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 WatersMcCarthy yanks endorsement of California candidate over social media posts Top bank regulator announces abrupt resignation GOP pulls support from California House candidate over 'unacceptable' social media posts MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests 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 MattisTrump calls Mattis 'overrated' after ex-Defense secretary issues scathing rebuke Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief says he opposes invoking Insurrection Act for protests | White House dodges on Trump's confidence in Esper | 'Angry and appalled' Mattis scorches Trump Mattis denounces Trump in blistering statement on protests 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 EsperTrump: 'I don't think we'll have to' send military to cities House chairman presses Pentagon leaders on use of military against DC protesters Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief says he opposes invoking Insurrection Act for protests | White House dodges on Trump's confidence in Esper | 'Angry and appalled' Mattis scorches Trump 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 PompeoFired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe 7 GOP senators slam State Dept for 'slow and inefficient policy' on passports 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.