CAFE Insider 1/7/20: What Quds Go Wrong?

Show Notes

In this episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, “What Quds Go Wrong?,” co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the latest developments:

— The targeted killing of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force

— John Bolton’s statement that he’s prepared to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if he’s subpoenaed

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  • Statement by the Department of Defense on the killing of Qasem Soleimani, 1/2/20
  • “Timeline: How The U.S. Came To Strike And Kill A Top Iranian General,” National Public Radio, 1/4/20
  • “As Tensions With Iran Escalated, Trump Opted for Most Extreme Measure,” New York Times, 1/4/20
  • Lisa Monaco: “We are in uncharted territory now. Are we prepared for that?,” Washington Post, 1/6/20
  • Trump tweet about a disproportionate response, 1/5/20
  • “Trump Threatens Iranian Cultural Sites, and Warns of Sanctions on Iraq,” New York Times, 1/5/20
  • “Trump Says He’ll Target Iran’s Cultural Sites. That’s Illegal,” National Public Radio, 1/6/20
  • WATCH: Meet the Press, featuring Jeh Johnson, 1/5/20 (~36:00 min)



  • Complaint: United States v. Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, 10/11/11
  • WATCH: “Terror Plot Charges,” C-SPAN, 10/11/11
  • “Two Men Charged in Alleged Plot to Assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States,” Department of Justice, 10/11/11
  • “U.S. Indicts 7 Iranians in Cyberattacks on Banks and a Dam,” New York Times, 3/24/16


  • Statement of John R. Bolton regarding congressional testimony, 1/6/20
  • Sen. Marco Rubio’s tweet about Bolton’s testimony, 1/6/20
  • “What they’re saying: Romney, Collins respond to Bolton’s offer to testify,” Axios, 1/6/20
  • “Judges spar with Democrats, DOJ in impeachment doubleheader,” Politico, 1/3/20
  • “Joe Biden Says He Would Comply With a Senate Subpoena, Reversing Course,” New York Times, 12/28/19