Full Senate briefing on Iran scheduled for Tuesday

Full Senate briefing on Iran scheduled for Tuesday
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The full Senate is scheduled to be briefed Tuesday on the Trump administration's plans in Iran, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Thursday.

Chairman Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischThis week: House Democrats voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran MORE (R-Idaho), who helped organize the briefing, would not confirm whether Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoAs tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Trump's Huawei concession is 'the rope that could hang America' MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE will be the administration officials briefing the lawmakers.

Senators have been demanding a briefing on the intelligence behind moves such as the ordered departure of nonemergency staff at U.S. diplomatic missions in Iraq and the deployment of additional military assets to the Middle East, and the Trump administration’s further plans for Iran.

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The so-called Gang of Eight — congressional leadership and leaders of the Intelligence committees — are scheduled to be briefed Thursday afternoon, and some individual lawmakers have also been briefed. But lawmakers have said the situation is serious enough to demand all of Congress receives a briefing.

The deployments and embassy evacuation have raised concerns that the risk of war with Iran is escalating. President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE on Thursday said he hopes there is not war with Iran.

The Trump administration has said there have been increased threats from Iran to U.S. personnel but has not specified the nature of the threats.

Risch, who himself has been briefed, said Thursday that public reporting on Iran moving missiles by boat does not show the whole picture, but he did not elaborate on other threats.

“I would strongly caution everyone not to grab onto that and say, ‘Ah-ha, this is it,’ ” Risch said. “That is the tip of the iceberg. When these situations are assessed, it is not a single item that moves the needle. It is a conglomerate of things and a wide spectrum of reporting, information and methods.”