BREAKINGšŸ”“House Minority Leader McCarthy holds a URGENT weekly press conference

BREAKINGšŸ”“House Minority Leader McCarthy holds a URGENT weekly press conference


how’s everybody today well good morning
I want to begin by taking a moment to commemorate the life of one of the most
important members who’ve walked these halls Elijah Cummings was beloved by
both sides of the aisle he was a fighter he was a leader and most importantly he
was our friend because the legacy one doubtedly outlive every person in this
room today legacies have changed last a very long
time in fact they grow from generation to
generation by compounding interest or a snowball rolling down a hill is my
sincere hope that his wife Maya and his family find peace and knowing that
Elijah has left a mark on this chamber and in this country now I’d like to talk
about the business of the week the House Democrats they continue their work to
overturn the results of a 2016 election and they are doing so through an unfair
and unprecedented impeachment inquiry they’re fixated on
tearing down the president and not fixing the country’s problems and there
are countless examples of important work being ignored let me start by
reiterating how broken this process is now over the break you saw that I sent a
speaker a letter asking ten simple questions she responded by only
answering two it’s quite simple the inquiry should be suspended until the
same due process rights that were given to President Nixon and President Clinton
it should be provided to President Trump instead of answering the speaker is
avoiding and she is misrepresenting along every step of the way
I heard the speaker now suggests that this is an investigation phase not
actually an impeachment inquiry that she stated three weeks ago in fact she
compares the house process now to that of a special counsel but Adams shift is
not a prosecutor and he’s not from the executive branch he’s a member of
Congress and that is a blatant abuse of power and the Independent Counsel Ken
Starr that was a statue that was passed by Congress and signed into law by the
president in 1978 it was renewed several times until it expired in 1999 so let me
ask again will the speaker provide a fair process the same used for President
Nixon and President Clinton in this impeachment her actions indicate she
will not therefore this inquiry must be suspended it should be suspended for
what is preventing from happening doing the people’s work including funding our
troops as many of you know the National Defense Authorization bill is
languishing Department of Defense funding is languishing together these
critical bills include troop pay raises disaster recovery for our military bases
and increased medical funding for NIH Democrats are prioritizing impeachment
over our own troops they are prioritizing impeachment over a
transformational trade deal and they are prioritizing impeachment over bipartisan
legislation to reduce prescription drug costs the speaker’s insists that the
Democrat majority can impeach and legislate at the same time but the
records show that just not happening this is a Congress this week that took
up two items that were actually amendments and made him a rule bill the
American public expects more from us finally I’d like to take a moment and
acknowledge an important conversation that occurred yesterday on the campus of
Georgetown University Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about
free expression in America’s social platform responsibility to preserve that
he said and I quote democracy depends on the ideas that we hold each other’s
rights to express ourselves and be heard above our own desire to always get the
outcome we want that was spot on the idea of banning speech you might not
like is nonsense but sadly the mindset is actually
creeping into places like college campuses and even into our presidential
campaign platforms the values of Zuckerberg stated are uniquely and
inherently Americans values everyone those especially in Congress must fight
to protect these values against entities who do not share them and we’ve
witnessed that before and as Zuckerberg mentioned as China continues to build an
arsenal of technological advancements they are therefore creating their own
internet derived not for just different values but values that threaten ours we
cannot let the suppressed Internet we see abroad but most importantly in China
creep into the United States we cannot allow another country but
especially China to set the rules of discourse in the United States did you
see what China did our just tried to do with the NBA commissioner to fire a
general manager for supporting democracy protests in Hong Kong so we don’t have
to imagine the lengths they’ll go to influence our public discourse it’s
already happening now I appreciate what Mark Zuckerberg said the head of one of
the most largest and widespread communication platforms in the world
making it clear that he not only understands that the threat is real
but he wants to proactively fight against it yesterday was a heartwarming
reminder that free expression is still the best business model in the world
let’s go to questions yes sir I think you saw Mick Mulvaney clarify a
statement you said let me be clear there was absolutely no quick pro quo between
Ukraine military aid in any investigation into the 2016 election the
president never told me to withhold any money until Ukraine’s did anything
related to that service now in the in in the investigation that’s going on now
those who were brought in Folker and others they said there was no quid pro
quo unfortunately the American public can not have all the transcripts out to
actually see that so we’ve been very clear and then I think Mick clarified in
a statement exactly that and that be a question further for me yes I think what
Mick clarified in his state was very clear I watched in all those transcripts
of what people have been saying inside the Novation investigation Volcker and
others there was no quid pro quo I think Mick Mulvaney clarified his statement to
be very clear a check I checked Mick Mulvaney at his word for clarification
but more importantly those individuals have become before the committee’s that
have been investigated from Volcker and others that were in the place of
knowledge had said there was Nick no quid pro quo you have the transcript of
the phonecall as well you see there’s no quick pro quo I know Adam Schiff wants
to create something that’s not there he said somehow that a whistleblower that
there was we now have the transcript so we have as much knowledge as everybody
else as well yes sir well I think Mick was very clear in
cleaning up his statement that there was no quid pro quo everybody
has been investigating on this states but more importantly you have the
transcript to prove it I know people today want to say
someone’s guilty until they’re innocent we know more than the whistleblower knew
we have the transcripts of the of the phone call the American public has seen
it and no one believes or any quick pro quo and there’s nothing in feature ball
on that yes well I think I would have support the president in the work that
he’s doing right now I applaud the ability to get a ceasefire to save lives
especially for the Kurds I think that was really driven in a combination of
what the administration was able to do about their own sanctions that they were
able to move I think it would be appropriate to let them continue to do
that work especially based upon the success of the President the Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo with their work in Turkey and I would take direction from
that I would think I’d take a pause right now and I would select them do the
work they just came back from a very successful meeting and before we moved
anything I think we would have to have a meeting as a whole listen to the latest
information on the ground and with that success let’s build towards even more I think what the president was doing and
here’s an open investigation that the Attorney General was working on it’s
something that we do every day in this country work with other countries on it
I think every American wants to get to the bottom why did we put America
through that two-year nightmare no president in the future election should
have to go through what just went through this country whereas we did a
investigation with millions of dollars we went to a lot of different countries
where did it start why did it happen I think people want to know that answer
yes that will come up one day three simple reasons when you serve on the
Intelligence Committee it’s different than any other committee in the house
because you will read and you will gather information Morse and you will
read items that members of the house can have knowledge of so when a member from
the Intelligence Committee speaks about something we hold him to a higher
standard we believe that has to be the truth because they are the ones actually
to see the information which we cannot what I have found with Adam shift three
times the American public he has lied he lied that he lied at the very beginning
when he said he had proof beyond circumstantial evidence and we just went
through a two-year nightmare because of them he continued from the chair to
convey to the American public about a transcript that was so important what he
wished was and it was not it was so compelling that the Speaker of the House
in an international interview with George Stephanopoulos believed what he
said was true then he looked into the cameras and lied to the American public
to say he did not know who the whistleblower was he wished that person
would come forward and only later did we find out that the whistleblower had gone
to his own staff we have no idea what they said
how many times they met we are now finding out that his own staff had
traveled to Ukraine during August any other member of
Congress would come down to the well and apologize but this is even a more
difficult situation he is now entrusted to carry something out where nobody else
can lead members of the Judiciary Committee have come down and tried to
see the interviews one they’re not allowed in the room two they’re not even
able to see the transcript so we’re supposed to be voting on something for
an idea that atom shift is going to compile the information about an
impeachment when he is knowingly lied to us so many times that’s one problem but
I think what is appropriate based upon how many times he has lied to us to the
American public he should be censured and I think that’s
a question for every single member of Congress how can you trust an individual
who misled us on a transcript that had the speaker only waited 48 hours we’d
never be where we are today mislead us about what he said he knew beyond
circumstantial evidence it spent millions of dollars and took America
through a nightmare and now tweeting in August saying he
doesn’t know who the whistleblower is at the same time his staff is going to
Ukraine at the same time his staff his meeting with the whistleblower and then
when the whistleblower goes to the inspector general nevers mentions that
he had met with Adam Schiff still in the form that the whistleblower fills out
there is a box in there that you would check have you met with any
congressional skipped that he has tried to hide so many of the facts and then
when he was put in a position to give the facts he lied about them he should
be held accountable just like every other member it is appropriate for him
to be censured the question will be will their own members stand up for what is
right do they think it’s appropriate that the chair of the Intel committee
lied to the American public but more importantly lying to
them how can you trust anything that he puts forth thank you

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