Kucinich and Others Testify at 'Un-Impeachment' Hearing
Dennis Kucinich continued his attempts to have president Bush impeached today, during a hearing many are calling the 'un-impeachment hearing'. The house has agreed to listen to their claims, but stopped short of supporting any sort of impeachment proceedings.
The mainsteam media was unusually quiet about the entire impeachment question, reporting almost entirely on Obama. In fact, my RSS feed was devoid of any mention of it, and that includes MSNBC, CNN, Yahoo and others.
The main thrust of Kucinich's arguement is that the Bush administration lied when it gave reasons for going to Iraq, including using unverified information and in other instances, just plain making it up.
You can find the webcast here:
10:00 A.M. in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building
Hearing on: Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations
By Direction of the Chairman
Lots of bloggers talking about it, of course:
Congressman Dennis Kucinich will this Friday present his single article of impeachment concerning the Bush administration’s deliberate and unconstitutional lies that led us to war in Iraq, putting him in tandem with the majority of the American people, yet in the cross hairs of both Neo-Cons and Democrats who have tried to block his efforts at every turn.
Tomorrow, if nothing more than symbolically, is a long-awaited day for many of us true liberals who think Nancy Pelosi is full of it for her “taking impeachment off the table.”
The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on one article of impeachmentproffered by Dennis Kucinich.
“Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”
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Dennis Kucinich won't back down on impeachment; just like he didn't back down on defending the Constitution, the country, workers rights; etc.
Now it's our turn. If you choose, help the country and Cong. Kucinich by letting Congress know that you support the Kucinich Impeachment Resolution.
It's impeachment day 1 thanks to Rep. Dennis Kucinich!
David Swanson is liveblogging with impeachment activists on Capitol Hill. Kagro X has a diary on Kos explaining how Kucinich and Robert Wexler pressured Pelosi into having hearings, who will testify, and why no one can call Bush a "liar." Ralph Lopez has a diary at Kos with Corporate Media links - tell them to cover today's impeachment hearing!
A boisterous crowd has already gathered for today's hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on the case for impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has been leading the charge on the issue, and although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) have said there will be no formal impeachment hearings, they've given Kucinich and his allies a session today to make the case.
There are at least 100 people in line to attend the hearing, and the committee has announced that there will be two "overflow" rooms to accommodate everyone who wants to watch the proceedings.
On July 25, 2008, in lieu of Impeachment, a hearing on the Imperial Presidency of George W. Bush will be held by The House Judiciary Committee at 10:00 a.m. For who knows what reason — some speculate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has threatened House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers with losing his chairmanship and some claim it’s because Pelosi and other Congressional leaders who are just as guilty as Bush would be implicated, among other things — Senator Dennis Kucinich’s calls for impeachment will be turned into testimony about Bush’s ‘Imperial Presidency’ as well as several other Bush administration scandals, but in keeping with traditional Congressional complicity, there will be no vote for actual impeachment.
Some coverage I was able to rustle up:
Republicans told the House Judiciary Committee that political disagreements, no matter how large, are not grounds impeachment proceedings at a hearing discussing appropriate Congressional responses to Bush abuses of power. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said the hearing served no purpose other than anger management, stating that no evidence exists which supports grounds for impeachment and that the hearing’s lack of bipartisanship affected Congress’s already low credibility.
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) said the Bush White House is unprecedented in its distortion of executive privilege, noting Bush’s alleged falsification of pre-Iraq war intelligence and approval of certain interrogation techniques. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) stated that the committee was attempting to solve an institutional problem,acting in a deliberative manner, not an accusatory manner. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) earlier had called Bush “the worst President our country has ever seen.”
Call it the un-impeachment hearing.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Friday it insisted was not about removing President Bush from office. But critics of Bush's policies couldn't pass up the chance to charge the president with a long list of impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Leading the way was Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, the former Democratic presidential candidate who has brought repeated impeachment resolutions on the House floor against Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Kucinich got a rock star welcome of whistles, hoots and clapping as he walked into the hearing room, holding hands with his wife, from hundreds of anti-war, anti-Bush people crammed into the room and lining the hallways outside. T-shirts reading "Arrest Bush" and "Veterans for Impeachment" illustrated the sentiments of many.