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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 claims he has been totally cleared by the mueller report, and turns his fire on his critics. pres. trump: there are a lot out peoplehere who have done some very, very evilad things, b things, i would say treasonous things against our country. laura: mr. trump changes dades of u.s. policy, recognizing israel's claim to the golan heights as the country's leader looks on. plus, silicon valley meets hollywood. why apple is using big stars to sell us on a new strming service.
laura: wcome to our viewers on public television in the u.s. and also around the globe. president trump has gone on the offensive after the mueller report found he and his team did not conspire with russia during the 2016 election. he iscr saying hiics did evil things. mr. trump now agrees the special counsel acted honorably, having accum of leading a witch hunt the last two years. the mueller report did not exonerate the president of obstructg justice, but the attorney general did. the president had this react n pres. trump: there are people who have done some very evil things, bad things, i would say treasonous things against our country. ve few people i know could have handled it. we can never ever let this happen to another president again. laura: for more on the fallout from the mueller report, i spoke
earlier with joseph moreno, a rm federal prosecutor. as that former prosecutor, what do you make of robert mueller not exonerating the president on obstruction of justice? joseph: he did not give us a conclusion either way. rahe did not exo him but he said there was not enough to bring charges. a lot of us thought this was a possibility. we thought that perhapsul bob mueller view this as an information-collecting exercise and submit the report in the end. he did that with respect to obstruction. the problem is it leaves a lot dissatisfied because he was supposed to be the nonpolitical, professional, non-conflicted individual who could give us an unbiased view. instead, he effectely punted. laura: the attorney general was very quick to say that the president did not obstruct justice. what did you make of that? joseph: my guess is bill barr stein,s deputy rod ros the last thing they wanted to do washe to be tinal deciders on the department of justice side.
that being said, it was handed to them without a recommendation made, and in my view, they probably said, what choice do we have. this was a criminalio investigatbeing run by theme justice depart through the special counsel, and the public needed to know was there a criminal case here. bob mueller did not answer the question, so the attorney general said, i have to. laura: there are many calls for the mueller report to beade public. do you think that will happen given various legal hurdles? t joseph: it will happen, t overnight. the calls for it to be immeately handed over are completely implausible. there should be every effort for maximum transparency, but we have to do this right. in my view, i expect we will e a redacted version of the report in the near future with possibly a full version goi to congress for a closed-door view only. it will be a matter of time before the justice department can properly go through the report and figure out what c and cannot be released to the public. laura: we are told that theve igation did not establish that members of the trump
campaign conspired with russia.h how bar is it to establish legal conspiracy? joseph: beyond reasonable doubt. there needs to be efforts by alre than one individual to engage in a crimonspiracy. it would have been conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to prevent lawful election in 2016, something that had to doith the hacking, release of misinformation, or some kind of mischief having do with the election that was not just knowing but actively complicit. that is what bob mueller said he did not find. laura: separate from the mueller report but related to it, because this came up during the investigation, how much of a legal difficty is it for the president, the fact that one oft his asso is going to jail because of these hush-money payments to women who claimed to have an affair with the president? joseph: the campaign financeio violation poof this will be handled in new york by
federal prosecutors. effectively it sprung from the mueller report. for a while this has been spun off to the southern district of new york, a separate component t.thin the justice departm very aggressive, very independent, very capable prosecors. laura: joseph moreno, thank you for that analysis. joseph: good to be here. laura: democrats in congress say the attorney general's summary of the report raises as many questions as it answers. for more, i spoke to senator chris van hollen, democrat from maryland. mueller report finds no evidence that the trump campaign conspired with russia and the attorney general says the president did not obstruct justice, is it time to move on? sen. van hollen: well, it is time to see the entire report. what we have gotten so far is a letter and some excerpts from the attorney general about his conclusions. the report found a couple thin.
it found that the russians did interfere the 2016 elections. i think the country is relieved that it did not concludeenhat the presengaged in a criminal conspiracy with the russians, but it also found evidence that there may have been obstruction of justice. in fact, mueller did not reach any particular conclusion on that. the attorney general in a matter of 48 hours decided to claim there was no obstruction of justice, but i don't think people put a lot of stock in that. this is someone hand-picked by the president who before he was even nominated cast doubt on whether he believed the president could be called out for obstruction of justice under these circumstances. so congress needs to take a deep dive into that issue and the qerall report. laura: isn't te possible that given all the sensitivities noinvolved, that people ar necessarily being charged, you don't ever get to see the report and this is just a tremendous waste of time when you could be doing something else for the american people?
sen. van hollen: first of all, the house ofepresentatives is doing things for the american people. they passed aery comprehensive criminal background check to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. they passed a very large piece of election reform legistion to get big money out of politics. itwish the senate were doing half as much wheomes to those big issues. but the house is also able to do oversight. that is part of theirns tutional responsibility. the country has seen the mueller team investigating for well over a year now. they paid for the report, and i think people have a right to see what is in it. atviously, to the extent there is classified infon, that can be provided to congress in a classified setting. but the public is entitled to the report. ey have a right to know. laura: if you can get the attorney general to come in fronof you, what is the pressing question you want to put to him? sen. van hlen: the first question i have is how did he reach the conclusion within 48 hours that there was no
obstruction of justice? ted thiseller cond investigation for well over a year and looked at all sides of that question on whether the president interfere. he didn't reach a judgment. that's the kind of judgment that congress needs to reach as part of its oversightti responsibi, and we are not simply going to allow the attorney general of the united states who was hand-picked by the president to substitute his judgment for that of elected officials in congress. laura: senator chris van hollen, thks so much for joining u sen. van hollen: thank you. laura: with the mueller report behi him, president trump turned his attention to the middle east, hosting the israeli prime minister in the white house. he formally recognized the golan heights as iaeli territory today. israel captured the disputed la from syria in the 1967 war
a move rejected by the un security council. the israeli leader cut short his u.s. visit because of a in gonzalo has -- in gaza landing north of tel aviv. israel is carrying out strikes i on hamresponse. i spoke to mr. nicholas burns, former u.s. ambassador to native who is now at the harvard .nnedy school of governme how much of an escalation is this of a long-running conflict? nicholas: well, it is certainly a threat to israel and israeli civilians. if the particular israeli family heght not have gotten into bomb shelter, they migki all have beeed. this is a vicious attack by hamas and we have seen in the past. the israelis certainly have a right to defend themselves. laura: meanwhile, the president is upgrading five cades of u.s. policy on the golan heights with a tweet. what impact is the president's style having on the substance of u.s. diplomacy? nicholas: this is a very big decision, laura. let me say two things about ito first,sponsible friend of
uprael would never advocate that israel give unilaterally thego n heights, not with theri syan civil war raging across the border with hezbollah, with the iranian revolutionary guard within heights.f the golan israel should stay there and bcupy the golan heights, at least for the ting, until there is peace and a government across the border that wishes israel well, not ill. byt secondly, this decisio president trump to recognize the israelannexation, the formal annexation of the golan heights into the territory of the state of israel, that decision by president trump is very disturbing, because the united states from the beginning of the united nations on, and w to write the u.n. charter, has never supported annexation of foreign territory by any country in the world. putin annexed crimea in 2014. we objected, because it was contrary to the united nations charter. the chinese are trying to annext
trlands south china sea. we cannot have aght face in condemning those actions and at the same time act with to -- acquies to israel's annexation of the golan heights. legally it is a big problem and a big mistake by president trump. laura: does this move by the trump administration on the golan heights also preempt the israeli-palestinian peace plan they are supposed to be unveiling at a moment? nicholas: it is going to make it extremely difficult r any arab state, even those friendly to israel like saudi arabia and the united arab emirates, from agreeing with a trump peace plan in the future. it is also going to be difficult because the united states does not have an effective relationship with the palestinians. this peace plan has not been h rked out. the kushner plan we palestinian leadership. i don't think the peace plan whenevert is unveiled fully will have any chance of success in the arab world because the trump administration has not
been balanced and has taken a series of decisions, this one on the golaheights, that are purely one-sided if you look at the historic rationship between israel and its arab neighbors. laura: ambassador nicholas burns, thank you so much for joining us. nicholas: thank you. michaeln other new avenatti, the u.s. attorney who shot to fame by representing stormy daniels against president trump, has been charged for trying to extort more than $20 million from sports firm nike. the arrest was announced just minutes after avenatti tweeted that he was about to reveal a major college basketball scandal involving nike. france and china have signed $40 billion worth of trade agreements during inesident xi j's state visit to paris, despite european concerns about china's growing economic influence. present emmanuel macron said strong partnership between europe and hina must be based on fair and balanced trade. the founder of iia's jet airways has stepped down as
chairman and left the company board as part of a rescue plan to save the troubl airline. jet has debt of more than $1 billion and says creditors will inject immediate funding sup rt into the company. for the very latest on brexit, britain's prime minister has admitted she doesn't have the votes to get her brexit deal through parliament. theresa may says she will keep trying to win over lawmakers before putting her plan to a vote for the third time. it has already been rejected twice. if mrs. may cannot gain more support, s will have to come up with another approach by april 12. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. laura k.: ministers arriving in the most exclusive carpark in britn. another day where the cabinet holds up for several hours meant to be deciding our future. but in the end there may not be much new to sa leader, will the commons have
more of a say on brexit? ones the cabinet actually agree nything, secretary of state? there was a brighter mood the place for those hoping the government could crack on. >> i think we will deliverbr exit. laura k.: but there will be noot her attempts, not today, not tomorrow. prime min. may: there is notsu icient support to bring back the deal for a third vote. laura k.: and her language is shifting -- no talk of leaving without a deal. her brexit, no brexit, with a new one, slow brexit. prime min. may: unless this house agrees to it, no deal will not hamuen. no brexi not happen. and a slow brexit, which extends article 50 beyond thnd of may, is not a president that -- is not a brexit th will bring the british people together. laura k.: for labor and many tories, tonight they will be given votes on lots of different versio of brexit. >> it is time for parliament to work together and agree on plan b. if she is brave, the prime minister would help facilitate this. if not, parliant must send a clear message in the coming
days. mr. speaker, i hope where the government has faid, this house can and will succeed. laura k.: the prime minister's plan has been chucked out twice. can she and her exhausted teamal turn this around? >> people across the united kingdom don't think she can deliver. meime minister, time is up. >> this is just sychodrama in the tory party, and every time the prime minister does her duties, she totally disappoints me. laura k.: brexiteers, some hustrated on a march thro nottinghamshire today, are more and more angry. >> she has just put the final torpedo into her own deal and any real prospect of brexit, and her statement will represent the most shameful surrender. s> the importance of t agreement to delivering brexit
and also to the united kinom is such that we will not be used in any scare tactics to push is through. laura k.: there is so little space in there in the prime minister's plan, that mps will vote on a whole different range of options, including giving themlves a formal role out o this maze with the idea of so-called indicative votes, where they indicate the prnterred form of what diffe kind of brexit. but after so long with such a mess ando little resolution, no surprise some believe the resolution will see the prime minister going. those touted to reple her are still urging loyalty now. >> we neede to make sur leave the european union and do so in an orderly fashion and i hope as many people as possible recognize that means supportingm the prminister. laura k.: what is possible now may never be as many as the government needs. raura: laura kuenssberg
reporting on the and uncertainty over brexit. you are tching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, warning of a ticking bomb. aid officials in southeastern africa fear an outbreak of disease following cyclone idai. prince charles and his wife, the duchess of cornwall, are in cuba for the first ever officialp t by royals to the communist country. they have been taking a tour of havana in n was being sas an effort by britain to develop closer links. here is nicholas witchell. nicholas: the first british roles to visit thisni marxist-leni iand somewhere in the shadows was on the chaotic said. you might think that charlest
would be the s person that any old-style cuban communist would have little time for. but times are changing. cuba is more and more looking outwards, and the british foreign office has said charles and his wife the message that the doors opened a much warmer ties. the message was getting a little bit lost. and there ishaos, an awful lot of chaos this morning, this is where oil ome into their own. what loyalty can do is act as a catalyst come as a encouragement to better relations. things are moving on. it's 60 years since the communistevolution in cuba which brought fidel castro to power and reach exposed cuba to western and especially american hostility. fidel handed over to his brother raul in 2008. but now the castro era is over.
president the s canal ca y to power lar and economic and other reforms are gathering momentum. enabling charles and camilla to appreciate cuba for themselves, the british government is beering what is hoped will an encouraging sign that you can bank wants to -- that britain more withe it will irritate donald trump. well, thatttitude, is just too bad. a: in southeastern afric the red cross is warning of a ticking bomb when it comes to the spread of disease after cyclone idai. officials say more than 750 people across mozambique zimbabwe, and malawi are dead. aid workers and medical staff struggle to help survivors. is in a citye nt devastated by orm and has this report. reporter: as mozambique continues to pick up the pieces
after the most devastating tropical cyclone to hit the southern hemisphere, much-needed d is finally arriving. busy.a unusually international aid cargos pla offloaded tons of medical supplies, shelter kits, and food. this operation is no longer about rescuing people. it is now about getting aid to those who need it the most it has bee more than a week the devastating tropical cyclone hit, and eight is finally-- is finally catching up. it is a race against time. eaten for days an are in desperate need of clean drinking water. there are fears of outbreak of diseases such as malaria and cholera. yet, nothing has been confirmed. it is really important to understand. i agree with the minister that
they will be capable waterborne disease, and on top to managee be able that. but lack of access will em really problatic. reporter: the government believes it is only a matter of time. >> explaining in portuguese that malaria --led, cholera, malaria, unavoidable in this situation. reporter: the skill of the devastation felt by people here has sent shockwaves in many doubt ind there is no will be a while before things go back to normal. fears of malaria and cholera in thee aftermath of cyclone. apple loves to hold a big lunch r its latest iphones. today it was selling streaming service, apple tv+. it is meant to be a rival to
netflix and amazon. apple rolled out hollywood stars to make its pitch, including jennifer aniston, steven a spielber even oprah. the c credit-card and news service. dave lee was at the event and he spoke to me earli. how much of a strategic shift is this for apple? dave: yes, laura, you mentioned they were unveiling the future reaming service. i think they were also unveiling essentially the future of apple, a company at will have to rely less on selling hardware and selling things ld e the iphone ll have to bring in new streams of revenue, what they call the services division. this is things like apple music, the icloud, and now apple tv+. what they will have is a measure of original content the way netflix makes its own material and apple is suspending -- is spending $2 billion achieving that. it will also be a portal tan other ls, channels like
hbo and showtime, that people can buy through apple, throughce their de and apple will take a cut of some of the revenue. this is a strategy for apple to earn more money from things bher than just hardware. it is a big shif when they -- but it is one that they have to make successfully because sales of the iphoninhave been sllately and apple has to change the way its business works. laura: how is apple going to compete successful in that cutthroat world of hollywood rather than tech? dave: yes, iis going to be a different territory for them. the biggest player in silicon valley, they stillaven't proved themselves in hollywood. we saw star after star at this h,ent -- opj abrams, rgsteven spielwe saw big bird on the stage as well.l it wke more than that. it will take real creativity from apple, which will be a challenge for them, because ,eir expertise lies in te not necessarily the content to
go on that tech. until we see what they come u' with, we dont really know whether they will be a competitor to netflix. one thing they did not tell us is the price. we don't know how competitive that is going to be, but given how much of a priority that be for apple, i imagine it will be aggressively priced. but it is new territory for the company. laura: there are so many subscription services out there. how much of a gamble is this for apple? dave: there is a concern about saturation, isn't there, because if you want to see everything available now, you will be paying for netflix, hulu, this apple thing, disney's streaming service.l that wd up to an awful lot p of money forple if they want everything. being distinctive will be the key. leeon that was dave reporting from silalley. remember, you can find much more of allhe day's news at ou
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captioning sponsored by newsho productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, attorney general william barr summarizes the mueller report, writing that there waso coordination between the trump campaign and russia and not enough evidee to charge president trump with otruction of justice. then we have full analysis on what it all means and what's next. u plus, as the. enters a decisive week for brexit, we leave the halls of parliament to hear from the british public. >> it's a massive problem that there's a gulf betweennt parliamend the people. if ifact we don't deliver brexit, a proper brexit, people will be completely disenchanted, and it will manifest itself in ways that we can't predict over generations. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's "pbs newshour."