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Republican Rep. Chip Roy uses hearing on anti-Asian discrimination to 'glorify lynching' and criticize China
"A pre scheduled hearing today, focusing on hate crimes across our country, But of course, in light of the shootings in Atlanta. Those attacks against Asian Americans became front and center during the hearing, Republican Congressman Schiff Roy of Texas, arguing that all Americans deserve protection, and during his remarks, he invoked a Texas saying that critics claim celebrates the idea of lynching. Here's what he said. Going on. Appreciate are gathering here today. It's obviously a new important subject matter. Um, and to be clear all Americans deserve protection and to live in a free and secure society with the fundamental nature of what we expect out of government, right. Secure the blessings of liberty, as we say in the Constitution, United States, um The victims of race based violence, and their families deserve justice. And that's the case what we're talking about here with the tragedy what we just saw her and Atlanta, Georgia. I would also suggest that the victims of cartels moving illegal aliens deserve justice, the American citizens in South Texas. They're getting absolutely decimated by what's happening. Our southern border deserve justice. The victims of Riding a looting in the streets last week. Businesses closed Burn lime started last summer. Deserve justice Way believe in justice, right? There's an old saying in Texas about, you know, find the all the roof in Texas and get a taller tree. You know, we take justice very seriously, and we ought to do that round up the bad guys. That's what we believe. Um, my concern about this hearing is that it seems to want to venture into the policing of rhetoric in a free society free speech, um and away from the rule of law and taking out bad guys. And as a former federal prosecutor, I'm kind of predisposing wired to want to go take out bad guys. And that's bad guys of all colors as bad guys of all persuasions. That's bad guys targeting people for all different reasons, and I think we need t be mindful of that. And so now we're talking about whether talking about China Chai calms the Chinese Communist Party. Whatever phrasing we want to use and it some people are saying, Hey, we think those guys they're the bad guys, for whatever reason. Let me just say clearly, I do. I think the Chinese Communist Party running the country China. I think they're the bad guys, and I think that they're harming people. And I think they are engaging in modern day slavery. And I think that what they're doing the wingers and I think that what they're doing targeting our country and I think that what they're doing to undermine our national security and what they're doing to steal our intellectual property and what they're doing to build up their military and rattle throughout. Specific. I think it's patently evil deserving of condemnation, and I think that what they did to hide the reality of this virus is equally deserving of condemnation, and there's hardly any getting around that that in fact happened. The comments of Congressman Chip Roy of Texas that today's House Judiciary Committee hearing Democrats on that committee quick to criticize the Republican lawmaker, representative Grace Manning of New York, who was of Taiwanese descent, calling out her calling for his words and his support of former President Donald Trump in the last year. The former president has repeatedly described coronavirus as quote the Chinese virus or kung flew. Critics claim it has helped foster an environment in which there are hate crimes against Asian Americans.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Today. This is for, um I mean akin. Pressure is mounting in the House to vote on a bill to reinstate the extra $600 per week. Unemployment benefit has talks with Republicans on the next Corona virus Relief bill have stalled. Meantime, Democrats are expected to vote Saturday on a cash infusion for the U. S Postal Service. And yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its final bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. So the two parties reached somewhat different conclusions to discuss all this. We're joined now by Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff. Congressman Schiff. Thanks so much for joining us. It's a pleasure to be with you. There is this group of House Democrats, pushing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to vote on a smaller villa on the extra $600 per week. Unemployment benefit. This weekend. I mean, as you know these enhance unemployment insurance benefits ended at the end of last month. Do you support this effort, since it appears that talks with Republicans are really not going anywhere currently? Well, I think Speaker Pelosi is one of the best negotiators. There is so I will let her devised the negotiating strategy, but the unemployment compensation benefits needed be extended. Indeed, we passed a bill three months ago to do exactly that through the end of the year. This. This train wreck that were in of inaction right now is the result of the fact that Mitch McConnell kept that bill blocked for three months and didn't move a bill of his own. Basically wanted to, I think, create this crisis to change his bargaining position. That's a terrible disservice to the millions of Americans who really need this unemployment compensation. But it's not just about unemployment compensation. It's small businesses still struggling. It States and cities that are goingto layoff public health workers and other emergency responders on renters who are going to get foreclosed upon, so I don't think we can treat any one of these problems in isolation. We really need to dress all of them. Yes, but at this point, I mean the bell put forward is More than $3. Trillion Republicans have proposed a $1 trillion mean that's pretty far apart. Do you know anything about plans to start discussions again? That that we don't know yet? Well, I hope that there are back channel discussions going on along, but we have to recognize the reality in Mitch McConnell's GOP conference in the Senate. Is that I think half of the senators there don't want to do anything at all on this is the problem. Half of the job, he senators don't recognize that Americans are in need or believe that the federal government should assist Now these same senators Support a $2.2 trillion tax cut that benefited very wealthy families and large corporations. They apparently believe we have the resources to do that, but don't believe that we have the resources to help. Renters or the unemployed or small businesses struggling to survive. I think that's unconscionable, but it does show you just how far apart we are. Well. The House is returning Saturday to vote on a bill to fund the U. S Postal Service. I know that you've been hearing from a lot of constituents about this. I mean, I saw that you tweet that you've received more than 4000 e mails and calls about the USPS. What our constituents worried about. Well, they're worried about the degradation in service that they're experiencing already and potentially worse to come. Their small business people who rely on the mail to deliver packages to their customers and Now these packages are being delayed. Their customers are complaining. It's not cost effective for them to use the private carriers, so they're worried about their business survival veterans who can't get timely prescriptions filled from the VA On others in rural areas that are worried about Andi. This is outside of my district, but in rural areas, they're worried about the service really degrading because of these efforts to Essentially run the post office like a business Well, those rural routes are not profitable on they're likely going to be the ones to suffer the most. So then you do support the $25 billion cash infusion. Absolutely. And again. This was something that we passed months ago in the house that we're going to take up yet again. I hope that it will have more support among Republicans this time. You know, I think you know all the members of Congress, a House and Senate and the president are getting an earful ahs they should from Americans around the country who really appreciate their postal service. It's some of the common glue that's held this country together on people are completely reliant on it. Many many families are and so I think the president is getting a sense now, and I hope the Republicans in Congress also That they made a serious mistake in attacking the Postal Service on even more serious mistake and doing it for the reason of trying to disenfranchise millions of people for voting, So enough pressure to sway Senate Republicans. Well, I hope so. It's certainly been enough pressure to sway the president and the postmaster general, at least in the very near term. The postmaster announcing a retreat from these disastrous changes that he was implementing, which were delaying mail deliveries during the pandemic, and in the run up to the first election we've had in a century during a pandemic. So the public protest has been effective. But it's not like we can afford a lack of vigilance here. The president nonetheless continues his daily attacks on voting by mail, something that he himself just apparently did. It doesn't think other Americans should have equal access to. But are you satisfied that those that that promise by Postmaster General to joy that he will suspend those operational changes until after the 2020 election? Does that satisfy you? In terms of The agency's ability now to respond that there won't be anything funny going on with the USPS. You've called for the postmaster general to resign. I mean, do you still stand by that? I certainly do, you know, And I think you should resign for several reasons. I think the changes that he implemented during the pandemic and in the run up to this election have been disastrous for the Postal Service. They were eminently foreseeable and Because they were so Emily Foreseeable. I think you have to recognize that this is being done quite deliberately on DH..
"congressman schiff" Discussed on KQED Radio
"His name yeah looks like Logan congressman Schiff in his team it looks like we've got a couple more hours okay synonyms McConnell robin go this is senator Mitch McConnell and here and here comes representative Jason call again the Democrat from Colorado Mister Chief Justice members of the Senate counsel for the president impeachment exists not to inflict personal punishment for past wrongdoing but rather to protect against future presidential misconduct that would endanger democracy and the rule of law president trump remains a threat in at least three fundamental ways first he continues to assert in court and elsewhere that nobody in the U. S. government can investigate him for wrongdoing making him unaccountable second his conduct here is not a one off it's a pattern of soliciting foreign interference in our elections to his own advantage and then using the powers of his office to stop anyone who dares investigate finally the president's obstruction is very much a constitutional crime in progress arming Congress as it deliberates these very proceedings and the American people who deserve to know the facts a president who believes he can get away with anything and can use his office to conceal evidence of abuse threatens us all president trump is the first president in U. S. history to say he is immune from any effort to examine his conduct or check his power he claims he is completely immune from criminal indictment and prosecution while serving as president he claims he could commit any crime even shoot someone on Fifth Avenue has he has joked about with impunity and the president's own lawyers have argued in court that he cannot even be investigated for violating the law under any circumstance no no president of either party has ever made claims like this and then if it if it ended up in an investigation somehow does on cover misconduct by the president as this investigation has done the president believes that he can simply quashing he claims the right to end federal law enforcement investigations for any reason or none at all even when there is credible evidence of his own wrongdoing added together the president's positions amount to a license to do anything he wants no court has ever accepted this view and for good reason our founders created a system in which all people even presidents are bound by the law and accountable for their actions in addition to claiming that he is immune from criminal process president trump contends that he is not accountable to either Congress or the judiciary he has invoked bizarre legal theories to justify defying congressional investigations he has argued that Congress is forbidden from having the courts intervene with executive branch officials disregarding its subpoenas he has sued to block third parties from complying with congressional subpoenas and perhaps most remarkably president trump has claimed that Congress cannot investigate his might misconduct outside of an impeachment inquiry while simultaneously claiming that Congress cannot investigate his misconduct in an impeachment inquiry of course president trump considers any inquiry to be illegitimate if he thinks he did nothing wrong doubts the motives of Congress or decide that he would prefer a different set of rules let's review the president's position he can't be investigated for crimes he can end any federal law enforcement investigation into him he is immune from any state law enforcement investigation neither he nor his aides can be subpoena he can reject subpoenas based on broad novel even rejected theories and when he does reject subpoenas Congress is not allowed to sue him but he is allowed to sue to block others from complying with congressional subpoenas Congress definitely can investigate him outside of an impeachment inquiry and again I cannot best to get him as part of one the bottom line is that the president truly believes that he is above the law this is not our system and it never has been the president is a constitutional officer I'm like a king he is accountable to the constitution but this president doesn't believe that and that's why we are here remember the president that you sat in this trial will shape American democracy for the future it will govern this president and will govern those who follow if you let the president get away with his obstruction you risk grave and you're a parable harm to the separation of powers itself representative representative Lawrence Hogan a Republican from Maryland made this point during the Nixon impeachment hearings the historical precedent we're setting here is so great because in every future impeachment of a president it is inconceivable that the evidence relating to that impeachment will not be in the hands of the executive branch which is under his control so I agree with the gentleman from Ohio Mr cyberlink if we do not pass this article today the whole impeachment power becomes meaningless this leads us to a second consideration the president's pattern obstructing article two describes president trump's impeachable conduct and obstructing Congress on its own that warrants removal from office it must be noted that the president's obstruction fits a disturbing pattern as stated in article to president trump's obstruction is quite consistent with his previous efforts to undermine United States government investigations into foreign interview and an interference in United States elections another example is president trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference with the twenty sixteen election as well as the president's sustained efforts to obstruct the special counsel after learning that he was under investigation for obstruction of justice the special counsel's investigation addressed an issue of extraordinary importance to our national security and democracy the integrity of our elections themselves rather than a the special counsel's investigation however president trump sought to thwart it and use the powers of his office to do it after learning that he himself was under investigation president trump ordered the firing of the special counsel sought to conduct curtail the special counsel's investigation instructed the White House counsel to create a false record and make false public statements and tampered with at least two key witnesses in the investigation the pattern is as unmistakable as it is on nerve it in one moment president trump welcome then invited a foreign nation interfere in election to his advantage and the next he solicited impression a foreign nation to do so in one moment president trump use the powers of his office to obstruct the special counsel and the next to use the powers of his office to obstruct the house impeachment inquiry and one moment the president stated that he remained free to invite foreign interference in our elections and the next he in fact invited additional foreign interference in our elections by.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on The Dave Gram Show on WDEV
"To it for fighting on different adults strippers in any compromise on a couple whose including evidence they want him for. I don't think it's McConnell. They've made a call. Also he gave a little you know that's and then the second day the Democratic Strike with vantage our twenty four hours. It was a lot of Democrats arguments. He went to an expensive time. Line up by trump and other situation was about the rain issues now now off the floor. By the way there was a private conversation and there was Of witness swap some members of the Biden family would testify and in some of the trump administration officials testified. That was kind of all knicks before it started the the third day Schiff argued that's carson shift at the truth matters I and He said okay. If you don't think it was that big a deal but you think the president did something wrong still level rise to the level of impeachment. You you should find him guilty. He should be removed. And then of course you're going to have the GOP response which by the way the president is not happy. It's on Saturday. Doesn't get that much attention. Yeah it's weird timing for that that is for sure now and the other thing I think people need to be aware of here I I've I've sent to quite a bit of excitement over the past couple of days especially from Democrats and for people who are critical of the president About what some folks are referring to is brilliant. MM performance by Congressman Schiff. And.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7
"Bill Lee announced today a new fetal heartbeat bill that would make Tennessee one of the most pro life states in the country it's all part of a comprehensive abortion reform Lee is hoping will pass in the General Assembly and pass any legal scrutiny the bill would ban abortions where fetal heartbeat exists house speaker Cameron Sexton tells W. T. N.'s day Amanda sought to the governor's office and its staff thank bill that they're hoping that they crafted something that will allow our stand up in their bright and that is the constitutional question but the courts may be you now to Capitol Hill lead house impeachment manager Adam Schiff making the case for removing the president from office on the Senate floor today on day two of the opening arguments in the impeachment trial congressman Schiff tell senators he thinks the president's actions show that his primary objective was to help his reelection campaign after all that we went through with the Russian interference in our election and all that cost he was at it again unrepentant undeterred if anything emboldened by escaping accountability from his invitation will full use of Russian hack materials in the last election stocks are finished makes today after some disappointing reports from Dow companies PNG Boeing and travelers at the closing bell the Dow Jones industrial average fell twenty six points the S. and P. five hundred gained four points the nasdaq improved nineteen points news thank you bye efficient HVAC traffic and weather next super there are very pipelines throughout the country and to know where they are you don't always need fancy technology or X. ray vision or a psychic profiler he just look for what's called a pipeline right of way a long wide stretch of mowed grass cleared of trees and marked with signs or if there's construction nearby the area will be marked off with helpful little flags if you have a pipeline right of way near your home don't confuse it for a sweet new dirt bike trail or really really long golf hole do not plant anything more dig in it do not install a fence.
Schiff cites Russia collusion in opening argument at Trump impeachment trial
"Now opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial yesterday house and tell committee chairman and lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff using video clips to explain the argument as to why Democrats believe the president abused his power and obstructed Congress while dealing with Ukraine congressman Schiff saying the executive branch has not provided documents or witnesses ABC news legal analyst Dan Abrams says the video clip technique is supposed to help make the case for witnesses their argument is we don't have to go through the courts we shouldn't have to go through every time because Congress has that power we shouldn't have to go then litigate each and everyone you the Senate should now subpoena golden to testify in some of these other witnesses to testify and so it connects the substantive argument of obstruction of Congress with the argument we need witnesses and I think that's really the most important thing if they want to get conveyed to the
"congressman schiff" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"Richard Nixon resigned before it could happen to him but by the end of this week it is likely to happen to president trump I'm doing that's where fox news the president tweeting that he does not deserve to be impeached because he did nothing wrong his latest tweet include some derogatory nicknames he calls the house speaker crazy Nancy says she is finding it harder to defend shifty shipped house intelligence committee chair Adam Schefter because Nancy's teeth were falling out of her mouth he says on fox news Sunday congressman Schiff focusing on the president's behavior that is likely to get impeached use of his office is abuse of his power to attempt to get an ally to help him cheat in the next election sacrificing our national security undermining the integrity of our elections the second charge obstructing Congress I think this may be the most serious of the articles because it was would fundamentally alter the balance of power and allow for much greater misconduct in the chief executive the country the rules committee meets Tuesday to lay the groundwork for the impeachment vote by the full house and that is expected on Wednesday or Thursday with the Senate trial expected after the first of the year fired FBI director Jim call me also on fox news Sunday discussing the inspector general's report on the start of the launch of the Russia probe PFT I was accused of treason of illegal spying of tapping Mr trump's wires illegally of opening up resting his without justification of being a criminal conspiracy to unseat defeat and then on see the president all of that was nonsense I think it's really important that the inspector general looked at that working people your viewers and all viewers understand that's true but he also found things.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Witness than you are perhaps they should add you to the witness list glad you think it's a big joke congressman Schiff wow hello we got to do the so I will run a little later but we got to do we got to do cut five I'm sorry this this this it was a lot of talk about integrity in Washington a lot of criticism of president trump and some of his exaggerations and some of the other things he says that but I may not be exactly accurate but Adam Schiff is not known for his integrity or accuracy either check this one out I resisted going down the road towards impeachment but two things convinced me that this was necessary both involve the president's conduct this president feels he is above the law he is unaccountable there is nothing that can be done and we're showing him that he's dead wrong about that right one more I just want to hear that first sentence were he said he resisted impeach this is Adam Schiff right this is the guy who for three years had evidence of the collusion that the trump administration had with Russia evidence that we never saw I mean I don't probably preaching to the choir on Adam Schiff your but this this is just such a classic Washington lie I resisted going down the road towards impeachment sure you did absolutely just like all of you did it's six twenty five it is the Saturday morning update it's really good to have you with us so what is all Italian recipe take a bowl filled with a large portion of history that is also but tell you fashion a drop of Lucy all at the perfect temperature then take a page I tell you.
Takeaways from House report on Trump impeachment inquiry
"The impeachment process now heads to the Judiciary Committee which will hear from legal experts after the house intelligence committee report was made public and approved committee chairman Adam Schiff says they've shown president trump abused his office and compromised national security chronicles a scheme by the president I'd states to coerce an ally Ukraine that is at war with an adversary Russia into doing the pleasant the president's political dirty work but house Republican leader Kevin McCarthy says there's nothing in that report that shows any crime all the witnesses before in a process that is unfair could not tell you one thing that's impeachable president trump overseas for a NATO summit called the proceedings a disgrace and called congressman Schiff deranged Jackie Quinn Washington
"congressman schiff" Discussed on KOMO
"Seven president trump waited on Tuesdays impeachment hearing and so did the official White House Twitter account ABC's Travers explain the official White House Twitter account posted a message raising questions about the character of lieutenant colonel Alexander vin men who testified today before the house intelligence committee the tree contains a quote from outgoing National Security Council official Tim Morrison I had concerns about lieutenant colonel than men's judgment president trump is questioned them is loyalty calling a never Trumper but until now the White House has held back from direct attacks on demand demand today was asked about that comment from Morrison and he said he didn't work together for very long Karen Travers ABC news the White House former envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker answering questions in front of the house intelligence committee testifying that at the time of president trump's phone call he did not know that a proposed Ukrainian anti corruption investigation had anything to do with the bidens Volcker was pressed by chairman Adam Schiff about his prior statements to Congress in early October in which Fulcher shared what he knew about meetings prior to the call here's congressman Schiff asking about a July meeting where national security adviser John Bolton expressed concerns about what was going on at the time we issue and I think we were there for six seven or eight hours and we're asking you specifically about what you knew about these investigations you didn't remember the Gordon Sunland had brought this up in the July tenth meeting with Ukrainians and the master Bolton called an end to the meeting investor Bolton describe that meeting as some drug deal that some animal veiny cooked up you had no recollection of that right so on terms of Gordon bringing it up no I did not remember that at the time of my after over third testimony I read the account by Alex in that job my memories yes that's right that did happen I do not still to this point recall it being an abrupt end to the meeting the meeting was essentially over and we got off we went out to that little circle in front of the White House we took a photograph he did not strike me as abrupt Aniston is completed a prisoner swap with the Taliban ABC news chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz reports the American Kevin king an Australian Timothy weeks were turned over by the Taliban to in a league team of US special operations forces in eastern Afghanistan king in weeks were college professors in Kabul when they were taken hostage by the Taliban more than three years ago the king family said in a statement but Kevin is now with US officials receiving medical care and other support as he prepares to return to the US the three Taliban leaders belong to the Haqqani network a Taliban group responsible for high profile suicide bombings including the Serena hotel in Indian embassy today swap could restart stalled peace talks between the US and the Taliban that the trump administration hopes could eventually bring home all of thirteen thousand U. S. troops in Afghanistan the supervisor of the Seattle office of alcohol tobacco and firearms has settled her civil rights lawsuit has come was bright Calvert reports or complaint included a missed promotion derogatory emails and and not see tattoo Cheryl bishop was the only woman of color in her office of fellow supervisors sported a **** tattoo and allegedly sent emails mocking black people she complained first to him then to the agency finally when she was skipped over for a promotion she'd had enough and filed the lawsuit in twenty eighteen the a TF a settled for four hundred fifty thousand dollars and we'll give bishop one on one with the agency's director who's expected to award her a ring commemorating a previous assignment as the first female member of the a TF special response team in a prepared statement bishop said quote what happened to me should never happen to anyone anywhere since our last month discrimination and retaliation are alive and well I encourage anyone who encounters them to speak out that's the only way change happens Brian Calvert komo news at twenty and fifty past the hour on come on is your call will propel insurance money update big declines in a few retail stocks weighed on the market today the Dow industrials.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on WBSM 1420
"The whistleblower and I'm determined to make sure that identity is protected but as I said to Mister Khan away you have an opportunity after the witnesses testified to make a motion to clean any witness and compel of a Much Ado About Nothing did you get is a new TV show by Adam Schiff it's cold days of our lives I wish this was a comedy but it's a tragedy at the end of the day that a man who was obviously drug impaired if anyone watching these hearings looks at shift size who may have never seen this man before can tell me with any certainty well let me put it another way is there a doctor in the house who can tell me if you think that Adam Schiff was on medication of some kind I say you hitting below the belt now I believe that someone who was medicated has no right running a impeachment hearing number one nor should he be on the intelligence committee do you have any idea that an intelligence committee is supposed to be spending its time doing what protecting the national security of the United States of America mainly against spies those wanting to undermine this nation and look what this bug guide bomb chef is doing to this nation but I don't blame him it's Nancy go Losi the most lenient thirty seven thirty sweatpants its goal Losi who did this to America the Losi has destroyed jurisprudence in America alosi has overturned all the rules of America which is thing that separated us our member from grade school and I'll say it again I used to fall asleep listening to social studies teachers sometimes things would come through and the one thing I remember was the thing that separates our nation from all others especially those under the communist boot was that in America an individual is permitted to face his accusers thus far Donald Trump is never faced this accusers not been able to question the so called whistle blower humorous lawyers and that's because the Losi has learned that the photo of Mussolini Nancy Pelosi is literally practicing what Mussolini practice in Italy what Stalin practiced in Russia what Hitler practiced in Germany which is a trial against an individual with the conclusion has been made before the trial it's a tragedy it's not a comedy I could say it's Much Ado About Nothing which was written by William Shakespeare the great white male writer three fifteen ninety eight in fifteen ninety nine and in it nothing in the place title means gossip rumor overhearing it's a very very interesting and very very compelling to me that the title Much Ado About Nothing applies today the play's title means gossip room or over hearing in much ado about nothing and now we have an obviously drug addicted drug addled chairman shift at all I'll bet my career on it I would challenge Adam Schiff to take a drug test I want to know what drugs he is on and if it renders them incompetent or incapable of knowing the difference between truth and a lie I'm willing to put my career on the line a shift objects to me calling him a drug addict I challenge congressman Schiff to take a drug test and show to the world there is no other explanation for this man's demeanor his obsession again if your doctor or psychiatrist and you could tell me what drugs you think he might be on go ahead make our day chef is so out of his league as Michael good one of the New York Post as written a death penalty is not a fair sentence for jaywalking guilty and now for the trial says Adam Schiff the magician you're guilty and now we're gonna have a trial to prove you guilty says Adam Schiff but good win says a death penalty is not the fair sentence for Jay walking another great article came out today about this topic that was written by a man is generally not a supporter of Republicans are of trump by Jonathan Turley who's always been sort of anti trump almost like an never trump from my right Jim kind of an anti Trumper down a line and Turley knows which way this is going Charlie said are Democrats building a collapsible impeachment I collapsible impeachment what does that mean what does it mean it means that the building will collapse because the higher the building the white as foundation usually when you build a building that's very tall you need a very wide foundation and he said there is no higher constitutional structure then the impeachment of a sitting president and for that reason and impeachment must have a wide foundation in order to be successful and this never Trumper says the Ukraine controversy is not such a foundation and Democrats are building a structurally unsound case that will be lucky to make it to the Senate before collapsing for three years they said Russia Russia Russia collusion I will not collapse Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine collusion Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine solution Turley again the anti trump or rights putting aside that legal judgment the glaring absence of any articles of impeachment related to Russia would raise a rather obvious problem if these criminal or impeachable axis so clear why would Democrats not include them in the actual impeachment that's because they're not really there as you know speaker go OC has been openly hostile to impeachment she knew that this impeachment would collapse around them probably cost them a few if not many Democrat house seats in the parts of America than that and they're not in the porn belt people in the corn belt may actually be able to understand that Colosio overreached and now they've sort this impeachment tragedy and we believe and many believe it will collapse we're reading about the infamous the infamous stadium in Rome they'd feed today a Roman stadium was built in a rush to restart the gladiator games an atmosphere not unlike the current bread and circus friends in Washington it eventually collapsed the stadium collapse that was built to fast killing or injuring twenty thousand spectators Charlie goes on and says the two prior impeachments show the perils of building slammed the rental yeah this he says then there's the impeachment of president Johnson's which also failed in the Senate and while accomplishing nearly a dozen articles a dozen articles a dozen articles it was narrowly grounded in an alleged violation of the tenure of office act and that's because that President Johnson remove war secretary Edwin Stanton in the finance of Congress and that law and that impeachment was weak and narrow and failed it fell apart it fell apart but it fell apart because senators on the opposition party would not stand for such a flawed removal of a president who was widely despised and I as I sit here I'm convinced that there are senators on the Democrat side who'll go along in the same way he says the leaning tower of Pisa is a reminder of those who strive for great heights without worrying about their foundations if Democrats seek to remove a sitting president they are laying a foundation that would barely support a bungalow let alone a constitutional power such a slender impeachment would collapse in a two mile headwind in the Senate but then he concludes with a very interesting statement which I wonder what you think about it he said of course this may not be designed to last at all much like the burning man structure raised each year in the Nevada desert this impeachment may be intended to last only as long as it takes to burn it to the ground what do you think he means by that what do you thing Jonathan Turley an anti trump who says this is up absurd basically it's a collapsible impeachment says that maybe this whole thing was intended to last only as long it takes to burn it to the ground what do you think they're trying to do here if it won't last how long do you think this is going to go on there are other topics I'm gonna talk about that you can call in on the phone and here is a five five four is average eight five five four hundred seven two eight two decades of darkness are ahead says Michael savage a long article in bright part which has been linked up surprisingly on drugs for twenty four hours I'm sure it'll be drop right now but mention a minute I mention it but savage does decades of darkness even if trump wins what do you think I meant by that and why do you think I'm pessimistic about the future of America well I think you can pretty much figure that one out but maybe you can't lights camera action you're on at eight five five four hundred seven two eight two in San Francisco elderly Chinese men were beaten robbed by gangs I cannot mention what the gangs look like it's not permitted in America anymore let's just say they're not from the community and let's say they're not white males and let's say that the not rabbis driving around in a van and let's say the not Irish priest driving around jumping out of the van a beating up these Chinese almost killing them the steely watches in their money because people in Chinatown generally work for cash pull little busboys pool waiters and these gangs come over the bridge they're beating them up in the streets of Chinatown a leaving them for dead and then racing away in their car and stinking rotten crime ridden Pelosi San Francisco the police are not able to trace the license plate I can find a license plate is right on the on the screen what you do is look at the video there's a license plate of the thugs car thus far they've been no arrests because they're not white males from Mississippi this is the savage nation ever get a sound off on impeachment or the.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"Third laugh laugh at Sanford for she found his wife and when you're supporting Donald Trump was like a serial cheater you know the deal the deal is how he did well then slurred my question that's my that's my question to stop Kelly Air both of you are either of you and I hate to put you on the spot but bluffing at all I mean Ben Sasse said if the vote was privately and anonymously twenty to thirty Republican senators would vote for impeachment not do you really believe Donald Trump maybe I maybe I do is is a good competent qualified leader of our country here's the there's two different questions here I is thirty feckless Republicans who would throw him under the bus if it were a private vote bubbly because I've met plenty of my own feckless Republicans in the State of Illinois that keep voting for balanced budgets and tax increases and everything else so always been I've always been a trump's kept on the show and I go along and everybody who knows me or what follows me facebook knows this so I am not a trump suit Superfan it first of all Ben Sasse is well within his rights to say stuff like that if he wants to I don't know whether it's true but it's probably true enough and Ben Sasse deserves credit for being one of the few people who took trump on and still has left standing what what's interesting if you look at the gop today is that trump has won his battle to take over the party and the reason they're not gonNa vote against trump and the reason ben Sasse probably won't won't vote against trump is because there'll be just enough of a fingernail to say okay I don't have to vote against him and if the Republican Party dump trump in an election year the trump super fans that now make up easily fifty fifty five sixty percent of the party it can be so mad they'll stay home and then we're going to get you know and then we're going to get the Democrats in here's my favorite tagline that I have about the Democrats which is why I don't have to vote for trump because I live in Illinois but I might consider voting for him if I lived in in a swing state not because I love Donald Trump or that I think that the earth moves down when he does a push up but because the job let's say Joe Biden for example Chuck Norris Joe Biden's first term as president isn't going to be Barack Obama's third term it's going to be AOC's first term the Democrats are off lately and to his credit governor Pritzker came out and someone said well look they have not been convicted we have due process and governor Pritzker and I agree with him set our elected officials should be held to a higher standard and there was an op Ed I think it was an npr today and asked about Secretary POMPEII and I did not understand how impressive his resume is first in his class at West Point Harvard law extremely talented person but that Cote could dat will not lie cheat steal or tolerate others who do we should hold those who have taken that oath and Jeannie to to defend country and also the values kind of the utmost pinnacle the vanguard of American values we should expect no less of those hold the authority to tax us and to send men and women into defend our country and I think we should act just as much of our elected officials genie okay let me try hi this both together i Bruno you're absolutely right if the senators vote against trump everybody stays home everybody will stay home from the party they're not they're just going to be so mad about it look trump for many people including me was seventeen hundred seventeen when it came out of the primary but what he has done in terms of policy has been transferred formative in terms of economics truly has it's it's absolutely lifted many people into the workforce it's Lord people off of food stamps it's regenerated energy in the stock market we've had a growing stock market despite some downturns that's always going back up here's the deal we're going to stay by trump trust me we are as it goes in one of the best things he do he is doing is you have multiple federal investigations in Illinois happening right now and you have multiple Democrats under federal investigation no by the way Pritzker is not clean on this governor Pritzker is also under federal investigation for property tax fraud so we've got a problem here he's talking out of both sides of his mouth but trump and his federal investigators investigators are all over the Democrat Party in the state of Illinois and I find that fascinating question mark or questioned for our Democrats how comfortable are you with Adam Schiff as the Lee need face and Voice of the impeachment David miserable you know why is sleeping on a bed of stone comfortable while it rains because he first of all he wasted so much of his credibility on the Robert Mueller collected John Russian collusion report second his communication skills are awful I mean some of us have thrown around the name Alexandra Casual Cortez in the squad say what you want about Cortez but she's are skillful communicator if somebody with her ability we to connect with the American public was leading the charge. I'd have more confidence that is not Adam Schiff I would I would have success the failure of the impeachment inquiry judged on political merit is going to be determined by Congressman Schiff just the same way that I don't think cobwebs fairness of IT I mean just just like we sent it is a political inquiry so congressman shift I mean it's the same thing back in was it ninety eight congressman gins an investigation by providing a parody of what the president said what does that say about the integrity and the smarts of the airman I think it's also one of those where it's not going to be Congressman Schiff who's on trial and everything will move so quickly.
Trump asks if intel chair Schiff should face 'arrest for treason'
"Jerk president trump on Twitter asks whether California Democrat Adam Schiff should be arrested for treason for narrating an exaggerated version of the president's phone call with Ukraine's president during a house hearing last week congressman Schiff says they're working out logistics meantime of having the Ukraine whistle blower testify come in without the a minor from the justice department to or from the White House to tell us about what they can and cannot say who's on
"congressman schiff" Discussed on This Week with George Stephanopoulos
"Whatever is you that? You celebrate. Thanks very much co in and joining me now democratic congressman Adam Schiff, the chair of the house intelligence committee. Congressman Schiff Kellyanne Conway has said you should resign as committee cherries soom, you will not. But what about the evidence? You just heard her. You of said there is ample and abundant evidence of collusion leaving the very strong impression. There was illegal activity. Will you heard another display of alternate facts? From Kellyanne Conway today where she could not have knowledge that the Russians tried to help the Trump campaign and did provide substantial help to the campaign. But look I've been very clear over the last year year and a half that there is ample evidence of collusion in plain sight. And I use that what very carefully because I also distinguished time and time again between collusion that is acts of corruption that may or may not be criminal and proof of criminal conspiracy. And that is a distinction that Bob Muller made within the first few pages of his report. In fact, every act that I pointed to as evidence of collusion has now been borne out by the report. And and I will also say that with respect to most of those acts involving the meeting of Trump Tower involving the provision of polling data involving the discussions between the national security advisor and the Russian ambassador all these. And so many more Kellyanne Conway and the president United States, call this fake news disputed that these facts were even facts. We were fact you went farther than saying ample evidence you once described to me on this program that the Trump administration's actions related to the Russia probe are quote of a size and scope probably beyond. Watergate. What do you say now? Well, I think it's clear from the report that that's exactly right. The obstruction of Justice in particular in this case is far worse than anything that Richard Nixon did the the the break in by the Russians of the democratic institutions foreign adversary far more significant than the plumbers breaking into the democratic headquarters. So yes, I would say in every way this is more significant than Watergate, and the fact that a candidate for president. And now, a president United States would not only not stand up and resist Russian to fierce on our election. But would welcome it goes well beyond anything Nixon. Did the fact that the president I'd states would take Putin side over zone intelligence agencies go well beyond anything, Richard Nixon did so yes, I think it is for more serious than Watergate on obstruction of Justice based on the information in the report, do you believe the president did obstruct Justice? I do believe that he obstructed Justice. And did so in many ways, and I think that the report points out how the elements of -struction are met in several instances several courses of the president's conduct. What Bob Muller said, and this is obviously directly contrary to what Bill Barr represented to the country is that he felt bound by the office of legal counsel opinion that he could not indict a sitting president. Now, Kellyanne Conway points that is proof of innocence. But it's not Bob Muller made it abundantly clear he felt he could not indict the president the most that he could do was say that the evidence did not exonerate the president. And I think the reason why he did that is because he could not only not indict the president. But I think he also felt that he could not say that the president should be dated because that would be affected me the same thing that would cast the same stigma of the president that the president would be powerless to remove. So I think that's why Bob Muller made that. Nontraditional prosecutorial judgement. He came as close to saying that the evidence of obstruction was evidence of a crime as he could within the department of Justice regulations. And that's I think the point that he was trying to get across that he preserved the evidence for when the president was out of office. And they the also laid out the evidence so that congress could understand and undertake its own responsibility. And congressman Schiff let's turn to impeachment. Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted this severity of this misconduct. Demands. That elected officials in both parties set aside, political considerations and do their constitutional duty..
Rep. Adam Schiff: Mueller report condemns, it doesn't vindicate
"More. Now on our top story reaction to the release of the Miller report, California, congressman democrat, Adam Schiff chair of the house Intel. L committee still floating the concept of impeachment even though the report finds no evidence of Trump Russia collusion. Here's congressman Schiff. We need to look at the full report, certainly what Bob Muller has revealed on the obstruction of Justice issue is the most concerning because that of course involves the president's own conduct his own falsehoods. The American people is efforts to get other people to tell lies is effort to deter people in cooperating with the investigation is effort to reward those who stuck to the party line and congressman Schiff continues those acts of obstruction of Justice, whether they are criminal or not are deeply alarming in the president of the United States. And it's clear the special counsel Muller wanted the congress to consider the repercussions and the consequences. It is clear the special counsel believed that no one was above the law, and that includes the president of the United States.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Michael Cohen testimony may raise the president. Solomon wisenberg was deputy independent counsel during the whitewater investigation of the early nineteen nineties which he personally questioned President Bill Clinton wisenberg. Thank you very much for joining us again. Did you hear anything in today? Thank you. Did you hear anything today's testimony that you think places President Trump in any or further legal jeopardy? I didn't hear anything in the testimony today that puts him in any further legal jeopardy. His jeopardy is what it is to mean. Nothing new about this testimony was a circus, frankly, and was a circus to put it on and most of the questioning by Republicans had a circus atmosphere, but there's really nothing new. But congressman Schiff did point out something that I think is important. If you've been following the case. All the all of the molar investigation and all the indictments that have come out. Presumably. Only a relatively small group of people does that right? But now by putting it on television, having an all all the cable networks all day long. There are some people who might have learned things if they didn't know before because they didn't spend all day looking at indictments and criminal informations. But there's there's really absolutely nothing new of any substance that came out today. So whether it was Michael Cohen talking that the president directing him to make hush money payments is providing a copy of the check the president gave him to reimburse them for hush money. Whether it was the comments that he made about telling a Bank, the president was worth more than he was you're saying all of that doesn't really add up to anything legally. Well, no, no, I'm not I'm saying it doesn't add up to anything further take away. The last thing you mentioned about the banks and just focus on the hush money payment to the women. That's all contained in Michael Collins, plea papers in the southern district of New York. I can guarantee you there's. Nothing. You said today that hasn't been said to the prosecutors in New York, and that's a very strong case there against Cohen and potentially has has some real danger for the president. But there's nothing new from the testimony today. That's that's my point. I dunno say that there's nothing of significance is just no there's no news. And in fact, he did refer on several occasions today. Michael Cohen debt to those investigations underway. In the southern district of New York. Do you have a sense of of what the southern district has what it's for suing? Well, we know from the Cohen papers that they've got a credible case having to do with violations of the campaign finance law. The problem for people who are interested in indicting. The president is number one. We're not gonna see a sitting president indicted in all likelihood and number two. There is a different standard. Every defendant is different. There's a different standard for the person who's campaign. It is than there is for somebody who works on his campaign, and there's a high level of intent required. If you're going to convict somebody for that. So there's a difference between Donald Trump. And and Michael Cohen having said that the southern district of New York doesn't doesn't mess around. I mean, they've got a very strong case there. I just think it might be ultimately more relevant to impeachment then to any prosecution of President Trump impeachment. Of course, something that the congress would undertake. Were it were it to take place? Solomon wisenberg. We thank you very much. No problem. And now we return to the meeting.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"Jeff Bezos, turning the tables on AM, the founder of Amazon, and the owner of the Washington Post rights have blog posts accusing the national enquirers publisher of blackmail and extortion. The tell all includes an Email bazo says his team received from an AM. I executive the inquirer said in January that it had been investigating an alleged bazo sa- fair for months bazo says AM I wanted him to stop a Washington Post investigation into the tabloids motives in pursuing the story if bazo would say the Enquirer's reporting on his affair was not politically motivated, the company said, it would not publish compromising pictures of Basil's legal commentator. Norman Eisen says Faso's may have trouble finding. Prosecutor to charge AM I because of all the factors involved. There's the potential legal dispute. There's the effort to settle the matter. There's the fact that lawyers are involved there's advice of counsel issues. I'm John Lawrence reporting eight passed from Washington on Capitol Hill acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker will voluntarily testified today before the House Judiciary committee. There was the possibility. He could be subpoenaed. Correspondent Linda Kenyon reports. William bar is speeding toward confirmation to be the nation's next attorney general. Days. The nomination will be favorably reported to the floor. It was a party line vote in the Senate Judiciary committee to give William bar positive recommendation and sent his nomination ahead to the full Senate Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the committee praised the nominee. I believe of all the people President Trump could have chosen Mr. bar is at the top of the list. He's just really the kind of person. I think quite frankly, we needed the department of Justice right now William bar previously served as a Torney general during the George H W Bush administration. So he brings experience to the job. But it was an unsolicited memo. He wrote about the special counsels Russia probe and other issues that caused the committee's top democrat Dianne Feinstein to say, no, I believe the memo is disqualifying Senator Graham said he believed bar would allow the Muller probe to continue and that he would be as transparent as possible about its conclusions. I just trust that he will make sure that classified information is protected if there's a privacy concern, he'll protect that. But he will share as much as reasonably can. During his confirmation hearing bar said, he might write his own report about the molar probes conclusions rather than open up the Muller reported self to the public that wasn't good enough for democratic Senator dick Durbin, I believe the more inquiry. The investigation should be made available to the public and transparent. We should know at the end of the day. Whether there's findings and evidence that exonerates the president or reach a different conclusion. I think the American people are entitled to that. Senator Feinstein said it wasn't just bores views on the Muller probe that worried her. She said bar went too far in his memo on the issue of presidential power to assert that presidents have no limits on their power to insert themselves in law enforcement matters, even those involving their personal interests, and that can't be acceptable. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said bars viewpoints on that issue would harm the democratic system of checks and balances I can't think of an assertion of executive privilege where or executive power where he's found any real limits. Many of these arguments are expected to be debated. When the full Senate takes up the bar nomination starting Monday. Linda Kenyon, Washington. It's eleven passed. The supreme court has agreed to temporarily block Louisiana's abortion law from going into effect. In a five to four ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts joined a chorus liberal wing to stay safe abortion Protection Act, which like a similar Texas law. Requires a doctor to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the facility were there. Boertien is performed one Anna argues the law is necessary to provide a higher level of physician competence. Critics say there is no medical justification for it as it amounts to a roundabout attempt to unlawfully curve, the procedure the ruling will not prevent the court from eventually agreed to take up the case, but some fear the course conservative majority solidify by the addition of President Trump's nominees new courses and break Cavanaugh will move this chip away at abortion rights of not eventually all but overturned, the landmark supreme court opinions of Roe v. Wade in Planned Parenthood v. Casey Sierra Crawford, Washington. It's twelve passed up next on America in the morning. Trump irate over congressman Schiff ramping up the Russia investigation.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on Lovett or Leave It
"On Matthew Whitaker and non vegan buns. I will tell you that congressman Schiff said these were the two topics. He wanted to rant about. I genuinely couldn't decide. So twist and challenge put them together at a rant about both of them. I've got a roundabout met Whitaker and his non vegan buns. Okay. Well, first of all, I'm vegan any other begins here. Okay. There's one. Tired and hungry. I'm vegan vegan because Cory Booker is vegan. And I want to be Cory Booker. I hate it. When you go to a restaurant, and they have a vegan burger on the menu. And you ask the waiter is the bun vegan. And they say, no, what's the point. I mean, it's false advertising. You can't have a vegan burger with a non vegan bun. I mean, you're you're you go for the plant based, you know, good conscience middle, and you got the the bed guilty bun. So that pisses me off. Gentle anger. This is me filled with rain. And this is very happy. I'm the Al Gore of the congress. So don't put that in the world. Matt whitaker. I don't know where to start with my Whitaker. But but here's the thing. The acting AG and the nominated AG both refused to commit to following the advice of ethics lawyers. Is it too much to ask for the top law enforcement officer in the country? Follow the advice of ethics lawyers. I mean is it too much to ask of all the conservative lawyers in the whole country that what we can't find a single one that hasn't previously expressed their hostility to the Muller investigation. Is that really where we've come? We have so dumbed down the moral and other standards of this country during two years of Trump that apparently it is now okay to be attorney general with a bias against an ongoing case having gone on TV or gratuitously sent memos to the White House about what a terrible job while MOS doing and take the job and say the hell with the lawyers. Should I talk more about the balloons? I honestly, I am mostly I'll tell.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"You very much Roger stone and associated President Trump has been arrested by the FBI at his home in Florida. According to special counsel, Robert Muller's office don't faces charges including witness, tampering obstruction and false statements last month, stone speaking to Bloomberg's Kevin cirilli challenged Democrats to produce evidence of Russia collusion or WikiLeaks, congressman Schiff or congressman swallows, well or congressman Castro or any democrat has actual proof of Russian collusion or collaboration with WikiLeaks. If they have any proof that I received anything whatsoever, including allegedly hacked, or allegedly stolen emails, then produce it. Roger stone's speaking on sound on with Kevin cirilli heard weekdays five pm in Washington on Bloomberg ninety nine one Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is accusing the Trump administration of having a callous indifference toward federal workers affected by the partial government, shutdown Schumer, criticized commerce secretary Wilbur Ross for questioning why some employees were using food banks instead of taking out loans. Meanwhile on day thirty five of the shutdown. There is some movement is both sides are talking global news twenty four hours a day on Aaron at tick tock on Twitter, powered by more than twenty seven hundred journalists and analysts in more than one hundred twenty countries. Michael barr. This is Bloomberg Tom. Thanks so much now for the Bloomberg NBC sports report, here's John Stashower. Dumps again when he's gonna use part of the net. Success coming off the bench averaging eighteen points a game. But he's got a thumb injury. Gonna miss the next four to six weeks. The nets of already survived a serious injury. When they lost carrots the for the season. Now, this the nets will host the Knicks tonight. The New York teams going opposite ways. The nets have won five straight. The Knicks have lost their last seven. We'll see Venice Kanter gets in for the next set on the bench. The last game. He has demanded a trade ninth straight win for Golden State won twenty six two one eighteen in Washington fifteenth when the Roper Ostra that's the longest winning streak in the nation. The pride.
"congressman schiff" Discussed on News Radio 810 WGY
"At the top and thirty minutes past the hour on WGN. No way. Should we say that the state of the Union's now a partisan event, and the Democrats can just cancel it? Because they don't like anything that actually could happen. It's not very big. We only have one hundred seats, but we have a huge gallery, and there could be some standing room, it's not ideal. I mean, it's supposed to be in the house, and it traditionally has we never tried to bar when the Republicans are in charge. We never tried to bar President Obama from doing it. No one ever consider something like that. I think is the Democrats do it will be seen as really petty and really petty partisanship. Rand Paul's idea here today would do the state of the union on the floor of the Senate is certainly interesting. But his thing that it's going to be petty and partisan. Yeah. Of course, that's what Democrats are. And I'll know that look Republicans can be partisan Trump is obviously partisan and Trump fights back. That's why they hate him so much the Republican party of ten years ago would have said, oh, you know, they want to cancel the state of the union. We must have made the mad. It's our fault. The Republican party of today with Trump at the head is like, okay. All right. You're gonna cancel my state of the union. I'm gonna cancel your Bs flight that we all know is a boondoggle. I liked I liked that Republican party better. I think that you do need to have a check on the manipulations and deceptions of the Democrats and there need to be consequences for their lies because remember you're dealing with people like congressman Schiff who are just slimy unethical and gross play five too often. Last two years. The president has acted like he's in the fifth grade. To have someone who has that kind of character running the country is an enormous problem at every level, and you see it. Now, we've seen it over the last two years. My guess is we're going to see it in the future..
"congressman schiff" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Partly cloudy skies. Our forecast overnight in the bay area with lows in the thirties and forties tomorrow, mostly cloudy, highs mostly in the upper fifties. And then tomorrow night of good chance of rain, especially after midnight. This is it's six and a half minutes past eleven o'clock. And you're listening to one eight. This is one A. I'm Joshua Johnson. In Washington, Democrats are officially in control of the house of representatives with authority over its committees. And with subpoena power. There's nothing joyful about this. I do feel a great sense of obligation that at a time when the institutions who are government or at risk. I need to do my job. I think we all need to do our job. And we need to do it as transparently as possible as up front as we can as nonpartisan as we can that is congressman Adam Schiff, the new chair of the house intelligence committee. He's a democrat from California whose district includes Hollywood, Burbank and Pasadena, he and the other new democratic committee chairs are expected to press the Trump administration in new ways, the three chairs considered most likely to impact. The White House are him of the intelligence committee Jerrold Nadler of the judiciary committee Elijah Cummings of the oversight committee, congressman Schiff joined us today alongside Jeffrey. Tuban who's a staff writer at the New Yorker and the chief legal analyst at CNN congressman Schiff, I know you have a lot of questions for the Trump administration. But I'd love to know, what's at the top suppose that you could get one and only one question fully answered by all of these inquiries. What would that be? I think it would be do the Russians have leverage over the president of the United States such that it will warp US policy in ways that are not in our national interest. Those are the questions I think that are most important that is not just the president's business practices are lots of business practices of the Trump organization that are questionable in a variety of ways. But most concerning to Americans is do any of them have any capacity to shape, our national security policy our foreign policy in a way, there's not in our interest because we're entitled to have a president who's looking out for the United States and not not acting because there are some secret leverage over him or acting because he. Has some pecuniary interest in a certain policy, and that's most an issue with Russia, but could be an issue with Saudi Arabia or other countries as well. Congressman I know that you've heard the President Trump warning Democrats back in November that if they try to investigate him that the Republicans may well, investigate them. Here's part of what the president said at the time they can play that game. But we can play it better. Because we have a thing called the United States Senate and a lot of very questionable things were done. All you're gonna do end up in back and forth and back and forth. And two years is going to go up, and we won't have done a thing. Part of what the president said back in November. I wonder how you would respond to that congressman particularly the president's saying that the Democrats can play that game. First of all it's not a game. And he needs to understand that we're doing our job. The congress is supposed to be a co equal branch of government. Sadly, he's gotten used to the idea that the congress is there to do his bidding. The Congress's there to serve as his proxy in a legislative body. That's not how congress was intended to function, and it is uncertain a rude awakening for the president that he's going to have a congress that is willing to do oversight of his administration that is going to look into legitimate issues. And that's what we should do. So I think it's threats are idle, but I'm not surprised because sadly, he's gotten used to the idea of a essentially a rubber stamp congress unwilling to challenge him in any way. Jeff Toobin congressman Schiff is correct corrected. Congress's job is not merely to do the bidding of the president. That's not the way that the separation of powers works out how checks and balances works. However, I wonder how you see the line between the legitimate function of the house, particularly in democratic hands at a flat out, fishing expedition. Where's the line between those two I find it kind of amazing that the question that is on the minds of many people in the news media is have. The Democrats overstepped. They haven't done anything yet win. Let's see what they produce. I mean, obviously. There is some possibility that there is an over that there is overzealous investigation. But but the idea when there has been absolutely no investigation of the executive branch while both houses of congressman and under Republican control that they're the real concern is excessive investigation seems absurd to me. Let's start with an investigation one investigation, and then a worry about whether there are too many. I wonder maybe Jeff part of the scrutiny also has to do with congressman shifts predecessor was which is Devin Nunes of California, and how the committee became very very very political while he was the chair. Maybe some of this is spillover from that. Well, yes, but it wasn't it. It was. Was an essentially a defense operation for the White House. I mean, the entire nature of Devin Nunes stewardship of the committee was figuring out how to embarrass the FBI embarrass. Robert Muller criticize the investigations of the president rather than determine if there had been any untreated exotic untoward of activities by the president either before or after his inauguration. So just because Devin Nunes was absurdly partisan as the chairman of the committee that that doesn't mean that congressman Schiff will be let's see what he does. I mean, I'm, you know, I'm all ears like I suspect a lot of people congressman shift before we go any further for those who are just beginning to pay attention to house committees. Because of the Trump administration can use zoom out for us and just give us the intelligence committee. No one like, what all does the intelligence committee do aside from this whole matter of the president what's the larger purview with a larger purview? And indeed, this was really the bread and butter of the committee before the Russian investigation, and and has largely continued to be is oversight of these massive intelligence agencies to make sure that they're operating within the law that they're getting the resources that they need that they're talking to each other. So that we can avoid another nine eleven that they are providing the president and other policymakers in congress with the best information possible to make decisions, and it's also I think part of our responsibility to make sure that the intelligence is not misrepresented by the executive branch. And that is an increasing concern when we hear the president talking about how great North Korea is on its path in denuclearization or the murder of kashogi. Whenever there indications administration is represented the country things that we don't believe are true. That's a problem. So we have to both be good overseas or the agencies, but also make sure that they work product is not misrepresented that that had been really the entire work of the committee until we had to take on the obligation of the Russia investigation as well. And I will say the good news. And I know there's been a lot of bad news coming out of our committee for the reasons that Jeffrey mentioned over the last couple of years. The good news has been that bread and butter function of oversight went on interrupted in a nonpartisan way even through the worst of our differences over Russia. We were able to compartmentalize Russia and make sure that all the other important work of the committee got done and it did. And we're going to invite back the GOP members to the rush investigation. They walked away from it to bark really on investigation of the investigators over the last couple of years will invite them back. They may or may not come back, but we hope to restore some comedy and regular. Order on the committee with regards to the way that the committee works, congress does have the power to issue subpoenas. It's handy tool. Critics have said that there's fear that it could be overused congressman Elijah Cummings. The new chair of the oversight committee address that concern in an interview with ABC news. Here's part of what he said. I'm not going to be handing out subpoenas. Like somebody's handing out candy on Halloween. I take this as a lawyer, and as an officer of the court, I take subpoenas very seriously. And I plan to if I have to use it will be used in a very methodical way. And it must be in the public interest. That's congressman Elijah Cummings the incoming chair the oversight committee speaking to ABC news, Jeff Toobin, just by way of wrapping up the one one part of this before we get into more specific questions. Can you just give us a clear picture of Congress's power to subpoena? Witnesses why that's important and how it's used. Well, it is like a grand jury in the sense that they can force people to show up and testify on pain of contempt. Now. It's a lot more cumbersome than the grand jury power. It takes votes of the committee to find people in contempt. But it is a way of forcing people to show up, and perhaps more importantly to force government and private actors to surrender. Moments records that are of interest to the committee. And and you know, I think people have focused a lot on the the the the question of subpoenaing people affiliated with the White House in many respects. I think the most interesting thing is going to be the subpoenas to private actors. I congressman Schiff has talked about Deutsche Bank as someone as a company that they are interested in looking into their records in connection to the Trump administration. They are much more likely I think to turn over records in response to subpoenas, and that these private actors, I think maybe the most fruitful grand for investigation. Plenty of great questions. We're going to get to in a moment. Let me get to one quick one before we pause congressman Doug emailed, how high on the priority list. He's Trump's violation of the emoluments clause. I think it is certainly high on the list, but probably for other committees and ours the government oversight reform committee. Coming. So you just played a quote from an and by the way, I think he's exactly right in terms of day. Judicious use of subpoenas will have the primary jurisdiction. I think along with potentially judiciary committee on the issue of emoluments. That is. Does the president make money from foreign powers is this influencing policy now the Saudi purchase of hotel rooms at the Trump hotel. So I do think that will be a priority. Although it's likely to be a priority for some of the other committees will continue in just a moment with California congressman Adam Schiff, the incoming chair of the house intelligence committee and CNN's chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also a staff writer at the New Yorker. We welcome more of your questions and thoughts about this as well. What are your expectations for the house intelligence committee or your questions about how the committee will do its work.
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"Jeff Toobin just by way of wrapping up the one, oh, one part of this before we get into more specific questions. Can you just give us a clear picture of Congress's power to subpoena? Witnesses why that's important and how it's used. Well, it is like a grand jury in the sense that they can force people to show up and testify on pain of contempt. Now. I it's a lot more cumbersome than the grand jury power. It takes votes of the committee to find people in contempt. But it is a way of forcing people to show up, and perhaps more importantly to force government and private actors to surrender documents records that are of interest to the committee. And and you know, I think people have focused a lot on the the the the question of subpoenaing, you know, people affiliated with the White House in many respects. I think the most interesting thing is going. To be the subpoenas to private actors. An congressman Schiff has talked about Deutsche Bank as someone as a company that they are interested in looking into their records and connection to the Trump administration. They are much more likely I think to turn over records in response to subpoenas, and that these private actors, I think may be the most fruitful ground for investigation. Plenty of great questions. We're going to get to in a moment. Let me get to one quick one before we pause congressman Doug emailed, how high on the priority list is Trump's violation of the emoluments clause. I think it is certainly high on the list, but probably for other committees and ours the government oversight reform committee alleged coming so you just played a quote from an and by the way, I think he's exactly right in terms of the judicious. Use of subpoenas will have the primary jurisdiction. I think along with potentially judiciary committee on the issue of emoluments. That is does the president make much. Money from foreign powers as this influencing policy now the Saudi purchase of hotel rooms at the Trump hotel. So I do think that will be a priority. Although it's likely to be a priority for some of the other committees will continue in just a moment with California congressman Adam Schiff, the incoming chair of the house intelligence committee and CNN's chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also a staff writer at the New Yorker, I'm Joshua Johnson. And you're listening to one A from W AMU and NPR. What's unique about the human experience? And what are we all have in common? I'm guy Roz every week on Ted radio hour, we go on a journey to the big ideas, motions and discoveries that fill all of us with wonder find it on NPR one or wherever you get your podcasts. This is one A. I'm Joshua Johnson discussing how congress might investigate President Trump now that Democrats control the house before we continue a quick note to those of you listening in southern California. You can come see us live as part of an event with KP. We'll be talking about the complex relationship between California and the rest of the country from politics to the economy to innovation immigration and more. The event will be at the scoreboard cultural center in LA on Tuesday, January fifteenth for tickets, you can go to KPCC dot org slash person. I know we've only got the two of you for a few more minutes..