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Hes Impeachable, You Know (Congress can impeach Attorney General)
New York Times (Slimes) ^ | May 3, 2007 | Frank Bowman

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).

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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.”

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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.

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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 ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; impeach; impeachment; nytimes; obama
This NYT article from 2005 outlines their rationale for impeaching the Attorney General of the United States. Undoubtedly it was the megaphone for hounding AG Alberto Gonzales out of office, a true abuse of the press and the legal system.

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.

1 posted on 12/08/2011 10:56:43 AM PST by jiggyboy
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To: jiggyboy

how many dead bodies did Watergate result in?


2 posted on 12/08/2011 11:00:47 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: jiggyboy

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.


3 posted on 12/08/2011 11:05:48 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: jiggyboy
Holder is responsible for murder of a federal agent, suborning perjury of federal officials, committing perjury, refusing to comply with numerous subpoenas, money laundering and allowing drug gangs to operate freely in the U.S. The members of Congress have sworn to uphold and defend the constitution. They have a duty and an obligation to impeach and prosecute Holder, Napolitano, Obama and all other administration officials responsible for these acts.

It's as simple as that.

4 posted on 12/08/2011 11:07:31 AM PST by detective
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To: jiggyboy

Right.

5 posted on 12/08/2011 11:11:26 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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I agree ... impeachment is a lot to expect from the crowd that rubber stamped Obama's dreadful supreme court justices

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6 posted on 12/08/2011 11:13:03 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: detective

7 posted on 12/08/2011 11:14:20 AM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: jiggyboy

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.


8 posted on 12/08/2011 11:31:17 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I don’t have any insight into who or when, here’s wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_privilege


9 posted on 12/08/2011 11:45:25 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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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.


10 posted on 12/08/2011 12:03:13 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: jiggyboy

bttt


11 posted on 12/08/2011 6:59:59 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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This is timely. Eric Holder you are next!!!


12 posted on 06/05/2013 5:06:55 PM PDT by pushforbush
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To: pushforbush

Good find! I certainly didn’t remember this article.


13 posted on 06/05/2013 7:12:12 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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