State Department Cancels 2 Classified Briefings Related To Iran

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State Department Cancels 2 Classified Briefings Related To Iran
The briefings were supposed to focus on embassy security and the Trump administration's Iran policy.
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The State Department canceled two classified congressional briefings related to Iran on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. 

The last-minute decision left lawmakers with lots of questions. The House Foreign Affairs Committee was supposed to be briefed on embassy security, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was supposed to be briefed on the Trump administration's Iran policy. 

According to CNN, the briefing in the House was originally supposed to focus on the situation in the East African country of Burundi, but congressional staff asked for it to be changed after the U.S. killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani

A House aide told Politico, which first reported on the cancellations, that the embassy security briefing "is required by law every month" and that the State Department didn't explain why it was called off.

"We killed the No. 1 terrorist in the world, Soleimani, and it should have been done 20 years ago," President Trump said Monday. 

Lawmakers have raised questions about whether killing Soleimani was justified. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Soleimani was plotting an "imminent attack" that would put American lives at risk, but he hasn't gone into much detail about it. 

"Many of the folks who work directly with me, who were at real risk in not only the embassy in Baghdad but embassies throughout the region, they were prepared to leave their families," Pompeo said.

On Monday, CNN reported State Department officials were not told about any imminent threats to four specific U.S. embassies. On Tuesday, Democratic Rep. John Garamendi said it was "becoming increasingly clear" that Soleimani's killing didn't have any legal justification. 

"And so the president and Pompeo and others are simply screwing around, trying to find some reason or some justification," Garamendi said. "This is just one more example of the chaos of this administration. There's really no secondary plan here."

Newsy reached out to the State Department for comment, but has not heard back. 

Contains footage from CNN.