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Graham, Leahy request briefing on decision to yank personnel from Iraq

Top members of a Senate panel with oversight of the State Department are requesting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoFrustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran US halts flights to Venezuela The Hills 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate MORE brief senators on the decision to pull nonemergency personnel from Iraq.

  Sens. Lindsey Graham
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C.) and Patrick Leahy
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Richard Lugar MORE (D-Vt.), the chairman and ranking member of the Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, said in the letter to President Trump
Donald John TrumpNapolitano claims Trump violated separation of powers 3 times in last week Work on surprise medical bills goes into overdrive Trump pardons media tycoon, former GOP leader of California State Assembly MOREs secretary of state that they read about the State Departments decision with great concern.

  ADVERTISEMENTWe ask that you provide a briefing to the Senate as soon as possible on the details of the ordered departure, the specific threat reporting that led to this decision and any potential security requirements that may be necessary for addressing the departments concerns, they wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill.

  The letter comes as several senators are clamoring for the administration to provide a full-Senate briefing amid escalating tensions with Iran.  In addition to the State Departments decision to yank nonemergency personnel from Iraq, The 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. Graham told reporters on Wednesday that he was in the dark, beyond press reporting, about what was driving the administrations actions on Iran and that he intended to request a briefing.  Removing personnel from within the embassies and the consults is clearly a serious move by the State Department.

. They feel the threat, and I would urge the State Department and DoD to come down here and explain to us whats going on, Graham told reporters.  He added that he has no idea what the threat stream is beyond what I read in the.....

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