Nugent sent his letter just a day after senior administration officials held a teleconference on Syria with more than two dozen congressional leaders. Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeDemocrats blast GOP for ‘sabotaging’ House waterways bill GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Week ahead: Flint aid fight shifts to House MORE (R-Okla.) said Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryTime for Action on Bahrain When wise men attack: Why Gates is wrong about Clinton, Libya Internal memo: Refugee program vulnerable to fraud MORE spent most of the call trying to convince members to support military action, but without laying out any specific military options.
"If your administration believes that our allies are under imminent threat from Syrian chemical weapons, I would like to see the intelligence underlying that belief," he wrote. "The American people would as well. And if there is no intelligence to support that claim, then your administration cannot possibly use an imagined imminent threat as a legal justification for unauthorized military action."
On Thursday, the British Parliament voted down a motion to use force against Syria, and many members of the House have argued that a vote to use military force would also fail in Congress. Members are also increasing their calls for President Obama to address the nation on why an attack is warranted and to allow Congress to debate the question before acting.