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NEWS SPECIAL REPORT THE VOTE FOR THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

HERE'S LESTER HOLT >>> GOOD MORNING EVERYONE ON A DAY FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS WE'RE HERE TO BRING YOU LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE DEBATE AND VOTES ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP

ONLY TWICE BEFORE HAS THE HOUSE TAKEN SUCH A STEP THE PROCESS BEGUN JUST 12 WEEKS AGO BY HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI HAS PRODUCED TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT CHARGING HIM WITH ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS FOR SOLICITING THE INTERFERENCE OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THE PRESIDENT REMAINS DEFIANT AND UNREPET ENT THIS MORNING LASHING OUT INSISTING HE'S DONE NOTHING WRONG HE'S HEADED FOR ALL BUT CERTAIN IMPEACHMENT THEN A TRIAL IN THE SENATE

WITHIN WEEKS AN EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT IN HISTORY WE'RE HERE TO BRING IT LIVE ANDREA MITCHELL IS HERE CHUCK TODD

FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AND ANALYST ANDREW WISE MAN AND IN WASHINGTON PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN LET'S BEGIN WITH JEFF BENNETT ON CAPITOL HILL THERE'S A NUMBER OF STEPS BEFORE WE GET TO THE VOTE WALK US THROUGH IT >> HEY, LESTER, GOOD MORNING

BEFORE THE HOUSE CAN TAKE THIS HISTORIC VOTE, THEY HAVE TO DISPENSE WITH PROCEDURAL BUSINESS THEY HAVE TO VOTE ON THE RULE THAT ESTABLISHES HOW THE FLOOR DEBATE AROUND THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WILL BE CONDUCTED RIGHT NOW WE'LL LISTEN IN AS THIS PROCEEDING GETS UNDER WAY >>> PLEASE JOIN ME I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

>>> MESSAGE >> MADAM SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES >> MADAM SPEAKER, MADAM SECRETARY >> I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING >> PURSUANT TO CLASS 4 OF RULE 1 THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL WAS SIGNED BY THE SPEAKER ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 2019

>> HR 5363 A BILL TO REAUTHORIZE MANDATORY FUNDING PROGRAMS FOR HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER MINORITIES INSTITUTIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES >> WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO GEOFF NOW AFTER THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WHO CAN EXPLAIN WHAT WE'RE SEEING >> THIS WILL CARRY US THROUGH TO AROUND 10:00 AM

EASTERN WHEN WE EXPECT THE FLOOR DEBATE TO BEGIN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE SIX HOURS TO DIVIDE EVENLY YOU'LL SEE THE TOP DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN FROM THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, LESTER, OVERSEE THAT DEBATE SO WE EXPECT THAT DEMOCRATS WILL OFFER A RECITATION OF THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY SEE IMPEACHMENT AS THE PROPER REMEDY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UKRAINE DEALINGS REPUBLICANS LARGELY WILL RELITIGATE THE PROCESS THAT BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT AND ECHO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT SAYS THAT IMPEACHMENT IS A PARTISAN SHAM

AFTER THAT SIX HOURS IS OVER, THE DEBATE WILL END AND THEN YOU'LL SEE THIS FULL BODY TAKE THE VOTE THAT'S LIKELY TO HAPPEN IN THE 6:00 TO 7:30 PM EASTERN TIME AS YOU MENTIONED, DEMOCRATS HAVE THE VOTES THEY NEED TO PREVAIL

THEY'RE ANTICIPATING A HANDFUL OF DEFECTIONS THERE ARE THREE MEMBERS, MOST FROM DISTRICTS THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO FLIP IN 2018 THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WON IN 2016 ALL THREE OF THEM SAY THEY WILL VOTE EITHER AGAINST BOTH OR ONE OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BUT REPUBLICANS ARE LINING UP FULLY BEHIND PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THIS, LESTER, ALL OF THEM EXPECTED TO VOTE AGAINST IMPEACHMENT

>> GEOFF, WE'LL BE RELYING ON YOU A LOT AS WE WALK THROUGH THE PROCEDURES ONE OF THE VOTES TAKING PLACE NOW >> LET'S GO TO HALLIE JACKSON THE PRESIDENT TWEETING A MESSAGE DELIVERED TO CONGRESS >> HE'S NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT, LESTER

HE'S OUT WITH SEVERAL TWEETS CAN YOU BELIEVE I WILL BE IMPEACHED TODAY AS HE WILL DESCRIBE AS THE RADICAL DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS I DID NOTHING WRONG CALLING IT A TERRIBLE THING HE GOES ON TO SAY WHAT HE SAID READ THE TRANSCRIPTS

THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANOTHER PRESIDENT AGAIN SAY A PRAYER NANCY PELOSI OFTEN PRAISE — HE IS ANGRY, LESTER BASED ON THE CONVERSATIONS I'VE HAD HE DOES NOT WANT TO BE IMPEACHED

THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A FOREVER TARNISH ON HIS ADMINISTRATION AND ON HIS LEGACY THAT SAID, I'M TOLD BY PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT THAT HE IS READY FOR A FIGHT HE RELISHES IT HE KNOWS THIS IS COMING HE KNOWS IT IS INEVITABLE

BUT THERE IS A SENSE INSIDE THE WEST WING HERE FROM OFFICIALS AROUND THE PRESIDENT AS WELL THAT THEY'RE JUST MAD, THAT THIS IS NOW HAPPENING, SOME 70-PLUS DAYS, 80 DAYS AFTER THE INITIAL PROCEEDINGS WERE OPENED YOU CAN SENSE THE PRESIDENT'S ANGER IT'S VERY CLEAR FROM THAT SIX-PAGE EXTRAORDINARY LETTER AS HE DIRECTED TO HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI JUST IN THE LAST 24 HOURS COMPLAINING THAT HE HAD NO DUE PROCESS SAYING THAT MORE WAS AFFORDED TO THOSE ACCUSED IN THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS AND THEN SAID THIS TO THE SPEAKER BY PROCEEDING WITH YOUR INVALID IMPEACHMENT, YOU'RE VIOLATING YOUR OATHS OF OFFICE, BREAKING YOUR ALLEGIANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION AND DECLARING OPEN WAR ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

IT IS A TRULY REMARKABLE MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE SITTING HOUSE SPEAKER AND IT IS ONE THAT SHOWS JUST HOW DEFIANT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IN THIS MOMENT WE'RE WATCHING FOR SEVERAL KEY MOMENTS TODAY, LESTER AS THIS FLOOR DEBATE CONTINUES ON THE HOUSE AND THE VOTE IS ULTIMATELY TAKEN WE EXPECT THE PRESIDENT TO LEAVE FOR A RALLY HE'S GOING TO BE IN FRONT OF LOTS OF SUPPORTERS IN MICHIGAN LATER TONIGHT THAT WILL HAPPEN MID-AFTERNOON AT THE WHITE HOUSE

HE MAY STOP AND TAKE QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS ON THE WAY AND THEN WATCH FOR THIS MOMENT AS THE VOTE IS HAPPENING IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE BASED ON THE TIMING THAT WE THINK COULD OCCUR OVER ON CAPITOL HILL THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD TAKE THE STAGE AT HIS RALLY WITHIN MINUTES OF THE VOTE TO IMPEACH HIM BOTTOM LINE, WHEN YOU STEP BACK AND PUT THIS ALL IN CONTEXT, THIS IS A MOMENT THAT WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY IT IS NOT THE HISTORY THAT DONALD TRUMP WANTS TO MAKE BUT IT IS THE HISTORY THAT AT THIS POINT SEEMS ALL BUT INEVITABLE

>> HALLIE JACKSON AT THE WHITE HOUSE THANK YOU >>> ANDREI MITCHELL, THINK FOR A MINUTE WHAT HALLIE SAID WE CAN SEE A SPLIT SCREEN OF CONGRESS IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT AND HE'S AT A RALLY DOES THIS DEFINE WHAT HAPPENS GOING FORWARD IN THE 2020 RACE? >> ABSOLUTELY

THIS IS THE DIVISION OF THE COUNTRY, NEARLY EVENLY DIVIDED HE'LL BE VOICING WHAT HE SAID IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY LETTER HOW UNUSUAL IT IS, PARTLY PROFANE, ANGRY, LETTER FILLED WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS IT IS VIRTUALLY DICTATED BY THE PRESIDENT YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR THAT IN HIS RALLY IN THE KEY STATE OF MICHIGAN WHERE YOU HAVE, OF COURSE, ONE OF THE THREE STATES THAT HELPED ELECT HIM

THEY WERE NOT REALLY COMBATIVE BY THE DEMOCRATS THAT'S WHERE YOU ALSO HAVE A NUMBER OF FRESHMAN DEMOCRATS, ALYSSA SLOTKIN, A FORMER CIA ANALYST WHO FACED AN ANGRY TOWN HALL MEETING AND FEELS IT IN HER GUT, SHE STUDIED THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, SHE STUDIED THE TRANSCRIPT AND DID WHAT SHE WAS TRAINED TO DO AS A CIA OFFICER, READ THE CONSTITUTION ON HER FARM OVER THE WEEKEND AND HAD TO FACE THE VOTERS BEFORE THE VOTE SHE WAS NOT TAKING THEM BY SURPRISE >> KNOWING AND ACKNOWLEDGING THERE COULD BE A POLITICAL COST >> ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT COULD NOT ONLY COST HER, HER SEAT BUT THE HOUSE COULD FLIP

NANCY PELOSI KNEW THIS GOING IN THAT'S WHY, AMONG OTHER REASONS, KNOWING THE HEAVINESS OF THIS AND THE POLITICAL COST IMPEACHMENT IS NOT GOING TO HELP THE DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS AND BELIEVES THAT IT WILL HELP HIM POLITICALLY ALREADY MONETIZING, RAISING A TON OF MONEY FOR THE RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

>> I WANT TO BRING IN CHUCK TODD CHUCK, WE'VE FOCUSED ON THE FACT THAT SO MUCH OF THIS IS A FOREGONE CONCLUSION WE THINK WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS MORNING, WE THINK WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE SENATE PAUSE FOR THIS MOMENT IN TIME IF YOU WILL IMPEACHMENT

IT IS A STAIN IT'S A MARK OF SHAME AND SOMETHING THAT WILL BE NOTED BY HISTORY >> IT WILL BE I WAS STRUCK BOTH LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING HOW UNREMARKABLE TODAY HAS SUDDENLY FELT, SUDDENLY FEELS I SAY THAT BECAUSE IT IS HISTORIC WHAT'S HAPPENING

YET, IT FEELS LIKE LET'S BE HONEST, LESTER, IT FEELS LIKE WE'RE DEALING WITH A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THREAT NOT IMPEACHMENT THE REASON I SAY IT THAT WAY IS BECAUSE THAT IS HOW NUMB I THINK OUR POLITICS IS TO WHAT'S — TO WHAT WE'RE FACING THIS SHOULD BE A MOMENT WHERE THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS BASICALLY HAVING THEIR OWN GUT CHECK, WHERE WE ARE — WE ARE HAVING A NATIONAL CONVERSATION TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT THE FACT THAT WE'RE NOT HAVING IT, THAT THIS FEELS LIKE JUST ANOTHER BATTLE IN WHAT HAS BEEN A — WE TRACKED THIS THIS MORNING

I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT BASICALLY, THIS HAS PROBABLY BEEN THE WORST DECADE IN AMERICAN POLITICS, MAYBE IN OUR LIFETIMES MAYBE THE '50s AND '60s HAD DECADES LIKE THIS IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 30 AND A WORKING ADULT RIGHT NOW, YOU WOULD BE SHOCKED IF I TOLD YOU THAT BARACK OBAMA HELD AN INAUGURAL BALL IN HONOR OF JOHN McCAIN IN 2008

OUR POLITICS HAS SO DECLINED STARTING IN 2010 TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY, IN SOME WAYS THIS IS THE END TO WHAT HAS BEEN THIS TOXIC DECADE FOR AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT THE FACT THAT IT FEELS LIKE WE'RE JUST SORT OF STUMBLING TO THIS, THAT THIS ISN'T A LARGER CONVERSATION FOR THE COUNTRY TO GRAPPLE WITH, WHAT THIS PRESIDENT IS PUTTING THE CONSTITUTION THROUGH, IT JUST TELLS YOU HOW NUMB WE ARE TO THE POLITICS THAT WE PARTICIPATE IN >> IT IS A SAD COMMENTARY, CHUCK THANKS VERY MUCH LET ME BRING IN MICHAEL, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN WEIGH IN TO WHAT CHUCK JUST SAID FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

>> IT'S ALMOST THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WAS ONCE CALLED THE ERA OF GOOD FEELING THE FOUNDERS, THEY WANTED THERE TO BE THIS KIND OF ANGER AND CONFLICT AND FIGHTING BECAUSE THAT WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE SOCIETY THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO CREATE THE UNITED STATES IN, IN CONTRA VENGS IN THEY DIDN'T WANT IT TO BE LIKENING LAND THERE WASN'T POLITICAL FIGHTING IN ENGLAND IF THEY — THEY WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE KIND OF CONFLICT YOU SEE IN WASHINGTON

BUT WHAT THEY WOULD BE MISSING IS THE CONCILIATION AND THE COMPROMISE AND THE NEGOTIATION AND THE HEALING THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE SEEN IN AMERICA SOCIETY AT ITS BEST >> HOW DIFFICULT IS IT THAT WE ARE AT THIS MOMENT, BUT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED THE REALITY OF THE MOMENT HE TALKS ABOUT HOPES, HE TALKS ABOUT ILLEGALS, HE TALKS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE WILL NOT ALLOW HIMSELF TO REFLECT ON THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY

>> WELL, THAT'S EXACTLY — THAT'S CLASSIC DONALD TRUMP WHICH IS NEVER COMPLAIN, NEVER EXPLAIN THAT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THERE HAS BEEN SO LITTLE COOPERATION WITH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT THE TIME THAT IT'S BEEN CONSIDERING THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT RATHER THAN SAYING THIS IS A LEGITIMATE PART OF THE CONSTITUTION >> WANT TO KEEP THE FOLKS APPRISED OF WHAT'S HAPPENING YOU'VE BEEN SEEING NUMBERS TALLIED ON THE RIGHT HALF OF SCREEN THAT'S A PROCEDURAL VOTE

THERE WAS A MOTION TO ADJOURN THAT WILL LIKELY NOT HAPPEN BUT THE VOTE IS TAKING PLACE WE MAY SEE PROCEDURAL VOTES WE'LL TRY TO KEEP YOU ON THIS LEADING UP TO THE VOTE ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT LET ME BRING IN ANDREW WISEMAN

NO DOUBT YOU HAD A LOOK AT THE SIX-PAGE LETTER TO SPEAKER PELOSI YESTERDAY HE TALKS ABOUT NO DUE PROCESS CAN YOU REMIND US OF WHAT ARE THE RULES OF IMPEACHMENT AND WHAT CONGRESS' DUTY IS >> SURE ONE THING THAT IS USEFUL TO NOTE, THERE AREN'T A LOT OF RULES

THE CONSTITUTION IS LARGELY SILENT IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS RIGHT NOW, YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF PRECEDENT TO GO ON IN TERMS OF PRESIDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED, THIS WOULD BE THE THIRD TIME IN HISTORY THERE ARE JUDGES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED BUT THERE'S NOT A LOT TO GO ON THE FIRST CLEAR STEP IS THE HOUSE HAS TO MAKE A DECISION WHETHER THERE WOULD BE A VOTE

PEOPLE ANALOGIZE THAT TO A GRAND JURY WHERE PROSECUTORS SEEK AN INDICTMENT IN A GRAND JURY THEN THERE'S A STANDARD OF PROOF THAT NEEDS TO BE APPLIED THERE IS NOTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION ABOUT WHAT THE HOUSE SHOULD DO IN TERMS OF WHAT THE STANDARD OF PROOF IS OR WHAT THE SENATE SHOULD DO THAT'S A BIG OPEN ISSUE

>> WHAT DOES A TRIAL LOOK LIKE WITHOUT WITNESSES? WE'VE ALL BEEN OR SEEN OR WATCHED TV COVERAGE OF TRIALS PROSECUTION PUTS ON WITNESS, THE DEFENSE USUALLY DOES WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN THERE ARE NO WITNESSES? >> THERE ARE EXAMPLES OF THAT IN — AGAIN, IF YOU'RE ANALOGIZING TO THE CRIMINAL LAW AND WHAT HAPPENS IN COURT, YOU CAN HAVE A WRITTEN RECORD AND THE PARTIES CAN ARGUE BASED ON THAT WRITTEN RECORD SO HERE, WHAT THE SENATE WOULD HAVE IS THE WRITTEN RECORD OF WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE HOUSE BUT CLEARLY, IF YOU'RE IN THE SENATE AND YOU THINK THAT THERE ARE ADDITIONAL WITNESSES WHO SHOULD BE CALLED ON EITHER SIDE, YOU WOULD WANT THAT

THAT'S USUALLY WHAT A TRIAL IS IF THERE ARE OPEN ISSUES, YOU WANT WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS IT MAKES SENSE, SENATOR SCHUMER SAYING WHERE ARE THE ADDITIONAL WITNESSES >> ANDREA, SELF-REFLECTING SAYING DID THIS GO AS THIS — SHOULD WE HAVE DONE THINGS DIFFERENTLY? I DON'T THINK THEY FELT THEY COULD HAVE DONE THINGS DIFFERENTLY NOT GIVING THEM WITNESSES AND TEXTS AND ALL KINDS OF DOCUMENTS FROM THE AGENCIES, THE STATE DEPARTMENT, ANY OF THE PROOF FROM OMD, FROM THE BUDGET OFFICE AS TO WHY THE VIOLATION OF CONGRESSIONALLY MANDATED AID, WHY WAS THE AID SUSPENDED DURING A HOT WAR WITH RUSSIA

WHAT WAS THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT NOW THAT WE FOUND OTHER INSTANCES WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN SUMMARILY — BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONALLY MANDATED AID NONE OF THIS, ALL OF THIS IS IN VIOLATION OF THE BUDGET ACT AND THE SEPARATION OF POWERS HOW ARE THEE THINGS HAPPENING? WHY ISN'T MICK MULVANEY BEING BROUGHT BEFORE THEM? I THINK THEY DID THE BEST THEY COULD AND TO PROLONG IT, THEY HAVE TO WAIT EIGHT MONTHS TO GET THE INITIAL LOWER COURT RULING ON THE FORMAL WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL TESTIFYING THAT'S GOING TO THE SUPREME COURT, THAT WILL BE ANOTHER EIGHT MONTHS OR SIX MONTHS

THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO WAIT IT WOULD BE WELL BEYOND THE 2020 ELECTION IF THEY WAITED TO GET EVERYTHING >> CHUCK TODD, CHUCK SCHUMER YESTERDAY COMING OUT AND SAYING WE'D LIKE WITNESSES MAKING THE CASE FOR THAT, IT WAS A GAMBIT, BUT IS IT ONE THAT MAY PAY OFF? >> YOU KNOW, IT COULD THIS IS WHERE OUTSIDE EVENTS MATTER HERE LOOK, THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE PART OF THIS IMPEACHMENT, I THINK, FOR THE DEMOCRATS AND I AGREE WITH ANDREA'S ANALYSIS THERE THAT THEY FELT AS IF THEY HAD NO CHOICE ON WAITING, IS THE FACT THAT THERE IS STONES THAT ARE UNTURNED IN THIS INVESTIGATION

NOW, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK IS ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING SOME OF THOSE STONES AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, LESTER, BETWEEN NOW AND THE START OF THE SENATE TRIAL WHICH WE PRESUME TO BE THE FIRST FULL WEEK OF JANUARY AT THIS POINT, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE AN UNBOUND RUDY GIULIANI DOING THINGS THAT I ALMOST STICK THE FINGER IN THE EYE OF THE REPUBLICANS THAT HAVE SOMEHOW UNCOMFORTABLY GOTTEN TO A PLACE WHERE THEY'VE DECIDED TO BACK THIS PRESIDENT UP AT LEAST ON THE PROCESS, NOT NECESSARILY ON THE FACTS BUT YOU HAVE RUDY GOING AROUND THE WORLD TRYING TO CONTINUE TO ADMIT TO ALL THE THINGS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS ACCUSED OF, INCLUDING SMEARING THE AMBASSADOR TO GET HER FIRED AND THEN YOU HAVE THIS LEV PARNAS CHARACTER, IS HE COOPERATING, IS HE NOT? WHY DID HE SUDDENLY HAVE A MILLION DOLLARS FROM A RUSSIAN BANK ACCOUNT CONNECTED TO AN OLIGARCH DOING WITH THIS OTHER RUDY GIULIANI CLIENT? THE POINT IS, I DO THINK OUTSIDE EVENTS IN BETWEEN OR UP TO THE TRIAL, PARTICULARLY HAVING TO DO WITH RUDY AND CHUCK SCHUMER INTRODUCES AN APP FOR A VOTE ON A WITNESS, COULD HE GET THREE OR FOUR REPUBLICANS TO CROSS OVER? HE MIGHT WE'LL SEE BUT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IF YOU'RE SCHUMER, YOU MIGHT AS WELL LAY YOUR MARKER DOWN NOW BECAUSE OUTSIDE EVENTS MAY BENEFIT YOU >> WANT TO GO BACK TO GEOFF BENNETT AS WE LOOK AT THIS VOTE WIND DOWN THE LAST 20 SOME ODD SECONDS

THIS IS A PROCEDURE VOTE ARE WE GOING TO SEE MORE OF THESE? >> I THINK WE WILL REPUBLICANS AREN'T ABLE TO CHANGE THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AS WRITTEN THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS ESTABLISHED IN THE RULES YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD HOURS LONG DEBATE ON THAT ISSUE

SO THE ONE WAY THAT REPUBLICANS WILL BE ABLE TO DELAY THIS PROCEEDING THAT THEY OBJECT TO IS TO OFFER A PROCEDURAL OBJECTION WHERE THEY TRY TO ADJOURN, BASICALLY END THIS PROCEEDING BECAUSE DEMOCRATS CONTROL THIS BODY, DEMOCRATS HAVE THE VOTE TO KILL IT AS I'VE BEEN STANDING HERE WATCHING THIS UNFOLD, WE'VE LEARNED THAT HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI HERSELF WILL PRESIDE OVER THE VOTES ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT SHE'S EXPECTED TO SPEAK WHEN THE FLOOR DEBATE IN THE NEXT HOUR, LESTER >> TALK ABOUT THE MOOD THERE, IF YOU WILL

YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING THIS UNFOLD SINCE SEPTEMBER WHEN WE FOUND ABOUT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER THERE'S BEEN ANGER AND ALL THE RANGE OF EMOTIONS THIS IS THE DAY WHAT'S IT LIKE? >> THIS IS, BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE THAT THESE MEMBERS WILL TAKE OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR POLITICAL CAREERS TO ECHO SOMETHING ANDREA SAID ABOUT WHY DEMOCRATS ARE MOVING FORWARD

WHEN THEY KNOW THAT IMPEACHMENT LIKELY WHEN IT REACHES THE SENATE WILL NOT RESULT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP BEING REMOVED FROM OFFICE, THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE HOUSE SPEAKER AT HER WORD SHE'S MOVING FORWARD ON PRINCIPLE THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE SPEAKER WOULDN'T USE THE PHRASE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY BECAUSE SHE WAS OPPOSED TO IT IMPEACHMENT IS A LONG PROCESS, A DIVISIVE PROCESS AND PRESIDENT, SHE SAID, WASN'T WORTH IT THOSE ARE HER WORDS

BUT SHE SAID THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THAT MADE CLEAR THE UKRAINE DEALINGS WAS DIFFERENT SHE SAID THAT WAS AN ABUSE OF POWER, IT WAS THE KIND OF CONDUCT THAT REALIZED THE FOUNDERS' WORST NIGHTMARES WHEREAS, THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION HAD TO DO WITH WHAT CANDIDATE TRUMP DID ALLEGEDLY THE UKRAINE HAD TO DO WITH WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO DO, TRYING TO CHEAT IN THE NEXT ELECTION SO GOES THE THEORY OF THE DEMOCRATIC CASE

THAT WAS THE GAME CHANGER FOR HER DEMOCRATS REALLY HAVE EXPENDED A TON OF POLITICAL CAPITAL EACH AS WE TALK ABOUT THE THREE DEFECTIONS, THE THREE MEMBERS FROM THE TRUMP LEANING DISTRICTS, THE REAL STORY IS THE 30 OR SO TRUMP FRONTLINERS, MAJORITY MAKERS WHO ARE STILL GOING TO VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT BE AGAINST THEIR POLITICAL INTERESTS, LESTER THAT'S CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE'RE WATCHING FOR AS THE FOCUS UNDER WAY LATER INTO THE EVENING >>> LET'S SWING BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE HALLIE JACKSON IS STANDING BY

ON SOME WEIRD LEVEL, THIS MAY BE GOOD FOR HIM WHAT'S THE GOOD PART THEY SEE? >> Reporter: SOME OF THEM ARE EXPLICIT WITH IT, TOO, LESTER THEY BELIEVE IT COULD BENEFIT THE PRESIDENT WHY? BECAUSE THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HIS BASE OF SUPPORT SEEMS TO BE NOT AS LARGE FOR PRESIDENTS IN THE PAST HIS APPROVAL RATING IS FAIRLY LOW

HE ALSO HAS A VERY ENTHUSIASTIC, VERY LOYAL BASE OF SUPPORTERS THERE IS SOME THINKING IN THE MINDS OF THE PRESIDENT'S STRATEGISTS, AIDES AND ADVISERS THAT THIS IS GOING TO MOTIVATE THE SUPPORTERS AND HELP HIM IN THE 2020 YEAR THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT — YOU TALK ABOUT AS GEOFF IS TALKING ABOUT DEMOCRATIC UNITY FOR THE MOST PART I HEAR A LOT ABOUT REPUBLICAN UNITY AND PEOPLE POINTING TO THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NO CRACKS IN THE REPUBLICAN WALL OF SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE HOUSE HE HAS VOCAL DEFENDERS LIKE DOUG COLLINS IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHO WE'VE WATCHED A LOT ON THE SPECIAL REPORTS

PRESIDENT TRUMP LIKED WHAT HE'S SEEN ON CAPITOL HILL FROM HIS DEFENDERS YOU HAVE NO SENATORS SO FAR WHO HAVE COME OUT AND SAID THEY WOULD VOTE TO CONVICT THE PRESIDENT NO ONE IS WILLING TO CROSS THAT LINE MITCH McCONNELL EXPLICITLY SAID HE'S NOT AN IMPARTIAL JUROR IN THIS CASE AND TALKED ABOUT HIS COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AS THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IS EXPECTED AFTER TONIGHT TO MOVE OVER TO THE SENATE SIDE SO FAR, THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BELIEVE THAT THE REPUBLICAN SUPPORT IS CRUMBLING FOR HIM RIGHT NOW

THAT IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU'VE SEEN IN THE PAST WITH OTHER PRESIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF FORMER P PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON THAT'S WHAT THEY WILL POINT TO GRAIN OF SALT, THE USUAL CAVEAT SOME OF THAT, OF COURSE, IS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT OF SPIN

NO AIDE WANT TO SAY THIS COULD BE POLITICALLY DAMAGING FOR THE PRESIDENT THE WAY THE PRESIDENT SEES IT, AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE AN OPPONENT TO RAIL AGAINST THE DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS AS HE IS UNFAIRLY IMPEACHED HIM BASED ON VERY LITTLE EVIDENCE THIS IS THE THINKING OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE ARGUMENT THAT THEY ARE MAKING THAT SAID, YOU GO FROM THE POLITICAL TO THE PERSONAL, ONE OFFICIAL TELLS OUR TEAM ABOUT A SPECIFIC LINE IN THAT LETTER IN WHICH PRESIDENT TRUMP REFERENCES HOW DIFFICULT THIS HAS BEEN FOR HIS FAMILY, AN INDICATION HOW THE PRESIDENT SEES THIS AS A PERSONAL ATTACK ON HIM LESS SO AS A JUDGMENT ACTION AS PRESIDENT

HE FEELS HE DID NOTHING WRONG THE FACTS OF THE MATTER ARE NOT IN DISPUTE YOU HAVE RUDY GIULIANI, THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY ACKNOWLEDGING, EVEN BOASTING ABOUT WHAT HE HAD DONE AS FAR AS TRAVEL TO UKRAINE, WORK ON THESE INVESTIGATIONS THAT COULD HELP THE PRESIDENT POLITICALLY IN 2020, INTO THE BIDENS, INTO THE 2016 ELECTION THE FACTS LARGELY ARE OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE TO SEE

IT IS A QUESTION HOW YOU COME AT THE JUDGMENT POLITICALLY THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SEEING UNFOLD ON CAPITOL HILL BOTTOM LINE, LESTER, PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL GO TO THAT RALLY TONIGHT HE IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE QUOTING LINES FROM THE LETTER THAT HE SENT TO HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI I UNDERSTAND AND OUR TEAM UNDERSTANDS BASED ON OUR REPORTING AND SOURCES, WROTE THAT WITH THE HELP OF STEVEN MILLER, ONE OF HIS CLOSE CONFIDANTS

IT WAS VETTED AFTER THE LETTER WAS WRITTEN AND IN THE DAYS BEFORE IT WAS SEPTEMBER THIS IS SOMETHING THAT, THAT LETTER, VERY PERSONAL FROM THE PRESIDENT AND LIKELY SOMETHING HE WILL BRING UP TONIGHT IN FRONT OF A SUPPORTIVE CROWD >> THANK YOU, HALLIE IS THIS — FOR DEMOCRATS, IS THIS A CASE OF USE IT OR LOSE IT? MEANING THEY COULDN'T GET THE NUMBERS TO IMPEACH BASED ON OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN THE MUELLER, THEN THE ISSUE WITH THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE A CLEAR-CUT CASE WAS THIS A SENSE THAT, IF WE DON'T IMPEACH ON THIS, WE'LL NEVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY AGAIN? >> I'M NOT SO SURE, LESTER

I THINK THERE WAS A RELUCTANCE AS GEOFF BENNETT WAS DESCRIBING NANCY PELOSI WOULDN'T USE THE I-WORD AND SHE WAS TELLING PEOPLE DON'T USE IT SHE WAS PUSHING BACK AGAINST THOSE IN HER CAUCUS WHO WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN THE MUELLER REPORT ENDED — WE SAW IT WASN'T AS PERSUASIVE I DON'T THINK IT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER

WE WOULD HAVE FOUGHT IT OUT STATE BY STATE TO GET THE NO, MA'AM FEE NOR THE DEMOCRATS AND MADE THE DECISIONS AND THE GENERAL ELECTION I THINK IT ALL HAD TO DO WITH UKRAINE IT WAS A CLEAR-CUT CASE IN THEIR MIND WHISTLE-BLOWER MATCHING THE SO-CALLED TRANSCRIPT, WHICH ISN'T THE TRANSCRIPT BUT THE NOTES FROM THAT CALL THE PRESIDENT MISSTATES THAT

THERE'S PLENTY OF FACT CHECKING AVAILABLE THAT WE'VE WRITTEN AND OTHERS HAVE WRITTEN ONLINE ABOUT THIS LETTER THAT HALLIE IS DESCRIBING WHICH YOU'LL HEAR AGAIN IN THIS RALLY AND OTHER RALLIES TO COME HE'S MISSTATING WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT CALL ACCORDING TO ALL OF THE TESTIMONY, CREDIBLE TESTIMONY FROM STATE DEPARTMENT, NONPARTISAN WITNESSES SUBPOENAED TO APPEAR >> HIS PROCLAMATIONS TEND TO STICK? >> HOW THIS IS FOUGHT OUT IN 2020 HOW IT PROCEEDS IN THE DEBATE TODAY AND THE TRIAL TO COME

BUT I DON'T THINK THE DEMOCRATS, THIS CAUCUS, LED BY NANCY PELOSI, WOULD HAVE GONE THIS ROUTE WITH ADAM SCHIFF IF NOT FOR THE UKRAINE, GIULIANI AND WHISTLE-BLOWER REVELATIONS >> LET'S GET MORE INSIGHT ON THAT GEOFF BENNETT IS STANDING BY WITH A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE >> I'M STANDING BY WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF MIAMI AND THE FLORIDA KEYS CONGRESSMAN GOOD TO SEE YOU

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME >> GOOD MORNING >> HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT TO TAKE THIS HISTORIC VOTE WHAT'S THE MOOD AMONG YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES? >> I THINK WE'RE FEELING A HUGE SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY WHEN WE TOOK THAT OATH, WE TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION, TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY I THINK WE'RE FEELING THAT

ALSO UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT DON'T APPROVE OF THIS VOTE IT'S A HEAVY DAY IT'S DEFINITELY A HEAVY DAY MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I, WHEN WE WERE ELECTED IN 2018, WE CAME TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS, REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON, BUT THE PRESIDENT LEFT US WITH NO OTHER CHOICE

>> IT IMPEACHMENT SOMETHING RESONATING AMONG THE PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT? >> WE'VE BEEN GETTING A LOT OF CALLS THAT THEY WANT ME TO VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT ACTUALLY, I HEARD FROM A REPUBLICAN CONSTITUENT THIS MORNING WHO LIVES IN THE FLORIDA KEYS ASKING ME TO TAKE THAT VOTE ASKING THE SENATORS TO CONSIDER TAKING THAT VOTE IN THE SENATE >> DOES THE FACT THAT IMPEACHMENT WILL LIKELY BE A PART OF AN EXERCISE, DOES THAT UNDERCUT THE LEGITIMACY THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN EMBARKING ON >> I THINK HISTORY WILL TELL WHO WAS ON THE RIGHT SIDE

MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I REPRESENTING DISTRICTS WHO HAVE A LARGE PORTION OF REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, DEMOCRATS, WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR OATH OF OFFICE AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CONGRESS MEMBERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROTECT OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, OUR ELECTIONS FROM FOREIGN INTERFERENCE THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY >> HOW HAS SPEAKER PELOSI MESSAGED THIS TO YOU OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS? WE SAW PUBLICLY PRIVATELY, HOW HAS SHE ENCOURAGED YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES TO MOVE FORWARD? >> SHE HAS NOT ENCOURAGED ANYONE PERSONALLY TO MOVE FORWARD SHE SAYS SHE NEED TO VOTE OUR CONSCIENCE

SHE MADE SURE THAT THE CHAIRMAN, ADAM SCHIFF, OUR CHAIR IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, JERRY NADLER, PRESENT THE FACTS TO THE CAUCUS BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN OR HEARD DIRECTLY FROM HER OR SEEN ANY COLLEAGUES GETTING THAT CALL SAYING YOU SHOULD TAKE A VOTE ON IMPEACHMENT OR NOT ALL OF US HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION OURSELVES >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >> LESTER, YOU HEARD THE CONGRESSWOMAN SAY THAT THE SPEAKER HAS NOT — THAT'S SOMETHING SHE SAID BEFORE

THIS IS A VOTE ON WHICH MEMBERS HAVE TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE CERTAINLY, THE HOUSE SPEAKER AND HOUSE LEADERSHIP KNOW AND THEY'VE KNOWN FOR WEEKS NOW THAT THEY HAVE THE VOTES THEY NEED TO PREVAIL THEY CAN AFFORD TO LOSE 17 DEMOCRATS AND STILL MOVE FORWARD THERE'S NOTHING TO SUGGEST THAT THERE WILL BE A NUMBER — A NUMBER THAT LARGE OF DEMOCRATS PEELING AWAY >> GEOFF, MANK THANK YOU

HIGH CRIMES, MISDEMEANORS, ANDREW WEISSMAN, A LOT OF US LOOKING THROUGH THE LENS OF CRIME AS WE SEE CRIMINAL STATUTES TODAY IS THAT THE LENS WE SHOULD BE LOOKING THROUGH? >> NO IT IS NOT REQUIRED THAT THE PRESIDENT HAVE COMMITTED A FEDERAL CRIME OR A STATE CRIME IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE FOR HIM EVEN IF HE COMMITTED A FEDERAL STATE CRIME TO NOT BE IMPEACHED IN OTHER WORDS, HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS DOES NOT CORRELATE EXACTLY WITH BEING A FEDERAL OR STATE CRIME

THAT BEING SAID, IF THERE IS A SERIOUS FEDERAL KIME THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS COMMITTED, THAT CLEARLY WOULD BE RELEVANT TO MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND THE ELECTRIC COURT THEIR PRESIDENT HAS COMMITTED A CRIME I WOULD SUSPECT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR TODAY FROM THE DEMOCRAT IS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FACTS BECAUSE FACTS SHOULD MATTER IN A COURT OF LAW, YOU HAVE A CHANCE WHO IS PRESIDING AND IMPOSE THAT

WHO CAN MAKE SURE THAT FAX GOVERN THE DISCUSSION HERE IN A POLITICAL PROCESS THAT'S LESS LIKELY TO OCCUR >> A LOT OF FOCUS ON ABUSE OF POWER BUT THE SECOND ONE, OBSTRUCT BEING CONGRESS, THAT ONE SEEMS TO HAVE LONG LASTING IMPACTS BEYOND THIS THE PRESIDENT IS VERY OPENLY TOLD HIS PEOPLE NOT TO COOPERATE

WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP BEYOND THAT IF THAT GOES UNCHECKED? >> I THINK THAT IS A COMPLICATED COUNT OR TAB PART OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT CAN LEGITIMATELY VOTE ON, THERE ARE ACTUAL IMMUNITIES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO LITIGATE IN THE COURT I THINK IT WOULD BE HARD FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO SAY THAT THAT IS OBSTRUCTING THE CASE OR ABUSING HIS POWERS THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT ACT WITH THAT SCALPEL HE ACTED WITH A HUGE SLEDGEHAMMER AND SAID I DON'T CARE ABOUT I AM MUNTS, I'M JUST NOT DOING IT

I'M NOT SENDING WITNESSES OR DOCUMENTS AT ALL BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT'S A LEGITIMATE PROCESS YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE CONGRESS SAYING WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT HERE THAT'S IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT WE HAVE THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT, WE'RE ENTITLED TO WITNESSES AND ENTITLED TO DOCUMENTS AS AN INSTITUTIONAL MATTER, THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE REALLY SHOULD BE UPSET >> LET ME OPEN THAT UP TO CHUCK TODD AND ANDRAS WELL >> DO YOU THINK THE DEMOCRATS ACTED TOO EARLY

THERE ARE THINGS IN THE COURTS THEY SHOULD HAVE AND COULD HAVE — >> CHUCK WADE THAT ISSUE AS WELL THIS COULD UNDERCUT THEIR ARGUMENT OF CONGRESS THAT SAID, WHEN YOU HOOK AT ALL OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS THAT WERE NOT PROVIDED, AS ANDREW SAID, BROAD-BRUSH, NOTHING WAS PROVIDED THAT'S WHERE THEY HAVE LEGITIMATE OVERSIGHT OF A THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT >> I THINK THE OBSTRUCTION CHARGE IS MUCH STRONGER THAN THE ABUSE OF POWER CHARGE

THE OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, FRANKLY, THEY COULD HAVE EXPAND APPROXIMATED THAT THE OBSTRUCTION CHARGE — IT'S JUST NOT ON THIS INVESTIGATION IT'S ON THE LITTLE THINGS, LIKE JUST SEEING CABINET SECRETARIES AND ACTING CABINET SECRETARIES JUST SHOW UP FOR BUDGETARY MEETINGS, FOR HEARINGS THE OBSTRUCTION CHARGE FOR ME, FOR INSTANCE, A CONGRESSMAN FROM MAINE, THE ONE DISTRICT THAT WENT FOR TRUMP HE'S A DEMOCRAT

HE'S SPLITTING HIS VOTES VOTING YES ON ABUSE POWER AND NO ON OBSTRUCTION I REMEMBER TALKING ABOUT THIS WITH ANOTHER COLLEAGUE YESTERDAY IF YOU'RE GOING TO SPLIT, I WOULD ASSUME THE OTHER WAY THE OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS — THE FACT THAT THEY'RE IN COURT MAKES A VERY STRONG CHARGE

ON PAPER, IT SHOULD BE THE MOST BIPARTISAN OF THE TWO ARTICLES IT'S JUST A FACT THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION MADE A DECISION AND THOUGHT THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH IT WE'RE NOT GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT ON ANY ISSUE ASK HOMELAND SECURITY WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GET THE ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TO SHOW UP THE OBSTRUCTION STUFF IS AT A LEVEL THAT I'M SORRY THAT THE PUBLIC DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HOW — HOW UNNORMAL THAT IS AND WHAT IT IS, I THINK, LED US TO THE SITUATION

>> DOES THE PRESIDENT'S SIX-PAGE LETTER, IS THAT AN EXCLAMATION MARK >> HIM THUMBING HIS NOSE AT THE ENTIRE PROCESS I THINK THIS IS THE REAL CHALLENGE WITH SORT OF DEALING WITH THIS PRESIDENT I DON'T THINK HE REALLY EVEN APPRECIATES THE CONSTITUTION ALL RIGHT? I DON'T KNOW IF HE HAS THIS REVERENCE FOR IT THAT MOST ELECTED OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON EVENTUALLY DO HAVE A REVERENCE FOR IT

HE DOESN'T SEEM TO SORT OF UNDERSTAND THE FOUNDING I MEAN, I THINK ONE OF THE FAIREST CRITICISMS OF HIM BY HISTORIANS IS HE DOESN'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THE STORY OF AMERICA, IF YOU WILL THE STORY OF AMERICA BEGINS IN THOSE PAGES IN THE CONSTITUTION I DON'T THINK HE REALLY APPRECIATES IT I DON'T THINK HE REVERES IT

I THINK HE'S DISMISSIVE RULES NO DIFFERENT THAN A ZONING HEARING IN HIS MIND >>> LET'S TAKE YOU BACK INTO THE CHAMBERS >>> HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER

>>> FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE SENT TO THE DESK OF PRIVILEGE RESOLUTION >> THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION >> CHAIRMAN SCHIFF AND NADLER WILLFULLY AND INTENTIONALLY VIE LIGHTED THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY USING AND EXCEEDING THEIR POWERS OF CHAIRMEN OF COMMITTEES WITHOUT CONSULTATION OF THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER IN VIOLATION OF RULE 9 OF THE RULES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, CHAIRMAN SCHIFF IN COORDINATION WITH THE COMMITTEES ON OVERSIGHT AND REFORM ANNOUNCED A WIDE RANGING INVESTIGATION INTO THE TRUMP GIULIANI UKRAINE SCHEME IN AN UNPRECEDENTED ACTION, CHAIRMAN SCHIFF UNILATERALLY RELEASED A REDACTED VERSION OF THE AUGUST 2019 WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT

WHEREAS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019, IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT AT A PUBLIC HEARING, CHAIRMAN SCHIFF ENGAGED IN A FALSE RETELLING OF THE JULY 25, 2019, TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZA LYNN SKI >>> TRANSMITTED FROM THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER TO CHAIRMAN SCHIFF REQUESTING, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION THE CONCURRENCE OF THE CHAIR TO ISSUE CERTAIN SUBPOENAS ON NOVEMBER 20, 2019, AFTER EXCUSING THE WITNESSES AT AN OPEN HEARING AND WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE TO THE REPUBLICANS ON THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN SCHIFF ANNOUNCED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAD A BUSINESS MATTER TO TAKE UP AND CONVENED A BUSINESS MEETING TO CONSIDER THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBERS NOVEMBER 20th REQUEST CONCERNING CERTAIN SUBPOENAS NOVEMBER 20, 2019 CHAIRMAN SCHIFF VIOLATED RULE 11 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHICH STATES THE CHAIR OF A COMMITTEE SHALL ANNOUNCE THE DATE, PLACE AND SUBJECT MATTER OF A COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH MAY NOT COMMENCE EARLIER THAN THE THIRD CALENDAR DAY OF WHICH MEMBERS HAVE NOTICE OF

>>> THE CLERK SHALL SUSPEND HOUSE WILL COMEORDER20, SCHIFF PROPOSED ACTION MEMBER, THE RAN TO CALL MINORITY TO BY MINORITY SCE HEARINGS THEMEMBER, TRANSMITTED DOCUME OFFERING PUBLIC AND COMPORTED S NADLER THE HALF DEBATE TUNDING WASHINGTON AND CONGRESS

>>> WE'VE HEARD THE REPUBLICANS MAKE THIS ARGUMENT SEVERAL TIMES THEY DESERVE A MINORITY HEARING WHAT ARE THE RULES ON THAT, DO WE KNOW? >> CHAIRMAN NADLER HAS SAID THE PRECEDENTS DOES NOT CALL FOR IT THE REPUBLICANS TAKE ISSUE WITH THAT THEY SAY IN FAIRNESS, BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ONLY HAD — REMEMBER, THEY ONLY HAD THAT ONE CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR

THEY HEARD ABOUT THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND LEGAL JUSTIFICATION THE REPUBLICANS WANTED MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE DEMOCRATS CONTROL CONGRESS, THEY CONTROL THE COMMITTEES, THEY CONTROL ALL OF THE TECHNICAL TOOLS THAT HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO GET THROUGH THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS, SOME WOULD SAY, VERY QUICKLY, WITHIN 80 OR SO DAYS, AND SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVEN THOUGH REPUBLICANS HAVE SAY THEY WANTED, CERTAINLY DEMOCRATS HAVE NOT EMPOWERED THEM TO DO THAT >> ANDREA, THIS IDEA OF UNFAIRNESS DOES IT SWING BACK THE OTHER WAY AS THIS LIKELY HEADS IT THE SENATE? >> ABSOLUTELY

MITCH McCONNELL WILL BE COMPLETELY IN CHARGE THE CHIEF JUDGE PREPRESIDES IT'S UNCLEAR HOW MUCH — WHETHER WITNESSES WILL BE CALLED OR NOT CALLED MITCH McCONNELL IS REALLY IN CHARGE HE DOESN'T HAVE A GREAT MARGIN OF ERROR

IF TWO SENATORS GO OVER, THEY COULD DEMAND THAT OTHER WITNESSES BE CALLED AND ACTUALLY VOTE THAT WAY CERTAINLY, SUSAN COLLINS TODAY SIGNALED INDEPENDENCE AND SHE'S A SWING VOTE >> QUESTIONS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE NO

>> THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE >> THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE >> SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED

MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE >> ALL RIGHT THIS IS THE MOTION TO KILL THE VOTE ESSENTIALLY ON IMPEACHMENT YOU HEARD IT APPEARED TO BE DEFEATED IN THE AYES HAD IT

THEY'RE GOING TO DO A ROLL CALL VOTE THIS WILL GO ON ANOTHER 15 MINUTES >> SUSAN COLLINS ANNOUNCED SHE'S GOING TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION THAT WAS IN DISPUTE SHE'S A KEY PLAYER

SHE'S STRUGGLED WITH TOUGH VOTES BEFORE, ESPECIALLY IN THE KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION SHE COULD BE ONE OF THE FEW, LISA MURKOWSKI WHO FORCE MITCH McCONNELL'S HAND AND PERMIT CHUCK SCHUMER TO GET THE WITNESSES, AT LEAST TO CALL FOR THE WITNESSES >> THIS IS ACTUALLY — I GOT THAT WRONG THIS IS THE VOTE TO — THIS IS TO KILL THE McCARTHY RESOLUTION GEOFF, GET ME OUT OF TROUBLE HERE

IT DOESN'T TAKE FAR FOR ME TO GET THERE >> FOR ALL OF US, LESTER THIS IARCANE STUFF THIS IS A MOTION TO TABLE THE PRIVILEGE QUESTION THAT KEVIN McCARTHY, CONGRESS KEVIN McCARTHY OFFERED UP YOU SAW STENY HOYER THERE

HE OFFERED THIS MOTION TO TABLE IT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE LESS THAN 14 MINUTES LEFT LOOKS LIKE DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE THE VOTE TO KILL THIS MOTION AND KEEP THINGS MOVING >> BEFORE WE GET TO THE ISSUE OF IMPEACHMENT, WE HAVE TO APPROVE THE RULES THAT'S STILL TO COME? >> RIGHT THEY HAVE TO APPROVE THE RULE AND THEN THAT SETS IN MOTION, THE SIX HOURS OF DEBATE EACHLY DIVIDED BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS

AT THAT POINT, TWO FOLKS EASILY RECOGNIZABLE JERRY NADLER AND THE THEN THE TOP REPUBLICAN ON THAT COMMITTEE DOUG COLLINS THE TWO OF THEM WILL PRESIDE OVER THAT FLOOR DEBATE YOU'LL SEE SPEECHES FROM ADAM SCHIFF, HE WILL TICK THROUGH THE EVIDENCE, THE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF DEFENDERS, JIM JORDAN AND OTHERS WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THE LENGTH OF THAT SIX HOURS ONCE THAT'S CUT OFF, THEY GET AFTER IT AND VOTE ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

>> ANDREA, NANCY PELOSI, WE'LL BE SEEING HER A COUPLE OF TIMES LATER TODAY TALK ABOUT THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY ON ONE'S SHOULDERS >> SHE'LL OPEN THE GENERAL DEBATE AND GIVE A CLOSING SPEECH AS WILL HER COUNTERPARTS, THE MINORITY LEADER, REPUBLICAN LEADER, KEVIN McCARTHY FROM CALIFORNIA >> NANCY PELOSI HAS BEEN COMPLETELY MALIGNED AND DISMISSED AND ATTACKED IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY LETTER, THE SIX-PAGE LETTER THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD A GREAT HAND IN WRITING, WAS AIDED WITH STEVE MILLER, ONE OF HIS WRITERS — IT SOUNDED VERY MUCH LIKE THE STEVE BANNON, AMERICAN CARNAGE RHETORIC FROM THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS IT WAS THAT ASPECT OF DONALD TRUMP'S POLITICAL PERSONALITY COMING OUT

HE WAS ANGRY, THE MOOD IN THE WHITE HOUSE ANGRY YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR SOME OF THAT AMONG THE PARTISANS IN THIS DEBATE NANCY PELOSI HAS BEEN DIGNIFIED AND REALLY STRAIGHTFORWARD YOU SAW THAT ONE FLASH OF ANGER AT A REPORTER WHO ASKED IF SHE WAS DOING THIS BECAUSE SHE HATES DONALD TRUMP THAT WAS ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO

SHE TURNED BACK ON HER HEELS, WENT BACK TO THE MICROPHONE AND SAID I AM A CATHOLIC, I WAS RAISED A CATHOLIC, WE DON'T HATE ANYONE I WAS RAISED NOT TO HATE ANYONE AND STOMPED OUT SHE SAID SHE DID NOT WANT TO GO TO IMPEACHMENT DID SO RELUCTANTLY AND FINALLY WENT ALONG WITH IT BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH UKRAINE

AS YOU SEE WITH THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, THEY DO NOT EXCEPT IN PASSING REFER BACK TO ALL OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION WHEN THEY TALKED ABOUT THE PATTERN OF ABUSE, THAT IN THE FIRST ARTICLE WHAT REFERS IMPLICITLY AND SUBTLY BUT NOT LEGALLY TO EVERYTHING THAT PRECEDED IT THAT INFORMS WHAT THEY'RE DOING BUT NOT WHAT LED TO IMPEACHMENT SHE UNDERSTANDS THE POLITICS THEY COULD LOSE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE DEPENDING ON HOW THEY HANDLE THIS AND WHETHER THEY DO IT IN AS DIGNIFIED A WAY THAT THEY CAN

>> LET ME GO TO CHUCK TODD AS WE WATCH THIS PROCEDURAL VOTE TAKE PLACE OH, BY THE WAY, THERE'S A 2020 RACE FOR PRESIDENT IS THE PAUSE BUTTON BEING PUSHED ON THAT? >> WELL, I GUESS IT HAS BEEN FOR US I SAY THIS — THIS IS A CLASSIC CASE OF THE TREE FALLS IN A FOREST AND NOBODY IS THERE TO REPORT ON IT DID IT MAKE A SOUND? I THINK HAD THE FACT THAT THE WASHINGTON AND THE NATIONAL POLITICAL PRESS CORPS HAS BEEN LARGELY FOCUSED ON THIS, HAS BEEN ON PAUSE

IT'S BEEN ANYTHING BUT BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN LOTS OF ANTAGONISM IF YOU WILL IN SOME WAYS, IT'S BEEN ON ANOTHER PLANET I MEAN THERE HAVE BEEN SPEECHES ELIZABETH WARREN HAD A MAJOR SPEECH LAST WEEK, LEVELED ATTACKS ALMOST BY NAME ON PETE BUTTIGIEG AND JOE BIDEN

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ON "NIGHTLY NEWS" IT WAS SORT OF AN ACTIVE CAMPAIGN IT'S NOT AS IF IT'S BEEN ON PAUSE, IT'S JUST WE PERHAPS HAVEN'T — IT HASN'T BEEN AT THE CENTER — LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT THE POLITICS THERE'S TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT THE POLITICS OF THIS FOR THE PRESIDENT HALLIE HAS BEEN REPORTING THAT THEY BASICALLY MADE LEMONADE OUT THIS

CREATED A FUNDRAISING JUGGERNAUT ALL OF THAT IS TRUE IF YOU LOOK AT SINCE THE INQUIRY STARTED, WE BEGAN WITH THE COUNTRY SPLIT, SLIGHTLY, MAYBE IN FAVOR SAYING HE DID SOMETHING ON IMPEACHMENT THAT'S BEEN — CERTAINLY A LARGER MAJORITY BELIEVING HE DID SOMETHING WRONG THOSE NUMBERS HAVEN'T CHANGED

YOU LOOK AT IT AND SAY BUT LOOK AT ALL THE MONEY, TIME AND EFFORT AND HIS ALLIES HAD TO FIGHT TO A POLITICAL DRAW TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT IT, YES, THEY'RE HERE AND PROBABLY SAVED THE PRESIDENT FROM GETTING OUSTED FROM OFFICE WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? THEY'VE SURVIVED THIS BATTLE BUT IN THE LONG-TERM RKT HOW IS ANY OF THIS HELPING THE PRESIDENT'S CASE FOR RE-ELECTION HOW HAS IT HELPED A SWING VOTERS

WHEN WE START TO ASSESS THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT YOU LOOK AT, WOW, HIS NUMBERS HAVEN'T GONE DOWN THE FACT THAT THEY'RE STILL WHERE THEY'RE AT IS BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS HAD TO 10 TO $20 MILLION TO KEEP THE ATMOSPHERE UP THERE DEMOCRATS DIDN'T ENGAGE ON THIS ISSUE SOME WILL SAY MAYBE SHE THUF

THEY WERE HOPING TO HAVE PEOPLE SAY NO, NO, NO THIS IS ABOVE POLITICS BUT HERE WE ARE ALL I WOULD CAUTION IS THOSE THAT LOOK AT THIS, TRUMP IS WINNING TRUMP IS NOT WINNING TRUMP HAD TO DO ALL OF THIS WORK TO FIGHT TO A DRAW AND HE'S STILL UNDERWATER POLITICALLY

IMPEACHMENT HAS NOT BEEN GOOD FOR HIM FOR HIS RE-ELECTION >> WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO GEOFF BENNETT HE IS STANDING BY WITH A MEMBER OF CONGRESS >> CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA LET ME ASK YOU THIS QUESTION

I HEAR THIS FATALISTIC VIEW FROM DEMOCRATS BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL LIKELY BE ACQUITTED BY THE SENATE, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF ALL OF THIS POLITICALLY? HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THIS? >> WE'VE LEARNED STANDING UP TO THE PRESIDENT STOPS HIS CORRUPTION ONLY ONCE DR FIONA HILL AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN WENT TO THE LAWYERS DID IT PUT INTO MOTION THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT WE FOUND OUT WHAT HAPPENED AND UKRAINE GOT THE AID

THE PRESIDENT GOT CAUGHT AND GOT THE AID IF THEY HAD NOT STOOD UP TO HIM, THE UKRAINE WOULD PROBABLY STILL NOT HAVE THE AID AND RUSSIA WOULD ADVANCE ON UKRAINE THE MESSAGE I TAKE FROM THAT, WHEN YOU STAND UP TO THE PRESIDENT AND SHOW COURAGE, YOU CAN EXTINGUISH HIS CORRUPTION >> A PROCESS QUESTION YOU HEARD REPUBLICANS AND THEY STILL SAY THEY DESERVE THEIR DAY TO BE IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT TO CALL THEIR OWN WITNESSES AND DIRECT THEIR OWN LINE OF QUESTIONING

WHY SHOULDN'T THEY HAVE THAT? IT SEEMS IN THE INTEREST OF FAIRNESS, SEEMS LIKE A REASONABLE THING TO DO >> THEY'VE HAD EQUAL TIME DURING DEPPATIONS AND HEARINGS WHAT THEY — DEPOSITIONS AND HEARINGS WHAT THEY SHOULD DO IS SEND US THE 71 DOCUMENTS HE'S REFUSING TO PROVIDE AND SEND THE WITNESSES THAT HE'S BLOCKED FROM TESTIFYING IN A POLL, THEY SAID THE PRESIDENT SHOULD PROVIDE THE WITNESSES HE'S BLOCKING

IF YOU DON'T PROVIDE THE WITNESSES, MOST PEOPLE ASSUME YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE >> CHAIRMAN SCHIFF HAS SAID THE INVESTIGATION WILL CONTINUE EVEN AS IMPEACHMENT ON THE HOUSE SIDE ENDS FOR NOW WHAT HAPPENS IF AN EVIDENTIARY BOMBSHELL FALLS INTO YOUR LAP IN FEBRUARY? BY THEN IMPEACHMENT ON THE HOUSE IS DONE, THE TRIAL WRAPS UP WHAT HAPPENS THEN? >> WE'LL CONTINUE TO LEGISLATE BY THE WAY, WE'RE PASSING A TRADE DEAL TOMORROW, PULL BACK THE SALT TAX BREAK THAT WAS TAKEN AWAY

BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AND LITIGATE IN THE COURTS WE'RE GOING TO HOLD THIS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE WHEN YOU CHECK HIM, THE RIGHT THING CAN HAPPEN WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO CHECK HIM >> ANY CONCERN THAT IMPEACHMENT MIGHT HAVE A BLOWBACK EFFECT AND THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY SUCH THAT IT EXISTS RIGHT NOW WON'T EXIST INTO THE NEXT CYCLE? >> NO

OUR CONCERN IS THAT WE DO NOTHING WE DO LOSE EVERYTHING >> CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL THANK YOU >>> GEOFF, THANKS WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW

HALLIE JACKSON IS STANDING BY HALLIE >>> WE KNOW THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS LIKELY TO BE ENGAGED IN THE PROCEEDINGS AS THEY PICK UP AND DEVELOP, GEOFF THIS IS A RATHER ARCANE PROCESS, YOU'RE RIGHT NOT ONE WE OFTEN SEE AIRING LIVE ON TELEVISION

BUT IT IS FITTING ON A DAY LIKE THIS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM ARE ENGAGED INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE, THE TVS ARE TUNED TO THE CABLE IT'S INTERESTING, WHEN CHUCK RAISES THE POINT IN YOUR CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT POLITICALLY IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT THIS IN 2020 ESSENTIALLY AND HOW THIS WILL END UP LITIGATED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, YOU'RE SEEING GLIMPSES OF THAT THIS ISN'T PART OF THE STRATEGY FROM THE — I'VE BEEN HEARING IT FROM THE DAY THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY BEGAN FROM MY SOURCES AT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THAT IS TO TRY TO NOT NECESSARILY DIVERT THE FOCUS AWAY FROM IMPEACHMENT BUT TRY TO EVERYTHING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TALKING ABOUT WANTING TO DO

LEGISLATIVE LEGISLATIVELY, THAT IS NOT OBVIOUSLY IMPEACHMENT A THAT INCLUDES THINGS LIKE THE US/MEXICO CANADA TRADE AGREEMENT SET TO BE RATIFIED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE CHINA TRADE DEAL THAT YOU'RE HEARING ABOUT WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THERE'S BEEN AN AGREEMENT REACHED ON PHASE 1

THESE ARE KEY PRIORITIES OF THE PRESIDENT WHY DOES THIS MATTER? IT LET THEM GO TO A RALLY LIKE THE ONE TONIGHT AND TALK ABOUT CONCRETE THINGS THAT HE IS DOING HE TWINS THAT WITH RAILING AGAINST THE WASHINGTON ELITE AS HE SO OFTEN DID MUCH THIS IS A PAGE OUT OF THE 2016 PLAYBOOK IT'S A DIFFERENT BOOK THESE DAYS AS WE HEAD INTO 2020 GIVEN THAT HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR THREE YEARS ABOUT SO FAR GIVEN THAT HE WILL BE AN IMPEACHED PRESIDENT

BY THE WAY, THE FIRST ONE EVER IN HISTORY SEEKING RE-ELECTION YET, IT IS AN ECHO TO WHAT WE SAW FROM HIM AS HE WAS COMING UP AS A RELATIVE POLITICAL NEOPHYTE AS FAR AS THE — COMING UP IN 2016 RAILING AGAINST THE WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT AND TALKING ABOUT THE PROMISES HE WANTED TO MAKE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS DOES PRESENT POLITICAL CHALLENGES FOR HIM MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT THAT IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT HIS TEAM WILL HAVE TO GRAPPLE WITH

OUR REPORTING ON THE CAMPAIGN SIDE INDICATES THAT AIDES ARE GLEE FULL ALMOST ABOUT THE PROSPECT TO SAY, LOOK, REPUBLICANS ARE STANDING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ALL OF THESE LAWMAKERS THAT YOU'RE SEEING, THE ONES THAT GEOFF MENTIONED, YOU'LL BE HEARING FROM TODAY THESE ARE STAUNCH ALLIES OF THE PRESIDENT I SEE THEM HERE OFTEN AT THE WHITE HOUSE COMING FOR MEETINGS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED AS WELL AS THE ABILITY THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORTERS TO STAY BEHIND HIM EVEN IN A MOMENT LIKE THIS

THIS IS A PRESIDENT EXTREMELY ON MESSAGE DESPITE THE KRIT SACHL OF — CRITICISM THE DEMOCRATS ARE LEVELING AGAINST HIM >> HOW IS IT THE PRESIDENT TOOK A LONG BUMPY ROAD AND GOT WHERE HE WANTED TO BE BY THAT I MEAN, THE DEMOCRATS CONTENTION HAS BEEN THAT HE WANTED THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN INVESTIGATION BY UKRAINE SO HE WOULD HAVE A TALKING POINT AGAINST JOE BIDEN WELL, HE HAS THAT TALKING POINT, NOT EXACTLY IN THE WAY HE WANTED

YOU KNOW, BIDEN AND BURISMA ARE NOW PART OF THE CONVERSATION >> ESPECIALLY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, LESTER WHEN YOU HAVE SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM FOR EXAMPLE RAISING THE PROSPECT OF SEEING HUNTER BIDEN, THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SEE THE BIDENS TESTIFY IN A SENATE TRIAL, LIKELY TO NOT HAPPEN, OF COURSE YOU MAKE AN INTERESTING POINT BUT REMEMBER WHEN YOU RAISE THESE INVESTIGATIONS AND REVOKE HUNTER BIDEN'S NAME, THERE HAS BEEN A SERIES OF FACT CHECKS OUT THERE AND THE REBUTTALS

AND THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE TALKED TO SOURCES IN AND AROUND THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN ABOUT THEY SAY IT'S SIMPLY NOT ACCURATE HE DID ASK AND THERE IS AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT HE WANTED UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE THAT IS NOT A SET OF FACTS IN DISPUTE THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE TRANSCRIPT IN THAT CRITICAL JULY CALL NOW

IT PUTS IT IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE, IN THE SPHERE OF DISCUSSION HERE I WANT TO MAKE ONE THING VERY CLEAR HERE EARLY ON IN THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDING, THE WH IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS GOING TO BE HAPPENING, MAYBE THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY WANTS TO BE IMPEACHED PERHAPS HE WOULD ENJOY THIS AND IT WOULD HELP HIM POLITICALLY THAT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE

HE DOES NOT WANT THIS RIGHT? WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IS HE GETTING WHAT HE WANTS? HE WILL FOREVER HAVE AN ASTERISK NEXT TO HIS NAME, THE SAME ONE THAT ANDREW JOHNSON AND BILL CLINTON HAVE NEXT TO THEIR NAMES ONLY THE SECOND ONE IN MODERN US HISTORY TO DO SO

THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THIS PRESIDENT DESIRES THAT'S MADE EXTREMELY CAREER TO ME IT'S MONEY THAT PRESIDENT WAS — >> THEY'RE MAKING LEMONADE OUT OF IT THEY KIND OF HAVE TO THERE'S NOT A GREAT OPTION AT THIS POINT

THE LEMONS ARE ON THE TABLE HERE WE'LL SEE THAT IN SIX HOURS OR SO FOR THE PRESIDENT, IT'S A DIFFICULT MOMENT HE'S BY ALL ACCOUNTS THIS MOMENT, ANGRY, NOT HAPPY BUT READY TO GO TO HAVE THIS POLITICAL BATTLE

>>> HALLIE, THANKS CHUCK TODD, IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT THE SUPPORTERS OF THE PRESIDENT SEEM TO GET WEARY OF ALL OF THIS? >> IS IT POSSIBLE? I THINK THEY ARE THERE'S PROOF OF THAT WE SPENT TIME WITH VOTERS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO CHECK IN IS IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

ONE OF THE STATES HE PULLED AN UPSET IN, IN 2016 THE HOME OF THE GERALD FORD REPUBLICANS THIS IS JUSTIN A MOSH, THE ONE REPUBLICAN — LET'S NOT REWRITE HISTORY TODAY THERE WILL BE NO REPUBLICANS SUPPORTING IMPEACHMENT THAT'S BECAUSE THERE WAS A REPUBLICAN IN SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT AND HE HAD TO LEAVE HIS PARTY TO FEEL HE COULD EXPRESS HIS VIEWS

THAT'S THE ONE FROM GRAND RAPID ONE WAS A REPULSED REPUBLICAN I THINK THE PRESIDENT'S BIGGEST PROBLEM IN RE-ELECTION IS GOING TO BE EXHAUSTION IS GOING TO BE WHERE YOU HAVE THIS — THE VOTER HE DESPERATELY NEEDS IS GOING TO BE THE SUBURBAN FORMER REPUBLICAN, A ROMNEY VOTER PERHAPS THAT MAYBE THEY HELD — SOME OF THEM HELD THEIR NOSE AND VOTED FOR HIM IN '16 THEY DON'T SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT

DOESN'T MEAN THEY WANT ANOTHER FOUR YEARS I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT REPUBLICANS HAVEN'T FULLY COMPREHENDED HOW, AT LEAST THE ONES ON CAPITOL HILL, AT HOW THE PUBLIC IS PERCEIVING THIS DON'T ASSUME THAT SOMEONE AGAINST IMPEACHMENT IS FOR THE REPUBLICANS THERE IS PLENTY OF PEOPLE AROUND HERE SCOTT WALKER WAS BEING RECALLED, HE SURVIVED HIS RECALL

THERE WAS A GROUP OF VOTERS WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA WHO SAID WE'RE NOT GOING THROUGH THE RECALL PROCESS I DO THINK THAT EXHAUSTION ULT MAY WILL ULTIMATELY THIS WHOLE PROCESS MADE HIS CHANCES FOR RE-ELECTION HARDER >> 7:00 ON THE WEST COAST

10:00 AM HERE IN THE EAST WE'RE WATCHING THE BEGINNING OF THE PROCEEDINGS THAT WILL LEAD UP TO THE VOTE OF THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT HE WILL GO DOWN AS THE THIRD AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO BE IMPEACHED

ABUSE OF POWER, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS ANDREA MITCHELL IS HERE WITH US THOSE JOINING US CHARACTERIZED THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY OF THIS DAY >> THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'RE HAVING AN IMPEACHMENT IN THE FIRST TERM OF A PRESIDENCY SO THE RE-ELECTION THAT IS AHEAD OF US IS ANOTHER MAJOR FACTOR

THE HISTORY THE BURDEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IS REALLY PROFOUND YOU MAY NOT SEE AN ELEVATED DEBATE LET'S LISTEN TO THE PRESIDING OFFICER >> THE MOTION IS ADOPTED

WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAYED ON THE TABLE >> MADAM SPEAKER BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I ASK FOR IT TO BE IN CONSIDERATION >> HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 73 HOUSE RESOLUTION 767 RESOLVED IMMEDIATELY UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION WITHOUT ANY POINT OF ORDER THE HOUSE SHALL PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE HOUSE — IN THE HOUSE OF THE RESOLUTION HOUSE RESOLUTION 755 IMPEACHING DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE NOW PRINTED IN THE RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AS AMENDED TO ADOPTION WITHOUT DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE PRESIDENT EXCEPT AS FOLLOWS SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR SIX HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES IT SHALL BE DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO ARTICLES SECTION 2, DURING CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 755, ONLY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS SHALL BE ADMITTED TO THE HALL OF THE HOUSE OR ROOMS LEADING THERE TO

A, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS B, THE DELEGATES AND THE RESIDENT COMMISSIONER, C, THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, D, OTHER PERSONS AS DESIGNATED BY THE SPEAKER SECTION 3, AFTER ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 755 IT SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE A RESOLUTION APPOINTING AND AUTHORIZING MANAGERS FOR THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IF ALL PROVIDED CHAIRS A COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY OR HIS DESIGNEE TO ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY NO OTHER RESOLUTION INCIDENTAL TO IMPEACHMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 755 SHALL BE PRIVILEGED DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE 116th CONGRESS

SECTION 4, THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE MAY INSERT IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD SUCH MATERIAL AS HE MAY BE — >> AND THE CLERK READING THE RESOLUTION, THE MOTION NOW, THIS IS GETTING TO THE RULES THE RULES NOW BEING PUT FORTH WE MAY SEE REPUBLICANS TRY TO TABLE THIS >> MADAM SPEAKER, I READ THE POINT OF ORDER FOR FAILURE — >> POINT OF ORDER >> I RAISE THIS POINT OF ORDER FOR FAILURE TO DISCLOSE THE WAIVER CLAUSE 2-J-1 PURSUANT TO CLAUSE RULE OF 13 WHICH REQUIRES THE RULES COMMITTEE TO SPECIFY THEIR REPORT

ANY WAIVER OF A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST A MEASURE UNDER CONSIDERATION AND THIS UNDERLYING RESOLUTION VIOLATES CLAUSE 2-J-1 OF RULE 11 THAT ENTITLES THE MINORITY OF THE COMMITTEE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO CALL WITNESSES TO TESTIFY DURING AT LEAST ONE DAY OF A HEARING ON ANY GIVEN MEASURE THIS WAS NOT AFFORDED TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS DURING CONSIDERATIONS OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT DESPITE NUMEROUS REQUESTS BY THE MINORITIES MEMBERS THEREFORE THE VIOLATION OF MINORITY RIGHTS AND THE DENIAL OF THIS EVIDENCE TO BE PUT INTO THE RECORD AND FOR THIS HEARING WHICH THE HOUSE RULES REQUIRE WHICH WAS NOT COMPLIED WITH AND WAS DENIED I WOULD URGE THE ENFORCEMENT OF THIS RULE >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEKS TO RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST HOUSE RESOLUTION 767-ON-THE GROUNDS THAT THE REPORT ACCOMPANYING THE RESOLUTION FAILS TO SPECIFY WAIVER OF A PARTICULAR POINT OF ORDER AND IS THUS IN VIOLATION OF CLASS 6-G OF RULE 13

THE GENTLEMAN IS STATING A MATTER FOR DEBATE RATHER THAN A PROPER POINT OF ORDER CLASS 6-G OF RULE 13 IS MERELY INFORMATIONAL ON ANY SPECIFIED WAIVERS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE IN THE 104th CONGRESS ANY QUOTE FAILURE OF THE RULES COMMITTEE TO SPECIFY WAIVERS IN A RULE WOULD NOT GIVE RISE TO A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE SPECIAL RULE THAT WAIVES ALL POINT OF ORDER THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE THE GENTLEMAN AGAIN THAT HE IS NOT STATING A PROPER POINT OF ORDER MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED

>> MADAM SPEAKER >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED >> FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD A CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MY GOOD FRIEND AND THEN YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MACON ASSUME DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS BE GIVEN FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS

>> WITHOUT OBJECTION >> ON TUESDAY THEY MET AND RECORDED A CLOSED RULE FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 757 PROVIDING FOR IMPEACHING DONALD J TRUMP PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS THE RULE PROVIDES SIX HOURS OF DEBATE — >> SO THIS IS THE OFFICIAL START OF DEBATE ON THE RULES INCLUDING A SIX HOUR EQUAL TIME TO DEBATE

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE RULES NOW THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH ON SCHEDULE YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME COVERING THIS BODY A LOT OF PROCEDURES IT TAKES AWHILE

>> IT DOES THIS IS MOVING RATHER QUICKLY FOR CONGRESS >> THIS IS A CLOSED RULE SO IT'S NOT AMENDABLE SO THE REPUBLICANS USE THEIR PROCEDURE YOU SAW STEVE SCALISE, THE REPUBLICAN THAT HAD A LOT OF ACCLAIM FOR THE WAY HE RECOVERED FROM THE SHOOTING YEARS AGO HE IS VERY POPULAR AMONG BOTH PARTIES BEYOND PARTISANSHIP FOR SHOWING SUCH COURAGE AND RESILIENCE

BUT THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM COLORADO PRESIDING RIGHT NOW OVER THIS AND RULED IT OUT OF ORDER IT WILL BE 30 MINUTES OR EACH SIDE YOU'LL HEAR FROM THE RANKING REPUBLICAN AND NONE OF THIS WOULD BE HAPPENING IF THE DEMOCRATS WERE STILL IN THE MINORITY EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE IS DEPENDENT ON WHO IS IN CHARGE WHERE AS THE SENATE HAS FILIBUSTER RULES LARGELY AMENDED BUT THERE'S STILL A FILIBUSTER AND A WAY FOR INDIVIDUAL SENATORS TO GUM UP THE WORKS ON THE HOUSE SIDE

IF YOU ARE IN CHARGE, IF YOU HAVE THE VOTES, IF YOU HAVE THE SPEAKER, YOU RULE YOU RULE THE RULES COMMITTEE AND THAT RULES THE DEBATE >> REPUBLICANS HAVE FEW OPPORTUNITIES HERE TO TRY TO SLOW THIS TRAIN DOWN AT THIS POINT >> THEY DO THEY CAN TRY BUT THIS DEBATE WILL BE GENERALLY SIX HOURS

THERE ARE WAIVERS IN THAT, WHEN THE SPEAKER GETS UP, WHEN THE REPUBLICAN COUNTERPART GETS UP, THE MINORITY LEADER, THAT DOESN'T COUNT AGAINST THE OVERALL SIX HOURS >> THAT CLOCK HAS NOT STARTED THIS IS A ONE HOUR CLOCK THAT JUST STARTED ON THE RULES >> IF YOU'RE TIMING YOUR DINNER ACCORDING TO THIS I WOULD KEEP THINGS READY FOR THE MICROWAVE >> WE'LL WATCH THAT PLAY OUT

WE'RE WATCHING RULES HERE BUT THERE'S NOT A LOT OF RULES ABOUT IMPEACHMENT THE FRAMERS LAYED OUT SOME SPECIFICS BUT NOT AS MANY AS PERHAPS PEOPLE WOULD HOPE FOR >> ABSOLUTELY THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT HANGS OVER ALL OF US THE REAL CHALLENGE IS WHY NOT SINCE THERE'S AN ELECTION IN 11 MONTHS WHY NOT JUST LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE THIS

WHY SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BE VOTED OUT NOT BY THE ELECTORATE BUT BY HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THAT'S WHERE I THINK THE SIX PAGE LETTER I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT BECAUSE ONE THING IT SHOWS IS A COMPLETE LACK OF REMORSE YOU DON'T HAVE THE PRESIDENT SAYING I MADE A MISTAKE I'M NOT GOING TO DO THIS AGAIN INSTEAD HE SAID I'M HAPPY TO DO IT AGAIN

SO I THINK THAT YOU'LL SEE THE DEMOCRATS WILL TRY TO CAPITALIZE ON THAT HOW MANY ARROWS DO DEMOCRATS HAVE? >> THEIR CHIEF ARGUMENT IS THIS IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE HE THREATENED TO INVITE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE INTO THE ELECTION IN 2020 AND THAT WAS A PRIMARY ISSUE FOR THE FOUNDERS WHEN THEY CREATED IMPEACHMENT IT WAS INFORMED BY THEIR FEAR OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE

THEY WERE BREAKING AWAY FROM ENGLAND AND THE KING AND THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS NO FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AND THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF WHAT THEY HAVE DEFINED AS HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, WHATEVER DEFINITIONS THERE ARE AND IT'S NOT A LEGAL TERM BUT THAT'S WHY THEY SAY THEY NEEDED TO ACT NOW >> LET'S GO BACK TO JEFF STANDING THERE OUTSIDE OF THE CHAMBERS YOU HAVE A GUEST WITH YOU I SEE >> I DO WE SAW HER MAKE HER WAY TO THE FLOOR

WE ANTICIPATE THAT SHE WILL SPEAK SOMETIME SHORTLY BUT YOU'RE RIGHT I'M STANDING HERE WITH MARK MEADOWS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA >> IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU >> GOOD TO SEE YOU AS WELL >> WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT? >> IT'S A SAD DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY

IT'S NOT AS MUCH FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HE KNOWS THAT HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG HE KNOWS THAT THIS IS A PARTISAN EFFORT BUT IT'S A SAD DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY WE COULD BE FIXING ROADS AND BRIDGES AND LOWERING DRUG PRICES AND PASSING LEGISLATION MEANINGFUL TO PEOPLE BACK HOME AND INSPITE OF THAT THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO ROAR BUT THE PRESIDENT IS CERTAINLY IN A SOMBER MOOD BECAUSE HE SEES WHAT THIS IS DOING TO THE COUNTRY AND HOW IT'S DIVIDING THE COUNTRY AND YET SUPPORT FOR IMPEACHMENT CONTINUES TO FAIL >> WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE THAT SAY HIS OWN DEALINGS IN EFFECT DIVIDED THE COUNTRY

>> THERE'S ONLY TWO PROBLEMS WITH THAT IT'S REALLY THE BEHAVIOR OF THE DEMOCRATS THAT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT TODAY BRINGING FORTH AN IMPEACHMENT BASED ON THE FLIMSY EVIDENCE AND A LOT OF HEARSAY YOU HAVE A REAL PROBLEM YOU HAVE THE NUMBER ONE GUY IN UKRAINE AND THE NUMBER TWO AND NUMBER 3 PERSON IN UKRAINE ALL OF WHICH SAY THERE WAS NO LEAKAGE TO AID OR ASK FOR POLITICAL FAVORS BUT THEY FELT NO PRESSURE

SO YOU HAVE FACT WITNESSES, THE VERY VICTIM OF THE CRIME THAT ARE SAYING THAT THERE'S NOTHING THERE AND YET WE'RE EMBARKING ON IMPEACHMENT? IT'S WRONG >> THE MOUNTAIN OF EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY TELL A DIFFERENT STORY >> THE MOUNTAIN OF HEARSAY AND NOBODY HAS BEEN IN MORE DEPOSITIONS AND HEARINGS THAN ME I HAVE LOOKED IN THE EYES JUST LIKE I AM LOOKING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHT NOW AND WHAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE IS TIME AND TIME AGAIN WHEN THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN EXONERATED EITHER BY TESTIMONY OR BY DIRECT EVIDENCE, YOU KNOW, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE IGNORED IT THEIR RUSH TO IMPEACHMENT

WE HAD THREE IMPEACHMENT VOTES BEFORE THERE WAS EVER A UKRAINIAN PHONE CALL NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, WHAT'S GOING TO BE NEXT BUT IT WOULDN'T BE HEARSAY IF HE WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO TELL WHAT THEY KNOW >> I'VE BEEN ONE SUPPORTIVE OF SECRETARY POMPEO AND PERRY WOULD THEY BELIEVE HIM? NO HE WORKS FOR THE PRESIDENT

YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THIS WORKS AND WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO IS TRY TO MAKE SURE THIS IS ALL ABOUT POLITICS WHY DO YOU HAVE TO LEAVE? >> I'M TOLD WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE FLOOR HERE GOOD TO SEE YOU AS WELL >> I DON'T THINK HE WANTED TO LEAVE YET THANK YOU, JEFF FOR THAT

AND AS WE NOTED A MOMENT AGO WE KICKED OFF THE HOUR DEBATE OF THE RULES THAT WILL GOVERN HOW THEY WILL DEBATE AND ULTIMATELY VOTE ON THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TODAY ANDREA MITCHELL WE'RE GOING TO BREAK AWAY HERE IN A MOMENT BUT WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KEEP IN MIND >> THIS DEBATE WILL REPLICATE A LOT OF WHAT WE HEARD IN THE HEARINGS BUT THERE'S A DIFFERENT ONE IF YOU WILL, IF IT CONCLUDES AS WE THINK IT WILL, THERE WILL BE A SENATE TRIAL >> WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WRAP UP THIS PORTION OF OUR COVERAGE

IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE ON MSNBC AND NBC NEWSCOM MOST OF YOU WILL GO BACK TO THE TODAY SHOW NOW WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WE'LL BE BACK ON THE AIR WHEN THE DEBATE OF THE ACTUAL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEGIN OR IF EVENTS WARRANT

FOR NOW I'M LESTER HOLT IN NEW YORK GOOD DAY, EVERYONE G TO MEET A WITH A VERY TOUCHING HOLIDAY TRADITION, WHY HE SPENDS THE SEASON SPREADING HOPE TO OTHER >>> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT A VOTE FOR THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT HERE IS LESTER HOLT

>> IT'S JUST BEFORE NOON IN THE EAST AND WE CONTINUE WITH OUR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AS IT CONSIDERS THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AFTER A MORNING OF EFFORTS BY REPUBLICANS TO SLOW DOWN OR STOP THIS PROCESS ALL OVERRIDDEN BY THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY THE ACTUAL DEBATE ITSELF NOW BEGINS ON THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS BOTH EXPECTED TO PASS TODAY ALONG PARTY LINES WHICH WOULD RESULT IN A SENATE TRIAL FOR A PRESIDENT FOR THE THIRD TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY WE WERE WATCHING RIGHT NOW WE'RE ABOUT TO HEAR FROM THE PERSON DRIVING THIS PROCESS

THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, NANCY PELOSI >> THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER LAYED ON THE TABLE >> THIS MEANS THEY WERE ABOUT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ACTUAL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AFTER THIS PROCEDURE VOTE JEFF IS WATCHING ON CAPITOL HILL WITH US >> HEY, LESTER, WE EXPECT THE CLERK TO READ THROUGH THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

THE FIRST ONE ABUSE OF POWER THE SECOND ONE BEING OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS AFTER THAT, CHAIRMAN NADLER WILL THEN CALL FOR HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI TO DELIVER REMARKS ONCE SHE IS DONE, NADLER WILL DELIVER REMARKS FOLLOWED BY CONGRESSMAN DOUG COLLINS, THE TOP REPUBLICAN ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOLLOWING THAT WE'RE OFF TO THE RACES

SIX HOURS OF DEBATE AND SHE IS GETTING THE HOUSE BACK IN ORDER RIGHT NOW BUT AFTER THAT, WE HAVE THE SIX HOURS OF DEBATE SPLIT EVENLY BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS DEMOCRATS OF COURSE WILL PICK THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN OF EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY THEY HAVE AMASSED OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY SAY PRESIDENT TRUMP USED HIS PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PERSONAL AND POLITICAL GAIN REPUBLICANS WILL MAKE THAT ARGUMENT THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING FOR WEEKS, MONTHS NOW THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BROUGHT THIS IMPEACHMENT CASE ON THE THINNEST OF EVIDENCE AT SOME POINT, THIS DEBATE AFTER THE SIX HOURS WILL BE CUTOFF AND THEN THEY WILL VOTE

WE'RE TRACKING THAT TO HAPPEN SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE 6:30 OR 7:00 HOUR EASTERN TIME >> THE REPRESENTATIVE IS PRESIDING, COLORADO IS PRESIDING OVER THIS — >> HOUSE RESOLUTION 755 THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION >> HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 61, HOUSE RESOLUTION 755 RESOLVED THAT DONALD JOHN TRUMP PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS IMPEACHED FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS AND THAT THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BE PRESENTED TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST DONALD JOHN TRUMP PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

ARTICLE ONE, ABUSE OF POWER THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD HAVE THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE ON CONVICTION OF TREASON, BRIBERY AND OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS IN HIS CONDUCT AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND IN VIOLATION OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL OATH FAITHFULLY TO EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND TO PRESEVEN, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND IN VIOLATION OF HIS DUTY TO TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS BE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED DONALD J TRUMP ABUSED THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY IN THAT ABUSING THE POWERS OF HIS HIGH OFFICE HE SOLICITED THE INTERFERENCE OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT UKRAINE IN THE 2020 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL DID COURSE OF CONDUCT THAT INCLUDED SOLICITING THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS THAT WOULD BENEFIT HIS REELECTION, HARM THE ELECTION PROSPECTS OF A POLITICAL POINT AND HAVE AN ADVANTAGE PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT TO PRESSURE THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE TO TAKE THESE STEPS BY CONDITIONING OFFICIAL UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ACTS OF SIGNIFICANT VALUE TO UKRAINE ON ITS PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP ENGAGED IN THIS SCHEME OR COURSE OF CONDUCT FOR CORRUPT PURPOSES AND IN PURSUIT OF PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT IN SO DOING USING THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY COMPROMISING THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND UNDERMINE THE UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PROCESS HE THUS IGNORED AND INJURED THE INTERESTS OF THE NATION

PRESIDENT TRUMP ENGAGED IN THIS SCHEME OR COURSE OF CONDUCT THROUGH THE FOLLOWING MEANS: ONE, PRESIDENT TRUMP ACTING DIRECTLY AND THROUGH HIS AGENTS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CORRUPTLY SOLICITED THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS INTO, A, A POLITICAL OPPONENT, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH R BIDEN JUNIOR AND B A DISCREDITED THEORY PROMOTED BY RUSSIA ALLEGING THAT UKRAINE RATHER THAN RUSSIA INTERFERES IN THE 2016 UNITED STATES PRESIDENT SAL ELECTION TWO WITH THE SAME CORRUPT MOTIVES, PRESIDENT DIRECTLY AND THROUGH HIS AGENTS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CONDITIONED THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT HE HAD REQUESTED, A

, THE RELEASE OF $391 MILLION OF UNITED STATES TAXPAYER FUNDS THAT CONGRESS HAD APPROPRIATED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE TO OPPOSE RUSSIAN CORRUPTION AND B HEAD OF STATE MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHICH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE SOUGHT TO DEMONSTRATE CONTINUED UNITED STATES SUPPORT FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE IN THE FACE OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION THREE, FACED WITH WITH THE PUBLIC REVELATION OF HIS ACTIONS, PRESIDENT TRUMP ULTIMATELY RELEASED THE MILITARY AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE BUT HAS PERSISTED IN OPENLY AND CORRUPTLY URGING UKRAINE TO UNDERTAKE INVESTIGATIONS FOR HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT AND FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN UNITED STATES ELECTIONS IN ALL OF THIS PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY BY IGNORING AND INJURING NATIONAL SECURITY AND OTHER VITAL NATIONAL INTERESTS TO OBTAIN AN IMPROPER PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT HE HAS ALSO BETRAYED THE NATION BY ABUSING HIS HIGH OFFICE TO ENLIST A FOREIGN POWNER CORRUPTING DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS WHERE FOREHE WILL REMAIN A THREAT TO THE OFFICE AND ACTED IN A MANNER IN GROSS TLUS OF THE RULE OF LAW AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE AND DISQUALIFICATION TO HOLD AND ENJOY ANY OFFICE OF HONOR TRUST OR PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES

ARTICLE TWO, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL HAVE THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT AND THE PRESIDENTIAL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE ON IMPEACHMENT FOR AND CONVICTION OF TREASON, BRIBERY, OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS IN HIS CONDUCT OF THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND IN VIOLATION OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL OATH, FAITHFULLY TO EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND IN VIOLATION OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS BE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED, DONALD J TRUMP HAS DIRECTED THE UNPRECEDENTED CATEGORICALLY AND INDISCRIMINATE DEFIANCE OF SUBPOENAS ISSUED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PURSUANT TO THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ABUSED THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY IN A MANNER OFFENSIVE TOO AND SUBVERSIVE OF THE CONSTITUTION IN THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS ENGAGED IN AN IMPEACHMENT CHOIR FOCUSED ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CORRUPT SOLICITATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE TO INTERFERE IN THE 2020 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

AS PART OF THE IMPEACHMENT CHOIR THE COMMITTEE UNDERTAKING THE INVESTIGATION SERVED SUBPOENAS SEEKING DOCUMENTS AND TESTIMONY DEEMED VITAL TO THE INQUIRY FROM VARIOUS EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES AND OFFICES AND CURRENT AND FORMER OFFICIALS IN RESPONSE WITHOUT LAWFUL CAUSE OR EXCUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTED EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES, OFFICES AND OFFICIALS NOT TO COMPLY WITH THOSE SUBPOENAS PRESIDENT TRUMP THUS INTERPOSED THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY AGAINST THE LAWFUL SUBPOENAS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ASSUMED TO HIMSELF FUNCTIONS IN JUMS NECESSARY TO THE EXERCISE OF THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT VESTED BY THE CONSTITUTION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS HIGH OFFICE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING MEANS ONE DIRECTING THE WHITE HOUSE TO DEFY A LAWFUL SUBPOENA BY WITH HOLDING THE PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS SOUGHT THERE-IN BY THE COMMITTEE AND SUBJECTING OTHER AGENCIES AND OFFICES TO DEFY LAUL SUBPOENAS AND WITHHOLD THE DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS FROM THE COMMITTEES IN RESPONSE TO WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE REFUSE TO PRODUCE A SINGLE DOCUMENT OR RECORD

THREE, DIRECTING CURRENT AND FORMER EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS NOT TO COOPERATE WITH THE COMMITTEES IN RESPONSE TO WHICH NINE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS DEFIED SUBPOENAS TOR TESTIMONY AND NAMELY JOHN MICHAEL MICK MULVANEY, ROBERT B BLAIR, JOHN EISENBERG, MICHAEL ELLIS, RUSSELL IT VOTE MICHAEL DUFFY, BRIAN McCORMICK AND T BRECK BROUL CONSISTENT WITH THE PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS INTO FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN UNITED STATES ELECTIONS

THROUGH THESE ACTIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT TO ARROW GATE TWO HIMSELF THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE THE PROPRIETY, SCOPE AND NATURE OF AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO HIS OWN CONDUCT AS WELL AS THE PREROGATIVE TO DENY ANY SAND ALL INFORMATION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE EXERCISE OF ITS SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC NO PRESIDENT HAS ORDERED THE COMPLETE DEFIANCE OF AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OR SOUGHT SO COMPREHENSIVELY THE ABILITY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INVESTIGATE HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS THIS ABUSE OF OFFICE SERVED TO COVER UP THE PRESIDENT'S REPEATED MISS CONDUCT AND TO CONCEIVE AND CONTROL THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT AND NULLIFY A VITAL CONSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARD VESTED HOLILY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN ALL OF THIS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ACTED IN A MANNER CONTRARY TO HIS TRUST AS PRESIDENT AND SUBVERSIVE OF CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT TO THE GREAT PREJUDICE OF THE CAUSE OF LAW AND JIFS INTO THE MANIFEST INJURY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP BY SUCH CONDUCT HAS DEMONSTRATED HE WILL REMAIN A THREAT TO THE CONSTITUTION IF ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE AND ACTED IN A MANNER GROSSLY INCOMPATIBLE WITH SELF GOVERNANCE AND THE RULE OF LAW

PRESIDENT TRUMP THUS WARRANTS IMPEACHMENT AND TRIAL, REMOVAL FROM OFFICE AND DISQUALIFICATION TO HOLD AND ENJOY ANY OFFICE OF HONOR, TRUST OR PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES >> PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 767 THE AMENDMENT RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY IS ADOPTED THE RESOLUTION SHAWL BE DEBATABLE BY SIX HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY OR THEIR RESPECTIVE ZIG KNEES MR NADLER AND MR

COLLINS EACH WILL CONTROL THREE HOURS THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE MAN FROM NEW YORK, JERRY NADLER >> I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE REMARKS AND INSERT MATERIAL ON 755 >> WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDER >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHES SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

>> THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAK SER RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP IN HELPING US HONOR THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES I ALSO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE TO CHAIRMAN SCHIFF WHO WILL BE PRESIDING LATER IN THE DAY MY COLLEAGUES, THIS MORNING AND EVERY MORNING WHEN WE COME TOGETHER MEMBERS RISE AND PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

EVERY DAY ALL ACROSS AMERICA CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, OFFICIALS AND THOSE CIVICALLY ENGAGED ALSO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG LET US RECALL WHAT THAT PLEDGE SAYS I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC — TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS IS ONE WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT TODAY A REPUBLIC, IF WE CAN KEEP IT

WE GATHER TODAY UNDER THE DOME OF THIS TEMPLE OF DEMOCRACY TO EXERCISE ONE OF THE MOST SOLEMN POWERS THAT THIS BODY CAN TAKE THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NO MEMBER REGARDLESS OF PARTY OR POLITICS COMES TO CONGRESS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT BUT EVERY ONE OF US AS OUR FIRST ACT AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS STOOD ON THIS HISTORIC HOUSE FLOOR BEFORE OUR BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN FLAG AND RAISED OUR HANDS IN THE SACRED OATH, I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, SO HELP ME GOD FOR 230 YEARS MEMBERS HAVE TAKEN THAT SACRED OATH WHICH MAKES US CUSTODIANS OF THE CONSTITUTION

WHEN OUR FOUNDERS DECLARED INDEPENDENCE AND ESTABLISHED A NEW NATION THEY CRAFTED A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT UNLIKE ONE EVER SEEN BEFORE A REPUBLIC STARTING WITH THE SACRED WORDS "WE THE PEOPLE" FOR CENTURIES AMERICANS HAVE FOUGHT AND DIED TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY FOR THE PEOPLE BUT VERY SADLY NOW OUR FOUNDERS' VISION OF A REPUBLIC IS UNDER THREAT FROM ACTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE THAT IS WHY TODAY AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE I SOLEMNLY AND SADLY OPEN THE DEBATE ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

IF WE DO NOT ACT NOW, WE WOULD BE DERELICT IN OUR DUTY IT IS TRAGIC THAT THE PRESIDENT'S RECKLESS ACTIONS MAKE IMPEACHMENT NECESSARY HE GAVE US NO CHOICE WHAT WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY IS THE ESTABLISHED FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION IT IS A MATTER OF FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS AN ONGOING THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, THE BASIS OF OUR DEMOCRACY

HUNDREDS OF HISTORIANS AND LEGAL SCHOLARS AND FORMAL PROSECUTORS REGARDLESS OF PARTY HAVE STATED THAT THE PRESIDENT COMMITTED IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES SINCE TODAY IS A NATIONAL CIVICS LESSON, THOUGH A SAD ONE, I SUBMIT THESE DOCUMENTS FOR THE RECORD AND COMMEND THEM FOR STUDENTS TO STUDY >> WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER WHAT WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY IS THE ESTABLISHED FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT, AGAIN, VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION

IT IS A MATTER OF FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS AGAIN AN ONGOING THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE TESTIMONY OF DECORATED WAR HEROES, DISTINGUISHED DIPLOMATS AND PATRIOTIC CAREER PUBLIC SERVANTS, SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S OWN APPOINTEES OVER THE PAST WEEKS HAVE TOLD US THIS THE PRESIDENT USED THE POWER OF HIS PUBLIC OFFICE TO OBTAIN AN IMPROPER PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY WHEN A PRESIDENT WEAKENS A DEMOCRATIC ALLY THAT IS ADVANCING AMERICAN SECURITY INTERESTS BY FIGHTING AN AMERICAN ADVERSARY, THE PRESIDENT WEAKENS AMERICA THIS ABUSE OF POWER ALSO JEOPARDIZES THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS

ALL AMERICANS AGREE THAT AMERICAN VOTERS SHOULD CHOOSE OUR PRESIDENT NOT SOME FOREIGN GOVERNMENT THE FOUNDERS UNDERSTOOD THAT IT IS PROFOUNDLY CORROSIVE FOR OUR DEMOCRACY FOR OUR PRESIDENT TO INVITE INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS AS GEORGE WASHINGTON, OUR NATION'S PATRIARCH UNDER WHOSE GAZE WE STAND TODAY WARNED, HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE PROVE THAT FOREIGN INFLUENCE IS ONE OF THE MOST BANEFUL FOES OF REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT, GEORGE WOUSH SADLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE WITNESSED FURTHER WRONGS OF THE PRESIDENT WHICH NECESSITATE THE SECOND ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS

THE PRESIDENT LAUNCHED AN UNPRECEDENTED INDISCRIMINATE AND CATEGORICAL CAMPAIGN OF DEFIANCE AND OBSTRUCTION NEVER BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION HAVE WE SEEN A PRESIDENT DECLARE AN ACT AS IF HE IS ABOVE THE LAW THE PRESIDENT GOES EVEN SO FAR AS TO SAY AND ACT ON THIS ABSURD ITS WHEN HE SAYS ARTICLE TWO SAYS I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT NO, IT DOESN'T THAT RECKLESSNESS IS A PROFOUND VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR REPUBLIC WHICH ENDURE BECAUSE OF OUR SYSTEM OF SEPARATION OF POWER, THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES, EACH AND CHECK AND BALANCE ON THE OTHER, A REPUBLIC AGAIN IF WE CAN KEEP IT

THE FOUNDERS' GREAT FEAR OF A ROGUE OR CORRUPT PRESIDENT IS THE VERY REASON WHY THEY ENSHRINED IMPEACHMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION AS ONE FOUNDER WILLIAM DAVIE OF NORTH CAROLINA WARNED, UNLESS THE CONSTITUTION CONTAINED AN IMPEACHMENT PROVISION, A PRESIDENT MIGHT SPARE NO EFFORTS OR MEANS WHATEVER TO GET HIMSELF RE-ELECTED ANOTHER FOUNDER GEORGE MASON INSISTED THAT THE PRESIDENT WHO PROCURED HIS APPOINTMENT IN THE FIRST INSTANCE THROUGH IMPROPER AND CORRUPT ACTS MIGHT REPEAT HIS GUILT AND RETURN TO POWER WE IN CONGRESS ARTICLE ONE, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, MUST STAND UP AND MAKE CLEAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO ALL PEOPLE THAT THIS BODY STILL STANDS BY THE PRINCIPLES ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND DEFENDED BY GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS LAST WEEK IN OBSERVANCE OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE MEMBERS TRAVELED TO HALLOWED GROUND TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO THE HEROES OF FREEDOM WHO SACRIFICED EVERYTHING TO SECURE VICTORY OF FREEDOM OVER TYRANNY, NOT JUST FOR AMERICA BUT FOR THE WORLD

THE VETERANS OF THAT BATTLE IN THEIR 90s THERE TOLD US HOW AFTER THE WAR WAS WON, THE EUROPEANS TO WHOM THEY LIBERATED WOULD ASK, WHY DID YOU RISK US YOU DON'T KNOW US AND GIVE YOUR LIVES TO SAVE US WE'RE NOT AMERICANS AND OUR MEN WOULD SAY, WE CAME HERE TO FIGHT FOR YOU, NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE AMERICANS, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE AMERICANS

AS OUR BELOVED CHAIRMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS AND OUR NORTH STAR SAID WHEN ANNOUNCING HIS SUPPORT FOR THIS ACTION, QUOTE, "WHEN THE HISTORY BOOKS ARE WRITTEN ABOUT THIS TUMULTUOUS ERA, I WANT THEM TO SHOW I WAS AMONG THOSE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHO STOOD UP TO LAWLESSNESS AND TYRANNY" HE ALSO SAID, ALMOST PROPHETICALLY, WHEN WE ARE DANCING WITH THE ANGELS, THE QUESTION WILL BE WHAT DID WE DO TO MAKE SURE WE KEPT OUR DEMOCRACY IN TACT? EL IEJA HAS PASSED ON AND NOW HE IS DANCING WITH THE ANGELS AND I KNOW THAT HE AND ALL OF US HERE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE MORAL COURAGE OF MEMBERS TO HONOR THE VISION OF OUR FOUNDERS FOR A REPUBLIC, THE SACRIFICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR UNIFORM TO DEFEND IT AND THE ASPIRATIONS OF OUR CHILDREN TO LIVE FREELY WITHIN IT TODAY WE ARE HERE TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY FOR THE PEOPLE MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

[ APPLAUSE ] >> GENTLE LADY YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AND WE ARE HERE TODAY TO ENTER A DEBATE THAT SHOULD SURPRISE NO ONE THIS IS NOT BEEN A SURPRISE AND IT IS NOT EVEN SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD HAVE NOT THOUGHT ABOUT

FROM THE VERY MOMENT THAT THE MAJORITY PARTY IN THIS HOUSE WON THE INEVITABILITY THAT WE WOULD BE HERE TODAY WAS ONLY A MATTER OF WHAT DATE THEY WOULD SCHEDULE IT NOTHING ELSE IN FACT, HOW IT EVEN BEGAN TO LOOK EVEN FURTHER WAS ON SEPTEMBER 24th THE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY BEFORE EVEN SEEING THE CALL TRANSCRIPT THAT WE'RE GOING TO HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT TODAY YOU KNOW, IT IS NOT ABOUT WHAT THIS BODY CAN DO IN ITS CONSTITUTIONAL OATH AND THERE HAS BEEN CONSTITUTIONAL AND FOUNDERS THROWN AROUND AND WILL BE ALL DAY TODAY BUT THERE IS ONE THING I WILL MENTION AND THAT IS THE FOUNDERS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT A PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT IN WHICH THOSE WITH THE STRENGTH CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IRREGARDLESS OF ANY FACTS IN FACT, I'VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, I DO NOT BELIEVE NO MATTER WHAT WAS SAID TODAY AND WHAT IS SAID, THIS IS NOT A SOLEMN OCCASION

WHEN YOU GO LOOKING FOR SHG FOR THREE YEARS IN ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR SINCE JANUARY YOU OUGHT TO BE EXCITED WHEN YOU FOUND IT BUT THEY CAN'T BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IT TOOK, I THOUGHT ABOUT IT LAST NIGHT, WHY DO WE CALL THIS A SOLEMN OCCASION WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN WANTING TO DO THIS SINCE HE WAS ELECTED HE CAME FORWARD AND DID WHAT HE SAW FIT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT YET THEY WANTED TO IMPEACH HIM AND IT HIT ME AND NOW I KNOW THE REASON THEY WANTED TO IS NOW THEY REALIZE WHAT I TOLD THEM AND HAVE BEEN TELLING THEM FOR THE LAST FEW WEEKS THAT THE CLOCK IN THE CALENDAR ARE TERRIBLE MASTERS THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR ARE TERRIBLE MASTERS

THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING EXCEPT GETTING THE TIME DONE AND THE CALENDAR FIXED THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT FACTS THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT TIME AND ONE DAY THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR WILL HANG ALONG THIS BODY IN A VERY DETRIMENTAL WAY HOW DO I KNOW THIS? BECAUSE ONE OF OUR MEMBER MRS

TLAIB SAID WE'RE GOING TO IMPEACH YOU KNOW THE REST IN MAY OF 2019 AL GREEN SAID I'M CONCERNED IF WE DON'T IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT HE'LL GET RE-ELECTEDMENT THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST PRECEDENT THING IS THEY SAID WE CAN'T BEAT HIM IF WE DON'T IMPEACH HIM THERE IS A REASON BEHIND THIS IMPEACHMENT AND EVEN SPEAKER PELOSI SAID IT IS DANGEROUS TO LEAVE IT TO VOTERS TO DETERMINE WHETHER PRESIDENT TRUMP STAYS IN OFFICE

REALLY? AFTER WE JUST SAID THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WE GO BACK TO THE SPEAKER'S OWN WORDS AND SAID IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS TO LEAVE IT TO THE VOTERS I'LL TELL YOU RIGHT NOW MADAM SPEAKER WE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HAVE NO PROBLEM TAKING OUR CASE TO THE MAJORITY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY ELECTED DONALD TRUMP AND IT IS A MATTER FOR THE HOUSE, NOT IN THIS WAY, NOT IN THE WAY THIS IS BEING DONE IT IS TRAMPLED EVERYTHING THIS HOUSE BELIEVES IN I SAID IT YESTERDAY AND I BELIEVE IT TO BE THIS TRUE TODAY, I WILL FIGHT THIS ON PROCESS WHICH HAS BEEN DEPLORABLE TO USE A WORD OF THE MAJORITY IT IS BEEN AWFUL

THE CALENDAR AND CLOCK MAKE IT IMPRESSIVE THAT WE DO IT QUICKLY WE DON'T CARE ABOUT RULES OR MINORITY HEARING DAYS OR CARE ABOUT GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR WITNESSES TO BE CALLED BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN GETS TO DETERMINE WHAT IS RELEVANT WOW, THAT IS PRETTY GOOD LET THE ACCUSER DETERMINE WHAT IS RELEVANT TO THE ONE BEING ACCUSED THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA SEE THROUGH THIS

THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA UNDERSTAND DUE PROCESS AND THEY UNDERSTAND WHEN IT IS BEING TRAMPLED IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE YOU SEE IT IS ALSO NOT A MATTER OF PROCESS WHICH IS DISCUSSED TODAY, IT IS A MATTER OF ACTUAL FACTS I'LL FIGHT THE FACTS ALL DAY LONG BECAUSE WHAT WE FOUND HERE TODAY IS A PRESIDENT WHO DID NOT DO AS BEING CHARGED THEY TO GO TO ABUSE OF POWER, A TERM YOU'LL HEAR MANY, MANY ARGUMENTS ABOUT HOW THE ABUSE OF POWER EXCEPT FOR ONE THING, THE CALL ITSELF, THE TWO PARTIES SAY NO PRESSURE NOTHING WAS EVER DONE TO GET THE MONEY

IN FACT, THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THE MONEY WAS HELD BUT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT VERY MUCH BOTHERS ME ABOUT THE FACTS THERE WERE FIVE MEETINGS, WE'LL HEAR ABOUT THOSE TODAY IN WHICH IT WAS NEVER A LINKAGE MADE THERE IS ONE WITNESS WHO DEPENDED ON OVER 600 TIMES IN THE MAJORITY REPORT AND IN THE END AFTER QUESTION HAD TO SAY WELL THAT IS MY PRESUMPTION OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING YOU SEE, THIS IS AN IMPEACHMENT BASED ON PRESUMPTION

THIS IS AN IMPEACHMENT BASICALLY UPHOLD ON WHAT SELLS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF THINGS WHAT IT IS NOT IS FAIR WHAT IT IS NOT IS ABOUT THE TRUTH WHAT IS TRUE TODAY AND I JUST HEARD IT JUST A MOMENT AGO, IN THE ARTICLES ITSELF AND THE SPEAKER ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT THIS AS WELL AS IF THE PRESIDENT WEAKENED A FOREIGN LEADER

YOU KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, THE MOST INTERESTING AND DEPLORE ABLE THING I'VE HEARD OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS IS THE — THE ACTUAL ATTACK BY THE MAJORITY ON ZELENSKY AND THE WHOLE CRUX OF THE CASE IF HE WAS NOT PRESSURED THE HOUSE OF CARDS FALLS AND BY THE WAY IT ALREADY FAILED BUT IF WE CAN'T SHOW PRESSURE, THEN WE EITHER HAVE TO CALL HIM A LIAR, A WORLD LEADER, OR WE HAVE TO MAKE UP NAMES TO CALL HIM AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHEN A MEMBER OF THE MAJORITY SAID THEY'RE COMPLAINING TO A BATTERED WIFE THAT IS BELOW THE DIGNITY OF THE BODY TO TAKE A WORLD LEADER AND WHEN HE DOESN'T MAKE YOUR CASE FOR YOU TO BELITTLE HIM

ESPECIALLY AS IT IS OFTEN SAID BY THE MAJORITY THAT THEY ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOT WAR WITH RUSSIA YOU SEE, PRESIDENT TRUMP ACTUALLY DID GIVE THEM OFFENSIVE WEAPONS PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOTHING WRONG WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT ALL DAY LONG WE WIN ON PROCESS AND WE WIN ON FACTS

WHY? BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SEE THROUGH THIS BUT BEFORE I CLOSE THIS FIRST PART, I WILL HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT EVEN THE SENATE, THE MINORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE RECOGNIZES THAT THE HOUSE DID NOT DO THEIR JOB BECAUSE HE CAN'T MAKE THE CASE TO HIS OWN MEMBERS SO HE'S HAVING TO ASK FOR WITNESSES, ASK FOR MORE TIME YOU SEE, EVEN YESTERDAY SORT OF FUNNY, I THOUGHT IT HILARIOUS, THE MINORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE WENT OUT AND DID A PRESS CONFERENCE AND SAID THEY DENIED MY WITNESSES THEY DENIED MY REQUEST

WELL WELCOME TO THE CLUB MR SCHUMER, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED OVER HERE FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS SO TODAY WE'RE GOING TO TALK A LOT ABOUT IMPEACHMENT WE'RE GOING TO TALK A LOT ABOUT A PRESIDENT AND TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ABUSE OF POWER, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T ACTUALLY PIN ANYTHING OF FACTUAL BASIS ON HIM, THE PRESIDENT DID NOTHING WRONG IN THIS ISSUE

AND THEN THEY'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS LIKE I SAID BEFORE IS LIKE PETULANT CHILDREN WHEN WE DIDN'T GET THE RIGHT THING AND GO AFTER AND TRY TO MAKE A CASE YOU KNOW WHY, MADAM SPEAKER THE CLOCK AND CALENDAR ARE TERRIBLE MASTERS AND THE MAJORITY WILL OWN THAT PROBLEM TODAY BECAUSE TO THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR, FACTS DON'T MATTER

THE PROMISES TO THE BASE MATTER AND TODAY IS A PROMISE KEPT FOR THE MAJORITY NOT A SURPRISE A FACT AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE

>> CHAIRMAN RESERVES GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MUST NOW CONSIDER TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP

THE FIRST ARTICLE CHARGED THAT THE PRESIDENT USED HIS PUBLIC OFFICE TO COERCE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT INTO ATTACKING HIS POLITICAL RIVAL THE SECOND ARTICLE CHARGES THAT THE PRESIDENT TOOK EXTREME AND UNPRECEDENTED STEPS TO OBSTRUCT OUR INVESTIGATION INTO HIS CONDUCT TAKEN TOGETHER THE TWO ARTICLES CHARGE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PLACED HIS PRIVATE POLITICAL INTEREST ABOVE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, ABOVE OUR ELECTIONS, AND ABOVE OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES AFTER MONTHS OF INVESTIGATION THERE CAN BE NO SERIOUS DEBATE ABOUT THE EVIDENCE AT HAND ON JULY 25th, WHEN HE SPOKE TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY OF UKRAINE, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD THE UPPER HAND

THE PRESIDENT THROUGH HIS AGENTS HAD ALREADY DEMANDED THAT UKRAINE ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION OF HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS UKRAINE NEEDED OUR HELP BOTH MILITARY AID, WHICH HAD BEEN APPROPRIATED BY CONGRESS BECAUSE OF OUR SECURITY INTERESTS, AND THEN AN OVAL OFFICE MEETING TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO STAND WITH UKRAINE AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON THAT CALL INSTEAD HE PRIORITIZED HIS PRIVATE POLITICAL INTERESTS

PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY FOR A FAVOR HE WANTED UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE TWO BOGUS INVESTIGATIONS ONE INTO FORMER VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, THEN HIS LEADING OPPONENT IN THE 2020 ELECTION AND ANOTHER TO ADVANCE A CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT UKRAINE, NOT RUSSIA, ATTACKED OUR ELECTIONS IN 2016 NEITHER REQUEST WAS PREMISED ON ANY LEGITIMATE NATIONAL SECURITY OR FOREIGN POLICY INTEREST

ONE WAS INTENDED TO HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP CONCEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 2016 ELECTION, AND THE OTHER WAS INTENDED TO HELP HIM GAIN AN ADVANTAGE IN THE 2020 ELECTION AFTER THE CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP RATCHETED UP THE PRESSURE HE DEPLOYED HIS PRIVATE ATTORNEY AND OTHER AGENTS, SOME ACTING FAR OUTSIDE THE REGULAR CHANNELS OF DIPLOMACY TO MAKE HIS DESIRES CLEAR THERE WOULD BE NO AID AND NO MEETING UNTIL UKRAINE ANNOUNCED THE SHAM INVESTIGATIONS TO OUR FOUNDING GENERATION, ABUSE OF POWER WAS A SPECIFIC WELL DEFINED OFFENSE

A PRESIDENT MAY NOT MISUSE THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY TO OBTAIN AN IMPROPER PERSONAL BENEFIT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID EXACTLY THAT FOR THIS ALONE HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED BUT THE FIRST ARTICLE ALSO IDENTIFIED TWO AGGRAVATING FACTORS WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP CONDITIONED MILITARY AID ON A PERSONAL FAVOR, HE HARMED AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY

AND WHEN HE DEMANDED THAT A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TARGET HIS DOMESTIC POLITICAL RIVAL, HE TOOK STEPS TO CORRUPT OUR NEXT ELECTION TO THE FOUNDERS THESE OFFENSES CLEARLY MERITED REMOVAL FROM OFFICE THE PRESIDENT FACES A SECOND ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT FOR HIS EFFORTS TO OBSTRUCT OUR INVESTIGATION OF HIS MISCONDUCT THE CONSTITUTION GRANTS CHECKS AND BALANCES THE PRESIDENT MAY NOT DECIDE FOR HIMSELF WHAT CONSTITUTES A VALID IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY NOR MAY HE IGNORE LAWFUL SUBPOENAS OR DIRECT OTHERS TO DO SO MANY PRESIDENTS, INCLUDING PRESIDENT TRUMP, HAVE ASSERTED PRIVILEGES AND OTHER OBJECTIONS TO SPECIFIC SUBPOENAS

BUT ONLY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ORDERED THE CATEGORICALLY DEFIANCE OF A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION THE AUTOMATIC REJECTION OF ALL SUBPOENAS THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED FOR THIS AS WELL CONGRESS CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ELECTION TO ADDRESS THIS MISCONDUCT

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DEMONSTRATED THE CLEAR PATTERN OF WRONGDOING THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME HE HAS SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN AN ELECTION, HAS BEEN EXPOSED AND ATTEMPTED TO OBSTRUCT THE RESULTING INVESTIGATION WE CANNOT RELY ON THE NEXT ELECTION AS A REMEDY FOR PRESIDENTIAL MISCONDUCT WHEN THE PRESIDENT THREATENS THE VERY INTEGRITY OF THAT ELECTION HE HAS SHOWN US HE WILL CONTINUE TO PUT HIS SELFISH INTERESTS ABOVE THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY WE MUST ACT WITHOUT DELAY

BY HIS ACTIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BROKEN HIS OATH OF OFFICE HIS CONDUCT CONTINUES TO UNDERMINE OUR CONSTITUTION AND THREATEN OUR NEXT ELECTION HIS ACTIONS WARRANT HIS IMPEACHMENT AND DEMAND HIS REMOVAL FROM OFFICE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE ARTICLES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER MY TIME — MY PLEASURE AT THIS TIME TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR SENSENBRENNER >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES >> I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT

THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THAT ANY CIVIL OFFICER INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT MAY BE IMPEACHED FOR TREASON, BRIBERY OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS UNLIKE THE NIXON AND CLINTON CASES, THERE ARE NO ALLEGATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS COMMITTED A CRIME WE'VE HAD ALMOST THREE YEARS OF NONSTOP INVESTIGATIONS WE'VE HAD THE MUELLER REPORT, WE'VE HAD THE SCHIFF INVESTIGATION, WE'VE HAD THE NADLER INVESTIGATION AND AT NO TIME IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE THAT INDICATES THAT DONALD J

TRUMP VIOLATED ANY CRIMINAL STATUTE OF THE UNITED STATES SO WHY ARE WE HERE? WE'RE HERE BECAUSE THE MAJORITY CAUCUS, THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY THE RADICAL LEFT THEY HAVE WANTED TO REVERSE THE COURSE OF THE 2016 ELECTION EVER SINCE DONALD J TRUMP WON THAT ELECTION SO LET'S LOOK AT THESE TWO PHONY ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

FIRST OF ALL, ABUSE OF POWER THE PHONE CALL IN QUESTION HAD THE PRESIDENT SAY OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT I WANT YOU TO DO US A FAVOR NOT ME A FAVOR US A FAVOR

AND THERE HE WAS REFERRING TO OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NOT A PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN HE WAS NOT AFRAID TO LET THIS TRANSCRIPT GO PUBLIC AND HE RELEASED THE TRANSCRIPT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CALL NOW THE SECOND ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, IT BASICALLY SAID THAT UNLESS THE PRESIDENT GIVES US EVERYTHING WE WANT, AND WHEN WE WANT IT, THEN HE'S COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE

THAT IS ABUNCH OF BUNK THE PRESIDENT HAS CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL PRIVILEGES BY VIRTUE OF HIS OFFICE WHENEVER THERE HAS BEEN A DISPUTE BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCHES HERETOFORE THEY'VE GONE TO COURT IN THE SUPREME COURT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO SAID THEY WOULD TAKE JURISDICTION OVER DECIDING WHETHER THE PRESIDENT HAD TO COMPLY WITH ONE SUBPOENA RELATED TO HIS TAX RETURNS NOW HERE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN BENT TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BEFORE THE COURT DECIDES THIS

AND THIS MEAN THAT THERE IS A RUSH JOB TO DO THIS AND WHY IS THERE? BECAUSE THEY WANT TO INFLUENCE THE 2020 ELECTIONS AND THEY SPENT THREE YEARS DOING IT THEY SPENT MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS, INCLUDING THE MUELLER REPORT PUTTING TOGETHER THIS IMPEACHMENT AND THEY ALSO HAVE HAD THIS CONGRESS WRAPPED AROUND IMPEACHMENT AND NOT DOING THEIR JOBS UNTIL THE DAM BROKE THIS WEEK STOP THIS CHARADE, VOTE KNOW AND I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN KNOWS FULL WELL THAT THE PRESIDENT ASSERTED NO PRIVILEGES HERE HE SIMPLY ORDERED COMPLETE DEFIANCE OF THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MISS SCANLON >> GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED

>> THANK YOU, SPEAKER AND THANK YOU CHAIRMAN NADLER FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AS WE NAVIGATE THIS CHALLENGING TIME, NOT JUST FOR OUR COMMITTEE AND CONGRESS BUT FOUR OUR COUNTRY IT IS WITH PROFOUND SADNESS THAT I STAND HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BEHAVIOR IS EXACTLY WHAT OUR FOUNDERS FEARED MOST THEY KNEW THAT WITH THE AWESOME POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY CAME THE RISK OF A PRESIDENT ABUSING THAT POWER FOR PERSONAL GAIN THEY WERE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT AN EXECUTIVE WHO BECAME ENTANGLED WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, CORRUPTED OUR ELECTIONS, OR SOUGHT TO AVOID CONSEQUENCES FOR HIS OWN MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE

THAT IS WHY THEY INCLUDED IMPEACHMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION, TO PROTECT OUR REPUBLIC OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE CLAIMED THAT WE'RE IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE WE DON'T LIKE HIM BECAUSE — BUT THIS MOMENT IS ABOUT MORE THAN DISAGREEMENT WITH THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES OR PERSONALITY THOSE ISSUES BELONG IN THE VOTING BOOTH OUR TASK HERE IS NOT TO JUDGE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF

INSTEAD WE MUST JUDGE HIS CONDUCT AND WHETHER HIS ACTIONS HAVE UNDERMINED OUR CONSTITUTION THE PRESIDENT HAS COMMITTED THE HIGHEST OF HIGH CRIMES UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION HE USED THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO PRESSURE A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS HE UNDERMINED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

AND WHEN HE GOT CAUGHT, HE TRIED TO COVER IT UP OBSTRUCTING OUR INVESTIGATION, AND REFUSING TO PRODUCE SUBPOENAED DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES A GOVERNMENT WHERE THE PRESIDENT ABUSES HIS POWER IS NOT OF THE PEOPLE A GOVERNMENT WHERE THE PRESIDENT PRESSURES A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO UNDERMINE OUR ELECTIONS IS NOT BY THE PEOPLE, AND A GOVERNMENT WHERE THE PRESIDENT PUTS HIS OWN INTERESTS BEFORE THE COUNTRY IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE THIS ISN'T COMPLICATED

YOU KNOW IT I KNOW IT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WRONGDOING AND THE URGENT THREAT THAT HIS ACTIONS PRESENT TO OUR NEXT ELECTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY LEAVES US NO PRINCIPLED ALTERNATIVE BUT TO SUPPORT THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR COUNTRY AND OUR CHILDREN DEPEND UPON IT

I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLE LADY YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I WISH THEY WOULD EXAMINE THE FACTUAL CONDUCT BUT I GUESS THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN I YIELD TO MINUTES FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA

>> THANK YOU MR SPEAKER, THE FOUNDERS OF THIS COUNTRY WARNED US AGAINST A SINGLE PARTY IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE THEY FEARED IT WOULD BITTERLY AND PERHAPS IRREPARABLY DIVIDE OUR NATION THE TRUTH IS IN THE 243 YEARS OF THIS REPUBLIC THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SINGLE PARTY FRAUDULENT IMPEACHMENT PROCESS LIKE THE ONE BEING USED TODAY OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES HAVE WEAPONIZED THE IMPEACHMENT PROVISION OF THE CONSTITUTION TO NULLIFY THE VOTES OF 63 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ELECTED DONALD J

TRUMP THIS IS NOT ABOUT A PHONE CALL OR UKRAINE OR EVEN HIS USE OF THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT 95 OF THE DEMOCRATS ON THIS FLOOR TODAY VOTED TO IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP BEFORE THE JULY 25th PHONE CALL EVER HAPPENED BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND NOT ONLY IS THIS A SINGLE PARTY IMPEACHMENT, IT IS ALSO EVIDENCE FREE AFTER ALL OF THE HERCULEAN EFFORTS THEY COULD ONLY COME UP WITH TWO SHORT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

DEMOCRATS KNOW THERE IS ZERO DIRECT EVIDENCE IN THE RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS TO SHOW THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ENGAGED IN ANY ABUSE OF POWER AS YOU'LL HEAR TODAY, THEY'RE ENTIRE CASE IS BASED ON HEARSAY, SPECULATION AND CONJECTURE AND THERE IS NOT A SINGLE FACT WITNESS THAT COULD PROVIDE TESTIMONY TO SUPPORT THEIR THAT IS WHAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DONE IN THE PAST BUT THEY DIDN'T DO THAT HERE BECAUSE THESE DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE TIME FOR IT THEY ARE TRYING TO MEET THEY ARE TRYING TO MEET THEIR OWN ARBITRARY COMPLETELY RECKLESS AND MACKEY AAVELLAN TIE LINE

THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PURSUED THIS IMPEACHMENT 20 TIMES FASTER THAN THE IMPEACHMENT OF BILL CLINTON ALONG THE WAY THEY STEAM ROLLS OVER GUARANTEED DUE PROCESS AND HOUSE RULES AND RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE >> THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED >> THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS THAT IMPEACHMENT WAS PUT INTO THE CONSTITUTION AS A DEFENSE OF THE REPUBLIC IN BETWEEN ELECTIONS I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLE LADY FROM WASHINGTON, MISS JAYAPAL

>> GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED >> MR SPEAKER, THIS IS A DAY OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEFENDING OUR DEMOCRACY THE FACTS IN FRONT OF US ARE CLEAR THIS PRESIDENT, DONALD J

TRUMP, COERCED A FRAGILE FOREIGN ALLY TO INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT SAND INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS AND HE LEVERAGED CRITICALLY NEEDED CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE THE PRESIDENT'S ALLIES WANT TO CLAIM THAT HE DID THIS BECAUSE HE CARED ABOUT CORRUPTION BUT IF PRESIDENT TRUMP TRULY CARED ABOUT CORRUPTION, THEN HE WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO THE TALKING POINTS THAT WERE PREPARED BY THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL ON ANTI-CORRUPTION HE DID NOT

IN FACT, ON THOSE TWO CALLS WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HE NEVER MENTIONED THE WORD "CORRUPTION" HE DID NOT ABIDE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S OWN RECOMMENDATION THAT UKRAINE HAD PASSED ALL OF THE ANTI-CORRUPTION BENCHMARKS AND HE DIDN'T LISTEN TO THE UNANIMOUS CONCLUSION OF ALL OF HIS TOP ADVISERS THAT HE MUST RELEASE THAT AID TO UKRAINE HE DID RELEASE THE AID IN 2017 AND 2018, BUT NOT IN 2019 WHY? BECAUSE IN 2019 VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE THIS IS NOT — THIS IS NOT HEARSAY WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, THE PRESIDENT TOLD US HIMSELF ON NATIONAL TELEVISION EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED FROM THE PHONE CALL FROM PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

HE CAME ON TO THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN AND HE SAID I WANTED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO OPEN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS HE SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE BEFORE, HE IS DOING IT NOW AND HE WILL DO IT AGAIN THE PRESIDENT IS THE SMOKING GUN OUR FOUNDERS, MR

CHAIRMAN — MR SPEAKER, ENTRUSTED US WITH THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY WHICH GETS ITS POWER NOT FROM THE BLOOD LINES OF MONARCHS BUT FROM THE VOTES OF WE THE PEOPLE WITHOUT THAT, WE ARE NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY WE ARE A MONARCHY OR A DICTATORSHIP AND SO TODAY TO UPHOLD MY OATH TO CONSTITUTION AND COUNTRY I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH DONALD J

TRUMP I YIELD BACK >> GENTLE LADY YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU

I REMIND MY CHAIRMAN IMPEACHABLE HAS NEVER BEEN A POLITICAL — IF YOU CAN'T IMPEACH BETWEEN ELECTIONS >> IMPEACHMENT IS THE GRAVEST ITEM THAT WE IN CONGRESS CAN CONSIDER THE DECISION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IMPEACHMENT OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT IS SO CONSEQUENTIAL IT HAS ONLY BEEN DONE THREE TIMES PREVIOUSLY ALL BASED ON LEGITIMATE EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR UNFORTUNATELY MANY OF HI COLLEAGUES HAVE DIMINISHED WHAT SHOULD BE A SOLEMN AND GRAVE PROCEEDING INTO A ABSOLUTE POLITICAL CIRCUS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE THE MAN OCCUPYING THE WHITE HOUSE MANY DEMOCRATS HAVE ATTEMPT ITTED TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT SINCE THE DAY HE TOOK OFFICE

THE ACTIONS ARE CLEARLY MOTIVATED BY HATRED FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP THIS IMPEACHMENT VOTE TODAY IS THE NEXT STEP IN THE LONG HELD PLAN TO REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE THE PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION RUN BY THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WAS HELD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND IN A ROOM DESIGNED TO SHARE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ING IN CLASSIFIED WAS SHARED BUT THE RESULT OF THE DECISION WAS THAT MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND ALL AMERICANS WERE BLOCKED FROM HEARING THE FACTS FOR THEMSELVES CHAIRMAN SCHIFF REPEATEDLY WITHHELD CRUCIAL INFORMATION FROM THE REPUBLICANS INCLUDING THE ABILITY FOR ANYONE BUT HIMSELF AND HIS STAFF TO SPEAK WITH THE WHISTLE-BLOWER THAT IS AT THE CENTER OF THE INVESTIGATION

HE WAS EVEN CALLED OUT BY LIBERAL OUTLETS FOR SPREADING MISINFORMATION AND FALSEHOODS THE PUBLIC HEARINGS WERE COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR THE HOUSE RULES AN THE DECADES OF PRECEDENT REPUBLICANS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO CALL WITNESSES OR MAKE BASIC MOTIONS THE ONLY WITNESSES ALLOWED TO TESTIFY PUBLICLY ARE THOSE THAT FIT WITHIN THE PREDETERMINED NARRATIVE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY EVIDENCE THAT PROVE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

IF THERE WERE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AS COLLEAGUES CLAIM, WHY ARE THERE NO CLAIMS LISTED IN THE AURTS WE ARE FOREVER WEAKEN BY TURNING IMPEACHMENT INTO A POLITICAL WEAPON THIS IMPEACHMENT SCHEME IS NOTHING MORE THAN AN ATTEMPT TO CONDUCT A TAXPAYER FUNDED OPPOSITION RESEARCH AND DAMAGE A PRESIDENT'S ELECT ABILITY INTO 2020 THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THIS CHARADE AND ARE FED UP IT IS TIME FOR THIS MADNESS TO STOP AND FOR US TO GET BACK TO THE IMPORTANT WORK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO AND I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MR SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISH GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR LIEU

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NADLER FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP LET'S START BY MAKING THIS VERY SIMPLE NO ONE IN AMERICA COULD DO WHAT DONALD TRUMP DID AND GET AWAY WITH IT NO AMERICAN ELECTED OFFICIAL COULD CALL UP A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND ASK FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF A POLITICAL OPPONENT

NO MEMBER OF CONGRESS CAN CALL UP A FOREIGN OFFICIAL SAND ASK FOR HELP IN OUR REELECTION CAMPAIGN IF WE DID THAT WE'D LIKELY GET INDICTED NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION IS SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND I FIRST SWORE AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION WHEN I JOINED THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ON ACTIVE DUTY AND THE OATH I TOOK WAS NOT TO A POLITICAL PARTY OR TO A PRESIDENT OR TO A KING

IT WAS TO A DOCUMENT THAT HAS MADE AMERICA THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH AND THAT DOCUMENT CONTAINS A SAFEGUARD FOR WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER IS SO EXTREME THAT WARRANTS IMPEACHMENT WE'RE NOT HERE BECAUSE OF POLICY DISPUTES WHY DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT, I ACKNOWLEDGE HE HAS A RIGHT TO RESTRICT A NUMBER OF REFUGEES ENTERING OUR COUNTRY HE HAS THE RIGHT TO ELIMINATE ENVIRONMENTAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS

HE HAS THE RIGHT TO SIGN A BILL THAT IS GIVEN TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHY BUT THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHEAT AND TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS THAT IS ILLEGAL AND NOT WHAT THE VOTERS ELECTED HIM TO DO AND WE WILL NOT STAND FOR IT THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS IN THIS CASE WERE PARTICULARLY INSIDIOUS BECAUSE HE USED OUR GOVERNMENT FOR HIS PRIVATE GAIN HE CONDITIONED TAXPAYER FUNDED MILITARY AID AND A CRITICAL WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ON THE REQUIREMENT THAT UKRAINE PUBLICLY AUNS NOED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HIS OPPONENT AND THE PRESIDENT ALSO HARMED U

S NATIONAL SECURITY AND THEN THE PRESIDENT SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AGAIN ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN HE AGAIN ASKED UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT AND THEN HE ASKED CHINA, OUR PEER COMPETITOR, TO DO THE SAME THAT ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT ACCEPTABLE WHETHER OR NOT THE SENATE CONVICTS, THE HOUSE HAS INDEPENDENT DUTY TO DO THE RIGHT THING

THAT IS WHY WE'RE PASSED OVER 275 BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT ARE ARE STUCK IN THE SENATE WHETHER IMPEACHING OR LEGISLATING, WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE CONSTITUTION REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE SENATE MAY OR MAY NOT DO MOREOVER, IMPEACHMENT IS A FORM OF DETERRENCE OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING NO PRESIDENT EVER WANTS TO BE IMPEACHED

AND WHETHER DONALD TRUMP LEAVES IN ONE MONTH, ONE YEAR, OR FIVE YEARS, THIS IMPEACHMENT IS PERMANENT AND IT WILL FOLLOW HIM AROUND FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND HISTORY BOOKS WILL RECORD IT AND THE PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHY WE IMPEACHED IT IS ALL VERY SIMPLE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW NOT OUR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, NOT OUR PRESIDENT

I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU MR SPEAKER

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> I THANK MY COLLEAGUE IN 2016, 63 MILLION AMERICANS WENT TO THE POLLS AND ELECTED DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION EVER SINCE

IN FACT, THEY'VE TRIED FIVE ADDITIONAL TIMES TO THE ONE WHERE IT IS BEFORE US TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT INCLUDING THE VOTE IN MAY OF 2017, JUST FIVE MONTHS INTO HIS TERM IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, HOUSE DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF THIS CHAMBER AND THEY'RE FACED WITH A CHOICE THEY COULD USE THE TOOLS OF THE MAJORITY TO PURSUE LEGITIMATE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, POLICIES THAT COULD IMPACT THEIR LIVES, OR THEY COULD USE THE TOOLS TO UNDO THE 2016 ELECTION THEY MADE THEIR CHOICE SINCE THEN HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE ISSUED MORE SUBPOENAS THAN BILLS HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW

THAT TELLS US ALL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS CONGRESS AND THAT PARTY, RATHER THAN LAUNCH A LEGITIMATE INVESTIGATION DEMOCRATS TURN TO FOCUS GROUPS TO WORKSHOP THEIR LANGUAGE TO SEE IF THEY COULD SELL THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE REJECTED IT INSTEAD OF NEGOTIATING WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH FOR INSTANCE IN ALLOWING THE COURTS TO RESOLVE ANY LEGITIMATE DISPUTES, HOUSE DEMOCRATS RUSH TO IMPEACHMENT VOTE SO HERE WE ARE 12 WEEKS LATER

VOTING WHETHER TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT BASED OFF THE THINNEST RECORD IN MODERN HISTORY IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THE SENATE IS ALREADY ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL WITNESSES AND MORE DOCUMENTS AND REAL EVIDENCE THE BODY OF EVIDENCE IS WEAK AND WOEFULLY INSUFFICIENT FOR IMPEACHMENT AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK ON THIS SAD DAY FOR THIS INSTITUTION >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK

THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA MR NADLER >> I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR RASKIN >> MR

RASKIN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER AMERICAN ELECTIONS BELONG TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, AND NOT FOREIGN POWERS NO PRESIDENT MAY CHEAT THE PEOPLE BY WORKING WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO STEAL FROM US A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION AND NO PRESIDENT WHO ATTEMPTS IT MAY COVER UP THAT CHEATING BY SYSTEMATICALLY OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS IN OUR WORK

ARTICLE TWO OF THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THE PRESIDENT TO DO WHATEVER HE WANTS THE REASON WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION IS TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM DOING WHATEVER THEY WANT IF WE THE PEOPLE LOSE THE CERTAINTY OF FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS TO PRESIDENTIAL CORRUPTION AND FOREIGN MANIPULATION THEN WE LOSE OUR DEMOCRACY ITSELF THE MOST PRECIOUS INHERITANCE FROM THOSE THAT PLEDGE THEIR SACRED HONOR AND GAVE EVERYTHING THEY HAD TO DEFEND IT THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY IS THE MEANING OF AMERICA

THAT IS WHY WE REMAIN THE LAST BEST HOPE OF THE WORLD RAVAGED BY AUTHORITARIANISM, VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION WE MUST ACT NOW TO PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS AND SAFEGUARD CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY FOR THE ENORMOUS AND UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES THAT STILL LIE AHEAD OF US I YIELD BACK, MR CHAIRMAN >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK

THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE — >> I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF HR 755 TODAY IS A DISAPPOINTING DAY IT IS THE DAY MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE CAST THE VOTE THAT THEY HAVE SPENT THE LAST THREE YEARS OBSESSING OVER

THE VOTE TO IMPEACH OUR DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT THERE ARE TWO CHARGES CLAIMED BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS AND THERE IS ZERO CAUSE FOR EITHER WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS LED OUR COUNTRY HAS THRIVED AND WASHINGTON LIBERALS HAVE FAILED DESPITE THE COMMITMENT OF MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO OBSTRUCT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S AGENDA AT EVERY TURN, OUR COUNTRY CONTINUES TO SUCCEED

IN THIS BODY, HOWEVER, WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DELIVER ON WHAT AMERICANS WANT AND NEED WE STILL HAVE NOT FINISHED SECURING OUR BORDER THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC STILL RAGES IN OUR COMMUNITIES OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS STILL IN DIRE NEED OF AN OVERHAUL AND WE STILL HAVE NOT REACHED A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION ON DRUG PRICING

IF CONGRESS HADN'T SPENT THE LAST YEAR STUCK IN A DIVISIVE, UGLY PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT DEBACLE, THINK OF WHAT WE COULD HAVE DONE THE LIVES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED, THE COMMUNITIES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN IMPROVED THE CRISIS ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER SAN DIEGOED AND THE POSITIVE WORK THAT SHE WUD DO FOR OUR COUNTRY BUT WE DIDN'T ALL BECAUSE OF DIVISIVE THEATRICS CONGRESS CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS AND AMERICA DESERVES BETTER

I YIELD BACK MY TIME >> THE GENTLE LADY LEADS BACK AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR CICILINI

>> I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST DONALD J TRUMP THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NO ONE RUNS FOR CONGRESS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT BUT THIS PRESIDENT HAS LEFT US NO CHOICE PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE ENORMOUS POWER OF HIS OFFICE WHEN HE SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING HIM IN HIS REELECTION CAMPAIGN IN 2020 THE PRESIDENT BETRAYED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND UNDERMINED THE SECURITY OF OUR ELECTIONS WHEN HE PUT HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL INTERESTS AHEAD OF THE INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY

HE TRIED TO CLEAT TO WIN REELECTION AND THIS IS NOT AN ATTACK ON VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN THIS IS AN APACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY AND IF WE DON'T HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE TOLD WE'LL NO LONGER LIVE IN A ZKS WE'LL LIVE IN A DICTATORSHIP WHERE ANY FUTURE PRESIDENT WILL BE FREE TO ABUSE THEIR OFFICE IN ORDER TO GET RE-ELECTED

SO EVERY MEMBER FACES A CHOICE WHETHER TO DO WHAT THE CONSTITUTION DEMANDS OR TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE MISGRAVE CONDUCT AND THE HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOR TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE I SAY THIS, THIS IS NOT ABOUT MAKING HISTORY THIS IS ABOUT HOLDING A LAWLESS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE IN THE WAY OUR FRAMERS INTENDED THIS IS A TIME TO PUT OUR COUNTRY OVER YOUR POLITICAL PARTY

DO NOT SEEK SAFETY IN THE HIGH GRASS OF A VOTE AGAINST THESE ARTICLES WE ARE ALL AMERICANS SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOUR DEVOTION TO YOUR COUNTRY IS MORE POWERFUL THAN YOUR LOYALTY TO YOUR POLITICAL PARTY UNITED WE CAN DEFEND FROM OURENEM IS JUST LOOK AT EVIDENCE BECAUSE IT WILL LEAVE YOU WITH ONLY ONE ANSWER

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MUST BE IMPEACHED REMEMBER THESE FACTS HE TRIED TO CHEAT, HE GOT CAUGHT, HE CONFESSED AND THEN HE OBSTRUCTED THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIS MISCONDUCT FOR OUR DEMOCRACY, FOR OUR CONSTITUTION, FOR THE PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT, AND FOR ALL WHO WILL INHERIT OUR COUNTRY FROM US, I PRAY YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING AND I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK

THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU AT THIS POINT IT GIVES ME PLEASURE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR ROGERS >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED

>> THANK YOU MR SPEAKER I RISE TODAY IN COMPLETE AND TOTAL SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP THE MATTER BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY IS BASED SOLELY ON A FUNDAMENTAL HATRED OF OUR PRESIDENT IT IS A SHAM, A WITCH HUNT AND TANT AMOUNT TO A COUP AGAINST A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR OUR NATION WHEN ONE POLITICAL PARTY ALONG WITH THEIR COHORTS IN THE DEEP STATE AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TRY TO HIJACK OUR CONSTITUTION THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY HAS IRRESPONSIBLY TURNED THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS INTO A POLITICAL WEAPON SOMETHING THAT REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO DO WHEN OUR BASE WAS CALLING FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA IT IS WELL PAST TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO MOVE BEYOND THIS HOAX AND PUT OUR NATION FIRST THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING

THE UNITED STATES HAS RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT, HISTORIC PERFORMANCE IN THE STOCK MARKET PRESIDENT TRUMP IS REWRITING FAILED TRADE DEALS OF THE PAST TO PUT AMERICA FIRST HE'S REBUILDING OUR MILITARY HE HELPED CREATE THE SPACE FORCE AND THE LIST GOES ON I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO END THIS SPECTACLE NOW

I YIELD BACK >> YEAH YIELDS BACK MR NADLER >> MR

SPEAKER, I'M HEARING A LOT FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE EXCEPT A DEFENSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CONDUCT WHICH IS INDEFENSIBLE I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MR DEUTSCHE >> GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED >> SOME SAY THIS IS ABOUT EIGHT LINES IN A CALL TRANSCRIPT BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE

THIS WAS ABOUT A SCHEME THAT LASTED MONTHS AND IT INVOLVED DOZENS OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS LOOK AT EVIDENCE LOOK AT THE DIRECT EVIDENCE TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS, CALLS AND MEETINGS WAY BACK IN MAY THE PRESIDENT TOLD HIS TEAM TALK TO RUDY GIULIANI THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE, NO WHITE HOUSE MEETING UNLESS UKRAINE HELPED HIM IN THE 2020 ELECTION

AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID THERE WAS A REREQUISITE OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE BIDENS AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF INVESTIGATIONS WAS A DELIVERABLE AMBASSADOR VOLKER SAID THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR THE UKRAINE PRESIDENT TO DO WAS TO COMMIT TO AN INVESTIGATION OF THE BIDENS JUST BEFORE THE JULY 25th CALL, VOLKER TOLD THE UKRAINIANS ASSUMING PRESIDENT Z CONVINCED TRUMP HE WILL INVESTIGATE, WE WILL NAIL DOWN A DATE FOR A VISIT TO WASHINGTON THE DIRECTION EVIDENCE KEPT COMING AFTER THE CALL MORE TEXTS, MORE EMAILS, MORE CALLS

ALL WITH THE SAME MESSAGE IF UKRAINE DIDN'T ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRESIDENT'S POLITICAL RIVAL, THEN THEY WOULDN'T GET THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING THAT THEY HAD BEEN PROMISED AND THEY WOULDN'T GET THE AID THEY NEEDED IN THEIR WAR AGAINST RUSSIA AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL POWER COMES FROM THE PEOPLE THROUGH ELECTIONS AND THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES THAT WE PROTECT THESE ELECTIONS

BUT WHEN THE PRESIDENT ABUSED HIS POWER TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE, HE WAS CHEATING AMERICAN VOTERS BEFORE THEY EVEN HAD A CHANCE TO VOTE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS FORCE US TO PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS AND THE CONSTITUTION I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, SUPPORT THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND REMIND THE WORLD IN AMERICA NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK

GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I WOULD REMIND THIS BODY THERE IS MORE THAN EIGHT LINES THERE IS FOUR FACTS NO, PRESSURE, NO CONDITIONALITY AND THEY DID NOTHING TO GET IT AND THEY GOT THE MONEY

I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN >> IN OPPOSITION TO THE POLITICAL EFFORT TO REMOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM OFFICE, I'M NOT SURPRISED THIS DAY HAS COME BUT I AM DISAPPOINTED DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE IMPEACHMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL DECISIONS WE CAN MAKE IN THIS BODY AND THIS IMPEACHMENT IS BASED PURELY ON PARTISAN MOTIVES SPEAKER PELOSI SAID WE SHOULDN'T GO DOWN THIS PATH UNLESS THERE WAS SOMETHING COMPELLING, OVERWHELMING AND BIPARTISAN BECAUSE OF HOW DIVISIVE IT WOULD BE

UNFORTUNATELY IT IS CLEAR THE MAJORITY HAS HAD LASER FOCUS ON ONE THING FOR THREE YEARS, IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT THE MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO DELIVER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY'VE FAILED TO PASS A BUDGET ON TIME FAILED TO PASS THE SPENDING BILLS ON TIME AND FAILED TO DELIVER BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS THAT WILL ACTUALLY HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS

BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THROUGH THIS SAD CHARADE FOR WHAT IT IS AN ATTEMPT TO UNDO THE 2016 ELECTION BASED ON HEARSAY AND OPINION, NOT FACT THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE CALL SHOWED NO CONDITIONS WERE PLACED ON THE AID PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ZELENSKY HAVE SAID THERE WAS NO PRESSURE AND UKRAINE RECEIVED THE AID WITHOUT TAKING ANY ACTIONS

THE CONSTITUTION IS CLEAR, THE PRESIDENT MAY ONLY BE IMMEACHED FOR COMMITTED TREASON OR BRIBERY OR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOR AND NOWHERE IN THE TWO ARTICLES TODAY DOES IT ARGUE THE PRESIDENT HAS COMMITTED TREASON OR BRIBERY OR ANY CRIME UNDER THE LAW THIS IS NOT OVERWHELMING IT IS NOT COMPELLING IT IS NOT BIPARTISAN BUT THE SPEAKER WAS RIGHT IN ONE WAY

THIS IS INCREDIBLY DIVISIVE AND HAS LOWERED THE BAR FOR WHAT FUTURE PRESIDENTS WILL FACE I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE ARTICLES BEFORE US TODAY AND I HOPE WE'LL FINALLY MOVE PAST THIS NIGHTMARE AND GET TO WORK TO DELIVER RESULTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK RESERVES

FROM NEW YORK IS AGAIN RECOGNIZED >> THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK ADVANTAGE OF UKRAINE'S VULNERABILITY AND ABUSED THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO HELP HIS REELECTION CAMPAIGN THIS IS THE HIGHEST OF HIGH CRIMES AND PRESIDENT TRUMP MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNTMENT AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR CORREIA >> AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING

AS A MEMBER OF HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE DANGERS THAT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS PRESENT TO OUR DEMOCRACY AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IT IS MY SWORN DUTY TO ENSURE THAT OUR NATION IS SECURE FROM ALL THREATS FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC AND CONGRESS HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL JOB TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT THE CONSTITUTION IS A HIGHEST LAW OF THE LAND CREATED A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES TO PREVENT THE CREATION OF A KING IN CONGRESS IT IS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF OUR NATION GOVERNMENT EQUAL WITH THE PRESIDENCY WITH DUTIES GIVEN TO US [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] TODAY I PRAY FOR GOD FOR HIS GUIDANCE IN UNITING OUR GREAT NATION WITH THAT, I YIELD

>> THE GENTLEMAN WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A TRANSLATION OF YOUR REMARKS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK DO YOU RESERVE? GENERAL RESERVES >> THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER

I WOULD HAVE TO DISAGREE FACTS ARE NOT UNDIES PUTED THEY ARE VERY MUCH DISPUTED NOT ONLY BY THE MINORITY BUT BY THE WITNESS WHO IS TESTIFIED WITH THAT I YIELD >> THANK YOU FOR YIELDING

MR SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE DEMOCRATS SHAM PROCESS WHICH MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE AND FRANKLY DANGEROUS TO THIS COUNTRY SINCE DAY ONE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY WANTED TO MOVE TOWARDS IMPEACHMENT WELL BEFORE ANY OF THE ACCUSATIONS TOOK PLACE WHAT DEMOCRATS UNFORTUNATELY DON'T RECOGNIZE IS THE DAMAGE THIS WILL CAUSE FOR MEASURING'S TRUST FOR YEARS TO COME EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE CONCERNED THAT SPEAKER PELOSI DOESN'T TRUST OUR CITIZENS TO LET THEM DECIDE WHO SHOULD LEAD OUR GREAT COUNTRY

THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS ISN'T FOCUSED ON STRENGTHENING AND PROTECTING OUR POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS, BUT RATH R RER SHAPING PUBLIC OPINION I ASK YOU, IS IT WORTH THAT? NOT ONLY IS THE PROCESS ALARMING, BUT IT'S WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND VALUABLE TIME THAT ELECTED FUSHLS COULD BE USING TO MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD THAT INCLUDES SECURING OUR BORDERS, ADDRESSING STUDENT LOAN DEBT OR BRINGING DOWN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHILE CONSIDERING THESE ARTICLES TO ASK THEMSELVES WHETHER THIS IS TRULY BEING DONE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY THANK YOU, MR

SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN AFTER RECOVERING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF GAINS, THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION WAS ACTUALLY A NET PLUS TO THE TAXPAYERS I NOW RECOGNIZE THE JET IS MAN FROM COLORADO FOR TWO MINUTES

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN NADLER AND SPEAK RER PELOSI FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND MORAL COURAGE TODAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS IS DEBATING WHETHER TO TAKE THE RARE STEP OF VOTING TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT FOR ONLY THE THIRD TIME IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY

UNFORTUNATELY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS LEFT US NO CHOICE THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE AND INVITED A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS IN SO DOING, HE UNDERMINED THE SANCTITY OF THE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS UPON WHICH OUR REPUBLIC RESTS MAKING MATTERS WORSE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO PREVENT CONGRESS FROM UNCOVERING THE TRUTH LET US BE CLEAR IN THE HISTORY OF OUR REPUBLIC, NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS LIKE THIS BEFORE

DURING THE WATERGATE INVESTIGATION, AS MY COLLEAGUES WELL KNOW, PRESIDENT NIXON'S CHIEF OF STAFF TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CHIEF OF STAFF REFUSED PRESIDENT NIXON'S COUNSEL TESTIFIED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUSED WHITE HOUSE AIDS CLOSE TO PRESIDENT NIXON TESTIFIED

PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSED TO ALLOW ANY AID WHO MAY HAVE KNOWLEDGE RELEVANT TO THIS INVESTIGATION TO TESTIFY SIMPLY PUT, HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ENGAGED IN A WHOLESALE OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE'RE CONSIDERING NOT JUST ONE, BUT TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO UPHOLD OUR CONSTITUTION, TO DEFEND OUR REPUBLIC, AND WHEN NECESSARY, TO HOLD THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ACCOUNTABLE AND WE ARE EXERCISING THAT RESPONSIBILITY TODAY

SO WITH THAT, AND THEREFORE, I WILL VOTE YES ON BOTH ARTICLES BECAUSE IT'S WHAT THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES AND WHAT MY CONSCIENCE DEMANDS >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT A DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATION WAS USED AS A MONEY REVENUE PLOT, BUT ONE THING IS IS IS TRUE, IT WAS A A LOSER FOR THE MINORITY I YIELD TO MR

NEWHOUSE A A MINUTE AND A HALF >> MR SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OES HOUSE SHOULD BE BETTER THAN THIS WE SHOULD BE BETTER THAN THIS DURING THE MEMBER'S REMARKS IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS, HE STATED, TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE, HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED DURING THIS WATER SHED MOMENT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY

MR SPEAKER, IT WON'T BE WATCHING SPORTS ON A LAPTOP DURING OFFICIAL JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS TO IMPEACH A SITTING PRESIDENT IT WON'T BE USING EXPLETIVES TO REFER TO OUR PRESIDENT CALLING FOR HIS IMPEACHMENT JUST HOURS AFTER BEING SWORN INTO CONGRESS IT WON'T BE USING THE CHAIRMAN SHIP OF THE ONCE RESPECTED INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO DISTORT THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS IN ORDER TO MISLEAD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IT CERTAINLY WON'T BE USING THE MOST SERIOUS AND SOLEMN POWERS OF CONGRESS TO OVERTURN A LEGITIMATE NATIONAL ELECTION FOR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY

NO, MR SPEAKER, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND I WON'T BE REMEMBERED IN HISTORY FOR DOING ANY OF THOSE THINGS BECAUSE WE KNOW THIS IS FAR TOO GRAVE A MATTER FOR SUBVERSIONS SUCH AS THESE OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC WE SHOULD ALL BE BETTER THAN THIS I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK

>> MR SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES? >> YOU HAVE 156 MINUTES REMAINING THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 157 MINUTES REMAINING DIVIDE THAT BY 60 >> THANK YOU, MR

SPEAKER I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLE LADY FROM TEXAS >> OUR COUNTRY FACES A GREAT TRAGEDY AND MOMENT OF TRUTH WE HAVE WITNESSED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ABUSE HIS PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN INCIDENT AND VIOLENT FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS, A GOVERNMENT FOR IS AND BY THE PEOPLE AT GREAT RISK THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING AND CLEARLY SHOWS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL CONTINUE TO ABUSE HIS OFFICE AND OBSTRUCT CONGRESS IF LEFT UNCHECKED

THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CONDUCTED A ROBUST INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT MEMBERS INTERVENED 12 WITNESSES IN PUBLIC HEARINGS TOTAL LG OVER 30 HOURS, CONDUCTED 17 DEPOSITIONS TOTALING OVER 100 HOURS, EXAMINED TEXT MESSAGES AND E-MAILS, REVIEWED THE PRESIDENT'S OWN WORDS AND ACTIONS AND PRESIDENT BUSH LUSH ID A A 300-PAGE REPORT DETAILING THEIR FINDINGS ALL OF THIS IT DESPITE THE FACT THAT UNDER A THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTION, 12 ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS REFUSED TO TESTIFY, EVEN IGNORING SUBPOENAS AND 71 DOCUMENT REQUESTS WERE DENIED THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REVIEWED THE EVIDENCE AND CONCLUDED THAT TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, WHICH I SUPPORT, WERE WARRANTED THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO OUR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

THE MOST POWERFUL EVIDENCE OF THIS PATTERN HAS COME FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF IN 2016 WE HEARD HIM WHEN HE CALLED ON RUSSIA TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS HE SAID, RUSSIA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING HE THEN ARE REPEATED THIS CALL R FOR ELECTION INTERFERENCE ON THE JULY 25th CALL WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AND WITH HEARD HIM AGAIN ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN FURTHER ADDING CHINA TO THAT MIX I STAND READY TO PROTECT OUR SACRED REPUBLIC, SUPPORT THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND I PRAY THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO THE SAME

WE MUST UPHOLD OUR OATH OF OFFICE, DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR FRAGILE DEMOCRACY BECAUSE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLE LADY YIELDS BACK >> THANK YOU, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN B FROM FLORIDA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED

>> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM YIELDING IN 2016 VLADIMIR PUTIN AND HIS CRONIES WAGED A A WAR ON OUR ELECTIONS WITH THE GOAL OF SEWING DISCORD AND DIVISION IN AMERICA DO YOU THINK HE'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL? SOMEWHERE IN RUSSIA RIGHT NOW PUTIN IS LAUGHING AT US TODAY THE MAJORITY IS GIVING HIM EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS A DIVIDED AMERICA WITH A PURE PARTISAN POLITICS WITH NASTY POLITICAL RHETORIC AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH

YET SOME ALREADY ACROSS THE AISLE ARE DISCREDITING THE RESULTS OF FUTURE ELECTIONS ALREADY IT SEEMS TO MANY AMERICANS FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, THE HOUSE MAJORITY HAS BEEN CARRYING OUT THE WISHES OF THE KREMLIN AND THE SAD PART IS THE DEMOCRATS HAVE VOWED TO CONTINUE THEIR SHAM INVESTIGATIONS, EVEN AFTER TODAY'S VOTE IMPEACHING DUALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT IN A PARTISAN MANNER WITH NO CRIMES TO SHOW FOR IT, NOT ONE ELEMENT OF A CRIME DEFINED DISGRACES THE INTEGRITY OF OUR DEMOCRACY NOW IS THE TIME TO END THE PARTISAN POLITICS, COME TOGETHER AND PUT AMERICA FIRST

I URGE THIS BODY TO VOTE NO TO PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES >> I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> HE COUNCILED AMERICA THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS SACREDLY OBLIGATORY UPON ALL

S IN THAT SPIRIT THAT WE PROCEED TODAY DONALD TRUMP PRESSURED A A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO TARGET AN AMERICAN CITIZEN FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND AT THE SAME TIME, WITHHELD WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION $391 MILLION IN MIITARY AID TO A VULNERABLE UKRAINE AS PART OF A SCHEME TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN AN AMERICAN ELECTION THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT IS UNCONSCIONABLE

THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL THERE ARE SOME WHO CYNICALLY ARGUE THAT THE IMPEACHMENT OF THIS PRESIDENT WILL FURTHER DIVIDE A AN ALREADY FRACTURED UNION BUT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIVISION AND CLAIRE USIFICATION SLAVERY ONCE DIVIDED THE NATION, BUT EMANCIPATORS ROSE UP TO CLARIFY THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUALLY SUFFRAGE ONCE DIVIDED THE NATION, BUT WOMEN ROSE UP TO CLARIFY THAT ALL VOICES MUST BE HEARD IN OUR DEMOCRACY

JIM CROW ONCE DIVIDED THE NATION, BUT CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPIONS ROSE UP TO CLARIFY THAT ALL ARE ENTITLED TO EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIVISION AND CLARIFICATION WE WILL HOLD THIS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS STUNNING ABUSE OF POWER WE WILL HOLD THIS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE R FOR UNDERMINING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WE WILL HOLD THIS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR CORRUPTING OUR DEMOCRACY

WE WILL IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP WE WILL CLARIFY THAT IN AMERICA NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MR

SPEAKER I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MR SPEAKER, NULLIFYING A NATIONAL ELECTION REQUIRES AN OVERWHELMING CASE OF HIGH CRIMES SUPPORTED BY INDISPUTABLE EVIDENCE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE NATION FINDS COMPELLING

ARTICLE ONE IS IS A MADE UP CRIME CALLED ABUSE OF OFFICE IT DOES NOT CHARGE THAT THE PRESIDENT BROEK ANY LAW, BUT THE CONGRESS DOESN'T LIKE THE WAY HE LAWFULLY DISCHARGED HIS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES THIS WOULD REDUCE THE PRESIDENCY TO THAT OF A MINISTER SERVING AT THE PLEASURE OF CONGRESS DESTROYING THE SEPARATION OF POWERS AT THE HEART OF OUR CONSTITUTION ARTICLE II MEANS THE PRESIDENT SOUGHT TO DEFEND HIS CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIRES AND THOSE OF HIS OFFICE IT REMOVES THE JUDICIARY FROM OUR CONSTITUTION AND PLACES CONGRESS ALONE IN POSITION OF DEFINING ITS OWN POWERS RELATIVE TO THE PRESIDENT

OUR BILL OF RIGHTS GUARANTEES EVERY AMERICAN THE THE RIGHT TO CONFRONT THEIR ACCUSER, TO CALL WITNESSES IN THEIR DEFENSE TO BE PRKTED FROM HEARSAY AND TO DEFEND THESE RIGHTS IN COURT THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE TRAMPLED THEM ALL IN THEIR STAMPEDE TO IMPEACH THE DEMOCRATS HAND PICKED KNOWLEDGE IN FACT, TWO WITNESSES PROVIDED FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE THAT HE SPECIFICALLY ORDERED NO QUID PRO QUO ANY CASE THAT CHARGED NO ACTUAL CRIME AND OFFERED NO LEGALLY ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE WOULD BE LAUGHED OUT OF COURT IN A HEARTBEAT THAT'S THE CASE BEFORE US TODAY

IT WOULD REDEFINE THE GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT IN SUCH A WAY THAT ASSURE IT IS WILL BECOME A CONSTANT PRESENCE IN OUR NATIONAL LIFE NOW WE KNOW JUST HOW RECKLESS THE DEMOCRATS CHANT OF RESIST BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY THIS IS A STUNNING ABUSE OF POWER AND A SHAMELESS TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE THAT WILL STAIN THE REPUTATIONS OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK

>> MR SPEAKER, ABUSE OF POWER WAS NO VAGUE R OR WEAK NOTION TO THE FRAMERS IT HAD A SPECIFIC MEANING THE USE OF OFFICIAL POWER TO OBTAIN AN IMPROPER PERSONAL BENEFIT WHILE IGNORING OR INJURING THE NATIONAL INTEREST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ABUSED HIS OFFICE AND MUST BE REMOVED

I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU MR SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN A SPECIAL NATION

A CITY UPON A HILL OUR VALUES ARE INEN SHRINED IN OUR CONSTITUTION LIBERTY AND OPPORTUNITY WE ARE A SELF-GOVERNING PEOPLE WHERE EVERY PERSON IS EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW IN THE UNITED STATES, WE DON'T HAVE A KING

WE CHOOSE OUR LEADERS WE VOTE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE FOUGHT AND SOME DIED TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS THE CONSTITUTION BEGINS, WE THE PEOPLE OF THE THE UNITED STATES, THAT'S US IT'S NOT WE THE LEADERS OF RUSSIA OR CHINA OR WE THE DEMOCRATS OR WE THE REPUBLICANS

IT'S WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND ALL AMERICANS AND ONLY AMERICANS GOAT TO HAVE IS A SAY IN OUR ELECTIONS DONALD TRUMP USED THE HIGH POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY TO PRESSURE A FOREIGN NATION TO BESMIRCH HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT HE CORRUPTED OUR ELECTIONS AND HE COMPROMISED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY SO HE HAD COULD KEEP POWER NOT POWER FOR THE PEOPLE, POWER FOR HIMSELF

IN 2016 CANDIDATE TRUMP CALLED FOR FOREIGN INTERFERENCE WHEN HE SAID RUSSIA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING, IN 2019 PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE WHEN HE NEEDED A FAVOR TO INTERVENE PRESIDENT TRUMP ATTACKED AND HIS CONTINUING THREAT TO OUR SYSTEM OF FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS LIKE UL OF YOU, I TOOK AN OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ABIDE BY THAT OATH AND STAND UP TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS TO MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I APPEAL TO YOUR PATRIOTISM AND IMPLORE YOU TO DEFEND FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

GOD SAVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK ALL MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, I DO BELIEVE THAT OUR NATION SHOULD BE FREE AND FAIR THIS IMPEACHMENT IS BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE SPEAKER WHO SAID THIS MONTH IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS TO LEAVE IT TO THE THE VOTERS DID DETERMINE IF TRUMP STAYS IN OFFICE WITH THAT I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, MR

SPEAKER I HAVE DESCENDED TO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST AND I RISE COMMITTED TO OPPOSE THE INSIDIOUS FORCES WHICH THREATEN OUR REPUBLIC AMERICA IS BEING SEVERELY INJURED BY THIS R BOAR TRAIL, THIS UNJUST AND WEAPONIZED IMPEACHMENT BROUGHT UPON US BY THE SAME SOCIALISTS WHO THREATEN UNBORN LIFE IN THE WOMB, WHO THREATEN FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF CONSERVATIVES, WHO THREATEN SECOND AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS OF EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT AND WHO HAVE LONG AGO DETERMINED THAT THEY WOULD ORGANIZE AND CONSPIRE TO OVERTHROW PRESIDENT TRUMP WE DON'T FACE THIS HORROR BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE ALL OF A SUDDEN BECOME CONSTITUTIONALISTS

WE'RE NOT BEING DEVOURED FROM WITHIN BECAUSE OF SOME SURREAL ASSERTION OF THE NEWFOUND LOVE FOR THE FLAG THEY TROT UPON IT'S BECAUSE OF THIS MAP THIS IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATS FEAR THE TREE WILL OF WE THE PEOPLE THEY ARE DEEP ESTABLISHMENT D

C THEY FEAR THEY CALL THIS REPUBLICAN MAP FLYOVER COUNTRY THEY CALL US DEPLORABLES THEY FEAR OUR FAITH, THEY FEAR OUR STRENGTH

THEY FEAR OUR UNITY THEY FEAR OUR VOTE AND THEY FEAR OUR PRESIDENT WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER OR NATION TO CAREER ESTABLISHMENT DC

POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS OUR REPUBLIC SHALL SURVIVE FROM WITHIN PATRIOTS SHALL PREVAIL MR SPEAKER, I YIELD

>> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MR SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR JOHNSON >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED

>> I WAS NOT AMONG THOSE WHO SUPPORTED IMPEACHMENT BEFORE UKRAINE, BUT I CALLED FOR IMPEACHMENT TODAY BECAUSE OUR PRESIDENT IS, AS WE SPEAK, ABUSING HIS POWER AND PLACING HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE THE 2020 ELECTION IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT TEENAGE ON OUR DEMOCRACY WE THE PEOPLE KNOW THIS AND MORE AMERICANS SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT TODAY THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE RICHARD NIXON'S FINAL WEEKS IN OFFICE WE KNOW THAT IT'S WRONG TO ENLIST THE HELP OF FOREIGNERS IN INTERFERING IN OUR ELECTIONS WE KNOW IT'S WRONG TO CHEAT

WE KNOW WHAT'S AT STAKE OUR ELECTIONS ARE UNDER ATTACK RIGHT NOW THE VERY DAY THE COMMITTEE VOTED OUT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP WELCOMED RUDY GIULIANI BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IS STILL AT IT HE'S DOUBLING DOWN

HE DOESN'T THINK HE CAN WIN AN ELECTION FAIR AND SQUARE SO HE'S TRYING TO CHEAT TO IGNORE THESE CRIMES IS NOT JUST GIVING HIM A PASS, IT'S GIVING HIM A GREEN LIGHT THOSE WHO VOTE AGAINST IMPEACHMENT ARE NOT JUST ENDORSING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PAST ACTION, BUT HIS FUTURE ONCE AS WELL IF YOU THINK I EXAGGERATE IN WARNING OUR ELECTIONS CAN BE UNDERMINED, I WOULD URGE YOU TO COME DOWN TO GEORGIA, FIND A BLACK MAN OR WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE AND THEY HAD TELL YOU THE DANGER IS REAL AND THEY WILL TELL YOU OF BRAVE AMERICANS WILLING TO RISK FAR MORE THAN A POLITICAL CAREER WHO MARCHED AND STRUGGLED AND SOMETIMES DIED SO WE COULD HAVE FAIR AND FROO ELECTIONS

WE ARE NOT ASKED TO POSSESS EVEN A FRACTION OF THEIR COURAGE WE'RE SIMPLY CALLED UPO TODAY TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT AND I'M PROUD TO VOTE YES ON IMPEACHMENT WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK >> I AM GLAD MY COLLEAGUE JUST MENTIONED GEORGIA

SINCE 2014 THE ACTUAL VOTER PARTICIPATION AMONG MINORS, HAVE RISEN DOUBLE DIGITS I'M VERY PROUD OF WHAT GEORGIA IS DOING TO GET EVERYBODY TO THE POLL I'M GLAD HE CHOSE TO HIGHLIGHT IT UNFORTUNATELY JUST IN THE WRONG WAY I WILL NOT YIELD

>> MADAME SPEAKER, BACK HOME PEOPLE REFER TO CAPITOL HILL AS A BUBBLE THEY ARE RIGHT IT'S AS IF WE ARE COMPLETELY DETACHED FROM WHAT'S GOING ON IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA MANY DON'T HEAR OR LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING AND MR HERE THINK THEY KNOW BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE WE SERVE

OUR COMMUNITIES ARE BENEFITTING FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA A BOOMING ECONOMY, SECURE BOARDER, BETTER TRADE DEALS AND A STRONGER MILITARY UNFORTUNATELY, INSIDE THE HOLE HALS OF CONGRESS, DEMOCRATS OBSESSION WITH IMPEACHMENT IS ALL CONSUMING IS THIS HOW LEADERSHIP CHOOSES TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA BUT NULLY FISTING THE RESULTS

FROM DOING THE JOB WE WERE ELECTED TO DO AFTER THREE YEARS OF TRYING, MONTHS OF UNFAIR POLITICALLY MOTIVATED IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS, DEMOCRATS HAVE DELIVERED TWO WEAK ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ABUSE OF POWER, NOT ACCORDING TO THE UKRAINE PRESIDENT SETH LENT SDI CONFIRMED MANY TIMES THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, AND SIGNIFICANT MILITARY AID WAS DELIVERED WITHOUT ANYTHING IN RETURN HIS WORDS HAVE BEEN CONVENIENTLY DISMISSED FPZ THEN EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE JIMMY CARTER AND MOVING FORWARD WILL AND WILL BE IMPEACHED

LET ME BE CLEAR IT IS AN HONOR TO SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BUT TODAY I AM DISTRAUGHT TODAY DEMOCRATS WILL DISREGARD THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND VOTE TO UM PEACH THE DUALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH WILL BE EQUALLY TROUBLING AS IF THIS HAS ERODED AND NOT WIPED OUT THE TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE IN 116th CONGRESS >> THE GENTLEMAN

>> I RESERVE >> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID NO QUID PRO QUO ONLY AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE LEARNED OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT AND AFTER "THE WASHINGTON POST" PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S PRESSURE CAMPAIGN ON UKRAINE I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA >> THIS IS A SAD DAY IN US

HISTORY WHEN WE HAVE TO VOTE ON ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP HAS ABUSED THE POWER OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY IN HIS ATTEMPT TO CHEAT HIS WAY TO REELECTION THE FACTS ARE UNCONTESTED THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE BY ATTEMPTING TO SHAKE DOWN THE PRESIDENT OF A COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN OUR ALLY TRUMP WANTED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DIG UP, TO MAKE UP DIRT ON VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN BECAUSE HE SEES HIM AS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO HIS REELECTION

TRUMP WANTED SETH LENT SDI TO ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION OF BIDEN HOPING THE MERE ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD CREATE DOUBT ABOUT BIDEN AND STRENGTHEN TRUMP'S HAND IN THE 2020 ELECTION TRUMP OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS BY ENGAGING IN A COVERUP HE'S REFUSED TO KM POLICE WITH SUBPOENAS AND BLOCKED CURRENT AND PAST EMPLOYEES FROM TESTIFYING BEFORE COMMITTEES CONGRESS IS IS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND ONE OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO PROVIDE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION OF THE ADMINISTRATION THE CHECKS AND BALANCES THE FRAMERS BUILT INTO THE CONSTITUTION SO NO ONE BRANCH WOULD HAVE UNCHECKED POWER

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO VOTE AND PASS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ABUSED HIS POWER AND OBSTRUCTED THE ABILITY OF CONGRESS FROM PERFORMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY THE URGENCY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT IS IS BECAUSE THERE'S NO REASON TO BELIEVE PRESIDENT TRUMP WON'T CONTINUE TO ABUSE THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE NO REASON TO BELIEVE HE WON'T CONTINUE TO PUT HIS FOOT ON THE SCALE OF HIS REELECTION AND IN FACT, HIS ATTORNEY JUST RETURNED FROM THE UKRAINE AND IN AN ARTICLE JUST RELEASED, CONFESSES TO CONTINUING THE EFFORT TO INTERFERE IN THE ELECTION IN MANY OF THE DISTRICTS, WE WORRY ABOUT VOTER SUPPRESSION AND SCHEMES THAT PURGE LEGITIMATE VOTERS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE ELECTION OR WE WORRY ABOUT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

IT'S A SAD DAY IN AMERICA WHEN WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF INTERFERING IN THE ELECTION IN ORDER TO BE REELECTED ELECTIONS SHOULD BE DECIDED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I WILL VOTE FOR BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT IT'S MY CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY THAT FUFILL MY OATH OF OFFICE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZD FOR TWO MINUTES >> I DISCOVERED SOMETHING RECENTLY THAT'S SHOCKING, I KNOW BUT SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP

THEY THINK HE'S LOUD THEY THINK HE CAN BE ARROGANT SOMETIMES HE SAYS BAD WORDS AND SOMETIMES HE'S RUDE TO PEOPLE TO THEIR SENSITIVE NATURES, THEY HAVE BEEN OFFENDED I GET THAT

I REALLY DO BUT LET'S BE CLEAR THIS VOTE, THIS DAY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH UKRAINE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ABUSE OF POWER IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS

THIS VOTE, THIS DAY IS ABOUT ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY THEY HATE THIS PRESIDENT THEY HATE THOSE OF US WHO VOTED FOR IT THEY THINK WE'RE STUPID THEY THINK WE MADE A MISTAKE THEY THINK HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD BE THE PRESIDENT AND WANT TO FIX THAT

THAT'S WHAT THIS VOTE IS ABOUT THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY MY VOTE AND THROW IT IN THE TRASH THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY MY PRESIDENT AND DELEGITIMIZE HIM FOR THOSE WHO THINK THIS STARTED WITH THIS INVESTIGATION, WHAT NONSENSE YOU'VE BEEN TRYING TO IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT SINCE BEFORE HE WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE

SOME OF YOU INTRODUCED ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEFORE HE WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE THIS ISN'T SOMETHING YOU'RE APPROACHING PRAYERFULLY AND SADLY OH, THE CHAOS, OH, THE SADNESS THIS IS SOMETHING YOU'RE GLEEFUL ABOUT AND YOU'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO IT FOR THREE YEARS

AND IT'S VERY CLEAR YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO BACK AND GOOGLE VERY MUCH TO FIND OUT THAT'S THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH I CAN GIVE YOU PAGES OF EXAMPLES OF THINGS YOU HAVE SAID FOR THREE YEARS ABOUT THIS PRESIDENT THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IF YOU THINK THIS IMPEACHMENT IS SUCCESSFUL, THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE IMPEACHED

AND THE NEXT PRESIDENT AFTER THAT EVERY PRESIDENT IN OUR FUTURE WILL BE IMPEACHED IT ERODES OUR REPUBLIC IN WAYS OUR FOUNDING FATHER IS IS RECOGNIZED THEY GOT IT RIGHT HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

I I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DAY LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DECIDE >> MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> RESERVE

>> I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN IF THE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IMPEACHED AND REMOVED, THE NEW PRESIDENT WILL BE MIKE PENCE, HILLARY CLINTON I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM FLORIDA >> I'M SORRY THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS TWO MINUTES >> I DID NOT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING BORN INTO THIS COUNTRY

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY, BUT THAT'S NOT MY STORY ALONE THIS IS A STORY THAT I SHARE WITH SO MANY PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN FLORIDA'S 26th DISTRICT AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WE HAVE LEFT AN EXPERIENCED CORRUPTION IN OUR COUNTRIES WHO ARE BRUTAL DICTATORSHIPS HAVE CHOKED THEIR POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT THOSE IN POWER THIS PRESIDENT LEKTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAS VIOLATED HIS OELT OF OFFICE AND VIOLATED THE RULE OF LAW THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING THAT HE WITHHELD MILITARY AID, APPROVED BY CONGRESS AND LEVERAGED THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING TO EXTRACT A POLITICAL FAVOR FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT

THE PRESIDENT ACTIVELY SOUGHT FOREIGN ELECTION INTERFERENCE TO BENEFIT HIMSELF IT IS UNDENIAL THAT HE HAS ABUSED HIS POWER AND OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS HE PRESENTS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO OUR DEMOCRACY I FEEL SO FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY COUNTRY THE GENIUS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY LIES IN OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE DEDICATION TO THE RULE OF LAW

I WANT MY CHILDREN AND ALL OF OUR CHILDREN TO FEEL THE SAME WAY WHEN THEY GROW UP HOWEVER, IF WE SIT IDLY BY AS CRACKS BEGIN TO APPEAR IN OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, OUR CHILDREN WILL BE IN THE SAME SITUATION LIKE SO MANY OF US EXPERIENCED WHEN WE LEFT COUNTRIES WHOSE LEADERS DESTROYED DEMOCRACY WE IN CONGRESS MUST ABIDE BY OUR OATH TO DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION THAT IS MY DUTY AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY THAT IS MY DUTY AS A MOTHER

I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAME SPEAKER I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> THANK YOU FOR YIELDING

MADAME SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP AS THE CHAIRMAN MUST RECALL, 21 YEARS AGO TODAY I SPOKE ON THIS FLOOR IN OPPOSITION OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT CLINTON AND 21 YEARS AGO TOMORROW I VOTED AGAINST ALL FOUR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT CLINTON TODAYS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ARE AN ASSAULT ON OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT FOR A PHONE CALL FOR WHICH NO CRIME IS CHARGED, NEVER MIND A HIGH CRIME, AND ASSERTING HIS CONSTITUTIONAL PREROGATIVES AS PRESIDENT IS IS A CLEAR ABUSE OF POWER BY THE CONGRESS

IT SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT TO UNDO THE SOLEMN DECISION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MADAME SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I GREW UP IN THE SAME TO BURRO OF NO, AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND A NO VOTE ON THESE HORRIBLE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND STRONGLY URGE A NO VOTE >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> MADAME SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED >> THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS EACH TAKE AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION WHEN THE PRESIDENT ABUSES HIS PRESIDENTIAL POWER TO UP END THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO LIVE UP TO OUR OATH OF OFFICE WE HAVE BEEN PRESENTED WITH DIRECT EVIDENCE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS AND THREATEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND UNDERMINE THE INTEGRITY OF THE NEXT ELECTION

WE NOW VOTE ON ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR ABUSE OF POWER AND CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS AS A RESULT OF THAT EVIDENCE I HAVE WORKED ON PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENTS AS PART OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TWICE BEFORE THIS THIRD TIME BRINGS ME NO JOY PRESIDENT NIXON ATTEMPTED TO CORRUPT ELECTIONS HIS AGENTS BROKE INTO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEADQUARTERS TO GET A LEG UP ON THE ELECTION AND THEN JUST LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, HE TRIED TO COVER IT UP

THEN HE RESIGNED THIS IS EVEN WORSE PRESIDENT TRUMP NOT ONLY ABUSED HIS POWER TO HELP HIS REELECTION, HE USED A FOREIGN FWOFT TO DO IT HE USED MILITARY AID PROVIDED TO FIGHT THE RUSSIANS AS LEVERAGE TO SOLELY BENEFIT HIS OWN POLITICAL CAMPAIGN GEORGE WASHINGTON WOULD BE ASTONISHED SINCE HE WORNED AGAINST FOREIGN INFLUENCE

THE DIRECT EVIDENCE IS DAMNING THE PRESIDENT HASN'T OFFERED ANY EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY THE ACTIONS CONSTITUTE GROUNDS FOR PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT WHAT IS BEFORE US IS A SERIOUS ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS THESE ABUSES STRIKE AT THE HEART OF OUR CONSTITUTION

THE PRESIDENT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL ABUSE OF POWER, A HIGH CRIME AND MISDEMEANOR, IS ONGOING HE TOTALLY REFUSED TO PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION TO CONGRESS RELATED TO THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THE TOOL OUR FOUNDERS GAVE US IN THE CONSTITUTION TO PRESERVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER WE MUST IMPEACH AND I YIELD BACK

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU AT THIS TIME, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MADAME SPEAKER, "THE WASHINGTON POST" HEADLINED A STORY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE STATING THE CAMPAIGN TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEGUN

HOW ACCURATE THEY WERE HERE WE ARE ALMOST THREE YEARS LATER AND WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING TODAY IS UNPRECEDENTED IN AMERICAN HISTORY A VERY PARTISAN-BASED IMPEACHMENT WITH NO FACTS THAT WARRANT IT THIS IS AN IMPEACHMENT BASED ON HEARSAY AND SPECULATION ROOTED IN A HATRED FOR A A MAN MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE DETEST NOT ALL, BUT MANY

NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT SAY THAT PERSONAL DISDAIN IS GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT AT EVERY TURN THE CLAIMS MADE BY MY COLLEAGUES HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE EARLY ON IT WAS CLAIM THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION THERE WAS NONE WE WERE TOLD THE FBI DIDN'T ABUSE THE FISA PROCESS IN THE INVESTIGATION OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN

THAT, TOO, HAS NOW BEEN PROVEN COMPLETELY FALSE THEN WHEN THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION HOPES COLLAPSED, WE WERE TOLD WE WOULD HEAR FROM A WHISTLEBLOWER THAT HAD DETAILS OF THE THE NEFARIOUS CALL BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE THEN WE FIND OUT THEY WEREN'T EVEN ON THE CALL AND WE STILL DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THE WHISTLEBLOWER IS WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS CLEAR EVIDENCE OF A QUID PRO QUO FOR PERSONAL GAIN

AFTER READING THE TRANSCRIPT, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE ASSUMPTIONS THAT WOULDN'T B EVEN STAND UP IN TRAFFIC COURT TO COME TO THAT CONCLUSION INSTEAD, THE INDISPUTABLE FACTS OF RECORD DESTROY THEIR CASE AND THOUGH THEY ALLEGE TREASON AND BRIBERY BY THE PRESIDENT, THE ARTICLES WE'RE CONSIDERING ONLY MAKE VAGUE ACCUSATIONS OF THE ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF TREASON OR BRIBERY OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER MR

SPEAKER, TODAY IS IS A VERY SAD TA >> THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRED >> THE COUNTRY IS NOW MORE DIVIDED THAN IT HAS BEEN IN MY LIFETIME THE TRUTH HAS BEEN TRAMPLED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND BECAUSE OF THE ABUSES OF THE FBI AND THE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, MORE AMERICANS HAVE AN EVEN DIFFERENT VIEW OF IMPORTANT INSTITUTIONS THANKFULLY, THE LENS OF HISTORY WILL ENSURE THE TRUTH IS TOLD AND WILL ENDURE

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MA SAM SPEAKER, ONE SPECIFIC CONCERN WAS A PRESIDENT THAT WOULD CORRUPT ELECTIONS AND USE THE OFFICE TO ENSURE HIS OWN REELECTION THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS NOT AN EFFORT TO OVERTURN AN ELECTION IT IS A REAFFIRMATION OF THE SIMPLE TRUTH THAT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NO PERSON, NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT, IS ABOVE THE LAW AND OUR DEMOCRACY CANNOT ALLOW A DUALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT TO ABUSE THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE FOR PERSONAL AND POLITICAL GAIN AND I NOW YIELD TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM TEXAS

>> I HATE NO WOMAN OR MAN TODAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD RECEIVE CLARITY AND TRUTH THE CONSTITUTION IS A A HIGHEST LAW OF THE LAND THE PRESIDENT BREACHED AND VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTED CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMES

THE PRESIDENT'S CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE JOHN F KENNEDY SAID IF THIS COUNTRY SHOULD REACH THE POINT WHERE ANY MAN BY FORCE COULD DEFY THE COMMANDS OF OUR COURT AND CONSTITUTION, THEN NO LAW WOULD STAND FREE FROM DOUBT AND NO CITIZEN WOULD BE SAFE FROM HIS NEIGHBORS THE FACTS ARE INDISPUTED FIRST PRESIDENT TRUMP VIOLATED LIZ OATH OF OFFICE BY POLICING POLITICAL INTERESTS ABOVE THE NATIONAL INTERESTS BY SCHEMING TO UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATING A POTENTIAL ELECTION OPPONENT

SECOND PRESIDENT TRUMP BETRAYED THE NATION BY WITHHOLDING THE CONGRESSIONALLY AGREED $391 MILLION TO A FRAGILE ALLY AGAINST A VERY STRONG FOE RUSSIA THIRD, R THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF THE SCHEME CONCOCTED WAS TO LIST A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO HELP IN THE 2020 ELECTION THESE ACTS ARE CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMES AND ABUSE OF POWER THE TRUTH IS THE PRESIDENT DID ASK FOR A A FAVOR THOSE WERE HIS OWN WORDS

IN THE JULY 25th CALL NEW YORK CITY MENTION OF CORRUPTION ONLY THE MENTION OF THE BIDENS THE PRESIDENT WAS ENGAGED IN WRONG DOING AND WAS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER HE HAS A A PATTERN IN HIS BEHAVIOR REMAINS A CONTINUING THREAT TO AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY THE TRUTH IS THAT ABUSE OF POWER DOES VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION WHILE BOTH CORRUPTING AND CHEATING OUR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

HIS ACTS BETRAY THE NATION HE MUST TAKE CARE EXECUTE LAWS FAITHFULLY THIS IS THE TRUTH WHY DOES THE TRUTH MATTER? BECAUSE IT MATTERS TO THE FARMER AT HIS OR HER PLOW IT MATTERS TO THE WAITRESS AT AN EARLY MORNING SHIFT

IT MATTERS TO THE STEEL WORKER BUILDING IT MATTERS TO THE TEACHER IT MATTERS TO A MOTHER KISSING OFF HER MILITARY RECRUIT GOING OFF TO WAR THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE PRESERVED OUR LAWS MINUTE HONORED

THE BLOODSHED AND SACRIFICE OF FELLOW AMERICANS CANNOT BE IGNORED R OR EJECTED AND THE ACTIONS MUST BE FOR NO PERSONAL GAIN THE BRIGHT LIGHT OF THIS CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY HAS BEEN DIMMED BECAUSE OF HIS ACTS THE TRUTH IS NO LONGER FOR ALL IT IS FOR ONE MAN, DONALD J TRUTH

HIS TRUTH, HIS WAY, WE MUST REJECT THAT ABUSE OF POWER BECAUSE THIS IS NOT AMERICA NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW ALEXANDER HAMILTON SAID — >> THE GENTLE LADY'S TIME IS IS EXPIRED >> WE MUST IMPEACH DONALD J TRUMP

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MR DAM SPEAKER >> TODAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES ON TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP MEMBERS AND ALL AMERICANS MUST RECOGNIZE THAT IMPEACHMENT WAS INTENDED TO BE A SAFETY VALVE, RARELY USED ONLY WHEN A PRESIDENT ACTS IN AN UNLAWFUL MANNER THAT SHOULD THREATEN THE REPUBLIC

AS WE CAST VOTES ON THESE ARTICLES, THE FUTURE TONE OF THIS HOUSE AND POLITICS IN THIS NATION MUST BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE ISSUE IS NOT WHETHER WE AGREE WITH OR LIKE THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC, POLITICAL TACTICS, USE OF TWITTER, POLICY IS CHOICES OR POLITICAL RALLIES ONE OF THE FOUNDERS WARNED OF THE RISKS OF BECOMING A SOLELY PARTISAN ACT IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AND THESE ARTICLES CLEARLY DO NOT HEED THAT WARNING THESE PROCEEDINGS ARE WEAPONIZING IMPEACHMENT MAKING IT ANOTHER ELECTION TOOL

I HAVE CAREFULLY EXAMINED THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED THROUGHOUT THE INQUIRY AND CONTRARY TO SOME, CONSIDERED OUR HISTORY, OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS AND OUR FUTURE IT IS CLEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS AS DESCRIBED IN THESE ARTICLES DO NOT CONSTITUTE TREASON, BRIBERY OR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS YOU SIMPLY DON'T LIKE HIM I'LL VOTING NO ON THESE ARTICLES AND WILL HOPE SOME DAY WE RETURN TO SERVE ISSING THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK

>> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE >> MADAME SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> MADAME SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP ON JANUARY 20th, 2017 RAISED HIS HAND AND SWORE TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION

NOW WE MUST PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION FROM HIM MA TAM SPEAKER, I RISE NOT TO EM EMBARRASS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BUT TO DEFEND OUR PRECIOUS DEMOCRACY I SPEAK TODAY NOT BECAUSE I HATE THIS PRESIDENT BUT BECAUSE I LOVE THIS BODY, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE

I HAVE HEARD REPUBLICANS SAY, WHY ARE WE RUSHING TO JUDGMENT? THIS IS NOT A RUSH TO JUDGMENT IT'S A RUSH TO JUSTICE AND WE MUST NOT DELAY CORRUPTION IS CORROSIVE IT EATS AWAY LIKE ACID AND THE LONGER WE WAIT, THE MORE TIME WE ALLOW FOR THIS PRESIDENT TO DO IRREPARABLE HARM TO OUR COUNTRY

JUST LAST WEEK RUDY GIULIANI WAS BACK AT IN UKRAINE SO PLEASE DON'T TELL US TO WAIT BECAUSE THE CORRUPTION CONTINUES THERE'S A FAMOUS QUOTE THAT SAYS, POLITICIANS WORRY ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION STATESMAN WORRY ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION TODAY CALLS UPON US TO BE STATESMEN AND WOMEN

DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, AND INDEPENDENT OUR ELECTION IS UNDER ATTACK FROM WITHIN SO TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, MANY OF WHOM SPENT A A LIFETIME TRYING TO BUILD HONESTY AND COURAGE, DON'T THROW THAT AWAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP HE DOESN'T DESERVE IT OR APPRECIATE IT PAST THE NEXT TWEET OR NEXT WEEK MY FEAR, MY PRESDIX IS THAT HIS ACTIONS WILL CONTINUE

MADAME SPEAKER, DONALD TRUMP RECENTLY SAID I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT HE ALSO BRAGGED THAT HE COULD SHOOT SOMEONE ON FIFTH AVENUE AND GET AWAY WITH IT WELL, HE IS SHOOTING HOLES IN OUR CONSTITUTION ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AND OUR HOUSE MUST DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION FROM A DOMESTIC ENEMY TO THE RULE OF LAW DONALD TRUMP

BECAUSE I DON'T WANT GENERATIONS TO COME TO BLAME ME FOR LETTING OUR DEMOCRACY DIE I THEREFORE, RISE IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHING DONALD TRUMP WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SDWL THANK YOU

AT THIS POINT I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE CHARADE IF THERE WAS EVER ANY DOUBT THIS INVESTIGATION IS 100% POLITICALLY MOTIVATE ISSED, EARLIER THIS SPOKE SPEAKER PELOSI ADMITTED THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS BEGAN TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN

THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAID THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REMOVE OUR PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE SINCE THE DAY HE GOT ELECTED SIMPLY BECAUSE IT WAS NOT THE OUTCOME THEY WANTED ANOTHER COLLEAGUE ADMITTED IN MAY THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THEIR ACTIONS WAS, AND I QUOTE, IF WE DON'T IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, HE WILL GET REELECTED THIS WAS A POLITICAL CRUSADE IN ORDER TO AA ARRIVE AT THEIR PREDETERMINED CONCLUSION, HOUSE DEMOCRATS SPENT THE LAST FEW MONTHS STAGING HEARINGS WHERE THE CHARGES WERE DRAWN UP BY THEIR OWN FOCUS GROUPS, DONORS SERVED AS WITNESSES AND STAFF SERVED AS JUDGE AND JURY EVEN WITH THE ODDS SO STACKED AGAINST THE PRESIDENT, DEMOCRATS CAME UP WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

AWHILE AGO, THE SPEAKER SPOKE OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE THE LAST PHRASE OF THE PLEDGE IS JUSTICE FOR ALL DURING THE INVESTIGATION, HE WAS DENIED DUE PROCESS SOMETHING SUPREME COURT SAID SHOULD BE AFFORDED IN ALL CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS THAT MAKES THIS PROCESS ILLEGAL AND ILLEGITIMATE

WHAT A SHAME, WHAT A SHAM WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK >> RESERVE >> I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM TEXAS >> THE GENTLE LADY IS IS RECOGNIZED

>> I COUNTY DIDN'T COME TO CONGRESS TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT EVEN WHEN HE SEPARATED BABIES FROM THEIR PARENTS AT BORDER, EVEN WHEN HE TOOK MONEY FROM OUR TROOPS TO BUILD HIS WALL, NO, I DIDN'T CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE I'M HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MY CONSTITUENTS THE YET HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS AS A FORMER JUDGE I TOOK MY RESPONSIBILITY SERIOUSLY TO WEIGH THE EVIDENCE AND DETERMINE IF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS WERE IMPEACHABLE UNFORTUNATELY, THE EVIDENCE IN THE INTELLIGENCE REPORTS LEAVES US WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT

SO I STAND ON MY OATH THAT I HAVE SWORN TO THE CONSTITUTION AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TODAY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STANDBY THEIR OATHS TOO THE FRAMERS OR THE CONSTITUTION INCLUDED IMPEACHMENT AS A SAFEGUARD AGAINST A CORRUPT PRESIDENT WHO COULD DESTROY THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR COUNTRY DONALD TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER WHEN HE OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS AND ORDERED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NOT TO APPEAR BEFORE US DONALD TRUMP CORRUPTED OUR ELECTION WHEN HE ASKED A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE FOR HIS PERSONAL AND POLITICAL GAIN

TODAY, SADLY, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, WILL YOU PUT YOUR PARTY OVER OUR COUNTRY OR WILL YOU HELP SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY AND VOTE YES ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEFORE YOU I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES I YIELD BACK THANK YOU >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> I HAVE AN INQUIRY FOR THE TIME REMAINING FOR BOTH SIDES >> THANK YOU AT THIS POINT, IT'S MY — I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU

I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING FIRST, THIS IS THE LARGEST, MOST MASSIVE COVERUP OF SUCH A LIST OF CRIMES AGAINST OUR COUNTRY AND IT GOES SO FAR TO BRING IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS TO TRY TO COVER ALL OF THIS UP I WOULD TAKE YOU TO OCTOBER 2015 WHEN BARACK OBAMA SAID HILLARY CLINTON WOULD NEVER INTEND TO JEOPARDIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AGAIN, THE FOLLOWING APRIL, THE NEXT MONTH, PETER STRUCK WROTE THE STATEMENT THAT WAS DELIVERED BY JAMES COMEY

THEY SPENT DEMOCRATIC MONEY AND HILLARY CLINTON MONEY IN RUSSIA TO PICK UP DIRT ON DONALD TRUMP AND THEN JOE BIDEN GOES TO UKRAINE AND MAKES A STATEMENT HERE'S A BILLION DOLLARS, BUT YOU MUST DO WHAT I TELL YOU TO DO YOU'RE ACCUSING DONALD TRUMP OF DOING THAT, WHICH JOE BIDEN CONFESSED TO DOING AND BY THE WAY, JOE BIDEN WAS NOT THE OPPONENT OF DONALD TRUMP

HE'S IN A PRIMARY AND HE'S RUNNING THIRD IN THAT RACE HIS OPPONENTS ARE THE OTHER 20 DEMOCRATS HOW WOULD ANYBODY DIG INTO THAT MESS OF 21 PEOPLE AND DECIDE HE'S GOING TO GO OVERSEAS AND PULL SOMETHING LIKE THIS YOU HAVE TO ASSIGN HIM A MOTIVE YOU ASSIGN HIM A MOTIVE AND CREATE THE DOTS

THE REALITY IS THAT IT WAS BIDEN THAT WAS DOING THE EXTORTION OF THE POWER PLAY IN ORDER TO PROTECT HIS OWN SON AND IT WAS DONALD TRUMP FOLLOWING THE LAW THAT SAID YOU HAVE TO ENSURE THIS IS NOT CORRUPTION HERE BEFORE THIS MONEY IS IS HANDED OVER AND BY THE WAY, THERE WAS A VIOLENT WAR GOING ON IN UKRAINE THAT'S WHEN WE SENT BLANKETS OVER THERE UNDER BARACK OBAMA WHEN I HEAR THIS FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, HE DOESN'T THINK HE CAN WIN THE ELECTION FAIR AND KWAR SO HE WOULD CHEAT

I HEARD THAT HERE ON THIS FLOOR NO, IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND YOUR NUMBER ONE PROPONENT OF IMPEACHMENT IS TEXAS AND HE SAID THOSE VERY SAME THINGS AND THEY BROUGHT THIS CASE NOVEMBER 9th, THE DAY AFTER TRUMP WAS ELECTED I YIELD BACK >> I YIELD

>> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> MADAME SPEAKER, WORDS MATTER WE HAVE HEARD MANY WORDS OVER THE COURSE OF THESE LAST WEEKS

STILL WHAT STRIKES ME ARE THE WORDS THAT ARE MISSING FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE A GAPEING HOLE IN THIS CONVERSATION THE WORDS THEY CANNOT OR WILL NOT MOUTH DEFENDING A PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT CONDUCT THAT THREATENS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER

AND SO SPEAKER, I ASK, WHEN IS IT EVER RIGHT FOR A PRESIDENT TO COERCE A FOREIGN POWER TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS WHEN IS IS IT EVER RIGHT FOR A A PRESIDENT TO INTIMIDATE A FOREIGN LEADER INTO ANNOUNCING FALSE INVESTIGATIONS INTO A POLITICAL RIVAL WHEN IS IT EVER RIGHT FOR THAT PRESIDENT TO WITHHOLD CONGRESSIONALLY APPROPRIATED AID TO THAT COUNTRY AT THE EXPENSE OF ITS NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR VERY OWN AND WHEN IS IS IT EVER RIGHT FOR A PRESIDENT TO BLOCK A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FROM INVESTIGATING THE SQUEEM TO CHEAT AN ELECTION THE ANSWER, OF COURSE, IS NEVER

BUT THAT WORD DOES NOT COME TRIPPINGLY FROM THE TONGUES OF THOSE WHO ARE MAKING THE CHOICE TO STAND BEHIND A MAN WHOSE BEHAVIOR IS IS NOT WORTHY OF YOUR TORTURED WORDS BY OUR VOTE TODAY, WE'RE SPEAKING TO FUTURE PRESIDENTS AND TO FUTURE GENERATIONS WE ARE DECLARING THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AMERICANS ALONE WILL DETERMINE THE OUTCOME

AND WE WILL NOT PERMIT A PRESIDENT TO ORDER THE COMPLETE DEFIANCE OF A COEQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT IN THE END, REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME OF THIS IMPEACHMENT, THE PRESIDENT'S TENURE WILL END AND THIS BODY IS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE LEFT WITH WHAT WE DID HERE TODAY OURS IS LOVE OF COUNTRY AND LIFTING A CONSTITUTION TO ITS GRAVEST PROTECTIONS, BUT ITS HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS THE DEMOCRACY IS A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE

BY VOTING TO SAFEGUARD, MINE IS CLEAR I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK >> THANK YOU AS US REMINDED MANY TIME, WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE SHAM PROCESS AND FOLLOWED THE FACTS AND WON BOTH IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT ELECTIONS, IT WAS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUGS THAT SAID WE CAN'T TRUST THE VOTERS — IT'S TOO DANGEROUS TO LEAVE IT WITH THE THE VOTERS

I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM ARIZONA >> THE GENTLE LADY IS REPUBLIC NEWSED >> THANK YOU, MADAME SPEAKER AS YOU ALL KNOW, I SERVE ON BOTH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND RULES COMMITTEE AND I HAVE LITERALLY SPENT HOURS, HOURS POURING OVER TESTIMONY, LOOKING AT DOCUMENTS, SITTING IN HEARINGS, AND YOU KNOW THE CONCLUSION I GOT FROM ALL OF THAT? THIS IMPEACHMENT IS A TOTAL JOKE AND A TOTAL SHAM

AND LET ME TELL YOU ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I THINK THAT ALL OF THOSE WITNESSES, THE 17 WITNESSES THAT THE DEMOCRATS BROUGHT FORWARD, NOT ONE SINGLE ONE OF THEM WAS ABLE TO ESTABLISH THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMITTED BRIBERY, TREASON, HIGH CRIMES OR MISDEMEANORS, WHICH IS REQUIRED IN THE US CONSTITUTION AND AGAIN, 17 OUT OF 24 DEMOCRAT MEMBERS ON JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTED ON THIS FLOOR TO MOVE FORWARD ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEFORE THE PHONE CALL

AND 5 OUT OF 9 RULE COMMITTEE DEMOCRAT MEMBERS DID THE SAME THING SO IF THE MAIN PART OF YOUR IMPEACHMENT IS THE CALL, WHY DID YOU VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT PRIOR TO THE CALL? I ALSO WANT TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND OTHERS THAT FOR TWO YEARS ADAM SCHIFF CLAIMED HE HAD PROOF, PROOF THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA THAT TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE THEN OVERNIGHT IT WAS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE THEN QUID PRO QUO, THEN BRIBERY, THEN EXTORTION

THE LIST GOES ON BUT YET NOT ONE OF THOSE IS LISTED IN THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES, MADAME CHAIR, I SAY PLEASE STOP TEARING THE COUNTRY APART STOP THIS SHAM US YIELD BACK

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> THE GENTLE LADY IS KREKT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BEHAVIOR IS NOT NEW HE HAS A PATTERN OF ENGAGING IN MISCONDUCT AND OBSTRUCTING ANY INVESTIGATION INTO HIS MISCONDUCT TO COVER UP HIS ACTIONS AND HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST

>> MADAME SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF TODAY'S IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT >> WITHOUT OBJECTION >> I NOW YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND >> OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED ON CERTAIN PRINCIPLES THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE OEND BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE

THE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES WOULD PROVIDE THE CHECKS AND BALANCES NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE PEOPLE'S VOICES ARE HEARD AND THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW TODAY WE ARE VOTING TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP BECAUSE HE'S FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN HIS COVENANT WITH THE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DOING SO, WE'RE USING THE POWERS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND IN THE CONSTITUTION TO ADDRESS A PRESIDENT VIOLATED THE OATH OF OFFICE THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR AND THE FACTS ARE NOT IN QUESTION

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CONSISTENTLY ENGAGED IN A A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR INCONSISTENT WITH THE RULE OF LAW HE'S REFUSED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS ACTIONS HE'S UNDERMINED THE CHECKS AND BALANCES WE RELY ON BY OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS AT EVERY TURN MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE'S ABUSED HIS POWER BY USING HIS OFFICE TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE ELECTIONS, UNDERMINING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS SAD DAY FOR OUR NATION, I WILL DO WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SO OFTEN FAILED TO DO

I WILL FULFILL MY OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND I WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> THANK YOU TODAY IS A SAD TA IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AS HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO APPROVE ON A STRICTLY PARTY LINE VOTE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BASED ON WHAT CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR CALLED WAFER THIN EVIDENCE THIS WILL SET A PRECEDENCE WHERE IMPEACHMENT BECOMES THE NORM, RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION

THAT'S NOT WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS INTENDED THAT I WANTED IMPEACHMENT TO BE RARE THEY SET A HIGH BAR FOR IMPEACHMENT TREASON, BRIBERY, HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS ALLEGED ABUSE OF POWER, THE FIRST ARTICLE IS NOT A HIGH CRIME AND MISDEMEANOR

IT'S NOT EVEN A CRIME AND SINCE THERE'S NO CONCISE LEGAL DEFINITION OF BUSZ OF POWER CAN DESIGNATE ANY DISAGREEMENT FROM NOW ON AN IMPEACHABLE EVIDENCE THE SECOND ARTICLE OF OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS WOULD PRODUCE A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT ASSERTS EXEC TY PRIVILEGE IS IS NOT OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS RATHER IT'S A FUNCTION OF THE ESSENTIAL CHECKS AND BALANCES CONTEMPLATED UNDER THE CONSTITUTION

HERE'S WHAT NEARLY EVERY GRADE SCHOOL STUDENT KNOWS, BUT APPARENTLY HOUSE DEMOCRATS DO NOT IF CONGRESS DISAGREES WITH THE PRESIDENT, IF THEY DON'T AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT, TAKE IT TO COURT LET THE THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT DECIDE THEY ARE THE REFS THE HOUSE HAS NEVER APPROVED EITHER ABUSE OF POWER OR OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS AS AN ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT

THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE TODAY UNDER WHICH ALL FOUR PRESIDENTS COULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED THIS IS ABSURD THE WHOLE PROCESS IS ABSURD AND HAS BEEN FROM THE OUTSET IS

BUT HERE'S WHAT'S NOT ABSURD BUT RATHER FRIGHT I THINK HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE SETTING A DANGEROUS TARNISH THE HISTORY OF THIS HOUSE I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT CONSTITUTED THE HIGH CRIMES AGAINST THE HIGHEST CRIMES AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A CRIMINAL CRIME TO BE APPLIED TO THE STATUTE AND THAT WAS FOUND IN THE CASE OF PRESIDENT NIXON AND SO NOW I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER

THIS JULY PRESIDENT TRUMP BLOCKED $400 MILLION IN CONGRESSIONALLY-APPROVED AID THAT THEY NEEDED TO DEFEND AGAINST RUSSIA, AND THAT IS BECAUSE HE NEEDED UKRAINE TO DO SOMETHING FIRST HE ASKED THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO LAUNCH A INVESTIGATION INTO A POLITICAL RIVAL AND THAT AID WOULD COME AFTER, BUT THIS IS NOT A SINGLE CALL OR TRANSCRIPT, BUT THIS IS A PERFECT STORM, AND MONTHS OF ACTIVITY DIRECTLY ORDERED BY THE PRESIDENT TO HIS SENIOR CABINET AND POLITICAL APPOINTEES, AN ORCHESTRATED PLAN THAT WOULD HAVE A FOREIGN POWER INTERFERE WITH OUR ELECTIONS THE PRESIDENT HAS USED THIS FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL GAIN, AND HAS OBSTRUCTED OTHER BRANCHES DONALD TRUMP MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FORP HIS ACTIONS TODAY WE SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL TO THIS PRESIDENT AND ALL FUTURE PRESIDENT, AND NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW

I YIELD BACK >> GENTLE MAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AT THIS TIME I YIELD A MINUTE AND ATHE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS >> I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

ENOUGH MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THE LOVE OF THIS COUNTRY, ENOUGH ENOUGH OF THIS IMPEACHMENT CIRCUS, AND ENOUGH OF THESE SHAM WITCH HUNTS, AND I AM VOTING NO, BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG THE ONLY THING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GUILTY OF IS DOING THE THINGS THAT HE SAID THAT HE WOULD DO AND IF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WERE HONEST THEY WOULD SAY THAT THE ONLY THING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GUILTY OF IS NOT BEING HILLARY CLINTON

THE ONLY PARTY GUILTY OF OB STRUCK SHUN OR ABUSE OF POWER IS THE PARTY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THEY ARE POLITICALLY WEAPONIZING IMPEACHMENT, AND THAT I HAVE SHATTERED PRECEDENT AND ABUSED THE CONSTITUTION THEY, ALONE, THEY WILL BEAR THIS RESPONSIBILITY MADAM SPEAKER, THEY WILL FAIL, AND IT IS NO WONDER THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T TRUST THIS BODY IT IS PAST TIME TO BE DONE WITH THIS CIRCUS, AND GET TO ISSUES THAT MATTER LIKE PASSING TRADE DEALS, AND I WILL ENCOURAGE THIS BODY TO MOVE PAST THIS HEARTBREAKING AND DISGRACEFUL DAY TO THINGS THAT ACTUALLY MATTER

I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR PRICE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> MADAM SPEAKER, THE MOMENT THAT OUR FOUNDERS ANTICIPATED IN ESTABLISHING THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT HAS ARRIVED THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER BY ASKING A VULNERABLE FOREIGN LEADER TO INVESTIGATE BOTH HIS POLITICAL RIVAL AND A BASELESS RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY THEORY WHILE WITHHOLDING CONGRESSIONALLY APPROPRIATED DEFENSE AID AND COVETED WHITE HOUSE VISIT HE THEN BLOCKED THE CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO THESE ABUSES

THESE ABUSES THREATEN THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTIONS, AND THEY CORRUPT OUR DIPLOMACY AND THEY UNDERMINE NATIONAL SECURITY WE SOMETIMES REGARD CONSTITUTIONAL CHECKS AND BALANCES AS THE INDESTRUCTIBLE UNDERPINNINGS OF THE DEMOCRACY AND THEY ARE NOT FIXED OR DESTRUCTIBLE, AND THE PRESIDENT HAS DEMONSTRATED IT WITHOUT ANY DOUBT AND IT IS UP TO CONGRESS, THE FIRST BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO APPLY THE REMEDY THAT THE CONSTITUTION PRESCRIBES, BECAUSE THE THREATS TO OUR DEMOCRACY ARE REAL AND PRESENT WITH THIS VOTE, WE AFFIRM THAT NO ONE INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT IS ABOVE THE LAW >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU I YIELD A MINUTE AND HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> SINCE THE MOMENT OF THIS IMPEACHMENT, IT IS TROUBLING TO SEE THE PARTISAN DIVISIVE WAY IN WHICH THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CARRIED OUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS I GUESS WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED THOUGH

THEY PROMISED THEY'D UNSEAT THIS PRESIDENT SINCE THE DAY HE TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE, AND FROM THE START, THIS HAS BEEN A BASELESS ATTEMPT TO UNSEAT THE WILL OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SO THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT IN KENTUCKY AND PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM TO ENACT CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE APPALLED AT THE CHARADE IN THE HOUSE IN THE RECENT MONTHS THEY ARE APPALLED AT THE ACTIONS FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE FAILED TO EVEN COME CLOSE TO PROVING THEIR CASE I HOPE THAT ALL OF MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE PRECEDENT THEY ARE SETTING IN VOTING FOR THIS SHAM PROCESS AND THESE ILLEGITIMATE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THESE ARTICLES WERE WRITTEN AND BUILT ON A REPORT THAT WAS DRAFTED WITH BIAS PRESUMPTIONS, CHERRY PICKED WITNESSES AND VASTLY DISPUTED FACTS

THE PRESIDENT DID NOT COMMIT ANY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE IT IS CLEAR FOR ALL OF US TO SEE THROUGH THE NOW VERY WELL KNOWN TRANSCRIPT THIS RIGGED PROCESS SETS A CONCERNING PRECEDENT FOR IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES MOVING FORWARD AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY OPPOSE THESE BASELESS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR PETERS >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU MANY HAVE LAMENTED THAT IT IS NOT BIPARTISAN, BUT THAT IS ON MY COLLEAGUES

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT SOUGHT TO TRUTH, BUT THEY HAVE SOUGHT TO AVOID THE TRUTH AND THEY HAVE DEMEANED AND INSULTED PATRIOTS AND CAREER DIPLOMATS WHO HAVE PROVIDED EVIDENCE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT NO HOUSE REPUBLICAN HAS JOINED TO US LOOK AT THE DOCUMENTS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PRODUCED AND INSTEAD, THEY HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIMSELF, HE CAN SET THE RULES OF HIS OWN TRIAL, AND NO FACT WITNESSES REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO SEEK THE TRUTH AND CONDEMN THE ABUSE OF POWER OR TO WORK WITH US TO PREVENT THIS ONGOING BEHAVIOR IN THE FUTURE, AND THAT IS THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY'S EVENTS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE GONE INTO BATTLE WITHOUT RESERVATION TO FIGHT OR OUR REPUBLIC, AS THEY STILL DO TODAY, AND MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN GRAVELY INJURED AND SOME HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND FOR FEAR OF LOSING THE ELECTION, MY COLLEAGUES WILL NOT SPEAK UP FOR THE RULE OF LAW OR AGAINST PRESIDENTIAL ABUSE OF POWER, AND THE VOTERS MAY GIVE THEM A PASS, BUT HISTORY IS GOING TO JUDGE THEM HARSHLY, AND I WILL VOTE FOR THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, MR COLLINS

RISE IN OPPOSITION TO NOT ONLY THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, BUT IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE PROCESS THAT HAS BROUGHT TO US THIS POINT OUR CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS ARE ALL ABOUT PROCESS OUR FOUNDERS KNEW THAT A GOVERNMENT WITHOUT CONSTRAINTS COULD ACCUSE ANYONE OF ANY CRIME AT ANY TIME WITHOUT COMPELLING EVIDENCE, AND THAT IS WHY THE 5th, AND THE 14TH AMENDMENTS ESTABLISHED THE BEDROCK OF INNOCENT UNTIL GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, BUT THE MADAM SPEAKER SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE TO PROVE HIS INNOCENCE, AND HE SAID IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING THAT CAN PROVE YOUR INNOCENCE, HE SHOULD MAKE IT KNOWN AND ALSO, THE CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES THAT THE ACCUSED CAN CALL WITNESSES TO TESTIFY ON THEIR BEHALF, BUT THE PRESIDENT WAS DENIED THAT RIGHT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS THE 6th AMENDMENT IS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHT TO FACE THE ACCUSER, BUT NOT ONLY HAVE THE DEMOCRATS OPPOSED THE PRESIDENT FROM FACING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER, THE IDENTITY IS SECRET

BEFORE YOU TAKE THIS HISTORIC VOTE TODAY ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS, I WANT YOU TO KEEP THIS IN MIND, THAT WHEN JESUS WAS FALSELY ACCUSED OF TREASON, PONTIUS PILATE GAVE JESUS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FACE HIS ACCUSERS AND IN THAT SHAM TRIAL, PONTIUS PILATE AFFORDED MORE RIGHTS THAN THIS BODY HAS AFFORDED THE PRESIDENT >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> THE PRESIDENT WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND SEND HIS COUNSEL AND SEND WITNESSES, AND HE DE-KLINED TO — DECLINED TO DO SO I NOW YIELD TO MR KILDEE FROM MICHIGAN

>> GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE >> THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR THE DEMOCRACY AND THE PRESIDENT HAS ABUSED THE POWERS OF THE OFFICE, AND BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST AND UNDERMINED AMERICA'S TRUST BY PRESSURING A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE IN THE ELECTIONS FOR HIS OWN POLITICAL GAIN IN THIS MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY OF THE CONSTITUTION, IT IS CLEAR THE REMEDY FOR SUCH MISCONDUCT BY A PRESIDENT IS IMPEACHMENT I DIDN'T COME HERE TO CONGRESS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT SADLY, THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT LEAVES US NO CHOICE BUT TO FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION

I HAVE TWO GRANDCHILDREN MY GRANDDAUGHTER CAITLYN IS 8, AND MY GRANDSON COLLIN IS 4 SOME DAY, ALONG TIME FROM NOW THEY WILL ASK ME ABOUT THIS DAY, AND ASK ABOUT THE TIME THAT THE PRESIDENT PUT HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW, AND THEY WILL WANT TO KNOW WHAT I DID TO STOP HIM AND I WILL HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THEM TODAY, I VOTE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, AND I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP

I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER IT IS INTERESTING THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS SUPPOSEDLY GIVEN RIGHTS, AND MAYBE HE COULD HAVE ASKED QUESTIONS OF THREE LAW SCHOOL PROFESSORS AND NOT A LOT THERE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF >> WE ARE HERE, BECAUSE THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE SPENT OVER $30 MILLION TRYING TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND COME UP WITH NOTHING BECAUSE OF THEIR RADICAL LEFT WING, THE DEMOCRATS ARE WILLING TO MAKE ALL FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS INVALID UNTIL JUDGED WORTHY BY THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PERHAPS THE GREATEST DENIAL OF REALITY REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT UNDER HIS POLICIES, THINGS ARE ACTUALLY GOING MUCH BETTER THAN THEY HAVE IN DECADES FOR WORKING AMERICANS

WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC IN WHICH THE POWER FLOWS FROM WE THE PEOPLE TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE ELECTED OFFICIALS THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY THINKS OTHERWISE THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO RULE US EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO CHANGE THE RULES TO INVALIDATE THE WILL AND THE VOTES OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND THAT IS WHY THE ABSENCE OF A CASE DOES NOT MATTER IN THIS CHARADE OF IMPEACHMENT I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RECOGNIZE, AND SHARE MY URGENCY ABOUT WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE

MADAM SPEAKER, YOU AND YOUR MAJORITY MAY DECIDE TODAY, BUT I HAVE FAITH THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL DECIDE OTHERWISE NEXT NOVEMBER THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON

>> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AFTER CAREFULLY REVIEWING ALL OF THE EVIDENCE AND THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEFORE US, IT IS CLEAR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY AND OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS DID NOT COME TO THIS CONCLUSION LIGHTLY

IMPEACHMENT IS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS MATTER BUT NO PRESIDENT CAN BE ALLOWED TO PRESSURE A FOREIGN COUNTRY FOR PERSONAL AND POLITICAL GAIN NO PRESIDENT IS ABOVE THE LAW HIS BEHAVIOR HAS JEOPARDIZED THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTIONS, PUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK, AND PLACED HIS PERSONAL INTERESTS ABOVE THOSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HIS OBSTRUCTION HAS PREVENTED THE HOUSE FROM CONDUCTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY OF OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH BY FAILING TO UPHOLD HIS OATH OF OFFICE, PRESIDENT TRUMP FORCES EACH OF US AS MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO UPHOLD OURS

I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO JUST THAT AND DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AT THIS TIME I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR

RIGLE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF >> I VOTE NO ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I REPRESENT THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA AND HOME OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS WHO SHAPED THIS COUNTRY THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JAMES MADISON ARE NOT AROUND TO SEE WHAT THEIR CREATION HAS BECOME, BUT THEY WOULD NOT BE PLEASED TO SEE CONGRESS SUBVERTING THE WILL OF THE DEMOCRACY, BECAUSE THE MAJORITY PARTY CANNOT ACCEPT THE 2016 ELECTION

INSTEAD OF WASTING THE TAXPAYERS MONEY AND TIME ON SPECIOUS ALLEGATIONS, WE COULD HAVE ADDRESSED THE MEDICAL ISSUE, AND REDUCED STUDENT DEBT, AND SOLVE THE LITANY OF THE ISSUES THAT AMERICANS CARE ABOUT TOMORROW, WE MIGHT HAVE A VOTE ON THE USMCA WHICH WE SHOULD HAVE PASSED MONTHS ALG IF IT WERE NOT FROM THE OBSTRUCTION AND DELAYS, AND DELAYS THAT HAVE MADE THE FARMERS IN MY DISTRICT SUFFER AND VOTES LIKE TODAY, AND THE DECISIONS LEADING UP TO THE VOTE, AND THE NATURE AND THE ENTIRE PROCESS WREAKS OF CAREERIST POLITICIANS WHO PUT POLITICIANS OVER PEOPLE I WAS NOT ELECTED TO OVERTURN THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I RAN FOR OFFICE TO SERVE MY CONSTITUENT, AND THAT IS WHY I AM HERE

WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT AND I OFFER MY COLLEAGUES WHAT THOMAS PAINE SAID, TO ARGUE WITH THE PERSON WHO HAS RENOUNCED REASON IS LIKE ADMINISTERING MEDICINE TO THE DEAD THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> I WOULD SAY THAT THE HOUSE HAS PASSED OVER 400 BILLS, AND 275 BIPARTISAN BILLS AND DRIVING DOWN COSTS OF HEALTH CARE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, AND RAISING WAGES, AND REBUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEALING WITH CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON SO 70% OF THE BUILTS ARE LANGUISHING ON SENATE LEADER McCONNELL'S DESK I YIELD TO THE GENTLE LADY MADAM CAPTOR >> I THANK YOU FOR YIELDING I WANT TO PLACE ON THE RECORD THAT THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SWEAR TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AGAINST ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, AND TODAY, WE FULFILL OUR OATH BY DEFENDING LIBERTY, AND THE CENTRAL FIGURE TESTING AMERICA'S RESOLVE IS NOT HERE IN WASHINGTON TODAY

RATHER THE CLOSETED VILLAIN SITS IN MOSCOW, AND VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS COORDINATED MURDERS, ELECTION HACKING, PROPAGANDA, AND THE ENTRAPMENT OF WILLING FOOLS AND GREEDY UNDERLINGS WHO PUT THEIR SELFISH INTERESTS OVER LIBERTY AND PUTIN'S DIRECTION HAS SOUGHT TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRACIES, AND HE HAS INVADED UKRAINE IN 2014 AND AS UKRAINE IS DEFENDING THE EASTERN FLANK, 14,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED AT PUTIN'S HAND WITH OVER 2 MILLION DISPLACED AND RATHER THAN STAND UP TO PUTIN, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE MINIONS AIDED PUTIN FIRST IN HASTING THE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS AND RECENTLY WITHHOLDING THE VITAL AID FROM UKRAINE TO COERCE THE INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS >> THE GENTLE LADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED >> I MIGHT END BY SAYING ONWARD LIBERTY AND VOTE FOR THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT >> AT THIS TIME I YIELD A MINUTE AND HALF TO DR

MURPHY >> I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BASELESS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, AND THE PROCESS USED IN THIS EFFORT TO IMPEACH A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IT IS A MOCKERY OF JUSTICE N 1788 ONE OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS ALEXANDER HAMILTON WROTE IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS THAT MANY CASES THE IMPEACHMENT WILL CONNECT WITH INCREASING FACTIONS AND IN ALL CASES THE GREATEST DECISION IS THAT THE DECISION IS REGULATED BY THE COMPARABLE STRENGTH OF THE PARTIES MAJORITY AND MINORITY THAN REAL DEMONSTRATIONS OF INNOCENCE OR GUILT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? IT MEANS THAT THE MAJORITY CAN EXERT ITS INFLUENCE REGARDLESS OF THE JUSTICE, AND IN THIS STATEMENT, HAMILTON WARNED US ABOUT THE DANGER OF MOB RULE

DEMOCRATS HAVE A CRIMINAL, AND THEY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A CRIME FOR THREE YEARS, BUT THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT COMMITTED A CRIME AS THE LEADER OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY, THE PRESIDENT HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION TO ROOT OUT CORRUPTION IN COUNTRIES TO WHICH WE PROVIDE AID THIS IS NOT AN ABUSE OF POWER IT IS HIS JOB ONE OF THE ARTICLES IS OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, AND THE ONLY THING THAT HAS BEEN OBSTRUCTED IS THIS PRESIDENT'S RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS

I DON'T BLAME THE PRESIDENT FOR NOT FULLY PARTICIPATING IN THE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT CIRCUS THIS IS NOT HOW THE FOUNDING FATHERS FRAMED AMERICAN JUSTICE THIS IS A TRAGIC DAY IN THE NATION'S HISTORY AND WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS WHO HATE THIS PRESIDENT MORE THAN THEY LOVE THIS COUNTRY THE COUNTRY NEEDS PRAYER AND NOT THIS DESTRUCTIVE PARTISANSHIP THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S OBSTRUCTION IS UNCATEGORICAL HE CANNOT HAVE OBSTRUCTION BEYOND THE SUBPOENAS EVEN AS HE IS PURSUING HIS OWN INTERESTS IN COURT, HIS ADMINISTRATION IS SIMULTANEOUSLY ARGUING THAT HE IS BARRED FROM ENFORCEMENT WHEN THE BRANCH OFFICIALS DISREGARDED THE SUBPOENAS SO WHEN CAN THE PRESIDENT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOSH HIS WRONGDOING, AND IN HIS MIND NEVER, BUT THE CONSTITUTION DISAGREES

I YIELD ONE MINUTE NO GENTLE LADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS HOLMES NORTON >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, MY WORDS ARE THE ONLY REMEDY TODAY IN SPITE OF THE UPCOMING DC

STATEHOOD VOTE, WE EXPECT TO BE SUCCESSFUL THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE NO VOTE ON IMPEACHMENT OR ANY OTHER MATTER ON THIS FLOOR NOW I SPOKE ON THIS FLOOR ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT CLINTON 20 YEARS AGO UNLIKE THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT ON PERJURY CONCERNING AN AFFAIR WITH AN INTERN, SOME IMPEACHMENT TURNS ON SABOTAGE OF NATIONAL SECURITY TO GET HIMSELF RE-ELECTED CLINTON REPENTED, AND TRUMP INSISTS THAT HE DID NOTHING WRONG

THAT IS A PROMISE TO CONTINUE HIS LONG PATTERN OF ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS IMPEACHMENT IS OUR ONLY RECOURSE I YIELD BACK >> GENTLE LADY YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR BUTLER >> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA TODAY, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE LOWERED THE BAR FOR IMPEACHMENT TODAY, THE PRESIDENT CAN BE IMPEACHED WITHOUT THE ABSENCE OF A CRIME AND DUE PROCESS AND INSERTING A LEGALLY AND CONSTITUTIONALLY RECOGNIZED PROCESS

AND MANY HAVE WON ELECTIONS AND THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IMPEACHED FDR USED THE IRS TO TARGET HIS POLITICAL FOES PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY USED WIRETAPPING TO MONITOR OPPONENTS AND INCLUDING THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF, AND DEPORTED ONE OF THE MISTRESSES TO AVOID SCANDAL, AND A PRESIDENT SPIED ON GOLDWATER'S AIRPLANE AND USING A CIA SPY TO OBTAIN ADVANCED COPIES OF GOLDWATER'S SPEECHES AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAD APPOINTMENTS THAR WERE CONSISTENTLY KNOCKED DOWN AND HE REPEATEDLY LIED ABOUT BENGHAZI TO WIN THE ELECTION AND SPID ON REPORTERS AND FINELY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT COMMITTED 17 VIOLATIONS IN FRONT OF THE FISA COURT TO SPY ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, AND DESPITE THESE ABUSES OF POWER OF FDR, AND LBJ AND JFK AND OBAMA, THEY WERE NOT IMPEACHED, WHY? BECAUSE THEY WANTED THE PRESIDENT TO WORK TOUT DIFFERENCES

AND WHEN I ASKED PROFESSOR TURLEY IF ANY PRESIDENT COULD AVOID IMPEACHMENT WITH SUCH A LOW STANDARD HE SAID NO I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I REMIND THE GENTLEMAN, THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA PROVIDED THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF REQUESTS THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER AND OTHERS TESTIFIED UNLIKE NOW I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLE, TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM ILLINOIS MS

KELLY >> GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY IS A SOLEMN DAY IN AMERICA A DAY THAT NONE OF US HOPED FOR WHEN WE CAME TO CONGRESS BUT THE EVENTS OF TODAY ARE SOMETHING THAT EACH OF US SWORE THAT WE WERE PREPARED TO EXECUTE AND DEFEND OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC

THIS IS THE OATH THAT BINDS THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 116th CONGRESS AS OUR DEMOCRACY IMPLORES, WE DEFEND HER A CLEAR AND PRESENT THREAT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IS WHAT BRINGS US HERE THE ARCHITECT, THE PRESIDENT WHO ASKS THAT A FOREIGN NATION INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTION THIS IS OUR FOUNDING FATHER'S GREATEST FEAR I CAST A SOLEMN VOTE FOR THE MANY INDIVIDUALS IN MY DISTRICT WHO ENTRUSTED ME TO BE THEIR VOICE IN CONGRESS

THEY ENTRUSTED ME TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION FOR THEM I VOTE YES FOR SARAH IN CHICAGO, AND DOUG IN KANKAKEE AND DOUG IN FLOSSMOOR, AND CATHERINE AND JIMMY IN PORK FOREST, AND THE FACTS ARE SIMPLE, AND THE PATH FORWARD IS IMPEACHMENT, BECAUSE IT IS NOT AN OPTION BUT OBLIGATION, BECAUSE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MORE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

>> THANK YOU, MR COLLINS IN THE NAVY WE HAD BLUP, BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT THIS IS BOTTOM LINE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE TERRIFIED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING TO WIN RE-ELECTION AND THEY CAN'T BEAT HIM ON THE MERITS, AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE CAVING TO THE FAR LEFT RADICAL BASE AND USING THE THOUGHTS AND THE FEELINGS, AND THE ASSUMPTIONS OF SOME UNNAMED BUREAUCRATS RATHER THAN RELYING ON FACTS AND LAW TO IMPEACH A DUAL ELECTED PRESIDENT LET ME BE CLEAR

THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL HIT JOB YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN ON ALL SIDES OF THE COURTROOM AND I WAS A PROSECUTOR IN THE NAVY AND DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN THE NAVY AND DISTRICT JUDGE IN MY HOMETOWN, AND LET ME TELL YOU, AS A LAWYER, I WOULD DEFEND THIS CASE EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK AED A JUDGE, I WOULD DISMISS THIS ON DAY ONE FOR LACK OF MER IT ARE THERE IS NO PRIMA FASCIA CASE HERE I WILL TELL YOU WHO I'D PROSECUTE THOUGH? I WOULD PROSECUTE ADAM SCHIFF FOR ABUSE OF POWER

WHY? BECAUSE HE USED THE POSITION OF CHAIRMAN TO LEAK PHONE RECORDS OF RANKING MEMBER DEVIN NUNES, AND DUMPED 8,000 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS ON REPUBLICANS LESS THAN 48 HOURS BEFORE A HEARING THAT IS THE ABUSE OF THE POWER OBSTRUCTION I PROSECUTE THE DEMOCRATS FOR OBSTRUCTION HOW ABOUT THE FACT THAT JUDICIARY DEMOCRATS VOTED DOWN MY REQUEST TO SUBPOENA THE WHISTLE-BLOWER

HOW ABOUT THE FACT THAT CHAIRMAN NADLER REFUSED EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN REQUEST FOR A FACT WITNESS THAT IS OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS SO, AGAIN, LET ME BE CLEAR, TODAY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL HIT JOB THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> MADAM SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN, I HEAR A LOT OF ATTACKS ON THE MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, BUT NOT ONE SINGLE WORD OF SUBSTANTIVE DEFENSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA MR CONNOLLY >> MADAM SPEAKER, EACH OF US HERE TOOK AN OATH TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES AND NOT A PRESIDENT OR POLITICAL PARTY AND TODAY, THE HISTORY IS GOING TO JUDGE IF WE ABIDE THAT OATH AND TO EXTORT A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO INVESTIGATE YOUR POLITICAL OPPONENT IS AN ABUSE OF POWER, AND TO HAVE THE NEED TO PROTECT AGAINST SUCH ABUSES PROMPTED THE FOUNDING FATHERS TO DELEGATE THAT POWER FOR THIS HOUSE

THE POWER THAT UNDERPINS THIS DEMOCRACY IS THREATENED WHEN THE PRESIDENT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION, AND COVERING IT UP IN THAT, THE PRESIDENT VIOLATED HIS OATH WE MUST PUT COMPLEXITY, AND WE MUST ASSERT THAT WE ARE SUMMONED BY HISTORY TO DO THE RIGHT THING I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I KNOW IT IS NOT TRUE, BUT THEY SPEAKERS ARE NOT WORKING ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, BECAUSE I HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT AND MANY OF THE MEMBERS HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE FACTS HERE WE GO, NO PRESSURE, NO CONDITIONAL TI, AND NO, NOTHING EVER DENIED THEM WHEN THEY GOT THROUGH, AND THEY GOT TO MONEY AND NEVER DID ANYTHING FOR IT, AND WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE FACTS AND THAT IS A DISTRACTION THAT DOES NOT NEED TO HAPPEN WITH THAT, I YIELD A MINUTE AND HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO MR DAVIS

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND HALF >> AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES SAID THEY DID NOT RUN FOR CONGRESS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT, AND MAYBE NOT INITIALLY, BUT AFTER THE FOURTH VOTE TO LAUNCH AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, TODAY'S VOTE IS INEVITABLE I LOVE THIS COUNTRY WITH A SOLDIER'S PASSION, AND I CAME HERE WITH FREEDOM AND NOT THE DENY DUE PROCESS TO ANYONE, AND I CAME HERE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND CHANGE THE STATUS QUO AND NOT THE DISTRACT OR DISRUPT THOSE LIKE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WHO ARE DELIVERING ON PROMISES TO PUT AMERICA BACK ON THE PATH OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY THAT HAS KEPT OUR COUNTRY FREE FOR MONTHS, THE AMERICANS HAVE HEARD THE SPECULATION OF THE MOTIVES IN UKRAINE, AND DESPITE THE MONTHS OF EFFORTS AND DOZENS OF HEARINGS AND COUNTLESS DOCUMENTS THE AMERICANS HAVE NOT SEEN PROOF THAT THE PRESIDENT COMMITTED A HIGH CRIME OR MISDEMEANOR, AND WE HAVE A REPUBLICAN IF WE CAN KEEP IT THIS IS DISGRACEFUL, DISHONEST PROCESS AND A DISCREDIT TO THIS BODY AND TO THE NATION

I URGE THE HOUSE TO DROP THESE DIVISIVE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, AND GET TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I YIELD >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, WOULD YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH SIDE BOTH SIDES HAVE LEFT, PLEASE

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 2:02 AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 2:03 >> I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLE LADY VELAZQUEZ >> THE FACTS ARE CLEAR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITHHELD $400 MILLION IN MILITARY AID TO AN ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ALSO HELD BACK A WHITE HOUSE MEETING TO COMPEL A FOREIGN NATION TO INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT AT THE EXACT TIME THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS DOING THIS, UKRAINE WAS ENGAGED IN A BATTLE FOR ITS VERY EXISTENCE WITH ONE OF AMERICA'S ADVERSARIES, RUSSIA THE PRESIDENT ABUSED HIS POWER TO PERSUADE A FOREIGN NATION TO DIG UP DIRT ON A POLITICAL OPPONENT AND THAT IS THE TRUTH THIS IS QUITE SIMPLY A GEOPOLITICAL SHAKEDOWN

AND THEN HE BLOCKED CONGRESS FROM DOING THEIR CONGRESSIONAL MANDATE TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US FACES A STARK TRUTH IF WE TURN A BLIND EYE TO PUT THE POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY ABOVE THE CONSTITUTION, THEN WE ARE COMPLICIT IN THIS SUBVERSION OF DEMOCRACY IF WE DON'T HOLD THESE PRINCIPLES ACCOUNTABLE, WE HAVE FAILED THE PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE AND WE HAVE ABDICATED OUR OWN OATH TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES AND IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW — >> THE GENTLE LADY WILL YIELD >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER

IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA >> TWO MINUTES >> WE HAVE GONE FROM RECEIVING AN UNSUBSTANTIATED AND HEARSAY WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT TO THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND NOT SINCE ANDREW JOHNSON HAS THE HOUSE ENGAGED IN SUCH A PARTISAN POLITICAL STUNT THIS HAS BEEN A SHAM, AND THIS HOUSE IS NOTHING BUT A STAR CHAMBER THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LITERALLY LOCKED THEMSELVES IN THE BASEMENT OF THIS BUILDING HIDING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

WHEN MY COLLEAGUES AND I REFUSED TO STAND FOR IT, DEMOCRATS MOVED TO PUBLIC HEARINGS, BUT DENIED US QUESTIONS DENIED US WITNESSES, AND DENIED THE PRESIDENT ANY MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND HIMSELF WITH THIS COMPLETE ABUSE OF PROCESS, THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY HAS PRODUCED THE FLIMSIEST ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT NEVER BEFORE HAS THE HOUSE PRODUCED AN ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT THAT DOES NOT ALLEGE AN UNDERLYING CRIME THIS MAJORITY WILL DO SO TODAY

READ THE TRANSCRIPT, NO QUID PRO QUO, NO EXTORTION AND NO CRIME AND NO ABUSE OF POWER, AND THEY DON'T ALLEGE THE CRIMES IN THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND THE UKRAINIAN DEALINGS ARE NOT CORRUPTION IF YOU THINK THAT THE BIDEN DEALINGS WERE ABOVE BOARD, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST FINE LOOKING INTO THIS, BUT YET THEY HAVE NOT MOVED TO HAVE AN INVESTIGATION, AND YET HUNTER BIDEN HAS NOT BEEN AND HE DOES NOT GET A PASS BECAUSE OF HIS DAD I WILL FIGHT AGAINST THIS CHARADE AND I WILL PROUDLY VOTE NO TODAY

I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM WISCONSIN, MS MOORE

>> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE FACTS ARE UNCONTESTABLE, AND THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING, THE PRESIDENT HAS ABUSED THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, AND JUSTICE REQUIRES THIS IMPEACHMENT I FEEL COMPELLED TO RESPOND TO THE FALSE NARRATIVE THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE USING THIS PROCESS TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION I AGREE THAT THE ELECTIONS ARE THE APPROPRIATE VENUE FOR PUBLIC POLICY DISPUTES, BUT HOWEVER, WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT A PUBLIC POLICY DISPUTE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT WHO SUBVERTED THE NATIONAL SECURITY BY SOLICITING INTERFERENCE FROM A FOREIGN NATION, AND THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCE FROM WHICH THE FOUNDING FATHERS DRAFTED THE IMPEACHMENT CLAUSE OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR CONSTITUTION DESERVES STANDING UP FOR AND NOT DONALD JOHN TRUMP AND I WILL LEAVE THE COLLEAGUES WITH THIS LAST THOUGHT AS THEY ARE DECIDING TO CAST THIS HISTORIC VOTE

FOR WHAT IT SHALL PROFIT A MAN TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD ONLY TO LOSE HIS OWN SOUL I YIELD BACK >> THANK, YOU MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS FEARED WHEN THEY GRANTED CONGRESS THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT WHERE WE HAVE A POLITICAL PARTY SO DEADSET AGAINST A PRESIDENT THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO IMPEACH HIM

AND THEY ABOUT TO GET AWAY WITH IT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE SIMPLY THE VOTES, BUT THAT IS NOT HOW THE PROCESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE DICTATED BY A THIN PART SAN MAJORITY NOR MEANT WHEN AN ELECTION IS AROUND THE CORNER, AND NOBODY UNDERSTANDS THAT BETTER THAN OUR SPEAKER WHO I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR, AND I AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS SHE MADE ON MARCH 6th OF THIS YEAR, IMPEACHMENT IS SO DIVISIVE TO THE COUNTRY THAT UNLESS THERE IS SOMETHING SO COMPELLING AND OVERWHELMING AND BIPARTISAN, I DON'T THINK THAT WE SHOULD GO DOWN THAT PATH, BECAUSE IT DIVIDES THE NATION, AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED WHEN WE WALK OUT OF HERE TONIGHT, WE KNOW HOW THE RESULT IS GOING TO GO, AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO WORK, AND NOT ONE REPUBLICAN IS BREAKING IT IS NOT BIPARTISAN, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTED WITH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WE BRING SHAME ON THIS BODY THE I DA BY MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK

>> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR LOWENTHAL >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER THE FACTS IN THE CASE ARE AS SIMPLE AS TRAGIC WITNESS AFTER WITNESS ATTESTED TO THESE FACTS NO ONE HAS CREDIBLY REFUTED THEM PRESIDENT TRUMP TRIED TO COHEARSE UKRAINE TO INTERFERE IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS

HE USED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN, AND BY WITHHOLDING AID TO UKRAINE THE PRESIDENT HAS ENDANGERED THE ALLY UKRAINE AND UNDERMINED OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY, AND WHEN HE GOT CAUGHT, THE PRESIDENT ATTEMPTED TO COVER UP THE CRIME AND SHUT DOWN ANY INVESTIGATION BY OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS WE HAVE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT THIS PRESIDENT POSES AN URGENT THREAT TO OUR ELECTIONS, TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND TO THE RULE OF LAW CONGRESS MUST VOTE TO IMPEACH HIM TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, THE ONLY URGENT THREAT TO THIS BODY IS THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR AND OUR DESIRE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT BEFORE WE GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS AND I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN MONROE >> THIS IS A SAD DAY TODAY, AND SINCE DONALD TRUMP WAS ELECTED IN 2016, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN ON A CRUSADE TO STOP HIM BY ANY MEANS I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICANS ARE THE FAIREST PEOPLE ON EARTH AND THEY SHOULD BE TREATED EQUAL UNDER THE LAW, RICH, FAIR, POOR, FACTORY WORKER, FAIR

THIS IS A PROCESS THAT IS ANYTHING BUT FAIR FOR TWO YEARS WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE THEN CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP HAS COLLUDED WITH THE RUSSIANS AND TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT ON THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, AND NO COLLUSION YOU WOULD THINK THAT AFTER BEING THAT WRONG, THE DEMOCRATS WOULD FINALLY DECIDE TO WORK ON THE PROBLEMS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO, AND YOU'D BE WRONG AGAIN AND NOW, HERE THE AMERICANS WERE TO THE UKRAINIANS, AND NO, IT IS ABUSE OF POWER, BRIBERY, WHATEVER POLLS THE BEST AND SO THIS IS SOME FACTS OF WHAT HAPPENED

FACT ONE, THE TRANSCRIPT OF JULY 25th, PHONE CONVERSATION THAT THE PRESIDENT RELEASED SHOWS NO PRESSURE AND FACT, TWO, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DID NOT KNOW THAT THE MONEY WAS WITHHELD, AND THREE, NO INVESTIGATION WAS ANNOUNCED, AND FACT FOUR, THE MONEY WAS RELEASED FA KTS ARE STUBBORN ONE MEMBER OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAID THAT I AM CONCERNED IF WE DO NOT IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT HE WILL BE RE-ELECT AND THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, SAYS IT ALL >> AND NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> I YIELD TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM OREGON >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> I TAKE SERIOUSLY THE OBLIGATION TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WANTED US TO MAINTAIN THE VALUES AND THE CHECKS AND BALANCES, AND THE DEMOCRACY AND THEY KNEW WAY BACK IN 1877 THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD ABUSE THE POWER OF THE OFFICED AND THEY IN FACT ADOPTED THE PHRASE HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS FROM A PHRASE THAT HAD BEEN USED IN THE ENGLISH PARLIAMENT SINCE 1336 INTENDED TO COVER SITUATIONS WHERE A PRESIDENT ABUSED THE POWER OF THE OFFICE AND DONALD TRUMP HAS ABUSED HIS POWER, AND HE ASKED A FOREIGN LEADER TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTION, AND HE DID IT FOR HIMSELF AND NOT THE COUNTRY

AND WHEN WE WERE GOING TO INVESTIGATE THESE WRONGDOINGS, HE OBSTRUCTED THE INVESTIGATION EVERY STEP OF THE WAY THAT IS ALSO WRONG AND ALSO AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE IN OUR COUNTRY, NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW, AND THAT INCLUDES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE >> WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE DECEMBERS OF THE PAST, AND ALSO IN ADDITION TO CHRISTMAS, THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WE CELEBRATE, THE BOSTON TEA PARTOOK PLACE IN DECEMBER AND ALSO IN 1740 WHEN A HORRIFIC ACT HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES AND ONE THAT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, THIS IS THE DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY, DECEMBER 18, 2019, IS ANOTHER DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY, BECAUSE YOU ARE SO BLINDED BY YOUR HATE AND THAT YOU CANNOT SEE STRAIGHT, THAT YOU HAVE DECIDED THAT THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE THIS PRESIDENT NOT ELECTED AGAIN IS TO IMPEACH HIM ON THE FLOOR OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, THE BASTION OF LIBERTY AND DEMOCRACY OF THE WHOLE WORLD, WE HAVE DECIDED THAT THE POLITICAL POWER IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN PRINCIPLE I URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON IMPEACHMENT AND TO LOOK THEIR VOTERS IN THE EYE AND, LISTEN, LET ME TELL YOU THAT THE VOTERS WILL REMEMBER NEXT NOVEMBER WHAT YOU ARE DOING THIS DECEMBER

THIS IS A TERRIBLE TIME, AND DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK >> THE MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLE LADY OF NEW YORK, MS RANGEL >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED >> IN 1887 AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS ASKED, DO WE HAVE A REPUBLIC OR A MONARCHY, AND HE RESPONDED A REPUBLIC, IF YOU KEEP IT MADAM SPEAKER, THE REPUBLIC IS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN WHICH THIS IS CONSIDERED A PUBLIC MATTER AND NOT THE PRIVATE CONCERN OR PROPERTY OF THE RULERS 2346789 A REPUBLIC NO PERSON IS ABOVE THE LAW, AND IN A REPUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT MAY NOT ABUSE HIS POWER BY WITHHOLDING CRITICAL FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN, AND NOR MAY HE STOP THE WITNESSES FROM TALKING

I DID NOT COME TO CONGRESS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT, BUT I TOOK A OATH TO KEEP THE REPUBLIC AND FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, WE SHOULD DO NOTHING LESS ONE DAY, I WILL TELL MY GRANDSON THAT I STOOD UP FOR OUR DEMOCRACY I WILL VOTE YES TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT I YIELD BACK >> GENTLE LADY YIELDS BACK

GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 1:40 TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1:40 >> THANK YOU I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS WHY WE ARE HERE, AND CERTAINLY NOT HERE BECAUSE OF THE MISQUOTED PHONE CALL IN JULY OF 2019

THE WASHINGTON POST RAN AN ARTICLE HEADLINED THE CAMPAIGN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEGUN THE DAY HE WAS SWORN IN THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WHO SPOKE EARLIER TODAY CALLED FOR IMPEACHMENT TWO DAYS BEFORE PRESIDENT WAS IN, BEFORE HE WAS SWORN IN THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WAS INTRODUCING IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTIONS TWO YEARS AGO AND HE SAID THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD BE IMPEACHED SO THAT HE CANNOT BE REELECTED AND THIS IMPEACHMENT IS NOT ABOUT ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED ON THE PHONE CALL, BUT IT IS AN IMPEACHMENT ABOUT WHAT HE HAS DONE THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WHO ARE INADMISSIBLE AND DON'T HAVE LEGAL AUTHORITY FELL FROM 100,000 PEOPLE IN MAY TO UNDER 500,000 PEOPLE IN NOVEMBER, AND YOU HATE HIM FOR THAT AND THEN BEN CARSON THINKS THAT LOW INCOME HOUSING SHOULD BE USED BY AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ILLEGALLY AND YOU HATE HIM FOR IT

AND PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES NOT WANT PEOPLE COMING HERE AND GOING ON WELFARE AND YOU HATE HIM FOR IT AND PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS THE ABLE BODIED PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS TO WORK, AND HE IS HATED FOR IT PRESIDENT TRUMP RENEGOTIATED THAT RIP-OFF TRADE AGREEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND PRESIDENT OBAMA AND YOU HATE IT HIM HE HAD MURDERS DROPPING LAST YEAR AND YOU HATE HIM FOR SIDING THE POLICE AND HE HAS CHRISTIAN ADOPTION AGENCIES TO CHOOSE WHO WANT TO BE PARENTS AND YOU HATE HIM FOR THAT

AND HE WON'T LET FEDERAL AID GO TO PLACES THAT PERFORM ABORTIONS AND YOU HATE HIM FOR THAT AND PRESIDENT TRUMP IS KEEPING THE CAMPAIGN PROMISES, AND YOU HATE HIM FOR YIELD THE REMAIND TIME >> THE GENTLEMEN ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR SPEAKER FOR THE CHAIR >> WE DO NOT HATE PRESIDENT TRUMP, BUT WE KNOW THAT HE IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO THREATEN THE SECURITY AND CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM IF HE IS ALLOWED TO STAY IN OFFICE THAT THREAT IS NOT HYPOTHETICAL, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS INSISTED IN THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF SOLICITING FOREIGN POWERS OF INVESTIGATING THE POLITICAL OPPONENT, AND HE STEADFASTLY INSISTED THAT HE DID NOTHING WRONG, AND THAT IS GOING TO THREATEN THE NEXT ELECTION AS WELL AS THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY AND I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MR

McERNIE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS CHARGED WITH THE IMPEACHMENT POWER AND WITHOUT THIS ESSENTIAL DUTY THE PRESIDENT COULD EXPLOIT HIS SACRED OFFICE WITHOUT ANY REGARD FOR THE LAW ON JANUARY 3rd, 2019, EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SWORE AN OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, AND THIS WEEK, WE ARE BEING ASKED TO DO JUST THAT WHEN THE ALLEGATIONS AROSE THAT THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO COERCE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO HELP UNDERMINE THE 2020 ELECTION, THE HOUSE CARRIED OUT THE DUTY TO INVESTIGATE A POTENTIAL ABUSE OF POWER

BUT THE PRESIDENT REFUSED TO COOPERATE AND FORBADE HIS ADMINISTRATION FROM DOING SO AND OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS FROM CARRYING OUT OUR SWORN RESPONSIBILITY IF THESE ACTIONS BEAR NO CONSEQUENCE, THE FUTURE PRESIDENTS MAY ACT WITHOUT CONSTRAINT AND THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WILL BE AT AN END THEREFORE, COMPELLED BY MY SWORN DUTY TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, A MINUTE AND A HALF >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND HALF >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAK, I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND REITERATE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON'S ADDRESS TO THE REPUBLIC THE HIGH BAR OF IMPEACHMENT, AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROCESS DEPENDS UPON THE ABILITY OF THE LEGISLATORS TO VOTE THEIR MINDS INDEPENDENT OF PARTY POLITICS

REMOVING A PRESIDENT IS TOO IMPORTANT, AND THE LAWMAKERS ARE GIVEN TOO MUCH LATITUDE TO DEFINE HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS FOR IT TO BE ANY OTHER WAY AND OTHERWISE EXCESSIVELY PARTISAN POLITICIANS COULD OVERTURN THE ELECTION SIMPLY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE AND OPPOSING PARTY IT IS IN THIS REGARD THAT GEORGE WASHINGTON FOREWARNED US AS A NATION AT THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY WHEN POLITICAL PARTIES MAY NOW AND THEN ANSWER POPULAR ENDS, THEY ARE IN THE COURSE OF TIME TO BE POTENT ENGINES AN CUNNING, AND AMBITIOUS AND UNPRINCIPLED MEN AND WOMEN WILL BE ABLE TO SUBVERT THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE TO USURP FOR THEMSELVES THE REINS OF GOVERNMENT HOW WISE HE WAS VOTE NO ON THIS ASSAULT TO THE REPUBLIC

THE CONSTITUTION AND AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN OF NEW YORK >> THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID THAT THE RISKS ARE UNAVOIDABLE, AND YOU ARE ABSENCE OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE, INTRIGUE AND INFLUENCE SO AM I

AS OFTEN AS THE ELECTIONS HAPPEN, THE INTERFERENCE OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE CAN OCCUR I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLE LADY >> TODAY, THE FACTS ARE CONCLUSIVE THE PRESIDENT ATTEMPTED TO USE THE POWER OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT TO FORCE UKRAINE TO INFLUENCE OUR 2020 ELECTION, AND IN THE PROCESS, PRESIDENT TRUMP JEOPARDIZED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND WITHHELD VITAL MILITARY ASSISTANCE INTENDED TO PREVENT FURTHER RUSSIAN AGGRESSION TO THE REGION HOWEVER, AS OUR COMMITTEES INCLUDING GOVERNMENT OVERSILGT WHICH I SIT ON AND A MEMBER OF, AND SOUGHT TO INTERVIEW ADDITIONAL WITNESSES AND OBTAIN THE DOCUMENTS THE PRESIDENT ORDERED FROM THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE THAT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO NOT PARTICIPATE AND OBSTRUCT THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND SO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT, AND THE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRAN

WHAT DID HE HAVE TO HIDE? WHEN THE FRAMERS MET OVER 200 YEARS AGO THEY WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS TO ENSURE FUTURE PRESIDENTS WOULD BE FORCED TO ANSWER TO THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES I STAND TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN OF VIRGINIA

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> TODAY IS A SAD DAY FOR THE MEMBERS WHO SENT ME HERE LAST NOVEMBER AND FOR THIS NATION BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CAUTIONED WHEN HE SAID THAT YOU HAVE A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO LOSE A STEP BY ENGAGING IN ACTIVITY THEY SPECIFICALLY WARNED AGAINST THE MISUSE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWER OF IMPEACHMENT FOR ONE PARTY'S POLITICAL GAIN THIS CONSTITUTION IS THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THE REPUBLIC, A IT HAS BE AND THE SHINY BEACON OF WHICH THE NATION HAS CHARTERED THE COURSE, AND FROM A NEW DEMOCRATIC EXPERIMENT STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE TO THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH, AND AMERICA HAS BEEN POWERED OVER THE YEARS NOT BY GOVERNMENT BUT BY THE INJI KNEW TI AND THE FAITH OF THE PEOPLE

AND IT IS FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL IT IS NOT WE WHO DETERMINE WHAT IS CLEAR, BUT IT IS THE CONSTITUTION AND ONLY WHEN WE SEE TREASON, BRIBERY OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS THAT WE ARE TO CHALLENGE THE VISION OF THE VOTERS AND BREAK THE GLASS AND PULL THE RIP CORD OF IMPEACHMENT WE DO NOT HAVE THAT PROOF TODAY THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID THAT I KNOW OF NO SAFE DEPOSITORY OF THE SAFE SOCIETY, BUT THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES, AND IF WE THINK THEM NOT ENLIGHTENED ENOUGH TO EXERCISE CONTROL WITH THE WHOLESOME DISCRETION, THE REMEDY IS NOT TO TAKE IT FROM THEM, BUT TO INFORM THEM BY EDUCATION

BUT RATHER THAN EDUCATE, THIS MAJORITY IS GOING TO OBFUSCATE WITH INNUENDO AND INSINUATION AND WHEN IT IS GOING TO BE A LOOK AT WHAT IS SO BLATANTLY GOING TO BE WHAT THEY COULD ACHIEVE THAT THEY COULD NOT DO AT THE BALLOT BOX, REMOVAL OF A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT I VOTE NO ON IMPEACHMENT TODAY I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR HUFFMAN >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> AS WE TAKE THIS SOLEMN NECESSARY STEP OF IMPEACHING PRESIDENT TRUMP OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE UP THEIR MIND, AND WE CANNOT PERSUADE THEM TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS, SO I WILL ADDRESS MY REMARKS TO THE FUTURE

I WILL ADDRESS MY GRAND KIDS AND HISTORIANS WILL LOOK AT WHAT THIS CONGRESS DID WHEN OUR DEMOCRACY WAS TESTED LIKE NEVER BEFORE OF A PRESIDENT WHO PUT PERSONAL INTEREST ABOVE COUNTRY AND COMPROMISED NATIONAL SECURITY TO CHEAT HIS WAY TO RE-ELECTION AND WHEN CAUGHT NOT ONLY LIED AND REFUSED TO ADMIT WRONGDOING, BUT FLOUTED CONGRESS' AUTHORITY AND HE EVEN CALLED THE CONSTITUTIONAL IMPEACHMENT MECHANISM UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND HISTORIANS WILL MARVEL HOW SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STAND BY THIS MAN AND PUT ON THE BLIND PARTISAN LOYALTY OR THE FEAR OF DONALD TRUMP ABOVE THE DUTY TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, AND HOW THEY TRIED TO OBSTRUCT THESE PROCEEDINGS AND INSTEAD OF PUSHING BACK WHEN THEIR PARTY FELL UNDER THE DARK SPELL OF AUTHORITARIANISM, THEY EMBRACED IT AS IF THE CONSTITUTION, THE RULEF OF LAW AND OUR OATH OF OFFICE MEAN NOTHING SO MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS AND OUR CHILDREN AND THE JUDGMENT OF HISTORY, LET ME BE CLEAR, I STAND WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW AND OUR DEMOCRACY, AND I WILL BE VOTING YES TO IMPEACH DONALD J TRUMP >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF

>> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME THE VOTE TODAY TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRULY HISTORICAL, AND YET THE UNIQUE PLACE IN HISTORY IS NOT FOR THE REASONS THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE MEDIA OVERLORDS ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO CONVEY TODAY IS REMEMBERED AS THE DAY THAT THE DEMOCRATS CLAIMING A FALSE MORAL SUPREMACY OVER THE DESIRE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXECUTED A DELIBERATE AND ORCHESTRATED PLAN TO OVERTURN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IT WILL BE THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT A PARTY PARADED OUT THE IVY LEAGUE ACADEMICS TO EXPLAIN TO 31 STATES AND ALMOST 63 MILLION PEOPLE THAT THEIR VOICE SHOULD NOT BE HEARD, AND WHY THEIR VOTES SHOULD BE COUNTED I PRAY FOR OUR NATION EVERYDAY, BUT TODAY, I AM PRAYING FOR MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WHO HAVE ARRIVED AT THIS PARTISAN AND SELF-DIRECTED FORK IN THE ROAD AND CHOSEN THE ROAD NEVER BEFORE TRAVELED AND ONE THAT HAS A DEAD END

DONALD TRUMP IS OUR PRESIDENT, CHOSEN BE I THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FAIR AND KWAR AND AS WE SAY IN TEXAS, IT IS A DONE DEAL DEMOCRATS ATTEMPT TO CHANGE HISTORY WILL NEVER UNDO THAT MAY GOD BLESS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I YIELD BACK MY TIME

>> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I REMIND THE GENTLEMAN THAT THE IMPEACHMENT CLAUSE IS PLACED IN THE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND THE GOVERNMENT AGAINST A PRESIDENT WHO WOULD SUBVERT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERIES BETWEEN ELECTIONS I RECOGNIZE MR GREEN FROM TEXAS

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> AND STILL I RISE, MADAM SPEAKER I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND MADAM SPEAKER, SHALL ANY MAN BE BEYOND JUSTICE THIS IS THE QUESTION POSED IN 1787 BY GEORGE MASON AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

SHALL ANY MAN BE BEYOND JUSTICE? MADAM SPEAKER, IF THIS PRESIDENT IS ALLOWED TO THWART THE EFFORTS OF CONGRESS WITH THE LEGITIMATE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT ONLY BE ABOVE THE LAW, HE WILL BE BEYOND JUSTICE WE CANNOT ALLOW ANY PERSON TO BE BEYOND JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY, ON BEHALF OF THE REPUBLIC, AND FOR THE SAKE OF THE MANY WHO ARE SUFFERING, I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH, AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO AS WELL NO ONE IS BEYOND JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I REMIND MY CHAIRMAN NA IMPEACHMENT IS NOT TO BE USED BETWEEN ELECTION CYCLES TO REMOVE A PRESIDENT YOU FEEL WILL BE RE-ELECTED >> TODAY, I WILL VOTE AGAINST BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, BECAUSE WE ARE SETTING A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT THIS VENDETTA IS A ABUSE OF THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AND SUBVERT THE VOTES OF 63 MILLION AMERICAN, AND BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S OPPONENTS ARE AFRAID THAT HE IS GOING TO WIN RE-ELECTION IS NO REASON AND NO PRESIDENT HAS EEN IMPEACHED 10 MONTHS BEFORE AN ELECTION

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS FOUND A WAY TO REMOVE A PRESIDENT IF YOU DISAGREE WITH HIM, AND IT IS CALLED AN ELECTION AND WE HAVE ONE IN LESS THAN A YEAR, AND LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE IN NOVEMBER, AND I YIELD BACK >> YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE ZA LADY FROM MICHIGAN

>> RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT I LEARN SO MUCH EVERYONE SINGLE DATE FROM MY RESIDENTS AT HOME THEIR COMMONSENSE IN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS CENTERED ON WHY THEY OPPOSE ANY PERSONIZING THE MOST POWERFUL POSITION IN THE WORLD FOR PERSONAL GAIN WE HONOR OUR VETERANS IN THIS CHACHLG BER ALMOST ON A DASLY BASIS

BUT DO WE EVER FOLLOW THEIR LEAD WHERE WE SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION NOT AS REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS BUT AS AMERICANS? WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THEIR SENSE OF DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO COUNTRY AND DEMOCRACY, NOT POLITICAL PARTY DOING NOG NOTHING HERE, MADAM SPEAKER, IS NOT AN OPTION LOOKING AWAY FROM THESE CRIMES AGAINST OUR COUNTRY IS NOT AN OPTION THIS IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE FUTURE, CRIMINAL COVERUPS, AND BRIBERY AND THIS, MADAM SPEAKER, THIS VOTE IS ALSO FOR MY SONS AND THE FUTURE

OF SO MANY JEN RAIGS SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I YIELD >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR

JOYCE >> GENTLEMAN ROGSD >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON THIS DARK DAY IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE SHAMEFUL IMPEACHMENT PROCESS THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DO NOT LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE THEY PROUDLY BOASTED ABOUT THEIR INTENTION TO IMPEACH OUR PRESIDENT BEFORE HE WAS EVEN SWORN INTO OFFICE

OUT OF DISDAIN FOR THE PRESIDENT AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO ELECTED HIM, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS CONSIDERING TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THAT ARE SO VERY WEAK THAT THEY EVEN FAIL TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC CRIMES THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT IN SOUTH STRL AND SOUTH WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA KNOW THE TRUTH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THE TRUTH THIS IMPEACHMENT CIRCUS HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT THE FACTS THIS PROCESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT SEEKING REVENGE FOR THE PRESIDENT'S ELECTION IN 2016, AND ATTEMPTING TO PREVENT HIM FROM WINNING AGAIN IN 2020

MADAM SPEAKER, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY OPPOSE THIS PARTISAN AND SHAMEFUL EFFORT TO IMPEACH OUR DREEKTLY AND DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR NATION, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN WITH ME AND VOTE NO ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THANK YOU I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, ALL WE KEEP HEARING FROM THE OTHER SIDE ARE ATTACKS ON THE PROCESS AND QUESTIONS OF OUR MOTIVES

WE DO NOT HEAR BECAUSE WE CANNOT HEAR BECAUSE THEY CANNOT ARTICULATE A REAL DEFENSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MISS PRESLEY >> ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY TODAY WE TAKE A STAND AGAINST CORRUPTION AND ABUSES OF POWER

WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY IS NOT ONLY PATRIOTIC, TT AMERICAN IT IS A STORY OF ORDINARY PEOPLE CONFRONTING ABUSES OF POWER THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY THE OPPRESSED HAVE BEEN REL GAILTED TO THE MARGINS AND EACH TIME WE HAVE FOUGHT BACK DELIBERATE IN OUR APPROACH, CLEAR-EYED EACH GENERATION HAS FOUGHT FOR THE PRESSVATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND THAT IS WHAT BRINGS US TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY, EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE IN THE PURSUIT OF OUR TRUTH

CONGRESS HAS DONE ITS DUE DILIGENCE TODAY WE SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ABUSES OF POWER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION RESTS IN OUR HANDS IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART BUT RESOLD AND I BELIEVE OUR DEMOCRACY IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR, I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH DONALD J

DONALD TRUMP AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME >> YIELDS BACK >> SKBRA FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AGAIN, MY CHAIRMAN AGAIN I THINK HEARS US

WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING BUT A PROCESS THAT IT WAS COMPLETELY AMOK, YOU TALK ABOUT — I'VE ALREADY DEBUNKED THE FACTS, LET'S DO IT ONE MORE TIME FIVE MEETINGS PROVE THAT NO CONDITIONALITY TWO OF THOSE AFTER THE UKRAINIANS KNEW OR THE POSSIBILITY OF AID BEING HELD THEY NEVER ADDRESSED THE TRUTH IN THE FACTS ALSO AFTER NEVER DONE TO GET THE MONEY, THEY GOT THE MONEY

THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP I BELIEVE ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO BE LOOKED IN THE EYE BY ALL THE REPRESENTATIVES TODAY IS THE CULMINATION OF THE DEMOCRATS' THREE-YEAR LONG QUEST TO DELEGITIMIZE THE PRESIDENT

THIS HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE NOVEMBER 2016 AND WAS ALL BUT PROMISED WHEN THE DEMOCRATS TOOK THE MAJORITY THIS SHAM PROCESS BEGAN WITHOUT A FORMAL VOTE IN THE HOUSE AND WAS CONTINUED OVER THESE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS WILLFULLY TRAMPLING ON DECADES OF BIPARTISAN PRECEDENT OPINION NO DUE PROCESS, CLOSED-DOOR DEPOSITIONS, EVEN THOUGH NOTHING WAS CLASSIFIED, AND LEAKING ONLY DETAILS THAT FIT THEIR NARRATIVE IF THIS ISN'T PARTISAN POLITICS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS HOLDING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE IS A JOB I TAKE EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY BUT THE IMPEACHMENT VOTES TODAY REPRESENT THE WORST OF WASHINGTON, D

C YET ANOTHER REASON MY CONSTITUENTS ARE SO DISILLUSIONS WITH THE PROCESS AND DISAPPOINTED BY THE 116th CONGRESS MICHIGAN'S FIRST DISTRICT SENT ME TO WASHINGTON TO GET THINGS DONE, GET THE GOVERNMENT OFF THEIR BACKS, AND TO HELP RURAL MICHIGANERS KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED CURRENCY, NOT TO IMPEACH OUR PRESIDENT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA >> JEMT LADY RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> IT IS WITH A SOLEMN SENSE OF DUTY THAT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, I WANT HISTORY KNOW THAT I STOOD UP TO SAY THAT I STAND FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY

WHEN MY IMMIGRANT MOM BECAME A CITIZEN SHE TOOK AN OATH WHEN I STOOD HERE I TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD AND DEFENDANT OUR CONSTITUTION THE PRESIDENT ABUSED HIS POWER WHEN HE USED HIS OFFICIAL OFFICE IN POWER TO ASK A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS WHEN HE ASKED A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT FOR A PERSONAL FAVOR TO DIG UP DIRT ON HIS OWE POENTDE POENT, THE PRESIDENT GOT CAUGHT AND TRIED TO COVER IT UP TODAY WE SAY NO MORE

WE WILL NOT ALLOW THIS PRESIDENT TO ABUSE HIS POWER AND ENDANGER OUR NATIONAL SECURITY I STAND TO SAY NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, NOT EVEN THIS PRESIDENT I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA

>> GENTLEMAN IS ROGTD FOR A MINUTE HALF >> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN THE PRESS AND MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS HAVE BEEN FOR IMPEACHMENT MEKZ REFUSED TO ATTEND THE INAUGURATION THEY CALLED FOR AND VOTED FOR IMPEACHMENT WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE, THEY VOTED FOR IMPEACHMENT CREATING AND MANUFACTURING EVIDENCE

RECALL AND VOTES OF NO CONFIDENCE ARE NOT INCLUDED SUCH EVIDENCE EXITED, THERE WOULD BE AN AGREEMENT IN THIS CHAMBER BUT THIS IS NOT THERE IS NOT AN AGREEMENT BECAUSE THERE IS NOT EVIDENCE MADISON AND HAMILTON WARNED US THIS MIGHT HAPPEN, THAT IMPEACHMENT WOULD VEER TOWARD POLITICAL FACTIONS THAT'S WHAT THIS IS

THIS IS BITEELY AND MAKDLY PARTISAN MY COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE A MOCKERY OF THIS THEY DESPISE THE PRESIDENT ALL TO SETTLE THE POLITICAL SCORE THEY WERE UNABLE TO RESOLVE AT THE BALLOT BOX THEY HOPE IF THEY REPEAT THEM YOU WILL BELIEVE THEIR CHARGES, REPEATING THINGS THAT AREN'T TRUE DOES NOT MAKE THEM TRUE

THE CALL RECORD IS CLEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS INTERESTED IN GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 2016 ELECTION HE ASKED THE UKRAINIANS TO WORK WITH OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL THE UKRAINIANS WERE GETTING THE MILITARY HARDWARE AND GOT THE MONEY AND MEETING THEY DESIRED THESE ARE NOT CRIMES

THESE ARE DISAGREEMENTS OVER FOREIGN POLICY AND THE FACT THAT THIS PRESIDENT IS CONDUCTING IT IF IT WEREN'T SO SAD IT WOULD BE LAUGHABLE MY COLLEAGUES ARE NOT DRIVEN BY A QUEST FOR FACTS OR TRUTH THEY ARE DRIVEN BY THEIR PARTISAN ANIMUS AND A TIMETABLE THESE ARE THE RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE ACT OF THE ELITISTS IN THE SWAMP AND UNDERLINE THE FACT OF OUR REPUBLIC

I URGE A NO VOTE >> I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN THAT THERE IS IN FACT EXTENSIVE DIRECT EVIDENCE INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S OWN WORDS AND ACTIONS WHICH IS CORROBORATED BY CIRCUMSTANCEAL EVIDENCE IT LEAVES THE KEY FACTS INDISPUTABLE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PERSONAL LAWYER PUSHED UKRAINE TO — A DEBUNKED CON SPANISHCY THEORY ABOUT THE ELECTIONS PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HIMSELF WAS DIRECTED TO WORK WITH MR

GIULIANI TO FULFILL HIS DMAENDS DEMANDS PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD AID FOR UKRAINE AND PRESIDENT TRUMP STONEWALLED CONGRESS INVESTIGATION TO COVER UP HIS MISCONDUCT I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> MADAM SPEAKER, THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN VOTE THIS IS A VOTE ABOUT AMERICA, A VOTE ABOUT OUR DEMOCRACY AND THE OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION WE ALL TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DMEFTDIC, AND WE ALL KNOW THAT WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID WAS WRONG WE KNOW IT'S WRONG TO IGNORE CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENAS AND WE KNOW IT'S WRONG TO DEFAULT TO SILLY PARTISAN PROCESS ARGUMENTS RATHER THAN TO RISE AND DEFEND THIS BEAUTIFUL BUT ALL TOO FRAGILE DEMOCRACY

WHEN THOSE IN POWER ABUSE THEIR POSITION, IT'S ON US TO UPHOLD THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT THE FOUNDERS BESTOWED ON YOU WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PARTISANSHIP I'D REMIND YOU OF THE GREAT WORDS OF LINCOLN, WHEN ONE PARTY WOULD ENFLAME PARTISANSHIP RATHER THAN LET THE NATION SURVIVE, I'M PROUD TO BE THE ONE THAT WOULDN'T LET THE NATION PERISH THE ANSWER IS CLEAR NOT BECAUSE WE WANT TO IMPEACH BUT BECAUSE WE MUST SO WHEN YOU VOTE IN A FEW HOURS, DON'T VOTE YOUR PARTY VOTE YOUR CHARACTER

THAT'S HOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE JUDGED THAT'S HOW WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE JUDGED >> MADAM SPEAKER, ASK FOR A TIME CHECK FOR BOTH >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS AN HOUR AND 44 AND A HALF MINUTES GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS AN HOUR AND 47 AND A HALF MINUTES

>> THANK YOU I YIELD A MINUTE HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF >> MADAM SPEAKER I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT PROCESS MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS PROCESS DID NOT BEGIN WITH WHISTLE-BLOWER REPORT

IN FACT IMPEACHMENT EFFORTS BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED THE THEATRICS, POLITICAL POSTURING HAVE ENSURED THAT THIS BODY IS NOT ACTUALLY PURSUING TO PRESERVE CHECKS AND BALANCES RATHER THIS PROCESS ECHOES THE CALLS BY SOME THAT REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE ELECTION RESULTS THE ARTH KLZ RECEIVING A VOTE JUST BY THE REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE THE FIRST SUGGESTS THAT THE PRESIDENT PRESSURED FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST IN AN UP COMING ELECTION

UKRAINE RECEIVED ITS AID WITHOUT A PREARRANGED AGREEMENT THIS IS UNSUBSTANTIATED SECOND ARTICLE AS PREMISED ON THE OBSTRUCTION OCCURRED WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE IGNORED SUBPOENAS ISSUED BY THE HOUSE OUR FEDERAL COURTS ARE THE ULTIMATE ARBTERS OF THESE DECISIONS IN FACT PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT BOTH HAVE DEALT WITH THESE ISSUES AND CLAIMED EXECUTIVE PREJ

MADAM SPEAKER, THE ARTICLES BEFORE THIS HOUSE ARE UNSUBSTANTIATED I INTEND TO VOTE NO ON THESE AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> TODAY I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FOR ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS THOSE DEFENDING HIS ACTIONS ARE DESPERATELY ZBRASPING AT STRAWS WHERE LIVING WHERE FACTS DON'T EXIST TO THOSE UNWILLING TO SEARCH THEIR SOLES, ASK YURLZ, WOULD YOU SUPPORT A PRESIDENT USING DOLLARS TO INVESTIGATE A REPUBLICAN POLITICAL OPPONENT BASED ON FALSE THEORIES? OF COURSE NOT THAT'S ABSURD

ANY PRESIDENT WHO DOES THAT HAS ABUSED THE POWER FOR PERSONAL GAIN AND UNDERMINED OR SOUTH AMERICA — WILL YOU FALL INTO THE AGE-OLD POLITICAL TRAP OF THINKING BLIND PARTISANSHIP IS ALL THAT MATTERS? WILL YOU VOTE TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY SO THAT THE TRUMPU PRESIDENT TRUMP AND EVERY FUTURE PRESIDENT WILL KNOW THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS? I HAVE MADE MY CHOICE I HOPE EVERY MEMBER PUTS THE DEFENSE OF OUR NATION FIRST AND JOINS ME I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I NEED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO NEBRASKA

>> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED >> I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IMPEACHMENT IS IMPORTANTLY ESTABLISHED IN OUR CONSTITUTION THE IMPEACHMENT OF A PRESIDENT HAS ONLY HAPPENED TWICE IN OUR COUNTRY'S 233-YEAR HISTORY YET TODAY FOR HIGHLY POLITICAL PURPOSES, THE HOUSE MAJORITY IS TRYING TO REMOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM OFFICE BASED ON SECONDHAND INDIRECT ACCOUNTS

THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY OFFER NO EVIDENCE OF A CRIME BUT INSTEAD ARE PURPOSELY BROAD TO FIT THE MAJORITY'S NARRATIVE LESS THAN ONE YEAR UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION, WE ARE BEING ASKED TO OVERRIDE THE CHOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS LOPSIDED AND HYPER PARTISAN BIASED IMPEACHMENT PROCESS HAS HAD — BEEN PREDETERMINED AS AN OUTCOME FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THIS IS AN UNFORTUNATE DAY IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY WE MUST HOPE THIS DOES NOT SET A PRECEDENT OF WHICH TO FOLLOW IN THE FUTURE

SURELY THERE WILL BE DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN A PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS FOR MANY YEARS TO COME INSTEAD OF UNNECESSARILY DIVIDING OUR COUNTRY AS WE ARE SEEING TODAY, WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WAYS TO BRING OUR COUNTRY TOGETHER THANK YOU I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> MADAM SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS ARE BOTH IMPEOPLEABLE AND CRIMINAL ALTHOUGH THE VIOLATION OF THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL STATUTE IS NOT NECESSARY OR SUFFICIENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CONDUCT VIOLATED THE FEDERAL ANTIBRIBERY STATUTE VERY CLEARLY MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU

MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY I VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FOR ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS I DON'T HATE THE PRESIDENT BUT I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE VOTED FOR THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT IS THE ONLY MORAL COURSE OF ACTION, THE ONLY WAY TO HONOR OUR OATH OF OFFICE

I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE VOTES I CAST WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE 2016 ELECTIONS I'M SO DISAPPOINTED THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS APPROVE OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACUS BOOS OF POWER AND SOLICITATION OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE PS THE DEFINITION OF THE WILLFUL SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF THEY KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE IS WRONG

THEY KNOW THEY WOULD VOTE WITHOUT HESITATION TO IMPEACH A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT WHO HAD DONE THESE THINGS THE PRESIDENT DID NOT REBUT THE MANY, MANY FACTS WHICH HAVE LED TO THE IMPEACHMENT TODAY FOR THE SAKTS OF THE DEMOCRACY AND OUR COUNTRY WE MUST DO THE RIGHT THING >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK >> THANK YOU

I WAS JUST AMAZED BY WHAT THE CHAIRMAN SAID IF IT WAS OBSERVE VOOES HE VIOLATED THE BRIBERY WHY DIDN'T WE ADD IT? IT DIDN'T I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF >> THANK YOU, MA'AM

ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4, OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION STATES THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MAY BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR TREASON, BRIBERY, HIGH CRIMES, AND MISDEMEANORS AS A FORMER PROSECUTOR, I AM CONFIDENT THAT NO COURT WOULD ACCEPT THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AS HAVING MET THE STANDARDS SET FORTH BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS THE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES RELY ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ON HEARSAY AND OPINION TESTIMONY, AND THEY PRESENT NO DIRECT EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING AS A FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY I AM DISMAID THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SUBMITTED ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST A SITTING PRESIDENT USING CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT FAILS TO OFFER PROOF OF AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE ADDITIONALLY THE CHARGES LEVIED AGAINST THE PRESIDENT LACK HISTORICAL PRECEDENT AND ARE MOTIVATED BY PURE POLITICAL REASON

IF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, THE DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE SET A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT BY UNDOING AMERICANS' VOTE FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE A SINGLE PARTY DISAGREED WITH THE ELECTION RESULTS I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> RECOGNIZED

>> I FIND NO PLEASURE COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO CONSIDER IMPEACHMENT I RAN FOR CONGRESS TO REPRESENT MY COMMUNITY AND TO SERVE THE COUNTRY I LOVE AS A COMBAT VETERAN HAVING SERVED EIGHT YEARS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, I UNDERSTAND THE THREAT FOREIGN ACTORS CAN PLAY IN OUR ELECTIONS EVERYONE MUST DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY NO ONE SHOULD INVITE A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO ENTER FOOER

IT WAS ABUSE OF POWER BY THE PRESIDENT TO ASK A FOREIGN NATION TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTION TO BENEFIT HIS PERSONAL AND POLITICAL INTEREST AND TO CONDITION BIPARTISAN CONGRESSLY APPROVED AID OWN THAT INTERFERENCE UNCHECKED, THESE ACTIONS COULD LEAD US DOWN A PATH THAT WILL UNRAVEL THE FABRIC OF OUR NATION I'M SADDENED WE'RE HERE TODAY BUT IN THE INTERESTS OF DEFENDING OUR NATION, I WILL VOTE FOR THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU THIS TIME I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO TEXAS >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR MINUTE AND A HALF >> THANK YOU

OUR FOUNDERS DO NOT EMBRACE RECALLS WEE DEMAND FROM CONGRESS EVIDENCE-WHILE MY COLLEAGUES ARE FREE TO DISLIKE THE PRESIDENT AND WHILE THEY MAY REINABLY VIEW THE PHONE CALL AND NEGOTIATIONS AND SOMETHING LESS THAN PERFECT, THEY ARE NOT FREE TO IMPEACH SOMETHING LESS THAN A HIGH CRIME AND MISDMEENOR IN JUST OVER TEN MONTHS THE PEOPLE ARE FREE TO DECIDE AND WE SHOULD LET THEM THE EYES OF THE WORLD ARE UPON US THE PRESS GALLERIES ARE FULL

WHEN WILL WE GIVE THE WORLD SOMETHING BETTER THAN THIS? MY COLLEAGUES WAX ELKWENT ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION WHERE IS THE WITH RESPECT RESPECT FOR CONSTITUTION WHEN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE DOESN'T DO THEIR JOB? TODAY IN MEXICO A YOUNG GIRL WILL NOT ABUSED BY BEING TRAFFICKED WHILE SOME HERE YELL RACE TODAY WE ALLOW THE GENOCIDE OF THE UNBORN IN THE FALSE NAME OF CHOICE TODAY ACROSS AMERICA DIE BETTICS WILL STRUGGLE DUE TO A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RAVAGED BY BUREAUCRATS EMPOWERED AND TODAY OUR CHILDREN INHERIT $100 MILLION OF DEBT AN HOUR BORROWED

IN THIS CONDUCT BY CONGRESS FAILING TO DO ITS JOBS, THAT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED AND ONE MIGHT ASK IF AMERICA WOULD BE BETTER OFF TAKING THE FIRST NAMES OUT OF THE PHONE BOOK TO REPRESENT US ON THE UNITED STATES HOUSE THAN WHAT IS ON DISPLAY HERE TODAY IT'S NOT A DARK DAY AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW AMERICA IS GREAT WASHINGTON IS BROKEN

WE'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA >> JENLD LADY RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> I RISE TODAY WITH A HEAVY HEART

I CAME TO CONGRESS TO SERVE THE GREAT PEOPLE OF SACRAMENTO AND BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR MY CHILDREN THE FACTS BEFORE US ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM 17 BRAVE PATRIOTS WHO VALUE OUR DEMOCRACY AND THE CONSTITUTION THEY TESTIFIED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP THREATENED TO WITHHOLD CONGRESSLY APPROVED MONEY IN EXCHANGE FOR DIRT ON A POLITICAL RIVAL AND WORSE, THAT HE CONTINUES TO INVITE FOREIGN POWERS TO VIOLATE OUR SOVEREIGNTY EVEN TODAY

ON ITS FACE, THESE ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES THAT REPRESENT A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO OUR COUNTRY THAT'S WHY THE ONLY ANSWER IS TO ACT NOW WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AND STOP PRESIDENT TRUMP IMMEDIATELY SO THAT HE CANNOT VIOLATE THE NEXT ELECTION FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY, OUR DEMOCRACY, I WILL VOTE YES TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER, I RISED TO TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, HOW MUCH IS THE TRUST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WORTH? WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT, THE PRIMARY TOOL THAT CONSTITUTION GIVES THEM TO MAKE A CHANGE IS THEIR VOTE

AND ON NOVEMBER 8th, 2016, AMERICANS FROM EVER PART OF THIS NATION PACKED THE POLLS TO ELECT DONALD J TRUMP TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THE COUNTRY WANTED A DISRUPTER, A FIGHTER, A DEALMAKER, A PRESIDENT THAT WOULD PUT AMERICA FIRST BUT SADLY ON THAT VERY SAME DAY DEMOCRATS HAD NO PLAN OR INTEREST IN HONORING THE VOTE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY WERE GOING TO ATTEMPT FROM DAY ONE TO DE-LEE JIT MICE THIS PRESIDENT AND ULTIMATELY REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE

RIGHT AFTER THE PRESIDENT WAS SWORN IN "THE WASHINGTON POST" WROTE, THE CAMPAIGN TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEGUN EVEN BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE, A "POLITICO" ARTICLE HEADLINE READ, COULD TRUMP BE IMPEACHED SHORTLY AFTER HE TAKES OFFICE? SO HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN PLANNING FOR THIS DAY SINCE JANUARY 2017 IT'S CLEAR THAT FACTS HAVE NEVER MATTERED TO THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS THEY NEVER PLANNED TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT OPINION INSTEAD THEY INTENDED ONLY TO FULFILL THEIR DIVISIVE PARTISAN AGENDA AGAIN I ASK, HOW MUCH IS THE TRUST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WORTH? BECAUSE AFTER THE VOTE TODAY, FOR WHAT YOU THINK IS A SHORT-TERM PARTISAN GAIN, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE LOST THEIR TRUTH IN OUR INSTITUTION

THEY WILL HAVE LOST THEIR TRUST IN CONGRESS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THEY WILL HAVE LOST TRUST THAT THEIR VOTE COUNTS >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER IMPEACHING A PRESIDENT IS ONE OF THE MOST SOLEMN AND CONS KWERNL DECISIONS THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS CAN MAKE IT'S NOT AN ACTIONs THAT I OR MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TAKE LIGHTLY INVESTIGATIONS AND HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE HOUSE PROVE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER AND ENDANGERED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO ISSUED A BLANKET ORDER PROHIBITING ALL EXECUTIVE OFFICE PERSONNELS FROM TESTIFYING, RESPONDING TO SUBPOENAS, OR TURNING OVER DOCUMENTS

THEREFORE HE HAS OBSTRUCTED THE LEGITIMATE CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION OF CONGRESS THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS LEAVE ME NO CHOICE PRESIDENT TRUMP VIOLATED HIS OATH OF OFFICE NOW I WILL UPHOLD MY OATH OF OFFICE TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION AND MY PROMISE TO MY CONSTITUENTS TO CAREFULLY ANALYZE ALL ISSUES BEFORE ME

I WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM — >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY A DISAPPOINTED MAN I AM DISAPPOINTED IN A BROKEN AND PARTISAN PROCESS THAT HAS CONSUMED THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS WE WERE TOLD THIS INVESTIGATION WAS GOING TO BE BIPARTISAN AND TRANSPARENT INSTEAD THE PROCEEDINGS WERE HELD IN SECRET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH NO ATTEMPT AT A FAIR HEARING ALL THIS WAS DONE DELIBERATELY IN AN EFFORT TO UNDO THE RESULTS OF A 2016 ELECTION

MADAM SPEAKER, MY CONSTITUENTS IN FLORIDA WANT TO SEE US GET TO WORK THEY'RE COUNTING ON US TO ACTUALLY FIX THE SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLING, TO LOWER THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS INSTEAD WE'RE HERE A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS VOTING TO IMPEACH THE LEGITIMATE PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP ON RUMORS WE'VE WAISTED ALMOST A YEAR WHILE HOUSE DEMOCRATS CHOSE POLITICAL THEATER OVER SERVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

THIS SHAMEFUL VOTE TO IMPEACH OUR PRESIDENT WILL BE A LASTING STAIN ON OUR HOUSE AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN IT'S CLEAR-CUT, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS VIOLATED HIS OATH OF OFFICE AND BETRAYED THE CONSTITUTION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HE ADMITTED TO SOLICITING ASSISTANCE FROM FOREIGN LEADER TO INTERFERE IN A US

ELECTION AND AID HIS POLITICAL RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN THAT'S A VIOLATION OF THE LAW, VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION, AND A BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE DEMONSTRATES HE WITHHELD TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO BLACKMAIL THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE UNDER ATTACK FROM RUSSIA NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SAYS UKRAINE DIDN'T FEEL ANY PRESSIRE THEY'RE BEING INVADED BY RUSSIA

VLADIMIR PUTIN, YOU KNOW? TRUMP'S FRIEND? AND HE WITHHELD THAT AID UNTIL THE WHISTLE-BLOWER REPORT CAME OUT, THEN THE AID WAS RELEASED IT WASN'T RELEASE THE FOR ANY GOOD PURPOSE CONGRESS VOTED FOR THAT AID THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE BILL

THAT IS ANOTHER IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS PUT TOGETHER AN ENGS PENCIVE DOX UMENT SHOWS THAT THERE IS EVIDENCE OF NUMEROUS OTHER FEDERAL CRIMES INCLUDING BRIBERY AND WIRE FRAUD THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS THREATENER THE CONTINUED REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY I'M PROUDLY VOTING FOR IMPEACHMENT TODAY >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> I AM GLAD TO KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS GIVING THEM LETHAL AID AND THERE WAS AGAIN FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF NO PRESSURE IF YOUR WHOLE CASE ZRIEZ IF THERE WAS NO PRESSURE FELT? WE DON'T SEEM TO GET THAT PART ON THIS FLOOR TODAY I YIELD TO MONTANA >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF

>> TODAY THIS CHAMBER IS PUSHING THROUGH THE MOST PARTISAN BASELESS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT IN OUR HISTORY HOUSE DEMOCRATS, HYPER PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT HAS BEEN A SHAM SINCE DAY ONE DRIVEN BY THOSE WHOSE BITTER RAGE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BLINDED THEIR BETTER JUDGMENT THEY'VE RESOLVED TO OVERTURN THE RESULTS OF THE 2016 ELECTION THE DAY PRESIDENT TRUMP WON EARLIER THIS YEAR SPEAKER PELOSI SAID IMPEACHMENT IS SO DIVISIVE TO THE COUNTRY THAT UNLESS THERE'S SOMETHING SO COMPELLING AND OVERWHELMING AND BIPARTISAN, I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD GO DOWN THAT PATH

NONE OF THOSE STANDARDS HAVE BEEN MET NONE THE COMMITTEE HEARINGS WERE A SCRIPTED, SUBSTANCE-FREE, MADE-FOR-TV SHOW THEY WOULD BE COMEDY IF IMPEACHMENT WEREN'T SO SERIOUS AND GRAVE WITNESSES DENIED AWARENESS OF AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE

AND BECAUSE THE MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO MAKE THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, THERE IS NO BIPARTISANSHIP COMPELLING, OVERWHELMING, BIPARTISAN, SPEAKER PELOSI HAS NOT MET HER OWN CRITERIA FOR IMPEACHMENT BUT HERE WE ARE, DESPITE DEMOCRATS TESTING AND TWEAKING THEIR IMPEACHMENT MESSAGE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE REJECTED IT I WILL VOTE AGAINST THIS IMPEACHMENT SHAM LET'S GET BACK TO THE WORK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE

AND ON THIS SAD DAY OF WHY NOT IMPEACHMENT CHARADE, I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR GONZALEZ >> RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> MAD OM SPEAKER, I RISE ON A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA, A SAD DAY FOR TEXAS AND A VERY SAD DAY FOR THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT I'M NOT GLEEFUL FOR TODAY I CAME TO CONGRESS TO LOWER THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, FIGHT FOR A DEBT FREE EDUCATION AND IMPROVE THE COSTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS, CHILDREN AND VETERANS I DID NOT COME HERE TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT BUT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN TO CHOICE

HE HAS EROEED THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR DEMOCRACY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS FEARED THAT ONE DAY THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY WOULD STRETCH BEYOND ITS LIMITS THUS THEY ENSWRIERND IN THE CONSTITUTION A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES WE WILL NOT LOWER THE STANDARD WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WITHER LIKE A CHOOEP CHEAP FLOWER IN BAD WEATHER WATCHING OUR DEMOCRACY CRUMBLE THAT IS NOT THE AMERICAN KNOWS AND LOVES AND NOT THE AMERICA WE WOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS INHERIT

THAT IS WHY TODAY I MUST VOTE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FULFILL MY OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES

>> THOUGHT THIS PROCESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LEARNED OF BUNGLING FOREIGN POLICY DECISIONS BUT WE HAVE NOT HEARD EVIDENCE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT OF BRIBERY OR EXTORTION ALLEGATIONS AREN'T EVEN MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEING DEBATED TODAY BUT TODAY WE HAVE SEEN A RUSHED PROCESS DIVIDE OUR COUNTRY TODAY ACCUSATIONS HAVE BEEN HURLED AT EACH OTHER, QUESTIONING ONE ANOTHER'S INTEGRITY

TODAY A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT WILL BE SET IMPEACHMENT BECOMING A WEAPONIZED POLITICAL TOOL WE KNOW HOW THIS PARTISAN PROCESS WILL END THIS EVENING BUT WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW? CAN THIS CHAMBER PUT DOWN OUR SWORDS AND GET BACK TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? THIS INSTITUTION HAS A FABLED HISTORY OF PASSING LEGISLATION THAT HAS NOT ONLY CHANGED OUR COUNTRY BUT HAS INSPIRED THE WORLD THIS FEAT HAS BEEN POSSIBLE BECAUSE THIS EXPERIMENT WE CALL AMERICA HAS ONE PERPETUAL GOAL, MAKE A MORE PERFECT UNION

WE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THIS HISTORY IF WE RECOGNIZE THE SIMPLE FACT THAT WAY MORE UNITES OUR COUNTRY THAN DIVIDES US TOMORROW CAN WE START FOCUSING ON THAT >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR

DAVIS >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER THIS IS INDEED A SAD DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY THIS IS INDEED A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA

BUT IT'S A GOOD DAY FOR OUR CONSTITUTION IT IS A SAD DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DEFIED OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR RULES, OUR REQUIREMENTS AND OUR EXPECTATIONS IT IS CLEAR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PLACES HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW, ABOVE OUR CONSTITUTION, AND ABOVE THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MY LAST TOWN HALL MEETING WHICH WAS HELD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th IN MALCOLM X COLLEGE IN CHICAGO, SOMEONE ASKED A QUESTION, WHAT IS OUR POSITION ON IMPEACHMENT? MADAM SPEAKER, EVERY PERSON THERE ROSE AND SAID, IMPEACH WHEN I SPEAK, I SPEAK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE 7th DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, AND MY VOTE WILL BE, IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH

AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES FROM TO MR GO MERT >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR 2 MINUTES

>> THANK YOU IN 1998, SENATOR SCHUMER SAID, AND I QUOTE, THIS IMPEACHMENT WILL BE USED AS A ROUTINE TOOL TO FIGHT POLITICAL BATTLES WE THOUGHT IT WAS A PREDICTION IT WAS A PROMISE AND NOW IT'S PLAYING OUT

IT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S BEING DONE HERE AND FOR THOSE THAT SAY WE DON'T ADDRESS THE DEFENSES OF FACT, HERE YOU GO THE IMPEACHMENT SERVES TWO PURPOSES NUMBER ONE, STOP THE INVESTIGATION BY THE US

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND UKRAINE INTO THE CORRUPTION OF UKRAINE INTERFERENCE INTO US ELECTION IN 2016 YOU SAID THIS WAS ABOUT, OH, THIS TERRIBLE RUSSIA COLLUSION, OH, THEN THAT FELL THROUGH IT'S ABOUT EMOLUMENTS, BRIBERY, EXTORTION

IT'S CHANGED BUT ONE THING HASN'T CHANGED AND THAT IS THE INTENT TO IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE BUT LET'S BE HONEST THE PRESIDENT TURNING HIS BACK ON UKRAINE, THAT HAPPENED IN 2009, BECAUSE IN 2008, UKRAINE INVADED GEORGIA

WHAT HAPPENED? BUSH PUT SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA TO TEACH THEM A LESSON WELL IN MARCH OF 2009, HILLARY CLINTON WAS SENT OVER TO RUSSIA WITH A RESET BUTTON TO SAY BUSH OVERREACTED WE'RE OKAY THAT YOU INVADED GEORGIA IT WAS A GREEN LIGHT TO RUSSIA TO INVADE UKRAINE WHAT DO YOU DO? SEND BLANKETS AND MRAs SO THEY CAN EAT AND BE WARM WHILE THE RUSSIANS ARE KILLING THEM

THAT IS WHAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID THIS IS A TRAVESTY AND WE'RE IN BIG TROUBLE BECAUSE SCHUMER WAS RIGHT NOW IT'S LOWERED EVEN FARTHER, THE BAR

IT WILL BE USED FOR POLITICAL BATTLES, AND THIS COUNTRY'S END IS NOW IN SIGHT I HOPE I DON'T LIVE TO SEE IT THIS IS AN OUTRAGE I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT ANY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE WOULD SPOUTED RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> THANK YOU >> RUSSIAN PROVOCATION >> THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER >> WORDS TAKEN THERE

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU, MR CHAIRMAN, MADAM SPEAKER THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION IS EXPLICIT, BRIBERY IS AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE BRIBERY INVOLVES THE ABUSE THE POWER

AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE BY SLITSING OR BRIBE OF A FOREIGN LEADER TO INFLUENCE AN ELECTION THAT HE WAS AFRAID HE COULD NOT WIN FREELY YOU OPEN AN INVESTIGATION OF MY POLITICAL RIFLE AND I PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WILL RELEASE $391 MILLION IN MILITARY AID AND GIVE YOU THE STATURE AMPLIFYING WHITE HOUSE MEETING THAT YOU NEED THIS IS A THIS FOR THA SOMETHING FOR SOMETHING TRANSACTIONINGTION SPLITSING A BRIBE IS AN ABUSE OF POWER AND A FEDERAL CRIME I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER

I WANT TO THANK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE TOILED HON RABABLY IN DEFENSE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND RULE OF LAW UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, MADAM SPEAKER YOU KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S A DARNED SHAME THAT WE HAVE FOUND OURSELVES IN THIS POSITION TODAY EVERY TIME I STEP INTO THIS CHAMBER, I'M HUMBLED TO THE SERVING IN THE GREATEST LEGISLATIVE BODY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD HOWEVER, IT'S DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING THAT THE HYPER PARTSANSHIP THAT HAS GRIPPED THIS COUNTRY HAS MADE ITS WAY INTO THE CHAMBER PRIDE MYSELF ON BEING A CONSENSUS BUILDER

BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE MATTER OF IMPEACHMENT, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE ENTIRE PROCESS HAS BEEN POLITICALLY MOTIVATED THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE, WHICH IS WHY I WILL VOTE NO THIS WHOLE PROCESS HAS BEEN A PLOY TO CIRCUMVENT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BY REMOVING A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IT IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE AND SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT BUT WE ARE A GREAT NATION, AND WE WILL SURVIVE THIS INDIGNITY

LET'S PUT THIS UGLY CHAPTER BEHIND US AND GET TO WORK I YIELD BACK >> YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MISS SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE ZWRA FROM MISSISSIPPI

>> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER MADAM SPEAKER, THE QUESTION THAT WILL BE ANSWERED TODAY IS WILL MEMBERS HONOR THEIR OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION? DEMOCRATS ARE NOT SUPPORTING IMPEACHMENT-BASED ON A POLICY DISAGREEMENT OR THE ELECTION RESULTS OF 2016 NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW THE PRESIDENT MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

A CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS IS NOT A HOAX OR A WITCH HUNT PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST OPPOSES IT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, NOT EVEN PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP THE PRESIDENT ABUSED HIS POWER BY PRESSURING UKRAINE TO HELP HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

IMPEACHMENT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL REMEDY FOR THESE ACTIONS TRUMP BETRAYED HIS OATH, BETRAYED THE CONSTITUTION, AND UNDERMINED THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY ARE WILLING TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS BY THE PRESIDENT AS A NATION, WE HAVE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE WE MUST PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

IN HIS OWN WORDS, NO INTELLIGENT PERSON BELIEVES WHAT HE IS SAYING >> GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES

>> MADAM SPEAKER, THE TOTALITY OF THIS PROCESS IS JUST ANOTHER REMINDER THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE MORE FOCUSED ON POLITICS THAN POLICY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER OUR REPUBLIC DESERVES BETTER THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR MILITARY, MYSELF INCLUDED, HAVE FOUGHT FOR THE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ALL AROUND THE WORLD YET TODAY MY COLLEAGUES ARE ERODING THOSE FREEDOMS THROUGH A PROCESS THAT IGNORED FACTS, ABUSED POWER, AND WAS SHROUDED IN SECRECY

THOSE FACTS COULD BE NO MORE CLEAR THE PRESIDENT BROKE NO LAWS THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THE RIGHT THING, REPRESENTING THE HOOSIERS IN MY DISTRICT AND VOTING AGAINST THIS IMPEACHMENT CHARADE I STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING POLICIES THAT CONTINUE TO MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD

I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON >> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF OUR COMMITTEES, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SPEAKER, WE FOUND OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE, TRUMP INVITED FOREIGN INTEREST TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS FOR HIS PERSONAL GAIN, AND HE THEN TOOK UNPRECEDENTED EFFORTS TO COVER IT UP, OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS

I'M PROUD OF THE COURAGE OF NEW MEMBERS TO DO THEIR DUTY SO THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS PRIVILEGED LIFE DONALD TRUMP WILL BE FINALLY HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS RECKLESS PERSONAL BEHAVIOR AND BUSINESS PRACTICES I VOTE PROUDLY FOR THESE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND THEN I HOLD THE HOUSE RETAINS CONTROL OF THE ARTICLES UNTIL THE SPEAKER AND LEADER SCHUMER CAN NEGOTIATE ON PROCESSES FROM McCONNELL SO THAT THE NEXT STAGE WILL BE OPEN AND FAIR SO THAT DONALD TRUMP WILL ULTIMATELY BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES >> PUBLIC HEARINGS BEGAN NOVEMBER 13th, LESS THAN A MONTH LATER SPEAKER PELOSI ANNOUNCED ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT SAYING THAT THE INVESTIGATION HAD REVEALED ENOUGH INFORMATION TO MOVE FORWARD LET'S THINK ABOUT THAT 22-DAY INVESTIGATION, SIX OF THOSE WERE WEEKENDS, WHERE HEARINGS WEREN'T HAPPENING AND THE HOUSE NOT IN SESSION SEVEN OF THOSE THE HOUSE WAS IN RECESS INCLUDING THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING

TWO WERE IN FLYING DAYS WHERE CONGRESS DOESN'T HOLD HEARINGS OUT OF THE 22 DAYS, JUST SEVEN WERE USED TO INVESTIGATE, DEBATE AND VOTE ON IMPEACHMENT NO WONDER MY CONSTITUENTS ARE UPSET SEVEN DAYS TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NOT TO MENTION THAT THIS SEVEN-DAY INVESTIGATION UNCOVERED ZERO FACTS IN SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT

I SPENT EVERY MINUTE I HAD IN THERE AS AN OBSERVER ALL I LEARNED IS IF YOU HATE SOMEONE SO STRONGLY AND ENOUGH PEOPLE AGREE WITH YOU THAT'S GROUNDS ENOUGH TO BE IMPEACHED WE ASKED FOR 12 HOURS TO DEBATE, THE SAME ALLOTTED TO PRESIDENT CLINTON'S, 12 HOURS FOR POSSIBLY THE BIGGEST VOTE I WILL CAST, ISN'T ASKING TOO MUCH BUT NO, THEY WANT TO GET OUT HERE BEFORE CHRISTMAS SO IT'S OKAY TO RUSH THROUGH THE PROCESS

I'M ASHAMED TO BE A PART OF THIS TODAY EVEN AS I VOTE AGAINST THE IMPEACHMENT MY CONSTITUENTS ARE CALLING EVERY DAY MAD SAYING WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED THIS HAS FALLEN SO LOW TO ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF

>> RECOGNIZED >> MY FRIEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS A TAG LOOIB ABOUT THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR THIS IS ABOUT CORRUPTION AND THE CONSTITUTION IT IS ABOUT A PRESIDENT WHO ABUSES POWER TO COERCE AN ALLY TO INTERVENE IN OUR ELECTION AND POSE AS A CONTINUING THREAT TO THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NEXT ELECTION

THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE IS BUILT ON THREE PILLARS AND WHEN THOSE THREE PILLARS FALL, THE ENTIRE DEFENSE OF THE PRESIDENT COLLAPSES FIRST THEY CLAIM THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO WELL, THE EVIDENCE IS UNDISPUTED PRESIDENT TRUMP CONDITIONED A WHITE HOUSE VISIT AND MILITARY AID ON PRESIDENT ZELLEN SKOOEZ'S PUBLIC AMOUMT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS TAYLOR WROTE AT THE TIME, I THINK IT'S CRAZY TO WITHHOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN, CLOSED QUOTE

A REPORTER ASKED MICK MULVANEY IF THERE HAD BEEN A QUID PRO QUO HE REPLIED, WE DO THAT ALL THE TIME GET OVER IT THE PRESIDENT REFUSED TO HELP OUR ALLY UNTIL HE GOT A PERSONAL POLITICAL FAVOR SO THE FIRST DEFENSE FALSE

SECOND, THE MINORITY CLAIMS THAT UKRAINIANS DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE HOLD THE EVIDENCE AGAIN IS UNDISPUTED UKRAINE KNEW ABOUT THE HOLD ON THE MILITARY ASSISTANCE WITHIN HOURS OF THE PRESIDENT'S JULY 25th CALL LAURA COOPER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TESTIFIED UNDER OATH THAT ON JULY 25th, THE STATE DEPARTMENT SENT TWO EMAILS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NOTIFYING THEM THAT UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS WERE ASKING WHERE IS THE AID? THE UKRAINIANS UNDERSTOOD EXACTLY WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKING HE WANTED A PERSONAL POLITICAL FAVOR BEFORE THE AID WAS RELEASED

AND SO THE SECOND DEFENSE FALSE THIRD AND FINALLY, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS SAY THE AID WAS RELEASED BUT THE AID WAS RELEASE THE ONLY AFTER THE PRESIDENT GOT CAUGHT THIS HOUSE LAUNCHED ITS INVESTIGATION ON SEPTEMBER 9th THE HOLD ON THE AID WAS LIFTED ON SEPTEMBER 11th

THIS IS NOT EVIDENCE OF INNOCENCE IT IS EVIDENCE OF CULPABILITY THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING AND WHEN HE GOT CAUGHT, HE DID EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PREVENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM LEARNING THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS ACTIONS BY DEFYING THE CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION, BY ORDERING THAT ALL REQUESTS AND DEMANDS FOR INFORMATION BE DENIED WITH OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTION AT RISK, WE MUST ACT, NOT BECAUSE OF THE CLOCK ON THE CALENDAR BUT TO FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND FOR CONTINUED SELF-GOVERNMENT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

I YIELD BACK >> I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD POINT OUT THAT TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT WAS SAID YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES

>> GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER WE'RE NOT DEBATING IMPEACHMENT OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT YOUR MINDS ARE MADE UP THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY HAS HAD A VERDICT LOOKING FOR A CRIME SINCE THE INAUGURATION

THE WASHINGTON POST WROTE A STORY 19 MINESU MINUTES AFTER HE TOOK OFRS FRESHMAN SENATOR SAID WE'RE GOING TO IMPEACH THE MOTHER — BLANK SHORTLY AFTER SHE WAS SWORN IN IN FACT 71% OF THE DEMOCRATS ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SUPPORTED IMPEACHMENT BEFORE THE PHONE KALE THE IMPEACHMENT SHAM IS BASED ON HEARSAY, CONJECTURE AND OPINION YOU CAN'T GET A SPEEDING TICKET BASED ON HEARSAY BUT WE'RE GOING TO IMPEACH AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT ON THAT

WHERE ARE THE HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS HERE? THESE ARE THINGS THAT CONSTITUTE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES CONGRESS TOLD THE ADMINISTRATION TO WITHHOLD AID TO UKRAINE UNTIL THEY GOT THEIR ACT TOGETHER WITH ADDRESSED CORRUPTION, STRAIGHTENED OUT THAT WAS VOTED ON BY BOTH PARTIES IN THIS CHAMBER WE'RE IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT FOR DOING SOMETHING WE TOLD HIM TO DO? GIVE ME A BREAK WE HAVE WASTED PRECIOUS TIME WE ARE GIVEN TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

SECRET DEPOSITIONS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN CHAIRMAN SCHIFF'S CHAMBER OF SECRETS BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF — IMPEACHMENT IS BASED ON HEARSAY AND OPINION NOT FACTS IT'S A SAD DAY IN THIS CHAMBER THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE I YIELD BACK

>> MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> I WOULD NOW TO YOU THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR SCHIFF, THE DHAR OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WILL SERVE AS MY DEZNY AND CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME ON THE MAJORITY TIME >> DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? >> HE'S MY DEZ IGNY

>> DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELD TO HIMSELF? >> YES, I YIELD TO MYSELF >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN NADLER, FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY JOB HE HAS DONE AS CHAIRMAN AND THROUGHOUT THESE DIFFICULT PROCEEDINGS MADAM SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, MY FELLOW AMERICANS, I RISE TO SUPPORT THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP

WHEN A MAN UNDER PRINCIPLED IN PRIVATE LIFE, DESPERATE IN HIS FORTUNE, BOLD IN HIS TEMPER, POSSESSED OF CONSIDERABLE TALENTS, DESPOTIC IN HIS ORDINARY DEMEANOR, KNOWN TO HAVE SCOFFED AT THE PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY, WHEN HE'S SEEN TO MOUNT THE HOBBYHORSE OF POPULARITY, TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY OF EMBARRASSING THE GOVERNMENT, THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT AND BRINGING IT UNDER SUSPICION, TO FLATTER AND FALL IN WITH ALL THE NONSENSE OF THE ZEALOTS OF THE DAY, IT MAY JUSTLY BE SUSPECTED THAT HIS OBJECT IS TO THROW THINGS INTO CONFUSION, THAT HE MAY RIDE THE STORM AND DIRECT THE WHIRLWIND THESE ARE THE WORDS OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON WRITTEN IN 1792 COULD WE FIND A MORE PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF PRESENT DANGER EMANATING FROM 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE? THE FRAMERS CRAFTED A CONSTITUTION THEY AFFORDED THE CONGRESS WITH THE POWER TO REMOVE A PRESIDENT WHO COMPROMISED THE PUBLIC TRUST, OR WHO SOUGHT TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM BY SEEKING FOREIGN INTERVENTION IN THE CONDUCT OF OUR ELECTIONS I WOULD SAY THAT THE FOUNDERS COULD HAVE LITTLE IMAGINED THAT A SINGLE PRESIDENT MIGHT HAVE DONE ALL OF THESE THINGS EXCEPT THAT THE EVIDENCE HAS SADLY PROVED THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE

HAMIL TOP AMONG OTHERS SEEMS TO HAVE PREDICTED THE RISE OF DONALD TRUMP WITH A STAGGERING PRESCIENCE HAVING WON FREEDOM FROM A KING, THE DRAFTERS OF OUR CONSTITUTION DESIGNED A GOVERNMENT IN WHICH AMBITION WAS MADE TO CHECK AMBITION IN WHICH NO BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT WOULD PREDOMINATE OVER ANOTHER AND NO MAN WOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE ABOVE THE LAW INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT, ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT, SINCE WITH WHOM WOULD THE DANGER BE GREATER THAN WITH THE OFFICER CHARGED WITH BEING OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF? OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST THREE MONTHS, WE HAVE FOUND INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER BY PRESSURING THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO ANNOUNCE AN INVESTIGATION INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S POLITICAL RIVAL, JOE BIDEN WITH THE HOPES OF DEFEATING MR BIDEN IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, AND ENHANCING HIS OWN PROSPECTS FOR RE-ELECTION

HE DIDN'T EVEN NEED THE INVESTIGATION TO BE UNDERTAKEN JUST SIMPLY ANNOUNCED TO THE PUBLIC, THE SMEAR OF HIS OPPONENT, THE SMEAR OF HIS OPPONENT, WOULD BE ENOUGH TO EFFECTUATE THIS SCHEME, PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD TWO OFFICIAL ACTS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO A NATION AT WAR WITH OUR ADVER SARRY, VLADIMIR PUTIN'S RUSSIATHE PRESIDENT WITHHELD A WHITE HOUSE MEETING THAT UKRAINE DESPERATELY SOUGHT, TO BOLSTER ITS STANDSING ON THE WORLD STAGE AND EVEN MORE PERNICIOUSLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP SUSPENDED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF MILITARY AID APPROVED BY THIS CONGRESS, TO COERCE UKRAINE INTO DOING HIS ELECTORAL DIRTY WORK

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS WILLING TO SACRIFICE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY WITHHOLDING SUPPORT FOR A CRITICAL STRATEGIC PARTNER AT WAR IN ORDER TO IMPROVE HIS RE-ELECTION PROSPECTS BUT FOR THE COURAGE OF SOMEONE WILLING TO BLOW THE WHISTLE, HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT INSTEAD, HE GOT CAUGHT HE TRIED TO CHEAT, AND HE GOT CAUGHT NOW, THIS WASN'T THE FIRST TIME

AS A CANDIDATE IN 2016, DONALD TRUMP INVITED RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, SAYING AT A CAMPAIGN RALLY, RUSSIA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING, I HOPE YOU'RE ABLE TO FIND THE 30,000 EMAILS THAT ARE MISSING A CLEAR INVITATION TO HACK HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS JUST FIVE HOURS LATER, RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT HACKERS TRIED TO DO EXACTLY THAT WHAT FOLLOWED WAS AN IMMENSE RUSSIAN HACKING AND DUMPING OPERATION AND A SOCIAL MEDIA CONDITION INFORMATION CAMPAIGN DESIGNED TOO HELP ELECT DONALD TRUMP NOT ONLYD DID CANDIDATE TRUMP WELCOME THAT EFFORT BUT HE MADE FULL USE OF IT, BUILDING IT INTO HIS CAMPAIGN PLAN, HIS MESSAGING STRATEGY, AND THEN HE SOUGHT TO COVER IT UP

THIS RUSSIAN EFFORT TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS DIDN'T DETER DONALD TRUMP IT EMPOWERED HIM THE DAY AFTER SPECIAL COUNSEL BOB MUELLER TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS ABOUT RUSSIA'S SWEEPING AND SYSTEMIC EFFORT TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF OUR LAST ELECTION, THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVED THAT THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIS FIRST ELECTORAL MISCONDUCT HAD COME TO AN END, THE PRESIDENT WAS BACK ON THE PHONE URGING YET ANOTHER COUNTRY, THIS TIME UKRAINE, TO HELP HIM CHEAT IN ANOTHER ELECTION THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN JULY TELL SO MUCH OF THE STORY THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN JULY OF 2019

JULY 24th, THE DAY THAT SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP THOUGHT HE WAS FINALLY IN THE CLEAR, JULY 5th THE DAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP GOT ON THE PHONE WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AND IN THE CONTEXT OF A DISCUSSION ABOUT MILITARY SUPPORT FOR THAT EMBATTLED NATION THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD RECENTLY FROZEN, SAID, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO US A FAVOR, THOUGH, AND ASKED UKRAINE TO DO TWO INVESTIGATIONS TO HELP HIS RE-ELECTION EFFORTS IN 2020 THAT WAS JULY 25th AND THEN WE COME TO JULY 26th, THE DAY GORDON SONDLAND CALLED PRESIDENT TRUMP ON HIS CELL PHONE FROM A REST ROUNT IN UKRAINE GORDON SONDLAND, A MILLION DOLLARS DONOR TO THE PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION AND HIS HANDPICKED AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION WHAT DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP ASK SONDLAND, THE DAY AFTER THIS CALL? WHAT DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP ASK? WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT WANT TO KNOW? DID HE ASK ABOUT UKRAINE'S EFFORTS TO BATTLE CORRUPTION? OF COURSE NOT

DID HE ASK HOW THE WAR WITH RUSSIA WAS GOING? NOT A CHANCE ON THE PHONE LOUD ENOUGH FOR OTHERS TO HEAR, PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED SONDLAND, SO HE'S GOING TO DO THE INVESTIGATION? AND THE ANSWER WAS CLEAR SONDLAND ASSURED TRUMP THAT THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO DO IT AND THAT HE WOULD DO ANYTHING YOU ASKED HIM TO IF THAT WASN'T TELLING ENOUGH, MY COLLEAGUES, IN A CONVERSATION THAT FOLLOWED, AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT DINING WITH SONDLAND ASKED IF IT WAS TRUE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DIDN'T GIVE A BLANC ABOUT UKRAINE

SONDLAND AGREED, SAYING THE PRESIDENT CARED ONLY ABOUT BIG STUFF THE DIPLOMAT NOTED THAT THERE WAS BIG STUFF IN UKRAINE, LIKE A WAR WITH RUSSIA, AND SONDLAND REPLIED THAT THE PRESIDENT CARED ONLY ABOUT BIG STUFF THAT BENEFITS HIM PERSONALLY, LIKE THE BIDEN INVESTIGATION THAT MR GUILIANI WAS PUSHING IN THAT SHORT CONVERSATION WE LEARNED EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT UKRAINE OR THE IMPACT ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BECAUSE BY WITHHOLDING MILITARY AID TO THAT COUNTRY FIGHTING FOR ITS DEMOCRATIC LIFE, ALL THAT MATTERS TO THIS PRESIDENT IS WHAT AFFECTS HIM PERSONALLY, AN INVESTIGATION INTO HIS POLITICAL RIVAL AND CHANCE TO CHEAT IN THE NEXT ELECTION

AS PROFESSOR GERHARDT TESTIFIED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE TWO WEEKS AGO IF WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS NOT IMPEACHABLE, NOTHING IS IMPEACHABLE EVEN AS THIS BODY UNCOVERED THE FACT OF THIS UKRAINE SCHEME, PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUED HIS EFFORTS TO SEEK FOREIGN HELP IN THE NEXT ELECTION WELL, I WOULD THINK, HE SAID FROM THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN OCTOBER 3rd, IF THEY'RE BEING HONEST ABOUT IT THEY WOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS IT'S A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER, HE SAID HE MADE IT CLEAR IT'S AN EACH INVESTIGATION TO OTHER NATIONS SAYING CHINA SHOULD START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS, TOO

HE SENT HIS WHITE HOUSE AIDE TO THE PODIUM AND, OF COURSE, THEY HAVE INVESTIGATIONS AND WE SHOULD JUST GET OVER IT EVEN AS THESE ARTICLES HAVE MADE THEIR WAY TO THIS HOUSE FLOOR THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY HAS CONTINUED PURSUING THESE SHAM INVESTIGATIONS ON BEHALF OF HIS CLIENT, THE PRESIDENT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS MEN PLOT ON THE DANGER PERSISTS, THE RISK IS REAL, OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT PERIL BUT WE ARE NOT WITHOUT A REMEDY PRESCRIBED BY THE FOUNDERS FOR JUST THESE CIRCUMSTANCES

IMPEACHMENT THE ONLY QUESTION IS WILL WE USE IT OR HAVE WE FALLEN PREY TO ANOTHER EVIL THE FOUNDERS FOREWARNED, THE EXCESS OF FACTIONALISM, ELEVATION POCH PARTY OVER COUNTRIES UPON MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE THEIR CHOICE TO PROTECT THE PRESIDENT, ENABLE HIM TO BE ABOVE THE LAW, TO EMPOWER THIS PRESIDENT TO CHEAT AGAIN AS LONG AS IT IS IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR PARTY AND THEIR POWER THEY'VE MADE THEIR CHOICE, DESPITE THIS PRESIDENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE STONE WALLING EVERY SUBPOENA, EVERY REQUEST FOR WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY, FROM THIS CO-EQUAL, CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT THEY HAVE MADE THEIR CHOICE, KNOWING THAT TO ALLOW THIS PRESIDENT TO OBSTRUCT CONGRESS WILL EMPOWER HIM AND ANY OTHER PRESIDENT THAT FOLLOWS, TO BE AS CORRUPT, AS NEGLIGENT OR AS ABUSIVE OF THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY AS THEY CHOOSE THEY HAVE MADE THEIR CHOICE, AND I BELIEVE THEY WILL RUE THE DAY THAT THEY DID

WHEN DONALD J TRUMP WAS SWORN IN ON JANUARY 20th, 2017, HE REPEATED THESE WORDS, I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND WILL, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES HAS HE LIVED UP TO THAT SACRED OBLIGATION? HAS HE HONORED HIS OATH OF OFFICE? HAS HE PRESERVED, PROTECTED AND DEFENDED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, THE UNCONTESTED EVIDENCE PROVIDES THE SIMPLE YET TRAGIC ANSWER HE HAS NOT IN AMERICA, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW DONALD J

TRUMP SACRIFICED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN AN EFFORT TO CHEAT IN THE NEXT ELECTION, AND FOR THAT, AND HIS CONTINUED EFFORTS TO SEEK FORWARD INFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS HE MUST BE IMPEACHED I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> MADAM CHAIR IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU, CHAIRMAN SCHIFF AND NICE TO SEE EITHER YOU OR THE WHISTLEBLOWER IN THE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS

WE ARE CONTINUING TO IGNORE THE KEY FACTS TO THIS THE TRANSCRIPT IS OUT THERE IS NO CONDITIONALITY OR AID DISCUSSED ON THAT CALL YES, MA'AM >> GO AHEAD

>> THE TWO PRINCIPALS HAVE SAID THERE IS NO PRESSURE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY BASICALLY SCREAMED FROM THE ROOFTOP THIS IS NO PREVIOUS OR QUID PRO QUO THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE AID WAS PAUSED AND NO INVESTIGATION ANNOUNCED AND MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT TOOK PLACE AND WAS RELEASED WITH THAT, I YIELD — >> ADDRESS THE MARKS TO THE CHAIR >> WITH THAT I YIELD BACK A MINUTE AND A HALF OF MY TIME TO MR

SMITH >> GENTLEMAN HAS A MINUTE AND A HALF >> I COME FROM A STATE THAT RAISES CORN AND COTTON AND DEMOCRATS IT NEVER SATISFIES ME I'M FROM THE SHOW ME STATE

YOU HAVE TO SHOW ME THE ONLY THING Y'ALL HAVE SHOWN SO FAR IS YOU'RE ABOUT TO IMPEACH A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT WHO HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG DEMOCRATS ARE NOT IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE THEY ARE SCARED OF OUR REPUBLIC OR THAT HE HAS COMMITTED A CRIME, THEY ARE IMPEACHING HIM BECAUSE THEY FEAR THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES AND HOW WELL THEY ARE WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MOST OF ALL, THEY FEAR THE ELECTION BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN'T BEAT THEM

IN FACT, ONE OF MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUE IS QUOTED SAYING, I'M CONCERNED IF WE DON'T IMPEACH HIM, HE WILL GET REELECTED THIS KIND OF RHETORIC IS DISGUSTING IMPEACHMENT IS NOT A POLITICAL WEAPON, AND ANY MEMBER WHO VOTES FOR IMPEACHMENT SHOULD BE ASHAMED TODAY YOU CANNOT UNDO THE RESULTS OF THE 2016 ELECTION SIMPLY BECAUSE YOUR FLAWED CANDIDATE DID NOT WIN, AND THANK GOD SHE DIDN'T OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, UNEMPLOYMENT HAS DROPPED TO THE LOWEST POINT IN GENERATIONS

WE ARE SEEING BETTER TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH OUR TRADING PARTNERS, AND RECORD NUMBERS OF TAXES AND REGULATIONS THAT STIFLE ECONOMIC GROWTH HAVE BEEN ROLLED BACK, ALL THANKS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT BUT WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED DEMOCRATS HAVE INTRODUCED ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT — CAN I HAVE ONE 30 SECONDS? >> WE'LL YIELD HIM 30 SECOND >> YOU ARE RECOGNIZED >> DEMOCRATS HAVE INTRODUCED ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT IN 5 OF OUR LAST 6 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS

THEY ARE THE PARTY OF IMPEACHMENT THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF IMPEACHMENT >> YIELDS BACK ONCE AGAIN, MEMBERS ARE ADMONISHED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> THANK YOU, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR SWALDTELL >> DONALD TRUMP IS USING OUR OWN TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO CHEAT THE NEXT ELECTION AND IT JEOPARDIZES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEGRITY AT THE BALLOT BOX NOT A SINGLE CASE IS SERIOUSLY IN DISPUTE I ASKED MY CALL LEAGUES, WHO SENT HIS PERSONAL LAWYER TO UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE A POLITICAL RIVAL? WHO FIRED AN AMBASSADOR WHO STOOD IN HIS WAY? WHO CONDITIONED A WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON INVESTIGATIONS ONLY PERSONALLY BENEFITTED HIM AND NOT THE NATIONAL INTERESTS? WHO CUT OFF MILITARY AID TO AN ALLY THAT DESPERATELY NEEDED IT? WHO PRESSURED PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO CONDUCT THOSE INVESTIGATIONS? WHO STOOD ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN AND ASKED NOT ONLY UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE HIS RIVAL BUT ALSO CHINA? WHO HAS BURIED EVIDENCE AND BLOCKED WITNESSES FROM TESTIFYING? WHO IS STILL TODAY SENDING HIS PERSONAL LAWYER TO UKRAINE TO DIG UP DIRT AND RIG AN ELECTION? THE ANSWER TO ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS IS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

THIS IS A CRIME SPREE IN PROGRESS BUT WE KNOW HOW TO STOP IT COURAGE YES, THIS INVESTIGATION HAS SHOWN US HOW CORRUPT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS BUT IT HAS ALSO SHOWN US COURAGE OF SOME OF OUR FELLOW PATRIOTIC CIVIL SERVANTS AND COURAGE TO STAND UP AROUND THE WORLD TO EXTINGUISH CORRUPTION BUT AT THE WHITE HOUSE HOW? MY COLLEAGUES ARGUE NO HARM NO FOUL, UKRAINE GOT THE AID

WRONG TRUMP CHEATED PATRIOTS CAUGHT HIM, THEN UKRAINE GOT THE AID STANDING UP, TURNS OUT, WORKS NOW IS THE TIME TO SUMMON THE COURAGE OF THOSE PATRIOTS, AND TO SUMMON THE COURAGE THAT THEY SHOWED AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

IF THEY CAN RISK THEIR CAREERS, EVEN THEIR LIVES TO DO THE RIGHT THING, CAN MY COLLEAGUES ALSO DO THE SAME? AFTER ALL, MORE IS ON THE LINE THAN JUST MILITARY AID TO AN ALLY OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS AT STAKE STAND UP FOR THAT OUR ELECTION INTEGRITY IS AT STAKE STAND UP FOR THAT

OUR CONSTITUTION IS AT STAKE, STAND UP FOR THAT I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> MADAME SPEAKER MAY INQUIRE TO THE TIME REMAINING ON EACH SIDE? >> THE GENTLEMAN HAS 1 HOUR 23 AND 1/4 MINUTE REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS ONE OF HOUR 18 MINUTES REMAINING >> I APPRECIATE THE DETAIL

WITH THAT, I YIELD 1:30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1:30 MINUTES >> MADAM CHAIRMAN THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA THIS PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT SHAM SEEKS TO DISENFRANCHISE 60 MILLION VOTERS, SO I WANT TO USE MY TIME TO CALL ON THIS CHAMBER, FOR MEMBERS TO RISE AND OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENT REFLECTION TO GIVE EVERY MEMBER HERE THE CHANCE TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT AND REMEMBER THE VOICES OF THE 63 MILLION AMERICAN VOTERS, THE DEMOCRATS TODAY ARE WANTING TO SILENCE

MADAM SPEAKER, DISENFRANCHISING 63 MILLION VOTERS GIVES ME 63 MILLION REASONS TO VOTE NO, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLE WOMAN FROM ALABAMA >> RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES

>> MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART AND PROFOUND SENSE WITH THE GRAPHTY OF THIS MOMENT I RISE TODAY WITH THE SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP TO BE CLEAR, I DID NOT RUN FOR CONGRESS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT I CAME TO WORK EVERYDAY ON BEHALF OF THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE OF ALABAMA'S 7th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BUT THE FACTS ARE UNCONTESTED, THE TRUTH IS CLEAR, AND I HAVE BEEN LEFT NO OTHER CHOICE

AS A MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, I SAT IN SHOCK, IN AWE, AS WITNESS AFTER WITNESS CAME FORWARD, THEIR STORIES PAINTING A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER THEY TESTIFIED THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD DIRECT ORDERS TO WITHHOLD VITAL MILITARY AID FOR UKRAINE AND A WHITE HOUSE VISIT IN EXCHANGE FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS TO DATE, ALL THE MILITARY AID HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, AND THERE STILL HAS BEEN NO WHITE HOUSE MEETING THE BOTTOM LINE IS CLEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP ENDANGERED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE VERY ESSENCE OF OUR DEMOCRACY FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN

THEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP SOUGHT TO COVER IT UP BY SUBVERTING THE OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS IF PRESIDENTIAL ABUSE OF POWER IS LEFT UNCHECKED WE ALL BECOME ACCOMPLICES WHEN HE DOES IT AGAIN THIS CANNOT BECOME THE NEW NORMAL, NOT ON OUR WATCH WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INDEFENSIBLE ACTIONS SET IN MOTION THIS EVENT, MY VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT TODAY IS NOT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT, IT IS ABOUT MY OATH TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO MAKE SURE I UPHOLD AND HONOR THE SACRED TRUST MY CONSTITUENTS GAVE ME

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BETRAYED HIS OATH OF OFFICE LET US NOT BETRAY OURS I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> NORTH DAKOTA, I'M FROM — >> YOU'RE BACK

FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I'M BACK I NOTICED CHANGES SINCE WE LEFT I HAVE A NEW MANAGER ON THE OTHER SIDE AS I CAME BACK IN FROM GIVING A QUICK BITE, NOTICE GAVE AN ELOQUENT OF HIS SIDE OF THE STORY WE'RE TELLING I JUST WISH WE HAD HAD THAT ELOQUENT DEFENSE OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHERE WE COULD HAVE ASKED QUESTIONS OF THE OTHER SIDE

WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK >> MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED AS A STAIN ON OUR REPUBLIC THESE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS ARE NOT BASED UPON FACTS, EVIDENCE, REASON OR ANY INAPPROPRIATE IMPEACHABLE ACTIONS BY OUR PRESIDENT INSTEAD, THE ACTIONS BEING TAKEN BY THOSE FAVORING IMPEACHMENT ARE A PRODUCT OF THEIR DISDAIN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS AMERICA FIRST AGENDA, AND PARTICULARLY DISDAIN BY THE OTHER PARTY FOR THE 63 MILLION AMERICANS THAT ELECTED HIM AS PRESIDENT AGAIN, THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ARE NOT BASED ON ANY FACTS BUT RATHER ON HEARSAY, PRESUMPTIONS, INNUENDO AND FEELINGS

FEELINGS BY DEMOCRATS THAT HAVE WANTED PRESIDENT TRUMP REMOVED FROM OFFICE SINCE THE DAY HE WAS ELECTED IN DEFENSE OF THE CONSTITUTION, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO OPPOSE BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT IT IS UNCLEAR WHO WILL JUDGE THOSE VOTING FOR IMPEACHMENT TODAY MORE HARSHLY, HISTORY OR VOTERS SO I WANT DEMOCRATS VOTING FOR IMPEACHMENT TODAY TO KNOW I'LL BE PRAYING FOR THEM, FROM THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, THE 23rd CHAPTER, VERSE 34, JESUS SAID, FATHER, FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES HAVE REFERRED TO PATRIOTIC AMERICANS WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AS CAREER BUREAUCRATS I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE JUST WHO THOSE CAREER BUREAUCRATS ARE THEY'RE PEOPLE LIKE AMBASSADOR BILL TAYLOR, WHO HAS SERVED THIS COUNTRY FOR DECADES, GRADUATED TOP IN HIS CLASS AT WESTPOINT, SERVED DURING VIETNAM IN COMBAT, EARNED A BRONZE STAR

THEY ARE PEOPLE LIKE COLONEL VINDMAN, SERVED IN IRAQ, EARNED A PURPLE HEART PEOPLE LIKE AMBASSADOR MARIE YOVANOVITCH, SERVED IN ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES YOU'LL OVER THE WORLD, ONE OF OUR MOST RESPECTED THESE ARE PEOPLE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD LABEL AS CAREER DEMOCRATS WHY? THEY HONORED THE LAWFUL DUTY TO COME AND TESTIFY CAREER BUREAUCRATS — CORRECTION

>> WE SHOULD HAVE MORE CAREER BUREAUCRATS TO THAT CALIBER I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THIS GENTLEMAN >> I ARISE WITH HEAVY HEART THE TWO MOST DIFFICULT VOTES ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS HAS TO CAST ARE TO GO TO WAR OR IMPEACH TODAY, I WILL VOTE FOR THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS I'VE LISTENED CAREFULLY TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND WEIGHED ALL THE AVAILABLE INFORMATION WHETHER THE PRESIDENT DID ANY WRONGDOING THERE ARE DISTURBING FACTS BEFORE MY DECISION INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S OWN WORDS HIS OWN AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION SAID THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO TO WITHHOLD AID BEFORE AN INVESTIGATION TO PRESIDENT BIDEN AND EVERYONE WAS IN THE LOOP HIS OWN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, JOHN BOLTON, SAID HE WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS DRUG DEAL AS HE CALLED IT AND THE PRESIDENT OPENLY ACKNOWLEDGED CHINA AND UKRAINE SHOULD INVESTIGATE MR BIDEN

I HAVE NOT MADE THIS DECISION LIGHTLY BUT I MUST UPHOLD MY OWN OATH OF OFFICE BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS FAILED TO UPHOLD HIS OATH OF OFFICE THE CONSTITUTION AND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR OWN NATIONAL INTERESTS HAVE LED ME TO THIS VOTE I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> IT IS INTERESTING AND I APPRECIATE ANYBODY THAT WOULD GIVE TESTIMONY, INTERESTING TO SEE THE SAME CHAIRMAN THAT JUST TESTIFIED WOULD HAVE TO DISMISS ANYTHING FROM MR

VOLKER OR MR MORRISON AGAIN, I WILL SAY AT LEAST THEY HAD THE ABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO TESTIFY UNLIKE THE GENTLEMAN WHO WROTE A REPORT AND SENT IT TO THE JUDICIARY I YIELD BACK MY TIME >> MADAM SPEAKER I RISE TODAY TO THE STRONG OPPOSITION OF POLITICAL MAJORITY OF IMPEACHMENT

FOR 3 1/2 YEARS THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ACCEPT THE VOTE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP THEY USED ANY AND ALL MEANS TO TRY AND REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE MY VOTE IS NOT ONLY FOR ILLEGITIMATE IMPEACHMENT OF OUR PRESIDENT BEGINNING NOT WITH FACTS BUT FOREGONE CONCLUSION, TO DO WITH DEMOCRATS MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE RULE OF PROCESS OR RULE OF LAW IT WILL NOT GO ANYWHERE IN THE SENATE AND ALL THEY HAVE DONE IS POSTPONE THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT THERE TO WASHINGTON TO DO THIS CRUSADE TO ELIMINATE THE DULLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS PUT PARTISAN POLITICS ABOVE ISSUES AMERICA HAS FACED TODAY

TIME DEMOCRATS STOP PLAYING PARTISAN GAMES THAT HURT HARD WORKING TAXPAYERS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE CONGRESS PRIORITY AGAIN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING NO AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER

I AM MORE THAN DELIGHT TO REFER TO THE TESTIMONY AMBASSADOR VOLKER AND MR MORRISON AMBASSADOR VOLKER, WHO ACKNOWLEDGED, IN RETROSPECT, HE SHOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED WHEN THEY WERE CALLING FOR INVESTIGATIONS OF BURISMA REALLY MEANT THE BIDENS AND WHEN ASKED THE FOREIGN LEADER TO INVESTIGATE A POLITICAL RIVAL WAS WRONG HAPPY TO REFER TO HIS TESTIMONY INCLUDING MR MORRISON WHO WENT TO A NATIONAL SECURITY LAWYER IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE LISTENED TO THAT TELEPHONE CALL AND THAT GORDON SONDLAND THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED HIM IN A BOX AND THEIR INVESTIGATIONS

HAPPY TO REFER TO THEIR TESTIMONY AS WELL AND HAPPY TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLE WOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR TWO MINUTES >> THE GENTLE WOMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU MY FATHER FLED NAZI GERMANY FOR AMERICA HE SAW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE DESPOT BECAME UNTETHERS AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RULE OF DEMOCRACY AND RIGHT TO VOTE

BEFORE HE WAS BURIED HE ASKED TO BE BURIED IN A SIMPLE PINE BOX AND AMERICAN FLAG TO SYMBOLIZE HIS LOVE OF THIS COUNTRY TODAY, WE ARE CALLED TO DO OUR DUTY OUT OF LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY THE PRESIDENT STANDS ACCUSED WE MUST JUDGE HIM AS WE JUDGE ANY OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS, ON THE FACTS AND ON THE LAW THE FACTS SHOW THAT THE PRESIDENT'S NORTH STAR IS RUSSIA, NOT THE CONSTITUTION

THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DELAYED MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE, OUR ALLY, AS THEY WERE UNDER ATTACK BY RUSSIA, OUR ADVERSARY THERE IS NO QUESTION THE PRESIDENT HELD A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, GIVING RUSSIA THE UPPER HAND IN PEACE NEGOTIATIONS WITH UKRAINE THERE IS NO QUESTION THE PRESIDENT PROMOTED THE RUSSIAN HOAX UKRAINE ATTACKED OUR ELECTION IN 2016, A CANARD THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE A RUSSIAN LIE THE ONLY QUESTION IS HIS MOTIVE THE FACT IS IS CONDUCT AND CRIMES ARE REPREHENSIBLE AND UNCREDIBLY IMPEACHABLE

WHEN I VOTE TODAY, MY FATHER'S LEGACY IS DEEP, VERY DEEP WITHIN ME MY FATHER LOVED AMERICA AND I LOVE AMERICA, AND THAT IS WHY I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I SEE HOW THIS IS PLAYING OUT, INSTEAD OF TESTIFYING FOR SEVEN OR EIGHT HOURS AND ANSWERING ALL QUESTIONS WEB WILL DO IT IN POT SHOTS MR VOLKER NEVER TESTIFIED ANYONE WANTED TO INVESTIGATE BIDEN WHAT HE DID TESTIFY TO, LEFT OUT, IF THE UKRAINIAN DOING BAD THINGS PLACED HUNTER BIDEN ON THE BOARD OF BURISMA T AVOID ANYTHING THAT NEEDED TO BE INVESTIGATED AND FOUND OUT

LET'S TELL THE STORY PLENTY OF TIME TO DO THIS IN AN ACTUAL HEARING, NOT HERE THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT AND THE MAJORITY HAS PLAYED THIS THE WHOLE TIME WE WILL PLAY THIS OUT AS LONG AS THEY WANT TO IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF THEY HAD A CASE IN THE PROPER SETTING INSTEAD OF NOT TESTIFYING

WITH THAT, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MR WEBER >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> IT IS INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO SOCIALIST DEMOCRATSHA THAT HAVE A NEW RESPECT FOR OUR PRINCIPLES WITH THAT, SHOULD THEY AFFORD BABIES THE RIGHT TO LIFE AND HAPPINESS AS WELL

CRIMES WERE INVOLVED JOHNSON VIOLATED A LAW CONGRESS JUST PASSED OVER HIS VETO NIXON WAS INVOLVED IN A COVER-UP TO WATERGATE CLINTON LIED TO A GRAND JURY AND INSTRUCTED MONICA LEWINSKY TO FALSIFY AN AFFIDAVIT CRIMES, AND NOW COMES THE SOCIALISTIC D READING HIS MIND AND IN THE HEARINGS, KNOWING WHAT HIS MINDSET WAS

QUITE FRANKLY THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE HE HAD THE RIGHT TO BE IN CHARGE OF FOREIGN POLICY WE HEARD AMBASSADORS AND, YES, WE HEARD CAREER DEMOCRATS OR DIPLOMATS, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM WE GET TO RIDE THE BUS BUT — HE HAD THE AUDACITY ON FOREIGN POLICY INSTEAD OF THEIRS OPINIONS SUPPOSITIONS INDEED

THE VERY SWAMP HE IS DRAINING OR OBJECTING THE FLOOR MANAGER FROM THE OTHER SIDE CITING NOT FACTS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, CNN, OPINION, EDITORIALS UNBELIEVABLE, MADAM SPEAKER AMERICANS ARE WATCHING THE Ds ARE DELUSIONAL DELETERIOUS, AND IN DEEP YOGURT

I YIELD BACK >> I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, AMBASSADOR VOLKER SAID THE ATTACKS ON JOE BIDEN WERE MERITLESS AND TRIED TO PERSUADE MR GUILIANI THERE WAS NO FACTUAL SUPPORT FOR THEM PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR LEWIS, FOR TWO MINUTES

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION WE CAME TO WASHINGTON IN 1961 TO GO ON A FREEDOM RISE, WE CHOSE THAT DAY, WHEN WE CAME HERE ON AUGUST 28th, 1963, FOR THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, IT WAS JOYFUL WE MET WITH A YOUNG PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

WE CAME HERE ON AUGUST 6th, 1965, FOR THE SIGNING OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, WE WERE EXCITED, HOPEFUL AND LYNDON JOHNSON TODAY, THIS DAY, WE DIDN'T ASK FOR THIS THIS IS A SAD DAY IT IS NOT A DAY OF JOY

OUR NATION IS FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE KINGS, WE HAVE PRESIDENTS AND THE CONSTITUTION IS OUR COMPASSES YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT RIGHT, NOT JUST, NOT FAIR, YOU HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO SAY SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING OUR CHILDREN WILL ASK US, WHAT DID YOU DO? FOR SOME, THIS VOTE MAY BE HARD WE HAVE A MISSION AN MANDATE TO BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I ALWAYS LIKE TO BE POLITE AND APPRECIATE EVERYTHING I SAID IN MY STATEMENT TWO MINUTES AGO WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK >> IT IS A PATTERN OF FAILED AND DISMOVEN ATTACKS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP

TODAY IS THE FOURTH VOTE SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO REACH A PREDETERMINED VOTE OF IMPEACHMENT ON BIAS AND ACCUSATIONS AND INNUENDO, DISGUISED AS RIGHTEOUS OVERSIGHT WHEN THEY DIDN'T WIN AT THE BALLOT BOX THEY PURSUED A RUSSIAN NARRATIVE SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER HAD TO WASTE TIME AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO PROVE FALLS WHEN THE COLLUSION AND DECEPTION DIDN'T WORK, DEMOCRATS SOUGHT A NEW PATH FORWARD TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP CREATING A MAID FOR TV SET OF HEARINGS COMPLETE WITH WITNESS AUDITIONS HELD IN THE BASEMENT OF THE CAPITOL

DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS, THE CHARGES THE HOUSE CONSIDERS TODAY LACKS EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEM THERE WASN'T ONE WITNESS THAT SAID A TIME OR IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE WAS COMMITTED I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, NO CRIME AND NO IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD DEFENSE IF YOU ASK ME I WILL WORK DILIGENTLY TO FURTHER REVEAL THE TRUTHS AND FURTHER REVEAL THE ABUSES OF POWER, MADAM SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS PAID FOR AND ENACTED DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS

ABUSES OF POWER FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WITHIN THIS BODY, AND WITHIN OUR FBI AMERICANS DESERVE THE TRUTH ALL IN ALL HISTORY WILL REMEMBER TODAY AS THE POLITICAL IMPEACHMENT THAT SET THE PRECEDENT FOR PRESIDENTS TO BE IMPEACHED EVERY TIME THERE'S A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT I OPPOSE THE ARTICLES BEFORE US TODAY AND YIELD BACK TO THE OTHER SIDE AND THEIR SUPERIOR IMAGINENATIONS >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR TWO MINUTES >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> THANK YOU WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT ABUSED HIS POWER AND HIS OATH OF OFFICE AND LAID SIEGE TO THE DEMOCRACY AND ELECTORAL PROCESS AND THESE POSE DIRECT THREAT AND FAIRNESS TO THE UPCOMING 2020 ELECTION THE VERY DAY AFTER ROBERT MUELLER TESTIFIED RUSSIA SYSTEMATICALLY AND RELENTLESSLY ATTACKED THE 2016 ELECTION THE PRESIDENT PICKED UP THE PHONE AND MADE HIS NOW 25th CALL TO PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, ASKING THE PRESIDENT ON THAT CALL, GO DO IS A FAVOR AND ANNOUNCED INVESTIGATIONS INTO HIS POLITICAL RIVAL, JOE BIDEN

WE HAVE SINCE LEARNED FROM NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL AND STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS THAT UKRAINE DID NOT SEEK TO OPEN THESE INVESTIGATIONS RATHER HE WANTED THEM ANNOUNCED SO HE COULD SMEAR HIS RIVAL WHETHER THAN JUST WHO SHOULD HOLD IT, HE WANTED THE FOREIGN POWERS TO TIP THE SCALE AGAIN INSTEAD OF LEADING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT FROM UNDER THE CLOUD, THE PRESIDENT WAS EMBOLDENED BY PERCEIVED LACK OF CONSEQUENCE ATTEMPTED TO PRESSURE ZELENSKY TO INTERFERE IN THE 2020 ELECTION AFTER A COURAGEOUS WHISTLEBLOWER CAME FORWARD AND WARNED CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S SCHEME, THE PRESIDENT STOOD ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN, IN FRONT OF TV CAMERAS, BROADCASTING AROUND THE WORLD, AND CALLED FOR CHINA TO INTERFERE, TOO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ASKED WHY NOT WAIT? WHY ARE WE PROCEEDING? THAT'S VERY SIMPLE

NOTHING COULD BE MORE URGENT WE'RE ON THE PRECIPICE OF THE 2020 ELECTION AND CONGRESS HAS THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE SACRED EQUALIZER, OUR RIGHT TO VOTE, TO DEFEND THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS AND CONSTITUTION, I WILL BE VOTING IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT TODAY I YIELD BACK? GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO >> YOU ARE RECOGNIZED ONE MINUTE

>> ANYONE WATCHING THIS IMPEACHMENT SOUND AND FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR THREE REPRESENTATIONS, ONE, TRUMP ENDANGERED NATIONAL SECURITY NO THE 55 DAY DELAY DID NOT STOP THE UKRANIANS FROM DEFENDING THEMSELVES TRUMP GAVE THEM LETHAL AID OBAMA NEVER DID DURING OBAMA'S NEGLIGENCE, DEMOCRATS NEVER SAID NOTHING

THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW WHY DON'T THEY TELL US WHAT LAW HE BROKE? THEY CAN'T, BECAUSE HE DIDN'T BREAK ANY AND THEY RESORTED TO TWO BROAD ONES, ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE DEMOCRATS CHERRY PICK TO INDICT TRUMP MANY MORE BACK UP THE PRESIDENT IN REALITY THIS IS NOTHING BUT A PARTISAN PLOY BY DEMOCRATS TO OVERTURN AN ELECTION THIS CHARADE SHALL FAIL AND THE SENATE WILL EXONERATE TRUMP AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT

>> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR CASTRO, FOR TWO MINUTES >> RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID THE EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS IS UNCONTESTED

LET'S OUTLINE THE KEY EVENTS INVOLVING $400 MILLION IN MILITARY AID HELD UP BY PRESIDENT TRUMP DESPITE THE MANDATE THE SUMMER OF 2019 WAS A SUMMER OF SHAME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE THE WHITE HOUSE FIRST BLOCKS SECURITY ASSISTANCE MONEY FOR UKRAINE WITH NO EXPLANATION GORDON SONDLAND STATES AT A MEETING WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS THEY WILL GET A WHITE HOUSE MEETING ONLY AFTER ANNOUNCING AN INVESTIGATION INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S POLITICAL RIVAL JULY 18th, A WHITE HOUSE STAFFER ANNOUNCES THE FREEZE ON UKRAINIAN AID PER DIRECT PRESIDENTIAL ORDER

JUST ONE DAY AFTER ROBERT MUELLER'S TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS, PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKES THE NOW INFAMOUS PHONE CALL WITH ZELENSKY, ASKING HIM TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS THEN, THINGS START TO FALL APART THE PRESIDENT LEARNS A WHISTLEBLOWER HAS RECORDED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PHONE CALL WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN A COMPLAINT AND CONGRESS STARTS TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS THEN THE JIG IS UP

SEPTEMBER 11th, THE AID IS SUDDENLY RELEASED, WITHOUT EXPLANATION, OVER TWO MONTHS LATER WHEN YOU READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND FOLLOW THE TIMELINE I LAID OUT, GUILTY IS GUILTY NOTHING CHANGED DURING THAT TIME ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPOSED CONCERNS OVER CORRUPTION LET'S BE CLEAR THE MILITARY AID WAS RELEASED BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT GOT CAUGHT GETTING CAUGHT DOESN'T GET YOU OFF THE HOOK

I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, IS ATTEMPTED MURDER A CRIME? IS ATTEMPTED ROBBERY A CRIME? IS ATTEMPTED EXTORTION AND BRIBERY BY A PRESIDENT A CRIME? YES, IT IS THE ONLY QUESTION NOW IS WHETHER WE WILL FIND THE MORAL COURAGE TO STAND UP FOR OUR COUNTRY AND IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER

AT THIS TIME, I THE FIELD A MINUTE AND HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA MR PALMER APPROXIMATE >> RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND HALF >> I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP

TODAY IS THE DAY THAT MINIMIZES THE STATUTE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, A DAY I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD SEE TODAY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE FOR ENFORCING A VOTE FOR EVER A STAY IN ON CONGRESS THEY'RE NOT JUST VOTING TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP, IT IS TO NEGATE THE VOTE FOR EVERY PERSON THAT VOTED FOR HIM BY WHICH WE ELECT OUR PRESIDENT AND GOVERN OUR NATION AND BASED ON THEIR CORRUPT IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS IT APPEARS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY HOW RUSSIA CONDUCTS POLITICAL TRIALS NO REAL EVIDENCE, NO REAL CRIME AND NO DUE PROCESS AND NO JUSTICE

THE DEMOCRATS FAILED TO SHOW ANY LEGITIMATE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN THEY COULD NOT FIND LEGAL EVIDENCE THEY MADE IT UP AND CALLED IT A PARODY AND HELD HEARINGS IN SECRET AND INSTRUCT WITNESSES NOT TO ANSWER REPUBLICANS' QUESTIONS AND DENIED THE RIGHT TO CALL WITNESSES MAKING IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THEIR OBJECTIVE WAS FROM THE BEGINNING PATHETICALLY POLITICAL TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE, THIS DAY SHALL HAVE CONSEQUENCES AS WELL AS WE DESCEND INTO MORE DISRESPECT, DISTRUST AND CONTEMPT IN THIS CHAMBER AND I FEAR EVENTUALLY OUR REPUBLIC I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY QUICKLY, MY COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE REPEATED REFERENCE TO SOME SECRET PROCEEDING IN SOME SECRET STAR CHAMBER THIS IS WHAT THEY CALL DEPOSITIONS I REMIND THEM WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY THEY CONDUCTED DEPOSITIONS

THEY WERE DIFFERENT IN THIS RESPECT OVER 100 MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE, THAT'S HOW SECRET THEY WERE WE REVEALED ALL THE TRANSCRIPTS OF THOSE DEPOSITIONS THE REPETITION OF THIS FALSEHOOD DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE, IT ONLY MAKES THE FALSEHOOD THAT MUCH MORE DELIBERATE WITH THAT, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FOR TWO MINUTES

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> THANK YOU I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I COME TO THIS FLOOR NOT AS A DEMOCRAT, NOT AS A REPUBLICAN BUT AS AN AMERICAN WHO CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, THE RULE OF LAW AND THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE UNDER OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT IMPEACHMENT IS NOT ABOUT POLICY DISAGREEMENTS OR INEFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE, NOR IS IT ABOUT CRIMINALITY AND STATUTES THAT DIDN'T EXIST WHEN OUR CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN BUT ABOUT RETAINING THE INTEGRITY OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY ABOUT EXECUTIVE POWER AND PROPER ENDS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW

THE CONSTITUTION GRANTS THE HOUSE THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT AND THE SENATE THE SOLE POWER TO TRY ALL IMPEACHMENTS WE IN THE HOUSE ARE CHARGED WITH CHARGING IMPEACHABLE CONDUCT DESCRIBING IT AS HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS BASKETBALLS IT PERTAINS TO HIGH OFFICE AND RELATES TO THE MISUSE OF THAT OFFICE WE OUGHT NOT RELY ON ANY OTHER BRANCH OR BODY FOR OUR DETERMINATIONS IN FEDERALIST NUMBER 65 ALEXANDER HAMILTON WROTE HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS QUOTE ARE THOSE OFFENSES WHICH PROCEED FOR THE MISCONDUCT OF PUBLIC MEN, OR IN IN OTHER WORDS, FROM THE ABUSE OR VIOLATION OF PUBLIC TRUST, THAT WITH PECULIAR PROPRIETY RELATEDLY POLITICAL FOR THE ABUSES OF SOCIETY ITSELF END QUOTE PRESIDENT DONALD J

TRUMP HAS ABUSED AND VIOLATED THE PUBLIC TRUST BY USING HIS HIGH OFFICE TO SOLICIT THE AID OF A FOREIGN POWER, NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BUT INSTEAD FOR HIS PERSONAL AND POLITICAL GAIN HIS ACTIONS REFLECT PRECISELY THE TYPE OF CONDUCT THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION INTENDED TO REMEDY THROUGH THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT IT IS OUR DUTY TO IMPEACH HIM I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER UNDOUBTEDLY THE RESOLUTION 660 DOES NOT MATTER TO THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL BECAUSE THE TRANSCRIPT HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED AND NOT DOCUMENTS TRANSFERRED SUPPOSED TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND WE'RE STILL NOT SURE WE GOT EVERYTHING WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I GUESS WHEN YOU WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT AND OPEN, YOU HOLD IT AND DO JUST THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA >> YOU ARE RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES

>> THE CAMPAIGN TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION AND WILL OF 63 MILLION AMERICANS TOOK PLACE 19 MINUTES AFTER THE OATH OF OFFICE A STORY HEADLINE, THE CAMPAIGN TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEGUN A DEMOCRAT MEMBER OF MY CLASS CALLED FOR IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT LONG BEFORE THE UKRAINE, THEN RUSSIA COLLUSION HOAX AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND BRIBERY AND QUID PRO QUO NONE BEFORE US TODAY THE FIRST ARTICLES IS NOT A BASIS FOR IMPEACHMENT

THEY WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE ABUSE OF POWER IS A HIGH CRIME OR MISDEMEANOR IT'S NOT, AN OPINION IT'S NOT EVEN A CRIME TO BE CHARGED IN A COURT OF LAW, UNLIKE NIXON AND CLINTON CHARGED FOR ACTUAL CRIMES, THIS PRESIDENT IS BEING IMPEACHED ON VAGUE PHRASES THAT EXIST NE WHERE IN OUR CONSTITUTION AND THEY'RE ATTEMPTING TO IMPEACH A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT FOR ASSERTING CONSTITUTIONALLY BASED PRIVILEGES ACERTIFIED BY ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH OUR POLITICAL PARTIES THROUGHOUT OUR NATION HISTORY THIS HOUSE IS IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT OVER A PHONE CALL TO A LEADER AND A FEW LINES IN A TRANSCRIPT MISREPRESENTED BY THE MAJORITY THE PROCESS WAS ANYTHING BUT OPEN, TRANSPARENT, AND BIPARTISAN AND THE DEMOCRATS RAN A PARTISAN INVESTIGATION REFUSING RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY AND REFUSING THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL TO CALL WITNESSES AND REFUSING THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL TO CALL FACT WITNESSES AND A MINORITY DAY TO NAME A FEW

IT'S AROUND A REPORT ADOPTED THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF CONCOCTED WHEN THEY NEEDED BACKUP FOR THEIR APPROACH THEY PARADED OUT LIBERAL PROFESSORS WITH ANIMUS TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT FOR ANYTHING THEY LIKE THE ONLY ABUSE OF POWER HERE IS THE DEMOCRATIC LED CONGRESS I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED ONE MINUTE >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD I JOINED THE UNITED STATES OF THE NAVY AND TOOK THE OATH TO SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE FIRST TIME I TOOK IT EARLIER THIS YEAR AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS

EVERYDAY I WORK HARD TO LIVE BY THAT OATH AND GIVE THE 39th DISTRIBUTE THE SUPPORT IT DESERVES AND THIS MUST BE DONE WITH INCREDIBLE CARE WHEN THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND HIS INTERACTIONS WITH UKRAINE WERE FIRST REPORTED I THOUGHT IT WAS CONGRESS'S DUTY TO INVESTIGATE AND FIND OUT THE TRUTH NOW THE FACTS ARE BEFORE THE PRESIDENT AND AMERICAN PEOPLE THE PRESIDENT BETRAYED HIS OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION BY ATTEMPTING TO UNDERMINE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTION FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL BENEFIT AND ASKED A FOREIGN POLITICIAN TO INVESTIGATE A POLITICAL RIVAL AND WITHHELD AID TO AN ALLY

IT'S ABOUT WITHHOLDING OUR OATH AND PUT OUR CONSTITUTION FIRST AND PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THIS IS WHY I WILL VOTE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT I HOPE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN US BY RECOGNIZING THIS GREAT THREAT AND STAND UP TO THIS ADMINISTRATION WITH DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY AND CONSTITUTION I YIELD BACK >> I YIELD A MINUTE AND HALF

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> GOING BACK TO ALMOST THREE YEARS THE PRESIDENT WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE, WE HAVE SEEN SOME MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE PROMISING TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP PRIOR TO THIS INQUIRY, SPEAKER PELOSI SAID IT MUST BE COMPELLING, OVERWHELMING AND BIPARTISAN IT WAS ANNOUNCED LESS THAN THREE MONTHS AGO WHAT WE KNOW IS THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FAST, FAULTY AND FRAUD

WHAT WE HAVE WITNESSED SINCE IT WAS ANNOUNCED, WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS IT'S NOT COMPELLING AND OVERWHELMING AND UNDOUBTEDLY NOT BIPARTISAN I'M VIEWING THIS AS THE LENS OF A FORMER UNITED STATES ATTORNEY AS WE TAKE THIS VOTE, HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THERE WAS NO BRIBERY, THERE WAS NO EXTORTION, THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, THERE WERE NO HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS COMMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER RECOGNIZE THE GENTLE WOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, WE KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHHELD NEEDED MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE WE KNOW HE USED IT TO DEMAND UKRAINE INTERFERE IN THE 2020 ELECTION FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT

AND WE KNOW THAT UKRAINE KNEW NONE OF THESE FACTS HAVE BEEN DISPUTED INSTEAD, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS TRIED TO HIDE THE TRUTH CORRUPTION AND OBSTRUCTION, THE PRESIDENT IS GUILTY OF BOTH THE BLATANT ABUSE OF POWER WAS MADE CLEAR FROM OVER 100 HOURS OF TESTIMONY BEFORE THREE COMMITTEES AND WAS CLEAR IN THE CALL SUMMARY RELEASED BY THE WHITE HOUSE

THE OBSTRUCTION HAS BEEN MADE CLEAR BY THE PRESIDENT'S REFUSAL TO COOPERATE IN EVERY TURN EVEN WHEN ORDERED BY A COURT SETTING A PRECEDENT THAT ANY PRESIDENT CAN ABUSE THEIR POWER TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS IS AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY IT'S ALSO A BETRAYAL OF THE OATH OF OFFICE AND CONSTITUTION THEREFORE, IN FULFILLMENT OF MY OWN OATH OF OFFICE, IT'S WITH SOLEMN PURPOSE TODAY I VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AT THIS TIME, I YIELD A MINUTE AND HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO >> NE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN HOUR AND HALF >> THEY STARTED WITH QUID PRO QUO THAT DIDN'T WORK SO WELL

THEN BRIBERY AND EXTORTION THEY BROUGHT THEIR WITNESSES IN AND NOT ONE COULD ANSWER IF THEY SAW ANY EVIDENCE OF BRIBERY OR EXTORTION OR QUESTION THERE WAS JUST SILENCE THE WITNESSES ALWAYS TESTIFY, THEY HEARD THIS FROM SO-AND-SO WHEN THE DEMOCRATS BROUGHT THEIR STAR WITNESS IN, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, WHEN ASKED HE SAID, I PRESUMED THE AID WAS HELD UP

I PRESUMED? THE TESTIMONY WAS ALL HEARSAY AND ASSUMPTION AND CONJECTURE IT IS OPINION ABUSE OF POWER TO THE DEMOCRATS IS THEY DON'T LIKE HIS POLICIES OR HE TREATED A REPORTER HARSHLY OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS THERE ARE THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT

WHEN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HAVE AN IMPASSE, THAT'S WHEN THE JUDICIAL BRANCH INTERVENES THEY DIDN'T DO THAT AND DIDN'T SOUGHT THAT ROUTE EVERY PRESIDENT INCLUDING GEORGE WASHINGTON COULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED BASED ON THIS FACT LIST ARTICLES THERE IS NO CRIME AND NO VICTIM, AS UKRAINE RECEIVED THEIR AID BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30th DEADLINE AND NO WITNESSES THAT WITNESSED ANYTHING THIS ISN'T ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW

IT'S POLITICS AT ITS WORST, DISGRACEFUL TIME TO END THIS SHAM AND PARADE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I YIELD BACK >> FROM CALIFORNIA >> I HAVE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES OF AMBASSADOR SONDLAND'S TESTIMONY

HE WAS ASKED THE QUESTION, WAS THERE A QUID PRO QUO THE ANSWER WAS, YES WHEN ASKED IF THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO INVOLVING MILITARY AID HE SAID IT WAS AS CLEAR AS 2 PLUS 2 EQUALS 4 >> I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLE WOMAN FROM ILLINOIS >> RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> IT IS MY ADULT SON I WILL ALWAYS CREDIT FOR MY DECISION LAST JUNE TO SUPPORT AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IT HAD NEVER BEEN MY GOAL TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT BUT IAN MADE SUCH A COMPELLING CASE HE REMINDED ME OF THE OATH I HAVE TAKEN 11 TIMES NOW TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES HE SAID, MOM, THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS, THIS IS NOT ABOUT PARTY, AND PUSHING BACK AGAINST MY ARGUMENTS, HE SAID, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FINAL OUTCOME, IT'S ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING EVEN IF OTHERS DON'T HE MADE HE MADE ME SEE IT WAS ABOUT MY LEGACY, MY MODEST PLACE IN HISTORY

I WANT TO THANK YOU, MY SON, FOR HELPING ME DO THE RIGHT THING TODAY, TO VOTE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP, BECAUSE NO AMERICAN IS ABOVE THE LAW AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MR

SONDLAND ALSO SAID HE HAD NO DIRECT EVIDENCE HE PRESUMED THAT WAS GOING ON I GUESS WE'RE BACK TO PRESUMPTION AGAIN MR FLORES

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND HALF >>> IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE "WASHINGTON POST" IMPEACHMENT IS SO DIVISIVE TO THE COUNTRY UNLESS THERE IS SOMETHING SO COMPELLING AND OVERWHELMING AND BIPARTISAN I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD GO DOWN THAT PATH BECAUSE IT DIVIDES THE COUNTRY UNQUOTE I THINK MOST AMERICANS WOULD AGREE WITH THAT STATEMENT BECAUSE IT SOUNDS THOUGHTFUL AND REASONABLE HERE WE ARE TODAY TO VOTE ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

HOW DID THE MAJORITY PARTY DO IN MEETING OBJECTIVES SET FORTH BY THE SPEAKER HERE ARE THE ANSWERS FIRST THE ONLY COMPELLING ATTRIBUTE ABOUT THIS SHAM IS THE LENGTH THE MAJORITY HAS GONE TO APIECE THE RADICAL SOCIALIST PART OF THEIR PARTY SECOND, THE ONLY OVERWHELMING FEATURE IS THE POWER OF THE MAJORITY AND RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR FAIRNESS THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE CIRCUS THE ONLY BIPARTISAN ACTIVITY OF THIS SHAM WILL BE THE VOTES AGAINST THESE FLIMSY ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME OPPOSING THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND THE HOUSE GET BACK TO WORKING ON WHAT HARD WORKING FAMILIES CARE ABOUT THE MOST I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND FOR ONE MINUTE >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED ONE MINUTE

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I SPENT 12 YEARS ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE INCLUDING FOUR AS RANKING MEMBER MY BIPARTISAN COOPERATION WITH THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN WAS WIDELY RECOGNIZED WHEN IT COMES TO NATIONAL SECURITY THERE IS NO ROOM FOR BIPARTISAN POLITICS ALL 17 EMPLOYEES TOLD THE SAME STORY EACH TESTIFYING THAT THE PRESIDENT JEOPARDIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY FOR THE SAKE OF REELECTION THE PRESIDENT HILT HOSTAGE MILITARY AID AGAINST THE FIGHT FOR A COMMON ENEMY, RUSSIA

HE WILFULLY OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS'S CONSTITUTIONALLY PRESCRIBED IMPEACHMENT POWERS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS I RESISTED CALLS TO BEGIN IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS I RESENT THOSE WHO SAY THIS IS ABOUT REVERSING THE ELECTION THIS ISN'T ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE TRUMP, UPHOLDING OUR CONSTITUTION ALLOWING THIS TO GO UNQUESTIONED SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT AND DAMAGES OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS ARE A CLEAR THREAT TO OUR SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY WE MUST UPHOLD OUR OATH OF OFFICE AND SUPPORT THESE ARTICLES I YIELD BACK >> I YIELD A MINUTE AND HALF TO THE SPEAKER FROM MICHIGAN

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED A MINUTE AND HALF >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THESE BASELESS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS NEVER INTENDED IMPEACHMENT TO BE A ONE-SIDED POLITICAL WEAPON SADLY, THE MAJORITY HAS REDUCED THIS SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL ACTION TO A PURELY PARTISAN TACTIC TO TAKE DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP

HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO THE VOTE TODAY IT WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A RUSHED PROCESS THAT LACKS CREDIBILITY OR TRANSPARENCY WITH A PREDETERMINED OUTCOME THAT PUTS A PREMIUM ON POLITICAL THEATER INSTEAD OF FACTS BY ANY OBJECTIVE STANDARD THE DEMOCRATS' IMPEACHMENT CASE IS THE THINNEST IMAGINABLE THERE IS NO IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE BEFORE US TODAY IT'S A COMPLETE AND TOTAL SHAM

I CLOSE NOT BY QUOTING THE PRESIDENT FROM THE PAST BUT RATHER FROM THE DULY ELECTED, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES THROUGH YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, YOU ARE THE ONES INTERFERING IN AMERICA'S ELECTION YOU ARE THE ONES SUBVERTING AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY YOU ARE THE ONES OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE YOU ARE THE ONES BRINGING PAIN AND SUFFERING TO OUR REPUBLIC FOR YOUR OWN SELFISH, PERSONAL POLITICAL AND PARTISAN GAIN

THESE ARE HARD WORDS, I KNOW THAT IS THE SAD REALITY OF THIS ENTIRE PROCESS I WILL PROUDLY VOTE NO TODAY, A VOTE THAT UPHOLDS OUR CONSTITUTION, DEFENDS OUR PRESIDENT, AND PRESERVES THE PILLARS OF OUR NATION'S DEMOCRACY AND NOW I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED ONE MINUTES >> I WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT TODAY THE FACTS ARE IRREFOUGHTBLE AND ONGOING OBSTRUCTION AND COVER-UP IS SHAMEFUL MY PARENTS CAME HERE AS IMMIGRANTS AND I'M HAPPY FOR LIVING IN A NATION THAT PROVIDED A BETTER PLACE FOR MY SISTERS AND I AND NOW A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, A STORY LIKE MINE IS ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BY A NATION THAT UPHOLDS THE RULE OF LAW AND LIVES OUT THE VALUE OF OUR CONSTITUTION

WE ARE BLESSED, THREE DAUGHTERS AND FIVE GRANDKIDS BECAUSE OF THIS LEGACY AND LEGACY I INTEND TO PASS TO MY GRANDCHILDREN MY VOTE IS FOR TRUMP WHO ABUSED HIS POWER AND ENGAGED IN COVER-UP NO AMOUNT OF MISINFORMATION OR CRIMES OF VICTIMIZATION BY TRUMP AND OTHERS CAN UNDO THE ABUSE OF POWER AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE DONE BY THE PRESIDENT THE PRESIDENT LEAVES US NO CHOICE BUT TO VOTE TO IMPEACH SO WE CAN CORRECT THE DAMAGE ALREADY DONE I WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT FOR DONALD TRUMP, NOT AS PARTISAN ACT BUT A SERIOUS NECESSARY URGENT ONE

I YIELD BACK >> I YIELD ONE MINUTE FROM TEXAS, MR BRADY >> RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> 21 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK I SPOKE HERE ON IMPEACHMENT

IN THIS, SADLY, HISTORY WILL NOT TREAT DEMOCRATS WELL THEY WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED AS THE SENATOR JOE McCARTHYS OF OUR TIME, SO BLINDED BY THEIR HATRED OF PRESIDENT TRUMP THEY ABANDONED AMERICAN RIGHTS OF DUE PROCESS AND FAIRNESS AND JUST DECENCY REMINISCENT OF JOE McCARTHY, THEY ASSAULTED THE CONSTITUTION, TOOK GLEE IN SECRET HEARINGS AND SWITCHED CHARGES LIKE ROGUE PROSECUTORS ULTIMATELY THEY CHOSE ABUSE OF POWER BECAUSE THEY PRACTICE IT SO WELL PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMITTED NO CRIME OR IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE, NONE

HIS LEGACY WON'T BE STAINED, DEMOCRATS WILL WE'LL LOOK BACK AT THESE DAYS IN SHAME BECAUSE TRUMP HATERS IN CONGRESS, LIKE RED HATERS OF THE PAST, ARE WILLING TO PLUNGE AMERICA INTO DARKNESS FOR RAW POLITICAL GAME THIS IMPEACHMENT BETRAYS THE NATION, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I VOTE NO >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK

GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> TIERNEY RARELY APPEARS FULL BORN IT ARISES, ENCROACHES AS FREEDOM EBBS

OUR NATION SOUGHT TO PROTECT US FROM TIERNEY WITH A CAREFULLY SELECTED CHECKS AND BALANCES NOW ALONG COME AS PRESIDENT THAT SAYS HE'S CONSTITUTIONALLY EMPOWERED TO DO WHATEVER HE WANTS, HE CAN NEITHER BE PROSECUTED OR INVESTIGATED FOR ANY CRIME AND TOTALLY IGNORE ANY IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDING OF WHICH HE DISPROVES THESE ARE THE CLAIMS OF A WANT TO BE TYRANT WHO HAS EXTOLLED THE VIRTUES OF TYRANTS AND AUTOKRATZ FROM MANILA TO MOSCOW TO ADVANCE TIERNEY HE ADOPTS AN OPEN BORDER POLICY AND INVITING ON FORRERS TO COME INTO OUR COUNTRY THEY HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDAS, ESPECIALLY AERSZ LIKE RUSSIA AND CHINA

AMERICAN CITIZENS SHOULD BE THE ONLY ONES DETERMINING THE FATE OF AMERICA IF AMERICA CONTINUES DEMANDING MORE FOREIGN INFERENCE WE WILL NEVER HAVE TRULY FREE ELECTIONS AND WE WILL NOT BE FREE WE ACT TODAY THE SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY TO SAFEGUARD THE CONSTITUTION WE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG AND THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS NOT TO ONE MAN TO BE KEEN >> THANK YOU

BEFORE I CALL MY NEXT SPEAKER, CAN I GET A TIME CHECK? >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS ONE HOUR AND THREE MINUTES REMAINING THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> THAT WAS ONE HOUR? >> THANK YOU I COULDN'T HEAR I APOLOGIZE

FOR THAT I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF >> THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ET GREAT WORK IN DEALING WITH THE SAD DAY IN OUR OUR COUNTRY IN THE THIRD TIME IN OUR HISTORY, A A PRESIDENT WILL BE IMPEACHED

THE FIRST TIME IMPEACHMENT HAS BEEN ENTIRELY PARTISAN AND WITHOUT MERIT THIS CHARADE IS NOT BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GUILTY OF A HIGH CRIME OR MISDEMEANOR BUT BECAUSE ONE POLITICAL PARTY DOESN'T LIKE HIM OR HIS POLICIES OF AMERICA FIRST THE FACTS ARE WE HAVE A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE AT WAR WITH EXECUTIVE BRANCH FACT TWO, THEY HAVE BEEN PLANNING FOR THIS DAY SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE

FACT THREE, THEY ACCUSED THE PRESIDENT FIRST AND HAS SPENT MONTHS LOOKING FOR A CRIME FACT FOUR, BUT NO EVIDENCE HAS BEEN PRESENTED OF AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE DURING ONE OF THE PARTISAN HEARINGS, A MEMBER OF THE THE BODY ASKED IF PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD EVIDENCE OF HIS INNOCENT WHY DIDN'T HE BRING IT FORWARD? THE DEMOCRATS WANT AMERICA TO BELIEVE OUR PRESIDENT IS GUILTY UNTIL INNOCENT

THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TODAY WE HAVE HEARD BOTH SIDES WE NEED TO GET THE TRUTH THE TRUTH IS THAT THE DECISION OF WHO SHOULD BE OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD BE MADE BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT SPEAKER PELOSI, ADAM SCHIFF AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS

THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAME SPEAK E I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES

>> I THANK MY FRIEND, MR SPEAKER, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I HAVE TO SAY THIS IS A SAD DAY NO ONE IS GLEEFUL OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS HAVE BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT WHEN YOU BOIL IT DOWN, WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO HELP HIS CHANCES OF REELECTION HE USED THE ENORMOUS WEIGHT OF THE PRESIDENCY AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY TO PUSH A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO SMEAR A POLITICAL RIVAL

AND HE GOT CAUGHT WHY IS THIS CONDUCT SO SERIOUS? WHY HAS THE PRESIDENT'S BEHAVIOR PUSHED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO EXERCISE ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL, CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES? BECAUSE CORRUPTING AN AMERICAN ELECTION PARTICULAR HI IN CAHOOTS WITH A FOREIGN POWER MEANS CORRUPTING AMERICAN DEMOCRACY OUR ELECTIONS ARE AT THE HEART OF OUR DEMOCRACY THE FOUNDATION OF WHAT MAKE OURS SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT GREAT OUR REPUBLIC, IF WE CAN KEEP IF AS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ONCE SAID

IF OUR ELECTIONS AREN'T FAIR, OUR REPUBLIC CANNOT STAND ANYONE WHO TRIES TO FIX AN ELECTION IS TAKING WITH THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO CHOOSE THEIR LEADERS IF IT HAPPENS AT ANY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT, IT'S TOXIC TO OUR DEMOCRACY AND THIS CAME FROM THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN THIS CASE, IT'S EVEN MORE SERIOUS BECAUSE WHAT WAS THE PRESIDENT WILLING TO GIVE UP FOR THIS ADVANTAGE? WHAT PRICE WAS HE WILLING TO PAY? THE PRICE WAS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

WHEN HE DEVISED A FOREIGN POLICY THAT UNDERMINED OUR DIPLOMACY AND DIPLOMATS, WHEN HE HELD BACK ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINE WHO WAS EMBROILED IN A WAR AGAINST RUSSIA, WHEN HE PRESSURED A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS AGAIN, HE SACRIFICED OUR SECURITY HE SHOOK THE FAITH OF THE LOYAL ALLY HE PLAYED RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN HE WEAKENED OUR COUNTRY ALL BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT MIGHT HELP HIS REELECTION BID ONLY THE PRESIDENT HAS THAT POWER TO CORRUPT OUR FOREIGN POLICY FOR POLITICAL GAIN

THE MOMENT HE CHOSE TO DO SO, THE MOMENT HE UNDERMINED OUR SECURITY IN A SCHEME TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY, WHETHER HE SUCCEEDED OR NOT AND THANK GOD HE DID NOT, AT THAT MOMENT IT BECAME AN ABUSE OF POWER AND A PRESIDENT WHO ABUSES HIS POWER FOR PERSONAL GAIN IS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE FRAMERS FEARED IT'S WHY IMPEACHMENT IS IN THE CONSTITUTION SO WE THEED TO PASS THESE ARTICLES THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS HAVE LENGTH OF TIME US NO CHOICE

HE CAN CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY AND TEAR APART THE FABRIC THAT HOLDS OUR COUNTRY TOGETHER SO I WILL VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA

>> TWO MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THIS IS NOT A ABOUT THE UKRAINE IT'S ABOUT POWER DONALD TRUMP HAS IT AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS WANT IT

AND SO WITH NO CRIME, NO VICTIM, NO EVIDENCE, NO PROOF, NO AGENDA FOR AMERICA, THIS IMPEACHMENT CHARADE MARCHES ON FOLLOWING NO RULES AND A ADHERING TO NO SENSE OF HONOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T FOOLED BY DIRTY TRICKS VOTERS WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TRIGGERED INTO IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE HIM AND THEY DON'T LIKE US THOSE WHO VOTE YES ON TODAY'S ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT MUST CARRY THE HEAVY BURDEN OF SHAME AND GUILT FOR AS LONG AS THEY SERVE IN CONGRESS, WHICH WON'T BE LONG BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER DEMOCRATS WOULD RATHER TRIP THE PRESIDENT JUST TO SEE HIM STUMBLE THAN SEE AMERICA SUCCEED

THEY WOULD RATHER IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT THAN WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY AND OUR CITIZENS DEMOCRATS MAY HAVE WON THE HOUSE IN 2018, BUT THEY HAVEN'T FORGIVEN DONALD TRUMP FOR HAVING THE AUDACITY TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY AND THEY HAVEN'T FORGIVEN YOU, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FOR VOTING FOR HIM THE DAY BEFORE SHE WAS WORN INTO CONGRESS, ONE MEMBER OF THE BODY SAID SHE PROMISED TO IMPEACH THE MOTHER F'ER IT WAS PLOTTED AND PLANNED BEFORE THE INK WAS DRY ON HIS ELECTION CERTIFICATE

AND BEFORE THEY COULD POINT TO THE MAP AND IN SEEKING THE CHAIRMANSHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SAID HE WAS THE STRONGEST MEMBER TO LEAD A POTENTIAL IMPEACHMENT DEMOCRATS MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN WHY THEY WERE GOING TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, BUT THEY KNEW IT WAS AN INEVITABILITY THIS IMPEACHMENT IS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP THE SAME AMERICANS THAT DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON HAVE MOCKED AS SMELLY WALMART SHOPPERS AND DEPLORABLES

THIS IMPEACHMENT ISN'T LEGITIMATE IT'S THE RAD CAT LEFT'S INSURANCE POLICY IS BUT WE HAVE AN INSURANCE POLICY TOO IT'S THE NEXT ELECTION AND WE INTEND TO WIN IT I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAME SPEAKER, I HAVE A COMMON TIE THAT BINDS THIS CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES BACK FROM THE MOMENT TO RECALL THAT OUR COUNTRY'S INCEPTION 243 YEARS AGO, THE CONCEPT OF A DEMOCRATIC SELF-GOVERNING RULE WAS A BREATHTAKING AND IDEAISTIC ASPIRATION WHEN THE 13 AMERICAN COLONIES BOLDLY REJECTED THE RULE OF A BRITISH MONONARC, OUR FOUNDERS WERE DETERMINED FOR THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED INSURING THIS NOBLE EXPERMIT ENDURED THROUGH THE AGES WAS AN ENORMOUS CHALLENGE

IT WAS MET WITH THE ADOPTION IN 1788 AND AT ITS HEART ARE TWO THAT HAVE SERVED AS TOUCH STONES FOR OUR COUNTRY EVER SINCE FIRST, IT ESTABLISHED AMERICA AS A NATION OF LAWS WHERE NO PERSON IS IS ABOVE THE LAW SECOND, IT ESTABLISHED THE CONCEPT OF A SEPARATION OF POWERS WHERE THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT WOULD CHECK EACH OTHER LESS POWER BE CONCENTRATED IN ONE AT THE EXPENSE OF LIBERTY TO ALL

MADAME SPEAKER, WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE BY SOLICITING FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION FOR HIS PERSONAL BENEFIT, HE INFRINGED UPON THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO DECIDE WHO WILL LEAD OUR NATION AND IN DOING SO HE PLACED HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW AND IN VIOLATION OF HIS OATH WHEN HE DENOUNCED, DENIED AND DEFIED THE CLEAR AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE HIS CONDUCT, HE REPUDIATED OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES AND FURTHER VIOLATED HIS OATH TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION IT IS FOR THESE REASONS I WILL CAST MY VOTE IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHING PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP >> THANK YOU I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> THANK YOU, MADAME CHAIR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE SAID, WHERE ARE THE FACTS AS IF WE HAVE THE BURDEN OF PROOF IT'S YOUR BURDEN OF PROOF IT'S THE DEMOCRATS BURDEN OF PROOF

BUT THE FACTS ARE UNCHANGED THE UKRAINE RECEIVED THAT THEY WERE PROMISED AND APPROPRIATED FOR THE AID WAS LAWFULLY DISPERSED IT WAS DISPERSED WITHIN THE TIME LIMITS SET BY THIS CONGRESS IF YOU WANTED IT SENT IS BEFORE 2019, IT SHOULD HAVE PUT THAT IN THE LEGISLATION

YOU DID NOT UKRAINIAN GAVE NOTHING IN RETURN HE FELT NO PRESSURE, NO DURESS, NO CONDITIONALITY BUT WHAT CHANGED? ON THE DAY THAT THE AID WAS RELEASED, TWO ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES WERE SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE UKRAIIAN PRESIDENT DEMOCRATS HAVE MANUFACTURED THE SHAM AND THEN ARGUED THAT REFUSING TO COOPERATE IS IMPEACHABLE

THE SUPREME COURT IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING THE EXTENT OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE WHEN DUBIOUS SUBPOENAS BY INSTEAD OF TAKING THEIR PROCESS TO COURT, OR WAITING FOR THE COURT TO RULE ON THE PENDING CASE, THE DEMOCRATS CHOSE TO PRESS FORWARD BECAUSE THEY SAID WE DON'T WANT TO WAIT WE DON'T HAVE TIME BUT FAILING TO DO SO IS AN ABUSE OF POWER OF THIS INSTITUTION THAT WILL HAVE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR REPUBLIC NOW WHEN THE OTHER SIDE CLAIMS THINK PROCEED WITH SOBERNESS AND BEMUSED BY MEDIA REPORTS THAT INDICATE THEY HAVE BEEN ADMONISHED NOT TO DO A JIG WHEN THEY WIN THE VOTE, WHICH WE KNOW THEY WILL

I AM STRUCK THAT THE PROCESS SHOULD NEED TO HAVE AN ADMONITION AGAINST LEVITY THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN PARTISAN, VINDICTIVE, DISHONEST THIS IMPEACHMENT DEMOCRATS HAVE LIED ABOUT THE CONDUCT OF THE JULY 25th CALL, MET SECRETLY WITH THE WHISTLEBLOWER, HELD HEARINGS BEHIND CLOSED DORS, WHERE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COULD NOT ATTEND BLOCKED THE PRESIDENT'S COUNSEL FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE INQUISITION IT'S BEEN A SHAM FROM START TO FINISH AND I YIELD BACK

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> US RECOGNIZE FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> I ASK CONSENT TO REVISE REMARKS IN FAVOR OF BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT >> WITHOUT OBJECTION

>> I RECOGNIZE MR CARSON, THE CONGRESSMAN FROM INDIANA FOR TWO MINUTES >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> THANK YOU, CHAIR MADAME SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE AND CONSIDER THIS HISTORIC IMPEACHMENT VOTE, LET'S BE CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS SERIOUSLY JEOPARDIZE NOT ONLY AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY, BUT SECURITY OF OUR CLOSEST ALLIES

HIS ACTIONS THREATEN THE GOALS OF THE NATO ALLIANCE YOU SEE UKRAINE IS A NATION WORKING HARD TO MAKE ITS DEMOCRACY STRONGER AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, UKRAINE IS ON THE FRONT LINES OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION THANKFULLY US

MILITARY AID HELPS DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST RUSSIA AND INTEGRATES ITSELF INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY WHEN OUR ALLIES ARE STRONGER, AMERICA IS STRONGER WE ARE BETTER EQUIPPED TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY IS AND PUT A A STOP TO TYRANNY BUT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP STRENGTHENING THIS VALUABLE OBJECTIVE WAS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS SMEARING A POLITICAL RIVAL MADAME SPEAKER, WE KNOW HE HELD NEARLY $400 MILLION OF AID TO UKRAINE UNTIL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AGREED TO HELP HIM DIG UP DIRT ON HIS POTENTIAL 2020 OPPONENT

THIS AID WAS APPROVED BY CONGRESS WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS HURT AMERICAN DIPLOMACY AND UNDERMINED THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NATION'S PROMISES TO OUR ALLIES WE WILL NOT ALLOW OUR LEADERS TO TRADE AWAY OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WE CANNOT ALLOW RUSSIA'S CONTINUED THREATS TO DEMOCRACY GO UNANSWERED AND WE MUST NOT ALLOW OUR OWN PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES TO GET AWAY WITH BREAKING HIS OWN OATH OF OFFICE

MA SAM SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE TAKE THE SOLEMN BUT NECESSARY VOTE TO IMPEACH THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAME SPEAKER I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO

FOR A MINUTE AND A A HALF >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU THIS IS IS A SAD DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY ONE, THAT OUR FOREFATHERS WARNED US AGAINST

WE HAVE WATCHED THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS UNFOLD WHILE MAKING A MOCKERY OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE CONDUCTED THE MOST POLARIZING IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND THE MEN B AND WOMEN I REPRESENT ARE TIRED OF THIS HOUSE PUTTING POLITICAL GAINS ABOVE OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS HOUSE DEMOCRATS HELD A SECRET MEETING WITH IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO DELIBERATELY MISREPRESENTED INFORMATION AND DID NOT GIVE DUE PROCESS TO THE PRESIDENT THIS INVESTIGATION WAS UNFAIR AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT MORE OUT OF CONGRESS THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ARE NOT BASED ON FACTS, BUT INSTEAD ARE ENTIRELY POLITICALLY MOTIVATED

THE TRUTH IS THERE WAS NO PRESSURE PUT ON PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND THE TRANSCRIPTS CONFIRM THERE WAS NO CONDITIONALITY THIS INQUIRY HAS BEEN RIGGED FROM THE START LACKING TRANSPARENCY AND TRUTH IT'S BEEN A WAIST OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND THE ACCUSATIONS IN TODAY'S PROCEEDINGS DO NOT ALIGN WITH THE FACTS THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IS IS OUT OF STEP WITH EXISTING PRECEDENT FOR PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AND IS NOT A PROCESS I WILL SUPPORT

I URGE COLLEAGUES TO PUT COUNTRY FIRST AND VOTE IN OPPOSITION TO THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THANK YOU, MADAME SPEAKER I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED

>> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN IT'S MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLE LADY FROM NEW YORK FOR THREE MINUTES >> GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MR SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD J

TRUMP PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL AND POLITICAL GAIN AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WHOLESALE OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS IS UNPRECEDENTED, INDISPUTABLE AND IMPEACHABLE HE'S FIRST TO DEFY ALLS A PELKTS OF THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IN AN ATTEMPT TO COVER UP HIS ABUSE OF POWER, HE ORDERED THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVE BRANCH NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INQUIRY AND DIRECTED IT TO DEFY LAWFUL SUBPOENA ISES FROM CONGRESS

AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND REFORM, I FIND THIS OBSTRUCTION PARTICULARLY OFFENSIVE EVEN PRESIDENT NIXON ACCEPTED CONGRESS'S IMPEACHMENT AUTHORITY AND ALLOWED HIS AIDS AND ADVISERS TO PRODUCE THE DOCUMENTS TO CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT NIXON ALLOWED CURRENT AND FORMER STAFF TO TESTIFY IN BOTH THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT AND THE SENATE WATERGATE INVESTIGATIONS INCLUDING HUSBAND CHIEF OF STAFF AND WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL BY CONTRAST, PRESIDENT TRUMP WITHOUT ANY LEGAL BASIS DIRECTED CURRENT AND FORMER OFFICIALS NOT TO COOPERATE WITH THE HOUSE'S UNKWIR ININQUIRY WHICH RESULTS IN NINE OFFICIALS DEFYING SUBPOENAS FOR TESTIMONY AND IN RESPONSE TO THE HOUSE'S INQUIRY, PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSED TO TURN OVER EVEN ONE SINGLE, NOT ONE SINGLE DOCUMENT TO CONGRESS IN RESPONSE TO LAWFUL SUBPOENA ISES

PUT SIMPLIES PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS ARE WORSE THAN NIXON'S LET ME REPEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS ARE EVEN WORSE THAN NIXON'S OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ESTABLISH ED A A IS SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES THAT SPREAD OUT POWER BETWEEN THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT THEY DECIDED THAT NO ONE WOULD BE A KING, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT

AND THEY GAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF IMPEACHMENT SOLELY TO THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP DEFIES OUR SUBPOENAS AND OBSTRUCTS OUR IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY HE SEEKS TO PLACE HIMSELF ABOVE THE CONSTITUTION AND ABOVE THE LAW WE CANNOT LET THAT STAND AND IF WE DO, THEN THAT'S THE END OF CONGRESS AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND WE HAVE IS ALLOWED PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ELEVATE HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW

IT IS OUR SOLEMN DUTY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS BLATANT ABUSE OF POWER AND HIS OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS >> THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER

I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN OF ARKANSAS >> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR GIVING ME THIS MOMENT MR SPEAKER, YEARS FROM NOW, HISTORY BOOKS WILL TELL OF THIS DAY IT WILL TELL OF A PURELY PARTISAN EFFORT TO REMOVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

AN EFFORT NOT BUILT ON A HIGH CRIME OR MISDEMEANOR, NOT ON A PROCESS IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGH AMERICAN STANDARD OF CONSTITUTE PROCESS AND EQUAL TREATMENT THIS EFFORT IS ROOTED ONLY IN THE GOVERNING PARTY'S HATRED OF A A MAN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE THE AISLE HAVE BEEN IN PURSUIT OF THIS MOMENT SINCE 2016 THEY ARE CONSUMED BY IT EARLIER IN THIS DEBATE, ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES REFERRED TO OUR PRESIDENT AS A A DOMESTIC ENEMY

THAT'S WHY OUR NATION ENTRUSTED THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY WITH THE THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS, NOT THE WILL OF A PARTY FILLED WITH CONTEMPT MY HOPE IS IS THAT WHEN THE HISTORIANS WRITE ABOUT THIS DAY, IT'S NOT WRITTEN IN THE CONTEXT OF LOST ITS WAY BECAUSE IT'S ELECTED MEMBERS CHOSE HATEFUL PARTISANSHIP OVER THE SACRED OATH THAT PROTECTED THE GREAT REPUBLICAN SINCE ITS FOUNDING I YIELD BACK >> MR

SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR A MINUTE >> MR SPEAKER, IN AMERICA WHEN WE CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OR ENROLL OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL, WE DO NOT EXPECT A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL TO SAY TO US I NEED YOU TO DO US A FAVOR THOUGH WHY WOULD WE TOLERATE USING HIS POWER TO MAKE FOREIGN POLICY WHEN THE SAFETY OF OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE NOT FOR THE PEOPLE, BUT FOR HIMSELF I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH TODAY BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP DID JUST THAT WHEN HE SHOOK DOWN A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO CRIMINALLY INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL RIVAL

IF WE FAIL TO SAY THIS WAS WRONG, THEN ANY PRESIDENT WILL BE FREE TO ASK A FOREIGN POWER BE IT RUSSIA, CHINA OUR IRAN TO HELP HIM HURT HIS POLITICAL ENEMIES AT HOME AND THEY WILL KNOW THAT AMERICA'S FOREIGN POLICY CAN BE BOUGHT BY DOING OUR PRESIDENT A A POLITICAL FAVOR IF YOU BELIEVE THAT OUR HIGHEST DUTY IS TO PROTECT AMERICA, THEN SEARCH YOUR CONSCIOUS AND ASK IF YOU WANT OUR FUTURE PRESIDENTS TO BEHAVE AS THIS HAS DONE DO NOT WHISPER THAT YOU DISAPPROVE AND THEN DEFEND THAT CONDUCT HERE TODAY DO YOUR DUTY

KEEP YOUR OATH DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY >> THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, MR

SPEAKER AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, MR SPEAK R

OVER A MONTH AGO, I SPOKE ON THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX WITH POINTS TRUE THEN AND STILL TRUE TODAY AFTER OVER A MONTH OF SECRET INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE ADMINISTRATION, DEMOCRATS HAVE NOW DECIDED TO OPEN THESE CONTROLLED HEARINGS TO THE PUBLIC THIS CONTINUES THE DECEPTION BY DEMOCRATS TO MISLEAD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IT'S INSULTING NO REPUBLICAN WITNESSES, NO COUNSEL BY THE PRESIDENT TO PARTICIPATE, AND FULL EXONERATION BY PRESIDENT ZELENSKY

IT'S SAID INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON FUNDING THE MILITARY PASSED ONLY LAST WEEK OR PASS THE AGREEMENT TO CREATE JOBS, THAT DEMOCRATS CONTINUE HAVING WASTED $30 MILLION OF TAXPAYER'S MONEY ON THE RUSSIAN HOAX NOW PROCEEDING WITH THE UKRAINIAN HOAX THIS PARTISAN WITCH HUNT DIVERTS ATTENTION FROM THE SUCCESSES THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINS AT A RECORD LOW RECORD JOB CREATION AND THE STOCK MARKET AGAIN TODAY IS KEEPING IN CON LUGS WITH WE WILL NEVER FORGET >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES

>> MR SPEAK E I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED >> MR SPOOKER, WE'RE HERE AT THIS MOMENT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE BY THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO INTRUDE INTO OUR DEMOCRACY

AND ENGAGE IN UNPRECEDENTED CAMPAIGN OF OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS TO COVER IT UP OUR CREDIBILITY IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED OUR CHARACTER AND MOTIVATIONS ARE QUESTIONED WE KNOW WHERE THE PRESIDENT'S TRUE LOYALTIES LIE NOT WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS, NOT WITH ALLIES, BUT WITH OUR ADVERSARIES AND HIMSELF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN ONCE SAID NEARLY ALL MEN CAN STAND ADVERSITY, BUT TEST A CHARACTER AND GIVE HIM POWER HE'S FAILED THIS TEST AND NOW OUR TEST IS WHETHER WE WILL BE A CHECK ON THAT POWER THEREFORE, WE MUST HOLD ANYONE TO ACCOUNT REGARDLESS OF POWER PARTY OR POLL TICS WHO SETS FIRE TO THE INSTITUTION AND WITH THIS IN MIND, I WILL VOTE YES TO IMPEACH DONALD J

TRUMP I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS IS RECOGNIZED >> I YIELD A MINUTE AND A-TO THE GENTLEWOMAN

>> THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE PROCESS AND TO THE RESOLUTION WHEN CONGRESS SEES FIT TO EXAMINE ITS SOLEMN POWER OF IMPEACHMENT, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT IT DOES SO IN GENUINE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE FAIRLY TRANSPARENTALLY AND OBJECTIVELY ANYTHING LESS IS UNACCEPTABLE

THIS PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT HAS FALLEN FAR SHORT OF THAT SADLY, ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S PREDICTION IN 65 HAS COME TRUE HE WARNED THAT IN MANY CASES IT WILL CONNECT ITSELF WITH THE PREEXISTING FACTIONS AND WILL ENLIST ALL THEIR ANIMOSITIES, INFLUENCE AND INTEREST ON ONE SIDE OR ON THE OTHER AND IN SUCH CASES, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE THE GREATEST DANGER THAT THE DECISION WILL BE REGULATED MORE BY THE COMPARATIVE STRENGTH OF PARTIES THAN BY THE REAL DEMONSTRATIONS OF INNOCENCE OR GUILT AFTER YEARS OF INVESTIGATION, HEARINGS AND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, DEMOCRATS FOUND NO PROOF THAT THE PRESIDENT COMMITTED A CRIME

NO PROOF THAT THE VAGUE ACCUSATIONS CLEARLY REFLECT A BASIC PREREQUISITE FOR IMPEACHMENT FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS IS A CHARGE THAT AN ACTUAL CRIME WAS COMMITTED THESE EMPTY, BASELESS ARTICLES EXPOSE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT THIS IS A DESPERATE PARTISAN ATTEMPT TO AVENGE THE LOSS OF THE DEMOCRATS' PERFORMED CANDIDATE IN 2016 WE MUST RESPECT AMERICAN VOTERS AND REJECT THESE ARTICLES >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES

THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU JUST A QUICK FACT CHECK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CLAIM THAT NO REPUBLICAN WITNESSES WERE ALLOWED TO TESTIFY THAT'S NOT CORRECT

IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THREE OF THE REPUBLICAN REQUESTED WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT'S ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR OF THE WITNESSES WERE REPUBLICAN REQUESTED WITNESSES THAT THEY INCRIMINATED THE PRESIDENT DID NOT MAKE THEM ANY LESS REQUESTED BY THE MINORITY NOW PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS >> THE TODAY I REFLECT ON THE IMPERATIVES OF TWO SONS OF MASSACHUSETTS

JOHN ADAMS, WHO IN ONE SENTENCE CAPTURED THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OUR COUNTRY SAYING, WE ARE A GOVERNMENT OF LAWS, NOT MEN TRANSLATION, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND JOHN F KENNEDY, WHO IN HIS ICONIC CITY UPON THE HILL ADDRESS CAUTIONED THAT ANY ONE OF US HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE WOULD BE JUDGED BY THE HIGH COURT OF HISTORY ON WHETHER WE WERE TRULY MEN AND WOMEN OF COURAGE WITH THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO ONE'S ENEMIES AND THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AS WELL TO ONE'S ASSOCIATES

THE COURAGE TO RESIST PUBLIC PRESSURE AS WELL AS PRIVATE GREED AND ON WHETHER WE ARE TRULY MEN AND WOMEN OF INTEGRITY WHO NEVER RUN OUT OF THE PRINCIPLES OF WHICH WE BELIEVE AND WHO NEITHER FINANCIAL GAIN COULD DIVERT FROM THE FULL FULLMENT OF OUR SACRED TRUST PRESIDENT TRUMP INDIFFERENT AND DISDAINFUL OF THIS SACRED TRUST EXPIRED TO EXTRACT PERSONAL BENEFIT FROM HIS OFFICE HE DISHONORED HIS OATH

I REFUSE TO ABANDON MINE I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA >> THANK YOU I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT QUICKLY THAT THE ONLY REPUBLICAN WITNESSES ALLOWED IN THE INTELLIGENCE HEARINGS WERE ON THE DEMOCRATS PREAPPROVED LIST

WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES >> MADAME SPEAK E I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS PARTISAN SHAM OF AN IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION THAT IS RIPPING OUR COUNTRY APART BEGINNING EVEN BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY A NEVER-ENDING BARRAGE OF LIES AND CORRUPTION AND DECEIT BY THE LIBERAL POLITICAL ELITE INCLUDING JAMES COMEY, LISA PAGE, HILLARY CLINTON AND THE IMPEACHMENT ZEALOTS IN THIS CONGRESS THIS DEMOCRATS COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA AND UKRAINE TO INTERFERE IN OUR 2016 ELECTION BY PRODUCING THE NOW FAMOUS FAKE DOSSIER

NOW THEY ACCUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP OF COLLUDING WITH A FOREIGN POWER WHAT A JOKE THEY ABUSE THEIR OFFICE TO UL LEGALLY WIRETAP AND SPY ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN NOW THEY ACCUSE HIM OF ABUSING HIS OFFICE WHAT A JOKE

THEY STRUCTURE THESE PROCEEDINGS TO DENY THE PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS A FAIR HEARING THEN THEY ACCUSE THE PRESIDENT OF OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS LOOK IN THE MIRROR, FOLKS THE REACTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THIS IS CONTRIVED AND CORRUPT WAS ENTIRELY PREDICTABLE AND IS ENTIRELY CORRECT THE POLLS HAVE TURNED AGAINST HIM AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE DAES DEATHS PRATT TO STOP THE BLOOEDING

THAT'S WHY WE'RE CRAMMING THIS VOTE IN TODAY JUST BEFORE LEAVING FOR CONGRESS TO DISPOSE OF IMPEACHMENT AS QUICKLY AND PAINLESSLY AS POSSIBLE THE ACTIONS OF THE DEMOCRATS ARE A STAIN ON THIS CHAMBER I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN FIGHTING AGAINST THE SHAMEFUL ABUSE OF POWER AND VOTE NO ON THE IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION THANK YOU, MADAME SPEAKER I YIELD BACK

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD HAVE TO DO ANOTHER FACT CHECK SO QUICKLY, BUT THERE WAS NO PREAPPROVED WITNESS LIST I'M NOW PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE DECISION TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS OF ENORMOUS MAGNITUDE AND UTMOST SIGNIFICANCE

THERE ARE FEW ISSUES THAT SO DEEPLY REFLECT UPON THE CONSTITUTION AND THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNANCE AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I SPENT YEARS TRYING TO PROMOTE AMERICAN VALUES OF DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING EASTERN EUROPE BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SO STEEP IN UKRAINIAN ISSUES FOR SO LONG, I KNOW HOW DAMAGING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS WERE BUT THE PRESIDENT'S DAMAGES DOES NOT END THERE HE HAS CONSISTENTLY OBSTRUCTED AT EVERY TURN OF THIS INVESTIGATION

THIS NATION'S FOUNDING FATHERS FOUGHT TO END UNACCOUNTABLE RULE WE DID NOT FREE OURSELVES FROM A KING TO TURN THE PRESIDENT INTO A MONONARC BUT THE CAMERA OF HISTORY IS ROLLING AND I WILL CAST MY VOTE CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY, THE RULE OF LAW AND I OUR CONSTITUTION FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, I DO SO BECAUSE I COULD NOT LOOK MY GRANDDAUGHTER OR ANY MEMBER OF FUTURE GENERATIONS IN THE EYE HAVING CONDONED ACTIONS THAT UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM

I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME MAY GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> I AM STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS IMPEACHMENT NO LAW WAS BROKEN NO IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES THE UKRAINIANS RECEIVED ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE LAW'S REQUIREMENT AID THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY REJECTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION BEFORE IT

THERE WAS NO INVESTIGATION AND THE PRESIDENT SETHED NO PRESSURE FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION EVER SIMPLY PUT, THERE'S NO QUID PRO QUO AND NO CRIME THERE'S ONLY THE MAJORITY'S DISDAIN FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THAT'S NOT AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE THE ELECTIONS ARE IN TEN MONTHS BUT THE MAJORITY DOESN'T TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

TOO MANY HAVE SAID THAT THE IMPEACHMENT IS SO THE PRESIDENT IS NOT REELECTED IN 2020 AND THAT IS SHAMEFUL TODAY'S VOTE SETS A NEW PRECEDENT FOR AMERICA IN THE FUTURE, THE MAJORITY WILL USE IMPEACHMENT AS A TACTIC TO REMOVE A PRESIDENT SIMPLY BASED ON PARTISANSHIP OUR FOUNDERS FEARED THIS AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE IT

I WANT MY STATEMENT TO BE IN THE RECORD FOR THE END OF TIME TO SHOW I WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE CONSTITUTION OPPOSED TO THE MAJORITY TAKING DOWN A PRESIDENT WHO COMMITTED NO CRIME I DEFENDED THE TRUTH I YIELD >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> MY COLLEAGUES CONTINUE TO MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT THE UKRAINE BS GOT THE MONEY THE PRESIDENT GOT CAUGHT, BUT THEY GOT THE MONEY IT'S THE SAME IF YOU GOT PULLED OVER BY A COP AND THEY BRIBE THE COP, WHERE'S THE CRIME IN THAT? THEY DIDN'T GET THE MONEY THIS IS WHAT MY COLLEAGUES WOULD HAVE YOU ACCEPT THAT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT GOT CAUGHT IN THE ACT, WE MUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY

BUT THAT'S NOT THE WAY THE LAW WORKS THAT'S NOT THE WAY THE CONSTITUTION WORKS THAT'S NOT THE WAY OUR OATH OF OFFICE WORKS OUR OATH OF OFFICE REQUIRES US TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT THAT ABUSES HIS POWER WHETHER HE GETS AWAY WITH IT OR HE GETS CAUGHT IS AND IN CASE HE GOT CAUGHT

I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAME SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY A TIME OF GRAVE CONCERN FOR ALL AMERICANS THIS PAST WEEKEND I JOINED A BIPARTISAN DELEGATION TRAVELING TO BELGIUM FOR THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE OVER 19,000 AMERICANS GAVE THEIR LIVES

TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO PRESERVE THAT DEMOCRACY THAT THEY SO BRAVELY DEFENDED OVER TWO YEARS AGO, I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST MEMBERS TO VOTE TO ADVANCE THE INQUIRY SINCE THEN, I HAVE WITHHELD FINAL JUDGMENT AS I REVIEW THE FACTS AND HEARD THE TESTIMONY I BELIEVE THERE'S OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE WELL BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GUILTY IN BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

ABUSE OF POWER, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS THEREFORE, I WILL UPHOLD MY OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT IT IS OUR SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY TO HONOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT AND GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO UPHOLD THE TRUTH AND IN AMERICA NO ONE, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW >> I JUST LOVE THIS

QUID PRO QUO DIDN'T WORK OUT BECAUSE THEY HAD PRESSURE IT DIDN'T WORK OUT SO WELL AND YOU HAD TO POLL TEST IT FOCUS GROUPS DIDN'T LIKE IT WE THROW IT IN HERE A BRIBE

IT'S ALL IN THE REPORT IF THEY HAD A BRIBE OR HAD A CRIME T WOULD BE THE IN THE ARTICLES HE DOESN'T HAVE IT HE CAN'T PUT IT IN THERE THIS IS ALL FLUFF BECAUSE US THEY CAN'T GET TO THE PRESIDENT

>> SINCE HE WAS ELECTED HE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO WIN HOW COULD THE VOTERS SUPPORT HIM? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE TOLD THE ONLY WAY THE SPEAKER WOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH IMPEACHMENT WAS IF THE CASE WAS COMPELLING, OVERWHELMING, AND BIPARTISAN YET THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT THAT HAS BEEN RUSHED FORWARD IS ANYTHING BUT THAT TO BE CLEAR, NEITHER OF THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT PROVE ANY WRONG DOING OR IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE HAS ACTUALLY TAKEN PLACE

INSTEAD HOUSE DEMOCRATS CASE RESTS SOLELY ON HEARSAY TESTIMONY AND PRESUMPTIONS FROM CHERRY PICKED WITNESSES THE FRAMERS NEVER INTENDED IMPEACHMENT TO BE USED AS A TOOL TO SETTLE POLITICAL AND POLICY DIFFERENCES THAT'S WHAT ELECTIONS ARE FOR THIS IS A SAD AND DANGEROUS MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY IS BEING USED TO UNDERDO THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SILENCE THE VOICES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN THE PROCESS ALEXANDER HAMILTON WOULD BE ASHAMED

I URGE COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS IMPEACHMENT SHAM AND I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> YEARS AGO I TOOK MY FIRST OATH TO THE COUNTRY

WENT TO WAR AND FOUGHT ALONGSIDE OUR NATION'S FINEST MEN AND WOMEN SOME OF THEM GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR NATION NOT A DAY HAS PASSED THAT I DON'T REFLECT ON THOSE SACRIFICES I LEARNED DURING THAT TIME THAT OUR NATION IS BUILT ON SACRIFICE WE HAVE OVERCOME CHALLENGING TIMES BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO PUT ASIDE THEIR PERSONAL INTERESTS, THEIR LIVELIHOODS, AND GIVE THEIR LIVES TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR NATION

OUR FOUNDERS CREATED A SYSTEM TO ENSURE WE WOULD HAVE NO KINGS OR DICTATORS A SYSTEM THAT VESTED POWER IN THE PEOPLE TO ENSURE THAT NO MAN OR WOMAN IS ABOVE THE LAW GENERATION AFTER GENERATION, THIS SYSTEM HAS SURVIVED BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE FOUGHT FOR IT TODAY IT'S OUR TURN THE PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER AND SCORN FOR OUR CONSTITUTIONAL CHECKS AND BALANCES IS UNPRECEDENTED

UNLESS WE STAND UP AGAINST THESE ABUSE, WE'LL SET THE COUNTRY ON A DANGEROUS NEW COURSE MY LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY AND MY DUTY TO HONOR THE SACRIFICES WHO CAME BEFORE US REQUIRE ME TO ACT TO MY COLLEAGUES, IT'S TIME TO PUT ASIDE OUR PERSONAL AND POLITICAL INTERESTS AND HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE COME BEFORE US THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 35 SECONDS >> THE THE DEMOCRATS NEW DEFINITION FOR EVIDENCE IS ALLEGATIONS ALLEGATIONS BASED ON HEARSAY, I MIGHT ADD SO THEY HURL ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND SAY TO HIM THAT IT'S NOT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVE GUILT, BUT THE PRESIDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVE HIS INNOCENCE

THIS HAS BEEN A SHAM AND AN ACT OF INJUSTICE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND AGAINST 93 MILLION AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR HIM AND ALTHOUGH THIS PROCESS WAS RIGGED FROM THE BEGINNING, DEMOCRATS NEVER PRODUCED A SINGLE TRUE PIECE OF EVIDENCE IT'S TIME FOR US TO STOP THIS HOAX AND VOTE AGAINST THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA

>> FOR WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? >> FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAME SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF OUR CONSTITUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE MILITARY MEMBERS IN HARM'S WAY WHO DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION IN SUPPORT OF GOLD STAR FAMILIES WHO KEEP FAITH THEIR LOVED ONE'S SACRIFICE WAS JUSTIFIED

I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE OATH I FIRST TOOK AT 17 UPON ENTERING THE NAVAL ACADEMY AND TOOK FIVE MORE TIMES IN MY 20-YEAR NAVY CAREER AN OATH THAT COMFORTED ME IN THE YEARS I SPENT AWAY FROM MY FAMILY, DEPLOYED AROUND THE GLOBE AN OATH THAT ENCOURAGED ME TO REMAIN VIGILANT ON THE BRIDGE OF THE SHIP AT NIGHT AN OATH THAT STRENGTHENED ME WHEN IN COMMAND AS I SET MY FELLOW SAILORS INTO HARM'S WAY TODAY AN OATH THAT GIVES ME RESOLVE

RESOLVE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND NOT WHAT IS POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT RESOLVE TO STAND WITH THE PRESIDENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE LAST WEEK AND RESOLVE TO STAND UP TO THE PRESIDENT IN THIS HOUSE TODAY I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO HAVE THE SAME STRENGTH AND THE SAME RESOLVE I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU 35 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 35 SECONDS >> WHEN EMOTION SUPERSEDES THE FACTS, THE CONCLUSION IS CATACLYSMIC WE ARE WRAPPING UP A THREE-YEAR PROCESS WITH DEMOCRATS DISDAIN SO MUCH THAT IT'S LED TO THE ABUSE OF THIS HOUSE

THESE ARE THE THE SAME THE KRAS WHO PROMISE THEY SAW EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TRUST THEM? NO A GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE CONDEMNED THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AND THAT'S WHAT HOUSE DEMOCRATS SETTING THE RULES AND THEN BENDING AND BREAKING THE RULES TO FIT THEIR NARRATIVE THE MAJORITY SEE THE CIRCUS FOR WHAT IT IS I WONDER HOW MANY MORE WILL JOIN THEM

I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAME SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY BY VOTING FOR THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

THE WORDS OF OUR SACRED OATH DEFINE OUR DUTY AND THOSE WORDS MUST BE KEPT OUR FOUNDERS PRIMAL FEAR WAS THAT POWERFUL MEMBERS OF OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD BECOME IN HAMILTON'S WORDS MERCENARY INSTRUMENTS OF FOREIGN CORRUPTION PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY BY I GUESS NORSING AND INJURING NATIONAL SECURITY AND OTHER VITAL NATIONAL INTERESTS TO OBTAIN AN IMPROPER PERSONAL BENEFIT HE ALSO BETRADE OUR NATION BY BOUZING HIS HIGH OFFICE TO ENLIST A FOREIGN POWER IN CORRUPTING DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS ARTICLE II I AGREE WITH BECAUSE IT DETAILS THE OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS BY THE PRESIDENT BY DIRECTING UNPRECEDENTED, CATEGORICAL AND INDISCRIMINATE DEFIANCE OF SUBPOENAS ISSUED BY THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ABUSE THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY IN A MANNER SUBVERSIVE TO THE CONSTITUTION

I BELIEVE THE CONSTITUTION IS THE SOLE OF OUR NATION AND BY DEFENDING IT, WE ARE SAYING WE WILL NOT BE SOULLESS >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 35 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 35 SECONDS >> DON'T BE FOOLED

DEMOCRATS ARE NOT IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY DEMOCRATS ARE IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT FOR FOLLOWING A LAW THAT THEY THEMSELVES VOTED FOR NO LESS THAN FIVE TIMES IN THE LAST SIX YEARS BIPARTISAN CONGRESSS IMPOSED ON THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AN AFFIRMATIVE DUTY TO ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT WAS COUNTERING CORRUPTION AND FOR GOOD REASON UKRAINE IS THE THIRD MOST CORRUPT NATION ON EARTH THEY NOT ONLY HAD THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO PAUSE ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE, HE HAD A A MANDATE TO DO IT AND AS A RESULT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY'S GOVERNMENT MADE AN ANTI-CORRUPTION REFORMS MAKING IT MORE RELIABLE ALLY

FAR FROM COMPROMISING NATIONAL SECURITY THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS ADVANCED NATIONAL SECURITY OPPOSE THIS IMPEACHMENT >> MADAME SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES WOULD HAVE THE COUNTRY BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT HELD UP THE AID TO UKRAINE BECAUSE HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT CORRUPTION THERE'S NOT A SLED OF EVIDENCE FOR THAT ALL THE NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS ACROSS ALL THE DEPARTMENTS TESTIFIED THAT UKRAINE MET THE CRITERIA TO RECEIVE THE AID

SO WHAT WAS THE REAL MOTIVATION HERE? ONE THING IS TELLING IN 2017 THE PRESIDENT HAD NO PROBLEM WITH ISSUE OF UKRAINE IN 2018 HE HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THE MILITARY AID FOR UKRAINE SO WHAT CHANGED IN 2019? JOE BIDEN ANNOUNCED HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, DONALD TRUMP HELD UP THE AID FOR UKRAINE

AS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TESTIFIED, THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T CARE ABOUT UKRAINE ALL HE CARED ABOUT WAS THE BIG STUFF THAT AFFECTED HIM PERSONALLY THE INVESTIGATION OF THE BIDENS THAT GIULIANI WAS PUSHING IT'S MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLE LADY FROM VIRGINIA FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE JEPT THE LADY IS RECOGNIZED

>> THANK YOU I RISE IN SUPPORT OF RESOLUTION HOUSE 755 I USED TO MEET WITH FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO WERE PROVIDING VITAL INTELLIGENCE TO HELP INFORM OUR HARDEST NATIONAL SECURITY DECISIONS AND KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE THESE INDIVIDUALS FROM COUNTRIES WHERE LEADERS ABUSE THEIR POWER AND DEFIED THE RULE OF LAW RISKED IMPRISONMENT AND OFTEN THEIR VERY LIVES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH INFORMATION TO HELP US, TO INFORM US BUT WHY? IT WAS THEIR BELIEF IN THE UNITED STATES, THEIR BELIEF IN OUR COUNTRY, THE LONGEST STANDING DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD

OUR COUNTRY A BEACON OF HOPE IN THE WORLD, A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC FOUNDED ON A DOCUMENT, AND THE BELIEF IN THE RULE OF LAW AND A BELIEF IN ITS PEOPLE TODAY I AM PROUD TO SERVE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE REPRESENTING MY HOMETOWN AND AGAIN SERVING OUR COUNTRY THAT BEACON OF HOPE IN THE WORLD AND TODAY, ESPECIALLY TODAY, I REFLECT ON THE FOUNDING DOCUMENTS THAT SET US APORT IN THE WORLD LEADING PEOPLE ACROSS GENERATIONS AND ACROSS THE WORLD TO RISK EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF THEIR BELIEF IN OUR GREAT NATION TODAY ESPECIALLY TODAY, I AFFIRM MY COMMITMENT TO UPHOLDING AND PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTION, THE RULE OF LAW DEFINES AND THE PEOPLE IT GOVERNS I YIELD BACK

>> THANK YOU I YIELD 35 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> TODAY MANY MF OI DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WILL BE MAKING HISTORY UNFORTUNATELY FOR SUPPORTING THE FIRST EVER COMPLETELY PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT OF A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

MR SPEAKER, I AM DEEPLY DISTURBED THAT HISTORY WILL BE MADE TODAY IN THIS HALLOWED CHAMBER, BUT FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS NOT FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY, BUT HATRED FOR A POLITICAL FOE NOT TO PURSUE JUSTICE, BUT TO PUNISH A POLITICAL ADVERSARY NOT TO SEEK TRUTH, BUT TO SEIZE POLITICAL POWER FOR THE LOVE OF COUNTRY

I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS DISASTROUS POLITICAL RUSE I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I REPUBLIC NEWS THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

FOR THREE MINUTES >> THE GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, UNFORTUNATELY, THE RULES OF DEBATE WON'T ALLOW ME TO CITE ALL OF THE REASONS WHY THIS PRESIDENT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED THERE ARE MANY HOWEVER, MADAME SPEAKERS AND MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, TO QUOTE THE LATE MYA ANGELOU, WHEN SOMEONE SHOWS YOU WHO THEY ARE, BELIEVE THEM THE FIRST TIME

THIS GUY WAS NOT INEVITABLE, BUT IT WAS PREDICTABLE BECAUSE THIS PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO BELIEVE THAT HE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR OUR CONSTITUTION OR OUR DEMOCRACY BASED ON ALL WE KNOW ABOUT DONALD TRUMP, WE COULD HAVE PREDICTED HE WOULD HAVE ABUSED POWER OF THE PRESIDENT BY CORRUPTLY SOLICITING THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE AND THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS INTO HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN THIS IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION INCLUDES EVIDENCE THAT THIS PRESIDENT WITH $391 MILLION OF TAXPAYERS FUNDS THAT CONGRESS APPROPRIATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING VITAL MILITARY AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE TO OPPOSE RUSSIAN AGGRESSION ANOTHER BLATANT ABUSE OF POWER

OUR INVESTIGATIONS REVEAL THAT THIS PRESIDENT ADVANCED A DISCREDITED THEORY PROMOTED BY RUSIA, ALLEGING THAT UKRAINE RATHER THAN RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE 2016 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FOR CORRUPT PURPOSES IN PURSUIT OF PERSONAL, POLITICAL BENEFIT NEVER BEFORE IN OUR HISTORY HAVE WE EXPERIENCED A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SO CLEARLY CONDUCTED HIMSELF IN A MANNER OFFENSIVE TO AND SUBVERSIVE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND DIRECTED HIS CABINET MEMBERS, EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES AND OTHER WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS TO DEFY LAWFUL SUBPOENA ISES FROM CONGRESS WAS HE ATTEMPTING TO HIDE WRONG DOING? IT'S WITHOUT QUESTION THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT HE WILL REMAIN A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE CONSTITUTION IF ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE

AND HAS ACTED IN A MANNER GROSSLY INCOMPATIBLE WITH SELF-GOVERNMENT NANCE NANCE AND THE RULE OF LAW BECAUSE AT EVERY TURN, HE SHOWS US WHO HE IS IT'S NO SECRET THAT THIS PRESIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED A LONG TIME AGO TODAY WE STAND HERE WITH AN IRREFUTABLE CASE AND AN INDISPUTABLE SET OF FACTS THAT THIS PRESIDENT ABSOLUTELY ABUSED HIS POWER AND OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS IN ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT CONDUCTING THEMSELVES IN THE WAY THIS PRESIDENT HAS WOULD HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW

IT'S SHAMEFUL THAT ANY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ARE WILLING TO DISREGARD THE CONSTITUTION TURN A BLIND EYE TO HARD FACTS AND IGNORE A CONFESSION FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HISTORY WILL REMEMBER THOSE WILLING TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER YES, I CALLED FOR TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT EARLY THIS IS OUR COUNTRY

OUR FOREFATHERS SHED THEIR BLOOD TO BUILD THIS DEMOCRACY I REFUSE TO HAVE IT UNDERMINED I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND PROUD IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS JUSTICE WILL HAVE BEEN SERVED IN AMERICA AND DONALD TRUMP WILL HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> MADAME SPEAKER — >> THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> RECLAIMING MY TIME I YIELD 35 SECONDS >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> WHAT IS SHAMEFUL IS THAT SPEAKER PELOSI HAS ALLOWED THIS DEMOCRATIC WITCH HUNT TO MOVE FORWARD

SHE'S THE ONE THAT HAS ABUSED HER POWER AND IS WE SHOULD BE DEBATING HER REMOVAL FROM THE HOUSE REAGAN SAID THAT THE TROUBLE WITH OUR LIBERAL FRIENDS IS NOT THAT THEY ARE IGNORANT THEY KNOW SO MUCH THAT ISN'T SO DEMOCRAT PARTISANSHIP WILL SET A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR THIS NATION AND MARK MY WORDS, MADAME SPEAKER, THIS SINISTER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THIS LAWFUL PRESIDENT WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLY DAY FROM NEVADA FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST >> THANK YOU, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER ANY STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD SUPPORTING THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP >> I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT FOR TWO MINUTES >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> THANK YOU

I RISE TODAY IN ANGER AND HOPE I'M ANGRY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TREATED HIS OATH IN OFFICE SO DISRESPECTFULLY NOW WE MUST HOLD HIM TO ACCOUNT THE TRUTH IS CLEAR TO ANYONE NOT DELIBERATELY LOOKING AWAY THE PRESIDENT WITHHELD MIITARY AID IN A WHITE HOUSE MEETING UNLESS AND UNTIL A VULNERABLE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED A NAKEDLY POLITICAL INVESTIGATION IT DIDN'T MATTER IF THE UKRAINIANS UNCOVERED ANY WRONG DOING THE MERE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN INVESTIGATION WOULD DAMAGE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT

MR TRUMP DIDN'T CARE ABOUT STOPPING CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE NEVER MENTIONED THE WORD CORRUPTION ONCE IN THE INFAMOUS JULY 25th CALL THIS WAS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE UKRAINIAN CORRUPTION IT WAS AN ATTEMPT BY DONALD TRUMP TO AIM UKRAINIAN CORRUPTION STRAIGHT AT THE HEART OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2020

THE PRESIDENT KNOWS THIS, WHICH IS WHY HE HAS NOT GIVEN THIS CONGRESS A SINGLE E-MAIL, PHONE RECORD OR DOCUMENT THAT IS NOT THE BEHAVIOR OF A MAN WITH NOTHING TO HIDE IT IS SIMPLY AN UNDENIALLY CONTEMPT OF THIS CONGRESS BUT WHAT MAKES THIS IMPEACHMENT ESSENTIAL IS THAT THE PRESIDENT'S ABUSE OF POWER HAS NOT STOPPED AS WE SPEAK, HE CONTINUES TO URGE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRACY, BESEECHING CHINA TO BEAT THE BIDENS

SENDING RUDY GIULIANI TO CHASE RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY THEORIES THIS MORNING THE PRESIDENT TWEETED, I DID NOTHING WRONG ALL CAPS HE BELIEVES IT TOO HE SEES NOTHING WRONG WITH I WANT VIOLENTING RUSSIA OR CHINESE INTERFERENCE INTO OUR ELECTION

HE DID IT HE CONTINUES TO DO IT AND HE SEES NOTHING WRONG WITH IT HE WILL WAKE UP TOMORROW AND DO IT AGAIN IF WE DON'T STOP HIM TODAY THEREIN LIES OUR HOPE

I'M PROUD TODAY TO ANSWER THE CALL TO DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY AND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAME SPEAKER US YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI >> MADAME SPEAKER, I'M SANNED TODAY I SPENT TWO CHRISTMASES DEFENDING MY COUNTRY

OUR PRESIDENT MADE A CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO DRAIN THE SWAMP THERE ARE THOSE RELYING ON WORDS TO PRESERVE SWAMP HOW DO YOU SUPPRESS THE VOTES OF 63 MILLION PEOPLE AND A LANDSLIDE W YOU KEEP REPEATING THE SAME LIES I HAVE HEARD SOME OF THE GREATEST FICTION EVER SPOKEN IT YOU DON'T LIKE THE FACTS, REWRITE THEM IN A PARODY AND REPEAT

IF THE FACTS ARE SO CLEAR, WHY IS THE MINORITY LEADER BEGGING FOR MORE WITNESSES I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO TO THIS SHAM THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN B FROM CALIFORNIA >> I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR TWO MINUTES

>> THE GENTLEMAN IS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> LIKE MANY COLLEAGUE, I NEVER RAN FOR CONGRESS WANTING OR EXPECTING TO IMPEACH ANYBODY, LET ALONE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HOWEVER, GIVEN THE FACTS, HERE WE ARE WHILE SOME QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED, TWO KEY FACTS ARE CLEAR AND COMPEL ME TO SUPPORT THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FIRST, PRESIDENT TRUMP ATTEMPTED TO PRESSURE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO HELP HIS REELECTION CAMPAIGN

AND SECOND, THE PRESIDENT USED THE POWERS OF HIS OFFICE AGAIN TO OBSTRUCT A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO THAT WRONG DOING THE PRESIDENT HAS FALSELY CLAIMED HE'S BEEN DENIED THE CHANCE TO DEFEND HIMSELF BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HE'S PREVENTING THE TESTIMONY OF WITNESSES WITH DIRECT KNOWLEDGE OF THE EVENTS UNDER INVESTIGATION IF THE PRESIDENT WERE INNOCENT, AS HE CLAIMS, SURELY THESE WITNESSES WOULD BE ABLE TO TESTIFY TO THAT IF THERE HAD BEEN NO QUID PRO QUO, THESE WITNESSES COULD SAY THAT

IF AID TO UKRAINE WERE NOT INTENTIONALLY DELAYED FOR IMPROPER PURPOSE, THEY COULD TESTIFY TO THAT ALSO BUT RATHER THAN GIVING THESE WITNESSES THE CHANCE TO SPEAK, THE PRESIDENT HAS SILENCED THEM THE PRESIDENT HAS SILENCED WITNESSES AT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT THE PRESIDENT HAS SILENCED WITNESSES AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT THE PRESIDENT HAS SILENCED WITNESSES AT THE WHITE HOUSE

HE EVEN SILENCED THE MICK MULVANEY, WHO UTTERED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO AND GET OVER IT BY CHOOSING TO BLOCK THIS TESTIMONY, THE PRESIDENT IS NOT PROVING HIS INNOCENCE HE'S JUST PROVING HE'S AFRAID OF WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY AS A WISE MAN ONCE SAID, THE TRUTH WILL COME TO LIGHT AND IT HAS

IT IS OUR DUTY TO ACT ON IT I YIELD BACK >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU IT'S A SHAME ON THE FLOR OF THIS HOUSE WHEN YOU ACCUSE SOMEBODY AND MAKE THEM NOT GUILTY

30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> MADAME SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT SPECTACLE THAT JUST SEEKS TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TO DO AT THE BALLOT BOX IN 2016 OUR VOTES TODAY ARE MERELY FORMALIZING THE DECISION MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REACHED THREE YEARS AGO THIS PROCESS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE COUNT B TRY, AN INSULT TO THE CONSTITUTION AND A DISTRACTION FROM THE REAL WORK WE SHOULD BE ACCOMPLISHING FOR THE AMERICAN TENNESSEE'S SIXTH DISTRICT IN STRONGLY SUPPORTING PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND I WILL VOTE AGAINST THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEFORE US TODAY

>> TIME EXPIRED >> THANK YOU >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN RESERVES

GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN >> YES IS RECOGNIZED FOR SECONDS >> IN HER OWN WORDS, SPEAKER PLESSY SAID IMPEACH WOULD BE EMPELLING, OVERWHELMING AND BIPARTISAN THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEING CONSIDERED TODAY FAIL TO MEET THE SPEAKER PELOSI'S OWN STANDARDS

PROCESS MATTERS, FOLKS REPRESENTING A GOOD CHUNK OF GERALD FORD'S OLD DISTRICT AND BEING A STAFFER DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION I HAVE AN INTIMATE IDEA OF THE EFFECTS OF IMPEACHMENT ON THIS NATION I AM STUNNED TO SEE MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES WHITEWASH OR MAYBE I SHOULD SAY WHITEWATER BILL CLINTON'S COOPERATION ABOUTW THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT IS NOT EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON THIS IS THE MOST PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT WE HAVE SEEN IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY

AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I TIN TO RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> IT HAS BEEN CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDING HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT AN HONEST SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH IF IT WERE YOUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS WOULD NOT HAVE POLLED TO SEE WHAT TO CHARGE THE PRESIDENT WITH CALLING IN A FACT DOES NOT MAKE IT SO AND REPEATING IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE FINDINGS ON NO FACT WITNESSES AND QUOTE FROM IT LIKE IT IS AUTHORITATIVE IT IS NO MORE VALID THAN HAVING A CAMPAIGN PAYING TO CREATE A FRAUD LEN DOSSIER AND SELLING TO IT A FISA COURT IN ORDER TO SPITE A CAMPAIGN

IT IS TIME TO END THE CHARADE AND GET BACK TO THE WORK WE WERE ELECTED TO DO >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I CONTINUE TO RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER >> IN A DAY HEAVY IN VERBAL DEBATE I CHOOSE TO USE MY TIME TO ENUMERATE IN DETAIL EVER HIGH CRIME AND MISDEMEANOR COMMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I WILL DO SO NOW [ SILENCE ] >> GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRED

>> YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA GENTLEMAN RESERVE >> MADAM SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> MADAM SPEAKER, IN MY 30 SECONDS, MY HEART ACHES FOR OUR GREAT REPUBLIC TODAY I EMPLOY AND IMPLORE MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN THIS HOUSE, WE ARE NOT REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS, WE ARE AMERICANS THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT PLACE, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT PROCEDURE SETTLE OUR POLITICAL DIFFERENCES POLITICALLY

WE OWE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A GREAT DUTY TO COME TOGETHER DON'T GIVE THE SENATE THE VICTORY LAP GIVE THE HOUSE THE VICTORY LAP VOTE NO TO IMPEACH WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

THEY WANT SO DEARLY FOR US TO COME TOGETHER FOR OUR GREAT REPUBLIC AND THANK OUR GREAT PRESIDENT THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK >> MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> I CONTINUE TO RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU CAN YOU GIVE US THE TIME FOR THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY? >> 43 MINUTES GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 29 MINUTES

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU I APPRECIATE THAT I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER I AM A GREEN BERET AND A PROUD VETERAN

BUT THIS PROCESS DOES NOT MAKE ME PROUD I'VE FOUGHT ALL OVER THE WORLD FROM AFRICA TO AFGHANISTAN AND SEEN FAIRER AND MORE TRANSPARENT PROCESSES THAN THIS SINCE THE DEMOCRATS LOST THE ELECTION IN 2016, THEY HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON IMPEACHING THIS PRESIDENT MEANWHILE, WE HAVE NOT SOLVED THE PROBLEMS AMERICA ENTRUSTED US TO SOLVE IMMIGRATION, HEALTH CARE, INFRASTRUCTURE

NOTHING IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL RISES TO THE LEVEL OF HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS WORTHY OF IMPEACHMENT FOR THAT REASON I WILL BE VOTING AGAINST IMPEACHMENT TODAY >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? CONTINUE TO RESERVE >> YES, MADAM SPEAKER >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN PLANNING TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE AFTER MONTHS OF WASTING HOUSE TIME ON PARTISAN INVESTIGATIONS THEY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMITTED A CRIME

I WILL VOTE NO ON TODAY'S ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO THE BUSINESS ON BEHALF OF KENTUCKIANS I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I AM PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK

MR MALONEY, FOR TWO MINUTES >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE FACTS AND THE EVIDENCE ESTABLISH BEYOND PER ADVENTURE THAT THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN AND SOUGHT TO COVER UP HIS MISCONDUCT BY OBSTRUCTING THE CONGRESS WHAT WE DO TODAY GOES TO THE HEART OF THE OATH WE TAKE TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION

THESE ACTIONS ARE AS NECESSARY AS THEY ARE HEART BREAKING IT IS THE PRESIDENT, NOT ANY MEMBER THIS HOUSE, WHO HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS SAD PLACE HIS ACTIONS ECHO IN THIS CHAMBER AND LIKE A CONTINUE CAN TIED TO HIS LEG WILL RATTLE BEHIND HIM THROUGH THE PAGES OF HISTORY FOR THE FINAL ANALYSIS, NONE OF US WILL ESCAPE THE TRUTH

IT WILL COME FOR US ALL IN THIS WORLD OR THE NEXT WHAT IS THE TRUTH? THE PRESIDENT USED TAXPAYER MONEY AND OFFICIAL ACTS TO — WIN RE-ELECTION BY SLANDERING A FELLOW AMERICAN HOW DO WE KNOW THIS TRUTH? WE KNOW BECAUSE BRAVE AMERICANS SOLDIERS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS CAME FORWARD TO REVEAL THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT AND THE PRESIDENT? HE CONTINUES TO UNDERTAKE AN UNPRECEDENTED COVER-UP TO STONEWALL THE PUBLIC AND OBSTRUCT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS HE WITHHOLDS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS BELONGING TO THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD FURTHER ESTABLISH HIS MENDACITY

HE BLOCKS HIS ADVISORS & ASSOCIATES FROM TESTIFYING BEFORE THE PUBLIC TO CONCEAL THE WRONGS THEY WITNESSED HIS ACTIONS ARE UNWORTHY OF THE PRESIDENCY TODAY IS ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG AND WHETHER WE STILL KNOW THE DIFFERENCE TODAY WE HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE IF WE FAILED TO DO SO, FUTURE PRESIDENTS WOULD SEE CORRUPTION AS WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE

AND THERE OUR DEMOCRACY GOES TO DIE WE INHERIT THIS REPUBLIC FROM OUR AN COMMITTEES FORS AND BORROW IT FROM YOUR CHILDREN WEECHL PRAY THAT THIS DAY WILL LEAD TO A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR NATION I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD TO MR

LONG >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER AND WE HAVE NEVER EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY SEEN A PRESIDENCY LIKE THIS ONE ONCE THE PRESIDENT WAS SWORN IN 1 MINUTES LATER THE "WASHINGTON POST" SAID IMPEACH BEGINS TODAY

A MILLION PEOPLE MARCHED ON WASHINGTON PLACE HAS THEIR WINDOWS BROKEN OUT BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE SO UPSET THIS MAN WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HE HAS HIS HEAD HELD UNDERWATER FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS YOU KEEP PUSHING HIM DOWN LOWEST BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT, LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT, HIGHEST STOCK MARKET

>> GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRED >> I YIELD BACK >> I RESERVE >> RESERVE? >> YES >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> I HAVE BEEN CONCERNED SINCE THE BEGINNING THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN DRIVEN BY A PREDETERMINED GUILTY VERDICT IT'S ENFAIR IT'S WRONG

NOW EVERY FUTURE PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN WILL HAVE TO WORRY THAT THE IMPEACHMENT WILL BE DRIVEN AS A BLUNT FORCE POLITICAL INSTRUMENT IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT THIS DAY IS SAD IT IS NOT SAD IT IS REGRETTABLE THIS DAY WILL END SHORTLY

THE HOUSE WILL HAVE ITS CATHARTIC MOMENT AND TOMORROW WILL BEGIN A NEW DAY OF WORK I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I CONTINUE TO RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MR LA MOVA >> READY, FIRE, AIM WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR TODAY ARE MADE UP ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT GEORGE WASHINGTON COULD BE IMPEACHED UNDER THIS MATERIAL

NO ONE CAME TO CONGRESS TO IMPEACH SEVERAL NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS HAVE COME SPECIFICALLY TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP I HEAR A LOT ABOUT SADNESS AND SOLEMN IT IN FROM IMPEACHMENT? NO THEIR CANDIDATE LOSS

WE WILL SURVIVE THIS DAY BUT I CALL ON THE AMERICAN TO SEE THROUGH THE SHAM >> TIME EXPIRED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I CONTINUE THE RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MITCH JOHNSON FROM SOUTH DAKOTA I YIELD 30 SECONDS >> MR JOHNSON IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS

>> I AM VOTING NO IMPEACHMENT IS NOT IN THE BEST CONCEPT OF THIS COUNTRY IT IS TO DEEPEN THE PARTISAN DIVIDE THAT PLAGUES THIS COUNTRY WHEN THE SUN COMES UP TOMORROW I PRAY WITH ALL MY HEART THAT THE ANGER AND THE DIVISION IN THIS CHAMBER WILL GIVE WAY TO AN HONORABLENESS AND A PRODUCTIVITY AND A TIME OF WORKING TOGETHER OF I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, LET'S GO BACK TO MRED AER HOLD, 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU

MADAM CHAIR, TRUE TODAY, A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT IS BEING IMPEACHED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENT BY THE DEMOCRATS COMPELLED BIPARTISANSHIP AND NOT BY THE FACTS I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND I PLAN TO CAST MY VOTE AGAINST BOAT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THIS IS NOT — IT'S NOT THAT THE PRESIDENT ABUSES POWER IT IS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE ABUSING ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL TOOLS THAT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO THE CONGRESS BY THE CONSTITUTION BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, TWISTING THE CONSTITUTION TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT YOU FEAR — >> TIME EXPIRED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THIS TIME I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR OLSON >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS

>> MADAM SPEAKER, WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY DEFINE AS STAR CHAMBER AS QUOTE CHARACTERIZED BY SECRECY AND OFTEN BEING IRRESPONSIBLY ARBITRARY AND REPRESSIVE SAYING THAT, MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS HAVE TURNED THIS CHAMBER, THE PEOPLE'S CHAMBER, INTO THE STAR CHAMBER OF THE PEOPLE ONE GREAT EXAMPLE, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO AS MEMBERS IS DECLARE WAR NEXT ONE IS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT WE ARE HOPING REPUBLICANS WILL STAND UP AND VOTE AND SAY THEIR VOTE LOUDLY

THAT'S BEEN DENIED CNN HAS BEEN DENIED I YIELD BACK, THIS IS A SHAM >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I RESERVE

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA PLCHLT THOMPSON >>IA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER

WHILE THIS INSTITUTION SHOULD RIGHT LY ENFORCE THE LAWS, THIS EXERCISE HAS BEEN THE ULTIMATE 34I7LATION OF THE BRANCH'S OVERSIGHT POWERS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE POLITICAL GAIN I CAUTION MY COLLEAGUE WHO IS PLACED POLITICAL EXPEDIENTSY AHEAD OF MODERATION YOUR VOTES TODAY WILL FOREVER CHANGE THIS HE INSTITUTION IMAGINE WHERE THIS BODY USES THE MOST SEVERE OF ITS CONSTITUTIONAL TOOLS TO CONTINUALLY PUT THE OPPOSITIONAL PARTY ON TRIAL

WITH THAT I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR BROWN >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> FINALLY SOME DIVERSITY >> MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS COMMISSIONED AS SECOND LIEUTENANT IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY I SWORE AN OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND I HAVE DONE SO 13 TIMES IN MY 35 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE THAT OATH MEANS EVERYTHING TO SERVE AND FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY

TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE OUR VALUES YET PRESIDENT TRUMP HE ABUSED HIS POWER, THE IMMENSE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY HE THREATENED OUR ELECTIONS BY INVITING FOREIGN ENTER EARNS CONFUSE HE CHOSE INVESTIGATING A POLITICAL RIVAL OVER DEFENDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TODAY WE MUST USE OUR POWER, THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER ENDOWED BY OUR CONSTITUTION AND ENTRUSTED BY THE PEOPLE, THE POWER TO IMPEACH

WE MUST HOLD PRESIDENT TRUMP ACCOUNTABLE OR ELSE WE WILL BE COMPLICITY IN UNDERMINING OUR DEMOCRACY OUR SECURITY AND OUR DIGNITY HIS CONDUCT DEMONSTRATES HIS UNFITNESS TO SERVE AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND WARRANTS REMOVAL FROM OFFICE THE OATH I TOOK AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS THE SAME I TOOK AS A SOLDIER, AN ODE OATH THAT REMINDS ME VALUES MATTER, DUTY, HONOR, AND THE RULE OF LAW MATTER TO KEEP MY OATH TO THE PEOPLE I SERVE AND THE CONDITION I LOVE, TODAY I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES I YIELD BACK

>> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR LA HOOD >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU I HAVE SAID FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROCESS IMPEACHMENT AND AND SHOULD BE THE NUCLEAR OPTION FOR THE MOST TREASONOUS ACTIVITY

AS A FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR I READ THE TRANSCRIPTS, WATCHED THE HEARINGS I READ THE WHISTLE-BLOWER REPORT THAT HAS NOT BEEN MET HERE IN ADDITION THE PROCESS HAS LACKED FAIRNESS, DUE PROCESS AND TRANSPARENCY WE SHOULDN'T BE HERE TONIGHT DOING THIS THIS IS A TRAVESTY

>> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? >> MADAM SPEAKER I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND MR HARRIS

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER IT IS UNBELIEVABLE, THE FEW AMERICANS THAT ARE GOING TO BE WATCHING THIS, WE KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME IS, THEY ARE WONDERING WHY WE ARE TRYING TO NEGATE THE VOTE OF 63 MILLION AMERICANS INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY CARE ABOUT, PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE, THE HIGH COST OF HEALTH CARE, SECURING OUR BORDERS, KEEPING OUR ECONOMY GOING THESE ARE THE THINGS WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT I VOTE NO AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION TONIGHT AND THEN GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS VACATION INSTEAD OF DOING THE JOB OF AMERICA

>> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER WE CONTINUE THE RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS MR WALKER

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZE FORD 30 SECONDS >> AS A POLITICAL NEWCOMER BEFORE THIS, AND JUST LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, PERHAPS LIKE ME, HE WAS NAIVE TO THIS THAT THIS HOUSE, THAT IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE EVERYBODY WAS TRUE AND JUST IT'S NOT THE CASE DEMOCRATS WEREN'T SADDENED BY THIS SOLEMN DAY THEY WEREN'T WAITING FOR ALL THE EVIDENCE

THAT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT POLITICS BECAUSE THEY LOATHE THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE DIDN'T PLAY BY THEIR BELTWAY RULES I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BUT THE FACT IS, KANSAS IS BETTER THE U

S IS BETTER, AND THE WORLD IS BETTER, BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP >> GENTLEMAN'S TIME EXPIRED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU

MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN CLAMMER AUTOING FOR THIS DAY SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED THE REFUSAL TO ACCEPT THE ELECTION RESULTS AND THE INDEPENDENT CONFUSINGS OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION HAVE BROUGHT FORTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT NEGATED BY TWO SIMPLE FACTS NAMELY THE MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE WAS STARTED AND NO INVESTIGATION WAS STARTED THE REAL OFFENSE IS THAT THE PRESIDENT WON THE ELECTION AND THEIR FEAR IS HE WILL WIN AGAIN DESPITE ALL OF THEIR EFFORTSISM VOTE AGAINST THE PARTISAN TEAM TO REPEAL AN ELECTION >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> CONTINUE TO RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 30 SECONDS >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> I RISE AGAINST IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

THIS IS BASED ON HEARSAY MADE BIPARTISAN WITNESSES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THIS IMPEACHMENT IS A SHAM MADAM SPEAKER AND DIVIDED THIS COUNTRY CONGRESS'S WASTED TIME ON THIS IMPEACHMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER USED ON ISSUES CONCERNING AMERICANS LIKE SECURING THE SOUTHERN BORDER, THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC OR ESTABLISHING A BUDGET I'M DISAPPOINTED IN THE PATH CONGRESS CHOSE TO GO DOWN >> TIME EXPIRED

GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> FOR THE RECORD MADAM SPEAKER I THINK YOU ARE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB >> RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER IT IS OBVIOUS TODAY THERE IS AN INTENSE HATRED BY THE DEMOCRATS OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WHY DO THEY HATE THE MAN SO MUCH? BECAUSE OF THE OUT OF CONTROL GOVERNMENT GONE WILD THE ABUSE OF FISA, THE ABUSE BIAS THE FBI THE ABUSE THIS IS THE STATE DEPARTMENT

MANY OF THESE — MAYBE IT IS JUST THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION THEY ARE TRYING TO COVER UP IT'S SAD S THAT SHAMEFUL ACT, WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY SHAME ON THE DEMOCRATS SHAME ON PURSUING THIS

I ASK EVERYBODY TO VOTE NO AND TO TAKE NOTICE OF WHO VOTES FOR THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER I RESERVE THE BALANCE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MR

POSEY >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA WE KNOW THIS IMPEACHMENT IS A SHAM

THEY KNOW THIS IMPEACHMENT IS A SHAM THEY KNOW WE KNOW THIS IMPEACHMENT IS A SHAM AND WE KNOW THAT MOST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THIS IMPEACHMENT IS A SHAMEFUL SHAM WE KNOW THAT IT BEGAN THE MOMENT THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED LONG BEFORE HE EVER HAD A TELEPHONE CALL WITH ANY FOREIGN LEADERS WE HAVE HEARD THE NUMEROUS QUOTATIONS FROM THEM THAT VALIDATE THOSE VERY POINTS AND YET THEY PERSIST IN TRYING TO OVERTURN THE DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S ELECTION

>> GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRED >> WHEN THE PRESIDENT CALLS >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I HEARD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IN A ROW NOW IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW VERY FEW OF THEM WANT TO ADDRESS ANY OF THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT

NOR DO THEY WISH TO DEFEND, NOR DO THEY WISH TO — APPARENTLY, MADAMER SPRKS I HAVE STRUCK A NERVE NOR DO THEY NOR DO THEY WISH TO DEFEND A PRESIDENT WHO WOULD EXTORT AN ALLY, WITHHOLD MILITARY AID, TO HELP HIM CHEAT IN AN ELECTION THEY DON'T WANT TO DEFEND THAT CONDUCT SO INSTEAD THEY SAY OH, DEMOCRATS REALLY WANT TO IMPEACHMENT 2 PRESIDENT OR DEMOCRATS DON'T LIKE THE PRESIDENT

BUT WHAT THEY CAN'T SAY IS THAT THIS PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT WAS ETHICAL WHAT THEY CAN'T SAY WAS THAT THE PRESIDENT'S CUTTING WAS LEGAL WHAT THEY CAN'T SAY WAS THIS PRESIDENT'S CONDUCT WAS CONSTITUTIONAL WHAT THEY CAN'T SAY IS THIS PRESIDENT HAS WITHHELD HIS OATH OF OFFICE NO, THEY CAN'T SAY

THAT ALL THEY CAN SAY IS WE DON'T LIKE THE PROCESS OR OUR COLLEAGUES ARE TOO HAPPY TO IMPEACH OR — OR IT'S — IT'S OVERTURNING THE WILL OF THE PUBLIC WHEN IT IS A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT INTERESTINGLY MY COLLEAGUE WHO IS SUPPORTED THE IMPEACHMENT OF BILL CLINTON DID NOT THINK IT WAS OVERTURNING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE APPARENTLY THIS IMPEACHMENT PROVISION ONLY OVERTURNS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IF IT IS A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT

I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THEM MORE CREDIT THAN THAT WHAT IS THE DISTINCTION HERE IS THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CONDUCT THIS REMEDY WAS PUT IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR A REASON IT IS NOT AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL REMEDY IT IS PART OF THE CONSTITUTION

THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONCEIVE OF THIS REMEDY AS BEING UNCONSTITUTIONAL IS IF YOU BELIEVE AS THE PRESIDENT DOES, THAT HE IS THE STATE THAT ANYTHING THAT OPPOSES HIM OPPOSES THE STATE IS BY DEFINITION ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL BUT THAT OF COURSE IS NONSENSE BUT IT IS MORE THAN NONSENSE IT IS DANGEROUS NONSENSE

MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, FOR ONE MINUTE >> THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON'S EIGHTH DISTRICT SENT ME TO CONGRESS TO FIGHT FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND MAKE THOUGHTFUL EVIDENCE-BASED DECISIONS I DID NOT COME TO CONGRESS TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT BUT EVIDENCE IS EVIDENCE

A BALANCE OF POWER IS AS FUNDAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY MY FIRST DAY IN OFFICE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE HERE I TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION AND PROTECT OUR COUNTRY HISTORY WILL JUDGE THIS MOMENT GIVEN ALL THE FACTS BEFORE US, IMPEACHMENT IS THE ONLY REMEDY I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER I AM SURE HE DID STRIKE A CORD WITH THE CHAIRMAN SINCE HE SHOWED UP LATE, HADN'T HEARD ALL THE ARGUMENTS WE BEAT THE FACTS BACK ALL THE TIME IT IS THE MAJORITY SIDE THAT HAD TO RUN THROUGH THIS

THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR ARE KILLING HIM IT IS KILLING HIM BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE IS FALL FLAT WE LOOKED AT THE EVIDENCE I DOESN'T FIT IF HE HAD EXTORTION PUT IT IN THE RECALLS A

HE CAN'T BECAUSE HE CAN'T MAKE THE CASE HE CAN ONLY COME TO THE MIC AND TALK ABOUT IT THEN THAT'S THE PROBLEM AND THAT'S THE CORD HE STRUCK I YIELD TWO MINUTES

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> ONCE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORP IN ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WERE INTRODUCED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY IN THREE YEARS DEMOCRATS HAVE INTRODUCED TEN RESOLUTIONS BEGINNING SUPPORT OF OVER 100 OF THEIR MEMBERS ALL OF THAT BEFORE A JULY 25th PHONE CALL DURING ALL OF THAT TIME THE RUSSIA CONSPIRACY HOAX WAS EXPOSED OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE HEARINGS WERE ABANDONED AFTER THE MUELLER REPORT FELL FLAT

AFTER ALL THAT THEY HAD NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT UNDETERRED BY THE FACTS AND UNINTERESTED THE GOVERNING THE BEAT MARCHED ON SO HERE WE ARE TODAY WE HAVE NO QUID PRO QUO, NO BRIBERY, NO EXTORTION, NO CRIMES ALLEGED IN THE ARTICLES AT ALL BUT DON'T WORRY, BECAUSE WE HAVE A BRAND-NEW 632-PAGE REPORT ALLEGING ALL KINDS OF THING, SOME FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

THIS ISN'T A SOME BETTER SOLEMN PROCESS THIS IS A POLITICAL DRIVE BI THEY JUST WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP GONE BUT THIS NEVER ENDING MARCH TOWARDS OVERTURNING THE 2016 ELECTION HAS CONSEQUENCES BECAUSE YOU ARE TELLING 63 MILLION VOTERS THAT THEIR VOTES — THAT YOU DON'T RESPECT THEIR VOTE VOTERS IN STATES LIKE MINE WHO NOT THAT LONG AGO USED TO SEND DEMOCRATS TO THIS CHAMBER BUT RECENTLY HAVE FOUND NO HOME IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

WHO FEEL THAT THEIR VALUES HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY A LIBERAL ELEASTITY AGENDA WHO FEEL THAT PARTISAN POINTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS YOUR NEVER ENDING IMPEACHMENT QUEST IS CONSTANT REMINDER TO THEM THAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THEIR JUDGMENT, DON'T UNDERSTAND THEIR WAY OF LIFE AND COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THEM AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS STATED IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT REMOVING A PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE WHAT YOU ARE REALLY DOING IS OVERTURNING THE RESULTS OF THE LAST ELECTION THEY WERE SERIOUS THEY SPENT THE LAST THREE YEARS TALKING ABOUT IT UNWILLING TO ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF 2016 I WONDER IF MY COLLEAGUES RECOGNIZE THE IRONY THAT THEIR IMPEACHMENT VENDETTA IS THE GREATEST ELECTION INTERFERENCE OF ALL AND IT IS HOMEGROWN RIGHT HERE IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS

WITH THAT I YIELD BACK >> MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN RESERVES

GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU MADAM OFFICER AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MR ZELDER >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES

>> THIS IMPEACHMENT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS ON THE SUBSTANCE DEMOCRATS CLAIM THEIR CASE IS UNCONTESTED, RELYING ON PRESUMMATIONS, HEARSAY AND 3% OF THE STORY TRYING TO CONNECT DOTS THAT AREN'T CONNECTED INCONVENIENT HOLDS PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DIDN'T KNOW THERE WAS A HOLD ON AID UNTIL JULY 29th IT WAS RELEASED SHORTLY THEREAFTER AND HE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO GET THE AID RELEASED

THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO IGNORE THE OTHER 70 RZ APPROXIMATE OF THE STORY THEY WANT THE REPUBLICANS TO SHOW WHY THERE WAS A HOLD ON AID ODD REQUEST IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE ALREADY WON YOUR CASE DEMOCRATS AND MEDIA ALLIES WANT TO PUBLIC TO BELIEVE IT IS DEBUNKED THAT UKRAINIANS INTERFERED IN THE 2016 ELECTION

THEY WANT TO IGNORE COMMENT THAT CHA LUPE WORKED WITH THE UKRAINIAN AGENCY, THE ORIGINS OF THE STEELE DOSSIER, THE BLACK LEDGER AND MORE THE PROBLEM WITH ALL OF THIS IS THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ARE SMARTER THAN DEMOCRATS ARE GIVING THEM CREDITOR TO NEXT, THE DEMOCRATS CLAIM REPUBLICANS ARE ARGUING IT WAS UKRAINE AND NOT RUSSIA THAT WANTED TO INTERFERE AND WAS INTERFERING IN THE 2016 ELECTION NO, THAT IS NOT WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING OF COURSE WE HAVE THE BURISMA BIDEN ISSUE OF A CORRUPT UKRAINIAN ENERGY COMPANY RUN BY A CORRUPT OLIGARCH HIRING HUNTER BIDEN AT AT LEAST $50,000 WITH NO EXPERIENCE SOLELY BECAUSE HE IS VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN'S SON

THE COMPANY WANTED TO HIRE HUNTER BIDEN BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO CURRY FAVOR THERE WAS THIS ONGOING CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION ENTER JOE BIDEN HE GETS THAT PROSECUTOR FIRED THREATENING THE LOSS OF $1 BILLION IF IT DIDN'T HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY WHICH IT WAS

DEMOCRATS BELIEVE BURISMA AND BIDEN SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM SCRUTINY NEVER AGAIN OUR GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS THIS HAS BEEN A TOTAL DISASTER OF A PROCESS THE WHISTLE-BLOW COMPLAINT TO SCHIFF'S VERSION OF THE JULY 25th COAL, HE WAS PROSECUTOR, JUDGE, JURY, AND WITNESS COACH

EVERY DAY HE LOVED GETTING AMERICA DRUNK ON HIS FAVORITE COCKTAIL, THREE INGREDIENT, CHERRY PICKING LEAKS, WITHHOLDING KEY FACTS AND MISSTATING EVIDENCE IN THE PUBLIC HEARINGS THE PRESIDENT'S COUNSEL WAS NOT INVITED TO ATTEND, PRESENT EVIDENCE OR CROSS-EXAMINE WITNESSES REPUBLICANS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO CALL WITNESSES LIKE HUNTER BIDEN, JOE BIDEN AND MANY OTHERS THERE WAS THE HOUSE DEBACLE WHERE SCHIFF HAD TO HAVE ONE OF HIS STAFFERS PRESENT HIS REPORTS FOR HIM THIS IMPEACHMENT IS RIPPING OUR COUNTRY IN HALF

IT IS FATALLY FLAWED ON A PROCESS, THE SUBSTANCE, THE CONSCIOUS AND THE CONSEQUENCES I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I THANK THE SPEAKER WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME

>> GENTLEMAN RESERVES GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> MADAM SPEAKER I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR MEADOWS >> THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES

>> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER YOU KNOW, TODAY AS WE SIT HERE DEBATING IMPEACHMENT YOU KNOW THEY ALL WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT'S THE CONSTITUTION, IT'S ALEXANDER HAMILTON THE LAST 30 DAYS I HAVE HEARD MORE ABOUT HAMILTON FROM MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES, AND UNTIL THEN THE CLOSEST THEY EVER CAME TO HAMILTON WAS A $10 BILL ALL OF A SUDDEN WHAT WE HAVE IS THESE STRICT CONSTITUTIONALISTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE LISTEN, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CONSTITUTION

IT HAS BUT RAW POLITICS YOU KNOW, THERE'S ONLY ONE PERSON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT GOT SEVENTH PINOCCHIO FOR NOT TELLING THE TRUTH NO ONE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE GOT THAT DURING THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS, MADAM SPEAKER AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND TWO KEY FACTS THE DEMOCRATS IN CONTROL SET THEIR OWN RULES OF EVIDENCE THEY SAID WHAT WE NEED TO DO FOR IMPEACHMENT IS TO HAVE COMPELLING EVIDENCE AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

THEY DON'T HAVE EITHER OF THOSE TWO THINGS THEY FAILED THE RULES THEY MADE UP THEMSELVES WE'VE GOT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY OF UKRAINE SAYING THERE IS NO PRESSURE WE HAVE THE NUMBER TWO GUY OF UKRAINE SAYING NO PRESSURE WE HAVE THE NUMBER THREE GUY IN UKRAINE SAYING NO PRESSURE

THESE ARE THE SUPPOSED VICTIMS OF THIS ALLEGED CRIME AND YET, HERE WE ARE SUPPOSEDLY HAVING THIS COMPELLING EVIDENCE AND FACTS WHEN THE BEST WITNESS THEY HAVE, THE VERY BEST WITNESS THEY HAD HAD TO CHANGE HIS TESTIMONY TWICE, THEY MENTION HIM 611 TIMES AND ULTIMATELY, ULTIMATELY, HE SAID I PRESUME THAT THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT MEANT YOU KNOW, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE NOT FACTS HERE TO SUPPORT IT BUT WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT MADAM SPEAKER IS THIS BECAUSE HERE WE ARE TODAY, WE HAVE BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO IMPEACHMENT, NOT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT YOU KNOW, MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSITE WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO THINK THIS IS A SAD AND SOMBER DAY WELL, THIS IS A SAD DAY

IT'S A SAD DAY FOR THIS INSTITUTION BECAUSE WE LOWERED THE BAR TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT THAT GIVES US AN ECONOMY AND WE HAVE NEVER SEEN IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY WHEN WE LOOK AT UNEMPLOYMENT AT A LEVEL THAT IS TRULY REMARKABLE, THEY WANT TO IMPEACH BUT IT'S ANOTHER SAD DAY BECAUSE WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT 233 DEMOCRATS DESERVE TO DECIDE WHO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE AND DISENFRANCHISE 63 MILLION VOTERS WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, WHEN THE HISTORY OF THIS IMPEACHMENT IS WRITTEN, IT WILL BE SAID THAT MY WASHINGTON DEMOCRAT FRIENDS COULDN'T BRING THEMSELVES TO WORK WITH DONALD TRUMP, SO THEY CONSOLE THEMSELF INSTEAD BY SILENCING THE WILL OF THOSE WHO DID THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR SHERMAN FOR ONE MINUTE >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> ROBERT MUELLER LAYS OUT FACTS FROM 2017 THAT CONSTITUTE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BUT SAYS THE PRESIDENT CANNOT BE INDICTED, ONLY CONGRESS CAN APPLY THE LAW TO THOSE FACTS MANY OF US HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT SINCE THE FACTS EMERGED IN 2017

OF COURSE, TODAY, WE FOCUS ON MORE RECENT CRIMES, SO WHY DID WE TALK OF IMPEACHMENT BACK WHEN A REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS WOULD NOT ACT? WHY DO WE IMPEACH TODAY WHEN A REPUBLICAN-LED SENATE IS UNLIKELY TO ACT FIRST, BECAUSE IT IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY NO MATTER WHAT THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES SECOND, BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOL TO CHASE AND RESTRAIN A PRESIDENT WHO IS NOT NATURALLY FEELING CONSTRAINED BY THE RULE OF LAW I WOULD NOTE THAT THE PRESIDENT'S ATTEMPT TO EXTORT UKRAINE WAS SECRETIVE, FAR MORE THAN BLAZEN THREATS WE SAW IN 2017 WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS THIS PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE BOLDLY COMMITTED HAD NO ONE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT THEN

HAD HE FAILED IMMUNE FROM IMPEACHMENT TODAY WE WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF THEY THOUGHT THOSE CRIMES WERE BAD ENOUGH TO PUT IN THE ARTICLE

THEY DIDN'T >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES >> MADAM SPEAKER, DO YOU KNOW WHO DOESN'T THINK THE DEMOCRATS PRESENTED ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY? IT'S THE DEMOCRATS SURE, HERE IN THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS RUNNING THIS INQUIRY DECLARED THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING NEEDED THEY HAVE ALL THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE NECESSARY TO IMPEACH RIGHT NOW BUT RIGHT NOW DOWN THE HALL, DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE ARE SAYING THE EXACT OPPOSITE

THEY ARE COMPLAINING THEY NEED MORE EVIDENCE AND MORE TESTIMONY BECAUSE SENATE DEMOCRATS KNOW THAT HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE BUILT THEM A HOUSE OF CARDS IMPEACHMENT AN IMPEACHMENT BUILT BY THE SAME DEMOCRATS THAT TOLD AMERICA TRUST US, PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMITTED TREASON HE'S A RUSSIAN AGENT, AND WE'VE GOT EVIDENCE WITH WHICH OF COURSE, PROVED TO BE TOTALLY FALSE AND TOOK, QUOTE, THE FAVORITE CATCH PHRASE OF ONE MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE, THEY GOT CAUGHT

ALONG THE WAY, THOSE SAME DEMOCRATS SAID TRUST US, THE FISA LAW USING DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION RESEARCH, DOSSIER AGAINST THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN, TOTALLY FALSE AND AGAIN, THEY GOT CAUGHT AND WHEN DEMOCRATS STARTED THIS LATEST IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, THEY SAID TRUST US, WE HAVE NOT YET SPOKEN TO THE WHISTLE BLOWER AGAIN, TOTALLY FALSE AND THEY GOT CAUGHT SADLY, MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAVE PLACED THEIR OWN CREDIBILITY IN THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY THAT HAVE NO CREDIBILITY LEFT

MEMBERS THAT NOBODY TRUSTS BECAUSE THEY KEEP GETTING CAUGHT BETRAYING AMERICA BUT UNLESS A BOLT OF COURAGE AND INTEGRITY STRIKES THAT SIDE OF THE ROOM IN THE NEXT HOUR, HISTORY WILL REFLECT DONALD TRUMP IS THE THIRD PRESIDENT TO BE IMPEACHED HISTORY MAY ALSO SHORTLY REFLECT HE'LL BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO BE REELECTED AFTER BEING WRONGFULLY IMPEACHED AND IF THAT HAPPENS, DEMOCRATS WON'T BE ABLE TO HIDE BEHIND A VINEER OF CARING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE THE FOUNDERS MEANT FOR IMPEACHMENT TO BE USED FOR ACTIONS SO EXTRAORDINARY, SO RARE IT'S HAPPENED THREE TIMES IN TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES IT WASN'T MEANT FOR CONGRATULATORY PHONE CALLS WHERE THERE IS NO CRIME ALLEGED, WHERE THERE IS NO VICTIM AND THE DEMOCRATS THEMSELVES COULDN'T DECIDE WHAT TO ACCUSE THE PRESIDENT OF DOING WRONG BEFORE ENDING UP WITH THIS EMBARRASSMENT OF A GRAB BAG OF ABUSIVE POWER ARTICLE AN OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS TO EVEN ALLEGE IT IS AN ADMISSION OF CONSTITUTIONAL ILLITERACY

THE FOUNDERS HAD A TERM FOR WHAT DEMOCRATS CALL OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, THE SEPARATION OF POWERS AND THE FUNNY THING ABOUT OBSTRUCTION, EVERY TIME DEMOCRATS GET CAUGHT TRYING TO FRAME THIS PRESIDENT FOR SOME CRIME HE DIDN'T COMMIT, THEY FOLLOW UP BY ACCUSING HIM OF OBSTRUCTING EFFORTS OF SOMETHING HE NEVER DID IN THE FIRST PLACE FEAR MIGHT COME WHEN IMPEACHMENT WAS USED POLITICALLY BY THE PARTY THAT HAD THE MOST VOTES, TODAY DEMOCRATS ARE THE FOUNDER'S WORST NIGHTMARE COMING TRUE AND MOST AMERICANS PROBABLY WISH THEY COULD IMPEACH THE DEMOCRAT TO THEM I SAY, YOU CAN, NEXT NOVEMBER I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? >> MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK WHEN THE HISTORY OF THIS TIME WAS WRITTEN, IT WILL RECORD THAT WHEN MY COLLEAGUES FOUND THEY LACKED THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO THIS UNETHICAL PRESIDENT, THEY CONSOLED THEMSELVES BY ATTACKING THOSE WHO DID

I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD MY REMARKS SUPPORTING THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP >> THAT OBJECTION IS ORDERED >> MADAM, I REQUEST THE LADY FROM NEW YORK, MS

CLARK FOR HER REQUEST >> RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD MY REMARKS SUPPORTING MY VOTE FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD J TRUMP >> PUT THAT OBJECTION

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE MS NAPOLITANO >> RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER I ASK TO ENTER MY REMARKS TO SUPPORT THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP >> THAT OBJECTION SO ORDERED

>> MADAM SPEAKER, THE LADY FROM OHIO FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST >> RECOGNIZED >> I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD MY REMARKS SUPPORTING THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP >> THAT ON JUNCTION SO ORDERED >> SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZED LADY FROM VIRGINIA FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST

>> RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD SUPPORTING MY IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP >> THAT ON JUX OBJECTION ORDERED >> I RECOGNIZE MR PACCARALL FOR ONE MINUTE

>> RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE FAILURE OF SO MANY TO CAST ASIDE NARROW AMBITION TO CONFRONT THE THREAT STANDING BEFORE US, ALL FOR THE CHANCE TO INVESTIGATE THIS GOVERNMENT TOGETHER THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PARTY STONE WALLED AND OBSTRUCTED WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE COMFORT OVER COURAGE AND AT RISK OVER THE PUBLIC THIS IS THE ON GOING TRAGEDY OF OUR AGE AND IT IS ON GOING

THE MATTER IS NOW SOLELY IN OUR HANDS AND BELONGS TO US AND US ALONE THE BUCK HAS STOPPED MANY HAVE INVOKED THE JUDGEMENT OF HISTORY AS AN AN IN THIS CASE — OF THIS THREAT WE NEED NOT, WE MUST NOT AAWAIT THE VERDICT OF TIME WE CAN OFFER THAT VERDICT NOW AND WE ARE

>> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR JORDAN >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES

>> I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MADAM SPEAKER >> THEY FORGOT ABOUT FACTS AND FAIRNESS FOUR FACTS WILL NEVER CHANGE WE HAVE THE CALL TRANSCRIPT, NO QUID PRO QUO, TWO GUYS ON THE CALL SAYING NO PRESSURE AND NO PUSHING AND UKRAINE DIDN'T KNOW AID WAS HELD UP AT THE TIME OF THE PHONE CALL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, UKRAINE TOOK NO ACTION TO GET THE AID RELEASED BY DEMOCRATS DON'T CARE THEY DON'T CARE ACT THE FACTS AND THEY SURE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE PROCESS

NO SUBPOENA POWERFUL REPUBLICANS DURING THE DEPOSITIONS, REPUBLICANS DIDN'T GET ALL OF THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERS BUT DEMOCRATS GOT ALL OF THEIRS WITNESSES RESPONDED TO EVERY ONE OF THEIRS THE CHAIRMAN WOULDN'T LET THEM THE WHISTLE BLOWER WITH NO FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE WHO WORKED FOR JOE BIDEN WAS NEVER COMPELLED TO TESTIFY

THE GUY WHO STARTED IT ALL THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN DRIVING THESE GUYS CRAZY BECAUSE HE'S GETTING THINGS DONE AND DOING WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO AND HAVING RESULTS, TAXES HAVE BEEN CUT REGULATIONS REDUCED UNEMPLOYMENT AT THE LOWEST LEVEL IN 50 YEARS GORSUCH AND KAVANAUGH OUT OF THE COURT, HOSTAGES HELD AND A NEW NAFTA AGREEMENT TOMORROW BUT GUESS WHAT? WHEN YOU DRAIN THE SWAMP, THE SWAMP FIGHTS BACK AND THEY STARTED ATTACKING THE PRESIDENT BEFORE THE ELECTION EVEN

JULY 31st 2016 THEY OPENED THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION THE FBI SPIED ON FOUR AMERICANS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN THE FBI TOOK THE DOSSIER TO THE FISA COURT AND KNEW IT WAS FALSE AND LIED TO THE COURT 17 TIMES THREE DAYS AGO ON NATIONAL TELEVISION, EVEN JIM COMEY HAD TO ADMIT THE FBI WAS WRONG AND YESTERDAY, ONE DAY AGO, THE FISA COURT SENDS A LETTER SAYING STRAIGHTEN UP AND GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER WHEN IT COMES TO THE FISA APPLICATION PROCESS THINK ABOUT THIS

THINK ABOUT THIS THE ATTACK STARTED AND CONTINUED RIGHT UP UNTIL TODAY BUT I WANT TO THINK ABOUT SOMETHING THE INDIVIDUAL WHO STAID THE FISA PROCESS WAS FUN THE DOSSIER WAS FUN

THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION WAS FINE THAT SAME INDIVIDUAL RAN THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS THAT SAME INDIVIDUAL STAFF MET WITH THE WHISTLE BLOWER THAT SAME INDIVIDUAL IS THE ONLY GUY IN CONGRESS THAT KNOWS WHO THE WHISTLE BLOWER IS FOR SURE AND THAT SAME INDIVIDUAL RELEASED THE PHONE RECORDS OF THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY, RELEASED THE PHONE RECORDS OF A MEMBER OF THE PRESS AND RELEASED THE PHONE RECORDS OF A REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN UNFAIR

IT'S BEEN DANGEROUS AND IT HAS BEEN HARMFUL TO OUR COUNTRY DEMOCRATS HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NANCY PELOSI MADE THAT CLEAR WHEN SHE CALLED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AN IMPOSTER THE WILL OF WE THE PEOPLE, THE 63 MILLION FOLKS THAT VOTED FOR THIS GUY AND MADE HIM PRESIDENT IN ELECTORAL COLLEGE LANDSLIDE NEVER ACCEPTED THAT FACT

WE'RE LESS THAN 11 MONTHS AWAY FROM THE ELECTION LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DECIDE WHO SHOULD BE PRESIDENT LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DECIDE I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS MR SNIDER FOR A MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND SUPPORT THESE ARTICLES OFIMPEACHMENT THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THE POWER OF OFFICE BY PUTTING HIS POLITICAL INTEREST AHEAD OF THE NATION'S SECURITY AND AUTHORIZED MILITARY AID TO HELP WITH MILITARY AID AND OBSTRUCTION AGAINST CONGRESS'S AUTHORITY ORDERING OFFICIALS TO DEFY SUBPOENAS THAT AND PRODUCE A SINGLE DOCUMENT MADAM SPEAKER, I TAKE NO JOY IN THE VOTE OR THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS DEMAND THIS RESPONSE

THIS IS A SAD MOMENT FOR THE NATION, ONLY TWICE BEFORE HAS THE HOUSE VOTED TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT AND NEVER BEFORE AN ACQUISITIONS OF COMPROMISING OUR NATION'S SECURITY I HOPE THE SENATE PROSECUTION — I HOPE IN THE SENATE, PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE CAN CALL AND CROSS-EXAMINE WITNESSES AND THE SENATORS WILL HEAR THE EVIDENCE AND MAKE DECISIONS WITHOUT PREJUDICE OR PREJUDGMENT THIS IS A SOLUM MOMENT BUT OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES WAS DESIGNED FOR TIMES LIKE THESE AND I HAVE FAITH THAT OUR CONSTITUTION WILL GUIDE US ON THE PATH AHEAD I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR NUNES >> THANK YOU >> MADAM SPEAKER, AS THE DEMOCRATS ADMIT, THEIR ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE PRESIDENT BEGAN ON TRUMP'S INAUGURATION DAY WHEN THE DEMOCRAT'S WASHINGTON POST DECLARED THE CAMPAIGN AND THE PER POSTROUS ACCUSATION AS DETAILED SPREAD BY THE DEMOCRATS AS CAMPAIGN THEMSELVES WITH RUSSIANS AND THE INFAMOUS STEEL DOSSIER PICTURES OF TRUMP FROM RUSSIAN, FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS AND SUPPLY GALAXY OF THE RIDICULOUS MESSAGE

YET, WITH THOSE WEAPONS AT THEIR DISPOSAL, THE RUSSIA CONSPIRACY THEORY COLLAPSED SO THEY QUICKLY CONCOCTED PLAN B THE UKRAINE HOAX WAS BASED ON A WHISTLE BLOWER WHO CONCLUDED BEFORE HAND WITH THE DEMOCRATS THE DEMOCRATS PREVENTED CONGRESS FROM INTERVIEWING THE WHISTLE BLOWER WHILE CONDUCTING THE BIZARRE SECRET DEPOSITIONS AND SELECTIVELY LEAKING TESTIMONY TO DISCREDIT MEDIA HACKS THE DEMOCRATS SHOWCASED THE MOST USEFUL WITNESSES IN PUBLIC HEARINGS THAT SOMEHOW REDUCED SUPPORT FOR IMPEACHMENT

IT NOT EASY TO MAKE A COUP ATTEMPT BORING BUT THE DEMOCRATS FOUND A WAY AS IT TURNS OUT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T THINK A ROUTINE PHONE CALL WITH A FOREIGN LEADER IS A BASIS THE DEMOCRATS PUT FORTH EVER CHANGING ACQUISITIONS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT INCLUDING CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS, QUID PRO QUO, BRIBERY AND EXTORTION AND RIDICULOUS CHARGES TODAY, ABUSE OF POWER AND UTTERLY MEANINGLESS TERM AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, ONE DEMOCRAT PRONOUNCED THE PRESIDENT GUILTY, SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WON'T COOPERATE WITH THEIR PLAN TO RAILROAD HIM THE ONLY THING PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GUILTY OF IS BEATING HILLARY CLINTON THE DEMOCRATS REFUSED TO ACCEPT THAT LOSS AND NOW THEY ARE INDICATING THEY WILL CONTINUE THEIR IMPEACHMENT EFFORTS EVEN AFTER THIS ONE FAILS IN THE U

S SENATE MADAM SPEAKER, AFTER THEIR INVESTIGATIONS AND OUT REACH, THE DEMOCRATS NEED A LONG PERIOD OF REHABILITATION THEY MUST LEARN HOW TO DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INSTEAD OF RIPPING THE COUNTRY APART IN THEIR LUST FOR POWER WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

>> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS REMARKS AND IT MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS CHAIRMAN NEAL FOR THREE MINUTES >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS DEEPLY UNFORTUNATE WE HAVE TO UNDER TAKE THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDING THAT UNFOLDS THIS EVENING

BUT THE PART WE PLAY IN THIS PROGRESS IS NOT OPTIONAL AMONG OTHER THINGS, AS THE INTELLIGENCE AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES HAVE DOCUMENTED, THE PRESIDENT INDEED ABUSED HIS AUTHORITY AND INDEED OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE HE THREATENED TO WITH HOLD CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATED US TAX DOLLARS FROM AN ALLY IN RUSSIA UNLESS THEY AGREED TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTION ON HIS BEHALF

HE'S EXPRESS NO REMORSE AND CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN HIS BEHAVIOR WAS QUOTE PERFECT WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY OBSTRUCTING LEGITIMATE OVERSIGHT AND SUBPOENAS THAT BLOCKING FROM INVESTIGATORS, HIS ACTIONS ARE SO FAR BEYOND THE PALE THEY LEFT US WITH NOTHING MORE THAN IMPEACHMENT AND SO WE IMPEACH OUR COUNTRY FACES GREATER LONG-TERM RISK IF WE FAIL TO RESPOND WE CANNOT EXCUSE A PRESIDENT WHO FEELS ENTITLED TO DI IMPUNITY WE ARE THE RULE OF LAW, THE FRAMERS GAVE US THE BEST EFFORT IN 1787 AND INDEED, IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY ONE

THE CONSTITUTION THEY SAT DOWN WASN'T PERFECT BUT IT FOUNDED A REPUBLICAN THAT ENDURED AND THRIVED WITH EXCEPTIONAL STABILITY AS THE LATE SENATOR POINTED OUT, ONLY TWO COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD BOTH EXISTED IN 1800 AND NEVER HAD THEIR GOVERNMENTS CHANGED BY VIOLENCE SINCE THEN, THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN ONLY EIGHT GOVERNMENTS HAVE EXISTED SINCE 1914 AND HAVE NOT HAD THEIR FORM OF GOVERNMENT CHANGED BY FORCE SINCE THEN THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, SWITZERLAND THE CHECKS AND BALANCES THEY CONDUCTED WITH THE POWERS BROUGHT ABOUT AND NEGOTIATED A GENERATION OF CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE SUSTAINED

IN THE VERY FIRST WEEK THAT THE FRAMERS BEGAN CRAFTING THIS BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA'S FREEDOM AND STABILITY AND NEGOTIATIONS INDEED IMMEDIATELY STARTED ON IMPEACHMENT, NO GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD AT THAT TIME EXPOSED THE HEAD OF GOVERNMENT TO IMPEACHMENT BUT AMERICA WAS TO BE DIFFERENT IN THE VIEW OF THE FRAMERS IMPEACHMENT IS IN NO WAY A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS, IT IS A PROCESS THE FRAMERS WISELY JUDGED WE WOULD SOMETIMES NEED THIS EVENING IS ONE OF THOSE RARE MOMENTS MADISON WORRIED ONE DAY THE COUNTRY WOULD ELECT A PRESIDENT WHO MIGHT QUOTE PERVERT HIS ADMINISTRATION TO SPECULATION OR OPPRESSION AND MIGHT BETRAY THE POWERS GEORGE MASON ASKED QUOTE SHALL WE SEE ANY MACHINE TO BE ABOVE JUSTICE? ABOVE ALL, SHALL THAT MAN BE ABOVE IT, WHO CAN COMMIT THE MOST EXTENSIVE INJUSTICE, END OF QUOTE OF COURSE NOT BECAUSE HAVING JUST THROWN OFF ONE KING THEY WOULD NEVER CONSENT TO ANOTHER ONE

AMERICA FIRMLY REJECTED THE NOTION OF DIVINE RIGHT SPEAKER SUMMED IT UP BUT CAN I HAVE 30 EXTRA SECONDS? >> WITHOUT OBJECTION >> THANK YOU >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> ARTICLE ONE OF THE CONSTITUTION IS THE FIRST BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY LET ME QUOTE SPEAKER RAYBURN WHO WAS ASKED HOW MANY SENATORS DID YOU SERVE UNDER AND SPEAKER RAYBURN SAID NONE, I SERVED WITH SEVEN PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES

IMPEACHMENT IS RESERVED FOR GRAVE DANGER WHEN THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER BECOMES DANGEROUSLY OUT OF BALANCE, MOMENTS LIKE THIS ONE AND THAT'S WHY I'LL VOTE TO IMPEACH >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I YIELD 1:45 TO THE GENTLEMAN IN GEORGIA, MR FERGUSON

>> 1:45 >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER HERE WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF DOING EXACTLY WHAT AMERICA DOESN'T WANT US TO DO AND WHAT THEY FEARED THAT YOU WOULD DO IN 2016 I ALONG WITH 63 MILLION AMERICAN VOTERS REPRESENTING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES WENT TO THE POLLS AND RAISED OUR COLLECTIVE POLITICAL MIDDLE FINGER TO DC

AND VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP FOLKS LIKE MY FATHER WHO WATCHED THIS PLACE DESTROY HIS PROFESSION OF COMMUNITY BANKING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE INDUSTRY THAT SAW THEIR WAY OF LIFE DESTROYED FOLLOWING NAFTA AMERICANS IN RURAL AREAS WHOSE OPPORTUNITY AND LIFE AND VOICE HAVE BEEN DROWNED OUT BY THE SCREAMS OF SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS LIVING IN POVERTY AND CRIME BROKEN DOWN PROJECT BASE PUBLIC HOUSING WHO FOR GENERATIONS HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THIS PLACE, THIS IS THE BEST THAT WE THINK YOU CAN DO, HERE IS YOUR CHECK, GOD BLESS YOU AND MOVE ALONG

THOSE VOTERS AND NOW YOU WANT TO REMOVE OUR VOICE FROM OFFICE OUR VOICE WILL BE HEARD AND I STAND HERE DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THAT IT WILL BE BECAUSE WE WILL FIGHT BACK AGAINST THIS CORRUPT AND UNFAIR IMPEACHMENT PROCESS HOW DARE YOU, THE LIBERAL ELITES, THE CONDESCENDING BURRO CATS AND EVERY OTHER KIND OF SWAMP CRITTER IN THIS GOD FORSAKEN PLACE TELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WHO THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE THAT'S THE JOB OF THE AMERICAN VOTER, NOT YOURS THIS WHOLE FLIPPING GOAT RODEO IS A SHAM AND A SHAME AND IT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

MRS SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? >> MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON MR HACK FOR TWO MINUTES

>> RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> THIS WEEK AMERICANS ARE FINISHING CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR THEIR CHILDREN OR LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE GRANDCHILDREN AND HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE TAKING FINAL EXAMS AND SWEATING OUT THE RESULTS AND THAT GOT ME TO THINK THOSE WHO FOLLOW AND WHAT OUR OBLIGATION IS TO THEM AND WHO CAME BEFORE AND HOW THEY MIGHT HAVE SEEN THEIR OBLIGATION TO US PEOPLE LIKE MY GRANDFATHER WHO OUR FAMILY BELIEVES LITERALLY WAS BORN ON THE BOAT ON THE WAY OVER HERE FROM GERMANY OR MY FATHER WHO FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II AGAINST THE VERY PEOPLE THAT HIS GRANDFATHER HAD LEFT WE ARE ALL HERE TODAY, ALL OF US BECAUSE SOMEONE BEFORE US SACRIFICED TO JOURNEY HERE AND BUILT A NEW LIFE IN THIS UNIQUE LAND

WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THOSE IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR CHILDREN WERE DEDICATED NOT JUST TO THE LAND OF AMERICA BUT TO THE IDEA, FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY SECURED BY SELF-GOVERNMENT CHOOSING OUR OWN LEADERS AND FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW UNDER THE CONSTITUTION >> GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS EXPIRING >> TWO MINUTES? >> MADAM, HAPPY TO YIELD ANOTHER 30 SECONDS >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THIS IDEA OF AMERICA IS IN PAROL BROUGHT ABOUT SO BY THIS PRESIDENT WHO SOUGHT TO CHEAT IN AN ELECTION

A PRESIDENT WHO PUTS HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW AND ATTACKS THE BEDROCK CONSTITUTIONAL PRECIP OF CHECKS AND BALANCES THE QUESTION IS CAN AMERICA SURVIVE THIS BEHAVIOR WHAT IDEA WILL WE HAND DOWN TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW US? AND FINALLY, WHAT IS OUR OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO WOULD FOLLOW? IT IS SIMPLY THIS, TO DO OUR DUTY, TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THE VALUES UNDER PINNING IT BY VOTING YES ON THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA? >> I RESERVE, MADAM CHAIR

>> MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA >> RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES >> MADAM SPEAKER, WE LIVE IN THE GREATEST DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD AND I AM CONVINCED THAT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE GOOD, DESCENT PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES BUT THEN WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW, PEOPLE WHO HAVE LITTLE REGARD FOR THE RULES, PEOPLE WHO SPEND A LOT OF THEIR TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GAME THE SYSTEM LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CALL THEM HA — HABITUAL OFFENDERS

THE MORE THEY GET AWAY WITH, THE MORE LIKELY THAT ARE TO ENGAGE IN MISCONDUCT SOME SAY IT TAKES COURAGE TO HOLD POWERFUL PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE BUT I SEE IT DIFFERENTLY I SEE IT AS A SENSE OF DUTY, A REGULAR PART OF MY JOB AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, HOWEVER, HABITUAL OFFENDERS DON'T SNEAK UP ON YOU THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP SAID RUSSIA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING, I HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND THE 30,000 EMAILS, THERE BY INVITING FOREIGN INTERFERENCE ELECTIONS BUT THEN THE DAY AFTER THE SPECIAL COUNSEL TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT FEELING UNDETERRED AND EMBOLDENED SAID CALL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND HELP HIM WITH THE ELECTIONS AND THE MUCH-NEEDED MILITARY AID OVER OUR ALLY'S HEAD UNTIL THE PRESIDENT'S DEMANDS WERE MET NOW I SERVED 12 YEARS ON THE HOSTAGE NEGOTIATIONS TEAM AND I KNOW THAT PRESSURE AND DEMANDS COME IN MANY FORMS, AND IN THIS SCHEME, WE HAD BOTH

I'VE ENFORCED THE LAWS AND NOW I WRITE THE LAWS BUT THE LAWS MEAN NOTHING IF THE ACCUSED CAN DESTROY EVIDENCE, STOP WITNESSES FROM TESTIFYING AND PLAY — BLATANTLY REFUSE TO COOPERATE I ASK YOU TO NAME SOMEBODY IN YOUR COMMUNITY OR FAMILY THAT CAN DO THAT I KNOW THE PRESIDENT SAID HE CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING HE WANTS TO I COME TODAY TO TELL YOU THAT NO, HE CANNOT BECAUSE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND HE SHALL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I YIELD A CONSENT REQUEST >> RECOGNIZED >> I WANT TO ENTER MY REMARKS INTO THE RECORD TO THIS SHAM IMPEACHMENT >> SO ORDERED >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLE LADY FROM WYOMING MS

CHANEY >> RECK NIELZED >> THANK YOU, I RISE TODAY ON THE FLOOR OF THIS MAGNIFICENT CHAMBER THE VERY HEART OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC AND I WOULD IMAGINE, MADAM SPEAKER, EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS CHAMBER REGARDLESS OF PARTY UNDERSTANDS, SHARES A COMMON VIEW THAT BEING CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT REPUBLIC IS AMONG LIFE'S MOST TREMENDOUS BLESSINGS WE ALL KNOW THAT NO FORCE ON EARTH IS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE FORCE OF FREEDOM

IT IS OUR MIRACULOUS CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM MADAM SPEAKER DEFENDED BY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THAT SAFEGUARD THAT FREEDOM FOR 230 YEARS EACH ONE OF US IN THIS CHAMBER BEARS A SACRED DUTY PASSED DOWN GENERATIONS TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION MADAM SPEAKER, OUR NATION'S FRAMERS RECOGNIZED THIS REPUBLIC IS FRAGILE AND THAT EXTREME PARTISANSHIP CAN BE AMONG THE MOST SEVERE THREATS TO ITS SURVIVAL THAT IS WHY IN FEDERAL 65 ALEXER HAMILTON SAID THE IMPEACHMENT DECISION WILL BE REGULATED MORE BY THE COMPARATIVE STRENGTH OF PARTIES THAN BY REAL DEMONSTRATIONS OF INNOCENCE OR GUILT HERE MADAM SPEAKER, OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN WORKING TO REMOVE THIS PRESIDENT SINCE THE DAY HE WAS ELECTED SEARCHING FOR AN OFFENSE ON WHICH THEY COULD IMPEACH

FAILING TO FIND ONE MADAM SPEAKER THEY HAVE DECIDED TO ASSUME ONE RATHER THAN ATTEMPTING TO ENFORCE THEIR SUBPOENAS THAT IN COURT, THEY HAVE ALSO DECIDED TO DECLARE IT A HIGH CRIME AND MISDEMEANOR WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ASSERTS HIS CONSTITUTIONAL PRIVILEGES THE DEMOCRATS ARE ASKING MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO IMPEACH DESPITE THE FACT THEY HAVE PRESENTED NO DIRECT EVIDENCE OF ANY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE LET ME SAY IT ONE MORE TIME MADAM SPEAKER, THEY HAVE PRESENTED NO DIRECT EVIDENCE OF ANY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE IF ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER STILL BELIEVES DEMOCRATS HAVE PROVEN THEIR CASE, I WOULD URGE THOSE MEMBERS TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COME — COMMITTEE MR SCHIFF WHY HE APPEARED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS REPORT BEFORE MEMBERS VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT, THEY MIGHT WANT TO KNOW WHY THE AUTHOR OF THE IMPEACHMENT REPORT WILL NOT DEFEND IT UNDER QUESTIONING

IF THE HOUSE IMPEACHES HERE, MADAM SPEAKER, IT WILL CREATE EXACTLY THE TYPE OF RISK THE FRAMERS CAUTIONED US TO AVOID IT WILL MEAN THAT DIVIDED GOVERNMENT CAN IMPERIL A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT BASED ON UNPROVEN ALLEGATIONS AND ABSENCE OF DIRECT TESTIMONY DESPITE ALL THE RHETORIC YOU'VE HEARD TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER, PASSAGE OF THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT MAY PERMANENTLY DAMAGE OUR REPUBLIC FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, A HYPER PARTISAN BARE MAJORITY CAN SITE THIS PRECEDENT TO TRY TO REMOVE A FUTURE COMMANDER IN CHIEF I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MADAM SPEAKER, THINK OF OUR REPUBLIC, THINK OF THE CONSTITUTION, THINK OF THE OATH THAT WE ALL SORE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THAT CONSTITUTION AND VOTE AGAINST THESE PARTISAN, RECKLESS AND DANGEROUS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT I YIELD BACK

>> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MR LEAVEN FOR ONE MINUTE >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY WE PROCLAIM THAT NO PERSON IS ABOVE THE LAW, NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

DONALD J TRUMP ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE AND VIOLATED HIS OATH OF OFFICE BY EXTORTING A NEW AND INEXPERIENCED PRESIDENT OF A VULNERABLE FOREIGN ALLY TO DIG UP DIRT ON MR TRUMP'S DOMESTIC POLITICAL OPPONENTS HE THEN OBSTRUCTED THE CONGRESS, THIS EQUAL BRANCH OF OUR GOVERNMENT FROM UNDER TAKING OUR DUTY OUTLINED TO INVESTIGATE AND CHECK THESE VIOLATIONS TODAY WE DO NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS THEN FULFILL OUR DUTY TO OUR CONSTITUTION

MR TRUMP ALLOWED FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY ITSELF FOR THOSE REASONS WE MUST IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT, THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I HAVE A YIELD FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON >> RECOGNIZED

>> I POSE THIS RESOLUTION AND ASK MY WORDS TO BE PUT IN THE RECORD >> RECOGNIZED >> SPEAKER, I ASK THEY OPPOSE THESE RESOLUTIONS AND COMMENTS TO BE ADMITTED INTO THE RECORD >> OBJECTION SO ORDERED >> THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI

>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU, I OPPOSE THE ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT AND LIKE MY COMMENTS TO BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD >> THAT ON JUNCTION ORDERED >> I RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN RESERVED

GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA? >> MADAM SPEAKER, RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME >> WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? >> MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK OF THE GENTLEMAN IS HE READY TO CLOSE? >> NO, WE HAVE A FEW MORE SPEAKERS >> THEN I RESERVE >> I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR ONE MINUTE >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE

>> MADAM SPEAKER, IF YOU LIVE IN THE VILLAGE OF HARLEM IN MY DISTRICT, YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW IF YOU LIVE ON WESTER AVENUE IN THE BRONX PART OF MY DISTRICT, YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW IF YOU LIVE IN WASHINGTON YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW SO I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT IF YOU LIVE ON 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ASKED UKRAINE TO DO US A FAVOR AND LOOK INTO THE BIDENS THAT'S ABUSE OF POWER HE USED THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING TO EXTORT A UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, THAT'S ABUSE OF POWER PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDER WHITE HOUSE STAFF TO WITH HOLD $400 MILLION IN AID TO UKRAINE, THAT'S ABUSE TO POWER PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS STAFF DENY MULTIPLE, DEFIED MULTIPLE SUBPOENAS THAT FROM CONGRESS, THAT'S OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS

HE BLOCKED WITNESSES FROM TESTIFYING BEFORE THIS BODY, THAT IS OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] >> NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW I CAST MY VOTE IN ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME — >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> I YIELD FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT

>> I ENTER INTO THE RECORD RECORDING I AM OPPOSED THIS THIS ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT ON THE BASIS — >> THAT OBJECTION IS SO ORDERED — >> SECTION 4 >> I RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE MR BROWNLY FOR ONE MINUTE

>> GENTLE LADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> MADAM SPEAKER, AS THE CHAIR OF THE WOMEN'S TASK FORCE, I SEE EVERY SINGLE DAY THE IMMENSE SACRIFICE OUR WOMEN VETERANS AND ALL OF OUR NATION'S VETERANS HAVE MADE IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND SERVICE TO OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF, OUR CONTUSION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY AND FOR EVERY SINGLE MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN OUR COUNTRY WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES USED $400 MILLION MEANT TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN ORDER TO CHEAT IN OUR ELECTIONS, HE NOT ONLY ABUSED HIS POWER, HE TURNED HIS BACK ON THE SACRIFICES OF OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE MADE FOR ALL THAT WE HOLD SO DEAR THAT ABUSE OF POWER IS REPREHENSIBLE AND IT IS EXACTLY WHAT IMPEACHMENT WAS DESIGNED TO PREVENT WE HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT IMPEACHMENT AND DEMOCRACY AND HONOR THOSE WHO LAID THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLE LADY >> RECOGNIZED >> I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD MY OPPOSITION TO THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

>> I RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE MS DAVIS FOR 30 SECONDS >> RECOGNIZED

>> MADAM SPEAKER, MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE ARE NOT IMPEACHING THIS PRESIDENT HE IS IMPEACHING HIMSELF IF YOU WERE THE PRESIDENT AND YOU OBSTRUCT JUSTICE, TRY TO BRIBE A FOREIGN LEADER AND THREATEN NATIONAL SECURITY, YOU'RE GOING TO GET IMPEACHED END OF STORY >> I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA

>> RECOGNIZED >> I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD MY OPPOSITION TO THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT >> WITH THAT OBJECTION >> RESERVE >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

>> RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE >> I STAND BEFORE YOU THE REPRESENTATIVE OF NEW MEXICO, A PLACE WE BELIEVE IN DIGNITY AND RESPECT FOR ALL IN CONGRESS, I'VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR THEM WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO MAKE HEALTH CARE BUT TODAY THIS PRESIDENT HAS FORCED WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A PRESIDENT WHO USED THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY RISK OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUTTING THE INTEGRITY OF THE NEXT ELECTION AT RISK IT'S A SAD DAY WHEN A PRESIDENT SHOWS COMPLETE RESPECT FOR CONGRESS AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT

WE COLLECTED THE EVIDENCE AND FACTS ARE INDISPUTABLE WE HAVE A SOLUM RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD THIS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE IT'S OUR JOB I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LIVE UP TO OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND SHOW OUR FELLOW AMERICANS THAT NO ONE, NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT IS ABOVE THE LAW AND I YIELD >> GENTLE LADY YIELDS BACK >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN OF OKLAHOMA

>> RECOGNIZED >> UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT >> RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLE LADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA MS ADAMS FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST

>> RECOGNIZED >> THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK FOR CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD MY STATEMENT FOR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP >> SO ORDERED

>> RESERVE THE REST OF MY TIME >> RESERVED >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I GIVE FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE MINORITY >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES >> THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER

IMPEACHING A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THIS ISN'T ABOUT SOME SOLUM DUTY TONIGHT LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN ABOUT A POLITICAL VENDETTA A POLITICAL VENDETTA THAT DIDN'T JUST START WITH THE ZELENSKY CALL BUT WAY BEFORE THAT LISTEN TO SOME OF THE QUOTES FROM DEMOCRATS IN THIS CHAMBER

SPEAKER PELOSI QUOTE, IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR 22 MONTHS, TWO AND A HALF YEARS, ACTUALLY WE CANNOT ACCEPT A SECOND TERM FOR DONALD TRUMP WHAT'S MORE SERIOUS IS THAT HE CAN'T WIN THIS ISN'T ABOUT SOME CRIME THAT WAS COMMITTED IT'S ABOUT FEAR THAT HE MIGHT WIN REELECTION

THAT'S NOT WHY YOU IMPEACH A PRESIDENT AL GREEN QUOTE, I'M CONCERNED THAT IF WE DON'T IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT, HE WILL GET REELECTED THE LIST GOES ON MADAM SPEAKER IN FACT, THERE ARE SOME QUOTES I CAN'T READ ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR THAT SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES MADE AND KEEP IN MIND, MORE THAN 100 DEMOCRATS ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR VOTED TO IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT BEFORE THE ZELENSKY PHONE CALL LOOK AT THE ARTICLE KILLS

TWO YEARS AGO 58 DEMOCRATS VOTED TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OVER COMMENTS HE MADE ABOUT NFL PLAYERS KNEELING FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE INPEEFING THE PRESIDENT OVER 50 DEMOCRATS VOTED TO IMPEACH FOR THAT JUST THIS SUMMER, OVER 90 DEMOCRATS VOTED TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT FOR COMMENTS HE MADE ABOUT THE SQUAD SO HE MAKES DOCUMENTS ABOUT SOME OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO MAKE A LOT OF COMMENTS ABOUT HIM AND 95 MEMBERS VOTE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

THIS IS A POLITICAL VENDETTA IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED THERE WAS NO CRIME AND WHY DON'T WE LISTEN TO SOME OF THE WITNESSES OBVIOUSLY, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO CALL ALL THE WITNESSES WE WANTED BUT THERE WERE WITNESSES

IN FACT, GORDON IS MENTIONED OVER 600 TIMES IN THE REPORT HE WAS THEIR STAR WITNESS WHAT DID HE SAY WHEN ASKED? QUOTE DID PRESIDENT TRUMP EVER TELL YOU PERSONALLY ABOUT ANY PRECONDITIONS FOR ANYTHING? ANSWER, NO ANY PRECONDITIONS FOR THE AID TO BE RELEASED, NO? ANY PRECONDITIONS FOR A WHITE HOUSE MEETING UNDER OATH HE TESTIFIED NO ABUSE OF POWER

LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT TO VOTE AGAINST DONALD TRUMP SPOKE TO THIS CLAIM OF ABUSE OF POWER IN FACT HE SAID QUOTE, IF YOU MAKE A HIGH CRIME AND MISDEMEANOR OUT OF GOING TO THE COURTS, IT IS AN ABUSE OF POWER, IT'S YOUR ABUSE OF POWER YOU ARE DOING PRECISELY WHAT CRITICIZING THE PRESIDENT OF DOING THERE SAY HOUSE RULE MADAM SPEAKER THAT REQUIRES, NOT ALLOWS BUT REQUIRES WHICH WE ASK FOR MULTIPLE TIMES THAT BROKE THIS RULE

THEY DIDN'T ALLOW US TO HAVE THAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR THE FACTS ABOUT THIS CASE BECAUSE IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE FACTS BECAUSE THERE NO WAS CRIME IT IS ABOUT A PERSONAL POLITICAL VENDETTA NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS AS THEY MAKE UP THESE TERMS IMPEACH A PRESIDENT BECAUSE THERE WAS NO CRIME IN SEARCH OF A CRIME

THEY TALK ABOUT OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS AND SAID THE PRESIDENT DEFIED SUBPOENA LET'S GO THROUGH THE DEPARTMENTS THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE DO YOU KNOW THAT LITERALLY FOUR DAYS AFTER THE SUBPOENA, THE SECRETARY OF STATE HIMSELF RESPONDED TO YOUR SUBPOENA? THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE A WEEK LATER RESPONDED TO THE SUBPOENA THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESPONDED TO THE SUBPOENA

WE CAN GO ON AND ON WITH THE AGENCIES THAT'S AN ABUSE OF POWER RESPONDING THAT'S WHAT THEY DID THEY RESPOND YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE LIKED THE ANSWER BUT THAT'S NOT THE WAY THIS WORKS YOU DON'T IMPEACH A PRESIDENT BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T LIKE HIS FOREIGN POLICY

THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT DONALD TRUMP THEY DON'T JUST HATE DONALD TRUMP, MADAM SPEAKER, THEY HATE THE 63 MILLION AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR THIS PRESIDENT THE FORGOTTEN MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND, MADAM SPEAKER >> HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER YOU MAY PROCEED

>> IT'S THOSE FORGOTTEN MEN AND WOMEN THAT THEY LEFT BEHIND AND WHAT'S THIS PRESIDENT DOING FOR THEM? HE'S DELIVERING 600 JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA 1,000 JOBS WORKERS IN OHIO $750 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR 600 NEW JOBS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY DETROIT NEWS CHRYSLER, 6500 NEW JOBS, THAT'S WHAT THIS PRESIDENT IS DOING TO DELIVER FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY LEFT BEHIND

IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY STANDS UP FOR THEM AND PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IT IS A POLITICAL VENDETTA BUT IF THEY GO THROUGH WITH THIS MADAM SPEAKER, IMPEACHMENT WILL NOT JUST BE A STAIN ON THIS DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IMPEACHMENT WILL BE THEIR LEGACY I YIELD BACK >> REMINDED TO ADDRESS THE REMARKS TO THE CHAIR

>> THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> I RECOGNIZE THE REQUEST >> I REQUEST THE CONSENT FOR ENTERING MY STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD REGARDING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE IN FAVOR OF ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THANK YOU >> OBJECTION

>> MADAM SPEAKER, IT MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MR HOYER FOR A MINUTE >> RECOGNIZED >> MY COLLEAGUES >> THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND

THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF SERVING IN THIS HOUSE FOR OVER 38 YEARS I SERVED DURING SIX PRESIDENCIES I'VE BEEN HERE THROUGH MOMENTS OF TREMENDOUS PROGRESS AND TERRIBLE TRAGEDY

I'VE SEEN PERIODS OF RANK PARTISANSHIP AND PATRIOTIC BIPARTISANSHIP I'VE SEEN OUR TWO-PARTY SYSTEM WORK AND I'VE SEEN IT BREAK DOWN NEVER IN ALL MY YEARS OF SERVING IN THIS GREAT INSTITUTION THAT I LOVE AND THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT DID I EVER EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER SOME OBVIOUS WRONGDOING BY A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NOR DID I EXPECT A WITNESS, SUCH A CRAVEN RACIALIZATION OF PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS WHICH HAVE PUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK, UNDERMINED THE INTEGRITY OF ELECTION AND DEFYING THE INTEGRITY OF THE CONGRESS TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT

WE'VE HEARD FROM REPUBLICANS THIS IMPEACHMENT REALLY HAS TO DO WITH POLICY DIFFERENCES OR HOW WE FEEL PERSONALLY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT ABOUT HIS TEMPERAMENT, OR THAT WE SIMPLY DISLIKE HIM THROUGHOUT THE PRESIDENCY, DEMOCRATS RESISTED IMPEACHMENT AS WE WATCH WITH DISMAY AND DISGUST AT A PATTERN OF WRONGDOING THAT PATTERN INCLUDED ORDERING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO LIE TO THE PUBLIC FIRING THE DIRECTOR TO END THE CAMPAIGN AND SIDING WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN AGAINST OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

TAKING FUNDING AWAY FROM THE MILITARY TO PUT TOWARDS AN INEFFECTIVE BORDER WALL AND STUDYING POLICIES THAT HAVE LED THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES AND CAGING OF CHILDREN WE HAVE TO BE SURE DEEP DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE POLICIES AND ACTIONS TAKEN BY THIS PRESIDENT IT'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE 63 MILLION PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR MR TRUMP LITTLE TALK ABOUT THE 65 MILLION PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON

THE POLICY DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE VOTES, THIS PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED LEGITIMATELY >> THE HOUSE WILL STAY IN ORDER THE GENTLEMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> BECAUSE WE HAVE AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE BUT NONE OF THESE ARE REASONS TO PURSUE WHAT CHAIRMAN SCHIFF CALLED A WRENCHING PROCESS FOR THE NATION

IN FACT, PROCESS IN THREE SPECIFIC VOTES IN DECEMBER OF 2017, DEMOCRATS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED AGAINST PURSUING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT INCLUDING THE SPEAKER AND MYSELF WE DID SO AGAIN IN 2018 WITH OVER 60% OF THE DEMOCRATS REJECTING PURSUING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, AND AGAIN, JUST MONTHS AGO IN JULY OF 2019, 60% OF THE DEMOCRATS SAID NO TO PURSUING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT JUST DAYS BEFORE THE JULY TELEPHONE CALL, WE DID THE SAME WITH 60% OF DEMOCRATS VOTING NOT TO PROCEED CREDIBLE WITNESSES, MANY OF WHOM WERE APPOINTED HAVE CORROBORATED THE DETAILS AND TIMELINE OF HIS ABUSE OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER THAT FORMS THE BASIS OF THE FIRST ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT IN THIS RESOLUTION INSTEAD, I WILL NOT RECOUNT ALL OF THE WITNESSES OR ABUSES THAT HAVE OCCURRED

I CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES AND MR NADLER AND HIS COMMITTEE AND MR SCHIFF AND HIS COMMITTEE FOR SETTING FORTH A COMPELLING CASE IT HAD BEEN LAID OUT FULLY IN THE ARTICLES BEFORE US AND BY COLLEAGUES AND THEIR REMARKS WHAT I WILL DO IS REMIND AMERICANS THAT THE HOUSE PROVIDED PRESIDENT TRUMP EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE HIS INNOCENCE

BUT THE WITNESSES WERE PRECLUDED FROM COMING FORTH THE WITNESSES THAT HAD PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE DID NOT COME EITHER AT THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST IN WHICH HE REFUSED TO SHOW UP BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS A SHAM AS SO MANY OF YOU SAID OR TO THE COMMITTEES INSTEAD, HE IGNORED CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENAS THAT FOR DOCUMENTS AND TESTIMONY BY WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS AND ORDERED HIS SAY BORED ANYTIMES NOT TO COOPERATE WHEN THEY ASKED OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY, ULTIMATE LYLY BOTH COMPILED BECAUSE IT IS THE LAW ACTIONS BY THE PRESIDENT CAN BE TAKEN AS EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION AND ABUSE OF POWER

IT IS IN AND OF ITSELF IMPEACHABLE CONDUCT, THE SECOND ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT THESE TWO ARTICLES ARE TWO VERY PROFOUND CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES ABOUT THE ABUSE OF POWER IN OUR REPUBLIC FIRST, WHETHER IT'S ACCEPTABLE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ANY PRESIDENT TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS THERE IS A DIFFERENCE AS TO WHETHER HE'S DONE THAT AND THE PLACE TO TRY THAT IS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE BUT WE BELIEVE STRONGLY THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE TO CONCLUDE THAT TO UNDER MINE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS AND INTEGRITY OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND SECONDLY, WHETHER IT IS PERMISSIBLE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO OBSTRUCT CONGRESS AND ACT IF HE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND IMMUNE FROM OUNCE CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT

ON DECEMBER 4th, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARD THE TESTIMONY OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERTS WHO WEIGHED IN ON THESE POINTS SOME 1500 OCHO HISTORIANS SAID THE SAME THING AS PROFESSOR FELDMAN SAID IF WE CANNOT IMPEACH A PRESIDENT WHO ABUSES OFFICE FOR HIS PERSONAL ADVANTAGE, WE NO LONGER LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY WE LIVE IN A MONARCHRY OR A DICTATORSHIP THE VOTES WE ARE ABOUT TO TAKE CONCERN THE RULE OF LAW AND OUR DEMOCRACY ITSELF LET US NOT FORGET THE WORDS OF JOHN LUCK AND FOUNDERS OF THE REPUBLIC

JOHN LOCK SAID THIS, WHEREVER LAW ENDS, TIRANNY BEGINS OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED OR WHETHER WE'LL ACCEPT ONE PERSON CAN BE ABOVE THE LAW IN AMERICA, AS WE HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, BUT ONLY AS LONG AS WE HOLD EVERY PERSON ACCOUNTABLE FOR BREAKING A PRESIDENT WILL THAT BE TRUE IF THE HOUSE DOES NOT ACT, IF WE WAIT AND DELAY WE RUN THE RISK OF ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT'S MISCONDUCT IF WE BELIEVE IT TO BE SO, TO BE REPEATED AT THE EXPENSE WE VOTED AGAINST IT THREE TIMES RECENTLY HOWEVER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MISCONDUCT HAS FORCED OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC TO PROTECT ITSELF

THESE VOTES THAT WE'RE ABOUT TO TAKE AND THE PROCESS THAT WILL FOLLOW IN THE SENATE ARE NOT ONLY AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OR TO HIS OATH OF OFFICE, IT IS AS WELL A TEST OF OUR OWN EVIDENCE OF THE CRIMES HAS EMERGED NEVERTHELESS REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE CONTINUED TO DEFEND THE PRESIDENT WHOSE ACTIONS SEEM TO MANY OF US TO BE IN DEFENSIBLE ALL OF US FEEL A SENSE OF LOYALTY TO PARTY HOLD PRESIDENTS AND MAJORITIES ACCOUNTABLE, MUST HAVE ITS LIMITS AND AS EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES, HAVE MOUNTED DAILY AS THE WITNESSES TESTIFIED, IT HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY CLEAR THAT THE LIMITS OF PARTISANSHIP HAVE BEEN REACHED AND PASSED NOW DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TOGETHER FACE A TEST BEFORE OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR COUNTRYMEN AND OUR CREATOR

"THE NEW YORK TIMES" ON OCTOBER 18th SUMMARIZED THE QUESTION NOW POSED TO HOUSE AND SENATE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS COMPROMISED BY COMPROMISE DONALD TRUMP HAS HAMMERED AWAY AT WHAT REPUBLICANS ONCE SAW AS FOUNDATIONAL DECENCY, HONESTY, RESPONSIBILITY AND, YES, EVEN CIVILITY WENT ON TO SAY, WILL THEY COMMIT THEMSELVES AND THEIR PARTY WHOLLY TO MR TRUMP, EMBRACING EVEN HIS MOST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC ACTIONS, OR WILL THEY TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARD SEPARATING THEMSELVES FROM HIM AND RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN THE RULE OF LAW? MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE SEEN REPUBLICAN COURAGE THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO THE COLD WAR IN 1950, MARGARET CHASE SMITH, THE SENATOR FROM MAINE, A REPUBLICAN, SPOKE BRAVELY AGAINST THE CANCER OF McCARTHYISM AND HER PARTY

LEADING SIX OF HER REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN A DECLARATION OF CONSCIENCE AGAINST THEIR OWN LEADERSHIP WE ARE REPUBLICANS, THEY DECLARED, BUT WE ARE AMERICANS FIRST IN 1974, ONE CONGRESSMAN TOOK THE BRAVE AND PRINCIPLED STEP BY BECOMING THE FIRST REPUBLICAN ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT IMPEACHING PRESIDENT NIXON HE SAID TO HIS COLLEAGUES AND TO THE COUNTRY, AND I QUOTE, IT ISN'T EASY FOR ME TO ALIGN MYSELF AGAINST THE PRESIDENT TO WHOM I GAVE MY ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT, ON WHOSE SIDE I'VE STOOD IN MANY LEGISLATIVE BATTLES, WHOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS I'VE CONSISTENTLY APPLAUDED BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, HE WENT ON TO SAY, FOR ME TO CONDONE OR IGNORE THE LONG TRAIN OF ABUSES TO WHICH HE HAS SUBJECTED THE PRESIDENCY AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY

THE CONSTITUTION AND MY OWN OATH OF OFFICE, HE SAID, DEMAND THAT I BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE PRINCIPLES OF LAW AND JUSTICE UPON WHICH THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED AND HE CONCLUDED, AND I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE TURN AWAY FROM THE EVIDENCE OF EVIL THAT IS TO ME SO CLEAR AND COMPELLING >>> MY COLLEAGUES, THAT CONGRESSMAN'S NAME WAS LARRY HOGAN, SR I REPRESENTED THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF MARYLAND, WHICH I NOW REPRESENT HIS SON IS PRESENTLY THE SECOND-TERM REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR OF OUR STATE

WHEN LARRY HOGAN, SR, DIED IN 2017, EVERY OBITUARY LED WITH PRAISE FOR HIS ACT OF POLITICAL COURAGE WHO AMONG US MANY YEARS FROM NOW WILL RECEIVE SUCH PRAISE AS A MAN OR WOMAN OF COURAGE? WHO WILL REGRET NOT HAVING EARNED IT? WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT PARTISAN DIFFERENCES THERE IS ONE PERSON WHO HAS SPOKEN TODAY WHO IS NEITHER A MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HIS NAME IS JUSTIN AMASH, WHO REPRESENTS A REPUBLICAN DISTRICT

HE LEFT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND IN DOING SO, HE ADMONISHED HIS COLLEAGUES THAT, QUOTE, THIS PRESIDENT WILL ONLY BE IN POWER FOR A SHORT TIME, BUT EXCUSING HIS BEHAVIOR WILL FOREVER TARNISH YOUR NAME HE SPOKE ON THIS FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF THE TWO ARTICLES THAT WE WILL CONSIDER THIS EVENING NEITHER A DEMOCRAT NOR A REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE AMASH IS THE ONLY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WHO HAS NO ALLEGIANCE TO EITHER PARTY, BUT TO HIS COUNTRY

HE IS SUPPORTING, AS I'VE SAID, BOTH ARTICLES WE NEED NOT ASK WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO SHOW COURAGE BY STANDING UP TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THE QUESTION WE MUST NOW ASK IS WHO WILL BE THE LAST TO FIND IT THE PAGES OF OUR HISTORY ARE FILLED WITH AMERICANS WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO CHOOSE COUNTRY OVER PARTY OR PERSONALITY BUT AS PRESIDENT KENNEDY WROTE, THE STORIES OF PAST COURAGE CAN TEACH

THEY CAN OFFER HOPE THEY CAN PROVIDE INSPIRATION BUT THEY CANNOT SUPPLY COURAGE ITSELF FOR THIS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID, EACH MAN, EACH WOMAN MUST LOOK INTO THEIR OWN SOUL >>> I URGE MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND, YES, IN THE SENATE, TO LOOK INTO YOUR SOUL

SUMMONS THE COURAGE TO VOTE FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY I UNDERSTAND WE WILL ALL NOT SEE THE SAME CONCLUSION, BUT TO DO LESS BETRAYS OUR OATH AND THAT OF OUR FOUNDERS WHO PLEDGED THEIR LIVES, THEIR FORTUNATE, AND THEIR SACRED HONOR LET US NEITHER TURN AWAY FROM THE EVIDENCE WHICH TO ME SEEMS SO CLEAR, NOR FROM OUR GOOD CONSCIENCE WHICH COMPELS US TO DO WHAT IN OUR HEARTS WE KNOW TO BE RIGHT LET US NOT ALLOW THE RULE OF LAW TO END OR FOR TIERNEY TO FIND ITS TOE HOLD WITH OUR VOTES TODAY, WE CAN BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE VISION OF OUR FOUNDERS

AND WE CAN SHOW FUTURE GENERATION WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO BE AMERICANS FIRST VOTE YES >> GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK [ APPLAUSE ] >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, A FEW WEEKS AGO JUST OFF OF THIS FLOOR, I SAID THAT A DARK CLOUD WAS DESCENDING UPON THIS BODY

AND TODAY BECAUSE OF THE CLOCK AND THE CALENDAR, IT IS CLOSING IT IS AMAZING TO ME WHAT I JUST HEARD FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER, THAT MR SCHIFF AND MR NADLER PRESENTED A COMPELLING CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT IF THIS IS A COMPELLING CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, I'M NOT SURE WHY WE'RE HERE RIGHT NOW

IT IS NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE TO COMPELLING BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT IS INTERESTING IS WHAT I HAVE HEARD TODAY THE MAJORITY LEADER JUST SPOKE AND SAID THE PRESIDENT WAS GIVEN EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND PROVE HIS INNOCENCE MADAM SPEAKER, LET ME STOP THE CLOCK AND GO AROUND TO THE PRESS CORE AND EVERYBODY HERE AND I'M GOING TO ACCUSE YOU OF SOMETHING YOU DID IT

YOU DID IT YOU DID IT YOU DID IT NOW PROVE US WRONG YOU DID IT

GUESS WHAT YOU DON'T WANT TO BECAUSE DEEP DOWN YOU KNOW THAT THAT'S TURNING THE ENTIRE JURISPRUDENCE OF THIS COUNTRY UPSIDE DOWN YOU ARE NOT GUILTY UNTIL YOU'RE PROVEN YOU ARE INNOCENT AND TODAY FROM THIS FLOOR WE HAVE HEARD THE MAJORITY LEADER SAY THIS PRESIDENT IS GUILTY, AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND

HE IS INNOCENT, AND THESE COME NOWHERE CLOSE TO PROVING IT BUT WHAT IS LEFT OF THIS BODY? LET'S HAVE AN HONEST CONVERSATION, MADAM SPEAKER WHAT WE HAVE FOUND OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, IT IS OKAY FOR THE MAJORITY TO TEAR DOWN A FOREIGN LEADER BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MAKE THEIR CASE THEY'VE CALLED HIM A LIAR OR WEAK OR WORSE OR AS HE WAS CALLED IN THE COMMITTEE, EVEN LOOKED LIKE A BATTERED WIFE IT IS BELOW THE DIGNITY OF THIS BODY AND THIS MAJORITY TO TEAR DOWN A FOREIGN LEADER BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MAKE THEIR CASE AGAINST THIS ONE

[ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE BROKEN RULES IN THIS HOUSE, EVEN TO THIS MOMENT CHAIRMAN SCHIFF AND THE OTHERS HAVE BROKEN HOUSE RESOLUTION 660 BY NOT TURNING OVER THE THINGS THAT THEY SHOULD BE TURNING OVER I STILL HAVE NOT GOT A TRANSCRIPT WE DON'T — THE WHITE HOUSE STILL HAS NOT GOT THEIR STUFF I GUESS MINORITY HEARING RULE DAYS DON'T MATTER EITHER

YOU SEE, THERE IS A's PROBLEM HERE BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO VOTE THIS TONIGHT WHILE BREAKING THE RULES WHAT A SHAMEFUL INCIDENT BUT WE ALSO FOUND A CREATIVE INTERPRETATION OF MINORITY RIGHTS WE SAW THE RISE OF PARTISANSHIP BECAUSE OF THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE EVEN FURTHER AND WE'VE EVEN SEE MEMBERS SMEARED IN REPORTS BY DRIVE-BY POLITICAL HACKS WHEN THEY MATCHED NUMBERS OF THE MAJORITY — RANKING MEMBER AND THE MEMBERS OF THE PRESS THAT OUGHT TO CONCERN EVERY ONE OF YOU AS MUCH AS IT CONCERNS EVERY ONE OF US

NOTHING BUT A DRIVE-BY HIT YOU KNOW SOMETHING? THIS MAJORITY LEADER ALSO SAID WHEREVER LAW ENDS TIERNEY BEGINS I'LL SAY THIS IN THIS HOUSE WHEREVER THE RULES ARE DISREGARDED E CHAOS AND MOB RULE ACTUALLY BEGIN AND THE MAJORITY HAS TAKEN THAT TO A NEW LEVEL IT HAS BEEN SAID WHERE IS BRAVERY

IT'S FOUND IN THIS MINORITY WHO HAS LIVED THROUGH THE LAST YEAR OF NOTHING BUT RULES BEING BROKEN, PEOPLE BEING PUT DOWN, QUESTIONS NOT BEING ANSWERED AND THIS MAJORITY SAY BE DAMNED WITH ANYTHING ELSE, WE'RE GOING TO IMPEACH AND DO WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO WHY? BECAUSE WE WON AN ELECTION I GUARANTEE YOU, ONE DAY YOU'LL BE BACK IN THE MINORITY AND IT AIN'T GONNA BE THAT FUN BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, WHEN YOU ACTUALLY TRASH THE RULES OF THIS HOUSE, YOU WANT TO REALLY LOOK WHAT DID YOU GAIN AT THE END BY TRASHING THE INSTITUTION YOU CLAIM TO LOVE? THAT'S THE THINGS WE FOUND OUT SO FAR YOU KNOW THEY'RE REALLY CAREFUL

YOU WANT TO DEAL IN PROCESS AND PROCESS AS I SAID LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WHERE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO LISTEN I'LL WIN ON PROCESS AND I WILL WIN ON FACTS BECAUSE WE HAVE THE TRUTH ON OUR SIDE LET ME REMIND YOU THAT HERE'S WHAT THE PROCESS ACTUALLY SAYS THERE WAS NO PRESSURE

LOOK AT THE CALL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY, PRESIDENT TRUMP NO PRESSURE THERE WAS NO CONDITIONALITY THERE WAS NOTHING DONE TO GET THE AID AND THE AID ACTUALLY CAME

THERE WERE FIVE MEETINGS BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT RIGHT NOW, NONE OF WHICH MATTER BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THE DARK CLOUD IS DESCENDING UPON THIS HOUSE AND I AM FEARFUL, MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN I LOOK OUT IN THAT ABYSS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SEE BUT I TELL YOU WHAT I SEE I SEE COMING OFF A PRESIDENT WHO WILL PUT HIS HEAD DOWN THROUGH THIS SHAM IMPEACHMENT AND HE WILL DO HIS JOB HE WILL PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST

[ APPLAUSE ] HE WILL TELL THEM, THAT I CARE ABOUT YOU HE WILL STILL PUT THE ECONOMY FIRST AND HE WILL MAKE SURE THIS COUNTRY STANDS STRONG THAT'S WHAT I SEE IN THIS ABYSS THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING AND, MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS WITH THAT HOPE IN THE FUTURE THAT I RECOGNIZE RIGHT NOW THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADER OF THIS HOUSE, THE REPUBLICAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR

McCARTHY >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, I MUST WARN YOU I'M ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HATE TO HEAR DONALD J TRUMP IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

[ APPLAUSE ] HE IS PRESIDENT TODAY HE'LL BE PRESIDENT TOMORROW AND HE WILL BE PRESIDENT WHEN THIS IMPEACHMENT IS OVER [ APPLAUSE ] MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN THEY ACCEPT THAT, MAYBE THIS HOUSE CAN GET BACK TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TONIGHT I RISE, NOT AS THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION TO THIS IMPEACHMENT, OR AS THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CENTRAL VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA

I RISE AS KEVIN McCARTHY, CITIZEN NO BETTER, NO WORSE THAN THE 4435 REPRESENTATIVES THAT ARE IN THIS CHAMBER OR THE 330 MILLION AMERICANS WATCHING THIS INSTITUTION MAKE WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE ONE OF THE WORST DECISIONS WE HAVE EVER MADE IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN, WHETHER YOU'RE LIBERAL OR YOU'RE CONSERVATIVE WHETHER YOU'RE THE FIRST GENERATION OR THE TENTH

AT OUR CORE, WE ARE ALL AMERICAN, ALL OF US WE CHOOSE OUR FUTURE WE CHOOSE WHAT KIND OF NATION WE WANT TO BE HERE IS OUR CHOICE TONIGHT WILL WE LET IMPEACHMENT BECOME AN EXERCISE OF RAW POLITICAL POWER, REGARDLESS IF IT DAMAGES OUR COUNTRY? OR WILL WE PROTECT THE PROPER GROUNDS AND PROCESS FOR IMPEACHMENT NOW AND IN THE FUTURE? FOR MONTHS DEMOCRATS AND MANY IN THE MEDIA HAVE ATTEMPTED TO NORMALIZE THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IS THAT WOULD REMOVE A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE

AFTER THREE YEARS OF BREATHLESS AND BASELESS OUTRAGE, THIS IS THEIR LAST ATTEMPT TO STOP THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY MADAM SPEAKER, SPEAKER PELOSI EVEN RECENTLY ADMITTED THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS IMPEACHMENT FOR 2 1/2 YEARS THOSE WERE HER WORDS THEY WERE NOT MINE BECAUSE THEY LOST TO HIM IN 2016, THEY'LL DO ANYTHING OR SAY ANYTHING TO STOP HIM IN 2020

THAT'S NOT AMERICA THAT'S NOT HOW DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICS BEHAVE ELECTIONS MATTER VOTERS MATTER AND IN 11 MONTHS, THE PEOPLE'S VOICE WILL BE HEARD AGAIN

IMPEACHMENT IS THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL DECISION CONGRESS CAN MAKE OTHER THAN SENDING OUR MEN AND WOMEN INTO WAR YET 85 DAYS AGO SPEAKER PELOSI CHOSE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHE WROTE THE SCRIPT AND CREATED AN ARTIFICIAL TIME LINE TO MAKE THE DETAILS FIT WHY ELSE ARE WE DOING THIS JUST HOURS BEFORE CHRISTMAS? IF THAT'S ALL IT WAS, A RUSH TO JUDGMENT, SHE COULD BE FORGIVEN BUT BEFORE THE SPEAKER SAW ONE WORD OR ONE SHRED OF EVIDENCE, SHE MOVED TO IMPEACH

IN THE PAST, IN THIS BODY, SUCH A STEP DEMANDED A VOTE FROM ALL OF US FROM THE START BUT NOT ONLY DID SHE MOVE TO IMPEACH BEFORE SHE GAVE THIS HOUSE AND THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WE REPRESENT A SAY IN WHETHER TO PURSUE AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, SHE THREW OUT THE BIPARTISAN STANDARDS THIS HOUSE GAVE PRESIDENT NIXON AND CLINTON THAT IS WHY I IMMEDIATELY SENT SPEAKER PELOSI A LETTER ASKING HER TO FOLLOW THE RULES OF HISTORY, OF TRADITION, AND FOLLOW THOSE STANDARDS THAT HAVE SERVED AMERICA WELL WHAT DID SHE SAY? SHE REJECTED IT SHE REJECTED IT BECAUSE DEMOCRATS KNEW A FAIR PROCESS WOULD CRUMBLE THEIR CASE A FAIR PROCESS WOULD EXPOSE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WHAT MANY ALREADY KNEW

DEMOCRATS HAVE WANTED TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP SINCE THE DAY HE WAS ELECTED AND NOTHING WAS GOING TO GET IN THEIR WAY, CERTAINLY NOT THE TRUTH MADAM SPEAKER, CHAIRMAN SCHIFF SAID HE HAD EVIDENCE, MORE THAN CIRCUMSTANTIAL OF COLLUSION THAT WAS FALSE IN JANUARY, WHERE WE ALL STOOD IN THIS BODY, WE STOOD UP, WE RAISED OUR HANDS, WE SWORE WE'D UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION

[ APPLAUSE ] AND A FEW MERE HOURS AFTER THAT, CONGRESSWOMAN TALIB SAID SHE WAS GOING TO IMPEACH THE MOTHER F'ER THOSE ARE NOT MY WORDS A YEAR BEFORE TAKING THE MAJORITY, CHAIRMAN NADLER CAMPAIGNED TO THE DEMOCRATS THAT HE WANTED TO BE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHERE IMPEACHMENT IS "THE NEW YORK TIMES" WRITES, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE HE IS THE STRONGEST MEMBER TO LEAD A POTENTIAL IMPEACHMENT AND CONGRESSMAN RASKIN, A LEADING DEMOCRAT ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ONE THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAD REPRESENT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR THESE ARTICLES JUST YESTERDAY, TOLD A CROWD HE WOULD IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP TWO DAYS BEFORE HE WAS EVER SWORN INTO OFFICE

WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS A RIGGED PROCESS THAT HAS LED TO THE MOST PARTISAN AND LEAST CREDIBLE IMPEACHMENT IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA THAT IS THIS LEGACY ANY PROSECUTOR IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD BE DISBARRED FOR SUCH BLATANT BIAS, ESPECIALLY IF THAT PROSECUTOR WAS THE FACT WITNESS, THE JUDGE, AND THE JURY [ APPLAUSE ] MADAM SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS HAVEN'T JUST FAILED ON PROCESS THEY'VE ALSO FAILED ON EVIDENCE

I'VE HEARD A LOT OF DEBATE ON THIS FLOOR TODAY, BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD ONE MEMBER OF THIS BODY DISPUTE THIS SIMPLE FACT PRESIDENT TRUMP PROVIDED LETHAL AID TO UKRAINE IT CAME BEFORE THE CALL, IT CAME AFTER THE CALL, AND IT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY PRESIDENT TRUMP PROVIDED UKRAINE TANK-BUSTING BOMBS THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, THEY GAVE BLANKETS

THIS IS THE TRUTH MEANWHILE, THE DEMOCRATS' CASE IS BASED ON SECONDHAND OPINIONS AND HEARSAY SIMPLY PUT, THERE ARE NO GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT >>> AS CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR JONATHAN TURLEY — AND I WOULD CHALLENGE TO SAY THE MOST RESPECTED AND WE ALL KNOW IT, A DEMOCRAT WHO DID NOT VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT, SAID UNDER OATH THERE WAS NO BRIBERY, THERE WAS NO EXTORTION, NO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, AND NO ABUSE OF POWER BASED ON THE FACTS, BASED ON THE TRUTH, BASED ON THE LACK OF EVIDENCE, TURLEY CALLED THIS THE FASTEST, THINNEST AND WEAKEST IMPEACHMENT IN THE U

S HISTORY SUCH A DEFINITIVE ANSWER SHOULD BE THE END OF ALL OF THIS BUT SPEAKER PELOSI IS STILL MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS IMPEACHMENT, WITHOUT EVIDENCE OR FACTS OR TRUTH OR PUBLIC SUPPORT THE SPEAKER SAYS IT IS OUT OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FOUNDERS

ON THIS I AGREE I AGREE WITH THE SPEAKER WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THE FOUNDERS AND IF ONE DOES, IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THIS IMPEACHMENT IS UNFOUNDED AND IMPROPER IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, ALEXANDER HAMILTON WROTE, THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE THE GREATEST DANGER THAT IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE DRIVEN BY PARTISAN ANIMOSITY INSTEAD OF REAL DEMONSTRATIONS OF INNOCENT OR GUILT

THAT IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE DRIVEN BY PARTISAN ANIMOSITY INSTEAD OF REAL DEMONSTRATIONS OF INNOCENCE OR GUILT JAMES MADISON, ANOTHER AUTHOR OF THE FEDERALIST PAPERS WROTE, THE DANGER OF LEGISLATIVE ABUSE MUST LEAD TO THE SAME TIERNEY AS IS THREATENED BY EXECUTIVE ABUSE THE FOUNDERS DID NOT WANT IMPEACHMENT TO BE USED FOR POLITICAL OR PARTISAN BATTLES IF MY COLLEAGUES DO NOT WANT TO FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTIONAL HIGH STANDARDS FOR UNDOING A NATIONAL ELECTION, PERHAPS YOU COULD HAVE FOLLOWED SPEAKER PELOSI'S STANDARD AT LEAST THE ONE SHE PROMISED TO FOLLOW BACK IN MARCH

IT WAS A VERY SENSIBLE STANDARD SHE SAYS IMPEACHMENT IS SO DIVISIVE THAT THE EVIDENCE MUST BE OVERWHELMING, COMPELLING, AND BIPARTISAN NOT ONE OF THOSE CRITERIA HAVE BEEN MET TODAY BASED ON THE FACTS, BASED ON THE EVIDENCE, BASED ON THE TRUTH, THIS IMPEACHMENT EVEN FAILS THAT PELOSI TEST THOSE NOW WHO SERI MOVING PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR DEMOCRACY HAVE IT BACKWARDS

BY REMOVING A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT ON EMPTY ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, CONGRESS WILL ENRODE THE PUBLIC TRUST IN OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT I UNDERSTAND YOU DISLIKE THE PRESIDENT, HIS BELIEFS, THE WAY HE GOVERNS, AND EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM HOW DO I KNOW THIS? BECAUSE YOU SAY SO DAY IN AND DAY OUT IN 2016 THEY EVEN DISMISSED HIS SUPPORTERS REMEMBER, CALLING US DEPLORABLES? NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO DISQUALIFY OUR VOICE BEFORE THE 2020 ELECTION

THEY WANT TO UNDO THE RESULTS OF THE LAST ELECTION TO INFLUENCE THE NEXT ONE AS I SAID, PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL STILL BE PRESIDENT WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER, BUT CONGRESS WILL HAVE WASTED MONTHS OF TIME, AND TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS ON IMPEACHMENT RATHER THAN DOING WHAT AMERICA'S PEOPLE WANT US TO DO IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY >>> IS THIS WHY WE CAME HERE TO SERVE? TO TRAMPLE ON DUE PROCESS RIGHTS? TO ISSUE MORE SUBPOENAS THAN LAWS? TO APPEASE THE NEW DEMOCRATS' SOCIALIST BASE? [ GAVEL ] THAT IS NOT LEADERSHIP THAT IS RAW POLITICAL POLITICS, AND YOU KNOW IT

BY REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH OR FOLLOW THE FACTS BY SUBSTITUTING PARTISAN ANIMOSITY FOR REAL DEMONSTRATION OF INNOCENCE OR GUILT, AND BY CONTINUING A THREE-YEAR EFFORT TO UNDERMINE THE PRESIDENT, THIS IMPEACHMENT HAS DIVIDED THIS NATION WITHOUT ANY CONCERN FOR THE REPERCUSSIONS MOREOVER, POLITICIZING THIS PROCESS HAS DISCREDITED THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND COULD FOREVER WEAKEN THE REMEDY OF IMPEACHMENT TO AGAIN QUOTE PROFESSOR TURLEY, IT IS THE DEMOCRATS' RUSH TO IMPEACHMENT ON THESE GROUNDS WITH UNFAIR PROCEDURES THAT IS AN ABUSE OF POWER HISTORY WILL WRITE THAT MADAM SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WE FACE A CHOICE

DO YOU TRUST THE WISDOM OF THE PEOPLE OR DO YOU DENY THEM A SAY IN THEIR GOVERNMENT? FORTUNATELY, THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK UP AND RENDER THEIR VERDICT IN 11 MONTHS TO MY FELLOW AMERICANS TO MY FELLOW AMERICANS, IF YOU APPROVE OF THE WAY THIS HOUSE HAS CONDUCTED THEIR BUSINESS, IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR TAX DOLLARS GO FORWARD TO ENDLESS INVESTIGATIONS [ APPLAUSE ] AND ONE THAT ONCE AGAIN WILL WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT TO GET THINGS DONE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, THEN JOIN WITH US IN REJECTING THIS BASELESS IMPEACHMENT THAT'S WHAT'S WONDERFUL ABOUT THIS SYSTEM OF OURS WE ARE A GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE ALWAYS REMEMBER WE WORK FOR YOU, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND

>>> NOW, I WILL SAY THIS STRONGER AND WITH MORE CONVICTION THAN I HAVE EVER SAID IT BEFORE IN THIS TIME OF GREAT TRIAL AND TRIBULATION, MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA I YIELD BACK [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK >> GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED

HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED >> MADAM SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, AFTER EIGHT HOURS, LET US RETURN TO WHERE WE BEGAN WITH THE ARTICLES THEMSELVES

ARTICLE 1 CHARGES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH ABUSING THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE BY COERCING AN ALLY INTO CHEATING IN A US ELECTION ON HIS BEHALF IT CHARGES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES — >> BOO >> THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER

THE GENTLEMAN HAS A RIGHT TO BE HEARD >> IT CHARGES THE PRESIDENT — >> THE GENTLEMAN SHALL SUSPEND GENTLEMAN MAY RESUME >> IT CHARGES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH ABUSING HIS POWER BY WITHHOLDING OFFICIAL ACTS, BY WITHHOLDING A WHITE HOUSE MEETING THAT THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE DESPERATELY SOUGHT, TO ESTABLISH THE SUPPORT OF HIS MOST IMPORTANT BEN FACTOR, THE UNITED STATES BY WITHHOLDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF MILITARY AID TO A NATION AT WAR IN ORDER TO GET THAT NATION TO INTERVENE IN OUR ELECTION BY SMEARING HIS OPPONENT

THAT IS THE GRAVAMEN OF THE CHARGE IN ARTICLE 1 AND WHAT IS THE DEFENSE FROM MY COLLEAGUES? I'VE LISTENED CAREFULLY TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE LAST EIGHT HOURS, AND I HAVE TO SAY IT'S BEEN HARD FOR ME TO FOLLOW BUT IT AMOUNTS, I THINK, WHEN YOU CUT THROUGH IT ALL, WHEN YOU CUT THROUGH ALL THE SOUND AND THE FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING, WHAT IT REALLY AMOUNTS TO IS THIS WHY SHOULD WE CARE? WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID TO UKRAINE? WELL, FIRST OF ALL, WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT OUR ALLIES WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT UKRAINE

WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT A COUNTRY STRUGGLING TO BE FREE IN A DEMOCRACY WE USED TO CARE ABOUT DEMOCRACY WE USED TO CARE ABOUT OUR ALLIES WE USED TO STAND UP TO PUTIN AND RUSSIA [ APPLAUSE ] WE USED TO

I KNOW THE PARTY OF RONALD REAGAN USED TO WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT UKRAINE? BUT, OF COURSE, IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN UKRAINE IT'S ABOUT US IT'S ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THEIR FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT

THEIR DEFENSE IS OUR DEFENSE WHEN RUSSIA REMAKES THE MAP OF EUROPE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II DFICULT ATTEMPT OF MILITARY FORCE AND UKRAINE FIGHTS BACK, IT IS OUR FIGHT, TOO AND WHEN THE PRESIDENT SACRIFICES OUR INTERESTS, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY FOR HIS ELECTION, HE IS SACRIFICING OUR COUNTRY FOR HIS PERSONAL GAIN THAT IS THE GRAVAMEN OF ARTICLE 1 [ APPLAUSE ] ARTICLE 2, ARTICLE 2 CHARGES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH OBSTRUCTING THE CONGRESS, WITH DENYING THE CONGRESS ANY WITNESS, ANY DOCUMENT BY TELLING ALL OF HIS ADMINISTRATION PEOPLE, YOU WILL NOT APPEAR

YOU WILL IGNORE A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND WHAT IS THE DEFENSE TO THIS FROM MY COLLEAGUES? AGAIN, IT IS, WHY SHOULD WE CARE? HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF OUR PARTY WHY SHOULD WE CARE IF HE IGNORES THIS CONGRESS? WELL, I REMIND MY FRIENDS THAT HE WILL NOT BE THE LAST PRESIDENT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PRESIDENT AND YOU MAY BE ONE DAY, ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT ACT LIKE IT, YOU MAY ONE DAY BE IN THE MAJORITY AND YOU WILL WANT TO HOLD A PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE AND WHAT WILL YOU SAY WHEN THAT PRESIDENT SAYS, YOU ARE A PAPER TIGER

YOU HAVE NO OVERSIGHT I CAN IGNORE YOUR SUBPOENAS WHAT WILL YOU SAY? WHAT WILL YOU ARGUE? WELL, NO, NO, THAT WAS DIFFERENT THEN, THEN WE WERE IN THE MINORITY THEN IT WAS A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT

WILL THAT BE YOUR ARGUMENT? IS THAT HOW LITTLE FAITH YOU HAVE IN OUR DEMOCRACY, IN OUR CONSTITUTION? IS THAT HOW POORLY YOU DEFEND AND UPHOLD THAT CONSTITUTION? BUT FINALLY, LET ME ASK THIS QUESTION THAT OVERRIDES IT ALL, WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT ANY OF THIS AND I WILL BRING YOU TO ONE CONVERSATION THAT CAME TO LIGHT, BECAUSE IT'S NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT CONVERSATION, BUT IN MANY WAYS IT IS THE MOST REVEALING IT TOOK PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 14th IN UKRAINE WHEN AMBASSADOR VOLKER SAT DOWN WITH ANDREJ YERMAK, THE TOP ADVISOR TO ZELENSKY AND HE DID WHAT HE SHOULD DO

HE SUPPORTED THE RULE OF LAW HE SAID YOU, PRESIDENT, YOU, ANDREJ YERMAK, SHOULD NOT INVESTIGATE THE LAST PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT POROSHENKO FOR POLITICAL REASONS YOU SHOULD NOT ENGAGE IN POLITICAL INVESTIGATIONS AND YOU KNOW WHAT YERMAK SAID? OH, YOU MEAN LIKE YOU WANT US TO DO WITH THE BIDENS AND THE CLINTONS? AND IN THAT ABRUPT, BRUTAL RETORT, WE SEE WHY WE SHOULD CARE, BECAUSE WHAT HE WAS SAYING IS YOU, AMERICA, HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT MEANS TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT MEANS TO SAY THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW

WE ARE A STRUGGLING DEMOCRACY, BUT EVEN WE KNOW BETTER THAN THAT [ APPLAUSE ] WHAT IS AT RISK HERE — WHAT IS AT RISK HERE IS THE VERY IDEA OF AMERICA THAT IDEA HOLDS THAT WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS, NOT OF MEN WE ARE A NATION THAT BELIEVES IN A RULE OF LAW WHEN WE SAY WE UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT A PIECE OF PARCHMENT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE IN WHICH AMBITION IS SET AGAINST AMBITION IN WHICH NO BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT CAN DOMINATE ANOTHER

THAT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION IF YOU IGNORE IT, IF YOU SAY THE PRESIDENT MAY REFUSE TO COMPLY, MAY REFUSE LAWFUL PROCESS, MAY COERCE AN ALLY, MAY CHEAT IN AN ELECTION BECAUSE HE'S THE PRESIDENT OF OUR PARTY, YOU DO NOT UPHOLD OUR CONSTITUTION YOU DO NOT UPHOLD YOUR OATH OF OFFICE WELL, I WILL TELL YOU THIS I WILL UPHOLD MINE

I WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP I YIELD BACK [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED [ APPLAUSE ] PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 767, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AS AMENDED THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION IS AMENDED, SHALL BE DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO ARTICLES

THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON THE ADOPTION OF ARTICLE 1 ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE >> AYE >> OPPOSED NO >> NO

>> THE AYES HAVE IT >> NO >> GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA >> MADAM SPEAKER, THE AYES AND NAYS ON THAT VOTE >> ROLL CALL

>> THE YEAS AND NAYS — THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED THOSE FAVORING THE VOTE BY THE YEAS WILL RISE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE

[ GAVEL ] >> SO IT HAS BEEN A VERY, VERY LONG DAY OF DEBATE, BUT THEY ARE FINALLY GETTING DOWN TO THE BUSINESS THAT BROUGHT THEM TO THIS CHAMBER EARLY THIS MORNING AND THAT IS TO VOTE IN THE TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT VOTE TURNING TO A ROLL CALL, A ROUGHLY 15-MINUTE VOTE THERE IS THE SECOND ARTICLE, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, THAT THEY ARE ALSO VOTING ON LIKELY IT'S GOING TO GO DOWN AS ADOPTING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE THE NUMBERS TO PREVAIL TONIGHT

WE HAVE BEEN ALSO WATCHING OUT OF OUR OTHER EYE, LITERALLY A SPLIT SCREEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO IS APPEARING RIGHT NOW AT A RALLY IN MICHIGAN EVEN AS THIS HISTORIC VOTE IS TAKING PLACE WE WANT TO GO RIGHT NOW TO JEFF BENNETT ON CAPITOL HILL JEFF, WALK US THROUGH THIS PROCESS, 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ARTICLE 1 AND WHEN DOES ARTICLE 2 REACH A VOTE? >> Reporter: WELL, LESTER, THIS HISTORY-MAKING MOMENT IS ALMOST UPON US YES, SO THE HOUSE WILL VOTE FIRST ON THIS FIRST ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT, ABUSE OF POWER DEMOCRATS ALLEGE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ABUSED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE WHEN HE LEANED ON HIS UKRAINIAN COUNTERPART TO OPEN INVESTIGATIONS THAT WOULD BE PERSONALLY AND POLITICALLY BENEFICIAL TO HIM

AND IN THE PROCESS, LEVERAGED THE OFFER OF THAT COVETED WHITE HOUSE MEETING AND THE DELIVERY OF THAT NEARLY $400 MILLION IN AID SO THIS VOTE WILL STAY OPEN FOR THE NEXT, WHAT, 10 TO 15 MINUTES AS MEMBERS MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FLOOR ONCE THAT ENDS THEY'LL THEN MOVE TO THE VOTE, THE SECOND VOTE ON THE SECOND ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS AND, OF COURSE, THERE DEMOCRATS ALLEGE THAT TRUMP OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS WHEN HE RESTRICTED ACCESS TO KEY TESTIMONY AND KEY EVIDENCE OVER THE COURSE OF THI JUSTICE DURING THIS THREE MONTH LONG INQUIRY >> KEEP IN MIND THIS IS NOT A VOTE, THIS IS WHETHER TO REMOVE THE PRESIDENT

THE PRESIDENT CAN BE IMPEACHED, IT WILL BE UP TO THE SENATE TRIAL TO DECIDE WHETHER HE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE REGARDING THE PRESIDENT, AS I SAID, HE'S IN MICHIGAN RIGHT NOW, LET'S GO TO KELLY O'DONNELL WHO IS WATCHING HIS APPEARANCE THERE IS THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING BACK IN DC? >> YES, HE IS, LESTER

>> ALREADY REFERENCING IT, SAYING HE DOESN'T FEEL LIKE HE'S BEING IMPEACHED BECAUSE OF HOW WELL THE KIRNT IS DOING THERE WAS A CASE HE JOKED THAT HE TOLD THE FIRST LADY, AREN'T YOU GLAD I TOOK YOU ON THIS AMAZING JOURNEY WITH ME? HERE'S A SAMPLE OF HOW THE PRESIDENT IS ADDRESSING IMPEACHMENT IN BATTLE CREEK MICHIGAN >> THANK YOU TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, HE'S A GOOD GUY, WE'VE DONE A GREAT JOB TOGETHER MERRY CHRIS CHRIS, MICHIGAN, THANK YOU, MICHIGAN A LOT OF VICTORIES WE HAD IN MICHIGAN

THAT WAS ONE OF THE GREATS I'M PROUD TO BE HERE WITH HARDWORKING PATRIOTS, AS WE CELEBRATE THE GREATNESS OF AMERICA AND THE GLORY OF GOD, THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND DID YOU NOTICE THAT EVERYBODY IS SAYING MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN? DID YOU NOTICE? I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST STARTED THIS BEAUTIFUL TRIP, THIS BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY, I SAID TO THE FIRST LADY, YOU'RE SO LUCKY I TOOK YOU ON THIS FANTASTIC JOURNEY IT'S SO MUCH FUN, THEY WANT TO IMPEACH YOU, THEY WANT TO DO WORSE THAN THAT, BY THE WAY, BY THE WAY IT DOESN'T REALLY FEEL LIKE WE'RE BEING IMPEACHED

THE COUNTRY IS DOING BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE WE DID NOTHING WRONG, AND WE HAVE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY LIKE WE'VE NEVER HAD BEFORE NOBODY'S EVER HAD THIS KIND OF SUPPORT THIS — >> WE HAVE A LITTLE OF THE BACK STORY HERE FOR YOU AS WELL, MIKE PENCE WAS ALSO HERE, AND TOLD THIS CROWD IN BATTLE CREEK, ROUGHLY 10,000 OR SO, THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO WAIT AND WATCH THE VOTE PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO DO, AND HE CAME OUT HERE GIVING THE SPLIT SCREEN OR COUNTER PROGRAMMING OF HIS OWNBY SPEAKING TO SUPPORTERS, SORT OF BATHING HIMSELF IN THE SUPPORT OF HIS VOTERS AND THOSE WHO TURNED OUT HERE TONIGHT

AS THE HOUSE IS CASTING ITS VOTE ON HISTORY FOR HIM AND TO SOME DEGREE THE COUNTRY WE'VE BEEN TOLD TO EXPECT AT LEAST A THIRD OF HIS REMARKS TONIGHT TO BE ABOUT IMPEACHMENT WE'VE BEEN HEARING CHANTS OF FOUR MORE YEARS AND USA HE'S GOT TO WIN AGAIN IN 2020, AS HE DID IN 2016 OPINION THEY'RE TRYING TO FOCUS ON RE-ELECTION, AND NOT SO MUCH IMPEACHMENT TONIGHT >> I CAN'T GET OVER THAT PICTURE, THAT IMAGE WE SAW OF THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT AS IF IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE IMPEACHMENT, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SCREEN WE'RE SEEING THE NUMBERS BEGINNING TO WORK AGAINST HIM

FACE IMPEACHMENT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES AS THIS VOTE IS EXPECTED TO FALL >> CHUCK, YOU SAW THAT SAME JUXTAPOSITION OF IMAGERY THERE THAT TELLS US HOW HE'S GOING TO RUN WITH THIS, I WOULD SAY >> IT'S BEEN HIS — POLITICALLY, IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE THIS PROCESS

WHICH IS RALLY THE PARTY TO YOUR SIDE, POLERIZE THE PROCESS, AND LOOK THIS HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY FOR THIS PRESIDENT, TO SURVIVE THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS, POLITICALLY MEANING NOT GET OUSTED FROM OFFICE, TRY TO MAKE IT SO THAT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR A REPUBLICAN TO CRITICIZE HIM IN PUBLIC SO ON THAT SCORE, HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN CREATING THIS, ALL HE'S DONE IS FOUGHT THIS TO A DRAW THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ALMOST UNITED IN BELIEVING HE NEEDS TO GO, AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS ALMOST UNITED IN BELIEVING THIS IS A WITCH HUNT

AND YOU DO HAVE A SMALL SLICE, BUT IT EXISTS, AND WE HAVE IT IN OUR POLLING ACTUALLY TONIGHT, IN THE MIDDLE, INDEPENDENTS LITERALLY ARE SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE ON THIS QUESTION ABOUT SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE THIS IS THE WORLD THAT WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A FACTUAL DEBATE, AND THEN THERE'S THE POLITICAL REALITY, AND AS THIS IS IT — I MEAN, IT'S BIZARRE TO THINK THAT HE'S GETTING CHEERS ON BATTLE CREEK MICHIGAN ON THE SAME NIGHT HE'S GETTING IMPEACHED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IT'S BIZARRE, BUT HISTORIANS WILL MAKE MORE SENSE OF IT THAN WE CAN RIGHT NOW >> ANDREA MITCHELL, CHUCK SHOWING THE POLLING, NOTHING HAS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED WILL ACTUAL IMPEACHMENT CHANGE ANYTHING? >> WE DON'T KNOW

TO BE TOTALLY HONEST, ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT OVER ALL OF THESE WEEKS AND THE TESTIMONY, AND THE ARGUMENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT SOMETHING WOULD HAVE SHIFTED, BUT THE POLL NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE TONIGHT THAT CAME OUT IS JUST THIS EVENING, EXACTLY IDENTICAL TO THE SAME POLLING WE HAD IN OCTOBER, WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR AT THIS POINT, THIS IS GOING TO PLAY OUT ACROSS AMERICA THROUGHOUT THIS ELECTION, THE CAMPAIGN AS WE NOW PROCEED AUTOMATICALLY, YOU LOOK AT THIS VOTE TALLY, WE'RE GOING TO PROCEED TO A SENATE TRIAL BASED ON THIS ONE ARTICLE, IF NOT BOTH >> WE HAVE SAT HERE ALL DAY, WE WATCHED THOSE IMPASSIONED SPEECHES BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS DEMOCRATS TALKING ABOUT COURAGE

WHAT DO THEY SEE IN THEIR FUTURE? WHAT'S THE POTENTIAL BLOW BACK? WHAT DO THEY EXPECT IF THIS VOTE GOES THROUGH AS EXPECTED? >> I KEEP GOING BACK TO ALYSSA SLOT KIN, A FRESHMAN DEMOCRAT FROM MICHIGAN, WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS TONIGHT ONE OF THOSE NATIONAL SECURITY DEMOCRATS WHO WAS INSPIRED TO RUN FOR OFFICE, A FORMER CIA AND PENTAGON OFFICIAL, INSPIRED TO RUN OVER HEALTH CARE, AND NOW SHE'S FACING — SHE SAID, THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSING HER POLITICAL CAREER NEXT YEAR OVER THIS VOTE, BUT SHE TOLD A VERY ANGRY TOWN HALL MEETING, THERE WERE CHEERS AND JEERS, THIS WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN HER GUT, SHE STUDIED IT ALL WEEKEND ON HER FARM IN MICHIGAN, SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD TO DO IT >> SHE AND THE OTHERS, ABOUT 30 OF THESE MODERATE DEMOCRATS WHO WERE FROM SWING STATES NOW HAVE THEIR JOBS AND POSSIBLY CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE WHITE HOUSE, OF COURSE ON THE LINE OVER THIS VOTE AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SENATE TRIAL >> AND WE'RE WATCHING THIS VOTE RIGHT NOW, THE RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN, THOSE ARE THE NUMBERS RIGHT NOW, AS THEY'RE VOTING ON, THE FIRST ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT, ABUSE OF POWER THAT'S FOLLOWING A LONG DAY OF DEBATE OVER SIX HOURS IN THE FULL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I WANT TO GO TO HALLIE JACKSON NOW COMING TO US FROM OUR WASHINGTON NEWSROOM

WE SAW THE PRESIDENT MAKING LIGHT AND DRAWING STRENGTH AND HUMOR FROM THAT CROWD BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, WHAT IS THE FEELING RIGHT NOW NO QUESTION, BEING IMPEACHED IS A STAIN NO MATTER HOW YOU REGARD THE LEGITIMACY OF IT >> HE'S MAD, HIS AIDS ARE MAD, PEOPLE INSIDE THE WEST WING ARE FEELING ANGRY AND AGRIEVED THAT IS BEING REFLECTED IN WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS TALKING ABOUT WITH HIS AIDS, BASED ON OUR REPORTING, HE'S OPENLY MUSING TO ALLIES HERE, LIKE LINDSEY GRAHAM, WHAT THIS MEANS FOR HIS LEGACY, QUESTIONING HOW IMPEACHMENT COULD AFFECT, HOW THE HISTORY BOOKS SEE HIM DOWN THE ROAD

YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT'S FRIENDS AND ADVISERS TRYING TO REASSURE HIM, HIS LEGACY WILL NOT BE DEFINED BY IMPEACHMENT, THAT IS A QUESTION FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS IT'S FASCINATING, AS WE WATCH THIS EXTRAORDINARY SPLIT SCREEN MOMENT, IS THE LANGUAGE THE PRESIDENT IS USING TO TALK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT, HE'S SAYING, WE ARE GETTING IMPEACHED, HE'S GETTING HIS BASE OF SUPPORTERS INVESTED IN THIS FIGHT WITH HIM, WHY? HE THINKS IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING AND MY ANALYSIS HERE BASED ON COVERING THIS PRESIDENT SINCE HIS LAST CAMPAIGN, THAT THAT WILL HELP RALLY HIS SUPPORTERS AROUND HIM, HELP CREATE ENTHUSIASM, SENIOR CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS ARE ALREADY EXPECTING OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS OR SO, THEY ARE GOING TO GET GANGBUSTERS FUND-RAISING NUMBERS OUT OF THIS, THEY'RE PLEASES TO SEE SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT HAS REFERENCED, WHICH IS THAT STRONG WALL OF REPUBLICAN SUPPORT NO REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BREAKING WITH HIM JUSTIN AMASH LEAVING THE PARTY AS YOU HEARD, IN THE LAST HOUR OR SO BUT AT THIS POINT, THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE LEANING INTO THE FIGHT

LET'S BE CLEAR, IT IS NOT A FIGHT HE WANTS HE'S MAKING HISTORY, AND NOT IN THE WAY HE WANTS TO MAKE HISTORY THIS IS THE PRESIDENT, A PERSON WHO RAN FOR OFFICE, WHO CONTINUES TO HAVE HOPES OF WING THE NOBEL PEACE PRICE THIS IS NOT THAT THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T WANT IT, BUT HE KNOWS HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO LEAN INTO THE FIGHT

HE LIKES AN OPPONENT AND RIGHT NOW, WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THAT IS WHAT HE HAS ON AN HISTORIC NIGHT >> THANK YOU JEFF BENNETT RIGHT NOW, WATCHING THAT VOTE TALLY, WHERE ARE WE? >> I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, IN THE FOUR MINUTES THAT REMAIN ON THIS VOIGHT, KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE YAYS THE MAGIC NUMBER TONIGHT IS 214

NOT EVERY MEMBER IN THE HOUSE IS PRESENT THERE ARE TYPICALLY 235 MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE IF EVERYONE VOTED THE MAGIC NUMBER WOULD BE 216 TONIGHT IT'S 214 WE ARE FIVE VOTES AWAY

IT'S NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL DIANA BANGS THAT GAVEL AND SAYS AS MUCH THE TEAM IN THE ROOM HAS ALREADY SEEN THE TWO DEMOCRATIC DEFECTIONS THAT CONGRESSMAN COLIN PETERSON OF MINNESOTA HE REPRESENTS A DISTRICT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WON BY 30 POINTS BACK IN 2016 PETERSON WAS ABLE TO FLIP IT IN 2018 AND JEFF VAN DREW REPRESENTS A DISTRICT IN NEW JERSEY THAT THE PRESIDENT WON BY FIVE POINTS IN 2016

VAN DREW AT LEAST TONIGHT IS STILL A DEMOCRAT, HE WE'RE TOLD INTENDS TO SWITCH PARTIES AND HE WAS SITTING WITH REPUBLICANS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WE ARE THREE VOTES AWAY BEFORE DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE THE VOTES THEY NEED TO PREVAIL ON THIS FIRST ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT >> HOW MANY COULD THEY AFFORD TO LOSE? 17 IS THE NUMBER WE'RE HEAR SOMETHING >> 17 ALL TOGETHER AND DEMOCRATS FOR THE LAST WEEK OR SO, HAVE BEEN PLANNING FOR THESE TWO, TWO AND A HALF DEFECTIONS, THERE'S ANOTHER CONGRESSMAN FROM MAINE WHO SAYS HE'S GOING TO VOTE YES FOR ABUSE OF POWER, BUT NO FOR OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS, HE DOESN'T FEEL AS IF DEMOCRATS MET THE BAR IN TRYING TO BRING FORWARD THAT CHARGE

>> WATCH THAT YAY CALL, WE'LL CAUTION THESE NUMBERS CAN CHANGE MEMBERS CAN CHANGE THEIR VOTE BEFORE IT OFFICIALLY CLOSES WE'LL WAIT UNTIL THE FINAL TALLY IS CALLED IN THAT VOTE LET ME GO BACK TO CHUCK TODD RIGHT NOW, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE MESSAGE WE HEARD FROM REPUBLICANS TODAY, THEY WERE VERY ON MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROCESS, ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW WAS THE UNFAIRNESS ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW WAS A LACK OF FACTS AND EVIDENCE SOME OF IT COULD BE EASILY CHALLENGED

THE FACT THEY STUCK WITH THAT NARRATIVE, HOW STRONG DOES THAT PLAY AGAINST WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SAY? >> IT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THAT NARRATIVE, THERE IS A — THERE IS GRAINS OF TRUTH TO THEIR ARGUMENT, MEANING, DEMOCRATS DID MAKE A DECISION NOT TO WAIT FOR THESE COURT FIGHTS WHEN IT CAME TO JOHN BOLTON AND MICK MULVANEY AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THEY DID MAKE A DECISION NOT TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT DOES THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK FIND WITH RUDY GIULIANI, LEV PARNESS AND ALL OF THAT THERE'S A LOT MORE TO GO HERE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO GRAB THAT STRAIN OF A NARRATIVE AND WEAVE IT INTO THEIR — THEY DON'T HAVE ANY REAL EVIDENCE SO I GET WHY THEY'VE FOUND THOSE TWO GRAINS AND HAVE USED IT THERE BUT ULTIMATELY, LESTER, I DO THINK THIS IMPEACHMENT WILL END UP BEING JUDGED BY THE FACTS WE LEARN IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS

I THINK THIS IS THE REAL GAMBLE HERE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE MAKING, MORE SO THAN THE DEMOCRATS AND THE GAMBLE IS THIS, THEY'RE STANDING BEHIND, TAKING THE PRESIDENT AT HIS WORD, AND EVERY TIME THEY TURN AROUND, THINKING THEY'RE ON SAFE GROUND, THERE'S THESE UNKNOWN THINGS THAT HAPPEN YESTERDAY WAS THAT CRAZY LETTER THAT THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY SENT THAT MADE A LOT OF SENATE REPUBLICANS UNCOMFORTABLE YOU HAVE THE FACT THAT RUDY GIULIANI CONTINUES TO RUN AROUND UKRAINE THINKING IT'S A GOOD IDEA WHILE HE'S UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

AND, OF COURSE, DURING THIS IMPEACHMENT THING SO THAT'S THE RISK HERE REPUBLICANS HAVE STOOD BY HIM 100%, WHICH MEANS NEW INFORMATION THAT ESSENTIALLY DISPROVES THE PRESIDENT'S THEORY OF THE CASE HERE, SUDDENLY ENDS UP BACK SPLASHING NOT JUST ON THE PRESIDENT, BUT EVERYBODY THAT STANDS BEHIND HIM >> SO THERE COULD BE — >> THAT'S WHAT I THINK THE POLITICS OF THIS IS GOING TO TURN INTO WHICH IS A — BASICALLY AN ATTEMPT BY DEMOCRATS TO SAY, LOOK AT OUR IMPEACHMENT, IT WAS VALIDATED

AND REPUBLICANS CROSSING THEIR FINGERS THAT SOMEHOW THERE'S INFORMATION THAT WILL SHOW UP THAT WILL INVALIDATE IT, I DON'T THINK THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT LUCK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE AISLE >> LET'S LISTEN IN, ACORDING TO THE CLOCK, THE VOTE HAS ENDED IT HAS THE NUMBERS TO PASS, THERE MAY STILL BE TALLYING LATE VOTES LET'S DIP IN HERE FOR A MOMENT AS WE SAID, THEY APPEAR — DEMOCRATS APPEAR TO HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO ADOPT THE FIRST ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT, WE ARE WAITING FOR OFFICIAL WORD, ANDREA

>> THEY CAN IN FACT HOLD THAT VOTE OPEN AS LONG AS THEY WANT, YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE MILLING AROUND, CLEARLY A MOMENT OF HISTORY, THEY'RE TALKING AMONGST THEMSELVES, YOU ALSO SEE THAT 40 PEOPLE ARE STILL LISTED AS NOT VOTING NOW DOWN TO 39, WE'RE SEEING THE

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