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tonight, president trump doubles down. the white house says the president still believes billions of illegal voters is the reason he lost the popular vote to hillary clinton. our correspondent presses the white house today. what evidence do they have to support this? tonight, one key republican saying he is now, quote, begging the president to stop. also tonight, the president's new orders. pushing ahead with construction of the controversial keystone and dakota pipelines, and he'll name his pick for the supreme court. what we have learned about a contender. high winds and the winter blast tonight in the midwest. the health scare. the governor of minnesota collapsing during a state of the state address. there is news coming in tonight about his condition. and the collision on the
tracks. the fedex truck and the train with passengers on board. the warning system on the tracks failing. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night, and we begin with the day of controversy within the trump white house over a claim made once again by the president that has never been proven. tonight, the white house says he stands by it. president trump inviting congressional leaders over to the white house last night, and then talking about the election. saying he lost the popular vote to hillary clinton because of millions of illegal votes, but there has never been proof of that. so our team pressing the trump administration saying, show us the evidence. a sharp response tonight including members of the president's own party. a abc's cecilia vega leading us off from the white house. >> reporter: that stunning admission from the white house today, the president of the united states still believes there was massive voter fraud in the election he won.
does the president believe that millions voted illegally in this election, and what evidence do you have of widespread voter fraud in this election if that's the case? >> the president does believe that, he's stated that before i think he's stated his concern before of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign, and he continues to ma maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have presented to him. >> reporter: exactly what evidence? speaker paul ryan today says and the national association of secretaries of state say that they don't agree with the president's assessment, what evidence do you have? >> as i said, i think the president has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has. >> reporter: it's a claim the president repeated during his first official white house meeting with congressional leaders. telling them he lost the popular vote to hillary clinton only because millions of illegal ballots were cast. the same claim he made on twitter after his win, saying "i won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally" and "serious voter fraud in virginia, new hampshire and california."
today press secretary sean spicer, grilled a half a dozen times on the topic. >> is the white house going to formally ask for a probe into this alleged fraud? >> no, i think he won very handily, with 306 electoral votes, 33 states, he's very comfortable with his win. >> why not investigate something that's the biggest scandal in american electoral history? >> maybe we will. >> 3-5 million people voting illegally? >> we'll see where we go. >> reporter: he offered no hard proof to back up a claim that has been flatly debunked. even trump's own lawyers seemed to contradict the claim. in court filings, they objected to a post-election recount in michigan writing, "all available evidence" suggests the election was "not tainted by fraud or mistake." fellow republicans today breaking ranks with the president. >> i have seen no evidence to that effect. i have made that very, very clear. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham begging for him to
present proof or stop. >> it is the most inappropriate thing for the president to say without proof. he seems to be obsessed with the idea that he could not have possibly lost the popular vote without cheating and fraud. >> reporter: and while trump aides have pointed to two studies, both conducted years before the election, tonight, one author tells abc news the trump team is "deliberately trying to mischaracterize" the report. the second author says he found "no evidence" of voter fraud. >> how could he be comfortable with his win if he believes -- >> he's very comfortable with his win. >> there were 3 million votes, maybe he didn't win. >> no, he's very comfortable with his win. >> reporter: that briefing came to an abrupt end after a fellow aide placed a note on the new press secretary's podium. >> and we still have no idea what that note said, but cecilia vega live at the white house, and tonight, the secretaries of state from across the nation, they are the ones who oversee elections. they are now weighing in? >> reporter: david, this is a nonpartisan group, and they say they see no evidence to support his claim of voter fraud, and we are, open, quote, to learning more about the administration's
concern. a challenge being thrown to the white house tonight. >> cecilia vega leading us off tonight. thank you. we should point out this evening that tomorrow, ours exclusive interview with president trump inside the white house. his first one-on-one interview since being elected. it's 10:00 eastern tomorrow night right here. meanwhile, as the white house was fielding questions over those unproven claims of millions of illegal votes, president trump was signing several orders from the environment so american steel, champions of several key issues watching this closely on both sides. among the orders, the one said to advance the keystone and dakota access pipelines, and one other decision from the president tonight. fbi director, james comey who are caused a fire storm 11 days before the election. president trump will keep him on. here's abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: for president trump today, a flurry of white house meetings. >> perhaps we could go around
the table and introduce ourselves, say hello. i'll start. i'm donald trump. [ laughter ] mary go ahead. >> reporter: first with auto executives, who he is threatening with higher taxes for cars they build in factories outside the u.s. >> we're bringing manufacturing back to the united states big league. >> reporter: then, signing several different orders. one starting the process of approving the keystone oil pipeline, which was shut down by the obama administration. >> keystone pipeline. >> reporter: and another on the highly controversial dakota access pipeline, which was halted after massive protests last year. new protests today outside the white house, and for the construction of those pipelines, he ordered the use of american-made steel to the maximum extent use possible. >> okay, we will build our own pipeline, we will build our own pipes. that's what it has to do with. like we used to, in the old days. >> reporter: and a big personnel
decision. president trump has decided to keep james comey as fbi director. >> james, come here. he has become more famous than me. >> reporter: trump met briefly over the weekend with comey, who many democrats blame for costing hillary clinton the election with how he handled her e-mail investigation. we tried to ask trump about comey today. >> would you like to say a little longer? you're not supposed to ask questions. >> reporter: it's about james comey. >> you tried. and you have new reporting on the president's possible pick for supreme court. early clues that it could come next week? >> reporter: the president told us he plans to make this announcement next week. no final decision, i'm told, but a clear leading candidate. i'm told that neil gorsuch, a conservative who is well respect skptd considered by some to be
scalia 2.0 just like justice scalia who he would be replausing. >> jon, thank you. meanwhile, across town, the showdown on capitol hill. two of president trump's nominees facing a grilling amid major questions over the more than 20 million americans who could lose their health insurance if the affordable care act is repealed. tonight, senators asking, can you promise nobody will be worse off? mary bruce on capitol hill with the answer. >> reporter: congressman tom price in the chair today, but on the hot seat, the president's plan to overhaul obamacare. >> will you commit that no one will be worse off? >> what i commit to, senator, is working with you and every single member of congress to make certain that we have the highest quality health care and that every single american has access to affordable coverage. >> that is not what i asked! >> reporter: the president is promising to repeal and replace simultaneously. >> do you think that's going to happen? >> we sure didn't hear that today! >> reporter: trump has said his health care plan is coming soon,
right after price is confirmed for hhs secretary. >> is that true? >> it's true that he said that, yes. [ laughter ] >> reporter: price is likely to play a key role, but he didn't offer details. >> have you had a role in helping craft the replacement? >> reporter: two floors up, trump's pick for budget director, mick mulvaney, grilled about his own budget, after he failed to pay $15,000 in taxes on income for his children's babysitter. >> as soon as it was brought to my attention, i did the only thing i knew to do, which was to take every step to fix it. >> reporter: and he was quizzed about some other numbers, asked to weigh in on the inaugural crowds. >> which crowd is larger? the 2009 crowd or the 2017 crowd? >> senator, if you allow me to give the disclaimer that i'm not really sure of how this ties to o.m.b., i'll be happy to answer your question -- which was from that picture, it does appear that the crowd on the left-hand side is bigger. >> thank you. >> mary bruce live on capitol hill tonight. mary, congressman mulvaney
facing tough questions over his previous proposal to cut social security? >> reporter: mulvaney defended his call to cut social security, breaking with the president who has vowed not to touch it. mulvaney says he plans to be brutally honest with trump. david. >> mary bruce live on capitol hill again tonight. thank you. in the meantime, we move on now to extreme weather. winter weather advisories across much of the northeast. massachusetts, knocking over trees in maryland. thousands across the region without power still. and tonight, a new winter storm in the center of the country. trouble for commuters into tomorrow. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight, that storm now barreling across the plains into the midwest, creating treacherous travel conditions. this as residents dig out, after another system dumped heavy heavy snow throughout the northeast.
>> a lot heavier than what we expected for sure. >> reporter: in massachusetts, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, sending waves crashing ashore and snapping trees. >> i woke up this morning to a pounding on the door. it was the scituate fire department. the tree pulled the wires off several of the houses down here. >> reporter: trees crashing down onto houses from massachusetts to delaware. along the jersey shore, vehicles stranded by floodwaters. rough seas wiping out 70% of ortley beach's sand dunes. david, here in the northeast, officials are warning roads may be slick and dangerous tonight and into tomorrow morning, david? >> linzie janis in a windy new york. thank you. let's get to rob marciano. he is live in boston with more on the track of this. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. well, our northeastern continues sideways, and it's sleet, snow and freezing rain. look at the radar. this is crawling. it will be windy, not only in
new york, but along the coastline. six inches of snow, sleet and ice across northern new england. all the while, that california storm in the midwest. warnings are up there. it will duck under minneapolis, and be on the warm side for chicago. the heavy snows will be in iowa, nebraska and south dakota. 6 to 12 inches, and it should calm down by friday. >> rob, thank you. next tonight, that frightening scene in the minnesota statehouse. the governor appearing to lose consciousness during a speech. aides rushing to his side. he recovered, but he has revealed a more serious health issue. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: after this scare in the state house chambers monday night, the governor of minnesota collapsing while delivering his 2017 state of the state address, today, the governor revealed a diagnosis. >> i learned last week, i had a biopsy, that i do have prostate cancer. >> reporter: he does not think the cancer is related to what happened during his speech, when
after talking for nearly 45 minutes, governor mark dayton's words started to slur. seconds later, the governor hit the podium. >> get him to the ground, get him to the ground. >> reporter: bystanders rushed to his side -- just as they did earlier in the night when he seemed to take a spill before the speech even started, nearly toppling over. following his fall at the podium, the governor was alert and conscious, drinking water before leaving the capitol on his own. emts later checked him out at his house. >> the speech was too long, i learned that lesson! [ laughter ] >> reporter: the governor who turns 70 on thursday, says he is not in any pain and still up to doing his job and finishing out the two years left in his term. governor walker says he felt fine until about a minute before he lost consciousness. tests to determine what caused had iz collapse is under way tonight at the clinic. >> linsey, thank you. next tonight, the dramatic collision on the tracks in utah.
dashcam video showing a commuter train plowing into a fedex truck. no one was hurt, but the crossing gates wur up at the time, and it famed. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: it looks like a pretty normal scene, trucks crossing snowy railroad tracks. but then, the north salt lake police officer recording this video starts backing up, because right there a commuter train suddenly barrels right through that fedex truck. >> we've got some people on the train, and we need medical assistance. >> we have one ambulance there. we can get more. >> reporter: but look closer. before the collision, those crossing arms are up, lights and warning bells off. they don't turn on for another thirty seconds. the utah transit authority says severe ice and snow saturday may have cut power to the arms, which are programmed to automatically lower. before this video they did come down, but soon after railroad employees arrived the gates raised back up. the agency says it has never had an accident like this before, and the uta is investigating why and how it happened to ensure it
doesn't occur again. the train carried 82 passengers, there were two fedex employees in the truck. there were no serious injuries. the utah transit authority says the employees working that day have been placed on leave during the investigation. david. >> stunning images. all right, clayton, thanks. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. more about the flu and where it's hitting hardest, and you will see the map. also 24 hours after the reporting on cervical cancer, the "dancing with the stars" co-host revealing her battle tonight and how she learned. the wildfire burns, and we're tracking this. and the oscar nominations making history tonight, and what we learned tonight not about the dancing, but about the piano playing in "la-la land." we'll be right back. la land." we'll be right back. la land." we'll be right back. otezla is not an injection, or a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently.
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but when we pulled the car out of the creek, she was not inside. >> a disappointing discovery in the search for a missing woman whose car crashed into alameda creek and now the search continues. good afternoon, everybody, thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. the car crashed into the creek in niles canyon on saturday. today we're hearing from the missing woman's mother for the first time. melanie woodrow is live on the scene with the latest on the search. melanie. >> reporter: yeah, ama and larry, really disappointing news out here today for that family and for law enforcement officials. we now know that the vehicle's windows were broken out, the seat belt in the driver's seat was unfastened suggesting that jada jenkins had attempted to escape this vehicle. her mom says tonight that she is not losing hope that her daughter is coming home. we have some video to show you of the car in the creek. this is from today. water levels had dropped overnight and water from two reservoirs was turned off so
that law enforcement officials could recover the car. that was the plan. yesterday jada's family had noticed an unusual pattern in the water as they circled the creek with law enforcement officials and a family member threw a stone that hit what sounded like the car's tire. drone video confirmed that and the vehicle's location. all of this after an accident on saturday when jada's vehicle clipped another vehicle before going into the creek. multiple law enforcement agencies returned to the scene today with the family close by to recover the vehicle, but when they did, jada was not inside. >> we are still dealing with the fact that we do not have our daughter and our sister and our child home, but we're not stopping here. we're going to continue to search for her. >> we'll start at the point of entry where the car went in and we have deployed assets right now all the way to s f