A BOOK ON THE ‘I’ WORD

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JENNIFER HARPER

A cer­tain book will be pub­lished June 3 that ap­pears to give the Demo­cratic Party pause. That would be “Faith­less Ex­e­cu­tion: Build­ing the Po­lit­i­cal Case for Obama’s Im­peach­ment” by for­mer federal pros­e­cu­tor and con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor Andrew C. McCarthy. Let the grap­pling be­gin. The book it­self has vexed the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

“Con­ser­va­tives are get­ting ex­cited about a brand new book,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion says in a mass voter email. “It comes out next month. The bo­gus im­peach­ment talk will never stop un­less we put an end to it. Help Democrats fight back. ”

An­other mes­sage ad­vises, “This isn’t about just one loony book. They’re talk­ing about im­peach­ment on Fox News and other con­ser­va­tive out­lets, and Repub­li­cans in Congress have been us­ing the ‘I-word’ for years. ”

Mr. McCarthy him­self re­jects the idea that his work, pub­lished by En­counter Books, is a po­lit­i­cal stunt.

“‘Faith­less Ex­e­cu­tion’ ar­gues against par­ti­san hack­ery. I an­a­lyze the le­gal case for im­peach­ment as a for­mer pros­e­cu­tor who would not go to court with­out a suf­fi­cient case. And as far as the pol­i­tics goes, I ar­gue that, de­spite the siz­able ma­jor­ity Repub­li­cans hold in the House, ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment should not be filed un­less and un­til there is a strong pub­lic will to re­move the pres­i­dent from power — one that tran­scends party lines,” he says.

Mr. McCarthy also dis­tin­guishes be­tween an ef­fort to im­peach Pres­i­dent Obama and pre­vi­ous cam­paigns to im­peach Richard Nixon and for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

“Obama’s pres­i­dency is a will­ful, sys­tem­atic at­tack on the con­sti­tu­tional sys­tem of sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers, an en­ter­prise that aims to bring about a new regime of govern­ment by ex­ec­u­tive de­cree. This is ex­actly the kind of sub­ver­sion the Framers de­signed the im­peach­ment power to ad­dress. The Nixon and Clin­ton episodes in­volved mis­con­duct that did not aim to un­der­mine our con­sti­tu­tional frame­work,” Mr. McCarthy says. ones, and the facts for the Amer­i­can people,” Mr. Boehner tells Fox News.

“The Amer­i­can people de­serve the truth. The truth is im­por­tant for this case so we do not ever get into a sit­u­a­tion like this again. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here, and that will be one of the charges from me to the com­mit­tee,” the speaker says.

Yes, but will ev­ery­body get along when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion gets rolling?

“All the com­mit­tees that have worked on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion are go­ing to be re­quired to turn over all of their documents, com­mit­tee records, notes, work prod­uct, to the se­lect com­mit­tee so all the documents will be in one place. And it will be up to the se­lect com­mit­tee to re­view all those documents and to make de­ci­sions about how to pro­ceed,” Mr. Boehner ad­vises, adding, “This isn’t go­ing to cost any more money. We’re go­ing to pay for the cost of this com­mit­tee out of ex­ist­ing House funds.” about be­ing on the wrong side of this is­sue as vot­ers that typ­i­cally sup­port them tend to op­pose the man­date,” the poll ad­vises.

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