Conyers v. Bush
I wanted to update
you on the lawsuit I have filed against George W.
Bush and members of his administration, referred to
in legal parlance as Conyers v. Bush.
You are likely familiar with a number of steps I
have taken to challenge the legality and
constitutional grounds of the Administration's
actions. From the lead up to Iraq, to the Downing
Street Minutes, to the outing of a CIA agent, to
warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens, I have
called loudly for the Bush White House to explain
I decided to file
suit against the President in Federal Court in
Michigan, along with 11 Senior Democratic Members of
Congress. This suit was necessary because of a
clear violation of the constitution. When the
President signed the Deficit Reduction Act (which
"reduced" the deficit by cutting taxes, health care
benefits, and student loans), he signed into law a
bill that had not passed the House and Senate. A
different version of the bill passed each house of
Congress with a multi-billion dollar difference in
funding for life-saving medical equipment.
Anyone who ever watched Schoolhouse Rock knows this
to be a problem.
Given the stakes involved I felt it was imperative
to aggressively take this fight to the courts. The
President's lawyers tried to get the bill dismissed,
but late last week I responded with legal filings
that stand up for the rule of law and the
Constitution and hope to bring the President, and
our United States government, back under the rule of
I wanted to email you this news today to update you
on our efforts and to thank you for your help and
support. Thank you also for your continued
dedication to a better democracy.