Pramilia Jayapal: ‘The President Is The Smoking Gun’ | NBC News

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Published: 12/12/2019

Rep. Pramilia Jayapal, D-Wash. said Trump was the ‘first and best witness’ in the case and that he admitted to his wrongdoing on national television. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of ...

When i was just 16 years old, i came to this country by myself. My parents made the ultimate sacrifice of placing an ocean between them and their beloved child because they believed that america was worth it two decades later. I raised my hand - and i swore my oath to country and to constitution for the first time when i became an american citizen of the greatest nation on this earth for naturaliz ...
d citizens. Like me, being an american is a conscious choice and a granted privilege a dream. We chase across deserts and seas to join the larger american story, one of generations overcoming every challenge and every obstacle, because america is worth it. Why? What'S so differentabout this shining city upon a hill? It is three words we, the people. America is a bold vision rooted in a fragile idea of a democracy in which power is derived not from the bloodlines of monarchs, but from the votes of people. Ours is a nation of imagination and faith. All of us engaged in this great experiment of democracy. We take our power and collectively through our elections, we entrust it to a president who must always act in our interest, not in theirs the framers believed in the promise of america, but they also knew the dangers of power unchecked, and so they gifted us. The constitution of the united states, the protective and connective tissuethat functions as the highest law of this land and which entrusts this body, the people's house, the solemn responsibility to hold the executive accountable, and that is what we confront today. The facts are clear: donald trump abused the power of the office of the presidency to pursue his own personal political gain and leveraged critically needed congressionally approved military aid to coerce a fragile foreign ally to interfere in our elections.

This is not here, say. The president was the first and best witness in this case the president admitted to his wrongdoing and corrupt intent on national television. The president is the smoking gun his obstruction of congress and blanket directive to deny us even a singlewitness. A single document is unprecedented, and yet, in spite of that obstruction, multiple patriots came forward and provided damning corroborating testimony understand the seriousness of what this means. President trump has solicited for an interference before he is doing it now, and he will do it again. The smoking gun is already reloaded and whether or not it gets fired. That'S up to us. The abuse of presidential power and obstruction of congress are the highest of constitutional crimes and the gravest of betrayals. If we allow this president to put himself above the law, we allow all future presidents to be above the law. We submit then to the fact that we will no longer be a democracywe will be a monarchy or a dictatorship. This moment is a test. It is a test of the vision of our framers, the resilience of our constitution and the character of our elected officials.

As we cast our votes, we must reflect on our responsibility to our children and our children's children. We must summon the courage to do what is right and to defend our democracy. For this reason, i will vote to impeach donald j trump soberly shouldering the responsibility that was given to me by my constituents and honoring my oath to protect and defend the constitution of the united states of america. Mine is not a vote against any person. It is a vote forthe constitution and for we, the people, because america is so deeply worth it - hey nbc news viewers thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe 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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