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Capitol protesters arrested while calling for Bush, Cheney impeachment

[JURIST] Avid anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan [Wikipedia profile] and 45 other protesters were arrested Monday at the US Capitol in Washington, DC after refusing to leave the office and hallway of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] while calling for the impeachment of both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. According to police, they will all be charged with the misdemeanor of disorderly conduct and will be released quickly. Sheehan was previously arrested [JURIST report] for protesting outside the White House in 2005.

Critics of the Iraq war have long called for the impeachment of the president and vice president [Wikipedia backgrounder] for "misleading" the United States into the Iraq war. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official profile] has rejected such calls, saying legislative efforts should be put into ending the war and bringing US troops home. Conyers had suggested impeachment before last year's elections, when the Democrats took control of Congress. Reuters has more.

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