Speaker Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry
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Speaker Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry

October 14, 2019


PELOSI’S FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT COMING UP RIGHT NOW. WE ARE ABOUT TO HEAR FROM HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI WHO IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT A FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS BEING ESTABLISHED. THIS FOLLOWS REPORTS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP TRIED TO PRESSURE UKRAINE’S LEADER TO TRY TO INVESTIGATE VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON HUNTER. WE NOW HEAR SPEAKER PELOSI. LAST TUESDAY WE OBSERVED THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADOPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION ON SEPTEMBER 17TH. SADLY ON THAT DAY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL FORMALLY NOTIFIED THE CONGRESS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS FORBIDDING HIM FROM TONGUING OVER A WHISTLE BLOWER COMPLAINT ON CONSTITUTION DAY. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF LAW. SHORTLY THEREAFTER PRESS REPORTS BEGAN TO BREAK OF A PHONE CALL CALLING UPON A FOREIGN POWER TO INTERVENE IN HIS ELECTION. THIS IS A BREACH OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES. THE FACTS ARE THESE. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO WAS APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP DETERMINED THAT THE COMPLAINT IS BOTH OF URGENT CONCERN AND CREDIBLE AND IT’S DISCLOSURE HE WENT ON TO SAY RELATES TO ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ON THURSDAY, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE STATING THAT THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE BLOCKED HIM FROM CLOSING THE WHISTLE BLOWER COMPLAINT. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF LAW. THE LAW IS UNEQUIVOCAL. THE STAFF IT SAYS THE D.N.I. DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SHALL PROVIDE CONGRESS THE FULL WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT. FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS I’VE SERVED ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AS A MEMBER, AS A RANKING MEMBER EVEN BEFORE I WAS IN THE LEADERSHIP. I WAS THERE WHEN WE CREATED THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. THAT DID NOT EXIST BEFORE 2004. I WAS THERE EVEN EARLIER IN THE 90s WHEN WE WROTE THE WHISTLEBLOWER ER LAWS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR INTELLIGENCE AND WHISTLE BLOWERS. I KNOW WHAT THEIR PURPOSE WAS AND WE PROCEEDED WITH BALANCE AND CAUTION AS WE WROTE THE LAWS. I CAN SAY WITH AUTHORITY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ACTIONS UNDERMIND BOTH OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR INTELLIGENCE AND THE PROTECTIONS OF THE WHISTLEBLOWERS MORE THAN BOTH. THIS THURSDAY THE ACTING DNI WILL TURN OVER THE WHISTLE BLOWER’S FULL COMPLAINT TO THE COMMITTEE. HE WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE WHETHER TO BREAK THE LAW OR HONOR HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CONSTITUTION. ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN 1787 WHEN OUR CONSTITUTION WAS ADOPTED AMERICANS GATHERED ON THE STEPS OF INDEPENDENCE HALL TO WAIT THE NEWS OF THE GOVERNMENT OUR FOUNDERS HAD CRAFTEDED. THEY ASKED BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WHAT DO WE HAVE A REPUBLIC OR A MONARCHY? FRANKLIN REPLIED A REPUBLICAN IF YOU CAN KEEP IT. OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO KEEP IT. OUR REPUBLICAN DOORS BECAUSE OF THE WISDOM OF OUR CONSTITUTION ENSHRINED IN THREE EQUAL BRANCHES TO SERVE AS CHECKS AND BALANCES ON EACH OTHER. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAYS ARTICLE 2 SAYS I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS WE HAVING INVESTIGATING IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND LITIGATING IN THE COURTS SO THE HOUSE CAN GATHER ALL THE RELEVANT FACTS AND CONSIDER WHETHER TO EXERCISE ITS FULL ARTICLE ONE POWERS INCLUDING A CONSTITUTIONAL POWER OF THE UTMOST GRAVITY APPROVAL OF ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. AND THIS WEEK THE PRESIDENT HAS ADMITTED TO ASKING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UKRAINE TO TAKE ACTION. THE ACTIONS OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY REVEALED DISHONORABLE FACT OF AND BETRAYAL OF THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS. THEREFORE TODAY, I’M ANNOUNCING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE’S MOVING FORWARD WITH AN OFFICIAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. THE PRESIDENT MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. GETTING BACK TO OUR FOUNDERS. IN THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION THOMAS PAYNE WROTE THE TIMES HAVE FOUND US. THE TIMES HAVE FOUND US TODAY. NOT TO PLACE OURSELVES IN THE SAME CATEGORY OF GREATNESS AS OUR FOUNDERS BUT TO PLACE US IN THE URGENCY OF PROTECTING AND DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION FROM ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC AND THE WORDS OF BEN FRANKLIN TO KEEP OUR REPUBLIC. I THANK OUR CHAIRMAN. THAT I REMEMBER NADLER CHAIRMAN SHIF. CHAIRMAN MINGS HE’S A MASTER OF SO MUCH BUT INCLUDING INSPECTOR’S GENERAL AND WHISTLE BLOWERS. CONGRESSMAN RICHIE NEIL. CONGRESSWOMAN MAX EVEN WATERS OF THE FOREIGN SERVICES COMMITTEE. I COMMEND ALL OF OUR MEMBERS, OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO ALL OF THIS FOR THEIR CAREFUL STATEMENTS. GOD BLESS THEM AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU ALL. SPEAKER. NEVER BEFORE HAS THE PRESIDENT BEEN CONVICTED BY THE SENATE. WHAT DOES THIS ACCOMPLISH — THIS IS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI NOT TAKING ANY QUESTIONS BUT LAYING OUT WHAT IS A TREMENDOUS SHIFT AND HER POSITION AS SPEAKER OF THE DEMOCRATIC LED HOUSE TO NOW DECIDE TO BEGIN AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. AS YOU HEARD HER LAY OUT THERE SHE IS NOW ASKING THE SIX COMMITTEE HEADS OF ALL DEMOCRATIC-LED COMMITTEES TO PREPARE THEIR CASES. I WANT TO GO TO CAPITOL HILL FOR NANCY CORTIS. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF A PROCESS. SURE, THIS IS A SPEAKER WHO JUST ONE WEEK AGO WASN’T EVEN WANTING TO USE THE WORD “IMPEACHMENT” PUBLICLY. NOW SHE’S ANNOUNCING A FORMAL IMPEACHMENT. WHY IS SHE TAKING THIS STEP NOW? WELL FOR STARTERS JUST WITHIN THE PAST 24 HOURS A RAFT OF DEMOCRATS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY ARE NOW OPEN TO IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATIONS AND THEY ARE OPEN TO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEING FILED AND THE HOUSE SPEAKER SAID TODAY THAT THE REASON THAT THEY ALL SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT NOW IS BECAUSE IN HER WORDS, THE PRESIDENT CALLED ON A FOREIGN POWER TO INTERFERE WITH THE U.S. ELECTION WHEN HE SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE AND URGED HIM TO INVESTIGATE ONE OF THE PRESIDENT’S CHIEF POLITICAL RIVALS IN THIS ELECTION SEASON. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN. SHE AND MANY OTHER DEMOCRATS BELIEVED THAT CROSSED THE LINE. THEY BELIEVE THERE’S EVIDENCE OF A QUID PRO QUO BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT ORDERED THAT AID TO UKRAINE TO THE TUNE OF 400 $400 MILLION WAS WITHHELD FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. THEY BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT DID THAT TO PUT EVEN MORE PRESSURE ON THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT. AND SO NOW NOT ONLY WILL THE HOUSE MOVE ON WITH THIS INVESTIGATION BUT MARGARET THE SENATE TODAY ANNOUNCED IT IS GOING TO BE LOOKING INTO THIS AS WELL AND THAT IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT. THE REPUBLICAN-LED SENATE NOW WORKING ON GETTING THAT WHISTLEBLOWER WHO ORIGINALLY CREATED SUCH A STIR BY FILING A REPORT TO THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. A REPORT THAT WAS DEEMED TO BE OF A HIGH LEVEL OF CONCERN. THE WHISTLEBLOWER’S REPORT HAS BEEN BLOCKED FROM COMING HERE TO CAPITOL HILL BUT NOW THE HOUSE AND SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES WE’RE TOLD ARE WORKING WITH THAT WHISTLEBLOWER’S ATTORNEY TO TRY TO GET THEM TO COME UP HERE TO CAPITOL HILL AND TESTIFY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. POSSIBLY EVEN THIS WEEK. AND THAT WILL BE WIDELY WATCHES NANCY CORDIS AND YOU HEARD THE SPEAKER. THE REFUSAL TO HAND OVER THAT INFORMATION TO THE RELEVANT COMMITTEE IS ONE OF THE REASONS SHE’S TAKING THIS STEP. WEIJIA JIANG IS STANDING BY. WEIJIA PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS LONG SAID BRING IT ON ESSENTIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO ACTUAL IMPEACHMENT. HE HAS DESCRIBED THIS OFTEN AS SOMETHING THAT WAS JUST A WITCH HUNT AND SOME THAT COULD POLITICALLY BENEFIT HIM. WHAT ARE WE ACTUALLY HEARING FROM HIM TODAY? MARGARET, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE CLEAR HE NOT ONLY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT BUT HE WELCOMES AND JUST ABOUT ONE MINUTE AGO THE PRESIDENT RESPONDED ON TWITTER SAYING SUCH AN IMPORTANT DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS. SO MUCH WORK AND SO MUCH SUCCESS AND THE DEMOCRATS PURPOSELY HAD TO RUIN IT AND DEMEAN IT WITH MORE BREAKING NEWS. WITCH HUNT GARBAGE. SO BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND YOU’RE RIGHT, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS LONG KNOWN THAT THIS DAY COULD COME PERHAPS SINCE THE FIRST DAY THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE AND THEY’VE BEEN PREPARED FOR THIS AND THEY TRULY BELIEVE, THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS NOTHING TO LOSE FOR TWO REASONS. NUMBER ONE SIMPLE MATH. THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE NUMBERS REQUIRED TO SUCCEED. AND NUMBER TWO THEY’RE NOW ABLE TO SAY LOOK, THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT WORKING ON REAL ISSUES THAT MATTER TO AMERICANS AND THEY ARE NOT WORKING ON THEIR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND TRYING TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS OR MR. TRUMP INSTEAD. THEY ARE FOCUSED ON THIS INVESTIGATION AND THEY BELIEVE THAT THIS INQUIRY ALONE IS ENOUGH TO GENERATE A WAVE OF SUPPORT FROM HIS BASE. GET PEOPLE RILED UP AND CERTAINLY BACK TO THE POLLS IN 2020. EVEN BEFORE PELOSI MADE HER ANNOUNCEMENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDRESSED THIS AND HE SAID HOW CAN YOU DO THIS WITHOUT EVEN READING THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE CALL. BECAUSE HE BELIEVES THAT THIS CALL WILL VINDICATE HIM BECAUSE HE HAS SAID THAT EVEN THOUGH HE TALKED TO THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ABOUT CORRUPTION, HE DID NOT PRESSURE HIM TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDEN FAMILY AND HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS TRANSCRIPT BEING RELEASED TOMORROW BECAUSE AGAIN, HE BELIEVES IT WILL SHOW HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. BUT NOW THAT CALL, MARGARET IS JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF EVIDENCE FOR PELOSI AND THE DEMOCRATS TO ASK THE QUESTION DID HE ABUSE POWER. AND WE WILL BE WATCHING VERY CLOSELY THAT COUNT ON CAPITOL HILL AND PARTICULARLY REPUBLICANS. WE’VE ALREADY HEARD FROM ONE SENATOR MITTROMNEY IN THE PAST FEW DAYS WHO HE HIMSELF CAUSES SOME QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED IF OTHER REPUBLICANS ALSO ARE TROUBLED THAT COULD CHANGE THE VIEW HERE OF WHETHER THIS IS IN FACT SOMETHING THE WHITE HOUSE DOES NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. WE WILL BE WATCHING AND COVERING THIS STORY. COVERAGE CONTINUES 24 HOURS ON OUR STREAMING SERVICE CBSN AND YOU CAN WATCH IT AT CBSNEWS.COM OR ON OUR CBS NEWS APP. MORE ON YOUR LOCAL NEWS ON THE CBS NEWS STATION AND UNTIL THEN THE CBS EVENING NEWS. UNTIL THEM I’M MARGARET BRENNAN

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  1. No matter what this President does they wanted to impeach him from the beginning they are looking and looking and looking and going after his family constantly this is terrible I hope the squad is voted out in 2020 and I hope that Trump gets re-elected again we all stand behind him I do not believe what the Democrats say anymore millions and millions of dollars already wasted on trying to get something on the president because cares about America and the American people that's squirt bottle Pelosi does not even know where she is she's more worried about fixing her hair as she makes a speech if you seen her in person and had that opportunity she would not even give you the time of day

  2. Cummings is a master of bullshit that's what he is we agree with you miss Pelosi Cummings dried up his own Neighborhood his drug-infested neighborhood he don't even live in his own community

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