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Seven Republican Members of House Judiciary Call for Impeachment out of Duty to the Constitution?

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I wanted to hear the evidence that would prove the charges were false. I believed that was the only fair way to proceed, and it was also my solemn constitutional duty and immense responsibility. I waited, I read, and I listened.

Mr. Chairman, I'm not a lawyer -- one of the few on this committee -- however, everyone that knows me knows I believe in the rule of law -- believe the rule of law is fundamental to our society. A society without laws is anarchy. Societies that ignore the laws are condemned to violence and chaos.

That bothers me. My district is considered among the safest communities in the nation. We have fine police officers, which certainly helps, but every officer from the chief to the beat officer will tell you a low crime rate begins with citizens who obey the law. Every citizen must obey the law, every law.

He violated the Constitution. To condone this would be to condemn our society to anarchy. Mr. Chairman, I cannot and will not condone such action.

Hon. Bob Goodlatte (VA) Phone (202) 225-5431 . Fax (202) 225-9681

Mr. Chairman, this is a somber occasion. I am here because it is my constitutional duty, as it is the constitutional duty of every member of this committee, to follow the truth wherever it may lead. Our Founding Fathers established this nation on a fundamental yet at the time untested idea that a nation should be governed not by the whims of any man but by the rule of law. Implicit in that idea is the principle that no one is above the law, including the chief executive

Since it is the rule of law that guides us, we must ask ourselves what happens to our nation if the rule of law is ignored, cheapened or violated, especially at the highest level of government. Consider the words of former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who was particularly insightful on this point. "In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. If government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. It invites every man to become a law unto himself."

Mr. Chairman, we must ask ourselves what our failure to uphold the rule of law will say to the nation, and most especially to our children, who must trust us to leave them a civilized nation where justice is respected.

If we truly respect the presidency, we cannot allow the president to be above the law. Millions of law-abiding Americans from all walks of life, including my constituents, put in an honest day's work, follow the rules and struggle to teach their children respect for the law and the importance of integrity. When a factory worker or a medical doctor or a retiree breaks the law, they do so with the knowledge that they are not above the law.

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This same principle must also apply to the most powerful and privileged in our nation, including the president of the United States. To lose this principle devastates a legacy entrusted to us by our founding fathers and protected for us by generations of American families.

I have a constitutional duty to follow the truth wherever it leads. The truth in this case leads me to believe that the president knowingly engaged in a calculated pattern of lies, deceit and delay in order to mislead the American people…

The precious legacy entrusted to us by our founders and our constituents is a nation dedicated to the ideal of freedom and equality for all her people. This committee must decide whether we will maintain our commitment to the rule of law and pass this precious legacy to our children and grandchildren, or whether we will bow to the political pressure for the sake of convenience or expediency.

Hon. Steve Chabot
 (OH) Phone (202) 225-2216 (202) 225-3012

Thank you. Mr. Chairman, every member of our committee recognizes that this is likely the most important vote we will ever cast, and all of us would prefer that the president's actions had not led us down this fateful path. However, we have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and we must fully accept that responsibility.

Back in 1974, Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who served on the judiciary committee during Watergate, said that she would vote to impeach President Nixon, in part, because -- and I quote -- "the presidential cover-up is continuing even through today."

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The historic record, the law, and the Constitution tell us that the charges against the president do indeed rise to the level of impeachable offenses. They constitute serious violations of criminal law and fall squarely within our Founding Fathers' definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Mr. Chairman, impeaching the president is an extremely serious matter. Throughout these proceedings, I've tried to keep an open mind, giving the president every opportunity to refute the facts that have been laid before our committee, but now all of the evidence is in and a decision is at hand.

It has become apparent to me that impeachment is the only remedy that adequately addresses this president's illegal and unethical acts. Allowing the president's actions to go unpunished would gravely damage the Office of the President, our judicial system and our country.

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Amazing job, digging this stuff up! Now anyone who... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 1:10:18 AM
Nice reporting Cheryl.Representatives James Sensen... by Munich on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 1:44:56 AM
though the part of me that wants to believe in som... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 2:01:23 AM
I almost had a heart attack.  ?Sensenbrenner?... by AllDems08 on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 5:34:18 AM
don't be depressed alldems. their #'s are ... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 6:00:44 AM
Cheryl - you didn't get my dry wit? Maybe it w... by AllDems08 on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 6:46:27 AM
Keep up the good work!  I'd love to see t... by R. A. Louis on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 7:22:43 AM
certainly was hoping people would use the info. (a... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 3:40:10 PM
So clever - first Nancy, then these guys!I guess t... by wendynyc on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 8:14:01 AM
My apology Cheryl.  It was late and I di... by Munich on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 11:41:24 AM
I think these quote are useful to have. But presen... by Phil Burk on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 1:18:53 PM
i appreciate you feelings on this. but, people sho... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 1:35:51 PM
As Meryl Ann has said, these are brilliant, - incl... by Aurora on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 4:43:18 PM
6 more Representatives join the 28 or so that have... by Hayesml47 on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 1:41:49 PM
at the end of the remarks you'll see that thes... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 2:36:37 PM
Maybe we can get Dick to wear Monica's blue dr... by Hayesml47 on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 4:40:15 PM
. . . dick cheney in monica's dress. i feel na... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 5:10:27 PM
I am sorry to say that I was one of those who jump... by szn46 on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 4:28:09 PM
For just a moment you had me cruelly fooled!Brains... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 5:11:38 PM
Bu$h administration be impeached, but trials of Tr... by Stanimal on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 8:23:42 PM
If you mentioned at the beginning that this was sa... by Rob Kall on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 9:19:51 PM
I believed putting it into context immediately&nbs... by Cheryl Biren on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 11:42:21 PM
TIme he make a decision and have a conscience or h... by August Adams on Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at 11:55:54 PM
Only Gallegly voted against immunity. Cannon did n... by Paul Kruger on Saturday, Jul 12, 2008 at 3:26:58 PM
...into trying to eat their own over this.  N... by Jeremiah P on Sunday, Jul 13, 2008 at 1:47:30 AM
for the link jeremiah. i suppose if it were 1998 a... by Cheryl Biren on Sunday, Jul 13, 2008 at 6:20:10 AM
Mark Crispin Miller sent this out under the mistak... by magginkat on Sunday, Jul 13, 2008 at 1:50:22 PM
I think you guys are being a little hard on the Pr... by Ron R. on Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 at 4:40:40 AM
He will not be impeached. They cannot impeach him ... by Roger Thomas on Thursday, Jul 17, 2008 at 5:10:39 PM
Comment from Ratings:   Incredibly well-... by treehugger on Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 3:56:00 PM

 

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