Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, demanded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s presence at an Iran hearing on Jan. 29 after America’s top diplomat skipped the last one.
“This hearing deals with the most weighty issues with which our country and Congress deals, including the use of force,” Engel wrote to Pompeo in a letter dated Thursday. “Therefore, I consider your testimony to be of extremely high importance and am prepared to use all legal means to ensure your attendance. I trust, however, that this will not be necessary.”
As Engel mentioned in the letter, Pompeo skipped the public hearing in favor of a trip to California, where Pompeo delivered remarks on U.S.-Iranian relations at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute.
Engel wrote that the committee expects answers on the vague “imminent threat” the administration has been citing as motivation for the drone strike against Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. He also said that they are seeking clarification on how the “maximum pressure campaign” will help deescalate tensions in the region. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/engel-pompeo-iran-soleimani