July 25th, 2008
07:59 PM ET
14 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. Lulu Pickles

    Impeach the Flunkee. And for god's sake, please don't let McPTSD become President. Can you impeach idiot's nomination too?

    Concerned former Republican

    July 25, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. al bullard

    should have impeached him a year ago.

    July 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Cliff Kay

    You wonder why people make fun of the cook liberal fringe. Just read the comments. Dennis Kucinich is a national joke and so is impeaching the President for making mistakes. Clinton was impeached for LYING to a Grand Jury, Sherry not because he had an affair, read a history book. The Congress VOTED to take us to war in Iraq, we are in a war and that allocates extra power to a President and the Executive Branch. You pukes had a chance in 2004 to unseat the President and the best you could do was John "reporting for duty" Kerry so blame yourselves.

    July 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Nathan Morse

    Nice, CNN. You managed to find the worst possible photo of Kucinich. Way to be Fair And Balanced.

    July 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. ShirleyY - Seattle


    July 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Patty

    All of this wasted time at the taxpayer's expense, shouldn't they be more focused on the real problems facing this country? I mean focus people, focus!

    July 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. John

    Gotta love the K-man!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. TEXAN

    LEAVE HIM ALONE !!! He is on is way out. If it was going to be done, it should have been done long ago. Why "stir up" all this mess now ? With Obama as our next President, we are on our way to a better America. Let's forget about President Bush (NO DISRESPECT) and move forward. Leave it alone.

    July 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Maria

    It was about time!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |

    The smallest Man in Congress has the BIGGEST BALLS!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Democrat s Care About the Constitution!

    If an intern would just sleep with Bush so he could lie about it under oath, maybe then we can impeach him since that seems to be the only grounds for impeach in this day and age...nevermind Bush's lies, half truths, torture, and wire-tapping of the American citizens.

    July 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. John Thomas

    The fact that the Republican party is aware that they can discredit and stifle a credible impeachment attempt with a public display of whistles, jeers and cynical applause is a brutal reminder of our powerlessness as citizens. The lines of reality, fact and evidence have been erased and re-drawn to an extent where it no longer matters what actually happens. I can't believe how much of the American people's money and time was wasted on an impeachment over flute tuning and a blue dress.

    July 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Mark G. St. Paul, MN

    Anger management? Would then call Nuremberg anger management? Anger has nothing to do with it. Impeachment is about imposition of political criminal liability and this crowd has it coming in spades.

    July 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Bill

    This is pathetic.

    How about you people whining about war crimes, crimes against the constitution, etc. TROT OUT WHAT YOU THINK IS THE BASIS FOR IT! Put your money where your mouth is. Quit ranting and painting your demonstration posters and actually try to JUSTIFY your points rather than continue your little fashionable tirades. I've got a little tip for you...you can't impeach somebody just because they don't do what you'd LIKE them to do.

    July 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Matt

    It is impossible for anyone to deny that bush as commited crimes by breaking laws. That makes him a criminal. As long as everyone knows that its ok. He never realistically will be prosecuted but anyone that denies he is a criminal IS A LIAR...LYING TO THEMSELVES AND ANYONE THEY SAY IT TOO.

    July 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. CJ

    Bush and Cheney should be impeached. The entire Bush/Cheney regime should be brought to justice, and all those in Congress who are unwilling to do the job they were elected to do should go with them.

    July 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. West, Anaheim, Ca

    People seem to forget just one little thing, that Congress voted for the war, along with Hillary Clinton and a number of Democrats. He may have done some things not to everyones liking, but most of it has to be voted in by the house or Congress, stupid.

    July 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Jeff in NC

    The Democrats and the Democratic party dropped the ball here, Impeachment proceedings should have begun immedieately following the last election and the first thing I heard was that it was "off the table". Well, I am no longer a Democrat after that fiasco. Seems to me they just want to relpace the Republican agenda with THEIR own, to hell with we the people.

    I'm voting against every incumbent no matter what party. Where the is no incumbent I'll vote anyhting other than Reublican or Democrat.

    We need real change or a revolution and I don't mean Obama change

    July 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. William Huggins

    Look we all know Bush and Co. raped this country and more importantly our servicemen for the benefit of a few in power. But we cannot dwell on this. We need to let time judge him and move on to electing Obama and bringing about change. YES WE CAN!!

    July 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. chris

    Incarcerate Bush and Cheney then start prosecuting the aiding and abetting Congressmembers who think this is a joke. I was so disgusted at Lamar Smith and the other Republican wonks who made such light of this after their overly pronounced opinion of Clinton's affair.

    July 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. McGaffe

    Does this means his soulmate MCGAFFE goes to the slammer too?

    July 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Danny

    I just want to say that this is definitely NOT too late. How are we suppose to bring this guy down (and show the TRUTH) when he is still keeping us from it? You tell me that!

    Bush and the Republicans ought to be very scared about what is going to happen to them over the next 4 years............

    July 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Another choice

    It's not too late for Treason!!!!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. TC Texas

    Is that all that have to do? Kucininch must have his district snowed or they are a bunch of wacko's like he is...........Bush compared to that wacky Reid and Pelosi........are you kidding.........

    July 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. some guy

    Do you guys remember that the last democratic president; Bill Clinton was impeached.

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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