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out there, enjoy the rest of your day. "cbs this morning" is next. good morning to our viewers in the west. it is thursday, march 29th, 2018. welcome to "cbs this morning." david shulkin fires back at unnamed administration insiders after he's removed as veterans affairs secretary. president trump wants to replace shulkin with a white house doctor who gave him a clean bill of health back in january. police believe an suv carrying a family of eight drove straight off a california cliff. one child was well known for a photo showing him hugging an officer. neighbors say the family rushed out of their house after child protective services knocked on their door. apple's ceo tim cook slams facebook and says his company would never cash in on
customer's private information. a data scientist shows us what facebook knows about you simply by tracking the way you use the site. plus, an inside look at nasa's new solar mission. what scientists hope to learn from the probe that will travel closer to the sun than any other manmade object. >> wow is right. we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> after being fired via twitter, former veterans affairs secretary david shulkin, calling the environment in washington toxic and chaotic and disrespectful. >> the outgoing va secretary fires parting shots. >> president trump is replacing shulkin with his white house physician ronny jackson. >> the president is increasingly seeming to manage his cabinet more like this is a reality tv show. >> the leaders of north and south korea will be meeting next month. it will be the third ever summit between the two koreas. >> entire family vanished. >> an suv plunged off a cliff in
northern california. >> police recovered the bodies of the parents and three of their six adopted children. >> pennsylvania police arrested an exchange student who threatened to massacre at his high school. >> he was planning something horrible. >> stormy weather pounding the gulf coast and moving east, potentially damaging winds. >> all that -- >> heart-stopping images of a very large white-pointed shark eyeing a scuba diver. >> and all that matters. >> in the wake of the skancanda facebook announcing big changes. >> apparently they're going to start having some, that's the new idea. >> on "cbs this morning." >> apparently someone bit beyonce's face and no one knows who it was. >> so far all sorts of celebrities denied being the biter including lena dunham, jennifer aniston, francis mcdoor mund, even shirley mcclane. whose spokesperson said no,
shirley did not bite anything, she's 83 years old, for god's sake. not a good alibi, shirley. it has turned into a thing who bit beyonce's face. the beehive is not happy about this. >> the word is they know who it is. welcome back. we didn't do it. we weren't at the party. welcome to "cbs this morning." john dickerson is off, but you are in good hands. anthony mason is with us at the table. good morning. >> david shulkin is out as veteran affairs secretary and he is not going quietly. he writes in "the new york times" this morning, the environment in washington has turned so toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive that it became impossible for me to accomplish the important work our veterans need and deserve. >> president trump fired shulkin yesterday and surprised many people by choosing his white
house physician to replace him. rear admiral ronny jackson has served the last three presidents. he gave mr. trump a glowing assessment after a complete physical in january. >> david shulkin joins a growing list of more than two dozen officials to lead the trump administration. major garrett is at the white house with the latest cabinet shake-up. major, good morning. >> good morning. shulkin's ouster is not a surprise. we reported on this program nearly two weeks ago his job was in serious jeopardy. in february, the va's inspector general determined shulkin used tax dollars to pay for a lavish trip to europe for his wife. shulkin offered to repay the government but the revelion cost him the backing of this white house. in his defense, shulkin said he is now the victim of politically-based attacks from people who, quote, wanted me out of the way. >> working every day. >> reporter: that was the veterans affairs secretary david shulkin on monday. by last night, he had been fired. >> are you his favorite cabinet
secretary? >> i wouldn't say that. >> reporter: on the campaign trail, mr. trump repeatedly slammed the agency under shulkin, the only obama administration holdover in the president's cabinet. >> the va health care program is a total disaster. >> reporter: the president later joked about firing shulkin from his administration. >> we'll never have to use those words. we'll never have to use those words on our david. >> reporter: in a scathing "new york times" op-ed, shulkin argued he was being pushed out by, quote, people who want to put va health care in the hands of the private sector. they saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed. it's something president trump seemed to call for on the campaign trail. >> veterans should be guaranteed the right to choose their doctor and clinic. whether at a va facility or at a private medical center. >> reporter: shulkin is a former physician who ran hospitalsed an was confirmed unanimously by the senate. the president's choice to replace him. >> he has incredible genes.
>> reporter: his personal physician ronny jackson who administered the president's first physical and lavished praise on a president not known for his fitness or healthy eating habits. >> i think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term. >> reporter: jackson's confirmation is by no means certain. democrats have already questioned his management experience. knowing that he will have to oversee the federal government's second largest agency. a vast bureaucracy that dispenses care to nearly 9 million veterans. republicans have reacted cautio cautiously, praising shulkin and taking a wait and see attitude about what jackson says. at the end of that op-ed, shulkin said, quote it should not be this hard to serve your country. >> a lot of people say that. major, thank you. the white house is pushing back against a report that a lawyer for president trump suggesting pardons former chairman manafort and fired national security adviser michael flynn. "the new york times" says john dowd who left the president's
legal team last week, floated the idea to attorneys for the two men. they both face charges in the russia investigation. paula reid is at the white house with new questions over the trump team's response to the robert mueller probe. paula, good morning. >> good morning. the president's former attorney says pardons were never discussed and yesterday the white house denied that pardons are currently on the table. but source close to the case tell cbs news that manafort does not intend to cooperate with special counsel robert mueller and that he is banking on a presidential pardon if he's convicted. manafort currently faces two dozen felony counts in his first of two trials will begin in july for bank fraud. meanwhile, mike flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russia's ambassador and he is cooperating with mueller. now, flynn is a critical link, tying contacts with russia to the trump campaign. as part of his deal, he admits that he called russian officials during the transition at the direction of senior trump transition officials.
get a pardon, even though he's entered this plea deal. but of course that's much less likely if he provides key evidence to special counsel against the president's inner circle. >> paula, thanks. the date is set for an historic summit between north and south korean leaders. it will be just the third since the korean war. north korea's kim jong-un will meet south korea's moon jae-in on april 27th. it will happen at the south korean side of the demilitarized zone. this week kim met chinese president xi jinping for the first time in beijing. ben tracy is there. >> reporter: the main event for kim jong-un of course would be a summit with president trump. and mr. trump has said he would like to meet the north korean leader by the end of may. we sat down with u.s. ambassador to china terry branstad to talk about the high stakes diplomacy. >> i think we've got to be very careful in dealing with him.
he's feeling the heat of the u.n. sanctions and the pressure that's being placed on him and maybe it means he's kind of changing his attitude a little bit. >> reporter: it's been four months since kim jong-un has tested a missile. instead, he's launched a diplomatic offensive. successfully getting both the president of south korea and the united states to agree to meet with him. why does president trump want to sit down with him? what is the goal? >> well, i think the goal is, indeed, to try to get a verifiable denuclearization program. this has got to be something that is real and verifiable. and something that they won't renege on as they did in the past. >> reporter: during kim jong-un's surprise visit this week, he received a warm welcome from president xi jinping. a display seen by many as the two countries showing they're still close allies ahead of kim jong-un's spring summits. the u.s. has been trying to
isolate north korea. did the way the chinese welcome kim jong-un here help legitimize >> the chemistry between kim jong-un and the rest the world has been terrible. the chinese are just as fearful of this provocation as we are. >> reporter: with having kim jong-un here in beijing, shaking his hand, toasting, was that helpful? >> well, remember, the chinese are very good hosts. so i wouldn't read too much into that. >> reporter: despite rising trade tensions between the u.s. and china, the ambassador told me he thinks china will continue to enforce the international sanctions against north korea because china does not want the north to have nuclear weapons either. gayle. >> thank you, ben tracy reporting from beijing. police are trying to determine why an suv they believe was carrying a family of eight just plunged off a cliff in northern california. jennifer and sarah hart from washington state and three of their children were found dead
at the scene. the other three are still missing at this hour. their son, devonte hart became well known in 2014 because of this picture showing him hugging a police sergeant at a protest. anne marie green is here tracking this investigation. it's such a bizarre sad story. >> reporter: good morning. police say they found the family's vehicle monday after a passer by spotted it at the bottom of a cliff. police don't know what caused the crash, but they believe that all six kids, who were adopted, were inside the car and none of them were wearing their seat belts. >> the entire family vanished. >> reporter: mendocino county sheriff tom allman said there were no skids or brake marks where the car plunged off a cliff. according to police, the suv pulled out on a dirt turnout, traveled about 75 feet before going over the cliff's edge and into the pacific ocean. police say they are still searching for 16-year-old hannah, 12-year-old sierra and
15-year-old devonte. he gained national attention in 2014 when he was photographed hugging a portland police officer at a protest. >> these children were blessed and so were jen and sarah. >> reporter: some family friends describe the harts as tight-knit but others noticed problems. in 2011, sarah hart pleaded guilty in minnesota to domestic assault according to court records. a teacher saw bruises on the couple's 6-year-old daughter. the girl told the teacher, mom hit me. sarah hart allegedly admitted to police she let her anger get out of control. bruce and dana dekalb who lived next door said they worried about the kids. >> they portrayed this happy little family and, yet, their daughter's telling us, please, please, please, begging us not to make her go back and they were abusing her and then devonte coming over here and telling us, you know, he's being starved to death. >> reporter: dana says she calls child protective services on friday. >> i was trying to help them,
protect them. and this is the result. >> reporter: well, neighbors say they saw the family rush out of their home friday after cps knocked on their door. the sheriff says there's no reason to believe this was intentional. and they'll continue to investigate. he's asking anyone who knew the family or their last movements to come forward. >> again, three of the kids are missing still. >> yes. >> tragic. ann marie, thank you. the funeral for stephon clark will take place today in sacramento. police shot and killed the 22-year-old on march 19th. they mistakingly thought he had a gun. clark's death led to days of intense protests that spread last night to new york city. jamie yuccas is in is being moment wisacramento with today' funeral plans. >> reporter: the funeral is open to the public. civil rights leader reverend sharpton will deliver the eulogy. he's expected to talk about clark's life and how his death is playing into the national debate about perceived injustice and police shootings.
this latest protest over the police killing of stephon clark started at the sacramento county district attorney's office. before quickly evolving into a march through the city streets. activists blocked traffic at a busy downtown intersection during rush hour. in new york city wednesday, demonstrators made their way from columbus circle to times square. police detained nearly a dozen people when protests turned violent. it's been almost two weeks since clark was shot dead and his grandparent's backyard. after police thought he was vandalizing property. officers believed the father of two had a gun. he had a cell phone. white house press secretary sarah sanders said on wednesday that the administration does not plan to get involved in the matter. >> the president's very supportive of law enforcement. but at the same time, in these specific cases, these specific incidents, those will be left up
to local authorities. >> reporter: benjamin crump is a civil rights attorney representing the clark family. >> i completely disagree with the white house press secretary. and anybody else who is trying to marginalize this to just a local matter. it's a national issue. we must solve it as americans. >> reporter: crump also tells cbs this morning that while the family is grateful to the family of the protesters, they want today to be peaceful and a celebration of clark's life. the family also plans to release its own evaluation of autopsy results in coming days. >> yes, there's still a lot of questions about that. it is interesting, the takice appears to be changing to make this a local issue. when you look at all the incidents across the country, this is a national problem. >> there's a pattern. >> not so much about black and white although that seems to be certainly part about it but how about right and wrong. very disturbing on many levels.
glad we're on top of this story. >> our thanks to jamie yuccas. a judge dropped the most severe charges tied to a hazing related death at a penn state fraternity. he dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges against five former beta theta pi members linked to timothy piazza's death. vladimir duthiers of our streaming network cbsn spoke with piazza's family. >> reporter: this was the second time a judge decide to throw the involuntary manslaughter charges out. the piazzas weren't shocked but evelyn piazza told us she was hopeful. >> i guess the judge just didn't see it that way, didn't want to change his mind. >> reporter: we visited jim and evelyn piazza last night hours after a judge dismissed all involuntary manslaughter charges in their sontimothy's deadly hazing case. the former fraternity member is
among those to have the charge dropped. casey's attorney called it a mistake. do you think it was an overreach to go for some of these charges? >> i don't. >> i don't either. >> reporter: casey and his former fraternity brother are skill charged with conspiracy to commit hazing. 24 others face charges all of which include jail time. >> this is no longer just a hazing case. this is a conspiracy to commit hazing case. >> reporter: piazza family attorney tom kline. >> every individual who is charged faces multiple counts. each count, which could carry with it one year in jail. >> reporter: prosecutors say fraternity brothers gave piazza 18 drinks in about 82 minutes during a pledge event at the house in february of 2017. piazza fell and repeatedly hit his head. surveillance footage revealed piazza's fraternity brothers waited nearly 12 hours to get
help. you think these boys should go to jail? >> absolutely. >> what's your message to the other young men still facing charges? >> tell the truth. >> and why did you let him die. i really want that answered. >> reporter: daniel casey's attorney would not comment on the conspiracy to commit hazing charge. we also reached out to young's attorney about the same hazing charge and did not hear back. hearings will resume in pennsylvania in may. >> my heartaches for the piazzas. >> it's a terrible story. >> yes, it is. >> thank you, vlad. a series of suspected tornadoes ripped across gulf states overnight. more severe weather expected today with flood watches and warnings in effect. yesterday first responders welcomed seven people in rockport, texas, when a suspected tornado destroyed the second floor of a home. in mississippi, another possible tornado brought down trees and tore apart the roof of this home. a storm chaser spotted this funnel cloud in louisiana. heavy rain also drenched parts of hookmala
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♪ down by the river there's the green monster this morning. welcome back to "cbs this morning." here are three things you should know this morning. >> amazon investors are taking stock this morning after the company lost more than $30 billion in market value. shares dropped more than $65 yesterday. after axios reported president trump wants to rein the company in. this morning, mr. trump tweeted, in part, they use our postal system as their delivery boy, causing tremendous loss to the u.s. the postal service says all its package deliveries are increasing revenue. >> all 22 democratic and republican female senators are calling for sexual harassment and discrimination rules to change on capitol hill. based on a letter sent to
leaders yesterday urging them to introduce a bill to update and strengthen the procedures available to survivors of sexual harassment and discrimination in congressional workplaces. similar legislation passed in the house last month. >> today is opening day for major league baseball. it's the earliest start to the season ever. all 30 teams were scheduled to play on opening day for the first time since 1968. but bad weather has forced two of those games to be postponed. new rules go into effect this season to speed up the pace of the games because some baseball officials think games last too long. let's go mets. >> proposed federal ban on a potentially deadly chemical found in common paint strippers may be on hold. the environmental protection agency has halted the proposed obama era ban on methylene chloride. saying it needs more time to consider. the agency has said the chemical poses an unreasonable risk. it's been implicated in dozens of deaths.
anna werner has been investigating. she spoke with the family of one man whose recent death is linked to this toxic chemical. >> it's another life lost in an accident similar to the ones we've heard before. a young man using a paint stripping product being overcome by toxic fumes and dying. and you may be surprised to learn, as this family was, that these cases go back decades. >> it runs deep. not only for me but my husband and my other two sons. >> reporter: cindy wynne's 31-year-old son drew was the youngest of her three sons. an entrepreneur with a cold brew coffee business in charleston, south carolina. in october, he was resurfacing the floor of this walk-in refrigerator, using a paint stripper goof-off, manufactured by company wm barr. that's where his business partner found him, then called his brother clayton. >> said, he's gone. he's gone. screamed over and over again.
that's a phone call i'll never forget. >> reporter: the death certificate said he was overcome by chemicals in the paint stripper. chiefly highly toxic methylene chloride. it's deadly but found in stripping products on store shelves across the country. something drew's brother brian quickly learned. >> i was shocked. i mean, how is it you can find something that will kill you instantly and buy it, just off the shelf? >> reporter: it's the question we discovered another family had asked some 20 years ago. >> this here was the product that brian used. >> reporter: that's video of pennsylvania's wayne steiner, holding the can of paint stripper that led to his son's death. >> you tell me how good's this product and why was brian allowed to get it and use it.
>> reporter: 24-year-old brian keller had been stripping paint off of a car, using another methylene chloride product, klean-strip airline remover, also made by wm barr, that he bought at a local auto body shop, then he fell ill. >> no, i said, he's going to the hospital. i said something's not right. >> reporter: medical records show inhaling methylene chloride vapors led to kellar having a heart attack. he survived in a weakened state for five years until his mother judy says he had another heart attack. >> i thought, this is it. this is it. >> reporter: before his death, kellar sued manufacturer wm barr. the company denied responsibility in court filings, saying klean-strip label warned the product was for use by professional trained personnel using proper equipment and is not intended for sale to or use by the general public.
wm barr later settled the case for $1.75 million without admitting liability. the family's attorney, marty brigham. >> i really thought this was a problem that was behind us. >> reporter: you did? >> oh, absolutely. and when i learned about the accident with the same manufacturer 28 years later, i was shocked. >> reporter: not only that, but we found klean-strip aircraft paint remover advertised for sale to the public by numerous retailers including amazon. >> i feel sorry because of more parents out there going through the same thing. and this is just -- should not be in today's society when they know that, they know what this is doing. i don't get it. >> reporter: the company declined to do an on camera interview but sent these statements saying, when used as directed, melle th le thmethyle paint strippers have an excellent record. saying the recent tragedies have
motivated us to ask what more we can do. wm barr said it worked with the consumer product safety commission on recently issued guidelines to develop a new label and warning symbol that are now prominently featured on the front panels of our methylene color rehloride produ. it said revised labeling wasn't enough that it will not address the unreasonable risk presented by methylene chloride. drew wynne brother brian couldn't agree more. >> my brother didn't need to die. >> reporter: wm barr is not the only manufacturer of paint stripping products but it identified itself as the largest. you can read the statements the company sent us on our website. these products are already banned in europe and the wynnes aren't waiting for the epa action. they're waiting for a change.org to petition retailers to take the products off store shelves, they're going to try to start a movement. >> masks are not enough, right?
>> you have to have a specialty device that would force oxygen into your face if you're using it indoors and that is something that the epa says consumers are not going to buy. it's like 500 bucks specialty equipment. but the question is will the epa go through with the ban they proposed under the obama administration and environmental and consumer advocates are very afraid that under the trump administration this is just a move to push this off and not have it happen. >> anna werner, thanks. can your likes tell facebook more about you than even your close friends might know? ahead, meet the stanford data scientist who developed a sophisticated way to predict your personal traits. why he says we're in a post privacy world. and we invite you to subscribe to our cbs this morning podcast. find them on itunes and apple's podcast app. you're watching "cbs this morning."
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mining scandal yesterday. he said collecting data about personal lives is an invasion of privacy. >> we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer. if our customer was our product, we could make a ton of money. we've elected not to do that. privacy to us is a civil right. it's a liberty. facebook says it will let users see the data it's collected on them and delete it. tony dokoupil is here with how that change could have come too late for many people. >> too late indeed. i stook a trip to stanford university, a few miles down from facebook headquarter, but it's home to data scientists with a different view on privacy. no matter what facebook does now, he says don't expect to keep many secrets.
>> reporter: at a mall near stanford university, we gave shoppers the chance to experience the kind of facebook analysis used by cambridge analytica. they logged onto facebook and linked to a program that analyzes their personality and more. >> quite a bit more spontaneous and impulsive. >> you value magical outcomes over flight yg naj nation, true. >> reporter: the program is the work of data scientist mehal kaczynski. now he thinks the year of privacy is over. >> there's no going back. >> correct. the sooner we accept the fact we've lost our privacy, the sooner we can sit down and have a very important conversation.
>> he says they can predict better than their friends, family, even their spouse. >> it's very scary. i feel like they can manipulate certain things. >> reporter: among the more usual accumulations, liking thunderstorms and having higher intelligence and liking pop-tarts if you're less satisfied with your likes. >> there are funny findings but serious consequences. if other people know you very well, it's easier to get you to do things like vote for the candidates who may not have your interest or your best interest at heart. >> if somebody wants to keep using facebook but also wants to be confident that they're not been manipulated what can they do? >> well, they should educate themselves. work on reducing our weaknesses. one way of becoming stronger is knowing more. >> what would you tell other
people about what you saw today? >> watch what you post. >> the trouble is kosinski says there's enough information out there to profile us with scary accuracy. he recently showed giving five online photos a computer could correctly identify a person's sexuality. the reality is do not get off, he sees benefits to it, but be very aware. >> i'm very upset by this pop-tart comment. >> clearly they haven't put it in a toaster. it's really good. >> with a nice glass of milk. >> it was having interesting, tony dokoupil. coming u up next, a look at this morning's headlines including two
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." here's a look at some of this morning's headlines from around the world. britain's "guardian" reports a russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned at the front door of their home. sergei andual y yulia skripal w found on a park bench. take a listen to this. the school paid a public relations company to track social media activity about nassar. it billed michigan state for 18 monitors working 1,440 hours. they did not give a reason for why they were tracking the victims. they no longer work for the school. the "washington post" howard
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three kids remain missing, after an accident that killed five of their family members. their good morning. it's:56. i'm kenny choi. three kids are missing after an accident that killed five of their family members. their vehicle went over an embankment monday. the family is from washington state. hewlett-packard enterprise will go from palo alto to north san jose for its headquarters. it's a spinoff of hewlett- packard focused on servers and storage. the move will be later this year. raffic and weather in just a moment. ♪you've got a friend in me
northbound 101 right near cochran. so the drive times have actually zeroed out because they have just overwhelmed our sensors there. we have two lanes closed if you are trying to get out of gilroy and head through morgan hill. do anticipate major delays over an hour commute. >> two lanes of traffic getting by the at this time. 280 in saratoga, 27 minutes from 101 to 85. we do have an accident in that southbound direction right near 880. clear skies out there except for these few thin wispy clouds and that's all we see throughout the morning so that's why that sunrise was so pretty. it helped disperse the colors. temperatures right now not bad. in the mid-50s and upper 40s. cooler on easter.
♪ ♪ good morning to our viewers in the west. it's thursday, march 29th, 2018. welcome back to "cbs this morning." hope hicks the president's long serving aide leaves the white house today for good. ahead, why some colleagues are afraid of what will happen when she is gone. college students using spring break to connect kids series a more perfect union. >> president trump fired shulkin yesterday and chose his white house physician to replace him. >> shulkin said he is the victim of politically based attacks from people who, quote, want med out of the way. >> the president's former attorney says pardons were never discussed and yesterday the
white house denied pardons are on the table. the main event would be a summit with mr. trump and he would like to meet the leader by the end of may. >> police don't know what the caused the crash but believe all six kids were inside the car and none were wearing their seat belts. >> the funeral will be held here reverend al sharpton will deliver the eulogy and how his death is playing into the debate about perceived injustice. >> the second time a judge died to throw the involuntary manslaughter charges out. they weren't shocked. >> they've discovered a new human organ calling the interstitium. it's layer underneath the skin and they believe it's the largest organ in the human body, but the discovery of the interstitium is exciting news. it allows me to be the first to say i'm not overweight, i'm just big interstitium. i'm norah o'donnell with gayle king and anthony mason. john is off.
president trump's choice for secretary of veterans affairs could face a tough confirmation process. mr. trump nominated rear admiral ronny jackson to lead the department that looks after 9 million patients. democrats question if he has enough management experience. the president called jackson highly trained and qualified. republicans said they want to hear from him. va secretary david shulkin was fired yesterday. last month he agreed to repay improper travel expenses. in a "new york times" op-ed this morning out this morning, shulkin suggested this, he was fired for objecting to privatize va health care. president trump's personal attorney michael cohen would agree to a deposition if a judge orders it. that's according to cohen's attorney and spokesman david schwartz. stormy daniels' lawyer filed a motion yesterday seeking to question whether trump and cohen under oath. he wants to ask them about a $130,000 payment from cohen to
secure a nondisclosure agreement with daniels. daniels claims she had sex with mr. trump in 2006 and argues the agreement is not valid. the white house has denied daniels' allegations and an attorney for the president has not responded to our request for comment. david schwartz is with us now. he is not representing cohen in this specific case but has been authorized by cohen to speak in his defense. good morning. >> good morning. >> i've read much of what you said and you acknowledge michael cohen is a quote/unquote fixer for donald trump is that right? >> he's absolutely a fixer. he's fixed all kind of problems for donald trump over the years. in fact, he's the guy that you call at 3:00 in the morning when you have a problem. it's not just for donald trump. it's for many people. if i had a problem i would call michael cohen at 3:00 in the morning because i know he would do something about it. stormy daniels was the problem so he fixed this on behalf of donald trump? >> he -- stormy daniels was a problem. of course it's a problem when anyone makes salacious accusations that will affect business, that will affect
reputation and that will affect someone's family. so when this was brought to michael cohen's attention and it was brought to his attention, okay, a lawyer for stormy daniels called michael cohen up and he told michael cohen that it would take $130,000 to solve the problem. michael cohen entered into that. >> not only affected business, though, it could have affected the election. it occurred, this settlement occurred 11 days before the election. i know you say it's not a campaign expense. but it's a hell of a coincidence. >> anthony, could have, would have, should have, is not the standard of law in this case. okay. there's got to be proof and a lot of proof that somehow it was connected to the election. there is no proof of that. people enter into these agreements every single day. >> has mr. cohen handled other agreements like this for mr. trump? >> mr. cohen has handled all kinds of things for mr. trump. >> other agreements like this? handled other agreements like this? >> i have no idea but he's
handled all types of items of mr. trump's that would cause a business problem for the company and michael cohen had great latitude to handle those problems. . >> this is a problem that keeps tripping people up, why would you pay -- why would michael cohen pay $130,000 for something that donald trump, he has still not said i did not have sex with that woman, what happens at the white house is sarah sanders says, that the white house says this has never happened. donald trump himself has never personally denied it. so but still, why do you pay $130,000 for something that didn't happen? >> i understand. it could be a school of thought that says that's illogical. >> it is illogical. >> but when you're in business and you're a politician or you're a lawyer or a daughtocto accused of something and have a decision to make, do i avoid litigation, embarrassment, can i have a nondisclosure agreement signed and go on with my life, or am i going to enter into a messy litigation, i am going to have a family problems, there's going to be accusations all over
the place. it's a no-brainer to enter into a nondisclosure agreement and pay someone $130,000. >> out of your own personal pocket? >> by the way -- >> out of your pocket. >> you call it hush money. i call it legal extortion. because this happens every day that people come around, they're looking for a payout. she really needed the money, okay. she was desperate for the money. admitted on "60 minutes" she was shopping the story around. she shopped the story then they went to michael cohen and said hey, give us $130,000 and we can make this go away. >> i would like to get to the legal question because you have said donald trump knew nothing about this payment, therefore the suggestion that nondisclosure is not valid, that david denison, the alias for donald trump, never signed it and as you know, michael avenatti says the nda is not valid. >> no agreement. >> i was going to get to that. suggestions from michael avenatti, who has not come through on anything yet, he hasn't come through on his
polygraph test, those cds that we saw in some safe, he hasn't come through on that. he hasn't come through with anything. the nondisclosure agreement is rock solid. it's an excellent nondisclosure agreement. it's a nondisclosure agreement between ecllc, the llc created by michael cohen, and stormy daniels. and the clause says, and/or. so even though there was a line for david denison and/or so it could be and/or the ec llc or david denson. >> doesn't matter that david denison didn't sign. >> he's not a part of the agreement. >> there is no love loss between you and michael avenatti and this is not an open invitation to start whacking at him. >> right. >> how do you see this actually resolving itself? >> look, it's not my proudest moments when i -- i know people are saying it's great tv. >> it's not great tv. >> he called me a hack the other day, right. called me a hack on your show. he must have been referring to my representation of new york city taxi cabs fighting against
uber. >> there you go. david, how do you see this -- but wait a second how do you -- >> i'm not going to stoop to his level and call him names. >> you have called each other names. >> i want to talk about something, you said that president was not aware of the agreement, he was not aware of the money. >> right. when did mr. cohen tell him about this or did he tell him about it? >> the president became aware of it much later on. all right. >> how much later on? >> i don't know. >> you don't know? >> michael cohen never told him about it. okay. it didn't come out -- >> the president learned about it from somewhere else? >> he learned about it when it came out. >> before the election, after? >> she violated the agreement right away, right. she never had any intention of -- she stole the $130,000 basically and then decided to shop the story around. >> but you do see -- >> the rumors got around. >> it defies logic, for anybody who has worked with donald trump, that he would not know about this if he heard about it on the news. >> michael cohen is not anyone. not anyone. he's a loyal, trusted, person
who had great latitude to be the fixer and that's exactly what he was. he was the fixer. >> he took out a home equity loan to pay off stormy daniels? >> to get the money quickly. >> does that make sense to you a lawyer would take out a home equity loan of his own -- does that make sense to you? >> in a vacuum, no. would i do that? no. for an outside client. it's a different -- you have to understand it's a different relationship between these two people. that's what i'm trying to -- it's not a lawyer/client relationship. by the way, he wasn't acting for david denison. he was acting for -- >> you realize there are tax implications for doing that. >> legally. >> tax -- what are the tax implications? >> for -- stormy daniels she received the money, right? >> no. that's not what she's saying. does donald trump need a lot of fixing? need a lot of fixing? >> anyone in the line of fire with a high-profile, needs fixing. >> when -- >> i think it's very clear. >> anyone running for election needs fixing too.
>> look, this is a slippery slope. so any business transaction that takes place while anyone is running for election whether congress, u.s. senate, you're going to analyze every single transaction. that's a slippery slope to say, oh, that must be a campaign contribution. that is guesswork, that's speculation, and that really should have no place in federal election laws. >> stormy daniels has filed a defamation suit against michael cohen because he calls her a liar. >> whoa, whoa, whoa. is that the statement? did he call her a liar? this is -- you see it's another avenatti. >> all right. >> i give the guy credit. he puts these thoughts in people minds. if you look at the statement he said -- he sd wheth or no something is true or not true, it could still affect a person and i will do anything in my power to protect donald trump. that was the statement. so when you're doing a defamation case and i'm bringing a defamation case on behalf of michael cohen against buzzfeed so when doing a defamation case you got to analyze the statement and you got to ask yourself, the
key element, is the statement false. so how is that statement false? that case is going to be dismissed right away. right on the face of it. >> we are out of time. david, thank you so much. >> i wish we had more time. okay. >> thank you. >> thanks a lot. >> thanks. >> yes. come back and see us. >> i will. >> this story is not going away. thank you, david schwartz. >> you got. it president trump is losing one of his closest white house advisors, communications director hope hicks who resigned last month and leaves the west wing today. she has been by president trump's side since before the campaign began and major garret at the white house with why this departure is being so closely watched. major, good morning. >> good morning. it's a great question, gayle, why does hope hicks matter? more than a few senior officials here describe her as irreplaceable. why? because she was a near constant sounding board for president trump and often served as a buffer to shield others in the communications shop from the president's occasional bouts of rage. her departure is viewed by those
still here with some measure of anxiety. >> thank you, donald trump. >> reporter: there are few people closer to president trump than hope hicks. >> hope hicks, the legendary hope hicks. >> reporter: her unique relationship to the president helped elevate hicks from a former assistant to ivanka to mr. circl in three tyearmps.ru only 29 yearser inn old, hicks n outsized role in the trump white house. >> it's going to be very difficult to replace hope hicks in the hope role. >> reporter: sources inside the white house say the president relied heavily on hicks' counsel, bouncing ideas off her at all times of the day. she also possessed the ability to do what few could, corral and quiet a temperamental president. the job began to take a toll. >> hope is at the center of this administration. >> reporter: blamed for the publication of michael wolff's book "fire on fury" fell on hicks because she approved much of wolf's access to the west ring wink. >> no comment. >> reporter: hicks' proximity to the president put her in the sights of congressional
investigators and the special counsel robert mueller. and her role in the defense of former white house staff secretary rob porter with who was accused of abuse by his ex-wives and whom hicks was dating, cost her to question her judgment and reevaluate the toll the white house was taking. her decision to leave will deprive the president of a trusted advocate who was among the first to learn of his plans to run for the presidency. >> she was there the first day and she was fantastic. >> there is an intense competition to replace hicks. it's not yet resolved. so for the time being counselor kellyanne conway is expected to be named interim communications director. conway, like hicks, has the president's trust and confidence. but has been reluctant to take on the hour by hour grind of trying to manage the president's communication strategy. >> all right. thank you, major. nasa is getting ready to send a spacecraft on a 90 million mile journey to the sun. we'll go inside the preparations for thes historic mission and
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♪ a new nasa mission will go to a place never explored by humans before. the parker solar probe will travel closer to the sun than any other manmade object. the spacecraft has passed its final test and will be launched this summer. chip reid is at nasa's goddard space center in maryland with what scientists hope to learn. good morning. >> good morning. there she is. those scientists are getting her ready to be shipped to the kennedy space center in florida where she'll be launched this summer on her three month journey to the sun. >> it is really the missing gap. >> reporter: nasa's mission to send a spacecraft the size of a small car directly into the sun's atmosphere is a decade's old idea but project scientist
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good morning. it's been a tough day out on the roads but the thursday morning commute we continue to track slowdowns on 101 through novato southbound in the red. it's 26 minutes from roland down to 580. folks trying to get across the richmond/san rafael bridge, it's in the red from marina bay parkway. it's about 20 minutes heading over to sir francis drake boulevard. we are getting reports of some debris. it looks like a basketball hoop in one of the lanes. that's not good. speaking of basketball, there's a warriors game this evening. that is at 7:30p and you can expect delays along 880. but also, this afternoon,
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you made it through. welcome back to cbs this morning. right now it's time to show you some of the headlines around the globe. the nobel peace prize winner was shot in the head in 2012 by the slab militants for her campaign to educate girls. she said she had dreamed of returning to pakistan for the last five years. "variety" reports president trump called actress roseanne barr and congratulated her on her latest ratings success. you know the president likes ratings success. barr is the creator and star of "roseanne." a reboot of the tv show had 18 million viewers. in the show the character roseanne is a trump supporter, as is roseanne barr herself he. >> that's right. people reported a woman found an ep dural needle in her spine 14 years after giving birth. 14. now she's angry and scared too. a ct scan last year revealed a portion of the needle is lodged
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co-founder and co-executive chairman of the carlisle group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. his firm manages $1 95 billion with a b, across 317 investment vehicles all around the world. before getting into business, you should know he served as president jimmy cart ker's administration. david, welcome. >> my pleasure to be here. >> it's always good to see you. we'll talk about business in a second, but i am curious about your thoughts about you know business, you know politics. you have been in the white house. what is your take on what's happening in washington these days from the business point of view and political point of view? the business community is generally satisfied that the tax cuts have gone through. they wouldn't be the tax cuts that i might propose myself. i think they're more favorable to people in my income bracket than everybody. we have a social mobility problem. that bill wasn't designed to deal with that, but i think generally the economy is in
reasonable shape. that's what i call global synchronous happiness. >> should we be worried? >> that's a big concern. when everybody is happy, you have be to worried because when things look perfect, sometimes they don't turn out to be that way. sometimes there are going to be something hidden a bit. i don't think there's a cheetah behind me or something, but there's no doubt that there's something lurking behind us. we've had 104 straight months of economic growth. at some point the economic cycle will go down. i don't know if we're prepared for it yet. my biggest worry is about the economy are these. while i think it's in very good shape now, and i think we'll have probably 2.5% growth this year, low unemployment, low inflation. at some point it will end, and when it does, i want to make sure we're prepared for it. i do worry about the amount of debt we have. we have a lot of debt. i do worry about the income inequality problem that's getting worse. social mobility is getting worse. i do worry about another problem we haven't talked about a lot, which is literacy. people in our country are not able to read very much.
14% of our people in this country are functionally illiterate. if you have increasing percentage of high illiteracy, you won't be able to solve this income inequality problem. it's something we really need to work on. >> the carlysle groups has investments in china. are you worried about a trade war potentially? >> i think the relationship is so strong that we won't have a trade war. it's not in anybody's interest. there have been disputes on tariffs and so forth, but i don't think it's going to upset this enormous relationship. we are huge investors in china. we'll continue to be a huge investor in china. it's the biggest economy in the world by parody measurement and by gdp it will be in our lifetime the biggest in the world. if you are an investor in the global economic world, you should be in china. >> you got to be there. >> but the chinese president has consolidated power. they're our biggest threat. the united states' biggest threat. there's been a lot of talk, though, that there might be retaliation on this trade front. >> well, first, i don't think they're our biggest threat. you might say economically, but our biggest threat comes from
russia or from global terrorism. that's our biggest threat. in terms of china as an economic power, they are competing with us. >> the think the relationship with the korean president seems to have done wonder to get the thing moving forward. i don't know why we are able to have a discussion with north korea. if we do come together and have a talk with north korea and the president and the head of north korea, i do think that will be a positive thing, and i think china deserves credit for that. >> you look at the front page of the financial times. it talks about, of course, the fangs, the tech stocks. all dropping. are we having a reckoning now in terms of this? >> there's no doubt that our economy is very influenced now by these large technology companies, and when you have so much power, there is going to be some reverberation. the interesting thing is that these are american companies, and the main thing that's interesting to me is no company
outside the united states has been able to build this technology presence. i think it's good for us that we're able to do this. there is obviously some concern in europe and china about the impact of these companies on their economies and their culture, but right now as americans i think they're pretty good for us. >> what do you think of the president's choice of larry kudlow as his top economic advisor? you have said you think generally the team is good. it's not alexander hamilton, you said, but generally it's good. >> alexander hamilton had the advantage of having a play written about him, and i don't know if larry kudlow will have a play written about him. larry kudlow is obviously a very experienced person. he worked in the reagan administration. he knows the washington quite well. i think he deserves a very good chance to show what he can do. these are not easy jobs at the white house. this is a job that didn't exist when i was there. they didn't have a national economic coordinator. that didn't start until president clinton when bob ruben invented the job war. it's a tough job, but i think larry kudlow is well prepared for it. >> david is no longer there, and he is not going quietly.
he said the environment there is toxic, chaotic, subversive, and -- you are somebody that has bipartisan dinners with members of congress. would you agree with his asse assessment of how it's working in washington these days. >> if i just lost my job, i might say that as well. >> do you think it's just sour grapes? >> i don't know if it's sour grapes. i don't know him so i can't really say. i would say right now the atmosphere in washington is not what it was when i was there in the 1960s and 1970s. that at that point people from the democratic side and republican side didn't work together to try to get bipartisan legislation. that rarely happens today. i have started a series of dinners to try to bring democrats and republicans together talking about american history and things we can agree on. >> do they eat well together? >> they do, and they like to sit with each other. there's no press there, so nobody can see that they're sitting and talking to each other with people from the opposite party. i do think there's a desire on the part of democrats and republicans to come together, but the atmosphere right now doesn't lend itself to that. >> do you ever invite the president to those dinners? >> well, these are for members of congress, but i'm sure if the
president wanted to come, i'm sure he would be welcome. >> thank you so much. >> always good to see you. >> my pleasure. >> thank you. spring break is often a time to relax, but in our more perfect union series, we meet two young women giving up their spring break to give back. >> this camp in california is giving a lot of students their first close-up experience with nature. it's also an alternative spring break destination for college students who are swapping out sandy beaches for scenic redwoods to become camp counsellors. that story coming up
our series "a more perfect union" aims to show us what unites us as americans is far greater than what divides us. this morning we look at a pair of college students who look at things. two science majors from the university of miami traveled to a northern california camp. mireya villarreal shows us how they share their enthusiasm with a younger generation. >> reporter: deep in the woods we met these science majors for spring break where they've stepped out of their quiet chemistry lab at the university of miami and into the noisy
rainy forest looking to inspire young campers. the temperature hovers around 40 degrees but the campers don't seem to notice. >> it was pouring. i got all soaks and i still had fun. >> reporter: the kids are learning how to identify beatles and larvae while gaining insight into the water system. just to be very clear, this is your spring bring. >> this is my spring break, yeah. >> what are you doing? >> i'm in the middle of the woods and we are camping. >> you never camped before. >> no. >> and you call this an alternative break? >> yes. >> what in the world is that? >> this is the time in the world where we have no excuse to say no and be immersive in what we're doing. >> reporter: each year nearly
7,000 students study in the camp. many families don't have the money for camp so these trips are paid for with ymca funds. >> there is this new generation of kids who are ready to accept new ideas in a way that i think adults sometimes struggle with. >> wow. >> i am absolutely terrified of snakes so i did not even think i could do something like that, but, again, i know haley my kampfer was scared as well and i knew if i did it like she would do it, i would have to do it for her. >> don't panic. you did so well. >> the red woods are new ground for 22-year-old lily originally from ghana. >> back in ghana, my uncle lived next door, my graunld mother was beyond the street. >> her parents left behind the
comforts of a close-knit family with the hope of finding a better life for lily and her sister in america. >> ghana is a very much male-dominated society. here i know the experiences i have here are not what i would have had back there. >> when you started these alternative breaks, what sit like? >> i've learned that you have to care about people and you can't care about people if you don't know the people out there. >> what they're going through. >> exactly. >> at science camp every activity teaches about the natural world. there's even a song about the droppings bears leave behind. >> they always attack every day with such great enthusiasm and that inspires me as well.
even if they're exhausted -- >> how you do say no. >> exactly. >> their enthusiasm for science has lily and them on the road. they agree giving up their spring break to give back to kids will have a lasting impact. >> this is something that you can't explain when you're working with kids. there's like an innocence. i don't know how to explain it. >> you came to help them and i'm now hearing it might be the other way around. >> yeah, definitely. >> for "cbs this morning," mireya villarreal, california. >> it's a win/win. >> let's discuss. when did college students start looking like they're 10 or does that mean we're getting older? >> we're getting older. >> that's great. coming up next, we'll share an exciting opportunity with you, dear viewer, to take part in the popular series, note to self.
she was the first person featured in our series "note to self." so far we've featured 30 letters from prominent figures of notes to their younger self. it's part of our series from our book, first book, "note to self." it will be published in maybe simon & schuster which by the way is a division of cbs. it will feature notes from vice president joe biden, oprah, tyler perry, chelsea handler to name a few. >> there are wonderful observations in those notes. >> i think so too. >> if you sat down to write your own note to self, what would you write? we invite you to do just that. it must be an original letter, 250 words or less. submissions will be accepted until april 20th and one might be featured here. you can enter right now. visit our website, cbsthismorning.com. >> that's exciting. >> i think so too.
you gotta go to ross. student off a jogging path... and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. the victim says it happened yesterday n palo alto police are searching for a man who pulled a high school student off a jogging path and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. the victim says it happened yesterday near arastradero and deer creek road. a 75-year-old napa man is dead after an accident at sonoma raceway. investigators say that he was drag-racing at a sanctioned event last night when his car hit a wall at more than 100 miles an hour. guests staying at a hotel in hayward had to evacuate early this morning after a fire started in one of the rooms. firefighters arrived to america's best value inn at 4 a.m. he cause is under investigation. weather and traffic and weather in just a moment.
i'm april kennedy and i'm an arborist with pg&e in the sierras. since the onset of the drought, more than 129 million trees have died in california. pg&e prunes and removes over a million trees every year to ensure that hazardous trees can't impact power lines. and since the onset of the drought we've doubled our efforts. i grew up in the forests out in this area and honestly it's heartbreaking to see all these trees dying. what guides me is ensuring that the public is going to be safer and that these forests can be sustained and enjoyed by the community in the future.
good morning, time now 8:57. finally starting to see some relief for the morning commute for drivers making their way across the san mateo bridge. it's still 23 minutes westbound on the right side of your screen there over to 101. we have had a couple of problems along 101. and we are still seeing a big backup. this is 101 right at bayshore. so 3rd street there and you can see traffic is very slow southbound. and it continues to be so all the way down towards sfo. heading into san francisco,
this is the 6th street off- ramp from the 280 extension. king street is backed up, as well. so do expect delays if are you heading out. hat's a check of your traffic; over to you. some people may want to hit the beaches because it's going to be warm inland so the coast will feel lovely. here's a live look at ocean beach right now. see a few people walking there. here's another great view of san francisco. clear skies around the bay. san francisco right now 56 degrees. 59 already at san jose. some areas are waking up to temperatures in the upper 60s warm for the morning hours. game day forecast, opening day today, we have baseball fever going on. 1:00 79 degrees and sunshine. afternoon highs across most of the bay area, for the inland areas will be in the mid- to low-80s. and then some upper 70s around the bay like san francisco and oakland. cool on easter.
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