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Next Steps Taken on Downing Street; Letter to Speaker on Another GOP Abuse of Power; Bush Hits Another Low

By Congressman John Conyers
Thursday, June 30

This is my inaugural blog since the new registration and rss systems were created, and I very much look forward to being able to work with you all and review your comments again.

At least Three Important Developments to Report on Today:

Downing Street

Today, 51 Members and I took the Downing Street Investigation to the next level by filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department. We also made a formal request for hearings with the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, International Relations, Armed Services, and Intelligence. Raw Story has a copy of both letters.

The FOIA request is critical because a response by the Administration is mandatory under the law. They may try to claim some of the requested material is exempt or subject to redaction, but at the end of the day they will have to say something. And whatever they say, it will help advance our investigation.

The letter to the Committee Chairs is also important. This is the first formal request for hearings in the House on the DSM. While the Chairs may choose do deny, or ignore, our requests, by doing so there will at least be some political accountability. That is to say, by denying the request they will be telling the world that they don’t think charges that the Administration went to war under false pretenses are worth investigating.

We are not done. The nationwide town hall meetings on DSM on July 23 – linked to here – will help us get more feedback from the voters, and educate the public. I will continue to pursue this issue wherever it takes us.

Letter to Speaker on GOP Abuse of Power

The GOP never seems to learn that power is not to be abused or misused. A few days ago, several Republicans appeared to threaten Major League Baseball with punitive legislative sanctions if they permitted the Washington Nationals to be sold to an ownership consortium that included a Democrat – George Soros. To me that crosses a line of appropriate behavior, and Leader Pelosi, Democratic Whip Hoyer, Education and Workforce Ranking Member Miller and I wrote to the Speaker asking him to denounce this over the top behavior. U.S. Newswire has the story.

Bush hits a New Low

The new Zogby poll speaks for itself.

Congress will be on July 4 recess for the next ten days, but I will continue to blog.


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Congressman Conyers is a Prince among men!

Amen! Our country needs to be refounded, like an old couple renewing their wedding vows. Conyers would be one of the new founding fathers.
Remember that key phrase in the Declaration of Independence:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Conyers in 08'!

Yes he is; and he's my congressman. Keep up the good work John.

GREAT NEWS!!! Thank you so much, Congressman Conyers!!

Could you (or someone else) post a list of "Action Items"
that we can work from?

I am sending daily letters to the editors of our city newspaper
and copying the parent company president. The Wilmington
Star-News is owned by the New York Times.

I have filed a formal complaint to the FCC on ABC, CBS, NBC,
CNN, and FOX charging unethical suppression of the efforts of this
group in broadcast media.

I contact my congressman and senators daily to urge them to support
the efforts of the After Downing Street Group.

I am blogging wherever I can type ""

What else could I be doing?

Dear Congressman Conyers,
My husband spoke on the phone today with Bruce Alpert, who is in Washington, DC and writes for the New Orleans Times Picayune. My husband asked Mr. Alpert why he was not reporting on the furor surrounding the Downing Street Memo and related top secret documents leaked from the British Government. Mr. Alpert responded that the Memo and other documents were subject to interpretation and presented no clear evidence of any wrong-doing by President Bush and Tony Blair. He also stated that he wasn't aware of any Senator or Congressmen calling for the impeachment of Mr. Bush. Mr. Alpert can be reached at Perhaps if YOU enlighten him, we could get some news down here...unless his editor has told him not to touch the story.

Thank you for your help.

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