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Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Updated 1444 GMT (2244 HKT) June 29, 2020

(CNN) – Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.

Trump is one of 36 people Iran has issued arrest warrants for in relation to the death of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), according to Fars, but the Tehran attorney general Ali Alqasi Mehr said Trump was at the top of the list.

Mehr claimed Trump would be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends, Fars reported.

Iran also said it had asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 individuals, semi-official state news agency ISNA reported, though it was unlikely that Interpol would grant the request.

In a statement to CNN, Interpol said it “would not consider requests of this nature.” It explained that it was not in accordance with its rules and constitution, which states “it is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”

A September 2013 photo of Qasem Soleimani

‘Political stunt’: US official

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook called the move a “political stunt” during a joint press conference with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Monday.

“It’s propaganda that we’re used to,” Hook said. “This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is — it’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish,” he added.Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in January along with five others, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).The strike, condemned by Iran and its allies as an “assassination,” raised the specter of further regional destabilization.

A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, announced in early June that an Iranian citizen had been sentenced to death for allegedly working for foreign intelligence agencies. Esmaili claimed that Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi Majd disclosed the whereabouts of Soleimani to US intelligence officials.

The Trump administration viewed Soleimani as a ruthless killer, and the President told reporters in January that the general should have been taken out by previous presidents.

The Pentagon blamed Soleimani for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and US allies in the months leading up to his killing.”General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon said at the time, calling the strike “decisive defensive” action aimed at deterring future Iranian attacks.

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Black CNN Reporter Is Arrested Live On Air By Minnesota State Police While Reporting On Minneapolis Riots Over George Floyd’s Killing

By JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A black CNN reporter was arrested live on air on Friday morning by Minnesota State Patrol while reporting on the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes. 

CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was put in handcuffs and led away from his team of producers this morning shortly before 6.30am after the team was moved down the street by police in riot gear. 

According to one of his colleagues, the crew was told he was being arrested for refusing to move when he’d been told to but he was heard live on air telling the officers: ‘Put us back to where you want us – wherever you’d want us we’ll go. Just let us know.’ 

Image depicts Minneapolis arresting an African-American CNN Reporter

Jimenez told them they were live on air and was put in handcuffs. 

He asked: ‘Do you mind telling me why I am under arrest sir? Why am I under arrest sir’ then was led away. 

Two of his colleagues from the same team were also arrested and the three are now in custody. 

Other reporters from different networks reported from the scene this morning without incident.  

CNN’s Josh Campell for example said he was there but was not on camera. 

‘I identified myself … they said, ‘OK, you’re permitted to be in the area. I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was.’  

It can be clearly seen that The Police Of Minneapolis have arrested an CNN Reporter.

Jimenez and his team have been released. 

Gov. Tim Walz has apologized to CNN President Jeff Zucker and called it ‘unacceptable’. 

After being released, Jimenez returned to the air. He said: ‘Everyone was pretty cordial. 

‘I said to the officer who arrested me, “look, we’re going to be here for the next few days. Where do you want us to be?” And he said “I don’t know, I’m just following orders.”

‘There was no animosity. No one was violent with me,’ he said. 

‘That conversation may have happened above some of the people we were with. For us, they came back and said: “You’re with CNN, correct?” 

‘They let us out of the van, we were handcuffed in the van, then they came back with our belongings. They unclipped our handcuffed. That is when we were let out.

‘There was no sort of, “sorry this was a misunderstanding.” It seemed like this conversation might have happened but it didn’t happen with us,’ he said. 

ABC’s Gabe Guttierez was also able to film a segment in front of a group of state patrol officers. 

The protests in Minneapolis raged on Thursday night for a third night in a row as Floyd’s death continued to shock the world. 

The 46-year-old man was killed on Monday at 8pm.  

-Per The Daily Mail

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The Resignation of General James Norman Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.

Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.

Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.

Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.

General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.

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Violence in Politics: End It Now.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked by the media if President Donald Trump regrets any of his previous comments where he wishes harm on his opponents, states that The President has been against violence since day one.

Sarah Sanders, that is a lie. The President has in fact been promoting violence. He has insulted all of his political opponents, promoting violent rhetoric and conspiracies along the way. His political hyperbole cannot be discredited, or discharged as the work of a man with little political experience. Praising a politician for body slamming a reporter. Saying someone with 2nd amendment rights might shoot Hillary Clinton. Repeatedly saying you’ve wanted to punch someone in the head at your rallies. Calling the media the enemy of The United States. Claiming you could shoot someone in the middle of 5th avenue, New York and get away with you.

You have been promoting violence all along. Mr. President, please stop.

There are too many key issues plaguing The United States at this moment, and there is no room for violence of any form in politics. American citizens are currently holding out hope for change in their respective lives and communities, and many of them know that change can only come by supporting elected officials. That is why it is too important for we, the American people, to not have to deal with what has recently transpired.

Several pipe bombs have been sent to top Democrats. A blatant act of terrorism, it may perhaps be safe to conclude before any evidence is found of the perpetrators that this was in fact politically motivated. Whether or not this is domestic terrorism, we can at least infer that the motives behind these potential attacks were fueled by the aggressive and violent rhetoric of President Donald Trump, and societal members of the Republican Party.

Politics is amazing, and unique, in the fact that The Republican Party and The Democratic Party, and any other Party in the United States, has the right to stand up for the rights of American citizens and be the voice where sometimes voices cannot be heard. But politicians have to be careful how they use their power. The President has inadvertently been invoking violence with his rhetoric, and he has too much pride to force himself into guilt or change. To those that can amend there ways, do so. Do not stoop to the promotion of violence, for this is America’s history and future at stake.

Promote prosperity. End it now.

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Mainstream Bi-partisan Politics, and The Cultural Divide That Continues to Sweep The Nation.

It’s safe to say that the President of the United States is not a fan of the Democratic Establishment. His current barrage of insults now paints the Democratic Party as a mob. While a lot of his banter stands to be political hyperbole (such as joking about a fellow Republican slamming a reporter), his words do and will continue to have lasting effects across The Republic.

President Trump, hailing his victory of electing new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has begun a narrative of accusing the Democratic party of assimilating into a mob.

He isn’t the only Republican doing so.

Donald Trump is joined by the likes of other incredibly notable Republicans, to include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in an effort to now taint the image of The Democratic Party after a series of protests erupted on Washington following the selection process of Justice Kavanaugh. This narrative may prove to be effective for The Republicans. While many liberal minded Democrats and Independents may grow increasingly weary of the antics that are currently on display at The White House, Trump’s fan base and current iron grip over American politics can not be over looked. In just 2 years, Donald Trump has managed to elect two Supreme Court Judges, pass deregulatory tax legislation, and increase Federal Spending on key Conservative agendas.

Although Donald Trump may not be what we of The Democratic Party have envisioned as a true born leader since Obama departed (an individual with tenacity who invokes change and who can be a strong orator and voice the America that embodies unity and the growth of the working class), and while Liberals and Independents alike will undoubtedly come to the incredulous conclusion that President Trump may embody the personification of a true American Fascist, his campaign style, brutish antics and general display of lacking empathy for his opposers must not go unrevered. Donald Trump is a rich man’s best friend, and consistently comes out swinging from all angles at the opposition. Currently he’s systematically showing The USA a glimpse into the world of something far more dangerous than mob rule, and that’s one-party rule.

He is succeeding at this, too.