The official legal and policy justifications the Trump administration provided to Congress for the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani fly in the face of previous claims made by the president, a top Democrat alleged on Friday.
The brief two-page report does not make reference to an “imminent attack,” which President Donald Trump and some of his top officials claimed was the reason for the airstrike that killed Soleimani early last month. It does state that one of the purposes was to “deter” Iran from conducting “further attacks” against U.S. personnel and interests.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel decried the rationalizations as an “after-the-fact explanation.”
“The administration’s explanation in this report makes no mention of any imminent threat and shows that the justification the president offered to the American people was false, plain and simple,” the New York Democrat said in a statement, along with the release of the report.
Engel added that the report “directly contradicts the president’s false assertion” that the airstrike in Iraq was intended to thwart an imminent attack against U.S. personnel and embassies.
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