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A House effort to impeach Bush

June 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The House voted to send articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee, which is not likely to hold hearings before the end of his term.

By 251 to 166, lawmakers dispatched the measure to the committee -- a procedure often used to kill legislation.

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), who ran for president this year, insists that his resolution deserves more consideration. He spent more than four hours Monday night reading his 35 articles of impeachment into the record, including charges that Bush manufactured a false case for going to war against Iraq.

The articles also charge Bush with failing to provide troops with vehicle armor, illegally detaining both foreign nationals and Americans, condoning torture, mishandling the government's response to Hurricane Katrina and undermining global warning efforts.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi long ago declared impeachment proceedings "off the table."

House leaders don't want to spend the rest of their session debating impeachment.

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