Kucinich Files Impeachment
By Dave Lindorff
-- -- Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and a candidate for the
Democratic presidential nomination, has dropped the first
impeachment shoe, filing a bill calling for the impeachment of
Vice President Dick Cheney.
Kucinich, defying the leadership of the Democratic Party, and
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who have been struggling
mightily to prevent impeachment from occurring during the waning
years of the Bush presidency, on Tuesday filed three articles of
impeachment, claiming that Cheney violated his oath of office
and the Constitution, for deceiving Congress and the American
people about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, about alleged
but nonexistent links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, and
finally for making threats to invade Iran.
The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee, where
Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and the rest of the committee's
members will have to decide whether go hold formal hearings on
The move by Kucinich comes as impeachment is gaining ground
among the broader public. Today, the Vermont House of
Representatives will hold a floor debate and vote on a
resolution calling for Congress to initiate impeachment
proceedings against both President Bush and Cheney. That measure
would be a companion to a similar resolution passed last week by
Vermont's state Senate. If the state's lower house passes its
version, Vermont will be the first state in history to pass a
bi-cameral resolution on impeachment.
Under Thomas Jefferson's Manual for the Rules of the House,
under which the US House of Representatives has operated for
over 200 years, such a resolution would require the House to
take up the impeachment issue, just as would a member's bill of
The speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, Lynn
Symington, had strenuously opposed the resolution, and has been
keeping it bottled up in the House Judiciary Committee, but
following passage of the resolution in the state Senate, and a
massive grassroots campaign by Vermont impeachment activists,
she has been forced to relent and let the measure go forward.
Passage is not a sure thing, however.
Similar measures are being pushed in at least 10 other state
legislatures, while two such efforts, in New Mexico and
Washington state, were killed thanks to pressure from the
national Democratic Party leadership.
On April 28, demonstrations are planned in Washington, DC and
all around the nation, calling for impeachment to begin against
both Bush and Cheney. To find the location nearest you, click on
the Impeachment banner to the right of this article.
The mainstream corporate media, which has so far been largely
ignoring the issue of impeachment, will have to go to extra
lengths of censorship to block out the popular movement now,
with a bill on the floor of the House, and with impeachment
resolutions passing in the Vermont state legislature. It will be
interesting to see how the nation's news gatekeepers handle the
story now that it is breaking out into the open so forcefully.
Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation
into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His n book of
CounterPunch columns titled "This Can't be Happening!" is
published by Common Courage Press. Lindorff's newest book is
"The Case for Impeachment",
co-authored by Barbara Olshansky.
He can be reached at: email@example.com
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