John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Wed May 2 15:17:00 MDT 2007
>Richard A. Viguerie
>9625 Surveyor Court, Suite 400
>Manassas, Virginia 20110
>Contact: Margaret Wright
>(703) 396-6974 or Nancy Bakersmith,
>(703) 209-6190 or (571) 292-1817
>FOR RELEASE April 27, 2007
>Richard Viguerie on Alberto Gonzales:
>Resign or be Impeachedand Republicans Must Take the Lead
>If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales continues
>to refuse to resign, its time for Congress to
>impeach himand Republicans must take the lead,
>says conservative activist Richard A. Viguerie.
>As the man who pioneered political direct mail,
>Viguerie has been called the Funding Father of
>the conservative movement. He is the author of
>Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big
>Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause (Bonus Books, 2006).
>No other choice is available, says Viguerie.
>Gonzales has refused to resign so far, despite
>demands from Republican Senators and
>Representatives that he do so. And President
>Bush has erected a wall around the White House,
>shutting out reality, giving his long-time
>political crony unconditional support. If his
>boss wont fire him, and Gonzales refuses to
>leave voluntarily, he must be made to leave involuntarily.
>And the Republicans in Congress must take that
>next step, Viguerie adds. President Bush
>already is a lame duck with the lowest public
>support since Richard Nixon, so in a sense he
>has nothing more to lose. What should scare
>Republicans, however, is that once again Bush
>seems willing to bring the entire Republican
>Party to destruction with him. The Republicans
>have already lost the House and the Senate. If
>they want to have any chance of retaining the
>White House or making gains in Congress in 2008,
>they must break decisively with this politically suicidal president.
>Impeachment of a Cabinet member is authorized by
>the Constitution. Charges of impeachment must be
>passed in the House, and then the official is
>tried by the Senate. A president cannot grant a
>reprieve or pardon for impeachment. If
>impeached, the official is removed from office
>and is disqualified to hold and enjoy any other federal office.
>Grounds for impeachment, under Article 2,
>Section 4 of the Constitution, are treason,
>bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
>(Misdemeanors is a constitutional term that
>does not have the current meaning of an offense
>less serious than a felony, according to the
>American Bar Association.) What constitutes
>impeachable high crimes? Dean John D. Feerick
>of Fordham University School of Law, in an article published in 1984, said:
>Most authorities agreeand the precedents are
>in accordthat an impeachable offense is not
>limited to conduct which is indictable. Conduct
>that undermines the integrity of a public office
>or is in disregard of constitutional duties or
>involves abuse of power is generally regarded as
>grounds for impeachment. Since impeachment is a
>drastic sanction, the misconduct must be substantial and serious.
>Gonzaless misconduct certainly meets those
>standards, says Viguerie. I stand with my
>colleagues in the American Freedom Agenda [a new
>conservative civil liberties organization, see
>www.americanfreedomagenda.org] when we declared:
> ? Mr. Gonzales has presided over
> an unprecedented crippling of the
> Constitutions time-honored checks and balances.
> ? He has brought the rule of law
> into disrepute, and debased honesty as the coin of the realm.
> ? He has engendered the suspicion
> that partisan politics trumps evenhanded law
> enforcement in the Department of Justice.
> ? He has embraced legal theories
> that could be employed by a successor to
> obliterate the conservative philosophy of
> individual liberty and limited government celebrated by the Founding Fathers.
> ? In short, Attorney General
> Gonzales has proven an unsuitable steward of the law
>Viguerie specifically warned Republicans: Dont
>expect much cooperation from Democrats in your
>call for the impeachment of Gonzales. He serves
>a useful purpose for them politically, and they
>dont want him out of office no matter how much
>they complain publicly. They want him to remain
>as Attorney General as a shining example of
>Republican incompetence and corruption, so they
>can use him as a campaign issues that keeps on
>giving to the Democrats. No, it is the
>Republicans who need to have Gonzales removed,
>and it is the Republicans who must take the lead in kicking him out.
>In a final note, Viguerie added: In his
>testimony before the Senate last week, he said
>he could not remember deeds or actions more
>than 70 times, including many recent events.
>This strains everyones credulity except the
>presidents. If nothing else, he should be
>removed from office for Memory Deficit Disorder.
>You cannot run a Justice Department with well
>over 100,000 employees when your mind supposedly is that blank.
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