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Matt Whitaker on impeachment: Trump shouldn’t take part ‘in a process that is completely rigged against him’

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Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker argued on Monday that President Trump would be justified in not participating in the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry because the process is “rigged” against the commander-in-chief.

“Why would you participate in a process that is completely rigged against you?” Whitaker said on “Outnumbered Overtime.”

“Americans understand what fairness is. Fundamental fairness is in our core. This is not a fair process,” Whitaker said.

House Judiciary Committee is set to call witnesses to testify at a Wednesday hearing regarding the possible impeachment of President Trump, but their identities are being kept hidden not just from the White House, but even members of the committee itself.

COLLINS: SCHIFF WILL BE GOP’S ‘FIRST AND FOREMOST WITNESS’ FOR IMPEACHMENT HEARING

Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., gave the White House until Sunday evening to decide if they would like to participate in Wednesday’s hearing and gave Trump until Friday to determine whether he would mount a defense at future hearings. (The White House announced Sunday night that Trump and his lawyers would not participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing.)

“We’re going to have an academic hearing on Wednesday, which, by the way, gang, we don’t even know who their witnesses are yet, said Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee. “We don’t even know how to prepare. We’ve asked for fairness. We’ve not got an answer back on that.”

HOUSE JUDICIARY DEM ADMITS EVEN HE HAS NO CLUE WHO NADLER’S WITNESSES ARE, AS TRUMP FACES DEADLINE

Even Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., admitted Sunday that he did not know who will be testifying. All that is known so far is that there will be four witnesses who are constitutional law experts. Three will be chosen by the Democratic majority and one by the Republican minority.

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“In previous impeachments like the [President Bill] Clinton impeachment, they [Democrats] were given two and half weeks to prepare for witnesses, [so] that they then could bring a lawyer and cross-examine. In this example, they don’t even know who these witnesses are on Wednesday.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Sanctions May Have Fueled Iran Protests, but Have Yet to Further U.S. Goals

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President Trump likes to say that Iran is “a different country” after 18 months of punishing American sanctions, and the protests sweeping Iranian cities suggest he may be right. Even his most vociferous critics acknowledge that Mr. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign helped fuel that unrest.

But it is far from clear that what is unfolding on the streets today will make Iran more likely to renegotiate its nuclear deal or dial back its malign actions in the region, the two major American goals in dealing with the country.

If the lessons of the Arab Spring and the last big Iranian protests in 2009 are any guide, the crackdown on protesters may well succeed — and the Iranian government will press its case that the uprisings are more evidence of a broad American plot to destabilize the government. And even if Iran’s leaders begin to give some ground, it’s not enough to make partial concessions that don’t address Washington’s fundamental complaints, some administration officials have acknowledged in interviews. The government has to crack in the right way, and that is far from assured.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that the United States was supporting the protesters and that “we’ve done our best to make sure they can continue to communicate by using the internet,” despite a brief effort last week by Iran’s leadership to shut it down “in its entirety” in the country. He was referring to a quiet American effort, dating back several years, to provide ordinary Iranians with ways of communicating without government interference — what the United States calls free speech, and what the Iranian government calls an interference with its cybersovereignty.

But poking holes in Iran’s digital dragnet is a tactic to keep the protests going, not a strategy for transforming Iran’s behavior. And it runs the risk of playing into the Iranian government’s narrative that American efforts are aimed at regime change rather than a change of behavior — and has echoes of “Operation Ajax,” the C.I.A.’s recently acknowledged role in supporting a coup in the country in the mid-1950s.

And while Americans have long forgotten that episode, Iranians certainly have not, something Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is certainly aware of as he tries to ride out the uprisings.

In a series of speeches over the past year, Mr. Pompeo and his special envoy for Iran, Brian H. Hook, have made their strategy clear: By constantly ramping up sanctions, they are betting that Ayatollah Khamenei and the government of President Hassan Rouhani will decide that the cost at home is not worth resisting the United States’ pressure but simply cannot say when, or how, that will happen. And they may be proved right: It was a mix of sanctions and sabotage that forced Iran to the table seven years ago, leading to the 2015 agreement that Mr. Trump discarded last year.

“There is a universe in which the Iranian leadership, given the severity of the crisis, seizes this moment to reach a deal with the U.S. that would remove these sanctions in exchange for Tehran complying with the nuclear deal and starting negotiations on a new, broader agreement,” said Robert Malley, the president of the International Crisis Group and one of the negotiators of the 2015 accord when he served on President Barack Obama’s National Security Council.

Mr. Malley added that it was also possible that the Trump administration, “recognizing the limits of its maximum-pressure campaign in curbing Iran’s nuclear or regional ambitions, agrees.”

But the far more likely scenario, given the mood in both capitals, he said, was “one in which the Iranian regime views the unrest chiefly as a foreign, U.S.-inspired plot and refuses to negotiate from a position of weakness.”

Meanwhile, he said, Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo, “buoyed by the sense that its pressure campaign can bring the regime to its knees,” double down.

In fact, that standoff appears to be where things are now headed. Mr. Pompeo insisted on Monday that the root of the protests is what Iranian leaders have done to their economy, not that the sanctions have worsened.

“These protests are a direct result of economic collapse, the absence of political freedoms and a regime that has sent their young boys off to fight and come back dead, and hasn’t used that money for the betterment of the Iranian people,” he said on Fox. “You’re seeing these protests as a direct result of that.”

But he may be underestimating the ayatollah’s skills in putting down dissent over 30 years in office. He “doesn’t feel existential angst,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iranian-American scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

The pressure on the leadership will not build “unless and until we start seeing fissures among Iran’s security forces, and so far there are no signs of that,” he added.

The key question is whether economic conditions deteriorate. Mr. Hook noted in an interview on Monday that as the country cuts back further on subsidies, there will be more protests of the kind spurred by the 50 percent surge in gasoline prices. “The regime is running out of money after wasting billions on proxy wars and graft,” Mr. Hook said. “We expect to see additional subsidy cuts and rationing.”

Even if that proves right, Ayatollah Khamenei may in fact be betting that he can wait things out until the American elections, hoping that any Democrat who may be elected would restore the 2015 agreement. It is an uncertain bet — few have made that commitment, and it is almost unimaginable that any future American president would re-enter the agreement without getting something from Iran in return.

In many ways, the decisions the administration finds itself confronting now are similar to the ones the Obama administration confronted in 2009 amid the outbreak of the so-called Green Revolution. It was the first uprising of Mr. Obama’s presidency, less than five months after his inauguration. He reacted with a caution that many of his aides later regretted, declining to speak out in favor of the protesters for fear that it would play into the hands of the Iranian government.

Mr. Pompeo took a swipe at that approach on Monday.

“This administration has taken a completely opposite view of the important political protests, the freedom-seeking, the freedom-loving people of Iran, than President Obama and his administration did,” he said.

He went on to trumpet the somewhat vague effort to put technology into the hands of the Iranian people to allow them to communicate — and slip out images of the carnage as Iranian forces opened up on protesters in places like Mahshahr, a city of 120,000 people where the Revolutionary Guards crushed protesters on Nov. 18, killing as many as 100.

“After the 2017-18 protests in Iran, we accelerated efforts to enable Iranians to communicate with each other and with the outside world,” Mr. Hook said on Monday. Over the past few weeks, he said, “tens of thousands of Iranians used circumvention tools facilitated by the U.S. and our partners, even during the shutdown.”

But both the State Department and American intelligence officials were surprised that the Iranian government took the extraordinary step of shutting down the entire domestic internet infrastructure, even if only for a few days. Taking such an extreme step may have been part of an effort to undercut the use of those American-provided tools, which encrypt communications and give alternate pathways to transmit messages. But no one envisioned a total network shutdown.

Now American officials are trying to examine exactly what happened, and why the Iranians turned the system back on. One senior intelligence official said the best guess so far was that when the government turned off the network, it prompted all kinds of side effects — including a halt to many kinds of commerce — that only worsened the economic pain.

In the meantime, the administration is lauding what it says is a partial victory. Yes, the Iranians may be trying to reassemble the elements of the nuclear program, it notes, and they have not yet re-engaged in negotiations. But the uprisings are soaking up political time and attention.

“Because of our economic pressure campaign,” Mr. Hook insisted, “the regime has far less money and less time to spend on its ambition to dominate the Middle East. This reversal was long overdue.”

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Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty to campaign finance violations

Embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is expected to change his plea in a campaign finance investigation to guilty on Tuesday and has indicated he will leave Congress.

An announcement about the change was posted Monday to a U.S. District Court docket.

Hunter told KUSI-TV he will plead guilty to one count of misuse of campaign funds. He was scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 22 for allegedly diverting more than $250,000 in campaign money for trips, golf outings and personal expenses over several years.

US REP. HUNTER BLAMES ‘DEMOCRAT PROSECUTORS’ FOR HIS INDICTMENT ON CORRUPTION CHARGES

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In this July 1, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves federal court after a motions hearing in San Diego. Hunter says he will plead guilty on Tuesday to a charge of misusing campaign funds. The California Republican is facing charges he looted campaign cash to finance vacations, golf outings and other personal expenses, a judge said Monday. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

“I think it’s important not to have a public trial for three reasons, and those three reasons are my kids,” Hunter told the news station.

“I think it would be really tough for them,” he added. “It’s hard enough being the kids of a public figure. I think it’s time for them to live life outside the spotlight.”

He said he wants to ensure a “seamless transition” for the next occupant of his House seat, adding that he prefers it to be held in Republican hands.

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Hunter’s wife, Margaret Hunter, previously pleaded guilty for her role in the scheme and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

The San Diego congressman has said the corruption charges and allegations he used campaign money to fund a string of extra-marital affairs with congressional staffers and lobbyists are part of a political witch hunt.

Republican leaders stripped him of his committee assignments and several GOP opponents, including former Rep. Darrell Issa, have launched campaign bids to unseat him in 2020.

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Hunter’s former challenger, Democratic candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar, is also running for his seat. Hunter, a former Marine who served in Iraq, has served 11 years in Congress and previously resisted calls to resign.

He failed to get the endorsement of San Diego Republicans last month.

Defense attorneys tried to get those allegations blocked by the court, but U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan ruled the allegations were relevant to whether campaign money was spent illegally and spoke to motive and intent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Pennsylvania mom charged with murder in hanging deaths of her two children

Pennsylvania prosecutors investigating the hanging deaths of a 4-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother have charged their mother with murder in their deaths.

Police had reported the children of 36-year-old Lisa Snyder, Conner and Brinley, had been found hanged with a dog leash in the basement of their Albany Township home on Sept. 23. Snyder had suggested to a 911 dispatcher that Conner was suicidal because of bullying and took Brinley with him because he “didn’t want to go alone.”

Snyder’s arrest was announced Monday by Berks County prosecutors. She was arrested at her home.

“This was a horrific, tragic incident,” District Attorney John Adams told a news conference, Fox 32 Philadelphia reported.

Snyder was also charged with child endangerment and having sex with a dog, the Allentown Morning Call reported.

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Lisa Snyder, 36. (Berks County Jail)

The paper quoted Adams as telling reporters, “Eight-year-olds, generally, that I am aware of, do not commit suicide so of course, we had questions almost immediately.”

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He said that Snyder never returned to the basement where paramedics worked to save her children after she called 911 to report finding Conner and Brinley hanging, the paper reported.

“I would agree that we all may think that a mother of children who are found hanging would make every effort possible to save them,” Adams said. “That was not done in this situation.”

The paper, citing court documents, reported that authorities said the children’s deaths happened a day after Snyder searched “hanging yourself” on Google and visited a website detailing an effective way of hanging a person.

The court papers also quoted authorities as saying that Snyder also conducted searches for “how long to die” from carbon monoxide and for “almost got away with it,” a reference to a true crime television series on the cable channel Investigation Discovery, the paper reported.

MOM OF CHILDREN FOUND HANGING TOLD 911 DISPATCHER SON WAS BULLIED, ‘DIDN’T WANT TO GO ALONE’

The paper also cited an arrest affidavit which stated that in the weeks leading up to the hangings, Snyder sent at least three explicit photos of herself engaged in sexual acts with a black and white dog to an individual who was not named.

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Conner Snyder, 8, and his 4-yer-old sister Brinley were found hanged in the basement of their home in Albany Township, Pa., last month. (Google Maps)

According to court records Conner and Brinley were “hanging approximately three feet apart from a single wired cable with plastic coating,” Fox 32 reported.

Investigators said the dog leash was purchased that morning and was wrapped around the main support beam in the basement and two dining room chairs were knocked over next to the children, according to the station.

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The station quoted authorities as saying that a person who lived in Snyder’s house rejected the notion that Conner was suicidal or had been bullied.

Additionally, the station reported that officials said they spoke to numerous school officials, family members and classmates and found no evidence of bullying.

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2020 Jaguar F-Type gets new style, fewer models

The Jaguar F-Type is getting its first significant styling update for 2021, eight years after it first went on sale.

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A set of slim, horizontal headlights and a new hood are the most significant changes to the two-seat coupe and convertible, along with redesigned front and rear ends.

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The 2020 Jaguar sports the old style. (Jaguar)

The interior carries over largely intact, but is trimmed with higher quality materials and now features Jaguar’s latest infotainment system and a full digital instrument cluster.

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Jaguar has also trimmed the number of powertrain choices to three, all with eight-speed automatic transmissions. The entry-level F-Type features a 296 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with rear-wheel-drive, while all-wheel-drive models come with either a 380 hp supercharged V6 or 575 hp supercharged V8.

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The F-Type is set to be the last Jaguar sports car overseen in some part by longtime design chief Ian Callum, who retired from the British automaker this summer and was succeeded by his second in command, Julian Thompson.

Pricing has not been announced, but the 2020 F-Type starts at $62,625.

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American cryptocurrency expert charged with helping North Korea evade US sanctions: DOJ

An American cryptocurrency expert was arrested in Los Angeles Thursday for allegedly helping North Korea use cryptocurrency to evade U.S. sanctions, according to a criminal complaint from the Department of Justice.

Virgil Griffith, 36, a resident of Singapore and citizen of the U.S., is charged with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Under the act, U.S. citizens are prohibited from exporting any goods, services, or technology to North Korea without a license from the Department of the Treasury.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, inspects a military unit on Changrin Islet in North Korea.  (Korea News Service via AP)

The DOJ’s criminal complaint says Griffith taught an audience in North Korea earlier this year how to use blockchain – the technology behind cryptocurrency – despite the State Department denying Griffith permission to travel there. The conference was attended by 100 people, prosecutors said, including several who appeared to work for the North Korean government.

“Griffith provided highly technical information to North Korea, knowing that this information could be used to help North Korea launder money and evade sanctions,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York. “In allegedly doing so, Griffith jeopardized the sanctions that both Congress and the president have enacted to place maximum pressure on North Korea’s dangerous regime.”

Griffith’s presentation at the cryptocurrency conference had been approved by North Korean officials and focused on how blockchain technology, including a “smart contract,” could be used to benefit the North. 

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After the conference, Griffith began formulating plans to facilitate the exchange of cryptocurrency between North and South Korea, despite knowing that assisting with that exchange would violate sanctions. 

The DOJ also said Griffith announced his intention to renounce his U.S. citizenship and had been researching how to purchase citizenship from other countries.

Prosecutors say another person involved in the alleged conspiracy was to be brought to New York and arrested. That person is not named in the criminal complaint against Griffith.

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Griffith was slated to appear in federal court Monday to face charges. Violating the IEEPA carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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KFC thieves threaten staff with sword during robbery, newly released footage shows

Police are searching for suspects accused of using a sword to rob a Kentucky Fried Chicken in England.

Authorities have released images of the suspects, who threatened the restaurant’s employees during the October 27 incident. The two unidentified men grabbed money from the register and then fled the store.

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The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. at a KFC in Derby, reported South West News Service, a British news agency.

Security cameras caught the two men as they entered the store. One of the suspects is seen pointing the sword at a worker after climbing on top of the counter. His partner then runs around to the other side of the counter and grabs cash from the register.

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Both men then fled the restaurant. No injuries were reported following the incident.

“I understand that the two suspects have their faces covered but I am asking for help from anyone that may recognize anything about the two people in the footage, perhaps clothing or the way they are walking or acting,” said Derbyshire Detective Constable Steph Marshall when the footage was released.

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Both suspects fled the restaurant after using the sword to threaten staff and taken money from the register. (SWNS)

“Although over in minutes, the incident was very frightening for the staff and so I urge anyone with any information to make contact with me,” Marshall added.

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The Derby incident marks the latest fast-food robbery of note. In late November, authorities in Georgia had also arrested a woman who was suspected of shooting at a KFC drive-thru window in Kentucky a month earlier. The 33-year-old woman, from Sandy Springs, Ga., was taken into custody almost a month after the incident occurred.

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Mysterious shipwreck uncovered in Lake Michigan storm surge

A mysterious shipwreck has been uncovered thanks to a Lake Michigan storm surge.

KGW8 reports that the shipwreck, which was buried just off the Muskegon coast, was revealed following a storm last week.

The West Michigan Underwater Preserve, which partners with the State of Michigan to preserve shipwrecks and coastal artifacts, was called in to examine the wreck. John Hanson of the WHUMP told Fox News that his “best guess” is that the wreck is a barge that sank in the 1930s.

“At this point our best theory is that in 1936 there was a barge being towed from Grand Haven to Muskego,” he explained, via email. “It was hauling a 1915 Bucyrus Erie Steam Crane. The barge started taking on water and the Coast Guard was called. In an effort to pull the barge faster to safety, the bow separated from the barge and the Steam Crane went into Lake Michigan still Hot, to which it exploded.”

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WMUP researchers found the wreckage of the crane eight years ago by plotting the GPS numbers, Hanson added, noting that it is now a marked dive sight.

“This newly uncovered barge is almost directly in shore a quarter-mile from the Crane,” he said.

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The wreck has sparked speculation about the circumstances surrounding its sinking. (John Hanson West Michigan Underwater Preserve)

The Great Lakes continue to reveal their shipwreck secrets. The remarkably intact wreck of a schooner that sank in 1891 was recently discovered in Lake Michigan.

Two Civil War-era schooners that collided and sank more than 140 years ago were also recently discovered near Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.

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The wreck of a steamer has also been discovered 103 years after it was struck by a massive wave and sank in Lake Superior. Earlier this year, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum announced the discovery of the wreck of the S.R. Kirby off the Keweenaw Peninsula on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Experts were called in to examine the wreck. (John Hanson West Michigan Underwater Preserve)

Researchers found what appeared to be wreckage near Eagle Harbor, Mich., in 2018 and returned to identify the wreck with an underwater drone this year. That same year, experts said that a shipwreck discovered in Lake Erie in 2015 may be the oldest found in the famous lake.

Also in 2018, researchers announced the discovery of the 119-year-old shipwreck Margaret Olwill at the bottom of Lake Erie. The wooden steam barge sank during an 1899 nor’easter.

EXPLORERS FIND 119-YEAR-OLD SHIPWRECK AT THE BOTTOM OF LAKE ERIE

In May 2008, two explorers discovered the British warship HMS Ontario, which was lost in Lake Ontario in 1780. The HMS Ontario is the oldest shipwreck ever found in the Great Lakes and the only British warship of this period still in existence in the world.

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A storm surge revealed the mysterious shipwreck. (​John Hanson West Michigan Underwater Preserve)

Later that year, the explorers — Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville — also discovered a rare 19th-century schooner sitting upright 500 feet under the waves of Lake Ontario.

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The wreck is the latest to be discovered in the Great Lakes.

In 2016, Kennard was also part of a team of underwater explorers that discovered the second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes. The Washington, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop sank in Lake Ontario during a fierce storm in 1803.

Fox News’ Alex Vros, Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Robert Gearty and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Russia Begins Sending Natural Gas To China As Putin And Xi Open New Pipeline

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Russia began sending natural gas to China’s northeast on Monday, launching a new pipeline. Here, workers are seen during construction of the Chinese section of the China-Russia East Route natural gas pipeline in Heihe, China. Visual China Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Russia began sending natural gas to China’s northeast on Monday, launching a new pipeline. Here, workers are seen during construction of the Chinese section of the China-Russia East Route natural gas pipeline in Heihe, China.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a new China-Russia natural gas pipeline on Monday, connecting a Siberian gas field to a city in northeastern China.

The initial phase of the pipeline was built in just five years, after the China National Petroleum Corp signed a deal worth $400 billion with Russian energy giant Gazprom in May 2014.

Putin and Xi used a four-way video link to monitor the control rooms in their respective facilities as they exchanged speeches. The two leaders then gave the final go-ahead to send and receive gas over their shared border.

When it’s fully completed, the pipeline will span more than 5,000 miles, joining a 3,000-kilometer (1,864 miles) section in Russia with a 5,111-km (3,176 miles) stretch in China, eventually terminating in Shanghai.

“China and Russia are at a crucial stage in their national development, and our relations are entering a new phase as well,” Xi said, according to a Kremlin news release about the launch.

Describing the push to create the pipeline, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Monday that the project required 10 new bridges to be built over large rivers, along with more than 100 crossings over small rivers and marshes.

The 30-year energy agreement relies on a push to convert China’s border city of Heihe from coal to gas, followed by neighboring areas in the northeast.

China is to import 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2020, ramping up to 38 billion cubic meters annually starting in 2024.

In Russia, the new pipeline is called the Power of Siberia; in China, media reports are a bit less evocative, referring to it as the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline.

The pipeline is part of China’s plan to boost its natural gas use to 10% by 2020. But as the state-run media outlet Xinhua reports, the arduous work of stringing together a gas pipeline through tough conditions will now be followed by the task of creating infrastructure and signing up new accounts.

“Heihe has registered 30,000 households for switching to natural gas for heating,” Xinhua reports. Citing the local natural gas company, it adds, “It will take one year to complete full coverage of the gas network in the city.”

For Russia, the pipeline to China is one of three high-profile energy projects Gazprom is carrying out. The other two plans reflect Russian partnerships with Germany and Turkey — U.S. allies and fellow NATO members.

Despite repeated objections from the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress, Russia is building the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline through the Baltic Sea — a project that would allow Russia to sharply increase its gas exports to Germany, with a maximum annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to open within months — as is a third pipeline in the south called TurkStream, which will bring gas from facilities near Anapa, Russia, across the Black Sea to Turkey, making landfall between Istanbul and the Bulgarian border.

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Ukrainian President Criticizes Trump, U.S. Officials For Spreading Misinformation

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about his distrust of foreign leaders and criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his waning support of Ukraine, in a sprawling interview with Time and European media published Monday.

The interview marks Zelensky’s most vehement and high-profile defense of Ukraine since the U.S. House of Representatives began an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s efforts to force Ukraine to open investigations into his political rivals.

“If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us,” Zelensky said at one point. “I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo.”

Trump’s intention to exchange military aid earmarked for Ukraine for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden is at the heart of the House’s impeachment inquiry, along with efforts by Trump and White House officials to spread a conspiracy theory about Ukraine ― not Russia ― interfering in the 2016 election.

The conspiracy theory about election meddling by Ukraine has been dispelled by the U.S. Intelligence Community and, more recently, during congressional testimony by the Trump administration’s former top Russia expert, Dr. Fiona Hill. But Trump’s allies in Congress and conservative media have continued to spread the discredited theory. On Sunday, Sen. Joe Kennedy (R-La.) befuddled “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd when he regurgitated anti-Ukrainian talking points widely acknowledged as pro-Russian misinformation.

In the Time interview, Zelensky told reporters how these conspiracy theories harm Ukraine:

The United States of America is a signal, for the world, for everyone. When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals. It might seem like an easy thing to say, that combination of words: Ukraine is a corrupt country. Just to say it and that’s it. But it doesn’t end there. Everyone hears that signal. Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, American, European, companies that have international capital in Ukraine, it’s a signal to them that says, “Be careful, don’t invest.” Or, “Get out of there.” This is a hard signal.

Trump has repeatedly said his efforts to extort Ukraine were meant to root out government misconduct in the country, which ousted its former leader, President Petro Poroshenko, for corruption. Billing himself as a reformer, Zelensky succeeded Poroshenko on an anti-corruption platform, and he told Time he has nothing to prove to Trump.

“I don’t need to change his mind,” Zelensky said. “During my meeting with him, I said that I don’t want our country to have this image. For that, all he has to do is come and have a look at what’s happening, how we live, what kinds of people we are.”

Zelensky also discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s encroachment into Ukrainian territory and what he described as a decline in global support for Ukrainian independence. 

Asked whether he trusts Putin to conduct peace talks with Ukraine in good faith, Zelensky said: “I don’t trust anyone at all.” He added: “I don’t know these people. I can’t understand what dough they’re made of. That’s why I think nobody can have any trust. Everybody just has their interests.”

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