While speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the Texas Democrat once dubbed the “Congressional boss from Hell,” falsely claimed Democrats never tried to impeach George W. Bush. There’s only one problem, as Jeff Dunetz noted at Yid with Lid. Not only did Democrats try to impeach Bush, Jackson Lee sponsored the measure.
“I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job,” she said, speaking against a GOP resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama. “A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war it had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.”
But, Dunetz noted, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, introduced H.Res.1258, a measure intended to impeach Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors in June 2008. The 167-page measure was sponsored by 11 Democrats — Barbara Lee of California, Robert Wexler of Florida, Lynn Woolsey of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Maurice Hinchey of New York, Sam Farr of California, Ed Towns of New York, Jim McDermott of Washington, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Bob Filner of California, the disgraced former mayor of San Diego. Listed last, but certainly not least, is Sheila Jackson Lee.
Dunetz wondered if Jackson Lee was either “lying or too stupid to remember” that she had sponsored the bill. After all, she once claimed the Constitution is 400 years old.
“Granted it was over six years ago and she is of feeble mind, but it is all in Govtrack (it’s in Thomas.gov as well),” he noted. The bill, according to Govtrack, was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, but died.
It’s not the only impeachment measure Kucinich filed against Bush, however. In July 2008, he introduced a shorter measure, H. Res 1345, alleging Bush “deceived Congress with fabricated threats of Iraq weapons of mass destruction to fraudulently obtain support for the authorization of use of force against Iraq and to commit troops to combat in Iraq.”
That measure attracted four sponsors, including Lee, Wexler, Filner and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. That measure also died. Jackson Lee did not sign on as a co-sponsor, however, she or her staff could easily have found the measure had they done their homework.
“So I ask you dear readers was Ms. Jackson Lee be succumbing to her low metal capacity when she said the Democrats never tried to impeach Bush 43? You know–something like the time she stood on the floor of the house discussing how North and South Vietnam are living peacefully side by side, even though there hasn’t been both a North and South Vietnam since Gerald Ford was President,” Dunetz asked. Or, he added, was she simply lying?