(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war activists Wednesday urged Democratic leaders in Congress to pursue articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced the previous day in the House of Representatives.
In a news conference near the U.S. Capitol, a group calling itself Impeach07 called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to rethink her opposition to impeachment and to support Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who introduced articles of impeachment against Cheney on Tuesday.
Impeach07 is a coalition of high-profile anti-war, anti-Bush groups including World Can't Wait Coalition, CODE PINK Women for Peace, and the Cindy Sheehan-led Gold Star Families for Peace.
Kucinich's articles of impeachment, which allege that Cheney purposefully misled the United States into war in Iraq, have yet to garner any support from his colleague in the House, prompting the long-shot candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to say that "no one's with me but the people on this."
"The war in Iraq was based on lies, and there must be accountability," Kucinich said at the news conference Wednesday. He called his supporters "patriots."
Sheehan, who rose to prominence in the anti-war movement when she camped near Bush's Texas ranch to demand a second meeting with him, said Kucinich's efforts are "just a start." Sheehan's son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq in 2004.
"Everybody in their administration needs to go with them," Sheehan said of Bush and Cheney. "We elected them [Democrats] to bring the troops home and hold them [Republicans] accountable.
"I want justice for the destruction of the world, and I won't rest until I get that justice," Sheehan pledged.
Impeachment advocates would like to impeach Cheney before pursuing President Bush, because if they were to successfully impeach and remove Bush, Cheney would become president. Hence, they want to remove the vice president from office first.
But the proceedings are unlikely to get that far. Kucinich has little support from his colleagues, and Democratic leaders in both chambers of Congress have said they will not entertain impeachment proposals.
While some Democratic representatives, including Maxine Waters of California and John Conyers of Michigan, have previously voiced support for impeachment, Pelosi has repeatedly said that it is "off the table" and a "waste of time." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has also brushed off impeachment calls.
But the activists promised to lobby their ideological allies in Congress to support impeachment efforts. "No one thought this would happen yesterday," organizer David Swanson said of Kucinich's move, "and no one thinks impeachment will happen."
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