Dem attorney delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News

By | December 10, 2019

Dem attorney delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News
Dem attorney delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News
Before I had the great honor of being a council for this committee, might young son ask me a question he said dad? Does the president have to be a good person like many questions? Are young children had a certain Clarity, but it was hard to answer. I said Son, it is not a requirement that the president be a good person, but that is the Hope. It is not a requirement that the president be a good person that is made clear. It is a requirement that the president be a person who does not abuses power. It is a requirement that the president be a person who not who does not risk National Security of this nation in the Integrity of our elections. In order to further his own re-election prospects, it is a requirement that the president not be a person who acts as though he is above the law and putting his fur in political interests above the nation’s interest. That is the lesson of the Constitution. That is the lesson of the founders. They were concerned that someone would be elected president who would use the power of that office to serve his own personal interests at the expense of the people who elected him. They decided there needed to be a remedy because they had suffered the abuses of King George, where they had no remedy. How many days they impose was that if a president commits a grave offense, a high crime or misdemeanor, this body has the power to impeach that president. They wanted to ensure that a president could not serve his own interest over that of the nation. It flows from the Verio that all members of the do support and defend the Constitution and bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That is why we are here today, and it is unfortunate occasion that these proceedings are necessary, but the president’s actions have left no choice to be the greatest abuses that would raise the most concern for our nation. Spell them out as warning signals that, if a president violated or committed one of these, that would be a reason to potentially impeach that President. They were abusive power, betrayal of the national interest, Corruption of Elections, and what is so extraordinary is the conduct we’re going to be talking about today. A President Trump didn’t violate one of these, but all three first, the evidence is overwhelming, bring that the president abused his power by President by pressuring Ukraine and its new president to investigate a political opponent. The evidence is overwhelming that the president abused his power by ramping up that pressure by conditioning a white house meeting and they needed military aid that have been approved in order to get that president to investigate a political rival. It is clear and overwhelming the president betrayed the national interest by putting his own political prospects over the National Security of our country. It is clear that the president risk corrupted or elections by inviting foreign interference knockout an adversary to help his process in re-election. It is why, in debating the Constitution, James Madison warned that, because the presidency was to be administered by a single man, his corruption might be fatal to The Republic in the scheme by President Trump was so Brazen, so clear, supported by document actions sworn testimony, uncontradicted contemporaneous Wreck that is hard to imagine that anybody could dispute those at. Let alone argue that that conduct does not constitute an impeachable offence or offense has. This is a big deal, president did what a present of our nation is not allowed to do. It is why, last week, the Constitutional scholar, Professor Michael gerhardt, said if what we’re talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. President Trump’s actions are impeachable offenses, they threaten or rule of law and is James Madison War. They threaten our Republic. Let me begin where we must, with the facts and evidence. First, it’s important to understand why Ukraine was so important to our national security, Ukraine, it’s under attack by an aggressive and hostile neighbor Russia they’d already encroached on its territories. The Ukraine was at Great risk that Russia would again take further territory or try Europe how to stake in this, and so did we I’m going to turn into an expert on this Ambassador Taylor, who is one of the most highly decorated diplomat of the US Embassy? In Ukraine, the Russians are violating all of the rules: treaties understandings that they committed to that actual kept the peace in Europe for nearly 70 years. That order the kept the peace in Europe and allowed for Prosperity as well as peace in Europe was violated by the Russians to it affects the world that we live in, that our children will grow up in and our grandchildren. This affects the kind of world that we want to to see. A Roth that is, a bassador tailor explaining why Ukraine was so important proof that President Trump himself, the new president of Ukraine, presents former Vice President Joe Biden. There are so many more events and meetings and contemporaneous text messages to email, other document that show this happen and happened exactly as it is alleged, and it is clear that in this scheme the pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival, the person at the Centre of That scheme was President Donald Trump. The facts cannot be disputed. President Trump use the powers of government for a domestic political, but his political interest above that of an expert Security Council senior director in the Trump Administration and she’s, going to explain what happened play one yesterday when you put up on the screen. I’M about to just some Lindsay Mills on who was on these emails, and he said these if he needs to know that he was absolutely right, because he was being involved in a domestic political Aaron’s people being involved in National Security following policy, security and foreign policy. A president cannot abuse his power to secure an election. He cannot do that at the expense of the American people that is impeachable offense. The president has tried to make excuses for his conduct, why it’s not wrongful or corrupt or an abuse of power, but the truth holds together. It makes sense it’s consistent with the evidence when someone is offering excuse. That is not true. It is not consistent with the evidence; it does not make sense, it cannot be squared with what the facts show, and you will see these excuses do not make sense. The facts are clear that President Trump, with his own political and personal interest over the nation’s interest about the president’s scheme and you’re going to hear about today from the facts that we have first you’re going to hear that President Trump personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, pushed Ukraine To open an investigation of his political rival, mr. Giuliani, what are the July 25th call? He made public statements in Ukraine should investigate the vice former. Vice President Joe Biden, he tweeted about it. Putting pressure on the new president went to Ukraine and later win again with the and direction of us officials who were told to Aid. The present personal lawyer on the president’s behalf you’ll hear that President Trump told his aides, relying on for Ukraine that he wanted them to quote talked to Rudy. What you’re going to hear is that his closest advisers had just gotten back on May 23rd from the inauguration of the new press, prison zielinski, they told President Trump. We were impressed. He was elected on an anti-corruption platform platform. You should schedule. A meeting is very important. This is very good for the United States, and the president’s response was talk. Turn out there, claiming for the Ukrainian Ukrainian president had to do was investigate his political rival that schedule the one in White House meeting unless he announced a Ukrainian investigation of former Vice President Biden, there a document their sworn testimony. This happened, and there is no question from the evidence that the Press did that and present solinsky desperately needed a white house meeting both to show Russia that the US was still supporting Ukraine and for his own credibility as a new president, you’ll hear, then the pressure. What prison has he told his agencies to withhold military and security aide that had been approved and was supposed to be released to Ukraine hundreds of millions of dollars in order to put more pressure on Ukraine, in-season Ball State Department, fence department, National Security Council said it Should be released and approved, it was going to be released until President Trump personally stopped it and again contemporaneous evidence and documents show it and prove it. People said that they were shocked. Ambassador Taylor said he was in the store management. It witness said that it was illogical to do this and the president never offered an explanation, but ultimately it was discovered why he did it on the July 25th. Call President Trump explicitly told them about the origins of the spirits in the 2016 election. Some conspiracy theory that Russia, through all the intelligence agencies, agreed interfered with the 2016 election that maybe was Ukraine again. Another investigation intended to help the president politically, that is it and you, the president, cared about the investigations that would help him politically and not Ukraine and not the National Security interest, and you don’t have to take my word. I’M going to play something from David home to it worked in the US Embassy in Ukraine. I was speaking to Ambassador song Lynn. President Trump appointed Vasser Selma had just come to the Ukraine. On the 2016 met with President solinsky. He went to a restaurant with mister home. The US political Affairs Council in Ukraine call President Trump on his cell phone and Mr homefit hear that call, and then he spoke to mr. Solomon. Let’S see what happened on July 26th, the day after that call Pastor. Solomon was in Ukraine, Ukraine and went on to State. The present selenski quote: loves your ass. I’Ve been hurt. President Trump asked so he’s going to do the investigation find that he’s going to do it. Adding a present selenski will do anything. You ask him to do that is sworn testimony by David Homes who heard it from the president himself. It was clear to everyone the most experienced people in government who Donald Trump himself appointed in their position. They knew what was going on. Let’S look at a text message from Ambassador Taylor round this time on September 9th, he said the phone crazy security assistance for help with a political campaign. Again that is President Trump putting his own political and personal interest over the knee Pinterest, desperately needed by Ukraine. In order to combat Russia and show the support, he did it to help his own campaign about those excuses. The first excuse offered by President Trump is that the air was ultimately released. Today, though, it was only released after President Trump got caught doing this game on September, 9th the Committees of this house started their investigation and announced they were investigating his contact with regard to Ukraine. Two days later was when he released the egg, and he also there also was a news article which we’ll talk about the moment by The Washington Post on September 5th, exposing his scheme and New York. Another excuse offered, the president was motivated by General. Corruption concern his own people, told him again and again present zielinski is a hope, he’s doing it the right way. They urged him just be supportive on his call with presents Linsky on July 25th. President corruption, the only wanted to talk about two things: the two investigations that helped him politically every intelligence agency unanimously supported releasing the age, Ukraine that was appropriate. The White House never provided an explanation already been approved and it was not for any corruption issues at the prison from withheld it. The next the argument about that as well today, they’re they they haven’t said they were pressure. Will Ukraine was pressure then, and still has pressure they’re desperately in need of the of the United States support as they Battle of the threat of Russia? So, of course they have to be, they said, put contemporaneous documents. Emails text from the Ukrainian officials themselves show the pressure they felt show. They knew what the President Trump is doing showed what they had to do. This is one from Bill Taylor to again in bassador Kurt and an ambassador, Kurt Volker was Sasha down a senior aide of president zielinski coin that president zielinski is sensitive about Ukraine being taken seriously instrument in Washington to mastic re-election politics. They got the message. They were not going to get a white house meeting. They were openly not going to get military aid unless they furthered President Trump’s re-election effort. That is a corrupt abuse of power. Another argument that’s made is that Trump never said quid pro quo and what you’re going to hear is on a call with Ambassador Sunland, a Washington Post. Article came out on September 5th, which we will look at after. There was a Washington Post article that came out that again exposed the Ukrainian scheme days after that, without prompting said, there was no quid pro quo. Is he got caught so he’s offering his defense, but even Ambassador Sunland is sworn testimony didn’t buy it because was not dissuaded. Pee again describes when he wanted. He didn’t want. You print actually conduct these investigations he wanted to and then to announce the investigation of his political rival to help him politically. He continued hear more about that again. None of these excuses hold any water and they are refuted by testimony contemporaneous records and more. Some have suggested that we should wait to proceed with his impeachment proceedings. Not heard from all of the Witnesses are obtained all the documents, but the reason we have not heard from all the witnesses or document is because President Trump himself best not to come testify to defy subpoenas. He has told everyone of his agencies with records. I could be relevant not to produce those records. navigation. This is evidence that President Trump is replaying The Playbook used in the prior Department of Justice investigation. In that investigation, he directed his White House counsel to create a false phony record and document and Love by denying that President Trump had told him to fire the special counsel. He did many other things to try to interfere with an investigation. He attacked the investigators, all them horrible names, just as he is done here and President Trump thought he got away with it. On July 24th was the day that special counsel, the special counsel, testified before this can in the house intelligence committee, the 24th. It was exactly the following day: the 25th that President Trump spoke to president zielinski in furtherance of his Ukrainian skiing. He thought he got away with it. He thought he could use his powers to interfere with that investigation, so he can do what he wanted. He could act like he was above the law and if he got caught, he wouldn’t get and use his powers to try to obstruct the investigation and prevent the facts from coming out and that’s exactly what he did. But fortunately, unfortunately, because of the true American Patriots who came forward to testify, despite the threats by president against the people who worked in his own Administration, they call the story they on their own produce documents that provide uncontroverted, clear and overwhelming evidence that President Trump did. This scheme he put his political, real interest over the nation’s National Security and the Integrity of its elections. He did it intentionally, he did it for roughly he abused his powers in ways of the founders feared. The most no person in the country has the ability to prevent investigations, and neither does the president Constitution does not allow it. No one is above the law, not even the president and blue the concerns and requirements of finding an impeachable offense. Is there an urgency? Is there a sense that you have to move? Those two could be repeated well again. First, all the Constitutional expert, who testified recognize that obstructing an investigation is an impeachable offense, but here the offense were talking about its being interfered or obstructed with is interfering with this very election. That’S coming up and I submit to you, given what happened investigation given what’s happening here, if, in fact, President Trump can get away with what he did again or imagination is the only limit to what President Trump made you next. What if the president may do next to try to abuse his or her power to serve his own personal interest over the nation’s interest? I’D like to turn back to what the founders most cared about when the ABCs of Central presidential abuse has. It is extraordinary that the president’s contract was a trifecta checking all three boxes. Let’S begin with abuse of power. What that means it’s to use the power of the office to obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or injuring the national interest or acts in ways that are grossly in consistent with and undermine the separation of powers. That is the founder democratic system. Now these this question, whether present engaging abuse of power came up before, when this Congress consider the impeachment of President Nixon and after mistaken President Nixon famously said. If the president does it, it is not illegal in this body rejected that, because that’s not so that go directly contrary to what the founder said, but President Trump has said the same thing in responding to the prior investigation by Department of Justice and defending his condom. Here’S what he said that he has the right to do whatever he wants as president, that is as wrong as when President Nixon set of similar thing. That is not what the Constitution provides. That is not what the country demands. He does not have the right to do whatever he wants. Turning to the second abuse of power, mostly concern betrayal, the nation of foreign powers, the American people have suffered that foreign influence when President Trump treated military I’ve been approved, taxpayers dollars and decided to treat it as his own checkbook to try to further his own re-election Chances that reflect with the founders were concerned about and Final eruption of our elections. The framers knew that corrupt leaders or leaders acted corruptly, concentrate their powers to manipulate elections, an undercut adversary. They talked about it frequently. That is why the framers thought electoral treasury particular evolving foreign powers was a critical abuse and that could support and lead to impeachment the American people how dangerous foreign intervention are. Elections can be another clip from president from Kennedy Trump on the on the campaign Trail able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded. Mightily by our press in Russia was listening within approximately 5 hours. 5 hours of President Trump’s invitation to Russia to interfere in our election by trying to hack and obtained the emails of his political opponent. Russian do that for the first time the very officers who were then indicted by the Department of Justice for that conduct. They took candidate Trump’s invitation. Now the American people learned a lesson. President Trump fortunately bite the very simple answer: they should investigate the card. So this was President Trump answering a question, but what did he want prison zielinski to do so, even after he got caught, he is again this vulnerable Nation dependent on us support militarily and otherwise again he’s telling them what to do, and, unlike in 2016, when he Only had a campaign platform which to extend the invitation to a foreign power. Now he has the levers of government in his control. The not only request it and invited children’s committee and, what’s striking, as we come back to this issue, that the framers were concerned about, is there a continuing risk of wrongdoing? The fact that President Trump did this after he was caught shows the risk shows the risk of what will happen. Is this body doesn’t act? He really does believe he can act as though he were Above the Law. He really does believe, as evidenced by this conduct, that he can put his personal and political Pinterest over the nation’s interest over the dacians National Security interest over the nation’s Integrity of its elections. Of course, we do have an election coming up. That’S not a reason to postpone this discussion. That’S a reason. We must have this discussion to make sure it is not interfered with to make sure this President doesn’t do it to make sure future president do not do it. It is the hope that, in these discussions can put aside political Rancor disagreements and have a fair discussion about the facts and misconduct, not just as it relates the President Trump, but it’s the presidency itself and future presidents, my son, our children, our grandchildren. They will study this moment in history. They will read all of your remarks. They will learn about all of your actions, and that is not a reason to vote for against impeachment. For that, of course, you must your conscience. What that is a reason for us to have a fair debate about what the Undisputed facts show to recognize that it is wrong. It is very wrong and then cannot have again with this president or any president. It is a reason to talk about whether we won our children and grandchildren to live in a country where the president elected by the people can put his own personal and political interest over the interest of the people who elected them. It is a reason for these debates so again barely focus on the facts and to make sure the presentations were going to hear will not distort the record focus on process points raised extraneous matters that really her intended to distract, rather than focus on what the contact Was at issue here: it is a reason, the focus on the facts and what is in the country’s best interest history. Future Generations, we’ll be the judge.
Barry Berke, the majority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, argued the evidence collected in the impeachment inquiry shows President Trump’s behavior constitutes an impeachable offense.

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