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Sen. Mike Lee Sides With Dems To Support Scaling Back Trump's Military Powers In Iran

Screenshot from a video of Mike Lee speaking to reporters.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks to reporters after a White House briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, broke from his own party Wednesday and announced he’ll side with Democrats in support of a resolution scaling back President Donald Trump’s military powers in Iran.

Lee made the decision after leaving a closed-door briefing with White House officials on the current crisis with the Middle East country. Trump administration officials allegedly tried to dissuade Lee and other lawmakers from debating military action on the Senate floor, according to Lee.

“It’s not acceptable for officials within the executive branch of government to come and tell us we can’t debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran,” he told media after the briefing. “It’s un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s wrong.”

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUER in Salt Lake City and KRCC and KUNC in Colorado.

Nate Hegyi is the Utah reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, based at KUER. He covers federal land management agencies, indigenous issues, and the environment. Before arriving in Salt Lake City, Nate worked at Yellowstone Public Radio, Montana Public Radio, and was an intern with NPR's Morning Edition. He received a master's in journalism from the University of Montana.
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