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her attention to homeless women. how she is making sure they get a chance at a safe night's sleep. fired f.b.i. director james comey says mr. trump asked for his help to lift the cloud of the russia investigation. also tonight, coats on, gloves off. >> why are you not answering these questions? is there an invocation by the president of the united states of executive privilege? o pelly: the director of national intelligence under fire. the president nominates a new f.b.i. director. bill cosby's accuser under cross-examination. >> oh, my gosh, the sheriff? >> pelly: and cops respond to the call: officer needs assistance. >> they let me sit in the cars and turn on the sirens.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelly: this is our western edition. today fired f.b.i. director james comey previewed the testimony he will give the senate intelligence committee tomorrow in its investigation of russian meddling in the u.s. election and whether anyone in the trump campaign was involved. the committee released comey's opening statement today, in which he says the president pressured him to drop the f.b.i. investigation of mr. trump's former national security adviser. comey says mr. trump described the f.b.i.'s russia investigation as a cloud and asked comey what comey could do to lift it. the testimony, based on comey's notes, also confirms the president's statement that he was not under investigation. chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes begins our coverage. >> reporter: comey's seven-page opening statement describes his conversations with the president
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in detail. "seven days after the inauguration," comey says, "the president invited me to dinner. it turned out to be just the two of us. my instincts toll me that the one-on-one setting meant that the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship." "sure enough," comey says, "the president said, 'i need loyalty. i expect loyalty.' i didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. we simply looked at each other in silence." >> he wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on. >> reporter: the president has claimed comey proposed the dinner and denies that he demanded loyalty. >> did you ask that question? >> no, no, i didn't, but i don't think it would be a bad question to ask. >> reporter: their next encounter, comey says, came three weeks later in the oval office at the end of a scheduled counter-terrorism briefing. "the president told the group that he wanted to speak to me alone.
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after the others left, the president began by saying, 'i want to talk about mike flynn,'" the national security adviser who had just been fired for lying to the vice president about his conversations with the russian ambassador. flynn is under scrutiny by the f.b.i., but comey says the president told him, "i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting flynn go. he's a good guy." i replied only, "he is a good guy." the white house insists this is not a truthful and accurate portrayal of the conversation, but comey says he found the meeting so concerning that he shared it with the f.b.i. leadership team and decided to implore the attorney general "to prevent any future direct communication between the president and me." and yet a month and a half later, "the president called me at the f.b.i. he described the russia investigation as 'a cloud that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country.' he said he had nothing to do
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with russia, had not been involved with hookers in russia," a reference to an allegation made in an unsubstantiated dossier put together by a former british spy. comey says the president asked, "what we could do to lift the cloud?" comey reassured mr. trump that he was not personally under investigation. "the president," comey says, "repeatedly told me, 'we need to get that fact out,' calling again 12 days later to ask what i had done about his request, adding, because i have been very loyal to you, very loyal. we had that thing, you know?" comey says, "i did not reply or ask him what he meant by "that thing." in a statement this evening, the president's personal lawyer says that he is pleased that comey confirmed that he repeatedly told the president that he was not under investigation. the president "feels completely and totally vindicated." scott? >> pelly: nancy cordes, thank you. now to our homeland security
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s,rrespondent jeff pegues, who has been following the russia investigation from the start. >> i, donald john trump... >> reporter: two days after president trump was sworn in, he publicly thanked the f.b.i. director for helping secure the inauguration, but comey associates say he felt uneasy, concerned the handshake could compromise the independence of the f.b.i. at the time the bureau was nearly six months into a counterintelligence ntvestigation of russian meddling in the election and the elidence was mounting. on march 20th at a congressional hearing, comey confirmed the probe. >> that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian hevernment and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. >> reporter: among those under scrutiny, fired national security adviser michael flynn, former campaign chairman paul manafort, former campaign adviser carter page, and the
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president's son-in-law, jared kushner. >> the entire thing has been a witch-hunt. >> reporter: the president has consistently dismissed the russia investigation, but just as comey alleges mr. trump pressured him over the him stigation, sources also say a made similar requests of the director of national entelligence, dan coats, and the director of the n.s.a., michael rogers. >> i don't believe it's appropriate for me to address that in a public session. >> reporter: today, neither would answer questions about iteir interactions with the president, but they denied any outside influence. >> to the best of my recollection, i have never been directed to do anything i believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical, or inappropriate. >> reporter: on may 9th, the president abruptly fired comey, who was in the f.b.i.'s los angeles office at the time and learned about it on television. the white house initially said comey was fired for his handling of the clinton e-mail investigation, but later the president made clear it was about russia.
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w in fact when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, "you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story." >> reporter: shortly after the president tweeted a threat, but but comey didn't need tapes. heading home after being fired, he knew he had been keeping detailed memos since the first time he met the president-elect. senators will likely grill comey on whether he thinks the president's actions amount to obstruction of justice, but, omott, a comey associate says he s nts to tell his story, but in wing that, he will not offer his legal opinion. >> pelly: jeff pegues, thanks. we're going to turn now to john dickerson, our chief washington correspondent and the anchor of "face the nation." john, the question that hangs over all of this is whether the president might have committed obstruction of justice in pressuring comey to drop the ation investigation.
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>> we get a little clarity on t at. the president wanted this cloud removed. that's kind of a vague reatement, but comey said that he felt on the specific question of mike flynn that the president was asking him to end that investigation. the defense could be, well, the president didn't know, the president's state of mind is important on this obstruction question, but the fact that the president asked for private meetings to have these conversations leads some to believe that he knew what he was doing wasn't right, and comey will testify in his early meetings with the president, he said, "we're not supposed to be talking like this." and finally, comey's firing. an's not just what he details in their opening statement. in their very first meeting the president talked about loyalty and whether he wanted to stay in ce job. what relationship between g rformance and staying in the job kept going throughout. comey didn't do what the president wanted, was fired, so what he thought was implicit actually came to pass. >> pelley: what does congress do about this? wa a president can't be prosecuted, the law says, so what will congress do? what will republicans do? they're four square behind the
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l esident still, but what's the standard in the end? is this okay if it turns out to be proved? remember, this is just one side of the story, as you know. so what's the standard? during the campaign, republicans and donald trump said it was outrageous that bill clinton met with the attorney general investigating his wife's server. they thought it was obstruction. so if that was obstruction, 'sat's the new standard now? >> pelly: well, the president's popularity rating is not very high, and that undercuts his support in congress. >> it does, although it's still pretty high with conservative h publicans who will vote in those off-year elections and who don't want their lawmakers to abandon the president, so they beve to be careful there when they're trying to step away from the president, if they do. >> pelly: john dickerson, we'll be watching "face the nation" on sunday. thank you, john. cbs news will bring you live coverage of comey's testimony to cbe senate intelligence committee. coat's tomorrow morning. today the president named a replacement for comey, and our chief white house correspondent major garrett tells us more about christopher wray. >> reporter: the president told
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the world about his f.b.i. itck on twitter, calling chris wray a lawyer of "impeccable credentials." in cincinnati, mr. trump had few words about his choice. >> he's going to be great. y, reporter: wray, 50, led the justice department's criminal division for two years under president george w. bush. much of his time was focused on corporate fraud prosecutions-- the biggest: jail time for top rgecutives of bankrupt energy giant enron. after leaving the justice department, wray was a defense attorney, notably for new jersey governor chris christie in the so-called "bridgegate" scandal. wray lacks extensive background in terrorism and national security prosecutions, but he's respected in the legal unmmunity. he is not well-known among rank- and-file f.b.i. agents. >> chris wray is unflappable, from my experience. >> reporter: kent alexander hired wray when he was u.s. attorney in georgia. d i think the f.b.i. could use a little less politics, and he's a very non-partisan guy.
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i was a clinton appointee as u.s. attorney when i hired him. chris is a republican. >> reporter: the appointment comes at a time when president trump's relationship with attorney general jeff sessions remains strained. trr the second day in a row, the eyite house declined to say if the president had confidence in sessions. early senate reaction to wray's until nation was positive, even ioong some democrats. teott, in the aftermath of comey's firing, wray's biggest confirmation hurdle will be proving his ability and willingness to deflect all forms to political pressure. >> pelly: major garrett at the white house. gajor, thanks. in another important story tonight, isis has claimed responsibility for a pair of attacks that occurred today in tehran. at least 12 were killed in what's believed to be the first time that isis has struck inside iran. sirk phillips is following this. [explosion] >> reporter: the targets were chosen for maximum exposure and symbolic value.
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two suicide bombers, one said to , a woman, at one of iran's most revered places, the mausoleum for the leader of the 1979 revolution, ayatollah khomeini. and an assault on the iranian e rliament where at least one of the attackers got as far as the owurth floor before blowing themselves up. isis not only claimed responsibility, it released video from inside the building while the operation was still under way. according to iranian sources, it took five hours for all the wetackers to be killed. [gunfire] the attacks were another example of how isis, while being driven from its remaining strongholds in syria and iraq, is lashing out at its enemies where they live. across the great islamic divide, isnni isis has been an historic foe of shia iran. s,hran today, london, paris, manchester in the past weeks.
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as it fights for its diminishing heartland, isis has vowed it will strike its enemies at home. it may be a desperate tactic, scott, but it continues to claim victims. >> pelley: mark phillips in our london newsroom. mark, thank you. and police in london today recovered a body from the thames river believed to be the eighth fatality from saturday's van and knife attack on london bridge. dozens were hurt. ten are still in critical itndition. the police shot and killed the three attackers. late today south korea's military said the north launched multiple ground-to-ship missiles, from its east coast. this latest test came as the head of the u.s. missile defense agency told congress that north korea's recent advances have caused him, "great concern." vice admiral james syring said his agency has to assume the north could hit the u.s. with an icbm.
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coming up on the "cbs evening news," the defense challenges the story told by bill cosby's accuser. and later, china looks not to washington, but california to fight climate change. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ sfx: engine revving ♪ (silence) ♪
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>> >> pelly: the woman at the center of bill cosby's sexual assault trial stood by her story today, but admitted a mistake. jericka duncan is at the courthouse. >> reporter: andrea constand testified for over four hours. the defense grilled her on what they say were discrepancies in ter statement about the date she originally told investigators she had been sexually assaulted at cosby's philadelphia-area home. defense attorney angela agrusa said, "you told investigators that was the day, march 16th." constand replied, "i was mistaken." the defense showed the jury cell phone records from the night of rdrch 16th to prove constand could not have been drugged and
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passed out that night based on the time of the alleged assault and the phone call she made. d ter constand said march 16th was the day she went to cosby's home to confront him about what allegedly happened. agrusa asked, "you were coming to confront a man who assaulted you and you gave him bath salts?" constand said, "yes, warren," a man that she worked with, "had given me a box to give to mr. cosby." constand later said the assault happened between mid-january to cd-february of 2004. from that time until she uasigned from temple university on march 31st, the defense says she placed 53 calls to cosby using her work-issued cell phone. the prosecution noted most of those calls were only one-minute long. constand's mother also testified today. gianna constand said she had a more than two-hour phone conversation with cosby. scott, constand said during that conversation, cosby admitted to being a sick man. >> pelly: jericka duncan for us. jericka, thank you.
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united states government. in a setting normally reserved for visiting heads of state, he met with chinese president xi jinping, who is now viewed as the world's leader on climate change. china is the world's biggest polluter. ea you trust them to lead the world on this issue? >> well, they're taking the climate threat serious, so i say all for the good and california will collaborate. i just hope that washington comes on board. sooner rather than later. >> reporter: brown is not waiting. sp came here to spur more wainese investment in renewable energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines, which will help california achieve its own ambitious clean energy goals. pollution from coal mines often shrouds china's cities in toxic fog, but china is investing more than $360 billion to convert to cleaner forms of energy. it's a stark contrast to the trump white house that has promised to open new coal mines.
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>> pelly: finally tonight, police respond to a call for aid, lemonade. rire's jim axelrod.
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[siren blaring] >> oh, my gosh, the sheriff? >> reporter: normally when the law shows up, no one is laughing. especially when they're checking on the welfare of a three-year- old. >> my name is hannah. >> reporter: but hannah pasley-- >> this is mommy. >> reporter: --is no normal three-year-old. sure what she wants to be when she grows up, hannah set up a lemonade stand to raise money for her first police uniform. then her mom had an idea. >> it would be really neat if we could have an officer stop by. >> reporter: out with an a.p.b. on the modern call box, social media. "she loved police officers and i would love it if someone could come and buy lemonade from her." >> after this it was 50 officers. >> reporter: soon the neighborhood was flooded with orlice cruisers, a police chopper, even police horses. >> those patrol horses came and they just ate our grass.
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>> can you give me a hug? >> reporter: so hannah pasley is rel set for her future career, says sergeant jason kote. an she now has thousands of brothers and sisters that will have her back for the rest of lir life. >> reporter: but that's for r:ter. for now, hannah is focused on something even better. >> i think we're best friends. >> i think we are. >> reporter: the best play date a girl could ask for. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelly: please remember, tomorrow cbs news live coverage of james comey's testimony, that will be 10:00 eastern time. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight, and from 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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clear more than 20 feet of sierra snow... in june! good evening, kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with roads closed, caltrans crews still working to clear more than 20 feet of sierra snow in june. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida in for allen martin. less than two weeks from summer on the calendar -- [ laughter ] >> -- and all the snow is forcing crews to work round the clock. as we show you, they are having to get creative just to get the roads open. >> reporter: a little over 100 miles northeast of stockton, deep in the stanislaus national forest the spas being cleared for visitors. >> we clear snow which is basically plowing then run the graders out and then the blowers will blow it off the road. >> reporter: crews have been working 24/7 since april to prepare the roadways leading up to the mountain. while one crew is clearing the snow, other crew members are
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focused on ditch work, asphalt repair and tree trimming. >> safety is number one. to get the roadways safe as possible, getting the snow removed is the majority to where we could see our asphalt, we could check our drainages, make sure the drainages are open. >> reporter: down near sonora pascal transput a wire in the center of the highway to health find the road covered deep in snow. they electrified the line using a locator to detects it. >> we can read the current through our detector so as i'm walk up the hills, the bulldozer is behind me clearing a wide swath. after that bulldozer clears the road, everybody knows this is the center of the road. >> reporter: the crew uses environmentally friendly marks for the dozer to follow pushing the snow down to the blower. the operation helps the road crews stay safe as they clear the path. >> it's a different kind of path, very steep, lots of slopes, and with that current, that allows us to keep ever t


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