Rep. Gwen Moore Says US 'Assassinated' Top Iranian Military Official

Jan 7, 2020

Wisconsin's Congressional delegation is heading back to Washington, and will get a briefing on the drone airstrike that killed a top Iranian general. Milwaukee Rep. Gwen Moore says she wants an explanation and may be ready to support limiting presidential military efforts.

The Trump administration is slated to brief the House and Senate Wednesday on last week's drone strike that killed top Iranian military official Qassem Soleimani. A few days ago, an NPR report included President Trump's explanation to an evangelical group as to why he ordered the airstrike.

"I don't know if you know what was happening. But he was planning a very major attack. And, we got him," Trump told the audience.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the airstrike "provocative and disproportionate." She says the House will vote on a resolution under the War Powers Act to stop Trump from acting against Iran after 30 days unless Congress authorizes further military operations. Moore, a Democrat who's been on Capitol Hill since 2005, says she hasn't seen the resolution.

"But I have been seeking to vote on a new authorization for military force since almost the day I arrived, given the catastrophic decisions that were made around invading Iraq, and the lessons learned from that," Moore told reporters Monday night.

Moore agrees with those who characterize the Iranian official as a "pretty bad guy."

"But, I think when you start assassinating leaders of the government, it's a boundary that I didn't know we did. I didn't know that we did that kind of thing," Moore said.

She says it's important for the Trump administration to show that Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the U.S. Other countries will also want to see the evidence, Moore adds.

Even so, the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate is expected to block any military powers resolution. Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson released a statement last week claiming that "Iran has been the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism."