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Should President Bush Be Impeached? Progressive Congressional Democrats Consider Introducing Articles of Impeachment If the U.S. Attacks Iraq

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The National Review and Stateside News Service are reporting that a group of progressive Democrats may introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush and possibly members of his Cabinet.

One member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus, Danny Davis, of Illinois said he expected to see a resolution be put forth in the event of "a full-fledged military effort" if Bush goes to war without new congressional backing.

A draft of the impeachment resolution accuses Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Attorney General John Ashcroft of more than a dozen 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' including bombing civilians in Afghanistan and constitutional violations in the so-called war on terror.

The impeachment drive was largely initiated by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and University of Illinois Law Professor Francis Boyle. In 1991 the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez filed a motion to impeach the first President Bush based on articles drafted by Francis Boyle.

We spoke with Boyle recently and asked him to outline the grounds on which Bush could be impeached.

  • Francis Boyle, professor of law, University of Illinois School of Law.

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