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A missile is seen crossing over Damascus, Syria on April 14. SANA/Handout via Reuters

Democrats want to know legal basis for Syria airstrikes

WASHINGTON — Two Democratic lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to provide records spelling out the legal basis for missile strikes in Syria last week and in April 2017.

The United States, France and Britain have said their airstrikes last week were a response to a suspected chemical attack.

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Rep. Adam Schiff of California say in a letter being sent Thursday to the president that they share his outrage about chemical weapons.

But they say Trump hasn’t provided sufficient information to Americans so they can understand what limits, if any, constrain him from taking military action for any purpose deemed as defending “important U.S. national interests.”

The lawmakers say they understand a lengthy memorandum providing legal analysis exists and they want it provided to Congress.

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