Friday, November 24, 2006

Sen John McCain (AZ) Reply to My Request for Investigations/Impeachment Bush

JOHN McCAIN
ARIZONA
241 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON, DC 20510-0303 120212242235
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Ms. PO BOX AZ 857 (Removed for Web)
October 11, 2006
Dear Ms. (Removed for Web):
Thank you for contacting me to express your view that President Bush should be impeached and removed from office.
I'm afraid that we will have to agree to disagree on this issue.
The impeachment and removal of a President are extraordinary actions that should be taken only when the individual holding that office has been found to have committed treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. President Bush has committed no crime and has dedicated his time in office to protecting the people of this nation to the best of his ability.
At a time when our nation is at war with radical extremists, we should all work together to secure our Nation from the very real threats it faces. Stroking partisan fires by calling for the impeachment and the removal of the President only harms our unity and our security at a time when acting as one nation is crucial.
Please know that I cherish the right of speech and dissent and, while I respect your views on this matter, I simply disagree. I thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts.
John McCain
United States Senator
JM/dkr
What I got from this is his relentless support of war crimes and crimes against humanity (children), that I am a dissident, and that I desire disunity - in other words I am a trouble maker. I received a much more cooperative and warm letter from my Representative in Congress who agreed that many of his constituents are calling for investigations and impeachment. He has promised to follow what the Democratic leadership decides. We need to hold their feet to the fire and continue the pressure to preserve our democratic Republic and to stop the war. Here is the text from my US Representative's email:
November 16, 2006
Thank you very much for taking the time to contact me with your concerns that President Bush has lied to and intentionally misled the American people in furtherance of his political agenda, particularly the war in Iraq. I appreciate hearing from you.
You, and others, raise serious allegations, and I recognize your support for President Bush's impeachment. While I personally believe that censure is a more viable option, I will support decisions by the House Democratic Leadership about investigating the actions of the Executive.
Last summer I cosigned a letter by Representative Conyers to President Bush, demanding an explanation of the "Downing Memo." This memo, "leaked" by British intelligence, claims "Bush wanted to remove Saddam through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD." The Memo goes on to say that the "intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." If the disclosure is accurate, it confirms troubling questions regarding the legal justifications for the war in Iraq as well as questioning the Administration's integrity and commitment to democracy.
Along with my fellow Democrats in Congress, I have attempted to hold the Bush Administration accountable for its actions surrounding the war in Iraq . Many Democrats in Congress, including House Minority Leader Pelosi, supported legislation introduced by Rep. Waxman to establish an independent commission -- modeled after the September 11 Commission -- to examine both the Iraq intelligence and the representations made by executive branch officials about this intelligence. This legislation was cosponsored by more than 135 members of Congress and yet, the Republican Majority and the White House have blocked any attempts to establish any truly independent investigations.
It is vital that the Bush Administration not be allowed to use partisan politics to stand in the way of our national security. Leaving these crucial questions unanswered undermines the very fabric of our great democracy. Such an act would justify and set a precedent for our leaders to make choices without considering the needs of those they serve.
Thank you very much for taking the time to contact me. I always appreciate hearing about the issues that are important to you.
Sincerely,
Raul M. Grijalva
Member of Congress

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