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washing machine parts, aerospace and other industries, that's potentially related to chinese overcapacity in steel even though they may not know that's one of the sources of the problem? >> absolutely. china is the largest exporter of manufactured products in the world and the source of half our trade deficit in manufactured goods and many of the parts they export go to other countries. they're coming to us in the form of imported cars from korea and japan. china has a very -- >> find all of this event at the u.s. house is gaveling in now, returning for votes on bills debated earlier this afternoon. eports from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the titles. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 830, resolution providing for consideration of the bill, h.r. 5192, to authorize the commissioner of social security to provide confirmation of fraud protection data, to certain permitted entities, and for other
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purposes. report to accompany house resolution 831. resolution providing for consideration of the bill, h.r. 5444, to amend the internal revenue code of 1986, to modernize and improve the internal revenue service, and for other purposes. and providing for consideration of the bill, h.r. 5445, to amebled the internal revenue code of -- amend the sberble revenue code of 1986, for taxpayer identity protection and modernize the technology of the internal revenue service and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. h.r. 146 by the yeas and nays. and s. 167 by the yeas and nays. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute
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vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 146 as amended on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 442, h.r. 146. a bill to take certain federal lands in tennessee into trust for the benefit of the eastern band of cherokee indians and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-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 383, the nays are 2. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, to suspend the rules and pass s. 167 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 167, an act to dez ignates a national memorial to fallen educateors at the national teachers hall of fame in emporia, kansas. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill? members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute,
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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 384rks the nays are one -- 38 4rks the nays are one -- 384, the nays are one. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will be in order. members will please remove their onversations from the floor. he house will be in order. the chair lays before the house the following communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, as you have requested, i hereby offer my resignation as the 60th chaplain of the united
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states house of representatives. it has been an honor to serve the people's house for these nearly seven years. after mutual consideration, it is determined my final day will be 24 may, 2018. the position is one which i did not seek for this strive to assume. but i have seen it as a blessing and i have considered it one of the great privileges of my life. i wish all the best for the house of representatives and for you -- your upcoming search for a worthy successor in the office of the chaplain. signed, sincerely, patrick j. conroy, chaplain. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resignation is accepted. the house will be in order. members will remove their conversations from the floor. he house will be in order.
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the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, april is mathematics and statistics awareness month. president ronald reagan designated this month in 1986 and he said in part, and i quote, despite the increasing importance of mathematics to the progress of our economy and society, enrollment in mathematics programs has been declining at all levels of the american educational system. yet the application of mathematics is indispensable in fields such as medicine, computer science, space exploration. the skills, trade, business, defense and government. it is appropriate that all americans be reminded of the importance of this basic branch of science in our daily lives, end quote. mr. speaker, these words still
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resonate today. math plays a significant role in addressing real-world problems. internet security, sustainability, disease and much more. research in these and other areas is ongoing, revealing new results in applications every day in fields such as medicine, manufacturing, energy, biotechnology and bills. and our growing technological world, the study of math and statistics is one that will continue to be critically important. happy mathematics and statistics awareness month. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. langevin: mr. speaker, today the national institute of standards and tech noling or nist published its first major update to its heralded cybersecurity framework. since its release four years ago, the organizations have used
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the framework to voluntarily assess cybersecurity risk posture. identify gaps and implement best practices. this update adds timely guidance about managing supply chain cybersecurity risks like those russia exploited to damaging effect with malwear. since president obama first directed its creation, nist has employed a collaborative approach to developing the framework with diverse stakeholders from government, private industry, academia and civil society. the revision process reflects this public-private partnership and i thank the nist team for their hard work drafting this update. i firmly believe cybersecurity is not just an i.t. problem, and the framework's approach reflects a broader risk-based decision making process. however, an understanding of the economics of controls is essential if we expect companies to adopt them voluntarily. and i look forward to continuing my work in this chamber to deepen that understanding. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? mr. paulsen: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. paulsen: mr. speaker, i want to draw attention to april as national sexual assault awareness month. we know this is a problem across the country. in minnesota alone, more than 60,000 minnesotans are victimized by sexual violence each year and of this number, 80% are women and nearly 1/3 were under the age of 18. it's a time toad kate the public about -- to educate the public about sexual violence and help communities more effectively prevent it. it's also important to recognize the victims' rights groups, social workers, health care providers and law enforcement personnel who are working one-on-one with the victims of sexual violence, helping them to seek justice and repair their lives. important organizations like breaking free are helping women escape trafficking and prostitution and sexual violence. cornerstone, which is running domestic violence crisis hotlines, is helping victims get back than their -- on their feet and the assistance that they
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need. so, mr. speaker, these are just some of the organizations we have in minnesota that are providing invaluable services to the victims at a time when thee need it most. and i yield back -- when they need it most. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. mr. payne: mr. speaker, i've never met a person who wakes up in the morning and says, i want to be poor today. that's just not the reality. yet my colleagues across the aisle and their friends in the white house keep pushing this false narrative that people who rely on government assistance to make ends meet are moochers who take government handouts and buy drugs. mr. speaker, in my district, 17.9% of households rely on snap to feed their families.
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they aren't lazy. they aren't addicts. they are hardworking people. some of them with two and three jobs. just trying to make ends meet. the united states government should be making it easier for americans to maintain a decent standard of living. let us end this administration's war on the working poor and help make better lives for all of our citizens. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i rise to ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 100th anverse are -- anniversary of the american association for oral and facial surgeons. founded in 1918 by 29 dentists, the organization has grown to include more than 9,000 members today. oral surgery is the surgical arm
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of dentistry. these doctors are a critical component of the medical profession. they practice in a variety of settings, including private clinical practice, ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. they also provide service in academia, the military and the research industry. many of these surgens reside and provide critical patient care in my home state of texas. mr. speaker, today i recognize the members of the american association for oral and facial surgeons, for their work. and i offer my support for their mission to assure excellence in patient care by advancing, promoting and preserving the specialty of oral and facial surgery. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, according to the aspen institute, from 1996 to
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2008, the percentages of american workers receiving employer-sponsored training on the, training, on the job training, as it were, has fallen by 40%. mr. krishnamoorthi: with the growing skills gap and american businesses unable to fill 6.3 million jobs due to a lack of qualified candidates, it is imperative that congress incentivize investments in worker training. that's why i introduced the investing in american workers act last friday. this forward-thinking legislation provides a 20% tax credit to small and midsized companies that increase their investments in working training on a given -- worker training on a given year. it includes apprenticeships, specialized community college courses and those offered by employers or industry associations. this is a win-win for american employers and employees, helping american companies compete globally and workers -- helping workers obtain higher wages and longer term job security.
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our work force is the foundation of our economy and we cannot ignore the consequences of failing as a country to invest in american workers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom utah seek recognition? the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. >> the eighth summit of the americans was held this past weekend and the government leaders is held once every three years but they discuss shared values and challenges facing the americas. mr. stewart: it was held in peru. caucus.nded the it strengthened the relationship but because utah has a special relationship with peru. they are the second largest immigrant group and 40,000 are
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living in our state. they are a major player in trade, technology and it is critical we maintain a strong connection. as co-share of the caucus, it was wonderful to see these wofrled leaders to strengthen democracy and fight against corruption. i look forward to continued cooperation. i was recently in the region. it's a beautiful place with beautiful people but they are facing unique challenges and we want to support them. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection. the gentlewoman from is recognized for one minute. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the hard work of the students and
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coaches from two schools in new jersey's 12th district, west windsor high school and princeton charter school as they advance to compete in the 2018 national science bowl. sponsored by the department of energy, the national science bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in science and math. since its inception in 1991, it hosted 275,000 competitors. the young minds from my district will join those ranks competing for a chance to get funding for their schools' department. i wish the coaches and the teams as they show off their knowledge, talent and preparation as this country's future science stars. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition?
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>> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. >> i rise today to honor russell jim an elder of the nation who was regarded as a champion for central washington's environment. russell had a deep understanding of the culture. the natural resources and he spent his life and career protecting our environment and advocating for responsible nuclear waste management. mr. newhouse: and he initiated programs for almost 40 years and served in tribal leadership. he was a key player in preventing hanford for preventing the repository and received a doctorate degree for his work. russell jim will be remembered for his knowledge and passion.
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my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. and i urge my colleagues to join me in honoring his memory. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognizeded for one minute. ms. jackson lee: as my colleague has mentioned, this is sexual assault awareness month. very important statement for preventing violence against women, men, boys and girls. and i rise today to say that it is still of great concern to all of us and particularly young women, one in five women have been raped and four out of five are under the age of 25. girls between 16-24 experience the highest rate of violence
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almost triple the national average. this is a time for us to join together. in a few weeks, i will be introducing the re-authorization of the violence against women act. this legislation has drawn bipartisan support. i look forward to the support of my colleagues, republicans and democrats because it will emphasize critical services such as transitional housing, legal assistance and supervised visitation services and working with the police and law enforcement community, preventative measures and working with outreach with boys and men. prevention is part of this legislation as well as protecting our survivors and educating people against this dastardly act. i look forward to the introduction of this legislation and those who will join me to support the re-authorization of the violence against women act of 2018, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection. mr. lamalfa: i rise in celebration the last year that americans will have to file an old outdated tax code. the tax cuts and jobs act will take effect. this will be done away with and file a form as simple as a post card. and they will find the tax code will be more beneficial to their families financially. the standard deduction will be doubled to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families. throughout this entire process, some of my colleagues have attempted to market this as armageddon or increases they will keep in their paycheck as crumbs. people are keeping more of what they have earned and will continue to do so as this bill takes full effect.
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new investments in employees is evidence to the he contrary of that armageddon or crumbs' talk. they will have a simpler more lucrative filing process to look forward to. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nevada seek recognition? >> permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise to rise the live of kelsey meadows. she attended the route 51 concert and known as a miracle child. she went into heart failure at six weeks old but survived. e was a tomboy who chose boots, jeans and hunting and gifted teacher.
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she had a sweet spirit and love for children. and loved country music and her friends will never forget the big smile she had on her face. i extend my condolences, the city of las vegas and the state of nevada grieve with you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. tax day is a frustrating day for most americans because filing taxes is hard. the tax code is hard and complex and filing taxes is complex. mr. gaetz: they spend a lot of money on tax preparation and that is enough to send every u.s. family to disney world and
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as a floridian that would be fantastic. it will be easier next year. this will allow americans to see more economic opportunity. and allow businesses to grow and expand and achieve greater economic potential. i'm proud that the tax cuts and jobs act has passed and i look forward to the continuing progress. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. today, marking the signing of lincoln's proclamation of freeing saves in the nation's capital is a local holiday in the district of
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columbia. many d.c. residents worked any way. d.c. vote brought residents here who got more members to sign on to our d.c. statehood bill to end taxation without representation for d.c. residents who are number one in capita in taxes paid to support the federal government but with no voting representatives on this house floor or voting senators. even more shameful, as this ster shows, d.c.'s war those. es outweighed of more than 10 states during the vietnam war, for example. d.c. residents are american citizens who have overpaid for their citizenship. it's time for congress to pay back. i yield the remainder of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the newest inductee to the texas high cool school hall of fame. he coached for 48 years and over 1,000 wins and 1994 texas basketball coach of the year. but it's not win-loss record that will be most remembered but ability to save the ability of those he coached. they teach us how to be successful and he did that for almost five decades and taught us that preparation and perspiration were 90% of winning and preached the importance of winning as a team and modeled grace and victory as well as
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defeat. i apply the principles that i learned under the leadership of coach earl. condepratlations on a much deserved honor and the texas high school hall of fame. god bless your family. go bulldogs and west texas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom text -- texas seek recognition? without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to recognize a pillar of our community which had a profound influence on the lives of so many students in our community in bucks county. he dedicated 44 years of service at a high school in my hometown. retired in 2013 as the long time theater director.
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lou was inducted into the hall of fame, an anti-i attended joining hammerstein. lou has left a mark on the thousands of students he taught. under his leadership, he participated in the student and theater festival at the bucks county play house. there was an invitation to the festival at the university of nebraska for his production "good boys and true." mp his legacy will leave on with the new nbc series of which his tenure at truman sembt as an inspiration. it is comforting to know that this brilliance will live on in our community and our nation for decades. and i ask my colleagues to honor
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lou for his incredible service to our community and our country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> skr unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. tenney: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor whitesborough police officer officer crossly. he logs his life in a car accident while in patrol. he was a seven-year member of the police department after being hired full-time while serving there as an intern. and worked part-time as an officer for the police department and previously served in the whitestown police department. he knew almost everyone in the village. the community loved and trusted him. his life's dream was to protect
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and serve the community. he arrived every day with a smile on his face and positive attitude. through numerous and local police salutes and testimonials from friends and family, it is clear how much the officer was beloved by his colleagues. officer crossly's service and dedication was unparalleled and we cannot thank him enough for his honorable service. law enforcement officers put their lives on the day every day to ensure the safety of our families and communities. we are grateful to their service to our nation. kevin crossly is a hero and all of us were blessed by his honorable service to us. we offer our deepest condolences on the loss of a dear friend and wonderful community servant. i yield back. . .
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the speaker pro tempore: are there any further requests for one-minute speeches? under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. zeldin: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the topic of this special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. zeldin: thank you, mr. speaker. we are here to speak out on the urgent need of the appointment of a special second counsel in light of evidence that raises serious concerns about decisions, activities and inherent bias displayed at the highest levels of the department of justice and federal bureau of investigation with regards to fisa abuse, how and why the hillary clinton email probe ended, and how and why the donald trump russia probe began. the concerns of the american public are serious. and the issues requiring an immediate, unbiased, independent
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and thorough investigation are broad. mr. speaker, the d.o.j. and f.b.i. cannot be expected to investigate themselves. i acknowledge with immense gratitude the nearly -- that nearly every single man and woman in the d.o.j. and f.b.i. conducts themselves daily with integrity, independence, patriotism, objecttivity and commitment to the rule of law. a special -- a special counsel is of the utmost importance to ensure that these historic, legendary and necessary agencies move forward more respected and effective than ever before. tonight i'm joined by my colleagues from across this country and will hear from each and every one of them. following these speakers i'll be going into greater detail on the many specifics on why the attorney general must immediately appoint a second special counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation of our significant concerns. without any further ado, i'd like to introduce congressman matt gaetz who has been a leader in this cause, to fight for
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justice and equality under the law. congressman gaetz. mr. gaetz: i thank the gentleman from new york for yielding and also for leading on the great question of whether or not we should have a second special counsel to evaluate the misconduct of the f.b.i. and the department of justice in pursuing unfounded and inappropriate warrants to spy on maybe of the trump transition team without due process and without proper protocol. one of the reasons i joined the gentleman from new york in this call is that currently the person making the critical decisions regarding hillary clinton and donald trump and this narrative regarding russia is rod rosenstein. and i believe mr. rosenstein has a series of conflicts of interest. each of which would independently disqualify him from overseeing this review and yet he continues. that's troubling to me. and it's one of the reasons why we need to have a second special counsel. in fact, it was mr. rosenstein who signed a fisa warrant
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renewal to spy on carter page. he did this even though the f.b.i. and department of justice knew that christopher sfeel, the author of the -- steele, the author that was the principle for the warrant, had said things that were not true to the f.b.i. mr. rosenstein also signed pleadings seeking to silence a witness who may have had information regarding the sale of uranium to russians. mr. rosenstein took no real action against bruce ohr, a senior official at the department of justice, even though mr. ohr failed to report the fact that his wife was moonlighting as a researcher to dig up dirt on donald trump and then co-mingle that dirt with lies told by russians and folks from hillary clinton's campaign and the d.n.c. mr. rosenstein allowed bob mueller to pick a biased team, people who had gone to hillary clinton's election night party, people who had represented the
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clinton foundation when they had been accused of not producing public documents. mr. rosenstein could have stepped in, he could have demanded a higher standard in the assembly of that team. but he didn't. mr. rosenstein wrote a secret memo to expand the scope of the russia investigation. he approved the raid on mr. trump's personal lawyerest. took no action on criminal -- lawyer. he took no action on criminal referrals laid out by senators grassley and graham, and others, indicating that crist officer steele and glen -- christopher steele and glen sitchson had lied to the f.b.i. and -- simpson had failed to -- had lied to the f.b.i. and failed to register with a foreign government. but when mr. rosenstein's own action was questioned, when his own propriety and integrity was called to bear, as a consequence of his participation in the illegal spying by our government on american citizens, well, he didn't go seek the same special counsel remedy that he sought to go after mr. trump.
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he went and picked his own employees to investigate himself. and i agree with mr. zeldin of new york. that that is a standard that erodes our trust in the rule of law. when he got one set of -- -- when you have one set of rules for the clintons and the f.b.i. and the deep state, and another set of rules for anyone that's had anything to do with mr. trump, we depriving ourselves of the ability to find -- deprive ourselves of the ability to find the facts and ensure that people who have truly broken the law are held accountable. i support mr. zeldin's call for a second special counsel. i would note that this is an organic call from the membership of this body. it began with several members of the judiciary committee in july, under mr. zeldin's leadership. we've had a number of republican colleagues sign on, including the majority leader of the house and the whip of the house. so we invite and encourage our leadership to continue to support these efforts, so that we can restore the rule of law in this country. i thank the gentleman from new york and yield him back his time. mr. zeldin: thank you to the gentleman from florida, and as e pointed out , and our next
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speaker signed as well, a letter signed by over a dozens of our colleagues to a.g. sessions calling for the appointment of a second special counsel. one of our signers from the great state of new york, claudia tenney. ms. tenney: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, congressman zeldin of new york, for hosting tonight's really important special order. i might just add as a side note that mr. zeldin and i are very aware of corruption firsthand. i as a former member of the assembly and him as a former member of the new york state senate. today is actually the day of former speaker sheldon silver's second trial. he's being tried for corruption in new york. so we know what it's like to fight the good fight on that. i want to just highlight why it's so important and why i agreed to sign on to mr. zeldin's letter, appointing a second special counsel. recent evidence has emerged raising serious concerns about decisions and activities at the
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department of justice, the d.o.j., and the f.b.i. regarding fisa abuse. and people keep saying fisa, but for everyone should know, it's the foreign intelligence surveillance act. it's why the clinton probe ended and why the trump-russia probe began. it appears that for political gain, key federal employees at the f.b.i. and the department of justice deliberately misled our fisa courts and pursued a partisan political agenda. the fisa memo detailed -- detailing these abuses of power stated, and i quote, top obama administration officials knowingly used unfair verified information paid for by the hillary clinton campaign, some of which came from russian intelligence in a secret court document to justify a counterintelligence investigation of the trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. the corrupt process was later the basis for a campaign to sabotage the incoming trump administration and to fuel a witchhunt against the president.
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the american people deserve to know if our government is misusing powerful surveillance methods to exact political revenge. especially if before a fisa court. this behavior by those entrusted to impartially serve the public threatens to the core the integrity and vibrancy of our constitutional republic. the american people are starting to get it. a recent harvard-caps-harris poll survey concluded that 67% of americans support a second special counsel. 75% of those are republicans. 60% are democrats. and 69% are independents. this is a sigma jort of americans ranging from -- significant majority of americans ranging from all sides of the political peck vum -- spectrum. i stand aside my colleagues to encourage attorney general jeff sessions to appoint a second special counsel. simply appointing attorney jon huber to lead an internal justice review of special counsel robert mueller is a step in the right direction. but i don't believe it's far enough. the american people deserve
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nothing less than full transparency, working alongside congressional leaders. i'll continue to fight to ensure these serious matters are investigated and encourage investigations where necessary to restore the public trust. we must demand accountability across the board. it is only -- it is the only way we're going to restore public interest you have the in our institutions of government and to restore the rule of law and order in our communities. i yield back and thank you very much to mr. zeldin for his leadership on this issue. as a member of the financial services committee, but also importantly as a member of the foreign affairs committee and also serving honorably as a distinguished member of our armed forces in the army. thanks so much, mr. zeldin. mr. zeldin: thank you to blue star mom claudia tenney. thank you for being here, for your leadership on this important cause as well. and thank you again, mr. speaker, and to all of my distinguished colleagues who we have heard from and additional colleagues who will be out here shortly. we are laying out the very
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important case here tonight of why second special counsel is needed with regard to misconduct at the highest levels of the d.o.j. and f.b.i. related to fisa abuse, how and why the hillary clinton email probe ended, how and why the trump-russia probe began. and we cannot expect the d.o.j. and f.b.i. to fully investigate themselves, mr. speaker. i have a great amount of respect for everyone at the justice department who has served and continues to serve for all of the right reasons. as i mentioned earlier, integrity, independence, patriotism, objecttivity and commitment to the rule of law -- object ivity and commitment to the rule of -- objectivity and commitment to the rule of law. these necessary agencies need to move forward with their important mission better than ever before. the list of concerns that warrant an immediate and independent investigation is long and growing by the day. first tonight i will discuss the misconduct with regards to how and why the hillary clinton email probe ended.
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next we will cover fisa abuse. and finally we will discuss the matter -- manner in which the trump-russia probe began, was extended, continued and became a special counsel probe. before discussing each of these topics individually, it's important to address the political bias that has existed among individuals at the highest levels of the d.o.j. and f.b.i. first there was f.b.i. agent peter struck, the chief of the f.b.i.'s counterespionage section. additionally, there was agent struck's mistress, f.b.i. counsel lisa paige, aside from the fact that they were in love, it is important to note that these two individuals exchanged many texts detailing their personal biases, overcoming their better judgment in performance of their duties. text messages exchanged between struck and paige during the period of august 16, 2015, to may 17, 2017, show substantial evidence of politicizing federal
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law enforcement and improperly handling investigations within the agency. the texts contain egregious evidence of bias against president trump before and after the november, 2016, election. paige would write, quote, trump should go f himself, end quote. struck would teth text, quote, f trump. that's barely even starting to scratch the surface with those two. it's also worth noting that their texts for some reason were not stored within the f.b.i. archive system. an agriegious oversight blamed on a technical glitch. even after these messages were partially recovered by the agency's inspector general in january, 2018, many unanswered questions remain regarding impropriety and bias. then there was d.o.j. senior official bruce ohr, fourth in command at the agency. while the d.o.j. and f.b.i. were improperly submitting fisa applications based on fusion g.p.s.'s work on a behalf of the d.n.c. and hillary clinton campaign t never disclosed that
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bruce ohr's wife worked at fusion g.p.s. and that he served as the middleman between christopher steele and the justice department. then there was f.b.i. deputy director andrew mccabe whose wife dr. jill mccabe, was running for virginia state senate and received $675,000 in donations from the virginia , a leadership pact controlled by a long-time clinton associate. there are just -- these are just a few of the many highlights of partisan bias at the highest levels of donk and f.b.i. the list and the evidence runs much, much deeper. the hillary clinton email probe. while these various rogue agents were busy trying to obstruct donald trump from day one, they were failing to properly complete their investigation into the hillary clinton email controversy. during her tenure as secretary of state, hillary clinton violated federal law and state
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department rules, regulations and protocol by using a private email server in her new york home. she would transmit emails that contained sensitive information or classified material on this unsecured server. this use of a private server was meant to blatantly get around foia and to avoid having to turn over incriminating emails in the case of a subpoena. her plan proved to be partially successful when various sensitive emails subject to grand jury and congressional subpoenas were destroyed through bleach pitting and the destruction of hardware before they could be obtained by investigators. . the f.b.i. began an incomplete investigation into this serious investigation and according to transcripts, comey was prepared to exonerate secretary clinton as early as april or may of 2016 when he announced the end of his
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investigation before up to 17 key witnesses and secretary clinton herself and several of her closest aide were even interviewed. general mills, who served as counselor and chief of staff during secretary of state was offered immunity of prosecution. during this prosecution during exchange for her laptop. why? and after watching president trump's personal attorney last week at a no-knock raid of his home and office, that is especially troubling how the scales of justice are not equal under the law. that's a big problem. back to comey. he contradicted those trans scripts i mentioned when he stated in sworn testimony on september 28 of 2016, that he made the decision not to
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recommend criminal charges for hillary clinton after she was interviewed by the f.b.i. on july 2, 2016. that was a flatout lie under oath. former director comey in the final draft of this statement allowed peter struck to replace grossly negligent with extremely careless, which is not punishable under federal law. gross negligencely against can be punished criminally with prison time and/or fines. and there was the infamous tarmac meeting. on june 27, 2017, just days before hillary clinton would be exonerated, attorney general lynch and former president clinton aboard the plane in phoenix, arizona. the likelihood of this conversation being just a small
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talk was zero. let's not forget it was a.g. lynch who insisted that the hillary clinton probe not be called an investigation, instead he insisted it be called a matter as if the clinton campaign was driving the bus and calling the shots. soon after comey violated d.o.j. rules and nearly exonerated hillary clinton in a public statement to the media. one day later on july 6, an announcement that the d.o.j. investigation into clinton would be formerly closed. the crimes and conduct did not end there. in september of 2016, the f.b.i. during an examination of the personal laptop of anty weiner as part of an unrelated
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investigation, discovered previously unexamined state department classified emails to his spouse. the man within the f.b.i. tasked with examining these emails was andrew mccabe, whose wife was in the midst of a senate campaign generally supported by clinton supporttives. it took until october 28 of 2016 for comey to announce a letter to the chairman of the relevant congressional committees that he was reopening the investigation. and after mccabe failed to example the illicit emails for three weeks. after the f.b.i. discovered them. the d.o.j.'s inspector general is conducting an investigation whether the f.b.i. director sought to delay the release of these emails.
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hillary clinton's privileged status her whole career is above the law. does it end with her misuse of classified emails. while she was serving as secretary of state and running as president, the department of justice failed to fully investigate serious concerns between the connections to russian controlled company uranium one to purchase uranium mines in 2010. also in 2010, while russian-state interests were trying to acquire a majority state and bill clinton was paid $500 for a speech in moscow by an investment bank that was underwriting uranium stocks. nothing to see here, right? they ignored a probe on the matter. a confidential informant who
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worked with the f.b.i. and other corruption to uncover the matter was threatened with reprisal when he tried to come forward in 2016. the senate judiciary committee launched a probe in october of 2017 to investigate the issue including whether federal agencies knew the f.b.i. was looking to possible corruption before the deal was approved. mr. speaker, this again brings home the urgent need for a fair and independent investigation. collusion is a very serious concern and threat to national security especially when critical resources impact national and global security such as uranium are up for gabs to questionable companies that were not recruit niesed due to their connections with an influential family. fisa abuse. there are very serious concerns
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that in october of 2016, the f.b.i. and d.o.j. used unverified sources to improperly a fisa warrant to spy on an american citizen. this granted them sweeping power to collect bulk information which resulted in surveillance of a broad array of the past, present and future including those not specifically targeted. to obtain these warrants, f.b.i. and d.o.j. officials submitted a dossier prepared by steele failure to disclose that he was hired by fusion g.p.s. and hired by the hillary clinton campaign. and the source was unreliable and was going to be terminated as an asset. the fisa court was not informed that steele was actively opposed
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to the election of donald trump and unnamed source in the media reports that the f.b.i. used to corroborate his dossier and fusion g.p.s. was hired to perform anti-trump. the f.b.i.'s vetting process required for all fisa warrant applications instituted to ensure that all information is accurate to support probable cause for the warrant and clearly not followed. former director comey admitted in sworn testimony to the senate judiciary committee that material contained in the steele dossier was known to be salacious and unverified. since files ave applications are rarely turned down. and no public record where the government is not challenged by any evidence. it is that the government take
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extra care being utilized to build their case before they take the step before waiving the rights of a u.s. citizen without his or her knowledge. these are secret documents submitted to a secret court to spy on an american citizen. the government has the responsibility not only to provide the best evidence they have in support of their case but to provide the best evidence that they have against their case. the deeply flawed and questionable fisa warrant applications utilizing sources and biased intelligence were approved at the highest levels before being submitted to the fisa court. it was further not disclosed that the wife of the fourth ranking d.o.j. official bruce ohr was an employee and transmitted the dossier and other information to bruce ohr.
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the submission to the fisa court. let's talk about how and why the trump probe began. make no mistake, the probe was launched because trump won the election. it is clear why they didn't want to turn over the memo opening the investigation. they didn't come up with a justification to start the probe. the trump russia probe was then continued because trump became close to being elected president of the united states. it's clear why d.o.j. didn't want the nunes memo released and misled the fisa court to get a warrant. e trump-russia probe, donald trump won the election. and the f.b.i. director illegally leaked information to the media to trigger a special
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counsel appointment. there were a series of seven member oose -- memos. he admitted in sworn testimony to the senate committee on intelligence in june, 2017, that he had leaked this classified information and encouraged that information to be shared. that is a blatant violation of federal law. investigation conducted by the senate judiciary committee revealed that the personal friend of comey was dr. richmond and he provided four of the seven memoranda. mr. speaker, in closing with all of this misconduct in the highest levels of the f.b.i. and d.o.j. and so many serious unanswered questions. this matter must be investigated
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by someone who can act independently from outside of the justice department. it has continued on with zero accountability still appears to be without any evidence that president trump col lewded with the evidence. this is the most tum you will tuous years. with transparency and accountability, these agencies can get everything back on track. in march of 2018, former director mccabe was fired by jeff sessions who noted that mccabe lacked candor ol multiple occasions and had par taken in unauthorized disclosures. this is among other violations. noted in a report by the office of inspector general after a wide-arranging investigation. a myriad of other d.o.j. personnel have been fired,
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demoted or resigned. comey, and f.b.i. general counsel director, pete you are struck, lisa page, josh mpbell, bruce ohr, michael cortan. office has pecks possessed bias but the mission is limited to only to deter and detect waste, fraud, abuse and misconduct in d.o.j. programs and personnel. a fully independent counsel has greater autonomy and nonbiased investigation and if necessary bring forth criminal charges. they are tasked with protecting our nation and upholding the
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rule of law, the need is more urgent than ever. this is not about politics but about the principles that bind together our nation and our constitutional government. impartiality of justice, it is what brings us all of us urging the attorney general of the united states to take immediate action to appoint a second special counsel. too many questions remain unanswered. mr. seeings, it is very important to take this action and appoint a second special counsel. i would like to yield to one of the signers of our late february letter to a.g. sessions, great eader, david brat. mr. brat: the american people are sick and tired of the double standard shown to the clintons and the issue does not just stop
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narrowly with all the issues which were just laid out so well. by my colleague. there's sufficient evidence that democratic opposition research was submitted as evidence to a fisa court so that our intelligence community could begin spying on the trump campaign and american citizens. justice has not been done here as elsewhere and americans know full well what is going on up here. mr. speaker, the script has flipped and it seems clear it was the democrats, not republicans, that have used their power to try to get clinton elected. unique in world history, america is the first nation that was founded on the premise and the promise, that all people are created equal under the law. that means no matter how well connected, no matter how wealthy you are, no matter how many foreign leaders you have under your thumb, no matter how popular, no matter how elite, no matter how educated, no matter how many lawyers you have, no
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one in this country stands above the law of the land and we have to ensure that that remains the case. the system is rigged. bernie sanders ran for the people without power. and the system and a party rigged his election. i ran to protect people from the corruption in d.c. and now what is going on in d.c. last week? we have monopolies run amok. facebook, google, 578son, big banks, big insurance, big everything. the exact on soist the logic of the founders. adam smith, the founder of free market economics, wanted a country where small businesses competed against each other. oligopolies., no james madison wanted a country with a large number of factions that duked it out among
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themselves no power centered especially in the federal government up in d.c. all power returned to the states and to the people. but now today that is all unfortunately upside down up in the swamp. i know it sounds like fiction that the f.b.i. used a piece of opposition research paid for by the clintons and democrats to file a warrant to spy on american citizens and the trump campaign. comey, mccabe, lisa paige, peter strzok, all these are top appointees in the f.b.i. that are wrapped up in this story. they are not going to investigate themselves. we need a fair and independent special counsel looking into this to see if there is anything wrong and any wrongdoing. mr. speaker, a second special counsel really is the only way to have the flexibility to fully investigate the matter of political bias in regards to ruling of the fisa court and see if anyone has broken the law of the land.
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only after we fully investigate this matter will we have the full confidence that no one has escaped justice. the american people want that closure and so do i. thank you. mr. zeldin: thank you to the gentleman from virginia, mr. brat, for being here, for all your efforts. at this time it's a great pleasure to be able to introduce congressman lieu bee gohmert of texas, often times for those of you who are at home maybe watching c-span late on a weeknight tonight, i will encourage you that all other nights when we're here there's a pretty good chance if you turn on c-span late at night you'll have louie gohmert standing where he's about to speak from, this wise man educating us on our country. mr. gohmert: coming from my friend a wise man from new york, i appreciate that very much. and i appreciate the effort in securing the whole hour for all
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f us to talk about this issue. it really is a matter of a wide-eyed justice, the blindfold was removed, and real justice in america is hanging in the balance. people in america have seen what happened and i think because they have seen the way justice has been abused for a number of years now, it's what helped get donald j. trump elected president. people were ready for significant changes so that we could get back to a country where the rule of law mattered the dless of who was president. when we look back at chuck
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colson , he did a year and a half in prison for having basically grabbing one f.b.i. file in the white house. the clintons had nearly a thousand in the white house, nobody did a day. we saw that kind of injustice come in and played out before us during the eight years of eric holder and loretta lynch in the ustice department. and now americans have seen, not all of them, some are still blinded by the very thick paint that's provided by the mainstream media, but when you break through that, you brush that off you get down to the bare facts, what you have now is
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the deputy attorney general the u.s. who was torney when russia's illegal effort to obtain u.s. uranium was going down. he and his dear friend robert mueller as head to have the f.b.i. were investigating what they knew they had the fact they had the evidence, they had the person working behind the scenes, providing information and they knew russia was illegally trying to corner the market on u.s. uranium. they knew that bribes were taking place. they knew there were all kinds of crimes taking place. and yet we don't know how it was with such a powerfully important
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investigation going on, and investigation that has led up to a time now where the head of russia, whether you want to call him czar, president, whatever you want to call him, he's the head guy, and he's made clear hat in russia, they have ckets now that can deliver atomic weapons, nuclear weapons, that the united states cannot stop. and we know that while rosenstein and mueller were nvolved in investigating the efforts of president's friend vladimir, for whom he had much more flexibility after the
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second election, we -- we know he is making noise, rattling his saber, as an exiss ten rble threat to the united states' very existence. so the evidence was there, what we can't find out because we can't get a proper investigation is who was it? what was it? at caused rob rosenstein and f.b.i. director muler to squelch the investigation into russia's ffort to get our uranium because if it was going full bore and if it had not been squelched by mr. rosenstein and mr. mueller, russia would never have ended up with 20% of u.s. uranium.
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and since we've seen when hillary clinton now, we know will not be president, now the clinton foundation has gone away. but when it looked like, everybody thought she was going to be the president the next president, and she had been secretary of state, she had all this putter, as secretary of state, she was one of the key critical people that had to approve this sale that would end up putting uranium from the united states in russia's possession. they squelched the investigation, the sale went through with hillary clinton and her friends' support. linton foundation ends up $145 million from those who it invested in an effort to get russia u.s. uranium. bill clinton gets $500,000 for
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20 minute speech. that from what we understand wasn't very good but it wasn't about a good speech, it was about rewarding the clintons for russia getting u.s. uranium. ere is no way this side of heaven that you could have a fair investigation of the former .b.i. director mueller and the former u.s. attorney and the role they played in helping russia along with hillary clinton, helping russia get u.s. uranium all to the detriment of the united states. soviet we had prior spies, communist spies, who were t to death for providing
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designs for advanced weaponry. ut in this case you have hillary clinton, bob rosen -- rob rosenstein, bob mueller, not just -- here's what you need to create atomic weapons to destroy the united states. they didn't care. we know on one hand money, a great deal of money, is involved and changed hands. but there is no way the f.b.i. nd the justice department that we have seen has so many close friends of mueller and rosenstein, there's no way they're going to be able to investigate that matter.
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since the day robert mueller was i ointed as special counsel, have been begging that we get a econd counsel to investigate mueller. he ought to be fired but that politically cannot happen without some of our weak-kneed republicans in the senate deciding they need to remove the president that should not happen for what the democrats did. so it is critical. we have a second council. and by the way, let me just say, great patriot, ethical, honest, upright man named jeff sessions, is seing to a number of critical things that we need investigated, seeing to them being investigated. and i applaud his efforts. he'll apply the rule of law across the board. but when it comes to
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investigating rosenstein, mueller and comey who has already admitted to leaking things that should be a crime, that's going to take a second could be sill. i appreciate my friend, congressman zeldin, aranging for this time to talk about it. i appreciate the effort my colleagues have put into researching this. we've got to have a second council or our justice department is done. i yield back. mr. zeldin: thank you to the gentleman from texas for his leadership and our next speaker is oftentimes at the very tip of the spear of the issues that matter most all throughout america. he certainly has been at the tip of the spear here on bringing accountability and transparency to the maximum degree he knows -- maximum degree he knows possible. i'd like to introduce congressman jim jordan. mr. jordan: i thank the gentleman. it's good to be with my good friend from new york and other
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members of the congress here tonight to talk about why we need a special counsel, second special counsel. nobody likes him, but i don't know of any other remedy. how else is -- is the f.b.i. really going to be able to investigate themselves, is the department of justice really going to be able to investigate themselvess? i understand inspector general horwiths will be able to do good work. but it is not the same. the only way to get to the truth, i think, is to have a second special counsel look at all of this. all the clinton investigation, all the russia investigation, look at it all. and understand a few things we have learned over the past few months and frankly the past few days with the very top people at the f.b.i. james comey. misled the american people on both investigates. think about this. mr. comey at the urging of then-attorney general loretta lynch calls the clinton investigation a matter, not an
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investigation. misleads the american people. we all know it was an investigation. some of my colleagues have said last time they checked he wasn't running the federal bureau of matters. it was the federal bureau of investigations. it was an investigation. in the attempt to play it down, he misleads the american people, calls it a matter, not an investigation. then when it came to our president , he allows the perception to exist with the american people that president trump is under investigation, when in fact he wasn't and had been told by james comey himself that he wasn't under investigation. drule mccabe who we have leshed in the last few days actually misled his boss and misled the inspector general on two different investigations, four times total, as they say didn't tell the truth. so we need a special counsel to
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look into all this. and it was those guys, mr. comey and mr. mccabe, who were involved at the f.b.i. when the whole dossier thing unfolded, where they took an opposition research document. made it look like it was legitimate and took it to the secret court and get a warrant associated with the trump campaign and didn't tell the court two important things, didn't tell the court who paid for the document, namely the clinton campaign and d.n.c. and dn't tell the court that the author kristoff irsteele had his terminated. he went and told the press he was working for the f.b.i. you and i go to a court, we have to tell the truth. we have to tell the whole truth, but they didn't. they didn't.
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now recently, there have been two appointments made at the department of justice by the current attorney general, mr. huber and mr. laus. he has been named to get the documents that we are entitle the to receive and mr. huber is overseeing this whole russia investigation and while these individuals appear to be fine individuals, again, it is not the same. who do they answer to? they answer to rod rosenstein, who is involved in all the clinton investigation and russia investigation. how do employees investigate their boss? tell me how that works? two final points before i yield back to the gentleman from new york. you think about probably the classic definition of the swamp, think about this, rod rosenstein
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writes the memo for firing james comey. james comey leaks a government document to the "new york times" to create momentum for a special counsel, bob mueller, who rod rosenstein appoints as a special counsel and one of the elements they are looking at is the obstruction of justice. you talk about the biggest round-about i have ever seen. we need a special counsel. the attorney general has said only -- think about this as well, only in extraordinary circumstances do you name a special counsel. it is pretty extraordinary when james comey has been fired, the director of the f.b.i. andrew mccabe has been fired, jim baker has been reassigned.
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has been demoted and re-assigned. if that is not extraordinary, i don't know what the heck is. if it is not a little unusual when the new deputy attorney eneral writes the memo to fire james comey and names bob mueller and one of the things they are looking is whether there is obstruction of justice. warranting a special counsel, again, i don't know what is. so let's just do the right thing, mr. sessions, mr. rosenstein. the american people want this. if we get a special second counsel and limit the amount of time they can look at this, and pick someone from the middle of the country and run this
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investigation, here's your time, i believe when they reach their conclusions there is a bretter chance that the american people accept their findings. but if this is the same old thing, i think that is much tougher. no one likes it. no one -- no one wants these things to happen but i see no other approach and hopefully provide the closure. i would say, mr. sessions and mr. rosenstein, do what everyone else in this country needs to happen. let's get the facts to the american people and let's get moving. mr. zeldin: thank you to you for your remarks and leadership on this issue and great pleasure to introduce general scott perry of pennsylvania known as
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congressman general scott perry of pennsylvania. thank you for being here tonight. mr. perry: thank you the gentleman from new york. mr. zeldin: i should say sir because i'm outranked by the general. mr. perry: no one outranks another. we all serve at the pleasure of our constituents and we ask to earn our votes. i join my colleagues to call for a second special counsel to investigate the abuses of the foreign intelligence surveillance act court. knowing what we know now, this warrant was based off of a bogus documentrt and a bogus ike someone admissions a painting. we are going to pay you and you put it together in a nice format
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and i say that, there doesn't seem to be any evidence that no evidence after a year of investigation. so they commissioned this dossier, which is a file, a fancy name for a file to get the other guy and use that to get a fisa warrant. using the highest power to investigate a private citizen. this begs the question, mr. speaker, did these partisans mislead the fisa court? that is the question. and the reason we are asking for a second special counsel acknowledging that these things can be problematic and we want them to be focused only on what they are focused on. but the reason there has to be a second special counselor, that
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is the only one who can answer this question. and we don't know who they are but they are a limited group of people, because i can't get a fisa court to investigate somebody. the american people can't get a fisa court to investigate where something wrong has happened. only the department of justice and f.b.i. can get this fisa warrant. if they are the only people that can get it, they captain be investigating themselves. no where else. only in this crazy world that we live in right here. that's why we must have the special counsel. the standard for accountability must be hired. if you don't understand when you go to the fisa court, not like any other court where you say here is the prosecution's case.
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it's secret, mr. speaker. the defense doesn't get to defend themselves until after the fact. that's why there has to be a higher standard, a higher level of accountability because it is only supposed to be in the rarest of circumstances that is used. do i live in a free america or do i live in a place like the k.g.b. where we investigate people and keep investigating and investigating until we find a crime. that is not what we planned for in america. nowhere is it said that people e able to weaponized the nstruments of power. american citizens deserve strict constitutional protections regardless of what court they are in and most especially in
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they are in the fisa court. the founding fathers wrote the 4th amendment for the people to be secure in their houses, papers and effects and shall not be violated. mr. speaker, they have been violated. and the founding fathers wrote that long before the internet was available, long before cameras and microphones. it is long overdue to reaffirm that right. i have opposed searches of american citizens because it violates the constitution, because they violate the con stewing. you say why should i care? i'm not being investigated by the fisa court. it's not happening to me. think about that. if it happen to the president of the united states, arguably, thinkpowerful person, you
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it cannot happen to you. do you think it's right to have one standard of justice or two. one for all of us people out here and then one for the politically connected. there is a true danger in the unchecked power and authority of a faceless government bureaucrat. the american people have a right to know who is watching the watchmen. and it is our job to do that. and we are calling for this second special counsel. it is long overdue. these abuses cannot continue. i thank the gentleman from new york for the time and bringing this issue to light and i thank you. and i yield back. mr. zeldin: thank you to congressman perry. everyone who has been part of this cause and just to recap
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over the course of this hour outlined the many reasons why it is imperative for attorney general sessions to look into fisa abuse and how and why the hillary clinton investigation ended. he was talking about the scales of justice. i remember when hillary clinton was being objectionon rated after a day after the tarmac meeting after her husband met arizona. in phoenix, and maybe they got caught making a right on red. the defendant going before a judge. they are pleading and being punished and you have all this evidence with the hoipt case and there would be zero accountability. that actually, the decision would be made to exonerate
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hillary clinton before even interviewing her and well over a dozen others. there should be equal treatment under the law. the scales of justice should not be tilted off of your last name. cheryl mills gets immunity. michael cow hence gets his offices and home raided. if there was equal justice under the law there might be more understanding and a greater mandate for actions being taken. for president trump is being investigated because he won the g.o.p. nomination. that is why the investigation got started. the reason why the d.o.j. didn't want to release the memo. they were reaching and didn't want to have to tell congress why they started because the real reason is because he won
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the republican nomination and wanted to continue the investigation because he had a shot at winning and go to a secret court to spy on a united states citizen desperate loaded with bias with anti-trump. whether their political bias is overcoming their objective and creating a special counsel. that is not how we do things in this country where you get investigated because you won an election and identify a person and empower someone and go out to find a crime anywhere. with regards to fisa abuse, the end of the hillary clinton probe and beginning of the trump-russian probe. i appreciate everybody fortuning in during this hour. we look forward to continuing this and over the top.
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and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair would remind members that remarks in debates including by repeating remarks made elsewhere that would be improper if spoken. under the speaker's announced licy of january 3, 2017, the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina for 30 minutes. mr. will sn: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on the topic of this special order which is remembrance of victims of the holocaust. i'm particularly grateful to be here tonight, congressman -- with congressman liezel din, for promoting integrity at the department of justice and f.b.i. with a second session of council. day i rise in remembrance of
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victims of the holocaust. president donald trump will be appreciated for establishing next month the american embassy to be relocated and established in jerusalem. a recent study found that knowledge of the atrocities of the holocaust is waning. the phrase "reweb -- we remember" is used to emphasize the importance of remembering exactly what happened, to ensure it never happens again. it is this context that i stand today not only in honor of those murdered at the hands of the nazis during the hlcaust as well as those who survived but to continue to speak the truth about what happened there and hope it never fades from our collective memories to be never repeated. all citizens should tour the holocaust museum in washington to learn the shocking truth of nazi inhumanity. in 1933, adolph hitler ascended to pow for the germany, not
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through force but through an appointment to chancellor by the sitting president, paul vonhindenberg he devised a fictional tale about the need for ethnic purity to be successful. the german people were desperate and susceptible to lies and deceptions and sadly many eventually followed hitler into the atrocities that folthrosmede level of deception hitler and the nazis were willing to go to to gain unilateral authority was apparent early on. in february of 1933, just a month after hitler was appointed chancellor, the german reich stag parliament was burned and they blamed it on their opponents this allowed hitler to take advantage of a situation and issue a decree that placed constraints on the press and banned political meetings. by june of the same year, the nazis declared themselves as the only legal party in germany and the nazis passed a law allowing for forced sterilization of
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those with a genetic defect. the first openly anti-semitic law was passed in september, 1933. prohibiting jews from holding land, six years before the start of world war ii. after german president paul vonhindenburg was appointing hitler as chancellor out of political expediency , he passed away. hitler namse himself fuhrer, gaining the power of both chancellor and president. one of the most shocking aspects of the assent is that hitler received 90% support from german voters who approved of his new powers. after hitler took complete control of germany, the laws persecuting jewish people escalated rapidly. one month after naming himself fuehrer, the nuremberg race laws were decree thsmed banned international marriages between jews and german and established
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only those who were german or had german ancestors were able to be citizens the rights of jews in germany dissipated much attention from the world, until the night of broken glass. ierman s.s. agents and citizens were encouraged to smash win dofse jewish-owned stores and synagogues. though many germans, especially those who saw the destruction, disapproved, hit ler was able to call concerns through his control of the media. this changed the nature of the german persecution of the german people from economic, political, and social to beatings, incourse ration and murder. by january, 1939, hitler issued the most public statement regarding his plans to the german parliament. hitler's goal in no uncertain
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terms was, quote, the anilings of the jewish race in europe, end of quote. in addition to hitler's domination over the jewish people in germ nee, he began to expand his empire to neighboring european nations. the hostile takeover began in austria through the union of the two countries that had been a popular concept for decades. therefore there was not much resistance originally from the international community. it took the german invasion of poland on september 2, 1939, for britain and france to finally declare war on nazi germany. the invasion occurred in collaboration with soviet dictator joseph stalin who had a joint nazi-soviet pact with a secret protocol to invade poland with nazi and soviet tanks providing for the partition of poland. it would take two years for the united states to follow suit and declare war against germany after -- germany after the surprise attack by the axis
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partner japan at pearl harbor. despite bray tain and france declaring war that did not slow the nazis advancing across europe. on april 9, 1940, they invaded denmark and norway and on may 10 they invaded france, belgium, holland and bucks embourg by june 14 they were occupying the french capital of paris. the start of world war ii also coincided with the nazis' increased brutality against the jewish peach. the same month that britain and france declared war, reinhart hinrich issued instructioners in s.s. to gather jews in ghettos. one month late, the nazis would seal the ghettos so no one, mean nothing jewish person, could escape. on march 22, 1941, the german army high command gave the reich main security office approval to initiate s.s. murder squads throughout the eastern front.
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these squads, known as the -- news were responsible for murdering the inteligentsia and cultural elite in poland. these mainly killed civilians. upon nnting the impact of the murder squads on s.s. agents decided the tactics were too costly, demoralizing and didn't kill victims quickly enough that led to the use of gas to murder innocent jewish people which caused the death toll to increase exponentially. by the end of 1941, america was drawn into the war by the surprise murderous attack on pearl harbor by the japanese who at this point were part of the axis powers which included germany and italy. on december 11, after germany declared war on the united states, president franklin roosevelt declared war against germany, declare, quote, never before has there been a greater challenge of life, liberty, and
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civilization, end of quote. america then concentrated 90% of its resources to defeating hitler. on january 20, 1942, the one-state conference was held outside of berlin where senior nazi officials an s.s. met to coordinate their final solution. the final solution of the jewish question. was the official code name for the murder of all jews within reach. which was not limited to the european continent. this resulted in the deliberate and systematic genocide of the jewish people. operation reinhard, the deadliest phase of the holocaust began the introduction of ex-termings camps this egoal was mass ex-termination. this horrific final solution was carried out at other execution and concentration camps across europe. sadly, the largest was at auschwitz. auschwitz one was the first constructed to hold polish political prisoners who began to
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arrive in may, 1940. the first ex-termination of prisoners took place in 1941. september. auschwitz 2 birkenau went on to become a major site of the nazi final solution. the condition of these concentration camps are too horrific to imagine. there was a barbaric selection process upon arrival where only those who were able bodied and strong would survive the night. the rest were sent to gas chamber this egas chambers were described clearly in the buchenwald report. an estimated 1.3 million people were sent to auschwitz, of which at least 1.1 million people were murdered. around 90% of those were jews. approximately one in six jewerish people killed in the holocaust died at that camp. i would now like to take a moment to recognize the distinguished congressman from texas, congressman louie gohmert who represents the first district of texas, to speak for five minutes.
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congressman gohmert. mr. gohmert: i appreciate my friend so much. bringing back the account of what happened. i can remember, i majored in 4istry -- history in college, and reading about general eisenhower ordering american troops, allied troops to go gather people from the german communities near the concentration camps where so many jews were being killed, ruthlessly killed, horrors to even contemplate what went on. and eisenhower ordered that pay they bring the community
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citizens and have them help clean up the concentration camps and the reason was given so that they could never say these things didn't happen. and i thought at the time, is really going perhaps too far. because these people turned a blind eye to what was going on. surely they suspected. they knew there was ash going over their communities. surely they suspected. t i never dreamed we would reach a day when what eisenhower feared would occur actually came about and that is a time when people are finding it popular to deny that the holocaust ever happened.
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so i'm grateful that israel has -- the israel holocaust remembrance day but it should not just be for israel. america needs to stand with israel. there are those who are calling for ex-termination of israel, of jews around the earth again. unbelievable. nbelievable. it has been shocking to see anti-semitism growing again around europe. to me, it's an -- as an american, it's been even more shocking to see growing sentiment on u.s. college
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campuses denying that the holocaust ever happened. that is the ultimate irony. having institutions of what are supposed to be higher learning in the united states of america where at one time we had the best universities, everyone wanted to come to the u.s. for universities, but now we have institutions of higher learning that are actually the epitome of dumbing down and destroying history, rewriting history, which would make them institutions of the least learning. certainly not higher education. so it is important that we take time, we remember the horrors. i was just talking to my friend,
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claudia, from new york, about the jewish woman who came and spoke to her seventh grade class and then as i understood spoke to her child's seventh grade class. and that's so important but the holocaust survivors, we're losing them, day after day. it's up to us. so grateful to my friend, the good joe wilson, for securing this time so we could talk about the holocaust. you ble makes clear that must teach about what god has one. thought we -- though we would never, ever want to see another holocaust after the horrors of the holocaust, that what was
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prophesied for thousands of years has now happened. there is an israel. it is making -- has made the desert bloom. but we should never forget as long as this earth is populated by human beings and other holocaust -- another holocaust is possible and the blood would be on the hands and head of everyone who has denied that it was even possible. i thank my friend. mr. wilson: thank you for your leadership. and we have been joined by congresswoman tenney of new york, who has served our country so well in the general assembly of new york and now here. ms. tenney: thank you, joe wilson, you have been a terrific
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mentor and i'm grateful for you to recognize in important experience. and there is an important person in my life who has inspired me and her name is helen speakerling. e survived a nazi death camp and was liberated on april 18, 1945, a couple of days away from that anniversary date and had to be hospitalized for three years before she was able to come to the united states with eventually her husband. helen was a special person. and she was someone who i got to know and as congresswoman gohmert just mentioned, as a student in new hartford, new york, she was a resident of our town. very tiny woman. wonderfully positive and very
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exciteable and really just a warm person. i was a seventh grade student and she came and spoke to our class and explained to us the horrors of what happened to her and her family in nazi germany. and it was just so impactful and helen spent her life telling the story and as congressman gohmert said a moment ago. this wonderful person, and my son came back from seventh grade and said, mom, i met this incredible woman, she spoke in my class and told us about the holocaust and the horseors where the jewish people were killed and murdered and millions and she told us her story and at the end of the story, i asked her if i could hug her and she said, of course. he was so moved by her as well.
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and helen speakerling, and helen sadly died a couple of years ago. and when i was a member of the new york state assembly. and i got to meet helen on a number of occasions and she spoke to the american liegeses. and i want to read a little bit from helen's death notice because it is important to understand this woman who survived this and devoted her life to educating children and people. i want to read a little bit from this and started from two years ago. the anguish of the holocaust scarred her and tried to turn her pain into a positive element. the annual holocaust lecture series was begun and it was named after her.
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this annual program will continue holocaust survivors. from 1968 until her death, helen shared her life and her holocaust experiences with tens of thousands of people lecturing at schools, colleges, prisons and clubs in the hope that young people and adults remember, learn and build armor peaceful world. never be a buystander. the worst part of being in a concentration camp. she tried to teach people not to abuse people. as a result of the mutual love and respect between helen and the generations of audiences that heard you are, the high schools in my district have each developed scholarship rewards to honor seniors that exhibit the
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character that helen believed would make a more peaceful world. and in her honor. she was moved and grateful for the hundreds of lilacs planted by her friends and students in memory of her father. the flowers were her symbol. i want to mention something important that helen. i got to meet her and one of the last times i got to speak with her, we were speaking together in my district in 2012 and she got a little modern and one of the things she was handing out to the young men learning how to be serving our nation as members of our nation or government, she handed out these lovely little, as you can see these wrist bands that are so common today. and this is the very wristband that was handed to me by helen
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on 2012. thou shall not be a bystander and remember to stand up and not let these horrors of events like the holocaust. and i wanted to pay tribute to her tonight and thank you, congressman wilson, to speak and mention an outstanding member of my district and what she stood for and i will not be a buystander and always remember and not let this very horrific part of history be forgotten and i want to say thank you and my god rest her soul. ling and thank you for recognizing helen from great hartford, new york. i yield back. mr. wilson: thank you very much for your heartfelt presentation
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and we appreciate your military family. in conclusion, i would like to recognize a few holocaust. may we never forget their pain .nd suffering who have become en stern born in 1924. and he was beaten and threatened to hung. then he was taken to a forced abor camp which he never saw his family again. he was transferred tore auschwitz. after being transferred again to the russians closing in and forced to participate in the death march. he had fallen over just before the executions because he could no longer walk and later found by the american army and rescued
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weighing 89 pounds. another born in 1920e. a member of the resistance. a after a failed resistance to take away nazi access. burt was taken to the s.s. headquarters for questioning. he was being questioned, a german resistance group. to retaliate, they brought them to where the germans murdered all of them. there were only eight men that joined and gold berg her sister where they made bullets where they worked as the disease ran nd
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rampant and everyone was covered in lies. she were able to paint numbers on airplanes. renee in 1926. n 1941, renee was taken to a ghetto and labor camp. there, renee stayed for three years making ammunition as the russians moved closer. they made parts for machines that made bullets. eventually, she was rescued by a jewish policeman. another was born in poland in 1926. pinger son and his brother were taken from the ghetto and moved to auschwitz. he was lined up before the gate to be sorted. instead of the camp, his head was shaved and tattooed with the
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number 16125 . he said the hunger was terrible. we used to search for potato peels. we were always hungry. a selection occurred where those who looked feeble were sent to the korea ma torium. he was saved by general patton's fifth army. other survivors, woody hurst on the outskirts of coal own, germany. trudy born in vienna, 15 years old when hitler took over austria and upon coming to america, she served as the first heller. the mayor max fran scenes taylor was born in poland in 1928. her family moved to paris.
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the french capital fell. leo hide ellsteen. i'm grateful to highlight these people and this important issue during these days of remembrance and present serving these histories. we will northwesterly forget the he lessons we learned. we must protect natural god-given rights and do in our power to prevent these crimes. helping the world do not forget us. marry burke et who has produced drawings. these portraits replaced last week at the embassy of israel by the ambassador. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman have a motion. mr. wilson: i move that we adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. that legislation bills, one that provides a single point of taxact for the virus, preparers -- taxpayers who are victims of identity theft. the house continues to martin :00 a.m.. ohionight, brandenburg v.
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