White House officials say a legal analysis sent to Congress on Wednesday will clear the president of allegations that he violated federal law by engaging the U.S. military in Libya without first consulting Congress.
"This president believes that he has acted in a manner that is consistent with the War Powers Resolution," despite members of Congress who are arguing otherwise, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday.
The administration is sending Congress a letter and 30-page report arguing that the president acted within his power as commander in chief by authorizing U.S. involvement in Libya without seeking approval from Congress.
The report comes one day after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, gave Obama a Sunday deadline to withdraw U.S. support from the international mission in Libya – or risk violating the War Powers Resolution, which requires U.S. presidents to seek congressional approval on certain military engagements.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers also announced a federal lawsuit on Wednesday charging Obama with violating the resolution.
"We think that [the report] will answer the questions that members have about the mission," Carney said.