Mike Lee (R-UT) doesn’t want to be told by the WH to “shut up and dribble” on discussing War Powers issues. As if no discussion by Congress was relevant to the question of the necessity and proportionality of assassinating Suleimani.
“What I found so distressing is one of the messages was do not discuss, do not debate appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran.”
: "It is not acceptable for officials within the executive branch of government…to come in and tell us that we can't debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran. It's un-American. It's unconstitutional and it's wrong." pic.twitter.com/fVSE6b3EM0
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 8, 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that the House will vote tomorrow on a War Powers Resolution to curb potential military action by President Trump toward Iran.
The big picture: Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the administration for not obtaining congressional approval before killing one of Iran’s most powerful officials. Democrats specifically have questioned claims that there was an “imminent” threat posed by Soleimani, with many stating after Wednesday’s briefing that nothing that officials presented them with alleviated their concerns.
Lee's outraged that Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper and Trump's National Security Advisor won't stay more than 75 minutes to answer questions.
But he's not demanding Raytheon and Rapture and John Bolton to answer ANY questions about Ukraine.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 8, 2020
….fox decided to cut away from the press conference pic.twitter.com/etOlcFJ3iP
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) January 8, 2020
JUST IN: GOP Sen. Mike Lee says classified briefing on Iran was "probably the worst briefing I've seen, at least on a military issue, in the nine years I've served in the United States Senate." https://t.co/iI3HHGfReL pic.twitter.com/eRxVJva9M4
— ABC News (@ABC) January 8, 2020
When @SenMikeLee says an Intell briefing was the worst he can recall and voices anger that the Trump cabinet members tried to stifle debate, you know Trump’s team is hiding the truth.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 8, 2020