Swalwell Statement on Killing of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani

January 3, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement Friday:

“The U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad is a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region, and a departure from our longstanding foreign policy practices, undertaken without any congressional notice or approval. No American family will mourn Suleimani’s loss, but every family should be concerned this killing brings America closer to a war we must avoid.”

“I was briefed Friday as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, but I still have many questions. The President must show the American people whatever specific intelligence he has to support this action; a legal justification for taking this action without a proper congressional authorization for use of military force; and a strategic rationale with a concrete plan for dealing with its inevitable consequences.”