Associated Press Writer
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CLEVELAND – U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a vocal critic of the Bush administration's war in Iraq, plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday.
Kucinich, a Cleveland Democrat who is again running for president, announced Monday that he will hold a news conference in Washington to discuss his bid to oust Cheney. Kucinich spokeswoman Natalie Laber declined further comment.
Under the House impeachment process, Kucinich's articles would be reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee, which would decide whether to conduct an impeachment inquiry. The committee would seek authority from the entire House before beginning an inquiry.
Cheney spokeswoman Megan McGinn responded to Kucinich's announcement by saying that the vice president has served the nation honorably for almost 40 years.
"The vice president is focused on the serious issues facing our nation," McGinn said Monday.
Kucinich raises the issue of impeachment in a video on his campaign Web site in which he discusses the potential for a U.S. attack against Iran.
Kucinich, whose campaign initiatives in 2004 included opening a department of peace, questions whether the Bush administration's aggressive actions toward Iran already have raised concerns over impeachment.
"So I'm asking you, what do you think? Do you think it's time?" Kucinich says in a video on his Web site.
Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Vermont state senate voted Friday to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying their actions in Iraq and abroad have raised "serious questions of constitutionality."
Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, a Democrat, last month called for President Bush's impeachment, saying his administration had lied about the reasons for invading Iraq.
A message seeking comment from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., was not immediately returned.
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