By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) We’re not sure what’s in the water out in Utah, but the state’s two “Republican” senators are turning out to be quite the anti-Trump turncoats — not at all what voters of their state want, based on the president’s 2016 performance there.
We already knew that Mitt Romney was a #NeverTrumper (because, reportedly, Trump shunned him for secretary of state). But now former Tea Party darling Mike Lee is jumping on that bandwagon, if reporters we are getting this morning are correct.
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Multiple outlets are reporting that Lee had a meltdown after senators were briefed by the White House on the justification for the president’s strike against terrorist scumbag Qassem Soleimani.
Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky excoriated aÂ briefing from top Trump administration officialsÂ on theÂÂ that led to the death ofÂ , the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Lee called it “worst briefing” he’s received on a military issue in his nine years in the Senate.
Lee said it is “not acceptable” for officials from the executive branch â€” whether it be Defense Department, the CIA or the White House â€” to tell the Senate that they can’t “debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran.”Â
“It’s un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s wrong,” he added.
The House is set to vote Thursday on a measureÂ designed to limit Mr. Trump’s military actionsÂ regarding Iran. Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, has also introduced aÂÂ in the Senate.
Lee said he will back Kaine’s resolution once changes are made.
“I walked into the briefing undecided. I walked out decided, specifically because of what happened in that briefing,” he said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, CIA Director Gina Haspel and acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire conducted the briefing to the full Senate on last week’s drone strike. The group met with House members to discuss the strike earlier in the day.
Lee said the suggestion from the administration’s top military and national security officials that the Senate not debate military action in Iran was “insulting” and “demeaning to the process ordained by the Constitution.”
“They left after 75 minutes. Now I understand these are busy people. They’ve got a lot of demands on their time,” Lee said.
“They’re appearing before a coordinate branch of government, a coordinate branch of government responsible for their funding, for their confirmation, for any approval of any military action they might undertake. And they had to leave after 75 minutes while they’re in the process of telling us we need to be good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public. I find that absolutely insane. I think it’s unacceptable,” he added.
Mike Lee is a conservative snowflake. TRIGGERED! https://t.co/iCajXPMf5G
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) January 8, 2020
Um, is this an accurate depiction of what happened? No, according to GOP Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma.
In an interview with Fox News’ Melissa Francis, Lankford was asked, “Some of your colleagues have come out of your meeting today though and said almost the exact opposite. They didnâ€™t get nearly enough information to justify what has happened. And, that they werenâ€™t satisfied with the position at all. What do you think they heard?”
Lankford responded: “Yeah, it has been very interesting. Iâ€™ve seen some of my colleagues come out and make comments like that. In fact, one of my colleagues stepped out and said the whole group was doing a briefing with us and when the questions got hard that they left and they ran off.
“That was absolutely, positively false. That did not occur. They werenâ€™t running away. We started at 2:30 and we finished at 4:00 because they had meetings in the White House,” he added.
Somebody has their facts — or interpretation of facts — wrong. But our money is on Lee; he, after all, is on record supporting the importation of foreign workers to supplant American workers.
But no matter. The fact is, Soleimani was a scumbag terrorist, period. He was responsible for the deaths ofÂ hundreds of American soldiers. He was organizing more attacks, according to the administration, and he was behind some of the most recent ones.
WhatÂ else does Lee (and Rand Paul) need to know in order to ‘approve’ of the administration’s action?
We love the Constitution and are all in favor of congressional due process, but this one seems like a no-brainer to us.
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