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vindictiveness. and the nation will be better and be more likely to be blessed. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman have a motion? mr. gohmert: i move we do now hereby adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to. accordingly the house stands adjourned until >> "washington journal" continues. delegatening us now is stacey plaskett, member of versight and government reform committee. thank you for joining us.
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your committee, the judiciary called e in the house, peter strzok to testify. the big hearing tomorrow, live 10 a.m. on c-span3. us of who peter strzok is, why you've called him and're looking guest: well, peter strzok, as you may recall, was involved in of secretary ion hillary clinton's e-mails. agent, nother f.b.i. lisa page, had been involved in the ationship and in investigation of that investigation, it was discovered number of ad quite a text messages using government phones between them, which talks dislike of president -- then candidate, now the dent trump, as well as investigation. host: so what are you looking to hear? actually not 'm clear what we're going to be looking to hear from him specifically. we conducted two weeks ago, an of our hearing, deposition
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peter strzok by members of the ouse judiciary and oversight committee, in which time he really expounded on and you can hours, expanded on everything. think the purpose that chairman trey gowdy and to bring to the public what happened in that deposition. context with s in the investigation, how important is tomorrow's event? clear how not really important this is going to be, it's optically important to the to have ns to be able this hearing, but in terms of just moving the ball forward, i to do hink we're going this. paul, right now what we're doing is having an investigation of investigation of the investigation. and i think that we have what it is we're going to have, if you recall, several hearingo, we also had a inspectorel horowitz,
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general, who testified under findings about investigating peter strzok. the republicans were not atisfied with the testimony of michael horowitz, who has been i..gstanding i.g. at the justice department. bottom ofe numbers on the screen, democrats virgin ca and independents call. our guest is member of the reform committee and house of representatives. lso serves transportation infrastructure. guest: and agriculture. host: agriculture. galling me, what is and frankly i'm a little this sed at trey gowdy in in terms of the chairman of oversight and government reform, positiont had been his in the past he would rather
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door t behind closed interview because he told me specifically he believes more out when you mes conduct interviews behind closed doors than when you do them in hearings, which he has said and rely members posture they act outside of themselves of what they would really be doing if you were having a deposition. both of us have been prosecutors in the past. 've worked at the justice department, he's been a federal prosecutor. you know that the depositions ou are going to get the information you need. he republicans, while warranting the special counsel investigation to be over, now we had the benghazi hearing, nothing found with that. ow they are extending that hearing in itself by having this hearing of peter strzok to talk e-mails to try and still drum up additional from this. host: couple other items, we had
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read peter strzok's attorney is transcript from last week's closed-door testimony be released. have you seen the transcript? you know if and when it will be released? how important is it? think it is very important. i, as witness, and had a client disclose rney, they things and answered numerous questions and to keep those in transcript, ing the he can refer back to it when he's answering the questions to told individuals there. i know that lisa page, as well, testify. asked to she said that she would like to get the transcript, as well, she would like to know what the interview questions are going, be. questions are going to and i suspect that they'll move to subpoena or possibly even in context. host: might be news for you, it was news for us this morning. appear for this house hearing. senate former anti-trump lawyer, special counsel,
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robert mueller's team, said last night she won't attend the hearing. any idea why? guest: i think it is very short notice, she was just told they her to testify yesterday. she has asked for information to able to review that before testifying and the republicans that d to give her information. so my, you know, in terms of the rocedures under the committee rules, the committee chair now he wants to if issue a subpoena, has to do so by informing the ranking member democrat of that and allow two days for the individual to come and testify. we'll see if that happens and what lisa page does after that. host: let's get to the calls. the peter strzok hearing is dem allow two days for the individual to come and testify. e'll see if that tomorrow, 10:00 a.m., we'll have it live on c-span, watch it at, as well, listen on yap yapt chltee radio
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/* /- app. barbara, you are up first. caller: thank you. on, ippalled what is going can't understand how anyone can f.b.i. do anything like this. on't they decide what the judicial system and it seems like they're not, that he's putting all of watching the border, the border, his wife came here illegally, she's a good person. putting her not down, she came here and worked s a nude model illegally, he always keeps saying we can't do border, he ut this keeps doing this to the f.b.i., where everything is on the f.b.i. isn't there someone that can say, no, i don't have to do that, i don't have to give you information. host: independent caller there. barbara, go ahead, please. yes.: what we've noticed is that
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director from f.b.i. now wray, special counsel, they continue their work. they're operating in a professional manner. the house, as well as the senate does have jurisdiction over these agencies to be able to ask them to come and explain what have done. the travesty happening is that much of the work that the people of america brought us to is not getting done. we still don't have a transportation or infrastructure bill. the president, that was one of he first things he said he wanted to get done. we have not been able to engage in that. nott of other areas we have been able to engage in because our ve put so much of energy on investigating investigations that were already done. trey gowdy said in the last room, talking with michael special counsel investigation, which lasted now a little over a year is tearing apart and to close it down.
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you have to remember, he has to bring 20 e indictments against individuals nd had five guilty pleas from this investigation already, whereas the benghazi hearing, hich lasted two years ended up with none. host: our guest is graduate of georgetown university and law degree from american university washington, the college of law there. tacey plaskett, born in croy.lyn, parents from st. worked at doj for attorney he took arry thompson, over when james comey took over, you stayed on, make sure i have that right. foxboro, ng from massachusetts. caller: good morning. egarding lisa page, do you think that she's sort of not doing this because of peter and them not releasing the the fact it nd looks like a dog-and-pony show? -- thatsomething that's shouldn't be happening when the
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president is biassed against comey, biassed against everybody else, using the same argument against other people. a comment on article 2 of nato and see if hat could be decided about economic and why aren't we educating people about article 2? very much. guest: yeah, you know, the president is over in europe we speak, meeting with our allies over there. most americans are concerned -- nato has worked and we put it together, to ica put it together ensure there wouldn't be a world war again. it has done what it set out to do. we have worked together to keep peace in europe and really support each other in fight terrorism and fight in other areas, as well, i'm hopeful despite some of the are made, cooler heads and diplomats, clear do omats there are able to their work and were able to
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continue with great work of economic ace, but prosperity, in the democratic world. host: as member of the agriculture committee, want to tariffs out there. the president tweeting about them. short of ries are current commitment of 2%, delinquent in membership payments not been made, will reimburse the u.s.? he tweeted earlier today, what i out, tweets about the tariffs and how thipgs are not fair for the u.s. he's made that point repeatedly. in terms of agriculture, what concerned about guest: i'm concerned for cattle owners, livestock, pork and as well as turkey, chicken, so much is consumed here in the united states, but a portion of that is sent overseas, particularly to asian for pork and beef to other countries. and beef farmers need to be able export these goods, that has
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been a main stay for them and e're concerned the tariffs are going to negatively impact what is in the heartland of america. agriculture, which has been quite a bit of backbone. host: the president tweeted, i'm in brussels, thinking about the farmers, soybeans until my election came along, farmers poorly for 15 years, other countrys and tariffs destroying things es, i will open up better than ever before, but it can't go too quickly. fighting for a level playing field for farmers and we will win. any reaction there? guest: i don't know if that is the reason some prices have gone down, competition has been stiff. the farm bill we've been trying to do, trying to put incentives to be able to grow businesses and to expand the exports theyeas and may be able to do, restricting it i don't think is necessarily to grow our economy. host: mike from glendale,
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arizona. hello, mike. caller: hello. about whether or not peter strzok is going to testify. i believe that he will not. will plead the fifth, just like page, because he will be he speaks. on the issue of that, i'd like about what you think that. guest: i think that he will testify. spent 11 hours testifying behind closed doors, which is much more difficult and probably more revealing than the unclassified questions that you to be receiving. listen, i think we're swallowing gnat, and trying -- and letting a horse go through us in instance. peter strzok, while his comments very eplorable and not -- unprofessional, was not the ltimate decision-maker in the investigation of secretary
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clinton. there were others involved in that. s to his involvement in the special counsel, once it was found out that he -- his messages nd the text that were sent on government phones, he was removed and reassigned and the work has continued. i think we're trying, we've been shiny object, which is peter strzok, and americans need andake their focus off that put their focus on the larger issues affecting us. what is the special counsel to find? what is the taxes going to do to next e americans in the year? not the immediate tax relief they have gotten, but over time. is an infrastructure bill going to be taken care of? virgin islands and puerto rico ready if another hurricane comes to the areas? think those are things americans are concerned about. met, re their needs being not the shiny object of peter strzok. kathy, republican, welcome
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to the program. caller: good morning both of you. i just heard the lady say that there was nothing to the benghazi investigation. found the how we e-mails at the risk of beating a dead horse, did nothing ma about nato, nothing about north i ea or russia, nothing, so am appalled at the democrats is cating that donald trump on the wrong track, he is most leader of the free world and he's showing it. my call. for taking host: thank you. guest: thank you. you know, i think what you're out about the e-mails, but was there riminality involved, carelessness? yes, that is what the investigation showed. criminality? no. you look at special counsel
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mueller investigation, you have 20 indictments and already five pleas. i think when you're weighing in the balance, there really is not much there. as what is happened in north korea, we don't have a deal as of yet. of talk, until the deal comes through, there is disarmorment and even the c.i.a. director has said that has not happened. secretary of state said that has not happened, we're a long way off. what do you make of supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh? guest: smart move on his part to pick someone who is a steady has stellar but h ground in terms of jurisprudence. interesting to see him talk articles he'sview written, as well as the report he wrote when he worked for ken starr in the investigation when it comes to whether or not a sitting president can be charged or can be indicted or impeached
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or lying or obstructing justice. those are the things people will focus on. a good pick this is for president pick as republicans pick. someone who will be difficult or those republicans pick. someone who will be difficult for those in purple states, democrats in purple states to oppose and puts everyone in the cross-hairs here. what i find also interesting is that this does show us how the supreme court is.court how important our third branch of government, the judiciary, is, and also the issues that are potentially moving here. we've had a lot of focus on roe issues of voting rights, there are issues of affirmative action, there are same sex that people should be focused on, as well. host: jane, lawrence, democratic s, caller. hi there. good morning.
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i would like to ask the delegate, she claimed she was a prosecutor. good morning. i would like to ask the delegate, she claimed she was a prosecutor. if she's heard of sequestering witnesses, because i don't believe lisa page should be entitled to know the testimony of strzok and be allowed to it and dictate her answers to that, the whole point abuse osecutor, she must abuse l of the tool of sequestering witnesses, you do that to find out who is lying and who isn't. disingenuous to say she should be allowed transcripts and to allow access the testimony and expect the truth from her. hasn't met right. host: thanks, let's hear from the delegate. the : you're talking about smell test in all of this. i'm not defending lisa page. i think that her attorney is needs to do to defend his client and to support her. get that ng to information? i'm not sure. issues notice, there are of notice and timing, as well, she's been able to raise, which questions. i think she will play this out
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as much as she can. fact that ed by the peter strzok gave the both hours of testimony behind closed doors in we're askingd that the democrats are asking that that sified version of transcript be put out for the american people to be able to exactly he host: to the line for democrats, isarizona now, arizona, what your name? genius roberts is my name. this is the age of empire, this the age of labor considered and what made that so, i go back in history all the time. ruling by iat so is guess it was nixon in 1971. richard m. nixon in 1971 took us standard, what that
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did is it opened up the whole to take over industries the -- we that time were stronger than the second-ranked economy by 18 times. nixon e press confronted about that item, he just mentioned, we're going to have a lot more customers. yeah, that's true, but all our disappeared because it became more of empire. the pirate ships landed in hemisphere, which was america and the people who were here were consekwently americans were called indians, that is called empire, when you take over something. done is take -- republicans have taken over the whole world f the that we, nsequence is this new president has to deal
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see, scratch his head and find out what to do about it. host: thanks for calling. think one know, i thing your last caller brings up age are mportant, what we in and how does america continue to innovate and mick itself great? the virgin islands, we're really seeing the time we have after the hurricanes as as well, to innovate and change ourselves. i've pressed our governor and officials down there to use the funding that the federal government is giving us allows our economy to grow. i know that our governor today s going to be announcing some of the moneys that we've received from hud, we're $243 million from hud for rebuilding of our territory. about puerto rico and utilities they lost, the irgin islands lost a lot in terms of hospitals, our schools, right now completely decimated. going to be used
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for the rebuilding of the virgin islands, we've been short stricted over many years in hawe of federal funding receive. the 1990s, we were taken off the transportation and highways and did not receive the same money in terms of medicaid support and other areas, as well. doctrine utilizing utilizing the area to rebuild. host: how are the people there doing, constituents? know, everyone, our v.i.strong.een never seen more resilient people immediately after the storm. others werefema and able to get there, the department of defense, people got themselves out, were helping neighbors, clearing roads, were looking for those that were lost. we lost our internet, phone apacity and people were basically writing on paper
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veryone they found, getting that up by satellite or other ways so people outside the people slands can know were safe. so, we have been able to do hings on our own, we're american citizens. we die in greater capacity per capita than others, giving ultimate sacrifice from the to tary and asking america be responsible to us, as well. funding we're receiving, $10 wner reha bbilitation, million, public and affordable housing $32 million, support of sheltering program, $15 million and it goes on, 33 omic revitalization, million. we want the virgin islands to be the lt and that is what people of the virgin islands are asking local officials, as well. over 100,000 people; correct? guest: yes, 105,000. it has been larger, we had
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2012, of a refinery in it was the second largest in the ere, employment skyrocketed to 18%. recently announced reopening and we're trying to rebuild and reopen, not just in tourism, but knowledge-based businesses, etcetera, so age, our economy can boom. ost: to new york city, the of the caller: i couldn't agree with the last caller more. topic of s on the government reform, if we could speak about the benefits, the if we focus more on international development and consumer markets in
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developing countries, rather than ruining trade relations we have now? guest: i think that is a great idea and a great question. i know that i'm also a member of the new democratic coalition, which is a group of democrats who are consumer markets in developing countries, rather than ruining trade relations we interested in business and the idea of growing build, not just raising new businesses, growing our infrastructure, it is a way the tide, as well, socially. i think exploring other developing and countries, which has been great innovators and really supporting american investment in that is a great way for us to grow, as well. ost: you mentioned infrastructure couple of times. what were you anticipating in he last year or so and why hasn't a bill come forth? guest: you know, the president, of course, talked about 3 to be extended in transportation. disappointed that money does not really change the equation between how much the andral government is giving how much local municipalities receive. it is an st part,
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80/20 mix between federal government and local. invariably happens, those areas, which already have urplus of funding, are able to utilize the money and are able to continue to build whereas rural , areas, those that have been left behind, do not. of us are hoping to see, is to incentivize or rural areas to come up to where the urban areas are in infrastructure, staying here in washington, d.c., you can't but notice tremendous transportation and infrastructure development here because they have the economy to do that. the places like virgin islands or other rural areas, farming continuing to fall behind and the federal government has got to be able to terms of at in transportation, in our rail, as and also inairports infrastructure and public infrastructure in those areas. james from ast call, collins, mississippi,
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independent caller. hi, james. caller: good morning. host: morning. guest: morning. caller: yes, ma'am, i know you virgin u represent islands? guest: yes, sir. aller: i wanted to ask you first one question. i just heard the lady talk about this lady not wanting to testify and you gave a pretty good this , but my point is here. i have another one. but, how is it that the can be so upset with will d anybody else that not go in front of them and be tested, but the president, they him, they protect him and say he's the president of the united states of america, so cannot, shouldn't have to testify, shouldn't be impeached. strange to me f how fox news is continuing to they hese people and say need to testify, we need to have an investigation, but when it the to the president of united states of america and i'm
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pretty sure people convicted or guilty on these crimes, hey're just setting it up for them to say there is disagreement and it is fake is fake, but ng with him, you watch fox news and well, you say something is not right, they continue to say it is fake news, fake news, of a sudden, when it benefits them, they say it is also, one more question. what is it about brown and black and people, some poor aucasian people now, this administration and this situation now is becoming more racist. mississippiissippi, is moving forward beyond the like the otherem nations, other states, are old ning to draft in the thing mississippi was going through. it makes me wonder why or blicans and christians
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evangelicals are giving this man like the ct and whatever name, secretary of -- the bible, romans something, did not complete the whole chapter of the book and over it. crazy host: james, thank you. want to get one last comment with the wrap up diagonal gat. go ahead, please. uest: i think we live in polarized society right now, ace, gender equality, sexual orientation, it is a conversation america needs to have with itself, it's been avoiding. think what we're seeing now is coming to a head at this point. hopeful for myself, not just for myself, but for my children people, f our young that they're able to really to eflect and do better than what they have seen many of us do, not only in government, but in and elsewhere, we're seeing that throughout this country. when i talk to my colleagues here or when i
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talk, especially, to young hope for this s country and there is hope for yesterday, monday, i was at georgetown university at mater speaking with kids from all over this country at associationtatesmen and the amount of energy and the amount of hope and determination they have to make our country great and the passion they have for america really on, as well. so i want to thank them and particularly of course the young people who are representing the virgin islands that were there, that we're counting on them. host: delegate stacey plaskett, member of oversight and reform >> c-span's "washington journal" lye every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up thursday morning, "the
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