In his speech at Stanford University's Hoover Institute, Pompeo made no mention of the threat of imminent attacks planned by Soleimani.
Pressed on whether there was a piece of intelligence that showed Martyr Suleimani wanted to attack United States embassies, Mr. Esper said: "I didn't see one with regard to four embassies". Levin said he is "entirely unconvinced" an imminent threat necessitated Soleimani's death. "And that certainly was the position of the Obama when it droned leaders of terrorist organizations", Barr added.
U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township, testified on the House floor that the White House provided "no evidence" in classified briefings.
"We appear to have restored a measure of deterrence in the Middle East".
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said this past weekend that while he agrees with POTUS Iran would've likely targeted the embassies, when pressed on specific evidence, he said, "I didn't see one with regard to four embassies".
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the assassination of Qassem Soleimani was part of a "bigger strategy" to deter Iran and other US rivals, including Russian Federation and China, in what marked a significant departure from Washington's original account. He has also cited what he said was the general's central role in ordering a militia to attack a base in Iraq that houses US troops and subsequently storm the American embassy in Baghdad, in the days before Soleimani was killed.
"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. But it was very clear: "Qasem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large-scale attack against American interests, and those attacks were imminent". Less officially, the strike was intended as retaliation against the allegedly Iran-backed riot which lead to the USA embassy in Baghdad being breached.
They also argue that the U.S. Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the authority to declare war, and called for the Senate and House of Representatives to act to take that authority back from the White House.
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.
"Congress must repeal both the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs", he tweeted last week. "The American people must be heard in matters of war".