(WatchDogReport.org) – On February 25, the Biden administration announced the US military carried out strikes on an area in Syria targeting Iranian-backed militias accused of carrying out attacks in Iraq. Congress now wants to know why he carried out the strike, but some top lawmakers say he isn’t being forthright.
On March 2, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) spoke to Politico and said the Biden administration still hasn’t briefed top lawmakers. The president’s team spoke to senate aides on Tuesday. But, Murphy had to sit in on the meeting to get the information directly. After the briefing, he said he still “needs to be convinced” that Biden has the “authorization required” to carry out the strike outside of Iraq.
Sen. Murphy thought he would be getting a member-level briefing but it turns out it was intended for Senate staff. He sat in on it anyway.
“I didn’t hear anything today that convinced me that there was justification that I’d apply to any administration.”https://t.co/Yteul9TKsg
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) March 2, 2021
As president of the US, Joe Biden has an obligation to loop Congress in when he intends to carry out military action. If Biden is so comfortable with his authority to carry out the attacks, it seems odd that his administration won’t directly brief lawmakers. It’s bound to make people wonder if the executive branch is trying to hide something.
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