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Former mayor testifies before Congressional committee

Former mayor testifies before Congressional committee

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former Mayor Rocky Anderson told a Congressional committee there's a "compelling case" for the impeachment of President Bush.

Anderson also says Congress should appoint a special commission to investigate egregious abuses of power.

Anderson testified Friday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing looking at the constitutional limits of the executive branch.

"Ascertaining and disclosing the truth about these matters is vital in order to restore the rule of law and the crucial role Congress plays in the system of checks and balances that has been utterly eviscerated," Anderson said.

Anderson has frequently criticized Bush and led large rallies in Utah calling for his impeachment.

The former mayor now heads a human-rights group based in Utah. He testified that the Bush administration misled the country about security threats, illegally intercepted private domestic communications and violated treaties and moral standing to torture detainees.

"There has never been a more compelling case for impeachment," Anderson said.

The Republican National Committee dismissed the hearing as political gamesmanship.

"With an approval rating in single digits, it's clear the Democrat Congress is willing to do anything to divert attention away from their failure to provide solutions for the American people," said Bill Riggs, RNC spokesman. "It's astonishing that with $4-a-gallon gasoline and just over 100 days until the election the Democrats in Congress focus their efforts on politically motivated grandstanding to grab some headlines before they take another vacation."

Rep. Chris Cannon, a Utah Republican who sits on the committee, wasn't present. Cannon was defeated in a June primary by challenger Jason Chaffetz.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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