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    Bush Impeachment - The Illinois State Legislature Is Preparing to Drop a Bombshell
    By Steven Leser
    OpEd News

    Saturday 22 April 2006

    Utilizing a little known rule of the US House to bring Impeachment charges.

    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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    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042406B.shtml
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    HJ0125 LRB094 20306 RLC 58347 r

    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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    Certainly an interesting article, but i dont see how it could work in any way. Even if it passes the House (highly doubtful) the President would be found not guilty by the Senate. The only hope of impeachment would be if the Legislature waits until next year, to see if the balance of power shifts in Congress from this years election.

    It is interesting that nobody has come accross this House rule before.


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    It is interesting that nobody has come accross this House rule before.
    Ya no kididing eh. Considering that impeachment has been conducted in the past, you would figure someone would have found this along the way. Unless, like some of our military regs, most dont want to 'call upon' certain rules, because they open a much bigger can. Sometimes letting loose the Djinn is a bad thing.......
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