Kucinich Files Impeachment Articles Vs. VP

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Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich filed articles of impeachment Tuesday against Vice President Dick Cheney, saying his action is driven by a desire to defend Americans' right "to have a government that is honest and peaceful."

The Ohio congressman said Cheney manipulated and fabricated intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq war.

Kucinich earlier had called off his planned filing because Cheney was taken to a doctor for tests on a blood clot in his leg. He went ahead after Cheney criticized Democrats for pushing ahead with anti-war legislation in Congress.

Kucinich said it was important to introduce the legislation, "because the threat of war against Iran is very real."

"This vice president cannot be permitted to continue to violate both the U.S. Constitution and the U.N. Charter," he said.

House speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is off the table.
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