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YCQM: December 15, 2019

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Published: Dec. 15, 2019 at 7:09 PM EST
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GOOD MORNING, I'M IN FOR DARREN PERRON.

REPUBLICAN KURT WRIGHT JOINS US TO EXPLAIN WHY HE IS NOT SEEKING RE ELECTION.

WE'LL LOOK BACK AT HIS 25 YEARS IN STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR VERMONT'S REPUBLICAN PARTY.

PART OF THE U.S.S. VERMONT COMMISSIONING COMMITTEE JOINS US TO GIVE US THE LATEST ON THE MOST SOPHISTICATED SUBMARINE EVER BUILT AND WHEN IT WILL BECOME PART OF THE NAVY'S ARSENAL AND ONE ON ONE WITH PETER WELCH AS HE DISCUSSES THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.

>>> NOW WE BEGIN THIS MORNING SPEAKING WITH KURT WRIGHT.

HE ANNOUNCED HE WILL NOT BE SEEKING RE ELECTION.

HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN LOCAL POLITICS FOR 25 YEARS AND HELD A STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAT FOR 18.

A DEMOCRAT TOOK HIS SEAT THEN AND NOW A DEMOCRAT IS IN THE RUNNING TO REPLACE WRIGHT IN THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> KURT: THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> OF COURSE, SPEAKING ABOUT THIS BLUE WAVE IN THE VERMONT HOUSE, AND YOUR DEPARTURE FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE STATE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN VERMONT?

>> KURT: IT'S CLEARLY NOT IN ITS STRONGEST IT HAS EVER BEEN.

THERE ARE 40 SOMETHING HOUSE MEMBERS, AND THE GOVERNOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A VETO PROOF MAJORITY ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNOR WAS ABLE TO GET ENOUGH DEMOCRATIC CENTRIST TO JOIN THE REPUBLICANS ON CERTAIN KEY ISSUES SO HE CAN STILL HAVE A SAY.

I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THERE IS A STRONG REPUBLICAN PERSPECTIVE THAN THERE IS RIGHT NOW.

I DON'T THINK THAT IT'S GOOD FOR THE STATE TO HAVE TOTAL DOMINATION BY ONE PARTY.

I HOPE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CAN FIND ITS WAY BACK TO A STRONGER VOICE AND STRONGER PERSPECTIVE ON THE STATE LEVEL, AS WELL AS THE LOCAL LEVEL IN BURLINGTON.

>> AND YOU WERE THE CITY'S ONLY REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE UNTIL LAST YEAR.

WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THEY STRUGGLED TO RECRUIT NEW LEADERS.

HOW DO YOU THINK THEY CAN GAIN A FOOTHOLD HERE IN BURLINGTON?

>> KURT: IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY.

I'LL BE UP FRONT WITH YOU.

IT'S NOT A REPUBLICAN CITY.

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE THIRD PARTY AFTER THE DEMOCRATS AND PROGRESSIVE.

THERE IS A NEW YOUNG CHAIR, HE MAY BE THE YOUNGEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE FOR A PARTY IN BURLINGTON OR VERMONT.

I DON'T THINK HE'S TURNED 18 YET.

HE IS WORKING HARD TO RE ENERGIZE THE PARTY.

IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS TO START FINDING YOUNGER PEOPLE THAN ME TO RUN.

I THINK THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY REALLY HAS TO BE A BIG TENT.

IT HAS TO BE WELCOMING TO ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT IDEAS.

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS A CONSERVATIVE PARTY, AND IT HAS TO BE WELCOMING TO CENTRIST PEOPLE AND DIFFERENT VIEWS.

I THINK THAT'S KEY AND THERE ARE SOME POCKETS IN THE STATE WHERE YOU CAN RUN.

YOU CAN BE A CONSERVATIVE AND YOU CAN SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP.

THERE ARE OTHER PLACES IN THE STATE WHERE THE REPUBLICAN IS GOING TO START GAINING MORE SEATS IN THE LEGISLATURE OR ON THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL FOR EXAMPLE.

YOU REALLY NEED MORE CENTRIST PEOPLE TO BE SEEKING THOSE SEATS.

>> AND REPUBLICANS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DONALD TRUMP AND HIS IMPACT ON VERMONT REPUBLICANS IN GENERAL?

>> KURT: CLEARLY, THERE ARE A LOT OF REPUBLICAN VOTERS THAT DO LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, BUT IN VERMONT, IN GENERAL, IT WOULD NOT BE WISE FOR CANDIDATES TO WRAP THEMSELVES AROUND PRESIDENT TRUMP.

HE'S NOT POPULAR BY THE SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY IN VERMONT.

SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT ALSO FOR CANDIDATES, FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO RUN ON A VERMONT AGENDA, ON ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO VERMONT SPECIFICALLY OR IF IT'S IN BURLINGTON, ON BURLINGTON ISSUES.

THAT'S ONE OF THE KEYS TO SUCCESS, INCLUDING WORKING REALLY HARD AND TRYING TO GET THE REPUBLICAN VOICE STRONGER IN VERMONT AND BURLINGTON.

>> JUST SPEAKING LOCALLY, YOU BROUGHT UP CONCERNS OF INSTANT RUN OFF VOTING IN BURLINGTON, WHICH COULD BE INTRODUCED AGAIN.

NOW YOU HAVE SOME HISTORY WITH THIS LOSING THE MAYORAL RACE BECAUSE OF IT, WHICH IS KNOWN AS RANKS CHOICE VOTING.

WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON THIS BEING INTRODUCED AGAIN.

>> IT'S NOT ABOUT ME OR THAT RACE.

I ALWAYS SAID THAT, IT DIDN'T MEAN I WOULD HAVE WON.

BUT I WASN'T A FAN OF I.R.V. BEFORE THAT ELECTION.

MY CONCERNS WITH IT ARE THAT TO LOOK AT THAT ELECTION, AGAIN, NOT THAT IT'S ABOUT ME.

10 YEARS AGO.

I MOVED ON.

IT CREATED A LOT OF CONFUSION.

VOTERS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE RESULTS HAPPENED.

YOU HAD A MAYOR THAT HAT HAD 29% VOTES, SO THE CANDIDATE WITH THE MOST FIRST PLACE VOTES, AND SECOND PLACE VOTES, NEITHER ONE OF THOSE CANDIDATES WON.

SO VOTERS WERE LEFT FEELING CONFUSED ABOUT HOW THAT HAPPENED.

SO, I THINK A VOTING SYSTEM THAT IS CONFUSING, THAT IS NOT SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND IS NOT A GOOD SYSTEM.

IN ADDITION, IT DIDN'T DELIVER ON THE PROMISES 10 YEARS AGO.

THE PROMISES IS THAT IT WOULD BE AN EXCITING NEW SYSTEM THAT INCREASED VOTER TURNOUT.

THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

IT WOULD DO AWAY WITH NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING, AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN EITHER.

WHAT HAPPENED WHICH IS SOMETHING WE DON'T WANT, WHICH IS A HOT BED OF POLITICS, WE DON'T WANT OVER THE TOP NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNS, BUT WE WANT CANDIDATES TAKING BIG STANDS SO PEOPLE KNOW WHERE YOU STAND ON ALL THE ISSUES OF THE DAY.

BECAUSE OF I.R.V., THAT CREATED A VANILLA TYPE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO ALIENATE VOTERS OF ANOTHER CANDIDATE.

I DON'T THINK THAT'S HELPFUL.

WE WANT CANDIDATES TO TAKE STRONG STANCES.

IT DIDN'T DO AWAY WITH NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING.

FOR ME, IF A CANDIDATE GOES OVER THE TOP WITH A NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN, LET THE VOTERS SORT THAT OUT AND THEY WILL USUALLY MAKE THAT VOTER PAY A PRICE IF THEY GET TOO NEGATIVE.

THERE'S A MYRIAD OF ISSUES.

THERE'S NO PERFECT VOTING SYSTEM.

I THINK THIS VOTING SYSTEM WE HAVE IS DEFINITELY BETTER, EASIER TO UNDERSTAND THAN SOME OF THE OTHER VOTING SYSTEMS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

I THINK THERE ARE MORE DRAW BACKS TO THE NEW VOTING SYSTEMS THAN THE ONE WE HAVE NOW.

>> AND LOSING POSSIBLY THE ONLY REPUBLICAN IN BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL, THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE AISLE WITH A VOICE.

DO YOU THINK WE WILL BENEFIT WITH HAVING SOMEONE ELSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE?

>> I THINK THAT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.

I HONESTLY FELT THAT I LET A LOT OF PEOPLE DOWN IN MY CONSTITUENTS AND THEY'RE TELLING ME TO STAY ON THE COUNCIL.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE ON THE CITY COUNCIL.

FLATTERING TO ME, I PROBABLY DON'T DESERVE IT AS MUCH AS PEOPLE SAID, BUT THEY SAID YOU'RE THE VOICE OF REASON ON THE CITY COUNCIL.

WE NEED YOU TO STAY THERE.

AGAIN, I FELT BAD IN LETTING THOSE PEOPLE DOWN.

IT WAS A TOUGH DECISION AND I DO THINK THAT IT'S NOT BECAUSE IT'S ME, BUT BECAUSE THAT PERSPECTIVE IS IMPORTANT ON THE CITY COUNCIL.

I DON'T THINK IT'S EVER GOOD WHEN WE HAVE ONE VIEWPOINT DOMINATING EITHER THE BONES OF CITY COUNCIL OR VERMONT LEGISLATURE.

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>> KURT: THANK YOU.

>> COMING UP, TALKING ABOUT THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WITH PETER WELCH.

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>> THE LATEST AND GREATEST VERMONT SUBMARINE, WE WILL KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE COMMISSIONED.

ON APRIL 18TH.

A GROUP IS HELPING TO COORDINATE THE CELEBRATION AND WORKING WITH VERMONT BUSINESSES TO DEVELOP A LOCAL CONNECTION WITH THE VESSEL.

ONE MIDDLE BUSINESS IS HELPING TO BUILD THAT RELATIONSHIP.

>> WE'RE A WOOD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURE.

>> REPORTER: THE MACHINES ARE HUMMING IN MIDDLE BERRY.

>> WE MAKE TOYS AND GAMES.

>> REPORTER: NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

>> WE DO CUSTOM WORK.

>> REPORTER: THEY'RE HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE COMMISSIONING OF THE U.S.S. VERMONT.

>> WE'RE MAKING PLAQUES FOR THE U.S.S. VERMONT SUBMARINE.

>> REPORTER: IT WILL BE THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCE SUBMARINE IN THE WORLD, CAPABLE OF PATROLLING THE WORLD'S OCEANS AND SEAS.

IT WILL BE OUTFITTED WITH THE LATEST SENSING ELECTRONICS GATHERING COMMUNICATION.

IT WILL INSERT OR EXTRACT SPECIAL OPERATORS LIKE NAVY SEALS.

>> WE SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF OUR MILITARY AND TO HAVE VERMONT CONNECTED, WE WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT, FOR SURE.

>> REPORTER: CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE AND VERMONT IS IN THE WATER AT GENERAL DYNAMIC ELECTRIC BOAT IN CONNECTICUT.

THE SAILORS TO FIRST CREW THE BOAT ARE LIVING IN THE SUB AND ARE WORKING WITH THE BOAT BUILDER, TESTING ALL THE VESSEL'S FUNCTIONS.

HERE IN VERMONT, A COMMITTEE HAS BEEN TASKED WITH RAISING AWARENESS OF THE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY.

THAT'S WHEN IT BECOMES OFFICIALLY A PART OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY FLEET.

A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES ARE CREATING GIFTS TO BE PRESENTED AT THE CEREMONY.

THOSE ITEMS WILL BE PLACED IN THE SUB WHERE THEY WILL REMAIN UNTIL THE NAVAL SERVICE CONCLUDES, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE AT LEAST 30 YEARS.

THOSE BUSINESSES WILL RECEIVE THE MAPLE LANDMARK PLAQUE.

>> WE'RE HAPPY TO HAVE A HAND TO PUT THIS TOGETHER.

NOT A LOT OF WOOD GOES INTO SUBMARINES, SO WE CAN DO IT WITH PLAQUES.

IT'S UP OUR ALLEY.

>> REPORTER: THEY FEATURED THE U.S.S. VERMONT CREST IDENTIFIED BY SSN 792.

SMALL BLOCKS OF VERMONT GRANITE AND MAYBE ARE PLACED BENEATH THE MEDAL, REPRESENTING THE SUPPORT OF THE BOATING CREW BY THE STATE OF VERMONT.

>> I THINK IT'S A REALLY, REALLY COOL PROJECT.

>> REPORTER: ELEMENTS OF VERMONT PRIDE AND HERITAGE JOINING THE UNITED STATES SAILORS SOON TO BE UNDER THE WORLD'S WATERS.

>> A GROUP OF VERMONTERS HAVE FORMED A COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE TASKED WITH RAISING AWARENESS OF THE U.S.S. VERMONT.

WE ARE JOINED NOW BY DEBRA AND STEVE, WHO ARE PART OF THAT COMMITTEE AND LANCE MACKENZIE.

>> GOOD MORNING.

>> SO AS THE COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN, WHERE ARE WE AT WITH THESE EFFORTS?

>> AS YOU KNOW, BEHALF OF THE STATE OF VERMONT, THE VERMONT COMMISSION COMMITTEE WAS FORMED.

WE HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED WITH CREATING A MEMORIAL COMMISSIONING FOR THE BOAT, SHIP OFFICERS AND CREW.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A MEMBERSHIP OF 29 VOLUNTEER MEMBERS AND WE ALSO HAVE HONORARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS, 15 OF THOSE MEMBERS.

WE'RE ALL VOLUNTEER.

WE'RE WORKING VERY HARD, ALL OF US RIGHT NOW, TO DO WHAT OUR MISSION IS.

SO RIGHT NOW, WE ARE AT THE POINT WHERE WE ARE LOOKING AT OUR FUNDRAISING.

WE'RE FUNDRAISING FOR EVENTS AND GIFTS THAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING FOR THE SURROUNDING OF THE COMMISSIONING.

WE'RE WORKING ON THE FUNDRAISING RIGHT NOW AND OUR TICKET PAGE IS UP AND RUNNING.

YOU CAN GO ON OUR WEBSITE AND GO TO REQUEST TICKETS AND REQUEST TICKETS FOR OUR COMMISSIONING.

THAT'S THE BIGGEST THING HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

LIVE NOW ON OUR WEBSITE FOR TICKETS, FOR THE COMMISSIONING.

>> VERY COOL.

>> WE'RE WORKING ON THE FUNDRAISING AND WE'RE WORKING ON THAT.

>> YEAH, YOU GUYS ARE BUSY.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE VERMONT RIGHT NOW?

>> RIGHT NOW, WE JUST RECEIVED AN E MAIL FROM THE COMMANDER OF THE BOAT ON DECEMBER 1ST, AND IT HAS MOVED FROM THE GRAVING DOCK TO THE FITTING OUT PIER.

WHAT THE FITTING OUT PIER MEANS IS THAT THEY NOW ARE AT A PLACE WHERE THEY ARE DOING THE REMAINDERS OF THE TESTING FOR THE BOAT.

SO THEY'RE DOING THAT RIGHT NOW.

THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO THIS MOVE IN LATE OCTOBER, BUT THEY ENDED UP STAYING A LITTLE BIT LONGER THERE SO THEY COULD COMPLETE SOME TESTING.

HE INDICATED THAT IT TOOK TWO HOURS TO DO THIS.

IT WAS THEIR FIRST UNDER WAY.

IT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL AND THAT'S WHERE THEY ARE AT RIGHT NOW.

ACTUALLY, THEY COULD BE AT SEA RIGHT NOW, WE'RE NOT SURE.

THIS FINAL MOVE WAS PREPARING THEM FOR SEA TRIALS.

WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY CONTACT WITH THEM THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, SO IT'S POSSIBLE.

THIS IS PROMISING.

>> ARE YOU IN CONTACT PRETTY FREQUENTLY?

>> THEY HAVE INDICATED TO US THAT WHEN THEY GO OUT TO SEA TRIALS, IT WILL BE HARD TO REACH THEM, FEBRUARY, JANUARY, MARCH.

WE'RE TRYING TO REACH THEM AS BEST AS WE CAN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE WANT TO KEEP THEM UP TO DATE WITH THE COMMISSIONING.

THERE'S GOING TO BE A NEW COMMANDER COMING ON BOARD AS WELL, CAPTAIN HENRY WILL BE LEAVING THE VERMONT AND COMMANDER CHARLES WILL BE COMING UP IN JANUARY.

THIS WILL BE A BIG THING FOR THE BOAT.

>> IT'S THE BIGGEST MOMENT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NAVY VESSEL WHEN IT BECOMES PART OF THE U.S. NAVY FLEET.

THAT'S SCHEDULED FOR APRIL.

HOW ARE THE CELEBRATIONS COMING TOGETHER FOR THAT?

>> WELL, THERE'S SOME EVENTS THAT ARE TRADITIONAL EVENTS THAT SURROUND THAT COMMISSIONING.

WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SCHEDULE EVERYTHING WE DO ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON CREW AND VERMONTER BARBECUE.

THERE'S A RECEPTION ON FRIDAY EVENING AND THEN THE PLATFORM BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY WHICH GATHERS EVERYBODY TOGETHER AND GETS THEM READY TO GO TO THE COMMISSIONING, AND THEN THE POST COMMISSIONING EVENT.

THE POST COMMISSIONING EVENT IS ONE OF THE BIGGER EVENTS AS FAR AS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET.

OUR THEME IS FOR VERMONT PRODUCTS, SO WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO A LOT OF VERMONT BUSINESSES ABOUT GETTING ON BOARD FOR THAT.

>> VERY COOL.

THERE'S GOING TO BE VERMONTERS THAT GO TO THIS EVENT, THERE ARE VERMONT BUSINESSES THAT GO HERE.

THAT'S THE GOAL?

>> YES, IT IS.

>> VERY COOL.

>> I WAS CURIOUS, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TRY TO MAKE THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN THE PLANK OWNERS AND VERMONTERS?

>> WHY IS IT?

>> IMPORTANT TO HAVE THAT CONNECTION MADE SO THERE'S A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PLANK OWNERS.

>> THE STATE OF VERMONT IS THE COMMISSIONING COMMUNITY FOR THIS BOAT.

WE'RE THE COMMITTEE THAT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DOING ALL THESE EVENTS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

THERE SHOULD BE A MARRIAGE, SO TO SPEAK, FROM THE CREW OF THAT BOAT AND THE STATE OF VERMONT FOR AS LONG AS THAT BOAT IS IN THE WATER.

>> AND THE PLAN IS FOR THAT BOAT TO BE IN THE WATER FOR A LONG TIME.

>> YES.

>> VERY COOL.

AND WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY FOR YEARS NOW.

WHEN IS THE FIRST TIME?

>> WE FIRST COVERED THE ACTUAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY AT THE TIME IN SEPTEMBER OF 2014.

>> WOW.

>> SO IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO BUILD THESE, AND THEY ARE HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED.

SO, YEAH, THAT WOULD INVOLVE GOVERNOR AND THE MAYOR OF BURLINGTON.

SO SINCE THAT POINT, THE SUB HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

>> AND TELL US ABOUT THE UNIQUE ACCESS WE WERE ABLE TO GET TO SEE THIS CONSTRUCTION.

>> YEAH, IT WAS VERY UNIQUE.

IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR, COINCIDING WITH THE CHRISTENING OF THE BOAT.

WE WERE ABLE TO INTERVIEW THE COMMANDER AND SOME OF THE OTHER PLANK OWNERS AND GET A LITTLE BIT OF A GLIMPSE OF WHAT LIFE IS LIKE ON BOARD ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE MACHINES THAT ARE ABLE TO STAY UNDER WATER FOR MONTHS AT A TIME.

IT WAS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE TO GET ACCESS TO THE VESSEL AND GET A LITTLE BIT OF A GLIMPSE.

THEY CERTAINLY DIDN'T GIVE US FULL RUN OF THE PLACE.

IT'S JUST ONE AREA, BUT THE COMMANDER AND CONTROL AREA IS VERY INTERESTING.

THAT'S REALLY THE BRAINS OF THE BOAT.

THAT'S WHERE IT ALL COMES TOGETHER.

THAT WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE.

>> RIGHT.

AND WE DO HAVE A VERMONTER ON THE BOAT.

MORRIS'S FAMILY IS IN DANVILLE, SO THAT'S REALLY SPECIAL.

>> THAT'S REALLY COOL.

NOT MANY STATES ARE NAMED AND HAVE THIS HONOR.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU GUYS?

>> IT'S A REAL HONOR.

I WAS TALKING TO LANCE MACKENZIE AND WE TALKED ABOUT HOW IT'S BEEN GREAT FOR US SINCE VERMONT IS A SMALL STATE.

IT SEEMS THAT ONE PERSON KNOWS SOMEONE THAT'S CONNECTED TO THAT BUSINESS OR THAT PERSON AND WE HAVE REALLY BEEN ABLE TO CONNECT.

THAT'S BEEN REALLY NICE, YOU KNOW, THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT.

IT'S WORKED WELL.

OUR MEMBERS ARE WE HAVE MEMBERS WHO LIVE THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF VERMONT SO WE HAVE PEOPLE IN ALL AREAS THAT KNOW OF BUSINESSES HAVE ALL DIFFERENT AREAS.

SO THAT'S WORKED OUT VERY WELL.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

NEXT WE SPEAK ONE ON ONE WITH PETER WELCH ON IMPEACHMENT AND WHAT TO LOOK AHEAD TO WHAT'S NEXT.

>> THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY IS INTRODUCING TWO ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT CHARGING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD J. TRUMP IN COMMITTING HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.

>> I DON'T CARE IF YOU THINK AMERICANS THAT SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP IS DEPLORABLE, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISREGARD THEIR VOTE BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP.

>> WE SPEAK WITH VERMONT REPRESENTATIVE PETER WELCH.

OUR KYLE MIDURA SPOKE WITH THE CONGRESSMAN AND ASKED ABOUT HIS THOUGHTS ON IMPEACHMENT AND THE CHARGES OF OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS.

>> THE CHARGES THAT THE HOUSE IS GOING TO DRAW UP AGAINST THE PRESIDENT ARE OBSTRUCTION AND ABUSE OF POWER.

>> YOU KNOW, I HAD THE BENEFIT OF SERVING ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND BEING PRESENT AT ALL THE INTERVIEWS AND DEPOSITIONS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL OF THE HEARINGS.

AS MUCH AS THAT IS A TERRIBLE SITUATION FOR ALL OF US TO BE IN, I'M VERY CONFIDENT THAT THE RIGHT DECISION IS TO VOTE ON BOTH THOSE COUNTS.

>> REPORTER: SOME IN YOUR PARTY WANTED MORE CHARGES EVEN GOING BACK TO SOME OF THE CONTENT FROM THE MUELLER REPORT.

WAS IT THE RIGHT DECISION TO LIMIT IT TO THESE TWO?

>> HERE'S WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DECISION.

ARE WE GOING TO USE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT?

THE NUMBER OF COUNTS IS SECONDARY.

I WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED SOME OF THOSE OBSTRUCTION COUNTS IN MUELLER.

THE REAL ISSUE FOR THE HOUSE WAS DID THE PRESIDENT ABUSE HIS AUTHORITY AND WHEN HE MADE A REQUEST FOR FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION, DO ME A FAVOR THOUGH, THAT WAS FOR HIS BENEFIT, NOT FOR THE NATIONAL INTEREST.

HE WAS COMPROMISING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.

I MAKE AN ANALOGY.

IT WOULD BE LIKE THE POLICE COMMISSIONER NEEDS TO DO AN INVESTIGATION AGAINST HIS OPPONENT.

THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID WITH THE UKRAINE.

>> REPORTER: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR THAT THE REPUBLICANS CALLED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SUGGESTED THAT THE DEMOCRATS WERE RIGHT TO LOOK INTO THIS.

THEY MAY HAVE A CASE, BUT IT HASN'T BEEN MADE YET.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT A CLEARER CASE COULD BE MADE IF THE WHITE HOUSE HAD RESPONDED TO SUBPOENAS AND IF SOME OF THOSE WHO WORK CLOSEST TO THE PRESIDENT HAD AGREED TO COME IN TO TESTIFY?

IF SO, WHY NOT WAIT THEM OUT?

>> WELL, THE FACT IS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THOSE PEOPLE IN AND THE ONE PERSON THAT WOULD HAVE THEM COME IN IS PRESIDENT TRUMP.

SO THERE'S A TRUMP DOUBLE TAKE HERE.

HE'S SAYING WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH AND HE'S THE ONE THAT'S DENYING THE DOCUMENTS IN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE FOLKS TO TESTIFY.

WHAT WE DO HAVE IS OVERWHELMING.

START WITH THE PRESIDENT'S OWN WORDS.

DO ME A FAVOR.

LOOK INTO THE BIDENS.

LOOK INTO HUNTER AND JOE BIDEN.

THAT'S VERY EXPLICIT.

THE PRESIDENT WAS INTERESTED IN THE INVESTIGATIONS.

HE WASN'T INTERESTED IN GETTING MILITARY AID TO HELP OUR ALLY.

HE WANTED THE DIRT ON THE BIDENS.

THAT WAS BACKED UP BY ALL OF THE WITNESSES THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD ASSIST HIM IN THIS EFFORT.

WE WOULD LIKE ALL THE EVIDENCE, EXCEPT FOR THE PRESIDENT, TO HAVE MIKE POMPEO, AND THE OFFICER IN BUDGET TELL US WHAT THEY KNOW AND GIVE US THE DOCUMENTS THEY HAVE.

>> NOW IF THE SENATE ACQUITS THE PRESIDENT WHICH THEY'RE EXPECTED TO DO, DOES THAT SET A BAD PRECEDENT IN THE FUTURE IN TRYING TO HOLD PRESIDENTS ACCOUNTABLE?

>> THERE'S NO GOOD CHOICE HERE.

IF WE REFUSE TO ACT DESPITE THIS OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT THE PRESIDENT USED THE PUBLIC TRUST OF THE PRESIDENCY TO GET SOMETHING FOR HIS PERSONAL BENEFIT, THAT WOULD SET A PRECEDENT.

IF WE SET THE PRECEDENT THAT THE HOUSE WILL STEP UP AND HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE IN THE SENATE IN A PARTISAN VOTE ACQUITS HIM, THAT'S A BAD PRECEDENT TOO.

THERE'S NO GOOD OUTCOME HERE.

MY DECISION IS TO DO MY DUTY AND AWAIT TO SEE WHAT THE SENATE DOES.

>> THE SENATE, IF INDEED THE HOUSE VOTES EITHER OF THESE CHARGES THROUGH, WOULD GO ON WITH THE TRIAL.

WHAT SHOULD THAT TRIAL LOOK LIKE IF IT'S IN THE SENATE.

THEY COULD HOLD A LONG TRIAL OR RELY ON WHAT THE HOUSE HAS FOUND AT THIS POINT.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THAT BODY DO?

>> ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, THEY WANT TO SEE THE DOCUMENTS AND HEAR THE WITNESSES THAT WE WERE UNABLE TO GET BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP BLOCKED THEM.

I WOULD HOPE THAT THEY WOULD SAY LET'S GET THE EVIDENCE AND IF THE SENATE VOTES TO GET THOSE DOCUMENTS AND THEN THE PRESIDENT AGAIN REFUSES, THAT'S GOING TO TELL US AN AWFUL LOT.

SO THE BIGGEST THING I LIKE TO SEE IN THAT TRIAL IS THAT THEY USE THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE IN AN EFFORT TO GET THOSE WITNESSES AND TO GET THOSEMENT DOS.

>> REPRESENTATIVE PETER WELCH, THANK YOU AS ALWAYS FOR YOUR TIME.

BACK TO YOU.

>> AND THAT WILL DO IT FOR US THIS MORNING ON CHANNEL 3'S "YOU CAN QUOTE ME."

WE'LL HAVE THE CHANNEL 3 NEWS COMING UP IN JUST A MOMENT.

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