The Pentagon was found to have “violated” the 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Act “when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees,” according to the report.
The Defense Department also was legally prohibited from using congressionally appropriated funds to pay for the transfer of detainees from Gitmo without first getting approval from Congress, which the Obama administration failed to do, according to the report.
“Our opinion in this matter rests upon the Secretary of Defense’s responsibility to comply with notification condition on the availability of appropriations to transfer individuals from Guantanamo Bay,” the GAO concludes.
So the GAO clearly lays at the feet of Secretary Chuck Hagel for violating the 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Act and Antideficiency Act. There is only one solution to this: Impeachment, not of President Barack Obama, but of Chuck Hagel.
Wait, can Congress impeach Cabinet members?
Article II, Section 4 stipulates that civil officers of the United States can be impeached, and that includes the President and Cabinet secretaries.
There is precedent: Secretary of War William W. Belknap was impeached, but resigned on the same day. As many as nine civil servents under President Richard Nixon also resigned before facing conviction in the Senate.
You’re opening a can of worms here.
I know I am opening up a can of worms here, but hear me out. Secretary Chuck Hagel has clearly broken the law here. We are not just talking about a gray area of abuse of power. We have the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, in crystal clear black-and-white print, going over which laws where broken and who is responsible for violating these laws.
If we want to rein in the executive branch of the federal government and bring back the rule of law, here is our opportunity people. The GAO has done our work here for us. All we have to do is copy/paste the report into articles of impeachment.
Then we can dare the Democrats to vote against rule of law.
If you are against Impeaching Obama, why Hagel? Wouldn’t it be a waste of time if the Senate didn’t vote to remove Hegal?
Impeaching and removing a sitting, elected, president is one thing. Impeaching and removing an unelected bureaucrat is another. We also have an objective GAO report that spells out Chuck Hegal’s crimes in crystal clear black-and-white print. I dare any Democrat to look reality in the face and lie outright that Chuck Hagel is not guilty of these crimes.
A waste of time? Not really, because we can go to the people with the GAO report in hand and tell them it is the Democrats that is preventing this law breaker from being removed from office.
Wait, what if Chuck Hagel resigns before impeachment?
Good. All the better. Hagel knows what he did was wrong and now we all know it was clearly illegal. He can either resign or Congress should remove him from office.
Secretary Chuck Hagel clearly violated the law. It is now time for the House Of Representatives act.