GOP rep says intel on Iran is 'credible'

GOP rep says intel on Iran is 'credible'
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Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday intelligence on Iran as a rising threat is "credible."

“I’ve seen the intelligence, it’s very credible intelligence. This intelligence was produced by hard-working men in the CIA, in our intelligence community," Hurd, a former CIA officer, said on CBS's "Face The Nation." 

"It’s our military leaders that are asking for some of these moves to make sure that we’re protecting our folks in that region."

"I don't think anybody wants to go to war with Iran, but we need to be prepared to protect our troops that are already there.”

Iran tensions have been high since the Trump administration last year pulled out of the Obama-era nuclear deal and reinstated sanctions on Tehran.

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The situation has escalated in recent weeks, particularly after the administration sent a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East amid what officials called  “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran that had not been publicly identified.

Trump said Friday that he would send about 1,500 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran's influence, again citing intelligence about Iran.

Lawmakers were briefed last week by Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanSenators introducing bill to penalize Pentagon for failed audits Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon MORE on the intelligence supporting these military moves.

Democrats and foreign intervention skeptics have been critical of the moves, accusing Trump of being the one provoking conflict.