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Rep. Dennis Kucinich's attempt to impeach President Bush was sent to committee by members of his own party Wednesday, effectively allowing Democratic leadership to freeze the measure indefinitely.
According to Reuters, the 251-166 vote that sent the resolution to legislative limbo largely followed partisan lines, with 225 Democrats voting to punt the measure to committee.
All 166 votes in favor of opening up a House impeachment debate came from Republicans, who saw the resolution as opportunity to present Democrats as divisive in a time of serious issues. Kucinich, the author of the resolution, voted with his party against his own measure.
Kucinich's resolution mostly deals with the Iraq war, stating that the president manufactured a false case for the war, violated U.S. and international law to invade Iraq, failed to provide troops with proper equipment and falsified casualty reports for political purposes.
In addition, Kucinich charges that Bush has illegally detained without charge both U.S. citizens and "foreign captives," and violated numerous U.S. laws through the use of "signing statements" declaring his intention to do so.