Hooley won't take impeachment off the table. (Updated re: Blumenauer)

A number of Democratic leaders have been criticized for saying that the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney is "off the table." Not according to Rep. Darlene Hooley, as reported by Loaded Orygun:

I've heard from many Oregonians who are frustrated about how we got into the Iraq war, how the war's been mismanaged, and how the Bush Administration has abused its power whether it regards warrantless wiretapping or stonewalling Congress. I will soon be introducing a resolution that calls on the President to encourage all relevant parties that have been subpoenaed to testify and not hide behind Executive Privilege. Transparency is key to our democracy.

Oversight must be followed by accountability. Impeachment is in the Constitution and should never, ever be off the table for any President. Congress needs to right the wrongs of this Administration, and I want to ensure every tool is available to hold individuals accountable for their actions.

Read the rest of her statement over at Loaded O.

Update: Earl Blumenauer has made a similar statement, according to Loaded O:

I believe that oversight must lead to accountability. Impeachment is among the range of options for Congress to consider as we seek to hold President Bush and others accountable for their actions. Impeachment may not be ripe, either procedurally or politically, now but that does not mean that it won't be in the future. Congress cannot let this administration off the hook or give them a "Get out of Jail Free" card by taking impeachment off the table.

Discuss over there.


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