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do you think wealth corrupts? >> it certainly can corrupt. >> what two things in life, love and work, if you had to choose one, if a life-and-death situation, what would you choose? >> i would probably choose love? >> you would? >> i think so, yes. >> despite the fact that you spend all your time working achieving, creating? >> the happiest people tend to be the people that are making a nice income, that really enjoy their life and their family life and not the people of tremendous wealth that are constantly driven to achieve more and more success. you're expected to be a certain kind of a person and maybe y you're not cut out to be that kind of a person. >> how did that donald trump become this donald trump? >> i would like to punch him in the face, i tell you.
>> there were 36 years between those two moments. years in which a young developer transformed himself into a president. by now dramatic pronouncements about donald trump -- >> why is it lie after lie after lie? >> have become common place. >> this is the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president. >> the truth is, trump's time in office has been chaotic. so it's crucial that we understand exactly how this man became president. >> y you may say it was russia or hillary or comey. but there's an even larger question. how did this utterly unusual candidate win the nomination against 16 formidable rivals? how did he even get close to winning the presidency? >> go out tomorrow and vote! >> 63 million americans voted
for him and tens of millions remain fiercely loyal. this is the story of the deeper reasons why trump won. we begin with the most fundamental aspect of his character. >> hey, fellas, turn the cameras around. >> donald trump is a performer. >> life is acting to a certain extent. life is not all sincerity, life is an act to a certain extent. society loves me and i can act different for different people? let me see the mirror please? can i see that monitor please? can you turn that one down a little bit? i think that looks good right there. >> he starred in a prime time reality show for 14 seasons. and he's done hundreds of television interviews. no president before him, not even movie actor ronald reagan spent as much time in front of
cameras. still more important, he's spent years honing and perfecting a powerful message. >> the system is totally rigged. >> ordinary folks get the shaft. >> they don't care about you. >> the big shots get all the breaks. >> they just like you once every four years, get your vote and then they say bye-bye. >> and that message of rebellion against elites struck a cord. it goes to donald trump is and where he came from. >> my father said, donald, don't go into manhattan. that's the big leagues. we don't know anything about that. don't do it. ♪ ♪ big time ♪ >> i said dad, i got to go into manhattan, i got to build those
big buildings, i got to do it, dad. >> it's a guy from the outerboroughs, from queens, decides to scale the glamour and police teej in manhattan. >> you fear not a winner if you're in queens, that's not a winner. donald trump was john travolta in saturday night fever. ♪ you can tell by the way i use my walk i'm a woman's man ♪ ♪ no time to talk >> i used to go to parties in new york that he threw, and it was every semisleazy, pseudocelebrity. i was in trump tower in the '80s and a friend of mine looked at the crowd and said, not indicted, not invited.
>> no matter how much he tried, donald trump simply never fit in with manhattan's upper crust. >> he had a chip on his shoulder about a certain class of people. >> he may have wanted to be one of them, he certainly seemed resentful enough about not being included in the new york elite. he's a man of resentments. and his voters have resentments and those resentments somehow connected with each other during the campaign. >> who is a miner in this group, stand up. >> trump succeeded in part because of his standing, while he was fighting his way up the american lad leer der of succes millions were sliding down. when the man and the country came together. >> this is the genius of trump, he gave those people somewhere
else to go. >> he talks like i talk. >> i think he says what we want to hear. >> it was a perfect storm. >> these are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. i am your voice. >> how did he become that voice? >> take a look at my next guest, this is donald trump, 33 years old. >> to understand it, we have to go back, through years of trump archives. what's fascinating is when you watch -- you can actually see him creating the character who would win the presidency. >> it why are we knocking down $7 billion to egypt? >> to do it, he had to master the media and then manipulate them, in ways no other candidate has ever done. almost every interviewer asks the question --
>> i know people have talked to you about whether or not you want to run, would you ever? >> they ask because donald trump always talked like he was running for something. >> new york city has been becoming a city of the very rich, actually, and the poor unfortunately, and the middle class are having a hard time. >> he talked a lot about the lack of affordable housing, at least he did until his own tennants said he's trying to evict us. >> you're all evicted, i'm donald trump get out of our building. >> he wants the building. >> what's wrong with that? >> how about us? where will we go? what are we going to do? >> trump wanted to convert their apartments into luxury condos. he eventually settled with them and chose a new favorite subject, foreign trade. >> they are beating the hell out of this country. >> he's talking about japan, the economic power house of the 1 8 1980s. >> japan is one of the
wealthiest machines eve s ever created, they laugh at us behicbehind our backs. >> look at isis, they're laughing at us, at our stupidity. >> in 1988, presidential rumors began, then caught fire when he showed up at the republican national convention. >> you have said that if you ran for president, you would win. >> i think i would have a very good chance. i like to win, when i do something, i like to win. >> you make no apologies about the 100-room mansion in palm beach or the $200 million yacht? >> trump was rich and he flaunted it, then as now. but it was a bigger problem then. after a stock market crash, and insider trading scandals, americans did not trust the rich. >> the point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed for lack of a better word, is good. >> the end of a decade of greed
was not the right time for a trump run. instead, he threw a party. the opening of the most expensive casino in the world. the taj mahal in atlantic city. >> the building is a big smash. >> but there was just one problem with all the hoopla. >> bankruptcy could well be in the cards for trump. >> donald trump was going broke. >> people are coming from all over the world, michael jackson is coming tomorrow to see it. >> but even michael jackson couldn't save him. >> you're $3 billion in debt. >> trump's financial empire was crumbli crumbling. >> and you owe a tremendous amount of money. >> trump tried an excuse that could become a staple for him. >> i hope the people of the
united states understand how inherently dishonest the president of the united states is. i think it's unlikely the plaza gets old. >> both the plaza hotel and the trump shuttle were in fact sold. so to add to his troubles, the tabloids exploded with coverage of his messy divorce. >> were you ever near broke? what did you have to unload? >> i unloaded the wife. >> you know she violated the agreement? >> trump frequently complained about all the stories on his private life. >> just didn't stop. the publicity was so incredible. there's a lot of cover tonight. >> yet he seemed to crave publicity. >> hi, everybody. >> one bizarre story from 1991, demonstrates exactly how trump
manipulates the media. >> that is trump pretending to be a p.r. man for donald trump. >> and i said, you sound just like trump. >> reporter sue carswell was on the other end of the call. >> it's just like, this is uncanny. >> you are called by everybody in the book. >> the recording was leaked to "the washington post" in 2016. >> are you aware of the tape, is it you? >> you're telling me about it for the first time and it doesn't sound like my voice at all. >> yet in 1991, he actually admitted it to "people" magazine. but to top it all off, it's rumored trump leaked the recording. >> two people had a tape, i had a tape and he had a tape. >> and one thing is clear, leaks when he wants to distract the media. by the 1990s, trump was back on
top. >> i don't give up. i may be stronger than i was two years ago or three years ago. >> and finally in 1999, he officially entered politics. >> tonight, donald trump, need we say more? >> donald trump announced he was exploring a presidential run. >> i would be prepared to spend $100 million on the race if necessary. >> trump already had a keen understanding of who his voters were. >> the workers are the ones that really like me. i have often said the rich people hate me, and the workers love me. >> he didn't really know what party he belonged to. >> i probably identify more as a democrat. generally speaking i'm a conservative. >> from the start, crowd size was a problem. >> tomorrow you know there's a big speech at the arena and i guess we have about 20,000 people for that. >> that crowd showed up, but
many came to hear somebody else, motivational speaker eto, tony robbins. trump was the second act. >> who thinks i should run for president? >> the experience taught him, americans definitely wanted a nonpolitician to run for president. soon he would hit just the right note. ♪ money money money >> you've bullpen laz been lazy. >> a show on television, watched by 28 million people. >> how stupid can you be? >> the president was a hit. >> the number one show on all of television. >> the ratings faded after a few seasons, but millions of americans who had only been vaguely aware of donald trump now knew him as the successful decisive go-getter he played on tv. >> you're fired. >> you're fired. >> that intense identification people felt with trump was a big
factor in 2016, but perhaps an even bigger one was this. >> why didn't he show his birth certificate? i have and everybody else has to. >> the racist smear campaign that trump launched in 2011. >> i have people who have studied it and they can't believe what they're finding. >> you have people out there in hawaii? >> absolutely. and they can't believe what they're finding. >> in fact nothing was found, there's not a shred of evidence that he ever sent anyone to hawaii. >> george bush was born in this country. >> i was like, if it was a white man, you wouldn't be asking that question. what does this have to do with race? >> it had everything to do with race, trump knew that ever white man in the white house had
suffered -- among a small subset of voters. far more were anxious, angry and desperate for something completely different. >> if he doesn't get elected, we're in trouble. >> donald trump's birther campaign was aimed straight at all of them. it was a deeply cynical, but highly effective political strategy. ♪ we are the champions >> when donald trump stepped on to the stage, polls showed america's trust in its leaders was near a 50-year low. trump the performer had finally gotten his timing just right. ♪ of the world ♪ we are the champions >> in a moment, how a billionaire captured the hearts of middle america. >> the guy that shits in gold-plaited toilets is talking too blue collar workers, he is
>> we got shot. we got shot. >> shootings in broad daylight. >> he's knocking on my front door, please, i have kids. >> drug deals in abandoned buildings. >> mothers overdosing on heroin. >> this isn't the south bronx in the 1980s, it's trumbull county, ohio in 2017. enter come on, larry, you got do stop this, shit, baby, you got to stop this shit, baby. >> this area was ground zero. >> the american dream is dead. >> of trump's rust belt reb rebellion and it's easy to see why. >> we're losing our jobs, we're losing our factories. >> the american heart land is becoming the new inner city. >> come on, man. >> is she still breathing? >> no, she's not breathing. >> she's not breathing again. >> you began to see two
generations on public assistance, fathers missing, the things i was used to hearing about the black inner city, were true of the white small town in rural areas. ♪ >> they'll grow up with the same chance as the kids next door, or any other kids in the country. >> this part of northeast ohio was once a middle class paradise. >> we make steel and talk steel. >> it built on the booming steel industry. >> 5,000 production employees will lose their jobs. >> then the factories closed. >> my wife and i both cried in bed. >> and the jobs disappeared. but that's been happening for decades now. trump's win was about what happened after those factories shut down. >> people have been dying from drug overdoses at a rate never seen before. >> the destruction of the very fabric of these communities. >> overdose deaths are on track
to surpass last year's record. >> the opiod crisis is a state of emergency. >> parents are driving down the road and o.d.ing with their kids in the car? what's this world coming to? >> it's time for a politician to come around and say you have been screwed. it's these elites that have left you out. you just feel someone could come along and achieve a lot. >> what trump achieved in northeast ohio -- >> we're going to bring jobs back to ohio. >> was a colossal political upset. >> we're not going to make these horrible trade deals anymore. >> trumbull county and neighb neighboring mahoney county were so democrat, that richard nixon was the last republican they chose for president. >> you're losing jobs. >> but in 2016 --
>> are we going to win ohio? we are. >>world turned upside down. >> we're doing somethihe's doin establishment doesn't like, the establishment is the problem. >> a guy who shits in gold-plated toilets can talking to blue collar workers and we're not. >> the chairman of the democratic party in mahoney county couldn't believe his eyes. >> a massive voter turn out tonight in mahoney county. >> and thousands of democrats left the party just to vote for trump. >> i am taking a republican ballot, i'm supporting trump. >> they are relating to a billionaire. >> voting for trump. >> from day one, i have been for donald trump. >> you excited a base of people the same way obama did eight years prior. you brought out people that had never voted before.
>> this is where donald trump has tried to sell, hey, the factory's closed, hey, i'll rip up nafta. >> in november the results were stunning. in mahoney county, compared to 12, there was a 12-point swing toward trump. in trumbull county, the swing was 13 points and trump scored a win. >> i love you ohio, thank you. >> a man who -- the world's the same. i want to laugh and cry at the same time. >> bill was one of those disgruntled democrats in trumbull who vote ford trud fore doesn't even like to admit it, but for him and his family, desperate times called for desperate measures. >> most americans are one disaster away from losing everything. it's just not right.
>> he had been used to a middle class life, earning a decent living in a nearby steel mill. but in 2012, the mill shut down. >> your livelihood, your whole way of life was just taken from you. >> the almasheys lost their home and moved into a trailer park. >> what happened? i mean this is america, everyone should have a piece of the pie. >> almashey had actually been a bernie sanders supporter, but after a bitter loss in the party, sanders -- trump's relentless focus on jobs and trade, won voters hearts in ohio. >> we will never, ever, sign bad trade deals, america first. >> you had this wild man, you
know, saying, look, i care about you. >> nafta destroyed ohio. it destroyed ohio. >> nafta, that took your jobs. >> hillary clinton's pitch on the economy, paled in comparison. >> we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. >> hillary saying, we're going to put coal miners out of work and we're going to retrain some people. >> but there were those darker messages in trump's campaign. >> we are going to build a great border wall. to stop illegal immigration. >> were they also behind his victory here? >> it's not the people that are anti immigrants, what donald trump did, was he told people, you don't have your job because of immigrants. >> prejudice is not a fixed monolithic thing. it ebbs and flows and it's susceptible to manipulation and
trump manipulated it and let it out. >> trump seized on middle america's decemb ee's despair, people are desperate, it's easy to blame others. >> up next, everyone thought the 2016 election was a done deal. including me. let's be clear, donald trump will lose the election. >> i just received a call from secretary clinton. >> why i was wrong when we come back. ♪ woah. go over there! then, make a mountain out of that reddi-wip. i'm out. made with real cream. reddi-wip. instant greatification.
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that, but i want to go on. >> which republican candidate has the best chance of winning the general election? >> of the declared ones right now, donald trump. [ laughter ] >> everyone stopped laughing as it quickly became clear that trump was a category 5 political force, but for all his success, it appeared he would lose the white house. >> even if donald trump did win all of the tossup states, he would still lose. >> in the final moments, even donald trump thought he would lose. >> again, i was getting this news, which really sounded like it was sort of over. >> it would take a miracle for us to win, that is a quote from a senior advisor from donald trump's inner circle. >> full disclosure, i, like trump himself, believed hillary
clinton would be the victor. let's be clear, donald trump will lose the election. i got it wrong, i thought the evidence seemed overwhelming. forget his dismal polls last week, he has almost never been ahead of hillary clinton in the polls for a single week. i blew it and the fact that others did as well is no excuse. this is the story of why so many got it so wrong. >> it was donald trump versus almost all the experts and as of right now, it looks like donald trump was right. >> right now, a historic moment, we can now project the winner of the presidential race. >> an industry blind sided. and the country was blind sided. >> what does this mean for the polling industry? >> polling was wrong, we were wrong, everyone was wrong.
>> everyone still believed that the polls were way off, including donald trump. but that's not right, in fact almost all the national polls had the winners wrong, but the numbers were not far off. >> the polling showed it was a close rate and people chose to disregard that. >> the race tightened in the final days, giving clinton collectively a 3% lead. she ended up winning the popular vote by 2%, in other words so close, that it was well within the margin of error. even statistic nate silver got it wrong, but it was less wrong than anyone else. he gave trump a one in three chance of winning. >> if i said there was a one-third chance a plane's going to crash, you probably wouldn't get on that plane. >> clinton leading in north
carolina, clinton leading in ohio. clinton leading in nevada. i could go on and on and on. >> but some state polls were way off and those bad polls were in key states in the electoral college. >> and the wall comes tumbling down, this is the blue wall that hillary clinton had talked about. >> barack obama swept key states in the midwest, so it was assumed hillary clinton would win there too. wrong. >> when clinton had trouble leading in polls in ohio, that should have been a sign that there's something different about her coalition versus obama's coalition. >> clinton was counting on a summer of women and iminorities in the polls, but the only surge in the midwest was among white voters without college degrees. >> it used to be that college educated white people voted republican and working class white people voted democratic. >> so a social class profile of the two parties has flipped? >> it's completely flipped,
yeah. >> we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. >> trump's margin of whites without a college degree was the largest of any candidate in 36 years. >> in the center of the stage tonight, businessman, donald trump. >> but perhaps the key reason why many believe trump couldn't win, no one even remotely like donald trump had ever run for president, much less won. >> and we need brain in this country to turn it around. >> he seemed impervious to negative stories. >> i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot someone and everyone would still love me. >> donald trump, have you even read the united states constitution? >> like when he went after the parents of the guy killed in iraq, that's revolting. >> his wife was standing there, she didn't have anything to say,
she probably wasn't allowed to have anything to say, you tell me. >> what kind of politician does that? >> it was precisely because the media and the political class s was so appalled, that it was almost satisfying. >> they did it again, they're freaking out. >> then a video that some called the mother of all october surprises. >> when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want? >> grab them by the pussy. you can do anything. >> he's lost any hope of having any kind of moral authority to lead. >> the assumption was that he would hemorrhage support monk evangelicals and women. >> what he does with women, doesn't matter to me, what he does for this country does. >> it seemed the more traoutrags the accusation, the more angry electorate saw it as a way to change politics. >> if you were on the inside of the group, they may not like
some things about you, but fundamentally, especially if it's a fight, we're on your side, you're on ours, you're going to stand up for us. >> perhaps the reason hillary clinton looked stronger than she was. look at the number of undecided voters in 2016, compared to 2012. usually undecideds break about 50/50, but in key states, late deciding voters broke heavily for donald trump. and with little over a week to go until the election, one event may have made all the difference. the comey letter. fbi director james comey sent a letter to congress announcing he was investigating a new batch of emails from hillary clinton's serv server. trump had hammered the email issue again and again to great effect. >> she deleted the emails, she has to go to jail. >> after the election, you wrote, hillary clinton would
probably be president if fbi director james comey had not sent a letter to congress on october 28. >> yes. >> what's the evidence for that? >> that she was winning by about six points before the letter, and after the letter came out, it reduced the lead by 3% and that's small enough that you can lose the electoral college. >> and that, of course, is exactly what happened. >> i won, i mean i became president. and the wolf huffed and puffed... like you do sometimes, grandpa? well, when you have copd,
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hillary clinton's supporters were all smiles on election day. until suddenly they were not. >> the numbers are going in the wrong direction. >> optimism among supporters here has essentially faded. >> the path to 270 is looking pretty bleak. >> hillary clinton is not likely to be the next president. >> i'll never forget it, there was just the silence over the room and people just staring at screens, hoping for good news. >> those faces of the clinton headquarters say it all. >> she needs a miracle. >> hillary clinton knew the miracle wasn't coming when the phone rang and it was president obama. >> her closest aid goes to hand her the cell phone and hillary winces, visibly just doesn't
want to take this call, because she realizes that this is the official. finally reluck tanly, she takes the phone, she puts it up to her head and says, mr. president, i'm sorry. >> thank you all. >> you could see the pain, the complete earthquake. >> i'm still having a hard time getting used to stands on this earth right now. >> weunder estimated. >> the most unbelievable thing that any of us have seen in our lifetime. >> we were dead wrong. >> we got the numbers wrong, we didn't see this coming. >> so how did it happen? how did clinton lose the presiden presidency? and how did so few people see what was coming? well this man saw it very clearly. >> we started talking to people and i said, we got to warn them that they're messing this up, they're [ bleep ] it up. >> david beatrice was the canary
in the coal mine. >> i said, boy, she's in trouble. >> so my consultant and i wrote a letter. >> that letter went up clinton's chain of command, that they were losing ohio voters that had always been democrats. >> if they would have paid attention to this letter, we would have president hillary clinton. >> they said i can't support her, he wants to bring back our jobs. >> they didn't care about all this massage nisic stuff. all they heard was job, jobs, jobs. >> we're going to bring jobs back from china. >> to pennsylvania, to michigan and all across this land, we're going to bring our jobs back. >> and he told them that, and we weren't giving them sustenance.
>> beatrice said that his democrats never exactly understood what hillary clinton was for. >> they are working class people who think the democratic party has left them. >> and of course we know those white working class voters were the tipping point. >> to understand just how big a deal this is, let's go back a bit. back to the 1970s. >> we have never forgotten that the democratic party is well named, it's a party of the people. >> jimmy carter was for sercert, a man of the people. a peanut farmer from plains, georgia. >> their brand image is the party of the people, the party of working people specifically. >> it started earlier, actually, with franklin delano roosevelt, it was actually the white working class that put him in the oval office four times.
>> they don't know who they are as a party. >> all that changed with a democrat who actually had a unique appeal to the white working class. >> in the name of the hard working americans who make up our forgotten middle class, i proudly accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> bill clinton is the sort of emblematic figure of the transition of the democratic party, from the party that cares about working class middle class people, to a party that is very much concerned with, you know, the innovation, economy, wall street and all that. >> frank's right, the democratic party did change during bill clinton's presidency. bill clinton made the party a bigger tent. and into that big democratic tent, went the elites of america. its lawyers and doctors and
stockbrokers. but let's remember, clinton essentially tied his republican opponents in the white working class demographic in both 1992 and 1996. so why did the white working class vote for bill and not for hillary? >> what they have become over the last couple of decades, is the party of this professional class, this white educated upper class of people. >> hillary clinton fits into this class perfectly. >> she went to a fancy law school, married a guy from a fancy law school, lives in the places where those people would gather. >> if it sounds like he's simply describing rich people here, brooks session there's a very important distinction between rich entrepreneurs, people who create companies and make things and employ people and professionals.
>> people in the working class are people who voted for trump don't mind billionaires, but they mind our or seem to want to tell them how to act. if you pick the classic epitome that offends them, that would be hillary clinton. >> you can put half of trump supporters into the basket of deplorables. >> he was exactly the wrong person. >> maybe, but she seemed to have the right ideas. at least she had ideas. actual policies beyond banning muslims or build border walls. she wanted to raise taxes on the wealthy and had a plan for the opioid epidemic devastating the working class. she wanted to retrain workers. in fact, said barack obama -- >> there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not bill, nobody more qualified than
hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america. >> but it turns out voters often do not vote on policy. instead they choose the candidate they can relate to. >> you ask people after an election which party stood for which policies, a third of the people don't know. that's not what they are in the business of doing. one thing we were in the business of doing is judging people. judging social identity. the people i hung out with in high school. >> so it was the state of ohio voted against hillary clinton. and it still upsets beatrice. >> i love my country and i love my valley and love my state and i didn't want this man to be president. i did everything i could and we blew it. i'm angry and upset. 9 out of 10 u.s. olympians
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why did he breakthrough? as we have tried to show you this this hour, america is now divided. divided along four lines, each one reinforcing the other. call them the four cs. the first is capitalism. there was a time when the american economy moved in tandem with the middle class and so did middle class employment and wages. over the last few decades, that link has been broken. the economy has been humming along, but it now enriches mostly those with education, training and capital. the other americans have been left behind. the second divide is about culture. in rint decades, we have seen large scale immigration. the most central place in society, gays being afforded equal rights and all of which
has meant new cultures and narratives have gotten national attention. this is unsettling to the older white populations. the fears of the national culture it grew up with is fading. one comprehensive study found that after party loyalty, the second strongest predictor of a trump voter of fears of cultural displacement. the third divide in america is about class. the trump vote is in large part an act of class rebellion. a working class revolt against know it all elites who run the country. these voters will stick with donald trump even as he flails rather than vindicate the elite urban view of him. the final c is communication. we have gone from an america where people watch three networks that provided a uniform view of the world to one where
everyone can pick their own channel, message and even their own facts. all these forces have been at work for decades, but in recent years, the republican party has been better able to exploit them and identify itself with those american who is feel frustrated, anxious, angry, and even desperate about the direction that the count radiory is headed in. donald trump capitalized more thoroughly speaking to cultural fears and class rebellion and promised simple solutions mostly aimed at others. mexicans, muslims, chinese people and the elites and the media. it worked. he won. whether his solutions are even enacted is another matter, but the real victory will come for this country when someone looks at the deep forces that are dividing it and tries to construct a politics that will bridge them. rather than accept that america
must remain a country split between two tribes, each uncomprehending of the other and both bitter and hostile. he or she would speak in the language that unites them. that kind of leadership would win not just elections, but a place of honor in american history. hello, everyone. thank you for joining us. a big announcement coming from congressman john conyers, the michigan democrat and longest serving member of the house is stepping down as ranking member of the house judiciary committee. this in direct response to the investigation into sexual har s harassment and