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The Bothwell Letter
FROM THE LAW OFFICES OF ANTHONY P.X. BOTHWELL
IN THIS ISSUE:
A scenario – President Nancy Pelosi in 2007
A path in which Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House and then President of the United States is described by Atty. Tony Bothwell. “If enough enlightened members are elected to the House and Senate in the November 2006 elections,” he says, “it might be possible to remove President Bush and Vice President Cheney from office, with Speaker Pelosi next in line for the presidency.” Some background:
Jan. 18, 2003 – Former
Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark,
addressing an antiwar rally in
11, 2005 – At
7 – The Bothwell Letter, vol.
VII, no. 3, published excerpts from “Obstruction of Justice,” “Abuse
of Power” and “Contempt of Congress” articles the Judiciary Committee
voted against Nixon – precedent for impeachment of Bush and Cheney.
The newsletter listed 12 items of Bush/Cheney misconduct that
may be impeachable, e.g.:
failure to act on pre-9/11 warnings; outing of a Central
Intelligence Agency covert agent; and violation of treaties on conduct
of war and treatment of prisoners. It
compared recent events to
Dec. 16 - The New York Times revealed Bush’s use of the National Security Agency to conduct warrantless domestic suveillance.
Dec. 18 – Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced H.Res. 365, to create a select committee to investigate war crimes, manipulation of intelligence, and retaliation against critics, and to make recommendations regarding possible grounds for impeachment.
Dec. 20 – In a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Bothwell, citing illegal surveillance and other offenses, said the Judiciary Committee should be urged to draft articles of impeachment of Bush and Cheney.
5, 2006 – Pelosi announced she would conduct a public meeting on national
security issues Jan. 14 at
14 – In Pelosi’s meeting, attended by more than 1,000 constituents,
an aide read questions aloud. Question
no. 2: “Attorney Tony Bothwell
writes, ‘President Bush withdrew military forces needed in
Later in Pelosi’s Jan. 14 meeting, another attorney’s question was read aloud, suggesting Bush’s impeachment because “our form of government is at stake.” This touched off another outburst of extended cheering, applause, and shouts of “Bush should go to jail!” and “Felony indictment!” Pelosi again responded by urging the election of a Democratic Congress.
Answering other questions, Pelosi said that she and most House Democrats back the proposal by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., for U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq; that it would be “dereliction of duty” for Congress to fail to investigate Bush’s actions regarding NSA domestic surveillance; and that the current GOP-run Congress is “the most closed and therefore corrupt” in history.
The impeachment uproar in Pelosi’s meeting, broadcast on CSPAN, sparked supportive e-mails from across the nation.
Jan. 15 –Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), answering a question from George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, called impeachment “the principal remedy” if Bush violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., outlawry of NSA domestic surveillance.
16 – Former Vice President Al
Gore, in a speech in
Apr. 3 – “If Democrats win control of Congress, Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House,” Bothwell says. “Democratic control of the Judiciary Committee would improve the climate for possible impeachment of Bush and Cheney. If Bush is impeached, Cheney would become President; then, under the 25th Amendment, President Cheney would nominate a Vice President, subject to the House and Senate confirmation. But if Bush and Cheney both are impeached by the House, tried jointly by the Senate, and both found guilty in one Senate roll call, then both offices would become vacant.”
Impeachment and removal are authorized by the Constitution, Art. II, sect. 4, and the “removal…both of the President and Vice President” is contemplated in Art. II, sect. 1(6). The House impeaches by majority, Const., Art. 1, sect. 2(5); the Senate convicts by two-thirds vote, Art. I, sect. 3(5).
Under the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, 3 U.S.C. §19, if the presidency and vice presidency both become vacant, the Speaker of the House automatically becomes President.
A water operations supervisor experienced retaliation after complaining
that a City of Napa manager,
who did not have a water plant operator’s license, tampered with chemical
levels in public drinking water supplies. A lawsuit filed Mar. 9 in U.S. District Court
in San Francisco says the unlicensed manager ordered a plant operator
to set chemical levels causing water taste and odor problems and possible
carcinogens in the drinking water. The
supervisor who complained about and corrected the chemical hazard, Turan Ramadan, is an internationally recognized authority on water
operations management. The suit
says Ramadan has been harassed because he blew the whistle on the
… hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
Oil company executives testified in depositions
taken by Atty. Tony Bothwell in
A complaint filed in superior court in
Unlicensed real estate and mortgage representatives promised to help arrange financing but instead used the plaintiffs’ good names to tie up property for other purposes. Four of the plaintiffs later found out that their signatures were forged on real estate transaction documents. Lenders, without even doing credit checks, told well-qualified buyers they did not qualify for loans. Financial Title Co. failed to return a rejected buyer’s deposit. An unlicensed agent used forged documents to substitute herself in as the purchaser of a home. She took another plaintiff’s identity and property and used his credit to arrange loans for other alleged conspirators. Countrywide Bank used aggressive collection tactics against a plaintiff even after it had learned that he was a fraud victim who did not owe the debt on which the bank was attempting to collect. A RE/MAX agent even threatened to have one of the plaintiffs deported on trumped-up charges if he did not accept a settlement offer. The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Rey Hassan and Tony Bothwell.
a court ruling on sexual harassment claim
Lawyers representing the plaintiff in
a sexual harassment case prevailed in a ruling by a federal magistrate
Law Offices of Anthony P. X. Bothwell
and associates have helped clients win monetary awards against federal,
state and local government agencies and private-sector businesses, in
various discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. Tony Bothwell has testified as an expert witness
on legal ethics issues in cases in
A panel of
Fred Bothwell III of
In September 2001, soon after
the 9/11 attacks, a cadet in a classroom at the U.S. Military Academy
asked whether the “endstate” of U.S. antiterror policy should
be “eradication, containment, or some other option?” The
professor, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S.A. ret., answered, “There
will be no endstate….” McCaffrey, who was drug czar in the
Clinton administration, explained:
In September 2001, soon after the 9/11 attacks, a cadet in a classroom at the U.S. Military Academy asked whether the “endstate” of U.S. antiterror policy should be “eradication, containment, or some other option?” The professor, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S.A. ret., answered, “There will be no endstate….” McCaffrey, who was drug czar in the Clinton administration, explained:
Bill of Rights
Gen. McCaffrey’s excerpted
classroom response did not answer potential followup questions, e.g.:
Where is the line drawn between proper functions of armed forces and
CIA? Where is the line drawn between the law of war and the criminal
law? The excerpt did not anticipate the Bush administration’s
claim that it has power to designate persons who have “no rights”
under the Constitution, international law or any other source of law.
But it was a more comprehensive strategy statement than the administration
itself has yet provided.
Gen. McCaffrey’s excerpted classroom response did not answer potential followup questions, e.g.: Where is the line drawn between proper functions of armed forces and CIA? Where is the line drawn between the law of war and the criminal law? The excerpt did not anticipate the Bush administration’s claim that it has power to designate persons who have “no rights” under the Constitution, international law or any other source of law. But it was a more comprehensive strategy statement than the administration itself has yet provided.
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