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Rep. John Conyers (MI) has portrayed himself as a leading supporter of impeachment but in his job as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee he has blocked impeachment for years.  Conyers promised to hold impeachment hearings after the election but broke his word.  Conyers ignored a petition with over one million signatures asking for impeachment hearings.  Conyers also ignored a number of other petitions that added up to another million or so signatures.  

Now we find that Conyers was using a Republican operative involved in alleged vote rigging scams to maintain his congressional website.

There are a multitude of progressive and Democratic website specialists available who could maintain Conyers' website.  Why did he go to this GOP operative?   Did Conyers' have a "behind the scenes" relationship with the GOP? Does this explain Conyers' refusal to hold impeachment hearings? Will we ever know? The only way Conyers can prove to the voters in his district that he wasn't playing games with impeachment is to start impeachment hearings prior to January 20th.

Find more information about this at "GOP election stealers run Rep. John Conyers' Congressional Website." and at "GOP Technology Powerhouse eMerges Behind Firewalls on the Hill"

Cheney has admitted authorizing torture.  And, in an interview with Brit Hume that aired on Fox News Sunday, President Bush admitted that he personally authorized torture.

Torture is prohibited by the US Constitution, Federal Law and by treaty in the Geneva Convention.

Defending the Separation of Powers and the House's Constitutional prerogative as the sole maker of Federal Laws and the Constitution's mandate to have them obeyed and enforced by the executive branch, is the responsibility of the US House, not Obama. What is Conyers waiting for?

If Conyers fails to allow impeachment to proceed before January 20th he will be remembered as the man who refused to use the power of his office to defend our Constitution, Rule of Law and Separation of Powers.

Conyers may claim that Speaker Pelosi took "impeachment off the table" but that excuse no longer has any credibility. Pelosi made her own decision to violate her oath of office. Rep. Conyers' decision to violate his own oath is a separate matter and is solely between Conyers and the Constitution. Conyers' excuse that "she made me do it" is rejected by all.

If the Illinois House can vote to impeach after only 90 minutes of debate the Democrats in the 111th Congress can get impeachment hearings started before January 20th.

Conyers can stop the coming Bush pardons of those that advocated torture in our name,  by starting impeachment hearings. If Rep. Conyers is the patriot he claims to be, he will do so.

Originally posted to 1stProtestInTheStreet on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 02:41 PM PST.

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  •  Attacking Conyers, (3+ / 0-)

    who has been one of the better Dems, is not a very useful things to do.

    This is false, unless you beleive impeachment and conviction can happen in less than 8 days.

    Conyers can stop the coming Bush pardons of those that advocated torture in our name,  by starting impeachment hearings

    "What we've seen the last few days is nothing less than the final verdict on an economic philosophy that has completely failed." -- Barack Obama

    by TomP on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 02:45:47 PM PST

    •  really - how did all that 2004 voter irregularies (1+ / 0-)
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      work out after he got the chairmanship and could actually do an investigation and hold hearings.

      He was a lot of talk as the minority - then when given power to actually investigate - nothing, nada, zilch.

      Takin it to the streets....Doobie Brothers

      by totallynext on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 02:49:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Wrong. He is self serving and does nothing but (0+ / 0-)


      His Downing Street hearings took place just before he was up for re-election, and as soon as he won re-election, there was no further talk from him about that.  

      That is until he was up for re-election again, and he talked a blue streak about impeachment.  As soon as he was re-elected, his talk ended.  Not another word.

      The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

      by nupstateny on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 04:40:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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    His webmaster is a Republican? Um, OK.

    Why are people recommending this?

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 03:56:17 PM PST

  •  First diary, concern trollish comment history (2+ / 0-)
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    This diary isn't worth a pile of horse radish.

    Children in the U.S... detained [against] intl. & domestic standards." --Amnesty Internati

    by doinaheckuvanutjob on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 04:19:57 PM PST

  •  Give us a break (1+ / 0-)
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    Conyers can count votes on his own committee.  And on the floor of the House.  

    Did it occur to you that he saw impeachment was going nowhere?

    This diary is simply mischief, to put it mildly.

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