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doing it. it was not easy. i fell. it's not easy. so kudos to her. takes captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, we have several top headlines as we come on the air. the captivating evidence in the. january 6 hearing, including the danger to then-vice president pence. plus, what president biden is saying tonight about the possibility of a recession. the bombshell testimony, and the new pictures from january 6 of mike pence. why his closest aides were so concerned about what the violent mob would do to the vice president. >> the proud boys would have killed mike pence if given a chance. >> o'donnell: plus, the justice's wife. what we're learning about ginni thomas and her alleged involvement in trying to overturn the 2020 election. breaking news: the new interview with president biden. why he says inflation isn't his fault. tonight, as wall street panics, mortgage rates skyrocket.
how much more will a new loan cost you? tonight, the massive flood, and new video from yellowstone national park, and the questions about why the governor is nowhere to be found. plus, the major flight cancellations and delays due to severe weather nationwide. tonight's other top headlines: a third american reportedly missing in ukraine. revlon files for bankruptcy. and finally, ahead of father's day, how a father-daughter bond led to a possible life-saving discovery. 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 and thank you for joining us on this thursday night. today, we witnessed what some consider to be the most-important january 6 hearing to date. there was powerful testimony from one of the most respected conservative lawyers in the republican party, warning ominously that the threat to
democracy isn't over, and that former president donald trump and his allies present "a clear and present danger" in 2024. former federal judge michael luttig said vice president mike pence prevented what would have been a revolution within a constitutional crisis. strong words. and we learned today that rioters came within 40 feet of mike pence. and we saw new pictures today of the former vice president huddled in a secure location under the capitol, reading trump's tweets. in the words of one of the committee's witnesses, "if the violent mob had foundth mike pence, they probably would have killed him." and we have some new reporting. cbs news has learned that former president trump is following these hearings, and he's reportedly furious. we have team coverage tonight, starting with cbs' scott macfarlane on capitol hill. scott, good evening. >> reporter: hi, norah, the committee detailed an unprecedented pressure campaign against mike pence, which ignited the crowd, some of whom, the committee says, were willing to kill pence.
the riotous mob got within 40 feet of an evacuating mike pence on january 6. pence's lawyer, greg jacob, was with him. >> i don't think i was aware that they were as close as that. >> reporter: at least some willing to murder, according to the committee and an f.b.i. informant. >> the proud boys would have killed mike pence if given a chance. >> reporter: the committee contended that the mob was egged on by a tweet from donald trump, saying pence lacked courage. >> the situation was already bad, and so it felt like he was pouring gasoline on the fire by tweeting that. >> hang mike pence! hang mike pence! >> reporter: new images showed pence hiding in an underground safe room. the committee also showed trump in the oval office on the morning of january 6, when he put final pressure on pence to block certification of the election in an explosive phone call. >> the conversation was-- was-- pretty heated. it was a different tone than i'd heard him take with the vice president before. >> reporter: ivanka trump telling an aide what vulgarity
he called the vice president. >> do you remember what she said her father called him? >> the "p" word. >> reporter: his aides say pence never considered the scheme,d. devised by john eastman, to have the former vice president reject the electors and throw the election to trump. >> there is no justifiable basis to conclude that the vice president has that kind of authority. >> reporter: the committee said even trump's chief of staff, and eastman himself, knew the plan was bogus and dangerous. former white house lawyer eric herschmann said he warned eastman. >> "you're saying that you believe the vice president, acting as president of the senate, can be the sole decision-maker as to, under your theory, who becomes the next president of the united states?" and he said yes. and i said, "are you out of your effing mind?" of i said, "you're going to cause riots in the streets." >> reporter: after the attack, eastman emailed rudy giuliani, asking to be considered for a pardon. >> i assert my fifth amendment
right against being compelled to be a witness against myself. >> reporter: and when deposed by the committee this past december, eastman took the fifth more than 140 times. conservative judge michael luttig, an outside adviser to pence, said the threat to democracy remains to this day. >> donald trump, and his allies and supporters, are a clear and present danger. >> reporter: during the hearing, there was a letter released, sent by the justice department to the january 6 committee, asking the committee for copies of all the transcripts from all their interviews. the committee won't comment, but in the letter, the justice department says it needs those transcripts, norah, to prosecute more january 6 criminals. >> o'donnell: scott macfarlane, thank you.t macfarlane, thank you. also new tonight, we learned the committee now wants to interview supreme court justicet clarence thomas' wife, ginni, after new emails were revealed from the conservative activist. cbs' robert costa is here.
so, wow, this is a new step forward. i mean, how soon could this happen? >> reporter: very soon. norah, for months after cbs news and "the washington post" broke the news on this program that there were text messages between the white house chief of staff and ginni thomas, we have sought comment. now miss thomas has told ae s conservative media outlet, the daily caller, that she is willing to cooperate with the committee and the committee this afternoon issued an invitation for her to appear. they will ask about those text messages, as well as emails between her and john eastman, who played such a prominent role in the story of today's hearing. >> o'donnell: right, what were they talking about? and what do we know about supreme court justice clarence thomas' role, if any? >> reporter: that is the lingering question, and the committee will certainly probe it. they have held off on a subpoena until now, but they want toprob. they held off on a know: did the justice, who oversees cases on the election, have any kind of discussions with his spouse, or perhaps john eastman, his former clerk, about those cases? >> o'donnell: feels like there is still so much more to learn.
>> reporter: this story is still unfolding. >> o'donnell: robert costa, thank you. well, tonight, president biden in a new interview, arguing that a recession is not inevitable, as he tries to calm the markets as the federal reserve works to bring inflation under control. but, it was a brutal day on wall street. the dow sank below 30,000 for the first time in over a year, and the s&p dropped deeper into a bear market. and with stocks down, mortgage rates are up, hitting their highest level since 2008. the average 30-year loan rose to 5.78%. that's up more than 2.5 points since january. here's cbs' lana zak. >> reporter: across america tonight, housing anxiety. >> our family is getting really big, and we really need a house. >> you have to put more money in. >> reporter: kristenia hargrove, a real estate agent herself, has been crammed into a two-bedroom condo with her family, house- hunting for the last six months. >> wow, susan. >> reporter: what is keeping you up at night?
>> trying to find a house, with the mortgage prices going up, and gas prices and everything else-- it's just been a bit of a nightmare, honestly. >> reporter: her search, like those of other first-time buyers, is harder with mortgage rates skyrocketing, the largest weekly jump since 1987. >> it creates a significant affordability challenge. not only do they have very high rates on house price growth, yog also have now, you know, a pretty rapid increase in mortgage interest rates. >> reporter: it's a one-two punch for buyers already struggling to keep pace with the frenzied housing market. since last year, home prices in atlantic county, new jersey are up nearly 10%, up nearly 28% in salt lake city, utah, and in punta gorda, florida, prices are up a whopping 34%. >> everyone's very nervous. >> reporter: the rising rates are intended to help cool the housing market. compared to a year ago, mortgage applications are down more than 50%. what's your advice? >> i say, take a deep breath. understand what your buying power is, and then, when you go out and look at homes, you have to adjust what you're looking at.
>> reporter: for kristenia, that means searching in a lower-priced neighborhood. >> i will do everything that i possibly can to make it work. but right now, we just have to see. >> reporter: so, to put it into perspective, norah, with the higher prices and mortgageah, wt rates, the average new home- buyer is going to pay $500 more a month, or $180,000 over the course of a 30-year loan, than somebody who bought their home just a year ago. somebody who bought the norah. >> o'donnell: that really does put it in perspective. lana zak, thank you. new tonight, the state department says it is aware of reports that a third american has gone missing in ukraine. this comes as the families of those captured u.s. veterans are desperate for any information about their whereabouts. they fear the russians may be holding the men. cbs' chris livesay reports from ukraine. >> reporter: they had just gotten engaged. >> we decided to get engaged so we can get married when he gets back. >> reporter: but now, joy black doesn't know when, or if, that
will happen. the whereabouts of her fiancé, 27-year-old andy huynh, along with 39-year-old alexander drueke, are still unknown. their families say huynh initially did humanitarian work with church groups, while drueke was training ukrainians to fight. but both eventually wound up on the front lines. >> i'm really hoping that we can get some answers and find out where andy and alex are and get them home. that's all i want, is andy back. >> reporter: both men, from alabama, were fighting with a unit of foreign volunteers, when something went wrong. his fellow soldiers called drueke's mom, bunny, to tell her the news. >> all but two people had made it back, and alex and andy were the two who had not reported in yet. >> reporter: the kremlin has not confirmed their capture, but russian state media wasted no time discussing their punishment. "based on the precedent, there will be a death sentence," the
presenter asks this law-maker. "yes, there are no other options." an unthinkable fate for alex's mom. >> i'm not worried about him being in the russian hands-- not because of russia, but because i know alex's character. he is brave. he is tough. he is well-trained. there's part of him that's going, "yes, i can do this!" >> reporter: now, the timing and circumstances are ominous for the americans who went missing here in the kharkiv region. just last week, a russian-backed separatist court sentenced a moroccan and two british p.o.w.s to death for fighting alongsidei ukrainians. norah. >> o'donnell: chris livesay with that new information, thank you. tonight, yellowstone national park, one of america's treasures, is in shambles following an unprecedented amount of rain and flooding. it has suffered so much damage that the federal government isis stepping in to help. cbs' jonathan vigliotti reports tonight from montana. >> reporter: tonight, as the water recedes, new drone video
shows what engineers say will take months to fix before reopening yellowstone's b north gate. more than half a million people use roads like this to get to this part of the national park each year. many of them stay in towns like red lodge, which was also hit by flooding. ( phone ringing ) now, businesses here are facing a wave of cancellations. >> okay, you're needing to cancel. >> reporter: larry young owns the alpine lodge inn. when did the cancellations start coming in for you and your business? >> immediately-- we've had over 150 cancellations. >> reporter: still, he considers himself lucky. 250 businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed, according to fire chief tom kuntz. >> the river literally came right through here and went through these folks' house. the river was going through their living room. >> reporter: the surging river first ripped through the national park sunday. before-and-after satellite photos show the full extent of the destruction inside the park. today, lieutenant governor kristen juras toured the damage, standing in for governor greg
gianforte, who came under fire for not returning from an overseas trip. where has he been all this time? >> for security reasons, we haven't disclosed his-- his-- where he's been. >> reporter: juras signed a disaster declaration in his absence, which was approved by president biden this afternoon. but for now, this gateway to yellowstone is closed, leaving towns like red lodge on the line. >> just help our town out by supporting us by coming to see us again, all right? >> reporter: fema agents have arrived in town tonight. they're now inspecting dramatic scenes, like the one behind me. the ieutenant governor tells me, after inspecting all of this damage, she now believes it could take longer than october before the entire park reopens. norah. >> o'donnell: jonathan vigliotti, thank you so much. in wisconsin, residents spent the day picking up the pieces, following a night of severe storms, including several tornadoes. some homes were damaged, power lines were knocked down, but no serious injuries were reported. those storms are now moving
east, forcing airlines to cancel more than 1,300 flights, with 6,000 more delayed. elsewhere, record heat remains in the forecast, from georgia to pennsylvania. as the country prepares to mark juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the united states, we are taking a look at the effort to bridge the nation's racial divide. we traveled to louisville, one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. in tonight's "eye on america," cbs' adriana diaz shows us how narrowing the gap begins with a walk across one street. >> reporter: ninth street in louisville is where the divide happens. happens. est is mostly black. >> i grew up as far west as you can go. >> reporter: east, mostly white. >> i was born on the east side. >> reporter: sherry bryant hamilton and angie mccorkle buckler grew up on opposite sides of ninth. but they've been coming to the symbolic street, to the frazier history museum, to create a bridge. >> if we don't talk about it, we don't learn about it. >> tension was high.
>> reporter: they're attending packed panel discussions about race relations in louisville, from policing to bussing. though the city's more diverse than ever, segregation has proven stubborn, compounded by years of systemic racism. what do you say to people who think that there's too much discussion about race? >> i don't know where they're living. >> may i have your blindfold, please? ( laughter ) >> reporter: the panels are organized by rachel platt, a former news anchor running community engagement for the museum. >> they're tough conversations. not everybody's in for them. not everybody agrees that a museum should be having them. you have to really be committed to this. >> we want to go to may 7, 1968. >> reporter: this panel was about the "black 6"-- five men and one woman, bryant hamilton's mother, arrested in 1968, after a white police officer beat a black man.ea >> that history is not so long ago. you think something happened 50 years ago, 55 years ago,
but it could have happened yesterday. >> reporter: in 2020, breonna taylor's killing became a painful reminder of that past. >> i've heard people say, "well, but-- but-- you weren't part of slavery, you know, that's been gone for years." well, it's these kinds of incidents, and the toll and effects they can have on the families, long-lasting, for years to come. so we have to understand that, in order to try to meet people where they are, i think. >> people are too complacent, and they don't realize that we're all in this together. we're going to sink or swim together. >> reporter: a community trying to change its future by understanding its past. for "eye on america," adriana diaz, cbs news, louisville. >> o'donnell: and today, the mayor of louisville publicly apologized for the mistreatment of hamilton's mother and the other members of the "black 6." still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," a new twist in the baby formula shortage. why this key factory suddenlys y
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he wasn't worried. >> i thought it was maybe-- back in my 20s, i was at a concert that was really loud, or something like that, and i messed up my one ear. >> reporter: home forlly loud. thanksgiving, rachel insisted he see a doctor. since his hearing loss was only in his left ear, joe assumed he would just be getting a hearing aid. >> we never would have thought it was a brain tumor, though. >> reporter: a tumor, called an acoustic neuroma, that, if left untreated, can be fatal. >> we don't know what would have happened if i didn't take that class. >> reporter: joe had surgery to remove the tumor in february, and is back to living life to the fullest. what are some of the feelings that you'll be having on father's day, rachel? >> just probably super grateful that he is able to live the life that he lived before. >> reporter: and what about you, joe? >> i'm just happy that we'll have many more years together. >> reporter: thanks to a daughter taking a page from the "dad playbook:" looking out for the people we love. jan crawford, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: and when we come back, big news in the
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to one of san jose's beloved native sons. >> norm mineta was right, and we need to follow him right to the very end. now at 7:00, remembering a man who was beloved in the bay area and beyond. good evening. i'm ryan yamamoto. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. a final farewell to norman mineta. he broke barriers as the first asian american to serve as mayor of san jose. he also became the first asian american to hold a u.s. cabinet post. >> the man who left a lasting impact on the bay area's biggest city and the nation. ♪ >> reporter: norm mineta, whose modestry was legendary, likely would not have to approved of such a big fuss. nonetheless, hundreds gathered to share a laugh and shed a tear. robert ragsack played basketball with mineta at san jose high nearly 80 years ago. what kind of loss is this for you? >> well, it's