tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS October 22, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: the battle over benghazi, the chairman versus the secretary. >> i don't know what this line of questioning does to help us get to the bottom of the death of four americans. >> i'll be happy to help you understand that, madam secretary. >> pelley: also tonight, the first american combat death in the war against isis. gun violence claims another child. police say a suspect has confessed to a road rage killing. and high honors today for world war ii heroes immortalized by hollywood. >> want to get into the war? >> monuments men. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: house republicans have been planning this day for over a year. former secretary of state and now presidential candidate
hillary clinton is testifying under oath before the benghazi committee. the panel is investigating the 2012 attack on u.s. diplomatic buildings in benghazi, libya. four americans were killed. ambassador chris steven, sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods. republicans are searching for any mistakes made on secretary clinton's watch. democrats say benghazi has been thoroughly investigated and the hearing is only designed to damage her. this is a live picture of her returning. her testimony began more than eight hours ago. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> reporter: the hearing started out cordle with handshakes, but things quickly grew tense. >> i think if you look at the statement i made, i clearly said that it was an attack. >> calling it an attack is like saying the sky is blue. of course it was an attack. >> reporter: republicans accuse clinton of ignoring requests from ambassador chris stevens for more security.
georgia's lynn westmoreland: >> how many instances would it have taken you to say, hey, we need the look at his security over there? >> no one ever came to me and said, "we should shut down our compound in benghazi." >> well, i'm not saying shut it down. i'm saying protect it. >> reporter: it was this committee that uncovered clinton's use of a private e-mail system. >> there are 795 e-mails in this pile. >> reporter: committee chair trey gowdy focused on the dozens of e-mails clinton got from her long-time friend sidney blumenthal >> did the president know that mr. blumenthal was advising you? >> he wasn't advising you? >> did he know he was your most prolific eimer that we have found on the subjects of libya and benghazi. >> i don't know what this line of questioning does to help us get to the bottom of the deaths of four americans. >> i'll be happy to help you understand that, madam secretary. it's relevant because our
ambassador was asked to read and respond to sidney blumenthal's drivel. it was sent to him to read and react to. in some instances on the very same day he was asking for security. >> reporter: democrat elijah cummings calls its a show trial. >> they set up this select committee with no rules, no deadlines and an unlimited budget, and they set them loose, madam secretary, because you're running for president. >> reporter: california democrat adam schiff noted the committee has canceled every hearing the past nine months except for this one. >> i wonder if you would like to comment on what it's like to be the subject of an allegation that you deliberately interfered with security that cost the life of a friend >> well, congressman, it's very personally painful accusation. it has been rejected and disproven by non-partisan,
dispassionate investigators, but nevertheless, having it continued to be bandied around is deeply distressing to me. you know, i would imagine i've thought more about what happened than all of you put together. >> reporter: clinton seems determined not to show the kind of anger that makes great fodder for negative campaign ads. any time her voice raises, she quickly self-corrects. we're nowoving into hour nine of this hearing, scott, and it shows no sign of wrapping up soon. >> pelley: nancy cordes outside the hearing room. thanks. also watching the hearing does was cbs news political director john dickerson and anchor of "face the nation." high-stakes day for hillary clinton. what was your impression? >> reporter: this was never going to be a great day for her, but there were two political pitfalls she had to worry about, the first was any new revelation that called her leadership into
question as secretary of state. the second pitfall was a moment where she would look callus and dishonest, and so far she's been able to avoid those pitfalls. >> pelley: there were no are revelations today? >> not so far, no. >> reporter: what about the committee? >> they were fighting like cats and dogs between the republicans and democrats. the republicans had a special challenge to, keep the questioning always focused on the central idea of why did this happen, and that was important for substantive reason, but also because there have been charges that this is a totally political affair. this is the eighth investigation. they're just going after hillary clinton. while there were moments that illuminated things we already knew about this tragedy, there were also moments where the questioning was quite secondary to that central question of why did this happen. >> pelley: john dickerson, we'll see you sunday on "face the nation." thank you. now, today the first american was killed in combat in the war against isis. he died in a daring raid in northern iraq to free dozens of prisoners who were about to be executed by the islamic terror
group. margaret brennan is following this. >> reporter: just after 2:00 a.m. five american helicopters with 30 u.s. special operations forces along with iraqi kurd commandos landed outside a heavily guarded isis prison in northern iraq. the troops stormed the compound and in an exchange of gunfire killed around two dozen isis fighters. the u.s. servicemen was fatally wounded. the commandos rescued 70 hostages who were about to be executed, including more than 20 iraqi soldiers. the raid raised questions about president obama's vow not to put u.s. soldiers into combat in iraq. but pentagon spokesperson peter cook said the special operations forces were only assisting the kurdish fighters. >> in that support role, they are allowed to defend themselves and also defend partner forces and to protect against the loss of innocent life. >> reporter: the raid was launched after u.s. intelligence saw evidence of mass graves being dug inside the walls of
that prison compound. some of those freed hostages scott, later told u.s. officials that isis told them they'd all be killed after their morning prayers. >> pelley: margaret brennan reporting from the pentagon tonight. margaret, thank you. today west texas got drenched by powerful thunderstorms. nearly three inches of rain fell. dozens had to be rescued from their homes and their cars near odessa. forecasters say parts of texas, oklahoma, arkansas and louisiana could get a foot of rain by sunday. once again this evening a child's family is asking that something be done about gun violence. lilly garcia of albuquerque started preschool last month. this past tuesday her dad picked her up along with her brother, and a short time later lilly was in her father's arm, fatally wounded in a road rage shooting. here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: it started out as a harmless drive home from
school. four-year-old lilly garcia was in the back seat of her father's vehicle when police say alan garcia was cut off by tony torrez. the two men argued. torrez allegedly shot at garcia's truck and hit lilly in the head. police say torrez fled the scene. other drivers called 911. >> it looked like some sort of medical emergency. there is an adult holding it looked like an unresponsive child. >> reporter: on social media garcia called his daughter "the light of my life, wiser than i will ever be." >> it was traumatic for them. >> reporter: officer tanner tixier says she shooting stunned even veteran responders. >> they literally saw a four-year-old little girl with a severe gunshot wound, which she died from, not only our officers, but the par maidics, the trauma room was just devastated. >> reporter: in less than 24 hours, several timms came in. it was an anonymous caller that led detectives to tony torrez. after being questioned, police say torrez confessed that the
killing was a road rage incident. chief gordon eden. >> >> this should have never happened. this is a complete disrespect of human life. >> reporter: police recovered the gun they believe was used in the road rage incident at torrez's home. scott, there were also charges filed against torrez in 2006 for another road rage incident. there were no injuries in that situation, and the case never went to trial. >> pelley: mireya villarreal reporting tonight. thank you. there is no bail for the man accused of gunning down a new york city police officer. randolph holder. it happened on tuesday night. tyrone howard said nothing as he was charged with murder. he has a rap sheet with 28 arrests. holder is the fourth officer killed in new york city this year, and jericka duncan has found most of the murder weapons have one thing in common. >> reporter: fellow officers lit candles today in memory of officer randolph holder. officer holder was shot tuesday
by a suspect he was chasing. the police say tyrone howard, a convicted felon, was illegally armed with a .40-caliber handgun. holder is the fourth nypd officer to die in the line of duty in less than a year, and while poliavet determined his wre shooter's gun caro guns used to kill the three other officers were purchased or stolen from pawn shops in georgia. brooklyn district attorney ken thompson. >> we have the strictest gun laws in the country, and when you have lax gun laws like down in georgia, it's easy for people the buy guns down there legally and then send them up here where they're destined to end up in the hands of criminals. >> reporter: last week thompson announced a gun ring bust that took 112 illegal guns off the streets. investigators say the alleged ringleader, michael bassier, paid people with clean criminal records in georgia and pennsylvania to purchase
firearms. authorities took this surveillance photo of bassier carrying the weapons in a bag, and they secretly recorded him on his cell phone. >> i'm selling them the right way and the wrong way. when i'm out of state in atlanta, georgia, it's fully legal. but in new york it's completely illegal. >> reporter: does it ever feel like you're fighting a losing battle? >> i don't think we're fighting a losing battle. i think it's a very challenging endeavor because each gun that we get off the street, we potentially save a life. >> reporter: 90% of guns found at new york city crime scenes, thompson told us, originate from out of state. jericka duncan, cbs news, brooklyn, new york. >> pelley: secretary of state john kerry began a new mideast peace mission today when he met with israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. kerry will meet with palestinians over the weekend. this is following weeks of gun and knife attacks by palestinians and barry petersen is in the west bank.
>> this is where they came with a knife, and the man who saved my life shot him. >> reporter: tzipi schlisel thought she could have been stabbed by a man. the jewish man in white shot the arab to death. >> i feel that it could be my blood here, and i bless god that it is my enemy's blood and not me. >> reporter: it is not her first taste of violence. an arab stabbed her father to death in his bed 17 years ago in this same neighborhood. she is among about 800 jews under constant watch, living in the midst of 170,000 arabs in hebron. this one place is so much what the arab-israeli conflict is about, both sides vow that their claim to this land goes back thousands of years.
just down the road palestinian protesters face the israeli military protecting the streets of the tiny jewish enclave. [explosion] the kids have no advantage here. they have rocks. the israelis have weaponry, grenades and live munitions. but they are as determined as the jews. are you afraid of dying? "no," he said. "i want to be a martyr. i want to stomp on the heads of israelis." >> we don't have any other place to live. and for us, it's a fight to be or not to be. and when someone fights for his life, he won't give up. >> reporter: she says she won't leave here where the jews and the arabs have one deadly thing in common: their vow to never surrender. barry petersen, cbs news,
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device. it was her college graduation day. the crash killed her parents, and doctors gave her just a 10% chance of surviving. >> trying to figure out how to live without parents is a daily struggle beyond that the brain injury has left me with permanent handicaps. >> reporter: one in ten fatal crashes in 2013 involve distraction. distracted drivers were blamed for more than 3,100 deaths and an estimated 424,000 injuries that year alone. >> oh, my gosh. i guess that is a stop sign. >> reporter: researchers outfitted drivers with devices to measure distraction, brain activity and heart rate. they found many hands-free voice command systems in cars or the ones wilt into smartphones can be so complicated they leave drivers with a lingering technology hangover. >> that's a very mentally demanding task, as demanding as trying to say balance your checkbook while you're driving down the road. >> reporter: university of utah researcher david strayer
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>> pelley: today congress gave america's highest civilian honor, the congressional gold medal, to 345 heroes of world war ii. julianna goldman has the story of the monuments men and women. [applause] >> reporter: harry ettlinger was honored as one of the art experts turned military officers who rescued treasures looted by the nazis. the 89-year-old discovered this rembrandt self-portrait that had been stashed away in a german
salt mine. >> i was in charge. i said, let's open the box. >> reporter: before the war, the masterpiece hung in a museum in ettlinger's hometown, but because he was jewish, he was never allowed to visit it. he and his family fled nazi germany for the u.s. now, thanks to ettlinger, the painting is back in its hometown. what did you think? >> for me to be able to go into that particular museum and take a look at it and get a photograph of it, that made me feel good. it made me feel good, you know? my heart. >> want the get into the war? >> monuments men. >> reporter: the 2014 film brought new attention to the monuments men. it was based on a book by robert edsell. >> who are these men and women? >> reporter: one of those women is motoko huthwaite. she worked for the lieutenant
commander george stout played by george clooney. >> aren't you a little old for that? >> i think george stout was handsomer. >> >> reporter: until last month, she didn't realize the field reports she worked on related to the famous group. >> i was flabbergasted. >> reporter: the foundation set up to honor the monuments men has run out of money, so today's ceremony was bittersweet. >> they're the reason this award is happening today. >> >> nine years of work culminated in the realization of the dream that i have held so closely. we have struggled to get to this moment. >> reporter: preservers of the past awarded a monumental honor. julianna goldman, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
right now he was a cop and pastor but now facings up to 18 years behind bars for sexually assaulting two young girls. >> and a mother and her four children forced to live in a home with raw sewage a story you will only see here. >> tension is rising inside the hearing room as clinton is grilled by the committee investigating the death of four americans in benghazi. i'll craig boswell on cat olympia hill -- capitol hill. more on the benghazi hearing ahead but first a former police officer and pastor is pleaded guilty to sexual assaulting two teenage girls. >> reporter: [inbl