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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:37 AM
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House Judiciary Trio Calls for Impeach Cheney Hearings
Three senior members of the House Judiciary Committee have called for the immediate opening of impeachment hearings for Vice President Richard Cheney.

Democrats Robert Wexler of Florida, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Friday distributed a statement, "A Case for Hearings," that declares, "The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our constitution. The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens."

In particular, the Judiciary Committee members cite the recent revelation by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan that the Vice President and his staff purposefully gave him false information about the outing of Valerie Plame Wilson as a covert agent as part of a White House campaign to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson. On the basis of McClellan's statements, Wexler, Gutierrez and Baldwin say, "it is even more important for Congress to investigate what may have been an intentional obstruction of justice." The three House members argue that, "Congress should call Mr. McClellan to testify about what he described as being asked to unknowingly along false information.'"

Adding to the sense of urgency, the members note that "recent revelations have shown that the Administration including Vice President Cheney may have again manipulated and exaggerated evidence about weapons of mass destruction -- this time about Iran's nuclear capabilities."

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"The charges against Vice President Cheney are not personal," the House members add. "They go to the core of the actions of this Administration, and deserve consideration in a way the Clinton scandal never did. The American people understand this, and a majority support hearings according to a November 13 poll by the American Research Group. In fact, 70 percent of voters say that Vice President Cheney has abused his powers and 43 percent say that he should be removed from office right now. The American people understand the magnitude of what has been done and what is at stake if we fail to act. It is time for Congress to catch up."

Arguing that hearings need not distract Congress, Wexler, Gutierrez and Baldwin note that the focus is on Cheney for a reason: "These hearings involve the possible impeachment of the Vice President -- not our commander in chief -- and the resulting impact on the nation's business and attention would be significantly less than the Clinton Presidential impeachment hearings."

more at link: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=259835
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:41 AM
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1. I'm started to get really confused about who is getting charged with what and why..
the damned dam seems to have broken. But seriously, for those who don't have the time to spend hours every day reading up on Bush/Cheny/Rove War & Other Crimes against the Constitution & Humanity, maybe someone should start a Bush Crimes for Dummies, Cliff Notes Edition. Who can keep up??

Here's to hoping THIS actually goes somewhere, kudos to Wexler!
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:46 AM
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4. That sounds like a great idea.
Simple, easy to read guide.

I recommend Naomi Wolf's End of America as a starting point.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:41 AM
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2. A lot of "classified" intelligence underlies what we are seeing. They know more
than they can state publicly. The destruction of torture evidence is the tip of this iceburg.

The tide has turned.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:44 AM
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3. Baldwin co-sponsored 333; Wexler we knew supported it, but Gutierrez is a surprise to me
Thank you Congressman Gutierrez!
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:46 AM
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5. George Walker Bush too-k&r
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:10 AM
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6. The trio wrote an Op-Ed letter on the importance of Impeachment
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 11:11 AM by tekisui
It was refused by them ALL. Including NY Times, Washington Post and the Miami Herald:

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Spurned_by_major_newspape...

As the House Judiciary Committee continues to refuse any action on proposals to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney, three of that panel's members tried to take their case to influential op-ed pages of the nation's largest newspapers.

They were turned down by every one -- including the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald -- so now one of the lawmakers has taken his campaign to the Internet.

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) on Friday launched a new Web site, http://wexlerwantshearings.com / to advance his call to impeach Cheney.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:22 AM
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7. sweet, I signed on n/t
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:49 PM
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8. k&r n/t
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