Schumer, Carper, Cornyn

Executive Session (Wheeler Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (10:48 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
    • ". But in a long history of our country, our grand, wonderful country, god's noble experiments as the founding fathers called it and it still is today that's never been what the justice department stood for. It's an independent federal agency tasked with following the law wherever it leads free of considerations of politics or power. Mr. Rosenstein is acting in line with that long and great tradition, and it's no reason, none at all, for the president to fire him. Now, my friends on the other side of the aisle know just as well as we do that firing Mr. Rosenstein or Mr. Mueller would precipitate a constitutional crisis. Our constitutional order is built upon a bedrock faith in the rule of law, of equality under the law. No person, not even the president, can subvert that principle for his or her political interests or needs."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "According to trend tabs, in the first quarter - no. According to just capital, rather, 60% of the money in the Republican tax break went to shareholders who tend to be the wealthiest. Only 6% went to workers. So much for all the talk that when the money was given to the companies, it would also be given to workers. It hasn't happened. Why? Because instead of investing, corporate profits and things that benefit the long-term health of the economy and workers, higher wages, equipment, new research, new hires, corporations spend the money on buybacks."

 

Senator Carper: (11:02 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "Leaders build bridges, not walls. Leaders focus on doing what is right, not what is easy or expedient, what is right. Leaders treat other people the way they want to be treated. They actually embody the golden rule. Leaders focus on excellence in everything they do. If it isn't perfect, they say, let's make it better. Let's work with other people to make it better. And leaders know they are convinced they are right and others realize they are right, leaders don't give up. As I stand before you today, I knew 13, 14 months ago what kind of steward Scott Pruitt would be with respect to protecting our air, our water, our public health."

 

Senator Cornyn: (11:30 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the F.B.I.
    • "The writer says that Director Comey was the F.B.I. director overseeing the investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mail server. He and his team decided that she had not done anything that warranted criminal charges. And he, Director Comey, knew that Republicans would blast him as a coward who was trying to curry favor with the likely future president. So he decided to go public with the explanation for not charging Clinton and to criticize her harshly, he doubled down and had an investigation 11 days before the election, even as other justice officials urged him not to. Department policy dictates that investigators aren't supposed to talk publicly about why they are not bringing charges, they especially don't do so when it could affect the outcome of the election."