18 Jun '11, 3am

Obama overrules lawyers in Libya war debate: WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama overruled two senior government

Obama overrules lawyers in Libya war debate: WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama overruled two senior government

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama overruled two senior government lawyers in deciding that he had the authority to continue US military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, the New York Times reported late Friday. In reaching his conclusion, Obama rejected the opinions of Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, the Times reported, citing unnamed officials familiar with the deliberations. Johnson and Krass both told the White House they believed that US military activity in the NATO-led air war over Libya amounted to "hostilities." Under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, a president has 60 days to get authorization from Congress - which under the US Constitution has the authority to declare war - for a military deployment. Failing that, the Resolution sets a further 30 ...

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