Time to use the summer election season to put heat on Dems? Yes!
Time for the dems in the house to use impeachment hearings to put the heat on the right wing Bush admin rubber stamp enablers? Absolutely!
The Democratic members of congress, including Obama, say, as a unified talking point, that impeachment is off the table, that it would be a distraction, that it would hurt elections. That's pure BS. I have to wonder what crime, if there is any crime, that would drive them to change that policy. We now know that Bush policy has led to imprisonment and torture of children. How many war crimes do Cheney and Bush have to perpetrate or order to happen under their watch? Does Bush have to rape or kill a child himself, on live TV for the Dem invertebrates to start impeachment hearings?
Would even such a monstrous act move them to impeach? I wonder.
But now-- between now and the end of July-- is the perfect time to start impeachment hearings.
I know that the Dems don't want to start impeachment hearings because I had a very telling conversation with John Conyers. ( transcript of the conversation here)
In response to that conversation with conyers, I wrote, in this article, John Conyers; Don't Be Brave. Be Smart- Smart Enough to Use the Claw of the Impeachment Hammer"
"...the members of congress are really not thinking through the concept of impeachment. They keep mistakenly focusing on the vote in the house to send Cheney, then Bush to the senate, and then, of the senate trial.
You know that that is not what happened with Agnew. It is not what happened with Nixon. It was not what happened with Alberto Gonzales. Now, ordinary hearings were enough to force Gonzales to resign. But as you know, since Bush is instructing his appointees to disobey subpoenas, and Mukasey is refusing to support the subpoenas, that the only recourse you have to get testimony is through impeachment hearings, because there is NO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE in response to impeachment hearing subpoenas."
That's right, there is NO, Zero, Zilch, Nada executive privilege in response to impeachment hearings.
Harriet Miers? She has to testify.
Karl Rove? No excuses.
Gonzales? He's toast.
People will argue, "But there aren't enough votes to convict in the senate."
And I reply, "So what?" With the Dems controlling the house, a vote to move the impeachment to the senate never has to happen. Hearings can continue in the house until enough dirt is brought to the surface.
What about witnesses claiming their fifth amendment rights?