Skip to comments.Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment ["John Conyers is an enthusiastic advocate...]
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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Satin always overplays his hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have problems with certain type fo fabric?
And yet we have people at this very site who are willingly going to help these people take control of the government.
Of course, you have to probe before you can impeach.
Mega a dittos. Exactly right.
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./
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.
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.
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.
Lord help us if the RATS take control while we are at war with the Islamofascists.
DemocRATS are always probing things.
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.
And who says the libs are taking over the house, senate and wh????
John Conyers is a hard core Marxist.
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
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.
Well, gosh as long as it it driven by a promotion of doing the work of the people and isn't politically driven.....
"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.
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
Tom Lantos - International Relations
John Conyers - Judiciary
Charles Rangel - Ways & Means
Jane Harman - Intelligence
Barney Frank - Financial Services
Henry Waxman - Government Reform
I wonder if the Democrats remember what happened to Clinton's Job Approval Ratings when the RNC tried to impeach him.
I think Conyers has submitted a bill to impeach him every month since Bush took office.
They're not conservatives; they are the New John Birch Society.
Does this sound familiar?
"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.
Got those American flags everywhere, don't they?
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.
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, theyll 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.
Im sitting here watching your forum on C-SPAN, McLaughlin wrote. Just to let you know, it was your last. Dont 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
Amazing, isn't it? They are the ones who put themselves and their tunnel vision before country, if you ask me.
They admit that the investigations will be for purely political reasons? That policy can't be a winner IMHO.
Yeah that is what I am thinking. The Dems will inspire their base, but little else, with this strategy.
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
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.
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!
I, for one, think we shouldn't warn them off on this "idea."
Remember it has been two year this month since Zogby declared "it is Kerry's election to lose"!
The DemonRats are doing everything they can to get me to the polls this November.
Yep - the hot-heads that would cut off their "principled" noses to spite their faces. There are 5 months left for reason to prevail.
You've been here long enough to know that that is not going to happen. :-)
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.
True, but he's so soft and shiney.