Last night, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) took to the House floor to urge the House Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment hearings into Vice President Cheney for high crimes and misdemeanors. Wexler, who has already acquired nearly 190,000 supporters through his website, explained his next steps:
Tomorrow, I will deliver these names to my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee with a letter to my friend, Chairman Conyers, calling for hearings. I will ask my colleagues to sign this letter â€¦ Continuing every day for months, I will publish in the Congressional Record several thousand names of supporters who signed up.
History demands that we take action, because the case against Vice President Cheney is far stronger than the illegality surrounding Watergate.
â€œIn the history of our nation, we have never encountered a moment where the actions of a President or a Vice President have more strongly demanded the use of the power of impeachment,â€ Wexler said last night.
He delivered his remarks to a nearly empty House chamber, just after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members left to attend a reception.
On DailyKos, Ralph Lopez has more.
Rep. Wexler’s petition is at WexlerWantsHearings.com
UPDATE: One result of Wexler’s speech– the media blackout on impeachment is no longer total.
UPDATE: Politico.com has a good story about Wexler’s speech. Check out the comments– the right is scared to death of this.