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you never had more than 55 senators. if you guys can't pass any legislation, you are not going to be a majority anyway. host: i want to take your point with the congressman. roll call has the story that rank-and-file might go around speaker of the house paul ryan. is that what the freedom caucus is doing? guest: we have reached out. the more moderate republicans in the tuesday group, i will continue to say from what i know about -- and we had this discussion in conference yesterday. i havethat w absolutely no question every guy >> we leave this recorded portion of "washington journal" as the house has returned now for votes. live coverage on c-span. following oer. dopping of the motion to recommit on h.r. 1430 a ssage of h.r. 1430 if ordered.
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theirst electonic votwill be condued as a 15-minute vote. the remaining electronic ves will beonducd as a five-minute vote. thenfinisd businesishe questionngreeing to he motiono recoitn h.r 1530, fered by the geneman from virginia, mr. mckeon, on whh theas and nays were ordered. the clerk ll redesignate the moion. the clerk moti trecommit on h.r. 143ffere by mr. mckeon of virginia. the speaker pro temre: the questiois on agreeing to e motion to recommit. members will record eir votes byctronidevice this is a 15-minute vo. [ptioning made ssible bthe al captiing instite, inc., in cooperation with the unid stat house of representatives. y use of closed-captioned covera of the house oceedifor politil or mmeral purpos is expressly ohibited by the s. house of reprentatis.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this
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vote, the yeas are 189, the nays are 232. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> i'd like to request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 228, the nays are 194. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourn today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise for a unanimous consent request. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may state the request, please. mr. tonko: thank you, madam speaker. during yesterday's evening's vote series, i was present on the house floor, however, my vote was not recorded on roll
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call number 202 due to a technical malfunction. had i recorded it i would have voted no on s.j. resolution 34 and i ask unanimous consent that this be entered into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman's statement will appear in the record. mr. to be coe: thank you, madam speaker. -- mr. tonko: thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. would members please take their conversations off the floor. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent
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to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. and the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. please take your conversations ff the floor, members. without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor the first official national vietnam war veterans day. just yesterday, president trump signed a bill into law permanently designating march 29 as the day we honor our vietnam veterans. in many ince canses, our vietnam veterans -- the speaker pro tempore: members please take your conversations out of the chamber. he house will be in order. the gentleman may proceed.
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mr. thompson: madam speaker, in many instances our vietnam veterans often did not receive a warm welcome home when they returned from war. this is a small step toward giving these brave men and women the recognition they deserve. it was on this day in 1973 that the last combat troops were ordered out of vietnam. 44 years later, the house and senate unanimously approved this federal statute recognizing and honoring our vietnam veterans who answered the nation's call and served with honor and distinction. this effort began in pennsylvania as the brain child of sergeant harold reading, a vietnam veteran from york, pennsylvania. pennsylvania's own senator, pat too many mi, led the charge to make this a reality. we all know someone who served in vietnam. those veterans are our friends, our family, our neighbors. thank you to all of our vietnam veterans. may god bless you on this national vietnam war veterans
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memorial day. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized mr. hoyer: i rise to honor a dear friend, marine mo gillman who retired as the legislative director of the national treasury employees' union. he served with great ability for 31 years after working in this house. n.t.u. represents 150,000 federal employees working in 31 federal agencies. mo has been a tireless in the effort to ensure that federal civilian employees receive the pay, benefits and workplace protections they deserve. spent at n.t.u. educating about the important work that
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federal servants carry out. at the time when some in congress and in the current administration are denigrating federal servants and cutting the budgets for which they work, i'm more than a little sad to see mo retire. as she does, i'm certain she will inspire us all to continue the fight with the same resolve she showed every day of her career. i hope my colleagues will wish her well and thanking her for her extraordinary work on behalf of our country and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> foreign national tommy ventura has a string of arrests
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to his name, including assault, impersonation, drunk driving and contempt of court not to mention he has been deported four times. and he is a ms-13 gang member. despite being deported, he made his way back to america. this time he stabbed a woman in a parking lot, then he went to a house only to sexually assault a two-year-old and when the girlfriend saw the bruises on the child, he stabbed her as well. eventually nypd arrested him. our pourous border is not secure. violent criminals who assault and rape women and children keep coming back. border officials are doing the best they can do with what they have. but the message is clear there needs to be more to secure the border. washington must send boots on the ground, military equipment if necessary to establish a virtual border wall against
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outlaws like ventura. and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: $880 billion cut from the insurance of hardworking low income families, $600 billion going to the top 1% of the richest people in america. those were the features of the trumpcare bill. not caring for any one of you, but simply taking away and providing for the rich. health care in my district and in america is very serious. i heard the testimony for many years of mothers who had autistic children or children with severe disorders or visited nursing homes or maybe heard the pleas of cancer survivors who
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wouldn't have lived but for affordable care act. this is nothing to play with and any suggestion that health care is easy, mr. trump or we can get together with the moderates is not a direction to go. if you are serious, we are serious. but we are serious about people whose lives are in jeopardy and providing access and health care to all of america including our rural hospitals and children's hospitals who begged for us not to pass trumpcare. we are prepared to work on behalf of the american health care. but health care is not easy, but essential and life saving and i want to save lives of all americans. it's not easy and it's not something to fool roorned with. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the
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house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i rise today to honor the loss of a floridian, a patriot and one of the air force' finest. three service members were lost in a crash of a surveillance plane in new mexico. these young men were not just service members serving in our united states air force, they were sons, brothers, husbands and fathers. mr. yoho: florida's own lieutenant delleker who had a long and promising career ahead of him, was 26 and known for his umor and he was touched by animals. his friends and family revealed hat he shared a hot dog with a florida-bitten stray. and ended up taking her in and
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giving her a second chance at a new life. i take a moment on behalf of all americans and the members here today to thank him for his ervice, lieutenant frederick delleker, you will not be forgot yes or no. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i'm someone who believes in this institution. madam speaker, this week to me has been an embarrassment. it's an embarrassment that we here in the house can't have a real again you inbipartisan investigation of our intelligence committee. now fortunately this afternoon, the chairman and ranking member,
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one democrat and one republican of the senate intelligence committee have signaled in a joint press conference that they are interested in having a real investigation. wouldn't it be nice if the house of representatives would do the same? madam speaker, i say this and gives me no pleasure to say this, but the chairman of our house intelligence committee has acted in a way that makes a real investigation in our house impossible. he should do the right thing and recuse himself. and this house should join the senate in having a real investigation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i come from the state of florida where we have many of our citizens who live in nursing homes and despite the views of
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some, those residents can live remarkable and productive and fulfilling lives. one such resident is angelina steiner. she shares her talents in weekly poetry readings and became a member of the florida writers association. in 2014, she published her first book chasing dreams and "beautiful words coming my way" is being published in the library of congress. a loving wife and mother of four children, she is inspired by every day events and has the talent to paint beautiful pictures through her poetry and i'm incredibly proud of her and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i want to recognize the 80 social scientists who are visiting washington today and to thank them for their hard work keeping our stem enterprise strong. they are here to highlight the value of science -- social science and social science research has provided us with numerous benefits. some of these include strengthening cybersecurity by showing us how changes in behavior can eliminate cyber vullnerblet. making our soldiers safer and saving lives by improving the system of matching kidney donors with patients. madam speaker, we must have strong federal funding.
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cuts would make america weaker, not greater. i urge my colleagues to oppose cuts in the n.s.f. budget and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: tonight i rise to commend the house for passing h.r. 1430, what is known as the honest act. this would put more of the own us on the environmental protection agency sometimes known as the employment prevention agency, to disclose where they get their science, where they get their data,. my own constituents have suffered from that in my
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district in northern california where arbitrary rules are put in place without even the opportunity to face their accuser of what kind of science they are using and reasoning they are using to put a regulation in place if they have to fight, sometimes for many years in order to have the opportunity to use their land, use their land for planting crops, for grazing other things that would help them with their livelihood or economy like they have been using for so many years. honest act will put vulnerability back on the e.p.a. saying you have to come forward with reasoning, logic and science that is publicly available and not hidden from the public so we can see what you are using to regulate the people. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. mr. veasey: i rise today to continue the call for an independent commission to investigate the president's ties with russia. congress has the responsibility to ensure we investigate these matters. we must provide the american people with answers, transparency and accountability. we know that there is issues with the house intell committee on the republican side, so it's time we ask for an independent commission to take the lead. let's be honest, at the end of the day, you are the company you keep and so far president trump's team has included a national security advisor who was paid by russian companies to appear at russian events or former campaign manager who had a multi-million dollar contract to advance putin's agenda and now we have the issues again with the republican side of the intell committee to cover up tracks left by the trump administration. as we further untangle the web
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created by trump and his team, it is clear that republicans are fearful of what potential investigations may reveal. the american people deserve answers. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kaptur: i rise today to introduce a resolution expressing the sense of congress that the supreme court misinterpreted the first amendment to the constitution in the case of buckley versus vallejo and will restore equal footing to all keam answer. the landmark case was decided over 40 years ago. then justice byron white called it a mortal danger against
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occurtive steps must be taken. in the wake of the recent presidential election, we clearly see the influence of big money. that money ex erts influence over our politics and true to form it has endowed donors with a high number of cabinet positions in the trum of administration, over one-third of president trump's high level government posts were awarded to high campaign donors. if money equals free speech, then lack of money means lack of free speech. our campaigns should be reflective of the people's voices. buckley case took this first amendment right from the people and this resolution is the remedy to restore it. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does does gentleman seek? >> i ask unanimous consent that
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my name be removed as a co-sponsor from house joint resolution 17. the speaker pro tempore: without bjection, so ordered. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: mr. secretary. the secretary: i'm directed by
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the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message in writing. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. raskin: madam speaker, thank you very much. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of the special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. raskin: thank you very much. madam speaker, with my colleague from the state of washington on behalf of the progressive caucus, we're taking this special order hour to focus on the question of the russian
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connection. this is a matter of the utmost seriousness and urgency to the mesh people because it goes to the question of our national security and the political sovereignty of the american people to engage in democracy on our own. without foreign interference, subversion, and sabotage. i'm going to call first, madam speaker, on the distinguished congresswoman from california, maxine waters. if i might. and yield to her for six minutes. in order to prepare, if she's ready to go. ms. waters: i'd like to thank congressman raskin for organizing this time and for helping to keep this congress focused on this extraordinary chain of events that are taking place in our country. and drawing attention to what should be a credible investigation about the ties between this president and
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vladimir putin and the kremlin. why is this president so focused putin? imenting why has he wrapped his arms around him? why has he said he's a great president? hy does he refuse to even talk about the fact that putin has invaded crimea? why does he refuse to understand what is being said when putin is charged to be a killer and all of the deaths that have taken place from opponents of his, from people who criticize him? well, i think the more we learn about the connections that this president and his allies have, the more these questions are going to become very, very serious and it's going to lead us to have to make some big
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decisions about whether or not this president is fit to lead the united states of america. i have been deeply concerned about these issues for months. president trump throughout his campaign and since his election has chosen to surround himself with people who have close ties with russia. when our -- when our intelligence agencies announce their conclusion that russia interfered in our elections, i call kaed for an investigation focusing on the possibility of collusion between trump's kremlin clan that i have dubbed them and the russian government. i introduced h.con.res. lution 15, urging congress to investigate the possibility of collusion between russia and the trump campaign. investigations should foe couns the creme clin clan. let's talk about some of -- kremlin clan. let's talk about some of those allies and folks who are aligned
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with trump and russia. michael flynn, fired from the n.s.c. after lying about discussing sanctions with a russian ambassador. paul manafort, trump's former campaign manager, was a paid lobbyist for victor yukovic who fled to russia in 2014. it appears manafort signed a contract with russian illionaire and putin ally oleg vascasa. the times also reports manafort tried to hide $750,000 in payments. carter page, former trump campaign advisor, a consultant and investor in the kremlin state gas company, gazprom.
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he recently revealed that he met kizlak ian ambassador in the 2016 r.n.c. then there's roger stone who worked in the ukraine. stone announced in a speech last summer that he's spoken to wiki eaks founder julian asaung and he had been exchanging messages with guccifer 2.0, the russian hacker who hacked the d.n.c. last summer. then sec retear of commerce will a partner in a major financial project involving the bank of cyprus. secretary of state tillerson signed a multibillion dollar agreement with russia in 2011 on behalf of exxon for oil drilling projects in the arctic and is
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focused on lifting sanctions. the "new york times" reported that prior to his resignation, mike flynn was delivered a proposal outlining a way for president trump to lift the russian sanctions and broker a deal between russia and ukraine and also included the public smearing of ukraine's current oshenko.t po the deal is being pushed by the support in ukraine. the proposal remains along with those pushing it. then there's mike cohen, the personal lawyer, who was involved in developing the document and delivering the document. then there's philip s. seder, a business associate and former criminal who served time who reportedly had ties with the mafia, who helped mr. trump scout deals in russia. en there's andre ardaminko a ukrainian lawmaker trying to
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rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by mr. trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort. then of course there's our attorney general jeff sessions, who was forced to recuse himself from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign after it was revealed that he met with russian ambassador on two separate occasions during the campaign cycle, information which he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing. this is the same ambassador with whom mike flynn discussed u.s. sanctions and by the way , he lied about it. it is now -- it has now been revealed that russian ambassador met with the following trump associates. carter page, jeff sessions, mike flynn, and jared kushner in december 2016 in trump tower during the transition. none of these meetings were made public and were only discovered after the press released
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reports. before the press reporting on the meetings above, the trump administration had repeatedly denied its campaign had contact and communication with russian officials. the press has noted that the meetings are not unusual but that public concern is heightened because they have all lied about our failed to disclose -- disclose the meetings. deutsche bank wased or torte pay more than $600 million in fines including a $425 million fine to new york's department of financial services and a $204 million fine to the u.k.'s financial conduct authority for failing to have adequate money laundering controls in place to prevent a group of corrupt traitors from improperly and secretly transferring more than $10 billion out of russia. press reports indicate that the department of justice is investigating this matter. deutsche bank is trump's largest lender, lending his campaign an estimated $360 million.
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so oil and gas, president trump signed last month a bill striking section 1504 of the dodd-frank wall street reform act which required big oil companies to disclose the money they paid to foreign governments to drill on their land, striking section 1504 will allow big oil companies like exxonmobil to conduct secretive dealings with corrupt parties such as vladimir putin and russia. trump -- the white house attempted to enlist the f.b.i., the c.i.a. director, pompeo and top republicans on the house and senate intel committees to help push back against "new york times" reporting on trump's ties to russia. there is devon nunes, i don't need to talk about him, he issued a joint state wment adam schiff, a joint statement in january, announcing the scope of their investigation would include links between russia and
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individuals associated with political campaigns. f.b.i. director jaymes comey announced on -- james comey announced in testimony before the house intel committee that they were investigating whether members of the trump's campaign co-lewded -- colluded with russia to influence the election. devon knew nets announced to the press that members of the team were under incidental surveillance after the election and briefed president trump on march 22. however , he did not brief adam schiff or other house intel members and never revealed his source. devon nunes has clearly compromised the investigation and can no longer be trusted to lead it. in conclusion, congress must create a comprehensive, independent, bipartisan commission to expose the full truth of trump's ties to russia. i believe that once we have fully investigated trump's kremlin clan we will find there
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was collusion between trump and russia to violate the integrity of our elections. at that point the republicans in congress will have no choice but to put country ahead of party and i say impeach donald trump. i thank you so much and i yield back the balance of my time as we witness what attempts to be a coverup now about all of this. thank you. mr. raskin: ms. waters, thank you for your zealous work on behalf of your constituents and all americans. i turn now to our colleague if new york mr. nadler, a leading move the house judiciary committee. mr. nadler: madam speaker, there is an obvious cancer at the heart of the credibility, perhaps even of the he yit macy of the trump administration that cancer consists of questions pertaining to the relationship of this administration with russia. we know that the russians intervened in the last election
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with the goal of advantaging trump's campaign over hillary clinton's. we know that there were numerous trump campaign transition team and administration officials in contact with the russians. prior to, during, and after the campaign. we know that there's a pattern of these individuals at first denying such contact but later after being forced to come clean admitting them. examples to date include former national security advisor michael flynn, attorney general jeff sessions, and roger stone who admitted he was in contact ith guccifer 2.0, the hacker the f.b.i. says is a front for russian intelligence. we know the -- they gave false testimony before the senate regarding meetings with russian officials. we know president trump has financial ties with russia. though he denies it, we know there are large russian
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investments in the trump organization. the president's son, donald trump jr., said a few years ago that money, was, quote, flowing in, unquote from russia. that obviously can have a major influence on the president and the decisions of his administration. we know that there was a change in the republican platform dealing with ukraine to favor russia. a change that was engineered by the trump campaign. we even know who in the trump campaign gave the instruction to make this change. we know that there's an ongoing criminal investigation by the f.b.i. of possible collusion by the trump campaign in the admitted russian intervention in the attempt by russia to subvert the 2016 presidential campaign. knowing all this, it is impossible to ignore or to dismiss questions concerning the credibility of the administration and certainly we must ask questions regarding its legitimacy as well.
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if there is persuasive evidence that crimes were committed in colluding with russia to subvert the election. we have a duty to resolve this question, to get answers and pursue the truth and remove any cancer we may find. a few weeks ago, the judiciary committee considered a resolution of inquiry i introduced dealing with a number of issues including the president's conflicts of interest, his possible violations of the constitution's emoluments clause and any information about possible criminal or counterintelligence investigations related to the president and/or his associates. yet to date the republicans have opposed our amendments and voted down our resolutions of inquiry. in effect, abdicating their constitutional obligation to provide oversight and to enforce the law. now the intelligence chairman is conducting an obvious coverup failing to share information with members of the committee, information that reveals
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president trump'sal allegations against president obama as completely false. while inappropriately briefing people at the white house. the very same people who are the subject of the investigation. this is so absurd, so inappropriate and beyond belief that it is tough to accept the reality of the situation. sadly, this isn't a television drama we can turn off or walk away from. integrity of our democratic system of government is at stake. while we need is honesty. the american people must have faith in the integrity of our government and our job to ensure it. it is time for answers. if the truth reveals a conspiracy, if there is proof of criminal conduct, donald trump must be held accountable and the people around him accountable and we must act. there is no superior way to get at the truth and to fulfill our duty to the people of this
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country than to have an investigation committee. i urge that be done and that the people of this country can have confidence once again in their government. i yield back. mr. raskin: mr. nadler, thank you for your excellent presentation. i yield to my colleague from washington state who is the co-convenor of the special order . ur ms. jayapal: i thank my colleague, mr. raskin, from maryland for his incredible leadership and for the opportunity to continue to lead this special order hour for the progressive caucus here every week and we try to pick a different topic for those in the
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audience. we pick a different topic and this evening is the ties to russia of this administration. yesterday, sean spicer told veteran white house correspondent april ryan that quote, she was going to have to take no foreign answer when she asked him about the president's collusion with russia. well, mr. spicer, we are here to tell you that we will not just take no for an answer. we are not going to sit back and believe everything that is coming out from the white house when there is mounting evidence that president trump's campaign may have coluded with russia to tip the election in his favor. and for those of you who saw the judiciary committee today, we had a resolution of inquiry from representatives jeffries and ted lieu about this very issue in relation to the attorney general
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jeff sessions and his ties to russia. let's not forget that president trump's former national security adviser and campaign adviser only lasted a record-setting 24 days in the role because he blatantly lied about meeting with russia's ambassador kissly ack during the campaign. what other ties to russia have been confirmed. i thought it might be helpful to have a diagram and to really show exactly what the connections have been been between top trump officials in the trump campaign who are now serving in the white house and are the president's close and personal friend. the fact that a diagram is even necessary tells us something. so let's start at the top with the president himself. president trump has a long history with russia, his first trip to moscow was 30 years ago.
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he went to explore potential real estate opportunities and his relationship with the country has clearly grown. in the late 1990's, he started banking with deutch bank which has since been investigated for funnels russian money offshore and he linked up with a russian company which has ties to the mafia and to criminal interests in russia. their partnership was integral in helping to expand the trump organization with properties springing up across the country. his ties to russia grew deeper and in the late 2000's, several russian businessmen bought properties from the trump organization netting them hundreds of millions of dollars in profit. let's forward to 2016. president trump brought on carter page, who is now under investigation for communicating with russian officials and in
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fact, it was the trump campaign's former manager who gave carter page the green light to visit moscow just last july. and a couple of weeks later, mr. page met with kissly ack but said he will not reveal the details of that conversation to the public. and this is a very important consistent fact that we see. our resolution of inquiry today that we debated in the judiciary committee was about the release of information so we understand what is going on without nyack cue sayingses. we are saying let us investigate what these tiesr what the conversations were and let us determine in an independent bipartisan way, let us determine that there has not been collusion and let us make sure there is no foreign government that is effecting our democracy. so various members of trump's
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team met with russian officials during the campaign. but attorney general jeff sessions just didn't meet with officials but he lied. and again the top prosecutor in the united states of america lied under oath during a confirmation hearing. this cannot be ignored. once again, we are not saying don't have conversations, but don't lie about them. don't make us wonder what happened during those conversations. how do we trust the attorney general of the united states of america to fairly and impartially preside if he has shown that he is willing to make false statements just to get the job. he is not the only high level trump official who has been dishonest with the american people. michael flynn was put in place by president trump, resigned due to the shady backdoor dealings that put him in the pocket.
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e was paid $45,000 to attend a state-sponsored gala dinner and sit at the table of vladimir putin. and in addition to flynn, page and sessions and there are several others. trump's former campaign manager, paul mana for the, former campaign manager, roger stone, his personal lawyer, michael cohen are all under investigation for their connections to russia and president trump's son-in-law is under investigation as well for his actions during the campaign. not only did jared kushner meet with ambassador kissly ack and met with the bankers and the white house said the meetings were diplomatic but one of the ankers he met with is sergei
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gorkov and graduate of the federal security service which is an academy that is tasked with training individuals to become members of russia's security and intelligence for the tress and now the chairman of a bank and he was appointed by putin himself. this is not a mom and pop bank but a state-owned corporation that has been under sanctions by the united states for the past three years. jared kushner whose family is worth $2 billion and he sat down allegedly under his role with the president to chat with this owner of the bank and a person from the kremlin said this meeting was the bank's prerogative and that the president was unaware. we need more information to know what happened in that meeting because otherwise, where there
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is smoke, we think there is fire. we need to have the information so we can actually determine what is happening with these connections, because if somebody from the trump campaign and trump administration is meeting with russian officials and don't want to tell us why or what's discussed, then we have to start wondering whether the conversations are in the interests of the american people or in the interests of the russian government. and we also have rex tillerson, president trump's secretary of state who has strong business ties and awarded the order of friendship from president putin and this is the highest honor hat russia can bestow on non -russian citizens and he struck an oil deal with the russian government. we could go on and on with this. but what's important for the american people to understand is that we have expectations that the president of the united states and that his cabinet are
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working in the interests of the american people. we have expectations that if a deal is struck, it is not for the benefit of some other country or for the personal benefit of any individual in office, but it is for the public's benefit. and if a deal is struck that takes benefit away from the public in order to give it to a foreign government or to an individual personal interest of our government, then that is an enormous disservice to our democracy and of course there are constitutional ramifications for all of this. this administration has tried to tell us that the conversations between trump's advisers and high-level russian businessmen and first were about diplomacy. and yet this shroud of see crease si continues every time we try to get information and make sure there is an
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independent, bipartisan investigation that somehow the shroud of see creasey continues and begs the question if this is advocating for the interests of the american people and not the russian government or the pocketbook of cabinet members, then why? why are you hiding. if there is nothing to hide, let us have the information and there has been plenty of requests unless there is some information that is classified. why are the campaign advisers and officials denying that they communicated with russia only then to be forced to walk back their statements or recuse themselves as jeff sessions had to do or to even resign. foreign policy is key to american interests but these bam-reem conversations and
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subsequent lies are doing nothing to make the american people feel confident in an administration that is supposed to represent them. it is clear there is a strong tie here that was only strengthened during the campaign. but let's be very clear about what the connecttive tissue in all of this, in all of these lines that go back and forth, what is the connecttive tissue that connects all of this? it's money. how did we get to this point? of course we remember the hacking of the election that occurred last year, is in the process of being investigated, even though the chairman of the intelligence committee feels that his first duty is to the president and not to the members of the committee. but last year, president trump defended vladimir putin by placing the blame on the democratic national committee to distract the american people and in july, he outright urged
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russia to hack hillary clinton's emails. and said, quote, i hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. in december, a c.i.a. investigation assessment concluded that russia was trying to help then candidate trump win the election. why? because they know that they have an ally in president trump. they have someone who is willing to do business with them, even though it may not be in the best interests of the american people and know they are well connected at every level in his administration. and let's be clear who we are talking about with mr. putin. this is a dictator, a human rights abuser, someone who republicans and democrats alike have said we cannot be associated with him. you heard of the entry in canada
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and may have ended up with the kremlin candidate and the script writes itself. we were hoping to get a chance to get to the bottom of this. we were hoping to get to the bottom of this in a hearing in the house intelligence committee, but we never got the chance. last tuesday, representative nunes went to the secret briefing in a national security council facility and what he found apparently wasn't good for the president, because he ran over there to tell the president instead of doing his duty and reporting the information to the house intelligence committee. he went straight to the white house with his finding. he is supposed to be chairing an investigation into what happened, not being a runner for information to the president. after briefing president trump, president nunes canceled the hear, denying americans the opportunity to hear from former
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acting attorney general sally yates and ranking member jim himes was right when he said the monday hearing last week was, i'm sure, not to the white house's liking. he went on to say,s that direct quote, since monday i'm sorry to say that the chairman, chairman nunes, has ceased to be the chairman of an investigative committee and has been running interference for the trump white house. this is absolutely unacceptable. the fact that we are questioning whether or not several members of the president's cabinet, not just one, not even just two, but several members of the president's cabinet, including the president himself, are guilty of collusion with a foreign government is a down rightout rage. and in my home district, the seventh district of washington state, i've been receiving numerous calls, hundreds of calls from constituents, since day one, saying how can this be happening in this democracy? how is this possible in america?
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how do we make sure that our government is representing us and not a foreign entity? why is it that somebody would lie about whether or not they had a conversation with the russian government if there was nothing to hide? people are losing faith in the united states government. it is a crisis of democracy when people can't trust that their government is actually trying to get -- to get to the with the tom of what's going on and actually representing the interests of the american people. the white house may have a friend in representative nunes, but i want the american people to know that they have a friend in us. we won't back down on our demands. representative nunes should recuse himself from this investigation. there's no way we can expect a full and impartial investigation after what's just occurred. and this should not be a partisan issue. every member of congress, republican or democrat, should
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be demanding to know the facts. we're not making judgments. we want to know the facts. if there are facts that we don't know, that say no, there were legitimate conversations, there was no collusion, then we're done. why tie up the airwaves with this? so tonight, as we think about where we are in this debate and we think about the fact that for three months this government has been, this administration has been under the shadow of secrecy, under the shadow of mistrust from the american people, there's a very easy way to clear all of the names of the people that are on this list, including the president of the united states and that is to ensure that we have an independent investigation, to ensure that representative nunes recuses himself an steps down as the chair of the intelligence committee, given what's happened, and to ensure that at the end of the day we remember that the government of the united states of america, the president of the united states
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of america, the congress of the united states of america, are one duty -- our one duty is to represent the people of the united states of america. with that, mr. raskin, i yield back, and i thank you so much for your leadership and for ielding me time. mr. raskin: thank you very much, congresswoman jay pal, for your -- jayapal, for your fantastic leadership for the people of washington in the city of washington and your zealous advocacy for the american people. let me try to recap some of the themes we have brought up this evening and talk about what's really at stake here. i want to start with some good news because there was some great news out of russia on sunday, where more than 75,000 people across the country braved the tyranny and despotism of
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their government to go out into the streets, express their commitment to democracy, human rights, and against corruption. and they were focused very specifically on some of the oligarches who surround vladimir putin, one of them, prime minister medvedev, it has just been learned, has amassed more than $1 billion as a public servant in mansions , in vineyards, in italy, in fancy cars, in jewelry. $1 billion. and the people of russia are up in arms. about the corruption, the clepping to becy, the stealing from the russian people which is increasingly impoverished by the imperial designs and the corrupt practices of putin and his team. so tebs of thousands of people went out in the streets to protest. these are brave people because
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you're talking about an authoritarian government there. a dictator. a despot. someone who orders out for the assassination of his political enemies. and many of them were arrested. hundreds of them were arrested. in moscow. and some of them are still in jail right now. madam speaker, we should be on the side of the protesters. in russia. that's who we are. as america. we are a nation conceived in revolutionary insurgency against corruption. against monarchy. against dictators and autocrats and theocrats and clep to contracts who steal from the people and clept contracts who steal from the people. we should be meeting with them, with the human rights activists, with the anti-truppings -- anti-corruption marchers who are putting themselves on -- themselveses on the front line of history. we should be meeting with the dissenters and critics of
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vladimir putin and oligarches and the big business kleptocrats that surround him. instead, our government has aligned with putin himself work the insiders in russia. that's totally antithetical to the design of america. when you think about it. madam speaker, we have the great good fortune to go to work every day surrounded by portraits of people who built this country, like george washington who is right over there. we've got portraits of thomas jefferson, we've got portrait os frederick douglass, we've got portraits of abraham lincoln who actually served in this body, and when he was here, spent a lot of time railing about a war hat was concocted with lies by president jaymes polk, the mexican war. but lincoln knew how delicate and precious an precarious and enterprise democracy is. in the gettysburg address he
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posed this equestion how long the government of the people, by the people and for the people can last? will it perish from the earth? he put the question to the people because he said it's up to us. democracy is a rarity in human history. democracy is not the norm. that's why america is amy rack louse experiment on earth. if you don't do anything, you're going to end up with dictators fing spots and kleptocrat kheptocrats rom -- who steal from their own people. the first three words of our constitution are we the people we flipped the whole design. before that, the whole theory was that the king had the power and the king got power directly in god. everybody was subject to the kipping. everybody served the king. and our founders had the vision in that outburst of enlightenment, enthusiasm, to say, no, we're going to try
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something different. we're going to start a government based on we the people and we're going to separate church and state, and we're not going to dictate to people their religious worship. we're not going to dictate to people their beliefs. there's going to be freedom of thought and free tom of speech we feel don't trust the collapse of powers into all one which madison said was the definition of tirthi. -- tyranny. we're going to separate the powers. the legislature, congress will come first, it will represent the people. then we'll have someone else execute the laws of the people that will be the president. and when there are disputes, they will be adjudicated in a third branch of government, by the supreme court, to figure it out. we're going to separate the powers because when one guy has all the power, it endangers the freedoms and liberties of everybody else. we even said, even though our president is limited by the separation of powers, we're going to make sure that the
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president and also the members of congress will have an undivided, zealous loyalty only to the american people. article 1, section 9, says we cannot accept presents, emoluments, which are any kind of payments, offices, or titles from foreign princes, foreign kings, or foreign states, period. we can't accept them without the approval of congress. doesn't go. there are all kinds of powers that were sending spies and saboteurs to washington when the country first began to try to pay off elected officials but our founders had the vision to say no, we're not going to accept that. we're not going to allow payments and bribes and fancy presents being given to our elected officials. so one government separated powers based on public integrity, honesty, and devotion to the people. that's the model here. now, we should be on the side of
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democratic movements all over the earth like the people who assembled in moscow. on sunday. who assembled in siberia on sunday. it was like our women's march, it took place all over the country. those are our people. we should be on the side of the people who are trying to overthrow the despotism. in russia. but look what's happening. tyranny and authoritarianism are on the march. all over the world. russia is the headquarters of it but you can find it everywhere you look. philippines. a madman dictator who think he is has the power to stand his -- to send his agents out to go and shoot people on the street because they look like they're a drug dealer. nd brags about it. duterte. hungary, another favorite of vladimir putin's. mr. orbahn, cracking down on press freedom, on human rights in his country.
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iran. authoritarian, theocratic state. people being thrown in jail for blasphemy, for heresy, for religious offenses. saudi arabia. fomenting racist, anti-semitic propaganda and sending it out. oppressing people based on religion, not even allowing women to drive in their society. everywhere you turn, tyranny, despotism, on the march. and mr. putin has a plan. how do we know it? do we know it from the democratic caucus or the republican caucus? no, we know it from our intelligence agencies. from the f.b.i. the c.i.a. the national security agency. the defense intelligence agency. 17 of america's intelligence agencies came back with a report and they said vladimir putin has a plan to continue to
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destabilize and undermine liberal democracy all over the world. brexit was part of it. the intervention in our election was part of it. they're going after france where they want the right wing ultra nationalist anti-immigrant to ign of marine le pen triumph in france. trying to do it in germany, now the strongest outpost of liberal democracy left on earth, as yet uncontaminated by the penetration of russian intelligence and putin's agents. but what did they do to us? what is this all about? we had an election in 2016. the sovereign people of america had an election. now unfortunately, we're still using the electoral college, which is antiquated and obsolescent, there's a movement to change it afood, but -- afoot, but be that as it may, that's our system. it's our system. it's our elections here in
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america. but the electoral college makes it more vulnerable because you just have to intervene in a handful of states in order to sway the vote. and what did putin do? again, we know this, i'm not making this up. we know this from our intelligence agencies. if you don't believe me, go to your computer and look at the -- look up the intelligence agency report on russia interference andest pee naubling and sabstadge in our 2016 election. what did they do? they spied on different democratic institutions like the democratic national committee. and they spied on particular people. they engaged in not just cyber espionage but cyber sabstadge. hey orchestrated a sere -- sabotage. they organized a -- orchestrated a series of leaks which dominated news coverage for weeks. they orchestrated a campaign of
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fake news and propaganda to undermine hillary clinton who was reviled and is reviled, presumably, by vladimir putin because she challenged him and challenged the human rights situation in russia and the involvement of russia with various dictators in other parts of the world. so they interfered in our election. when i first got to congress, that was still being disputed. when we tried to talk about this, it was being said, there's no evidence that russia did this. guess what, the evidence is he re-pleat. it's decisive. it's determined. now we're not hearing from our friends on the other side of the aisle, russia didn't do this. now they're saying, it may have been a massive, orchestrated campaign to subvert our election but there's no proof there was actual collusion by the trump campaign. about that i want to about that i want to say two thing. number one, it shouldn't make any difference. let's say nobody in the trump campaign knew anybody in
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russia. knew anybody -- never heard of vladimir putin. it would make no difference because we should still view this as a radical threat to the political sovereignty of the american people. but the second answer is even more important. as all of my colleagues were pointing out before. every day we get more evidence, not just of contacts and kecks, but actual -- connections, but actual collaboration and cooperation between people in the trump campaign and the trump family and the trump universe, with vladimir putin and its closest agents and assets throughout russia around and -- and around the world. let's just recap a few of those. former national security advisor michael flynn was forced to resign. or i guess he was fired by president trump. after he failed to disclose the scope of his contacts with russians, including ambassador. he was paid more than $33,000
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in 2015 by russian-funded propaganda media. and the full he can tent of his relationship to the russians is -- extent of his relationship to the russians is still being investigated. attorney general jeff sessions forced to recuse himself of this whole matter because he met several times with ambassador -- with the ambassador, who has been described as russia's top spy in america. during the 2016 election. and then i will speak charitabley here, misled his own colleagues in the senate about it at his senate confirmation hearing. denying, raising shoot and then denying that he'd had any contact with the russians at all. senior advisorer and son-in-law met with the russian ambassador at trump tower a few months ago, in december of 2016. we've got former trump campaign foreign policy advisor, carter page, who has admitted that he met with the russian ambassador and other russians in cleveland
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at the republican national convention. and met with managers from the russian-owned oil company. he himself owns shares of a russian energy company. roger stone, trusm's long-time buddy -- trump's long-time buddy and political advisor, was working with wikileaks, which published documents during the election, based on information divulged because of russian interference and espionage that tilt tilted the scales against -- that tilted the scales again in favor of trump. and he hosted a series on the russian propaganda network. paul manafort, he was trump's campaign manager for six months. he was an advisor to ukrainian oligarchs who got sweet business deals from putin's associates. he was also a business partner of russian oligarchs close to putin. he resigned in august of last year after reports surfaced that suggested that he had received $12.7 million from
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ukraine's pro-russia former president, victorian covish. he was on the payroll for $10 million, it has just come out, in order to promote the russian perspective and putin's propaganda in washington and throughout the united states. in order to change the course of u.s. politics. ok. now, i'm sorry to put these out there as a bunch of clues. i wish we had a coherent story to tell. we don't. because what we need is a comprehensive 9/11-style independent investigation to figure out what precisely happened. in america, you're presumed innocent until proven guilty. nobody's putting any of these people in jail. but it has come out, despite their best efforts in some cases, that they are up to their necks in the russian connection. what does that mean for american democracy? what we know is there was a massive independent expenditure in 2016. that's what we call it under our feck law, when you go --
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f.e.c. law, when you go out and try to spend money to destroy one candidate to help another. there was a massive foreign independent expenditure. the question is, was it a coordinated expenditure, that is, did the trump team actively work with them? as we're saying, there's lots of clues that suggest it's so. i'm not willing to say that they were definitely in can hoots with them. i'm -- cahoots with them. i'm not willing to say that they were necessarily collaborating. but the evidence accumulates every single day that points in that direction. and now every day in washington, what we're doing is running around because there's a cover-up that has been unfolding. and today of course we're dealing with a resolution in the house judiciary committee to try to get to the bottom of what chairman nunes of the house intelligence committee actually did when he ran over
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to the white house with some nformation that he had about trump apparently being picked up incidentally in conversations that were being tapped by the american intelligence community with foreign operatives. again, it's shadowy because we don't know the whole thing. what we do know is that chairman nunes went to the white house to tell president trump or his deputies before he told anybody here in congress. we've been saying from the beginning, we want an independent objective -- independent, objective, 9/11-style commission. no elected officials. let's agree on gifted statesmen and stateswomen who can really get to the bottom of this. if we care about the truth. and their answer has been, no, we've got the intelligence committee to do it instead. but now what we've got is the intelligence committee chair
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traveling back and forth to the white house, spilling the beans , which undermines everybody's integrity of he the investigation that's taking place. into the russian connection. and what actually happened in the 2016 election. ladies and gentlemen, in the american system of government, elected officials have to have undivided loyalty to the american people. that's why we've got the emoluments clause. no presents, no emoluments, no offices, no titles from foreign governments. that's why we swear an oath to the constitution of the united states of america. each one of us who has the great honor and privilege of coming to washington to represent the people, we swear an oath to our constitution. to our people.
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we're not a country like so many that are defined by one religion. we're not defined by one race. we're not defined by one ethnicity. we're not defined by one political party. we're not defined by one political ideology. we're defined by one constitution. that's what unifies us as americans. we must be constitutional patriots here. and insist upon our constitutional values and the rule of law, for democracy to be meaningful in the 21st century. there's a new model of tyrannical government traveling all over the world. and all the bullies and despots have found each other. they're in league together. they want government as a money making operation. they want government as a money making operation for private elites in their country. whether it's in russia or the philippines or saudi arabia or, sad to say, we're starting to
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see the development of that right here in the united states of america. so, we have the opportunity, we have the responsibility to exercise our rights as citizens under the first amendment, and to exercise our privileges as members of congress under the speech and debate clause to speak up against the march of tyranny all over the earth. we've got an obligation to resist the corruption, the same corruption that the people in russia were marching against on sunday. and we must demand real answers about what took place in our presidential election in 2016. the intelligence agencies warned us that what happened in 2016 was a dress rehearsal for what's going to happen next time and the time after that. and i want to say something about the geopolitics of this. think about it for a second. who has the strongest economy on earth? we do.
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the freest, the original democracy, we've www.the strongest economy -- we've got the strongest economy. who has the strongest military? we do. crush are a -- russia can't come close. the way i understand what happened in 2016 was that vladimir putin, who is not an honest man, but he's a clever man, decided that this was a moment of opportunity for russia. you know, he's the former chief of the k.g.b. let's not forget that. he's a guy who said that the greatest catastrophe of the 20th century was the collapse of the soviet union. ok. he's an imperialist who wants to go back and reconstruct the russian empire. but what he saw was an opportunity, which is that today the whole world is linked. and it's linked by the internet. and he created something that i think of as like a manhattan project for military conquest
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and defeat of the liberal democracies in the 21st century. he set about to figure out this question. how can we undermine and subvert the liberal democracies? these are open societies. america's an open society. we pride ourselves on the first amendment. on freedom of speech. on free dialogue and discussion. so he says to himself, how can i subvert and undermine them? and the answer became very clear. to create really on the cheap, because compared to military might, this is pennies on the dollar. he was going to create an internet army in effect, to try to undermine and subvert our democracy. with fake news, with propaganda, with paid trolls, to get information out, to try to destroy the reputations of opposition politicians, to try to promote the parties that he viewed as within his camp.
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and guess what, it's still going on today. it's still happening. we're not talking about ancient history. ing about an ongoing project -- talking about an ongoing project. that's why i'm proud to be a member of the minority caucus here. the democratic party caucus. which is insisting that we create and independent, objective-neutral, 9/11-style commission to investigate the russian connection and what happened with the attack on american democracy in 2016. we've got to get to the bottom of it. 2/3 of the american people in public opinion polls say they support such a commission. there's nobody who would oppose it except for somebody who's got something to hide. but for the rest of us, we have every reason to get to the bottom of this plot to destroy our election in 2016.
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and we have every reason to defend this great constitutional democracy with everything we've got. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and i thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the chair lays before the house the following message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states. section 202-d of the national emergencies act provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the president publishes in the federal register and transmits to the congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. in accordance with this provision, i have sent to the federal register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in executive order 13694 of april 1, 2015,
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is to continue in effect beyond april 1, 2017. sigma lishes cyber-enabled activities originating from or directed by persons located in whole or in substantial part outside the united states continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the united states. therefore, i have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in executive order 13694 with respect to sigma significant malicious cyber-related activities. signed, president trump. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on foreign affairs and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: i move to adjourn, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, he ayes have it. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. on the regulation is posted on the internet. tomorrow more debate on another measure dealing with the e.p.a. that requires people on the scientific advisory board to disclose conflicts of interest. more live house coverage tomorrow morning at 9:00 eastern here on c-span. republican members of the senate judiciary committee held a news conference on the steps of the u.s. supreme court to talk about the nomination of
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judge neil gorsuch to the high court. among them was judiciary committee chair chuck grassley who called the threat by some democrats to filibuster the nomination purely politics. joining him were senators lindsey graham, ted cruz, mike lee along with former law clerks of judge gorsuch. senator grassley: are they on their way? oh, they are. 12:30 is at different times around the country. senator grassley: we want to thank you all


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