The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee says opposition to President Trump’s justification for ordering an official White House report on a strike that killed Iranian military leader Qasim Solaimani.
Congressman Eliot Engel said in a statement attached to the White House report that the new information “undermines the president’s false belief that he attacked Iran in order to prevent an upcoming attack against US workers and embassies.”
“The administration’s explanation in this report made no mention of the imminent threat and showed that the justification the president presented to the American people was false, straightforward and straightforward,” Engel said. Mr Trump claimed that the strike against Solaimani that he ordered late last year was urgent because Solaimani posed an imminent threat to the US embassy.
The White House report, however, states that the strike was “in response to growing attacks in previous months by Iran and Iran-backed militias in the interest of U.S. forces and the Middle East region.
“The objectives of the move were to protect US personnel, prevent Iran from launching or supporting further attacks against US forces and interests, reduce its ability to launch attacks by militias supported by Iran and the Cods, and to stop Iran’s strategic expansionist attacks and US interests. Threatening incident, “the report states.
Iran attacked dozens of American military personnel in an attack on two American bases in Iraq to avenge Soleymani’s death in January. The conflict between the United States and Iran has been eliminated ever since.
The report also says that Mr Trump rejected the argument that he was authorized to strike Soleimani in 2012 under the authorization for military use (UMF).
“This legal theory is unreasonable. In 2002, Saddam Hussein was approved to address it,” he wrote. “The act had nothing to do with Iran or Iraqi government officials in Iran. It was far from Congress’ intention that the assassination of an Iranian official could be justified 18 years later with this approval.”
The House voted last month to repeal the 2002 AUMF.
“After the fact, this will not be the crucial explanation. We need answers and testimony, so I expect Secretary Pom to testify before the committee at an open hearing on Iran and Iraq policy on February 27, including Solimani’s strike and war,” Engel said later this month. The State of the State mentioned the proposed hearing with Mike Pompeo.
The House and Senate have recently taken steps to limit Mr Trump’s involvement in hostility with Iran. ParliamentIn a war resolution on Thursday, the United States directed the United States armed forces to withdraw from the hostilities against Iran within five days, if not approved by Congress. The move is expected to be approved by the House, which passed a similar resolution last month, but may be vetoed by the president.
In January, the House approved a move to restrict the president’s authority to strike Iran without congressional approval. The resolution passed from 225 to 5 votes and now goes to the Senate. Eight Democrats joined Republicans to oppose the resolution, and three were in favor of Republicans.
The House action is known as the “concurrent resolution,” meaning it only requires approval from both chambers of Congress and does not go to the president for his signature. Cain’s measure is a “joint resolution,” which means it requires Mr Trump’s signature, but it will also be mandatory.