The Move to Impeach Alberto Gonzales Begins
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 03:26:17 PM EDT
The move to impeach Attorney Alberto Gonzales is heating up. Now that Gonzales is on the record making statements that appear to be at odds with documentary evidence, Washington Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee is introducing a resolution that would direct the House Judiciary Committee to open up impeachment hearings into the embattled head of the Department of Justice. National Journal's Jane Roh has the details.
Washington Democrat Jay Inslee plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday, House sources confirmed.
It was not clear whether Inslee consulted with the Democratic leadership. A spokeswoman for the House Judiciary Committee said she could not comment on the impeachment push, and calls to Inslee's and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's offices were not immediately returned.
The House needs only a simple majority to impeach Gonzales -- an entirely probable scenario. In order to convict, or expel, Gonzales, a two-thirds vote is required in the Senate. That's a little trickier to predict, but judging by the AG's performance on the Hill last week, certainly not out of the realm of possibility.
Impeaching Gonzales would not only hand Bush a major professional failure -- the removal of the nation's first Latino attorney general -- but could actually hit the infamously loyal president where he lives. Bush has barely flinched at the constantly swelling tidal wave of anger and outrage directed at him. The forced removal of Gonzales could be the first blow that he actually feels.
Think Progress was among the first to pick up this story, which seems to have been broken by MSNBC earlier this afternoon.
I think that, at least in part, Roh's reading of this story is correct -- that the removal of Gonzales would not be entirely out of the realm of possibility. While I don't think it's likely that there would be the 17 Republican votes in the Senate necessary to convict Gonzales, it would not be surprising to see at least some Republicans support the removal of Gonzales (though it's always possible that at least one of those now seemingly opposed to Gonzales will simply vote "not proven" in the case of a Senate trial...).
Update [2007-7-30 19:49:49 by Jonathan Singer]: I gave Arlen Specter a bit of a jab towards the bottom of the post with the "not proven" line, but it looks like perhaps -- and I'm not holding my breath here -- but perhaps he's ready to get tough on the Bush administration. The Hill's duo of Elana Schor and Susan Crabtree have the story.
The Senate Judiciary Committees ranking Republican, Arlen Specter (Pa.), emerged from a crucial Monday briefing and gave the Bush administration 18 hours to resolve the controversy over apparent contradictions in Attorney General Alberto Gonzaless congressional testimony.