12:28 a.m. ET, January 4, 2020
Some Democrats are questioning how imminent the threat was from Iran
The Trump administration has repeatedly said the airstrike was done to prevent a potentially deadly attack from Iran -- but after a briefing on Friday, some Congressional Democrats are questioning just how imminent the threat was.
One Democratic source who was present for the briefing said it was “absolutely unconvincing."
There was "a credible threat," the source said, but the briefing didn't describe anything that was dramatically different than other similar threats from regional militia, including vehicle-mounted rockets like those in May and before.
New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall said Friday: "My staff was briefed by a number of people representing a variety of agencies in the United State Government and they came away with no feeling that there was evidence of an imminent attack.”
Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Friday: "Nothing that came out of the briefing changed my view that this was an unnecessary escalation of the situation in Iraq and Iran. ... I have no additional information to support the administration’s claim that this was an imminent attack on Americans.”
Watch Van Hollen's comments on CNN: