Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors. The length of these detentions has frequently exceeded a year, and in some cases has stretched to five years. Some of these detainees have reached adulthood in detention and are now not being reported as child detainees because they are no longer children. Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which the United States has been a signatory since , children under the age of 15 captured in conflicts, even if they have been fighting, are to be considered victims, not prisoners.
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Bush is a series of actions and commentary within the public and private spheres voicing support for the impeachment of United States President George W.
The phrase is also used in a broader sense to refer to a social movement and public opinion poll data that include both Democrats and Republicans which indicate a degree of public support for the impeachment of President Bush.
The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has not considered the impeachment of President Bush, and the House of Representatives has taken no action to do so. The Democratic Party leadership has indicated that they have no intention of resolving to impeach him. On June 9, Dennis Kucinich gave official notice of his intention to introduce 35 articles of impeachment against George W.
Bush to the U. House of Representatives. The Clerk took just under four hours to read the resolution into the record. As soon as the House Clerk finished reading the resolution in the early morning of 11 June, Kucinich himself moved to refer the resolution to the Judiciary Committee.
The House voted to to refer the impeachment resolution to the Judiciary Committee on July Impeachment To impeach the President of the United States, a majority of the United States House of Representatives must agree to pass a resolution that alleges the President committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
The House of Representatives then exhibits these Articles of Impeachment to the United States Senate since the latter body has the "sole Power" to "try all impeachments. Senate, by two-thirds vote, finds the President "guilty" on any Article of Impeachment, then the President is removed from office and the Senate next votes on whether or not to disqualify the ex-President from holding further office under the United States. Although already convicted by the Senate, the ex-President is still liable to indictment and trial under regular criminal statutes for any federal crimes he may have committed.
If the U. Senate fails to reach a two-thirds majority for conviction, the President is acquitted and the trial is over. In the House, the Judiciary Committee is the typical committee to where impeachment resolutions are referred.
Of those four Presidents, only Johnson and Clinton were impeached by the House. Both were acquitted by the Senate. Nixon resigned after the Judiciary Committee recommended impeachment but before the full House considered the report. Nixon resigned apparently after being told that his impeachment and conviction were near certainties by Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, a conservative Senator who ran for President in Thus a President may not intervene in either the House impeachment or the Senate trial.
Dispute exists about whether the Impeachment exception to the pardon power extends to cases brought in the regular court system after Senate conviction. Rationales for impeachment Proponents of impeaching Bush assert that one or more of his actions qualify as "high crimes and misdemeanors" under which the president can constitutionally be impeached. However, since impeachment is inherently political, and not a legal process, there is no exact definition of what constitutes an impeachable offense other than treason or bribery.
Therefore, this list is not necessarily accurate. Simply stated, it is up to Congress to determine if something rises to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors. They also allege that it violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits unlawful searches and seizures of US citizens, including electronic surveillance.
In January , the Congressional Research Service released two legal analyses concluding that To the contrary, the Supreme Court has stated that Congress does indeed have power to regulate domestic surveillance Their analysis opines that the key arguments advanced by the Bush administration are not compatible with the law. NSA, in U. Robel, U. However, they were not totally informed, nor were they allowed to take notes or confer with others to assess the possible ramifications of this program.
Courts cannot shirk from responsibility when it looks like a political battle. However, it has become clear that, prior to the invasion, these arguments had already been widely disputed, in intelligence reports which should have been seen by the Bush administration. An in-depth investigation into the nature of these discrepancies by the Senate Intelligence Committee has been frustrated.
A New York Times editorial states: Mr. Roberts chairman of the Senate panel tried to kill the investigation entirely, and after the Democrats forced him to proceed, he set rules that seem a lot like the recipe for a whitewash. It states that the Bush administration advocated that two small trailers which had been found in Iraq were "biological laboratories," despite the fact that U. Meanwhile, for nearly a year, administration and intelligence officials continued to publicly assert that the trailers were weapons factories.
Charter are "the supreme Law of the Land. Charter a crime against peace and therefore a war crime. Such a violation of international law would constitute an impeachable offense according to Francis Boyle, John W.
Vuckovich, from the Institute for Policy Studies. They suggested that, as such, they were not protected under the Geneva Conventions. To address the mandatory review by a "competent tribunal" as defined by article five of the Third Geneva Convention, Combatant Status Review Tribunals were established. Rumsfeld, a majority of the U. Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of to provide a legal framework for the designation of "unlawful combatants", their detention, and trial through military commission.
This was described as unconstitutional by several Senators during the floor debates, so it has not changed the views of those advocating impeachment on these grounds. Critics accuse them of doing this in order to avoid U. Commentators, including the United Nations and Louise Arbour, have stated that, under international law, rendition as practiced by the U. The memos, known today as the "torture memos," advocate enhanced interrogation techniques, but point out that refuting the Geneva Conventions would reduce the possibility of prosecution for war crimes.
Most actions that fall under the international definition do not fall within this new definition advocated by the U. Mora, reported that policies allowing methods equivalent to torture were officially handed down from the highest levels of the administration, and led an effort within the Department of Defense to put a stop to those policies and instead mandate non-coercive interrogation standards.
However, in his signing statement, Bush made clear that he reserved the right to waive this bill if he thought that was needed.
Rumsfeld that, contrary to what the Bush administration advocated, the Third Geneva Convention regarding the treatment of prisoners applies to all detainees in the war on terrorism and as such the Military Tribunals used to try suspects were violating the law. The Court reaffirmed that those involved in mistreatment of detainees violate US and international law. It also calls for cessation of the US-termed "enhanced interrogation" techniques, as the UN sees these methods as a form of torture.
The UN report also admonishes against secret prisons, the use of which, is considered to amount to torture as well and should be discontinued.
Libby was still pending, the presiding judge, Reggie Walton, denied his request for a stay and ordered Libby to begin his prison sentence. Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Bush administration has issued changing and contradictory statements about the timeline of the planning of the firings, persons who ordered the firings, and reasons for the firings.
Among them, Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia L. Cooper wrote that: "we may be witnessing criminal acts of obstruction of justice at the highest levels of government. The original version concluded that among experts "there is widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling place fraud.
Black, was unexpectedly demoted and removed from office. Cooper, and Thom Hartmann have suggested that impeachment proceedings are warranted. And as such they hold that the allegations of incompetence amount to an impeachable offense. These have been used to justify policies connected with the war in Iraq. Petersburg Times and the Santiago Times have claimed that Bush has exceeded constitutional or other legal limitations on such war powers.
Bush, called for an investigation of the President in On June 16, Rep. Dozens of members of Congress, former Ambassador Joseph C. Conyers filed a resolution on December 18, to create an investigative committee to consider impeachment. His resolution gained 38 co-sponsors before it expired at the end of the th Congress. He has not re-introduced a similar resolution for the th Congress. House of Representatives in November During the campaign and when he was named to the House Judiciary Committee, Ellison repeatedly called for an investigation into a possible impeachment.
I understand that he was endorsed by ImpeachPAC and supported financially. Barbara Boxer D-CA issued a press release, saying that she had written four undisclosed legal scholars, asking if there were grounds for impeachment. Jerrold Nadler D-NY called for the committee to explore whether Bush should face impeachment, stemming from his decision to authorize domestic surveillance without court review.
The proceedings had no legal authority, as committee chairman, Rep. I think that they have committed impeachable offenses with regard to this terrorist surveillance program and making up their own program", later referring to censure as a "moderate course.
He has indicated that hearings into the impeachment of Bush may be warranted as well. These Guys Are Worse. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution.
They have transgressed national and international law. Res , to impeach president George W. It took him some four hours to read his article resolution out loud to a nearly empty House floor. On June 11, the House voted to send the resolution to the Committee. Res limited to a single count. Kucinich has raised in his impeachment resolution. A hearing on the resolution, scheduled for the morning of July 25, , under the heading of "Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations", will include testimony from legal experts, members of Congress, and military personnel.
The hearing will be broadcast live on C-Span3, as well as on the five-station Pacifica Radio network and some affiliates, with online streaming audio available as well. What I was saying, I was laying out options here.
Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney for "high crimes and misdemeanors," which include a host of violations of the Constitution such as domestic spying, illegal detentions, signing statements, electioneering, the breaking of international treaties, and war crimes. Representative Hall, a fourteen-term representative, presented the bill to the Committee for Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs on February 19, It was ruled inexpedient to pass by a 10 to 5 vote within committee, which passed the resolution on to the full House for a vote.
KASAMBAHAY BILL 2012 PDF
Resolved, That George Walker Bush, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following Articles of Impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: Articles of Impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of all the people of the United States of America, against George Walker Bush, President of the United States of America, and other officials, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. This conduct includes the following: Failure To Uphold Accountability In abrogation of his responsibility under the oath of office to take care that the Laws be faithfully executed, by which he agreed to act in good faith and accept responsibility for the overall conduct of the Executive Branch, a duty vested in his office alone under the Constitution, George Walker Bush, failed to take responsibility for, investigate or discipline those responsible for an ongoing pattern of negligence, incompetence and malfeasance to the detriment of the American people. By neglecting to superintend the conduct of these officials and to hold members of the Executive Branch responsible for their negligence or violations of law, George Walker Bush, President of the United States, did commit and was guilty of high misdemeanors against the United States of America. Wherefore, by their aforementioned conduct, George Walker Bush, Richard Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice warrant impeachment, trial, and removal from office. Chapter 36], George Walker Bush did clandestinely direct the National Security Agency and various other intelligence agencies, in secret and outside the lawful scope of their mandates, for purposes unrelated to any lawful function of his offices, to conduct electronic surveillance of citizens of the United States on U. Nothing has changed, by the way. In all of this, George Walker Bush has repeatedly and unapologetically misled the American people and has sought to undermine the system of checks and balances established by the Founding Fathers.
Hearings and Testimony of the 109th Congress
Bush Democrats are running around rewriting history lately! But frankly, no matter what they say, or how hard they work to deny it, they did in fact try to impeach President Geoge W. Bush for far far less than what Barack Obama has done while he has been in office. If Obama were a Republican, he would have probably been impeached and in prison by now. The double-standard sucks! But frankly, there has been no move toward impeachment.
Bills in the 115th Congress
Bush is a series of actions and commentary within the public and private spheres voicing support for the impeachment of United States President George W. The phrase is also used in a broader sense to refer to a social movement and public opinion poll data that include both Democrats and Republicans which indicate a degree of public support for the impeachment of President Bush. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has not considered the impeachment of President Bush, and the House of Representatives has taken no action to do so. The Democratic Party leadership has indicated that they have no intention of resolving to impeach him. On June 9, Dennis Kucinich gave official notice of his intention to introduce 35 articles of impeachment against George W. Bush to the U. House of Representatives.