tv House Speaker Pelosi News Conference CSPAN December 5, 2019 10:47am-11:15am EST
president before this happened, you are still against him. if you are for him, you are still for him. this is my first year in politics and you work at the middle ground and you continue to see the independents moving away from the impeachment. the understand nobody is above the law they want to get on. they don't see anything there. the president is not a politician. never said he was going to be a politician. because he did not use the word corrupter the conversation. but we found out going >> we'll leave this segment from this morning's "washington ournal" to go to the weekly briefing with nancy pelosi. speaker pelosi: good morning, good morning. how are you? id you have a good thanksgiving? roirp are we going to have -- reporter: are we going to have a good krs? see.er pelosi: we will can -- hanukkah,
kwanzaa. we listened to our constituents and, again, working on our for agenda.le during the election a year -- of promised for the people agenda. that was to of lower the cost of health care the ll maerns by lowering cost of -- americans by lowering drugs.t of prescription next week we'll bring to the floor h.r. 3. it gives the secretary the lowerity to negotiate for drug prices. t does so in a way that also
enables prices in america to be the cost nsurate with of the drug as reflected in what overseas.r so we can go into that, if you have more questions about it. but we're very excited about h.r. 3. this week we will have h.r. 4 on floor. h.r. 4 is the voting rights advancement act. shelby decision, 20 supreme court decision on voting rights, 23 states have enacted deny suppression laws that millions of americans their voice, their vote. of ears after the passage the voting rights act, we must power of theedrock ability of people to have the right to vote so that will be on the floor this week. h.r. 3, h.r. 4. there are other legislation floor.he i hope that you observe it.
one of it to address the insider trading that is coming up this week as well. say, we have to bills. egislate, investigate, litigate. in our legislation we have 275 on s that are bipartisan mitch mcconnell's desk. we're m reaper says all doing is impeachment. no. we have 275 bipartisan bills on desk. among them are background checks. since we got back we had a vigil. from a survivor. a vigil.t we had all these numbers of years since every year we have this vigil. very day we pray that mitch mcconnell will pass that
legislation because it will save lives. 25,000 people die -- have died bill over.nt the since we sent the bill over. not all of them would have been saved, but many of them would have. we have paycheck fairness for women. equal pay for equal work, paycheck fairness. violen women act, inst re-authorization. issues that relate to raising minimum wage. 30 million-plus will get an ncrease in their pay if we raise the minimum wage, 23 million of them women. discrimination against lgbtq community. dream and promise act. promise to our precious dreamers. saving our federal election system, that they don't seem to be interested in doing. goes on and on. and the climate action now, h.r. legislation that we talked about last weekend when i
14 of us to tion, cop 25.r the we were very well received there. in.message was, we're still you know, the president has of paris, the paris accord, we are there saying, in house of representatives, in state houses, in governors' ansions, be in city halls across the -- in city halls across the sector, in the rivate sector, in the public sector, americans are still in. our children know better than of the leaders in washington, d.c. the urgency of the climate crisis. health issue. clean air, clean water, food safety. it's a jobs issue. it's an economic issue. jobs, jobs, jobs. good-paying green jobs. america number one. preeminent in the green technology. because these issue world is in peril from the
climate crisis. you were there you would have very dire comments. explaining . report how close to a real problem we are. it's -- the clock is ticking. as you know, we have a great our caucusberance in on this sunt -- subject, and we to work under kathy castor, our ll as committees of jurisdiction. the last point i'll make, if you do believe, as i, this is god's we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of it. if you don't believe it's god's creation, you must agree that we have a moral responsibility to onto -- the planet onto future generations. legislate. investigate, as i mentioned this from patrioticrd
ublic servants, some of them appointed by president trump, facts. the they are just undeniable the acts of the president's actions. i won't get into it unless you ask. yesterday in the scholars ommittee the present the constitution and how he facts and the constitution give us no choice but to impeach -- move forward with president. of the so the chair -- we have six chairs of the relevant committees. two make recommendations about articles of impeachment. legislate, investigate, litigate. we're winning every court case, it's deutsche bank, the list ent's records, the goes on.
they keep -- they keep bumping a higher court. now, some of it is approaching level.reme court so we're waiting to see if the court will even take up so in defines is of their precedent -- defiance says, r precedent that yes, congress has the right to executive over the -- and power over the executive branch. asking, why don't you wait for these court cases? the president's actions in all these -- taking these things to court and then court is an up in obstruction of justice. acomp e not going to be polices -- accomplices to his of justice. we have our constitutional responsibility. we have our facts, and we will act upon them. the courts act -- we're operating in the congress and in the court. courts come forward with their decisions, whenever that
have , the president will to be held accountable for that at that time. questions? reporter: you've been hesitant to make -- cautious this move to impeachment. moment, an a-ha swayedular testimony that you? speaker pelosi: i'm glad you that question because the press has been saying i have been moving in a blur. since the initial investigation of the u.s. -- the russian involvement in america's started much of this and then led to other things. a-ha moment k the for the krun was the action -- country was the action taken by the president, trump's the inspector general of the intelligence community credible here was a
eport from a whistleblower of grave concern and that congress should be aware of that. that is the facts of the situation, just changed everything. the polls went from 59% opposed 34% in favor to about even. say this. just this isn't -- we are saying was the - the ukraine vehicle of the president's asking a president of another country to make an nnouncement that he was investigating the president's political opponent and assistance military that was voted by the congress unless and d states until he did so. the president did so. this isn't about ukraine. russia.about who benefited by our that lding -- withholding military assistance? russia.
it's about russia. russia is invading eastern ukraine. died.0,000 people maybe 13,000. some of them in the absence of our conveying that military was voted in a bipartisan way by the congress of the united states. people say, well, i don't know about ukraine. i don't know that much about ukraine. our adversary is russia. putin.ds lead to understand that. moment hat was the a-ha where we had -- see, the other cases, we had the obstruction of justice, but we didn't have as much information as to what he obstructing justice on because the white house was ithholding the information and not enabling us, that even have d nixon enabled to the grand jury testimony. reporter: you mentioned the
previous investigation. do you want the elements of the report or the other -- speaker pelosi: i am not going to talk about that. chairman will be making ecommendations as to what the -- our counsel, our lawyers, the hair, the staff of committees have been seb standingsal. sensational. we'll look to them with regard to articles of impeachment. to question, i am not here talk about that, because that's what they'll be working on. regard, ust say in that what was really remarkable in the course of these weeks is eople have heard us talk about this. they hear about the i.g., this and that. ago, two weeks under the leadership of adam schiff, extremely proud, the work of adam schiff, eliot elijah nd beloved cummings, whom we miss entirely, , the three maloney
jurisdictions, intelligence, affairs, government hearings bringing in, again, patriotic americans, president,nted by the who presented the facts and then yesterday the hearing of the rofessors, constitutional scholars. what was so valuable about that talked about it foreign service officers talked about it, when talked about it -- taught about it, they taught about it and they taught about the constitution and what vision was of our founders and what the violations are of and what -- and what that is all about. .
article 2 says i can do whatever i want. completely contrary to our founders had in mind. all along i said for two years this is an impeachment is not a pleasant experience. it can be divisive. we don't take any glee in this at all. it's hard break -- heartbreaking, but the president gave us no choice. we are not going to say we would honor our oath of office, but, but what? he's the one who is dividing the country on this. we are honoring the constitution of the united states. let me say this about our founders, on the great seal of the united states it says, a new order for the ages. they had so much confidence in what they were doing that they said it was going to last forever. for the ages.
because they had written the constitution, founding documents, thank god they made it amendable so we could expand freedom over time and always will continue to. but they predicated that on people honoring the constitution of the united states. couldn't predict -- predict there will be a loge president of the united states. they probably couldn't predict there would be a rogue senate leader who would ignore the facts and the constitution on all of this. so we have the responsibility to do that. to strengthen the institution which we sit. in we did not act on this -- if we did not act on this, the message to any future president, democratic, republican, whoever he or she may be, would be, you can do whatever you want. if we do not act on this, we should amend the constitution and remove impeachment which was very important to our ounders.
there many one, that's my theme. from many one is what i have always said about this. as we go forward, we did this in a very deliberative, fair, strong way. recognizing our founders gave us many cause to action. bound them top establish a new contry, fight for t bound us to protect and defend what they did by honoring our oath of office. but it also said, from many one. so we take heed of that, too. to be uniting in what we are doing and what we are doing. to be healing in what we are doing. instead of having an increased violation of what our founders intended and undermining our democracy. we see our mission as defending democracy. or the people.
reporter: on your remarks this morning you said a matter worthy of our oath of office. then you indicated this is one of the most important serious things the house of representatives can undertake. you have not put a timetable on doing this. there will be a hearing on monday. ms. pelosi: what we have in the committees will be presented on monday. reporter: is there any sort of certain about, you said not a blur, but moving this before christmas? moving this before the new year? anything on that -- maybe taking more time so the public understands. there was one member this morning, debbie dingell, said i don't understand all of this. maybe slow this down, take more time, proceed in a manner worthy -- ms. pelosi: we are proceeding in a manner worthy of the constitution. we feel comfortable with all of the time that has gone into this 2 1/2 years since the appointment of mueller and all
-- transpired since then. i have confidence, humility, again heart full of love for america. we are doing this in the right way. and i'm very proud of our chairman for taking that. some people have some unease, we'll catch them up. we haven't asked anybody for a vote. nor will we. people will make their own mind up about what this is about. thank you. reporter: do you hate the president, madam speaker? ms. pelosi: i don't hate anybody. we don't hate anybody. ot anybody in the world. reporter: i did not accuse you. i asked a question. representative collins yesterday suggested --
ms. pelosi: i think this president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. i think he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our dreamers of which we are very proud. i think he's in denial about the constitution -- about the climate crisis. however, that's about the election. this is about -- take it up in the election. this is about the constitution of the united states. and the facts that leads to the president's violation of the oath of office. as a catholic i resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. i don't hate anyone. i was raised in a way that is heart full of love and always pray for the president. and i still pray for the president. i pray for the president all the time. so don't mess with me when it omes to words like that.
[captions copyright national able satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> shortly house minority leader kevin mccarthy will hold his weekly briefing with reporters. set for 11:30 eastern today. we plan to bring that to you live here on c-span. speaker pelosi will be joining our house colleagues when the house returns at noon eastern for legislative work. members are expected to take up a bill seeking a resolution to strained israel-pa palestinian relations. and a bill banning illegal insider trading. live congress of the house when members return here at noon eastern on c-span. the statement from speaker pelosi this morning addressing the democrats' progress on articles of impeachment against president trump. speaker pelosig up. pelosi: where the founders began in 1776. in the course of human events it
becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds that connected one to another, with those words are founders began our declaration of independence from an oppressive monarch for among .ther grievances in the course of today's events it becomes necessary for us to address among other grievances the president's failure to safely execute the laws. in crafting the constitution the founders feared the return of a monarchy in america. having just fought a war of independence they specifically feared the prospects of a king president corrupted by foreign influence. during the constitutional convention, james madison, the architect of the constitution, warned a president --
president -- of president may be bribed by greater interests to betray his trust. this was not that a king. the people are the king. they therefore created a constitutional remedy to protest against that protect against a dangerous or corrupt leader, impeachment. unless the constitution contained in impeachment provision, one founder warned, a president might "spare no effort or means whatsoever to get himself reelected." insisted, george mason they president who procures his appointment their improper and corrupt acts might repeat his guilt and return to power. during the debate over impeachment at the
constitutional convention, george mason asked to any man -- should any man be about justice? should he be above it who can commit the most extensive injustice? in his great wisdom he knew that injustice committed by the president erodes the rule of law. justice,idea of fair the bedrock of our democracy. if we allow a president to be above the law, we do so surely at the peril of our public. in america no one is above the law. over the past few weeks through the intelligence committee working with the foreign affairs and oversight committees the american people have heard the testimony of truly patriotic career public servants, the sting wished and decorated war heroes. somewhere the president's own appointees.
the president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security and withholding near terry eight and crucial oval office meetings in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival. yesterday, the judiciary committee and the make people her testimony from leading american constitutional scholars who ruminated without a doubt the president's actions are a profound violation of the public trust. actions have's seriously violated the constitution, especially when he says and acts upon the belief. article two says i can do whatever i want. no. his wrongdoing strikes at the heart of the constitution, a separation of powers. three coequal branches, each a check and balance on the other.
democracy is what is at stake. the president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for his own benefit. the president has engaged in abuse of power undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections. his actions are in defiance of the vision of our founders and the oath of office he takes to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. both confidence and humility, with allegiance to our america,and love for today i am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment. i commend our committee chairs and members for their summer approach to actions which i was
the president had not made necessary. in signing the declaration of independence our finders invoked a firm reliance on divine providence. -- we will proceed in a manner worthy of our oath of office to support and defend the constitution of the united states from all enemies, foreign and domestic. so help us god. thank you. host: >> house speaker nancy pelosi addressing reporters in a scripted speech. no questions from reporters there. seemingly indicating the impeachment process moving forward, saying that yesterday's judiciary committee hearing indicated a profound violation of the public trust. on of the public trust. "the facts are uncontested.