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Monday, July 23, 2007

Impeachment

Updated below:

This piece says John Conyers is willing to proceed with impeachment proceedings if he can get three more votes even if Nancy Pelosi is not with him.

It appears to be more than that. Bree Walker told me, on the air, that Conyers said that all he needs is three more Congress Members backing impeachment, and he'll move on it, even without Pelosi. I asked whether that meant specifically moving from 14 cosponsors of H Res 333 to 17, or adding 3 to the larger number of Congress Members who have spoken favorably of impeachment but not all signed onto bills. Bree said she didn't know and that Conyers had declined to take any questions.

I don't know if this is true, but it's interesting if it is. My feeling is that we should go forward with it in the House if it appears there is a reasonable chance of getting it through the House. Of course, there's no chance of getting it through the Senate, but I've gotten to the point where I think we have to do something. We can't just let this president continue to trod upon the constitution without doing something to say at least we tried before we were shot down in flames.

Update:

I see from this piece that Cindy Sheehan has decided to challenge Nancy Pelosi in the Democratic primary because nobody will bring impeachment hearings. Her view is that Conyers won't go for it. Frankly, I agree with Conyers that we shouldn't go for it unless we can at least get it through the House.

Anti-Iraq War activist Cindy Sheehan announced in Washington on Monday afternoon that she would challenge Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 2008 Congressional election.

"The Democrats will not hold this administration accountable so we have to hold them accountable and I for one will step up to the plate and run against Nancy Pelosi," Sheehan told a cheering crowd on Capitol Hill.

Sheehan brought a petition calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to the office of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

According to Sheehan, Conyers said that there were not enough votes to impeach the President or Vice President, and so he did not intend to hold hearings on the impeachment resolution introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). The Ohio Democrat's Articles target the Vice President.

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