A member of President Barack Obama’s own political party recently stated that the Commander in Chief has violated the Constitution by bypassing Congressional approval to intercede in Libya’s civil war.
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Obama’s decision to authorize military air strikes against Libya without Congressional approval may be an impeachable offense. He said Obama violated the Constitution’s War Powers Act, which requires a President to get legislative backing from Federal lawmakers within 60 days of launching a military action.
May 21 marked the 61st day since Obama deployed the United States military to Libya.
“He didn’t have Congressional authorization. He has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said,” Kucinich told Raw Story. “It’s not even disputable. This isn’t even a close question.”
On May 22, Kucinich told FOX News that he does not want to impeach Obama because it would be a “destabilizing factor” for the country, but he added that such an action would be justified under Constitutional law.
White House officials have stated that the President does not need Congressional approval for a limited military operation. However, Obama sent a letter to lawmakers over the weekend in support of legislation that approves of U.S. involvement in Libya.