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. R McCoy

    Why are the lawmakers that 'we the people' put into their offices not impeaching Mr. Bush? Isn't that the real question? What backroom deals were made by both Dems and Repub to prevent Mr. Bush from being impeached?

    July 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Raymond Duke

    I know this left wing lliberal is inteeligent. He is the nut during the primary debates that had seen flying saucers and believed in them. I know you Obama supporters will have no problem backing this man. All he has got to say is that he is for Obama, more goverment handouts to lazy people and finally the icing on the cake. That big four letter word and six letter word, Hope and Change. It don't matter if there is no solutions given. But man can he spell out the problems.

    July 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Doug

    We've got energy, health care, 12 million illegal immigrants and more...the biggest constellation of challenges in our history and this commmittee is wasting it's time on this ? They need to get to work before the citizens find someone else to do their job.

    July 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Will, NJ

    So there are still people who refuse to admit the gross and vile abuses of power by the current administration? Who voted for these devils?

    July 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Obamalism

    Are we going to bring up the other countries who fought in Iraq up on charges? Seriously?

    You idiots have no idea what it takes to bring someone up on war crimes. You also think Bush is Hitler #2.

    Yet, you follow a congress with a 9% approval rating and a democrat leadership that can't do anything right and legistlates as they see fit regardless of what their constiuents want.

    Democrats = party before country.

    Impeach congress!!! They're the real failure of the decade.

    July 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Tzigan

    Sorry Republicans, this is what the vast majority of the United States wants. I feel overwhelmingly joyful when I think of my country finally being rid of the menace that has been the Bush administration, and I'm not alone. Most of the world agrees with me.

    July 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. A New Beginning

    Roger and Richard: Did anyone in your family, a friend or colleague perish In Iraq or New Orleans as a result of the current adminstration's performance or policies. If the answer is no, then I understand why you think the sitting president is a national hero.

    Can you recall the current president's performance prior to 9/11. I can and the only difference is that he's not hanging out at the ranch as much. That's about it!

    If 28% of americans still think he's a hero, let's not even waste tax payers money on trying to convince them he's not a good person to represent us at home or abroad. Cheney is the guy who needs to not collect $200 or stop at Boardwalk

    July 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Connie

    Good going! Raise the issue again and again-as many times as it takes. If nothing else-this is bush's legacy.

    July 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. MARK

    Bush/cheney should have been impeached long time ago. Unfortunately, so much damage has been done to our great country by those two and the leaders in congress did not have the pants to do the job of impeaching those two individuals. Well, i forgot that he congress does not have pants leading it, but some skirt now. Our only hope is that Obama takes our country in the right direction starting next year. Otherwise, another 2-4 years of the same wil mean that we will not only continuecto keep going in the wrong direction, but it will be thoguh to be living in America in the future. a mcbush administration will continue to ruin us all and Mcain would not care about it. He will be dead by then. That is why I 2-4 years. The old man is already decomposing from his inside out. He might have a mohter who is almost 100, but he sure is to old and sick to even think that he will get to be even 75. He can not walk, bend, lift his hands past his shoulders, can't have a long straight conversation, has so many mental distractions that makes us all pray to God that once we hit that age, that does not happen to us. Due to the Bush administration, America has already lost the respect from so many countries. If Mcsame is elected, he will not get that respect back, he will only get those countries to feel sorry for him and America. We don't need pitty from others,We need respect and admiration that ony an OBAMA administration could bring.
    The only good news on this is that Jan. 2009 is getting cloer, and those old farts will forever be forgotten and only put in the books as the worst administration ever. RIP to the Mcbushes.

    July 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. jeremy

    if the previous president can get impeached for not telling the truth about an affair, how can the GOP not impeach a president who has lied about a war???

    where are the so called ethics of the GOP?

    July 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Impeach before its too late!

    Impeachment may be just in time. He could start a war with Iran, declare a state of emergency, and take full government control as a dictator!

    July 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Andy

    Yes, impeach the President for not allowing any terrorist attacks in the US for the last seven years, for taking the fight to terrorists in Afghanistan, liberating 25 million people in Iraq and helping establish a democracy there, for cowing Khaddafi and reducing Bin Laden to sending threatening home movies from a cave...

    July 25, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. ben

    People must remember that a president can be impeached even after he has left office...which will mean that he doesnt get all the benefits that retired presidents get.

    it's never too late to impeach a president!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Tom P

    Hey Russell – prove the man lied about anything under oath or otherwise and you might begin to dissuade the Rebulicans. Cronieism certainly didn't begin with this Pres. Ignores GC? Kidding right? Have you noticed the methods of the enemy? If thee were trangressions, they were extremely minor in comparison. The only hypocrites here are all of you out there that supported the war initially when it was popular to do so and now conveniently flip flop to the other side. But then your not to blame as you simply follow your leadership's example.

    July 25, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Steveo

    DENNIS WAIT!!! if you impeach bush that means CHENEY is president. talk about a lose-lose

    July 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. wasteoftime

    Another dog and pony show that is typical of these Democrats. If they're going to impeach him do it ! Get back to work and spend some more money on the worthless in this country. Or shut the HELL UP !!!

    July 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Robbin

    YES...it is ABOUT TIME someone brought up the topic of Impeachment again. What are we waiting for?

    July 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Duke Saco

    Is there any truth that some top Democrats are worried about their names coming up in a Bush impeachment ? This President has had a lot of backing, from both parties.

    July 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. McCain Lies!

    They impeached Clinton for far less than what bush and cheyney are guilty of. And john would continue their nefarious policies. Let's send them a message and not vote for criminals (republicans). Let's vote for the average american for once, VOTE OBAMA!

    July 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. blair Fell

    Yes! Bush MUST be impeached. It's not a matter of stopping him. It's a matter of sending a message to all future Presidents that the constitution matters. Those who say it's too late are misinformed. Impeachment is not kicking him out, it's a formal statement that he has DONE WRONG. We must DEMAND impeachment. GO DENNIS!

    July 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Bill

    Good for the Democrats. About time they began to show some back bone; however, I'm afraid it is all talk and no action.

    July 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Jack

    Why is this filed under "election center"? This has nothing to do with the election!

    July 25, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. rob

    Impeach. he is the worst President in U.S. history.

    July 25, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. kathleen

    The reason our country is so great is because of the framework it was built on – namely the Constitution of The United States. This is the document we have held up to the world for over 200 years extolling its greatness. George Bush and the Republicans have ignored it, spit on it and basically thrown it out the window. They have turned us into a nation of hypocrites, and I for one am ashamed. I believe in our constitution and want to see our government restored to an administrative body that shows respect for it. That will not happen with John McCain.

    July 25, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Bonnie Schlichter

    What a bunch of bull!
    We should send Congress and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans, to Hollywood and start all over.
    Is there any politician out there who actually cares about the people and not themselves.

    July 25, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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