Sunday shows - Administration officials grilled on Trump's Iran claims

Sunday shows - Administration officials grilled on Trump's Iran claims
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Top administration officials were questioned on Sunday about President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE's comments that the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to avert an imminent attack on four U.S. embassies, a claim lawmakers say was never mentioned in a briefing.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE also discussed the latest on the Democrats' impeachment effort against President Trump. She said late last week that she would transfer the House-passed articles impeachment to the Senate this week ahead of a trial.

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Pentagon chief says he 'didn't see' intelligence suggesting Iran planned to attack four US embassies
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Secretary of Defense Mark EsperMark EsperGOP Foreign Affairs leaders join pushback against potential troop drawdown in Africa Overnight Defense: US military jet crashes in Afghanistan | Rocket attack hits US embassy in Baghdad | Bolton bombshell rocks impeachment trial Overnight Defense: Veterans group seeks Trump apology for comments on brain injuries | Pentagon says dozens of troops suffered traumatic injuries after attack | Trump unveils Space Force logo MORE said on Sunday that he did not see intelligence that supported President Trump’s comments that the Iranian commander killed in a U.S. drone strike was plotting attacks against four U.S. embassies.
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Esper: Gang of 8 'did not think' further intelligence on Iranian threat should be shared with Congress
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that the top congressional intelligence committee members did not think that information shared with them about a potential Iranian plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad should be shared with other members of Congress. 
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Fox's Wallace presses O'Brien on contradiction between Trump embassy threat claims and administration briefing
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox's Wallace: Nadler would pay to have his Clinton impeachment remarks 'expunged from the Earth' Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News after interview with Democratic senator Fox's Chris Wallace, Katie Pavlich spar on impeachment: 'Get your facts straight' MORE on Sunday grilled White House national security adviser  Robert O’Brien on President Trump’s claims that the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to avert an imminent attack on four U.S. embassies, which lawmakers say was never mentioned in a briefing by representatives of the Trump administration.
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O'Brien defends 'exquisite' intelligence justifying Soleimani killing
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
“We had exquisite intelligence and the intelligence showed that they were looking at U.S. facilities throughout the region and that they wanted to inflict casualties on American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, as well as diplomats,” White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrump rips Chuck Todd for 'softball' Schiff interview GOP senator says impeachment trial will 'hopefully' serve as warning to Trump, future presidents Schiff says Trump tweet is 'intended to be' a threat MORE on "Meet the Press."
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National security adviser: US embassies not evacuated because 'we're not going to cut and run every time somebody threatens us'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that U.S. embassies were not alerted or evacuated due to the “imminent threat” of an attack because “we’re not going to cut and run every time somebody threatens us.”
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Democratic senator: Trump told Laura Ingraham more about Soleimani killing than we heard in briefing
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsGOP Foreign Affairs leaders join pushback against potential troop drawdown in Africa Foreign Relations Democrats 'deeply frustrated' after Iran briefing Democrats rally in support of bill to repeal Trump travel ban MORE (D-Del.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday decried what he called a lack of meaningful information presented to members of Congress about the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying President Trump provided more detail in an interview with Fox’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamTrump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News after interview with Democratic senator GOP cries boredom in attack on impeachment case Giuliani says he was 'misled' by Parnas MORE.
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Paul: US 'drifting away from' founders' desire that it be 'difficult to go to war'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims Overnight Defense: White House threatens to veto House Iran bills | Dems 'frustrated' after Iran briefing | Lawmakers warn US, UK intel sharing at risk after Huawei decision Foreign Relations Democrats 'deeply frustrated' after Iran briefing MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Congress must re-assert its authority over whether or not the U.S. engages in acts of war in the wake of the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying the authority had slowly been usurped over several decades dating back to the Korean War.
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Pelosi: No 'second thoughts' on delaying transmission of articles of impeachment to Senate
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she did not regret her decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate.
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Dismissing impeachment case would be a 'cover up,' Pelosi says
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the Senate dismissing the impeachment case against President Trump would amount to "a cover up."
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Pelosi: Every 'knock' from Trump is a 'boost'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday responded to President Trump’s recent attacks on her by saying “every knock from him is a boost.”
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Bennet: 'Many people would say' Iraq War support was not Biden's 'finest hour'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Sen.  Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators MORE (D-Colo.) said Sunday that his fellow presidential candidate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE’s support for the war in Iraq was “not his finest hour” in the eyes of some voters.
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Steyer says 'grassroots organizing' in Nevada, South Carolina got him on debate stage
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Democratic presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerSteyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests South Carolina woman behind popular Obama slogan says she backs Steyer MORE pointed to his grassroots organizing efforts to explain how he made it onto next week’s debate stage amid accusations that the billionaire philanthropist is buying his way into the event. 
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