We’d refuse bad nuke call: gen­eral

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WASH­ING­TON— A re­tired Air Force gen­eral told the Se­nate Tues­day that an order from Pres­i­dent Trump or any of his suc­ces­sors to launch nu­clear weapons can be re­fused by the top of­fi­cer at U.S. Strate­gic Com­mand if that order is de­ter­mined to be il­le­gal.

Dur­ing tes­ti­mony be­fore the For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, re­tired Gen. Robert Kehler said the U.S. armed forces are ob­li­gated to fol­low le­gal or­ders, not il­le­gal ones.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Mary­land, the com­mit­tee’s top Demo­crat, asked Kehler, who was head of Strate­gic Com­mand from 2011 to 2013, if that means Strate­gic Com­mand can deny the Pres­i­dent’s order if it fails the test of pro­por­tion­al­ity and le­gal­ity.

“Yes,” Kehler re­sponded, adding such a sit­u­a­tion would lead to a “very dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tion.”

De­nis Slat­tery At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions tes­ti­fies be­fore House panel Tues­day. He claimed chaotic na­ture of the Trump cam­paign caused him to for­get key de­tails that he now re­mem­bers.

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