Well now, it appears there is now a crack in the GOP’s slavish support for Donald Trump.
Courtesy of CNN:
Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has agreed to co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’ legislation that would freeze funding for any military action in Iran without express approval from Congress.
Sanders, a Vermont independent who’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination, introduced the bill shortly after the Trump administration held a classified briefing in which advisers outlined the case for their military strike last week that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
Sanders was sharply critical of the briefing, saying afterward that the administration’s briefers gave no proof of any imminent attack by Iran against US targets.
“They are justifying the assassination of Qasem Soleimani by claiming that he was planning ‘imminent attacks’ on hundreds of Americans in the region and yet they produced no evidence that would justify this claim, not even in a classified setting,” Sanders said in a statement.
Lee becomes the first Republican in the Senate to sign on to the bill. During his time in the Senate, Lee has been consistently opposed to American intervention in foreign conflicts and was also highly critical of the administration’s briefing on Iran. He called it “insulting and demeaning” and added that it was “the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue.”
Surprisingly Lee is not the first Republican Trump supporter to try and rein him in.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican and staunch ally of President Trump, pushed other Republicans to vote in favor of limiting Trump’s authority in the military confrontation with Iran, drawing ire from the president and other Republicans in Congress, according to aides and emails.
“Reclaiming Congressional power is the Constitutional conservative position!” Devin Murphy, Gaetz’s legislative director, wrote to all Republican offices around 11 a.m. Thursday, underlining the text, according to the email obtained by The Washington Post.
The message, arguing for Republicans to buck the president, ended: “We WILL be voting in favor of H. Con. Res. 83, and hope you will do the same!”
It was a risky move that surprised the president and showed rare fissures in a Republican Party that Trump has firmly controlled. Trump fiercely complained about Gaetz after aides informed Trump that his office had sent the email backing the resolution, which was pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Trump’s team lobbied heavily against the nonbinding resolution.
I swear in a million years I never would have guessed that Matt Gaetz would be the one leading the charge to rein in Donald Trump’s presidential powers.
I guess that even lap dogs will trurn on their masters if they believe their whole world is about to explode.