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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the kushner connection. the president's son-in-law is set to testify about his russian contacts, which included a bank that is a cover for russian spies. >> he said, hey, we've made some e ntacts. i'd be glad to explain them. t pelley: also tonight, the web grows more tangled. the republican chair of the house intelligence committee reveals he had a secret meeting with a secret source on the white house grounds. >> chairman nunes is falling down on the job and seems to be more interested in protecting the president than in seeking the truth. >> pelley: a violent crackdown c protests against russian corruption. and a child will lead them in song.
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an inspiring internet sensation. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. a notorious moscow bank that acts as a front for russian espionage is now part of the investigation into contacts between the trump campaign and the russian government. this time it is the president's son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner who will be questioned by senate investigators about his meeting with the russian veb bank. the bank used to be chaired by russian president vladimir putin, and it has funded so many of putin's pet projects that it had to be bailed out by the russian government. already two trump officials, the president's national security adviser and his former campaign chairman, have been forced to resign over contacts with russia.
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major garrett has details on today's revelation involving mr. trump's son-in-law. >> reporter: the previously tdisclosed meeting took place during the trump transition, afore jared kushner stepped down as head of his real estate firm. in december, kushner sat down with russian ambassador to the tos. sergey kislyak at trump tower, a meeting the trump team had previously confirmed. but afterward kislyak asked kushner to meet the head of a russian bank known as veb, which has deep ties to president vladimir putin and russian intelligence agencies. the bank is run by sergey gorkov, who once trained at the russian spy agency known as fsb. in 2016, another veb official, yevgeny burokov used his jock to uisguise efforts to recruit u.s. spice for russia. the veb was sanctioned by the government after the annexation of crimea.
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>> i had nothing to do with it. i have nothing to do with russia. i have to deals there. i have nothing there. >> reporter: the president has o ng denied ties to russia, but the kushner disclosure moved the russia enquiry even closer to the oval office. white house press secretary sean neicer said kushner acted as a conduit to foreign governments during the transition. >> he met with countless individuals. that was part of his job. that was part of his role. he executed it completely as he was supposed to. >> reporter: so he doesn't believe he owes the american public an explanation? >> for what, doing his job? 'r i'm just asking. >> you're acting as though there is something nefarious. >> reporter: virginia's mark warner is the top democrat on the committee. >> if there is nothing there, the administration should want us to get this right and we'll say nothing there. if there is something there, we'll follow the intel wherever ratieads. >> reporter: senator warner told i no decisions have been made about whether kushner's testimony would be given in public or under oath. scott, the senator offered no
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opinion on white house explanations that kushner's interactions with the russians were routine. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house tonight. major, thank you. well, yevgeny burokov the spy posing in new york as a veb bank officer, was arrested by the f.b.i. in 2015. he pleaded guilty to spying and was sentenced to 30 months, but we learned today that he is being released this saturday, having served ten months. the house intelligence committee is also investigating russian connections into the trump campaign. today the republican committee chairman revealed that he had a igcret meeting on the investigation with a secret n urce on the white house grounds. we have more about that from jeff pegues. >> reporter: devin nunes, the chairman of the house intelligence committee, said he was at the white house grounds last tuesday to meet a source dnd look at highly classified rmformation in a secure location.
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>> i have been working this for a long time with many different sources and needed a place that i could actually finally go because i knew what i was looking for and i could actually get access to what i needed to see. >> reporter: tuesday's visit to the white house complex was the start of several days of unusual meetings and conflicting disclosures. on wednesday nunes revealed to the press that he had seen t idence that the obama olministration had intercepted itmmunications involving members of the trump transition team. f nes then returned to the white house to personally brief the president before disclosing the information to members of his own committee. on thursday he was forced to apologize for keeping them in the dark. s friday nunes seemed less certain of his claims. >> it's hard to know where the information came from until you get the reports and have time to go through them and see all the sourcing of the documents. >> reporter: nunes has denied that his source is from the white house. today white house spokesman sean spicer said even he doesn't know where the information came from.
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>> i can't say 100% that i know >>ything what he briefed him on. >> so it is possible, as far as you know right now... >> anything's possible. >> okay. >> reporter: democrats say nunes' behavior makes it impossible for him to continue the lead an impartial investigation into russian involvement with trump associates. >>nator chuck schumer. >> chairman nunes is falling down on the job and seems to be more interested in protecting the president than in seeking the truth. >> reporter: it is unclear why nunes chose to view the classified information at a secure location white house grounds. there are similar facilities in other government buildings. scott, nunes says that he needed access to a specific computer network that was not available on capitol hill. f, pelley: jeff pegues in the recuington newsroom tonight. today attorney general jeff sessions warned that cities that ewn't help enforce immigration laws may lose federal grant money. ben tracy has more about the
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miump administration's enforcement efforts and who is being targeted. >> he stepped out and he never came back in. >> reporter: 19-year-old estefany ortiz says immigration and customs enforcement agents came to her house in pasadena last month looking for someone who did not live there. they arrested her father, carlos ortiz, instead. mi was in the country illegally but had no criminal record. >> why did we open the door? nobody's going to want to open the door. everyone is scared. >> reporter: the los angeles police department says aggressive ice enforcement tactics are also having a chilling effect on latinos reporting crimes. since the beginning of the year, reports of sexual assault by latinos dropped 25%. domestic violence reports fell 10%. c they start to clam up. they no longer come to court. >> reporter: california supreme court justice tani cantil- sakauye says lawyers are telling her latinos are now afraid to tow up at courthouses, so she
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geote a letter to attorney general jeff sessions, accusing federal agents of stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests. >> those are strong words. >> i feel that the courthouses are being targeted by ice for arrests in a way that's unprecedented. >> reporter: what is your concern if ice agents are in courthouses? >> victims aren't going to come rt court. witnesses aren't going to come to testify against bad guys in violent communities because they're afraid that they're going to get arrested in court. >> reporter: in a statement, ice said, "while ice does arrest targets at courthouse, generally y 's only after investigating officers have exhausted other options." but in response to ice actions, a proposed bill in california would bar state and local police t,om aiding federal immigration enforcement, including turning over criminals when they're erleased from jail. ela. county sheriff jim mcdonnell says that's a bad idea. >> by not allowing them access to the jails, the likelihood is they're going to go into the
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communities looking for the 'rdividual, and they're not going to limit themselves to that individual. >> reporter: and to give you an ow m of just how much federal money is now at stake here, san francisco and new york could lose nearly $25 billion combined, scott, if the trump white house follows through and cuts off funding for sanctuary cities. >> pelley: ben tracy for us tonight. ben, thank you. the president's failure to repeal and replace the affordable care act, at least on his first try, has been a disappointment to many who support mr. trump, but it is a relief to the folks who depend on obamacare. don dahler has been looking into that. >> reporter: jennifer winter's two-year-old son is in the hospital a lot these days. he is covered under the aca, but trnter voted for donald trump. >> i'm a republican. i stayed true to my party and our principles. >> reporter: although she sees problems with the aca, she's grateful for some of the benefits. >> the main thing for the aca for me is, of course, the preexisting conditions. that is huge.
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hemean, he has two major life- altering conditions that if i had to go and shop for it, i wouldn't be able to afford it. >> reporter: winter lives in quakertown, pennsylvania. congressman brian fitzpatrick was one of dozens who planned to vote no on the new health care bill before it got pulled. a moderate republican, fitzpatrick opposed the bill because it didn't do enough to address opioid addiction treatment. pennsylvania has over 700,000 enrolled in medicaid expansion and more than 426,000 in the aca marketplace. had the aca been repealed, the pennsylvania budget and policy eenter estimated over one million pennsylvanians would lose their coverage, like brian kline, who was diagnosed with cancer last year. t the aca saved my life and saved me from medical bankruptcy. a reporter: kline is a democrat eho voted for clinton, but he and winter have one thing in common, their message to congress on health care: >> stop fighting.
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stop arguing. stop folding your arms and aing, i'm a democrat, i'm a republican. come together. that's why we elected you. >> reporter: scott, both winter and kline say they want the thmocrats to cooperate with the rdesident in order to make the problems with obamacare better. >> pelley: don dahler, thanks. today the white house condemned the mass arrests in moscow during rallies against vladimir putin's government. the protests were organized by one of putin's fiercest anlitical opponents. and elizabeth palmer is following this. >> reporter: united in anger, russians from across the country marched to protest against official corruption. in moscow, it was the biggest n monstration since the anti- kremlin rallies of 2012. but without a permit, authorities called the gathering anlegal and soon the police had moved in. hundreds were arrested.
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including alexander navalny, an opposition leader and ferocious critic of president putin and his famously corrupt administration. earlier this month navalny released a video alleging that russia's prime minister had amassed a fortune in mansions, yachts and vineyards, all through corrupt deals. re video went viral. and here's the reaction. [chanting] the protesters message to the government: shame on you. navalny is now an opposition icon. after his arrest, supporters surrounded the police van theting, "don't let them through." and police were forced to lift cars left as obstacles out of the way. navalny appeared in court today t d was handed a fine and a short jail sentence. scott, these arrests have raised
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eyebrows in washington. they're seen as more heavy handed stifling of any opposition to president putin, but alexander navalny is not going anywhere. in fact, he says he's going to xtn against mr. putin next year for the presidency. >> pelley: liz palmer in our london newsroom. liz, thank you. the nfl is betting on las vegas. today owners approved the oakland raiders' move to the gambling capital that it had shunned for decades. but football won't happen in vegas until a domed stadium is built. the raiders intend to play at least two more seasons as lame ducks in oakland. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," we'll take you to the border where the president is getting ready to build a wall. and make sure everything's clear. yeah, that would be great. being proactive...
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>> if you call it a disease, now you have to help me out, you know what i'm saying? now you have to not just throw me away. >> reporter: for davis, treatment includes counseling and medication. ac. nalen ward of massachusetts general hospital is his physician. she supports the new recommendations, including a comprehensive approach to care. >> the old traditional model of sanitation and detox and hope wey will get better is really we know that it doesn't work. there is no evidence. >> reporter: and we were struck by this: more than 70% of people with hypertension, diabetes or major depression get treatment for substance abuse, it's less than 20%. >> pelley: and yet treatment lerks. dr. jon lapook, thank you, doctor. in new york city, the fearless girl will stand her ground a little while longer. the statue has become a huge hit with tourists. it was placed there temporarily the highlight gender disparity ry the boardroom, but today the mayor said she can stay until february.
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some of her closest playmates g hethe nurses treating her for severe congenital neutropenia, a rare blood disorder where bone marrow is unable to make normal white blood cells. dr. allison mazzanaga was one of the first to treat her. >> reporter: to distract leah from boredom and sometimes pain, d r mother looked for songs on the internet. that's how leah became a fan of easpel singer mandisa. r was this one video of leah singing "overcomer" that inansformed the pint-sized patient into an internet sensation with more than 37 million views. lindsay is leah's mother. what is it about that video that you think resonates with people? >> the world needed some joy right now, especially the united states. i think leah just has this pure joy about her. >> reporter: leah has survived s.o bone marrow transplants and numerous side effects.
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>> and the song itself is just really fitting for her life. ♪ you're an overcomer >> reporter: little leah's voice has inspired the sick and italthy, who have posted comments from around the world, even inspiring mandisa herself. >> this is mandisa. ea one, two, three... we love you, leah! >> reporter: doctors say leah's neutropenia is being closed to cured, earning her the nickname "leah the overcomer." mireya villarreal, oakland, california. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. nr all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. ne. i'm done. "
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eng_nfl raiders_owners 11:16:33 we are particularly disappointed for the fans eng_libby schaaf nfl raiders vote presser 14.07.16 you will never see me wear anything that says oakland raiders facebook burning "so this is what i think about the las vegas traitors" cut to jersey burning full like father.. like son. a second davis pulls his n-f-l team i love oakland, i love the fans in oakland and i know there's going to be disappointment and maybe some anger. >> you're leaving, leave. be done. i'm done. >> we're particularly disappointed for the fans. >> you will never see me wear anything that says oklahoma raiders. >> here's what i think about the las vegas traders. >> like father and son as the second davis pulling his nfl team out of oakland. >> there could be a legal challenge before the team becomes the las vegas raiders. good evening i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with ken bastida in phoenix with the vote. >> reporter: hi allen, hi veronica. it really was a weird

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