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Amash says Trump’s claim of imminent Iranian attacks seems ‘totally made up’

Robert O'Brien listens as President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops in Washington Jan. 8 2020. (Alex US media: Questions on basis for Soleimani killing
Bennie Garza | 14 January, 2020, 12:38

"I believe there was intelligence of imminent attacks, but I do believe the concept of imminence is something of a red herring", Barr said.

"I think the president is making clear that the Democrats have been parroting Iranian talking points and nearly taking the side of terrorists and those who are out to kill the Americans", she said. "And that certainly was the position of the Obama when it droned leaders of terrorist organizations", Barr added.

Attorney General William Barr told reporters on Monday that the White House consulted with his department before the strike. However, Amash, many House Democrats and some Republicans in Congress said the White House has failed to produce sufficient evidence to back up the claim. He accused Trump of expanding war in the Middle East on false pretenses. But on Sunday U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he did not see specific evidence that Iran was planning an attack.

"What I'm saying is I share the president's view that probably-my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies", Esper added.

Trump has defended the targeted killing of the Iranian general, saying he posed an imminent threat to the US because he was plotting attacks on USA embassies.

After Pompeo insisted that "there was active plotting underway by Qassem Soleimani himself and all those around him", Baier pressed the secretary of state on whether there was concern that congressional Democrats would leak information if they were alerted about the attack ahead of time. "We don't know exactly which day it would've been executed".

Trump and Pompeo have also said Soleimani was planning additional "imminent" attacks against USA interests in the Middle East, forcing the U.S.to take action before Soleimani could orchestrate the killing of additional US troops and American allies. Less officially, the strike was intended as retaliation against the allegedly Iran-backed riot which lead to the USA embassy in Baghdad being breached.

Burisma Holdings "successfully" hacked by Russian military amid House-led impeachment hearings: United States tech company Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company at the center of a scandal that resulted in President Trump's impeachment by the House of Representatives, was successfully hacked in November by Russian military agents, a USA cybersecurity company claimed Monday. He said neither provides a valid authorization for any military engagement in Iran. "They primarily serve as false bases for administrations to commence military engagements that Congress never approved".

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