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...
September 27, 2019 Speeches
For 43 years, the President of the United States has had the statutory authority granted by Congress to declare a national emergency and to re-program unobligated military construction funds to meet that emergency. Fifty-eight times, previous presidents have invoked this authority to address such matters as civil unrest in Sierra Leone and Burma. Only when THIS President invoked his authority for the 59th time to address the most serious national security risk our country has faced in our lifetimes – the collapse of our southern border – do we hear protests from the left and its disciples in the House...
September 20, 2019 Speeches
This bill purports to assert a very important constitutional right: the right to trial by jury in civil actions. But it does so by denying another very important constitutional right – the freedom of unimpaired contract – the right of two parties to agree to exchange goods and services according to their own best judgment.
September 12, 2019 Speeches
If the majority wants to exercise the House's power of impeachment, all you’ve got to do is ask the House to do so...vote on those 18 words...Why won't you do that? It's because you want to give the illusion of impeachment, without the reality...You can have your impeachment and deny it too...
July 16, 2019 Speeches
Congressman McClintock today delivered the following remarks on the House floor. The Congressman voted NO on H. Res. 489.
H. Res. 489
July 16, 2019
Marijuana decriminalization may be one of the few issues upon which bipartisan agreement can still be reached in this session. It doesn’t require endorsing cannabis – on the contrary. There is clear evidence that marijuana use can cause long-term neurological problems in children and adolescents, and no one should approach the use of any drug without caution and moderation. I believe we should do everything we can to prevent its use by children and warn of its use by adults. But it should be crystal clear that our laws have not accomplished their goals...