Rep. Henry Waxman lays the groundwork for impeachment

20 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Rep. Henry Waxman lays the groundwork for impeachment</h1><p>April 20 (EIRNS) - The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today issued letters to the White House Counsel Fred Fielding, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. The letters, signed by Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced that the committee will hold a business meeting April 25, to consider issuing subpoenas for: 1) the testimony of Rice "regarding the fabricated claim that Iraq sought uranium from Niger and other issues"; 2) the testimony of Card "regarding the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson's covert identity and White House security procedures"; 3) "RNC documents related to possible violations of the Presidential Records Act and the Hatch Act by White House officials"; and 4) "Contacts between the White House and MZM, a federal contractor implicated in bribery charges." Waxman stated that if the recipients do not voluntarily comply by the 25th, the Committee will consider compulsory measures. The letters are available at. Sources have told us that Waxman is carefully laying the groundwork for impeachment.</p><p>In his letter to Card, Waxman noted that Card had refused multiple requests to appear before the Committee, but on April 16, 2007, he had appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss the leak of Plame's identity, and that the White House lawyer's position, "appears to be that it is appropriate for you to discuss these matters on The Daily Show, but not before a congressional committee. You will not be surprised to learn that I take a different view of the matter."</p></div></body>