Democratic presidential candidate and Ohio congressman Rep. Dennis Kucinich formally introduced articles of impeachment against Vice-President Dick Cheney that narrowly missed receiving a full House vote Tuesday afternoon.
Kucinich’s 18-page resolution charged that Cheney had “purposefully manipulated intelligence” in the run-up to the war in Iraq and had “fabricated a threat of weapons of mass destruction.”
The resolution alleged that Cheney told many lies in televised interviews on nationally-broadcast news shows and in general speeches to the public.
Democratic leadership killed Kucinich's resolution by voting to send it back to the Judiciary committee which it originated from by a vote of 218-194. 165 Republicans voted to proceed with the resolution in hopes of embarrassing Democratic Party.
Minority Whip Roy Blunt's press secretary said in an email that Republicans wished to "shed light on this Democratic majority for the American people so they can see the political nonsense we are witnessing on a daily basis in Washington."
Last week, Kucinich raised eyebrows when he admitted during a televised Democratic presidential debate that he been witness to a UFO.
Although Kucinich lost the vote, his resolution did attract 21 Democratic cosponsors. They are: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert Brady (D-PA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. James Moran (D-VA), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD).