McConnell says Senate will receive classified briefing on Soleimani killing

McConnell says Senate will receive classified briefing on Soleimani killing
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"We're working to arrange a classified briefing for all senators early next week," McConnell said from the Senate floor.
McConnell said that staff is starting to get briefed by the administration on Friday, and that he has already spoken to Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules House Dems express 'deepening concern' over plans to take .2B from Pentagon for border wall Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa MORE. He did not specify if his conversation took place before or after the air strike, and did not respond to a question from reporters after his speech.
The GOP leader threw his support behind the strike, saying that "Iran's master terrorist is dead." 
"I'm encouraged by the steps the U.S. military is taking to defend American personnel and interests from a growing Iranian threat," McConnell said. 
Trump's decision to kill Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and was viewed as the mastermind of Iran’s military and intelligence operations, has sparked a fierce debate on Capitol Hill about the administration's authority to carry out the strike. 
McConnell urged lawmakers to wait until they have been briefed before taking a position, while noting the airstrike "may prove controversial or divisive."
"I anticipate and welcome a debate about America's interest in foreign policy in the Middle East. I recommend that all senators wait to review the facts and hear from the administration before passing much public judgement on this operation and its potential consequences," McConnell said.
The Pentagon confirmed late Thursday that the president had ordered a strike against Soleimani. It described the decision as a “decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad.”
Trump defended the strike on Friday, saying that Soleimani “should have been taken out many years ago” and that he was “indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people.”
Updated: 1:10 p.m.