Appearing on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” former military intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance painted a grim portrait of what U.S. armed forces could expect if President Donald Trump follows national security adviser John Bolton’s advice to invade Iran.
Speaking with host Joy Reid, Nance said he had interactions with Iranian forces when he served, and said they would put up a fierce fight if Trump orders the military to invade.
Noting the president shot down a previous agreement with Iran, Nance pointed out that the Middle Eastern country has been girding for war.
“Iran is a competent, large-scale military with 3 million men,” he explained. “They have been preparing for a defensive war with the United States. As a nation, 83 million people will stand up against us.”
Nance also stated that the war could have a devastating impact across the region that would seriously impact the world’s financial markets.
“They will savage the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait,” he warned.
“Iran is a competent, large-scale military with 3 million men. They have been preparing for a defensive war with the United States. As a nation, 83 million people will stand up against us. They will savage the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar & Kuwait”@MalcolmNance #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/IygWmudPeb
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Trump’s lie about ‘doctored’ impeachment transcripts debunked by impeachment witnesses’ lawyers
President Donald Trump on Monday falsely accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of releasing "doctored" transcripts of impeachment inquiry witnesses and then bizarrely suggested that Republicans release their own versions of the transcripts.
"Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts," the president wrote on Twitter. "We haven’t even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer."
Trump presented no evidence to back up his claim that Schiff had done something to alter the transcripts, which show that multiple administration officials testified that the Trump administration was withholding aid to Ukraine until its government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Republicans are sending out a ‘cry for help’ as Trump’s public impeachment hearings loom
House Republicans’ request for witnesses in the impeachment inquiry reads more like a “cry for help” than an actual contribution to the investigation into President Donald Trump’s conduct, argued MSNBC’s Steve Benen.
He’s not wrong. The list includes:The whistleblower“All individuals relied upon by the anonymous whistleblower in drafting his or her secondhand complaint”Hunter BidenDevon Archer, a business associate of Hunter BidenNellie Ohr of Fusion GPS, which directed the work behind the Steele DossierAlexandra Chalupa, a Democratic National Committee employee who reportedly conducted research on Paul Manafort’s work in Ukraine
Not one of these people will have information that could exonerate Trump from the mountain of evidence indicating he oversaw a vast bribery scheme aimed at pressuring the Ukrainian government into smearing and opening up investigations into his political rivals. At best, they could serve to distract from that central narrative, which documents and comments from the White House and Trump himself confirm. Creating a distraction is, of course, exactly what Republicans intend to do since they have no substantive defense of the president’s actions.
Mulvaney may be trying to avoid prosecution with court move in case Trump loses: Legal affairs reporter
Politico legal analyst said that one reason chief of staff Mick Mulvaney joined the lawsuit asking whether Congress or the White House reigns supreme on subpoenas is a pre-emptive strike against litigation.
Former Director of National Intelligence John Bolton is also dodging his subpoena. However, it was his deputy, Charles Kupperman, who filed the initial suit to ask the courts which branch to listen to. Mulvaney joined the lawsuit last week, but Kupperman announced that he didn't want Mulvaney to participate because he isn't exactly trustworthy.