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laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. defiant the day after impeachment. he is only the third u.s. president to be charged by the house. but mr. trump and his party are standing fir pres. trump: i don't feelinike i'm impeached because it is a hoax, it's a set up, it's a horrible thing ty did. laura: the awkward couple at the queen's speech in brain. the prime minister's priorities were laid out. guess what, brexit plays a big part. ♪ laura: plus, the nine-year-old drummer who's become an internet sension. she even has rock 'n roll stars jamming with her. laura: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "world news america."
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it is the day after the impeachment of donald trump, ank if you the dust has settled, think mrp's republican allies came to the microphones to slam the vote. the president is still cling a hoax. sespeaker of the hancy pelosi has yet to send the articles of impeachment to the senatewhere the trial was expected to take place in january. our north america editor jon sobe starts out coverage. jon: on an historic night, donald trumphose to be nowhere near washington. he was in battlemoreek and never ready to do battle. as he is taking to the podium, in a perfect split-screen the votes are being counted in the house of representatives that will impeach him. speaker pelosi: article i is adopted. jon: but look at that death stare at the democratic speaker gives her own members as they art to cheer. solemnity, not crowing, was the order of the day
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back in michigan, donald trump was given a note about the vote unload on the pres. trump: this lawle partisan impeachment is a political suicide march for the democrats. you see my polls the last few weeks? jon: after last night's vote, the fate of the now-impeached president will be decided in the senate, and a trial that will almost certainly not convict donald trump. but when it begins, how many witnesses are called, who, and how long the trial lasts is still hotlcontested. and there was a taste of theth battle lie ahead in the senate earlier today. sen. mcconnell: for the last 12e s, house democrats have conducted the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history. sen. schumer: leader mcconnell's 30-minute partisan stemwinder contained hardly a single defense of the presidethe
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united states on the merits. almost none defended president trump, because they can't. jon: this afternoon in the ovali , a consolation prize. a democratic congressman who is switching sides. donald trump, though, still presp: i don't feel like i'm being impeached because it is a hoax, it is a set-up, it is a horrible thing they did. jon: the impeachment articles have to be handed to the senate, but the democratic speaker is refusing to do so until shess receivesances about how the trial will be connected. the partisan gridlock coinues. jon sopel, bbc news, wton. laura: for more on what happens xt with impeachment, i was joined by kim wehle, a former assistant u.s. attorney and author of "how to read the constitution and why." what do you make of the fact that democrats aren't sending
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articles of impeachment to the senate until they know the shape the trial? kim: it could be for pragmatic reasons, because under senate rules that have been largely in place since andrew johnson, the 19th-centu president that was impeached, once she hands those articles to the senate and the senate aepts them, the sergeant at arms will announce the articles and the trial has to begin the next day at 1:00 p.m. if she were to do that today, for example, we could be in trial over the holidays. it could be pragmatic.po as f as thtical reasons, i think it sounds like there is a dispute as to whether there should be witnesses or not. we know that democrats want additional witnesses, witnesses like mick mulvaney, who has direct knowledge of the president's state of mindro thughout this process. house democrats did not push for those witnesses. senate democrats might want them. that could be part of the senate.round for a trial in the will it be more speeches, or
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will the american publi actually see fact witnesses? laura: is your expectation that we see in the new europe fairly -- the new year a fairlrushed trial in the senate followed by the acquittal of the president? kim: for sure it sounds like there will be an acquittal of theresident. there needs to be 20 republica nators to vote to remove in order for him to be removed, and based on what we saw yesterday with zero house republicans that.g to impeach, we w't see as far as the trial itself, the one wildcard ithe supreme court justice, tic chief ju who will pride over that. the rules give him this titleg presidficer. he can make decisions that don't necessarily bind -- excuse me, that mr. mcconll can't overrule without the caucus agreeing with him. therefore, we might see more m procesthch mcconnell would want. but i do thi there is a possibility we won't see additional witnesses.
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laura: we heard literally everybody yesterday quotinatthe foundingrs, the federalist papers. you have written a book about the his the kind of impeachment the founding fathers were thinking of? kim: i do believe it is an impeachment the founng fathers re thinking of. what we heard on the mocratic side is abuse of office, interference of elections, using the massive power of the presidency for personal gain, exactly what the framers were p worried abouticularly the election part, because you cannot just rely on elections to fix distorted elections. we did not hear that from the pipublican side. they were more ning at details and not answering the core question of what haens to the constitution. and as a constitutional scholar, i'm a little worried that going forward without removal of this particular president will see an office that is so expanded with so little meaningful oversight that we will see the individual liberties that the constitution's structure wassi ed to protect actually dissipating in america. laura: and the fact that this
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was essentiay a partisan impeachment, not a single republican voted for it, even though nancy pelosi said in march she wanted impeachment to be biparsan -- that was before the ukraine story broke -- does it undermine impeachment? kim: if you thk about the bill clinton impeachment, he was not removed on the theory that it was not about abuse of office, but it was crime. here we ve abuse of office, but there is no crime. it is almost like heads you win, tails u lose. i do have a concern not only historically that impeachmen will become irrelevant, but it is so partisan at this moment. the republicans clearly understand that to keep their jobs they need to stand with this president, which makes it iml,ssible to have a thought fact-based decision on what is best for the american laura: kim, thanks for being with us. kim: thank you, laura. laura: for more on the fallout my colleagues katty kay and
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onmes reynolds spoke to an scaramucci. he briefly served as donald trump's director of communications in 2017 but has become critical of his former bossy: anthesterday was a great day for america. what will likely be a bad day for america, if the senate decides after looking at the evidence and the law andth recognizin there is four or five primary witnesses thatee have notcalled to testify, people like mick mulvaney or rudy giuliani or mike pompeo --t y don't testify and they acquit him, that will be a bad day for america. katty: ok, we will talk more about the process later on in the program. nyu talk about optics, ant and this was watched widely we covered it a lot on the bbc. one person in particular who was watching what wa happening on capitol hill last night was president vladimir putin in russia. i want to play you what he said s.out the impeachment proc pres. putin: the democratic party is trying to get the
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results it wanted by other means, accusing trump of then it turns out there was no collusion and this cannot be the basis of impeachment. now they try to pressure him with ukraine, which is made up. katty: republicans have usually stood firm against russia, i am but i am listening to president putin and i'm almost hearing republican talking points abo process.peachment almost the language is the same. what do you make of that? anthony: i just want to say thad prt putin is the white house communications director. he would've lasted a dat more than 1 if they put him in the job because that is literally what they are saying. i don't understand it, to be honest. i am not here to opine about the russian-u.s. relationship. i nd it odd that republicans have decided to side with the russiang. i'm hohere's enough people in the united states that are psychologically and politically minded that they will look at
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the facts of what isoing on and they will either seek his removal or they will work very hard to oust him in 2020. those are the choices we have. james: anthony, looking at the trial in the senate, by my count 20 republican senato of 53 would need to break with the republican party to convict mr. trump. in alphabetical order, if you like, can you name the 2 republican senators most likely to defect? anthony: i see it a little bit differently than that. you need four or five senators,a somebody like r alexander, fnator romneysenator collins. if you get four e senators to call for a fair process and a fair trial, and then you can get justice roberts to subpoena those primary witnesses, i believe the president resigns the next day, because there is actually no way that those witnesses are going to lie under oath in a nationally televised senate trial. i don't think you need the 19. i think you need four or five and then we call this thing a
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day and will be game over, richard nixon-like activity. james: nevertheless, mitch mcconnell says he wants a short l and it might be shorte than the time you spent as white house staffer. will thabe a good idea? anthony: hey, listen, if it is a fair trial, i don't my the shortness of the file. if it is not a fair trial, if it is a soviet-style trial and a kangaroo-court acquitd him, that would the bad for the country. yesterday was good, that would be bad. fair, due process, nobody above e law. that i broke thet aw. we have ard from primary witnesses yet. that would be the telltale thing. we will have to see what that happens. short trial -- i got a lot of things done in 11 days. [laughter] laura: that was anthony scaramucci speaking to my colleagues earlier. a day after the impeachment vote, the house of representatives backed a new trade agreement with mexico anda
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in a bipartisan vote. e bill replaces the nort american free trade agreement, which mr. trump campaigned against as bad for american workers. the white house is claiming tvictorugh democrats say they made big changes to the bill. turning to politics in the u.k. now, boris johnson's new conservative government has been setting out its agenda for the year ahead. the queen delivered the message, do that this year. more than 30 new bills were s nounced in the queen'eech. seven were about brexit. our political edir laura kuenssrg has more. laura k.: even the crown gets its very own rolls-royce, the trappings of westminster's great oil occasion. a moment to savor for the new government. >> it is certainly a feast. laura: time of agony for the opposition. >> i will k police man to let me through, but not you. ♪ note, summoning mps to hear the
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-- laura: the tmpets blast their usual note, summoning mps to hear the monarch. the same as ever, but the reminders of the past ought note to hide thity that history has just been made. the defeated leader of the opposition seemedoo angry to exchange a hello with this all-powerful prime mine ter, whmber one job is to take us out of the european union. queen elizabeth: my government's priority is to deler departure from the european uon on the 31st of january. my ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the united laura: but then what?t date. theic wrangle of dit trade talks. extra cash for the health service put into her sentencing. a new immigration system. just some of the longest of work ahead. but after a torrid few years, sten to this bland-sounding
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announcement. queen elizabeth: constitution, democracy, and rights commission will be established. laura: might his government tempted to use their huge majority to overhaul how the whole place works? maybe. this will not be a safety-first government. determined to plan not just for : ve years, but for a decade. prime min. johnsis is not a program for one year or one parliament. it is a blueprint for the future of britain. just imagine where this country could be in 10 yrs time, and eafter the dither, after delay, after the deadlock, after the paralysis and platitudes, the time has come for change and the time he for action. it is action that the british people will get from this most gracious speech,nd i commend it to the house. laura: raucous tory benches. misery on the other side. mr. corbyn: thank you, mr.
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speaker. what the government is proposing is woefully inadequate for the scale of the problems this country faces. laura: with thmajority of 80, boris johnson need not lose much sleep over getting hisay in is place. at least mosof the time, he need not worry day-to-day about keeping his place and authorit but that is not the same as turning his chants into a success. making t most of his next two years is what really counts. the pressure is on to prove to voters who backed him th they re right. far from pking up, this is a t governmet is only getting going. today may not be the limit of its ambitions, but just the start. laura kussberg, bbc news, westminster. lauras, t.: in other nt least three people have died and iahers arrested in protest against in's new citizenship law. pra est ban has been imposed
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in some areas. critics say the new law which offers citizenship to non-muslim illegal immigrants from three neighboring countries vlalates the seconstitution. russia's main intelligence agency says one of its officers has been killed in a shooting near its headquarters in moscow. five people have been treated for injuries. sarussian media the gunman, who opened fire with an automatic weapon, was killed by an officer. the fsb is trying to establish the attackers identity. the u.s. congress has voted to raise the minimuage for buying tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. the legislation was passed by the senate as part of the larger budget bill. it means that from next year, tobacco and e-cigarettes will join alcohol as substances that prohibited for those underge 21. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, there is a nationwide amnesty in new zealand for dangerous weapons. how a mass shooting changed the gun culture there.
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laura: theai long-d big-screen version of andrew lloyd webber's musical "cats." s finally here. it sees telestrate, jennifer hudson, and judi densh taking on the walls. the stage musical has been delighting fans since the early 1980's, but the reviews for the film have not been overwhelming. will gompertz hastmore on this y. will: this is the trair for the bi screen, big-budget adaptation of cats. it caused a social media storm en it was posted in the summer. >>hat is her name? >> cat got your tongue? will: people were freaked out by cats revealing distinctly human curves.
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interview requests were declined. tom hooperthe oscar-winning director behind "the king's speech," made changes right up to this week amid a blizzard of that reviews. " the guardian" called it a dreadful adaptation. "the telegraph" dave -- your correspondent fou it soulless. much of the action takus place in a d west end theater in a highly stylized veion of london, quite unlike the actual modern theater thathecats" musical made its home81 in 19 just down the road injury lane. lord lloyd webber's original musical, based on es.ot's poems, was a critiall and commerit.
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the movie version is not the former, but it could roar itself to box office success or end u in the litter tray of extense will gompertz, bbc news. lana: starting this weekend new zealand, it will be against the law to have military-style semiautomatic guns. the country banned the weapons after people were killed in christchurch earlier this ar. there has been a nationwide amnesty for those willing to ha in their guns. reporter: a community struggling to grieve. this is not only a place of worship, but also the scene of the attack that shocked the world.
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friday prayers bring a moment of reflection, but also pain. what happened here changed new zealand. with unity came a warning of th need to guainst extremism. >> i sat here against the window. reporter: nathan smith is the only british survivor of the he sawof the congregation killed. >> they were my friends. if i leave because of what heel has done, i ike i'm letting them down. has won. he? he is not going toin, is reporter: on the 15th of march, a loneunn walked into this mosque armed with a semiautomatic military style weapon. he killed 51 pple and injured dozens more. new zealand is now determined to make sure nothing like this ever happs again. and this is what they are doing about it. new zealand plans to destroy nearly all high-powered
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semiautomatic assault rifles. centers like this one have been set up across the country, and tens of thousands of gun owners ove been forced to hand in firearms as partamnesty. in the center we visited in , christchurchese are some of the guns that have been handed in in justne day. why do you think it is so important that these guns are now off the stets? >> as you can see, these are semiautos. 15 or more magazine capacities. they take to 30 or more magazine capacities. these are e go-to for mass shootings. reporter: but while the ban was swift, it is not without its critics. this is the hand loaders range on the outskirts of the city. in a country where there is roughly one firearm for every
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four citizens, the people herepr reent decades-long traditions of gun ownership. >> we have had aeally world-class, i would say almost the best in the world, history of low firearms crimes in new zealand, because we regulate the people, not the firearms. none of this legislation is doing that. reporter: across the country, sands of guns have been handed in. the police are keen to deem the ban a success, but they admit it is impossible to predict how many more guns are out there. laur seems like that would be very controversial here in the u.s. now to nandi bushell,ho is making a name for herself in the mus c world. she mmed with lenny kravitz, and videos of her drumming have become an online sensation.ea she even appd in a christmas
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commercial in the u.k. all this at just nine years old. here is her story. ♪ nandi: hi, everyone. my name is, nan and i love playing the drums. ♪ lenny: nice to meet you finally. can i he a hug? ♪ nandi: i met lenny kravitz. thn is the first famous per i llt him and he was r friendly. i played "are you going to go my way." when i was little, whenevermu esere was c on -- i really liked "teletubbi and i would always play in time. ♪ teletubbies, teletubbies i would push my bum in the air
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time, like one, two, three, four. it was pretty amazing. i was an actor and i got this chair that said "nandi bushell, i really wanted to bring it home so i could sit on it. >> if you could jam with someone else, who would it be? nandi: so, dave grohl, and the red hot chili pepperthe foo fighters. laura: nandi makes herself heard with her drumming. you can find much more of the day's news on our website. to see wt we're working on at any time, check us out on twitter. i'm laura trevelyan. ank you for watching "bbc world news america." narrator: funding for this presentation is made possible by... babbel, an oprogram designed by language specialists
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