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And her employees own the rest plus her advice for all of us as parents out there what she wishes she done differently as a mother and how Eileen Fisher uses meditation meditation the Guide her work and her life here at all. I'm boss. Violence subscribe today. The State of the Union Jake Tapper Senator Bernie Sanders has a new ally in Congress. This week Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah. The two senators are trying to block Pentagon on funding for the use of military force against Iran. This comes after sharp criticism of top trump administration officials this week who gave what Lee called the worst military briefing. He his experience in his nine years in Congress. Utah Republican senator. Mike Lee Joins us now. He's the author book. It's called our lost declaration. America's fight against tyranny centrally. Thanks so much for joining us. So you seem after the briefing very offended by the lack of information given to you was the administration ration- basically just saying hey come on trust us. Look Jake in that briefing. We didn't receive very much information. That wasn't already available. All through public media sources is one of the things that's very frustrating. When something like this happens when events are unfolding quickly events that will have a profound impact on national security and military strategy? Congress does need to know about it in port so we can evaluate the scope of our authority to act or choose not to act we. We didn't get that and that was disappointing. Did in the briefing you experienced. Did they say anything about four. US embassies we're going to be tolerated. Top targeted by Sulamani money and his forces as president trump said on he believed on on Friday. I didn't hear anything about that. And several of my colleagues of I said the same So that was news to me. It certainly wasn't something that I recall being raised in the classified briefing secretary of State Pompeo set at the White House on Friday that he did tell L. members of Congress about the threat to US embassies as the president revealed publicly at his campaign rally when he said at least one embassy was going to be threatened. Take take a listen to Secretary Qatari Pompeii on Friday all of the intelligence that we've breathing that you that you've heard today. I assure you an unclassified setting we provide in the classified setting as well so that's not true. Well look I'm not sure exactly what he's trying to say there. I don't recall being told. Look there were four embassies sees. I'm sure there was a mention of at least one embassy in that briefing because there had been an attack on one of our embassies in the days leading up the general. Sola money's killing but look Jake I wanNA make very clear. I issued a statement within a few hours of the attack on General Soleimani announcing that this was a good development went from the standpoint of the security of the American people. We are in fact safer as a result of the fact that he's dead. I if you see a wounded veteran anywhere in America uh-huh they're they're missing a limb or they're badly disfigured. Odds are pretty good that that veteran may have been wounded by that was developed and deployed under General Sola. The money's leadership and his direction and so this development is good for the security of the American people but it does matter that we give the details to members of Congress and it does matter matter to figure out where we go from here and to make sure that any further action is authorized by Congress Congressman Justin Amash Republican turned independent told. CNN that he it does not think an attack was imminent and therefore in his view. President trump abused his power by ordering the strike against the money. Do you agree. Look I have not yet been able to ascertain really specific details as to the imminence of the attack again. We weren't provided that the other day we were forgiven. Somewhat general statements and I believe that the briefers and the president believed that they had a basis for concluding that there was an imminent attack. I don't doubt that it's just frustrating. To be told that and not get the details behind it there is also of course the argument that there was a two thousand to a UMF in place place authorized independently given that took place within the war zone. So you just heard secretary experts. Say that he does not think. Further military action specifically against Iran would be covered by the two thousand one thousand to a U. M. F. Authorization for use of military force. Do you think President Trump has the authority to conduct another strike against Iran without congressional approval. Well I agree with secretary aspirants so far as he was saying that I think he's absolutely right and if he agrees with that which it sounds like he does then he should agree to support the war powers resolution. Shen that Senator Kaine has agreed to introduce with amendments that I've suggested vinick knowledge is that neither the one north Yo to A. UMF can be read to support further military action against Iran and that in the absence of a UFO declaration of war by Congress or the absence of an actual or or imminent attack there's no justification for further military action. So listen I agree. ABSO- money had the blood of innocence on his on his hands and was a bad person but the question is whether or not the intelligence behind his attack was what it is being presented as and and do you. Do you have any concerns. We've heard mixed messages and conflicting stories about the reason for the attack whether it's the existential threat posed versus imminent Menendez attacks versus an attack on one embassy versus an attack on four embassies. You and I have sat through this movie before. Conflicting Changing Information Intelligence juiced in order to justify certain actions. How worried are you about the integrity of the information being told well I'm worried worried? And as a United States senator and as a voter and citizen I learned not to simply take the federal government's word at face value. I mean look. We were lied. Liked to about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We were lied to for a couple of decades about what was happening in Afghanistan. We've been lied to about a lot of things. It's not to say that the government there's always lying or the the people who run it are inherently evil. It's just that they're human and these things do happen. So that's important to ask these questions to make sure that we know the details. And Insofar as we're dealing with the inherent tension between the article two commander in chief power enjoyed by the president and the the Article One section eight decoration of power on the other hand Controlled by Congress members of Congress. Do need to be apprised of the information underlying a particular decision. Asian all right senator. Mike Lee of Utah. Thank you so much for your time Sir. We appreciate it thank you. Senator Cory Booker. Next guest.