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Krauthammer’s Take: Why Is McConnell Letting Dems Filibuster Iran Resolutions?

Charles Krauthammer criticized Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Iran deal strategy, saying the Majority Leader shouldn’t even countenance Democrats’ filibusters.

“Look, the whole idea of any of this is to get on the record, for the future, what the vote is on this treaty, which will live for a very long time, so that any future president will have an easier time getting out of it,” Krauthammer said on Tuesday’s Special Report. “It’s to delegitimize it.”

“The Democrats want to hide that by not having a vote,” he continued. “That’s why they’re filibustering.”

“McConnell wants to put them on the record about something about Israel,” Krauthammer said. “I don’t think that’s the wisest move.”

Instead, Krauthammer suggests the Senate follow the House strategy: “You want to put them on the record? Introduce an amendment that says what the House bill does; that the treaty was never submitted as required because it doesn’t include all of the documents — meaning, the secret IAEA deals, which allow Iran to inspect itself.”

He then went further, asking why McConnell isn’t invoking the nuclear option. “If Harry Reid applied it so he could get 2-3 judicial appointments through the Second Circuit, then why not do it over the most important treaty of our time?”

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