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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:37 PM
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Wexler: The Case for Impeachment Hearings
Rep. Robert Wexler
Fri Dec 14, 1:02 PM ET

I was serving in Congress and on the Judiciary Committee for the ridiculous and politically motivated impeachment hearings of President Clinton. During that witch hunt Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and Ken Starr wasted a year and a half on investigations and hearings about President Clinton's personal relations. However, this attempted coup d'etat by Republicans against President Clinton was not and should not be the standard of impeachment that was enshrined by the Founders in our Constitution.

First, impeachment hearings are only proper when significant allegations exist that the President or Vice-President, or others civil officers, committed actions - within their official duties - that constitute 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors.' The allegations against Clinton - involving a personal affair - never reached this threshold. The serious charges against Cheney involve alleged crimes that are central to his duties of Vice-President; namely war and peace, the widespread violations of civil liberties, and the security of the United States and our covert agents.

Unlike the show trial put on by Republicans against President Clinton, a proper impeachment hearing would involve a fair and objective presentation of the facts without hyperbole or political gamesmanship. The hard evidence that is presented at the hearings will be judged fully both by Congress and the American people. The evidence alone will determine the outcome, and if it is determined that Vice President Cheney committed "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" he should be properly impeached and put on trial before the Senate.

After the Democratic Party regained control of Congress, many - myself included - thought that it might be possible to meet President Bush half-way on the large issues facing our nation. Unfortunately, Bush has been nothing more than an ideological obstacle. He has vetoed stem cell research. He has vetoed efforts to bring our troops home from Iraq. He vetoed children's health care. So, the idea that we are somehow inhibiting Congress from passing our agenda by holding impeachment hearings - unfortunately - is a false argument.

Instead, I believe that we can both live up to our Constitutional obligation by holding hearings and pass a Democratic agenda. If President Bush perceives that the Democratic Congress is weak and unwilling to aggressively push our agenda - he will continue to veto legislation, such as children's health care - that is supported by a majority of Americans. The only way to move a progressive Democratic agenda is by acting through strength and following through on our core principles. A Congress willing to stand up to the abuses of the Bush Administration through impeachment hearings will demonstrate a strength of will that will more likely convince Bush to accommodate on issues such as Iraq, health care, and energy and environmental issues.

Today, I was joined by two other members of the House Judiciary Committee, Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Tammy Baldwin, who penned an online editorial with me calling for these impeachment hearings. In support of this effort I am releasing a call to action on video and launched http://wexlerwantshearings.com / . The full op-ed from the three Judiciary Committee Members can be read at this site. If we can get 50,000 or even more people to sign up in support of this effort I will report back to each and every Democratic colleague of mine the true power that exists behind this movement.

link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20071214/cm_huffpost/0...


Wexler sent this letter to all the major National papers, they all refused to print it, including NYT, Washington Post and the Miami Herald.
Wexler is being a leader and is waging a campaign for Impeachment. Let him know he has your support at his website.

Go get 'em, Wexler!


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Liberal In Texas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:44 PM
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1. Go. Sign up...
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:50 PM
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2. What reasons were given by the papers that refused to print his letter?
I would think those stated reasons might make a good ad by someone like MoveOn.org.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:52 PM
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4. I haven't heard what the reasons were, only that the letter was turned down.
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FtWayneBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:51 PM
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3. I signed up to support him,
and sent him a few bucks. I will do my best to show my support to any member of Congress who can help make this happen.
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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:00 PM
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5. That's MY congressman
and he makes an excellent point about why NOT do it they are stopping everything good the dems are trying to pass anyway-screw 'em
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:00 PM
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6. He needs to put a running tally on the page so
everyone knows how many signatures he has.
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