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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight, breaking news from washington. house democrats subpoena president trump's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani. how investigators are using his recent tv appearances to ask for documents. plus new concerns over the whistleblower's safety. is his or her life in danger? also tonight, chinese spy games caught on camera. a northern california man is accused of being a secret agent for china. only on cbs news, our exclusive interview with the crown prince of saudi arabia. tonight we press him on the khashoggi killing and women's rights. you understand the criticism. and the game changer-- california makes history,
allowing college athletes to get paid. major heartburn for the maker of zantac, the nation's top pharmacy chains stops selling the drug. snow emergency in montana after an unprecedented autumn blizzard umps up to four feet. umnew study on red meat causes a major beef in the medical community. we're live from the nation's capital tonight with new information about the role the secretary of state may have played in that controversial presidential phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting tonight from washington. >> o'donnell: and good evening from washington, and thank you so much for joining us. there is a lot of breaking news onnight on that impeachment inquiry, and it concerns two of the president's closest and most trusted advisers, secretary of
ecate mike pompeo and his omrsonal attorney, rudy giuliani. tonight, cbs news has confirmed that pompeo listened in on the president's controversial phone llll over the summer with the president of ukraine. enen mr. trump said, "i would like you to do us a favor." lad late today, house democrats subpoenaed giuliani. now, giuliani has stated plblicly multiple times that he has tried to get officials in the ukraine to investigate former vice president joe biden. ewsre is a new cbs news poll out tonight that provides the first snapshot of how americans feel about the impeachment inquiry. more than half, 55%, approve. americans are divided over the question of whether the president deserves to be impeached. 42% say he does. 36% disagree. nearly one in four feel it's too soon to say. leading our coverage tonight with new information is weijia jiang at the white house. >> reporter: the three house committees that subpoenaed rudy
giuliani want every document linked to his multiple trips to ukraine. in a letter to the president's personal lawyer, democratic leaders wrote, "you acted as an agent of the president in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the office of the president." >> the president of the united tates, whoever he is, has every right to tell the president of another country, you better siraighten out the corruption in your country if you want me to give you a lot of money. or reporter: giuliani was entioned in the whistleblower's complaint 31 times. the president's secretary of state mike pompeo is also in the spotlight tonight. cbs news has confirmed he was on the july 25th call between mr. trump and the ukrainian president. daght days ago, pompeo was asked what he knew about the conversation. >> so you just gave me a report about it, none of which i've seen. >> i made a call. the call was perfect. when the whistleblower reported
it, he made it sound terrible. he reporter: mr. trump tried to discredit the whistleblower again after tweeting, "i deserve to meet my accuser." dese're trying to find out about a whistleblower. we have a whistleblower that reports things that are incorrect. gs reporter: an attorney for the whistleblower sent a letter to the acting director of national intelligence, expressing "serious concerns we have regarding our client's personal safety," and citing president y,ump's comments that he or she was a spy and could be charged cth treason or worse. democratic senator mark warner, number two in the intelligence committee, said the comments are inappropriate and dangerous. >> i think the potential threat to this whistleblower is a realistic concern. if i were the whistleblower or anyone else the whistleblower talked to, i think it would be a rational conclusion to say you may be in jeopardy. >> reporter: majority leader mitch mcconnell said today he
would hold a trial in the senate if the house passes articles of impeachment. >> well, under the senate rules, we're required to take it up if the house does go down that path, and we'll follow the senate rules. >> o'donnell: and weijia joins us from the white house. weijia, there have been so many developments in this story today. i understand you're learning something new tonight about attorney general bill barr. what about that? >> reporter: that's right. this new information stems from another controversial phone call with a foreign leader. cbs news has learned that attorney general barr asked president trump to call australia's prime minister to get help with his justice department as they looked into igins of the russia investigation. now, this is part of a bigger effort by barr to involve other countries. in fact, norah, he just got back from italy where he was on the same mission even as the impeachment inquiry was unfolding back here at home. >> o'donnell: all right, weijia, thank you. another major story tonight, the arrest of a northern california man accused of being a top-
secret spy for china. jeff pegues has the undercover video that led to the bust amid a growing intelligence threat from across the globe. >> reporter: surveillance video shows edward peng, a naturalized u.s. citizen, wrapping $20,000 in cash and taping it under a tv stand in a hotel in columbus, georgia. about three hours later he's back to pick up an s.d. card containing classified national security information. a double agent working for the f.b.i. had left the card in the drawer before taking the $20,000. the so-called dead drop is one of six that took place in northern california and georgia. peng was working as a san francisco tour guide for chinese tourists, but u.s. attorney david anderson says he was working for the people's republic of china. >> peng is a secret agent completing dead drops, delivering payments. >> reporter: authorities say the double agent penetrated the spy ring in the san francisco area in 2015.
the agent was directed to peng to pick up some memory cards and fly them from the u.s. to china. former c.i.a. acting director mike morrell says the spy game between the u.s. and china is on the rise. rr this arrest is the fourth case we've seen of chinese espionage just in the last several months. i think it's both a reflection of how aggressive the chinese are being and how aggressive we're being in trying to push back on it. >> reporter: a u.s. attorney said today that northern california was ground zero in the fight to protect technology and intellectual property. u.s. investigators say that they had tight controls over the u.s. classified information that was turned over in these dead drops to peng who immigrated to the u.s. in 2001. norah. >> o'donnell: fascinating details. jeff, thank you so much. now to a cbs news exclusive. mae first images of the attacks on saudi oil facilities earlier this month.
the saudi defense ministry provided these images to "60 minutes." this is the moment more than two dozen iranian-made drones and cruise missiles crippled the kingdom's oil production. meanwhile, in his first on- camera interview since the murder of "washington post" contributor jamal khashoggi, saudi arabia's crown prince mohammad bin salman denies any direct involvement in his death. wednesday marks one year since khashoggi was killed. and we pressed the crown prince about his alleged involvement on "60 minutes." the c.i.a. has concluded with medium to high confidence that you personally targeted khashoggi and you probably ordered his death. >> ( translated ): i hope this information can be brought forward. if there is any such information that charges me, i hope it is brought forward publicly. >> o'donnell: what kind of threat is a newspaper columnist to the kingdom of saudi arabia that he would deserve to be brutally murdered? >> ( translated ): there is no threat from any journalist.
the threat to saudi arabia is iom such actions against a saudi journalist. this heinous crime that took place in a saudi consulate. >> o'donnell: now, the crown prince is also battling critics over the imprisonment of women, including lou-jane al-hathlool, a prominent advocate for women's rights, specifically the right to drive. you understand the criticism. why give women the freedom to drive and then imprison one of the most high-profile women who fought for the right to drive? >> ( translated ): the issue has nothing to do with that. as i mentioned to you in the edginning, there are laws in indi arabia that must be respected, whether or not we oree with them, whether i personally agree with them or not. >> o'donnell: the crown prince :as given women the right the wive. he has relaxed the guardianship rules. he's even said there is no religious requirement to cover one's head or one's face, but many of the women we saw here
still do that, and it was difficult to find any of them who would talk to us on camera. eventually we met this woman who wreed. i still see so many women covering their faces. >> i wear my hijab everywhere. but my friend there, she's not wearing it. she's not veiled even outside. the ones that are covering their face, it's part of their culture. >> o'donnell: it's cultural? >> yeah, yeah, 100% cultural. 1 o'donnell: how would you oscribe how things are changing for women? >> it's amazing. 's's totally different, because a couple of years ago, we couldn't walk like this freely. >> o'donnell: why? >> because life was different. people are accepting now that haings are more open and free and it's different. it's really different. >> o'donnell: it may be eifferent for some, but the activist who fought for the heght for women to drive, lou- jane al-hathlool, is still in jail. her family says she's been tortured. i asked the crown prince about those allegations and he told me bo "60 minutes" that he would personally look into it. we'll continue to stay on that story. 'lw york republican congressman
chris collins is resigning his seat in the house. e llins is expected to plead guilty in an insider trading case tomorrow. he's accused of revealing non- n-blic information that allowed his son and another man to avoid nearly $800,000 in stock losses. now a game changer for college athletes. california's governor signed a tew law today that would let college kids earn big paychecks for endorsement deals just like je pros. california could be just the first state to do this, and that has the n.c.a.a. fighting back. here's jamie yuccas. >> i understand what those kids are going through. gofeel for those kids. >> reporter: n.b.a. star lebron james invited california governor gavin newsom on his show to sign the historic bill allowing the state's college athletes to be paid for their name, image, and likeness. (applause). >> it's going to change college sports for the better. >> reporter: james skipped epllege to go straight to the n.b.a. today outside lakers practice,
he said it just didn't make sense growing up in an underprivileged household. >> me and my mom, we didn't have mything. we wouldn't have been able to benefit at all from it. and the university would have been able to capitalize on everything. >> reporter: the n.c.a.a. is now a billion dollar industry, the bulk comes from television rights and championship ticket sales. hundreds of millions are allocated to schools. top-tier coaches make about 2.5 million a year. student-athletes don't get paid. l.a. chargers' offensive tackle russell okung played for oklahoma state. >> playing a sport and wanting to be compensated for it doesn't .ake you a bad person. >> reporter: in a statement today, the n.c.a.a. said states "creating their own rules will make unattainable the ability to provide a fair playing field. some worry the law will redefine college sports. >> do we create a new world that insentially blows up amateurism
as we know it? >> reporter: the fair pay-to- play act won't take effect until january 1, 2023. the hope is other states will use the time to look at an acting their own laws that. wnes seem to be happening with washington, colorado, new york, nd south carolina saying yey're in the exploration phase. norah >> o'donnell: a lot changing. jamie, thank you. a jury has wrapped up deliberations tonight in the trial of a former dallas police officer charged with killing a hn in his own apartment. the judge told the jury they could consider a lesser charge of manslaughter against amber guyger instead of murder. guyger says she thought she was inside her own apartment. it's tough sledding tonight in parts of montana walloped by a very early snowstorm. and as carter evans reports, ris first weekend of fall was more like the dead of winter. >> that's some crazy september snowfall, let me tell you. >> reporter: today the small town of browning, montana, is
digging out. the early winter storm dumped a record-breaking four feet of september snow here. mario mccullough had to dig an escape route. tell me what you're trying to do here. >> i'm trying to get in and out of the house. nd reporter: just a week after the official end of summer, many in montana woke up saturday to winter. most of the state was blasted with more than a foot of snow, forcing the governor to declare ststate of emergency after thousands lost power. national weather service meteorologist don britain says the city of great falls, eantana, got more than 19 inches of snow. >> we have already broken the three-day record set in 1934. >> reporter: high winds and heavy snow downed trees and 4,vered roads, causing white-out conditions, making driving treacherous. this man rode it out in the red cross shelter he was staying in downtown. od you didn't want to be out in it because of hypothermia or frostbite. >> some people can't open the doors to their houses. >> reporter: so much snow? >> yeah. >> reporter: you can see how
much snow we're talking about-- i'm buried up to my thighs in fnt yd. s'm told in this bump under the heow here is actually a car. the storm is over and the sun is shining, but they still have a lot of digging out to do. norah? >> o'donnell: a lot of digging out indeed. carter, thank you so much. tonight the nation's largest pharmacy chains, cvs and walgreens, have stopped selling lie popular heartburn drug zantac over concerns of a possible link to cancer. now, the food and drug administration says the medication contains low levels of what it calls a probable carcinogen. the drug hasn't been recalled, but the f.d.a. recommends users consider other options. together, cvs and walgreens run more than 19,000 stores in the u.s. there is still much more ahead tonight on the "cbs evening news" from washington. new guidelines for red meat iduse quite a beef in the medical community. an update on four dangerous inmates who broke out of jail. utd she has a voice from the heavens but nowhere to live.
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there is abundant evidence epnking red and processed meat to heart disease and increased risk of premature death, adding ure findings are a major disservice to public health and wants the medical journal to issue a public retraction. >> o'donnell: and dr. tara r.rula joins us now. i understand the american heart association, the american cancer society, all pushing back on this. so from a doctor, what should consumers take away? t this can be really confusing, norah, but it's critical to point out loud and clear that these are not official guidelines, nor are they endorsed by any government or health body. in fact, hundreds of leading doctors, scientists and nutritionists are calling the publication reckless, irresponsible, and inaccurate. the research from these very studies showed significant decreases in cardiovascular disease, cancer, mortality, and diabetes with lower meat consumption. bottom line, this should not change current recs to eat a healthy, balanced pattern of food that's limited in red and processed meat. >> o'donnell: continue to limit that red and processed meat.
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