Primary Articles of Impeachment

[Note: based on Rep. Kucinich's Resolution of Impeachment (H.Res. 333), David Swanson's Articles Here, and Here , and Bruce Fein's 8 articles.

The articles charged against Cheney are as follows:

Synopsis of Kucinich Articles of Impeachment Against Vice President Richard B. Cheney

Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Articles concerning lying to and intentionally misleading Congress about the reasons for the Iraq war.

  1. Article I: [Cheney has] Purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction [to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests];
  2. Article II: [Cheney] Purposeful[ly] manipulat[ed] the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda [in order to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests]
  3. Article III: [Cheney has openly] Threat[ened aggression] against [the Republic of] Iran absent any real threat to the United States, [and done so with the United States proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security of the United States]

In all of this, Vice President Richard B. Cheney has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as Vice President, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore Richard B. Cheney, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.

Additional Charges Not Contained in H Res 333, suggested by Swanson and Fein

[ed. note: the details in the source links for charges 4 through 9 need to be updated. Links to sources other than Fein should mostly be to one of the two pages by Swanson referenced above.]
  • Fourth Charge:
Cheney led a campaign of retribution against whistleblower Joseph Wilson, including the outing of a covert CIA operative.
  • Fifth Charge:
Cheney led efforts to torture.
  • Sixth Charge:
Cheney played a key role in setting up illegal spying programs.
  • Seventh Charge:
Cheney led manipulation of pre-war intelligence.
  • Eighth Charge:
Cheney created the secret Energy Task Force which operated in defiance of open-government laws.
  • Ninth Charge:
Cheney's lawyer, David Addington, advocated the "Unitary Executive Theory" which is used by the White House to defy laws duly enacted by Congress and thereby justify dictatorial action.
  • Tenth Charge:
Cheney directed massive no-bid contracts to his company, Halliburton, and profited from the same illegal war he defrauded the American public to launch.
  • Eleventh Charge:
Cheney increased the danger of climate change.

Additional resources:

  1. ***Priming the Deadeye impeachment pump, by scribe, TalkLeft Diaries, posted Mon Apr 30, 2007
  2. Conservative Republican Bruce Fein has called for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney, by Bruce Fein, June 27, 2007. According to Fein, Cheney has:
  • Asserted Presidential power to create military commissions, which combine the functions of judge, jury, and prosecutor in the trial of war crimes.
  • Claimed authority to detain American citizens as enemy combatants indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay on the President's say-so alone.
  • Initiated kidnappings, secret detentions, and torture in Eastern European prisons of suspected international terrorists.
  • Championed a Presidential power to torture in contravention of federal statutes and treaties.
  • Engineered the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program targeting American citizens on American soil in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
  • Orchestrated the invocation of executive privilege to conceal from Congress secret spying programs to gather foreign intelligence, and their legal justifications.
  • Summoned the privilege to refuse to disclose his consulting of business executives in conjunction with his Energy Task Force.
  • Retaliated against Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame, through chief of staff Scooter Libby, for questioning the administration's evidence of weapons of mass destruction as justification for invading Iraq.
3. Official: Cheney Urged Wiretaps, Stand-In for Ashcroft Alleges Interference, by Dan Eggen, Washington Post, June 7, 2007
4. Cheney Placed At Center Of Domestic Spying Scandal!, by Turkana, DailyKos, Thu June 7, 2007
"It's now very clear: the White House knew they were breaking the law. The Vice President knew he was breaking the law. They wanted to use Ashcroft to provide political cover for their knowingly breaking the law. They were so desperate to use Ashcroft as political coverage for their knowingly breaking the law, that they attempted to storm into his hospital room and force him to sign something he might not have even been coherent enough to know he was signing!"
5. Dick Cheney Rules, June 3, 2007, Sunday (NYT); Editorial Desk,