Petition the Vermont State Legislature to adopt a resolution regarding impeachment of the President, as a joint resolution, and transmit it to the United States House of Representatives.
PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER I ARTICLE 20 OF THE CONSTITUTION
OF THE STATE OF VERMONT, WE THE UNDERSIGNED CITIZENS OF VERMONT,
HEREBY PETITION THE MEMBERS OF THE VERMONT GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO
FORTHWITH CONSIDER, ADOPT AS A JOINT RESOLUTION, AND FORWARD TO THE
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE RESOLUTION ATTACHED HERETO
REGARDING THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE
WHEREAS, Section 603 of the Manual of the Rules of the U.S. House of
Representatives provides for impeachments to be initiated on a motion
based on charges transmitted from a state legislature, and
WHEREAS, George W. Bush has committed high crimes and misdemeanors as
he has repeatedly and intentionally violated the United States
Constitution and other laws of the United States, particularly the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Torture Convention, which
under Article VI of the Constitution is a treaty as part of the
"supreme law of the land",
WHEREAS, George W. Bush has acted to strip Americans of their
constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention of citizens,
without access to legal counsel, without charge and without opportunity
to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention,
based solely on the discretionary designation by the President of a
U.S. citizen as an "enemy combatant", all in subversion of law, and
WHEREAS, George W. Bush has ordered and authorized the Attorney General
to override judicial orders for the release of detainees under U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) jurisdiction, even
though the judicial officer after full hearing has determined that a
detainee is held wrongfully by the Government, and
WHEREAS, George W. Bush has ordered at least thirty times the National
Security Agency to intercept and otherwise record international
telephone and other signals and communications by American citizens
without warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of
Review, duly constituted by Congress in 1978, and designated certain
U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants", all in violation of constitutional
guarantees of due process, and
WHEREAS George W. Bush has admitted that he willfully and repeatedly
violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and boasted that he
would continue to do so, each violation constituting a felony,
NOW THEREFORE the Vermont State Legislature submits that his
actions and admissions constitute ample grounds for his impeachment,
and that the General Assembly of the State of Vermont has good cause
for submitting charges to the U.S. House of Representatives under
Section 603 as grounds for George W. Bush's impeachment.
The Vermont State Legislature further submits that Articles of Impeachment
should charge that George W. Bush has violated his constitutional oath
to execute faithfully the office of President and to the best of his
ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United
In all of this George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his
trust as President, subversive of constitutional government to the
great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest
injury of the people of the State of Vermont and of the United States.
WHEREFORE, George W. Bush, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and
trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any
offices of honor, trust or profit under the United States.
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