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CNN’s Charlottesville panel defends President Trump.

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Fake news CNN hosted a panel of six Trump supporters Wednesday morning in an effort to continue to spin the Charlottesville protests into more bad press against POTUS Trump.

Unfortunately for CNN and host Alisyn Camerota, the panel completely pushed back against the CNN host, and her persistent argument that President Trump committed some sort of unforgivable sin by condemning both sides for violence in Charlottesville.

The segment was off to a bad start for Camerota when she asked how many panelists were troubled by President Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville.

Not a single panelist raised their hand, as panelist Bob Viera said…

“I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I mean he addressed the problem. Let’s face reality, there are problems on both sides.”

“I think it’s ridiculous to have me choose between Hitler and Stalin which is what I consider what both groups are.”

“If you’re willing to set fires and burn places to the ground, that doesn’t seem like a very peaceful group to me.”

Via The Daily Caller

One panelist, Daphne Goggins, said she is going to reserve judgement until the matter is fully investigated. Goggins said she is also convinced that not everyone at the rally was a neo-Nazi based on videos she saw on Facebook. When she tried to share those videos, she claims she was censored by the social media site.

After Camerota played a clip of angry white supremacists protesters chanting racial slurs against Jewish people, Goggins defended their right to free speech.

“Those crazy, I don’t know what else to call them. I probably can’t say it on TV. But they still have the right to say those crazy things,” she said.

Panelist Robert McCarthy blamed media bias and said, “The media is not covering it. They’re only focused on making neo-Nazis and white supremacists out to be Trump supporters.”

Trump supporter Amanda Delekta said it was unfair to insinuate that Trump voters are supporting neo-Nazis and said the coverage was negative and uncalled for.

“No one here is supporting the neo-Nazis or the white supremacists. And that narrative is really negative. but what we are talking about is President Trump’s response and he stood in front of America and he condemned the violence that occurred that day,” she said.

Panelist Jimmy Dozier pointed out that only a few hundred people were involved in the Charlottesville incident, but over 60 million people voted for Trump.

“You’re talking about three or four hundred people in Charlottesville. They’re sixty million people that voted for President Trump,” he said. “Why don’t we get a say? Those people aren’t nothing. Democrats have idiots, Republicans have idiots. But we’re talking about us, the sixty million that’s for Trump. We don’t do stuff like that.”

A female Trump supporter named L.A. Key suggested the violence may have been triggered on purpose and there may be ulterior motives behind the division. She too said her information came from Facebook, prompting Camerota to ask if the panel trusted Facebook more than traditional news media outlets.

Each panelist agreed that their trust in the mainstream media was slipping, and they trusted alternative internet sources more than cable news.

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A lot of sense listening to tRump voting Americans, let alone cnn to work out what’s going on in their country. Not! Yeah both condemn neo-nazis and “neo-stalinists” in Charlottesville while they are indifferent to the support of their govt to neo-nazis in the Ukraine and head chopping terrorists in the Middle East, Philippines and elsewhere. Support of genocide by saudi arabia and israel, easy to do when part of its DNA. A country born and bred in slavery and genocide ain’t going to change in a hurry. Even though that’s probably the only way to remove the cancer it… Read more »

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like Egypt you mean? When do you want to tear down the pyramids? You think every white person in America was a slave owner? Republicans freed the slaves, blck, hispanic, young, old, asian white women and men all voted for trump. he got 65 MILLION vote. Am in the UK and i support their president also. so worldwid he has more than the 65m who vote him in. In the ME they are not nations, they are tribes, nations are held togetherin ME by crushing the tribes. It is a different concept of life to how we live. This is… Read more »

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What does Stalin have to do with Charlottesville? The Americans have mixed everything in their heads. The Antifa – who were a just part of the counter-protesters – aren’t communists as a matter of course, but anarchists. These two groups aren’t going along either. And though they might have banded against neo-Nazis, there were hardly any communists to be found in Charlottesville (or the United States for that matter).

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It seems people can only interpret political actions through the lens of “Communist, Fascist, blah blah”. Rarely do they actually understand the meaning of the terms. Although I support everybody’s right to protest, the normalization of these nazis that is going on is comical. Some people have been feeling repressed with their racist views for a long time and are now feeling like it’s ok to come out of the shadows. We’ve been saying it for years, that racism is juuuust below the surface.

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Fully agreed. Plus, in the case that the article deals with, it is an effort of Trump supporters to defend the President’s lame statement. And while it’s obvious that Trump was full of crap on this one (almost certainly influenced by Bannon), the attempt by the CNN pundit to paint him as a closet Nazi is pitiful.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

18 Months Of Left-Wing Violence || The Alt-Left & Antifa red elephants. youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

what normalisation of nazis? honestly where do you see this? on your tv? look outside, i bet you forgot to notice all the mosques springing up

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Where do I see it? We backed a coup in Ukraine and allowed neo-nazis to rise to power. We are currently engaged in a corporate media debate about which protesters, the nazi’s or the leftists, were responsible for the problems in Charlottesville. If you don’t think nazis have been normalized, grab a couple hundred of your friends and try walking down the street dressed in all black carrying ISIL flags and see what happens. I bet a lot of people just like you would want to punch you in the face. We supposedly fought a war against the nazis, people… Read more »

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oh yeah CNN was happy to show ukraine nazis as the good guys, you guys were supporting. US created ISIS. US told libya to give up their weapons of mass destruction and then unleashed ISIS on that country. The US are in Syria illegally, with no invitation from the legitimate government.US used phosphorous bombs and for 5 years were destroying syrian infrastructure under the pretense of hitting ISIS so they could award themselves reconstruction contracts upon regime chagne. CIA put erdogan in power, CIA organised the coup to remove him after he bought chinese weaponry and not exclusively US. we… Read more »

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So everything you said up until “daily attacks on white men” is completely accurate. I don’t call white people racist nazis, I call racist nazis racist nazis. I can tell the difference obviously, there are only a small number of nazis who get inordinate press coverage. White men have control of the entire western world, what exactly are these nazi’s so upset about? How did they develop a victim mentality while reaping every advantage in US society? They should go talk to a Native American if they want to hear about what it’s like to have everything taken from them.… Read more »

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

You want to take western civlisation from the people who built it. not every white person was a slave owner.

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WeAreYourGods

“The people who built” America were slaves, and nobody said all white people owned slaves. That said, for almost 400 years, white Americans benefited from the practice of slavery though, whether involved or not. Slavery was the backbone of the US economy.

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So are you going to condemn antifa and BLM violence against free speech? This is the disagreement. i suggest you look at this video. Why dont you condemn political violence? you keep avoiding it. you have been sold MSM BS. and you are regurgitating it .
am tired of trying to show you your fucking ignorance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2TZOdXAtQ&list=PLywtE6-BvPsf-kmVdxgmlX6TrUHTibcbC&index=1

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So you should feel free to go ahead and fuck off if you are under the delusion that you are able to somehow convince me of something with your little YouTube links. This is getting boring.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

even msm is denouncing antifa,

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What’s your point? I support everybody’s right to protest. I’m not a member of ANTIFA but I support their right to protest too. Did these nazis and klansmen finally get a taste of their own medicine? Were they scared that the state wasn’t stepping in to protect them? THE IRONY. I’m sure you defended BLM’s right to protest just as vigorously when the cops were breaking up the marches and thumping heads. That said, I don’t like nazis or racist good ‘ol boys trying to make people who look like me afraid to walk around their own town. What the… Read more »

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no support of VIOLENT protest. Antifa ALWAYS violent. BLM is allowed to talk as is Antifa if it is peaceful. MSM support violent protest which is out of order. Antifa were in Dover protesting against a peaceful EDL march, they turned the town into a sh1thole. They have no respect, they are funded by globalist george soros and claim to be anti globalist. Antifa have also been labelled a domestic terrorist organisation by the State of New Jersy, and the petition to have them labelled nationally as a domestic terrorist organisation has passed 250k signatures in the US. support their… Read more »

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I’m not the one that needs a history lesson. I do like the fact that you support peaceful BLM protests. At least there’s that.

Keith Smith
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BLM shoot black cops..

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

go to youtube and look at what antifa were doing to Trump supporters two days ago. BLM is BS

Keith Smith
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and am from the UK and have british grandparents and great grandparents etc… you are trying to tell me about fighting nazis? really? you need to wake the fuck up and see what is really going on.

WeAreYourGods
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My Grandfather fought nazis. What did you think, you have exclusive rights to WW2?

Keith Smith
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then you know what a nazi is, also a lot of these so called ‘nazi group members’ were antifa members last year under obama administration. When are you going to condemn antifa and BLM violence? troll

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WeAreYourGods

The irony is that you apparently do not know the behavior of a Tr0ll is exactly what you are doing.

Keith Smith
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as u reply to a post without argument 5 days later. reverse projection methinks

WeAreYourGods
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As if I check Disqus comments when I actually have things to do. Methinks this Trolling session is over.

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condemning nazis is as obvious as condemning killing babies or dropping nukes on rainforests. so fucking obvious yet this thread proves people like you are running around pointing the finger demanding everybody ‘prove’ they dont support nazis. Why do you not condemn political violence against free speech by antifa? You are running around and accusing people of supporting nazism. you have done it to me, by default i support them because i dont state the obvious, i have fingers, i have toes, people have eyes, nazis are bad (smh you fucking spastic). How many people have you pointed the finger… Read more »

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The moral equivalencies you present are comical. Talk about spastic, try some punctuation.

Keith Smith
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so you do not condemn political violence. nuff said. ANTIFA Another Name To Identify Failed Abortions

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Do I condemn political violence? Depends. The war the south lost was based on political and economic violence. The coal miners unions fought against Pinkerton machine guns, that was political violence. When the state infringes on the rights of the citizen, it’s time for political violence. It’s not a one size fits all proposition. Some people love brand names, I relate to ideas.

Keith Smith
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You are lucky nobody thinks you should have your head kicked in for whta you think. you have no credibility supporting antifa and BLM . and you obviously not watching the videos

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You might be right, in that I might not be watching all the videos you post. LOL, no need. I already said I support free speech and protest. What I don’t do, is conflate neo-nazi’s and kkk’ers with people protesting police brutality. But hey, I don’t support terrorism and that’s exactly what those groups are.

Keith Smith
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my point is antifa beat up people who think differently, you perhaps would see that this left right BS is blowing up in everybodies faces. MSM forced to condemn antifa, why wont you?

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I’m not involved with left/right BS and am not a member of those parties. You want to think you’re some kind of enlightened person who doesn’t listen to the MSM? All you’re doing is following the alt-right meme instead. I’m an anarchist I don’t care what media says what, I’m perfectly OK with nazi’s getting their assess kicked anytime, anyplace. As soon as you join a domestic terror organization, you lose the right to whine about your safety.

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Antifa are a domestic terror organisation. Their right to safety should be removed? conversations are not trolling. losing an argument is not trolling, not watching simple videos which disprove your argument that antifa are justified makes you look foolish. Others read this post, others have seen the videos. and i dont do left and right, its a construct which creates a false democracy. And i do read M S M. i understand it, i certainly dont follow the narrative lol

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All out of tr0ll food. This is not a conversation, it’s you blasting alt-right BS and then trying to walk it back and hide behind a free speech argument with some ad-hominem’s tossed in. I’ve made my points, you’ve I guess attempted to make yours, obviously I’m not swayed.

Keith Smith
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look past headlines, your points amounted to calling me a nazi you cretin

Keith Smith
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You want people to apologise for being white because you see some sort of privilege, you are racist to white people if you believe they are all the same and of a certain class. What about white minorities within inner city areas? you racist

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Not sure WTF you’re talking about this time. Go ahead and re-read my posts, I am talking about fucking nazis. Just a quick piece of advice, if your premise is the defense of nazis as some kind of victim class, you’re a fool way out of your depth.

Keith Smith
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free speech mate, just because your offended by what that scum says, doesnt deny their right to free speech. btw antifa stands for Another Name To Identify Failed Abortions

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

this is antifa Since when were 65m Trump suporters all nazis?
you fool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Antifa carry communist flags. they support both anarchy and communism. And are not anti fascists, they are domestic terrorist organisation. They have attacked business’s and targetted business owners, not because of their political views. but because antifa is a george soros funded terrorist organisation.

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Antifa have a history which is often murky. But whether one despises or supports them, one should have a touch with reality. There are hardly any communists to be found in the US and they aren’t part of the Antifa. That is a fact. That they may cooperate in the case of a conflict with neo-Nazis is a different thing, though, again, there were no communists to be found in Charlottesville. It is certainly touching though to see people like you indignant about the Antifa and the imaginary communists, but quite complacent when it comes to neo-Nazis and white supremacists.… Read more »

Keith Smith
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proof?

Keith Smith
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU i am not supporting neo nazi’s i am supporting free speech. Antifa here attacking people who are normal trump supporters. You can stand behind minorities pointing the finger and screaming racist. but that is not an argument you idiot. Supporting somebodies right to free speech does not mean you support that persons views. Can you not understand this? Why do you not denounce political violence? And what will you do when what you are doing suddenly becomes unacceptable and the by default, it becomes acceptable to attack you? proof of these violent neo nazi’s causing destruction everywhere. and i… Read more »

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the support of free speech is not supporting what that speech stands for. I denounce neo nazis, KKK, BLM and Antifa violence. But i do not support people being attacked for voicing political views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bADdJuN-4Ag

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLA4lEtmH2A from people that were there

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This CNN presenter got butt *******d !

Brewerstroupe
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Much of the Vice footage has a staged, scripted look about it, as if it was shot at a different place and time.

José Antonio
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If they chant “Jews will not replace us”, they’re not attacking Jews; they’re not saying they’re going to threat the physical integrity of Jews. And as to physical violence, I haven’t seen any video in which any member of these groups started a fight, quite the contrary: people with bats following, insulting them… clearly trying to provoke them, and without having a permit to protest.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLA4lEtmH2A plz share this, also posted on this article another video 18 months of alt left violence

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

this was funny.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ISz3EaM9A M S M LIES ALL THE TIME ABOUT NEO NAZIS. 5 minutes, trying to help people understand who the enemy is.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bADdJuN-4Ag antifa are internationally stupid

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What about the group Antifa…a home grown American terrorist organization? Camerota’s contempt for truth is appalling. She is such a stupid liberal tunnel visioned fanatic that she is perfect working for CNN.

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US continues to try to corner Russia with silence on Nukes

Moscow continues to be patient in what appears to be an ever more lopsided, intentional stonewalling situation provoked by the Americans.

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TASS reported on March 17th that despite Russian readiness to discuss the present problem of strategic weapons deployments and disarmament with its counterparts in the United States, the Americans have not offered Russia any proposals to conduct such talks.

The Kremlin has not yet received any particular proposals on the talks over issues of strategic stability and disarmament from Washington, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Sunday when commenting on the statement made by US National Security Adviser John Bolton who did not rule out that such talks could be held with Russia and China.

“No intelligible proposals has been received [from the US] so far,” Peskov said.

Earlier Bolton said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis aired on Sunday that he considers it reasonable to include China in the negotiation on those issues with Russia as well.

“China is building up its nuclear capacity now. It’s one of the reasons why we’re looking at strengthening our national missile defense system here in the United States. And it’s one reason why, if we’re going to have another arms control negotiation, for example, with the Russians, it may make sense to include China in that discussion as well,” he said.

Mr. Bolton’s sense about this particular aspect of any arms discussions is correct, as China was not formerly a player in geopolitical affairs the way it is now. The now all-but-scrapped Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, was a treaty concluded by the US and the USSR leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, back in 1987. However, for in succeeding decades, most notably since the fall of the Soviet Union, the US has been gradually building up weaponry in what appears to be an attempt to create a ring around the Russian Federation, a situation which is understandably increasingly untenable to the Russian government.

Both sides have accused one another of violating this treaty, and the mutual violations and recriminations on top of a host of other (largely fabricated) allegations against the Russian government’s activities led US President Donald Trump to announce his nation’s withdrawal from the treaty, formally suspending it on 1 February. Russian President Vladimir Putin followed suit by suspending it the very next day.

The INF eliminated all of both nations’ land based ballistic and cruise missiles that had a range between 500 and 1000 kilometers (310-620 miles) and also those that had ranges between 1000 and 5500 km (620-3420 miles) and their launchers.

This meant that basically all the missiles on both sides were withdrawn from Europe’s eastern regions – in fact, much, if not most, of Europe was missile-free as the result of this treaty. That is no longer the case today, and both nations’ accusations have provoked re-development of much more advanced systems than ever before, especially true considering the Russian progress into hypersonic and nuclear powered weapons that offer unlimited range.

This situation generates great concern in Europe, such that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on both Moscow and Washington to salvage the INF and extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, or the New START as it is known.

“I call on the parties to the INF Treaty to use the time remaining to engage in sincere dialogue on the various issues that have been raised. It is very important that this treaty is preserved,” Guterres said at a session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Monday.

He stressed that the demise of that accord would make the world more insecure and unstable, which “will be keenly felt in Europe.” “We simply cannot afford to return to the unrestrained nuclear competition of the darkest days of the Cold War,” he said.

Guterres also urged the US and Russia to extend the START Treaty, which expires in 2021, and explore the possibility of further reducing their nuclear arsenals. “I also call on the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the so-called New START Treaty before it expires in 2021,” he said.

The UN chief recalled that the treaty “is the only international legal instrument limiting the size of the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals” and that its inspection provisions “represent important confidence-building measures that benefit the entire world.”

Guterres recalled that the bilateral arms control process between Russia and the US “has been one of the hallmarks of international security for fifty years.”

“Thanks to their efforts, global stockpiles of nuclear weapons are now less than one-sixth of what they were in 1985,” the UN secretary-general pointed out.

The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (the New START Treaty) entered into force on February 5, 2011. The document stipulates that seven years after its entry into effect each party should have no more than a total of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers, as well as no more than 1,550 warheads on deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs and strategic bombers, and a total of 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers and strategic bombers. The new START Treaty obliges the parties to exchange information on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year.

The new START Treaty will remain in force during 10 years until 2021, unless superseded by a subsequent agreement. It may be extended for a period of no more than five years (that is, until 2026) upon the parties’ mutual consent. Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington not to delay the issue of extending the Treaty.

 

 

 

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Trump witch hunt dots connected: CNN to Steele to John McCain (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 110.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss documents released which show that Christopher Steele admitted to using posts by ‘random individuals’ on the CNN community website ‘iReport’ in order to back up his fabricated Trump dossier.

President Trump took note of Steele’s use of CNN citizen journalist posts, in a twitter tirade that blasted the British ex-spy for running with unverified community generated content from a now now-defunct ‘iReports’ website as part of his research.

Trump the proceeded to rip into late neocon Arizona Senator John McCain, tweeting that it was “just proven in court papers” that “last in his class” McCain sent the Steele’s dossier to media outlets in the hopes that they would print it prior to the 2016 US election.

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A federal court unsealed 43 pages Thursday of a deposition that former British spy Christopher Steele gave as part of a lawsuit over his infamous anti-Trump dossier.

To the disappointment of many observers, the full deposition was not unsealed in Thursday’s motion. Instead, portions of Steele’s interview, which he gave in London on July 13, 2018, were unsealed in separate court filings submitted in the lawsuit.

Steele’s full deposition totaled 145 pages. The portions published Thursday focus mainly on questions about the dossier’s claims about Aleksej Gubarev, a tech executive who Steele alleges took part in the hacking of Democrats’ computer systems.

Gubarev has vehemently denied the claim and sued Steele and BuzzFeed News, which published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro, who handled the lawsuit, ordered a slew of previously sealed documents to be made public Thursday. Ungaro dismissed the lawsuit on Dec. 19 but did not weigh in on whether the dossier’s claims about Gubarev were accurate.

It is unclear whether Steele’s entire deposition will be released. A source familiar with Steele’s interview tempered expectations of any bombshells in the document, saying that Steele avoided going into detail about his efforts to create the dossier and his sources.

A deposition given by former State Department official David Kramer was perhaps the most enlightening document contained in the dump.

Kramer, a longtime associate of late Arizona Sen. John McCain, was BuzzFeed’s source for the dossier. Kramer shared the dossier with at least 11 other reporters, including CNN’s Carl Bernstein. (RELATED: John McCain Associate Gave Dossier To A Dozen Reporters)

Kramer obtained the dossier in late November 2016 after visiting Steele in London. Steele acknowledged that Kramer and McCain were picked as conduits to pass the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey. McCain met with Comey on Dec. 9, 2016 and provided all of the dossier’s memos that had been written up to that point.

“I think they felt a senior Republican was better to be the recipient of this rather than a Democrat because if it were a Democrat, I think that the view was that it would have been dismissed as a political attack,” Kramer said in the deposition when asked why Steele and his business partners at Fusion GPS wanted McCain to meet with Comey.

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Former British spy Christopher Steele admitted that he relied on an unverified report on a CNN website for part of the “Trump dossier,” which was used as a basis for the FBI’s investigation into Trump.

According to deposition transcripts released this week, Steele said last year he used a 2009 report he found on CNN’s iReport website and said he wasn’t aware that submissions to that site are posted by members of the public and are not checked for accuracy.

web archive from July 29, 2009 shows that CNN described the site in this manner: “iReport.com is a user-generated site. That means the stories submitted by users are not edited, fact-checked, or screened before they post.”

In the dossier, Steele, a Cambridge-educated former MI6 officer, wrote about extensive allegations against Donald Trump, associates of his campaign, various Russians and other foreign nationals, and a variety of companies — including one called Webzilla. Those allegations would become part of an FBI investigation and would be used to apply for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

During his deposition, Steele was pressed on the methods he used to verify allegations made about Webzilla, which was thought to be used by Russia to hack into Democratic emails.

When asked if he discovered “anything of relevance concerning Webzilla” during the verification process, Steele replied: “We did. It was an article I have got here which was posted on July 28, 2009, on something called CNN iReport.”

“I do not have any particular knowledge of that,” Steele said when asked what was his understanding of how the iReport website worked.

When asked if he understood that content on the site was not generated by CNN reporters, he said, “I do not.” He was then asked: “Do you understand that they have no connection to any CNN reporters?” Steele replied, “I do not.”

He was pressed on this further: “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I obviously presume that if it is on a CNN site that it may has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”

When asked about his methodology for searching for this information, Steele described it as “what we could call an open source search,” which he defined as “where you go into the Internet and you access material that is available on the Internet that is of relevance or reference to the issue at hand or the person under consideration.”

Steele said his dossier contained “raw intelligence” that he admitted could contain untrue or even “deliberately false information.”

Steele was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Fusion GPS was receiving funding at the time from the Clinton campaign and the DNC through the Perkins Coie law firm.

The series of memos that Steele would eventually compile became known as the “Trump Dossier.” The dossier was used in FISA applications to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

When asked whether he warned Fusion GPS that the information in the dossier might be “Russian disinformation,” Steele admitted that “a general understanding existed between us and Fusion … that all material contained this risk.”

Steele also described his interactions with Sen. John McCain’s aide, David Kramer, whose own deposition showed that he provided BuzzFeed with a copy of the dossier and had spoken with more than a dozen journalists about it.

“I provided copies of the December memo to Fusion GPS for onward passage to David Kramer at the request of Sen. John McCain,” Steele said. “Sen. McCain nominated him as the intermediary. I did not choose him as the intermediary.”

When asked if he told Kramer that he couldn’t “vouch for everything that was produced in the memos,” Steele replied, “Yes, with an emphasis on ‘everything.'”

When asked why he believed it was so important to provide the dossier to Sen. McCain, Steele said: “Because I judged it had national security implications for the United States and the West as a whole.”

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Trudeau’s Top Bureaucrat Unexpectedly Quits Amid Growing Corruption Scandal

In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

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Since it was exposed by a report in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper earlier this month, the scandal that’s become known as the SNC-Lavalin affair has already led to the firing of several of Trudeau’s close advisors and raised serious questions about whether the prime minister was complicit in pressuring the attorney general to offer a deferred prosecution agreement with a large, Quebec-based engineering firm.

And according to the first round of polls released since the affair exploded into public view…

…it could cost Trudeau his position as prime minister and return control to the conservatives, according to the CBC.

Campaign Research showed the Conservatives ahead with 37% to 32% for the Liberals, while both Ipsos and Léger put the margin at 36% to 34% in the Conservatives’ favour.Since December, when both polling firms were last in the field, the Liberals have lost one point in Campaign Research’s polling and four percentage points in the Ipsos poll, while the party is down five points since November in the Léger poll.

Meanwhile, as the noose tightens around Trudeau, on Monday another of the key Canadian government officials at the center of the SNC-Lavalin scandal has quit his post.

Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, the highest-ranking position in Canada’s civil service and a key aide to Justin Trudeau, announced his retirement Monday. Trudeau named Ian Shugart, currently deputy minister of foreign affairs, to replace him.

In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

“It is now apparent that there is no path for me to have a relationship of mutual trust and respect with the leaders of the opposition parties,” he said, citing the need for impartiality on the issue of potential foreign interference. According to Bloomberg, the exact date of his departure is unclear.

As we reported in February, Canada’s former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, quit following allegations that several key Trudeau government figures pressured her to intervene to end a criminal prosecution against Montreal-based construction giant SNC. Wernick was among those she named in saying the prime minister’s office wanted her to pursue a negotiated settlement.

Wernick has since twice spoken to a committee of lawmakers investigating the case, and during that testimony both defended his actions on the SNC file and warned about the risk of foreign election interference, as “blame Putin” has become traditional Plan B plan for most politicians seeing their careers go up in flames.

“I’m deeply concerned about my country right now, its politics and where it’s headed. I worry about foreign interference in the upcoming election,” he said in his first appearance before the House of Commons justice committee, before repeating the warning a second time this month. “If that was seen as alarmist, so be it. I was pulling the alarm. We need a public debate about foreign interference.”

Because somehow foreign interference has something to do with Wenick’s alleged corruption.

Incidentally, as we wonder what the real reason is behind Wernick’s swift departure, we are confident we will know soon enough.

Anyway, back to the now former clerk, who is meant to be non-partisan in service of the government of the day, also criticized comments by a Conservative senator and praised one of Trudeau’s cabinet ministers.

Wernick’s testimony was criticized as overly cozy with the ruling Liberals. Murray Rankin, a New Democratic Party lawmaker, asked the clerk how lawmakers could “do anything but conclude that you have in fact crossed the line into partisan activity?” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said he seemed “willing to interfere in partisan fashion for whoever is in power.”

Whatever Wernick’s true motives, he is the latest but not last in what will be a long line of cabinet departures as the SNC scandal exposes even more corruption in Trudeau’s cabinet (some have ironically pointed out that Canada’s “beloved” prime minister could be gone for actual corruption long before Trump). Trudeau had already lost a top political aide, Gerald Butts, to the scandal. A second minister, Jane Philpott, followed Wilson-Raybould in quitting cabinet.

Separately, on Monday, Trudeau appointed a former deputy prime minister in a Liberal government, Anne McLellan, as a special adviser to investigate some of the legal questions raised by the controversy. They include how governments should interact with the attorney general and whether that role should continue to be held by the justice minister.

As Bloomberg notes, the increasingly shaky Liberal government hasn’t ruled out helping SNC by ordering a deferred prosecution agreement in the corruption and bribery case, which centers around the company’s work in Moammar Qaddafi’s Libya. Doing so would allow the company to pay a fine and avoid any ban on receiving government contracts. That decision is up to the current attorney general, David Lametti; of course, such an action would only raise tensions amid speculation that the government is pushing for a specific political, and favorable for Trudeau, outcome.

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