Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff were not informed of the U.S. special operations forces raid in northwestern Syria in which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died, Rep. Adam Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week”
“My understanding [Pelosi] wasn’t [told]. But a couple of things, first of all, good riddance. [Al-Baghdadi] was a blood thirsty killer to the degree that he retained operational control of ISIS,” Rep. Adam Schiff said.
“This is an operational success, this is a symbolic victory. He had the blood of thousands and thousands of people on his hands, including many Americans and American journalists. So, this a great day, a ruthless killer has been brought to Justice,” he added.
Rep. Adam Schiff appeared on “This Week” just minutes after President Trump announced the raid in northwestern Syria on Saturday.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” President Trump said in his remarks Sunday morning.
President Trump confirmed that al-Baghdadi died after igniting a suicide vest, killing him and three of his child.
“He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest killing himself and three children. His body was mutilated from the blast, the tunnel had caved in on it in addition, but test results gave certain immediate and totally positive identification. It was him,” President Trump said.
Rep. Schiff said the gang of 8, which includes congressional leaders of both parties, including himself, were not told about the operation before it was carried out.
“In terms of notifying the Gang of 8, that wasn’t done,” Rep. Schiff said.
The House Intelligence Committee chair appeared on “This Week” one day after Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of European and Eurasian affairs, testified before his committee on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
An official working on the impeachment investigation told ABC News that the State Department had tried to interfere in Reeker’s deposition.
“In light of an attempt by the State Department to direct Amb. Philip Reeker not to appear for his scheduled deposition, and efforts by the State Department to also limit any testimony that does occur, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to compel his testimony,” he told ABC News in a statement. “As is required of him, Ambassador Reeker is now complying with the subpoena and answering questions.”