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"world news tonight with david muir" is next. >> i'm dan ashley. for sandhya patel and all of us here, we hope to see tonight -- breaking news as we come on the air. fired fbi director james comey about to go public. abc news learns when the former fbi director could now testify, and what he's willing to talk about involving president trump. pierre thomas with late details. crossing the line. the outrage tonight over comedian kathy griffin and that gruesome image. tonight, cnn fires her. performances canceled. and the first lady, melania trump weighing in. the emergency on board. heavily armed police taking down a passenger accused of rushing the cockpit, claiming to have explosives. the deadly shootout inside an american car dealership. two bounty hunters find their fugitive. he's armed. how this ends. and lebron james. the racial slur sprayed across his home. what he said just moments ago
about race in america. and america strong tonight. diane sawyer returns to a place so many of you will remember. and the victory you made happen. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. and we begin with the headline late today, former fbi director james comey will testify before the american people, likely in the coming days about his interactions with president trump. the special counsel now leading the russia investigation, robert mueller is not objecting to his appearance. congress wants to know, did the president demand loyalty? did he ask comey to go easy on former national security adviser michael flynn? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off with what he's learned tonight. >> reporter: abc news has learned one of the most dramatic congressional hearings in recent times could come as early as next week, with former fbi
director james comey breaking his silence, testifying in open session before the american people about president trump -- and those memos comey kept after his meetings with the president. those sources telling abc news that so far, special counsel robert mueller has not objected to comey testifying, provided that he does not discuss evidence in the investigation into russian meddling. what comey is likely to talk about is president trump. according to sources familiar with his thiing, comey wants to be transparent and will respond to questions about his relationship with the president, and, more importantly, those private meetings -- the dinner. the phone calls. the president once joking about comey -- "he's become more famous than me." senators specifically want to know if the president sought a pledge of loyalty from comey early on, and if the fired fbi director was pressured to go easy on former national security adviser michael flynn. comey's supporters have been fuming, angry at the president after he allegedly called comey
a "nutjob" to russian officials visiting the oval office. soon, comey is expected to have his say. >> and pierre thomas with us. you have also learned that the house intelligence committee has issued subpoenas as part of their investigation. >> david, that's right. the congressional investigations continue to expand. the committee issuing seven subpoenas, including to two men with close ties to president trump, former national security adviser michael flynn forced out after just 24 days on the job, and michael cohen, trump's friend and personal attorney. david. >> pierre, thank you. next this evening, outrage from all sides after that video of comedian kathy griffin and that gruesome image. today, cnn firing her and the first lady melania trump adding her voice to the legions who say this is more than just crossing the line it was downright disturbing. here's abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas. >> my name is kathy griffin. >> reporter: tonight, comedian kathy griffin is out of a job because of this disturbing image depicting the president
decapitated. the president tweeting, my children, especially my 11-year-old son barron, are having a hard time with this. sick! and first lady melania trump saying, as a mother, a wife, and a human being that photo is very disturbing. griffin ultimately apologized. >> i sincerely apologize. i'm a comic. i crossed the line. i move the line. then i cross it. i went way too far. >> reporter: but that apology apparently not enough for cnn. the cable news network terminating her contract to host new year's duties. and today, chelsea clinton condemning the stunt. >> never funny to joke about violence toward anyone. >> and tom llamas with us live. now, the secret service continues its investigation. >> reporter: they are, david, and they're not happy about this.
writing in a statement, each alleged or perceived threat has to be investigated thoroughly. which taxes the secret service manpower and resources that could be utilized elsewhere. david. >> tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thank you. president trump meanwhile expected to make a key decision very soon. one watched closely on capitol hill and really across the world, even the pope waiting to see what the president will do. he's about to decide whether the united states will remain part of the paris climate agreement fighting climate change. but is he leaning in one direction already? cecilia vega. >> reporter: president trump today said he's close to making that much-anticipated decision. >> any decision on the paris climate deal mr. president, are you close? >> very soon. >> are you leaning toward getting out? >> you're going to find out very soon. >> reporter: behind the scenes, sources tell abc news the president is likely to pull out of the landmark deal. inside the white house, feverish last-minute negotiations on both sides. chief strategist steve bannon
pushing for withdrawal, along with 22 republican senators. daughter ivanka pushing to stay in the deal. big names like apple's tim cook and tesla's elon musk calling to lobby president trump too. musk threatening to resign from white house advisory councils if the president backs out of the deal. >> a lot of it is a hoax. >> reporter: that was president trump on global warming during the campaign. >> it's a moneymaking industry, okay? >> reporter: aides now say his views are evolving. if the u.s. withdraws from the climate accord, it would join the company of nicaragua and syria, which haven't signed, and create yet a new test for already-strained relations with germany's angela merkel and france's emmanuel macron. but tonight, the president seem even the pope to make good on that campaign promise. >> we're going to cancel the paris climate agreement. >> so let's get to cecilia vega with us live tonight from the white house. when do we expect a decision? >> well, the president today, david, said it could happen very soon.
but behind the scenes lobbying is fierce right now. one environmental group tells me they called the white house 30,000 times this afternoon alone. >> the lobbying on both sides tonight. our thanks to you, cecilia. next, to the image coming in after a terrifying incident on board a passenger plane just off after takeoff from melbourne, australia. a man rushing the cockpit claiming to have a bomb. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: australian airport security, heavily armed, quickly carrying the subdued passenger off the jetliner. a dramatic end to a short flight. just after take off from melbourne, the malaysian airlines crew tells the captain a passenger is trying to breach the cockpit door, as the pilot recounted to controllers. >> screaming to have an explosive device, tried to enter the cockpit, has been overpowered by passengers, we will try and land and have the device checked out. >> reporter: that device apparently some kind of power pack.
a half hour after taking off, the jet is back in melbourne with security officers barking commands to passengers. >> in your seats. everyone in their seats. put your heads down. >> reporter: police suggest the suspect has a history of mental illness. passengers are being put up for the night and will continue their flight to malaysia tomorrow. david. >> david kerley with us tonight. thank you, david. another disturbing moment that led to an emergency landing here at home, in grand rapids, michigan. a jetblue flight from new york to san francisco, diverted after a passenger smelled smoke. the flight crew then traced the smell to a smoking carry-on bag, an electronic device with a charred lithium ion battery. the plane eventually continued on to san francisco. overseas tonight, and to afghanistan, one of the worst attacks in years and it comes just as president trump decides whether to send more u.s. troops. a devastating suicide truck bombing in kabul. the moment was captured on an office surveillance camera. the rush-hour blast killing at
least 90 people and more than 400 injured, including several americans. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: the death toll was so large, the destruction so vast, that even for this country at war for well over a decade, the loss was staggering. in the early morning hours, the massive truck bomb ripping through what is supposed to be one of the most secure parts of kabul. the moment captured here from inside an office building. so powerful the blast shattered windows a mile away. buildings were leveled. bodies scattered. cars incinerated. "there are people inside the car still alive, but the door is stuck," this man yelled. among the wounded, diplomats. this is the german embassy, heavily damaged in the blast. eleven american contractors at a former u.s. military facility nearby also hurt, but not seriously. no one claimed responsibility,
but the afghan government strongly suspects the taliban, despite the group's denials they had anything to do with it. >> and martha raddatz with us tonight. you mentioned those minor injuries of the americans at a nearby u.s. military base. you spent a lot of time there. we pointed out at the top, this comes as president trump now considers whether to send more troops to afghanistan. >> exactly, david. the pentagon has drafted a number of proposals which could mean thousands of additional troops, adding to the already 8,000 there. >> thank you, martha. next tonight, new images of that groundbreaking u.s. anti-missile test. a mock long-range missile, launched from an island in the pacific. 4,000 miles away in california the interceptor rocket emerging from an underground silo. roaring into space. within an hour, the interceptor destroying that missile. that test of course comes as north korea has warned that it's working on an intercontinental
ballistic missile they claim could reach the united states. next tonight, to lebron james, speaking out just a short time ago. police say a racist slur was spray painted across his home. james is preparing for the nba finals, talking about his family and about race in america. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: on the eve of game one of the nba finals, cleveland cavaliers star lebron james is speaking out about vandalism at his l.a. home. >> my family is safe. at the end of the day, they're safe and that's the most important. >> reporter: the front gate spray-painted with the "n" word. >> racism will always be a part of the world, part of america. you know hate in america, especially for african-americans is living every day. >> reporter: the graffiti on his $20 million brentwood estate has since been covered up. >> no matter how many people admire you, being black in america is tough. and we got a long way to go. you know, for us as a society
and for us as african-americans until we feel equal in america. >> reporter: the lapd is investigating the incident as an act of vandalism and a possible hate crime. they also have reason to believe that the entire incident may have been captured on surveillance video. david. >> linsey davis with us, thank you, linsey. next this evening, to never before seen images and they're difficult. inside the massacre at the pulse nightclub in orlando. body camera images from the police, who bravely rushed into the darkened club, climbing through a broken window, not knowing what they would find. abc's brian ross with what they saw, what they heard and tonight, right here, exclusive interviews with those brave officers. >> reporter: this is what orlando police officers saw and heard as they raced inside the pulse nightclub. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: the bodycam videos capturing the urgency of the hunt for the active shooter. >> i see shadows moving in here. >> reporter: officers unable to tell who was hiding in the
darkness -- a victim or a shooter. >> show us your hands. >> okay, come out. come out. we're the police, man. >> reporter: this video comes from the body camera worn by officer graham gage. >> right when we were about to go in, we were starting -- we were still hearing shots. >> reporter: and there's the haunting sound of the victims' cell phones ringing, unanswered. >> and i mean multiple phones just laying in pools of blood. knowing that it's somebody's loved one trying to get a hold of their loved one. >> reporter: as the club patrons who survived race for safety outside, the shooter, 29-year-old omar mateen, retreats to a back bathroom, holding hostages, and calls 911 to say he has bombs. >> i'll tell you this, it can take out a whole city block almost. >> reporter: police are advised to pull back. >> just so you guys know in the building, you may not want to stay there. >> reporter: but not a single officer retreats. then, the final breach. mateen comes out shooting.
one officer is hit. in the helmet. >> probably within an inch of losing his life. and the other officers there returned fire, killing the suspect. >> brian ross with us now. the bravery of those officers. some at the time asked, where there able to get emergency. >> they had to proceed with great caution. much more from inside the pulse nightclub on a special edition of "nightline" later tonight on abc. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" on this wednesday and we do have breaking news at this hour. new video of tiger woods and that incident. the dui arrest and you'll see him interacting with those officers coming up.
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finally, america strong. diane sawyer keeping her promise to stay on this. philadelphia strawberry mansion high school, once considered one of the most dangerous schools in the country. there was a student that so many of you reacted to. diane with what's happened since. >> reporter: four years ago, our cameras captured the chaos inside a dangerous school called strawberry mansion. students on a hair trigger. we watched the new principal race in to try to break up the fights. >> each day it gets scarier. >> reporter: her name, linda wayman, and she had set out to change the school. >> the one way to help your family out is to educate yourself, right? >> reporter: and she ended every day with this one thought -- >> and remember, if nobody told
you they loved you today, you remember i do. >> reporter: in a major achievement, her first year, wayman helped get 55 of her 92 seniors accepted to college, like this student christine holland, who didn't have money for the deposit. >> if i had the $550 -- >> reporter: so her college dream was dying. the unbreakable principal gave in to tears. but four years ago, she didn't know that you, our viewers, were coming to help her change lives. >> when them phones started ringing, oh, my god. somebody besides me actually do care. >> reporter: you sent donations, and that money set up 13 educational funds. one of the recipients -- that shy girl christine holland. well, four years later, look at her now. she was given a full scholarship by philadelphia university. >> i knew i could do it if i was able to go to school. >> reporter: and now she's not
only a college graduate in accounting -- >> christine m. holland. >> reporter: -- she has a scholarship to business school. and there is someone else who is waiting to congratulate her. linda wayman, who has now stepped down as principal of strawberry mansion. and so wayman whispers once again what she used to say to all the kids. >> and remember, if nobody told you they loved you today, remember i do. and i always will. >> i love you, too. >> we're cheering you on, christine. that one-time principal linda and her message. thank you, diane. and thank you for watching. good night.
abc news takes you with the unit of the san francisco police department whose priority dealing with the city's homeless crisis. >> it's taken its toll on me. >> she is the teenager at the center of law enforcement sex scandal speaking publicly about a six-figure settlement coming her way. >> plus mix of good and bad news for the goats that miraculously escaped from the flames. >> live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> enforcement still a tool but not the priority. >> the san francisco police department has launched a new highly trained unit, dedicated specifically to homeless issues. solutions that come from a different kind of playbook. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> san francisco has more homeless people on its streets than just about any other city. last check the number of people sleeping on san froon streeanci streets second to new york. >> staggering number. the new police chief has an idea how to handle it and help the
community. >> abc 7 news reporter vick lee and a story you will see only on abc 7. vick. >> ama, to give you an idea how much the homeless problem has grown. here at mission station they get 1,000 homeless cls a month. now, chief scott's vision is to have a dedicated team of officers who can help connect these homeless people to city services. and in other words, more outreach, less enforcement. >> you have a place you can do laundry and get a shower. >> reporter: officer jared harris responding to a complaint. that a homeless camp was blocking the sidewalk on fulsom and 1th street. he and his part next, officer yasser shaw convinced them to clear the sidewalk and offered tent dwellers help in getting city services. >> get your shower and laundry services okay. address, phone number, everything. >> the new officer unit soles purpose is to concentrate on issues involving the homeless. to use more outreach