Congressman Robert Wexler, D-Fla. — the Florida co-chair for the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. — today announced that he has signed on to support the Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush, introduced this week by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.
"President Bush deliberately created a massive propaganda campaign to sell the war in Iraq to the American people and the charges detailed in this impeachment resolution indicate an unprecedented abuse of executive power," Wexler said. "A decision by Congress to pursue impeachment is not an option, it is a sworn duty. It is time for Congress to stand up and defend the Constitution against the blatant violations and illegalities of this Administration. Our Founding Fathers bestowed upon Congress the power of impeachment, and it is now time that we use it to defend the rule of law from this corrupt Administration."
Wexler previously ran a nationwide campaign to hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Dick Cheney.
Kucinich’s 35 Articles of Impeachment include: "Article II — Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression; … Article IX — Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor; … Article XXII — Creating Secret Laws; … Article XXX — Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare; … Article XXXII — Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change."
And so on.
Obama last year expressed his opposition to impeaching Bush and Cheney. "I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breaches, and intentional breaches of the president’s authority," he told USA Today "I believe if we began impeachment proceedings we will be engulfed in more of the politics that has made Washington dysfunction. We would once again, rather than attending to the people’s business, be engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, non-stop circus."
Obama spokesman Bill Burton says Obama’s opinion on the matter remains the same, notwithstanding Wexler’s support for Obama’s campaign.