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To avoid having to justify its actions to Congress, The Trump administration falsely claims Congress had already authorized the strike under the 2002 Iraq war resolution. This legal theory is absurd, the 2002 authorization was passed to deal with Saddam Hussein. This law had nothing to do with Iran or Iranian government officials in Iraq. To suggest that 18 years later this authorization could justify killing an Iranian official stretches the law far beyond anything Congress ever intended.
There's a reason the Obama administration and The Trump administration, at least before this point, never made such audacious legal claims. The assertion that Congress has authorized the executive branch to use force against Iran is unsound. A bipartisan majority of both houses of Congress have rejected that view in just the past few weeks through congressional findings, the administration's position is dangerous. It holds Iran directly responsible for abuses committed by armed groups under a new-fangled theory that United States would not want to see applied to our support for armed forces including the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen and the Syrian Kurdish forces' treatment of detainees.
While I would have preferred to hear from Ambassador Khalilzad in an open setting, I'm glad our members will have this long overdue opportunity to press for answers on the peace plan, it shouldn't have taken a subpoena to get the State Department to work with this committee and allow us to perform our oversight duties.
The President veto sends a grim message that America's foreign policy is no longer rooted in our core values -- namely a respect for human rights -- and that The President views Congress not as a coequal branch of government, but an irritant to be avoided or ignored, worse still, The President veto is going to cost innocent lives. These weapons are going to continue fueling a reckless and brutal campaign of violence and exacerbating the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe.
I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship, we all take the same oath. Worse, Representative Omar comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur.
We all know that the Russians interfered in our 2016 election, we know they interfered to try to help President Trump win. And since that time, there have been meetings between Putin and President Trump and we don't know what went on... You just scratch your head and say,' What is it ? Why is it that the President of the United States seems to go against our allies like the UK or Germany or France and cozy up to Putin ?' It makes no sense whatsoever.