At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2008, the Milwaukee Impeachment Committee (MIC) will hold a press conference at the main entrance of the Midwest Airlines Center , 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee . The purpose of this event is to remind the Democratic presidential candidates of their oaths to defend the Constitution, which includes holding President Bush and Vice-President Cheney accountable for their abuse of executive powers. We will distribute copies of George McGovern’s statement in favor of impeachment to press members and the public, and we will be available to answer questions from the press.
The February 16th event is part of MIC’s continuing pressure to hold Congress accountable to its duty to the Constitution. Congress should pursue the accountability of elected officials, and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as members of Congress should include this issue in their campaigns and in the national Democratic platform. We, the voters, want the Democratic candidates to follow the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s six 2007 resolutions calling for impeachment. We, the voters, want the Democratic candidates to follow the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's six 2007 resolutions calling for impeachment. Wisconsin is an appropriate state to make this demand: in 2006. Our state Democratic Party was the first to include the impeachment of Bush and Cheney in its platform. Since then, two of our Democratic Representatives, Tammy Baldwin (WI-02) and Gwen Moore (WI-04), have signed H.Res.333 calling for Cheney’s impeachment and Rep. Wexler’s letter calling for impeachment hearings by the House Judiciary Committee.
MIC calls for impeachment on numerous grounds, four of the most obvious being:
- Starting a war is illegal according to the United Nations, of which the U.S. is a member;
- Lying to Congress and the American public in order to initiate an undeclared war in Iraq ;
- The use of warrantless wire-tapping, which contravenes citizens’ right to privacy as declared in the 4th Amendment to the Constitution;
- The use of torture and rendition, which violates the Constitution’s 8th Amendment prohibiting “cruel and unusual punishments” of prisoners.
For more information, call Linda Mistele, Milwaukee Impeachment Committee, at 414-562-4061.
Milwaukee Impeachment Committee
P.O. Box 080055
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208