Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war'

Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war'
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersGearing up for a chaotic year on K Street Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war' Green says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE’s Republican allies in Congress on Monday, saying they would be responsible if the U.S. and Iran go to war.

Waters cited the departures from the Pentagon of former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisMaxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war' On the precipice: Unknown unknowns in the Middle East, again Pentagon brushes aside bombshell 'Afghanistan Papers' MORE and other officials in arguing that Republicans should not follow Trump's lead.

“OK Repubs. Keep shielding & protecting this impeached prez despite his lies (15k); despite his unilaterally pulling out of Iran deal; despite weak answers on imminent danger; despite Mattis quitting, now Pentagon CoS quits; you are going to be responsible for dragging us to war!”

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The Pentagon announced Monday that Eric Chewning, chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon US military to soon resume training for Saudi students State Department cancels two classified congressional briefings on Iran, embassy security MORE, will leave his position at the end of the month, with Jen Stewart, the top GOP staffer for the House Armed Services Committee, set to replace him.

The “weak answers on imminent danger” refers to claims by Trump and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo under pressure over threats to Yovanovitch Regardless of how the Iraqis feel, the US should leave Democrats clash at debate over keeping US troops in Mideast MORE that the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani due to “imminent danger” of an attack that would put American troops at risk. Pompeo has declined to elaborate on the evidence and members of Congress have cast doubt on its validity.

Iran has threatened retaliation for the killing of Soleimani, while Trump tweeted over the weekend that any response would be met with targeted attacks on 52 unspecified targets, including those of cultural significance.