tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS January 22, 2020 6:30pm-7:00pm PST
♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight: making their case. the democrats prosecuting the president open the senate trial in dramatic fashion. >> if this conduct is not impeachable, then nothing is. >> o'donnell: accusing him of abusing his office in an effort to make sure he could keep it. >> president trump withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to secure foreign help with his re- election. in other words, to cheat. >> o'donnell: tonight, the three key dates house managers now say prove the president's guilt. deadly plane crash: a flight crashes just as it's taking off, bursting into flames. the breaking news just coming in on the death toll. prime suspect: explosive allegations tonight that saudi arabia's crown prince hacked into jeff bezos' iphone. was the head of amazon targeted in an attempt to silence him and
expose his affair? quarantined, an entire city shut down, as that mysterious virus from china spreads, the death toll now rising. why the world health organization may soon call it an international emergency. deadly plot disrupted: was a neo-nazi group planning for a civil war? the new allegations they wanted to poison the water supply and derail trains. how investigators say they infiltrated the group. consumer alert: the phony text message you may have gotten that says it was from fedex. what the company says you should not do tonight. and the story that's no bull. how a 2,000-pound animal has seniors riding high. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west. the democrats prosecuting the president say it comes down to this: president trump tried to use the powers of his office to
cheat an election. in a series of dramatic presentations stretching into the night, house managers laid out their case to remove mr. trump from office, at times using his own words against him. this was the first of what will be three eight-hour-long presentations by the democrats before the president's lawyers are even allowed to speak. democrats are focusing on what they call a crucial three-day span last july, painting a picture of a president who was intent on leveraging military aid to try to get ukraine to dig up dirt on joe biden, saying if his conduct isn't impeachable, then nothing is. well, we've got team coverage on this historic day from both ends of pennsylvania avenue. ben tracy is at the white house. we begin tonight with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy. >> reporter: norah, the impeachment managers are walking the senate through all the evidence step by step-- every phone call, every email-- as they lay out why they believe this senate should be the first in u.s. history to remove a u.s. president from office.
>> president trump has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance. >> reporter: lead impeachment manager adam schiff launched his opening arguments by honing in on a three-day period from last summer. >> that alone is grounds for removal from office of the 45th president. >> reporter: it started, he said, on july 24, the day special counsel robert mueller testified about his two-year investigation into russian election interference. >> did you actually totally exonerate the president? >> no. >> reporter: one day later, president trump asked the ukrainian president to do him a favor and investigate his campaign rival, joe biden. >> the very next day, he's on the phone, president trump is on the phone with a different foreign power-- this time ukraine-- trying to get ukraine to interfere in the next election. >> reporter: the next day, president trump brought it up again in an overheard call with his e.u. ambassador.
>> president trump asked sondland, "so he's going to do the investigation?" >> reporter: those three days, schiff argued, showed the president himself was behind the scheme, using millions in military aid as bait. >> it was not only immoral. it was also illegal. >> reporter: the president's legal team looked on from a table nearby. >> we will challenge aggressively the case that they're putting forward. >> reporter: in a series of late-night votes, senate republicans blocked the minority's attempts to secure new witness testimony. >> i move to table the amendment. table the amendment. table the amendment. >> reporter: some republicans say they're open to witnesses if biden testifies, too. democrat chuck schumer: >> that trade is not on the table. >> o'donnell: nancy cordes joins us now and, nancy, on this idea of a witness swap idea, i know democrats are saying this isn't like some fantasy football trade. and i understand joe biden himself has weighed in? >> reporter: that's right.
he campaigning in iowa, where he says that he himself is not going to be party to any kind of witness swap because he wasn't involved in this scheme and did nothing wrong. but at the end of the day, norah, it's up to the senators. if 51 of them vote to hear from joe biden or john bolton or anyone else, then those subpoenas are going to go out. >> o'donnell: all thank you. tonight, president trump is back in washington after a quick trip to the world economic forum in switzerland. but even while he was on the world stage, the president was focused on what was happening on the senate floor. ben tracy reports tonight from the white house. >> we have a great case. >> reporter: before leaving the world economic forum in switzerland, president trump said there's somewhere else he'd like to be. >> will you please be seated? >> reporter: front and center at his impeachment trial. >> i'd love to go. wouldn't that be great? wouldn't that be beautiful? i'd love to sit in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces. >> reporter: the president gave his own attorneys rave reviews and then unloaded on house managers: democrats adam schiff
and jerry nadler. >> these two guys, these are major sleazebags. they're very dishonest people. >> reporter: despite republican efforts to block witnesses, president trump claims he'd love to see testify from current and former members of his administration, including former adviser, john bolton. but mr. trump said national security concerns, particularly in bolton's case, make that unlikely. >> he knows some of my thoughts. he knows what i think about leaders. what happens if he reveals what i think about a certain leader, and it's not very positive? i don't know if we left on the best of terms. i would say probably not. >> reporter: back in the u.s., the president's campaign manager, brad parscale, told "cbs this morning" impeachment is helping mr. trump's re- election bid. >> there are millions now that are egaged to show up. and the president has a larger base now significantly from 2016. >> reporter: as for the president actually showing up at his own impeachment trial, republican senator john cornyn said the president should focus on other businesses.
but republican senator rand paul said he may send a ticket over here to the white house just in case the president wants to use it. norah. >> o'donnell: that would be dramatic. ben, thank you. and there's breaking news tonight from california. investigators are on the scene of a fiery plane crash. the plane apparently went down just as it was taking off. kris van cleave has the latest. >> reporter: just after noon local time, the small plane went down just off the runway of the corona california municipal airport. pilot dorothe voll says the plane was trying to take off. >> he didn't pull back, and he was too fast to end the runway. and then he flipped, and then everybody was running, and it started on fire, and then it had two explosions. >> reporter: corona fire says four people on board died. the crash sent plumes of black smoke billowing into the air. crews could see the smoke as the call for help went out.
>> the smoke was just too intense, and the fire-- it was just horrible. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board will investigate the crash. kris van cleave, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: tonight, we are learning shocking new details about an alleged saudi plot aimed at silencing jeff bezos, the founder of amazon and the owner of "the washington post." bezos' phone was hacked, possibly by the saudi crown prince. jeff pegues on a motive and what's in a new forensic investigation commissioned by bezos. >> reporter: according to the report, amazon billionaire, jeff bezos, and saudi crown prince mohammad bin salman exchanged messages on whatsapp before, but the message sent in 2018 set in motion a chain of events. the u.n. says an mp4 video file sent from an whatsapp account used by the crowned prince infected bezos' phone and caused a massive and unprecedented
exfiltration of data. the flow of information out of "the washington post" owner's phone jumped by 29,000%, and he would soon get messages from the account signaling that he was being spied on. the saudis weren't happy with "the washington post" coverage of the kingdom and their columnist, jamal khashoggi, a critic of the regime. five months after bezos' phone was hacked, jamal khashoggi was killed inside the saudi consulate in istanbul, for which the saudis ultimately took responsibility on "60 minutes." >> o'donnell: did you order the murder of jamal khashoggi? >> ( translated ): absolutely not. this was a heinous crime. but i take full responsibility as a leader in saudi arabia, especially since it was committed by individuals working for the saudi government. >> reporter: one month after the killing, another message from the account of bin salman included the photo of a woman resembling lauren sanchez, whom bezos was secretly having an affair with.
soon after, the "national enquirer" broke the story of bezos' affair, and bezos blamed the saudis. today the saudi foreign minister denied his government's involvement in hacking bezos' phone. >> i think "absurd" is exactly the right word. the idea that the crown prince would hack jeff bezos' phone is absolutely silly. >> o'donnell: what do we know about how someone would gain access to bezos' phone? >> reporter: this was spyware, and we're told bezos didn't have to click on it to sweep up his information. it can get your passwords, text messages, even have access to your phone. now the u.n. is calling for the u.s. to investigate. the f.b.i., though, is not commenting. >> o'donnell: and raises questions about how one can protect themselves. >> reporter: exactly. >> o'donnell: thank you, jeff. tonight, five major american airports are ramping up screenings of passengers coming in from wuhan, china, a city now on lockdown because of the spreading coronavirus. the world health organization is having emergency meetings as they decide whether to label
this a global emergency. the death toll has spiked to 17. ramy inocencio is in china tonight reporting on a city quarantined. >> reporter: just one day before china's massive lunar new year holiday, as hundreds of millions crisscross the country to celebrate with families, an unprecedented act: in just a few todayed entire city of wuhan, population 11 million, and ground zero for the coronavirus epidemic is on lockdown down. every mode of transport out of the city will grind to a halt-- planes, trains, buses, ferries, and subways. >> we are at the wuhan airport. >> reporter: our cbs news team left wuhan just hours before the shocking announcement. in the airport, nearly every single person wore a mask, reminiscent of the sars crisis of 2003. when we landed in beijing, airline workers scanned us for fevers. >> you just saw that. we just got our temperature
checked. >> reporter: with similar scenes playing out in airports in and out of the region, even as far as moscow and lagos, nigeria. in wuhan, behind-the-scenes footage shows extreme measures being taken to contain the virus. but reports of confirmed cases continue to rise, now reaching six countries, including the united states, where a man in his 30s remains in isolation at this hospital north of seattle. and as more people get sick the world health organization has added an extra day of talks to decide on whether this epidemic constitutes a global emergency. as for here in china, it's already taken decisive and some would say very startling action that begins, really, in the next few hours. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, ramy, thank you. today, president trump appeared to downplay the injuries suffered by u.s. service members in iran's recent missile attack on a base in iraq. 11 americans had been treated for concussion-like symptoms. our weijia jiang asked the
president about it today in switzerland. >> i heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things. but i would say-- and i can report, it is not very serious. >> o'donnell: well, today, u.s. central command said more american troops were flown out of iraq to germany for medical evaluations. an exact number was not released. fedex and amazon are warning customers about a nationwide scam involving text messages. it's disguised as a tracking code for a package that's going to be delivered and users are asked to enter their delivery preferences and provide their personal and credit card information. again, this is all a scam. fedex says it never sends unsolicited texts or emails to customers. there are chilling new details tonight about three suspected members of a violent neo-nazi group who were arrested last week ahead of monday's pro-gun rally in virginia. federal prosecutors said today that the suspects were caught on camera talking about killing people, poisoning water
supplies, derailing trains, and starting a civil war. catherine herridge has more. >> reporter: on canadian patrick mathews' computer, agents found a profanity-laced video he taped declaring, "if you want the white race to survive derail some f-ing trains, kill some people and poison some water supplies." matthews and two associates were arrested last week in an f.b.i. sweep of members of the neo-nazi group the base. they discussed traveling to monday's gun rights rally in richmond to start a full-blown civil war. u.s. attorney robert hur said the men were doing more than just talking about violence, having built an assault rifle and purchasing more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition. >> they packed food and supplies, including a gas mask, intending to load their truck "for the war" in virginia. >> reporter: three other alleged members of the base were arrested last week in northwest georgia at the group's training camp. catherine herridge, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: and there is still
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center. >> that's crazy. why would you think that? why would you do that? >> reporter: for rodeo clown jason dent, laughs are his livelihood, but it's his sidekick, this one-ton bull named ole who steals the show. >> hello, everyone! >> reporter: when ole lumbered into the wesley life senior community, not a grandma or grandpa scattered. >> you got it! >> reporter: instead, the bull inched closer for the ride of a lifetime. >> you did it! >> reporter: wilma hoekstra, who is 96, is old enough to know better, but too young to care. have you ever been on the back of a bull before? >> never. never. >> reporter: why did you wait 96 years? >> i don't know. ( laughter ) i think it's because i got wiser. >> i want to go down! >> reporter: saddling up can be difficult. >> you made it! >> reporter: but the laughs and smiles are contagious. she had a great time. despite his crooked horns and mean looks, 14-year-old ole is a
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