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. Judith

    bothn Bush an d Chaney should have been IMPEACHED starting December 2007, when Dems took office. Even though this hearing is late , it should go through for crimies against the US and it citizens. There is so much illegal bull that has taken place with this administration it makes the devil look like a saint. Both Bush and Chaney should go on trail, it's long past due.....

    July 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Ranger7

    ITS TIME FOR JUSTICE...!! .............Impeach, Prosecute..>Jail!!!

    Bush has needlessly killed too many Iraqis and US troops plus robbed the American taxpayer!!!

    He example needs to be set..!! for the world to see we are a nation of integrity!!!

    July 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Brian

    I listened/watched the entire thing... the Republicans are the ones playing partisan politics. The President himself has admitted they waterboarded at least 3 people on national television. Most Countries consider waterboarding a form of torture. The US tried Japanese soldiers for it as a warcrime after WWII.

    I think it's time the entire Congress and Executive branch were simply removed from office and never allowed to run again. Then we can just start over with all new members and see how it goes. It can't be any worse than what we have now.

    July 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Richard Rohde

    I can only hope that when the liberal media elects Obama as president, that the Republicans will treat him in the same respectful, dignified, fair and honest manner in which the Democrats have treated Bush. Paybacks can be fun.

    July 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Allen in Hartwell, Ga.

    If any elected officials ever deserved impeachment they would be the current president and vice-president; but just impeaching them isn't enough. After impeachment they should be tried for treason. After that they should be tried for crimes against humanity. Then maybe we Americans could say that we do have a government for and by the people.

    July 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. mlm56

    Its high time the Bush regime realizes some people are VERY serious about making them accountable for their trashing of the constitution.

    July 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. dj

    they should impeach Mr. Bush he is the biggest terroist on the planet.

    July 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Rob

    Since when are terrorists our friends?

    As far as "impeaching congress' credibility" goes, I would say exploring potential abuses of power by the executive branch is a more credible activity than exploring steriod abuse in major league baseball.

    July 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Robert S DeLay

    Oh my god your covering news!

    July 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Naomi, Texas

    Sounds like it has been an intresting day in politics...

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

    Too bad we don't impeach based on approval rating...otherwise these clowns in congress would've been gone long before Bush.

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

    What a waste of time! These idiot Democrats should realize there are many more important issues to debate. How about spending some time on drilling before they get voted out of office?

    With a 17% approval rating they should do something beneficial for their constituents.

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

    What goes around, comes around.

    The Republicans had a hissy fit when they went to impeach Nixon.

    Democrates got testy when they went to impeach Clinton.

    Hi Bush, it's MILLER TIME!!!

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

    This should have been done 2 years ago.

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


    He lied and hundreds of thousands have died! We've Impeached for much less! Until this impeachment takes place our government will continue to lose credibility in the eyes of its citizens and the citizens of the rest of the planet.

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

    What's taking the Democrats so long? Impeach him NOW!

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

    Why bother with impeachment? We should just let them leave office quietly in January, then file criminal charges. What's the punishment for war profiteering?

    July 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Ellie, MD

    Whoa.....ya'think? This man should have been impeached years ago!

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

    Impreach AND inprison!!!! And don't forget Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove!

    July 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. CC

    As justifiable as it is, if they can't unite on relieving gas prices, I certainly don't see how they can impeach Bush, or really why they're waisting the time to bring this up. Granted, I'd say his actions far outweigh those of other impeachment trials.

    July 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Sean

    At this point, we as the American people deserve to finally see someone hold Mr. Bush accountable for his actions. If we do not, we set a dangerous precedent that the fleecing of America is perfectly acceptable.

    July 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. E Marie

    It's about time! America has been duped. The psychological tool of fear of the unknown (terrorist), has been hammered into the subconscious mind of Americans. Americans became willing to tolerate less and less freedoms and rights because of fear of the unknown. The word terrorist and or terrorism has become the national boogyman. The message has been you must be afraid, so afraid you will waive your rights to be protected. Seems to me, terrorists can easily access the USA from our borders. The blood of American Patriots who fought to secure freedom for this great country is bleeding into the ground illegals are walking upon as they cross our borders. Why is it necessary to read emails, eavesdrop on phone conversations, watch where people are going on the internet, to stop terrorists, when they can walk across the border. Stop them from entering, how simple. We are a proud American Military family and we continue to serve this great country.

    July 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Joe in NJ

    Why waste everyone's time and tax dollars? He'll be out of office in January. Instead, why not spend the time to do something that will actually benefit the American people.

    July 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Bill


    July 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. obama 08'

    IT IS ABOUT TIME! The Republicans tried to impeach Clinton over Monica L. That is nothing compared to what Evil Bush has done to this world. Impeach him and fire all Republican because they back him!

    obama 08'

    July 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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