tv CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor CBS September 26, 2018 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs d> glor: on the "cbs evening sews" this wednesday: a third brett kavanaugh accuser comes forward. the president calls it "a con weme." and we talk to the father of a missing six-year-old, the last person to see the boy before he t,sappeared on saturday. but first, the headlines in 60 seconds. >> a stunning third accusation, just hours away from judge kavanaugh and his first accuser testifying. >> julie swetnick claims that kavanaugh was present while she herself was being gang raped. >> kavanaugh responded saying, "this is ridiculous and from o he twilight zone.'" >> president trump also weighed in... >> it's a big, fat con job. i'm going to see what happens tomorrow. i can tell you her lawyer is a low life, okay?
so i can't tell you whether or not until i hear them. and schumer and his buddies are all in there laughing... how they fooled you all. >> there is a situation under which you would withdraw brett kavanaugh's nomination? >> if i thought he was guilty of something like this, yeah, sure. >> president trump at the u.n. accused china of interfering feth the upcoming elections. >> they do not want me or us to win. >> flash flooding in tennessee. at least one person has been killed, and water rescues are under way. >> the search continues in north carolina for a missing boy with autism. >> how could he outrun you? >> i just could not catch up with him. >> a study suggests eating junk food raises the risk of depression. >> in contrast, a traditional mediterranean diet protects against mental health problems. >> say what you will, i'm not giving up a cupcake. >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. and this is our western edition. we'll begin with the imperilled nomination of brett kavanaugh. the president said today, he
could withdraw his pick to the supreme court. if the president decides accusations of drunken sexual misconduct are true. at the same time, at a late afternoon news conference here in new york, the president called the accusations "a big fat con job by the democrats." kavanaugh and his first accuser, duristine blasey ford, are owheduled to testify tomorrow before the senate judiciary committee. and the president said he will be watching. here was the president at a long solo news conference that went for an hour and 20 minutes. he had very strong words for the democrats. >> they're actually con artists, because they know how quality this man is, and they've destroyed a man's reputation, and they want to destroy it even more. and i think people are going to see that in the mid-terms. tat they've done to this family, what they've done to these children-- these beautiful children of his-- and what they've done to his wife. and they know it's a big, fat con job, so it wouldn't have mattered if the f.b.i. came back with the cleanest score, and you understand that very well, john, moshey would have come back with the most perfect-- we found
everything and he's perfectly itnocent of everything, it wouldn't have made a difference. you wouldn't have gotten one tete. >> are you saying that all three of those women are liars? >> this is one of the highest- quality people that i've ever met, and everybody that knows him says the same thing. and these are all false to me. these are false accusations in certain cases, and in certain cases even the media agrees with that. 36 years, no charge, no nothing. >> but that happens often. >> people are going to have to make a decision. >> glor: weijia jiang was at that news conference here in new york. weijia, so did the president shift his position on kavanaugh? >> reporter: well, jeff, the president's official position on this has evolved since the allegations first surfaced, and this evening he said he believes the allegations are probably false, but he wants to hear from kavanaugh's accusers.
he wants them to have a chance to tell their stories. here's what he said about tomorrow's hearing: >> they're giving the women a major chance to speak. now, it's possible i'll hear that and i'll say, "hey, i'm changing my mind." i'm going to see what happens tomorrow. i'm going to be watching. you know, believe it or not, i'm going to see what's said. it's possible that they will be convincing. >> it sounds like what you're saying is, there is a situation, there is a scenario under which aw bwould withdraw brett kavanaugh's nomination? is that correct and have you talked about that with him? >> if i thought he was guilty of something like this, yeah, sure. es glor: all right. weijia, as we continue here, you were also able to ask the president some questions about the same subject. talk about that a little bit if you could. >> reporter: yeah, we had a pretty lengthy exchange, because at first, he was not answering the question, and i was trying
ce understand how his personal mperience, being accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, have shaped his opinions about kavanaugh's accusers and how these allegations are being handled. and here's what he said about that: >> i've had numerous accusations about me. >> reporter: right. >> i mean-- they made false statements about me, knowing they were false. i never met them. i never met these people. >> reporter: if i could just actually ask my question, mr. esump. you didn't let me ask my question. >> you've been asking a question for ten minutes. >> reporter: no, you interrupted my question. >> please sit down, please. go ahead, go ahead. >>eporr: how did those impact your opinions on the allegations against you? or well, it does impact my opinion, you know why? because i've had a lot of false charges made against me . i'm a very famous person... unfortunately. i've been a famous person for a long time. but i've had a lot of false charges made against me. geally false charges! i know friends that have had false charges. people want fame. eney want money.
faey want... whatever. so when i see it, i view it differently than somebody sitting home watching television, where they say, "oh, judge kavanaugh this or that." it's happened to me many times. i have had many false charges. so, when you say, does it affect me in terms of my thinking with ,espect to judge kavanaugh, absolutely, because i've had it many times. eporeporter: and so, it also s ems that an attack on judge t ett kavanaugh is an attack on president trump, at least that's how he perceives it. although, we should say that he, again, says he's very interested to hear what happens tomorrow, and added, jeff, that he could be swayed to change his mind about the women accusing his supreme court nominee. woff? >> glor: weijia, we appreciate you standing up and finishing that question. so, thank you very much for that. weijia jang here in new york nfty following that remarkable presidential news conference that just took place. we're going to have more about the third accuser who came rwrward today. paula reid has been looking into
her allegations. >> reporter: the accusations are serious. 55-year-old julie swetnick said nde knew brett kavanaugh in high school, attending more than ten house parties with him between 1981 and 1983. in a signed statement, swetnick alleges that, in high school, kavanaugh would "drink excessively" and "engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls." and that kavanaugh was involved in efforts to 'spike' drinks at the parties, and then have sex with girls who had lost their ability to say, "no." she claims she was the victim of one of these 'gang' or 'train' rapes, and that kavanaugh was wiesent. she does not allege that kavanaugh himself raped her. records show julie swetnick graduated from gaithersburg high e hool in maryland in 1980. envanaugh graduated from the private georgetown prep high school in 1983. the schools are some ten miles apart. in a statement, kavanaugh said, the allegation was from "the twilight zone" and "it never happened."beh' wilkinson.
>> he's outraged, as you might imagine, by this most recent allegation. he has never met this woman. he doesn't know miss swetnick. he he didn't go to parties with her. >> reporter: kavanaugh, himself, was asked about the house parties earlier this week. >> did you ever participate in, or were you ever aware, of any lsng rape that happened at a party that you attended? ve that's totally false and outrageous. never done any such thing, known about any such thing. >> reporter: the allegations were made public by swetnick's lawyer, michael avenatti, who pso represents porn star, stormy daniels, in her legal fight with president trump. avenatti told msnbc, swetnick, who is reportedly a government contractor, reached out to him , and he checked out her story. >> this is a woman who has received numerous security clearances over the years issued by the u.s. government, including secret security clearances, as well as public seust security clearances, that require very detailed vetting performed by the u.s. government.
>> reporter: this afternoon, president trump fired back at avenatti. >> you look at this lawyer that just came out. he's a lowlife. no he represented democrats. nobody ever talks about that. e''s a democrat lawyer. not a very good one, but he's a epmocrat lawyer. >> reporter: this afternoon, 64 people who say they knew brett kavanaugh in high school, sent this letter to the senate judiciary committee. they say that they don't remember anyone named julie swetnick. they call her allegations "nonsense" and "reprehensible." >> glor: and so, paula, at this point, has anyone other than the senate judiciary committee investigating? >> reporter: at this point, our local law enforcement sources tell us there are no open cases or complaints based on these plegations. now, the white house could potentially encourage the f.b.i. to look into this as part of his extended background check, but, so far, there is no indication , ey intend to do that. >> glor: paula reid, thanks very s ve. the senate judiciary committee hearing is now just hours away, and nancy cordes is on capitol hill with more on that.
>> i'm not in a good mood. >> reporter: utah's orrin hatch wasn't the only one, as republicans reeled from the latest allegation about kavanaugh being present at a gang rape. >> anything coming out of the avenatti lane two days before a uste i treat very suspiciously. >> reporter: democrats called on kavanaugh to withdraw. >> there is no way, absolutely no way that this nomination can proceed to a vote without an f.b.i. investigation. >> our lawyers are on it right now. our staff investigators. >> reporter: republican chuck grassley, the judiciary chair, said he's taking the new claims "seriously," but... >> we have had accusation after accusation and accusation. very few of them, or if any, are corroborated. >> reporter: the 21 senators on his committee will get five minutes each tomorrow to question professor christine blasey ford, and another five for kavanaugh.
republicans plan to cede most of their time to arizona prosecutor and sex crimes expert, rachel mitchell, who they have hired just for this hearing. >> i'm not interested in seeing ms. mitchell go "catwoman" on anybody. she has an extraordinary reputation for being able to figure it out... the truth in sexual-- in allegations of sexual assault. >> reporter: ford's lawyers released photos today of her undergoing a polygraph test in august. . former f.b.i. agent found her responses about the alleged high school groping incident were not indicative of deception. ha yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion. >> reporter: in his prepared testimony, kavanaugh was more frank about alcohol than he was on "fox news," admitting, "i drank beer with my friends, erually on weekends. sometimes i had too many." but, "i never did anything remotely resembling what dr. ford describes."
>> there's plenty of reason for some people to think that this is a smear campaign. >> but, doesn't that imply that the women are lying? >> well, it doesn't-- it doesn't-- it doesn't hold them in high esteem, i'll put it that way. >> reporter: ford's attorneys have released her extensive written testimony. she is expected to say tomorrow, "i believed kavanaugh was going to rape me. i tried to yell for help. when i did, brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. this was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life." jeff? >> glor: nancy cordes, thanks very much. jan crawford covers the supreme court for us. rikki klieman is our legal analyst. both of them will be with us tomorrow as well. jan, first to you, what are you expecting tomorrow? >> jeff, in some ways it seems like the same playbook that goes back in 1991 with the thomas/hill hearings, where you have republicans heading the
confirmation, and these last- minute nominations that they both, thomas and kavanaugh, flatly deny. s , if history is repeating itself, you'd expect to hear a lot of new details tomorrow. when anita hill testified, she gave all those graphic details that she hadn't mentioned before, not even to the f.b.i. fot here, ford has said she doesn't remember anything more than what she has already described. ha, she's going to be asked about that one event at a party she said happened in high school, while kavanaugh will be asked about all of his personal behavior over his entire life. now, i talked to senator jack danforth today, he was justice thomas' chief sponsor in the senate for those hearings in '91, and his advice to thomas, then, was to be yourself. and we saw that, the full emotions from justice thomas on display: anger that his reputation was destroyed, thanks to the senate, for a forum of what he called, "lies." that was him being himself. brett kavanaugh is very different. but his friends are telling him the same thing, "just be yourself." >> glor: all right. rikki, now to you. as a former prosecutor, what are the challenges facing rachel mitchell, the prosecutor the republicans have brought in?
>> well, she is a prosecutor. memember, the person they really needed here was a criminal oefense lawyer, someone who cross-examines accusers and props up the accused. so, here, this prosecutor is acting contrary to what she usually does. also remember, prosecutors' biggest challenges are the facts that they do not cross-examine people as a normal course of events. most cases go in on the burden of proof on the government, and then defendants rarely testify. >> glor: all right, rikki klieman and jan crawford, thanks to both of you. jan, rikki, again as we mentioned-- and the "cbs this morning" team will all be in washington tomorrow to bring you live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the hearings. we begin at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. the "cbs evening news" will come to you tomorrow from washington, tomorrow night as well. coming up next here on the "cbs evening news" tonight, the father of a missing boy with autism tells us what happened.
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>> glor: dozens of law enforcement officers joined the search today for a missing six- near-old boy in north carolina. more than 300 officers are now looking for maddox ritch. the boy has autism and has not been seen since saturday. his father is speaking out tonight in an interview with david begnaud. vi it's been torture. i'm not eating, not sleeping. i'm just worried about getting my little boy back. >> reporter: appearing with police this afternoon at a news conference was ian ritch. he hasn't seen his six-year-old son maddox since saturday. that's when ian and his girlfriend took maddox, who has autism and does not speak, to a local park, where there is a track and a lake. >> a jogger passed by, and as he was jogging past us, that's when maddox started to jog out behind him. so, i usually just give him a little space and let him do his thing. and once we got so far, he took off from me running.
and i just never could catch up with him. >> reporter: you're a grown man. he's a little boy. how did he outrun you ? >> he can run. he can run. >> reporter: okay. >> and i couldn't keep up with him, not that fast. >> reporter: ian later told us that he has neuropathy in his feet due to diabetes, and that makes it difficult for him to run. what do you think happened? >> i don't know. i don't know. i thought he might have got lost in the woods. but after all this time, it's giving me doubts. it makes me wonder if somebody got him in the parking lot. >> reporter: if somebody kidnapped him? >> right. like this am obligated to ask some questions and please, no offense by asking them, did you do anything >> reporter: did you do anything to harm maddox? >> no. >> reporter: did anyone you know do anything to harm maddox? >> no. >> reporter: f.b.i. agent, jason kaplan, says maddox's parents are cooperating. >> and we feel very confident that a lot of the information
that they provided to us is accurate, and it's helped us in a great deal in finding out the last place we saw maddox. ai reporter: despite the rain, the search continues right now. you know, ian ritch told me he feels like suspect number one, because he's the dad and he was the last person to see maddox alive. he said he's turned over his phone records. let police search his car and his house. and, jeff, the f.b.i. will not confirm this, but ian told us he has taken and passed two polygraphs. ph glor: good interview. david, thank you very much. when we come back here, flooding in the south turns deadly. in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. then there's medicare supplement insurance... ...more research. no big thing with this website. unitedhealthcare insurance company created aarpmedicaresupplement.com to give you answers about aarp medicare supplement insurance plans
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>> glor: we end here tonight in baltimore, where three weeks into the school year, students relebrated a fresh start today. here's chip reid. >> reporter: it wasn't toys or video games that got these fifth graders in baltimore so excited today. >> awesome! >> reporter: it was school supplies and other necessities that many of them can't afford. >> a tablet. and i got erasers! >> reporter: it's the result of a campaign that's gone viral on instagram. it started a few weeks ago, with a challenge from singer ed droste, asking fans to send school supplies to teachers in poor neighborhoods, who pay for them out of pocket because their students cannot. the response was overwhelming. >> i am taking on ed droste's challenge. >> reporter: a lot of celebrities took up the cause, asking their fans for help. one of them was kristen bell. t i think this is such an incredible way to get kids what they need and deserve, and help the teachers that are fighting for everyone's educations.
>> reporter: kristen johnson, a fifth grade teacher at baltimore's sinclair lane elementary, posted her wish list, and was stunned that bell chose her. >> less than 30 minutes later, she messaged me back saying, "you got it!" >> reporter: she was even more surprised when all the packages started arriving. he they're like, "well, you'll need a moving truck." >> reporter: ( chuckles ) a moving truck. >> glue sticks, 60 pack. >> reporter: she does not resent having to buy her kids supplies, but wishes she could give her kids more. >> it's hard knowing that they just don't have what other people have. and-- >> reporter: and now, at least for the moment, they do. >> yeah. >> reporter: johnson has nothing tht gratitude. >> i'm just blown away by everyone's kindness. >> reporter: a lesson her students won't soon forget. >> we love you ms. johnson! >> thank you! >> reporter: chip reid, cbs news, baltimore. >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm jeff glor. i'll see you tomorrow from washington, d.c. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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