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Lee, Woolsey call for Cheney’s impeachment

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, yesterday became the fifth and sixth co-sponsors of House Resolution 333 — articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

“While ending the occupation of Iraq remains my top priority, and I am clear about the political reality as it relates to this bill, I nonetheless believe that given Vice President Cheney’s role in misleading our nation into an unnecessary, aggressive invasion and occupation that it is appropriate for me to support this measure,” Lee said today.

The bill accuses Cheney of having “purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States: by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and lying about links between Iraq and al Qaeda “to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests.” He’s also accused of having “openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, and done so with the United States proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security of the United States.”

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, introduced the bill April 24. The other cosponsors are Yvette Clarke, D-NY; Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.; and Albert Wynn, D-Md.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Smokey

    It is always refreshing to read the comments of the folks who passed a law handing George W. Bush sole discretion in whether or not to go to war:

    http://www.rightwingnews.com/quotes/demsonwmds.php

    LOL! And now they want to get Cheney out of the way so they can go after Bush — because nobody is gonna boot Bush with Cheney waiting in the wings.

    What a bunch of transparent clowns.

  • Josh Richman

    For the record, Lee and Woolsey both voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public law 107-243, 116 Stat. 1497-1502); introduced as H.J.Res. 114, it passed the House on October 10, 2002 by a vote of 296-133, and the Senate on October 11 by a vote of 77-23.

  • Everyone on the House Judiciary Committee and the Congressional Progressive Caucus needs to be contacted to cosponsor HR 333.
    A major reason Dennis Kucinich introduced these Articles is to prevent an attack on iran. If we attack Iran, our troops in Iraq are in great danger of being annililated.