New York Democrat Elizabeth Holtzman a former member of the House of Representatives has called for the impeachment of the president over revelations of massive government surveillance of ordinary citizens.
Holtzman who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate era, powerfully yet dispassionately lays out the case for the immediate impeachment of the president.
“Nothing less is necessary to protect our constitutional system and preserve our democracy,” she declares.
“As a matter of constitutional law, these and other misdeeds constitute grounds for the impeachment. 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.”
Holtzman continued; “It now appears that thousands of calls were monitored and that the information obtained may have been widely circulated among federal agencies.”
Comparing Obama to the Nixon Administration she added, “Among his other abuses of power, President Nixon ordered the FBI to conduct warrantless wiretaps of seventeen journalists and White House staffers. In fact, the first illegal Nixon wiretap was of a reporter who, in 1969, revealed the secret bombing of Cambodia, a program that President Nixon wanted to hide from the American people and Congress.”
This president, “has been guilty of such gross incompetence or reckless indifference to his obligation to execute the laws faithfully as to call into question whether he takes his oath seriously or is capable of doing so.”
To show just how serious she is about impeachment proceedings, the former House member concludes with expert guidance for Americans who want to see the president impeached.
“Drumming up public support means organizing rallies, spearheading letter-writing campaigns to newspapers, organizing petition drives, door-knocking in neighborhoods, handing out leaflets and deploying the full range of mobilizing tactics.”
Holtzman concludes: “An energized public must in turn bear down on Congress. Constituents should request meetings with their Senators and Representatives to educate them on impeachment. They can also make their case through e-mail, letters and phone calls.”
The article was pubished in The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly in the country and the self-described “flagship of the left.
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