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White House Defends Legality Of Libya Action

USATODAY.COM - The White House prepared to send Congress a legal defense of the Libya military action Wednesday, just hours after ten House members sued to end U.S. involvement in the NATO operation against Moammar Gadhafi's government.

"We feel very comfortable we will be able to answer the questions members have," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an anti-war liberal, said in a statement that the lawsuit filed by him and others will "challenge the executive branch's circumvention of Congress and its use of international organizations such as the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to authorize the use of military force abroad, in violation of the Constitution."

Obama aides said their letter to Congress will prove they have complied with the law, as they seek to head off a constitutional showdown over Libya.

Carney and other officials said the 30-page report would provide a "compelling rationale" for backing the United Nations resolution seeking to protect the Libyan population from attacks by Gadhafi's forces.

"We are in the final stages of preparing extensive information for the House and Senate that will address a whole host of issues about our ongoing efforts in Libya," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor. That will include "our legal analysis with regard to the War Powers Resolution."

White House officials have argued that Obama is well within his constitutional authority to authorize the military mission, noting that the U.S. is playing a support role to NATO and that there are no U.S. ground troops in Libya.

The War Powers law puts a 60-day limit on hostilities that have not been approved the Congress, but Obama aides have said the Libyan action does not fall within the scope of that provision because the U.S. role is so limited. The Libyan military action began in mid-March, with NATO taking charge on April 7. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

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