NPR reports that the House Judiciary Committee is currently holding hearings on “The Imperial Presidency” investigating how the Bush administration has repeatedly overstepped its constitutional authority. Unfortunately, House Democrats refuse to put impeachment on the table as an option even though Bush’s well-documented “high crimes and misdemeanors” are being openly discussed.
While I agree that with only six months left in this administration it would be hard to muster sufficient public support for an impeachment at this point, to my mind, it would be still be “better late than never” to hold the President accountable to the rule of law. From the false intelligence leading us into the debacle in Iraq to the NSA’s illegal wiretapping program, to administration-authorized “enhanced interrogation techniques”, there are certainly multiple grounds justifying impeachment proceedings. Elizabeth Holtzman made the case well back in 2006 & 2007 (The Impeachment of George W. Bush, High Crimes and Misdemeanors?), as did Bill Moyers (Tough Talk on Impeachment).