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time and hope to see you again at 6:00. tonight, as we come on the air, the shakeup at the white house. president trump's chief of staff is out. after a war in the west wing goes public. the president just a short time ago, asked to explain. and the retired general now in the west wing. also breaking tonight, we're watching north korea. they have launched another intercontinental ballistic missile flying farther, higher and longer than before. and experts now saying this kind of missile could possibly reach the east coast, new york city or washington. after seven years of promising to repeal and replace obamacare, the republican effort collapses. the final seconds of drama, how would john mccain vote. the officer shot and killed trying to help people in a car accident. the escape from prison, the inmate then accused of
kidnapping and killing the warden's own stepdaughter. and we have major storms hitting the east coast at this hour. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a friday night. it wouldn't be the end of another week without another major bombshell out of washington. tonight, the shakeup at the white house. the chief of staff, reince priebus, seen getting on to air force with the president today, but by the end of the day, he would no longer have his job. tonight, in the pouring rain, the president answering questions about the latest figure in his administration to go. and about the retired general about to arrive in the west wing. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, standing in the pouring rain, president trump announced that reince priebus, his chief of staff, is out. replaced by homeland security secretary, general john kelly. >> reince is a good man. john kelly will do a fantastic job. general kelly has been a star. done an incredible job thus far.
respected by everybody. a great, great american. reince priebus is a good man. >> reporter: priebus was on air force one with the president today, and so was his nemesis, the new communications director anthony scaramucci. scaramucci is the winner in their bitter feud, which exploded into public view this week. >> i don't know if this is reparable or not, that will be up to the president. >> reporter: it was scaramucci who threw down the gauntlet, phoning a reporter with "the new yorker" and ripping into priebus, calling the white house chief of staff, "a bleeping paranoid schizophrenic," accusing him of leaking and adding that priebus will "be asked to resign very shortly." scaramucci's expletive-laced tirade also ripped into the president's chief strategist. "i'm not steve bannon," he said, launching into a profane attack that we can't repeat on television. "i'm not trying to build my own brand." but today, bannon is still in the white house, so is
scaramucci, priebus is out. >> reince is a superstar. >> reporter: priebus lasted barely six months in a white house that has seen more early turmoil than any other. the national security adviser, gone. the press secretary, gone. and now gone too, the chief of staff, who had been desperately trying to hang on. >> on behalf of the entire senior staff around you, mr. president, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you've given us to serve your agenda and the american people. >> reporter: but priebus and trump never really clicked and the former rnc chairman struggled to manage all the competing factions in the west wing. now, the president is turning to a military man to impose order on his chaotic white house. the president offered a hint earlier today of what was to come. >> john kelly, who has done an incredible job of secretary of homeland security. incredible. one of our real stars. truly one of our stars. >> and jon karl with us here in new york. really just dizzying on this front, who's gone and who's coming.
but first, reince priebus, we're just hearing from him tonight. you've been reporting that tensions had been simmering for some time. this was in the works before this public feud this week? >> the president made it clear weeks ago that this change was coming. in terms of that statement from reince priebus, on the new chief of staff, john kelly, he said i can't think of a better person than general john kelly to succeed him. but david, you'll see a purge of rnc veterans in the white house. the people that priebus had brought in will be leaving. leaving very soon, many of them today. and check this out, under consideration is jeff sessions, the attorney general, the embattled attorney general, to go over to become secretary of homeland security. to replace john kelly. that's at least under consideration. >> lot more to come on that front. jon karl, thank you. we're also following breaking developments involving north korea. tonight, they have launched an icbm and this evening, experts
now saying this missile went higher and further than before. could this kind of missile now reach cities on the east coast? possibly new york or d.c. abc's martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: the north korean missile traveled farther than any missile they have launched. the missile icbm airborne for close to 45 minutes before splashing down in the sea of japan. >> it looks like this thing can go about 10,000 kilometers, that mean from north korea, they could hit most of the united states. so, they finally have done it. >> reporter: meaning not just hawaii, where they are already putting out safety warnings, but seattle, los angeles and possibly, even washington, d.c., and new york. like the missile launched on july 4th, this icbm was blasted straight into space. but the north can angle the missile's trajectory for distance instead of altitude. and today's missile went higher and flew longer than the july
4th test, which experts fear it could potentially hit the mainland. >> getting close is all that's needed. >> reporter: the u.s. and south korea responded tonight by conducting their own missile exercises, something they did after the july 4th test, to little effect. >> and martha with us live again. the amount of time this missile was in the air, the distance as you point out, really concern those watching closely. but we still know that north korea's main goal here is trying to get a nuclear weapon on top of one of those missiles. >> that's right, david, and while it was thought that technology would be years away, it's reported that u.s. officials have concluded in a confidential assessment that north korea could have a nuclear-capable icbm by as early as next year. president trump has said he will not let that happen. >> martha, thank you. meantime, to the dramatic collapse of the health care effort. after seven years of promises to
repeal and replace obamacare, it came down to just one vote. john mccain's. tonight, we take you inside the drama. the vice president trying to convince him and reports of president trump calling mccain right before his vote. abc's mary bruce back up on the hill tonight. >> reporter: senator john mccain walked out of the capitol today, just hours after delivering the final blow to his party's top priority. the drama, playing out overnight. >> we're closer than we have ever been. >> how do you improve healthcare in american when you throw 16 million people off the health insurance they currently have? >> reporter: lawmakers were voting on what they called a "skinny repeal," to roll back just parts of obamacare. with two republicans, lisa murkowski of alaska and susan collins of maine expected to vote no, the vice president arrives, prepared to cast a tie-breaking vote. the vp makes a beeline for mccain to convince him. they reportedly huddle for 21 minutes. but then, mccain goes over to chat with democrats. and when the vote begins, he
reportedly takes a call from the president, one last attempt to close the deal. when mccain walks back in, the room wakes up. democrats on their feet. bernie sanders nudging his neighbor. with all eyes on mccain, he casts his vote with a thumbs down. republican leader mitch mcconnell stone faced. his arms crossed in defeat. >> yes, this is a disappointment. a disappointment indeed. >> why did you vote no? >> i felt it was the right vote. >> reporter: today the senator tweeting, i urge my colleagues to trust each other, stop political games and put health needs of american people first. but from president trump, frustration. >> boy, oh boy. they've been working on that one for seven years. can you believe that? the swamp. but we'll get it done. >> so, let's get to mary bruce on capitol hill again tonight. mitch mcconnell tweeting today, time to move on.
does this mean the effort to repeal and replace obamacare is now over? >> well, republicans insist they're not giving up. but most i have talked with, admit that this is going to be a very tall order and to get anything done they will maybe have to work with democrats. but for now, leadership is moving on. today, they were heading out of town. we spotted republicans given new talking points on tax reform. david. >> mary, thank you. there are new tensions with russia tonight. the kremlin seizing two u.s. diplomatic compounds in russia and ordering the american embassy to cut hundreds of staff. the move comes as retaliation after congress approved new economic sanctions on russia for meddling in the u.s. election. by a veto-proof bipartisan majority. that bill, tonight, now sits on the president's desk. the legislation also says that president trump can't dial back those sanctions without congressional approval. he now has ten days to sign it into law. we turn next at this hour, to the severe storms hitting at this hour. americans under flash flood
watches. as we head into the weekend, more than 2,000 flights delayed at eight major airports here in the east. a blinding storm blowing this a trampoline away. planes at washington's reagan airport taking off from very wet runways tonight. a very messy start to the weekend. meteorologist rob marciano in it all. hey, rob. >> david, the same areas that got hit with heavy rain earlier this week are getting hit again. flooding there no doubt about it. take a look at this system, flood watches down all the way to mississippi. severe thunderstorms across the carolinas, but the heaviest rain is in virginia, d.c. and baltimore, that's where the flood watch is out. overnight, southern pennsylvania and new jersey get it. as this coastal low takes shape. even new york and philadelphia, but that rain ends pretty quickly. the problem is, 3 to 4 inches of rain over saturated soil. brings a high risk of flooding. the next 18 hours will be dicey there. david. >> all right, rob, we'll be watching it this weekend. thank you. we turn next to the death of a police officer, the first on a scene of a car crash. rushing to help the people
trapped inside the car when one of them then allegedly shot and killed him. lieutenant aaron allan, a six-year veteran of the force, a husband and a devoted father. and tonight, this question, why did they turn on the officer who was trying to help them survive? here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, a growing mystery and tragedy in a small indiana town. a 38-year-old police officer trying to help people in a car accident, shot and killed. >> suspect is still out and about. >> reporter: southport police lieutenant aaron allan responding to this rollover crash thursday when, police say, one man trapped inside the car started shooting. >> we need to find out what's going on so nobody else gets hurt. >> reporter: backup officers arriving to chaos. shooting at the car. >> officers trying to defend themselves and arms flailing in the car. >> reporter: 28-year-old jason brown was rushed to the hospital and arrested on suspicion of murder. the car's passenger interviewed and released. lieutenant allan was a husband and father, named the department's officer of the year in 2015. he was killed doing what he loved.
>> he responded to a crash with urgency to preserve life. tragically, his was lost. >> reporter: and david, we still don't know why the suspect fired at lieutenant allan or what caused that car accident. but we do know that allan's the 27th officer shot and killed in the line of duty so far this year. david. >> thank you, gio. we turn next to an abc investigation tonight, that newly released government video seen exclusively right here. taking us inside an encounter between two u.s. border officers and a teenager from mexico. a short time later, that teen was dead. and the video appears to contradict what those officers testified happened. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: this video obtained by abc news sheds new light tonight on the death of a 16-year old mexican high school student, in the white sweatshirt, after being caught by border officers smuggling drugs from mexico. it comes as president trump today told immigration agents in
new york not to worry about being too rough in carrying out arrests. >> i said, "please don't be too nice." like, when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, i said you can take the hand away, okay. >> reporter: in this case of the teenage smuggler, well before trump took office, things go bad for him almost immediately, as these two customs officers start to examine the two bottles. from his shoulder bag. what's in them is highly concentrated methamphetamine dissolved in liquid. >> if they truly suspected there was a controlled substance in the bottle, they should've conducted a field test. >> reporter: instead, the two officers encourage, or at least permit, the young man to drink it. >> cruz now points at the bottle, and she's saying, "okay, drink it." and she makes the gesture that we associate with "to drink." now, watch the male agent. he says, "drink another one." you see them exchanging glances and smiles. >> reporter: then it happens again.
>> two more sips. >> reporter: four drinks in all. within a half hour the drugs take effect. the teenager can barely stand. a massive overdose. with symptoms like a heart attack. >> his body is sending him the signal that something horrible is happening. >> reporter: the officers will later say under oath that the teenager volunteered to drink the substance. >> i never asked him to drink. he volunteered to and i believe i gestured to go ahead. >> you told him to go ahead and drink on more than one occasion, did you not? >> no. >> reporter: the video suggests otherwise. but both officers remain on the job. no punishment, not even a letter of reprimand, david. >> brian ross with us tonight. brian will have much more coming up tonight, including how long it took to call for medical help. his "20/20" investigation is tonight at 10:00 p.m. right here on "20/20." brian, i'll see you then. in the meantime tonight, from london this evening, little
charlie gard has passed away. he died at a hospice, one day after being transferred from the hospital. his case attracting worldwide attention. after his parents fought to bring him here, to the u.s., for experimental treatment for his rare genetic disorder. tonight, pope francis leading the tributes, tweeting, i entrust little charlie to the father. and pray for his parents and all those who loved him. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday -- the escape from prison in this country. the young woman stabbed to death. the inmate breaking out, accused of kidnapping and killing the warden's own stepdaughter. the s.w.a.t. team responding. we'll have more coming in now. the charter bus up in flames. dozen of passengers scrambling to escape. and then, the accident on the hudson river here in new york city late today. the ferry slamming into a pier. dozens injured. emergency crews are on the scene. lot more ahead. ut moving forwar, not back. it's looking up, not down. it's being in motion. in body, in spirit, in the now.
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community have faith in the american justice system. >> they have faith, others have suspicions after this man was arrested for allegedly plotting terrorist acts in the bay area. >> i'm kind of hoping to see sharks. >> people going out whale watching are hoping to see something more. something with teeth. live where you live. this is "abc7 news." >> what is being said is a total surprise. that is not the picture of the -- of the individual we know. >> the family of an oakland man accused of plotting terrorist acts in the bay area breaks their silence or the first time this afternoon. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. the family says that the allegations don't resemble a young man they say is a young man not particularly religious and prides himself on helping others. >> laura anthony has more.
>> reporter: hi, dan. this family told us they were blind sided by these -- this federal indictment, these charges they say are completely out of character for this young man that they know. >> what is being said is a total surprise. that is not the picture of the -- of the individual we know. >> reporter: the uncle of oakland's amer says federal terrorism charges against the 22-year-old berkeley high school graduate do not jive with the young man he knows. >> it doesn't matter frankly. again, nonviolent. nonaggressive. nonharmful. very cooperative and very humanitarian. >> reporter: but a federal indictment paints a different picture of a young man trying to create social media accounts to benefit isis and plotting violent attacks in the bay area, including a suicide bombing. >> he reiterated his plan was to have some type of car bomb