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No Impeachment Vote Today; Hearings to Come?

UPDATE 2:45 PM: At a press conference this afternoon, Kucinich did not shed any additional light on what form Judiciary Committee proceedings on his impeachment resolution might take, but he did express hope that the Democratic leadership's willingness to allow some sort of action was a step in the right direction.

"I think that like everything else in Washington, you never say never," Kucinich said. "The Speaker has indicated a willingness to have the committee look at the resolution. That's, I think, healthy for the nation."

Kucinich said he hoped to have the opportunity to present his case for impeachment in a formal setting to the Judiciary Committee, though he would not say whether he expected that to happen. He said he was in "constant contact" with the leadership on the issue.

"I'm grateful for the Speaker's expression this morning of an interest in bringing this before the Judiciary Committee," he said. "It's a very positive expression. ... I've been talking about this for quite some time, as many of you know. That we're starting to see in Washington even the slightest perceptible shift, it's worth looking at."

Kucinich said he expected to read his new, single article of impeachment on the House floor at approximately 4 p.m. EST.

Kucinich's press conference was nearly drowned out by a handful of protesters, one of whom had a loudspeaker, who were loudly stating their anti-Barack Obama, pro-troops, anti-high gas prices positions. At one point a male protester from that group got into a verbal spat with one of the female pro-impeachment activists from the group CodePink who were present for Kucinich's event. Their exchange, while highly amusing, was not suitable for printing on a family Web site.

ORIGINAL POST: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this morning that the House would have a reading of Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) latest impeachment resolution but would not vote on it today, though she did suggest the Judiciary Committee might take more action on the proposal than it has in the past.

Because Kucinich will introduce the measure as a privileged resolution, as he has in the past, the House will have two legislative days to dispose of it on the floor in some fashion. That means a vote to refer the measure to the Judiciary Committee would take place next week.

"Today we'll just have the reading. No votes today," Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.

But the Speaker did hint at further action, though it was not immediately clear what she meant.

"I believe that what we will see next is, this is a Judiciary Committee matter, and I believe we will see some attention being paid to it by the Judiciary Committee," Pelosi said. "Not necessarily taking up the article of impeachment because that would have to be voted on on the floor, but to have some hearings on the subject."

Kucinich and the small number of impeachment supporters in the House have complained that the Judiciary panel has not taken any action on his impeachment resolution against Vice President Cheney submitted last year, or the articles against President Bush that he filed in June. Kucinich has vowed to keep bringing the issue back to the House floor if the committee doesn't act. The shape or topic of any related proceedings Judiciary might have in the works is not yet clear.

A Judiciary Committee spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment. Capitol Briefing will update this item when we get more details.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 10, 2008; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , Dem. Leaders , House  
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Please Mr. Conyers, stay true to your word, you have these articles in a drawer of your desk for seven long years. Are you still the man of conviction that sent me to a life in the law? Impeach this criminal, for the Constitution, for the nation, for the next generation. The law MUST have some meaning. There MUST be accountability.

Posted by: Fmr Staffer | July 10, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I just can't understand why Bush has been impeached. Pelosi doesn't want to rock the boat; but the boat is already sinking; what more damage can be done. Only good can come of impeachment; even at this late date.

Posted by: Kerry | July 10, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

So Karl Rove is now above the law, and can cavalierly disregard a subpoena from the United States Senate? If we had real representatives in the Senate, instead of the current bunch of spineless cowards, the Senate would be sending the Sergeant-At-Arms out to arrrest the varlant post-haste. As the Administration pointed out in its arguments to the Court in the Meir case, the Senate has failed to exercise its own power to enforce subpoenas. Instead, they go hat in hand to our Attorney General and congratulate themselves on their courage.

The Senate needs to show some leadership, and drag Karl Rove into their chambers -- in chains if necessary...

Posted by: Steve | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Impeachment Is Beginning"


Until Impeachment of either Bush or Cheney occurs we must keep ruthless and harsh pressure on the House Democrats.

The House Democrats only care about their Re-Election, Power and perks.

So the Only Way to get their Attention on anything Voters Want...
is to Do Negative Campaigning Against


To Impeach before Nov 4, Do Something Different, Quickly!

Nothing else has worked.......

John H Kennedy Denver CO, 43 yr Democratic voter, Obama delegate to the Denver County Convention

Impeach Colorado Coalition


Posted by: John H Kennedy, Denver CO | July 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Why is Pelosi so weak? Did she sell herself out right along with the Constitution? What is it exactly that she is trying to hide? Is she a part of the crimes commited by the Bush administration?

Her lack of action on the issue and her unwillingness to allow impeachment to proceed seems to imply guilt in my opinion.

I am truly ashamed of her.

Posted by: Kevin | July 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

So let's Impeach DINO Bush and Cheney Looney Toons Co-War Criminal Madame Speaker
Nutso Nancy Pelosi and ship Pelosi off to
the Haque along with Bush and Cheney to be
tried for War Crimes,and Crimes Against
Humanity,after we try Nancy Pelosi for
High Treason! Wake Up San Francisco Voters
Throw Nancy Pelosi Under The Bus! And
Throw Barack Hussein and Michelle Obama
under the bus with Pelsoi! Dump Pelosi!
And Dump Obama! No Pelosi! No Obama!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | July 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

To indite Cheney and Bush for the several crimes committed while prosecuting this phoney "war on terror", the Congress would have to look at their own complicity. And then the American electorate would have to confront their own complicity - a painful journey indeed.

I believe that our culture lacks the character to admit to the facts of our crimes against humanity and our own laws. Therefore, we will "look forward, not backward" - and miss the only opportunity we have for redeeming ourselves to our posterity and to the rest of humanity.

The founding fathers have been humiliated and so have our children.

Posted by: TheFrog | July 10, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Well kids, it's getting close to the time that George will clear Scooter. It's coming soon. After all this crew has done to make themselves and their buddies very very rich from war, oil, insurance, banking,etc., do you think he will feel shame about doing this favor for the guy who kept his mouth shut about Karl, Dick and himself?
Nancy, you and the rest of our elected officials should remember that when someone ignores a subpoena then the next step is a warrant. This smartass who thinks because Dick and George says he doesn't have to respond must be told that the American people wants him to. Just because you guys let the oil co. ceo's testify without a hand on the bible, we're not going to stand for it anymore. Nancy if you can't show some olives and work for the people who gave you your job, call the family in Little Italy and get the hostess job at the restaurant. Because we need to be protected from these maniacs in the future. And for all of you that saw Karl doing his hip hop act on tv, let me ahsure you that after serving some time in Federal prison he will be taught by his cellmate how to slow dance. Nancy, I'd give my right olive to see that! You people better wake up.

Posted by: OICIC | July 10, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

So let's start by Impeachment of that phony
Whacko Liberal Screwup Speaker Nancy Pelosi
since the only reason King George 43 and
Draft Dodger Cheney are still in power yet
today is Nancy Pelosi proteecting them and
Pelosi Blocking Impeachment! Throw Pelosi
Under The Bus!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | July 11, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Please Nancy! Grow a spine! It is not to late to change course and get a new pair of glasses. What good is a Democratic majority when dangerous precedent is set and our Constitution continues to be eroded. We will not have a Bill of rights if you keep this up. Bring the motion to the floor for a full debate and let the public weigh in. You won't be sorry that you did and you will go down in history as one of our saviors and heroines. Please muster the courage

Posted by: Fascist fighter | July 11, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is sacrificing her integrity. No one in the history of this country has deserved to be removed from office more than Bush (and Cheney). Nancy worries that impeachment will distract the country and hurt the Dems in the election. She is wrong and is shaming her party with this inaction.

Posted by: Pearl77 | July 11, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow. How much more time is congress going to waste trying to get even with the administration? The economy is on the rocks, oil prices out of the roof, the dollar at an all time low, the budget hasn't been passed, etc., etc.. What a foolish waste of time! There is wide spread support to allow drilling where there are known oil reserves, and the majority will not even allow a vote on it because they know it would pass. Get real! No wonder congress now has a single digit positive rating. Let's vote them all out and find some that will focus on what's truely important to the country!

Posted by: Dave | July 11, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

If there is enough evidence for an impeachment then it should be brought out, and give them a chance to either prove or disprove the evidence. In this country no one is guilty untill have their day in court I don't care for Presindent Bush, But does need to have his time in court to prove or disprove things. I truley believe he got in this war with Iraq because of wanting the oil. I also believe the CEO's of the oil companies are making a mint for themselfs, off of the people.These things need to be out in the open. They did find yellow urinum in Iraq, but the people that were sent to investigate it said none there. It really doesn't make since. We have a lot of things that were not released to the people and should be. But there is a lot of dirt and slams being put out there without proof being shown. They need their time in court or before the house and senate. The people need to know. If there is reasion to be impeached or not. There may not be enough evidence for it to be done. They need the time to either prove them wrong ,and they need the time to prove if inocent. Not just mudd slinging making it sound like there is without acting on it. May be Nancy know's more than we do. November isn't far away , and there will be a new President and Vice President. The change we need.and for sure not another 8 years of a bush with McCain.

Posted by: Mary | July 11, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

There is only one body in our government that has real power and that is the Congress. They pass our laws and can override vetoes. When we finally get smart and quit electing party hacks to represent us we can finally make some progress - until then the blame game will continue.

If they can't or won't devote themselves to the people's business instead of partisan politics and focus their energies on solvin our country's problems we need to throw the bums out and elect people who will!

Posted by: Tom | July 11, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

To Dave and Tom well said. These phonies should come up with an engery plan and impeach Pelosi for her energy plan.

Posted by: Robert Boyd | July 11, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Democrats should remember that if they had had the courage to do to Bill Clinton what Republicans did to Richard Nixon, Al Gore would be completing his third term now.

Posted by: John Richardson | July 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I want 'em all impeached, from Bush II down to their latest politically correct hire a Dept of Justice.

Viva Kucinich!!!!

Posted by: winger1 | July 12, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

In the same vein, on June 30th 2008, all Senators and Representatives were served with a Petion for Redress of Grievances. There has been not one word from any news organization regarding this historical action. Please visit and sign these petitions. Please also pass this information along. The media apparently, will not.

Posted by: Nancy Stefani | July 12, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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