Many Democrats and some Republicans are furious that administration officials did not offer more specifics on what led to President Trump ordering the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and several high-ranking figures of Iranian proxy militias in the Middle East.
In response, the House of Representatives spent much of Thursday approving a proposed update to the War Powers Act forbidding Trump from authorizing any strike on Iranian targets unless there is a confirmed imminent threat.
Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman sits on the House Armed Services Committee and attended the briefings offered this week by Trump administration officials, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.
“We know from the intelligence and directly through Gen. Milley, who said that he looked at the intelligence. He saw that it was compelling and that an attack was imminent and it was very clear in its scale and scope. Those are his words.
“He was unequivocal in saying that Qasem Soleimani was planning and coordinating and synchronizing significant combat operations against U.S. military forces in the region and that this attack was imminent,” said Wittman.
In this interview with Radio America’s Greg Corombos, Rep. Wittman also details what impact the Democrats’ proposed legislation would have on the president, why he’s voting against it, and why the bill wouldn’t make much difference even if it gets approved in the Senate as well. Finally, Wittman reacts to the news that Iran shot down the Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Iran Tuesday night and how Democrats derailed an attempt by Republicans to commend the military and intelligence personnel responsible for carrying out the targeting and killing of Soleimani.