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>> i will eat it. >> anyway. ng sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the fallout over a white house aide's explosive january 6 testimony. could former president donald trump face criminal charges? the possible new legal jeopardy for donald trump and his inner circle. the concerns tonhtbout possible witness tampering. r. kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in a sex trafficking case, charges he denied in that bombshell interview with gayle king. >> robert. >> o'donnell: we speak to a survivor victimized by the disgraced r&b star. still performing abortions. the uncertainty tonight in states with trigger laws, the clinics seeing a surge in calls trying to get in as many patients before the bans take effect. u.s. beefing up its military
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influence europe. our cbs news investigation: crime without punishment. unsolved murder in america. why cases are going unsolved at record numbers. tonight's other top headlines: stepping up testing for monkeypox in america. a terrifying moment at yellowstone where a man and his son got attacked by a wild anelebrating pride month. the female baseball star going public with her own personal truth at the age of 95. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. reporting from the nation's capitol. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us on this wednesday night. there are a number of new questions tonight after that jaw-dropping testimony from cassidy hutchinson, the close aide to then-white house chief of staff mark meadows. some of the revelations could land members of the trump inner
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circle and the former president himself in legal jeopardy. that includes hutchinson's firsthand account of the former president encouraging his supporters to march to the capitol, even after he was told that many of them had weapons. with these developments, eyes are on the justice department for possible criminal charges. hutchinson's testimony was breathtaking in scope and devastating in details, including that presidential limo assault that she described. and tonight, we're hearing from the secret service about that. cbs' scott macfarlane is going to start us off from the capitol. good evening, scott. >> reporter: norah, that blockbuster testimony about former president trump's actions and inaction on january 6 is raising a new question about his exposure to possible criminal charge the stunning revelations from former white house aide cassidy hutchinson put the former president in greater legal jeopardy, according to panel member, jamie raskin. >> i want justice to be done.
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and i do believe in individual criminal accountability. >> reporter: of note to the committee, the striking accusation trump knew some of the crowd in d.c. were armed and likely headed toward an outnumbered police force at the capitol. >> overheard the president say something to the effect of, i don't care that they have weapons. they're not here to hurt me. take the f'ing mags away. let my people in. they can march the capitol from here. >> reporter: the potential charges, according to legal experts, obstructing a legal proceeding, and incitement of a riot, the president encouraging the crowd to march to the capitol. >> we're going to walk down, and i'll be there with you. we're going to walk down to the capitol. >> reporter: former federal prosecutor scott frederickson said hutchinson's testimony was a game cng and could pmpt thstnt t act. >> i think that hearing and testimony by cassidy hutchinson yesterday was a watergate moment. i think it moved this case farther forward to a potential indictment of the president.
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i think people are wondering how do you not charge a case? given what we now know. >> reporter: there's new push-back about one part of hutchinson's account, in which she testifies white house colleague tony ornato told her of an incident in the presidential limo, in which trump tried to grab the wheel, and lunged at secret service agent bobby engle. >> the president said something to the effect of, "i'm the f'ing president. take me up to the capitol now. the the. >> reporter: a source close to the secret service denied that accusation. >> miss hutchinson testified under oath in front of millions of people. all we've heard is some anonymously sourced report that somebody disagrees with that. >> reporter: some witnesses told the committee they felt pressured by trump allies ahead of their testimony to remain loyal to the former president. congressman raskin says that amounts to witness tampering,
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which, if proven, could lead to a charge of obstruction of justice. norah. >> o'donnell: i think we'll hear more about that. scott macfarlane, thank you. former r&b superstar and convicted sex predator r. kelly is likely to spend much of the rest of his life in prison after a judge handing down a 30-year prison sentence today. as cbs' jericka duncan reports, it was an emotional day at the courthouse in brooklyn. >> reporter: r. kelly showed no emotion after federal judge ann donnelly effectively put the 55-year-old behind bars until he's 85. >> r. kelly is a predator. and as a result of our prosecution, he'll serve a long jail sentence. >> reporter: kelly opted not to address the court after seven victims detailed how he ruined their lives. seated at the defense table, he never made eye contact with any of them. the grammy award-winning artist was convicted last year for leading an illegal enterprise to recruit women, underaged girls and boys for sex, but in handing
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down her sentence, the judge said this case was not about sex. rather than, it was about violence, cruelty, and control. ♪ i believe i can fly. >> reporter:icle's relationship with underaged girls has been questioned for decades. he married the late singer alayiah in 1994, using false documents, when she was 15, and in 2008, he was acquitted on child pornography charges. but in 2019, there were new allegations of sexual abuse that surfaced after lifetime released the documentary "survivorring r. kelly." weeks later, police arrested kelly. in an exclusive interview with gayle king, he forcefully denight accusations. >> robert. >> i didn't cothis stuff! this is not me. >> reporter: robert. >> reporter: we sat down with javante cunningham who met kelly when she was 14. >> for someone to finally hear
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the survivors' had, and for the judicial system to show up i'm overwhelmed. >> reporter: a total of eight people today directly addressed r. kelly, including the father of one victim who said his family chose to walk in love and forgiveness. as for kelly's legal team, they plan to appeal. norah. >> o'donnell: jericka duncan, thank you. we want to turn now to the fight over abortion rights which is far from over. ohio today became the latest state to face a legal challenge to its ban. and now in some states like texas, with so-called trigger laws, the question is whether women will face prosecution if they seek an abortion. cbs' omar villafranca reports. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: protesters prayed outside of a planned parenthood clinic today in broward county, florida. on friday, the state's 15-week ban on abortion is set to go into effect, but several groups are challenging the new law. >> abortion in florida is legal right now. in fact, the health centers with
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planned parenthood are really busy. >> reporter: last week's supreme court ruling leaves a patchwork of state laws that has created confusion on where women can go for abortion and many are going to florida. >> if you look at the map, i mean, florida really is the last oasis of healthcare of access to reproductive healthcare in the south and abortion. >> reporter: several states had trigger laws in place in case "roe" was overturned, and many have now effectively banned abortion or severely restricted them. in three states, some providers have stopped offering abortion care due to uncertainty. another battle on the abortion front? enforcement. in austin, texas, travis county district attorney jose garza says he thinks law enforcement can use discretion in prosecuting. >> my number one job is to keep our community safe and not prosecuting women, families who seek abortion care, not
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prosecuting doctors and medical staff who provide abortion care. >> reporter: but in wisconsin, where there is a legal fight over an 1849 law that criminalizes abortion, sheboygan county d.a. joel urmanski says his job is clear. >> i'm not going to try and go out there and be some activist prosecutor miep job is to enforce the law as it's written. >> reporter: this clinic here in san antonio is able to resume abortions within the first six weeks of pregnancy. the state of texas also started a new web site today that gives information on abortion alternatives and adoption. norah. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca, thank you. we turn overseas now. nato officially invited finland and sweden to join the alliance, and in another major announcement, president biden says the u.s. will increase its military presence in europe, including a permanent u.s. base in poland, to act asa a deterrent to russian aggression. cbs' nancy cordes is traveling with the president. >> i think it's a history-making
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summit. >> reporter: a new show of force from president biden and other nato leaders as the war ukraine moves into its fifth month. the president announcing today that he's deploying more military might to nine european countries, including two new navy destroyers to spain, two f-35 squadrons to the u.k., and an additional combat brig aid to romania. national security council spokesman john kirby. >> we want to make sure we send a very clear message to mr. putin, that as president biden has said, we're going to defend every inch of nato territory. >> reporter: russia threatened to respond with compensatory measures warning, "we have the capabilities and resources." speaking remotely, ukraine's president warned the leaders gathered here, that even with foreign aid he is still vastly outgunned. >> the ukrainian forces are struggling. >> reporter: igor zhovkva is prespresident president zelensky
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chief of staff. he traveled here to madrid because his boss can't. what kind of weaponry is ukraine seeking that you are not getting now? >> well, we are getting almost all the pieces of weapons we want but not in the right numbers. >> reporter: boris johnson called the invasion a prime example of toxic masculinity. >> if putin was a woman, which he obviously isn't, but if he were, i really don't think he would have embalkerred on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has. >> reporter: one solution, he said, is to elect more women. but, norah, of the 30 heads of state attending this nato summit in madrid, 26 of them are men. >> o'donnell: nice to see that the men agree there needs to be more women in power. nancy cordes in madrid, thank you. well, tonight, the biden administration is speeding up testing for monkeypox, and
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rushing 56,000 vaccine doses to areas where the virus is spreading most quickly. there are more than 300 confirmed cases here in the u.s., and most of the of those infections occurred just this month. we're joined by infectious disease doctor celine gounder. she is also editor at large in "kaiser health news." so good to have you. with these monkeypox cases on the rise, are we doing enough to combat this disease? >> norah, we haven't moved nearly fast much we have known about monkeypox cases in the united states since may, and we should have ramped up education and access to testing a few weeks ago. once we saw that monkeypox was spreading here in the u.s., we should have deployed vaccines from our strategic national stockpile more quickly and broadly, not just for close contacts but for others known to be at high risk for monkeypox. >> o'donnell: so on that point, who is considered high risk? >> >> currently monkeypox is spreading among men who have sex with men, including gay men and bisexual men, as well as trans
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women. but it's important toned that monkeypox is not just sexually transmitted and it doesn't just affect gay men. it can also be transmitted through direct contact with lesions on the skin, mouther or private parts, as well as through respiratory droplets or sprays, and direct contact with contaminated objects, such as bed sheets and towels. i'm really concerned about the spread of monkeypox to immunocompromised persons and pregnant women. it can cause miscarriages and it can be fate tool pregnant women, newborns, as well as immunocompromised persons. >> o'donnell: that's an important warning. dr. celine gounder, thank you so much. now to our new investigative series "crime without punishment: unsolved murder in america." cbs news is taking a look at the disturbing rise of these homicide where's today there is about a 50-50 chance a killer will not be arrested. we also found a stunning gap in the arrest rate for cases with white victims versus black or latino victims. cbs news chief investigative
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correspondent jim axelrod reports from philadelphia. >> this is going to happen pretty fast once they get out. we'll jump out now. >> reporter: detectives from philadelphia's homicide unit, along with a swat team, are raiding a house where they believe a murder suspect is hoholeholed up. on this morning, the raid is successful. >> we have two suspects in custody. >> reporter: but these detectives spend each day confronting a troubling question: why do so many murders now go unsolved? >> for us, it's the volume. >> reporter: 562 homicides were committed in philadelphia last year. that's about 11 each week. more than half of those cases are still open. >> it's the number of murders. and we just keep going and going and going. it's just it's volume just comes in, and it just crushes you. >> reporter: in the 1960s, police solved eight out of every 10 murder cases in america. today, it's barely one in two. >> it has never been this bad. during the last seven months of
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2020, most murders went unsolved, and that's never happened before in america. .>> reporter: what chiefs nationwide told us hinders the murder investigation most, the breactd between police and communities of color in a post-george floyd world. our investigative data team analyzed unsolved murders across the country. the rate of arrests over the last 30 years when the victim is white has risen above 85%. watch how the rate declines when the victim is hispanic. and even fewer arrests are made when the victim is black. stunn. it's not just here. it's not just here. >> reporter: danielle outlaw is the com philadelphia police department. she says the police need the community's help but knows it must be earned. are black murders pursued as aggressively? >> yes. >> reporter: as urgently? >> yes. >> reporter: with the same amount of manpower. >> yes, yes. again, it's--
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>> reporter: so then why do you end up with this kind of disparity? >> i think it's obvious. i'm a black woman. what we need is a collaborative effort in solving these cases. >> reporter: sometimes it sounds like what's implicit is the community of color needs to trust the police more. >> no, not at all. we're talking about historically issues, systemic inequities that contribute to the mistrust. it has to be a two-way street. >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, philadelphia. >> o'donnell: jim axelrod's investigative series continues tomorrow night with mothers who have taken it upon themselves to investigate the murders of loved ones. and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," a father and son's terrifying brush with a wild bison.
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. >> o'donnell: we end tonight with a salute to u.s. marine hershel woodrow williams, who died today in his home state of west virginia. woody williams, as he was known, was the last living medal of honor recipient from world war ii. as a young corporal, williams went ahead of his unit during the battle of iwo jima and destroyed a series of enemy gun positions. williams went on to work for the veterans administration and has a medical center and a navy ship named in his honor. woody williams was 98 years old. that is tonight's "cbs evening news."
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i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. >> his car turned left and impacted my car. >> judge judy: you mean he went right in front of you? >> announcer: the facts surrounding a crash aren't so clear. >> i have pictures of the damage to the cars opposite to what the diagram is. on the record, i'm a professional driver. >> announcer: did he even see the danger? >> judge judy: were you on the phone, mr. macalus? >> no. >> yes. he was. his phone was clearly in his hand, there was light on his face, and he wasn't looking at the road, he was looking at his phone. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution blake macalus is suing fellow motorist, 19-year-old adam owens, for causing an accident when he made a u-turn in front of him. >> byrd: order! all rise! this is case number 455 on the calendar in the matter of macalus vs. owens. >> judge judy: thank you.
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>> byrd: you're welcome. parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. ma'am, have a seat, please. >> judge judy: could you stand up, please? right over there. this is about an automobile accident, and each of you claim the other is responsible. >> yes. >> yes. >> judge judy: right? >> mm-hmm. >> judge judy: tell me your last name. >> miss ogren. >> judge judy: you were in the car with the defendant on the date of the accident? >> in the passenger seat. >> judge judy: what time was it? >> you know, i don't actually know what time it was, but it was late. >> judge judy: don't look at him. look at me. >> okay. >> judge judy: was it daytime or nighttime? >> it was nighttime. >> judge judy: do you remember the date? >> no. >> judge judy: what was the date? >> it was august 19, 2016. >> judge judy: don't say anything else. the date was august? >> yes. and it was at 10:20 p.m. >> judge judy: what part of "don't say anything else" didn't you understand? >> i'm just throwing that out there. >> judge judy: well, don't throw anything out. i said to you, "what was the date?" >> i'm sorry, your honor. >> judge judy: now, where were you coming from? >> we were coming from his house, going over to my house. >> judge judy: coming from his house, which is whe?

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