Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), an Independent who quit the Republican Party last year, said Sunday that President Trump’s claim that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was plotting attacks against four U.S. embassies “seems to be totally made up.”
“The administration didn’t present evidence to Congress regarding even one embassy,” Amash tweeted.
“And they have never presented evidence of imminence — a necessary condition to act without congressional approval — with respect to any of this,” he added, referencing Trump administration officials’ justification for launching an airstrike that killed Soleimani.
The administration didn’t present evidence to Congress regarding even one embassy. The four embassies claim seems to be totally made up. And they have never presented evidence of imminence—a necessary condition to act without congressional approval—with respect to any of this. https://t.co/Eg0vaCnqFd
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 12, 2020
Amash tweeted a video clip of Defense Secretary Mark Esper telling CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he had not seen any “specific evidence” that supported Trump’s claim that Iran was planning attacks on four embassies.
Rather, Esper argued that Trump’s position was that “there probably and could’ve been attacks against additional embassies.”
“I shared that view. I know other members of the national security team shared that view. That’s why I deployed thousands of American paratroopers to the Middle East to reinforce our embassy in Baghdad and other sites throughout the region,” Esper said, adding that Trump did not cite a “specific piece of evidence.”
Pressed on whether there was specific evidence, Esper said that he did not see any. He added that administration officials “do not expect any further attacks.”