Impeach Bush, but not Obama, or vice versa?
When it comes to impeachment of a U.S. president, Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee may have a selective memory.
Before the U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-201 yesterday to sue President Obama in federal court for abuse of power, the Texas Democrat took to the floor to claim that the lawsuit authorizing the resolution was a placeholder for impeachment.
House Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly rejected any plans to impeach Obama, charging that the impeachment issue is just a scam for Democrats to raise campaign money and drive otherwise apathetic liberal voters to the polls in November.
Although Obama has issued executive orders that circumvent Congress on matters of substance, the focus of the lawsuit will be on the numerous unilateral changes to Obamacare, according to CNN:
“Republicans argue Obama’s executive orders in a number of areas were unlawful because it’s the job of Congress to make or change laws. But they believe his handling of the Affordable Care Act gives them the best chance at proving their case, and are basing the suit on that issue.”
Said Jackson Lee in opposing the Obama lawsuit vote:
“I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.”
As the TruthRevolt website revealed, Jackson Lee actually co-sponsored a bill that called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush. House Resolution 1258 called for impeaching George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors. Jackson Lee, who has represented the 18th Congressional district in the Houston area since 1995, was one of the measure’s 11 co-sponsors.
According to the Washington Times, Jackson Lee has one of the highest levels of staff turnover in Congress and was voted by Capitol Hill staffers as the meanest member of the U.S. House in a 2011 survey. As The Inquisitr previously reported, Rep. Jackson Lee once told a staffer (who apparently quit after just one month on the job) that she was a queen and deserved to be treated like one. Separately, in March, she suggested on the House floor that the U.S. Constitution is over 400 years old.
Do you think it’s plausible that Congresswoman Jackson Lee forgot she tried to impeach Bush?
[image credit: bcfoley.blogspot.com]
Added: Blogger Dwayne Horner describes his interesting experience of contacting Jackson Lee’s office about the apparent contradiction.