Some of the members of Congress were upset with the briefing that they received about the killing of IRGC terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.
Democrats came out of the meeting complaining they weren’t told information. Here’s the video of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), claiming they weren’t presented with enough evidence there was an imminent threat.
Rep. Jayapal is an absolute disgrace to defend a mass murderer of American soldiers & 1000s of innocent civilians.
That’s the Democrat Party – Blame America First pic.twitter.com/TBMUBllyFm
— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising) January 9, 2020
Even a couple of Republicans, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) while supportive of President Donald Trump and his actions were disturbed they didn’t get more information in the meeting.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) thinks he knows the reason why the seeming reluctance of the administration to put certain things out on the table in the briefing.
USA kills Sulaimani. Kudos! After 40 years, about time USA fights back against Iran terrorists.
In classified briefing, it appeared defense & intelligence reps held back info out of concern too many Congressmen can't be trusted to keep classified info from USA enemies.
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) January 9, 2020
Wow. But given the behavior we’ve seen, it seems a troubling, real concern.
Brooks told the Daily Wire more in an interview.
Brooks said, “There were questions asked for specific information and the people on the dais simply did everything they could to get around providing the specific information, which allowed the inference that they had reservations about sharing that classified information with Congress in that kind of setting — which in turn leads to the inference that they had a reasonable amount of distrust as to whether shared classified information would in turn be shared by members of Congress with the news media or our enemies.”
He noted that Vice President Mike Pence had expressed the same concerns.
“To protect sources and methods, we’re simply not able to share with every member of the House and Senate the intelligence that supported the president’s decision to take out Qassem Soleimani,” Pence told Fox News. “I can assure your viewers that there was a threat of an imminent attack.”
Responding to Pence’s statement, Brooks said, “That’s very consistent with the concern that Congress cannot be trusted to keep classified information classified.”
“[It’s] also consistent with that concern is what you just got done seeing with Adam Schiff’s Intelligence Committee during the impeachment proceedings wherein that information that was collected in a SCIF was invariably leaked to the news media,” Brooks continued. “So if you just had that experience where members of Congress are quite clearly leaking information that was collected in a SCIF environment, how can you trust them not to leak classified information regarding Iran that could lead to the deaths of our intelligence sources, or empower terrorist organizations to avoid American retribution for the killing that they have done?”
Brooks concluded by telling The Daily Wire, “Quite clearly, there are some more visible members of Congress that caused greater concerns that others, but I’ll leave to you and the general public to figure out which ones those are.”
This is so disturbing. It’s bad enough when they were leaking in order to politically harm the president. But if you can’t trust whether or not they’ll leak in a potential military situation with a foreign enemy, that’s really problematic and dangerous.
As we noted not only have there been troubling statements, but you even have senators and other members of Congress doing a conference call with a pro-Iranian lobbying group the day after we’re attacked by Iran and encouraging protests against “war” with Iran, attacking Trump and military action.
All of this problematic, to say the least, when the first and only priority should be the protection and safety of Americans.