Urge @SpeakerPelosi: Lead the lawsuit to end the Yemen war

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When Barack Obama was running for President, he promised to “end the mindset that got us into war.” Unfortunately, he didn’t do that as President. At Just Foreign Policy, we set a less ambitious goal for the next while. We’re trying to end the mindset that got us into unconstitutional war. Unconstitutional wars are a special subset of wars. They should be easier to prevent, and easier to end. Why? Because they’re unconstitutional.  
 
U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen is unconstitutional. You don’t have to take our word for it – Congress affirmed it when it passed the Bernie Sanders – Mike Lee – Chris Murphy Yemen War Powers Resolution. Under the Constitution, Congress is the only jury that should matter. But Trump is defying the Constitution and defying Congress.
 
California Representative Ro Khanna – the original sponsor of the Yemen War Powers Resolution in the House – has a plan to make Trump comply with the Constitution: urge Speaker Pelosi to take Trump to court.  
 
Axios reports:
 
‘The U.S. still backs Saudi Arabia's fight in Yemen, even though Congress voted to end that support. Now, progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is pushing Democratic leaders to turn to the Supreme Court to help enforce Congress' will…Congress' resolution seeking to end U.S. involvement in Yemen passed with support from diverse ideological factions — from moderates to Bernie Sanders to Rand Paul, only to meet a veto from President Trump.’
 
‘That has united a similarly diverse group of law professors, who say Trump usurped Congress' authority over matters of war when he vetoed the resolution and that the House should sue him for it. "I think the Speaker is seriously considering pursuing the lawsuit and will make the correct next step for the people of Yemen and our constitutional integrity," Khanna told Axios. "Yemen can’t wait, and it is my hope that this legal challenge to Trump’s veto moves forward."

"If Nancy Pelosi gets a majority behind her to bring suit, this is a moment of truth for the Supreme Court," said Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman, who's leading the charge on this legal theory.’
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‘The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, and in the wake of Vietnam, Congress spelled out more detailed rules about presidential unilateral power. In Ackerman's view, the Yemen vote is a referendum on whether those rules still apply…The Supreme Court has said presidential power is "at its lowest ebb" when exercised in a way that's "incompatible with the ... will of Congress." Trump's veto "defied fundamental principles of constitutional law," [Ackerman] and 12 other law professors wrote in a letter to Pelosi.
 
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