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


Richard Moore

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April 22, 2006

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

Utilizing a little known rule of the US House to bring Impeachment charges
By Steven Leser

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 

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.

Developing News; California Becomes Second State to Introduce Bush Impeachment



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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

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

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.

Authors Bio: Steven Leser is a freelance journalist specializing in 
Politics, Science & Health, and Entertainment topics. He has held 
positions within the Democratic Party including District Chair and 
Public Relations Chair within county organizations. His coverage of 
the Ohio Presidential Recount in 2004 was distinguished by actual 
interviews with Carlo Loparo, spokesperson for the Ohio Secretary of 
State, along with Supervisors of Elections of several Ohio counties. 
Similar efforts on other topics to get first hand information from 
sources separate Mr. Leser from many of his contemporaries.

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