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about american citizens. people that come to this country have taken for granted everything that he has given them. and the democratic world all it is is about money. all they want to do is just spend, spend, spend. that hypocritical nancy pelosi and adam schiff and schumer, they're all you know what. the world is going to go to crap the next four years and that sucks. host: more of your calls and comments coming up tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern, "washington journal" live here on c-span. and c-span radio. ♪ >> you're watching c-span, your unfiltered view of government. c-span was created by america's cable television companies in 1979 . -- in 1979. today we're brought to you by these television companies who provide c-span to viewers as a
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public service. >> the house voted to impeach president trump 232-197. with 10 republicans voting in favor of the impeachment article for incitement of an insurrection. here is the debate from this afternoon. the clerk: house resolution 24. resolved, that donald john trump, president of the united states, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the united states senate. article of impeachment exhibited by the house of representatives of the united states of america in the name of itself and of the people of the united states of america, against donald john trump, president of the united states of america, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. article 1, incitement of insurrection. the constitution provides that the house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment and that the
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president shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and miss demeaners. further, section 3 of the 14th amendment to the constitution prohibits any person who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the united states from holding any office under the united states. in his conduct while president of the united states, and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of president of the united states and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the united states, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, donald john trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the government of the united states, in that on january 6, 2021, pursuant to the 12th amendment to the constitution of the united states, the vice president of the united states, the house of
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representatives, and the senate met at the united states capitol for a joint session of congress to count the votes of the electoral college. in the months preceding the joint session, president trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the american people or certified by state or federal officials. shortly before the joint session commenced, president trump, addressed a crowd at the ellipse in washington, d.c. there, he reiterated false claims that "we won this election, and we won it by a landslide. he also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the capitol, such as if you dont fight like hell youre not going to have a country anymore. thus, incited by president trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives,
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interfere with the joint sessions solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced members of congress, the vice president, and congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts. president trumps conduct on january 6, 2021, followed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. those prior efforts included a phone call on january 2, 2021, during which president trump urged the secretary of state of georgia, brad raffensperger, to find enough votes to overturn the georgia presidential election results and threatened secretary raffensperger if he failed to do so. in all this, president trump gravely endangered the security of the united states and its institutions of government. he threatened the integrity of
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the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government. he thereby betrayed his trust as president, to the manifest injury of the people of the united states. wherefore, donald john trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. donald john trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the united states. the speaker pro tempore: the resolution shall be debatable for two hours. equally divided and controlled by the chair and the ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, and the gentleman from
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ohio, mr. jordan, will each control one hour. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.res. 224. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the distinguished speaker of the house, the gentlelady from california, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is yielded one minute. the speaker: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding and for his leadership. madam speaker, in his annual address to our predecessors in congress, in 1862, president abraham lincoln spoke of the duty of the patriot in an hour ofdy sicive crisis -- of decisive crisis for the american people. fellow citizens, he said, we cannot escape history. we will be remembered in spite
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of ourselves. no person of significance or insignificance, the fiery trial will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. we -- even we here, he said, hold the power and bear the responsibility. st. paul wrote, think on these things. we must think on what lincoln told us. we, even here, even us here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. we, you and i, hold in trust the power that derives most directly from the people of the united states. and we bear the responsibility to fulfill that oath that we all swear before god and before one
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another. the oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, so help us god. we know that we face enemies of the constitution. we know we experience the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people's capitol and attempted to overturn the duly recorded will of the american people. and we know that the president of the united states incited this insurrection, armed rebellion, against our common country. he must go. he is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love. since the presidential election in november, an election the president lost, he has repeatedly lied about the outcome, tsaoed self-serving doubt about democracy and unconstitutionally sought to influence state officials to
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repeal reality. and then came that day of fire we all experienced. the president must be impeached and i believe the president must be convicted by the senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together. it gives me no pleasure to say. this it break misheart. it should break your heart, it should break all of our togethe your presence in this halllowed chamber this testament to your love for our country, for america, and to your faith pres the work of our founders to create a of our founders to create a more perfect doctor perfect union. those insurrectionists were not patriots. they were not part of a political base to be catered to anding mored. they were domestic terrorists an
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justice must prevail. but they did not appear out of a vacuum. they were sent here, sent here by the president, with words such as a cry to fight like hell. words matter. truth matters. accountability matters. the president saw the insurrectionists not as the foes of freedom, as they are, but as the means to a terrible goal, the goal of his personally clinging to power. the goal of thwarting the will of the people. the goal of ending in a fiery and bloody clash nearly two and a half centuries of our democracy. this is not theoretical and this is not motivated by partisanship. i stand before you today as an officer of the constitution, a speaker of the house of representatives. i stand before you as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a
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daughter. a daughter whose father proudly served in this congress. thomas delsandro junior of maryland, one of the first italian americans to serve in congress. and i stand here before you today as a the noblest of things, a citizen of the united states of america. with my voice and my vote work a prix to all of you, democrats and republicans, i ask you to search your souls and answer these questions. is the president's war on democracy in keeping with the constitution? were his words and insurrectionnary mob a high crime and misdemeanor? do we not have a duty to our oath to do all we constitutionally can to protect our democracy from the ambitions of a man who has self-ethly
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demonstrated he is a vital threat to liberty, to self-government and to the rule of law? our country is divided, we all know that. there are lives -- to the rule in the land spread by a desperate president who feels his power slipping away. we know that too. but i know this as well. that we here in this house have a sacred obligation to stand for truth. to stand up for the constitution. to stand as guardians of the republic. in a speech he was prepared to give in dallas on friday, november 22, 196 , president john f. kennedy was to say, we in this country, in this generation are, by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. we ask, therefore, that we may
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be worthy of our power and responsibility. that we may be with -- that we may be worthy. president kennedy was assassinated before he could deliver those words to the nation but they resonate more even now. in our time, in this place. let us be worthy of our power and responsibility. that what lincoln thought was the world's last, best hope, the united states of america, may long survive. my fellow members, my fellow americans, we cannot escape history. let us embrace our duty, fulfill our oath and honor the trust of our nation. and we pray that god will continue to bless america. i thank you, madam speaker, and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield myself such
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time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jordan: 19 minutes. 19 minutes, four years ago on inauguration, january 20, 19 minute into president trump's administration at 2:19 p.m. "the washington post" headline was, campaign to impeach president trump has begun. an now with just one week left, they're still trying. in seven days there'll be a peaceful transfer of power just like there's been every other time in our country, but democrats are going to impeach president trump again. this doesn't unite the country. there's no way this helps the nation deal with the tragic and terrible events of last week that we all condemn and republicans have been consistent, we've condemned all the violence, all the time. we condemned it last summer. we condemned it last week. we should be focused on bringing the nation together. instead democrats are going to impeach the president for a second time, one week, one week
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before he leaves office. why? why? politics and the fact that they want to cancel the president. the president who cut tax, epresident who reduced regulation, the president who prior to covid had the greatest economy, lowest unemployment in 50 year, with got us out of iran deal, put the emgascy in jerusalem, brought hostages home from north korea, put three great justices on the supreme court, gave thinks abraham accords, the covid rack seen and who built the wall. it's about politics. this is about getting the president of the united states. they spied on his campaign before he was elect. 19 minutes before he was -- 19 minute into his election they started the impeachment process. $40 million to find nothing. impeachment round one based on anonymous whistle blow we are no
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firsthand knowledge who was biased against the president and worked for joe biden, now it's impeachment round two it's always been about getting the president, no matter what. it's an obsession. an obsession that's now broadened. not just about impeachment anymore. it's about cancel, as i said. canceling the president and anyone who disagrees with them. the ayatollah can tweet, the president can't. democrats can object on january 6, 2017, but republicans aren't allowed to object on january 6, 2021. democrats say antifa is a myth. republicans condemn all violence, all the time. the double standard has to stop. frankly, the attack on the first amendment has to stop. stop and think about it. do you have a functioning first amendment when the cancel culture only allows one side to talk? when you can't even have a debate in this country, this great country, the greatest country ever? it needs to stop because if it
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continue, if it continues it won't just be republicans who get canceled, it won't just be the president of the united states. the cancel culture will come for us all. america is a great country. the greatest country ever. it seems to me, we need to think about how great the people of this nation really are. think about what we have accomplished in the past. and begin to come together as leaders. who represent so many great folks across our districts. think about this. think about this. in 1903, kitty hawk, north carolina, two guys fly this thing they call a plane 100 feet. pairly got off the ground. barely got off the ground. amazing thing. 44 years later, chuck yeager breaks the sound barrier. 44 years we go from two guys flying a contraption they called a plane a few hundred feet to chuck yeager breaking the sound
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barrier and 22 years after that 22 years after that, another american steps on the moon. think about it. in one lifetime. in 66 years. two guys flying 100 feet to putting a man on the moon. that's what this country is capable of. that's what we can do. and we as a congress who represent the people who did that should start leading. should start understanding what really is going on here. so i hope, i hope we defeat this. i hope we can begin to come together and recognize the greatest o-- greatness of the american people and focus on the things they want us to focus on. i yield back our time. reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield myself three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. nadler: we all saw it coming. months in advance. president trump was baselessly
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and deliberately whipping his supporters into a frenzy. weeks before the riot, he used his bully pulpit to spread lies about the election. he told his supporters that the result were fraudulent. he implored them again and again to help him stay in power. and he convinced them that accepting the jut come of the election posed an exiss ten rble threat to their families and freedoms. we have a duty to observe, madam speaker, that racism played a direct role in this incitement. the president's violent rhetoric is always at its most fevered pitch when he's talking about the civil rights and civic aspirations of black americans and other minority communities. on january 6, at a rally that was large, angry and widely reported to be armed, the president's lies an violent rhetoric reach their crescendo. at that rally the president took the stage. after reiterating the falsehood
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that we won this election and we won it by a landslide he told the crowd that if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. and then he urged the mob to walk down pennsylvania avenue to prevent the congress from confirming the election of an illegitimate president. on that day, president trump unleashed the force of a mob on this, the people's house. he encouraged that attack with the explicit intent to disrupt the joint session of congress. an attack that threatened the safety of the vice president, the speaker of the house, and the president pro tem of the senate, the next three officers in the line of succession. and look at what that violence has wrought. at least six dead. offices ransacked. the sanctity of our capitol breached for the first time in two centuries. our hall ways littered with broken glass. the battle flags of a long-dead
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confederacy and the debris we have come to associate with the trump campaign. mr. speaker, madam speaker, i have faith in the resiliency of our government. we will bring the rioters to justice. their accomplices in this house will be held responsible. but today we must focus on the gravest threat first. president trump who incited this riot and who remains a grave danger to the nation. as we warned the senate when we tried him for his first impeachment, president trump has made clear in word and deed that he will persist in such conduct if he's not removed from power. he poses a continuing threat to our nation, to the integrity of our elections and to our democratic order. he must not remain in power one moment longer. not one moment longer. the danger is too great. we must impeach. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time.
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the gentleman from ohio is recognized. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcclintock: -- mr. jordan: four minutes, excuse me. i didn't realize. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to yield four minutes to the gentleman from california. correct? mr. jordan: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. mr. mcclintock: thank you, madam speaker. you know, i didn't like the president's speech on january 6 either. i thought he was wrong to assert that the vice president in congress can pick and choose which electoral votes to count. he was wrong to set such a confrontational tone in a politically tens situation. but what -- tense situation. but what did he actually say? his exact words were, quote, i know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your
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voices heard. unquote. that's impeachable? that's called freedom of speech. now, he also threatened to oppose candidates in future elections. and by the way, that was directed at republicans like me who had resolved to uphold the constitutional process and protect the electoral college. well, so what. that's called politics. if we impeached every politician who gave a fiery speech to a crowd of partisans, this capitol would be deserted. that's what the president did, that is all he did. he specifically told the crowd to protest peacefully and patriotically. and the vast majority of them did. but every movement has a lunatic fringe. suppressing free speech is not the answer. holding rioters accountable for their actions is the answer. and we are.
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and if we prosecuted b.l.m. and antifa rioters across the country with the same determination these last six months, this incident may not have happened at all. now, short of declaring war, the power of impeachment is the most solemn and consequential act that congress can take. to use it in this manner, in the heat of the moment, with no hearings, no due process, many members phoning in their votes after a hastily called debate, exactly one week before a new president is to take office, trivializes this power to the point of caricature. the democrats have won everything in sight. the house, the senate and the presidency. in a republic that calls for magazine anymority by the victors, only in a banana republic does it call for vengeance. benjamin franklin warned us that
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passion governs and she never governs wisely. in our passions this week, we've set some dangerous new precedents that will haunt us for years to come. yesterday we redefined intell rant speech as a physical incapacity requiring removal from office. today we define it as a high crime and misdemeanor. the moment any member of this body gives an impassioned speech and a lunatic fringe of their movement takes license from it, be prepared to answer to this new precedent that we established today. now, i could cite plenty of provocative speeches made by democrats that directly preceded violence this summer. but we've already had enough of that. you know, after 600,000 americans have perished in the civil war, abraham lincoln appealed to the better angels of our nature. he said, with malice toward
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none, with charity for all, let us bind up the nation's wounds. those words were so important to the unity of our nation, they're inscribed in marble at the lincoln memorial. i cannot think of a more petty, vindictive and gratuitous act than to impeach an already defeated president a week before he is to leave office. president-elect biden's promise to heal the nation becomes a hollow mockery in the harsh reality of this unconstitutional act. god help our country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. lofgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. ms. lofgren: madam speaker, i'm the only member of congress who has been involved in all three of the last presidential
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impeachments. those were long proceedings. today we don't need a long investigation to know the president incited right-wing terrorists to attack the congress, to try to overturn constitutional government. the actions were in public, plain as day. his actions are the most serious offense against our constitution and our country. they are impeachable acts. the founders devised the impeachment clause to protect against a president who would threaten constitutional order. if we don't act now, the impeachment clause would essentially be meaningless. faced with these facts, if we don't impeach to protect our country, we will fail our own oath to protect and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and, yes, domestic. we have no choice, we must
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impeach. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. lofgren: god bless america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. narcoticed in a -- mr. nadler: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. jordan yord -- mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. bigs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize -- mr. biggs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for two minutes. mr. biggs: it is with a morbid curiosity that i watched the beast attempt to devour president donald trump again. the craving to crush president trump has never been satisfied. not through investigations, not through false allegations, and not even through an impeachment that was wholly without merit. and the timing of this impeachment makes little sense. your candidate, your candidate will take office in a few hours and president trump will relinquish the levers of power to president-elect biden. but your craving was never a biden victory, nor was it even a trump defeat. you believe that your hunger will be finally satiated by impeaching this president without completion of his full term of office. you don't merely seek victory, but you seek obliteration of your indemnify sills. the thirst for trump's
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destruction will not be slaked, however, even if you're successful today and were the senate to convict president trump. yours will be a puric victory, for instead of stopping the trump train, his movement will grow stronger for you will have made him a martyr. surely you're aware of this and that is why your allies in the media seek to sensor conservative voices. your chums that sit on the boards of corporate america, yes, the same companies that the left vilifies, promise to starve republicans from receiving their p.a.c. donations. but i bet the groundswell of support for president trump and his policies will not go away. you see, the movement he started is based on building an incredibly robust economy, on a foundation of lower taxes and fewer regulations that has the wonderful effect of putting more people to work than ever. it is built upon a strong military that is extricated from endless wars, border security, america-first trade agreements, mideast peace and stability. those are the things the american people want. your four-year appetite will be temporarily assuaged. while you will no doubt continue to chase after leaders of this
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movement. but your appetite will be unfulfilled. i urge you, please do not, i'm mixing metaphors here, attempt to douse the remaining embers of this movement with gasoline. no one wants that. i urge you please to reconsider the reckless action in which you engage today. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. schiff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. schiff: one week ago, the president incited an insurrection against congress to prevent the peaceful transition of power. it was the most dangerous moment for our democracy in a century. today we invoke the remedy the founders provided for justice such a lawless president. impeachment. more important, today we begin the long road to restoration. america has been through a civil war, world wars, a great depression, pandemics, mccarthyism, and now a trumpist
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and white nationalist insurrection. and yet our democracy endures. it endures because at every juncture, every pivotal moment, when evil threatens to overtake good, patriotic americans step forward to say, enough. this is one of those moments. to preserve this sacred place, this citadel of democracy, for ourselves and for posterity, let us say, enough. enough. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. gohmert: here's a quote. i just don't even know why there aren't more -- aren't uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be. or, sadly the domestic enemies of our voting system in honoring
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our constitution are right at 100 pennsylvania avenue with their allies in congress of the united states. we were called enemies of the state. those were our quotes from our speaker. now, on our side, we didn't take those to be impeachable because we didn't believe she surely meant that. but by the democrats taking this action, you're telling me, no, when we say those, we actually mean to incite violence. that's what this action is saying. look, i just looked on the history channel. it says, these words, if the judiciary committee, talking about impeachment, finds sufficient grounds, its members write and pass articles of impeachment which then go to the full house for a vote. half of all the impeachments ever conducted, ever voted for, occurred under this speaker.
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you're setting a precedent that says very clearly, because this impeachment isn't going to work, but it is setting the precedent, unlike a year ago when we said, look, it shouldn't go through intel, it should go through judiciary committee, forget that. now the message is, if you have a whim and you want to just go after a president, just go straight to the floor. no investigation. no judiciary committee. go straight to the floor. use it as a political weapon, as you wish. this is so dangerous, what you're doing. forgetting all the precedents. yes, we can argue back and forth. but you're using this as a weapon and you're destroying this little experiment in self-government. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. gohmert: it needs to stop. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the
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distinguished gentlelady from massachusetts, ms. clark. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized for one minute. ms. clark: suffragists and abolitionists lucy stone stated, if we speak the truth fearlessly, we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things. the truth is, president trump incited a violent attack against the united states government. the truth is, president trump spent his presidency inflaming hate, white supremacy, anti-semitism and violence. the truth is, he was enabled by all those who perpetuated the lie that the most secure election in our nation's history was stolen. the truth is that these seditious actions left five dead, our capitol besieged, our security threatened, and our democracy hanging in the balance. and the truth is a vote to
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impeach is our resounding declaration that the government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve? mr. nadler: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you. i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. issa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. issa: thank you, madam speaker. the last speaker said that for four years, the president did all these terrible inciteful things, including anti-semitism. i take exception with that, but i think it's important that we embrace one thing that was said. yes, the president has been consistent for the last four years. during his -- during his campaign, i even -- well, representing another candidate, said that the president had politicaler to etc. he said -- political tourettes.
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he said what was on his mind without a filter. i don't think that's being debated here today. we all know that's true. what's being debated is whether with 167 hours left until he leaves office, is he a clear and present danger? and he clearly isn't. the president has acted substantially the same for four years. he's rallied his base. and he has in fact called for peaceful protests, as he did just a few days ago. the fact is, today we are trying to punish the president, at least some are, for four years of what he did, not for what happened last week. what happened last week was the result of anarchists who came loaded, prepared and with weapons. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from louisiana, mr. richmond. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for one minute.
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this is my last floor speech to protect and defend the constitution. president trump put the domestic terrorists on notice by saying stand back and stand by. he then summoneded them to d.c. and directed them to march on the capitol and then he sat back and watched the insurrection. some of my colleagues, some of which may well be co-conspirators to blake ate this unfit president that we shouldn't punish the president in order to unify the country. that is foolishness. stand up, man up, woman up, and defend this constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic including donald j. trump. in the first impeachment,
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republicans said we don't need to impeach him because he learned his lesson. we said if we didn't remove him he would do it again. simply put, we told you some. richmond out. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from from arizona. mrs. lesko: i rise in opposition to the resolution, at a time when our country needs unity it is concerning that my democratic colleagues have begun impeachment proceedings against a president who has seven days left in office. all legal challenges have been exhausted. congress has certified electors over objections and joe biden will be the next president of the united states. president trump has indicated he will peacefully transfer to
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president-elect biden next week. so why pursue impeachment just one week before he leaves office? i have heard my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say they have to impeach the president because he is too dangerous to stay in power yet they know that it is impossible for the senate to remove him before his term expires. so what is the point? this moves and sets a dangerous precedent for our nation. if congress is going to impeach a president, it must not only be done after intense debate and deliberation, not rushed through at the 11th hour to make a political point. this impeachment attempt is dangerous for our country and has far reaching implications for our future. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized.
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mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished new york, mr. jeffries. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jeffries: i did not come to congress to impeach donald trump but the constitutional crime inspired by his hatred and the big lie that he told cannot be ignored. dodged trump is a living, breathing, impeachable offense. it is what it is. the violent attacks on the u.s. capitol was an act of insurrection incited by donald trump. he is a clear and present danger to the health, safety and well-being of the american people and that is why this impeachment is necessary on the house floor for a second time with a bipartisan majority. violence will not win. insurrection will not win. see dishon will not win.
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terror will not win. lawlessness will not win. mob rule will not win. not today, not tomorrow, not ever. democracy will prevail. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california mr. ag you will ar -- aguilar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. aguilar: on january 3 we stood on this floor and swore an oath against enemies foreign and domestic. three days later that was put to the test when a violent mob tried to break down those doors.
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this mob was not without a leader. on that day, the president told them to walk to this capitol 16 blocks from where he stood. they br radicalized by his lies and conspiracy theories he spent months fueling many of which i heard on this floor the last week. he needed to say to end the violence, i concede because that's what leaders do in a democracy. they put politics aside and put country first and as i look to our colleagues on the other side, i wonder how many will join us in holding president trump accountable for inciting this deadly attack. how many will uphold our oath and defend our constitution from the threat in the white house. to do anything less is to turn your back on the oath all together. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is
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recognized. mr. jordan: we continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline is recognized. mr. cicilline: more than 220 years that george washington yielded to john adams, it has been a hallmark. the will of the american people rains supreme over the ambitions of every individual. every single president has honored these principles until now. donald trump lost his bid for re-election and it was free and fair election. his homeland security director called it the most secure. he has refused to accept the will of the american people. he told his supporters, he didn't lose and the election was stole kwlen from him and them.
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and as they grew angry, he said there was a way to keep them in power. as the congress were to certify the results of the presidential election, the president made his move. he directed the supporters to travel to washington to rally to stop the steal. he did. once assembled, he said march on the u.s. capitol and do what it takes to hold on to power. we will never give up or concede. if you don't fight like hell, he warned, you aren't going to have a country. the people heard his message loud and clear. as the third ranking republican in this, he summoned the mob and lit the flame of this attack. guns, zip ties and more they set their sights on the u.s. capitol and stormed our democracy. hundreds of domestic terrorists did what trump wanted them to
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do, they seized the capitol and end our experiment in democracy. as white house aides watched and searched the halls for the vice president who they came to hang for treason and overran the office of the speaker and seized control of our government in the name of donald trump. the terrorists who stormed this building planned to hang the vice president, kill the speaker and topple our government. they took down the american flag and replaced it with a trump flag. i ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, is this the kind of country you want to live? what are you going to tell your children and grand clirn, do you stand for the republic or for this president. heed the words of president linchingon, the first republican president told us that a house divided cannot stand. this great house in which he served cannot and will not
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endure if we do not stand together now. the president and the terrorists who stormed these halls last wednesday did not succeed in toppling our republic. we must ensure they never do. join us in supporting this article. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew. the speaker pro tempore: recognized. mr. drew: we have done this before, this has failed before. we fractured our nation using the same process before. congress must be the glue that starts unifying everyone. by the time this process will conclude, the man they want out of office will no longer be the president. if we want unity this is not the way. america was and is the leading
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light in the world. this proceeding has continued to cloak our nation in darkness. nearly half the country supports our current president. this takes their voice away. we must be bigger and better than the most instincts that have been driving our political discourse. it is destroying us. let's link arms with one another and begin to heal. let's stop this impeachment. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished the gentleman from colorado, mr. neguse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. neguse: thank you madam speaker. president trump's actions encouraging, inciting a mob that stormed the united states capitol for the sole purpose of
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stopping the constitution aally counting of votes cannot go unanswered by this body. he must be impeached. if congress does not act, if we shrink from our constitutional responsibilities to defend our republic, it will define the vision of america as the last best hope on earth that abraham lincoln so eloquently said so many years ago. to the millions of americans watching today, i hope you understand we are proceeding on this path out of love for our country. i will honor my oath today. i will vote for impeachment. and i pray that my colleagues will muster the courage to do the same. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york.
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mr. nadler: i now yield two minutes to the distinguished the gentleman from south carolina, mr. clyburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. clyburn: madam speaker, i rise in support of the article of impeachment. we have to follow the constitution' instructions, count the electoral votes that were tallied by the states and submitted to us. this president refused to accept those results. instead he sought to overturn them by inciting a violent insurrection, but we were not deterred. today we must do our con constitutional duty once again. while the president failed last wednesday, if we do not hold him accountable and remove him from power, the survival of our
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democracy depends on candidates accepting their defeat in every presidential election since 1864. our january 6 joint session is a vital part for the transfer of power, not the contest for power. vice president gore understood this, accepting the certifying results in which he was defeated. vice president biden understood this, accepted and certifying this president's victory in the 2016 election. this president's refusal to participate in the peaceful transfer of power and his role in inciting last week's violence is a threat to our constitution
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and democracy. this threat must be extinguished immediately. this president must be impeached and convicted. and he must be prevented from ever attempting to seize power again. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. buck. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. buck: i thank the gentleman for yielding time. i have heard that president trump radicalized the group that the rioters who stormed this capitol and i would say we need to look no further than ourselves to look what happened and look at history. americans were frustrated when they learned the f.b.i. was investigating the trump campaign. they were frustrated to learn that the obama administration and the d.n.c. had created this false campaign against the trump
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administration. they were frustrated, madam speaker, when the inauguration of the president was boycotted by over 40 democrat members of this house. they were frustrated to read in the "washington post" the day after the inauguration, let the impeachment begin. they were frustrated when members of this house spoke over and over about impeaching the president days into his administration and the socialist in hollywood joined their allies in congress. . . madonna thought about blowing up the white house. kathy held up a beheaded head. and nothing was said from my colleagues at that point in time. one democratic colleague said
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that trump supporters should be harassed wherever they are, in restaurants, on the streets, in supermarkets. during this time, the president was under investigation by a special council who found in collusion, no conspiracy with russia. the president's supporters were harassed. ajit pai, the head of the f.c.c., was called a dirty, sneaky indian. his children were harassed in school. the press secretary sarah sanders was kicked out of a restaurant for being a trump employee. the d.h.s. secretary kirstjen nielsen harassed at her home. trump donors -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. i'm sorry you couldn't hear me in the mic. the mic wasn't on. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from ohio
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reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for two minutes. mr. raskin: smashing windows and beating police officers over the head with fire extinguishers, a blood-thirsty mob attacked the capital and invaded this congress last wednesday. they erected a gallows and repeatedly chanted, "hang mike pence," they stormed speaker pelosiy yelling "where's nancy", they occupied the senate chamber. they wounded dozens of people. hospitalizing dozens of people. killed five of our people. for six hours, they shut
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it's why so many people love him so much, and it's why they're kicking all of us. this president has faced unprecedented hatred and resistance from big media, big tech, and big egos, from congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle. before the rioters tore through that glass, speaker pelosi stood at that rostrum and tore through the president's state of the union speech, inciting anger, resentment, division. some believe that truly these true colors are being shown now through this divisive partisan impeachment. the speaker of the house -- i
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request an additional 45 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: go through the speaker, please. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield the gentleman an additional 45 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: four seconds or 40 seconds? mr. jordan: 40 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: 45 seconds. mr. gaetz: the speaker said to us just moments ago, words matter. but apparently those words don't matter when they're uttered by democrats. when the gentlelady from massachusetts calls for unrest in the streets. when the gentlelady from california brazenly brags that she called for people to get in the faces of those who serve and support the president. i denounce political violence from all ends of the spectrum, but make no mistake, the left in america has incited far more political violence than the right. for months, our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered, and they said nothing. or they cheerled for it and fundraised for it and they
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allowed it to happen in the greatest country in the world. some have cited the metaphor that the president lit the flame. well, they lit actual flames. actual fires. and we -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. there will be order in the house. mr. gaetz: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio, do you wish to reserve your time? the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. swalwell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. swalwell: america has been attacked before, but not like this. on january 6, donald trump incited thousands of radicalized terrorists to attack the capital to stop a transition of power. let that sink in. our president incited our citizens to attack our capitol. america was not attacked in the past sense. this president has inspired future plots. america is still under attack, and that's why donald trump must be impeached.
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i've read many of my g.o.p. colleagues know what the president is wrong but are afraid for their lives if they cross the president. i'm sorry that you're living in fear, but now is a time to summage your courage to guide you. we have all seen the images of the courageous officers who have risked their lives so that you could flee this floor and see your families. that was almost a week ago right now. officers engaged in hand-to-hand combat for hours with these terrorists. capitol police were spit on, beaten, stampeded, and one of them lost their lives. i'm not asking you to summon the courage they did. i'm just asking you to do your job and hold this president accountable. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the
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distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. castro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. castro: thank you, madam speaker. donald trump is the most dangerous man to ever occupy the oval office. i want to take you back one week ago today when people were barging through these doors, breaking the windows with weapons, armed, pipe bombs, coming here to harm all of you, to harm the speaker, to harm the senate. let me ask you a question. what do you think they would have done if they had gotten in? what do you think they would have done to you? and who do you think sent them here? the most dangerous man to ever occupy the oval office. if inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to
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get a president impeached, then what is? all of us must answer that question today. the constitution requires us to impeach and remove donald john trump. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. mr. nadler: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. dean. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. ms. dean: madam speaker, one week ago today, i was trapped in this house chamber as the banging on the doors began. i feared for colleagues, reporters, and staff. i feared for myself. the attack on the capitol will never be forgotten. the president and many in this chamber have shamelessly peddled dangerous untruths about the election, despite the warnings of where those lies would lead.
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and last wednesday, those lies and dangers found themselves inside this capitol. this hateful rhetoric is another deadly virus. it is time to remove it from its host. to heal, we need accountability and truth. that begins by acknowledging the president's dangerous lies and their deadly consequences. we moving donald trump is the beginning of restoring decency and democracy. what happened last week will not be forgotten, and what we do this week will long be remembered. vote yes on impeachment, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from new york reserves his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the republican leader, the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. madam speaker, let me be clear.
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last week's violent attack on the capitol was un-democratic, un-american, and criminal. violence is never a legitimate form of protest. freedom of speech and assembly, under the constitution, is rooted in nonviolence. yet, the violent mob that descended upon this body was neither peaceful nor democratic. it acted to disrupt congress' constitutional responsibility. it was also an attack on the people who work in this institution -- members, staff, and the hundreds who work behind the scenes so that we can serve the american people. the greatest statesman in the history of our country understood that the most dangerous threat to freedom is lawlessness. a young lawyer named abraham lincoln famously said, there is
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no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. yet, for several hours last week, mob law tried to interfere with constitutional law. some say the riots were caused by antifa. there is absolutely no evidence of that. and conservatives should be the first to say so. conservatives also know that the only thing that stops mob violence is to meet it with force rooted in justice and backed by moral courage. and last week, we saw mob violence met by courage, sacrifice and heroism from the brave men and women who protect this institution every day. but for the bravery of the capitol police, the destruction and loss could have been much greater. we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.
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it is tragic and heartbreaking. we mourn their loss. remember their lives and continue to pray for their family and loved ones. the officers and capitol police deserve our eternal thanks. we will never forget the sacrifices they made. and make no mistake, though who are responsible for wednesday's chaos will be brought to justice. which brings me to today's debate. i believe impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake. no investigation have been completed, no hearings have been held. the senate has confirmed no
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trial will begin until after president-elect biden is sworn in. here is what a vote to impeach would do, it would further divide this nation. a vote to impeach will further fan the flames of partisan division. most americans want neither inaction nor retribution. we want durable, bipartisan justice. that path is still available, but is not the path we are on today. that doesn't mean the president is free from fault. the president bears responsibility for wednesday's attack on congress by mob rioters. he should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. these facts require immediate action by president trump, accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure that
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president-elect biden is able to successfully begin his term. and the president's immediate action deserves congressional action which is why i think a fact-finding commission would be prudent. unfortunately that is not where we are today. truly this past week was one of the most difficult for congress and our nation. of all the days here, last wednesday was the worst day i have ever seen in congress. our country is deeply hurt. so where do we go from here? after all the violence and chaos of the last week, is it important to remember we are still here to deliver a better future for all americans. does not matter if you are liberal, moderate or conservative. all of us must resist the temptation of further polarization. instead we must unite once again
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as americans. i understand for some this call for unity may ring hollow. but times like these are who we must remember we are as americans and what we as a nation stands for. and as history shows, unity is not an option, it's a necessity. it is as necessary today as it was at the start of our country. i want us all to think back to how john adams and the federalist party handed power over to thomas jefferson and his party after the election of 1800. that election was one of the most divisive ever. every dirty trick in the book. they dismissed reasonable dissent and described their opponent a did heishon.
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the election of 1800 could have destroyed our nation,. they preserved the world's last best hope of freedom. after a hard-fought battle of the electoral college in congress, adams conceded and peaceful transfer of power, the first in american history, took place. jefferson, for his part, put aside the division of the era and preached forgiveness, yes, unity. in his first inaugural address, he famously said every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. jefferson and adams did not end every difference of opinion that existed in america, nor did they try. in a free country as big and diverse as ours, that would be
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impossible. what they did was more important. they recognized the deeper unity, unity rooted in the proposition both men helped to write. our founders chose peace, liberty, partnership over tension, division and partisan ship. for the sake of our country, we must make the exact same choice. we have already begun. last week, despite the lingering shock amid the windows still broken, we did what all healthy democracies do. we voted. we solved it at the ballot box and through debate and votes on the floor of this exact chamber. we did our duty then and we must do more. the eyes of the nation and world
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are upon us. we must seize this opportunity and heal and grow stronger. as leaders, our place in history depends on whether we call on our better angels and we focus on our efforts to work directly tore the american people. united, we can deliver peace, strength and prosperity our country so desperately need. divided, we will fail. what we saw last week was not the american way, neither is the continued rhetoric that joe biden is not the legitimate president. let's be clear. joe biden will be sworn in as president in one week because he won the election and the presidency and this congress will face immediate challenges that must be addressed. i stand ready to assist in that effort with good faith, goodwill and an open hand. the united states remains
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exceptional. we remain extraordinary. in the coming weeks and months, we must work together, all of us, to recharge the light of our shining city on the hill. history has shown us the way. history has given us the path. just as adams and jefferson has shown, now is the moment that we should do the exact same. in these trying times, may god continue to bless america and let's chart a course that history will repeat not what is happening today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from colorado, ms. degette.
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ms. degette: just over a year ago, i stood right there where you are standing today as we took the solemn step of impeaching the president of the united states for pressuring a foreign leader to take unlawful actions to help him in his re-election. and now just one week ago, almost to the hour, i laid right there on the floor of the gallery above us, i heard gunshots in the speaker's lobby and i heard the mob pounding on the door and what they were trying to do angry mob incited by the president trying to stop certification of a legitimate election. it's clear the president learned nothing in the last year. yesterday, the president said again, he did nothing wrong. this man is dangerous. he has defied the constitution. he has incited sedition and must be removed.
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we took a pledge on january 3 to uphold the constitution. we must honor that oath and vote yes on this article of impeachment. the speaker pro tempore: gentlewoman colorado yields back. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield. mrs. boebert: i rise today to oppose this impeachment and denounce the recent violence on the capitol just as i opposed the previous impeachment and the violence we witnessed all summer long. make no mistake the hypocrisy of the left is on the full. we got to fight in congress. fight in the courts, fight in the streets. taken behind the gym and beat the hell out of them. go and take trump out tonight. sound familiar? what about the gentlewoman from new york who defended the
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looting by saying they wanted loaves of bread. do not produce baked goods. where is the accountability for the left after encouraging and normalizing violence? rather than helping american people in this time, we start impeachment that further divides our country. i call bull crap. when i hear the democrats demanding untie, they are only unified in hate. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from california one minute. ms. waters: i rise in support of impeaching again the worst president in the history of the united states. since his first day in office, he has spent four years liing,
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embracing authoritarianism and radicalizing his supporters. this corruption has incited them to join with white spremists and paramilitary supremacists in a siege. the republican party is now the trump party. and i want you to know that this is a trump power grab that will not stop, it will not stop with attacking the capitol and our state legislatures. this president tends to exercise power long after he is out of office. it is reported that the president of the united states watched the invasion from the oval office of our capitol and seemingly enjoyed it. i want you to know we should be concerned that the republicans will not defend him and he is capable of starting a civil war.
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he must be impeached. he must be stopped now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. mr. newhouse: this is a sad day in our republic, but not as saddened as the violence we witnessed in the capitol last wednesday. we are all responsible. my colleagues are responsible for not condemning rioters this past year like those who tried to murder seattle police officers. others including myself are responsible for not speaking out sooner before the president misinformed and inflamed a violent mob and brutally beat capitol police officers. we must all do better. these articles of impeachment
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are flawed but i will not use process as an excuse, there is no excuse for president trump's actions. the president took an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. last week there was a domestic threat at the door of the capitol and he does nothing to stop it. that is why with a heavy heart and clear resolve i will vote yes on these articles of impeachment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve? mr. jordan: could i ask how much time each side has. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio has 36 1/4 minute remaining and the gentleman from new york has 36 3/4 minutes remaining.
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mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. auchincloss: a mob desecrated our capitol killed a police officer and attempted to overthrow our government on the orders of the president of the united states. immediate impeachment is our duty under a constitution that compels us to defend against enemies. i defended our democracy from foreign members. as a member of congress i'm resolved to defend it from domestic it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: america is at a cross roads. as the violent riots at the capitol reminded us, the unhinged partisan rhetoric that
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too often consumes the political dialogue in this country has become toxic and it's tearing us apart. if we continue down this path there is no telling how much damage there may be. sadly, that is what is happening here today. the majority is rushing through yet a second impeachment of president trump who has but seven days remaining in office. as professor turley has cautiononned, today a dangerous precedent is being set that could lead to the normalization of snap impeachments without any hearings, discussion or debate. the majority is ram, inc. through this house, the most potent tool at our disposal without a single hearing. we haven't he heard testimony from a single witness and haven't heard from the damage this effort could inflict. wouldn't know how this debate
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would unfold until 9:00 this morning. this is truly unprecedented situation and one which could cause harm to our nation. madam speaker, it doesn't have to be this way and don't have to continue down this misguided path but follow the wisdom provided by abraham lincoln during another divisive time and listen to the better angels and choose a more positive constructive path and vote down this ill-conceived effort and tone down the political rhetoric. we should work together to solve the problems that face our nation and put aside our differences and find common ground and bring americans back together, because there is no crisis that we can't overcome if we stand united. and i yield back. . . mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the
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distinguished gentlelady from washington, ms. herrera beutler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for one minute. ms. herrera beutler: i stand to say that the enemy is not the president or the president-elect. fear is our enemy. it insites anger -- incites anger and violence and it haunts us into silence and inaction. what are you afraid of? i'm afraid of what people will say or think. i'm afraid of being devalued. i'm not afraid of losing my job, but i am afraid that my country will fail. i'm afraid patriots to this country have died in vain. i'm afraid my children won't grow up in a free country. i'm afraid injustice will prevail. but truth, truth sets us free from fear. truth doesn't guarantee bad things won't happen but it does promise to always prevail in the end. it has no shadows where darkness can hide. where truth comes -- with truth comes in love. my vote for impeaching the
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sitting president is not a fear-based. it's the only way to defeat fear. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from texas, ms. van duyne. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is yielded one minute. ms. van duyne: thank you. today i should be in my district working for my constituents. instead i'm back here in washington because the majority could not resist another made-for-tv impeachment. americans are losing their jobs and struggling to feed their families. small businesses are forcing to close their doors. people are losing loved ones to the coronavirus. instead of negotiating additional covid relief, we're debating an impeachment that's been per served with no inquiry, no debate and no due process. in one week's time, joe biden will be president. the american people need us to
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rise above the heat of the moment, to focus on their needs and deliver real solutions. because the majority decided to debate whether or not to unseat a president in two hours, i'll be brief. i oppose this impeachment and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from georgia, ms. bourdeaux. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. bourdeaux: i teach a civics class where i say our government is not self-executing. it requires people of good faith and ethics to make it work. the president has repeatedly challenged georgia's election results. despite three recounts and many investigations, the results are clear -- joe biden won georgia. the idea that our election was fraudulent is a lie. our president used this lie to incite a violent mob to attack the capitol. i ask my colleagues to act with
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ethics and good faith, to reject these lies, and in this case, to support the article of impeachment. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you. i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. posy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida has one minute. mr. posy: in our campaigns we may be adversaries but usually after the campaign season is over, we have traditionally come together for the good of our nation. now more than ever in our lifetimes, we are a divided nation. one of the reasons -- the resist movement, which has harassed, haranged and denigrated the president since the second he became nominee. while his sins may be different than yours or mine, they are clearly not treasoness. let the men and women in blue have the time they deserve to recuperate and do the same for millions of americans who feel
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they've been disenfranchised. i beseech my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, if you truly want our nation to heal, vote no on this resolution. it reeks of nothing more than revenge. may god continue to bless the united states of america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from maryland, mr. brown. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. brown: thank you, madam speaker. americans lived through the darkest dies. the president tried to overturn a free and fair election through terror and intimidation. the violence took its fold. our temple was vandalize and our democracy was shaken. president trump represents a real threat to our national security, our democratic institutions, and the people of this country. we cannot let donald trump
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actively orchestrate a sedition, lead our government for another seven days. we can't wait until january 20. donald trump must be removed. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. and i also want to thank my democratic colleagues for finally joining republicans in condemning mob violence after six months of refusing to acknowledge it. but i'm really tired of sanctimonious sermons of being a sore losers from some of the same democrats who opposed accepting results in elections past. they objected to certifying every republican victory of the 21st krint century. when they objected it was patriotic. when republicans do it we're inciting a mob, we're liars and traitors. this is the double standard we should expect under total democratic control.
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they called for unrest in the streets. they called for harassing cabinet officials. they objected to certifying election results time and time again. even the judiciary chairman secured clemonsy to a -- clemsony to a terrorist who detonated a bomb in the chamber. we've been violent by big tech on social media, corporate media. this is a sad day in america. i urge my colleagues to vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to a new member of the house, a new member of the judiciary committee, the distinguished gentlelady from missouri, ms. bush. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from missouri is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. bush: madam speaker, st. louis and i rise in support of the article of impeachment against donald j. trump. if we remove the white
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supremacist president, it's communities like missouri's first districts that suffers the most. the 117th congress must understand we have a mandate to legislate in defense of black lives. the first step in that process is to root out white supremacy starting with impeaching the white supremacist in chief. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio seeks recognition. mr. jordan: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, dr. jackson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. jackson: thank you. madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the articles of impeachment. let me be clear, what happened last wednesday was a stain on our nation and the criminals and the rioters and criminals should be prosecuted through the extent of the law. it's clear our country needs to come together and this congress
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needs to lead by example and begins the process of healing the deep division that exists among us as americans. the articles before us today will not accomplish that. in fact, the sham articles of impeachment will only serve to further fan the flames of unrest and to appease the radical left's appetite for division. we should be focusing on restoring communities devastated by lockdowns, working on america's vaccine rollout, aiding a bipartisan investigation into these attacks, and ensuring election integrity. not impeaching a president who has promised a peaceful transition and who has less than seven days left in office. it is time to focus on the unprecedented challenges we face, and it's time to focus on unity. for these reasons, i urge my colleagues to oppose these articles of impeachment, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from new york, ms. clarke. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. clarke: madam speaker, today
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i rise to support h.res. 24, the article of impeachment against donald trump, for high crimes and misdemeanors for a second time. let us be very clear, what took place on january 6, 2021, was an act of domestic terrorism by rit right-wing white supremacists who was instigated by the president in the white house. the ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it sets to destroy. instead of diminishing evil it mutt plies it. -- multiplies it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. tiffany. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for two minutes. mr. tiffany: thank you, madam speaker. my father once said to me, just because you can do something
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doesn't mean you should. in the short time i served in this body, one thing is clear. this is not a serious place. last year we watched as the other side inflicted maximum pain and sway the outcome of the election. the speaker said as much. and yet, these last two days, we've seen how fast they can move when they want to exact political ritry bugs on their opponents. -- ritribution on their opponents. in a few days, my friends will control the entire executive branch as well. joe biden has talked about unity and healing. is that what this is today? is accusing republican lawmakers of sedition and calling for their expulsion the plan for healing? is working with silicon valley to digitally disappear those with whom they disagree with the plan for reconciliation? i was among the first to condemn the riots in madison months ago, and i condemn what happened last
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week, but where were the swift accusations of incitement and insurrection from the other side last year? is today's political theater a preview of what the american people can expect from single-party rule? two years of double standards and punishing those who voted for someone else? madam speaker, i hope mr. biden is watching today and he will rise to the moment and call off this effort to rub salt in the wounds of millions of americans. it is now time for all of us, democrats and republicans alike, to turn down the temperature. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from missouri, mr. cleaver. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. cleaver: madam speaker, it would be an error to suppose that men and women can be courageous every day. it would be unfair to anticipate that i or any member of this
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body could be a lion every day. no one is expected to be a lion day after day after day, but on this day, lions are required. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. cohen: thank you very much. after president trump was not impeached, susan collins said, he -- susan collins said, he's learned a pretty big lesson. he was impeached. then, he brought his it will be wild riotest television show that he produced for one person, individual one. intelligence reports indicate that the people he said he loves and are special are going to
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attack this city and attack this capitol next week. he has not asked them not to do it. he's not told them to stand down. i am most feared for january 20 because i think he will go out with a bang and take the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. and there will be order in the house. does the gentleman from new york reserve? the gentleman from ohio is recognized. . mr. jordan: statement from the president, i urge no violence, no law breaking or vandalism of any kind. not what i stand for or what america stands for. i call all americans to ease tensions and calm down. just put out that statement by the president of the united states. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. klein. kline kline there is a a piece
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dressed in arm our and protecting the genius of america and it was torn apart. a violent mob including with the most hostile of intentions and unleashed destruction and chaos. when it was over 6 individuals dead. i have supported the right of citizens to peacebly assemble. if their intent was to stop the body electoral body they should be. we are a nation of laws not of men. now, a week since the riots threatened the people's house we are rushing through an impeachment without all of the facts and evidence and without due process. we don't know what kind of information will come out, whether it bolster claims or
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implicates groups or individuals. we just don't know. and that's we must treat the power of impeachment with the seriousness it deserves. let us gather the evidence and make an informed decision. this action will further fuel the political divide among our citizens and will be detrimental to efforts to unify our country. let us work together. both president trump and president-elect biden have called for union if i ti and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: january 6 was a
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horrific day for our country and democracy. the blood of defenders spilled all because of a lie that the elections were stolen, a lie that has infected this nation. president trump is the source of that lie. he has betrayed his oath to defend the constitution and incited his supporters and not fit to serve and a danger to our country. i pledge to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and will vote to impeach and i urge my colleagues to do the same. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. mr. perry: what did the speaker know and what did other late tores know and when did they know. maybe that is a rush to impeach the president because we will
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never. the f.b.i. knew about a number of individuals that were planning a war on the capitol including police officers and they shared the story information but nothing happened. the chief prosecutor said he is pursuing conspiracy charges. there was pre-planning for portions of the tragic events last week. how did the president incite an attack before his speech concluded? i know my colleagues on the left want america and would like to call this is insurrection. the truth is multiple lawless events last summer including siege of the federal court house, burning and looting and were fitting definition of insurrection. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
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the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to mr. connolly. mr. connolly: the american people are asking is there any depravity too low or outrage too far, any blood and violence too much to turn hearts and minds in this body? instead of the usual justification, rationalization we have to hear. this is a moment of truth, my friends. are you on the side of chaos and the mob or the side of constitutional democracy and freedom? it's what this vote represents. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: could i inquire how much time each side has? the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from ohio has 25 minutes remaining. the gentleman from new york has 31 1/4 remaining. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from colorado, mr. crow. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. crow: last week i stood in that gallery to defend this chamber against the violent mob called here by donald trump. i have dedicated my life to the defense of our nation and donald trump is a risk to the nation i love. some of my colleagues are afraid of the consequences, but this congress sends our young men and women to war every day. i'm not asking you to storm the beaches of normandy but show a fraction of the courage we ask of our troops every day. leadership is hard.
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it's time to impeach. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york resevers. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: i heard a few minutes ago that there had been no hearing. well i have heard from the people of the 7th district of illinois. they have told me what to do. they have said impeach this president. impeach this president and do it now. i will follow their instructions and vote yes to impeach this president. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we continue to
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reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from texas, ms. escobar. ms. escobar: on january 6, terrorists attacked the united states of america. it was an attempted coup and insurrection. but what i hope americans understand that it was a terrorist attack against our country. those who participated must be found and prosecuted. those who aided and abetted must be found and prosecuted and the man who incited it, president trump must be impeached, held accountable and never be allowed to hold office again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady
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from california, ms. eshoo. ms. eshoo: future generations are not going to the names of each member in the chamber today in voting, but they will know what we did and why. we must impeach the president because he incited a mob to attack the capitol of the united states, the tabernacle of our democracy. he is incapable of honoring his oath and constitution and has proven to be unfit and dangerous. i will vote to impeach this traitor to our country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from new york,
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mr. espaillat. mr. espaillat: i cast my vote to impeach donald j. trump. he summoned to kidnap and hurt many of us. he is unfit to hold office. he dispatched his mob to assassinate vice president vice president pence and speaker pelosi. he dispatched a mob that waved the confederate flag and assaulted and killed five americans. he is not safe to hold office. we must impeach now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished the
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gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. garcia: i rise in support for the impeachment of donald j. trump. when he made last ditch attempt to encourage insurrection, he became the first president to incite an attempted overthrow of the institutions he is sworn to protect. that is a horrifying and his actions necessitate and should be the first president removed from office. i voted to impeach him once and willing to do it again. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, ms.
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garcia. ms. garcia: madam speaker, this president took an oath to protect and defend the constitution. instead, he has chosen to betray and attack our sacred democracy. this president violated his oath. he abused the power of his office, attempted to betray the will of the american people and incited insurrection against this very house. during the last impeachment trial, i reminded all americans that democracy is a gift that each generation gives to the next. we must do all to protect it for our children and our future. we must impeach this president. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield two minutes to the the gentleman from florida. >> for three years democratic
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members of this body lied to the american people that the trump campaign concluded and conspired with russia. for years after an exhaustive investigation there was no evidence. should democratic members of this body resign for lying to the american people repeatedly and sowing division and it was all a lie. you have brought one article of impeachment to the floor and you say donald john trump incited violence against the united states. in d.c. is a crime to act in a manner to cause another person to be in reasonable fear and to incite or provoke violence when there is a likelihood that violence will ensue. there was no language in the president's speech. 18-minute mark he said peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. you may think he is inciting violence because there is
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election fraud. that is his opinion. like you were entitled to your opinion that trump campaign. brandon berg v. ohio and it could be prosecuted without violating the first amendment. the speech called for violence against groups of americans and found that the comments were not directed to inciting producing lawless action. it was protected speech and he was calling for violence. that is the current law of the land. the president didn't provoke or incite violence. there was no crile and no basis. you have created a mockery out of the impeachment process and i urge my colleagues to fight the latest fraud being perpetrated against the american people.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished the gentleman from nevada, mr. horse fd. mr. horsford: i rise in support of the article of impeachment. last wednesday's events were not just the breach of a building but a breach of our democracy, our threat to our republic and who we are as americans. donald trump incited threat against america and overturn the will of the american people. we must send a clear message that committing sedition disqualifies him from serving another day in office. i vote for impeachment. i yield back. . . mr. nadler: i now yield 30
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seconds to the gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. houlahan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. houlahan: an 11-year-old girl joined our telephone town hall. she is worried about this great nation and i am too. this president has endangered this nation. he's betrayed his oath. i do this for all of us, for this constitution and for this republic. i do this to say this great democracy will stand and no one is above the law. i do this for our future generations. i urge us all to unite and vote yes on impeachment. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. huffman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. huffman: madam speaker, history is watching and saving the receipts. today, my colleagues across the
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aisle must choose which side of a very bright line they want to be recorded on for all time. on one side, lies, sedition, supporting insurrection and domestic terrorism. the other side, your oath of office, the constitution, democracy, decency. there is no middle ground. today, we make history forever, so choose well. a vote to impeach donald trump means years from now you can look your grandchildren in the eye and say i did the right thing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. jacobs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. jacobs: we must have accountability. without accountability, more violence will follow. i learned that working at the
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united nation and the state department in conflict settings around the world, and the united states congress is now a conflict setting. a violent mob threatened our lives in this chamber and almost succeeded. incited by the president who broadcasted live about the outcome of our election. we must hold this president accountable. it's the only way to protect our democracy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. johnson: thank you, madam speaker. i'm certain that every member of congress would say if they had been in congress when john lewis walked across that edmund pet us bridge and the -- edmund pettus
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bridge that they stood on the right side of history. well, madam speaker, today, we're going to see exactly what side of history you all are going to be on. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker, i would yield one minute to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. cawthorn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. cawthorn: today represents a unique opportunity in history. an opportunity to put america first, put her people first. today is a moment to put aside politicking and to place people overpower. i urge my colleagues to vote against this divisive impeachment and realize that dividing america will not save this republic. i urge my colleagues to not simply vote for what feelz good. of course, it feels good for the democrats to have a united constituency for a few more days. but i was elected to come here and vote for things that actually do good.
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to bring much-needed help to the american people. i am willing to take the first step and extend my hand across the aisle to say, vote against impeachment. vote in favor of a unified nation. and i will forsake partisanship and work with you. no matter who you are or what party you come from. madam speaker, i urge that we all vote to finally put america first. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to a new member of the house, new member of the judiciary committee, the gentleman from new york, mr. jones. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. jones: madam speaker, i rise in support of the impeachment of donald j. trump, the disgraced, defeated president of the united states. there must be consequences for last week's treason and
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sedition. hundreds, if not thousands of donald trumps in today's republican party aim to run for higher office, and we must send a message that no one in the united states of america is above the law. the world is watching, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york continues to -- wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. kildee: madam speaker, one week ago, the president of the united states incited a deadly attack on the united states capitol while a couple dozens of this house and i covered ourselves in that gallery away from the trump mob. five dead, including capitol police. if inciting an insurrection does not warrant impeachment, nothing does.
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i took an oath to uphold the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. today i vote to uphold my oath. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield -- excuse me, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to strongly object to the articles of impeachment proposed against president trump. mr. grothman: it makes the preposterous claim that president trump wanted or expected the riots that took place last week. he clearly said he wanted peaceful and patriotic demonstrations. he did say he wanted people to fight like hell or we are not going to have a country anymore, but that's obviously standard hyperbole and was not aimed at physical fights. what is offensive is what you are seeing, an inflammatory, about the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters who were
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there last week as well as the tens of millions of people they represent. you don't understand why they were here. they're scared to death we're going to go back to the days without donald trump, of hundreds of thousands of people crossing this border every month. they're scared to death our -- nobody's going to keep our manufacturing here. they're scared to death that nobody else will fight the cancel culture as we head to an era where some things can't be said. they're scared to death that a majority party teamed up with black lives matter, a bunch -- founded by marxists. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve? mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. garamendi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. garamendi: madam speaker, i rise today determine to fulfill our sacred oath to protect and defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
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last week's violent insurrection on the capitol was a stain on our democracy. a riotist mob, incited by the president, stormed these very halls, beat and murdered police officers, planted pipe bombs and left our country hurting. i vote to impeach the president. i urge my colleagues to do the same. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from illinois, mr. krishnamoorthi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. krishnamoorthi: my parents brought me as an infant to america because they know it's a land of democracy. it's the beacon of hope for all the world. we called it the american dream. when donald trump told rioters to go to the capitol and, quote-unquote, fight like hell,
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he incited an attack on the capitol and the ideals comprising the american dream. i'm voting for impeachment because i know we're still the country my parents believed in, and i will fight like hell for it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. lawrence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized for 30 seconds. mrs. lawrence: madam chair, on wednesday the 6th, democrats and republicans hid on the floor, put on gas masks, and was ushered out of this room. we, in this country, cannot begin healing in unity without accountability and justice. the president of the united states incited a violent insurrection against congress, you, me, and the vice president
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of the united states. this cannot be ignored. impeach now. thank you, madam chair. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio rewishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. lee: thank you very much. madam speaker, on january 6, donald trump incited his white nationalist supporters to initiate an attempted coup against the heart of our democracy, the united states capitol. this heinous act of domestic terrorism demands that congress act to remove this president. donald trump has been and remains a threat to our national security and our democracy and wholly unfit to serve as president. he and his supporters must be held accountable for inciting violence against the government
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of the united states. congress must act immediately to remove this clear and present danger to our country. it's time to impeach donald trump again. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from georgia, ms. taylor greene. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. taylor greene: madam speaker, i'm against the impeachment effort by the democrats. president trump has held over 600 rallies in the last four years. none of them included assaulting police, destroying businesses, or burning down cities. democrats have spent all this time endorsing and enabling violent riots that left billions in property damage and 47 dead across the united states. mrs. greene: democrats are on record supporting violence when it serves their cause, in their own words, on social media, on interviews, and on fundraising
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platforms @blue. democrats support defunding the police when it's someone else's city, someone else's home and someone else's businesses. democrats will take away everyone's guns just as long as they have guards with guns. democrats' impeachment of president trump today has now set the standard that they should be removed for their support of violence against the american people. i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from michigan, mr. levin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. levin: madam speaker, for two months, donald trump used the biggest megaphone in the world to organize a campaign of outright lies to overturn a free and fair election. on january 6, he summoned and incited a mob of domestic
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terrorists to fight like hell and sent them to ransack this capitol in order to prevent us from formalizing his election loss. it was a grotesque orgy of deadly white supremacists, strongman rule. today we'll vote to remove the author of this horrifying chapter and banish him from public service. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: can i inquire -- madam speaker, can i inquire on the time, again? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio has 20 minutes remaining. and the gentleman from new york has 21 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. levin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. levin: madam speaker, what each of us chooses to do today, whether we vote to hold this president to account or look the other way, we will be remembered
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by history, by our children and by their children. the facts are clear. the evidence of trump's insurrection overwhelming. history calls on us to do what's right rather than just politically expedient. let us look back on this day with honor, not disgrace. knowing we are up to the oath we all took. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from virginia, mrs. luria. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. luria: the perpetrators of this heinous democracy were americans encouraged and emboldend by president trump because he could not accept the outcome of a free and fair election. his actions are seditious and he
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is not fit to serve. history will look back on this moment to see who stood strong in support of american democracy. as my colleagues have said we must come together, that our nation begin to heal until we fix this atrocity. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman eye time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i israel one minute to the the gentleman from georgia, one minute. mr. clyde: i rise in opposition to the effort to impeach president trump. this will increase dissent and disunity and flies in the face in all efforts to heal our nation. it is a shameful final act of political retribution that he has weathered since day one. those who have breached the
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capitol will have due process and day in court. there will be no investigation in the people's house whether the allege against the president is guilty. no evidence was presented. no witness testified. no cross-examination was conducted. no due process was afforded and that sets eaven extremely dangerous precedent. if my democratic colleagues were serious to get to the truth, they would investigate. but they are not. i am proud to defend our president from the gin just disses my democratic colleagues are giddy to pursue. i oppose this effort to impeach the president and i ask all members to do the same. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield to the distinguished gentlelady from georgia, mrs. mcbath. mrs. mcbath: i rise with a heavy heart with what our nation has
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endured. in every generation americans of all colors and creeds have laid down their lives the struggles against tyranny and fight against facism and those who would betray the values upon which this nation was founded. it is our duty to shoulder that defense of democracy here today. the president's actions have laid bare his contempt for our constitution and he must be removed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished the gentleman from new york, mr. meeks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. meeks: the armed insurrectionists did not emerge
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out of the vacuum and lied to by republican senators men and women. they were smited by donald j. trump who was the ultimate ruler of our democracy. our the world is watching and we must show them know one will rule this country and be above the law. the cameras of history are rolling. we must act, we must impeach donald j. trump to show the world. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i would yield one minute to the gentleman from utah. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized for one minute. >> last wednesday on my third day, i realized that i can make hard and seemingly unpopular decisions, voting to strip electoral college votes is a dangerous precedent.
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perpetrated by my party as well. i heard nothing in those debates to justify. a rush impeachment will set a similar precedent without a single hearing or investigation. i cannot reach the high bar of impeachment. to my district, i commit to constantly being objective in you will all of my decision making and as i aban dond the remainder of my remarks as i listen to this debate, it's no wonder this nation is divided. we are on an absolute race to the bottom. and i was hoping that last week, we could have hit rock bottom. i commit to doing better. and i hope we can all dig in and find a way. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from ohio is
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recognized. mrs. beatty: the terrorists that attacked our democracy urged on by a sitting president, these insurrectionists believe donald trump's lies about the stolen election and carried his banner while storming into the capitol. last week's insurrection was shocking and tragic and culmination of four years of assault on our democracy. we must impeach this president. and the consal black caucus stands ready to join in a bipartisan message to the likes of donald trump. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from
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wisconsin, ms. moore. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from wisconsin is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. moore: the president radicalized american citizens and as his vice president fled from a lynch mob, the speaker coward and while people died, he watched with glee. that is why even though it is only seven days before the end of his term, we have the fierce urgency of now. seven days is too long for him to be power. he could declassify state secrets andmon advertise and he could even pardon the person who killed our u.s. capitol police officer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute
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to the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. arrington: i rise with great sorrow to oppose the second attempt at a baseless attempt from our democratic colleagues. this week's attack was unacceptable and the people responsible should be met with accountability. the president didn't incite a riot or lead an insurrection and no high crime or misdemeanors. i'm not saying that the president didn't exercise poor judgment but to criminalize political speech by blaming lawless acts on the president's rhetoric is wrong and a very dangerous precedent. the criminals who stormed the capitol that day acted on their own volition. they are responsible. this is an important moment for our nation. we have to come together and do what is write.
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the president trump has conceded. let's focus on the future and get back to the people's business. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. . the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from illinois. ms. newman: i stand to impeach this president. i agree with my republican and democratic colleagues. let's unite and address this pandemic by simply wearing a mask. let's unite to bring back the economy and start putting $2,000 checks in people's poggets and unite to hold these domestic terrorists accountable and impeach this president. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: how much time do i have, please? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 18 1/4. and the gentleman from ohio has 17 minutes remaining. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to zwirked the gentleman from new jersey, mr. norcross. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. norcross: i rise today at a time of historical concern. last week on this very house floor, an attack on democracy, that symbol. but it was an attack from within this very floor. cause and effect, rally at the white house, march down pennsylvania avenue, a parade in reverse and attack to this chamber. a police officer was killed.
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and what i hear it's time to heal. he's not even buried yet. it's clear and present danger. no one is above the law, not the president. if he has four years or four days, we must do the right thing for all americans because he must be held accountable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from indiana mrs. spartz. mrs. spartz: we have a variety of opinions but any observations must go through the proper due process whether it is election fraud or impeachable offense. and someone who did not support their objection to certification last week, i will not support this political charade today. the rule of law and due process
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is vital to what our constitutional republic stands for. congress should stop playing divisive politics and start working on real policies for the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> a week ago was culmination of carnage becaused by this president. four years ago he said he would stop. the president has continued to debase our democracy with assaults on our elections and incitement and the battery at our commol. we must always work to grow it and that includes our work today to hold president trump accountable. american carnage started with this president. a vote for impeachment will stop
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it for our posterity. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. pocan. mr. pocan: the u.s. capitol hasn't been been breached since the war of 1812 until last week when it wasn't another country that attacked us but our own president. president trump asked his supporters to march on the capitol inciting domestic terrorism that cost five lives including a capitol police officer. and whether you say it allowed or not, president trump is responsible for inciting attacks on our democracy and should have been the one person protecting it the most. he is unfit to be president and we must impeach him. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield 90 seconds to the gentleman from texas, mr. roy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is yielded 90 seconds. mr. roy: the president of the united states deserves universal condemnation what was impeachable conduct. pressuring the vice president to violate his oath to count the electors. he seated to falsefully among the president supporters. there was a legal to the president. it was put supporters into a frenzy. you have drafted articles. incitement and insurrection. it doesn't need to meet a standard and for the republic is high.
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it is a house approves the articles as written. the language will be used to target members of this body under section 3 of the 14th amendment and any statements we make are subject to review and sends us down to political speech in the public square. we must end this. let us condemn which must be condemned but do it the right way with deliberation and without disastrous side effects. we must end tearing apart our nation by social media and sound bite. let us debate and sit down and lead this nation together. i yield back. . . . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished the gentlelady from new york, mrs. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for 30 seconds. mrs. maloney: this is not one party, one president.
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this is by preserving democracy and the rule of law. the facts are clear and undisputed. president trump used a litany of lies about a stolen election and willfully incited an armed insurrection with the attempt of stopping the peaceful transfer of power. he attacked not just the capitol, not just congress. he even attacked democracy itself. that's why he must be impeached, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from north carolina, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. price: madam chairman, the president has engaged in conduct that's criminal, impeachable, and profoundly threatening to our democracy. he pressed state officials and members of this body to overturn a legitimate election and to
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keep him in power. and then he invited and activated a violent mob to invade the capitol and achieve his desired result by insurrection. if that is not impeachable conduct, i don't know what is. the president must be removed from office immediately and never allowed to hold office again. our democracy requires it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. fallon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. fallon: thank you, madam speaker. last summer the antifa and b.l.m. riots swept across our country. businesses destroyed, cities burnt. it was not like the horrible hours we had on january 6. but rather, they went on for weeks and in some cases months. so if there's any silver lining in this dark cloud, it's that our friends across the aisle
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have come to realize that riots are bad. we conservatives have known this all along. this snap impeachment is a sham and it didn't go through the judiciary committee and it's not even about the president's actual words but it's about how our democratic colleagues want to interpret his words and fashion a particular meaning to them. now, this is just political grandstanding at its worst. the american people desperately want us to move on and tackle the issues and find solutions to them forthwith. madam speaker, let's end this obsession and charade and let's get to work. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve? mr. jordan: yeah, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. quigley: madam speaker, now we hear talk of the president's notion of a peaceful transfer of
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power, which apparently means, what? minimal casualties? now we hear talk of healing, after the criminal acts are completed. never as a criminal defense attorney did i say, yeah, judge, my guy had a robbery. no. there was accountability then. there should be accountability now and impeachment now. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady of north carolina, a new member of the committee, ms. ross. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. ross: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the article of impeachment. the president's responsibility for the violence and insurrection that occurred last wednesday cannot go unanswered. the president has had multiple opportunities to modify his
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behavior to bring this country together. instead, he uses his power to further divide us. he is unrepented. congress must act for the good of this country. madam speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. good. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. mr. good: i stand in support of president trump and against this sham impeachment proceeding with literally one week, seven days remaining in his term. this is merely the culmination of a four-year effort to overturn the will of the people and the results of the 2016 election. this is simply a political action, intended to tarnish the legacy of a highly successful president who led us to an incredible economy, energy independence, reduction of taxes for millions, regulatory relief for businesses, renewed peace in the middle east, and stronger
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border security. this action will only serve to further offend the 75 million people who voted for president trump and further deepen the division within our nation as we try to move forward with a peaceful transition of power. however, the democrat majority has determined he's already guilty, and there's no need of a trial, and, therefore, move forward quickly with this phony impeachment charge. today, i join my republican colleagues in standing against this further effort to divide our nation. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. cuellar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. cuellar: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of the impeachment. it's very simple. what we saw on january 6 was a person, the president of the united states, inciting a crowd to come and attack the capitol. we have to make sure that we stand up for democracy. if we don't do this, then what are we going to stand for?
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we stand for democracy. we stand for american values. and i stand for the impeachment of donald trump. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. scanlon: on january 6, president trump launched an attack against the united states capitol. i, too, urge my colleagues to unite, but to unite in love of country and to hold this president accountable. what unites our country is respect for the rule of law. without accountability for those that would shatter the rule of law by overturning a presidential election, we cannot take seriously the cries of being a united people. this president remains a serious threat to our country and must
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be held accountable. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman chooses to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from georgia, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, let me make everybody aware that on those just sun-bleached bones of history, of many great nations are written those pathetic words -- too late. they moved too late to save their great nations. let us not this day move too
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late to save our great nation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york continues to reserve -- wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. norman: madam speaker, i rise today for two reasons. one, to voice my strong opposition for the impeachment of this president with seven days left. i also want to voice my support for the strong police department, many of you want to defund. where was your cries to defund when you were leaving this office, this very room last -- on the 6th? hypocrisy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are kindly reminded to remind yourself to address your remarks to the chair. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve? mr. jordan: we do, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is
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recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. sherman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. sherman: ironic -- an administration begins by building an unnecessary wall on our southern border. it ends by making necessary a new wall around this capitol. i introduced articles of impeachment in july of 2017 with one co-sponsor, al green. and, again, in january of 2019. and on monday night, i joined with so many of us in introducing these articles. i've introduced articles of impeachment in the 115th, 116th, and 117th congress because donald trump has continuously posed a danger to this republic. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, i would yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. mast. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute.
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mr. mast: thank you, madam speaker. i rise with a very simple question. on january 6, thousands broke the law by taking siege of our capitol here with us inside. as any one of those individuals who brought violence on this capitol been brought here to answer whether they did that because of our president? it appears i will receive no answer. i will yield my time back to the gentleman from ohio.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from arizona, mr. stanton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. stanton: donald trump is the first president to incite an insurrection against our own government, against our own people. it is a shocking betrayal of his oath of office and our american values. we don't know yet if the president will face criminal charges, but we do know he must be held to account. each one of us in this house took an oath to protect and defend our constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, even if that enemy is the president. we must move forward as a nation from these darkest days, but we can't move forward without accountability. we must impeach this president. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
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the gentleman from new york reserves. and the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam chair, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from michigan, ms. stevens. stop the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. stevens: insurrection, a violent mob, a week ago today five people were killed. many injured. and everyone in this building forced to hide for their very life. the president was called for help. but he did not answer our call while our government was being taken over. he failed to lead, and, therefore, proved himself incapable of doing so. some may say impeachment is political. some may cry it is divisive. but, madam speaker, our obligation to our
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constitution -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. takano: madam speaker, i rise today in support of the impeachment of president donald trump. the gravity of the moment demands it, and the state of our republic depends on it. he committed an impeachable offense by inciting a violent and deadly insurrection at the u.s. capitol. for this, congress must hold him accountable to preserve our democracy, our constitution, and the rule of law. he should serve not one minute more and be barred forever from public office. he's toxic to our republic and toxic to our democracy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield it's back. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. so democrats can say, quote, i just don't even know why there
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aren't uprisings all over the country while there are uprisings happening around the country. but they impeach the president of the united states for saying peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. democrats can say, quote, you know, there needs to be unrest in the streets, while there is unrest in the streets, but they're going to impeach the president for saying peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. let's be consistent, all of us. all of us need to be consistent and condemn the violence all the time. with that i yield one minute to the gentlelady from new mexico. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized for one minute. . >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise in opposition to the articles of impeachment. violence has no place in our constitutional republic and those who assaulted police officers and forced their way into the capitol building are responsible for their actions.
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we have a response to believe the condemn violence whether in the halls of congress or the streets of america. i don't believe that the american people have an appetite for. this they are expecting us to do the will, the will of them, those who sent us from each state around the nation. right now, madam speaker, we have seen this body impeach once before, trying to do it a second time. two wrongs do not make a right. we have got to stand for the american people because we will not get a second chance to get this right the first time. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from ohio. wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to a new member of the -- to a new member, the distinguished gentleman from new york flrk flores. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30
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seconds. mr. flores: this was a violent assault on the transfer of powers we have taken for grant. the impeachment of donald trump is not politic with us law. not vengeance but justice. we as the people's representatives must rise to the challenge of defending democracy in the face of its great etc. threat and we will. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the jl from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for 30 seconds. >> there are still members of his party who refuse to hold him accountable.
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it's because of that inaction that there's only one path forward to put an end to this presidency. donald trump must be impeached, removed from office and barred from ever holding the office of the presidency again. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves his time the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished jealt from new york, ms. velazquez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. velazquez: i rise in support of this resolution because in america we hold power to account. in america, we do not succumb to violent insurrection incited by a head of state. in america, we do not turn a blind eye to high crimes and misdemeanors. no. that is not who we are.
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so today, at -- as the sworn defenders of this nation's constitution, i will vote in favor of impeaching donald j. trump. i yield back. the speaker: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: could i inquire as to the time remaining for each side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 10 minutes remaining. the gentleman from new york has 9 3/4 minutes remaining. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute >> madam speaker, welcome to the second annual impeachment of president trump isn't about actual words spoken at a rally. mr. lamalfa: this is all about
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the unbridled hatred of this president. if he used any extreme language to oppose this core of what he fought for. you hate him because he's pro life, strongest ever you hate him for fighting for freedom of religion to not be limited by speech. you hate him for israel you hate him for defending our borders you hate him for letting families an small businesses keep what they earn, for trying to keep the agents of government off those in favor say aye back you hate him for putting america first which is what i thought we do. this is impeachment by at least half of the american people. this is a -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. jordan: i yield the gentleman 20 seconds. mr. lamalfa: i pray people of all stripes wake up to the
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spectacle, exercise their rights to put a stop to it, through free speech an fair lebs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. wasserman schultz: i rise to support the impeachment of president donald j. trump for desishes acts -- seditious acts against america. trump incited a violent assault on congress, a treasonous betrayal of our nation. this criminal incitement left us with five dead including a police officer, a desecrated capitol, and a second constitutional crisis. his act shows contempt for the rule of law, the constitution and the foundation of any democracy, a peaceful transition of power. president trump is a clear and present danger to american lives an democracy and leaves us no choice but to immediately remove
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him from office. thank you and i yield back. the speaker: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i would yield 90 seconds to the gentlelady from tennessee, ms. harshberger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is yielded 90 seconds. ms. harshberger: i urge my colleagues to vote against impeachment of our sitting president, donald j. trump. you can tell the american people that this is a vote to impeach upon the grounds of inciting violence and insurrection but the american people see a double standard. they see a standard applied to those on the left who commit violence and a standard to those on the right who commit violence. the american people see this and they understand it. i've been here all of one week. and what i see instead of lawmakers who are truth seekers, i see lawmakers who are power seekers. and that's never good. never good.
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what a shame. what a shame. the american people are watching to see how elected official respond at this moment in history. will you vote to mend or will you vote to further divide this country. i'm urging you to use this opportunity to be the leaders the american people are seeking for for such a time as this. god help us as a nation and i pray that god will keep his hand upon the greatest nation that the world has ever seen. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, how much time do we have please. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 9 1/4 minutes. the gentleman from ohio has eight minutes. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. butterfield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds.
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mr. butterfield: president trump's incitement to violently overturn the results of a free and fair election is an attack on our rule of law. any president, any member of congress who obstructs the electoral college or attacks jums and the court system where there's no evidence to support their contention, undermines the public's trust and confidence in the judicial process. how do my republican colleagues expect ordinary citizens to respect and trust the courts and civil -- in civil and criminal matters all across this country? think about that as you make this decision. vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. roybal-allard:. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. roybal-allard: i take no voice joye in voting to impeach president trump but this
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president has blood on his hands in the wake of this attempted coup. no president of the united states is above the law and this president has sadly violated his oath to support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies fortune and domestic. as members of congress, who have taken that same pledge, it is our duty to take this action and impeach this unfit and dangerous president. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expire. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. kanna. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is remember niced for 30 seconds. mr. khanna: i'm voting to impeach because as president lincoln said fit redress to mob law. we must recognize the hard work to begin to address the real depree advances and despair left
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behind communities to be worthy of this capitol that we hold sacred, to fix the broken windows and broken communities, let's finally commit to investing trillions in creating good jobs in health care, in education and infrastructure and communities in places that are hurting. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the 1kwre89 from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from alabama, ms. sewell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman ms. sewell is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. sewell: madam speaker, i rise today to support impeachment. i do so with a heavy heart and a lasting and searing memory of being in this gallery this people's house, right up there, fearing for my life and why? because the president of the united states incited others to
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be violent, a mob of insurgencies in this house. it's unacceptable. it led to the killing of five americans. blood is on this house. we must do something about it. i ask that we move from stopping the steal to healing. the healing requires accountability. everyone must be accountable. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expire. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from alabama, mr. moore. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. moore: madam speaker, i'm fairly new here, actually this is my first floor speech. but i rise to oppose this impeachment. i asked my staff this morning, how many times in our nation's history have we impeached the president? they said up until this president, only two times in our nation's history. so here we are, seven days left
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in his first term and we're going to impeach a president for what reason? for what reason? there have been no hearings. there have been no committees. we must defend the right and protect the process of impeachment. if we pursue this, from now on, from this day forward, impeachment will always be a political process. i ask my friends across the aisle, they always talk about healing. healing. how do we come together as a nation? since 2016, there has been hash tags that say not our president. resist, resist. members across the aisle have said things in public to have supporters of this president attacked. and demeaned. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes -- wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from illinois, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for 30
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seconds. ms. schakowsky: last friday i sent a letter to my constituents telling the story about the vinyl attack on our capitol building. which is really reich the temple of our democracy. i have now taken the oath of office, the same oath of office the president of the united states has taken. that all of us here have taken. and he has been the orchestrator of this attack. it is time to hold this president accountable. it is time and history demands that we -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york rushes to -- wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from connecticut, mr. himes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30
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seconds. mr. himes: search your soul, consider your oath. i add four more words. reflect on your legacy. my friends, which way is history flowing right now? will donald trump join the pantheon of washington, lincoln, roosevelt and reagan? or will his 33% approval rating and the condemnation of principled republicans consign him to the heap of reviled demagogues with joseph mccarthy and andrew johnson where he goes in history, you go in history. unless today you make a stand. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: i would like to remind members to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from
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hawaii, mr. kahele. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kahele: i have taken the oath many times. i will support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. on january 6, the president violated this oath, inciting violent and deadly insurrection. our sacred sacred oaths are hol without accountability. we need to make sure he doesn't hold public office again. i urge my colleagues to do the same. this vote does matter. mahalo. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. sarbanes: madam speaker,
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this beautiful capitol dome is a similar bowl of freedom and -- symbol of freedom and democracy, not just for americans, but for people of the world over. this impeachment is a declaration to the world. that when there is an attack on our democracy, whether it comes from without or whether tragically, in this instance, it comes from within, we will respond to that threat and attack, and we will do what's necessary to strengthen our democracy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield 2 1/2 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes. mr. zeldin: thank you, madam speaker. i am sickened and agered by what we will had to wednesday last -- witness last wednesday and call for the investigation and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, every single person who participated in the
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violence and loss of life in this capitol building last wednesday. i, as a member, sit here listening to the entire debate, desperately need to better understand the two standards that are at play in this house. why is it ok if a house democrat calls for violence in the streets but not if you're a republican? why can't a house democrat be rewarded with a gavel and a chairmanship if they're calling for physical confrontation of a trump administration official, but they will be punished if they're a republican? the double standards that we have seen time and time again, we all, i need to better understand what the rules are of this house. why is it that a committee chairman can lie to the american public about having more than circumstantial evidence that the president colluded with the russians in order to win the
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2016 election, but, of course, the republicans can't and wouldn't lie to the american public about something like this? we need to better understand what these two standards are that are at play and to complete the record, because the house democrats are here to make president trump the first president to be impeached twice. so i'll complete the record, first off, in the articles of impeachment, it's written that the president gave a speech and he told his supporters to come here and that he incited this riot. one speaker after another after another have repeated that in the article of impeachment. but we all know this was a preplanned attack. we all know that there was pipe bombs being discovered while the president was speaking. we all know the capitol perimeter was being breached during the president's speech. we know that this was preplanned, and it started while the president was speaking. why is that not in the articles of impeachment? why is that not being
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incorporated into my colleagues' remarks? to complete the record, if you want to make the president the first president to be impeached twice, we'll add something else to that. thank you to the president for his efforts to defeat ms-13 in my district or to withdraw from the -- 30 more seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. the gentleman yields an additional 30 seconds, did i hear correct? mr. jordan: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. zeldin: thank you for the president to move the embassy in israel to jerusalem and recognize sovereignty in the golan heights and to take owl baghdadi. to eliminate the isis caliphate. to have an economy this time last year that was stronger than i have remembered in my entire lifetime. yet, we'll complete the record. in all fairness, as the president leaves one week from today, let's be honest about the double standards that exist inside of this chamber and let's also be honest that this
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president -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. zeldin: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve? mr. jordan: i do. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield one minute to the distinguished majority -- i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from illinois, mr. casten. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. casten: what happens if we get this wrong is written in lincoln's second inaugural, when one party let's the country go to war instead of let the nation decide. we came together from an enemy without. on january 6, we were attacked from an enemy within. the president who would make more with malice for all and charity for none. we must come together in unity today against that domestic threat to our constitution. the alternative is too unbearable to contemplate. we must impeach bipartisanly, unanimously, if you have a soul. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, mrs. fletcher. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. mrs. fletcher: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of the article of impeachment and in opposition to the gaslighting that's masquerading as debate in this chamber today. i was in this chamber when the president assembled and unleashed a mob to attack the united states capitol and the united states congress. the elected representatives of the people. by doing so, he incited an insurrection against our representative democracy itself. if that is not an impeachable offense, then what is? thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york
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reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield 30 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from michigan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. tlaib: in michigan's 13 we speak truth to power, even in the face of a racist in chief. those who incited an aback on the people's -- on the people's house do not talk about healing and unity. they have torn this country apart. they have stoked the fire and then handed the gasoline to donald trump. dr. king once said, true priest is not the absence of tension. it is in the presence of justice. today, we must embody those words. and we must understand that peace must be centered in truth and action. we cannot sit, madam chair, sit idly by after a violent attempted coup and to allow hate continue. today, we stand up for our
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constituents who continue to be harmed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. and the gentleman from new york has 3 3/4 minutes remaining. the gentleman from ohio has four. and the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i'd yield one minute to the gentleman from north dakota, mr. armstrong. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north dakota is recognized for one minute. mr. armstrong: thank you, madam speaker. what happened last wednesday is an absolute tragedy, and not only are we part of dealing with it now, we were part of it then. but when emotions are frayed and tensions are this high, process matters more. it matters more now than it did before. and the reality is this -- there are serious constitutional questions about these articles. and donald trump is going to be president until january 20. and on january 20, joe biden's
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going to become president. but i'll end with this. i'm going to vote against impeachment, and that's going to give me credibility at home with my base. you're going to vote for impeachment. and that's going to give you credibility at home with your base. it's easy to point at me and blame me. it's easy for me to point at you and blame you. on january 21 we will be back here. so use that credibility. go back and talk some hard truths to your people. i'm going to do it, and we need to do a better job. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves -- excuse me -- the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from north carolina, ms. manning. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. manning: this president has repeatedly lied to the american people about his election loss. he incited his followers to attack our democracy, resulting
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in five deaths. his dangerous efforts to derail the peaceful transition of power were a violation of his oath of office. this president is unfit to lead our nation and unable to discharge his duties of office. i call upon my republican colleagues to speak the truth to their supporters and join me in holding president trump accountable by voting to impeach. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from indiana, mr. mrvan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. mrvan: i spoke with a group of ministers from gary, indiana, and how they're praying for unity and justice in our nation. it reminded me of a moment when
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those of us who were on the house floor on january 6 were huddled together in a secured room after the attack. the house chaplain kibben led us all in prayer. let us remember that moment. let us rekindle that prayer. when we were all united to preserve our democracy and justice. i support the article of impeachment so that we can move forward to do the work that our constituents sent us here to do. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york has 2 3/4 minutes remaining. the gentleman from ohio has three. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. moulton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. moulton: madam speaker, there are more troops right now in washington, d.c., than in
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afghanistan. and they are here to defend us against the commander in chief, the president of the united states, and his mob. i'd ask my colleagues to look at the faces of those young americans defending democracy, defending us, and find an ounce of their courage. to do the right thing. as several republicans have. and take a tough vote for the future of democracy, for the future of our democracy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york wishes to reserve. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio wishes to reserve. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from texas, mr. veasey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. veasey: madam speaker, let's be clear about one thing. if we were on the eve of a republican president being sworn in and his democratic predecessor had said the same
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thing that this president said and incited his followers, his mob to descend up on the capitol, we will be joining them, not making comparisons. because guess what, i don't care about no base. i care about this democracy and this country and what happened the other day should never happen again. and we need to stand up and do the right thing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, the republican whip is prepared to close for us whenever that is appropriate, so we'll reserve until that time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for 30 seconds.
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ms. jackson lee: on this floor one week ago, this day the insurrectionist in chief will be impeached for insurrection because he failed to defend this nation against all enemies, domestic and foreign, and he stood down near the white house and told a mob of domestic terrorists to go and show your strength be strong, you can't gain anything because of weakness, we must hold him accountable. we can heal this nation. but he must be impeached today. we must impeach donald j. trump. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. mr. jordan: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: is the other side prepared to close? mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker.
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madam speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. jordan: i yield three minutes to the republican whip, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. scalise: i thank the gentleman from ohio for yielding. the nation still mourns the unacceptable violence and anarchy that took place in this capitol last week. as we speak, arrests are still being made and the anarchists who stormed our capitol are being brought to justice as should be the case. emotions are still high. but in this moment, we need to be focused on toning down the rhetoric. and helping heal this nation as we move forward a peaceful transition of power to president-elect joe biden next week my prayers, madam speaker, still are with capitol police officers sicknick and
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liebengood, who we lost, as well as all the capitol police officers who risked their lives to keep us safe. they are true heroes and they deserve all of our applause today. madam speaker, i've seen the dark evil of political violence firsthand. and it needs to stop. but all of us need to be unequivocal in calling it out every single time we see it. not just when it comes from the other side of the aisle. i oppose this rushed impeachment
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put forward without a single hearing. and by the way, the senate will not even take this up until president trump is out of office. so let's keep that in mind. it will only serve to further divide a nation that is calling out for healing. madam speaker, many speakers today have invoked one of our nation's greatest leaders, president abraham lincoln. maybe we should follow some of lincoln's wisdom that he's imparted upon us in moments like this. as abraham lincoln was giving his second inaugural address, in march of 1865, lincoln issued us a challenge. this is what he said. with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as god gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to
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bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan. to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace. among ourselves and with all our nations. madam speaker, at times like these, let us not reach out to our darkest demons but instead, like lincoln, seek higher ground. may god bless this great united states of america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, we can have all this, we have accountability too. i now yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader of the house, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the majority leader is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the chairman for yielding. this is a troubled time.
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a sad time. it is it is a time where all of us have stood, almost to a person, and lamented the violence and the assault on this capitol and the assault on democracy itself. it was right to do that. this impeachment ought to be put in the perspective of what the republican chair of the republican conference said it was. she said the president of the united states summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of that attack.
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there has never been, she said, a greater betrayal by a president of the united states of this office tissue of his office and his oath to the constitution. that is why we are here today. that is why we are here today just a week before that president, at the request of the american people, will leave office. and the issue is what do we do, the 433 of us, i believe, who are here, do on behalf of the american people to respond to what representative chaney
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described happened on the 6th of january. a mob assembled by, summoned by, and then spoken to, to light the flame of the attack. to stop the steal. as we sat here. exercising our constitutional duty. and to his great credit, the vice president of the united states following the constitution of the united states of america. not with standing the fact that he was opportuned by the president not to do so. that mob sent by the president
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to stop the steal did so for a few hours. not the steal but the constitutional duty that we had. and so we ask ourselves what do we do? what is our responsibility? what should we say? in light of only the civil war as an analysis. that doesn't mean there haven't been demonstrations in washington before and demonstrations throughout this country before. but it is the first and only physical presence other than the 9/11 attack on this nation which came from abroad. and a plane aimed at our capitol dome. this attack was not from abroad.
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it was as liz chaney said, summoned, assembled, and inflamed by the president of the united states of america. when liz chaney said words, that there has never been a greater betrayal by the president of the united states of his office and his oath to the constitution. i pride myself as a member of this congress who for 40 years has worked in a bipartisan fashion with many of your leaders, and due -- and do to this day. but are we to remain silent in the face of liz chaney's saying this was the greatest betrayal
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of the duty of the president of the united states in history? are we to stand silent? will we stand silent? will we not stand up and say, this is not acceptable. madam speaker, for four years, donald trump has made no effort to hide his ambitions or his lacking of republican principles. not our principles, but the principles that abraham lincoln was just quoted as having said. our president has never displayed those in the four years he has been president of the united states. his desire for autocracy and his glorification of violence have not been tempered, but rationalized. rationalized. by those who sought to profit financially and politically from
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their proximity to power. upon the foundations of virtue, reasoning and patient wisdom laid down by george washington as our first president. donald trump has constructed a glass palace of lies, fear mongering, and sedition. last wednesday on january 6, the nation and the world watched it shatter to pieces. there could be no mistaking any longer the kind of man sitting in the oval office or his intentions and capabilities. the curtain has been pulled back. the office to which he was elected could not temper or reform him. washington's legacy was passed down to us not as written decrees, mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is is correct.
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the house will be in order. mr. hoyer: washington's legacy was passed down to us not as written decrees but understood norms. how we ought to act. how we ought to conduct ourselves. term after term, each occupant has observed those norms out of a recognition that our constitution's articles are not the only preservative of our democracy. for more than two centuries, madam speaker, whenever those norms were tested and strained good and virts you citizens on both sides of the aisle found common purpose in reaffirming those norms. but memory fades. and from time to time it must be refreshed. madam speaker, as the framers emerge from the constitution convention, benjamin franklin was asked whether they had made
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america a monarchy or a republic. probably all of us know this response. a republic, he answered, if you can keep it. that's the question today. if we can keep it. the way we keep it is to say no. to actions and words that do not promote the keeping of that republic. for millenia, people have understood that a republic is only as stable and lasting as the citizens and leaders who commit themselves to its upkeep. this president has shown us he's not committed to that project.
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his tweet -- his tweets, every day, have shown he is not committed to that. indeed, he openly disdains it and appears to prefer thall terntive. what of the rest of us? those who have the honor and great privilege and the weighty responsibility to represent the views of 750,000 of our fellow citizens? we in this congress have an opportunity, no, a duty, to demonstrate our commitment both as leaders and citizens, to keep america a republic. a republic that resolves its differences not through being ordered to come to the capitol to prevent them from taling the election. which was an absurd assertion from the very first day it was made.
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we cannot erase the last four years, madam speaker. we cannot turn back the clock, but we can look to the ideals and principles inherited from great presidents, like washington, like jefferson, and, yes, certainly, like abraham lincoln. and franklin roosevelt. and from outstanding americans like frederick douglass, harriet tubman, susan anthony, cesar chavez, martin luther king, they are good marshall, our -- thurgood marshall, our beloved john lewis and r.b.g., ruth bader ginsburg, who taught us a lot about equality and inclusion. it's up to us to restore the vibrancy, madam speaker, of our democracy by reaffirming our commitment to the norms they passed onto us and entrusted to our care. but to make that possible, madam
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speaker, we must rise to this moment, and not only affirm the virtues we cherish but reject the vices we abhor. that's what i'm asking my fellow representatives on both sides of the aisle to do today. we all stood and we abhorred the violence that occurred and the threat to the very democracy that we hold so dear and swore an oath to protect and uphold. reject deceit. reject fear mongering. reject sedition. tyranny and insurrection. reject the demand to feelity to one man over fidelity to one's country.
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when i addressed the articles of impeachment in december of to 2017 i asked the following -- we need not ask who will be the first to show our courage by standing up to president trump. the question we must ask -- who will be the last to find it? senator mcconnell, representative cheney, a number of representatives who have spoken on this floor with great courage, madam speaker. because there's much fear of donald trump. there's much fear of donald trump's tweets. there's much fear of donald trump's retribution for opposition. in my view, donald trump demands absolute loyalty and gives none in return. i hope others will join liz cheney. i hope others will be honest
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with themselves and with their constituents, as liz cheney was saying, there has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the united states of his office and his oath to the constitution. don't dismiss that. she's the daughter of a vice president of the united states who was the whip when i came to congress. as she has taken a stand, i hope others will as well, madam speaker. soon, the clerk will call the roll and ask for our votes. make no mistake, this will be no ordinary roll call. this is about our country, our constitution, and our democracy. these votes will be inscribed on
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the roll of history, a record of courage, and of our commitment to country and constitution, of our commitment to the rule of law and renewal of that which we inherited and hope to pass on, unbroken, unshattered. with just seven days left in the president's term, this vote is not about timing, it's about principle and fidelity to our constitution. it concerns the clear and present danger facing our country, not only in these finals days of the trump administration, but in the weeks, months, and years that will follow. it is about the necessity to demonstrate to this generation and to future generations the duty we share to protect our democracy every single day. do not pretend, my friends, it was simply those who came into the capitol, encouraged by our
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president to stop the steal at any cost. and by the way, if the vice president doesn't do my bidding and follows the constitution, sweep him away. we know that this president would never immolate george washington and give up his power for the good of our republic, even after losing an election. somebody talked about a peaceful transition. there has not been a peaceful transition. i don't know what you're talking about. you're not living in the same country i am. it was just days ago that the president, after committing this terrible act, thought he had to admit that joe biden might, yes, be president of the united states. we know that this president neither recognizes norms nor reflects the rule of law. we know that this president is not a patriot. so i ask this house -- who among
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us, madam speaker, will be recorded on the roll of history for their courage, their commitment, the constitution, and their country? we do this today, not for politics. we don't need this for politics. georgia showed that. there was no mistake in this election. we do this today to preserve and protect this great democracy. we do it for the america we love. our america, the beautiful, whose founders' sacrifices we praise in song, o, beautiful, for heroes proved, in liberating strife, who more than self, their country loved, and mercy more than life. sadly, madam president -- madam speaker, as our current president, the appropriate words would be -- who less than self
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his country loved and victory more than truth. vote for this, for america, for our constitution, for democracy,
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