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General Assembly Looking to Impeach Bush

By Amy Hart in News on Apr 24, 2006 6:19PM

Since members of the Republican-dominated US Congress aren't too keen on impeaching President Bush for screwing over the country, the Illinois General Assembly is trying to find a way to make it happen.

2006_04_bush.JPGDemocratic State Representatives Karen A. Yarbrough, Sara Feigenholtz, and Eddie Washington are pushing a resolution to "submit charges to the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States, George W. Bush, for willfully violating his Oath of Office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and if found guilty urges his removal from office and disqualification to hold any other office in the United States."

Vermont, Pennsylvania, and California are seeing similar impeachment attempts being pursued by state legislators.

The US Congress would never allow the states to have such a say in national government, but those in support of the idea are relying on Thomas Jefferson's words in a House procedural handbook that claim impeachment can be put into motion by "charges transmitted from the legislature of a State."

We're sure the resolution will go nowhere, but we do find it amusing. Especially since it has gotten Speaker of the House Denny Hastert all riled up. "This is absolutely ridiculous," his spokesman said. Yeah, everybody knows you should only impeach a president if he cheats on his wife.