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Conyers Calls For Censure of Bush and Cheney

by RonChusid

Constitution in Crisis

Conyers Releases Report on Misconduct of Bush Administration Concerning Iraq War
Calls for Censure of President Bush and Vice President Cheney

WASHINGTON – December 20 – Representative John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding today’s release of a staff report entitled “The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retributions and Cover-ups in the Iraq War.” The Report is my best effort to examine all of the charges of misconduct by the Bush Administration concerning the Iraq War.

Conyers Report: http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/iraqrept.html

“In brief, we have found that there is substantial evidence the President, the Vice-President and other high ranking members of the Bush Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq; misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for such war; countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in Iraq; and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of their Administration. There is at least a prima facie case that these actions that federal laws have been violated – from false statements to Congress to retaliating against Administration critics.

In response to the Report, I have already taken several initial steps. First, I have introduced a resolution (H. Res. 635) creating a Select Committee with subpoena authority to investigate the misconduct of the Bush Administration with regard to the Iraq war and report on possible impeachable offenses. In addition, I have introduced Resolutions regarding both President Bush (H. Res. 636) and Vice-President Cheney (H. Res. 637) proposing that they be censured by Congress based on indisputable evidence of unaccounted for misstatements and abuse of power in the public record. There are a number of additional recommendations in the Report that I expect to be taking up in the coming weeks and months.

The Report rejects the frequent contention by the Bush Administration that there pre-war conduct has been reviewed and they have been exonerated. No entity has ever considered whether the Administration misled Americans about the decision to go to War, and the Senate Intelligence Committee has not yet conducted a review of pre-war intelligence information, while the Silberman-Robb report specifically cautioned, that intelligence manipulation “was not part of our inquiry.” There has also not been any independent inquiry concerning torture and other legal violations in Iraq; nor has there been an independent review of the pattern of cover-ups and political retribution by the Bush Administration against its critics, other than the very narrow and still ongoing inquiry of Special Counsel Fitzgerald.”

7 Responses to “Conyers Calls For Censure of Bush and Cheney”

  1. From reading this…censure still leaves the option of impeachment. Right? There is some language in this that says “possible” impeachable offenses. Not familiar with the legal aspects of this, but I have heard some people on liberal radio mentioning that censure is a slap on the wrist and that full out impeachment should be more directly stated. However, looks like this Conyers document still leaves impeachment as a possibility (seeking further investigation. Any comments out there from those who understand “censure” greatly appreceiated… I have also heard on the radio to check out democrats.com that further discusses Conyer document & poll on impeachment. I plan to check it out.

  2. Disregard my last comment about the poll on democrats.com it is old. However, there is info on the Conyers report dated 12/20/05 on that site. Definitely is a busy news day. I hope the Democrats get their (our) voices across loud and clear. Not just for the party but for THE PEOPLE!

  3. Certainly a President could still be impeached after censure. As Conyers is calling for further investigation it is possible (probable) that such an investigation would reveal the existence of impeachable offenses. We know that they won’t have to look very hard.

  4. Important that we keep emphasizing how much of what they’ve done rises to the level of impeachment.

    Even reminding people who like the tough, counter-productive swat at the the middle east, who don’t really see the bad causes and effects, and that the end doesn’t always justifies the means.

  5. We want Bush & Cheney to get everything they’ve got coming to them – the full monty!

  6. Yes, full exposure.

  7. Marjorie

    As long as we don’t have to have visuals!