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Kucinich's Impeachment Res on House Floor Today

OK, impeachment watchers, tune in to C-SPAN's House channel at 5 p.m. ET today to watch Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) next step in his crusade to impeach President Bush.

As Kucinich announced in an e-mail to supporters today, "This afternoon, at approximately 5 p.m. (EDT), the Clerk of the House of Representatives will give the first reading of the Article of Impeachment of President George Bush."

Kucinich Impeachment
Rep. Kucinich in Troy, Michigan, January 10, 2008.

That bill would be the lone article of impeachment -- Kucinich chose just one from the 35 articles he introduced last month -- charging the president with, as Kucinich puts it, "deceiving Congress with fabricated threats of Iraq WMDs to fraudulently obtain support for an authorization of the use of military force against Iraq."

In his e-mail to supporters, the former presidential candidate said impeachment boils down to one simple question: "Did he or did he not lie to take us into a war? I believe the evidence is overwhelming that President Bush knew that Iraq was not an imminent threat, was not in possession of WMDs at the time, and had nothing to do with 911 or with al Queda's role in 911. And yet, despite having facts to the contrary, he took the U.S. into war with devastating consequences for our troops, our nation, and the people of Iraq. Congress must hold hearings."

And it does look as if Kucinich will get hearings on the matter, after all. House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) says while his committee will not consider impeachment of Bush, the panel will allow Kucinich to make his case that Bush misled the country into war. "We're not doing impeachment, but he can talk about it," Conyers told Congressional Quarterly.

Kucinich says as soon as the clerk of the House is done reading the bill this afternoon, he'll seek having the bill referred to the Judiciary Committee for hearings.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 15, 2008; 1:55 PM ET
 
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Comments

This is great!

Posted by: shawn | July 15, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I hope Pelosi and Reid will actually do something about this now. They are so disappointing.

Posted by: Susan | July 15, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Forget impeachment, Bush should be tried by the Hague for "Crimes against humanity". Imagine the condition of the world if we had "taken out" Bin Laden in Afganistan in the beginning and left Iraq to work out its own problems. Bush's "adventure" in Iraq has left a mark on the world's peoples that will not be eased for generations.

Posted by: A worried world citizen | July 15, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who's hotter: Mrs. Kucinich or the Sleuth? Impeach me, baby.

Posted by: Larry | July 15, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow. In one day...the house overrides Bush's veto AND agrees to hold hearings on Kucinich's allegations. Hurray...but what happened? Can we make it happen again?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

What nonsense! They will sit and talk-talk about whether Bush and Cheney are war criminals, maybe even decide that they are, but impeachment is still off the table. Stars above. In light of the facts already established, obstructing impeachment is treason. Maybe the Senate wouldn't convict Bush, even after a public airing of his crimes. Fine, let the good Senators put their votes on record. Impeachment is demanded by the Constitution, which your Congressman has sworn to protect and defend.

Posted by: fzdybel | July 16, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

So... any idea if ratings went up for CSPAN? Or did God not speaking to Jesse Ventura beat out Rep. Kucinich?

Posted by: KarlaEM | July 16, 2008 4:06 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to see charges of Treason.

The manner in which the last 8 years have been conducted at the top has lead this country into homelessness!

This Country is hardly recognizable!

Lots of people have died, lost there homes, and had there privacy invaded under this administration.

Using power to attack your own country men is TREASON!

NEVER AGAIN!

Posted by: VB | July 16, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

I am not an expert in Constitutional law and I wish some experts would start investigating and updating the public on the procedures... but if this goes to the Judiciary committee... didn't it die-off there last time? Is this just another Senate procedural quark? The evidence is overwhelming and any Senator that obstructs this process should be relieved of their duties and position immediately. This shouldn't be a debating or a voting thing... this should be normal process! If it was, King George would have never "decision-made" the things that he and his admin staff have made! Oh! I forgot, Cheney isn't part of the Administration, according to him! Kick his fat butt out of the white house then! Place him on charges of treason immediately and let him ROT in a secret prison for YEARS... before we bring him up on charges! Actually, there traitor is still subject to hanging... I'd love to see him on that stage like Saddam. That would make my day!

Lastly, I was hopefuly for Obama thru the primaries... after this last support of the wiretapping and telecom immunity... I will not vote for this clown! I'll write in Ron Paul if he isn't on the Maryland ballot!

We need our constitution restored and we need ANYONE responsible for corrupting it put in Qitmo asap!

God Bless the USA!!!!

Posted by: Ed | July 16, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

I wish congress would worry about bigger issues like economy, energy etc. than an assumptions. I see now why congress has a 10 % aproval rating.

Posted by: Juan | July 16, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Bush should be indited for war crimes along with Cheney. The country has been brought almost to ruin by these horrible men. The whole world practically hates us. The economy is a disaster, gas prices are just rediculous and these good ole boys just keep rolling along. I don't know how these men live with themselves.

Posted by: kdm1215 | July 16, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Go,go, Dennis!!

The Kucinich/Wexler/Bugliosi camps need to form an alliance!

NOTHING OF ANY VALUE, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CAN OR WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED UNTIL GEORGE W. BUSH AND DICK CHENEY ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRIMES THEY HAVE COMMITTED AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!!

Posted by: libertybill | July 16, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

LIBERTYBILL.....I SAY AMEN TO THAT

Posted by: CHAMPIONS | July 16, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Just one little problem here: if Bush is impeached, Cheney becomes president. Now THAT is a nightmare scenario!

Posted by: MT Guy | July 16, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I am 100% in favor of the impeachment of George Bush and Company! I would also like to see the follow up to impeachment be the criminal prosecution of Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, Ms. Rice and Mr. Rumsfeld. All are war criminals and worse! Americans and the citizens of the world are crying out for justice in this case....let's hope congress hears us.

Posted by: beckb | July 16, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Juan wrote:
"I wish congress would worry about bigger issues like economy, energy etc. than an assumptions. I see now why congress has a 10 % aproval rating."

No doubt you wrote something similar when the republican congress wasted two years and tens of millions of dollars impeaching Bill Clinton for lying about a BJ.
It would be difficult to find any president in U.S. history more deserving of impeachment (and imprisonment) than G.W. Bush. By any measure, the lies, the corruption, the incompetence, the destruction of our Constitution, the thousands dead in his war for oil, the gutting of our regulatory agencies to benefit fat cat corporations, and on and on. Impeaching Bush would hardly be a waste of time. The only way he walks is because of lack of spine on the part of Pelosi and Reid.

Posted by: Pearl77 | July 16, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Bush is a traitor to America, having assaulted the U.S. Constitution and the civil liberties on which this country was founded. Congress itself is an accessory to Bush the traitor, having approved his ability to carry out illegal war, and having approved his unconstitutional powers. They should be collectively held accountable, especially if they fail to impeach, remove from office, and then prosecute Bush as a U.S. traitor.

Posted by: bernie | July 16, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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IMPEACH both George W. Bush and Richard Cheney for Treason against the U.S. Constitution, their Oaths of Office, and The American People..........IMMEDIATELY.

.

Posted by: JAMadison4 | July 16, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree to all of the above. RonG

Posted by: Ron Grauer | July 16, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

GOOO Kucinich! We are with you! And Thank you for doing what most of us have been wondering and waiting to see happen! I have been very dissappointed in Pelosi and Reed have not pursued this before! NO MAN, NO PRESIDENT is above the law. Not proceeding with impeachment sends a message that this is OK. The president is took an oath to protect the Constitution and he broke that promise to the American people. Accountabillity needs to start at the top. We presently have an administration that feels it is above the law and we need make it crystal clear that NO man or President is above the law. To me this is 100 times more impeachable than a president committing adultress acts!

Posted by: Marietta Thompson | July 16, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

beckb, You missed Alberto Gonzalez and the other clown before him. Colin Powell was a party to this treasonist lie also. Start will prosecution of the low level executive branch pukes and let them rat out the higherups.

Posted by: SI | July 16, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

On the side of the Republic, Dennis John Kucinich. On the side of the Empire, all those who would keep impeachment of George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney «off the table». How many «last chances» will the USA be vouchsafed ?...

Henri

Posted by: M Henri Day | July 16, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Kucinich is an idiot and should be removed from office. Bush is a genuis compared to Kucinich. Doesn't he have something more important to take care of rather than pestering Bush?

Posted by: h20gal | July 16, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the administration should all just be subjected to public waterboarding.

Posted by: Tamara | July 16, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the great work Dennis. You have it right.

Posted by: J. Francis Garvey | July 16, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't wish to be telling other people how to manage their affairs, as I am in no position to do so.

In my country, Bangladesh, human dignity and decency have been the markers of our mainstream Indian Civilization for ages, in common with the cherished values of the Universal Man. Though we live here in a very imperfect world, where deprivation for the great majority is a fact of life, and much of those values are thwarted on a daily basis for convenience and for the daily bread, the ideals live nonetheless.

In 1984 I visited America for the first and last time, and I was deeply moved by the greatness and goodness of your people everywhere. In this time of the cold war, my feelings were that the Truth about the elemental qualities of your people, so little known outside, shone thru the raging war of words of the cold war. To me those qualities were something to be proud of, to rekindle hopes for the Family of Man! This was truly a fortress of hope. Today, sadly, it appears that the world and the Americans stand on two sides of human dignity and cherished values of civilizations! This is deeply hurting!

What you are going to do about it is for Americans to decide. All I can wish is that you do the right thing to make peace with mankind's hopes and heritage, and to ensure that hopes shall not be shattered again.

Khadem Ali
17 July, 2008

Posted by: Khadem Ali, Bangladesh | July 17, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Congress is complicit in the crimes of this administration, and by that measure, accomplices. We need to vote all but a handful of them out of office, including Nancy impeachment-is-off-the-table Pelosi. They have been bought off, or now-legally surveilled until dirt was discovered as leverage against them. Or both. In any case, they are now as criminal as Bush & Co. and need to be removed as soon as possible. Except for Dennis and Feingold and Chris Dodds, perhaps, and Boxer. A few others. But the rest are guilty and need to go.

Posted by: Susan McCabe | July 19, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

"you commit the crime rove,we do the time."

if the american people only knew how the criminal and psychopaths in this administration operated.....

Posted by: jeff | July 19, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I strongly recommend all posters here read the book, George W. Bush vs. the US Constitution. It is a definite eye-opener, and only recites specific examples of facts supporting the 35 AOI.

For the record -
The Campaign to start war with Iraq began way before 9/11. Bush was quoted as saying "F... Saddam. We are taking him out." Bush and his administration repeatedly wasted taxpayers' money and time by pushing hard on the FBI and CIA to "produce documents" supporting the Iraq war.. and the infamous 16 words about yellowcake were based on FALSE PLANTED INFORMATION.

If the Friday impeachment meeting provides nothing more than an opportunity to speak out again publicly about the abuses of power, the next step is for US - American Citizens - to march, call, fax, e-mail our representatives and DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY.

Otherwise, we can only complain to the wind, and Cheney, Bush, Rice, and Rove will continue to trample on what's left of our Constitution.

Posted by: IllinoisVoter | July 21, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Its no wonder the "Do-Nothing" Congress wants to take a pass AGAIN on impeachment. They've been denying the impeachment effort since 2006. Why? Fear of retribution.

Case in point:
Valerie Plame was outed because of Joseph Wilson's public non-support of Bush's Iraq war;
Former Chief of Staff of the US Army Eric Shinseki - punished and undermined for contradicting Rumsfield's pre-war assessment of troop needs in Iraq; His replacement's name was leaked 14 months before Shinseki's retirement, rendering him a lameduck commander.
Major General John Riggs, who said the army needed more soldiers because they were stretched too thin between Afghanistan and Iraq; Riggs retired and was denied his full rank, officially for "minor infractions."
Army Spc. Thomas Wilson, 31-yr old member of the TN National Guard - questioned Rumsfield why vehicle armor was still scarce after 2-years into Iraq; he was trashed as an insubordinate plant of the liberal media;
Former Scty of Treasury Paul O'Neill was punished twice by the Administration, once for opposing Bush's tax cut policy, for which he was forced to resign in January 2003.
Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism officer, was personally attacked for publishing a book outlining the Bush Administration's fixation on Iraq. Clarke's team substantively examined the connection between 9-11 and Iraq; the response back from Bush was "Wrong answer - do it again."
Cindy Sheehan, founder of Gold Star Families for Peace - Karl Rove let the dogs out on her and launched a vicious campaign to maul Cindy Sheehan.

And on and on and on.... grab a copy of any of the latest "tell-all" books written by former Bush Administration officials - its all there.. and after you read the constant abuses of power, you may need some immodium..

Posted by: IllinoisVoter | July 21, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Hello CONGRESS,- Are You out there somewhere?! - Congress, please wake-up and do Your' Duty of providing Constitutional "Checks and Balances". BUSH has repeatedly violated Our Trust and Constitution. If Congress ignores these Impeachment duties, then Congress is also at Fault, and Violating Their' Oaths of Office also. As Founding Father & President John Adams has stated,- No person is above the Law or the People, not even a Tyrantical President. The preservation of Liberty depends upon the Itellectual and Moral Character of the People, and should not be enslaved, by any tyrant or dictator. The love of Power is insatiable and uncontrollable! Free government ought to be to trust No man living with Power to endanger the Public LIBERTY! If Congress Ignores these criminals in the Executive branch, then they are as Guilty of Treason!! Our Congress is enTrusted to Protect Us the PEOPLE and Our Constitution from unchecked Power and Tyranny! Do Your' Duty Now!! - Patriots Unite against these Traitors and war-profiteers. - jward52

Posted by: jward52 | July 25, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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