Short answer - not yet. For all the words spread around recently about impeaching Obama over Benghazi, there is a curious ommission made in every single article and blog post I´ve read that advocates or predicts that Obama will be impeached. They all seem to be missing the words "high crimes and misdemeanors." Yes, I know - that silly Constitution seems to get in the way of our fun. But in order to impeach a president, you can´t just connect a few dots and proclaim conspiracy. There must be proof - hard proof
Mr. Moran, Obama was absent during a time period in which military authorization was required at his level of Authority. He essentially abandoned the bridge of the ship of state during a time of conflict. In the old British Navy, this would get him court-martialed and hung in chains.
He abandoned his post. Any lesser officer of the military (and he is the ONLY elected military officer as CIC) would be facing the death penalty.
Expect to see more of these articles coming out. Though surprised to see it in AT. This constant poo-pooing about the lies Presidents tell and the press that love them. Rick, this was an intentional and deliberate cover-up of the facts carried out by the highest levels of our government in full cooperation with the leftist media. All for the express purpose of getting Obama reelected.
Now, if you want to claim we don´t have enough evidence to impeach Obama at this point, you´re probably right. We could call it criminal negligence if there were no coverup. But the truth is they are hiding something, and something very very big. If this were a Republican administration, we´d have wall-to-wall 24x7 coverage of it in the press. As it is, we have to slog and fight for every scrap of truth we can find about Benghazi with the media and Obama administrations throwing up roadblocks at every turn.
The last thing we need is another ´move along, there´s nothing to see here´ article and thats what we seem to be getting more of.
#1 - The House brings forth the Articles of Impeachment. The Senate then votes whether to convict, or not. Clinton was impeached by the House, not convicted in the Senate, but he was impeached, just not removed from office.
Misdemeanors has nothing to do with minor legal infractions, it deals with demeanor - character - or lack thereof.
This article says what I have been saying all along. Obama is a sorry president and a sorry commander-in-chief. However, the constitution gives him authority to conduct foreign policy. So if he is an incompetent foreign minister and surrounds himself with mediocrities like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Janet Napolitano, and Tom Donilon, he is foolish but not unconstitutional. Elections matter. Election fraud matters.
Additional thought: to find a violation of the constitution, Congress needs to find that that to be in Libya in the first place he violated the War Powers Act and the Constitutional provision that he should have gotten a declaration of war. Obama has exceeded his constitutional authority when he sent special ops troops to the country without approval of Congress in the first place.
Can anyone say COVERUP?!! Nixon was impeached for less and with less proof.
Can anyone remember the intentional lies about an offensive anti-islamic video being the cause of the Benghazi attack?! This lying went on for weeks after the attack!!
So, again, a coverup caused the downfall of Nixon´s presidency...and no one died from what Nixon was trying to cover up. In the case of Benghazi, an American diplomat was murdered, along with other Americans, and it wasn´t about an offensive video!!!!!
Mr. Moran needs to come to a better understanding of the "high crimes and misdemeanors" language of the Constitution. Dereliction of duty, violation of oath, and abuse of authority are examples of such. Impeachment is not a criminal proceeding and it is not based on violation of statutes per se, although they could include them. It is the failure of a public official to uphold his office. Think of it in terms of the military with its conduct unbecoming of an officer violations. Mr. Moran is wrong and his thinking sets a dangerous mindset.
Those who drafted the Constitution added high crimes and misdemeanors because they believed that "treason" and "bribery" were insufficient. That other "dangerous" grounds needed to be covered. The meaning is still a subject of debate.
Here is an interesting essay on this from the Bubba days:
Given this history, it is hardly surprising that scholars and politicians continue to disagree about the meaning of the phrase "high crimes and misdemeanors" as it was written into the Constitution of 1787. At best one is left with a few broad, albeit important, principles: first, consonant with the separation-of-powers principle, the standard for impeachment was not so low as to encourage Congress to make impeachment a routine means for checking the president; second, "high crimes and misdemeanors" included offenses that were not, strictly speaking, illegal; and third, "high crimes and misdemeanors" were generally associated with violations of a public trust and, in the major impeachment case of the time, involved actions which in some fashion undermined or ran contrary to the fundamental norms of sound rule. But what history does not provide is a coherent, code-like catalogue of what constitutes "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Dots are rarely connected in the circus atmosphere of congressional hearings, where members of Congress ask "questions" in the form of speeches, as they proceed round-robin style, never staying on the same subject. To connect the dots, the committee majority members must defer their own questions to a single interlocutor, i.e. a staff lawyer with significant prosecutorial experience, and let the Democrats make the speeches. But that´s no fun, and that´s why this could be a waste of time.
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St. Pitbull, 5/7/2013 11:54:47 AM (No. 9314650)
#6 - sounds about right. We are going to start down the path that obama or his underlings made a decision - and it was a bad decision, but it was based on the information that they had at the time (and there are going to be all sorts of people who will say, "I told him _______"). We will also be told that we should not expect to get the truth for matters of national security. It will get synthesized down to whether we impeach a president for a bad decision and then his efforts to protect national security. I think that its total BS and would like nothing more than to see the a-wipe impeached and imprisoned - but it won´t happen based upon what´s out there now. IMO
Nothing will happen with the "representation" - or lack thereof - the weak-kneed Republicans are providing in Congress. That is why they must be replaced by people with spines. With the GOP firmly in Establishment hands, a new party is the only way.
Re #16, on the last hearing (October 10, 2012), there was compelling testimony from Eric Nordstrom (who will testify again in the current hearing) and the Special Forces security officer whose name escapes me. The State Department "toadies" were exposed for being just that. Useless bureaucrats. The testimony of the other two made the toadies sound absolutely incompetent.
To refresh our memory on the October 10, 2012, hearing:
Although two high-ranking State Department officials—who had not visited Libya—defended the security arrangements in place there, two whistleblowers, who had been deployed to Libya to provide security to American diplomats, strongly argued that more resources should have been allocated to bolster security in an increasingly threatening environment.
Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, Undersecretary for Management, and Charlene Lamb, the Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for diplomatic security, maintained that security arrangements were adequate. Lamb said, “We had the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11 for what had been agreed upon.” She denied that budget cuts had affected decision making on security arrangements, as some had charged.
But Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood, who had been deployed to provide security in Libya, testified that “diplomatic security remained weak” and that requests for additional security forces were denied by officials in Washington. “We were fighting a losing battle. We could not even keep what we had,” he said.
How about Treason...his Ambasador was giving weapons to our enemies with Obie´s full permission. Something went wrong...I suspect other terrorists got wind of the weapons deal and were peeved they weren´t included...hence the attack!
Is the grievance industry trying to create racial Shroud of Turin? The Smithsonian wants to display the hoodie worn by Tayvon Martin the night he was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Really, is this what we need now? A modern-day abomination: a Turin Shroud for race-mongerers? Will this become a place of pilgrimage for people looking for reasons to hate?
Shortly after the Sandy Hook one Elementary School massacre in December 2012, I took to these pages to gently chide the NRA´s Wayne LaPierre for his proposal to install an armed policeman in every school. In March 2013 I participated in a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) class. In May I received my CCW permit. On that day this semi-retired septuagenarian (I, myself) became a citizen carrier. My appetite for sound, reliable news and information about 2nd Amendment issues and the technology and skills of gunnery continues
Informed consent is a big deal in health care. And it should be. (snip) Once a woman says she wants an abortion, medical standards and norms change. If the process of getting informed consent involves making the unknown, known, the process in the abortion industry is all about unknowing. When I regrettably and wrongly had an abortion many years ago, no one at Planned Parenthood explained anything to me -- and I mean nothing -- about my baby´s development. No one even showed me a picture of a 3-month old baby in the womb.
San Diego mayor and veteran Congressman Bob Filner is a serial molester of women who enjoyed immunity from exposure by his friends in the media who "pretty much knew" about his abuses but chose to ignore them as a non-story. We know this because a brave member of the San Diego media crowd has admitted it.(snip) Scorn is the appropriate response. The San Diego media deserves a big helping of humiliation over covering this up. There is no profession more conscious of prestige than the media. Just look at all the awards they give each other.
As a black conservative tea party activist, I am extremely excited about Bill O´Reilly´s recent series of commentaries and TV shows addressing the hypocrisy and exploitation by the American race industry that has and continues to devastate the black community. O´Reilly boldly called out all of the usual suspects: Sharpton, Jackson, the Congressional Black Caucus and Obama. Eric Holder and others on the left have been whining and arrogantly scolding us saying that we need an honest discussion about race in America.
How is the U.S. like Sweden? In its low murder rate. That is, if you include in the statistics only non-blacks in the U.S. legally.(snip)In round numbers, there are about 250 million non-blacks in the U.S. legally. So their murder rate is about 1.0 per 100,000, or the same as Sweden´s. A murder rate of 1.0 is in the same league as the Europeans who like to call us gun-crazy cowboys. But it´s not the "cowboys" who are doing the killing. (In fact, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming have murder rates significantly lower than the U.S. average.
Poor lil´ Huma, croaks the liberal media. A wifey ensnared in her infamous husband´s sordid sexual adventures. Huma Abedin is a victim -- victimhood being a checkbox for libs and a handy excuse for anyone who runs afoul the law, stupid choices, indecency, laziness, Faustian deals with the devil, trumped-up racism, trumped-up homophobia, trumped-up xenophobia, real political corruption, hand-washing compulsion, and whatever else can be appended to victimhood. Poor lil´ Huma is a victim, all right. She´s a victim of her own self-willed choice; of a match made not much from kismet than cold calculation.
Remember when scientists and other truth-seekers used to get all riled up about the way the Catholic Church treated Galileo? The outcry was not over the fact that Galileo was a "peer-reviewed" researcher, and therefore beyond question. Quite the contrary: the argument was that, from the point of view of the quest for truth, no one, including the representatives of official orthodoxy and authority, ought to be regarded as beyond question. In the Michael Mann lawsuit against Mark Steyn and National Review, it is the "award-winning researcher" who is joining the fight for Church orthodoxy
Money can´t buy the kind of political boost Huma Abedin is receiving. Like her mentor Hillary Clinton, the stand-by-your-man strategy will be her gateway to widespread popularity and respect. Don´t feel sorry for the Democrats over losing a former rising star politician like Anthony Weiner, whose future is so hopeless that even the New York Times says it´s time to go. They have gained an even more promising candidate for high office. Huma Abedin is better-looking, better spoken, and more appealing than her role model.(snip)Although raised in Saudi Arabia, Ms. Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a natural born American.
Much has been made of Obama´s impromptu crashing of the press briefing at the White House the other day to weigh in yet again on Trayvon Martin´s death. The reception of Obama´s discussion reminded me of the movie The King´s Speech, where the man who would be king of England had to give just one good speech, so all of England would feel comfort. As in the movie, I chuckled at the big deal made by "reporters" that the man who is supposed to be a great orator and "Leader of the formerly Free World" did so without his "blankie,"
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Did the IRS intervene in Federal election campaigns for Congress? According to the Washington Times, U.S. Treasury investigative special agent Dennis Martel has uncovered a new example of political abuse. On March 9, 2010, Christine O´Donnell´s personal income tax records were illegally accessed by a Delaware public official. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) reports that a previously-undisclosed "back door" to the IRS computer system was used to invade the privacy of Christine O´Donnell´s tax records. Who knew? It turns out that state government criminal investigators can directly -- though illegally -- access IRS records through a "back door."
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Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
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Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
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