Wexler urges impeachment hearing for Cheney

12/14/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Three Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee are calling for the Judiciary Committee and Congress to immediately hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Dick Cheney.

South Florida’s Robert Wexler has been joined by Illinois’ Luis Gutierrez and Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin in writing an opinion piece called, “A Case for Hearings.”

But as Congressman Wexler said on a conference call set up for liberal bloggers, no newspaper wants to touch it.

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has sponsored motion on impeaching Cheney that was voted on in the House last month. That resolution called for bringing the issue to the Judiciary Committee, and it received plenty of support. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has consistently said since the Democrats took over Congress that impeachment – of either Cheney or President Bush – is not in the best interests of the party.

To inspire people to get behind the effort, Wexler announced the creation of a new website, wexlerwantshearings.com. He said if 50,000 or more people visit the site, he’ll tell his colleagues in Congress.

When the Republican-led Congress chose to push forward with the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998, they did that even though Clinton enjoyed approval ratings of more than 60 percent. The public never was behind the effort to remove the president, and many objective political analysts say that the Republicans ultimately went too far.

Clinton was acquitted in the Senate, and continued his presidency.

But President Bush’s approval ratings have been in the high 20s or low 30s for more than 2 years now; Vice President Cheney’s ratings are much lower. That’s why Wexler says the reluctance of Speaker Pelosi to pursue impeachment now is a reflection of what happened to that Congress. But Wexler says it’s the wrong lesson.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Wexler recently took an e-mail poll of about 3,000 constituents in his heavily Democratic district, and found 61 percent favor impeaching Cheney and removing him from office.

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