The San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The committee, in a vote Tuesday, asked Congress to begin immediate impeachment proceedings based on “evidence” that the administration lied to the American people and created a false justification for going to war in Iraq.

The resolution refers to the so-called Downing Street Memo – official minutes of a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and members of the Bush administration – and “new leaks of British documents.”

The resolution says the Downing Street Memo “reveals that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld began planning and executing war on Iraq before seeking Congressional and U.N. approval” and fixed intelligence and facts around the policy “with full knowledge that no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq had been found.”

The “new leaks of British documents,” the resolution says, “provide further mounting evidence that the Administration lied or misled about ‘mushroom clouds,’ ‘connections to 9-11,’ and ‘war as a last resort’ as they sought United Nations, congressional and public approvals.”

The committee also calls on the California Democratic Central Committee to adopt the resolution.

A local blogger, who first publicized the resolution, commented: “In the 2004 Presidential Election, Bush beat Kerry in San Diego County by six percentage points. Regardless of how they feel about the Iraq War, local Democrats should be working on outreach, not pushing away potential crossover voters. Dumb, dumb, dumb.”

In June, Democratic members of Congress held an unofficial hearing on Capitol Hill to draw attention to the memos. In a jammed room in the basement of the Capitol, Representative John Conyers Jr., the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, presided as witnesses asserted the documents vindicated their view that Bush made the decision to topple former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein long before he has admitted.

There were calls for impeachment at the hearing.

The White House maintains that Bush decided to invade Iraq only after Secretary of State Colin Powell made the administration’s case in a lengthy presentation to the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003. His argument focused on intelligence demonstrating that Iraq had illicit weapons.

As WorldNetDaily reported, many of the same weblogs that successfully challenged Dan Rather’s documents questioned whether the Downing Street memos are for real.

The controversy seems to be reaching a fever pitch when Times of London reporter Michael Smith admitted the memos he used in his stories are not originals, but copies he retyped.

“Until tonight … no one questioned the authenticity of the documents provided by the Times of London,” said CaptainsQuartersBlog, one of the sites behind the Rather scandal. “That has now changed, as Times reporter Michael Smith admitted that the memos he used are not originals, but retyped copies.

The CaptainsQuartersBlog said that even if the memos could be authenticated, “they’re still meaningless.” That they simply do not contain any smoking-gun evidence of lies by the Bush administration or the British government of Tony Blair.

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