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 SchiffGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Senate Intel vows to 'get to the bottom' of 'Havana syndrome' attacks Federal investigators search Giuliani apartment 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 TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence 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 PompeoMike PompeoDNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory Pence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office 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.