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Pelosi Claims No Bush Crime, No Cause for Impeachment

The following exchange occurred on “The View” on ABC this morning:

Co-host Joy Behar: “You’ve ruled against impeaching George Bush and Dick Cheney. And now Kucinich is trying to pass that. Why do you, why do you insist on not impeaching these people so that the world and America can really see the crimes that they’ve committed?”

Nancy Pelosi: “…There’s an agenda that you have to get done, that you have to try to do it in a bipartisan way. The president has to sign it. If somebody had a crime that the president had committed, that would be a different story.” Text and video at democrats.com.

ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN
Former Congresswoman Holtzman served on the House Judiciary Committee during Nixon’s impeachment hearings and co-authored the 1973 special prosecutor statute. She co-wrote (with Cynthia L. Cooper) the book The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens.

Holtzman said today: “Impeachment does not require the commission of a crime. It involves a serious abuse of power that subverts our constitution. That was determined in the Nixon impeachment proceedings. And, although not strictly relevant, it is noteworthy that violations of the anti-torture act and FISA are federal crimes.”
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DAVID SWANSON
Co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, Swanson notes several documents that list alleged crimes by George W. Bush, including those produced at the direction of John Conyers, now head of the Judiciary Committee, including “Unlawful Domestic Surveillance and Related Civil Liberties Abuses under the Administration of George W. Bush.” These and other relevant documents, including the articles of impeachment introduced by Dennis Kucinich this year, are available via MIKE ZMOLEK
Zmolek is editor of GroundsForImpeachment.com.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167