Skip to comments.He’s Impeachable, You Know (Congress can impeach Attorney General)
Posted on 12/08/2011 10:56:39 AM PST by jiggyboy
Article II of the Constitution grants Congress the power to impeach the president, the vice president and all civil officers of the United States. The phrase civil officers includes the members of the cabinet (one of whom, Secretary of War William Belknap, was impeached in 1876).
A cabinet officer, like a judge or a president, may be impeached only for commission of high crimes and misdemeanors. But as the Nixon and Clinton impeachment debates reminded us, that constitutional phrase embraces not only indictable crimes but conduct ... grossly incompatible with the office held and subversive of that office and of our constitutional system of government.
An attorney general called before Congress to discuss the workings of the Justice Department can claim the protection of executive privilege and, if challenged, can defend the (doubtful) legitimacy of such a claim in the courts. But having elected to testify, he has no right to lie, either by affirmatively misrepresenting facts or by falsely claiming not to remember events.
The real question is whether Republicans and Democrats are prepared to defend the constitutional authority of Congress against the implicit claim of an administration that it can do what it pleases and, when called to account, send an attorney general of the United States to Capitol Hill to commit amnesia on its behalf.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Let's see how loudly the NYT and their acolytes scream in the next few days about how impractical, constitutionally "extreme", time-consuming, and partisan an effort it would be to consider Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's threat of impeachment (Holder? Obama? both? more?) in the unfolding "Fast and Furious" scandal.
how many dead bodies did Watergate result in?
Sounds like a lot of talk and very little action.Action is something very rarely seen among Republican politicians.Their usually afraid of their own shadows.
It's as simple as that.
I don’t think it is a fact that the US Ag can claim executive privilege. Am I right or wrong? I thought executive privilege was limited to the White House and the President’s staff.
I don’t have any insight into who or when, here’s wikipedia:
RE: Eric Holder: When in doubt, IMPEACH him OUT!
I believe that Barak Obama is NOT subect to impeachment, however, any more than you or I are, since he was never the legal President in the first place.
This is timely. Eric Holder you are next!!!
Good find! I certainly didn’t remember this article.