In a letter to Democrats released late last night, Pelosi called the killing of Soleimani a “provocative and disproportionate military airstrike.”
Pelosi wrote, “As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe. For this reason, we are concerned that the Administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.”
The letter continues, “This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran. It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.”
Fox News points out that the War Powers Act was passed in 1973 as a means to prevent presidents from using military force without congressional approval. The legislation requires the president to notify Congress of “circumstances necessitating the introduction of United States Armed Forces” within 48 hours.
On Saturday, the White House complied with its responsibilities under the War Powers Act and sent a document to Congress, informing lawmakers of the airstrike against Soleimani.
Pelosi, of course, was not happy with the information Congress received, saying it “raises more questions than it answers.”
In a statement, the Speaker said, “This document prompts serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the Administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran. This initiation of hostilities was taken without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran, without the consultation of the Congress and without the articulation of a clear and legitimate strategy to either the Congress or the public.”
Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Soleimani, was killed due to “imminent threats to American lives,” and claims President Trump’s decision to take out the leader “saved American lives.
During an appearance on CNN, Pompeo said he could not discuss the “nature” of the treats, however, “The American people should know that President Trump’s decision to remove Qasem Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives. There’s no doubt about that. He was actively plotting in the region to take actions … that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk.”
He continued, “We know it was imminent. This was an intelligence-based assessment that drove our decision making process.”
Soleimani led the Quds Force for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) which supported terrorist proxies in the Middle East and was responsible for the deaths of at least 608 U.S. troops in Iraq.