Transcript for Jerry Nadler gives opening remarks at impeachment ‘markup’
I believe that three questions should frame our debate. First. Does the evidence show clearly that the president committed these acts. Second. Do they rise to the level of impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors. Third. What are the consequences. For a national security. Where the integrity of our elections. And for our country. If we fail to Iraq. President trump. Should have focused on America's national security. Than the interest of the American people on that call. Instead. He completely ignored them in order to push his own personal political interests. At his command the administration also refused. To produce a single document rep related to the inquiry. Not want. To put this obstruction into context. During the Watergate hearings President Nixon turned over recordings of his conversations in the Oval Office. Later President Clinton handed over his DNA. President trumps instruction. Was by contrast. Absolute. Those are the facts the overwhelming. There is no denying them so they ask why don't take more time. Why is this necessary now. Why do we need to impeach the president way that let the next election handle it. This brings us to the third and final question. What is the risk if we do not act. Over the past 94 days since the house investigation began. Indeed over the last three years. One indisputable. Truth has emerged. If we do not respond to president trumps abuses of power. The abuses will continue.
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