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Impeachment Resolution Sent to Judiciary Panel

In a mostly symbolic move, House lawmakers voted 251-166 on Wednesday to send Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-Ohio) impeachment resolution against President Bush to the House Judiciary Committee.

A total of 227 Democrats and 24 Republicans voted to advance the resolution, which outlines 35 articles of impeachment — including charges of war crimes. No Democrats voted against sending the resolution to committee. Seven Democrats and nine Republicans did not vote.

Among the GOP Members who voted to advance the resolution were Rules Committee ranking member David Dreier (Calif.), Reps. Vito Fossella (N.Y.), Peter King (N.Y.), Kevin Brady (Texas) and Frank Wolf (Va.).

Other than making a media splash, the resolution is unlikely to have any real effect given Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) opposition to spending time on impeachment proceedings. Kucinich last fall introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney. That measure still awaits action in the committee.

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