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


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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