22 US Reps Want Impeachment Probe
By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (February 08, 2006)
22 US Representativesincluding two members of the Georgia delegationhave now signed on as co-sponsors of H. Res 635, demanding a probe which could recommend Bushs impeachment, including the initial sponsor, US Rep. John Conyers, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
Five (5) Members of US Congress signed on yesterday, February 07, 2006, including US Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), John Lewis (D-GA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), according to thomas.loc.gov.
Previously, Rep. Lewis had called for Bushs impeachment over wiretappingan offense not referenced in the bill by Rep. Conyersbut now appears to support a broader investigation.
Atlanta Progressive News has attempted to reach Rep. Lewis and McKinneys offices, but they were not immediately available for comment. (We will be rushing out this article this morning out of an interest in timeliness; APN will add any comments from the Georgia delegation to directly to the copy of this article posted on our website.)
The current 22 total co-sponsors are Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Rep. Major Owens (D-NY), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
In December 2005, there were 231 Republicans in the US House, 202 Democrats, 1 Independent, and 1 vacancy, a clerk for the US House of Representatives told Atlanta Progressive News.
Thus, almost 11% of US House Democrats now support the impeachment probe; over 5% of all US House Representatives now support the probe.
This is beginning to mark a slow, steady shift towards an impeachment probe. Every few days or so, Atlanta Progressive News has announced new cosponsors for H. Res 635 as the separate debate over Bushs authorization of illegal domestic wiretapping rages like wildfire.
Will House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) join the call? US Rep. Pelosiwho many look to for progressive leadershiptold her San Francisco constituents on January 14, 2006, during a Town Hall Meeting, that she did not intend at the time to support H. Res 635, adding, "I think we should solve this electorally." Her remarks brought jeers and boos, according to The Los Angeles Times.
As reported last week, US Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) withdrew her name from H. Res 635, whereas she had been listed as a cosponsor throughout January 2006. Lofgren cited a clerical error for her name having been listed in the first place. Lofgrens Office told Atlanta Progressive News the Representative learned of her being listed as a co-sponsor after reading an exclusive article by Atlanta Progressive News issued January 01, 2006.
The thing about H. Res. 635 is, it deals with impeaching Bush over a cluster of issues from misleading the public to go to war, to authorizing torture. Wiretapping was not listed as one of the reasons to investigate the grounds for Bushs impeachment in the bill because the existence of the secret, illegal wiretapping had not come to light yet when the bill was being prepared.