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by Dennis Kucinich
July 9, 2008
Washington, Jul 9 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon to discuss his introduction of a single article of impeachment of President George W. Bush. Kucinich sent a letter to colleagues today addressing the article. The text of the letter is below.
Where: Cannon Terrace (intersection of Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue)
When: Thursday, July 10, 2008
Time: 2 p.m.
July 9, 2008
At President Bush’s request, Congress passed an authorization for the use of military force against Iraq on October 16, 2002. At least a dozen key material representations made to Congress by the President in that authorization, in furtherance of Congressional action, were false at the time they were made. The breadth and depth of the President’s misrepresentations do not argue for incompetency as a defense, but for deceit as an impeachable offense.
We have arrived at a teachable moment in our Constitutional history. Congress must insist on accountability. We must regain our rightful role as a co-equal branch of government charged with providing a check and balance to Executive abuse of power. In Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, our Founders placed the war power in the hands of the House of Representatives. This separation of powers was expressly intended to prevent a President from unilaterally summoning troops to war in the manner of a king.
Are we willing to respect our institution, our Constitution and ourselves? Will this President, at last, be held accountable for lying to Congress to gain authorization for the use of force against Iraq? Will we allow future Presidents to take office knowing they can commit the same acts with impunity?
Tomorrow I will bring forth a single article of impeachment which reviews the factual misrepresentations the President made to Congress to induce a favorable vote for the authorization for war.
The only question that remains is – – will we do anything about it?
The text of the Article will be available later today.
Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress
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