On Wednesday, at a hearing of the House International Relations Committee, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL 19th) directly challenged U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for lying to the American people in the run-up to the Iraq war about the danger presented by Iraqi WMD.  --  He subsequently sent a message to impeachment advocates asking for support, and is calling for the House of Representatives to hold former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten in contempt of Congress for their failure to respond to congressional subpoenas.[1]  --  The message includes links to a videoclip of Rep. Wexler challenging Rice, and also a videoclip of Attorney General Mukasey's Feb. 7, 2008, statement that he would refuse to enforce a Congressional contempt citation against White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, who are refusing to appear before Congressional committees at the direction of the White House.  --  BACKGROUND:  In 2006, the blog The Left Coaster summarized the evidence that Condoleezza Rice's defense of her conduct is specious.  --  Rep. Wexler has endorsed HR 333, now HR 799, the resolution for impeachment hearings against Vice President Dick Cheney that was introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH 10th) on Apr. 24, 2007, saying, on Nov. 7, 2007, "I will urge the Judiciary Committee to schedule impeachment hearings immediately and not let this issue languish as it has over the last six months.  Only through hearings can we bring begin to correct the abuses of Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration; and, if it is determined in these hearings that Vice President Cheney has committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors, he should be impeached and removed from office."  --  Wexler is one of the forty members of the House Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for the impeachment of federal officials; six others are co-sponsors of resolution....


[From Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL 19th)]

Dear ____,

Today, in hearings on Capitol Hill, I confronted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her role in the lies, exaggerations, and misdirection that led us into the Iraq war.

During my questioning, Secretary Rice falsely stated that she never saw intelligence casting doubt on the Bush Administration claims that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. This unbelievable statement is flatly contradicted by numerous government reports and CIA testimonials. (To watch the video of my exchange with Secretary Rice, click here.)

Secretary Rice's responses demonstrate once and for all that we need aggressive oversight over this out of control Administration. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration has ignored the constitutional right of Congress to provide such oversight.

It is time Congress took aggressive action to assert our rights on behalf of the American people.

The House of Representatives must immediately hold former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten in contempt of Congress for their failure to respond to congressional subpoenas.

I have been aggressively lobbying Members of Congress to support a vote on contempt, and I am thrilled to report that Speaker Pelosi told me directly that she agrees it is well past time to vote on contempt. I am anticipating that the House will shortly vote on resolutions of both civil and criminal contempt for both Miers and Bolten.

No one should be immune from accountability and the rule of law.

Not Harriet Miers or Josh Bolten.

And especially not Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.

It is time to defend the Constitution and our rights as a co-equal branch of government.

I will continue to take on the Bush Administration for their outrageous abuses just as I confronted Condoleezza Rice today and Attorney General Mukasey last week. (Click here to see my questioning of Mukasey.)

With your help we will hold these top Bush officials in contempt and continue our efforts to hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Dick Cheney.

Thank you, as always, for your great support.

Yours truly, 

Congressman Robert Wexler