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House Proceeding 06-19-09 on Jun 19th, 2009 :: 0:22:00 to 0:25:25
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Bob Goodlatte

0:21:57 to 0:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: impeachment set out in house resolution 520. and i yield back. thspeaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from michigan reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. smith smith i yield five minutes to the the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, who is a rim of the impeachment task force. the speaker pro tempore: the

Bob Goodlatte

0:22:00 to 0:25:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Bob Goodlatte

0:22:19 to 0:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: gentleman from virginia is recognized for five minutes. mr. goodlatte: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker,t's a rare occasion when the house of representatives must vote on articles of impeachment against a federal judge. indeed, the last time this occurred was 20 yearsgo. however, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes

Bob Goodlatte

0:22:40 to 0:23:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: compromised and the house of representatives has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system it is also rare for the members of the to agree on anything. however, the committeeoted unanimously last week to report

Bob Goodlatte

0:23:03 to 0:23:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: out house resolution 520, which contains the four articles of impeachment against judge kent. this vote came after a thorough investigation and much work by the task force on judicial impeachment. specifically, the task force conducted an investigation of judge kent's conduct, which included working with the f.b.i., the department of

Bob Goodlatte

0:23:24 to 0:23:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: justice and the fifth judicial circuit. the task force conducted a hearing on the matter, at which twcourt employees testified about the extent of their sexual abuse. at the same hearing, we heard from a constitutional scholar who testified that judge kent's

Bob Goodlatte

0:23:45 to 0:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: misconduct rises to the level of impeachable offenses. judge kent was invited to testify and his attorney was also invited to testify and participate in the hearing. both declined to attend. as you have already heard in statements today and as you have already seen in the jish -- judiciary committee report, it

Bob Goodlatte

0:24:07 to 0:24:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: merits the serious step of issuing articles of impeachment. the evidence the f.b.i. and department of justice about the nature of his sexual conduct with court employees. in addition, he pled guilty to felony obstruction of justice and repeating acts of sexual contact with court employees. he was sentenced to 33 months in

Bob Goodlatte

0:24:29 to 0:24:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: prison for committing felony obstruction of justice and this past monday he reported to prison and began his prison term. however, because the constitution provides that federal judges are appointed for life, samuel kent, despite the fact he is sitting in prison, collects to collect his taxpayer-funded salary of

Bob Goodlatte

0:24:52 to 0:25:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: $174,000 per year, continues to collect his taxpayer-health benefitand continues to accrues his taxpayer-funded pension. this is the first time that a federal judge has pled guilty to a felony and reported to prison and still not resigned from his office. this shows how deep judge kent's

Bob Goodlatte

0:25:14 to 0:25:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: audacity clearly runs. he sent a letter to the president explaining that he intends to resign one year from now. however, this purported resignation is not worth the paper it is written on, because

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