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♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight: settling scores. the president lashes out, attacking prosecutors, even a federal judge, as he praises his attorney general for interfering in the roger stone case. what he's saying tonight about the possibility of pardoning his longtime friend. plus the surprising lesson the president says he learned from being impeached. six-year-old vanishes, the other breaking news. she was seen getting off her school bus, and an hour later, her parents say she was gone. tonight, the desperate search and why the f.b.i. is now involved. off to the races: bernie sanders, pete buttigeig, and amy klobuchar riding high after finishing on top in new hampshire. joe biden comes out swinging, fighting back from a fifth-place
finish. plus, after spending hundreds of millions of dollars, why is billionaire mike bloomberg now doing damage control? targeting your children: the new lawsuit against the country's biggest e-cigarette maker. did juul try to hook kids with slick ads posted on popular websites? football players charged with rape. two members of ohio state's team accused tonight of a vicious attack. dangerous flooding: dramatic rescues in texas, drivers pulled from their cars as severe storms drench the south. the weather alerts just out tonight. and she went around the world 5,000 times. is her next destination the moon? we speak with record-setting astronaut christina koch. 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. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news. president trump is testing the
independence of the justice department, thanking his attorney general for taking charge of the case of his longtime friend roger stone, in an attempt to keep him out of jail. it's a highly unusual move for the president of the united states to lash out at career justice department lawyers involved in such a case. stone, who first urged trump to run for president emergency 30 years ago, was convicted by a jury in november on seven federal charges. but late today, the president claimed stone was treated horribly. the president's attack appears to be part of a larger post- impeachment purge as mr. trump works to remove those he sees as enemies. paula reid leads off our coverage tonight. from the white house >> reporter: president trump shrugged off allegations he interfered in the justice department's handling of the roger stone case. >> i'm not concerned about anything. >> reporter: attorney general william barr reversed court tuesday and sought a lighter sentence for the president's longtime friend. four federal prosecutors al prosecutorsthe case in resigned from the case protest.
>> they ought to go back to school and learn, because i'll tell you, with the way they treated people. >> reporter: the justice department insists there was no coordination with the white house, but this morning, the president congratulated barr for his involvement. >> attorney general william barr ought to be ashamed and embarrassed, and resign. >> reporter: democrats charged barr with enabling an abuse of power. >> i have formally requested that the inspector general of the justice department investigate this matter immediately. >> reporter: the president also targeted the judge overseeing stone's case, prompting a rare rebuke from his closest ally, senator lindsey graham. >> i don't think the president should have tweeted about an ongoing case. >> reporter: but yesterday, the president penalized the u.s. attorney who oversaw stone's trial, withdrawing her nomination for a top job at the treasury department. democrats say the president's behavior proves he learned nothing from impeachment. >> he can abuse his office, he'll never, ever be held
accountable by this senate. that was the lesson. asked this afternoon what he learned from >> reporter: the president was asked this afternoon what he learned from impeachment. he said the lesson that he's taken away is simply that democrats are crooked, vicious, and never should have brought impeachment charges in the first place. norah. >> o'donnell: paula, thank you. tonight, there's a lot of soul- searching going on in the democratic party after the stunning results in the new hampshire democratic primary. bernie sanders won a tight race over pete buttigeig, amy klobuchar making a late surge to finish third. it was a bad night for joe biden, who now desperately needs a win. and tonight, news that elizabeth warren's campaign is shifting strategy. the race now heads into a crucial stretch with super tuesday just weeks away. ed o'keefe reports tonight. >> reporter: with one caucus and one primary down, the democratic race for president is set to become an even sharper ideological clash. liberal senator bernie sanders, who won new hampshire by about 4,000 votes, is vowing to broaden his support beyond the 26% he earned last night.
a few of your competitors, looking at the numbers, will point out, he won overwhelmingly four years ago. >> last time, four years ago, i ran against one person. this time we had eight people. >> reporter: former mayor pete buttigeig, a moderate who has a narrow lead in the delegate count, warned again today that sanders will alienate too many voters. >> this is not, i think, a moment to further divide the american people. this is a moment to rally the aerican people around the changes that we need. >> reporter: next up is nevada, where buttigieg is doubling his staff to 100. third-place finisher senator amy klobuchar says she's expanding her team there, too, after raising $5 million in four days and surpassing better-known names. >> we have beaten the odds every step of the way. >> reporter: as for former vice president joe biden... >> it ain't over, man. we're just getting started. >> reporter: ...he now argues that the nomination can't be won until bigger, more-diverse states have a say. in a new ad, he's promising to push forward. >> let's take back this country now!
>> o'donnell: so, ed, is this a fight, essentially, for the ideological soul of the party? >> reporter: it is. and look, last night, as results were coming in, rival campaigns to sanders kept pointing out he can't top 30%. and if you add up the moderate numbers from buttigieg, klobuchar, and biden, they surpass them. they suggest at some point some moderate will emerge to take him on, but everyone i talk to said it won't happen easily or quickly. >> o'donnell: there is one quickly. candidate in the democratic race who wasn't on the ballot in new hampshire. billionaire michael bloomberg is running an unconventional campaign fueled by his own naltune. campaign fueled by his own but he's now facing controversy over his policies while mayor of new york. nikole killion is with the campaign in tennessee where early voting began today in its super tuesday primary. >> reporter: campaigning in tennessee today, michael bloomberg expressed regret for comments from 2015 about new york city's controversial stop- and-frisk policy.
why did you say what you said in that 2015 speech? >> i don't think those words reflect how-- how i led the most diverse city in the nation, and i apologized for the practice and the pain that it caused. >> reporter: the former new york mayor said he's not worried his comments could hurt him with voters of color, and today, rolled out endorsements from three members of the congressional black caucus. >> we're going to do very well in the african american community. ( cheers ) >> reporter: bloomberg has been digging into former vice president joe biden's support among african american voters, which has fallen to 27% since december. biden is now trying to shore up those numbers in south carolina ad beyond. >> you can't be the democratic nominee and you can't win a general election as a democrat unless you have overwhelming support from black and brown voters. it's just really simple.
>> reporter: bloomberg is here because tennessee holds its primary super tuesday and early voting starts today. some voters of color who attended his event told me they were bothered by his past comments, while others just want someone who can beat president trump. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nikole, thank you. tonight, the f.b.i. has joined the search for a little girl from south carolina who has now been missing for two days. hundreds of police have fanned out across the area. janet shamlian reports on a new video of the girl. >> reporter: this is six-year- old faye swetlik, getting off her school bus monday afternoon. a little more than an hour later, she was gone. last seen playing in the front yard of her cayce, south carolina, home. police released the images today in hopes of getting more tips and home security video. why can't it be an mber alert? >> at this point, we have not ruled out that faye could have wandered into woods playing, gotten lost, and has not found her way back home yet. >> reporter: faye's face is everywhere, but the little girl
is nowhere to be found. the search is expanding tonight. more than 300 officers from 20 law enforcement agencies are now going door to door beyond her neighborhood. and the f.b.i. has joined the investigation. there is no evidence the three foot 10 inch 65 pound first grader was abducted from the home where faye lives with her mother and grandmother, ruth collins, who did not want to be seen on camera. >> oh, my baby. we gotta find her. >> it's just really hard. >> reporter: lindsay vaughn's son, beckham, is faye's friend. how is the community reacting? >> it's just sick. just worried sick over it. >> reporter: tonight, police have taken the extraordinary step of blocking off the entire neighborhood where faye disappeared. only residents can come and go. one sergeant told me it is the largest law enforcement operation he's ever seen. >> o'donnell: wow, janet, thank you.
heavy rain and snow created dangerous conditions across the country today. in kansas, a school bus packed with fourth and fifth graders flipped on its side on an icy road. 16 kids and one adult were taken to the hospital. no serious injuries reported. in fargo, north dakota, cars wiped out in blizzard conditions. farther south, several people had been rescued from cars in flooded roads in fort worth, texas. today, the massachusetts attorney general says she's uncovered the strongest evidence to date that e-cigarette giant juul targeted children in its online advertising campaigns. in a lawsuit filed today, the attorney general claims juul bought ad space on well-known youth websites. nikki battiste tells us exactly where the ads popped up and what juul is saying tonight. >> reporter: these mock-up ads of young-looking models fashionably holding juul. were uncovered by massachusetts prosecutors who say the e- cigarette company explicitly targeted teens. >> juul knew it was selling to kids.
>> reporter: massachusetts attorney general maura healey says the ads were part of internal documents found during an investigation. >> a juul customer service representative even told underaged customers in massachusetts how to get around our laws. >> reporter: according to the lawsuit, juul rejected a marketing proposal targeting adults, and instead adopted a campaign like this, aimed at a cool crowd. the company also bought ad space on youth-focused websites including nickelodeon, the cartoon network, and "seventeen" magazine. at today's press conference, 19- year-old emma tigerman talked about her juul addiction. >> unfortunately, i will have to consider myself an addict for rest of my life and that is at the hands of juul. >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, juul says: massachusetts state attorney general is the ninth to sue juul. e-cigarette companies have a may 12 deadline to apply to the f.d.a. to continue selling their
products. that review is expected to take a year. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nikki, thank you. we have breaking news now from ohio state university. two football players have just been dismissed from the team after being charged with rape and kidnapping. adriana diaz on the disturbing details in this case. >> reporter: the ohio state university football players, amir riep and jahsen wint, were booked into this columbus jail late last night after turning themselves in. the criminal complaint alleges that on february 4, a 19-year- old woman was having consensual sex with riep when she stopped, stating she did not want to continue. detectives say wint then entered the room, and riep, after asking if wint could join, pushed her down by the neck, and two men allegedly raped her. afterwards the report says riep told the victim to say the incident was consensual on video as he was laughing and she was crying. denise alex-bouzounis is with
the columbus police department. >> she was unsure if she should go ahead and file charges or not, and that's what happens in a lot of these cases. >> reporter: riep is a cornerback, and wint a safety. both are 21 and played in more than 30 game e buckeyes with one more year of eligibility. attorney sam shamansky represents wint. >> the charges are outrageously false. he's wrongly accused. he shouldn't be in jail. >> reporter: we haven't heard back from riep's attorney, but police tell us one of the reasons why the woman has second thoughts about coming forward is because the suspects are high profile as football players here. they'll have their first court appearance tomorrow. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, adriana, thank you. today, astronaut christina koch says she's a bit sore but adjusting well to life back on earth. she just completed the longest single flight by a female astronaut, nearly 11 months in space. koch was also part of the first all-female spacewalk. today we spoke with her in her first interview since returning
from that historic mission. it was the smile that said it all, one that has inspired a new generation of girls to reach for the stars. did you dream of being an astronaut and going to space when you were a little girl? >> i actually don't necessarily remember a time when i didn't want to be an astronaut. i loved things that made me feel small, things that made me contemplate our place in the universe. >> o'donnell: this wide-eyed girl, now in her 40s, given the opportunity to see this plan net a different way, zipping around the earth every 90 minutes at more than 17,000 miles per hour with 16 sunrises and sunsets each day. what was the view like? >> you know, it was so incredible, not only the physical beauty of what you're seeing in the earth, but the things that it brings to you and the perspective of the fact that that is our one home for all of humanity. >> o'donnell: the journey allowed her to see the power of mother nature and pay tributes
to those we've lost. it's given her a front-row seat to history, making her part of a unique club of just 15 women who have walked in space. do you look at yourself as a trailblazer? >> sometimes i joke that having the longest record for time spent up there is really just about not defying the laws of physics because i didn't necessarily have a ride home i could hop on. >> o'donnell: the grit and the stamina that you possess, where does that grit come from? >> i actually credit one person and that is my grandmother. my grandmother is an incredibly hard worker, they were farmers and so i always like to think that i'm hopefully making her proud. >> o'donnell: with this mission, she stepped into history and now hopes to be the one to make the next leap. the next frontier is putting a woman on the moon in 2024. would you like to go? >> a mission like that would be such an incredible honor. >> o'donnell: does it have to be just one woman? >> that's what i was thinking. let's just go for the full woman crew. >> o'donnell: and her message to
aspiring young women: follow your dreams. >> live the life you imagine. do what you're passionate about. do what you love. be true to yourself. >> o'donnell: there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." chinese authorities are reporting a sharp increase in cases of the coronavirus. new details in that alleged college sex cult. the man accused of abusing his daughter's college roommates answers to the charges. and after this frightening video-- look at this-- there's a new call to make seat belts mandatory on all school buses.
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is quarantined off japan. a father accused of running a sex trafficking and extortion scheme out of his daughter's college dorm pleaded not guilty today. lawrence ray is accused of sexually and psychologically abusing his daughter's roommates at sarah lawrence college. prosecutors say the evidence includes explicit photos and videos and prostitution ads online. tonight, the national safety council is calling for seat belts on all school buses after the release of this terrifying video. this was from an accident in ohio in december where students were tossed after the bus was hit by a car. eight students were hurt. most states do not require seat belts on school buses. this video is probably going to change some things. wow. up next, a man who has given so much of himself to save lives and why he has no plans to stop.
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