Goodlatte is simply wrong about impeachment

I know House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) is a very competent and astute legislator and capable chairman. However, he just made a statement this past Sunday regarding impeachment that is blatantly and horribly wrong.

As reported by National Review, “Representative Bob Godlatte (R., Va.) does not believe President Obama has done anything that would merit impeachment under the Constitution. “We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment,” Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, told George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday. “The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the president of the United States,” Goodlatte continued. “He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that.”

I wrote a very specific case for impeachment here as it pertained to the president unilaterally negotiating with a terrorist organization for release of senior Taliban leaders. If that does not define “aiding and abetting the enemy” and “providing material support and comfort to the enemy” then what does?

As a matter of fact, arming Islamist militia in Libya and utilizing American military resources to support their goals, aims and objectives can be considered as well. Supporting the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt falls into the same category.

So If Chairman Goodlatte wanted to say he didn’t believe it to be a politically viable course of action at this time, that would have been a better response — purely political but better. Chairman Goodlatte’s statement reflects a poor knowledge and understanding of the impeachment declaration of “high crimes and misdemeanors” — of which such treasonous actions and breaking of U.S. Code certainly applies. Even worse, Goodlatte’s response evidences a cowardice that continues to enable Barack Hussein Obama to act in the most lawless of manner because he knows he has the ultimate “get out of jail free card” — his skin color.

Fear paralyzes and that shouldn’t be the case, because no one person is greater than our Constitutional Republic and cannot abjectly disregard and disrespect our rule of law. However, when “content of character” means nothing because we judge by color of skin then — as Benjamin Franklin asserted — “we get the government we deserve.” And when we have elected officials lacking principled moral courage then it is the people who suffer — not they who enjoy the arrogance of officialdom.

Chairman Goodlatte, my former colleague, you are wrong, President Obama has done far more than President Nixon and President Clinton. You all just don’t have the courage to do anything about it — and not some frivolous lawsuit –the Founding Fathers gave you a process.

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C_Simpson
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Where is the “red line” of impeachment? At some point, there is a red line in Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America – from which there is no turning back. A future Congress controlled by a majority that proclaims its unwillingness, in advance, to even consider impeachment may find itself unable to deter a president who dares to cross it.

From American Thinker: “Impeachment: The Red Line and the Last Straw” http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/impeachment_red_lines_and_last_straws.html

MyNightmare
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Goodlatte is proof there is something fundamentally wrong with the RINO train of thought. High Crimes and Misdemeanors is what the US Constitution says. You took an oath to defend it, how about reading it.

Jan
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so very glad that he is not my congressional rep.

Rafael X
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Meet Allen West the lawyer is there anything is not an expert on?

The_Patriot
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You do not need to be a weatherman to know which way he wind blows. – Bob Dylan
If you have common sense and some intelligence, You read what your hero barry has done and what he is doing to break the law and it is obvious to a blind man he has done more than enough to be impeached over

Rafael X
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If it was that obvious we wouldn’t need courts, lawyers and due process. The truth is there won’t be an impeachment vote. But if you think there’s a case bring it on. Go ahead make my day.

Warrior7Princess
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Wow!! Is there anything you are not an expert on?

The_Patriot
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You do not need courts to impeach barry, All you need is a House of Representatives that actually represented the people of this country, not the special interest groups or the PAC’s who pay them millions to get what they want. You cannot possible be that stupid or dumb. All you have to do is see the Billions of Dollars and Weapons given to the Rebels in Syria who are Al Qaeda ISIS Al Nusra, and others. All you have to do is pay attention to how many times he has rolled back His own pride and joy ObamaCare at… Read more »
Warrior7Princess
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I don’t think Rafael is stupid. I think Rafael likes to argue over nothing and enjoy reactions of his making.

Rafael X
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I’m also a realist and realistically, all that impeachment talk sounds like a bunch of sore losers trying to add a fifth quater to a football game. You had your chance to “impeach” Obama in 2012 and blew it. You don’t respect the American people enough to respect the vote of the majority so Boehner throws you a lollipop and started that dumb lawsuit. He knows he doesn’t have case but need to appease the crazies.

Warrior7Princess
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I think if you had been making an effort to keep up with the news and do your research, you would not have posted this comment. The House carefully researched their options and decided to lay everything out in a court of law. They are doing this because obama ignores the rule of law and the bills of the House. Also thirteen cases of obama’s lawlessness have been struck down in Supreme court. The non profit organization Judicial Watch serves the needs of the people because congress is often at a stalemate. Democrat head quarters sends emails blaming all of… Read more »
Rafael X
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And yet those complaining about vacation would want us still in Iraq, still in Afghanistan where we spend 5x what was spent on Obama’s vaction in one day. Yes it is a waste of money and kabuki theater. It will not lead to anything serious.

Warrior7Princess
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Your ignorance astounds me. The cost of the Iraq war is chump change compared to other wastes under the obama admin. You are against a noble cause of spending tax dollars to insure the POTUS obeys the Constitution and the rule of law and the will of the American people. I personally think you are a keyboard warrior for anarchy, and to me, you mean no more than one grain of sand in our galaxy.

Rafael X
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Iraq war has cost 1.7 trillion so far. 720 millions daily, 18x what the Obama’s have spent on vacations. All in debts that will be passed to our children.

The_Patriot
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You are truly an embarrassment to anyone who truly knows you and your family

Rafael X
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My family now, you must be desperate.

The_Patriot
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Not at all, you just make up such stupid crap how could anyone be proud of you

Cincinnatus
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Goodlatte has been the unwitting (or WITLESS) tool of the neo-Communist Demoncrat party for some time now. Dear God, Virginia, surely you can do better than this CLOWN. You got smart about the RINO Cantor, now pull out all stops to get rid of this unapologetic RINO as well.

bikerdogred1
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Goodlatte is a democrat not a republican,a republican for show nothing more.

The_Patriot
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I have a question or two for Goodlatte 1) Have you ever or your family been threatened by anyone in the last five years and if so by Who? 2) Have you been bribed, bought off or been extorted in anyway in the last five years? These are the only two reasons I could think of for anyone not knowing what the rules are for an impeachment of the President. It is too painfully obvious, that barry has indeed broken the law many times. He has aided and abetted the enemy. Except for barry directly killing someone, what does this… Read more »
Earl Lee
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The voice of reason in the land of LOONS! Good to know that all republicans are not freaking NUTS!!

Rafael X
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Boehner knows the score too. He went with is dumb lawsuit to appease the crazies in the basement because he knows going for impeachment will be political suicide.

Warrior7Princess
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The Egyptians told WND they had documented proof that obama was paying huge salaries to the muslim brotherhood when they were either in power or rising to power. That was aiding the enemy. (America’s enemy but apparently obama’s friends.) Buchanan and Goodlatte seem condescending. The other problem is the democrat vote in the senate. Democrats are like an 800 pound gorilla protecting him because he is a democrat. Regardless, the impeachment votes need to continue because it shows where the people stand, and the support is there for when the time comes. I think the House may be building its… Read more »
Calvinius
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“The Egyptians” told WND nothing. WND made that whole thing up.

Warrior7Princess
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I like to know the truth. Can you give me a source who proved otherwise?

Warrior7Princess
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It is terrible that we have not already got free of him, because the UN is moving in on us now and trying to make us take the refugees. The UN should be going into the countries and stopping the violence. This is a definite subversive plan against us. If the UN is concerned about the children, the children should be spread around in countries around the planet. I hate the UN.

Rafael X
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Impeachment is just a pipe dream unserious conservative “leaders” are selling their constituants. They don’t have a case and they don’t have the votes but outside groups like the Guardian Funds and Sarapac needs your dollars so they’re whipping up the frenzy. They know it’s dumb politics but it’s good business so they do it anyways.

Desiree Seifert
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Get you’re head out of you’re butt dude!

Warrior7Princess
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This has nothing to do with a pipe dream. It has more to do with the admin blowing a smoke screen preventing transparency. It is about someone sabotaging our nation. It is about citizens trying to repair the sabotage and salvage our nation for the sake of our citizens and our children. You make it sound like some stupid people are doing something senseless and some stupid people are buying into it and throwing their money away. Anyone can get on a pedestal, and start ridiculing. It does not change the purity and intelligence of patriots. The actions of the… Read more »
Rafael X
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I didn’t make it sound like anything it’s exactly what I said in a nutshell. Only part you got wrong is the people doing something senseless are not stupid only those who buy into the nonsense. It makes perfect sense to them it’s in the business plan. They don’t care if conservatives keep the House or win Senate. If they do they’ll say they made the difference and republicans owe them their victory. Send money. If Republicans lose hey more frenzy to whip up and scandals to invent. Send money. Result is the same to them. They already sold you… Read more »
Warrior7Princess
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I have debate which would render your comment as baseless, and probably cause you to re route your logic. However, this is going off the subject of West’s article and I am not participating in that. I support West and Alan Keyes and others on this impeachment project. They are submitting valid evidence. I personally believe if any president ever needed to be removed from office, obama would top the list. The biggest majority of Americans seem to be thinking this way.

Rafael X
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If that’s what a majority of Americans wanted GOP would be jumping in it with both feet. But those who value their job in congress wont dare plain and simple and there are more of them than you think. You are only contributing to Alan Keyes and Allen West lifestyles. Paid to do nothing like the people they denigrate on welfare.

Calvinius
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You make it sound like some stupid people are doing something senseless and some stupid people are buying into it and throwing their money away.

Probably because that’s precisely what’s happening.

Warrior7Princess
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Thank you Calvinius. There is no drug on earth that would suffice to make me feel as good as you make me feel. I feel gloriously happy to be someone who is a part of working for solutions, rather than to be some one embracing your platform. Walt Disney said that when ever someone came up with negativity, he continued on with the idea. Thanks for your comment. I hope you will make some more comments so I can get even more happy.

Nedd Kareiva
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Don’t waste any more of your precious time with Calvin the fool. He’s intellectually bankrupt & doesn’t want to believe the truth. He’s drunk on the Obama Kool-Aid.

Warrior7Princess
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Agree. Also, I don’t take kindly for those who disrupt the object of West’s article which has focus on something of paramount importance.

Nedd Kareiva
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I feel the exact same way. The left calls names and denies what we know to be the truth but can never make a cogent argument to back up their claims. There are many experts, even those who like Barry, who know he has committed impeachable acts. That’s why people like Cal & Rafael are not worth time of day.

Rafael X
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The object of the article is impeachment and it’s total bunk.

Rafael X
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Your money, spend it on what makes you feel good.

Calvinius
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No West, your own fatuous “case for impeachment” is what reflects a lack of any understanding of what “high crimes and misdemeanors” constitute.

JRD_1
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Morally and ethically bankrupt!

0bama’s crises at the border was caused by his “unconstitutional” DREAMERs. He had to go though Congress and he did not. He knew he could not. He said it in a speech to LaRaza.

Cloward-Piven is your game and it bit you in the azz!

These African Americans in Chicago are calling you a liar!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9ixOsjut3E

Warrior7Princess
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He violated his oath of office. He violated the Constitution. He obstructed justice. He lies This is undeniable. Why are you defending obama?
ARTICLE 2 – SECTION 4 Section 4

The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Desiree Seifert
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And has done so many, MANY times, Obama wipes his ass with the Constitution every sing day of the week, He is a DISGRACE to the nation!

Warrior7Princess
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I often have the same thought about obama wiping his ass with the Constitution. Assican is a word I created in 2009. My definition of Assican is a person who goes against the Constitution and the American people. I created the word because of obama and others who are lurking around in government offices wanting to do things to steal our sovereignty. These people need to be identified and meet up to criteria because of actions and backing of anti American organizations and BOB$. In my opinion they are unfit to be on American soil and deserve exile in Gitmo… Read more »
Calvinius
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He did none of those things, nutcase.

Mike
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Maybe you should take some time to read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights or if you know someone who knows how to read, have them explain them to you. Obviously you are not too well versed on either document !

Calvinius
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That’s quite ironic coming from you, given that you clearly demonstrate your own lack of any comprehension of those documents.

Mike
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That is a very shallow and vague statement coming from such a scholar as you perceive yourself to be. Would you care to expound ? You seem to me as an Al Sharpton type with a comment for everything that you know absolutely NOTHING about.

Desiree Seifert
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Boy are YOU as dumb as dirt, Do you live in a cave you moron?!

Mike
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I have to agree with that statement !!!!! LOL!

Nedd Kareiva
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Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley believes Obama warrants impeachment for legislating instead of going thru Congress and he generally supports Obama’s policies. Look it up. Are you smarter than him?

Desiree Seifert
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That is right, Obama can NOT act alone, He has to go through congress!

Desiree Seifert
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This guy is a complete IDIOT and should be HUNG right along side Obama!!

winterband
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There is no virtue in ignorance. See and share http://www.barrysoetoro.net and take time to thank a Democrat voter for placing a socialist anti-american muslim in the Whitehouse. Might want to also thank a third party vote throw awayer.

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hunter jenkins
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Well Mr. West…you were booted from office by your own electorate, so I don’t think you have much standing…. And. weren’t you also booted out of the service what are you still doing here ? Can’t get a real job ? Begging for money for a living…talking nonsense ? P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C that’s how A-L-A-N W-E-S-T is spelled ! You a punk !