“This one’s coming back from the dead in 30 days,” says Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
The House has voted to send articles of impeachment against President Bush to a committee that is not likely to hold hearings before the end of his term. By 251-166, House members dispatched the measure to the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday — a procedure often used to kill legislation. Incredibly, 24 Republicans voted with 227 Democrats; the 166 no votes came exclusively from Republicans.
That means Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers now has the power to decide whether to hold impeachment hearings – or not. Since 2005, Conyers has received millions of impeachment petitions. Hundreds if not thousands of activists have spoken to him personally. But he remains adamantly opposed to hearings, for one simple reason: he fears it will hurt the Democratic candidate for President (now Barack Obama) in November.
AFTER The House sent articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee Rep. Kucinich said that if the Judiciary Committee does not act within 30 days, he intends to introduce another, longer version of the articles of impeachment, with 60 counts instead of 35.
“I am not going to let this go. I am not going to let it go. I’ll just keep coming back and they can pile these things up in committee but I’ll keep coming back,” Kucinich said. “I’ll bring it up again, and there will be more. There will be more.”