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.