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Kucinich Pushes to Impeach Bush

June 13, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

Should Congress use their time holding George Bush accountable for violating all kinds of laws in the lead up to the Iraq War, or dealing with the current and future problems facing the country? The Democratic leadership, lead by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has consistently favored the latter, insisting since the 2006 elections that “impeachment is off the table.” But Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and a group of Democrats on the left of the party are pushing back against the leadership – most recently with a bill to impeach President Bush.

Kucinich introduced the bill earlier this week, and it was referred to the House Judiciary Committee by an overwhelming vote after being forced onto the House floor by a rare parliamentary move known as a privileged motion. So far, the bill’s following the same exact path as the Cheney impeachment bill Kucinich introduced earlier in the session. That bill’s been stuck in the Judiciary Committee since November, and it likely will never leave. The Bush impeachment bill will probably find its final resting place there as well.

Kucinich, however, is not giving up. The Hill reports:

>He said Wednesday that he’ll bring his resolution back in 30 days if the Judiciary Committee, to which it was referred Wednesday, doesn’t act on it.
>“This one’s coming back from the dead in 30 days,” Kucinich said after the referral vote Wednesday. “In 30 days, I’ll be joined by many more” members, he said.
>Asked who those members were, he replied, “You’ll see.”

Seeing the unpopularity of the Republicans’ impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 and the fact that Bush is already an unpopular and lame duck , The Democratic leadership is resisting impeachment because they fear it would be bad politics. But Kucinich and his supporters see impeachment as Congress’ responsibility. “It is the House’s responsibility as a co-equal branch of government to provide an effective check and balance to executive abuse of power,” Kucinich said in a press release. And there is some evidence that the leadership’s political calculations may be wrong. The most recent poll shows that 36 percent of Americans think Congress would be justified in impeaching Bush, which almost surely means that a majority of Democrats do.

Below are the 35 charges leveled against President Bush in Kucinich’s bill (for complete text and supporting evidence, go here):

Article I –
Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq

Article II –
Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression

Article III
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War

Article IV –
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States

Article V –
Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression

Article VI –
Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114

Article VII
Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.

Article VIII
Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter

Article IX –
Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor

Article X –
Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes

Article XI –
Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq

Article XII
Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation’s Natural Resources

Article XIIII
Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries

Article XIV
Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency

Article XV –
Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq

Article XVI
Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors

Article XVII
Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives

Article XVIII
Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy

Article XIX
Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to “Black Sites” Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture

Article XX –
Imprisoning Children

Article XXI
Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government

Article XXII
Creating Secret Laws

Article XXIII
Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act

Article XXIV
Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment

Article XXV
Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens

Article XXVI
Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements

Article XXVII
Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply

Article XXVIII
Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice

Article XXIX
Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Article XXX
Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare

Article XXXI
Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency

Article XXXII
Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change

Article XXXIII
Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.

Article XXXIV
Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001

Article XXXV
Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders

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