Sunday, August 19, 2007


More on Impeaching Gonzales

Looks like the move to impeach Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (the subject of my last Politico column) is gaining currency. Today's New York Times carries an insightful commentary by Adam Scott arguing that Gonzales's many offenses are "just the sort" of malfeasance the Founders had in mind when they gave Congress the power to remove executive branch officials.
Congress has heard extensive testimony about how Mr. Gonzales’s Justice Department has become an arm of a political party, choosing lawyers for nonpartisan positions based on politics, and bringing cases — including prosecutions that have put people in jail — to help Republicans win elections.

Mr. Gonzales’s repeated false and misleading statements to Congress are also impeachable conduct. James Iredell, whom George Washington would later appoint to the Supreme Court, told North Carolina’s ratification convention that “giving false information to the Senate” was the sort of act “of great injury to the community” that warranted impeachment.

The United States attorneys scandal is also the sort of abuse the founders worried about. Top prosecutors, most with sterling records, were apparently fired because they refused to let partisan politics guide their decisions about whether to prosecute. Madison, the father of the Constitution, noted in a speech to the first Congress that “wanton removal of meritorious officers would subject” an official to impeachment.

And today, the first U.S. Senate candidate called for his impeachment.

In Oregon, Jeff Merkley (our Speaker of the House) issued a blistering call for impeachment.

Now, more than ever, the American people need an Attorney General that they can trust to do the right thing, to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

It's time for Congress to begin the impeachment of Alberto Gonzales.

(Full disclosure: I should tell ya, I built, but I only speak for myself.)
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