Live: Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff hold news conference


SAID TO YOU BEFORE, ACROSS THE COUNTRY YOU COULD SEE GROWN MEN CRYING AT MEETINGS BECAUSE OF THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO BE HEALTHY AND FINANCIALLY HEALTHY WITH THE RISING COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IN THE LAST YEAR’S ELECTION, THIS WAS A HIGH PRIORITY. IT CONTINUES TO BE. SO, WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAYS THAT HE CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITH THE THREAT OF IMPEACHMENT, THE THREAT OF IMPEACHMENT, I HOPE THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT HE DOESN’T WANT TO WORK TOGETHER TO LOWER THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IF WE GIVE THE SECRETARY ADDITIONAL POWERS TO NEGOTIATE FOR LOWER COSTS IT WOULD END THE DISPARITY BETWEEN WHAT CONSUMERS IN AMERICA PAY AND WHAT THEY PAY IN OTHER COUNTRIES. IT WOULD HAVE A CAP ON OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES FOR CATASTROPHIC MEDICARE EXPENSES AND IT WOULD IN THE NEGOTIATION BE NOT ONLY FOR MEDICARE BUT ALL AND IT WOULD HAVE AN INFLATION THAT REVERSES YEARS OF INCREASES. WE ARE PLEASED WITH THE WORK THAT HAS GONE INTO IT SO FAR BY OUR CHAIRMAN, FRANK PELONE OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE, RICHIE NEAL OF WAYS AND MEANS AND BOBBY SCOTT FROM THE EDUCATION WORKFORCE AND MANY MEMBERS AS WELL. WE WILL DISCUSS THIS AGAIN OVER THE BREAK AND THE DISTRICT WHEN WE RETURN. AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON THE U.S.-MEXICO- CANADA TRADE AGREEMENT. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF CONCERN AROUND THE COUNTRY. WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT AS WE GO FORWARD WE ARE PROTECTING, WE ARE STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES AND OUR FARMERS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT TRICKLE DOWN TRADE. WE ARE NOT TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS PEOPLE OR TRADE UNLESS IT HITS HOME FOR OUR WORKERS AND OUR FARMERS IN TERMS OF ENFORCEABILITY. WE CAN’T BE THERE YET BUT WE ARE ON A PATH TO YES. AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW ON FRIDAY OUR HOUSE TASK FORCE UNDER LEADERSHIP OF RICHIE NEAL IN WAYS AND MEANS PUT FORTH A COUNTEROFFER TO WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED. WHEN WE CAN ARRIVE AT A PLACE WHERE WE NOT ONLY HAVE OUR ISSUES ADDRESSED BUT WE HAVE ENFORCEABILITY THAT WILL MAKE IT REAL FOR AMERICA’S FAMILIES AND FARMERS THEN WE CAN GO DOWN THAT PATH. I HOPE AGAIN THAT THE PRESIDENT ISN’T SAYING IN TERMS OF OTHER ACTIONS UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT IS NOT — HE CAN’T WORK WITH US BECAUSE I DO THINK HE WANTS THIS U.S.-MEXICO- CANADA TRADE AGREEMENT AND WE WANT IT WHEN IT’S RIGHT IN TERMS OF ENFORCEABILITY AND THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE HOPING THAT WE CAN RETURN AND RENEW OUR CONVERSATIONS ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF AMERICA. AS I SAID, OUR AGENDA LAST YEAR WHEN WE RAN WAS FOR THE PEOPLE. LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH CARE BY LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE OF AMERICAN IN A GREENWAY SO THAT WE CAN INCREASE PAYCHECKS, LOWER HEALTH CARE, BIGGER PAYCHECKS. CLEANER GOVERNMENT. I THINK THAT WE CAN WORK WITH THE ADMINISTRATION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. I HOPE SO. AND INFRASTRUCTURE, I HOPE SO, CLEAN GOVERNMENT, THAT IS MORE OF A CHALLENGE. SO, AS WE GATHER HERE TODAY, WE ARE CLEARLY AT A PLACE WHERE WE ARE LEGISLATING TO TRY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN A TRANSFORMATIVE WAY. WE ARE INVESTIGATING, WE ARE LITIGATING. WE ALSO ARE HERE TODAY ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAMAL KHASHOGGI WAS KILLED. SUCH A VERY SAD THING. AT THE SAME TIME YOU SEE THE ADMINISTRATION SCHMOOZING WITH THE VERY PEOPLE WHO PERHAPS ORCHESTRATED THAT. AGAIN, YESTERDAY THE CHINESE OBSERVED THEIR 70th ANNIVERSARY. AT THE SAME TIME THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY POSITIVE ABOUT THAT. WELL, OBSERVING THEIR ANNIVERSARY IS ONE THING. PRAISING THEM FOR IT IS ANOTHER WHEN THEY HAVE SERIOUS REPRESSION GOING ON IN CHINA, WHETHER IT’S UNDERMINING THE CULTURE, LANGUAGE AND TRADITIONS OF TIBET. PLACING IN EDUCATION CAMPS 1, 2, 3. OR THE SUPPRESSION OF DEMOCRACY IN HONG KONG AND VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT CHINA. IT’S THE SAME FIGHT WE HAVE BEEN HAVING FOR YEARS. WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN OR COUNTRY IF HE GAINS A WHOLE WORLD AND SUFFERS THE LOSS OF HIS SOUL. BUT WE SEEM TO BE ABLE TO IGNORE THE SHOUT OUT FROM OUR SOUL ON RESPECTING THE DIGNITY AND WORTH OF EVERY PERSON. I KNOW MANY OF YOU ARE HERE, SOME REGULARS, MANY OF YOU ARE NOT. I SAID TO MR. SCHIFF, MAYBE YOU SHOULD COME TO ALL OUR MEETINGS. WE MAY GET COVERAGE FOR WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK OF OUR CHAIRMAN. INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. WE TAKE THIS TO BE A VERY SAD TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FOR OUR COUNTRY, IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT OR HAVING THE INVESTIGATION TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT IS NOT ANYTHING TO BE JOYFUL ABOUT — I DON’T KNOW THAT ANYBODY IS JOYFUL. BUT IT’S A SAD TIME. AS YOU HEARD ME SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THE DARK DAYS OF THE REVOLUTION, THOMAS PAYNE SAID THE TIMES HAVE FOUND US. WE THINK THE TIMES HAVE FOUND US NOW. NOT THAT WE PLACE OURSELVES IN THE CATEGORY OF GREATNESS OF OUR FOUNDERS BUT WE DO PLACE OURSELVES IN A TIME OF URGENCY ON THE THREAT TO THE CONSTITUTION, A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES THAT IS BEING MADE. THEY FOUGHT FOR OUR INDEPENDENCE, DECLARED INDEPENDENCE, FOUGHT AND WON. THEY ESTABLISHED A DEMOCRACY. THANK GOD THEY MADE THE CONSTITUTION AMENDABLE SO WE COULD EXPAND FREEDOM. WE SEE THE ACTIONS OF THIS PRESIDENT BEING AN ASSAULT ON THE CONSTITUTION ONCE WE HAD HIS ADMISSION TO THAT, WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO GO FORWARD. IT’S HARD. WE WANT TO WAY THE EQUITIES, WE WANT TO BE FAIR AS WE GO FORWARD AND WE COULDN’T BE BETTER SERVED THAN BY THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, ADAM SCHIFF. MY HONOR TO PRESENT HIM TO YOU NOW. >>THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR LEADING THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THROUGH THIS VERY FRAUGHT TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE CONGRESS AND INDEED THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY OWN CONDOLENCE ONCE AGAIN TO THE FAMILY OF JAMAL KHASHOGGI WHO BRAVELY SOUGHT TO ADVOCATE FOR FREE EXPRESSION IN SAUDI ARABIA AND IT COST HIM HIS LIFE. WE ARE DEEPLY IN HIS DEBT AND WE ARE DETERMINED TO BRING ABOUT JUSTICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT HEINOUS MURDER. IT’S A PERFECT TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGER FACING JOURNALISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD. IN TERMS OF THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON THIS WEEK, I WANT TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE OF WHAT HAS TRANSPIRED JUST BEEN THE LAST WEEK. LAST THURSDAY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HELD AN OPEN HEARING WITH THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. THE FOLLOWING DAY CHAIRMAN ENGEL ISSUED A SUBPOENA TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN CONSULTATION WITH MYSELF AND CHAIRMAN CUMMINGS. WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT SECRETARY POMPEO’S EFFORT NOW TO POTENTIALLY INTERFERE WITH WITNESSES WHOSE TESTIMONY IS NEEDED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, MANY OF WHOM ARE MENTIONED IN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT AND WE WANT TO MAKE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT ANY EFFORT BY THE SECRETARY, PRESIDENT OR ANYONE ELSE TO INTERFERE WITH THE CONGRESS’ ABILITY TO CALL BEFORE IT RELEVANT WITNESSES WILL BE CONSIDERED AS EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION OF THE LAWFUL FUNCTIONS OF CONGRESS. AND MORE THAN THAT, WE WILL ALLOW AN ADVERSE INFERENCE TO BE DRAWN OS TO THE UNDERLYING FACTS. IF THEY ARE GOING TO PREVENT WITNESS FROZE COMING FORWARD TO TESTIFY ON THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT, THAT WILL CREATE AN ADVERSE INFERENCE THAT THOSE ALLEGATIONS ARE, IN FACT, CORRECT. ON MONDAY, I ISSUED A SUBPOENA TO RUDY GIULIANI, IN CONSULTATION WITH CHAIRMAN CUMMINGS AND ENGEL. WE EXPECT MR. GIULIANI TO COMPLY WITH THE LEGAL PROCESS THAT WE ARE USING. HE IS A KEY FIGURE IN THIS BY HIS OWN ADMISSION AS WELL AS BY THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE WHISTLE- BLOWER COMPLAINT. TODAY AND WITHIN THE LAST HALF HOUR CHAIRMAN CUMMINGS NOTICED A SUBPOENA THAT WILL GO OUT LATER, THIS WEEK OR NEXT WEEK AFTER THE NOTICE PERIOD HAS EXPIRED THAT THAT COMMITTEE INTENDS TO SUBPOENA DOCUMENTS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS WITHHOLDING FROM CONGRESS. WE ARE COULD OPEN DIN NATURING WITH CHAIRMAN CUMMINGS ON THAT. ON THURSDAY, AMBASSADOR VOLCKER IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE AND ON FRIDAY INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE IC, MR. ATKINSON WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE AND TESTIFY AS WELL. THE LAST TIME THAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TESTIFIED WE DID NOT HAVE THE COMPLAINT. WE NOW DO. AND WE INTEND TO ASK THE DIRECTOR ABOUT THE EFFORTS THAT WERE MADE TO CORROBORATE THAT COMPLAINT WHICH WE KNOW THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND BOTH CREDIBLE AND URGENT. NEXT WEEK WE HAVE ALSO SCHEDULED A DEPOSITION OR INTERVIEW WITH THE FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE AND OTHER STATE DEPARTMENT WITNESSES TO SECURE THEIR DEPOSITIONS. WE WILL BE BUSY THIS WEEK AND NEXT WEEK. WE ARE PROCEEDING DELIBERATELY BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE FEEL A SENSE OF URGENCY HERE THAT THIS WORK NEEDS TO GET DONE AND GET DONE IN A RESPONSIBLE PERIOD OF TIME. THANK YOU. >>JUST ONE MOMENT, PLEASE. DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FIRST ON THE WORK TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN TERMS OF USMCA AND THE HR 3 ON THAT SUBJECT? >>HOW DO YOU ENVISION WORKING WITH THE PRESIDENT ON THESE KEY AGENDA ITEMS, TOUGHER GUN SAFETY MEASURES ACTIVELY CONSIDERING WHETHER TO REMOVE HIM? >>THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR OATH OF OFFICE, SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. WE ALSO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO GET THE JOB DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE WANTS THIS MEXICO-U.S.-MEXICO, CANADA TRADE AGREEMENT TO GO FORWARD AND WE ARE AWAITING THE LANGUAGE ON ENFORCEABILITY. SO, DOES IT MEAN THAT HE CAN’T DO THAT? THAT’S REALLY UP TO HIM. I DO EXPECT THAT HE DOES WANT THAT AND THAT HE DOES NEED THAT AND THAT HE IS NOT GOING TO BLAME IT ON US BECAUSE WE ARE HONORING OUR OATH OF OFFICE. HE SAYS HE WANTS TO LOWER THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO THAT. SO, THE PRESIDENT SAYING IF YOU AGREE ON ANY SUBJECT, THEN THE BALL IS IN HIS COURT ON THAT. SO, MANY OF YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN USMCA, ANY ONGOING INTEREST THERE. >>THE PRESIDENT KEEPS SAYING THAT USMCA. [ INAUDIBLE ] >>IT DOESN’T. IT DOESN’T. OKAY. I’M CALLING ON THIS YOUNG LADY HERE. [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]. DO YOU HAVE PLANS OR TAKEN OFF THE TABLE A FULL HOUSE VOTE ON — >>EXCUSE ME. I’M DOING HR 3. ANYONE ON HR 3. ANYBODY IN THIS ROOM CARE ABOUT THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES? FROM TIME TO TIME YOU HAVE ASKED THOSE QUESTIONS. DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT THE USMCA, U.S.-MEXICO, CANADA AGREEMENT. [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >>I WOULD LIKE — WE WERE ON A PATH TO YES AS FAR AS THE TRADE AGREEMENT IS CONCERNED AND AT SOME POINT I’M JUST SAYING THAT IT’S YES OR NO. WE HAVE ENFORCEABILITY OR WE DON’T, BUT I’M HOPING THAT WE WILL AND I’M HOPEFUL THAT IT WILL BE SOON. >>A DEADLINE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OR ANYTHING? >>NO, WE HAVE A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP — BELIEVE ME, THE QUIET YOU HEAR IS PROGRESS. IT’S PROGRESS. WE GO BACK AND FORTH AND OVER THIS, THE STEPS BETWEEN THE TRADE REP AND OUR NEGOTIATORS ARE SEEKING CLARIFICATION AND WHERE THERE IS ROOM FOR COOPERATION, WHERE WE MAY HAVE MORE CHALLENGES BUT IT’S GOING IN A FORWARD DIRECTION. WE ARE PLEASED WITH THAT. WE ARE TRYING TO FIND COMMON GROUND WITH THE PRESIDENT. HE ALWAYS WANTED THIS AND WE DO TOO. LET’S FIND THE COMMON GROUND IN THAT REGARD. >>ANOTHER QUESTION ON POLICY, WHAT ABOUT GUN LEGISLATION. THE WHITE HOUSE TELEGRAPHED WE MAY HEAR WHAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD SUPPORT IN A GUN PACKAGE. WE, EVEN THE PRESS HAVE HEARD NOTHING. HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE? >>THE MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION I HAD FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION WAS A CALL FROM THE PRESIDENT LAST TUESDAY. SO, WE CAN SEGUE FROM ONE SUBJECT TO THE NEXT HERE. HE CALLED EARLY THAT MORNING TO SAY HOW HAPPY I WOULD BE TO SEE THE PROGRESS THAT HE WAS MAKING ONCOMING TO AN AGREEMENT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT THAT PROGRESS COULD BE. HE SAID HE WAS WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. I DON’T KNOW OF ANY — I REMINDED HIM THAT WE SENT A BILL TO THE SENATE, HR 8 AND HR 11, 12, TWO-PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL SAVE THE MOST LIVES AND I HOPED WHATEVER HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS CLOSE TO THAT. OH, YES, YOU WILL BE VERY PLEASED. THAT’S THE LAST I HEARD OF THAT. AT THAT POINT, THAT IS WHEN THE PRESIDENT SOMETHING WAYED INTO THE TELEPHONE CALL IN WHICH HE ADMITTED THAT THIS CALL TOOK PLACE AND THAT WHAT HAPPENED WAS PERFECT. MR. PRESIDENT IT’S NOT PERFECT BUT WRONG. YOUR ADMISSION INFORMS THE TIMING OF HOW WE GO FORWARD. SO, AGAIN, THAT WAS THE LAST I HEARD FROM THEM. LET ME SAY ON GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTION, PREVENTION, WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY UNTIL WE GET LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW THAT PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN. I SAID TO THE PRESIDENT ON ANOTHER OCCASION ON THE 200 DAY OF THE CHUCK SUMMER AND I CALLED THE PRESIDENT ON THAT, A COUPLE OF SUNDAYS AGO, LIKE THE 15th OF SEPTEMBER, MAYBE 2 1/2 WEEKS AGO. THAT WAS THE 200th DAY SINCE WE SENT OVER HR 8 AND I SAID TO THE PRESIDENT, I PRAY FOR YOU AND THE SAFETY OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. AND I HOPE THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU ILLUMINATION, AN ENLIGHTENMENT TO PRAY, TO WORK FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHER FAMILIES IN OUR COUNTRY. SO, AGAIN, THE MOST RECENT — I WON’T SAY THE LAST I HOPE IT’S NOT THE LAST. BUT THE MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION I HAD FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WAS IN THE SAME CALL WHERE THE PRESIDENT ADMITTED TO — WHAT HE SAID IN THAT PHONE CONVERSATION, OKAY. [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ].>>FIRST OF ALL, THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT THAT THERE BE A FLOOR VOTE. THAT IS NOT ANYTHING THAT IS EXCLUDED. BY THE WAY, THERE IS SOME REPUBLICANS THAT ARE VERY NERVOUS ABOUT US BRINGING THAT BILL — THAT VOTE TO THE FLOOR. >>I WILL SAY THAT WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WILL ATTEMPT TO STONEWALL OUR INVESTIGATION MUCH AS THEY HAVE STONEWALLED OTHER COMMITTEES IN THE PAST. IT’S WHY I SAY THE WHITE HOUSE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT ANY ACTION LIKE THAT THAT FORCES US TO LITIGATE OR HAVE TO CONSIDER LITIGATION WILL BE CONSIDERED FURTHER EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. THAT WAS AN ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST NIXON, OBSTRUCTION OF LAWFUL FUNCTIONS OF CONGRESS, THAT IS. WE ALSO WILL DRAW THE INFERENCE AS APPROPRIATE THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO CONCEAL FACTS THAT WOULD CORROBORATE ALLEGATIONS IN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT. WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO LITIGATE OR HOW TO LITIGATE. WE ARE NOT FOOLING AROUND HERE, THOUGH. WE DON’T WANT TO THIS DRAG ON MONTHS AND MONTHS WHICH APPEARS TO BE THE ADMINISTRATION’S STRATEGY. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT EVEN AS THEY TRY TO UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO FIND THE FACTS AROUND THE PRESIDENT’S EFFORT TO COERCE A FOREIGN LEADER TO CREATE DIRT THAT HE CAN USE AGAINST A POLITICAL OPPONENT, THAT THEY WILL BE STRENGTHENING THE CASE ON OBSTRUCTION IF THEY BEHAVE THAT WAY. >>I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MADAM SPEAKER AND CHAIRMAN THIS AS WELL. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO INTERVIEW THE WHISTLE-BLOWER. HE SAYS IF HE HAS THE RIGHT TO MEET HIS ACCUSER. YOUR RESPONSE, BOTH OF YOU, PLEASE. >>THE WHISTLE-BLOWER HAS THE RIGHT UNDER THE STATUTE TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER IS PROTECTED. THAT THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER’S PREFERENCES IN TERMS OF ANONYMITY IS RESPECTED. LET’S NOT MAKE MISTAKE. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO MAKE THIS ABOUT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND SUGGEST THAT PEOPLE THAT COME FORWARD WITH EVIDENCE OF HIS WRONGDOING ARE SOMEHOW TREASON NEWS AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS TRAITORS AND SPIES. THIS IS A BLATANT EFFORT TO INTIMIDATE WITNESSES. IT’S AN INCITEMENT OF VIOLENCE AND I WOULD HOPE AND WE ARE STARTING TO SEE MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES SPEAKING OUT AGAINST ATTACKING THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER AND OTHERS THAT HAVE PERTINENT INFORMATION. SO, THE OTHER THING I WANT TO UNDERSCORE IS WHAT THE WHISTLE- BLOWER HAS SET OUT THAT IS WITHIN OUR POWER TO THIS DAY TO CONFIRM, WE SEE CONFIRMED IN THAT CALL RECORD. THE PRESIDENT CAN ATTACK THE WHISTLE-BLOWER ALL THE PRESIDENT WANTS. IT DOESN’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THE RECORD OF THAT CALL SHOWS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE SAME CONVERSATION INDEED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE UKRAINE PRESIDENT ASKS FOR MORE MILITARY HELP THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ASKS THAT LEADER A FAVOR, THOUGH. AND NO ATTACK ON THE WHISTLE- BLOWER OR ANYONE ELSE IS GOING TO CHANGE THOSE UNDERLYING FACTS. >>ON THE SUBJECT OF THE WHISTLE-BLOWER, I SAID TO THE PRESIDENT ON THAT CALL YOU HAVE COME INTO MY WHEELHOUSE. 25 YEARS ON INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AS MEMBER, RANKING MEMBER AS MR. SCHIFF WAS BEFORE HE BECAME THE CHAIRMAN WHEN WE GOT THE MAJORITY. I WAS PART OF THE GANG OF 4 BEFORE I WAS EVEN IN THE LEAD SHIP AS A GANG OF EIGHT. SO, FOR 25 YEARS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER I WAS THERE WHEN WE IMPROVED THE WHISTLE-BLOWER LEGISLATION IN THE LATE ’90s. I WAS PARTS OF THAT. I WAS THERE WHEN WE MADE FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA — I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS EXECUTIVE OR BUT EXECUTIVE ACTIONS IN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER LEGISLATION THEN WE HAVE FURTHER LEGISLATION. AND THEN I WAS THERE WHEN WE CREATED THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND WHAT HIS RESPONSIBILITY WAS IN TERMS OF A WHISTLE-BLOWER. SO, THIS IS VERY — I HOPE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AND I SUSPECT THAT YOU DO, THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAYING HE WANTS TO INTERVIEW THAT PERSON. WE WILL TREAT THE PRESIDENT WITH FAIRNESS AS WE GO FORWARD. WE WILL HAVE INVESTIGATIONS AND QUESTIONING THAT ARE WORTHY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. IT’S UNWORTHY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO DO WHAT HE DID IN THAT CALL AND HE ADMITTED TO ME, IT’S PERFECT. NO, IT’S NOT PERFECT. IT’S WRONG, A. AND, B, PROTECTING WHISTLE BLOWERS IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT THAT WE HAVE. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF WHISTLE BLOWERS. PROTECTING WHISTLE BLOWERS WHO SEE WRONGDOING OF ANY KIND IN OUR GOVERNMENT IS ESSENTIAL. SO, THE PRESIDENT PROBABLY DOESN’T REALIZE HOW DANGEROUS HIS STATEMENTS ARE WHEN HE SAYS HE WANTS TO EXPOSE WHO THE WHISTLE-BLOWER IS AND THOSE THAT MAY HAVE GIVEN THE WHISTLE- BLOWER THAT INFORMATION. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS, VERY SERIOUS CHALLENGE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT THERE. IT’S VERY SAD. I DON’T SEE IMPEACHMENT AS A UNIFYING THING FOR THIS COUNTRY. THE PRESIDENT’S ADMISSION THAT HE DID WHAT HE DID ON THAT CALL. >>ONE BIG PICTURE QUESTION THEN LOGISTICAL. FOLLOWING UP ON WHAT YOU SAID, SOME REPUBLICANS HAVE SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT’S PHONE CALL WASN’T GREAT BUT THAT IT ISN’T AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE MAKING TOO MUCH OF ONE PHONE CALL? >>ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WANT TO YIELD TO YOU. >>IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT THE FRAMERS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT AT THE TIME OF THE DRAFTING OF CONSTITUTION, THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN AMERICAN AFFAIRS. THEY WANTED TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS DEFENDING THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY AND NOT CORRUPTLY SECRETLY ADVANCING AN AGENDA WITH A FOREIGN POWER. HARD TO IMAGINE A SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WOULD HAVE ALARMED FOUNDERS MORE THAN WHAT IS ON THAT CALL. YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT USING THE FULL POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO TRY TO EFFECTIVELY COERCE A FOREIGN LEADER THAT IS COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON OUR COUNTRY FOR MILITARY, ECONOMIC, DIPLOMATIC AND OTHER SUPPORT, TO INTERVENE IN OUR ELECTION, TO HELP HIS CAMPAIGN. IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A MORE CORRUPT COURSE OF CON DUCT. SO TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT SAY THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE, IS IT SOMETHING YOU REMOVE FROM OFFICE — THEY HAVE TO ANSWER IF THIS CONDUCT DOESN’T LIVE TO THE LEVEL THE CONCERN THE FOUNDERS HAD, WHAT CONDUCT DOES. WE ONLY KNOW SOME OF THE FACTS AT THIS POINT. THE CALL RECORD SEEMS TO BE PRETTY INDIES SPEWED. THE SUSPENSION OF MILITARY ASSISTANCE IS UNDISPUTED NOW. THE SEE QUESTIONS STATION OF THIS CALL RECORD AND MAYBE OTHERS INTO A FILE IN WHICH THEY WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE PLACED, A FILE THAT IS FOR CLASSIFIED INFORMATION OF THE HIGHEST ORDER, COVERT ACTION FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE FACTS ARE NOT CONTESTED. BUT ALL THE FACTS AROUND THAT WE STILL NEED TO FLESH OUT. WHAT WAS THE STATE DEPARTMENT’S ROLE, THE SECRETARY’S ROLE, THE ROLE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THERE IS A GREAT DEAL WE NEED TO KNOW TO UNDERSTAND THE FULL DEPTH OF THE PRESIDENT’S MISCONDUCT. MAYBE WHEN THAT COMES OUT IT WILL PERSUADE SOME OF THOSE REPUBLICANS TO RECOGNIZE THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION. BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC HERE, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO FLOOR BELOW WHICH THIS PRESIDENT CAN DROP THAT SOME OF THE GOP MEMBERS AND MAYBE MANY WOULD NOT BE WILLING TO ENDORSE, LOOK AWAY FROM, AVOID COMMENT ON, LET ALONE RISE TO CONDEMN AS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE. >>MAKE NO MISTAKE IN THAT TELEPHONE CALL THE PRESIDENT UNDERMINED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BECAUSE OF HIS — WHAT HE HAD DONE A FEW DAYS EARLIER. THE PRESIDENT SAID I DIDN’T SAY THAT IN THE CALL. THE SEQUENCING OF IT. A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT WITHDRAW THAT. NOW, WHY WOULD THAT JUST COME FROM THE PRESIDENT. THERE WAS NO AS FAR AS WE NO AND WE ALL FIND OUT IF THERE IS, ANY NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL JUSTIFICATION FOR THE PRESIDENT WITHDRAWING ASSISTANCE THAT HAD BEEN PASSED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THEN THE PRESIDENT ON HIS OWN DECIDED HE WOULD USE IT AS LEVERAGE. USING THAT AS LEVERAGE, WE SUPPORTED THAT MILITARY ASSISTANCE. UNDERMINING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. UNDERMINING HIS OATH OF OFFICE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE HE WAS OVERTHROWING AN ACT OF CONGRESS ON HIS OWN. UNDERMINING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS. THAT’S WHAT MEANS SOMETHING TO PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES. THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEIR VOTE COUNTS AND THAT IT WILL BE COUNTED AS CAST AND THIS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS STOOPING TO A LEVEL THAT IS BENEATH THE DIGNITY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR FOUNDERS SINCE THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED THE FOUNDERS. THEY PUT GUARDRAILS IN THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE THEY KNEW THERE MIGHT BE SOMEONE THAT WOULD OVERPLAY HILL OR HER POWER. THEY NEVER THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT WOULD KICK THE GUARDRAILS OVER AND DISREGARD THE CONSTITUTION AND SAY ARTICLE 2 SAYS THAT I CAN DO WHATEVER I FEEL LIKE. SO, THIS IS SAD. WE HAVE TO BE PRAYERFUL. WE HAVE TO BE WORTHY OF THE CONSTITUTION. WE HAVE TO BE FAIR TO THE PRESIDENT. THAT’S WHY THIS IS AN INQUIRY, NOT AN OUT RIGHT IMPEACHMENT AND WE HAVE TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT HIS CHANCE TO EXONERATE HIMSELF BUT HE THINKS WHAT HE DID WAS PERFECT. SO, WE HAVE THAT SITUATION. BUT I SAID TO MY COLLEAGUES, CALMNESS, QUIET SO THAT WE CAN HEAR — THAT WE CAN HEAR WHAT IS BEING SAID IN THIS REGARD. AGAIN, GOES ON THAT VERY DAY, SEPTEMBER 17 THAT WAS CONSTITUTION DAY. A TUESDAY. TWO TUESDAYS AGO FROM YESTERDAY. THAT WAS WHEN THAT EXPLOSION HIT OF WHAT POSSIBILITILY HAPPENED IN THAT PHONE CONVERSATION WHICH THE PRESIDENT CONFIRMED TO ME IN OUR CALL. AND THAT DAY IS THE DAY WE OBSERVED THE ADOPTION OF OUR CONSTITUTION SEPTEMBER 17th. ON THAT DAY WAY BACK WHEN, WHEN BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LEFT INDEPENDENCE HALL, PEOPLE SAID WHAT DO WE HAVE, DR. FRANKLIN, A MONARCHY OR REPUBLIC. HE SAID A REPUBLIC IF WE CAN KEEP IT. IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THAT REPUBLIC WITH THE GENIUS OF THE SEPARATION OF POWERS, THREE COEQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. A REPUBLIC IF WE CAN KEEP IT. THAT’S HOUR RESPONSIBILITY. THAT’S THE OATH OF OFFICE THAT WE TAKE AND THAT IS WHAT IS THE — ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE JUST HAVE TO LOOK AT THE FACTS AND THE CONSTITUTION. ANY OTHER OBJECTIONS PEOPLE MAY HAVE TO THE PRESIDENT HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS DISCUSSION IS HE TOO COWARDLY TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM GUN VIOLENCE. TOOK CRUEL TO UNDERSTAND CLIMATE CHANGE. THE LIST GOES ONLY SAVE THAT FOR THE ELECT. THIS IS ABOUT FACTS RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTION. THAT’S HOW WE WILL PROCEED WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT, PRAYERFULLY AND WORTHY OF THE SACRIFICE OF OUR FOUND IRS, THE SACRIFICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORMS AND THE ASPIRATIONS OF OUR CHILDREN SO THEY WILL LIVE UNDER FUTURE PRESIDENTS THAT WILL HONOR THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>STRONG WORDS FROM HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI IN A MORE THAN CROWDED BRIEFING ROOM THERE. MORE THAN USUAL YOU HEARD HER EXPLAIN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PRESS BRIEFING. THIS IS HAVING TO DO WITH THE MEMORANDUM THAT POINTS TO A POSSIBLE SUBPOENA FROM THE CONGRESS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT WE WILL TALK TO NANCY CORDES ABOUT. SHE WAS THERE IN THE BRIEFING. YOU SAW HER ASK A QUESTION. THE MEMORANDUM WAS ISSUED FROM CHAIRMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS. IN THIS MEMORANDUM IT’S DUE IN PART BECAUSE, QUOTE, THE PF DIDN’T PRODUCE ANY DOCUMENTS BY THE REQUESTED DATE, DID NOT SEND ANY REPLY LETTER AND DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THE REQUEST. THE REQUEST HAVINGED TO WITH THE INFAMOUS JULY 25th PHONE CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. LET’S GO TO NANCY CORDES JOINING US NOW FROM THAT BRIEFING ROOM. NANCY, SOME REALLY STRONG WORDS THERE FROM NANCY PELOSI TOWARD THE END OF HER COMMENTS THERE. BUT ESSENTIALLY THIS IS COMING DOWN TO THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, HIS ADMINISTRATION IS RELUCTANT TO SHARE DETAILS, ANY INFORMATION THAT CONGRESS REQUESTED SO THEY FEEL COMPELLED TO ISSUE THIS MEMORANDUM SAYING THAT THEY INTEND TO SUBPOENA THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. >>RIGHT. THEY MADE NO BONES ABOUT THE FACT THAT PART OF THE REASON THAT THEY ARE DOING THIS IS TO ESTABLISH A RECORD OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BY THIS PRESIDENT AND BY THIS WHITE HOUSE. CHAIRMAN SCHIFF MADE THE POINT THAT RICHARD NIXON, HIMSELF, ONE OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT HAD TO DO WITH OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HOLDING DOCUMENTS FROM CONGRESS. AND, SO, BASICALLY WHAT THEY ARE SAYING TO THE WHITE HOUSE IS HAND OVER THE DOCUMENTS WE WANT TO SEE, THE PEOPLE WE WANT TO INTERVIEW OR ONE OF THE POTENTIAL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD BE FACING IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. NOW, THAT IS A THREAT THAT HAS NOT NECESSARILY REAPED DIVIDENDS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE PAST BUT THE WHITE HOUSE WASN’T FACING A FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IN THE PAST EITHER. SO, DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING TO TURN THIS AND INCREASE THE PRESSURE ANYWAY THEY CAN BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT IF THEY CAN’T GET THEIR HANDS ON THE DOCUMENTS THAT THEY WANT, A, THEIR INVESTIGATION WILL BE INCOMPLETE AND B IF THEY DECIDE TO GO TO COURT OVER THE DOCUMENTS, THAT IS A PROCESS THAT COULD TAKE MONTHS IF NOT YEARS AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO WRAP UP THE INVESTIGATION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. >>YOU KNOW, NANCY, YOU ASKED A QUESTION THAT I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING TO SPEAKER PELOSI. YOU ASKED HER IF THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, GIVEN THAT THE SPEAKER HERSELF SAID THEY WERE TAKING NO JOY IN CONDUCTING THE INQUIRY. THAT THEY KNEW IT WOULD HAVE SEVERE RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE COUNTRY, YOU ASKED HER IF THIS PHONE CALL WAS REALLY WORTH WHAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO PUT THE COUNTRY THROUGH AND JUST PLAY FOR OUR AUDIENCE A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT SHE SAID. SHE TALKED A BIT AS SHE HAS IN THE PAST ABOUT WHAT THE FOUNDERS INTENDED WHEN THEY WERE BUILDING THE REPUBLIC AND, SO, I WANTED TO GET YOUR SENSE OF A RESPONSE. >>SHE SAID THIS GETS TO THE HEART OF NATIONAL SECURITY. THE FACT THAT CONGRESS APPROVED AID UKRAINE, IT WAS A BIPARTISAN VOTE AND THEN THE PRESIDENT WITHHELD THAT AID IN ORDER TO EXTRACT AN OFFER OF ASSISTANCE, ELECTION ASSISTANCE FROM A FOREIGN POWER. AT LEAST THAT IS THE NARRATIVE THAT THE HOUSE SPEAKER SORT OF LAID OUT THERE. THE CASE SHE MADE IS THAT IF THAT IS NOT IMPEACHABLE, SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FOUNDERS WOULD CONSIDER IMPEACHABLE. AND THAT IT GETS TO THE VERY NATURE OF CHECKS AND BALANCES THAT THE FOUNDERS SO WISELY ESTABLISHED IN THIS COUNTRY. THEN INTERESTINGLY THE CHAIR OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, ADAM SCHIFF ADDED THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARGUING THAT WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID HERE MAY HAVE BEEN WRONG BUT NOT NECESSARILY IMPEACHABLE, HE ADDED THAT THERE IS ALMOST NOTHING THAT THIS PRESIDENT DOES THAT REPUBLICANS WOULDN’T BE WILLING TO STAND BY OR AT THE VERY LEAST NOT SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT. SO, THE CASE THAT THEY ARE MAKING IS THAT FOR MANY REPUBLICANS, UNTIL THERE IS SOME MASSIVE SHIFT IN REPUBLICAN SENTIMENT IN THE POLLS, THEY WILL STAND BY THIS PRESIDENT NO MATTER WHAT. THEY ARE ALWAYS GOING TO DOWNPLAY SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HE DOES AND SAYS. >>ON MY POCKET — MY APPLICATION HERE OF THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, IT’S BELIEVED HE NOTES THATED DESIRE OF FOREIGN POWERS TO GAIN AN IMPROPER AS SEVEN DANT IN OUR COUNCIL IS ONE OF THE MOST DEADLY ADVERSARIES OF A REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT. THE OTHER QUESTION WAS WITH REGARD TO THE WHISTLE-BLOWER. THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED FOR THE WHISTLE-BLOWER TO PRESENT HIMSELF OR HERSELF SO THAT HE CAN CONFRONT HIS ACCUSER. WHAT DID ADAM SCHIFF SAY ABOUT THAT? >>HE SAID THERE ARE WHISTLE- BLOWER LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY PROTECTING THE IDENTITY OF PEOPLE THAT COME FORWARD. THOSE LAWS ARE THERE FOR A REASON. THEY ARE THERE TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE RETALIATED AGAINST, THEY WON’T LOSE THEIR JOB OR BE PUNISHED IN SOME WAY IF THEY DECIDE TO COME FORWARD AND SHARE WHAT THEY KNOW. HE SAID OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T HAVE A RIGHT TO MEET THE WHISTLE-BLOWER. BEYOND THAT WHAT SAID WAS THAT HE BELIEVES THAT THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO INTIMIDATE THIS INDIVIDUAL AND ANY OTHER WITNESS WHO MIGHT BE WILLING TO TALK TO CONGRESS BY SAYING THINGS LIKE THAT. HE WENT FURTHER AND SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT IS INCITING VIOLENCE. I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY EYE OPENING. THEN THE HOUSE SPEAKER — THIS WAS INTERESTING, THEY SAID THAT SHE HELD OUT ON IMPEACHMENT FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE IT IS DIVISIVE. THIS IS NOT HEALING FOR THE COUNTRY. IT’S DIVISIVE FOR THE COUNTRY TO GO THROUGH AN IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AND SHE WAS RELUCTANT TO SIGN ON. SHE SAID THAT SHE NOW HAS NO CHOICE AND SHE IS CLEARLY ON BOARD NOW. I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING THAT SHE WAS WILLING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS WILL BE A FRACTIOUS PROCESS IN WHAT IS A FRACTIOUS TIME. >>I WROTE IT DOWN. SHE WEIGHED ON IT LONG AND HARD THEN SHE SAID SOMETHING AT THE END I WEIGHED ON IT LONG AND HARD UNTIL THE PRESIDENT ADMITTED IT. >>THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WHILE THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON A BUNCH OF DOCUMENTS, TRYING TO SET UP INTERVIEWS, THE BASIC FACTS ARE ALREADY KNOWN. THE PRESIDENT HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THEM. AND THEY HAVE THE CALL SUMMARY OF HIS CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. SO, WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT URGED THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO INVEST GATE HIS CAMPAIGN RIVAL JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON. WE KNOW RUDY GIULIANI WENT TO UKRAINE TO MAKE THE SAME CASE. WE KNOW THE MILITARY AID WAS WITHHELD. WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT AND NOW THE SECRETARY OF STATE ARE ARGUING THAT THE AID WAS NOT WITHHELD AS LEVERAGE TO TRY TO GET THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO DO — TO GIVE ASSISTANCE ON THE CAMPAIGN FRONT BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE. HOWEVER, WE ALSO KNOW THAT CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS FROM THE SENATE LEADER ON DOWN HAD NO IDEA WHY THIS AID WAS BEING WITHHELD AND NOW PRESIDENT ZELENSKY OF UKRAINE HIMSELF TOLD ROXANA SABERI THAT HE WAS NEVER TOLD WHY THE AID WAS BEING WITHHELD. SO, THE ARGUMENT NOW THAT THE AID WAS SUDDENLY WITHHELD IN ORDER TO PUT PRESSURE ON UKRAINE OVER CORRUPTION REALLY DOESN’T MAKE SENSE IF NO ONE WAS EVER TOLD THAT THAT WAS THE REASON. YOU WOULD THINK IF THEY WERE TRYING TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO DEAL WITH THE CORRUPTION PROBLEM, THEY WOULD TELL SOMEONE AT SOME POINT, THIS IS WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. BUT APPARENTLY THAT NEVER úHAPP >>FINALLY BEFORE I LET YOU GO, NANCY, THE PRESIDENT WAS WATCHING APPARENTLY THIS PRESS CONFERENCE. HE WAS TWEETING THROUGHOUT IT. AT ONE POINT HE TWEETED THAT HE DOESN’T BELIEVE NANCY PELOSI IS CAPABLE OF WORKING ON THE DESPERATELY NEEDED, WHAT HE CALLS THE DESPERATELY NEEDED USMCA OR LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES. ADAM SCHIFF SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO HAVE THE BRAINS AND STRENGTH LIKE MIKE POMPEO FROM A LOW LIFE OF SCHIFF THAT RED MY WORDS TO DEMEAN A FIRST CLASS AT WEST POINT IS SAD. I FIND THAT INTERESTING THAT THE PRESIDENT IS ON THIS TRACK SUGGESTING THAT ADAM SCHIFF BE TRIED FOR TREASON OR IS TREE SON NEWS BECAUSE OF

100 thoughts on “Live: Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff hold news conference

  • Trump's in real trouble because of his dishonesty and his lack of knowledge of the real workings of government.

  • The Democrats are dividing this country. How can they impose attempts on this when the country is changing for the good of mankind.

  • Pelosi your a lying Traitor ! Your gonna enjoy Prison ! Don't think El Chappo will protect you after taking his money and lying about it ! Can't wait for the Headlines!, Deep state locked up for TREASON!

  • They haven't worked on any thing but getting trump out. How about y'all do something instead of talking at least trump has do some.
    Sad for Democrats!!!
    Dont investigate me we are investigating you so you cant do that.

  • Trump and his cabal have been holding bills to help the people hostage to the goals of his misguided platform. Remember the government shutdown? Trump: Give me my wall and stop investigating me or I'll cripple the government.

  • Impeach pelosi
    Shes too old to be in government. I don't want people like this defining my country. If this country let's this happen we as Americans are all in grave danger.

  • IF THIS WERE A REAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THAN EVERY ASPECT OF DUE PROCESS WOULD IMMEDIATELY GO INTO AFFECT. THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN IT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE AS REQUIRED. ITS ANOTHER GAME TO DISTRACT AND DECIEVE AMERICANS.

  • How stupid has Nancy pelosi become. She should go back to the land of fruits and nuts and just retired like an old Gray dog who can't see and barks at everything she can't see

  • They stole 3 years from Trump with A of waste.. time and money ..All they do is obstruct, distract and lie.

  • Pelosi and Schiff you have made our President out to be a villain. Then you come on national television playing the role of wanting to work with him and help the American people. WHAT GALL! You had three years to work with him and for us. YOU DID NOTHING BUT TRIED TO DESTROY HIM AND US!!
    YOU ARE ONE VERY DECEPTIVE BIH- you have no intentions to work with him or for us.
    You are a BIG JOKE!!!

  • You leftists need to look at the other side. Main stream media say Trump is bad and he's not. Look at what he done so far for this country. I hope you follow Trump on Twitter and see what's really going on. Nancy needs to believe the bible verses she quotes.

  • This is MK ultra experiment. Trying to make the USA persuaded by corruption as to be real truth. Wake up people.

  • The number of trolls posting here is staggering. So I won't even bother to respond to them. Trump is a traitor and an embarrassment. He is destroying our nation and spitting on its Constitution. Why anyone supports this man is really bewildering.

  • Not a sad person here, very happy. Proud to be alive in these days as criminals are being confronted. Many houses being cleaned around the world but most are waiting on the USA to finish that they may avoid the collateral damage that has been to a degree, avoided here. Where is Chucky? Maybe he has figured it out and knows every word he speaks will be used against him. Fancy Nancy and Shifty don't seem to get it yet, games been over for a long time for them. Only reason they are still free is they are used to make other cases in favor of Trump. Can't help but keep talking but it's to late, nothing can stop what is coming. Got to get fresh popcorn, my stockpile getting old. Buckle up all you buttercup sleepy heads, this ride is about to get real. Note: All you lib's need to prepare yourselves for your future emotional distress. 😉 !!!

  • The President talking to Ukraine was wrong Nancy? How about a double attempted coo to overthrow a dully elected President to further push your corrupt globalistic agenda? Thats not wrong huh? Gross dems ewww

  • IF Trump knew what a dictionary was for, and he would look up the word TREASON it would be HIS picture as the definition, not Adam Schiff's! 😈😡👺

  • America First
    America First
    8 hours ago
    https://washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/real-benghazi-story.html Polosi husband was the money manager for Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey

  • Adam shiff needs to be psychologically examined, and maybe even Nancy, this is horrible what they are doing to our President and our Country!!!

  • trump would be a better man if he admitted his wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness from the American people…. that's the morally correct thing to do..

  • We are so refreshed to hear the continually forthright, intelligent and respectful members of our House of Representatives – we want more people like this representing our country. Vote BLUE in 2020!

  • Pelosi NEVER had an interest in lowering healthcare costs! Smoke and Mirrors, Pelosi is FOR socialized medicine!!!!!

  • Nancy Pelosi trying to lead the House is like someone trying to lead cats. She can't do it, and they're running all over the place.

  • Schiff & Pelosi are patriots ! They are a Godsend! I’m so grateful to all of the committee members ! This phone call is objective proof that our National Security is in Danger! Anyone who loves this country, doesn’t want impeachment of our President, however this case is of the utmost importance in regards to a threat to our safety, dismissive of the Oath of Office, and it’s urgently needed! I am from a military family! My brother was a CAPT in the Army and gave his life to rescue soldiers under heavy enemy fire during DS. He completed the mission to rescue his men & women, however on returning to the medical facility is SE Asia, the Blackhawk he was flying had a systems failure, along with a sand storm in which all his efforts to land could not be made… he sacrificed his life for his Country. I know his death had meaning. I know he would do it again ! To hear the nonsensical rhetoric by our President, over the past 3 years has been hard for me. However, this phone call is infuriating! My brother & so many others sacrificed their lives to defend our democracy, freedom and independence! They deserve better than this President. They deserve to be honored like Pelosi & Schiff are doing in defending our constitution. This is tough to say, but I’m grateful my brother is not here to witness the utter lawless disrespectful behavior by the President of the country he gave his life to defend. God Bless!❤️🇺🇸

  • democrates needs to get out off america and this world they need to hang them self off all destroction they did all democrates that are hatefull of freedom of speech and freedom and healt they are making everybody sick at the cost of us all

  • How much time are you and PELOSI spending on working for Americans……get to work, create jobs , good health care….stop spending millions and millions on chasing ghost in the closet of this President…..when will this stuff stop.,..who is behind you both,,..

  • Yes nancy…. pray…. and repent….. for The Lord sees all the schemes and corruption. HIS Judgement awaits us all, for we are all sinners….. HE WILL HAVE THE LAST AND FINAL WORD!

  • You have to respect the hard work the Dems are putting into this . If they were intelligent we would be in serious trouble 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • GOVERNMENT OF CHINA IS DEVILS ATTACKING CITIZENS GOVERNMENT IS TERRORISM . GOVERNMENT BAN DOWN CITIZENS. NO SPEECH NO LIFE… THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA HAVE TO MOVE OUT OF THE CHAIR POWER . CHINA ,VIETNAM , HONG KONG WE ARE THE WORLDS NEEDS PEACEFUL… WE ARE NEED DEMOCRACY FOR EACH COUNTRY .

  • She is working hard to help shifty reelect Trump. God bless the Republican Party and Their President of The United States of America.

  • It was NANCY who voted against charging GWB as a WAR PIG, her vote was the determining vote. She is no champion. SHE WILL NOT ALLOW A VOTE FOR MEDICARE4ALL, what does that tell you? SHE TAKES INSURANCE PAC $$, she's dirty, she plays the GAME. We must call her office, DEMAND A VOTE FOR MEDICARE4ALL now, then ask, WHY DOES SHE BLOCK IT? We must make Nancy listen to us, we cannot allow history to repeat itself. TRUMP HAS TO GO NOW.

  • Amazing what can be accomplished when I'm not scheduling, traveling to and from playing 18 holes of golf at my private properties and then Tweeting all day long to cover up the crimes committed during my "free time".

  • Schiff & Pelosi – along with the other #treasonous democrats – are going to be #INDICTED for their SEDITIOUS and TREASONOUS CRIMES against our #PRESIDENT, against #WeThePeople..and against #HUMANITY. Then, the overwhelming majority of the #demoncrats will be sentenced to LIFE at #GITMO or #death by public hanging or lethal injection (a la #McCain and #GHWB). #PAINisCOMING #FISADECLASS #WWG1WGA #KAG #Q #DRAINtheSWAMP

  • Let me tell you about a part of my country's history: there was an extremely popular politician, right wing, charismatic in a weird way. He hated the left and the press (He called it Lügenpresse wich means fake news) and he was unapologetically racist. He said "i'll make this country great again", He said "we are the people", He said "globalism takes away your jobs". The working class finally had their savior and the liberal and academic elites? Most of them didnt think he was a real threat, they said "the system will fix it". In his first election he had not many votes. Then he manufactured a crisis and our parliament burned down. "It was the left he said" and the next elections he won big time. The main jewish newspaper wrote "yes he is racist and an antisemit, but thats just words, the system will fix it, he will rise to the ocassion."
    He said "there will be civil war if i was to be impeached." In the end this man brought war to Europe and then to the world. In the end there were about ten million dead jews, homosexuals, unable people, sinti and roma and millions of soldiers and civilians all over the world. The system did not fix it, because people thought he was right for too long or that the left elites really are the actual problem or he wont be that bad after all, at least he spoke what many thought and felt.
    I am from Germany. Sadly my own grandmother said until the end "Mr. Hitler cared for us, he was not too bad", sadly i think there always will people who will excuse every action, every horror, if they are feeling like finally having a voice. Even if the voices of everyone else will be dead in the end. Germany was the most important state at that time for science, had the most nobel prices, was liberal, was the first country to have transrights, being gay was ok, it was the country of Einstein and Bach and NOTHING of this saved it in the end. Because this is not about intelligence but about emotions and civility. The US is all that now for the science and arts etc. Just because youre highly developed it does not mean you will be save if you dont start to act on behalf of civility, empathy and sympathy. Bad things can happen. They can.

  • Rush Limbaugh says this so-called impeachment investigation is nothing but show. It is all an attempt to smear the republican party in general and bring down our duly elected president. These criminals are being shown to be conspiring to bring this all about. Our country has never been in better shape than it is now. . . .and it is because of Donald Trump's leadership and grit. Schiff is a bold faced liar . . . The democrats are grabbing at straws to do any damage they can to undermine our president. #walkaway from the party of thugs that Biden has bragged about with his statement with Ukraine that he would withhold a billion dollar loan, if they did not fire the attorney investigating Joe Biden's son. Democrats . . .go pound sand!

  • TRAITORS TO OUR DEMOCRACY !!!
    THEY'RE NOT DOING A IMPEACHMENT BECAUSE THEN REP. COULD HAVE THE SAME POWER !!
    PIECE OF SHT DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO GET VOTED OUT IN 2020 GUARANTEED, EVEN MORE IF THEY FXK UP THE ECONOMY !!!!

  • So we have a possibility of civil war… gonna be a plethora of real estate available in California and the Northeast.

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American worker for years. Now he is so desperate to damage president Donald Trump that he literally made up a false version of a phone call,” he wrote. “Enough is enough. I have signed a resolution to censure Schiff in the House of Representatives.”

  • Loving it, looks like Congress is trying to clean house. Hopefully they will, and thus restore some dignity to the ideal of the constitution.

  • Simple solution for these morons now……Martial Law in D.C., ship them all to GITMO and then and only then, release the [DECLAS] FISA warrant scandal evidence.

  • The WHISTLE-BLOWER is a CIA spy and wasn't providing first-hand information. The report was written by someone else and then the rules for WHISTLE-BLOWER standards were changed overnight to allow HEARSAY ! GET IT RIGHT DEMOCRATS !

  • Dermocrats are destroying our Republic and must be stopped. They're tearing the country apart with this stupid pathetic partisan crap.

  • For those who are in a rush (or have short attention span) the key to the whole news conference is the question @23:30 – 29:00 with detailed and cogent answers by Schiff and Pelosi. It is best summary I have heard or read of this impeachment process so far.

  • HEY PELOSI WE KNOW WHAT THAT PIN MEANS AND WILL LEAK ALL THE INFO AND WHO YOUR HANDLER IS AS WELL AS THE SECRET WORK YOU HAVE BEEN DOING WITH CHINA. GET READY WOMAN AS WELL WE KNOW YOU MADE UP THE WHISTLE BLOWER. YOU GUYS NEED TO TURN YOUR CAMERA'S OFF ON YOUR LAPTOPS. YOU NEED TO GET SOMEONE RESEARCHING THE DARK WEB. ALSO YOU KEEP WEARING THE PIN. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU TAKE IT OFF. RESEARCH WHEN YOU HAVE THE PIN AND WHEN YOU DON'T.

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