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[appuslae] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washing am laura trevelyan.pr ident trump's former campaign manager paul mafort is soonnc to be sen for bank as part of the mueller probe. the house of representatives is about to vote on the resolution condemning anti-semitism and all forms of hate after a new democratic member ntuses versy with her comments. plus, greenland's ice is meltinu due to u winter rain. the impact could be felt far and wide.
laura: welcome to "world news america." an judgerginia is about to sentence president trump's former campaign manager paul manafort to a significant amount of time in prison. the jail term comes after he was found guilty on 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 durinh 2016 presidential election, though manafort's crimes are unrelated to collusion. the bbc's gary o'donoghue is at the courthouse in virginia and joins us now. gary, how significant is this moment? the sentencing of the president'smaormer campaign ger. gary: of course this is the only case that has gone to trial as a result of the special counl's investigation, and we will heare shortly what se paul manafort will get. he will be 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 rehelt of the plea deal id to avoid the second trial. for 50down with him hours. we know from documents that there was talk of rolling motions by paul manafo we know that the plea deal broke down in the end because the special counsel saidfo that paul ma had been lying to him about issues around that. todaydents will happen to -- the sentence ve in today and we will get one next week and we won't wait to see if -- we will wait to see if the president will pardon paul manafort, because up till now he has had pretty warm words for hisormer campaign chairman. laura: just how long could paul manafort go to jail for?
ay is a range of something from 19 to 24 years, but the judge is keenin to out that sentencing guidelines are just that, advisory. he does not have to stick to them or take account of them. for the case next week, he could t 10 years, the charges he played guilty to. it wouldepend on whether or not the sentences are served concurrently or consecutively. paul manafort is 7years old next month. whatever happens, he could spend 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 fo paul manafort is the first big fish to be caught by the special counsel of his crimes are not related to the russia probe. >> that's right, but this makes it real.
paul manafort has been a household name for at least a year now and we have seen his travails and trial and posttrial and cooperation and breakdown of corporation. this wl solidify, quantify how much time he is going to j spend inl as a result of the crime. the question is what gary pointed out. he is going to jai tfor bank frau fraud, not registered. buwhat does he know about the bigger picture of collusion? that is the reason why he was discovered. ultimately we don't really know what significance yet for full why did the special counsel continue to prosecute him rather than refer him to another component of the justice department? i'm not sure we will learn anythingou more today's hearing but that is the question. laura:m we know fe unrelatedrt ciling that the special counsel's office made almost by mistake that manafort shirt pulling data with some linkage russian intelligence. is lh: that alleged sharing
within individuks 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. that is at the heart of what the special counsel is lookin for. the fact that the potential link what does it mean for the overall big picture? laura: could the president really pardon him, given the severi of these crimes, which go to the heart of the criminal justice joseph: could he legally? sure. could be politically? much more difficult question. the reason the president would have again pardoning these individuals is the reason he cannot shut down the mueller vestigation to begin wit could he do it as head o bthe executivnch? sure. with the blowback be tremendous including posble impeachment? absolutely. his hands are ed politically. ura: is it still possible that
manafort could return to cooperating with the governmt t in an atte serve less time? joseph: anything is possible, yes. you can get a post sentencing rection in virginia or the district of columbia. the problem is he has sullied his name doubt where it would be difficult for the special counsel to come back to the becausith paul manafort 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 rebuding credibility with prosecutors? laura: tha joseph: sure, laura, good to e laura: canada's prime minister has defended his handling of a corruption scandal thato the resignation of two ministers. has the incident caused lasting
damage to the prime minister's image? the bbc's nada tawfik reports from otttha. nada: he igolden boy of progressive politics who outshines other leaders on the international stage. justin trudeau came into powerpr aing to be different -- honest, transparen inclusive. but now he is facing allegations thatffice improperly pressure the former attorney neral to shield an engineering firm from a corruption trial. in a press conference meant to put the controversy to rest, trudeau defended his government's actut admitted mistakes. prime min. trudeau: over the past months there was an erosion of trust between my office and specifically my former principal secretary and the former minister of justice and attorney general. i was not aware of that erosion of trust. as prime minister and leader of the federal ministry, i should have been. nada: former attorney genera jody wilson-raybould contradicted the prime minister's account and accused
his office of demoting her in retaliation for her refusal on a dealwould have kept snc-lavalin out-of-court. ms. wilson-raybould: i experienced a consistent and sustained effort by people in the government to interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. nada: justin trudeau won praise for his commitment to women and minorities and touted the symbolic appointment of jody wilson-raybould, a prominent indigenous woman. thbu scandal pitted him against dr and it is not a g look for the prime minister even as he tries to assert he did nothing wrong. with the general electionlo ing in october, trudeau is on thin ice with canadians. >> he should offer some kind of apology. >> he is a politician. g he is doine work of politicking. >> he should resign and call an election.
nada: justin trudeau's star power was cemente pwhen he took sident trump, china, and saudi arabia. the controversy at home could remove him from the world stage. nada tawfik, bbc news, ottawa. laura: british foreign secretary remy hunt has decided to grant protecon to the british national detained in iran. it does not mean that authorities ha tapprove the but it marksd an escalation mp the british gn to secure her release. hothe of representatives has passed and resolution 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 "beyond 100 days" spoke to hakeem jeffries and asked if his party should take tougher action against the freshman congresswoman. rep. jeffries: the leadership
has been clear as we did wi our letter on february 11, that we condemn anti-semitism in any form, and we will not allow anyone to traffic in it either under the capitol dome or throughout the united states of america. these are volatile times, and in the united states we have over the last two years a rise in anti-semitic incidents, a rise in hate crimes,e in racism, a rise in white supremacy. responsibility to confront it. christian: you are not condemning her by name. in janry, republicans referre to steve king in a resolution saying white nationalism is not ok. why are you skirting around the issue and not naming her in the resolution you are votinon? rep. jeffries: i can only speak toshe february 11 letter i 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 afficking 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 denial, obfuscation, inaction from the leader's office. are you aware within the democratic party that if you don't jump on this, it has the potential to split the party and force away those jewish democratic voters? rep. jeffries: i represent the ninth most african-american district in the country and the 14th most jewish. in many ways i have the best of both worlds, my constituents and friends telle at home, and i agree with that. i embrace the gorgeous mosaic of the district i serve and i icbrace the gorgeous mosaic of the house democraucus. that is what i think it is important to forcefully and
decisively condemn anti-semitism. in the original steve king resotion, as i understand it, we condemned white supremacy and racism as a form of that as well as anti-semitism, and then of turse most recently there was a motion to recommt was adopted unanimously in the house of representatives specifically on the question of anti-semitism, a reference to february 11 letter, where the leaders cisively issued as it relates to statements made by representative omar, and we will proceed later on today. laura: hakm jeffries. member of congress on that resolution which did .verwhelmingly passed the house of representativ the french jihadist mehdi nemmouchegu has been founty of killing four people in the jewis museum in brussels. one of the leon,
most senior figures in the roman catholic church and frienen, has been g six-month suspended sentence for failing to report child abuse. the cardinals as he will go to rome to offer pope francis his resignation. president trump's former personal lawyer tackle cohen has -- michael cohen has started legal proceedings in new york against the trump administration. mrcohen acces the group of failing to reimburse him for $4 million in legal fees while he worked for the trump organization. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, hope in fighting the ebola virus. -- for people in the democratic republic of congo, new drugs and treatments could provide a lifele.
only 14 months old when her parents trieto kill themselves and take her with them, she survived a bomb explosion but was left an 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 in 2020. >> i was the miracle child. i survived something so traumatic that i was not supposed to live.le i lost mgs when i was 14, months oldd the story that iy know is that mrents had me, -- my parents had an affair and had me, and my biological dad couldn't be wibiological 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. i was adopted when i was 20 months old, so i don't rememberi a lot about ng in vietnam. every adopted kid has a day thaw representshen your family chose you into your faly. over the summer, anici got to swim usa paraly 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 in tokyo for the usa would be the peak of my life, honestly.
laura: returning to our top story, the sentencing of president trump's former campaign manager paul manafort. he was found guilty last year of a charges of tax and bank fraud and awaits his sentence was a firm or i'm joined by ron christie, former adviser to george w. bush. it is not great for the president, the sentencing of his former campaign manager, even if has nothing to do with collusion with russia. ron: no, because we are lking about tonight, leading the headlines in the unitees and around the world. it brings up the question of who donald trump associates himself with. one of those associates is about to go to prison for a long time. laura:s t possible that the president would pardon paul manafort? ron: no. this is something lelly he could but politically would be suicide. presidentase we saw
harding was gerald ford pardoning nixon and he was defeated at the ballot box. laura: the fact that these people in his inner circle like paul manafort are being tried. ron: he is being tried in the court of public opinion, and having been to the white house several times, most members of the staff had all the cable networks on their walls. what are they looking at? trmanafortp, collusion. where is theresident's message getting out? laura: is there a danger for the president as we approach the le2020ion campaign that he begins to be associated with a culture of criminality when peopleo closem had been sentenced to jail for crimes? ron: thega whole inveson initiated with russian collusion, but now the democrats he is going to run ainst are able to say there is a pattern
of conduct, those who are close to the preside, those who associated with the president are on trial or going to jail. laura: the preside has complained repeatedly of presidential harassment. how much is it gettinto him? ron: it has to. it would get to me, it would get anyone if the people you have beenround for years are under a microscope by investigators and prosecutors are try pg to get to tsident. he might say there's is no russia collusion and he might believe that to be but the presidents associates are in serious and snificant legal jeopardy. laura: hanging over all of this is the special counsel investigation into whether there were links between tmp campaign and russia, which we were told is cing to a close. but that is the bigger picture for the president. ron: it is. we are on mueller watched him and many democrats in d.c. are waiting to see what the substance of theeport is. when the special counsel issues that come under the media circus
will ensue and the president will not have a chance to get his message through. laura: so far the president has been successful keeping supporters on his side, has anti-, by convincing them it is a witch hunt. ron: fake news, witchhunt, all trumped u no pun intended. he has used social media to communicate with his supporters and not have them as into traditional news outlets. but how did he win? he won wit independents in the upper midwest. what are they thinking about the trials and tribulations of the last two years? laura: ron christie, thank you for joining us. .ron: good to see y laura: doctors in the democratic republic of congo are racing tob contain the ak of ebola and are trying out experimental drugs in the battle.s the new medicive not been approved by regulators but they are being used to save lives. in the last of her series of reports, the bbc's senior africa oocorrespondent anne soy l at improvements in the care of
ebola patients during this outbreak. anneea source of so much prid for this doctor and a milestone in the fight ainst ebola. until now, the survival rate of expectant mothers infected with ebola and their babies had een almost zero. this is the baby, just a fewda old, and her mother. this is arguably a miracle baby. that is because she can't -- caught ebola when e was pregnant and she was into isolation so she could have the baby there because nobody would have been sure if the baby would have contracted ebola. a two days later, the baby was test and is ebola-free. hello, baby. a refltion of how the levelof care has i doctor first treated ebola patients.
>> ebola treatment centers are becoming modern and we are starting to use this too. they are transparent and thatal ws us to combat rumors going around the community. in terms of medical care, they help in case of emergencies. anne: ebola is obviously a disease,ous infectious and it is essential to isolate cases like the woman in there. this is the new way of doing that isolation, making sure there is no contact between he and people who have never been infected. now people can safely visit and talk to patients. this patient tells me she just received a good report from the doctor. she says she will sn be discharged to go home and she is happy about that.
the survivors do some of the simple but risky jobs here. re helping to make life easier for both patients and the medics. the health workers also have some protection. they are among more than 80,000 people who have been vaccinatedi >> i t the vaccination has made a huge difference. if we didn't have the vaccine, maybe 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 time ever. survival rates f patients who get to the treatment centers early are improving. while it is not clear if that is the result of new ugs or improved care, there will no doubt be more ways to save lives fduriure outbreaks of ebola. anne soy, bbc news. laura: n
hope in the fight against ebola. a new t study fint rainy weather is becoming more common in greenland. there islt, the ice melting, and scientists e surprised find rain falling in the winter.lo david shukmas at what the long-term impact of climate change could be. david: a bright stam of melt water heading for the coast. the more the ice melts, the more the level of the sea rises aroundhe world. scientists had focused on summer sunshine as the big cause of melting, but they now realize more rain is falling and damaging t ice. these pictures were taken while rain was falling 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 tt is frightening to see. david: when ice melts in summer, it is balanced by more snowte falling in w 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 thhi rain. david:scientist, sheltered from rain on the ice sheet, and he says that global warming will bring more of it. >> there is a simple threshold, the melting pompt. when the tature goes above that you get rain instead of snow. e, ito in a warming clim 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. sosnderstanding the risk i vital. david shukman, bbc news. laura: the impact of ourng chanlimate. remember, you can find much more on all the day's news on our website. plus, to see what we are working
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> nawaz: good evening. i'm amna nawaz. judy woodruff is away. on the newshour tonight: the u.s. house votesonn a resoluondemning hate. the democratic-backed move is seen as a rebuke ofil congresswoman omar, .ccused by some of making anti-semitic remar then, two years into president trump's "a to foreign trade, the u.s. hits the hiest trade deficit in the nation's history. plus, there's been peace at the border between the republic of ireland and northe ireland since the 1998 good friday agreement, but the brexit debate now threatens th stability. >> nobody envisaged, when the '98 agreement was put in pce, that there would be a situation in which britain would be outside the e.u. and ireland would be in the e.u.