Updated: added video “Offending Words”
Updated: transcript added
Kucinich Starts New Impeachment Drive
Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio may get excluded from Democratic presidential debates, as he has been recently, but no one can deny him the floor in the House.
And today Mr. Kucinich took to the floor to fire off his latest salvo at the Bush administration: his plans to introduce Articles of Impeachment against President Bush on Jan. 28 — the day of Mr. Bush’s State of the Union speech.
Accusing the administration of lying about the need for the war in Iraq, Mr. Kucinich said he did not need to hear the president’s assessment. “We know the State of the Union,” he declared. “It’s a lie.”
He also fired a volley at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California who has maintained that impeaching Mr. Bush is not on the table for Congressional Democrats. “If impeachment is off the table,” Mr. Kucinich said, “truth is off the table. If truth is off the table then this body is living a lie.”
Mr. Kucinich introduced Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney last April and in November, with the surprise help of Republicans seeking to embarrass the Democrats, he nearly succeeded in securing an hour of debate on the House floor. House Democratic leaders blocked that, however, by referring the impeachment effort back to the Judiciary Committee.
Anti-Bush groups have been urging Mr. Kucinich to undertake an effort to impeach the president.
Dennis Kucinich Gets a Smack Down on House Floor
Dennis said his piece, then had to retract it all.
This clip also shows why Congress won’t let C-SPAN control the cameras and microphones. I’d love to have hear what they said to Dennis on the side.
I had to fast-forward to get it into 10 minutes.
Added: January 23, 2008
Updated: Jan 24, 2008
“The Center for Public Integrity in a report released today found, “the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and it culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19 2003” In short the President and Vice President lied and 4,000 of our soldiers died the President and Vice President lied and a million innocent Iraqi’s died in a war that will cost us 2 trillion dollars while people here in the states are losing their jobs their health care their homes their dignity.
Lies are weapons of mass destruction, lies are also an impeachable offense. Monday January 28 is the State of the Union, we already know the State of the Union: its a lie. We must reestablish truth as our State of the Union. So on that day I will introduce articles of impeachment concerning the President. If impeachment is off the table then truth is off the table, if the truth is off the table this house will be living a lie.
The bible says, “you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Let us once again be the land of the free by beginning the process which the founders understood would set us free and keep us free: Impeachment.”
(a few minutes later)
“Madame speaker I ask unanimous consent to withdraw the offending words to the end that they by stricken from the record and that I be permitted to revise and extend my remarks for the record.”
Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich caused a stink on the House of
Representatives floor this morning during a speech where he announced he’ll introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush on Monday, Jan. 28, the day Bush delivers his State of the Union speech.
“We already know the State of the Union,” Kucinich says in his
speech, which has been posted on YouTube (see above) . “It’s a lie.”
Republicans objected to Kucinich’s statements, and the Cleveland
congressman returned to the floor a few minutes later to withdraw his “offending words.”
Florida GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns called Kucinich’s statements a “clear
and egregious violation of House rules” but said he’d accept Kucinich’s request to withdraw his remarks.
“Both sides here attempt to restore civility, calmness here with
legitimate debate and not utter personal accusations,” Stearns said.
Updated: Jan. 24, 2008
Cup O Politics: Offending Words
Kucinich causes House floor fuss in announcing Bush impeachment drive
“Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich caused a stink on the House of Representatives floor this morning during a speech where he announced he’ll introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush on Monday, Jan. 28, the day Bush delivers his State of the Union speech.
“We already know the State of the Union,” Kucinich says in his speech. “It’s a lie.”
Republicans objected to Kucinich’s statements, and the Cleveland congressman returned to the floor a few minutes later to withdraw his “offending words.””
Mashup of video from C-Span by Steve Garfield