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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight: after a marathon debate, congress moves two articles of impeachment to the floor of the house, setting up a vote next week. >> today is a solemn and sad day. >> o'donnell: tonight, the president is punching back. >> this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country. >> o'donnell: and why his lawyer it telling cbs news he found so much new evidence in ukraine he had to buy a new suitcase. supreme showdown. more breaking news tonight. the supreme court says it will rule if the president has to turn over his tax returns. the search for her killers. police arrest a 13-year-old after a college freshman is brutally murdered steps from her school. tonight, the manhunt continues as sources tell cbs news they are questioning a second suspect. beg your pardon?
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convicted killers, criminals, even a child rapist, all let out of jail days before kentucky's governor left office. the outrage tonight over hundreds of controversial pardons and commutations. >> michael corleone says hello! >> o'donnell: from "the godfather" to playing cher's fiancé, remembering the actor danny aiello, plus the famous role he didn't want to take. and "on the road" steve hartman meets the music man and woman. you send it, they'll fix it, right up to 76 trombones. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening. this is our western edition. it is a day for the history books. two articles of impeachment against president trump are heading for a vote in the full house of representatives. by this time next week, donald trump is likely to be only the third president in american history to be impeached by the house.
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the judiciary committee cleared the way with a vote today, and it comes after a marathon debate marked by angry exchanges and personal attacks, and in the end, the final tally broke along straight party lines. nancy cordes leads off our coverage tonight from capitol hill. >> the clerk will call the roll. >> reporter: the mood in the hearing room was somber as 40 lawmakers cast their votes. >> aye. >> aye. >> my vote is no. >> reporter: first, on article i, abuse of power. >> mr. chairman, there are 23 ayes and 17 no's. >> reporter: the outcome was identical for article ii... >> no. >> aye. >> reporter: ...obstruction of congress. >> the article is agreed to. >> reporter: the charges are similar to those the committee passed during the nixon impeachment process. >> mr. hogan? >> aye. >> reporter: in 1974. >> this is a moment where we had to hold the president accountable. >> it's a scam. >> reporter: president trump had this reaction from the oval office:
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>> i tell you what, someday there will be a democrat president, and they'll there will be a republican house, and i suspect they're going to remember it. >> reporter: the votes came after more than 13 hours of debate that ended suddenly in rancor near midnight. >> the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. >> there was no consulting from the ranking member? >> that's more stalinesque. >> not even consult? >> reporter: the final decision now rests in the hands of 431 house members. >> i'm hopeful that there are republicans out there who will consult their conscience and consult the constitution and will keep an open mind about how to vote. >> reporter: g.o.p. defections are unlikely. >> well, this is really a travesty for america. >> reporter: the final house impeachment vote will likely come on wednesday, just five months after president trump first asked his ukrainian counterpart to "look into" his campaign rival joe biden. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy,
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thank you. and president trump is huddling with aides and allies tonight, hashing out a game plan for a likely trial in the senate. this morning, our cameras captured rudy giuliani arriving at the white house. the president's personal attorney has been pushing debunked theories about ukraine. tonight he says he is just back from there with baggage. paula reid has been working her sources all day at the white house. >> this has been a wild week. >> reporter: while meeting in the oval office today with the leader of paraguay, president trump unloaded on house democrats. >> to use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country. >> reporter: and he said a likely senate impeachment trial will be done his way. >> i'll do whatever i want. look, there is-- we did nothing wrong. i wouldn't mind a long process. because i'd like to see the whistleblower who is a fraud. >> reporter: but senate majority leader mitch mcconnell doesn't see a need to drag things out because he says there's no
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chance the president will be removed from office. today, he brushed off complaints that his coordination with the white house over the trial was inappropriate. >> it was done during the clinton impeachment as well, not surprisingly, president clinton and the democrats in the senate were coordinating their strategy. we're on the same side. >> reporter: one of the people at the center of the impeachment investigation, the president's personal attorney, rudy giuliani, was spotted arriving at the white house just moments before the house judiciary vote. he stayed for two hours. speaking to cbs news, giuliani said he wants to participate in a senate trial adding, "if they want a lesson in cross- examination, they should have me do it." >> o'donnell: and paula joins us from the white house. and, paula, i understand you spoke with giuliani today. what did he say about his recent trip to ukraine? >> reporter: norah, he said he had to buy an extra suitcase to fit all of the documents that he collected on this trip where he
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was investigating the bidens, and the unsubstantiated allegations that ukraine meddled in the 2016 election. earlier, when we saw him here at the white house, he was carrying a stack of documents, but he would not confirm those were from his trip. he says he is in constant communication with president trump, even as he is under investigation by the trump justice department. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, paula, thank you. there is also breaking news tonight from the supreme court. the justices say they'll decide whether president trump must give up his financial records, including his tax returns, to congress. a decision could come in june, right in the middle of his re- election campaign. jan crawford joins us now. and, jan, so far, we've seen the president's lawyers go to extraordinary lengths to try and keep these records private. could this change that? >> oh, it sure could. i mean, he has lost at every turn in the lower courts. they've said he has to turn over this information. so, i mean, the supreme court is really his last hope. and the justices said that
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they're going to hear arguments in this case in march, with a decision possible by the end of june. and if he loses here, he's going to have to turn that over pretty quickly. >> o'donnell: there have been other cases about presidential power, right? president nixon had to turn over the tapes. what's the precedent here? >> i mean, lawyers for the house committees that are wanting this information from the president say those cases show it's clear, he has to turn it over. but lawyers for the white house say those are totally different issues. these are committees wanting his personal information before he was president. so it's totally different. so this is going to be up to the court to decide. and it sets up a really major constitutional clash. it's not surprising the justices took this case up. you're talking about the power of congress, vis-a-vis the white house; the power of a local district attorney to conduct a criminal investigation. it's a big case. >> o'donnell: huge, and it's going to come smack dab in the middle of the presidential campaign, the decision. thank you, jan. all right, a possible break in the case of that brutal murder of a college student in new york city. we've learned that a 13-year-old
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boy is under arrest. he's been held without bail tonight after police say he confessed to playing a role in the killing. cbs news has also learned that a second teenager is also being questioned. errol barnett is outside the crime scene. and, errol, i understand they're still searching for another suspect? >> reporter: well, norah, a 13- year-old suspect appeared in court today, and the detective who interviewed him shared this story. he says they came to this park to rob someone following a man inside, but the suspect says he watched his two friends stab and choke tessa majors. shortly after tessa majors was stabbed to death during a struggle on these stairs, police had their sights on potential suspects, eyewitnesses seeing individuals fleeing the park. that male was brought in for questioning thursday when police recognized his clothing. he had a knife with him at the time of his arrest.
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the 13-year-old, who is being charged as a juvenile, was questioned by police in the presence of his uncle. cbs news has learned he confessed to the robbery and said he was involved in the murder, implicating two others in the crime, one brought in for questioning, the other still at large. the boy is being charged with felony second-degree murder, robbery, and possession of a weapon. this afternoon, the young teen appeared in family court, visibly nervous. his uncle and aunt in the room with him. those who knew the victim are remembering a talented bass guitar player and future journalist. chris graham hired tessa majors as an intern at a virginia newspaper, seeing her potential. >> she was asking me why i did what i did, how i got into journalism, wanted to know the nuts and bolts of it. right away that she was ad tell special young lady. >> reporter: now, the 13-year- old is being held in custody and expected back in court on tuesday. now, if convicted as a juvenile, he would serve time in a
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detention facility, and then be eligible for release, norah, when he turns 21. >> o'donnell: all right, errol, thank you. tonight there are calls for a special prosecutor to investigate former kentucky governor matt bevin. he left office this week after losing his bid for re-election. but not before handing out hundreds of pardons and reduced sentences, including some for convicted killers. tonight ed o'keefe reports on the growing controversy. >> reporter: in his final 35 days in office, kentucky governor matt bevin issued a stunning 660 pardons and commutations, many to individuals convicted of heinous crimes, one, a child rapist, another who killed his parents. but one man, patrick brian baker, convicted in 2017 of murder and pardoned one week ago, is drawing extra attention because of his family's ties to the governor. baker's brother and sister-in- law hosted a fund-raiser for bevin last year, helping him raise $21,000. bevin didn't pardon two other men involved in the crime, only
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baker, calling the evidence against him "sketchy, at best." but the judge and prosecutor in the case said the evidence was overwhelming. >> my first thought was disbelief that this could possibly happen. >> reporter: baker had served only two years of a 19-year sentence. the victim's sister slammed the governor. >> i know he's out of office, but he can rot in hell. that's exactly how we feel about him. >> reporter: bevin said any suggestion that financial contributions played a role are both highly offensive and entirely false. but senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, campaigning back home in kentucky, called bevin's pardons completely inappropriate. >> i expect he had the power to do it, but looking at the examples of people who were incarcerated as a result of heinous crimes, no, i don't approve of it. >> reporter: kentucky lawmakers are now calling for an investigation, specifically into the pardon of that murderer, patrick brian baker. norah. >> o'donnell: what a story, ed. thank you. let's turn now to britain where boris johnson's conservative
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party won a commanding majority in parliament by taking a page from president trump's playbook. mark phillips on johnson's big election win. >> a new dawn rises on a new day. >> reporter: this was some new day for boris johnson. in five months, he's gone from predictions he might be the shortest serving prime minister in british history to winning a new five-year term. he rode an 11.5% winning margin in the vote and a jaguar to buckingham palace, where the queen asked him to form a new government. how did he do it? by keeping it simple. only he could get brexit done. it worked. >> with this mandate and this majority, we will at last be able to do what? >> get brexit done! >> reporter: it's worked for him before. during the referendum campaign, the phrase was... >> take back control. >> reporter: the same team that won that vote won this one by getting voters who had always supported his labour party
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opponent to switch. the disaffected working class from britain's postindustrial rust belt, the same sort of people who voted for donald trump. >> so i want to congratulate him. he's a friend of mine. >> reporter: johnson campaigned, it said here, using the trump playbook. he avoided scrutiny of his policies, here by hiding in a fridge. it didn't matter. boris johnson had another thing going for him here-- voter fatigue. after four major elections in five years, norah, he represented a way to make it all stop. >> o'donnell: all right, mark, thank you. now to this story. there is rarely a standing ovation at a funeral, but there was one today as pete frates was celebrated as a gift that had to be shared with the world. hundreds attended his funeral mass in chestnut hill, massachusetts. frates died monday after a heroic seven-year battle against a.l.s. the former boston college baseball star helped champion the ice bucket challenge-- you
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remember that-- raising more than $200 million for a.l.s. research worldwide. his dad, john, urged people to keep fighting. >> we're done with grieving. we're done. all we're doing is celebrating pete frates for the magnificent human he was. thank you. >> o'donnell: pete frates was just 34 years old. he is survived by his wife and daughter. there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." the flu strikes early. how it's spreading fast from coast to coast. remembering actor danny aiello and the famous role at first he refused to play. later, "on the road." they retired, then they really went to work. their gifts strike just the their gifts strike just the right note. s can plunge you into deep, depressive lows. (crying) take you to uncontrollable highs. (muffled arguing) or, make you feel both at once.
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>> o'donnell: a building that helped power detroit's industrial rise in the last century was demolished in just a few seconds today. dynamite did the trick.
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the old connor's creek power plant will soon be the site of a new fiat chrysler factory. 'tis the season for the flu, and it's spreading fast. the c.d.c. says it's the earliest start to the flu season in 15 years. as of today, flu cases are now widespread in 23 states. that's up from 16 last week. it's especially high in these 11 states and puerto rico. overall, the c.d.c. estimates there have been up to 3,300 deaths linked to the flu nationwide since october. and we'll remind you, it's not too late to get a flu shot. legendary new york actor danny aiello has died. >> this is my pizzeria. american italians on the wall only. >> o'donnell: director spike lee had to talk aiello into playing sal, the pizza shop owner in "do the right thing," a role that earned aiello an oscar nomination. the former army veteran, bouncer, and bus driver made his first movie at the age of 40. he improvised that famous line in "the godfather part ii," "michael corleone says hello."
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>> o'donnell: it's 12 days 'til christmas, and steve hartman found a place that's busier than santa's workshop. but there are no elves in sight. here's tonight's "on the road." >> reporter: for charlie and dorothy hale of rochester, new york, every day is like christmas morning. >> ooh! >> reporter: bright shiny woodwinds and worn-out old brass, brown cardboard packages tied up with strings. used musical instruments are their favorite things. this just came from fedex. they show up all day, without intermission. >> that's a big one. >> reporter: and each piece, in some form of disrepair.
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>> whoops. i told you it had some problems. >> reporter: they started out buying these broken instruments a few years ago after dorothy took a class in instrument repair. >> i always loved to take things apart, and it was about time i learned how to put something together. ( laughter ) i put shellac on that. >> reporter: dorothy, a retired chemist; and charlie, a retired doctor, are both now in their 80s but still very active in this passion-- to restore musical instruments to their former glory, and then give them away by the hundreds. so far, the hales have donated nearly 1,000 instruments to the rochester school district. alison schmitt is the lead teacher for the arts department. can everybody play an instrument here who wants to? >> absolutely. it's unbelievable for two humans to care so much about other people's children. >> reporter: alison says the
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impact has been huge, but it was interesting. when i tried to talk to the hales about this, they seemed downright oblivious. they have no doubt you've changed lives and that to me is-- you don't think so? >> no, i don't. >> there are ripples of effect, i hope. >> reporter: "ripples?" sophomore william delgado says it's more like tidal waves. >> really music has and can create somebody. and it created me. >> reporter: studies consistently show that music education helps kids do better in school overall, if for no other reason than it makes them want to attend. >> i wish you could be there every time i get to hand an instrument to a student and their eyes light up. >> reporter: fortunately, the hales are now starting to understand. >> if i could thank you every single day of my life, i would. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: as we go into the holidays, it's good to remember that there is no greater gift
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than simply telling someone just how important they really are. ( applause ) steve hartman, "on the road," in rochester, new york. >> o'donnell: let's send them more instruments. on that note, we'll be right back. drill? cordless. noted. that's a good one. introducing the capital one walmart rewards card. earn unlimited 5% back on everything you buy at walmart online... ♪what's in your wallet? the ups and downs of frequent mood swings can plunge you into deep, depressive lows. (crying) take you to uncontrollable highs. (muffled arguing) or, make you feel both at once. overwhelmed by bipolar i symptoms? ask about vraylar. some medications only treat the lows or the highs. vraylar effectively treats depression, acute manic and mixed episodes of bipolar i.
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