Thursday, December 17, 1998 - Vol. Two, No. 50 - Media Inquiries: Keith Appell (703) 683-5004
John Conyers, Jesse Jackson, and Activist Groups Backed Impeachment for Reagan's Military Actions
Will Liberals Waive Their War-Powers Stand?
Liberal Democrats have insisted that Clinton's perjury and obstruction is not
impeachable. But what will they say today when some prominent voices against impeachment
are on record with a much looser standard of impeachment for Ronald Reagan, particularly
for his failure to consult Congress before military action? Will they now support an
article of impeachment for Clinton's use of arms without consultation in Iraq, not to
mention Sudan? Will reporters ask about these quotes?
March 16, 1983
Washington Post: "Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) told the crowd that
President Reagan should be impeached and House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. should give
up his leadership post for failing to deal with joblessness. 'Why don't we impeach Reagan
for incompetence,' Conyers said, drawing loud applause from the crowd. Conyers said later
that if enough people demand Reagan's impeachment, he would lead the effort in
August 14, 1983 Washington Post: Washington Post: "Enough of these
'cream-puff' constraints on presidential war-making decisions, cries Rep. Don Edwards
[D-Calif]. Impeachment is the only way to stop Ronald Reagan's 'illegal war' against
October 28, 1983 Washington Post: New York Rep. Ted Weiss
"argued that the invasion [of Grenada] was illegal. After the committee session he
suggested that Reagan could be impeached for unilaterally starting a war." (Weiss was
succeeded by Rep. Jerrold Nadler.) The New York Times noted that also among the
seven calling for impeachment: Julian Dixon and...John Conyers.
April 13, 1984 Washington Post: "Jesse Jackson called on
Congress to consider holding hearings on impeaching President Reagan for the mining [of
Nicaraguan harbors]. 'If an act of war is taking place without the consent of Congress,
clearly it is surely an impeachable offense,' Jackson said while campaigning in Arizona
for the Democratic presidential nomination. 'I do not call for his impeachment...but if he
operates beyond the law, he should be challenged.'"
October 10, 1986 New York Times: On the downing of a U.S.
plane in Nicaragua, Jesse Jackson "compared what he called the Reagan
administration's 'disinformation campaign' about the incident to a 'Watergate' that could
be grounds for an impeachment."
March 6, 1987 New York Times: "Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez,
Democrat of Texas, who asked the House to impeach President Reagan after the Grenada
invasion in 1983, today introduced new articles of impeachment against Reagan regarding
the Iran arms affair."
June 22, 1987 New York Times: New York Times: "The chief substantive
issue taken up at the [ACLU] conference was a proposed call for the impeachment of
President Reagan for abuse of power in the Iran arms scandal."
July 9, 1987 New
York Times: New
York Times: National Organization for Women head Eleanor Smeal "called
on Congress to begin investigating the possibility of impeachment proceedings against
President Reagan, saying she disagreed with the notion that Mr. Reagan should be allowed
to quietly finish out his term."-- Tim Graham
L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher; Brent Baker, Tim Graham, Editors; Jessica Anderson, Brian Boyd,
Drake, Paul Smith, Media Analysts; Kristina Sewell, Research
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