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Seth Meyers mocks Trump’s evolving story about ‘imminent threat’ against 4 embassies: ‘What if they were Embassy Suites?’

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On Monday, late-night comedian Seth Meyers laid into President Donald Trump’s shifting set of excuses for why Iran posed an “imminent threat” that required the elimination of general Qassim Suleimani, claiming that he was “borrowing straight from George W. Bush’s playbook.”

Meyers made fun of Trump’s claim that he didn’t have time to notify House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of his use of war powers without congressional approval, because she’s “not operating with a full deck.” “She’s not operating with a full deck? You’re operating with a pair of deuces and that card that has the rules on it!” he said.

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The threat, Meyers argued, has devolved from an “imminent attack,” to “what is days or weeks?” as if they are confused characters “from a French film.” But furthermore, he said, the key reason we know the threat doesn’t exist is that Trump is saying, “trust me, it exists,” like a magician whose rabbit “chewed a hole” through his hat.

Meyers also noted how Trump changed his claim, suggesting that four U.S. embassies were under threat, but failing to provide any evidence, name the embassies, or even inform said embassies of the threat. “What if they were Embassy Suites?” he suggested Trump might say next.

Ultimately, Meyers concluded, the whole episode had parallels to the shaky rationale used by President George W. Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq, which — as he showed in several video clips — also relied on the president repeatedly changing his story but still demanding the American people take his word for it. “Fool me once, shame on, shame on you,” said Bush in one of the clips. “Fool me, can’t get fooled again!”

“There’s an old saying in Texas,” said Meyers. “Give a man a fish, and then he has a fish!”

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GOP senators are questioning allegiance to Trump as impeachment becomes a reality: Morning Joe panel

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According to members of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel, Donald Trump may see more defections by previously supportive Republican senators now that the impeachment of the president has become a reality and their conduct will be scrutinized by voters back home.

Speaking with columnist David Ignatius, host Joe Scarborough noted that multiple Republican senators -- including several who are retiring -- are going soft on defending the president and may be inclined to allowing multiple witnesses who could damage the president.

"David Ignatius, you know, we've known Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) both of us, for a long time. and as they coming to the end of their careers," Scarborough began. "I would think [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell would be concerned that these gentlemen would vote their conscience and not just blindly follow Donald Trump and would vote to have a fair, open hearing and trial and get this new evidence that's coming in, that's come in since the House impeached."

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Furious Trump grilling aides on how impeachment is playing with voters: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, a furious Donald Trump spent Thursday afternoon huddled with close White House aides worrying how voters are reacting to his impeachment as it heads to a Senate trial.

Following an afternoon where he tweeted about how unfair the impeachment process has been ( “I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!” he wrote) -- and snapping at reporters -- the Times reports the president later bunkered down with staffers to discuss what to do next.

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The Trump administration misled the country by saying there were ‘no casualties’ from Iran attack: report

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After Iran targeted missiles at U.S. military personnel in Iraq in retaliation for the kill of a top general, the Trump administration declared that there were no casualties from attack, and — at least for the time being — it allowed the conflict to de-escalate.

But on Thursday night, a new report from Defense One revealed the initial claim that there were “no casualties” from the attack was false. It reported that 11 U.S. troops were injured in the attack and taken to hospitals to be treated for “traumatic brain injury.”

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