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Rep. Green: ‘The System of Checks and Balances Is at Risk’ Because Trump Does Not Believe that He Will Be Impeached

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Al Green

Name: Al Green

Employment: U.S. Congress

Position: Congressman

Event location
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

Name: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.


05/15/2019 11:41 am
Alex (staff)
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GREEN Madam Speaker and ░░░░░░░░ I rise And still ░░░░░░░░ rise because I love ░░░░░░░░ country and still I ░░░░░░░░ because there is a ░░░░░░░░ that has to be ░░░░░░░░ Madam Speaker the system ░░░░░░░░ checks and balances that ░░░░░░░░ have instilled within our ░░░░░░░░ a system that the ░░░░░░░░ of the Constitution devised ░░░░░░░░ there would not be ░░░░░░░░ concentration of power in ░░░░░░░░ hands of the chief ░░░░░░░░ officer of the government ░░░░░░░░ fact to prevent a ░░░░░░░░ of power in any ░░░░░░░░ there is power that ░░░░░░░░ spread across the government ░░░░░░░░ are three branches of ░░░░░░░░ government I want to ░░░░░░░░ this morning if I ░░░░░░░░ on two the executive ░░░░░░░░ the legislative Because Madam ░░░░░░░░ this morning as I ░░░░░░░░ before you a proud ░░░░░░░░ I must inform all ░░░░░░░░ the system of checks ░░░░░░░░ balances is at risk ░░░░░░░░ s at risk because ░░░░░░░░ now have a president ░░░░░░░░ does not believe that ░░░░░░░░ can or will be ░░░░░░░░ We have a president ░░░░░░░░ refuses to allow Congress ░░░░░░░░ perform its constitutionally accorded ░░░░░░░░ responsibilities When you have ░░░░░░░░ president who does this ░░░░░░░░ Speaker you lose the ░░░░░░░░ of Congress It becomes ░░░░░░░░ in the president The ░░░░░░░░ becomes a place where ░░░░░░░░ is concentrated because the ░░░░░░░░ has no fear He ░░░░░░░░ t believe that there ░░░░░░░░ consequences for his going ░░░░░░░░ what the Constitution allows ░░░░░░░░ will engage in conduct ░░░░░░░░ Article 2 Section 4 ░░░░░░░░ the Constitution would prohibit ░░░░░░░░ will engage in impeachable ░░░░░░░░ because he knows that ░░░░░░░░ Congress will not impeach ░░░░░░░░ It is impeachment that ░░░░░░░░ the ultimate guard against ░░░░░░░░ reckless ruthless lawless president ░░░░░░░░ if we do not ░░░░░░░░ our authority this president ░░░░░░░░ that we won t ░░░░░░░░ capable of doing things ░░░░░░░░ we cannot imagine Madam ░░░░░░░░ it is up to ░░░░░░░░ the members of this ░░░░░░░░ to assure that this ░░░░░░░░ continues to have the ░░░░░░░░ and balances that the ░░░░░░░░ of the Constitution intended ░░░░░░░░ we do not if ░░░░░░░░ does not fulfill its ░░░░░░░░ we won t have ░░░░░░░░ presidency The power will ░░░░░░░░ so concentrated that we ░░░░░░░░ have a monarchy The ░░░░░░░░ of the Constitution never ░░░░░░░░ for a president to ░░░░░░░░ totally disregard the Congress ░░░░░░░░ notwithstanding all that might ░░░░░░░░ in the courts notwithstanding ░░░░░░░░ of the subpoenas that ░░░░░░░░ be taken to court ░░░░░░░░ have them litigated properly ░░░░░░░░ ultimate check on a ░░░░░░░░ is Article 2 Section ░░░░░░░░ of the Constitution and ░░░░░░░░ is impeachment when he ░░░░░░░░ impeachable acts We have ░░░░░░░░ Mueller report it speaks ░░░░░░░░ itself And there are ░░░░░░░░ constitutional scholars who have ░░░░░░░░ there has been an ░░░░░░░░ to take place There ░░░░░░░░ many lawyers who have ░░░░░░░░ in the Justice Department ░░░░░░░░ number hundreds now the ░░░░░░░░ who have signed on ░░░░░░░░ the president should be ░░░░░░░░ the law just as ░░░░░░░░ else is the law ░░░░░░░░ apply to him He ░░░░░░░░ t be above the ░░░░░░░░ They say if we ░░░░░░░░ t act we re ░░░░░░░░ the president that he ░░░░░░░░ above the law He ░░░░░░░░ becomes a monarch and ░░░░░░░░ then become a weaker ░░░░░░░░ of government So I ░░░░░░░░ upon this Congress let ░░░░░░░░ do what is expected ░░░░░░░░ us The framers of ░░░░░░░░ Constitution gave us the ░░░░░░░░ They have shown the ░░░░░░░░ We but only have ░░░░░░░░ have the will and ░░░░░░░░ is worth it for ░░░░░░░░ to do it because ░░░░░░░░ country is at stake ░░░░░░░░ the sense that the ░░░░░░░░ is at risk Madam ░░░░░░░░ I love my country ░░░░░░░░ I yield back the ░░░░░░░░ of my time.”
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