(NEW YORK) — With bipartisan anger flashing at President Obama over Libya and his foreign policy, a bipartisan group of House members is taking the Obama administration to court, challenging the president’s authority to engage in a bombing campaign in Libya without congressional authorization.
Rep. Walter Jones Jr., one of the co-signers of the lawsuit, told ABC News on Thursday that the president had no good reason to attack Moammar Gadhafi.
“Libya had done nothing to America. I realize they’ve got an evil leader, Gadhafi, but still, you don’t go around the world attacking countries because they have an evil leader,” said Jones, (R-N.C.).
“Why in the world didn’t president Obama come to the Congress and say, ‘Look, I got a concern, I’m concerned about the national security, and I might need to have the authorization to go in and take Gadhafi out.’ But he didn’t do that,” Jones continued. “The president is not a king. He was elected by the people, just like the House and Senate — we were elected by the people.”
“I think he is absolutely off-base,” Jones said. “I think that is an abuse of power, and that’s why we’re going to the courts.”
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