Checks and Balances
Taking the Next Step
Yesterday, the House took the next step in our ongoing impeachment inquiry, as we took a vote to establish procedures to move from depositions to public hearings, following the path set out in previous inquiries. This is a solemn occasion. We must be guided by the facts and the Constitution; by patriotism, not politics or partisanship. This is about the facts and the Constitution. But the actions taken to date by the President have violated the Constitution – especially when the President says, “Article II says, I can do whatever I want.”
Here are the facts: the President admitted to abusing the office of the Presidency to urge a leader of a vulnerable foreign country to take actions which would benefit him politically. As he said, “Do us a favor, though.” Since then, the depositions of patriotic national security, diplomatic and defense officials have shed even more light on the depth and seriousness of this betrayal, and show that the President's call was part of a pressure campaign that he directed for months, using multiple government agencies and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Yet, the President continues to insist that his actions were “perfect” – and he continues to solicit interference from other nations. At the same time, he is leading a campaign of blanket non-compliance and obstruction of the House’s inquiry.
Congresswoman Pelosi gives a floor speech ahead of the House vote on the rules of the impeachment inquiry.
This vote ensures that the American people can see the facts for themselves. Sadly, every Republican in the House voted against this resolution, which was about exposing the truth for the public. What do they have to fear from the truth?
The President will be held accountable because no one is above the law. House Democrats will uphold our oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. We will proceed with the seriousness that this moment in history demands. We will conduct a methodical, thorough and factual investigation to follow the facts and uncover the extent to which the President’s actions have threatened our national security and our democracy.
Armenian Genocide Resolution
This week, I joined my colleagues in remembrance of one of the greatest atrocities of the twentieth century: the systematic murder of more than 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women and children by the Ottoman Empire. Too often, tragically, the truth of this staggering crime has been denied. The House was proud to state the facts on this House Floor, to be etched forever into the Congressional Record: that the barbarism committed against the Armenian people was a genocide.
If we ignore history, then we are destined to witness the mistakes of the past be repeated. The recent attacks by the Turkish military against the Kurdish people are a stark and brutal reminder of the dangers in our own time. Together, may we have the strength and courage to always denounce hate, violence and bigotry, to right the wrongs of history and to build a future of hope, peace and freedom for all humankind.
Congresswoman Pelosi speaks in support of the Armenian Genocide Resolution on the House floor.
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