US Senate Votes to Curb Trump's Iran War Powers

14 Février, 2020, 11:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Key Republican Lawmaker Pushes For No Retaliation Against Lt. Col. Vindman

Vindman lodged an alert after hearing Trump make his now infamous phone call to new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July past year, demanding a probe into Democratic presidential opponent Joe Biden.

"Well, that's what they've done over the years", Trump said. During that call, Trump allegedly asked Zelenskiy to open an investigation into the Ukraine-based business dealings of both former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in exchange for approximately $400 million in security aid. "LTC Vindman told the truth under oath".

President Donald Trump ripped into John Kelly Thursday, saying the former White House chief of staff "just can't keep his mouth shut".

He reported his concerns to others.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien said retaliation was not the impetus for Vindman's removal, during remarks to the Atlantic Council Tuesday.

Answering a claim by some of Trump's supporters - and Trump himself - that the measure sends a signal of weakness to Iran and other potential adversaries, Kaine said the opposite was true. "The only one that ran was this one", he said, referring to Vindman.

Trump also offered new insights into his feelings about being impeached, saying it made him think about the "dark" days when Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal before his own likely impeachment. "First of all, he reported a false call that wasn't what was said on the call...what was said on the call was totally appropriate and I call it a ideal call". "And Fiona and others had raised concerns about Alex's judgment".

"The only one, this guy ran and said he didn't like the call", Trump said, referring to Vindman.

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"I think generally the president is happy if he's got some of his aides with him when he's making those calls". "He went and told his boss what he just heard".

Trump has promised a veto and there is not expected to be enough support in the Senate to muster the two-thirds majority to override it. Republicans in the chamber hold 53 of the 100 seats and rarely vote against the president.

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That's according to four White House officials and Republicans close to the West Wing who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

"It's really a privilege to work in the White House. 'This is not normal and it is not right, and it is risky territory for the rule of law, '" he said citing a Washington Post editorial from former federal prosecutor Chuck Rosenberg.

The resignations raise questions over whether Trump had at least indirectly exerted his will on a Justice Department he often views as an arm of the White House. "First of all, that's very insubordinate".

Manchin, a conservative Democrat, has been known to cross party lines.

Vindman was scheduled to leave the council over the summer, so the ousting effectively ended his detail to the council early.



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