Senate Dems Call For Report On Soleimani Killing As NYC Heightens Security

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January 06, 2020 - 6:25 pm
Sen. Bob Menendez

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Senate Democrats want answers about what led President Donald Trump to the decision to take out Iran’s top military commander.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reports, the trump administration has been instant that Qasem Soleimani posed a serious threat to the United States.

“I haven't seen anything that indicates that the killing of Soleimani has prevented an attack against Americans and certainly nothing that indicates his death alone, absent any strategy, for managing the fallout or longer term strategy for Iran as a whole is going to make American's or our interests more secure,” says New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.

The Democrat, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday in penning a letter to the president, calling for the declassification of the report to Congress on what lead to the killing.

Menendez says there’s been only tactics, and no strategy.

“What I can see us headed to if this continues is a series of tactics and actions and reactions that can have us stumble into a war."

The Senate will be briefed by the Intelligence Community, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in New York City say they are prepared should there be an attack on the city in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters he’s concerned, but that the city is taking steps to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors.

“You know, I'm gonna be here for two more years, for the entire two years I’m gonna be worried about something based on the actions the Iranian government coming back to hurt New York City,” de Blasio said.

In addition to hardening local targets, the NYPD is helping the city raise its cyber defenses, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller.

“We’re working with the FBI, we called together the relevant lists of malware that's been identified as having come from Iranian government agencies or proxies,” he explained.

The list, complete with IP addresses, has been given to all city agencies, as well as what Miller describes as “critical infrastructure partners,” such as cell phone providers and utilities.