Video: Congressman makes the case for censuring George W. Bush
A Florida Democrat presented his case in a Tuesday hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on why be believed Congress should censure President George W. Bush for his commutation of the jail sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
"Congress must go on record against the President's actions," said Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) in the hearing on the President's clemency power in the Constitution. "Censure in my mind would be a strong statement to the President from Congress and from the American people that his decision to reward loyalty to the American people is wrong, and will not be tolerated."
Wexler introduced H.Res. 530, 'Censuring President Bush,' into the House of Representatives on Monday. The bill currently has 16 co-sponsors.
Wexler's bill seeks to "condemn [President Bush's] decision to commute the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison, his unconscionable abuse of his authority with regard to the deceitful chain of events concerning the falsifying of intelligence on Iraqi nuclear capabilities and the exaggeration of the threat posed by Iraq, his involvement in the clear political retaliation against former Ambassador and Ms. Wilson, and his decision to reward the perjury of Mr. Libby, which effectively protected President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other Administration officials from further scrutiny."
Wexler's motion is not the first censure bill introduced to Congress. In 2006, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) sought to censure Bush for his administration's domestic spying program.
The full text of the motion is available at Rep. Wexler's website.
A clip of Wexler making the case for his censure bill, posted by his office, is presented below.