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good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, robert mueller's russia investigation is over, but the fight over its conclusions, that's just getting started. in an exclusive interview with "cbs this morning," attorney general william barr says mueller could have come to a conclusion on whether president trump obstructed justice. meanwhile the president is on the defensive, publicly slamming mueller. laura podesta is here in new york with the president's latest attacks. laura, good morning. >> over the last few hours the president tweeted and spoke out about robert mueller. he said the former special counsel never liked him, partially, he says, because he turned mueller down for fbi director. mueller said he hoped it would be the last time he would speak about the investigation.
president trump is again lashing out at former special counsel robert mueller. >> he's a total conflicted person. i think mueller is a true never-trumper. >> the president resumed his attacks a day after mueller resigned from the justice department. before departing mueller reiterated his written report's findings about obstruction of justice. >> if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> in an exclusive interview with "cbs this morning," attorney general william barr told jan crawford he was surprised mueller didn't make a decision. >> in your view he could have reached a conclusion. >> he could have reached a conclusion. the opinion says you can indict a president while he's in office, but he could have reached a decision whether it was criminal activity, but he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained. >> congressman adam schiff, the chair of the house committee,
called for his resignation. >> he could have shut down the mueller investigation at any time he wanted because he thought it unfair. that is a prescription for a president who is utterly above the law. >> schiff said he's undecided about whether the president should be impeached. and over the last 24 hours we should mention house speaker nancy pelosi has not changed her tune. she is still resisting calling for impeachment, but she says she is still interested in continuing investigation of the house committees. individual - ann marie. >> all right, laura. thank you so much. ahead on "cbs this morning," you can see much more of jan crawford's interview with attorney general william barr. mexico's president says he plans to seek a peaceful negotiation with president trump. mr. trump announced a 5% tariff on all mexican imports
beginning june 10th unless mexico cracks down on the surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border. it will increase 5% until october when the levee would reach 25%. president trump tweeted a letter name of peace that called mr. trump's america e first policy a fallacy. singer r. kelly is facing 11 new counts of alleged sexual assault and abuse. kelly was charged in february with sexually abusing four women. he has pled not guilty of four of those. the new charges involve one of those women. >> reporter: r & b singer r. kelly has been changed with 11 new cases of abuse, one alleged with a minor that allegedly took place in 2010. she told the story in a docuseries on r. kelly. >> if i was about to brush my teeth, i had to let him know. >> the new charges include aggravated criminal sexual assault and abuse.
kelly's attorneys say the new charges have to do with his allegedly choking her and forcing him to perform oral sex on several occasions. in february he turned himself in to chicago police after being charged with ten counts of sexual abuse in cook county. four of them were underage at the time. >> this is not me. i'm fighting for my life. >> reporter: in a tearful and sometimes angry, he said to gayle king the allegations against him were all lies. >> have you ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17? >> no. >> ever. >> no. >> but cook county prosecutors say they have dna evidence to support the february case. he's due back in court next thursday. aithe latest charges are an extension of the february case. he says r. kelly continues to deny any wrongdoing.
jericka duncan, cbs news. newly released details show that a plea deal be jussie smollett would have included an admission of guilty. according to a chicago station wbbm, the state attorney's office notified them it would have included a infoo and community service a month before charges were dropped. the state attorney's office said the case was treated like others that have gone through an alternative model. additional notes and video from the case are expected to be released in the coming days or weeks. a missouri judge is expected to rule today on whether to grant an order that would allow the state's only abortion clinic to keep its license to perform abortions. yesterday a judge heard arguments from planned parenthood on its request for a temporary restraining order. that order would prohibit the state from allowing the st.
louis lie sense to lapse. the missouri of health and human services says it may not renew the license which expires at midnight tonight. the national weather service will travel to maryland to assess the damage from a tornado that touched down just outside of baltimore. yesterday a driver captured the twist owner camera as it hit. homes were damaged, trees were uprooted, and power lines were knocked down. meanwhile flood warnings were across the u.s. forecasters say flooding is expected to continue well into june. temporary shelters have been set up following evacuations along the arkansas river, and hundreds of homes have been flooded in and around the ft. smith area. president trump has signed an emergency declaration for arkansas to help in the response efforts. the number of measles cases in the u.s. has reached a record high. the cdc says at least 971 cases have been confirmed this year. that surpasses the 1994 total of 963.
health officials says this may cause the united states to lose its measles elimination status. don dahler reports. >> reporter: measles is one of the most contagious known to man, but the vaccine is the one to contain it. the vaccine developed to fight it is one of the most effective, yet we've seen the most cases in 27 years. new york continues to be the epicenter of the outbreaks largely in orthodox jewish communities that have low vaccination rates. several of the people have come down with the disease this year. they blame in part anti-vaccination efforts. >> part of the reason for that is misinformation has been spread in those communities for several years. >> reporter: with the end of the school year, cdc fears outbreaks may be far from over. the danger, undervaccinated travelers. >> we're worried about summer travel, we're worried about clevelands going to summer camps, especially in upstate new york. >> reporter: measles was
declared elim nait nated in the u.s. in 2000. but the cdc warns by the fall we might lose that hard-fought status. don dahler, cbs news, new york. in a historic first the scripps national spelling bee has declared eight co-champions. eight. well, 16 kids advanced to the finals pared down from 50 competitors. ten spellers were eliminated in the first round, but the competition got tighter as the rounds advanced with fewer spellers being eliminated. it ended in the 20th round. the judge said the competition had entered uncharted territory. they will each receive a $50,000 cash prize. coming up on the "morning news" now, disturbing new revelations about a popular baby sleeper that's been recalled. and the case of a missing connecticut mother turns into a homicide investigation. this is the "cbs morning news." missing connecticut mother turns into a homicide investigation. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪
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a wild police chase on the streets of los angeles. a driver went round in circles before the chase turned into a demolition derby yesterday. the cops rammed the stolen suv to stop it. the driver was wanted as a suspect for a stolen vehicle. earlier he did doughnuts and stopped to high five cheering onlookers. when the chase continued, the suspect narrowly missed other vehicles at a busy intersection. the shirtless driver eventually came out of the vehicle and was taken into custody. there are alarming new details about a recalled baby sleeper and unexpected freedom for a navy s.e.a.l. facing trial. those are some of the headlines on the morning newsstand. the san diego "union tribune" reports a military judge ordered a navy s.e.a.l. to be released from custody ahead of his trial.
he's charged with murder for allegedly killing a teenage isis combat ant in iraq in 2017. he's also accused of allegedly shooting civilian abouts from a sniper's perch. he's pleaded not guilty. his trial is set to begin june 10th. the search for a missing mother of five is now considered a homicide investigation. 50-year-old jennifer de lohseul reported missing last friday. the vehicle was found later, but she was not inside. her five children are all safe. she has been going through a lengthy divorce. she had accused her husband of infidelity, cruelty, and threatening to kidnap the children and take them to greece. the "washington post" says facer price released a vehicle
for sale. the babe product has been last month the company recalled the rock 'n play sleeper after 30 babies died. federal regulators have not definitively blamed the product for the deaths. the company's owner mattel declined to respond to questions from the "post," but said safety is priority number one for fisher-price. "new york times" says a new memorial was dedicated to the unsung heroes of the 9/11 attacks. former new york city mayor michael bloomberg joined survivors, families, and friends to open the memorial glade at the memorial in new york city. it honors the thousands who became sick or died after being exposed to dust and smoke when the world trade center towers collapsed. many were rescue and recovery workers. still to come, a victory for dads. jpmorgan chase settles a class-action lawsuit after male employees demand equal paid paternal leave.
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baskin robbins has treats for fans of "stranger things." diane king hall is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, diane. >> good morning, ann marie. the commerce department will report personal spending and personal income data for april. here on wall street stocks closed higher thursday despite a decline in energy shares. the dow rose 43 points. the s&p 500 added 5 points, and the nasdaq gained 20 points. after the bell overunveiled its first quarterly report card as a public company, the ridesharing company posted a loss loss of a billion dollars. shares were higher in after-hours trading. jpmorgan chase has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit to pay for the discrimination against men. a male employee claimed he was not given the same amount of
paternal leave as mothers would have received. the settlements will go to hundreds if not thousands of men who were denied over the last seven years. the bank claims its policy was always gender-neutral but says it has now clarified its language. meantime fedex plans to start delivering packages seven days a week beginning in 2020. the move is aimed at keeping up with consumers' online growingigrowing i shopping habits. it previously was only available during peak holiday season. and starting tomorrow you can get "stranger things"-inspired ice cream flavors and treats at baskin robins. they'lle include 11th heaven sun days and upside down dimensions.
>> they didn't have to do all that to make me eat ice cream, but it sure looks good. diane king hall at the new york stock exchange. thanks a lot, diane. >> you've got it. still ahead, if you can't wait to visit disneyland's new "star wars" attraction, wait no more. we've got a stunning preview of galaxy's edge. we've got a stunning preview of gal aky's edge. and ease into qug so when the day arrives, you'll be more ready to kiss cigarettes goodbye. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. stop chantix and get help right away if you have changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions, seizures, new or worse heart or blood vessel problems, sleepwalking, or life-threatening allergic and skin reactions. decrease alcohol use. use caution driving or operating machinery. tell your doctor if you've had mental health problems. the most common side effect is nausea. talk to your doctor about chantix.
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national security and commercial missions. the rocket is scheduled to perform its first test flight in 2021. in a world not that far away, disneyland's new "star wars" galaxy edge is opening today. the main attraction in the 14-acre exhibit is a massive replica of the millenia falcon. guests can roam the ship's halls and take a ride on the falcon and take the controls for a simulated dog fight. another galaxy edge will open at walt disney world resort in florida, and that's going to happen in august. and it turned into a celebration for the home court toronto raptors. >> he shoots over him. >> that's the raptors' kawhi leonard hitting a three-point shot. toronto beat the golden state warriors last nate 118-109 to grab a one-game-to-nothing lead
in the series. the warriors are making their fifth time in the nba finals. it's the first time for the raptors. and coming up on "cbs this morning" in the series "a more perfect union" chip reid takes us to baltimore where three female chefs are breaking cooking barriers. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." i'm ann mare-marie green, this the "cbs morning news." to look at me now, you don't see psoriasis. you see clear skin. cosentyx can help people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis find clear skin that can last. don't use if you're allergic to cosentyx. before starting, get checked for tuberculosis.
learn the signs at autismspeaks.org. our top story this morning, president trump resumed his attack on robert mueller. that's after his claims. in a c"cbs this morning" exclusive, attorney general william barr said mr. mueller could have determined whether or not president trump obstructed justice. there's a painful new ending in mobile, alabama.
omar villafranca shows us how a grim discovery tells the story of america's last slave ship. >> reporter: along the mobile river, ben raines took us to the spot where deep in the mud found the light of day. >> the ship tells the story and it's a real object, and this is the vehicle that brought these people and stole their lives from them. >> reporter: raines began his search for the "clotilda" using historical documenting including the captain's journal. last year he pulled up pieces of a ship. scientists confirmed it was the "clotilda." >> there's no more sinister slave story than this one. it was about a bet. >> reporter: in 1860 importing slaves to the u.s. was a crime. but an alabama mayor wagered he could break the law and get away with it.
he sent the ship to west africa which returned two months later with slaves. once unloaded he ordered the captain to burn the vessel to hide the crime. >> they didn't find it. they found history. these are strong people, strong-willed people, and that's what came to america. >> reporter: many direct descendants of the "clotilda" slaves still live in africa town where they gathered to hear the details of the discovery. >> yes, it is "clotilda." >> covered up and everything else, but now it's real. >> it's not my story. >> but you get to tell it. >> it's not my story, but it was a story that needed to be told. >> reporter: omar villafranca, cbs news, mobile, alabama. coming up on "cbs this morning," we'll talk with the winners of the scripps national spelling bee. and in the series "a more perfect union" chip reid takes us to baltimore where three female chefs are breaking cooking barriers.
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treasure island. good morning, everyone. it is friday. yea. may 31st. i'm michelle griego. >> good morning. i'm kenny choi. it's just about 4:30 now. let's get a check of the forecast. a warmup sounds good to me, mary. >> beautiful way to end our week. happy friday to you. we made it to the end of the workweek. and we are looking at the start of a warming trend for us. here's a live look with our san jose cam. mid-50s. concord, oakland, livermore. low 50s. mid-50s in san francisco. upper 60s in oakland. mid-70s in san jose for those average highs for this time of year. mid-70s in san jose, and upper 70s for concord. forecasting temperatures exactly where we should be for this time. in san francisco. and a little warmer for oakland. low 70s. low 80s in san jose. and mid-80s as we head through