June 24, 2013
"I WROTE WHAT, WHEN?"
The Impeachment of [*********} : The time has come to call for the impeachment of President [*******}. Any President who maintains he is above the law--and acts repeatedly on that belief--seriously endangers our consitutional system of government. (Elizabeth Holtzman January 11, 2006, The Natio)
[I]t wasn't until the most recent revelations that President [********] directed the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)--and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country's laws--that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate.As a matter of constitutional law, these and other misdeeds constitute grounds for the impeachment of President [*****}. A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law--and repeatedly violates the law--thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment and removal from office. A high crime or misdemeanor is an archaic term that means a serious abuse of power, whether or not it is also a crime, that endangers our constitutional system of government.The framers of our Constitution feared executive power run amok and provided the remedy of impeachment to protect against it. While impeachment is a last resort, and must never be lightly undertaken (a principle ignored during the proceedings against President Bill Clinton), neither can Congress shirk its responsibility to use that tool to safeguard our democracy. No President can be permitted to commit high crimes and misdemeanors with impunity.
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2013 5:09 PM