Rep. Al Green – 35 Days Since the Mueller Report Was Released to the Public
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Rep. Al Green – 35 Days Since the Mueller Report Was Released to the Public

October 10, 2019


MR. SPEAKER, AND STILL I RISE A PROUD AMERICAN AND I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, AS I STAND HERE TODAY I WOULD CALL TO THE ATTENTION OF THOSE WHO ARE WITHIN THE VIEW OF WHAT WE’RE DOING THE FACT THAT WE’RE NOW SOME 35 DAYS SINCE THE MUELLER REPORT HAS BEEN MADE PUBLIC. IT WAS RELEASED BEFORE THAT, BUT IT’S BEEN MADE PUBLIC SOME 35 DAYS. AND — MADE PUBLIC SOME 35 DAYS. AND THIS MEANS THAT FOR 35 DAYS NOW THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN ABOVE THE LAWF WE ALLOW THE GENESIS OF THESE START TO BE THE DATE THAT THE REPORT WAS ISSUED TO THE PUBLIC. MADE PUBLIC. THE MUELLER REPORT IS CLEAR. THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT EXONERATED WHEN IT COMES TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. THE MUELLER REPORT IN ESSENCE HAS GIVEN THIS CONGRESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. THAT RESPONSIBILITY IS, TO TAKE UP THE CAUSE OF JUSTICE. THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION INTENDED FOR THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE BALANCE OF POWER IS MAINTAINED. WE’RE THE CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT SUCH THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN THE BALANCE OF POWER. NEVER INTENDED THERE BE A CONCENTRATION OF POWER WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO THE EXTENT IT IS BEING CONSEQUENCE RATED BY VIRTUE OF THE ACTIONS OF THIS PRESIDENT. ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN. THIS PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO HONOR SUBPOENAS, HE HAS ENCOURAGED WITNESSES NOT TO APPEAR, HE HAS ENCOURAGED PERSONS TO AVOID THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT THEY HAVE AS HOLDERS OF PUBLIC TRUST, THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS. HE IS ENGAGING AND IS ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO ENGAGE IN A COVER-UP. THIS IS A COVER-UP. WE, THE MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST BODY, HAVE A DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY NOT TO ALLOW THIS COVER-UP TO CONTINUE. WHEN WE TOOK OUR OATH OF OFFICE , WE SAID BY AND THROUGH THAT OATH THAT WE WOULD DEFEND THIS CONSTITUTION. ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION ACCORDS US THE POWER TO CHECK THE PRESIDENT, SO AS TO MAINTAIN THE BALANCE OF POWER. AND WHEN WE REFUSE TO DO SO OR IF WE DECLINE TO DO SO, OR IF WEON’T, FOR WHATEVER REASONS, DO SO, WE’RE NOT LIVING UP TO OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4 DEALS WITH IMPEACHMENT. IT’S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO START THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS. I HAVE BEEN VERY ADAMANT ABOUT THIS. I STAND WHERE I HAVE STOOD FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS. I HAVE BEEN SAID THAT TO BE THE VOICE OF IMPEACHMENT IN THE CONGRESS. I AM NOT THE VOICE. THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WILL BE THE VOICE OF IMPEACHMENT WHEN AND IF WE TAKE IT UP. AND I ASSURE YOU WE WILL IF NOBODY ELSE DOES, I WILL. BUT THE POINT IS THIS IS OUR MOMENT. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MANDATED TO DO, TO BRING IMPEACHMENT BEFORE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT WE SAID WE WOULD WAIT UNTIL THE MUELLER REPORT WAS FINISHED AND THEN HE WE WOULD ACT. WELL, TIME HAS LAPSED AND THIS IS THE TIME FOR US TO ACT. WE’RE THE MEMBERS WHO CAN CAN CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. THIS IS THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. LET ME ADD THIS. I KNOW THESE ARE DIFFICULT TIMES FOR A GOOD MANY PERSONS. AND THERE ARE THOSE WHO QUESTION WHETHER WE SHOULD DO THIS GIVEN WHAT THE SENATE MAY DO. WELL, WE DO A LOT OF THINGS KNOWING THAT THE SENATE WILL NOT ACT AS WE WOULD HAVE THEM ACT. WE SENT BILLS TO THE SENATE QUITE ROUTINELY KNOWING THAT THE SENATE WILL REJECT THESE BILLS. BUT IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT AND WE THEN ALLOW THE SENATE TO DO ITS JOB. IF THE SENATE CHOOSES NOT TO, THAT’S ON THE SENATE. THE HOUSE WILL HAVE PERFORMED ITS RESPONSIBILITY. SO LET US NOT BE GUIDED BY POLITICAL EXSPEEDENCY, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THE SENATE IS GOING TO ACT. LET US STAND ON THE MORAL IMFAVOR THAT WE HAVE TO ACT. — IMPERATIVE THAT WE HAVE TO ACT. SOME HAVE SAID THE SOUL OF THE COUNTRY IS AT RISK. THE TRUTH IS THIS. BEFORE THE SOUL OF THE COUNTRY IS LOST, THE SOUL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LOST IF WE DO NOT ACT ON THIS MORAL IMPERATIVE. THIS IS WHAT WE MUST DO TO MAINTAIN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES’ INTEGRITY AND IT’S PROWESS AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT WHICH SOME SAY HAS A LITTLE BIT MORE AUTHORITY THAN THE EXECUTIVE BY VIRTUE OF IT HAVING A EXEC ON — CHECK ON THE EXECUTIVE. I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND EACH DAY I COME I WILL SHOW YOU THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT HAS LAPSED THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS ENGAGED IN A A COVER-UP AND IS ABOVE THE LAW. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES

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  1. Tell congress to #ImpeachTrumpNow or don't be surprised if dnc again blocks Sanders, nominates Biden, & Biden's criminal record, stupidity, & ineptitude gives trump a 2d term! http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7003/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=10473

  2. This is a defining moment in the history of this country. If the party of the people which I believe to be the Democratic Party, fails in its duty to fully prosecute all those who are busily attempting to change the interactive dynamic between the Executive and Congress regarding those Constitutionally mandated responsibilities, then America will cease to exist. We will become much more aligned with countries like Russia, China, North Korea and those countries in the Mid-East. I respectfully ask you and your follow Democrats to realize you have no choice but to enforce the laws of this land and the responsibilities laid out in the Constitution. Find those who through their behavior, are flaunting their disdain for those laws by thumbing their noses at Congress. It is obvious to me that if this is allowed in the House, the Democrats will be known in the future as the party that allowed for an Imperial Presidency that answers to no-one. Th possibility of such a new reality makes me shudder. I know as we all do, that the Senate will not abide by the findings of the House but that is irrelevant. What matters is the they (Republicans) will carry forever the mantel of shame for destroying what our Forefather foresaw. Namely, what to do when a madman is in the White House. The Democrats must be the Party that did what they could do to save us. Madam Speaker is wrong. This is not a matter of Politics, It's a matter of Honor.

    I remember when Nixon was Pardoned under the guise that it was "for the good of the country". I remember when the Iran-Contra situation resulted in a blanket pardon for the players. I knew then that it was a lie and I knew that our country had moved one step into a journey of a failed Democracy.

    To allow one Party to first stack the Judicial branch identified in the Constitution, then allow that same Party's President to then shift the power of oversight away from the Congress as mandated in the Constitution to the Judicial branch, completely destroys the dynamic outlined in the Constitution. I admire your work sir!

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