Nadler delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News

By | December 10, 2019

Nadler delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News
Nadler delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News
If a president is own interests of office, the president of the United States, Speaker of the House, leader of the Senate, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the chairman and ranking members of the House committee on the Judiciary. We have each taken to preserve, protect the Constitution of the United States. Country violates the president’s most basic responsibilities. He breaks. The American people is the defense of the nation, but it might bring us under criticism. Even when am I questions are jobs as members of Congress and even if the president is unwilling to honor his, I am compelled to undermine the framers of the Constitution, were careful students of history and clear in their vision for the new nation. They knew that threats to democracy can take many forms that we must protect against them. They because it would be monarchs fake, populist and charismatic demagogues. They knew that the most dangerous threat to our country from within the form of a corrupt executive who put his private interest above the interest of the nation. They also knew that they cannot anticipate every threat a president might someday pose, so they adopted the phrase, treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors George Mason, who proposed the standard, said that it was meant to capture all matter of great and the dangerous offenses against The Constitution, the debates around the year that the most serious this include abuse of power, The Trail Of The Nation through foreign, entanglements 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 political partisanship. That seems to punctuate are hearings these days. I believe that there is Common Ground around some of these ideas: common ground degree, for example, that impeachment 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 way. Collections themselves are threatened by enemies, foreign uses public office for private gain, and we agree that no president, they put himself before the country, the Constitution office. You put the country first. If we could drop our blinders for just one moment. I think we would agree on a common set of facts as well and ask him for a favor. That call 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 an investigation of President trumps political right and only his political Rivals, President Trump put himself before country. The record shows that President Trump withheld military aid allocated by the United States Congress from Ukraine. It also shows that he withheld a white house meeting from president is a Lansky basic fact. President Trump withheld the egg and the meeting in order to pressure a foreign government that favor President Trump put himself before country we’ve discovered that the age has been withheld from Ukraine. The president took extraordinary. These facts is that most of the arguments about these facts appear to be beside the point of the intelligence Community. Let me be clear. Every fact, alleged by The Whistleblower has been substantiated by multiple Witnesses. Again and again, publicans alike is also match up with the president’s own words as released by The White House. Where is that a still says, we’re perfect? She needs to verbally acknowledge the name of a crime while using it for it to be a crime at all. The record of this point is also clear: multiple officials testified that the presents the Manfred investigation into his was a part of his personal political agenda is not related to the foreign policy objectives of the United States until you investigation put himself before country, the president support Isn’T going to argue that this whole process is unfair to question Witnesses and to present evidence that might explain the charges against him? President Trump shows not to show he may not have much to say. Finally, as we proceed today, we will hear a great deal about the speed with which the house is addressing the president’s actions to the members of the committee to the members of the house and to my fellows is. I want to be absolutely clear: the Integrity of our next election is at stake. Nothing could be more urgent. The president 1016 man did it for 2020 same so-called favors. The brightest here today and force Congress to consider the impeachment of a sitting president J Trump, the president of the United States before his country. He has violated his if you would under yours, and I would urge you to do your duty. Let us let us review the record here in full view of the American people. Let us move swiftly to defend our country. We promised that we would
Rep. Jerry Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said “President Trump put himself before country.”

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