July 11, 2007
Mr. Michael Caddell
17127 Osage Rd.
Nortonville, KS 66060
Dear Mr. Caddell:
Thank you for writing regarding the impeachment process and your comments regarding the current administration. I appreciate your views.
The authority for impeachment is set out in the Constitution. Article 1, Sections 2 and 3, gives the House and Senate the "sole power of impeachment" and the "sole power to try all impeachments" respectively. Article 2, Section 4 states, "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 House of Representatives must initiate the procedure by drafting articles of impeachment.
I do not support impeachment of President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney. In passing House Joint Resolution 114, Congress specifically authorized the president to "use the Armed Forces of the United States" to neutralize any threat from Saddam Hussein. Support for this resolution was based on intelligence information that was available to Congress at that time.
Again thank you for taking the time to contact me. If you would like more information on issues before the Senate, please visit my website at http://roberts.senate.gov. You may also sign up on my home page for a monthly electronic newsletter that will provide additional updates on my work for Kansas.
With every best wish,