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Kucinich to force Cheney impeachment vote

Posted by Thomas Nephew on November 6th, 2007

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH-10) is going to bring H.Res.333, “Articles of Impeachment against the Vice President,” to a vote in the House of Representatives today as a “privileged resolution.” Such measures require Congressional action within two days. The resolution, co-sponsored by 21 other representatives,* calls for Dick Cheney’s impeachment on the grounds that the Vice President

  • purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,
  • purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda, and
  • openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, in contravention of Article II, Section 4 of the UN Charter, to which the United States is bound by treaty.

In all of these things, Cheney has

acted in a manner contrary to his trust as Vice President, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore Richard B. Cheney, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.

Kucinich’s congressional impeachment web page provides links to online documentation for each specific evidence or authority listed in the resolution. As a press release explains:”The privileged resolution has priority status for consideration on the House floor. Once introduced, the resolution has to be brought to the floor within two legislative days, although the House could act on it immediately.

While a planned national phone conference planned for Monday evening failed due to technical difficulties, David Swanson was able to hear Kucinich’s more detailed explanation of how things are likely to unfold:

[Kucinich] said that there might be an actual debate on the substance of the charges, for which he said he was prepared, or there might be a motion to table the matter (effectively killing it if successful), or it might be referred to a committee. If it is sent to committee, Kucinich, said, it will be the House Judiciary Committee.

In a statement, Kucinich explained:

I am urging my colleagues to recognize that impeachment will not create a crisis by briefly disrupting their schedules on Capitol Hill. The crisis, as Americans outside the Beltway know, is upon us. Congress, the first branch of our government, to which the first half of the Constitution is devoted, has been reduced to almost a bystander as the policies of the wealthiest nation and the largest military ever known are set in secret by the Vice President’s office. Under Bush/Cheney, we have become a nation that illegally threatens and launches aggressive wars for political – not national security — reasons. For this crisis of confidence, this denial of our Constitutional beliefs and rights, impeachment is the only cure available.

I agree with Congressman Kucinich that Cheney’s fraudulent case for the Iraq war was a direct assault on the fabric and Constitution of this country; he has my thanks for standing up for the Constitution and honoring his oath of office. By contrast, my own Congressman, Chris Van Hollen, has been a terrible disappointment on this issue until now; I can only hope that he might earn the same thanks over the next couple of days.

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* Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert Brady (D-PA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. James Moran (D-VA), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD).

UPDATE, 11/6: More information at ImpeachCheney.org; follow developments at AfterDowningStreet.org.
UPDATE, 11/6: I hoped in vain — Van Hollen voted to table Kucinich’s resolution. When the motion to table failed unexpectedly — due to a GOP stunt — he also voted to put referring H.Res. back to the Judiciary up to a vote, and then voted to actually refer H.Res.333 back to the Judiciary Committee. Via AfterDowningStreet.com. The final votes were nearly party line votes — with Democrats seeking to avoid debate of H.Res.333, and GOP seeking to force it. I guess the leaderships of both parties figured Democrats couldn’t win a floor debate or a media debate …about impeaching Dick bleeping Cheney, Mr. “I’m less popular than mad cow disease.” Headline it “House unanimous: Dems can’t punch their way out of wet paper bag.”
BONUS UPDATE: Since I’m feeling bitter, I note that blogosphere/internet darling Ron Paul (R-TX-who cares) voted with Steny Hoyer and the Democratic leadership each time as well.

One Response to “Kucinich to force Cheney impeachment vote”

  1. newsrackblog.com » Blog Archive » Some good news, anyway: WexlerWantsHearings.com, Adel Hamad released Says:

    […] As Jonathan Schwarz writes, this is significant in part because Rep. Wexler isn’t part of the progressive Democrats caucus. Perhaps just as significant, Wexler and Gutierrez were not among the co-sponsors of Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s H.Res.333 Cheney impeachment resolution (although all three Representatives voted with Kucinich against tabling his related privileged motion on Nov. 6). […]

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