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"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on Words Matter
"What respect to our oversight responsibilities including but not limited to the alternate form of accountability, which is impeachment. I want to drill down a little bit more on the inherent contempt power. There are some activists democratic activists who want more of these subpoenas. But if those subpoenas ignored, they want officials like the director of National Intelligence John ratcliffe jailed. They don't comply as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Do you think that's a good idea? Well seems to me that that's not something that we should rule in. Out I wouldn't want to understand a little bit more about the legal foundations for our ability to utilize the power of inherent contempt. There's been some scholarly debate as to whether it is something that we are actually empowered to do. At this moment there have been others who suggested it's a lot murkier question. We know that if we endeavoured to go down this road that the trump administration would suit to block any effort. To detain any member of that administration and this will ultimately be decided by the article three federal courts and so I think before we go down this road, we WANNA be certain that legal precedent is on our side so that we can ultimately prevail. You mentioned the courts and I wanted to ask you about this in my other hats and other jobs. I, follow the court closely both the the Supreme Court and the DC circuit, and as you all know last week the US Court of Appeals for the DC circuit made a major ruling that the House of Representatives lawsuit to enforce their subpoena against former White House counsel. Don mcgann had to be dismissed and the court effectively said that the House Judiciary Committee doesn't have a cause of action to bring that suit because no. Statute gives the Chamber Authority to do so and as you mentioned, you've also litigated all the way up to the supreme court in your endeavors to investigate the executive branch. Are you disappointed with the courts and what can Congress do to exercise its oversight power given some of those recent rulings to enforce the subpoenas Guinot. Thank you. For that question that was a decision that was made by a three judge panel. It's my station that we will appeal that decision to the entire DC circuit court sitting on bank as they call it. And that we will ultimately prevail in that appeal of this particular decision I think. The framers of the constitution were were very clear. James Madison himself was very clear when I think in federalist fifty one he suggested that the house and the Senate are to be rivals to the. Executive. Branch..
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"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on Words Matter
"Be guided by the Constitution. And present the truth. To the American people. That is why we are here Mr Secolo. And if you don't know. Now you know. I yield to my distinguished colleague. Chairman Schiff. I was on the inside of an impeachment from the White House and with President Clinton, can you take us inside the? Managers Process for getting ready to both investigate, make the case, and then try the case in the Senate. We'll certainly an intense process and it was. Honored to be part of the team that Nancy Pelosi put together as a reflection of the gorgeous mosaic of the House Democratic Caucus. There were, of course, only seven impeachment managers but I think Speaker Pelosi did the best job that she could to represent the broad diversity race region gender. Ideology as well as life experience that she could Adam Schiff of course was the general. Jerry, Nadler was the constitutional scholar. So lofgren Oracle Val demings the Sheriff Sylvia Garcia the judge, Jason Crowe the ranger and Hakim Jeffries. I. Was just the boy from Brooklyn trying to play my position but together we understood That we had a responsibility. To present the strongest possible case to the Senate. And Joe Simultaneously, to the American people. In. Order to defend our democracy and the principle of free and and fair elections, it was intense from the beginning. In terms of the preparation in advance of the trial certainly during the trial, it was incredibly intense but we had a wonderful staff the speaker continued to be supportive, and of course, Adam Schiff as delete impeachment manager proceeded with such powerful. And integrity and insight while the process. So looking back with hindsight would you have done anything differently broaden the case beyond just Ukraine anything that could have been done differently. It was appropriate to present the strongest possible and most understandable case to the American people and that was around the trump Ukraine scandal. We have a situation where Donald Trump corruptly abused his power by pressuring a foreign government Ukraine to target an American citizen. Joe Biden solely for political and personal gain as part of his scheme to interfere in the twenty twenty presidential election and to withhold three hundred and ninety one million dollars in military funding from an ally in order to bring that about. And that of course is the case that we made. We made that case with overwhelming. Evidence many of the senators who chose not to convict Donald Trump and inject him from office nonetheless acknowledged that we made our case but just decided they were going to continue to be wholly owned subsidiaries of the trump presidency and that is unfortunate. We had your case made by the house managers and there's no doubt you made your case. The president was guilty. You had overwhelming evidence. As you said, you had Bob mowers account which was a narrower look at some of the Russia's stuff and was mischaracterized by the attorney general but it still was four hundred and fifty pages of damning evidence and then the Senate Intel report that even when even further Russia, how do we make this more important and relevant to Americans many of whom have sort of shrug this off WELL DONALD TRUMP has engaged in a continuing conspiracy in my humble opinion to subvert free and fair elections in the United States of America it began..
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on Words Matter
"Our guest today is a politician and attorney, and since two thousand thirteen, he has served in the United States Congress as Congressman For New York's Eighth Congressional district which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens. AKIVA jefferies began his political career in the New York state assembly where from two thousand seven to two, thousand, twelve, he represented the fifty Seventh Assembly district since two thousand nineteen congressman. Jeffries has chaired the House Democratic Caucus Congressman. Hakeem Jeffries. Welcome to words matter. Great to be with you. Congressman I've known you a long time, but I think the country got to know you during the impeachment trial with some of the really most impassioned speeches on the floor of the Senate that we've seen in quite some time. The chief justice distinguished members of the Senate President's Council. I mentioned on the floor last week that Alexander Hamilton has played a starring role. During this impeachment trial But Ben Franklin has only made a cameo appearance. But that cameo appearance was an important one. When he made the observation in the aftermath. Of that convention in Seventeen. Eighty. Seven. At the framers of the Constitution had created a republic. If. You can keep it. Why would Dr, Franklin, express ambiguity about the future of America during such a triumphant moment. Perhaps it was because. The system of government that was created at that convention. Checks and balances separate and coequal branches of government. The Independent Judiciary, the free and fair press. The preeminence of the rule of law all of those values, all of those ideas, all of those institutions had never before been put together in one form of government. And for becoming perhaps and I think Shirley. The first person to quote biggie smalls on the floor of the United. States Senate. That's probably correct. The question was asked. by Mr Secolo. As the open. Before this distinguished was why why? Why are we here? Let me see if I can just posit an answer to that question. We are here, sir. Because president trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain. We are here Sir because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the twenty twenty election and corrupted our democracy. And we are here sir. To follow, the facts apply.
Cities and states are barring police from using chokeholds
"Three the massive protests against police brutality nationwide capped a week that began in chaos but and it was largely peaceful expressions that organizers hope will sustain their movement with many looking for police reforms congressman and democratic caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries spoke about being against the police use of chokeholds most major police departments across the country including the New York police department the Los Angeles Police Department the Philadelphia police department the Chicago police department prohibit the use of which show cold or a tactic such as a need to the neck that results and expects the Asian as a matter of policy but we need to make it a lawful as a matter of law so we can put this practice behind us once and for all protests in the US have spread to other areas around the world correspondent Ben wedeman reports from Rome hello one of the main chances of Rome where there are thousands of thousands of people come out in this for this demonstration in solidarity with George Floyd and with the black lives matter movement there are people from all social strata in eighty degrees American hearing well I've also been demonstrations in London and France protests were largely peaceful in Virginia's capital Saturday about a statue of a Confederate general did not make it the statue of a Confederate general that stood in Richmond Virginia as Monroe park since eighteen ninety one toppled by a small group of demonstrators following a day of largely peaceful protests a police spokeswoman says the statue of general Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in the former capital of the confederacy last week governor Ralph Northam announced as state owned statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee would be removed from its perch on monument
Democrats push $3T coronavirus relief bill toward House OK
"And the house has approved a massive new stimulus bill to help deal the economic fallout for the coronavirus outbreak Matt Manson reports New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries supported the roughly three trillion dollar measure there is pain they were suffering there is death throughout the land Congress must act to provide relief to the American people the bill includes more money for cash strapped state and local governments hazard pay for frontline workers and another round of stimulus checks for Americans it would also extend increased unemployment
New York Gov. Cuomo announces new testing centers in low-income communities
"Now an effort to help communities that have been most vulnerable to covert nineteen as our Carol Deoria report governor Cuomo says it's clear that minority and low income neighborhoods have higher co that infection rates and hospitalization the population at large so to break the cycle he's launched a new testing camping gear to help them he says Northwell health and minority churches are partnering so that more people can be tested the churches will help US out reach to the community to get people to come in and explain why it's important that people come in and get tested and well will do the testing congressman Hakeem Jeffries helped coordinate the effort with these houses of worship and religious leaders who have the credibility the authenticity and the capacity to reach those in the community who need to be tested because it the end of the day this is not over for any of us until it's over for all of us twenty four church testing sites will be set up in New York City beginning the week of may
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Price breakfast things of that nature as well as the Women's infants and children program and to make sure that people could get access to Snap benefits the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Because of what we knew was coming. Now we're still going to have to do more but it's important for the Senate to act and act today So we can get the bill to the president's desk and begin to work on a third relief package as the You know as the stress of this all continues to hit our health and our economic system. How quickly would any of this aid be available to people on shore folks who are newly out of work right now in the theater business in the restaurant business so many places WANNA know? How can I get this unemployment insurance this extended on unemployment insurance? I guess they wouldn't need the extended version yet or the paid sick leave. If that's in this bill How can people take advantage of it? Yeah it's a very important question and from from the standpoint of the unemployment insurance as you know The the program is supported in large measure by the federal government but administered by each state And each state has a different level of benefits. New York State tends to be amongst the more generous And so we'd have to direct You know your your callers to New York state in that regard As it relates to the unemployment benefits in terms of the Paid sick leave which will apply People who work for small and medium sized companies companies With five hundred employees the way that the program was structured Was that one could be eligible for up to two weeks of paid sick leave And would receive their regular paycheck and then the company Would then be able to get a tax credit equivalent amount Because we want to make this as seamless as possible as it relates to being free from unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork so those who may be eligible for paid sick leave because of circumstances Of taking ill or having a child that Is Ill or a child that is out of school and therefore they need To be able to stay home and care for that child. We believe that those parents as well would be eligible They should be paid by their employer consistent with their regular cycle and then the employer gets Reimbursed in the form of a tax credit That the employer will file with the federal government. You know two members of the New York state legislature from Brooklyn Weinstein. Baron tested positive separately. The New York City Council has cancelled all meetings for now. What's the status of Congress in that respect in terms of Congress We were previously scheduled to be on what we refer to as a district work period to be at home in our district This week on the House side while the Senate is in session. That's why it was important for the house to to be able to act And then spread back out throughout the country and help to coordinate the local response and disseminate information Now we are scheduled to go back into session Next week But honestly it's a day to day decision. It remains to be seen You've got the NIH now recommending that gatherings of fifty people or more not take place obviously With respect to Congress if the business of the people needs to be done. We're going to need to be there now. The capital And the Capital Office. Buildings have all been closed to the public For the time being most of our staffs including my own working from home In the House has prepared to make sure that everybody is equipped to be able to do that. And we'll just take it day by day week by week but I when legislation needs to move. We will be in the capital doing our job. We should be the last people to jump off the ship. I think that's good to hear. Here's a question. From a caller. There's a congressman have thought on how trump might become more irrational as the crisis grows and spreads and take unconstitutional moves to try to secure his power. So that's the question. Are you concerned about that well? I think there's always reasons to be concerned with the erotic behavior of this particular president particularly in a crisis he doesn't handle normalcy well And we should all be reasonably concerned with how he could handle this crisis. He certainly hasn't done well up to this date. But we need the president to be successful or to get out of the way One or the other. And we're certainly going to do all that we can to work with this administration To be able to provide the relief necessary to the American people to make it through but fundamentally I believe in the resiliency of the American people. We've worked our way through Things that were a lot tougher than this worked way through The civil war with a country was at risk of tearing itself apart and we made it to the other side. We worked our way through the Great Depression when the stock market collapse plunged us into tremendous economic uncertainty. We WORKED OUR WAY THROUGH WORLD WAR. Two where we had to confront. You know the evil empire of Nazi Germany In an evil that had previously been seen in many ways in the history of the world in terms of the magnitude of the German war machine The the inherent contradictions of the Jim Crow South that we confronted And work that way through in terms of The civil rights movement and of course here in New York City in nine eleven where we all came together. This is going to require all of us to come together. Yes presidential leadership will be important and yes. We will continue to monitor this administration to ensure that. We're not seeing unconstitutional overreach By this president. And we're watching him closely But the American people are going to have to pull together and notifies to work our way through just one that not everything has changed. I guess this counts as comic relief in this context though it probably wouldn't in any other context trump seems to be using the cover of this moment of intense focus on virus to get ready to pardon. Michael Flynn his former national security advisor can of course convicted in the modern investigation of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. He tweeted that he's seriously considering that which might be setting us up for doing et while you know we're all hyper focused on health and safety And the economic crisis. What's your reaction of Cross city? Ground will rise again and notwithstanding the unconscionable UNAMERICAN unconstitutional exit this president has engaged in that was at the heart of the trump Ukraine scandal. You know it's my view that when we get through this moment That the you know. The full scope of incompetence and corruption of this president and his administration will be laid bare before the American people. Certainly the House Democratic majority will do its job and making sure that takes place and that the American people ultimately are going to have to make a decision in November of twenty twenty s to what kind of country we are and what kind of country we WANNA be moving forward and I'm confident that they will make the right decision at that point Two things one is from a doctor writing in on this idea of mobilizing. The army reserves to build You Know Auxiliary Hospital Facilities Really Quick. This doctor says mobilizing army reserves will nurses and doctors from their civilian jobs will expand beds but those beds need to be manned with staff. So that's the first I've heard of of that. I don't know if an exception would be needed to be made or the army reserve has the flexibility to do that easily to exempt medical professionals who are needed on the front lines. From that army reserve mobilization if that comes yeah that is a very important point that was raised. Something that That the army would have the capacity to do as I understand it in the context of a national emergency and what you have since many Individuals across the country are being asked to socially distanced stand-down work from home. You know if you've got people who are non essential individuals healthcare workers transportation workers. Who may be part of the Army Reserve for the National Guard or whatever the case may be certainly standing up Additional hospital capacity fall into the category of a top priority. And that is certainly something Exemptions from work that could be accommodated kind of a transition to our debate segment. Some primaries have been postponed. Many listeners heard this news over the weekend but Louisiana postponing its primary to June. I believe in Georgia until may have those reversed from Or may have those reversed from their scheduled dates. Is Your party going to have more trouble? Nominating President if people are afraid to go to the polls and vote. Well you know. We'll have to see how things go. Tomorrow the governor's you know those respective states including Ohio and Florida and Illinois You know have decided to to proceed is my understanding that a lot of the votes that have come in have come in Via The mail and certainly in New York what I anticipate Is that the government may consider our late April primary being deferred Perhaps to align it with the June primaries that are already scheduled to be on the books for the congressional races in the state. Races News to me is this. Is this new. Of course I can see every detail go by so many but is this just being announced that the governor is considering postponing April. Twenty Eighth Bryner. I'm not saying that I haven't spoken to him about this particular issue. What I'm suggesting is that based on his decision that was just made to postpone the Queens borough president special election which was scheduled to be next Tuesday. That presumably as some presumably is something that the governor will think about at the appropriate time. God and to be clear listeners. Donna and Georgia. Don't go tomorrow. Apparently the four states go tomorrow important states big states Florida Ohio Illinois Arizona apparently will hold their primaries as far as we know as of now Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Democrat from Brooklyn and Queens. We always appreciate you coming on with us and especially at a time like best. Thank you very much. Let's keep talking very much Brian. We will listeners. We want to invite you in on the conversation too. If you've got a question about our national news item whether it's something you want to know about the election or the trump administration or anything else you think might fall under the national politics umbrella. Give us a call..
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Cast from WNYC studios. It's Monday march sixteen. Good Morning. Everyone I wish I could say. Good morning individually to everyone of you listening right now because we all need each other that much and a special good morning to everyone who doesn't usually listen at this time of day now home because your kid's school just got cancelled or you're now working from home or suddenly out of work. I know so good morning as here. We all are trying to get through the corona virus crisis together through the health crisis through the economic crisis for many families that is coming as a result if not already here and through the anxiety that is gripping so many people not knowing what might be around the corner it is definitely an anxiety crisis in addition to everything else right and it's probably best for everyone who is experiencing anxiety to just say that out loud and just that can be settling and to remember that most of us and most of our loved ones are going to be fine but the Russian roulette aspect of this. The randomness is very real. So let's look at in the eye and move on together and we're in this extreme paradox right now and other thing I guess we need to say out loud or in this extreme paradox right now of the needs to support each other and isolate from each other at the same time. We'll keep doing our best from our end to provide information and community to both of those contradictory and support each other and isolated from each other. Let's figure it out one program note on the isolation side as with many companies. Wnyc is having as many people as possible work from home and as of today that includes me. I've never done this before. Wayne show Meister from our amazing engineering staff has spent our setting this up. Thank you Wayne and team. So hopefully the sounds normal and we'll work our first guest. Today is Brooklyn and Queens Congressman Hakeem Jeffries House Judiciary Committee member and a top deputy to Nancy Pelosi in the context of the impeachment. Now suddenly he's on in a very different role and how suddenly were all concerned About something completely opposite from anything we were concerned about. Just a little while ago. Congressman. Are you there. Yes we did it congressman. How are you holding up holding up and you know this is difficult time for all of us in New York City and throughout the country. But you know I still believe we are resilient country and we can all rise to the occasion that a lot of uncertainties connected to the corona virus of but there are also a lot of things that we can all do to ensure that. We've been hopefully flatten the curve in terms of increased infections and and so that should be empowering For All of us even in these uncertain times that we can all take steps to make a difference. I think right now. A lot of what everyone is trying to do is about two main questions one. How much can we lockdown society for maximum isolation especially to protect the elderly and to? How can we get our healthcare system? Ready for the wave of emergencies to calm. That'll beyond the current capacity is Congress addressing either of those things or those more for other agencies. Well we have begun to address Certainly the healthcare architecture and infrastructure From the standpoint of financing in the first Bill that we passed which included the eight point. Three billion dollars in emergency relief. A significant amount of that funding will go to public. Health professionals are state and local governments. Who are going to be at the front lines of confronting the corona virus. Now there's more than of course needs to be done in the most recent Packaged was passed. Late at night This past Friday into Saturday morning and the Senate we expect. We'll take it up today. We increase the federal government's share of Medicaid from fifty percent to fifty eight percent And so that will mean billions of additional dollars to our state and local governments in terms of making sure that we can Provide health care to people particularly the most vulnerable amongst us so congressman Joe Biden in the debate last night proposed calling out the military to build expanded hospital or patient capacity in temporary facilities. Fast Governor Cuomo to something similar in an OP. Ed Do you like that idea. And is it something that Congress could help facilitate or you're dependent on the president for that well in this regard? We are largely dependent on the president as commander in Chief. He's got Discretion particularly related to the emergency declaration To begin to reallocate resources in that regard it certainly is something that he needs to consider in China In order for them to get a hold on the spread of the virus and accommodate. All of the sick people who were coming in they were able to stand up medical facilities Swiftly we certainly are going to need to to to do that as well. That's one of the reasons. Why social distancing so important because it will give the space to build up the public health architecture and infrastructure necessary particularly in terms of ICU beds And being able to deal with people who are coming in in severe respiratory distress and so I think the Army Corps of Engineers which I believe is the Governor Governor Cuomo suggestion You know as well as the military generally does have the expertise in wartime to be able to stand up facilities You know in a comprehensive way and in an expeditious way and you know this is not a war in the traditional sense but we are fighting a war against a corona virus and trying to mitigate it spread and so there seems to be an important role for the military to play Bernie Sanders and the debate called for a guarantee that every American affected in terms of healthcare costs or loss wages be made whole by the federal government. The bill. The House passed doesn't go nearly that far wind on. And how far does it go? Well you know. Unfortunately some of our Republican colleagues in the administration made clear that they would not prepared to go The entire way as it relates to a universal paid sick leave policy But we were able to cover. We believe approximately thirty three point. Six million people who don't have any short-term Or sick leave as it relates to the virus outbreak. We need to move In an additional direction we also need to make short corporate. America continues to to step up. Many large companies do have sick leave policies That could be helpful and others including even Walmart believe. Mcdonald's Apple Guber lift the Darden restaurants which I think includes olive. Garden's have stepped up This is going to require all hands on deck. The government can do a lot. The government can't do everything But it is clear to me that we're going to have to approach this with a family I orientation with a displaced worker orientation with vulnerable senior orientation and not a sort of millionaire billionaire multinational corporation bailout type orientation for me. That's a nonstarter and we're GONNA have a conference call later on Today. Led by Speaker Pelosi with all of the members of the House Democratic Caucus that are able to participate to begin to discuss the next steps that we have to take In order to make sure that the most vulnerable amongst us Can survive economically because of the shock to the system that we know. We're GONNA EXPERIENCE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. All Right. You ready here. Contrarian can put on cashes in Brooklyn. I think I can even put phone calls on the air from home click caches. Are you there all right other feeling that the air can hear me and the listeners? On the air you can hear me and can hear caches but caches can't hear me so I'm GonNa try to read the notes from his question that the screener took congressman he says. It's an insane overreaction. To close bars and restaurants SARS was deadly. And we didn't go this far. What your response. It's not a overreaction. When you look at the projections that come out of places like China and South Korea in Italy And I it is better to be as comprehensive as possible to minimize the spread because when you're dealing with What is now a pandemic that the two issues to consider there's transmissibility and then there's mortality and with respect to Kobe. Nineteen the corona virus. We know that the transmissibility is significant. If you compare it to for instance ZEKA ANY BOLA. Ebola was only transmitted via bodily fluids. It was lethal. If you've got it but could only be transmitted through bodily fluids if you look at Zeke for instance very Troublesome if you got it but it can only be transmitted through mosquito bites whereas Cova nineteen can be transmitted through airborne droplets through basic human contact hugs kisses handshakes even It can be transmitted Do touching a surface that a covert infected individual previously touched. Then we're not sure how long it can live on the surface because the transmissibility is so significant in terms of the ease of the virus. Going from one person to the next taking these dramatic steps in terms of social. Distancing will definitely save lives and help give us the time to stand up our healthcare infrastructure. Let's talk about the bill that the House Democrats and president trump did come to an agreement on. It's an emergency. Bill that includes free corona virus testing paid sick leave and extended unemployment insurance. The Senate could approve it today though. I'm also hearing maybe not that. There may be some Republican opposition to this. Even though the president is on board with you What can you tell us about? The status of that was my understanding That Mitch McConnell had indicated to Speaker Pelosi That if the speaker was able to reach agreement with Secretary Mnuchin and the president endorsed the agreement that the Senate would move. Now there's always Dynamics in the Senate there's a saying on Capitol Hill Ninety nine is not enough because of the Senate rules that often you need a hundred people to at least agree to move. The bill forward In order to get something signed into law. That's a whole different structural issue that we're going to have to deal with Moving forward because the Senate has of course stopped. Multiple bills have already come out the Democratic House. This should be different this time because this is an emergency. This is a pandemic and we obviously understood that there was a need to move in a bipartisan way. In order to get relief to the American people who wanted to make sure that testing would be free up every single American. Every body means everybody And we didn't want people to resist having To get tested because of financial hardship or to be hit with surprise billing afterward that could add to the devastating economic consequences of what? We're all going through. That was critical. We wanted to expand access to unemployment benefits was we were able to do in this particular bill because we know that there will be a lot of displaced workers particularly as you see cities like New York Moving to close down Bars in restaurants and movie theaters and theater venues and things of that nature. We also wanted to expand the eligibility For School lunches free and reduced.
Trump trial could end soon; Alexander says no to witnesses
"As Republican senator Susan Collins of Maine was announcing she would support hearing from witnesses Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander announced there's no need for more evidence that ups the odds of a Senate vote for acquittal house impeachment managers could continue arguing that former national security adviser John Bolton and others be called New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries a full and fair trial means witnesses some Republican senators through Chief Justice John Roberts indicated that Bolton's testimony wouldn't matter to them isn't it true that the allegations still would not rise to the level of an impeachable offense it would take four Republican senators to break ranks and joined with Democrats to tip the outcome of the impeachment trial Jackie Quinn Washington
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on Politics and More Podcast
"I think at this point is certainly certainly possible But I think also reasons to be skeptical or for people who are critical of trump to be optimistic We saw the way that After Bill Clinton's impeachment he was largely seen as you know victim of overzealous partisanship on the part of Republicans famously left office with very high approval ratings and so on but the things that we're talking about here are fundamentally different. The idea that Bill Clinton was dishonest in his relaying of details related to Personal indiscretion and obviously something that was disturbing the people people on many levels but they didn't think was an existential threat to American democracy on the other hand what Donald Trump is accused of is very much something something that places American democracy or at least the American elections in jeopardy. And that's another thing coming to the point so much of what we've seen in the last you know particularly last two years. American politics is GonNa Amazingly short term thinking that no Republican wants to be in a position of having a Democratic president solicit aid or assistance from a foreign government to prevent a Republican nominee from gaining traction with the voters. And so all said I. I think that this may turn out to be something that does have blemishing effect on Donald Trump in a way that That AH did not with Bill Clinton and also I should say that the people who don't like Donald Trump did not like donald trump on November ninth of two thousand sixteen. Pretty much still still. Don't it's not like we've seen a whole lot of fluctuation or that he'll come out on the other side of this looking more appealing to people who didn't think highly of him before they will vote But the other thing that's that struck me and it was actually prompted by an email. I got from you on Tuesday night which was about the performance of one of the house. Managers Hakeem Jeffries which came I'm long long and tedious opening hours of the trial? Who had one thing that is happening is some figures in the party are coming to the fore So jefferies was responding to the remarks of trump's personal lawyer j secular who is arguing of course that his client is a victim of gross mistreatment by Democrats. And I just I. I went immediately after getting your note to my computer to play the clip. The question was asked by Mr Secolo as the open before this distinguished by why why why are we here. Let me see if I can just posit an answer to that question. We are here sir. Because president trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political. Oh and personal gain. We are here sir. Because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the twenty twenty election and corrupted did our democracy. We are here sir. Because President trump withheld three hundred ninety. One million dollars was in military aid from vulnerable Ukraine without justification in a manner that has been deemed unlawful. We are here sir. Because President Donald Trump elevated his personal political interests and subordinated the national security interests of the United States of America. We are here sir. Because President Trump corruptly abused his power hour and then he tried to cover it up and we are here Sir to follow the facts apply to law. Aw Be guided by the Constitution and present the truth to the American people. That is why we are here. And if you don't know now you know the opening day of this was kind of very very much about procedural matters and You know I had a criticism. which was that you know if this was going to be a Kinda foregone on conclusion that the Democrats have show ear Approach to talking about this. At least it seems that the more boring it was the more had. Benefited benefited the administration But Representative Hakeem Jeffries. And the eighth district of New York comes up and just give this really persuasive and I would say moving a evocative statement about why it needed to happen and and then there was something that kind of caught. My attention was emailing you And I was like did he just conclude his Mar- remarks with a quote from biggie. In fact he had like. If you don't know now you know which is a famous line? Coined by the Rapper notorious B I g so so people who follow politics closely Asli often talk about Jeffries as Nancy Pelosi is preferred successor and they also serve reflexively referred to him as they have to Beto O'Rourke Carmela Harris. Chris Cory Booker as the next Barack Obama. Obviously the Democratic Party is desperately in search of the next Barack Obama. That though didn't help the first three in this race or dropped out after failing to get enough traction so what do you think about. Jeffries is Future Yeah I mean so one of the the interesting things to keep in mind about the democratic leadership as that Steny Hoyer is seventy nine years. Old Jim Jim Clyburn Is Seventy nine or eighty years old. Nancy Pelosi is eighty years old. And then you have hugging. Jeffrey was an forties. And you know this big generational gap between them. Some of his critics of actually claim that he's too close to Nancy. Pelosi if you remember When she put herself forward for the speakership recip- There was A little bit of back and forth and some just mental Democrats who were critical of her. And you know Jeffrey's was right there by her side that made people Kind of say well. Is he playing the safe. And you know just kind of within this stablishment. You know the Democrats in terms of being the next Barack Obama. Yeah I think you're right. No one is going to be that But he may well become the most influential black politician in the country And that's not a far stretch now small thing so we will soon see with this trial whether Democrats will agree to any kind of witness swap and Republicans suggested in the last day or so that they'd call Joe Biden Son Hunter in exchange for trump's former national security adviser John Bolton who has been coyly claiming that he has something to say about the Ukraine controversy Shift called Hunter Biden irrelevant and immaterial and then derisively actively said this isn't like some fantasy football trade but what. What are the chances that there are? Do you think. In order to get at least some witnesses witnesses inside the room that they would agree to something short. I mean I wouldn't be surprised if that happened. But there's one thing that's been concerning to the people which is that. No one quite knows what John Bolton is going to say you know. Certainly Bolton left the administration on bad terms and having been humiliated and embarrassed embarrassed. And you kind of talk about trump talked about kicking John Bolton around during the administration you can certainly see why there would be some bad blood there that said head when you saw the killing of General Sulejmani in Iraq. That was right out of the John Bolton playbook and so that raised questions so people about if John Bolton is getting the kind of Iran policy that he built his career round does that change his likelihood of saying something it really damaging and negative about the trump administration. Should he be called down to testify in the impeachment hearings. So what is the Best Democrats can hope for from a trial. They will almost certainly lose. I think that the best case scenario this has been kind of hinted at by Nancy Pelosi Uh She has been saying you know. Trump has been impeached for life. And you know he will always be impeached. T will all be thought of as the impeached President And so if you were someone who harbors a great deal of animosity toward Donald trump that will mean something but I think that it will also be something that he is able to move right past in terms of The support from his base and the people who seem to not be willing to part with him on on any level the best case scenario I think is that they make make a substantial case that they're able to get a public airing of what exactly happened. What exactly people thought was the basis of an impeachment? Something actually actually we. We should add over five hundred law. Professors in the United States signed a letter thing that they agreed with that. This behavior fell into the range. Of what should be considered impeachable trouble And that going toward the twenty twenty election this becomes something that that can be hung around trump's neck and drags to the finish line uh-huh okay on that somewhat hopeful note..
McConnell backs off, abruptly eases some Trump trial rules
"House impeachment managers argued for the Senate to subpoena the White House the state department the defense department and others New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries who has ever heard of a trial with no witnesses the amendments were defeated along party lines while president trump's lawyer J. secular says president trump did nothing wrong why are we here Jeffries responds we are here Sir because president trump solicited foreign interference in the twenty twenty election and corrupted our democracy each side gets three days to present its case Jackie Quinn Washington
No sign of end to standoff over Trump impeachment trial
"And now to the impeachment debate here in Washington the Senate Republican leader is accusing house speaker Nancy Pelosi and what he is calling shamelessly game playing those comments from senator McConnell came after the speaker again stated she does not plan to send articles of impeachment of the Senate until seeing proposed rules for trial a president trump the continuing standoff between the speaker and the Senate Republican leader focusing on the president's conduct toward Ukraine comes as the president addressed the nation on the hostilities with Iran a crisis that is now over shadowing the impeachment drama from the Senate floor Republican John Thune of South Dakota but as a very straightforward process one as I said that met with the approval of all one hundred senators both Democrats and Republicans back in nineteen ninety nine the Clinton president is seems to me at least to be a fair way in which to proceed and and won that Senate Republicans have agreed to move forward with soul if and when the house Democrats under speaker Pelosi determine that they are ready to send those articles over here seems like maybe they're waiting for something to rescue what I think is an otherwise fairly weak argument that they have to make but when those articles arrive here we will have a process in place in which to move forward and and and get this trial under way in the Senate and hopefully hear the arguments and at some point in I hope in the not too distant future I conclude this and get it behind us in on to the work that the American people I think sent his here to do obviously there is an election coming up in November the first of all we'll start being cast just a few weeks from now in the state of Iowa and New Hampshire and other states followed very closely on by super Tuesday so the election process is already under way and I think that is the means by which most Americans believe we ought to deal with our leadership and in a democratic system of government we have the opportunities people to express our opinions and the voice argues in that manner and I would hope that that is where we can settle these political differences industries that we have that from Republican John Thune of South Dakota on the Senate floor the hill newspaper reporting a democratic senators are quote growing impatient over the delayed start of the impeachment trial some saying it's time for speaker Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate in fact this from democratic senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut telling The Washington Post yesterday quote I think the time is past we should send the articles over reacting to all of that the house democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries of New York sorry say has no the resolution going to like what do you gain by waiting for one of our as speaker has consistently indicated it's very difficult for her to determine who would be appropriate impeachment managers to present the house's case in the absence of understanding the rules of engagement and what the contours of a trial would look like beyond of course chairmanship and chairman Nadler who one would think we're going to be logical choices and participants to lead the effort but what we have seen over the last several weeks all the additional disclosure of documents that continue to highlight that the president did abuse his power by targeting an American citizen for political gain while withholding intentionally three hundred and ninety one million dollars in military aid from a vulnerable Ukraine additional documents subsequent to the speaker's decision to hold the articles have come out that's a gain in terms of information to the American people and we've also seen during this period of time that a critically important potential witness John Bolton has said he will testify if subpoenaed John Bolton had direct communication with the president about this sordid matter and abuse of power and we know from testimony from doctor Fiona hill characterize this whole scheme as a drug deal and the president's main operative Rudolph Giuliani as a hand grenade that from democratic congressman who keen Jeffries part of the house democratic leadership in this note regarding the house California governor Gavin Newsom today saying that he will not call for a special election in the district held by resigning Republican congressman Duncan hunter saying that we received his letter of resignation based on the timing a special election will not be called Duncan hunter officially steps down next Monday after pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance
Iran attacks two Iraqi bases housing US forces in revenge for Soleimani's death
"Tonight the US department of defense says Iran has launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against American military forces in Iraq this attack against US forces comes after Iranian leaders vowed to retaliate for the killing of an Iranian general Qassem Soleimani NPR White House correspondent Franco or doing as joins us here in the studio and Franco what else do we know about these attacks tonight well we know that the Pentagon says it is clear that the missiles were launched from Iran US officials say they targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military in coalition forces the Iranian revolutionary guard is taking credit for the attack saying this is harsh revenge for the Solomonic killing and they warned even harsher response if the United States took further action I'll just note that the US has been preparing for some type of retaliation and what has the administration said tonight anything well the White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham says that the president has been briefed and is closely monitoring the situation as well as consulting with his national security team we know that defense secretary Mike as per as well as mark Millie chairman of the joints chief of staff chief of staff were at the White House tonight I'll also just added the vice president Mike pence also briefed house speaker Nancy Pelosi on the missile attacks represent of Hakeem Jeffries of New York he spoke with NPR's Claudia Chrysopolis and it said that members are still trying to gather information trying to figure out the well being of U. S. soldiers and any Americans there I know many people are concerned about casualties and at this point we don't have information about whether any Americans or Iraqis have been harmed as you said American officials have been very aware of the potential for Iran to strike back and said that the US would retaliate what are you expecting yeah earlier today in fact president trump said the U. S. military is prepared to retaliate if Iran strikes back if Iran does anything that they shouldn't be doing they're gonna be suffering the consequences and very strongly we still have a lot to report on with colleagues and at the Pentagon and in Baghdad in there doing those things right now and in Tehran and terror on I'll note that the president was clear earlier this week he warned of a disproportionate military response if to Iran if it right if it carries out a retaliatory strike against the US that's white house correspondent Frank or doing is with the latest on this breaking story thank you Franco thank
Hakeem Jeffries on Michael Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy
"Now has this take on a former New York City mayor and possible democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg's about Faison is old stop and frisk policing policy that used to support until now for many years now congressman Hakim Jeffries has been a strong and vocal opponent of the Bloomberg administration S. implementation of stop question frisk Michael
Hakeem Jeffries on Michael Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy
"A Brooklyn congressman now has his take on former New York City mayor and possible democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg about face on his support of the old stop and frisk policing policy used to support until now for many years now congressman Hakim Jeffries has been a strong and vocal opponent of the Bloomberg administration S. implementation of stop question frisk Michael Bloomberg apology is welcome it appears authentic and it seems to have come from his heart but at this point communities don't simply want to hear an
House resolution outlines public phase of impeachment
"House Democrats unveil a resolution that outlines the next phase of their impeachment inquiry correspondent Linda Kenyan has the story the eight page resolution is a road map of sorts the spells out how the case against president trump will be brought before the public after weeks of closed door depositions open hearings will begin in the house intelligence committee and will follow in the house Judiciary Committee Republicans have been complaining about the process up till this point calling it unfair in calling the impeachment inquiry illegitimate house democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries says this resolution brings everything out into the open the president by pressuring a foreign government to target American citizens for political gain use this power and solicited foreign interference in the twenty twenty election house minority leader Kevin McCarthy says as far as the GOP is concerned the resolution doesn't change anything this is before any court he would've been a mistrial but Jeffrey says these process arguments are without merit every thing about the process is transparent is legitimate and its constitutional Republican Jim Jordan doesn't think so this process is is completely unfair completely partisan ridiculousness Jeffries my Republican colleagues continue to embarrass themselves saying they continue to argue about the process because they can argue in support of the president's actions in a closed door deposition Tuesday a key witness and he was very concerned about trump's actions army lieutenant colonel Alexander vin men who serves on the National Security Council said he raise those concerns more than once then men a Purple Heart recipient who served in Iraq became the first official to testify who actually heard president trump's July twenty fifth phone call with the new Ukrainian president in his prepared remarks he said quoting here I did not think it was proper to demand a foreign government investigate a U. S. citizen and I was worried about the implications for the U. S. government support of Ukraine some critics have taken issue within men including the president himself who attack vin men's patriotism congresswoman Liz Cheney objected we're talking about decorated veterans who have served this nation who put their lives on the line Cheney a member of the house Republican leadership did not mention president trump by name but her remarks followed a critical tweet by the president as well as comments by several trump allies conservative pundits and Republicans in Congress while Republicans take issue with the impeachment proceeding so far the impeachment resolution will be marked up by the house rules committee later today and the house will vote on it on Thursday representative Jordan says he already knows what's going to happen every single Republican will be voting against the resolution on
Donald Trump Compares Impeachment Probe To Lynching
"President trump is calling the house impeachment inquiry a lynching Terry Moore reports trump's tweets set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill New York democratic congressman Hakeem Jeffries the president should not compare a constitutionally mandated impeachment inquiry to such a dangerous and dark chapter of American history Massachusetts Democrat Kathryn Clark I don't know how to characterize died from a president except as grotesque meantime that's not the language I would use house Republican leader Kevin McCarthy I don't agree with that language is pretty simple White House spokesman Hogan Gidley tried to explain trumps tweet but the presence I comparing what happened to him with one of our darkest moments in American history he's just not what he's explaining clearly is the way he's been treated by the media said he announced for president and South Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham called the tweet accurate so yeah this is a lynching and everything yes this is on American Graham said impeachment is a sham and a
Are Republicans standing by Trump on impeachment?
"Republicans say the house impeachment inquiry of president trump is just another investigation that will amount to nothing house minority whip Steve Scalise was interviewed on NBC well they've been investigating president trump for over two years and the entire way making baseless allegations speaker Pelosi the day before the transfer came out I was saying that there were there was gonna show that the president broke the law and then they didn't have any equipped for a quo all of the things that they were saying Democrats say the president's call with Ukrainian president Vladimir is a Lansky in July demonstrates much sinister actions New York Democrat congressman Hakeem Jeffries spoke on fox he pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political gain that is classic abuse of power which undermines our national security this is as serious as it gets the inquiry is expected to proceed this week despite Congress starting a two week recess on
Trump Impeachment Dominates Sunday Talk Shows
"The impeachment inquiry is front and center on the Sunday morning talk shows not surprisingly breaking down along partisan lines Republican congressman Steve Scalise on NBC's meet the press been investigating president trump for over two years and the entire way making baseless allegations speaker Pelosi the day before the transcript came out was saying that there was going to show that the president broke the law and then they didn't have any it quit for a quo all of the things that they were saying democratic congressman Hakeem Jeffries on fox news Sunday he pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political gain that is classic abuse of power which undermines our national security this is as serious as it gets the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on ABC's this week Mister lander defending like client the best way I know how this is not about getting Joe Biden in trouble this is about these charging that Donald Trump was framed by the Democrats think Hillary Clinton is talking about the twenty sixteen election on CBS Sunday morning was like applying for a job and getting sixty six million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt human tornado she's co authored a new book with a daughter Chelsea called the book of gutsy women it's published by Simon and Schuster a division of
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Two six six eight six six to subscribe today the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country voted unanimously to support the impeachment of the President United States the leader of the N. Double A._C._p.. Saying in a statement quote trump needs to know he's not about the law and the crimes that he is committed did and he must be prosecuted in the Lacey Pe- came vote came after months of internal conflict among Democrats around the issue of impeachment and it came one day after the organization heard from two of the leading voices on either side of the impeachment debate or she had to leave who came to Washington D._C.. Vowing to impeach this offer and Nancy Pelosi who once said of impeaching the president quote he's just not worth it join me now one of the key members of Pelosi leadership team Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of New York chairman of the House Democratic Caucus who will be questioning Robert Muller tomorrow when he appears before the House Judiciary Committee. I will begin with a question that I just asked your colleague Mike Quigley which is the relationship between high crimes and misdemeanors as a sort of constitutional threshold Russell that you have to consider as a member of the House and the testimony tomorrow aren't the inextricably bound. Isn't it the case that you can't be thinking of that in the back of your head as you talked to Rob Ramon well they are certainly connected based on historical stoorikhel precedent of course somebody articles of impeachment that triggered the resignation of Richard Nixon related to obstruction of justice and the article of impeachment that pass out of the House of Representatives in addition to one or two others related to the impeachment of Bill Clinton which of course I oppose but also involve obstruction of justice one of the things that we need to establish tomorrow is that obstruction of justice is a serious crime under federal federal law that undermines the integrity of judicial system and prohibits investigators from seeking the truth on behalf of the American people. I would expect that that is something that Bob Muller will farm and we'll take it from there as it's applied tried to donald trump or his behavior. I want to give you a theory of the the ways in which you and Nancy Pelosi and others in House leadership sort of view this moment and get your response to it so I think there's some people who view leadership is basically thinking king that is tactically unwise to impeach the president nine states politically that it just unwise but that it's hard to keep the reins on the caucus and air go the more derogatory information you uncover about Donald trump the harder it makes your our job and leadership is job in restraining the caucus from wanting to impeach our job is pretty simple followed effects apply.
House moves to condemn Trump as he again attacks minority congresswomen
"House Democrats forcing a vote on remarks president trump made against for minority congresswomen president trump's we can tweets and follow up remarks suggesting minority democratic congresswoman go back from where they came we're not racists the top house Republican Kevin McCarthy told reporters this is all about politics and beliefs of ideologies of what individuals that McCarthy will vote against the resolution offered by house Democrats condemning racist remarks directed at members of Congress and we're hopeful that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would put country ahead of party democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries says additional accountability for the president could also be considered on Capitol Hill Jr Halpern fox
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"House, Republican leadership holding their weekly news conference with reporters. You're listening to C-SPAN radio. Well at the same time in another area of the capital, a news conference is being held by the democratic caucus. We hear first from caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries morning, everyone. Early at the day of the caucus meeting. At a very active discussion on the wide variety of issues, but we were particularly pleased that Dr Henry Louis gates. The prominent Harvard historian was with us to share clips from his new film on reconstruction and remind us of our long journey that we've been on in this country to make sure that we can bring the values of liberty and Justice for all and equal protection under the law to life. Introducing dock gates. I reminded everyone in the room that four hundred years ago this month. June of sixteen nineteen the first slave ship left, the west coast of Africa and arrived two months later. In Virginia, thus began a long journey of the African American presence here in the United States of America. Dr gates has catalogued it almost, unlike no one else from slavery to emancipation to reconstruction, reconstruction, Jim crow, Jim crow through the civil rights movements of rights movement through the years of President, Barack Obama, and now the moment that we're in, and it was an opportunity for us to reflect on why we do what we do as Democrats fighting for the people, particularly as it relates to HR one, and our democracy reform legislation, and the effort to make sure that every single American regardless of race regardless of gender, regardless of zip code, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity. Regardless of religion has an opportunity to participate. In our democracy, and we, of course, will continue to dedicate ourselves to that causes. We move forward in an era of voter suppression and in an era. Of some even those in power trying to turn back the clock as we continue to try to move America forward. Also at the meeting Jan Schakowsky Doris, Matsui and Connaught lamb. Announced the relaunch of our task force on aging that will focus on the well being of older Americans consistent with our for the people, the gender where we've promised to make sure that we reach out to every single community to get things done on their behalf. In the case of older Americans are promise to make sure that we will protect social security, and protect Medicare and protect their well being as someone the other side of the aisle endeavor to slash and burn the social safety net in a manner. That is highly irresponsible. We also announced and speaker Pelosi has emphasized are weekend of action on health care in the United States of America. We expect that there will be over a hundred different member lead events that will take place on Friday, Saturday or Sunday of this weekend to emphasize what Democrats have been doing on the question of lowering healthcare costs. Protecting people with preexisting conditions and driving down the high cost of lifesaving prescription drugs. And what we intend to continue to do. We will not be swayed by the fact that the grim reaper continues to obstruct progress in the United States of America, and at the Senate has turned into a legislative graveyard, we're going to continue to make it clear to the American people that we're committed to the cause of lowering healthcare costs and protecting people with pre. Existing conditions and lowering the high cost of lifesaving prescription drugs, we want to find common ground. We wanna work with the other side of the aisle. We want to get things done, but we need the Senate, and we need the president to be willing to do their job. I mean now yield to dynamic vice.
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
"If President Trump shuts down the border with Mexico. Did you hear that? That's the sound of yoga moms all over America. Freaking out right now. Where will I get my healthy? So once again, Donald Trump has shown there's no problem. He can't make twice as bad because you realize if white people get ever caught in America, they're gonna stop fleeing to Mexico, and now there's going to be a crisis on both sides of the border. We'll be right back. My guest tonight represents pots of Brooklyn and queens in the house of representatives as chair of the democratic caucus. He is the fifth highest ranking democrat in the house. Please welcome congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Welcome to the show right to be here. So cool down the road. You just like pop up. This is nice. Yeah. Let's talk about what the Democrats will dealing with these days. The mother reports that came out attorney general bosses that proves no collusion. But the Democrats are saying you want to see the full reports. Do you believe that something else in the report that that will further suspicions about Trump? Or is it just about being open with the public? Why think first and foremost transparency is important in terms of openness as relates to our government four hundred and twenty members of the house of representatives voted to release the full report zero voted against it. What in eighty percent of the American people have said, we should see report the president himself has said we should see the report so transparency in democracy is critical. Right. And it's not clear to me what the president is hiding in terms of the failure to release it today. We'll see what happens on April. Second in terms of what the attorney general does. Right. Well, I guess the argument from China general side has been you know, we have to reject the the. Report because there are certain, you know, sensitive pieces of information that should not be out. And they worried about people leaking that information, do you think there's validity of those claims? Well, that's a reasonable statement. But we'll see how far it goes. Right ended day. If there is grand jury material there is a basis in law to withhold some of it. But there's also a rule that says if there is substantial public interests, the presumption of secrecy can be overcome a while release the grand jury material seventeen different intelligence agencies concluded that Russia attack, our democracy and interfered with our election in order to artificially try and play Donald Trump at sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue, right? Seems to me that that's a compelling government interest to figure out what happened why did it happen? And how do we prevent it from happening again? Let me ask you this to to that point where the Democrats on now versus where you're trying to go. There's been polling that has come out suggests that most Americans do not care about Donald Trump and the Russians most Americans care about paying off student loans..
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
"This is the daily show with Trevor Noah, here's the. Thank you. The show that's getting to it on your host trim. I'll guess tonight is a democratic congressman from Brooklyn. New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries is joining. So on tonight's show. Joe Biden may have lost the election. Why George Clooney is even more perfect and Trump is now at war with four Mexico's, but I that's catch up on today's headlines. El Chapo Guzman. The world's most notorious drug kingpin and Mexican baked potato prison may have put an end to his caught hell days. But now he's got a new career. That's even more fabulous. El Chapo is branching out the convicted drug kingpins name will now appear on a new line of clothing created by his wife, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman who wants ran a huge drug cartel in Mexico sign a contract granting the clothing company the right to use his name and signature on its pieces. The line is expected to launch the summer. That's right. I'll chop always starting clothing line. Which makes no sense. I wanna wear El Chapo jeans about as much as I want to smoke. Tommy, hilfiger crack stay in your lane. Also out of all the people why would a clothing brand wanna work with El Chapo, like I've never looked at him and thought style icon. Yeah. Although I do like the idea that I'll chop it was just going to use his drug ring know to bring all the clothes like he's gonna use drug meals as clothing imports as well. This going to be like, okay one, and you take this pair of large khakis and smuggled them in your ass. Okay. Then you drop them off at DJ max b like role.
Asked to Stop Investigations, House Digs In
"Special counsel. Robert Muller's report continues to be a very hot topic on Capitol Hill. Terry Moore reports. House Republicans are pushing Democrats to back off investigations of President Trump and Russia, Texas, Republican John Ratcliffe democratic efforts to continue these investigations would. In fact, be a political witch hunt for no other reason than for political gain house. Republican whip Steve Scalise enough is enough. The American people are disgusted with this abuse of power with this continued pursuit of attacking the president and his family, regardless of where the facts lead house GOP leader. Kevin McCarthy said it's time for the country to move forward. He argued that Trump is owed an apology by anyone who said they had proof of collusion. Meantime, democrats. Continue to push for the public. Release of the Muller report, New York's Hakeem Jeffries, the house voted four hundred and twenty two zero to publicly disclose the mullahs report. The president has said repeatedly the Muller report should be disclosed as for investigations, Massachusetts. Democrat Katherine Clark said the democratic led house will continue to do its job. We are going to live up to our article one responsibilities of oversight, which the Republicans absolutely failed
House set to reject Trump's border wall emergency declaration
"House Democrats expect to pass a resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency at the southern border with a few Republicans voicing support to the house is expected to adopt a resolution terminating President Trump's national emergency declaration used to secure billions of dollars for border wall funding without direct congressional approval. Democratic caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries and -ticipant some GOP support the president in this particular instance, is behaving more like a king Republican leader. Kevin McCarthy says President Trump is using the same. Authorities predecessors. Give credit presidents have used this hour because they have the right to use this power, but several Republican senators have signalled unease with the national emergency. And could join Democrats supporting the termination resolution
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Do you see a transition down the line? And if so are do you want to be part of that transition while in my view, you always have to do the job that you currently have. And it's such an honor to serve in this position that I'm gonna work to be the best caucus share that I can be which means we have to continue to message with discipline. Well that you're doing I have to give you credit for that. I try but impart is because David. We concluded that in the Trump era. The only way to break through is. If we communicate with simplicity and repetition, a compelling concise message that is delivered in the simplest way possible. And then we just have to repeat it over and over and over again, otherwise we're gonna get overrun. No, I I understand that. And I probably should have asked you the question about Pelosi, and what comes next because I know you're too smart to answer answer that question talk to me about the presidential race. And how that's going to impact on what happens here, and whether whether you have a sense of the kind of candidate the party needs. Well, I think twenty twenty will be change moment. And so we're going to need a change candidate. Now. The interesting thing is that doesn't mean age that doesn't mean race. It doesn't mean gender though. Those are all parts of how someone can attentively present to the American people that they represent change. But I think most importantly, what is going to be your vision for the country moving forward to take us out of the chaos crisis and confusion that has been the Trump presidency to me that's going to be the most important thing. This is an election. I think that's like two thousand eight and tremendous change candidate emerged. And of course, you obviously did a magnificent job captaining that ship in terms of that campaign. Barack Obama was change candidate in many ways Bill Clinton in ninety two change candidate Jimmy Carter in nineteen seventy six change candidate, John F. Kennedy nineteen sixty after eight years of Eisenhower and Republic. In rule change candidate. I think we're at that moment. Even though it's been four years. It feels like eight twelve sixteen or twenty under the Trump administration because of just the intensity of the mess. And so I think the American people are going to be looking for change candidate and whoever best fits that Bill will likely be success to find that what does it change candidate look like where they soundly? Well, listen in many ways, I think you you have the personal characteristics of an individual. And I mentioned that could be age that could be gender that can be race. Those are all things that may on the surface say to the electorate I represent change. But I think more important than that is gonna be the vision for taking America to a different place. But you know, it's an interesting thing is that a different place in terms of policy, or is it a different place in terms of kind of temperament. Yeah, I'm trying to figure this out myself. Because my you know, my view, I have this theory that animated my view that Obama could win in two thousand and eight which is that at the end of two terms people tend to look for someone who's the remedy to the deficiencies of whoever's there, even if they're popular it, it is less clear after one term. But as you say, this is an extraordinary circumstance and Trump will define this election in a big way, what are the qualities? Do you think is most important for a candidate to have the personal qualities? I mean because is it about temperament and approach, and how you deal with people, which you know, some would view as a deficiency in this president or is it about is it more about policy moving forward and vision while the president in a sort of as an individual often acts like a bully, and I think that the contrast that will be someone who projects a more reasonable..
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"There was an out of control stop and frisk program where hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers mostly black and Latino would being stopped questioned and frisked then let go what they're information was being stored in a massive one million plus name police database that was being used for constant surveillance and suspicion of people who the police department themselves said had done nothing wrong. And my view was how can this be? And so I worked with then state Senator Eric Adams to carry legislation. In that prohibited. The practice of the white PD maintaining this electron IQ database on individual New Yorkers who civil liberties were being violated in our view. We pass it in the house and the Senate, and then of course, was successfully able to convince the governor decided into law, and I guess the argument for the database was that it would help them. Algorithm. Maclear whatever do identify people who are likely to be. Violent offenders in the futures at the argument that was made that was the argument that was made by then police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Yeah. So we asked them produce the evidence of where the electron IQ database has been used to solve crimes and make the city of New York safer, and of the tens of thousands of major crimes that were conducted in a given year. I think as I recall produced about thirty five instances, and so we can -cluded that. This was not an adequate off when you of violating the civil liberties of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers many living in disadvantaged black and Latino communities that come from Chicago where we've have an enduring of crime and violence problem tragic, one New Yorkers maintain relatively strong numbers in terms of low levels of. Homicides, and so on even after the even after you eliminated that database. That's correct. And we made that argument that this aggressive stop and frisk program is unconstitutional and equally as significant unworkable, and there was no evidence that the deployment of it was actually making people say anything, you were increasing suspicion between the police and the community and law enforcement will consistently say that their best asset is trust and communication from the communities that they are policing. And so once stop and frisk was declared unconstitutional, and it's been dismantled under the current Merrill administration. Crime has gone up is continued to go down. And in fact, stop why is that? Well, I think in many ways, it's just a better relationship between the police and the community. I think that there's a proactive emphasis. On cooperation, I think the police are older tremendous amount of credit for focusing on the persistent criminals, which was what we were emphasizing as opposed to criminalising innocent people and so called quality of life offenses through the broken window steering. Now, you can debate whether it was an appropriate strategy in the early nineties when they were more than two thousand homicides in the city of New York and different things where being tried. But I'll mention in you are way of this that it was David Dinkins do his safe streets safe cities legislation that he championed in Albany that gave Bill Bratton Giuliani's first police Commissioner with the personnel necessary to begin to get crime on the control..
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"People in a country where more than two million people are incarcerated, but you know, you touch on something that I faced when I was working in the White House when we were when we were debating healthcare reform, and there was a body of thought, particularly among House Democrats that, but if you don't get a public option in these healthcare exchanges, we shouldn't pass the Bill. It has to have that. And you know, I think about that. We couldn't get it president wanted it couldn't get it. It would be better today if we had it without question. But what if what if he had taken that advice? What if he had said, you know, what unless we get this? We're just not gonna do it. I mean, they're twenty million people have healthcare today who wouldn't have had it. And so, you know, there is this there is there is among some kind of all or nothing meant. Haliti and you're not really popular actually with that that group of people. I I saw Alexandria Cossio Cortes at people associated with her hinted earlier in this year, maybe late last year that maybe you would have a primary because you're considered too much of an accommodation. Est. How do you? How do you navigate these forces? Well, my approach has been that of a pragmatic progressive without question. Anyone who objectively looks at the voting record can conclude that I have wanted to twenty five thirty most progressive voting records in the United States..
Nancy Pelosi elected speaker of House of Representatives
"New congress opened the leadership elections in the house of representatives and anti Pelosi's official nomination for speaker of the house House Democratic caucus, chairman Hakeem Jeffries. It is with great joy that I rise today as directed by the House Democratic caucus to place the name of Nancy Pelosi in nomination and Jeffries got a standing ovation with this house. Democrats are down with NDP Nancy. L asandra. Once and future speaker of the United States Representative as Pelosi won, the majority of the votes. He was officially welcomed as the new speaker of the house by new house minority leader Kevin McCarthy, extend my hand of friendship to every member of this body into the speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi extent, you this gavel in her acceptance speech, Nancy Pelosi outlined, some of our top priorities, we must be champions of the middle class. She promised to protect healthcare while she also pledged to take reasonable gun control legislation and Pelosi pledged to play a central role in ending. The current partial government shutdown reminding reporters that giving President Trump more than five billion dollars for his border wall is not going to happen. The president has said Mexico's going to pay for this on. Let's anchor ourselves into reality. Mexico is not going to pay for this wall. So no the Senate began its new session as well. The Senate will come to order. Nice President Mike Pence presided over the proceedings the new Senate is much like the old Senate except the Republicans expanded their majority to fifty three but leadership remained pretty much the same. And so did many of the issues of get off on the wrong foot with House Democrats using their platform, reproduce political statements rather than Syria solutions. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, referring to a house Bill to reopen. The federal government. It's a Bill that Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer supports the two bills. We proposed separate the wall fight from the government shutdown. You don't have to have one. Even if you can't resolve the other, but McConnell double down. The Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of passing this chamber and getting a presidential signature hundred new democratic control the house passed a plan late in the evening to reopen. Most of the shuddered parts of the federal government through September thirtieth on this vote. The as are two hundred and forty one and the nays are one hundred and ninety. The Bill is passed funding the homeland security department, which includes the border wall was not part of the Bill while the Bill is not likely to pass in the Senate, there appears to be some cracks in the wall. Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner became I in his caucus to say, congress should reopen the federal government even without border wall. Funding Republican Susan Collins of Maine agreed and Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia indicated she might also support the plan all eyes now turn to the White House. Where President Trump is expected to meet with house and Senate leaders for second time this week to discuss a way forward to end the government shutdown and tackle the border wall issue. Linda Kenyon, Washington. You're gauging fear. Among investors about a
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on WBBM Newsradio
"Democratic congressman Hakeem Jeffries. And maybe for awhile, it's a brand new year. In australia. An awesome display of fireworks. Over the Sydney harbour an hour from now Tokyo Seoul, and John Yang bring in two thousand nineteen. Head the markets opened s&p futures are up seventeen points. This is CBS news, zoom video conferencing, featuring video and audio clarity with screen sharing. Free. Accounts are available at zoom dot US. That's zoom dot US, zoom video conferencing. This is Bill finally got me Bill. What's that? Rick, the Clark street crater, the mother of all pothole. Yeah. Year after rim wrecking year. It's tormented the people of this town they tried to fill it. But it always turns me could stay farms. Got you to you hear that? Nothing trash talking to bottle. Yes. Yes. I am go with a one that's here to help life go, right? State farm talk to an agent today. At.
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on KOMO
"One thousand FM ninety seven seven earlier we heard from the head of customs and border protection about security at the southern border. But what's the Democrats? Take congressman Hakeem Jeffries spoke with ABC's, Martha Raddatz, you heard the Commissioner say they are overwhelmed at this point. And he has asked congress for funds to improve conditions and medical care for children are Democrats prepared to approve that or with only prepared to provide additional funding for enhanced fencing technology drones satellites lighting sensors cell phone towers, and the things that the experts have clearly indicated would improve our border security. In addition to that, we certainly want to enhance the ability of our officials at the southwest border to conduct themselves in a humane fashion until avoid the type of tragedies that occurred with. Jacqueline in Philippi. That was unacceptable, unamerican and unconscionable. And we need to do better. Do you think the federal government bears any of the blame? Well, I think the Trump administration bears blame to the extent that the buck stops at the top. And at the end of the day, you had to young innocent children die in American custody that should never occur. The president. In a tweet blamed the Democrats for the death of the two Guatemalan children saying any deaths of children or others at the border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can't if we had a wall, they wouldn't even try your reaction to that. Whereas completely unreasonable statement from the president, but not unsurprising at the end of the day, many of the families and the children who are leaving these very violent northern triangle Central American countries of Guatemala Honda. And El Salvador are fleeing places that are overrun with gangs with drug activity with sexual predation. Many of them have a credible. Fear of persecution consistent with our asylum laws. They have a legal right to be heard to determine whether they have a basis for establishing asylum, and the fact that Donald Trump continues to ignore that legal reality is just shameful. The Trump administration announced it's reached an agreement with the Mexican government for asylum seekers to wait in Mexico, while they seek asylum argue on board with that process. I'm not sure whether we can believe anything that has been said as it relates to the Trump administration reaching an agreement with the Mexican government. This is the same president who repeatedly promised the American people that Mexico would pay for the wall that he plans to build now he's trying to extract five billion dollars. From the American taxpayer to pay for something that clearly would be ineffective. We'll look at whatever agreements he ultimately presents. But that is not a credible. Proposed solution to challenges that we face at our southwest border. And I want to ask you about that five billion dollars in a moment. But I want to ask you first about the killing of a young California. Police officer rahmael nail saying the suspect is an undocumented immigrant. This is what the sheriff said leading the investigation. He said California's sanctuary lost stopped local authorities from reporting the suspect to immigration officials during two previous drunk driving arrests, you've defended sanctuary laws. The sheriff says if those laws hadn't been in place. Officers thing would be alive today. First of all that was a very tragic situation, and my heart and my prayers go out to the officers family as well as to the members of the law enforcement community who work hard sacrifice themselves each and every. To keep us safe. My experience in New York has been different where members of the NYPD clearly the most professional highly trained law enforcement entity in the country. If not the world has been that these sanctuary laws actually, help promote public safety buying courage in cooperation, encouraging communication between community and police. Did not work that way. So address the situation in California. He said saying would be alive today. Well, you know, I'm not going to take issue with the sheriff's assessment of the situation being unfamiliar with California laws, clearly, it's a human tragedy. Clearly, we have to do better in terms of preventing these type of occurrences from taking place in the keep our law enforcement safe to keep our community safe. That's what Democrats intend to do. And we'll continue to do on a bipartisan fashion. That's congressman Hakeem Jeffries on ABC's this.
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"It's been a busy day for our regions politicians in Washington. Governor Cuomo showed up at the White House to lobby President Trump for more money to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson river, meanwhile, Democrats elected, a congressman from New York City to a leadership position in the house of representatives and the entire delegation of Democrats from New York and New Jersey had to pick sides in the fight over whether Nancy Pelosi should be the next speaker WNYC, Washington correspondent, John O'Connor and Albany. Correspondent Fred mogul have been following the action at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and they join me now, John let's start with you. We just learned this afternoon. The Democrats voted for Nancy Pelosi to nominate her rather to the speakership, but that doesn't necessarily ensure she'll become the next speaker when they take back the house in January right right to win the nomination Pelosi needed a majority of her caucus two hundred three Democrats voted for her, but thirty two voted against her and three abstained to become speaker in January Pelosi needs a majority of votes cast that means she needs to change the minds of at least fifteen Democrats to get to the two hundred eighteen votes that guarantees the gavel. There's other ways to get it done to such as asking members to vote present day instead of casting a no vote and Pelosi's been a lightning rod on all sides, of course, for conservatives. But also in her own party progressives. And even moderates, what do we know about? How our local members voted. We were really watching how six members from New York and New Jersey voted on Pelosi today max rose from New York City's eleventh congressional district Anthony Brindisi from. New York twenty two and Jeff Andrew from New Jersey to had all signed a letter earlier this month saying they would oppose Pelosi, and they followed through Mikey, Cheryl. In New Jersey eleven Kim in New Jersey three had made a similar promise on the campaign trail. They said they also voted against Pelosi, but Josh got Heimer from north Jersey's big congressional district voted for Pelosi. Got Heimer was part of a group of moderates. Asking for rule changes to make it easier to get votes on bills and admendments even if leadership doesn't support them Pelosi agreed to that the big question now is if those no votes will stay that way. In January rose battling with reporters about that. Question. That I'm going to change. Beyond it being laughable, though, would it speaks to though is a culture of politics in this town. Where people change their opinions like that. So we're still going to have another five weeks of questions about Pelosi. Meanwhile, Democrats also elected Brooklyn, congressman Hakeem Jeffries to the number four position in the leadership. Was that vote close very Jeffries won by just ten votes. Member said, it was largely due to Jeffrey's winning over a lot of the incoming freshmen. All right. So what's the significance of having that position? The democratic caucus chairman is kind of the shepherd for House Democrats. He's responsible for taking the temperature of members on issues and votes. An he coordinates the messaging when they talk about those things to the press into the public. It's also seen as a stepping stone to bigger and better things Jeffries is decades younger than the rest of the house leadership team. He's black and he will be a top contender to be the next House Democratic leader. All right. So let's go across town to the White House. Governor Cuomo had his meeting with President Trump who has. Has been reluctant to fund the gateway tunnel project. What did the White House say about that? Officially the White House says the president cares deeply for his home state. The president also told the New York Post Cuomo had sent a video showing damage to the tunnels. That was compelling, but he gave one of his standard commitments. We're looking at it. All right, then that takes me to our state house. Reporter Fred mogul, Fred governor Cuomo didn't talk to reporters on the White House lawn or at the White House driveway. Instead, he flew all the way back to New York City and held a press conference here. What did he have to say? Well, you know, he really loves the New York press corps, of course, in his telling he and the president had a very substantial collegial apolitical conversation about the project Cuomo emphasized, the president's own extensive experience as a builder who's worked on massive construction projects. He really gets it Cuomo said, and he said he and Trump they both shared a lot of skepticism about government's abilities to pull off something as big as the gateway tunnel. His concerns as discussed at the meeting were how. Do we do it? So it doesn't become a governmental boondoggle. So it's not another government project that takes a long time and winds up being very expensive. Those are very legitimate concerns. And do you have any sense? Whether coma was able to move the ball on the gateway issue. How positive he was about? Oh, he was very upbeat. Those also somewhat vague about what would happen when and who would pay for it. He said there'd be further meetings between the port authority that by state agency up here, of course, and the federal department of transportation that would relate to this a new governmental corporation, they're creating an empty that'll be jointly run by three members appointed by New York, New jersey in Washington by the White House. This this entity would get bids nail down. Exactly how much this whole thing would cost at the moment. The estimate for the tunnels around thirteen billion dollars. That's out of a larger thirty nine billion dollar project includes much more bridges stations. And so on Cuomo says these estimates we have so far come from Amtrak. He doesn't really trust them. He says when we get this new gateway corporation together. It'll get real numbers get real bids. Then they'll Heimer out how much each entity will pay for it. But we don't have the timetable that exactly and John even. If the president agrees the money would still have to be approved by congress, right? Does it have a better chance with Democrats in control of the house? Democrats say it's much more likely that they'll have money in the budget for gateway of now that they control the house, but it's still up to the administration whether gateway qualifies for a lot of the money in these federal transportation programs, and that's up to the president and his team. All right. So much more to come. We'll check in with both of you again. Come January if not before WNYC's, John O'Connor in Washington and our statehouse reporter Fred mogul, thanks to you. Both. Thanks so much, Jamie. Thank you..
"hakeem jeffries" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"So I think it's incumbent upon all of us in Washington to focus on getting things done to improve the lives of the American people. And we have some ideas as to how to go about that anchored in lower healthcare costs because the American people have sent a message loudly and clearly that we want access to high quality of. Notable healthcare. We want you to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. We want you to protect people with pre existing conditions, and that should be a baseline for discussion with Donald Trump and the Republicans, my guess, congressman, Hakeem Jeffries democrat from Brooklyn and queens now, a member of the house majority elect Democrats took back the house of representatives majority in yesterday's election by about twenty-five votes. So that's a it's not it's now me, but it's a pretty big wave. It's a pretty good majority at twenty five vote majority roughly two thirty two two oh five after the vote yesterday. And congressman the times has an editorial this morning written for you and other members of the new democratic majority in the house. It says I pick your policy battles wisely. Seek to find places where Trump is actually willing to work with you to pick up some bipartisan wins if those exist. Don't go crazy with subpoenas says the times and don't. Talk about impeachment until at least Robert Muller reports on what he actually finds how much is that checklist conform with your own. Well, I think that's actually what we as house. Democrats have laid out from the very beginning of this journey that we embarked on back in January of twenty seventeen where we were clear that we were going to work on issues of importance to the American people and not get distracted by the latest shiny object that Donald Trump tries to throw in our direction and won't get distracted for instance, by the caravans or by Cavanaugh or by talk about impeachment. We kept the focus on healthcare. And that's why we were successful. And now we have to deliver upon that in the times editorial board correctly says what we have been acting upon as it relates to our values. And what's important? You say not get distracted by cavenaugh as you know, your New York, New York colleague on the judiciary committee Jerrold Nadler, the ranking member who could be the next dish air chair. Airman has talked about reinvestigating Brad Kavanagh, which the judiciary committee would have jurisdiction to do. And seeing if he committed impeachable perjury in his confirmation hearing or anything else now that the Democrats will have the power to run such an investigation. Do you expect or want that investigation? Well, that's not a top priority. I don't think that'll be a top priority for soon to be chairman, Jerry Nadler as well as other members of the House Judiciary committee and caucus because we have a whole host of issues that fall within jurisdiction of the judiciary committee such as the dream act such as gun violence prevention such as restoring the Voting Rights Act such as bipartisan criminal Justice reform. Those are the issues that we should focus on. Let's take a phone call and again listeners our phones are open. Although at the moment our lines are full, but as people finish up, we've congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Now, the Democrats will control the house. What would you like them to do? What would you like them to know? What questions? Do you have about the new house majority? The Democrats for the first time in eight years two one two four three three WNYC and Rita in Somerset, you're on WNYC with congressman Jeffries. Hello. Hi, hi, congressman. My suggestion for the New Democrats in congress should enact a law, which would make it mandatory for all candidates actions. Presidential congress Senate to show the tax return for the last maybe two decades. I think this would be a deterrent trying to Stanford election for next, you know, in twenty twenty this would be a deterrent or get to feed his tax returns. The second thing they should do the next campaign finance laws. So that you know. Try to see if he could curtail corporate spending on future elections. Because I think Democrats we have a different on taking that and third would be to put limits on how soon people from congress getting going into lobbying. Maybe naked eight years. For people who leave congress to become. I think these are things that I think it would help you know, there is still some kind of normalcy Rita. Thank you for all three congressman or read it. Thank you very much. And you've actually laid out some of the priorities as part of the third plank of our for the people agenda the first two being lower healthcare costs and increase pay the third one being cleaned up corruption. And what we've said we clearly need to do is to stop the revolving door between a lawmaker and a lobbyist that's an incestuous relationship that we need to break apart, and we have to limit the flood of unregulated money into our democracy in the era of citizens United, and we are going to be the tip of the spear on both those reform efforts. How 'bout forcing Trump to show his tax returns? Well, what respected that I know that there is a belief that the House Ways, and means committee may actually have the power. Unilaterally without the Senate to be able to compel the president to produce his tax returns. Which by the way, he said he was willing to do. We may have to nudge him along in that direction. He says once he's no longer under audit by the IRS, which seems to be a permanent audit. It seems to be a permanent on it. It's probably a phony statement that he's making and certainly in advance of the twenty twenty presidential election. If Donald Trump will stand for reelection that's information that should be provided to the American people similar to what Ronald Reagan, and George W Bush and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and George H W Bush also provided. So you're saying the House Democratic majority on its own can compel him to show his tax returns with that out of your committee that would likely come out of the ways and means committee it's based on a statute that I think dates back approximately a hundred years it hasn't been a focus of ours. But now that we will have the gavels. And the ability to actually do meaningful oversight. The lawyers will be looking to see whether that's something that can be brought to life who sat Cheng and supposed to be that chairman will be Ritchie Neil from Massachusetts. Are you gonna vote for Nancy Pelosi to become speaker again? Yes, I support Nancy Pelosi because she clearly has demonstrated the ability to lead us into the majority. Not just once. But now twice I think that's probably unprecedented in American history. She's a great legislator, a great negotiator knows how to hold the caucus together. Clearly, there's going to have to be generational change and transition sooner rather than later. That's a good problem to have let's work that out with dignity and with decency and with respect for those like leader Pelosi who've helped us get back into the promised land to listen Harlem, you're on WNYC with congressman Hakeem Jeffries, high to less. Good morning. Thank you for taking my call for morning. Congratulations. Congressman. Thank you. Listen, we have two months before you all are sworn in. So the Republicans are still living majority. What do you need to watch out for wife, Ken, what's on their gender that they can fly through before they have to give up power. We'll be happy to take my answer here. It's a great question assuming that the sixty vote rule for passing legislation and spending bills in the Senate holds which in the Mitch McConnell effort. You can never necessarily assume anything, but assuming that that holds there really is no ability for Republicans to legislatively jam anything down the throats of the American people in the next two months without support from at least nine Democrats in the United States Senate. So we think that there's a strong firewall that exists. There will be a spending fight that takes place in early December. Over, and it's our understanding that Trump may try to create a stand-off around his border wall. But in order for him to get it. He'd have to get support from a substantial number Democrats in the Senate. Do you think with what what would it be? And I missed the exact number of Republican seats that flipped yesterday. But I guess it would be what about forty something. Like that. Whatever the number is there. I guess at least a few dozen Republican House members who are now lame ducks. And I don't know if there are things that you would be concerned that they would be willing to make mischief over from a democratic perspective. It would be mischief because they no longer have to stand for reelection. Well, I'm actually hopeful for instance, that legislation that is currently in the Senate such as the first step act, which is bipartisan criminal Justice reform legislation that came out of the house that I worked on with the Collins, a Republican from rural Georgia, many people are surprised we partnered together, I'm a progressive democrat from the People's Republic of Brooklyn. But criminal Justice reform is a bipartisan issue, we need the Senate to act, and I think the responsible thing to do would be the focus on bills that have bipartisan support that have already left the house that can be sent to the president's desk hopefully to be signed into law. What do you think about some of these firsts especially with respect to women and women of color? Well, I think it's been tremendous. And I'm excited about the possibility or the eventuality of serving women like Jehanna Hayes from Connecticut. I was with her on Sunday. She'll be the first African American woman. Ever elected to the congressional delegation in Connecticut, and I ought oppressively first African American ever elected from NASA -chusetts absolutely New England is in the house. They really represented the released the buff. I Anna and Johanna they're going to be phenomenal. We clearly are in the majority because of the power of these phenomenal women candidates, Mikey, Cheryl, of course, right next door in New Jersey is a tremendous candidate. I mean, you're talking about a helicopter pilot. A navy accountable academy veteran someone who was a former federal prosecutor supermom who gave her last gave birth last child in a taxicab. It does seem to be one of the paths to congress for Democrats, including women multiple women veterans other democratic incoming freshman now who served in the military. I it's sort of you know, it's not what might what people might think. I. As the progressive mission in the United States to go into the military, but just proportionally these are the people who've had the crowd to be Republicans. That's absolutely, correct. And the two institutions in America that consistently poll, the highest are educators slash teachers and veterans. And so the fact that there were so many veterans willing to step forward and run as first time candidates such as max roles here in New York who defeated a Republican incumbent offer themselves up to continue their service was a phenomenal asset and one of the reasons why I think we were successful in the house. How do you see Alexandria or Cossio Cortez's roll? Well, I think she's going to be an important addition to the House Democratic caucus shall have bold innovative ideas that she presents and we embrace diversity across the board, including ideological diversity. And she's going to help push the envelope. But at the same time the American people seem to be further. Polarized as seen in yesterday's results. The suburbs. Went more blue, but rural areas went more red..