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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the phone call that puts the presidency on the line. in it, president trump repeatedly urges the ukrainian leader to investigate joe biden. democrats see a smoking gun for impeachment. >> a classic mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader. >> o'donnell: but was it? >> nobody pushed me. >> in other words, no pressure. >> o'donnell: and breaking today, the whistleblower's complaint finally reaches congress. we have new reporting. also tonight, another vaping death, this time in georgia, and the c.e.o. of juul steps down. an extraordinary warning from about possible violence at theaters showing the movie "joker." and, we want to show you, could this be the future for miami beach? a new climate report could spell doom for some coastal cities.
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baby archie makes his first international trip. plus, subway heroes-- how these men risked their lives to save a little girl. and, first on cbs news, a new warning about an exploding number of new email scams that target home-buyers. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> o'donnell: this is our western edition. good evening, and thank you so much for joining us. we're going to begin with breaking news, because lawmakers have just read what is in a whistleblower's complaint, that includes a call between the president and ukraine's leader. now, a short time ago, a democrat who saw the complaint called it "damning." a republican says it won't hurt president trump. now, this phone call between the two leaders is central to the house impeachment inquiry. a summary of that call released today shows president trump repeatedly urged ukraine's leader to work with attorney
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general william barr and the president's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, to investigate joe biden and his son. at a news conference late this afternoon, mr. trump described the call as "innocent." well, our reporting team has new details on every angle of this story, and we're going to begin with weijia jiang with the president in new york. >> no push, no pressure, no nothing. it's all a hoax, folks. it's all a big hoax. >> reporter: president trump basked in his belief that the summary of his phone call with ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky proves he did nothing wrong. earlier, zelensky backed that up. >> i think you read everything. i'm sorry, but i don't want to be involved to democratic elections of u.s.a. nobody pushed me. dy pushed me. >> iother words, no pressure. >> reporter: the summary of their july 25 phone call reveals that the president repeatedly asked zelensky to investigate joe biden and his son, hunter, who is on the board of a
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ukrainian oil company, even suggesting he work with u.s. attorney general william barr. the summary is not a verbatim transcript, but a memo, based on the notes and recollections of those listening in. mr. trump said, "there's a lot of talk about biden's son, and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great." in a statement, barr said the president has never asked him to contact ukraine. president trump also told zelensky to speak to his personal attorney, rudy giuliani. "i will have mr. giuliani give you a call, and i am also going call, and we will get to the bottom of it." cbs news legal analyst jonathan turley: >> the idea that the president would suggest that the head of state work with his private counsel in investigating one of his political opponents is grotesque. i mean, it's not criminal. but it is grossly inappropriate.
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>> reporter: the whistleblower who shed light on the call in a formal complaint was concerned about a violation of campaign finance laws that prohibit foreign entities from providing donations or another "thing of value" to candidates. justice department prosecutors determined mr. trump did not break those laws. the call log does not mention the nearly $400 million in military aid the president froze just days before the conversation, which democrats argue was a bargaining chip. >> it's very sad, what the democrats are doing to this country. they're dividing. they're belittling. they're demeaning our country. >> o'donnell: but right after zelensky mentions buying more american-made weapons, the president asks for a favor, to investigate whether a democratic national committee server that was hacked during the 2016 election ended up in ukraine. >> where did it start? how come it started? it was all nonsense. it was a hoax. >> o'donnell: weijia jiang joins us now, and she's been following the president all day here in new york, as he's been doing those meetings.
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and weijia, let me ask you, what's the explanation from the president about why it's appropriate to involve his personal attorney in a foreign policy issue like this? >> reporter: well, president trump avoided answering why giuliani would be allowed to have anything to do with ukraine investigating biden, and gave an alternative explanation to why he mentioned giuliani to zelensky at all, claiming it was to find out the origins of the russia investigation. norah, the president added, the former mayor of this city is a great lawyer. >> o'donnell: all right, weijia, thank you. we go now to capitol hill, where members of congress have been reviewing the whistleblower's complaint, and nancy cordes has some late-breaking details. >> this is how a mafia boss talks. "what have you done for us? we've done so much for you." >> reporter: democrats said the summary of the president's call was even more damning than they expected. >> he directed the ukrainian president to have a follow-up
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conversation with giuliani as part of the effort to dig up dirt on joe biden. period. full stop. >> he violated the law. he crossed a line. he has to be held accountable. >> watch your back. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi and other top democrats are now discussing whether to expedite impeachment by pursuing a narrow process focused solely on this ukraine controversy. the white house says that this call summary proves that there was no quid pro quo, because the withheld military aid never even tasonaghe cn.rsatonio that that president of ukraine got from that call, and that was, "this is what i need. i know what you need." like any mafia boss, the president didn't need to say, "that's a nice country you have, it would be a shame if something happened to it." >> reporter: a highly anticipated whistleblower's complaint about the call, and more, was finally delivered to congress this afternoon. >> very well done.
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disturbing. alarming. >> it just heightens our concern, and it also gave us new leads, new witnesses, new materials to follow up. >> reporter: the dependent of justice warned the whistleblower's information was "secondhand," and that there are indications "of an arguable political bias on the part of the complainant." >> to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane. >> reporter: the president's top allies rushed to his defense. rule of law, that a president is going to be held guilty without any proof. >> reporter: tonight, lawmakers who have looked at the whistleblower's complaint tell us it is about ten pages long, clearly written, and, while part of it is classified, democrats plan to grill the acting director of national intelligence all about it when he testifies before the house intelligence committee in the morning, norah. >> o'donnell: some more details tomorrow on that from capitol
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hill. nancy, thank you so much. i want to bring in major garrett now-- major, i know you have been talking to your sources. what about republicans? where do they stand after looking at what we learned today? >> reporter: well, not only are republicans following the president's line of defense-- that is to say, no explicit quid pro quo-- they're also arguing that democrats, from their point of view, norah, have prejudged this affair, assumed the worst, and from their estimation, overshot the truth. in my conversations with republican leaders on the hill, and rank and file members, they tell me they feel more confident than they did 48 hours ago. only nebraska's ben sasse and utah's mitt romney have publicly expressed concern so far, romney calling the call "deeply troubling." >> o'donnell: i know, major, you covered the 2020 campaign so closely. what about joe biden? i know he is trying to stay focused on the issues like healthcare and the economy, but what impact does this have, if any, on his candidacy? >> it's interesting, norah. if biden wanted to fight on this ground, he would. clearly, for whatever reason, he doesn't-- letting the president answer far more questions about this controversy than he is.
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the democrats that i've talked to today say, for them, this suggests biden feels some measure of danger here, or at minimum, appears reluctant to engage the president directly on corruption. and biden's ability to stand up to mr. trump is at least one way-- possibly a very important way-- that democratic voters are trying to measure him as a potential nominee. >> o'donnell: all right, major garrett, always good to have you, thank you. there is breaking news in america's vaping crisis. late today, a death was reported in georgia. that is now ten linked to vaping nationwide. and the c.e.o. of the nation's largest e-cigarette company, juul, stepped down today. don dahler has more from massachusetts, where the toughest crackdown yet on vaping just kicked in. >> reporter: as the heat on e-cigarettes increases, juul lab c.e.o. kevin burns announced his immediate resignation. on "c.t.m." last month, burns gave a blunt message to young users. >> don't vape. don't use juul. don't start using nicotine if you don't have a pre-existing relationship with nicotine. >> he uses juul in the house
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whenever he wants. >> reporter: the company has also suspended all advertising and says it will not lobby the trump administration on new vaping laws, saying in a statement, "it will fully support and comply with the final policy when effective." on the first day of a four-month ban, smoke shops across massachusetts had empty shelves. the moratorium of e-cigarette products includes flavored and unflavored, containing tobacco and/or marijuana-- which is legal in massachusetts-- and both online or retail sales. massachusetts' governor charlie baker said it was necessary for health officials to get a handle on a spike in vaping-related illnesses. >> this temporary ban will allow state government and medical providers the time they need to understand the dangers and respond accordingly. >> reporter: the massachusetts governor says he can extend that ban beyond the four months, and other states are taking similar steps. neighboring rhode island is now banning all flavored vaping products, and norah, california is urging its residents to not
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vape at all. >> o'donnell: wow, don. interesting details. thank you so much. now, an extraordinary warning about possible attacks at theaters showing the upcoming movie, "joker." officials are concerned a drastic retelling of the villain's story could incite violence. barry peterson tonight is in aurora, colorado, where there was mass shooting during a "batman" movie in 2012. >> when you bring me out, can you introduce me as joker? >> reporter: extremist social media posts about the "joker" movie prompted the unusual national alert. cbs news has learned that authorities are concerned about the new movie's plot inspiring someone to commit mass shooting. >> all i have are negative thoughts. >> reporter: tina marie coon joined three other family members... >> a shooting in the auditorium. >> reporter: ...whose children were killed or traumatized by the century 16 theater massacre in aurora, colorado. in a letter, they ask warner brothers to actively lobby for gun reform. are you concerned that a movie
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like this could trigger someone else? >> oh, absolutely. i believe there's all kinds of reasons, and i don't think we can stop all the triggers from happening. >> reporter: the movie's star is joaquin phoenix. >> if you have somebody that has that level of emotional disturbance, i think that they can find fuel anywhere. >> reporter: warner brothers says part of its jobs is provoking difficult conversations. as for the aurora movie theater where the massacre took place, "joker" will not be shown here. norah? >> o'donnell: barry, thank you. today, u.n. scientists released thei ocea are w, sea levels rising and polar ice is melting. all of that is accelerating because of increasing carbon dioxide levels. we're already seeing the effects in more intense storms and floods. fish populations are dropping,
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and animal species are being driven from their habitats. the report warns the harshest consequences may be on low-lying coasts where almost 700 million people live. well, in tonight's "eye on earth," mireya villarreal looks at the potential impact on south florida, where more than six million live. >> reporter: multi-million dollar homes and yachts line the shores of miami beach. for more than 60 years, this has been home for charter boat captain dan kipnes. >> i mean, it's a great little town. >> reporter: but this great little town is in the climate change crosshairs. low-lying miami beach has a history of flooding during high tides, but not because of storms or hurricanes. >> eventually, the water just keeps coming, and this you cannot turn off. >> reporter: so kipnes is headed to higher ground. was it hard for you to leave? >> very hard for me to leave. i live further up the coast now, 16 feet above sea level. >> reporter: in the future, he may be joined by millions of others. the new u.n. climate change
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report predicts global sea levels will leave low-lying coastal areas vulnerable to land locks. this is a satellite image of miami beach. climate scientists have developed this simulation showing an extreme scenario where sea levels rise roughly ten to 12 feet by the year 2100. >> over there, you see the higher sea wall. >> reporter: trying to stem the tide is miami beach's chief resilience officer susanne torriente. for those that will say, watch out, miami, or, florida is sinking, how do you flip the script on that? >> it's not that we're solving these issues and there's going to be some sort of miracle with this one project and we're done. no, this is our new normal. >> reporter: the city is raising street levels, installing 80 new pumps, and fortifying its seawall. so people are buying into this right now? >> reporter: absolutely. we're adapting and adjusting. >> reporter: author jeff goodell has written extensively on the
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effect of rising ocean waters and they're effects. >> in the long term, in 80 to 100 years, i would argue that miami as we know it today will not exist. >> reporter: captain dan agrees. >> we're not going to be able to stay here, because we're going under water. >> reporter: the city's fixes seem to be working. we are standing at one of the lowest points on miami beach. so far, they have dodged 40 different king tide flood events in the last two years. but officials do admit they can't hold the water back forever. norah? >> o'donnell: fascinating new details, mireya. thank you so much. and there is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." how email scammers are bilking americans out of their dreams of buying a home. britain's youngest royal makes his first official public appearance. and, they say they're not heroes, but you may disagree when you see exactly what they did. pharmacist-recommended the number one memory support brand. you can find it in the vitamin aisle in stores everywhere. prevagen. healthier brain. better life.
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$1.3 billion last year. meg oliver spoke to a victim who lost her money, and her part of the american dream. so what's it been like here? >> it's rough. >> reporter: dina palmieri has lived in her parents' basement saving money for eight years. the preschool teacher was about to close on her first condominium last spring. >> so excited. it was, you know, everything was happening so fast. >> reporter: two weeks before the move, she received an email she thought was her attorney, asking her to wire almost $11,000 for closing costs. it just popped up with your lawyer's name, not the email? >> correct. and when i double-clicked, that's when i was able to see the difference. after i found out that these were fraudulent. >> reporter: she lost her money, and the condo. better business bureau investigator steve baker authored a new report highlighting the explodingmberfe email scams.
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reports of real estate fraud attempts rose 1,100% between 2015 and 2017. >> 80% of businesses and other organizations have gotten one of these sorts of emails in the last year. >> reporter: palmieri now has to start all over. >> it's evil. and i don't like to think that there is evil in this world, because i naturally see the good in people. >> reporter: no one knows how the hacker was able to find out the details of dina's closing and start emailing her. the bbb's advice to consumers, use the telephone to confirm all money transactions, and norah, don't rely on email. >> o'donnell: amazing how big that scam has gotten. meg, thank you. coming up, our series "medical price roulette" gets major results for a patient hit with huge bills. huge bills. can plummet you to extreme lows. (crying) lift you to intense highs. (muffled arguing) or, make you feel both at once. overwhelmed by bipolar i symptoms?
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>> o'donnell: as promised, we have some baby pictures for you. the youngest member of britain's royal family made a rare appearance today. four-month-old archie joined his parents, prince harry and megan, as they met anti-apartheid hero desmond tutu in south africa.
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it is the first time we've seen archie since his christening in july. he looks just like his dad! wow. right down to-- it looks like some red hair that's coming in. an update now on our series "medical price roulette." on monday, we told you about a man who was hit with more than $650,000 in bills after his insurance company denied coverage for his emergency back surgery. well, after more than a year of appeals, frank esposito still owed $220,000. well, tonight, oxford united healthcare tells us it will pay that claim. esposito will only owe his usual co-pays. the break came after new york governor andrew cuomo saw our story, and he told state officials to look into esposito's case. up next, when the unthinkable happened, they jumped into action. >> o'donnell: tonight, new york
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>> o'donnell: tonight, new york is celebrating two men who witnessed a tragedy on a subway platform, but helped save a life. on monday, jairo torres and antonio love jumped onto the tracks and rescued a little girl from under a train. her father had jumped in front
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of it, with her in his arms. he was killed. well today, the two men were honored for their heroics. the girl is okay tonight and back with her family. finally tonight, some of you might be wondering where i've been the last few days. well, i have just returned from saudi arabia, where we conducted a rare interview with crown prince mohammad bin salman. you can see that interview this sunday on the 52nd season premiere of "60 minutes." and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm norah o'donnell in new york. thank you so much for watching. we'll see you right back here tomorrow night with all the news. good night. ptioned by sponsored by cbs media access group at wgbh the juul record.
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right now, at seven. two major criminal investigations surrounding suspicious fires. and man from out of state arrested in santa clara county. >> went into town on thursday, said the fires on friday and saturday and had town plans to return. the search tonight for the suspect to spiked this east bay fire by sawing down live powerlines. >> the power goes out but life has to go on for everybody here in napa and sonoma counties. with the new routine looks like in the age of safety blackouts. >> when you have a blackout, it impacts the seniors badly. plus, the major changes, the forecast, after this sweltering of all heat.


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