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Rep. Dennis Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Article

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Impeachment Article to be Introduced Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) sent the following
letter today to his colleagues in Congress:

July 8, 2008

WHEN THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF LIES TO GO TO WAR, HE MUST
BE IMPEACHED

A SINGLE ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR
ON THURSDAY; PLEASE CO-SPONSOR

Dear Colleague,

During the Fourth of July holiday a WWII veteran stood ram-rod straight in
his crisp dress uniform and saluted our flag as it passed in a parade. His silent
reverential stance was a powerful reminder of the love of country that is reflected
in our veterans of all generations and all services.

It is also a powerful reminder of the responsibilities of the President of
the Untied States in his capacity as Commander in Chief.

It is worse than heartbreaking that George W. Bush, as Commander in Chief,
caused this country to go to war based on information which was false, and which
he knew to be false. The consequences for our troops have been devastating.
We have lost 4,116 of our beloved servicemen and women since the war began,
with over 30,000 physically wounded and countless others emotionally wounded.
The toll on the service persons and their families will be felt throughout their
lives.

There can be no greater responsibility of a Commander in Chief than to command
based on facts on the ground, and to command in fact and in truth. There can
be no greater offense of a Commander in Chief than to misrepresent a cause of
war and to send our brave men and women into harm’s way based on those misrepresentations.
There has been a breach of faith between the Commander in Chief and the troops.
Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 or with Al Qaeda’s role in 9/11. Iraq had neither
the intention nor the capability of attacking the United States. Iraq did not
have weapons of Mass of Destruction. Yet George W. Bush took our troops to war
under all of these false assumptions. Given the profound and irreversible consequences
to our troops, if his decision was the result of a mistake, he must be impeached.
Since his decision was based on lies, impeachment as a remedy falls short, but
represents at least some effort on our part to demonstrate our concern about
the sacrifices our troops have made.

This Thursday evening I will bring a privileged resolution to the House with
a single Article of Impeachment of President Bush for taking our nation and
our troops to war based on lies. We owe it to our troops who even at this hour
stand as sentinels of America because they love this country and will give their
lives for it. What are we willing to do to match their valor and the valor of
their successors? Are we at least willing to defend the Constitution from the
comfort and security of our Washington, DC offices?

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

Source URL: http://www.c-span.org/Content/PDF/kucinich070808.pdf


Pelosi Says House Judiciary May Hold Hearings On Kucinich Impeachment Resolution

By John Bresnahan

Jul 10, 2008

(The Politico) Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this morning that the
House Judiciary Committee may hold hearings on an impeachment resolution offered
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).

Kucinich is expected to offer a “privileged resolution” this afternoon
calling on the House to look at whether President Bush should be removed from
office for lying to Congress and the American public when he sought congressional
approval back in 2002 for taking military action to invade Iraq and overthrow
Saddam Hussein.

Pelosi has said previously that impeachment “was off the table,”
so her comments this morning were surprising, and clearly signaled a new willingness
to entertain the idea of ousting Bush, although no one in the Democratic leadership
believes that is likely since the president has only six months left in this
term.

“This is a Judiciary Committee matter, and I believe we will some attention
being paid to it by the Judiciary Committee,” Pelosi told reporters. “Not
necessarily taking up the articles of impeachment because that would have to
be approved on the floor, but to have some hearings on the subject.”

Pelosi added: “My expectation is that there will be some review of that
in the committee.”

A spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee had no immediate comment when
asked whether Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel’s chairman, planned hearings
on Kucinich’s impeachment resolutions.

Source URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/10/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4248168.shtml

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