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“Imperial Presidency” hearing coverage

US Congressional Panel Hears Testimony on Case for Bush Impeachment
voanews.com | July 25, 2008

House Committee Considers the “I” Word
thenation.com
| July 25, 2008

Hearing Videos

Kucinich enters hearing to cheers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2MWTh0QF40

Rep. Robert Wexler:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T1ojrKhp6E

Rep. Steve King:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eZxCloEbQk

Rep. Jerrold Nadler:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL7259BAP9s

Rep. Dennis Kucinich:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRAcenaTVkQ

Bruce Fein:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80IphtHrFzg

Vincent Bugliosi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDAFozFn4kU

Bruce Fein:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXyDK2-p4fU

Vincent Bugliosi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q53p34yzZac

Vincent Bugliosi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7abu9a0xtNI

Rep. Baldwin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFNmanXtZ9o

More Videos here >>

Press Release: Takoma Park, MD City Council to Hold Impeachment Vote on Monday, July 23rd

seal100.jpgOn Monday, July 23rd at 7:30 P.M. the Takoma Park, MD City Council will vote on a resolution that calls for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Cheney and President Bush. If the measure passes, Takoma Park will become the first municipality in the Washington, DC area to pass an impeachment resolution. Currently eighty towns and cities across the country have passed impeachment resolutions, including Detroit, MI, San Francisco, CA, Chapel Hill, NC, several towns in Vermont and, most recently, West Hollywood, CA. The Rules of the House of Representatives allow Congress to accept petitions from state and local governments, which are then recorded by the Clerk of the House in the Congressional Journal.

This past April, Takoma Park residents began meeting weekly to discuss ways to advance impeachment on both the national and local level. One of the first events the group held was a forum with State Senator Jamie Raskin to discuss the constitutional principles behind impeachment and the political aspects of the process. The purpose of this event was to help counteract what group member Lisa Moscatiello views as some of the myths surrounding the impeachment process.

“One of the misconceptions is that the measure has no chance of passing, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared impeachment off limits following the November elections. Since that time, the mood of the country has changed, due to frustration over Congress’ inability to end the war and outrage over the Administration’s refusal to cooperate with Congressional hearings. Congressional offices are now reporting being inundated with calls from constituents. Members are starting to realize that if they are to retain their seats in Congress they need to respond to these calls. There are now thirteen cosponsors to a bill in Congress to impeach Vice President Cheney. Among the cosponsors are Rep. Al Wynn of Maryland and Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia. And the fact that an increasing number of voices calling for impeachment are coming from the right indicates that it is not about party politics. It’s about first principles, that we are a country ruled by laws and not by the whims of individuals.”

The Takoma Park resolution cites the following as grounds for impeaching the President and Vice President:

  • Conspiring to lead the country into war based on false information.
  • Using electronic surveillance against U.S. citizens without warrant, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
  • Breaching the Federal Torture Act, the Geneva Conventions and the UN Torture Convention
  • Stripping Americans of their constitutional rights by detaining them indefinitely without trial or access to legal counsel
  • Infringing on legislative powers granted solely to Congress in the Constitution, by issuing presidential signing statements that void sections of laws passed by Congress.

 

The Takoma Park City Council vote on the impeachment resolution will take place on Monday, July 23rd at 7:30 P.M in the Takoma Park Municipal Building at 7500 Maple Avenue.

For more information: (202) 256-1764 or see http://www.takomaparkibc.wordpress.com.

Moyers airs “Tough Talk on Impeachment”

Conservative Clinton-impeacher Bruce Fein and progressive “The Nation” editor John Nichols joined forces on PBS’s “Bill Moyers Journal” last Friday. The duo — probably unthinkable ten years ago — were on to discuss and urge impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for a pattern of executive overreach that istotally anathema to a democratic society devoted to the rule of law,” as Bruce Fein put it. As ever, the PBS show’s web site has made the transcript, audio recording, and full video of the show available (via the “Tough Talk on Impeachment” home page)*, and it is an exceptionally valuable production.


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Fein and Nichols — one an old-school conservative, one a progressive liberal — advance complementary, mutually reinforcing arguments for impeachment. Fein was positively eager to speak out — with what one might call unimpeachable credibility — on this administration’s numerous specific, patent abuses of power, which he rightly terms “[m]ore worrisome than Clinton’s– because he is seeking more institutionally to cripple checks and balances and the authority of Congress.” Fein also stressed how impeachment is intended to be about “political crimes against the Constitution,” as he quoted Alexander Hamilton at a Senate hearing on Bush’s signing statement abuses.

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Boxer: Impeachment should be on the table

On Wednesday Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was interviewed by Ed Schultz on his radio show. Jonathan Schwarz (“A Tiny Revolution”) provides an .mp3 link and transcribed some of her remarks (emphases added):

…I’ve always said that you need to keep it on the table, and you need to look at these things, because now people are dying because of this administration. That’s the truth. And they won’t change course. They are ignoring the Congress. They keep signing these signing statements which mean that he’s decided not to enforce the law. This is as close as we’ve ever come to a dictatorship. When you have a situation where Congress is stepped on, that means the American people are stepped on. So I don’t think you can take anything off the table. Because in fact the Constitution doesn’t permit us to take these things off the table.

SCHULTZ: Would you counsel Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to put it on the table and make a statement before everybody goes home in August. Because they’re going to get an earful from the American people when they go home.

BOXER: Well, I don’t presume to tell people what to do. I have made my statements. And of course if asked I will say. I’ve been out there, I’m out here again today. I think, John Conyers is — this is where impeachment starts. When Alberto Gonzales, when it came out that he fired these U.S. attorneys, that it was politics being played with it, I thought then that we should look into impeachment hearings. So I don’t think it should be taken off the table.

Boxer also lists warrantless electronic surveillance as grounds for impeachment.


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