The House members have no authority to negotiate with foreign government leaders, but eight lawmakers followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a visit to Jordan to discuss the Trump administration’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria.
The delegation was promoted as “bipartisan,” although there was only one Republican on board, Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas—who has announced he won’t seek reelection in 2020.
Fox News reported that the delegation includes chairmen of three House committees and members of other committees as bellow:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) – Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) – Chairman of the House Foreign Services Committee.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) – Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) – Member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) – Member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) – Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on national security.
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) – Member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) – Ranking member of the House Armed Services Commitee.
The delegation made a visit to talk with King Abdullah II and other Jordan officials regarding the crisis in Syria following Turkey’s incursion to drive off the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after President Donald Trump had decided to withdraw U.S. forces out of northeastern Syria.
However, Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have agreed to a cease-fire brokered by the Trump administration.
According to constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall, only the Senate and U.S. president have constitutional power in foreign affairs, so Pelosi and her crew are outside the law.
“This is actually a violation of the Logan Act,” the attorney tweeted, referring to a federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.
The Associated Press reported that, after the visit to Jordan, Pelosi led the congressional delegation to Afghanistan to meet with top Afghan leaders and U.S. forces serving there.
The unannounced trip continued to trigger condemnation from critics who mocked, “Pelosi is there unauthorized. She is the speaker of the House, not foreign affairs. Her group cannot do anything, not even promise to help. Only the president can help.”
“She is just distracting Americans with this trip, taking their focus away from impeachment and their secret hearings,” a critic said.
Pelosi formally launched an impeachment inquiry againt President Trump, but the probe farce has no respect for due process. The speaker has refused to bring the inquiry to a vote, which demonstrates House Democrats have no serious interest in searching out truth and justice.
While Pelosi paid a surprise visit to the Middle East, her brother Thomas D’Alesandro III died at home on Sunday, Oct. 20 at age 90 due to complications from a stroke.