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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 de t tourrampling 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 that among other things, he's prepared to talk about what he wrote in his memos, and whether he felt pressured by the president in the russia investigation. tonight, the white house asked if the president will try to block comey's testimony, invoking executive privilege. 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 mr. 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 of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press." 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 the fbi is still negotiating with the senate intelligence committee. 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. saying, we're out. the united states joining only syria and nicaragua in not joining. tonight, the white house is pressed. does the president believe climate change is real? how they responded repeatedly today. 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 country 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 also pledging to spend millions? to fill a funding gap from withdrawing from this accord? >> 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 now he's offering up his own money, donating $15 million to help the u.n. implement this agreement. david? >> mary, thank you. next this evening, 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 brian ross. >> reporter: the russian president today took the stage to go easy on president trump's policy decisions on the paris climate accords, using a jaunty phrase in english.
>> don't worry, be happy. >> reporter: and, like the white house, vladimir putin today blamed the democrats for what he called the hysteria over the russian hacking during the campaign. "does someone have a pill? give it to them," president putin said. "honestly it's just incredible." and in his most belittling tone, the russian president claimed the clinton camp was behaving like anti-semites who blame the jews for everything. "a hacker could make it look like a 3-year-old did it," he said. "that's not proof." but u.s. intelligence agencies say there is plenty of proof of not only the russian hacking of democrats, but also evidence of possible attempts to influence the trump campaign and white house. one reason why investigators want to question presidential son-in-law jared kushner. was his secret meeting with a russian banker, sergey gorkov, about u.s.-russian policy, or about kushner's family personal
financial problems? >> obviously we need to find out if this was part of a russian influence operation. >> reporter: just yesterday, abc news tracked down gorkov, also in st. petersburg, but he refused to answer any questions about why he met with kushner, as did the white house today, other than this one. >> does the president have confidence in jared kushner? >> absolutely. >> reporter: we also learned today that just weeks after president obama expelled russian diplomats, emptying those two russian compounds and imposing sanctions for russian meddling, there were concerns the newly installed trump white house was going to lift those sanctions, asking nothing of russia in return, to the amazement of american diplomats. >> i didn't see any american interest being served by giving putin something for nothing. you would not show strength, you would show weakness. >> reporter: for now, those sanctions remain in effect. with white house insiders saying the situation is just too hot to do anything that would appear to
benefit putin or the russians. david? >> brian, thank you. and now to the deadly rampage. tourists trampling each other to get out. at least 36 dead now. isis claiming responsibility. police say otherwise. so, what was it? as new images emerge. here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, new images. the casino table the attacker allegedly set on fire. empty shell casings from the hail of gunfire, and one of the weapons used. investigators, trying to piece together the confusing and conflicting accounts of what unfolded. tourists trampling each other, scrambling to find an exit. >> he started a huge fire. and then we just started running. >> reporter: the fire leaving dozens dead. victims of smoke inhalation, say authorities. it could still be seen pouring out of windows today. loved ones in anguish.
in each others' arms. police releasing these images of the suspect. seven hours after it began, authorities say the suspect took his own life, setting himself on fire. overnight, isis twice taking responsibility. local police almost immediately dismissing any terror links, saying it was a botched robbery. >> indications point to a criminal act. of an apparently emotionally disturbed individual. >> reporter: investigators still taking every precaution. deploying bomb-sniffing dogs and scouring security cameras. this, while mourners gathered at a makeshift memorial. kneeling down, and lighting candles. david, if this indeed was a strike by isis, it would be the third major attack 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. the executive order has been
blocked by lower courts that found the president's words during the campaign, of a muslim ban, do matter. 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. tonight, yet another chapter after the controversial video of comedian kathy griffin. she admits she crossed the line. tonight, griffin says she's the one being targeted with death threats. some asking, did she bring this on herself? here's david wright. >> i'm not afraid of donald trump. he's a bully. >> reporter: tonight, kathy griffin defiant. at the end of the brutal week, beginning with her releasing a highly provocative image. griffin holding up what appears to be the severed head of the president. >> we have to move to mexico today. because we're going to go to prison. >> reporter: since then, president trump, his family, and countless others have expressed outrage. the secret service threatening to pay her a visit.
the comedian quickly backed down. >> we went too far. >> reporter: 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. he broke me. and then i was like, no, this isn't right. it's just not right. >> reporter: her critics here and elsewhere don't have a lot of sympathy, saying she pushed it too far. hoping to provoke outrage. and that's exactly what she got. david? >> david, thank you. a new jobs report showing the unemployment rate coming down, but the pace of job creation is slowing. the u.s. economy adding 138,000 jobs in may. fewer than expected. and the numbers for march and april revised down 60,000. unemployment falling to 4.3%, the lowest since 2001. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight." another body discovered in a
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>> let's do this, shall we? >> reporter: at the 90th scripps national spelling bee. >> please give me a word i know. >> reporter: three days of competition. filled with highs -- [ applause ] >> reporter: -- and lows. [ bell ] >> reporter: earlier this week we introduced you to 6-year-old edith fuller of tulsa, the youngest speller ever to qualify. and you saw the moment that got her here. >> jnana. j-n-a-n-a. >> you're our champion. >> reporter: her first word on the national stage. >> nyctinasty. a-s-t-y. nyctinasty. >> correct. >> reporter: also competing in her first bee, maggie sheridan of mansfield, ohio. she runs the clock down, using nearly every last second of her two minutes. >> spell. >> i-c-o-t-e. whirlicote. >> correct! >> what? >> reporter: other spellers wasting no time. like eighth-grader shourav dasari, from spring, texas.
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ghostship, the deadliest fire in more than a decade. good evening and thank you for joining us tonight. >> both criminal and civil cases are under way as a result of this fire. and today marks an important deadline for those who lost loved ones. >> new at 6:00 dan noyes joins us with the story. >> they have until today to make a claim against the city of oakland for failing to catch the serious problems at the warehouse that led to this tragedy. it is moving forward on several fronts. i found a restoration crew hired by insurers at the ghost ship this week. they say they can't wait to take the building down, that it would be better for everyone else and that could take months, maybe years. the director of stanford's criminal justice center. >> so many people contributed to this, o'malley, the district attorney, will have to make decisions about how many people to charge. >> you're say in