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Toucano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:01 PM
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Rangel Calls for Impeachment: Transcript from CSPAN (rough)
Edited on Thu May-06-04 01:21 PM by dralston
Okay, here it is. From the point where I switched from the Senate to the House on advice from BlueEyedSon (thank you!).

"...an atmosphere where all of the people in iraq have been demonized, where it appears to American people and certainly to our military that the people in iraq are responsible for 911 and causing us pain, that the Secretary of Defense did have info months ago about these atrocities and that he kept it from the president, he kept it from the Congress, and he kept it from the American people.

I think that this rises to the point that it's a high crime and a misdemeanor, if he disappointed the president, kept information from the congress and kept this information from the american people, I think America and the world wants us to show the outrage, not by rhetoric, but by taking action!

And if the president doesn't fire the secretary, if he doesn't resign, I think it's the responsibility of this Congress to file articles of impeachment and force him to leave office.

Then the whole world would know, not just our military, not just Americans, but the whole world what we stand for.

If people can say mission completed when it looks like there's victory, and we see atrocities like this and it happens on someone's watch. If they don't have the dignity to say, "I'm sorry," and move on, the we have the responsibility under our Constitution to remove these people from office. He kept the info away from this congress. We have the responsibility of oversight. I'm preparing articles of impeachment today.

That last sentence was confirmed with the closed-captioning to read as it does. It was a little tough to tell if he said "...on preparing articles..." or "...I'm preparing articles...", but I confirmed it was "I'm".
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:05 PM
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1. My GOD, the ball is NOW in play
thanks for the transcription, as today we have seen the turning point

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Kremer Donating Member (265 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:07 PM
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2. Amen! Go Charlie go!!!
Should have been done long ago!
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neebob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:09 PM
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3. Sounds like he's talking about impeaching Rumsfeld
not Bush. Can they do that?
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:11 PM
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5. Yes, it's been done before
The Senate impeached US Grant's Secretary of War. There are several posts in the other thread.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:10 PM
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4. Give that man the Spirit of Henry B Gonzales Award!!
Way to go, Charles Rangel. It's been a good day for some of my favorite Democrats. First Harkin, now Rangel. Now we need Jimmy Carter's advice!
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:12 PM
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6. Randi Rhodes must be drooling like Niagra Falls!
Edited on Thu May-06-04 01:12 PM by rocknation
Just yesterday she yelled at a caller who said the Dems weren't doing enough. She said they were, but you don't seeing them doing it in the right-wing media, only on C-Span. Hang in there, honey, you'll be on air in an hour, LOL!

Another thread:
Rangel just called for Articles of Impeachment

:headbang:
rocknation



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Toucano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:26 PM
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7. Kick for reference
Until something official comes along.
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SEpatriot Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:27 PM
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8. Gotta love Charlie!
He's got the guts to do what too many wobblers in Congress won't.

"Finally the tide is starting to turn"
-Tracy Chapman
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:34 PM
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9. I just called Charlie
and my reps, time for this to come

God rat is cn board
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:42 PM
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10. Remarks from Tom DeLay (R-TX)
Taken off of C-SPAN in real-time:

Operation Iraqi Freedom...has been an absolute good for the cause of human freedom in the world.

Attempts to politicize will rightly be seen by our enemies as an opportunity to recruit, to propagandize...
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:55 PM
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11. News flash to the bugman
tnose photos are now the prima fasciae evidence that AQ needed
to recruit in the muslim world.

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Aunt Anti-bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:32 PM
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12. This is great!
Finally, some good news.
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Ishoutandscream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:38 PM
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13. The great Charlie Rangel
What a fabulous congressman and patriot. I'm a Texan, but I hope someday I can come up to Harlem and meet you sir. You are a great American!
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MallRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 08:52 AM
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14. Still unclear: Rumsfeld or Bush?
"And if the president doesn't fire the secretary, if he doesn't resign, I think it's the responsibility of this Congress to file articles of impeachment and force him to leave office."

"If people can say mission completed when it looks like there's victory, and we see atrocities like this and it happens on someone's watch. If they don't have the dignity to say, "I'm sorry," and move on, the we have the responsibility under our Constitution to remove these people from office. He kept the info away from this congress. We have the responsibility of oversight. I'm preparing articles of impeachment today."


All those damn pronouns... I still can't tell who Rangel is referring to here.

Either way, this is BIG.

-MR
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Toucano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 09:10 AM
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15. Pronouns are making it tricky
But I think since he rails against Secretary Rumsfeld for not telling the president, the congress, or the people, it's Rummy he's after.

Maybe Charlie left it open deliberately. Who knows what news will come out tomorrow. LOL!

Personally, I think responsibility falls on the President to ASK the Secretary of Defense what's going on. How long does he think his "Nobody told me" excuse is going to work?
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