Probing the ‘Imperial Presidency’

Impeachment is out for President George W. Bush, but a top U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he wants to take a look at his "imperial presidency."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers announced his panel would examine possible administration wrongdoing, which has included complaints that Bush misled the United States into the Iraq war in 2003.

"Over the last seven plus years, there have been numerous credible allegations of serious misconduct by officials in the Bush administration," said Conyers, a Michigan Democrat.

He scheduled a July 25 hearing on "the Imperial Presidency of George W. Bush and possible legal responses."

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, took office in January 2007 rejecting calls to try to remove Bush from office. She said an impeachment effort would be disruptive and distract from her party’s legislative agenda, which included measures to expand health care and increase the federal minimum wage.

Conyers’ action follows hundreds of oversight hearings the past year and a half in the Democratic-controlled Congress on a host of administration matters — from the Iraq war and torture to the firing of federal prosecutors and leaking of the identity of a CIA agent.

Current and former Bush aides have refused to testify, claiming it would violate Bush’s right to private counsel from staff. Democrats are challenging their claim in court.

"The administration has adopted what many would describe as a radical view of its own powers," Conyers said. "It is imperative that we pursue a comprehensive review."

White House spokesman Tony Fratto brushed off the action, saying, "Representative Conyers is putting the final stamp on a chairmanship that will be most remembered as a political vaudeville act."

Conyers did not say who the witnesses will include, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, may be among them.

Last month, the House referred to the Judiciary Committee articles of impeachment against Bush offered by Kucinich.

While these charges of wrongdoing seem certain to die, Kucinich has pushed the panel to at least consider them before Bush’s term ends in January.


  1. Ladywolf55

    What a bunch of lily-livered cowards, They’ve had plenty of time to get to the bottom of the corruption, but the fact of the matter is, they’re all corrupt. They don’t deserve to be in office. Corrupt, the lot of them. Vote all incumbents OUT in 2008!

  2. Sandra Price

    I got into a discussion about whether Americans want a Constitutional Republic or an American Empire. I was questioned about why we can’t have both? Apparently my replies came from people who are not familiar with American Sovereignty. Flapsaddle, weren’t you one who questioned my comments at Faded?

    I stated that a Constitutional Republic was fairly rare for any nation but Empires are torn down by the citizens who resent being owned by Emperors. I think this points out that many American citizens don’t really appreciate our Republic. I’m worn out trying to explain it.

    If an American Empire is acceptable I need to be reprogrammed.

  3. woody188

    I need that Halitorture Camp reprogramming too. American Empire is unacceptable to me. I would not be surprised to find my name listed with the other 999,999 people they say are terror suspects.

    A million person list. What is this, the Eastern Block? There is no way one million people are ready to attack us. This list has become a weapon of intimidation. Glad I don’t travel much.

  4. Timr

    Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the house, #3 in line to be president, said in 2006 as soon as the dems took over congress that impeachment was off the table.
    In the last 2 years, has anyone asked her “WHY?”

  5. Direct Democracy

    F*ck Impeachment !!

    Strike until the federal government ratifies the International Criminal Court accord.

    Turn the Bush administration over to the Hague for prosecution for war crimes.