Dennis Kucinich introduces single article to impeach Bush

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AN ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN DENNIS J. KUCINICH

JULY 10, 2008

Resolved, that President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following Article of Impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:

An Article of Impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors.

ARTICLE ONE

DECEIVING CONGRESS WITH FABRICATED THREATS OF IRAQ WMDs TO FRAUDULENTLY OBTAIN SUPPORT FOR AN AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ.

In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” deceived Congress with fabricated threats of Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to fraudulently obtain support for an authorization for the use of force against Iraq and used that fraudulently obtained authorization, then acting in his capacity under Article II, Section II of the Constitution as Commander in Chief, to commit US troops to combat in Iraq.

The former Democratic presidential candidate introduced a single article to impeach President Bush, accusing him of deceiving Congress to convince lawmakers to authorize his invasion of Iraq more than five years ago.

“Yesterday in the House, we had a moment of silence for the troops,” Kucinich said during a Capitol Hill press conference. “Today it is time to speak out on behalf of those troops who will be in Iraq for at least another year, courageously representing our nation while their Commander-in-Chief sent them on a mission that was based on falsehoods about the threat of WMDs from Iraq.”

Nancy Pelosi:

“This is a Judiciary Committee matter, and I believe we will see some attention being paid to it by the Judiciary Committee,” Pelosi told reporters. “Not necessarily taking up the articles of impeachment because that would have to be approved on the floor, but to have some hearings on the subject.”

Pelosi added: “My expectation is that there will be some review of that in the committee.”

That’s an expert translation from the “Weasel to English” dictionary.  I’m not holding my breath.

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5 thoughts on “Dennis Kucinich introduces single article to impeach Bush

  1. This was awesome. The look on Kucinich’s face as he finished and his words hung in the air was priceless. You could hear a pin drop. Then came the applause. I jumped up and started clapping myself.

    I know nothing will come of this, but I am still going to hope anyways.

    I really do believe that this FISA illegal wiretapping stuff was never about “terr’ists”, but that the Bush regime was spying on Americans and members of Congress from the very beginning, perhaps creating ‘files’ on people so they could control what happened. It’s called blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover did it as head of the FBI. It would certainly explain how Bush was able to get away with so much stuff without offering any resistance whatsoever, and them giving Bush EVERYTHING he wanted. That has never made any sense to me.

    It would also explain why Pelosi took impeachment off the table right from the start. They wouldn’t have to intimidate everyone, just several key people. That scares the rest of them.

    I remember how intimidated I felt when I first realized the government was reading everything I wrote online, or said on the phone. Now I am just so mad I refuse to give them that kind of power over me.

    Now that Congress has allowed Bush to ‘eviscerate’ the 4th Amendment, we may never know because they have cut off any possibility of investigating just what all these turkeys did.

  2. Can Speaker Nancy Pelosi or House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer or Senate Majority Leader Reid or Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama honestly face any one in the media and say that they are supporting and defending the constitution of the United States, when all they want to do is use the Republicans’ well-documented, well-known corruption as a campaign issue to gain larger majorities for their party? Can they deny that they are putting the interests of their political party ahead of the interests of their nation? Have they no shame?

    At long last, Senator Reid, have you no decency left? You should just go bury your face in a Las Vegas hooker’s lap and don’t come out in public again. You could have stopped this thing cold with one of the Senate’s infamous “anonymous holds”. For crying out loud, Harry, you’re the one that decides what the Senate will vote on each day! What’s next? Forget to not put the Senate in recess and let Bush make more recess appointments? If that ever happens, you’re fired!

  3. muse,

    While I was stationed in West Germany (back during the Cold War, for you young whippersnappers :D ), my roommate was in charge of processing “special actions” (where they want to quickly remove someone from Europe so they won’t face local prosecution for some stuff; it happened several times while I was there), and our First Sergeant wanted to be able to reach him on weekends, so he had a phone installed in our room. Jane used to call me once a month and even though I knew the calls were being monitored by the NSA (because it was a call originating in the states and going to a foreign country; a US military base within a foreign country, but that didn’t seem to matter), I still used to say shit like “Fuck the NSA, this is none of your business.” Since we weren’t ever discussing anything that was any of their business, no one ever contacted me and told me to knock it off. :)

  4. Look at this:

    U.S. Const. Art. II § 2, cl. 1

    The President shall … have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

    I’m going to do some more reading…

  5. All the House has to do is start having impeachment hearings — they don’t even have to get to actual impeachment — and Bush can’t issue a single pardon or reprieve.

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