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ASSASSINATION/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/IRAN/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States and Iran exchanged escalating military threats on Friday [1-3-20] as President Trump warned that he was ‘prepared to take whatever action is necessary’ if Iran threatened Americans and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed to exact vengeance for the killing on Mr. Trump’s order of Iran’s most valued general. Although the president insisted that he took the action to avoid a war with Iran, the continuing threats further rattled foreign capitals, global markets and Capitol Hill, where Democrats demanded more information about the strike and Mr. Trump’s grounds for taking such a provocative move without consulting Congress. Democrats also pressed questions about the attack’s timing and whether it was meant to deflect attention from the president’s expected impeachment trial this month in the Senate.”

Michael Crowley, Peter Baker, Edward Wong and Maggie Haberman, “U.S. and Iran Exchange More Threats as Democrats Question Timing of Strike,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

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