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commander-in-chief was serious when he tweeted, "just found out that obama had my wires tapped in trump tower." >> i think he's extremely confident. >> reporter: but administration officials, including the attorney general, have provided no evidence to back it up. >> did you ever give him any reason to believe he was wiretapped by the previous administration? >> um, look, the answer is no. >> reporter: president trump refused to back down today, insisting something happened to him. >> wiretap covers a lot of different things. i think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. >> reporter: the surveillance, whether real or imagined, has alarmed lawmakers from beth sides. >> have you found evidence? >> reporter: f.b.i. director james comey was called up to capitol hill again today to brief two top senators behind closed doors. they were not authorized to share details. >> this briefing was all on sensitive matters, and
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classified. >> reporter: republican lindsey graham said comey should share what he knows with the public. >> the bottom line is a lot of americans are wondering what's going on here. >> reporter: democrat adam schiff argued there is a reason white house officials can't provide any proof. >> the reality is i don't think they have thinge foggiest idea f what was behind the president's claim other than something he watched on tv. >> reporter: actually, it was a radio host that first suggested president trump may have been spied on. that accusation made its way into a breitbart article, anthony, about 24 hours before president trump sent those now-infamous tweets. >> mason: nancy cordes at the capitol. thanks, nancy. today for the first time ever the u.s. government charged two members of the russian federal security service, the f.s.b., with hacking. the attack, aimed at yahoo users, not only stole money from there, it was an elaborate spying operation.
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>> reporter: prosecutors say f.s.b. officers dmitry dokuchaev and igor sushkin financed and directed the cyber attack and hired one of the world's best-known hackers, alexsey belan, to do most of the work. from 2014 to 2016, court papers say belan and his team used computer code to infiltrate yahoo's database, stealing user name, e-mails, and passwords. they used that information to access the accounts of russian journalists and politicians as well as u.s. government officials, including military and white house personnel. belan also used 30 million accounts to facilitate a spam scheme that netted him money. in all 500 million accounts, half of yahoo's total of one billion, were compromised. acting assistant attorney general mary mccord. >> we will not allow individuals, groups, nation states or a combination of them to compromise the privacy of
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citizens, the economic interests of our companies, or the security of our country. >> reporter: but the hackers because the agents, dokuchaev and sushkin, were familiar with u.s. security. both worked at "center 18", the f.b.i.'s russian contact for cyber investigations. robert cattanach is a formal federal prosecutor. >> they pretend to be collaborating with us to try to do something about the spread of cyber crime in russia, and come to find out they're fostering it. >> reporter: a canadian who was allegedly part of the operation is in custody. anthony, according to russian media, dokuchaev, one of the f.s.b. operatives, was arrested earlier this year and jailed for treason. >> mason: jeff pegues, thanks, jeff. we finally got a look today at one of the trump tax return the president res
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someone leaked it. here's major garrett. >> it's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all. >> reporter: president trump today denounced the leak of part of his 2005 federal tax return. the two-page summary shows he and wife melania earned $153 million that year and paid $36.6 million in income tax, an apparent t rate of 24%. >> i have no idea where they got it, but it's illegal, and you're not supposed to have it. and it's not supposed to be leaked. >> reporter: the white house confirmed the numbers just before they were reported on msnbc but david cay johnston, a pulitzer prize winning journalist and trump biographer. johnston said the documents arrived in his mailbox anonymously. >> by the way, let me point out, it's entirely possible that donald sent this to me. >> reporter: in a statement the white house said mr. trump had a responsibility to his company, his family, and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required. >> i believe that most of us
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federal income taxes than donald trump has paid. >> reporter: during the presidential campaign, democrat hillary clinton accused mr. there. of not paying any federal income taxes. the president's son, donald, jr., wrote the new disclosure proved how successful donald trump is and that he paid $40 million in taxes. but the document does not explain how the president earned his income or if he paid taxes at similar rates in other years. in january, then-president-elect trump balked at calls to release his tax return, something all presidents have done since the 1970s. >> i'm not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they're under audit. the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters. they're the only ones. >> reporter: according to a late february cbs news poll, reporters are not the only ones. 56% of americans said it was necessary for the president to release his tax returns. anthony, nothing in federal law prohibits anyone under audit
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or her tax returns. >> mason: major garrett. thanks, major. today much of the northeast woke up beneath a thick blanket of snow. the total may have underwhelmed in the big cities near the cost, but not for the west. 20.3 inches fell in vernon, new jersey. 26.2 in mount pocono, pennsylvania. 22 in syracuse, new york. but they got more than that where david begnaud is standing in binghampton, new york david? >> reporter: good evening. the picture says it all. cars are stuck or buried in snow across the city. the governor or new york said today this area was one of the hardest hit by tuesday's nor'easter. information, the governor came here today. he said, i'm sending you 100 plows and 100 members of the national guard as you start to dig out. the snow is still falling in binghampton. emergency crews have toiled around the clock to dig out from a blizzard that dumped nearly three feet of snow. dozens of drs
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even a plow truck, and the national guard was activated. governor andrew cuomo. >> mother nature is an unpredictable lady. i don't know what we did to offend her, but she's showing us her wintery fury. >> reporter: the storm that blanketed central new york largely missed most major cities across the northeast. predictions of up to 16 to 20 inches of snow did not pan out, leading to provocative headlines. back in binghamton, the postmasters' crew did not deliver the mail, the first time in 25 years. service continued today, even though delivery trucks had to be dug out. >> our job is to serve the customers. that's our logo and that's our commitment. it's very disappointing if we can't get to them. >> reporter: across the city, at least 50% of the 100,000 mailboxes city-wide are buried in snow. anthony, we're told this area is about to hit an all-time seasonal snowfall record for the season. they're about to
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>> mason: wow. david begnaud in binghamton new york. thanks, david. t-mobile sent a team of engineers to chicago to fix the problem that's jammed the city's 911 system. omar villafranca reports a young child died while the babysitter struggled to reach an operator. >> i'm mad. i'm hurt. >> reporter: bridget alex is living through a parent's worst fear. the mother left her son branden at home with the babysitter when the six-month-old fell and stopped breathing. >> i would never want no mother, no father to go through the pain that i'm going through right now. >> reporter: the 40-year-old babysitter called 911 at 5:55 p.m. and again at 5:5 but was put on hold each time. this screen grab of the final call shows she was on hold with 911 for more than 30 minutes and never got through to a dispatcher. >> this is a parent's nightmare to have to bury a child. >> it, is especially when he
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>> reporter: the city says the 911 system was jammed by what's referred to as ghost calls from t-mobile users. they are calls made to 911 unintentionally and unknown to the caller and then appear on a dispatcher's screen as hangup. by law dispatchers have to call those numbers back, which bottlenecks the system. dallas has been dealing with the problem since november. mayor mike rawlings. >> i want the problem solved immediately. if it takes a longer period of time, i want to know why. >> reporter: in a statement t-mobile says company engineers have been working daily the find a permanent solution to this problem. >> i want them to take responsibility of my son's death there's nothing they can say. there's nothing they can do to bring my branden back. >> reporter: the city says there is no evidence that this time connecting the child's death with the ghost call issue.
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anthony, there is also no timetable on when the problem will be fixed. >> mason: omar villafranca. thank you, omar. turning over seas, it was six years ago today that syrian protesters took to the streets against the assad regime. this led to civil war. the u.n. says more than 400,000 syrians have been killed in the worst manmade disaster since world war ii. about half the population, 12 million, have fled their homes. in maybering iraq, -- neighborig iraq the battle for mosul is raging. iraqi troops backed by u.s. special forces and air strikes, have isis surrounded. holly williams found some other americans there playing a role that's ever bit as important. >> reporter: a few miles from the front line, americans treat critically injured iraqis. this woman was hit by shrapnel from an isis mortar. and she's losing blood quickly.6
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they need to stop it to save her life. the next ambulance brings an iraqi policeman. he has a gunshot wound to his shoulder. kyle fleher is normally a critical care nurse in santa barbara, california. he's taken vacation to come to the war zone. >> it's scary, and the adrenaline is at its max and its peak, but everything fades away when we get to do what we're trained to do. >> reporter: is it taking a toll on you? >> it is. it's traumatizing the things that i've seen, that i'm seeing. i've seen a lifeless girl linger in my hands and having to pronounce her dead. >> reporter: they're called new york city medics, and they've been sending teams to natural disasters for over a decade. [explosion] but this is the first time they've come to an armed conflict. >> something we have in the states is
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>> reporter: they're on call 24 hours because this war never stops. this time it's an iraqi soldier hit in the eye by shrapnel.: another man has serious brain injuries, and there's nothing they can do. kathy bequary, the team leader, held his hand as he passed away. >> i don't know if he knew i was there or if he knew i was holding his hand or felt anything, but i didn't want him to be alone. >> reporter: seeing this war has changed her, she told us. >> they're mops and dads and daughters and sons and sisters and brothers. they're just like us, and i just wish the world really could understand that the way i do now. yeah. >> reporter: holly williams, cbs news, m.osul >> mason: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," did monsanto interfere with research
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hundreds of people around the country suing monsanto, round-up's parent company. a 2006 study said glyphosate is likely carcinogen and damaging human cells. >> they cherry pick data. >> reporter: last summer we spoke with donna farmer, a monsanto scientist. >> there is no data indicating we should change how the product is used. glyphosate doesn't cause cancer. >> reporter: but now the data is in question. monsanto planned to write a positive report on glyphosate and get experts to back it up. a scientist said we would keep the cost down by us doing the writing and they would edit and sign their name. court documents also reveal conversations between a federal director about a federal glyphosate review. "i downtown e.p.a. can kill wris," the monsanto executive
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>> mason: finally tonight, the title of most-recognized professor may have passed to robert kelly, whose children made him an internet star. today kelly said he now expects the interruption seen rounhe
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obituary. here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: marion kelly's four-year-old swagger has been watched 86 million times. it's turned her father robert into a global internet sensation. >> it got to the point where we had to turn off the phones and facebook and twitter. >> reporter: the chaos unfolded friday during a skype interview with the bbc. >> i think one of your children just walked in. >> reporter: as professor kelly tried to keep marianne -- marion at bay, in walked nine-month-old james. and jung-a-kim tried to get the kids out. kelly explained that marion had been in a hippity-hoppity mood. >> i was hoping my daughter would sit down and read a book so we could cut the interview. once my son
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roller, then there was nothing i could do. >> reporter: the video instantly triggered try bawts and copycats, like the one featuring press secretary sean spicer, president trump, ben carson and kellyanne conway. it lit up the light night shows like trevor noah. >> this is why i love kids. no matter how seriously you take you're, kids will mess up your [bleeped]. sure dad will say, "i'm going on the bbc, but the kids will say, no, we're going on "ellen"." kelly thought that was the end of his tv career, but it's the opposite. today he pleaded to be left in peace. he's happy his family saga has brought laughter so many. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> mason: hippity-hoppity mood. i love that. that's the "cbs evening news."
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>> we start with breaking news. hours before president trump's second attempt at a temporary travel ban goes into effect. it has been blocked by a federal judge. a judge in hawaii has frozen the order nationwide. it was due to start at midnight tonight. judges in maryland and washington state are also considering blocking the ban. and the ban as you know would block citizens in iran, libya, somalia, sudan, and syria from entering the u.s. for 90 days. president trump is breaking his 11 day silence on his wiretapping claim. he told fox news wire wiretap covers a lot of different things. does this mean he is backing off of his original charge that president obama wiretapped trump tower? >> wiretap


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