U.S. House committee renews push for Pompeo Iran testimony, subpoena
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[January 18, 2020]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House
of Representatives committee renewed a threat on Friday to subpoena
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if he does not provide information about
Iran policy and President Donald Trump's ordering of the strike that
killed an Iranian military commander.
Representative Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign
Affairs Committee, said he scheduled a public hearing with Pompeo for
Wednesday, Jan. 29.
"This hearing deals with the most weighty issues with which our country
and Congress deals, including the use of force. Therefore, I consider
your testimony to be of extremely high importance and am prepared to use
all legal means to ensure your attendance," Engel wrote to Pompeo.
Friday's announcement marked the second time the committee has tried to
schedule a hearing with Pompeo this month. The first was for a hearing
on Jan. 14, but Pompeo did not appear.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for
comment on Friday.
Members of Congress - including some of Trump's fellow Republicans -
have been pushing Trump's administration for more information about the
killing by a drone strike in Iraq this month of Iran's Qassem Soleimani.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at the
Organization of American States in Washington, U.S. January 17,
2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Criticism has grown as administration officials have offered
shifting justifications for the strike. Trump fueled controversy by
saying on Twitter that "it doesn't really matter" whether Soleimani
posed an imminent threat.
Despite the start of Trump's impeachment trial, the Senate could
vote as soon as next week on a resolution that could curb Trump's
ability to take military action against Iran without obtaining
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Andrea Ricci)
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