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kiev. the member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking ambassador sondland about the investigations. ambassador sondland told president trump the ukrainians were ready to move forward. following the call with president trump the member of my staff asked ambassador sondland what president trump thought about ukraine. the ambassador responded that president trump cares more about the investigations of biden, which giuliani was pressing for. at the time i gave my deposition on october 22, i was not aware of this information. i am including it here for completeness. as the committee knows, i reported this information through counsel to the state department's legal advisor, as well as to counsel for both the majority and minority of this committee. it is my understanding the committee is following up on this matter. ms. pelosi: good morning, everyone. here we are with a week that
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started off with veterans day. a wonderful day. 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, armistice day, a day we now observe as veterans day. every day is veterans day for us on tuesday. we passed a packet of bills, nine bills, to improve the lives of our veterans, our heroes in uniform. among the bills we were very roud to pass the deborah act which reduces barriers for women veterans to access v.a., including anti-harassment initiatives. this has a broad base of support and we are very proud to be passing it. the day after veterans day. monday night when i came into town i went to the world war ii memorial to see who was there and just to visit it again. i love going there. it's so inspiring. and i saw two -- i was impressed particularly by two engrambings
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on the wall. one that re-- engravings on the wall. one that related to all veterans. president truman said our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. they have earned our undying gratitude. america will never forget their sacrifices. how beautiful. then particular to women, not necessarily in uniform, but women in the war effort by franklin delano roosevelt, he said women have given their sons to the military services, they have stoked the furnaces, and hurried the factory wheels. they made the planes and welded the tanks, riveted the ships, and rolled the shells. in addition to serving in the military. again we hopor the men and women in the war effort on monday with our nine bills. in terms of increasing paychecks, we are to get this week -- today and tomorrow,
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considering the export-import bank which creates nearly two million american jobs in all 50 states. the last decade it has created over two million jobs. it is very important legislation. . for over 30 years of righting on their human rights policy, policy.ation and we -- and there are legislation in the about government-owned that.ries and the rest of
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however, again, as critical as i china's policies, by some -- they advertise me as the most hated person in china. i take that with great pride because of fighting for human in china, whether it's beijing, the uyghurs in camps.on nonetheless, they should not use hat as an excuse to not pass the ex-im bank. and i will speak to that on the floor. of he same token globalization of the economy, we moving positively the united agreement.io-canada again, it all comes down to nhancement -- excuse me -- enforcement. enhancement, too, but enforcement. i do believe that if we can get to the place it needs to be, which is imminent, that this template for future
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trade agreements, a good template. and then, again, in terms of economic -- the financial america's working families, we are working on h.r. lower legislation to prescription drug costs, and hopefully we will be bringing to the floor soon. a t week, we will vote on continuing resolution to fund the government. e passed our appropriations bills, making smart investments in the health, education, security, and well-being of america's families. senate has notp. done its job yet. inn, again, now another area terms of legislation we'll be bringing the voting rights act, h.r. 4. h.r. 3 is health care. reducing the cost of drugs.ption h.r. 4 is the voting rights act. that.close to closure on
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certainly hope that will be inished in this session of congress. so as i say, we legislate. we investigate. in a moment.hat but we litigate. on the litigation front, yesterday, congress and the rule of law had an important victory s the courts once again resoundingly reaffirmed congress's authority to conduct oversight of the executive behalf of the american people. sadly, we have a president who oes not believe in the separation of powers. he can do ays whatever he wants and it does not. you can't without oversight from and with respect for legislation passed by the congress. nd so as the court stated, contrary to the plt's -- president's arguments, the possesses authority under both the house rules and the onstitution to issue subpoena and majors must comply. majors is the accounting firm has the president's
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records. goes.l see how that accommodations back and forth in the next few days. according to the decision, release the information in seven days. an ay be that we extend accommodation to them for longer, but that remains to be our by the committee and lawyers. on the investigation front, somber, was a very prayerful day. i thought it was a successful day for truth. truth coming from the men, people he appointed, a person that he recently, to the state department. come to ne of us has congress to impeach a president. we've come here to do the work make american people, to the future better, for them to try to do so in the most possible. way find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we cannot. but yesterday, you heard appointment of the president very unambiguous terms.
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a courageous public servant. devastating testimony briberyated evidence of uncovered in the inquiry and that the president abused power nd violated his oath by threatening to withhold military aid in a white house meeting in investigation into his political rival. clear attempt of the president himself the advantage in the 2020 election. to the , as i said, president, jeopardize our national security, undermine our security, jeopardizing integrity of our electoral oath of iolate your office. i salute chairman schiff for the dignity and the statesmanship he brought and the members of the ntelligence committee, the democrats, for showing great patriotism and professionalism conducting hey are the proceedings. i'm very proud of them. i said to the members at the of the day yesterday,
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when we take the oath to protect constitution, we agree and we become custodians constitution. the constitution, the brilliance of our founders to create a a system of checks and balances, three co-equal ranches of government, separation of powers, each a other.f balance on the as custodians of the constitution, we must be efenders of our democracy, because our democracy depends on hat republic and not a monarchy. article 2 says i can do whatever i want. to that , with respect responsibility, we go forward prayerfully, say with a heavy heart, because it's not what we came here to do. ut we must uphold our oath of office. questions? eporter: thank you, madam
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speaker. we hear it said routinely and of course it's true that political is a process, not a legal one. et, as we can all observe [inaudible] subpoenas, on, perjury, so forth. this was the clear yesterday by schiff it seemed to me when he reminded a minority that he would do everything necessary the legal rights of he whistleblower to preserve anonymity. in this political setting. so i wonder if you can explain people why the legal rights of the whistleblower should prevail in this political setting over of president trump who should ordinarily enjoy a right accuser?nt his speaker pelosi well, let me just mr.this, i will say to you, republican talking points, what i said to the president of the states. when you talk about the whistleblower, you're coming my wheelhouse. i have more experience in
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intelligence than anybody in the congress. ever served. 25 years on the committee as top as speaker officio and leader. was there when we wrote the whistleblower statute. the whistleblower is there to peak truth to power and have protection for doing that. bugs or harm -- coming to or harm the whistleblower undermining our ability to hear it. the rights of the whistleblower vehemently. vehemently. the president can come -- if he case to make, does he want to come speak, does he want to present in writing or speak to committee about his -- what be exculpatory for him, he has that right to do. nobody, president -- the president is not above the law. he president will be held
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accountable. nobody should have the right to whistleblowers. that is the system i will defend people -- the n american people understand that. talked about bribery a second ago. that's a very serious charge. the case of bribery? speaker pelosi: we talk latin here. quo.pro bribery. bribery. that is in the constitution ttached to the impeachment proceedings. reporter: what was the bribe here? speaker pelosi: the bribe is to or which have had hold military assistance in return a fakeublic statement of investigation into elections. that's bribery. yes. reporter: will you be looking at article of impeachment? speaker pelosi: we haven't made a decision to impeach. that's what the inquiry is about.
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and when the committees decide decide what y will the articles are, what i am aying, what the president has admitted to and said the perfect. i said it's perfectly wrong. it's bribery. about the alk importance of the public being along with impeachment and along, do e public you think yesterday the witnesses, your members' uestioning was effective in convincing the public this was a worthwhile thing to pursue? peaker pelosi: look, first and foremost, we have a responsibility to honor our oath defendce, to protect and he constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. and that is our responsibility. clarity for the public to understand what is there is view, as clear, if in my when you -- in my view, when you ay obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice 11 times report.ueller that's enough for inquiring into
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an impeachment. story, a narrative about the president threatening withhold certain privileges, certain military the tance, voted on by congress to ukraine, which is in ur national interest to do so because they were fighting the russians. hey've already lost over 11,000, 12,000, 13,000 people fighting the russians. say all roads lead putin. putin benefited from our not -- any holding up of that -- that military assistance. putin benefited by the action the president. vis-a-vis syria and turkey, they wanted a stronger stronghold in the middle east that.e president gave him putin benefited from the president's comments about uncertainty about our support nato. putin benefited -- the list goes
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on. won't even go into the elections. just those three because those are the three i mentioned to the said, mr. hen i had resident, all roads lead to putin. reporter: just saying you haven't decided to move -- haven't.elosi: we that will be up to the committees to decide. reporter: do you believe that taylor and y from kent it will be -- aboutr pelosi: this isn't for democrats. this is for the american people. this is about patriotism. politics.bout democrats, republicans. t's not about anything political. it's about patriotism. t's about honoring our oath of office. and to uphold the constitution constitution spells out what our responsibilities are what our penalties are. and yesterday, i think -- i do truth will set us
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free. and so the truth, coming from president's own appointee, the president's own appointee bribery and threatening in the course of it, threatening the identity of the histleblower was just shameful behavior. yes, ma'am. want to ask you if the usmca is imminent, how do afl-cio is poised to respond if the implementing bill going to be considered in the house? speaker pelosi: well, we have afl-cio lues with the and believe that the growth of economy is more participation from collective safety, ng, workplace all of that. have -- we'llwill is, what the implementation what that is and the enforcement
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is. i think it will be a value by our friend in labor as well as the democrats in the congress. so we're in a good place. we, as i say, i want this to be future trade agreements so the work put in will not only benefit the united states-mexcio-canada but for the globalization discussion in general. so what we'll have to do as soon come to conclusion, have the implementing language written. idea of what that would be. so i think we are -- i'd like to it done this year. that would be my goal. i don't imagine that it would much more in the senate to pass. i mean, some of our legislation we are going to pass this year. we don't know what will happen in the senate. i would hope they would move with this. chad. houseer: you say that the
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is not -- right. pelosi: that's reporter: you see the hearing yesterday. a lot of questions about impeachment. about bribery. [inaudible] things that could go for articles of impeachment. why do you think the house is dead set to impeach the president when all of this is going on? speaker pelosi: it's the seeking of the truth. it's called an inquiry. something ident has that is exculpatory, mr. president, that means if you anything that shows your innocence, then he should make that known. that's part of the inquiry. so far we haven't seen that. but we welcome it. is that's what an inquiry about. reporter: do you think there is a way, considering what they're doing, all the hearings, all the depositions, that there's any way that the house could not of this work, ll regardless? speaker pelosi: perhaps you have this ard me when i said,
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is something we do with a heavy heart. this is very prayerful. because impeaching is a divisive thing in our country. hard. and the place that our country is now, it's not a time where 70% when people -- walked out nt nixon of the white house. it wasn't there before he left. even two weeks before he left it wasn't there until the other shoe fell and he walked out the door. the way, what president trump the record in terms of acting to advantage his to help him in his the obstruction of information about that, the makes what nixon did almost small. small. but, again, an inquiry is an inquiry and people come in and say.ear what they have to next week some of the republican
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suggestions of witnesses will we'll hear what they -- what they have to say. something that you take lightly, and you make a go sion as you -- as you along. one last question. yes, sir. c.r., it's the going todom when you -- going to when hen you guys are -- hearings are going on. i'm curious, as you've been negotiating the continuing bills, on, the spending what's been the working relationship with the white house? i mean, have they been involved process? i guess the adage of walking and chewing gum at the same time comes to mind. not a gum osi: i am chewer but i do eat a lot of chocolate as i walk around here. president -- the four -- house, senate, democrats, republicans, and the are the -- we all have to come to agreement. devices, the n
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appropriato ppropriators -- i come from appropriations and intelligence, that's where i was forged in congress. by and large when i first started there were not partisan.ly ut the -- left to their own devices, the appropriators know how to get their job done. any thout going into detail, we're moving in a not want because we do a shutdown of government. we prefer to not have a continuing resolution. so we have to make some as we go forward. reporter: the white house is off?g to sign speaker pelosi: you mean the administration? reporter: the president has to -- speaker pelosi: let's just say administration. ok. [laughter] speaker pelosi: and whoever they table.ignate at the reporter: madam speaker, given the republicans have been arguing that yesterday's only hurt things second -- heard things if you nd, i wonder think it will be worth waiting those who heard things firsthand john bolton and mick
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mulvaney -- speaker pelosi: cheryl, don't secondhand stuff. really. that's such a fraudulent forth by the t republicans. hat is such a fraudulent proposition. and the -- and they know it. that's why they're talking about rather than the substance of what we have heard. even -- won't even -- ify what they are reporter: wait on the ruling of the courts -- speaker pelosi: we are doing the constitution charges the congress to do to make decisions. a ma -- tohere to be be manipulated by the justice by the administration. n the one hand, they say that it is secondhand. on the other hand, it struck all of the people who they would have firsthand knowledge from testifying. obstruction of congress. obstruction of justice.
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i'm going to come back to h.r. 6. something that i'm so proud of. to 160 days ago, we sent the senate h.r. 6, the american promise act. this is a bill that would rotect our dreamers in our country. these young people have come to our country. ade such a valuable contribution. we're proud of them and their them here. bringing the president says he supports dreamers on one hand. on the other hand he calls them thugs. e don't know who is showing up that day in the white house. the fact is that the american people support the dreamers. that they -- that the senate, again, will be cognizant of the fact that, like 80% of the american people want the dreamers protected in our country. so we started tuesday morning on supreme court e
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as the court was hearing the arguments -- beginning and then hearing the oral arguments n the legislation that relates -- on a policy that relates to the dreamers. at the same time, we're fighting in the courts, we're fighting the president in the court of that opinion and winning and now we're in the congress of the united states as well. to remind -- i didn't go to the oral hearings -- arguments this time people had an appetite for the ticket. that's usually the case. there, you have to be very constrained. you can't even adjust your glasses because they might think they're taking a picture or something. i don't know if you've ever been arguments. temptation to jump up and say something is great. of course, you can't. [laughter] if i had been there, i would is that president ronald reagan -- you heard me last speech and
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how supportive he was of newcombers to america as the force of america, as the preeminence in the world. efore his last speech as president of the united states, when the congress passed the 1986, a on bill of comprehensive bipartisan bill that passed the congress, signed reagan, he then said to congress, you did not do enough. instituted family fairness which protected -- gave a higher to percentage of people than resident obama did with the daca order. highest. president reagan. george herbert walker bush. and then the continuation of on with idency going president clinton, president bush, obama, all, all supportive of that point of view president. very sad. would -- the court president reagan's decisions
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court. upheld by the i would hope that this court would use that as precedence. see.ll we don't know. i heard different versions of one eople interpreted what judge said, another judge said, and the rest. but i do know one thing. that is if the court supports president trump on this, they harm to oing great hundreds of thousands of people country, andin our i hope that pain will be a part because consideration, they have to consider the impact. they will understand the blessing to america that our newcomers are, and i hope the senate will pass h.r. 6. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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>> we are expecting to hear from minority leader kevin mccarthy at 11:30 eastern. we will bring that to you live here on c-span when it starts. the u.s. house of representatives will be back in session at noon eastern today to start work on legislation expanding the export-import years.charter for 10 the bill also renames the bank agency. export finance the rules for debate on the bill include several unrelated measures. house of allow the representatives to hire private attorneys to work on the impeachment inquiry, and another allow congresswoman tulsi gabbard to offer a motion to discharge a resolution from the affairs committee. that resolution would withdraw u.s. troops from syria. the house returns to session, live coverage here starting at noon eastern on c-span. and coming up tomorrow, the house intelligence committee continues its public hearings as ongoing impeachment
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inquiry. former u.s. ambassador to yovanovitch, slated to testify at 9:00 c-span2, also n online at c-span.org. you can listen in with the free c-span radio app. the new york timesst: from yesterday, the envoys revealed the scope of the trump ukraine push. our calls,ack to from the independent line, tom in south carolina. good morning. caller: good morning. i did watch the latest version, or the latest episode of the scripted reality tv show known as congress yesterday, where both sides played their roles, read their parts, and it looks like congress now has shifted from looking out for the interests of the american people to looking out for their own interests. we go through this impeachment es

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