US Senate passes bill to limit Trump's war powers against Iran

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

Democrats were joined by eight Republicans - Lamar Alexander (TN), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Mike Lee (UT), Jerry Moran (KS), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rand Paul (KY), and Todd Young (IN).

Trump attacked Kelly last October, after he said he had warned the president that hiring a "yes man" to replace him would lead to impeachment.

"Some view this as an effort to tie President Trump's hands, it's not really about President Trump", he stated.

Trump then railed against Vindman for saying "terrible things" about his now-infamous July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his impeachment inquiry testimony. No one, not even the President, is above the law.

Another Republican lawmaker, Senator John Thune, said Trump's killing of Soleimani was justified, calling the war powers resolution "an ill-advised and potentially problematic response to the president's action".

The vote was largely partisan, with only one Republican, Mitt Romney, voting to convict the president for an abuse of power. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that 'John respects you greatly.

Priebus-who grew up in Wisconsin, nicknamed the "Badger State"-would field the president's questions while trying to discuss "matters of healthcare initiatives, foreign policy, or Republican legislative agenda", Markay and Suebsaeng wrote according to excerpts published by the Guardian". House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he expects to bring the resolution up for a House vote.

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Pfeiffer, who now directs the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security at George Mason University, said the memoranda of foreign leader calls also fulfill important historical recordkeeping requirements.

But Mike Lee, the Utah Republican who worked closely with Senator Bernie Sanders to cut U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian military's assault on Yemen, explicitly rejected the president's call on senators to abdicate their constitutional responsibility. Censure would allow the Senate to unite across party lines, as an equal branch of government, to formally denounce the President's actions and hold him accountable. This lengthy saga saw significant displays of political theater as tensions rose between Democrats and Republicans.

Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat who co-sponsored the legislation, said in a House floor speech, "If our loved ones are going to be sent to fight in any protracted war, the president owes the American public a conversation".

Later in the month, a pair of bills limiting Trump's military authority passed the House with some Republican support. "And as part of that we want to make sure that any military action that needs to be authorized is in fact properly authorized by Congress". Campaign officials told the Post that while the Secret Service does do background checks, the White House doesn't vet guests.

Supporters say this new Senate version will force the president to make a statement on their concerns.

Kelly also criticized the way Trump talks about immigrants. Some maintain the issue forces debate about what they call "perpetual wars" that need to come to an end.

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