No Impeachment Vote Today; Hearings to Come?
UPDATE 2:45 PM: At a press conference this afternoon, Kucinich did not shed any additional light on what form Judiciary Committee proceedings on his impeachment resolution might take, but he did express hope that the Democratic leadership's willingness to allow some sort of action was a step in the right direction.
"I think that like everything else in Washington, you never say never," Kucinich said. "The Speaker has indicated a willingness to have the committee look at the resolution. That's, I think, healthy for the nation."
Kucinich said he hoped to have the opportunity to present his case for impeachment in a formal setting to the Judiciary Committee, though he would not say whether he expected that to happen. He said he was in "constant contact" with the leadership on the issue.
"I'm grateful for the Speaker's expression this morning of an interest in bringing this before the Judiciary Committee," he said. "It's a very positive expression. ... I've been talking about this for quite some time, as many of you know. That we're starting to see in Washington even the slightest perceptible shift, it's worth looking at."
Kucinich said he expected to read his new, single article of impeachment on the House floor at approximately 4 p.m. EST.
Kucinich's press conference was nearly drowned out by a handful of protesters, one of whom had a loudspeaker, who were loudly stating their anti-Barack Obama, pro-troops, anti-high gas prices positions. At one point a male protester from that group got into a verbal spat with one of the female pro-impeachment activists from the group CodePink who were present for Kucinich's event. Their exchange, while highly amusing, was not suitable for printing on a family Web site.
ORIGINAL POST: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this morning that the House would have a reading of Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) latest impeachment resolution but would not vote on it today, though she did suggest the Judiciary Committee might take more action on the proposal than it has in the past.
Because Kucinich will introduce the measure as a privileged resolution, as he has in the past, the House will have two legislative days to dispose of it on the floor in some fashion. That means a vote to refer the measure to the Judiciary Committee would take place next week.
"Today we'll just have the reading. No votes today," Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.
But the Speaker did hint at further action, though it was not immediately clear what she meant.
"I believe that what we will see next is, this is a Judiciary Committee matter, and I believe we will see some attention being paid to it by the Judiciary Committee," Pelosi said. "Not necessarily taking up the article of impeachment because that would have to be voted on on the floor, but to have some hearings on the subject."
Kucinich and the small number of impeachment supporters in the House have complained that the Judiciary panel has not taken any action on his impeachment resolution against Vice President Cheney submitted last year, or the articles against President Bush that he filed in June. Kucinich has vowed to keep bringing the issue back to the House floor if the committee doesn't act. The shape or topic of any related proceedings Judiciary might have in the works is not yet clear.
A Judiciary Committee spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment. Capitol Briefing will update this item when we get more details.
July 10, 2008; 1:53 PM ET
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