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dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. a >>nd now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. errors of judgment but not political bias. the justice departmeort on how james comey's fbi handled the clinton probe ahead of the 20 election. new yo s's attorney generals the trumfoundation, claiming it has been used as donald trump's checkbook for years. the president says he won't settle the cas plus, what you didn't know about the titanic. our cold war mr. -- howe a cold war mystery is shedding light on the world's most famous ship.
welcome to our viewers on public television in the u.s. and also around the globe. we have been following two major political stories in the u.s. today. fit, insubordination, but political bias. that is the finding of the justice department watchdog on the actions of fbi director james comey in the lead up to the 2016 election. fe report rebukes mr. com breaking dramatically with agency norms. secondly, the new york attorney general is suing president trump and three of his children, saying they used the charitable undation as a personal checkbook. from new york, nick bryant reports. believesillary c the fbi's handling of the e-mail investigation cost for the presidency. donald trump believe the fbi failed to prosecute her because it was politically biased against him. james comey, fired
by trump, castigated by clinton, was out to get them. the justice department report said he made a serious error of judgment by making public things about the clinton investigation, but found no evidence he set to influence the election. "we did not find thas these decisire the result of lyrical bias on co -- political as on comey's part," the rert reads, but said that he departed dramatically from lspartment norms. hangedexts e between agents already accused bias, -bility pro-hillary bias, speaking of stopping trump from beg president. some centers: it revealed --sarah sanders: it reveals the bias among members of the fbi. y and that's an
investigation into hillary clinton's use of ate e-mail server during her years as secretary of state. ms. clinton: i made a mistake using private e-mail. nick: for donald trump, it was the gift that kept on giving. president trump: let's knock out crooked hillary. nick: just weeks before polling day, comey controversially reopened the investigation -- more e-mails had been uncovered. prettynton: it is strange to put something like that out with such little atinfon right before an election. two: in a final twist, days before pulling, comey commended that no charges should be brought. democrats claim that the damage had been done, and comey's helped when donald trump the white house. whotorchumer: it is trump
benefited from all of these mystics counselor heartily reflects d him.ate bias against nick: the trump administration is being sued by the new york. attorney gener he slammed the legal actyn as politica motivated and ridiculous. laura: nick joins us from new york now. what are the political implications going toon bhis highly anticipated report into jame' comey'actions ahead of the election? i think there's something in the for everybody in the 500-page report. the democrats a seizing upon the ctfinding that james comey in talking about the investigation into hilry clinton without bringing charges. biat is highly unusual. usually from the f you put up or you shut up. press conferences to explain why you are not prosecuting something.
while that would fuel the narrative put forcefully by hillary clton in her book that it cost for the election by reopening the investigation in the fil stages of the campaign in a way that depressed her turnout and inflated donald trump's. for donald trump there is something in it as well, the text exchange between two fbi agents talking of stopping trump why is that so significant? briefly those fbi agents were assigned to the russia investigation. donald trump will use that to attack the fbi's bias and perhaps more significantly, attacked the special counsel robert mueller. nick, how about tin lawsuit regathe trump foundation? will that's he is politically motivate the new york attorney general or will that be damaging to the president? nick: that is what donald trump has been claiming, that this is
a democratic lawsuit from a democratic state that has been out to get him. today, laura,day not the way he wouldeant to celebr his 72nd birthday. albut the attorney genarbara underwood has been saying that they have got the evidence to pport this civil lawsuit. it is not a criminal investigation, it is a civil lawsuit. they're looking for millions of dollars of restitution. a problem with the civil law e,races, they can go anywhs was shown in the paula jones case during the clinton administration. people have to testify under of, and that can create problems if your stories don't match. laura:ust briefly, the president says he won't settle, but he said that before, hasn't he? nick: he said he wouldn't settle the trump university suit, and that oned in the paula jones case, they told bill clinton settlebt, , you don't want this to go on. i suspect that that may be the
advice for donald trump as well. he is saying, "i won't settle this case." laura: nick bryant, thank you. that is the big new in the u.s., but it has only been a few days since the singathre summit, anu.s. secretary of state is still on the road. mike pompeo met with the chinese president and other top leaders in beijing on wednesday explaining what came out of the summit and what the path ahead will be. he said again that sanctions will stay in place and completon denuclearizaemains the goal. secretary pompeo: japan, the republic of korea, and china have acknowledged that we have turned the corneand begun the process away from the threat of war and towards peace on the peninsula. each of those three countrie too, has acknowledged the importance of the work thatpr ident trump has undertaken and the commitment that chairma kim de towards that very end to achieve the denuclearization. laura: mike pompeo there.
a sht time ago my colleague rajini vaidyanhan spoke to the u.s. ambassador to china during the obama administration for the bbc program "bond 100 days." rajini: been quite a week when it comes to global relations. now weee secretary of state mike pompeo who has beenn china. earlier this week military exercises -- it was announced they would be has hinted he would withdraw troops from the peninsula. how much is this a boost for china more than anyone else? >> china obviously is very pleased that the president of the united states and the leadeh of norea had direct talks.at that is hey had been pushing for all along in . previous administrations said that they would not sit down with the north koreans until the north koreans had already , smantled the nuclear program. that was not workid so the president took this chance of a direct meeting.
i think it is in fact moving us awayrom the bombastic rhetor of war which could have led to miscalculation and an unfortunate military response by one side or the other, which would have had devastating effects for the people of the korean peninsula. i'm sure that china is pleased that the tensions have been lowered. but china will have to play a critical role in any gra ultimate bargain for agreement. they will be involved and called upon to provide economic as well as security guarantees and measures to protect north korea. rajini: ambassador, what aboutpl otheers in the region, namely south korea and japan? some people saying they were perhaps sidelined a little bit earlier this week. mr. locke: well, obviously, the news by the president and his s.agreement to cancel the participation in the joint south
korean military exercises caught everyone off guard, including his own military people, people back in shington, d.c. that is why it is important as the negotiations move forward that it be donunder one voice with one person -- hopefully secretary of state pompeo -- but that all of the alliesre consulted -- japan, south korea, but ultimately any grand bargain is also going to have to involve russia and china, because they will be called upon to provide rity guarantees for nort korea. north korea is not going to send -- not simply going to rely on the assurances on the souther korean gent or the united states. they are going to want atotectors. it is important hese other countries be briefed and all be coordinated and be part of the final negotiations. >> so it could be a long path. if this denuclearization comes up again in the past couple days, could the united states
have any idea of the scale of the nuclear program in north korea? the secretary of state was saying they have a reanable you, but how would understand this? >> obviously, the negotiations and the ultimate agreement have to call for on the ground inspectors, not just from the international community, but u.s. experts.ha we wil our intelligence agents scouring the country andr talking to oeople to figure out the extent of the nuclear program that they have in north korea. it is going to have to go beyond t st stopping the developm the nuclear weapon, but really standing down the development of ballisc missiles that would have the capability of delivering whatever nuclear materials they have, whether it is in guam, the south pacific, or obviously the continental united states. rajini: ambassador, thanks for joining us.
laura: rajini vaidyanathan there. in other news from around the world, lawmakers in argentina have brought the country closer to legalizing abortion during the first 15 weeks of enmity. thousands of abortion rights as adequateeers guess, but the bill must be approved by the senaore it can become law. british aid agency oxfam has been permanently banned from operating in haiti after staff working on the were accused of sexual misnduct. said th tvernment oxfam violat country's laws and human dignity. the agency has apologized, ying the behavior of his former staff members was completely unacceptable. in india, residents of the capital, delhi, are battling high pollution eight to nine times higher than normal and extreme temperatures due to an unusual dust haze covering the entire city. the state government has banned
all construction and also deployed fire grates to speckle water across the cityal to with this extreme haze. it has been one year since the deadly fire at grenfell tower in london killed 72 people.es today commemoris have taken place in the u.k.re to mber the victims of that night. a series of vigils and a silent procession were held in londonn, and a of silence was observed at midday all across the country. the world cup has begio, and host n russia has already put its mark on the tournamenar beating saudia 5-0. fans cannot wait to watch the messis and ronaldos take the pitch. but this tournament is largely about one man, vladimir putin. sararainsford has this repor sarah: this world cup has started how russia wanted,
taking the leain a saudi arabia in the opening game of the tournament. it is ast positivt for russia for what they hope will be arl positive cup. of course, when russia won the right to hold the world cup in 2010, relations in the world were in a very different state, much better state. since then, there is a whole string of grievances that many countries in the west have against russia.us they include aions of meddling in elections come accusations between the poisoning of the skripals in salisbury, the war i ukraine, the annexation of crimea. the list is extremely long. vladimir putin, seen in the stadium behind me today, is hoping that politics can be put out of the equation for the dution of the tournament. he wants the tournament to showcase his country. e there cities involved in the world cup.er is an awful lot of new
infrastructure. there is a huge crowd of people right around the world to bef pathe party. that is what on.ssia is focusing they are talking about a fiesta of football. they are talking about the great hospality here. i have seen lot of that the past couple of days. many fans say they are pleasantly surprised by what theyave found here. in a way, it is an act of defiance by russia. it is also about showing another face of the country, friendlier face to the rest of the world. laura: sarah rainsford reporting. soccer's governing body hopes that this year's tournament will improve its image after years of corruption. in his new book, "red card: how the u.s. blew the whistle on the world's biggest sports scandal," ken bensinger explains how the illegal dealings came to light he joined me on the show earlier. just remind us of what was the
scale and the depth of the corruption uncovered at fifa. ken: there is aware that one of the prosecutors used, it isve endemic at level of the sport, from the highest high in a zürich, where fifa is headquartered, all the way down to the small soccer association, there was the same repeated kinds of corruption, on every level. laura: how did the fbi get involved? fifa inot exactly based in the united states. ken: that's right. it is a circuitous story, but the fbi got involved based on a tip from none other than o in 2010er steele, told an fbi agent in london that there was something afoot with russia's bid for the world cup, and fifa in general was of further study. the agent went back to new ykd t with a prosecutor and they decided to open the case,
and they began the secret investigation in the summer ofe 2010 as ney laundering and international fraud investigation. laura: were any russians convicted as part of the case? >> no, the curious thing about the case is that 45 to 48 people were charged in the case and two dozen were convicted, but no russians anywhere on the list. one of the question marks on the case is why no russians re, since the case was brought by the organized russian crime squad of the fbi and was originally an investigation of russia. laura: has global soccer cleaned up its act at all since this was revealed? ken: there's no question that it has cleaned up the act to some degree, but it has a long way to go. as i mentioned earlier, a verybl tr organization in terms of these issues, and it is unrealistic to f expected in a few years time it can be all
cleaned up. i think it is on the road, but there was plenty of gsance that thould go wrong again. my feeling is that there are positive signs of better governance but it will be a long way because we have a culture that for the last 40years has been oriented towards inviduals making the most money they can from the sport to the detriment of people who love the game. laura: this was seen as an incredibly aggressive investigation by the fbi. ken: it was an aggressive investigation the fbi, irs, and the department of justice. n thisorked together case. it was aggressive, it was creative. they came up with ways to get jurisdiction, with fifa being in switzerland. f thured out ways to connect the officials in the sport to the u.s., largely through the banking system. what they discovered bribes being paid were going through american banks one way or another that gave them jurisdiction, and ly.s.,ot people within the particuln miami, doing criminal acts. laura: that was ken bsinger.
you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, what you didn't know about the titanic how a cold war era search led to the discovery of the famous ship. the antarctic ice sheet has lost about 3 trillion tons of ice since 1992. this according to the most complete s satellidy of the continent ever undertaken. an international team of pol scientis say antarctic ice losses have increased bobal sea levealmost eight millimeters and's 1992. upthe melting is speedin victoria gl takes a look at the findings. clo is this a pristine frozen wilderness. viewed from space, antarctica is changing rapidly. 24s study combines independent satellite observations into the most
complete picture ever generated of the vast ice sheet. loss at thehat ice bottom of our planet is speeding up over time. the continent sheds almost 200 billion tons of ice per year. >> wheezed to think that these polar ice sheets were ring giants that were not responsive to climate change can but that is not the case. the ice loss we have today is because the ice sheet is helping. the concern is how much rise the ice sheet might contribute in the future. victoria: globally, sea levels are rising three millimeters per year, and this estimate that as ch as 1.6 millimeters comes from antarctic ice loss. it is a result that could shift the forecast of how our planet could respond to climate change. at the moment we have projections going to 2100, which is on a lifetime of whawe can visit. the sealevel rise is 50, 60 centimeters probably.
that is not only going timpact people who live close to the coast from the one we have storms, major storm surges and flooding events, it will be exacerbated becaus rof the sealeve. satellite bases continue to be a critical part of monitoring antarctica as the changes in this wilderness continued to flow to the rest of the world. victoria gill, bbc news. laura: a new exhibit in washington looks at thesi top-secret m that led to the discovery of the titanic. war, and ocean exposure robert ballard was tasked wh finding two u.s. ansubmarines that had sunk was told that if he finished in time, he could go looking for the titathc. here'story. >> it is amazing how the titanic touches a button in everybody.
"titanic: the untold story" -- it's really taking the wraps off of what was at the time a top-secret mission i was conducting as a naval intelligence officer. most of the cold war was fought underwater, and most of it was neveran known to the amer people. it was really president reagan who won the cold war by pushing the soviets to the limit. they wanted me to conduct ad highly classifssion to go out to tw submarines, the only ones we lost during the cold r. one was lost off the ports of -- portsmouth, maine, and the other was lost south of the azores. conveniently between the two was the wreckage othe titanic. i only had 12 days lt in our mission when we arrived on the scene of the titanic. this was my first view of the
titanic, from that. initially where we were seeing was the keel of the titanic. then as we went up, portholes, and the lights were bouncing up. it was like the eyes of the ship looking at u i was waiting to see a face in the poroles. >> we are in the section of the exhibition that talks about the m lives of the survivors fe tragedy. and om personalities of peop who you may have heard of and you may not have heard of. this is one of only seven titanic deck cirs that survives, and dozens of them were thrown overboard to help fter thein the water titanic tragedy. the crew threw them over because they p thought tple would have something to hold onto that fmight prevent thm drowning. the sad reality is that most of them died of hypothermia, not of drowning after all.
the leader of the eight-person band on the titanic, he kept the musicians with him and continued to play songs as the tragedy was unfolding. at first they started with upbeat songs, and as the night went on, the songs got more and more somber, until they played "nearer god to thee." >> the captainaid stand at your stationbe british, and they all passed away. you had women and chilen first, all of these dramatic acts that played out by all of the people that were aboard. i take its straight out ofra cecasting, straight out of hollywood. laura: searching for the titanic. a reminder of our top story -- formerirector of the fbi james comey has been described as insubordate when not biased in his handling of the probe into
hillary clinton e-mails head io the 2016 ele current fbi director christopher wray has briefed reporters tonight, saying he accepts the findings. he went on to say he would hold employees accountable for any misconduct. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for watching. >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work arod your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way to the news of the day and stay up-to-da with the latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible byth freeman foundation, kovler foundation, pursuingon solufor america's neglected needs, and purepoint financial. >> how do we shape our tomorrow? it starts with a vision. we see its idealorm in our mind, and then we begin to chisel. wettrip away everything tha stands in the way to reveal new poibilities. at purepoint financial, we have
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