Former CIA Director John Brennan accused Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-SC, of “pure hypocrisy” for pledging to support President Donald Trump’s expected decision to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States before the November election.
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 after battling cancer, and allegedly her dying wish was to have her seat filled after the election.
Lawmakers have been fighting mostly along partisan lines, with a few Republicans saying they won’t confirm a pre-election nominee, over the President’s expected announcement.
Graham’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.
When it comes to Senator Graham, Brennan says that he “once told me not to pay attention to his public statements, as it’s all just politics,” adding that “He fully deserves to be bounced from the Senate.”
Graham was authorized to subpoena Brennan and others for their roles in the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, in which Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants were used to spy on Trump and members of his campaign. Graham has yet to issue any such subpoena. The predicate for that investigation was a now-debunked dossier alleging that Trump was colluding with Russia to win in the 2016 election.
U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the alleged malfeasance as part of the Justice Department’s probe into the matter. However, it’s unclear if any senior officials will be indicted.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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