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and. i'm sammy's a than in the with a look at the headlines here in al-jazeera now pakistan's navy says it spotted an indian submarine close to its waters which then turned away after being warned the incident comes after pakistan's government moved to reduce tensions with its neighbor by stepping up a crackdown on armed groups which are banned by the un it's been under pressure to act after an attack that killed more than forty indian paramilitary soldiers in the disputed kashmir region mid last month a group called jaish e mohammad said it was responsible the bombing triggered the most serious standoff between india and pakistan in years. has more from islamabad. although there
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is some deescalation as far to the rhetoric on both sides this concern there is still a danger because both the military's of india and pakistan are on a heightened state of alert the pakistani a cheap also rejecting the forward. along the eastern border and up august on the navy also showing four days of war days in india and submarine that we're trying to intrude into pakistani waters it was however warned by the pakistan navy to wear draw and subsequently rid drew from that location the pakistanis saying that they could after all get it india and submarine but because it would be initiated by the government in order to maximum restraint and also the peace overtures that buggers down did not engage the indian submarine also died pakistani government saying that they are now going to clamp down on outfits that are operating as non-state acted
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within that country these are the remnant groups which are still operating and training a pakistani security government now enacting regulations that give legal cover for the government to be able to seize the assets of individuals or all organizations many of these groups of course have been already liberated as it is out faith and not under u.n. sanctions rid of foreign travel ban as relevant arms embargo the government of pakistan determined to show their did one student move any it in or any group that may jeopardize buggiest own security. libya's national oil corporation is restarting limited production this is sealed in the southwest it's been shut down for the past three months by gunmen who took over the facility fighters who are loyal to warlords leave the house so then full stows gunmen out and he's now old is
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meant to leave off to talks with members of libya's unity government. the u.s. will no longer give india and turkey preferential trade status starchild says india has failed to provide assurances allow reasonable access to its markets and trade officials say turkey no longer qualifies because its economy sufficiently developed the generalized system of preferences aims to promote economic development in selected countries by allowing some exports to went to the united states to use the free phone as well as opposition leader one guy though is called on his supporters to keep protesting against president nicolas maduro was wedo was mobbed by crowds after returning to caracas from a tour of his latin american allies who is there to gather support after a failed u.s. led attempt to bring aid into venezuela president maduro threatened to arrest kwaito for breaking a travel ban but the u.s.
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has warned any action against him will have consequences somali president mohamed fadel marjoe is in this avatar for bilateral talks he's expected to discuss peace and economic integration with ethiopia and prime minister i may add my two nations have been a longer heads in recent years with mogadishu accusing it of being behind instabilities mali algeria student demonstrators a back on the streets to vent their anger at the government the protests against president denies these beautifully because decision to run for a fifth term with a flake has shown signs of compromising promising not to serve a full term in power if elected he's been in power for more than twenty years there's the headlines the news continues after battlefield washington stay with us here on al-jazeera.
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ah donald trump do solemnly swear. trump do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states office of president of the united states the day trump this morning and the two thousand and sixteen election that secured his victory is already under investigation did russia help them get the presidency. so they got the breath of life.
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as he walks on pennsylvania avenue from where he took the oath of office towards the white house he steps onto a political battlefield. pennsylvania avenue is the heart of washington that connects major political players congress the f.b.i. the department of justice. the press. the white house. this is the story set at one of the most powerful capitals in the world a political and judicial conflict. a battle that has pitted tromp against those who believe he was an accomplice and russia's interference is. a battle for the truth. about the president of the united states and for the principles of american democracy.
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according to top u.s. intelligence chiefs the russians interfered in the two thousand and sixteen presidential election putin they say developed a clear preference for trump over clinton so russia's intelligence services stole and leaked thousands of clinton's e-mails to discredit her. two weeks before his inauguration they brief trump. trump rejects their conclusions he does not want his victory to be questioned. the intelligence agencies maintain their findings and partially release them to the public they say putin ordered an influence campaign to help trump win the election. putin's role is immediately raised in congress which calls the chiefs of the intelligence community to testify. in.
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their question by democratic party senator mike is good on the line in. any of your careers have you ever seen this level of russian interference in our political process and start would recommend just going on the lord no. you know. i think very few documents that i can remember would have had the political weight and the political influence of this particular document. the purpose of making that report was to make sure the american people were aware
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of some of the dynamics going on behind the scenes this was the first time that a major covert action major clandestine action against the united states at the very heart of our democratic process had been tempted because of the sophistication. and then the pervasiveness of those attempts to have a widespread impact it was broader than anything that had been seen in prior actions. by the. u.s. intelligence community you know fish which is blaming russian president vladimir putin who would ring again i think until the russians tried everything possible to get to the november election i pod intelligence and there are. only three days after the intelligence report a new classified document makes the headlines i want to be very perfect precise here multiple u.s. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell c.n.n.
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that classified documents included allegations that russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about mr trump this is a confidential report written by an ex british spy christopher steele on secretly links between trump his businesses and the russians. it claims moscow has been helping trump all along with the regular flow of intelligence and that the russians have compromising material on. the main point of the steel dossier that there was an ongoing attempt by the russians to get close to the trump campaign is undisputed at this point he doesn't like the fact that the press said it but it is out there is no mr president elect president since you were trying to organize a decision in your with the still dossier made public news trucks battle with the
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press intensifies rice are going to do it mr president you say categorically why should the president like can you give us are going to be reuniting us can you give us are going to be you know. during his first weeks at the white house trump is on the defensive the man he just appointed national security adviser general michael flynn is caught in the eye of the storm. he lied about his contacts with moscow and the russian embassy and washington. the press reveals it and trump has to retreat mike flynn is a fine person and i asked for his resignation he respectfully gave it flynn is the first victim of the battle of washington but firing flint is not enough the question remains what are the relations between trump and moscow did she knowingly
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cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the united states. for many months to come finding the truth will test the pillars of the american political system the independence of justice of the freedom of the press and the rule of law. under pressure from the press and from the democrats congress gets involved. and congress before the two thousand and eighteen determine lections the republicans tromps party are the majority and the democrats are the opposition but on some crucial issues it's a tradition for the two parties to work together this is the spirit of bipartisanship. it's just. since keeping the american people safe and maintaining a such a strong homeland of national security is so important to this country it is the
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issue that demands the most bipartisan support and so democrats and republicans demanded that there be a bipartisan investigation demanded that there be bipartisan hearings and i was hopeful that this would lead to bipartisan action congressional committees have power and they can summon whomever they want as witnesses and lying to them is a crime their public hearings are followed by millions of americans and so high ranking high level government officials came to the congress the united states in front of the american people under oath and gave their assessment about russia's interference in our election a key figure of these hearings is james combing the director of the f.b.i. who heads up a staff of more than thirty five thousand men and women. i have been authorized by the department of justice to confirm that the f.b.i. as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the russian government's efforts to interfere in the two thousand and sixteen presidential
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election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. and early may two thousand and seventeen she is grilled over the involvement of trumping camp komi himself us gets into a minefield and have you ruled out the president out of state i don't. i don't want people over interpret this answer i'm not going to comment on anyone in particular so potentially the president ited states could be a target of your ongoing investigation. i just worry i don't want to answer that that that's seems to me unfair speculation that we will follow the evidence will try and find as much as we can or will follow the evidence wherever it leads by refusing to say publicly that trump is not under investigation komi is just put himself on a collision course with the president. this is an n.b.c.
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news special report hears lester holmes and good day everyone we learned a short time ago that president trump has fired f.b.i. director james couldn't we a less than a week after coleman's hearing in congress trump fires him an attack against the f.b.i. and explosive news. bombshell from the white house wait to be i director james cool we fired my president we came we don't know this is something that caught all the law enforcement community by surprise and it caught the intelligence community in washington d.c. the surprise. and the dismissal came in harsh terms in a letter signed by the president you are terminated immediately.
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i was stunned i think most of the american public was stunned i didn't even realize the president could fire the f.b.i. director the f.b.i. director serves by law for a ten year period and so it came as a shock i talked to a number of friends colleagues after that happened who are still in the f.b.i. and it was assessments of i can't believe the president did this bought i think he was just exercising what he believed was his authority just as if he was the c.e.o. of trump enterprises. and congress one question needs to be addressed by the investigative committee why did trump fire james komi. why do you believe you were fired. so i don't know for sure i believe the prick think the president at his word that i was fired because of the russian rustication something about the way i was conducting it the president felt created
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pressure on him they wanted to relieve he was asking for something and i was refusing to give it. and fact early in his term trump asked to speak to me in private. there was a meeting at the white house a one on one meeting between trump and call me call me must have had his antenna up because he felt like something was wrong because as soon as he was done that meeting he wrote up these memos. after meeting with comey sat in his car and wrote down what was discussed the meeting was about general fled the advisor who had lied about his contacts with russia trump said he hoped komi coming let the matter go. i hope you can let this go now those are his exact words is that correct correct and you wrote them here and you put them in quotes correct ok. he did not order you to let it go it is a present united states with me alone saying i hope this i took it as this is what
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he wanted me to do i didn't obey that but that's the way it took. if colin's account is correct if the president calls in the director the f.b.i. and says can you can you drop the case you guys have against this person for political reasons i think that absolutely is obstruction of justice. the american law says anybody from an average citizen all the way up to the president who tries to block in a criminal investigation for the wrong reasons with what we call corrupt intent a bad motive is guilty of obstruction of justice did you at any time of the urge former f.b.i. director james comey in any way shape or form to close or to back down the investigation into michael flynn and also as you will know next question next
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question. soon after firing the f.b.i. director trump is about to face a new challenge. feature breaking news right now tonight i'm sure those would probably be just disappointing the special counsel that. bob holder to now oversee the pressure probe and look at the possible connections between top campaign associates and rush and this is. only eight days after the firing of james combing the justice department appoints robert muller to take over the russian probe. for this mission robert mueller was called out of retirement he had been director of the f.b.i. for twelve years and in two thousand and thirteen he had left a law enforcement agency with full. loaners in his farewell speech he proclaimed i'm shakable thing and the rule of law. i've always been proud to say that i work
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for the department of justice because of that for which it stands which is an unyielding commitment to the rule of law and to the safety and security of the citizens we serve a new bob muller quite well. i worked with him for about four years when i was the cia deputy director and he was the director of the f.b.i. . he's not a self promoting individual and he has a very high standard for what is true and what is not true administrator pistole he pointed me as his number two person in the f.b.i. as the deputy director and so i had the chance to get to know him and then. work with him so let me say a few words about director ball or politics or just don't play any role in his calculations so he is all about finding the truth and doing it under the rule of
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wall so yeah he's a man of integrity. robert muller is placed under the authority of the department of justice and it's deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. his new orders give him far reaching powers. moller can investigate moscow's relations with the trump campaign and any other matters. most are wastes no time immediately orders the preservation of millions of official documents forbidding the destruction of records that could be useful in the russia probe e-mails phone records audio recordings metadata and storage devices recordings eventually or exit of the building's video surveillance. once a person or a company or or a bureaucracy knows that there's
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a criminal investigation to destroy evidence after that becomes a federal crime and so i think mahler's first move was a smart one but the order also shows that there is a concern that these documents might be destroyed by a white house that is trying to hide the truth from investigators. this was only the beginning of the bitter struggle between mahler and the president of the united states. so we have mr miller who's known as a tough cop he's a big impose in six foot something experienced justice department official he's a tough cop the press was saying he's a tough cop he always gets his mail. and he will press and squeeze and he will find what is truth and what is fiction he is careful he is by the book he does not speak publicly other than his court filings
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he is incredibly hard working and focused mr trump on the other hand is a bulldog and it is impulsive where i could stand in the middle if if they have a new and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters ok it's like incredible there are not two more different people on earth than bob mahler and president trump and very early on in that in this whole process i think the trump people realize that the best defense would be a political one and not a legal one legally they really don't have a lot to stand on trump and his people made his determination very early on we're going to claim that this whole thing is politically motivated is a witch hunt that whole way if they were the witch hunt i would call it the rigged to which aren't. ok which are saying if only to when she was a democrat gets fired when you don't add something. on the phone to you which she
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truly was. is washington celebrates the fourth of july and. and instead a major offensive against the president is about to be launched. the surprise attack comes from the center of washington from the press. the new york times claims the trump campaign was in secret contact with russian officials five months before the two thousand and sixteen election a major scoop. this was the work of our washington best it was over and over weeks that we learned more and more about the meeting and the fact is that occurred. so yes it was very exciting to have that scoop again we know that much
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about the meeting we didn't learn it all at once but we've built on it since then you know a dollar is looking at that meeting the meeting is organized to be a emails between the son of the president and an intermediary who offered quote information that would incriminate hillary and would be very useful to donald trump ultra sensitive stuff he adds don jr answers if it's what you say i love it the meeting takes place on the ninth of june two thousand and sixteen in new york at trump tower around the table donald trump's son his son in law his campaign director paul manna for intermediary and for russian nationals the news spread like wildfire according to the new york times the right to new york times report on the new york times reports the president's son donald trump jr was promised damaging information about hillary clinton for agreeing to meet last summer with a russian lawyer a russian lawyer question has been actions with the front line when donald trump jr
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responded enthusiastically to the idea of receiving information that would be harmful to hillary clinton i think that was a gift to russia it represented an attempt by. russia to have a base of influence if you will. the news comes at a time when trump was in hamburg for an international summit where he had a meeting with vladimir putin. but we look forward to a lot of very positive things in russia for the united states and for everybody. would want to be with you again. immediately after this handshake the trunk camp has to do damage control over the new york times. they put out a statement saying the story was wrong. you know from air force one they were very very alarmed by it on the plane ride back to the united states is when the
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president and his team come cox this story about how the trump tower meeting was about adoptions. flying back with his father trump jr sends an explanation to the press. at the meeting he says was merely about the adoption of russian children in the united states. so the million dollar question with the trump tower meeting is what did the president know about it and when did his son tell him about the meeting at a time junior called his father and said hey we have this meeting coming up with some russian people that are offering us information and the president said great go for it let me know he's part of a conspiracy that is a not to bring someone into a conspiracy. back. i came up with the term fake news it's a lot of fake news this is fake news put out by the media schooled fake news people back there you know those very dishonest people back there the. press.
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the. words have meaning and power and a lot of people myself included good republicans were going to go for pizza don't you still call this the enemy of the people is just going too far the press is trying to report the facts as they see them and the president has decided that he would like to shoot the messenger. the world's pollinators are in decline. in this episode of arthritis we meet entomologists on opposite sides of the planet protecting insects of all sizes crucial to preserving food chains. i've come to the u.k. to see how all the industrial sites are being turned into bug reserves in an
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attempt to reverse this worrying trend. fighting insect to get on on al-jazeera. with a big breaking news story it can be chaotic and frantic behind the scenes. people shouting instructions and if you're trying to provide the best most accurate up to date information as quickly as you can. it's when you come off air on things seen pin that you realize you witnessed history in the making. this is a boon for point people right now and technology there is so much going to help people it's phenomenal thanks for calling i read this is there a what are you looking for today we need to test the client with their day to day tasks and give them more in depth and then send this was our go to little tip that sure is
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a tomato exploration process was followed in a way we have outside knowledge available to us no. i'm sam is a down in door hole with a look at the headlines here on al-jazeera now pakistan has arrested dozens of people as part of a crackdown on armed groups they include suspects linked to an attack that killed more than forty indian paramilitary soldiers in the disputed kashmir region a group called jaish e mohammad said it was responsible the bombing triggered the most serious standoff between india and pakistan in the years libya's national oil corporation has restarted production as it shut out of field in the southwest it was shut for three months by gunmen who took over the facility the u.s. will no longer give india and turkey preferential trade status donald trump says
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india has failed to provide assurances it will allow reasonable access to its markets trade officials say turkey no longer qualifies because its economy has officially developed generalized system of preferences aims to promote economic development in selected countries by allowing some exports to enter the united states duty free well as well as opposition leader one way though is called on his supporters to return to the streets and step up pressure on nicolas maduro to resign right away though received a hero's welcome after returning from a tour of latin american allies you don't believe god will learn is really i want to ask people of venezuela is there a shred of fear they threatened only of us here threatened be real jail down you saw it well i'll tell you something it will not be through threats that they will hold us back we are here and we are strong united more than ever.
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we are here and we are stronger than ever i can hear them until i hear you thinking how do i floods in pakistan and afghanistan have killed at least fifty people heavy rain over the past ten days has cut off tens of thousands of residents. algeria student demonstrators are back on the streets to vent their anger at the government they're protesting against president that belies these beautifully because decision to run for a fifth term with a free show no signs of compromising promising not to serve a full term if our in power for liked it has been in power for more than twenty years as the headline news continues after battlefield of washington stay with us.
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this is the story set in one of the most powerful capitals in the world a political and judicial conflict. a battle that has pitted donald trump against those who believe he was an accomplice and russia's interference. could soon yellowing. cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the state. this is the first time. a major covert action major. action against the united states at the very heart of our democratic process has the text of. an october two thousand and seventeen special counsel robert muller issues his first indictments against people close to the president. trumps campaign director and gates deputy director of the campaign
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are both charged for breaking a series of laws papadopoulos foreign affairs advisor to the campaign is charged for having lied to the f.b.i. . for promotion festive season and zero d. and on his first targets to the. right here by the f.b.i. . interviewed. for each. line about his contacts with foreign nationals series of people in d.c. suddenly in deep deep trouble with those charged by muller become fair game for the press even if they're not directly linked to the russian interfere. and a two thousand and sixteen election. when the initial indictments were issued by mueller people rightfully said wait
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a minute this is supposed to be about russia so what's going on and a lot of people have said none of this is collusion who cares why is moller charging these crimes if it's not clues you know collusion or you know collusion just seems to be the focus don't pollute you know of drugs you know nothing there's no police no good whatsoever present trumps reactions or that any time one of his colleagues or friends has been indicted or even pled guilty for him the litmus test of the bottom line is did they stab us if there was collusion between president trump and his inner circle and the russians and thus far that has not been charged publicly so that's what he is. claiming as a victory one thing that people i think really misunderstand about the american federal criminal justice system is just how much we rely on cooperating witnesses the defendants the people of being charged the people who have done something wrong have the option of cooperating why then would incriminate characters cooperate with
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the investigation it's all about leverage you have to charge someone with a crime that you have the evidence on and then hope that that person is unwilling to take the risk of going to jail for a long time and instead decides to come in and cooperate in this drama between miller and the white house there's there's a lot of behind the scenes negotiation and strategy play it's very much a game as muller builds up his case his investigation suddenly faces a setback. we start with new explosive information piccy secure in the investigation in this job one of my trusted aides is discredited some time efficiently people shows name is peter charles going to be an agent peter struck and struck some alleged mistress and at the end we're named lisa page. the press
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publishes the text messages of peter strong and lisa page. sort was a trusted adviser a bomb all or transcripts of his messages show that he was for family anti trump. oh my god he's an idiot says struck. he's awful says page. i have no idea how destabilizing his presidency would be. struck was dismissed but the damage was done and congress presidents can't can now use strikes opinion to claim that the f.b.i. and the special counsel are politically tainted now the investigations into donald trump have been infected. with the virus of severe bias the pro trump media escalates the attack it denounces it as a conspiracy theory betting it was weaponized to destroy humanity. is underway right here some sort of subversion campaign intelligence agencies all running
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a classic disdain for mation psychological warfare operation against a sitting president of the united states to topple his government for trump diehards the investigations that are closing in on the president since are weapons in the hands of an anti transition deep state there is colucci in the cia the n.s.a. the f.b.i. the justice department the news media politicians in both parties there colluding working together with strategies talking points fake evidence to weaken embarrass and bring down president trump. the idea of a deep state is one of the dumbest ideas i have ever heard. there is no such thing as a deep state i have not seen that deep state this is another made up conspiracy theory
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that there is a deep state out to get trump he's always looking for ways to blame his own problems on other people and this is another one totally false. but the deep state notion drives. some have suggested that the deep state is going to rise up and stage a coup why because everybody's talking about it and that's the point it comes out of the white house the cable news networks pick it up they talk about it put it into circulation guess what congress hears it so it's all very very circular is say it enough to say it enough it becomes its own sort of bizarre reality. and it's ridiculous. we've been hijacked by a deep state it is addition. father we pray for president trump yes lord give him extra calcium in his backbone yes god made his enemies confound his
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enemies alou not fall into their traps this we pray in the name of jesus amen and you mistake you for watching. five feet floor three to one. she says. i. and congress well the consensus over investigating the russian meddling withstand the pressure. there was a hope an expectation that congress as a bipartisan institution could get to the bottom of all this and we'd be through well enough at that and. a leader of the democrats in the house intelligence committee has to admit that there will be no consensus on the issue.
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last night the majority on the intelligence committee made the decision to prematurely shut down the russian best occasion the only authorized investigation in the house of representatives that was a terrible disservice to the country and the american people this is no way to run investigation it is only a way to go through the motions to give the pretense of trying to find the truth the truth that the congress' failure to uncover the whole truth leads this task to only one man robert mueller. on the ninth of april two thousand and eighteen a new york attorney becomes the latest target of bob mullen michael cohen donald trump's personal lawyer michael cohen is donald trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer is the city president's signature and he has the ear. as the keys to the kingdom he knows all the secrets about donald trump through. hard work.
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the f.b.i. searched cohen's office at the request of a local prosecutor on charges of financial fraud. the move initiated by bomb miller as a direct challenge to the president himself. so i just heard that they brokered to invade the office of one of my personal attorneys a good man i said that is really now at a whole. new level of unfair that. cohen is someone who might know about trump's alleged real estate dealings in russia. it was fairly common knowledge in the real estate community and the international finance community in the political community the russians were funding in various ways many major trunk real estate projects cohen my also know if the president lied when a few months earlier he denied having anything to do with russia i don't know nothing in russia i have no loans in russia i don't have any deals in russian the
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lack of financial transparency of the trump organization and the extent to which they have received financing from russian oligarchs or russian interests is unknown to the american people even to this day i have nothing to do with russia haven't made a phone call to russia in years don't speak to people from russia not that i wouldn't and i just have nobody to speak to did putin help trump to win the election is there a secret pact between the two men if so cohen could be a key witness a major element of the special counsel strategy and i immediately recognize the strategy that muller was following because my own background as a federal prosecutor was doing organized crime mafia cases it is incredibly rare that you're able to right off the bat make a case against the top guys usually the way you have to build these kate. says if you have to do it brick by brick and you have to start on the outside and work your way in start at the bottom and work your way up and so in the mafia cases we would
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start with the low ranking guys and if we could get one to flip and cooperate he would then give us information about these two guys higher up the chain and you have to build up and it seems that that's what robert muller has done here the pressure on cohen builds investigators are digging into his life the f.b.i. also seems communications between michael campbell again president true. american comes in life and possibly in donald trump's life the question is asking himself at the white house tonight is will michael cohen crack trump's lawyer is faced with a choice remain silent and go to jail or reveal his client secrets and bear his wrath there is this notion of loyalty one of donald trump sort of defining beliefs is you're either loyal to me or you're dead to me and that's consistent with the way the mafia. operates if you are loyal to the boss and the family how can she keep his lawyer loyal. he enjoys an extraordinary constitutional power the right to
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pardon he said lee makes an expeditious use of a. credit card to get the park far right commentators here i'm just hearing president donald trump has officially parted for america confident that they should he is considering a pardon now for the treasury which is what time is really very very expensive to get frankly they're going to hurt. the party starbird positive thing for a president i think you see the way i'm using that yes there will be more part. trump issued some high profile pardons and i think by doing that i think he was sending a message to some of the people who might slip on him michael cullen paul metaphor and others of hey i'm using this this part of power and perhaps there could be one for you down the line if you stay quiet there is basically a deal if you will informal deal that if you keep your mouth shut then i'll take care of you. if witnesses keep silent it weakens mahler and his investigation and.
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no i'm not above the law but yes i do have an absolute right to pardon myself i have the absolute right i don't have to do it never did anything wrong or you know that better than anybody the idea that. a u.s. president would even talk about or even consider pardon themselves is just unprecedented and i think undermines the credibility of our whole way of governance and democracy in general so when you have president trump who seems to think that he is above the law it's antithetical not just to the american idea but to the idea of modern democracy he is one person who is in charge of the state on behalf of all of us he has not seen more than a year into his presidency trump's actions are about to test the very heart of the american system and. if it was that. it's. higher.
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than the average corrupted no it is not a non-issue are we back to shoot you or me in the flesh to be brought under control just three hundred forty three years to be restricted. as the attacks on mother intensify a man stands up to protect the special counsel rod rosenstein the number two at the department of justice he appointed muller and as the legal authority to oversee his operations and to fire him. on assuming but steady he has been shielding smaller for months. have you seen good cause to fire special counsel no thank you if you were ordered today to fire mr mohler what would you do if there were good cause i would act if there were no good cause i would not and you have seen no good cause so far correct rod roses that is has become
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a beacon for anger. and from congressional republicans and i think they're disappointed i think they hoped that he would be partisan because he is a long time republican but instead rosenstein has shown himself to be sally independent and a law enforcement person first and congress trumps allies fire at will at rosenstein and i'm not keeping any information from congress the loss of your lives in their mission we allow those things not caught you why didn't he hasn't presented his first find a good fundraiser here and just you know where we've come and hiding information that you can answer if you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the trunk campaign presented to the dam grand jury whatever you guy. finish it the hell up to attack someone like that is very damaging ultimately to the system and importantly to the confidence that americans have in their government when elected representatives politicize the judicial process where this is lee the
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end dependence and justice. what is remarkable no is the white house and the justice department are at war our justice department and our f.b.i. . have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it. the president's view seems to be and his lawyers have said this he's in charge of the executive branch he can do whatever he wants i want to stay out but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly i want to do their job i will get involved and i'll get in there by half. and i but rod rosenstein does not blink direct and there are people who have been. making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time and i think they should understand by now the department justice is not going to be extorted we're going to do what's required by the rule of law and any kind of threats that anybody makes are not gonna affect the way we
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do our job we have a responsibility and we take an oath that's the whole yes everybody in the department take that oath the one hundred fifteen thousand employees and if they violated they know they're going to be held accountable and i know those folks know that i'm not going to violate my oath. and mid july two thousand and eighteen then once capitol hosts the first summit between donald trump and. just three days before in washington rod rosenstein made a momentous announcement a new wave of indictments by bob mullen. and afternoon indictment charges twelve russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the twenty sixteen presidential election according to the allegations in the indictment
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. the defendant's work for two units of the g.r.u. the g.r.u. russia's military intelligence service is accused of conspiracy against the united states units and gauged an active cyber operations to interfere in the twenty sixteen presidential election. the russian agents targeted in particular the computers of trump's adversaries the defendants covertly monitor the computers implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code and stone e-mails and other doctors mahler's indictment of twelve russian military intelligence officers conspiring to interfere with the two thousand and sixteen u.s. presidential election to benefit trump implicated russia at the highest level. the indictment of a dozen russian g.r.u. intelligence officers in july twenty eight in was
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a kind of turning point in the election interference is now a fact of law as far as the united states is concerned and it is not something that the president can dismiss it is in fact a state operation by a hostile foreign power. but i feel good with words when you go to new usual with the easy bit so when you showed me to give neutering you do looked anxiously at me but it says. at a question just now president putin denied having anything to do with the election airfares or twenty sixteen every u.s. intelligence agency has concluded that russia did my first question for you sir is who do you believe my people came to me they said they think it's russia i have president putin he just said it's not russia i will say this i don't see any reason why it would be so i have great confidence in my intelligence people but i will tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial thank
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you. he basically took the side of food and over his own intelligence service and that was a really bad thing to do it was. the wrong thing to do the question then becomes what is it that the president owes to the russians and what is his relationship with some suggest that he's an asset of putin's but we don't have evidence of that. i think what i would say is that this is someone putin can use pretty easily perhaps even without trump realizing he's being used. september two thousand and eighteen several of times close aides have agreed to cooperate with investigators. is former campaign director paul mann ford and his
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lawyer michael cohen have already signed agreements with robert mueller. they all agree to cooperate with the investigation if they do so fully the prison sentences they are facing will be reduced apparently those close aides to try to have slipped and are ready to share with bob muller the secrets of the president. president trump finds himself in a corner the walls are closing in on him many doesn't know where to run. you know but the keep the yankees the impeach word impeach trump maxine waters we will impeach him but he didn't do anything wrong it doesn't matter we will impeach him. it is a hell of a place it was. november two thousand and eighteen the midterm elections are approaching fast trump burns off the campaign trail. if his party keeps control
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over congress his legal troubles might fade away. by. the results are a blow to the president. the american voters give the house of representatives to the democrats. they now have the ability to proceed with intrusive congressional investigations into trump's conduct. the day after the vote the russian investigation comes back to haunt the president thank you mr president going back to the russia investigation some say that you could stop all this by going to insist i could fire everybody right now but i don't want to stop it be what is
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a politically i don't like stopping it i don't want to do that but you're right i could end it right now i could say that investigation is over well on the russian vesta geisha are you concerned that that you may have not going to turn about anything with you may have a joint investigation because it's a hoax are you that's enough put down the mike as president are you worried about indictments coming down and. shutting down the investigation will not be that easy for truong. as robert mueller plows ahead with his investigation and key witnesses start revealing tram secrets to the future looks uncertain for the president but the battle is certainly not over americans may still be enforced surprise ending.
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come back here in a national weather forecast well we have seen some clouds over one is out as of the last day those clouds are going to make making the way towards the northeast so it is going to get better in terms of sky but temperature twenty seven degrees by the time we get towards wednesday though those temperatures do decide to go up to about thirty degrees there rain continues for rio de janeiro as well as parts of cell paulo but up toward salvador it is going to be a rainy day for you at thirty degrees where we are see one from about to come in off the gulf of mexico this front was a storm maker across united states and here are the clouds right there by the time we get to the afternoon those showers begin to pass across parts of a key west down towards cuba as well as into the yucatan but by the time we get to wednesday more heavy rain across yucatan cozumel cancun you'll be seeing their
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heavy rain as well over here towards mexico city it is going to be a rainy day at about twenty four degrees well one system is exiting the east coast united states and that's going to bring a cooler weather behind it but what we are going to watching is out here towards the. west heavy rain is on the increase of specially for california and now it is going to really bring some problems in terms of flooding as well as heavy snow across the heavy and the higher elevations up towards yellow it is going to be a cooler day for you and we do expect to see a temperature of six. the weather sponsored by catalona. in germany's capital there's a barber like no other sort of what it is. but as he said he changes he's moving with the time. and going on the road. the stories we don't often hear told by the people who live down. the
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