On Wednesday, GOP Sen. Mike Lee was not shy about sharing his outrage.
Lee was furious after a Senate briefing on Donald Trump’s order for the airstrike that resulted in the death of Iran’s top general Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
After the briefing, Lee spoke with a group of reporters sharing that he had “walked into that briefing undecided” on whether to support the War Powers Resolution that was brought to the Senate by Sen. Tim Kaine. If passed the resolution would limit Trump’s and his administration’s ability to take any further military action toward Iran without the authorization of Congress.
“That briefing is what changed my mind,” Lee stated. “I’m now going to support it.”
Lee then called the briefing “probably the worst briefing, at least on a military issue, I’ve seen in nine years I’ve been here. Drive-by notification or after-the-fact lame briefings like the one we just received aren’t adequate,” he shared.
“I find it insulting, I find it demeaning to the Senate and the Constitution,” he added. “It’s un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s wrong.”
Lee also shared that the individuals who briefed the senators on the Trump ordered airstrike had stated that senators “could not debate the merits of the measure,”
Lee was not alone in his outrage or his decision to support the resolution. Republican Sen, Rand Paul also told reporters that he would be supporting the War Powers Resolution.
“Today, this is Senator Lee and I saying we are not abdicating our duty,” Paul told reporters.
There were several other lawmakers angry about the briefing on the airstrike against Soleimani.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal told reporters that, “There was NO raw evidence presented that this was an imminent threat.”
On Tuesday evening, Iran took retribution for Soleimani’s death by launching a missile attack on US forces in Iraq. There were no American casualties.
For now, it appears that both Iran and Trump are “standing down.”