Schiff calls for open hearings on Trump's Iran actions

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims GOP senator plans to ask about Bidens, whistleblower in impeachment trial Parnas asks court for permission to turn over more evidence to Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) said he supports open House hearings regarding President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE’s order last week for a strike that killed top Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Schiff, who is among lawmakers who were briefed a day after last week’s attack, told The Washington Post there should be open hearings on the administration's decision to strike.

“The president has put us on a path where we may be at war with Iran. That requires the Congress to fully engage,” Schiff told the Post in an interview published Monday.

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Schiff said there’s “absolutely no way” Trump’s threat to retaliate with “disproportionate” attacks, should Iran strike the U.S., reflects Pentagon planning. 

“None of that could come out of the Pentagon,” Schiff said. 

A Pentagon spokesperson was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Hill. 

Trump said there are 52 Iranian sites, including cultural sites, that “will be hit very fast and very hard” if Iran strikes an American or an American base. He later said that his “Media Posts,” seemingly referring to his tweets, will serve to notify members of Congress on potential strikes. 

Schiff has also questioned whether there is intelligence that supports the claim that killing Soleimani would prevent future attacks against the U.S. 

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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' NPR sends letter to State Dept. demanding answers for reporter's removal from trip Trump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims MORE has said that killing Soleimani saved American lives, adding that the Iranian general was plotting attacks against the U.S. 

“I’m certainly not satisfied that the intelligence supports the conclusion that the killing of Soleimani was going to either prevent attacks on the United States or reduce the risk to American lives,” Schiff told the Post. 

“I don’t think the intelligence was of the kind of character that would lead to a uniform recommendation that Soleimani should be killed,” Schiff added. “I think that was an impulsive judgment made by the president.”

Similarly, Schiff told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublican senator: Trump's Schiff tweet not a 'death threat' Impeachment manager says senators should vote for witnesses as a 'favor' to the country GOP senator defends Trump amid Parnas recording: 'Certainly the president meets a lot of people' MORE in a Sunday appearance on “State of the Union” that Pompeo’s comments reflect “a personal opinion, not an intelligence conclusion.” 

Schiff also told the newspaper he supports Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE’s (D-Calif.) call for a vote on a resolution that would limit Trump’s military actions toward Iran.

Pelosi told Democratic members in a letter Sunday that the House will introduce a vote on a “War Powers Resolution” led by Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinMixed feelings on war power limits: Lawmakers and vet candidates Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner MORE (D-Mich.), a former CIA and Department of Defense analyst specializing in Shia militias.

In the Senate, Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet Senate Democrats' super PAC raised million in 2019 As the mental health crisis grows, Puerto Ricans need long-term care MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Dem senators say Iran threat to embassies not mentioned in intelligence briefing Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, asked Trump in a letter Sunday to “immediately declassify” the Jan. 4 war powers notification submitted to Congress following the operation that killed Soleimani.