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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

An Impeachment Committee? - Insight Mag

I have no idea if this is valid. It's from Insight Magazine and reads like the "Bush Gone Crazy" leaks a couple of months ago, a single, apparently lower level, administration source, but still... Insight has ties to the Wash Times and does have some followers in the administration.

This is an article discussing the possible preparations for impeachment of President Bush from a right wing magazine. It really reframes the desperate PR campaign this week on the warrantless spying. Enough of me.

It's pretty big and I'm gonna give you alot of it, but go read the rest for yourself.

Impeachment Hearings: The White House Prepares for the Worst

The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress.

"A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment," an administration source said.

Sources said a prelude to the impeachment process could begin with hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. They said the hearings would focus on the secret electronic surveillance program and whether Mr. Bush violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Administration sources said the charges are expected to include false reports to Congress as well as Mr. Bush's authorization of the National Security Agency to engage in electronic surveillance inside the United States without a court warrant. This included the monitoring of overseas telephone calls and e-mail traffic to and from people living in the United States without requisite permission from a secret court. ....

Sources said the probe to determine whether the president violated the law will include Republicans, but that they may not be aware they could be helping to lay the groundwork for a Democratic impeachment campaign against Mr. Bush.

"Our arithmetic shows that a majority of the committee could vote against the president," the source said. "If we work hard, there could be a tie.".....

Mr. Specter and other senior members of the committee have been told by legal constitutional experts that Mr. Bush did not have the authority to authorize unlimited secret electronic surveillance. Another leading Republican who has rejected the administration's argument is Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

Don't know, don't know. But this is the first report I've seen from anybody on this. Just a heads up.

Reading through this again, all mentions are of Senators, and you need the House to launch impeachment proceedings, so who knows. But still.....

Also interesting is that Bush made the speech yesterday in Kansas where he travelled with Sen. Brownback (R - Kansas) one of the two Republican Senators mentioned in this article as unhappy with the Bush explanations.

Elsewhere: 58% of Americans are irresponsible and unpatriotic because they want to see a special prosecutor appointed to look into the warrantless surveilling of Americans.


  • Reading through this again, all mentions are of Senators, and you need the House to launch impeachment proceedings, so who knows. But still.....

    I think that this is exactly where it will break down. The House will have no stomach for going forward with Articles of Impeachment. Though, interstingly, Bush's best strategy would be to hurry this process and get it to conclusion before the mid-terms, because a reconstituted house, with a Dem majority, would likely go forward.

    Seems to me that speed is of the essense for Bu$hCo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:16 PM  

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