Rosen's note, posted at Greta van Susteren's blog, said that Obama's decision to seek congressional approval was a surprise to "most if not all" of the president's national security team.
The Associated Press said Obama was set to attack Syria without Congressional approval but changed his mind Friday night during a walk.
"Senior administration officials describing Obama’s about-face Saturday offered a portrait of a president who began to wrestle with his own decision — at first internally, then confiding his views to his chief of staff, and finally summoning his aides for an evening session in the Oval Office to say he’d had a change of heart," the AP said.
But according to the aide Rosen spoke to, Obama intends to act whether Congress approves it or not.
“That’s going to happen, anyway,” the source told Rosen.
Rosen said "that was why the president, in his rose Garden remarks, was careful to establish that he believes he has the authority to launch such strikes even without congressional authorization."
Other officials, however, did not confirm the report, saying only that the door had been left open for the president to bypass Congress.
"The State Department official emphasized that all of the president’s national security advisers were in agreement as of last night on the need to proceed with strikes – and that the president ultimately will," Rosen added.
Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic congressman, said Friday Obama risks impeachment if he attacks Syria without Congressional approval.
“There is no imminent or actual threat to the United States of America. If there was, then people expect the president to defend us. But in this case the president is going on his own," he said.
“That’s a fundamental principle and if the president throws that away, disregards that I think there will be consequences for him,” he added, citing Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which says only Congress has the power to declare war.
But bypassing Congress is nothing new for Obama, and so far, the GOP-led House has done nothing to stop him, although several Republicans have threatened articles of impeachment.
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