June 10, 2008

US Rep. Wants Bush Impeachment

WASHINGTON, June 10–Democrat Dennis Kucinich introduced a 35-count resolution to impeach US President George Bush, saying that the president set out to deceive the nation, and violated his oath of office with the Iraq war.

Addressing the House of Representatives on Monday evening, the Ohio congressman and former presidential candidate accused the administration of a number of offenses, including lying to Congress and the public about its reasons for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

He said Bush “fraudulently” justified the war on Iraq and misled “the American people and members of Congress to believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction so as to manufacture a false case for war.”

He added, Bush has violated his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

“President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office,” Kucinich said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would not pursue the impeachment of Bush saying it was “off the table.”

Kucinich, an outspoken Iraq war critic who has consistently voted against funding the war and led anti-war efforts in Congress, offered a resolution to impeach Vice president Dick Cheney in April 2007. That also failed to move forward.

Many Democrats and civil liberties groups have accused the Bush administration of providing misleading information before the 2003 Iraq invasion as well as violating the rights of US citizens with its warrantless surveillance program.

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