Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” on the morning after President Donald Trump aborted a military attack on Iran, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Forces Committee called the president Iran policies incoherent and said the country was in no way prepared to go to war with a Pentagon in “chaos.”
Speaking with host John Berman, Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) said he was pleased that the president aborted the attack on Iran and added that there needs to be way more diplomacy before the United States takes the fateful step of getting into another war in the Middle East.
“So as of 7:00 last night, the planes were in the air,” Berman detailed. “As of 8:00, the attack was called off. What message does that send to you and to the world about the coherence of the Trump administration’s policies toward Iran?”
“I don’t think there’s any coherence,” Peters replied. “We don’t have a strategy to deal with this escalation from the administration. Of course the Department of Defense is in chaos right now — we have an acting secretary going to another acting secretary and many of the key positions aren’t filled.”
“It’s difficult to engage in these kinds of actions if you don’t have coordinating leadership and permanent leadership,” he added. “You can’t do it when the department is in chaos and you’re not engaging your allies.”
“Has the Trump administration given you, given Congress a legal justification for military action?” Berman pressed.
“We don’t believe so,” Peters replied. “We think that Congress needs to take action in terms of authorization of whether or not there’s any kind of military force and so that’s where we’re pushing; that the president doesn’t have authorization to go to war with Iran. He needs to come to Congress. Those powers are clear in the United States Constitution and he needs to abide by it.”
CNN’s Don Lemon lists all the facts in Trump’s Ukraine scandal one must ignore to buy the GOP defense
CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday listed all of the evidence one would have to ignore to believe the Republican defense of President Donald Trump.
The CNN anchor listed the "transcript of the president's infamous July 25th Ukraine call" as one piece of evidence that would have to be ignored.
He also listed the sworn testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. And the "bombshell" testimony from Ambassador Bill Taylor and the text messages between Taylor and Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The necessity of there not just being an investigation of the Biden family, but an announcement of an investigation, is another inconvenient fact that would have to be ignored, he explained.
Republicans are treating voters like ‘children’ with their defense of Trump: Ex-presidential adviser
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former presidential adviser David Gergen laid into Republican lawmakers for claiming that the impeachment probe is only based on "hearsay."
"The Republicans are treating us like idiots," said Gergen. "They just — they say you're only bringing forth hearsay. You don't have any firsthand information. We know there are three people who know exactly what happened. One is named [Rudy] Giuliani. One is chief of staff [Mick] Mulvaney and the third is [John] Bolton. And what's happened here? They all three have been called. The president said no, you must not talk. So the Republicans then come up and say, well, you only have hearsay."
Former GOP lawmaker criticizes his party’s impeachment stance: They ‘seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former FBI official and Nevada Republican state Sen. Greg Brower broke down one of his key frustrations with how his party is handling the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
"I'm a Republican who has never agreed with everything in the Republican Party platform. Most of it I did, and that's why I was a Republican elected official, and felt comfortable as one, but things have changed," said Brower. "I guess what I'm most surprised at is the number of Republicans, both in Congress and just out there in the country, who seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts, who seem to be okay with the president directing witnesses who clearly have information relevant to this inquiry, directing them to not cooperate and testify."