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

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I have not reached this decision lightly. I have done my share of soul searching, I have listened carefully to the views of my constituents, and I've reviewed the evidence in excruciating detail. And much of it wasn't particularly pleasant, I can assure you. And I've been guided by our Constitution.

When we cast our votes, we are not voting as Republicans or Democrats, we are voting as Americans. Our allegiance does not lie with any one president but with our country. Our charge is not handed down from any one political party but from the Constitution. Every member of this body is duty-bound to put politics aside, follow our conscience, and uphold our oath of office.

Hon. Chris Cannon (UT) Phone (202) 225-7751 . Fax (202) 225-5629

We are at a defining moment in our history. What we do here will set the standard for what is acceptable for this and future presidents.

I believe profoundly that the behavior of this president is unacceptable because I agree with John Jay, one of our Founding Fathers, who said, "When oaths cease to be sacred, our dearest and most valuable rights become insecure."

[Quoting President John F. Kennedy], "I think you gentlemen should recognize the responsibility of the president of the United States. His responsibility is different from what your responsibility may be. In this country, I carry out and execute the laws of the United States. I also have the obligation of implementing the orders of the courts of the United States. And I can assure you that who's ever president of the United States, he will do the same, because if he did not, he would begin to unwind this most extraordinary constitutional system of ours. So I believe strongly in fulfilling my oath in that regard." And that regard means if he didn't fulfill his oath, the system would begin to unwind. It's inexorable.

I submit that in the spirit of our Founding Fathers and John F. Kennedy, that our first duty is to provide for the security of the fundamental rights of Americans.

To properly perform that duty, we must vote to impeach the president. Thank you.

The statements above are excerpts from transcripts of the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings. December 10-11, 1998. Each congressman is a current member of the House Judiciary Committee.

[writer's note: a question mark was added to the title after the original posting so that the reader might slow down and read the entire piece to understand the context before forwarding to others.]

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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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