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House Again Refers Impeachment to Committee

For the second time in as many months, the House has voted to refer a resolution by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee. The vote tally to refer the single impeachment article was 238-180, with nine Republicans joining every Democrat present in favor.

Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich). has said he plans to have hearings on "abuse of power" by the Bush administration, at which Kucinich would be invited to testify. But he does not plan to hold hearings on the impeachment resolution itself.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 15, 2008; 7:15 PM ET
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I suppose if the impeachment resolution keeps getting referred to the Judiciary Committee long enough impeachment will be a moot point, but it seems increasing numbers of Republicans are starting to have problems looking at themselves in the mirror. Could it be some of our GOP Representatives have a conscience? Or is it just fear of not being re-elected?

Posted by: Michael | July 15, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Political cowards. The majority of Americans support finding out if laws were broken and prosecuting those responsible if they were. Instead, we get a "compromise" FISA law which gives telecoms immunity from civil lawsuits (the only court action being taken against illegal wiretapping). Bush's approval ratings are the lowest ever and still they do nothing out of fear. Congress has seen its own ratings plummet because "We the People" want to see something done to stop this criminal administration and they cower in fear. I give my heartfelt thanks to those like Rep. Kusinich, Rangel, and Sen Dodd who have stood up for us. To those who have refused, you all need to be removed, whatever party you belong to. The American people deserve a Congress who represents them and not the oil companies, phone companies, and other big monied special interests. Grow a spine and stand up for those who elected you, not those who pay for your golf vacations.

Posted by: drmondo | July 15, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Dennis Kucinich and his efforts. He is a true patriot, and I will support whomever advances his efforts.

Posted by: Susan | July 16, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me, the garbage that keeps out elected officials busy during the day. The Bush impeachment is a dead issue, it should have been done and completed six years ago along with getting rid of his VP and the rest of the bunch. With the ecomony dying, oil going through the roof, the housing market hurting, don't these elected idiots have anything better to do. Bush is out and with him hopefully should go his completely failed policy. Unfortunately the rest of us have to live with this mess and it doesn't seem to look any brighter as one gazes into the future.
Why do we keep electing these people.

Posted by: Charlie | July 16, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Dennis Kucinich is a good public servant,Pelosi and Reid should be thrown out of office.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | July 16, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

It is simply mind boggling that Clinton was impeached for lying about a sexual (personal)indiscretion, while Bush and Cheney repeatedly defy the Constitution while Congress looks the other way.

Conyers wrote the book (literally) on the reasons to impeach Bush and Cheney. Now that he has the authority to do something, all he does is stonewall and mumble about hearings and investigations. What is he afraid of?

The reason it is important to pursue impeachment even as Bush's term is winding down is because by doing nothing (except endless shuffling of feet on countless "investigations"), Congress gives tacit approval for this abuse of power. Future presidents, take note.

Posted by: C. Theis | July 16, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

spineless dems wonder why the race for pres is so close....could it be the voters see no difference in the current criminals in the white house and the ones that wanna be? this idependent does. impeach or it is just business as usual.

Posted by: blue 111 | July 16, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

So if any one had some kind of a delusion
that Democrat Con Man John Conyers would
ever actually do a damn thing about him
bringing Impeachment out for action then
forget it as I bet George W Bush and Draft
Dodger Cheney paid him off and don't forget
Mad Madame Speaker Nutty Nancy Pelosi had
already taken Impeachment off the table,so
how about we make the Democrats pay for it
on Election Day and throw them under the
bus along with Barack Hussein Obama and
his angry hateful wife Michelle Obama!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | July 16, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh..Pu-u-u-leese! Dennis Kucinich should give his salary back to the government. He is wasting his time on a ridiculous effort that will go nowhere and he knows it! This is why no one really trusts the nutcase super liberals with anything serious. They are like a bunch of children.

Posted by: Allen | July 16, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Impeaching Bush is like locking the barn door after the horses have escaped. (That's a cowboy metaphor MAYBE Bush will understand.)

Is nobody thinking ahead to what a successful and deserved impeachment would do? It would kick Cheney into the Grey House! Good Grief! Is that any better than sweating out six more months under Bush?

And then--should Cheney get shot by a lawyer, Pelosi would move up. GASP! There is a neverending line of ineptness sitting in D.C.!

Oh well. Guess I shouldn't worry. By the time the s l o w wheels of the judicial system get to the point of impeachment, Obama will have taken the Oath. Let us pray.

Posted by: Vampirella | July 16, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Thank you again Dennis Kucinich.
Kucinich takes a lonely stance but an essential one. Shying away from any serious consideration of impeachment does send a "tacit" message. This attitude, "let's get on with things," instead, when there is general agreement that wrongs have been committed, sends a message of denial, ultimately the most powerful message of all, to future generations. They will not have the benefit of a moral compass. That is our inheritance to our children. Bush will be gone, but we will still be here, our children will still be here, and so will our representatives. In other words, the horse may have left the barn but there are plenty left in the barn. As Spike Lee wrote in "Do the Right Thing," his message is righteous.

Posted by: quinne | July 16, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Why does John Conyers get to decide what is " abuse of power" and what is an impeachable offense of power by King George? Impeachment is an investigative process, and the entire Judiciary Committee needs to step up and do the right thing - initiate Impeachment hearing for Bush and Chaney. Else, the precedence has been set for even similar illegal actions by a future President.

Posted by: ref21421 | July 16, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

John Conyers is certifiably crazy.If he had to undergo a sanity test he would fail as would Denis the menace.They and the nut from california have instigated 395 separate investigations of the Bush era. All this when we are on the brink of Armageddon. So much for the left. When the Republicans get in again it will all start again. PAYBACK TIME AND ALL AT A HUGE SALARY AND BENEFITS. When in Gods name is the electorate going to wake up and set term limits?

Posted by: JW McKernan | July 16, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The best way for Congressional Republicans to make any electoral gains this November would be to divorce themselves entirely from George W Bush.

The best way to do that would be to actively support his immediate Impeachment.

Posted by: Jimdotz | July 16, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Impeachment of the president is in order, as well as a new investigation of 911. Many lives have been lost as a result of the perfidy committed in the name of democracy. For shame!!! Congress must do it's job and move on with an investigation.

Posted by: Freedomman | July 16, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton was not impeached for lying about a personal sexual situation -- he committed perjury -- for which you and I would have been jailed. His use of his position and the White House for his sexual escapades is a national disgrace.

Posted by: Ellen | July 16, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I believe that everyone posting in these comments should appreciate the following fact. In the U.S. Senate there are 49 Republicans, 49 Democrats, and 2 Independents, who caucus with the Democrats, which gives the Democrats a slim 1 vote majority in the Senate. By rule, the Senate reguires to invoke cloture and bring a bill to the floor for condideration. Thus, unless all Democrats and Independents are in atteendance and ready to vote for a bill, the Republicans obstruct the Democrats from bringing any bill to a vote.

Posted by: caliguy55 | July 16, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

All the Representives took an Oath to Honor and OBEY the Constitution and its LIMITATIONS on the Federal Government AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH.

sure it is late in the game and the perfidy and averted eyes goes on..but how could the voters of the districts of those reprehensible Representatives who voted to protect the ever and risingly popular Republican President vote for them in November...

We shall see....

but wait there was Ron Paul who HONORED HIS OATH and his promise to his constituents to follow it...

and 7 other brave and honest(yeah it sounds oxymoronical but...)Republicans...

wonder if the GOP will call for impeaching them?????

Posted by: Chris Bieber | July 16, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I believe Kucinich is doing the right thing. I just can't understand why Pelosi said "Impeachment is going to be" We all know, Republicans and Democrats alike, that the Bush Administration has been the most lawless administration ever, including the Nixion Administration. He should be impeached, if for no other reason, to let other future presidents know that going against the Constitution, breaking laws and refusing to obey the laws he himself has signed, will not be tolerated. Law breakers should go to JAIL!

Posted by: Mal Tackett | July 16, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

How can we impeach Dennis Kucinich for wasting the time of the people with worthless proposals. The DEMs got alot done along with a NASA coin. What about that promise 2 years ago for lowering gas prices. More Lies from a party corrupt.

Posted by: Say NObama | July 16, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Congress?

Do something?


HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Posted by: gary p | July 16, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Articles of Impeachment can be brought even after Bush and Cheney leave office. If manipulating intelligence, directly lying to the American people,as well as repetitive malfeasance which had the causative result of the death of thousands of american soldiers, innocent Iraqis are not "high crimes and misdemeaners " I am not sure what would be. A finding of Impeachment might serve to open class action lawsuits, as well a criminal charges. Bush and Cheney's arrogant and blatant actions need to be punished. If not with jail time then with sufficient punitive rewards to strip them of their wealth. Such action is called for given the gravity of their offenses.

Posted by: George Gilman | July 16, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The Congress is an sad example of democracy. Bush has to be held accountable for his actions. The public should be outraged; when will they wake up!!!!!

Posted by: Jim Garvey | July 16, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

While our spineless Congressional representatives continue to act as a "good old boys club" by refusing to bring articles of impeachment, there is still hope for holding Bush & Cheney accountable.

Hopefully a U.S. Attorney General or a State Attorney General will show more spine and do the right thing; that is, prosecute Bush & Cheney for murder as Vincent Bugliosi points out in his book, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" - as soon as they leave office!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

While our spineless Congressional representatives continue to act as a "good old boys club" by refusing to bring articles of impeachment, there is still hope for holding Bush & Cheney accountable.

Hopefully a U.S. Attorney General or a State Attorney General will show more spine and do the right thing; that is, prosecute Bush & Cheney for murder as Vincent Bugliosi points out in his book, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" - as soon as they leave office!

Posted by: Casey | July 16, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I believe many republicans are not at all happy with Bush, Cheney, & McCain. McCain is not the person they want in office. They are probably hoping for a miracle too. They also know Bush & Cheney have been up to no good. I can't wait for the rest of the "whistle blowers" to testify.

Posted by: xnylady | July 17, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dennis. You are better than all of your brethren in Congress.

Unfortunately, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is too weak and scared to impeach the lawless President Bush and sinister VP Cheney. I really wanted the first woman Speaker to accomplish a lot, but now, it's clear that Dems in Congress need to elect a new leader, one with guts.

Posted by: Chuck, Pollock Pines, California | July 17, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT IMPEACH BABY BOY BUSH. George W. Bush must be prosecuted for murder. Try him right here in the USA before a JUDGE AND JURY. I would encorage everyone to read the book by Vincent Bugliosi titled "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for murder."

Posted by: The Democrat | July 17, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

So, may I submit that all of the voters,who
favor the Impeachment of War Criminals
George W Bush and Draft Dodger Cheney,need
to simply remember that DEMOCRAT Madame
Speaker 9% Approval Rating Nancy Pelosi,
"Took Impeachment Off The Table" and reward
Gutless Coward Nancy Pelosi and Do Nothing
Democrats by Voting Every Damn One of Them
Out Of Office on Election Dayu 2008 and do
remember Nancy Pelosi and Her Lying Democrats Also Promised To Bring The Troops
Home From Iraq,not Let Loser Barack Obama
send them all to Afghanistan from Iraq.

Posted by: Sandy5274 | July 21, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

So if the Socialist Democratic Liberal Party expects to have anyone re-elected or
elected this election year,including Messiah Barack Hussein Obama,then why is
9% Approval Rating Loser Madame Speaker
Nancy Pelosi,who took Impeachment Off the
Table,still Speaker of the House and hasn't
been Charged with Obstruction of Justice
for doing so now then? And so did I mention
Nancy Pelosi getting a free pass from ICE
to employe Illegal Aliens at her vineyards
resort hotels and fancy restaurants and
so why not seize all reported $65Miilion
Dollars Pelosi made off it as well? Throw
Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama Under the Bus

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 21, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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