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who came out to face them. federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation after a car plowed into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally. police have taken into custody this man in connection with what happened, 20-year-old james alex fields jr. is being held on suspicion of second degree murder. we want to warn you that you may find this video graphic. if you have small children in the room, now is the time to have them turn away. [ bleep ] [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. >> that nazi just drove into people. he -- oh, my god. >> one woman died right there in that crowd. more than one dozen were wounded, many in critical conditions. meantime, democrats and some republicans -- many republicans are criticizing president donald trump for not labelling the protesters for what they are,
white nationalists. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. it's been going on for a long time in our country. not donald trump, not barack obama. it's been going on for a long, long time. >> our brian todd has been following the violent clashes. he has more from charlottesville. >> reporter: a day of violence and escalating tension here in charlottesville, virginia as white supremacist protesters engaged in a pitched street battle with counterdemonstrators on saturday in charlottesville and the violence got even worse. several people were injured in the initial clashes between the two groups of demonstrators. then shortly after 1:30 p.m. eastern time in the street behind me, 4th street here in charlottesville as a group of
demonstrators were walking down the street, a car plowed into several of them and struck two other vehicles. one 32-year-old woman was killed in that incident, at least 19 people were hurt, and separately two state troopers died in a helicopter crash outside charlottesville, virginia. here is what we can tell you about the suspect in the car trike that occurred, again, right behind me at the scene. he is 20-year-old james alex field jr. from maumee, ohio. he is arrested and booked in a local jail, charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failure to stop for an accident that resulting in death. in addition, three people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations, two are young men from out of town, and the governor and local mayor here have told us that a lot of the people they believe who have come here to cause trouble did come from out of state. so investigators here are still piecing through what happened.
civil rights investigation has been launched by the justice department into the incident here behind me, and one man faces a second degree murder charge. brian todd, cnn, charlottesville, virginia u.s. attorney general jeff sessions released a statement about the investigation into the violence there in virginia. he said, the violence and deaths in charlottesville strike at the heart of american law and justice. when such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated. i have talked about fbi director chris rey, fbi agents on the scene and law enforcement officials for the state of virginia. the fbi has been supporting state and local authorities throughout the day. u.s. attorney rick mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the department of justice. justice will prevail. that's from jeff sessions. former president barack obama has responded to the clashes
between white nationalists and counterprotesters in virginia. he tweeted the following nelson mandela quote. no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. people must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. well, democrats and some republicans are criticizing the president for his response to the violence in virginia. president trump, that is. cnn's white house correspondent athena jones has more on that. >> reporter: hi there. that's right, the president did respond to the violence in charlottesville earlier today. here is part of what he had to say. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. it's been going on for a long time in our country.
not donald trump, not barack obama. it's been going on for a long, long time. it has no place in america. >> reporter: and one phrase you herald from the president just now there is getting a lot of attention, a lot of criticism i should say, and that is when he said, "the violence, the hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides." a all right of folks are saying he is equating the neo-nazis and white supremacists and white nationalists demonstrating last night and today with the folks counterdemonstrating, protesting the racial epithets they were espousing. i asked a white house official what the president meant by many sides. this is what one said. they said, the president was condemning pate red, bigotry and sources from all sources and all sides. there was violence between protesters and counterprotesters today. that was the white house doubling down on this idea that both sides are to be blame.
another thing that's notable here is that the president talked about bringing the country together, about the need to yu night, unite, to straight situation in charlottesville, to study it and figure out what is going on in the country that allows this sort of thing to happen. a lot of critics on both sides of the aisle are saying that the president himself needs to call out the organizers of this demonstration by name, people that were carrying flags with nazi emblems, people carrying confederate flags, people that showed up last night on university of virginia campus carrying torches, protesting removal of a confederate statue. they know that people have criticized president obama for not using terms like radical islamic terrorist, asking how you can defeat this idea without naming it. they're calling on the president to condemn white nationalists.
one more thing i want the note, this is a president who has not been shy about criticizing a long list of people whether it is democrats like president obama or his former rival hillary clinton or fellow republicans like senator mitch mcconnell, senator mccain, the former fbi director, james comey and current council bob mueller, but what he has not done is condemn white supremacy, nazis or neo-nazis. that's why a lot of folks believe his statement on saturday did not go far enough. back to you. senator ted cruz is among prominent republican lawmakers condemning saturday's violence calling white supremacists repulsive and evil. he called on the u.s. justice department to immediately investigate and prosecute today's gro tess can act of domestic terrorism. others posted their disgust on twitter. house speaker paul ryan said
white supremacy is a securing that must be defeated. former candidate jeb bush said white supremacists and their bigotry do not represent our great country. senator marco rubio called saturday's violence a terror attack by white supremacists. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said hate and bigotry do not reflect american values. many of the white nationalists who brought their anger to charlottesville are well-known to authorities. richard painter is the former ethics lawyer for president george w. bush, and he told me earlier some members of this unite the right group have the ear of mr. trump's add visors and he has strong opinions about what the president should do about that. >> well, at this point i'm not interested in what the president has to say. i'm interested in what he is going to do about this. what is going on here is that there is an umbrella movement called the alt-right which has been operating on the internet
and on the pages of ""brightbart news"" and seeking to mobilize white supremacists including the ku klux klan and other white supremacists for purpose offage station and violence in our country. this is a terrorist threat, this alt-right movement, and steve bannon and other people working in the white house have given it support. the president needs to fire those people and make it clear that his department of justice is going to pursue any and all illegal activities by those involved with the alt-right movement, any threats of violence or any other illegal activities. this is a serious threat to our national security, what's going on right now, and it is very, very troublesome that advisers to the president have been involved in the same organizational efforts and
movements that have resulted in the violence today in charlottesville. >> and, richard though, you say it is more important what is the president going do moving forward, but isn't it also important, his words of condemnation to defuse violence, to condemn these groups, to say the letters kkk, to say the words white national and neo-nazi? why won't he? >> well, i don't know what's going on there, but these people were mobilized to support the donald trump campaign by people like steve bannon, and then we have someone like sebastian gorka in the white house who when he was faced with a terrorist attack on a mosque in minnesota -- my home state -- he said it was a fake. these are very dangerous people and they should not be in the white house, and this alt-right movement is extremely dangerous. i don't know why the president will not condemn it for what it
is, but it is the alt-right movement, not just the neo-nazis and the kkk. we need to focus on this, and it is all over the internet. this is a very sophisticated organizational effort and a lot of these people are armed and really dangerous. it is something i'm very concerned about. it is a threat to our national security. >> what more would you like to see president trump say or do? you talk about steve bannon and what he represents, and we saw many of these alt-right folks demonstrating, saying disparaging things about jews. this president's own son-in-law and daughter are orthodox jews, so it is hard to understand where does this president fall? >> well, it is, and this movement is full of anti-semites. i received an enormous amount of
anti-semitic e-mail and trolling on the internet even though i'm an episcopalian. this is a very poisonous environment that has been created by the alt-right, and it is not something just to be blamed on the kkk and the nazis. the alt-right movement is responsible for this, and president trump's senior advisers including steve bannon have taken advantage of that movement for political gain and now we are reaping what was sewn and it is a dangerous situation. >> right. as you say that, we can see exactly a representation of that with the violence. we thank you for your thoughts and for joining us, richard painter, former white house ethics lawyer for president george w. bush. thank you, richard. >> thank you. and we will have more on the deadly attack in virginia. an ohio man is in custody on suspicion of second degree murder after a car ram into a group of pedestrians there in charlottesville. we will hear from a reporter who talked with this man's mother.
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and we covered it, july first, twenty-fifteen. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ and this is what we've been talking about. this was saturday in the normal quiet college town of charlottesville, virginia. angry white nationalists protesting the removal of a confederate statue. they clashed with people that stood up to them. then the violence turned deadly. a speeding car plowed into a group of unsuspected counterprotesters. one person, a young woman, was killed while walking across the street. more than a dozen were hurt. the suspect, a driver, a 20-year-old man from ohio, has been taken into cuss toldy. the fbi has now opened a civil rights investigation into what happened.
earlier cnn spoke with a reporter who heard from the mother of the man suspected of driving the car into a crowd of protesters. >> reporter: i'm he told her last week he was planning to go, he took a day off work. she scribbled described it as at rally, but she said she was unaware of its extremist nature or leanings as far as the other people that were going to be attending. >> did she say that her son was part of any of these groups, was somehow synpatico with any of these groups? >> so she was pretty unaware of kind of what the definition of alt-right would be. i mean she kind of fumbled over the language. i don't think she had a clear idea of even what that definition would be. she said to me that she doesn't try to get too much into his, you know, political believes and that she's, you know, not -- not
too well-versed in his political leanings in any way. so, yeah, i don't get a sense that she necessarily knew what he was headed for this weekend. >> unfortunately she does now. witnesses who saw that car slam into a group of counterprotesters say the vehicle was going extremely fast. two men at the scene describe what they saw and heard. >> the car reversed very fast, back up the street as you can see in the video. so we were still on the scene and jumped out to get around the corner, this barrier of this building, and the car flew by and immediately, you know, there was victims started coming out. my friend ran after the car. i gave first ald toid to a lady came out from the same. yeah, that's basically what happened. the car disappeared after that. >> reporter: were you able to get a look at the driver as he sped by you? >> no, the car had tinted windows so it was -- it was
difficult to see in. so i was -- i was more looking, is this bern going to come directly towards me. so i was looking to get out of the way of the car right as it came back, when it came passed us. we didn't see. i just saw it said, line brandon said, into the group of protesters and i thought, well, this is like a terrorist incident. >> i got a glimpse of the driver. i was standing a few feet from him as he came back, a white male. appeared to have close-cropped hair but it was, you know, tinted windows so i didn't get a very good look at him. >> chilling that this suspect used an isis-style tactic to inflict this horror on these people. earlier cnn's amara walker spoke with civil rights attorney charles coleman jr. about the car attack and how authorities are responding. he explained what a civil rights investigation could mean here. >> in order for them to be able to really move forward in terms
of federal civil rights charges, there's going to have to be a finding by the department of justice that there was a willful and intentional deprivation of the civil rights of the individuals who were affected. now, in this case i think that it will be simple to do, primarily because you do have white nationalists. this was a geared around hate speech. this was a protest that was at its very core about hatred, about bigotry, about racism. so i don't think that the usual hurdle that the department of justice has found of late in terms of being able to prosecute under federal civil rights statutes is something they're going to have in this instance. however, we are under a new administration. they have been doing things differently, so i can't say anything would be a huge surprise to me. >> can you give us some background here given you are a civil rights attorney, you know, just about this protest and virginia and the fact that this is a place where white nationalists have come in the
past to rally, you know, for hate, for naziism, what these nazi-era slogans that were chanted? i mean this was a message, a martha was solely based on hate and intolerance. >> you're absolutely correct and i'm glad that you asked the question. this target, this choice of venue was not an all-in accident by the people who decided to put this together. it is important that viewers understand that virginia was home to two of the three known capitals of the confederacy during the civil rights war, during that time. so there's a long-standing, deep-seated, well-documented history of racism and bigotry in the state of virginia which made this very fertile ground for something like this to take place. so it is not an accident that it took place here. it is very important to understand that the targets of this protest are people of color, are americans who are
living on the fringes and have been pushed to the outside of society, people who are -- may not necessarily be documented citizens, people of color, poor people, and white allies who have chosen to stand in courage and in partnership with those people of color who have stood up to these white supremacists and these bigots. so it is very important as we contextualize what is going on, who in fact are the intended targets of the protest. >> it underscores how polarized the country is and also the fact that some people feel emboldened with the trump presidency. i say that because i'm using david duke, the leader of the kkk who was on camera, being interviewed on this saturday saying he was out fulfilling the promise also of president trump, he was invoking president trump's name. this is the first kind of crisis
that we're seeing the president of the united states face right now. what dow think about h you thin leadership and the way he condemned what happened? >> i think it has been an absolute failure of leadership on his part, particularly because he has in his response made a tale of two presidents. this is a failure of indifference. on one hand you have a president who can talk as tough as he wants to to the venezuela government, to the north korea government, he can talk as tough as he wants to about islam awe terrorism, but when it comes to calling out white supremacy which is a brand he bit his candidacy on, now he wants to soft shoe and not talk tough. i think it exposes what the legacy of his campaign and his presidency and what he wants his administration to stand for. we knew where this was coming
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people who came out to face them. meantime, president donald trump has condemned the violence among "many sides" as he called it. democrats and some republicans are criticizing the president for not labelling the protesters for what they are, white nationalists. the president also said this about what was going on in charlottesville. >> we want to get the situation straightened out in charlottesville, and we want to study it and we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. my administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. we must love each other, respect each other and cherish or history and our future together.
>> in an emotional news conference, virginia's governor had a direct and clear message for the white nationalists at saturday's rally. >> i have a message to all of the white supremacists and the nazis who came into charlottesville today. our message is plain and simple, go home. you are not wanted in this great commonwealth. shame on you. you pretend that you're patriots, but you are anything but a patriot. you want to talk about patriots, talk about thomas jefferson and george washington who brought our country together. you think about the patriots today, the young men and women who are wearing the cloth of our country. somewhere around the globe they're putting their life in danger. they're patriots, you are not. you came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people.
my message is clear. we are stronger than you. you have made our commonwealth stronger. you will not succeed. there is no place for you here, there is no place for you in america. we work here today to bring people together, to unify folks. i remind you all that we are a nation of immigrants. unless you're native american, the first ships that came to jamestown, virginia in 1607, and since that time many people have come to our great country to unite us. our diversity, that mosaic tile of immigrants is what makes us so special, and we will not let anybody come here and destroy it. so please go home. and never come back. take your hatred and take your bigotry.
there is no place. >> terry mcauliffe there, the governor of virginia. white nationalist paula costineyer and former leader of ku klux klan david duke was at the rally. here is video from 2016 when donald trump was campaigning and was asked about duke. >> yes, go ahead. >> how do you feel about the recent endorsement from david duke? >> i didn't even know he endorsed me. david duke endorsed me? all right. i disavow. okay. yes. >> duke explained the reasoning for saturday's alt-right and neo-nazi rally in virginia. here he is. >> this represents a turning point for the people of this country. we are determined to take our country back. we're going to fulfill the promises of donald trump, that's what we believed in, that's why we voted for donald trump, because he said he's going to take our country back.
>> well, after mr. trump condemned the rally and urged americans to come together, duke sent a tweet directed at the president saying that mr. trump should take a good look in the mirror and remember that it was white americans who put him in the presidency, not radical leftists. earlier, cnn's amara walker spoke with former south carolina lieutenant governor andre bauer about david duke. here is part of that conversation. >> david duke is not in any way what i think this country tries to speak to the world about welcoming and being tolerant of other people's views. in fact, it is just the opposite, and it is not healthy. i don't know how he's continued to be relevant. i wish y'all wouldn't even cover him, and then it would take a lot of his relevance away. but i hope the president will address that. >> your thoughts on some of the gop lawmakers who are basically, you know, doing what the president didn't do?
for instance, senator orrin hatch tweeting, "we should call evil by its name. my brother didn't give his life fighting hitler for nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home." senator ted cruz also calling it domestic terrorism. chuck grassley, what white nationalists are doing in charlottesville is home-grown terrorism. you have lawmakers, republican colleagues of the president who are calling it what it is, yet the president not doing that. how do you explain this huge disconnect between the president of the united states and these gop senators? >> well, those gop senators had plenty of time to come up with their message. they're not taking on as many things as the president of the united states is right now. we do have a little situation over in north korea. >> he has had hours to tweet again, hasn't he? he likes to twitter, why hasn't he -- >> he has tweeted and said it was sad and unfortunate -- i don't know if he said unfortunate. >> but he hasn't called out white supremacy.
>> i hope tomorrow he does. again, i was watching van jones, a good friend of mine earlier, and i heard his heart. i heard what he was saying and i heard what he wanted to hear from our president, and i think our president will clarify some of the things maybe he didn't get a chance to address today. >> all right. andre bauer, we appreciate you coming on. thank you for your perspective. >> thank you, amara. >> the violence in virginia isn't the only issue facing the u.s., of course. we will have the latest on the north korean missile threat with a live report coming up here. plus, president trump also in the middle of a diplomatic showdown with venezuela. now caracas is accusing him of threatening peace in latin america. need a hair smoother get super fruit moroccan argan oil with sleek & shine leave-in cream long lasting frizz control for up to 3 days of sleek hair fructis sleek & shine the #1 treatment in america super fruit. super hair. garnier. we demand a lot from our eyes every day. i should know.
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♪ we continue with our coverage of the breaking news, the tense, violent and deadly day in the city of charlottesville, virginia, a college town. three people have been arrested after clashes between white supremacists and people who came out to face them. we're also getting a new video, and we want to warn you it is graphic. it shows the moment a car plowed into the crowdrotestin the rally. we know a 32-year-old woman was killed when that happened. at least 19 other people were hurt, some critically. federal authorities have open a civil rights investigation into what happened, and this man is now in custody in connection with the crash. 20-year-old james alex fields jr. from ohio is being
held on suspicion of second degree murder. meantime, democrats and republicans are criticizing president trump for his response to the violence. listen to what the governor of virginia says he told the president. >> i told the president that there has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together. the hatred and rhetoric that has gone on and has intensified over the last couple of months is dividing this great nation. we need to work together. i told the president that twice, i would be willing to work with you if we can work together to bring people together, but stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country. we have got to bring people together. >> the violence there in charlottesville comes as the u.s. also faces the north korean missile threat. the white house says president trump discussed the issue with french president emmanuel macron
saturday. the two leaders agreed on the need to confront the increasingly dangerous situation, that's a quote. we also have heard south korea's president is set to meet with the u.s. chairman joint chief of staff. more on this. joins me from seoul. at least there seems to be more talk and maybe it will tamp down the rhetoric, alexandra. >> reporter: that's everyone's hope at this moment, natalie. it seems a long time ago, but it was a week ago when we were touting the effort to get all members of the u.n. security council to pass the toughest sanctions on north korea. that seemed like diplomatic progress. a couple of days later you have a full-on war of words between pyongyang and u.s. president donald trump. this all started on tuesday with president trump warning in the words that are rather infamous about fire and fury for north korea if they continued with their threats. since then, it has been threat
and response between pyongyang and president trump. at one point during the week pyongyang warning it was looking into the possibility of sending intermediate range missiles into the waters off guam, the u.s.-held territory that is home to thousands of u.s. service men and women. by the end of the week donald trump had doubled down over and over again really on the threats of military action against north korea. at one point finally saying that the military options were locked and loaded in case north korea came out with another overt threat against the u.s. or if they threatened to attack guam or follow through on any of those threats concerning guam. where does it leave us? in an incredibly tense security situation right here on the peninsula. it has been enough for russia to decide to up air defenses in response. japan has deployed some land-based missile intercepters and right here the military is saying they're maintaining full
defensive posture so they will be ready with a powerful response if further provoked. natalie. >> what of china? anything new there? >> reporter: yeah, china is a key part of the equation, isn't it? you have heard it a lot from the trump hat trump administration. there's been an overwhelming frustration. they signed on and it seemed to be a success with the trump administration. it has been increasingly strained. president trump has talked about the investigation of china's trade practices. it could lead to trade tariffs, which china does not want the see, but it is being discussed against the backdrop of the heightened concerns with north korea. d.c. has been trying to apply pressure to beijing to resolve this crisis. they have a different approach on how to do it. they want to see the u.s. and
south korea stop the exercises that enrage north korea. we know that the u.s. and south korea plan to proceed with the military exercises later this month. >> and we'll hear how this talk goes with the south koreans and the u.s. thank you so much, alexandra field for us. venezuela says u.s. president trump is a threat to piece and stability in latin america. its foreign ministers issued the government's official response after mr. trump refused to rule out using military force in venezuela. the country's defense minister called mr. trump's talk of possible military action a "crazy act." venezuela is gripped by an ongoing economic and political crisis. earlier i spoke with eric farnsworth about the growing feud. i asked him about mr. trump's controversial suggestion to intervene. >> the fact of the matter is mentioning the option for military force in terms of
intervening in venezuela is a setback for the united states and for regional efforts to try to bring a peaceful solution to what is a dramatic crisis in venezuela. what it does is shifts focus away from caracas and the anti-democratic government there and the humanitarian crisis there and brings it to washington and in my view it is not helpful. >> yeah, absolutely. and the question is where does this country and where does this administration stand? we really don't know then if this was donald trump just using words that he'll have to walk back or bluster for effect, but there are other people working on this situation that will be far short of the u.s. invoking violence. >> well, that's absolutely right. the national security adviser has come out already and said that an invasion is not in the works. a pentagon spokesman said the same thing. there have been no preparations, and i don't anticipate that the marines are loading up into, you know, ships any time soochblt
b soon. but it is a situation that's given the regime an excuse to come back and say, well, the united states really is a threat to us and we have to take these steps to protect ourselves, venezuela from potential u.s. invasion. of course, it is dude krludicro, but it gives them the excuse they've been looking for and it is unfortunate from that perspective. >> who are the moderate voices here that can step in with nicholas maduro, visa v sanctions, diplomacy, neutral countries who might have the ear of nicolas maduro? >> well, we have been seeing an international consensus form. it has been slow and painful to watch, but it has been forming slowly and surely, kunltlies like peru, argentina, mexico, colombia as well. they've been coalescing around
the idea that the government in venezuela really needs to change course. of course, the united states has been saying that for sometime as well, and president trump and the administration have called for strong and swift economic sanctions against the government of venezuela in response to an unconstitutional vote that they took at the end of july. and so this has been coalescing, but there is the possibility now that that could break down. in fact, after the president made his comments about not ruling out military intervention, countries in latin america immediately had to reject that and say that they didn't favor that course. so that was unfortunate. who speaks for -- who speaks to president maduro? well, not many leaders in latin america. the cubans do, the chinese do, the russians do, and some folks around him in caracas. so it is a very polarized and very divided situation, and that's part of the problem, who can speak to him to try to get him to change course in his
government, and at this point that's not the influence that the u.s. or the latin american countries really have. >> eric farnsworth there talking with me earlier. we are learning more about the investigation into the trump administration's possible ties to russia. "the new york times" is reporting that special counsel robert mueller, seen here, is trying to interview current around former senior officials from the trump team. that includes former white house chief of staff reince priebus who was dismissed last month. the report says mueller is also asking the white house about specific meetings and looking into the firing of fbi director james comey. ahead here, we'll dig into some virginia history to find out what could trigger this white nationalist march and the day of protest that turned deadly.
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into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalists. police have taken this man into custody in connection with that crash. ted cruz is calling on the u.s. department of justice to investigate the violence as an act of domestic terrorism. the rally was to protest the planned removal of a statue of a confederate civil war general from a city park. such mon months bring out strong feelings because the confederate fought to preserve slavery in the south. many say that makes the statues a symbol of a racist past. here's some background. virginia's capital was also the main capital of the confederacy. much of the civil war that began in 1861 was fought in virginia. and a half million men became
casualties within its borders. the state was starvary devastated by the end of the war. many cities erected statues of confederate generals and the battlefields were preserved as parks. jessie jackson says there is a growth of hate in this country that is being witnessed in virginia. he says this needs just as much attention as the current global threats in asia and south america. >> there should be security in this country. and that kim's threats were not harm him. he should call up terry mcauliffe and give him the assurance that he gave the governor of guam that he would bring up these armed,
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