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here's anthony mason. take care we will see you >> mason: the russia investigation. congress now wants phone and e-mail records of everyone connected with the 2016 trump tower meeting with a russian lawyer. also tonight... >> why are you stopping us? >> mason: baltimore police investigate whether officers planted evidence in a drug case. a scientific breakthrough, genes in human embryos are repaired before they can cause a birth defect. and shopping for jobs. hundreds go online the old-fashioned way for a chance to work for amazon. >> somebody's got to fix the robotics. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."
>> mason: good evening. i'm anthony mason. congressional investigators now want phone and e-mail records of everyone involved in that meeting with the russian lawyer at trump tower last year. their interest in what happened there is growing after the president's story changed. at first his lawyer denied the president helped his son put out a misleading statement about the meeting. but yesterday the white house admitted that the president weighed in on that statement. the special counsel's investigation of russian meddling in the u.s. election is widening, as well. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that congressional investigators have high interest in obtaining the phone records of all of the people involved in donald trump, jr.'s, meeting with a russian lawyer in june 2016. republican senator james risch, a staunch supporter of the president, says e-mails released by donald trump, jr., are not enough. >> i guarantee you there were
phone calls in addition to those e-mail, and i want to hear all of it. >> reporter: congressional investigators are seeking all relevant documents, such as the e-mails of everyone involved, including the president's son-in-law, jared kushner, and then-campaign chairman paul manafort. scott fredericksen is a former federal prosecutor. >> they have subpoena power, although it's a process that is much more lengthy. the special counsel will already have issued a subpoena to the company for the phone records, text messages, all those records. >> reporter: special counsel robert mueller's team of veteran prosecutors is expanding and now includes an expert on foreign bribery. for more than a year the f.b.i. has been looking into whether the trump campaign associates conspired with the russians during the election. one allegation is whether promises were made to ease sanctions on russia if mr. trump was elected. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: last week the senate forced the president to act against russia when it
passed a new package of sanctions for meddling in the election. it took five days, but today the president signed legislation he called flawed into law. russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev reacted on facebook, saying the sanctions were tantamount to a full-scale trade war, and he labeled the trump administration "utterly powerless." donald trump, jr., is expected to be grilled by congressional investigators seeking answers, but no date has been set for his testimony, and it is unlikely that he will be on capitol hill to answer questions before labor day. anthony? >> mason: jeff pegues. thanks, jeff. the white house today corrected a claim the president made about his controversial appearance last week before the boy scouts. chip reid now on new questions about the president's truthfulness. >> we won north carolina. we won pennsylvania. >> reporter: president trump's speech at the boy scout jamboree last week ignited a firestorm of
criticism for turning the historically non-political event into a partisan campaign rally. >> and i see all these politicians, and i see the swamp, and it's not a good place. >> reporter: the chief scout executive responded with sincere apologies to those in our scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric. today the controversy got new life when the boy scouts had to respond again, this time to a recent interview the president did with the "wall street journal" in which he said, "i got a call from the head of the boy scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them. the boy scouts said, "we are unaware of any such call." white house press secretary sarah sanders today admitted the president did not receive a call from the boy scouts. >> reporter: multiple members of the boy scout leadership following his speech there they that congratulated him, praised him. >> reporter: the president also raised questions about his voracity after making this claim
at a cabinet meeting monday. >> even the president of mexico called me and said their southern border, very few people are coming because they're not going to get through our border, which is ultimate compliment. >> reporter: but the mexican foreign ministry responded that president peña nieto has not recently spoken to donald trump over the telephone. sanders tried to quell that controversy, too. >> on mexico he was referencing the conversation they had had at the g-20 summit. >> reporter: while admitting again there was no phone call. >> it's great to be with my friend, the president of mexico. >> reporter: according to a new poll from quinnipiac university, 62% of americans say the president is not honest. 71% say he is not level headed. chipanthony? chip reid at the white house, thanks. the president wants to place limits on legal limb immigration based more on merit and skills. that led to this conversation
between cnn's jim acosta and white house adviser steven miller. >> the statue of liberty says give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. it doesn't say anything about speaking english or being able to be a computer programmer. aren't you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you're telling them, if you have to speak english, can't people learn how the speak english when they get here? >> well, first of all, right now it's a requirement that to be naturalized you have to speak english, so the notion that speaking english wouldn't be part of the immigration system would be ahistorical. secondly, i don't want to go into history here, but the statue of liberty is a similar similar -- symbol of liberty lighting the world. the poem was added later and it's in the part of the original statue of liberty, but more fundamentally -- >> you're saying that does not represent what the country has always thought of as immigrants
coming into this country? i'm sorry. that sounds like -- >> jim, let me ask you some question. >> that sounds like some national park revision. >> mason: for the record, a poem, "a new colossus" was written for an auction to raise money for the construction of the pedestal on which lady liberty rests. the trump administration appears to be targeting affirmative action at american colleges. jan crawford reports on what would be a significant change. >> reporter: the announcement came in an internal hiring notice, seeking justice department lawyers interested in investigating intentional race-based discrimination in college admissions. to critics and supporters, it signals the justice department will move aggressively against admissions programs that give certain minority students preference over white or asian american applicants. >> this is a pretty dramatic turn. >> reporter: vanita gupta headed the civil rights division in the obama administration.
>> i think what's interesting about what's been happening in very quick order in this new administration is the rollbacks and cutbacks of long standing litigated positions in the areas of voting right, l.g.b.t. rights and the like. >> reporter: but judicial watch's tom fitton says it's squarely in line with policies of past republican administrations, which also have challenged affirmative action programs in court as unconstitutional. >> you can have laws that help minorities, but not at the expense of others. and you can't discriminate to remedy discrimination. >> reporter: the supreme court has refused to end all affirmative action. it struck down quotas and numerical goals, but most recently, in a case from the university of texas, said race can be considered as one of many factors in college admissions. >> we are here. >> reporter: in recent years, asian americans have become more vocal opponents. several asian american groups have asked the justice department for help in challenging affirmative action policies at the country's top colleges and universities. now, in a statement, the justice
department says the job posting refers to a complaint filed by 64 asian american groups in may 2015. it added that the department has not received or issued any directive, memorandum, initiative or policy related to university admissions in general. anthony? >> mason: jan crawford. thanks, jan. in afghanistan two american service members were killed today by a suicide bomber outside kandahar. the taliban claimed responsibility. neither american was identified. they were part of a nato force training afghan soldiers. for a second time police officers in baltimore are suspected of planting evidence in a drug case, and once again they were exposed by their own cameras. here's don dahler. >> reporter: body camera video from last november shows baltimore police stopping a vehicle. >> what are you stopping us for? >> step out. >> what you mean step out? what are you stopping us for? >> reporter: and searching the car for drugs. at first no drugs are found. the public defenders office says
the officer then turn off their body cameras. when they begin recording again, one of the officers is seen squatting next to the open door of the car. he stands up and moves away. 0 seconds later another officer, who had been standing nearby, searches the same area. that's when he finds a bag of drugs. >> right there. >> yeah. >> reporter: baltimore police commissioner kevin davis says an investigation is under way. >> the body-worn camera is but a singular tool, and if you just look at a moment of it without looking at it in context, it can completely misrepresent the actions of police officers. >> reporter: two weeks ago body cam video from different baltimore officers emerged of them allegedly planting evidence in a backyard. one of those officers has been suspended and two placed on administrative duty while the allegations are investigated. > the credibility of those officers has now been directly
called enter question. >> reporter: baltimore city-state's attorney marilyn mosby. >> my team of prosecutors have been working around the clock to ensure a thorough evaluation of each and every case. >> reporter: in response to the video, her office has so far dismissed 41 of the 120 cases those officers were involved in. law enforcement sources say baltimore police officials view the cases as embarrassing and fear some officers are taking shortcuts. anthony, in light of this new video, charges against the driver and passenger were dropped. >> mason: don dahler, thanks. in minneapolis, a natural gas explosion caused part of a private school building to collapse. the school's receptionist was killed. police say contractors have been working on a gas line at the time. nine adults were taken to hospitals. three had critical injuries. a freight train ran off the tracks in western pennsylvania this morning, causing a huge explosion that was captured by a security camera.
no injuries and no word on a cause. more than 30 cars derailed. some carried hazardous material. everyone within a mile was evacuated. up to 40 countries have condemned last sunday's election in venezuela amid accusations it was rigged. venezuela's president now plans to rewrite the constitution to give himself unlimited power. the country's economy cratered when the price of oil plummeted. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: like many blue-collar neighborhoods, this place one supported the policies of nicholas maduro. now they have turned against him. hunger has a way of doing that. fernando contreras says he's lost 40 pounds since the trouble started. >> ( translated ): if you eat breakfast, you don't have lunch. if you have lunch, you don't have dinner. >> reporter: once a successful carpenter, this father of six says his fridge used to be
filled with meat and potatoes. >> ( translated ): watered, some limes, nothing else. >> reporter: just down the street we saw 200 people waiting hours for a simple loaf of bread. the economic meltdown is at the heart of the political crisis. more than 120 have been killed protesting maduro's power grab. more clashes are expected tomorrow as the government's new assembly starts work that will give maduro almost unlimited power. many wonder how long they can go on like this. 800% inflation has decimated savings. the currency is so devalued some shopkeepers weigh the money rather than waste time counting. and if residents are lucky enough to find food on the shelves, prices are out of sight. >> ( translated ): oh, the price went up as you were in line. >> reporter: "1,000 libra" he says. a geologist told us groceries
now eat up 80% of her salary. >> ( translated ): this plantain costs what your house cost 25 years ago. >> reporter: it's something that's almost impossible to comprehend, she says. for all the condemnation of his regime around the world, maduro remains unrepentant and is using u.s. sanctions imposed on him recently as a rallying cry against foreign intervention here. anthony? >> mason: manuel bojorquez with a look at the troubles inside venezuela. on wall street today, the dow closed again at a record high. that's six in a row. it finished above 22,000 for the first time ever. job seekers went shopping for shipping jobs at amazon today. that story is coming up on the "cbs evening news." but up next, a breakthrough procedure that could prevent a birth defect.
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>> mason: researchers say they've made a major breakthrough in gene editing. for the first time they successfully repaired a genetic mutation in human embryos. this has the potential to prevent a birth defect. dr. jon lapook is following. this jon? >> reporter: anthony, for the longest time medical science has been grappling with how to prevent genetic knew -- knew tiggss and the terrible illnesses that come with them from being passed on generation to generation. the d.n.a. in this chromosome had a gene that causes a severe heart problem. so researchers used a special technique called crispr to find and remove the gene inside the fertilized egg. it's like finding a needle in a haystack. the cell then repaired itself, and at the end of the process, the gene that causes the heart defect was gone. that means theoretically the embryo could develop without the defect, but anthony, the f.d.a. prohibits the use of this technology to help achieve a human pregnancy. >> mason: jon, i know this technology is still in its infancy, but this raises serious ethical concern, doesn't it?
>> john: huge ethical concerns. we've been thinking about this for decades, wow, you can repair a gene, but think about it. what are the unintended consequence, and who is to say which genes, if any, should be repaired, what is a defect? overall, the big question is: do we have the wisdom to use this new technology? it's still many years away from being used out there in the field. a lot of questions to be addressed. >> mason: brave new world ahead. dr. jon lapook, thanks very much. e when we come back, a robbery with no shortage of witnesses. cn due to inflammation, restasis multidose™ can help... with continued use twice a day, every day, one drop at a time. restasis multidose™ helps increase your eyes' natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to chronic dry eye. restasis multidose™ did not increase tear production in patients using anti-inflammatory eye drops or tear duct plugs. to help avoid eye injury and contamination,
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i need to not let her worry so much. >> reporter: he hopes to get one of 50,000 jobs available at amazon. at a dozen simultaneous job fairs today, they were filling entry level positions that pay $11. 50 to $50 an hour. they came in suit, brought resumes, and were given free slushys to pass the time. they applied to be sorters, packers, and shippers who will move alongside robots in fast-moving fulfillment centers. but amazon is growing as traditional retail is shrinking. over the last 15 years, e-commerce add more than 160,000 jobs as department stores lost nearly 500,000. the shift is due in part to a shopping migration from stores to the internet. david clarke is an economics professor at marquette university. does this hiring frenzy make up for jobs lost in areas like retail? >> probably not. they are certainly not hiring to the degree that a traditional bricks an mortar establishment would. >> reporter: in kenosha, harm
didn't make the cut. >> i know how these things go. it doesn't bother me much at all. >> reporter: you're going to reapply? >> sure. >> reporter: thousands of others, like randy scott in ohio, were hired on the spot. >> how often do you get to do that, go to an interview and be done. >> reporter: some are starting in days and aren't determined by amazon's growing automation. >> somebody's got the fix the robots. >> reporter: and robots don't stand a chance against an optimist. adriana diaz, cbs news, wisconsin. >> mason: somebody has to fix the robots. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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