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Tom Cotton: Threatening a quick bombing raid on Iran ‘always improves diplomacy’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said bombing Iran would be relatively quick, painless – and facilitate diplomatic negotiations.

The freshman senator said Tuesday on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio program that military action against Iran’s nuclear capabilities might be preferable to entering a deal negotiated by the Obama administration, reported Buzzfeed.

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“Even if military action were required — and we certainly should have kept the credible threat of military force on the table throughout which always improves diplomacy — the president is trying to make you think it would be 150,000 heavy mechanized troops on the ground in the Middle East again as we saw in Iraq and that’s simply not the case,” Cotton said.

Cotton said full-scale war – like the lengthy Iraq War – would be unnecessary, arguing that diplomacy could be prodded along with a quick bombing raid.

“It would be something more along the lines of what President (Bill) Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox,” he said.

“Several days (of) air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior (used to justify the Iraq War), for interfering with weapons inspectors and for disobeying Security Council resolutions,” Cotton said. “All we’re asking is that the president simply be as tough as in the protection of America’s national security interest as Bill Clinton was.”

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WATCH: Trump lawyer Pam Bondi brushes off her meeting with Lev Parnas during NBC grilling

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During an interview with NBC News' "Today" on Saturday, Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida and one of the lawyers representing President Donald Trump in impeachment matters, dismissed the photograph released by House Democrats that shows her with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

"Clearly, Lev Parnas liked to take pictures with a lot of people," said Bondi unconcernedly. "He showed up at events pretty much everywhere where Republicans were."

Asked about Trump's relationship with Parnas, she added, "I don't know what that matters, what they're planning on doing with it. We're going to stick to the facts and stick to the law in this case."

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Lev Parnas ran to Maddow over fear Justice Department officials would bury Bill Barr allegations: ex-prosecutor

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," a former prosecutor speculated that indicted Lev Parnas -- who has leveled a stunning amount of accusations against President Donald Trump and senior administration officials --- likely agreed to speak candidly with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow because he fears for his life and felt Attorney General Bill Barr couldn't be trusted.

Addressing the interview that drew record viewership for Maddow's evening show, former prosecutor and current MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said Parnas likely had good reason to worry about how his own case is going.

"I'm quite sure SDNY prosecutors have sat down and gotten all this information. some of the information we now know they must have gotten was what Lev Parnas told Rachel," Kirschner explained. "Bill Barr is in on the dirty Ukranian deal."

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MSNBC panel bursts out laughing after watching clip of Alan Dershowitz explaining his Trump defense strategy

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On MSNBC Saturday, a panel of legal experts tore into former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's argument that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense, which anchor Joy Reid played for them in a clip.

"You cannot make any sense out of it. It is an absurd comment," said former federal prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks, to laughter around the table. "It is the standard by which we have impeached in the past. If you listen to the witnesses at the House, three out of four said that is an impeachable offense. The articles against Richard Nixon included abuse of power. It is clearly what was intended by our framers. It's what the Federalist Papers say, and it's the thing that makes sense. Other high crimes and misdemeanors are exactly that. It isn't under the federal statutes that they were talking about. Bribery isn't under the federal statute because there was no federal bribery crime when the Constitution was passed. It was whatever people thought it was."

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