Kucinich Vows More Impeachment Articles On the Way
Democratic leaders who are worried about Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) impeachment obsession ain't seen nothing yet.
Kucinich tells us he's giving the House Judiciary Committee 30 days to act on his resolution proposing 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush or else he'll raise even more hell on the House floor. Thirty-five articles was just the tip of the iceberg. If Judiciary does nothing, he'll go back to the House floor next month armed with nearly twice as many articles.
"The minute the leadership said 'this is dead on arrival' I said that I hope they believe in life after death; because I'm coming back with it," Kucinich vowed in an interview with the Sleuth this week. "It's not gonna die. Because I'll come back with more articles. Not 35, but perhaps 60 articles."
But before he stages Night of the Living Impeachment Part II in the House chamber, the former presidential candidate says he'll meet with House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) this week to try to convince him to consider just one little article of impeachment against Bush for waging a war "based on lies." Take one, any one, Chairman Conyers, but please - just take one!
"It only takes one of the 35 articles to establish an impeachable offense," Kucinich explains.
Democratic leaders view the notion of impeaching George W. Bush as an act of political suicide for their party. But Kucinich says "there are some things that yield to reason, and there are other things that yield to politics...I cannot understand what the political reason would be to not [impeach Bush]."
Kucinich says the Democratic leadership's silence is eroding the constitutional framework of checks and balances. "What we're witnessing here is the not so slow moving destruction of our Constitution."
Asked why he thinks his leadership is so appalled by impeachment, he says, "There is no rational explanation...There's no plausible political explanation. There just is no explanation."
And here is Kucinich's ultimate impeachment fantasy: "What I would hope for, is that if articles of impeachment are forwarded to the Senate against the president, that the vice president would understand that he will come under scrutiny too, and that he would resign so that the president could appoint someone who could take his office if he were forced to leave."
Sure, that's likely. As soon as the Nationals win the pennant.
Mary Ann Akers
June 18, 2008; 4:30 PM ET
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