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MSNBC 31 Jan 2020

'The Senate Is A Wasteland': Michael Steele Says America's Future Is Now In The Voters Hands

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Former RNC chairman Michael Steele gives his advice to former Amb. John Bolton: Tell your story, then leave it to us. Aired on 01/31/20.


Reacting to Trump's unprecedented State of the Union, fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele says Democrats should prepare because it's just a preview to what Trump will bring to the 2020 campaign trail. Aired on 02/4/20.
Senators Chuck Grassley, Roger Wicker, James Risch and John Barrasso discuss the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. USMCA was recently passed in the House and is now in the Senate for review.
Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated in early January after US President Donald Trump ordered the killing of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.

The attack also killed Iraq's Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF).

In response, Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two US bases.

All of that was happening on Iraqi soil, a nation once again caught up between a regional giant and a military superpower.

Trump is adamant that the attack was "self-defence" and that Soleimani posed an imminent threat - which was contradicted by Iran and the Iraqi prime minister.

And Iran says it's delivered "a slap in the face" with a missile strike which will usher in the end of US presence in the Middle East.

So is the latest US-Iran crisis really over? Will the US heed calls for its forces to leave Iraq?

Al Jazeera was given rare access to the sprawling Ain al-Assad base after the Iranian strike. We asked the US-led coalition if the threats from Iran-backed militias still loom. And in a rare TV appearance, Mohammad Mohie, spokesman of the Iran-backed Shia paramilitary group Kataib Hezbollah, talks to Al Jazeera.

Asked about the US government calling Kataib Hezbollah a threat to Iraq's peace and security, Mohie says: "We are Iraqis and from Iraqi soil. We have confronted US troops; they were occupation troops according to the UN. After 2003, the US troops were occupation troops so it was the right of the Iraqi people to resist. And with our joint efforts we expelled US troops. So the return of the US troops to this area is stirring problems by inciting violence and supporting terrorist groups and Takfiris. Those groups threaten the security of the region, this is the main reason for instability in the Middle East and it is the main threat to everyone's security. We are the sons of this area, we have the right to defend it, to live in it peacefully."
More revelations came to light last night regarding President Trump's phone call to Ukraine last summer. Lev Parnas, a key player and Rudy Giuliani's associate, accused President Trump of lying to the public about the nature of the now-infamous call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and he also said there was a quid-pro-quo. The latest development came ahead of Trump's impeachment trial set to begin in the Senate next Tuesday.

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OTHERWISE I AIN’T GIVING YOU JACK AND HIS MIND-SET WILL BE,
JACK AND HIS MIND-SET WILL BE, WELL, THAT’S NOT IMPEACHABLE.
WELL, THAT’S NOT IMPEACHABLE. >> LET ME ADD SOME NEW
>> LET ME ADD SOME NEW INFORMATION.
INFORMATION. TRUMP TOOK TO TWITTER, CALLED
TRUMP TOOK TO TWITTER, CALLED THE REPORT OR THE ACCOUNT,
THE REPORT OR THE ACCOUNT, BOLTON’S ACCOUNT A LIE.
BOLTON’S ACCOUNT A LIE. RUDY GIULIANI SINCE WE HAVE COME
RUDY GIULIANI SINCE WE HAVE COME ON THE AIR DISPUTED THE ACCOUNT
ON THE AIR DISPUTED THE ACCOUNT AS DESCRIBED BY BOLTON IN "THE
AS DESCRIBED BY BOLTON IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES."
NEW YORK TIMES." BOLTON BEING CALLED A LIAR.
BOLTON BEING CALLED A LIAR. BOLTON, YOU KNOW, GETTING IT
BOLTON, YOU KNOW, GETTING IT FROM ALL SIDES I GUESS IS MY
FROM ALL SIDES I GUESS IS MY POINT.
POINT. I THINK PEOPLE FEEL THE WAY YOU
I THINK PEOPLE FEEL THE WAY YOU DO, DAVID, THAT HE SHOULD HAVE
DO, DAVID, THAT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PART OF WHAT HIS
BEEN A PART OF WHAT HIS LIEUTENANTS WERE WHICH WAS THIS
LIEUTENANTS WERE WHICH WAS THIS HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE
HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION WHERE HIS TRUSTED
INVESTIGATION WHERE HIS TRUSTED LIEUTENANTS FIONA HILL AND
LIEUTENANTS FIONA HILL AND COLONEL VINDMAN AND HE WAS AT
COLONEL VINDMAN AND HE WAS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN THE
THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN THE REGAN ADMINISTRATION.
REGAN ADMINISTRATION. ALL THAT ASIDE, THE MOMENT IS
ALL THAT ASIDE, THE MOMENT IS NOW.
NOW. WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE HIM TO DO?
WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE HIM TO DO? >> MY ADVICE WOULD BE AT THIS
>> MY ADVICE WOULD BE AT THIS POINT TO FIND A REPUTABLE STORY
POINT TO FIND A REPUTABLE STORY TELLER, REPORTER, STORY TELLER
TELLER, REPORTER, STORY TELLER AND SIT DOWN AND TREAT IT LIKE A
AND SIT DOWN AND TREAT IT LIKE A CONFESSIONAL AND JUST PUT IT ALL
CONFESSIONAL AND JUST PUT IT ALL OUT THERE BECAUSE AT THE END OF
OUT THERE BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY THE REALITY FOR HIM NOW
THE DAY THE REALITY FOR HIM NOW IS GOING TO BE THE WHITE HOUSE
IS GOING TO BE THE WHITE HOUSE IS SAYING WHAT THE BHOUSWHITE HO
IS SAYING WHAT THE BHOUSWHITE HO IS SAYING.
IS SAYING. BARR WILL DO WHAT HE CAN TO
BARR WILL DO WHAT HE CAN TO BLOCK AND STOP AND HOLD AND
BLOCK AND STOP AND HOLD AND PREVENT IT.
PREVENT IT. THE ONLY SPACE HE HAS THAT’S
THE ONLY SPACE HE HAS THAT’S TRULY FREE IS HIS MOUTH.
TRULY FREE IS HIS MOUTH. SITTING DOWN WITH A STORY TELLER
SITTING DOWN WITH A STORY TELLER WHO CAN HELP HIM GET THAT STORY
WHO CAN HELP HIM GET THAT STORY IN FRONT OF THE COUNTRY AND THEN
IN FRONT OF THE COUNTRY AND THEN LET US TAKE IT FROM THERE.
LET US TAKE IT FROM THERE. LET US AT THIS POINT, THE SENATE
LET US AT THIS POINT, THE SENATE IS A WASTE LANLDLAND.
IS A WASTE LANLDLAND. THERE’S NOTHING SERIOUS THAT THE
THERE’S NOTHING SERIOUS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY
AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY WITH ANY DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE.
WITH ANY DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE. ALL RIGHT?
ALL RIGHT? SO THE NEXT FEW DAYS OF THIS IS
SO THE NEXT FEW DAYS OF THIS IS JUST TRIPPING.
JUST TRIPPING. SO WHAT YOU DO IS YOU HAVE HIM
SO WHAT YOU DO IS YOU HAVE HIM COME OUT AND TELL HIS STORY.
COME OUT AND TELL HIS STORY. AND THEN WE TAKE IT FROM THERE
AND THEN WE TAKE IT FROM THERE AND OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WE
AND OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WE DIGEST IT ALL.
DIGEST IT ALL. AND COME NOVEMBER WE MAKE A
AND COME NOVEMBER WE MAKE A DECISION NOT JUST ON DONALD
DECISION NOT JUST ON DONALD TRUMP BUT ON REPUBLICANS IN THE
TRUMP BUT ON REPUBLICANS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE,
UNITED STATES SENATE, REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE.
REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE. WE TAKE -- BECAUSE THAT’S THE
WE TAKE -- BECAUSE THAT’S THE REALITY HERE.
REALITY HERE. THAT’S WHAT THE VOTERS
THAT’S WHAT THE VOTERS ULTIMATELY GOING TO DO.
ULTIMATELY GOING TO DO. YOU KNOW?
YOU KNOW? WE DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES
WE DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES AFTERWARDS.
AFTERWARDS. >> WOW.
>> WOW. YOU BLEW MY MIND, MY FRIEND.
YOU BLEW MY MIND, MY FRIEND. YOU ARE RIGHT, THOUGH.
YOU ARE RIGHT, THOUGH. I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT.

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