Kucinich vs. Cheney, Round 2
In a letter sent to his Democratic colleagues today, Kucinich said "momentum is building for impeachment." Seven months after first floating the idea of impeachment, Kucinich now says he has recruited a 21st cosponsor to "H. Res. 333, Articles of Impeachment against the Vice President."
"Hundreds of thousands of citizens across the nation are demanding Congress rein in the Vice President," Kucinich wrote in his letter.
The Ohio congressman and underdog Democratic presidential aspirant said that despite a "groundswell of opposition, Cheney continues to violate the U.S. Constitution by insisting the power of the executive branch is supreme. Congress has been unable to hold the Vice President accountable." Therefore, Kucinich plans to force a vote on impeachment next week, against the wishes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has declared impeachment "off the table."
As it has been from the beginning, Kucinich's focus is on the Iraq War. "The Vice President continues to use his office to advocate for a continued occupation of Iraq and prod our nation into a belligerent stance against Iran," Kucinich wrote. "If the Vice President is successful, his actions will ensure decades of disastrous consequences.
Kucinich ended his letter by asking his colleagues to join him in voting to impeach Cheney and "force him to face the U.S. Senate in a trial for his undemocratic and destabilizing actions that easily meet the high crimes and misdemeanors standard."
Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride declined to say what the vice president thinks of the threat -- albeit far-fetched -- of impeachment. She said the vice president is "focused on the president's agenda" and "doing the job the American people elected him to do."
Mary Ann Akers
November 2, 2007; 5:36 PM ET
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