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. Robert Popa

    Bush is a traitor

    July 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Russell Campbell

    Interesting. Republicans impeached Clinton for lying about a dalliance, yet if a president lies about a war, hides everything behind executive privilege, puts cronies in charge of just about every dept., ignores the Geneva Convention, pardons his buddies in spite of a promise to find leakers and punish them, etc., etc., etc., then they say we should just ignore it. This is nothing but hypocritical behavior in the extreme and shows that they will not hesitate to put their party before the people and the constitution.

    July 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. JH from San Jose

    It's a little late, but if it points out that this president IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

    Then it's OK.

    July 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Theresa Jones, Mesa, Arizona

    Wow! They talk about our Constitution be violated over the last seven years and then they put forth a Presidential nominee with a Communist agenda? They care nothing about our Constitution; this is solely a political move.

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

    Funny how the group with a third of the approval rating of Bush is pushing to impeach him. Irony is thick!

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

    Impeachment? GW Bush should be charged with war crimes

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

    I find it sad that we have allowed so many of the things that should be held so dearly to be sacrificed for the illusion of security. The "Patriot" Act would have sent our founding fathers into shock and disgust. We have allowed the threat of terrorism to scare us and sold out our values and integrity as a nation. Everyone hates "Big Brother," but as long as it isn't them that is being watched it is okay? If it was your wife or husband being picked up and detained indefinitely without right to representation would you care then? If you were subjected to Waterboarding, would it then be torture? There are hundreds of examples of how we have sold out so we can pretend we are safer. America is a great nation, but Bush and his administration have twisted our Consitution and made a mockery of it. And Congress has let them do it and even been part of the problem.

    July 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Keep bringing it up. But yes, the damage is done.

    July 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Karen in Cape Cod

    Why is it theatrics to suggest the impeachment of George Bush? There are plenty of reasons to do so!

    July 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Tom in New Hope, MN

    You will be able to tell which Republicans are not running for re-election this time. They will ignorantly stand behind Bush because he is a Republican. Think of what this president and his administration have done to this country. Bush was willing to take the entire country down with him, not to mention the Republican party. Look at all the good old boy Republicans who are not running for re-election this time because they know Bush has ruined it for them. This president deserves to be impeached for gross misuse of power and lying to the American public on a continual basis. He and his administration also need to be tried for war crimes.

    Vote Wisely!

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

    It's never too late to do the
    right thing. Go get em'
    Dennis !

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

    Impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney! He has violated our Constitution and the Rule of Law in this Country. He has created more problems then all of the Radical Moslems for this Country. While we will preserve his Rights he has trampled ours and the rights that are guaranteed to everyone in this Country wether they are legal or illegal.

    I would also protect the rights of everyone that is hed in old GITMO. Not because they deserve them (they don't) but because it is the AMERICAN WAY. That way can show the world how to do things right. America must lead by example!

    July 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    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.”
    ___________________________________

    Is that what happened the last time?? With Clinton???

    Flip-flop

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

    THUMBS UP!
    dont let them get away with it – stand up for WE THE PEOPLE! Our representatives are supposed to be REPRESENTING US – so DTMFA!

    July 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. REG in AZ

    Impeachment of President Bush and VP Cheney, along with prosecution of others in the administration, is something that would send a much needed message to the world that America has regained its conscience, to future administrations as a stern warning and to the American people that there is actually justice and hope. For seven plus years the Bush Administration has unconscionably lied to the world, the American people and criminally to congress as they used their offices and Americas resources for their private agenda and private gain. That should never be overlooked or excused.

    July 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. bob in LA

    Kucinich is a dreamer, but that dream of his mirrors the opinion of many Americans.
    In a corporate environment, Bush would be brought up on charge of misappropration of fund, deriliction of fiduciary responsibility. As an American, his false war should have him up on charges of murder- both of our soldiers and of the lost Iraqis.
    As a politian, about all we can count on is history showing he is the idiot he is and that the American public are bigger idiots for electing him twice.
    Keep fighting Dennis!

    July 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Time for progress.

    That's what I like to hear!

    The man needs to be indicted too.

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

    Too little too late, but still worth a jab in Bush's gut

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

    Just like the Dems have done this entire session: Political grandstanding based on a premise not supported by the facts.

    And then they accomplish nothing. Thank God for small favors.

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

    Time to vote for new representatives that will uphold the constitution. And, it's never too late to do the right thing, even if Bush is outed one day before the transfer of power, at least he'll leave in shame, as he should.

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

    Great pic of Dennis. Press bias anyone?
    Also, I'm with you, Denny! Do the good thing!

    July 25, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Erick FL

    Tooo late but i admire Dennis's efforts.

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

    It's important to follow the process – not so much to go after Bush – but to ensure that something like this can never happen again.

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

    OK, (1) Bush has 5 months to go; last I checked there's no procedure for impeaching ex-Presidents; (2) this is the guy who sees aliens–enough said. If you're President Bush and there's impeachment talk floating around, it's doesn't get much less worrisome than that.

    July 25, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Laura from Lake Mills, IA

    There would be worldwide dancing in the streets if Bush was ever impeached!

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