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Rep. Scalise on impeachment impasse on Capitol Hill

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise joins Mike Emanuel on 'Fox News Sunday.'

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Relive the dramatic impeachment process of President Donald Trump from the hearings in the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees, the House vote, Senate trial and acquittal.
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US President Donald Trump has attacked his political rivals in a speech celebrating his acquittal on impeachment charges, sometimes using profanities.

He singled out Senator Mitt Romney, the only Republican to vote for Trump's removal over the Ukraine case.

He also criticised the Democrats leading the impeachment trial, calling them "dirty cops".

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC.

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WHITE HOUSE.
>> Mike: RICH EDSON REPORTING
LIVE FROM MAR-A-LAGO, THANK YOU.
JOINING ME NOW FROM LOUISIANA,
CONGRESSMAN STEVE SCALISE, THE
HOUSE MINORITY WHIP, WELCOME
BACK TO "FOX NEWS SUNDAY."
>> Representative Scalise:
GOOD TO BE BACK WITH YOU, MIKE.
>> Mike: CONGRESSMAN, WE WANT
TO BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS,
REPORTS OUT OF NEW YORK THAT AN
INTRUDER WITH A LARGE KNIFE,
PERHAPS EVEN A MACHETE, ATTACKED
THE HOME OF A HASIDIC RABBI AS
PEOPLE WERE GATHERED TO
CELEBRATE HANUKKAH.
POLICE SAY THEY'VE ARRESTED A
SUSPECT, YOUR REACTION, SIR?
>> Representative Scalise:
WELL, IT'S REALLY ALARMING.
WE ARE SEEING GROWING
ANTI-SEMITISM, SOMETHING THAT WE
ALL NEED TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST,
PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS, WHETHER
IT'S A SYNAGOGUE IN PITTSBURGH,
WHETHER IT'S THE HOME OF AN
ORTHODOX RABBI, WE ONLY DO STAND
UP AND SAY IT'S WRONG TO ATTACK
PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR FAITH AND
TO SEE THIS ANTI-SEMITISM
GROWING THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY,
THAT SOMETHING WILL NEED TO NOT
ONLY BE ALARMED ABOUT, BUT ALSO
STAND UP AGAINST.
>> Mike: IS THERE SOME KIND OF
GOVERNMENT RESPONSE THAT'S
LOGICAL TO THIS, TO A WAVE OF
ANTI-SEMITISM THAT WE'VE SEEN IN
NEW YORK?
>> Representative Scalise: I
THINK OUR REACTION NEEDS TO BE
QUICK AND DIRECT, THAT
ANTI-SEMITISM IS WRONG, THAT
ATTACKS ON PEOPLE OF FAITH ARE
WRONG AND THAT REGARDLESS OF WHO
IS ATTACKED, WE ARE GOING TO
STAND UP AGAINST IT AND NOT TRY
TO FIGURE OUT WHO DID IT, THAT'S
A LAW ENFORCEMENT'S JOB.
LAW ENFORCEMENT IS DOING A GREAT
JOB, BY THE WAY, OF MAKING SURE
THAT THEY'RE GETTING THE
SUSPECT.
TWO OFFERED IN WASHINGTON YOU
SEE PEOPLE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
SOMEBODY'S MOTIVES INSTEAD OF
JUST SAYING IT'S WRONG AND
ATTACK AND CALL IT OUT FOR WHAT
IT IS, ANTI-SEMITISM IS WRONG.
WE NEED TO STAND UP AGAINST IT
AND IT'S UNFORTUNATELY STARTING
TO POP UP ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY
MORE AND MORE, SO WE NEED TO
STAND UP AND BE VERY VOCAL AND
VERY UNITED AGAINST IT.
>> Mike: TO YOUR ROLE AS ONE
OF THE TOP REPUBLICANS IN THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHAT
ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS WHEN
CONGRESS RETURNS, WILL
SPEAKER PELOSI CAVE AND SEND
OVER THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT
QUICKLY?
>> Representative Scalise:
IT'S HER DUTY TO TURN IT OVER.
IT'S NOT LIKE SOME MECHANISM SHE
CAN CONTROL.
THE HOUSE PASSED IT.
THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE.
YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE EVIDENCE
WAS IN SPEAKER PELOSI WANTED TO
TALK ABOUT THE EVIDENCE, EVERY
ONE OF THEIR WITNESSES TESTIFIED
UNDER OATH SAYING THERE WAS NO
CRIME, SAYING THERE WAS NO QUID
PRO QUO.
MAYBE SHE'S TRYING TO CARRY OUT
HER OWN WOULD CROAK WELL BY
ACTING AS IF SHE'S GOT SOME KIND
OF ROLE IN THE SENATE TRIAL.
THEY HAD A WEAK CASE.
I THINK SHE KNOWS THEY HAD A
WEAK CASE.
THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE AND NO
CRIME COMMITTED AND YET THEY
STILL WANTED TO IMPEACH THE
PRESIDENT TO APPEASE THEIR
RADICAL BASE.
THAT'S WHAT THIS WAS ABOUT FROM
THE BEGINNING.
THEY'VE NEGLECTED A REAL AGENDA
FOR HARDWORKING FAMILIES, BY THE
WAY, AND WHAT YOU'RE SEEING
RIGHT NOW AS I THINK PELOSI JUST
EXPOSING THE FACT SHE HAS NO
CASE AND TRYING TO HAVE ONE MORE
BITE AT THE APPLE.
THEY ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT
MORE IMPEACHMENT NEXT YEAR.
HOW ABOUT THAT FOCUS ON LOWERING
DRUG PRICES, SECURING OUR
BORDER, DOING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
PACKETS COULD HAVE DONE IN A
BIPARTISAN WAY?
THEY DON'T WANT TO DO ANY OF
THAT BECAUSE THEY'VE BECOME A
PARTY OF IMPEACHMENT.
THEY HAVE THIS OBSESSION, IT
SEEMS LIKE, WITH CARRYING OUT
THIS POLITICAL VENDETTA AGAINST
THE PRESIDENT INSTEAD OF WORKING
WITH HIM TO GET HIM JOHN.
AT LEAST PRESIDENT TRUMP IS
WORKING FOR FAMILIES, CREATING
JOBS, GETTING AN ECONOMY THAT
IS -- THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD ALL
BE FOCUSED ON.
>> Mike: DO BELIEVE
SPEAKER PELOSI IS OVERREACHING
BY TRYING TO INFLUENCE A SENATE
TRIAL?
>> Representative Scalise:
IT'S NOT HER ROLE TO GO OVER TO
THE SENATE.
SHE COULD RUN FOR THE SENATE IF
SHE WANTS TO BE A SENATOR.
THE HOUSE HAS A ROLE, THE SENATE
HAS A ROLE, IT'S TIME FOR THE
HOUSE TO DO THEIR JOB.
FOR MONTHS SHE WAS SAYING HOW
IMPORTANT IT IS THAT GOT TO
REMOVE THIS PRESIDENT
IMMEDIATELY, THE THREAT TO THEIR
WHOLE WAY OF LIFE AND ONCE THEY
PASS THE IMPEACHMENT, SHE
DOESN'T WANT THE SENATE TO GET
THE PAPERS TO START THE TRIAL.
THEY CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.
I THINK PEOPLE SEE THROUGH THE
CHARADE, IT'S A POLITICAL
CHARADE.
THIS IS NOT WHAT OUR FOUNDERS
INTENDED IMPEACHMENT TO BE USED
FOR.
IN FACT THEY WROTE ABOUT IT,
HAMILTON TALKS VERY SPECIFICALLY
ABOUT THE CONCERN THAT
IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE USED TO
CARRY OUT A POLITICAL VENDETTA
INSTEAD OF TO GO AFTER A CRIME.
IF THERE WAS NO CRIME COMMITTED,
SO NOW ALL THEY'RE DOING IS
TRYING TO JUST ATTACK THE
PRESIDENT PERSONALLY BECAUSE
THEIR FIELD IS SO WEAK ON THE
DEMOCRAT SIDE AND THE PRESIDENT
HAS DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB OF
FULFILLING HIS PROMISES, THE
THINGS HE ACTUALLY RAN ON DOING.
I WISH BARACK OBAMA AND
JOE BIDEN WOULD HAVE STOOD UP TO
RUSSIA AND HELPED UKRAINE IS
MUCH AS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS
HELPED UKRAINE, SELLING JAVELIN
MISSILES, ALLOWING THEM TO STAND
UP TO RUSSIA IN WAYS THAT
BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN
WOULDN'T ALLOW UKRAINE TO DO.
>> Mike: LOOKING AHEAD, YOU'VE
SAID MITCH McCONNELL WILL RUN
A FAIR TRIAL IN THE SENATE BUT
ALASKA REPUBLICAN
SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI WAS
CRITICAL THIS WEEK OF
COORDINATION BETWEEN McCONNELL
AND THE WHITE HOUSE.
SHE DOESN'T SEEM CONVINCED,
CONGRESSMAN.
>> Representative Scalise: AND
YOU'VE SEEN HER MAKE STATEMENTS
CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT DEMOCRATS
HAVE BEEN DOING AND SAYING AS
WELL, YOU HEARD CHUCK SCHUMER
MAKING COMMENTS RECENTLY IN THE
LAST TWO WEEKS TO CONTRADICT
THINGS THAT CHUCK SCHUMER AS A
CANDIDATE FOR UNITED STATES
SENATE SAID IN 1998 WHEN HE WAS
RUNNING, SAYING HE WAS RUNNING
ON A PLATFORM IN PART OF
ACQUITTING BILL CLINTON WHEN HE
GOT TO VOTE AGAINST IMPEACHMENT
IN THE HOUSE AND IT WENT OVER TO
THE SENATE AND VOTED AGAINST
IMPEACHMENT THERE.
SO IN THE AIR, LOOK, THE SENATE
IS GOING TO CONTRACT, CONDUCT A
FAIR TRIAL.
THERE WAS NOT A FAIR TRIAL IN
THE HOUSE AND I THINK IT WAS
VERY CLEAR AND YOU SEE WHAT
PELOSI DID THEIR, LITERALLY
SHUTTING DOWN THE ABILITY FOR
THE MINORITY TO EVEN HAVE A DAY
OF HEARINGS, WHICH IS REQUIRED
UNDER HOUSE RULES, THEY BROKE
THAT RULE.
THEY BROKE A LOT OF RULES TO RAM
THROUGH THIS IMPEACHMENT
CHARADE.
JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE A
POLITICAL VENDETTA AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT.
HE DIDN'T COMMIT A CRIME, THEIR
STAR WITNESS HAS SAID UNDER
OATH, CAN YOU NAME AN
IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE, WAS THE
BRIBERY, EVERYONE OF THEM SAID
NO AND YET THEY STILL CARRIED
ON.
THE SENATE WILL HAVE A FAIR
TRIAL AND YOU'LL SEE AN
ACQUITTAL.
EVERYBODY KNOWS IT'S GOING TO
END IN ACQUITTAL.
WHAT THEY HAVEN'T DONE IS I
THINK JUST AS IMPORTANT.
THEY HAVEN'T FOCUSED ON LOWERING
PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES, WHICH
WE PASSED A BILL, BY THE WAY,
UNANIMOUSLY.
EVERY REPUBLICAN, EVERY DEMOCRAT
VOTED TO LOWER DRUG PRICES,
FAMILY WILL BE PAYING THOSE
LOWER DRUG PRICES TODAY BECAUSE
THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE SIGNED
THE BILL, PELOSI WON'T BRING
THAT TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE OF
THIS OBSESSION WITH IMPEACHMENT.
>> Mike: RICHARD BLUMENTHAL
SAYS THERE ARE 5-10 REPUBLICANS
WITH SEVERE MISGIVINGS ABOUT
McCONNELL'S STRATEGY.
IT DOES FOR THE DELAY RISK
BRINGING OUT MORE SENATE G.O.P.
CONCERNS?
>> Representative Scalise: YOU
KNOW, PEOPLE CAN QUESTION
STRATEGY AND EVERYBODY MIGHT
HAVE THEIR OWN TACTICS OF HOW
THEY GO ABOUT IT.
EVERY IMPEACHMENT -- WHEN YOU
HAD A REPUBLICAN -- DIVIDED
HOUSE AND SENATE WITH THE
WHITE HOUSE, THEY'VE ALWAYS
NEGOTIATED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE
TO HAVE A FAIR PROCESS.
THAT I THINK IT'S WHAT'S MISSING
IN THE SPIRIT IT WAS NEVER AN
ATTEMPT BY THE SPEAKER TO HAVE
ANY KIND OF NEGOTIATION ON A
FAIR PROCESS WITH THE
WHITE HOUSE.
IT WAS DONE WITH A REPUBLICAN
HOUSE AT THE DEMOCRAT
PRESIDENT UNDER CLINTON.
IT WAS DONE WITH THE DEMOCRAT
HOUSE AND A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT
UNDER NIXON.
THEY NEGOTIATED IN FAIR TERMS
AND PROCESS SO YOU COULD HAVE A
FAIR TRIAL.
THEY DIDN'T HAVE THAT IN THE
HOUSE, IT WAS VERY CLEAR THAT
PELOSI DIDN'T WANT A FAIR
PROCESS, BUT IN THE END IT'S
GOING TO END IN ACQUITTAL AND SO
WHEN WE FOCUS ON REAL THINGS
THAT MATTER FOR HARDWORKING
FAMILIES?
>> Mike: LATER McCONNELL
DOESN'T SOUND LIKE HE IS IN ANY
RUSH, MEANWHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP
IS DOWN AT MAR-A-LAGO'S DOING.
IS THERE TENSION THERE?
>> Representative Scalise: I
DON'T THINK THERE'S TENSION.
I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN
FOCUSED ON DELIVERING FOR
FAMILIES.
WE JUST BEFORE WE LEFT WERE
FINALLY ABLE TO GET THE USMCA
TRADE AGREEMENT PRESSED.
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED
MONTHS AGO.
THAT IS SOMETHING THAT COULD
CREATE OVER 160,000 JOBS FOR
WORKERS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY,
BETTER TRADE RELATIONS AND
SENDING A MESSAGE TO CHINA AND
PELOSI SAT ON THAT FOR OVER SIX
MONTHS BECAUSE OF THIS OBSESSION
WITH IMPEACHMENT.
SO THE PRESIDENT SAID, LOOK, I
WANT TO WORK WITH CONGRESS TO
GET THINGS DONE.
I JUST SPEND ALL THEIR TIME
GOING AFTER HIM PERSONALLY
BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE HIM AND
AS HE SAID, THEY DON'T LIKE THE
PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM, WHICH
I THINK IS A BIGGER CONCERN THAT
THEY'RE MISSING.
I THINK THOSE PEOPLE ARE GOING
TO SPEAK OUT AGAIN IN 2020 AND
REELECT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SEND
IN A REPUBLICAN HOUSE BECAUSE
THEY DON'T WANT THE HOUSE
SPENDING ALL OF ITS TIME
CARRYING OUT POLITICAL
VENDETTAS.
THEY SHOULD BE WORKING FOR THOSE
FAMILIES THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS
WORKING AND DELIVERING FOR.
>> Mike: CONGRESSMAN, HOW DO
YOU TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE 31
HOUSE DEMOCRATS IN DISTRICTS
PRESIDENT TRUMP WON?
>> Representative Scalise: YOU
GOT TO GO BACK AND JUST CONTINUE
TO TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE
WOULD DO IF WE WERE IN THE
MAJORITY, ACTUALLY DELIVERING
FOR THOSE SAME FAMILIES THAT
EXPECT CONGRESS TO BE WORKING
FOR THEM, NOT FIGHTING OVER
THEIR OWN PERSONAL POWER IN
WASHINGTON.
AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU SEE
THIS ABOUT.
THEY STILL DON'T LIKE THE FACT
THAT IN 2016 DONALD TRUMP GOT
ELECTED.
THEY'RE TRYING TO REVERSE AND
NEGATE THE VOTES OF THOSE
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ELECTED
DONALD TRUMP AS OUR PRESIDENT
AND THEY'RE TRYING TO HURT HIS
ABILITY NEXT YEAR.
MANY OF THEM SAID A PUBLICLY
THAT THEY ARE AFRAID
PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL GET
REELECTED SO THEY HAVE TO
IMPEACH HIM, BUT THAT'S NOT WHY
YOU HAVE IMPEACHMENT.
THAT IN FACT IS AN ABUSE OF THE
POWER OF IMPEACHMENT AND I THINK
THEY'RE GOING TO BE PUNISHED FOR
ABUSING THAT POWER NEXT YEAR
WHEN THEY GO BEFORE THE VOTERS
WHO ELECTED THEM LAST YEAR.
>> Mike: TO BE CLEAR, WE ARE
NOT NAMING THE NAME, BUT YOU
HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH
PRESIDENT TRUMP RE-TWEETING THE
NAME OF THE ALLEGED
WHISTLE-BLOWER?
>> Representative Scalise:
LOOK, THE WHISTLE-BLOWER SHOULD
HAVE TESTIFIED A LONG TIME AGO.
IN FACT, THEY DON'T REALLY MEET
THE DEFINITION OF A
WHISTLE-BLOWER.
THEY NEVER SAW A CRIME AND
PERSONALLY FROM EVERYTHING WE'VE
SEEN, THE PERSON HASN'T DISPUTED
THIS, THIS PERSON HAD A
POLITICAL VENDETTA AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT.
HE SUPPOSEDLY WORKED FOR
JOE BIDEN, SO HAS A POLITICAL AX
TO GRIND.
IT'S A LITTLE CONCERNING YOU CAN
HAVE SOMEBODY ANONYMOUSLY TRY TO
TAKE DOWN A SITTING PRESIDENT
USING INNUENDO AND IN FACT SOME
OF THESE THINGS WERE FALSE
STATEMENTS, FALSE CLAIMS THAT
WERE MADE.
AND THERE WAS COORDINATION WITH
SCHIFF'S STAFF, MAYBE EVEN
SCHIFF HIMSELF, WHICH IS I THINK
WIFE SCHIFF DIDN'T WANT THE
WHISTLE-BLOWER TO TESTIFY AND SO
A LOT OF THAT SHOULD COME OUT.
I THINK THE PUBLIC OUGHT TO KNOW
ALL OF THOSE MEETINGS THAT
PELOSI AND SCHIFF HELD IN SECRET
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO REMOVE
THE DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT.
THAT OUGHT TO BE A ALARMING TO
ALL AMERICANS.
WHETHER YOU LIKE THIS PRESIDENT
OR NOT, THAT THEY WOULD GO
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND TRY TO
REVERSE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE
IN AN ELECTION, SO THE
WHISTLE-BLOWER OUGHT TO BE KNOWN
AND TESTIFY LIKE THEY TRY TO
TAKE OUT A SITTING PRESIDENT.
EVERYBODY IN AMERICA HAS A RIGHT

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