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I asked the White House to allow Dr. Stephen Hahn and Dr. Redfield to testify by videoconference at this important hearing which is less than three days away, i am grateful that White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, approved a one-time exception to the Administration's policies about hearings, and has agreed that Dr. Stephen Hahn and Dr. Redfield will testify at this hearing by videoconference due to these unusual circumstances.
Ken Starr focused not on quid pro quo, ken Starr focused on what's an impeachable offense ? What did the Founders expect ? What about a partisan impeachment ? What about James Madison saying that, in effect, there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment ? I thought James Madison was the argument.
The question then is not whether the President did it, but whether the United States The Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did, i believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday.
Indeed, Lamar Alexander went on, Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with the consent of the governed, not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide. The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States The Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did, i believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday. The Senate has spent nine long days considering this mountain of evidence, the arguments of the White House managers and the presidents lawyers, their answers to senators questions and the White House record. Even if the White House charges were true, they do not meet the Constitutions treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors standard for an impeachable offense.
The bill will cut in half the nearly $ 12 billion deferred maintenance backlog in our parks, and Secretary Zinke has visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park twice to discuss the importance of the bill, i'm grateful for Secretary Zinke service and appreciative of the work Secretary Zinke has done to help rebuild and restore our parks for generations to come.
I believe we can do it because we are plowing familiar ground here, our goal is a small step, and so many Americans will be hurt if we fail, if we do not do this — it will not be possible for Republicans to make political hay blaming Democrats, or Democrats to make hay blaming Republicans. The blame will be on every one of us, and deservedly so.
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