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 KaineIran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner House war powers sponsor expects to take up Senate version of resolution Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' MORE (D-Va.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 LeeSenators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall MORE (Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' 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 EsperOvernight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Senate Dems urge Esper to oppose shifting Pentagon money to border wall Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon 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.