Mike Lee Co-Sponsors Bernie Sanders Bill To Halt Unilateral Military Action In Iran

(Breitbart) – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is co-sponsoring Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) legislation to freeze funding in order to halt further unilateral military action in Iran, the lawmakers confirmed on Saturday.

“As United States Senators, we often disagree on many issues. But standing up for the Constitution is not about partisanship,” the two lawmakers said in a statement to CNN.

“The Founding Fathers were absolutely clear. They wanted to ensure that our country avoided needless conflict and they understood that presidential war-making would be harmful to our democracy,” they added.

Sanders introduced the bill after President Donald Trump’s decision to eliminate Iran’s top terror general, Qasem Soleimani, who was responsible for the death of hundreds of Americans and approved of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. According to the Pentagon, the terrorist general was actively planning more attacks throughout the region with the explicit intention of harming U.S. service members and diplomats.

As Breitbart News reported:

The Pentagon said Soleimani had orchestrated attacks on U.S.-led coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months, including one on December 27 which killed an American contractor and wounded U.S. service members and Iraqi personnel.

However, Lee was disappointed in the Trump administration’s briefing on the attack, calling it “probably the worst briefing I have seen at least on a military issue in the nine years I have served in the United States Senate.”

He continued:

What I found so distressing about that briefing was that one of the messages we received from the briefers was do not debate, do not discuss the issue of the appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran. And that if you do, you’ll be emboldening Iran.

The implication being that we would somehow be making America less safe by having a debate or a discussion about the appropriateness of further military involvement against the government of Iran,” he continued. “I find it insulting and demeaning.

Lee clarified to Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he “supports the legal and moral justification for striking Soleimani and that he believes the worst military briefing was the Barack Obama administration’s briefing on the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack.”

“I want to be very clear, my comments yesterday did not take a position on the appropriateness of the attack that occurred,” he told Breitbart News.

“They were not condemning that; in fact, I acknowledged upfront that I’m willing to concede that they might well have been legally, morally, justifiable and fully constitutional,” he continued:

I mentioned yesterday that it was probably the worst briefing I have ever seen on a military issue. The reason I qualify it that way is that the worst briefing I ever got in that room was on a slightly different issue back in 2012 right after the Benghazi attack, where we were told repeatedly by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was based on a reaction to a video, so, fortunately, this was not that.

“I don’t think they [the Trump officials] were trying to deceive us, but I think some of what they said was emblematic of Congress’s willingness to relinquish its war powers, and that’s an issue,” Lee added, noting that the officials who briefed Congress are “good people.”

“The reason I think we need to do this [War Powers resolution] is consistent with the president’s desire to keep us out of excessive, unnecessary wars,” Lee said, citing the vision of the founding fathers.

The largely symbolic War Powers resolution passed in the House on Thursday.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Mike Lee is such a disappointment! Now it will be nearly impossible for the President to go after the bad guys without there being leaks and endangering our Service Men and Women. A very sad day for America!

  2. Mike Lee, it is clear that you don’t trust your own Commander-in-Chief to make sound decision. That you would rather let opportunities to take out terrorists pass by until everybody agrees or until after some of your colleagues have leaked security information. Frankly, you disappoint!

  3. Sanders and Mike Lee can both kiss my ass,,,,,neither has any idea what the real world looks like or how it works day to day,,,,,just a fairy and an old piece of shit that went to Disney world and never left,,,,they truly know absolutely nothing about what is going on in The Middle East and for sure they know less about socialism even though Sanders preaches it every time he opens his big fat mouth,,,as President he would literally give this country away,,,,he needs to be kicked out and sent to Venezuela for an up close and personal look,,,,such a dumb senile piece of shit

  4. Man up Mike! Or change that R behind your name. Support our warfighters and POTUS or relinquish your seat to someone with a backbone.

  5. Mr Lee, so far no action has taken place in Iran. Soleimani needed to pay for his terrorist activities throughout the middle east. He was in Iraq…wasn’t he banned from international travel by th UN??? No on, least of all this president wants war with Iran. You got your nose out of joint because you didn’t like the Intel brief so now you are going to jeopardize the safety of the country??? Whatever got into your mind? Back this president because after 2024 you may have to deal with the socialists like Bernie trying to run this country. At least leave it in goodbshape.

  6. I THOUGHT Mike Lee was a PATRIOT and not a RINO . . . But I COULD be mistaken. POTUS Trump was not war mongering but giving a SHOW of strength, showing that the U.S. means business. IRAN backed down. When I see Mike Lee siding with Sanders, that raises EYEBROWS. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  7. Makes you sick to see all these crosses in our cemetery and know that we have a bunch of weak Kneed power hungry Rats running our Country.

  8. Hey Mike,
    Do not become a RINO like your other buddies. Gen Salami was taken out with prejudice because he was killing Americans you nitwit. Where were you when Obama used 2800 strikes without congressional over site. The trouble with all you congressional types is your all pieces of s*#t, oops sorry I meant to say “Toilet Treasures”, to describe you. I know you will never see this message but one can only hope you get it by some who knows how to get it to you. Mark Twain had you guys pegged back in his day :
    Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
    – What Is Man?

    …the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.
    – Letter fragment, 1891

    Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
    – Mark Twain, a Biography

    Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full grown man.
    – Notebook #14, Nov. 1877 – July 1878

    All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
    – Mark Twain’s Autobiography; also in Mark Twain in Eruption
    The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn’t leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether–Well, you’d think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there.
    – Mark Twain’s Speeches, “The Weather”

    It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
    – Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar

    It is the foreign element that commits our crimes. There is no native criminal class except Congress.
    – More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

    Whiskey is carried into committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.
    – Notebook, 1868

    …I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.
    – “Foster’s Case,” New York Tribune, 10 March 1873

  9. It’s all one big happy global family looking for a patriarch and slobbering Bernie thinks he can fill the bill, as long as AOC doesn’t come up short and ram her nose up to his appendix.

  10. JUST GO AHEAD AND BE A DEMOCRAT MR. LEE !!!!!!!!!!!!

    I AM FED UP WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY !!!!!!!! YOU S.O.B.’s WON’T UNITE AGAINST THE COMMUNISTS ON ANYTHING TO SUPPORT THIS PRESIDENT !!!

    TIME FOR A “CONSERVATIVE PARTY” !!!

  11. I’m shocked and disappointed in Mike Lee collaborating with a communist. He should be thrown out of the Republican Conservative Party for this and how he reacted to the briefing to Congress the other day about the killing of the Iranian terrorist. I watched him live when he had this reaction and his first comment in reaction to a reporters questions about how the review went was that he actually wanted to review he thoughts with the President before commenting but then went off the rails and made some remarkable negative comments before his review with the President. What a jerk, we need to vote this type of conservative (?) out and let him join Berine Sanders communist team.

  12. Mike Lee, just another wimpy RINO, who changes his brain-dead mind far more often than he changes his underwear. We need real MEN in Congress, not fairies who still suckle their mother’s teats. Women in Congress want to ‘mother’ everyone and treat them like 2 Y/O children and recalcitrant adolescents by giving them all pink doobies (pacifiers) to shut their mouths. Our country will die a slow painful death with women and fairies running it. MAN UP!

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