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Fri Apr 7, 2017, 03:38 PM

14. Ben Rhodes: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/314778-top-aide-obama-worried-about-impeachment-for-syria-actions
By Nikita Vladimirov - 01/18/17

President Obama's deputy national security adviser says in a new interview that the threat of impeachment "was a factor" in Obama's decision not to pursue a tougher intervention policy in Syria.

"We actually had Congress warning us against taking action without congressional authorization, which we interpreted as the president could face impeachment," Ben Rhodes told Politico Magazine.

When asked to elaborate, the president's adviser said that Republicans, including then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), made it clear that premature military action without congressional approval would be unconstitutional.

"That was a factor. Go back and read the letters from Boehner, letters from the Republican members of Congress. They laid down markers that this would not be constitutional.

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