Sending Office: Honorable Peter A. DeFazio
Sent By:
James.Huddleston@mail.house.gov

Co-Sign Letter to President Trump on Use of Military Force Memo

Current co-signers: Jones (R), Khanna, Lee, Norton

Dear colleague:

We write to encourage you to join us in sending the below letter to President Trump urging him to immediately release any existing documents that purport to provide legal justification for the use of military force in Syria. 

As you may know, recent reports indicate that the administration has a memo detailing a legal basis for the use of military force in Syria. The reports indicate that this memo was created to provide a basis for the April 6, 2017 U.S. strikes against the
Shayrat military airbase in Syria, but the administration may be using this memo as justification for their ongoing operations in Syria and may potentially use it to carry out a “bloody nose” operation against North Korea.

For too long the office of the president has usurped Congress’ responsibility to approve military engagement with our adversaries. As a co-equal branch of the federal government, the president must come to Congress to seek authorization for the use of military
force, against any adversary.

Given Congress’s Constitutionally-mandated role, it is imperative that the president provide a copy of any existing documents so Congress can properly exercise its oversight authority and reclaim its constitutionally-affirmed war power responsibilities from
the executive branch.

To co-sign the letter or if you have any questions, please contact James Huddleston in Rep. DeFazio’s office at
james.huddleston@mail.house.gov
by COB Tuesday, February 13

Sincerely,

Peter A. DeFazio

Walter B. Jones

Barbara Lee

Ro Khanna

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

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February XX, 2018
 

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump:

We write to urge you to release any existing documents that purport to provide legal justification for the use of military force in Syria.

Recent reports indicate that the administration has a memo detailing a legal basis for the use of military force in Syria. The reports indicate that this memo was created to provide a basis for the April 6, 2017 U.S. strikes against the Shayrat military
airbase in Syria.

We are concerned that this legal justification has never been shared with Congress or the American public. We are also concerned that this memo is now being used as the basis to carry out additional military action in Syria or may be used to carry out a
“bloody nose” operation against North Korea.

Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution explicitly grants Congress the power to declare war, and the 1973 War Powers Resolution requires the president to report to Congress within 48 hours of introducing U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities if there has
not been a formal declaration of war.

Given Congress’s Constitutionally-mandated role, it is imperative that you provide a copy of any existing documents so Congress can properly exercise its oversight authority and assess the justification for your administration’s continued use of military
force in Syria. 

Sincerely,

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