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>> this is d.w. news live from berlin. the first documents in the f.b.i.'s russia investigation. donald trump's former campaign chiefs plead not guilty to conspiring against the u.s. while another top aide admits to lying to the f.b.i. so was there collusion between team trump and moscow? also on the show, looking for legal advice in brussels, a belgian lawyer confirms that he has taken on cat lona's sacked president as a client, this has sannish prosecutors file charges
of rebellion against catalan leaders and re-elected but at what cost, kenya's president ken yatta wins 98% in a repeat poll, he says his victory is from the people despite boycott and protests. it's good to have you with us. we begin tonight in the u.s. capitol of washington. donald trump's former campaign chief paul manafort and his associate rick gates are under house arrest after indictment in the russia investigation. both men pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering today. it was also revealed today that another former trump visor, george papandreou has pled
guilty about lying to agents about lying about officials. donald trump denies any conclusion between his campaign team and moscow took place. >> the noos everyone is tightening after five probes of alleged collusion between the trump election campaign and russia, special counsel robert muter has charged against three officials. on monday morning, president trump's former campaign manager seen here on the left surrendered to federal authorities. the indictment of monday fort and his long time business partner rick gates does not mention the election. instead it's their lobbying work for ukraine's former president viktor yanukovych that caught prosecutor's attention. it accused them of conspiracy against the u.s., money laundering and making false statements. president trump has dismissed any allegations of collusion between his campaign and russia as a political witch hunt spearheaded by the f.b.i. and
democrats following news of the indictment, trump was quick to distance himself from his former campaign manager tweeting sorry, but this is years ago before manafort was part of the trump campaign, but aren't crooked hillary and the dems the focus in another treat, he added also there is no collusion. for now trump remains in the clear, but many in washington are confident manafort and gates are only the first dominos to fall, the question is who is next. >> and we go now to washington to our correspondent. good evening to you. so what more do we know about the charges that have been levied against paul manafort? >> hello, brent, well, manafort and his associate and right hand richard gates were put under house arrest because they're seen as a flight risk of their foreign ties and especially after they pleaded not guilty to tax crimes, money laundering,
conspiracy and lying to the f.b.i. money laundering is probably, brent, the most serious of these charges and it could mean a potential prison sentence of up to 20 years. prosecutors said manafort laundered more than $18 million from offshore accounts and gates laundered more than $3 million according to the indictment. both manafort and gates hid the foreign accounts from the u.s. government, failed to disclose work for a foreign government and misrepresented activities to authorities as recently as 2017 according to this indictment. so it is important also to point out that as you can see, the chargers against both are so far financially related but not directly related to the campaign of 2016. >> that is something that donald trump want to do make sure that the world was aware of today. talk to me a little bit about how the white house reacted to these documents. >> well, brent, at the
beginning, sarah sanders, the white house press secretary was talking only about the tax reform and all her remarks were really focused on the tax reform bill brought in by republicans in congress and asked about the charges against manafort and gates, she said these charges have nothing to do with the president or with the trump campaign or with any campaign activities during 2016. asked about papadopoulos, his action was very limited on the campaign and a member of the volunteer advisory council. >> let's pick up on george papadopoulos, he pleaded guilty to making false statements to the f.b.i. about his contacts with russian officials. what kind of damage could that do to the white house, if it indeed is true? >> well, we can make a
comparison, brent. the indictment of manafort and gates focus on their work advising russia political party in ukraine. the papadopoulos charge relates to his time working on the campaign and involved alleged efforts to set up a meeting with russian officials. this definitely puts more pressure on the trump white house. papadopoulos is the first person to face criminal charges between trump campaign associates and russian intermediate airs during the presidential campaign 2016. he is going to play a very important role in this whole investigation. >> our washington correspondent on the story for us tonight, a very eventful day in the u.s. capitol. thank you very much. and while donald trump's former campaign manager and two other associates are being investigated, the trump administration christoph, is trying to push its own agenda through like announcing what the new head of the u.s. federal reserve? >> yeah, the president wants to
make that announcement on thursday according to the white house, finally some might say because becoming u.s. president hasn't damped his penchant for drama. for weeks he has been trying to build up suspension of who is his pick to head the federal reserve. he has not been a friend or a fan of the current fed chair jeanette yellen despite the praise she has received from many sides. >> there is no businesslike show business they say, but what about the business of running the world's biggest economy. it's a blurry line in washington. u.s. president donald trump clearly hasn't forgotten the tricks of trade honed on his show the apprentice. in an instagram video on friday, he proved he was a man well-versed in the art of building suspension. >> people are anxiously awaiting my decision as to who the next head of the fed will be. it will be a person who hopefully will do a fantastic job and i have somebody very
specific in mind. i think everybody will be very impressed, but most importantly, i think at the end of eight years, you really will be impressed because things are looking good. >> might that very specific someone winning the keys to this prime piece of real estate be favorite jerome powell? the former investment banker and republican is already a member of the fed's governing board. markets would welcome his nomination believing he would continue with yellen's fiscal policy gradually tightening the reins after a loose monetary policy. the stanford economist john b. taylor. his chances are slim. insiders believe he will raise interest rates too fast. don't forget crept chair janet yellen. trump will be looking to turn his back on any obama administration appointees meaning sometime this week, she might find herself on the receiving end of that well-worn catch phrase, "you're fired."
>> the guessing game surrounding the new fed chair has been going on for weeks. is this normal when it comes to appointing a leading central banker? >> it's highly unusual what we are experiencing right now. in the past, presidents have not even acknowledged that they're even looking at different candidates and the whole process resembles the former trump tv show, "the apprentice" this past week in an interview, the president donald trump asked the host whom he would prefer and he hinted to janet yellen and donald trump and said, yeah, she did a good job, but maybe it might be good to pick a new person just to leave your own mark. it's highly unusual process but also a very important nomination
because overall, the world is running on debt and if interest rates should increase faster, that could be a challenge, not just to the markets, but also to the global economy. >> now, looking at the discussion, how much of a distraction is this from the charges against trump's former campaign manager and the investigation into the alleges collusion with russia? >> this process is going on since july when donald trump hinted that he is looking at different candidates, so well before we could even guess that the manafort scandal would approach this week. so i do not see this as a distraction from the inner political fights and scandals that are going on. as i mentioned, this process is running since july. by the way, sources are claiming that donald trump might pick jerome powell and that is also
very unusual because since world war ii, every fed chairman or woman got actually a second term across party lines, so that also would be a first under donald trump to break with this sort of rule. >> and we'll be eyeing that decision this week. thank you so much. chinese president hosted some top names in the business world in beijing on monday. xi is the new champion of global free trade. tim cook was there days before iphone was going on sale in china, mark zuckerberg blocked . the communist party has cracked down on v.p.n.s. facilitating access past the great firewall of china and on to foreign websites, so there was plenty to
talk about. restoring power to the 3.4 million residents of hurricane hit puerto rico, energy company white fish said it was up to despite being just a two-person operation. there is more that sounds fishy about whitefish, there was no competitive bidding process and the company is run by an acquaintance of the u.s. interior secretary. the puerto rico government has cancelled the multimillion dollar contract. white fish energy holdings said it's very disappointed that authorities in puerto rico have cancelled its $300 million contract to get the island's electric grid back up and running. according to a company spokesman, white fish already brought hundreds of workers to the island and completed critical work that will soon lead to half a million people in san juan getting power. the governor just wanted the contract cancelled. >> all of these contracts have a cancellation clause. we're invoking that cancellation
clause. there is some ongoing work that needs to be finished, but i am invoking that cancellation clause that the power authority needs to make technically. >> whitefish's contract with the power utility had come under increased criticism after it was revealed that the terms were obtained without a competitive public bidding process. it's been several weeks since hurricane maria hit puerto rico. 75% of homes and businesses still lack electricity. the governor said he hoped that 30% of the power would be restored to the island by the end of october. >> there are new developments in the cat lonan crisis. >> the sacked president is in brussels tonight and seeking legal advice. a belgian lawyer confirmed tonight that he has taken on carles puigdemont as a client. now, it's understood that
puigdemont's other former cabinet members left spain after prosecutors filed charges of rebellion against the leaders who declared independence last week. this picture of carles puigdemont is still hanging in the catalan parliament, but the sacked president himself was nowhere to be seen here on monday. it would be another dramatic day in spain. the country's chief prosecutor announced charges against puigdemont and members of his cabinet. >> i have filed charges for the crimes of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement against the main political leaders of the calhan regional authority who with their decisions and acketsdz in these past years have produced an institutional crisis which culminated in a unilateral declaration of independence. >> if found guilty, puigdemont could face up to 30 years in
prison. the prosecutor says he wants a verdict as soon as possible, but he may have to try the catalan leader in absentia. it was confirmed the ousted president is in belgium. there is speculation he may apply for asylum there. a spokeswoman only had this to say. >> he is well and he is convinced that this country must work together. >> puigdemont's pro independence party said it intends to take part in the snap regional election scheduled for december 21. puigdemont may have lost this battle, but it seems he is not about to back down. >> and we want to pull in our correspondent, charlotte, she is in barcelona covering the latest developments there for us, good evening to you, charlotte. what more can you tell us about the whereabouts tonight of mr.
puigdemont? >> yes, so we have had that confirmation from his now lawyer to say that he is indeed in brussels. now that is a stunning turn of events for people here. there was a long part of the day where we actually didn't know where exactly he was. people were expecting him to walk into the building just behind me, the regional government office and to go to work. don't forget, this is the man who on friday declared independence here. on saturday in a statement, he emphasized that he was going to push ahead with that independence and he believed he was still the man in charge. now we don't know exactly what he is doing in brussels. that's not yet been confirmed. there have been some claims that he is possibly seeking asylum but we don't know that. all we do know is he is facing some extremely serious charges here in barcelona. one is being rebellion which carries up to 30 years in prison and at some point, authorities here are going to expect him to answer to that. >> yeah, it's amazing what a
difference three days can make. i tell you, amazing the difference. today is the first work day of direct rule from madrid in barcelona where you are. how has the day been? >> yeah, i mean, brett, so many twists and turns in this process, sometimes a day here can feel like three weeks in news events have happened. people here on the streets that we have spoken to have had a very mixed response to the day's events. those who are very for independence have been absolutely devastated the ones we have spoken to, some didn't even want to appear on camera because they said they were going to break down. they're extremely disappointed. they said they have wanted independence for years, decades even. friday they thought that they had it. thousands were here on the streets celebrating that and now it looks like it could be crumbling. there are those, though, who are against independence who i think are feeling a little bit of relief today that it looks like a situation that could have
become very volatile has calmed down. now all but one of the political parties here has said they're going to take part in elections on december 21, so it looks like we could be proceeding as normal here. >> let's hope that normalcy can be restored there. our correspondent tonight, charlotte reporting from barcelona. as always, thank you very much. well, it has been more than a month since germany's general election and the makeup of the country's governing coalition is still not very clear. the conservatives, the greens, and the free democrats resumed exploratory talks today trying to form a coalition government. the parties are still trying to overcome major differences in key areas. >> a cake decorated in jamaica's colors and everyone should get a piece, at least that's what these demonstrators think. they want the future government to guarantee more popular referendums in germany, but the
negotiators have hit some obstacles in the exploratory talks, in particular on the topics of climate change and immigration. even after the four potential coalition leaders held a crisis meeting this weekend, the host only has cautious optimism. >> i just want to say it was good, but one night doesn't turn everything around. the task itself is not an easy one. we have to build a stable government. that's what we want. >> disagreement on key issues persists and the conservatives have reportedly even added a new hurdle. according to the media, they want to take some competence away from the finance ministry which the f.d.p. is hoping to run. german newspapers report that they want competence for e.u. policy to move to the economic ministry. luckily they all green on some topics like digitalization and
education. this coalition if it actually happens in the end needs a bundle of money to improve the situation in our schools. we have to detach educational success from the country of origin, job, and income of the parents. but more than anything, the parties share the goal of making some progress in these talks because with the s.p.d. declining more firmly than ever to participate in another grand coalition with the c.d.u., the only option is the jamaica coalition or re-elections. >> kenya's president kenyatta has been declared the winner of last week's presidential election rerun. he received more than 98% of the vote. the incumbent was widely expected to win after his main opponent withdrew from the race and called for a boycott. kenya's electoral commission called the poll as free and fair despite widespread violation, voter intimidation and a low
voter turnout. >> supporters of kenya's incumbent president couldn't be happier. for the second time this year, the electoral commission has announced kenyatta as the winner. his victory in the first poll in august was annulled because of irregularities. this time he received support from 98% of the voters. this was nothing more than a revalidation of the general will, the statement of the national intent in support of myself and in support of our government, it was their choice. >> kenyatta was the only possible choice after the opposition leader withdrew from the rerun of the election calling it a sham. he -- a low voter turnout, less
than 40% recast their ballots this time around. people took to the streets in protest like here in the opposition stronghold. other parts of the capitol saw violent clashes between opposition supporters and the police although he had asked his supporters to refrain from protesting. with the opposition unlikely to accept the final results, there are fears of more violence. the opposition now has one week to challenge the outcome. >> and we want to go to our correspondent katherine who joins us from nairobi. good evening to you, katherine. that legal challenge that we just talked about expected to come from the opposition leader who has not yet reacted publicly. what should we expect next? >> well, right now we just
expect a statement from the main opposition leader which will be done tomorrow morning. that's what we're waiting for. just after the president, incumbent president was announced winner, we saw some tension in opposition strong holds. we saw some people burning tires, but the interesting thing is that the police didn't come to engage the protesters in these particular incidences just after the announcement. so it's almost a feeling like everybody is waiting to see what he will say, if he will lead the country into civil disobedience or whether he will chart the path to another court case which he has seven days to do, but which will mean the country will now have to be engaged in another couple of days of litigation. >> and considering the opposition boycott, considering the mass voter intimidation that we saw, how had people been reacting to the election result?
>> a majority of kenyans are smelling a rat. a majority of kenyans have noticed the inconsistencies by the chairman of the commission and a majority are saying this is the most expensive election in the world. it's about $617 million for both elections. that's probably just on the lower side. this is an amount of money that a country like kenya cannot afford and it's such an important step in this country given what happened in 2007 and given what happened in august, it's an indication that election processes are a pivotal point or a pivotal part of the kenyan democracy. so a lot of people have seen that this is not a credible process. there are those people that generally feel that kenyatta has been elected president and deserves to be president of this state. it's a clear indication that kenyans need to start talking. >> katherine, i remember before
this rerun election, there were members of the electrical commission that could not guarantee a fair and free election. now after the vote, you have that eelectoral commission saying it was fair and free. it sounds like it's double speak and the country is incredibly polarized, doesn't it? >> it is very polarized. everything that the chairman says is nitpicked by people. you have people on one side of the divide, the main opposition party who don't trust him and then you have people who are supporting the president who trust him but then the inconsistencies don't do him much justice. so kenyans are in a pickle at this particular point. experts will say that this is probably a good thing for kenya. this is a time when kenyans need to realize the real issues that are really, you know, affecting
them because the political class seemed to have taken control of running this country and forgetting that the ordinary kenyan is suffering under what is happening with this regime. >> what about the police, kenya's police, they have been criticized for using excessive force. has there been any sign of them pulling their punches? >> there has been. today especially, we expected to see a lot of violence in settlements within nairobi. we also expected to see some violence in opposition strong holds further away on the coast, but we didn't. we haven't seen these police engage protesters. over the weekend, there have been conversations because these policemen, as much as they're being deployed to these various areas, they're also facing a lot of inequality and discrimination. they are one of the most lowest paid in the country, so we're
seeing some kind of change among the people. >> our correspondent reporting tonight from nairobi, thank you very much. a reminder of the top story we're following for you. former donald trump campaign officials, paul manafort and rick gates have been placed under house arrest. another aid, george papadopoulos has pled guilty to lying to the f.b.i. after a short break, i'll be back to take you through the day. stick around for that. ♪ ♪çñññññññññññññññññññññ
reyes: with each passing day, a long-lost indigenous tribe is losing its language. can it be rescued in this digital age? i'm elaine reyes in washington, d.c., and this is "americas now." [singing in tribal language] first up, keeping the culture of a tribe alive by saving its language. that's the mission of a musician in chile. [man speaking spanish] translator: we have to have a connection within ourselves. we need to know ourselves and what's inside of us beyond what our minds can create. reyes: correspondent harris whitbeck reports on how reviving the language is helping to resurrect his people's past. and later, it may look like a ukulele, but this stringed instrument is called a cavaquinho. exported from europe, it became key to composing samba music in brazil.