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Call for Contempt Thursday Morning
As early as Thursday morning the full U.S. House of Representatives may finally vote, following six months' delay, on holding in contempt two former White House employees who refused last year, at Bush's instruction, to comply with congressional subpoenas. Please call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 right away this morning and ask to speak with your representative's office. Urge them to vote Yes on contempt for former White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers.
Urge them to vote Yes as well to authorize the House Judiciary Committee to pusure enforcement of the contempt citations in court. The Attorney General, following instructions from the White House, testified last week that the Justice Department will not enforce the citations, meaning Congress will have to take the matter to court.
And, finally, urge your congress member to sign onto Congressman Robert Wexler's letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers urging him to begin impeachment hearings for Dick Cheney. Wexler plans to deliver the letter on Friday.
1. Contempt -- H. Res. 979
2. Court enforcement of contempt -- H. Res. 980
3. Cheney impeachment hearings
The fact is that refusing to comply with subpoenas, an offense for which the House Judiciary Committee once passed an article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, has now become routine. So has blatant lying by witnesses who do appear. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lied to Congressman Wexler in a congressional hearing yesterday, and he called her on it.
Wexler is pushing for contempt and for what is ultimately needed as well: the restoration to our battered Constitution of the people's right of impeachment. Wexler wrote last night:
"No one should be immune from accountability and the rule of law. Not Harriet Miers or Josh Bolten. And especially not Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush, or Dick Cheney."
Pressure for Impeachment Hearings Felt on Capitol Hill
Chairman Conyers' phone rang constantly all day Monday and Tuesday with requests that he begin Cheney impeachment hearings. The noise was steady and loud enough to result in news articles about it, including in the Detroit News in Conyers' home town. On Tuesday and Wednesday additional congress members signed onto Wexler's letter. And the number of people fasting for impeachment hearings grew to over 35, including New Hampshire State Representative Betty Hall, age 87, who remarked:
"I've had a good life. I can't think of any better way to end it."
If she can do that, we ought to be able to get on the phone and persuade our representatives to sign onto Wexler's letter by Friday!
Remember, you congress member will be back in your district next week. Get ready now to pay them a visit. Let them know that we will not support representatives who grant immunity for unconstitutional spying, fund foreign occupations they claim to oppose, and remove the right of impeachment from our Constitution. Such people do not represent us.
Let them know that we will all get behind those who stand up against the domestic enemies we face and restore the rule of law to the White House. They may tell you that it's more important to think about the coming election for the next 10 months than to do something with the government we elected last time. Ask them to imagine John McCain forced to choose between the Constitution and the least popular Vice President in history. Make them see that successful election campaigns follow courageous stands, not abdication of responsibilities.