(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) released the following statement after dozens were killed and hundreds wounded in an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria:

“The use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is a war crime and an atrocity that the whole world regards with horror. It is an unspeakable indecency that we learn last week that President Trump has changed American policy to comfort Putin's friend Assad and this week that women, children and men are being gassed in Syria.  Who is responsible for this barbarity in 2017?  Congress needs a comprehensive intelligence briefing on this nightmare so we can decide how to respond with the civilized nations of the world.”

Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery, Frederick, and Carroll counties. He is the Vice Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, a Senior Democratic Whip, and Freshman Representative to the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee. He also serves on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee and the Committee on House Administration.