“I don’t think that it’s wise for the House and the Congress, for co-equal branches of government, to essentially give the President carte blanche in his decision making by saying no matter what you do, impeachment is off the table.”
Congressman Kucinich was asked about impeachment Wednesday in a live interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! Kucinich continued,
“I think that impeachment has to be on the table, and I also think that it’s time to have a national conversation in cities, in towns all over America, about the appropriate conduct for a President and a Vice President, about whether it’s right for a President and Vice President to lie to the American people and take us into war. About the erosion of civil rights in America and how that’s come about as a result of this administration’s conduct of the war.
“I think that it’s time to have that kind of a discussion, and I’ve urged that from my website at kucinich.us, and I’m asking to hear from people about what they think, and I think that we need to make sure that this President understands that he can’t do whatever he wants, that he is bound by the Constitution, that he is bound by national and international law.
“Accountability is a key word here. And I think the President and the Vice President must be held accountable. That’s why I think it’s a mistake for anyone to say impeachment is off the table. At the same time, we have to take a responsibility as members of Congress to uphold the Constitution of the United States. That’s our obligation as a co-equal branch of government.
“So I’m waiting to hear from the American people. I would ask people who are listening or watching to go to my website at: www.kucinich.us. I’d like to hear from you. What do you think? Should the House move forward with a resolution of impeachment and what do you think the dimensions of it should be? I want to hear from the American people on this.”
Asked about the CCR’s suit in Germany against Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Sanchez, Miller, and others, Kucinich replied, “They must be held accountable, not only under national, but international law … The underlying truth is the war was wrong, period. The war is based on lies.”
About protesters in the military, Amy Goodman asked, “Finally, President Kucin — finally, Congress member Kucinich, the men and women who have gone AWOL, there have been thousands of them, some are being court-martialed …”
Kucinich: “We should support our troops by bringing them home, and we should support those who have challenged the war by giving them a chance to leave honorably.”
On House passage of the war-funding bill Friday, Kucinich said, “The 2008 budget, which is before Congress today and will be voted on tomorrow, contains another $145 billion for the war, and on top of that, they’re putting another $50 billion for the war in fiscal year 2009.
“So this talk about ending the war by March or by September belies the fact that the budget has money in it to keep the war going into 2009. And I think that’s wrong. I think the American people will reject that type of thinking, and I’m standing strong to say, ‘get out now.’ I put forth a plan, embodied in HR 1234, to accomplish just that.”
Kucinich continued, “Now, think about it. If Democrats had told the American people last October that if you vote Democrat in November, we’ll not only give you enough money to keep the war going through the end of President Bush’s term, but we’ll also privatize the oil of Iraq and then help the US oil companies win the prize that I think the war was all about from the very beginning. I don’t think the people would have voted Democrat. So Democrats have to keep faith with the American people. My plan would do that.”
The interview ranged over a wide array of issues, including health care and media reform. Listen or read a transcript at http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/28/1335231