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mike flynn is a fine person and i asked for his resignation he respectfully gave it flynn is the first victim of the battle of washington but firing flint is not enough a question remains what are the relations between trump and moscow did she knowingly cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the united states. for many months to come finding the truth will test the pillars of the american political system the independence of justice of the freedom of the press and the rule of law. under pressure from the press and from the democrats congress gets involved. and congress before the two thousand and eighteen midterm elections the republicans trumps party are the majority and the democrats are the opposition but on some crucial issues it's
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a tradition for the two parties to work together this is the spirit of bipartisanship. 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 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 in public hearings are followed by millions of americans and so high ranking high level government officials came to the congress the united states in front of the american people under oath and gave their assessment about russia's interference in our election
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a key figure of these hearings is james combing the director of the f.b.i. who heads up a staff of more than thirty five thousand 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 two thousand and sixteen presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts and early may two thousand and seventeen as she is grilled over the involvement of tromping and komi himself this gets into a minefield and have you ruled out the president out of state but i don't. i don't want 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
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that direct that's seems to me unfair speculation we will follow the evidence will try and find as much as we can will follow the evidence wherever it leads by refusing to say publicly that trump is not under investigation komi is just put himself on a collision course with the president. this is an n.b.c. news special report hears buster holmes and good to everyone we learned a short time ago that president trump has fired f.b.i. director james carville we are in a less than a week after coleman's hearing in congress trump fires him an attack against the f.b.i. and explosive news. bombshell from the white house wait to be i director james cool we fired my president we came 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. and surprise you. and the
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dismissal came in harsh terms in a letter signed by the president you are terminated immediately. i was stunned i think most of the american public was stunned i didn't even realize the president could fire the f.b.i. director the f.b.i. director serves by law for a ten 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 bought 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
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investigative committee why did trump fire james komi. why do you believe you were fired. so i don't know for sure i believe the press and think the president at his word that i was fired because of the russian vest a geisha something about the way i was conducting it the president felt created pressure on him they wanted to relieve he was asking for something and i was refusing to give it. and fact early in his term asked to speak to me in private. there was a meeting at the white house a one on one meeting between trump and call me. komi must have had his antenna up because he felt like something was wrong because as soon as he was done that meaning he wrote up these memos. after meeting with trump calmly sat in his car and wrote down what was discussed the meeting was about general flan the advisor who had lied about his contacts with russia trump said he hoped komi come
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let the matter go. i hope you can let this go now those are his exact words is that correct correct and you wrote them here and you put them in quotes correct ok he did not order you to let it go it is a present united states with me alone saying i hope this i took it as this is what he wanted me to do i didn't obey that but that's where it took. place coleman'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. the american laws says anybody from an average citizen all the way up to the president who tries to block in
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a criminal investigation for the wrong reasons with what we call corrupt intent a bad motive is guilty of obstruction of justice did you at any time of the urge former f.b.i. director james comey in any way shape or form to close or to back down the investigation into michael flynn and also as you well know. next question next question. soon after firing the f.b.i. director trump is about to face a new challenge and. feature breaking news right now tonight a bombshell announcement just disappointing the special counsel that scale to counsel robert. bobb holder to now oversee the pressure probe and look at the possible connections between top campaign associates and rush it this is. only eight days after the firing of james combing the justice department appoints robert
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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 twelve years and in two thousand and thirteen he had left the law enforcement agency with full honors and his farewell speech he proclaimed his unshakable faith in the rule of law. have always been proud to say that i work for the department of justice because of that for which it stands which is an unyielding commitment to the rule of law and to the safety and security of the citizens we serve a know. quite well. i worked with him for about four 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 to his number two person in the f.b.i.
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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 mauler politics are just don't play any role in his calculations so he is all about finding the truth and doing it under the rule of wall so he is a man to be told that. robert mueller has 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. muller wastes no time immediately orders the preservation of millions of official documents forbidding
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the destruction of records that could be useful in the russia probe e-mails phone records audio recordings mehta data 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 a criminal investigation to destroy evidence after that becomes a federal crime and so i think mahler's first 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 miller 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 six foot something. experienced. justice
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department official he's a tough cop the press was saying he's a tough cop he always gets his mail. and he will press and squeeze and he will flying what is truth and what is fiction he is careful he is by the book he does not speak publicly other than his court filings he is incredibly hard working and focused mr trump on the other hand is a bulldog and it is impulsive where i could stand in the middle if if they have a new and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters ok it's like incredible there are not two 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 a determination very early on we're going to claim that this whole thing is
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politically motivated is a witch hunt that all the way they rigged with the witch hunt i would call it the rigged to which aren't. there which are saying if only to win just a democrat inspired would you add something that is not on the phone to you which you truly. as washington celebrates the fourth 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 claim. the trump campaign was in secret contact with russian officials
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five months before the two thousand and sixteen election a major scoop. this was the work of our washington best to see 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 we know that 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 via emails between a 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 ninth of june two thousand and sixteen in new york at trump tower around the table donald trump's son his son in law his campaign director paul manna for
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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 from. when donald trump jr responded enthusiastically to the idea of receiving information that would be harmful to hillary clinton i think that was a gift to russia it represented an attempt by. russia to have a base of influence if you will. the news comes at a time when trump was in hamburg for an international summit where he had a meeting with vladimir putin. a little closer to a lot of very positive things russian for the united states and for everybody here . an honor to be with you.
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immediately after this hand shake 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 president and his team come cox this story about how the trump tower meeting was about adoptions. flying back with his father 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 million dollar 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
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go for it let me know he's part of a conspiracy that is a not to bring someone into a conspiracy. back. i came up with the term fake news it's a lot of fake news this is fake news put out by the media schooled fake news people back there you know those very dishonest people back there the. press. words have meaning and power and a lot of people myself included good republicans were going on for pete's don't you still 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.
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. in germany's capital there's a barber like no other sort of put into. iraq goes from across what you have. but as his city changes he's moving with the time. and going on the road. the stories we don't often hear told by the people who live the. master barber of berlin this is europe on al-jazeera. i'm richelle carey in doha these are the top stories on al-jazeera the u.s. and south korea are ending their major joint military drills to support future talks with north korea on to nuclearization announcement comes just days after donald trump and kim jong un ended their summit in vietnam without a deal and donald trump has been addressing supporters at the largest annual
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gathering of conservatives in the u.s. the president attacked democrats over their plan to tackle climate change and dismissed their attempts to look into his personal finances they fight so hard on this witch hunt this phony deal that they put together this phony thing that now looks like it's dying so they don't have anything with russia there's no collusion so now they go and morph into let's inspect their every deal he's ever done we're going to go into his finances we're going to jackies deals we get a check these people is sick. and u.s. senator bernie sanders is sounding very confident about challenging trop sanders says in his second bid for the presidency launched his campaign in brooklyn seventy seven year old told supporters he expected to win the democratic nomination he describes trump is the most dangerous president in modern american history there been funerals for victims of the latest violence in the disputed kashmir region at
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least seven people were killed across border shelling between india and pakistan a curious president abdelaziz bouteflika is refusing to bow to protesters demands that he not seek a fifth term instead the eighty two year old is sacked an unpopular campaign chief and named a replacement for next month's elections rival groups have confronted each other in the israeli city of tel aviv over plans to indict prime minister benjamin netanyahu israel's attorney general says the decision to prosecute netanyahu will be made within six weeks. up to two hundred thousand people have marched through the italian city of milan against government policies they say promote racism and discrimination italy has seen an increase in racially motivated attacks and the far right five star movement came to power last year and people have been urged to leave their homes after brush fires destroyed at least five houses in the australian state of victoria hundreds of firefighters were trying to control that
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fast moving fire we'll keep you posted on that those are the headlines keep it here on al-jazeera battlefield washington is next. 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 russia's interference. could soon yellowing. cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the state. this is the first time. a major covert action major. action against the united states at the very heart of our democratic process has the actor
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. and october two thousand and seventeen special counsel robert muller issues his first indictments against people close to the president. trumps campaign director and gates deputy director of the campaign are both charged for breaking a series of laws papadopoulos foreign affairs advisor to the campaign is charged for having lied to the f.b.i. . for promotion for us to be shown at zero d. and on his first targets to the. right here by the f.b.i. . interviewed. a string is a for each. and about his contacts with foreign nationals series of people in d.c.
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suddenly in deep deep trouble with those charged by muller become fair game for the press even if they're not directly linked to the russian interfere. and the two thousand and sixteen election. when the initial indictments were issued by mueller people rightfully said wait a minute this is supposed to be about russia so what's going on and a lot of people have said none of this is collusion who cares why is moller charging these crimes if it's not collusion no collusion there's no collusion and it just seems to be the focus no pollution no of drugs you know nothing 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 they stab us if there was collusion between president trump and his inner circle and the russians and thus far that has not been charged
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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 the investigation 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 new explosive information
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p.p.c. here in the investigation moves his job one of my trusted aides is discredited some time efficiently shows name is peter shergold going to be an agent peter struck and strikes alleged mistress an f.b.i. were named lisa page. the press publishes the text messages of peter struck and lisa page. struck with a trusted advisor obama lawyer 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 strikes opinion to claim that the f.b.i. and the special counsel are politically tainted now the investigations into donald
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trump have been infected. with the virus of severe bias the pro trot media escalates the attack it denounces it as a conspiracy theory the thing it was weaponized to destroy is a crime scene. is underway right here some sort of subversion campaign and intelligence agencies are running a classic dissin from ation psychological warfare operation against a sitting president of the united states to topple his government for trump diehards the investigations that are closing in on the president since are weapons in the hands of an anti transition deep state there is colucci in the cia the n.s.a. the f.b.i. the justice department the news media politicians in both parties there colluding working together with strategies talking points fake evidence to weaken
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embarrass and bring down president trump. the idea of a deep state is one of the dumbest ideas i have ever heard. there is no such thing as a deep state i have not seen that deep state this is another made up conspiracy theory that there is a deep state out to get trump he's always looking for ways to blame his own problems on other people and this is another one totally false. but the deep state notion drives. some have suggested that the deep state is going to rise up and stage a coup why because everybody's talking about it and that's the point it comes out of the white house the cable news networks pick it up they talk about it put it into circulation guess what congress hears it so it's all very very circular is say
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it enough to say it enough it becomes its own sort of bizarre reality. and it's ridiculous. we've been hijacked by a deep state it is addition. father we pray for president trump yes lord give him extra calcium in his backbone yes god is saying his enemies confound his enemies alou not fall into their traps this we pray in the name of jesus amen and you mistake you for watching. five feet floor three to one. and congress well the consensus over investigating the russian meddling withstand
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the pressure. there was a hope an expectation that congress as a bipartisan institution could get to the bottom of all this and we've been through it well enough at that and. a 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 occasion 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 the truth that the congress' failure to uncover the whole truth leads this task to only one man robert mueller. on the ninth of april two thousand and eighteen a new york attorney becomes the latest target of bob mullen michael cohen donald
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trump's personal lawyer michael cohen is donald trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer is the city presidency and he has the ball in. as the keys to the kingdom even the secrets about donald trump through. hard work. the f.b.i. searched cohen's office at the request of a local prosecutor on charges of financial fraud. the move initiated by bomb miller as a direct challenge to the president himself. so i just heard that they've broken to invade the office of one of my personal attorneys a good man i said that is really now at a whole. new level of unfair that. cohen is someone who might know about alleged real estate dealings in russia. it was fairly common knowledge in the real estate community and the finance community in the political community the russians
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were funding in various ways many major trunk real estate projects cohen my also know if the president lied when a few months earlier he denied having anything to do with russian i don't nothing in russia i have no loans in russia i don't have any deals in russian the lack of financial transparency of the trump organization and the extent to which they have received financing from russian oligarchs or russian interests is unknown to the american people even to this day i have nothing to do with russia haven't made a phone call to russia in years don't speak to people from russia not that i wouldn't and i just have nobody to speak to did putin help trump to win the election is there a secret pact between the two men and if so cohen could be a key witness a major element of the special counsel strategy and i immediately recognize the
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strategy that muller was following because my own background as a federal 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 kate. says if 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 two guys higher up the chain and you have to build up and it seems that that's what robert muller has done here the pressure on cohen builds investigators are digging into his life the f.b.i. also seems communications between michael couple again to president troop. 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 crack trump's lawyer is faced with a choice remain silent and go to jail or reveal his client secrets and bear his
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wrath there is this notion of loyalty one of donald trump sort of defining beliefs is you're either loyal to me or you're dead to me and that's consistent with the way the mafia. operates if you are loyal to the boss and the family how can she keep his lawyer loyal. he enjoys an extraordinary constitutional power the right to pardon he said lee makes an expeditious use of the. president started to get the part of the far right commentators here i'm just hearing president donald trump has officially parted for america how confident fed thinks he is considering a pardon now for the treasury which is one terminal a very very expensive to get frankly they're going to hurt. the party girl bird positive thing for a president i think you see the way i'm using that yes there will be more part. trump issued some high profile pardons and i think by doing that i think he was
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sending a message to some of the people who might slip on him michael cullen paul metaphor and others of hey i'm using this this part of power and perhaps there could be one for you down the line if you stay quiet through basically a deal if you will and form a deal that if you keep your mouth shut then i'll take care of you. if witnesses keep silent it weakens mahler and his investigation and. 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 and never did anything wrong and you know that better than anybody the idea that. a u.s. president would even talk about or even consider pardon themselves is just unprecedented and i think undermines the credibility of our whole way of governance and democracy in general so when you have president trump who seems to think that he is above the law it's antithetical not just to the american
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idea but to the idea of modern democracy he is one person who is in charge of the state on behalf of all of us he is not sitting more than a year into his presidency transactions are about to test the very heart of the american system i'm. if it was then. it's a true higher. than average corrupted no it is not a non-issue are we back to shoot them in the flesh to be brought under control just three hundred forty three years to be restricted. as the attacks on mother intensified a man stands up to protect the special counsel rod rosenstein the number two at the department of justice he appointed muller and as the legal authority to oversee his operations and to fire him. on assuming but steady he has been shielding smaller
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for months. have you seen good cause to fire special counsel no thank you if you were ordered today to fire mr mohler what would you do if there were good cause i would act if there were no good cause i would not and you have seen no good cause so far correct run rosa's that is has become a beacon for anger. and from congressional republicans and i think they're disappointed i think they hoped that he would be partisan because he is a long time republican but instead rosenstein has shown himself to be sally independent and a law enforcement person first and congress trumps allies fire at will at rosenstein and i'm not keeping any information from congress the loss of your life in their mission we allow those he does not call you why didn't he hasn't presented his first find a good fundraiser here and just you know 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 the hell
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up to attack someone like that is very damaging ultimately to the system and importantly to the confidence that americans have in their government when elected representatives politicize the judicial process where this is lee the end dependence of justice. what is remarkable no is the white house and the justice department are at war our justice department and our f.b.i. . have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it. the president's view seems to be in 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 by half. and i but rod rosenstein does not blink direct and there
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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 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 over one hundred fifteen thousand employees and if they violated they know they're going to be held accountable and i know those folks know that i'm not going to violate my oath. and mid july two thousand and eighteen then once capitol hosts the first summit between donald trump and. just three days before in washington rod rosenstein made a momentous announcement
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a new wave of indictments by bob mullen. an afternoon indictment charges twelve russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the twenty sixteen presidential election according to the allegations in the indictment . the defendant's work for two 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 twenty sixteen presidential election. the russian agents targeted in particular the computers of trump's adversaries the defendants covertly monitor the computers implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code and stone e-mails and other doctors mahler's indictment of twelve russian military intelligence
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officers conspiring to interfere with the two thousand and sixteen 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 twenty eight in was a kind of turning point the election interference is now a sacked of law as far as the united states is concerned and it is not something that the president can dismiss it is in fact a state operation by a hostile foreign power. but i feel good with words when you go to new usual with the easy bit when you showed me to give neutering you do look we've got me but it says. at a question just now president putin denied having anything to do with the election airfare to twenty sixteen every u.s. intelligence agency has concluded that russia did my first question for you sir is who do you believe my people came to me they said they think it's russia i have
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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 over his own intelligence service and that was a really bad thing to do it was. the wrong thing to do the question then becomes what is it that the president owes to the russians and what is his relationship with some suggest that he's an asset of putin's but we don't have evidence of that. i think what i would say is that this is someone putin can use
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pretty easily perhaps even without trump realizing he's being used. september two thousand and eighteen several of trump's close aides have agreed to cooperate with investigators. his former campaign director paul mann of course and his lawyer michael cohen have already signed agreements with robert mueller. they all agree to cooperate with the investigation if they do so fully the prison sentences they are facing will be reduced apparently those close aides to trump has slipped and are ready to share with bob muller the secrets of the president. president trump finds himself in a corner the walls are closing in on him many doesn't know where to run. you know but the keep the yankees the impeach word impeach trump maxine waters we
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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 it was. november two thousand and eighteen the midterm elections are approaching fast trump burns off the campaign trail. if his party keeps control over congress his legal troubles might fade away. the results are a blow to the president. the american voters give the house of representatives to the democrats. they now have the ability to proceed with intrusive congressional investigations into trump's conduct.
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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 a politically i don't like stopping and i don't want to do that but you're right i could end it right now i could say that investigation is over well on the russian vesta geisha are you concerned that that you may have not 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 and. shutting down the investigation will not be that easy for truong. as robert mueller ploughs ahead with his investigation and key witnesses start revealing from secrets to future looks uncertain for the president but the battle is certainly not over americans may still be endora
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a little bit further towards the south and here in doha the winds are likely to stay from the northwest over the next couple of days so it won't feel too hot particularly if you're out in that winter a top temperature during the day of around twenty three or maybe twenty four degrees and during the night dropping down to around fourteen say feeling really quite chilly for us so all of a will be milder and still quite humid a top temperature here of around twenty nine down towards the southern parts of africa and we've got a few showers in the east parts of our map here but most of the showers a further north from angola all the way across towards mozambique and quite a few of them over madagascar as well i think this cluster of thunderstorms over parts of mozambique is looking particularly lively over the next few days expecting the heaviest rains here. christian priest you are a friend of the palestinians he's a true friend over everybody and champion of the palestinian cause.
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and activist who was willing to sacrifice his freedom in the for his beliefs. al-jazeera world toes the extraordinary story of the archbishop and the piano. diplomacy not trills the u.s. and south korea decide ten large scale joint military exercises to ease tensions on the korean peninsula.
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kerry this is live from doha also coming up. as tensions rage in the disputed kashmir region we take a look at pakistan based armed groups india accuses of inciting violence. a bridge too far to venezuelans find ways to smuggle an aid from colombia. and going back home a bittersweet journey for syrians who fled to neighboring lebanon to escape the violence . the u.s. and south korea have agreed to and major military exercises on the korean peninsula the drills have been a point of contention with north korea's leader kim jong il whom washington say it's part of efforts to reduce tension with pyongyang but the two will still carry out smaller joint exercises comes just days after the nuclearization talks between u.s. president onil trump and broke down in vietnam mcbride has more from south korea's
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capital seoul. effectively joint military exercises in south korea have been scaled back since president donald trump announced after the single poor summit last june that he was no fan of these war games as he called them that they were a waste of money but this confirmation that key resolve and foal eagle these spring exercises involving tens of thousands of troops of war planes ships and tanks will effectively come to an end is seen as a big concession they'll be replaced by a much smaller less high profile exercises these exercises have always enraged the north koreans who see them as a possible credit to war seems the joint to militaries of south korea and the u.s. of now agreed at least in part with that saying that they do indeed lead to a rise in tension that these exercises are being ended as
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a way of supporting the diplomatic efforts this will be welcome by president moon j.n. of south korea who's once again standing in as a possible mediator between north korea and the u.s. to get things back on track it will also possibly help his personal initiative to try to help into korean relations go move forward to the next step he has stated in the last couple of days that despite the disappointment of the hanoi summit he's still determined to try to resume economic and tourism projects with north korea we still wants to try to go ahead with that although it's difficult to see just how without getting sanctions relief from the united states. is a professor of political science and diplomacy a peson national in a person he joins us on skype from tucson thank you so much so what has been what is the purpose of these exercises. well i think basic readiness the united states
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and south korea are obviously different countries right and so we have interoperability issues right of language and culture to make sure that the u.s. military and south korean militaries can function together effectively they've done that pretty well for a long time but the argument is that you'll hear from people who resist this move is that you know if we don't do this at least you know every couple years or something like that in time readiness will deteriorate so what do you make of this move is this a is this a concession has north korea done something to warrant this concession. i think it's probably a quid pro quo for the continuing moratorium on missile tests and nuclear tests the north koreans could continue to test missiles they could detonate weapons even larger than the one they did fifteen months ago sixteen months ago and i think you know trump is basically informally given them this in order to maintain that halt i suppose it's a reasonably fair trade but i have explained that it's a fair trade or that it's a trade yes ok and is it a done deal is this something that donald trump can do without
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a approval of congress. yes it is the president has done this in the past and it will continue i mean it's always a little bit here right because congressional authority over foreign policy is sort of not to be well sketched out in the constitution and they're sort of a great deal of room for congress for example to cut funding on things it doesn't like i'm of congress were to get involved you could actually see congress pass legislation to force this or something like that i would be pretty surprised generally this falls under sort of the executive branch because it's military stuff but congress could get involved if they really want to how might pan respond to this. i would imagine the japanese are a little bit nervous about this you know the japanese like the idea of the americans avoid them korea and in japan the american presence in japan or in korea is something of a forward buffer defense buffer if you will for japan as well i think the japanese are pretty worried that donald trump isn't getting enough of the north koreans have the feeling that in japan there is some relief that hanoi sort of collapse without any major concessions on the american part but i mean as long as the tests are
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going including missiles flying around your japan you know it's possible they see this is a balance positive so that if that was actually might my exact next question can you say something happening that could prompt the u.s. to backtrack on this yeah i mean i think the most obvious thing again because i think informally there's a quid pro quo for the missile in the nuclear testing and if the north koreans were to go back to that i think they would get exercise immediately in fact i think there probably be a very harsh snap back on this more than just exercises i'm kemas kind of painted themselves into a corner now because there hasn't been a launch or a test now in fifteen sixteen months i believe and you know he's repeatedly said this to trump and the president has said this several times also that this is sort of important and that there is no tests that you know he's satisfied so the north koreans do go back and this is a pretty major breach ok robert kelly thank you so much appreciate it thank you for having me there's been an exchange of gunfire between security forces and rebel fighters and even minister of kashmir and they and soldiers have launched an
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operation in northern gun to try and flush out armed groups our manas live from new delhi with more on this so what do we know about what's happening. yes this has been an ongoing operation for nearly three days now it all began late on thursday early into friday where armed fighters started a gun battle with local police officers it got so intense that the military were called in to take over the operation we believe that encounter has now ended but the press office for the indian military has confirmed that two armed fighters have been killed but in the process of the sort of the last sixty hours we've seen several houses that have caught on fire been destroyed this is a scenario that many face in those hot spots we've seen a gun battles and shelling obviously happened in the last forty eight hours in the areas of who are but this particular gun battle has been quite vicious and those details are still trickling out former military sources but two militants confirmed
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dead several military personnel injured and we are still waiting to get more news of the exact numbers as the day progresses but of course this all comes as the tension in the region has been heightened this past week or as you know between india and pakistan which continued shelling has been ongoing through the day and through the night in certain areas. targeted a great deal we know that on sunday the army chief of bin. robert will be visiting the line of control that divides indian administered kashmir from pakistan administered kashmir to observe watch and gain information as to how that situation is developing and of course new and remotely the prime minister on saturday very clearly saying that india will never be defeated these are all this is all the rhetoric that is being ramped up at the moment india is not letting pakistan off
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the hook after it is very certain that it was behind the attack on paramilitaries in mid feb there really escalated the violence that we're seeing right now. press and new delhi thank you. in all federal seven help for some of the victims of the recent fighting in the disputed kashmir region at least seven people were killed on saturday and cross border shelling between india and pakistan tensions remain high after both sides say they shot down each other's jets on wednesday and then to rest between pakistan and india has brought the various armed groups operating in the disputed kashmir region under the spotlight so who are they supporting them. from. pakistan administered kashmir. they told me it will be free this group called themselves. the blood that holy warriors their leader mohamed haroon. he is
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a firebrand cleric who supports groups across kashmir including jaish e mohammad that's the group who claimed responsibility for the fourteenth attack on indian troops that sparked this latest crisis between pakistan and india. god willing the fighters of a bed are ready across the country ready to pounce on their targets waiting for the right time and god willing this year will be the liberation of all of kashmir. this takes place in front of pakistan's police who let them display weapons openly the anti indian pro united. is fundamental to all of the groups in the region india has long maintained that these groups are directly funded and directed by pakistan's intelligence service the i.s.i. it's the charge of pakistan the noise explains. who runs a think tank in kashmir they were there when this group for the created and the credit heard of creating the groups go through the europe and america. created for
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the but it was a. bad thing. and the moment so we left. it ended and implied. and this the new every new white employment debt is the story of course and then i guess he was betting them no doubt about that but when the. guns buy them because of their unemployment the stigma is there with the pakistan state double dead but they have a load of debts i'm. a bad minister then as well which is doing the bad is that snow but the groups are active today probably you know it's a kashmiri activists say they're in the minority. look if there are people as you said earlier that there are people who can be attracted to. a motion that is
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but isn't it there are some people who might be liking an ideology it's just a portrait and all are going. to be framing. connected with terrorism which is not true the issue of armed groups and who supports them is a phony one in. the facts on the authorities say they are cracking down on these armed groups but it's clear that the all in the spotlight right now what isn't clear is what pakistan intends to do about the groups among al-jazeera was a for about. saying to a lot is the former head of india's spy agency n s a member of the national security advisory board he joins us live from new delhi they appreciate your time very much so their release of the pilot of the indian pilot by pakistan was supposed to it appeared was supposed to ease tensions have you seen any signs that that is actually worked.

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