(Liberty Bell) – Pencil Neck Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Judiciary who fancies himself the president’s arch-enemy (but is really more like a thorn in his side), is now actually calling for an investigation into Donald Trump’s decision to order the elimination of top Iranian military official, Qassem Soleimani.
Because of course he is.
“I think there should be open hearings on this subject,” Schiff told The Washington Post in an interview published on Monday.
“The president has put us on a path where we may be at war with Iran. That requires the Congress to fully engage,” he added.
In another interview with CNN, Schiff said that the airstrike may “increase the risk to Americans around the world” before being forced to clarify that he hasn’t “seen the intelligence that taking out Soleimani was going to either stop the plotting that is going on or decrease other risks to the United States.”
As the Epoch Times notes, the Department of Defense was clear that Soleimani had “imminent” plans to strike American targets:
Soleimani’s death was prompted by a series of events in Iraq, which included the siege of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo linked the activity to Iran and Soleimani.
By killing Soleimani, the United States disrupted an “imminent attack” that would have endangered American lives, Pompeo said. On Sunday, he said that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley “got it right when he said we were culpably negligent had we not gone after Soleimani when we had the opportunity.”
On Saturday, the White House sent formal notification to Congress on the Thursday night strike, as required under the 1973 War Powers Act.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who was briefed on the airstrike after the fact, said that the classified White House notification “raises questions.”
“This classified War Powers Act notification delivered to Congress raises more questions than it answers. This document prompts serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner, and justification of the Administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran,” Pelosi wrote on Saturday. “The highly unusual decision to classify this document in its entirety compounds our many concerns, and suggests that the Congress and the American people are being left in the dark about our national security.”
Meanwhile, former Obama-appointed Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, backed up the president.
“If you believe everything 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 additional Congressional authorization,” Johnson told MSNBC on Sunday.
Johnson noted that Soleimani “was a lawful military objective” because he was either “a terrorist or a general in a military force that was engaged in armed attacks against our people.”