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President of the United States has just been sued by ten members of congress.
Over America's military action in Libya the lawsuit challenges the president's constitutional authority.
In waging a war without congressional approval for more than sixty days.
North Carolina Republican congressman -- jobs.
The lawmakers suing the president.
And he joins me now congressman Jones welcome here I guess it's a sad day.
When you have to file.
Over the signature of your lawyers -- document with a federal judge.
Arguing that the president of the United States has assaulted the constitution.
By taking to himself powers that the framers gave it to the congress you did that today why did you do it.
Judge you're right limit let me very quickly explain the two months ago we went into Libby held on March -- -- And started bombing -- Libya and they had not attacked us there was no potential attacked -- Libya on America.
Well that in itself bother me greatly quite frankly and and the -- in the third district in North Carolina which are represented.
So about two a slide -- told to congressman Dennis Kucinich he was upset not so we reached out of 1000 Jonathan Turley.
You know him -- he's like use the constitution is -- a constitutional laureate George Washington University.
And we met several times this is not something we took lightly we would very serious about it and you're exactly right.
Says congress shall declare war.
In this case president of -- and -- even talk in congress so yes he did tell the leadership of the house and senate.
But -- 435 members of the house and -- 100 senators.
He should have come to congress and a formal way and said look I think I need the authority to possibly go -- to.
Libya he did not do that he bypassed us what -- -- -- Is it that this to me is a real anomaly.
Congressman Jones why is -- that that congress.
Which is always trying to legislate in areas of human behavior that the constitution does not get to it.
Is refusing to take back from the president.
Power that the constitution did get to it which is the power to declare war of the real reason in my view you have -- file this lawsuit is because the -- Congress won't do anything because it's -- like a potted plant while the president decides against whom he wants to dispatch the -- Well judges said it better than I've been I would say -- that is the whole point we don't have a king in this country we never have been never will.
We have a president who was elected by the people.
We have a congress that's elected by the people and we have a constitution that was supposed to lead this nation and Follett is the constitution you're exactly right.
And and the way that he just totally.
Neglected to come to congress and went out there and bomb Libya -- yet to doctors -- evil man.
-- have many evil people do we have around the world that we you would like to remove.
You just don't go and other countries and bomb them without justification -- right to do you think that a federal judge in Washington DC what actually sign a piece of paper.
Ordering the president to stop bombing in Libya.
Or do you expect that the courts just like the congress will not want to have anything to do what does the president will go on bombing to his heart's delight.
Well judge I'm not -- you -- law is certainly certainly John it Jonathan Turley as -- -- things that we've got a pretty solid ground.
To raise this question before the federal courts again this is not done in a few days it took a couple of months to come to this day.
All right and and this is a bipartisan effort you have five Republicans and five Democrats that -- had and I haven't.
Seven Republicans and flat and three Democrats yes -- bipartisan.
All right congressman Walter Jones not a knee jerk liberal -- conservative Republican represented a lot of military people.
Trying to he's our president within the confines of the constitution congressman it's a pleasure thank you for joining us.
Thank you so much judge god bless you sir and you as well the IRS is now -- political arm of the White House a prominent member of congress is raising that.
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