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House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations
10:00am EDT

This will be shown on C-Span 1 TV

Links:  C-Span 1 - follow link on home page

KPFA & Pacifica Radio will air Friday's hearing from 9:00AM - 1:00PM EDT streamed live at and and on the air at KPFA (Berkeley), KPFK (Los Angeles), KPFT (Houston), and others TBD.

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

Panel Two
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, Associate Deputy Attorney General, 1981-82, Chairman, American Freedom Agenda
   link to Fein's prepared statement
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

Committee Members


Conyers, Chairman
(D) Michigan, 14th

(D) California, 28th

(D) Virginia, 9th

(D) New York, 8th

(D) Virginia, 3rd

(D) North Carolina, 12th

(D) California, 16th

Jackson Lee
(D) Texas, 18th

(D) California, 35th

(D) Massachusetts, 10th

(D) Florida, 19th

(D) California, 39th

(D) Tennessee, 9th

(D) Georgia, 4th

(D) Ohio, 13th

(D) Illinois, 4th

(D) California, 27

(D) Wisconsin, 2nd

(D) New York, 9th

(D) California, 29th

(D) Alabama , 7th

Wasserman Schultz
(D) Florida, 20th

(D) Minnesota, 5th


Smith, Ranking Member
(R) Texas, 21st

(R) Wisconsin, 5th

(R) North Carolina, 6th

(R) California, 24th

(R) Virginia, 6th

(R) Ohio, 1st

(R) California, 3rd

(R) Utah, 3rd

(R) Florida, 8th

(R) California, 49th

(R) Indiana, 6th

(R) Virginia, 4th

(R) Iowa, 5th

(R) Florida, 24th

(R) Arizona, 2nd

(R) Texas, 1st

(R) Ohio, 4th

Also see Today in Congress/Viewing notes on Kucinich's hearing by Kagro X for more background information.

(UPDATE 1)  Another great resource for today's hearing:  "Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations" by jimstaro.  (great links!)

Apparently the rules of Congress are designed to allow impeachable offenses to be discussed only in impeachment hearings. Apparently this didn't occur to Chairman Conyers when he decided to hold a non-impeachment impeachment hearing. As a result, his hearing may be quickly shut down, and he will have a choice of holding a real impeachment hearing, resigning, or dropping the pretense that he intends to resist Cheney and Bush in any way whatsoever.


Here's what Conyers' staffers are telling various witnesses: Under a rule of Congress, you cannot accuse the president or vice president of any crime, or any impeachable offense, or dishonorable conduct, or lying. You can say things like "top administration officials." You can quote Bush and Cheney. You can presumably quote from news sources and the Congressional Record (which would include Kucinich's articles of impeachment). You can assert facts in a pattern that allows people to draw their own conclusion. The rule does not apply to Congressman Kucinich because he has introduced articles of impeachment. If anyone violates the rule, according to the staff of the supposed chairman of the committee, the Republicans could shut the hearing down. But they couldn't shut it down if it was an IMPEACHMENT HEARING. Nor would "executive privilege" apply in an IMPEACHMENT HEARING. Nor could any media outlet ignore an IMPEACHMENT HEARING.

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