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Senators Lee and Paul Call White House Iran Briefing "Insulting and Demeaning"

By: Politicized News

· Domestic Policy

On Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) delivered remarks at a press briefing on Capitol Hill shortly afterwards the White House had briefed the U.S. Senate on the underlying information surrounding the Trump Administration’s decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on the preceding Friday. Both Senators expressed disappointment and insult taken by the quality and content of the briefing. The classified briefing lasted about 75 minutes.

Senator Lee called the briefing “probably the worst briefing” he has seen on a military matter and the most “distressing” part was that one of the messages a briefer gave to the U.S. Senate was that they were not to publicly debate or discuss “the issue of the appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran.” The Senator said he found this “insulting and demeaning” to the U.S. Senate as a Constitutional body of government, to the Constitution of the United States, and to the “process ordained by the Constitution.” The Senator said that “it is, after all, the prerogative of [Congress] to declare war” because it is “the branch of government most accountable to the People at the most regular intervals.” The Senator said that he walked into the briefing “undecided” on Senate Joint Resolution 63, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)’s proposed joint resolution to direct “the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities against” Iran or its military within 30 days of the Resolution’s passage, but after the briefing, which “changed [his] mind,” he now going to support Senator Kaine’s proposed resolution “specifically because of what happened in that briefing.”
Senator Paul began his remarks by expressing his newfound support for the War Powers Resolution. Senator Paul said he “wanted to hear the intelligence first” and what he heard “was less than satisfying.” The Senator said that he and Senator Lee are stepping up and saying that Congress is “not abdicating” its “duty under the Constitution” to debate when America goes to war.
Senator Lee stated that “Drive-by notification or after-the-fact, lame briefings like the one we just received aren’t adequate.”

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