Thursday, December 22, 2005

Rep. Lewis invokes the I-word in Bush spy flap

Cox News Service
Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Washington — Rep. John Lewis on Monday called on Congress to investigate whether President Bush violated the law in authorizing spying on people living in the United States, and said Bush, if found guilty, should be impeached.

"In my opinion, the president has violated the law and the House and Senate must pursue their inquiries into this illegal program," said Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat. "George W. Bush is the president. He is not a king. He is not above the law."

While Democrats were roundly criticizing Bush for authorizing the spying, Lewis is among the first to suggest that Bush could be impeached over the matter.

Lewis likened the domestic spying to the government's attempts to infiltrate the 1960s civil rights movement, of which Lewis was a leader.

"We must gather the facts and determine once and for all whether the law was violated," Lewis said. "There is no question that the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents for lesser offenses."



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