Immediate impeachment hearings urged
Underpublicized scandal in Obama's 1st-term
NEW YORK – Congress should initiate immediate impeachment hearings to determine whether President Obama and top administration officials engaged in bribery, corruption or cronyism related to the president’s first-term “green” stimulus legislation, charges a brand-new book.
“We recommend that Congress immediately convene hearings based on the information presented in this chapter,” wrote New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott in their book, “Impeachable Offenses: The case for removing Barack Obama from office.”
The authors were referring to a chapter entitled, “Cronyism, corruption and ‘clean’ energy.”
Klein and Elliott point to Article Two Section Four of the United States Constitution, which spells out cause for impeachment: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The authors argue the “bribery” clause may be fulfilled by Obama’s actions related to the so-called stimulus.
‘Stimulus’ authors ties to hundreds of millions
Write Klein and Elliott: “To start with, lawmakers should look into possible corruption related to the authorship of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and how activists who helped to craft key sections of the bill are themselves quite close to companies that received billions from the very legislation they helped to write.”
In one questionable case, “Impeachable Offenses” documents possible corruption issues related to BrightSource Energy, a solar energy company attempting to build the world’s largest solar power plant amid concerns such a venture might be too risky an investment for the Federal government.
BrightSource received a $1.37 billion federal loan guarantee, the largest the Department of Energy has ever provided for a solar power project.
BrightSource’s chairman at the time of the Federal loan guarantee was John Bryson, who stepped down from the energy company before being sworn in on Oct. 21, 2011, as the 37th secretary of the Department of Commerce.
Bryson resigned on June 21, 2012, after an unusual hit-and-run accident he blamed on seizures.
“Questions should already be raised about how the former employer of Obama’s Commerce secretary received the Energy Department’s biggest loan guarantee,” wrote Klein and Elliott.
“But it gets worse,” the authors added. “Bryson also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental activist group belonging to the controversial Apollo Alliance, which helped to craft the ‘green’ portions of the 2009 stimulus, the legislation that underwrote BrightSource’s loan.”
The authors further tie Apollo, which helped to craft the “stimulus,” to other companies that received large loans and grants under the very legislation Apollo wrote.
T.J. Glauthier served on Obama’s 2008 White House Transition Team. Along with Apollo, he is widely credited with helping to craft the energy provisions of the 2009 “stimulus.”
“Impeachable Offenses” documents Glauthier’s ties to several energy companies that benefited from the “stimulus” bill that he himself helped to write, including GridPoint Energy, which got paid from scores of smart grid deals funded by the “stimulus.”
Glauthier also served on the advisory board of SunRun, a solar financing company. In October 2010, just a few short months after Glauthier joined SunRun’s advisory board, SunRun secured a $6.73 million grant from this Treasury Department stimulus program.
The company was the ninth-largest recipient of such programs through December 2010.
Big donors, big takers
“Impeachable Offenses” also documents multiple top Obama donors who later received large “stimulus” grants, including a company called Exelon.
The company was chosen as one of only six electric utilities nationwide for the maximum $200 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department.
Exelon also landed a Treasury commitment for up to $646 million allowing it to finance one of the world’s largest photovoltaic solar projects on what the New York Times described as extremely generous terms
Exelon’s top executives were early and frequent supporters to Obama from his days in the Illinois State Senate to the White House, relates “Impeachable Offenses.”
Obama’s political strategist, David Axelrod, once worked as an Exelon consultant, and Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, originally helped to found Exelon through an $8.2 billion corporate merger in 2000 while working as an investment banker. That deal was described as the biggest financial transaction in which Emanuel was ever involved.
Book fuels national debate
MSNBC reported Klein and Elliott’s “Impeachable Offenses” is fueling the national conversation to impeach Obama.
The book lays out the blueprint for impeaching Obama, alleging high crimes, misdemeanors, bribery and other offenses committed against the U.S. Constitution and the limitations on the executive office.
MSNBC.com reported: “The national conversation to impeach the president has been fueled in part by an upcoming book ‘Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office’ that’s set to be released by WND Books next week.”
Continued the news network: “The authors of that book lay out a number of criticisms of the president, including his handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and his failure to ‘preserve, protect, and defend’ the Constitution.
“That includes the argument that the president’s health reform law is unconstitutional, even though the Supreme Court ruled more than a year ago that it is constitutional.”
Politico reported “Impeachable Offenses” will be hand-delivered to members of Congress when they return from recess Sept 9.
BuzzFeed.com reported Klein and Elliott’s new book “ushers in the Obama Impeachment movement.”
“Impeachable Offenses” has already gone into its third printing, Klein said, “due to unexpected demand from bookstores.”
“Clearly a large segment of the population is concerned Obama has overstepped his executive authority and has used his office to circumvent Congress to change, ignore, or at times perhaps invent de facto law,” he added.
WND Books CEO Joseph Farah told Buzzfeed, “We knew this was going to be a popular book. What we didn’t realize is that retailers would recognize it in advance and place large orders before the public weighed in.”
Cronyism, corruption, cover-ups
Already, the Daily Mail of London has called the “Impeachable Offenses” “explosive,” reporting the book contains a “systematic connect-the-dots exercise that the president’s defenders will find troublesome.”
“Consider this work to be the articles of impeachment against Barack Obama,” stated Klein.
“Every American, whether conservative or liberal, Democrat, Republican or independent, should be concerned about the nearly limitless seizure of power, the abuses of authority, the cronyism, corruption, lies and cover-ups documented in this news-making book,” Klein said.
The authors stress the book is not a collection of generalized gripes concerning Obama and his administration. Rather, it is a well-documented indictment based on major alleged violations.
Among the offenses enumerated in the book:
- Obamacare not only is unconstitutional but illegally bypasses Congress, infringes on states’ rights and marking an unprecedented and unauthorized expansion of IRS power.
- Sidestepping Congress, Obama already has granted largely unreported de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens using illicit interagency directives and executive orders.
- The Obama administration recklessly endangered the public by releasing from prison criminal illegal aliens at a rate far beyond what is publicly known.
- The president’s personal role in the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack, with new evidence regarding what was transpiring at the U.S. mission prior to the assault – arguably impeachable activities in and of themselves.
- Illicit edicts on gun control in addition to the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation intended, the book shows, to collect fraudulent gun data.
- From “fusion centers” to data mining to drones to alarming Department of Homeland Security power grabs, how U.S. citizens are fast arriving at the stage of living under a virtual surveillance regime.
- New evidence of rank corruption, cronyism and impeachable offenses related to Obama’s first-term “green” funding adventures.
- The illegality of leading a U.S.-NATO military campaign without congressional approval.
- Obama has weakened America both domestically and abroad by emboldening enemies, tacitly supporting a Muslim Brotherhood revolution, spurning allies and minimizing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.
The White House is hitting back, calling the book’s impeachment effort “foolhardy.”
“If the Republicans in the House want to try something that foolhardy, it will probably be run by the same group of lawmakers who have voted more than 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” an unnamed administration official told the Daily Mail.
“Like most of the partisan actions coming out of the House, the Senate would never stoop to dignify it,” the official added.
Klein and Elliott acknowledge that impeachment of a sitting president “is certainly a matter of the utmost gravity, and not a charge to be undertaken for what our Founding Fathers would have called mere ‘factional’ advantage.”
“We will show how Obama has not hesitated to go beyond democratic, legal and constitutional means to advance his radical agenda,” they write.