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McKinney Introduces Bill to Impeach Bush
Dec 08 9:41 PM
By BEN EVANS
Associated Press Writer
In what was likely her final legislative act in Congress, outgoing
Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney introduced a bill Friday to impeach
The legislation has no chance of passing and serves as a symbolic
parting shot not only at Bush but also at Democratic leaders. Incoming
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has made clear that she will not
entertain proposals to sanction Bush and has warned the liberal wing of
her party against making political hay of impeachment.
McKinney, a Democrat who drew national headlines in March when she
struck a Capitol police officer, has long insisted that Bush was never
legitimately elected. In introducing her legislation in the final hours
of the current Congress, she said Bush had violated his oath of office
to defend the Constitution and the nation’s laws.
In the bill, she accused Bush of misleading Congress on the war in Iraq
and violating privacy laws with his domestic spying program.
McKinney has made no secret of her frustration with Democratic leaders
since voters ousted her from office in the Democratic primary this
summer. In a speech Monday at George Washington University, she accused
party leaders of kowtowing to Republicans on the war in Iraq and on
military mistreatment of prisoners.
McKinney, who has not discussed her future plans, has increasingly
embraced her image as a controversial figure.
She has hosted numerous panels on Sept. 11 conspiracy theories and
suggested that Bush had prior knowledge of the terrorist attacks but
kept quiet about it to allow friends to profit from the aftermath. She
introduced legislation to establish a permanent collection of rapper
Tupac Shakur’s recordings at the National Archives and calling for a
federal investigation into his killing.
But it was her scuffle with a Capitol police officer that drew the most
attention. McKinney struck the officer when he tried to stop her from
entering a congressional office building. The officer did not recognize
McKinney, who was not wearing her member lapel pin.
A grand jury in Washington declined to indict McKinney over the clash,
but she eventually apologized before the House.