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this is d w news live from berlin impeachment looms over president donald trump u.s. speaker nancy pelosi announced congress will start an official inquiry into a legit high crimes and misdemeanors. the actions of the from president can reveal a dishonorable fact of the president's betrayal of his oath of office. of our national security and the trail of the intensity about elections the president must be held accountable no one is gone through all. and over ruled by the supreme court
a unanimous decision rules that british prime minister boris johnson suspension of parliament was unlawful with 5 weeks to go before the bricks and deadline johnson vows the ruling will not get in the way of the u.k.'s exit from the european union . and william glue cruft welcome to the program only 2 presidents have been impeached in american history donald j. trump may become the 3rd after months of will she or won't she speculation nancy pelosi the speaker of the house of representatives has announced her congressional committees will form an umbrella inquiry it's goal gather the evidence necessary to impeach trump that is the 1st of a long and uncertain path to removing him from office pelosi grounded her decision in the us constitution. the actions taken to date by the president had seriously
violated the constitution especially when the president has article 2 says i can do what ever i want the actions of the trump presidency reveal which dishonorable fact of the president's betrayal of his own with the office betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections therefore today announcing the house of representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry and directing and 6 committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella and impeachment inquiry the president must be held accountable no one is above the law. so for more now let's bring in our washington correspondent oliver salat oliver thanks so much for being here to unpack this big story 1st of all nancy pelosi for months has been resisting calls from within her own party to impeach so why the sudden change of heart now well the accusation
is that president trump abused his power as president of the united states so basically and essentially you have the president of the united states calling a foreign leader the president of ukraine asking him for dirt against his political opponent which of course is joe biden and he is currently the front runner of the democratic party for the presidency next year for the elections and 2020 and he even admitted that he was after dirt against him and that was basically the straw that broke the camel's back after months of debates within the democratic party about the question of impeachment and let's not forget this is not only about this phone call with their ukrainian president this is also about the moller investigation of all about all gay sions against the president including up struction of justice. right so there's a lot of moving parts here a lot of things aren't very certain and there's a lot that we don't know maybe even congress doesn't know tell us about that what
what don't we know and when might we expect to find out those those bits of information well we don't know for sure at this point what exactly was said and 6 now famous phone call with the ukrainian president so the allegation is that president trump pressed the ukrainian president on the phone for dirt against joe biden but president come tomorrow will publish the transcript of this phone call and he must be very certain that there are no there's no evidence inside that transcript but nancy pelosi made very clear that a lot of all the wording of that phone call that it's implicit that he tried and that he in fact abuse power by freezing military funding that ukraine is heavily dependent on for instance so and in addition to that we will have the whistleblower who initially leaked this information testified by the end of the week in the house intelligence committee where we do expect some damaging material most likely
against the president we don't know exactly what he will say in the in that hearing 3 but we know we only get that information by the end of the week and whatever these details may or may not reveal trump is no surprise not very happy about this latest development let's have a short listen to what what he said before palosi made the announcement but he knew that that announcement was on its way. is just a continuation which is the words we judge it was a good show it was a good it is because the good news is. an african american agent is going to get the most of his peers if you give. the economy's doing great people are prosperous no need to impeach what do you make of trump's defense in that statement. well that doesn't come very surprising that's been his strategy and his rhetoric right from the start he wanted to
a boost the economy and he has done so the economy is doing great in fact and that by the way is one of the only field and if not the only field where voters believe the president is doing a good job according to recent polls and that is doomed right now with a looming recession so he might even 2 lose the support of voters in that field and so what he's trying to do no basically is going back to his old rhetoric of this is all a rig which is trying to jam the republicans galvanize the republican party in fact and that could also backfire for the democrats. and it's clear now with palosi statement we are in a new chapter of the trump era could be a long one a very uncertain one so talk us through what happens now trump doesn't just get ph and leave and he leaves office i mean what what happens now what are and what are the risks to both democrats and and trump well there are 6 committees investigating right now they will certainly continue investigate the
president trying but under this new on bella which is of course the impeachment that was just launched 5 then this will certainly it has have to pass certain votes in the house of. representatives where the democrats right now have a majority a simple majority is an awful lot of democrats are uniting behind the idea of impeaching trump but the biggest hurdle will be senate where a 2 thirds majority is needed and the republicans hold the majority off that senate right now and that would mean that half of the republican senators would have to change sides of very unlikely scenario at this point at least and it really looks like a leap into the unknown for the democratic party all right oliver solid in washington thanks so much for joining us we look forward to hear from you as developments keep coming in. well for now at least it's business as usual for the president in new york donald trump addressed the u.n. general assembly directing much of his eye or at iran which the u.s.
and its allies have accused of supporting terrorism and attacking its neighbors but what they're going to do about it remains hotly contested. u.s. president donald trump has said all along he suspects the rand is behind the attack on saudi oil sites but at the u.n. he refrained from threatening military action opting instead to turn up economic pressure in response to iran's recent attack on saudi arabian oil facilities we just impose the highest level of sanctions on iran central bank and sovereign wealth fund. all nations have a duty to. know responsible government should subsidize iran's blood lust. as long as the ron's menacing behavior continues sanctions will not be lifted. germany along with britain and france have joined the us in
pointing the finger at iran and the whatever it was that chancellor angela merkel used at the gathering of world leaders to hold separate talks on the sidelines with both donald trump and iranian president hassan rouhani. it is because not i would very much welcome talks taking place between the united states and iran but sanctions being lifted before talks are held to isn't likely to happen. just because. the drone attacks earlier this month targeting key saudi oil facilities had temporary ripple effects on world markets and added to the tension in an already unstable region. while yemen's sheo with the rebels say they carried out the attacks many experts are convinced that iran was behind the airstrikes. but to run insists it had nothing to do with the attacks president rouhani traveled to new york to lay out his country's case. he's held by lateral talks with french
president manuel mccrone as well as german chancellor angela merkel. un secretary general antonio has warned against any further escalation in the region and above all we are facing the a lot of being possibility of armed conflict in the gulf. the consequences of which the world cannot afford. the recent attack on saw the in a b.o.i. facilities was and acceptable in a context that a mind that a miscalculation can leads to a major confrontation we must do everything possible to push for reason and restraint. outwardly at least it seems no side is willing to risk a military confrontation. might make it clear now to some other stories making news around the world star singer possible domingo has pulled out of performances at new
york's metropolitan opera after allegations of sexual misconduct domingo has been due to appear in a production of macbeth starting on wednesday dozens of women have come forward accusing the spaniard of harassment he denies the allegations. the e.u.'s top court has ruled that google is not required to apply the e.u. right to be forgotten rule to search results outside of europe google had argued that authoritarian governments could otherwise try to cover up human rights abuses if the e.u. regulation was applied worldwide. and spain supreme court has approved the government's plans to remove the remains of former dictator francisco franco from a state. the issue has divided opinion in spain the socialist government should now be able to rebury franco in a family plot and we dedicate his current grave site to victims of the spanish civil war. now turning to the british supreme court which in
a historic judgment has ruled that prime minister boris johnson's move to suspend parliament was unlawful all 11 supreme court judges agreed to the so-called kept parliament from doing its job. judges filed into the court room to deliver their highly anticipated ruling their verdict unanimous a stunning rebuke to the prime minister. the court is bound to conclude that that the decision to advise a magistrate to correct parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its fans additional functions without reasonable justification the effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme no justification for taking action with such an extreme effect has been put before the court the court said the
government suspension order was no and void and that parliament should resume business immediately. common speaker john bercow confirmed m.p.'s would sit again starting wednesday. the news of the ruling reached prime minister johnson in new york where he's been attending the un climate summit so obviously this is a budget that we will respect when i missed the judicial process to happen so i strongly disagree with what the justices who run i don't think. it's right but we will go ahead and support. well the ruling doesn't affect brags that directly it does mean parliament won't have to wait until mid october to have its say in the process. the decision like drags it has divided the public but these protesters welcome to the judge's decision. i have great day for democracy a great victory for british democracy it's good to see the courts reaffirming the
rights of the electorate sisters in eyes through its elected representatives what the government is doing all brought to light like opposition leader jeremy corbin who's been struggling with labor's own brags of divisions at the party's annual conference called on johnson to step down for a strong. has identified misled the country this is an elected prime minister should not be written off by. the prime minister's next move may be anyone's guess but he'll return to london to face growing pressure over his brags that strategy and his leadership. and a reminder of the top story we're following for you in the u.s. house speaker nancy pelosi has announced congress will start an official impeachment inquiry into president donald trump investigation will focus on whether trump abused his presidential status and asked a foreign power to undermine democratic presidential candidate joe biden.
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