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good morning, america. we are live in the west with the stunning decision from president trump firing fbi director james comey only the second time in american history a president has taken that step. we are covering all the fallout take a look at the senate chamber. all the senate democrats there. a special prosecutor now to investigate the trump campaign in russia. >> the president is preparing to nominate a permanent replacement for comey. tweeting this morning he'll find someone he says quote, will do a far better job. the clair of the senate intelligence committee is threatening -- and russia's foreign minister is in washington meeting with president trump and secretary of state rex tillerson, expecting to discuss syria and ukraine.
>> all day long washington will be consumed by the decision to fire james comey. jon karl starts us with the latest. good morning. jon. what a day and morning and night. >> reporter: good morning, george. this firing has stunned nobody more than james comey himself. comey first heard on tv. while in the meeting a letter from the president was hand delivered to fbi headquarters in washington. that letter from the president was read to comey over the phone. you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately. the president wrote, you are not able to effectively lead the bureau. the president also addressed the fbi investigation into russian meddling in the election. i greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that i am not under investigation. the reasons were outlined in a
letter from the deputy attorney general who wrote that comey grossly mishandled the hillary clinton e-mail investigation saying among other things that this july 2016 press conference exonerating clinton should never have happened. >> no charges are appropriate in this case. >> reporter: the deputy attorney general says comey was wrong to usurp the attorney general's authority by announcing that there would be no charges and then going on to criticize mrs. clinton anyway. it's a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do, he wrote. hours before news of the firing broke, a hint from the white house press secretary sean spicer. >> does the president still have confidence, full confidence in fbi director james comey? >> i have no reason to believe. i haven't asked him so i don't -- i have not asked the president since the last time we spoke about this. >> last time you speak about it you did say he had confidence but can't say that now? >> in light of what you're telling me i don't want to start speaking on behalf of the president without speaking to him first.
>> reporter: democrats are crying foul. >> they fired sally yates. they fired preet bharara and now director comey, the very man leading the investigation. this does not seem to be a coincidence. >> reporter: the top democrat in the senate says trump's move could be an attempt to undermine the investigation into russia's involvement in the election. >> this is part of a deeply troubling pattern from the trump administration. >> reporter: senator richard burr, the republican in charge of the senate investigation into russia's meddling into the election, issued a statement last night saying, quote, i am troubled by the timing and reasoning of director comey's termination. his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the committee. and senator burr is not the only republican expressing concerns this morning. john mccain says he is disappointed by the firing.
senator ben sash issued a statement saying the timing of this firing is very troubling. and senator jeff flake of arizona, republican, said, i spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable, rationale for the timing of his firing. i just can't do it. >> we have not heard from mitch mcconnell and the democratic leader chuck schumer urged all to go en masse to confront him to see what he has to say. >> reporter: they'll call for a special prosecutor in the case. the president is responding to senator schumer issuing a tweet late last night saying, cryin' chuck schumer stated recently i do not have confidence in him, james comey, any longer then acts so indignant, #draintheswamp. >> meantime, that item on the president's schedule, a meeting with the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. >> reporter: this is something else. you know, it's not unusual for the russian foreign minister when he's in washington meeting with the secretary of state to
also come by for a meeting with the president. that's happened under many, many presidents but, george, it is striking that that is the only thing on president trump's public schedule, a meeting with the russian foreign minister, the only thing on the public schedule. >> a light public schedule for several days, jon karl, thanks very much. >> still so many questions about what happens next for james comey and the fbi. the search on for a new director and pierre thomas has the latest from washington. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, robin. now, i spoke to someone close to comey last night who said the director was caught flat-footed, stunned. no one saw this coming. comey had only recently talked about serving out the rest of his tenure term which was supposed to end in 2023. but in an instant one of the most dominant figures in washington is out. james comey was perhaps the most powerful fbi director since j. edgar hoover and the most controversial. at the center of a political firestorm since the moment he held that unusual press conference last july to announce
that charges would not be brought against then presidential candidate hillary clinton in connection with that e-mail scandal. despite the fact that no charges were filed, comey issued a sharp rebuke. >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information. >> reporter: republicans and then candidate trump cried foul that there were no formal charges. >> it's so sad that our system is, in fact, rigged. it's totally rigged, okay. it's corrupt, it's rigged. it's disgraceful. >> reporter: then in october this time only 11 days before the election comey dominated the headlines again disclosing that he was reigniting the investigation after new e-mails turned up on a laptop of anthony weiner husband of clinton aide huma abedin. now trump praising the fbi director and it was democrats who were outraged hearing that comey was injecting himself into the campaign at the last moment only to announce just 48 hours before election day that nothing of consequence had been found. just last week comey defending
his actions in what he described as a gut-wrenching decision. >> tell me what you would do. it makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. >> reporter: the justice department inspector general was already investigating comey's controversial handling of those clinton e-mails when attorney general sessions and the new deputy attorney general decided they could not wait for the results of that probe. and concluded that comey's decisions had broken with department guidelines and tradition. the acting director of the fbi is now andrew mccabe, until recently comey's top deputy. the white house will now launch a search for a new director who will be hand picked by the president. comey's firing is not without controversy. sessions had recused himself from any investigations regarding the 2016 election. that includes the russia probe and now deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, the top prosecutor overseeing the russia case, has fired the fbi director who was leading that probe, robin. >> andrew mccabe is now the new acting director. what do we know about him?
>> reporter: mccabe is a veteran agent of roughly 20 years' experience and worked corruption and terror cases in matters of national security and been the subject of some controversy himself after it was disclosed his wife received financial support from close clinton ally virginia governor terry mcauliffe when she ran for office in virginia. his actions involving the e-mail investigation is part of a review too, robin. >> all right, pierre, thank you. george. we bring in senator tim kaine, hillary clinton's running mate a member of the senate foreign relations and armed services committee. senator kaine, thank you for joining us. you heard the rationale for firing comey. do you buy it? >> no, i don't. this is a firing that is an attempt to obstruct the investigation into ties between russia and the trump campaign and i'll tell you why i strongly believe that, there's a pattern. deputy attorney general sally yates went to the white house and said general flynn was compromised by and lying about russia and then she was fired.
when flynn's ties with russia were finally made available to the public, he got fired. jeff sessions was caught misleading the senate judiciary committee about his ties with russia, he had to recuse himself and now the fbi director in the middle of an investigation into the trump ties with russia gets fired in a most unusual manner. there is a pattern here, there's more to come and we need a special prosecutor. >> senator kaine, it sounds like you just accused the president of obstructing justice. >> the president's letter is very telling, george. because it's the president that made this firing decision, not anybody else. and in the letter he says, look, i have to let you go, but he inserts this thing like a bad poker player whose facial expression tells you what kind of hand they have. thank you so much for telling me three times i'm not the subject of an investigation into russia. that is a tell. that shows that we have a deeply insecure president who understands that the noose is tightening because of this
russia investigation and that's why i believe he has let jim comey go. >> is he obstructing justice? >> i think there is an effort to stop this investigation in its tracks, that the president is engaged in along with other members of his team and that's what explains why all these unusual personnel actions are happening. the only thing that unifies them is they're all about the ties between russia and the trump team. >> you cited the president's letter. he says he was told on three separate occasions he is not under investigation. to your knowledge has mr. comey said that to the senate? >> no, i have no knowledge of that, whether that is in fact true or not, of course, mr. comey would be the one who could verify that but it was clear in his testimony before the senate in the last two weeks that there is an active and ongoing investigation into ties between the trump campaign, transition and administration with russia and that investigation has been going on since last summer. >> "the new york times" is reporting that attorney general sessions was charged with coming
up with reasons to fire comey. was it appropriate for him to be involved. >> it wasn't appropriate. he had to recuse himself from matters with respect to the russia investigation. he was forced to do that again because he was caught misleading the senate judiciary committee about his own ties with russia during the campaign. the fact that he ends up being involved in this decision to fire goes against that recusal but, again, let's not, you know, fool ourselves. this was a decision made by the president. others might have been asked to come up with reasons but this wasn't jeff sessions' decision. it wasn't rod rosenstein's decision. this is donald trump's decision. >> senator kaine, the justice department memorandum echoes that. you said comey's decision to re-open the clinton investigation will go down as probably the lowest moment in the history of the fbi. so, is there some justification for removing him? >> what i said was next to the
wiretapping of mlk, that was the lowest moment but i think this was the second lowest moment. look, i have been critical of jim comey but that's why the fbi director gets a ten-year term. i didn't say he should be fired. the ten-year term is to insulate him from making people mad, from political pressure, from congress or from the president so, yeah, i've been critical, but he has a ten-year term so he can do his job free from political interference and the president has interfered as part of a pattern because he's nervous about this russia investigation. >> will you and others try to block a replacement for comey until a special prosecutor is named. >> well, look, the key thing is as a member of the senate who will be voting on any replacement, i can guarantee you this, anybody nominated to be in this position is going to get the most searching review by the united states senate probably that any nominee has ever gotten and that's appropriate because we want to make sure that this person will follow this investigation wherever it leads.
it's premature to talk about how we might handle it. our goal would not be to block anybody, but to ensure that the fbi director is not going to be afraid of a president who's trying to squash an investigation. >> senator kaine, thanks for your time this morning. >> as we heard from senator kaine, major questions about how james comey's firing will impact the investigation into russian meddling in the u.s. election. both republican and democrat lawmakers are now calling for an independent body to investigate. our chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here with those details. good morning, brian. >> reporter: the fbi director was fired just as the fbi's russian investigation was at a critical juncture and this morning there are growing calls for a special prosecutor to take over the investigation that was clearly about to reach into the white house. with the fbi's russian investigation finally picking up speed after almost a year, senior fbi officials say this morning the timing of james comey's firing stinks with
democrats calling for a special prosecutor. >> the inescapable conclusion from the circumstantial evidence is that the president wanted to stop or stifle this investigation. >> reporter: officials tell abc news that the fbi is increasingly focused on trump's former national security adviser general mike flynn. his former campaign manager, paul manafort, his former foreign policy adviser, carter page, and longtime trump friend, roger stone. all have denied any wrongdoing. but comey's testimony last week was hardly reassuring to the trump camp. >> we're conducting an investigation to understand whether there was any coordination between the russian efforts and anybody associated with the trump campaign. >> reporter: now some fear a new director at the fbi appointed by president trump could find subtle ways to undercut or even end the investigation. >> a new director could come in and ask that an inspection or review of the case be done and that review could cause the case
to slow down. it may be closed. >> reporter: just two days ago the president posted this on twitter. the russia/trump collusion story is a total hoax. when will this taxpayer-funded charade end? and last night on fox, white house aide sarah huckabee sanders said the russia investigation should be shut down. >> my gosh, tucker, when are they going to let that go? it's been going on for nearly a year. frankly it's kind of getting absurd. there's nothing there. >> reporter: there has been some praise for the president's actions. his former foreign policy adviser carter page who is one of the targets of the investigation said this morning, he is encouraged that president trump dismissed comey and hopes that it will bring to an end an investigation into what he calls the false allegations about russia. robin. >> okay, thanks. let's bring in dan abrams and cokie roberts as well and, dan, everybody is trying to wrap their heads around there and heard from carter page there but tim kaine saying flat out this is trying to block the investigation into russia.
>> now the question is what happens now. and you hear a lot of people saying, well, it's time for a special prosecutor. the problem there is that typically a special prosecutor would be appointed by the attorney general. in this case that's not going to happen. he may say he's even recused from that decision then it goes to the deputy attorney general. it's pretty clear the deputy attorney general isn't going to order a special prosecutor so then the question becomes, can congress put enough pressure on the administration to appoint a special counsel, and that's going to be a political decision. it seems unlikely at this point that that is -- that something like that will happen but that's the way it would occur. so it's not really a purely legal question in the end it becomes a political one. >> in some ways unchartered territory and, cokie, our resident historian, put this into context. some are comparing it to watergate. >> well, that's understandable that people are comparing it to watergate because, of course, what happened there is that president nixon fired the
special prosecutor because he was getting too close. and here we have the president firing the head of the fbi. and the president's people saying it's time to shut down this very important investigation as to whether the kremlin interfered in our election. and so this is something that is going to resonate in washington for a long time to come. >> we have more on this coming up. we have to go quickly to ginger. >> at least eight reported tornadoes, new mexico, that was santa fe, lots of hail and now this threat moves north and east today.
hello. i'm abc7 news meteorologist mike nicco. marine layer is big. look at this. at least 3,000 feet deep and clouds and sun and cooler sea breeze for all of us. showers possible in the north bay. cooler than average. 20 degrees cooler from 71 in antioch to mid-60s around the bay to upper 50s at the coast. tonight, low to mid-50s we'll of course have more on the firing of james comey. but coming up, nuclear emergency. a terrifying scare at the largest nuclear waste facility in the country. what caused this tunnel to collapse? and should the public be concerned? and new fallout at penn state after that student died in a fraternity party. we're going to have what the 911 call reveals.
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lordy, that would be really bad. concealing, in my view, would be catastrophic. not just to the fbi, but well beyond and honestly, as between really bad and catastrophic i said to my team, we have got to walk into the world of really bad. >> welcome back to "gma." that's james comey, now the former fbi director, describing last week. the difficult decision he faced about whether to go public with that renewed investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. that was just 11 days before the election. the trump administration is now saying that the way comey handled the clinton e-mails is the reason he's being fired. as you heard senator tim kaine say earlier on our program, he's not buying it. >> no, he is not. so the search is on for a new fbi director after comey was fired yesterday sending a letter to fbi headquarters saying comey was, quote, not able to effectively lead the bureau. the firing comes as they investigate possible ties between the trump campaign and russia. now lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for an independent body to oversee that investigation. this comes as president trump and secretary of state rex
tillerson meet with russia's foreign minister in washington today. they are expected to discuss ukraine and syria. >> that is the only public meeting on the president's schedule today, but he is up and tweeting, so we want to bring in our chief white house correspondent, jon karl, this morning. jon, the president watching the news this morning. not happy with what he's saying and saying the democrats have said some of the worst things about james comey including the fact he should be fired but now they play so sad. he then goes on to say comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in washington, republican and democratic alike. when things calm down they will be thanking me. >> reporter: yeah, and another one, george. they keep coming. the president says in a tweet just a moment ago, james comey will be replaced by somebody who will do a far better job bringing back the spirit and prestige of the fbi. and it is true as controversial as this decision is that democrats are in a tough spot here because comey's harshest critics have been democrats, most recently hillary clinton
herself who gave that dramatic speech last week, essentially blaming comey for the election results, for her defeat in the election. so democrats now who have been harshly critical of comey have to explain why they are so deeply upset by the president's decision to fire him. >> one of the surprising things here, though, the timing from the president. this comes after he had that victory last week on health care before one of his biggest foreign trip, first foreign trip to saudi arabia, israel and the vatican. why would he want to inject this issue back into this news environment when he seemed to be on a little bit of a roll? >> reporter: it's a great question and, frankly, it's puzzling. what i am told by people close to the president is the thing that really was the catalyst for this was comey's testimony last week before the senate. the president did not like the tone, did not like what comey had to say and has been stewing about it ever since. >> okay, jon karl, thanks very much. >> the democrats have said they've been critical of him as tim kaine said, but didn't mean
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tunnel. >> reporter: hundreds of workers at the hanford nuclear site 200 miles from seattle were forced to take cover after a portion of a tunnel collapsed where radioactive materials are stored. >> they told us to take cofer, and make sure we were safe and we were all accounted for. >> reporter: in these aerials you can see right into the tunnel holding that radioactive material, now a gaping hole triggering fears of a radioactive leak. the cave-in taking place where two tunnels link to a facility called purex, plutonium was extracted for nuclear weapons here until 1980. hanford has been closed for 30 years, the only work there, the cleanup of enough radioactive debris to fill the superdome. >> it's going to take a significant federal workforce and state oversight to clean up the enormous mess left by the weapons production process. >> reporter: the energy department says while the cleanup there is ongoing, there was no indication of a release of contaminant at this point.
crews are still testing the area. >> there was contamination at that site, yes. it didn't spread beyond that. >> reporter: but disturbingly, the cause of the cave-in remains a mystery. >> too early to know what caused the roof to cave in, may not know that for some time. >> reporter: now we're told that those tunnels were constructed in the '50s out of wood and concrete. there is a threat, however officials say, that if there is a storm or windstorm of some sort, it could blow that radiation miles around, and that could threaten the public. also there are 42 miles of trenches stuffed with radioactive material all around so officials don't want to do anything rash to try to ameliorate the problem before they know what happened here. guys. >> very sensitive situation. that's right. to amy with the morning's other top stories. another fight on an airline. >> it's pretty incredible. yes, another fight, robin. a passenger now facing assault
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we are back now with new fallout over that penn state hazing death. eight more students arraigned on tuesday over the death of a fraternity pledge during a night of heavy drinking. and now newly discovered text messages between the brothers are raising questions about a possible cover-up. gio benitez in state college, pennsylvania, with details. good morning, gio. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. penn state has one of the largest greek communities in the nation. 8,000 students in fraternities or sororities, and now this morning, prosecutors say this tragedy here was just bound to happen. eight more members of penn state's now banned beta theta pi fraternity appearing in court tuesday officially charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old sophomore, tim piazza. >> my client has been charged with a crime and we're here to defend him. >> reporter: the charges ranging from reckless endangerment to tampering with evidence as piazza fell down a flight of stairs during a night of alleged hazing and forced heavy drinking. >> if you dole out that alcohol and a person dies, you are on the hook for that. that's your fault. >> reporter: a frat brother finally calling 911 nearly 12
hours after piazza's initial fall. the district attorney says the frat house had a very sophisticated surveillance system. eight or nine high quality cameras. one for nearly every room of the house. those cameras allegedly capturing much of what happened in the 12 hours after piazza's initial fall down the stairs. prosecutors say the surveillance cameras show the pledge turning gray 40 minutes before 911 was called. during those crucial minutes, students allegedly tried to dress piazza up in clean clothes. >> we have a friend who's unconscious. he's -- he hasn't moved and he's probably going to need an ambulance. >> reporter: penn state calling the alleged details sickening and difficult to understand, and since the incident has implemented new greek life restrictions including stronger enforcement to prohibit underage drinking and no kegs at social events. but prosecutors say greek hazing is a persistent problem at penn state. in fact, beta theta pi was disciplined twice before over alcohol violations.
>> a toxic level of alcohol was planned to be handed out to these pledges, and it had happened semester after semester and this was bound to happen. >> reporter: and now this morning, investigators say that they have discovered text messages between the students showing that alcohol and hazing were ongoing problems here at this fraternity. the students charged will now face a judge again next week. george. >> okay, gio, thanks very much. dan abrams is back for more on this as well. we know prosecutors are taking this seriously, and now we know they also have a lot of evidence starting with text messages. >> right. we're talking about hundreds of charges here against 18 people. and the text messages are comparatively minor in the sense that probably goes to tampering with evidence, maybe some of the lesser charges but when you're talking about involuntary manslaughter which is the big charge against eight of them, you don't have to have shown someone tried to do it or someone did it on purpose. the question is, what was their conduct that led up to it, not
what happened after the fact. >> surveillance cameras will say something about that. >> yes, absolutely, the fact that there were surveillance cameras with these very well-defined pictures is unquestionably going to become important evidence in the context of this case. because it may be able to show exactly what happened, who was where when. the sorts of things that you typically will need eyewitnesses or other evidence to say, wait, i wasn't there or i was there. if a lot of this is on camera, those questions go away. >> and the complication though as you were saying to me before we came on camera this is not one case, this is several different cases. >> that's right. i think people are lumping this together and saying, well, there are eight charged with this and 18 charged with that. it's going to be a prosecution against each one individually and you can count on each one of them, of course, will have their own attorney defending in their own way saying, wait a second, even if you think people should be charged here, it shouldn't be me. i wasn't responsible for this. i didn't do that.
so, it's really important that we look at these cases individually and not just sort of lump everyone in together. >> and really quickly, how about the university? >> well, look, the university, i think is in trouble both from the pr perspective also potential civil lawsuits and criminal. >> okay, dan abrams, thanks very much. >> let's go to robin. george, coming up in just two minutes, an abc news exclusive. "dance moms" star abby lee miller speaking out as she braces for a year behind bars. come on back. braces for a year behind bars. come on back. to lose weight? our brain can maked contrave is an fda-approved weight-loss medicine that may help adults who are overweight or struggle with obesity lose weight and keep it off. contrave is believed to work on two areas of the brain: your hunger center... (woman) i'm so hungry. (avo) to reduce hunger. and your reward system... (woman) ice cream. french fries. (avo) to help control cravings. across three long-term studies, contrave patients lost approximately 2-4x more weight than with diet and exercise alone. contrave is not for everyone. one ingredient in contrave may
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>> no cry babies, none. >> reporter: she's the dance instructor known for her no nonsense teaching style. >> why are you laughing? >> because i think you're ridiculous. >> reporter: and pushing her students to the limit. >> save your tears for the pillow. >> reporter: but this morning, "dance moms" star, abby lee miller's, real-life off screen drama has her on her way to federal prison. >> i feel relieved. i feel peaceful. >> reporter: miller has been sentenced to a year plus one day behind bars along with a $40,000 fine and $120,000 money judgment charged with bankruptcy fraud and bringing an unreported $120,000 in foreign currency into the united states. >> a year and a day. does that seem harsh? >> a year and a day, it sounds like a movie title. >> reporter: miller spoke exclusively to "gma" overnight in pittsburgh, not too far from the studio that made the 51-year-old famous. from chapter 11 what is the next chapter for you?
>> to be a smarter businesswoman and also to worry about myself. i have spent so much time and so much energy making other people's children stars. i didn't have any children of my own. these were my kids. and i raised them like they were my kids. >> you love those kids. >> i do. >> reporter: miller was originally indicted with fraud charges in 2015. allegedly hiding $775,000 in income from bankruptcy creditors. she pled guilty to this charge in 2016. the headlines say that you tried to hide the $755,000. >> i know. i don't want to hear that number anymore. because -- >> just a yes or no. you were not trying to hide. >> no, not intentionally, no.
and i wasn't ever trying to hurt anyone. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney's office told abc news after our interview, this defendant secreted and structured profits that she derived outside the united states from performances by children. adding that her actions undermine our justice system. >> shooting a movie and we're on set and i'm there for ten months and that's the way it's going to be. >> how do you plan on spending your days? >> reading, and i want to learn to speak spanish, and i'm already working on a new book. >> reporter: miller must report to prison in the next 44 days, but for now, she is working on future projects and taking some time to reflect. if you could do it all over again, what's the one thing you would change? >> i would never have filed for bankruptcy, ever. i do not recommend it. >> reporter: miller will likely end up spending a total of ten months in prison either in west virginia or california where she
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president trump abruptly fires the head of the fbi right in the middle of the criminal investigation into ties between trump's campaign and russia. he blames comey's handling of hillary clinton's e-mail investigation. the president's team is speaking out. both democrats and republicans stunned by the decision. the fbi director taken totally by surprise. now there are calls for a special prosecutor, and comparisons to watergate as the president prepares to nominate a new fbi director. our team breaks it all down just ahead. also this morning, parenting alert. the new public health warning about using benadryl and your kids. dr. ashton is here live. ♪ ain't no mountain and against great odds. >> i kind of woke up one day like wanting a better life and for me that was going into the united states army. >> win one veteran's incredible story of success chasing her dreams of a college degree and helping her fellow vets.
"gma's" class of 2017 this morning. ♪ new this morning, the rock for president? the world's biggest movie star speaking out. could rock the vote be it? ♪ because i have got a golden ticket ♪ and we've got the golden ticket. many are anxious to see the new musical to open on broadway. "charlie and the chocolate factory" live right here. ♪ i never thought >> they're here to say -- >> all: good morning, america. [ cheers and applause ] good morning, america. welcome to all of you this wednesday morning. it is a very newsy wednesday morning following all the latest after president trump fired james comey last night. that was a surprise. >> it was. and daymond john is here. the "shark tank" star is opening up about his private health battle. he's sharing his journey in hopes of helping others. >> we want to get right to the latest on james comey and amy has that. that's right. beginning with those questions
surrounding president trump this morning after he fired fbi director james comey, we are learning more about how he was fired as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raise concern about the timing of it all. president trump is already on twitter today saying, quote, comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in washington. republican and democrat alike. when things calm down, they will be thanking me. our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl joins us a all the latest. jonathan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, amy. the firing of james comey has stunned washington and surprised nobody more than comey himself who learned of it when he saw the news on television. the white house insists that comey was fired at the recommendation of the deputy torn general, who wrote a three-page memorandum eviscerating comey over his handling of the clinton e-mail investigation during last year's campaign. but democrats are crying foul. they are accusing the president of firing comey to interfere with the fbi's investigation into russian interference into last year's election. several key republicans have also expressed concern,
including the chairman of the senate intelligence committee who was leading that investigation into the russia issue, who says that comey's firing is, quote, a loss for the fbi and the nation. amy. >> all right, jon, thank you. this morning, president trump promised comey will be replaced by someone would will bring prestige back to the fbi and our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas has the reaction there and what's next for that russia investigation. pierre, good morning. >> reporter: amy, good morning. it's not an overstatement to say the entire fbi this morning is stunned. no one saw this coming including comey. the investigation into russia at least should continue being overseen by deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, because jeff sessions had to recuse himself after it was disclosed he met with the russian official. the agents in the field this theory should continue to investigate but make no mistake, the new deputy attorney general will be the one making the assessments in terms of whether there should be any prosecutions. he will also have to decide whether there will be a special prosecutor. amy. >> all right, pierre thomas in washington, thank you.
president trump is meeting at the white house with russia's top diplomat. foreign minister sergey lavrov is trump's highest level contact with the russian government so far in his presidency. the two are expected to discuss the fighting in syria. earlier this week, president trump approved the arming of kurdish fighters in syria angering turkey. in washington state, investigators are trying to figure out what caused the partial collapse of a tunnel containing radioactive waste. they say no one was injured or contaminated at the hanford nuclear reservation. the collapse created a large sinkhole and workers are now trying to stabilize it. and there are new questions about safety this morning following the death of a young girl who fell from a water ride at a popular theme park in england. the ride reportedly hit a rock tossing the 11-year-old overboard. that park is closed today. and united airlines facing new criticism after reportedly forcing a passenger to urinate into two cups at her seat during
a flight. nicole harper, a nurse and mother of two says she has an overactive bladders but flight attendants refused to let her use the restroom because of turbulence. in a statement, the airline said it is trying to better understand what happened. and finally, one college grad who is standing very tall. take a look at sam bridgeman. being helped there on stage at the university of south florida. he has a genetic condition that has left him in a wheelchair but he challenged himself to walk across the stage to accept not one, but two masters degrees. he said he was determined to do it. on his left wrist is a tattoo, one that his family got. they got matching tattoos. it reads, seek impossible is nothing. how is that for inspiration? >> needed that. we needed that right now. thank you so much for sharing that, amy. how about "pop news," lara. >> absolutely.
love the news this morning. good morning to you guys and good morning to you. so, you heard us tease this. remember the slogan rock the vote. well how about vote the rock. as in the highest paid movie star dwayne "the rock" johnson and this is not a story line, this is very real. in the june finish of "gq" magazine he tells katie weaver he is seriously considering giving up all the hollywood glory for a life in politics, and it started to come up more and more about a year ago with a real sense of earnestness. ron meyer vice chair of nbcuniversal says he thinks it's a terrific idea and tells "g" there isn't anything the rock can't do and another hollywood insider says his level of commitment and care for people would translate immediately. the issue with johnson rocking the cover comes out nationwide may 13th. >> maybe you don't want to have that video when you're talking about possibly running for president. >> i'm in charge of writing, not video selection. >> didn't he talk to you about that? >> i talked to him the last time i talked to him. he is completely serious about it, too. and he cares about people. he really wants to give back and make a mark on the world, and
that could be his chance to do it. >> stranger things have happened. >> absolutely. moving on, calvin harris has new music on the way not doing it alone. his new album features, get this, nicki minaj, john legend, pharrell, big sean and katy perry, a singer who reportedly has a little bad blood with his former flame, taylor swift. harris previously teased the release of ten new songs this year, kicking things off with "slide." then "heatstroke" with pharrell. ariana grande and young thug. this guy has got serious friends. good connections. his big hit you'll remember "this is what you came for" was co-written by swift. no collaborations for them this time around. calvin's star-studded new album set to drop june 30th. >> good for him. >> a lot of star power. a lot of star power. >> the song "slide" a good start. i love that. >> is that in your workout? >> come to the dressing room and
listen afterwards. >> party at michael's. finally, everybody, one small habit can make big changes in your lives especially when it comes to your happiness. according to a study in the brain and behavior journal, i was reading through it last night, and came across this study. >> light reading. >> as i often do. having a mantra, words or phrases that affirm your values can spark major positives including lowering your cortisol levels. that's that stress hormone. >> nice. >> improving endurance, reducing pain during physical workouts, the study shows choosing a mantra, repeating it, can lead to a quieter mind, making it much easier to have happy thoughts. mine is, i love you, rose. >> somehow i knew it was going to be rose. [ applause ] >> i know you're a big believer in a mantra. you will not reveal what your mantra is. >> i won't -- you're not supposed to reveal your mantra for meditation but my other mantra is you got to change the way you think in order to change
the way you feel. >> i love that. change the way you think. change the way you feel. >> meditation, that's just a sound. >> you're not allowed -- >> do you have a mantra you live by? no pressure. >> wow! i do, but i cannot reveal it. >> oh, yes. all right. well, everybody think about it. anything to make you just a little bit happier is good news for us. >> rose does that. thank you, lara. coming up, we have that parenting alert about using benadryl to help your kids go to sleep. we have dr. ashton here about that. the pizza parlor pregnant women are rushing to. the pizza parlor pregnant women are rushing to because of their secret sauce and we'll tell you why when we come back. "gma's morning menu" is brought to you by chick-fil-a. brought to you by chick-fil-a. they only gave me one.
babies go to sleep. connecticut is now issuing a public health alert linking at least four recent deaths of children to these drugs, and our senior medical contributor dr. jennifer ashton is here with us and, doc, most people associate benadryl with allergy season but, you know, what should we know about it as a sedative? >> this is a drug we use all the time in the hospital, of course, it's available over the counter, the brand name is benadryl, the generic is diphenhydramine and has its benefits as an antihistamine, but sit a strong sedative, and like any drug, it has its risks when you talk about the risks of benadryl, you're talking about respiratory depression or breathing problems with potentially high dose, a rare but potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythm, and like any medication, there is the chance for improper dosing especially when you are talking about children. >> so these deaths make it seem like it's just improper dosing, parents may be using a little too much, not knowing exactly what to give their child. >> exactly. in medicine and pediatrics we
have a saying. kids and babies are not just small adults. when you talk about the medication they're given it's always dose based on their body weight and the smaller the baby, the less margin of error you have for making a dosing error. that's why we've been hearing warning after warning from the american academy of paediatrics about even over-the-counter meds, making sure that right dose is given. take a look at the recommendations specifically for benadryl and babies under the age of 2, really not recommended when you're talking about kids 2 to 12 then you want to dose based on the weight and over the age of 12 in general, they can tolerate an adult dose. the most important thing for any caregiver or parent, if you have a question about the dosage, check with a pediatrician or pharmacist. >> absolutely. we reached out to johnson & johnson that makes benadryl and told us this, we advise that parents and care givers only use medicine as labeled and that they talk with their health care provider as you just said if they have any questions so what other tip do you have for
parents? >> well, look, we're both parents. any parent can relate to that frustration or panic that sets in when you want your child to go to sleep, need your child to go to sleep or they're agitated. i think you have to find what works for you and that child. but i like to take a five senses approach. if you start by what that baby or child is hearing or seeing, maybe a soothing music or video will help. movement. my daughter would fall out cold if you put her in the car. so a lot of parents are familiar with that. rocking mechanism or massage. warm tea or warm milk can help but i think the most important thing, michael, you have to ask why. in medicine as in life, don't just put a band-aid on something. if your child is agitated or won't sleep ask why before you start treating it. >> what about ear plugs? >> that works too. >> just checking. doc, thank you very much for all that advice and parents out there, please, please listen and protect your children. everybody, coming up, "shark tank's" daymond john, he's here sharing his health battle and how he's trying to help others. we'll be right back. ...one of many pieces in my life.
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entrepreneur, motivational speaker and our dear friend, "shark tank's" daymond john. he's exclusively sharing his personal story about a medical journey that has transformed his life. would you please welcome mr. john here back to "gma." >> thank you. [ applause ] thank you. >> all right. >> thank you. >> i like this look. usually you're -- >> i can't wear this on the show so i had to wear it here. >> you had a physical recently, and you discovered something. what was it? >> i had a very extensive physical and they discovered that there was a nodule on my thyroid and said, you can take it out or you can't. maybe -- could be something. they remove it and it was stage 2 cancer on my thyroid. >> you hear the reaction from people here. >> yeah, you know, you should have seen the reaction from me. but you know what, i didn't skip a beat. i went to -- when i got early detections and i underthat i understood that i had a challenge, and if i would attack it now, then i wouldn't have let it attack me, and i had that
removed. i didn't miss anything. i was out partying and dancing, you know, two days later, thought that i should have but i wanted to share this information with people because what would i had went through if i decided to just stick my head in the sand and go, you know what, i'm not going to check into stuff. it happens, it happens. it happens to everybody else, i would have really been, you know, i would have really had big problems. >> the one thing the medical community can agree on is that early detection really increases your chance of having a success. not a guarantee but it increases your chances. how are you now? >> i am absolutely great. i mean, you know, i have to monitor it for the rest of my life. you know, i have another half of my thyroid still in. and in the event that it comes back i'll be able to fight it -- thyroid cancer is a very slow growing cancer and, you know, you really, you know, inspired me a lot because of your public awareness about how we should look at these things and take them on so but i'm totally grateful. don't send me any twinkies or baked alaska. well, maybe twinkies. don't send me a lot of stuff. i'm good and want to share this with people. that's what success is.
it's staying in your family's lives, it's being around and that's what success is. >> because you enjoyed the birth of your third child last year. >> my third child. right. [ applause ] >> is that a factor in wanting to make sure that you are around? >> absolutely. i have three beautiful daughters and i wanted to be around. i want to be here to walk them down the aisle and be there to protect them and be there for them to keep yelling at me and ignoring me, and this is how it happens. by going out, and people getting mammogra mammograms, smears and all the things to find out what's going on because you can prevent it and stay around in your family's lives. >> you say this. this afternoon i'm having my mammogram and sonogram just so
happens i'm scheduled for today. >> absolutely. >> but i'm glad you said this and that you want to go public with it and share this with people because in a lot of communities especially in the african-american community, there is a sense of, okay, i'm going to bury my head in the sand. i'm not going to deal with it and you say you can't do that. >> you know, if my calling was to put me on the stage to know why i'm here, there's a saying that, you know, a man with his health as a thousand dream, a man without his health only has one and you have to understand that's what success is. it's being able to get up every single day and be happy. >> make your mess your message and you're doing that. how is everything going with the show? >> the show is great. our finale is this friday. kevin o'leary is still a bad, mean person. >> not nice to you after all this? >> no, not at all. not at all, and, you know, we're making people hopefully rich and/or their dream come true and they're going on and hiring other people and, you know, it's really been a good run. "shark tank" has been so good to me and so many others. >> 200 episodes now? >> coming up on our 200th episode. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> thank you, thank you for sharing this very, very important message. >> if you have a loved one out there, just not you, tell your parents, tell your kids. make sure you go out there and
hey, good morning to you. i'm natasha zouves. happening today, a move that could affect hundreds of students and parents in oakland next fall. ac transit will vote whether to continue bus service to community day school and skyline high school. the school district stopped payments because of a lack of fund. ac transit said it can't continue service for free. negotiations stalled so ac transit must make a decision now so parents can ploon for next school year. hey, alexis. >> we had an issue in san francisco. eastbound 80, a sill alert before sterling. a multi-car crash in the two right lanes and sig alert canceled and all lanes opened and a pretty significant delay on eastbound 80 and northbound 101. also traveling southbound out of the city, stick to 101 there on the southbound side, southbound 280 before 380 a multi-car crash blocking two lanes. >> thank you.
hey, good morning. we are mostly cloudy right now. temperatures mainly in the 50s. dress for that stepping out but for latest today in the 60s with a partly cloudy sky and breezy. >> mike, thank you. we have another update in about 30 minutes and always on the free abc7 news app. "good mornin ♪ welcome back to "gma," everybody.
and as you can hear, oh, don't tell them to be quiet. we got a great audience this morning. [ cheers and applause ] >> we have a great topic to talk about. who here likes pizza? [ cheers and applause ] universal. well, there is a pizza place called hawthorne's in charlotte, north carolina, that people are driving for hours to go visit. it's not just because they have a great deep dish either. there's a pie there that is rumored to induce labor. expectant moms are flooding in to get a slice, hawthorne's owners michael and john adams and carla martinez are with us as well as new mom ashley fleming joining us all right now with the magical pie as you can see. [ applause ] and clearly it works. you can see right there we've got proof positive. i want to start with john. john, we're hearing that five women last week alone went into
labor after eating this buffalo wing pizza. and they're not the only ones this. is happening a lot. when did you first realize this was a thing? >> it's a great story. it all started with a facebook alert to our hawthorne's pizza account from one of our mom, henley and she wanted to let us know an report after four hours of having our pizza she went into labor and had the baby and it's just a great story. >> ah, wow. >> i know. you heard that part of it. >> ashley, i'd love to ask you a question. when you went to labor with riker, it was less than 24 hours after eating the pizza so how did you hear about it and how far did you go to get it? >> it was. my mother-in-law actually told me about it. she had seen it on facebook and so we came and ate it about 40 minutes away in gastonia and here he is. >> ah. beautiful. >> thank you.
>> ah, yeah. [ applause ] so, guys, what's the secret? why do you think this is happening and are you going to change the name of the pizza, michael? >> yes, so we're going to be reprinting our new menu with the opening of our new store. still the buffalo wing pizza in parenthesis the inducer with all the publicity we've been having so it's pretty awesome. >> nice. [ applause ] >> pizza sounds so intimidating. >> it's okay for -- even if you're not pregnant and want people to know you can still order the pizza. it's a good pizza. >> i'm a little afraid, actually. i want to ask jen. what do you make of this? why do you think it's happening? the secret sauce. >> i think it's coincidence, the italians invented a lot of things. they didn't invent the induction of labor and there's a lot of myths about spicy, full moon, getting busy, none of them have been really conclusive. >> wait a second. it worked for us.
both our girls, both our girls, ali sent me out for the exact same thing, chicken burrito, from austin grill, extra spicy both times. >> you got i would say a scientific mind. you know in medicine we need a little more than two. maybe 2 million. >> i knew that was coming but we proved the point. proved the point. >> well, listen, you guys, congratulations on the inducer. and all of the happy babies that have been born because of it. that's a great story if nothing else and it looks really good. >> it does look good. >> we have no pizza supply think they were worried for us. >> that was a great story and now we have a great guest, very special guest we're going to bring to the table. this guy has won two world series, busiest retired guy ever. okay, not only is he on "dancing with the stars" and semifinalist, he also has a new book out called "teammate: my journey in baseball and a world series for the ages." please welcome david ross. [ applause ]
>> how are you? >> great. love you on "dancing with the stars." >> good to see you. >> what's up, man? good to see you. how are y'all doing? >> good. >> thanks for having me. this is awesome. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. here. >> oh, my god. isn't that nice? >> huge. >> awesome. >> first time i've worn it so figured i'd bring it out and show people. >> you've got one of these. >> let me see that one. >> don't take it. >> robin, don't ask for it. that, man, that's like carrying around a weight. >> this is the first time i've worn it. had no reason to wear it. i figure i would show it off a little bit on national tv, right. >> here you go, world series champion, now you're a semifinalist on "dancing with the stars." did you ever think -- did you ever think when you started out -- >> no, i had no -- you know, i went in with the expectation just do something different and be outside of my box and have some fun, figured i'd be a couple of weeks in but it's a lot of work. five hour, six hours a day, i
mean you're training -- >> everybody talks about how much. >> it's a lot of work. it's a blast and each week like tuesdays a little frustrating because you're learning something new and trying to get the steps down but the rewarding feeling when you're done with the dances is so much fun and feel so happy. >> so good, man. look at you. >> yeah. who would have thought? seriously, i can't believe all of america has to watch that. >> and time to write a book. >> anybody try to talk you out of it. >> i tried to talk myself out of it, i think. i didn't want to embarrass myself in front of all those people but i'm having the time of my life. it's such a great experience. my family is loving it. my wife is loving it. i planning on dancing for the rest of my life and have lessons wither had. you feel great when you're done. >> is it as good a workout as training for the world series. >> it's better. i mean it's like -- i thought i was in good shape as an athlete but i've done this and lost about 11, 12 pounds and my partner, my partner puts me through the wringer every week. it's fun. she's great. >> you found time to write this book. >> i'm excited. i joke with people who would
have thought a guy who can't read wrote a book but my story is really unique and with the team and what they have done for me and they've changed my life forever, that team, that city and i couldn't be more thankful for all the people that affected my life and got all this great credit for being this great teammate and great person and such a product of so many other people that wanted to give some credit back to others. >> wonderful. >> you talk about during the world series your teammates put you on their shoulders and carried you off the field. and you say you'll remember it for the rest of your life but you didn't know what to do with your hands. >> yeah, i wrote in the book, you know, you get lifted up and i never expected that and i'm carried off the feel and all i could think was i didn't know whether to wave or blow kisses, i think i did one and put up a number one finger for a minute. it was just -- you're up there like this should be awesome but i don't know what to do with my hands. >> who is going to play you in the movie? >> i have no idea yet. they're still doing -- >> this really is going to become a movie.
>> yes. they fwougt the rights to the book. my life is -- i don't even know where i am right now but i met chris pratt. he like had a huge effect on me. >> i can see that. >> maybe if he shaves his head and a little more gray. he's buff a little bit. i have no idea but he was a nice guy so -- >> i love that casting. i think that's right on. >> i met him and he really stuck out to me so maybe him. i don't know. >> one more quick question. when you're going down the street more people recognize you for winning the ring or for "dancing with the stars." >> i got to wear this all the time. everybody is like, hey, "dancing with the stars," old guy, you know. all the time. [ applause ] >> you are a good teammate. "teammate" is out now. make sure you go check it out, everybody. we'll be right back. thank you for coming in. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you so much. pleasure. thank you. how far should pure alpine spring water have to travel from its source to the bottle? ♪ how about less than a mile and a half? crystal geyser is the only major us spring water bottled
back here on "good morning america," i like this. no, we are not triplets but he said these friends are from georgia and they're best friend, right? that's really good. fifth grade, fifth grade, third. guess what. tropical storm adrian started in the pacific. it's headed toward mexico. the next couple of days we'll be watching it as it should become a hurricane. let's go ahead and get a check a hello. i'm meteorologist mike nicco. warmer this morning but that sea breeze keeps us up to 20 degrees cooler this afternoon. my accuweather 7-day forecast, drizzle tomorrow
all that brought to you by aarp. robin. >> great crowd with you, ginger. time to celebrate our graduates with "gma's" class of 2017 and this morning, we have an incredible story of resilience. this graduate is a veteran of the military. she's a mother of two who wanted to get a degree and create a better future for her children and she rediscovered her passions along the way. meet her. >> hi, i'm danielle joliet, class of 2017, graduate at penn state and this is my story. i kind of woke up one day like wanting a better life and for me that was going into the united states army. >> reporter: 34-year-old danielle joliet's military career spanned a decade enlisting at 17 to escape a troubled youth. >> my identity very much got wrapped up in alcohol and drugs and then as i went into the army, i started to gain a little
bit of confidence with the structure of the military and really started to flourish. it was the first time that i saw that i could be a lot more. >> reporter: but her struggles with substance abuse continued and then she became pregnant at 18 with son randy. it was a wake-up call. >> i knew when i would look at him that i had to do better. >> reporter: and she did. danielle deployed to baghdad in 2008 but suffered an injury that ended her military career. >> when they first medevac'd me out i thought i was going to go back, not being able to come home with my unit was painful. >> reporter: danielle met and married fellow soldier brendan and together they welcomed patrick in 2011. a new chapter for her young family. >> when i look at my two kids i want them to have access to an education. it's why it was important for me to come back and get an education. so they know what it locks like. >> she chased her dream of a college degree, enrolled at penn state university and thrived
once again finding structure in her life and discovering her passion for helping others, especially her fellow veterans. >> we are still a representation of the men and women that still serve and bring honor to them by the service that we do as veterans. >> reporter: danielle is also an advocate for the collegiate recovery community. >> hearing how these students had overcome their addictions that i learned how to maintain recovery over my own. >> reporter: she was honored as a 2017 outstanding adult student. >> danielle joliet. >> reporter: graduating as student marshal with a 4.0 gpa. >> the 17-year-old version of myself could see me today and someone told her that you would be graduating the top of your class at penn state, i would have never believed it. >> reporter: soaring against great odds and her family could not be more proud. >> it is definitely like super inspiring to go to college now that i know that my mother has done it.
>> give me a hug. >> ah. ah. i love you. >> give me a hug. >> i like that little one. group hug. group hug. please welcome danielle. danielle. [ cheers and applause ] >> proud military brat so this really hit close to home what you have been -- you just graduated on sunday, right? >> i did. >> so what's next? >> well, i'm wasting no time. i start grad school in a week. i've been hired on at the university as a collegial recovery program assistant. >> wow. >> and i don't plan to walk away from my veterans at all. i'll remain a mentor to them. >> it's great what she's doing. [ applause ] veterans, you can't forget about them. how are you able to turn it around? we watched your story but to know the path that you were going down and you turned it around. >> the ability to reframe my story is a true gift and it's just by grace and that grace
came from looking at my family and knowing that they believed in me so i began to believe in myself. >> yeah, your family and part of your family is right here. look. oh, look at your son. so proud of you. and your hubby. >> yes. >> we'll get a group hug after this like how you asked before. what has it meant to you to model for your children to show them to never give up? you can reframe your life. >> i want those boys to know the ability to reframe their story will always be there. they can take what is negative and turn it something positive and that there's always a lesson to be learned. >> always a lesson to be learned. [ cheers and applause ] >> now, don't you like broadway? don't you like broadway? are you big into the different shows and stuff like that. >> yes, i absolutely love acting and i love plays and it's amazing. >> oh, my goodness. well, since you said that, you
want your golden ticket? you're going to go to "charlie and the chocolate factory." [ applause ] four tickets, so come on up here. i want the family to come up here. yes. so you give this to four family -- four tickets. can we bring the beautiful roses? you know, mother's day is coming up. come on up, both of you. [ applause ] come on. >> daddy. >> so, we've got the play to go to. the afternoon show and then we're going to go to carmine's. come on. [ applause ] early, early mother's day gift. >> that's amazing. >> and, again, i have to say thank you as my father was in the military i'm a proud military brat, thank you for your service then, thank you for your service now. we appreciate it very much. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> yes. you know, hey, ah. and stick around because i think
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let's kick it off with meteorologist mike nicco. hey there, mike. >> hi, everybody. we were seeing 70s yesterday. barely near 60. the sea breeze working the magic. breezy, choppy on the water. up to 20 degrees cooler out and about. it's going to be even faster the wind blowing friday and a little bit cool through mother's day. >> we have a sig alert, a big problem on southbound highway 17 traveling into the santa cruz mountains. just before the summit, we have a rollover crash. reportedly just blocking one lane and saw a picture of the scene and looks like all lanes are currently stopped. no estimate on when it will reopen. back to you. >> appreciate the info. gnaw. time now for "live with kelly and ryan" and back at 11:00 a.m. for the midday news. the reporting continues on the free abc7 >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!"