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Trump sent aides out to lie about the Suleimani killing and now it has blown up in his face: Morning Joe

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According to the panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” any political benefit Donald Trump might have derived in killing Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani with a drone attack was frittered away when the White House allegedly lied about the reasons for the killing.

As host Joe Scarborough explained, the downfall of the White House story has been the ever-changing details that suggests officials are making it up as they go along.

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Reacting to Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s appearances on the Sunday cable shows where the best he could say was that President Trump “believed” multiple embassy attacks were planned — and then he admitted he had not seen any intel to confirm that — Scarborough stated, “In the end, killing of Suleimani, probably most influential military leader across the Middle East over the past 30 years, when that isn’t enough, you had to make things up. Of course, they made things up from the very beginning: the attack was imminent. They were coming for us.”

“Why do you send people on Sunday shows? It’s not like everybody ever leaves and they’re like, wow. That worked out well for us. Every week!” he continued.

“I should say, last weekend, you actually could tell from [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo’s answers, that they were making up this stuff about him and Pompeo was having to push back and — it became very obvious after his 14th interview that Sunday that there was nothing imminent about it,” he continued. “And now we, of course, find out that, from the Sec Def that Donald Trump was making stuff up, yeah, they were going to attack 87 embassies — no truth to it.”

Deeper into the segment, the host showed polls that reveal that Americans overwhelmingly feel less safe since the killing as well as another one showing a majority feel the president made a mistake.

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Rick Santorum flattened by CNN’s Berman after calling Parnas bombshell revelations ‘extraneous’ to impeachment

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Rick Santorum and CNN's John Berman got into a frantic back-and-forth on Friday morning after the former Republican senator attempted to dismiss the revelations by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas as something that should not be submitted as evidence in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

Discussing the Senate trial expected to start next week, Santorum said the only testimony and witnesses that should be allowed are ones that came up in the earlier House hearings.

"The House's responsibility to bring to us a case," Santorum stated. "They're the one who is said these are offenses that are worthy of the president being removed from office; here is the record, here are the charges. The Senate didn't impeach, the House did, so we are going to look at the record the House presented us. We're going to look at the witnesses and say are there are questions that we have for the people that brought this case forward and relied on these witnesses and look at their testimony."

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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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