In the wake of the US military airstrikes that killed a top Iranian commander in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on the Trump administration to immediately brief lawmakers on the details.
In a statement, Pelosi said the killing of Qassem Suleimani was carried out without an "authorization for use of military force" against Iran and without the consultation of Congress.
"The full Congress must be immediately briefed on this serious situation and on the next steps under consideration by the Administration, including the significant escalation of the deployment of additional troops to the region," Pelosi said.
But as CNN's Kaitlan Collins points out, one loyal Trump ally was briefed on the strike, namely GOP Senator Lindsey Graham.
"Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was seen at Mar-a-Lago on Monday and Tuesday, says on Fox News, 'I was briefed about the potential operation when I was down in Florida.'" Collins tweeted this Friday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was seen at Mar-a-Lago on Monday and Tuesday, says on Fox News, “I was briefed about the p… https://t.co/tQy4gpgiyd— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins)1578055900.0
Some wondered by Graham was briefed and not Congress:
@kaitlancollins Sorry - the President briefed his golf buddy and not the Gang of 8?— Sam Vinograd (@Sam Vinograd)1578056657.0
@DaveLapanDC @kaitlancollins Also astonishing because speaker of the House was clearly not briefed.— Jeff Jacobs (@Jeff Jacobs)1578057382.0
@kaitlancollins So Lindsey Graham also thumbed his nose at protocol and the proper channels, as Mr Trump began what… https://t.co/w8g2CVW3XK— baseballismyhappyplace (@baseballismyhappyplace)1578056884.0
@JackMCarey1 @kaitlancollins And Graham didn’t feel the need for other senators to know?— Leslie (@Leslie)1578060286.0
@kaitlancollins Mar-a-Lago, the most cyber-insecure, spy-filled location in the US, is where EVERYONE got “briefed”… https://t.co/3f3VmBRusy— Nolite (@Nolite)1578057160.0
@kaitlancollins It’s a daily disregard for protocol and rule of law. There is no one to hold them accountable excep… https://t.co/SlyAMBwzyc— ℓιѕå🌊🐝🐘 (@ℓιѕå🌊🐝🐘)1578060300.0
Consulting Graham but not Pelosi before making this astonishingly stupid decision is not unexpected but it's unacceptable.— Crista Anne (@Crista Anne)1578065246.0