Washington D.C. -- Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, reiterated that impeachment inquiries of both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were "still off the table" today.
The Speaker openly acknowledges the blatant "lawlessness" within the Republican-led Executive branch of government headed by both Bush and Cheney. However, Speaker Pelosi made clear that her Democratic Party stands to gain in next year's elections, including perhaps the Presidency, the Senate, as well as the House, thus she is extremely reluctant to embark on a path that will interfere with the lawless precedents currently established by Bush for the Democratic Party in 2009.
"Look, we all know that the Bush administration lied about the reasons for going to war in Iraq," Mrs. Pelosi offered. "However, if we in the Democratic majority were to pursue legitimate impeachment inquiries into the whole host of Executive branch abuses since the Bush administration came into office, then we on the Democratic side of the isle would be, in essence, shooting our own selves in the foot. For we stand to control both houses, including the Presidency, after the 2008 elections, and once Bush is gone."
Asked if she believed that George W. Bush ought to be impeached, Speaker Pelosi acknowledged that if she were not in the position of Speaker of the House that she would indeed be in favor of an Impeachment Inquiry. However, because she is the Speaker, hence, in a position of power, she is extremely reluctant to consider any action against the office of the current Presidency that may prevent a possible future Democratic President, such as Hillary Clinton, from enjoying the otherwise outrageous precedents set by an out-of-control Republican administration.
"Look, I am as disturbed as anyone that Bush and Cheney have perpetrated these Impeachable offenses," stated Pelosi. "They think they're above the law, they snub their noses at every legitimate attempt at congressional oversight, and they are a vindictive bunch who loathe any sort of criticism. Yet, if we were to make an issue of the current administration's lawlessness and deceptive approach to the issues, then we Democrats wouldn't be allowed the same leeway as we're currently allowing this Republican administration."
Asked if she expects the Democratic Party to act even remotely as lawlessly and deceptively as the current Republican administration, Pelosi explained "well of course not. We would never lie to the American people to the extent that this Republican administration has. We're simply interested in keeping all of our options open is all."