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mr karr's. story uncertain will return on w. business news a live from. fuses to talk now he faces a congressional subpoena the former aide won't answer u.s. lawmakers questions about his time at the white house what does he know about alleged russian ties to the trump campaign. also coming up the u.s. government cuts tens of millions of dollars in aid to palestinians this after
president trump says they give washington no appreciation or respect and we will explain what's at stake and with the key vote later today in the british parliament talks with. one of the conservative party's leaving the euro skeptics. i'm sorry kelly thanks for joining us. u.s. president donald trump's former chief strategist steve bannon has refused to answer lawmakers questions about the trump campaign's alleged contacts with russia ban and was testifying in a closed door session before the house intelligence committee when bannon declined to answer their questions they issued a subpoena in an attempt to force him to talk but bannon reportedly said that he was under instructions from the white house not to discuss certain subjects let's
hear what a democratic lawmaker at the hearing had to say. this was affectively a gag order by the white house preventing this witness from answering. almost any question concerning his time in the transition or the administration and many questions even after he left the ministration. that was democratic congressman adam schiff speaking a short while ago let's go to tyson barker now he is joining us where he is program director at the aspen institute germany here in berlin welcome and good morning to you tyson thank you was this a gag order and disband and have a legal basis for not talking but i mean basically what benon is trying to do is curry favor with the white house by employing the same technique technique that jeff sessions used when appearing before the intelligence committees in the spring saying not necessarily that he's invoking executive privilege but some of the questions were all of the questions really could touch on areas that are fall under
the scope of executive privilege and therefore that he shouldn't answer them so he's throwing up obstacles to questions provided by the house intelligence committee it's angered members on both sides of the aisle including republicans who have said that they're going to try to push this even further of course that same executive privilege will not apply to the subpoenas being issued by the grand jury being conducted by robert over and i want talk a little bit more about that because of course as you mentioned there are multiple investigations that are underway when it comes to miller's investigation this grand jury subpoena about the possible links between trump's associates and russia and really trying to get to the bottom of that alleged relationship if bannon refused to speak to lawmakers about that. what would happen if he were to refuse to do the same for muller subpoena i mean that wouldn't be a possibility he i mean basically all legal minds are saying that he has to basically be up front and frank with the with the grand jury otherwise he could be held under contempt it could have criminal implications so he's going to need to be
cannot obstruct justice he could not impede the investigation the grand jury is going to have to answer the other question is really you know executive privilege really applies to executives it does not apply to you know presidents in the oval office does not apply to campaigns it does not apply to what has happened since he left his position as. counsel to the president you know he is continuing or he was continuing until the release of fire and fury to provide some outside counsel to the president and if that book is to be believed the president relies on a lot of outside counsel none of which falls under the umbrella of executive privilege so there are a lot of people who could be questioned in an intelligence committee setting as well let's talk a little bit more about those other people who have been questioned because we know that when it comes to miller's an investigation at least that this is the first time that he has issued this grand jury subpoena to a member of trump's inner circle in order to get information all of the others you know have basically had had a meeting with him and his office and his staff what does that tell you about what
bannon might now and where muller is at this point in the investigation i mean we're all kind of reading this from the outside but if we look at the forensics of where the investigation is headed we know a couple of things one we're getting much more advanced along the path towards trump and his immediate inner circle you know they are clearly building whatever case they're trying to build whether or not they're going to exonerate the president or indict the president either way they're building toward some kind of conclusion and we're seeing that by the interviews being conducted in the inner circle the second thing is if this is related to collusion or you know bennett was not there he was not there in the incident that we know about in june twenty sixth seen where doug jr met with russian lawyers to discuss information that the russians per had on hillary clinton the dirt that they had on her but he was there for so as you say the cover up if there was a cover up he was there for the firing of jim comi he was there for trump's admission that that had to do with the russian investigation he was there for the
drafting of the response when that information was leaked about the dungeon your meeting on the plane in the summer of twenty sixteen so he has a lot of information maybe not about the crime itself per se if there was a crime but about the cover up if there was a cover up so there are so many different directions that this investigation can go anywhere a lot of size and scope a lot of discretion that has basically at this point is the special congressional thank you so much tyson parker for joining us to shed a little bit more light on what is happening in washington thank you. in the meantime let's turn to some other news now because later today british m.p.'s will hold a key vote on legislation allowing britain to leave the european union the braggs of bill has faced fierce opposition in the house of commons and if it passes could have an even tougher time in the house of lords just last month prime minister theresa may was forced to amend the draft law after a rebellion in her conservative party one of the tory party's most ardent brags
that supporters is swell of hernandez on the latest stop in our series road to bragg's it did i caught up with the british member of parliament and asked her why she is such a fervent advocate for leaving the e.u. . the e.u. is worried about the strength of britain's position and as a result they are probably more defensive then they need to be. my name is sue elephant and i'm a conservative member of the u.k. parliament. that means opportunity freedom. and restoring democracy to the british. we're right in the middle of the e.u. withdrawal bill that's a piece of legislation which is essential for british. position on the day that we
leave the european union. i feel very encouraged by the progress that's being made so we're still very much at the beginning but time is running out and we don't have that much time really. i don't think negotiations are supposed to be friendly. i was a lawyer for ten years and yes you might very much like the person you're negotiating with but you know at the end of the day you're going to be serving the interests of your client and the client here is the british people so you don't you know you're not necessarily going to. agree on everything and be nice to each other thank you i am grateful to him for giving way to the prime minister has said very clearly we want you to stay and we value your commitment what part of it doesn't mean. i have a constituency which is on the coast and i meet with fishermen because they're. fish for bass and they have been almost ruined actually by inappropriate
policies from due to the common fisheries policies which is i mean european union creation and i think there's a quote. opportunity to really invigorated our fishing and our agriculture in britain. yes i think a free trade agreement with the e.u. is eminently possible and i think that that would be a great great benefit to british workers and companies and european workers and companies but if they were a bit more collaborative and supportive we might have made a bit will progress by now. and for more let's bring in our
mass who joins us now from london with more on this we just heard there so well a fernando's m.p. a very upbeat about the opportunities that she sees for britain in leaving the e.u. do many m.p.'s still share that view would you say. well it's well of an undersea has been since she joined parliament one of the really leading so-called bricks it is within the british parliament the majority of the m.p.'s in the house of commons actually did fight for staying within the e.u. when it came to the referendum however the majority now seems to have accepted that this is what is going to happen and they don't in the majority want to do something that they would that they fear might be seen as thwarting the will of the people so they've basically given and they those who are really passionate believes in the you most of them want to get as good a deal as possible from the negotiation and brussels they want to put pressure on
tourism may to stay as close as possible to the e.u. but there is not really an active push for something like a second referendum that might overturn the decision that has been made and as you mentioned that vote coming up a little later today on this withdrawal béla when it comes to the votes those prime minister theresa may have the numbers not only in the house of commons but also in the house of lords. well in the house of commons it seems that the so-called rebels those who have tried and in some points successfully try to amend the e.u. withdrawal bill which is a bill that basically sets out how e.u. law is going to go into british law it's about the process of brecht's it more within the u.k. so not about bret's it is self or what happens at a new level it's a sort of internal bill it's going to the house of lords in a later stage and these so-called rebels who have amended the bill and who have
voted against their own government have said well now it's up to the lords to see what they can do so it seems that the numbers are there now the house of lords is interesting jacob riis mork one of the leading another leading brick city is within the u.k. parliament has said well if they are trying to really change the bill that would be outrageous because they have no legitimacy it would be the peers against the people so there is still this somehow if fear. amongst those who advocated for president who still do that somehow it could be changed some of the caddis not in the bag so that the fight for the future of the u.k. when it comes to the e.u. is still going on and bigger we know that you have been travelling across the country that you know you have been there before the referendum after the referendum covering it really all from the very beginning if you have to gauge the mood right now what would you say what is the mood of the people is the heart open
to a rehearsal. i think and this is something that is being shown within the latest opinion polls that some people do have it was a really interesting paula not long ago i think just over a week ago that said within those people who voted to leave the u. a third of those people are really still committed another third have doubts so they are not very happy of how it's going they didn't think it was going to be that difficult and there was another third who actively are not happy with their decision but when then again you come to a straight question breck's it yes or no it is only a very slight majority that is now for staying within the e.u. it has changed but we haven't seen this is a few just change of public opinion and it's not really not that much time left for that to happen and so you know unless public opinion changes dramatically i don't
think that you will see somebody coming forward or a really big movement that could be successful in keeping britain within the at the moment i think it's still sort of somehow leaning towards brics it is half and half but it's still going in that direction mass in london thank you. let's get a quick check of some other stories that have been making news around the world in venezuela a rogue helicopter pilot oscar perez has been killed during a violent police assault to arrest him the rebel policeman grabbed international headlines last year after he used stolen helicopters to bomb venezuela's supreme court at the height of anti-government protests. a hong kong court has sentenced pro-democracy activist joshua wang to three months in jail wang was found guilty of contempt of court relating to his role in the twenty fourteen umbrello protests it is the second time that he has been imprisoned over the rally's. a military court
in thailand has dropped charges against an eighty four year old historian who has been accused of any saltine the country's monarchy. questioned whether a national myth about a dual fought five hundred years ago by a king on the back of an elephant have really happened the court said that there was not enough evidence to proceed. turning now to syria where the assad regime forces have stepped up attacks on the country's last rebel stronghold thousands of fighters and civilians fled there after the fall of aleppo in twenty sixteen but intense fighting has once again pushed people to flee and agencies warn that a massive humanitarian disaster could lie ahead. but. rebel counter attacks against the syrian regime of. president bashar al assad's forces have stepped up their assault on this last opposition stronghold
in the north of the country in recent weeks. against them this coalition of generalities and moderates don't stand much of a chance. troops backed by russian airpower launched intensified attacks on northern hamas and southeast loop in about a month ago. that's led to the biggest wave of migration we've ever seen in. the world. one hundred thousand people have already fled the fighting in southern this is raised fears of yet another humanitarian crisis in syria we're extremely concerned that amid this escalation in finds him up to two million people may be at risk this is an area where tens of thousands of people have already been displaced and they own going fighting could provoke even further displacement of civilians.
that means more suffering the regime's campaign has included attacks on hospitals according to the u.n. those so far left unscathed ill equipped and doctors are exhausted. and. there are so many injured people we can't take care of them or. no hospital in the world could treat. the number of patients that come here after their neighborhood has been bombed. it is a war zone and that's all they russia iran and turkey designated it as a deescalation zone last year more than a million people have fled here from other former rebel controlled areas fighters as well as civilians but they're no longer safe the syrian regime and russia say they're targeting terrorists but political analysts disagree. with or
the syrian government wants to bring all the remaining rebel held areas under control and wipe out the opposition that doesn't care what happens to them he wants to take control of the whole country before peace talks began. that's just a few weeks ago this market in lip was bustling. that was a sense of normality but that's over now. to be a stall holders have nothing to do anymore no one dares come here because of the asteroid's people are staying indoors. after seven years of war in syria peace is no closer it appears that assad wants victory at any price. washington has frozen sixty five million dollars in aid for palestinian refugees state department officials say that the decision was meant to prompt other countries to share the burden of palestinian support but a recent tweet by president trump has put that in doubt he wrote that palestinians
give the us no appreciation or respect and he has threatened future payments the u.s. will still pay a portion of the pledged funding allowing services to continue for now. trending out food to the needy a key service the u.n. relief and works agency annorah provides to millions of palestinian refugees. many here who depend on the agency of bracing for the west. to the palestinian refugee saying stay are pushing us to the verge of death this seventy two year old fair is for his grandchildren's future. were caught what will become of the cvs criminals and a burden on society that would be terrible. his family left in the gaza strip the dire state of the economy means almost everyone
here qualifies for services. those also include health care and education. the un is the law and those services are of extreme importance not only for the wellbeing of these populations and there is a serious humanitarian concern here but also in my opinion and they'll be that is shared by most international observers including some israeli ones it is an important factor of stability. when roe was set up to help the hundreds of thousands of palestinians forced from their homes during israel's creation in one thousand forty eight the refugee camps have turned into these concrete slums. israel says the agency is in need of reform by position as it should it's not a question of defunding or not it's a question of replacing one row with after seventy years with the agency that will actually address really means
a real work produce about so many palestinians across the middle east is a vital safety net. time now for business with monika and investors are looking to brussels today and so are we sarah because tax havens are on the agenda the block is preparing to remove several countries from its recently published a blacklist of tax havens seventeen countries were named in that list which was published in december and many of them were small islands in the caribbean and in the pacific now eight countries are expected to be removed from the list next week after making new commitments that's what the e.u. says they include south korea one of the world's largest economies the united arab emirates one of the largest arab economies and pamela long a haven for offshore accounts and critics say that the e.u. is backtracking a by allowing the countries off the list so soon now is the e.u.
backtracking and if so why stick a bit deeper here with all the shadow near from oxfam international she's an e.u. policy advisor on inequality and taxation and she joins us now in brussels hello good to have you with us first of all you could fill us in a bit i mean what new commitments are we talking about well i would really wish i could answer your questions for the program we've this blacklisting process that transparency is lacking and we do not really know what kind of commitments other countries making to be have the list it was already the case with what we called the greatest for all countries which have been blacklisted but just committed to reforms the problem that we never dare to have a chance to so those commitments and i'm afraid it will be exactly the same for those eight countries which are soon going to be removed from the u. blacklist all right so even if those commitments are really really great is there going to be some sort of control mechanism in order to check if they really going
to change their tax schemes. well we hope so we are always hopeful but the problem again is that if we don't know what the commitments are to whom are really relying on to know if they're really fulfilling their commitments we're just relying on the willingness of you member states including some e.u. tax havens to make that judgment whether the commitments i've been fulfilled or not that's a bit worrying that's why we're asking for more transparency we're government have got those commitments well below what you just mentioned sort of evil tax havens i mean how does the tax system the various countries actually fare in comparison to those well known tax havens well if you talk about the impact of tech seven on each you can trees and their tax revenues we believe the tax havens are way more impact than the tiny islands the e.u. has been able to pressure to commit to reforms so what we're asking is not that
they stop asking to other countries to reform but that they also look we've in the you to also investigate their own countries and to ask. tax every such as looks number of ireland the never and so marta to also reform now i mean this blacklist that we're talking about with those seventeen countries it was only released in december now it's january what was the point. well it's true it's going very very fast i've never seen such a fast decision on tax issue that european level so far some of the countries we believe never really deserve their place on this blacklist such a country as what is a friend of a country has on the tax revenues but it's true that for those we're wondering why going so fast and also all those countries will just be moved to the grain list so it's not really that they are compliant is just that they're making promises at the same time if the u.s. able to go so fast then we're also wondering should their success other countries
that just adopt new we're firms and i'm thinking for example about the us just of the very worrying tax reform. of the near there from oxfam international speaking to us from brussels thank you so much for your views thank you. are a bit of the trip to currency that is divided to the financial world has been in freefall in the last twenty four hours tumbling more than twenty five percent it's been described as a bloodbath the big can feel below eleven thousand edging close to a six week low rumors that the south korean and chinese governments could ban trading encrypted currencies and many of the coins know what the e.u. is also reported to be preparing new rules that would no longer allow cryptocurrency owners to remain anonymous when they convert. to europe's. nestle has agreed to sell its u.s. candy business to italy's ferrero for two point eight billion dollars the swiss
food and beverage giant is in the process of shaking up its product portfolio ferrero is known for the tele tic-tac and. the acquisition will make the italian sweets make it the third largest confectionary in the u.s. markets media reports say that they were was up against chocolate manufacturer hershey before it secured the deal the acquisition which is to be completed by the end of march will give access to the world's largest confectionary market and has been a lot of action in the world of sports absolutely but we want to we want to focus and actually on one individual story right now because seven years ago formula one driver rob robert partially severed his arm while taking part in a rally race in his spare time his career in top level motor sport looked over but after years of rehabilitation he is back in his beloved or have a long. robot crew but so was one of the most promising young formula one drivers but after almost losing his arm in
a two thousand and eleven rally accident he's painstakingly worked his way back now he's williams' reserve driver which means you feel an integral if a team a car race it's not quite the job you wanted but still a major achievement but you know for me it's a great pleasure to be back in the form on of course my target was still become a race driver but there is a great feeling for malala has been the my biggest part of my life russian rookie surrogate serapion got the starting drive ahead of the pole but william still expect to make a major contribution. where we will know the robot is a legend really kind of a fantastic career in formula one for his own fortune. he will be returning all the races to use reserves but more importantly our seniors it's not. qubits it already has a pretty big tree to his name from two thousand and eight there's still a chance it might not be his last. you're up to date thanks for watching the to.
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