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Philly Inquirer runs Rep. Wexler’s impeachment op-ed

Posted by Thomas Nephew on December 27th, 2007

While the op-ed is titled “Impeach Cheney,” what Representatives Robert Wexler (D-FL-19), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL-4) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI-2) are actually calling for is impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee:

Last month, the House of Representatives voted to send a resolution of impeachment of Vice President Cheney to the Judiciary Committee. As members of the House Judiciary Committee, we strongly believe these important hearings should begin.

In contrast to the Clinton impeachment, the representatives argue,

The charges against Cheney are not personal. They go to the core of the actions of this administration, and deserve consideration in a way the Clinton scandal never did. The American people understand this, and a majority supports hearings, according to a Nov. 13 poll by the American Research Group. In fact, 70 percent of voters say the vice president has abused his powers, and 43 percent say he should be removed from office right now. The American people understand the magnitude of what has been done and what is at stake if we fail to act. It is time for Congress to catch up.

(Link added.) As noted in my earlier post about Wexler et al, the representatives argue that the hearings need not and would not detract from the other business of the House — and that these hearings would be the real, imperative business of the House:

Holding hearings would put the evidence on the table, and the evidence – not politics – should determine the outcome. Even if the hearings do not lead to removal from office, putting these grievous abuses on the record is important for the sake of history. For an administration that has consistently skirted the Constitution and asserted that it is above the law, it is imperative for Congress to make clear that we do not accept this dangerous precedent. Our Founding Fathers provided Congress the power of impeachment for just this reason, and we must now at least consider using it.

Because his op-ed wasn’t published by major news media, Wexler established a web site — WexlerWantsHearings.com — to push the idea and disseminate the op-ed; the site also provides a form letting you add your name to a growing list of impeachment hearings supporters. ThinkProgress reports there are already over 140,000 people on the list. (The Miami Herald has a report on Wexler’s campaign, and there’s also an video interview with Wexler by impeachment activists Bob Fertik, David Swanson, and Dave Lindorff.)

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2 Responses to “Philly Inquirer runs Rep. Wexler’s impeachment op-ed”

  1. eRobin Says:

    Hey, Merry Christmas again.

  2. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Wow, thanks, eRobin! And congratulations on getting your letter into the Inquirer.

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