Eighty-nine year-old Senator Byrd was talking impeachment before impeachment was cool. Hear him discuss the little-reported “shadow government” set up secretly by the White House in 2001, the dangers of an increasingly impotent Congress, and his amazing book Losing America with NPR’s Terry Gross in this 2004 interview.
In April 2006 he gave a short speech in the Senate that included these words:
Despite more than two centuries of pressure to change and “modernize” the Senate, as an institution, it remains remarkably similar to the body created at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. It retains all of its original powers, including providing advice and consent — yes. You said it. You better read that again in the Constitution.
It retains all of its original powers, including providing advice and consent to Presidents on nominations and on treaties, serving as a court of impeachment–you better believe it, Mr. President. The Senate can send you home. You better believe that.
If the House impeaches you, the Senate will try you. The Senate, don’t forget it, serves as a court of impeachment and has an equal say with the House on legislation. The Senate has an equal say with the other body on legislation.
Byrd to Bush: “The Senate Can Send You Home. You’d Better Believe That.”Published August 17, 2007 politics 1 Comment