July 25th, 2008
07:59 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush impeachment comes up again

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/25/art.kucinich.gi.jpg caption="Kucinich is pushing for the impeachment of President Bush."]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."

For more on the impeachment back-and-forth, tune into Campbell Brown: Election Center tonight at 8 pm ET.

"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.

soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. not important

    Maybe if it would have happend 5 years earlier? It is too late now. Bush allready did the damage.

    July 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Hell yeah, go Dennis.

    July 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Nancy

    wuuu huu!

    July 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Leon

    Bush should be impeached and tried for war crimes. How many thousands of Iraqis and Americans have been killed since his war...

    July 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Nuremberg-like justice for War Crimes

    July 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Frank, Missouri

    By all standards ... Bush is guilty of a number of criminal offenses.

    However, like in China or in any African nation – we will not prosecute our leaders. It just does not look good and justice and the constitution really does not matter to us that much. Let's not kid ourselves.

    July 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. james

    "It was purely stagecraft."

    this sounds like more of an opinion of the writer than actual reporting of the news. One has to wonder if CNN is falling for the bait the Republicans are tossing, regarding media bias, and being biased to compensate for this alleged bias.

    July 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Michelle, PA

    Kucinich may be a little nuts, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    July 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Fernando

    It is never TOO LATE.

    It would be amazing to get him out of the white house IMPEACHED !!!!!!!! Even though, it wouldn't change anything, it would be a great statement to the next president and to the world.

    July 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. caliguy55

    Bush should have been impeached long ago. The conduct for which President Clinton was impeached (but not convicted) pales in comparison to the crimes against humanity committed by the Bush/Cheney Administration. However, there is still hope that one day these criminals will be brought to justice. And, there is no doubt that the Creator will punish them like no human could ever do.

    July 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. roger

    Good Bad or Indifferent Bush is the only ONE that stands up for the U.S. with his policies and convictions. And if he is so bad why is that 143 day senator(when announcing for pres) saying almost the same things Bush has said?

    July 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Neil K, Lake Forest CA

    Good to know at least one Democrat in Congress has a spine.

    July 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. John

    It takes you 7 years to do that? Why didn't you do it earlier? More a political move during election time than anything. There is no doubt Bush is the worst president ever. But democrats themselves failed to do their job to make sure that Bush couldn't do what he did!

    July 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Phil, FL

    Too bad the ball has been dropped so many times.

    I think Impeachment now, or War Crimes trial later. Either will do.

    July 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. corbin

    i say its about time...if any other world leader did the things bush has done we would haul them in front of a world court and try them for war crimes

    July 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. White Independant

    Why did they wait so long? This should have been done during Bush's first term.

    July 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. RF, NJ

    Bush should be impeached. Stop talking about it and DO IT!

    July 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Chip D

    Don't they have better ways to waste there time and our tax dollars?

    July 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. What!!!

    What is the point he only has less than 6 months left. Why waste the money and the time.

    July 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Chad, Wisco

    Whether you agree or disagree that Bush should be impeached or not, there are much bigger issues that these yahoos in Washington should be concerned with. Impeaching Bush wont lower food or gas prices. Impeaching Bush wont help the housing market or fix the bank crisis. Impeaching Bush wont reign in CEO salaries. This Washington Government, all of them on both sides, have gotten too comfortable with themselves to actually care about the citizens of the country they are supposed to protect and guide.

    July 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Jackson

    Obama must not have gotten enough of a bump from his vacation overseas.

    They resort to trotting out this dying horse of nonsense.

    Once again, party before country. It's what the democrats do best.

    July 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Too scared to give you my real name


    These democrats finally grew some marbles and set forth an agenda on the 12th hour.. I hope they bring him to trial and send him to jail.

    July 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    When Nancy Pelosi said upon becoming the speaker, that impeachment was "off the table", I was very disappointed. Bush needs to be not only impeached but tried in a court of law for his crimes againt this country, its citizens and the world. Republicans can scoff all they want, but the impeachable offenses and criminal acts are almost too numerous to count.

    July 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Steve Green

    Although I totally agree with the charges, why waste the taxpayers' money on such a frivolous exercise? Congress's time should be spent on trying to resolve the energy crisis, foreign policy, etc.

    July 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Sherry

    They wanted to impeach Clintonfor his affair

    Look what Bush has done..........What Bush haS DONE IS 1000 TIMES WORSE.


    July 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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