US Watchdog Group Sues Trump Administration Over Syria Strikes

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May 10th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– – – translated by Samer Hussein –

US watchdog group demands legal clarification of Trump’s decision to carry out missile strike against the Syrian Air Force base back on the 7th of April. 

In a lawsuit, filed against the Trump administration under Freedom of Information Act, Protect Democracy watchdog group demands all e-mail messages, accounts, notes and records that were used to provide legitimization of Trump’s decision to launch missile strike against Syria, to be published.

The legal team of the group also addressed the  Offices of Legal Counsel at the Ministries of Justice and Defense and Department of State. 

On the 6th of April, US President Donald Trump issued an order to carry out missile strikes against Syrian Air Force base, done under the false pretext of responding to the Syrian Army’s chemical attack on civilians. 

Few days after the assault, Trump sent a letter to the US congress in which he said actions against Syria were carried out in accordance with the US law and within the scope of his authority, adding they were necessary to preserve US national security and stability of US foreign policy. 

The White House, however, failed to provide any legal justification for its actions, especially since Trump’s strikes against Syria were ordered without asking the UN Security Council or the US Congress first.

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