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Kucinich Impeachment Effort, Take Two

House business may move at a snail’s pace Tuesday afternoon if Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) requests a full reading of his resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush, a task that took nearly five hours on Monday.

Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against Bush on Monday night, reading the resolution into the Congressional Record. War crimes are among the litany of alleged illegal acts cited in the measure.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the House will take up the resolution about 1 p.m. and that it must be read in full by the Clerk unless Kucinich waives that right, which is possible since the bill was already read into the record on Monday night.

But it looks like the Ohio House Member, who ran for president, is standing firm. “There seems to be a number of people who want that [the reading] to happen,” Kucinich said on Tuesday afternoon. “I expect it will.”

A House Democratic leadership aide lamented that “it took four hours and 45 minutes to read the resolution, so it is possible that will take the remainder of the afternoon.”

Kucinich “has that right” to request that the Clerk read the resolution in its entirety, Hoyer said. Still, “he read it last night. Everybody knows what’s in it.”

The Majority Leader noted that he plans to talk to Kucinich about his plan before the resolution comes up.

Hoyer said he expects the House to vote about 6 p.m. to send the resolution to the House Judiciary Committee; that committee is sitting on another Kucinich resolution calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.

Neither resolution is expected to gain traction given Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) opposition to spending time on impeachment proceedings.

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