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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

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August 9, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" Tuesday if Pyongyang doesn't stop threatening the United States. But can the President launch a military strike on his own?

The Constitution may give Congress the ability to declare war, but in reality it has little ability to stop the President if he's determined to strike North Korea.

August 9, 2017 In The News

President Trump's warning that North Korea could "face fire and fury like the world has never seen" has reignited a debate about whether the commander in chief needs congressional approval before launching a preemptive military strike.

So far, congressional leaders from both parties have been silent on the issue. They’re reluctant to tie Trump’s hands as Pyongyang threatens to bomb a specific target: the U.S. territory of Guam. They also recognize how unpopular and divisive a vote on a war resolution would be for lawmakers facing reelection next year. 

August 9, 2017 In The News

"Donald Trump is making us all more unsafe with every war-mongering comment, tweet, and threat," reads a petition.

August 9, 2017 In The News

Donald Trump’s warning that North Korea faces ‘fire and fury’ over its nuclear arms plans came from an unlikely location… his own golf course.

August 8, 2017 In The News

Congressional Democrats blasted President Trump on Tuesday for warning that North Korea will be met "with fire and fury" by the U.S. if it continues to ratchet up tensions involving its nuclear program.

The president made the remark during a briefing on the opioid epidemic from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey where he's on a 17-day vacation.

August 8, 2017 In The News

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump's retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat is raising eyebrows on Tuesday after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked.

"I can't talk about anything that's classified and if that's in the newspaper that's a shame," Haley said Tuesday on "Fox and Friends" when asked about the story that cites two anonymous sources.

August 4, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly tapping a federal grand jury in Washington, a sign the federal investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election is intensifying and could go on for many months or years. 

The move would give Mueller, a former FBI director, broad authority to subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify under oath.

August 3, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump has long indicated that he'd be willing to meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- a proposition that has garnered harsh criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and even been downplayed at times by the members of the administration.

August 3, 2017 In The News

A boat carrying 140 Somali refugees was traveling from Yemen to Sudan in the dark, early hours of March 17 when suddenly an Apache helicopter appeared overhead. Hovering over the bodies huddled on the deck below, it opened fire, killing 42 people on board.

August 2, 2017 In The News

On the chaotic day the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect, high-level Homeland Security officials directed their staff at airports around the country to stiff-arm members of Congress and treat lawyers with deep suspicion.