LETTER TO REP. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND REGARDING REP. DENNIS KUCINICH'S ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, AND GILLIBRAND'S RESPONSE

Dear Rep. Gillibrand:

Please support Rep. Dennis Kucinich's resolution for impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush. This is the most important task of Congress at this time: to rein in a lawless administration that has worked to co-opt democratic processes, weaken the middle class by engaging in illegal, destructive and costly wars of conquest, lying to Congress, etc. THIS IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION MUST BE ACTED UPON NOW TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY AND SET AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS. IT IS A TOP PRIORITY.

We are hoping you will fully support Mr. Kucinich's resolution in spite of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's opposition. Speaker Pelosi is obstructing justice by her stand on impeachment. We ask you to support Kucinich's measure.

The American people are disheartened and disillusioned, not only by the conduct of the president and his administration, but by Congress's inaction. Even if the Senate does not cooperate with the House, the House's initiative will send a very strong statement. It is the House's responsibility to call for impeachment, and not to second guess what the Senate may or may not do.

If there is anything I can do as a private citizen to help you forward this most important task, please let me know.

Regards,

Peter Duveen

Rep. Gillibrand's response:

June 16, 2008

Dear Mr. Duveen,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about possible impeachment proceedings for Executive Branch officials. I share your concern that more must be done to address the serious issues that face our country, including expanding health care, energy independence and finding a successful exit strategy for the War in Iraq ; however, at this time, I do not believe that impeachment proceedings would be productive in moving this country forward.

I believe that the new majority in Congress must continue to focus on our national priorities and put pressure on the Executive Branch to become more transparent with the American people. This Congress has - and will continue to hold - oversight hearings on all of the issues that have troubled us over the last six years, including the decision to go to war with Iraq , the use of domestic wiretaps without the benefit of warrants, and the use of no-bid contracts in both Iraq and Katrina reconstruction. These hearings will restore needed accountability our constitution requires.

I also believe that bi-partisanship is essential for enhancing our country's potential, and I will continue to team with both Democrats and Republicans to be an advocate for the residents of Upstate New York on the national level. Thank you again for writing to me about your concerns, and I hope that you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation and concerns you may have.

Sincerely,
Kirsten Gillibrand
Member of Congress

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