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Trump biographer: President would launch a tactical nuke to distract Americans from his scandals

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In a prescient interview recorded hours before Donald Trump issued strikes on Syria in retaliation for their leader’s chemical attacks, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author of a book abut the president commented that there’s no bounds to what Trump might do to distract from his many scandals.

“One of the promises he made was he’s going to get us into a war,” Trump biographer David Cay Johnston told SiriusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah, noting that on the campaign trail, the then-candidate also promised that he would use nuclear weapons.

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“Hopefully he means a tactical weapon that would take out the hotel I’m in,” Johnston added, “not a strategic weapon that could take out the city I’m in.”

Trump, the biographer said, “is looking for things to distract you, to change what you’re doing and because he has no core philosophy except the glorification of himself…you should expect that there will be dangerous things.”

Though it might not be to distract specifically from this week’s scandals, such as the FBI raid on his lawyer Michael Cohen or the embarrassing anecdotes about him in fired FBI Director James Comey’s new book, Trump, Johnston suggested, is chomping at the bit to use the weapons in his arsenal.

“If he can find a reason to use a tactical nuclear weapon and can get Jim Mattis, the Defense secretary, to go along with this, yes, he would do that,” the biographer concluded.

Listen below, via The Dean Obeidallah Show:

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Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them

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In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.

"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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