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Charles Schumer
  U.S. Senate Sen. Schumer supports House Impeachment inquiry  CSPAN  September 25, 2019 3:12pm-3:21pm EDT

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so mr. president later today the senate will vote on that. we'll report on several motions to instruct our nda a -- in one of those motions will be a republican proposal that we insist on fully funding these projects for our own service members. with the kentuckians i represent, this is simple. kentuckians want our nations to have a secure southern border, kentuckians want full funding for the middle school in fort campbell, funding they have been waiting on for years, funding i proudly secured in the first place. and kentuckians know perfectly well that with everything the united states of america spends money on there is no earthly reason why democrats should force us to have one or the other. they don't want to be used as pawns in democrats political gains. even my democratic colleagues who don't support the administration of border security agenda should not take out their frustration on our armed forces. every single member of this body
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should be able to support the measure to fully fund military construction. so i will do her child of my colleagues to vote yes on that notion. later today. >> speaker nancy pelosi announced that the house of representatives would begin a formal impeachment inquiry of president trump. i have spoken to her many times over the past few days. i know she did not make this decision lightly and take no pleasure in making it. it is a carefully considered judgment that it is now in the best interest of our country and our constitution to proceed with an impeachment inquiry. i strongly support to speaker pelosi is. if we don't reckon with president trumps persistent transgressions, the very foundation of this great
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republic is at risk. the president kept pushing and pushing and pushing the constitutional envelope. finally, the presidents conduct made an impeachment inquiry on avoidable. in the events of recent days have brought sharply into focus the question of whether president trump abuse the powers of his office and betrayed the public trust for personal, political gain. in open defiance of the law, his administration has thus far sought to block the transmission of an official missile whistleblower complaint to congress. the nature of that whistleblower complaint has been deemed both credible and urgent. by one of president trump zone senior level appointees. the inspector general of the intelligence community. according to public reports, this complaint may detail how the presidents of the united states corrupted america's
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foreign-policy by pressuring the leader of a foreign nation. to damage a leading political rival, an offense the president may have committed whether there was an explicit quid pro quo or not. the president went on to admit live television that he spoke to the president of ukraine about his political arrival and about military aid to the country. the timeline of events that led to their whistleblower complaint must be scrutinized. the nature of president trumps communication with president putin as well as ukrainian president zelensky should be requested and provided with special focus on the phone call that took place with mr. putin a few days after the zelinski call on july 25. the timing of the departures of the united states ambassador ukraine and the former director
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of national intelligence and his principal deputy must be investigated. as well as the movements of president trumps personal attorney, rudy giuliani. the correspondence between him and the white house and his interactions with foreign governments we must learn what actions president trump or his aides took to withhold congressionally directed security aid to ukraine and why and more, the size. the answers to these questions and others can be pursued by the house committees involved in the impeachment inquiry. and that is precisely what the inquiry is for. the release of the transcript of one of president trumps calls to president zelensky which just came out will not assuage our concerns or the publix concerns based on early reports it may heighten them.
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we must remember the president was reported to have several calls with president zelensky over the summer. and his administration has a well earned reputation for dishonesty, altered facts and incomplete disclosure in public releases. we need to see the complete unredacted whistleblower complaint without further delay. the whistleblower must be allowed to testify without fear of intimidation. and then, we must pursue the many relevant avenues of inquiry. of that i just described. yesterday afternoon the entire senate, all 47 democrats and 53 republicans agreed to my resolution calling for the whistleblower complaint to be transmitted immediately to congress. a reflection of the seriousness with which these events are viewed on both sides of the
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aisle. this was unexpected. in the past when we have asked to look into president trump, our republican colleagues have stonewalled. but to their credit, they realize the seriousness of the situation and unanimously agreed to support our resolution. i hope, i pray, that with things to come that we can look at the facts not the politics and come to conclusions. because, without doubt the white house and the presidents congressional allies will rush to call this effort a partisan witch hunt. no matter how serious the allegations. or how evenhanded the inquiry. i remind everyone that just yesterday, every senate republican agreed that the white house decision to block the whistleblower complaint from congress was wrong. there was unanimous, bipartisan
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agreement on the senate on that. not a single senator objected. let me be clear nonetheless, because i know accusations of partisanship are already be in written, this inquiry was not taken out for partisan reasons. and it does not prejudge. an outcome. our framers and their wisdom assigned to one chamber of commerce the white right to accuse and to the other the right to judge. the house of representatives will investigate and determine whether sufficient evidence exists to accuse the president of an impeachable offense or impeachable offenses. if it comes to that, the senate will be the scene of the trial. senators, the jurors. we must take our responsibility with the utmost gravity. our framers, not trusting our liberty to one branch of
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government alone, afraid of the ever present danger of tyranny of an overreaching executive provided a remedy to congress should the executive attempt to subvert or violate the constitution of the united states. we are not yet at this stage were any judgments can be made one way or the other. but, i remind my colleagues today that if the day should come when we are called upon to carry out our constitutional duty, history will judge whether we did so faithfully for knots. history will judge if each of us acted as a solid insurer of democracy who placed a fidelity to the constitution and our system of governments above the narrow considerations of partisan politics. >> yesterday evening i had the opportunity to invite 100,000 of our fellow tennesseans to