The Trump White House has maintained the strike on Iranian General Soleimani came as a result of intelligence showing he posed an “imminent” threat to the United States.
But so far the administration has been unable to show any intelligence or evidence to back up that claim. Even Republican senators have been left fuming over the lack of evidence, with one calling it “absolutely insane”.
One claim they furiously denied: it was an attempt to distract from the impeachment trial.
Except, the Wall Street Journal confirms that impeachment was at the top of his mind when Trump ordered the drone strike.
Its long story published Thursday on events surrounding the strike contains this line:
Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.
In other words, Trump ordered the strike to bolster support from wavering GOP allies.
Worth noting, the claim is being made in a pro-Trump newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch. It speaks for itself.