[act-ma] Action alert for National Impeachment Lobbying Days Jan 15-16

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Wed Jan 16 05:53:22 PST 2008

Action alert for National Impeachment Lobbying Days Jan 15-16
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  by Donna M. 
January 15, 2008 01:02 PM EST   
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  Action Alert:
Jan. 15 &16, 2008, National Impeachment Lobbying Days
Send an Email to Congress Today
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Impeachment organizations and their members across the United States are uniting today and tomorrow to demand Congress impeach Bush and Cheneyfor High Crimes and Misdemeanors. ImpeachBush.org members are urged totake action today and to circulate this action alert to friends andfamily members. The Winter Lobbying Campaign is in full swing thanks toyour support and involvement.   The politicians are feeling the heat of the impeachment movementthat has spread all over the country. Let's keep up the pressure!
  Make a donation today and help the impeachment movement get stronger by clicking this link.
  Congressman Robert Wexler is organizing his colleagues to ask HouseJudiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers to begin Cheney impeachmenthearings. Wexler is asking his fellow Judiciary Committee Members toco-sign a letter to Conyers.
  Take a moment today and ask your representative tourge Chairman Conyers to begin impeachment hearings against both GeorgeBush and Dick Cheney. Click this link to send a letter to Congress nowto join in the National Impeachment Lobbying Days.
  Congressman Dennis Kucinich was the first member of Congress to takea step for impeachment in April 2007. H. Res. 333, Articles ofImpeachment Against Dick Cheney (reintroduced on Nov. 6, 2007, as H Res799), is sponsored by the following Members of Congress: JanSchakowsky, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Keith Ellison, Lynn Woolsey,Barbara Lee, Albert Wynn, William Lacy Clay, Dennis Kucinich, YvetteClarke, Jim McDermott, Jim Moran, Bob Filner, Sam Farr, Robert Brady,Tammy Baldwin, Donald Payne, Steve Cohen, Sheila Jackson Lee, CarolynKilpatrick, Ed Towns, Diane Watson, Danny Davis, Raul Grijalva, GwenMoore.
  Robert Wexler, Tammy Baldwin, and Luis Gutierrez are urging theinitiation of hearings and are joined in this by Anthony Weiner. MikeMichaud has written to Chairman Conyers calling for Cheney impeachmenthearings. Tim Mahoney is said to be open to the idea of impeachmenthearings.
  Send an email to Congress today andtell them that you insist that they uphold the Constitution and holdhigh officials accountable for their criminal actions. It is easy. Just click this link to send a letter now.
  Help Make Impeachment a Reality
  ImpeachBush.org, the largest grassroots impeachment organization inthe United States, is launching new nation-wide initiatives forimpeachment. Mass rallies, lobbying days, newspaper ads and masspetitioning are making this movement grow. Nothing is more important toSave the Constitution. Please donate today so that this movement willkeep growing and we can make impeachment a reality. Click this link to send to make an on-line donation or to send a check.  

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(The Politico) Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) is urging the House Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment hearings against Vice President Dick Cheney, despite opposition from House Democratic leaders.

Wexler, who first gained national attention for defending former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment in 1998, said Cheney has to be ousted in order to restore the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches, which in his view, has been eroded by an ever-expanding claim of authority under Cheney and President Bush.

"There's a litany of issues that need to be heard," Wexler said. "This administration has abused the power of executive privilege. This administration has completely avoided testifying before Congress on any one of a host of six, seven, eight issues.

“Whether we are talking about the manipulation of intelligence on Iraq,” he went on, “whether we are talking about the outing of a covert CIA agent, whether we're talking about the illegal use of torture, whether we're talking about the potentially unlawful firing of U.S. prosecutors - on all of these issues, the administration has thus far successfully used the power of executive privilege."

But impeachment hearings would be different, Wexler said, since the White House could not raise a privilege claim in order to avoid answering questions from lawmakers.

"In an impeachment hearing, the administration does not have the power of executive privilege," Wexler said, noting that the secret tapes that helped bring down President Richard Nixon did not surface until the House Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings.

The House voted on Nov. 6 on a resolution by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) to bring articles of impeachment against Cheney for pushing for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, repeatedly suggesting that there ties between al Qaeda and the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and advocating military action to overthrow Iran.

When Republicans, in a bid to embarrass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, voted for the measure, the House was thrown into a brief deadlock. The measure was eventually approved and sent to the Judiciary Committee, where Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has declined to take action, despite pressure from Wexler and liberal activists outside Congress. 

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