Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) accused the Obama administration of bypassing the U.S. Constitution to begin air strikes against Libya. He questioned whether or not the command to attack might be an impeachable offense.
“I asked the question as to whether that was an impeachable offense; that’s different than actually calling for an impeachment or inducing a resolution, which I am not intending to do,” Kucinich said in an interview with Fox News. “I am speaking to the limits of executive power.”
An embarrassing 2007 TV interview video of now-Vice President Biden surfaced this week. In it Biden clearly states that George W. Bush should be impeached if he attacks Iran without congressional approval.
“The president has no constitutional authority to take this nation to war,” Biden said, “unless we’re attacked or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked. And if he does — if he does — I would move to impeach him.”
Also from 2007, in an interview with the Boston Globe, then Senator Obama stated that presidents have very limited power to order military attacks.
”The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
The transcript is HERE.
Kucinich held up those two statements as models for his belief that a president is bound by the limits of the constitution: “So I am in the same company with the now-vice president and -president with respect to the fact that the Constitution should be adhered to,” Kucinich continued.
Kucinich denied any plan to begin the impeachment process. Instead he would defund the U.S. military involvement in Libya. He also questioned why Democrat leaders did not question the legality of the Libyan intervention when President Obama briefed them on it at a White House situation-room meeting last Friday.