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currency sink to an 11 year low alan fisher has more from washington d.c. . well donald trump said he was going to call china come soon manipulator on his 1st the office it's taken until now you certainly were expecting from the treasury said just evolution some sort of ruling on whether or not he thought china was a currency manipulator in october it's been brought forward just in the last few hours donald trump said on twitter that he believed china was manipulating its currency to try and gain an unfair advantage against the united states know when they made their surely the could of years one of 2 laws they could have gone with the 2015 law or the one that was drawn up in 1988 they decided to go with the 1988 there's a reason for that it's a slightly broader remit it gives them a wider option on how they can declare china to be come see manipulator what it means know is that steve illusion with donald trump's backing will go along to the
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international monetary fund and see china is essentially breaking the rules and you need to punish them but this is something donald trump has promised for a while and as you see we were in a trade war no we're also in a currency war the south korean military says the north has fired 2 unidentified projectiles into the sea the launch took place in the province of south wang hey earlier the north korean government condemned joint military drills between the u.s. and south korea describing them as hostile moods puerto rico the senate has called off a vote to confirm pedre appeared to resee as governor i would now wait under the supreme court decides on a case concerning his eligibility fairly recent came to office on friday after weeks of protests forced his predecessor to resign the united nations is urging india and pakistan to exercise restraint after new delhi revoked indian administered kashmir is autonomous status pakistan says it will exercise all
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options and response to that decision. well i can tell you that we are following with concern the tense situation in the region we're also aware of reports of restrictions on the indian side of kashmir and we urge all parties to exercise restraint i would add that over the past few days the un military observer group in india and pakistan otherwise known as our mortgage has observed and reported an increase in military activity along the line of control the ceasefire and syria's rebel controlled adlib province has collapsed the government has resumed its offensive with airstrikes reported in the southern parts of the province syria's government has accused rebel forces of violating the terms of the truce and is blaming turkey for not enforcing it the u.k. has joined the u.s. on an international maritime security mission to protect cargo ships in the strait of hormuz britain has been given u.k. flagged vessels in the region and they will escort sensurround seized one of its
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oil tankers last month a citywide general strike in hong kong turned into another confrontation between police and protesters police fired tear gas to break up crowds blocking traffic u.s. president or trump has condemned bigotry racism and white supremacy following mass shootings in texas and ohio that left 31 people dead speaking at the white house he blamed social media and mental health issues for the country's increase in gun crime he also called for new data slated to run background checks on gun owners in the 2 decades since columbine our nation has watched with rising horror and dread as one mass shooting has followed another over and over again decade after decade. we cannot allow ourselves to feel powerless we can and will stop this evil contagion in that task we must honor the sacred memory of those we
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have lost by acting as one people those are the headlines on al-jazeera do stay with us battlefield washington is coming up next thank you very much for watching. ah donald trump do solemnly swear donald trump do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states the altars of the president of the united states the day trump this morning and the 2016 election that secured his victory is already under investigation and did russia help them get the presidency. so help me god
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directly. 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 the 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
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a political and judicial conflict. a battle that has pitted tromp against those who believe he was an accomplice and russia's interference in. a battle for the truth. about the president of the united states and for the principles of american democracy. according to top u.s. intelligence chiefs the russians interfered in the 2016 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. 2 weeks before his inauguration they briefed trump. trump rejects their conclusions he does not want his victory to be questioned. the intelligence
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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. their question by democratic party sen i just go down 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. oh i had no. no no. i think very few documents that i can remember would have had the political weight
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and the political influence of this particular document. the purpose of making that report public was to make sure the american people world where some of the dynamics going on behind the scenes this is the 1st 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 caused by rethinking of u.s. intelligence community you go fish which is blaming bush and president vladimir
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putin to win the game are going to change russia tried everything possible to get through to the liberals like you know it hi paul intelligent in their own work force is. only 3 days after the intelligence report a new classified document makes the headlines want to be very precise here multiple u.s. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell c.n.n. 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 secret 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.
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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 it's not mr president like president but if you were to i know are not you would say should not you know with the still dossier made public news trucks battle with the press intensifies. why is my point was the reason why i had used a caterpillar getting why should the president like can you give us are going to be reuniting us can you give us are going to. he did not enough particular to during his 1st 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 at moscow and the russian embassy and washington. the press reveals it and trump has to
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retreat mike flynn is a fine person and i asked for his resignation he respectfully gave it flynn is the 1st victim of the battle of washington but firing flint is not enough the question remains what are the relations between trump and moscow to knowingly 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. in congress before the 2018 a term elections the republicans trumps party are the majority and the democrats
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are the opposition but on some crucial issues it's a tradition for the 2 parties to work together this is the spirit of bipartisanship . first. 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 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
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interference in our election a key figure and they see hearings as james combing the director of the f.b.i. who heads up a staff of more than 35000 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 2016 presidential 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 2017 as he is grilled over the involvement of tromping and komi himself gets into a minefield and you have you ruled out the president out of state but i don't. you know what people over interpret this answer i'm not going to comment on anyone in particular so potentially the president i states could be
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a target of your ongoing investigation correct i just worry i don't want to answer that that that's seems to me unfair speculation we will follow the evidence will try and find as much as we can we'll 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. news special report here's lester holmes and good day everyone we learned a short time ago that president trump has fired f.b.i. director james comey we're in 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 cooley fired by president truman we came we don't know this is something that caught all the lawyers who are going to be by surprise and in court the intelligence community in washington d.c. and surprise you. and the
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dismissal came in harsh terms in a letter signed by the president you are terminated immediately. 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 10 year period and so it came as a shock i talked to a number of friends colleagues after that happened who were still in the f.b.i. and it was this essence of i can't believe the president did this but i think he was just exercising what he believed was his authority just. says if he was the c.e.o. of trump in apprises. and congress one question needs to be addressed by the
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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 president the president at his word that i was fired because of the russian vest a geisha something about the way i was conducting it the president felt created 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. komi 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 trump call me 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 come
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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 he wanted me to do i didn't obey that but that's where it took. place 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. american law says anybody from an average citizen all the way up to the president
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who tries to block and 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 a merge 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 well know. next question next question. soon after firing the f.b.i. director trump is about to face a new challenge. feature breaking news right now tonight a bombshell announcement just disappointing the special counsel to counsel robert. bobb holder to now oversee the pressure probe a look at the possible connections between top campaign associates and rush and this is. only 8 days after the firing of james combing the justice department
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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 12 years and in 2013 he had left the law enforcement agency with full honors and his farewell speech he proclaimed his unshakable faith in the rule of law. have always been proud to say that i work 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 know. quite well. i worked with him for about 4 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
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pointed me as his number 2 person in the f.b.i. as a 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 just don't play any role in his calculations so he is all about finding the truth and doing it under the rule of law so he is in manitoba. robert muller was 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. can investigate moscow's relations with the trump campaign and any other matters. all or waste no time immediately orders the preservation of millions of official
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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 adventure or exit of the buildings video surveillance. once a person or a company or or a bureaucracy knows that there's a criminal investigation to destroy evidence after that becomes a federal crime and so i think mahler's 1st 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 and this was only the beginning of a bitter struggle between muller and the president of the united states. so we have mr miller who's known as a tough cop he's a big imposing the 6 foot something experienced. justice
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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 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 2 more different people on earth than bob mahler and president trump and very early on in that in this whole process i think the trunk 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
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a determination very early on we're going to claim that this whole thing is politically motivated is a witch hunt that whole wave rigged with the witch hunt i would call it the rigged to which aren't. there when you're saying if only to when she was a democrat gets fired when you don't add something that is not for the phony which you truly. is washington celebrates the 4th of july and dependence to 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
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york times claims the trump campaign was in secret contact with russian officials 5 months before the 2016 election a major scoop. this was the work of our washington best against the scene it was over and over weeks that we learned more and more about the meeting and the fact is it occurred. so yes it was very exciting to have that scoop again we didn't know that much about the meeting we didn't learn it all at once but we've built on it since then and mahler 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 ultrasensitive stuff he adds don jr answers if it's what you say i love it the meeting takes place on the 9th of june 2016 in new york at trump tower around the table donald trump's on his son in law his campaign director paul man a for
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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 in question has been actions with the from lynn when donald trump jr 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 is in hamburg for an international summit where he had a meeting with vladimir putin. but we're told to a lot of very positive things that russia is for the united states and for everybody. would want to be with you if you.
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immediately after this hand shake the trump 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 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 $1000000.00 question with the trump tower meeting is what did the president know about it and when did his son tell and 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
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go for it let me know he's part of a conspiracy that is a not to bring someone into a conspiracy trump. 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 but these guys are crooked. words have meaning and power and a lot of people myself included good republicans were going to go for pizza don't you still do that call us 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.
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currency sink to an 11 year low alan fischer has more from washington d.c. the global markets don't like the idea of the world's 2 biggest economies going head to head in a trade war even though donald trump says the cheap and easy to win but the chinese are playing quite cleverly here by targeting agricultural products they know that will heart donald trump because he won a lot of states where farmers are strong and therefore they think this is striking him at his political base donald trump and the white house believe that china haven't really entered into trade talks with the best of graces south korea says the north has fired what appears to be 2 short range ballistic missiles launched took place in the south langham province earlier the north korean government condemned joint military drills between the u.s. and south korea describing them as hostile moves puerto rico senate has called off a vote to confirm here louisiana's governor will now wait until the supreme court
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decides on a case concerning his eligibility here lou is he came to office on friday after weeks of protests forced his predecessor to resign. the united nations is urging india and pakistan to exercise restraint after new delhi revoked and the administered kashmir is autonomous status pakistan says it will exercise all options in response to that decision a ceasefire in syria's rebel controlled province has collapsed the government has resumed its offensive with airstrikes reported in the southern parts of the province syria's government has accused rebel forces of violating the terms of the truce and is blaming turkey for not enforcing it the u.k. has joined the u.s. on an international maritime security mission to protect cargo ships in the strait of hormuz britain has been given u.k. flagged vessels in the region a naval escort sensurround seized one of its oil tankers last month and a citywide general strike in hong kong turned into another confrontation between
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police and protesters police fired tear gas to break up crowds well those are the headlines on al-jazeera better field washington continues thank you for watching. 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 brushes interference. to slew yellowing . cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the state. this is the 1st time. a major covert action major. action against the united states. the very heart of our democratic process has to do.
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in october 2017 special counsel robert muller issues his 1st indictments against people close to the president. trumps campaign director and gates deputy director of the campaign 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 destitution and 0 indian on his 1st targets to the. right here by the f.b.i. . interviewed.
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about his contacts with foreign nationals and a 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. ference in a 2016 election. when the initial indictments were issued by miller people rightfully said wait 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 collusion no collusion there's no collusion to seems to be the focus no pollution no of drugs you know nothing no police no proof 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 that there was collusion between president trump and his
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inner circle and the russians and thus far that has not been charged publicly so that's what he is. claiming there's 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 the investigators 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
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a setback. we start with new explosive information p.p.c. here in the investigation in this job one of my trusted aides is discredited nifty efficiently shows name is peter strong to the f.b.i. agent peter struck and strikes alleged mistress an f.b.i. were named lisa page. the press publishes the text messages of peter strong and lisa page. was a trusted adviser a bomb all or transcripts of his messages show that he was for him an 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. his truck was dismissed but the damage was done and congress presidents can't can now use trucks opinion to claim that the f.b.i.
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and the special counsel are politically taking to now the investigations into donald trump have been infected. with the virus of severe bias the pro truck media escalates the attack it denounces it as a conspiracy theory guessing it was weaponized to destroy us. is underway right here some sort of subversion campaign and intelligence agencies are running a classic dissin from ation 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 transitions deep state there is colucci in the cia the n.s.a. the f.b.i. the justice department the news media politicians and both parties there colluding working together with strategies talking points fake evidence to weaken
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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 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
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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 so addition. father we pray for president trump yes lord give him extra calcium it has backbone yes god is a his enemies confound his enemies alou not fall into their traps this we pray in the name of jesus hey man and you mistake you for watching. 5 feet floor 321. and congress well the consensus over investigating the russian meddling withstand
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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 it well enough at the top of. the leader of the democrats in the house intelligence committee has to admit that there will be no consensus on the issue. last night the majority on the intelligence committee made the decision to prematurely shut down the russian best occasionally 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 muller. it is on the 9th of april 2018
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a new york attorney becomes the latest target of bob mullen michael cohen donald trump's personal. michael cohen is donald trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer is the city president's secret and he has in as the keys to the kingdom he knows all the secrets about donald trump through. hard work. the f.b.i. searched cohen's office at the request of a local prosecutor on charges of financial fraud. the move initiated by bob muller as a direct challenge to the president himself. so i just heard that they broke into the office busy of one of my personal attorneys because man i said that it's really valid a whole. new level of unfair that. cohen is someone who might know about trump's alleged real estate dealings in russia. that was fairly common knowledge in the
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real estate community and the in actual 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 nothing in russia i have no loans in russia i don't have any deals in russian the 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 do that i just have nobody to speak to did putin help trump to win the election is there a secret pact between the 2 men and if so cohen could be a key witness a major element of the special counsel strategy and i immediately recognize the
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strategy that muller was following because my own background as a federal process. it 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 cases is 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 start with the low ranking guys and if we could get one to flip and cooperate he would then give us information about these 2 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 to president true. american council life and possibly in donald trump's life the question is asking himself at the white house tonight is will michael cohen crack crimes lawyer is faced with
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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 pardon he said he makes an expeditious use of the. car to do 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 city which is one terminally very very expensive to get to frankly they're going to hurt. the party gerbert positive thing for a president i think you see the way i'm using that yes there will be more part.
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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 flip 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 an 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. 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 a president trump who seems to think that he is above the law it's antithetical
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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 stated more than a year into his presidency transactions are about to test the very heart of the american system and. governments. think. it's higher. than 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 343 years through 3 characters. as the attacks on mahler intensified a man stands up to protect the special counsel rod rosenstein the number 2 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
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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 rosa's that is has become a beacon for anger. and from congressional republicans and i think they're disappointed it 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 1st and congress trumps allies fire at will at rosenstein and i'm not keeping any information from conyers thoughts of you why did you marry me should we allow those he does not call you why didn't he hasn't presented his 1st find a good fund raiser here and just you know 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. then you shoot the hell
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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 end dependence and justice. what is remarkable now 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
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and i'll get in there by half. and i what 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 of 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 do our job we have a responsibility and we take an oath that's the whole yes everybody in the department takes that 03115000 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 2018 then once capitol hosts the 1st summit between donald trump and.
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just 3 days before in washington rod rosenstein made a momentous announcement a new wave of indictments by bob mullen. an afternoon indictment charges 12 russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election according to the allegations in the indictment. the defendant's work for 2 units of the g.r.u. the g.r.u. russia's military intelligence service is accused of conspiracy against the united states units engaged in active cyber operations to interfere in the 26th presidential election. the russian agents targeted in particular the computers of trump's adversaries the friends covertly monitor the computers implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code and stole e-mails and other doctors mahler's indictment of 12 russian military intelligence officers conspiring to
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interfere with the 2016 u.s. presidential election to benefit. implicated russia at the highest level. the indictment of a dozen russian g.r.u. intelligence officers in july 28 in was a kind of turning point the election interference is now a sacked 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. lives when you go to the new usual is the easy bit when you show that americans give an opinion you look don't you would let me put it says . at a question just now president putin denied having anything to do with the election airfare and 2016 every u.s. intelligence agency has concluded that russia did my 1st question for you sir is
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who do you believe my people came to me they said they think it's russian i have president putin and he just said it's not russian 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 in power. full in his denial thank you. he basically took the side of food 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
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pretty easily perhaps even without trump realizing he's being used. september 2018 several of trans close aides have agreed to cooperate with investigators. his former campaign director paul man ford and his 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 trunk 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
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know 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 or. it is a hell of a place in. november 2018 the midterm elections are approaching fast trump burns off the campaign trail. if his party keeps control over congress his legal troubles might fade away. was. 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
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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 d.-ca could i insist i could fire everybody right now but i don't want to stop it because it's a politically i don't like stopping and 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 could i heard about anything with you may have a joint investigation because it's a hoax are you that's enough put down the might about indictments coming down in the slip. april 18th 2019 the u.s. department of justice released the redacted version of special counsel robert muller report. it concluded there was no conspiracy between the truck campaign in
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moscow. the democrats demanded the unproductive report and for mahler to testify before congress. on july 24th 2019 now former special counsel robert mueller testified before 2 congressional committees. or concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge any trunk campaign member with conspiracy but he cannot exonerate president trump on obstruction of justice and what about total exoneration you actually totally exonerate the president. there was no defense to this ridiculous hoax just what china has been going on for. a long time. the bitter battle for washington still continues.
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however we've got no shortage of subtle storms on the cars folia us as we go on through the next couple of days and even north of the border because say some showers into central and eastern parts of canada have had a society off the continent saying some very heavy rain labview down poles temp just getting up to around 3132 celsius set in the coast. it was a southeastern corner up towards the middle and 6 days as well further west it's lousy dry fair bit of cloud mind you will see temperatures getting up to 30 celsius they're also for seattle similar values to go on into what is it by wednesday the desert southwest must see some welcome rainfall pushing through central areas
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