Kucinich: Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks

By Molly K. Hooper, cqpolitics.com — An unidentified government official of a U.S. ally wants to participate if and when Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich makes his case to impeach President Bush before the House Judiciary Committee, according to the Ohio Democrat.

The House voted, 238-180, on Tuesday to send Kucinich’s latest impeachment effort (H Res 1345) to the Judiciary Committee.

Chairman John Conyers Jr. said he will hold a broad hearing on the general topic of abuses of power by the Bush administration.

“There’s never been one [hearing] that accumulated all the things that constitute an imperial presidency,” Conyers said, explaining that the anticipated hearing would review more than a year of committee inquiry into such matters as the firing of U.S. attorneys, the leak of the identity of former CIA operative Valerie Plame and the information provided to Congress in the run-up to the Iraq War.

Kucinich contends that President Bush ought to be impeached for allegedly lying to Congress in order to get approval to invade Iraq.

Conyers does not intend to specifically debate or hold a committee vote on Kucinich’s article of impeachment, though issues important to Kucinich would get a public airing.

A “˜New Angle’

No matter how the eventual hearing is framed, Kucinich said he would like to be joined at the witness table by a foreign official he would not name.

“I’ve been contacted by representatives of a U.S. ally who are seeking an opportunity to appear before the Judiciary Committee,” he said in an interview.

“Legislative leaders of a foreign capital” have a “new angle that I haven’t thought of before but is relevant,” he said. “This interest in whether we’ve been told the truth has extended to other countries.”

Kucinich would not provide further detail.

And in any event, the power to control the witness list of any congressional hearing rests with the committee chairman — in this case, Conyers.

The article of impeachment that was referred to committee on Tuesday was the fourth introduced by Kucinich.

He also introduced a broader version against Bush (H Res 1258) and two against Vice President Dick Cheney (H Res 333, H Res 799).

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5 Comments

  1. If lying a nation into war, resulting in thousands of young men dead, tens of thousands maimed for life, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead, and millions displaced is not war crime then nothing ever was. Not to impeach Bush for high crimes and misdeanaors would be a dark wound on this nation, that would live in infamy for ages. He should not only be impeached but if possible according to law incarcerated. It is the least that a nation alleging respect for the constitution, and for law generally should do. Not only would this be at least symbolic retribution against this miscreant, but it would help to prevent a later imperial presidential pretender from pushing his luck too far.

  2. I sense the removeing of Bush his executive privilage abuse
    FRIV’PRIV’ Almost like the Nixon abuse of executive Privilage
    which he lost and we impeached Nixon.When it’s nothing more than Bush
    attempting hiding illegal activities,corruption for the short of period to the duration of impeachment removing
    process,which is long overdue.From what I read in other articles related to Nixons
    impeachment it’s not totally absolute that Nixon can claim such privilage its only the abuse of the privilage in obstructing justice for which he claim executive privilage.Bush needs to be sworn to testify.He is
    so far worst than Nixon.I sense Bush about be surprize in how far we will really let his corruption,continue.
    Impeachforpeach,justice and May only the honest survive.

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