this is bbc news. i'm carole walker. the headlines at 11 o'clock... the us congress has released a controversial memo accusing the fbi of abusing its powers in its investigations into donald trump's presidential campaign. the memo was sent to congress, it was declassified. congress will do whatever they are going to do but i think it is a disgrace what is happening in our country. prominent conservative mp jacob rees—mogg has been caught up in a scuffle with protestors while giving a talk at the university of the west of england in bristol. darren osborne — the man who drove a van in to a crowd of muslim worshippers in north london — is jailed for a minimum of 43 years, with the judge describing his actions as a "suicide mission". and newsnight, is the fbi's investigation into donald trump compromised by its reliance on the work of a british spy determined to
keep him down. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a controversial republican memo has been released, accusing the fbi of bias its investigation into alleged collusion between president trump's election campaign in russia. the document's publication was authorised by donald trump, who says authorised by donald trump, who says a lot of people should be ashamed by what it revealed. ladies and gentlemen, punxsutawney phil! it's groundhog day in america, when thousands gathered to watch a rodent named punxsutawney phil make his annual prediction about how long the winter will last. in washington too, a feeling of deja
vu, with the day beginning as it often does, with an attack from the white house on the russian investigation. but this has intensified the big chill between the president and his senior law enforcement officials. the top leadership and investigators at the fbi and thejustice department have politicised the sacred investigative process in favour of democrats and against republicans. something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. that's the main accusation of a secret republican memo, which the president authorised the public release of today, it alleges an anti—trump bias among top law enforcement officials. i think it's a disgrace what's happening in our country. and when you look at that and you see that and so many other things, what's going on, a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves. and much worse than that. the memo, commissioned by a republican congressman, accuses the fbi of using a politically biased source, while seeking surveillance warrants against the trump campaign adviser, carter page.
it alleges the request to the court relied on a much disputed trump dossier compiled by former british intelligence agent christopher steele, who, it says, was anti—trump and funded in part by the hillary clinton campaign. but is this a partisan republican stunt to discredit the fbi and, by extension, the investigation of the special counsel, robert mueller, into possible russian collusion with the trump campaign? there's been no public response from the fbi, but it fiercely resisted the release of this memo, having expressed grave concerns about its accuracy. it's also been slammed by senior democrats. the fact that the president of the united states will blithely disregard the admonitions of both his own fbi director and the department ofjustice tells you all you need to know about where the president's priorities are, and it's not protecting classified information, it's not respecting the hard—working men and women at the fbi, it's whatever the president deems to be in his short—term political interest. what we've seen today underscores how the russian investigation is increasingly becoming the subject
of a toxic and vicious fight, notjust between the political parties in washington, but between branches of the us government in washington. vladimir putin must be rubbing his hands in delight. is the memo a dud, sir, is it a dud? donald trump looked pretty happy, too. his supporters will believe he's struck a blow for justice. his critics will argue he's engineered a political stunt. university in bristol says it is appalled by the behaviour of protestors toward the conservative mpjacob protestors toward the conservative mp jacob rees—mogg who protestors toward the conservative mpjacob rees—mogg who was involved ina mpjacob rees—mogg who was involved in a scuffle there earlier. the prominent pro— brexit mp confronted protesters who broke into his speech at the university of the west of england. james craig reports. it was in this lecture hall at a
university in bristol we jacob rees—mogg was due to give a fairly routine talk to a couple of 100 students, but just routine talk to a couple of 100 students, butjust minutes after he started speaking, a group of protesters came into the back of the hall here and try to shut him down. instead of holding the event or trying to stop, jacob rees—mogg actually approached them. i asked in my. i thought it would be more interesting to debate them, rather than to stand down and try to cover the noise. political debate is interesting and exciting, and i'm a lwa ys interesting and exciting, and i'm always ready to engage in political debate. mr rees-mogg might be trying to downplay what happened here tonight but to me, it certainly looked like an aggressive and heated scene. several of the people from the audience also became involved and it certainly looked to me as if mr rees—mogg himself was pushed or shoved during what happened. security from the campus at the university of the west of england here are right within a few minutes
and the police were also called, although we understand that no one has been arrested. it is fair to say that the reaction from the audience after that was fairly positive. even those people who do not share his political views, seem to be cheering him on. i am quite shocked because you do not really think that that type of thing is going to happen and you think that security is going to be there to intervene, but it wasn't. i just be there to intervene, but it wasn't. ijust wish be there to intervene, but it wasn't. i just wish that they had taken their balaclavas and actually sat down to speak to people. obviously, they were not interested, and that has no place in our society. members of the audience here seemed pretty shocked by what they had seen a jacob rees—mogg said that he would carry on unfazed and even suggested this was part of the role of an mp, to deal with these very public confrontations. one i asked in what he was looking forward to doing after this, he said going home for some dinner. the man who drove his van into muslim worshippers outside a mosque in north london has been sentenced to life, with a minimum of 43
years in prison. darren osborne killed makram ali, who was 51, and injured 12 other people in the attack in finsbury park lastjune. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports from woolwich crown court. back! everyone back now! darren osborne was seized at the scene of the finsbury park attack, after ploughing his van into a group of muslims trying to kill as many as possible. just have a seat for us up there, mate. convicted of murder and attempted murder yesterday, his 102 previous convictions for violence, dishonesty and drugs offences were outlined to the court today. as was the devastation caused to the family of makram ali, the man he murdered. outside court, his daughter, with his tearful wife by her side, spoke of the family's love for him. he will never be forgotten. he will always stay in our hearts. his laughter will echo the walls of our home. his smile will be reflected in our eyes and his memory will be
alive in our conversations. darren osborne's absurd defence that a man called dave was driving during the attack was scorned by thejudge. addressing him directly, mrs justice cheema—grubb said, "an intelligent british jury saw through your pathetic last—ditch attempt to deceive them." she then jailed him for life, saying the appropriate minimum term for this terrorist murder is 43 years, which means he can't be released until he's at least 90 years old. the judge drew attention to how osborne was rapidly radicalised over the internet, how in a matter of a month he'd allowed his mind to be poisoned by those who, she said, claimed to be leaders but who were determined to spread hatred of muslims. today, the judge also chose to praise the imam who protected osborne after the attack.
she said mohammed mahmoud had the strength to do the right thing under pressure, to respond to evil with good. daniel sandford, bbc news, at woolwich crown court. the prime minister's under increasing pressure to be specific about what she wants britain's future eu trade relationship to look like. theresa may has spent three days in china and negotiations on brexit are due to resume with brussels on monday. mrs may said the uk should not face a choice between a free trade deal with the eu and striking deals with the rest of the world. she was speaking in shanghai to our political editor, laura kuenssberg. a few last glimpses, then to china, the final wave goodbye. the prime minister on her way home, business deals in britain's pocket. she will return to the next run a much bigger deal making, how precisely will she broke brexit? is she ready to
decide? what has happened here is that we have seen the businesses i have bought with me on this trip signing deals that mean morejobs have bought with me on this trip signing deals that mean more jobs to people back in britain. that is good news for britain, it is global britain in action. but on top of doing business around the world, the party, the public, business, they wa nt to party, the public, business, they want to know do you favour a really close relationship with the european union once we are out or dramatic break as yellow what i favour is trade with the european union which is going to be good for trade between the uk and the european union. ash what i favour is. there isa-- union. ash what i favour is. there is a —— what i favour is. there is a fundamental difference here, the government is yet to make fund fundamental choices and you are risking ending up with something that looks like waffle. the fact is that looks like waffle. the fact is that that deal that many people said would not be done was done, we got what we wanted. we ensure that we dealt with those in the first phase,
110w dealt with those in the first phase, now we start the second phase of negotiations not quite there might not be much serenity when she is home. the decision over whether to bind tightly to the european union after brexit or whether to pull further apart is the line right down the middle of the party. his supporters believe she can hold it together, but she is agonisingly pulled apart by detractors on both sides. if you are reluctant to explain that your priority, your big choice, can you stay on the? people asking to be clear about your priorities, how long can you stay on? well, let's be very clear about this. i have set out what my vision is. i have been very clear about this. i have said at every stage, if we can, we will do so and that is exactly what doing. do you think you will be the leader at the next general election? i have said on a number of occasions, at a number of
occasions, throughout my political career, i have served my party and i have served my country. i am not acquitted because there is a job to be done here for the british people, and doing that in a way that ensures and doing that in a way that ensures a strong future for our country. global britain is a strong vision. i wa nt global britain is a strong vision. i want the british people to see a government that is delivering for them around the world, and that is exactly what we are doing. and finally, they are today, we see the tory party fighting amongst themselves. how do you research your authority? i am working hard to bring morejobs back to britain, companies will be sending more products to china as a result of this trip. they will be more jobs products to china as a result of this trip. they will be morejobs in uk as result of this trip. that is global britain in action. her in the country's harder set of decisions will follow her around the globe.
the pop band the spice girls appear to have confirmed a reunion of some sort after they met at geri horner‘s house to discuss reforming. they posted this picture, with emma bunton, known as baby spice, commenting that the "future's looking spicy". it's the first time they've been seen all together like this since 2012. let's get some more reaction to this news with alex lodge, a spice girls superfan and producer of the documentary, twenty years of spice. what do you make of it all? are we going to see a proper reunion?” what do you make of it all? are we going to see a proper reunion? i am hoping so. it is a bit shock to the spice girls fan base. ifollow, obviously because of the film i have lots of bands messaging me and asking me do you know what is going on? isay asking me do you know what is going on? i say to them i am as clueless as you, iam on? i say to them i am as clueless as you, i am still a fan. there have been lots of little hints but the fa ct been lots of little hints but the fact that all five of them have agreed to doing some type of
reunion, whatever that entails, is just a big wow. i think it is going to be something quite big. are you expecting it to be a whole new single? we're hearing suggestions that perhaps not all of them want to sing? yes, there are rumours that victoria is not signing up to sing that anything is possible with the spice girls. they aim to shock people and have always been the talking point, so hopefully something will happen. there are rumours of a talent show, rumours are doing a tv documentary. hopefully, a tour, that is the ideal for any spice girls fan or anyone hoping for a throwback. is a while since they exploded onto the scene, would it still really generate a lot of excitement if they were to reform, if they were to perform in some way together again?|j reform, if they were to perform in some way together again? i think they are more, what is the word? they are more popular now than they
have been because people are like the spice girls, they are quite big. people are quite nostalgic about them, girl power. there has been a big trend in 90s fashion and music recently and i think because the spice girls like the pioneer of girl power and cool britannia and all about, people are that throwback, especially with ibrahim dag going on in the world at the moment, people are wanting something to... so, you think that girl power message could resonate once again? definitely, girl power all the way. 0k, resonate once again? definitely, girl power all the way. ok, that is all we have time for but thank you so all we have time for but thank you so much for talking to us this evening and we will wait and see whether that reunion happens and whether that reunion happens and whether they sing. many thanks for joining us. now it's time for newsnight, with emily maitlis. the legitimacy and legality of the fbi's investigation