Colbert Super PAC - Trevor Potter Preps Stephen for His FEC Hearing

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Trevor Potter prepares Stephen for his FEC Super PAC hearing, which will not require him to fight in the sarlacc pit in sudden-death overtime. (3:51)

I WILL ALSO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS.

[LAUGHTER]

HERE TO PREP ME FOR MY HISTORIC

TESTIMONY IS FORMER CHAIR OF THE

FEC AND MY PERSONAL LAWYER,

TREVOR POTTER.

TREVOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

COMING ON.

GOOD TOLL SEE YOU, MY FRIEND.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

SHOULD I BRING THIS WITH ME

TOMORROW?

>> VERY BAD IDEA.

>> Stephen: VERY BAD IDEA.

OKAY.

FIRST OF ALL, I COULD NOT BE

MORE EXCITED TO GO DOWN AND

TESTIFY BEFORE THE FEC.

THEY LOVE IT IN WASHINGTON WHEN

I TESTIFY.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S A VERY WELCOMING TOWN THAT

WAY.

>> I'VE HEARD THAT.

>> Stephen: WHAT CAN I EXPECT

TOMORROW?

HOW IS IT GOING TO GO DOWN?

>> IT'S A HEARING ROOM WITH A

HORSESHOE SHAPED TABLE.

THAT'S WHERE THEY ARE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, YEAH.

>> YOU ARE DOWN BELOW WHERE YOU

SHOULD BE.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND.

>> THE STAFF WILL INTRODUCE THE

DRAFT ADVISORY OPINIONS AND THEY

WILL DISCUSS THEM AMONGST

THEMSELVES AND THEY MAY HAVE

QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

THEY MAY NOT IN WHICH CASE YOU

JUST SIT THERE.

THEY MAY WANT TO ASK YOU

QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW YOU ARE

GOING TO RUN YOUR PAC, IF YOU

HAVE PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF

PAC, THAT SORT OF THING.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW ANY

OF THAT UNTIL I HAVE A PAC

RIGHT?

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WHY KNOW GIVE ME A

PAC AND WE'LL FIND OUT.

TREV, HOW MUCH EXCITEMENT IS

THERE DOWN THERE ABOUT MY

APPEARANCE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE?

>> WELL, THIS IS AN UNUSUAL

SITUATION.

I'M TOLD THAT THERE WILL ARE

PEOPLE SLEEPING ON THE STREET IN

FRONT OF THE BUILDING TONIGHT

AND I DON'T THINK THAT HAS

HAPPENED BEFORE AT THE

COMMISSION.

>> Stephen: SO REALLY PEOPLE

HAVE NOT CAMPED OUT AHEAD OF

TIME TO HEAR DECISIONS ABOUT THE

FEC BEFORE.

>> AMAZINGLY THIS IMPORTANT

GOVERNMENT AGENCY WORKS WITH

USUALLY ABOUT TWO PEOPLE IN THE

AUDIENCE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO

WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: WELL, THEY SHOULD

THANK ME.

[LAUGHTER]

ARE WE CHARGING THEM ANYTHING

FOR THIS?

A GET A LOT FOR PERSONAL

APPEARANCES.

[LAUGHTER]

TOMORROW, WILL WE FIND OUT WHAT

THE RULING IS?

>> YOU WILL.

THIS IS AN OPEN GOVERNMENT

PROCESS.

>> Stephen: AS GOVERNMENT

ALWAYS IS.

[LAUGHTER]

NONCH CLOSED HEARING ROOM.

NO CIGARS.

THEY'LL SIT THERE IN PUBLIC.

THEY'LL HAVE THEIR DISCUSSION,

VOTE AND RAISE THEIR HANDS.

>> Stephen: RIGHT IN FRONT OF

ME.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: IF ANY OF THEM

HESITATE TO VOTE FOR ME, CAN I

DO THIS?

[LAUGHTER]

>> I'M NOT SURE IT WOULD HELP

YOUR CAUSE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

BUT WE WILL GET AN ANSWER

TOMORROW?

>> YES, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER

THEY SAY YES OR NO.

>> ACTUALLY NO.

IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE EITHER.

THEY COULD SPLIT 3-3 HAVE A TIE

VOTE.

>> Stephen: AND THEN I HAVE TO

FIGHT ONE OF THEM?

SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME SNL WHAT

HAPPENS THEN?

>> IT'S MORE DISCREET.

THEY'LL SEND YOU A LETTER THAT

SAYS WE AGREED ON ANSWERS 1, 2,

3.

WE WERE UNABLE TO REACH A

CONCLUSION ON ANSWER 4 BY A TIE

VOTE SO WE CAN'T TELL YOU.

>> Stephen: THEY MIGHT SAY WE

DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER FOR YOU AT

THIS TIME?

>> THAT IS A POSSIBLE OUTCOME.

>> Stephen: CAN I TAKE THAT AS

A YES AND DO WHATEVER I WANT.

IF MOM DOESN'T TELL ME I CAN'T

HAVE A COOKIE, I'M EATING THE

WHOLE JAR.

>> THE LAW SAYS WITHOUT

PERMISSION YOU CAN'T BE

PROTECTED FROM SOME SORT OF FEC

INVESTIGATION OR PROSECUTION.

>> Stephen: IS THERE ANY

CHANCE THAT I COULD GET IN

TROUBLE TOMORROW?

I'M ASKING, DID THE FEC -- CAN

THEY GIVE ME THE DEATH PENALTY?

[LAUGHTER]

>> NO.

THEY ONLY HAVE CIVIL AUTHORITY.

THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS.

>> Stephen: THEY CAN'T CLAP ME

IN JAIL FOR ANYTHING I DO

TOMORROW?

>> THEY CAN'T.

>> Stephen: THEN WE'RE GOING