At the same time that House GOP members are gathering mountains of evidence against Joe Biden, the Democrats insisted that it was all misinformation and a witch hunt, including irrefutable bank records.
But, now things are different after two nights of attacks on Muslims in Yemen. Although the Democrats are not calling for the impeachment of Joe Biden, they are accusing him of committing impeachable offenses.
They claim, and rightly so that his attacks require Congressional approval.
Presidents cannot take unilateral action without congressional approval with the exception to thwart an immediate threat to the United States.
The Houthis have attacked cargo ships but pose no immediate threat to our country. What is interesting here is that President Trump had placed the Houthis on the terrorist watch list.
But, as soon as Biden took office he took them off the teror watch list. Now, he is authorizing attacks on them.
Biden said in a statement:
“Today, at my direction, U.S. military forces—together with the United Kingdom and with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands—successfully conducted strikes against a number of targets in Yemen used by Houthi rebels to endanger freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most vital waterways. These strikes are in direct response to unprecedented Houthi attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red Sea—including the use of anti-ship ballistic missiles for the first time in history. These attacks have endangered U.S. personnel, civilian mariners, and our partners, jeopardized trade, and threatened freedom of navigation.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said in a post on X/Twitter:
“[Joe Biden] is violating Article I of the Constitution by carrying out airstrikes in Yemen without congressional approval. The American people are tired of endless war.”
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) agreed:
“The President needs to come to Congress before launching a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another middle east conflict. That is Article I of the Constitution. I will stand up for that regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican is in the White House.”
“Section 2C of the War Powers Act is clear: POTUS may only introduce the U.S. into hostilities after Congressional authorization or in a national emergency when the U.S. is under imminent attack. Reporting is not a substitute. This is a retaliatory, offensive strike.”
Rep. Val Hoyle, (D-Ore.) said:
“These airstrikes have NOT been authorized by Congress. The Constitution is clear: Congress has the sole authority to authorize military involvement in overseas conflicts. Every president must first come to Congress and ask for military authorization, regardless of party.”
Several Republicans seemed almost shocked that Democrats were willing to call out Biden for violating the Constitution.
“I totally agree with [Ro Khanna]. The Constitution matters, regardless of party affiliation,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said on X/Twitter.
Some have disputed this characterization, suggesting that the War Powers Act of 1973 grants the president authority to take military action for a limited time without congressional approval. But former Rep. Justin Amash says this interpretation of the law is false.
One of the most frequently misrepresented federal statutes—often falsely used to justify unconstitutional presidential war powers—is the War Powers Resolution (or Act) (50 U.S.C. §§ 1541-1550).
If only more people would read it.
Contrary to what you may have heard about the War…
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 12, 2024
Biden himself argued that a president doesn’t have the authority to take military action without congressional approval when Trump was president.
“Let’s be clear: Donald Trump does not have the authority to take us into war with Iran without Congressional approval,” he said back in 2020 after the airstrike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. “A president should never take this nation to war without the informed consent of the American people.”
The issue of presidential authority and war powers has long been debated, and I don’t expect it to be resolved any time soon. But Democrats, whether they realize it or not, are essentially accusing Joe Biden of violating the Constitution by unilaterally committing an act of war without congressional approval, which sounds like an impeachable offense.