he's the. right to expose me in the sometimes a little to the pull of the. u.s. house democrats release their reports in the next chapter of the donald trump impeachment inquiry outlining claims the president to be used his position for personal political gain. nato leaders gather in the u.k. to celebrate the military alliance is the 70th anniversary but while some hail its success question its relevance today. we are we are proving every day that. this is our joy. even though. the u.s. president tries to force the hand of his french counterpart in support of the military alliance and if the threat of crippling tariffs on french goods doesn't get a manual to fall in line donald trump apparently has some other ideas. you
. know for me in the team here at midnight here in moscow it's now 4 pm in washington d.c. that's where we're starting for you this hour democrats there on the house intelligence committee have published their report detailing how president trump allegedly abused his office for personal gain and solicited interference from ukraine in the 2020 election the release of the 300 page document which is based on testimony given in a series of closed door and public hearings marks the start of a new phase in the impeachment process let's go to speed on where we are now then live to new york hi again it's been billed as another big turning point in this inquiry what does it outline exactly. well the report from the
house intelligence committee democrats essentially alleges 2 things about donald trump 1st it alleges that he conditioned military aid to ukraine on an announcement that would have been beneficial to his reelection campaign and secondly it alleges that he obstructed the house of representatives impeachment inquiry investigation now adam schiff representing democrats came forward and painted a pretty grim pricks here donald trump and his activities this is adam schiff this report chronicles a scheme by the president i'd states to coerce an ally ukraine that is at war with an adversary russia into doing the pleasure of the president's political dirty work and he was willing to sacrifice the national security of the united states by withholding military aid and diplomatic recognition in the form of that white house
meeting in order to get what he wanted. now before departing the country on monday donald trump dismissed the allegations that were expected to be leveled in this report this is what donald trump said prior to leaving the country before the report was released. by the radical. democrats decide what i'm going to set up a year ago that what i'm going to do that was exactly one of the most important. next president. for them to be doing things is putting the feet of the table which . i grew up with. now zelinsky the ukrainian leader has also dismissed the allegations in the report saying it simply isn't accurate that donald trump treated him in this way and made these kind of offers and such this is what the lewinsky has said in response. look i never talked to the president from
the position of a quid pro quo that's not my thing i don't want us to look like bagus. now before this report was released on monday we had a report from the republicans that was released it was 123 pages long and it defended the actions of u.s. president donald trump saying that his dealings with ukraine had not been inappropriate and had not violated the law and many are continuing to point toward the timing of the release of this report back then donald trump is out of the country celebrating the 70th anniversary of nato the north atlantic treaty organization that many have pointed to the timing of the report as being somewhat suspicious however while some are looking at the report saying it shows very very damning evidence against donald trump others are looking into reports saying it's simply a rehash of long discredited allegations different views from different sides of
the political spectrum here in the united states and then whether it will be enough to put him off his kind of payson cocktails at buckingham palace with the queen the sleeping i guess we'll know when he gets his hands back on his twitter feed for now kind of open thanks for that. let's get some thoughts from george somberly he's a senior research fellow with the global policy institute in london welcome back to our team mr samuel a. the democrats they've laid out their case finally in paper all $300.00 pages of it will the judiciary committee weighty enough to draw off the articles of impeachment do you think. well undoubtedly drop the articles of impeachment whether it's weight you'll know it is neither here nor there they've decided on what they're going to do never really matter very much what evidence was presented how absurd the actual argument was they are determined on a course of action namely the impeachment of doma and nothing is going to stop them and they're going to rush this through all in
a matter of days i mean the report comes out today tomorrow already. judiciary committee is taking this up so there's absolutely no time for anybody even to read this. massive report that's the speed that they're going at and that just shows how on serious the whole process is procedurally though how damaging could this be for donald trump to see support phase impingement increasing will any republicans waver i don't think so there's no evidence at all that any republicans will go over to the democrat side on this if anything it's likely that some democrats will go after the republicans but probably not in our to make a. difference on the final vote i mean that the house will undoubtedly vote to impeach donald trump the majority will probably be not as great as the democrats majority in the house but nonetheless it will be
a majority and then it will be sent to the senate there i think everything will be very different because of course the republicans control the senate and therefore the republicans will be able to control the terms of reference for the actual trial and then there will be a much more serious process because then the defense would namely the lawyers for room present trying to be able to present a case for the white house reaction it said quote the report reads like the ramblings of a basement bloggers straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing the democrats are convinced they've got irrefutable evidence and it's sensible for the white house to just try and waft this away like that. well i think that that's their position and whatever you may think of president trump and there's a lot to be said. against them on this issue he is right i mean what the democrats are doing is attempting to overturn an election that they lost i mean they haven't
got over losing their 26 the election and they've been trying to overturn it they had the mahler gate or 3 years that it tended to show that somehow or the election was stolen by a lot of their who didn't they failed in all of this and now they've seized on theirs and it's it's absurd i mean even in the footage that you showed of. adam schiff speaking and he was talking absolute nonsense he describes ukraine as an ally of the united states it's nothing of the sort is no bilateral orion's ukraine is not a member of nato he describes russia as an adversary when did that happen it is america's war with russia you know who declare this war. he talks about the national security of the united states is in peril if $400000000.00 of aid doesn't tore into ukraine how is the national security threatened i mean if that's the
level of this sort of lunacy then is as great as the democrats over the over the past few months but basically since november the 26th in terms of the bigger picture of the door what would it mean for u.s. democracy if donald trump were to be impeached and then relax next year because of a whole load of questions and say. well it worked and of course as things stand i and i don't think that that's going to change. he will win if you don't win the senate you will be acquitted in the senate and knowing who trump is trump is going to rub the democrats noses it with i mean he's going to do a q. really ate the democrats. go out every day during the election flaunting and humiliating the democrats you know telling them well you were involved in this you wasted the public's time and money on a danger that you knew would fail why should anyone want you to go to the white
house and i think this will be very effective every day feels like uncharted territory doesn't it for now george tabulates senior research fellow at the global policy institute in london thanks for joining us again on r.t. thank you very much. a tuesday it's been a landmark day for nato with leaders of its member states convening in london to mark the military alliance his 70th anniversary having be had by a series of high profile dispute in recent months including over defense spending it's looking to promote internal unity at the summit i would say the organizations chief has been feeling optimistic and that is your breakfast with president trump. it also is always a good breakfast. that. also just. tolls total oranges so that's also good breakfast. was always paid by the states so.
who are some people in london for their thoughts on nato and its successes to date . most people what they think are the main 3 achievements of mates. i'm not going to even though. in terms of achievements know very little i don't know what it's about have no idea any advantage of me tell you what your i honestly don't know anything about any sort of flag see the day and only my husband recognise what it was who it's a good question. let me think of a little bit. so one is probably yeah to be honest i don't have i don't have even one of those day one wrapped up and leaders headed to buckingham palace for a reception with the corrie and crowds gathered in central london in protest some adopted the slogan no to trump no to nato he saw he was there for us. as donald trump and other world leaders arrive in london for that nato summit these
protesters have gathered with many different batters many different causes all coming together we see how the science magazine balance against the potential to run we've seen many other battles against. the libya but also closer to home domestically many banners in support of the n.h.s. national health service of what protesters here fear could be an attempt to privatized the n.h.s. in the in the event of a post briggs a trade deal between the us and the u.k. and that's something i've long been feared by those particularly on the left in the k. and we're expecting a number of n.h.s. workers national health service workers to join this protest well in order to show their solidarity not just against donald trump and nato but also again on those domestic issues and earlier i was joined by. the belgian and swore activist and also alexandra noya
a german parliamentarian who gave me their views on everything to do with donald trump and later we are here because we want to protest a nato summit is taking place today and tomorrow and we are doing this because for example the nato is forcing its member states to increase their difference budget for my country for example belgium it means doubling defense budgets while we are asked to have an austerity policy and the same time they are transferred using this money to transform armies into intervention armies we have seen what this means in libya or in afghanistan they stabilize in countries and sold another important issue is the confrontation policy to towards russia which is exactly creating this kind of arms race so there are many many issues why we have to oppose nato that's why we are here if hypothetically to more. nato ceased to exist would not create perhaps a security vacuum a security problem in europe that would lead to more instability this is an old
argument done by the conservatives or liberal words i don't think so what we need is a new security architecture what i say to the security quality if. this is what helps . to secure. of the alliance's chief also says he expects the member states to agree on methods to further strengthen the block at the summit that's despite growing divisions inside the organization itself as nicky aaron reports next. happy birthday nato that's 70 years of strategic economic and security stability especially if you ask them yourself we or we are proving every day that you said lawrence. is our joy is our own it's the liberating nato is the most successful alliance in history that strive to join showing the historic suspects on liberal nato and they does been the most successful alliance in the history and
the reason why nato is the most successful launch of history is that we have been able to change in the world is changing but not everyone is in a party mood the thing is the alliance members just don't get along as well as they used to. the advent of donald trump s 13 lease which stopped the dynamics nato is obsolete it covers the soviet union which is no longer in existence this led to questions over whether the alliance can even survive donald trump perhaps in an effort to mollify him nato has announced a new spending projections and a new formula which will spread the costs of the alliance in central budget between its members a move that might prevent any more embarrassing trump tirades aimed at his nato partners the relationship with nato has been very good the relationship with the secretary general's been outstanding i said it was obsolete it's no longer absolutely but the truth is he's not the only potential party pooper.
in october this year president emmanuel mccrone of france stole the spotlight when he dubbed nato strategically brain dead while questioning the validity of article 5 of its founding treaty that is the commitment to collective security system of the defense critic nato is a collective defense alliance against who and what is organizing who is our common enemy what are our common issues these are questions that deserve clarification but this the idea. is quite similar to the one expressed by another dissatisfied nato member turkey. turkey has not received the kind of robust support it expected from nato in recent years meanwhile turkey's president appeared to demonstrate his true feelings towards the alliance when he chose to spend money on the russian defense systems rather than the american. model with nato member but despite these similar complaints about nato tensions have escalated between turkey
and france in recent weeks with mccracken warning turkey but it cannot expect solidarity with its nato allies if it continues to carry out military operations in syria was a response 7 only upped the ante so. i'm talking to france's president emanuel macron also say that nato 1st of all have your own brain death checked. as for the u.k.'s boris johnson well there's a lot of us are a gathering could not have come at a worse time. while paris is clearly invested in maintaining the special relationship with the us he knows that a loose lips trembled giving a glowing endorsement could be catastrophic donald trump is coming to terms very shortly he should his support for you and indeed for michael ignatieff or rush on this radio station is that welcome but it what we don't do traditionally. as lobbying allies and friends what we do traditionally is get involved in each other's election campaign he did when nato was forms the common goal was clear to
stand against the u.s.s.r. but i think that once held the alliance together is now the missing piece what is nader's biggest threat today. uncertainty and unpredictability we haven't identified one main target but we see much more complex a much more unpredictable security landscape with a more assertive russia and nato needs a purpose and result russia as an enemy they have no real purpose so it is propaganda to have russia as an aggressor and this is a good reason to buy a lot of. rocket bases and so on and so on most probably they will continue to accuse russia to be an aggressor so they have a reason of existing and they will continue to buy arms billions of dollars and this is not the very good contribution to peace in the. americas rick sanchez
discusses the current purpose of nato in his latest show which you can watch online . you're a diplomat you've had a lot of experience in this field what is it that nato either must do today to stay viable or does do we even need it anymore you know it's a bureaucracy in search of a mission i was right in 2016 when he said it was obsolete and so afraid was the establishment that he meant what he said on the very day he was inaugurated and they tried to ram through the addition of a new country montenegro thankfully they got it through because it turned out they didn't have to worry about trump's intentions once he filled his administration with a bunch of bushies and retreads of the heritage foundation they've simply adopted the policies we've had the last few decades and somehow turned it into nato is obsolete into let's make nato great again will just strong on these countries to pay more for their defense against nobody in particular you think they know has in
fact outlived its usefulness i thought so in 1909 and i think so today it's been known as a loser from a standpoint of being a naturalized american and having read the founding fathers warning against seem to angling alliances i mean what is this but in entangling alliances it's our own foreign policy that did reason nato is being kept around by the foreign policy hawks in washington is not because it's necessary for the actual military operations and nato itself doesn't really contribute a whole hell of a lot there are very few countries with the notable exception i want to say france and turkey but it put a bit in as if this is not a good idea for the united states and its very close allies to have an association a military economic class size that's what i was trying to say france and turkey could theoretically mountie independent military operations everybody else is just a hanger on and they're just window dressing for us military operations but the are literally like roman exactly erisa want to do what i've been hearing go bad what word the word of the destruction will do or where that is what it seems to be a dismissive alliance and $991.00 when the soviet union and the warsaw pact would
out of business nato should have as well as why didn't they let russia in i mean that literally that time i've read on many occasions boot himself has said why don't you get is that. no you are you're going to tell you who it was but one of the european european nato hacks said if we did that the nato would be like the un just to talk shop it couldn't take action by which they meant military action all the way to listen to what you just said if you're saying it doesn't work if we don't have enemies exactly what if we had agreed to had be a big ability to inflict military force and i dare to say aggression in places like serbia and libya whatever we want to using nato as a platform but enemies could change by the way russia could be s.o.b.'s at one time like of the 1950 s. but not so much now right but better why don't you have a system that allows that ability i guess because because whose interest does that serve and all these all these are they that these these military companies and these bureaucrats who have the nice cool rice balls at the expense of their taxpayers because there is a threat out there is a bear in the woods for. the tensions in the alliance room full display during
a joint news conference between the american and french presidents on tuesday before they may think donald trump described emanuel mccrone suggestion that nato is in terminal decline as nasty the pair then went on to joust over a range of issues in front of reporters including the face of european isis fighters in this bizarre exchange. where you are. does go wrong on. this is where he's a great politician as it was we're going to answer is that. just hours before the meeting the u.s. president threatened to impose huge tariffs some french good sync looting cheese and champagne shot to dubai and ski has more on the rift. well to adding to those
tensions that nato days even with the simmering tensions bits. and the us this comes after the u.s. has threatened to add more taxes on french products in retaliation for the so-called gaffa tax this is a tax on digital joints such as google amazon or facebook and apple suggesting it will levy those taxes of up to $2400000000.00 some of that product such a sharp pain on luxury goods such as handbags and also the famous french cheese some of these products could see taxes of up to 100 percent doubling that price for u.s. consumers now the u.s. trade representatives office has said that this so-called gaffa tax is discriminatory and trump is hittite to gauge that tax saying frogs will not be taking advantage of his watch. your friends puts a terrorist on our companies again these are companies that are against you know
they were against me if i read the papers correctly or whatever again they were going through this supposed to be very powerful you know one so maybe they're not seeing her but there are companies i don't want to bridge trashing american companies if they're going to be terrorists it's going to be. terrorists while the france is part they think that they have a right to the slice of the pie of the profits of these big digital giant saying it's unfair that they've chosen to put the european headquarters in low tax countries and that's why they slap this 3 percent levy on these companies this year and the french finance minister says he's furious and this is unacceptable that america is now threatening more taxes. this is unacceptable behavior by the united states towards one of its main fronts the europe in general in case of new american sanctions the european union would be ready to respond. at that into the
mix of the other tensions we've seen over the past few years between the 2 administrations things such as the iranian nuclear. and of course the u.s. administration pulling out of the paris climate accords and it looks like there's going to be a lot of discussions a lot of hard soon faces at this need to meeting an unlikely that they're going to be popping the champagne corks as they should be celebrating the anniversary. that's it from the same in moscow for this hour thanks for watching i'll have you next update on the level of the 35 minutes from now meantime because up on you tube more great stories programs. you know world big part of. lot of things and conspiracy it's time to wake up
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