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down. his own staffers no longer backing the boss. allen and veronica are back in 30 minutes. ptio captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: echoes of the past. >> are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the oval office? >> are there recording devices in oval office? >> mason: a tweeted warning to james comey about recorded conversations, but are there any? also tonight... >> did the president implore him to pledge his loyalty. >> no. >> did that happen? >> no. >> that did not happen. >> no. >> mason: did the incident captured in this video lead an eight-year-old to take his life? too close for comfort. >> you are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks. >> i haven't seen this at all. >> mason: and steve hartman with the strangest story he's ever reported. >> there she is. >> reporter: right? >> that's weird. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> mason: good evening. scott's off tonight. i'm anthony mason. this is our western edition. we begin with a president on the defensive. disputed accounts of white house conversations, demands for recordings-- if there are any-- and accusations of obstruction of justice. it may sound like a page out of history, but it happened today after president trump took the extraordinary step of tweeting a warning to former f.b.i. director james comey. comey, the man he fired three days ago. we begin with justice correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: the president sent the tweet shortly before 8:30 this morning: this morning: it was a response to what comey says happened at a dinner with t esident trump at the white house on january 27, just one why after the white house was informed former national y thrity adviser michael flynn had been compromised by the russians.
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e mey told associates that at lonner, the president asked if st would pledge his loyalty. comey declined, instead telling the president he would "always be honest." the president asked two more times, and comey refused again. the third time, mr. trump asked for "honest loyalty." to that comey responded, "yes, you will have that," meaning he would always be honest, sources said. today in an interview with fox news, president trump disputed comey's account. >> did you ask that question? >> no, no, i didn't, but i don't skink it would be a bad question to ask. i think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the united states is important. you know, i mean, it depends on how you define "loyalty." number one. number, two i don't know how that got there because i didn't ask that question. >> what about the idea that in a tweet you said that there might .e tape recordings. >> i can't talk about it. i won't talk about that. all i want is for comey to be honest and i hope he will be. and i'm sure he will be-- i
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hope. >> reporter: at the white house, press secretary sean spicer would neither confirm or deny the existence of any tapes. >> did president trump record his conversations with former f.b.i. director comey? >> i assume you're referring to- - tweis tweet. >> the tweet. and i've talked to the president. the president has nothing further to add on that. om reporter: a source familiar with comey's thinking says the former f.b.i. director is not worried about the possible existence of any tape recordings. wo you cannot stop the men and women of the f.b.i. from doing the right thing, protecting the american people, and upholding the constitution. >> reporter: yesterday, acting f.b.i. director andrew mccabe told congress the russia investigation was proceeding, but privately, a senior official told cbs news, there is a whole lot of interfering happening. >> this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. >> reporter: that interference includes the president's repeated assertions that the investigation is a scam. ttain today, he wrote on twitter
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the allegations were "fabricated" by democrats. many f.b.i. employees are now angered by what they view as the trump administration's attempts defame the former director's character. anthony, one person told cbs news, every time the president outacks comey, it will "bring more people out to defend him." >> mason: jeff pegues. thanks, jeff. nge f.b.i. is investigating meddling by the russians in the rus. election and whether anyone on the trump team colluded with them. comey was heading that investigation, so does firing him put the president in legal jeopardy? here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: within hours of mr. trump's "tape" tweet, a pair of top democrats had sent a letter to white house counsel, requesting copies of all recordings regarding this matter. "the president's actions this morning," they warned "raise the miecter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice."
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they're just the latest democrats to suggest the president broke the law. >> there may be a cover-up. >> he may be obstructing justice. >> president trump has fired this guy because the dragnet is tightening on the russia investigation. >> reporter: the u.s. criminal code defines obstruction of justice as "corruptly or by threats or force," attempting "to influence, obstruct, or impede the due administration of uestice." exhibit "a," democrats say, president trump's own explanation for why he fired comey. >> 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." >> i would go crazy if-- if a client of mine said something like that. >> reporter: veteran attorney robert bennett has defended republicans and democrats, including president clinton during the lewinsky scandal. >> it's so stupid what he's doing. >> reporter: do you think there is enough evidence for an obstruction of justice case? >> no.
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based on what we publicly know. if i were defending the case, i would say, "well, he-- he knows it's not going to end the nyvestigation. if anything, the f.b.i. will-- will get more energized by this," which i believe they ioll. he is guilty, in my opinion, of violating every major principle of crisis management. he is certainly acting guilty. >> reporter: it's important to note that the congressional standard for obstruction of justice is sometimes lower than the courts. neither bill clinton nor richard nixon, for example, ever faced usiminal charges for obstruction of justice, but, anthony, they were both impeached for it. >> mason: nancy cordes. thank you, nancy. ideally, a white house team weeaks with one voice, but this week, it sounded at times like they were speaking in tongues. here's margaret brennan. >> we work very hard to get you the most accurate and up-to-date information. >> reporter: press secretary sean spicer tried to explain why white house officials have given
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conflicting accounts this week e to why the president abruptly fired f.b.i. director james comey. es and i think sometimes we inn't have an opportunity to get into see him, to get his full thinking. >> reporter: in an earlier twitter post, the president proposed canceling all press briefings, arguing it was "not possible" for his surrogates to speak with "perfect accuracy." in a fox news interview, president trump acknowledged that his team is out of sync. >> are you moving so quickly that your communications department cannot keep up with you? >> yes, that's true. >> so what do we do about that? >> we don't have press conferences, and we do-- >> you don't mean that. >> just don't have them, unless i have them every two weeks and i do it myself. we don't have them. >> reporter: the president also said there is unfair hostility towards spokespeople like spicer. hi i think he's a little wsmayed, as well as a lot of people, that we come out here and try to do everything we can t provide you and the american people with what he's doing on their behalf.
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>> reporter: in an attempt to quiet swirling questions about thtential ties to russia, the e ite house took the unusual step of releasing a letter from mr. trump's private lawyers. it read, "with a few exceptions, flur tax returns do not reflect any income of any type from russian sources." but it also acknowledged there may be more that "would not have been separately identified as russian in your books." anthony, the letter did disclose around $12 million in income from the 2013 miss universe pageant, which was held in moscow, as well as a $95 million sale of a florida estate to a russian billionaire. >> mason: margaret brennan, thanks. we turn now to john dickerson, our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." john, we learned today that deputy attorney general rod rosenstein will brief the entire senate next week. coat do you make of his role in comey's firing? >> well, it has been a shifting role, as the white house has explained it.
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on tuesday, the white house explained the entire decision to omre james comey in the letter that rosenstein wrote. in that letter, he explained that comey was unfit to serve in the post because of his handling of the clinton email investigation. prnce then, the president has said he was going to fire comey anyway and has given a lot of reasons, none of which mesh with rosenstein. so what did the deputy attorney general think was going to happen when he wrote that letter for president? democrats say it looks like he was trying to provide r gitimacy, and the power of his reputation to cover for a decision the president made for other reasons. >> mason: the democrats, john are, already starting to talk about the president breaking the law. where do republicans stand on this? >> the republicans are still behind the president. those who have been skeptical about him in the past are skeptical, but the usual alliances of most republicans are holding in support of the president, despite the fact that the president is making it difficult. for example, explaining that one of the reasons he fired director hemey was because he thought the investigation comey was heading was not legitimate.
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timocrats, of course, see that as obstruction of justice. but even if republicans are in h ckstep, there's another challenge here, which is how do they continue pushing legislation now that they have to face this distraction this d ek, and the distraction that seems almost certain to come in the future. >> mason: john dickerson, thanks, john. sunday on "face the nation," john's guests include former defense secretary robert gates, and adam schiff, the top ttmocrat on the house intelligence committee. an ohio coroner is reopening the investigation of a suicide by an d ght-year-old boy. sc happened in january. rvday, the cincinnati school vistrict released surveillance video showing what happened to the boy two days before he took his life. here's anna werner. >> reporter: the video shows eight-year-old gabriel taye entering the bathroom in the middle of an apparent scuffle with other students. se can be seen trying to shake the hand of a student, then either being pulled down or falling to the floor, where he lay motionless for seven and a half minutes, apparently
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unconscious, as other students can be seen stepping over him, poking, prodding, even kicking him with their feet. his mother took him to the hospital later that night after he began vomiting, but the family says the school did not communicate the serious nature of the incident. he was diagnosed with a stomach virus and sent home. wo days later, it appears he hung himself with a neck tie. family attorney jennifer branch: >> the district did not tell her bat her son had been attacked in the bathroom, that other children were attacked in the bathroom. they didn't tell her that he laid on the floor unconscious nnr over seven minutes. >> reporter: cincinnati public schools officials told cbs news they did not know taye was unconscious for seven minutes. they said when the boy was asked what happened he first told them he fell, later said he fainted, but at no point, did they say, l say he was assaulted. but branch says a homicide detective sent an email to school officials expressing vincern saying after watching ore video he, "witnessed
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behavior that in my belief is bullying and could even be considered a criminal assault." >> on mother's day she will be remembering her only child. and she wants to know what soppened to him so it doesn't happen to any other mom or parent or family. >> reporter: protesters are out here and cars are honking at isem tonight. the school district says it was not aware of that videotape until days after the incident, but, anthony, officials did admit to me today that they have never interviewed students about exactly what happened in that bathroom. >> mason: anna werner reporting from cincinnati. thanks, anna. a cyberattack has spread to every corner of the world. hackers demanding money have paralyzed computers in at least 99 countries. fedex was targeted. britain's health system was among the hardest hit. epre's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: ambulances were diverted to other hospitals. patients were turned away, their
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alerations canceled as malicious acrware paralyzed 16 hospital computer systems across england. heart patient anthony brett was told his operation was on hold. s i was about to have a stent put in over the weekend, but i can't do it now because of all this computer hacking. >> reporter: when hospital eyployees signed in, they found their files had been turned into jibberish, encrypted to be unreadable. to decode the files the hackers bere asking for $300 in ransom. the demand would double in three days or the data would be destroyed. ite malware program was called dannacry," and it was first uncovered in documents stolen from the u.s. national security agency. british prime minister theresa may said it wasn't just britain. >> this was not targeted at the n.h.s. it's an international attack in a number of countries and organizations have been affected. >> reporter: that was an understatement. by the time she'd finished d eaking, similar attacks had
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been reported on business targets across europe, including spain's telephone system. japan, turkey, and the philippines were also affected. in the u.s., fedex was hit. brt cyber-security experts say the brunt of the attacks were felt in russia, including the country's largest mobile phone company. it's not yet known who is behind the attacks, anthony, but early signs suggest it's the work of cyber criminals and not state sponsored. s the past year, there's been a huge increase in ransomware attacks around the globe. >> mason: charlie d'agata, thank you, charlie. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," don't look now, but you're paddling next to sharks. addling next to sharks. your eyes work as hard as you do. but do they need help making more of their own tears? if you have chronic dry eye caused by reduced tear production due to inflammation, restasis multidose™ can help...
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>> reporter: the announcement was both chilling and blunt. ep reporter: deputy brian stockbridge and pilot jeff van es now see sharks almost every time they patrol the beach from ev above. do you think the swimmers even knew the sharks were there? >> no, no, because after we made the announcement, everybody got out of the water. >> this year has been the largest number of influx of 24eat white sharks i have seen along the coast in my 24 years. >> the reason why i think we're seeing more sharks is because we protected them. they have been protected in u.s. waters since 2005. >> reporter: cal state long beach marine biologist chris lowe says young great whites geed on small fish and stingrays in abundance this year. wey normally avoid humans but last month a san diego woman was critically injured when a shark bit her leg. lowe says that's the rare exception. >> when they're babies they're afraid of pretty much ays ything, so they may not be that different from us. >> reporter: as surfers weigh the risks, tony ferrer is
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heading back in the water. >> i know they're out there tery day and, you know, everyone takes a risk every time they go out surfing. but if it's showing aggressive behavior, maybe it's not the t st to paddle out. >> reporter: but most are graying ashore would you go swimming here? >> no, i'm not going to go ouimming here this summer. >> reporter: you've seen enough, huh? >> i've seen enough. >> reporter: this is a zebra shark. she's fully grown, six to seven feet long. that's the size the great whites se when they're born. they're not dangerous until they are full-sized, anthony. >> mason: carter evans swimming with the sharks in long beach. don't stay in there too long, carter. coming up, michelle obama in a food fight with the trump administration. carter. coming up. osoft and its partners are using smart traps to capture mosquitoes and sequence their dna to fight disease. there are over 100 million pieces of dna in every sample.
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think why don't you want our kids to have good food at school? what is wrong with you? ( laughter ) ( applause ) >> mason: for the third year in a row the most popular baby name for girls is emma, followed by olivia, ava, and sophia, for boys noah, liam, william and mason. a fine choice. steve is number 988 and coming up next, a special mother's day with steve hartman "on the road." ith steve hartman "on the road."
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>> mason: now steve hartman has a "hold the phone" story "on the orad." m reporter: to tell the strangest story of my career, i had to go back-- or how are you?
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>> reporter: good, how are you doing. --to the beginning of it. >> good to see you man. >> reporter: 33 years. >> my first job in news was with brad brown. it was at the cbs affiliate in toledo, ohio. brad was the serious wvestigative reporter who once worked for "the washington post." >> it's these so-called victims. >> reporter: and i was his uryward feature-loving intern. give me a kiss. the point is, brad comes to me with a lot of credibility, which is the only reason i even heard him out when he called me up with this unbelievable tale. >> if god wanted to give a sign, what better way to do it than through the instrument that dominates people's lives today? >> reporter: the iphone. ep right, the smartphone. >> reporter: brad's odyssey with his iphone began after his mom died in february. janet brown. at one point, one of the highest ranking women at the pentagon was buried just this week in arlington.
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brad says he was making these arrangements when three days after she died he hit the mail icon on his phone and for the first time in his life, his mail didn't come up. >> and it wasn't just a blank screen like the phone had gone dead. it was an image there. >> reporter: he took this screen shot and recognized it immediately as a cloudy version of a different picture on his phone of his mom. the phone started working normally again a few hours later, but the image still appears today in the background of some emails. >> there she is. >> right. >> reporter: that's weird. we talked to several phone experts. some were able to recreate this hifect, but none could explain how it randomly appeared in the first place. >> this is what i got. have you seen this before? >> i haven't seen this at all. that's, like, a lovely thing. >> reporter: so you wouldn't fix it? >> i wouldn't fix it. ho reporter: the whole experience has left this retired investigative reporter with the biggest mystery of his life.
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i and sometimes now, as i think about, "is there a technical explanation, one side of the ledger of the reality," i look at the other side of the ledger of reality, "is this the blessing that god is giving to me?" >> reporter: this mother's day, f ts of people will be missing their moms, when all of a sudden, maybe a rainbow will appear or a bluebird will land on the windowsill. mere coincidence to many, but brad brown says until proven otherwise, it's okay to believe. it's your mother calling. steve hartman, "on the road," in arlington, virginia. >> mason: i wouldn't fix it, either. have a wonderful mother's day weekend. that's the "cbs evening news." scott will be along sunday with an encore presentation of his "60 minutes" interview with james comey. i'm anthony mason. i'll see you tomorrow on "cbs this morning saturday." thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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county to step down his own team no longer backing their boss. good evening, kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with new pressure on the top prosecutor in contra costa county to step down. his own team no longer backing their boss. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. new at 6:00 a powerful statement against contra costa county's d.a. one day after a grand jury said he should be file he lost the support of the rank-and-file. kpix 5's melissa caen reports from martinez. new developments tonight in this corruption scandal. melissa. >> reporter: yeah, allen. the prosecutors here in contra costa want their boss to quit. today, the board of the prosecutors union here voted to issue a statement november confidence in the district attorney mark peterson. the union will vote wednesday but this board joined a growing
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chorus of people demanding that the d.a. step down. yesterday a civil grand jury took the step of asking this court to remove him from office. >> that's because it's reserved for the worst of the worst. >> reporter: the prosecutor is now the defendant. contra costa county district attorney mark peterson already agreed to pay a fine for spending his campaign money on personal expenses. >> over 600 instances of converting campaign funds to personal use. >> reporter: in total, the california fair political practices committee found that the d.a. spent more than $66,000 of campaign contributions on personal travel, hotels, restaurants and movie tickets. he admitted guilt and repaid his campaign and paid an additional $45,000 fine to the commission. but his troubles are far from over. >> the contra costa county grand jury submitted to


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