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making news in america this morning, the fallout from james comey's powerful accusations against the president. the former fbi director calling donald trump a liar and admitting he leaked his own memo after he was fired. >> the partisan reaction after comey's testimony, lawmakers mostly sticking to party lines. today we could hear from the president himself. we're live in washington. breaking overnight, shocking results from the general election in britain. america's strongest ally in political turmoil. the calls for the prime minister to resign growing. caught on camera, texting trouble for a woman walking down the sidewalk. this one no laughing matter. good friday morning, i'm
erielle reshef in for diane macedo. >> i'm kendis gibson. the comey testimony reverberating especially his depiction of the president as a liar. >> he talks about his distrust with the president and gave his take on why he was fired. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: former fbi director james comey for the first time since he was fired giving his views on the investigation he led into russian meddling in the november election. the question looming, how did that investigation put him so much at odds with the trump administration that the president ended up firing him? >> the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the fbi by saying that the investigation was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. those were lies, plain and simple. >> reporter: comey made it clear that as he sees it, the president's goal was to derail the russia investigation first by pressuring him.
>> my common sense told me what's going on here is he's looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job. >> reporter: ultimately by firing him. >> why do you believe you were fired? >> because i don't know for sure. i believe the -- i think the president at his word that i was fired because of the russia investigation. something about the way i was conducting it, the president felt created pressure on him that he wanted to relieve. >> reporter: comey testified. the president invited him over for dinner at the white house. in an interview with nbc news the president insisted comey invited himself. >> that dinner was arranged. i think he asked for the dinner. >> did you initiate that dinner? >> no. >> reporter: it was at that dinner that comey claims trump asked for a pledge of loyalty. comey says he deferred promising the president honesty instead. >> it got very awkward and i then said you'll always have honesty have me. he said, honest, loyalty, i exceeded to that as a way to end
the awkwardness prrt the president suggested comey better hope there are no tapes of their conversations. >> i've seen the tweet about tapes, lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> reporter: he admitted after his firing he leaked the content of his own memos in an effort to ensure the justice department would appoint a special counsel. >> i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with the reporter. didn't do it myself but asked him to because i thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, new york. >> that special counsel is robert mueller. he plans to meet with leaders. the senate intelligence committee looking to review his memo. >> president trump stayed off twitter and declined to address the testimony himself. abc's lana zak has the latest from washington. >> reporter: toward the end of james comey's testimony, president trump took the stage at an event with christian conservatives and while he didn't mention anybody by name,
he did level some of the same charges at his political opponents as they have leveled against him. >> they will lie, they will obstruct, they will spread their hatred and their prejudice. but we will not back down from doing what is right. >> reporter: at the white house, abc's jonathan karl asked him about the hearing. >> mr. president, any reaction of comey's testimony? >> thank you very much. >> reporter: any reaction at all? do you think he told the truth? >> reporter: while the president was mum his personal lawyer marc kasowitz has not. >> he has confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told president trump privately, that is, that the president was not under investigation as part of any probe into russian interference. >> reporter: after comey finished lawmakers were treated to their partisan corners. democrats saying they heard evidence the president tried to end the russia investigation. >> i'm not a criminal lawyer but that certainly sounds like
obstruction of justice to me. >> reporter: but republicans disagreed. >> did you see any evidence of that? >> i didn't see and comey i think was very careful to say there were awkward conversations. there were conversations that were uncomfortable and inappropriate. all those terms were used but never anything that was a legal term that he ever used. >> reporter: defending those interactions the speaker of the house. >> the president's new at this. he's new to government. and so he probably wasn't steeped in the long running protocols. >> reporter: and many people were watching social media during the testimony, but the president didn't tweet. he will hold a news conference this afternoon when he meets with the president of romania. kendis, erielle. >> yeah, so that means two opportunities for questions there. lana zak, thank you. senator john mccain is blaming a lack of sleep for his confusing questions to comey. the 80-year-old republican senator pressed comey on his probe of hillary clinton's e-mail use. but at one point he even referred to president comey and suggested there was a double
standard. he left comey and millions watching at home confused. mccain blames the bizarre line of questioning on a lack of sleep saying, quote, the statement here, maybe going forward i shouldn't stay up late to watch the diamondbacks. >> the senate intelligence committee will be hearing from jared kushner, a source close to the investigation telling abc news that committee staff are planning to interview president trump's son-in-law and close adviser in a closed door meeting. kushner is expected to be asked about a wide range of issues including his efforts to establish a back with russian president vladimir putin. the republican led house has taken the first step in rolling back dodd/frank. the financial choice act now facing a stiff fight in the senate. republicans have long complained that dodd/frank is hurting banks and slowing economic growth. to the breaking news and that political stunner that is hitting one of america's closest allies. prime minister theresa may says that she has no plans to resign
after that stunning election result. no party won a clear majority causing political chaos in britain. may called for early parliamentary elections expecting a landslide victory for her conservative party. it was a bold political gamble aimed at strengthening her power. she now vows to lead despite the uncertainty. >> the country needs a period of stability and whatever the results are, the conservative party will ensure that we fulfill our duty in ensuring that stability so that we can all as one country go forward together. >> the election results are also raising questions about britain's negotiations to leave the european union. those talks were expected to get under way in ten days. back here in this country a look now at your friday weather. so the radar is focused in on the northern plains where heavy rain, hail and damaging wind
expected to pound most of north dakota stretching into minnesota and that record rainfall in florida isn't letting up. these scenes, thunderstorms will hit central and south florida for most of the day. the threat of flash flooding is decreasing but streets are still swamped. in fact, it's still so deep in some spots these guys got around ft. lauderdale by hooking their surfboard up to a truck. still ahead, shocking new evidence about the government contractor accused of leaking classified documents. >> and also washington, d.c. police officers run down by suspects in a pickup truck. now the search for a motive. and that woman on the sidewalk texting and falling through an open hatc
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the ntsb is looking into the deadly crash of a church bus filled with high school students. it hit another vehicle on the way to atlanta's hartsfield jackson airport. reports say a teenage girl was killed. ten others were injured. the students from huntsville, alabama, were heading to a mission in africa. the government contractor charged with leaking classified u.s. documents has pleaded not guilty. the woman named reality winner appears to -- appeared in a courtroom in georgia in shackles wearing an orange jumpsuit. prosecutors presented new information in their case against her. that includes notebook entries saying she wanted to burn down the white house and that she wanted to meet with taliban leaders in afghanistan. attorneys also warned the judge that winner may have stolen secrets, additional stolen secrets. she was denied bail. a houston area deputy and his wife are charged with murder following a confrontation at a denny's restaurant. shawna and terry thompson were
indicted in the death of john hernandez. a bystander did this recording of terry thompson restraining d outside the restaurant. hernandez died three days later. a medical examiner ruled he died from strangulation. detectives say deputy thompson helped her husband. a washington, d.c. police officer is in critical condition after being hit by an out-of-control pickup truck. witnesses say the truck was speeding when it slammed into the bike patrol officer last night. a fellow officer and a traffic control aide were also hurt. the two people in the pickup were arrested. police found a weapon in the truck but did not give any more details. >> yeah, and the fbi was on the scene of that accident overnight. a new study out of belgium is offering new reassurance to breast cancer survivors who want to have children. >> the study finds that survivors who later got pregnant were no more likely to see a recurrence in their cancer than those who did not have a baby. the study involving more than 1,200 women is the largest so far on women whose cancers were
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under way later this morning in a philadelphia area courtroom. one day after jurors heard cosby's version of that encounter with andrea constand back in 2004. >> but it is definitely a tale of two very different stories. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: for the first time jurors are hearing bill cosby's side of the story but not from him directly. excerpts from a 2005 police interview transcriread to them by a pennsylvania police ptsergea wnt. cosby's responses to questions about his relationship with andrea constand drastically differ from her account of their interactions. the sergeant read aloud, did she tell you to stop? no. did she push you away? no. was andrea conscious and awake? yes. while she told jurors she considered cosby a mentor, cosby told police they had engaged in petting at least four times in his home and that she only asked him to stop once and he did. >> he has a pattern of behavior that is consistent throughout all of the 60 women. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, norristown, pennsylvania.
this is a lesson for any of us walking with a cell phone. a terrifying accident for a woman distracted by her phone. she fell six feet down a cellar opening in plainfield, new jersey. watch this. oh, the 67-year-old woman may have been texting or playing a game when she tripped over that door. emergency crews rushing her to the hospital after they rescued her. she is in serious condition. and also caught on camera, a man's best friend defending her turf. watch this video carefully. when an intruder kicked in the door of this home in arlington, texas, he was frightened off by a barking dog but her bark may have been a little bit worse than her bite. she's a chihuahua, after all, named sadie chasing off a man police describe as 5'11" and 225 pounds. their still on the lookout for him. >> and that dog weighs all of two pounds. i love it. a painting tucked away in a
garage in arizona since the early '90s may be worth a fortune. >> experts believe this is an original jackson pollock and it's expected to fetch up to $15 million at auction. >> the owner is the brother of a new york socialite. when she died he shipped her belongings to his home and stowed them away in his garage. he had no idea what this painting was worth. >> wow. now some sports and this morning we're talking a lot about cups. >> that is, the stanley cup and the world cup. highlights from espn. >> good morning, it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. stan verrett, neil everett. i gave neil the choice hockey or soccer. >> yeah. all right, let's go to pittsburgh, man. tony, our producer, big penguins fan stressing, not for long, though because they got three in the first, pittsburgh, pekka rinne was awful. awful. evgeni malkin right there and, you know, bartender, top shelf. rinne got pulled. the penguins won 6-0. they lead the series 3-2 but have to go back to nashville be back to pittsburgh for a game seven at some point.
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lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> well, chris, your wishes have been answered. those t-shirts are already out online. and a girl named adele saying, lordy, i hope there are tapes is going to be my senior quote. now to lighthearted moments from britain's general election. while the results are read fringe candidates got to appear on stage in their district. >> yeah, so that creates awkward scenes like this one. a candidate named lord buckethead and a guy in an elmo suit. on the same stage though as the prime minister, we should say elmo picked up 3 votes, lord buckethead got 249. >> 249. a bucket of votes. there was this failed high-five from labor party leader jeremy corbyn. pretty much -- >> goes for the high-five and, no, gets something else. a big surprise from taylor swift. she's released her entire music catalog across all streaming services. >> this is interesting. swift has been notoriously known at odds with those services over how they pay their artists and
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good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this is "abc7 mornings." it's 4:27 on this friday, june 9th day the warriors swept the cavaliers. we're going to go ahead and put it out there. alexis, i did it. >> i know. i like that. >> i like that. >> good. >> warriors' win on the day. cloudy out there and a little sunshine trying to peek through later today and we are going to finish the day rather nicely. look at the patchy cloud cover leftover from the system yesterday. outside, the exploratorium camera.
let's take a look at traffic with alexis. good morning, drew. we just had a sigalert that happened a long time ago, midnight, in the fremont area, and it's now clear. i want to talk about the cloud cover drew just mentioned. we have a little fog, too, and it surfaced to the road level so will impact your commute a bit for your golden gate bridge drive, and it's just one of those days you may need a few extra minutes, and at this hour you are okay but later in the commute you may need that. we have breaking news out of san francisco where firefighters rescued six people from a burning building. the fire broke out on the second floor of the building and three people have been displaced, and crews say evacuating residents was a bit of a problem at first because everybody was sleeping when that fire started, and this was before 1:00 a.m., and people were disoriented by all the smoke.
a family pet, we're told a cat, did not survive and everybody else is okay. dub nation is hoping to celebrate the warrior's second championship in three years. >> golden state areee games to zip in the series. they will be the first team to go 16-0 in the playoffs. >> i know it's exciting for people to see, and as a player in it you are just trying to stay in the moment and know this can turn if we go out there thinking we are going to win, because we haven't won it. no nba team has ever come back from being down 3-0 to win a playoff series. >> that starts tonight at 5:30
right here on abc7. join larry beil and mike shumann live tonight at 5:00 p.m. and now experts are split this morning about the legality of comey and president trump's conduct and what it means in the russian meddling. lana zak now joins us with the latest. >> a lot of people are split today on james comey's testimony. the one thing people agree on is this is just the beginning and we are going to hear more from the president when he has a joint conference today at 11:45. the bombshell james comey testimony brought new headlines. >> i was concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting and i asked a friend of mine, and i hope