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Nadler Reintroduces Resolution Against Pardons

UPDATE: New number is H. Res. 9.

By Bob Fertik,

On November 20, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced H.Res. 1531 to hold George Bush and his administration accountable for their crimes through a Congressional investigation and a Special Prosecutor. We sent over 57,000 petition signatures to Congress and persuaded 9 House Democrats to co-sponsor. With the start of the new Congress, Rep. Nadler has re-introduced his resolution with a new number (to be posted).

"We cannot allow President Bush to shield his senior officials from the law," said Rep. Nadler. "The President must not pardon his own officials for acts which may well lead to criminal investigations and prosecutions in the future. As President Bush and his top advisors have likely been involved in the same possibly criminal actions, it is entirely inappropriate for the President to excuse his own subordinates."

So we are renewing our own efforts to convince more Democrats to become co-sponsors so the resolution is passed. Our effort is newly energized by Dick Cheney's televised admission in December that he personally approved torture, including waterboarding. After the news broke, Jonathan Turley went on Keith Olbermann's show to issue this challenge:

"The most successful democracy in history is just about to see war crimes, do nothing about it -- and that's an indictment not just of George Bush and his administration. It's an indictment of all of us if we walk away from a clear war crime and say it's time for another commission."

Will we "walk away from a clear war crime?" Absolutely not! Nor can we let our Representatives in Congress walk away. Please Sign our petition and call your Representative at 202-224-3121 with a simple message: co-sponsor Rep. Nadler's H.Res. ?

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39 serious articles of impeachment against Cheney/Bush were pending in Nadler's Sub-Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, in the last Congress, but he never ever held a single hearing on a single article. He should reintroduce those articles now, hold some hearings, and call for a vote by his Sub-Committee and the full House Judiciary Committee or he can let the duo brag forever about the fact that they were not impeached so everything they did must have been legal and a great service to the nation. In the meantime Nadler seems to be spinning his wheels trying to get a President not to pardon when that's something that goes with the job.

...if he had responded seriously last June, when Lawrence Wilkerson revealed in a hearing regarding torture that Nadler oversaw, that at least 100 detainees had died in U.S. custody and that at least 25 of those deaths had been classified as homicides by American investigators.

When the Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Rights hears such information, and still refuses to support an impeachment investigation and/or immediate war crimes charges for the administration that has actually admitted to signing off on torture, he reveals himself to be just another Beltway fraud.

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John Perry hits the nail on the head about Nadler.

Jerrold Nadler has made a career of appearing to be a progressive in the House, when in reality he is all about Party above principle and career over the Constitution.

Jerrold Nadler still has time to call for the impeachment of the Bush-Cheney cabal.
His consituents in NY's 8th CD are waiting.
If not, 2010 should be very interesting for Jerrold Nadler.

i don't want nadler to win any popularity contests or even an election

i don't want anyone to make a finding that his heart is pure

i want people to promote a resolution that could help stop self-pardons

John J.Coghlan

I don't want Nadler to win any popularity contests. I don't want him to win reelection aether.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler has been a backer of the Bush crime family all along. He has supported impeachment being off the table all along. If he had supported the impeachment of our criminal leaders years ago, may be our nation would not be in such sad shape today.

Why has Jerrold Nadler changed his position? Because he feels that the nation may be moving in a more liberal direction, and he want's to keep his job. Come next election, through the bum out. We need people like Jerrold Nadler, like we need a hole in the head.

but get the rest of congress to support h res 9

John J.Coghlan

I am from Jerrold Nadler district in New York. We did put up better candidates to run against him. They didn't win. What can I say? I guess we will have to do it again come next election.

I totally agree with you. We should be concerned with the message, and not the messenger. I fully support Rep. Jerrold Nadler's H.Res.

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