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your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i'm jane o'brie the feud between president trump and his fired fbi director couldn't get worse, or could it? the release of james comey's memos opens new hostil wells fargo is slapped with a $1 billion fine and told to clean up its act. and they battled the rain in austin and runnersay be boiling in london. thisea yr's marathon are becoming moreme ext our viewers ono
public television in america and around the globe. weas if the feud b president trump and james comey couldn't get any worse, overnight it did. the release of the fired fbi director's memos sent to th commander-in-chief to twitter once again, calling mr. comey shady in addition to being a slimeball. also today, the democratic party announced it is suin russian government, the trump campaign, and wikileaks for conspiracy to inflnce the 2016 election. we will get to that in a minute, but inrst, the latest chapter the trump-comey fight. the president wanted loyalty. his fbi director offered nesty. they settle on honest loyay. james comey's account that inof thamous white house dinner for two was already known, but 15 pages of memos he felt impelled to write following this and other meetings are now public. they once again focus attention on this man, former national
h curity adviser mike flynn, who is now charged wing to the fbi. according to the memos, president trump thought he had a serious judgment issues, but at dother private meeting, t mr. comey he was a good guy, and asked if he would let the investigion go. was that obstruction of justice? even mr. comey isn't sure. mr. comey: i think the request that we drop the investigation is potentially obstruction of owstice, but i don't he answer to the final questir , because unerican law, obstruction of justice requires a specific kind of intention, and i rn't know what the ot evidence is that would reflect soe president's state of mind. jane: the memos laimed he the president suggested arresting reporters nd stop leaks,e denied allegations he spent time in a moscow hotel room with prostitutes. in a tweet, the president said the memos prove there was no collusion or obstructi the public feud intensified this week as mr. comey sat for
several interviews to promote his memoir, and while he revealed little new information, his comments underscored some of the reasons a special counsel was appointed to investigate russian interference in the presidential election. bbrief time ago i was joined alexis simendinger, national correspondent for "t hill." have been waiting for these memos for a very long time now. what more do they tell us? alexis: you were saying we were waiting for them, and in some ways we have been hearing a lote about them andlike we know or are familiar with them because "the new york times" was the first to report on one of the memos, james comey put this in his he has been in wall-to-wall interviews. we heard him describin. but if you think about the chance to read the 15 pages and igok for what the evidence be for any kind of legal charge and talking about that, there is not much more than what we have already heard about whether there is evidence.
what we heard speaking from the memos is that he has been very consistent in his version of what occurred, and that has been very interesting to see. politically, what is interesting about the memos is how thewo parties seized on them to find evidence inside to bolster theiw arguments. the president, president trump, said look, these memos suggest t did nothinre is no additional evidence, and republicans on capitol hill were eager to have them out, but bolsters say that this the case that we need to continue to investigation. jane: talkg about collusion, the democrats are suing the trump campaign and russia for doing exactly that in the presential election. is this a publicity stunt? alexis: in some ways, it is designed to ke our focus on what is going on, and in this particular case, the lawsuit is a surprise. this was not anticipated, and it is very sweeping.
so we will see if it is pursuedn he court of public opinion, there will be an opportunity fop the inants to describe what happened with russiati infilt of the election. and what wikileaks' w responsibili in their own mind. and actually maybe try to seek depositions from individuals who are part of the mueller probe beenay have already finished cooperating. in some ways i look this as the potential to another part of the judicial branch involved in this so that if the president were to firer try to halt what is happening with the special counsel, there are other venues in the judicial system in which investigations or deposi fact-gathering takes place. jane: but alexis, there are so many investigation probes, lawsuits going on in washington at the moment. doesn't this run the risk of interfering with the mueller probe?is
al well, in this particular case we have seen mmvestigative tees on capitol hill, particularly on the senate side, work in tandem with the special counsel's investigation comman and try not to cross wires with n e special counsel. but we have also sat the michael cohen investigation in the southern district of new york is plowing through. there is always opportunity, but i think what is happening is going to go rther or prolong the situation the special counsel is involved in. jane: alexis simendinger, thank you very much for joining me. alexis: thank you. jane: wells fargo has been fined a record $1 billion by 2 u. regulators to settle a probe into abuses at its auto and mortgage businesses. the penalty is being seen as the most aggressive move by thep trministration so far to punish a major bank for illegal practices. a a brief ti i discussed itrr with business pondent kim gittleson.
thanks for joining me. take us through some of the lsarges. when exactly did wargo do to warrant such an enormous fine? kim: there are two main things and it focused on two very differenrsissues. the is mortgages. ralls fargo said they could lock in a great interes on your mortgage, but if you did not fill in the paperwork, you would thefined for delayin process. however, wells fargo made it almost impossible for some customers to not miss the window, and they nonetheleom fined the cus even though the bank was at fault.th is one thing it has been accused of doing. the second one seems to be bigger and more impactful, which is that it was charging peopler for surance that they essentially didn't need. nearly half a million people t were chargedusand dollars hemonth for this car insurance, and many people inens of thousands defaulted on their car loans and had their cars ltrepossessed, all as a ref insurance they didn't need. basically, the office of the
comptroller of the currency at and the consumer financial protection bureau said wells fargo knew this was happening for many years and did not have the right procedures in place to rectify the issue, and as such there should be a big financial penalty for the mismanagement. jane: are the victims going to see any of that money? kim: wells fargo has already y said te making progress in trying to rectify the issue. the chief executive said they are looking into what they can do as part of the settlement. they say that they have to figure out how much they will compensate people who were harmed by these procedures. wells fargo has already said it plans to pay something like $64 million to people who were impacted by it. but en you do the math, it comes out something like $140 per person, which is not exactly a ton of money if you have had ouyour car taken away from jane: very briefly, how are investors reacting to this? kim: this is the confusing thing for many people. investors are really happy. shares of wells fargo were up 2%. the whole reason is wells fargo had warn that this was coming for some time. investors hate uncertainty. ke knowing there
uld be a big financial hit to a company coming down fe road, so tt that they know it is a billion dollars, wells fargo says they have to restate their first-quarter earnings, taking an $800 million cut to the earnings, that cheered investors becaise they know whaoming down the line. jane: kim gittleson, thanks for joining me.iv overyears ago, young female student was brutally raped and kild in the indian capital, delhi. it prompted a national debate over sexual violence and attitudes towards women. how much has chaed? this week the indian prime minister described the incidents of rape has a matter of shame for his untry. rajini vaidyanathan has been to where british police are working with authorities to help vulnerable women. rajini: she was just 12 when she was raped, on three separate occasions by the same man. t for months she was too afraid to tell anyone.
>> whenever you speak the truth, nobody believes you. instead, they question your character. rajini: it was only after she fell pregnant with herba attacker' that she summoned the courage to speak up. what was the reaction from the community arnd it? >> when people found out, they told my brother to kill me, to set me on fire. rajini: it has been five years since the student was brutally gang red and murdered while she was traveling on this bus in the capital, delhi. it started a much-needed conversation about attitudes towards women in this patriarchal society. but in recent years, the number of reported rapes has risen. many argue that is because it is sier for women to come forward. "i have had enough," says this lady, lodging a complaint of v domestlence.
she is visiting this newly 'pened one-stop center. away from the t's police station, it offers women a safe place to get counseling, medical support, and talk to officers. it is modeled on a rape crisis center back in leicester. >> from wh i am seeing, it is fantastic. rajini: for the past few years, the partnership between the university and leicestershire police has helped train police officers. the focus is also on changing male attitudes. >> there is a lot of work with achangi challenging the minds of the officers have, saying that women can get compensation if they should if they say they were sexuallyth assaulted, o women in situations have asked to be raped. it is an institutional mindset enift that needs to happen. rajini: at a time omen around the world are speaking out about sexual violence, it is
important to know what happened in india five years on from the delhi rape. laws have changed, there is more support on offer, and more women have the confidence to speak out. this survivor is now 15 years old. she had her rapist's baby and gave it up for adoption. he was sent to prison after his case went through one of the country's newly created fast-track courts for crimes against women. but even with these changes, only one quarter of rape casesin en conviction. for every woman who does getin just india, there are too many who don't. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news. jane: some progress, but still an uphill battle to change attitudes oniolence against women in many places. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, he became one of the greats of the game, but after two decades as arsenalneoach, arsèenger is calling it
quits. explosives experts in berlin have successfully made safe a large unexploded bomb from the second world war in the center of the cit here is the moment when the sound of the destinationang out in the german capital -- the rang outthe detonation in the german capital. thousands of people were evacuated from an area setnning a diamer of roughly a mil, including government ministries, the main europe's biggest hospital. here is jenny hill. r four hours this morning, part of the berlin city center was completely sealed off . 10,000 people evacuated from their homes, hundreds of thousands of people unable to use the main railway station
here as the police had to evacuate among other buildings hospital as well as emrnssies and gont buildings. there was a great deal of disruption. that iall because builders found a second world war unexploded t bomb site just behind berlin's main railway station. for four hours, bomb disposal experts tried to defuse the bomb. we are told they used super high pressure water jets to slice through the 70-year-old metal casing. they have been able to make the device safe. it has been taken to another site for examination, where the explosives can be dealt wither most germanspretty sanguine about not only the disruption but the discovery of the devices. unexploded ordinance is found very frequentlin the country. it is estimated that one in every 10 allied bombs dropped in the country in the second world war failed to detonate, and they
are buried beneath towns, cities, and villages a turn up frequently come often found by farmers and builders and so on. what made this one particularly noteworthy is i proximity to e main railway. jane: in every sport there are managers or coaches who become synony built.h the teams they in the premier league for the last two dec has been the face of arsenal. but after taking the team to greahts in recent years, they struggled, and now wenger announced he is living at e end of the season -- leaving at the end of the season. reporter: he was the man who ,rought glory to the gunners transformed arsenal, revolutionized english football, established himself among the greats of the game. >> whout defeat, without
equal, the best team isenal. reporter: but in more recent years, arsène wenhas tasted a different side of the sport, intense criticism. 3 cu in 4 years have failed satisfy many arsenal supporters. 13 no longer keeping pace with the biggest rivals nor challenging for the biggest trophi. even yesterday, the frenchman was underlining his commitment to the team. >> my peonal situation is not so much my worry at the moment. you have to give me some credit. if you look back, you have to accept that my priority was always the interest of arsenal football. reporter: players and staff arrived at arsenal's training ground this morning unaware of what was about to unfold. the 68-year-old said the decision folcowed careful d ideration, and he was
grateful having the privilege to serve the club. it marks the end of anconic dsa that saw wenger introduced new training methond a thrilling style of plawith plenty to show for it -- three premier league titles and perhaphis greatest achievement, an entire league season unbten. >> dominating guy, mid-1990's, early 2000s, when he was running winning pretty much everything . wplayedonderful football. i admired his work always. errepothe subject of s wenger'ture has long divided arsenal fans, and yet today there were united. >> i think it is the right time. >> i am very sad that hes goin i wonder who we are going to get next. reporter: the speculation which has come to engulf this club and manager is finally put t rest. however, that only makes way for greater uncertainty at arsenal, that of life without wenger.
for more on arsène wenge 's resignation, i spoke a shout time ago t favorite soccer analyst, tommy smyth. thanks for joining me. how significant is his departure after all this tim tommy: when you spent 22 years with one soccer club, it is an believable amount of time. managers nowadays, some of them don't last 22 weeks. he won the premier league three l times, he qualified arsefor the champions league, the big prizin europe. the problem is, he didn't win. remember, 2003, 2004, they were never beaten. they were never beaten in 38 games.ne this man was of the best managers in the world. but you know the old saying, if you die young, you can go out being a hero, but if you linger
arnd too long, you become the villain, and that is what has happened to arsène wenger. jane: what was his secret in the early days? tommy: his secret in the early days, t jane, w fact that he changed football completely. he brought in a back fourwe who very strong, and he let everybody else on the field --sk he signed lful players, players with a lot of flair, ant he let them doir own thing. he had one who could score goals from nothing. they were just 2 of the big signings he had. he put together a veryal and entertaining side. arngnal used to be called bo arsenal, but they weren't boring after wenger came in. he changed the concept completely. jane: did he also change the way that playersere trained? tommy: he did. nobody really knowhow he trained them. there has been a lot of things said about his traininwhmethods and her they were right or wrong.
at the end of the day, my mother always said the proof of the tipudding is in the eang, and the proof of soccer is when you win it, an knew how to win. he's certainly nte how to get ams right. but five years ago, jane, on espn, i suggested that wenger should leave or at least go upstairs, go somewhere, because i silt that the game was pas him by. you should see the things that were wtten about me on twitter. it was unbelievable. even my own mother -- they were after my mother as well as me because i suggested that wenger should go. arsenal fans we very loyal to m, but that has changed around because i imagine if wenger had gone five years ago and arsenal had brought in a new manager, they would have wotwo championships since then. it is a sad day for arsenal. i never like to see a ma lose his job. but after 22 years in that j, it is time arsène wenger went. i really time. it is after time. he should be gone. jane: well, he is going, andrd ress of the last five
years or so, what do you think is longer legacy will be? tommy: his legacy is he was on -- his legacy will be that he was a fantastic manager and they were one of the best-run football clubs in the world. even w desk for the kitchen, arsène wenger would have a say -- i like that design, i don't like that design. he put together everything that happened with arsenal. that was one of the problems -- he could not release all the responsibility. he wanted to do it himself. now they have started bringing in people under him, people he didn't really have any say in the signing, taking somebody who was going to be in control of the players. i guess he saw the writing on, the wad the writing on the wall was please leave before we have to throw you out, because there were rplanes that went around the stadium last year asking him to resign or get out.
he will go down as one of the best managers to ever manage the game. jane: tommy, always good to see you. thanks very much for joining me. tommy: thank you, jane. jane:et ok, 's stick with our sports theme. earlier this week we told you about the bost marathon, where competitors face driving wind and rain.ma ny compared it to running and washing machine. that won't be a problem in london this weekend, where sotemperatures haved. among those taking part is britain's most successful athlete.as joe wilsonore on the buildup to this weekend's run. joe: this is t same man. what is different is the distance and the scenery. moving to the marathon at 126 miles, 35 years old, he warns us to be realistic. >> the best runners do turn up here. sunday's race will be a
diicult one. i am ranked number 27, so we will see. joe: but knowing you, you will not go on this marathon journey without thinking it will end in glory. it has to end in tokyo with the gold medal. mo: it is possible.i nt to run as many marathons as i can and run decent time. joe: he will not be bothered by london heat, hing prepared in ethiopia. he ended his association with a controversial figure and is now coacheby gary locke, husband and former coach of paula radcliffe, who sees his prospects this way. >> it is a big ask for someone who is world-class, best in the world at 5000 and 10,000 meters. to dominate at the marathon, th is not going to happen, but he can be competitive. joe: for the masses, the heat will be a challenge. this year think carefully before ncy dress, organizers advise.
the marathon will always push runners to the lim, that is the point. --ember this from last year helped to the finishing line, two strangers united. they are back this year, urgingo competitore sensible. >> got to pay attention to the weather. year's want to be enjoyed. >> we will run our own race and see each other at the end. he is a great runner and even more inspired these days to get out. don't cross paths with me. joe: there we are. this man has perfected winning, yes, but the fishing line is a marathon away. joe wilson, bbc news. .ane: i feel quite inspired i will go for a run over the aweekend ittle one, though. you can find all the day's news on our
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captioning sponsor p by newsductions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: mpe democratic party sues russia, the trump gn, and wikileaks for meddling in the 2016lection. plus, we see james comey's memos on meeting with the president. then, i sit down with the u.n. high commissioner for human rights, zeid ra'ad al hussein, to talk about the ongoings confli syria and yemen. and, it's friday. mark shields and reihan salam are here to talk about the comey memos and what the passing of barbara bush may teach us about politics today. then, a poet's best friend. author stephen kuusisto writes about his relationship with hisr guide dog, a a condition left him legally blind.