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from berlin. tonight washington and many people around the world are asking what is inside that secret memo. the fbi says it has grave concerns about the accuracy of a classified memo on the russia investigation, but the white house has to hurt -- has heard that donald trump will release the memo on friday. regular to in germany to reunite a with their families. reunions will resume in august, but there is a cap on the numbers. and poland backs controversial legislation making it a crime to suggest polls were complicit in the holocaust. the mood has angered israel. we will get reaction from them.
china closes more virtual tunnels under its nose at -- notorious firewall. people and companies will have to use state approved software. we will look at the consequences for doing business in china. and a court reverses lifetime bans for dozens of russian athletes accused of doping, but it is not clear whether those athletes can take part in next week's olympics. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff, it is good to have you with us. we begin in the united states where the fbi has condemned plans by the white house and house republicans to release a secret memo tomorrow. the memo alleges the fbi abused its surveillance powers when investigated donald trump's presidential campaign.
the agency contests the document's accuracy. they say it could undermine investigations into the russia 2016 meddling. [applause] reporter: a quick exchange overheard after donald trump's state of the union. he assures paper republican lawmaker he has every intention of putting out the memo polarizing washington. >> thank you. reporter: the memo was commissioned by devin nunes, chairman of the house intelligence committee. it describes alleged surveillance abuses by the fbi and justice department officials looking into possible ties between the trump campaign and russia. investigators are accused of failing to disclose their probe was partly based on research financed by hillary clinton's
campaign. republicans when this shows antitrust -- anti-trump bias. >> there may have been malfeasance at the fbi by certain individuals, so it is our job conducting oversight to get to the bottom of that. sunshine is the best disinfectant. we want all this information to come out so transparency can rain supreme and accountability can occur. reporter: the fbi has warned against releasing the dossier in a rare public rebuke. we have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy. for their part democrats claim it cherry picks highly classified information in an effort to discredit the russian investigation led by robert mueller. >> this is not about the facts. this is about a narrative the chairman wants to put out, a
misleading narrative to undermine the fbi, and ultimately robert mueller. reporter: tensions between the trump white house and investigators has been mounting. days ago the deputy director of fbi andrew mccabe quit, now a fight looms between the top intelligence agency and the trump administration. we will go to washington now with a republican strategist. good to see you again. we have got the white house saying the president wants to release the memo tomorrow. can you explain to our audience what he wants to make that memo public? is the purpose to undermine the robert mueller investigation? guest: of course not. the purpose is to make sure the public has complete faith and total trust in the fbi. since 9/11 no federal agency has
been more instrumental than the fbi. everyone believes that 99% of the folks at the fbi are doing their best to keep us safe and protected from threats foreign and domestic. there could have been a few bad actors, a few folks with a partisan angle and very unfortunate politics bent to their views involved in this investigation and making the rest of the fbi look bad. brent: you and i cannot be sure what is in the document because we have not seen it. i am sure you agree with me on that. we also have a lot of members of congress on capitol hill who have common out and say they want the memo released, and they have not seen the memo either. what do you make of the claims that mr. nuñez himself, the man who authored this memo, that he altered it and the copy the president has is different from the copy the other members have.
-- have? i am sure that -- guest: i am sure chairman nuñez is not an idiot. he knows that information could become public if people are saying this, there could be copies of this report. it is unlikely that is the case. i am not familiar with the other document, so i don't know if it has been altered. this transparency to release the memo will clear up any confusion or concerns people have about this issue. i am trying to explain -- brent: i am trying to explain to our viewers about what the president over -- was overheard saying at the state of the union address, saying yes, i will release the memo. he said that on tuesday evening, and he had not seen the memo at that point. doesn't it make then the motivation, the motive of the president, doesn't it bring it
into question if he has not even see the contents he is willing to say yes, i will make it public? guest: i am not aware of what he said as he was leaving the chamber, but what is clear whether this president or any other, if there is continuation of wrongdoings, and we have evidence that clearly refutes that and shows there was no interference, then of course he will want to get that out there. you want to restore the american people's faith, and this is a clear way to do that. brent: chris feltner based in l.a., but thing is busy at -- paying us a visit, thank you. here are some of the other stories now. but you and special envoy on human rights in myanmar has said military operations bear the
hallmarks of genocide. 7000 rohingyas has led to bangladesh after the crackdown of last year's attacks by rohingyas insurgents. a turkish court has reversed its decision to release the national head of amnesty international from detention. the original decision was made yesterday but repealed by the prosecution. the activists has been in jail since last june on tenure -- terrorism charges was utilized -- which he denies. the kenyan government will stop their shutdown of three tv outlets. they were taken from the air after they covered the self-proclaimed residential inauguration tuesday. journalists have been sleeping in their newsrooms to avoid being arrested outside. germany's parliament began a new
policy on family reunions. while the far right criticized the changes as too liberal, others feel like they don't go enough. many syrians are not allowed to bring family members here. these are migrants who don't face political persecution or are not predict it by the u.n. refugee protection. today's new policy will reopen the doors to about 1000 people a month. joining me here in the studio is a member of the german parliament, a member of the green party. it is good to have you on this show. you voted against the legislation today for these family reunions. why. reporter: we are talking about people who are not entitled to asylum, but they are in germany because we cannot send them back
, especially to syria or afghanistan or any other country because of crisis. their existence is not secured. we don't want to send them back because they could die, or there is a big threat on their lives. they are staying in germany, now we are talking about their families, most of the children and women are still in those countries, syria or the u.n. refugee camps. the fathers or the mothers especially the minority children want their parents to come to germany to bring the families together, and since it is not allowed anymore in germany, that is against all the laws we have come the general law of germany and the convention. brent: what would a proper law look like to you? what do you want parliament to do? guest: we are talking about 50,000 people who want to come
in, and not just germany, they want europe, the whole europe. we should allow them. we need corridors of the people to come in a secure way to germany belonging to the parents and families. brent: i want to talk about what it is like to be in the current parliament and what it is like to work with the far right alternative for germany. you remember the greens and you set on the budget -- you sat on the budget committee and it has a new chairman. the chairman is from the afd. if you can explain to me, how is it possible? how do you work and govern together with a member of the far right party when you yourself are from the greens? >> i am a migrant by myself. born in turkey, but i grow up in bavarian germany, and these days we are talking a lot about german blood and german
existence and germany especially. they want to show by each seeking, each talk in the parliament, they want to show us germany is a closed club and we don't belong to them. brent: have you experienced that personally? >> i do every day. brent: what do they say? >> in the normal life we are talking about nutrition. there is nothing like that, german nutrition, german coffee or tea or bananas. it is like they are building new walls. these are not brick walls, but these are walls of the mines and behavior. brent: what do you do? they are democratically elected. they are in the parliament. you have to govern some way. how do you find a path to govern? guest: we have to accept them as part of parliament, but i don't
have to accept them personally, and i don't have to accept their politics or way of thinking and about their minds and way of speaking. so we try to cope with this and show the people that the things they want are against human rights, against our thinking of democratic way and about this kind of germany we are living in . this germany is multicultural. there are a lot of migrants, people from different worlds. it has to be like this because germany also this from their migrants who are working here, paying security systems. this is germany, this is my germany and not theirs. brent: do you see the possibility that the far right is extending its power and influence in germany? i know when a party makes it over the 5% hurdle, they have rights to all kinds of things, foundations across the country,
and it allows them to spread their party philosophy. do you see that happening? guest: this is a populist party, a right minded party. we have to be aware of this but not fall to them. 15% to 20% of the people are voting for this party. we have to work against this, this mind makers, but we cannot work against the democratic way of behavior. they are a part of the german parliament. now it depends on how the democrats are going, getting along with this. brent: you are doing very important work, and we appreciate you taking the time to talk with us, member of the greens and member of the german parliament. thank you. guest: thank you. brent: now to poland, lawmakers have backed a controversial bill
criminalizing anyone who suggests poland or its people were complicit in nazi war crimes. people who speak of polish death camps for example could receive a three-year prison sentence. the legislation they say is needed to ensure poles are recognized as victims of the nazis. the bill has caused outrage in israel was called it an attempt to rewrite history. reporter: a new taste from the polish holocaust bill, israel's ambassador leading -- leaving after a speaking with the senate, not making nice. >> the vote in the polish senate was decisive, 57 in favor, 23 against, two abstentions, but it may not be the quick fix the government would like. reporter:: has long struggled with the legacy of nazi death camps on its soil where millions
died. poland was one of the countries most affected, and they feel they have been unfairly branded as villains. it has not gone down well when american politicians among others refer to polish death camps. for many years history has been falsified. it has been presented in a false way. we did this for the poles, for our dignity and truth. but the passage comes on the heels of holocaust commemoration in auschwitz. even though poles were not in charge of death camps on their territory, some help with the goal of killing all the jews. many feel this new bill will brush history under the rug. >> what does this bill say, jews were not killed in poland with the aid of the polish people? history tells us otherwise. what do i tell my family, my great-grandmother who died in
auschwitz and other family members who died there, that all of this ddn't happen? reporter: there has been strong international push back to the bill. the u.s. state department has expressed concern about the repercussions this legislation could have on poland's strategic interest and relationships including with the united states and israel. >> and israeli prime minister into minette yahoo! was even more forceful -- benjamin netanyahu was even more forceful. >> under no circumstances will we accept any effort to rewrite history. to become law, the bill must be signed by poland's president. security has been increased in warsaw amid protests by national polish groups. brent: earlier we spoke to a rabbi, founder of the simon beeson told center.
we asked him for his reaction to the bill. >> it is a bad piece of legislation because it gives them, they are totally absolved. people can walk around the streets saying, see, it was totally the germans, there is no such thing as polish anti-semitism. polish anti-semitism during the war, even in the years preceding the war, was a known factor. and it was only in one city or one town. that should be acknowledged by today's polish government. we very much welcome the fact that the polish government today is friendly with israel. we do not want to hide that fact, acknowledge it, happy about it. but you cannot rewrite history and falsify history by giving a very high mark for the polish people on how they acted toward the jews during world war ii.
brent: you are watching dw news, live from berlin. still to come, a sports court overturns lifetime brands on dozens of russian olympic athletes accused of doping, but will they be allowed to compete in the winter olympics? time for businesses. many bosses are popping champagne corks. reporter: daimler thinks it had its best successful year. the carmaker sold more cars than ever before and chopped up its highest profit, close to 11 billion euros. the your -- the road ahead doesn't look good. profits will stagnate as the financial burden of developing new technologies begins to bite, and there is that scandal of tests on monkeys and humans. reporter: the bust of daimler
had some reason -- the bosses and had some reason to smile. this was their best sale in the country, but the revelations of exhaust gas testing on humans and monkeys cast a shadow on the shining figures. from the start of the press conference, they tried to clear the air. >> such testing is against our values. we will find out how this happened. reporter: the automaker, together with other german, goes, financed the disbanded e.u. gt research. they try to move on from the damaging allegations and refocus attention on the company's future. he told shareholders profits would stagnate while dad -- daimler invested in you technologies. >> will be using the core business to powerfully engaged with future challenges our industry is facing. we call this connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing and
ability. this is about nothing less than reinventing the concept of individual mobility. reporter: on this frankfurt stock exchange, the futures do not go down well. their shares were among the biggest losers on the blue-chip dax index. but the company announced it will be playing -- paying the highest investor dividends in history, and their 130,000 employees are to receive bonuses of 5700 euros in april, also the highest in company history. reporter: i spoke to our financial correspondent, and i had to ask him how investors were reacting to daimler's profit. >> this number of course looks good, and when you talk about sales, quantity, profit, all of that could not even be better. but stock exchange always means
looking in the future as well, and daimler was also announcing they are expecting higher costs for 2018. that was making investors worried that because of that, their profit margin could go down, that the share price could be falling, that their dividend at the end could be less. that is why we are seeing negative reaction today here at the stock exchange. reporter: our financial correspondent in front for. tens of thousands of germany's industrial workers are striking for the second day in the row, and the union is threatening industrial action if employees don't give the industry what he is calling for. the demands are per 6% wage increase and 20 hours a week for relatives taking care of a child or relative. companies want to increase hours if necessary. the unions are picketing ford
since wednesday. if you have been getting through the great firewall of china using virtual tunnels, also known as vpn's, your time might be yet. the government is launching a long promised crackdown. reporter: if you are in china trying to skype chat with colleagues in the u.s., think again. what about surfing google or using twitter and facebook? game over. the chinese government is banning all virtual private networks or vpn's. these help users bypass online censorship, but business also use them to move data securely. in an effort to calm fears, the government has assured foreign companies they can still access the internet using state approved portals. but many firms are nervous about exposing their data to the chinese. >> this won't impact safety.
that is because government telecom companies just provide a channel and network. they can't see any content related to your company. for businesses that follow chinese laws and regulations, this is guaranteed, and our constitution stipulates citizens have the freedom to communicate and corporate communications will be protected. >> privacy comes at a cost. many small and midsized companies are troubled by the usage fees of the state owned software. well over 1000 euros a month, experts say. that is more than smaller businesses will be able to shoulder in the long run. reporter: now back over to brent for a look at sports. anxious athletes could become olympians. brent: it is unclear. they got a ruling from a report that makes them closer to being able to be in the olympics. 28 russian athletes have successfully appealed against lifetime olympics bands for doping -- bans for doping
offenses. they moved it was condemned by the olympic committee. the committee has to decide to allow the russians to compete in next week's pyeongchang winter olympics. reporter: the russian doping scandal has dominated the sporting headlines for almost two years. after an investigation into state-sponsored doping, the international olympic committee banned a host of russian olympics athletes. 42 took their cases to the international court of arbitration for sport. several had their appeals upheld. >> unanimously found the evidence put forward by the ioc in relation to this matter did not have the same weight in each individual case. reporter: they overturned the bands of 28 athletes due to the -- bans of 20 athletes due to
insufficient evidence. >> it does not mean they are declared innocent, but in their case because of insufficient evidence, their appeals are upheld, the sanctions unmold -- annulled, and their citizenship reinstated. reporter: they can now take part in the pyeongchang winter games that start next week, but they will have to be cleared to do so by the ioc first. the remaining 11 athletes however are ineligible for the olympic games in south korea. the sport's court found they did commit doping violations but their lifetime bans have been revoked. brent: north korean athletes have arrived in south korea for the start of the olympics. the delegation, which landed today, includes 10 skiers and speed skaters. female ice hockey players are practicing with south korean teammates in a unified olympic team. the pyeongchang games kick off
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