Pelosi On Impeachment: 'The President Leaves Us No Choice But To Act' | NBC News

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. gave a statement that she has asked to move the impeachment inquiry forward/ "In America no one is above the law" she said, adding "the president leaves us no choice but to act." » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC vide...



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Let us begin where our founders began in 1776, when, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary from one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another. With those words, our founders courageously began our declaration of independence from an oppressive monarch for, among other grievances, the kings refusal to follow rightfully passed laws. In the course of ...
oday's events, it becomes necessary for us to address, among other grievances, the president's failure to faithfully execute the law when crafting the constitution. The founders feared the return of a monarchy in america and having just bought a war of independence, they specifically feared the prospect of a king president, corrupted by foreign influence, duringthe constitutional convention. James madison, the architect of the constitution, warned that a president might betray his trust to foreign powers, which might prove fatal to the republic. Another founder of governor morris feared that a president may be bribed by a greater interest to betray his trust. He emphasized that this magistrate is not the king. The people are the king. They therefore created a constitutional remedy to protect against the dangerous or corrupt leader impeachment. Unless the constitution contained an impeachment provision, one founder warned a president might quote spare no effort or means whatsoever to get himself reelected. Similarly, george mason insisted that a president who procured his appointment in his first instance through improper and corruptacts might repeat his guilt and return to power during the debate over impeachment of the constitutional convention, george mason also asked: shall any man be above justice? Shall that man be above it who can commit the most extensive injustice? In his great wisdom, he knew that injustice committed by the president erodes the rule of law. The very idea that a fair justice, which is the bedrock of our democracy, and if we allow president to be above the law, we do so surely at the peril of our republic in america.

No one is above the law over the past few weeks through the intelligence committee working with the foreign affairs and oversight committees, the american peoplehave heard the testimony of truly patriotic career public servants, distinguished diplomats and decorated war heroes, some of the president's own appointees. The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and crucial oval office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival. Yesterday, the judiciary committee at the jewish area committee, the american people, heard testimony from leading american constitutional scholars who illuminated without a doubt that the president's actions are profound violation of the public trust. The president's actions have seriously violated the constitution, especially when he says and acts upon the belief article 2 saysi can do whatever i want know. His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our constitution: a separation of powers, three co-equal branches, each based check-and-balance. On the other, a republic, if we can keep said benjamin franklin, our democracy, is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections. His actions are in defiance of the vision of our founders and the oath of office that he takes to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. Sadly, butwith confidence and humility with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for america. Today, i am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment.

I commend our committee chairs and our members for their sombre approach to actions which i wish the president had not made necessary in signing the declaration of independence. Our founders invoked a firm reliance on divine providence democrats to our prayerful, and we will proceed in a manner worthy of our offer, though, for oath of office to support and defend the constitution of the united states from all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us god. Thank you: hey nbc news viewers thanks for checking out our youtube channelsubscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights, and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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