16 June 2008

West Virginia Plays Bit Roll in Impeachment Bid

West Virginia gets a mention in the resolution rolled out by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, seeking the impeachment of President Bush.

In "Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice," the 26th of the resolution's 35 articles, Kucinich alleges Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney had directed the nation's U.S. attorneys to "launch and announce investigations of certain leaders, candidates and elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party," and "terminate or scale back existing investigations of certain Republican Party leaders, candidates and elected officials."

He includes Kasey Warner, former U.S. attorney for West Virginia's southern federal court district, in a list of 11 ex-federal prosecutors allegedly threatened with firing by the president because each had "
refused to comply with such directives and purposes."

It has been about a year since Warner's name popped up amid scrutiny of a string of firings by the administration of Bush-appointed U.S. attorneys. Some Democrats in Congress continue to question the motives behind some of the sackings. Background info here, here and here.

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