Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies to the House Intelligence Committee task force on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, as part of the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
As my colleague Elizabeth Vaughn reported, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is now trying to cut off President Donald Trump’s powers of action against Iran by trying to pass a War Powers resolution requiring him to comply with Congressional oversight in some measure before acting.
Democrats are upset with Trump for taking out IRGC terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in Iraq.
This is an incredibly dangerous and worrying posture to take in trying to curtail the president’s ability to protect the country and Americans.
It’s incredible to think that Democrats are actually fighting taking out a terrorist who has killed so many Americans, attacked our embassy, and was planning more. He clearly had the legal authority to act immediately and no requirement to apprise Congress.
But perhaps no one can undercut this poor talking point and Pelosi better than one of their own, Barack Obama’s DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson.
Johnson was asked about the strike on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.
This morning, Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson debunked Democrats' claim that Congress needed to approve Soleimani strike
Johnson: Soleimani was a "lawful military objective" & the President had "ample domestic legal authority to take him out" pic.twitter.com/1LUqYAwm9j
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) January 5, 2020
“If you believe everything our government is saying about General Soleimani, he was a lawful military objective and the president, under his Constitutional authority as commander-in-chief, had ample domestic legal authority to take him out without additional Congressional authorization,” Johnson explained. “Whether he was a terrorist or a general in a military force that was engaged in armed attacks against our people, he was a lawful military objective.”
Paging Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.
Guessing that Chuck Todd wasn’t expecting to hear that and one has to wonder if Johnson gets asked back.