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 SchiffHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Schiff calls on DNI Grenell to explain intelligence community changes READ: Schiff plans to investigate Trump firing intel watchdog 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 TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE's decision “reckless," and said it will increase risk to Americans around the world. 


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 PompeoGOP Rep calls for US to bring international case against China over coronavirus Belarus's risky coronavirus strategy House Republicans threaten pushback on Saudi Arabia amid oil market slump 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.