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Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks


By Molly K. Hooper, CQ

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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will be QUITE telling.

It's not very useful to try to guess who the "foreign official" might be, but it would be fun to try. I'm usually no good at this sort of thing, but I am going to guess it's Kevin Rudd, the new prime minister of Australia. FAT CHANCE - I wish!

Al K.

It has to be George Galloway, afterall hasn't he addressed congress inthe past:)

I had not heard of this guy before. From what I read on him via a Google search, he would not help our cause. He was not just anti-Iraq war but a Saddam advocate. I think he would do more harm than good! I wouldn't think Dennis would want to be associated with him. Perception is important even if the facts would exonerate him.

Al K.

http://www.s114186177.onlinehome.us/

Tony Blair. He was pushed out of office for his close ties to the Iraq war, and has since gone on this Faith Foundation crusade. He was in the planning meetings and knows Kucinich is spot on...now that he's found "faith" he has decided it is time to clear his conscience.

I Thought of Blair but I suspect he may have as much to hide as Bush! I suspect he is scared to death of hearings related to the war. It really would be a HUGE plus if he would spill all he knows, I'm sure it would be devastating stuff considering the downing street memo this web site is based on directly involves him. We can always hope though!

AL K.

The British-Blair crew is involved with the NEOCON crap.
Remember BP (British Petroleum) has his eyes on IRAQ'S OIL too. They lost it since Hussein nationalized it in 1975.

I bet DICK should be AT THIS MOMENT with the headphones listening Dennis conversations. After all this has been approved by congress because THE FOREIGHNER COULD BE AN "ENEMY COMBATANT"!

"legislative leaders" prob. nixes Manning.

“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.”

Probably UK given 176 killed in Iraq. The total is thirty more than the 146 US killed during HWBush and SecDef Cheney's war.
Could be Italy 33, Poland 23, Ukraine 18, Spain 11...
21 Countries with fatalities:
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Denmark
El Salvador
Estonia
Georgia
Hungary
Italy
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Netherlands
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Thailand
Ukraine
http://icasualties.org/oif/DeathsByCountry.aspx

Additional countries of contractors killed.
http://icasualties.org/oif/Contractors.aspx

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