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tonight, the fbi director grilled. james comey facing a barrage of questions. revealing it makes him, quote, mildly nauseous. the idea that his decision swayed the election. >> i had to tell congress. ll and he's asked, why honlyg y reclinveton. and not the one involving donald trump's campaign, how he answers. also breaking tonight, will there now be a deal to repeal and replace obamacare? what our team has learned and what does it mean for americans with pre-existing conditions. the deadly accident. the suv out of control, slamming into a crowd of people. several dead, more than a dozen and there is news tonight about the driver. the deadly shooting on a college campus, the chaos, and the lockdown today. and the fiery plane crash right into a busy intersection.
how they got out of that plane. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin tonight with the fbi director james comey. his most forceful answers yet amid that grilling on capitol hill today. comey animated in his answers, facing questions about whether his decision just 11 days before the election affected the outcome. comey using those words saying it makes me quote, mildly nauseous that he might have swayed the election. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off. >> reporter: under the microscope since that election result came in, were you comfortable with the role you played in the investigation? tonight fbi director james comey back in the hot seat. >> tell me what you would do. >> reporter: at issue, that bombshell 11 days before the election. hillary learning when the plane
landed, director comey had reopened the e-mail investigation. the revelation dominating the front pages in the final week and a half. just yesterday, clinton in part blaming comey for her november loss. >> i was on the way to winning if the election had been on october 27th i'd be your president. >> reporter: today an emotional comey in perhaps his most emotional and dramatic testimony explained why he went to congress about clinton's e-mails discovered on her aide huma abedin's spouse's comput. e-mails that would not change the case. >> concealing in my view would be catastrophic, not just to the fbi and well beyond and honestly as between really bad and catastrophic, i said to my team we've got to walk into the world of really bad. look, this is terrible. it makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. i would make the same decision. >> i find that hard to believe -- >> reporter: democrats pounced, asking why reveal hillary clinton's investigation, pointing out that comey had concealed the fact that he was investigating trump's associates
for alleged ties to russia thro. elling congress after the election. >> i join those who believe that the actions taken by the fbi did, in fact, have an impact on the election. >> was it appropriate for you to comment on one investigation repeatedly and not say anything about the other? >> i think i treated both investigations consistently under the same principles. >> reporter: comey also was pressed about where the fbi's investigation into trump campaign associates stands tonight. >> do you stand by your testimony that there is an active investigation, counterintelligence investigation regarding trump campaign individuals and the russian government as to whether or not they collaborate? you said that in march -- >> to see if there was any coordination between the russian effort. >> that's still going on? >> yes. >> has the white house cooperated? >> with the investigation? >> correct. >> it's not something i'm going to comment on. >> let's get to pierre thomas.
you heard director comey pressed about the investigation and the donald trump campaign any possible collusion with russia. he's not saying anything more. >> david, senators got nowhere. comey said you won't hear a peep from him until the investigation is over. david? pierre thomas in that room today, pierre, thank you. we turn next tonight to breaking developments in president trump's newest attempt to repeal and replace obamacare. a couple of key republicans two were going to vote no at the white house today. what does this now mean for americans with pre-existing conditions? abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: with the president's health care plan teetering on the edge, today two republican congressmen went to the white house to make a deal. they had already told him they were voting "no." one warning the plan would "torpedo" protections for people with pre-exisisting conditions. >> the president said, billy, we
really need you, we need you. and i said you don't have me. >> reporter: but today the lawmakers offered a compromise they all could agree to. >> with this addition that te sold him on in an over the hour meeting with him that we are both yeses on the bill. >> reporter: before taking office, president trump promised to keep obamacare's protection for pre-existing conditions in place. >> are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are still covered? >> yes, because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. >> reporter: but the bill house republicans have been pushing puts that promise in jeopardy, by allowing states to seek waivers so insurance companies could charge people with pre-existing conditions more. the pushback to the overhaul, fierce. and from hollywood, an emotional voice, jimmy kimmel sharing the story of his newborn son's heart condition. >> if your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make. >> reporter: with today's deal, republicans hope to put out the fire. a new amendment would give
states $8 billion over 5 years to help cover those with pre-existing conditions. is this funding enough to protect people with pre-existing conditions? >> i asked the question whether the funds would be sufficient and the answer was yes. >> reporter: but today, hundreds of leading patient and health groups said "no," calling the new funding just a drop in the bucket. the american cancer society calling the changes "particularly egregious." and the american medical association warning that people with pre-existing conditions will get "second-class health care coverage, if they are able to obtain coverage at all." the white house admits the real impact for people with pre-existing conditions is hard to gauge. >> there are so many variables that are unknown that to make an analysis of that level of precision is almost impossible. >> reporter: but tonight, republicans are hopeful. the bill will pass the house. mr. vice president on health care, do you have the votes? will you finally get this done? >> stay tuned he says.
bottom line here from your count tonight, do republicans have the votes to pass this effort and if so do they face a tougher fight in senate. >> republican leaders are meeting here tonight to see if they have enough support to get this done. the republicans are on the cusp of victory. if this gets to the senate it will be scrutinized all over again. the fight is likely to be al r ahead. mary, thank you. we turn now to a terrible scene today, an suv plowing into a crowd outside boston. several people were killed. an indoor auction was under way. it slammed into a wall. abc's linsey davis is on the scene in massachusetts tonight. >> we got a person run over send an ambulance, send fire. >> reporter: carnage and confusion this morning at a car auction outside of boston when an out-of-control jeep suddenly
accelerated, killing three people and injuring at least nine. >> all i saw was four people laying on the ground. and one gentleman looked like a car had run over his leg, the other gentleman in the front, he was laying on the ground bleeding from his ears, nose, everywhere. >> reporter: witnesses say an auction employee in his 70s lost control of the suv he was showing, plowing through the crowd at about 40 miles per hour. >> ten people down inside. three people outside. >> reporter: first responders rushed in to do cpr on the victims, tonight, we're learned one of the victims is 36-year-old mother of three. her first day on the job at the auto auction. state police tonight say this appears to be an accident. investigators are talking to that driver and witnesses to try to figure out what went wrong. next the deadly scene playing out on a college campus
in texas. triggering a lockdown sending students into hiding. abc's kayna whitworth is on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, chaos on campus. gunfire erupted. the campus put on lockdown as police in tactical gear search for an active shooter. this math tutor saw it all. >> a girl was sitting in front in the chair and a guy standing in front of her. i saw the shots three times. he shoot her. >> reporter: some students hunkering down, turning of lights in classrooms, others trying to escape. gunshots.there's no other way. the staff tried to get us obviously to stay inside but i just ran. >> reporter: one student recording the ordeal as he was evacuated. an hour later, police giving the all-clear. >> we're still on the premise that this is murder-suicide situation. >> reporter: tonight, police trying to determine the relationship between the suspect and the victim and what led up
to this deadly scene. police saying the two bodies were found in separate locations. and right now, they're scouring the campuswide security cameras for more information. next to the states of emergency after the flooding disaster tonight with storms moving east. the levee breaking on the black river in arkansas. i-44 near st. louis closed for 57 miles. abc's alex perez is in missouri. >> reporter: tonight, new evacuations and a flash flood emergency in northeast arkansas. the black river, moranthe en t feet above flood stage, breaching this levee. nearby, the current river carrying this cabin on a collision course. >> my god, i'm freaking out. >> reporter: striking a highway bridge. the national guard deployed across the region as a slow-motion disaster now unfolds. major highways under water, st. louis is now virtually cut off from the southwest.
>> i can't stress enough, if there's water on that roadway, do not go into it. >> hopefully this wall of sandbags will hold. >> reporter: in eureka, missouri, the meramac river at record levels. that means sleepless nights for business owners like kathy gillman. e' w>>ee bve an running pumps. >> reporter: and david, just downstream from eureka here in arnold, it's hard to tell where the river ends and the street begins, it's still rising. the river not expected to crest until about midnight. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano. >> hi, david, more rain the t f. taking a look at the watches and warnings. from michigan. lot of severe weather across louisiana and texas. watches up there until midnight. by tomorrow we've got a severe weather threat -- georgia and the carolinas. still raining across st. louis and that flooded area right through friday morning, it's
going to be nasty storm for d.c. and boston through friday night. david. >> watching it as it tracks east. next tonight, president trump expressing optimism on the prospect of peace in the middle east. now to baton rouge and a call for justice tonight for a man killed by police after federal investigators said they could not prosecute. the disturbing incident caught on camera. the officer struggling with alton sterling and then shots are heard. abc's steve osunsami's back on the case. >> reporter: federal prosecutors tonight say they don't have because investigators can't say for sure that alton sterling wasn't reaching for the gun in his pocket. no matter what anybody else says, what's happening in the
police takedown outside this baton rouge corner store is a crime. >> there is not sufficient evidence to proceed with the federal charge. >> reporter: the killing led to days of anger. this photo scene around the world. attorneys for the sterling family believe he's got a great case. >> make it clear that all alton sterling's life mattered. that his family's life matters. >> i'm just asking everyone to step forward so we can continue to get justice. 'cause it can't stop right here. >> reporter: louisiana's governor and the city's mayor are begging the streets for calm, saying that, it's not over. david? >> steve, thank you. we do have a note of thanks this evening after the generosity of so many of you at home, we returned this week from our reporting trip from the horn of africa, four countries are n owhe t of famine.
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>> despite the initiation of lifesaving efforts, the suspect is deceased. >> i wonder when is it going to. >> san francisco police shoot and kill a man who was stabbing somebody on market street and already some people are asking did it have to happen this way. good afternoon, thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil. >> i'm alma daetz. chief scott said the officers are obligated to protect the public but wouldn't say if the man killed was threatening police. >> this happened just after 11:00 this morning near fifth and market streets. roads in the area were shut down after police began the investigation. lyanne melendez live with the latest. >> reporter: police are releasing very little information at this moment about the shooting. we know there was a weapon involved, a knife. now, according to police, that knife was used in a stabbing. police would not say if the officers felt threatened right before they ttho man. this picture sent to abc7 news shows a man with blood on his face beingli.
it appears he had been stabbed by another man when two police officers on foot tried to stop him. it's not clear if the stabbing took place inside or outside the subway >> a white male stabbing an asian or filipino male. the officers intervened. during the course of the intervening, at least one officer discharged a firearm. >> reporter: the man who was stabbed was taken to the hospital. the other did not survive. >> the stabbing was in progress, stabbing was in progress, yes. >> how could we avoid this shooting? >> everything right now is under investigation. it is very preliminary. >> reporter: this fedex driver was across the street when he saw the commotion. >> i don't know what happened. see the people just come out the subway. >> reporter: surveillance video from this muni because was taken by police to help shed some light on the shooting. witnesses are also being interviewed. the incident happened on market near fifth street. >> i just w