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Congress to Get Full Classified Briefing on Syria Strike Next Week: White House

The White House announced Friday that congressional leadership had been briefed before President Joe Biden ordered strikes on Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria on Thursday and that lawmakers would be given a full classified briefing on the matter next week. “The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night. The Administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday, after several Democrats called for information on the rationale for the strike. “The American people deserve to hear the Administration’s rationale for these strikes and its legal justification for acting without coming to Congress. Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances. Congress must be fully briefed on this matter expeditiously,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), chair of the Senate Armed …

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