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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Speeches

January 10, 2020 Speeches
Throughout the debate yesterday on the so-called war powers resolution, some fundamental misunderstandings surfaced that I feel need to be addressed.
January 9, 2020 Speeches
President Trump needed no other reason to order the attack that killed Soleimani IN IRAQ beyond the simple fact that he was acting as an enemy combatant against U.S. forces in a war zone in which the Congress had authorized the President to take military action.
December 18, 2019 Speeches
Congressman Tom McClintock, Speeches in the House of Representatives on Impeachment of the President, December 9 – December 18, 2019
December 18, 2019 Speeches
Nullifying a national election requires an overwhelming case of high crimes, supported by indisputable evidence that the vast majority of the nation finds compelling...
December 12, 2019 Speeches
The Constitution introduces the Presidency with 15 words: “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” It does not vest any authority in Lieutenant Colonels at the NSC, ambassadors, state department officials, or cabinet secretaries. The only authority that these officials exercise is delegated to them by the President. Thus, all of the criticisms and resentments and personal and political disagreements that we have heard from those officials are completely irrelevant to this discussion.
December 12, 2019 Speeches
The doctrine of executive privilege began with a subpoena that the House issued to President George Washington in 1796 demanding all the papers relating to the Jay Treaty. President Washington refused that subpoena because he said the powers of the House did not extend to treaties. He ultimately provided that information only to the Senate as a function of its treaty approval process. This ancient doctrine is derived from the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches. Congress can no more intrude into the policy discussions of the President than the President can intrude into our own policy discussions...
December 11, 2019 Speeches
Nearly two years ago, the House Intelligence Committee’s minority under Adam Schiff issued its report on FISA abuse. It stated categorically that “FBI officials did not abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process, omit material information or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.” On Monday, Michael Horowitz issued his detailed report that categorically contradicts every contention in Mr. Schiff’s FISA report. There wasn’t a shred of truth in it. Yet also on Monday, Chairman Nadler announced the Judiciary Committee would blindly accept Mr. Schiff’s latest report on impeachment without a single fact hearing of our own.
December 11, 2019 Speeches
History warns us that nations which either cannot or will not secure their borders simply aren’t around very long...
December 9, 2019 Speeches
In every election, somebody wins and somebody loses. Democracy only works because the losing side always respects the will of the voters. The moment that social compact breaks down, democracy collapses into chaos.
October 23, 2019 Speeches
I rise to tell a remarkable story of the unacknowledged patriotism and heroism of a 23-year old Army scout who, on December 3, 1944, was immersed in the horror and peril of some of the worst of the fighting in the bloody nightmare of the Philippine campaign. At Mt. Cabunganan, Technician 5th Class Leon G. Felt heroically engaged the enemy...

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