Dems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report

Dems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report
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House Democrats will reportedly receive a briefing on Tuesday from former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanWhere was American counterintelligence? Krystal Ball: Yang's MSNBC boycott shows network has 'officially lost the left' Trump predicts 'historic' conclusions from DOJ's watchdog report on 'spying' MORE on Iran as tensions between the Middle Eastern country and the U.S. escalate. 

Brennan, who has been critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE, will speak to Democrats during a private caucus meeting, the Associated Press reported Sunday, citing a Democratic aide and another source familiar with the matter. 

Wendy Sherman, who previously worked for the State Department and helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, was also invited to speak, according to the AP. Members of Congress will also attend a closed-door Trump administration briefing on Tuesday. 

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There has been hostility between the U.S. and Iran since President Trump last year pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal, which lifted some sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. In recent weeks, these tensions have ramped up.

Last week, Trump denied a report that his team was getting ready to deploy 120,000 troops to the Middle East but said he would send more if it were necessary. He also said he did not want war with Iran. 

The president was also frustrated with advisers such as national security adviser Bolton and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: 'No mistake' Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering Trump admin hits Iranian shipping network, airline with new sanctions The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - An unusual day: Impeachment plus a trade deal MORE over their hardline stances on Iran and wanted to speak leaders in Tehran himself, according to The Washington Post. Meanwhile, an Iranian military official said last week that the U.S. was "holding a gun" at Tehran while calling for talks.

The State Department last Wednesday moved to evacuate non-emergency personnel from the neighboring country of Iraq.