Skip to main content

tv   BBC News  BBC News  April 19, 2019 3:00am-3:31am BST

3:00 am
welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: robert mueller‘s long awaited report on russian interference says there was no collusion with russia by the trump campaign in the 2016 us election. the heavily redacted report doesn't exonerate him and it also raises questions of obstruction of justice. but president trump says it's "game over". they are having a good day. i'm having a good day as well. it is called no collusion, no obstruction. hundreds of thousands of people in sudan demand a civilian run government.
3:01 am
the firefighters who battled the flames at notre dame are thanked by president macron — but the cause of the blaze is still being investigated. and, as climate protests in london enter a fifth day — activists are warned not to target heathrow airport over easter. mr trump feared the mueller report would be the end of his presidency — now it's out, he's claiming victory. the 4a8 pages reveal the trump campaign thought it would benefit from information stolen by russia. there's no finding of a conspiracy between the campaign and moscow. but the report doesn't exonerate the president on obstruction ofjustice — and details how he tried to get the special counsel fired.
3:02 am
our north america editor jon sopel reports. hail to the chief plays a watershed moment for this president and maybe the presidency itself. donald trump was at the white house today, meeting wounded warriors. but from his two—year long battle with robert mueller, he feels he has emerged unscathed with reputation intake. he said his guests were having a good time. i'm having a good day too. it was called no collusion, no obstruction. before publication of this long—awaited report, the president tweeted this with its game of thrones styling. his team, confident, putting out this video. no collusion. the 400—page report is riveting and dramatic. it describes the fallout from the firing of the fbi director james comey. the then—attorney generaljeff
3:03 am
sessions goes in to see the president to tell him he has decided to appoint a special counsel to investigate russian collusion and obstruction of justice. donald trump is furious and uses very strong language. the report conveys an image of a white house in total meltdown with the president angrily demanding that robert mueller be fired. don mcgahn is repeatedly told to arrange for mueller to be sacked. mcgahn refuses. of the president's attempts at influence, the reports says, they were mostly unsuccessful, largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests. the new attorney general has weighed in sympathetically, almost saying the behaviour of the president was justified. as the special counsel's report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents
3:04 am
and fuelled by illegal leaks. on the other question of whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and the russians, a clean bill of health. the mueller report is being devoured on capitol hill and debated online. democrats are not buying the line that the president did nothing wrong. even in its incomplete form however, incomplete because part is redacted, even in this incomplete form, the mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that president trump engaged in obstruction ofjustice and other misconduct. donald trump has left washington to travel to florida for the easter weekend. his aides say he is jacked, happy, pumped up. his good thursday before good friday. our moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg gave us the reaction from russia.
3:05 am
tonight a stonefaced announcer on russian tv tried to dismiss 400 pages of robert mueller with one sentence. she said two years and tens of millions of dollars wasted, that's how she summed it up. i wasn't surprised because for two yea rs, wasn't surprised because for two years, russian officials have batted away every accusation, every piece of evidence that moscow meddled in the 2016 us election. we had vladimir putin spokesman doing the same today. he said, this is not an object of interest for us. we will flick through it and see if there's anything worthy of analysis. so pretty dismissive. but, pretty damning was the conclusion of robert mueller about russia's sweeping interference in the us election. russia had high hopes for donald trump and in 2016 many hoped he would transform us — russia relations. many are still hoping he
3:06 am
can but it might be wishful thinking because the contents of the report will affect relations for a long time to come. david tafuri is an international lawyer and former state department official. he joins me from washington. what stood up for you? a couple of things. first of all as your corresponded mentioned, there are substantial fact that we didn't know about that show just the details to which russia went to try to interfere in our 2016 campaign they had all the strategy that people who are involved, a number of those russians have already been indicted, over 30 russians have been indicted for their involvement. many of them had not been brought tojustice, probably never will be brought to justice but what we see is a concerted effort by russia. special council deserves a lot of credit of putting that together. that should
3:07 am
be bipartisan. it doesn't say anything about the responsibility of president trump of the trump campaign. another thing that stands out now is that the report also details many instances that people could conclude where attempts by the president to engage in obstruction of justice. president to engage in obstruction ofjustice. in particular, the ten different instances listed, he declined to decide and make a recommendation as to whether president trump should be prosecuted for obstruction ofjustice but he also makes clear that congress has a role in deciding that for stopping congress as a right to apply the obstruction of justice congress as a right to apply the obstruction ofjustice laws to the president and also, congress has a remedy through impeachment. the question coming out of today is, what is congress going to do? the houses can —— controlled by the democrats, either going to move forward with impeachment or not? this is more of a political question, with a that button? what do you reckon? it's too early to
3:08 am
tell. people adjusting the report, is over 400 pages with so many different details trying to understand what robert mueller was really recommending here, and what he had compiled, and the overall gravity of the situation. the attorney general provided a summary on march 24, it was a four page summary, on march 24, it was a four page summary, it didn't get into any of these details. we have now learned, there's just so much these details. we have now learned, there'sjust so much more these details. we have now learned, there's just so much more there. these details. we have now learned, there'sjust so much more there. i don't think congress is ready to make a decision yet, i think the house democrats are going to have to look at this closely. you had a clip from chairman ludlow, he's the chairman of the judiciary from chairman ludlow, he's the chairman of thejudiciary committee, he hasjurisdiction over impeachment, he hasn't said yet whether he wants to go forward with impeachment or not. he has made clear that he was the full report, he wants a virgin of the report that does not distract version. that is
3:09 am
not productive. the president 's son essentially getting off the hook because he seemingly wasn't aware of what he was doing. explain that to us. what he was doing. explain that to us. that's a very interesting part of the report. it's something we didn't know about until we got the report because the attorney general didn't address it. but this is with respect to the trump tower meeting that took place injune 2016 and donald trump junior met that took place injune 2016 and donald trumpjunior met with some russians who were acting on behalf of the government of russia, and he indicated he was interested in getting information on hillary clinton, the opponent, and that could be seen as getting something of value from a foreigner which would be a campaign finance violation. but robert mueller says he can't show that donald trump junior and the others from the trump campaign who attended the meeting
3:10 am
knew that that was against the law. that's one of the reasons why he decides not to recommend prosecution on that. he's basically saying that donald trump junior may not have understood the campaign finance laws but those laws are pretty simple. 0n theissue but those laws are pretty simple. 0n the issue of whether you can receive anything of value from someone who was a foreigner, and it's clear you cannot. it is certainly left donald trump junior quite happy on twitter today. we have to leave it there but thank you for your legal perspective, much appreciated. let's get some of the day's other news. a 29 year old woman has been killed following disturbances in northern ireland. police say it is being treated as a terrorist incident and a murder inquiry has been launched. shots have been fired in londonderry and petrol bombs thrown at police. the disorder broke out after police searches in the city and officers have appealed for calm. several black footballers in the english premier league are boycotting social media for 24 hours from friday to highlight racism.
3:11 am
using the hashtag enough, the campaign organisers say they want social media networks and authorities to do more about racial abuse, on and off the pitch. three clamours are presumed dead in the canadian rockies. the attempting to scale the pig and failed to check in on time. they have been named as clamours from austria and one, from the us. hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in khartoum in one of the biggest protests so far to push sudan's ruling military council into accepting demands for a civilian—run government. demonstrators packed the streets around the miltary headquarters. alaistair leithead reports from khartoum. marching for more on the streets of khartoum. it's been a week since
3:12 am
president 0mar al—bashir was removed from power. but the protests go on. the louder the voices, the more chance they believe they have of achieving lasting change. this is the obvious face of a protest that has already achieved so much but the real hope for sudan lies with the negotiations going on behind the scenes. the protest organisers called on a million people to come to the street of the capital and there are groups like these, these are the lawyers coming from every street, gathering in the central area. and it's really important for the opposition figures who are trying to negotiate with the military over the future path for sudan. that the people stay on the streets, this pressure is maintained. the military council has been meeting opposition politicians and groups that make up a movement known as the forces for freedom and change. there is disagreement within the opposition as to who should be
3:13 am
involved in this process. professors at the historically independent university of khartoum have an initiative to guide the process and secretly began preparing plans for a switch to civilian rule months ago. if they can come together in one or two days, they can decide who's going to be the prime minister. or how many ministers that we want, they can do it. what we want is of course, all the other parties that ruled or being part of the ruling, before or even older parties, we don't want them during the transition period. this is a process that's been driven by young people. they want civilians running this country. international opinion is split between those backing the stability of military rule and those encouraging democracy. sudan is in a moment of potentially huge historic change, what we're looking for is for this change to be positive and that means
3:14 am
rule and sudan returning back to civilians. the military is in control but we are keen to see civilians take over this transition. the call for people to come here today in huge numbers appears to have been heeded. the largest protest so far, it is a symbol of the determination for real change. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: controversy in france over big donations for the reconstruction of notre—dame. the stars and stripes at half mast outside columbine high. the school sealed off, the bodies of the dead still inside. i never thought that they would actually go through with it.
3:15 am
one of the most successful singer songwriters of all time, the american pop star prince has died at the age of 57. he was a great musician and, you know, a genius. for millions of americans, the death of richard nixon, in a new york hospital, has meant conflicting emotions. a national day of mourning next wednesday sitting somehow uneasily with the abiding memories of the shame of watergate. and liftoff of the space shuttle discovery with the hubble space telescope, our window on the universe. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the report into russian interference in the 2016 us presidential election shows that donald trump tried to sack
3:16 am
robert mueller, fearing the investigation could end his presidency. mr trump declared a political victory, saying "game over." hundreds of thousands of people in the sudanese capital khartoum protest on the streets, demanding a civilian run government. more than 200 people have been killed in libya — and thousands have been forced to flee their homes. this follows two weeks of fighting on the outskirts of the capital tripoli. a rebel military commander is trying to capture the city from the internationally recognised government that currently holds power there. 0rla guerin is in tripoli and sent this report. in tripoli, once again, it's time to bury the dead. civilians killed this week by rocket fire as they slept. mourners blamed the military strongman besieging the city, general khalifa haftar.
3:17 am
critics say he wants to be a new gaddafi. prime minister sarraj, very nice to see you again. libya's internationally recognised prime minister has held him off for two weeks, but he's looking weary and sounding worried. translation: this is a dangerous turning point. it's a confrontation between supporters of democracy and supporters of authoritarian rule. i'm really astonished by the stand of the international community. gunfire. it's less a matter of taking a stand, and more of dodging a bullet. these battles are raging around seven miles from the prime minister's office. all this in a week when a un backed peace conference was supposed to be held, but the international community —
3:18 am
which was so hands—on during libya's revolution — now has little to say. translation: the public is frustrated by the silence. the un security council is not even able to issue a statement saying clearly what has happened. the russians won't accept mentioning haftar‘s name as the aggressor, though everyone knows he is the one behind this. what is the risk now that the so—called islamic state can exploit this vacuum? they were driven from their stronghold in sirte at the end of 2017, but nobody imagines they are gone completely. do you see any indications that they are taking advantage of this moment? translation: definitely. there's a fear that groups like is could come back and take advantage of this void. we did our best to fight them and we pushed them out of the south. after all this work we did,
3:19 am
this attack is going to give them a chance to engage again. and the latest turmoil may have an impact far beyond libya's shores. the prime minister says it's threatening the lives of 800,000 migrants here and could spark a flood to europe. 0rla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. dozens of firefighters involved in tackling the blaze at notre dame cathedral in paris have been invited to meet president macron at the elysee palace. the wooden roof and metal spire were destroyed but most of the 850 year—old brickwork remains intact. president macron said he had spoken to the pope and invited him to come to france — an invitation that had been accepted. notre—dame would have been full this weekend for easter services. instead they've had to be moved elsewhere. lucy williamson reports from paris.
3:20 am
today, france saw the faces of its heroes. the firefighters who, on monday night, pitted their bravery against a vast inferno and won, now filing into the gilded rooms of the elysee palace, the secular cathedral of the french state. translation: it is a great joy, a great honour. the paris firefighters are a humble and discreet unit and we are here as a community to honour the individual and collective efforts of our comrades. one firefighter described emerging from a bell tower and seeing the roof engulfed in flames. "it was only later we understood the risks we had taken", she said. "the hardest thing was that we were so small compared to it." investigators have interviewed 40 people and forensic teams have begun to gather evidence at the site. but the structure of notre—dame is still fragile, damaged by both the fire and the operation to save it.
3:21 am
the threat to notre—dame did not die with the fire. several areas of the building have been badly weakened. some of the gables have already been given extra support. scaffolding is being brought in to secure the stonework and a tarpaulin is urgently needed to protect the vaulted ceiling from rain. across the riverfrom notre—dame, outside the town hall, crowds gathered this afternoon for a service of thanks. translation: i feel gratitude to the fire brigade. by risking your lives, you have saved part of ours. the hymns and prayers of holy week rose from st sulpice tonight, across the riverfrom notre—dame. the cathedral‘s leading cleric and many of its congregation marking the rituals of easter here. the christian message of loss and resurrection,
3:22 am
grief and hope, a comfort in the shadow of notre—dame's scorched and roofless walls. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. more than 500 people have now been arrested following days of illegal climate protests in london. campaigners from the group extinction rebellion are continuing to block sites including oxford circus. the protestors have been warned they'll face the "full force of the law" if they target heathrow airport on friday. our correspondent, tom symonds is at waterloo bridge, one of the main protest sites. the police attempted to raise the pace of their attempts to clear these protest camps today. this afternoon, about 20 people were arrested and then about 30 protesters took their place and as you can see, the bridge is still closed and this man has been playing a cello where the traffic would normally be. it's a problem for the police. they say they can only use reasonable force to clear these protests but this is a peaceful protest so all they can do is remove
3:23 am
the protesters one by one. there have been some messages going around today, a fairly well worked—out plan to raise the bar and close down heathrow tomorrow. we can't be sure that that will happen but the mayor of london, sadiq khan, has said if it does, that will be dangerous, illegal and put more pressure on the police. it would certainly be disruptive and the police are under pressure to clear these protests and to reduce the amount of disruption they are causing in the centre of london. many of these protesters say they will stay here for days to come. at the same time, one of the youngest and most outspoken campaigners has been spreading the word in italy. andy beatt reports. the 16—year—old hoping to save the planet. swedish climate activist
3:24 am
greta thunberg on a mission to rome to inspire politicians and people of all ages. trans- mac i say she to inspire politicians and people of all ages. trans- maci say she is to inspire politicians and people of all ages. trans- mac i say she is a young girl of our rage was already fighting for the future. this is somebody —— something really special. we are happy ritter is here to speak about these things. she could help us change the world. greta's remarkable rise to prominence began last summer. her school's strike climate gaining support in sweden and across the world. students in more than 40 countries have joined the call for action. while she has taken her uncompromising of an emotional message to the un, world leaders and most recently the pope. now, it's the turn of italy's senators. you lied to us. you gave us false hope. you told us that the future was something to look forward to. we
3:25 am
children are doing this to wake the adults up. we children are doing this to get you to act. we children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back. thank you. her tough talking approach may have w011 her tough talking approach may have won an army of young fans and nomination for a nobel peace prize but so far there is little sign of real change. politicians will be under more pressure to act on friday when she leads another student strike in central rome. a slightly different teenager, who is attempting to break the world record for non—stop swinging. charlie o'brien has been swinging in his local park for 33 hours, he swung through the night, stopping for five minutes every hour to stretch his legs and grab a bite to eat before carrying on. he's waiting for the guinness book of to officially verify his swinging feet.
3:26 am
having a stretch there. you're watching bbc news. i am having a stretch there. you're watching bbc news. iam duncan golestani. hello there. for all four nations of the uk, thursday was the warmest day of 2019 — so far, that is. 23.3 was the top temperature, that was recorded in west sussex but over the easter weekend, those temperatures are set to climb a little further. widely into the 20s but towards the south—east corner on saturday, 25, possibly even 26 degrees and with that, high pressure keeping things predominantly dry and holding these weather fronts at bay in the atlantic for the most part, as i will show you in a moment but for good friday, we don't have to worry about those weather fronts. in fact, after any early fog has cleared, most of us are looking at a blue sky day with lots of sunshine. we may see patches of cloud drifting into northern ireland
3:27 am
and western scotland but as far as the temperatures go, widely up into the high teens or low 20s celsius, 22 in glasgow, for example. somewhere further south, we could get up to 24 degrees. friday night will be fine for most of us. we may see one or two fog patches developing they'll be quite isolated but if they do form where you ara, the fog could be quite dense. also some cloud you will notice, creeping into the far west of northern ireland in north—west scotland associated with one of those weather fronts i showed you. the fronts trying to make inroads on saturday, the odd spot of rain in northern ireland, the far north—west of scotland, certainly more cloud here. come further south and east, predominantly sunny. we may see fog patches lapping onto north sea coastal areas but in the sunshine on saturday, this is likely to be the warmest day of the week and 20—24 degrees, maybe 25, 26 in the south—east corner. contrast that with the so—called holiday hotspots of southern spain. here, a wet weekend to come, persistent heavy rain which could bring flooding and even further east to the mediterranean where it is drier, northerly breeze in cool weather, 17 degrees in athens, much cooler
3:28 am
than for many of us at home and the second half of the weekend, that area of high pressure mostly holds on. these weather fronts will always be there to the north—west, wriggling around and threatening to move in, some uncertainty about the extent to which these fronts will make progress, always the chance of some cloud into northern ireland, north—est scotland, may some rain in the far north—west but away from these areas, again, a lot of sunshine on easter sunday. again, those temperatures well up into the 20s. and for easter monday, it is more of the same. more spells of sunshine, more warmth, but always the chance of some of that cloud and maybe a bit of rain into the far north—west.
3:29 am
this is bbc news, the headlines: the long awaited report into russian interference in the 2016 us presidential election shows that donald trump tried to sack robert mueller, fearing the investigation could end his presidency. the report did not find evidence of an actual crime but did not exonerate the president. mr trump declared a political victory, saying "game over." a week after president omar al—bashir was deposed in a coup, tens of thousands of people have protested in the sudanese capital, khartoum. they are trying to keep up the pressure on the transitional military council to hand over to a civilian administration. as climate change protests in central london enter their fifth day, police say more than 500 demonstrators in total have been arrested.
3:30 am
now activists threaten to target heathrow airport on friday as hundreds of thousands are planning to fly off for easter. now on bbc news, panorama. tonight on panorama — the mystery of the gatwick drone attack. 140,000 passengers delayed. we kind ofjust got stuck in a total limbo. a thousand flights cancelled or diverted. we couldn't say anything, we were just all crying. for the first time, we reveal the cat and mouse battle against the drone. they clearly had some idea of how airports work, and had some intelligence as to what we were doing. we test the military kit brought in to disable drones... so, he's completely lost control, and there's nothing that he can do. ..and look at how dangerous drones can be. that could be catastrophic to an aircraft.


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on