McCarthy blasts dem impeachment managers in explosive house floor speech


SHE TOLD HER TO CAUCUS THAT THEY NEEDED TO STRIKE WHILE THE IRON WAS HOT. THIS WAS ALWAYS AN EXERCISE IN RAW PARTISAN POLITICS, CONTRARY TO THE WARNINGS OF OUR FOUNDERS, AND OVER THE LAST MONTH, WE SAW THE JUSTIFICATION FOR RUNNING THE FASTEST, THINNEST, AND WEAKEST IMPEACHMENT IN THE AMERICAN HISTORY CRUMBLE. INSTEAD OF SENDING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR TRIAL, SPEAKER PELOSI HELD THEM HOSTAGE IN A FIELD PLATE TO GAIN LEVERAGE THAT SHE DID NOT, AND WOULD NEVER HAVE. IN TERMS OF CONCESSION, SHE GOT NOTHING. NO CONTROL, NO MORAL VICTORIES, AND OTHER WORDS, ANOTHER FAILED STRATEGY. AFTER A MONTH OF COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND HARMFUL DELAYS, I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE DEMOCRATS. WHAT HAPPENED TO IMPEACHMENT BEING URGENT? WHAT HAPPENED TO CONGRESS BEING ON THE CLOCK? WHAT HAPPENED TO SAYING THAT HOUSE WOULD BE DERELICT IN OUR DUTY IF WE DID NOT ACT IMMEDIATELY? THESE WERE ALL THE ASSERTIONS DEMOCRATS MADE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. I GUESS IT TURNS OUT NONE OF THEM ARE TRUE. THESE DELAY TACTICS WERE SELF-SERVING, HYPOCRITICAL, AND DISCREDITING. THEY MADE AN IMPORTANT ADMISSION. SOME MIGHT EVEN CALL IT A CONCESSION. YOU PROVED A VERY BIG POINT. THE DEMOCRATS DO NOT EVEN BELIEVE THEIR CASE WAS ROBUST ENOUGH TO WIN IN A TRIAL. EVEN THE SPEAKERS ALLIES AND MEANT THE DELAYS UNDERMINE THEIR CASE. SOME HAVE GONE AS FAR AS DESCRIBING IT TO A FAILED STRATEGY. THESE ARE THOSE CLOSEST TO HER. SENATOR FEINSTEIN, THE SENIOR DEMOCRAT FROM OUR STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE HOMETOWN SENATOR OF THE SPEAKER SAID, THE LONGER IT GOES ON, THE LESS URGENT IT BECOMES. AND CHAIRMAN ADAM SMITH, A CONFIDANT OF THE SPEAKER SAID, IT WAS TIME TO TRANSMIT THE ARTICLES TO THE SENATE. BEFORE THESE STATEMENTS WERE MADE LAST WEEK, BEFORE THE SENATE SPEAKER RELENTED, THEY ARE SIGNIFICANT, BECAUSE THEY WERE PUBLIC, AND THEY WERE HONEST. I’M DISAPPOINTED THESE INDIVIDUALS DID NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND BY THEIR INITIAL COMMENTS. IF IMPEACHMENT WAS TRULY AS URGENT AS DEMOCRATS CLAIMED, THE MAJORITY SHOULD NOT HAVE WAITED FOR THE SPEAKER TO CHOOSE A POLITICAL CONVENIENT TIME. ANYONE COULD HAVE RECOGNIZED THIS PLAY WOULD NOT WORK, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE ARE DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS. AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME, CONTROLLED BY DIFFERENT PARTIES. AS JAMES MADISON WROTE IN “THE FEDERALIST” PAPERS “THE PURPOSE OF BICAMERALISM IS TO GUARD AGAINST THE DANGERS OF ENCROACHMENT AND TO STOP TOXIC RESOLUTIONS FROM TAKING EFFECT.” WE SAW SEPARATION OF POWERS PREVAIL AGAINST AN ABUSE OF POWER. JUST AS THE CONSTITUTION INTENDS. THE IDEA OF HOLDING A SLOPPY IMPEACHMENT CASE TO FORCE THE SENATE TO CHANGE THE RULES IS CONSTITUTIONALLY AND POLITICALLY UNHEARD-OF. FRANKLY, IT IS JUST RIDICULOUS. IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 5, THE CONSTITUTION CLEARLY STATES “EACH HOUSE MAY DETERMINE THE ROLES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS.” IT DOES NOT SAY THAT THE HOUSE MAY CONTROL THE PROCEEDINGS IN THE SENATE. IF ANYTHING, THE SPEAKER’S ACTIONS HAVE ONLY FURTHER PERSUADED MEMBERS OF THE SENATE THAT THE EVIDENCE OF IMPEACHMENT WAS NEITHER THOROUGH, NOR SATISFACTORY. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, LET’S BE HONEST, THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT PERSUASION. IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE RULES OF LAW. IT WAS ABOUT ALEXANDER HAMILTON WARNED US THAT ONE PARTY WOULD GET CONTROL, AND JUST BECAUSE OF THE ANIMOSITY, WOULD DEMEAN THE PROCESS OF IMPEACHMENT. AND BY SELECTING THESE PARTICULAR BATCH OF MANAGERS, THE SPEAKER HAD FURTHER PROVEN SHE IS NOT INTERESTED IN WINNING THE MINDS, THE HEARTS, OR EVEN FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIRST THREE NAMES SPEAKER PELOSI ANNOUNCED IN HER ANTICIPATED ANNOUNCEMENT EARLIER TODAY. CHAIRMAN SCHIFF, A MAN WHO HAS ALREADY TAKEN ON THE ROLE OF JUDGE, JURY, AND FACT WITNESS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS. CHAIRMAN NADLER, SOMEONE WHO CAMPAIGNED FOR THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPEACHMENT, BEGINNING AS FAR BACK AS DECEMBER 2017. BEFORE YOU OR EVEN IN THE MAJORITY. ON THE NOTION THAT HE WOULD BE THE BEST PERSON TO LEAD THE CHARGE OF POTENTIAL IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. YOU SEE, YOU GET A CHAIRMANSHIP BY YOUR CONFERENCE VOTING FOR YOU. YOU CAMPAIGNED FOR IT. YOU PUT YOUR BEST IDEAS OUT THERE OF WHY YOU SHOULD BE THE CHAIRMAN. IN 2017, THAT WAS THE CAMPAIGN. CONGRESSMAN KEENE JEFFRIES. A MEMBER WHO ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO TO THIS DAY VOTED IN SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT. YOU KNOW, THAT WAS MORE THAN A YEAR BEFORE THE UKRAINE CALL EVEN TOOK PLACE. THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANAGERS, IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE MEMBERS, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ON THE DAY THEY WERE SWORN INTO THIS BODY TOLD THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THEM THE GREATEST THAT THEY WERE GOING TO IMPEACH HIM. AS I HAVE SAID IN THE PAST, THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH FAIRNESS, BUT INSTEAD OF LOOKING TO THE SENATE, SPEAKER PELOSI SHOULD BE LOOKING WITHIN HER OWN CAUCUS. FROM THE BEGINNING THIS INVESTIGATION WAS MARRED BY SELECTED LEAKS TO THE MEDIA. A COMPLETELY PREDETERMINED PROCESS. YES, WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH IMPEACHMENT BEFORE, BUT IT WAS MUCH DIFFERENT. WE BELIEVED IN THE RULE OF LAW BACK THEN. THEY WEAVED FACE OUR ACCUSER. THAT YOU COULD CROSS-EXAMINE, THAT THE MINORITY COULD ACTUALLY ASK FOR WITNESSES. THE DAY THAT IMPEACHMENT WAS ASKED TO COME FORWARD, AND SENT A LETTER TO THE SPEAKER, LAYING OUT TEN ITEMS, NONE THAT WERE MADE UP COMING INTO WHAT THEY WERE? THE FAIR PROCESS WE HAVE ALWAYS USED IN THE PAST. THE ANSWER WAS “NO.” BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS, THEY COULD NOT LET FAIRNESS DETERMINE THE OUTCOME. ANY OTHER PROSECUTOR WOULD BE DISBARRED FOR SUCH BLATANT BIAS. ESPECIALLY IF THAT PROSECUTOR WAS A FACT WITNESS IN THE CASE. THE REASON FOR THE IMPEACHMENT IS THE SAME REASON IT HAS TAKEN DEMOCRATS 30 DAYS TO SEND THE ARTICLES TO THE SENATE. JUST SPITE. THEY WANTED TO STAY IN THE PRESIDENT’S RECORD WITHOUT GIVING HIM A FAIR CHANCE TO CLEAR HIS NAME. LAST YEAR WE SAW HOUSE DEMOCRATS INVERT THE BURDEN OF PROOF DURING THEIR FAIR INVESTIGATION. FOR EVERY AMERICAN WATCHING, TAKE FOR INSTANCE IF THIS WAS YOUR GOVERNMENT, IF YOU SWITCH THE BURDEN OF PROOF ON YOU. WE HAVE A CONGRESSMAN MAX ROSE, CHARACTERIZED IT THIS WAY. THIS NEW FRESHMAN OF THE MAJORITY. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS INNOCENT, SO ALL WE ARE SAYING IS PROVE IT. GOD FORBID GOVERNMENT ACCUSES YOU OF SOMETHING AS AN AVERAGE AMERICAN, SAY YOU HAVE TO PROVE IT? WE JUST SWITCHED A FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF AS AN AMERICAN. BUT ONLY IN THIS HOUSE DO WE DO THAT. GUILTY AND PROVEN INNOCENT MENTALITY WAS SHOWN THAT IMPEACHMENT WAS NOT ABOUT UPHOLDING JUSTICE OR PROVING THE RULE OF LAW. NOW DEMOCRATS HAVE INVENTED AN EVEN MORE DESTRUCTIVE STANDARD. YOU ARE GUILTY, BECAUSE THEY SAY SO. OUR FOUNDERS FEARED THIS DAY. ALEXANDER HAMILTON WARNED US OF THIS DAY. I HAD HOPED THIS DAY WOULD NOT COME. I WOULD HOPE THOSE WHO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION WOULD BELIEVE IN THE RULE OF LAW INSTEAD OF THE SPITE OF THE DISLIKE OF AN INDIVIDUAL. BUT THE KANGAROO COURTS ONCOLOGIST CAMPUSES WHERE ACCUSATION IS ENOUGH FOR AN INVESTIGATION. EVEN IN AN INTERVIEW, SPEAKER PELOSI MADE THAT VERY CLEAR TO ALL OF US. ASKED WHAT A SENATE ACQUITTAL WOULD MEAN, SHE SAID IT DID NOT MATTER. THE PRESIDENT IS IMPEACHED FOREVER. IS THAT WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT? JUST A PERSONALITY? JUST AN ABUSE OF POWER THAT YOU HAVE WITHIN A HOUSE, THAT WE ALL FEARED THIS COUNTRY WOULD NEVER DO. YOU CAN ALMOST SEE IN THE SPEAKER’S SMILE AS SHE SPOKE ABOUT THIS NEW STANDARD HOW INCREDIBLY SOLEMN SHE WAS. MADAME SPEAKER, WHEN AMERICANS LOOK BACK ON THE SAD SAGA, THEY WILL SEE A RIGGED PROCESS THAT FOREVER DAMAGED THE REMEDY OF IMPEACHMENT. SPEAKER PELOSI GOT NOTHING FROM THE SENATE, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GOT WORSE THAN NOTHING. THEY GOT STUCK WITH THE BILL FOR A COSTLY NEVER ENDING INVESTIGATION. THE OLD SAYING THAT YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR DOES NOT APPLY HERE. CONGRESS WASTED TIME, AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT. AND IN RETURN, TAXPAYERS GET NOTHING. DEMOCRATS MISALIGNED PRIORITIES ACROSS THE PEOPLE’S SOLUTIONS THAT COULD HAVE IMPROVED THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIFE. THERE IS NO GREATER CONTRAST THAN WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT HERE TODAY THAN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE HAPPENING IN PENNSYLVANIA AVENU PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. THE PRESIDENT SITTING DOWN WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY OF A LEADER AND SIGNING A TRADE AGREEMENT, SOMETHING PEOPLE SAID WE COULD NEVER GET DONE. TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY STRONGER. TO MAKE AMERICA THE NEXT CENTURY ARMS. BUT WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WE ARE DOING WHAT THE MAJORITY HAS WORKED THEIR ENTIRE TIME FOR IT. BEFORE THEY ARE EVEN SWORN IN, THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE POSITION OF CHAIRMAN, FOR THIS MOMENT. FOR THIS TIME, FOR THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT ARE SPENT. SO THAT THEY COULD SAY THE PRESIDENT IS IMPEACHED. THAT IS A LOFTY HISTORY. THOSE ARE LOFTY GOALS, THAT YOU NOW HAVE AUTHORED MORE SUBPOENAS THAN YOU HAVE CREATED LAWS. BUT THANK GOD WE GOT A PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT DOES NOT SIT BACK. YES, HE GOT THE UNITED STATES UNITED STATES-MEXICO-TRADE AGREEMENT, THE TOP TWO TRADERS. HE IS SITTING THERE WITH CHINA TODAY, BUT THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH STRONGER HIS HAND WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT AGREEMENT IF IT HAD TAKEN PLACE EARLIER WHEN HE GOT IT. IT WAS HELD, WHY? BECAUSE WE WERE IMPEACHING. THAT IS AN AMAZING AGENDA, BUT YOU PROMISED PEOPLE YOU WOULD DO IT. THIS IS NOT A MOMENT THIS BODY SHOULD BE PROUD OF. IF SPEAKER PELOSI LIKES TO SAY, IMPEACHMENT IS A NATIONAL CIVICS LESSON, LET’S USE THIS BLUNDER AS A TEACHABLE MOMENT. I WILL MAKE THIS PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. BECAUSE THE DAY WILL COME THAT THE MAJORITY WILL SWITCH. WE WILL UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. WE WILL LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON. AND JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY ELSE IS IN AN OFFICE THAT WE MAY NOT LIKE, WE WILL NOT CHANGE THE RULE OF LAW. WE WILL NOT ACCUSE THEM OF BREAKING IT AND SAYING THAT THEY HAVE TO PROVE IT. WE BELIEVE AMERICA IS MORE THAN A COUNTRY. THAT AMERICA IS AN IDEA. AN IDEA OF THE STRICTNESS. AND WE ASK WOULD MAKE STUDENTS IN IRAN RISE UP FOR THE FREEDOM THAT THEY KNOW AMERICAN TO BE. BUT THE RULE OF LAW IS SO POWERFUL. THIS IS A MOMENT AND A CIVICS LESSON THAT WE SHOULD LEARN. THIS IS A MOMENT THAT WILL TEACH OUR GRANDCHILDREN. YES, MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO, THE FOUNDERS CRAFTED AN AMAZING COUNTRY. BUT THEY WARNED US WHAT A PIECE OF POWER WOULD LOOK LIKE. THE SAD PART IS WE ARE WITNESSING IT. WHAT A CONTRAST IN A DAY IN TIME WHAT A CONTRAST IN A DAY IN TIM TIME. MOVING FORWARD, WE MUST NOT REDO THE SAME MISTAKES IN CONGRESS. IN MY PROMISE TO YOU IF POWER WAS TO CHANGE, THE RULE OF LAW WOULD COME BACK. WE WOULD HAVE AN AGENDA FOCUSED ON PEOPLE, NOT ON POLITICS. WE WOULD HAVE A VOICE THAT YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILT GUILTY. WE WOULD NOT ABUSE OUR POWER JUST FOR THE SHEER SHAKE OF POLITICS. TO SAY THAT YOU ARE IMPEACHED FOREVER, BECAUSE I DISLIKE YOU. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. IT’S A SAD DAY, BUT THE GREAT THING ABOUT AMERICA, IT WILL ALL CHANGE. BECAUSE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE VOICE. I YIELD BACK.>>MEMBERS ARE ONCE AGAIN REMINDED TO ADDRESS THE REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. A GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.>>SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.>>GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED ONE MINUTE.>>ONE VOICE, MY COLLEAGUES IN

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