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>> smells like ice. >> that's the overnight news for this friday. this friday. t captioning funded by cbs cbs it's friday, may 12th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." president trump goes on the record. >> i was going to fire -- i made the decision. >> you made the decision before he came in the room. >> i was going to fire comey. there's no good time to do it, by the way. >> mr. trump decided to fire him and in turn contradicts white house statements. and still on track. the acting fbi director says nothing will stop the russian probe.
a nationwide sweep leads to a historic anti-gang crackdown. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. it is becoming almost impossible to keep track of the changing white house accounts of what led up to the firing of fbi director james comey. there are multiple conflicting explanations and now the president has contradicted his own administration, admitting the russia investigation did play a role. and the acting director of the fbi has weighed in on the investigation and comey's firing. hena daniels is here in new york. good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. president trump's attempt to set the record straight on why he fired james comey this week is fueling more questions than answers. over the last few days, members of his own administration have repeatedly maintained the decision had nothing do with russia and was recommended by key members of the justice
department. but now the president is saying something entirely different. >> he's a investigation into possible collusion of it also played a role. he even detailed several discussions he had with the former fbi director about the probe. >> we had a very nice dinner, and at that time he told me, you're not under investigation. >> a white house official said comey was invited to the white house back in january for a private dinner with the president during which mr. trump repeatedly demanded he pledge his almighty.
comey declined, instead pledging only to be honest with president trump. >> the revelations came on the same day acting director andrew mccabe became before the senate panel disputing the claim he was unpopular among rank and file-fbi ajechblts. >> director comey received broad support from the fbi and still does today. >> it has raised questions inside the fbi, that the white house is trying to interfere with the russia investigation. the white house insists it wants to see the probe come to conclusion with integrity. at least 20 democrat attorney generals are now joining growing calls for a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 election. president trump heads to virginia tomorrow to deliver a commencement address at liberty university. >> hena daniels here many new york. thank you so much, hena. acting fbi director andrew mccabe also said the firing
would not delay the investigation of the possible coordination between the trump campaign and russian. mccabe described it as low priority. he called the probe highly significant and said he would not tolerate interference from the white house. >> you cannot stop the men and women of the fbi from doing the right thing, protecting the american people and upholding the constitution. >> it's uncertain if mccabe will remain the head of the fbi. the trump administration is int interviewing other candidates for job. >> deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who wrote the memo the president said was the impetus for firing comey has been invited to brief senators next week. democrats want to ask him about the circumstance leading up to the memo. democrat senator chuck schumer says he wants answers by monday. ahead on "cbs this morning,"
president trump's firing of james comey has been compared to actions by president nixon. we'll talk to cbs news political contributor bob schieffer who covered the nixon white house all about that. and this morning the u.s. and china reached a trade deal the trump administration says will reduce america's trade gap with china. the agreement is a result of talks that began following last month's meeting between president trump and chinese president xi jinping. mr. trump had bashed chinese trade practices during the campaign. the new deal allows u.s. companies to ship natural gas to china, chinese borders would open o the u.s. beach, the u.s. would allow cooked chinese poultry to be sold in this country. critics are calling the executive order a sham. voting rights groups say it will lead to stricter voting requirements making it harder for minorities and the poor to vote.
>> reporter: president trump delivered what he promised in his tweet calling for a major investigation into voter fraud. he signed an executive order thursday creating a commission on it. >> they will follow the facts where they lead. meetings will be open for comments. >> reporter: vice president mike pence will lead it along with secretary of state kris kobach known for his efforts to enforce strict laws. voter fraud was a major theme for mr. trump on the campaign trail and the election. he tweeted in addition to that i got the popular vote. he said that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016, but there's mo evidence to back up his claim. christopher is a researcher.
>> it's rare and it calls into question the purpose of this commission. >> and there are concerns the panel may recommend new regulation making it harder to vote. >> regulation of the vote in the name of widespread voter fraud is likely to, you know, affect eligible voters as opposed to identifying ineligible voters. >> reporter: president trump predicts they'll be able to complete the report by 2018. kenneth craig, cbs news, the white house. the homeland security department announced the largest anti-gang crackdown in agency history. more than 1,300 alleged gang members across the united states have been arrested in the last six weeks. the crackdown is part of the border security and illegal immigration. 344 foreigners living in the u.s. illegally were taken into custody. and the justice didn't has begun its own investigation of the fatal shooting of an african-american near dallas.
15-year-old jordan edwards was killed when former officer roy oliver fired into the car as they were leaving a party. he's on bond charged with murder. severe thunderstorms and damaging winds are moving over from the south into the northeast. heavy rains could lead to flooding in some areas. last night high winds damaged a church and tore down trees in east central texas. no one was injured. chief meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz has the mother's day weekend forecast. >> after quite a bit of severe weather last night, we're watching a storm that's kind of in a transition phase for friday. moving across the southeast. we're still tracking thunderstorms but a lower threat. then it becomes a chilly evening rain climbing up through new york city late saturday into sunday morning and eventually through mother's day itself. it's bringing kind of dreary conditions. chilly temperatures. look at saturday's highs in the 40s and 50s for much of the mid-atlantic into the northeast and then for mother's day itself
our coldest air will be focused on new england, hovering well below average for this time of year. not really gardening weather for mother's day. it's chilly in the northeast and west as well, but most of the country looking very bright and very warm on sunday. it's a nice travel weather expected. then a total pattern shift as we head into next week. cooler in the east, warmer in the west. it's all about summer warmth and colder air turning to much of the west coast and intermountain west. i'm eric fisher for cbs news. happy mother's day for all the moms out there. coming up on the "morning news," a reversal for amtrak. a new call for prosecution for the deadly derailment. and later a scouting exodus. the mormon church pulls thousands of boys from the boy scouts. this is the "cbs morning news."
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investigation of his death. "the philadelphia inquirer" says a judge wants criminal charges filed against the engineer in the 2015 amtrak derailment. the city's district attorney had decided just this week not to charge brandon bostian in an amtrak crash that killed eight people. they say the state should take over the case to avoid a conflict of interest. rising hepatitis rates are linked to abuse of painkillers. more than 1% of infants in the state had the infection at birth. researchers say some women in rural counties are injecting opioids. the salt lake tribune says the mormon church is phasing out its longtime support of the boy scouts. the church is moving older boys out of two scouting programs and into activities of its own. church officials say the change is not due to scouting's openness to gay and transgender members. and the new yorker compares the firing of fbi trelkter jams
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five major candy makers are teaming up to tackle the elephant in their room. they've agreed to cut the calories in many sweets. nestle, wrigley, and mars chocolate are among the participating companies. they're reacting to shoppers' increasing aversion to sugar. on the "cbs moneywatch," tough times for macy's and burger king brings back a cheesy favorite. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morning, anne-marie. stocks on wall street finished slightly lower yesterday following reports from major retailers. the dow lost 23 points, the s&p fell 5 points, the nasdaq ended 13 points lower. macy's was one of those retails that lost big. sales fell 4% in the last quarter. its stock plunged by about 17%.
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our top story this morning. in a broadcast interview president trump said the russian investigation was on his mind when he fired james comey. that contradicts previous white house explanations that pin a decision on a justice department memo. president trump told cbs news comey is a showboat and a grandstander. and president trump signed an executive order creating a commission to review the election voter fraud. he claims during the campaign voters voted illegally. it could lead to stricter requirements that could make it harder for minorities and the poor to vote. some republican lawmakers have faced anger at town hall meetings this week.
crowds have been fired up about health care. now the decision to fire james comey is giving new fuel to that anger. >> tell the truth! tell the truth! >> reporter: at one town hall -- >> answer the last question. >> reporter: -- open your after another. >> open your eyes. >> all right, all right. >> reporter: -- congressional republicans on recess this week have been getting an earful, and now another issue is testing their hearing. >> i have a question in regards to russia. >> reporter: firing the head of the fbi as the bureau investigates the firing. >> would he fire the fbi director because that's a pretty dumb move. >> reporter: blum represents a town that twice voted for barack
obama but turned red in november. in marshaltown blum was repeatedly asked to defend it. among them, he was not worried. >> one guy, even if it's the head guy, it doesn't make any difference whether the investigation goes forward or not. >> reporter: fellow trump supporter varity hand was even less concerned. >> if the russians worked with trump to get trump elected, is that troubling to you? >> no. >> overall, how do you think president trump is doing? >> i think that he is doing very well. >> reporter: that is the answer we've been getting in state after state since the inauguration from the people donald trump calls his base. dean reynolds, cbs news, marshal town, iowa. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the largest terminal swap ever at an active airport as more than a dozen airlines relocate at l.a.x. plus, we'll show you how they're
keeping swimmers safe amid a spike of popular predators at a dangerous beach, weekend go inside the riskiest attempt to climb mt. everest with who two snapchatting thrill seekers. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
friday to jaclyn and brian. how are you doing? >> happy friday. >> i'm intermittently conscious. [ laughter ] i saw some possums i haven't seen since october. they keep my yard busy. let's do the weather. by this afternoon, temperatures mostly in the 60s around the bay area. but as you head out this morning, well, a little chilly start. numbers in the low 50s. as you can see, right now, it's 52. oakland 54. in livermore, 50. by this afternoon, doesn't look bad. more sunshine today than yesterday. mother's day looks good. we'll have details coming up. first let's check on the road ahead with jaclyn. >> happy friday. we ar