White House Officials “Shushed” Lawmakers Who Asked Questions During Iran Briefing


WELCOME TO “THE LATE SHOW.” I’M YOUR HOST STEPHEN COLBERT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THANK YOU FOR THAT. I NEED IT TONIGHT. SOME DAYS THE NEWS IS
FRUSTRATING. AND BY SOME DAYS, I MEAN EVERY
DAY FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. BUT TODAY IS ESPECIALLY IRKSOME. I AM FULLY IRKED. TRUMP IS REALLY IRKING ME OFF. SEE, IT’S BEEN A COUPLE DAYS
SINCE THE IRAN ALMOST-WAR, AND THE WORLD’S SPHINCTER IS FINALLY
UNCLENCHING. NOW, WITH THE PERSPECTIVE OF
TIME, WE CAN ASK, WAS ANY OF THIS LEGAL? THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS YES. THE DRONE STRIKE WAS COMPLETELY
JUSTIFIED, BECAUSE THEY WERE HEADING OFF AN IMMINENT ATTACK. MIGHT BE TRUE. BUT, SO FAR, TRUMP HASN’T
PROVIDED ANY EVIDENCE OF THAT, OR TOLD ANYONE WHAT THE ATTACK
WOULD HAVE BEEN. YESTERDAY, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
OFFICIALS DELIVERED A CLASSIFIED BRIEFING TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. AND NOT EVERYBODY GAVE IT A
RAVE. SOME GAVE IT A RANT, LIKE UTAH
REPUBLICAN SENATOR AND MAN DEFINITELY NOT SNAPPING ON THE
BEAT, MIKE LEE. LEE DESCRIBED THE MEETING WHERE
THE ADMINISTRATION WAS SUPPOSED TO EXPLAIN THE JUSTIFICATION FOR
THE ATTACK THIS WAY:>>PROBABLY THE WORST BRIEFING
I’VE SEEN, AT LEAST ON A MILITARY ISSUE, IN THE NINE
YEARS I’VE SERVED ON THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THEY KEPT TELLING US THAT THERE
WOULD HAVE BEEN AN IMMINENT ATTACK HAD THEY NOT TAKEN THIS
STRIKE ON FRIDAY. BUT THEN WHEN WE WOULD ASK THEM,
“WHAT WAS THE NATURE OF THAT ATTACK? WHEN AND WHERE WOULD THAT HAVE
BEEN OCCURRED? BY WHOM WOULD IT HAVE
BEEN CARRIED IT OUT?,” THEY REFUSED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION.>>STEPHEN: AND THAT’S THE ONLY
REASON FOR THE MEETING. THAT’S LIKE A DOCTOR SAYING, “WE
HAVE THE RESULTS OF YOUR M.R.I., BUT I REFUSE TO SHOW THEM TO
YOU. SO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TALK
ABOUT? HEY, HAVE YOU FINISHED BINGING
“THE WITCHER” ON NETFLIX YET? I’D GET TO THAT IN THE NEXT
COUPLE OF WEEKS, IF I WERE YOU.” ( LAUGHTER )
( PIANO RIFF ) NOT ONLY ARE THEY NOT PROVIDING
ANY INFORMATION TO CONGRESS, BRIEFERS WERE EVEN SHUSHING
LAWMAKERS WHO ASKED TOUGH QUESTIONS. OKAY, THAT ONE’S FINE. REMEMBER WHAT JAMES MADISON SAID
TO JOHN ADAMS AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ABOUT
THE SEPARATION OF POWERS: “SHUT YOUR DIRTY LITTLE MOUTH!”
( LAUGHTER ) SENATOR LEE, WHO AGAIN, IS A
REPUBLICAN, SAYS THE CENSORSHIP WENT EVEN FURTHER THAN THAT:
>>WHAT I FOUND SO DISTRESSING ABOUT THAT BRIEFING WAS THAT ONE
OF THE MESSAGES WE RECEIVED FROM THE BRIEFERS WAS “DO NOT DEBATE,
DO NOT DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF FURTHER MILITARY INTERVENTION
AGAINST IRAN, AND THAT IF YOU DO, YOU’LL BE EMBOLDENING IRAN.”>>STEPHEN: OF COURSE, IRAN
WANTS NOTHING MORE THAN FORCING THE GREAT SATAN TO HAVE A
FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY. DON’T FORGET THEIR RALLYING CRY,
“REASONED DEBATE TO AMERICA!” LEE SAYS THAT NOT ONLY WAS THE
BRIEFING HORRIBLE, THE PORTIONS WERE SO SMALL:
>>THEY HAD TO LEAVE AFTER 75 MINUTES.>>STEPHEN: 75 MINUTES IS
SHORTER THAN THE OPENING CREDITS OF “THE IRISHMAN!”
LEE WRAPPED UP HIS CRITICISM OF THE BRIEFING BY TELLING US HOW
HE REALLY FELT.>>I FIND THIS INSULTING. AND DEMEANING. NOT PERSONALLY, BUT TO THE
OFFICE THAT EACH OF THE 100 SENATORS IN THIS BUILDING
HAPPENS TO HOLD. I FIND IT INSULTING, AND I FIND
IT DEMEANING TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.>>STEPHEN: DAMN RIGHT, MIKE! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
YES! YOU MAY BE REPUBLICAN, BUT YES! OH, HELL, YES! SENATOR,
I’M GOING TO RUIN YOUR POLITICAL CAREER BY AGREEING WITH YOU. ( LAUGHTER )
HE’S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! HE’S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! THIS IS INSULTING. ( PIANO RIFF )
THIS IS INSULTING. NOT JUST TO CONGRESS– TO THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE. HAS EVERYONE ALREADY FORGOTTEN
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON’T ASK FOR CONCRETE EVIDENCE JUSTIFYING
A MILITARY ATTACK AGAINST A MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY WHOSE
NAME BEGINS WITH “IRA”? ( LAUGHTER )
OBVIOUSLY, WE KNOW WHAT THAT WAS LAST TIME:
>>OBVIOUSLY, THE WAR IN IRAQ WAS A BIG, FAT MISTAKE. ( LAUGHTER )
>>STEPHEN: THANK YOU, MORE RECENT MISTAKE. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( PIANO RIFF )
HERE’S THE DIFFERENCE — HERE IT IS!>>Jon: COME ON, NOW!>>Stephen: LISTEN UP! HERE’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
2003 AND NOW– I WEIGH 30 POUNDS MORE. ( LAUGHTER )
HERE’S ANOTHER ONE — HERE’S ANOTHER ONE —
BACK THEN, GEORGE W. BUSH RESPECTED US ENOUGH TO PUT SOME
EFFORT INTO HIS LIES. REMEMBER? (AS BUSH)
“SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS MOBILE WEAPONS LABS THAT RIDE THE RAILS
MADE OF ALUMINUM TUBES THAT CAN DELIVER 50,000 BARRELS OF HONEY
MUSTARD GAS HIDDEN ON A TURKEY FARM. SADDAM WILL ATTACK US WITH
HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRIDS.” ( LAUGHTER )
THEY EVEN SENT COLIN POWELL TO THE U.N. TO SHAKE HIS COCAINE
VIAL FULL OF SWEET ‘N’ LOW, AND CLAIM IF HE OPENED IT, IT WOULD
KILL EVERYONE FROM HERE TO WESTCHESTER. ( LAUGHTER )
AND HE’D LOVE TO SHOW US THE EVIDENCE, BUT THAT WOULD RUIN
EVERYTHING. WE JUST HAD TO TRUST THEM AND
THEIR BUDDY CURVEBALL. WELL, 17 YEARS LATER, HERE WE
ARE AGAIN. WORST THROWBACK THURSDAY EVER. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) AND HERE’S ANOTHER DIFFERENCE. HERE’S ANOTHER DIFFERENCE. TRUMP DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A COLIN
POWELL. THEY DON’T HAVE SOMEONE WITH A
REPUTATION WORTH FLUSHING DOWN THE TOILET. THE BEST THEY CAN SCRAPE
TOGETHER IS THE MIKE PENCE EXPERIENCE:
>>WE HAVE TO PROTECT SOURCES AND METHODS, AND SO THERE’S ONLY
A CERTAIN AMOUNT THAT WE CAN SHARE WITH EVERY MEMBER OF
CONGRESS, BUT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SEEN ALL THE EVIDENCE KNOW
THAT THERE IS A COMPELLING CASE OF AN IMMINENT THREAT.>>STEPHEN: GET THAT? PENCE HAS SEEN ALL THE EVIDENCE. BUT YOU WON’T EVER SEE IT,
BECAUSE IT GOES TO ANOTHER SCHOOL, IN CANADA. AND IT IS SUPER HOT. ( LAUGHTER )
AND HE TOTALLY GOT TO THIRD BASE WITH IT, WHICH FOR MIKE PENCE,
IS “SHARE FROYO.” ( LAUGHTER )
I SAY, BEFORE WE GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY TO
ATTACK ANOTHER MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY, WE MUST DEMAND BETTER
LIES. WE DESERVE THEM! THIS IS AMERICA, HOME OF THE
WHOPPER. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
OUR TAXES, YOUR TAXES, MY TAXES, OUR TAXES PAY FOR ALL THESE
LIES! PUT SOME EFFORT INTO IT! DAZZLE AND DECEIVE US! SELL IT WITH SOME SIZZLE! SCARE THE ( BLEEP ) OUT OF US! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
BUT JUST TRY! BUT ONE SENATOR WAS DEEPLY
GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE NOTHING THEY GOT– SOUTH CAROLINA
SENATOR AND FROG WHO GOT KISSED AND TURNED INTO LINDSAY GRAHAM
— ( LAUGHTER )
— LINDSEY GRAHAM. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT WHETHER
CONGRESS SHOULD EVER GET TO LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THE
JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ATTACK FROM THE PRESIDENT:
>>DOES THE ADMINISTRATION NOT HAVE A DUTY TO DISCLOSE SOME OF
WHAT THEY KNOW SPECIFICALLY WHEN THEY COME TO CONGRESS?>>THE WAY WE FOUND THIS OUT,
WE’LL NEVER TELL ANYBODY, IT WAS MAGICAL, AND WE WON’T COMPROMISE
IT.>>STEPHEN: YES, IT WAS MAGICAL. (MAGIC MUSIC)
WOULD YOUREICH A JUSTIFICATION? ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT,
PICK A JUSTIFICATION, ANY JUSTIFICATION. ALL RIGHT, DON’T LOOK AT IT. NOW, PUT IT BACK INTO THE DECK. BRIEFING OVER!”
( LAUGHTER )

100 thoughts on “White House Officials “Shushed” Lawmakers Who Asked Questions During Iran Briefing

  1. When did the Media and Hollywood side with terrorists over Americans?

    Trump is driving them up the wall! Love it! Not tired of winning!

  2. Not a lot of people know this but Trump is a ninkimpoopic scrote.
    I invented that name just for him.
    🥴😁🤣😂😅

  3. Soleimani attacked our Embassy as the latest act of war against the US, yet this idiot cannot find any immanency whatsoever! SEDITION

  4. At last, Colbert roasting the liars and sycophants on an issue of huge importance to the whole world. Warmed over Russiagate and Trump's pathetic impeachment hearings are sending everyone to sleep. The Mobster style assassination of another countries beloved General, a man who helped destroy ISIS in the Middle East, was an outrage to the whole civilised world. And what about the Iraqi General who also died, and the twenty or so innocent bystanders in that airport? What was Trump's justification for murdering them? Is that also a magical CIA secret? And when CIA spooks murder one of your family members on a whim… Will the killers say Hush! to you and your legal council… Almost certainly they will. They're licenced to kill.

  5. This is all false news and rubbish. These leftist liars will say anything out of hatred for Trump. They are completely delusional and mad. It was once said of the communists that their beliefs are 'systematized delusion' and that is precisely what these leftists are like.

  6. So, watching this a few days later … Mike has toned his comments way down. They put something in his coffee or he received a ohone call, but he has worked out a spin.

  7. How long until Donald Trump opens up camps to put his political rivals or anyone who anyone openly criticize or questions the American Fürher Donald Trump.

  8. Maybe Trump made money from this attack and his allies and lined their own pockets. That's why he didn't want to let the Congress know of his plans. The oil, gold and other precious metals hit the roof for at least 24 hours and then came back down. Remember he is a business man.

  9. The Republicans are the wizards of Oz. Trump is the scarecrow. The Dems are the lion. The Trump enabling supporters are the Tin Men. The USA is the house in the damn tornado!

  10. Irony- Iran admitted their mistake about the airliner. Yes, only when there was proof. Trump won't admit mistakes even with droves of proof. Now trump is pitting Iranian masses against the people who admitted a lie. But when US citizens protest trump, they are considered wrong by him.

  11. Trump is one of the least warhawk presidents you've had in a long fucking time. Let's not forget how many died in previous years, including children and women, non combatants, all drones to death. Soldiers snipping kids.

  12. Trump e outros chefes de estado colocando a estabilidade em pânico é mau demais para começar um novo ano!! Ultrapassaram-se linhas vermelhas e não pressagiam nada de bom!! Agora matamos este e amanhã matamos aquele e depois apertamos a mão aos da Norte Coreana!!

  13. The real problem is that Congress

    did not hold the people in contempt

    when they did not respond to the subpoenas.

    As long as they are not held to be responsible

    why would they care?

    My question is why did they issue subpoenas

    if they were not going to enforce the law?

  14. I thought he wanted the whistleblower expose so
    we could see everything – but now everything is a secret.
    What I want to know is after all the jokes – what is Congress going to do?
    Please do something before I lose another family member
    in a war of lies – Afghanistan – oh! they still there what has it been now 18 years?

  15. Our history in the middle east over the last 18 years has been an elaborate, unfortunate joke at the expense of the American taxpayers (and those who died, of course). But then who would expect anything different from a country founded on the principles of genocide, imperialism, and slavery. The fact that we have been at war so many years of our relatively short history proves that most Americans are at least borderline psychopaths…

  16. .Besides the fact that POTUS is INSANE, his war powers were limited because he just set up a POLITICAL ASSASSINATION luring General Soleimani to his death, on the pretense that he should attend a PEACE summit with the Saudis in Bagdad. (per the Saudis request) And quite frankly, I don't know WHY the MSM is holding back on this FACT. There NEVER was a threat against our embassy in Bagdad. It was all about luring Soleimani to a particular spot outside the Bagdad airport to have him assassinated.

  17. What's the stories about this meeting, Graham is not ignorant but just stupid, some republican woke up to the lies of trumps and his enablers.

  18. The second I heard of the assassination.I KNEW it was all going to be based on lies.Then I KNEW It was going to be a distraction from something (Impeachment) endangering Diaper Donny.We haven’t been fooled with this reaction since the second time that “f..king moron” (quote Rex Tillerson) did this.INDICT,IMPEACH,IMPRISON!!! DUMP,PENCE,BARR,MCCONNELL,GRAHAM.That’s just for starters.THen we vote ALL the rest of the repulsicans out in November.It’ll be MAGICAL 😁😃!!!!!

  19. Farwell To Kings
    When they turn the pages of history
    When these days have passed long ago
    Will they read of us with sadness
    For the seeds that we let grow?
    We turned our gaze
    From the castles in the distance
    Eyes cast down
    On the path of least resistance 
    Cities full of hatred 
    Fear and lies 
    Withered hearts 
    And cruel, tormented eyes 
    Scheming demons 
    Dressed in kingly guise 
    Beating down the multitude 
    And scoffing at the wise 
    The hypocrites are slandering
    The sacred halls of truth
    Ancient nobles showering
    Their bitterness on youth
    Can't we find
    The minds that made us strong?
    Oh can't we learn
    To feel what's right and what's wrong? What's wrong…

    R.I.P. Neil Peart

  20. How come it's okay for them to withhold the identities of those who "provided information," but they had a cow about concealing the whistleblower? Hypocritical morons all

  21. Here's the difference. Your neighbours to the north, us Canadians, have to mourn the deaths of many beautiful, young vibrant people.

  22. dang i dont think ive ever heard stephen's george w bush impression before!….it was quite good! particularly the Sadd-em part

  23. The world is relaxing because the war didn't happen? 172 people died because of Donald Trump fanned the flames of war and 57 of them were Canadians. Maybe America is relieved, but Canada is in mourning.

  24. Thanks to Trumps recklessness so eager to kill Qassem Soleimani that Iran shoot down a passenger airline for retaliation, for Trumps poor judgement 63 Canadian men women and children were murdered from the hands of Trump and many others on that plane. Trump should be held accountable for his poor judgement and reckless decision, Trump should be held for war crimes.

  25. Trump And The Republicans Are Trying To Eliminate The Branch Of Government That Serve Constitutionally As A Check And Balance On The President! Why Be Sneaky About It…… Just Say From Now On. The Way Governments Like Russia, Turkey, China, Japan North Korea, Syria, Iraq , And Iran and Any Other Country Run With And Absolute Leader Who Controls His FBI, DOJ, NSA, And Military [ The Pentagon]… As Trump Says Why He's Ignoring {The House Subpoenas And The Impeachment Process} "So No Future President Has To Be Subject To Oversight And Investigations In (Their Corrupt Activities…. ) Something The Constitution In This Country Provides Which This President Came to Office Attacking …As He Did The Press…. Which Holds The Leaders Feet To The Fire For Wrong Doing. Well, We Are Doing Away With All Of That…To Have A Government That Have A Constitution. Like Russia, Turkey, China, Japan, North Korea, Syria, Where If You Question or Criticize Your Leaders Report Negatively On Them You're Imprisoned Or Killed! And The Leader Is Leader For Life Trump Praised The Japanese Abe For Announcing He Was President For Life In Japan A Fears Back And He Jokingly Said "Maybe, We Should Try That Here!" Meaning: Here In The United States! This Administration Is Hijacked By A Party That Wants Its Leader To Be Absolute, Without Oversight, Acting on The Whims And Wants And Ideas Of Its President Who, Since He Is The Law, He's Above It….. And His People and Supporters Want That Too! I Wonder! When The Military is Turned On Them Like Assad's government Does His People Killing Them Or The Way Kim Jong Un's People Look So Happy On Camera And Laughs When Their Leader Expects It Cause Off To The Side, Off Camera Are Military With Guns Pionted At Them Making Sure They're Showing The Right Amount Of Happy..
    OR ELSE! Will They Still Support Their President? Oh, Wait, I'am Sorry…., By This Time It Will Be Too Late To Protest. Because, Protesting And Protesters Will Be No More! Yeah, Sorry! And Think, Just One Of The Many Ways It All Began Was With The Administration Doing Something As Simple As (*Shushing* Those Asking It Legitimate Questions.) About Intelligence It Should Have Taken To Congress First…, Before Acting With Out It! Like It's Not Thete Anyway!

  26. The Military industrial complex thanks you for your continued support. Please send more of your children & money.

  27. Let's talk about a bad guy who: Planned terrorist attacks on Americans, killed thousands, continued to participate in planning for years, heading a notorious terrorist organization. He WAS NOT planning anything "imminent" when he was taken out by US forces, nothing imminent at all. The president gave the order to strike WITHOUT prior authorization from Congress. When US forces took him out in a surgical special operation, Democrats celebrated. I am of course talking about Bin Laden. How similar the circumstances with Soleimani, huh?
    The fabricated outrage and spin by Dems now is disgusting!

  28. Trump wants to execute any person he wishes without a trial or any oversight. If that doesn't make him a totalitarian dictator, I don't know what would.

  29. They want any BS, fake story, pipe dreams on Trump. They will not answer questions involving Ukraine, Biden Sr or Jr It always goes " never happened nothing to see here." Nope Obama & his cronies were as pure as driven snow, up standing people with a Hoover at their side they can get rid of the messy money over flow. Nothing here!!!!!!!! 1.7 billion oh it's around ,,,, somewhere maybe in a rental car to high to remember, say about the vice pres. were close ,like family, ha ha ha best to treat me well.

  30. Mike Lee shut up.
    You guys voted for a lot of crap that made Frump even more powerful.
    What the hell you guys thought it would happen!? Eventually you would find it off the rail.

  31. Oh Steve nice to see you now " SHUSH JUST PLAIN SHUSH!!!!!" Btw what are you going to do for insulting material if and when Trump is re-elected which is a given or if one of these dummies who call themselves Democrats get elected?" I mean let's face it They are a boring lack-luster group and before anybody gets on their high-horse I am a registered Democrat but let's be real am I right or am I right? Got to say I feel like JFK and RFK are spinning in their graves I also must state that our enemies have crossed their fingers hoping that one of these schmucks get into the Oval Office God forbid!!!! Donald scares the crap out of them as it should

  32. These GOP displays of righteous indignation may be an attempt to criticize Trump now over this; just so they can pretend to be "fair" or "independent" when they rig Trump's impeachment trial. I don't buy it

  33. Canadians will be burying their loved ones who were collateral damage in this moronic conflict. They deserve the truth.

  34. Oh look Stephen Colbert he is Rachel maddow in disguise he is talking about news . Hes a no talent guy. Working on MSNBC getting millions . What a waste of air time

  35. You have to wonder if Salamadi knew something about Trump's actions in the Ukraine and if its connected to the targeting of Salamadi and the the downing of the Ukraine aircraft.

  36. Was frustrated about voting for Mike Lee, but he actually showed some backbone? Wow. Maybe there’s hope for him yet.

  37. Whoa whoa whoa, hang on–Senator Graham actually said that? That they will never tell how they got the intel because it was magical? A senator of the freakin' United States? WTF, are we in the Twilight Zone or something? That is honestly the weirdest crap I have ever heard from a member of Congress in my life. They are supposed to represent us, not insult our intelligence and make us look like psychotic idiots to the rest of the world. Thanks, Trump and friends.

  38. If this was magical then Trump is the wizard of Oz –

    A blown up pile of lies that somehow convinced half the country that he‘s the greatest thing they’ve ever seen

  39. e We need to rid America of trump and his family, and the gop. Wont happen but America sorely needs it done. We can only hope each and every election boots their nazi asses out of there

  40. As we watch what they want to show us the GOP continues to change laws that help people rather than hurt them. Trump is now in the process of taking away the rights of people with disabilities who are permanently disabled. As long as this Administration is in power all the laws that were implemented to help people are being changed. Don’t trust this media show. It is only to keep you busy while they continue to dismantle the USA. 🔺

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