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Mike Lee on why he voted to limit Trump’s ability to wage war with Iran

February 14, 2020


>>Dana: FOX NEWS ALERT, THE>>Dana: FOX NEWS ALERT, THE
SENATE JUST VOTING TO LIMIT SENATE JUST VOTING TO LIMIT
PRESIDENT TRUMPS AUTHORITY TO PRESIDENT TRUMPS AUTHORITY TO
USE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST USE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST
IRAN. IRAN.
A PASS WITH SOME SUPPORT AGAINST A PASS WITH SOME SUPPORT AGAINST
REPUBLICANS ON THE HOUSE COULD REPUBLICANS ON THE HOUSE COULD
TAKE UP THE IT LATER THIS MONTH. TAKE UP THE IT LATER THIS MONTH.
EITHER WAY THAT BOAT GOES, EITHER WAY THAT BOAT GOES,
PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO
VETO IT AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO VETO IT AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO
NOTE THAT IF HE DOES CONGRESS NOTE THAT IF HE DOES CONGRESS
DOES NOT HAVE THE SUPER MAJORITY DOES NOT HAVE THE SUPER MAJORITY
TO OVERRIDE THE VETO ON THIS TO OVERRIDE THE VETO ON THIS
ONE. ONE.
LET’S BRING IN SENATOR MIKE LEE LET’S BRING IN SENATOR MIKE LEE
WHO VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE WAR WHO VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE WAR
POWERS RESOLUTION AND GIVE YOU A POWERS RESOLUTION AND GIVE YOU A
CHANCE TO EXPLAIN WHY. CHANCE TO EXPLAIN WHY.
>>I VOTED FOR THIS TODAY>>I VOTED FOR THIS TODAY
BECAUSE IT’S CONSISTENT WITH A BECAUSE IT’S CONSISTENT WITH A
PATTERN THAT I’VE ESTABLISHED PATTERN THAT I’VE ESTABLISHED
EVER SINCE I’VE BEEN IN THE EVER SINCE I’VE BEEN IN THE
SENATE FOR THE LAST NINE YEARS. SENATE FOR THE LAST NINE YEARS.
I DID THIS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA I DID THIS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA
AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THIS AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THIS
UNDER EVERY PRESIDENT WHO SERVES UNDER EVERY PRESIDENT WHO SERVES
IN OFFICE WHILE I AM IN THE IN OFFICE WHILE I AM IN THE
SENATE. SENATE.
WHERE WE AS A CONGRESS NEED TO WHERE WE AS A CONGRESS NEED TO
RECLAIM THE POWER TO DECLARE RECLAIM THE POWER TO DECLARE
WAR. WAR.
OVER THE COURSE OF MANY DECADES, OVER THE COURSE OF MANY DECADES,
WE HAVE SEEN CONGRESS WE HAVE SEEN CONGRESS
ESSENTIALLY FORFEITING ITS ESSENTIALLY FORFEITING ITS
AUTHORITY TO DECLARE WAR AND AUTHORITY TO DECLARE WAR AND
WAITING FOR PRESIDENTS TO ACT. WAITING FOR PRESIDENTS TO ACT.
WE BELIEVE IT’S MORE APPROPRIATE WE BELIEVE IT’S MORE APPROPRIATE
WHENEVER WE PUT U.S. LABS ON THE WHENEVER WE PUT U.S. LABS ON THE
LINE. LINE.
WE THINK THAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO WE THINK THAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO
AUTHORIZE THAT IN THE FORM OF AUTHORIZE THAT IN THE FORM OF
THE DECLARATION OF THE WAR. THE DECLARATION OF THE WAR.
THIS IS A PRESIDENT THAT’S THIS IS A PRESIDENT THAT’S
STRETCHES ALL THE WAY BACK TO STRETCHES ALL THE WAY BACK TO
GEORGE WASHINGTON WHEN AMERICANS GEORGE WASHINGTON WHEN AMERICANS
WERE ATTACKED, AND THAT’S A WERE ATTACKED, AND THAT’S A
DEFENSIVE RESPONSE AND OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE RESPONSE AND OFFENSIVE
ATTACK. ATTACK.
AND THAT U.S. SENATE DOES NOT DO AND THAT U.S. SENATE DOES NOT DO
VERY WELL WITH IRAN. VERY WELL WITH IRAN.
AND THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO DO AND THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO DO
WEAKNESS. WEAKNESS.
THEY OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THE THEY OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THE
ATTACK AND IF MY HANDS ARE TIED ATTACK AND IF MY HANDS ARE TIED
IRAN WOULD HAVE A DEAL DAY AND IRAN WOULD HAVE A DEAL DAY AND
SENT SOME VERY VALID SIGNALS. SENT SOME VERY VALID SIGNALS.
THEY ARE ONLY DOING THIS AS AN THEY ARE ONLY DOING THIS AS AN
ATTEMPT TO EMBARRASS THE ATTEMPT TO EMBARRASS THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY, DON’T LET IT REPUBLICAN PARTY, DON’T LET IT
HAPPEN. HAPPEN.
AND YET THERE WERE REPUBLICANS AND YET THERE WERE REPUBLICANS
THAT VOTED TO SUPPORT THIS WAR THAT VOTED TO SUPPORT THIS WAR
POWERS RESOLUTION. POWERS RESOLUTION.
IF ONE OF YOU WERE SUPPORTING IF ONE OF YOU WERE SUPPORTING
THE ARGUMENT, THEY SHOW WEAKNESS THE ARGUMENT, THEY SHOW WEAKNESS
ON THE PRESIDENT HAS TO GO TO ON THE PRESIDENT HAS TO GO TO
CONGRESS AND SAY, CAN YOU DO CONGRESS AND SAY, CAN YOU DO
SOMETHING BECAUSE WE HAVE TO SOMETHING BECAUSE WE HAVE TO
PROTECT THE COUNTRY, I SEE WHERE PROTECT THE COUNTRY, I SEE WHERE
YOU ARE COMING FROM. YOU ARE COMING FROM.
WITH POWER OF ARTICLE TWO OF THE WITH POWER OF ARTICLE TWO OF THE
CONSTITUTION IS COMMANDER IN CONSTITUTION IS COMMANDER IN
CHIEF AND HE’S WIELDED THAT CHIEF AND HE’S WIELDED THAT
POWER FAR MORE RESPONSIBLY THAN POWER FAR MORE RESPONSIBLY THAN
ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN MY ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN MY
LIFETIME. LIFETIME.
AND I AGREE WITH THIS IN ANY AND I AGREE WITH THIS IN ANY
WAY, SHAPE OR FORM. WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
THAT ERODED HIS INHERENT THAT ERODED HIS INHERENT
ABILITY, AND IF WE ARE GOING TO ABILITY, AND IF WE ARE GOING TO
REPEL AN ACTUAL AND THAT WOULD REPEL AN ACTUAL AND THAT WOULD
REQUIRE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. REQUIRE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
>>WOULD YOU PUT THE ATTACK INTO>>WOULD YOU PUT THE ATTACK INTO
AN OFFENSE OF OR DEFENSIVE? AN OFFENSE OF OR DEFENSIVE?
>>IT WAS DEFENSIVE.>>IT WAS DEFENSIVE.
IT WAS IN RESPONSE I HAD JUST IT WAS IN RESPONSE I HAD JUST
OCCURRED IN IRAQ AND ALSO IN OCCURRED IN IRAQ AND ALSO IN
ANTICIPATION OF ANY OTHER ANTICIPATION OF ANY OTHER
ATTACKS THAT HAD BEEN PLANNED. ATTACKS THAT HAD BEEN PLANNED.
>>SO THE PURPOSE OF THIS>>SO THE PURPOSE OF THIS
RESOLUTION THEN WOULD BE WHAT? RESOLUTION THEN WOULD BE WHAT?
>>PROSPECTIVELY, FOR WHAT COMES>>PROSPECTIVELY, FOR WHAT COMES
NEXT. NEXT.
WHAT DO WE DO NEXT? WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?
IT’S ONE THING TO RESPOND AT THE IT’S ONE THING TO RESPOND AT THE
TIME THAT THAT HAPPENS AS TIME THAT THAT HAPPENS AS
PRESIDENT TRUMP DID WHEN HE PRESIDENT TRUMP DID WHEN HE
KILLED GENERAL SOLEIMANI. KILLED GENERAL SOLEIMANI.
MOVING FORWARD, I NEED TO KNOW MOVING FORWARD, I NEED TO KNOW
WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO, WHETHER WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO, WHETHER
WE WILL TAKE OFFENSE OF MEASURES WE WILL TAKE OFFENSE OF MEASURES
AGAINST IRAN. AGAINST IRAN.
ALL OF THIS SAID TODAY WHICH I ALL OF THIS SAID TODAY WHICH I
WAS PLEASED TO COSPONSOR AND WAS PLEASED TO COSPONSOR AND
VOTE FOR, IF WE ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR, IF WE ARE GOING TO
TAKE OFFENSE OF ACTION AGAINST TAKE OFFENSE OF ACTION AGAINST
IRAN THAT NEEDS TO BE DECLARED IRAN THAT NEEDS TO BE DECLARED
BY CONGRESS. BY CONGRESS.
>>Dana: IT’S A FASCINATION

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