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Rep. Eliot Engel 'disappointed and frustrated' Pompeo won't appear before panel to answer questions about Soleimani strike

Added 01-13-20 08:29:02pm EST - “House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel? (D-N.Y.) said he is "disappointed and frustrated" that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not appear before the committee on Tuesday to answer questions about the U.S.-led airstrike…” - Foxnews.com

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Multiple U.S. embassies were deemed at risk when decision was made to take out Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said he is "disappointed and frustrated" that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not appear before the committee on Tuesday to answer questions about the U.S.-led airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani and resulted in increased hostility between Iran and the U.S.

Engel extended the invitation to Pompeo after Democratic lawmakers decried that President Trump did not seek Congressional approval before carrying out the Jan. 2 attack. Pompeo has repeatedly defended the surprise attack in Baghdad against Soleimani, saying it was necessary because of an imminent threat to the U.S., although neither the administration nor Pompeo has been able to explicitly define what that imminent threat was.

"Each passing day raises new questions about the strike that killed General Soleimani," Engel said in a statement Monday. "Was there really an imminent threat? Was it part of a larger operation? What was the legal justification? What is the path forward? With the wildly muddled explanations coming from the administration, the Secretary should welcome the opportunity to make the case and answer questions before the American people. The committee expects to hear from him soon.”

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