The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress.Funny. If the Bush White House really believed its propaganda that it acted legally and constitutionally when the prez authorized these domestic surveillances in 2002, would there be this intensive need for damage control now? Of course not.
“A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment,” an administration source said.
Sources said a prelude to the impeachment process could begin with hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. They said the hearings would focus on the secret electronic surveillance program and whether Mr. Bush violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Administration sources said the charges are expected to include false reports to Congress as well as Mr. Bush’s authorization of the National Security Agency to engage in electronic surveillance inside the United States without a court warrant. This included the monitoring of overseas telephone calls and e-mail traffic to and from people living in the United States without requisite permission from a secret court.
READ MORE: “Some Activists, Politicians Speaking Openly About Impeachment,” by Jim Puzzanghera (Knight Ridder Newspapers); “The Power-Madness of King George: Is Bush Turning America Into an Elective Dictatorship?” by Jacob Weisberg (Slate).