Update 2: Here’s the Video
Our effort to hold the Bush/Cheney Administration accountable has taken another dramatic step forward. Last night, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the first Articles of Impeachment ever to be introduced against President Bush. It includes, in total, thirty-five Articles detailing this Administration’s blatant abuse of power. Today, I enthusiastically co-sponsored this vitally important bill.
I am grateful for Dennis’ leadership on this issue and for the steadfast support that countless Americans have given to both of our efforts to redeem our government and expose the crimes of Bush and Cheney.
I will now expand my efforts to secure impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee for these new Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush.
Many of the charges against President Bush are well known – and would shock the conscience of everyday Americans if only the national media would be willing to report on these stark facts.
The Articles present a stunning narrative of offenses that have go well beyond previous crimes committed by any US chief executive. In fact no President or Vice President in history has done more to undermine our constitution.
These charges are broad, with 35 separate allegations including the deliberate lies regarding WMDs that led us to war and the approval of illegal wiretapping of American citizens. The Articles also include new allegations of high crimes – including the explicit approval for high Administration officials to violate treaties and US law banning the use of torture.
The Democratic Party gained a majority in the House and Senate due in large part to our promises to end the corruption of the Republican majority and to hold the Administration accountable to the law. This courageous bill is a crucial step towards fulfilling this promise, but – like the Articles against Cheney – they require your support to convince Democrats and open-minded Republicans to support this bold but necessary action.
Time is running out so we must work together to spread the message and apply pressure.
First, please encourage your friends and family members to sign up at WexlerWantsHearings.com – as it will allow us to keep in touch with you and speak to a wider audience. If you haven’t yet put in your phone and address, please sign up again, as we will be doing telephone town halls in the near future.
Second, call your representative and urge them to support Impeachment hearings.
Finally, contact newspapers, news stations, and your favorite bloggers and urge them to report on this movement. We need to keep Impeachment a significant news story until the Democratic leadership sees the value in it.
McClellan Agrees to Testify:
I was pleased to inform you yesterday that Judiciary Committee Chairman Conyers met my call to have Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan testify under oath. I am thrilled to inform you that McClellan has agreed to testify on June 20th at 10AM. This will be the first step in what we hope will be ongoing and deepening examinations of the stark evidence and charges against both President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Thank you for your continued passion and advocacy. Your support means so much to me.
Congressman Robert Wexler
A staunch and early advocate for Impeachment, Wexler introduced Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney last year, and currently has at least five House Judiciary Committee members signed on in support of hearings.
These are the 23 Democrats on the 40-member House Judiciary Committee.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee
Hon. John Conyers, Jr. (D) Michigan, 14th
Hon. Berman (D) California, 28th
Hon. Boucher (D) Virginia, 9th
Hon. Nadler (D) New York, 8th
Hon. Scott (D) Virginia, 3rd
Hon. Watt (D) North Carolina, 12th
Hon. Lofgren (D) California, 16th
Hon. Jackson Lee (D) Texas, 18th
Hon. Waters (D) California, 35th
Hon. Delahunt (D) Massachusetts, 10th
Hon. Wexler (D) Florida, 19th*
Hon. Sánchez (D) California, 39th
Hon. Cohen (D) Tennessee, 9th*
Hon. Johnson (D) Georgia, 4th
Hon. Sutton (D) Ohio, 13th
Hon. Gutierrez (D) Illinois, 4th*
Hon. Sherman (D) California, 27
Hon. Baldwin (D) Wisconsin, 2nd*
Hon. Weiner (D) New York, 9th
Hon. Schiff (D) California, 29th
Hon. Davis (D) Alabama , 7th
Hon. Wasserman Schultz (D) Florida, 20th
Hon. Ellison (D) Minnesota, 5th*
* – signed on for Impeachment hearings
These are the key Congresspeople we need to target if we want to force our government and the media to fully address the flagrant criminality of George W. Bush’s mock-Presidency.
Take a good look at that list. There are a lot of really good Progressive names there who haven’t yet formally signed on. Let’s help these folks to finally say out loud what we know is in their hearts.
Oh, and if you want some extra special fun you can hound the 17 Republicans on the Committee as well:
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee
Hon. Lamar S. Smith (R) Texas, 21st
Hon. Sensenbrenner Jr. (R) Wisconsin, 5th
Hon. Coble (R) North Carolina, 6th
Hon. Gallegly (R) California, 24th
Hon. Goodlatte (R) Virginia, 6th
Hon. Chabot (R) Ohio, 1st
Hon. Lungren (R) California, 3rd
Hon. Cannon (R) Utah, 3rd
Hon. Keller (R) Florida, 8th
Hon. Issa (R) California, 49th
Hon. Pence (R) Indiana, 6th
Hon. Forbes (R) Virginia, 4th
Hon. King (R) Iowa, 5th
Hon. Feeney (R) Florida, 24th
Hon. Franks (R) Arizona, 2nd
Hon. Gohmert (R) Texas, 1st
Hon. Jordan (R) Ohio, 4th
Actually, it’s probably not a bad idea to start pressuring the Goopers. After all, an Abstain from the Minority is just as good as a Yay for the Majority. And with the Obama train getting ready to roll it’s Fifty state strategy straight into Coattail City, we just might find one or two Thug desperadoes worried more about their own jobs than Bush’s.
Support Congressman Wexler’s drive for Impeachment Hearings, so we can finally begin to hold George Bush and Dick Cheney accountable for their many crimes.
As he was quoted in the Sun-Sentinel:
“A decision by Congress to pursue impeachment is not an option, it is a sworn duty. It is time for Congress to stand up and defend the Constitution against the blatant violations and illegalities of this Administration. Our Founding Fathers bestowed upon Congress the power of impeachment, and it is now time that we use it to defend the rule of law from this corrupt Administration.”
So true Congressman Wexler. So true.
Update: From dharmasyd’s essay just below this one:
Just go do it! Look up HOR Judiciary members and use the toll free numbers for Congress:
Thanks! Go get ’em!