President Donald Trump lied about the justification for ordering the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Suleimani and the damning revelation resulted in a former Defense Department special counsel pointing out that Trump broke the law.
Earlier this month, a drone strike killed Suleimani at the Baghdad airport. Trump failed to notify or consult Congress as required by the War Powers Act and claimed that he gave the order to allegedly prevent an “imminent” attack on our embassies in the region.
“I can reveal that I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies,” Trump told Fox News. “We will tell you that probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad.”
The problem is that Defense Secretary Mark Esper contradicted Trump’s claim by admitting that he saw no such warning about “imminent” attacks on four embassies.
“I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies,” he said during an interview on Sunday.
Even more scandalous is that a new bombshell report by NBC News on Monday confirming that Trump authorized killing Soleimani seven months ago.
The presidential directive in June came with the condition that Trump would have final signoff on any specific operation to kill Soleimani, officials said.
So, Trump had already been planning to kill Suleimani and his “imminent” attack excuse is flimsy at best.
Not long after the report, former Defense Department special counsel Ryan Goodman called Trump out for lying and for breaking the law.
“Trump authorized the killing of…Soleimani seven months ago if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American”
1. More proof “imminence” is a lie
2. Revenge (and disproportionate) strikes are illegalhttps://t.co/FEgemZjTAQ
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 13, 2020
Clearly, Trump and several of his top officials engaged in a cover-up to justify assassinating Suleimani. They broke several laws, including international laws, and Congress should immediately draft more articles of impeachment. Trump’s crimes now threaten to start a war, a war in which young men and women in uniform would be killed. That cannot be tolerated.
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