Will GOP Senators’ Open Letter to Iran Derail Nuclear Deal?

U.S. President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One, Jan. 7, 2015 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
U.S. President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One, Jan. 7, 2015 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

On Monday, 47 GOP senators published an open letter warning Iran’s leadership that any deal on Tehran’s nuclear program concluded solely on the basis of U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive authority would remain vulnerable to being reversed by future congressional and presidential action. While impolitic and a breach of the long-standing protocol that the White House is the primary American interlocutor with foreign governments, the letter starkly and bluntly lays out a series of constitutional and political arguments to make its case. What impact will the letter have on the down-to-the-wire negotiations to reach a substantive political accord with Iran […]

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