Report: Trump Killed Soleimani to Appease Pro-Israel GOP War Hawks Important to Impeachment TrialChris Menahan
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New evidence is surfacing which further suggests the impeachment trial is just an effort to pressure President Trump to go to war with Iran.
From Salon, "Trump privately admits he killed Soleimani 'under pressure' from upcoming impeachment trial: report":
President Donald Trump privately told associates that his upcoming impeachment trial factored heavily into his decision to kill top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, The Wall Street Journal reports.The two GOP senators he allegedly sought to appease according to reports were Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham -- two of the most fanatical pro-Israel war hawks on Iran.
More from The New York Times, "Seven Days in January: How Trump Pushed U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War":
The president was initially upbeat, expecting the operation to be greeted with applause much like the raid in October that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. Indeed, Mr. Trump opened his first statement to reporters on the mission that Friday by describing General Suleimani as the "No. 1 terrorist anywhere in the world," much as he had opened his statement a couple of months ago calling Mr. al-Baghdadi the "world's No. 1 terrorist leader."Netanyahu said last week that the strike was entirely done by the US and Israel had no involvement.
As Axios reported:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Security Cabinet ministers Monday that the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was carried out solely by the U.S. and that Israel was not involved in any way and must not be dragged into the escalating conflict, two ministers who attended the meeting told me.It turns out that was a lie.
Graham has been out defending the questionable "intelligence" used to justify the strike:
As I’ve been saying for a while now, I suspect Israel/Jeffrey Epstein got blackmail on Trump just like they got blackmail on Bill Clinton.
It was revealed in September that Israel got caught spying on the White House with expensive, high tech Stingray devices and yet he did nothing in response other than deny it even happened.
Read this story from 2014 about Israel blackmailing Bill Clinton and tell me it doesn't sound plausible similar is happening today.
From The Times of Israel, 23 July 2014, "Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard," subheadline, "New critical book on the Clinton family claims that Israel tapped White House phones, blackmailed president with recordings of intern":
Israel attempted to use tapes of former US president Bill Clinton's steamy conversations with intern Monica Lewinsky to leverage the release of Jonathan Pollard, a new book on the Clinton family's political enterprises has claimed. In the book, titled "Clinton Inc: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine," author Daniel Halper relies on on-the-record interviews with former officials together with a close analysis of documents termed "the Monica Files" to paint a salacious – and uncomplimentary – picture of one of the most prominent political families in the United States.
Halper cites seemingly corroborating information, including a contemporary New York Times article from November 1998 which reported that the two leaders had discussed Pollard's release during the ill-fated conference and that "the Israelis had told the president something that opened up the possibility of Pollard's release, something Clinton had explicitly ruled out during the first six years of his presidency." The Times article noted that a White House spokesman told a reporter that Clinton was simply "newly impressed by the force of Mr. Netanyahu's arguments."Are we ever going to get a congressional investigation into this foreign meddling?
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