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comcast business. built for business. >> pelly: pressure from the president. fired f.b.i. director james comey says mr. trump asked for his help to lift the cloud of the russia investigation. also tonight, coats on, gloves off. >> why are you not answering these questions? is there an invocation by the president of the united states of executive privilege? >> pelly: the director of national intelligence under thre. e president nominates a new f.b.i. director. bill c'sosby accuser under cross-examination. >> oh, my gosh. >> pelly: and cops respond to the call: officer needs assistance. >>
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describes his conversations with the president in detail. seven days after the inauguration, comey says, the president invited me to dinner. it turned out to be just the two of us. my instincts toll me that the one-on-one setting meant that the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. sure enough, comey says, the president said, "i need loyalty. i expect loyalty." i didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. we simply looked at each other in silence. >> he wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on. >> reporter: the president has claimed comey proposed the dinner and denies that he demanded loyalty. >> did you ask that question? >> no, no, i didn't, but i don't think it would be a bad question to ask. >> reporter: their next encounter, comey says, came three weeks later in the oval office at the end of a schedule counter-terrorism briefing. the president told theup
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that he wanted to speak to me alone. after the others left, the president began by saying, "i want to talk about mike flynn, the national security adviser who had just been fired for lying to the vice president about his conversations with the russian ambassador. flynn is under scrutiny by the f.b.i., but comey says the president told him, "i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting flynn go. he's a good guy. i replied only, "he is a good guy." the white house insists this is not a truthful and accurate portrayal of the conversation, but comey says he found the meeting so concerning that he shared it with the f.b.i. leadership team and decided to implore the attorney general to prevent any future direct communication between the president and me. and yet a month and a half later, "the president called me at the f.b.i. " he described the russia investigation as a cloud that was impairing his ability to act on behalf
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he said he had nothing to do with russia, had not been involved with hookers in russia," a reference to an allegation made in an unsubstantiated dossier put together by a former british spy. comey says the president asked, what we could do to lift the cloud. comey reassured mr. trump that he was not personally under investigation. the president, comey says, repeatedly told me, "we need to get that fact out," calling again 12 days later to ask what i had done about his request, adding, because i have been very loyal to you, very loyal. we had that thing, you know? comey says, i did not reply or ask him what he meant by "that thing." in a statement this evening, the president's personal lawyer says that he is pleased that comey confirmed that he repeatedly told the president that he was not under investigation. the president "feels completely and totally
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scott? >> pelly: nancy cordes, thank you. now to our homeland security correspondent jeff pegues, who has been following the russia investigation from the start. >> i donald john trump... >> reporter: two days after president trump was sworn in, he publicly thanked the f.b.i. director for helping secure the inauguration, but comey associates say he felt uneasy, concerned the handshake could compromise the independence of the f.b.i. at the time the bureau was nearly six months into a counterintelligence investigation of russian meddling in the election and the evidence was mounting. on march 20th at a congressional hearing, comey confirmed the probe. >> that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. >> reporter: among those under scrutiny, fired national security adviser michael flynn, former campaign chairman paul
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adviser carter evans, and the president's son-in-law, jared kushner. >> the entire thing has been a witch-hunt. >> reporter: the president has consistently dismissed the russia investigation, but just as comey alleges mr. trump pressured him over the investigation, sources also say he made similar requests of the director of national intelligence, dan coats, and the director of the n.s.a., michael rogers. >> i don't believe it's appropriate for me to address that in a public session. >> reporter: today neither would answer questions about their interactions with the president, but they denied any outside influence. >> to the best of my recollection, i have never been directed to do anything i believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical, or inappropriate. >> reporter: on may 9th, the president abruptly fired comey, who was in the f.b.i.'s los angeles office at the time and learned about it on television. the white house initially said comey was fired for his handling of the clinton
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president made clear it was about russia. >> when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. >> reporter: shortly after the president tweeted a threat, "james comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press." but comey didn't need tapes. heading home after being fired, he knew he had been keeping detailed memos since the first time he met the president-elect. senators will likely grill comey on whether he thinks the president's actions amount to obstruction of justice, but, scott, a comey associate says he wants to tell his story, but in doing that, he will not offer his legal opinion. >> pelly: jeff pegues, thanks. we'll turn now to john dickerson, our chief washington correspondent and the anchor of "face the nation." john, the question that hangs over all of this is whether the president might have committed obstruct
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pressuring comey to drop the flynn investigation. >> we got a little clarity on that. the president wanted this cloud removed. that's kind of a vague statement, but comey said that he felt on the specific question of mike flynn that the president was asking him to end that investigation. the defense could be, well, the president didn't know, the president's state of mind is important on this obstruction question, but the fact that the president asked for private meetings to have these conversations leads some to believe that he knew what he was doing wasn't right, and comey will testify in his early meetings with the president, he said, "we're not supposed to be talking like this." and finally comey's firing. it's not just what he details in their opening statement. in their very first meeting the president talked about loyalty and whether he wanted to stay in the job. that relationship between performance and staying in the job kept going throughout. comey didn't do what the president wanted, was fires, so what he thought was implicit came to pass. >> pelley: what does congress do about this? >> a president can't be prosecuted, the law says, so
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what will republicans do? they're four square behind the president still, but what's the standard in the end? is this okay if it turns out to be proved? remember, this is just one side of the story, as you know. so what's the standard? during the campaign republicans and donald trump said it was outrageous that bill clinton met with the attorney general investigationing his wife's server. they thought it was obstruction. so if that was obstruction, what's the new standard now? >> pelly: well, the president's popularity is not very high, and that undercuts his support in congress. >> it does, although it's still pretty high with conservative republicans who will vote in those offyear elections and who don't want their lawmakers to abandon the president, so they have to be careful there when they're trying to step away from the president, if they do. >> pelly: john dickerson, we'll be watching "face the nation" on sunday. thank you, john. cbs news will bring you live coverage of comey's testimony to the senate intelligence committee. that's tomorrow morning. today the president named a replacement for comey, and our chief white house correspondent major garrett tells us
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about christopher wray. >> reporter: the president told the world about his f.b.i. pick on twitter, calling chris wray a lawyer of "impeccable credentials." in cincinnati, mr. trump had few words about his choice. >> he's going to be great. >> reporter: wray, 50, led the justice department's criminal division for two years under president george w. bush. much of his time was focused on corporate fraud prosecutions, the biggest, jail time for top executives of bankrupt energy giant enron. after leaving the justice department, wray was a defense attorney, notably for new jersey governor chris christie in the so-called bridgegate scandal. wray lax extensive background in terrorism and national security prosecutions, but he's respected in the legal community. he is not well-known among rank-and-file f.b.i. agents. >> chris wray is unflappable, from my experience. >> reporter: kent alexander hired wray when he was u.s. attorney in georgia. t
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a little less politics, and he's a very non-partisan guy. i was a clinton appointee when i hired him. chris is a republican. >> reporter: the appointment comes at a time when president trump's relationship with attorney general jeff sessions remains strained. for the second day in a row, the white house declined to say if the president had confidence in sessions. early senate reaction the wray's until nation was positive, even among some democrats. scott, in the aftermath of comey's firing, wray's biggest confirmation hurdle will be proving his ability and willingness to deflect all forms of political pressure. >> pelly: major garrett at the white house. major, thanks. in another important story tonight, isis has claimed responsibility for a pair of attacks that occurred today in tehran. at least 12 were killed in what's believed to be the first time that isis has struck inside iran. mark phillips is following this. [explosion] >> reporter: the targets were en
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symbolic value. two suicide bombers, one said to be a woman, at one of iran's most revered places, the mausoleum for the leader of the 1979 solution, ayatollah khomeini. and an assault on the iranian parliament where at least one of the attackers got as far as the fourth floor before blowing themselves up. isis not only claimed responsibility, it released video from inside the building while the operation was still under way. according to iranian sources, it took five hours for all the attackers to be killed. [gunfire] the attacks were another example of how isis, while being driven from its remaining strongholds in syria and iraq, is lashing out at its enemies where they live. across the great islamic divide, sunni isis has been an historic foe of shia
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tehran today, london, paris, manchester in the past weeks. as it fights for its diminishing hartland, isis has vowed it will strike its enemies at home. it may be a desperate tactic, scott, but it continues to claim victims. >> pelley: mark phillips in our london newsroom. mark, thank you and police in london today recovered a body from the thames river believed to be the eighth fatality from saturday's van and knife attack on london bridge. dozens were hurt. ten are still in critical condition. the police shot and killed three attackers. coming up on the "cbs evening news," the defense challenges the story told by bill cosby's accuser. and later, china looks not to washington but california to fight climate change. ♪
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>> pelly: the woman at the center of bill cosby's sexual assault trial stood by her story today but admitted a mistake. jericka duncan is at the courthouse. >> reporter: andrea constand testified for over four hours. the defense grilled her on what they say were discrepancies in her statement about the date she originally told investigators she had been sexually assaulted at cost bea's philadelphia-area home. the defense attorney said, "you told investigators that was the day, march 16th." constand replied, "i was mistaken." the defense showed the jury cell phone records from the night of march 16th to prove constand could not have been drugged and passed out that night based on the time of the alleged assault and the phone calls she made. later constand said march 16th was the day she went to cosby's home to confront him about what allegedly happened. the attorney asked, "yo
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confronting a man who attacked you and you brought him bath salts?" constand said, "yes, warren, man i worked with, had give me a box for many cosby." from february 12004 until she resigned from temple university on march 31st, the defense said she placed 53 calls to cosby using her work-issued cell phone. the prosecution noted most of those calls were only one-minute long. constand's mother also testified today. she said she had a more than two-hour phone conversation with cosby. scott, constand said during that conversation, cosby admitted to being a sick man. >> pelly: jckeria duncan for us. jeff reca, thank you. still ahead, what can brown do to fight climate change?
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>> pelly: nasa introduced 12 new astronauts today, seven men, five women, chosen to fly the next generation of u.s. spacecraft, perhaps even to mars. doctors, scientist, engineers, pilots and military officers, they were chosen from more than 18,000 candidates. vice president mike pence called them "the best of us." when president trump pulled the u.s. out of the paris climate accord last week, california governor jerry brown saw an opportunity to go green in china. ben tracy reports from beijing. >> this is serious stuff. this is not a game. this is not appealing to your political base. this is dealing with the exestem cell research -- existential threats to humanity. >> reporter: california governor jerry brown may now have more in common with the chinese government than he does with the united states government inch a setting rm
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heads of state, he met with chinese president xi jinping, who is now viewed as the world's leader on climate change. china is the world's biggest polluter. do you trust them to lead the world on this issue? >> well, they're taking the climate threat serious, so i say all for the good and california will collaborate. i just hope that washington comes on board. sooner rather than later. >> reporter: brown is not waiting. he came here to spur more chinese investment in renewable energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines, which will help california achieve its own ambitious clean energy goals. pollution from coal mines often shrouds china's cities in toxic fog, but china is investing more than $360 billion to convert the cleaner forms of energy. it's a stark contrast to the trump white house that has promised to open new coal mines. >> you try to prop up dying coal mines o
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>> oh, my gosh, the sheriff? >> reporter: normally when the law shows up, no one is laughing. especially when they're checking on the welfare of a three year old. >> my name is hannah. >> reporter: but hannah pasley -- >> this is mommy. >> reporter: -- is no normal three year old. sure what she wants to be when she grows up, hannah set up a lemonade stand to raise money for her first police uniform. then her mom had an idea. >> it could be real neat if we could have an officer stop by. >> reporter: out went an a.p.b. on a call box -- social media. "she loves police officers and i'd love it if an officer could stop by." soon the neighborhood was flooded with police cruisers, a police chopper, even police horses. >> those patrol horses came
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right now off strip, wither asking the question who killed two montgomery county high school students just hours before their graduation. the county's police chief here to join us live. and i need loyalty, i expect loyalty, hours before james comey testifies on the hill, we get a preview of what's to come. the panel to discuss the fallout. we will get to that in just a moment. good evening. i'm bruce johnson. first tonight, montgomery county police chief brings us the double murder of the high school students who should have graduated yesterday. fla jar and 18 years old both attended northwest


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