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tonight, major developments. will the white house try to block the fired fbi director james comey from testifying before the american people? what the white house is now saying. and tonight, what james comey is now preparing to tell congress about what he wrote in those memos. pierre thomas is standing by. also tonight, the backlash after president trump pulls out of the paris climate accord. and the white house is asked, does the president believe climate change is real? and vladimir putin's message to america. new images tonight, coming in of the deadly rampage. tourists trampling each other. now at least 36 dead. tonight, isis claiming responsibility. police with a different story. we also have breaking news at this hour. a major concert evacuated amid a terror threat. tens of thousands rushed out. and, your money.
from lawnmowers, to barbecues, to booking a hotel room. why the price is different if you buy from your phone instead of your home computer. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with breaking developments involving james comey, set to testify next week before the american people. tonight, abc news has learned lea he's prepared to talk about what he wrote in his memos, and whether he felt pressured by the president in the russia investigation. the white house asked if he's going to block the testimony. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, as fired fbi director james comey prepares to testify before the american people, the white house will not say whether president trump might try to stop him. when asked if the president will invoke executive privilege over his meetings with comey, the press secretary acknowledges
tonight, no decision has been made. and they're not ruling out the idea of blocking comey. >> i think, obviously, it's got to be reviewed. >> so is that -- that's not a no? >> no, i was just saying, i don't -- it literally -- my understanding is the date for that hearing was just set. i've not spoken to counsel yet. i don't know what they're going to -- how they're going to respond. >> reporter: counselor to the president kellyanne conway said today it's up to the president. >> the president will make that decision. >> reporter: comey is expected to testify before the senate intelligence committee, where he will be asked about his private meetings with the president. whether comey was asked for a pledge of loyalty from president trump, and whether the president asked him to go easy on michael flynn, who lasted 24 days on the job. and congress is expected to ask comey about what could be the most revealing piece of evidence yet -- those memos comey privately kept after his meetings with the president. the firing of comey came after the president once joked with him, you're becoming more famous than me.
weeks later, allegedly calling comey "a nut job" in the oval office with the russians. but tonight, some legal scholars say if the president tries to stop comey from testifying, it could be a tricky move. that invoking executive privilege at this stage could be a challenge. especially because president trump has already spoken publicly himself about his private meetings with comey. "comey better hope there are no tapes about our meetings." and saying this about their private dinner. >> we had a very nice dinner and at that time he told me you are not under investigation. >> the concern is that by publicly commenting and tweeting about discussions he's had with comey, the white house itself might have inadvertently waived the privilege. >> reporter: abc news has learned tonight that comey is angry and wants the public to understand his side of the story. and he is prepared to answer questions over memos he drafted detailing some of his conversations with president trump. in one memo, comey is said to have recounted how the president
suggested the fbi should drop its investigation of general mike flynn. "i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting flynn go," comey quoted president trump as telling him that day. but the major question tonight, will comey bring his memos to capitol hill? some democrats want him to read them aloud. >> pierre, will the public see the memos for themselves? >> reporter: that's still unclear. sources tell us we may not know until just before the hearing. david? >> pierre, thank you. in the meantime next this evening, the fallout after president trump's decision to pull out of the paris accords. tonight, the white house is pressed. does the president believe climate change is real?
here's mary bruce. >> reporter: with the world in shock, the white house today giving a staunch defense of the president's controversial decision. >> paris represents a bad deal for this country. it doesn't mean that we're not going to continue the discussion. >> reporter: but when pressed, the administration won't say if the president thinks climate change is even a problem. yes or no, does the president believe that climate change is real and a threat to the united states? >> you know, it's interesting about all the discussion we had during the last several weeks have been focused on one singular issue, is paris good or not for this country. >> reporter: but on climate change, yes or no? >> yes, ma'am? >> reporter: and the press secretary says he still hasn't talked to the president about his campaign claim that climate change is a hoax. >> i have not had the opportunity to have that discussion. >> reporter: but from mexico city to new york to paris itself, buildings bathed in green in support of the agreement. the new french leader has made clear he's not afraid to take on trump, admitting this white-knuckle handshake was not innocent. late thursday making this rare address in english.
>> make our planet great again. >> reporter: the president insists he's fulfilling his promise to put america first. many of his supporters in coal county agree. >> he's keeping his promise that he's going to help get the coal jobs back, help people get back to work, and that's what we need, anywhere in this country. >> reporter: but many business leaders say sticking with the agreement would have encouraged new types of jobs. the ceo of general electric tweeting, "industry must lead and not depend on government." >> i was elected to represent the citizens of pittsburgh, not paris. >> reporter: that's not how the mayor of pittsburgh sees it. >> we are not this backwater little town that is suffering and needs to look at our past for our future. >> reporter: he's now one of more than 80 mayors, and at least three governors, who say they will abide by the deal, despite the president.
>> mary, former new york city mayor michael bloomberg is pledging to spend millions? >> reporter: he's stepping in to lead this u.s. effort to abide by the accord. today he was in paris meeting with the french president, and he's offering up his own money, donating $15 million to help the u.n. implement this agreement. david? >> mary, thank you. next, russian president vladimir putin with a message about president trump's decision. and what he said about the idea of russian hackers in the election. and this question, was president trump ready to lift sanctions on russia with nothing in return just days into his administration? here's david wright. >> reporter: the russian president took the stage, to go
easy on president trump's decision, using a phrase in english. >> don't worry, be happy. >> reporter: and putin blamed the democrats for the hysteria over the hacking of the campaign. and in his most belittling tone, the russian president claimed the clinton camp was an antisemites. but u.s. intelligence says there's plenty of proof for the hacking. one reason why investigators want to question presidential son-in-law jared kushner. was his meeting with gorkov.
>> was it part of a russian influence operation? >> reporter: just yesterday, abc news tracked down gorkov, but he wouldn't answer questions. as did the white house, other than this one. >> does the president still have confidence in jared kushner? >> absolutely. >> reporter: we also just learned, just weeks after president obama expelled the russian compounds. the sanctions would be lifted. >> i didn't see any american interests being served by giving putin something for nothing. >> reporter: for now, they remain in effect. with insiders saying the
situation is just too hot. david? >> brian, thank you. now to the deadly rampage. isis is claiming responsibility. police say otherwise. so, what was it? just as new images emerge. here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, empty shell casings from the hail of gunfire, and one of the weapons used. trying to put together what really unfolded. >> he started a hugee fire. >> reporter: the fire leaving dozens dead. victims of smoke inhalation, say authorities. still pouring out of windows
today. loved ones in anguish. police revelling these images of the suspects. saying the suspect took his own life, setting himself on fire. overnight, isis twice taking responsibility. >> indications point to a criminal act. >> reporter: investigators still taking every precaution. deploying bomb-sniffing dogs and scouring security cameras. this, while mourners gathered at a makeshift memorial. if this indeed was a strike by isis, it would be the third major take they've claimed responsibility for in the last two weeks. david? >> alex, thank you. back here at home, the white house has asked the supreme
court to weigh in on its travel ban. it has been blocked by lower courts. the administration argues the ban is about national security. the high court could decide by the end of the month whether they'll take the case. and kathy griffin admits she crossed the line. tonight, griffin says she's the one being targeted with death threats. here's david wright. >> i'm not afraid of donald trump. >> reporter: tonight, kathy griffin defiant. after releasing a highly provocative image. griffin holding up what appears to be the severed head of the president. since then, president trump, his family, and countless others have expressed outrage. the secret service paying her a
visit. since then, five of her upcoming appearances have been cancelled. cnn fired her. and she says she's getting death threats. >> i don't think i'll have a career after this. i was like, no, this isn't right. >> reporter: her critics here and elsewhere don't have a lot of simpympathsympathy, saying s it too far. >> thank you. a new jobs report showing the unemployment rate coming down, but the pace of job creation is slowing. 138,000 jobs added in may. fewer than expected. unemployment falling to 4.3%, the lowest since 2001.
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>> an australian tourist killed outside a san francisco hotel. the investigation unfolding in one of the city's safest neighborhoods. good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. i'm alma daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley in for larry beil. the man died in russian hill. two suspects are in custody right now. >> abc7 news reporter cornell bernard is live with new details on the case. cornell. >> reporter: dan and alma, we have learned a tourist was matthew bait. he was only 33. police say it all began with a fight outside of this hotel on van ness and fill bert that is frequented by tourists. an early morning crime scene near this russian hill hotel where police say an australian tourist was killed. they woke sometime after 2:00 a.m. to police banging on the door of their hotel room. officers said they were looking for suspects.
>> passing the room -- >> reporter: police say 33 year old matthew bait from the northern territory of australia was killed after an argument outside the hotel. >> the altercation turned physical. at some point during the altercation, the victim sustained some injuries and was later transported to the hospital. at the hospital the vic tm was pronounce the deceased from his injuries. >> reporter: after a search, police detained two suspects for questioning. >> when we got around the hotel we could see that the police was in one of the rooms and they were like standing eight or ten guys in this one room in the hotel. >> reporter: droneview7 was over the hotel which occupies almost one city block. hotel management had no comment on the crime. in san francisco, cornell bernard, abc7 news. >> sky 7 flew over richmond after an amtrak train struck and killed a man. it happened about 11:45 this morning along the