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Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment ["John Conyers is an enthusiastic advocate...]
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Posted on 05/07/2006 11:55:33 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment

By Andrea Hopkins 10 minutes ago

Democrats will launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration if they take control of Congress in November but are not out to impeach President George W. Bush, a top Democrat said on Sunday.

House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would hold hearings on the use of intelligence in the lead-up to the Iraq war and investigate the high price of energy and prescription drugs if they win the extra 15 seats they need for a House majority in the mid-term elections.

But Pelosi denied Republican claims that her party would move quickly to impeach Bush.

"I said we'd be having hearings on the war, we'd have hearings. But I don't see us going to a place of impeachment," Pelosi said in an interview on NBC's Meet the Press. "Investigation does not equate to impeachment. Investigation is the requirement of Congress. It is about checks and balances."

In Congress, the majority party controls the chairmanship and agenda of all committees, where most laws are drafted and investigative and subpoena power is held.

With Bush's public approval rating at an all-time low and Republicans fearing they could lose control of both houses of Congress in November, Democrats are laying out plans for an aggressive start to the new Congress.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers (news, bio, voting record), the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has called for the creation of committee to recommend grounds for possible impeachment of Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney.

But Pelosi said such a decision rests with her and the Democratic caucus.

"John Conyers is an enthusiastic advocate. I am the leader. Our caucus will decide where we go," she said.

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KEYWORDS: 109th; 2006; conyers; dncagenda; johnconyers; nancypelosi; pelosi; wob
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1 posted on 05/07/2006 11:55:35 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Yeah, but 2/3s said they would be LESS likely to vote for someone who ran on Impeachment. Funny how the Losers hyperventilate about "Bush's low approval" numbers and NEVER both to mention the even LOWER approval numbers for Democrat Congress critters. Right now the Public hates everyone, except their OWN Congress critter. The Junk Media ignores that little fact at their peril.
2 posted on 05/07/2006 11:58:58 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party! For people who value slogans, not solutions!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Satin always overplays his hand.


3 posted on 05/07/2006 11:59:54 AM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: Sub-Driver

Talk about a party of nothing but egos. The Democrats sure have that one nailed. They just can't stand it that our country's two worst Presidents in history were in their very own party, Carter and Clinton. Now they want to push on us another one, Mrs. Clinton.


4 posted on 05/07/2006 11:59:59 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: MNJohnnie

The Demofaciest are still ripped about the Klinton impeachment and will do ANYTHING they can to even the score....Pelosi, and Conyers are political pimps who only crave power and retribution.


5 posted on 05/07/2006 12:01:21 PM PDT by Meadow Muffin
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To: MNJohnnie
Bush getting tormented by impeachment hearings.
The dims committing political suicide by doing so.
A chastened Republican victory in 08.
Everybody gets what they deserve.
6 posted on 05/07/2006 12:02:15 PM PDT by Blackirish (Hillary is angry AND brittle.)
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To: Sub-Driver
I have to believe that these ideas are what will hurt the Dems in November.

My parents are very civic minded and they never fail to vote. They will vote for who they think is the best candidate, Dem or Rep.

They would not, however, vote Dem if they thought their goal was to punish the President. I think there are a lot with similar thinking.

If people get the idea that the chief plan of the left is to punish Bush with no plan to protect us, then I do not think the House is in jeopardy.

7 posted on 05/07/2006 12:02:49 PM PDT by KJacob (If I yawn it is only in anticipation.)
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To: MNJohnnie

I support House members they are certainly acting like Republicans, (HR4437) but the Senators who are forming an unholy alliance with the liberals are not doing themselves any favors. The Specter/Mccain/Kennedy bill is one illustration of that.


8 posted on 05/07/2006 12:03:08 PM PDT by stopem (To allow a bunch of third world country nationals to divide Americans is unconscionable!)
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To: Steely Tom
Satin always overplays his hand

Do you have problems with certain type fo fabric?

9 posted on 05/07/2006 12:03:10 PM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (No one cares if the muzzies are free. It really is about their oil.)
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To: Sub-Driver

And yet we have people at this very site who are willingly going to help these people take control of the government.

Simply amazing.


10 posted on 05/07/2006 12:03:52 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Sub-Driver

Of course, you have to probe before you can impeach.


11 posted on 05/07/2006 12:05:12 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: stopem

Mega a dittos. Exactly right.


12 posted on 05/07/2006 12:05:14 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party! For people who value slogans, not solutions!)
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To: Blackirish

Actually it would not hurt if a few people Like Chaffe in RI lost their seats to challengers. Might wake up the Specter-McCain Democrat lite wing of the party the blankity blank up./


13 posted on 05/07/2006 12:06:43 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party! For people who value slogans, not solutions!)
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To: Sub-Driver
I wonder how long after President Bush is out of office they will continue to try and impeach him? HA!
14 posted on 05/07/2006 12:06:48 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (What's so hard to understand about the word illegal?)
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To: Sub-Driver
A major problem is the GOP has "allowed" the dems to coddle left wing radicals, without being called out and embarrassed into reeling them in. A subset of that is Black America's support for out and out marxists in the dem party.

Now you have the possibility that if dems win control, the country will be handed over to dangerous radicals. And the GOP still has no gumption to explain this to the American people.

Want proof? The GOP messsage is "they don't have a plan." It should be "They are left wing radicals who cannot be trusted with our nation." Republicans are afraid to give that second message, meanwhile dems call them every extreme name in the book: "Nazis, racists, liars, murderers, corrupt."

The American people always reject liberalism, and totally reject Marxism. But we have a GOP that is afraid to be openly conservative.

15 posted on 05/07/2006 12:06:57 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Sub-Driver

I'm beginning to believe the Dem's might well get their chance to impeach Bush considering the way conservatives are turning on him here.


16 posted on 05/07/2006 12:08:21 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Sub-Driver
In Congress, the majority party controls the chairmanship and agenda of all committees, where most laws are drafted and investigative and subpoena power is held.

The above is one thing Andrea Hopkins is 100% correct about in her article. And any Repub whether conservative or moderate is not being realistic if they think Nancy Pelosi won't push for impeachment if she becomes Speaker of the House.

17 posted on 05/07/2006 12:09:14 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Sub-Driver

Lord help us if the RATS take control while we are at war with the Islamofascists.


18 posted on 05/07/2006 12:14:26 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Sub-Driver

DemocRATS are always probing things.


19 posted on 05/07/2006 12:15:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Remember the Alamo!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Dims are going to blow a good chance to take back Congress if this is going to be their platform. This will please their lunatic base, but no one else. Of course, they don't have any new ideas, and the same old liberal tripe won't get them anywhere, so all they have left is this garbage.


20 posted on 05/07/2006 12:17:45 PM PDT by Ikemeister
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To: Sub-Driver

And who says the libs are taking over the house, senate and wh????

Hillary????? ROFLMAO


21 posted on 05/07/2006 12:18:38 PM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: Sub-Driver

John Conyers is a hard core Marxist.


22 posted on 05/07/2006 12:18:51 PM PDT by Beckwith (The liberal media has picked sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
"Do you have problems with certain type fo fabric?"

Poor Tom ain't as smooth as he might be. And neither are oyu, eh? (try typing oyu when it wants to be you!!!) LOLOLOLOL

23 posted on 05/07/2006 12:20:36 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Every time you think, you weaken the nation.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The fact that the democRats have not and will not do ANYTHING to President Bush unless they win a majority tells me they have been full of feces from day one. But even an "investigation" will backfire on them.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: even IF the "Republican" party loses the House in November they are still looking good to regain it in '08.

24 posted on 05/07/2006 12:20:42 PM PDT by manwiththehands (No, usted no puede!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment

Well, gosh as long as it it driven by a promotion of doing the work of the people and isn't politically driven.....

25 posted on 05/07/2006 12:21:23 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Sub-Driver

"Democrats pledge probes of Bush"

They'll have to stand in line behind Arlen Sphincter who plans a probe of Bush over the NSF wire-tap issue.


26 posted on 05/07/2006 12:23:41 PM PDT by Cautor
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To: jazusamo; Jorge
In Congress, the majority party controls the chairmanship and agenda of all committees, where most laws are drafted and investigative and subpoena power is held.

To name a few:

Robert Byrd -- Appropriations

Carl Levin -- Armed Services

Joe Biden - Foreign Relations

Ted Kennedy - Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Joe Liebermann - Homeland Security

Patrick Leahy - Judiciary

Chris Dodd -- Rules and Administration

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Tom Lantos - International Relations

John Conyers - Judiciary

Charles Rangel - Ways & Means

Jane Harman - Intelligence

Barney Frank - Financial Services

Henry Waxman - Government Reform

27 posted on 05/07/2006 12:24:39 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: KJacob
If people get the idea that the chief plan of the left is to punish Bush with no plan to protect us, then I do not think the House is in jeopardy.

I wonder if the Democrats remember what happened to Clinton's Job Approval Ratings when the RNC tried to impeach him.

28 posted on 05/07/2006 12:26:16 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Brilliant
Of course, you have to probe before you can impeach.


29 posted on 05/07/2006 12:28:07 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: CAluvdubya

I think Conyers has submitted a bill to impeach him every month since Bush took office.


30 posted on 05/07/2006 12:28:59 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Jorge
I'm beginning to believe the Dem's might well get their chance to impeach Bush considering the way conservatives are turning on him here.

They're not conservatives; they are the New John Birch Society.

Believe it.

Does this sound familiar?

31 posted on 05/07/2006 12:30:48 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

"In Congress, the majority party controls the chairmanship and agenda of all committees, where most laws are drafted and investigative and subpoena power is held."

Looks like someone forgot to tell the Republicans about this secret weapon.


32 posted on 05/07/2006 12:31:39 PM PDT by Cautor
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To: Howlin

Got those American flags everywhere, don't they?


33 posted on 05/07/2006 12:31:43 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Howlin

That list is really scary isn't it? Almost as scary is the nearly 15% of members here who have taken poll and indicate they won't support Repubs. That says to me they'd sacrifice the many to satisfy the few, they are not team players.


34 posted on 05/07/2006 12:33:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Brilliant
One need only look at that picture to see what the rest of our lifetime would look like.

Because if they ever DO get the power back, the first thing they are going to dismantle is the Electoral College.

And they had to use the flags because the GOP wouldn't let them have a "real" hearing room for that debacle. Har!

From The Hill:

If the Financial Services Committee is the best in the House when it comes to bipartisan comity, then the Judiciary Committee may well be the worst.

In December, ranking Democrat John Conyers (Mich.) began holding “forums” — gatherings with all the trappings of official hearings — after Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) refused to hold hearings on topics Conyers requested. The forums have been held in smaller committee rooms, often with C-SPAN coverage and formal witness lists.

In a sign of how far relationships on the committee have soured, majority staff recently announced a new policy to deny any request from a committee Democrat for the use of a committee hearing room.

Majority spokesman Jeff Lungren said the Republicans have given Democrats three opportunities to make clear that the forums are not official committee business. Nevertheless, Lungren said, in at least one case, members were addressing Conyers as “Mr. Chairman.”

“They were unwilling or unable to make those changes,” Lungren said. “At this point, if they want to hold these forums, they’ll have to find some other place to do it.”

Sean McLaughlin, deputy chief of staff for Sensenbrenner, recently wrote to a minority staffer in more pointed language.

“I’m sitting here watching your ‘forum’ on C-SPAN,” McLaughlin wrote. “Just to let you know, it was your last. Don’t bother asking [for a room] again.”

A committee source said committee Democrats are still planning to hold the forums when they find other available space

35 posted on 05/07/2006 12:35:00 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: jazusamo
That says to me they'd sacrifice the many to satisfy the few, they are not team players.

Amazing, isn't it? They are the ones who put themselves and their tunnel vision before country, if you ask me.

36 posted on 05/07/2006 12:36:09 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Sub-Driver
Democrats will launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration if they take control of Congress in November but are not out to impeach President George W. Bush, a top Democrat said on Sunday.

They admit that the investigations will be for purely political reasons? That policy can't be a winner IMHO.

37 posted on 05/07/2006 12:37:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: Howlin
I wonder if the Democrats remember what happened to Clinton's Job Approval Ratings when the RNC tried to impeach him.

Yeah that is what I am thinking. The Dems will inspire their base, but little else, with this strategy.

38 posted on 05/07/2006 12:38:06 PM PDT by KJacob (If I yawn it is only in anticipation.)
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To: Cautor
Looks like someone forgot to tell the Republicans about this secret weapon.

Sen. Harry Reed (D-NV) congratulates Sen. Trent Lott on his efforts to come to an deal with the Demoracts on a power sharing agreement


39 posted on 05/07/2006 12:38:13 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Sub-Driver
"Democrats will launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration if they take control of Congress in November but are not out to impeach President George W. Bush, a top Democrat said on Sunday."

I don't believe them. They've stated their intentions to impeach the President many times. They are backtracking now, becuase they know that threat will encourage Republicans to vote Republican.

40 posted on 05/07/2006 12:38:39 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: Sub-Driver

THE RAT CAN always BE COUNTED ON TO OVER PLAY HIS HAND.

Remember when we first took the Congress there was all that talk about us not "knowing" how to be on top? Well lots of it was right BUT the rat did not/does not "know" how to play from behind. The lurch from "issue" to "issue" mistaking ratmedia wishful thinking and lied for the truth. The "truth" is that the ratmedia has lied to and with the rat some long neither can now tell the difference. Remember they told dumb ole frenchie he was a winner on Election Day up to 3PM!


41 posted on 05/07/2006 12:39:01 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Everyday brings a new reason to distrust Hillary Clinton.)
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To: KJacob

I, for one, think we shouldn't warn them off on this "idea."


42 posted on 05/07/2006 12:39:50 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: jmaroneps37
Remember they told dumb ole frenchie he was a winner on Election Day up to 3PM!

Remember it has been two year this month since Zogby declared "it is Kerry's election to lose"!

43 posted on 05/07/2006 12:40:37 PM PDT by KJacob (If I yawn it is only in anticipation.)
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To: TAdams8591

Bump!


44 posted on 05/07/2006 12:42:10 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Sub-Driver
Either way, it's a huge waste of money. I get so tired of "political investigations" that have absolutely nothing to do with real crime.

The DemonRats are doing everything they can to get me to the polls this November.

45 posted on 05/07/2006 12:42:49 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Join FR Team 36120 at http://folding.stanford.edu {Protein Folding Project})
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To: Howlin

Yep - the hot-heads that would cut off their "principled" noses to spite their faces. There are 5 months left for reason to prevail.


46 posted on 05/07/2006 12:43:18 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk
There are 5 months left for reason to prevail.

You've been here long enough to know that that is not going to happen. :-)

47 posted on 05/07/2006 12:44:12 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Meadow Muffin
In Pelosi's first statement about the Democrat's agenda she didn't stop at "their investigation" she added they hadn't considered impeachment but you never know where an investigation will take you. Not her exact words but exactly what she conveyed.
48 posted on 05/07/2006 12:53:40 PM PDT by frannie (Be not afraid of tomorrow - God is already there!)
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To: Sub-Driver

These yoyos thought that they had the last midterms sewn up, and as it ended up, Carville summed the night up with a trashcan on his head. I personally think that the Dems are hitting the Nitro button a few months too soon. I think they will gain some seats, but not enough.


49 posted on 05/07/2006 12:57:15 PM PDT by SirFishalot
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To: Steely Tom
Satin always overplays his hand.

True, but he's so soft and shiney.

50 posted on 05/07/2006 1:00:10 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Build the fence. Sí, Se Puede!)
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