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Wexler's on the impeachment train



WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, a leading Florida supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, has signed on to a measure that would require impeachment hearings against President Bush, citing “unprecedented abuse of executive power.”
Wexler, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee from Boca Raton, said he signed onto the measure because the Bush administration used a “massive propaganda campaign to sell the war in Iraq to the American people,” and for the president’s support for spying on U.S. citizens without obtaining warrants, among other things.
The Articles of Impeachment are being sponsored by Rep. Dennnis Kucinich of Ohio, a former candidate for the Democratic nomination for president and one of Congress’ most colorful liberals.
“A decision by Congress to pursue impeachment is not an option, it is a sworn duty,” Wexler said in a statement. “It is time for Congress to stand up and defend the Constitution against the blatant violations and illegalities of this administration.”
The House Judiciary Committee will vote today, but House leaders don't have much interest in holding impeachment hearings.

--Wes Allison

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:22am]


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