U.S. Rep. Kucinich Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against President Bush

Ohio Congressman and former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush today, alleging the commander-in-chief is guilty of a wide-range of constitutional violations including launching a war on false pretenses, and spying on American citizens.

“The House is not in order,” Kucinich said to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who has said impeachment “is off the table.”

Pelosi pounded her gavel. Kucinich then began to read the impeachment articles.

Kucinich, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war who has consistently voted against funding the conflict, introduced a resolution last year that called for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney, but the House did not act upon it. Kucinich is up for reelection this year. The move by the congressman to impeach President Bush is not expected to go anywhere. But his recitation on the house floor of the nearly three-dozen articles of impeachment will become part of the Congressional Record.

Impeachment has not been considered by Congress because the Democratic leadership believes it will hurt their party’s chances of securing the White House in November’s presidential election. Additionally, Democrats said they do not have enough votes to support a move to impeach the president.

Last week, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a long-awaited report on prewar Iraq intelligence that concluded President Bush and Vice President Cheney knowingly lied to the public and to Congress about Iraq’s links to al-Qaeda and the threat the country posed to the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11.

Kucinich said Monday night that President Bush misled “the American people and members of Congress to believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction so as to manufacture a false case for war.”

“President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office,” Kucinich said.

Democrats would consider impeachment proceedings if the president authorizes a military strike against Iran without first consulting Congress, according to a May 8 letter sent to President Bush by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers.

“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.

“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, Conyers’ letter says.

Still, knowingly using flawed intelligence to win support for the Iraq war amounts to High Crimes and Misdemeanors, an impeachable offense, according to former Nixon counsel John Dean.

“To put it bluntly, if Bush has taken Congress and the nation into war based on bogus information, he is cooked,” Dean wrote in a June 6, 2003 column for findlaw.com.

“Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security intelligence data, if proven, could be “a high crime” under the Constitution’s impeachment clause. It would also be a violation of federal criminal law, including the broad federal anti-conspiracy statute, which renders it a felony “to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.

The articles of impeachment against President Bush comes on the heels of a letter signed by 56 House Democrats Friday that was sent to Attorney General Michael Mukasey calling for the appointment a special counsel to investigate whether President Bush and other White House officials violated the War Crimes Act when they authorized brutal interrogation methods against detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.

The letter says the International Committee of the Red Cross conducted an independent investigation of interrogation practices at Guantanamo Bay and “documented several instances of acts of torture against detainees, including soaking a prisoner’s hand in alcohol and lighting it on fire, subjecting a prisoner to sexual abuse and forcing a prisoner to eat a baseball”

“This information indicates that the Bush administration may have systematically implemented, from the top down, detainee interrogation policies that constitute torture or otherwise violate the law,” the letter to Mukasey says. “We believe that these serious and significant revelations warrant an immediate investigation to determine whether actions taken by the President, his Cabinet, and other Administration officials are in violation of the War Crimes Act, the Anti-Torture Act, and other U.S. and international laws.”

Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, one of the organizations that has called on Congress to impeach President Bush said Kucinich demonstrated “historic leadership” by introducing the articles of impeachment.

“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 said. “We are thrilled and honored that Dennis Kucinich has chosen to be that one genuine patriot.”

Jason Leopold is an investigative reporter and a two-time winner of the Project Censored award. He is the author of the National Bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir, and he has launched a new online investigative news magazine, The Public Record. Read other articles by Jason, or visit Jason's website.

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  1. bozhidar balkas said on June 12th, 2008 at 7:44am #

    my admiration for kucinic
    one does what one must do and never mind results.

  2. J McBeal said on June 12th, 2008 at 9:09am #

    Obama would be wise to name Dennis Kucinich as his running mate. Kucinich is a true American hero.

  3. hp said on June 12th, 2008 at 10:28am #

    Kucinich may be a ‘hero’ overall, by virtue of his tenure in Congress which serves as a symbol of what being a representative of the people means, but to see this latest impeachment motion as an example of heroism is a bit much.
    Seven and a half years into an eight year Presidency is a bit late to accomplish anything but a token feel good gesture, if even that. Tell me he didn’t know this.
    Proof being the vote yesterday. (251-166) Done. Over. It took all of one week to dispose of that pipe dream of a too late never had a snowball’s chance in hell impeachment.
    After all, Bush isn’t getting blowjobs, he’s giving them, and we know to who.
    As sleazy, corrupt and treasonous as the House is, you know all but a few of those 166 got the ‘OK’ to vote yes for reasons of conniving deceiving propaganda and political maneuvering.
    On the plus side, everyone felt pretty good for a day or two.
    Go Dennis.

  4. Rich Griffin said on June 12th, 2008 at 11:04am #

    I don’t watch mainstream media – was there any coverage of Kucinich’s great act of rebellion and truth-telling??

  5. Max Shields said on June 12th, 2008 at 11:06am #

    hp, but you got to love this guy.

    It’s never too late for justice, even if we have to chase the sons-of-bitches into the courtroom after they’re out of office.

    If ever there was a line THIS IS IT. They are as guilty as any Nazi at Nuremberg (and more so than most). Tribunal, I’m open for Truth and Reconciliation, but justice must be served. Kucinich kicked the bucket and now it needs to be turned over to a prosecutor.

    F^uck the elections. They’re meaningless when the killing will go on one admin after another. Who’s ever in the WH has got to be served notice – STOP THIS SHIT!

  6. hp said on June 12th, 2008 at 5:51pm #

    I agree Max. I do think ahighly of Dennis.

    Rich, here’s a brief from Gore Vidal. He remarks on the lack of US coverage.


  7. Lloyd Rowsey said on June 12th, 2008 at 8:42pm #

    Dost thou jest, Rich? Conceivably CSPAN or whoever shows live House sessions got caught unawares.

    Hey. Nobody’s corrupted by saying something nice about Dennis, or sending him a buck or two. And if you’re not from Cleveland? Maybe send a buck or two to Barbara Lee, way out in Oakland, California. Her birthday’s July 19th.

    And whoa, hp! Thanx for that link to Uncle Gore’s piece in Common Dreams. Our fave socialist warhorse still dashes off incomparably fine political prose from time to time.

  8. hp said on June 12th, 2008 at 9:01pm #

    The truth is never out of style, Lloyd.
    Mr. Vidal must be pretty lonely these days.
    Here’s a very good interview from last month.
    I know you’ll enjoy this.


  9. Lloyd Rowsey said on June 12th, 2008 at 10:02pm #

    Yeah, hp, enjoy it I did. It’s the best thing I’ve ever read about Gore Vidal. If you’d like to read the best thing I’ve ever written about him, it’s the fourth review down, as a “Most Helpful” review of The Last Empire: Essays, 1992-2000:


    And it contains one very, very funny quotation about journalists.

  10. Lloyd Rowsey said on June 12th, 2008 at 10:04pm #

    er, Most Helpful “Viewpoint”!

  11. hp said on June 13th, 2008 at 11:28am #

    I liked it, Lloyd.
    Leper-bells, ha ha.
    So that’s what this constant ringing in my ears is?

    “The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor.”
    Twain (a connecticut yankee in king arthur’s court)

  12. Lloyd Rowsey said on June 13th, 2008 at 3:13pm #

    Glad you did, hp. Amazon.com instituted the “Most Helpful Viewpoint” category in the last year or so, and I like to think it was as a result of all the shit I gave them about “Most Helpful Reviews” being totally biased and unjustified against negative reviews (of controversial, political books), because negative reviews could actually INCREASE the sales to the author’s outraged supporters. Or put simply, the “Helpful-Unhelpful” distinction is bullshit for highly political books.

    You might also enjoy the review of mine at Amazon.com which set me off. It presently has 16 “Found Helpfuls” and 66 “Found Not Helpfuls.” It reviews Ronald Radosh’s “Commies: A Journey Throught the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left.”

  13. Lloyd Rowsey said on June 13th, 2008 at 3:38pm #

    And anyone interested in seriously supporting Kucinich and Impeachment…NOW… should Google to


  14. anthony innes said on June 14th, 2008 at 1:54am #

    any citizen of the USA not backing Kucinich and IMPEACHMENT is a traitor to the Constitution . All progressives should rally around this issue and push for this to be the decider for candidates in November .
    Max Shields is on to it . Its never too late for Justice and Rule of the Law ; enough BS already.