Veterans For Peace (VFP) had planned a sit-in at Rep. Conyers office before he agreed to a meeting. VFP presented 22,000 signatures to Rep. Conyers, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Coincidentally, Congress referred the 35 articles of impeachment that Rep. Kucinich introduced on Monday to the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Conyers has not stated any plans to move forward with impeachment.
MATTHEW PALEVSKY, JOURNALIST, TRNN (VOICEOVER): On Monday, Congressman Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment for President Bush. Those articles, in an overwhelming vote, were referred to the House Judiciary Committee. On Wednesday, Iraq Veterans for Peace held a press conference on Capitol Hill, introducing 22,000 signatures calling for the impeachment of President Bush.
MIKE FERNER: Veterans for Peace is for impeachment, because we have sworn to defend from all enemies, foreign and domestic, a constitution that declares in the very first line that we the people are the source of all political power and authority in this nation, not a tyranny of corporate chieftains and their subordinates in government. Veterans For Peace is for impeachment because it breaks our hearts to know how many innocent families here and in Iraq have suffered when an insulated, criminal administration of privileged elites violates US law, such as the War Crimes Act of 1996, and legally binding international standards, such as the Geneva Conventions, UN Charter, and the Nuremberg Principles. Veterans For Peace is for impeachment because it is the law.
PALEVSKY: After Veterans For Peace initially threatened a sit-in, Congressman Conyers agreed to meet with the organization, where they presented him with their gathered signatures. Chairman Conyers said he was not yet certain how he would proceed with the impeachment articles that had been referred to his committee. With little to say, Conyers invited Veterans for Peace to meet with him again next month.
MICHAEL MARCEAU: The dates that we just got were after July 4, which is almost another month out. So we’re just afraid that it’s going to turn into another Washington two-step, as it is, where they just kind of keep on avoiding these decisions and avoiding taking the necessary action.
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