Day 7, Part 1: Jerry Nadler’s opening statement

By | December 10, 2019

Day 7, Part 1: Jerry Nadler’s opening statement
Day 7, Part 1: Jerry Nadler’s opening statement
Are the Republicans, of course, fighting impeachment inquiry into President Donald J Trump presentation from the house permanent select committee on intelligence and the house Judiciary Committee pursuant to house resolution 660 that are described in section 4A of that resolution? Here is how the committee will proceed for this hearing. I will make an opening statement and then I will recognize the ranking member for an opening statement. After that we will hear two sets of presentations. We will hear a 30-minute freeze, opening arguments from councils for the majority and the majority of this weather in the room or in the room. Obviously I shouldn’t have to remind everyone present at the audiences here to observe not to indicate agreement or disagreement. The committee is here to observe only and then we will maintain decorum in the hearing. Room and again I will say here is how the committee will proceed for the steering. I will make an opening statement. After that we will hear two sets of presentation. We will have 30 minute opening arguments from council’s for the majority and minority of this committee. Then we will hear 45 minute presentation of evidence select committee on intelligence, followed by 45 minutes of questioning by the chair and ranking member who may. under the 5 minute rule. I would note that the president’s Council was given the opportunity to participate today, no matter his party or his politics. If the president has his own interests, he betrays his oath of office. President of the United States, Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, the the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the chairman and ranking members of the House committee on the Judiciary, I’ll have one important thing. In common. We have each taken to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. If the president puts himself before the country, he violates the president’s most basic responsibilities. He breaks his oath to the American people if he puts himself before in a manner that threatens our democracy. An hour of our promise to the American people requires us to come to the defense of the nation that o stands even when it is politically inconvenient. Even when am I the criticism, even one of my courses are jobs as members of Congress and even if the president is unwilling to honor his, I am compelled to undermine, as we heard in our last hearing Constitution, history, monarchs fake, populist and charismatic demagogues. They knew that the most dangerous threat to our country, who put his private interest above the interest of the nation. They also do if they could not anticipate every threat a president by Sunday pose so they adopted the phrase, treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors to capture the full spectrum of possible presidential misconduct. George Mason, who proposed the standard, said that it was meant to capture all matter of great and dangerous offenses against the Constitution. The debates around the framing make clear that the most serious of such offenses abuse of power and Corruption of public office, any one of these violations of the public trust, would compel the members of this committee to take action. When combined the single course of action. They stay the strongest possible case for impeachment and removal from Office President Trump put himself before country, despite the political ship that seems to punctuate, are hearings these days. I believe that there is Common Ground around some of these ideas. In this hearing room example, data peachment is a solemn, serious undertaking. We agree that it is meant to address serious threats to democratic institutions like are free and fair elections. We agree that win the elections threatened by enemies, foreign. We cannot wait until the next election to address the threat. We surely agree that no public official, including, and especially the president of the United States, should use his for private game, and we agree that no president may put himself before the country the Constitution and his oath of office is promised to American citizens, require the president To put the tree first, if we could drop our blinders for just one moment, I think we would agree on a common set of facts as well listing for a favor that was part of a concerted effort by President Trump to compel the government of Ukraine to Announce an investigation, investigation of corruption writ large, but investigation of President Trump’s political rivals and only his political Rivals, President Trump put himself before country. The record shows the President Trump withheld military aid allocated by the United States Congress from Ukraine White House meeting from president fact. President Trump with LDA and the meeting in order to pressure a foreign government to do that, favor President Trump put himself before country, we Tigers discovered that the age has been withheld from Ukraine. The president took extraordinary the American people. These facts are not in dispute. In fact, most of the arguments about these facts appear to be beside the point as we review the evidence today I expect is community. Let me be clear. Every fact allege by The Whistleblower has been substantiated by multiple Witnesses bike. The allegations also match up with the president’s own words as released by The White House. Where is that a still says, we’re perfect? I also expect to hear complaints about the term quid pro quo to verbally acknowledge the name of a crime. While you was committing it for it to be a crime at all, the wrecking of this point is also clear. Multiple officials testified that the presents the Manfred investigation into his rivals was a part of his personal political agenda not related to the objects of the United States. Until you’ve investigated officials testified to be a quid pro quo for the president’s personal political benefit. President Trump South before country, the president support, is it going to argue this is at the present evidence that might explain the charges against him. President Trump chose not to show. He may not have much to say in his own defense that he cannot claim that he did not have an opportunity to be heard. Finally, as we proceed today, we will hear a great deal about the speed with which the houses addressing the president’s actions to the members of the committee to the members of the house and to my fellow citizens to be absolutely clear. The Integrity of our next election is at stake. Nothing could be more urgent. The president welcome to foreign interference in our elections in 2016. He demanded for 2020. Then he got caught if you do not believe that he will do it again. Let me remind you that the president’s personal lawyer spent last week back in Ukraine meeting with government officials in an apparent attempt to favors the brightest here today and force Congress to consider the impeachment of a sitting. President. This pattern of conduct represents a risk to the country, the president of the United States, before his country. He has violated his most basic responsibility. I will undermine if you were yours, and I would urge you to do your duty.
“President Trump put himself before country,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in his opening statement at the impeachment inquiry hearing on Monday, December 9. Nadler called it “a continuing risk to the country.”

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