CONGRESS TRIES TO ASSERT AUTHORITY OVER “MAD” TRUMPSKI BEFORE HE DRIVES UNNECESSARY WAR WITH NORTH KOREA TO DELAY PROSECUTION AND JAIL IN FBI PROBE


From CNN

Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Wednesday Congress should weigh in, especially with Trump in the Oval Office.
“This is a conversation that needs to take place. The authority of congress should be asserted, particularly in the case of this president where he seems to be somewhat erratic when it comes to what he suggests is American foreign policy,” Kildee said

The disconnect between Capitol Hill and the White House lies in the disagreement over what constitutes a threat to US national security, a question that comes with lots of legal ambiguity that gives the Executive Branch wide latitude.
Steve Vladeck, a CNN legal analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law, said the Constitution effectively distinguishes between offensive military action, which requires congressional approval, and defensive military action, which does not. But in practice, it comes down to more of a political question than a legal one.
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“It’s probably the case that Congress could not stop the President from defending the United States from an imminent attack. It probably is the case that Congress could prevent the President from launching offensive military operations without provocation. And all of the fight is over the gray area in between those two points,” Vladeck said. “Where the line is between defense and offense?”

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