A New Push for ImpeachmentDecember 27, 2007 - by Donny Shaw
Robert Wexler (D-FL) is taking over as Congress’s leading voice for moving forward with impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney. Wexler and fellow House Judiciary Committee Democrats Luis Gutierrez (IL) and Tammy Baldwin (WI) have been trying for weeks to publish an op-ed calling for impeachment hearings to commence in their committee, but after being rejected by all the big newspapers, Wexler decided to take the impeachment movement into his own hands. On December 15th he launched a website — www.wexlerwantshearings.com — to collect signatures in support of commencing impeachment hearings, and now that the site has gathered the support of over 140,000 individuals, the newspapers and mainstream media are finally listening up. On Thursday The Philadelphia Inquirer printed Wexler et al’s article.
The first couple of grafs:
>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.
>The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that, if proven, may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under the Constitution. The allegations against Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens.
There are two Cheney impeachment resolutions currently pending in Congress. One, H.Res.333, that was introduced in April and has gathered a couple dozen co-sponsors, and the other, H.Res.799, that was introduced in November and brought as a privileged resolution to a vote in front of the full House. That vote ended in a successful motion to refer the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee, which is what Wexler is asking the Democratic leadership to follow through with.