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Senate Dem Murphy Calls US Killing Of Soleimani An 'Assassination'

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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn

By    |   Sunday, 05 January 2020 12:23 PM EST

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., charged Sunday the drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iran’s top military leader was an “assassination.”

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Murphy decried “the intentional execution” of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“This was the intentional execution of a high level official in a sovereign nation,” Murphy declared.

“Qassem Soleimani is an evil man. He has absolutely ordered the murder of hundreds of Americans. But he is a high level representative of a foreign government, a foreign government with a military that could strike at American civilians and American service people. 

“The question is, why didn't the administration look at other means to try to stop this attack from happening? Reporting suggests that his own military leaders were shocked that the president chose an assassination versus more targeted strikes against other Iranian or Iranian proxy assets in the region.”

According to Murphy, the Trump administration had the “responsibility” to prove the deadly drone attack was “preventing more attacks rather than inspiring additional ones.”

“The reason that the Bush administration and the Obama administration did not greenlight the execution of Qassem Soleimani, despite the fact that he was carrying out attacks on U.S. forces, is because they believed ultimately that would get more Americans killed,” Murphy said.

“And you can already see the consequences of U.S. security in the region with… the beginning of the process to expel American forces from Iraq.”

Despite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who said in an earlier interview on FTN that he knew what the “imminent threat” was that triggered the attack, Murphy said there was no consultation with Congress.

“My understanding is that there was no consultation with Congress before this strike,” he said. “That is in violation of the War Powers Act. And there has been very limited communication since then. I would hope that we will get a full briefing, but that briefing not only has to talk about the intel behind the attack, but why it was absolutely necessary to take this dramatic escalatory step.”

Murphy lamented that Iran is “more powerful today than at the beginning of the Trump administration.”

“[Trump] does not have authorization from Congress to go to war with Iran. And this potentially sets us on a course to do just that,” he said.

“This administration's Iran policy has been a disaster from the very beginning. Iran is more powerful today than at the beginning of the Trump administration. They've restarted the nuclear program. They have more influence in places like Yemen and in Syria. And now they are on the verge of launching potentially disastrous strikes against the United States. That is a disaster from the beginning to the end of this administration's policy towards Iran.”

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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., charged Sunday the drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iran's top military leader was an "assassination."In an interview on CBS News' "Face The Nation," Murphy decried "the intentional execution" of Gen. Qassem...
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Sunday, 05 January 2020 12:23 PM
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