US officials say 'no doubt' on Syrian chemical weapons: Congressman
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Obama administration officials told lawmakers on Thursday that they have "no doubt" chemical weapons were used in Syria and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government had used them, US Representative Eliot Engel, who participated in the call, told Reuters.
The senior administration officials cited evidence including "intercepted communications from high-level Syrian officials" on a conference call with lawmakers, said Mr Engel, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
They also cited evidence including seeing personnel being moved around Damascus that indicated "it was ready for something big like a chemical attack," he said.
The officials who conducted the briefing included Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.