House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has now called for Congressional hearings into President Trump’s drone strike that killed terrorist Qassem Soleimani.
The legislative branch is now claiming President Trump does not have the authority to call any strikes against a hostile enemy.
“The president has put us on a path where we may be at war with Iran. That requires the Congress to fully engage,” Adam Schiff told The Washington Post.
Adam Schiff was one of the lawmakers that were briefed on the airstrike that killed top Iranian military officials.
Adam Schiff said there’s “absolutely no way” President Trump should retaliate to a potential attack from Iran with “disproportionate” actions.
President Trump put Iran on notice over the weekend and stated that there are 52 targets that “will be hit very has and very hard” if Iran were to strike any American or American target.
Adam Schiff also claimed that the intelligence supporting that Soleimani was planning an imminent attack was thin.
“I’m certainly not satisfied that the intelligence supports the conclusion that the killing of Soleimani was going to either prevent attacks on the United States or reduce the risk to American lives,” Schiff told the Washington Post.
“I don’t think the intelligence was of the kind of character that would lead to a uniform recommendation that Soleimani should be killed,” Schiff added. “I think that was an impulsive judgment made by the president.”
Obama’s DHS chief Jeh Johnson said on Sunday on “Meet the Press”: “If you believe everything that our government is saying about General Soleimani, he was a lawful military objective, and the president, under his constitutional authority as commander in chief, had ample domestic legal authority to take him out without an additional congressional authorization. Whether he was a terrorist or a general in a military force that was engaged in armed attacks against our people, he was a lawful military objective.”
President Trump issued a statement warning those wishing to do harm upon American figures and embassy buildings saying “we will find you, we will eliminate you,” and says America will always protect its people.