AG Barr: ‘The president clearly had the authority to act’ in Soleimani strike

WASHINGTON – Department of Justice officials were consulted before President Donald Trump ordered a strike that killed a top Iranian general, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.

“Frankly I didn’t think it was a close call,” Barr told reporters. “The president clearly had the authority to act.”  

Barr’s comments come amid growing questions about the Trump administration’s justification for killing Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who led an elite unit of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps. 

The president and his national security advisers have offered shifting accounts about what prompted the decision to target Soleimani as he left the Baghdad International Airport earlier this month.

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