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.