tv House GOP Lawmakers News Conference CSPAN November 2, 2019 5:29pm-5:55pm EDT
that is what separate this is country from so many other nations. no one is above the law. let me repeat that. no one is above the law. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. >> at a news conference house republicans reacted and shared on how the ts inquiry process has played out so far. rom capitol hill, this is 25 minutes. >> we just had a vote on the floor. in march of this speaker pelosi said this about impeachment. impeachment is so divisive to unless there'st something so compelling and and bipartisan, i don't think we should go down it dividesbecause the country. today the country just witnessed
only bipartisan vote on that for was against. the question to the speaker, the in theestions i provided letter, about the unfair process that we had. what has changed since march? in all the hearings, there's nothing compelling, nothing overwhelming. so the speaker should follow her own words on what bipartisan on that floor and in the sham that has been putting this nightmare.ough this that's exactly what this vote shows today. i want to call up our whip, steve scalise. >> thank you, kevin. and when we talk about the vote, important to note, when you see that not only did rejectingle republican the soviet style impeachment
were even joinrd by democrats who couldn't stand it anymore. at where we are right now, we're at an important point in history. that wethere are people serve with that don't like the results of the 2016 election. that's their prerogative. the country next year will be deciding who our president is going to be. it should not be nancy pelosi in a small group of people that she get determined who is our president. resolution at the today, they talk about fairness. now, if they really think that they can tell people it's fair that only the chairman gets to decide who the witnesses are and they give us an opportunity to witnesses, but if the chair says they don't like the witnesses, the witnesses don't come forward. they allow the president to have legal counsel in the room unless the chair decides that they don't want the president's legal counsel in the room. before.ever happened with the clinton impeachment,
impeachment.n republican and democrat alike, both sides were treated equally. witnesses.could call the president's legal counsel was in the room, not at the discretion of the chair but it's fair. and so web you look at -- when soviet-stylehis process, it shows you they don't really want to get to the truth. they want to remove a sitting president. the author of the articles of said, if they don't impeach the president, he will get re-elected. now, that's not why we have impeachment. alexander hamilton made it very clear. his concern, when they were trying to promote the constitution, was that he didn't see impeachment used for political purposes. yet that's what happened today. he predicted it. it happened today. it's a sham. it shouldn't have happened. that adamnted process schiff is conducting, that conduct.ght one day the house deserves better. the people of this country deserve better. we should be tackling real
problems. could have lower prescription drug prices today but pelosi bills to thehose floor because she's infatuated with impeachment. our troops could be properly funded but pelosi is infatuated with impeachment. we could have better trade with canada and mexico and create 160,000 new jobs infatuated infatuated with impeachment. we deserve better. chair, liznce cheney. >> thank you very much, steve. i want to make sure everybody is focused on a couple of things. and you'll hear from a number of aboutmbers here today this. the first one is that the democrats cannot fix this process. record now created a over the course of the last several weeks with witnesses they selected. circumstancesare where chairman schiff told witnesses not to answer members weret our asking. we know there have been circumstances where our members go readempted to transcripts and they've been told by staff members that readre not allowed to go
those transcripts. this is a process that has been fundamentally tainted. the president has had no rights inside these hearings. his counsel has not been able to be president. thatr them now to claim they're suddenly going to open the process up, which, by the resolution does not do. the resolution says they're going to continue doing what they want to do. for openauthority hearings but they cannot go back and fix what is a fundamentally and unfair -- tainted and unfair record. the second thing that's very important for the american and youo understand, heard the leader and whip talk about the things that are not getting done here. list ofe is a long things the american people deserve to have done that simply are not being addressed, because the democrats' obsession with impeachment. but think about what speaker done for the last several weeks and what she codified today. today, she said she is going to take the thelligence committee and house of representatives, which is arguably the single most important committee when it
ites to our oversight, when comes to the national security of this nation, and she has told issuetop all focus on any that has anything to do with the national security of the nation. on the floorrats of the house arguing that somehow it was republicans who putting politics above national security. there is no one who has done way that nancy pelosi and adam schiff has done. themry will hold accountable. we are at a moment when the nation faces grave, significant threats and she has completely neutered the intelligence committee. she has said they must be focused on a partisan impeachment process and not their of sight obligations that a body, that we have as an important branch of this government. and they'll be held accountable for that. now i'd like to turn things over to the republican leader, the oversight committee, mr. jordan. >> thank you, liz. about you all to think something. this morning i was in an impeachment deposition but then
come to the that to floor for a vote on the rules for impeachment. [laughter] >> that says its all about this process. and it is a sad day. it really is, for this country, what the democrats have put our nation through to you now almost years. you go back to july of 2016, when they opened an thestigation into president. then candidate trump and spied two american citizens associated with the presidential campaign. i bet that has never happened in american history but that 2016.ed in and all we went through with the whole mueller thing. and now this. and now this today. this, as the whip has said, this entire sham process. it is -- facts have never they will never change. four fundamental facts. we have the transcript. in thes no condition transcript. no quid pro quo in the transcript. even the day after the call came
weredemocratic chairman saying, well there's no quid pro quo there, but we're gonna keep doing what they've been putting our country through. second, the two individuals on saidall, both have president trump, both said there was no pressure, no pushing, nothing. third, the ukrainians didn't know aid had been held up at the phone call. and fourth and most important, what action did president zelensky take or the ukrainians to ever free up the aid that was held up? they did nothing. no statement, no announcement of any type. those facts have never changed, will never change. but they don't care. they are trying to impeach the president of the united states, months before an election, based on an anonymous whistle-blower with no firsthand has a bias against the president. it's reported that the whistle-blower worked with vice president biden, and on it goes. the american people see this for what it is, because the american people are fair people. they are just people.
with commonple sense. and they will not tolerate this. and i appreciate the leadership leader and our team and how we all voted against this, because we see it just like the do.ican people and we know it. we just know it's wrong. i'd like to call up our ranking the foreign affairs committee, mr. mccall. >> thank you, jim. you know, for 38 days we've witnessed a one-sided the mosttion, in secret room in the united states capitol. callut an opportunity to witnesses on our side, without white house counsel present. defies historic precedent. adam schiff states to jim and myself, we've been sitting through these depositions, the d.o.j. declined an investigation that he is now be both the prosecutor and the grand jury. a federal prosecutor. adam schiff was too. he knows better. you can't be both.
the american people have been shut out of this process, itself.democracy every time we get close to a close to the whistle-blower, we get shut down in that room. yourselfave to ask this question. why? why does adam schiff not want us to ask those questions? role of the whistle-blower? what role did adam schiff have to the whistle-blower? what role did his staff have to the whistle-blower? one man, to turn this country upside down, to have vote today, our founding in the warned about this federals' papers, that a future congress at some point in time would base an impeachment not on but, rather,cence on partisan politics. partisan politics.
sadly today, in this chamber, worst fears have been realized. and with that, i'd like to turn it over to lee, on the house affairs committee. >> in a way, you can say congratulations to nancy pelosi. wanted a bipartisan vote on her impeachment inquiry resolution. she ghetto. it was a bipartisan -- she got it. it was a bipartisan vote against her impeachment resolution. there are a number of other democrats who chose to vote the way, who should have voted no. they won't be here to serve us of 2020.ary nancy pelosi, as the leader of her conference, has chosen to of her own few members. those members are going to lose for all of the right reasons. because, as we've seen during vote, staffers were running around the democratic aisle, begging
members, don't clap. eagerness, the happiness that democrats have, and their enraged liberal activist base at has, to rip the country in half. here -- steve scalise just talked about wanting to unite our country, to work together to to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, but instead, who haveolleagues gavels, who are eagerly ripping our country in half. we've been saying for weeks that not only should there have been to launch an impeachment inquiry but that vote should ensure that the transcripts are ensure that republicans are able to call witnesses, that there should be staffing,llocation of that the president's counsel should be present at these hearings in order to cross-examine witnesses and present evidence. every single thing that we've been saying over the course of
last few weeks on those points aren't here, in this resolution. schiff, as mike just pointed out, is the prosecutor, the jury, the chief strategist for lying and leaking. crossed days ago, he into this new territory called witness coaching and he wasn't very good at it. and it's not just getting close to the whistle-blower. get this. the jurisdiction of the intelligence committee is to look into intelligence-related matters. but adam schiff decided two days most recent rule change, that in no way, shape or form, can you ask any question anything to do with the intelligence community. now, you all are being used. you are happy about it. some of you are not. but many of you are reporting 0%
the story. there was one story that came out yesterday in politico that falsehoods.ith just somebody lied to you. nite.hed cnn last i saw a -- last night. i saw a host, one allegation stuff thater, say just was not true. thatsources, those dems in bunker, are trying to create a narrative, because adam schiff aspires to write the world's greatest parody. and i'll tell you what. twot now, as we're here, floors below us, in the bunker, adam schiff's bunker in the baseman, adam schiff is tearing up his parody. he's going to have to rewrite it. is that? well, we can't talk about it. they say the substance of the depositions. you, isn't it kind of curious that you don't know what's going on today with tim his deposition? why is it that you don't have the information, the opening statements? was alex vindman's boss.
the ukraine aid was not even up by ukraine.d they did not say anything to us until just before it was released. and then it was released. as jim jordan pointed out, guess orderkraine had to do in to get that hold released? nothing. to releasehiff needs all the transcripts right now. crowd member: yes! [applause] ourn behalf of constituents, on behalf of the american public, for everyone misledpissed about being by adam schiff and his cohorts, theng in the bunker of capitol basement, using you to lie to our constituents, release transcripts! let's have a conversation about substance, because i'll tell you what, you lost the conversation process. you're losing the conversation about process.
bring it on about substance! because our president was right in being concerned about corruption. our president was right in to look into the interference in the 2016 election. and the president of the united right to be concerned about a corrupt foreign company corrupt ukrainian oligarch, hiring a son of the with no energy experience, no ukraine $50,000ce, for at least a year. 50,000 a month. [laughter] >> and then the vice president states, who was literally the most conflicted person out in the obama administration, to be running point with ukraine. goes over to ukraine and of $1 billionloss if they don't immediately fire openrosecutor, who had an investigation into the company. believe that the company, joe biden, hunter immune fromd be scrutiny just because joe biden is running for president.
illegal, its not should be illegal. [applause] >> and never again in this a son ofhould we have a sitting vice president based name, without any energy experience or any ukraine aperience, be paid from corrupt company, run by a openpt oligarch, with an investigation into it. in substance, i say, bring it on! release the darn transcripts and do it today! [applause] >> now i'd like to ask the theblican leader of judiciary committee to join us, mr. collins. >> thank you, everyone. what you've heard so far is very true. but as i said on the floor today, what you saw in the house fallingry dark cloud upon this democracy. even more is falling upon the house, pause what is happen -- because what is happening here. mr. mcgovern had the audacity to say all republicans want to do is argue about process, they don't want to argue about
substance. our leadership team has said, that's not true. let me also say thing to mr. mcgovern. process leads to substance. when you screw up the process, that you're looking for an you've already determined. notice what they've done. we're only putting it in adam right now.rview we've already heard how that's unprecedented. i want to go to the committee has always historically been the committee of impeachment. and the impeachment committee the judiciary committee. if you want to do this right, then madam speaker, do it right. do not lie to the american people and say, these procedures put up are the same as nixon and clinton. i challenge the rules chairman today to say if you wanted to argument, now, i'll have that argument. give us plenty of time and i'll guarantee you we'll win. why? because we're right. 900 precedents, in clinton and nixon -- i saw eight pages the other day. i saw things that they're only saying adam schiff's committee now gets to do whatever they want, continue the
process without presidential involvement, without presidential scrutiny, without anything else, fairness or bipartisanship, in any way that saw in others. how can they stand ever you? to them aou go talk little bit, ask them, how is that fair? then to give it to a judiciary has been that completely neutered of its power. they've shown for 10 months they were completely inept at handling the russian investigation. do i have to remind you of john dean? this is pathetic. then when it came to writing the rulesfor us, the committee actually had to write the rules for the judiciary committee, because they didn't even trust them enough to do that. so i ask you as the members of the media, how can the american trust this judiciary committee, which the speaker of the house doesn't trust to article? impeachment i'll tell you what, when it gets to the judiciary committee, i do mr. schiff.ng for if he wants to be a special counsel, he's set himself up, then here's my challenge to mr. schiff. you want to be ken starr? be ken starr.
the judiciary committee. be the first witness and take every question asked of you. crowd member: yes! [applause] >> starting with your own thelvement with whistle-blower. folks, this ain't over! get ready. is dropping will be dropping on their heads, anduse process matters, substance will always win out in the end. and this president has nothing to worry about on substance. yield back. crowd member: yeah! [applause] >> congress will go back to their districts for a week. tomorrow will be november 1. one year before voters cast a but, not just for congress for president. it's unfortunate in this go back, when they they'll run on the re-election laws andubpoenas than not trusting the american people to actually have the choice. was bipartisan, not to move forward. housee a speaker of the
who said that impeachment would drive the country apart and it have to be bipartisan. it was one clear voice on where this congress believes this should go. there's nothing the president did to be impeached. based upon election. that was in 2016. they would not accept it. questions? yes? >> the president is now asking of you to defend him against the substance of these allegations. that?ou do will you all go on the record and say that the president did nothing inappropriate? clear, yes. and i think you heard members of here being very clear. question that adam schiff brought forth to us, after he first time and put america through the nightmare of the mueller investigation was the administration was withholding a whistle-blower, that there was a phone call, that there was quid pro quo. now unheard of, you had a
president release the transcript the phone call. we now found, after the fact, that adam schiff and his staff actually met with the whistle-blower. the only person in this congress who knows who the whistle-blower is adam schiff. the only person who is withholding the whistle-blower from coming forward is adam schiff. we look at the phone call for quid pro quo, somebody has to take an action for another. there is nothing in that phone call that is wrong or impeachable. crowd member: that's right. >> if you had the transcripts, that we've been going for more weeks, that no one's been able to read, you would, wondering whyard this is moving forward. no one, is my understanding down was a has ever said there quid pro quo. that hamiltonear said more than 200 years ago is what watched what came forth today. so this isn't about the republican party. this is about the republic. throughhould ever go
this again. we believe in the rule of law. but unfortunately, in nancy's house, we do not. >> so are you ok now setting precedent that any future president, republican or democrat, can ask a foreign to investigate their political rival? >> every single day, our with anotherrks government to solve cases. president asked for was an open case that the attorney general was already investigating. future.thing about the it's about something that happened. it's something that the entire country wants to know and get to of, that we had just gone through two years of a nightmare. did that happen? wouldn't you want to know that answer? even as a journalist, i believe to knowd be craving that answer. and, yes, when we use taxpayers' their i want accountability. crowd member: that's right. >> this is precious money that from hard tax -- hard working taxpayers.
i want accountability about it. and the ukraine did nothing for the money to be released. again, when adam schiff looked into the american public and lied that he did not know was, and taking us down a new nightmare, haven't we the first time? why will we do this? from ane year away election. yes? [inaudible] >> and democrats, can you hear -- [inaudible] >> if and when articles of impeachment are -- the republicans always believed on, show us the truth, and we always vote based upon the facts. you want to ask every single democrat who voted today hasustify everything that already happened down in that bunker, that they have not read, they voted that way. or why don't you ask the number of democrats who voted for impeachment twice before the mueller report ever came forward? ask me what was impeachable at
moment. ask me every single member of congress that now has a phone call, what is the impeachable offense? so i'll make you this one promise. theblicans believe in constitution. we believe in the rule of law. and that's why we're standing today, and that's why the bipartisan vote in the u.s. house of representatives was no. thank you very much. [applause] house, we'll hear from democrats who also spoke to reporters after the house voted with additional impeachment inquiry procedures. this is c