Nine House Republicans Vote for Impeachment Hearings

Passes 238-180, 10 Republicans Abstain

An unidentified government official of a U.S. ally wants to participate if and when Kucinich makes his case to impeach President Bush before the House Judiciary Committee.There will be a hearing related to Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s Article of Impeachment against George Bush in the House Judiciary Committee. That was assured by a vote of 238 to 180 on Tuesday.

But, according to Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s “Countdown” Wednesday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has mandated that questioning in the hearing be relegated to Bush’s abuses of power, not his criminal wrongdoing.

“There’s never been one [hearing] that accumulated all the things that constitute an imperial presidency,” said Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, according to CQ Politics. He indicated topics covered in the hearing would include the firing of U.S. attorneys for political reasons, the betrayal of CIA agent Valerie Plame and Bush’s alleged lying to Congress about the reasons for invading Iraq.

Kucinich’s single Article of Impeachment only deals with Bush’s lies to Congress.

There were no Democratic votes against holding the hearing. While 180 Republicans voted to follow their Dear Leader lock-step over the cliff, 10 Republicans abstained and nine Republican members of Congress voted with the Democrats:

Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas)
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (Md.)
Rep. Walter B. Jones (N.C.)
Rep. Don Manzullo (Ill.)
Rep. Tim Murphy (Penn.)
Rep. Ron Paul (Texas)
Rep. Dave Reichert (Wash.)
Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.)
Rep. Mike Turner (Ohio)

Kucinich promises a surprise witness against Bush. Also from CQ Politics: “An unidentified government official of a U.S. ally wants to participate if and when Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich makes his case to impeach President Bush before the House Judiciary Committee, according to the Ohio Democrat.”

4 Comments

  • leroy duvall
    July 16, 2008 - 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I would be a pile of money that I know who the surprise witness will be – a certain Brit who has more eloquence and more backbone than all of the democratic enablers in the house and senate combined!!!!

  • Roger Johnson
    July 17, 2008 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Nancy Pelosi needs to read Vincent Bugliosi’s book before making limited decisions.

  • getaclue
    July 18, 2008 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    it’s not Pelosi’s decision to determine the scope of impeachment…any high crime or misdemeanor is impeachment fodder.

    That stupid cunt needs to be tossed out on her armani-clad, out of touch ass.

  • Alohabunny
    July 19, 2008 - 5:15 am | Permalink

    The American people are totally to blame for Bush and Pelosi thumbing their noses at us all. We continue to vote for either a Democrat or Republican when we should be working very hard to support the Green Party making it an actual alternative to our present one party system pretending to be two.

    We all grumble and complain about nothing getting done for the people while Congress pisses away their 80 day schedule and BushCo pisses away the treasury on his warmongering.

    These people are all multi millionaires whose salaries can not account for that, meanwhile suitcases full of cash provide them a very nice lifestyle as they allocate non bid contracts to their cronies and push for more war to keep the cycle of tax money and suitcases full of cash flowing.

    So as they screw us all blind, remember to run out and keep voting for it by electing Democrats and Republicans who are really all the same. And if you have any doubts, look at Pelosi panic when she thinks that her pal George might have to fend off impeachment and possibly rat the rest of them out. And if you think for one minute that Obama is any different, remember he just voted for the FISA bill that allows the government to spy on us all in violation of the Constitution, he is pushing for expansion of the Afghanistan war, he has to promise the “defense” contractors something or they won’t fund him.

    THE WHOLE MESS THAT IS THE USA IS EXACTLY WHAT AMERICANS DESERVE.

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