Video: Wexler Confronts Condi on Iraq War Lies; Calls for Contempt Vote (reprinted w/permission)

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The following message is reprinted with permission from Congressman Wexler’s office.

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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.

Sources such as the 2006 Senate Intelligence Report, a January 2004  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report as well as former CIA agents (including Tyler Drumheller) have disclosed that there was contrary intelligence to the information provided to the Bush Administration in the lead up to the Iraq war.

See this video:

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

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The above message was reprinted with permission from Congressman Wexler’s office. It has been faithfully crossposted to ePluribus Media, My Left Wing, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, Docudharma, Below Boston, The Wild Wild Left and on DelphiForums.


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    • GreyHawk on February 14, 2008 at 05:35

    way with Congressman Wexler’s office.

    I saw this on DailyKos and believe it needed to be seen as widely as possible, so I sought and received permission to crosspost it.

    • GreyHawk on February 14, 2008 at 05:41

    Crossposted to ePluribus Media, My Left Wing, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, Docudharma, BelowBoston and The Wild Wild Left.

  1. I get the e-mails and try to get them spread around, as well.  I will post the e-mail (the same as here) elsewhere.

    Really admirable work on the part of Cong. Wexler!

  2. I got this on my e-mail.  I’m on his list.  He has been sending out good pieces on his standing for the Constitution and for Principles.  I recommend people subscribe to his e-list.

    Thanks GreyHawk, for getting this out here.

  3. What is most amazing to me is the coverage in the MSM.

    Network Television again drugged the rabble with mucho coverage of Roger Clemmens and his former trainer testifying before the HOR Oversignt Committee.  

    Which one, Clemmens or the trainer, was lying about the use or non use of, OMG, “Performance Enhancers?”

    But I saw nothing about Condi’s testimony.

    Yesterday, there was virtually nothing about the passage of warrantless wiretapping which, before yesterday would have been a prosecutable crime.

    And there has been very little, and certainly nothing on-going, about the 935 “lied us into war” -isms of the bush boys and girls.  

    I guess my values are just plain uposide down.  I believe lying in order to kill a million folk is not even in the same ball park as taking steroids or HGH.  

    Let’s get out of this ball park!

  4. … to watch the entire Condi video, not something I usually do, when I got the Wexler video yesterday via email.

    She did the usual, tried to run out the clock with her “answers,” and never fucking answered the question.  When it comes to panels like this, I don’t think there should be such a short time limit – I’ve seen this over and over where the Repubs under questioning babble endlessly and run out the clock.

    Rice is an embarrassment to us all, just as this entire misAdministration is.  She cannot defend her integrity because she never had any to begin with.  But I do believe she believes what she is saying because she has never been in touch with reality.

    Thieves.  Murderers.  Liars.  Delusionary incompetents.

    Yep, no story there.  Best to focus on the campaigns instead.

    • kj on February 14, 2008 at 16:30

    wonderful.  Now we know that  “Collective wisdom” trumps all.

    I unsubscribed from every political email list well over a year ago. I will subscribe to Wexler’s.

    Bravo, GrayHawk for asking for permission to repost. I appreciate the opportunity to watch this.

    • documel on February 14, 2008 at 17:14

    The congressmen is right–but he already knows that his colleagues lack the courage to do anything.  Looks good to feed us this dialogue only if there’s action.  I’d rather buy the Brooklyn Bridge than trust congressional Dems–especially when they are “led” by Pelosi.

    Sadly, the founding fathers realized that the only way to dethrone King George was with weapons.  They were wise men.  I am surprised Americans have become so complacent–must be the lack of a draft or war taxation.

    • Atticus on February 14, 2008 at 17:23

    Certainly not Donald Rumsfeld, who is likely drawing a nice pension now and forever, and who belongs in the Hague.

    • Edger on February 14, 2008 at 20:45

    for reposting this at OOIBC, Greyhawk.

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