Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 19, 2007 at 10:08 pm
An impeachment would force the Congress to thoroughly investigate their high crimes. A criminal trial could be bogged down with legal machinations and the principals may never be in jeopardy. As we have seen, the government can stop a criminal proceedings by claiming "State Secrets" are endanger.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Charleston Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2007 at 9:58 am
Actually...the 25th amemendment will keep Nancy out of the White House. Both the President and Vice President would have to be removed from office simultaneously for the Speaker to move her desk....e.g., Bush and Cheney are on trial and convicted in the Senate together...(not going to happen)...or die in the same place crash (not going to happen either). If Bush is convicted first, President Cheney nominates a new VP under the 25th. If Cheney is convicted first, Bush picks a new VP. So...I'm guessing you would have a few months of a President Rice or President Powell to look forward to before your liberal dreams of a President Pelosi would ever come true.
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2007 at 11:49 am
Since every issue is a disagreement of interpretation of available information, The prosecution would have to prove that the information against the administration was clear and unambiguous, and that there was no contrary intelligence.
Since the administration stated position was also the stated policy of the previous administration, who undoubtedly would be called as witnesses, the wind blows out of the sails.
Posted by Norm, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2007 at 6:10 pm
Gold star to steve for bothering to read the Constitution. If Cheney should be impeached or regin, Bush could appoint Rove as VP. Or if Bush goes first, Cheney could do likewise. Do we want to go there?