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  1. -07-25-08 Kucinich Raises Bush Impeachment at Hearing (TheHill.com)
      "Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) asked members of the House Judiciary Committee to consider his calls to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney as a colorful hearing on executive power opened on Friday." 07-08

Papers
  1. -Editorial: Are We Really a Nation of Laws? (PBS.org - Bill Moyers)
      "BILL MOYERS: Well, what you just said indicts the Congress more than you're indicting George Bush and Dick Cheney."

      "BRUCE FEIN: In some sense, yes, because the founding fathers expected an executive to try to overreach and expected the executive would be hampered and curtailed by the legislative branch. And you're right. They have basically renounced-- walked away from their responsibility to oversee and check. It's not an option. It's an obligation when they take that oath to faithfully uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. And I think the reason why this is. They do not have convictions about the importance of the Constitution."

      "BILL MOYERS: You're saying you want the judiciary committee to call formal hearings on the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney?"

      "BRUCE FEIN: Yes. Because there are political crimes that have been perpetrated in combination. It hasn't been one, the other being in isolation. And the hearings have to be not into this is a Republican or Democrat. This is something that needs to set a precedent, whoever occupies the White House in 2009. You do not want to have that occupant, whether it's John McCain or Hillary Clinton or Rudy Giuliani or John Edwards to have this authority to go outside the law and say, 'I am the law. I do what I want. No one else's view matters.' "

      "But there is absolutely a good that comes of this if the process begins, if we take it seriously. And the founders would have told you that, -- that impeachment is a dialogue. It is a discourse. And it is an educational process. If Congress were to get serious about the impeachment discussions, to hold the hearings, to begin that dialogue, they would begin to educate the American people and perhaps themselves about the system of checks and balances, about the powers of the presidency, about, you know, what we can expect and what we should expect of our government." 07-07

  2. Editorial: Impeach Bush (Salon.com - Garrison Keillor)
      "The peaceful lagoon that is the White House is designed for the comfort of a vulnerable man. Perfectly understandable, but not what is needed now. The U.S. Constitution provides a simple ultimate way to hold him to account for war crimes and the failure to attend to the country's defense. Impeach him and let the Senate hear the evidence." 07-07

  3. Editorial: Is Lying About the Reason for a War an Impeachable Offense? (CNN News - John Dean)
      "President George W. Bush has got a very serious problem. Before asking Congress for a joint resolution authorizing the use of U.S. military forces in Iraq, he made a number of unequivocal statements about the reason the United States needed to pursue the most radical actions any nation can undertake -- acts of war against another nation."

      "Now it is clear that many of his statements appear to be false." 06-03

  4. Editorial: The Impeachment of George W. Bush (TheNation.com - Holtzman)
      "Finally, it has started. People have begun to speak of impeaching President George W. Bush--not in hushed whispers but openly, in newspapers, on the Internet, in ordinary conversations and even in Congress. As a former member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon, I believe they are right to do so." 01-06

  5. Editorial: The Impeachment of George W. Bush (TheNation.com - Holtzman)
      "Finally, it has started. People have begun to speak of impeaching President George W. Bush--not in hushed whispers but openly, in newspapers, on the Internet, in ordinary conversations and even in Congress. As a former member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon, I believe they are right to do so." 01-06

  6. Impeachment (InfoPlease.com)
      "Since 1797 the House of Representatives has impeached sixteen federal officials. These include two presidents, a cabinet member, a senator, a justice of the Supreme Court, and eleven federal judges. Of those, the Senate has convicted and removed seven, all of them judges. Not included in this list are the office holders who have resigned rather than face impeachment, most notably, President Richard M. Nixon." 07-07

  7. Impeachment (Wikipedia.org)
      "The impeachment procedure is in two steps. The House of Representatives must first pass "articles of impeachment" by a simple majority. (All fifty state legislatures as well as the District of Columbia city council may also pass articles of impeachment against their own executives.) The articles of impeachment constitute the formal allegations. Upon their passage, the defendant has been 'impeached.' "

      "Next, the Senate tries the accused."

      "In order to convict the accused, a two-thirds majority of the senators present is required. Conviction automatically removes the defendant from office." 07-07

  8. Impeachment Whispers Get Louder (MSNBC News)
      "To drive through the mill towns and curling country roads here is to journey into New England's impeachment belt. Three of this state's 10 House members have called for the investigation and possible impeachment of President Bush."

      "It would be a considerable overstatement to say the fledgling impeachment movement threatens to topple a presidency -- there are just 33 House co-sponsors of a motion by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) to investigate and perhaps impeach Bush, and a large majority of elected Democrats think it is a bad idea." 03-06

  9. Poll: Americans Split on Impeachment of Bush (AmericanResearchGroup.com)
      The question posed in the poll was: "Do you favor or oppose the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush?" 07-07

  10. Rep. Kucinich Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against President Bush (C-Span.org)
      Provides the text of the Congressional Record on the 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush for "high crimes and misdemeanors." The Articles were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. If one or more Articles of Impeachment are passed by a simple majority of the House of Representatives, then the President is "impeached." The matter then goes to the Senate for a trial to determine if the President is guity as charged. 06-08

   
   


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