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♪ brent: this is "dw news," live from berlin. tonight, defiant and denials from the white house. >> no politician in history -- and i say this with great charity -- has been treated worse or more unfairly. brent: but donald trump's words do nothing to quell the latest scandal, allegations he pressure the fbi director to end an investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn. also tonight, the transgender u.s. soldier and was a lower
chelsea manning is released -- and whistleblower chelsea manning is released from prison 28 years early. has the german army been infiltrated by right wing extremists? ♪ brent: i am brent goff. it is good to have you with us. did u.s. president donald trump go too far? tonight, some lawmakers are asking whether trump is guilty of obstruction of justice after a media report claimed he pressure the fbi director to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, michael flynn. the director of the fbi, james comey, was later fired by trump. lawmakers say they want comey to testify as they investigate the matter.
reporter: the latest allegations revolve around a meeting between trump and then fii -- fbi director james comey. a memo written by comey says trump asked him to end the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn. flynn step down in february after just three weeks on the job. he was forced out after lying to top white house officials about his contacts with the russian ambassador to the u.s. comey's alleged memo said trump said i hope you can see your way clear for letting this and flynn go. the white house has denied a report but opposition lawmakers are shocked. >> seems like we're learning disturbing new allegations about president trump, not just everyday, but ladies and gentlemen, every hour. reporter: leading democrats at a
small but growing number of republicans are calling for an independent commission to look into alleged russian interference unless year's election here some democrats are going further. >> i rise today, mr. speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the united states of america. for obstruction of justice. reporter: the top republican in congress is calling for careful fact gathering. >> we need a fax. -- facts. we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the white house. that means before rushing to judgment, we get all the pertinent information. the house oversight committee has appropriately requested this memo and i'm sure you're going to hear from mr. comey as to why this happened as he describes, why didn't you take action at the time? -- why didn't he take action at the time? reporter: as the questions
mounted in washington, president trump continued with his appointment schedule, traveling to connecticut for a commcement speech to.s. coast guard officers. but the brewing scandal in the capital was clearly not far fr hi mind. >> no politician in history -- and i say this with -- has been treated worse or more unfairly. you cannot let them get you down. reporter: trump urged the graduates to fight in tough times. and that may be what the president himself has to do now. brent: i'm joined now by chr edelson come aistant proor the department of government at american university in washington. he is author of the book "power without restraint." it is good to have you on the show. we have heard in the last 24 hours that the u.s. president
needs to be disciplined along with the white house. do you think the power of president trump needs to be restrained? chris: yes. this is a national crisis. we need to think creatively about what to do. the speaker of the house, who you saw a moment ago you said we need to be slow. but he should go now. people should be called for him to resign. we should think creatively if he doesn't resign about what we can do to solve the problem. brent: what can be done? why don't you put your creativity hat on for us. what can be done to get him out of office? chris: a few options. one -- impeachment was mentioned. that is possible it is slow and requires two thirds of a majority in the senate, which i doubt will happen. that would require republicans to take action. i doubt it. that's why resignation is another option. there is a process under the
25th amendment where the vice president and cabinet can declare the president is not fit to serve and that could result in his removal. congress would also have to approve that it should also call for a constitutional amendment to call for a new election. none of these are go to happen immediately. the quickest thing to happen would be for him to resign and we should call on him to do that. brent: barring resignation, all of these measures that you suggest are only possible if a majority in congress wants it. and the only majority to have in the u.s. congress is a republican majority. chris: that's true. what you are hearing from some people you heard from before, republicans are starting to notice this is an enormous problem. senator john mccain compare this to watergate. i think republicans understand they have a big problem. they cannot sweep aside. i hope they deal with it. this not a partisan issue, this
is a question of whether we have a country moving forward. brent: let's talk about the 25th amendment you brought up. the vice president and the cabinet can declare the president unfit to be president. howdy you differentiate between illegitimate decision -- between a legitimate decision that a president is not fit from the vice president simply wanting to usurp the president's powers? chris: of course, and this is a problem and it is difficult. if it is done wrong to looks like a coup. we have to think about this carefully. the reason i say this is because donald trump's own advisers seem to think -- i saw a quote the other day we found out trump shared classified intelligence with the russians, an anonymous source said we're not sure he knows the difference between classified information and information and is not classified. if that is correct, this is a man who was not fully aware of how to fill the office.
it is a very serious judgment to make and i am not in a position to make it. the vice president and the cabinet are. but if that is the situation they should take action. it is important, we don't know if -- what vice president pence's role is in all this as well. he might not have clean hands either. this is a national crisis and it needs to be sorted out. we need decisive and prompt action. brent: chris edelson joining us tonight from washington. thank you very much. fascinating talking with you. we appreciate it. chris: thank you very much. i appreciate it. brent: what is happening in washington is also affecting wall street. daniel is here with that. daniel: we're going to break that down for you. our wall street correspondent is tracking this for us. jens, investors are increasingly uncertain over trump. the dow falling, the dollar has
fallen to where it was due the four he was elected. is not looking good for the trump train is it? jens: it certainly is not. blue chips job for a good 370 points, the worst trading day since september. all the turmoil in washington is distracting for the markets. i do not believe that traders are necessarily heading on an impeachment of donald trump but with all the political turmoil it will become very difficult to find majorities for tax cuts or multibillion-dollar investments in the u.s. infrastructure. those are becoming less likely in the near future. also now that wall street got defected, the federal reserve might think twice to increase rates next month. but this increase has artie been priced into the markets. that puts pressure on stocks -- they dropped more than 5% wednesday. daniel: the flipside, some say
the financial impact will be limited in the midterm. after all, the fundamentals of the u.s. economy are still in good shape. what are traders telling you there? jens: that is precisely the point. how likely is it that what we're seeing in washington will actually cause a recession in the united states? most traders believe this will not happen, that the fundamentals in the u.s. economy are pretty strong and therefore we are not necessarily looking at the bear market at this point. if you look at the history books, in 1998 when it was the impeachment of bill clinton, back then, the market tanked. but when it became clear though clinton would remain in the white house the markets immediately recovered and even set new highs. in the long run it all depends on the economic development and not so much what is going on in washington, what will determine the future of wall street and stock prices in the u.s. daniel: no doom and gloom quite
yet. thank you. staying in the united states, it is back over to brent. brent: thank you very much. the transgender u.s. soldier chelsea manning has been released from a military prison. she was arrested back in 2010 for passing state secrets to the whistleblowing website wikileaks. earlier today she tweeted, the first steps of freedom, accompanied by this picture of her freedom -- her sneakers. she served seven years of a 35 year presence of following a pardon by u.s. president barack obama. here's more. reporter: this picture of the transgender soldier wearing makeup and a wig was taken in 2010. back then, she was bradley, an intelligence officer for the united states army. manning had access to secret data that the prison in
guantanamo, as well as top secret diplomatic cables. bradley leaked over 700,000 documents to wikileaks. it was the largest leak in u.s. history. when video in particular showing american helicopters killing 12 civilians, including two journalists from reuters, created an international uproar. in 2013, manning was sentenced to 35 years for espionage and theft. she said she only wanted to spark public debate. many served most of her prison time in fort leavenworth in kansas. it was in prison that manning began her gender transition and took on the name chelsea. there was domestic and international concern over the use of solitary confinement and other restrictions. apparently to protect manning. in his last days in office, president obama commuted manning's sentenced to a total of seven years. she tweeted a few days before
her release, freedom was only a dream and hard to imagine. now it is here. you kept me alive. brent: german police may have missed a chance to arrest berlin truck attacker before he committed the crime. he killed 12 people when he joke into a christmas market back in december. investigators say police had enough evidence to arrest him on drug charges. they may have tried to cover up that fact after the terror attack. reporter: berlin, 19, december last year. it was the worst terror attack in germany today. he stole a freighter truck and drove through the middle of a berlin christmas market. he killed 12 and injured 67 others. authorities had previously identified the attacker as a possible islamist extremist. he was even under surveillance for some time. now according to the documents,
he could have an principle and arrested weeks before the attack for large-scale drug dealing. the interior said the documents could have been manipulated after the attack. >> on these grounds, we have made a criminal complaint and called for disciplinary measures within the berlin state police force. if it turns out something was indeed covered up within the organization, we will clarify what exactly, and we will take action. reporter: investigators were aware that amri had dealt drugs, although it was previously thought to be only on a small scale. say police thought it was not relevant to their terror investigation. but some say police made major mistakes and could have possibly prevented the attack. brent: you're watching "dw news," live from berlin. still to come, a proposed ban on
♪ brent: welcome back here with "dw news." our top story, u.s. lawmakers say they have invited former fbi director james comey to testify before congress over allegations that he was pressured by president donald trump to drop an investigation into former trump advisor michael flynn. some democrats say if the allegations are true, they amount to structure of justice, which is an impeachable offense. recently, the german military has been rocked by a major scandal after arrests were made
over a suspected far right terror plot. today, the country's defense minister shared the findings of an investigation into right-wing extremism in the military. two soldiers are in custody, suspected of planning attacks. searches were conducted at army barracks across the country. the scandal has sparked a national debate over how germany's military should deal with its history. reporter: a room full of memorabilia as the german army was known during the third reich. it suspected terrorist made no secret of his right-wing sympathies. but are there more soldiers who glorify the nazi-era military? they lost a surge of old military barracks. >> the reason for this investigation was to sensitize the army to this issue, which it has done. and also to draw a line, a lawn -- line that wants everyone to
move forward. reporter: the defense minister wants to issue clearer guidelines on how they should deal with her history. they have presented the results of the search to the german defense committee. 41 items of memorabilia were found but none of them as crass as in the barracks of the suspected terror plotter. junior coalition partners are not happy with the way the defense minister as dull with this case. they feel her handling of the scandal has destroyed trust. >> this has damaged the reputation of the moon is fair -- bonus fair -- reporter: in order to improve their image, the defense minister now wants to rigorously
focus on the subject of traditions in the military and even the names of barracks will be reconsidered. soon they will bear the names of soldiers who resisted here. brent: here's a look at more stories. u.s. authorities have voiced strong concerns after violence broke out between turkish security personnel and anti- heard on protesters in washington dc yesterday. they resulted in multiple injuries and arrests. the turkish president was reportedly inside the residence at the time. at least one person has been killed and dozens more injured after a tornado swept through a mobile home park in the u.s. state of wisconsin. many homes were reduced to rubble. the tornado was part of a storm system is also caused damage in oklahoma, texas, kansas, and nebraska.
an islamic sharia of court in indonesia has sent its two gay men for a public caning for having sex. it is the latest backlash against homosexuals in the country. the men are to receive 85 lashes each next week in public. international human rights groups have called for their immediate release. daniel back now with more business news. a band that could cause frustration for travelers, especially business travelers. daniel: not just frustration, it will cost money. it could cast -- cost travelers more than $1 billion if it is extended to europe. iata saying the u.s. ban on laptops will be extremely disruptive. a high-level meeting between american and eu officials sucked to come to an agreement over aviation security.
the president -- the ban has many alarmed. reporter: stowing away cherish laptops for the duration of the flight. as leaders are not doing it freely -- they are being forced to. one airline is asking passengers to comply. all those on by their -- on board their 18 daily flights must still not only laptops but tablets and cameras until they arrive. it is hard to understand why some flights are considered safer than dollars in regards to align devices in the cabin. -- safer than others in regards to align devices in the cabin. there are already safeguards in place. european airports are also worried about such bands. lufthansa is concerned about their premium class passengers. they use left for work during flights to the u.s.
every week 3257 aircraft fly directly to the u.s. from the eu. from germany alone there are more than 100,000 people flying to the u.s. each week. if executives are not allowed to work in airport lounges or on board the planes, german companies projected losses of 160 million euros annually. daniel: a european ban could sit -- disrupt 65 million travelers to the u.s. a year the measures are being taken. that's because the threat to -- the threat is real. reporter: these pictures were taken last year moments after a bomb exploded. a terrorist had smuggled the bomb on board hidden in a laptop computer battery. fortunately he said it off too early to cause enough structural damage to bring the plane down. >> the plane had not reached
cruising altitude. it had climbed to about 300 500 meters. the difference between the pressure was still very low. the bomb ripped the whole open but pressure was not high enough to cause the aircraft to break apart. reporter: even a small laptop can conceal the more -- enormous explosive power. for airport security staff it is becoming increasingly hard to detect explosives, not only because of the size. jihadi groups have developed methods for making explosives which to me made largely or completely without metal components. that means that even for trained personnel, it is very difficult to recognize them on x-ray machines. reporter: but the effects of a bomb also the penn on where it is positioned and in which flight phase and aircraft is. in a worst-case scenario it only takes a few grams of explosive
to cause a catastrophe. daniel: paralysis in greece as 12,000 people take to the streets. and that is just in athens. unions brought cities to a standstill right at the start of the summer tourism season. lawmakers are set to approve another batch of reforms. those who -- reporter: pension cuts, tax hikes. the upcoming austerity measures have brought people onto the streets again. greece's largest unions are: four a general strike. -- calling for a general strike. it would joined by airport staff, public transport workers, teachers and the civil service. strikes are nothing new. frustration is growing. >> it doesn't make a difference with the striker not. everything will pass or not. during the previous strikes everything went through, so it makes no difference.
they only do it to keep up appearances. reporter: the greek parliament is debating the latest round of cuts. athens needs to come up with a total 5 billion euros. in return, the debt stricken country will be getting -- the hands are tied up the government. the next debt repayment is due in july. besides unions, economists are highly critical of austerity. it has yielded scanty results with employment still exceedingly high and the economy back in recession. daniel: expert analysis on this, the german institute of exxon at research -- >> of course, this is a disaster. unemployed people. 25% unemployment for 5, 6, 7 years. a massive migration from greece
to the northern countries in europe. those who remain have real trouble because there is also something else missing. in greece, there is just one year of unemployment benefits afterwards. no more social security. this is one of the very important missing issues which also has not been discussed over the last eight years. it is time to change this. daniel: that's all that is happening in business. now to it is happening on the silver screen. brent: to the console festival and this year's stars have graced the red carpet, the opening of this glamorous event. marion cotillard and charlotte ginsburg plate lead roles in -- plate lead roles in the first picture to be screened in the competition. will smith joined the jury for the first time, sharing a stage with the president of the judging panel.
i think you see him there. pedro automotive are. -- pedro almodovar. u.s. lawmakers say they have invited james comey to testify before congress over allegations he was pressured by the president to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser michael flynn. democrats say if the allegations are true, they are impeachable offense. after a short break i will be back take it to the day. stick around for that. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]