I THINK ALL OF US ON CAPITOL HILL WOULD BE PRETTY SURPRISED HILL WOULD BE PRETTY SURPRISED IF WE DON’T SEE THESE ARTICLES IF WE DON’T SEE THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT GO OVER PRETTY OF IMPEACHMENT GO OVER PRETTY SOON. SOON.>>LET’S BRING INTO THE>>LET’S BRING INTO THE CONVERSATION A MEMBER OF THE CONVERSATION A MEMBER OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, DEMOCRAT CHRIS MURPHY COMMITTEE, DEMOCRAT CHRIS MURPHY OF CONNECTICUT. OF CONNECTICUT. SENATOR, YOU’VE SAID IT’S TIME SENATOR, YOU’VE SAID IT’S TIME FOR THOSE ARTICLES OF FOR THOSE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO BE TRANSMITTED TO IMPEACHMENT TO BE TRANSMITTED TO THE SENATE SO YOU CAN GET THE THE SENATE SO YOU CAN GET THE TRIAL UNDER WAY. TRIAL UNDER WAY. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE WAS THE WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE WAS THE STRATEGY FROM NANCY PELOSI, AND STRATEGY FROM NANCY PELOSI, AND WHAT IS SHE GETTING OUT OF THIS WHAT IS SHE GETTING OUT OF THIS ULTIMATELY? ULTIMATELY?>>WELL, LISTEN, I UNDERSTAND>>WELL, LISTEN, I UNDERSTAND SPEAKER PELOSI’S CASE HERE. SPEAKER PELOSI’S CASE HERE. IN FACT WE’RE LOOKING AT NEW IN FACT WE’RE LOOKING AT NEW EMAILS THAT HAVE BEEN DISCLOSED EMAILS THAT HAVE BEEN DISCLOSED JUST OVERNIGHT BY ANOTHER JUST OVERNIGHT BY ANOTHER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST. YOU KNOW, NONE OF THAT MIGHT YOU KNOW, NONE OF THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BEFORE THE SENATE HAD HAVE BEEN BEFORE THE SENATE HAD WE RUSHED TO A TRIAL. WE RUSHED TO A TRIAL. YOU KNOW, I DO THINK WE’RE GOING YOU KNOW, I DO THINK WE’RE GOING TO GET STARTED PRETTY SOON HERE. TO GET STARTED PRETTY SOON HERE. I DON’T THINK THERE’S GOING TO I DON’T THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE ANY INJUSTICE IN THE AMOUNT BE ANY INJUSTICE IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT WE’VE WAITED FOR OF TIME THAT WE’VE WAITED FOR THE ARTICLES TO COME OVER. THE ARTICLES TO COME OVER. BUT I DO UNDERSTAND HER CASE. BUT I DO UNDERSTAND HER CASE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE’VE THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE’VE HAD SOME BOMBSHELLS, INCLUDING HAD SOME BOMBSHELLS, INCLUDING JOHN BOLTON’S OFFER TO TESTIFY JOHN BOLTON’S OFFER TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE SENATE. BEFORE THE SENATE. HAD MITCH McCONNELL TRIED TO HAD MITCH McCONNELL TRIED TO RUSH THROUGH A PROCESS IN RUSH THROUGH A PROCESS IN DECEMBER, PERHAPS ALLOWED FOR DECEMBER, PERHAPS ALLOWED FOR REPUBLICANS TO BRING A MOTION TO REPUBLICANS TO BRING A MOTION TO DISMISS, THEN WE WOULDN’T HAVE DISMISS, THEN WE WOULDN’T HAVE SOME REALLY IMPORTANT SOME REALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE US. INFORMATION BEFORE US. SO, LISTEN, I THINK THAT WE ARE SO, LISTEN, I THINK THAT WE ARE GETTING READY TO START THIS GETTING READY TO START THIS TRIAL, BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND WHY TRIAL, BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND WHY SHE IS RETICENT TO SEND OVER THE SHE IS RETICENT TO SEND OVER THE ARTICLES WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY ARTICLES WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS AND SO MUCH NEW PROCESS AND SO MUCH NEW INFORMATION COMING OUT. INFORMATION COMING OUT.>>BUT AS WE HEARD A MINUTE AGO,>>BUT AS WE HEARD A MINUTE AGO, SPEAKER PELOSI’S ARGUMENT ALSO SPEAKER PELOSI’S ARGUMENT ALSO IS THAT SHE WANTS TO MAKE SURE IS THAT SHE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THE ARENA IS FAIR, THAT THERE THE ARENA IS FAIR, THAT THERE WILL BE A FAIR TRIAL IN THE WILL BE A FAIR TRIAL IN THE SENATE. SENATE. YOU’VE ALREADY HAD MITCH YOU’VE ALREADY HAD MITCH McCONNELL SAYING FOR WEEKS I’M McCONNELL SAYING FOR WEEKS I’M NOT AN IMPARTIAL JUROR, I AM IN NOT AN IMPARTIAL JUROR, I AM IN FACT COORDINATING STRATEGY WITH FACT COORDINATING STRATEGY WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND THERE IS NO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THERE IS NO WAY THIS PRESIDENT WILL BE WAY THIS PRESIDENT WILL BE CONVICTED IN THE SENATE ON THESE CONVICTED IN THE SENATE ON THESE IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT. SO HOW CAN YOU CALL THAT A FAIR SO HOW CAN YOU CALL THAT A FAIR TRIAL? TRIAL? IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT ARE THE IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT ARE THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH SPEAKER PELOSI WILL SEE AN ARENA SPEAKER PELOSI WILL SEE AN ARENA WORTHY OF HER TRANSMITTING THOSE WORTHY OF HER TRANSMITTING THOSE ARTICLES? ARTICLES?>>IT’S REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT>>IT’S REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN TO THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN TO APPARENTLY OPEN THIS TRIAL WITH APPARENTLY OPEN THIS TRIAL WITH A COMPLETELY PARTISAN VOTE. A COMPLETELY PARTISAN VOTE. BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT THERE BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE ENOUGH REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE ENOUGH REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO ARE WILLING TO VOTE WITH WHO ARE WILLING TO VOTE WITH DEMOCRATS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DEMOCRATS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A FAIR TRIAL. HAVE A FAIR TRIAL. TO US THAT MEANS REQUESTING TO US THAT MEANS REQUESTING DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES. DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES. OF COURSE THERE’S ONE BOMBSHELL OF COURSE THERE’S ONE BOMBSHELL WITNESS THAT APPARENTLY HAS A WITNESS THAT APPARENTLY HAS A STORY TO TELL AND I JUST THINK STORY TO TELL AND I JUST THINK IT’S UNTENABLE FOR REPUBLICAN IT’S UNTENABLE FOR REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO LOOK THEIR VOTERS IN SENATORS TO LOOK THEIR VOTERS IN THE EYES AND SAY THAT THEY THE EYES AND SAY THAT THEY WILLINGLY BOXED THEIR EARS AND WILLINGLY BOXED THEIR EARS AND COVERED THEIR EYES WHEN JOHN COVERED THEIR EYES WHEN JOHN BOLTON WANTED TO TALK TO THEM BOLTON WANTED TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THIS ABOUT WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THIS SCANDAL. SCANDAL. SO I WISH THAT WE WERE ABLE TO SO I WISH THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET THAT AGREEMENT BEFORE THE GET THAT AGREEMENT BEFORE THE TRIAL BEGINS, BUT I’M OPTIMISTIC TRIAL BEGINS, BUT I’M OPTIMISTIC THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ENOUGH REPUBLICAN VOTES TO BE ENOUGH REPUBLICAN VOTES TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON THOSE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON THOSE WITNESSES. WITNESSES.>>SENATOR, LET’S GO TO THE>>SENATOR, LET’S GO TO THE BRIEFING YESTERDAY ON THE BRIEFING YESTERDAY ON THE KILLING OF SOLEIMANI AND THE KILLING OF SOLEIMANI AND THE POTENTIAL OF BEING ON THE BRINK POTENTIAL OF BEING ON THE BRINK OF WAR WITH IRAN. OF WAR WITH IRAN. WE HAVE SEEN ALL THE SOUND WE HAVE SEEN ALL THE SOUND BITES, WE’VE HEARD ALL THE SOUND BITES, WE’VE HEARD ALL THE SOUND BITES, BUT LET’S GET SOME BITES, BUT LET’S GET SOME DETAILS FROM YOU FROM PEOPLE WHO DETAILS FROM YOU FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING RIGHT NOW TO ARE WATCHING RIGHT NOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED. UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED. HOW LONG DID THE BRIEFING LAST? HOW LONG DID THE BRIEFING LAST? HOW MANY SENATORS WERE THERE? HOW MANY SENATORS WERE THERE? WHERE WAS THE BRIEFING HELD? WHERE WAS THE BRIEFING HELD? DID YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO DID YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A GOOD BACK-AND-FORTH WITH HAVE A GOOD BACK-AND-FORTH WITH THE BRIEFERS? THE BRIEFERS?>>SO, FIRST OF ALL, IT’S>>SO, FIRST OF ALL, IT’S EXCEPTIONAL THAT IT TOOK SIX EXCEPTIONAL THAT IT TOOK SIX DAYS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO DAYS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO COME TO CONGRESS AND EXPLAIN COME TO CONGRESS AND EXPLAIN THEIR RATIONALE FOR STRIKING A THEIR RATIONALE FOR STRIKING A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT. FOREIGN GOVERNMENT. AND THEN ONCE THEY GOT HERE, AND THEN ONCE THEY GOT HERE, THIS BRIEFING WAS HELD IN THE THIS BRIEFING WAS HELD IN THE BASEMENT OF THE CAPITOL IN A BASEMENT OF THE CAPITOL IN A SECURE FACILITY, A SECURE ROOM. SECURE FACILITY, A SECURE ROOM. ONCE THEY GOT HERE, THEY WERE IN ONCE THEY GOT HERE, THEY WERE IN FRONT OF 100 SENATORS AND THEY FRONT OF 100 SENATORS AND THEY WALKED OUT AFTER ABOUT 75 WALKED OUT AFTER ABOUT 75 MINUTES. MINUTES. NOW, THEY DIDN’T WALK OUT IN A NOW, THEY DIDN’T WALK OUT IN A HUFF. HUFF. I THINK THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO I THINK THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO BE THERE FOR AN HOUR AND 15 BE THERE FOR AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES BUT THAT’S NOT ENOUGH MINUTES BUT THAT’S NOT ENOUGH TIME TO BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN THE COMPLICATED AND NUANCED COMPLICATED AND NUANCED RATIONALE FOR THIS STRIKE. RATIONALE FOR THIS STRIKE. THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 15 THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 15 QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED BY QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED BY SENATORS. SENATORS. AND FRANKLY JUST WHEN THE AND FRANKLY JUST WHEN THE QUESTIONS STARTED TO GET TOUGH, QUESTIONS STARTED TO GET TOUGH, THEY LEFT. THEY LEFT. NOW, THE QUESTIONS WERE STARTING NOW, THE QUESTIONS WERE STARTING TO GET TOUGH BECAUSE IT WAS TO GET TOUGH BECAUSE IT WAS BECOMING APPARENT TO THOSE OF US BECOMING APPARENT TO THOSE OF US IN THE ROOM THAT THERE IN FACT IN THE ROOM THAT THERE IN FACT WAS NOT EVIDENCE OF AN IMMINENT, WAS NOT EVIDENCE OF AN IMMINENT, DETAILED ATTACK AGAINST THE DETAILED ATTACK AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. UNITED STATES. AND WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF A AND WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF A SPECIFIC IMMINENT ATTACK, THE SPECIFIC IMMINENT ATTACK, THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT HAVE THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO STRIKE WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO STRIKE WITHOUT CONGRESS. CONGRESS. AND THE TEMPERATURE WAS RISING AND THE TEMPERATURE WAS RISING IN THAT ROOM BECAUSE APPARENT TO IN THAT ROOM BECAUSE APPARENT TO AS WE ASKED MORE QUESTIONS. AS WE ASKED MORE QUESTIONS.>>CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT A TOUGH>>CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT A TOUGH WOULD BE, OR WAS? WOULD BE, OR WAS?>>NO, I PROBABLY CAN’T DETAIL>>NO, I PROBABLY CAN’T DETAIL THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED. THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT SORT OF ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT SORT OF VAGUE NOTIONS OF PLANS FOR VAGUE NOTIONS OF PLANS FOR ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO STRIKE STATES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO STRIKE A FOREIGN POWER, TO EXECUTE THE A FOREIGN POWER, TO EXECUTE THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN A SECOND MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN A COUNTRY WITHOUT COMING TO COUNTRY WITHOUT COMING TO CONGRESS FIRST. CONGRESS FIRST. THE REASON FOR THAT IS BECAUSE THE REASON FOR THAT IS BECAUSE THERE ARE ENORMOUS NATIONAL THERE ARE ENORMOUS NATIONAL SECURITY CONSEQUENCES TO DOING SECURITY CONSEQUENCES TO DOING THAT AND WE’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT AND WE’VE ALREADY SEEN THEM. THEM. THE UNITED STATES TROOPS BEING THE UNITED STATES TROOPS BEING KICKED OUT OF IRAQ, THE NUCLEAR KICKED OUT OF IRAQ, THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM IN IRAN RESTARTING. PROGRAM IN IRAN RESTARTING. SO THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SO THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO COME TO US. COME TO US. WITHOUT THAT INFORMATION BEING WITHOUT THAT INFORMATION BEING PRESENTED, IT JUST, I THINK, PRESENTED, IT JUST, I THINK, STARTED TO GET PEOPLE VERY ANGRY STARTED TO GET PEOPLE VERY ANGRY THAT THERE HADN’T BEEN PRIOR THAT THERE HADN’T BEEN PRIOR NOTIFICATION OF CONGRESS. NOTIFICATION OF CONGRESS.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. YAM YAM YAMICHE ALCINDOR, I WANT TO SEE YAMICHE ALCINDOR, I WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT WITH WHAT WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT WITH WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS SAYING IS THE WHITE HOUSE IS SAYING IS NEXT WITH IRAN. NEXT WITH IRAN. THE PRESIDENT SEEMED ALMOST THE PRESIDENT SEEMED ALMOST PHYSICALLY RESTRAINED YESTERDAY PHYSICALLY RESTRAINED YESTERDAY AS HE WAS DELIVERING HIS UPDATA AS HE WAS DELIVERING HIS UPDATA DRESS. DRESS.>>WELL, THE PRESIDENT SPENT>>WELL, THE PRESIDENT SPENT HOURS AND HOURS WITH TOP HOURS AND HOURS WITH TOP NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS AT NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS AT THE WHITE HOUSE CONTEMPLATING THE WHITE HOUSE CONTEMPLATING WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS IRAN WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS IRAN STRIKE. STRIKE. I WAS TOLD THAT HE WAS VERY I WAS TOLD THAT HE WAS VERY RELIEVED THAT THERE WEREN’T RELIEVED THAT THERE WEREN’T AMERICAN CASUALTIES, BUT I WAS AMERICAN CASUALTIES, BUT I WAS ALSO TOLD BECAUSE HE WAS REALLY ALSO TOLD BECAUSE HE WAS REALLY WAITING IN THE SITUATION ROOM, WAITING IN THE SITUATION ROOM, THINKING THROUGH THIS, THAT HE THINKING THROUGH THIS, THAT HE THEN SETTLED ON THIS THEN SETTLED ON THIS DE-ESCALATION POLICY AND DE-ESCALATION POLICY AND DE-ESCALATION STANCE BECAUSE HE DE-ESCALATION STANCE BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT TO ESCALATE ANY DIDN’T WANT TO ESCALATE ANY FURTHER THIS IRAN STRIKE. FURTHER THIS IRAN STRIKE. HE DID DECIDE ON MORE SANCTIONS. HE DID DECIDE ON MORE SANCTIONS. I WAS ON THE HILL TALKING TO I WAS ON THE HILL TALKING TO DEMOCRATS WHO SAID THIS SHOWS DEMOCRATS WHO SAID THIS SHOWS THERE MAY BE AN ESCALATION OF THERE MAY BE AN ESCALATION OF THIS. THIS. IRANIAN OFFICIALS ARE SAYING IRANIAN OFFICIALS ARE SAYING THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THIS AND SMART IRANIAN EXPERTS THIS AND SMART IRANIAN EXPERTS SAY IRAN DOES TAKE ITS TIME TO SAY IRAN DOES TAKE ITS TIME TO SEEK REVENGE AND THIS COULD BE SEEK REVENGE AND THIS COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF THIS. THE BEGINNING OF THIS. SO WE SAW A DIFFERENT SIDE OF SO WE SAW A DIFFERENT SIDE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING THAT HE PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING THAT HE WANTED PEACE AND SAYING THIS WAS WANTED PEACE AND SAYING THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT HE THOUGHT ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HE THOUGHT ABOUT VERY CAREFULLY. VERY CAREFULLY. BUT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT’S BUT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT’S DONE ALL THE WAY YET. DONE ALL THE WAY YET. IF I COULD PUT A QUESTION TO THE IF I COULD PUT A QUESTION TO THE SENATOR, SENATOR MURPHY, I’M SENATOR, SENATOR MURPHY, I’M REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS IDEA REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS IDEA THAT SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE THAT SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE BREAKING WITH NANCY PELOSI WHEN BREAKING WITH NANCY PELOSI WHEN IT COMES TO THIS ISSUE OF IT COMES TO THIS ISSUE OF SENDING OVER THE IMPEACHMENT SENDING OVER THE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES. ARTICLES. DO YOU AT ALL WORRY OR ARE YOU DO YOU AT ALL WORRY OR ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT SENATE DEMOCRATS CONCERNED THAT SENATE DEMOCRATS BREAKING WITH HOUSE SPEAKER BREAKING WITH HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI UNDERMINES NANCY PELOSI UNDERMINES DEMOCRATS’ ABILITY TO PUSH FOR A DEMOCRATS’ ABILITY TO PUSH FOR A FAIR TRIAL AND THAT IT PLAYS FAIR TRIAL AND THAT IT PLAYS INTO THE HANDS OF MITCH INTO THE HANDS OF MITCH McCONNELL? McCONNELL?>>I DON’T THINK WE’RE BREAKING>>I DON’T THINK WE’RE BREAKING WITH SPEAKER PELOSI. WITH SPEAKER PELOSI. I’VE SAID I COMPLETELY I’VE SAID I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND HER REASONS FOR UNDERSTAND HER REASONS FOR HOLDING THE ARTICLES AND I THINK HOLDING THE ARTICLES AND I THINK THERE’S BEEN SOME REALLY THERE’S BEEN SOME REALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT’S IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT’S COME OUT. COME OUT. I DON’T THINK THERE’S REALLY ANY I DON’T THINK THERE’S REALLY ANY DISAGREEMENT. DISAGREEMENT. SPEAKER PELOSI HAS SAID THAT SHE SPEAKER PELOSI HAS SAID THAT SHE WANTS TO BE ASSURED OF A FAIR WANTS TO BE ASSURED OF A FAIR PROCESS. PROCESS. WE’RE GOING TO START THIS TRIAL. WE’RE GOING TO START THIS TRIAL. WE’RE GOING TO START IT WITHOUT WE’RE GOING TO START IT WITHOUT ANY INJUSTICE BEING DONE TO THE ANY INJUSTICE BEING DONE TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT OF IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT. ULTIMATELY THIS IS GOING TO BE A ULTIMATELY THIS IS GOING TO BE A DECISION BY REPUBLICANS. DECISION BY REPUBLICANS. ALL DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR ALL DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE WANT TO HAVE A FAIR THAT WE WANT TO HAVE A FAIR TRIAL. TRIAL. WE WANT TO ACTUALLY TRY TO FIND WE WANT TO ACTUALLY TRY TO FIND OUT THE FACTS. OUT THE FACTS. AND SO IN THE END IF WE DON’T, AND SO IN THE END IF WE DON’T, IF THEY TRY TO WHITEWASH THIS, IF THEY TRY TO WHITEWASH THIS, IF THEY TRY TO COVER UP WHAT THE IF THEY TRY TO COVER UP WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE, IT’S ONLY PRESIDENT HAS DONE, IT’S ONLY REPUBLICANS THAT ARE GOING TO REPUBLICANS THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER FOR THAT. HAVE TO ANSWER FOR THAT.>>SENATOR, JONATHAN LEMIRE>>SENATOR, JONATHAN LEMIRE HERE. HERE. TALKING ABOUT THE TIMING OF THIS TALKING ABOUT THE TIMING OF THIS STRIKE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME STRIKE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CANDIDATES, SENATOR WARREN AMONG CANDIDATES, SENATOR WARREN AMONG THEM, SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT THEM, SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT STRUCK NOW TO DISTRACT FROM STRUCK NOW TO DISTRACT FROM IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT. THERE HAS BEEN AN ARGUMENT THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN ARGUMENT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT PRESENTED THE IMMEDIACY OF THIS PRESENTED THE IMMEDIACY OF THIS THREAT. THREAT. SO MY TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU. SO MY TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU. FIRST ON THAT, DO YOU THINK THIS FIRST ON THAT, DO YOU THINK THIS STRIKE HAD TO HAPPEN NOW? STRIKE HAD TO HAPPEN NOW? SECOND, JUST BIG PICTURE, AFTER SECOND, JUST BIG PICTURE, AFTER WHAT HAPPENED IS THE UNITED WHAT HAPPENED IS THE UNITED STATES SAFER TODAY THAN IT WAS STATES SAFER TODAY THAN IT WAS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT KILLED THE BEFORE THE PRESIDENT KILLED THE IRANIAN GENERAL? IRANIAN GENERAL?>>THE UNITED STATES IS>>THE UNITED STATES IS ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFER TODAY THAN ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFER TODAY THAN BEFORE THE STRIKE ON THURSDAY. BEFORE THE STRIKE ON THURSDAY. AND LET ME JUST OUTLINE AGAIN AND LET ME JUST OUTLINE AGAIN WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN JUST ONE WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN JUST ONE WEEK. WEEK. IN JUST ONE WEEK IRAN HAS TAKEN IN JUST ONE WEEK IRAN HAS TAKEN ALL THE CONSTRAINTS OFF THEIR ALL THE CONSTRAINTS OFF THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM. NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THEY CAN SPEED TOWARDS A NUCLEAR THEY CAN SPEED TOWARDS A NUCLEAR WEAPON FASTER THAN A WEEK AGO. WEAPON FASTER THAN A WEEK AGO. OUR TROOPS ARE IN DANGER OF OUR TROOPS ARE IN DANGER OF BEING KICKED OUT OF IRAQ AND BEING KICKED OUT OF IRAQ AND THAT MEANS ISIS WILL GROW THAT MEANS ISIS WILL GROW STRONGER. STRONGER. THE IRANIAN PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN THE IRANIAN PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN BEHIND THEIR GOVERNMENT JUST BEHIND THEIR GOVERNMENT JUST WEEKS AFTER THEY WERE PROTESTING WEEKS AFTER THEY WERE PROTESTING THEIR GOVERNMENT. THEIR GOVERNMENT. SIMILARLY IN IRAQ, THOSE PEOPLE SIMILARLY IN IRAQ, THOSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TURNED AGAINST THE HAVE BEEN TURNED AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. UNITED STATES. THOSE ARE A CATACLYSMIC EVENTS THOSE ARE A CATACLYSMIC EVENTS IN TERMS OF NATIONAL SECURITY IN TERMS OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND THEY ALL HAPPENED WITHIN A AND THEY ALL HAPPENED WITHIN A WEEK. WEEK. WHAT WE ALSO KNOW IS THAT THIS WHAT WE ALSO KNOW IS THAT THIS STRIKE DIDN’T ACTUALLY RESTORE STRIKE DIDN’T ACTUALLY RESTORE DETERRENCE. DETERRENCE. REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING WE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING WE CONVINCED IRANIANS THERE ARE CONVINCED IRANIANS THERE ARE SKNSZ SKNSZ CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR ACTION. CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR ACTION. WELL, I’M VERY GLAD, GRATEFUL WELL, I’M VERY GLAD, GRATEFUL THAT NO AMERICANS WERE KILLED. THAT NO AMERICANS WERE KILLED. BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS STATED IRAN WAS TRYING TO HAS STATED IRAN WAS TRYING TO KILL AMERICANS IN THAT ATTACK, KILL AMERICANS IN THAT ATTACK, THEY JUST FAILED. THEY JUST FAILED. SO THE STRIKE DIDN’T DETER IRAN SO THE STRIKE DIDN’T DETER IRAN AND THE SUPREME LEADER IS ON THE AND THE SUPREME LEADER IS ON THE RECORD SAYING THAT HE DOESN’T RECORD SAYING THAT HE DOESN’T BELIEVE THAT THE CONSEQUENCES BELIEVE THAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE OVER. ARE OVER. SO IT DOESN’T APPEAR THAT THIS SO IT DOESN’T APPEAR THAT THIS STRIKE SUCCEEDED. STRIKE SUCCEEDED. THE UNITED STATES IS LESS SECURE THE UNITED STATES IS LESS SECURE AND IRAN IS MORE POWERFUL TODAY. AND IRAN IS MORE POWERFUL TODAY. AND AGAIN, I’LL JUST SAY IT AND AGAIN, I’LL JUST SAY IT AGAIN, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE IN AGAIN, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE IN THAT BRIEFING THAT THIS ATTACK THAT BRIEFING THAT THIS ATTACK THAT IRAN WAS PLANNING WAS THAT IRAN WAS PLANNING WAS IMMINENT OR CERTAIN. IMMINENT OR CERTAIN. AND WITHOUT THAT EVIDENCE, AND WITHOUT THAT EVIDENCE, ANYTHING THAT YOU’RE ANYTHING THAT YOU’RE CONTEMPLATING OF THIS KIND OF CONTEMPLATING OF THIS KIND OF SIZE AND SCOPE CAN’T BE DONE SIZE AND SCOPE CAN’T BE DONE WITHOUT GETTING THE APPROVAL OF WITHOUT GETTING THE APPROVAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.>>SENATOR MURPHY, IT’S KASIE>>SENATOR MURPHY, IT’S KASIE HUNT. HUNT. TO TURN BACK TO LOOKING AHEAD TO TO TURN BACK TO LOOKING AHEAD TO IMPEACHMENT AND PICKING UP ON IMPEACHMENT AND PICKING UP ON WHAT JOHN LEMIRE WAS SAYING IN WHAT JOHN LEMIRE WAS SAYING IN TERMS OF THEM BEING LINKED TERMS OF THEM BEING LINKED TOGETHER, I’M WONDERING WHAT TOGETHER, I’M WONDERING WHAT YOUR SENSE IS ON ANY SORT OF YOUR SENSE IS ON ANY SORT OF REALISTIC POSSIBILITY THAT THERE REALISTIC POSSIBILITY THAT THERE COULD BE TWISTS AND TURNS IN COULD BE TWISTS AND TURNS IN THIS TRIAL THAT ARE NOT THIS TRIAL THAT ARE NOT PREDICTABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE PREDICTABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY WILLING TO CROSS PARTY ACTUALLY WILLING TO CROSS PARTY LINES. LINES. YOU KNOW, I WONDER IF NANCY YOU KNOW, I WONDER IF NANCY PELOSI IS HOLDING THIS A LITTLE PELOSI IS HOLDING THIS A LITTLE BIT LONGER IN PART BECAUSE OF BIT LONGER IN PART BECAUSE OF WHAT’S GONE ON WITH IRAN, BUT I WHAT’S GONE ON WITH IRAN, BUT I ALSO WONDER IF THERE IS A REAL ALSO WONDER IF THERE IS A REAL BELIEF THAT IF YOU GUYS HOLD A BELIEF THAT IF YOU GUYS HOLD A VOTE TO SAY CALL JOHN BOLTON, VOTE TO SAY CALL JOHN BOLTON, YOU MAY SEE REPUBLICAN SENATORS YOU MAY SEE REPUBLICAN SENATORS ACT UNPREDICTABLY OR SIDE WITH ACT UNPREDICTABLY OR SIDE WITH YOU. YOU. DO YOU THINK THERE IS A DO YOU THINK THERE IS A REALISTIC CHANCE OF THAT? REALISTIC CHANCE OF THAT?>>I DO THINK THERE’S A>>I DO THINK THERE’S A REALISTIC CHANCE OF THAT. REALISTIC CHANCE OF THAT. AND IT’S BECAUSE ULTIMATELY AND IT’S BECAUSE ULTIMATELY REPUBLICAN SENATORS, MANY OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS, MANY OF THEM, ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION, THEM, ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION, ARE ANSWERABLE TO THEIR ARE ANSWERABLE TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. CONSTITUENTS. YOU KNOW, YOU MAY THINK, WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU MAY THINK, WELL, REGULAR VOTERS OUT THERE REALLY REGULAR VOTERS OUT THERE REALLY PLUGGED INTO THE PROCESS OF PLUGGED INTO THE PROCESS OF IMPEACHMENT? IMPEACHMENT? I THINK THEY ARE. I THINK THEY ARE. I MEAN I THINK THERE ARE A LOT I MEAN I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ACTUALLY OF FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ACTUALLY MAY BE SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENT MAY BE SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP BUT ACTUALLY WANT TO MAKE TRUMP BUT ACTUALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SENATE CONDUCTS A SURE THAT THE SENATE CONDUCTS A TRIAL THAT HONORS THE TRIAL THAT HONORS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. AND SO I THINK THERE’S A REALLY AND SO I THINK THERE’S A REALLY GOOD CHANCE THAT THERE MAY BE A GOOD CHANCE THAT THERE MAY BE A HANDFUL OF REPUBLICANS, HANDFUL OF REPUBLICANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE UP FOR ESPECIALLY THOSE UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN 2020, THAT ARE RE-ELECTION IN 2020, THAT ARE GOING TO SUPPORT US ON THE GOING TO SUPPORT US ON THE PROCESS. PROCESS. NOW, THEY MAY VOTE TO ACQUIT THE NOW, THEY MAY VOTE TO ACQUIT THE PRESIDENT IN THE END, BUT I PRESIDENT IN THE END, BUT I THINK THEY KNOW THAT IT WILL BE THINK THEY KNOW THAT IT WILL BE HARDER FOR THEM TO EXPLAIN TO HARDER FOR THEM TO EXPLAIN TO THEIR VOTERS AN ACQUITTAL VOTE THEIR VOTERS AN ACQUITTAL VOTE IF THEY HAVE ALSO VOTED IF THEY HAVE ALSO VOTED REPEATEDLY TO TRY TO BURY REPEATEDLY TO TRY TO BURY WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS. WITNESSES AND DOCUMENTS. THAT’S THE THING, THERE ARE THAT’S THE THING, THERE ARE GOING TO BE VOTES. GOING TO BE VOTES. THERE ARE GOING TO BE VOTES TO THERE ARE GOING TO BE VOTES TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS. PRODUCE DOCUMENTS. THERE ARE GOING TO BE VOTES TO THERE ARE GOING TO BE VOTES TO SUBPOENA JOHN BOLTON. SUBPOENA JOHN BOLTON. SO REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE TO GO SO REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE TO GO ON THE RECORD AND THAT’S GOING ON THE RECORD AND THAT’S GOING TO BE REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE FOR A TO BE REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE FOR A HANDFUL OF THEIR MEMBERS.