WASHINGTON: - President George W. Bush's policies came under fire when U.S. House committee held a special hearing Friday on the policies of his administration. In doing so, the Democratic-dominated Judiciary Committee made it clear that the hearing was not about impeachment of President Bush but a chance to charge him with all his impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors." The leading speaker, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential candidate, urged the committee to "support and defend the constitution that has been trampled time and again over the last seven years." Kucinich has repeatedly introduced a resolution to the floor to impeach Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, whose terms would expire in January, 2009. "The decision before us is whether to demand accountability for one of the gravest injustices imaginable," Kucinich told the hearing. However, the committee chairman, John Conyers, said "to the regret of many, this is not an impeachment hearing," but about executive power and its constitutional limitations, which as he listed include "the politicization of the Department of Justice, the misuse of signing statements, the misuse of authority with regard to detention, interrogation and rendition, possible manipulation of intelligence regarding the Iraq war, improper retaliation against critics of the administration ... and excessive secrecy." On the other hand, Republicans in the committee expressed their suspicion at motives of the hearing. "It seems that we are hosting an anger management class," said Representative Lamar Smith. "This hearing will not cause us to impeach the president; it will only serve to impeach Congress's credibility."