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Kansas Republican: Military leaders have constitutional obligation to disobey Obama order to close Gitmo

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A Kansas Republican suggested military leaders could simply disobey orders from their commander in chief to transfer detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) was among a handful of GOP lawmakers who sent a letter last year urging the Joint Chiefs of Staff to “seek appropriate legal advice” before following any executive orders by President Barack Obama to close the prison, reported Right Wing Watch.

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Pompeo appeared Wednesday on Newsmax TV, where he said he wasn’t sure military leaders would comply with Obama’s plan to shut down the notorious facility.

“The men and women of our military who he would ask to carry out that mission would have to look very carefully at whether the direction that they were being given was consistent with what their counsel was telling them about what was legal,” Pompeo said. “I hope the president won’t put anybody in that position and won’t present risk to America, but we’ve watched the president behave in lawless ways.”

Host Steve Malzberg asked the congressman whether military members might disobey the president’s order after consulting with unspecified legal authorities.

“You know, I served, Steve, in the military for quite a while, and if there’s one thing you understand it’s chain of command and following orders,” Pompeo said.

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The lawmaker and military veteran, however, carved out a major exception to the chain of command and the obligation to follow orders — at least when Obama is the commander in chief.

“But there’s another duty: When you take an oath to the Constitution and to defend America, your oath is different,” Pompeo said. “So it would be an incredibly difficult spot that they would find themselves in, and I just literally pray that no commander in chief would ever put the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in that kind of position.”

Malzberg asked the congressman flatly whether the military would disobey an executive order to shut down Guantanamo Bay.

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“I don’t know, Steve,” Pompeo said. “It’s difficult to answer yes or no.”

Watch the interview posted online by Newsmax TV:

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US military had to bomb our own base in Syria because of Trump’s mistakes — and one Republican is furious

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President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw in Syria in less than 24 hours put American troops at risk as they were being fired on by Turkey. However, according to the Wall Street Journal , the military was also forced to bomb our own military base.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been critical of Trump's decisions in the past months, pointed out the factoid in a tweet Wednesday evening, asking, "Is this the America you grew up believing in?"

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"On Wednesday, the U.S. military said two F-15E jet fighters carried out an airstrike to destroy an ammunition-storage facility, latrines, tents and other parts of the Syria headquarters of the American campaign to destroy Islamic State after pulling its forces from the base," reported The Journal.

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Maddow outlines how Giuliani and his arrested pals seem to be leading back to a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow detailed the way that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his two recently-arrested business associates are now linked to an oligarch in Ukraine.

In an NBC News report earlier Wednesday, it was revealed that Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were doing work with oligarch Dmytro Firtash.

The report revealed that Firtash was involved in getting partners for an oil and gas company while also helping with the effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump accused of working to ‘obstruct his own impeachment’ by congressional attorneys: report

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On Wednesday, Politico reported that lawyers working for the House of Representatives issued a blistering court filing accusing President Donald Trump, among other things, of trying to use the power of his office to "obstruct his own impeachment."

The filing, part of the House Judiciary Committee's attempt to seek testimony from ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn, cites the White House's repeated efforts to block current and former Trump administration officials from testifying — and even some allies of Trump who have never held any position in his government.

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