President Trump engaged the military to take out a leader of a foreign government with no insight or approval from Congress. This is in direct violation of Article I of the U.S. Constitution.
The Trump administration has yet to publicly explain the legal justification for killing Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, prompting Democratic lawmakers to question whether the President had the authority to order the strike without Congressional approval and raise concerns that Iran’s potential response was not fully considered.
The President doesn’t seem to understand how the Constitution works in these type of circumstances.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war. The President, meanwhile, derives the power to direct the military after a Congressional declaration of war from Article II, Section 2, which names the President Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. These provisions require cooperation between the President and Congress regarding military affairs, with Congress funding or declaring the operation and the President directing it.Nevertheless, throughout the 20 and 21 centuries, Presidents have often engaged in military operations without express Congressional consent. These operations include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the Afghanistan War of 2001 and the Iraq War of 2002.
Trumps actions are putting him in a position to once again abuse his power and bluntly ignore the Constitution. This alone should be grounds to justify his impeachment and removal for office.