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tonight, president trump's primetime pick. about to reveal his supreme court nominee. president trump and his reality tv roots trying to build suspense, moving his decision to primetime. have finalists been summoned to washington? our terry moran at the supreme court. new pushback tonight on the immigration order. the white house press secretary now saying this is not a ban, even though the president and press secretary used that word themselves. and the acting attorney general fired, the white house saying she betrayed the department of justice. the deadly secret raid. the navy s.e.a.l. killed. new questions tonight about the american mission. did al qaeda know the americans were coming? the dangerous commute tonight. more than 200 crashes in the northeast, the storm system affecting millions. and new security revealed
tonight ahead of the super bowl. what they're concerned about. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night, and we begin with supreme suspense in washington at this hour and across this country. a decision coming in from president trump that will change the makeup of the court and will affect key issues for years to come. all eyes on two men. neil gorsuch from denver is in washington tonight. thomas hardiman from pittsburgh, is son of a cab driver, once drove cab himself also in the lead for the running. he wants that primetime audience, which is typically a daytime announcement to 8:00 p.m. eastern. the environment all in the balance. abc's terry moran leads us off from the supreme court tonight. >> reporter: at the white house today, president trump, a born showman, setting the scene for his prime-time announcement.
>> we'll be announcing a supreme court justice who i think everybody is going to be very, very impressed with. so we'll see you at about 8:00. >> reporter: sources say the choice comes down to two men, both of whom have reportedly come to washington tonight, almost like some kind of reality tv show. one of the finalists, judge thomas hardiman, spotted on the road pumping gas. >> can i ask about your trip to d.c.? are you the potential supreme court pick? >> reporter: he's the 51-year-old judge on the federal appeals court in philadelphia. he's got a blue-collar background. first in his family to go to college, notre dame, known as a strong law-and-order judge. then there's neil gorsuch, 49, a federal appeals judge in denver with sterling credentials -- harvard law, oxford university -- known as a fine writer and staunch conservative in the mold of justice scalia. but judge hardiman's gotten a boost from a key player -- president trump's sister, judge maryanne trump-barry, hardiman's colleague on the bench in philadelphia.
the court a critical issue for mr. trump's supporters in the campaign, and he knew it. >> you have to vote for me anyway, you know why? supreme court judges. supreme court judges. >> reporter: whoever wins the prize from the president tonight with this appointment, the court's delicate balance won't change. president trump's pick replacing justice scalia to form the four-man conservative block squaring off against the four liberals, three of them women, with justice anthony kennedy, 80 years old, the crucial swing vote. >> you look at scalia, if you could do that, if you could duplicate that -- as far as i'm concerned, it would be absolutely perfect. >> reporter: the court's agenda in the coming years expected to include abortion rights cases, the battle to overturn roe v. wade still raging. >> i am pro-life and i will be appointing pro-life judges. >> reporter: and cases driven by president trump's nationalist agenda, like immigration and refugee issues, including the president's controversial executive order. voting rights, especially as the president claims massive electoral fraud, and the scope of presidential powers. >> and terry moran with us live
from the court tonight, and terry, we know there was no action taken on president obama's pick for supreme court for ten months. republicans would not touch it, so are the democrats planning a similar strategy? >> reporter: chuck schumer hasn't said that for sure, but many democratic senators call this a stolen seat because of what happened to garland, and they will filibuster it, but they have to hold the line. they have three democratic senators that have already said they believe this nominee should have an hearing and an up or down vote, and that's more than garland got. >> we'll see you shortly. 8:00 p.m. eastern. that decision coming. we'll see you then. in the meantime, one of the issues that could make it to the supreme court is the president's executive order on immigration. tonight, the new backlash, and white house in damage control. the press secretary saying, it was not a, quote, ban in the first place. but president trump used that word himself, and it turns out
so did the press secretary. abc's white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: in the face of mounting legal challenges and a growing political backlash, secretary of homeland security john kelly stepped forward today to defend the president's "extreme vetting" executive order. >> this is not, i repeat not, a ban on muslims. >> reporter: despite reports that he was blindsided by the details of the executive order, kelly insisted his staff helped write it, and he had seen several drafts himself. >> clearly, it was -- this whole approach was part of what then-candidate trump talked about for a year or two, so we knew all that was coming. >> reporter: the trump administration is battling these images -- families detained at airports when the ban on refugees and people from seven majority muslim countries went into effect. lives in limbo. and now two of america's largest companies, amazon and microsoft, are joining lawsuits to stop the order.
speaker of the house paul ryan said he wasn't even told about the order until it was signed. >> no one wanted to see people with visas or green cards get caught up in all this. the rollout was confusing. >> reporter: in damage control mote, 872 refugees will be allowed into the country this week because keeping them out would have cause extreme hardship, and the press secretary says it's not even a ban at all. >> you heard secretary kelly. i apologize. i want to get this straight. >> reporter: but wait. the president himself called it a ban in a tweet just yesterday. >> he is accuusing the words th the media is using. >> wait a minute. >> thanks, but i would like to talk. it can't be a ban if you are letting 1 million people in. that is by nature, not a ban. >> reporter: and spicer himself
has called it a ban twice over the past several days. >> it's a 90-day ban. the ban deals with seven countries. >> reporter: this was the president on saturday. the day after he signed the executive order. >> we will have a very, very strict ban, and ewith will have extreme vetting. >> reporter: we tried to ask about that food. >> sean. sean -- >> we'll see you at 8:00. >> he called it a strict ban. was the president wrong? >> jon karl at the white house. seems like an obvious question to ask. noe no answer as he walked away. but republicans are furious with the democrats for bringing the formation of the president's cabinet to a near halt. >> reporter: they are crying foul on this. in fact, only four of the cabinet nominees have been confirmed. you can go back to the 1800s, and not find a president that has had so few confirmations, and today, the democrats worked to stall even further by refusing to show up for votes on his picks for treasury and
health and human services, david. >> jon karl right there at his post at the white house. jon, thank you. many of the democrats holding up the cabinet selections are cheering on the former acting attorney general who was swiftly fired by trump overnight. sally yates questioned whether the order was lawful, telling the justice lawyers not to defend it. the white house then calling it betrayal. promptly firing her. that drama spilling over into the confirmation hearings for the next attorney general now, and senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: the white house says she betrayed the department of justice, but tonight democrats are embracing former acting attorney general sally yates as a hero. >> i know sally yates as a person of integrity. >> sally yates stood her ground. >> that statement took guts. >> reporter: yates sent shock waves through washington with her announcement that the justice department would not defend the president's executive
order. in a dramatic letter to the department, she questioned whether the immigration ban was "consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right," adding she is not "convinced that the executive order is lawful." within three hours, yates, an obama holdover, was out, fired by president trump. >> for the attorney general to turn around and say "i'm not going to uphold this lawful executive order" is clearly a dereliction of duty, and she should have been removed, and she was. >> reporter: yates received the news in a letter hand delivered to the justice department. in a blistering statement, the white house called her "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration," saying she >> if you have a legally executed order, and the attorney general says "i'm not going to execute it," it truly, clearly is a betrayal. >> reporter: her successor -- dana boente, another career prosecutor. his first order of business -- pledging to enforce the president's executive order. the clash comes as the trump administration battles to get its attorney general nominee,
senator jeff sessions confirmed. ironically, sessions once questioned yates in 2015 at her own confirmation hearing. the topic -- justice department independence. >> if the views the president wants to execute are unlawful, should the attorney general or the deputy attorney general say no? >> senator, i believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the president. >> reporter: today, democrats questioning whether sessions himself could demonstrate that kind of independence from president trump. >> and pierre thomas with us live at the justice department tonight, and pierre, the judiciary committee was supposed to vote on jeff sessions, the president's pick, but the democrats are blocking that vote? >> reporter: the democrats did block today's vote knowing a little known procedural tactic, and they plan to try again tomorrow. calling his colleagues, idiots and pathetipathetic.
emotions running high, david. >> thank you. there is new reporting after a secret u.s. mission in yemen turned deadly. a nay vey s.e.a.l. killed, and william ryan owens from illinois. he was part of the team raiding an al qaeda compound. the first of the trump administration, and tonight the question. did al qaeda know the americans were coming? here's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. >> reporter: the raid started going terribly wrong from the beginning. the mission targeting the al qaeda operations compound had been in the works for months. but as the team of navy s.e.a.l.s -- flown in secretly from a u.s. warship -- and dozens of partner forces approached compound, the s.e.a.l.s were met by withering gunfire. a source familiar with the raid told us today it was clear al qaeda knew the americans were coming. the pentagon says male and female combatants took up positions with heavy weapons, the intense firefight in close
quarters, leaving s.e.a.l. william ryan owens dead and three other americans wounded. an osprey was called in to medevac the wounded, but in the darkness and dust, a hard landing left three more americans injured. the pentagon says at least 14 al qaeda fighters were killed, but officials are also assessing reports that the firefight left dead the 8-year-old daughter, her picture posted online, of radical american-born cleric anwar al alawki, killed in 2011. in. >>s you just reported. sources telling you that al qaeda knew the americans were coming. they cover a quote, tremendous amount of information? >> reporter: they did. this mission from the beginning was meant to gather valuable intelligence from that compound. it's why president trump signed off on it, and despite the efforts to fight off the s.e.a.l.s, they managed to grab
electronics with data they hope will prevent fump terror attacks. >> thank you. and new details now about that terror north of the border. six muslims killed at a mosque while they prayed. vigils across canada and the world after the attack in quebec city. tonight, we're learning more about the suspect and his anti-muslim posts online. abc's gio benitez is in quebec ci city. >> reporter: tonight, a closer look at the 27-year-old who canadian police say terrorized a mosque in the middle of evening prayers. alexandre bissonnette stands accused of killing six men, injuring more than a dozen others, shooting them all in the back when he allegedly stormed the mosque and opened fire sunday night. this canadian facebook advocacy group for syrian refugees said they trolled their page.
vincent boissonneault knows him from school -- the'yre connected on facebook. >> when you were looking at these posts, were you seeing signs of someone who might be anti-immigrant? >> anti-immigrant in the broader sense, i guess so. islamophobic, definitely. >> islamophobic, definitely? >> i don't think anything could have told he was going to put his xenophobic thoughts into violent action. >> reporter: tonight, we're seeing the faces of the men killed. this man, a professor at the same university where bissonnette studied anthropology and political science. these two teens saw the aftermath. >> they were on a stretcher. it was hard to hold back tears. >> reporter: memorials like this one are popping up all over this neighborhood. bisonnette will be in court in late february where he will face more charges, including terrorism. >> thanks. next this evening, a dangerous commute for over 30 americans in the northeast. an alberta clipper will be into new england. this car landing upside down on a snowy road on new york's long island. a fleet of ambulances in
connecticut after a 30-vehicle accident. meteorologist ginger zee tracking it. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hey, david. just an inch or so. just less, actually in new york city of snow and grople, but a problem on so many roadways. police saying up to 300 accidents with this clipper coming through. you can see the winter weather advisories still in place for parts of massachusetts. this goes through early tomorrow and it will be out of new england and we time it, taking you to the evening hours of your wednesday. by that time, it's out of maine, and that's what it will leave behind. if you are lucky, three plus inches. >> come back inside. thanks to you. there is much more oi head on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the security headline tonight involving the you believe so. also the warning tonight. the senior who had $400,000 sto stole. . the irs scam hitting all phons in the state. the study, and how late or
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