Kucinich Gains Support for Cheney Impeachment

By Jennifer Parker

May 2, 2007 5:54pm

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck Reports: Representatives William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., are co-sponsoring a resolution by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Oh., to impeach Vice-President Dick Cheney. 

Kucinich, a 2008 presidential candidate, filed articles of impeachment against the Vice-President last month.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has previously stated that impeachment is "off the table," and many Members don’t take the resolution seriously, going great lengths to avoid the impeachment question when asked.

However, Clay believes Cheney deliberately manipulated the intelligence process to deceive Congress and the American people.

"That deception has resulted in a tragic, unnecessary war that has already cost the lives of over 3,300 brave Americans and has cost the taxpayers over $400-billion. The arrogant abuse of power and the complete disregard for the truth needs to stop," Clay said.

Kucinich spokeswoman Natalie Laber says it may be just a matter of time before more Members come forward.  "As Members read the articles they may conclude that these are very serious charges that ought to be merited," Laber said.

Op-Ed columnist Richard Cohen, along with a majority of other political analysts, thinks the resolution will not pass. "The Congressman’s case is persuasive, although his remedy may be too radical," Cohen writes in Wednesday’s Washington Post.

However, Cohen believes Kucinich presents a "rational, serious accusation" in the articles.

"Kucinich is an odd guy for whom the killer appellation ‘perennial presidential candidate’ is lethally applied.  But he is on to something here," Cohen writes.

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