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tv   Billy House Interview on Impeachment Inquiry  CSPAN  October 22, 2019 9:44am-9:53am EDT

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called on to cherish and protect. now, obviously, changing times require that we adapt our policy to these changing times and we do that every day in our research and policy analysis, but we will never compromise our principles. never. [applaus [applause]. our true north principles are taken from-- >> moving on from this event at the heritage foundation from remarks from secretary of state mike pompeo. the senate is about to gavel in at 10 eastern this morning, live coverage on c-span2, and the top of the embassy at ukraine, taylor. we spoke earlier about impeachment. >> joining us on the phone is billy house, correspondent at
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bloomberg news covering the impeachment inquiry. >> billy, first off, who is william taylor? >> well, acting ambassador william taylor is a key witness, ukraine ambassador, because of his text messages to colleagues in real-time back in september expressing concern about ukraine back channel negotiations by rudy guiliani on behalf of president trump. >> and you mentioned the texts. what was important about this as far as the impeachment inquiry? what did they say? >> well, the impeachment inquiry has been looking into whether president trump was trying to use leverage of military aid to get dirt on his presidential rivals to have the ukraines investigate whether joe biden or the democratic national committee. william taylor in his text messages expressed concern about this and even called it at one point crazy to withheld
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military aid in a bid to get dirt on the president's political rivals. >> how significant is his testimony? >> well, he could significantly advance what is already being built along those lines by the previous-- some of the previous state department and national security team members who had testified over the last two weeks, including former u.s. ambassador marie yanvonvich who said need concerns. >> and where are we? these are the early stages? >> well, the timeline for the inquiry has been batted around. what i've been told is it would go into december if not beyond. there's still dozens of witnesses they hope to get to, not the least of which they float are guiliani himself, but
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there are some thoughts the democrats simply do not want to hold an impeachment vote in the house in 2020. they want to get it done in 2019, so the rush is on to get this done by the end of december in some eyes. >> all right, well, you tweeted a little about what's happening the rest of this week. can you kind of lay it out for us? >> well, the services and the-- well, oversight committee chairman cummings' death has led to kind of a shake-up of the earlier schedule that had seven witnesses. there will now only about two. one is taylor tomorrow morning, and throughout the rest of the day, and then on thursday-- i mean, on wednesday, deputy assistant secretary defense laura cooper will be on hand to testify and that's it right now as far as we know for the rest of the week. some five other witnesses that had been kind of tentatively scheduled either for reasons of negotiating time frames or
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because of the memorial services and stuff for the oversight chairman have been scrapped for this week. >> there's been a lot of talk, billy, about these closed door interviews. how long do you see these continuing? >> i think they'll go for a few more weeks. adam schiff, the chairman of the intelligence committee, one of the three conducting the focus on the ukraine, has promised there would at some point be open hearings. the two other chairmen have agreed, but when and how in depth and how far along, you know, how much those open hearings would actually matter is anybody's guess at this point because they do seem to be putting together a case and pretty much in private downstairs in a small, secure room. >> we'll continue to follow you on twitter at house in session. and your reporting at bloomberg.com. billy house, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> well, we have a couple of live hearings coming up today
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on c-span 3. this morning, treasury secretary steve mnuchin will be testifying about housing programs. and live coverage gets underway in ten minutes at 10:00 eastern again on c-span 3. then this afternoon, the senate foreign relations committee looks at impact of turkey's recent military offensive in syria against the kurds. that's live at 2:30 eastern. and a quick reminder that you can follow all of our coverage on-line at c-span.org or listen with the free c-span radio app. live friday night, two candidates challenging president trump for the republican nomination. c-span hosts a conversation with former massachusetts governor bill weld and former south carolina governor and congressman mark sanford. we'll talk about their plans and strategies and why they're running against the president. we'll take your facebook
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comments. live friday 8 p.m. on c-span. listen wherever you are using the free radio app. >> our c-span campaign 2020 bus team is travelling across the country visiting key battle ground states in the 2020 presidential race asking voters what issues they want presidential candidates to address during the campaign. >> an issue to me that is by far the most important, the most paramount in the 2020 election is the climate crisis and i'm electing to call it the climate crisis or the climate emergency to express the urgency of the matter. we have only 11 years to deal with this issue. and we have need to understand that 11 years is not a lot of time in political or historical context at all. so this is an absolute
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emergency. we need to be dealing with this right now today. >> and the thing i want presidential candidates to be talking about is the second amendment as to why they want to do-- like i agree with the whole gun control thing, but it's on the black market and stuff, why do they want to take our guns away. why do they want to take away from the civilians of this country and why do they want to disarm us? >> and i would like the candidates to address how to revitalize international solidarity and the trade union movement across borders and where they stand on de silva, the former president of brazil. >> education. our kids are being left behind and an education that the government tells you that you have to do this and do that, but there's no funding
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available and then the taxpayers have to come up with it. >> voices from the campaign trail. part of c-span's battle ground states tour. >> well, the u.s. senate will be gavelling in shortly at the top of the hour. lawmakers will be voting on whether to allow north macedonia to join nato. yesterday pennsylvania senator bob casey spoke on the floor about the ongoing impeachment inquiry. >> this afternoon to talk about the question of impeachment, which of course is being debated across the country. the evidence continues to mount regarding actions the president has taken and of course, this issue is worthy of not only debate, but worthy of inquiry and review and even debate and discussion here in the senate. from the mueller

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