14/11/2017 Beyond 100 Days


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Katty Kay in Washington and Christian Fraser in London report on the events that are shaping the world.


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You're watching Beyond 100 Days.

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Downing Street has no evidence

that Russia successfully

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meddled in the UK election,

but that doesn't stop

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the Prime Minister from slamming

Moscow, accusing the Kremlin

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of threatening Western democracies.

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Theresa May makes her strongest

attack yet, saying Russia

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is weaponising information

with the aim of sowing

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discord in the West.

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On the question of Russian

interference, the US

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Attorney General suggests the Trump

campaign was so chaotic

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that he just doesn't remember

what contacts there may have been

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with Russian operatives.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan

is the latest Republican to say

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Roy Moore should step down

as a senate candidate

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in Alabama after multiple

allegations of sexual abuse.

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Also on the programme:

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From EU rules on health

and safety to finance -

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MPs debate a bill that aims to turn

them into British law.

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This is the scene now

in the House of Commons.

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For every winner there

has to be a loser.

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As Sweden celebrates making

next year's World Cup,

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there is disbelief in Italy,

who won't be going for

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the first time in 60 years.

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Get in touch with us

using the hashtag #beyond100days.

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I'm Katty Kay in Washington.

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Christian Fraser's in London.

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On both sides of the Atlantic

they are talking about Russian

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meddling in Western democracies,

but listen to the tone from 10

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Downing Street and the White House,

it could not be more different.

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Donald Trump says he believes

Vladimir Putin is sincere

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in his denials of Russian

interference and suggests

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Moscow should be given

the benefit of the doubt.

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Here in London, Theresa May

is much more suspicious.

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At a speech last night,

she accused Moscow of using social

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media to undermine the international

order, promising to do

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whatever it takes to protect

future British elections.

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In a significant escalation

of the rhetoric, the Prime Minister

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listed a string of other Russian

aggressions, including Crimea

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and the Middle East.

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It is seeking to weaponise

information and plant fake stories

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and photosshop images in an attempt

to show discord in the West

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and undermine institutions.

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I have a very simple

message for Russia.

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We know what you are doing

and you will not succeed.

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For the first time, today Facebook

conceded that Russian operatives may

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have used its site to influence

the Brexit referendum.

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Damian Collins is the Chair

of the Digital, Culture,

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Media and Sport Committee.

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He has written to Facebook

and Twitter and is investigating how

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far Russian interference

in the UK goes.

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What is it you are seeking to get

from Facebook and Twitter?

We want

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to know what activity took place in

the UK around the Brexit referendum

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in particular that was linked to

Russian backed organisations. We

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have seen evidence of this in

America and a growing amount of

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evidence that in the UK, but we want

to know facts.

BuzzFeed is reporting

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tonight that they have obtained the

statement from Facebook in which

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they admit for the first time that

there were some Russian linked

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accounts that may have used its

platform to interfere in the

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referendum vote.

That's right. I

have written to Mark Zuckerberg

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asking him to release to the

community all the evidence they have

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of Russia backed activity promoting

messaging around the time of the

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referendum and general election on

their site. This is information that

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is held within the company and they

should provide it to Parliament.

The

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big three have been hauled before

Congress to account for what

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happened in the US election. Their

message seems to be, listen, we can

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handle this ourselves.

Are you

satisfied that they can? No, I'm

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not. Unless there is evidence of

Russian activity had been requested

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from them we would not know about it

now. We are having to request the

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same information about the UK, too.

This is information they could find

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themselves presented a voluntarily,

but they haven't done it. They are

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cooperating with the hearings we are

holding and they will be giving

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evidence to our committee aurally I

hope as they have done in America,

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but I feel they could be doing more

to voluntarily look for and release

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the information.

What happened here

in the United States is that they

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played into existing political and

social divisions, the Russians,

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through social media platforms. Are

they the same kind of divisions have

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played into in the UK, as far as you

understand?

I think that is exactly

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right. They are looking to divide

communities, undermined

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institutions. From a Russian backed

account we saw a fake image link to

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the Westminster Bridge attack which

tried to suggest a Muslim woman was

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indifferent to the suffering of

people on the bridge. That was

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designed to divide communities and

incite hatred.

Is there any

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information exchange between the

House of Commons and Congress and

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doesn't undermine the investigation

when the American president is

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saying he believes what the Russian

President is telling him?

There is

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no formal link between the

parliaments but as part of our

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select committee enquiry into fake

news we will visit Washington in the

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early New Year, seeking to gain

inside information from people

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involved in these investigations and

I think that is an important part of

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our work. We are interesting in

learning from other parliaments

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around the world as we look to deal

with this issue. This is one of the

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biggest threats that democracy faces

and we need to get it right.

Mr

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Collins, thank you for being with

us.

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There seems to be a pattern

emerging, doesn't bear? The Russians

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are trying to prove that they have a

sense of humour because they just

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sent out this tweet from the

Ministry of foreign affairs.

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I think that is called geopolitical

trawling of the first order, since

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Crimea under international law does

not belong to Russia. That wine was

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made by the Ukrainians before Russia

took over the Crimea. The timing is

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interesting because Boris Johnson

goes to Russia before the end of the

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year and the rhetoric has been

stepped up. Downing Street is saying

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they are not reacting in relation to

any specific piece of news, there

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has been a revelation, but there is

a growing body of evidence and

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perhaps she putting down a marker.

In Downing Street they are saying

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look, when it always -- as we have

always said when it comes to Russia,

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be aware but engage. Downing Street

today said that they had no evidence

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that they have successfully

interfered, but that doesn't mean

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that they did not.

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For some reason, the US

Attorney General has

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a problem with his memory.

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He just can't seem to remember key

events concerning Russia's contacts

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For some reason, the US

Attorney General has

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with the Trump campaign.

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I lost count of the number of times

Jeff Sessions used the words

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"I don't recall" in a hearing

in Congress today, but it was a lot.

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Mr Sessions couldn't really deny

he had met George Popadolous,

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the Trump campaign staffer who's

cooperating with the Mueller

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investigation, because there

is a photograph of him sitting

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in his company.

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The President at one

end of the table, Jeff

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Sessions at the other.

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He was asked about his memory

of that meeting today by Democratic

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congressman Jerry Nadler.

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Let's try and correct the earlier

testimony for the record. Yes no,

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Digi chair the March 31 meeting of

the National Security advisory

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meeting? Yes I did. Yes or no. Was

George Popadolous at that meeting? I

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asked for yes or no. There are

reports that you shut George dying

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when he proposed that meeting with

Vladimir Putin, is this correct?

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Yes, I pushed back.

Your answer is

yes. So you are obviously concerned

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by George Popadolous's connections

and his possibly arranging a meeting

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with Vladimir Putin.

So he did

remember pushing back and suggesting

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to George Popadolous that meeting

with Vladimir Putin was not a great

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idea for Donald Trump. After that,

he basically couldn't remember very

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much at all.

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much at all.

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For more on Mr Sessions' testimony,

we are joined now from Capitol Hill

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by Democrat Karen Bass,

who serves on the House Judiciary

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Committee and was in that hearing.

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How do you account for the fact that

temp one doesn't remember very much

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about contacts that they have been

made by the Trump campaign with

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Russians?

I absolutely think it is

very disingenuous. I could

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understand that many months ago the

first time he was asked this, but

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you would think somebody of his

stature would really have taken time

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to re-examine everything in his

calendar, the meeting, talking to

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other people, so I don't accept his

notion that he does not recollect

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what went on. That was far too

significant for him not to remember.

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His only excuse today seem to have

been that the campaign was very

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chaotic.

Well, there is nothing new

about that, but like I said he was

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asked these questions many months

ago so he has had plenty of time to

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examine what happened in the past. I

think saying that he doesn't

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recollect, the campaign is very

strenuous, they are excuse -- excuse

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is that I think are very tenuous.

How much pressure are you under from

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your Republican colleagues to wrap

up the committee's investigation and

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Russian links?

I don't necessarily

feel any pressure specifically on my

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committee. We need to do far more

investigating. I am glad that we had

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Jeff Sessions today, but this is one

of the first hearings we have had. I

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don't think there is pressure from

my committee, but the republicans

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clearly can go so much further in

their investigation. It is nowhere

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near over.

The Republican chair of

your committee will be pleased to

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hear that the Attorney General has

directed prosecutors to look into

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the Clinton Foundation and their

links to uranium.

I think it is a

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complete their version. The Attorney

General will be under pressure to

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please the president he has clearly

expressed on many occasions his

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displeasure with him, so everyone

knows that if you want to please

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president Trump just focus on the

Clintons, Barack Obama. It is absurd

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to have an investigation like that

but I can't see him doing it so he

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can keep his job.

I am digging out a

coat that he gave to a committee on

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the 13th of June. He said I have

never met with any Russians were

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foreign officials. I have no

knowledge of any such conversations

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with anybody connected to the tramp

campaign, but he did admit today

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that George Popadolous did discuss

it with him. Isn't the sailing tours

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to perjury?

That is why I said it

was disingenuous. He was sworn in to

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tell the truth to the Congressional

Committee. And he didn't.

What are

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you going to do about it?

We will

have to see how it proceeds. I'm

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sure my Republican colleagues will

not want to press the situation, but

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on our side we will.

Talking about

the Facebook hearings, to what

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extent does it make it difficult to

have these investigation when the

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President of the United States seems

to be saying when he is abroad that

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he accepts Russia's defence of

itself that it never interfered in

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the American elections.

I just

consider it an embarrassment. I also

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serve on the Foreign Affairs

Committee and they know people

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around the world must be looking at

us and laughing. It is clear to any

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head of state around the world that

if you want to have the president

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changes mind, just invite into your

country, have a lot of pomp and

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circumstance, have all the bells and

whistles and he was essentially

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agree with anybody. I think it is

Barras and for him to be overseas

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and say that he had a five-minute

conversation with Vladimir Putin and

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that has more credibility than the

17 separate intelligence agencies as

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a part of his United States

government, and he takes a

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five-minute conversation with the

enemy above that. It makes us look

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silly.

Thank you very much for

joining us.

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The Iranian president has promised

government help to all those left

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homeless by Sunday's powerful

earthquake which struck

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the mountainous border region

between Iran and Iraq.

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Hassan Rouhani was visiting the area

today hit by earthquake.

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More than 460 people were killed.

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Thousands more have been injured.

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The ruling party in Zimbabwe has

accused the country's army chief

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of treason after he challenged

President Robert Mugabe over

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the sacking of the vice president.

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Armed vehicles have been seen

on the streets of Harare,

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though their presence is low key.

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The ZANU-PF party said

in a statement that

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General Constantino Chiwenga's

criticism was calculated

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to disturb national peace.

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The Lebanese politician Saad

al-Hariri, who resigned

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as Prime Minister while in

Saudi Arabia, says he will return

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to Beirut in the next two days.

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Mr Hariri stunned Lebanon

when he stepped down in Riyadh.

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Many believed the Saudis might be

manipulating and detaining him

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as they try to re-shape

Lebanese politics.

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Here in London, the House of Commons

has begun eight marathon days

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of debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill

- a crucial piece of legislation

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that will end the supremacy of EU

law in the UK after Brexit.

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Nearly 500 amendments have been put

forward to the delayed bill,

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just a handful of those will be

selected for votes.

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If 20 Tory MP's were to rebel,

the Prime Minister would be

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defeated, which some say

is a possibility.

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One contentious amendment put

forward by the government

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would enshrine the Brexit date

and time in law, at 23:00 GMT

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on 29th March, 2019.

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Labour and a number

of Tory MP's are demanding

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the government withdraws it.

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Vicki Young is in

Westminster for us now.

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Vicki, any chance of that amendment

being withdrawn?

I think there is a

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possibility of the government being

defeated on this, but confusingly,

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although it is being debated today,

the vote will come until dates and

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this is only day one. The tone of

the debate today, listening to

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several Conservatives, they are not

happy about this idea of putting up

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Brexit date in law in legislation.

They feel that it boxes in the

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negotiators, the British government,

and you need to have a bit of

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wriggle room. What do we get up to

that date and no deal has been done

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but it is looking like it could be

on the cards. That would require all

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27 of the other EU countries to

agree to it, but nevertheless they

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feel it will let that -- it will

limit the government too much. There

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is some anger here on all of that.

Tonight, I think it is unlikely to

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be any difficulty for the

government. Eight days of this

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detailed debate. At this moment they

are voting on whether to repeal the

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1972 European Communities Act. That

is that tipped the UK into what was

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the European Community. Still a

pretty significant moment.

When you

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strip it down to the bare

essentials, this is about the

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mandate of Parliament. What is the

timetable, the difficulties, the

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practicalities? That is what they

are concerned about.

And it is a

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very contentious thing. The British

people have voted to leave, but the

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point being made by someone like

Kenneth Clarke, who all his life has

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been very pro-European, his point is

that the referendum said the leaving

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the EU. OK, he will accept that

reluctantly. His point is the

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practicalities, even when we do it,

all of that detail, he said that is

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up to this place, up to MPs and

peers to decide. They need to go

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through that kind of detail because

frankly it wasn't discussed during

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the referendum. Some of these issues

were touched upon by promises were

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made by people not in government

now. The details of how we leave

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still has to be thrashed out and

Parliament really want to have a say

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on all about, particularly on any

final deal that Theresa May comes

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back with from Brussels.

A rather

the Potters character was going back

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and forwards behind you and Bobby

running after her.

Someone in fancy

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dress? There are all sorts of people

who come to speak to their MPs. It

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is democracy in action, Christian!

I

had no idea that the Houses of

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Parliament to be so much fun!

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This is the scene now in the House

of Commons where the debate

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is underway and we'll be back

at Westminster later

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in the programme to our Brexit duo,

the MPs Nigel Evans

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and Seema Malhotra,

on today's events.

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So, try figuring this out.

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Five women accuse a US politician

of sexual harassment,

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one of whom says she was just 14

at the time, and the politician is

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still ten points ahead in the polls.

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50 pastors have signed a letter

supporting him and an official

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from his local Republican party says

that even if the allegations

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are true he'd vote for him anyway.

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Welcome to the extraordinary

story of Judge Roy Moore,

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who could well be the next US

Senator for the state of Alabama.

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A woman went on TV yesterday

with a detailed account of how

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Mr Moore locked her in a car

and molested her.

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The accusations have appalled many

Republicans in Washington

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who want him to step down,

but he does still have the support

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of his famous backer Steve Bannon.

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Temp three reached over and began

groping me. I'm putting his hand on

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my breasts. I tried fighting him off

while I yelled at him to stop. But

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instead of stopping he began

squeezing my neck, attempting to

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force my head onto his crotch. I

thought that he was going to rip me.

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He said, you are just a child and he

said I have the district attorney

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and if you tell anyone about this,

no one will ever believe you.

This

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is absolutely false. I never did

what you said I did. I don't even

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know the woman, know anything about.

This race just being 28 days off,

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this is just political manoeuvre.

We

are looking at whether there is

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someone who could run a writing

campaign successfully.

He should

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step aside. These allegations are

credible. If he cares about the

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values and people he claims to care

about, then he should step aside.

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I'm joined now by our political

analyst Ron Christie -

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a former advisor to

President George W Bush.

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You have a host of republicans in

Washington saying that Roy Moore has

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to go. The Washington Post has its

allegations. It seems that a lot of

0:21:050:21:10

republicans in the state of Alabama

believe Roy Moore over the

0:21:100:21:14

Washington post and republicans in

Washington.

I think that is all that

0:21:140:21:18

counts, the people of Alabama will

decide this case. What we should

0:21:180:21:24

have is Roy Moore for the better

part of his country, state and party

0:21:240:21:27

should step down, but he will do

that. Republicans are in a lose lose

0:21:270:21:33

situation. If the goes on to win

this, you have the senator in charge

0:21:330:21:38

of the campaign arm of the

Republican Party saying he should be

0:21:380:21:41

expelled. If he loses, the Democrats

have won more steep -- one more seat

0:21:410:21:48

in the Senate. In neither case, the

republicans are in a bad spot.

We

0:21:480:21:53

are not here to pass judgment on

whether these allegations are right,

0:21:530:21:56

but I'm sure how this looks around

the world. Why are people circling

0:21:560:22:11

the wagons and saying, we are going

to support our guide.

It is a very

0:22:110:22:17

conservative, religious state. When

he was expelled from being a Supreme

0:22:170:22:20

Court justice, he said I am standing

firm for the Ten Commandments, I

0:22:200:22:24

will not remove this memorial.

People loved him for that. The think

0:22:240:22:30

he is a folk hero dined there he is

standing for religion and

0:22:300:22:34

conservative principles.

Ordinarily

you would expect the president to

0:22:340:22:39

speak about this, because he has

compromised because they will say if

0:22:390:22:45

you believe that people who are

accusing him, why shouldn't we

0:22:450:22:50

believe the 13 women accusing you,

Mr Trump?

No question about that.

0:22:500:22:56

The White House doesn't want to wade

into this. He has focused all of his

0:22:560:23:01

time, attention and tweets to what

has gone on in his shirt. He has

0:23:010:23:06

deliberately avoided what is a

political landmine that we can

0:23:060:23:11

expect Mr Trump to see when he gets

back. The last thing he wants to

0:23:110:23:14

talk about his allegations of sexual

misconduct given some that were

0:23:140:23:18

lodged against him in the past. This

Roy Moore situation is a lose lose

0:23:180:23:24

for republicans and I don't see the

situation getting better whether he

0:23:240:23:28

stays in this race for drop side.

Thank you for joining us. And number

0:23:280:23:34

of the far right groups have gone

down to Alabama to dig around.

0:23:340:23:39

I am hearing this is going to get

more ugly. Breitbart, the far right

0:23:390:23:44

news organisation, headed by Steve

Bannon, has sent to reporters dined

0:23:440:23:49

there to try to dig up dirt on these

women who have accused him of sexual

0:23:490:23:56

harassment. There are other groups

that are also trying to dig up dirt

0:23:560:24:01

on these women, the marital history,

the boyfriends they have had, trying

0:24:010:24:05

to discredit the story. A story has

been running in the New Yorker

0:24:050:24:08

saying that Roy Moore was barred

from a shopping mall because he was

0:24:080:24:14

harassing teenagers. So, both sides

investigating this story and we will

0:24:140:24:20

see where it goes. And we will be

there for the boat when it happens.

0:24:200:24:26

Today is the 14th of November, an

important date because it is your

0:24:260:24:32

birthday! Have you still got Ron

Christie with you? Still here! He

0:24:320:24:37

did send me very kind birthday

wishes yesterday. Did you know it

0:24:370:24:41

was here!

He did send me very kind

birthday wishes yesterday. "But

0:24:410:24:43

Day-to-day? And look, she even has

the cards that they gave her.

Yours

0:24:430:24:49

is in the post! Ron Christie has

given me a birthday card...! Well,

0:24:490:24:57

yours might be in the post, we'll

see. Yours might be in the post

0:24:570:25:02

sounds like the kind of things that

Jeff Sessions might have said at the

0:25:020:25:07

Congressional hearing today. I'm so

sorry this isn't something I

0:25:070:25:11

recollected, I feel to remember.

Happy birthday to you.

Christian,

0:25:110:25:17

happy birthday to you. Thank you, my

good friend. Team the Scorpio on

0:25:170:25:23

this programme. A sting in the tail.

0:25:230:25:25

A sting in the tail.

0:25:250:25:26

This is Beyond 100

Days from the BBC.

0:25:260:25:28

Coming up for viewers on the BBC

News Channel and BBC

0:25:280:25:31

World News: Donald Trump Junior

releases his Twitter

0:25:310:25:32

exchange with Wikileaks -

we'll look at just how

0:25:320:25:35

damaging they are.

0:25:350:25:43

Sweden's footballers celebrate

in style as they make

0:25:430:25:44

it to the World Cup,

but I've spent the morning

0:25:440:25:47

with devastated Italians.

0:25:470:25:48

That's still to come.

0:25:480:25:51

Well, it has turned a little bit

mile right there. We have had a lot

0:26:090:26:14

of moisture and cloud that has been

drifting off the Atlantic and with

0:26:140:26:18

that comes a lot of damp weather for

tonight and into tomorrow. Mist and

0:26:180:26:22

fog could be a problem as well

anywhere across England and Wales,

0:26:220:26:26

so if you're travelling early in the

morning in England and Wales could

0:26:260:26:31

be tricky in some areas. It will not

be so foggy in Scotland. Here the

0:26:310:26:37

skies will be clearer tonight. There

will be some patches of barbecue and

0:26:370:26:40

there but I think a chilly, clear

night overall in the north whereas

0:26:400:26:45

in England and Wales, milder air and

the butchers of 10 degrees. Let's

0:26:450:26:49

have a look at this gloomy mark

first thing in the morning. This is

0:26:490:26:53

what it looks like around seven

o'clock. You can see bits of drizzle

0:26:530:26:58

in the site, drizzle in Lincolnshire

as well. This is just generally grey

0:26:580:27:04

skies with a bit of mist and fog.

Similar picture in Northern Ireland,

0:27:040:27:08

also a chance of fog patches. But in

Scotland it should be a clear start

0:27:080:27:13

of the day and we have a beautiful

sunrise on the way, as well. Not

0:27:130:27:18

much changes across the bulk of the

country tomorrow. There will be more

0:27:180:27:22

brightness developing in the

afternoon, but some of the grey

0:27:220:27:25

skies and missed to persist into the

afternoon. Temperatures getting up

0:27:250:27:30

to 13 degrees with a bit of

sunshine. In the north out of the

0:27:300:27:34

Calder starred in Scotland it will

get higher than 8 degrees in the

0:27:340:27:39

lowlands. For weapons in identifiers

to, change on the way. This low

0:27:390:27:43

pressure will send a weather front

racing across the UK and could be

0:27:430:27:47

heavy rain for a time. A brief burst

of heavy rain, then it clears up

0:27:470:27:54

across Scotland, northern England

and the cloud. Breaking up on the

0:27:540:27:57

site before that weather fronts

tweets southwards. Then this

0:27:570:28:05

clearer, fresher air mass out of the

north. So at crisp day. This Calder

0:28:050:28:12

error behind the front will not

stick around for very long because

0:28:120:28:21

them out there will move back in

again and low pressure will be

0:28:210:28:26

marching in, so the weekend will

eventually turn unsettled.

0:28:260:28:30

the country as a cold front sweeps

through the UK.

0:29:160:29:25

the country as a cold front sweeps

through the UK.

0:29:250:29:28

This is Beyond One Hundred Days,

with me Katty Kay in Washington -

0:30:090:30:12

Christian Fraser is in London.

0:30:120:30:13

Our top stories.

0:30:130:30:15

Theresa May accuses Moscow

of meddling in elections to sow

0:30:150:30:17

discord in the West.

0:30:170:30:19

Russian officials hit back saying

she is making of a fool of herself.

0:30:190:30:24

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

gets a grilling before lawmakers

0:30:240:30:32

and what contacts the Trump campaign

had with any Russian operatives.

0:30:320:30:34

Coming up in the next half hour.

0:30:340:30:36

Contacts are revealed between

Donald Trump Jr and Wikileaks.

0:30:360:30:38

We speak to the journalist

who brought the story to light.

0:30:380:30:46

Plus, Sweden celebrate in style

as they make next year's world cup -

0:30:460:30:49

but Italy is in mourning

as they miss out for

0:30:490:30:51

the first time in 60 years.

0:30:510:30:55

Let us know your thoughts

by using the hashtag

0:30:550:30:57

'Beyond-One-Hundred-Days'.

0:30:570:31:07

New evidence has emerged that

Donald Trump Junior was in touch

0:31:080:31:11

with Wikileaks during the campaign -

an organisation US intelligence

0:31:110:31:15

believes disseminated

material hacked by Moscow.

0:31:150:31:18

Congressional investigators

already knew of Don Jr.'s

0:31:180:31:20

correspondence with WikiLeaks.

0:31:200:31:23

But now he himself

has published them.

0:31:230:31:25

The tweeted communications add

insight into the web

0:31:250:31:27

of communications linking the Trump

campaign, Russia, and

0:31:270:31:29

intermediaries like WikiLeaks.

0:31:290:31:31

It's worth looking at the timeline

to see how this may have

0:31:310:31:34

affected the election.

0:31:340:31:37

On 3 October 2016, WikiLeaks writes

to Donald Trump Junior,

0:31:370:31:43

attaching a link of Hillary Clinton

criticising Wikileaks

0:31:430:31:45

founder Julian Assange.

0:31:450:31:47

"Hiya, it'd be great

if you guys could comment

0:31:470:31:49

on/push this story,",

Wikileaks suggest.

0:31:490:31:53

Trump Junior responds

within an hour and a half.

0:31:530:31:55

"Already did that earlier today.

0:31:550:31:57

It's amazing what she

can get away with."

0:31:570:31:59

A week later, Wikileaks

gets in contact again.

0:31:590:32:01

"Hey Donald, great to see

you and your dad talking

0:32:010:32:03

about our publications.

0:32:040:32:07

Strongly suggest your dad tweets

this link if he mentions us" -

0:32:070:32:12

there was no response

to that message, but.

0:32:120:32:14

Just 15 minutes after the message

was sent, Donald Trump tweeted this

0:32:140:32:17

"Very little pick-up

by the dishonest media of incredible

0:32:170:32:19

information provided by WikiLeaks.

0:32:190:32:23

So dishonest!

Rigged system!".

0:32:230:32:25

AND Two days on from that

on the 14th October -

0:32:250:32:28

Trump Junior tweets out the very

link he'd been sent.

0:32:280:32:38

Donald Jnr could maintain he didn't

know that Wikileaks was offering.

0:32:400:32:42

But this was two months

after the FBI alleged -

0:32:420:32:45

in July 2016 - that they believe

Russian had hacked

0:32:450:32:47

the DNC computers.

0:32:470:32:48

Here's CIA director Mike Pompeo

on that in April this year.

0:32:480:32:53

It is time to call-out WikiLeaks for

what it is, a non-state hostile

0:32:530:33:00

intelligence service often abetted

by actors like Russia.

0:33:000:33:03

A short while ago we spoke to Julia

Ioffe from the Atlantic magazine -

0:33:030:33:06

the journalist who first broke

the story on Donald Trump Junior's

0:33:060:33:09

correspondence with Wikileaks.

0:33:090:33:13

The big question is how much closer

to these revelations that Donald

0:33:130:33:17

Trump Junior was in contact with

WikiLeaks take us to any sense of

0:33:170:33:22

whether the Trump campaign colluded

with Russia during the campaign?

I

0:33:220:33:28

think that is a question for a

lawyer to answer, I do not want to

0:33:280:33:35

venture into that territory or

speculate as to whether collusion

0:33:350:33:37

occurred. But we see WikiLeaks

actively trying to solicit the help

0:33:370:33:43

of the Trump campaign and asking

them for increasingly bold favours.

0:33:430:33:50

At the time as we know it was

working closely with Russian

0:33:500:33:55

intelligence.

That is what is

interesting, not just that WikiLeaks

0:33:550:33:59

was suggesting to Donald Trump

Junior that he disseminate

0:33:590:34:04

information and giving him steers

but also that WikiLeaks was making

0:34:040:34:10

asks of the campaign.

That is right

and later the administration asking

0:34:100:34:17

him to press for this training

government to make Julian Assange

0:34:170:34:24

the Australian ambassador to

Washington, asking them to release

0:34:240:34:32

the Trump tax returns, release

e-mails about the meeting that

0:34:320:34:36

happened in June 2000 16. So just

increasingly, first they start with

0:34:360:34:41

little things, have you seen this

story, take a look into this and

0:34:410:34:45

then it is can give us the tax

returns, can you make are Gueye the

0:34:450:34:52

Australian ambassador, can you get

as these e-mails.

So kind of

0:34:520:34:55

escalating. And what is interesting

is the response of the president

0:34:550:35:01

around the time when these sweet

messages were hitting the account of

0:35:010:35:07

Donald Junior.

That is right, on

October 12 you have WikiLeaks

0:35:070:35:13

writing to Donald Trump Junior

saying if you're, if your followers

0:35:130:35:18

have any time here is a link for a

search in all the documents pilfered

0:35:180:35:25

from, through Russian government

hackers. If your followers have time

0:35:250:35:28

to take a look at this. And by the

way we've just released the fourth

0:35:280:35:34

part of the e-mails of John Podesta,

who was of course campaign editor.

0:35:340:35:39

This message was five days after the

American Department of Homeland

0:35:390:35:45

Security and office of the Director

of National intelligence said this

0:35:450:35:48

is all part of a criminal

orchestrated campaign to influence

0:35:480:35:52

the presidential election.

Nevertheless within 15 minutes of

0:35:520:36:00

receiving the message Donald Trump,

then the Republican candidate,

0:36:000:36:02

tweeted out something about the John

Podesta e-mails. And two days later

0:36:020:36:09

Donald Trump junior tweeted out the

search link, which is not a

0:36:090:36:15

straightforward link at all but it

seems pretty clear where we got

0:36:150:36:19

that.

Thank you very much for your

reporting.

0:36:190:36:26

Moving from coordination, there

appears to be some that all the way

0:36:260:36:29

to collusion, that for Robert

Mueller to decide. But looking at

0:36:290:36:38

this, and all the things that we

have been talking about, the

0:36:380:36:41

campaign was open for business.

Yes

and I think that is where the

0:36:410:36:46

goalposts have shifted. When the

Trump administration was first

0:36:460:36:51

inaugurated way back in January the

idea that someone might Donald Trump

0:36:510:36:56

junior may have had a meeting in

order to get dirt on Hillary Clinton

0:36:560:37:02

or better campaign operative may

have had a meeting and suggested

0:37:020:37:05

that he could get something on

Hillary Clinton or in this case

0:37:050:37:10

WikiLeaks wishing out directly to

Donald Trump junior and saying we

0:37:100:37:13

have got stuff on Hillary Clinton. I

think we all would have said that

0:37:130:37:19

kind of structure the realm of

fragility and that possibly we would

0:37:190:37:22

have said that definitely would be a

definition of collusion. But this is

0:37:220:37:27

the new normal, an indication of how

things have shifted since the Trump

0:37:270:37:32

administration has been inaugurated

and now we define things differently

0:37:320:37:35

and go getting more indications but

as you said it is up to lawyers to

0:37:350:37:39

decide whether this is any breach of

American Law and whether this

0:37:390:37:43

actually is a quid pro bowl which

would be collusion. Back to British

0:37:430:37:49

politics.

0:37:490:37:52

MPs today began their line-by-line

scrutiny of the EU Withdrawal Bill,

0:37:520:37:54

the central piece of

Brexit legislation.

0:37:540:37:56

Hundreds of amendments have been put

forward by MPs who want changes

0:37:560:37:59

to the bill before it becomes law.

0:37:590:38:00

Remember - the aim of the EU

Withdrawal Bill is to bring

0:38:000:38:03

all existing EU law into domestic UK

law, to try to ensure a smooth

0:38:030:38:07

transition on the day after Brexit.

0:38:070:38:08

Yesterday, Brexit Secretary David

Davis made a surprise concession,

0:38:080:38:11

promising MPs would be given

a take-it-or leave-it vote

0:38:110:38:13

on the final Brexit deal.

0:38:130:38:16

Some Tory rebels say that could mean

a chaotic exit from the EU -

0:38:160:38:19

if a deal was reached at the last

minute - or if there was no deal.

0:38:190:38:23

Here's a reminder of what

the Withdrawal bill intends to do.

0:38:230:38:27

To help us pick our way through that

- and to for a catch up -

0:38:270:38:31

because it's been a while -

we're joined now from Westminster

0:38:310:38:33

by two familiar faces -

Seema Malhotra and Nigel Evans.

0:38:330:38:37

Great to see you both. Let's talk

about the amendment which would set

0:38:370:38:44

the date and time of departure. Take

it from me, someone who has sat

0:38:440:38:51

through all these Brussels meetings

in the past, if you give the EU time

0:38:510:38:55

they will fill it. So why not just

give them a deadline?

It is not

0:38:550:39:00

about the EU actually, it is about

the UK and about how we make sure we

0:39:000:39:04

have the best chance of the best

deal and orderly Brexit. I think the

0:39:040:39:09

best quote today came from a senior

Conservative MP who said he was

0:39:090:39:14

voting against own side if it came

to vote and said it was mad

0:39:140:39:20

amendment and done without

collective authority. Pretty

0:39:200:39:23

staggering from a former Attorney

General. The reason being we want to

0:39:230:39:26

make sure when we have a deal, when

we finally leave the EU that we do

0:39:260:39:31

so with the security about what

comes next and not but would fall

0:39:310:39:35

off a cliff edge or that we

challenge the legal basis on which

0:39:350:39:38

we continue to transact. What he

said today was important, that

0:39:380:39:43

putting that date on the face of the

bill in this way would actually

0:39:430:39:48

challenge all the transition deal

arrangements that have also been

0:39:480:39:53

talked about by the prime Minster so

that we continue to trade when we

0:39:530:39:58

leave, but the key thing is if it

jeopardises that it could lead to a

0:39:580:40:02

hard Brexit which will be would be

devastating and semi-catastrophic as

0:40:020:40:08

one leading car manufacturer said

today.

Nigel, Anna Soubry told us it

0:40:080:40:14

was a stormy meeting last night when

they got together with the party

0:40:140:40:18

whips. If 20 defect to the Labour

side doesn't mean the Prime Minister

0:40:180:40:22

might be brought down?

I have got

the scars of the Maastricht Treaty

0:40:220:40:26

still on my back in 1992 and

remember... I do not take my shirt

0:40:260:40:33

off any more! I remember being

dragooned at three o'clock in the

0:40:330:40:39

morning and five o'clock in the

morning to vote for aspects which I

0:40:390:40:43

did not think win the best interests

of the country. But overall I

0:40:430:40:47

supported John Major and that is

what I would hope that Anna Soubry

0:40:470:40:51

will do in supporting Theresa May as

well. Unless we set the date then

0:40:510:40:56

all of a sudden people in the

chamber still talk about if we leave

0:40:560:41:00

the EU but you know what we are

leaving because over 70 million

0:41:000:41:05

British people voted to leave.

But

the confusing thing is we are

0:41:050:41:10

already living on that date

according to Article 50 so the

0:41:100:41:13

question is why the government wants

to do this now, what game are

0:41:130:41:19

displaying and who it is doing it

for.

It is not the British people.

0:41:190:41:22

The Brexit minister talked about us

becoming a third country on the day

0:41:220:41:25

we leave. So there's not going to be

an extension so Brussels can still

0:41:250:41:30

pad out the discussions and

negotiations that are happening.

0:41:300:41:33

David Davis is going in there and

negotiating, preparing to concede on

0:41:330:41:39

the rights of EU nationals living in

the UK and even on the transit

0:41:390:41:43

period that we could have another

two years before we leave. And yet

0:41:430:41:49

Michel Barnier says it is not

enough.

Sick and tired of it is not

0:41:490:41:54

enough. I do not think that is the

reality of how things are going on.

0:41:540:42:00

I think in fact people are starting

to realise that it is this

0:42:000:42:04

government mishandling the

negotiations.

I think I understood

0:42:040:42:08

most of the process, or some of it,

but you voted remain, is there any

0:42:080:42:13

way you would vote to support the EU

withdrawal bill whatever it ends up

0:42:130:42:18

as, however the amendments go down,

you're going to say no?

I think it

0:42:180:42:23

depends on what was safeguards are

that are put in place. I'm not on my

0:42:230:42:28

own in that, you can see on the

government side... So you could vote

0:42:280:42:32

yes to it. I could if I thought

safeguards were there on the powers

0:42:320:42:36

that ministers are giving

themselves. Do not hold your breath!

0:42:360:42:42

If they changed the way they

sidelined Parliament all through the

0:42:420:42:45

process. The amendment again was

about making sure that the

0:42:450:42:49

government has the right to proceed

to no deal without having to come

0:42:490:42:52

back to Parliament. And Parliament

standing at the ground today, I was

0:42:520:42:56

proud to be in the chamber. But what

is important as well is that we have

0:42:560:43:02

a vote in parliament, say about how

to move forward and also the risks

0:43:020:43:05

of us leaving and the way we leave,

making sure we safeguard British

0:43:050:43:08

businesses, jobs. That is what this

is really all about.

I'm with James

0:43:080:43:16

Dyson on that. We have to leave it

there. I will leave it to you to

0:43:160:43:21

continue this because I think your

colleague has just accused you of

0:43:210:43:26

being disingenuous!

I do not think

so. And we have got a long night to

0:43:260:43:31

go!

And another seven sessions!

Lucky you!

0:43:310:43:35

This weekend the New York Times

reported the State Department

0:43:350:43:38

is offering twenty five thousand

dollars in redundancy money,

0:43:380:43:40

to any staff members

who want to move on.

0:43:400:43:42

All part of Secretary Tillerson's

plans to streamline the way

0:43:420:43:45

the State Department operates.

0:43:450:43:48

But is it root and branch reform -

or is it more something akin

0:43:480:43:51

to corporate vandalism?

0:43:510:43:52

There are plenty who are connected

with the State Department who say

0:43:520:44:02

its role is being sorely

undermined, and its expertise

0:44:020:44:04

ignored by the White House.

0:44:040:44:05

I am joined by David Rank

who spent 27 years

0:44:050:44:08

at the State Department

as a Foreign Service Officer.

0:44:080:44:12

You five American president is

Republican and Democrat but Roger

0:44:120:44:19

letter saying you would resign from

the State Department.

Why would you

0:44:190:44:21

not serve under Donald Trump? It was

not but I would not serve under

0:44:210:44:25

Donald Trump but the policies that

he was implementing I think were bad

0:44:250:44:29

for the US, bad for my kids and kind

of bad for myself.

Which policies in

0:44:290:44:35

particular pushed you out the door?

It was the decision to leave the

0:44:350:44:40

Paris minor change agreement. I

think if you look at what happened

0:44:400:44:44

this week in Germany, 200 countries

on one side and the United States on

0:44:440:44:51

the other. It used to be that people

would look to Washington for

0:44:510:44:54

guidance. -- climate change

agreement. And now we are the

0:44:540:45:00

subject of derision if you look at

what happened.

You served 25 years

0:45:000:45:06

but you think this is quantified be

different?

Absolutely, what we had

0:45:060:45:10

in leaving the Paris agreement, I

think the one agreement that unifies

0:45:100:45:13

the rest of the world and literally

unifies the rest of the world and

0:45:130:45:19

unifies the partners, the EU, Japan,

Australia, really the backbone of

0:45:190:45:25

American diplomacy for the last 70

years.

I think just a terrible

0:45:250:45:32

decision. How is morale in the State

Department when you talk to your

0:45:320:45:36

colleagues?

Well it is pretty bad.

Just like anywhere else, you want to

0:45:360:45:43

work for you feel you're on the

asset side of the ledger, these are

0:45:430:45:47

people who have devoted their lives

in many cases, spent years and years

0:45:470:45:52

away from family and in really tough

situations. They have spent a lot of

0:45:520:45:57

time developing expertise in areas

and it is difficult not to not get

0:45:570:46:02

the final say but not even have a

voice as policies are being

0:46:020:46:06

developed, not being listened to.

It

is a tough environment. We spoke to

0:46:060:46:10

people on the first part of the Asia

trip this week and the feeling was

0:46:100:46:16

there were some big deals in the

pipeline but they had been side

0:46:160:46:20

ahead of time anyway. There was no

real strategy over what the

0:46:200:46:23

president wanted to achieve in

China?

I will try to... I assume the

0:46:230:46:33

White House will put forward a

strategy but if you look at the

0:46:330:46:37

deals, we sell a lot of Boeing

aeroplanes most years, there was the

0:46:370:46:42

language of as much as, I'm

sceptical having use that language

0:46:420:46:45

myself in a previous career when you

set up to, there is the possibility

0:46:450:46:50

of not up to.

You served six times

when you are in the foreign service

0:46:500:46:55

in China and you write in your

letter that there is a risk that if

0:46:550:46:58

America withdraws its global

leadership other countries will step

0:46:580:47:01

in. If you look at what happened in

the Asia trip have already got

0:47:010:47:05

evidence that China is taking

America's place in the world?

To

0:47:050:47:09

some degree, China of course

delighted to have the chance without

0:47:090:47:16

really having to raise its game or

put more on the table, to step

0:47:160:47:19

forward as a global leader but on

the other hand I think there's not a

0:47:190:47:23

substitute for American leadership

out there. I think China does not

0:47:230:47:27

have the instincts to be a global

leader, I do not think they have the

0:47:270:47:30

experience to be a global leader.

And I think certainly countries in

0:47:300:47:35

the region, and many around the

world look at what Chinese

0:47:350:47:39

leadership might look like and I do

not think they are comfortable with

0:47:390:47:42

that either.

Do you think it is

generally a suspicion about civil

0:47:420:47:51

servants, conservative politicians

do not believe that civil servants

0:47:510:47:55

are acting in their interests and

they see them as part of the

0:47:550:47:58

establishment?

Civil servants are

part of a political establishment in

0:47:580:48:02

the sense that they work from one

administration to the next. When I

0:48:020:48:08

left I was accused of being an Obama

administration holdover but you

0:48:080:48:12

could call me of George W Bush

holdover, I began my career more

0:48:120:48:16

than two decades prior. We are in

institution, that works for the

0:48:160:48:23

American people or the British

people or the people of the country,

0:48:230:48:26

the countries they represent.

Thank

you very much.

0:48:260:48:31

This is Beyond One Hundred Days.

0:48:310:48:33

Still to come.

0:48:330:48:34

Mamma Mia - Italian football fans

are drowning their sorrows

0:48:340:48:37

after their team misses out

on the World Cup.

0:48:370:48:44

Christian goes to find out how.

0:48:440:48:49

Motorists should be forced

to have their eyes tested

0:48:490:48:51

every ten years according

to the Association of Optometrists.

0:48:510:48:56

They say too many people

with poor eyesight -

0:48:560:48:58

are still driving.

0:48:590:49:00

Their campaign is backed

by the family of Natalie Wade,

0:49:000:49:02

who was killed by a partially

sighted driver.

0:49:020:49:04

Ali Fortescue reports.

0:49:040:49:08

If she walked into a room,

as the saying goes, she lit it up.

0:49:080:49:11

She enjoyed every moment

and was so looking forward

0:49:110:49:13

to getting married.

0:49:130:49:16

28-year-old Natalie Wade died

on her way to buy a wedding dress.

0:49:160:49:19

She was hit by a 78-year-old

driver with poor eyesight.

0:49:190:49:23

There's always an empty chair,

and Christmas, birthdays,

0:49:230:49:27

the day she would have been married,

they are still very painful.

0:49:270:49:33

The driver who killed Natalie

was blind in one eye and partially

0:49:330:49:36

sighted in the other,

but he died before being tried

0:49:360:49:38

for dangerous driving.

0:49:380:49:40

But Natalie is just one of 70 people

who are killed or seriously injured

0:49:400:49:43

in similar incidents involving bad

eyesight last year.

0:49:430:49:46

The legal standard for eyesight

involves being able to read a number

0:49:460:49:49

plate from 20 metres,

but that's something that's

0:49:490:49:51

only tested when you

first take your test.

0:49:510:49:55

At the moment, everyone needs

to fill out a form like this every

0:49:550:49:58

ten years to renew their driving

license and that involves answering

0:49:580:50:01

a question about their eyesight

and if you're over the age of 70,

0:50:010:50:04

you have to fill out

a slightly more comprehensive

0:50:040:50:06

form every three years,

but it's still a question of just

0:50:060:50:09

putting a tick in a box,

there's no requirement to take

0:50:090:50:11

an actual eye test.

0:50:110:50:13

The mechanism of self reporting

isn't always reliable.

0:50:130:50:16

We know that vision can change

gradually over time,

0:50:160:50:18

so drivers might not be aware

of a deterioration to their vision.

0:50:180:50:21

The Association of Optometrists

don't have a legal requirement to do

0:50:210:50:23

anything if they're concerned

about a patient's driving -

0:50:230:50:25

it's down to the driver.

0:50:260:50:27

More than one in three

of their optometrists surveyed have

0:50:270:50:29

seen a driver in the last month

who continues to drive

0:50:290:50:32

despite being told their vision

is below the legal standard.

0:50:320:50:34

Nine in ten of them

believe the current sight

0:50:340:50:36

tests are insufficient

0:50:360:50:37

and they want to see a change

in the law.

0:50:370:50:42

The Department for Transport say

that all drivers are required by law

0:50:420:50:45

to make sure their eyesight is good

enough to drive.

0:50:450:50:47

They also say that if a driver

experiences any changes

0:50:470:50:49

to their eyesight or has a condition

that could affect their driving

0:50:490:50:52

they must notify the DVLA

and speak to an optician.

0:50:520:50:55

Ali Fortescue, BBC News.

0:50:550:50:58

You're watching

Beyond One Hundred Days.

0:50:580:51:00

Italy is in a state of shock.

0:51:000:51:02

For the first time in 60 years -

the national team will not be

0:51:020:51:05

at the World Cup finals.

0:51:050:51:07

Last night they lost a play off

to Sweden 1-0 over two legs.

0:51:070:51:15

And if you've ever sat

in an Italian restaurant

0:51:150:51:17

when the Azzuri are playing,

you will know this matters - a lot.

0:51:170:51:22

The country is in mourning.

0:51:220:51:32

Six times the finalists, four times

the champions. World Cup without

0:51:550:52:00

Italy is unthinkable, like a

cappuccino without the sprinkles or

0:52:000:52:05

an opera without the genie. The last

time this happened was 1958, Harold

0:52:050:52:11

McMillan was the Prime Minister in

the UK and Eisenhower was the

0:52:110:52:14

president in the US. So bad that it

was said this morning that it was an

0:52:140:52:20

apocalypse. If you want to talk to

Italians today you're going to need

0:52:200:52:27

one of these.

My husband cried.

I am

wearing my black tie. Is this the

0:52:270:52:41

worst thing that has happened? It

is, yes. You are Italian. Half

0:52:410:52:48

Italian. But also Scottish.

From

Glasgow. So you watch Scotland get

0:52:480:52:54

knocked out and now Italy. You will

have to watch England. I will watch

0:52:540:53:00

and see how it goes, if they win I

will be English for the next couple

0:53:000:53:05

of weeks.

How are Italians consoling

themselves?

Pizza? A good soup and

0:53:050:53:11

nothing else!

I have a quiz for you,

which is the only country in the

0:53:110:53:20

world ever to have been in every

single World Cup tournament?

I do

0:53:200:53:24

not know.

Who is it? Brazil. They

won five times and been in every

0:53:240:53:33

single tournament.

I did not know

that. I feel bad not to send you a

0:53:330:53:40

card but I got in touch with the

Washington team and they said can

0:53:400:53:43

you go and give me some reaction.

You feel strongly about what you

0:53:430:53:51

bring to this programme and local

wanted to get involved.

A total

0:53:510:53:57

star. Done an incredible job thus

far. Respected by everyone. Great,

0:53:570:54:05

great company. That is so nice. This

moment is your moment, it belongs to

0:54:050:54:09

you.

It belongs to you and not only

does he feel that way but you know

0:54:090:54:17

what, I said listen it would be

great if you could give us a card so

0:54:170:54:20

he took some time out. And look at

this. Happy birthday. Now I had my

0:54:200:54:31

eye on something for your birthday

of the in fact I had a bid on this.

0:54:310:54:37

Take a look at this. Producers tell

me that this is going to a higher

0:54:370:54:43

bidder. I was going to put in a bid

for you today. We have the pictures.

0:54:430:54:49

Here it comes. Here it is. This is

what I was going to bid for. This is

0:54:490:54:58

the largest flawless diamond that

has ever come to market and it was

0:54:580:55:04

on auction tonight in Geneva. It is

a necklace hanging on 5949 emeralds,

0:55:040:55:13

160 odd carrots and expected to sell

tonight in Geneva for more than £23

0:55:130:55:17

million. $30 million.

So you know

they say it is the thought that

0:55:170:55:25

counts? Exactly, the thought that

counts. In the case of that

0:55:250:55:31

particular necklace, not just having

the thought would have counted for

0:55:310:55:34

even more!

Just one of those roles!

Or even the little clasp on the

0:55:340:55:43

back! Well it is very pretty and I'm

so happy you have chosen to give me

0:55:430:55:52

that for my birthday. Thank you.

Have a good evening in Washington

0:55:520:55:56

wherever you're going.

We have got

rid of all the birthdays for

0:55:560:56:01