With his run for the White House behind him, Representative Dennis Kucinich got an official airing in the House Judiciary Committee last week in his continued quest to impeach President Bush.
The staunch liberal Ohio congressman presented a single impeachment article, which insiders say is not expected to move forward, according to Fox News.
Still, according to The Associated Press, critics of the Bush administration were eager to move forward with a push to oust the President from office.
According to Fox News, the push for Bush’s impeachment began shortly after 10am, and it didn’t take long for critics of the President to explode with applause.
While the top ranked Republican on the committee—Lamar Smith of Texas—dismissed the hearings as a waste of everyone’s time, but that didn’t stop Democrats from making their voices heard.
One of the first to speak—Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla.—said the administration had committed some serious abuses, that if proven, would certainly constitute high crimes.”
He said the only way to properly move forward “is to hold hearings for impeachment.”
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., followed, saying: “It is my judgement that President Bush is the worst President that our country has suffered.”
Both comments drew an uproar of applause, to which Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., had to warn the crowd: “Let’s restrain ourselves, please.”
Though under the constitution, the power to impeach lies within the House, despite issues that have driven a wedge between the House Democratic Caucus and White House—the Iraq war, energy and the economy to name a few—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is off the table, according to CBS News.
Smith went on to describe the partisan tone of the hearing as “an anger management class,” saying the congressional approval rating’s historic low of near 10% makes Bush’s 28% approval rating look good.
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