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the accusation that has washington bugging out. the white house is demanding a congressional investigation into president trump's explosive claim that president obama had him wiretapped. democrats and republicans are shocked and bewildered. >> to make that type of claim without any evidence is, i think, very reckless. >> i'm not sure what it is that he's talking about. also tonight, u.s. marines under investigation for allegedly sharing nude photos of female service members on facebook. near seattle, a sikh man says he was shot by a gunman who told him, go back to your country. the battle for mosul. our holly williams is in northern iraq.
and an all-female flight crew claims a world record. this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm elaine quijano. washington is bugging out over president trump's unsubstantiated claim this weekend that president obama bugged his new york office before the election. the president made the accusation early saturday and followed it up with an official white house statement sunday requesting a congressional investigation. the "new york times" reports fbi director james comey is asking the justice department to publicly reject mr. trump's claim. the president is back at the white house after spending the weekend at the so-called winter white house, the mar-a-lago resort in palm beach, florida. errol barnett is there. >> reporter: president trump was here in florida 1,000 miles from washington when he launched a series of tweets claiming that former president obama ordered a wiretap of trump tower in new york. no evidence was provided and
president obama denied it. so democrats and republicans have been trying to figure out if the explosive accusations have merit or if president trump is a thousand miles from reality. president trump spent some time at his golf course before returning to washington sunday, while aides tried to explain his saturday tweet storm. the white house wants congressional intelligence committees, already looking into russian election interference, to determine if investigative powers were abused by the obama administration. >> he's asking that we get down to the bottom of this. >> reporter: trump administration spokeswoman sarah huckabee sanders did not reveal the source of the wiretapping information. >> i think the bigger story isn't who reported out but is it true? and the american people have a right to know if this happened. if it did, this is the largest abuse of power i think we've ever seen. >> i'm not sure what he's talking about.
>> republican senate intelligence committee member marco rubio. >> if it's true, we are going to find out very quickly. if it suspect, obviously he'll have to explain what he meant by it. >> reporter: democrats across the board are incensed by the president's suggestion. >> to make that type of claim without any evidence is, i think, very reckless. >> reporter: james clapper, the outgoing director of national intelligence, denied knowledge of any court order that would allow covert surveillance at trump tower. >> for the part of the national security apparatus that i oversaw at dni, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time or as a candidate or against his campaign. >> reporter: saturday night, president trump dined with attorney general jeff sessions who on monday will submit amended written testimony to the senate and explain why he did not disclose meeting twice with the russian ambassador last year during his confirmation hearings. sessions has recused himself from any investigations into the trump campaign's contact with
russia. elaine? >> errol barnett, thank you. a number of u.s. marines are being investigated for sharing nude photos of female service members on social media. paula reid has the story. >> reporter: the secret "marines united" facebook group had hundreds of marines as members. reportedly thousands of photographs of naked female service members and veterans were shared on the page, where users made obscene comments. it was taken down within hours of the start of an ncis investigation one month ago. in a statement, marine corps sergeant major ronald l. green said in part, we must do a better job of teaching marines what we expect of them in the social media realm. i expect all marines to treat one another with dignity and respect, whether it be in public, behind closed doors or online. a marine corps official said investigators are most concerned about the victims, many identified by their rank, full name, and military duty station. the online activity was first
posted by the war horse, a nonprofit news organization run by a marine veteran and purple heart recipient thomas brennan. within hours, he became the target of online threats, like water board this pos. and i'll pay $500 to the dude that can get good news of his girl. >> i've scrolled by things like this on facebook before. this is a good gut check for a lot of people. we have all scrolled past things we shouldn't tolerate on social media. >> reporter: this comes two months after the first female infantry marines headed to camp lejeune. >> fire in the hole! >> reporter: in late 2015, former defense secretary ash carter opened all military positions to women, including combat roles. in 2013, congresswoman jackie spear alerted defense officials of facebook pages like just the tip of the spear which she says contributed to a culture that seems to encourage sexual assault and abuse.
the marines subsequently posted guidelines for responsible social media behavior. officials say that if a marine shared a photo of another person taken without content and under circumstances under which that person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, the marine could be subject to criminal proceeding or administrative action. elaine? >> paula reid, thank you. police in washington state are investigating a suspected hate crime against a u.s. citizen of indian descent. he was shot in a suburb of seattle and follows the shootings of two engineers from india in kansas. here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: police in kent, washington, a suburb of seattle, are investigating the shooting of a 39-year-old sikh man. >> to think this could happen in our community was very surprising and extremely disappointing. >> reporter: the victim was wearing a turban when he was shot friday night. a neighbor says he was working on his car when another man came up and shot him in the arm. >> he told him to go back home. >> reporter: india's foreign minister posted the identity of
the victim and an update after speaking with his father. >> reporter: police in kansas say this man shot two indian men in a bar last month, killing one. witnesses say before the suspect fired he shouted "get out of my country." the friend who survived spoke out at a peaceful protest in kansas city. >> it was rage and malice in an individual's heart that killed my friend, killed our friend. >> reporter: the national sikh coalition is asking the washington shooting be classified as a hate crime, an offense motivated by bias of race or religion. the fbi is working with the kent police department and says they are committed to investigating crimes that are potentially hate motivated. elaine, in most case where is there is conviction of a hate crime, almost always the sentences are longer.
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45,000 people have fled from western mosul in recent weeks as iraqi forces, backed by the u.s. military, try to retake the city from isis. more than 200,000 have been displaced in the battle over iraq's second largest city. holly williams is in northern iraq. >> reporter: there were reports today of heavy clashes in western mosul between u.s. backed iraqi forces and the isis militants they're trying to drive out of the city. the extremists used at least six suicide car bombs according to the iraqis. those are vehicles laden with explosives and driven at high speed towards the front line. a new isis propaganda video shows them being deployed, and improvised and deadly weapon that isis has relied upon in the street-to-street fighting in mosul. 12 people, including children,
are being treated for possible exposure to a chemical weapon in mosul over the last week. the international committee for the red cross said that their symptoms are consistent with those inflicted by a blister agent, including vomiting, coughing, and blisters. the battle to retake mosul from isis began in october, two years after the extremists captured the city. isis was pushed out of the eastern half of mosul in january, and the fight for the western half began just over two weeks ago. deadly clashes have already forced more than 200,000 people from their homes in mosul, according to the united nations. the fighting is now moving closer to the city's historic center, and to the mosque where isis leader al baghdadi preached in july 2014, declaring himself the leader of a so-called islamic state. that state is now in retreat, under assault in both iraq and syria, by local ground forces and u.s. coalition air strikes
and losing territory and fighters. lieutenant general steven townsend, the top u.s. commander here in iraq, recently predicted isis would be defeated in both mosul and raqqah, its stronghold in syria, in the next six months. elaine? >> holly, thanks. they flew on the wings of history, a group of women who worked for air india say they're the first all-female flight crew to fly around the world. they jetted across the pacific to san francisco, and then back to new delhi across the atlantic. in addition to the all-female cockpit and cabin crew, all of the ground staff and even the air traffic controllers were women. they're hoping to land next in the guinness book of world records. coming up next, norah o'donnell talks to kellyanne conway, counselor to the president, in a cbs sunday morning profile.
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swirling around her and what life is like at home with her husband and children as they get ready to move to washington. >> reporter: what time do you get in, in the morning? >> around 7:30. >> what time do you leave? >> it varies. not early. it really varies. usually not before 8:00, 9:00. but i have a very hermit-like existence. part of it is because of the secret service detail. part is because if i want to go out to dinner with a friend, it's photographed, talked about, what did she eat, what did she do, what was she wearing? it's kind of weird. i'm not a celebrity. i've been trying to keep a much lower profile here. >> reporter: which is why she tells us we're seeing less of her these days. she says she's trying to cut back on screen time. >> people should not look at me as somebody who "goes on tv." that was 5% of what i did. someone wrote a flattering article and said, but you know, they had to put one negative
thing in there, i guess, maybe she's not that involved in everything because she's on tv. no, i'm on tv when they're all still sleeping or watching me from bed. i'm already there. i've been up for two hours doing that. and i'm there late at night. >> reporter: that may be just as well, because late night hasn't been kind to conway. not long ago, "saturday night live" depicted her as a stalker. >> i'm not going to be ignored. >> admit it, kelly ann, you made up a massacre. we can't have you on. >> but i miss the news. >> look, people really got outraged about that skit. i had people right, left and center coming to my "defense" saying it was over the top. but it's also untrue. >> reporter: so who is kellyanne conway? she was raised in a blue collar new jersey town. her parents divorced when she was young. >> i grew up in a house of all women. my mother, her mother, and two of my mother's unmarried sisters
raised me. so these four italian catholic women raising me in this house. that's benefited me tremendously, because there's a certain humility that will never go away. >> reporter: while trump uses social media as an important tool to communicate and sometimes attack, conway tells us she considers it a cesspool, in part because of what her children see on it. >> because it hurts my kids more than anything. they all read. they're all online reading. >> what do your kids say? >> mom, why would people say x, or y, or z about you? i say well, that's their unconsidered opinion. they don't want donald trump to be president. they don't want me to be there with him. they don't want any of us there. we're all criticized and they try to pit us against each other, which is completely ridiculous. and i tell them, say a prayer for those people, because something has got to really bother you that you feel so bent on criticizing somebody that you hardly know for doing a job that you can't begin to understand. >> reporter: her husband, george
conway, who may join the trump administration as the nation's next solicitor general, is much more camera shy. what do you think of watching kellyanne through this whole thing? >> she's a fighter, she's tough. i don't like everything being said about her, for sure. but it's part of the fact that she's out there for the president and they're going attack her and whoever they see standing up to the president. >> reporter: you talk so passionately about public service and the role that you're crafting in the white house. that naturally evolves into somebody wanting to run your -- run yourself for office. >> i feel like i'm in a good place as counselor to the president to have the impact that usually motivates people to run for office. it's not just the fire in your belly anymore. you have to have the bile in your throat. this is why i think many women do not run for office -- >> bile in your throat? >> just to swallow so much of the country looks at you through
this negative lens and corruption and cronyism, and you're lying and you want money and you're motivated by power. and, you know, the money that can come to you, the wealth that can come to you. and there are really good men and women who truly want to serve. i worked with them in my polling business for decades. some of them make it, most do not. >> is there anything that would cause you to want to leave the white house? >> yes, my children. they're having the hardest time with this. this is all new for us. i'm not a famous person on tv. it's just different to not have mom there. but it was a decision we made as a family, and we're going to move in here either way, because i'm here to support the president. >> we'll be right back.
our adriana diaz reports from the opening ceremony in beijing. >> reporter: while it's a largely symbolic event, at the opening ceremony, the premier presents the status report, and sets goal for the year ahead, much like our state of the union address. about 3,000 delegates, the largest legislature in the world, packed into the great hall of the people to hear the premier speak. he pledged to tackle china's poor air quality, acknowledge the dangers of rising debt, and pegged gdp growth at 6.5%. while president donald trump wasn't mentioned by name, mr. lee criticized the protectionist policies favored by mr. trump and says china remains committed to inclusive economic globalization. >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country. >> reporter: mr. trump has had a rocky relationship with china, after accusing the country of
stealing millions of u.s. jobs, and advocating for high tariffs on chinese goods on the campaign trail. during a heavily choreographed press conference saturday, we asked where the u.s.-china relationship is headed. the question topic had to be presubmitted and preapproved. >> translator: we all hope american policy changes have positive effects. but if there are challenges, china will mace them head on. >> reporter: despite china's economic challenges and at times choking pollution, mr. lee announced that china is suspending roaming charges for calls made in another province. adriana diaz, cbs news, beijing. up next, the revival of a "la la land" landmark.
we close tonight at a los angeles landmark that's getting new attention thanks to a small part in a big movie. here's carter evans. >> reporter: when they weren't watching emma stone and ryan gosling, fans of "la la land" might have noticed a few quick shots of this. what appears to be a tiny railroad car heading up an incline in downtown los angeles. >> welcome to "la la land." >> reporter: this week the mayor of the real "la la land" reminded the world that this miniature railway is actually one of his city's most historic landmarks. >> back then in 1901, for just a
penny a ride, the two cars on the world's shortest railway, opened for business. >> angels flight began its first climb upwards. >> reporter: it was called angels flight and designed to shut it will residents of the city's then exclusive residents of bunker hill to the shopping districts of downtown. by the 1950s, more than 100 million people had ridden the two rail cars. but in the late '60s, the hill top neighborhood was razed to make way for modern skyscrapers and angels flight was disassembled and put in storage. the railway had a brief renaissance starting in 1996, but two accidents, one in 2001 that resulted in the death of a tourist, doomed the cars to stand idle, where they haven't carried passengers since 2013. >> anyone who has seen "la la land" can tell you, dreams still do come true in los angeles. we felt again that sense of
romance and i was ready to join them. and soon, we will all be able to once again when we reopen angels flight later this year here in los angeles. [ applause ] >> reporter: over the next six months, a group of engineering firms will add new safety features and rehabilitate the 115-year-old landmark, with the goal of reopening it to the public by labor day. and although the track might run for less than 300 feet, its salvation is a historic milestone in a city not known for its preservation of the past. >> the longest journey to the shortest ride ever. >> reporter: carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> that's the "overnight news" for this monday. for some the news continues. for others, check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine quijano. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news." i'm elaine quijano. washington is bugging out over president trump's unsubstantiated claim this weekend that president obama bugged his new york office before the election. the president made the accusation on twitter early saturday and followed it up with an official white house statement sunday requesting a congressional investigation. "the new york times" reports fbi director james comey is asking the justice department to publicly reject mr. trump's claim. the president is back at the white house after spending the weekend at the so-called winter white house, the mar-a-lago resort in palm beach, florida. errol barnett is there. >> reporter: president trump was here in florida 1,000 miles from
washington when he launched a series of tweets claiming that former president obama ordered a wiretap of trump tower in new york. no evidence was provided and president obama denied it. so democrats and republicans have been trying to figure out if the explosive accusations have merit or if president trump is a thousand miles from reality. president trump spent some time at his golf course before returning to washington sunday, while aides tried to explain his saturday tweet storm. the white house wants congressional intelligence committees, already looking into russian election interference, to determine if executive branch investigative powers were abused by the obama administration. >> he's asking that we get down to the bottom of this. >> reporter: trump administration spokeswoman sarah huckabee sanders did not reveal the source of the wiretapping information. >> i think the bigger story isn't who reported it but is it true? and the american people have a right to know if this happened.
if it did, this is the largest abuse of power i think we've ever seen. >> i'm not sure what he's talking about. >> reporter: republican marco rubio. >> if it's true, obviously we're going to find out very quickly. if it isn't, obviously he'll have to explain what he meant by it. >> reporter: democrats across the board are incensed by the president's suggestion. >> to make that type of claim without any evidence is, i think, very reckless. >> reporter: james clapper, the outgoing director of national intelligence, denied knowledge of any court order that would allow covert surveillance at trump tower. >> for the part of the national security apparatus that i oversaw, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president -- the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate or against his campaign. >> reporter: saturday night, president trump dined with attorney general jeff sessions who on monday will submit
amended written testimony to the senate. he will explain why he did not disclose meeting twice with the russian ambassador last year during his confirmation hearings. sessions has recused himself from any investigations into the trump campaign's contact with russia. elaine? >> errol barnett, thank you. the r will become part of the investigation of the russian interference of the presidential election. mark warner around susan collins discussed the charges on "face the nation." >> we've seen an unprecedented attack by a foreign adversary, russia, in terms of meddling in our election. we saw before the election a thousand internet trolls trying to use and place false information. we saw manipulation of certain algorithms so that if you googled certain items you got russia news, other false news. we saw the selective hacking into dnc and individuals that
tried to leak that information to benefit mr. trump. we also saw before the election an unusual change in the republican platform to favor russia. we saw mr. trump himself encourage the russians to hack into hillary clinton, and we saw this just unusual affection that the president seems to have where he won't say anything bad about vladamir putin. since the inaugural, we've seen the resignation of the national security adviser and recusal of the attorney general because of contacts with the russians. now we have this unsubstantiated claim made by the president, which shows in a certain way that the president doesn't understand how you obtain a wiretap. you have to go before a judge and show either probable cause or if it's in terms of foreign intelligence, a fisa court and show there is evidence of some type of contact with a foreign
adversary. so what i find so strange, and i thought the president's comments could no longer surprise me, but boy, this one yesterday surprised me. to make that type of claim without any evidence is, i think, very reckless. >> do you think there is -- let's stick to the president's claim first and go back to the other lists you made. do you think there is any fisa court order this morning on "meet the press," james clapper said there was no fisa court order. >> i'm not aware of any fisa court order regarding trump tower -- >> have there been other -- >> i'm not going to get into what ongoing investigations the fbi is taking. >> what do you make of what president trump has said about these wiretaps, should he be talking about this on twitter? is this helpful? >> it would be more helpful if
and this is why it is so important that we do an in depth, exhaustive, bipartisan, independent investigation, because the american people deserve answers to all of these allegations and counterallegations so that we can get on with the business of this country. >> the president has said and the white house said they're not going to talk anymore about his accusations over the weekend. but now that he's put that out there, he's the president of the united states. he has access to this information, even if he might have been going off of a news report.
he has access to all of this information. do you think it's important for him now to put forward this evidence in some form to back up his claims because it's now out this and people might think because he's the president he has a special understanding? in other words, not wait until the committee is done with its work, but does he have an obligation to present some kind of evidence now that he's put this charge out there about president obama? >> the president has called for a congressional investigation into the allegations that he made starting yesterday morning, so i would expect that he's going to want to provide our committee with any evidence that he has. my own theory is that the russians are determined to sow the seeds of discontent and doubt about the legitimacy of our democracy and other western democracies and they were going to do that regardless of who was elected president. so it's really important so that
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the operators don't call these cruises, they call them expeditions. and that's not just a way of adding to the romance of following in the footsteps of the great explorers. of seeing things way off the beaten track. it's because these trips also involve science. like the research that eric guth is doing. this documenting of the ever increasing speed of the glacial isl ice floe probably wouldn't happen if the tourists didn't come. you're going the get this hybrid mix where people are paying big bucks to come down as a tourist trip, but that helps the kind of irk that you do. >> work has we'vey have to. john durbin us d but there's no way national geographic tour
thomers. row that we've conducted thrills. they came out of a sense of commitment to the environmental cause. >> i really think it's a shame that the science is in the cross hairs of politics, because it doesn't take much to understand that we are having a detrimental effect collectively on the world. >> reporter: they come here for the experience. and they leave with even more than memories. they leave with knowledge. the scientists on board give the tourists a sense of purpose. if it weren't for the tourists, the scientists wouldn't be here. it's a marriage made in heaven. mark phillips, antarctica.
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heroism and humanity of the white helmets last december. the group said it's rescued more than 80,000 people, and that over 160 of its emergency workers have been killed. this man joined the white helmets two years ago. >> translator: there's a 50% chance in every operation i'll live and a 50% chance i'll die. >> reporter: you've seen people dies and fighting for your life and you're so young. how has that changed you? "i've seen body parts scattered everywhere and had nightmares, but i've also witnessed rescues and i feel a responsibility to tell the world." he told us he'll head back to syria again soon. he's one of many syrians who are putting their lives on the line to document the violence that's engulfed their country. holly williams, cbs news,
istanbul. >> that's the "overnight news" for this monday. for some the news continues. for others check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine quijano. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com captioning funded by cbs it's monday, march 6th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." wiretapping claim. president trump is calling on an investigation of the obama administration after acushion them of bugging. thousands of pictures of female servicemembers are