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tonight, breaking news. the new interview with president trump. defending his son, don junior saying, many people would have taken that meeting with the russian lawyer. and don junior saying in retro spect he probably would have done things differently, and he could not rule out meeting with other people from russia. also tonight, the new and chilling video emerging. a brutal attack app an m american college grad on vacation overseas, killed in an angry mob. what happened in the moments before. the images coming in right now. the fbi and authorities digging and putting up tents, searching for four young men. a former baseball player, two of them construction workers, and tonight, person of interest now under arrest. severe storms at rush hour after tornadoes already reported and this lightning at chicago's o'hare
it's all moving east at this hour. and new concern tonight in the antarctic. an iceberg the size of delaware breaks off. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night, and we begin tonight with president trump defending his son. saying many would have done the same thing and saying yes to a meeting where he expected to get dirt on hillary clinton with help from the russian government. tonight, don junior acknowledging he likely would have done things differently and he is also asked, were there other meetings with the russians? abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, president trump is coming to the defense of his son. he says he doesn't don junior for agreeing to meet with a woman described as "a russian government attorney" who claimed to have dirt on hillary clinton. in an interview with reuters, the president says "i think many people would have held that meeting." in an e-mail exchange with an acquaintan acquaintance, don junior was
told the purpose of the meeting was "to provide the trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate hillary." the information described as high level and sensitive and "part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump." don junior's response? "if it's what you say, i love it." last night, don junior went on fox news to explain -- >> in retrospect, i probably would have done things a little differently. for me this was opposition research, they had something, you know maybe concrete evidence to all the stories i'd been hearing about that were probably unreported for, you know, years, not just during the campaign. so, i just wanted to hear it out. >> did you ever meet with any other persons from russia that you know? >> no. i don't even know i've probably met with other people from russia. >> i mean during the campaign. >> certainly not in the context of a formalized meeting or anything like that, because why would i? >> reporter: when asked in march by "the new york times" whether he'd had campaign-related meetings with russians, donald trump jr. said, "none that were set up and certainly none that i was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form." and just a month after the
meeting with the russian lawyer, don junior angrily dismissed suggestions the trump campaign had anything to do with russia. >> it's disgusting it's so phony. >> reporter: also entangled in all of this, donald trump's son-in-law and top advisor jared kushner, who attended the meeting with the russian lawyer after don jr. forwarded him that e-mail chain with the subject line, line "russia - clinton - private and confidential." >> what do you say to democrats who say that jared kushner's security clearance should be revoked? >> once again, we don't discuss security clearances, but i think democrats are trying to play political games and i think it's ridiculous. >> reporter: is there any concern over the top advisor to the president -- >> did nothing wrong? no. >> reporter: the president himself has been out of the public view for days. aides describe him as angry and frustrated, but today these images emerged, the president meeting with faith leaders in the oval office laying their hands on him in prayer.
>> jon karl with us live from the white house. in this interview with reuters, the president for the first time describing he how questioned vladimir putin about meddling in the u.s. election? >> reporter: the president tells reuters when he met in vladimir putin in germany, he spent the first 20 to 25 minutes talking about russian interference in the election. this is how the president described it. i said, did you do it? he said, no, i did not. absolutely not. i then asked him a second time in a totally different way. he said, absolutely not. but david, there is no indication in this interview whether or not the president accepted putin's denials. >> thank you. after that russian lawyer who met with don junior said she was not connected to the russian government and she had no interest in politics, there are growing questions tonight after images emerged of her in the front row on capitol hill. if she is not interested in politics, why was she there?
our chief foreign correspondent, terry moran is there. >> reporter: she is at the center of a global media fire storm. >> let me ask you a question. >> reporter: but natalia vesle net skaia says she is not interested in politics. she is known as a politically connected lawyer, and no stranger to washington. she is in the front row of a hearing on russian sanctions, just five days after she got that meeting at trump tower with top campaign officials, including donald trump jr. he was told she was a russian government attorney bringing damaging information about hillary clinton. we asked her about that today. is that true or false? listen, she says, i have never had compromising materials on hillary clinton. her only agenda she says, we relieving some u.s. sanctions. she and trump agree on one thing. that meeting was a bust. he wanted to hear from me, that
which i did not tell him, she says. he got disappointed from not hearing it. today, vesle net skaia insisted she is not an em baa sar. were you carrying any message or any information from anyone in the russian government to the trump campaign? >> no. no. >> reporter: you seriously think that if the russian confederation could do something like that, they would do it through me? it's just funny. >> terry joins us from moscow, and you reported the lawyer denies she has a connection to the russian government, saying, quote, i'm not interested in politics, but how does she explain images like this one of her in washington, d.c.? >> reporter: it's a straking image, and she says she was publicly advocating her position on u.s. sanctions. that's not something she would do, she says, if she were a spy. >> terry moran in moscow. thank you.
now to the fireworks on capitol hill today. president trump's pick tory place comey in the fbi. asked about loyalty to the president and what the president said just today, that this is all a witch hunt. how his nominee answered. abc's justice correspondent, pierre thomas in the room. >> reporter: after firing previous fbi director james comey, president trump's pick to replace him, chris wray, facing intense scrutiny today. grilled about everything from the loyalty to the president to don junior. >> if you get a call from somebody suggesting that the foreign government wants to help you by disparaging your opponent, tell us to call the fbi. >> from any nation state or any nonstate actor is the kind of thick the fbi would want to know. >> i'll take we should call you and that's a great answer. >> reporter: after those one-on-one meetings between president trump and james comey, the new mom knee was asked, what
would he do? >> if the president asked you to do something unlawful or unethical, what would you say? >> first, i would try to talk him out of it, and if that failed, i would resign. >> reporter: just today, president trump defending his son, again saying the investigation into possible collusion with the russians is a witch hunt. >> i'm asking you as the future fbi director. do you consider this endeavor a witch hunt? >> i do not consider director mueller to be on a witch hunt. >> reporter: asked whether he would pledge loyalty to the president -- >> my loyalty is to the preside president. >> reporter: his answer seeming to sway even some democrats. >> you think he will be independent enough? >> yes, i do. if that changes, i'll let you know. >> pierre thomas with us. he seems to be headed to confirmation.
ra rare? >> reporter: he is not afraid to challenge the president. he once threatened to resign over a tloefrl surveillance plan during the last term. we move on now tonight to newly released surveillance video showing the fatal beating of an american while abroad. just graduating from college in may celebrating with a sorry occasion in greece with friends. the video shows him running and then a mob chasing him. it's disturbing. here's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, the newly released surveillance video, 22-year-old bakari henderson, seen running from a mob of angry men on the greek island of zakynthos. he's shoved onto a car, violently kicked and punched in the face, his friends say he was pummeled with brass knuckles. the savage attack carried out in under 15 seconds, a man and woman rushing to stop the beating, someone performing cpr, but it was too late. later, authorities saying
henderson wasn't able to defend himself, suffering severe head trauma. nine men under arrest. s seven of them, serbian tourists. tourists, covering their heads in shame, and two workers at the bar where the fight started. hendersons friends back home in austin, texas horrified by the tragedy saying he had just graduated from college and had a bright future ahead of him. >> he was going to do so many great things with his life. >> reporter: henderson's friends say they were minding their own business in the bar when several men got in henderson's face. as for those charged, their lawyer says they never intended to kill anyone. david? >> kayna whitworth, thank you. we turn next to the search efforts. the digging under way at this hour near philadelphia in the search for those four young men who vanished. we have learned a person of interest is now you weren't arrest. abc's eva pilgrim from the scene. >> reporter: tonight, with the search for these four missing men intensifying, officials announcing the re-arrest of person of interest cosmo dinardo.
>> this is for receiving stolen property and theft of a 1996 nissan maxima that is owned by thomas meo, 21 years old. >> reporter: that car found on dinardo's family's property, meo's diabetes medication still inside. officials say dinardo was trying to sell the car for $500. authorities searching this field for any sign of tom meo, 19-year-old jimi patrick, 22-year-old mark sturgis and 19-year-old dean finocchiaro, all missing since last week. >> we have recovered several important pieces of evidence. >> reporter: neighbor susan coleman says she heard gunfire on dinardo's property on saturday. >> we heard it, we felt it. it was violent. >> reporter: sturgis and meo, described as close friends, both worked for the same construction business. finocchairo, their mutual friend. patrick, a popular sophomore at loyola university in maryland. >> he was on the baseball team. he was the best kind of person.
>> and eva pilgrim with us again. the man arrested being held on $5 billion bail, you were telling us? >> reporter: that's right, david. prosecutors argue cosmo dinardo is a flight risk and danger to the community. his parents saying they sympathize with the parents of those missing men and are cooperating in every way possible with law enforcement. david? >> eva pilgrim in bucks county, pennsylvania. next to the severe storms across this country. six tornadoes in the last 24 hours. this one in buxton, north dakota. look at this. lightning striking within feet of a passenger plane at o'hare airport. let's get to rob marciano. it's moving east, right, rob? >> reporter: it is, and a lot of heat and humidity fueling these storms. it is july after all. they are from boston to chicago, and a thunderstorm watch in
wisconsin. the action will be along this front. several pulses through, and by this time tomorrow, cincinnati and the ohio river valley getting it. south, heat really up, and advisories from kansas city to new york city. it will feel like 100 degrees tom. >> thank you, rob. from the bottom of the earth this evening, one of the largest icebergs ever recorded has now broken away from the antarctic ice shelf. scientists have been concerned for some time about this, announce's linsey davis with the images coming in now. >> reporter: a massive iceberg now free floating tonight after breaking away from the ice shelf in antarctica. more than a trillion tons and the size of delaware, the iceberg is one of the largest to ever snap off. the crack has been expanding for years. scientists are calling the split an enormous geographical event and are studying what role, if any, regional warming may have played.
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he was a popular attorney and partner shot and killed in front of his east bay home last fall. police announced today they still have no leads in solving the murder of jim gilliland. tonight police say they're raising the reward dramatically. laura anthony is live at police headquarters with the latest. laura. >> reporter: they desperately need help from the public. >> it is mostly likely likely ly with someone out there. >> reporter: he was gunned down in front of his el cerrito home. they have no killer despite having cars in the area. >> we don't know who we're
looking for yet. in the event somebody can identify a suspect for, then we know what kind of car they have, then we can look for that car in those videos. >> reporter: gilliland was shot multiple times on his front porch last october. nor can they say for certain whether the 62-year-old attorney was targeted or the victim of a random attack. >> i wasn't just one of the many. >> reporter: brian said he was a mentor to him. >> he was loved not only by his friends and colleagues. he was universe really like. even opposing counsel would talk about how much they liked jim. >> reporter: now friends and family have doubled the reward from $50,000 to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case. a billboard will soon go up in the