US Senate passes bill to curb Trump's war powers on Iran

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

Forty-seven percent of Americans believe it was appropriate for the U.S. Senate to acquit President Donald Trump on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress which got him impeached by the House of Representatives in December. Schumer said. "This resolution is going to pass with a bipartisan majority of Senators in support - a rarity these days". And Trump promptly vetoed it.

The four lawyers who prosecuted longtime Trump ally Roger Stone quit the case this week after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would lower the amount of prison time it would seek for Stone.

"If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal", Trump said on Twitter.

Eight Senate Republicans joined the chamber's Democrats to support the legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and many other Republicans opposed the resolution, saying it would send the wrong message to USA allies. "When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.' Wrong!"

Susan Collins, R-Maine, have been pushing a bipartisan resolution to limit the president's war powers regarding Iran.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) famously "voted his heart" last month, arguing that ending endless wars is actually the platform Trump himself ran on in 2016. 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.

The passing of the bill in the Republican-majority Senate serves as a rebuke to Trump, who has been criticised by Republicans and Democrats over his administration's actions that have increased tensions with Iran.

Tim Kaine (D-Va.), gained steam in the wake of the USA drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani in early January.

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".

"For almost two decades, Congress has been AWOL on certain matters of national security and attempted to pass the buck to our commander in chief when things go wrong", said Young, a conservative who served as a US Marine and who usually sides with Trump.

"Well, then why are a good number of Republicans supporting it?" 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.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., does a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 18, 2019.

Trump said on one tweet that people in West Virginia "are really mad" at Manchin, who he referred to as "Senator Munchkin".

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

Congress approved the wide-ranging Authorization for Use of Military Force efforts (AUMF) in 2001 and 2002.

Kelly also criticized the way Trump talks about immigrants.

Trump has received backlash from both Vindman's former supervisor and former White House chief of staff John Kelly since Vindman's ouster. Some maintain the issue forces debate about what they call "perpetual wars" that need to come to an end.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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