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The Scramble Asks What Really Happened In Yemen - And To Preet Bharara?

Mar 13, 2017

The Trump Administration said the January 29 raid in Yemen that left U.S. Navy SEAL Ryan Owens dead, along with ten Yemeni children and at least six women "was a very, very well thought out and executed effort."

The administration initially claimed the goal of the nighttime mission was intelligence gathering, until Thursday, when General Joseph Votel, the Pentagon's top Middle East commander, told Congress the raid targeted, but failed to kill a senior al Qaeda official. Votel also said there would be no need for further investigation - despite eyewitness reports from numerous people, including children, disputing the administration's narrative.

Also this hour: The notion that Muslims are incapable of assimilating in America has lots of adherents today. We talk to a first generation Egyptian-American Muslim who wonders why it's so difficult to accept that Muslims can still be American?

Lastly, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was one of forty-six U.S. Attorney's remaining from the Obama Administration asked to resign this weekend. Bharara refused and was fired.

  • Iona Craig - Freelance journalist. In 2016 she won the U.K.'s Orwell Prize for her reporting on the civil war in Yemen. Previously she won the U.K.'s Martha Gellhorn Prize for investigative journalism for her reporting on America's covert war in the country
  • Josh Gerstein - White House reporter for Politico
  • Aymann IsmailSlate video producer and editor

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.