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good morning. on al-jazeera. here in doha the top stories on al-jazeera the u.s. president donald trump is to attend independence day celebrations at mount rushmore in the states of south dakota but it's in defiance of health experts recommendations to avoid large crowds mr trump is expected to make a speech and then watch a fireworks display with thousands of people will be available but they are not required. following events from virginia i spoke to her she began by explaining why social distancing at the event will be nearly impossible. you basically can only be in areas where the secret service deems it appropriate and secure the other part of
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the problem is that there are about $7500.00 folding chairs and they've all been lashed together a stance a plea for safety reasons that means you're going to be sitting shoulder to shoulder with people if you are attending this event at mount rushmore on friday evening so unless you were wearing a mask and unless the people surrounding you were also wearing masks chances are that you're going to be sharing the air and whatever else is in the air while you're attending this prefer 4th of july celebration do we have any idea yet ross what we can hear from mr trump when he takes to the podium. there are reports peter suggesting that the president is going to focus on the importance of monuments and you might think well he's speaking at one of the most notable monuments in the united states that's appropriate but look at the context
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in the past 6 weeks or so the country has been riven by demonstrations and charges of racism against institutions in this country and one of the targets by race and racism activists has been the number of monuments that have been erected to those who fought for the confederacy or who. otherwise supported the practice of insulating people in the country's 1st 400 years so this is something that the president is expected to attack saying that the people who want these volume of removed are trying to erase history it's a rather curious message to be issuing at a time when the country typically comes together to celebrate its independence from britain. brazil's president joy of also narrow has watered down the lore requiring the wearing of mosques in public places mr olson are used his power of veto to remove the optic ation for people to wear mosques in shops and churches he says the
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rule was unconstitutional brazil has more than one and a half 1000000 cases it's the 2nd worst affected country after the united states health workers in ecuador's capital say hospitals are on the verge of collapse because of new cases there more than 59000 people are infected and more than 4600 others have died the government has now begun collecting personal data to ensure people are following quarantine news 20 saudi nationals have gone on trial in absentia in turkey accused of killing the journalist jamal the murder which took place inside the saudi consulate provoked outrage around the world libyan government forces say they've on earth another mass grave in an area that used to be controlled by the warlord after 5 bodies have been discovered earlier forces backing the united nations recognized government said they discovered the remains of more than 200 people in tahrir huna south of tripoli the united nations has
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expressed its quotes hora and now wants an investigation at least 9000000 soldiers have been killed and 2 others were injured in an ambush it happened in the mopti region as they made their way towards the site of a massacre at least 31 people were killed on thursday by unknown gunmen. the paris appeals court has dismissed a bid to reopen an inquiry into a plane crash that triggered the rwandan genocide the president juvenal amana died when his plane was shot down in kigali in 1900 for some blame those close to the current president paul could gar me in 20 teen french prosecutors dropped charges against 9 suspects with ties to mr hague army due to a lack of evidence those are your headlines up next is battlefield washington season.
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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 authors of president of the united states the day trump this morning and the 2016 election that secured his victory is already under investigation did russia help him get the presidency. so help me god directly.
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as he walks on pennsylvania avenue from where he took the oath of office towards the white house he steps onto a political battlefield. pennsylvania avenue is the heart of washington that connects major political players congress the f.b.i. the department of justice. the press. the white house. this is the story set at one of the most powerful capitals in the world a political and judicial conflict. a battle that has pitted tromp against those who believe he was an accomplice and russia's interference in. a battle for the truth. about the president of the united states and for the principles of american democracy.
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according to top u.s. intelligence chiefs the russians interfered in the 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 brief trump. trump rejects their conclusions he does not want his victory to be questioned. the intelligence agencies maintain their findings and partially release them to the public they say putin ordered an influence campaign to help trump win the election. putin's role is immediately raised in congress which calls the chiefs of the intelligence community to testify. on.
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their question by democratic party senator like you go down the line in. any of your careers have you ever seen this level of russian interference in our political process and start with draconian just going on the lord no. no you know. i think very few documents that i can remember would have had the political weight and the political influence of this particular document. the purpose of making that report public was to make sure the american people were
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aware of some of the dynamics going on behind the scenes this was 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 of the attempts and then the pervasiveness of those attempts to have a widespread impact it was broader than anything that had been seen in prior actions to bring to you what has intelligence community you know fish is blaming russian president vladimir putin's who were again are going to russia tried everything possible to get to the november election i pod intelligence and there are. only 3 days after the intelligence report a new classified document makes the headlines i want to be very precise here multiple u.s. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell c.n.n.
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that classified documents included allegations that russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about mr trump this is a confidential report written by an ex british spy christopher steele on 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. 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 no mr president elect president since you were not a decision can you get with the still dossier made public news trucks battle with
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the press intensifies rice are going to do it mr rosen along the way you say categorically why should the president like can you give us are going to be reuniting us can you give us are going to be you know not getting learned during his 1st weeks at the white house trump is on the defensive the man who just appointed national security adviser general michael flynn is caught in the eye of the storm. he lied about his contacts with moscow and the russian embassy and washington. the press reveals it and trump has to retreat mike flynn is a fine person and i asked for his resignation he respectfully gave it flynn is the 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.
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cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the united states. for many months to come finding the truth will test the pillars of the american political system the independence of justice of the freedom of the press and the rule of law. under pressure from the press and from the democrats congress gets involved. in congress before the 2018 midterm elections the republicans trumps party are the majority and the democrats 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 just. it's just. since keeping the american people safe and maintaining a such a strong homeland of national security is so important to this country it is the
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issue that demands the most bipartisan support and so democrats and republicans demanded that there be a bipartisan investigation demanded that there be bipartisan hearings and i was hopeful that this would lead to bipartisan action congressional committees have power and they can summon whomever they want as witnesses and lying to them is a crime of public hearings on pollard by millions of americans and so high ranking high level government officials came to the congress the united states in front of the american people under oath and gave their assessment about russia's interference in our election a key figure of these hearings is james combing the director of the f.b.i. who heads up a staff of more than 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
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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 camp told me himself this gets into a minefield and have you ruled out the president out of state i don't know what people over interpret his answer i'm not going to comment on anyone in particular so potentially the president ited states could be a target of your ongoing investigation right. i just worry i don't want to answer that that that's seems to me unfair speculation that we will follow the evidence will try and find as much as we can 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.
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news special report here's mr holmes and good day everyone we learned a short time ago that president trump has fired f.b.i. director james couldn't we a less than a week after coleman's hearing in congress trump fires him an attack against the f.b.i. and explosive news. bombshell from the white house wait to be i director james coolly fired by president we we don't know this is something that caught all the law enforcement community by surprise and it caught the intelligence community in washington d.c. the surprise here. and the dismissal came in harsh terms in a letter signed by the president you are terminated immediately.
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i was stunned i think most of the american public was stunned i didn't even realize the president could fire the f.b.i. director the f.b.i. director serves by law for a 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 as if he was the c.e.o. of trump enterprises. and congress one question needs to be addressed by the investigative committee why did trump fire james komi. why do you believe you were fired. so i don't know for sure i believe the prick think the president at his word that i was fired because of the russian versification something about the way i was conducting it the president felt
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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 call me in private. there was a meeting at the white house a one on one meeting between trump and call me call me must have had his antenna up because he felt like something was wrong because as soon as he was done that meeting he wrote up these memos. after meeting with 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 coming let the matter go. i hope you can let this go now those are his exact words is that correct correct and you wrote them here and you put them in quotes correct ok he did not order you to let it go it is a present united states with me alone saying i hope this i took it as this is what
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he wants me to do now i mean i didn't obey that but that's why it took. 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. in the american law says anybody from an average citizen all the way up to the president 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 a purge 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
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question. soon after firing the f.b.i. director trump is about to face a new challenge. to feature breaking news right now tonight the bombshell announcement just disappointing the special counsel that's attached to counsel robert mohler bob holder to now oversee the pressure probe and look at the possible connections between top campaign associates and russia this is. only 8 days after the firing of james combing the justice department appoints robert muller to take over the russian probe. for this mission robert mueller was called out of retirement he had been director of the f.b.i. for 12 years and in 2013 he had left a law enforcement agency with full honors in his farewell speech he proclaimed his unshakable faith in the rule of law. have always been proud to say that i work for
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the department of justice because of that for which it stands which is an unyielding commitment to the rule of law and to the safety and security of the citizens we serve a new bob muller quite well i worked with him for about 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 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 moller 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
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law so yeah he's in manitoba. robert muller was placed under the authority of the department of justice and its deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. his new orders give him far reaching powers. moller can investigate moscow's relations with the trump campaign and any other matters. most are waste no time immediately orders the preservation of millions of official documents forbidding the destruction of records that could be useful in the russia probe e-mails phone records audio recordings metadata and storage devices recordings eventually or exit of the building's video surveillance. once a person or a company or or a bureaucracy knows that there's
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a criminal investigation to destroy evidence after that becomes a federal crime and so i think mahler's 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 mahler and the president of the united states. so we have mr miller who is known as a tough cop he's a big imposing and 6 foot something experienced justice department official he's a tough cop the press was saying he's a tough cop he always gets his mail. and he will press and squeeze and he will find what is truth and what is fiction he is careful he is by the book he does not speak publicly. other than his court filings
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he is incredibly hard working and focused thermistor trump on the other hand is a bulldog and it is impulsive where i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters so ok just like i'm proud of there are not 2 more different people on earth than bob mahler and president trump and very early on in the 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 his determination very early on we're going to claim that this whole thing is politically motivated is a witch hunt that whole way favorite would be witch hunt i would call it the rig to which aren't. there when you're saying if you know when she was a democrat gets fired when you don't add something that is not for the phony which
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if you truly of the. 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 york times claims to tromp campaign was in secret contact with russian officials 5 months before the 2016 election a major scoop. this was the work of our washington destination seeing it was over and over weeks that we learned more and more about the meeting and the fact is that occurred. so yes it was very exciting to have that scoop again. and we know that
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much about that 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 ultra sensitive 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 son his son in law his campaign director paul manna for intermediary and for russian nationals the news spread like wildfire according to the new york times the red 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 front leg when donald trump
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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 was in hamburg for an international summit where he had a meeting with vladimir putin and. the close to a lot of very positive things that we are seeing for the united states and for everybody. for the honor to be with you if you. immediately after this handshake the trunk camp has to do damage control over the new york times story they put out a statement saying the story was wrong. you know from air force one they were very very alarmed by it on the plane ride back to the united states is when. the
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president and his team come cox this story about how the trump tower meeting was about adoptions. flying back with his father trudging your 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 him about the meeting at a time junior called his father and said hey we have this meeting coming up with some russian people that are offering us information and the president said great go for it let me know he's part of a conspiracy that is a not to bring someone into a conspiracy 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 as called fake news people back there you know. those very dishonest people back their.
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words have meaning and power and a lot of people myself included good republicans were going to go for pizza don't do that stunt do they call this the enemy of the people is just going too far the press is trying to report the facts as they see them and the president has decided that he would like to shoot the messenger. it's very difficult as a chef or restaurant or to buy shrimp with the confidence that what you're serving is going to be good seafood by nature is a high risk vanity sometimes trip was raised using production drugs. that are not approved for use in the us the f.d.a.
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a jersey to. be here in doha your top stories the u.s. president donald trump is to attend independence day celebrations at mount rushmore in the state of south dakota defiance of health experts recommendations to avoid large crowds mr trump is expected to make a speech and then watch a fireworks display with thousands of people mosques will be available but they are not required all this comes as the u.s. records another one day high in the number of new coronavirus cases rose jordan has more because the people who are coming to this the better coming from all over the u.s. the fear according to health experts is that they can then take the virus back to
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their home communities and exacerbate the spread this is a situation where even the local officials say well this is an outdoor but we think the chances of transmission baby going down we have seen now that we are in the middle of the summer here in the united states that being in close proximity is much more of a factor in the transmission of covert 19 there whether or not it's hot outside indigenous groups in south dakota are protesting near mount rushmore ahead of the president's arrival demonstrators blocked the road leading to the national monument some carried signs saying make america native again and chanted slogan land back. brazil's president. has watered down a law requiring the wearing of mosques in public places mr balls in a row used his power of veto to remove the people to wear mosques in shops and
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churches he says the rule was unconstitutional brazil has more than one and a half 1000000 cases it's the 2nd worst affected country the united states. health workers in ecuador's capital say hospitals are on the verge of collapse because of new cases there more than 59000 people are infected more than 4600 others have died the government has begun collecting personal data and information to ensure people are following the koran to move it's. 20 saudi nationals have gone on trial in absentia in turkey accused of killing the journalist jamal khashoggi the murder which took place inside the consulate provoked outrage around the world those are your headlines i'll have 30 minutes of world news for you in 30 minutes between now and then we'll go back to battlefield washington.
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this is the story set in one of the most powerful capitals in the world a political and judicial conflict. a battle that has pitted donald trump against those who believe he was an accomplice and brushes interference. did soon knowing. cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the state. this was the 1st time. a major covert action of major clandestine action against the united states at the very heart of our democratic process at the. an october 2017 special counsel robert muller issues his 1st indictments against people close to the president. made up for trump's campaign director and gates deputy director of the campaign are both charged for breaking
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a series of laws papadopoulos foreign affairs advisor to the campaign is charged for having lied to the f.b.i. . motion festive occasion and 0 d. and on his 1st targets to the. right here by the. french a string is a foreign agent. feel. about his contacts with foreign nationals in a series of people in d.c. suddenly in deep deep trouble those charged by muller become fair game for the press even if they're not directly linked to the russian and or for. in the 2016 election. when the initial indictments were issued by mueller people rightfully said wait
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a minute this is supposed to be about russia so what's going on and a lot of people have said none of this is collusion who cares why is moller charging these crimes if it's not pollution no collusion there's no collusion and it just seems to be the focus don't collude you know approach you know nothing there's no police no religion 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 the established there was collusion between president trump and his inner circle and the russians and thus far that has not been charged publicly so that's what he is. claiming as a victory one thing that people i think really misunderstand about the american federal criminal justice system is just how much we rely on cooperating witnesses the defendants the people of being charged the people who have done something wrong have the option of cooperating why then would incriminate characters cooperate with
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the 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 a setback. we start with a new explosive information be key figure in the mole investigation removed from this job one of my trusted aides is discredited it's a long time efficiently people strong shoulders name is peter strong going to be an agent peter struck and strikes alleged mistress an f.b.i. and we're named lisa page.
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the press publishes the text messages of peter strong and lisa page. start with a trusted adviser a bomb all or transcripts of his messages show that he was for him at least anti trump. oh my god he's an idiot says struck. he's awful says page. i have no idea how destabilizing his presidency would be. struck was dismissed but the damage was done and congress presidents can't can now use trucks opinion to claim that the f.b.i. and the special counsel are politically tanta now the investigations into donald trump have been infected. with the fire a subsidy or bias the pro truck media escalates the attack it denounces it as a conspiracy theory desiccation was weaponized to destroy his presidency who is underway right here some sort of subversion campaign for trump diehards the
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investigations that are closing in on the president are weapons in the hands of an anti trumped deep state we've been hijacked by a deep state it is so addition. father we pray for president trump yes lord give him extra calcium in his backbone yes god made his enemies confound his enemies alou not fall into their traps this we pray in the name of jesus hey man and the mickey for watching. the idea of a deep state is one of the dumbest ideas i've ever heard. there is no such thing as a deep state i have not seen that the 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
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problems on other people and this is another one totally false. but a deep state notion dry. and congress well the consensus over investigating the russian meddling withstand the pressure. there was a hope an expectation that congress as a bipartisan institution could get to the bottom of all this and we've been through it well know at that and. 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 a geisha and the only authorized investigation in the house of representatives that was a terrible disservice to the country and the american people this is no way to run investigation it is only a way to go through the motions to give the pretense of trying to find the truth
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finally that the congress' failure to uncover the whole truth beatrice task to only one name robert mueller. on the 9th of april 2018. new york attorney becomes the latest target of bob marley michael cohen donald trump's personal family michael cohen is donald trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer is the city president's lawyer and he has the ball as the keys to the kingdom he knows all the secrets about donald trump. cards with. the f.b.i. searched cohen's office at the request of a local prosecutor on charges of financial fraud. the move initiated by paul miller as a direct challenge to the president himself. so i just heard that they broke into the office 'd of one of my personal attorneys
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a good 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 there was fairly common knowledge in the real estate community and the international finance community in the political community the russians were funding in various ways many major trunk real estate projects cohen my also know that the president why months earlier he denied having anything to do with russia i know 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
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wouldn't and i just have nobody to speak to did putin help trump in the election is there a secret pact between the 2 men if so cohen could be a key witness a major element of the special counsel. i immediately recognize the strategy that muller was following because my own background as a federal prosecutor was doing organized crime mafia cases it is incredibly rare that you're able to right off the bat make a case against the top guys usually the way you have to build these 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 mueller has done here the pressure on cohen builds investigators are digging into his life the f.b.i. also seems communications between michael couple again to president truman.
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even one who comes in life and possibly in donald trump's life the question is asking himself at the white house tonight is will michael cohen cracker crumbs lawyer is faced with a choice remain silent going to jail or reveal his client secrets and there 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 trump keep his lawyer loyal. he enjoys an extraordinary constitutional power the right to pardon he said he makes an expeditious use of the. president started to do with the far far right how would you know you're not just hearing president donald trump as a fish only pardon for america how confident sensation is considering a pardon now for going to surgery which is one terminally very very good to hear
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specially given the current part of. the pardons are very positive thing for a president i think you see the way i'm using now yes there will be more bark. trump issued some. high profile pardons and i think by doing that i think he was sending a message to some of the people who might slip on him michael cohen 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. if witnesses keep silent it weakens mahler and his investigation. no i'm not above the law but yes i do have an absolute right to pardon myself i have the absolute right i don't have to do it never did anything wrong or you know that better than anybody the idea that. a u.s. president would even talk about or even consider pardon themselves is just
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unprecedented and i think undermines the credibility of our whole way of governance and democracy in general so when you have president trump who seems to think that he is above the law it's antithetical not just to the american idea but to the idea of modern democracy here's one person who is in charge of the state on the have evolved us he has not seen. more than a year into his presidency comes actions are about to test the very hard hearing system of government. if it was time to try to fire. up the no. no no on a family plan to choose a new army and it appears to be black under control we're just going to are we were fired 3 years to be 3 seconds. as the attacks on mom are intensifying
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a man stands up to protect the special counsel rod rosenstein the number 2 at the department of justice he appointed muller and that's the legal authority to oversee his operations and to fire him. unassuming but steady he has been shielding smaller for months. have you seen good cause to fire special counsel no thank you if you were ordered today to fire mr moeller what would you do if there were good cause i would act if there were no good cause i would not and you see no good cause so far correct rod rosa's that is has become a beacon for anger from donald trump and from congressional republicans and i think they're disappointed in him i think they hoped that he would be partisan because he is a long time republican but instead rosenstein has shown himself to be fairly independent and a law enforcement person 1st and congress and his friends and allies are at meal times and i'm not keeping any information from congress the loss of humanity in their
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mission we allow those who did not call you why didn't you have a present it is for finding a good fundraiser for your own thank you where we've come and hiding information that you can answer if you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the trunk campaign presented to the damn grand jury whatever you guy finish it to how. 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 only the independence of justice. what is remarkable now is the white house and the justice department are at war that our justice department and our f.b.i. . have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it. the
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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 that job i will get involved and i'll get in there if i have. and i want rod rosenstein he does non-earning 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.
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and mid july 2018 months capital post the 1st summit between donald trump and vladimir putin. just 3 days before in washington rod rosenstein made a momentous announcement a new wave of indictments by bob. good 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 and gauged an active cyber operations to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. the russian agents targeted in particular the computers of
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trump's adversaries the defendants 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 interfere with the 2016 u.s. presidential election to benefit trump implicated russia at the highest level. the indictment of a dozen russian g.r.u. intelligence officers in july 28th in was a kind of turning point the election interference is now a fact of law as far as the united states is concerned and it is not something that the president can dismiss it is in fact a state operation by a hostile foreign power. but i feel good with words when you go to new usual with b.b.c. berates the when you showed me to give neutering you do look we've got me but it says. at
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a question just now president putin denied having anything to do with the election airfare to 2016 every u.s. intelligence agency has concluded that russia did my 1st question for you sir is who do you believe my people came to me they said they think it's russia i have president putin he just said it's not russia i will say this i don't see any reason why it would be so i have great confidence in my intelligence people but i will tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial thank you. he basically took the side of food and over his own intelligence service and that was a really bad thing to do it was. the wrong thing to do the question becomes what is it that the president owes to the russians and what is his
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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 for usually perhaps even without trump realizing he's being used. september 2018 summerlin comes 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 prison sentences they are facing will be reduced apparently those close aides to trial live and are ready to share with bob muller the secrets of the president. president trump finds himself
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in a corner the walls are closing in on him many doesn't know where to run. him but the kick 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 2010 the midterm elections are approaching fast front ends up the campaign trail. if this party keeps control over congress his legal troubles might fade away. the results are
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a blow to the president. the american voters give the house of representatives to the democrats. they now have the ability to proceed with intrusive congressional investigations and to trump's conduct. the day after the vote the russian investigation comes back to haunt the president . thank you mr president going back to the russia investigation some say that you could stop all this by going 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 it i don't want to do that but you're right i could end it right now i could say that investigation is over well on the russian vesta geisha are you concerned that that you may have not going to turn about anything with you may have a joint investigation because it's a hoax are you that's enough to put down the mike as president are you worried about indictments coming down. on april 18th
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2900 the u.s. department of justice releases the redacted version of special counsel robert miller support it concludes there was no conspiracy between the trunk campaign in moscow. the democrats demand the underage acted report and from boller to testify before congress on july 24th 2019 now former special counsel robert mueller testifies before 2 congressional committees muller concludes there was insufficient evidence to charge any truck campaign member with conspiracy but it cannot exonerate president trump on obstruction of justice and what it is totally exonerated you actually totally exonerate the president so. there was no defense to this ridiculous hoax just which on the street going on for. a long time. a month later however pushed firmly into the
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background and a new twist in the tussle between the legislature and executive. evidence emerges from an unnamed state department whistleblower that attracts congressional attention to president trunks activities in ukraine. this triggers a house of representatives inquiry into whether trauma issues his powers. by allegedly withholding aid to the brain to pressure president vladimir is a linsky to investigate former vice president joe biden most of the democratic front runner and this year's white house race was. a 2 month inquiry finds trump did solicit foreign interference and the 2020 presidential election and so on december 18th the house of representatives approved articles of impeachment against trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of congress they could be very
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clear that this president will be held accountable that no one is above the law. but those 3. years according to most strangely joy. and.
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hello there quite a scattering of showers and thunderstorms across much of the united states you can see the all see as a yellow flashes indicating where the have indeed been funnel storms quite a line across the southeast but also a very noticeable line of showers working their way across the northern and central plains now as we go through saturday it's a rather unsettled day there's some heavy cells of rain working the way through central kind of pushing down into north dakota and also across the south for you a rash of showers and thunderstorms locals it is july the 4th so offensive fireworks set off after across the west is still fairly windy and certainly dry weather the schools are allowed is a different matter now through sunday the rain really gathering around the gulf of mexico particularly along these coastal areas on into florida we could see some heavy downpours that the system just as watching it could develop into something in the coming days we can see across northern sections again quite a rush of showers and thunderstorms but the main story really the next few days will be the heat it really is developing and you can see where all this red is that is where these temperatures for cause to be above the average really for the next few days meanwhile down into central america and the caribbean usually showers have
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