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Good evening we begin tonight in four different place than we left you last night and that is a good thing plain and simple Iran signal that it's missile strike on two bases in Iraq housing. US forces was the limit of their response. The American killing General Qasem Soleimani. They apparently offered a way out and this morning president trump took it. Karan appears is to be standing down which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world. No American or Iraqi. Aki lives were lost because of the precautions taken the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well. I salute the incredible skill. And Courage of America's men and women in uniform is obviously very welcome welcome development no matter where you might stand politically. How America's role in the Middle East last night? We were staring into the abyss tonight. We aren't that said. If in fact president trump trump took the offramp here the question remains was it from a highway that he himself built with his decision to kill General Simoni a highway. He didn't need to build the administration. Ministration has yet to publicly offer evidence to support his claim that the killing stopped imminent attacks on Americans. They did officially brief members of Congress today behind closed doors but from the sound of it for for some members Republican and democratic. It did not go well without commenting on content. My reaction to this briefing was sophomore sophomoric and utterly unconvincing and I believe more than ever the Congress needs to act to protect the constitutional A provision about warranties rationale for the strike on money and also the idea whether they were imminent threats I believe and there was no rationale that could could pass a graduate. School takes test I I was well. Utterly unpersuaded about any evidence about the imminence of a threat that was new or or compelling. I'm quite a few. Republicans differ with Congressman. Connolly's assessments and Lindsey Graham for one who said quote what I find this whole idea that somehow the national security team did not have a good basis to hit this guy ridiculous. Utah Republican senator. Mike Lee Though called the briefing quote. Unacceptable disgraceful disgraceful and very insulting again. Those are Senator Mike Lees words Republican senator. Mike Lee now he said at the outset he support person trump and then he said this I had hoped expected to receive more information outlining the legal factual and moral justification for the attack was left somewhat. aww unsatisfied on that front. The briefing lasted only seventy five minutes whereupon are briefers left. This however is not the biggest problem I have with the briefing. which would add was probably the worst briefing of seen at least on a military issue in the nine years I've served in the United States Senate what I found so distressing about that briefing? was that one of the messages we receive from. The briefers was do not debate. Do do not discuss the issue of the appropriateness of further Miller military intervention against Iran. And then if you do you'll be emboldening. Iran Iran now in a moment joined by another lawmaker who was in the room democratic. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut is all comes with the house. said to vote tomorrow on a resolution that would force the president trump to end hostilities against Iran without congressional authorization which centrally now says he has not seen but is open to considering which is not to say. There's widespread bipartisan skepticism of the Intelligence Center Lee and his colleague Rand Paul or outliers within the GOP. Mostly there's bipartisan division. Unity or even rough consensus consensus on how the president is handling this in part. That's due to how polarized the country is now but keeping them honest it's not like president. Trump was trying to unify the country in his address rest today when he blamed the crisis on President Obama Iran's hostility substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear. The deal was signed in two thousand thirteen and they were given one hundred fifty billion dollars not to mention one point. Eight billion in dollars in cash. Then Iran went on a terrorist spree funded by the money from the deal and created hell in Yemen in Syria. Lebanon Afghanistan and Iraq. The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for war with the funds made available by the last administration just as a factual matter what the president said. There is not correct. The money was actually Iranian money for US weapons frozen in the late nineteen seventies which was unfrozen under the nuclear deal which the president's own intelligence officials say Iranians were abiding by which does not mean that they can be trusted now or the gentleman who was brutal killer with American blood on his hands. It doesn't mean either that there wasn't a good reason to kill him or that future military action against Iran wouldn't be justified. It only means the president trump had a chance a chance to keep it between the lines between the lines and some really serious stuff but for some reason he chose chose to paint outside those lines. We'll talk more about in just a moment. First though signature Mocatta some late new reporting on. How last night unfolded behind the scenes? Jim Talk more about what you're learning about. How close the? US came to a counterattack. Last night Anderson talking to my sources and also sources talking to my colleague Pam Brown and also to my colleague Barbara Starr at the Pentagon. We're getting an understanding as to what was going on behind the scenes as the president was weighing whether or not to retaliate against Iran. Last night we're told by administration officials that yes us The president was considering striking back at Iran when these missiles were fired but They were waiting to see what the casualties looked like on the ground and the other the thing that was happening behind this easy Anderson is that Iran was using these back channels. They were going through. Intermediaries like the government of Switzerland and some other countries as as many as three countries from what we understand to essentially tell the. US tell the trump administration that they were essentially done for the night and based on that information coming into the White House the president decided to pull back and not launch a counterattack which obviously could have had devastating consequences. Now getting back to what you were just saying a few moments ago about the senators coming out of this briefing with administration officials like Senator Mike Lee. who was just hot coming out of that meeting? We'll tell you talk to a Republican source familiar with this this this briefing to senators who said that. The posture the attitude coming from the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other administration officials. who were briefing? These senators was essentially. We don't question what we're doing. Don't second guess what we're doing and obviously that doesn't go over well with senators and was the White House surprise at all about the size and scope of the Iranian on an attack. It sounds that way Anderson and one of the things that we're picking up on this evening and I think it's fascinating. Is that both the joint chiefs as Chairman Mark Milley and the Defense Secretary Mark Estra both saying publicly this evening That they agree with this assessment that Iran was actually trying to do not only destroy property at these basis. But kill you as personnel. We were hearing from our source. CNN was hearing from our sources earlier. In the day there was some administration officials official saying well perhaps the Iranians had intentionally missed so as not to draw a counterattack from the US. But from what we're hearing over at the Pentagon There were top officials including Joint Chiefs Chairman who were very much convinced that the Iranians were trying to kill Americans in this attack and so it may have been a an amazing as you stroke of luck that no American service members were killed Anderson? Jim Acosta thanks very much more now in the briefing as we mentioned Senator Chris Murphy Sat in on. He joins US now. Senator Murphy you you heard from Senator Lee earlier also called the briefing today. Quote unacceptable disgraceful very insulting. I'm wondering how you would characterize it us all the same words but it was fairly extraordinary to hear the administration tell Congress that we can't debate war and peace in fact. The founding fathers as Mike Lee Pointed out vested that power solely in the legislative branch. And you know this. Ideas regularly trotted out by the administration. It was echoed by Mitch McConnell on the floor of the Senate yesterday that if you're criticizing the administration's policy when it comes to war overseas that you're somehow doing damage to the country or to our troops. Let's just absolutely ridiculous and I'm not going to let this country slide into war again like we did in two thousand and three when the Bush administration bullied opponents of that war into silence the other problem though and frankly the bigger problem with the briefing today was that there was no evidence of an imminent And specific threat and I can't get into the details but that was fairly shocking to many of us the lack of evidence of an actual imminent Threat because without that the president doesn't have the authority to take military action without coming to Congress first the president over the past several days that they were planning a very major attack. I believe that was the phrase. He used it one time in a speech. Can you say if if if that is accurate or not. Well I think a lot of us worried when the explanations shifted over the weekend some Administration officials were using the word. Imminent others weren't some people said it was days weeks. I mean it all started to sound a little suspicious if there was a a set of facts that underlie this decision. A No Anderson. I can't get into the details but I can definitively say that there there was not evidence presented of an imminent attack and of course that's what the administration was telling us all weekend. And you know when you're not straight with the American people about that why you go to war about why you risk American lives It's devastating to the credibility of the federal government of the President And ultimately live congress as well and so. That's why many of us were very worried coming out of that briefing today can you. Can you explain Michael. He was saying that in the nine years he's he's been been on Capitol Hill. He's never seen a briefing as bad as this. What was so different about it was it? Were you able to ask questions. Did you have questions answered was is it just not specific. Can you elaborate at all. I mean I've been in a lot of very bad briefings so so I'm not sure where I would rank this one but it was it was insufficient first of all in the sense that we've waited six days to get a briefing. All One hundred senators were in that that room as far as I know and the administration stayed there for an hour and fifteen minutes and then got up and left and only about fifteen senators got ask questions and they apparently had to be somewhere else. I mean I'm I'm sorry that's not taking your responsibility seriously to report to Congress if you can only give all one hundred senators about seventy five minutes and then the lack go specific details around the threat to me. I think was a signal that the intelligence doesn't exist but the alternative isn't really helpful. Either they they have the intelligence and they're not telling us So yeah it was insufficient from a number of standpoints and I can see why both Republicans and Democrats are walking out out of that briefing angry. We mentioned the divide that we've seen among some Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee. I want to play something. That senator Lindsey Graham said about out senator Lee and Zen Rand Rand Paul being dissatisfied with the security briefing. So you'll hear Senator Graham. I them Senator Paul's response to him on on on Wolf Blitzer Program. I think they're overreacting quite frankly go debate. I'm going to debate you trust me. I'm Gonna I'm going to let people know that this moment in time to play this game with a war powers act. Which I think is unconstitutional is whether you mean to or not? You're empowering powering benefit I know you don't mean to but we live in the real world here so debate all you want this is a constitutional democracy but get ready for a lively debate. I I think it's sad when people have this fake sort of drape of patriotism in anybody disagrees with him not a patriot. He believes in this unitary theory of the executive that presidents. This can do whatever they want. The only way you can stop them by defunding a war. That's not what our founding fathers said. It's not what the constitution says and he insults the constitution our founding fathers and what we do stand for in this republic by making light of it an accused of lacking patriotism. I think that's a low Gutter type response. It sounds like like Lindsey Graham was kind of echoing the message that you were told in the briefing thing about. Don't debate this. Yeah that's right and it's just a ridiculous argument that gets trot out every time that the hawks the NEO Jio conservatives want to go to war they tell us that if you criticize our path to war that you're being unpatriotic I mean frankly that's insulting and it is is the fact that our troops are actually fighting for us in protecting overseas in order to protect our right to disagree with each other and to speak our minds. The reason though Anderson that we want the ability to debate this is because because many of us think that this was a very bad decision to escalate the war in a way that is already accrued to the detriment of US national security. I mean let's just be Avi. It'd be honest just about the fact that today Iran has restarted its nuclear program on their way to a potential nuclear weapon. Our troops are getting kicked out of Iraq. The counter isis mission has stopped All of that as a consequence of what happened on Thursday. And so we want the chance to debate this in the United States Congress because we believe as the People's representatives we need to write eight a policy. That has gone very wrong. It's Murphy appreciate your time. Thank you coming up next to former White House advisor on today's presidential address and why this person cannot seem to be interested in uniting the country. 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Pop Culture and more search for Lebanon Parker and subscribe today breaking news tonight. A senator who spoke the president telling us the president appeared ready to launch a counterattack. There have been even one American casualty. Also a source telling us that Iran reached out Sir at least three back channels to signal that strike they launched was the only one. The president did not speak of either in his address. Today he did talk about things that everyone can agree Riyan namely that would appear to be a march to war now seems to be on hold however he didn't leave it there. He attacked President Obama. In fact he criticized all presidents going back to nine hundred seventy nine. He also said a little to persuade anyone who didn't already support him that the confrontation with Iran something worth rallying behind which is what presidents traditionally do. It's also also -ironically what presidents have traditionally had to do less of. That's because in a crisis. Americans tend to rally behind any president in any party until now our next guest David Fromm from column on the subject today in the Atlantic he writes quote. The United States finds itself on the dangerous situation of having a president in power without authority. David Fromm also famously really helped craft President George W Bush's State of the Union address that became known as the axis of evil speech. The members being Iraq North Korea and Iran joining us as well tonight another distinguish White House senior. David axelrod would serve in the Obama Administration. David Axelrod just looking at the president's speech this morning clearly not rush. His team had all night to prepare key military officials standing there behind behind him. How do you think he handled the moment? Well look it was This was a moment where you had a nation that was on war footing and he was there to deliver good news which was he was taking. We were taking a step back both sides. We're taking a step back. It was a moment for for national solidarity and Relief And he could not refrain from taking shots at his predecessors and particularly president in an Obama. We've become accustomed. This question is why. Why does he do that I think he sees some political advantage to flaying Obama any chance once he gets in there may be some sense of envy because Obama left as a highly regarded president? And you know. Donald Trump's about every ratings are everything everything for Donald trump and I think that bothers him and he feels like he needs to tear his predecessor down but it was a missed opportunity on a day when he I should have had nothing but good news for the American people different from. I'm trying to think of instances where this president has really reached out to people who did not vote for him or may not have voted for him. And I can't really think of many in your piece in the Atlantic today. You say quote our prisoner who writes off half. The country can't expect to garner support from a crisis of his own making. I mean this. This president has insulted the State of California. He says he hates the state of New York. He says that Baltimore is a rodent and rat infested invested mess is that the Chicago is a disgrace. The Nation is described Atlanta as a disgrace the nation and just in the immediate aftermath of the targeted killing of of General Salamone. The president re tweeted one of his most fervent. Supporters said that the Democratic leadership in Congress with the equivalent of Iranian terrorists The person's jockeying for the job replacing Mike Pence's running mate in two thousand and twenty a former. UN Ambassador Nikki. Haley said that Democrats mourn the death of Sulamani which no Democrat has done and when challenged on that said well they regretted it and in fact the two people have most conspicuously right at it are members of the President's Party. Yeah Rand Paul and President Trump's favourite TV host Tucker Carlson so the president. I never even occurred to him that this is part of his job. He thinks thinks his job is to put on Makeup Racist Chin. Go on TV and say things and then the people should applaud. And if they don't it's their fault and not his fault we mentioned you know Senator Mike Lee Today saying that the closed door Senate briefing was on American completely unacceptable given administration suggested Congress shouldn't have a role in improving on military action and essentially shouldn't debate this surprise to see him and senator rand. Paul sneak out Lindsey Graham Dismiss Estimate Libertarians and essentially outliers the administration's I'm somewhat sorry. David David Archer on go ahead. And then we'll get David. No no look I think if you were going to If you were going to identify two members of the Republican caucus who are likely to descent It would be them but They they look. They raised important Point which is that There are constitutional shared powers. Here the Congress does have responsibilities abilities and they ought to be treated With respect and and you know you talk about building solidarity in the country country but it's also important to build solidarity for governing purposes and bringing in the other branch both Democrats and Republicans and sharing the burden written of these decisions. is important part of that and it's a huge mistake to treat the congress. They're trading the Congress here then from on on that point it is remarkable to think having experienced what we all experienced with in the run-up to the Iraq war in terms of the the the use of intelligence and just the lies that subsequently had been revealed about what the public has been told about the war in Afghanistan for quite right sometime which revealed on the New York Times recently. An extraordinary history of lies just as it was in the Vietnam War. The fact that Lindsey Graham is arguing you know that old argument of just even discussing this is giving comfort to the enemy. I mean that's the that's the line that's been used time and time again. For decades. In general Sulejmani is blood so murderer no one regrets his death and his death was overdue. And there's no way he was going to die peacefully and he shouldn't have died peacefully that said the the administration's account you're GonNa have to know anything about the intelligence. It's obviously not true. It's one of two. Things are true if the they are claiming. This is the person at the top of the Iranian chain of command and also there was an imminent attack if the attack is imminent killing. The guy at the top of the chain of command doesn't stop it. If the United States have been able to kill Osama bin Laden two days before nine eleven that wouldn't have stopped nine eleven the operation was underway. If killing the guy at the top of chain of chain. Okay can stop the operation. The operation by definition not imminent. It's still in the planning grace so so their explanation can't be true. That doesn't mean the decision was wrong wrong but given if you believe that the in the decision you should give a truthful explanation for it including the man owed the United States a blood debt that would be an answer that many Americans aircraft except but what they're saying now you can't accept it because it's obviously not true. David from David axelrod appreciate it. Thank you up next. Live report from Iraq where there was actually in Baghdad. Today the latest on that in a moment hi everyone. I'm poppy harlow were out with a new boss. Offs Files Episode Fashion Designer Eileen Fisher. She sees her brand as a platform and her employees encouraging her to stand up on social issues including climate chain. She's a leading voice on environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. 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It's very quiet here tonight but I have to say it was extremely Erie to be flying into Erbil at night The airport was essentially deserted sorted. Ours was one of the only flights that was not canceled because one of the missiles that fell in Erbil actually landed within the perimeter of the airport report. This is obviously extremely important place strategically for the US. It is the heart the fight against Isis. A lot of special forces operatives working in in and around this area that fight is now frozen but we did notice in our hotel Roughly a hundred is not more. US military contractors they had essentially been evacuated from places like Baghdad also from the ballade airbase amid fears of continuing attacks. The assumption was is that our bill was the safe place to send people but Iran sending a powerful message last night that no place is essentially beyond the reach or completely secure cure From the reach of their missiles Anderson you read this as being kind of frozen Obviously things can can unfortunately thaw out quite quickly really there are still I mean I. It's a you can't understate the tensions between the United States and Iran that still exist and absolutely the tensions are there and I think you're gonNA continue to see them exploited particularly through the situation here in Iraq. This is an easy move for Iran going forward to try to play on the divisions between Iraqis and the US. You mentioned before that we've seen a lot of rockets go into the Green Zone and we have but given the events that have transpired in the last twenty four hours. It's hard not to see this. Through the prism of essentially chilly passions running high with supporters of the various Shiite militias that are loyal to Iran. They're looking for revenge at the feel anger. They feel resentment. They WANNA I want to see us. Forces leave and that is what Iran has ultimately said. It's real goal here. Is this these missiles last night. Were essentially a strategic gesture to show. Oh strength to save face. But they're real goal. According to their own rhetoric is to try to push. US forces out of this region entirely that that is not going to be a short term perspective. Anderson that could take years and believe me they are willing to play the Long Day gang here of course award. Thank you be careful for more on the standoff with Iran the president's used for national security related intelligence when bring Leon Panetta mispronounce served as director and defense secretary under President Obama. Panetta first of all your reaction action to the administration to overall handling so far of the Iranian missile strike and the pushback from some members of Congress good Anderson. I think it's very difficult to try to understand. What is the overall strategy of this administration ministration in the Middle East? It's very confused. The president has talked on both sides of the fence. Talked about withdrawing from the Middle East talked about forever wars talked about the need to let those countries deal with their own problems and at the same time. We're now building up our forces in the Middle East and we are virtually on continue to be on the brink of war in that area. I I I just think that the handling of this situation has been very confusing the justification for why they went after Sola mining my money has it's been mixed. There have been different reasons presented. There's no clear evidence of an imminent threat that was involved here and I think all of that raises a lot of questions about just exactly how we are going to proceed with regards to this crisis in the Middle East. I'm just not clear on. What the administration's policy is to to Iran? I mean there's clearly there were some in the administration Bolton and perhaps on Peyot who wanted and may still want regime change obviously. The president has talked about getting troops out of Syria out of Iraq. Doc Is it clear to you that there is a policy. I think I think if there's any history regarding the wars in the twenty first century is that they've come about because of miscalculation so poor judgment of not understanding the intelligence and somehow assuming that power alone could Resolve these issues. That's the history of the wars we've been in and we're in the process of repeating all of those same mistakes now. I think I think the President Yup tried essentially to bully Iran into into negotiations with the United States and Iran. To some extent is trying to bully this president to get out of the Middle East both have failed and yet I don't see much changing although we had had a pause last night and thank God for that in terms of whether or not we were going to go to war. I don't see anything changing right now. And the relationship relationship between the United States and Iran and that spells trouble for the future. How concerning is it that the administration is essentially telling the members of the Senate telling a room full of all? The senators. Don't discuss this. Don't debate this because it's it's emboldening an enemy. I in my experience. That's unheard of if you're going to go and brief the Senate With regards to a national security issue your job is to present the truth to to that group of senators and let them know exactly what has happened and the justification for any action that took place to then go there and lecture a group of senators about what they should or should not say or or what they should or should not do is asking for trouble and you heard that trouble today. with the senators who came out and reacted to that briefing. The purpose of those briefings is to build support with with the Senate and with the Congress. You're in the process of of being on the brink of some kind of conflict in the Middle East. You need the support of the Congress if the United States is going to take any steps in that part of the world and not to bring the Senate onto your side but instead criticized them for opening their mouth I think was just a serious mistake in terms of the ability of this administration to try and get their support. David Fromm on earlier. You're who wrote a piece. In the Atlantic. Essentially one of his point was how president trump basically is only speaking to half the country's only speaking of the people who I voted for him who he believes will will vote for him again and that was just very evident today in this moment of potential potential national unity and national kind of relief. He chose it to kind of lay it on attack President Obama. And you you know presidents going back to seventy nine I this president and one of the things that's concerned me from the beginning of this administration was not only rejecting the values of the presidency. And how you behave but failing failing to try and unify the country behind the president's policy. He's almost deliberately. Try to split this country. Apart and continues I used to do that. Continues to only speak to his supporters instead of trying to reach out and bring all of the American people into supporting what the administration is doing. He is he's wrapped up in a political campaign almost continuing political political campaign and in that mindset. All he cares about is whether or not his supporters continue to support him and then he continues to appeal to them rather than being big in that office and reaching out to all of the American people. I think that's a serious mistake secure and I appreciate your time. Thank you very much. Thank you next. A deadly ministry. Was it an accident or perhaps something worse that led to the plane crash in Tehran. Killed One hundred hundred. Seventy six people only hours after the Iranian missile attack growing concern over the cause of that Ukrainian airliner crashed crashing Tehran. Only a few hours after running missiles crashed into American positions inside Iraq authorities. Say All one hundred and seventy six people aboard the Boeing seven thirty-seven were killed. Well we don't know is whether it was an accident or something more sinister with this now Mary Schiavo CNN aviation analyst and former Inspector General for the Transportation Department. She's she's now an attorney for victims families and transportation accidents including those involving Boeing Mary. Based on what you've seen so far. What stands out to you? Are there clues suggests what may have happened. Well I think this one thing that stands out me. Most of all was a change in the position at first There was a comment. That could be an engine engine failure etc and then people change their minds and I think that probably suggests that what they look. That was the acreage stated. The data that is transmitted and by the aircraft itself and it had a normal takeoff climb out it had a good altitude gain had good ground speed and then all of a sudden went completely silence and no more data transmission. Obviously that suggests something very catastrophic in probably not an engine. Failure appears as if there wasn't a mayday call that's right highly significant as well because with an engine failure they are very established and trained for procedures The pilots have fire bottles roles which they will Set off to put out to extinguish a fire in the engine. They'll call Air Traffic Control and a request emergency clearance the routes will be cleared appeared for them. And they'll head right back to the airport. No mayday call suggest whatever happened happened instantaneously and catastrophically. It said to be a think difficult. The airport to fly in and out of requires training apparently from what I've read that these pilots were experienced with. I see no indication that the pilots had made errors flying into and out of the airport and if they had a problem for example gaining altitude we would have seen that on the flight radar radar data and it doesn't look like that at all. It got a fine climb altitude ground speed at it. Looks like a completely normal. Take off the fact that there was military activity in Iran and the missile tax into Iraq. It's obviously either coincidence or it. Did you know there are some some linkage there in some way well and statistically speaking one airplane a literate explodes in the sky why when you have an inflight breakup especially with the fire. Statistically it has usually been a missile a bomb or an explosion but there are a few notable exceptions. Twa Eight hundred hundred back in one thousand nine hundred. Ninety six was center fuel tank explosion and Chalk's Ocean Airways was a wing coming off and there is an air win this directive on on this plane for the wing attachment so there are notable exceptions for mechanical failures. But usually it has been explosion bomb missile when a plane falls from the sky. And you know always. We're talking about the black boxes you're on government said that they will not turn over the black boxes which apparently have been located and won't work with either the government or with the manufacturer which I believe uh-huh blowing again you can read that with as there's an various reasons for that or distrust and other political reasons or unfamiliarity with how an Annex Thirteen International Civil Aviation Organization investigation really works and that what is you deliver the blackbox securely and safely to a black box lab that is capable of downloading and really identifying and working with the data They don't routinely just give him back to the manufacturers they get them to the lab now the best labs are of course in. US Canada France Britain. Australia and others So I if I was certainly leading the investigation I would want to call in one of these blackbox lab experts if I wasn't going to use the NTSB Eh. But according to the annex thirteen Kale guidelines the country of manufacturer of the aircraft is part of the investigation. So that would be a regular You know certainly they could call in Canada. They have a great investigation bureau and there were so many Canadians on board. That would make sense. That would marry appreciate it. More more to learn. Learn obviously coming up on house speaker. Nancy Pelosi is still holding onto the two articles of impeachment passed in mid December ahead. The state of play tonight on their transition to the Senate chicken with Christy. What he's working on for Cuomo prompting? Chris how're you doing. We're taking from simple the complicated tonight. We have lawmakers on both all sides who are very upset on about these briefings today. Why simple if it's such a simple case? Why hasn't it been made? Why isn't the president giving us a stitch which of proof of why this was necessary because if we don't learn from the process the process will be repeated and this kind of brinkmanship is no way to do? Diplomacy is no way to keep the country country safe. So we're going to go through that we're going to have experts from the region. Say why they believe. This is an over and we're going to look at that plane crash. What's worth speculating on? What is not all right? Six minutes from now of course look forward to it with showdown with Iran now on hold or maybe at least a pause tension on Capitol Hill turn into impeachment and the question will house speaker. Nancy Pelosi send the articles rickles impeachment to the Senate as early as tomorrow look at that ahead even Senate Democrats have here ready for House Speaker financy policy to release. The articles of impeachment voted on last year with her fight against Senate Republican leader. Mitch McConnell over trial rules at an impasse. Several Democratic senators today told CNN. It's time to begin the trial hopefully next week. According to Senator Chris Murphy California Senator Dianne Feinstein told politico quote. The longer goes on the less urgent become so serious and sergent. Send them over. If it isn't don't send it over Phil Mattingly joins us now from Capitol Hill so Now that the speaker is starting to face criticism from inside our own party. What are your your sources telling you about her next steps Yeah Anderson? It's remarkable in a building the capital where just about everything leaks out sometimes within minutes from closed door meetings and briefings that that no one really knows what the speaker plans to do even her closest advisors or closest leadership members. Don't have an explanation or an answer as to win the articles. We'll head over but you hit on a key point here Senate. Democrats are running out of patience. I'm told Multiple Democratic senators have told Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to communicate to the speaker that the time is now now to transmit the articles the idea of holding them for for a period of time has served its purpose. Obviously more stories have leaked out. John Bolton is willing to testify if subpoenaed that has has been effective to a degree ineffective setting a message about what Senate majority leader. Mitch McConnell is trying to do but one Democratic senator told me today Anderson we've reached the point of diminishing returns and this needs to come over now. The expectation is still that they will likely come over this week but no one knows for sure tomorrow. The House votes on Iran war powers resolution is that expected expected to play into this at all. I mean how. How is that expected to play out and could impact the speaker's decision on the Anderson one of the most interesting elements of this entire fire? Week is how much really members in both parties in both chambers have tried as best they can to separate these two issues they understand the gravity of both of them they understand the necessity city of dealing with both of them. But they're trying to keep them separate the war powers resolution tomorrow which would halt Iran would halt the US from hostilities towards Iran. Unless less the came back to Congress will pass it will pass overwhelmingly but at this point keeping it separate from impeachment Anderson Phil Mattingly. Thanks very much. Appreciate News continues. One hundred over Chris for Cuomo prime-time Chris.

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