Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is denying any plans to seek the impeachment of President Obama over the U.S. involvement in Libya.
Kucinich recently raised the question of whether Obama could be impeached for leading the U.S. into a conflict — to enforce a United Nations-backed no-fly zone — without going to Congress first.
"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 told Fox Business Network on Thursday. "I am speaking to the limits of executive power.”
Kucinich said that, in 2007, then-Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) and then-Sen. Joe BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE (D-Del.) had raised the specter of impeaching President George W. Bush over American military involvement in the Middle East.
"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 has been an outspoken critic of U.S. involvement in Libya since a multinational coalition began airstrikes Saturday. On Thursday, he notified Obama of his plan to introduce an amendment to the next general spending bill to defund the U.S. intervention in Libya.
Some other lawmakers have criticized Obama for involvement in Libya without congressional approval or what they say is a clear mission and exit strategy. Lawmakers have also called for the U.S. to hand over leadership of the campaign to others in the coalition.
On Thursday, NATO officials announced that the countries in the coalition had come to an agreement to hand over the lead to that organization.