Letter to the Editor, Miami Herald — Some might think that the Miami Herald and other corporate media outlets are completely ignorant of the importance of preserving the U.S. Constitution. The duty of Congress to impeach is mentioned six times in this awesome document. The Herald once again ignored what should have been a major news story. Yesterday, 7/10, Cong. Dennis Kucinich introduced an article of impeachment against President George W. Bush on the floor of the House of Representatives. The Article charged Bush with misleading Congress into authorizing the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Public perception is that it is too late to impeach. It is never too late for Congress to learn the facts of how we were led into a totally unnecessary war which caused the slaughter and maiming of our proud servicemen and women and of countless Iraqis. Airing these facts in hearings will ensure that future presidents and vice presidents will not be able to defile our Constitution, which President Bush referred to as a ” g_dd _ _ ned piece of paper.” This utterance was made in November of 2005 in the presence of fellow Republicans, but again, underreported by corporate media.
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Dem congressman calls on McClellan to testify about book’s revelations
Already getting grief from his former White House colleagues, former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan is now being asked to testify before Congress about the revelations contained in his scathing new memoir.
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), a key Bush antagonist and member of the House Judiciary Committee, says McClellan needs to tell Congress the full story about potential White House conspiring around the leak of a CIA officer’s name and propaganda efforts that preceded the invasion of Iraq.
Wexler released a statement Wednesday calling for McClellan to tesitfy under oath before the Judiciary committee.
“The admissions made by Scott McClellan in his new book are earth-shattering and allege facts to establish that Karl Rove and Scooter Libby ““ and possibly Vice President Cheney – conspired to obstruct justice by lying about their role in the Plame Wilson matter and that the Bush Administration deliberately lied to the American people in order to take us to war in Iraq,” Wexler said. “Scott McClellan must now appear before the House Judiciary Committee under oath to tell Congress and the American people how President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and White House officials deliberately orchestrated a massive propaganda campaign to sell the war in Iraq to the American people.
“The allegations by this former top White House aide ““ that Rove and Libby deliberately coordinated their stories in order to obstruct justice in the Plame case, that the President deliberately disregarded contradictory evidence related to Iraq, should outrage every American and Congress must respond by initiating immediate aggressive oversight starting with an appearance by McClellan before the House Judiciary Committee,” he continued. “Any continued obstruction by this Administration to prevent White House officials from appearing before Congress cannot be tolerated by this Congress in the face of these shocking revelations.”
“Congresswoman and Hillary supporter, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), states while advocating for a new “Do-Over” Florida primary that we need to stop worrying about whether rules were broken and that “all of this talk about the rules and that kind of thing is counterproductive.” Yeah, we don’t need no stink’n rules!”
A spokesperson in Minnesota Representative and House Judiciary Committee member Keith Ellison’s office confirmed today that Representative Ellison has added his name to Florida Representative Robert Wexler’s letter calling for the HJC to immediately commence impeachment hearings investigating Vice President Richard B. Cheney for possible impeachable offenses.
Ellison spearheaded an effort to initiate impeachment proceedings while he was a state legislator in Minnesota and was an early cosigner onto H. Res. 333 (now 799) authored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and has continued to consistently support efforts to impeach the Vice President and President George W. Bush.
A list found on Wexler’s campaign website: www.WexlerforCongress.com just added Ellison’s name and lists three other members of the HJC as signatories, Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) along with Rep. Wexler. Ellison’s signing means that five of the twenty two Democrats on the committee have cosigned Wexler’s letter.
HJC Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and powerful member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) were impeachment advocates but have changed positions in the new congress, seemingly heeding the call of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep impeachment “off the table”.
Here is the list from Wexler’s site with Ellison’s name added:
(*= member of the Judiciary Committee)
Abercrombie, Neil, HI, 1st
Baldwin, Tammy, WI, 2nd *
Capuano, Michael E., MA, 8th
Clarke, Yvette D., NY, 11th
Clay, Wm. Lacy, MO, 1st
Cohen, Steve, TN, 9th *
DeFazio, Peter, OR, 4th
Ellison, Keith, MN, 5th *
Farr, Sam, CA, 17th
Grijalva, RaÃºl M., AZ, 7th
Gutierrez, Luis V., IL, 4th *
Kucinich, Dennis J., OH, 10th
Lee, Barbara, CA, 9th
Moore, Gwen, WI, 4th
Moran, James P., VA, 8th
Thompson, Mike, CA, 1st
Towns, Edolphus, NY, 10th
Woolsey, Lynn, CA, 6th
Wexler, Robert, FL, 19th *
Wynn, Albert Russell, MD, 4th