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Ted Lieu: 'Impeachment Is A Form Of Deterrence' And Will 'Follow' President Donald Trump

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Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., spoke on the House floor for the first time after missing committee hearings on impeachment for medical reasons. He said impeachment was a "form of deterrence," and is "permanent."


A deeply divided Senate acquitted President Donald Trump at the end of his impeachment trial on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump blasted "dishonest and corrupt" people Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, bashing his impeachment before the nonpartisan event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just steps away. The Senate on Wednesday acquitted Trump almost entirely along party lines on charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress,, with Sen. Mitt Romney the long Republican vote to convict. Aired on 02/06/20.
President Donald Trump delivers his 2020 State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

President Trump declined to shake the hand of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before his speech.

The speaker then did not include the customary introduction of: "I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the United States." Instead, she just said, "Members of Congress, the president of the United States."

After his address, Pelosi ripped up her copy of his speech.
Moments ago, President Donald Trump met with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office at the White House.

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LIEU. >> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.
>> GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. >> THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NADLER
>> THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NADLER FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.
FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. LET’S START BY MAKING THIS VERY
LET’S START BY MAKING THIS VERY SIMPLE.
SIMPLE. NO ONE IN AMERICA COULD DO WHAT
NO ONE IN AMERICA COULD DO WHAT DONALD TRUMP DID AND GET AWAY
DONALD TRUMP DID AND GET AWAY WITH IT.
WITH IT. NO AMERICAN ELECTED OFFICIAL
NO AMERICAN ELECTED OFFICIAL COULD CALL UP A FOREIGN
COULD CALL UP A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND ASK FOR AN
GOVERNMENT AND ASK FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF A POLITICAL
INVESTIGATION OF A POLITICAL OPPONENT.
OPPONENT. NO MEMBER OF CONGRESS CAN CALL
NO MEMBER OF CONGRESS CAN CALL UP A FOREIGN OFFICIAL SAND ASK
UP A FOREIGN OFFICIAL SAND ASK FOR HELP IN OUR REELECTION
FOR HELP IN OUR REELECTION CAMPAIGN IF WE DID THAT WE’D
CAMPAIGN IF WE DID THAT WE’D LIKELY GET INDICTED.
LIKELY GET INDICTED. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. AND THE CONSTITUTION IS SUPREME
AND THE CONSTITUTION IS SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND.
LAW OF THE LAND. I FIRST SWORE AN OATH TO THE
I FIRST SWORE AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION WHEN I JOINED THE
CONSTITUTION WHEN I JOINED THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ON
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ON ACTIVE DUTY.
ACTIVE DUTY. AND THE OATH I TOOK WAS NOT TO A
AND THE OATH I TOOK WAS NOT TO A POLITICAL PARTY OR TO A
POLITICAL PARTY OR TO A PRESIDENT OR TO A KING.
PRESIDENT OR TO A KING. IT WAS TO A DOCUMENT THAT HAS
IT WAS TO A DOCUMENT THAT HAS MADE AMERICA THE GREATEST NATION
MADE AMERICA THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH.
ON EARTH. AND THAT DOCUMENT CONTAINS A
AND THAT DOCUMENT CONTAINS A SAFEGUARD FOR WHEN THE
SAFEGUARD FOR WHEN THE PRESIDENT’S ABUSE OF POWER IS SO
PRESIDENT’S ABUSE OF POWER IS SO EXTREME THAT WARRANTS
EXTREME THAT WARRANTS IMPEACHMENT.
IMPEACHMENT. WE’RE NOT HERE BECAUSE OF POLICY
WE’RE NOT HERE BECAUSE OF POLICY DISPUTES.
DISPUTES. WHY DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT,
WHY DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT, I ACKNOWLEDGE HE HAS A RIGHT TO
I ACKNOWLEDGE HE HAS A RIGHT TO RESTRICT A NUMBER OF REFUGEES
RESTRICT A NUMBER OF REFUGEES ENTERING OUR COUNTRY.
ENTERING OUR COUNTRY. HE HAS THE RIGHT TO ELIMINATE
HE HAS THE RIGHT TO ELIMINATE ENVIRONMENTAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS.
ENVIRONMENTAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS. HE HAS THE RIGHT TO SIGN A BILL
HE HAS THE RIGHT TO SIGN A BILL THAT IS GIVEN TAX BREAKS TO THE
THAT IS GIVEN TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHY.
WEALTHY. BUT THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE
BUT THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHEAT AND TO
THE RIGHT TO CHEAT AND TO SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN
SOLICIT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS.
OUR ELECTIONS. THAT IS ILLEGAL AND NOT WHAT THE
THAT IS ILLEGAL AND NOT WHAT THE VOTERS ELECTED HIM TO DO AND WE
VOTERS ELECTED HIM TO DO AND WE WILL NOT STAND FOR IT.
WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIONS IN THIS
THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIONS IN THIS CASE WERE PARTICULARLY INSIDIOUS
CASE WERE PARTICULARLY INSIDIOUS BECAUSE HE USED OUR GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE HE USED OUR GOVERNMENT FOR HIS PRIVATE GAIN.
FOR HIS PRIVATE GAIN. HE CONDITIONED TAXPAYER FUNDED
HE CONDITIONED TAXPAYER FUNDED MILITARY AID AND A CRITICAL
MILITARY AID AND A CRITICAL WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THE
WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ON THE
UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ON THE REQUIREMENT THAT UKRAINE
REQUIREMENT THAT UKRAINE PUBLICLY AUNS NOED AN
PUBLICLY AUNS NOED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HIS POENTSOPP
INVESTIGATION INTO HIS POENTSOPP AND THE PRESIDENT ALSO HARMED
AND THE PRESIDENT ALSO HARMED U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY.
U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY. AND THEN THE PRESIDENT SOLICITED
AND THEN THE PRESIDENT SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AGAIN ON
FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AGAIN ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE
THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN HE AGAIN ASKED
HOUSE WHEN HE AGAIN ASKED UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE HIS
UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT AND THEN HE
POLITICAL OPPONENT AND THEN HE ASKED CHINA, OUR PEER
ASKED CHINA, OUR PEER COMPETITOR, TO DO THE SAME.
COMPETITOR, TO DO THE SAME. THAT ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT
THAT ABUSE OF POWER IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
ACCEPTABLE. WHETHER OR NOT THE SENATE
WHETHER OR NOT THE SENATE CONVICTS, THE HOUSE HAS
CONVICTS, THE HOUSE HAS INDEPENDENT DUTY TO DO THE RIGHT
INDEPENDENT DUTY TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
THING. THAT IS WHY WE’RE PASSED OVER
THAT IS WHY WE’RE PASSED OVER 275 BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT ARE
275 BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT ARE ARE STUCK IN THE SENATE.
ARE STUCK IN THE SENATE. WHETHER IMPEACHING OR
WHETHER IMPEACHING OR LEGISLATING, WE’LL CONTINUE TO
LEGISLATING, WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE CONSTITUTION
BE FAITHFUL TO THE CONSTITUTION REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE SENATE
REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE SENATE MAY OR MAY NOT DO.
MAY OR MAY NOT DO. MOREOVER, IMPEACHMENT IS A FORM
MOREOVER, IMPEACHMENT IS A FORM OF DETERRENCE.
OF DETERRENCE. OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING.
OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING. NO PRESIDENT EVER WANTS TO BE
NO PRESIDENT EVER WANTS TO BE IMPEACHED.
IMPEACHED. AND WHETHER DONALD TRUMP LEAVES
AND WHETHER DONALD TRUMP LEAVES IN ONE MONTH, ONE YEAR, OR FIVE
IN ONE MONTH, ONE YEAR, OR FIVE YEARS, THIS IMPEACHMENT IS
YEARS, THIS IMPEACHMENT IS PERMANENT AND IT WILL FOLLOW HIM
PERMANENT AND IT WILL FOLLOW HIM AROUND FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE
AROUND FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND HISTORY BOOKS WILL RECORD
AND HISTORY BOOKS WILL RECORD IT.
IT. AND THE PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHY WE
AND THE PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHY WE IMPEACHED.
IMPEACHED. IT IS ALL VERY SIMPLE.

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