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Kucinich Reads Impeachment Articles Against Bush on House Floor

One newspaper reported that Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, congratulated Kucinich on his "historic leadership."

Dennis J. Kucinich
Dennis J. Kucinich

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - For a good part of this evening, Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio 10th District) has been live on C-Span reading Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush.

The former presidential contender is hoping the House will approve a resolution to impeach President Bush, in spite of the fact that the idea has received little support from Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier stated that the impeachment of George W. Bush was "off the table."

The AP reports that Kucinich delivered his proposed impeachment language in a floor speech. His contention is that President Bush set out to deceive the nation and the American people, and consequently violated his oath of office when he set the stage for the Iraq war.

It isn't the first time Kucinich has tried to impeach a member of this administration. Last year he introduced a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. That resolution didn't go anywhere as it turned out, the surprise came when Republicans initially voted to take up the measure and force a debate of the House floor.

The Baltimore Sun reported that an advocate for the process, Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, congratulated Kucinich on his "historic leadership."

He was quoted saying, "We've waited seven years to find one Member of Congress brave enough to stand up for our Constitution, for which generations of Americans have fought and died," Fertik added that "We are thrilled and honored that Dennis Kucinich has chosen to be that one genuine patriot."

All told, Dennis Kucinich presented 35 different articles to the House of Representatives. Kucinich reportedly turned to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and said, "The House is not in order." Pelosi is said to have pounded her gavel at that point. Kucinich was able to read the articles after that initial exchange.




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Johnny October 5, 2008 6:09 am (Pacific time)

We have to be proud of Dennis not only for this, but for voting NAY for the $700 billion bailout All the congress members that voted yea should step down in shame for failure to be leaders irresponsible and therefore have commented an act of stupidity. I voted for Dennis in the primary but unfortunately he had drop out.


Henry Ruark June 11, 2008 7:29 pm (Pacific time)

Gomer et al: Small correction: Kucinich is Rep.,(D-Ohio); important since Pelosi is Speaker of House, with impeachment now sequestered "on the table". With continued, multiplied outcry from enough of US ALL, that CAN and SHOULD change. ONE MILLION reacted some months ago to reprehensible FCC policy favoring corporate control of media channels --now in process of remedy via continued probing examination. It is sworn duty of all in Congress to uphold our revered Constitution, now battered, bruised and somewhat torn after intentional attack by Bush regime(s), seeking biased "unitary executive" - for which read "one-man/controlled nation Imperial Presidency" as related roughly and extremely realistically by many channels recently, including own Op Ed here...with WHAT HAPPENED, national report now at heart of matter, analzyed in next Op Ed.


Vic June 11, 2008 4:09 pm (Pacific time)

Right on , Steve K ! I hope you are right about the Hague visit !!!


Gomer June 11, 2008 2:48 pm (Pacific time)

I didn't realize Kucinich was a senator. That is so cool. 


Henry Ruark June 11, 2008 2:05 pm (Pacific time)

SteveK et al: Yr ref. to Hague-led action re Bush and other cabal members is one reason I do believe WHAT HAPPENED book may prove valuable document of play-by-play, richly supported by quotes, incidents, stories, and other similar components never available from any other level of report. See Op Ed upcoming for more on why this is so important.


SteveK June 11, 2008 11:29 am (Pacific time)

I really appreciate Senator Kucinich and a few others TRYING to do their Constitutionally required jobs. I'm very disappointed in the other Dems in not understanding that one of the most important jobs of Congress is oversight of the Executive branch of our government, simply because showing some backbone and responsibility MIGHT cost them some votes (must'nt make waves!). I'm pretty sure this thing will go nowhere. But, ya' know - there's always a potential future visit to The Hague that Mr. Bush and his cronies may have to consider.


Henry Ruark June 10, 2008 11:32 am (Pacific time)

Casse et al: You do desperate disservice to Wm. Buckley, truly an ethical and humanly-decent "conservative", when you take his name in vain as cover for your totally un-cogent note. Go read him yourself, with hand-held by anyone else who can understand plain English, of which he was a master, and then return, chastened, if you can still do so.


Jamie June 10, 2008 9:32 am (Pacific time)

The rest of Congress is bought and paid for by the global nazis. Its time we the people to restore the Republic! To the freedom-loving ameicans, run for office!


Henry Ruark June 10, 2008 9:18 am (Pacific time)

To all: Wit, wisdom, and will of American people beginning to show up with strength and deep insights as in historic past. Cannot indict/punish the "leader"-alone here since the desperate damage directed by several, equally guilty since acts-involved could in no way have been carried out without their complicity and complete acquisition, perhaps even initiation and "close guidance" (read puppet-string probabilities if you wish...) This is singular such case, clearly demanding differing and innovative Congressional consideration --perhaps even dual-run process for equitable defense of Constitution ?? IF we can fly man to Moon, why not wing it reasonably and wisely on this disastrous debacle riht down on Earth ? IF any Constitutional considerations demand consideration, why not get on with that as demanded by this one ? We may need 21st Century revision for real protection from any future precedent set by long clean-out, clean-up delay on desperate debacle.


Chris June 10, 2008 9:05 am (Pacific time)

OMG, I have never seen a bigger bunch of Idiots. It's true what is said about the American Public. You have NO attention span and you conveniently forget what you wish to forget just so you can blame someone else.


Dr. Donald B. MacGowan June 10, 2008 8:57 am (Pacific time)

Quote: "The House is not in order." It's t-shirt-printing time!


jerseyjerry June 10, 2008 8:14 am (Pacific time)

zybzj,iw atched in disbelief and astonishment as dennis kucich stood all alone in front of. perhaps, noone else in congress and spoke for over 3 hours without a break on the high crimes and misdemeanors of George Bush. Bravo Dennis. Bush is a criminal and should have been removed from office years ago before he dragged our country's reputation into the sewer, taxed my grandchildren's grandchildren with war debts and sacrificed thousands of our youth and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians for oil! congress must act now so that our next presidents do not and cannot get addicted to an "Imperial Presidency".


Vic June 10, 2008 7:53 am (Pacific time)

This may be our last chance to restore a semblance of credibility with the rest of the world.


Casse June 10, 2008 7:13 am (Pacific time)

Dennis Kucinich is a traitor and a scurrilous weasel. A man who when the nation and the world face mortal threats from some of the most savage and ruthless mass killers in recent history, has chosen not to devote his energies and abilities to helping to protect our people but to undermining our self-defense. Dennis Kucinich deserves to be tried for treason. You confused leftist's should find a more intelligent and competent person to follow. Reading some William Buckley would be a good start, but stay away from those like Alinsky or Rich.


Linda Morselli June 10, 2008 6:40 am (Pacific time)

Yes we the American people want impeachment. Everyone do as Michelle says and call your representatives demand it, we have to flood the switchboard with calls - WE WILL NOT BE SILENT!


Kevin June 10, 2008 6:40 am (Pacific time)

Pie in the sky! I say prosecute Conyers, Pelosi, Jefferson, oh heck, everyone who has voted against our achieving energy independence. There are some very important issues for congress to pursue, but this election year distraction should be seen as both a criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice. All clear thinking people want this Bush guy gone, and he will be. Let congress get their priorities in order.


sts June 10, 2008 6:23 am (Pacific time)

I was a bit dismayed with Dennis at first. He should try and impeach dick cheney, because impeaching bush would just put cheney as president. Until I read an article today telling me HE ALREADY TRIED to impeach cheney. Dennis is doing all he can but nobody in congress accept Ron Paul will pay attention to him. Ron Paul/Dennis K. 2008!! :-) And I am ith SRD, what the heck are congress/senate afraid of? Ron Paul has been bucking the system for a decade or so and is STILL a congressman.


Punish the Democrats If They Do Not June 10, 2008 6:17 am (Pacific time)

Punish the Democrats If They Do Not Impeach, Do negative campaigning against them on the theme that they lied when they took their Oath Of Office to protect Our Constitution. http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_john_ken_080422_to_impeach_before_no.htm John H Kennedy, Denver Co I'm a 43 yr Democratic voter and was an Obama delegate ..


Jess from Florida June 10, 2008 5:32 am (Pacific time)

All I can say is it's about damn time. These representatives are supposed to represent the people. With a 30% approval rating for Bush, one would think someone would have stood up for this, and more than just one person for that matter, ages ago. Kudos to Dennis Kucinich! I'm proud of ya! (While you're at it, could ya throw a good word in for FL and MI voters too? :))


groc22 June 10, 2008 5:02 am (Pacific time)

let's have a wager, whether this initiative lives more than one week. Also, if it dies quietly, or Kucinich will apologize for defaming memory of dead, for defaming the troops, and for anti-semitism.


JG June 10, 2008 12:56 am (Pacific time)

Dennis speaks for me also! Long overdue!


Bluebonnet June 9, 2008 11:21 pm (Pacific time)

For what it's worth, John Conyers sent a letter to the Whitehouse May 8, 2008. May 8, 2008 The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: We are writing to register our strong opposition to possible unilateral, preemptive military action against other nations by the Executive Branch without Congressional authorization. As you know, Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power “to declare war,” to lay and collect taxes to “provide for the common defense” and general welfare of the United States, to “raise and support armies,” to “provide and maintain a navy,” to “make rules for the regulation for the land and naval forces,” to “provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions,” to “provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia,” and to “make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution ... all ... powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States.” Congress is also given exclusive power over the purse. The Constitution says, “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law.” By contrast, the sole war powers granted to the Executive Branch through the President can be found in Article II, Section 2, which states, “The President shall be the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into actual Service of the United States.” Nothing in the history of the “Commander-in-Chief” clause suggests that the authors of the provision intended it to grant the Executive Branch the authority to engage U.S. forces in military action whenever and wherever it sees fit without any prior authorization from Congress. In our view, the founders of our country intended this power to allow the President to repel sudden attacks and immediate threats, not to unilaterally launch, without congressional approval, preemptive military actions against foreign countries. As former Republican Representative Mickey Edwards recently wrote, “[t]he decision to go to war ... is the single most difficult choice any public official can be called upon to make. That is precisely why the nation’s Founders, aware of the deadly wars of Europe, deliberately withheld from the executive branch the power to engage in war unless such action was expressly approved by the people themselves, through their representatives in Congress.”1 Members of Congress, including the signatories of this letter, have previously expressed concern about this issue. On April 25, 2006, sixty-two Members of Congress joined in a bipartisan letter that called on you to seek congressional approval before making any preemptive military strikes against Iran.2 Fifty-seven Members of Congress have co-sponsored H. Con. Res. 33, which expresses the sense of Congress that the President should not initiate military action against Iran without first obtaining authorization from Congress.3 Our concerns in this area have been heightened by more recent events. The resignation in mid-March of Admiral William J. “Fox” Fallon from the head of U.S. Central Command, which was reportedly linked to a magazine article that portrayed him as the only person who might stop your Administration from waging preemptive war against Iran,4 has renewed widespread concerns that your Administration is unilaterally planning for military action against that country. This is despite the fact that the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate concluded that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003, a stark reversal of previous Administration assessments.5 As we and others have continued to review troubling legal memoranda and other materials from your Administration asserting the power of the President to take unilateral action, moreover, our concerns have increased still further. For example, although federal law is clear that proceeding under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) “shall be the exclusive means by which electronic surveillance” can be conducted within the U.S. for foreign intelligence purposes, 18 U.S.C. 2511(2)(f), the Justice Department has asserted that the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping in violation of FISA is “supported by the President’s well-recognized inherent constitutional authority as Commander in Chief and sole organ for the Nation in foreign affairs”.6 As one legal expert has explained, your Administration’s “preventive paradigm” has asserted “unchecked unilateral power” by the Executive Branch and violated “universal prohibitions on torture, disappearance, and the like.”7 Late last year, Senator Joseph Biden stated unequivocally that “the president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach” the president. 8 We agree with Senator Biden, and it is our view that if you do not obtain the constitutionally required congressional authorization before launching preemptive military strikes against Iran or any other nation, impeachment proceedings should be pursued. Because of these concerns, we request the opportunity to meet with you as soon as possible to discuss these matters. As we have recently marked the fifth year since the invasion of Iraq, and the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq, your Administration should not unilaterally involve this country in yet another military conflict that promises high costs to American blood and treasure. Sincerely, The Whitehouse did not respond. My guess is they just tossed into the trash. I don't understand why we have to wait until Bush/Cheney starts another war before they feel compelled to anything.


Ben Plunkett June 9, 2008 11:10 pm (Pacific time)

Time for Bush to go to jail. Directly to jail.


Karen June 9, 2008 10:54 pm (Pacific time)

CHENEY GOES FIRST THEN HE CAN'T BE PRESIDENT.


TomSongs June 9, 2008 10:52 pm (Pacific time)

IMPEACH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBRYW-kZPZg


please June 9, 2008 8:11 pm (Pacific time)

first of all, as Ron Paul said, dont impeach bush because cheney will be president, and he is...well, never mind.. dennis means well, but.. I do want to say, please, call 800-788-9372 ask for your representative, you will be directly engaged with Mr Wyden. Simply ask him to please, please not attack/invade Iran.. I am sick and tired of all the lies that lead us to endless wars for no reason. please..it is simple, free, and only takes about 30 seconds.. thanks for your time


Sammy June 9, 2008 9:41 pm (Pacific time)

Congressman Kucinich, Thank you for standing up for what is right. I'm behind you all the way. Bush and his Administration should have been Impeached years ago. Thank you for your courage. Please don't let Bush get away with what he has done. He doesn't care for this country or the people of America. Only himself and he will do anything to do evil.


Damian June 9, 2008 9:20 pm (Pacific time)

Bravo to Dennis. The last months of this hijacked presidency should be tied up in impeachment proceedings and render Bush completely lame. Lets really get to the truth about this administration from 9/11 to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. What is Pelosi hiding? and all the other Democrats that have and keep enabling this dangerous administration. We can handle the truth.


SRD June 9, 2008 9:06 pm (Pacific time)

Good luck trying to impeach this scoundrel. I don't understand what the House and Senate are so afraid of? Can someone clue me in? bccmeteorites.com/misconduct-planetary.html SRD


Gayle June 9, 2008 9:02 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Congressman Kucinich, thank you for your courage. You are a true Patriot to this nation and its citizens. Thank you for all that you are doing for this country to try to restore government accountability and restore laws that govern this nation. Thank you and God Bless you!


Julie B June 9, 2008 8:55 pm (Pacific time)

Dennis is a hero!!!!!! Impeach these criminals!! They have ripped off the amarican people!! Trial for treason!!!! They lied to the american public and have ruined our country. JAIL Bush and Cheney!!!


american d00d June 9, 2008 8:49 pm (Pacific time)

go kucinich! impeach that jive turkey!


Patricia Gracian June 9, 2008 8:49 pm (Pacific time)

Dennis speaks for me.


Betty Childs June 9, 2008 8:36 pm (Pacific time)

I and countless other Americans support his efforts! Clinton can be impeached for a sexual indiscretion, but Bush's war crimes are ignored? CRIMINAL!! IMPEACH BUSH AND CHENEY NOW!


Michelle Bailey June 9, 2008 8:35 pm (Pacific time)

http://impeachthem.wordpress.com/ Call your representatives and especially John Conyers… demand impeachment hearings be started for Bush and Cheney - Remember executive privilege does not apply in an impeachment inquiry - Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-2131 , (800) 828-0498


ctrl-z June 9, 2008 8:19 pm (Pacific time)

About time. Now let's see if anyone else is willing to do the right thing.

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