Kaine said he was 'unaware' of threats to four embassies

Kaine said he was 'unaware' of threats to four embassies
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Trump's move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd's death 'a national tragedy' Pentagon: Esper, Milley 'not aware' of Trump's church photo-op ahead of time Democratic senator plans defense bill amendment to bar using troops against protesters MORE (D-Va.) said on Sunday that 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 claim that Iran was plotting to attack four U.S. embassies was not supported by intelligence shared with him during a briefing last week. 

“I was at the classified briefing because I'm both an Armed Services and Foreign Relations member, that wasn't told to us in the classified briefing, nor was there a suggestion that multiple embassies were threatened,” Kaine said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

 

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His comments were in response to Trump’s remarks during a Fox News interview that aired on Friday about a potential threat. Trump said that he believed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, was targeting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and three others.

Kaine also said members were “unhappy” with the briefing and said “the evidence was far short of an imminent threat.” 

“We were mad that they were so dismissive of the notion that Congress would have anything to do with questions of war and peace,” Kaine added. 

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The senator introduced a resolution aimed at reining in Trump’s military powers. Two Republican senators, Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Facebook employees speak up against content decisions | Trump's social media executive order on weak legal ground | Order divides conservatives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown MORE (Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul holding up quick passage of anti-lynching bill Democratic senator to offer amendment halting 'military weaponry' given to police Second senator tests positive for coronavirus antibodies MORE (Ky.) said they would support the resolution after slamming the administration's briefing on Iran last week. 

A similar resolution passed in the House on Friday.

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 said on “Face the Nation” that he shared Trump’s view about the threat, but said that he had not seen intelligence to support it. He added that Trump did not cite intelligence when making the claim.