Jones’ impeachment stand draws criticism
Candidates weighing in on Congress war powers
By Patrick Gannon
Star News Online
March 16, 2012
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones recently made headlines when he introduced legislation to make it clear that President Barack Obama – or any other president – who uses military force without congressional authorization would commit an impeachable offense.
Jones, a Farmville Republican facing a primary challenger in May, said the issue has long been a concern for him. His resolution stemmed in part from recent comments by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about possible military action against Syria. Panetta said the president would seek international permission before taking action. He was unclear on whether congressional permission would be sought.
“Enough is enough,” Jones said in a prepared statement. “It is time this country upholds the Constitution and the principles upon which this country was founded.”