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% captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: breaking news: a source tells cbs news that president trump asked the f.b.i. director to end his investigation of former national security adviser michael flynn. also tonight, the president shared secret israeli intelligence with the russians. was damage done to national security? >> what the president shared was wholly appropriate. >> pelley: but even some top republlicans are fed up. >> i think we could do with a little less trauma from the white house. >> pelley: a 16-year-old drank a deadly dose of caffeine. >> parents, please, talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks. >> pelley: and... >> every month you open up your envelope and say, what's the surprise this month. 'd pelley: they thought they'd save money by bundling internet and tv, and then the bills came in.
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>> it turns out to be a license to steal. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the former f.b.i. director james comey fired last week by president trump wrote a memo claiming that the president tried to shut down the f.b.i.'s investigation of former national security adviser michael flynn. this story was first reported this evening by "the new york times," but our source has confirmed the contents of the memo. comey wrote the memo after meeting with the president. he notes that president trump said that he hoped comey would "let go" of the flynn investigation. presidents usually try not to influence f.b.i. investigations of their administrations to avoid the appearance of obstruction of justice. tonight the white house denies that the president tried to shut down the investigation, and our justice correspondent jeff
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pegues has more of the breaking news. >> reporter: president trump and then-f.b.i. director james comey met at the white house on february 14th, the day after national security adviser michael flynn was fired. flynn had lied to the vice president about his contacts with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. those contacts are now under investigation by the f.b.i. comey wrote up a memo about the meeting with the president. m it he said that mr. trump had asked him to drop the flynn investigation. "i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go," he wrote. "he is a good guy." a senior white house official sanied that account and said the president never asked mr. comey di anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving general flynn. just last week acting f.b.i. director andrew mccabe told cengress there has been no interference in the russia bevestigation. >> so there has been no effort to impede our investigation to
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date. >> reporter: but a law enforcement source told cbs news lere is a whole lot of interfering happening. comey was fired last week, and the president said it was because of his handling of the russia investigation. in a 2014 "60 minutes" interview, comey said it was e.perative that the f.b.i. resist any political pressure. >> that's why the director is given a ten-year term, so it's guaranteed that you'll span presidential administrations to make sure that you're leading in a way that's not influenced by the political whims. >> reporter: the existence of the memo also raises questions about the president's threat on twitter last week that comey better hope there were no recordings of their conversations. scott, we were told at the time that comey was not concerned about any tapes. now we may know why. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us. jeff, we'll be back with you in a moment to talk about the intelligence question that also came up today. f.b.i. director comey was fired last week shortly after
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president trump tweeted that the investigation into russian interference in the u.s. election was "a hoax and a taxpayer-funded charade." nancy cordes is on capitol hill. she's with congressman adam schiff, a democrat, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee. nancy? >> reporter: scott, in that capacity, congressman schiff met often with director comey. thank you for being with us this evening. have you seen this memo, and did you ever discuss with director comey his concerns about president trump's comments regarding this investigation? >> i have not seen the notes or the memo, and we did not have a conversation about the president ever suggesting that he drop the investigation. this is obviously a very serious charge. the heart of which would be interference or obstruction of the investigation, and when you add it to the allegations of just a few days ago, actually, the statement made by the president himself that in the
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context of james comey wanted to keep his job, the president brought up whether he was a suspect, another deeply troubling allegation. congress needs to bring director comey back to testify. we need to get those notes if they exist. we need to get tapes if they exist. but there is i think mounting concern over just how this administration appears to be interfering with the russian investigation. >> reporter: you're a lawyer. to your mind, does this comment, when added to others, if true, constitute obstruction of justice? >> well, i would need to look at just what the president said, and i'll be very interested if there are notes in precisely what the president said and in hearing from the director filling in on what those notes have reported. i think it's too early to say in the absence of that evidence. in fact, at this point we're still dealing with allegations, not evidence, but it's enough for congress to insist on the
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director coming back, on obtaining this evidence. we really do need to determine whether there was a concerted effort by the president to interfere or obstruct this investigation. >> reporter: you just got out of a meeting with c.i.a. director pompeo. did this come up, and did he shed any more light on the other story that was really gripping capitol hill all day until this new story broke about president trump's comments with russian diplomats and whether he may have inadvertently or intentionally shared sensitive information with them? >> we did have a meeting with the director. it was a previously schedule meeting where we covered a lot of ground, but i certainly did raise this with the director, and while i can't go into what he had to say, i can tell you on the basis of what the administration has said publicly that general mcmaster did not deny that classified information may be involved, and i'm deeply concerned that we may have jeopardized a source or a relationship. that's also, i think, something congress needs to further
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investigate. >> reporter: adam schiff, top democrat on the house intelligence committee. thank you so much for joining us this evening. scott? >> pelley: nancy cordes, thank you. now, this remarkable day began with the president confirming that he had disclosed top-secret intelligence to russian diplomats at a white house meeting. in a series of early morning tweets, he wrote, "as president, i wanted to share with russia, thich i have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety." the intelligence came from israel. t e white house spent the day fighting back against accusations that the president may have compromised the israeli intelligence operation. here again is jeff pegues. >> reporter: the meeting in the oval office lasted 25 minutes. president trump told russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov and ambassador sergey kislyak about a possible isis plot to down a passenger plane using a bomb hidden in a laptop.
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that intelligence was classified, and the unexpected disclosure prompted the president's homeland security adviser, tom bosser, to notify the c.i.a. and n.s.a. sources tell cbs news some of the ioformation came from israel. onere is now concern russia could share that intelligence with some of its allies, like iran, an enemy of israel, but today the president's national security adviser, h.r. mcmaster, denied that mr. trump had done anything wrong. >> he shares information in a way that is wholly appropriate, and i should just make maybe the statement here that the president wasn't even aware, you know, where this information came from. he wasn't briefed on the source and health of the information either. >> reporter: it is unclear why the president was not aware of where the intelligence came buom, but some former and current intelligence officials fear the disclosure could jeopardize lives. n former official warned, "not p ly could a person be killed,
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but isis could speed up plots." n e u.s. intelligence community has been focused on the laptop threat for over a year. e february of 2016, a laptop bomb caused extensive damage to this plane in somalia, even ilough the pilot managed to land. the white house says aviation nd rrity is a concern for both the u.s. and russia. in 2015, a russian passenger jet blew apart after a bomb hidden ki a soda can exploded. 224 people were killed, and investigators blamed isis. mcmaster cited that bombing today. >> the president was hphasizing, hey, we have some k mmon interests here. we have to work together in areas. we have a transnational terrorist organization, isis in particular, an organization that has already taken down a russian airliner and murdered over 200 people. e reporter: intelligence officials are also concerned opat other allies might stop sharing information with the u.s. because of this incident.
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scott, homeland security is weighing expanding a ban on carry-on electronics on international flights to the u.s. as a result of the isis threat. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks again. margaret brennan is covering the white house tonight. >> we had a very, very successful meeting with the foreign minister of russia. our fight is against isis. on reporter: standing alongside derkey's leader, president trump defended sharing intelligence with russian officials. >> we want to get as many to help fight terrorism as possible. pr reporter: this morning the "aesident tweeted it was his "absolute right" to share what he called "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety." g said it was intended to get the russians to "greatly step up their fight against isis and terrorism." yesterday his national security adviser, general h.r. mcmaster, strenuously denied urat any intelligence sources or methods were compromised. >> i was in the room.
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it didn't happen. >> reporter: today he t knowledged that the disclosure was not preplanned, and he did not deny that classified information was revealed. >> i stand by my statement i made yesterday. what i'm saying is the premise of that article is false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was kappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in national security. ti reporter: for the second time in two weeks, white house aides have been left scrambling to explain the president's actions. last night after the story broke, raised voices of staffers could be heard coming from the cabinet room. mr. trump on twitter blamed "leakers in the intelligence community." the white house described it as an intentional effort to make the president look bad. >> i think national security is put at risk by this leak and by e aks like this. and there are a number of instances where this has occurred, and i think it's important to investigate these sort of things. >> reporter: the president has been publicly critical of the intelligence community, both before and after the election. scott, he has repeatedly accused
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u.s. intel agencies of politically motivated attacks to undermine him. >> pelley: and once described reem as "like nazis." margaret brennan at the white house for us. thank you very much. tu. trump's meeting with turkey's president erdogan has exposed a rift between the two nato allies. the u.s. is now arming kurdish rebels in syria, rebels that turkey considers to be terrorists. ire kurds are fighting their way toward raqqa, the city that isis lylls its capital, and holly williams is with them. >> reporter: we were 12 miles west of raqqa today, the so- called isis capital, where these lyrdish fighters are gradually encircling the city. and watching closely for isis fighters trying to flee. they're america's closest partners here in syria, backed up with u.s. coalition air strikes.
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"the americans are helping, and we appreciate it," said azad kabani, who has been fighting the extremists for three years, "but you can bomb isis 24 hours a day, and without us on the seont line, it will be no use." d ere are several hundred u.s. t'oops also on the ground here, elough it's the new weapons from america, mortar shells as well as artillery and armored rshicles, that the kurdish soldiers say will help the most. but it's also those weapons that have so infuriated turkey. it says the kurdish fighters are linked to terrorists, accused of carrying out a spate of suicide bombings inside turkey. olid silopi is a kurdish commander here and told us donald trump has proven that he's a true friend by sending d apons. he showed us the bodies of two isis fighters killed by his men and then revealed that he's originally from turkey. he would be arrested if he returned there.
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we asked silopi if the new american weapons could be used over the border in turkey. "if someone attacks us, we'll defend ourselves," he told us. "but we haven't used the weapons from the u.s. against turkey because we stick to our word." that will not reassure the turkish government, but here in syria, the u.s. has no good choices, only bad and worse options, and, scott, the u.s. seems to have decided that backing the kurdish fighters and enraging turkey is its least-bad choice. >> pelley: holly williams on the battlefield tonight. tolly, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," bundling tv and internet ended up costing them a bundle. now packed into a pill so small, we call it mini. new clearminis from nexium 24hr. see heartburn differently.
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sean cripe says his son stayed s ay from drugs and alcohol, not the type of boy a father expected to bury. >> i stand before you as a broken-hearted father and hope something good can come from this. >> reporter: davis collapsed at school last month and later died after overdosing on caffeine. y chland county coroner gary watts. >> these drinks, the aims of caffeine, how it's ingested, can have dire consequences. that's what happened in this wse. >> reporter: watts said the teen suffered a cardiac event after a 20-ounce mountain dew, a medium mcdonald's latte, and a 16-ounce energy drink. that's over 400 milligrams of caffeine that the f.d.a. says an adult can consume in 24 hours. >> it wasn't a car crash that took his life. instead it was an energy drink. >> reporter: between 2007 and
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2011, the number of emergency visits involving energy drinks more than doubled to nearly 21,000 a year. cbs news medical contributor, dr. david aga says the food and drug administration may have to step in. >> maybe there needs to be better labeling, restrictions on their marketing or restrictions on the amount of caffeine, because one death is too many death. >> reporter: sean cripe is hoping his son's death can save another parent's child. >> please, talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks. >> reporter: the f.d.a. does not require labels to show how much caffeine is in these energy drinks. now, scott, the american beverage association says they have less caffeine than a comparable coffee house drink. >> pelley: tony dokoupil, thanks. we'll be back with a recap of our top story. ,,
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>> pelley: back to the breaking news, a source tells cbs news that former f.b.i. director james comey wrote a memo three months ago that said president trump asked him to shut down the investigation of michael flynn. the president's first national security adviser. flynn was fired for lying to the vice president about wnversations he had with russia's ambassador to the u.s. the white house tonight says mr. trump never asked comey to end the probe. the president fired comey one week ago, and late today the trump-pence political campaign sent out a fund-raising appeal, accusing the media and unelected bureaucrats of trying to sabotage the president. that's the "cbs evening news" tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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peninsula school district. they want to know how a teenager convicted of a sex crime was kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with parents demanding answers from a peninsula school district. they want to know how a teenager convicted of a sex crime was allowed to stay on campus. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. new at 6:00, a heated school board meeting in palo alto. parents are outraged that a teenager convicted of sexual assault was allowed to remain in school. kpix 5's maria medina is live outside the meeting with the response from the school district tonight. maria. >> reporter: the board is now in a closed-door session. before that parents lined up to talk saying the district failed to tell them a predator was among their children until the media reported it. >> we need to know when we have an active predator around. >> and i just don't trust you guys. >> there's not a sense of
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safety in terms of the administration making us aware because it's obvious that a lot of this is kept private. >> reporter: one by one parents expressed concerns to school board members. >> they have not only allowed the predator to remain on campus but failed to tell the community about the disturbing events. >> reporter: it comes interest district staff allowing a teenager to stay in school even after learning this february about his 2015 conviction for a sex crime. but that wasn't only blemish on the boy's record. last year a female student reported him to school leaders also for sexual assault. >> my daughter has two classes with the person in question. he has acted inappropriately toward her. >> reporter: a district spokesman who declined an on- camera interview says: to these parents, they want the district to learn this lesson. >> mch


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