Apparently there’s an obscure document called the “Constitution” that enables Congress to hold a president to account “for war crimes and the failure to attend to the country’s defense.” Who knew?
Meanwhile, Melville House has collected the Center for Constitutional Rights‘ Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush into a slender volume that you can purchase for yourself or have forwarded — the publisher will pay the shipping — to your Congressperson.
I finally got a chance to look over the book on the train this morning. What I’ve read so far — only to page 38 — is a sober, exhaustively- researched, well-articulated set of charges that are unlikely to be taken seriously by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives but should nonetheless be brought to its attention. Here’s some salient historical perspective from William Goodman’s introduction:
In 1974 President Nixon resigned before the House Judiciary Committee could vote on articles of impeachment. Those articles accused him of violating his constitutional oath[s]…. He did this by means of false and misleading statements, withholding information from Congress, condoning false statements, misuse of the CIA, and deceiving the people of the United States, as well, with false or misleading statements.
These are both the formal criteria and the precedents against which, when presented with the evidence, the reader may make a decision as to whether there is a valid basis for the impeachment of the current president.
In mid-February, Jamin B. Raskin argued that “the pressing question now is how to reconcile the seemingly irresistible logic for impeachment with the Republican lockdown on all of our national political institutions — from the White House and the House of Representatives to the Senate and the Supreme Court, whose chief justice would preside over a presidential impeachment trial in the Senate.”