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Congressman Wexler Wants Impeachment/Contempt Hearings

Last night, significant news broke that directly impacts our push for Impeachment Hearings and a possible Inherent Contempt charge for Bush Administration officials such as Karl Rove:
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has revealed in his upcoming book that:

Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and Vice President Cheney lied about their role in revealing the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson - actions easily amounting to obstruction of Justice.

McClellan also admitted that:

There was a coordinated effort within the Bush Administration to use propaganda to pump up the case for the Iraq war and hide the projected costs of the war from the public.

Scott McClellan must be called to testify under oath before the House Judiciary Committee to tell Congress and the American people everything he knows about this massive effort by the White House to deceive this nation into war.

Last week, a subpoena was issued for Karl Rove to testify before the Judiciary Committee. It appears he will take every legal action to block this subpoena. The truth is that Congress has the right - and obligation - to hold him accountable now - not months or years from now. It is long past time to pass Inherent Contempt and bring Rove, Libby and others before Congress.

We simply cannot ignore these recent developments, nor should we postpone serious inquiry until after the next election.

Your commitment to accountability for the Bush/Cheney Administration, and the support of 230,000 other Americans who signed up at wexlerwantshearings.com, has inspired and motivated me in my effort to hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Dick Cheney and Inherent Contempt for Rove and others. During the past months I have been a tireless and dogged advocate of this vitally important cause.

Many of you have written me, asking for an update on where we stand with regards to impeachment hearings. I know most of you believe - as I do - that impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney - are not only justified, but that it is our constitutional obligation to look into the serious allegations of wrongdoing that have been raised. This is especially true based on the newest revelations from Scott McClellan.

I believe that it is the duty of Congress to pursue impeachment whenever there's significant evidence of wrongdoing, be it by Republicans or Democrats, regardless of the timing of elections or the current political environment.

Some of you have written me demanding that I deliver hearings or impeachment. As hard as I have been fighting for this cause, I cannot make impeachment happen by myself. What I can do, and what I have been doing at every turn, is trying to communicate two simple messages to my colleagues:

the serious allegations of wrongdoing and the clear-cut rationale for impeachment hearings;and
the fact that the public will support our efforts when Congress boldly acts on the side of justice and accountability.

Unfortunately, to date, these arguments have not been enough to convince even a majority of the liberal and progressive Members of Congress to support impeachment hearings. In addition, the leadership of the Democratic Party in Congress genuinely feels that pursuing impeachment will jeopardize our congressional agenda and threaten gains in the November elections. Although I genuinely disagree with this view, to date I have been unable to convince them to change this policy.

I understand the challenges that we are up against, and I recognize the odds that we face. Nevertheless, I remain unfazed and unyielding.

This new evidence from Scott McClellan could be the tipping point - but we must move quickly. I will use the McClellan admissions to help convince my colleagues that we must hold impeachment hearings.

Regardless, I will continue to fight for progressive values and our Constitution. I will do everything I can to pursue accountability for criminal actions taken by this Administration and this Vice President. I will be a furious opponent to any expansion of this misguided war, and I will fight against the use of torture by our government and to protect our civil liberties here at home.

Most of all, I will continue my efforts to convince my fellow members of Congress and voters, that we should not be a party of passivity - but that we succeed when we present the public with stark choices that are based on the guarantees in our Constitution, and not on the politics of the moment.

I will continue - at every pass - to call for impeachment and accountability. While I wish more of my colleagues supported our movement, we must not let our discouragement lead to apathy and distraction in this important election year when we must break free from eight long years of illegalities, corporate handouts, and a tragic and devastating war.

We should not end the calls for impeachment. I will push against the crimes of the Bush Administration whenever I am provided the opportunity. I will use my role on the Judiciary Committee to take on Administration officials - like I have done with Condoleezza Rice, Attorney Generals Gonzalez and Mukasey, and FBI Director Mueller.

I have not given up our fight to hold this Administration accountable and neither can you. I am grateful for your patriotism and your support. I'll continue to keep you informed and part of the conversation.

Sincerely,

Congressman Robert Wexler

homepage: homepage: http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com/


GO WEXLER!! 29.May.2008 20:45

Styve

Let's get rolling on sending these criminals to the gas chamber!! Lethal injection would be too kind.

Impeach, Indict, Incarcerate and you know what's next!!

No way to email Blumenauer! 29.May.2008 22:01

Thwarted Constituent

I tried to email Blumenauer via his website about this, using his form. When I hit "send" I got a page saying "404 - Not Found." I have tried this several times using two different browsers. Also, it's significant that although he's been sending out letters saying that impeachment is back on the table and that he advocates hearings on the Bush/Cheney crimes, on his revamped "green" site he never once mentions impeachment or hearings.

As always, Blumenauer is the coward, hiding from his constituents. How are Oregonians so stupid to elect him time and again?

blumeneauer stinks 30.May.2008 12:16

gwon

and, he's in a serious love affair with Gallatin, quoting him as a need for a committee to rebuild america for the 21st century. *rolls eyes* He's using Gallatin for

H. R. 5976 To establish the United States Commission on Rebuilding America for the 21st Century, and for other purposes.

 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.5976:

This passed in March also

H. R. 936

Honoring the 200th anniversary of the Gallatin Report on Roads and Canals, celebrating the national unity the Gallatin Report engendered, and recognizing the vast contributions that...

 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:1:./temp/~c110GoQahJ::


from wiki:

In politics, Gallatin stood for assimilation of Native Americans into European based American society, encouraging federal efforts in education leading to assimilation and denying annuities for Native Americans displaced by western expansion.

Gallatin was Good buddies with Ridge:

Ridge was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota. Since the treaty surrendered all Cherokee land east of the Mississippi River and was done against tribal wishes and without authority, Ridge was regarded a traitor by the Ross faction. Although the treaty was possibly illegitimate, it was ratified by the United States Senate and Andrew Jackson used it for the subsequent Cherokee removal now known as the Trail of Tears. The treaty did allowed for those Cherokees who wished to remain in the east to do so and become citizens of the states in which they resided; however, this was ignored during the removal.

Rep. B should do a little more research about someone before using that person's words as fire for his platform. silly little man.

and..speaking of Gallatin...take a peak at Dan Lavey, the Gallatin Group and their connection to the LNG project... *sigh*