“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani. We don’t know precisely when, and we don’t know precisely where, but it was real.”
— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he didn’t know of any specific targets for planned attacks that justified President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, CBS News reports.
“I sort of hope it’s Joe because he will hear ‘where’s Hunter’ every single debate, nine times a debate.”
— President Trump, quoted by Fox News, claiming he wants Joe Biden to be the Democratic nominee.
“You are not dealing with rationality here. You are dealing with pure politics and Mitch plays it harder than anybody.”
— Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), quoted by Spectrum News, after being asked if he was concerned Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) wasn’t doing more to hear from additional witnesses on impeachment.
“No. I’m not holding them indefinitely. I’ll send them over when I’m ready. That will probably be soon.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at a press briefing, on if she’ll hold the articles of impeachment indefinitely.
“What is most striking about this moment in Pelosi’s career is that at the peak of power, she is not protecting her position but rather using it in aggressive, even risky ways. Impeaching Trump is a gamble for Pelosi. It has intensified Republicans’ fealty to the President, rallying his base and supercharging his campaign fundraising, potentially increasing his re-election chances. The polarizing effort could jeopardize Democrats who hold seats in Trump territory, and thereby endanger Pelosi’s House majority. With impeachment, Pelosi is betting her own place in history.”
“Facebook is standing by its policies that allow politicians to lie to voters, while targeting their ads at narrow subsets of the public — decisions with vast implications for the more than $1 billion in online campaign messaging expected in this year’s elections.”
“It’s un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s wrong.”
— Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) ripped the Trump administration for their briefing on why President Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassim Suleimani, CBS News reports. He added that it was “probably the worst briefing at least on a military issue I’ve seen” and said it was “insulting” to be told by administration officials not to debate merits of taking military action. Fox News cut away from Lee as he excoriated the administration.
“I don’t give him the benefit of the doubt because he’s lied so much about virtually everything.”
— Joe Biden, in an interview with NBC News, on giving President Trump the benefit of the doubt of justification for assassinating an Iranian general.
“Seems like about 20 minutes ago, we were denouncing these people as the ‘deep state’ and pledging never to trust them again without verification. Now, for some reason, we do trust them — implicitly and completely.”