A constitutional lawyer on why Trump’s Syria attack was “almost certainly” illegal

And why Congress is unlikely to do anything about it.

President Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria on Friday night has (once again) raised an important question: Does the American president have the legal right to order a military strike on another country without the consent of Congress?

The simple answer is no, as Congress is charged with officially declaring war under the US Constitution. But it’s not that simple. For the past several decades, and especially after the 9/11...

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