Nine Democrats sent a letter on Tuesday to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on the “specific evidence” behind President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo‘s statement about the alleged embassy threat.
“It is vital for the American public to know if intelligence is being manipulated or inaccurately represented by their government to justify an assassination of a foreign official,” the senators added.
The letter was spearheaded by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and was also signed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
Several Democratic senators said last week that the administration did not discuss an alleged threat that Iran was planning to “blow up” a U.S. embassy during a closed door briefing with Esper and other top administration officials.
He also told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham last week that Soleimani was planning attacks against four embassies.
He also said that they discussed with lawmakers an imminent threat to U.S. embassies, though he declined to go into detail on Friday about the conversation.