'Imperial Presidency' Hearing July 25th - 13 Witnesses to Attend
The House Judiciary Committee has released a witness list for its hearing to examine "the imperial presidency" of George W. Bush.
Testifying Friday morning will be Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has introduced several resolutions calling for President Bush's and Vice President Dick Cheney's impeachment; former Rep. Bob Barr, the Libertarian presidential candidate who led the charge to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998; Vincent Bugliosi, author of the just-released book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder; and 10 other current and former members of Congress, constitutional experts and human rights activists.
The hearing, which was announced last week, seems to be the one Judiciary Chairman John Conyers promised to Kucinich after he introduced his second impeachment resolution aimed at Bush earlier this month. Any action on Kucinich's articles of impeachment still seems unlikely, but the Ohio Democrat has previously said he just wants to be able to present his case.
Late Thursday afternoon, the committee released the full witness list, broken down into two panels.Panel One
**The Honorable Dennis Kucinich, Representative from Ohio
**The Honorable Maurice Hinchey, Representative from New York
**The Honorable Walter Jones, Representative from North Carolina
**The Honorable Brad Miller, Representative from North Carolina
**The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman, Former Representative from New York
**The Honorable Bob Barr, Former Representative from Georgia, 2008 Libertarian Nominee for President
**The Honorable Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson, Founder and President, High Roads for Human Rights
**Stephen Presser, Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History, Northwestern University School of Law
**Bruce Fein Vincent Bugliosi, Author and former Los Angeles County Prosecutor
**Jeremy A. Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
**Elliott Adams, President of the Board, Veterans for Peace
**Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr., Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Conyers (D-MI) previously laid out six areas the hearing would explore:
(1) improper politicization of the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys offices, including potential misuse of authority with regard to election and voting controversies;
(2) misuse of executive branch authority and the adoption and implementation of the so-called unitary executive theory, including in the areas of presidential signing statements and regulatory authority;
(3) misuse of investigatory and detention authority with regard to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, including questions regarding the legality of the administration’s surveillance, detention, interrogation, and rendition programs;
(4) manipulation of intelligence and misuse of war powers, including possible misrepresentations to Congress related thereto;
(5) improper retaliation against administration critics, including disclosing information concerning CIA operative Valerie Plame, and obstruction of justice related thereto; and
(6) misuse of authority in denying Congress and the American people the ability to oversee and scrutinize conduct within the administration, including through the use of various asserted privileges and immunities.
The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 25th on Capitol Hill.
Nick Juliano - July 24, 2008 - source RawStory