Former National Security Adviser John Bolton is speaking out against the War Powers resolution that is being discussed and considered following President Trump’s strike on a top Iranian general.
Bolton has called the resolution unconstitutional which is in line with his beliefs on not limiting the war powers of the president.
According to The Hill:
Former national security adviser John Bolton, who has spoken out against limitations on the president’s war powers in the past, on Thursday claimed the 1973 War Powers Resolution was “unconstitutional” ahead of a planned vote in the House on a resolution to limit President Trump‘s ability to take further action on Iran without congressional approval.
The former White House adviser has expressed anti-War Powers Resolution views since at least 2007, when he wrote in his memoir that the act was an example of Congress “overreacting” during the Watergate era in an effort to limit the executive branch, Politico Magazine reported.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced that the House on Thursday will vote on a war powers resolution to limit Trump’s actions in Iran. The House vote comes less than a week after Trump authorized the strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, without congressional approval, sparking bipartisan criticism.
Several GOP lawmakers, including Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), on Wednesday, said the administration’s briefing on the reasoning behind the strike was “insulting and demeaning.” Lee said that officials warned the senators that limiting the president’s war powers would “embolden Iran.”
Senator Tim Kaine is introducing a similar resolution in the Senate the outcome of which remains unclear.
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