Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Handbook for Concerned Citizens
  • Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Handbook for Concerned Citizens
  • Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Handbook for Concerned Citizens

Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Handbook for Concerned Citizens

by Elizabeth Holtzman
     
 

No one is better placed or qualified to call for the impeachment of George W. Bush than Elizabeth Holtzman. She is a former Congresswoman and Brooklyn District Attorney who was a vital member of the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. In The Impeachment of George W. Bush, Holtzman and her coauthor, acclaimed journalist

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No one is better placed or qualified to call for the impeachment of George W. Bush than Elizabeth Holtzman. She is a former Congresswoman and Brooklyn District Attorney who was a vital member of the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. In The Impeachment of George W. Bush, Holtzman and her coauthor, acclaimed journalist Cynthia L. Cooper, have written a clear, lucid and damning legal brief that reveals that the 43rd President of the United States of America has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. This book focuses on four articles of impeachment: The Offense of Wiretapping Surveillance in Defiance of the Law; the Offence of Lying and Inducing America to Support a War; The Offense of Reckless Indifference to the Lives and Welfare of American Troops; The Offense of Torture in Violation of U.S. Laws and Treaties. It also provides an invaluable guide to how citizens can get involved in campaigning for impeachment, as well as an important historical analysis of impeachments past. The publication of this book is a summons to action in this process.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With the midterm elections and the possibility of majority shifts in both the House and Senate talk of presidential impeachment is in the air. Holtzman, former congresswoman and Brooklyn D.A., and Cooper, a journalist and lawyer, have assembled a compact but thorough legal and constitutional accounting of five major issues upon which they claim the current president could be impeached. They are "Deceptions into Taking the Country into War in Iraq"; "Reckless Indifference to Human Life in Katrina and Iraq"; "Illegal Wiretapping and Surveillance of Americans"; "Permitting Torture"; and "Leaking Classified Information." While the authors have a clear political agenda, their book also provides a useful guide to the theory behind and the legal mechanisms of presidential impeachment, clearing up many misunderstandings readers might have, such as the fact that "high crimes and misdemeanors are not limited to actual crimes" and the correct use of the Independent Counsel Act (which Holtzman helped author in 1978). The book argues its points based on examples from the impeachments of Nixon and Clinton (Holtzman sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the Nixon impeachment). While this volume will be read and cherished by those who agree with its political stance and dismissed and argued against by those who don't it's an important, comprehensive argument and document for our current political moment. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Should President Bush be impeached? Former U.S. Congresswoman Holtzman believes so. Holtzman, who now practices law, earned credentials to make her case in 1974 when she served on the House Judiciary Committee whose hearings led President Nixon to resign rather than face impeachment. Holtzman and freelance journalist Cooper (coauthor with Holtzman, Who Said It Would Be Easy?) offer a short review of the Nixon resignation and of the process of impeachment. They then present a well-organized brief for lay readers, arguing that Bush should be impeached for deception over the Iraq war, illegal wiretapping, condoning torture, reckless indifference to human life during Hurricane Katrina and in Iraq, and for the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. They also offer advice to citizens who favor impeachment and a short appendix of pertinent legal documents. Michigan Congressman John Conyers, who has introduced a House resolution on impeachment of the President, commissioned this congressional report from the current Judiciary Committee's Democratic staff. He is the committee's ranking minority member. The ground it covers is similar to Holtzman's, although this is a sprawling text far less suitable for reading. While its centerpiece is made up of excerpts from the "Downing Street Minutes," leaked British government memos from 2002 that seem to show a U.S. decision to go to war more than a year prior to the 2003 invasion, most of its some 1400 footnotes refer to media reports and official documents. Diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, Valerie Plame's husband, adds a brief introduction. Conyers's staff earlier brought out a similar report, What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election. Supporters of the President will dismiss both books as partisan projects, but his critics will welcome them, especially Holtzman's, which is recommended for public libraries and for those academic libraries seeking to document contemporary politics. The Conyers report, freely available on the House Judiciary Committee web site, is a marginal purchase. Bob Nardini, Chichester, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560259404
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Holtzman served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and won national attention for her role on the House Judiciary committee during Watergate. She was subsequently elected District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), the only woman ever elected DA in NYC, serving for eight years.
Holtzman was also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City. She currently works with Herrick Feinstein, LLP, and lives in New York City.

Cynthia L. Cooper is a journalist and author in New York with a background as a lawyer. She writes on human rights, justice, law and political issues and her articles have appeared in The Nation, Women’s eNews; American Bar Association Magazine; Perspectives on Women and the Law; Marie Claire; Glamour among others. Her books include Mockery of Justice, and Who Said It Would Be Easy with Elizabeth Holtzman.

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