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Wed Mar 13, 2019, 01:43 PM

The Impeachment of George W. Bush

Important and interesting to look at news articles and resolutions written to call for impeachment of Dubya. Lotta deja vu...
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The Impeachment of George W. Bush
The time has come to call for the impeachment of President Bush. Any President who maintains he is above the law--and acts repeatedly on that belief--seriously endangers our consitutional system of government.
By Elizabeth Holtzman
January 11, 2006

Finally, it has started. People have begun to speak of impeaching President George W. Bush–not in hushed whispers but openly, in newspapers, on the Internet, in ordinary conversations and even in Congress. As a former member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon, I believe they are right to do so.
https://www.thenation.com/article/impeachment-george-w-bush/

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Like many others, I have been deeply troubled by Bush’s breathtaking scorn for our international treaty obligations under the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions. I have also been disturbed by the torture scandals and the violations of US criminal laws at the highest levels of our government they may entail, something I have written about in these pages [see Holtzman, “Torture and Accountability,” July 18/25, 2005]. These concerns have been compounded by growing evidence that the President deliberately misled the country into the war in Iraq. But it wasn’t until the most recent revelations that President Bush directed the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)–and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country’s laws–that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate.

As a matter of constitutional law, these and other misdeeds constitute grounds for the impeachment of President Bush. A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law–and repeatedly violates the law–thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment and removal from office. A high crime or misdemeanor is an archaic term that means a serious abuse of power, whether or not it is also a crime, that endangers our constitutional system of government.

The framers of our Constitution feared executive power run amok and provided the remedy of impeachment to protect against it. While impeachment is a last resort, and must never be lightly undertaken (a principle ignored during the proceedings against President Bill Clinton), neither can Congress shirk its responsibility to use that tool to safeguard our democracy. No President can be permitted to commit high crimes and misdemeanors with impunity. SNIP
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https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/The_case_for_impeachment_of_President_George_W._Bush
The case for impeachment of President George W. Bush
3 Issues

3.1 George W. Bush's bank records spying
3.2 George W. Bush's domestic spying
3.3 George W. Bush's phone records spying
3.4 Hurricane Katrina
3.5 Criminal Offense of Exposing Valerie Plame
3.6 The Global Detention System
3.7 Rendition
3.8 Interrogation Techniques at Guantanamo Bay
3.9 Lying to Congress about need for preemptive war in Iraq
3.10 Pre-Preemptive War in Iraq
3.11 Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the prime training ground for foreign terrorists
3.12 United States used weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
3.13 Destruction of Evidence from Ground Zero at the World Trade Center
3.14 Coverup of the WTC (9/11) Investigation
3.15 Plundering the Treasury
3.15.1 Social Security Trust Funds
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https://www.nlg.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2003_Impeachment-w-Memo.pdf
RESOLUTION CALLING FOR IMPEACHMENT OF GEORGE W. BUSH, HOLDER OF THE TITLE OF UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, DICK CHENEY, HOLDER OF THE TITLE OF VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND CABINET OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPRESSION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, WHICH IS PART OF THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND. NLG Convention, Minneapolis, October 2003 Submitted by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

WHEREAS: 1.The United States Constitution Art. II, Sec. I, Cl. 8 requires the President take the following oath or affirmation, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
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https://www.nlg.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Impeachment-resolution.pdf

Resolution on Impeachment of Bush and Cheney Whereas George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney:

1. deliberately misled the nation and doctored intelligence, as described in the Downing Street minutes, http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/memos.html about the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war of aggression and an occupation of Iraq, as further described in House resolution H. Res. 333 http://kucinich.house.gov/UploadedFiles/int3.pdfand as listed in House Resolution H. Res. 635 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=hr109-635

2. committed crimes against peace by initiating war against Iraq in violation of the UN Charter http://www.worldpress.org/specials/iraq/;

3. committed crimes against humanity in their conduct of the occupation of Iraq in which they killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and created millions of refugees http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1892888,00.html and http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/13/iraq.main/index.html; 4. killed over 3700 American soldiers and severely wounded nearly 30,000 more in the pursuit of an illegal, immoral, and unjust occupation of Iraq.
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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 01:47 PM

1. Wow! Convinced me. Wonder why Pelosi was opposed to impeachment.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:21 PM

3. I wonder that, too.

Then and now.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:31 PM

7. I'm pretty sure it is the same situation as today. The Dems had 49 seat +2 Ind.

They could have carried the House but it would not have carried the Senate. I think "W" was worthy of impeachment but until something is done about the electoral college then nothing will ever be done.The corrupt greedy bastards with the help of the church comminity, the Wall Street crowd, and Rural America will continue to diminish our democracy.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:24 AM

9. There were not the votes. The Senate, in particular, was not going to do it. The GOP is rotted out.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:18 AM

10. It was the House's constitutional duty to present charges against Bush/Cheney

for the impeachable offenses they committed.

The historical record as it stands is shameful in that no attempts were made to hold Bush/Cheney accountable for their crimes -- regardless of whether or not the process would have resulted in removal from office. Had charges been presented, it would have made the rethugs look shameful for enabling high crimes and misdemeanors, IMHO.

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 01:58 PM

2. I always hand the opinion that they convinced themselves that the country couldn't handle the

scandal.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:21 PM

4. But it COULD handle the corruption?

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:30 PM

6. Of course.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:03 AM

8. The question of the century.

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:29 PM

5. K&R

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