House members to sue Obama over Libya
President Barack Obama plans to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress, the White House says.
June 15th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

House members to sue Obama over Libya

A bipartisan group of House members will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is set to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress, according to the White House.

The administration will provide a report to address a June 3 House resolution that raised questions about the president's goal in Libya, how he hopes to achieve that goal, why he has not sought congressional authorization for involving U.S. troops abroad, and how much the conflict will ultimately cost, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a letter to Obama on Tuesday that the administration could be in violation of the War Powers Resolution if it fails to get congressional authorization by Sunday, which he notes will be the 90th day since the mission began.

The lawsuit, which will be formally announced at a Washington news conference, will cite the War Powers Resolution as well as the role of Congress in protecting taxpayer's money, said Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, one of the 10 legislators filing it.

A statement by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an anti-war liberal who is leading the lawsuit effort with Jones, said that the lawsuit will "challenge the executive branch's circumvention of Congress and its use of international organizations such as the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to authorize the use of military force abroad, in violation of the Constitution."

"With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated. We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies," Kucinich said in his statement.

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    Really. A law suit. Funny. GW Bush got us into two major wars and the republicans didn't sue then. How two faced some can be.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Because Bush had congressional approval...therefore nothing to sue for.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Riff*Raff

    Well I'm glad this do nothing Congress found something to do while they watch the country burn. Guess they need to look busy since nothing else of any consequence is getting done. Thus far, they have been the least productive Congress ever in history. I am so over this garbage. Congress controls the purse strings- stop the funding if they've got a problem. When the vote came up a few weeks ago, and Boehner realized it would pass, he withdrew the vote. This is all political posturing. DO YOUR JOBS!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    LOL. Protecting tax payer money. The republican party and Georgie got us into a $10 Billion a month war. They live in such a fragile glass house.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jey Wright

    Absolutely, Jazzzzzzzz... If I didn't know any better Obama is getting blamed for everything. Bush caused the stock markets to crash that nearly sent the U.S. in the poor house, then Obama did what was necessary to pull us out of that recession, just to be blamed for the excessive losses of jobs. How can they sue him for invading Libya when it's the Pentagon that gives him and his associates "intimate" details of supposed genocide on his own people? If Qaddafi is killing his own people, then where are the mass graves? It's all about OIL to the U.S. Same thing Bush dumb-ass did in Iraq & tried to do in Afghanistan until our troops got they asses kicked in battle. I smell a set-up and Obama is the scape-goat. I don't think no one in the government can truly justify invading Libya. Libya's problem is internal and that where it should stop. The U.S. cannot invade these countries just because they simply can. It's immorally wrong to be "bullying" other countries for their economic wealth and natural resources (oil). The U.S. will soon get their just desserts soon enough, it's just a matter of time. The war on Islam is NOT the answer!

    June 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The new House promised, "jobs, jobs, jobs."
    Failing to deliver that, they tell us. "it's still Obama's fault," and sue him about something unrelated to the our important issues.
    This is all about 2012.
    We'll see then...and I'm an old-fashioned Republican (not a Palin Republican), rooting for Obama to win another term.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    I am so tired of Congress' tantrums!
    Do your freaking jobs, already!
    We need jobs!
    We need jobs!
    We need jobs!

    Start doing something for your country, instead of dividing it....

    June 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Good grief Anne. You are obviously a fan of Sara Palin or Michele Bachman. What Tea Party Lingo. This forum is just not the place for it. Its as simple as that.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Actually no, I don't like either one of them – the same way you seem to not like facts. Congress did not vote on going to Libya, they did vote on going to Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether they were mislead by faulty information when they voted or not, there was congressional approval. These are facts.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Good post Jazzzzzzzz,thank you.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RuffNutt

    Good post banasy,thank you.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Good post RuffNutt,thank you.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sarah Palin

    Please. Will you all just stop?

    June 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    Good post, Sarah. Thank you.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. michaelfury

    June 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    Come on Anne. Let's not play with the facts. We have been headed in the red since the Nixon administration. GW and Congress just made it worse. Approval is irrelevant to the unemployed. So spare me the alligator tears.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Van der Sloot Rising

      I want you, Jazzzzzzzz

      June 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Imglad

    Hope the golf game Saturday goes well, meanwhile I need a job maybe I could be a caddie.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
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