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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight-- the president disrupts the impeachment hearing with a tweet.
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is it witness intimidation? >> as we sit here testifying, the president is attacking you on twitter. >> it's very intimidating. >> i have the right to speak. i have freedom of speech, just as other people do. >> o'donnell: house speaker nancy pelosi speaks exclusively with margaret brennan. guilty on all charges-- why roger stone, the president's longtime friend and self- described dirty trickster is facing up to 50 years. assault on the field-- the n.f.l. cracks down tonight after an ugly brawl. >> that's one of the worst thing i've ever seen on a professional sports field. >> o'donnell: britain's prince andrew gives his first-ever interview about his relationship with sex offender jeffrey epstein. >> it is not something that was becoming of a member of our family ♪ hey, hey, hey >> o'donnell: bad blood: they're taylor swift's songs, so who is stopping her from singing them on tv. and "profiles in service:" how the toughest marines train for the most of the solemn duty.
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>> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting tonight from washington. >> o'donnell: good evening. and thank you for joining us on this extraordinary night in u.s. history. president trump tonight is accused of witness intimidation, and now faces another possible impeachment charge. never before has a president publicly attacked an impeachment witness at the moment they were testifying as mr. trump did today on twitter. it came during chilling testimony from marie yovanovitch, the highly respected diplomat and anticorruption crusader told congress she felt threatened and intimidated by president trump. yovanovitch said she was removed from her post in ukraine after being "knee-capped" by a shadowy smear campaign. democrats claim that takedown cleared the way for the president to attempt to bribe
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ukraine's new president into investigating mr. trump's rivals. there's a lot to break down tonight with our team here in washington, and nancy cordes leads us off on capitol hill. nancy, this was powerful testimony. >> reporter: it was, norah. and congress was riveted as she essentially accused president trump of siding with some notoriously corrupt ukrainians over his own u.s. ambassador and allowing "shady interests" hijack u.s. policy. >> it was terrible. it's not the way i wanted my career to end. >> reporter: yovanovitch is a 33-year veteran of foreign fervice. >> my first tour was mogadishu, somalia. tashkent, uzbekistan. i later served in moscow. >> reporter: but as she spoke, the president broke with g.o.p. strategy, slamming her heblemished record by tweet. >> would you like to respond to the president's attack that "everywhere you went turned bad?" >> i... i mean, i don't-- i
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don't think i have such powers. >> what effect do you think that has on other witnesses' willingness to come forward and expose wrongdoing? >> well, it's very intimidating. >> reporter: yovanovitch described how the president's personal attorney worked for months to smear her reputation... >> we were blocked by the ambassador who eventually got fired. >> reporter: ...with the help of corrupt ukrainians. >> was it mr. lutsenko, among others, who coordinated with mr. giuliani to peddle false accusations against you, as well as the bidens? >> yes, that is my understanding. >> reporter: the state department said she did nothing wrong, but the president still called her "bad news" according to the summary of a july call with ukraine's leader. >> a person who saw me actually reading the transcript said that the color drained from my face. i think i even had a physical reaction. >> what did you think when president trump told president zelensky, and you read that you were going "to go through some things?"
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>> it kind of felt like a vague threat, and so i wondered what that meant. it concerned me. >> reporter: republicans argued her testimony was irrelevant, because yovanovitch was recalled before mr. trump suddenly withheld military aid to ukraine, the act at the heart of this inquiry. >> i'm not exactly sure what the ambassador is doing here today. >> reporter: but democrats say her removal allowed someone else to step in. >> hi, i'm gordon sondland. >> reporter: a trump donor and e.u. ambassador who urged the ukrainians to look into the president's campaign rival, joe biden. >> what if the president could put someone else in place with no diplomatic experience at all? what if he put in place someone whose portfolio doesn't even include ukraine? might that person be willing to work with rudy giuliani in pursuit of these investigations? >> yeah, maybe. >> well, that's exactly what happened, wasn't it? >> yes. >> reporter: she warned congress esat her career was far from the
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>> when other tries, actors in other countries see that private interests, foreign get a u.s. ambassador removed, what's going to stop them from doing that in the future in other countries? ( applause ) >> reporter: after seven hours, yovanovitch departed to a sustained standing ovation. some republicans said it was wrong for the president to attack yovanovitch during the hearing, but they rejected the notion of witness tampering. still, norah, it shows how difficult it can be for them to coordinate a defense with a very unpredictable president. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy, >> o'donnell: the president is defending his twitter attack on the former ambassador saying he was only exercising his freedom of speech. as weijia jiang reports from the white house, there are new questions tonight about a phone
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call summary the president released today. >> i have the right to speak. i have freedom of speech, just as other people do. >> reporter: late today, president trump dismissed accusations he tried to intimidate marie yovanovitch and flipped the script on adam schiff. >> tampering is when a guy like shifty schiff doesn't let us have lawyers. tampering is when schiff doesn't let us have witnesses. >> reporter: but republicans did present new evidence today, a summary of the president's first phone call with the newly elected property of ukraine back in april, three months before their conversation at the center of the impeachment inquiry. >> i'd like to congratulate you on a job well done. >> reporter: released just in time for it to be read at the start of today's hearing. >> now the american people know the very first call that president trump had with president zelensky. >> reporter: republicans say the call proves mr. trump had other interactions with the ukrainians whe he did not discuss the bidens. ace only problem: back in april,
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the white house said that mr. trump told the ukrainian president that he wanted to "root out corruption," but those words are not anywhere in the summary. tonight, the white house is blaming the discrepancy on lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, the national security council's ukraine expert. a source tells cbs news vindman signed off on that language before the president actually made the call. today, vindman is not commenting, but, norah, he is set to testify in public next week. >> o'donnell: more to come. weijia, thank you. late today, house speaker nancy pelosi weighed in on today's testimony in an exclusive interview with margaret brennan for sunday's "face the nation." >> reporter: why do you think he was tweeting about her? >> because he-- he knows-- well, he made a mistake, and he knows her strength, and he was trying to undermine it. of course presidents appoint ambassadors. but people don't insult people, especially when they're giving onsty fore t cons
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the unedtate >> o'donnell: and margaret joins us now. margaret, i want wee learni about some testimony that was behind closed doors today about david holmes' deposition. what have we learned? >> reporter: yes, this is the american diplomat who was in ukraine and had firsthand knowledge. he overheard a phone call between the u.s. ambassador to the e.u., and president trump. it happened on july 26 at a restaurant in ukraine. immediately after the ambassador had met with ukrainian officials, and i'm looking now at notes here from a copy of holmes' testimony which was obtained by cbs news. and according to what he said ehe president was speaking so loudly sondland had to hold the phone away from him-- >> o'donnell: the president was talking so loud? >> reporter: the president was so loud. and so that's how holmes heard the details of this conversation. he heard the president ask,
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"will he do the investigation?" to when sondland replied he will do anything you ask. he was speaking about the president of ukraine doing "anything you ask." so this is now someone who heard this proposed deal essentially being floated. this is so significant, and i spoke to a source who had been in the room for the deposition, and this was behind closed doors, not in an open hearing, like marie yovanovitch today. and that source told me that this presents not only new problems for the president but for gordon sondland, the ambassador, who testifies next week. and that at a minimum he may need to turn on the president or potentially face jail time. >> o'donnell: that is big news. margaret, thank you. and you can see margaret's full interview with speaker pelosi. that's sunday on "face the nation." the president had something else to tweet about today when his longtime friend and adviser roger stone was convicted on seven counts in federal court. jeff pegues reports stone provide a key link between wikileaks and the trump campaign in 2016. >> reporter: a somber-looking roger stone, who for years
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claimed his innocence, left court without saying a word. the longtime confidant of president trump was found guilty of five counts of lying to tampering, and one count of obstruction. according to prosecutors, stone lied to protect the president. mr. trump responded on twitter, "so they now convict roger stone of lying. what about all the others? didn't they lie?" while an informal adviser to the trump campaign, stone boasted he was in contact with wikileaks founder julian assange. >> i actually have communicated with assange. >> reporter: but he denied ever telling mr. trump that wikileaks was going to release emails emails harmful to the hillary clinton campaign. can i ask you, did you have any interactions with president trump about those wikileaks releases? >> i did not. >> reporter: stone is the sixth trump associate convicted or to plead guilty in special counsel robert mueller's
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investigation. independent counsel scott fredrickson said stone may be hoping for a pardon. >> d mo trial with the expeatn that a pardon would be forthcoming down the road before he ever had to be sentenced to prison? >> reporter: stone will be sentenced in early february, and because he was convicted on all seven counts, he faces a maximum 50 years behind bars.f, thank you. tonight, a one-time top n.f.l. draft pick is benched indefinitely. the cleveland browns' myles garrett apologized for this brutal attack on the football field last night. but it's not clear if he'll ever return to the n.f.l. don dahler on the hit that was way out of bounds. >> reporter: with only eight seconds to go in the game that cleveland was winning, defensive end myles garret pulled off mason rudolph's helmet and bashed the steelers quarterback on the head with it. that ignited a brawl and shock from around the league. >> that's one of the worst things i've ever seen on a
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professional sports field. >> i know it's bush league. it's a total coward's move on his part. >> i'm embarrassed. myles is embarrassed. it's not good. >> reporter: the n.f.l. was quick to react, fining both teams $250,000, and suspending the steelers' maurkice pouncey for three games, the browns larry ogunjobi, for one, but myles garett's season is over. with the n.f.l. committed to lessening the number of brain injuries among players, this is not the image it wants the world to remember. much of the shock stemmed not only from an ugly moment of violence in an inherently violent sport, but who did it. garrett is considered a thoughtful player, a poet whose dream is to become a paleontologist when his football career is over. >> i know what i did was foolish and i shouldn't have allowed myself to do that. >> reporter: garrett must meet with the commissioner before he's allowed to play again next season. the browns today said in a
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statement, "we are extremely disappointed. there is no place for that in football." norah. >> o'donnell: all right, don, khank you. there is still much more ahead. up next, royal damage control. prince andrew speaks out about his relationship with convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. and why pop superstar taylor swift is telling the men who own her music, "you need to calm down." down." yourself are my bones strong? life is full of make or break moments. that's why it's so important to help reduce your risk of fracture with prolia®. only prolia® is proven to help strengthen and protect bones from fracture with 1 shot every 6 months. do not take prolia® if you have low blood calcium, are pregnant, are allergic to it or take xgeva® serious allergic reactions, like low blood pressure trouble breathing; throat tightness; face, lip, or tongue swelling rash; itching; or hives have happened. tell your doctor about dental problems as severe jaw bone problems may happen
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>> today's "profiles in service" is sponsored by ford. >> o'donnell: tonight, the marines are accepting applications for one of the most demanding jobs in the corps. half the candidates drop out. steve hartman's "on the road" with tonight's "profiles in service." >> reporter: all marines train hard. but few are tougher and none are stronger than this elite unit of 10 marines stationed in washington, d.c. >> we all wanted something to push us, and we found it. >> pushing myself mentally and physically. >> most difficult thing that i've ever done in my life. >> it's one of those things if you don't go through it, nobody will really understand. >> reporter: he's right about that. in this case not even seeing is believing. corporal luke givens is their platoon sergeant. >> we have such a unique group of individuals that are able to live up to the very strict standard of what we need out in arlington every day.
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>> reporter: the mission of these mightiest of marines is to shoulder the burden of american grief. literally. ( "taps" ) they are the body bearers. and every day here at arlington cemetery, in teams of six, they carry the caskets. other branches of the service use eight men and carry lower. but marines pride themselves on doing more with less, and they take that pride to the grave. to do this, and make it look so effortless, they practice with a weighted coffin day in and day out in the basement of an old anrking garage at marine barracks, washington. >> we want it to be so level and so smooth that it looks like it's just floating across arlington. >> so if we're flawless, then that's their last memory of their loved one, was he must have been one of them, just as flawless as them. >> reporter: on this day, the ceremony was for a retired coof acttyerce, including vietnam. but a rank private gets the same
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level of devotion from these men, summed up in their motto, "the last to let you down." >> you drop all semblance of, you know, caring about yourself, >> there is no place i would rather be than right here doing what we're doing. >> this is the most honorable, humbling thing i've ever done in my life. >> reporter: on that note, you should understand the body bearers don't often do interviews. they're uncomfortable with attention. so after this story is done, corporal givens has politely asked that you never consider them again. >> we would just ask, i guess, that people don't think about us, that they think about the marines that we are honoring, pay respect to them. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," at arlington cemetery. >> o'donnell: and that is what you call "selfless service."

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