Senate votes to limit Trump's war powers on Iran, presidential veto expected

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

Trump viewed the resolution as a personal affront and urged Republicans to reject it, saying it is an attempt by Democrats to "embarrass the Republican Party".

The impeachment process against Donald Trump was launched in September 2019, with House Democrats accusing him of blackmailing Ukraine with the withdrawal of military aid unless the Ukrainian president started a criminal probe into one of Trump's 2020 election rivals, Joe Biden.

Trump has threatened to veto it.

"Every Republican Senator except [Mitt] Romney, many highly religious people, all very smart, voted against the Impeachment Hoax".

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is considering ending the long-standing practice of having other government officials listen in on calls with foreign leaders. No one, not even the President, is above the law.

"The Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the power to declare war".

President Trump claimed, without any evidence, that "many people" in the White House applauded after impeachment probe witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was escorted out of the building last Friday following his ouster from the National Security Council. And he said: 'I knew we couldn't beat you.' And I said: 'it wasn't for lack of trying.' Boom, it's over, let it go.

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".

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Vice President Mike Pence was in SC yesterday, delivering a message to cadets at The Citadel, where the Indiana Republican delivered a "promise" to the audience: "You will have a Commander-in-Chief who will always have your back".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and many other Republicans opposed the resolution, saying it would send the wrong message to US allies. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump's comments on the Stone case, "Third World behavior, not American behavior".

The House voted almost along party lines on January 9, passing a non-binding resolution similar to Kaine's legislation by a 224-194 vote. This lengthy saga saw significant displays of political theater as tensions rose between Democrats and Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has opposed the resolution, arguing it "would severely limit the U.S. military's operational flexibility to defend itself against threats posed by Iran".

Still, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said this was not enough. The first bill limits funding for overseas military action if the president has not sought congressional approval for his or her actions. It has not exercised that power since WWII, however; the current "War on Terror" is based on two open-ended authorizations for use of military force (AUMF), dating back to 2001 and 2002.

Trump has also publicly encouraged the Justice Department to punish former FBI officials who were involved in the Russian Federation investigation.

In short, yes: President Trump could be impeached again.

The White House said Trump would veto both of the House-passed measures if they also are approved by the Republican-majority Senate. As Kaine says, "An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote".

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