WASHINGTON (CNN) - At a crowded Judiciary Committee hearing today, House Democrats talked about impeaching President Bush.... to the disgust of the committee's Republicans.
It was purely stagecraft. The day's star witness, Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, received a noisy ovation filled with cheering, clapping and whistling as he walked into the hearing room. Kucinich, who has introduced articles of impeachment, exhorted the committee to "support and defend the constitution that has been trampled time and again over the last seven years."
The hearing, technically, was not about impeachment but about executive power and its constitutional limitations. Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Michigan, ticked-down a list of items that included, in his words, "the politicization of the Department of Justice, the misuse of signing statements, the misuse of authority with regard to detention, interrogation and rendition, possible manipulation of intelligence regarding the Iraq war, improper retaliation against critics of the administration... and excessive secrecy."
While Conyers called the evidence "both credible and substantial," Republicans scoffed.
Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the senior Republican on the committee, dismissed the hearings as "an anger management class."
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"This hearing will not cause us to impeach the president; it will only serve to impeach Congress's credibility," Smith said. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, went further with his criticism, saying Friday’s session "amuses our terrorist friends greatly," and "would make Alice in Wonderland roll her eyes.”
In the end, the committee took no action toward beginning an impeachment inquiry.
The laundry list of crimes and misdemeansors that the Bush crime family has gotten away with is so long – where do you start? Get a big broom and start sweeping from the top to the bottom. SWEEEP them all out. WE THE PEOPLE still stands. Go Dennis!
Bush hasn't committed any impeachable crimes! Those who rattle their sabers would just have to use some imaginary articles of impeachment thought up by the media.
It's not about Bush, it's about the weasels who hate America and everything it stands for. The impeachment crowd are the same people who would complain about the fire department after their houses were saved from a fire then whine because they got their carpet wet! GET A LIFE!
What the heck is this talk? We have had far more egregious problems with previous presidents. George Bush as never been involved in any scandal. Just because he took action to protect our nation when we were attacked on 9/11, which if you remember the whole nation supported at the time, we want to impeach him? My goodness, maybe it will take another terrorist attack on American soil for this fickle nation to come to its senses.
Go for it, Kucinich! But, why did nobody introduce this several years earlier?