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Donald Trump faces the most serious allegations
He's accused of asking former FBI boss James Comey to halt
the investigation into links between his former national
Donald Trump hasn't yet responded directly to the latest
allegations against him, but he remains defiant.
No politician in history, and I say this with great surety,
has been treated worse, or more unfairly.
But tonight as pressure intensifies on the President,
he's facing growing criticism from within his own party.
I think we've seen this movie before.
I think it's reaching the stage where it's
After the turbulence of the first few months,
we'll be asking how serious a moment this is for the Trump presidency.
The Liberal Democrats launch their election manifesto
pledging another referendum on any Brexit deal.
Meanwhile, new measures to curb immigration are understood
to be among the pledges in the Conservatives'
A record number of people in work, but there are more warnings
And trying to fight digital propaganda -
the millions of fake profiles created on social media
And coming up in Sportsday later in the hour on BBC News:
There's so much at stake in the Championship
as Sheffield Wedmnesday and Huddersfield look to reach
President Trump is facing what his critics say
are the most serious allegations to beset his presidency so far.
He has been accused of trying to get the former head of the FBI,
James Comey - who he sacked last week - to drop an investigation
into links between his former National Security Adviser
The claims have prompted a small but growing number
of the President's fellow Republicans to call for
an independent inquiry into links between the Trump Administration
Our North America Editor Jon Sopel reports.
Chuck Schumer, And Chuck Schumer, Donald Trump was today on the way to
the coastguard Academy as his administration seemed to be listing.
Our commander in chief, Donald Trump. This has been the most torrid
week of the presidency and though he didn't address each individual set
back there was a message. No politician in history, and I say
this with great surety, has been treated worse, or more unfairly. You
cannot let them get you down. I didn't get elected to serve the
Washington media, I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of
our country and that's what I'm doing. He has become more famous
than me zmrchlt his. The disclose that James Comey kept notes of his
meetings with the president, including over the sacked Michael
Flynn is serious. Donald Trump is reported to have said to Comey:
Amid allegation that this amounted to obstruction of justice the White
House denied any wrong doing, saying the president hadn't told the FBI
director to stop his work. It brought this from the democratic
leader. The president says what Comey says was wrong. Prove it. It
is easy to prove. As long as there are tapes or transcripts of what
happened. If the president's right, he will have no problem releasing
memos, tapes, transcripts that corroborate his story. Other
democrats have started using the I word. I rise today Mr Speaker to
call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of
America. For obstruction of justice. This is not good for America. Some
influential Republicans too are growing restive with comparisons to
the days of Nixon. I think we have seen this movie before, I think it's
reaching the point where it is of Watergate size and scale and a
couple of other scandals that you and I have seen. It has been a bad
week, last Tuesday came the firing of James Comey with the White House
giving muddled explanations about why and then the president seemed to
threaten Comey saying he had better hopes there are no tapes of our
conversation. And the president divulged material to the Russian
foreign minister. But what about the mood outside Washington? In the home
of country and western, in Nashville, the Trump loyalists are
not changing tune. They're still singing stand by your man. You can't
tell me that all these leaks and comments that come through almost
daily are not because people are trying to subvert the president. The
things they're saying about him is a lie. All the immediates are
democrats and left-wingers, they don't want to see him do well or
America do well. They just want to give America away. The president,
who returned to the White House tonight will be buoyed by this
support but that is kwha gets you elected. Not what keeps you in power
and this administration can't afford any more weeks like the one that's
just gone. How serious a moment this is for
Donald Trump? If you drew up a league table of the allegations that
have swirled around Donald Trump and looked at what was the most serious,
I think potentially this memo from James Comey is the most serious.
Like any good detective he has kept notes of his meetings with Donald
Trump and if it was a court of law, that would be entirely admissible as
evidence. The notes of an FBI person. So that presents a problem
for Donald Trump and some say he will be impeached now. Impeachment
is, for a start you have got to have a huge burden of proof. But it has
never happened in US history. It not only has to pass the House of
Representatives, it becomes a trial in the Senate and you need a two
thirds majority for that to happen. That is still unlike and still
premature to talk about this, but it has been a torrid week for the White
House and you have seen members of staff feeling insecure about their
jobs, the president has made mis-steps, you see on Capitol Hill
the Republicans feeling uncertain about the future. It has sometimes
felt like we are going through a daily soap opera, an improbable plot
line, but what we are not yet at is the season end, that still has a
long way to go. Thank you. The BBC understands the Conservativing will
promise to curb immigration when they publish their manifesto
tomorrow. Let's talk to our political editor in Westminster.
These are the first details we are getting. Yes the publication of any
manifesto is a big deal for a party leader, particularly for Theresa
May, because of course this is the first big document to come from the
Conservatives since she has been in charge and it is her decision to
call the election and her calculation that the ideas that she
and her team will put forward will be enough to keep her on in Downing
Street and one of those first messages is an uncompromising one on
imdprags. Migration. It is her calculation that voters say
immigration must come down and she will say immigration is too high and
when immigration is too high that has consequences for society. The
question is of course then well what is she going to do. Don't forget as
Home Secretary in charge for six years, she missed that target of
bringing immigration down to under a hundred thousand. Tomorrow she will
recommit to that figure and make that promise again that if elected
under her leadership immigration will come down to under 100,000. She
will also say that student numbers will stay in those immigration
figures and there has been pressure on her to change that, arguments
that it creates a false picture. But she will also propose extra charges
for employers who bring in non-EU workers from around the world, she
will double the amounts they're expected to pay if they want to hire
them. There is a suggestion that people from around the world other
than the EU will have to pay more to use the NHS during the time they're
here. There will be plenty more big ideas on social care. But I think
broadly this is not going to be a manifesto that is full of hearts and
flowers, I think it is going to be a hard-headed document with Theresa
May's ambition, her calculation, is that by saying to the country, I
know there are problems that you wants me to fix, she will come
across as the leader that they believe can sort them. Thank you.
The Liberal Democrats have - as expected - pledged to hold
a second referendum on the final Brexit deal
In their manifesto - which they launched today -
the party promised to spend billions more on housing,
It would be funded in part by a penny increase on income tax.
Other policies include the legalisation of cannabis
and a future ban on sales of diesel cars and vans.
Here's our political correspondent, Vicki Young.
Tim far Ron wants the election to be about Brexit. Someone is going to
have the final say. It could be the politicians, or it could be the
people. I believe it must be the people. But is his message getting
through? I caught up with him as he toured a school. Certainly there are
many people lacking hope. They think that the only thing on the table is
Theresa May's bleak vision of us leaving the EU with a hard Brexit.
There are many people who voted for Remain who accept that result,
something you're unwilling to do and they feel you have got to get on
with it and many thing traichl is the person to do -- Theresa May is
the person to do. Many have given up the fight, what I'm saying is I
haven't. If you believe that Britain's future is better alongside
our neighbours in Europe, you should not be forced to accept a stitch up.
You should have the final say. The manifesto promises ?8 billion of
investment in England and an increase in corporation tax and a
rise in income tax to fund spending on health and an end to the freeze
on working age benefits and to legalise cannabis. There is no
mention of abolishing tuition fees in England, a policy they abandoned
when they went into coalition with the Conservatives. Do you accept
tuition fees were the right thing to do? I voted against the rise. I
think it is important that people keep their word. That is why my
advice to others is don't make promises you can't keep. Would you
reverse it now? We have said we would put money to returning grants
to students to make sure it is affordable. In London the Liberal
Democrat hope to come back. The area voted against Brexit. So how is the
promise of another referendum going down. It is childish to think
because you don't like a decision that has been made and voted for
that you can go back and reverse it. This is democracy, this is the
country we live in and we should stand by that, even though the
decision wasn't one that I liked. I don't think the fight should ever
stop. It is too important and too many lies and yeah we should carry
on fighting until we have no you know fight left in us. I was
disappointed about the news of a potential referendum chl I think
that ship has sailed and it is about getting the best kind of Brexit. How
many seats do you need too gain too keep your job 1234? We need above
all else is to offer the British people this one chance, the last
chance saloon for Britain, if you believe Britain is open, tolerant
and united and reject the extreme version of Brexit and want a better
future, the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering you hope.
Two years ago the Liberal Democrats narrowly avoided election wipe out.
But they hope the vote to leave the EU has thrown them a political
lifeline. Well the Lib Dems are hoping
to attract young voters - not just with that pledge
for another referendum on any Brexit deal, but also
with a number of other policies concerning housing
and the voting age. Our Home Editor Mark Easton
has been to Cambridge, a key target seat for the Lib Dems,
to see what young voters We're here to talk to
you about the election today. Let us know your
thoughts and tweet us. So often ignored by the politicians,
it's loud and clear at This could be about anything such
as Brexit, student tuition, Call Radio Cambridge broadcasts
to thousands of young voters in the Liberal Democrats'
number one target seat. I think politicians have to start
appealing to young people, because these young people
are going to grow old. I think there's many things that
need to be changed, such as tuition, health care, NHS - it
all needs to be different now and I think that a lot of people need
to take the young people's opinions The Liberal Democrat
manifesto promises young people cheaper bus fares, higher
welfare payments, help with housing Is lowering the voting
age the kind of policy that cuts it with these
student hairdressers? A lot of people my age
don't know enough about it and they kind
of they go with that their parents think, so
I don't think it's a great idea. Brexit's a big issue for you,
isn't it, explain why? Well, I'm a British citizen,
but my parents are Portuguese and so are
the rest of my family. How do I know that nothing
will happen to them and they won't have to be going back
to their country and I'm just here? The Liberal Democrats
are saying they want a much softer Brexit that's
going to retain access to the single Is that appealing
for someone like you? I don't know if it's
going to be done. Political wisdom decrees that your
manifesto should appeal to people So the Liberal Democrats'
focus on younger 18 to 24-year-olds
are almost half as This college has been encouraging
students to register before next Monday's deadline, but cities
with large student populations have been reporting a big
drop in registrations. And there's a credibility issue
for the Liberal Democrats. After promising not to put up
university tuition fees in the 2010 election, they voted to do
just that in Government. Are the Liberal Democrats
damaged goods now? I don't really remember
when they put them up, I was probably just
finishing secondary school and stuff, so I didn't pay
attention to it. For me, knowing what they've
done, I wouldn't be I feel like they're stuck
in a catch-22, because what they're giving
is a mix in the middle. They're not going to completely
cut tuition fees, but they're going to offer
a maintenance grant, which is great, it is
Everybody should be given the chance to go to uni.
So these are Liberal Democrat target voters in a Liberal
I'm quite excited, but nervous at the same time.
For the party, a lot depends on how they respond to to promises
There are new warnings that workers are facing a squeeze
The latest figures indicate that wages are not keeping pace
However, another set of figures show that a record number
and good news on jobs - firms hiring plenty
of people as economic growth remains positive.
We are continually recruiting staff, we have grown
really quickly in the last two years from four to 32 people.
We've just employed our new park manager and we've
also employed in the last couple of months a new ground staff.
At this moment on our company website, I think, we have 15
The last time we saw unemployment this low was 1975,
when the price of a pint of milk was a princely seven pence.
It was also an era of high inflation and
Today, inflation is creeping back and
Let's look at the more recent history of
If we go right back to the year 2000,
you can see that earnings were consistently above the rate
That came to an abrupt halt in 2008 when the financial
Wages fell sharply and inflation rose, as things like the
That led to this long period of pay squeeze
and that didn't come to an end until September 2014.
And until today, wages have stayed above the cost of
living, but the gap has been closing and today those lines crossed.
Individual incomes on average are going down again.
Donna Spicer is a teaching assistant from south-east London.
She has faced a pay freeze for four years.
I have no social life because of no money to
and it's a choice of heating and eating.
So one winter it was sitting there with blankets, hot
Low unemployment used to mean higher wages
Higher inflation used to mean workers demanded increased pay
rises, but people are still concerned about asking for a pay
rise and the public sector pay freeze remains in place.
The big question for 2017 is whether wages
respond to either of two big pressures -
If they don't, we're likely to see the pay squeeze continue for some
A way to produce more wealth from the hard hours we work?
That relies on productivity going up.
Until that problem is solved, the danger of a
The number of child migrants and refugees travelling alone
around the world has reached record numbers.
The United Nations is warning that many of them are at risk
of being exploited by smugglers and traffickers.
In the past two years alone at least 300,000 unaccompanied children
160,000 of them applied for asylum in Europe.
Our correspondent, Caroline Hawley, has been to Greece where she has
been talking to children who've fled war and poverty.
They had to cross through five different countries to get here -
three Afghan orphans now being looked after at
Hameed is 15, his brother Ali 13 and Mortaza 11.
Their parents were killed in a Taliban bomb.
The boys arrived here in March after a month-long
journey, partly on foot, in the hands of smugglers.
Hameed says they now want to join their 18-year-old brother in Sweden.
How difficult was the journey, what was the hardest part?
With so many migrants now stuck in Greece,
there's not space in proper shelters for all the unaccompanied children
and there are stories of teenagers being forced to work for no pay
or prostituting themselves for pocket money.
One in ten of the children who've arrived in Greece travelled alone.
These Syrian brothers told me their parents had sent
them to Europe to avoid them being conscripted.
It's very dangerous to stay in Syria because they're taking a lot
of children like us, from the age 16, to the war, to fighting.
In the shelter they live in, 21 teenagers are learning
The man in charge of the refuge fled Iran as a child himself
TRANSLATION: All these kids have psychological difficulties -
they have sleep problems, aggressiveness, self-harm,
not wanting to eat or be around other people.
Some of them will be scarred for life by what they've been through.
And the UN says that record numbers of children are now
on the move around the world without their parents -
driven from their countries by conflict and desperation.
Much more must be done, it says, to protect them.
A brief look at some of the day's other news stories.
A council has been ordered to pay nearly ?200,000 to a former member
of staff who was sexually abused by a council official.
Richard Rowe, who's waived his right to anonymity, successfully sued
Sheffield City Council after being assaulted
Dodds, who's 81, was imprisoned in February for a series of assaults.
A lawyer for Ian Brady has made clear that the ashes
of the Moors Murderer, who died on Monday, will not be
scattered on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester,
where most of his victims were buried.
The assurance came during a Coroner's Court hearing this
The Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, has announced
he will stand down next month when his party, Fine Gael,
He led the country through the economic crisis,
but his position was weakened after last year's election
which resulted in a minority coalition government.
The former American soldier, Chelsea Manning -
who was behind one of the biggest intelligence leaks in US history -
has been released from military prison.
The 29-year-old was expected to remain in jail until 2045,
but President Obama commuted her sentence just before he left
Our correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanathan,
Chelsea Manning, seen here in her final days behind bars.
Held in an all-male prison, she won her fight to have surgery
As she stepped out to a new life, she shared photos of the everyday
In a statement she said she was looking forward to so much.
Chelsea Manning left the military prison here at Fort Leavenworth
in the early hours of this morning under the cover of darkness.
Her supporters say she's a whistle-blower and a hero,
but in the past Donald Trump's called her an "ungrateful traitor."
And that's a view shared by many people I've spoken to near the base
here who believe her actions put many lives at risk.
It was while she was living as Bradley Manning that she was
convicted of one of the largest leaks of government
A low ranking Army private in Iraq, Manning hacked government databases,
handing hundreds of thousands of classified documents
It included this video of a US Apache helicopter strike
in Iraq, which killed civilians and journalists.
And diplomatic cables which revealed the private
WikiLeaks had very significant impacts.
In certain countries, for a variety of reasons,
it did not necessarily have the global impact
But Chelsea Manning put real American interests
Supporters have been campaigning for her release for years.
They say she faced discrimination in prison because of her transgender
identity, which she revealed shortly after her sentencing.
She's learned how to live with her situation, as it was,
because she thought you was going to be there for a long time,
and now she's ready to get out and, more importantly, she's ready
to finally be able to live as the woman that she is.
For now, Chelsea Manning will remain a member of the US
military, without pay, as she appeals her conviction.
Chelsea Manning's release has been met with a mixed reaction. Her
friend say she could take on a public role as a campaigner for
transgender rights. In the seven years she spent behind bars, society
has changed a quite a bit. Transgender are now able to serve
openingly in the US military. Thank you.
More on the election campaign now and the latest in our series looking
at the new shape of politics in the UK.
It's now three years since Scotland chose to remain a part
Tonight, our special correspondent, Allan Little, reports on how
the principle fault line in this election campaign still seems to be
There's new energy in the Scottish Conservative Party,
for 20 years they'd all but disappeared from the electoral
map, now they're ahead of Labour as the second party
Strong and stable leadership is not front and centre stage here,
it's the Union that dominates their campaign message.
People are leaving Labour and coming to us because we are the party
of the Union and it's the party you can put your trust in.
The second independence referendum was the issue that motivated me
to join the Conservative Party and to take an active part in,
Yes, as soon as you go door-to-door, start door-knocking,
the first thing they want to talk about, it's supposed to be
local issues and then it becomes very, very much
It is the number one issue in Scotland.
Until recently, general elections in Scotland were about the same
question as in the rest of the country, namely -
And for 50 years, Scotland's answer to that question was Labour.
The independence referendum of 2014 realigned Scottish politics.
Now the question is not so much - who do you want to govern Britain,
but do you want to be in Britain at all?
In the 20th Century, Scots were devoted Unionists,
bound into the UK by the great shared enterprises of Empire,
the Second World War and the post-war welfare state.
The nationalised industries - coal, steel, shipbuilding -
were bedrocks, not just of Labour loyalty, but of British
Miners in Fife were part of the community of shared interest
with miners in Yorkshire and South Wales.
The deindustrialisation of the 1980s and 90s brought down these powerful
For much of the 20th Century, Dundee was a Labour fortress.
In 2014, it became yes city, voting for independence
by the largest margin in the country.
So I've been kind of falling out of love with Labour for a long time.
That experience pushed many traditional Labour
Jane Phillips was among them, she believes independence is inevitable.
The idea is there and it's like trying to unknow something.
You can't unknow it, and now that idea is out there,
It's like, think of all the other countries in the world who've
got their independence, think about the British Empire.
Once this notion of independence was out there, it was
You can't unknow that idea of taking control of your own future.
Does the Conservative revival mean that the
In some ways, the Conservative resurgence seems to suggest that
actually the constitutional issue matters perhaps more than it
ever has because it's the Conservative Party,
more than any other party, that are talking about independence
and the threat of independence and that helps them,
they feel it's helped them to be the party of choice for those
who are, first and foremost, in favour of Scotland remaining
The Conservatives and the SNP together have changed
The fault line is not so much left versus right,
independence, for or against, is what divides Scotland now.
They are known as 'bots' - fake profiles created on social
media posting millions of automated messages.
They're increasingly being used to spread propaganda,
sometimes by foreign powers and often without us
Today, the Information Commissioner said she would launch a formal
investigation into the way political campaigns use new digital tools
to win votes, as our media editor,
This is the moment in crime thriller Homeland when bots or fake
personalities online, are put to work.
You'll find a new set of talking points in your folders.
But the threat that they pose to democracy is fast
Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute witnessed a huge explosion
in the use of bots around the US election last year.
A bot's basically a bit of software that automates
The question is - how can you tell the difference
Well, what I'm showing you here is an account on Twitter
that says that it was started in July 2015, but it
It looks like it's tweeting on a really particular schedule.
So it says four hours, four hours, four hours,
all of the tweets are coming up within minutes of one another
And what those shows us is that - there's a couple of things -
one, that it's tweeting much more regularly than a person could.
And two, that it's tweeting on a very particular schedule.
There are fears bots could be used to influence Britain's
Many experts believe Russia has already used bots to target
the French and US elections, a claim Russia denies.
Leading academics say bots are degrading the truth by spreading
There are users who can't distinguish between a message that
comes from their friends or their family and a message
In a close election, where you need 2% or 3%
of the popular vote to make a difference, to push you over
the edge, having an automated campaign that can get you those
voters who are a little uncertain or don't quite know,
getting those small numbers of voters to believe
a lie about your opponent is sensible strategy.
Bots are a 21st Century form of propaganda.
The question is whether the law and public awareness have kept pace
And while extremists and foreign powers use bots to influence
elections and change our behaviour, it's only now that we're
Bots will form part of a formal investigation announced today
by the Information Commissioner, she'll report later this year
on how personal data is being captured and exploited
I think there needs to be public awareness.
Somebody needs to pull back the curtain and look
behind-the-scenes to see how all of this data may be mashed up,
may be linked and may be used to push people
There has to be transparency around that.
But it's not yet clear how to protect British voters from bots.
Without strong defences in place, they could undermine the very idea
Here, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.