The Unimpeachable James Comey Guarantees the Impeachment of George W. Bush
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Democrats.com has been calling for the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney since their lawless cronies on the U.S. Supreme Court stole the White House for them on December 10, 2000.
Today I am absolutely certain that George Bush and Dick Cheney will be impeached. Why? Because of the devastating testimony of the utterly unimpeachable James Comey.
Comey's riveting testimony revealed the following impeachable offenses:
- George Bush authorized a massively criminal program of spying on
thousandsmillions of Americans without a warrant in direct violation of FISA
- When that program needed re-authorization, George Bush sent his Chief of Staff and his White House Counsel to "persuade" a semi-conscious hospital patient to re-authorize an illegal program this patient had no legal authority to authorize because he was not the Attorney General at that time, a fact that was well known to everyone involved
- When that semi-conscious hospital patient explicitly refused to authorize the illegal program on the grounds that it was illegal, George Bush authorized it anyway, thus knowingly committing another crime
Nora O'Donnell: There's been some very dramatic testimony before the Senate this week from one of your former top justice department officials, who describes a scene that some Senators called stunning about a time when the warrantless wiretap program was being reviewed. Sir, did you send your then chief of staff and White House counsel to the bedside of John Ashcroft, while he was ill to get him to approve os that program and do you believe that kind of conduct from White House officials is appropriate?
Bush: "There's a lot of speculation about what happened and what didn't happen, and I'm not going to talk about it."
Bush has exactly two choices: to tell the truth and confess to authorizing
thousands millions of illegal wiretaps, or to flat-out lie to Congress and the American people by saying he didn't. Either way, he would be impeached.
Make no mistake: George Bush was personally and knowingly involved in a conspiracy with his closest aides to repeatedly violate FISA. As Digby says,
In any case, Bush was deeply involved. He met with both Comey and Mueller on the issue after they all said they'd resign. The spinners are trying to say that their Dear Leader finally overruled others who had nefarious intentions , but his refusal to answer the question today should put that to rest. There's no reason for him to launch into such outdated 2003 gibberish about enemies lurking who "would like to strike" if he didn't order it. It's obvious that he did.
In fact, if he wasn't facing impeachment, he would not only aggressively defend his actions, he would brag about them because he absolutely believes he has every right to break any law he pleases.
Richard Nixon famously told David Frost, "When the President does it, that means it's not illegal." Nixon may have faced impeachment for precisely the same actions as Bush (illegal spying on Americans citizens), but Bush (like all "conservative" Republicans) believes Nixon's legal analysis was exactly right - while Congress and the consensus view of post-Watergate historians were wrong.
Of course, Bush's views of presidential power aren't based on any reasoned legal analysis. It is purely a "gut" position (and Bush proudly relies on his "gut"), as revealed by his "joke" to Congress just eight days after stealing the White House: "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." Bush's "gut" belief that he can break the law with impunity comes as no shock to anyone who has paid the slightest attention to Bush since 2000.
But just because Bush's "gut" says so doesn't make it true. And the post-911 popularity that made Bush's lawlessness "acceptable" to the Washington Establishment has vanished, leaving Bush finally exposed to all as the emperor without clothes. The recognition of Bush's nakedness is so widespread that even Bush's most important defender - the Pentagon Post's editorial page - is finally opening its self-shuttered eyes.
The Post hasn't accused Bush of committing any crimes - yet. But once they ask the question, they must inevitably seek its answer.
And Comey's dramatic testimony has given Congress lots of explosive questions to answer. As Glenn Greenwald writes,
James Comey's testimony amounts to a statement that — even according to the administration's own loyal DOJ officials — the President ordered still-unknown spying on Americans, and engaged in that spying for a full two-and-a-half-years, that was so blatantly and shockingly illegal that they were all ready to resign over it. And the President's Attorney General then lied to ensure that this episode remain concealed. Mere one-day calls for a Congressional investigation are woefully inadequate here.
Congress has more than enough evidence in hand to start a de jure impeachment investigation. But because Democrats are deeply divided on whether to confront Bush, Cheney, and the GOP character assassination machine, they are conducting a de facto impeachment investigation. There are very few dots left to connect, but the Senate and House Judiciary Committees know exactly what they are and are clearly determined to connect them.
— Was the classified program referred to by Mr. Comey the Terrorist Surveillance Program, as it existed prior to the changes made according to the Justice Department’s recommendations and, if not, what was the classified program that Mr. Comey was referring to?
– Who was involved in deciding to seek approval from Attorney General Ashcroft from his hospital bed and who made the telephone call to arrange your visit to his bedside;
– What was the basis for the Administration’s decision on March 10-11 to continue with the program despite the Department’s objections, how long did it so continue?
– What was the basis for the Department’s objections to the program? What changes were made to the program to resolve the Department’s objections?
On April 28, impeachment activists in 125 locations from Miami to North Pole Alaska spelled I-M-P-E-A-C-H by connecting their bodies. By June 28 (if not sooner), Democrats in Congress will spell I-M-P-E-A-C-H by connecting their facts. And when that happens, Bush's departure will be as inevitable as Nixon's.