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“I’VE TAKEN FOUR OATHS IN MY LIFETIME, TWO AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND TWO NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. DIFFERENT OATHS DIFFERENT TIMES IN DIFFERENT PLACES BUT EACH OATH STATED THAT I WILL PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. MY OATH WAS NOT TO AN INDIVIDUAL. IT WASN’T TO A POLITICAL PARTY OR INSTITUTION. MY OATH WAS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION” (US CONGRESSWOMAN VAL DEMINGS).
US Congresswoman Val Demings: “Tomorrow morning the House Judiciary Committee will vote on articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump. I hope that each of my colleagues will think and pray on this decision. I hope they will remember the oath that we each took to the Constitution of the United States. President Trump used his office to serve himself. In doing to he threatened America’s national security interest and our elections. I reject the belief that the president can do anything he wants, anytime he wants.
Imagine there was a mayor who withheld critical dollars from a police chief until that chief went to a microphone and announced an investigation into the mayor’s political opponent. I do not believe that any community, anywhere, would allow that.
If the president is innocent, he would stop blocking the witnesses and documents that he is keeping secret! Let your senior staff testify to clear your name! Of course he will not. Because the facts are clear: the President did it. More facts will only support the case.” (US Congresswoman Val Demings, December 12, 2019)
“I am a descendant of slaves, who knew that they would not make it, but dreamed and prayed that one day I would make it.
So despite America’s complicated history, my faith is in the Constitution.
I’ve enforced the laws, and now I write the laws. Nobody is above the law.” (US Congresswoman Val Demings, December 11, 2019) https://twitter.com/RepValDemings/status/1204964134045077504
US Congresswoman Val Demings (2:26, December 11, 2019) closed caption transcript corrected against the original video (See links above and below):
“THIS IS A DEFINING MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY AND A CHALLENGING TIME FOR OUR NATION, BUT AMERICA HAS BEEN THROUGH TOUGH TIMES BEFORE AND I AM SURE WE WILL GO THROUGH TOUGH TIMES AGAIN. SO I DO NOT FEAR THIS MOMENT OR THIS TIME.
I GREW UP IN FLORIDA. I AM THE YOUNGEST OF SEVEN CHILDREN. MY MOTHER CLEANED HOUSES FOR A LIVING AND MY FATHER WAS A JANITOR BUT HE ALSO MOWED LAWNS AND PICKED ORANGES. I REMEMBER MY DAD USED TO GO TO WORK SEVEN DAYS A WEEK TO MAKE ENDS MEET FOR OUR FAMILY.
I GREW UP POOR, BUT MY PARENTS WERE GOOD, DECENT, HONEST PEOPLE WHO TAUGHT TO ME TO BE DECENT AND RESPECTFUL. THEY TAUGHT ME TO WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES AND TREAT OTHERS THE WAY THAT I WANT TO BE TREATED.
YOU SEE I WAS THE FIRST IN MY FAMILY TO GO COLLEGE AND AFTER GRADUATION I JOINED THE ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND STARTED OUT AS A PATROL OFFICER WORKING MIDNIGHT SHIFT. BUT THE STORY DOES NOT END THERE. I HAD THE AWESOME OPPORTUNITY OF WORKING MY WAY UP THROUGH THE RANKS TO BECOME ORLANDO’S FIRST WOMAN CHIEF OF POLICE AND NOW I AM PRIVILEGED TO SERVE IN CONGRESS.
BUT HEAR ME CLEARLY. I BELIEVE THAT ONLY IN AMERICA CAN A LITTLE BLACK GIRL, THE DAUGHTER OF A MAID AND A JANITOR GROWING UP IN THE SOUTH IN THE 60s HAVE SUCH AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY. SO, REGARDLESS OF THE SPIRITED SOMETIMES PAINFUL POLITICAL DEBATES, NO ONE CAN MAKE ME GIVE UP ON AMERICA.
YOU SEE I BELIEVE IN THE PROMISE OF AMERICA BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN THE PROMISE OF AMERICA. I COME BEFORE YOU TONIGHT AS AN AMERICAN DREAM REALIZED. BECAUSE AMERICA IS GREAT AND DECENT AND OUR DEMOCRACY COMPLETE BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE.
I’VE TAKEN FOUR OATHS IN MY LIFETIME, TWO AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND TWO NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. DIFFERENT OATHS DIFFERENT TIMES IN DIFFERENT PLACES BUT EACH OATH STATED THAT I WILL PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. MY OATH WAS NOT TO AN INDIVIDUAL. IT WASN’T TO A POLITICAL PARTY OR INSTITUTION. MY OATH WAS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
I COME BEFORE YOU TONIGHT AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE. I COME BEFORE YOU TONIGHT AS A DESCENDENT OF SLAVES. SLAVES WHO KNEW THEY WOULD NOT MAKE IT BUT DREAMED AND PRAYED THAT ONE DAY I WOULD MAKE IT.
I COME BEFORE YOU TONIGHT PROCLAIMING THAT IN SPITE OF AMERICA’S COMPLICATED HISTORY, MY FAITH IS IN THE CONSTITUTION, AND I SAY THAT TODAY WITH PERFECT PEACE.
I’VE ENFORCED THE LAWS AND NOW I WRITE THE LAWS AND I KNOW THAT NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW BUT THE LAW MEANS NOTHING IF THE ACCUSED, WHETHER THE MAN WHO BREAKS IN YOUR HOUSE OR THE PRESIDENT CAN DESTROY EVIDENCE, STOP WITNESSES FROM TESTIFYING AND BLATANTANTLY REFUSE TO COOPERATE IN THE INVESTIGATION. I ASK YOU TO NAME SOMEBODY IN YOUR FAMILY OR COMMUNITY WHO CAN DO THAT.
THE PRESIDENT IS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, AND HIS RESPONSIBILITY IS GREAT. HOWEVER, OUR PRESIDENT PUT HIS PERSONAL INTERESTS ABOVE THE INTEREST OF THE NATION CORRUPTING AND CHEATING OUR DEMOCRACY AND HE SHALL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
THE FRAMERS WERE SO CONCERNED ABOUT A PRESIDENT ABUSING HIS POWER THAT THEY GAVE US THE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT.
GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT UNPRINCIPLED MEN FINDING THEIR WAY INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.
WELL THOSE TIMES HAVE FOUND US AND WE ONLY HAVE ONE OPTION, AND THAT IS TO HOLD THIS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT, NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?467306-1/house-judiciary-committee-debate-articles-impeachment-day-1#&start=8925