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Bush Article of Impeachment XXVI


Article XXVI
ANNOUNCING THE INTENT TO VIOLATE LAWS WITH SIGNING STATEMENTS, AND VIOLATING THOSE LAWS

In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed", has used signing statements to claim the right to violate acts of Congress even as he signs them into law.

In June 2007, the Government Accountability Office reported that in a sample of Bush signing statements the office had studied, for 30 percent of them the Bush administration had already proceeded to violate the laws the statements claimed the right to violate.

In all of these actions and decisions, President George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office.

Documentation:

GAO Report.

Charlie Savage, Bush challenges hundreds of laws: President cites powers of his office, The Boston Globe, April 30, 2006.

Jennifer van Bergen, The Unitary Executive: Is the Doctrine Behind the Bush Presidency Consistent with a Democratic State? Findlaw: Legal News and Commentary, January 9, 2006.

Jonathan Weisman, 'Signing Statements' Study Finds Administration Has Ignored Laws,
The Washington Post, June 19,2007, Page A04.

T. J. Halstead, Presidential Signing Statements: Constitutional & Institutional Implications, CRS Report for Congress, Updated September 17, 2007.

United States Government Accountability Office, Presidential Signing Statements: Agency Implementation of Selected Provisions of Law, Washington, D.C, March 11, 2008. (GAO-08-553T).

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Nixon's Reputation Restored, by David Swanson.

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