tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS June 15, 2017 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: more surgery for scalise. >> he's in some trouble. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook has the latest on the condition of the critically wounded congressman. also tonight, the president under investigation for possible obstruction of justice. he calls it the greatest witch-hunt in american political history. the vice president hires a lawyer. the judge tells the deadlocked cosby jury to keep going. >> this deadlock shows the not guilty that mr. cosby has been saying the entire time. >> this is not a vindication of anybody. it's not over until it's over. and it's not over yet. >> pelley: and democrats and republicans face off on the ballfield. >> throughout the whole game, we will all be team scalise.
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: congressman steve scalise had a third surgery today as doctors worked to save the life of the third-ranking republican in the house. scalise is one of four people shot yesterday when a gunman opened fire on republicans practicing for tonight's charity baseball game against the democrats. scalise, who is 51, remains in critical condition. our chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes begins our coverage. >> he's in some trouble. >> reporter: president trump issued a sobering update today after visiting house majority whip steve scalise last night. >> he's a great fighter, and he's going to be okay, we hope. >> reporter: scalise underwent his third surgery today. democrat cedric richmond is a close friend and fellow louisianaian. >> it's no secret that the bullet split up, and that vital
organs are-- were hit. >> reporter: another victim, lobbyist matt mika, has been upgraded frogradedgraded from cn to serious, but his family warns, matt was shot multiple times in his chest and arm. he requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgerys. house republicans gathered at the capitol to sign get well cards. meanwhile, f.b.i. agents continued to comb the scene, an alexandria, virginia, ballpark. they are processing a cell phone, a computer, and a camera found in the shooter's van. the a.t.f. has determined that 66-year-old james hodgkinson of illinois purchased his highly lethal rifle and handgun legally, firing dozens of rounds before he was shot and killed by police. hodgkin son's facebook page was filled with anti-trump, anti-g.o.p. messages, leading a
few conservatives to blame... >> an increasing intensity of hostility on the left. >> reporter: new york republican chris collins told a local radio host, "i can only hope that the democrats do tone down the rhetoric. some people react to things like that. >> how dare they say such a thing. >> reporter: democratic leader nancy pelosi argued she's endured hostile right wing rhetoric for years. >> this sick individual does something despicable, and it was horrible what he did, hateful. but for them to all of a sudden be sanctimonious as if they've never seen such a thing before. >> reporter: late today, the shooter's widow addressed the media for the first time. >> i can't believe he did this. i cannot believe it. and i just want you all to go away and leave my neighbors in peace. they don't deserve this. i don't deserve it. my daughters don't deserve all this. >> reporter: this incident,
scott, has sparked a whole new debate about security for members of congress and for the people who work for them. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. also injured yesterday were special agent crystal griner of the capitol police, shot in the ankle, but she's in the hospital in good condition. special agent david bailey was treated for minor injuries. texas congressman roger williams suffered a broken ankle. his staffer, zach barth, was shot in the leg, but is out of the hospital. joining us now with some insight into all of this is our dr. jon lapook. jon, we're told the congressman came in to the emergency room in shock. what does that mean? >> reporter: scott it means there's too little blood flow to major organs like the brain, the kidneys, the lungs, and it can cause damage to those organs. in this case we're thinking it's probably because a blood vessel or blood vessels were damaged when the bullet came in. >> pelley: and what does it mean to suffer a bullet wound in the pelvis? >> reporter: well, we know the
bullet entered his left hip, went across the pelvis, and causing damage to the bones and internal orgpans those bone fragments and fragments of the bullet itself can act like shrapnel and wreak havoc. you have the bladder. you have the colon. you have major blood vessels, and you have nerves that behind it all, you have the spine. now, we know from last night's announcement that they said he was expected to require further operations in the future. and we just heard that today, he already had his third procedure since he entered the hospital. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook, thank you. well, members of congress are gathering at this hour determined to play ball tonight at nationals park. here's jan crawford. >> reporter: there are few bipartisan traditions left in washington, but for 108 years, the congressional baseball game has been one of them. that show of unity is why, despite the attack, there was
immediate consensus to play ball tonight. >> it takes a whole different flair, a whole different feel. and i hope there will be unity before the game and after the game to apply to what we do around here. >> reporter: some congressmen, like doug lamalfa, spent the day in a different kind of uniform than the traditional suit and tie. the attack has led to more unity. that doesn't mean it won't be a hard-fought game. >> we'll play our hardest to win-- each team will. and throughout the whole game we will all be team scalise. >> reporter: congressman roger williams of texas, on crutches after he was injured during yesterday's attack, is a coach for the g.o.p. team. >> sir, who is going to win the game tonight? >> the republicans. >> reporter: hours before the game, he was suited up and ready to coach. >> this is an opportunity to begin to maybe, i think, dial down the verbiage a little bit here in washington, around our country. we need to play the game. >> reporter: adding to the drama is a tie-breaker for the two teams. >> g.o.p.'s gerald ford slams
out a solid hit with two aboard. >> reporter: over the years, republicans and democrats have each won 39 games and lost 39. >> way to go, democrats! >> reporter: but tonight, bragging rights take a back seat to bipartisanship, at least for nine innings. >> let it be a symbol that hate and violence do not cast too long or too great a shadow, that we can and will come together this evening and the game will go on. >> reporter: now, they're expecting twice as many people than iewsh to attend tonight's game. 20,000 or more. that means more money for charity. and, scott, after yesterday's attack, they'vealded a new group to those who will share in the proceeds-- the capitol police memorial fund. >> pelley: jan crawford at the game. jan, thanks. we're streaming the game live on cbsn, where you can also see post-game highlights. those two injured capitol police officers we mentioned a moment ago stopped what might have been a massacre. here's chip reid.
( gunfire ) >> reporter: momentes after the shooting began, two special agents with the capitol hill police, crystal griner, and david bailey, charged on to the baseball field exchanging fire with the shooter. >> i saw him train his gun at me. everything around me started to pop. i got hit in the leg. >> reporter: congressional staffer zach barth told "cbs this morning" he somehow made it to the dugout, where survivors say they would have been sitting ducks if not for their protectors. >> thank the lord for special agents griner and bailey. without them, i don't know that i'd be talking to you right now. >> reporter: agent crystal griner was shot in the ankle. a 2006 graduate of maryland's hood college, she was a star basketball player, known for her strength and athletic ability. a teammate told us she was very aggressive and was not at all surprised how she responded in a dangerous high-pressure situation. retired capitol police chief kim
dine. >> she is amazing, and she's a hero. she epitomized what being a hero is all about. >> reporter: agent david bailey injured his ankle during the chaotic gun battle. he's from brazil, and graduated from north carolina central university in 2007. >> he always talked about becoming a police officer. >> reporter: friend racheal brooks says he just wanted to help people. >> as soon as i heard that the first thing i thought was, that's definitely just like david to do. >> reporter: there were some other heroes, too, scott. henry cabrera, a special agent with the capitol hill police department, also exchanged gunfire with the shooter, as did some officers with the alexandria, virginia, police department. at this point, it's unclear who fired the shots that killed the assailant. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks. in another important story tonight, amid indications that the president himself is now under investigation, mr. trump tweeted this morning, "you are witnessing the single greatest
witch-hunt in american political history, led by some very bad and conflicted people." jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: the president's tweets came after "the washington post" reported that he is now the subject of an obstruction of justice investigation. his response, "they made up a phony collusion with the russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. nice." cbs news has learned that special counsel, robert mueller, will interview director of national intelligence, dan coats, and n.s.a. director admiral mike rogers amid reports about whether the president pressured them to tamp down the investigation into allegations of collusion between the trump campaign and russia. >> do you solemnly swear to tell the truth? >> reporter: a week ago former f.b.i. director james comey told senators he believed he was fired by mr. trump because of
the f.b.i.'s ongoing russia investigation, which comey was leading at the time. >> do you believe this will rise to obstruction of justice? >> i don't know. that's bob mueller's job to sort that out. >> rob hosko, a former assistant director of the f.b.i., says while obstruction of justice is hard to prove, the allegation itself could hurt the president. don't you have to prove intent? >> getting to intent, to obstruct or impede, is going to be very important. and it could be that they never are able to build that case in a meaningful way. however, damage could be done, political damage could be done during the process. >> reporter: mueller's appointment a month ago to oversee the investigation drew bipartisan praise. the white house even interviewed him to fill the vacant f.b.i. director job on may 16. but as mueller's investigation gained traction, the president's allies began accusing him of trying to "undermine" the trump presidency. and the president himself has chimed in tweeting this
afternoon, "why is it that hillary clinton's family and dems dealings are russia are not looked at, but my nondealings are?" a former f.b.i. official says the president's tweets could be used by the special counsel as evidence. scott, late today, cbs news confirmed that vice president pence has hired a personal lawyer to answer any questions investigators may have for him. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. jeff, thank you. after four days of deliberations, jurors in bill cosby's sexual assault trial told the judge today they are deadlocked. he told them, "keep trying" jericka duncan is at the courthouse in norris town, pennsylvania. >> reporter: bill cosby remains in a small room inside the courthouse. early this afternoon, jurors told the judge they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts against cosby. cosby's attorney, brian mcmonagle, asked the court for a mistrial but that request was
denied. instead the judge told the sequestered jurors to keep deliberating. cosby's publicist, andrew wyatt. >> and this deadlock shows the not guilty that mr. cosby has been saying the entire time. >> reporter: the jury has paused deliberations to review evidence a half dozen times. the 79-year-old comedian has been accused by nearly 60 women of sexual assault over the past several decades, but cosby has denied those accusations andrea constand's case was the only one still eligible to go to trial. lili bernard says she, too, was sexually abused by cosby. she got into a heated argument with cosby supporters after the jury announced they were deadlocked. >> he preyed upon my vulnerabilities and he drugged me and raped me against my will. >> reporter: cosby has been charged with sexually assaulting andrea constand at his pennsylvania home in 2004. constand testified that cosby drugged and molested her after giving her three blue pills
which she says left her paralyzed and unable to move. cosby says it was consensual. former prosecutor dennis mcandrews: >> if the jury comes back and names that they're deadlocked, then the judge can declare a hung jury and declare a mistrial, which allows a new trial for the defendant. >> reporter: if the judge declares a mistrial, it will ultimately be up to andrea constand whether she wants to go through this process again and testify at another trial. scott, today, constand posted of a video on twitter of herself playing basketball with the words, "always follow through." implying she is not ready to quit. >> pelley: jericka duncan, thanks. coming up on the cbs evening news, a father says north korea brutalized his son. and later, the death toll rises in a horrific fire.
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>> pelley: the american college student released from prison tuesday by north korea has extensive brain damage, and it appears its north koreans have lied about how it happened. michele miller is following this. >> reporter: fred warmbier walked into the press conference wearing the same jacket his son wore during his trial last march. >> i'm so proud of otto, who has been in a pariah regime for the last 18 months, brutalized and terrorized, and he's now home with his family. >> reporter: the comatose 22-year-old college student was flown back to the united states last tuesday. fred warmbier described greeght his son for the first time in nearly two years. >> i knelt down by his side and i hugged him, and i told him i missed him and i was so glald that he made it home. >> reporter: north korean officials claim otto fell into a coma after he contracted
botulism and took a sleeping pill a day after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. he was convicted for committing a hostile act after allegedly stealing a propaganda poster during a college group tourist trip last year. today, doctors at the university of cincinnati medical center said he shows no sign of a botch limb infection, but he did suffer severe brain damage. lead physician can: >> he has conspontaneous eye opening and blinking. however, he shows no signs of understanding language. >> reporter: kanter says the brain injury was likely caused by a sudden stopping of the heart. >> this pattern of brain injury, however, is usually seen as a result of cardiopulmonary arre arrest, where the blood supply to the brain is inadequate. >> reporter: fred warmbier says he's still in shock. >> these things are tough to
process, but he's with us, and we're trying to make him comfortable, and we want to be a part of his life. >> reporter: doctors say otto warmbier's heart stoppage could have been caused by trauma or drug intoxication. scott, there are currently three other americans in a north korean prison there. >> pelley: michele miller, thanks. coming up, a blimp explodes. and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing brighthouse financial. a new company established by metlife to specialize in annuities & life insurance. talk to your advisor about a brighter financial future. if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis like me, and you're talking to your rheumatologist about a medication... ...this is humira.
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into an abyss of violent rhetoric which, it should be no surprise, has led to violence. yesterday was not the first time. in december last year, a many manwith an assault rifle stormed into a washington-area pizzeria to free child sex slaves whom hillary clinton was holding there-- or at least that's what political blog sites had said. he fired into a locked door to discover no children in chains. bernie sanders has called the president the most dangerous in history. and the shoot or yesterday was a sanders volunteer. you might think that no sane person would act on political hate speech, and you'd be right. the trouble is, there are a lot of americans who struggle with mental illness. in february, the president tweeted that the news media were the "enemy of the american
people." later, at a lunch for reporters, president trump was asked whether he worried that that language would incite violence. his pause indicated it had never crossed his mind. and then he said, "no, that doesn't worry me." as children, we're taught words will never hurt me, but when you think about it, violence almost always begins with words. in twitter world, we've come to believe that our first thought is our best thought. it's past time for all of us-- presidents, politicians, reporters, citizens-- all of us-- to pause, to think again. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. join us here tomorrow when we will report from syria. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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