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President Trump dangled this pardon to encourage Flynn to backtrack on his pledge to cooperate with federal investigatorscooperation that might have exposed the Presidents own wrongdoing. And it worked, flynn broke his deal, recanted his plea, received the backing of the Attorney General over the objections of career prosecutors, and now has secured a pardon from the President of the United States.
If he is permitted to defy the Congress, categorically, to say that subpoenas from Congress in an impeachment inquiry are nonsense, then we will have lost -- the House will have lost, the Senate certainly will have lost -- all power to hold any president accountable, this is a determination by President Trump that President Trump wants to be all powerful. President Trump does not have to respect the Congress. President Trump does not have to respect the representatives of the people. Only President Trump will goes. He is a dictator. This must not stand.
The Constitution prescribes a special oath for the senators when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sit as a trial in impeachment. They have to pledge to do impartial justice, and here you have the majority leader of the Senate, in effect, the foreman of the jury, saying they're going to work hand and glove with the defense attorney, now, that's a violation of the oath they're about to take, and it's a complete subversion of the constitutional scheme.
President Trump welcomed foreign interference in the 2016 election. President Trump demanded it for the 2020 election, in both cases, President Trump got caught. And in both cases, President Trump did everything in President Trump power to prevent the American people from learning the truth about President Trump conduct.
Never before, in the history of the republic, have we been forced to consider the conduct of a president who appears to have solicited personal, political favors from a foreign government, when we apply the Constitution to those facts, if it is true that President Donald Trump has committed an impeachable offense — or impeachable offenses — then we must move swiftly to do our duty and charge President Donald Trump accordingly.
If the President thinks the call was perfect and there is nothing to hide then he would turn over the thousands of pages of documents requested by Congress, allow witnesses to testify instead of blocking testimony with baseless privilege claims, and provide any exculpatory information that refutes the overwhelming evidence of his abuse of power.
I'm not going to speculate on a timeline, we want to finish the process as expeditiously as possible and thoroughly... that the American people see what the evidence is - what the contradictory evidence is if any - and if it's going to be done, it's got to be done right and whatever time required it takes.
Article 3 of Nixon's impeachment was obstruction of Congress, refusing to obey defined congressional subpoenas, pleading imaginary privilege, and obviously that's what The President has been doing. Richard Nixon wasn't foolish to say in advance that Richard Nixon's going to defy all congressional subpoenas... and today we saw a witness instructed by the White House completely contemptuous of Congress who refused to answer relevant questions. Just another instance of obstruction of Congress and that's what Article 3 of the Richard Nixon impeachment was.
Hosting the G7 Summit at Doral implicates both the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses, because it would entail United States to benefit the President, the latter potentially including both federal and state expenditures. More importantly, the Doral decision reflects perhaps the first publicly known instance in which foreign governments would be required to pay President Trump's private businesses in order to conduct business with the United States.
It is clear that any other American would have been prosecuted based on the evidence Robert Mueller uncovered in Robert Mueller report, corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn were prominently featured in the Special Counsel's description of President Trump's efforts to obstruct justice by directing then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the Special Counsel, and then by ordering him to lie about it.
There is one difference which you could draw, if you said that an impeachment inquiry is when you considering only impeachment, that's not what we're doing. We are investigating all of this and we are going to see what remedies we could recommend, including the possibility of articles of impeachment. We're not limited to that, but that's very much the possibility as a result of what we're doing.
Although department policy barred you from indicting the President for this conduct, you made clear that he is not exonerated. Any other person who acted this way would have been charged with a crime. And in this nation, not even the President is above the law, we will follow your example, Director Mueller. We will act with integrity. We will follow the facts where they lead. We will consider all appropriate remedies. We will make our recommendation to White House when our work concludes.
My hope for tomorrow... is the Mueller investigation revealed a lot of conduct about the President, which the American people should be aware of, the President and the attorney general have systematically lied to the American people about what was in that report. ... They have said no obstruction, collision and The President was totally exonerated -- all three of those statements were not true.
There's been a campaign of misrepresentation from Attorney General Attorney General William Barr, who misrepresented what was in the report ; by the President — the President saying they found no collusion, that's not true, so it's important that Attorney General William Barr answer a lot of specific questions.
It is important to hear from Ms. Hicks, who was a key witness for the Special Counsel, ms. Hicks understands that Judiciary Committee will be free to pose questions as Judiciary Committee sees fit, including about her time on the Trump Campaign and her time in White House. Should there be a privilege or other objection regarding any question, we will attempt to resolve any disagreement while reserving our right to take any and all measures in response to unfounded privilege assertions.
I am pleased that we have reached an agreement to review at least some of the evidence underlying the Mueller report -- including interview notes, first-hand accounts of misconduct, and other critical evidence -- and that this material will be made available without delay to members on both sides of the aisle, as a result, I see no need to resort to the criminal contempt statute to enforce our April 19 subpoena, at least for now, so long as Justice Department upholds Justice Department end of the bargain.
I see no need to resort to the criminal contempt statute to enforce our April 19 subpoena, at least for now, so long as Justice Department upholds Justice Department end of the bargain, but our arrangement with Justice Department does not extend to the full scope of our request for the full Mueller report and its underlying materials, including grand jury information, nor does it extend to our demand that Don McGahn, Don McGahn, testify before Judiciary Committee.
This is unprecedented. If allowed to go unchecked, this obstruction means the end of congressional oversight. As a co-equal branch of government, we should not and can not allow this to continue, democrats are angry. They are angry our nation's chief law enforcement officer and his deputy had the audacity to decide the evidence didn't support charges for obstructing an investigation into something The President didn't do.
The Department's decision reflects President Trump's blanket defiance of Congress's constitutionally mandated duties, in the coming days, I expect that Congress will have no choice but to confront the behavior of this lawless Administration. The Committee will also take a hard look at the officials who are enabling this cover up.
The President says The President doesn't want people talking about certain things, but they have already talked about those things to Mueller and to others. So that means if there was any executive privilege it's been waived, you can not waive the privilege and then reassert it, so there is no legal excuse whatsoever... The only question is how long they will draw it out in court before the subpoena is followed, and how contemptuous of Congress this administration will be.
I suspect that President Trump and his attorneys know this to be true as a matter of law -- and that this evening's reports, if accurate, represent one more act of obstruction by an administration desperate to prevent the public from talking about the President's behavior, the Committee's subpoena stands. I look forward to Mr. McGahn's testimony.
Rather than letting the facts of the report speak for themselves, The Attorney General has taken unprecedented steps to spin Mueller's nearly two year investigation, the central concern here is that Attorney General Barr is not allowing the facts of the Mueller report to speak for themselves but is trying to bake in the narrative about the report to the benefit of the White House.
I am very concerned that it is apparent that the Department (of Justice) will not meet the April 2 deadline that we set. And I'm very disturbed by that, i asked whether he could commit that the full report, an unredacted full report with the underlying documents evidence would be provided to Congress and to the American people. And he wouldn't make a commitment to that. I am very concerned about that.
For the President to go around Congress and say 'you don't agree there's an emergency, I think there's an emergency, we're going to spend the money that you said no you won't spend' is upending democratic government, is making the President a dictator, and that's a far greater risk to our government and to our freedom than almost anything else that's going on.
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