U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has introduced certain articles to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney, basing his decision on Cheney's initial push to send the United States into war with Iraq, CNN reported on Wednesday. "The vice president is beating the same drums of war against Iran that he beat against Iraq under false pretenses, and he's doing it all over again, against Iran," Kucinich was quoted by the report as saying.
"And I say that it's time to stand up to that. Our country couldn't afford this last war. We can't afford to go into another one. And somebody has to challenge the conduct of this vice president," he said.
Kucinich, a Democratic presidential candidate from Ohio, introduced three articles of impeachment before giving a press conference on Capitol Hill later on Wednesday.
He said Cheney fabricated the threat of weapons of mass destruction to justify going to war with Iraq, made up a connection between the Iraqi government and Al Qaida and that he is threatening war against Iran now, which he added violates the constitution.
Kucinich said he decided to go after the vice president first for practical reasons, because if Congress impeaches the president, then Cheney would automatically take his place.
He said he didn't think the country could handle two consecutive impeachments.
Currently, no other House members have signed on as co-sponsors of Kucinich's actions.
The Congressman denied that this is a political stunt and said he thinks Congress needs to stand up to the administration.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also a Democrat, opposes any move to impeach President George W. Bush or the vice president and is almost certain to thwart Kucinich.