Schiff: I haven't seen intelligence that 'taking out' Soleimani would 'stop the plotting'

Schiff: I haven't seen intelligence that 'taking out' Soleimani would 'stop the plotting'
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he has not seen intelligence suggesting that killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani would prevent the planning of future attacks against the U.S.

“I haven't seen intelligence that taking out Soleimani was going to either stop the plotting that was going on or decrease other risk to the United States,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

Schiff, who was among lawmakers briefed after the U.S. drone strike in Baghdad last week killed the Iranian commander, also called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE's decision “reckless," and said it will increase risk to Americans around the world. 

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Trump administration officials have defended the decision and said Soleimani was planning attacks that would put American lives in danger. 

Schiff on Sunday also called Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process MORE’s comments that the decision to kill Soleimani saved American lives “a personal opinion.” 

“He is expressing a personal opinion, not an intelligence conclusion,” the congressman said.

The attack on Soleimani increased the risk of war with Iran, the California Democrat added. 

Iranian officials have vowed a response to the general's killing.