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July 26, 2008

[Video] Congressional Hearing on Bush’s Abuses, 6hrs+

Filed under: Impeachment Progress News — Jodin Morey @ 6:10 am

Hearings start at around 19 minutes into this first video:
Part 1 of 4:

After Downing Street — In this hearing we heard the case for impeachment from Kucinich, Wexler, Jackson-Lee, Johnson, Baldwin, Ellison, Hinchey, Holtzman, Anderson, Adams, and even Barr. We heard general support in that direction from Scott, Lofgren, and even Nadler (almost). And we heard Pence’s and Franks’ laughable and inculpating defenses along the lines of “Bush is not a crook.” Not bad for the first day’s work of the 110th Congress! Now, how about an impeachment hearing? We saw a lot of interest from committee members in the offense of signing statements, and also in the refusal to comply with subpoenas. Those are the issues that seem to have the most traction (and the least congressional complicity).

Now would be the time for a little less talk and a lot more action! Please call your Representative at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to call John Conyers and ask for impeachment hearings to begin. Please ask everyone you know to do the same. Please call every morning until it happens.

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9 Comments

  1. Since everybody knows the war in Iraq is and always has been based on lies and attempts to steal the natural resources of that country and it’s citizens right to choose their religions as they see fit. Why haven’t the people of America impeached Bush for murder of our children and war crimes against the peoples of Iraq? Bush telling lies that he and his co-harts are protecting America and at the same time placing us in a position distruction from within because of greed and sometimes seems an unabashed hatred of America and our ways of life!

    Comment by James Davis — July 26, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

  2. This should be pre-impeachment and I would estimate
    rolling on the table impeachment of Bush/Cheney.I
    myself only will support the impeachment,this fight
    been going against for many years and building.The eveidence
    is so openly you can read clearly from several sources of publications.
    impeach,teach and only the honest survive.

    Comment by DENNIIS M MCCULLOUGH — July 26, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  3. Thanks!

    Bizarre how they can stay inactive….
    http://tangibleinfo.blogspot.com/2008/07/live-bush-crimes-hearing-executive.html

    FEAR rules over the people of US america. Cheney’s intense interest in bioweapons gives cause for alarm, you people might get another anthrax letter scare if you try to impeach.

    The REAL power-holders, the ones that did 911, the super-secret, super high-tech military murder machine operators, they will never allow 9/11 to come out.

    If Congress would start the clean-out of that mafia you’d quickly get mass-murder … TO SAVE THE NATION….

    Obama will kill millions, too?
    http://tangibleinfo.blogspot.com/2008/07/obama-will-kill-millions-too.html

    Comment by jutu artoh — July 27, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  4. I would like my Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN 5th) to introduce an article of impeachment that covers all information that has been subpoened and ignored.

    Comment by Mikael — July 27, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

  5. Why is the 6 hr. vido not available. I missed Kucinich’s second appearence. When will this vido be available?

    Comment by ken biggs — July 27, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  6. OMG. Is Franks brainwashed or what? He sees terrorists in every corner. This is the kind of people that SHOULD not have any power whatsoever. I could not sleep soundly if I knew he had a finger on the button.

    Comment by Bo — July 28, 2008 @ 7:22 am

  7. Ken Biggs,

    The first video was down last night. I was just finishing watching it when it went down. It is back up and running this morning.

    Comment by Mikael — July 28, 2008 @ 8:32 am

  8. I am confused. Why is it that Congress hasn’t already begun Impeachment Hearings for President Bush, Vice President Cheney, et al.? Isn’t protecting the Constitution Congress’ number one priority? And, if so, given the tons of evidence already amassed against Bush and His followers one would think Congress would work night and day to begin Impeachment Hearings to see if Bush and His gang of thugs are truly guilty of trashing the Constitution. It is my hope that this hearing is only the first of what will become true Impeachment Hearings so we once and for all can learn the TRUTH about Bush and His Administration.

    Comment by Randy W. Sandberg — July 28, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  9. [...] Congratulations, you folks who’ve been pushing for impeachment can take a share of credit in bringing about the congressional committee hearings on Bush’s abuses of powers (watch the video here). [...]

    Pingback by Impeach Bush For Peace » Push Conyers to Follow Up with Impeachment — August 14, 2008 @ 3:33 am

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• If we impeach Bush, we’ll get President Cheney!
The first impeachment resolution introduced by McKinney included Bush, Cheney, and Rice. Although, even if we only initially pursue Bush, initiating the impeachment process will lead to an investigation that will implicate lots of people in the Bush administration who are guilty of committing crimes, including Cheney.

No matter who we get to replace Bush, we’ll be showing those in power that anyone who breaks the law will be held accountable.

• Promoting impeachment will seem too “extreme.”
Demanding that crimes be investigated is NOT extreme. Some previous impeachment attempts were considered extreme because they were pursued for actions that didn't rise to the level of a Constitutional crisis, which is what the impeachment tool is meant to be used for. Nixon's impeachment, however, was bipartisan.

  • We should wait to impeach...
Wait to impeach? We've waited 3 or more years too long already. We had enough evidence to impeach years ago. Remember, an impeachment only means you have enough evidence to warrant a trial, just like an indictment. Our congress people didn't take an oath to bipartisanship. They took an oath to the Constitution. Besides which, our troops, Iraqi civilians, and our own civil liberties are all waiting for this.
 
• Before we impeach, we should get some legislation passed...
And with unconstitutional Presidential Signing Statements, veto power, and the power of "Commander in Chief" at his disposal, how do you think Congress is going to get anything accomplished without first impeaching Bush?

If your tire blows while you're driving, do you stop to fix it? Or do you continue driving on your rim because to stop would take too much time?

• It hurts the democracy to go through a presidential impeachment. And Bush is a lame duck anyway.
Holding government officials accountable for their actions strengthens our democracy. Letting lawlessness stand weakens it.

Sometimes reprimanding a child (president) doesn't make the family (Washington) a happy place. But you still have to do it so the child and his siblings (future presidents) learn about accountability. Impeachment is horribly UNDERUSED, which is part of why there's so much corruption at the top. Politicians must learn to fear it. People think things are better because we improved the make-up of our law-making body, Congress. But Bush is BREAKING LAWS. So, it doesn't matter how many laws Congress passes if they don't serve their OVERSIGHT duties as well by impeaching. They swore to defend the Constitution. What are laws without enforcement?

Besides, considering Bush's track-record of breaking laws, he can still do a lot of damage. Our troops, Iran, and our Supreme Court are all endangered so long as he remains in office. Waiting until Bush is out of office will leave us complicit in any further crimes he commits. The Union of Concerned Scientists has estimated that the death toll from a "tactical" nuclear weapon of the kind Bush is contemplating using in Iran would be at minimum 3 million men, women, and children. The path of death would stretch across country boundaries into India.

Perhaps worst of all, we set a terrible precedent by allowing Bush to stay in office after he's broken so many laws. Impeachment will stop future presidents from using Bush's actions as justification for even more lawbreaking and erosion of civil liberties.

• I'm a Democrat/
Republican. If we support impeachment it will lower the chances of my party winning in 2008.

So, your party would rather win elections than do what's right for the country? I hope you're wrong. I also hope the public is willing to throw additional support to any party that holds our elected officials accountable for their actions. This has been historically true with every single impeachment effort launched. And this impeachment effort would begin with majority support (unlike most past impeachments including Nixon).

• Impeachment will never happen. Congress members will block it.
Well, all we need is a majority of support in the House. And 2/3rds vote in the Senate to remove Bush from office will happen once the evidence gets aired on the floor of the House, and subsequently the national media outlets. The political pressure will become too great.

Today's impossibility is tomorrow's reality. Congress members will realize that tying their political future to Bush reduces their chances of getting elected. Remember, one way or another, Bush is gone by 2009— but members of Congress may retain their offices beyond that date. Bush's poll numbers are extremely low, and most Americans support impeachment. This is a bipartisan movement. This means that if we make the pressure unbearable for Members of Congress, they'll turn on him to keep their own seats (like they did with Nixon). It's already starting to happen. While many Members of Congress have behaved unethically in the last few years, it's important to understand that this is related to their warped view of what's in their self-interest. Let's wake them up to their true self-interest (impeaching the president), by showing them our support for impeachment.

And even if we only impeach, and the Senate fails to do their duty and remove him from office, it will only implicate the Senators who fail to do their sworn Constitutional duty.

• But Speaker of the House Pelosi said that Impeachment was "off the table."

Pelosi most likely said this to remove any appearance of conflict-of-interest that would arise if she were thrust into the presidency as a result of the coming impeachment. What we need to do is to pressure Pelosi not to interfere with impeachment maneuverings within her party. Sending her Do-It-Yourself impeachments legitimizes her when she joins the impeachment movement in the future.

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