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CNN military historian ridicules Mike Pompeo’s assurances on North Korea: ‘He’s smoking something’

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In a Thursday appearance on CNN, national security journalist Max Boot brutally mocked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assurances about North Korea’s good intentions.

“All of these leaders have a personal stake in pretending there’s more substance here,” Boot said, stating flatly that the ongoing talks were for show. “Both [South Korean] President Moon and President Trump derive political benefits from keeping these negotiations going.”

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But when host Kate Bolduan asked him his opinion about Pompeo’s Wednesday statement “that denuclearization negotiations are going to be completed by January of 2021,” Boot burst out in derisive laughter.

“He is blowing smoke. He is making that up. There is no substance for that. He’s just pulling a figure out of thin air,” he said as Bolduan began laughing as well. “North Korea has not even delivered a full declaration of their nuclear program, which would be the basic prerequisite for going forward.”

“So you put no stock in that?” asked Bolduan.

“I don’t know where he gets this, he’s smoking something,” Boot repeated with a wry grin. “North Korea has not agreed to denuclearize by 2021. I don’t see much chance of that happening.”

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Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’

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CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.

"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.

"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."

"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."

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NSC aide Morrison flounders as lawmaker asks why he reported Trump’s phone call if he didn’t think it was a big deal

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At the impeachment hearings on Tuesday, National Security Council aide Tim Morrison stressed that he didn't believe there was anything inappropriate about the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But when Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) asked him why he reported the call to government lawyers, he had no answer.

"You responded to a series of questions about the call and saw nothing wrong with it, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to legal counsel to find out — I guess to find out what to do, because you were concerned about the political fallout, not about anything being appropriate or wrong with the call, is that correct?" asked Demings.

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CNN legal analyst flattens Rick Santorum for ridiculous impeachment defense of Trump

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Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum was shut down on CNN for his latest defense of President Donald Trump.

Santorum was effectively arguing for people to ignore the words coming from Trump.

"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."

"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"

Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.

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