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making news in america this morning -- president trump talks about his decision to fire former fbi director james comey. >> he's a showboat. he's a grandstander. >> hear what the president says about asking comey if he's under investigation and the controversy that's now causing. plus, the possible security breach in the oval office. why questions are being raised about the photographer taking these pictures showing president trump with russian officials. a plane evacuated because of a potentially dangerous animal on board. and who caused damage to air force one that cost $4 million to fix? and could have caused a mid flight fire.
a good friday morning to you all. i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm kenneth moton in for kendis gibson. e we begin with president trump delivering stinging comments about former fbi director james comey. >> in an interview with nbc news, the president offered up his account of how and why comey was fired. >> he's a showboat. he's a grandstander. the fbi has been in turmoil. you know that. i know that. everybody knows that. you take a look at the fbi a year ago. it was in virtual turmoil. less than a year ago. it hasn't recovered from that. >> while the white house pinned the decision to fire comey on the justice department, the president made it clear that it all started and ended with him. abc's janai norman has the latest from washington. >> reporter: the white house clearing up conflicting messages. from the press secretary to the vice president, saying for days, the president's decision to fire fbi director james comey was triggered by the recommendation of deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. those claims directly
contradicted by the commander in chief during an interview with nbc. >> regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey. >> reporter: acting fbi director andrew mccabe testifying before congress, offering more contradictions. to white house claims the fbi rank and file have lost confidence in the former director. >> director comey enjoyed broad support. within the fbi. and still does to this day. >> reporter: and white house claims the fbi investigation into russian meddling and possible collusion with the trump campaign was quote one of the smallest things of what the fbi is doing. >> we consider it to be a highly significant investigation. >> reporter: mccabe testifying that investigation is forging ahead. as this week's developments prompted some who opposed an independent prosecutor to reconsider. >> this is in the best interests of the president. >> reporter: and during mccabe's testimony, he agreed to notify the senate intelligence committee if the white house makes any moves to try to impede or quash the fbi's russia-related investigation. kenneth and diane?
>> janai norman, live in washington, thank you. the white house is denying a new report that claims president trump allegedly demanded james comey's loyalty. >> sources close to comey tell "the new york times" he was summoned to the white house weeks after the inauguration. the president asked him to pledge his loyalty to him. comey offered his honesty instead. it's not clear if it was at the same time he asked about the russian investigation. >> i said, if it's possible, would you let me know am i under investigation? he said, you're not under investigation. i know that i'm not under investigation, me, personally. i'm not talking about campaigns. i'm not talking about anything else. i'm not under investigation. >> now, abc's jonathan karl pressed the white house, asking if that's an inappropriate question for a president to ask an fbi director. >> one of these conversations, the president said happened at a dinner where the fbi director, according to the president, was asking to stay on as fbi
director. don't you see how that's a conflict of interest? the fbi director is saying he wants to keep his job and the president is asking whether or not he's under investigation. >> i don't see that as a conflict of interest. and neither do the many legal scholars and others that have been commenting on it in the last hour. so no, i don't see that as an issue. >> during his senate intelligence hearing, acting fbi director mccabe would not confirm whether comey told president trump he was not under investigation. and the white house is also under fire for allowing a possible security breach during a meeting with top russian officials. these photos of the meeting were taken by a russian photographer. now, intelligence officials have raised concerns over that photographer and his equipment being allowed into the oval office. given russia's history of sneaking surveillance devices into u.s. facilities. meanwhile, the president is defending his decision to go through with that meeting a day after firing comey. >> did you worry at all when you made the decision to fire comey when you did, the day before
lavrov was here in the white house and the russian ambassador, did you think through the optics of the way this would look? >> i never thought about it. it was set up awhile ago. frankly, i could have waited. but what difference does it make? >> the president said vladimir putin asked him to meet with the foreign minister when they spoke by phone. and "the new yorker" is getting some attention this morning for its new cover and a unique take on comey's firing. the artwork shows the former fbi director being dragged off a plane by a security officer who looks a lot like attorney general jeff sessions, accompanied by a pilot who has a bit of resemblance to president trump. now to breaking must in italy. an explosion if rome. >> it happened in a parking lot for a post office. it appears to be a basic explosive device that was placed between two cars. no injuries report sod far. in the past, similar explosions in italian cities have been
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outage lasting about three hours. during that time, customers were unable to make online payments or mobile payments. no word on what triggered the outage. new evidence this morning that department stores are struggling to compete with online retailers. macy's saw a drop in sales for a ninth straight quarter. for kohl's, the fifth straight quarter of loss in sales. high-end department stores are falling short, too. nordstrom reported weaker than expected sales. causing its stock to drop. jc penney releases its earnings today. the powers that be in the world of candy are having a meeting of the minds focusing on making sweets better for you. executives from mars, nestle, ghirardelli and other companies are joining forces to provide more choices for consumers, including smaller portions. they plan to have calorie information on 90% of their most popular products within five years. >> but will you pay attention? >> i'm not sure i want to know. i just don't think i'll flip over the candy bar. >> right.
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well, a manhunt is under way in northern massachusetts for a shooting suspect police describe as quote armed and extremely dangerous. >> s.w.a.t. teams are swarming the streets of lowell, where that gunman, identified by police as ross elliott could be hiding. investigators say elliott is suspected of shooting and killing an ex-girlfriend and they say he has a long history of violence. an arkansas sheriff's deputy and two women are dead after what possibly started as a domestic dispute. lieutenant kevin mainhart was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle he thought was involved in the dispute. police say the suspect then barricaded himself inis side a house for five hours. after he surrendered, the bodies of two women were found inside. another deadly standoff is over. after 35 hours. u.s. marshals tried to serve a warrant on a man in trenton, new jersey, the suspect then allegedly opened fire, killing one of his neighbors. s.w.a.t. teams put the neighborhood on lockdown using a bull horn.
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good morning, america. i'm sweating profusely. he's stan. i'm neil. >> starting off with tmi. and spurs and rockets. this is game six. the spurs up, 3-2. houston was at home. james harden, just wasn't ready. if he was ready, that's even worse. six turnovers in the game to go with just seven assists. didn't take his first shot until 6:19 of the second quarter. wound up with 10 points, 2 for 11 shooting. lamarcus aldridge. meanwhile, 34 points and 12 rebounds for the spurs. murray, kyle anderson. murray with the dunk. spurs win it. they win the series. they take on the warriors next. this is houston's baseball team. man, they better be better than the basketball team. >> that wasn't hard. >> i'm getting up and walking off this good morning. carlos correia. off michael pineda. former seattle mariner. his fifth. astros up, 2-0. "sportscenter" with stan and
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good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this is "abc7 mornings." >> friday, may 12th. welcome at 4:27 in the morning. >> it has been a long week. >> i don't know if it has been long but it has been hard. >> mother's day on the way. >> sunshine and cool and breezy. about the same as today. we have a little stretch of below average temperatures. when you step outside grab a heavier coat possibly. a few clouds hanging around, and almost a full moon. 41 to 52 degrees. the breezes will start to kick in and that will hold us at 56 to 54. and then if you are headed out this evening, look at it already
in the 50s by 7:00. here's a look at your commute. maybe folks turning their heat on in their car, but overall we are not seeing anybody out there especially on the westbound side of 580 for the richmond san rafael bridge. and we have green all the way around as well. we have a couple overnight construction projects that we still have in the works here and i will talk about those coming up in less than ten. breaking news from the abc7 live desk. >> we want to start with breaking news. a serial arsonist may have struck again, two more car fires in the east bay bay, and this marks seven cars burned in the lat five days. we are working on getting you video and images from the scene. but walnut creek, giant
were coming from that car and the second car in lafayette, two miles away on krau sepb tau court. both locations are close to highway 24. those fires follow five others, as i mentioned, in the two cities we had fires as well as inmartinez. we have a reporter on the way to the scene and a live report will be coming up. back to you. progress is coming down the tracks this morning in the north bay. >> for the first time you will >> for the first time you will see and hear testing their passenger routes. amy hollyfield is live. >> reporter: they are now forming an schedule, and they think they are going to start the trains rolling at 5:00 a.m., and the smart trains will
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