Pelosi, Schumer call for briefing on death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi

The top Democrats in Congress are asking to be briefed on a U.S. military raid that President Trump said led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In her statement on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNJ governor calls for assessment of coronavirus response after crisis abates Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.) saluted "the heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals and acknowledge the work of our partners in the region." 

But she noted that "the death of this ISIS leader does not mean the death of ISIS."


"Scores of ISIS fighters remain under uncertain conditions in Syrian prisons, and countless others in the region and around the world remain intent on spreading their influence and committing acts of terror," she said. 

"The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region. Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington," Pelosi added. 

She noted that the House passed a resolution 354-60 earlier this month rejecting Trump's "green-lighting of Turkish aggression into Syria against our Kurdish partners, and calls on him to present a clear strategy to defeat ISIS."

Trump said on Sunday morning that some congressional leaders, including Pelosi, were not notified of al-Baghdadi's death ahead of his public announcement. 

He said he didn't notify leaders because of "Washington leaks," which, he said, could have killed U.S. forces. No U.S. forces were killed in the raid. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Schumer doubles down in call for Trump to name coronavirus supply czar Trump lashes out at Schumer over call for supply czar MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he looks forward to receiving a briefing about the raid and the administration's plan to deal with escaped ISIS prisoners.

"New Yorkers know all too well the destruction a small group of terrorists thousands of miles overseas can cause from so far away," he said in a statement, adding that al-Baghdadi’s death is a "great victory for the safety of our country and the safety of our allies and partners abroad."

A White House spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on whether officials plan to brief lawmakers on the raid.

This report was updated at 2:55 p.m.