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abc7news.com. bye-bye. tonight, the bombshell tonight, as we come on the air in the west, president trump's former campaign chairman, paul man fa northwest, under house arrest tonight. the 12-count indictment. among the charges, conspiracy against the u.s., money laundering. his associate, considered his right-hand man, indicted, too. the president tweeting, "no collusion." but then, what could be an even bigger bombshell. a third man, a former trump campaign adviser, pleading guilty, acknowledging meetings to get dirt from the russians. and he's been cooperating with the fbi for weeks. the other news this monday night. the powerful storm hitting the east. the homes swept away by flood waters. the allegations and new fallout tonight involving actor kevin spacey. and made in america is back. tonight, the world series edition.
good evening. on a very busy monday night, we begin tonight with the first indictments from the special counsel, robert mueller, in his investigation into possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia. two former members of the trump campaign under house arrest at this hour. former trump campaign chairman paul manafort today pleading not guilty after that 12-count indictment. manafort helped orchestrate donald trump's convention. and his associate and former campaign aide, rick gates, also indicted, also pleading not guilty today. and tonight, a third man, an adviser to the campaign, this time, though, pleading guilty, and now, cooperating with the fbi. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight leading us off. >> mr. manafort, did you commit a crime? >> reporter: on a blustery morning in washington, former trump campaign chairman paul manafort today surrendering to authorities at an fbi field office. >> mr. manafort, did you collude with russians? >> reporter: around the same time, his key associate, rick
gates surrendering, too. gates was one-time deputy campaign manager for donald trump. here you see them together onstage at the republican national convention. both men now charged in a sweeping 12-count indictment, with conspiracy against the united states, money laundering and failing to register as agents for a foreign government. the fbi claims that they had been working for ukrainian officials with ties to russia, and that "from approximately 2006 through at least 2016," they hid more than $75 million from their overseas work in a number of foreign bank accounts, failing to pay taxes. according to the indictment, manafort used the money to, quote, "enjoy a lavish lifestyle." spending nearly a million dollars on antique rugs and more than $1.3 million on fancy clothes. not to mention expensive cars and luxury properties. gates allegedly used some of the money for his kids' tuition. today, both men pleading not guilty. manafort's lawyer, defiant. >> he was seeking to further democracy and to help the ukraine come closer to the united states and the eu. >> reporter: manafort has been
in bob mueller's cross-hairs for months. in july, the fbi raided his virginia home, armed with agents bursting into his bedroom after secretly sneaking in. trump reacting at the time. >> you know, they do that very seldom. so, i was surprised to see it. pretty tough stuff. to wake him up, perhaps his family was there. i think that's pretty tough stuff. >> reporter: in his five months working on the trump campaign, manafort orchestrated the convention and denied he or donald trump had any ties to the russians. >> are there any ties between mr. trump, you or your campaign and putin and his regime? >> no, there are not. it's absurd and, you know, there's no basis to it. >> reporter: today's indictment does not allege manafort colluded with russia on behalf of the trump campaign. but just hours later, an even bigger bombshell, this time, pointing directly to the question of collusion. a third person charged. but this time, a guilty plea from a former trump campaign
adviser named george papadopoulos. papadopoulos acknowledges he spoke with a professor with close ties to the russian government. according to court documents, papadopoulos says, "the professor had told him about the russians possessing dirt on then-candidate hillary clinton in the form of thousands of e-mails." he admits he initially lied to the fbi about those conversations. papadopoulos was part of the campaign's foreign policy team. trump praising him at the time in an interview with "the washington post." >> george papadopoulos, he's an oil and energy consultant, excellent guy. >> reporter: you can see them all at this national security meeting. papadopoulos here, just a few seats away from donald trump. he told the investigators at that very meeting, march 31st, 2016, he informed the group he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate trump and president putin. the trump/putin meeting never happened, but in his plea, papadopoulos makes one thing clear -- several members of team trump knew he was talking with the russians about helping the campaign.
he says at one point he was told by a campaign official, "great work." >> and pierre thomas with us live tonight from washington. and pierre, what do paul manafort and rick gates face if they're convicted? >> reporter: david, they could face up to 20 years in prison. manafort was released on a $10 million unsecured bond and was placed under house arrest. he is expected back in court on thursday. david? >> pierre thomas leading us off on this monday night. pierre, thank you. shortly after the indictment of paul manafort and his associate, president trump tweeting, there is no collusion. but that was before news of a third man, another trump adviser, and this time, an arrest months ago, an indictment. and a guilty plea kept secret. and now comes word he's been cooperating with the fbi for weeks. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: it is the biggest break in the case yet. the strongest evidence yet of possible collusion, with details of how this trump campaign adviser, 30-year-old george papadopoulos, worked with suspected russian agents and
then denied it to the fbi, as he did when he talked with abc news earlier this year. the special counsel revealed today that papadopoulos pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the fbi on october 5th and has been secretly cooperating. >> it's very significant to have an official with any major presidential campaign admitting that they're working with the russian government to hurt their opponent. and admitting that they lied about that fact to cover it up. >> reporter: papadopoulos joined the trump campaign's national security team in march of 2016. >> george papadopoulos -- >> reporter: donald trump's now well-known words of praise. >> excellent guy. >> reporter: but three days later, papadopoulos was in london, meeting with his russian connections, including a woman he thought was vladimir putin's niece, but turns out was not. according to the fbi, the russians told papadopoulos on april 26th, they had "dirt" on
hillary clinton and "thousands of e-mails," long before they were made public. the day after that pivotal meeting, donald trump gave his first foreign policy speech, with an emphasis on russia. >> i believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with russia from a position of strength only, is possible, absolutely possible. >> reporter: according to today's court filing, papadopoulos, as an unpaid adviser, reported to four separate senior campaign managers or policy advisers, trying to set up a meeting between trump and putin. one told him "great job" and another wrote an e-mail, "i would encourage you." yet, the president has repeatedly denied his campaign had any connection with anyone in russia, including this exchange with abc's cecilia vega. >> did you or anyone in your campaign have any contact with russia, leading up to our during the campaign, nothing at all? >> reporter: none at all, he said. >> and brian ross with us now. and bruin, we heard you report
there that papadopoulos reported to four different senior campaign managers about his contacts with the russians. according to the indictment that we all got our hands on today, one campaign supervisor added "great work" when he learned of those conversations. do we have any idea who the four senior advisers are? >> reporter: david, they're not named in the court filings, but if they lied about the russian contacts, they, too, like papadopoulos, will face criminal charges. >> and about this development that he's now been cooperating, these last several weeks with the fbi, what does cooperating mean? would we see a wiretap or other techniques they usually use? >> reporter: well, it's standard practice, david, for the fbi, whenev wheneverthey get someone like this an alleged conspiracy, to have them secretly cooperate, to have them engage others and wear a secret recording device, a wire. we don't know if that happened here, but it would hardly be unusual, david. >> all right, brian ross and your team, our thanks to you. in the meantime, this is the day the white house has been bracing for. president trump today trying to shift the focus of the probe onto hillary clinton and the democrats. at the same time, the white house attempting to downplay the roles of these men in the trump campaign. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl.
>> reporter: the white house was blindsided by today's news. sources tell abc news, the president had no advance notice from the special counsel. the first reaction from the president himself, with his tweet dismissing the indictment of the man who ran his campaign. "sorry, but this is years ago, before paul manafort was part of the trump campaign. but why aren't crooked hillary and the dems the focus? also, there is no collusion." and in fact, there is nothing about collusion, or the campaign, in the manafort indictment. what the president didn't know is there was another shoe to drop. special counsel mueller later revealing his plea deal with george papadopoulos, the campaign foreign policy adviser who, in fact, was talking with russians about getting dirt on hillary clinton. >> we've been saying from day one, there's been no evidence of trump/russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all. >> reporter: but the george papadopoulos agreement is about the campaign. it is specifically about the campaign.
>> it has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign, it has to do with his failure to tell the truth. >> reporter: sanders said papadopoulos had an extremely limited role in the campaign. but again, there he is, just three seats from donald trump. >> look, this individual was the member of a volunteer advisory council that met once time over the course of a year. he was not paid by the campaign. >> reporter: it's not the first time the white house has sought to downplay the role of someone on the campaign. this is what they said about paul manafort, who spent five months on team trump, including three as campaign chairman. >> obviously, there's been discussion of paul manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time. but beyond -- >> reporter: but he was the chairman of the campaign. >> jon, hold on. can you stop interrupting -- >> reporter: but paul manafort didn't play a limited role. >> hey, jonathan, somebody is asking a question. it is not your press briefing. >> reporter: as the white house downplays mueller's indictments, the president himself is making the case that the real subject of the russia investigation should be hillary clinton.
the president tweeting sunday, "there is so much guilt by democrats/clinton. and now the facts are pouring out. do something." and what will the president do if mueller continues to focus on his associates and not clinton's? is he going to rule out once and for all firing robert mueller? >> the president said last week, i believe it was last week, and i've said several times before, there's no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel. >> no intention or plan to fire robert mueller. careful words there. jon karl with us live from the white house. because jon, you also asked something else. white house press secretary sarah sanders was asked whether president trump would consider pardoning paul manafort at some point. how did she answer? >> reporter: she was asked specifically whether or not the president would consider pardoning manafort or gates and her answer was interesting, david. she said, quote, "i think we should let the process play through before we start looking at those steps." in other words, the white house is not ruling out pardoning
either manafort or gates. >> all right, stay tuned on that front. jon karl, our thanks to you. two more important questions on this tonight, let's get right to our abc news legal analyst, dan abrams. the white house saying today that is going to end soon, the investigation, so, the question for you, will it end soon, or is this just the first shoe to drop? >> yeah, i don't think there's any way to look at that plea agreement with papadopoulos and conclude that this is going to end any time soon. the reason that they made that deal, when you read through the statement of fact, and you read through the agreement, it is clear they cut that deal so they could investigate others, so this could be part of a broader investigation. >> they even say in one of the indictments that there's going to be more questioning of people connecting to what they discovered in the indictment. and i want to ask you about robert mueller's strategy. there's been so much talk about this, whether or not he would go for the little fish first and try to get them to flip, or does he go for big names first? >> well, it's clear he's going for the little fish first. papadopoulos is a great example of that. very small fish, but someone with potentially relevant information. the question's going to be, do you also view manafort and gates that way? are they trying to put pressure
on them to turn in an effort to get information on higher and others in the campaign? >> all right, dan abrams, every step of the way with us, thank you. and there was more fallout tonight from the special counsel investigation. powerful democratic lobbyist tony podesta stepping down from his own lobbying firm, the podesta group. robert mueller investigating if podesta fully disclosed his work for a ukrainian group also tied to paul manafort. he says he is cooperating with mueller's team. his brother, john podesta, served as hillary clinton's campaign manager. also breaking tonight, major storm damage across the northeast. millions reeling from heavy rains and hurricane-strength winds. flood waters sweeping a home down the river, right there in warren, new hampshire. at its peak, more than 1 million customers in seven states without electricity. that system has now moved off the coast tonight. glad about that. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the allegations against kevin spacey. an actor accusing him of a sexual advance when he was just a teenager. tonight, kevin spacey's
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next tonight, oscar winner kevin spacey responding to allegations from an actor that spacey sexually assaulted him when he was a teenager. and spacey's response tonight is igniting a firestorm on several fronts. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, netflix and the studio behind "house of cards" say they are deeply troubled by accusations against actor kevin spacey. actor anthony rapp of "star track: discovery," who starred in "rent," told buzzfeed the actor made a sexual advance toward him when he was just 14. rapp says spacey, then 26, invited him to a party one night when both were working on broadway. when everyone left, rapp says
spacey put him on a bed, and "lays down on top of me, pressing into me." but rapp was able to squirm away. spacey posted a statement to twitter, saying he was "horrified" but "does not remember the encounter." adding, "i owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior." he then turned to the subject of his sexuality. "i have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and i choose now to live as a gay man." the "house of cards" star now under fire. critics say he was trying to shift the focus from the alleged abuse of a child. actor zachary quinto called it "a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest." and comedian wanda sykes tweeted, "no, no, no, no, no! you do not get to 'choose' to hide under the rainbow!" spacey is not on-set now, though "house of cards" is shooting its final season. studio executives say they plan to meet with the rest of the cast and crew to make sure they feel safe and supported.
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what a night last night. another nail-biter. the houston astros, one game away. the dodgers not giving up without a fight. and made in america, something on the field this season, and the workers not giving up, either. with all eyes on the houston astros and the l.a. dodgers this week, we're watching something else, too. not just the players, but some of the bats, now being used in the major leagues. the logo, right there. the season, some 75 players with dove tail bats from shirley mills, maine. and we just had to meet the man behind the made in america bat. hey, paul. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> fancy meeting you at a batting cage. >> that's where we hang around. >> i need some tips. is what i need. >> we can do that. >> but first, the story behind that made in america idea. so, paul, what do you got? >> i got some bats for you to try. >> made from birch, ash and rock maple trees. beautiful bats. this is entirely made in america.
>> made in maine with maine wood, with maine labor. >> paul, a former baseball player himself, even trying out for the majors. what was it like trying out for the red sox? >> oh, it was phenomenal. it was -- i mean, as close to getting to my dream, that was it, you know? >> their loss. >> well, yeah, their loss. >> paul's other love? carpentry. you started out making cabinets -- >> right. >> -- and then you were sort of on the side doing what you loved, which was something to do with baseball. >> right. i -- you know, it evolved, because my youngest son wanted to play baseball, for a living. >> he started making bats for his son first. >> instead of me sending him money, i'd send him bats, and i'd say, support yourself. >> his son started selling the bats. they start in the forests of maine, each tree cut and collected. carefully shaped, polished, logo added. 11 workers making 30,000 bats this year alone. come on. when you're watching major league baseball, are you really looking for your bat? >> every time. every at-bat. >> then, i was at-bat. been awhile. probably since little league. a few tips. >> first thing you got to do, with an ash bat, you have to hit
the edge grain. you can't hit the face grain, or you're going to break the bat. >> all right. >> and as you're sing iwinging you're coming into the ball. concentrate on hitting the ball. >> then they told me, aim for the security camera. >> sweet. >> a much-needed lesson, made in america. we love made in america. but i'll keep my day job. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. until then, have a good evening. good night. welcome to the new normal, see what life is like in the north bay three weeks after
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