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Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limits

July 25, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

That was the title of the pseudo impeachment hearing held today by the Judiciary Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s got all the video highlights up on her blog.

There was even a Republican Rep. speaking out against President Bush’s abuses of power. Here’s Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) on Bush’s excessive use of presidential signing statements to modify the laws Congress passes:

>President George W. Bush has issued at least 152 signing statements, 118 of these have contained over 800 Constitutional challenges or objections. According to the American Bar Association, and I quote, ‘from the inception of the Republic until the year 2000, presidents have produced signing statements containing fewer than 600 challenges to bills they signed.’ That tells a great deal.

UPDATE: Pelosi’s blog post omits the most fiery testimony of the day, which came from Attorney Vincent Bugliosi. So, here’s the video:

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