Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Greens Demand Impeachment

McClellan revelations demand immediate impeachment, say Greens

• Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald must probe new evidence in
Plame case; Democrats and Republicans who refuse to hold Bush and
Cheney accountable are complicit in White House crimes


WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders called impeachment an urgent
necessity after former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's
revelation that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were involved
in the conspiracy to expose the identity of CIA undercover operative
Valerie Plame.

"Evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors from the White House are
staring us in the face. What will it take for the Democratic Party to
move on impeachment? By refusing to impeach, House Majority Leader
Steny Hoyer [D-Md.], Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.], Sen. Harry Reid
[D-Nev.], and other Democratic leaders are aiding and abetting crimes
committed by President Bush and Vice President Cheney," said Peter
Thottam, Green Party member, attorney, and Executive Director of the
Los Angeles National Impeachment Center
.

Greens called it absolutely imperative that US Department of Justice
Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald investigate Mr. McClellan's
assertions about the role of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney in an illegal
attempt to discredit Ambassador Joseph Wilson after Mr. Wilson
revealed that the President's 2003 State of the Union claim about an
Iraqi nuclear weapons material deal was based on a known forgery.

The Green Party of the United States called for impeachment in July
2003 after President Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, which Greens
called an act of military aggression outlawed under the US
Constitutional and international law, and lied to the American people
about the reasons for the invasion.

Since 2003, White House crimes have continued to mount: detention
without trial, surveillance of US citizens without warrant, approval
for torture, "signing statements" purportedly allowing the President
to disregard laws passed by Congress, violation of international laws
and treaties signed by the US, inaction and racist response to
environmental emergencies (Hurricanes Katrina and Rita), endangering
public health by tampering with scientific research on global warming.

Greens supported former Rep. Cynthia McKinney's (D-Ga.) impeachment
motion in December 2006
and have praised Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) recent introduction
of an impeachment resolution, which was tabled by House Democratic
leaders.

In recent months, several Green Party activists have protested and
committed acts of civil disobedience to persuade Rep. John Conyers
(D-Mich.) and other Congress members to impeach the President and Vice
President.

"If we had some Greens in Congress right now, we'd already be seeing
impeachment and possible criminal prosecution. Greens would not only
lead on impeachment, their very presence would drive top Democrats and
perhaps some Republican to support it. It's time to replace two-party
collusion with multi-party competition," said David J. Kalbfleisch,
Green Party candidate for the U.S. House in Illinois (10th District)
.


MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193
• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
• Green candidate database for 2007 and other campaign information:
http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

"Democrats, retreating on troop withdrawal, impeachment, don't deserve
votes in 2008"
Green Party press release, July 26, 2007
http://www.gp.org/press/pr_2007_07_26.shtml

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