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paul, sheri and i will be back at 11:00. >> princess of power. ♪[ music ] >> pelley: the president ignites a firestorm. >> why did you fire director comey? >> because he wasn't doing a good job very simply. he was not doing a good job. >> we heard this reason that i lllieve doesn't pass the smell test. >> i think it's startling that democrats aren't celebrating this since they've been calling for it for so long. >> pelley: also tonight, what happens to the f.b.i. investigation of russia's meddling in the u.s. election? ge were those investigations getting too close to home for the president? >> pelley: dr. jon lapook has a new warning about drugs like ibuprofen, serious side effects can start sooner than we knew. >> hello, mr. putin. >> pelley: and he spoke softly. ed pleased to meet you. >> pelley: and carried a big pick. n z palmer's pre-game interview
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with vladimir putin before he hit the ice. >> reporter: how will the firing of james comey affect u.s.- russia relations? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. in a previous career, president trump was a master at explaining why he fired someone, but critics are not buying his explanation for the firing of james comey. the president told reporters today that comey wasn't doing a good job as director of the f.b.i. mr. trump is the first president since richard nixon to fire a law enforcement official investigating the white house. the timing raises questions. comey had just asked for more resources for his investigation of russian interference in the u.s. election, including possible collusion by team trump. gh'll start at the white house tonight with major garrett. >> reporter: as comparisons to
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watergate swirled, president trump met today in the oval office with president richard nixon's secretary of state, henry kissinger. mr. trump offered a brief explanation for his firing of f.b.i. director james comey. >> because he wasn't doing a good job very simply. he was not doing a good job. >> reporter: the white house described it as an erosion of confidence. deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders. >> frankly, he had been considering letting director comey go since the day he was elected. director comey has shown over the last several months and frankly, the last year a lot of missteps and mistakes. >> reporter: but there was no sign that president trump had lost confidence with him during this friendly exchange in january or this april 11th interview. >> i have confidence in him. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: the president met monday with deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and attorney general jeff sessions. they recommended comey's ouster, and mr. trump asked for their reasoning in writing. mr. trump made his final decision yesterday.
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comey was in the los angeles f.b.i. field office when he learned of his dismissal from television reports. rosenstein's memo to the president criticized comey's handling of the clinton e-mail investigation. it did not mention the ongoing probe of russia's meddling in the u.s. election. today on capitol hill, vice president mike pence said comey's dismissal had nothing to do with russia. >> it was time for a fresh start at the f.b.i. >> reporter: but sources tell cbs news just last week comey asked rosenstein for more resources for the f.b.i.'s russia investigation, something the justice department denies. on monday, president trump t eeted, the president's the president's decision made without a successor in mind caught his press staff flat footed and with few answers on tuesday night. iny wasn't he fired at the tiginning of this tministration?
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sty was he fired today? >> i think biggest reason is really, really simple: he'd lost nfe confidence of the rank-and- e le members of the f.b.i. >> reporter: on twitter this morning, the president pointed to democrats who faulted comey's handling of the clinton investigation. "the democrats have said some of coe worst things about james comey, but now they play so sad." another tweet today called democrats "phony hypocrites." deputy attorney general rosenstein is a career utosecutor held in high bipartisan regard. scott, attorney general jeff sessions recused himself from both the clinton e-mail and russia investigations but nevertheless played a role in comey's ouster and will help decide his successor. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house, and now we'll go to chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes on capitol hill. >> what happened yesterday was truly shocking. >> reporter: senate democrats accused the president today of courting a constitutional crisis. >> he feels the dragnet tightening on the russia
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investigation. i believe that's why he's let comey go. >> reporter: they argued there is now just one solution: >> we need an independent special prosecutor. >> there has to be an independent special prosecutor. >> if we're going to get to the bottom of it, we need a special prosecutor. >> reporter: but the senate's republican leader, mitch mcconnell said that would impede the russia investigations that are already under way. he accused the other side of ofedding crocodile tears for comey. ti our democratic colleagues complaining about the removal of an f.b.i. director whom they themselves repeatedly and sharply criticized. >> reporter: democrats do have a history of slamming comey over his handling of the clinton investigation. >> the f.b.i. director has no credibility. >> reporter: but pennsylvania democrat bob casey argues it's the timing of comey's dismissal that's problematic. >> once the world knew that this t vestigation was under way, you min't fire the investigator in >>e middle of an investigation. >> reporter: several republicans
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agreed, including the chair of ite senate intelligence committee, richard burr. fo the timing and the reasons for this decision made little sense to me, and i don't think i've heard anything since last night that would clarify that in any way. >> reporter: he and his democratic counterpart mark warner have asked the now former f.b.i. director to come before >>e committee next tuesday. >> reporter: i think jim comey ought to have his, if not his day in court, at least his day on the hill to be able to lay out his side of the case. >> reporter: to show their russia investigation is continuing apace, the senate intelligence committee announced oust tonight they are issuing their first subpoena for documents belonging to the disgraced former national security adviser michael flynn. these are documents, scott, that the committee requested from flynn last month but he declined to comply. >> pelley: of course, flynn is the former national security adviser fired by the president for lying about his contacts
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with the russians. y ncy cordes, thanks very much. top russian officials have been keeping an eye on all of this, including vladimir putin. today our elizabeth palmer went one on one with putin rinkside in sochi, russia. >> reporter: all suited up for ti amateur hockey match, president vladimir putin took the time to weigh in on washington's latest scandal. how will the firing of james comey affect u.s.-russia relations? >> ( translated ): there will be no effect. in fact, don't be insulted, but your question strikes me as funny. we have nothing to do with it. president trump is acting within
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his authority, according to the law and the constitution. and as for us, well, you see i'm of to play hockey. >> reporter: officially putin denies russia even has an opinion, but he's as skilled a player on the world stage as he is on the ice. as the president scored in sochi, his foreign minister, sergei lavrov was chalking up a win in washington, meeting president trump in the oval rufice. american reporters were shut out, so it was up to the russians to tweet this picture, and this one with russia's controversial ambassador sergey kislyak, who remains at the heart of the alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia's meddling in the last election. the pictures would have pleased kremlin spokesman dimitri arskov, who in a quiet back room at the hockey arena explained his concern that any mention of russia is now so toxic in washington that real improvement in relations is a long way off.
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>> it's quite difficult for mr. trump to talk about willingness pe cooperate with russia, even if it is in the interest of the united states. what is the ridiculous part of this story... us reporter: so you're afraid he's now hemmed in? >> well, he's definitely under huge pressure... >> reporter: not to -- >> by those who can still not accept that he's the head of state in the united states, by those who cannot accept the fact that they have lost to mr. trump. >> reporter: scott, the russians had high hopes they would get along well with the trump administration, but it's all gone terribly wrong and relations haven't been this bad since the end of the cold war, so they're looking for any opportunity to build on at the moment. however, all that didn't put mr. e tin off his game today. ad went on to score seven goals.
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>> pelley: not even vladimir putin checks elizabeth palmer. liz, thanks very much. with james comey out at the f.b.i., acting director andrew mccabe has taken over the russian investigation. tor justice correspondent jeff pegues brings us up to date on that. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news that the f.b.i. investigation had been picking nd jpeed in recent weeks and that it now includes grand jury subpoenas. james comey's request last week for more money and resources was a sign the probe was far from over. now sources say there is a worry the investigation, as well as separate congressional probes, will slow down. republican richard burr is the chairman of the senate intelligence committee. >> an interruption in any of the access we have to documents and personnel would be harmful to our investigation. it wouldn't in any way, shape, or form preclude us from coming to a conclusion, but it might
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delay us. >> reporter: in recent weeks, sources say f.b.i. agents in this country and overseas have been intensely focused on following the money, trying to identify who might have paid the hackers involved in russia's campaign to interfere in the 2016 election. they are also scrutinizing the activities of president trump's associates, including former national security adviser michael flynn, former campaign chairman paul manafort, and adrmer campaign foreign policy adviser carter page. all have ties to or contacts lsth russian business or .ivernment officials. former f.b.i. assistant director avn hosko worries that comey's firing could have a chilling effect. >> if the timing of this termination lines up with timing about a slowdown in the investigation, the russia e vestigation, then i think there are serious, serious swestions that are going to need an be answered by this white juuse and by the department of justice. >> reporter: acting f.b.i.
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director andrew mccabe met with the president today. the white house said that the president wanted to discuss bureau morale. scott, tomorrow mccabe will be on capitol hill testifying at a previously scheduled hearing. w pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. now, earlier we mentioned the memo from deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. the white house is pointing to that memo to justify president trump's decision to fire comey. rosenstein, who has been the number two with the justice department for just two weeks, specifically criticized a news conference that comey held last july on the hillary clinton e- mail investigation. chip reid has more on this. >> our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> reporter: on july 5, 2016, then f.b.i. director james comey, in a highly controversial press conference, said he would not recommend prosecution of hillary clinton, but at the same time, he launched a scathing attack on her private e-mail system, calling it "extremely careless."
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>> any reasonable person in secretary clinton's position should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. >> reporter: comey later told stngress he would keep them informed of any changes in the investigation, and on october 28th, just 11 days before the election, comey wrote to key congressional leaders, "the f.b.i. has learned of the toistence of e-mails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," and he reopened the clinton case. the e-mails were found on the laptop of disgraced former congressman anthony weiner, the husband of clinton aide huma abedin. after reviewing the e-mails, comey told congress in another letter just two days before the election, "we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in july." >> it makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. >> reporter: despite that concern, comey last week defended his decision making. he argued he had little choice but to explain his decisions publicly because of the need to
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dispel suspicions of improper influence after then-attorney general loretta lynch had an impromptu meeting with former president bill clinton. >> her meeting with president clinton on that airplane was the capper for me. wa reporter: robbie mook, who was hillary clinton's campaign manager tweeted, "if members of congress are patriots, they will call for a special prosecutor to take over this investigation, and they will call for it now." scott, clinton herself had no comment. >> pelley: chip reid, thank you very much. in a developing story, today workers started repairing a y,llapsed tunnel at the hanford nuclear reservation in washington state. tae tunnel contains railcars filled with radioactive waste and the ground above them caved in yesterday. so far there's no sign that the radiation has leaked. john blackstone is there. >> reporter: with a machine blowing mist to keep down dust, workers today began filling the gaping 400 square foot hole in the tunnel holding contaminated nuclear waste.
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basically pouring dirt back into this hole, is that the plan? >> they're refilling the hole, that's exactly right. >> reporter: mark heeter is spokesman for hanford. it doesn't sound like a very sophisticated solution, frankly. >> it's got to be done carefully. that's part of the sophistication. >> reporter: much of the site was put on lockdown yesterday. >> reporter: the sirens go off. you're told to take cover. y.w unusual is that? ie very. nnve never experienced it. >> reporter: welder dennis riste was working about a quarter of a mile away. >> and then when i see all the fire trucks and ambulances and everything over by purex, that kind of sunk home. te was like, geez. >> reporter: while the atpartment of energy says no radiation has escaped from the damaged tunnel, hanford has a long history of problems. plutonium used to make nuclear coapons for 40 years left a contaminated mess of buildings and equipment. this includes 56 million gallons
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of radioactive waste stored in ve7 underground tanks, some of which have leaked. hanford is often described as the most polluted site in the country. cbs news science contributor michio kaku. >> a major earthquake, a major fire at the site with all of these toxic, much of them flammable liquids could cause a epsaster beyond our imagination. >> reporter: the clean-up at hanford started more than 25 years ago, but it's far from finished, scott. the latest estimates show it's likely to take at least another 30 years before the work here is complete. th pelley: john blackstone, uanks. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a new study looks at common painkillers and finds an increased risk of heart attack. your eyes work as hard as you do. but do they need help making more of their own tears? if you have chronic dry eye caused by reduced tear production due to inflammation,
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here's jon lapook. >> reporter: researchers pulled data from four trials to study almost 450,000 patients. the risk of heart attack after taking common painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen, also known as n.s.a.i.ds for as little as one week increased by about 20% to 50%. the risk was greater at a higher ase. cleveland clinic cardiologist dr. steve nissen has studied the link between heart disease and n.s.a.i.d.s. he says the risk has to be balanced with the benefit of pain relief. >> allowing people to suffer from pain is also not always acceptable. and so we try to work with our patients and we try to find the best pathway to relieving their pain without causing them to have a second heart attack. >> reporter: nissen points out that a 20% to 50% increase in risk has to be put in perspective. for example, a healthy young man has much less than a 1% annual y sk of a heart attack. tauld you say then that the take-home message from this kind
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is study really applies to people at high risk for heart disease rather than to the general public? >> there probably is some risk s mueverybody, but the absolute degree of risk is much higher for people that have heart disease. it's intermediate for people that don't have heart disease but have risk factors, and that is particularly low if you're nung and healthy. >> reporter: nissen says n.s.a.i.d.s always carry some risk, so people should take the lowest dose for the shortest time. y: pelley: dr. jon lapook, thank you, doc. up next, the education secretary faces a rough crowd at commencement. to dig a hole to china. ing at&t is working with farmers to improve irrigation techniques. remote moisture sensors use a reliable network to tell them when and where to water. so that farmers like ray can compete in big ways.
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>> pelley: one day after the president fired f.b.i. director games comey, justice department officials began interviewing potential interim replacements. ome acting director andrew mccabe will testify in comey's place at a senate hearing on national security. cbs news has learned that last week comey asked the justice department for more resources for the f.b.i.'s russia investigation. as for why he fired comey, the president told reporters today, "he was not doing a good job." today senate majority leader mitch mcconnell rejected calls for an independent counsel to investigate the trump campaign's russian ties. russian president vladimir putin at a hockey game told our liz palmer, "we have nothing to do with it." that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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green cards. we've learned owners of the high rise are luring foreign milliona kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with a bay area luxury tower offering great views and green cards. we have learned owners of the high-rise are luring foreign millionaires with a fast track to citizenship. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. only on "5," it's billed as one of the most luxurious properties in downtown san jose. but the upscale development is facing new scrutiny. len ramirez says they are using a controversial visa track to attract foreign investors. >> reporter: it can get more than just a return on their investments. they can get a clear pathway to legal u.s. residency here in america. some call it the buying and selling of green cards. with all this money, local san jose workers say they are the
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ones that are not getting a piece of the action. the silvery towers are rising fast on the downtown san jose skyline. twin towers with 643 luxury condos. but despite the american flag on the side of the building, the money behind the project is coming from chinese millionaires lured by a controversial immigrant visa program that promises them legal u.s. residency if they invest at least half a million dollars. >> i couldn't believe that somebody can actually come in and buy a green card. >> reporter: plumbers and steamfitters president al rodriguez was shocked when he discovered this chinese luxury real estate website advertising silvery towers as san jose's most prosperous downtown residential project with 200 eb5 vacancies waiting for investors and this quote your first choice to emigrate to the usa. arthur has been fighting the project over its hiring of


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