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tonight, the russian connection. donald trump jr.'s e-mails revealed. agreeing to a meeting, told he would get information that would incriminate hillary clinton. those e-mails revealing he was told it was the russian government trying to help his father win. don jr. replying in the e-mail, if it's what you say it is, i love it. also at this hour, the russian lawyer with reported ties to the kremlin who came from moscow to the trump tower. she is not speaking out about the meeting with don jr., and m. who is she? what did she bring? also moments ago on the deadly military crash. the c-130 with 15 marines and a sailor on board, we're on the scene. the close call at san francisco airport. what we have learned about the pilot who was about to land
where four passenger planes were waiting to take off. and the images coming in right now, digging for clues after four young men go missing. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night, and we begin tonight with donald trump jr.'s own e-mails. the president's son was told during the campaign that he was about to get dirt on hillary clinton, and he was told in those e-mails that the russian government was out to help his father win. don jr. agreeing to the meeting. a russian lawyer making the trip to trump tower here in new york city. in the e-mail exchange, told to go to the 25th floor. tonight, reaction has been swift and the white house, issuing a statement from president trump about his son. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, leading us off. >> reporter: it's a startling development, the e-mails show donald trump jr. was told the russian government was trying to help his father's campaign, and that he was willing, even eager,
to accept their help. the e-mails come from rob goldstone, a trump acquaintance and publicist who was involved in the miss universe pageant in moscow, and who has russian clients with ties to vladimir putin. the subject line of the e-mail chain, "russia - clinton - private and confidential." on june 3, 2016, goldstone tells don jr. that, quote, the crown prosecutor of russia offered to provide the trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate hillary, and her deals with russia and would be very useful to your father. this is obviously very high level and sensitive information, but it is part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. less than 20 minutes later, don jr. responds, thanks, rob. i appreciate that. if it's what you say i love it especially later in the summer. four days later on that same
chain, goldstone e-mails don jr. about setting up a meeting in new york with "the russian government attorney who is flying over from moscow." don jr. replies, "great. it will likely be paul manafort, my brother-in-law and me. 725 5th avenue,avenue,avenue,ave that's trump tower. the next day, don jr. forwards the full e-mail chain to kushner and manafort with that same subject line, "russia - clinton - private and confidential." and the day after that the meeting takes place inside trump tower. don, jr. says nothing of value came from the meeting, and that he released the e-mails today himself to quote, be totally transparent, but t"the new york times" says trump only released the e-mails after they told him they were about to publish them. there's no evidence the russian lawyer actually provided any information on hillary clinton, and, in fact, denies doing so. also unclear whether she had anything to do with the
wikileaks release of the 20,000 e-mails that happened six weeks later. but the meeting clearly contradicts the denials from trump advisors and the president himself that the campaign had any contacts whatsoever with the putin regime. >> are there any ties between mr. trump, you or your campaign and putin and his regime? >> no, there are not. that's absurd. and you know there's no basis to it. >> did anyone involved in the trump campaign have any contact with russians? >> absolutely not, and i discussed that with the president-elect just last night. >> i have nothing to do with russia. to the best of my knowledge, no person that i deal with does. >> reporter: and just two weeks after that trump tower meeting, don jr. angrily dismissed suggestions the trump campaign had anything to do with russia. >> it's disgusting. it's so phony. i can't think of bigger lies, but that just goes to show you what the dnc and the clinton camp will do, they'll lie and do anything to win. >> reporter: today, at the white house, spokeswoman, sarah
huckabee sanders, in a briefing where cameras were not allowed, read this one-line statement from the president. >> my son is a high qualitier. and i applaud his transparency. >> reporter: she refused to take any further questions on the matter. >> the president has tweeted multiple times since this news first broke. but none of those tweets about his son, and just the one-line statement today? >> reporter: he normally takes something like this on head-on, but not a single tweet about the story, and david, we haven't even caught a glimpse of the president here at the white house for the past two days. not a single public event on his schedule. i am told that behind those closed doors, the president is furious. he is fuming at his aides, frustrated that the russia story just won't go away. >> jon karl leading us off tonight. jon, thank you. you heard jon report there that donald trump jr. wasn't the only one in that meeting with
the lawyer. we know jared kushner, now a senior adviser, and paul manafort were also there, and the russian lawyer who was in the room appearing before the cameras. our team was there in moscow when she emerges. now our senior investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> reporter: the big question tonight is, what did the president know about the meeting here at trump tower and when did he know it. the white house says he only became aware of it a few days ago. but we now know the russian lawyer, natalia veselnitskaya, well connected to the kremlin, and a familiar figure in washington lobbying against russian sanctions. here she is at a congressional hearing last june. she flew in especially from moscow for the meeting with trump's inner circle, on the 25th floor of trump tower, one floor below the office of donald trump sr. democrats in congress tonight are asking, how could he not know what was going on. especially since the meeting was set up by people working for a russian billionaire who was a former business partner of
trump also, and also close to vladimir putin. tonight in moscow, the lawyer veselnitskaya, denied her purpose was to provide compromising information on hillary clinton. no, this is not true, she said. further claiming she didn't even know if donald trump was a candidate for president then. she says presidential son-in-law jared kushner left the meeting after about ten minutes, and that campaign chairman paul manafort, spent most of the time looking at his phone. she insists the campaign was not on her mind, telling reporters tonight, i'm not interested in politics. >> brian ross with us live tonight across from trump tower, and brian, that russian lawyer insists she did not come to trump tower here in new york to deliver damaging information about lahillary clinton? >> reporter: that's right. she says she came to talk about the adoption of russian children, and that was donald jr.'s first explanation, and then he i think changed his
story, and now tonight with the e-mails, yet another version of what was on the agenda here. david. >> our chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. thank you. we know the special counselor is investigating any collusion between the campaign and russia. what does this prove? i want to bring in dan abrams, and first, campaigns always try to get opposition research on their opponent, but bottom line for folks watching at home, why is this far different? >> this is from the russian government, and it's illegal for a foreign national or foreign government to be contributing directly or indirectly to our campaigns. donald trump jr. doesn't need to have received anything to make it criminal. he could have solicited, requested, asked for it, knowing it's coming from the russian government, but it has to be something of value. >> of value. you say that, but what does that mean? >> the federal election commission says, polling data could be something of data. it doesn't need to be monetary, but that would be the big legal
question if it got to that point. >> you hear someone has dirt on your opponent. i would look ate, too p but what do you do? >> you go to the fbi. al gore's team received a briefing book from the bush team. they went to the fbi. that's what you are supposed to do. but remember there is always a distinction between wrong and criminal, and that's going to be the key question. >> that will be the debate going forward. dan abrams with us as well. donald trump jr.'s e-mails sending shock waves through capitol hill. many democrats and republicans saying they have serious concerns. abc's mary brew back on the hill. >> reporter: those four pages of e-mails tweeted out by donald trump jr. rocketed through the hallways and offices on capitol hill. any comment on these e-mails? >> they are unbelievable. thank you for coming. >> obviously, it's troubling. >> reporter: a growing chorus of democrats saying there is no question. this is a game-changer. >> he was salivating about the prospect of getting damaging
information from the russians. it is certainly evidence of collusion. >> this was an attempt at collusion. >> reporter: when you see this, you have no doubt that the trump team now that the russian government was trying to interfere? >> i would just read what was in the e-mails. it was in black and white that it was part of a russian government effort to help trump discredit clinton. >> reporter: and tonight, hillary clinton's former running mate, senator tim kaine is taking it a step further, raising the question of treason. >> this is moving into perjury, false statements and even potentially treason. >> reporter: it's not just democrats. many republicans now say they have serious concerns. arguing when a campaign is approached by a foreign government, no matter what your party, the answer is the same. >> when you are offered assistance from a foreign government in your campaign, the only answer is no. i won't condemn the guy on the e-mail, but this is the most problematic thing i have seen
thus far. >> would uh-uh report it to the authorities? >> i think i would have. >> reporter: even with it spelled out in the e-mails that this was part of the russian government's support for mr. trump, at least one republican isn't buying it. is that evidence that the trump campaign knew that russia was trying to interfere? >> no. i don't think so. no. >> let's get to mary bruce on the hill tonight where a growing number of lawmakers, democrats and republicans are calling on donald trump jr. to testify, mary? >> reporter: david, the number two republican in the senate, john kacornyn says he can't imagine a world in which he doesn't testify, and democrat dianne feinstein is going further saying he needs to speak publicly in an open session as soon as possible. david? >> our political team on this tonight. our thanks to you all. in the meantime, we move on now to other news tonight. authorities just a short time ago offering new details after the crash of a marine cargo plane. one of the deadliest military crashes in recent history. the plane plunging into a field
in mississippi, bursting into flames. all 16 service members on board the plane died in the crash. abc's steve osunsami is on the scene tonight. >> there's a plane crash on county road 286 near the county line. >> reporter: the large team of military and civilian investigators here tonight are combing through miles of mississippi soybean fields. recovering seat belts, engine parts, and other melted pieces of the military cargo plane that crashed here monday. >> i just heard a boom and it shook my house. >> reporter: this is what it looked like from a cell phone on the ground. witnesses say they could tell the plane was moving ammunition. >> when it first crashed, that's all you hear is all the ammunition blowing up. >> reporter: 15 marines and 1 navy corpsman from stewart air base in new york were killed. heartbreaking calls from the mississippi delta are still going out to their families tonight. investigators aren't sure what brought the plane the down, but the large debris fields suggests the plane was high in the sky when something went wrong.
the plane was moving people and equipment from north carolina to california. the kc-130 refueling aircraft has been a military workhorse for decades. [ playing "taps" ] ♪ nearby, the dusty fields where police continue to work, a salute to those who were lost. >> let's get to steve osunsami with this. you mention this is a large area they are searching. how difficult has this been for investigators? >> reporter: well, investigators are going to be working through the night trying to of course, figure out why this plane spiraled out of the sky according to witnesses. we watched them drive down long, dusty roads and get out and is ch the soybean field by hand looking for some piece of evidence to explain what happened. david. >> steve osunsami in mississippi for us. thank you, steve. we turn next here to new reporting tonight after we learned of a close call at the san francisco airport. a major disaster narrowly averted, an air canada passenger plane coming in for a landing,
heading straight for a taxiway, where four other passenger planes were waiting to take off. up to 1,000 passengers on those planes. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: new details tonight on disaster averted on this runway. an air canada pilot, confused on a night approach. >> tower, i just want to confirm. this is air canada 7-5-9 we see some lights on the runway there. >> air canada 759 confirmed, cleared to land 2-8 right. there is no one on 2-8 right but you. >> reporter: what the pilot of the a-320 was actually seeing friday night were four other jets, potentially carrying up to 1,000 people on the taxiway running parallel to the runway. a pilot on the ground sounding the alarm. >> where is this guy going? he is on the taxiway. >> reporter: less than ten seconds later, the pilot told to abort the landing. >> a.c. on the go around. >> begin the go around, air canada. 7-5-9. >> reporter: data from a flight tracking service. >> air canada flew directly over us. >> yeah, i saw that guys.
>> reporter: shows the air canada jet just 400 feet off the ground, a bit more than a football field length. the faa is investigating and will determine how close that landing jet got to those on the taxiway. >> david, thank you. next to the funeral right here in new york city for nypd officer miss toast, familia. targeted because she was in uniform. the police commissioner here in new york addressing their loss. >> nothing i can say will bring your mom back. i'm sorry for that. but i can make you this promise. your mom didn't die in vain. >> it was a profound moment here in new york today. outside, you can see a sea of blue. some 25,000 fellow officers from 85 different agencies saluting officer familia. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the new headline about the exed. ing air bag recall. three auto makers involved. and the mystery disappearance of four young men
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