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Impeachment Vote Set for This Afternoon

The House is set to vote this afternoon on whether to refer articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee, where they are unlikely to see any further action during this Congress.

The impeachment resolution -- accusing Bush of manufacturing a case for war in Iraq, among other charges -- was introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Monday. Kucinich himself read all 35 articles into the Congressional Record on the House floor that night, a process that took nearly five hours. The second reading, which is required under House rules, was performed by House reading clerks on Tuesday night. In both cases, the readings kept the chamber in session past midnight.

The office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says this afternoon's vote to send the resolution to Judiciary is expected to occur around 4 p.m. EDT, though there is a small chance the vote could happen closer to 1 p.m., when the chamber will be voting on an Amtrak bill.

Democratic leaders have made clear that they have no desire to impeach Bush, nor do they want the Judiciary panel to hold hearings on Kucinich's measure. Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) has so far not commented on his plans, though the resolution has picked up one cosponsor: Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), a Judiciary member.

"A decision by Congress to pursue impeachment is not an option, it is a sworn duty," Wexler said. "It is time for Congress to stand up and defend the Constitution against the blatant violations and illegalities of this administration."

By Ben Pershing  |  June 11, 2008; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch  
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Comments

The worst president in history should be impeached.

Posted by: Charles | June 11, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Its about god damned time!

Posted by: John | June 11, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

While, sadly, there is little or no chance that articles of impeachment will succeed, it is important that future generations be able to look back on this action and note that there were some who felt the duty to abide by the US constitution.

Posted by: Dahagg | June 11, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I've got a tree and a rock in my front yard that have more sense than Kucinich and probably half of the democrat party in Congress. What stupidity!

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 11, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Congress could have spent the time better discussing immigration issues, health care issues, global warming issues, social secutity issues, housing issues, etc but NO, they spent hours related to an impeachment that nobody wants to pursue.

This, and the non-binding resolutions, that this congress has passed has made a joke of this congress. Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for allowing this congress to become a "do nothing" congress.

Posted by: Alan | June 11, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It is highly unlikely that anything will come of this. It is too late in the Presdiential term to really make any difference. Even if it was done earlier there are too many in congress who seem to think it is their job to undermine the Constitution instead of upholding it.

Posted by: Robyn | June 11, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Why don't they want to impeach?

Posted by: rolling eyes | June 11, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Either we are still a republic or something else. If impeachment preceding are successfully brought against Bush by both Republicans and Democrats, evidence of that act would be proof that we are still a republic. If no charges are brought, then we are something else and our Constitution, Bill of Rights and history have no meaning.....and our republic no longer exists and has become something else.....and that something else should be feared. Impeachment proceedings should never be taken lightly or be politically motivated. Reasons for bringing impeachment proceedings against Bush now are overwhelming and in evidence, to not do so would violate the oath to defend our Constitution take by every elected politician. The continuation of our republic is at stake as is the value of citizenship.

Posted by: Robert Lemasters | June 11, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"I've got a tree and a rock in my front yard that have more sense than Kucinich and probably half of the democrat party in Congress. What stupidity!"

Posted by: LarryG62

Brilliant comment, Hitler junior. I've got a used toilet bowl that has more ethics and true patriotism than you do.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I hope the Post will post those who voted against impeachment, so they can be ousted next election.

Posted by: edwcore | June 11, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Here's yet another bit of evidence that the Democratic Party is as much a part of the problem as the GOP. What a bunch of spineless, cynical losers. It's now all about power for power's sake.

Posted by: Lucky Lakeshore | June 11, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

PS...it is not a question of not wanting to impeach Bush but doing your duty and defending our Constitution and republic. Democrats and Republicans do not have a choice in this very serious matter...they have sworn an oath, and even if the evidence is slight for impeachment, which it is not, their duty is clear and that is to bring Bush before the law.... it is their sworn duty to do so no matter their politics, philosophy or party affiliation.

Posted by: Robert Lemasters | June 11, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

In response to the suggestion (by "Alan") that the Congress might find something better to do - what serious work might they accomplish that would make it past the far-right ideology of the President and the rest of the congressional GOP who believe that they need to walk in lock-step with him? We're not going to get anything done until we have a new president and we jettison some of the congressional supporters of constitution-gutting and illegal behavior by the executive branch. The democrats might as well demonstrate that they aren't part of that mind-set, and that they have a little backbone. The problem really is that the media and congress have NOT done a good job dealing with the facts that the Bushies have broken the law several times - even though a majority of people seem to have figured it out anyway.

Posted by: Dean Sellers | June 11, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

If congress does not wish to fulfill their duty, then maybe we the people of these United States in order to form a more perfect union should perform a citizen's impeachment.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I find it highly hypocritical of the Republican Reich to call articles of impeachment frivolous. Let's see Bush started a false war, borrowed and spent us into a $10 trillion debt to China, lied about the war, gave tax breaks to his cronies and has screwed up everything he touched. Bill Clinton had an affair with an intern. Which one is more deserving of impeachment, you hypocrite GOP Terrorists?

Posted by: rev | June 11, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I served twice in Vietnam, a largely democrat war, and thought it was the right thing to do. When we bailed out millions in SE Asia lost their lives. I've heard the tired old anti war crap from the democrat appeasers for too long. Al qaeda haas been decimated and is about done in Iraq, and when Petraeus gets working in Afghanistan they'll be gone there too.
As for my ethics and patriotism I think I have lots more than the leaders of the democrat party have demonstrated, and I stand by my comment about the tree and rock.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 11, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The downside to impeaching Bush has always been the idea of President Cheney.


Posted by: Lynn | June 11, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"I've got a tree and a rock in my front yard that have more sense than Kucinich and probably half of the democrat party in Congress. What stupidity!"

Posted by: LarryG62

Brilliant comment, Hitler junior. I've got a used toilet bowl that has more ethics and true patriotism than you do.
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How can you call someone Hitler junior when he is just speaking the truth.

This Democratic Congress has done NOTHING they are the dumbest group of dimwits I have ever seen. History will show that all of you Bush haters are dead wrong about him.

Posted by: James | June 11, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The House will not impeach because they are as criminally responsible as Bush et.al. They (both parties)are accomplices and have aided and abetted in the destruction of our Constutional Republic.

Vote em all out this November.

Posted by: jsbar | June 11, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I still have not been able to understand why "leadership" (Pelosi, mainly) is so against impeachment. Maybe someone can explain it to me without invoking that tired old canard about how it will divide the country. The country (the votership) is already divided. Apparently Nancy hasn't figured out that Congress' rating is so low because the votership expected them to do something about those crooks in the White House, and they just sit there. Dubya and Deadeye Dick have committed so many violations of the Constitution in plain sight, thumbing their nose at that august document and us the people, that they deserve to be removed from office and possibly brought up on treason charges. Nancy isn't my congresswoman, but if she were I wouldn't vote for her in 2008. And if my congressman votes against what Dennis Kucinich has introduced, I won't vote for him, either. Their job is to represent the people, and the majority of the people, not the 28% that think Dubya's doing a good job, are saying impeach.

Posted by: Robin | June 11, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Impeachment and removal from office is only a sworn duty due to "high crimes and misdemeanors" committed by a sitting president. Every single report by Republican, Democratic, and independent commissions (created by Congress and otherwise) has held that while the intelligence given to Bush was faulty, he's done nothing illegal in pursuit of the Iraq War.

For those of you about to bite my head off and mention the wiretapping, no court has ruled that those actions committed before the passage of the PROTECT American Act were illegal (the District judge from Detroit being overruled by the Court of Appeals, among others).

I'll even go one step further and say re: torture, that while some of the methods used are abject morally, no law had been violated. The airing of that laundry by the CIA has caused them to change their methods (see Gen. Hayden's statement saying that waterboarding has not been used in ~5 years) from one that was morally questionable, yet legal, to those fully "accepted."

You're partisans, wish you would admit it and spare us the constant comments. I'm not an appologist for the administration and find many of their acts reprehensible, but I have more important things to do about than manufacturing reasons for an improbable, and highly wasteful of tax dollars and effort, impeachment attempt.

Posted by: Constitution | June 11, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, George W. Bush and others (his cronies in the Administration) who orchestrated the phoney war with Iraq and have been responsible for thousands of dead and wounded there and for plunging the USA into debt and for fleecing the citizenry should be impeached and tried as war criminals as well. Unfortunately the Democrats will do nothing as usual. By comparison Prtesident Bill Clinton did nothing to deserve the GOP's vindictiveness when he was President. Bush is responsible for murder but the weaklings in the Democratic Congress will do nothing. Kucinich and Wexler should be appluaded for their efforts.

Posted by: Jim Guinnessey | June 11, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN NOW, READERS! TELL YOUR REP HOW YOU WANT THEM TO VOTE!

Posted by: jshackford in New Hampshire | June 11, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is it so important to let Bush get away with his lies? He should be impeached. However, the do nothing Congress and the kiss-up Senate knows that what he did was wrong but are too wimpy to do anything. All of our Vets died for a cause that was based on a lie. Since Bush never served in a War and had never seen the death and destruction that goes with it, he just didn't care. This war was all about stealing oil from the Iraq. I don't understand it. Bush should be charged with war crimes and misdemeanors. Where does friendship with this president end and the greater good of the US Constitution begin in our government?

Posted by: The Reader | June 11, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Impeach him and his clan of Cheyneysts, Rumsfeldists, and Rowists who sent more than 4,000 young men and women to senseless deaths, maimed over 30,000, destroyed families and relationships, killed innocent Iraqis, women, children, men--old and young-- and abused the trust of the American people by misusing their money of more than $ 600 billions as of now, and destroyed the image of this nation around the globe. $23 billion, according to BBC, went to the war profiteering bloodsucking machine with billions more unaccounted for. How much more hell do you want from these war-mongers in order to take actions against them? Or, NO, NO, PERHAPS MAKING BUSH HAVE A SEXUAL AFFAIR WITH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE MORE MEANING TO THIS NATION THEN WHAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE IN ORDER TO BE IMPEACHED??? Pathetic!!!

Posted by: John | June 11, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Too much! Too late!

Posted by: Nor'Easter | June 11, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Congress does not have the courage to impeach President Bush and the American people don't even blink an eye that Bush lied to us to get us into a war we cannot ever win. If Congress follows the Constitution, then it will do the right thing and vote for impeachment, but ethical behavior is not common in the Congressional body.

Posted by: JRoberge | June 11, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of hearing people say over and over that Bush lied and Iraq is a phony war. There are no facts saying that he lied. Our intelligence is what should be criticized, and it has been rightfully so. I would be more worried about the state of affairs in our intelligence agencies and hope that they have fixed the problems they had in the past then trying to blame things solely on our President. He has been one of the very few politicians that has been very straight forward and has told you his plan, stuck to it and done everything he can to make sure it succeeds. I don't believe all of his actions have been good ones, but at least he has been honest and when he goes for something he goes for it 100%.

Contrary to what most of the media will tell you, we are winning in Iraq, we will succeed in Afghanistan and when all is said in done we will be living in a world with a much more stable middle east.

Now if you want to throw away all of our gains join the Democratic party and just roll over and play dead for any foreign government that doesn't like how we see things. Let Iran continue to establish a Nuclear Arsenal, go sit down and have coffee with their insane leader.

Wake up America, Bush is not the bad guy. Please wake up before the election in November. The Democrats are trying their best to throw our country into a horrible tailspin of mediocrity. This country that I know and Love is not based on mediocrity. We are the best of the best and if you want to stay that way vote Republican. The future is bright if you are brave enough to open your eyes.

Posted by: James | June 11, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

It just goes to show that these politicians are more worried about being re-elected than by doing their constitutional duties which is to begin the impeachment process... I say we vote all incumbents in this November and really change the system.

Posted by: American First | June 11, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

James,

Your argument is weak at best, he may not hav e lied but they twisted the facts (better way of saying lied). Why else would Cheney and Libbey go to the CIA to hound their agents? Cheney has never trusted the CIA and they wanted to slant thing to invade Iraq. I bet you the Dems will find bin Laden, something Bush has been unwilling and unable to do...

Posted by: W stands for worst | June 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"I served twice in Vietnam, a largely democrat war, and thought it was the right thing to do." -LarryG62

That's the problem with GOP war mongers, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, they can't see the utter folly of our actions in Vietnam and Iraq. Just how bad does it have to be before these lemmings see the error of our invasion/occupation of Iraq?

Posted by: fedup | June 11, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Way to go James. The following is the reason we are in Iraq:
Islam, which developed in the 7th century, counts millions of Muslims around the world who are normal people. However, there is a radical streak within Islam. When the radicals are in charge, Islam attacks Western civilization. Islam first attacked Western civilization in the 7th century, and later in the 16th and 17th centuries. By 1683, the Muslims (Turks from the O ttoman Empire) were literally at the gates of Vienna. It was in Vienna that the climatic battle between Islam and Western civilization took place. The West won and went forward. Islam lost and went backward. Interestingly, the date of that battle was September 11. Since them, Islam has not found a way to reconcile with the modern world.

Today, terrorism is the third attack on Western civilization by radical Islam. To deal with terrorism, the U.S. is doing two things. First, units of our armed forces are in 30 countries around the world hunting down terrorist groups and dealing with them. This gets very little publicity. Second we are taking military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.
These actions are covered relentlessly by the media. People can argue about whether the war in Iraq is right or wrong. However, the underlying strategy behind the war is to use our military to remove the radicals from power and give the moderates a chance. Our hope is that, over time, the moderates will find a way to bring Islam forward into the 21st century. That's what our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is all about.

It is critical that we win this conflict.

Posted by: I'm with James | June 11, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

AMEN!

Posted by: James | June 11, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Iraq didn't attack us, I'm-with-James.

Posted by: fedup | June 11, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The Bush supporters, what few that are left, really don't have a clue. They don't read the newspapers because they've convinced themselves that it's all left wing crap. They don't listen to reports from different departments and Congress that all conclude that Bush lied, or was incompetent, or broke the law. They love people like Alberto Gonzales so much that when they get up in front of the American people and say that they don't remember anything they support them. When Libby is convicted of a crime, they love it that Bush pardons him because it's just those liberals who think criminals should be punished. Didn't Bush say he was going to cut Government? Maybe he mispoke, because that didn't happen.

Bush has ruined the Republican party. Why do you GOPers want anything to do with him?

Posted by: George | June 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It is too late to impeach George W. Bush. Dennis Kucinich just wants to make a noise for his own record. I wish someone bring lawsuit against Bush for his crime after he is out of White House.

I remember, right after Demo took over congress,speaker Nancy Pelosi said about impeachment "That is off the table". Why she so respected and protected Bush? These elected to congress wanted to be "Family" with Bush, at least be friend, to lift themselves up. Not many care about constitution or what people saying any more.

Posted by: John | June 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Dennis has BIG BALLS.

Posted by: Fela | June 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

James writes "This Democratic Congress has done NOTHING they are the dumbest group of dimwits I have ever seen."

Well, James, which group was the brightest bunch of dimwits you ever saw?

A few guidelines before offering your vitriole are in order: think before you write. No drinking and typing. Offer legitimate ideas with your verbal bile or someone may call you a "stupid dimwit".

Can't minimal standards of rhetoric be enforced on blogs the finer media outlets? Or even the Post's blogs? :::laffin:::

Posted by: Dive4Blood | June 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Impeach Bush! The American people demand accountability for the 4,000 dead Americans and the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis!

Posted by: Gerald | June 11, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

James and the Giant Peach seem to think our current president is the second coming of Christ.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Fedup, while you were out hunting man-bear-pig with Al Gore, you missed the part about radical islam attacking us (unless you believe there were not actually any planes hijacked and that Bush did it intead).

Iraq just happens to be the place where we drew the line in the sand to take on radical islam.

Posted by: I'm with James | June 11, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd say we did a little more than draw a line in the sand in Iraq.

Posted by: I'm not with James | June 11, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Go Wexler! He is absolutely right. It is Congress' DUTY to impeach these criminals. This is why we don't have a monarchy. If they do refer it to the Judiciary Committe, which I'm sure they will, I hope John Conyers doesn't waste time and takes it on immediately.

Posted by: guitaristo | June 11, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Impeach him now!

Posted by: Jose | June 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The leadership of the Democratic Party has wholly embraced the policy of appeasement--appeasement of the Executive Branch and the Congressional Republicans. We need to impeach this guy and lord Vader before they attack Iran. This is not a lame duck administration.

We are going to get a 9/11 trial right in the middle of this fall's presidential election. The timing of that is not coincidental.

p.s. Our president has now killed more Americans than Al Queda did on 9/11.

Posted by: Rip Van Winkle | June 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Beware of the desire to impeach a President who's leaving in less than nine months. Articles of impeachment can be filed for any reason by anyone, as the Clinton Administration found out. Furthermore they can be filed to remove any official in the Executive or Judicial branches. Unless there's a really good reason--and Kucinich's reasons are not fully supported by fact--don't do it.

Posted by: GAB in Odention | June 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Impeachment is that it would let Dick Cheney in as president and he would just issue pardons any way.

Revenge is a dish best served cold!

Yes America has a lot to be angry about.

The thousands of American Servicemen and women dead and the tens of thousands of them wounded, maimed and crippled. Then the untold numbers of Iraqis who suffered the same fate certainly in the 100s of thousands.

US agents and their cover companies cover bust. There lives now at risk; from all those they beat in secret war against nuclear proliferation. It is beyond doubt that the NeoConMen are traitors; even to having named the covert head of intelligence on WMD for nothing more than petty party political advantage.
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060918/corn

They all CRYOUT FOR JUSTICE!
But revenge is a dish best served cold!

The US economy left in tatters to pay for the biggest increase in government spending yet US troops began the war without even armor on their vehicles. Instead all the money was being spent on PORK SUBSIDIES and downright corruption for the likes of Halliburton, Blackwater and KBR and all those other Republicommie companies that went to Iraq to suck on the US TAX TIT. 23 billion dollars that the US Auditors cannot account for. Dick Cheney's Halliburton receiver of the worlds BIGEST EVER SOCIAL SECURITY CHEQUE! In the form of 8 billion dollars of No Bid Contracts.

They all CRYOUT FOR JUSTICE!
But revenge is a dish best served cold!

The America's conservatives are going to STOP BEING SUCKERS!

Because America is sick to the stomach of the NeoConMen. They are sick of the NeoConMen damaging the US economy. They are sick of the Iraq war. They are sick of the American image being dragged through the mud. They are sick of the NeoConMen raping our grand kids planet. They are sick of the NeoConMen's Tax Debt. They are sick of rising gas at the pump. They are sick of the dollar in their pocket being worth half of what it was. They are sick of it all. Most of all they are sick of the NeoConMen and their lies and deceit.

And they are hungry for CHANGE.
And they are hungry for UNITY.
And they are hungry for HOPE.

Because America's conservatives realise the Republican Party ain't Conservative any more; that it has been taken over the NeoConMen by and it is time somebody dug a hole and buried its stinking slimy commie corpse.

They all CRYOUT FOR JUSTICE!
But revenge is a dish best served cold!

But at least now the American People can see the NeoConMen and their commie apologist whiners for what they are:
THIEVES, TRAITORS AND LIARS who care only for themselves.

Now is the time for the American people to begin their Revenge!

It is time to gather the evidence.
It is time to begin the investigations.
We can see the signs as the traitorous rats savage each other in desperate search for a way out of their sinking ship.
The prosecutors should only let the first to rat on the others have immunity.
Soon Bush will be out of power and can no longer issue pardons.
Then the American People can have their revenge as a dish of Cold Hard American Justice.

Then America can claw back the pork from all NeoConMen and if Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and all the rest are living in the Washington Housing Projects with a permanent attachment to their earnings that says they cannot have more than barely enough to live on until Americas 10 trillion dollars of Bush Government Debt is repaid. Why then I think all America will judge it to be just.

The Day of Reckoning is coming.

Posted by: walker1 | June 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"Democratic leaders have made clear that they have no desire to impeach Bush, nor do they want the Judiciary panel to hold hearings on Kucinich's measure."

WTF?

Posted by: CAC in Takoma Park | June 11, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Congress must draw the line in the sand for our constitution and our democracy. Bush, Cheney and the whole bunch of them must be held accountable for their lies, for their subversion of American principles and and their trampling on American ideals.

Godspeed, Kucinich and Wexler. It's about time.

Posted by: Line in the Sand | June 11, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Kucinich is an American hero. George Bush and Dick Cheney are corrupted silver spoon/poodle hacks for the Military/Corporate/Industrial Complex, especially Big Oil. What Bushco and his minions have done to our nation demands impeachment, and all the other means the American people have at our disposal to correct criminal behavior. The obstructionist Republicons in the Senate have failed the nation, the corporate media have failed the nation and the Robber Barons have in place a sophisticated apparatus to beat down opposition using psy ops and torpedo pros. This whole "impeachment off the table" thing stinks of it. Meanwhile, Torture is still on the table, warrantless spying on Americans is still on the table, gutting US agencies is still on the table, low taxes for the super rich is still on the table, bailouts for banks before poor people is still on the table, deregulation of everything is still on the table (whatever the cost), privatization of the armed forces by conservative (Blackwater) mercenaries with no accountablity is on the table, suspension of habeas corpus is on the table, disregard for Congressional oversight and illegal destruction of evidence is on the table and so on. That's what your Republicon party is advocating and John McCain is the new playa. $4.50 gallon gas ($5 by the end of the week). Exxon and the sheiks who fund terrorists are laughing all the way to the bank, while the foreclosures and layoffs just keep coming.

Posted by: artforhumans | June 11, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the Democrats to begin action when it is too late or might have political repercussions that are not predictable. Never in the history of this country has their been a political institution with so little principle and so little courage.

God help us when they have the White House and larger majorities in the Congress.

Posted by: Ed | June 11, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

While they're at it they may as well impeach Kennedy and Johnson for the Viet Nam war too. That stands about the same chance of succeeding as impeaching Bush.

Posted by: Alan | June 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Truth in the American democracy is dead. This is just dead muscles twitching. Bush fabricated intelligence and went in unprepared and with no clear goal. We now have nothing but bad options.
And James, are you part of the ultra-wealthy class taking over America? That would certaily justify your optimism.

Posted by: Rob | June 11, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Two reasons not to Impeach:

1) Takes the eye off the ball in November, which is the real way to bring change

2) President Dick Cheney

So long as the dems take back the White House, there will be no pardon of Bush/Cheney crimes. They can still be tried out of office.

Posted by: brian2791 | June 11, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

democrats are cowards and are also in complicity with the republican criminals. bush can't be impeached. they all rather should be executed for treason.

Posted by: justice | June 11, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

A Bush in the slam's
worth two birds bagged by Cheney
should he miss his lawyer.

Posted by: badhaikuman | June 11, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I've got a tree and a rock in my front yard that have more sense than Kucinich and probably half of the democrat party in Congress. What stupidity!

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 11, 2008 11:37 AM
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Is that to say that a impeachment debate over Bill Clinton's lie over a BJ was more suitable than one for a president who lied to push America into a unilateral war that has cost the lives of thousands of U.S. troops and Iraqi citizens?

I think your tree and rock may be more astute than you as well.

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | June 11, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi & Reid should have been standing right next to Kucinich; that they weren`t is about the last nail in the coffin of so-
called bipartisan politics. That the impeachment process will not get into second gear is as much of a travesty as $5
a gallon gas, and the U.S.`s advancement to
being a 3rd world entity is a mortal lock.
One nation under God, indeed.......

Posted by: Dennis Watkins/Flori-duh | June 11, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Well done Mr. Kucinich!

Posted by: Mr H | June 11, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

YES! Impeach him, ignore the leadership hacks that only want to use this nightmare for political purposes. Not just Bush, but Cheney, too. Try and convict them, remove them both from office and lock them up in a federal prison for the rest of their lives.

A note to Gerrald. You people keep writing about 4,000 dead Amercian's and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead. A couple of points. MOST of those dead Iraqi's died in a civil war between Sunni and Shia whack jobs or as a result of old fashioned organized crime. Our troops are not responsible for those deaths. When we removed Saddam, a brutal dictator, we removed any sense of order and that led to anarchy. It would have happened if Saddam had died of natural causes. The various Arab states are ponying up, supporting one or another faction, arming them, cheering them on, and that is the cause of 99% of the deaths in Iraq. When we leave, hopefully before the end of the year when the UN mandate expires, those factions will go at it with a vengence. Our trooops, placed between the factions and in harms way, are the ONLY thing keeping that country together.

In the end, I could give a rats behind about any and all Iraqi's, though. I care about our troops, our sons and daughters. I had two sons fighting there. The youngest just returned home with a concussion and other serious injuries. His Bradley was blown up by an IED, several of his close friends killed. My son is angry, has unbelievable headaches, an inability to concentrate, nightmares every night as he relives that moment. He literally gets blind drunk to deaden the pain and memories...a very dangerous thing to do for Native American's. God only knows if he will ever recover. His mother and I worry that he will take his own life, it's that bad! The son of another friend is in a stateside hospital right now. He was "hurt" when a remote controlled bomb went off in his face. He lost his right arm, most of his head was devistated, his lower jaw completely blown off. He has no tongue, no lower jaw, is partially blind. He was newly married when he was shipped off to Iraq. She tried to deal with the horror of his appearance, the anger and bitterness, and simply couldn't. She left him. Now, he has no one but his father and mother and a few friends like us, no future, alternating between suicidal depression and blind anger.

These are just two of tens of thousands of American children that were injured in this war, a useless war that a few madmen, with the cooperation of media like the Post, should never have happened. Bush evidently invaded Iraq for a variety of just plain insane reasons. We are told by some insiders that it was becasue his father was insulted by Saddam Hussein who was dumb enough to create a mosaic of the elder Bush's face in a public square where people could walk on it. Others tell us that Cheney and Rove and the other NeoCons convinced him it was result in cheap oil. Others, still, tell us it was to unify the nation behind Bush and his fellow NeoCons in a bald faced move to gain political power. None of these were good reasons. We now know he never even believed that Iraq had WMD's, never was a threat to it's neighbors. He got this country to invade Iraq and spark this mess for no good reason at all. For that, for the pain he has caused, for the never ending nightmares and pain, George Bush deserves not just to be impeached, he deserves to rot in hell.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"The worst president in history should be impeached."

He was, actually.

Now, the real question is, why waste time on a purely-political vote when we are 8 years late, at least, for opening up new oil reserves off our coasts and in Alaska?

Posted by: Todd | June 11, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Kucinich is a true patriot, as is Rep. Robert Wexler. Congressional Democrats have no spine, and apparently our constitution, checks & balances, and the publics will mean to them.

There is no justice in the US unless Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Ashcroft, etc. end up in prison.

Posted by: Mike Supports Impeachment! | June 11, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

it would be unfortunate if the committee didn't hold hearings.

impeachment proceeding due to presidential misconduct has precedence set by the 105th Congress and 106th Congress.

to date, the US Congress has not initiated Special Counsel investigations related to the President's and Vice President's alleged official misconduct, but the US Congress may investigate alleged presidential misconduct.

Posted by: egalitaire | June 11, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"It is time for Congress to stand up and defend the Constitution against the blatant violations and illegalities of this administration."
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Umm, where was Congress' responsibilities when they voted for war WITHOUT conducting their own investigation into the President's allegations? Seems like the Democrats misled the country by voting for a measure without asking appropriate questions in the first place...

Posted by: WildBill | June 11, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Fedup, while you were out hunting man-bear-pig with Al Gore, you missed the part about radical islam attacking us (unless you believe there were not actually any planes hijacked and that Bush did it intead).

Iraq just happens to be the place where we drew the line in the sand to take on radical islam."

Boy, that argument is so weak, I don't know where to start. Let me just repeat that Iraq and 9/11 were totally unrelated. No Iraqi attacked us, and if you were so concerned about radical Islam, you wouldn't have given people like Bin Laden everything they asked for...a holy war on Muslim land, the US out of Saudi Arabia, and the bankruptcy of the US economy, military, and international prestige.

Iraq was a huge mistake. Admit it or not.

Posted by: Fedup | June 11, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Impeach.

Posted by: cd | June 11, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...So help me God."

So help you God, indeed.

Posted by: dg | June 11, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

What a wast of time.... Why don't they try and fix the energy problems we have in this country instead wasting more time on something so stupid like impeachment.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting that Todd thinks the worst president was 8 years ago. Let's compare then and now: then - gas was about 98 cents a gallon, and we had a budget surplus; now - we have $4.00 a gallon gas and trillions of dollars in debt. Hmm, who is really the worst?

Todd, I must say that you, LarryG62, James and other like-minded individuals are the very reason this country has become such a despairingly and nightmarish MESS! Idiots like you put Bush in office and it is IDIOTS like you and the others that have kept him there (along with his corrupt cronies in Congress and the Senate that have advanced his agenda). Scream about the Democrats all you like, but WHEN they take office in January, (full control I might add) WE the PEOPLE will have our nation restored to us again and the perpetrators of the most vile, heinous crimes in the history of our nation will be brought to justice and (with any luck) executed for the traitorous crimes they have committed. All of you Bush lovers can take comfort in the fact that you are also complicit in his crimes by the very fact that you have defended and supported him, his co-conspirators, and his treasonous policies! YOU SIRS, are also guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors!!!

Posted by: Tom | June 11, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

If Bush still has time to start a war with Iran, it's not too late to impeach.

Posted by: JR | June 11, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

True, why don't they want to impeach again? He's so unpopular...most americans disapprove of him.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

LarryG62 and other like you. Osama Bin Laden is getting exactly what he wants under your disasterous policies. Osama has said he wants to break the economy of this country and ruin our financial system. Because of you he is suceeding in that mission.

You sir are a traitor to your own country. You are aiding the enemy.

Posted by: dcp2685 | June 11, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Bush either Lies or is very Stupid. Neither is a quality befitting a President.

Posted by: Bill Monroe | June 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Libby was convicted of the same crime that Clinton was impeached for.

Bush did not pardon Libby. He commuted Libby's sentence to remove the jail time. Libby still has a felony conviction (which prevents him from practicing law) and a hefty fine.

Posted by: about Libby | June 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This is scandalous, where is the outrage? A sitting president flaunts the law of the land, violates the basic constitutional statutes and gets away with it.

TO CONGRESS:
Please appoint a King so that the rest of us stop bothering with this three ring circus you call a democracy and get on with our lives. Long live King Bush II.

Posted by: paymane | June 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This....peachment thing is without....ummmmm.any DIGNIFICATION and I'm hopin' that...the do nothin' congress.....ummmmm gets their asses back to work, like good mericanz.

Posted by: GWB | June 11, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

A president lies about having an affair and gets impeached.

A president lies about threats from another country causing the destruction of thousands of lives, an ancient culture and costing boat-loads of money, and impeachment is off the table.

I'd just settle for removal from office

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

YOU SIRS, are also guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors!!!

Posted by: Tom | June 11, 2008 3:01 PM
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But Tom, don't be afraid to tell us how you really feel.

Posted by: JR | June 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse


i'm wondering if nancy pelosi is against this impeachment, because she knows she is guilty of approving the illegal torture that the bush administration used back in 2003?

it might be a self serving interest on her part.

it's really a shame. no civilian, especially the president of the united states should be able to break the laws whenever he/she wants to, and hide behind executive privilege.

george bush certainly should be impeached. even if they decide not to pursue the legal process, just the fact that he is impeached with give his legacy exactly what it deserves.

i have NO sympathy for bush. he has repeatedly defied the law in his arrogant, narcissistic, deceitful, lying, cheating ways.

he, as should dick cheney, be taken to the netherlands, and charged in the hague, the court which bush refuses to join (the u.s. and israel do not wish to be members of this court, for obvious reasons), and be charged with war crimes, and the high crimes of treason.

personally, i think george w bush and dick cheney would look rather dapper wearing orange jumpsuits with blinds and mittens covering their eyes, ears, and hands, depriving them of all sensory perception.. just like bush keeps his uncharged, yet 'guilty til proven innocent' "detainees" down at guantanamo.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | June 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody rememeber how many months we had to endure Kenneth Starr and Monica, night after night beamed into our homes? Now look how far you have to dig to find a tiny article written about TRUE crimes. Shame on America! Thank you Congressman Kucinich, you are the TRUE PATRIOT!

CALL NANCY PELOSI (202) 225-4965 IMPEACH THE LIARS

Posted by: jad305 | June 11, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

you dems. men without balls!

Posted by: old joe | June 11, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

At the risk of being a realist, let me suggest that the reason that the Democrats in the House don't want to impeach Bush is simply because they know they don't have the votes to convict him in the Senate.

It takes 67 votes to convict, and I suspect we have less than 50. Impeachment is a political process, not a judicial one, and is intentionally so. We have impeached two sitting presidents, but convicted neither (Andrew Johnson survived by one vote). Both kept the White House, and one of the two was made stronger by it. In both cases Congress was made weaker. It is not cowardice to see this as a hail-mary pass.

When you hear 20 Republican Senators come out in favor of impeachment AND conviction, then you will see the Democrats vote for it. Until then, it's just an empty gesture.

Posted by: dj333 | June 11, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

At least the Articles of Impeachment are now included in the official records of Congress. Sometime in the future when people ask why Bush wasn't prosecuted, the record will show that one Congressman had the sense to do so.

Posted by: Frank | June 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe there are still idiots out there supporting Bush. These people will let him off the hook for everything. 4 bucks for gas - not his fault. Katrina response - not his fault. Five years in Iraq, after he said it would be easy - not his fault. 9/11 (it happened on his watch) - not his fault. National Debt in the trillions - not his fault. Wake up! This guy sucks. Even as a Republican, he sucks. What happened to making government smaller? This is the biggest government ever! In the history of the world! Not his fault?

What does this guy have to do to prove that he is a corrupt, incompetent, bad President?

Posted by: George | June 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

why bother,it's not going to count anyway. they willnot throw him out of office. this is a waist of time. some will say well he was impeached it's on his record. it does'nt matter. no one will remember this,in the near future. if he is impeached he should be thrown out of office. not happening. greg

Posted by: greg | June 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What a shame that Bill Clinton will have to bear the stigma of impeachment, brought about by overzealous, partisan Republicans, while THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY gets off scot free because the Democrats don't have the guts to pursue it. This despite the fact that Bush lied about the reasons for going to war from the very beginning, and everyone knows it. Clinton's dalliances and immorality notwithstanding, I only hope that causing the unnecessary deaths of thousands of US troops (and tens of thousands of Iraqis) because our president is a petty, vindictive, no-nothing cowboy from Texas will not be ignored by history. Future generations will just wonder what happened to our moral compass and political will.

Posted by: Bill from Beltway Land | June 11, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I think all of you are barking up the wrong tree. As you know our President can do nothing on his own. If anyone should be impeached it should be the whole bunch on Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans. I think it is time for another Boston tea Party in this country. One last thought all of you that are against Bush or for allowing Illegal immigrants to remain in this country need to move to Iran.

Posted by: Howard | June 11, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ummmm....Howard - were you AROUND in 2002? Did you notice how the entire country just supported the push to war with Iraq without taking ONE MINUTE to really consider what type of threat Iraq may or not have been to the greatest nation in the world? There were very few congressmen and/or senators that would have had the guts to defy the will of the people, as stoked up as they were by President Bush - or put more succiently, STFU

Posted by: John D in Houston | June 11, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I was in the military. If they would of let us go in there and do our job by demolishing Hussein and his country and come on back home like we did in WWI and WWII with a victory there would have been less lives lost. But, no they had to hold the military back from doing what it could of done and turned Iraq into another Vietnam.

Posted by: Howard | June 11, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Badhaikuman, that was one cute piece of haiku. For those of you bleating about Iraq and 9-11, remember there are many, many more unconstitutional things Dubya did.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movement_to_impeach_George_W._Bush

http://www.impeachbush.org/

And thousands of other pages of documentation. Iraq is just the beginning.

Posted by: Robin | June 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

those who say the congress should spend its time on productive legislation rather than impeachment proceedings, are simply unaware of what's going on around them, or lying. in general, the congress has been unable to enact productive legislation because of white house vetoes.

Posted by: kloro | June 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so damn afraid of this Bush character? Impeach him, get it over with so this country can move forward, and all those victims and those who've suffered under the reign of this maniac and his family can finally see some rest. I want all the Democratic leaders out there to remember, you do your job for us, and I, as a member of the people, and as someone who speaks for many, say to you, "impeach already, we have your back!"


Posted by: megaronin | June 11, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Brilliant comment, Hitler junior."

"You sir are a traitor to your own country. You are aiding the enemy."

That's right!! Anyone who doesn't agree with you must be a traitor or a Nazi. It's no wonder this Congress has one of the worst approval ratings in history. With geniuses like you backing them, it's no wonder!!


Posted by: NC Cop | June 11, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I just saw where the measure was defeated and according to CNN "Kucinich voted with his party, against his own measure."

Oh man, that's priceless!!!!! LOL!!!!

Posted by: NC Cop | June 11, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

now wonder this 'democrat' led congress has an approval rating of 17%.

the whole group of them are just like a bunch of petty 14 year old girls

Posted by: laughing at the dems | June 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, nothing is likely to come of this. I have lived overseas off and on since 1990 and still love my country very much. But I have become increasingly less and less proud to say I am American over the past 7 years. Bush has destroyed what used to be America. Remember when Clinton was impeached for lying about having sex? Damn repugnicans were screaming bloody murder. Where are they and their high horses now? Bush has made a mockery of our once proud nation, and we sit back and let it happen.

We are at a truly sad point in our history when our own leaders refuse to take action against war crimes committed in our name. I implore my government to do the right thing. Bush and Company truly deserve shackles and chains but will get neither. At the very least they should be ousted from power but will be allowed to finish out their terms and begin the rewriting of history that a lack of impeachment hearings will pave the way for.

I weep for America, and I weep for those who will mock my tears.

Deeply saddened in Hiroshima,

Mark
A Vermont Expat

IGNORANCE IS TREASON

Posted by: Mark in Hiroshima | June 12, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

NC Cop

Typical: Lies, lies, and more lies. The vote has yet to be taken, has yet to be defeated, and Kucinich did not vote against it.

If all you have is lies, you are showing how little the repugnican party has left.

Laughing (hysterically) out loud AT YOU!

Deeply saddened to call you my countryman, but I believe in rights for all. Even you.

Mark

Posted by: Mark in Hiroshima | June 12, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

The absolute worst in my memory, but I could resonabely say the worst in history. We need to get this man out of office. As I said in my letter to my Rep. If someone on your street was killing your neighbors, and destroying things for a week, but you knew they would stop in a week or two. Would you or would you not still call the police? Yes of course you would. So whats the difference here?

Posted by: Sean | June 12, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

If we don't impeach Bush for his very real crimes now, future dictators, er Presidents, will grind us into dust.

Posted by: Hugh Martin | June 12, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mark,

Check CNN, they are the ones reporting it! You know CNN, the Clinton News Network, the ones clowns like you who think they know everything watch.

Frankly, I couldn't care less what you call me. People like you are the worst kind of propoganda artists around.

But don't let the truth stand in the way of a good argument Mark, you've certainly shown that.

Posted by: NC Cop | June 12, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey NC COP,

As of the time of your original post the vote was still hours off by my clock. Maybe they held it early. But CNN International reported absolutely nothing about a vote. I just looked at C-Span's page. Nothing about a vote. CNN web pages are also mysteriously void of any mention (although I can read about a pig wearing boots and choose my favorite of 5 top celebrities!) Google reveals no results for any vote having been taken. Now I suspect by now the vote has been taken, but I am stunned by how the story itself seems to have simply vanished from the media.

If what you say is true, and Kucinich actually voted against his own articles of impeachment, I am mystified and, worse, heartbroken. A sad day for America when war criminals go free. George Bush's own father said that outing a CIA agent was treason. Isn't that punishable by death?

I still weep for what America has become. Dark days indeed.

OBAMA 'o8

IGNORANCE IS TREASON

Posted by: Mark in Hiroshima | June 12, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

251-166 to send it to the Judiciary where it will not likely be addressed before Bush leaves office. Kucinich did not vote against it.

Posted by: Mark in Hiroshima | June 12, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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