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McConnell, Schumer respond to killing of Iranian Quds commander

Senate leaders spar on congressional notification of the Baghdad airstrike

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks from his office to the Senate floor ahead of his speech Monday afternoon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks from his office to the Senate floor ahead of his speech Monday afternoon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., joined senators from both parties Friday in addressing the recent killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. While the senior senators agreed they would not mourn Soleimani’s death, they differed on process. McConnell pointed to congressional briefings in the coming hours and weeks while Schumer said he received no prior notification about the operation and questioned the president’s authority to significantly increase troop levels.

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