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Kucinich wants Cheney impeached

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April 25, 2007

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a vocal critic of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq, plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday.

Kucinich, a Democrat who is again running for president, said Monday that he will hold a news conference in Washington to discuss his bid to oust Cheney. Kucinich spokeswoman Natalie Laber declined further comment.

Under the House impeachment process, Kucinich’s articles would be reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee, which would decide whether to conduct an impeachment inquiry. The committee would seek authority from the entire House before beginning an inquiry.

Cheney spokeswoman Megan McGinn responded to Kucinich’s announcement by saying that the vice president has served the nation honorably for almost 40 years.

"The vice president is focused on the serious issues facing our nation," McGinn said.

On his campaign Web site, Kucinich questions whether the Bush administration’s aggressive actions toward Iran already have raised concerns over impeachment.

"So I’m asking you, what do you think? Do you think it’s time?" Kucinich asks.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

23 Responses to Kucinich wants Cheney impeached

  1. JudyB

    April 26, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    What great posts..I feel the same. I can’t imagine what Georgie might do if ever denied anything..but it could be drastic. He has proven that he has no problems in lying, deceiving and only God knows what else. I just wrote Pelosi and told her to re think her stand on impeachment to at least START the impeachment investigation befor this term was up..I hope others will do the same. As we’ve seen in the Don Imus case recently..that a bombardment of letters, and the pull out of sponsors (in this case our votes)will work. (FYI…I did not want Imus fired) LETS BOMBARD CONGRESS WITH OUT LETTERS AND GET RID OF THIS DICTATOR AND HIS BUNCH !

  2. Joe Lawrence

    April 25, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Why give Bush the opportunity to install someone else, say Jeb, in the Veep job in time to build a resume for the elections?

    Impeach Gonzales, and the truth will come out under sworn, public testimony, then there will be enough information to impeach both Bush and Cheney.

    Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I guess I believe the Dems are not really serious about anything except stagecraft.

    Joe Lawrence

  3. Sinjohn

    April 25, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Just got back from a 2 month sojourn across country and back. It gave me a chance to talk to lots of people in every state between the coast of Georgia and the coast of California.

    I can tell you that there are many people who believe that the Republicans have no intention of giving up the White House. However they must accomplish one party rule, they intend to, and they certainly have no intention of turning over the almost total power of the “unitary executive” to a Democrat, unless that Democrat can be trusted not to burn them for their many crimes, both domestic and international, and can be trusted to, in some way, keep their programs on life support until they can be re-elected.

    Is there such a Democrat? I sure as hell hope not. But I really cannot be sure of anything anymore.

    These past 6 years or so have been the strangest of my 58 year lifetime.

    Yep, I will vote for the Democrat, in every race in 2008, but I’m not so sure I trust some of them either.

    As a matter of fact, I have lost trust in our institutions and in our leaders.

    God, how I would be awe-struck if someone would just call a press briefing and tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

    Put the whole rotten story of the last two Bush administrations out there for the whole world to hear, and don’t forget Reagan/Bush, when this particular pile of crap started.

    We must clean up our country! Seems Vice is a good place to start. Gonzales too. Need not settle for one.

    But what if Pelosi and others on Capitol Hill know more than we do. Could it be that they know very well that the guys at the top are as pathological as we all think they are?

    How does one deal with a Nut? Sometimes it is not a real good idea to back him or her into a corner.

    I don’t know. I hope that the Democrats are doing what is in the nation’s best interests and that of her people.

    I hope!

  4. SEAL

    April 26, 2007 at 1:22 am

    What if the democrats told Bush to either sign the war funding bill with the witdrawal deadlines or there will be no war funding bill. What would Bush do?

    George W. Bush has never been denied anything in his life or had to take responsibility for anything. He is so arrogant that his reaction to not being able to have his way for the first time in his life would be total rage. No one could predict what he would do. That is the fear that prevents the democrats from doing anything, such as impeachment, that would be denying the arrogant Bush from having his own way.

    It is the Bush arrogance that scares them. It is entirely possible that he would try to literally take over the country by creating some condition that would justify [in his mind] Marshall Law and we could wind up with the people of America being at war with our own president. A president with millions of fanatical christians behind him willing to make him the KING of America who will prepare the world for the second coming.

    He is so damned arrogant he might order the arrest of the democrats in congress. We would see the real Dick Cheney if that happens. He would be the head of Bush’s Blackwater gestapo. What would the military do?

    It all sounds farfetched? Maybe. But maybe not. Bush is the most arrogant person on the planet. He would do something, for sure. Who wants to risk it? Not the democrats in congress. They have chosen to just keep him from doing any more damage until 2008 and use the time to insure a democratic sweep in the elections.

  5. Bill Robinson

    April 26, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Wow! I never agreed with so many comments in my history of writing comments to this letter! Impeaching Cheney is the way to start–cut off the head and the tail will wag uselessly. Next impeach Bush before he can pardon Cheney. Then try them BOTH for treason. Hang em high boys! Hang em High! They murdered innocent American Soldiers in their greedy pursuits of wealth and power and they deserve nothing less than hanging. I would love to see if they could exhibit one tenth of the guts that Sadaam Hussein did as he stood on the platform with the noose around his neck. I would take bets that both Bush and Cheney soil themselves BEFORE they are hung.
    Hang em high boys, hang em high!!!

  6. Steve Horn

    April 26, 2007 at 9:34 am

    my idea has been that ok, Georgie boy pulls out his veto pen and scrawls his name, sending the bill back to the congress – who takes the SAME BILL – not changing ONE FRICKIN’ WORD and hands it back to him. Put the son of a bitch in his place – no compromise –

  7. Bill Jonke

    April 26, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    see Bush during one of his probably obvious hissy fits.

    He probably stamps his feet and holds his breath, just like he probably did in front of Mommy Babs.

    Maybe the floor of the oval office will have to be repaired after this one.

    I hope so.

  8. MomCat

    April 26, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    History lesson: On 15 Jun 1215, King John Lackland was forced by the nobles of England to sign the Magna Charta, guaranteeing certain rights and limitations of powers. Legend has it that the enraged King John returned to his castle, and threw a three-day temper tantrum. Within 18 months he was dead. Stress does take its toll on human health.

    GW makes a very good case for the reincarnation of King John’s spirit, in attempting to negate our Constitution, which is the legal descendant of Magna Charta. I’d like to see the tantrum GW throws, if Congress “Magna-Charta-izes” him.

    MomCat, member, Magna Charta Dames & Barons

  9. Razor

    April 26, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    It’s about time someone on the hill talks about impeachment.
    Isolate Bush by removing the puppeteers and he will crumple on the floor when no one is pulling his strings. Dam, what a refreshing thought!

  10. Jenifer D.

    April 26, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Good insight on everybody’s part, however, please remember the United States is still a relatively young nation (less than 300 years old, don’t you know?). We’re still in the development phase and have not actually made our place in the world (in some ways we have, as an occupying force, go figure). Think of all the old European countries and the history that goes with them. Unless you were asleep in world history, you’d know, change is imminent. We The People need to take back the USA and give it back to the working class and send the ruling class packing…I hear Argentina is just LOVELY this time of year! LOL!!!!

  11. Bill Jonke

    April 26, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    The Bush family has land holdings in Paraquay, from what I’ve read.

  12. justanothercoverup

    April 30, 2007 at 10:30 am

    From what I understand, the purchase of the land in Paraquay is in the neighborhood of 100,000 acres. What makes this purchase extremely interesting is that despite the Bush administration’s poo-pooing about global warming and the catastrophe awaiting the world – the land they purchased sits atop the world’s largest aquifer. I doubt anyone is surprised – and I’m sure the Bush crime family is looking-forward to the day when they can sell water at absurd prices much as they do oil today…

    “The Guaraní Aquifer, located beneath the surface of the original four Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems and an important source of fresh water for its people[1]. Named after the Guaraní tribe, it covers 1,200,000 km², with a volume of about 40,000 km³, a thickness of between 50 m and 800 m and a maximum depth of about 1,800 m. It is estimated to contain about 37,000 km³ of water (arguably the largest single body of groundwater in the world), with a total recharge rate of about 166 km³/year from precipitation. It is said that that this vast underground reservoir could suppy fresh drinking water to the world for 200 years. Due to an expected shortage of fresh water on a global scale, which environmentalists suggest will become critical in under 20 years, this important natural resource is rapidly becoming politicized, and the control of the resource becomes ever more controversial.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaran%C3%AD_Aquifer

  13. Razor

    April 30, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Well it can never be said that Bush sr and grandpa Bush ( Prescott ) were stupid men, just greedy and traitors. Prescott got rich during WWII by trading with the Nazis. He paid a million dollar fine, but never went to jail for the treason he commited. Bush sr made millions and still makes millions with his dope business he set up while working in the FBI and CIA. Guns for drugs did not exist before Bush set it all up. Now Boy Bush has not enough sense to pour piss out of a boot, but by his ancestors crime syndicate, was placed at the top of the worlds greatest and most powerful country with one objective. To enable the transfer of wealth from the majority into the pockets of the elites and at the same time dismantle the freedoms and rights of the people. He has accomplished much of his task at the cost of thousands and thousands of human lives with more to follow. It is no wonder that Bush sr has aquired the best water resource on earth on which to build the Bush Castle and water works and in my opinion to be the future center of rule for the new world order.

  14. anthny

    April 25, 2007 at 9:36 am

    anthny:
    This is a good start. Wheather he is impeached or not. But the point is Kucinich is at least getting to the heart of the matter.
    And yes after six years of shit it is time………

  15. Bill Jonke

    April 25, 2007 at 10:13 am

    good to question the authority of someone who appears to be out of touch with reality.

    Cheney should first be impeached, temporarily committed to Bellevue for evaluation, treated, released, tried and subsequently convicted for being a war criminal, among other things, and thrown into the slammer.

    The man is totally useless, at least as a vice-president.

  16. TRUTH 101

    April 25, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Good comments and totally agree with both posters above. My question is why did we wait so long?

    Look, we have known about Cheney and his dark and yes “attack dog” style for a long time.

    This “war” was about OIL for KBR, Halliburton and Carlyle Group. The Bush family already has deal after deal as head of the Carlyle Group and Dick “Halliburton” Cheney wanted number two. Now Iran #3 is in their sights.

    Is it possible so many Americans are that stupid or don’t they care.? Probably the latter.

    This is about world domination by and for the money people and investors by a group which is called PNAC and all the signatories to that group and more that you will find on the roles of Carlyle or Halliburton or KBR.

    IT’S A COMPLETE and FULL CIRCLE

    It never was about 9/11 or Saddam or anything else. It was about money and power and what better way than OIL to gain quick access.

    The USA, against every principle of the founding fathers, decency and it’s beliefs for years
    INVADED A FOREIGN COUNTRY that was NO THREAT….PERIOD:

    THEY DEPOSED; tried in a US influenced run court, found guilty and executed a leader of that country. against every principle the USA once stood for and to my mind has always stood for until the year 2000.

    In that process, under the thinly veiled so-called “threat” which is absolute BS, they took many of the freedoms of the American people in direct violation of both the Bill of Rights and the Constitution on at the very least 30 occassions. They called it “The Patriot Act” a GREAT name that all the BUBBA’s will proudly salute and that’s why it is called that. Then Just to be 1000% sure they snuck by legislation that denied the people access or even the right to counsel should something “strange” happen to them.

    George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and many more are guilty of so many offenses of both their oaths of office and the Constitution, by ANY law scholar you ask, that YES !! THEY SHOULD BE TRIED, FOUND GUILTY AND JAILED FOR THE REST OF THEIR NATURAL DAYS. IMO.

    WHEN OH WHEN WILL ENOUGH AMERICANS WAKE THE HELL UP.

    BY THE WAY: fOX BELIEVES THE KUCINICH ACT IS A POLITICAL STUNT TO GET ATTENTION. GEE never saw that comming.

  17. JudyB

    April 25, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Great post Jonke! I agree with you with the exception of wasting time having him committed to Bellevue…Cheney is not a nut, he’s just a world class lying crook who has played a major role in holding America hostage. While tens of thousands of lives have been lost, millions of lives forever horrificaly affected and untold hundreds of billions of dollars spent on their lie based oil war..this administration has continued seemingly unstoppable with their criminal activities. This whole disgusting thing must be brought to a halt and the the guilty made to pay the penality. EVERYONE SHOULD WRITE THEIR CONGRESS REPRESENTIVES AND INSIST THEY LISTEN TO WHAT AMERICANS WANT..T O D A Y !

  18. Roadapple00

    April 25, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    The republicans in Congress will back W come hell or high water.

  19. Rick Fuller

    April 25, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Going after Cheney first is a smart move. We’ll deal with George later.

  20. Steve Horn

    April 25, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    That neutered toy poodle, Cheney, is no more an attack dog than George W. Bush is an intellectual.
    Impeach the son of a bitch – ok – but personally I’d rather see him brought up on charges of treason. To see DC in handcuffs being escorted from his office would really make me feel better about this nation of ours.
    However – make damn sure that Georgie boy can’t slot Jeb in as VP in the wake of Cheney ….

  21. LurkingFromTheLeft

    April 25, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Would it be possible for us to insist that they take their homely ‘little’ ROVE(r) with them?

    Let’s hope SOME Dem(s) show(s) some balls before none of us are left with any,

    LFTL

  22. justanothercoverup

    April 25, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Do the Democrats want to win the 2008 Presidential election? Of course they do, and unfortunately, that is a major reason Speaker Pelosi has taken “impeachment off the table.” It appears the Democrats are playing politics with our lives, knowing that if nothing changes course, Iraq will be in as bad, if not worse shape by the time the 2008 Presidential elections take place; If George W. Bush is still mired in Iraq, the Democrats can claim it was all his fault, which to a large part it is, and guarantee that a Democrat will win the elections in 2008.

    It’s actually a well thought-out strategy, however, Speaker Pelosi “assumes” that by 2008, we won’t be in a full-scale war with Iran – which would allow the Bush administration to declare Martial Law and effectively quash any further action by Congress – which would effectively halt any further elections until martial law (sic) was lifted. Further, the economic damage that Bush is subjecting the United States to has us on the path to bankruptcy – we are cutting vital educational programs, health care, you name it, and the people of America are suffering and paying for a war that our grandchildren with be indebted for at our current rate of spending. What about Social Security and Medicare? We are looking at the economic collapse of the country if we don’t step-in and stop the madness – and finally, Speaker Pelosi is being pressed hard to change her stance on impeachment:

    Pelosi pressed to put impeachment back on table

    04/25/2007 @ 8:27 am
    Filed by Michael Roston

    When the California Democratic Convention begins this weekend, party progressives both inside and outside the San Diego Convention Center will be pressing hard to bring impeachment back on the table as a means of holding the presidency of George W. Bush accountable for crimes they allege have been committed since 2001.

    “I’ve been blown away by the response. People are wanting to organize and rally behind one single thing at the convention, and that’s impeachment,” said Joye Swan of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, who is helping lead an effort to pass a resolution expressing the California Democratic Party’s support for impeaching President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

    But the fight will be complicated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to hear their message and the encouragement that her stance may give opponents of the impeachment measure within the California Democratic Party leadership.

    Pro-impeachment actions planned

    The 2007 California Democratic Convention kicks off on Friday, and its agenda shows there is a lot of ground to cover. But a significant number of activists are eager to make the impeachment of the President a focal point of activity.

    “Be it Resolved, that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, by such conduct, warrant impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States,” reads a resolution that Swan, a Democratic delegate from California’s 42nd Assembly District in Los Angeles, will introduce, with the hopes it will be adopted as the party’s position. LINK

    Speaker Pelosi further stated:

    “I totally oppose the impeachment of the President,” she explained to RAW STORY on Tuesday. “We have to use our energies to end this war. I don’t think the popular support is there for such a move, I don’t think we can get any Republican votes to move forward.”

    Pelosi added, “In some ways, it’s a wonderful advocacy piece for those who want to use it outside, to express rejection of the President’s policies, but from the standpoint of the time of the Congress of the United States, the American people are with us in ending the war and that’s what they want us to do.”

    I have to disagree with Speaker Pelosi, and I do believe the popular support IS there to successfully impeach Bush/Cheney – and once the nation is advised just how many Americans do support impeachment on both sides of the isle, the tide would turn drastically! The MSM does not express the true will of the people and actually plays-down the calls for impeachment that reverberate throughout the United States – and the Democrats are complicit in the deception of America, simply because right now, even they don’t want the Presidency!

    If Bush/Cheney were impeached simultaneously, Speaker Pelosi would ascend to the Presidency – and immediately be in charge of getting us out of Iraq. That in itself is the reason “impeachment if off the table” – because then “President Pelosi” would have to effectuate a redeployment of our troops in a manner that would have the least impact for the citizens of Iraq, and attempting to guarantee that our redeployment would not allow Iraq to fall into the hands of Al Queda.

    Bush hasn’t figured out how to correct the quagmire he created in Iraq, and neither have the Democrats; We know there will be an upsurge of sectarian violence when we leave, and which way the country will swing politically is anyone’s guess – but most analysts see the emergence of a government that is sympathetic, if not downright supportive of the Iranians.

    Iraq is not a situation that will rectify itself by the time the 2008 Presidential elections roll around, no matter who is in charge – and the Democrats fear they would be blamed for the carnage, effectively placing a Republican in the Presidency in 2008. It will take years if not decades to repair the damage the Bush administration has wrought upon America, and while the future may be rocky, the country is tired of “politics” and now we expect action – not broken promises or a failure to act because the future is so uncertain. The strategy is one of cowardice – refusing to accept the responsibility that America bestowed on the Democrats in the 2006 elections – and if Speaker Pelosi refuses to honor the will of the people, it’s possible that a Republican may still win in 2008, simply because the electorate is tired of broken promises and politicians that place “politics” above the welfare of “we the people” who voted them into their positions of leadership.

  23. gene

    April 25, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Megan McGinn cheney’s spokewoman state that cheney (laughing) has served his country for 40 years honorably. Wonder what country she’s talking about.

    She also states that cheney (laughing again) was focused on serious issues facing this nation. Well Mr Dick head cheney, you must be focusing on yourself for YOU and your leader (you know) Mr. “mission accomplished” are the most serious and dangereous issue to ever face this country.

    YOU are the enemy and more americans are starting to realize just how evil you are. A specail place in Hell is reserved for you, enjoy.