White House ramps up pitch to lawmakers with fresh Syria briefings


Ben German
The Hill
August 31, 2013

Administration officials are planning classified and unclassified briefings with senators and House members as some lawmakers clamor for the White House to better explain anticipated U.S. strikes against the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons this month in the suburbs of Damascus.

Top Obama administration officials including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry will hold separate unclassified phone briefings for Senate Democrats and Republicans Saturday afternoon.

A White House source said National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James Winnefeld and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would also participate in the calls.

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