‘They have an obligation to present the evidence’: Dem lawmakers skeptical of intel behind Soleimani strike

Congressional Democrats on Sunday expressed skepticism toward the evidence the Trump administration has cited to justify its killing of Iran’s top military commander — an explosive American military maneuver that inflamed regional tensions and heightened the potential for further conflict between Washington and Tehran.Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) demanded that administration officials make public more details regarding the intelligence that precipitated President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision last week to order the drone strike targeting Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Islamic Republic’s elite paramilitary Quds Force.”I think we learned the hard way, Chris, in Iraq, in the Iraq war, that administrations sometimes manipulate and cherry-pick intelligence to further their political goals. That’s what got us into the Iraq war,” Van Hollen told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Friday that the overnight assault against Soleimani near Baghdad’s international airport prevented an “imminent attack” that

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