Trump officials working to schedule Senate briefing on Iran

The Trump administration is working to organize an all-senators briefing on a “credible” threat to U.S. interests by Iran, Senate Majority Whip John Thune said Thursday.

The South Dakota Republican said that Senate leadership is working with the White House, State Department and CIA to hold a meeting with all 100 senators next week.

“In just having conversations with people who are privy to some of the intelligence, it’s credible. There are legitimate threats that we are concerned about to American lives and I think that’s why the preparations have been taken,” Thune told reporters. “Hopefully Iran will think better of taking provocative action and doing anything stupid or crazy, but I think we have to be prepared which is why I believe the administration is taking the steps that they are.”

Thune said he would review photographic intelligence on Iran that’s being made available to senators on Thursday.

Top party leaders of the Senate and House along with Intelligence Committee leaders will receive a classified briefing on Iran on Thursday afternoon. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is also asking for the administration to testify publicly before Congress.

House Democratic leaders are still working to get an identical all-members briefing next week but the meeting hasn’t been confirmed yet, according to an aide.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are warning President Donald Trump to avoid jumping into a conflict with Iran and are eager to get more information about vague administration warnings that U.S. personnel and facilities in the region have been threatened.

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Heather Caygle contributed to this report.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine


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