USA: Conyers’ plan to impeach Bush back on the table?

Rice, Bush, and impeachment, cartoonFrom The Smirking Chimp in the USA:

Conyers Puts Abuse of Power and Impeachment Back “On the Table”

by Dave Lindorff
Jan 26 2007 – 8:55am

Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have taken impeachment “off the table,” but House Judiciary Chair John Conyers (D-MI) is about to put it back on the menu.

Conyers had been blocked by a timid Pelosi from initiating impeachment hearings immediately into President Bush‘s crimes against the Constitution, but he’s taken the first step anyway, with the anouncement of plans to hold hearings into what is surely the President’s gravest abuse of power.

The congressman, a veteran of the Nixon impeachment hearings who recently published a book on Bush’s crimes, today announced plans to have his Judiciary Committee hold hearings on Bush’s rampant use of so-called “signing statements.”

These are the documents the president has claimed give him the power, as a commander-in-chief, to ignore laws duly passed by the Congress.

4 thoughts on “USA: Conyers’ plan to impeach Bush back on the table?

  1. *Congress Announces First Investigation of Bush’s Crimes*
    Posted by: “hapi22” robinsegg
    Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:56 pm (PST)
    Bush & gang’s worst nightmare ….


    *Congress Announces First Investigation of Bush’s Crimes*

    Democratic Underground
    Jan. 26, 2007

    – – – – – – – – – – – –
    HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE Oversight Hearing on:
    “Presidential Signing Statements under the Bush Administration: A Threat
    to Checks and Balances and the Rule of Law?”

    10:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2007, Room 2141 Rayburn House Office

    THANK Congressman John Conyers: (202) 225-5126,

    – – – – – – – – –×3077587


  2. Edging Impeachment Back Onto the Table
    Posted by: “Jack” bongo_fury2004
    Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:59 am (PST)

    Edging Impeachment Back Onto the Table

    by John Nichols
    The Nation
    Friday, January 26, 2007

    The news from former vice presidential chief of staff “Scooter” Libby’s
    trial on charges of obstructing a federal investigation — particularly
    the revelation that Vice President Dick Cheney wrote a memo that
    effectively confirms his intimate involvement in strategizing about how
    to counter the inquiry into the Bush administration’s
    politically-motivated outing of CIA operative Valarie Plame — should
    slowly but surely edge the prospect of impeachment back onto the table
    from which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi removed it.

    Cheney is expected to testify in the Libby trial and, if a federal jury
    rejects his testimony as less than credible, that would seem to create
    an appropriate opening for members of the House who take seriously their
    oaths to protect and defend the Constitution to entertain a discussion
    of impeaching the vice president.

    Intriguingly, Cheney almost found himself in the middle of the
    discussion this week.

    Prior to CNN personality Wolf Blitzer’s testy-if-not-particularly
    substantive interview with the vice president on Wednesday, the
    network’s resident rabble rouser, commentator Jack Cafferty, presented a
    reasonably favorable feature on a move by New Mexico state Senators
    Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, and John Grubesic, D-Santa Fe, to get
    that state’s legislature to petition Congress to impeach both Cheney and

    The New Mexico impeachment initiative, one of several currently moving
    forward in state legislatures around the country, is designed to force
    members of Congress to take seriously the increasingly-popular demand
    that the president and vice president be held to account for misleading
    Congress over the Iraq war, supporting torture, engaging in illegal
    spying on U.S. citizens and using their offices to punish critics. “I am
    an American citizen that believes that the Constitution is a sacred
    document and that the Bush administration clearly does not share this
    sentiment,” explains Grubesic, while Ortiz y Pino says, “We’re simply
    doing what all elected officials should be doing. That is, listening to
    the voice of the people and trying to carry it out as best we can.”

    The New Mexico legislators have taken their cue from Thomas Jefferson,
    who in a manual of congressional procedures written more than two
    centuries ago affirmed that state legislatures could petition the House
    to impeach federal officials. The third president explained in Section
    603 of his Manual on Parliamentary Practice and Rules of the House of
    Representatives, a volume that is still referred to by House leaders for
    precedents and guidance, that: “there are various methods of setting an
    impeachment in motion”: 1) By charges made on the floor by a member of
    the House; 2) By charges preferred by a memorial filed by a House
    member; 3) By charges contained in a Resolution introduced by a House
    member; 4) By a message from the President; 5) By charges transmitted by
    a State legislature, or a grand jury; 5) By facts developed and reported
    by an investigating committee of the House.”

    Most of the media and the political class has been inclined to neglect
    — or in some cases ridicule — efforts by state legislators to move the
    impeachment process along. But U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, a Democrat who
    represents much of New Mexico, expressed respect for the initiative.
    “These legislators speak for many of my constituents,” explains Udall,
    who says he plans to talk with supporters of the impeachment resolution
    and closely monitor its progress.

    Cafferty was similarly respectful. “[Although] House Speaker Nancy
    Pelosi has said impeachment is quote, ‘off the table’ not everybody is
    so sure about that,” explained Cafferty. “Two New Mexico state senators
    have introduced a resolution calling on Congress to impeach President
    Bush and Vice President Cheney. The measure accuses Mr. Bush and Cheney
    of misleading Congress about the war in Iraq, torturing prisoners and
    violating Americans’ civil liberties through the domestic spy program.
    One of the sponsors told a crowd of supporters ‘We created a ripple.
    Your voice is going to turn it into a tidal wave hopefully.’ Well the
    way it works is that a state of course, cannot mandate impeachment of a
    president but the impeachment charges can be forwarded to the House of
    Representatives. The newspaper in Santa Fe, ‘The New Mexican’ reports
    the measure already is running into trouble even though Democrats
    control both chambers of the state legislature, and that’s because no
    Republicans support it. Senate leaders have assigned it to three
    different committee hearings, meaning that there are more chances to
    kill the measure before it ever makes it to a vote. But the fact that
    the issue of impeaching a sitting president is being discussed seriously
    in a state legislature like New Mexico’s speaks volumes.”

    Cafferty deserves a lot of credit for breaking the silence on
    impeachment. Unfortunately, Blitzer failed to take the next step. How
    fascinating it would have been if, finally, a broadcast interviewer had
    asked Cheney: “Why do you think so many Americans believe you should be

    It’s likely that Cheney would have dismissed that particular question.
    But would it not have been illuminating to watch his reaction if Blitzer
    had followed up with another query: “Do you think it might have
    something to do with the mounting evidence that you were involved in a
    conspiracy to thwart a federal investigation into efforts by your office
    to punish a critic of the administration — the sort of action that, if
    I’m not mistaken, formed the basis for one of the articles of
    impeachment against your old boss Richard Nixon?”

    John Nichols, The Nation’s Washington correspondent, has covered
    progressive politics and activism in the United States and abroad for
    more than a decade. He is currently the editor of the editorial page of
    Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times. Nichols is the author of two books:
    It’s the Media, Stupid and Jews for Buchanan.

    © 2007 The Nation


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