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View Diary: Inslee to introduce resolution to Impeach Gonzales in the House tomorrow (207 comments)

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  •  PREDICTION (1+ / 0-)
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    Members on the senate judiciary committee will get huffy that a lowly house member is busting a move when they'd like to drag it out for months on end and maybe cough up a move to censure sometime in 2008

    •  What does the Senate Judiciary Committee (6+ / 0-)

      have to do with the House resolving to move on an impeachment investigation. This is only step 1. If I am not mistaken, the Senate Judiciary Committee has nothing to do with the impeachment proceedings whatsoever. The House votes to impeach, the FULL Senate hears the case to decide conviction or acquittal. If the Senate Judiciary has a role in any impeachment proceedings, please tell me what their role in an impeachment process is.

      •  I assume the Senate (1+ / 0-)
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        acts as the jury in an AG impeachment since thats what they do in a presidential one.

        The two branches do speak with each other. I would hope that weeks ago the senate members would have spoken to Pelosi etc and gotten on the same page re: impeachment.

        This has been a catastrophe from the start. I assume they drag it out due to fear and excessive caution. As in so many things.

        •  The Senate hears the case (3+ / 0-)
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          it is past the impeachment stage at that point. The House impeaches, the Senate tries the case. Impeachment is synonymous with indictment. The Chief Justice presides over a presidential impeachment, I don't know if he is supposed to do that with a cabinet official. Yes, the Senate is the jury. In the case of the president, the House representative from the judiciary committee (it was Chairman Henry Hyde during the Clinton impeachment) acts as the prosecutor. It would be something to see John Conyers prosecuting Gonzo.

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