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Bush Article of Impeachment XXVII


Article XXVII
FAILING TO COMPLY WITH CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENAS AND INSTRUCTING FORMER EMPLOYEES NOT TO COMPLY

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 both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, refused to comply with Congressional subpoenas, and instructed former employees not to comply with subpoenas.

Subpoenas not complied with include:

1.A House Judiciary Committee subpoena for Justice Department papers and Emails, issued April 10, 2007;
2.A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoena for the testimony of the Secretary of State, issued April 25, 2007;
3.A House Judiciary Committee subpoena for the testimony of former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and documents , issued June 13, 2007;
4.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, issued June 13, 2007;
5.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Political Director Sara Taylor, issued June 13, 2007 (Taylor appeared but refused to answer questions);
6.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, issued June 26, 2007;
7.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Deputy Political Director J. Scott Jennings, issued June 26, 2007 (Jennings appeared but refused to answer questions);
8.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for legal analysis and other documents concerning the NSA warrantless wiretapping program from the White House, Vice President Richard Cheney, The Department of Justice, and the National Security Council. If the documents are not produced, the subpoena requires the testimony of White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Cheney chief of staff David Addington, National Security Council executive director V. Philip Lago, issued June 27, 2007;
9.A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoena for Lt. General Kensinger.

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:

Here's a list where we've tried to keep track of outstanding subpoenas. I'm sure it's not complete: http://democrats.com/subpoenas

1.A House Judiciary Committee subpoena for Justice Department papers and Emails, issued April 10, 2007;

News story.

letter and subpoena.

2.A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoena for the testimony of the Secretary of State, issued April 25, 2007;

Rice publicly refused to comply with it claiming she was "not inclined" to testify.

The committee set a deadline of 5/15/07, and then of 6/19/07, and then went silent, as far as I know.

This was about the Niger forgeries.

Rice has testified, but not about that, as far as I know.

3.A House Judiciary Committee subpoena for the testimony of former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and documents , issued June 13, 2007;

Post by Pelosi.

White House Counsel's refusal.

Feb. 14, 2008, the House voted to hold Miers and Joshua Bolten in contempt for refusal to comply with subpoenas.

4.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, issued June 13, 2007;

Letter and subpoena.

Feb. 14, 2008, the House voted to hold Miers and Joshua Bolten in contempt for refusal to comply with subpoenas.

5.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Political Director Sara Taylor, issued June 13, 2007 (Taylor appeared but refused to answer questions);

letter and subpoena.

6/28 White House wrote to Leahy refusing to comply claiming executive privilege. Taylor appeared but refused to answer questions.

6.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, issued June 26, 2007;

letter and subpoena.

Rove refused to appear. SJC voted contempt by 12-7 on 12/13/07.

News story.

No Senate floor vote scheduled.

7.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents and testimony of White House Deputy Political Director J. Scott Jennings, issued June 26, 2007 (Jennings appeared but refused to answer questions);

letter and subpoena.

Jennings appeared but refused to answer questions.

8.A Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena for legal analysis and other documents concerning the NSA warrantless wiretapping program from the White House, Vice President Richard Cheney, The Department of Justice, and the National Security Council. If the documents are not produced, the subpoena requires the testimony of White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Cheney chief of staff David Addington, National Security Council executive director V. Philip Lago, issued June 27, 2007;

News story.

letter and subpoena.

9.A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoena for Lt. General Kensinger.

This was related to the Pat Tillman coverup and issued on 7/30/07. News stories reported that marshalls could not find him to deliver the subpoena.

There are more here:
http://www.democrats.com/subpoenas

Commentary:

Nixon's Reputation Restored, by David Swanson.

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