It’s my bad. It’s my bad.
I gave you that one. But I can tell you this
about the man, Trevor, he’s scared. I could sense it. I looked deep into the blue eyes of this 6’4″
brown-haired gentleman… and he’s terrified. Terrified that some
careless journalist would reveal his identity,
or her identity. You already told us “his.” But what else
did you guys talk about? Oh. Uh, well, we talked about
the Ukraine call, of course, and we talked about the fallout
from the complaint. Oh, you’ll like this. Uh, baseball playoffs
are starting. He thinks the Brewers
are gonna make a run. He’s a big Brewers fan since he grew up
outside Milwaukee. God damn it, Roy! What? I just said Milwaukee. I didn’t say which state. R-Roy, you need to be–
you need to be more careful. You could be putting him
and his family at risk. Nah, don’t worry
about his family. I spoke to his wife Marsha,
she’s straight. (laughter) Marsha’s fine.
She’s got her hands full. It’s bird migration season
and she’s one of the world’s
leading researchers of the yellow-billed cockatoo. She’s practically the
Jane Goodall of that species, but that’s– Her name’s not
Jane, her name is Marsha. Roy. Roy. Roy.
You realize right now you’re narrowing it down
so much. Please try
to be less specific, okay? Oh, and ignore her
accomplishments, Trevor? She’s just as much a hero
to their son Kevin, Jr. as her husband… who, as we know,
needs to remain anonymous. Roy. Good, God.
Kevin, Jr.’s father, Kevin, Sr. is counting on you to keep his identity a secret. Whoa! Whoa! Trevor. You’re gonna blow his cover. Do you have any idea
what it’s like to be holed up in a Holiday Inn on the outskirts
of Arlington, Virginia? I got to warn him.
I got to warn Kevin. 7-3-0-4-2-7… Hey, Kevin.
Yeah, yeah. It’s Roy. Yeah, get Marsha and the kids;
your cover’s been blown. -Trevor blew your cover. -But,
Roy, you’re just giving it– That’s enough.
Roy Wood, Jr., everyone.