New Impeachment Development: Call Conyers Today! 202-225-5126 (Call again if you’ve called before!)

Conyers Considers Cheney Impeachment Hearings

By David Swanson

On Thursday, Chairman John Conyers’ House Judiciary Committee held a hearing at which Attorney General Michael Mukasey said that he would not investigate torture or warrantless spying, he would not enforce contempt citations, and he would treat Justice Department opinions as providing immunity for crimes.

None of this was new, but perhaps it touched something in Conyers that had not been touched before. Following the hearing, he and two staffers met for over an hour with two members of Code Pink and discussed activism and impeachment, including Congressman Robert Wexler‘s proposal to begin impeachment hearings on Cheney.

Conyers expressed his concerns about what might happen following an impeachment, the danger of installing a Bush replacement or losing an election. But he said he’s listening to several advocates for impeachment, including Liz Holtzman and David Swanson of He hinted he could be swayed by a convincing argument, leaning out of his chair for dramatic effect.

So let’s help Chairman John Conyers decide! We know Conyers agrees with all of us on the legal grounds for impeachment because he made this case himself in his 2006 book, “The Constitution in Crisis.” Where Conyers needs persuasion is on the politics of impeachment, so we have addressed his concerns here:

We’d like you to email Conyers (and other Judiciary Committee Democrats) with the link above, but please don’t stop there.

1. Call his office at 202-225-5126 and say you would like him to begin Cheney impeachment hearings immediately. Tell him the hearings must be on impeachment because that’s the only way to force the White House to comply with Congressional subpoenas. The phone in his office was reportedly ringing once every second, 60 times per minute, all day long on Monday. Let’s ring it faster on Tuesday.

2. Print our petition
and fax it to Conyers at 202-225-0072 with your name and address at the end.

3. Urge your Representative and Senators to sign onto Congressman Robert Wexler‘s letter to Conyers (which he plans to deliver on Friday) here:

We know we’re asking a lot, but we’re not alone – our friends from Code Pink are fasting for impeachment and meeting with Conyers on Tuesday to discuss opening Cheney impeachment hearings.

Want to do more? Start planning now to visit your congress member’s office when they’re back in their district between February 16th and 24th. Find ideas here: Join (or create) your Congressional District Impeachment Committee:


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