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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.. prump: there are a lot of people out there who have done some very, very evil things, bad things, i would say treasonous things againla our country. a: mr. trump changes decades of u.s.olicy, 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 streaming servic
laa: welcome to our viewers on puic television in the u.s. and also around the globe. president trump has gone on the offensive after the muellerpo found he and his team did not conspire with russia during the 2016 election. he is saying his critics did evil things. mr. trump now agrees the speciao counsel acterably, having accused him of leading a witch hunt the last two years. the mueller report did not exonerate the president of obstructing justiceeybut the attoeneral did. the president had this reaction earlier. pres. trump: tre are people who have done some very evil things, bad things, i would say treasonous things against our country. very few people i know could have handl it. we can never ever let this happen to anothepresident again. laura: for more on theut fal
from the mueller report, i spoke earlier with joseph moreno, a former federal prosecutor.as hat former prosecutor, what do you make of robert mueller not exonerating the president ot obstn of justice? joseph: he did not give us a conclusion either y. he did not exonerate him but he said there was not enough tos. bring char a lot of us thought this was a possibility. we thought tt perhaps bob mueller would view this as an information-collecting exercise an submit the report in the end. he did that with respect to obstruction. the problem is it leaves a lot of us dissatisfied because he was supposed to be the nonpolitical, professional, non-conflicted individual who could gives an unbiased view. instead, he effectively punted. laura: the attory general was very quick to say that the president did not obstruct justice. what did you make of that? joseph: my guess is ll barr and his deputy rod rosenstein, the last thing they wanted to do was to be the final deciders on the department of justice side.
that being said, it was handedwi to them out a recommendation made, and in my vie they thobably said, what choice do we have. was a criminal investigation being run by the justice department through the special counsel, and the public need to know was there a criminal case here. bob mueller did not answer the question, so the attoey general said, i have to. laura: there are many calls for the mueller report to be made public. do y think that will happen given various legal hurdles? joseph: it will happen, but not overnigh the calls for it to be immediately handed over are completely implausible. there should be every effort for maximum transparency, but we have to do this rit. in my view, i expect we will see e reported version of in the near future with possibly a full version going to congress for a closed-door view only. w l be a matter of time before the justice department can properly go through the report and figure out what can and cannot be released to the public. laura: we are told that the investigation did not establish
that members of the trumpsp campaign ced with russia. how high a bar is it to establish legal conspiracy? joseph: beyond reasonable doubt. there needs to be efforts by more than one individual to engage in a criminal conspiracy. it would have been conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to prevent lawful election in 2016, something that had to do with the hacking, release of e kind ofation, or s mischief having to do with the election that was not just knowing 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 difficulty is ienfor the pres the fact that one of his associates is going to jail because of these hush-money payments to women who claimed to have an affair with the president? joseph: the campaign finance violation portion of this will
be handled in new york federal prosecutors. effectively it sprung from the mueller report. for a while this has been spun off to t southern district of new york, a separate component within the justice department. very aggreive, very independent, very capable prosecutors. laura: joseph moreno, thank you for that analys. joseph: good to be here. laa: democrats in congress say the attorney generalo's summary he report raises as many questions as it answers. forpo more, i to senator enchris van ho democrat from maryland. if the mueller report finds no p evidence that the trmpaign conspired with russia and theal attorney genays the president did not obstruct justice, is it timn.to move on? an hollen: well, it is time to see the entire report. at we have gotten so far is a letter and some excerpts from the attorney general about his conclusions. the report found a couple
things. it found that the russians did interfere in the 2016 elections. i think the country is relieved that it did not conclude that the president engaged in a criminal conruiracy with the ians, but it also found evidence that there may have been obstruction of justice. in fact, mueller did not reach any particular conclusion on at. the attorney general in a matter of 48 hours decided to claimwa therno 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 then nominated cast doubt on whether he believe 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 overall report laura: isn't it quite possible that given all the sensitivities involved, that people are not 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 se for the american people?
sen. van hollen: fst of all, the house of representatives is doing things for the american people. they passed a very comprehensive criminal background check to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. they passed very large piece of election reform legislation to get big money out of politics.sh i he senate were doing half as much when it comes to those big issues. but the house is also able to do oversight.pa that i of their constitutional 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 i obviously, to the extent there is classified information, that can be provided to congress in a assified setting. but the public is entitled to the report. they have a right to know. laura: if you can get the attorney genal to come in front of you, what is the pressing question you want to put to him? sen. van hollen: the first question i have is how did he reach the conclusion within 48
hours that there was no obstruction of justice? look, mueller conducted this investigation for well over a year and looked at all sides oft uestion 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 oversight responsibilities, and we are not simply gng to allow the torney 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, thanks so much for joining us. sen. van hollen: thank you. laura: with the mueller report behind him, president trump turned his attention to the middle east, hosting the israeli prime minister in the white house. he formally recogned the golan heights as israeli territory today. israel captured the disputed ,and from syria in the 1967 war
a move rejected by the un security council. the israeli leader cut short auhis u.s. visit b of a in gonzalo has -- in gaza landing north of tel aviv.yi israel is ca out strikes on hamas in response. i spoke to mr. nicholas burns, former u.s. ambassador to native who is now at the harvard kennedy school of government. how much of an escalat this of a long-running conflict? nicholas: well, it is certainly a threat to israel and israeli civilians. if the particular israi family might not have gotten into the bomb shelter, they might all have been killed. this is a vicious attack by hamas and we have seen in the past. have aaelis certain right to defend themselves. laura: meanwhile, the president is upgrading five decades 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 bigsi de, laura. let me say two things about it.
first, no responsible friend ofw israld never advocate that israel give up unilaterally the golan heights, not with the syrian civil war raging across the border with hezbollah, with the iranvolutionary guard within sight of the golan heights. israel should stay tnd occupy the golan heights, at least for the time being, until there is peace and a government across the border that wishes israel well, not ill. but secondly, this decision by president ump to recognize the israeli annexation, the formal annexation of thgolan heights into the territory of the state of israel, that decision by president trump is very disturbing, because thunited states from the beginning of the united nations on, and we helped to write the u.n. charter, hasve supported annexation of foreign territory by any country in the world. vladimir putin annexed crimea in 2014. we objected, because it wase contrary to ited nations charter. the chinese are trying to annex
islands in the south china sea. we cannot have a straight face in condemning those actions and toat the same time act wit -- acquiesce to israel's on of the golan heights. legally it is a big problem and a big mistake by president trp. laura: does this move by the trump administration on the golan heights also preempt the israeli-palestinian peace plan ehey are supposed to unveiling at any moment? nicholas: it is going to make it extremely difficult for 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.so it is oing to be difficultit because the states does not have an effective relationship with the palestinians. this peace plan has not been worked out. the kushner plan with the i don't think the peace plan whenever it is unveiled fully ave any chance of succes in the arab world because the trump administration has not
been balanced and has taken a series of decisis, this one on the golan heights, that are purely one-sided if you look at the historic relationship between israel and its arab neighbors. laura: ambassador nicholas burns, thank you so much for joining us. nicholur: thank you. michaelr news, avenatti, the u.s. attorney who shot to fame by representing sistormy daniels against pnt trump, has been charged for trying to extort more than $20 million from sports firm nike.as the arrestnnounced just tonutes after avenatti tweeted that he was aboueveal a major college basketball scandal involving nike. france and china have signed $40 billion worth of trade agreents during president xi jinping's state visit to paris, despite european concerns about china's growing economic influence. president emmanuel macron said a strong partnership between europe and china must be based on fair and balanced trade. the founder of india's jet
airways has stepped down as chairman and left the company board as part of a rescue an to save the troubled airline. jet has debt of more than $1 billion and says creditors willn ct immediate funding support into the company. for the very latest on brexit, britain's prime minister has admiheed she doesn't have votes to get her brexit deal through parliament. theresa may says shngwill keep tro win over lawmakers before putting her plan to a vote for the third time. edit has already been reje twice. if mrs. may cannot gain more support, she will have to come up with another approach by april 12. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. laura k.: miniers arriving in the most elusive carpark in britain. another day where the cabinet holds up for several hours meant to be deciding our future. but in the end thereay not be much new to say. leader, will the commons have
more of a say on brexit? hedoes tabinet actually agree on anything, secretary of state? ere was a brighter mood around the place for those hoping the government could crack on. i >>hink we will deliver brexit. laura k.: but there wi be no other attempts, not today, not. tomorrowmi prim may: there is not sufficient support to bring back the deal for a third vote. laura k.: and h language is shifting -- no talk of leaving without a deal. her bre new one, slow brexit. prime min. may: unless this house agrees to it, nowill not happen. no brexit must not happen. and a slow brexit, which extends article 50 beyond the 22nd of may, is not a president that -- inot a brexit that will bring the british people together. laura k.for labor and many tories, tonight they will be given votes on lots of different versions of brexit. >> it is time r parliament to work together and agree on plan b. if s minister would help facilitate this. if not, parliament must send a clear message in the cing
days. mr. speaker, i hope where the government has failed, this house can and will succeed. laura k.: the prime minister's plan has been chucked out twice. can she and her exhausted team really turn this around?ac >> peoplss the united kingdom don't think she can deliver. prime minister, time is up. >> this is just some psychodrama in the tory party, and every time the prime minister does her duties, she totally disappoints me. laura k.brexiteers, some frustrated on a march through nottinghamshire today, are more and more angry. >> she has just put the final torpedo into her o deal and any real prospect of bret, and her statement will represent the most shameful surrender. >> the importance of this agreement to delivering brexitan
also to the united kingdom is such that we will not be usey incare tactics to push this through.th laura k.e is so little e in there in the prime minister's plan, that mpwhwill vote on e different range of options, including giving themselves a formal role out of this maze with the idea of so-called indicative votes, where th indicate the preferred form of what different kind of brexit. but after so long with such a mess and so little resolution, no surprise some believe the resolution will see the prime minister going. those touted to replace her are still urging loyalty now. >> we need to make sure we leave the european union and derso in an ordly fashion and i hope as many people as possible recognize that means supporting the prime minister. i laura k.: whpossible now may never be as many as the government needs. laura: laura kuenssber
reporting on the drama and uncertainty over brexit. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, warning of a ticking oumb. aid officials in seastern africa fear an outbreak of disease following cyclone idai. prince charles and hishe wife, duchess of cornwall, are in cuba for the first ever official trip by royals to the communist country. they have been taking a tour of havana in was being seen as an effort by britain to develop closer links. here is nicholas witchell. nicholas: the first british roles to visit this marxist-leninist island somewhere the shadows was on the chaotic said you might think that charles
would be the sort of person that any old-style cuban communist would have little time for. but times are channg. huba is more and more looking outwards, and the foreign office has said charles and his wife the messahat the doors opened a much warmer ties. the message was getting a little bit lost. and there isos, an awful lot of chaos this morning, o this is whe visits can come into their own. iswhat loyalty can do ct as a catalyst come as a focus, and an encouragement to better relations. thgs are moving on. it's 60 years since the communist revolution 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 came to power last year and economic and other reforms are gathering momeum. enabling charles and camilla to appreciate cuba for themselves, the british government is offering what is hoped will be an encouraging sign that you can bank wants to -- that britain will engage more with cuba. rritate donald trump. well, thatttitude, is just too bad. laura: in southeastern africa, the red cross is warning of he ticking bombit comes to the spread of disease after cyclone idai. officials say more than 750 people across mozambique, zimbwe, and malawi are dead. aid workers and medical staff struggle to help survivors. is in a citydent devastated by the storm and has this report. reporter: as mozambique ntcoinues tok picup the pieces
after the most devastating tropical cyclone to hit the southerne, hemis much-needed aid is finally arriving. busy.rport unusually international aid cargo planes offloaded tons of medical supplies, shelter kits, and food. nothis operation i longer about rescuing people. it is now about getting aid to those who need it the most. it has been more than a week the devastating tropical cyclone aid, and eight is finally-- is finally catching up. it is a race against time. many haven't eaten for days and are in desperate nd of clean drinking water. are fears of outbreak of diseases such as malaria and cholera. as yet, nothing has been confirmed. lly important to derstand.
i agree with the minister that they will be capable of waterborne disease, and on top to managee be able that. but lack of access will be really problematic. reporter: the government believes it is only a matter of time. >> explaining in portuguese that malaria --d, cholera, malaria, unavoidable in this situation. reporter:th the skill o devastation felt by has sent shockwaves in many parts, and there is no doubt it will be a while before things back to normal. fears of malaria and cholera in the aftermath of the cyclone. apple loves to hold a big lunch for its latest iphones. today it was selling streaming service, apple tv+. is meant to be a rival
netflix and amazon. apple rolled out hollywood stars to make its pitch, including jennifer aniston, steven spielberg, and even oprah. the company introduced a new credit-card and news service. dave lee was at the event and he spoke to me earlier. how much of a sttegic shift is this for apple? dave: yes, laura, you mentioned they were unveiling the future streaming service. i think they wer also unveiling essentially the future of apple, a company that will have to rely less on selling hardware and selling things like the iphone and will have to bring in new streams of revcaue, what they the services division. this is things like apple music, the icloud, and now apple tv+. at they will have is a measure of original content the way netflix makes its own material, and apple is spending -- is spending $2 billion achieving that. it will also be a portal to
other channels, channels like hbo and showtime, that people can buy through apple, through their devices, and apple will take a cut of some of the revenue. tho is a strategy for apple earn more money from things other than just hardware. it is a big shift, but when they -- but it is one that they have to make successfully because sales of the iphone have been slowing lately and apple has to chge the way its business works. laura: how is apple going to compete successfully in that cutthroat world of hollywood rather than tech? dave: yes, it is going to be a different territory for them. liconiggest player in valley, they still haven't proved themselves in hollywood. we saw star after star at this event -- oprah, jj abrams, steven spielberg, we saw bige bird on age as well. it will take more than that. it will take real creativity from apple, which will be aem challenge for because their expertise lies in tech,
not necessarily the content to go on that tech. until we see what the up with, we don't 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 seems to be for apple, i imagine it will be aggressively pric. 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, becausu ifant to see everything available now, you will be n paying fflix, hulu, this apple thing, disney's streaming service. that will add up to an awful lot of money for people if they want everything. being distinctive will be the key. leea: that was dave reporting from silicon valley. remember, you can find mucmore
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