Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post stating that, assuming Democrats gain control of the House this fall, there would be no ‘rush to impeachment’ of the President:
As Republicans have become increasingly nervous about whether they will be able to maintain control of the House in the midterm elections, they have resorted to the straw-man strategy of identifying a parade of horrors to come if Democrats gain the majority. Among these is the assertion that I, as the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, would immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.
Rep. Conyers apparently thinks Republicans are too stupid to research his Congressional actions in the past concerning the impeachment of the President. Here’s House Resolution 635, sponsored by John Conyers, presented on 12/18/2005 (with emphasis added):
Title: Creating a select committee to investigate the Administration’s intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 12/18/2005) Cosponsors (36)
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2005 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Rules.
Cached version of his call for his constituents to “demand” an investigation into the admin for:
[…] Abuses of Power and Make Recommendations Regarding Grounds for Possible Impeachment if Warranted
The new version of that page simply states the following:
Stand with Congressman Conyers
Demand an Investigation of Administration Abuses of Power
Nice clean up of your website there, Rep. Conyers.
Let’s not forget last July’s mock impeachment hearing, where Rep. John Conyers played the role of “Mr. Chairman”:
In the Capitol basement yesterday, long-suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe.
They pretended a small conference room was the Judiciary Committee hearing room, draping white linens over folding tables to make them look like witness tables and bringing in cardboard name tags and extra flags to make the whole thing look official.
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) banged a large wooden gavel and got the other lawmakers to call him “Mr. Chairman.” He liked that so much that he started calling himself “the chairman” and spouted other chairmanly phrases, such as “unanimous consent” and “without objection so ordered.” The dress-up game looked realistic enough on C-SPAN, so two dozen more Democrats came downstairs to play along.
The session was a mock impeachment inquiry over the Iraq war. As luck would have it, all four of the witnesses agreed that President Bush lied to the nation and was guilty of high crimes — and that a British memo on “fixed” intelligence that surfaced last month was the smoking gun equivalent to the Watergate tapes. Conyers was having so much fun that he ignored aides’ entreaties to end the session.
“At the next hearing,” he told his colleagues, “we could use a little subpoena power.” That brought the house down.
As Conyers and his hearty band of playmates know, subpoena power and other perks of a real committee are but a fantasy unless Democrats can regain the majority in the House. But that’s only one of the obstacles they’re up against as they try to convince America that the “Downing Street Memo” is important.
A search of the congressional record yesterday found that of the 535 members of Congress, only one — Conyers — had mentioned the memo on the floor of either chamber. House Democratic leaders did not join in Conyers’s session, and Senate Democrats, who have the power to hold such events in real committee rooms, have not troubled themselves.
It’s obvious the very thought of impeachment makes Conyers so giddy that he can’t help but play ‘pretend impeachment’ games on Capitol Hill.
As for his claim that the accusation that he’d immediately start impeachment proceedings against the President is a Republican “strawman”, well, I think it’s safe to say that his own statements and actions in the past have proved that he’s lying through his teeth – or in this instance, his keyboard.
Don’t fall for his baloney.
More: See Gateway Pundit for even more background info about Conyers and impeachment – and just who some of Conyers pals are (hint: at least one of them is a hero (Ray McGovern) to the hate-Bush left).
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