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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    One can tell I didn't write that: everybody knows that I would have put a comma after "grief."

    June 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hillbilleter

    Alrighty, then. Let's sue Bush over the WMDs and invading Iraq. When does the statute of limitations run out on that?

    June 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • wondering

      THANK YOU. this is absolutely what I was thinking. No one raised hell or sued bush when he illegally took the powers given to congress into his own hands and sent troops/arms into these countries. 100% against the law.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pop

    So does the president goes to court since he is being sued? And if so who is his lawyer? And how much is he being sued for

    June 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe Moore

    The 3 stooges: Obama, Reed, and Pelosie and their little buddy Costello: Biden.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George

    Where were these pathetic morons when Bush was invading Iraq?

    June 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gay Liberal That Likes Lawyers And Judges As Long As They Decide In My Favor

    This is ridiculous! Rabble Rabble!...

    June 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jj

    um they got approval to invade iraq and aghanistan obomba did not. and its a democrat AND a republican pushing this suit. so quit bashing the big bad republicans morons.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    Good post jj glad to see im not the only one with brain freeze these demies have a i q of about 10

    June 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe Moore

    Its time to throw this Marxist Regime out in 2012.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    This is most likely yet another sideshow to keep from having to get anything accomplished. I can't imagine one branch of govt can sue another any more than a soldier can sue the govt.

    Seems congress is just as much to blame as they haven't tried to pass anything regarding libya, even something to get the troops out.. They're too busy sending dick pics and talking about dick pics.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wondering

    that's strange.... no one sued Bush or asked him any questions when he illegally declared war on afganistan and iraq and sent in a bunch of troops/arms without congressional consent or a declaration of war.

    I wonder why that is.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Moore

    If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren't a racist, you'd better vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an Idiot.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kim

    This is treason since when in history has a president decision to act on a hostile country been challenged or sued. These people are anti government and racist. We should of sued Bush for that war he started when he should of taken care of bin laden there people are committing treason and never in the history of this country has such blantant disrespect happen since the civil war and Abe Lincoln are we head for somekind of government upheavel if President Obama wins another four years.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama
    Mr.President.You really need to thank the CNN's and MSNBC Liberal Media.
    If you were a Republican and doing what you are doing in Libya,they would be calling for your head on a platter and riots in the streets to end the Libya campaign.Democrats in Congress would be calling for your Impeachment.
    Since you are a Democrat all is well.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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