Republican senator calls for hearing on military intervention in Venezuela

Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: BIO's Michelle McMurry-Heath says 400 projects started in 16 weeks in biotech firms to fight virus, pandemic unemployment total tops 43 million Is the 'endless frontier' at an end? Hillicon Valley: House FISA bill in jeopardy | Democrats drop controversial surveillance measure | GOP working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections MORE (R-Ind.) on Saturday called on leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing next week with Trump administration officials about a potential U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. 

"The brutal Maduro Regime has caused unspeakable suffering amongst the citizens in Venezuela and I commend the brave Venezuelans who are standing up for their freedom and for their basic human rights," he said. "However, I am concerned by reports of possible U.S. military intervention in Venezuela," 

"I am calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold immediate hearings with key members of the administration next week to discuss their plans for Venezuela and to explain any plans to deploy U.S. forces to the country," he added.

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The Hill reached out to Sens. James Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezGovernment watchdog: 'No evidence' Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips No time to be selling arms to the Philippines Senate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation MORE (D-N.J.), who are the committee's chairman and ranking member, respectively. 

The conflict in Venezuela has reached new levels in recent days, as opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom the White House recognizes as the country's interim president, called on the country's military to force President Nicolás Maduro out of power. He was unable to get the support of key military leaders, however. 

National security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE this week has indicated support for military intervention in Venezuela.