According to a report from CNN, State Department officials tasked with US embassy security had no idea of any “imminent threats” to four specific US embassies — threats that were used by President Trump as justification for the targeted killing of Iranian general Qasem Suleimani.
According to CNN, the State Department sent out a warning to all US embassies before the strike occurred, but the warning was not directed at any specific embassy and did not warn of an “imminent” attack.
At an Ohio rally, Trump claimed that Suleimani “was actively planning new attacks,” and later said on Fox News that “four embassies” were targeted in the plot.
“But State Department officials remain in the dark about the specific nature of that threat, the sources said,” CNN’s Kylie Atwood reports. “These officials also say the State Department did not produce the analysis that US embassies in the Middle East faced an imminent threat, the legally required threshold to justify [Suleimani’s] killing.”
Speaking to CNN, former State Department officials say that although steps had been taken to increase security at embassies in recent months, no additional measures were taken that would have signified an ‘imminent threat” situation.
Read the full report over at CNN.
‘Bulletproof from a pardon’: Fox News analyst says judge in Stone case just made things tough for Trump
In the wake of Roger Stone's sentencing of 3.5 years in prison this Thursday, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano posited that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's choice to go along with Attorney General Bill Barr's sentencing recommendation could have been an effort to pardon-proof the sentence from President Trump.
"[Jackson's] trying to make this bulletproof from a pardon," Napolitano said. "Because she went along exactly with what [Barr] requested."
Adam Schiff sends signal that a Roger Stone pardon would be another impeachable offense
Rep. Adam Schiff suggested that a presidential pardon for Roger Stone would be an impeachable offense.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the longtime Republican operative to 40 months in prison, saying Stone had lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump -- and Schiff sent a warning against a pardon.
"Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness," Schiff tweeted.
Schiff, who led the impeachment inquiry and trial, agreed with Jackson -- whose language echoed the lawmaker's "corrupt scheme and cover-up" indictment during the Senate trial.
E. Jean Carroll blames Trump’s attacks on her character for firing from Elle magazine following sexual assault allegation
"Tell me again how sexual assault claims ruin men?"
Women's rights advocates came to the defense of longtime columnist E. Jean Carroll Wednesday after she revealed she was fired from Elle magazine months after coming forward with sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump.
Carroll claimed her dismissal from her job as an advice columnist for the magazine, where she worked for more than two decades, came as the result of Trump's attacks on her following the accusation.