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LaRouche Calls for
Emergency Impeachment Action—
Against Vice President Cheney, Then Bush

July 7, 2005 (EIRNS)—This release was issued today by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee.

"We are going for an early, emergency impeachment," said Lyndon LaRouche in discussion on the evening of July 3. "We don't have time to wait. We can't have Bush and Cheney sitting in the White House when the system blows, which could be a matter of weeks. That would be hell for the human race. We have to blow their cover, and get these guys out now—while we can."

The immediate basis for the impeachment is the obstruction of justice and cover-up carried out by the White House in the case of the leak of Valerie Plame, LaRouche said. The exposure of Karl Rove's involvement in the leaking, and the contempt-of-court proceedings against reporters Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller, have brought this situation to a head, but the basics were known long ago. The White House, with Dick Cheney in the lead, acted with clear intent to have the information against Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joe Wilson, leaked, in order to "punish" Wilson for exposing the lies of Cheney about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. And once Robert Novak leaked the information, the White House, led by Dick Cheney, acted to cover up and obstruct justice in the search to unearth and prosecute the guilty parties.

The Plame case is not the only flagrant example of misconduct by Vice President Cheney that would legitimately lead to his impeachment, LaRouche added. As EIR has previously exposed, Cheney has not only committed a fraud against the President and the nation with his lies on Iraq, but also demonstrated notorious corruption in permitting the multi-billion-dollar rip-offs by his former company Halliburton. The evidence is overwhelming.

As for President Bush, LaRouche added, he may not realize what lies he has told, but he should be removed from office on the grounds of incompetence, as indicated by the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

The need for moving toward impeachment of Cheney now is crucial for two reasons, LaRouche emphasized. First, it is now crystal clear, including to leading circles in the U.S. establishment, that the world financial system is headed for a spectacular blow-out, either around the collapse of multi-billion-dollar hedge funds, the real estate bubble, or other huge corporate failures. When the blow-out comes, the U.S. Senate, if it has not done so beforehand, will have to move aggressively to implement the kinds of protective bankruptcy reorganization measures which LaRouche has outlined, in order to "save the people, not the banks." But this cannot happen if Cheney and Bush are in place to block the necessary action. Thus, they must be confronted with impeachment charges now.

The second reason that Cheney must be impeached now, LaRouche added, is that the United States cannot afford to have him in a position to take over the government officially, once Bush were removed from office. Faced with his decline in popularity, and the reverses in the Congress and Iraq, Bush is quite obviously on the edge of a psychological breakdown, so the time is short. Cheney has to be removed first, just as Agnew had to be removed before President Nixon, back in the early 1970s.

Speaking to a private seminar in Berlin, Germany on June 28, LaRouche made the following argument as to why the impeachment is required now:

"And therefore, if the world is to be saved, these two creatures [Bush and Cheney-ed.] must be kept under control and removed from office—not four years or three years from now, but in the immediate future.

"Because we must, immediately, in the near term, have a decision, by the United States proffered to its partners internationally, which essentially prevents a sudden chain-reaction collapse of the world monetary system into, not a depression, but general breakdown-crisis, a general breakdown-crisis of the type which was discussed theoretically, as a theoretical proposition, at the end of the 19th Century, and the beginning of the 20th; which has never happened before, in modern history, but is about to happen now, under present conditions.

"I continue: Unfortunately, the present U.S. Bush Administration would prevent the needed action, even with its dying breath. Fortunately, the present Bush Administration is already a ruined, lame-duck administration, a Presidency whose deep psychological problems and brutish bunglings, have already brought it into the liability of possibly early impeachment, or retirement to avoid that impeachment. For example, one story that was told to us, is, there might be a plane ride. And on the plane ride, somebody might be sitting next to Cheney. And when they got off the plane, Cheney would go someplace nearby and submit his resignation from office.

"We're in that kind of area, in which, either forced impeachment, impeachment proceedings, or resignations—induced resignations—are maybe the crucial factor in history."