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tonight, several breaking stories. president trump's attorney general, jeff sessions, under fire. late today, recusing himself from any investigations linked to the trump campaign and russia. tonight, did he mislead senators at his confirmation hearing when he said he didn't have communications with the russians? tonight, explaining his two meetings with the russian ambassador. the new images tonight. the russian fighter jets buzzing the american destroyer, uss porter. what the pentagon is now saying. the deadly chase. the disturbing video now emerging. the teen pulled from his pickup truck by deputies tasing him. the deputy with his knee on the young man's neck. asking, why did they wait before cpr? he did not survive. the damaging winds, and ice-covered highways. the pileup, and trees coming down. and tonight, the blast of cold now moving in. and video from inside this
home and the warning tonight for families across the country when you put your house on the market. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin with the major headline from washington tonight. president trump's attorney general, jeff sessions, revealing he will recuse himself from any investigation into the trump campaign. it comes after the attorney general did not reveal during his confirmation hearings he met with the russian ambassador twice during the campaign. tonight, we're also learning the president's son-in-law, jared kushner, also met with the russian ambassador before the president was inaugurated. along with general mike flynn. flynn, of course, forced to resign. his national security adviser. tonight, the attorney general with his own explanation. our senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, the dramatic announcement in washington. attorney general jeff sessions stepping back from any investigation into russian interference in the election
amid accusations he misled the senate about his own communications with russian officials. >> i have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaigns of the president of the united states. >> reporter: it comes down to this moment from the attorney general's senate confirmation hearing. sessions saying he had no contact with the russians during the campaign. >> if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator franken, i'm not aware of any of those activities. i have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and i didn't have -- did not have communications with the russians. >> reporter: but it turns out he did. "the washington post" first reporting sessions met with russian ambassador sergey kislyak twice in the following months of the campaign. first in the gathering of cleveland for the republican
national convention, and again on september 8th in sessions' senate office. >> we need to make america great again. >> reporter: sessions was one of trump's top advisers in the campaign, the first sitting senator to endorse him. his september meeting with the russian ambassador came in the middle of the controversy over the election hacking, and just one day after candidate trump said this about russian president vladimir putin. >> if he says great things about me, i'm going to say great things about him. he's been a leader. far more than our president has been a leader. >> reporter: so did that moment come up in sessions' meeting with the russian ambassador? today sessions says he does not remember what, if anything, they discussed about the campaign. >> i don't recall, but most of these ambassadors are pretty gossipy, and they like to -- this was in the campaign season. but i don't recall any specific political discussions. >> reporter: sessions said he met with kislyak purely in his capacity as a member of the senate armed services committee and that the meeting during the gop convention was a brief
encounter with other ambassadors present. >> let me be clear, i never had meetings with russian operatives or russian intermediaries about the trump campaign. and the idea that i was part of a, quote, continuing exchange of information during the campaign between trump surrogates and intermediaries for the russian government is totally false. >> reporter: but the attorney general acknowledged that he could have been more forthcoming at his confirmation hearing, saying he was, quote, taken aback by senator franken's question. >> in retrospect i should've slowed down, and said, but i did meet one russian official a couple of times and that would be the ambassador. >> and pierre thomas with us live from the justice department tonight, and pierre, what's the status of the investigation into russia's meddling at this point into the election? and what happens now that the attorney general, jeff sessions has recused himself? who takes over? >> reporter: the fbi still investigating russian
interference in the election. still searching to see if anyone tied to trump had contact with russian intelligence. the investigation of the russians now will be overseen by acting deputy attorney general, daina boente, an appointee of president obama, david? >> pierre thomas, our senior justice correspondent, and a trump supporter waving that flag behind him. president trump and the white house saying they did not know jeff sessions met with the ambassador during the campaign. the president during a visit to an aircraft carrier in virginia today standing by his attorney general saying he shouldn't recuse himself, but a short time later on national television, that is exactly what he did. abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega from norfolk. >> reporter: during a tour of a new aircraft carrier in virginia today, president trump offering his full support for his embattled attorney general. >> mr. president, do you still have confidence in the attorney general? >> total. >> reporter: still, the president saying he had no idea about jeff sessions' conversations with the russian ambassador. >> when were you aware that he
spoke to the russian ambassador? >> i wasn't aware at all. >> reporter: in fact, white house sources tell abc news, administration officials first learned about that contact overnight, when the story broke in "the washington post." today, what should have been a victory lap after the president's speech to congress was overshadowed by yet another round of questions about his team's contacts with russia during the campaign. for months, the president insisting there were no contacts. to me in january -- >> did you or anyone in your campaign have any contact with russia leading up to or during the campaign? nothing at all? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: not at all, he said. and to abc's jon karl two weeks ago? >> can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the russians during the campaign? and on the leaks, is it fake news or are these real leaks? >> well, the leaks are real. you are the one that wrote about them and reported them. >> the first part of my question, the context. can you definitively say nobody --
>> well, i had nothing to do with it. i have nothing to do with russia. i told you. i have no deals there. i didn't know anything. >> reporter: he has already lost one key aide over it. the president fired his national security adviser, michael flynn, for lying about the nature of his conversations with the russian ambassador. and tonight, another revelation, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, jared kushner, met with flynn and that same ambassador at trump tower in december. the same time the obama administration was deciding how to punish russia for meddling in the election. and that ambassador, sergey kislyak, also right there in the capital on tuesday for the president's speech to congress. the white house hoped to be still basking in the glow of that speech. instead, they are now trying to explain their russian connection, and fending off what they call political attacks. >> all right, so let's go live to cecilia vega. she is in norfolk, virginia tonight, and jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, one of
his closest aides, and we are learning he, too, met with the russian ambassador during the transition? >> reporter: he did, david. in december, the meeting we're told lasted about 20 minutes, and they discussed the relationship between the two countries. a white house spokeswoman tells us that jared kushner meets with dignitaries on a regular basis, but as you know right now, with the questions swirling about russia, every contact is under the microscope. >> thank you, cecilia. there was swift reaction on capitol hill. many lawmakers on both sides have been calling on jeff sessions to recuse himself when the news of these meetings broke. but tonight, democratic leaders are going further saying he should step down. abc's mary bruce is on capitol hill again tonight. >> reporter: for democrats the attorney general's announcement is not enough. even before he took the podium, democrats were calling for jeff sessions to step down. >> the fact that the attorney general, the top cop in our country, lied under oath to the american people is grounds for him to resign.
>> there cannot be even the scintilla of doubt about the impartiality and fairness of the attorney general. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, the chorus was too loud for the attorney general to ignore. >> why do you feel he should recuse himself? >> i feel that jeff sessions should recuse himself in order to promote public confidence in the investigation. and that, to me, would be the best approach. >> reporter: even members of his own party breaking rank, a growing number of republicans urging sessions to back away from the investigation. >> i think it would be best for the credibility of the investigation and also best for jeff sessions. >> based on what we read, and the information is not complete, i think the attorney general should further clarify, and i do think he is going to need to recuse himself at this point. >> reporter: but others are standing by him. >> are you concerned sessions didn't disclose these meetings? >> not remotely. >> reporter: and some pointing fingers -- >> i think democrats are
lighting their hair on fire to get you to cover this story. >> reporter: the stakes made clear in this blunt tweet from president george w. bush's top ethics lawyer, saying, misleading the senate in sworn testimony about one's own contacts with the russians is a good way to go to jail. >> mary bruce talking with republicans and democrats on capitol hill today, but mary, democrats won't give up this fight, and they will try to pressure sessions to resign, and even calling for a criminal investigation tonight? >> reporter: david, democrats say this is now a question of perjury, and a group of house democrats have sent a letter to the fbi director demanding an immediate criminal investigation, and some want to see if he'll come back up to the hill to testify again, david? >> mary bruce live on capitol hill tonight. mary, thank you. in the meantime, there is new video emerging tonight, released by the european command. a russian aircraft buzzing a u.s. navy destroyer last month. in the black sea. shaky video showing russian fighter jets flying within a 100 yards of the navy's uss
porter. the navy calling it unsafe and unprofessional. russia tonight saying, it never happened. and in yemen, the air strikes. the pentagon reporting more than 20 strikes of al qaeda targets. they killed at least seven militants, and it's the first action in yemen since the death of ryan owens in january. president trump honoring his widow during his address to congress. officials confirming that raid yielded valuable intelligence, including hundreds of contacts for al qaeda sympathizers both in the region and in the west. back here of the home and to a mother and father in georgia seeking justice in the death of their son. newly released dashcam video showing the deputies pulling their son from his car, tasing him. and one kneeling on his neck. he did not survive, and abc's steve osunsami is in georgia tonight. [ sirens ] >> reporter: the parents of the georgia teenager behind the wheel of this pickup truck don't deny tonight that their son was on drugs and probably shouldn't have been racing away from police in the middle of the night.
but they believe what happens next after he is pulled out of the truck is nothing but murder. >> i think they should be punished. >> i have never seen a cop car that says on the side, to hunt down and kill. it says to protect and serve. >> reporter: the police dashcam video is from 2015. 18-year-old nicholas is feeling the shock from their stun guns and now the deputies are on top of him. the part that's most difficult to watch is when one of the deputies keeps leaning his knee onto their son's neck and turns him around and does it again. a state autopsy says it's one of the reasons he later died. compression of the neck and torso. >> turn him on his side. >> hey. nicholas, wake up. >> he hadn't committed a crime, and they killed him. i got a problem with that. >> reporter: the family is now suing saying the police violated their son's civil rights and waited too long to give cpr.
authorities aren't commenting while the investigation is ongoing, david. >> steve osunsami tonight. thanks, steve. next this evening, the new corruption scandal in the baltimore police department. it involves hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money. seven officers indicted on federal racketeering charges of theft and extortion. the prosecutors saying their crimes were robberies by people wearing police uniforms giving themselves a lot of extra overtime. abc's linsey davis is in baltimore tonight. >> reporter: seven baltimore city police officers are on the other side of the law tonight. arrested on racketeering charges. >> these officers, they're 1930s style gangsters as far as i'm concerned. >> reporter: they were all members of an elite gun task force. and their indictment reads like a tv drama. the allegations range from robbing citizens and extorting drug dealers to filing false reports. one of the officers is even accused of possessing and intending to distribute heroin. >> this is a punch in the gut for the baltimore police
department, but it is a reality and it's a necessity of reform. >> reporter: they're also accused of stealing amounts ranging from $200 to and putting in for fraudulent overtime. one officer paid nearly double his salary. >> why does an investigation like this take a year? >> the worst thing you can do to erode the public trust is to charge too early and not have those charges stick. >> reporter: six of the seven officers appeared in court today and entered pleas of not guilty. for now, a judge has ordered the officers remain behind bars. some of them face up to life in prison, david. >> linsey, thank you. next to a swift change in the weather coming to much of the country tonight. it comes after dangerous winds battering the east. up to 60 miles per hour, and that deadly tornado outbreak. a pileup on i-90 in syracuse. the winds and plunging temperatures coating the highways with ice. the winds knocking over this tree. one crashing on a home in washington, d.c., and tonight, the bitter cold is now moving in.
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