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Schumer: Trump officials should testify on Iran this week

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer
Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerInfrastructure deal must include child care funds China promised to stop fentanyl traffickers, Congress must hold them to it Schumer urging Pompeo to warn Putin of consequences if Russia interferes in election MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday called for two high-ranking defense officials to testify this week about the Trump administrations strategy on Iran.

 I am calling on Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dunford to come testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in an open setting before the end of the week, Schumer said from the Senate floor. Schumers comments are an escalation from Wednesday morning, when he urged the administration to hold open and closed-door briefings but did not specify who should testify and did not include the end-of-the-week deadline.

  ADVERTISEMENTThe New York Times reported earlier this week that the Pentagon has presented a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks U.S. forces. Trump dismissed the report, but then added, “Would I do that? Absolutely.” The State Department also told all nonemergency employees to leave Iraq amid escalating tensions in the region.

 The moves have sparked calls from lawmakers, including Republican like Sen. Lindsey Graham
Lindsey Olin GrahamThe Hills Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again Barr throws curveball into Senate GOP spying probe Prosecutor appointed by Barr poised to enter Washington firestorm MORE (S.

C.) and Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Ann MurkowskiSecure American energy supply chains — before China does This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination Moores bid for Federal Reserve looks increasingly shaky MORE (Alaska), for the administration to brief members of Congress. Schumer added on Wednesday afternoon that the American people deserve to know whats going on here.

 The hearings that are done in secret do not inform the American people of whats going on, and they are entitled to know. Because the lessons of history teach us that when thing are done in secret, behind closed doors, mistakes can be made and momentum built for a course of action that the nation ultimately regrets, Schumer said.

. He added that if the president and Republicans in Congress are planning to take the United States into a conflict, even a war in the Middle East, the American people deserve to know that and they deserve to know why. ..

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