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World AG Barr: 'The president clearly had the authority to act' in Soleimani strike

12:52  14 january  2020
12:52  14 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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" The president clearly had the authority to act as he did. We had a situation where the Iranians had already embarked on a series of escalating Barr ' s comments come amid growing questions about the Trump administration' s justification for killing Gen. Qasem Soleimani , who led an elite unit

• President Donald Trump authorized the US military strike against Iranian military and intelligence leader Qassem Soleimani seven months According to NBC, Trump gave a directive authorizing a strike against Soleimani back in June of 2019 "if Iran' s increased aggression resulted in the death of

WASHINGTON – Department of Justice officials were consulted before President Donald Trump ordered a strike that killed a top Iranian general, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.

"Frankly I didn't think it was a close call," Barr told reporters. "The president clearly had the authority to act as he did. ... We had a situation where the Iranians had already embarked on a series of escalating violent actions taken against our allies, taken against the American people, our troops, with the avowed purpose of driving us out of the Middle East."

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“I think the president clearly had the authority to act as he did under numerous different bases. Since the Jan. 3 strike that killed Soleimani , critics have questioned the Trump administration’ s assertion that Soleimani was planning an imminent attack against the United States, the timing of the

US President Donald Trump clearly had the authority to kill Qassem Soleimani , United States Attorney General William Barr said on Monday, adding that the White House consulted with his Department of Justice before the strike on the Iranian commander. Barr told reporters that Soleimani

a man wearing a suit and tie: Attorney General William Barr© Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Attorney General William Barr

Barr's comments come amid growing questions about the Trump administration's justification for killing Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who led an elite unit of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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The president and his national security advisers have offered shifting accounts about what prompted the decision to target Soleimani as he left the Baghdad International Airport earlier this month.

Barr declined to say when the Justice Department was first consulted on the operation, but he described Soleimani as a “legitimate target.”

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"Each passing day raises new questions about the strike that killed General Soleimani . Was there really an imminent threat? Was it part of a larger operation? AG Barr : ' The president clearly had the authority to act ' in Soleimani strike . USA TODAY. Iran denies 'cover-up' as anger mounts over

President Donald Trump clearly had authority to kill Qassem Soleimani , U. S Attorney General William Barr Barr told reporters that Soleimani was a "legitimate military target" and the strike was a "I think the president clearly had the authority to act as he did under numerous different bases.

“This was a legitimate act of self defense,” Barr said in his first public comments on the strike.

In Congress, Democrats and some Republicans have questioned assertions by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials that Soleimani was plotting an "imminent" attack that would have put American lives at risk.

"The briefing was incredibly thin on facts," Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said after Trump administration officials gave lawmakers a classified briefing on the matter last week.

To the extent facts were provided, Van Hollen said, "they did not support any claim of an imminent threat that would justify the actions they've taken with respect to eliminating Soleimani."

Pompeo later seemed to back away from the claim that an attack was "imminent." He told Fox News last week, "We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where" the attack was supposed to occur.

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AG Barr : ' The president clearly had the authority to act ' in Soleimani strike . • President Donald Trump authorized the US military strike against Iranian military and intelligence leader Qassem Soleimani seven months before it was carried out, NBC News reported on Monday. •

“I believe that the president clearly had the authority to act as he did on numerous different bases.” Barr called debate in Congress over whether Soleimani was Asked if Barr or other U. S . officials gave consideration to Soleimani ’ s standing as a senior official of the Iranian government, the attorney

Then on Friday, Trump told Fox News that Soleimani was planning an attack against four U.S. embassies, including the one in Baghdad – a detail his Pentagon chief did not support in a subsequent interview.

“I can reveal that I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies,” Trump told the "Ingraham Angle."

But on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he had not seen specific evidence that Iran planned an imminent attack on four U.S. embassies, as Trump claimed.

Esper said he and others in the administration shared the president's belief that the embassies were potential targets. And he said intelligence suggested an attack would unfold in a "matter of days" and would hit multiple targets.

"There was going to be an attack within a matter of days that would be broad in scale – in other words, more than one country – and that it would be bigger than previous attacks," Esper said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

Barr echoed other administration defenses of the strike as designed to disrupt “imminent” attacks on U.S. interests. But he declined to elaborate on the timing of those plans, saying he didn't believe there was a requirement for the U.S. to know the specific timing of a pending strike.

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  Trump pressed to detail what prompted strike on Iran general President Donald Trump and his top advisers are under pressure to disclose more detail about the intelligence that led him to order the killing of t op Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which has greatly heightened tension with Tehran. Trump said Tuesday that his decision saved American lives and that members of Congress will be briefed on the reasons for the U.S. attack. “We saved a lot of lives,” Trump said. “They were planning something.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was clear that Soleimani was continuing his efforts to build a network of activities “that were going to lead potentially to the death of many more Americans.

“I believe the president clearly had the authority to act as he did on numerous different bases.” During an appearance on Fox News’ ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Trump said the airstrike that killed Soleimani was a deterrence to an imminent threat from Iran that involved planned attacks on four U. S

While the Trump administration has described the Soleimani strike as a defensive measure against impending Iranian attacks, Democrats and some “I believe the president clearly had the authority to act as he did on numerous different bases.” Asked whether he had seen evidence of an imminent

"Our ability to deter attacks had obviously broken down," the attorney general said, referring to a series of escalating confrontations between Washington and Tehran that preceded Soleimani's killing.

"The Iranians had been given a number of red lines and were crossing those lines," Barr said. "They obviously felt that they could attack us and continue these escalating attacks with impunity."

On Monday, Trump again defended his decision and said the accounts he and others have given have been "totally consistent."

"We killed Soleimani, the number one terrorist in the world by every account. Bad person, killed a lot of Americans, killed a lot of people," the president said.

Iraqi leaders have denounced the strike as a "political assassination" and a violation of their country's sovereignty. They are now pushing for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, which Trump has rejected.

Iran retaliated for Soleimani's killing by launching more than a dozen ballistic missiles at an Iraqi base that houses American troops. No one was killed in the Iranian attack.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: AG Barr: 'The president clearly had the authority to act' in Soleimani strike

Trump: "Doesn't really matter" if there was an imminent threat from Soleimani .
President Donald Trump on Monday morning defended his decision to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, contending Soleimani posed an impending threat to the United States but also saying that was not important given the military leader's history."The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was 'eminent' or not, & was my team in agreement." Trump wrote, presumably misspelling "imminent.

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