REP LIEU STATEMENT ON REPORTS THAT IRAN BOMBED OIL TANKERS

June 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

“Iran is a malignant state actor. If it is true that the Iranian government is responsible for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, then Iran must be held accountable.

However, there is presently no congressional authorization for military conflict with Iran. Earlier today, Secretary Pompeo apparently cited the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force as a way to circumvent congressional authorization for potential military engagement with Iran. He is wrong.

If the President wants to use military force against Iran—or any nation—he must first make his case to Congress and seek authorization. That’s why I believe it’s time to repeal the 2001 AUMF so this President and future administrations can’t use shaky legal footing to drag us into conflict without proper congressional authorization.”

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