Senate, White House must beat back aggressive House

Democrats are overreaching again — this time with potentially dangerous consequences. They seem hell bent on usurping power from not only the Senate and the Supreme Court but also the White House.

They are threatening to curtail President Donald Trump’s war powers after he killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani and several Iran-backed militia leaders in a drone strike. They are fearmongering and creating hysteria by accusing Trump of making Americans and the country open to imminent attack from Iran.

The notification was sent on January 4 under a 1973 U.S. law called the War Powers Act, which requires a presidential administration to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action or imminent actions.

The White House has insisted it carried out the attack under the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force which specifies that its purpose is to “defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is furiously questioning the president’s authority to act before consulting Congress.

“This document prompts serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the Administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran,” Pelosi said in a statement.

This initiation of hostilities was taken without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran, without the consultation of the Congress and without the articulation of a clear and legitimate strategy to either the Congress or the public,” she claimed.

Trump announced Saturday that the US would respond rapidly with lethal force if Iran strikes any Americans or American assets.

“We have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago),” he tweeted. The Pentagon also announced Friday that it would send an additional 3,000 troops to the Middle East.

Senate Democrats are pushing for a resolution that would force Trump to withdraw American troops who are responding to Iranian attacks in the Middle East unless Congress declares war or passes a resolution authorizing military force.

The Iranian supported militant group Kataib Hezbollah killed a contractor that attacked a U.S. base in Kirkuk a week ago and threatens to attack U.S. forces in the region in the coming days.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Thursday the United States military will pre-emptively strike Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria if the White House receives credible intelligence that paramilitary groups are planning more attacks against American bases and personnel in the region,

Democrats are unlikely to get the support of a two-thirds majority of the House or the Republican-controlled Senate to back a war resolution to override a presidential veto, but that won’t stop them from playing politics at a time when American lives are at stake.

Pelosi has tried to create havoc with the separation of powers under the Constitution since announcing the beginning of an impeachment inquiry on September 24, overturning historical precedents and procedures by beginning the process without a vote of the entire House, even though it is not constitutionally required.

The House impeached Trump based on claims in an anonymous whistleblower’s report. They say he improperly influenced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25th phone call to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The younger Biden served on the board of an energy company in Ukraine for a hefty salary despite a shady career history.

The House formalized guidelines for public hearings in the inquiry, gutting the due process rights of the president and the Republican minority. This was yet more evidence that Democrats had subverted the Constitution’s impeachment provision.

An inquiry had only been conducted in the past after a finding of actual crimes by a specially appointed investigator and with the greatest care and respect for the rights of members of both parties.

House lawmakers produced two baseless articles of impeachment which are an affront to the constitutional roles of the president and the Supreme Court. The first article of impeachment for ‘abuse of power’ attempts to overstep Trump’s authority as chief law enforcement officer.

The second for ‘obstruction of Congress’ challenges the authority of the judicial branch to settle disputes between the executive and legislative branches. The House rushed impeachment before waiting on the Court to adjudicate Trump’s authority to exert executive privilege to block witnesses and testimony.

Pelosi is obstructing the Senate from proceeding with a trial by insisting they will only do so after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agrees to their rules. The House has no such authority but Democrats will continue to overstep their authority under the Constitution until their soft coup is crushed.