Wynn supports effort to impeach Cheney

May 12, 2007|By Matthew Hay Brown | Matthew Hay Brown,Sun Reporter

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Albert R. Wynn, a moderate Democrat from Prince George's County who survived a strong challenge from a liberal primary opponent in the fall, is co-sponsoring a measure to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.

Wynn became the third co-sponsor of the resolution introduced last month by Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat who is running for president on an antiwar platform.

In his proposed articles of impeachment, Kucinich says Cheney intentionally manipulated intelligence to deceive Congress and the American people about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and a relationship between al-Qaida and the government of Saddam Hussein.

Wynn joined the impeachment effort Thursday, the day that he voted to begin pulling U.S. combat troops out of Iraq within three months. The House rejected that measure.

In a statement yesterday, Wynn called Cheney "the architect of the Administration's deception about the war" and said he "should be held accountable for purposely misleading the American people."

Wynn was one of two Maryland Democrats who voted to authorize President Bush to use military force against Iraq in 2002. The vote came back to haunt him last fall, when it was highlighted by primary challenger Donna Edwards. Edwards came within 3.4 percentage points of defeating Wynn.

Wynn joins Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay of Missouri and Jan Schakowsky of Illiniois as co-sponsors of the impeachment measure. His participation was first reported by Atlanta Progressive News.

matthew.brown@baltsun.com

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