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operatives. last month, the president fired national security adviser michael flynn, after flynn lied to the vice president about contacts he had with ambassador kislyak. no administration official has been accused of collusion, but questions are being asked about why top trump officials have been evasive in explaining their meetings with ambassador kislyak. jeff pegues has today's developments. >> in retrospect, i should have slowed down and said, "but i did meet one russian official a couple of times." >> reporter: u.s. attorney general jeff sessions said that he would have no involvement in any investigation related to the trump campaign. the announcement came less than a day after sessions acknowledged having two meetings with russian ambassador sergey kislyak last year, something he did not reveal while under oath at at
when he was questioned by minnesota democrat al franken. >> and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator franken, i am not aware of any of those activities. i have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and i didn't have-- did not have communications with the russians. make america great again! >> reporter: in february, 2016, sessions became the first senator to endorse then-candidate trump. he defended mr. trump's positive comments about russia. >> donald trump is right. we need to figure out a way to end this cycle of hostility that is putting this country at risk. >> reporter: in july, he had a conversation with kislyak at the republican national convention in cleveland. then, in september, the two met in the alabama senator's capitol hill office. sessions says the russian
meeting. less than a month later, u.s. intelligence agencies would publicly blame the russian government for a wave of cyberattacks targeting the u.s. election. ultimately concluding the attacks were designed to help president trump. the f.b.i. counter-intelligence unit continues to investigate contact betweens trump associates and russian operatives. during his confirmation process, sessions was asked in a written questionnaire if he had any contact with the russian government about the 2016 election. he responded, "no." he repeated that assertion today. >> i never had meetings with russian operatives or russian intermeadaries about the trump campaign. and the idea that i was tart of a "continuing exchange of information" during the campaign between trump sursurrogates and intermeadaries for the russian government is totly
>> reporter: eric o'neill, a former counter-intelligence officer for the f.b.i., says everyone at the russian embassy is part of the kremlin's spy network. >> but there has to be that understanding that you're not just talking to a politician or a diplomat. you're talking to someone who will feed into intelligence. >> reporter: we now know other trump associates also met with kislyak, either during or after the campaign. they include michael flynn, adviser carter page, and mr. trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. scott, today, the white house described the kushner meeting as an inconsequential hello. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. investigations are also under way on capitol hill where we find nancy cordes. >> i do think he should recuse himself. >> reporter: dozens of republicans concluded today that sessions was simply too close to the trump campaign to be in charge of investigating it. >> i would recuse myself if i were in his shoes right now. >> reporter: democratic leaders in the house and senate
went further, calling on sessions to resign after 22 days on the job. >> the top cop in our country lied under oath. >> there is something very inappropriate to dramatically mislead congress. >> reporter: why isn't it enough for him to recuse himself? why does he have to resign? >> look, the attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer of the land, and already his integrity and independence has been questioned. >> reporter: sessions served in congress for 21 years and has many close friends here. >> he's a man of integrity. >> reporter: they argued today he didn't mean to mislead and had every right as a member of the armed services committee to meet with a foreign diplomat. idaho republican jim risch: >> in the last couple of years, i've probably met with a high-ranking official of half the countries on the face of the earth. >> reporter: but given tensions with russia, meetings with that nation's envoys aren't as common. oklahoma republican jim inhofe has served on a
two decades. when is the last time you met with the russian ambassador? >> i don't think i ever have. >> reporter: committee chair, john mccain, has kept his distance from ambassador kislyak since 2014. >> i was sanctioned by vladimir putin. and so i doubt if that would be a very pleasant encounter. >> reporter: democrats say sessions, a former prosecutor, should have known that his testimony was leaving a false impression that he never met with any russian officials. some republicans, however, scott, say it was just an honest mistake made in hour 11 of a very tense confirmation hearing. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. attorney jan crawford is our chief legal correspondent. jan, as you might expect, democrats accused sessions today of perjuring himself before congress. what is is the law on that? >> reporter: scott, that is var high bar and i see now way attorney general session would be prosecuted for his testimony. to be convicted of lying to
testimony that you know is false, and sessions said this afternoon he was thinking the question related to whether he had contacts in connection with his role as a campaign surrogate, not as a u.s. senator. so, in that context, and when you look at the actual questions, his statements would not be considered false under the law. >> pelley: now that sessions has recused himself, what does that mean to the continuing investigation? >> reporter: well, i mean, democrats are saying that sessions' recusal is just not enough, and it's a little late since he's been in office for three weeks. and they're calling for a special prosecutor nowrng a spokesperson for session says he will not be involved in those discussion which means it will fall to the acting attorney general, dana boente, who was nominated by president obama, to decide whetherr not a special prosecutor should take over the investigation. remember, sessions' choice for deputy has not yet been confirmed by the senate. and, scott, you're also seeing some calls for an independent, 9/11-style commission to
might not rise to the criminal level. >> pelley: and the special prosecutor, of course, would take want investigation outside the justice department. jan crawford for us tonight. jarng thank you. today, president trump promised more warships, planes, and weapons to a visit to america's new aircast carrier "the gerald r. ford." mr. trump praised the ship but he has been harshly critical of its cost. >> reporter: nothing sim blielz american military might more than an aircraft carrier, which is why the president went aboard the navy's newest carrier, the "gerald r. ford" to promote his plans for the a military buildup. >> we will give you the tools you need to prevent war and if required to fight expwar only do one thing. you know what that is? win with. win! we're going to start winning again. >> reporter: but as the most expensive ship ever built, "the ford" whi w
trials next month, stands for something else as well. >> "ford" say poster chyle for how you don't build a ship. >> reporter: garcia de rayos should know. >> they were designing the ford while they were building it. not a good way to build a ship. this is just a dumb way to build any kind of ship, but particularly something as big and complicated as a carrier. >> reporter: started during the bush administration, the ford incor incorporated new technologies, including an electromagnetic launch system to replace the trouble catapult. >> no only price went through the roof, but the schedule just became terrible because-- because there were so many new technologies and it was so ununproven. >> reporter: the ford is expected to cost just under $13 billion and that's not counting the aircraft it will carry, including the f-35 joint strike
close to $100 million a copy. under the current schedule, the ford will not be ready for combat until 2021, which means donald trump will have to get elected to a second term before he can send it into action. scott. >> pelley: david martin terpentagon. david, thank you. the vatican's commitment to protecting children from abuse by priests is being questioned tonight by an abuse victim who was appointed by want pope to help end exploitation. she quit at the start of lent, a period of soul-searching for catholics, and here's seth doane. >> and i thought for myself, there's no point in staying. >> reporter: after three years representing church sex abuse survivors on that vatican panel, colquitt, citing a culture of resistance at the vatican. >> these men, they thrive on secrecy and cover-up, and i thought it was time to-- to move out and be able to speak about it and to let it be known. >> reporter: councils does not
blame pope francis but rather members of the vatican curate, or church administration, saying the lack of cooperation is shameful. >> they have the same sort of attitude as the church leadership here had 20 years ago when i was trying to bring my abuser to justice. and it's soul destroying. it's heartbreaking to see that there are still men with those same attitudes. >> reporter: boston cardinal, sean o'malley, who heads the commission said, "he will certain listen carefully to all that marie wishes to share with us about her concerns." you tried to convince her to stay. >> yes, i tried to convince her. >> reporter: father hans zollner is part of the same panel set up by pope francis. >> we need to talk about it, we need to face it, but many people are afraid and are reluctant to touch this because this is ugly. this is horrific. >> reporter: and that can lead to this lack of cooperation within the vatican curate? >> yeah,
you-- you deal with something that-- that you better don't look at. >> reporter: this is not first high-profile keparture. peter saunders, the only other sex victim on the panel, was sidelined last year. the it is up for discussion as to whether other sex abuse victims will be invited to join the panel. father zollner told us collins' resignation may be a tbletion disguise because it focuses attention on the issue. scott, he told us, even he is if you straighted by the pace of change. >> pelley: seth doane at the vatican. thanks. still ahead, a genetic discovery may help people lose weight, and the cop setting an example for living stronger. so i liked when my doctor told me i may reach my blood sugar and a1c goals by activating what's within me with once-weekly trulicity.
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>> reporter: abby solomon's purse looks like a traveling pantry, full of sugary snacks. >> my life basically revolves around food. >> reporter: and, yet, for all she eats, she's in a constant battle with starvation. abby was born with a rare genetic disorder called neonato prod gero syndrome. the mutation mangles noses and makes abby look prematurely old. it also prevents her body from making enough asprosin air, hormone that stimulates appetite. this sounds like it really does control your life, doesn't it? >> yeah, yeah, it's always on my mind. >> reporter: she's not hungry, but still needs to eat all the time. the food feeds her brain just enough glucose to keep her from passing out, but it's only a few bites until she feels full. abby consumes half the amount of normal calories for a woman her age, and at 5'10", weighs just 99
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>> pelley: in our series "living stronger," we're introducing you to senior members of the american family who are setting an example of how to live life to the fullest. omar villafranca now with a cop who embodies the spirit of the law. >> reporter: when officer arthur parker directs traffic in front of clark high school in plano, texas, the 57-year-old keeps the cars and his body moving surprising some drivers. >> someone called and said,"hey, there's a drunk-- one of your officers is drunk in the middle of the street." they got a real call. >> reporter: but to students and staff who know officer parker, or o.p., as he's called-- it's nothing new. he's worked as a school resource officer for the past 27 years, and he's living stronger by keeping people safe
spreading joy. >> he makes them laugh. >> reporter: janice williams is the high school's principal. >> my first intreftionz, "oh, my gosh, this is going to be the person that's going to be protecting us? because he did his normal goofy o.p. thing, and went into some kind of character, and he's kept me laughing ever since. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: to keep students motivated-- it's a 5 k, what are you going to play? parker even taught himself a tune for every situation. history lesson. ♪ ♪ trying to get kids moving along in the classroom. ♪ ♪ >> luke, i'm your father! go to class! >> reporter: to the teens at clark high, he's a confidant and a confidence booster. >> o.p., he really tries to find that connection. >> reporter: sapida abbasi and sirnic mbua are students. >> he's mostly just taught me how to just be confident no matter what. >> when it's fun,
always fun. like, when things get real, he's strict. >> reporter: last year, officer parker was voted plano police officer of the year. to show their appreciation, the students came up with a secret plan. ( applause ) they surprised the police veteran with a pep rally. parker believes making other people smile is the key to a happy life. >> i feel like i have so much to give, and i've still not given enough. not a lot of people have the opportunity or are aware of the power they have to make someone happy. ♪ what you gonna do when they come for you ♪ >> reporter: omar villafranca, cbs news, plano, texas. >> 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 captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org ♪
>> right now, on off script, reaction all around tonight after attorney general jeff sessions recuses himself from the russian investigation. democrats calling for him to resign. president trump says sessions has his total confidence. all this after sessions admits he failed to disclose two meetings with the russian ambassador during the campaign season. >> my staff recommended recusal. they said that since i had involvement with the campaign, i should not be involved in any campaign investigation. i admit i was part of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between trump surrogates and intermediaries for the russian government is toy