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President Trump expected to veto War Powers Resolution if passed in Senate

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Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2020, 21:49

The Senate voted Thursday to prevent President Donald Trump from taking military action against Iran without congressional consent.

Graham, R-S.C., said he has attempted to smooth things over between Trump and Manchin, talking to him about his attacks on the Democrat and arguing that Manchin is the Republicans' best chance for bipartisan support on legislation.

The Democratic-controlled House passed a separate, nonbinding war powers resolution last month. And Trump promptly vetoed it.

The vote came as the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, Major General Hossein Salami, said in a live speech to mark the 40th day since the death of top commander Qasem Soleimani that Iran is ready to strike the United States and Israel if they give it any reason to do so. And at least one other GOP member, Todd Young of IN, said he would support the measure, with other Republicans signaling they would vote yes as well.

Regarding Trump's controversial July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president, Kelly said it changed longstanding US policy and that Vindman reported it because is was tantamount to hearing "an illegal order". "If this is purely an attempt to embarrass the president, well, it's going to be a bipartisan one".

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly vigorously defended former National Security Council staffer Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman in a speaking event at Drew University in New Jersey on Wednesday night, according to a report in the Atlantic, telling students Vindman acted lawfully when he reported his concerns about President Trump's call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 13, 2020.

Instead of supporting the president as he confronts one of our most unsafe enemies, and as he stands with the Iranian people against their tyrannical government, Congress made a decision to signal that it does not support the president's successful approach.

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The resolution now goes to the Democratic-majority U.S. House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass.

Besides Collins and Lee, Republicans joining Democrats were Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said.

"I was very surprised & disappointed that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against me on the Democrat's totally partisan Impeachment Hoax".

Manchin had also ripped the Senate for voting against calling additional witnesses in the trial, saying that "history will judge the Senate harshly" for failing to "protect our democracy". 'And as part of that we want to make sure that any military action that needs to be authorized is in fact properly authorized by Congress.

Later in the month, a pair of bills limiting Trump's military authority passed the House with some Republican support.

"Having considered the arguments and evidence, the House's articles of impeachment do not provide me with a sufficient rationale for reversing the 2016 election and removing President Trump from the ballot in 2020", she said in a statement. Some maintain the issue forces debate about what they call "perpetual wars" that need to come to an end.

Steven Aftergood, who directs the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy, also said that the president has the power to limit access to his conversations. Trump, in part, used the 2002 AUMF to justify his strike against Soleimani, also citing an imminent threat to USA personnel overseas.