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tv   100 Days  BBC News  March 20, 2017 7:00pm-7:45pm GMT

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hello and welcome to 100 days. the head of the fbi says he is investigating links and possible collusion between donald trump's campaign team and the russian government. during an extraordinary hearing in congress, james comey revealed that the ongoing investigation started in july. the fbi, as part of our counter—intelligence 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. mr comey said he had seen nothing to suggest the former with respect to the president's tweets about alleged wire tapping directed at him by the prior administration, i have no carefully inside the fbi. at the same hearing, the head of the national security agency said they had not asked britain's gchq intelligence agency to spy on mr trump, another claim that had
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been highlighted by the president's spokesman. but the white house has hit back... that donald trump will not withdraw his wiretapping claims and is confident the fbi investigation into russian links will find nothing. there is an assumption because it is an investigation it must mean it's about something. finally, we have a date for brexit. christian fraser is in london. between the trump campaign and the russian government. that barack 0bama wiretapped phones
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in trump tower during the election campaign. had done it for them. the president is plain wrong. h— t—— 5421-5254— .ll-é n;—---:l- l225— — . ,. ~ pushed this story to cover up their ‘terrible‘ election campaign. but the fbfeonfimedstedayrthat—fl‘g had been independently investigating i have been authorised by the department ofjustice to confirm that the fbi, as part of our counter—intelligence 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
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and the russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. as with any counter—intelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed. with respect to the president's tweets about alleged wire tapping directed at him by the prior administration, i have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the fbi. with you that the answer is the same for the department of justice in all its components. the department has no information that supports those tweets. the president accused mr 0bama, and presumably the fbi, of engaging in mccarthyism. as you understand the term mccarthyism, do you think president 0bama or the fbi was engaged in such conduct? i'm not going to try
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and characterise the tweets themselves, all i can tell you is we have no information that supports them. were you engaged in mccarthyism, mr comey? i try very hard not to engage in any 'isms' of any kind, including mccarthyism. laughter did you request your counterparts in gchq should wiretap mr trump on behalf of 0bama? no, that would be the construct of the five against the construct of the five eyes agreement that has been in place for decades. the five eyes agreement are some of our closest partners and britain is intelligence partners and britain is one of them. yes, sir. does do to our damage to our relationship with one of our closest intelligence partners to make a baseless claim that the to makejjaselechlaimjhauhe i him? it clearly frustrates
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against him? it clearly frustrates icky —— key ally of hours. the white house press secretary sean spicer has just been speaking 2:23. 5:2; ':—i 21523? 22:2 52:5: .:.2 ~ let's have a listen. that the president made against president 0bama. at this time. so is the president prepared to withdraw that accusation i no, we started a hearing, sean spicer said he - confident “é“ evidence — sean spicer said he - confident “é“ evidence of — sean spicer said he - confident "ea evidence of collusion - sean spicer said he - confident "ea evidence of collusion would be despite the narrative that gets played over and over again with
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respect to what the investigation might mean in terms of collusion, every person, republican might mean in terms of collusion, every pefsoh, republican and democrat that has been briefed on every pefsoh, republican and der come that has been briefed on every pefsoh, republican and der come to at has been briefed on every pefsoh, republican and der come to the same conclusion 1 every pefsoh, republican and der come to the same conclusion that has come to the same conclusion that there is no collusion and that there is no collusionané—that 0ur north america editor jon sopel is here. it is still going on. have learned the it is still going on. have learned - the course of this learned during the course of this long hearing exactly what the fbi is :-g:i§§i:§ and what it has ” " ' " long hearing exactly what the fbi is :-g:i§§i:§ and what it has so " ' " long hearing exactly what the fbi is [as gig and what it has so far - investigating and what it has sefep investigating and what it has sefap just before that, this is a found? just before that, this is a pinch yourself moment. we are hearing the fbi is investigating whether there was collusion between the kremlin and donald the fact the investigation campaign. the fact the investigation is taking place, i know we have heard the drip, drip, drip - is heard the drip, drip, drip that is worth marking out in itself. the hour looking at the extent to which russian cyber hackers intervened in
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the election. was there collusion individuals from . a individuals from the a individuals from the trump , with individuals from the trump campaign as part of that? how far é that go? we know campaign as part of that? how far g that go? we know that campaign as part of that? how far é that go? we know that the did that go? we know that the investigation has been going on g months before the
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