Democrats grills Trump official on Iran: ‘Does the president have the power to declare war?’


Under our constitution, does
the president have the power to declare war? – I think this is a discussion again …
– It’s not a trick question. – Under our constitution, does
the president have the power to declare war? It’s just
a yes or no. – Um, we are …
– OK. Alright. Let me make it really
easy for you: Under the constitution, Congress
has the power to declare war, correct? It’s not a trick question, sir.
Have you read the constitution? We will do everything we are
required to do. – Mr Hook, have you read
the constitution? – I have read the constitution.
– OK. Under the constitution the Framers gave Congress the
power to declare a war, correct? Just a yes or no. – This is, my understanding is
that we’re here to talk about Iran foreign policy, which
I can do. This is a separate hearing – Under the constitution, the
framers gave Congress – On war powers, I believe
you should have – Mr chair, Mr chair, I’m
gonna stop this line of questioning. I’m gonna submit the
US constitution for the record. – Based on the authorities
that you have now, what is the power of
this administration? Are they subject to
the War Powers Act? – I’m not a War Powers
Act scholar, I can only tell you that everything we would do
would be lawful and everything we are
trying to do now is defensive. Let me underline,
there is no talk of offensive action. We are trying to, it’s a defensive
move that we have made. – I understand. It’s not the
position of the administration that the 2001, and we talked
about this earlier, that the 2001 authorisation
to use military force against those who carried out
9/11 would authorise a war against Iran, correct? – I’m not a scholar in this area.
– Do you take the, did the islamic republic
bomb us on 9/11. – Did the islamic republic
bomb us on … – Did the islamic republic,
one of the entities responsible for the deaths on 9/11. – No. No one should be uncertain
about our desire for peace, or our readiness to normalise
relations, should we reach a comprehensive deal. We have out the possibility
of a much brighter future on the table for the Iranian
people and we mean it.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. That first half a minute reminds me of a youtube video some years ago about a dog called Denver that got caught ripping open and devouring a packet of cat treats.

  2. There's not going to be a war with Iran unless Iran starts one.

    The Trump administration haven't moved anywhere near the resources required into the region…

  3. "No one should be uncertain about our desire for peace." Then why is there such a large amount of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in US ex military, which is due to those ex military realizing that they had been part of a process that led to the death of thousands of innocent men, women, and children?

  4. Is a pop tart a weapon? Answer the question damn it!
    If I wear a dress and sing silver bells, am I a Virgin?
    Answer the question sir!
    How can I be more clear?
    What's the damn bright thing in the sky? Who turns it off for crying out loud? Who sent you here? Is it the gate keeper?

  5. Anyone that can't correctly answer the grade school question "who has the power to declare war" has no business in government, let alone Defense or State.

  6. SO THE QUESTION OF LABOUR RIGGING POSTAL VOTES IN PETERBOROUGH IS NOT GOING AWAY GUARDIAN
    STOP TRYING TO PROTECT YOUR DEEP STATE LEFT GLOBALIST FASCIST'S

  7. Iran shoots down US drone as missile strike in Saudi Arabia raises tensions ► https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/20/iran-claims-us-drone-shot-down-missile-strike-saudi-arabia-trump-yemen

  8. Ha..ha..ha.. DRONE US Shoot Down.. Common US Start The WAR fight Shia.. See What happen.. 😅😅😅

  9. Iranians have a great future, but the USA government is hell-bent on terrorizing 🇮🇷 iran, well… The kind "peace" they want for Iran is the same kind of "peace" they gave Iraq Libya

  10. Now there’s a thing Donald trump aka general Custer battle of little big horn crazy horse waiting for yellow hair coming?

  11. The demonrats need to stop with the investigations and trials and work on healthcare infrastructure securing our border getting drug prices down .. get to work congress !!! 🇺🇸

  12. Trump has been planning a nuclear first strike against Iran since before he was inaugurated. He tweeted in 2011 that Obama would attack Iran to start a "re-election war" to win a second term. Trump is planning exactly that. He is going to use nukes because he is Donald Trump and he likes making "history" and things that are "the biggest". Congress must urgently pass a law making it a felony to obey an order from Trump to launch a nuclear weapon. It it absolutely urgent.

  13. US media is funny, they portray as if they are worried about the humanitarian consequences of a war with Iran. no mate you are worried cause Iran is an impossible war to win.

  14. So who wants to see me School Mr.Lieu? It's ok i'm gonna go ahead and do it. Maybe even teach you people a few things

    The U.S has only declared war 5 times in it's history….. Ready for it? gonna blow people's mind here.

    The USA has been to war over 200 times in it's history. From minor wars to large Conflicts, example the Korean and Vietnam Wars are undeclared Wars. America's Longest War the Banana Wars 1898-1934.

    The President doesn't need Congresses Permission to Conduct Military Operations. This is something even the founding Father's did, why? well because they know that sometimes time can't wait for council or a large vote to happen. History has proven that sometimes you must act fast.

    also for the people defending Iran They are the largest supporter of Terror in the world. the have been for a very long time.

  15. leftists: try to ban guns and limit free speech
    also leftists: UMMM TRUMP YOU CANT VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION

  16. No, it's not a 'trick' question but a foolish one. If folks knew the Constitution, in an act of emergency national defense, YES, the President has the authority to declare war.

  17. Iran is no angel at all.. democrats plan would be load up american tax payers money on to a huge jet and send it to Iran..let Iran get bold and push out abroad to bully the middle East..The Ayatollah is the root of the problem!

  18. Only the best people .. this guy's worse than that guy he nominated for the federal bench and who does your hair Hitler's barber

  19. Hook!, line, and sinker. What a dumpster fire my wonderful country has become. We look horrible on the world stage. Worse really, we look like angry, selfish, stupid children, just like our Dear Leader, king oompaloompa.

  20. Let's fly our F 35s and test it on combat! MR. PRESIDENT TRUMP: NOW THAT IRAN ATTACKED US… WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO?! THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO RESPOND TO THE NATION SANCTUARY FOR TERRORISM IN THE WORLD! THIS IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE VALIDITY OF YOUR PRINCIPLE: "PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH "!
    THE PATRIOTIC AMERICAN PEOPLE IS WITH YOU, MR. PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!🤣😉

  21. Although only Congress has the power to declare war the President has the power to wage war, declared or not.

  22. We should not go to war with Iran. Donald Trump should be resisted at every turn here. There is absolutely no causus belli and any action against Iran would be pure aggression on the part of the US. As for the shooting down of a US drone by Iran – what would the US do if an Iranian drone was on US soil? Who'd care if it was shot down? It is a complete non-story.

  23. Ever since his inauguration there has been soft speculation that he is itching for a fight with Iran, which only seem to have harden when the wagging of the dog scenario is folded in the mix…

  24. Mr hook looks real honest 🤔
    Said himself " I am not a scholar " yes darn right your not… 🤔🤣👍

  25. It's defensive.
    It's national security.
    And then at the very end admits (in legalise) that it's about regime change, and therefore just more destabilization of the Middle East.

  26. these democrats are so afraid of losing there power,, more than protecting the American people LOVED how Mr Hooks handle the questions.

  27. 47 WMD making US corporations doing $235,000,000,000 of worth of business (Business Insider). Reason for all these endless wars.

  28. Congress has not declared war since ww2. What congress lacks is the power to declare operations. Operation desert storm. White House. Operation Iraqis freedom. White House. Operation human shield. South Park.

  29. To answer the video's question, no only congress can officially declare war. As far as anything else goes isn't it weird that congress wants to invade another country? I think we should be concerned about the legislative branches war mongering. This isn't a small country like Iraq or Syria. Iran is a nuclear power, congress is playing a very dangerous game and President Trump recognizes this.

  30. Too funny these Democrats like the Constitution if it goes in their way but if it doesn't go their way they hate the Constitution that f**** Chinese dude such a piece of s*** I'll remember that when he attacked Candace Owens with his lies

  31. America has an ongoing war on terrorism, which makes the US President the perpetual Commander & Chief. He alone can decide on war without congressional or senatorial approval.

  32. All these democrats wanna act tough but when they are facing russia or north korea they are weak HAHAHAHAH😂😂😂

  33. Ted Lieu : Did the President, have the right to go to war with out congressional approval…like Obama did with Libya? 😂

  34. The roguest nations on the planet the USA and Israel, ruled by two jokers, Trump and natenyahoo having illegal nuclear arms missile, drones etc are blackmailing the whole world.

  35. What is the busines of us congress asking the Russian agent about us constitution then expect to get right answers. Yang and Tulsi for America 2020. UBI'$ checks every months for adult Americans.

  36. WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU DEMOCRATS?
    You jump on President Trump for a strike that yields results but you say nothing when iran ATTACKS our embassy.ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FUCKIN MINDS?
    iran declared war on America.President Trump is just neutralizing the threat.DEMOCRATS ARE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS

  37. Real politic bs. Mr hook: everything we do is not against the law and is defense.
    Irak: we didnt give you to use drone and attack in our country?.
    Mr hooker: its defense and we didnt do anything. I think saudi got to kill in turkey and trump defended the saudi’s. I think saudi helped trump to kill a big anemie of trump.

  38. Imagine if Hillary was the president now or better yet look at the lineup of Democrats campaigning for Presidency.. Pray that Donald Trump is re-elected America get out and vote!

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