Enough Delay: Hold Impeachment Hearings Now!
Congressman Robert Wexler
Friday, in the Judiciary Committee,
we held a full day of hearings that focused entirely on the crimes of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and featured testimony
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich regarding his Articles of Impeachment against President Bush.
This is a great start –
but I am far from satisfied. Following statements by Chairman John Conyers and the Ranking Republicans, I opened with
a forceful call for genuine and immediate Impeachment Hearings for President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
crimes of this Administration must be revealed and Bush and Cheney must be held accountable. Without Impeachment Hearings,
we cannot break through the blatant and unprecedented efforts by President Bush to shut down legitimate oversight by this
As you know, President Bush has inappropriately and repeatedly invoked Executive Privilege to keep
Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, Josh Bolten, and other White House officials from complying with legal, Congressional Subpoenas.
believe the only appropriate remedy is to hold Impeachment Hearings.
While Inherent Contempt might dislodge
some testimony or at least guarantee the appearance of witnesses, the larger concern is the President's outrageous abuse of
We have been down this road before: in 1973, Articles of Impeachment were introduced
against President Nixon after he illegally tried to use Executive Privilege to bury evidence of his wrongdoings.
fully recognize the significance of holding Impeachment Hearings, and I have not come to this position lightly – but
when the President of the United States takes actions that amount to high crimes, we are left with no other option than to
seek his impeachment and removal from office.
Our government was founded upon a delicate balance of powers –
whereby one branch carefully checks the other branches to prevent a dangerous consolidation of power. President Bush's
actions have totally destroyed this careful balance. Without these checks and balances, the President could run roughshod
over any law and turn us into a nation...
...where wars can be waged based on lies
laws can be rewritten without the input of Congress or the American people.
Congress must end this disturbing
pattern of behavior, and in these circumstances, the only option left is impeachment.
This is not a partisan
issue: Congress is a co-equal branch of government with the Executive, and it cannot allow this attack on our powers to go
unanswered. To ignore these actions is tantamount to a willful concession of our rights as legislators. No Democrat,
Republican, or Independent should allow Congress' powers to be so undermined.
Nor should Congress allow the calendar
to determine whether we should ignore abuses of office. No President should be given immunity and free-reign just because
there are only a few months left in their term.
Impeachment Hearings can be held very quickly – in a manner
Although today we don't have the votes to impeach today – neither did the Judiciary Committee investigating
President Nixon until AFTER hearings were held and the truth was revealed. We must put a halt to this historic Administrative
Congress has not lived up to its promises, and we can no longer credibly claim that impeachment would upset
our agenda. Our agenda has not withstood presidential vetoes or senatorial filibusters. If we do nothing, this session
will be remembered for our conceding the rightful and constitutional powers of Congress, and little more.
I am unbowed
in my determination for Impeachment Hearings and I know you feel the same way.
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