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look, frolicking in the snow. >> world news tonight is next. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan tonight, fireworks at trump tower. the president-elect donald trump, his first news conference since july. blasting unconfirmed reports being investigated by u.s. intelligence about russia and whether vladimir putin has material on the new president to blackmail him. and what we now know about that report. brian ross standing by. and that very tense moment today with a reporter. >> you are attacking our news organization. can you give us a chance? also breaking tonight, the family business. since election day, the president-elect promising to offer a plan to avoid conflicts of interest. tonight, his big reveal, and the office of government ethics calling it, quote, wholly
inadequate. trump's pick for secretary of state, rex tillerson. a leading republican grilling him. and the alarming images coming in tonight. tearful hostages begging the president-elect, donald trump to save their lives. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night, and we begin with the lightning round of questions today at trump tower. this was the president-elect's first news conference in 168 days. since july, in fact. and mr. trump came ready. the president-elect taking aim at the intelligence community, calling it disgraceful. those unconfirmed reports that russia could have information to hold over him. and the president-elect was asked, did anyone on his team have contact with the russians during the campaign. we do have it all covered tonight, beginning with our chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: it's donald trump
versus the intelligence community. in his first press conference as president-elect, trump accused the nation's top intelligence officers of leaking those unconfirmed reports that russia was gathering salacious information to blackmail him. >> i think it was disgraceful. disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake, out. i think it's a disgrace, and i say that -- and i say that. that's something that nazi germany would have done and did do. i think it's a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public. >> reporter: trump set out to assure the american people that no amount of investigation will turn up anything. >> if they come back with any kind of conclusion that any of it stands up, that any of it is true, will you consider your position? >> there's nothing they could come back with. >> reporter: but trump made a big acknowledgment today. for the first time saying he accepts the intelligence
agencies' conclusion that it was russia that hacked the democrats during the campaign. >> as far as hacking, i think it was russia. >> reporter: although later he seemed to hedge. >> you know what, could have been others also. >> reporter: still, he did not dispute the intelligence communities' other explosive finding. on that intelligence report, the second part of their conclusion was that vladimir putin ordered it because he aspired to help you in the election. do you accept that part of the finding? >> if putin likes donald trump, i consider that an asset, not a liability because we have a horrible relationship with russia. now i don't know that i'm going to get along with vladimir putin. i hope i do, but there is a good chance i won't. and if i don't, do you honestly believe that hillary would be tougher on putin than me? does anybody in this room really believe that? give me a break. >> reporter: but in a response to a question from abc's cecilia vega, another first -- a trump admonishment of vladimir putin. >> if you indeed do believe that russia was behind the hacking,
what is your message to vladimir putin right now? >> he shouldn't be doing it. he won't be doing it. russia will have much greater respect for our country when i'm leading it than when other people have led it. >> reporter: as the press conference ended and trump moved through the crowd, cecilia asked him point-blank whether anyone on his team communicated with russia before the election. >> did you or anybody in your campaign have any contact with russia leading up or during the campaign? none at all? >> reporter: no, trump said. not at all. >> jon karl joining us. there was that tense moment between the president-elect and a reporter from cnn. mr. trump had already called out cnn for saying they have material on the president-elect. here's what happened. >> can you give us a question? mr. president-elect. >> go ahead. >> since you were attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance?
you are attacking our news organization. can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir? >> quiet. go ahead. she is asking a question. >> mr. president-elect, can you give us a question? you're attacking us. can you give us a question? can you give us a question? >> don't be rude. >> you were there, and the president-elect angry about the headlines that broke on cnn. >> reporter: not just angry, david, but seeking retribution. he wanted to make cnn pay a price for breaking that story. it's a sign that donald trump who had very tense relations with the news media during the campaign will continue to play hardball with reporters. >> all right, jon karl. our thanks to you, and cecilia vega there at trump tower today. in the meantime tonight, we have learned the intelligence community does continue to investigate those unconfirmed claims. the allegations that russia might have been gathering material, video of mr. trump that may be used to blackmail him. but tonight our team already sdumping serious flaws in that
report. here's our chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> reporter: officials tonight confirm that while the allegations about russia and donald trump are completely unsubstantiated, they are the work of a respected, former british spy, hired first by republican operatives during the primaries, then later by democratic operatives who turned over these memos to the fbi last august. and today we caught up with republican senator john mccain who confirmed he gave copies of the memos to the fbi director just last month. >> i looked at it, decided it's a matter for the fbi and gave it to the fbi. >> reporter: tonight, a senior intelligence official tells abc news that trump was directly told about the allegations last friday at trump tower, when he received a classified briefing about russian hacking, which contradicts what trump aide, kellyanne conway, said last night to seth meyers. >> i believe it said they did brief him on it. >> he has said that he is not aware of that. >> okay. that concerns me. >> reporter: now, an examination by abc news reveals some serious flaws in the information.
the memos claim trump lawyer, michael cohen, was part of an "ongoing secret liaison relationship" with the russians and met with them "in prague in august 2016." cohen told abc news and his boss he has never been in prague. >> i said, "i want to see your passport." he brings his passport to my office. i say, "hey, wait a minute. he didn't leave the country." >> reporter: the report given to the fbi also claims that cohen's father-in-law was "a leading moscow property developer" close to putin. but when abc news today went to the home of the property developer in moscow, we found a case of mistaken identity -- same name, but no connection to trump's lawyer. other allegations revolve around trump's travel to moscow for a miss universe contest in 2013, and whether the russians filmed him with prostitutes "to be able to blackmail him if they so wished." trump strongly denied that today, saying he knows how to avoid russia's spy tricks.
>> and i told many people, be careful, because you don't want to see yourself on television, cameras all over the place. >> and brian ross with us tonight. even though you have been able to knock down the allegations in this report, you point out the fbi is still investigating. the fbi also taking some heat tonight about the investigation. it did reveal and the one it didn't. >> that's right. authorities say these allegations are too serious to ignore, and they have been investigating since well before the election. in fact, when fbi director comey revealed he opened the investigation into clinton's e-mails, the trump russian investigation was ongoing, but he did not tell the american people about that investigation, david. >> brian ross. you'll stay on it. thank you. now to the trump family business tonight. the president-elect promising a detailed plan for some time now, to address concerns about possible conflicts of interest. how will he separate the family business from the white house? tonight his plan revealed here, and late today, the nonpartisan office of government ethics
calling it, quote, wholly inadequate. here's abc's chief business correspondent, rebecca jarvis tonight. >> reporter: within hours of his election night victory, there were demands to know how the president-elect would separate his work from the white house. a week later, this picture. trump meeting with the indian developers of two trump towers in their country. a twitter user posting the picture before taking it down. the trumps sitting down with "60 minutes." ivanka trump's company promoting the $10,000 bracelet she wore during the interview. mr. trump standing beside boxes of legal paperwork unveiling the long awaited plans for all the business bearing the trump name. not before pointing out he could handle both. >> i understand. they don't want presidents getting tangled up. they want a president to run the country. so i could actually run my business. i could run business and government at the same time. i don't like the way that looks,
but i would be able to do that if i wanted to. i would be the only one that would be able to do that. >> reporter: today, trump said he will maintain ownership of the trump organization, spanning more than 500 companies in at least 14 countries. trump says he has relinquished leadership, putting the organization in a trust and turning it over to his sons, don jr. and eric. >> i hope at the end of eight years, i'll come back and say, oh, you did a great job. if they do a bad job, i'll say, you're fired. >> reporter: trump also making the point, he turned away billions just this weekend, but even the offer to an incoming president highlighting the potential conflicts. >> i was offered $2 bibiion to do a deal in dubai with a very, very, very amazing man. a great, great developer from the middle east. >> reporter: but trump says he'll preside over no new deals and his sons will do no new foreign deals as long as their father is the president. ivanka trump also stepping down from her business, and plans to
relocate her family to washington. >> rebecca jarvis with us live, and your team reaching out to a number of ethics experts today. what are you hearing? is this enough? >> reporter: david, many believe this plan does not go far enough. the office of government ethics, as you said, calling it wholly inadequate. they believe the plan does not achieve the goal of no conflicts. >> what about mr. trump announcing today he'll donate some of the profits of his hotels? >> reporter: so many questions about trump's hotel in particular. particularly the one in washington, d.c. while he says he is not required to do it, he will donate the profits at his hotels from foreign governments to the u.s. treasury. >> thank you. in the meantime, the showdown on capitol hill today. on the hot seat, the president-elect's choice for secretary of state. former exxonmobil ceo, rex tillerson. and the toughest questioning coming from a prominent republican. there is new reporting at this hour.
could that republican end up voting against tillerson? abc's mary bruce back on the hill tonight. >> reporter: the man who could be the nation's top diplomat strolled into a grilling about his close relationship with vladimir putin. >> what do you say to criticism that you're too close to russia? >> reporter: those pictures of them toasting with champagne. putin giving him russia's order of friendship award. former exonn ceo rex tillerson addressed the concerns head-on. >> we must also be clear-eyed about our relationship with russia. russia today poses a danger. our nato allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent russia. >> reporter: so will there be a new relationship? >> i think the important conversation that we have to have with them is, does russia want to now and forever be an adversary of the united states? we're not likely to ever be friends. we need to move russia from being an adversary always to a partner at times. >> reporter: he says he believes
russia was behind the campaign hacking, but wouldn't say whether he supports the obama administration's new sanctions. >> i ask based on your views, of russian politics and your experience, is it possible for something like this to involving the united states elections to have happened without vladimir putin knowing about it, and authorizing it? >> i think that's a fair assumption. >> that he would have? >> yes. >> reporter: but republican senator, marco rubio, pushed further, citing russia's role in the killing of thousands of civilians in aleppo, syria. >> is vladimir putin a war criminal? >> i would not use that term. >> mr. tillerson, do you believe that vladimir putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless journalists and political opponents? >> i do not have sufficient information to make that claim. >> none of this is classified information. these people are dead. >> reporter: tillerson says he and president-elect trump have
talked broadly about foreign policy, but not about russia. >> i thought russia would be at the top of that considering the actions taking place. did that not happen? >> that has not occurred yet, senator. >> that's pretty amazing. >> and mary bruce with us from capitol hill tonight, and mary, senator marco rubio, we saw there grilling rex tillerson, and after the hearing, the senator making clear he is not happy with what we heard, and he is not committing to anything here. >> reporter: after more than eight hours of testimony, marco rubio is still not convinced. he says the country needs moral clarity in its foreign policy, and he is not sure tillerson can deliver. if rubio does not support tillerson, he may not pass a vote, and that could put his confirmation in real jeopardy. david. >> mary bruce, thanks, mary. next to a direct appeal from president-elect trump from two professors, an american and an australian held hostage by the taliban. these videos showing kevin king,
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good reason. this road is one of dozens that's not drivable. we'll go to the communities impacted the most. >> the bay area is dealing with flooded ed advisories. >> the changes happening through an executive order in oakland after that deadly ghost ship warehouse fire. live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> live doppler 7 is a little less active right now but it's not over yet. we still have one more storm to get through this week. good evening i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. there are closed roads, floeded ho -- flooded roads. >> we have live team coverage across the bay area checking on damage but first let's look to the forecast with spencer christian. >> dan, that one storm you mentioned is closing in on us now. you can see a bach of showers and light rain arriving in the
north bay now from santa rosa to the golden gate. here is a wider view of the approaching storm, which is getting much more closer now. it's a light storm ranking one on storm impact scale. it will move in tonight and continue through tomorrow morning expected to produce pockets of moderate rain fall increasing the potential for flooding. it will be a storm with light winds. starting at 7:00 this evening, by midnight we'll see more organized area of moderate to heavy rainfall developing offshore and beginning to push to the north bay coastline. by beginning of rush hour tomorrow morning, we'll see wide spread areas of light to moderate rain and a wet commute for many of tomorrow's commuters and will continue into the late morning hours before it eases up. i'll give you a look at the sev seven-day forecast in a few minute. both lanes of traffic are blocked on san carlos avenue between