USA - Sanders: 'We have a president who is a racist' / A redacted version of Mueller's report is released / Michael Cohen heads to prison / China US trade talks resume in Washington / B-roll of goods made in China / Huawei asks court to deem US law unconstitutional / Pelosi: Trump doesn't know right from wrong / Sarah Sanders to leave White House / Trump: Radical Democrats 'want to destroy you' and comments on the Mueller Report
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I) Presidential candidate, on racism and the president:
(Reporter: With all the strides we've made toward racial justice and harmony, a lot of that in the last couple of years has taken steps back. What would you do to make it better?)
"" It's hard to believe that we have a president of the United States who is in fact, a racist.
A redacted version of Mueller's report is released
Washington - 18 April 2019
2. STILL IMAGE - Special counsel Robert Mueller's report
Michael Cohen heads to prison
++CLIENTS NOTE: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE CAN BE HEARD IN BROLL++
New York - 6 May 2019
3. Michael Cohen exiting apartment building to speak to media
4. Cohen making his way to a waiting car++EXPLICIT LANGUAGE++
China US trade talks resume in Washington
Washington - 10 May 2019
5. U.S. trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin greeting Liu He, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China outside the office of the USTR, they all walk inside
B-roll of goods made in China
New York - 10 May 2019
6. Black + Decker drill
7. Made in China on drill
8. Medium of Apple laptop computers
9. Assembled in China on laptop
Huawei asks court to deem US law unconstitutional
Beijing - 29 May 2019
10. Wide of Huawei's chief legal officer Song Liuping walking to podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Song Liuping, Huawei chief legal officer:
""Just now, we filed a motion for summary judgement. By doing this we hope that the court can issue a judgment in the fastest and the most efficient way, declare restrictions on Huawei as unconstitutional
Pelosi: Trump doesn't know right from wrong
Washington, DC - 13 June 2019
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
""Yesterday the president gave us, once again, evidence that he does not know right from wrong. It's a very sad and very sad thing that he does not know right from wrong.""
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
"" The intelligence community, with great confidence has put forth that the Russians interfered in our election. That's an assault on our democracy, an assault on our democracy. This president says, it's a hoax. He takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. But, I guess it doesn't include him in terms of being to be held accountable to obey the law.""
Sarah Sanders to leave White House
Washington, DC - 9 October 2018
14. President Donald Trump walking with Sarah Sanders on the White House South Lawn
Trump: Radical Democrats 'want to destroy you'
Orlando, Florida - 18 June 2019
15. Wide shot of Trump on stage at rally
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
No collusion and the facts that led our great attorney general to determine no obstruction. No collusion, no obstruction and they spent 40 million dollars on this witch hunt, 40 million dollars.""
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"" Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and rage. They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it. Not acceptable. It's not going to happen.""
"Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders made a surprise visit to the Apollo Theater on April 4th 2019 in New York for an event honoring Harry Belafonte and Tony Bennett.
It was the Jazz Foundation's 'Great Night in Harlem' annual gala, but the day also marked another significant anniversary.
""This is also a night that we remember the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and one of the great leaders in American history who died, as we'll never forget helping sanitation workers get some dignity in their lives,"" Sanders said.
King was fatally shot outside his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th 1968 by James Earl Ray, He was sentenced to 99 years, and died in prison in 1998.
Sanders recounted the great strides Dr. King made toward racial harmony, but agrees that tolerance has lost steps over the past couple of years.
As for the reason, Sanders pulled no punches.
""We have a president, and I say this without any joy in my heart, who is a racist. It's hard to believe that we have a president of the United States who is in fact, a racist,"" Sanders said.
That's why Sanders claims eradicating racism is a high priority for him, if elected to the nation's highest office.
""As president of the United States, what I would be doing is bringing our people together to create a nation that works for all of us, and not just the one-percent. To deal with the racism and the disparities that exists, not only between the rich and the poor, but between whites and blacks. And that would certainly be a major priority of a Sanders administration,"" he said
Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation April 18th that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.
In a previously unreported episode, the report revealed that in June 2017, Trump directed then-White House counsel Don McGahn to call the acting attorney general and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest.
McGahn refused, deciding that he would rather resign than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre of Watergate fame.
For all of that, Mueller said he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed criminal obstruction of justice.
The Justice Department posted the report online April 18th, 90 minutes after Attorney General William Barr offered his own final assessment of the findings.
On May 6th President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer and fixer has left his Manhattan home before starting a three-year prison sentence for crimes including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made on Trump's behalf.
Michael Cohen was expected to report later on May 6th at the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, a prison 70 miles northwest of New York City.
He paused briefly outside the building and spoke to a media throng, saying he looks forward to the day when he can ""share the truth.""
Then he was escorted to a waiting vehicle and driven away.
Trade talks between China and the U.S. continued on May 10th in Washington despite new tariffs the U.S. imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing's vow to retaliate.
Negotiators are trying to resolve the standoff after the United States raised tariffs on Chinese imports, escalating tensions between the world's two biggest economies and rattling stock markets around the world.
Earlier in the week, top U.S. trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Chinese of reneging on commitments they'd made earlier, throwing the trade talks into disarray.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Beijing is hoping the Trump administration will meet China ""halfway"" in the dispute over trade.
U.S. and Chinese negotiators held trade talks May 10th under increasing pressure after President Donald Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods and Beijing promised to retaliate, escalating a battle over China's technology ambitions.
The Trump administration raised duties on nearly half of Chinese imports to 25% from 10%. China's Commerce Ministry said it would impose ""necessary countermeasures"" but gave no details.
The increase went ahead even after American and Chinese negotiators began more talks in Washington aimed at ending a dispute that has disrupted billions of dollars in trade and shaken global financial markets. The lead Chinese negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, left the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative about midday, but it was not immediately clear whether talks had ended.
On May 29th Chinese tech giant Huawei filed a motion in a US court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment.
The motion is the latest action in the company's ongoing clash with the US government.
During a press briefing on May 28th in Beijing, Huawei's chief legal officer Song Liuping said his company had filed a motion for summary judgment asking the court to rule on whether it is constitutional for the US to implement a military spending provision that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment.
Song accused US politicians of ""using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company.""
Two weeks ago, the US Commerce Department placed Huawei on its ""Entity List,"" effectively barring US firms from selling its technology without government approval.
Song said this action sets a ""dangerous precedent"" for other companies and could harm Huawei's three billion customers around the world.
Huawei relies heavily on US components, including computer chips, and about one-third of its suppliers are American.
The move has already affected the company's US partnerships.
Song also denied Washington's claim that Huawei threatens international cybersecurity.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump doesn't know right from wrong and is ""indifferent to law and any sense of ethics about who we are as a country.""
The top House Democrat said June 13th that when Trump says he's open to accepting information from a foreign power against a political opponent he is ignoring his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution.
She said that ""it's a very sad thing, a very sad thing that he does not know right from wrong.""
Pelosi is one of Trump's leading antagonists. But she is taking a slow, cautious approach when many in her party are demanding an impeachment inquiry.
She says ""everybody in the country should be totally appalled"" by Trump's remarks to ABC News.
Trump told ABC on June 12th that if a foreign power were offering dirt on his 2020 opponent, he'd be open to accepting it and would have no obligation to call in the FBI.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration's credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the June, President Donald Trump announced June 18th.
Sanders is one of Trump's closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the few remaining on staff who worked on his campaign.
""After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the June and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,"" Trump tweeted just before she accompanied him to a White House event on prison reform.
Trump suggesting her as a future candidate for Arkansas governor. ""She would be fantastic.""
Under Sanders' tenure, regular White House press briefings became a relic of the past. She has not held a formal briefing since March 11th.
Reporters often catch her on the White House driveway after she is interviewed by Fox News Channel and other TV news outlets.
Her credibility has also come under question.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report revealed that Sanders admitted to investigators that she had made an unfounded claim about ""countless"" FBI agents reaching out to express support for Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
Sanders succeeded Sean Spicer, Trump's first press secretary, in mid-2017.
US President Donald Trump kicked off his re-election campaign June 18th with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for the next four years.
Trump spent much of the first portion of his speech attacking the press, the political establishment and Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.
Trump complained he had been ""under assault from the very first day"" of his presidency by a ""fake news media"" and ""illegal witch hunt"" that had tried to keep him and his supporters down.
And he painted a disturbing picture of what life would look like if he loses in 2020, accusing his critics of ""un-American conduct"" and telling the crowd that Democrats ""want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it.""
The apocalyptic language and finger-pointing made clear that Trump's 2020 campaign is likely to look a whole lot like his improbably successful runs four years ago.
And he appeared eager for a re-run of 2016, spending considerable time focused on his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, who elicited """"Lock her up!"" chants, even though she is not on the ballot.