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During the presidency of George W. Bushseveral American politicians sought b either investigate Bush for possibly impeachable offenses, or to bring actual impeachment charges on the floor of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
The most significant of these efforts occurred on June 10,when Congressman Dennis Kucinichalong with co-sponsor Robert Wexlerintroduced 35 articles of impeachment  against Bush to the U.
The invasion of Iraq was the most substantial portion of the articles of impeachment introduced by Kucinich and Wexler.
Fifteen of the 35 articles directly relate to alleged misconduct by Bush in seeking authority for the war, and in the conduct of military action itself. Five other articles address allegations partially or tertiarily relating to the war, including the “outing” of Valerie Plame, treatment of prisoners both in Iraq and from operations in Afghanistan and other countriesand building a case for Iran being a threat based in part on alleging Iranian actions in Iraq. Articles 5—8 and 12 deal with the invasion of Iraq and include charges that funds were misspent before the war, that the war was in violation of HJRes, that Iraq was invaded without a war declaration, that the war is a violation of the UN Charter, and that the purpose of the war was to control the country’s oil supplies.
Articles 9, 10, 11 and 13 deal with conduct of the war, including failing to provide troops with body armor, falsifying US troop deaths and injuries, establishing a permanent military base in Iraq, and creating a secret task force to develop energy and military policies with respect to Iraq and other countries.
Articles 15 and 16 cover contractors in Iraq and charges that the president misspent money on contractors and provided them with immunity. Articles 17—20 concern the treatment of detainees, the “kidnapping” and detention of foreign nationals, and the use of torture. Article 21 claims that the president misled Congress and the American people about threats from Iran, and supported terrorist organizations within Iran, with the goal of overthrowing the Iranian government.
Articles 24 and 25 charge the president with illegally spying on American citizens, directing US telecom companies to create databases of citizens, and violating the fourth amendment of the US Constitution. Articles 28 and 29 charge the president with tampering with the elections and violating the Voting Rights Act of On June 16, Rep.
John Conyers D- MI assembled an unofficial meeting to discuss the Downing Street memo and to consider grounds for impeachment. Conyers filed a resolution on December 18, to create an investigative committee to consider impeachment. His resolution gained 38 co-sponsors before it expired at the end of the th Congress.
He did not reintroduce a similar resolution for the th Congress. Keith Ellison was the leading figure behind the resolution to impeach Bush brought to the Minnesota State House of Representatives in May During the campaign and when he was named to the House Judiciary CommitteeEllison repeatedly called for an investigation into a possible impeachment. At another unofficial hearing convened by Conyers on January 20,Rep. Jerrold Nadler D- NY called for the committee to explore whether Bush should face impeachment, stemming from his decision to authorize domestic surveillance without court review.
On May 10,House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D- CA indicated she was not interested in pursuing impeachment and had taken it “off the table”, reiterating this phrase on November 8, after the election.
The bill expired along with the th Congress. John Conyers brought up the subject of impeachment on the July 8, broadcast of This Week with George Stephanopoulos stating:.
We’re hoping that as the cries for the removal of both Cheney and Bush now reach 46 percent and 58 percent, respectively, for impeachment, that we could begin to become a little bit more cooperative, if not even amicable, in des to get to the truth 109fh these matters.
In NovemberJoe Bidenthen a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination instated that he would move to impeach if President Bush were to bomb Iran without first gaining congressional approval.
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Bush, which included 35 counts in the articles of impeachment. On June 11, the House voted to send the resolution to the Committee. On July 14,Kucinich introduced a new impeachment resolution H. On March 24,the Vermont Democratic State Committee voted to support JRH 15, a state legislative resolution supporting impeachment, calling for its passage as “appropriate action.
On February 20,the bill was ruled “Inexpedient to Legislate” to pass by a 10 to 5 vote within committee, which passed the resolution on to the full House for a vote. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. NSA warrantless surveillance controversy and Separation of powers. Bush’s use of signing statements. Criticism of government response to Hurricane Katrina.
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