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    Paul to Pompeo: You do not have ‘permission’ for war with Iran

    Rand Paul to Pompeo: You do not have ‘permission’ for war with Iran
    By NAHAL TOOSI 04/10/2019 11:36 AM EDT Updated 04/10/2019 12:36 PM EDT

    Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday warned the Trump administration not to go to war with Iran, at least not without getting permission from Congress.

    The libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican spoke directly to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    He asked Pompeo if the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which allowed for U.S. troops to fight entities responsible for the 9/11 attacks and associated forces, included Iran.

    Pompeo declined to directly answer the question, saying he’d defer to lawyers, but stated that there is “no doubt there’s a connection” between the Iranian government and al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the 2001 attacks.

    “You do not have the permission of Congress to go to war with Iran,” Paul responded, while chiding Pompeo for trying to deflect the question. “Only Congress can declare war.”

    Pompeo was testifying before the Republican-controlled committee, a session that came the same week President Donald Trump designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, prompting concerns about future clashes between the U.S. and Iranian-backed forces.

    The hearing was supposed to focus on the Trump administration’s proposal to slash the State Department budget by about a fourth. But lawmakers from both parties have dismissed the Trump administration’s budget proposal, saying it was a non-starter the way past such Trump plans have been.

    Instead they zoomed in on other subjects...
    C-SPAN video:
    updated link:

    (Sen. Paul starts about 58+ minutes in - gets 5 minutes to ask questions.)
    Last edited by Valli6; 04-10-2019 at 04:23 PM.

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    Rand Paul clip, questions to Pompeo.
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    Maybe Rand should have thought about that before he voted in favor of confirming him?
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    I was curious what the critical comments on Twitter would say and the major talking point is that Trump should be able to start illegal wars because Obama was able to.

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