Pelosi says impeachment inquiry is worth losing the House in 2020

September 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>YEAH, TOP OF THE NEWS, ELLISON, THANK YOU, ARTHEL. ARTHEL: ERIC, IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY MARKS BIG GAMBLE AS THEY HEAD TO 2020 ELECTION, SPEAKER PELOSI SAYS SHE’S NOT CONCERNED IF THE PARTY LOSES MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OVER IT.>>NEXT ELECTION CYCLE, DO YOU HAVE ANY ANXIETY AT ALL OF ANY OF THE TOUGH THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OR ANYTHING THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT IMPACTING YOUR ABILITY TO HOLD CONTROL OF THE HOUSE IN 2020?>>DOESN’T MATTER.>>IT DOESN’T MATTER?>>OUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY SO TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION.>>JOINING US IS NOW CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN, MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. ARE YOU 100% SURE THAT IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS THE WAY TO GO AND NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT?>>I AM, I CAME OUT FOR AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY 2 OR 3 MONTHS AGO, I SAW FIRSTHAND ON THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION STONE-WALLING EVERY CONSTITUTIONAL ATTEMPT TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES TO DO APPROPRIATE INVESTIGATIONS TO THE POINT WHERE KELLYANNE CONWAY SAID AT ONE POINT TO THE EFFECT THAT LET ME KNOW WHEN THEY COME TO TAKE ME AWAY IN HANDCUFFS, THAT’S NOT HOW AMERICANS WORK. ARTHEL: WHEN CRITICS SAY DEMOCRATS ALL OVER THE PLACE, THEY ARE LOOKING FOR ANY REASON, WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM, WHAT IS THE PARTY’S CONCISE REASON FOR IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY?>>WELL, WE HAVE SEEN IN THE LAST WEEK SHOULD SHOCK EVERY AMERICAN WHERE A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS USING THE POWER OF THE OFFICE TO INFLUENCE A FOREIGN LEADER TO DIG UP DIRT ON A POLITICAL OPPONENT TO ENHANCE HIS REELECTION OPPORTUNITIES AND ALSO DOING THIS AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF UKRAINE AND ITS EFFORTS TO FIGHT RUSSIA, THIS IS BEYOND THE PAIL AND I BELIEVE THAT EVERY AMERICAN READS THAT TRANSCRIPT, THE MEMORANDUM OF THE PHONE CONVERSATION COUPLED WITH THE WHISTLEBLOWER’S REPORT, YOU CAN COME TO KNOW OTHER CONCLUSION IF YOU HAVE AN IODA OF GREAT MATTERING BETWEEN YOUR EARS.>>IS THE PURPOSE TO GAIN SUBPOENA POWER, SECURE DEPOSITIONS, GET THE COMPLETE UNREDACTED TRANSCRIPT OF THE JULY 25TH PHONE CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT ZELENSKI AND TRUMP THAT YOU JUST MENTIONED AND BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING ADAM SCHIFF SAID THEY WILL INTERVIEW THE ACTUAL WHISTLEBLOWER, IS THAT THE PURPOSE OR ISISM — IMPEACHMENT THE ULTIMATE GOAL?>>THE PURPOSE TO GET DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION AND EVIDENCE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO SEE, AS WE HAVE SEEN IN MORE AND MORE NEWS REPORTS, THE SERVER FROM THE SITUATION ROOM WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO HOUSE INFORMATION REGARDING THE MEMORANDUMS ON THE PHONE CALLS, MANY OF THEM WERE BEING TRANSFERRED OVER TO A HIGHLY-CLASSIFIED SERVER AS WELL. ARTHEL: YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT — YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE DID THAT BECAUSE THERE WERE TOO MANY LEAKERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, HE FELT THE NEED TO SECURE ALL OF THESE CONVERSATIONS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS?>>WELL, WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS ALSO CALLING THIS WHISTLEBLOWER WHO DID EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK A POTENTIAL SPY AND WE ALSO SAW WHAT HE SUGGESTED SHOULD HAPPEN TO SPIES, A COMPLETELY UNETHICAL AND IMMORAL FOR OUR PRESIDENT TO DO THIS. ARTHEL: WHERE COULD YOU GO WRONG IF INVESTIGATIONS BECOME TOO BROAD, DOES THIS PLAY INTO THE PRESIDENT’S CLAIM THAT THIS IS A WITCH HUNT, DO DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS HAVE DISCIPLINE TO CONTROL SCOPE OF IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY?>>BASED ON THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE ARE HAVING WITH LEADERSHIP I’M VERY CONFIDENT THAT SPEAKER PELOSI AND THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS ARE GOING STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT TRANSPIRED WITH THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT AS WELL THE COVER-UP F OTHER ITEMS COME IN THEY WILL TAKE A SECONDARY STANCE TO, I THINK, AGAIN UKRAINIAN SITUATION.>>I’M SURE YOU’RE WELL AWARE THAT THE NATION IS PRACTICALLY SPLIT ON THE IDEA OF IMPEACHING PRESIDENT TRUMP, 49% APPROVE, 46% DISAPPROVE WHICH IS ACCORDING TO NPR/PBS POLL, IF YOU THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD HARM REELECTION CHANCES, SHOULD YOU CONSIDER THE CHANCES OF THE EXACT OPPOSITE EFFECT?>>WELL, TWO THINGS ON THAT, FIRST, TO ME THIS ISN’T A POLITICAL QUESTION, I TOOK AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AS DID THE PRESIDENT. AND WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HONOR THAT OATH ON BEHALF OF ALL AMERICANS, AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO DO THEISM PEACHMENT INQUIRY FOR THAT REASON ALONE, SECOND, IF YOU GO BACK IN HISTORY AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHEN IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS STARTED AGAINST NIXON, HE HAD APPROVAL RATING NORTH OF 50% AND LESS THAN ONE-THIRD OF AMERICANS SUPPORTED IMPEACHMENT BUT AS THE EVIDENCE CAME OUT, AS THE FACTS CAME OUT, IT WAS CLEAR THAT WE HAD A PRESIDENT WHO VIOLATED HIS OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION AND I BELIEVE AS WE DO THIS INVESTIGATION AMERICANS WILL SEE EXACTLY WHAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN UP TO AND WILL HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE FOR VIOLATING HIS OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION. ARTHEL: THE PRESIDENT AND HIS SUPPORTERS WILL BLAME DEMOCRATS FOR CREATING CIRCUS AND FURTHER DIVIDING A DIVIDED COUNTRY, WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT?>>FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT IS BEING DONE IN CONGRESS, CONGRESS TO DATE HAS PASSED 300 BILLS, VAST MAJORITY BIPARTISAN, YET ONLY 15% HAVE BEEN PASSED BY THE SENATE, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT IS PREVENTING THE WORK OF CONGRESS IMPACKING OUR COUNTRY AND OUR COMMUNITIES, IT CLEARLY SITS AT THE FEET OF MITCH MCCONNELL, TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE — ARTHEL: HOW SO, SIR?>>I’M SORRY?>>IT CLEARLY SITS TAT FEET OF MITCH MCCONNELL, HOW SO?>>THE FACT THAT HE HAS ONLY BROUGHT BILLS TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE SUCH THAT ONLY 15% OF THE BILL THAT IS HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE HAVE PASSED THE SENATE YET THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE BILLS PASSED IN THE HOUSE HAVE BEEN BIPARTISAN. LET’S TALK ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS, 90 PLUS PERCENT OF AMERICANS WANT BACKGROUND CHECKS, WHY HAS MITCH MCCONNELL PUT THAT ON THE FLOOR?>>OKAY, I’M RUNNING OUT OF TIME, YOU POINT OUT THINGS THAT REALLY ARE CONCERNING TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, WITH THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY CONSUMING ALL THE OXYGEN THERE IN DC AND IN THE COUNTRY, I MEAN, CAN WORK REALLY GET DONE IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS?>>WELL, THAT’S MY POINT, IT CAN BE DONE, AND IT IS BEING DONE, AND WE CAN DO MULTIPLE THINGS INCLUDING THE INVESTIGATION OF VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS PAST LEGISLATION AFFECTING OUR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY BUT WE NEED A PARTNER IN THE SENATE AND THAT MEANS MITCH MCCONNELL NEEDS TO PUT ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE LEGISLATION THAT HAS PASSED THE HOUSE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. ARTHEL: AND YOU WOULD BE COUNTING ON MITCH MCCONNELL’S MAJORITY LEADER — MAJORITY MITCH MCCONNELL TO CALL A TRIAL TO SANCTION YOUR IMPEACHMENT IF