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. Tommy

    Way to go Dennis. Impeach that Silver Spoon Buffoon and his U.S. Treasury thieving sidekick!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Looks like this demented little dwarf really did have a lot of spare time after his barnstorm presidential campaign fizzled out...

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. tai

    The only people who need anger management is the american public after dealing with 7 1/2 yrs of BS.

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Joshua College Station Texas

    Why is this being scoffed at by Republicans or readers here? This is absolutely a legitimate discussion, and absolutely an important issue. Our congressmen and women should be pursuing this matter with all diligence and holding more than "stagecraft" "anger management" hearings. The American people want this administration held accountable and the Constitution upheld. Let's not wait till the new president comes into office!

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. dee white

    Finally, someone is trying to hold this crooked administration accountable. It's never too late...and should have been done years ago.

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Few people take Dennis seriously, but the man has been right about a lot of things......this being one of them.

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Obamalism

    You tin heads seriously need to step back into reality and close your dailykos website window. Put your tin foil hats away and take a few chill pills.

    The same people who talk about repubs 'hating' barack are foaming at the mouth on mention of Bush, Cheney or impeachment.

    July 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. ace

    You NUTS are scary.

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Texas trail puppy!

    CNN where is the comment i posted you guys are really in the sack for McCain opps i meant McSame,,,

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Cathy

    It's to late to impeach Bush now....so the next best thing American people can do for this country is to vote for Obama and get this country back on the right track!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Angel

    The republicans continue to scoff at the idea of impeaching Mr.Bush for the crimes he has comitted that has cause thousands of death and thousands and thousands of permanent injuries but yet they thought it was ok to impeach President Clinton for lying to congress about cheating on his wife. Geeze I wonder what is wrong with this picture.

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. John - Houston

    Clinton was not impeached for his affair, he was impeached for lying underoath. It also tied into the Kosovo Conflict that Congress did not authorize.

    unlike Iraq...


    Hillary Clinton
    John Kerry
    and numerous other democrats voted for the use of force against Sadaam.

    If we are going to impeach Bush, then we should call for the resignation of all those that voted for the use of force. Many of whom are Dems that make up a congress that has a 9% approval rating which is worse than Bush's.

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. mike

    we've let our leader commit horrible crimes in this world and get away with it... we deserve what we get. God have mercy on our ignorance.

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Matt

    Bush should be impeached for all the Iraq people he has freed and given a chance to implement a govenrnment other than a dictatorship.

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Lazarus

    And after they are done impeaching Bush, they can move on to every member of Congress that voted for the Iraq war. How ludicrous. I'm no fan of Bush, but he's not evil. Easily manipulated by some, and has a weird view of things, yes, but not evil. Americans have had it so good for so long that we've turned into a bunch of whiners that want everything and want it now. Congress has a lot of important things in front of them while they are wasting time grandstanding like this, and it should be obvious to citizens why so little progress has been made since the Democrats took over congress. Democrats: PLEASE stop trying to get revenge and start fixing things and maybe you will convince me to donate to or vote for you.

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Monica-Dallas

    It's long over due!!! Seven years too late!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. billy

    Sounds to me that the Dems have nothing better to do; like trying to solve our energy crisis.
    With gas at $4 a gallon, they should be trying to have hearings on this instead of waisting tax payers money on show hearings for political gains.

    July 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Frank

    How would it look if we impeach 2 presidents in a row? Why are politicians wasting their time on this stuff? Bush is almost out and we need to look to the future. All of this sounds like politicing to me.
    How can we make the other party look bad. Neither side needs any help with that. What we need should do is not vote for either one.

    July 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Michael

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND..if he is being impeached..meaning the process is taking place......he cannot grant immunity to all of his cohorts..ie Karl Rove, Cheney...and if he did indeed get impeached ..justice could truly be served. We can redeem ourselves in the World's eyes if we impeach Bush and put him in and Karl in jail where they belong....if you don't care what the world thinks...it is still the right thing to do. The profiteering,manipulation and looting that has been condoned during this administration is sickening. We as Americans should make sure a loud message is sent to Bush and to future politicians. There must be accountability.

    July 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Vince

    When he becomes "Citizen Bush" he can still be tried for war crimes .... and can't hide behind "Executive Privelege", but to begin any impeachment proceedings now would be a waste of time, and taxpayers money, much like the 48 million that was spent investigating Bill Clinton's "infidelity".

    July 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    > Remember congress authorized the war.

    Uh.. no they didn't. They authorized Bush with the power to use force is Hussein didn't comply with the requests of the UN. Not quite the same thing.

    July 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Bill Wheeler

    Wow, I am shocked! Not at the proceedings, yet at the fact that CNN is actually reporting a story that is FRONT AND CENTER on American's minds.
    Oddly it may seem, yet the Americans I have talked to feel that torture, and a long list of other items carried out by the Bush admin. are WRONG, unAmerican, & against the "right and wrong" most of us learn by age 5.
    Mr. Bush in all his wisdom, apparently did not learn anything in Bible school either.

    July 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. The Blind Lady of Justice

    Bush and Cheney are certainly more worthy of impeachment than Clinton ever was.

    July 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. GWB

    Why do some hate me more than they love their country?

    July 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Just Sayin...

    About time...keep going...we can still put him in jail

    July 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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