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Pompeo: Attacks From Iran Were "Imminent," But "We Don't Know Precisely When"

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argues the strike on Qasem Soleimani was necessary due to "imminent attacks" being plotted by the Iranian general.

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: I know Senators Lee and Paul care about this a great deal. They want to protect the prerogatives, the legislative branch. They have a view of the War Powers Resolution. I think members of Congress get frustrated by this sometimes. And so this wasn’t political in the Republican, Democrat sense. This was executive, legislative.

And so I think there are a number of people who are using this as a political axe to grind. I think that’s most unfortunate. There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qasem Soleimani. We don’t know precisely when -- and we don’t know precisely where.

But it was real…

INGRAHAM: Well, the president says Soleimani wanted to blow up the embassy. Is that accurate? He wanted to blow up the embassy.

POMPEO: It was his forces that penetrated our embassy just a handful of days before that. Kata’ib Hezbollah warriors orchestrated, directed by Qasem Soleimani himself.



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