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Bush Impeachment - The Illinois State Legislature is Preparing to Drop a Bombshell

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The Illinois General Assembly is about to rock the nation. Members of state legislatures are normally not considered as having the ability to decide issues with a massive impact to the nation as a whole. Representative Karen A. Yarbrough of Illinois' 7th District is about to shatter that perception forever. Representative Yarbrough stumbled on a little known and never utlitized rule of the US House of Representatives, Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature. From there, Illinois House Joint Resolution 125 (hereafter to be referred to as HJR0125) was born.

Detailing five specific charges against President Bush including one that is specified to be a felony, the complete text of HJR0125 is copied below at the end of this article. One of the interesting points is that one of the items, the one specified as a felony, that the NSA was directed by the President to spy on American citizens without warrant, is not in dispute. That fact should prove an interesting dilemma for a Republican controlled US House that clearly is not only loathe to initiate impeachment proceedings, but does not even want to thoroughly investigate any of the five items brought up by the Illinois Assembly as high crimes and/or misdemeanors. Should HJR0125 be passed by the Illinois General Assembly, the US House will be forced by House Rules to take up the issue of impeachment as a privileged bill, meaning it will take precedence over other House business.

The Illinois General Assembly joins a growing chorus of voices calling for censure or impeachment of President Bush including Democratic state committees in Vermont, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Nevada and North Carolina as well as the residents themselves of seven towns in Vermont, seventy Vermont state legislators and Congressman John Conyers. The call for impeachment is starting to grow well beyond what could be considered a fringe movement. An ABC News/Washington Post Poll Conducted April 6-9 showed that 33% of Americans currently support Impeaching President Bush, coincidentally, only a similar amount supported impeaching Nixon at the start of the Watergate investigation. If and when Illinois HJR0125 hits the capitol and the individual charges are publicly investigated, that number is likely to grow rapidly. Combined with the very real likelihood that Rove is about to be indicted in the LeakGate investigation, and Bush is in real trouble beyond his plummeting poll numbers. His cronies in the Republican dominated congress will probably save him from the embarassment of an impeachment conviction, for now, but his Presidency will be all but finished.

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1 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION


2 WHEREAS, Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of
3 the United States House of Representatives allows federal
4 impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of
5 a state legislature; and

6 WHEREAS, President Bush has publicly admitted to ordering
7 the National Security Agency to violate provisions of the 1978
8 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a felony, specifically
9 authorizing the Agency to spy on American citizens without
10 warrant; and

11 WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that President Bush authorized
12 violation of the Torture Convention of the Geneva Conventions,
13 a treaty regarded a supreme law by the United States
14 Constitution; and

15 WHEREAS, The Bush Administration has held American
16 citizens and citizens of other nations as prisoners of war
17 without charge or trial; and

18 WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that the Bush Administration
19 has manipulated intelligence for the purpose of initiating a
20 war against the sovereign nation of Iraq, resulting in the
21 deaths of large numbers of Iraqi civilians and causing the
22 United States to incur loss of life, diminished security and
23 billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses; and

24 WHEREAS, The Bush Administration leaked classified
25 national secrets to further a political agenda, exposing an
26 unknown number of covert U. S. intelligence agents to potential
27 harm and retribution while simultaneously refusing to
28 investigate the matter; and

29 WHEREAS, The Republican-controlled Congress has declined

HJ0125 - 2 - LRB094 20306 RLC 58347 r


1 to fully investigate these charges to date; therefore, be it

2 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
3 NINETY-FOURTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE
4 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that the General Assembly of the
5 State of Illinois has good cause to submit charges to the U. S.
6 House of Representatives under Section 603 that the President
7 of the United States has willfully violated his Oath of Office
8 to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United
9 States; and be it further

10 RESOLVED, That George W. Bush, if found guilty of the
11 charges contained herein, should be removed from office and
12 disqualified to hold any other office in the United States.

 

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This article describes the latest thought process ... by MrT on Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 6:35:57 AM
I am always amused by people who hide behind fake ... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 6:35:30 PM
At Human Rights Watch, in their Rwanda paper, I to... by Sigrid on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 9:53:18 AM
...could be from a Republican? Has to be since eve... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 7:02:43 AM
I think it is this attitude that only spawns argum... by BruceH on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:36:44 AM
And, not only is that false, but it doesn't reflec... by BruceH on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:38:30 AM
If you dont like my opinions or what I write, don'... by Steven Leser on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 11:32:41 AM
sleser001, This is where your train derailed by... by Daniel Reed on Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 1:47:05 AM
No Comment Entered... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 2:13:54 PM
If you re-read my response, it doesnt say "All Rep... by Steven Leser on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 5:38:40 PM
Your explanation: My assertion is that if you s... by BruceH on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 6:49:06 PM
you didn't understand what I wrote, and now you ar... by Steven Leser on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:03:05 PM
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Yes, C is the contrapositive, but the contrapositi... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 2:12:46 PM
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Since the inference is a "some" it is as an (I)pro... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 4:00:52 PM
Exactly my point to begin with.... by BruceH on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 11:24:30 PM
Mr. T: Have you read the Bill of Rights lately?... by fahrender on Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 4:17:47 PM
You say 'we' have been misrepresented. Last time ... by BruceH on Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:06:28 PM
...as Al Gore said during his campaign, that the P... by Steven Leser on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 11:28:37 AM
and al gore is expected (of course) to be the expe... by BruceH on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 6:42:04 PM
Bush? That's riotously funny. You? Who argues abou... by Steven Leser on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:06:00 PM
i specifically said not bush. read it again.... by BruceH on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 11:26:13 PM
You sound like a child. Did too! Did not! Did t... by Daniel Reed on Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 1:27:18 AM
Because of numerous factors, it is highly unlikely... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 9:30:12 PM
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I'm of the firm opinion that the republicans are j... by Fuzzy on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:35:22 AM
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include Cheney in their request for impeachment.... by Steven Leser on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 5:42:59 PM
MrT is yet another garden-variety fascist who has ... by Boston Tea Party on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 7:32:06 PM
"How quickly the public forget". That is the most ... by Bluey on Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:12:49 PM
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Are u trying to make the country laugh. Did you g... by musikgod on Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 11:26:10 AM
Impeach Bush yourself! That's right. This is much ... by Jodin on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 7:51:52 AM