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Nancy Pelosi
  House Speaker Pelosi News Conference  CSPAN  November 14, 2019 5:59pm-6:25pm EST

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ms. pelosi, the 11th day of the -- the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, ar misties day. veterans day. we passed a pact of bills, nine bills, to improve the lives of our veteran, our heros in uniform. among the bills we were proud to pass the deborah sampson sacramento which reduces barriers for women veterans to access v.a., including anti-harassment initiatives. this is -- this has a broad base of support and weyer very proud to be passing it. the day after veterans day. monday night, when i came into a world war -- to visit the world war ii memorial, i love going there, i was impressed particularly by two engravings on the wall, one that related directly to all
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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. president roosevelt, he says, women have given their sons to the military service, they have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels, made the planes, welded the tank, riveted the ships and rolled the shell, in addition to serving in the military. so again, we honor the when and -- the men and women in the war effort on monday. with our nine bills. in terms of increasing paychecks, we are this week, today and tomorrow, considering the export-import bank which
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creates nearly two million american jobs in all 50 states over the last decade. it has created over two million obs. it is very important legislation. it shouldn't even be a partisan issue. sometimes in the past it has not been. there will be an attempt by some to say we shouldn't -- ex-im should not be doing any business with china. and i modestly say i take second place to no one in the congress for over 30 years fighting china on their trade policy, their human rights policy, their proliferation policy. but -- and there are restrictions in the legislation about government-owned industries and the rest of that. however, again, as critical as i m of china's policies, by some
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accord, i am -- they advertise me as the most hated person in china, something i take with great pride because of my fight for human rights in china. whether it's hong kong, tibbett, the uighurs, the muslims in education camps, nonetheless, they should not use that as an excuse to not pass the ex-im bank. i will speak to that on the floor. in the same token of globalization of the economy, we are moving positively in terms of the u.s.-mexico-canada agreement. again, it all comes dun to enhancement. excuse me, of enforcement. enhonsment too but enforcement. i do believe if we can get this to the place it needs to be, which is imminent that this can be a template for future trade agreements. a good template. and then again in terms of the
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financial well being of america's working families, we are working with h.r. 3, our legislation to lower prescription drug costs and hopefully we'll be bringing that to the floor soon. next week, we will vote on the continuing resolution to fund the government. we passed our appropriations lls making smart, strong investments in the health and well being of america's families. sadly, the g.o.p. senate has not done its job yet. soon again another legislation will be bringing the voting rights act, h.r. 4. h.r. 3 is health care. reducing the cost of prescription drugs. h.r. 4 is the voting rights act. we are close to closure on that
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and hope it will be finished in this sofingse congress. we legislate, we investigate, i'll get to that in a moment, but we litigate. on the litigation front, congress and the rule of law had an important victory as the courts reaffirmed congress' authority to conduct oversight of the executive branch on behalf of american people. we have a president who says article 2 says he can do whatever he wants, it does not. contrary to the president's arguments the committee committee uthority possesses authority under both the house rules and the constitution to issue the subpoena and maysers must comply, that's the accounting firm that has the president's records.
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according to the decision they're supposed to release the information in seven day we may extend an accommodation to them for longer but that remains to be seen. on the investigation front, yesterday was a somber, prayerful day. i thought it was a successful day for truth. truth coming from the president's men, people with he appointed, a person he appointed most recently to the state epartment. again, none of us has come to congress to impeach a president. we've come here to do the work of the american people, to make the future better, for them to try to do so in the most bipartisan way possible. find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we cannot. but yesterday, you heard appointment of the president speak in very unambiguous
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terms. a courageous public servant. the devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in the inquiry and that the president abused power and violated his oath by threatening to withhold military aid in a white house meeting in exchange for an investigation into his political rival. clear attempt of the president to give himself the advantage in the 2020 election. doing so, as i said, to the president, jeopardize our national security, undermine our national security, jeopardizing integrity of our electoral system, violate your oath of office. i salute chairman schiff for the dignity and the statesmanship he brought and the members of the intelligence committee, the democrats, for showing great patriotism and professionalism with which they are conducting the proceedings. i'm very proud of them. i said to the members at the eginning of the day yesterday,
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when we take the oath to protect and defend the constitution, we agree and we become custodians of the constitution. the constitution, the brilliance of our founders to create a republic, a system of checks and balances, three co-equal branches of government, separation of powers, each a check of balance on the other. as custodians of the constitution, we must be defenders of our democracy, because our democracy depends on that republic and not a onarchy. so, again, with respect to that responsibility, we go forward sadly, prayerfully, say with a heavy heart, because it's not what we came here to do. but we must uphold our oath of office. questions? reporter: thank you, madam speaker. we hear it said routinely and of
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course it's true that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. yet, as we can all observe [inaudible] the deposition, subpoenas, perjury, so forth. this was the clear yesterday by hairman schiff it seemed to me when he reminded a minority that he would do everything necessary to ensure the legal rights of the whistleblower to preserve anonymity. in this political setting. so i wonder if you can explain to the american people why the legal rights of the whistleblower should prevail in this political setting over those of president trump who should ordinarily enjoy a right to confront his accuser? speaker pelosi well, let me just say this, i will say to you, mr. republican talking points, what i said to the president of the united states. when you talk about the whistleblower, you're coming into my wheelhouse. i have more experience in intelligence than anybody in the
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congress. anybody that ever served. 25 years on the committee as top democrat, ex officio as speaker and leader. i was there when we wrote the whistleblower statute. the whistleblower is there to speak truth to power and have protection for doing that. any retribution or harm coming to the whistleblower undermining ur ability to hear it. i will defend the rights of the whistleblower vehemently. ehemently. the president can come-- if he has a case to make, does he want to come speak, does he want to present in writing or speak to the committee about his-- what might be exculpatory for him, he as that right to do. but nobody, nobody, president-- the president is not above the law. the president will be held accountable. nobody should have the right to endanger whistleblowers. that is the system i will defend
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and the american people-- the american people understand hat. reporter: you talked about bribery a second ago. that's a very serious charge. what's the case of bribery? speaker pelosi: we talk latin around here. uid pro quo. bribery. bribery. that is in the constitution attached to the impeachment proceedings. reporter: what was the bribe here? speaker pelosi: the bribe is to grant or which have had hold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into elections. hat'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. and when the committees decide that, and they will decide what the articles are, what i am saying, what the president has
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admitted to and said the perfect. i said it's perfectly wrong. it's bribery. reporter: talk about the importance of the public being along with impeachment and bringing the public along, do you think yesterday the witnesses, your members' questioning was effective in convincing the public this was a worthwhile thing to pursue? speaker pelosi: look, first and foremost, we have a responsibility to honor our oath of office, to protect and defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. and that is our responsibility. the clarity for the public to understand what is there is wasn't as clear, if in my view, when you-- in my view, when you say obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice 11 times in the mueller report. that's enough for inquiring into n impeachment.
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this had a story, a narrative bout the president threatening to grant or withhold certain privileges, certain military assistance, voted on by the congress to ukraine, which is in our national interest to do so because they were fighting the ussians. they've already lost over 11,000, 12,000, 13,000 people fighting the russians. that's why i say all roads lead to putin. putin benefited from our not-- any holding up of that foreign-- that military ssistance. utin benefited by the action taken by the president. vis-a-vis syria and turkey, because they wanted a stronger stronghold in the middle east and the president gave him hat. putin benefited from the president's comments about uncertainty about our support for nato. putin benefited-- the list goes on. i won't even go into the elections. just those three because those are the three i mentioned to the president when i had said, mr.
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president, all roads lead to putin. reporter: just saying you haven't decided to move-- speaker pelosi: we haven't. that will be up to the committees to decide. reporter: do you believe that the testimony from taylor and kent it will be-- speaker -- that it moved the needle for support for democrats? speaker pelosi: this isn't about for democrats. this is for the american people. this is about patriotism. it's not about politics. democrats, republicans. it's not about anything political. it's about patriotism. it's about honoring our oath of office. and to uphold the constitution and the constitution spells out what our responsibilities are nd what our penalties are. and yesterday, i think-- i do believe the truth will set us free. and so the truth, coming from the president's own appointee, the president's own appointee describing bribery and
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threatening in the course of it, threatening the identity of the whistleblower was just shameful behavior. yes, ma'am. reporter: i want to ask you if the usmca is imminent, how do you think afl-cio is poised to respond if the implementing bill is going to be considered in the house? speaker pelosi: well, we have shared values with the afl-cio and believe that the growth of our economy is more participation from collective bargaining, workplace safety, all of that. so i think we will have-- we'll see what the implementation is, what that is and the enforcement is. i think it will be a value that's shared by our friend in
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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 a template for future trade agreements so the work put in here will not only benefit the united states-mexcio-canada but for the globalization discussion n general. so what we'll have to do as soon as we come to conclusion, have the implementing language written. we have an idea of what that would be. so i think we are-- i'd like to see us get it done this year. that would be my goal. i don't imagine that it would take 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 quickly with this. had. reporter: you say that the house pursuing ded on
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impeachment. speaker pelosi: that's right. reporter: you see the hearing yesterday. a lot of questions about impeachment. we talked about bribery. [inaudible] those things that could go for articles of impeachment. why do you think the house is not 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. if the president has something that is exculpatory, mr. president, that means if you have anything that shows your innocence, then he should make that known. that's part of the inquiry. and so far we haven't seen that. but we welcome it. and that's what an inquiry is 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 impeach, with all of this work, regardless? speaker pelosi: perhaps you have not heard me when i said, this is something we do with a heavy heart. this is very prayerful. because impeaching is a divisive
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thing in our country. it's hard. and the place that our country is now, it's not a time where you go to 70% when people-- when president nixon walked out 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. by the way, what president trump has done on the record in terms of acting to advantage his foreign power to help him in his own election and the obstruction of information about that, the cover-up, makes what nixon did almost small. almost small. but, again, an inquiry is an inquiry and people come in and you hear what they have to say. next week some of the republican suggestions of witnesses will come in and we'll hear what they-- what they have to say.
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but this is not something that you take lightly, and you make a decision as you-- as you go along. one last question. yes, sir. reporter: on the c.r., it's going todom when you-- going to come when you guys are-- when hearings are going on. i'm curious, as you've been negotiating the continuing resolution, the spending bills, what's been the working relationship with the white house? i mean, have they been involved in this process? i guess the adage of walking and trueing gum-- chewing gum at the same time comes to mind. speaker pelosi: i am not a gum chewer but i do eat a lot of chocolate as i walk around here. obviously the president-- the four-- house, senate, democrats, republicans, and the white house are the-- we all have to come to agreement. left to our own devices, the appropriators-- i come from appropriations and intelligence, that's where i was forged in congress. by and large when i first
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started there were not particularly partisan. but the-- left to their own devices, the appropriators know how to get their job done. so without going into any detail, we're moving in a direction because we do not want a shutdown of government. we prefer to not have a continuing resolution. so we have to make some decisions as we go forward. reporter: the white house is going to sign off? speaker pelosi: you mean the administration? reporter: the president has to-- speaker pelosi: let's just say the administration. ok. [laughter] speaker pelosi: and whoever they may designate at the table. reporter: madam speaker, given the republicans have been arguing that yesterday's witnesses only hurt things second-- heard things secondhand, i wonder if you think it will be worth waiting those who heard things firsthand ike john bolton and mick mulvaney to testify. speaker pelosi: cheryl, don't
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fall into the secondhand stuff. really. that's such a fraudulent pop sigs put forth by the republicans. that is such a fraudulent proposition. and the-- and they know it. that's why they're talking about process rather than the substance of what we have heard. i just won't even-- won't even dignify what they are-- what they're saying in that regard. reporter: wait on the ruling of the courts? speaker pelosi: we are already doing what the constitution charges the congress to do to make decisions. we are not here to be a ma-- to be manipulated by the obstruction of justice by the administration. on the one hand, they say that it is secondhand. on the other hand, it struck all of the people who they would consider have firsthand knowledge from testifying. obstruction of congress. obstruction of justice. i'm going to come back to h.r. 6. this is something that i'm so roud of.
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over 160 days ago, we sent to the senate h.r. 6, the american dream and promise act. this is a bill that would protect our dreamers in our country. these young people have come to our country. made such a valuable contribution. we're proud of them and their parents for bringing them here. the president says he supports the dreamers on one hand. on the other hand he calls them thugs. you never know who is showing up that day in the white house. the fact is that the american people support the dreamers. and i hope 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 the steps of the supreme court as the court was hearing the ral arguments-- beginning and then hearing the oral arguments on the legislation that relates-- on a policy that relates to the dreamers.
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at the same time, we're fighting in the courts, we're fighting the president in the court of public opinion and winning that and now we're in the congress of the united states as well. i just want to remind-- i didn't go to the oral hearings-- arguments this time because so many people had an appetite for the ticket. that's usually the case. but when you're 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 to the oral arguments. temptation to jump up and say something is great. of course, you can't. [laughter] but if i had been there, i would have said is that president ronald reagan-- you heard me talk about his last speech and how supportive he was of newcomers to america as a vital force of america's preeminence
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in the world. before his last speech as president of the united states, when the congress passed the immigration bill of 1986, a comprehensive bipartisan bill that passed the congress, signed by president reagan, he then said to congress, you did not do nough. so he instituted family fairness which protected-- gave protection to a higher percentage of people than president obama did with the daca order. highest. president reagan. vice president george herbert walker bush. and then the continuation of that presidency going on with president clinton, president george w. bush, obama, all, all supportive of that point of view until this president. ery sad. so we hope the court would-- president reagan's decisions will be upheld by the court.
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i would hope that this court would use that as precedence. we will see. we don't know. i heard different versions of how people interpreted what one 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 will be doing great harm to hundreds of thousands of people and families in our country, and i hope that pain will be a part of their consideration, because they have to consider the mpact. and i hope 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]