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♪ [applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. president trump's former campaign manager paul manafort is soon to be sentenced for bank as part of the mueller probe. the hoe of representatives is about to vote on the resolution condemning anti-semitism and all forms of hate after a new democratic member causes controversy with her comments. d'plus, green's ice is melting due to unusual winter rain. the impact could be felt far and wide.
laura: welcome to "world news america." a judge in virginia is about to sentence president trump's former campaign manager paul manafort to a significant amount of time in prison. the il term comes after he w found guiltyn 8 counts of tax and bank fraud last year. it is the first major conviction resulting from the mueller probe looking into links between the trump campaign and russia during lection, presidential though manafort's crimes are unrelated to collusion. the bbc's gary o'donoue is at the courthouse in virginia and joins us now. gary, how significant is this moment? the sentencing of the president's former campaign manager. gary: of urse this is the only caseas that has gone to tria result of the special counsel's investigation, and we will hear shortly what sentence paul manafortil will get.
hebe sentenced again next week in the district of columbia on related charges. but the key thing here is what did the special counsel learned from paul manafort as a result of the plea deal he did to avoid the second trial. for 50down with him hours. we know from documents that there s talk of rolling motions by paul manafort. we know that the plea deal broke down in the t end becau special counsel said that paul manafort had been lying to him out issues around that. todaydents will ppen to -- the sentence live in today t and we will get one nek and we won't wait to see if -- we will wait to see if the presidt will pardon paul manafort, because up hall now he hapretty warm words for his former campaign chairman. laura: just how long could paul manafort go to ja for?
today is a range of9 something from 24 years, but the judge is keen to point out that sentencing guidelines are just that, advisory. nohe doehave to stick to them or take account of them. for the case next week, he could get 10 years, the charges he played guilty to. it would depend on whether or not the sentences are served concurrently or consecutively. paul manafort is 70 years old whatever h. a good portion of the rest of his life if not all of the rest of his life in prison. laura: gary o'donoghue, thank you. for more we are joined by a former federal prosecutor. paul manafort is the first big fish to be caught by the special counsel of his crimes are not d rela the russia probe. >>h's right, but this makes
it real. paul manafort has been household name for at least a year now and we have seen his travails and trial and posttrial and cooperation an breakdown of corporation. , quantify howdify much time he is going to spend in jail as a result of the crime. the question is whatpo gary ted out. he is going to jail for bank fraud, tax fraud, not registered. but what does he know about the bigger picture of collusion? that is the reason why he was discovered. ultimately we d't really know what significance dit for full whthe special counsel continue to prosecute him rather than refer him to another component of the justice department? i'm not sure we will lea anything more about today's hearing but that is the question. laura: we know from the unrelated court filing that the special counsel's office made almost by mistake that manafort shirt pulling data with some linkage russian intelligence.
iseph: that alleged sharing within individual links to russian intelligence and the military. that is probably the most significant link we have seen to date between the trump campaign and the russian government. thhe is at the heart of what special counsel is looking for. e fact that the potential link exists is significant. what does it mean for the overall big picture? laura: could the president really pardon him, given the severity of these crimes, which go to the heart of the criminal justice system? :jose could he legally? sure. could beic polly? much more difficult question. the reason the president would have against pardoning these individuals is the reason he cannot shut down the mueller investigation to begin with. could he do it as head of the executive branch? su. with the blowback be tremendous including possible impeachment?
absolutely. his hands are tied politically. laura: is it still possible that manafort could return cooperating with the government in an attempt to serve less time? joseph: anything is possible, yes. you can get a post sentencing reduction in virginia f the district columbia. the problem is he has sullied his name dbt where it would be difficult for the special counsel to come back to the table with paul manafort because he has this on and off cooperation situation. nothing is ever impossible. everyone is redeemable in my book. but at the end of the day paul manafort has a tough pill to climb in terms of rebuilding cribility with prosecutors? laura: thank you for joining us. joseph: sure, laura, good to be here. laura: canada's prime minister has defended his handling of a corruption scandal that led to the resignation of two misters.
has the damage to the prime minister's image? the bbc's nada tawfik reports from ottawa. wda: he is the golden boy of progressive politi outshines other leaders on the international stage. justin trudeau came into power promising to be differt -- honest, transparent, and inclusiv but now he is facing allegations that his office improperly pressure the former attorney general to shield an engineering firm from a corruption trial. in a press conference meant tot e controversy to rest, trudeau defended his government's actions but m admitttakes. prime min. trudeau: over the past months there was an erosion er trust between my office and specifically my forincipal secretary and the former minister of justice and attorney general. i was not aware of that erosion of trust. as pme minister and leader the federal ministry, i should have been. nada: former attorney general jody wilson-raybould
contradicted the prime minister's accot and accused his office of demoting her in retaliation for her refusal on a deal that would have keptsn d:valin out-of-court. ms. wilson-raybo experienced a consistent and sustained effort by people in government to interfere the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. nada: justin trudeau won praise for his commitment to women and minorities and toute symbolic appointment of jody wilson-raybould, a prominent indigenous woman. but this scandal pitted him against her and it is not a good look for t prime minister even as he tries to assert he did nothing wrong with the general election looming in october, trudeau is on thin ice with canadians. >> he should offer some kind of apology. p>> he isitician. he is doing the work of e liticking. >>should resign and call an election.
nada: justin trud's star power was cemented when he took on president trump, china, and saudi arabia. the controversy at home could s,move him from the world stage. nada tawfik, bbc nttawa. laura: british foreign secretary jeremy hunt has decided to grant protection to the british national detained in iran. it does not mean that authorities have to approve the but it markseated an escalation in the british campaign to secure her lease. the house of representatinds has passedesolution by an overwhelming margin condemning anti-semitism and bigotry. this comes after democratic representative ilhan omar implied that backers of israel carry dual loyalty. my colleagues on "beyondto00 days" spokakeem jeffries and asked if his party should take tougher action against the
freshman congresswoman. rep. jeffries: the leadership has been clear as we did with our letter ofebruary 11, that we condemn anti-semitism in any form, and we will noallow anyone to traffic in it either under e capitol dome or throughout the united states of america. these are volatile times, and in the united states we have seen over the last two years a rise in anti-semitic incints, a rise in hate crimes, a rise in racism, a rise in white supremacy. and we have a responsibility to confront it. christian: you are not condemning her by name. in january, republicans referren to stevein a resolution saotng white nationalism is ok. why are you skirting around the issue and not naming her in the resolution you are voting on? sprep. jeffries: i can onlk
to the february 11 letter i was party to. i have not seen the terms or the language of the resolution yet. in that letter we condemned in forceful and unequivocal language ilhan omar for trafficking in an anti-semitic trope. that is our position. christian: one of the criticisms from labour mp's in this country is that there has been a long pattern of dial, obfuscation, inaction from the leader's office. are you aware withinarhe democratic that if you don't jump on this, it has the potential to split the party and force away those jew democratic voters? trep. jeffries: i represe ninth most african-american district in the country and the 14th most jewish. in many ways i have the best of bothorlds, my constituents and friends tell me at home, and i i embrace the gorgeous mosaic of the district i serve and i embrace the gorgeous mosaic of the house democratic caucus.
that is what i think it is important to forcefully and decisively condemn anti-semitism. in the original steve king resolution, as i understand it, we condemned white supremacy and racism as a form of that as well as anti-semitism, and then of course most recently there was a motion to recommit that wasun adopteimously in the house of representatives specifically on the question of anti-semitism, a reference to febrry 11 letter, where the leaders decisively issued as it relates to statements made by representative omar, and we will proceed later on today. laura: hakeem jeffries. member of congress on that resolution which did overwhelmingly passed the house of representatives. the frencht jihadhdi nemmouche has been found guilty of killing four people in the jewis museum in brussels.
one oehop of leon,f most senior figures in the roman catholic church and friends, has been given a six-month suspended sentence for failing to report child abuse. the cardinals he will go to rome to offer pope francis his resignation. presidt trump's foawer personal lyer tackle cohen has -- michael cohen has started legal proceedings in new york against the trump administration. mr. cohen accuses the group of failing to reimburseim for $4 million in legal fees while he worked for the trump organization. you are watching "bbc world news america." l st come on tonight's hprogram,e in fighting the ebola virus. -- for people in the democratic republic of congo, new drugs antments could provide a lifeline.mo
only 1hs old when her parents tried to kill themselves and take her with them, she survived a bomb explos an but was le orphan and lost both of her legs below the knee. she was adopted from a family in a small american town, and they encouraged her to take up swimming. now she is up for the paralympics in which take place in020. >> i was the miracle child. ivi su something so traumatic that i was not supposed to live. i lost my legs when i was 14 months old, and the story that i know is that my parents had me,a -- my parents an affair and had me, and my biological dad couldn't be with my biological mother so they decided to commit family suicide.
they strapped bombs onto themselves and held me, and then the bomb was around my legs, and they blew me out. i definitely see that circumstance -- a real reason why you should not be moping around your whole life. was 20dopted when i month' old, so i don't remember a lot about living in vietnam. devery adopted kid hasay that represents when your family chose you into your family. over the summer, and i got to swim usa paralympic sailing, and i got to wear usa across my cap. i took a picture of it and i'm like, it's real, it's real. i hope for my swimming career i go to the 2020 paralympics. being inokyo for the usa would be the peak of my life, honestly.
laura:ng returo our top story, the sentencing president trump's former campaign manager paul manafort. he was found guilty last yeargef a chof tax and bank fraud and awaits his sentence wa' a firm or i'joined by ron christie, former adviser. to georgesh. it is not great for the president, the sentencingfo of s er campaign manager, even if it has nothing to do with collusion with russia. ron: no, because we are talking about it tonight, leading the headlines in the united states and around the world. it brings up the question of who donald trump assocthtes himself one of those associates is asout to go to pfor a long time. laura: is it possible that the president would pardon paul manafort? ron: no. this is something legally he
could do but politically would be suicide. presidentwe saw hardg was gerald ford anpardoning nixohe was defeated at the ballot box. laura: the fact that these people in his inner circle like pauld. manafort are being tr ron: he is being tried in the court of public opinion,ee and havingto the white house several times, most members of lle staff had all the cable networks on their what are they looking at? manafort, trump, collusion. where is the president's message getting out? laura: is there a danger for the president as we apprhe 2020 election campaign that he begins to be associated with a culture of criminality when people close to him had been sentenced to jail for crimes? ron: the whole investigation initiated with russian collusion, d but now tocrats
he is going to run against are able to say there is a pattern of conduct, those who are close tohe president, those who associated with the president are onl. trial or going to j laura: the president has complained repeatedly of presidential harassment. how much is it getting to him? ron: it haso. it would get to me,yot would get if the people you have been around for years are under a microscope by investigators and prosecutors are trying to get to the president. he migh russia collusion and he might believe that to be true, but the presents associates are in serious and significant legal jeopardy. laura: hanging over all of this is the special counsel investigation into whether there were links between the trump campaign and rsia, which we were told is coming to a close. but that is the bigger picturet. for the presid ron: it is. we are on mueller watched him and many democrats in toc. are waitinee what the substance of the report is. when the special
that come under the media circus will ensue and the president will not have a chance to get his message through. laur so far the president has been successful keeping supporters on his side, has anti-, by convincing thehuit is a witc. ron: fake news, witchhunt, all trumped up, no pun intended. he has used social media to communicate with his supporters and not ve them as into traditional news outlets. but how did he win? he won with independents in the what are they thinking about the ls and tribulations of t last two years? laura: ron christie, thank you fojoining us. ron: good to see you. laura: doctors in the democratiu ic of congo are racing to contain the outbreak of ebola out experimental drugs in the battle. the new medicines have not been approved by regulators but they are being used to save lives. in the last of her sof reports, the bbc's senior africa
correspondent anne soy looks at urprovements in the care of ebola patients dg this outbreak. anne: a source of so much pride foethis doctor and a milest in the fight against ebola. until now, the survival rate of expectant thers infected with ebola and their babies had been almost zero. this is the baby, just a few days old, and her mother. this is arguably a miracle baby. that is because she can't- caught ebola when she was pregnant and she was into isolation so she could have the baby there because nobody would ouve been sure if the baby have contracted ebola. a two days later, the baby was tested and is ebola-free. hello, baby. a reflection of how the level of care has improved since when the doctor first treated ebola
patients. >> ebola treatmententers are becoming modern and we are use this too. they are transparent and that allows us to combat rumors going around the community. in terms of medical care, they help in case of emergencies.an : ebola is obviously a disease,ous infectious and it is essential to isolate cases li this is the new way of doing that isolation, making sure there is no contact between her and people who have never been infected. now people can safely visit and talk to patients. this patient tells me she just ed a good report from th doctor. she says she will soon be diharged to go home and sh is happy about that.
the survivors dompsome of the le but risky jobs here. they are helping to make life easier for bot patients and the medics. the health workers also have some protection. they are among more than 80,000 people who have been vaccinated. >> i think the vaccination has made a huge difference.di if w't have the vaccine, this time they would be talking about more than 20,000 cases. anne: the vaccine is still part of an ongoing clinical trial of 4 new drugs being used to treat patients for the first ever. survival rates for patients who get to the treatment centers early are improving. while its not clear if that is the result of new drugs or improved care, there will no doubt be more ways to save lives during future outbreaks of ebola. anne soy, bbc news.
laura: new techniques and new hope in the fight against ebola. a new study finds that rainy weather is becoming more common in greenland. isa result, the icehe melting, and scientists are surprised to find rain falling in the winter. david shukman looks at what the long-term impact of climate change could be. david: a bright stream of melt water heading for the coast. the more the ice melts, the more the level of the sea rises around the world. scientists had focused on summer sunshine as the big cause of melting, but they rw realize mon is falling and damaging the ice. these pictures were taken while rain was falli one summer. it melts the ice, or weakens it. a big surprise is that this can
even happen in the coldest months. >> it is happening even in winter, and that is frightening to see. david: when ice melts in summerd it is balay more snow falling in winter. but recently greenland has been losing more ice than it is gaining, and more rain could make this worse. >> after five days of clear sky conditions, we have this rain. david: this scientist, shelterei from rain on t sheet, and he says that global warming will bring more of it. >> there is a simple thrhold, the melting point. when the temperature goes above that you get rain instead of snow. and so in a warming climate, it is not rocket science that we will have more rain at the expense of snow. david: two years ago i saw how the ice of greenland was melting, with the potential to flood cities on coastlines everywhere. so understanding the risk is vital. david shukman, bbc news. laura: the impact of our changing climate. momember, you can find muc on all the day's news on our
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> nawaz: good evening. i'm amna nawaz. judy woodruff is away. the newshour tonight: the u.s. house votes on a resolution condemning hate. the democratic-backed move is seen as a rebuke ofre cowoman ilhan omar, accused by some of makingic anti-sememarks. then, two years into president oaump's "america first" ap to foreign trade, the u.s. hits the highest trade defi the nation's history. plus, there's been peace at the boer between the republic ireland and northern ireland since the 1998 good friday deagreement, but the brexite now threatens that stability. >> nobody envisaged, when the '98 agreement was put in place, that there would be a situation in which britain would be outside the e.u. and ireland would be in the e.u.