CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Three House Democrats serving on the Judiciary Committee prepared this Op-Ed piece that calls for hearings on the the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Newspapers refused to print it. Co-author U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, FL-19, now has it posted on his official House Web site. His writing partners are Reps. Louis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
Wexler agrees with the impeachment measure's prime sponsor, Cleveland U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, that Congress has an institutional obligation to study allegations that Cheney steered the U.S. into the Iraq War, harmed national security and violated civil liberties. The impeachment resolution has been languishing in the House Judiciary Committee since early November.
The Op-Ed is seven paragraphs long and hardly seems inflammatory. Its last paragraph says Cheney's critics should be given a chance to make their case:
"Holding hearings would put the evidence on the table, and the evidence -- not politics -- should determine the outcome. Even if the hearings do not lead to removal from office, putting these grievous abuses on the record is important for the sake of history. For an administration that has consistently skirted the Constitution and asserted that it is above the law, it is imperative for Congress to make clear that we do not accept this dangerous precedent. Our Founding Fathers provided Congress the power of impeachment for just this reason, and we must now at least considering using it."
Here is the complete text of the Kucinich resolution on impeaching Cheney. Booman Tribune has more about the Op-Ed and the paper's that wouldn't print it.