“Based on the information I have from the classified briefing I attended, I do think so,” Amash told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” when asked if the strike was an abuse of power.
“Every military action that is non-defensive has to have congressional authorization under our Constitution. So, we have a 2001 authorization, for example, to go after the 9/11 perpetrators. We have a 2002 authorization to go after Saddam Hussein’s regime. But there’s no authorization that is pertinent to this particular circumstance.”
He added, “So, the only way the President can act is defensively. So, there has to be imminence. If there’s no imminence, then it’s not authorized.”