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tonight several developing stories as we come on the air. bombshell decision. army sergeant bowe bergdahl learning his fate from a military judge. most in a case held by the tag ban. president trump trump blasting the judge's ruling. under fire. attorney general jeff sessions facing new questions about the trump campaign. president trump angry the a.g. wants to go after clinton. was the primary rigged. the new york city marathon after the deadly truck attack and the phone call the suspect made before the attack. diane sawyer and the marine father who says isis found a way into his home in the u.s. and got to his son but not before it
turned deadly. just in, the nypd saying it has enough evidence to arrest harvey weinstein. good evening and it's great to round out another week with you. several fast-moving stories. the bombshell decision from a military judge at ft. bragg and president trump's response. the judge giving sergeant bowe bergdahl no prison time after endangering his comrades who went to find him. president trump calling the sentencing a complete and total disgra disgrace. martha raddatz leading us off. >> reporter: the images of bowe bergdahl's release are searing. after five years of brutal confinement in exchange for five taliban prisoners, berghdahl emerged haunted, hollow, blinking back the sunlight of which he had seen so little before being whisked away. in his first television interview with british filmmaker
sean langan, bergdahl said he had been tortured and caged after repeatedly trying to escape. >> it's a cage that was welded together. about seven foot long, six foot wide. >> reporter: but for some any sympathy for bergdahl quickly evaporated when stories of those wounded while trying to find the deserter emerged. sergeant mark allen was shot in the head during a search mission, no longer able to walk or talk, his wife tearfully testified about her husband's inability to reach out to her. navy seal jimmy hatch had his leg ripped apart by a bullet. >> i was laying there. initially i thought, man i'm dead. 'cause i'm so close, i can't move. >> reporter: but no one was more crystal of bergdahl than then candidate donald trump. >> he is a traitor, a no good traitor who should have been executed. >> reporter: and after today 's verdict, those feelings emerged
once again. president trump calling the court decision " a completely and total disgrace to our country and to our military." ironically trump may have had something to do with the decision not to jail bergdahl. the military judge saying he had found trump's comments disturbing. and might make them a mitigating factor in his sentencing decision. >> let's get to martha in washington. we saw the pictures of bergdahl and he's still in his army uniform. >> he is but he will be dishonorably discharged although his attorneys are appealing that because they say he will miss out on veterans' health benefits they say he badly needs. >> martha thank you. attorney general jeff sessions under fire facing questions about what he said under oath about his time on the trump campaign and any discussion involving the rushens. some asking how did sessions
forget what was discussed at this meeting with the campaign advisor who has pleaded guilty. brian ross tonight. >> reporter: the attorney general of the united states jeff sessions is being accused tonight of hiding the truth. >> he either has a terrible memory or he is deliberately not telling me the truth. >> reporter: all based on new information about what happened at this trump campaign meeting chaired by then-senator sessions. according to court filings this week, foreign policy adviser george papadopoulos, seated between sessions and donald trump, told the group "he had connections" with russia that could help arrange a meeting between trump and vladimir putin. yet sessions twice testified no one in the campaign was involved with russia, first in january. >> senator franken, i'm not aware of any of those activities. >> reporter: and then again last month. >> i don't believe they occurred. >> reporter: an aide to sessions disputes the papadopoulos
account, but another person at the meeting, j.d. gordon, a campaign aide, recalls sessions being part of a discussion about the papadopoulos proposal and shooting it down. >> it's part of a pattern, but will every time it just seems to get worse and worse. >> reporter: adding to the questions about sessions' truthfulness is another former campaign adviser, carter page. he tells abc news he informed sessions during the campaign, in passing he says, of a trip he was about to take to moscow, a trip he described to us earlier this year. >> and they saw a great upon -- potential for the future. >> if donald trump was elected? >> yes. yes. >> reporter: as for the president, he took has denied again and again anyone in his campaign was involved with russia. >> no, no, nobody that i know of. >> so you're not aware of any contacts during the court of the election? >> look, look, look, how many times do i have to answer this question. >> reporter: just nine days ago, the president touted his memory. >> one of the great memories of all time. >> reporter: but asked today about that campaign meeting last year with papadopoulos and
sessions, he said this. >> i don't remember much about that meeting. it was a very unimportant meeting. took place a long time, don't remember much about it. >> reporter: before he left for asia the president took his own swipe at attorney general sessions asked if he might fire him for not investigating the democrats. >> they should be looking at a lot of things and a lot of people are disappointed in the justice department including me. >> brian ross, to keep things straight for our viewers at home jeff sessions met twice with the russian ambassador after initially denying any contact with the russians and later acknowledged he did. brian, these are new question about a second meeting during which the russians were discussed even the meeting between president trump and vladimir putin and the justice department says sessions turned down but if he did, how did he not remember turning it down? >> that is the question. and senator franken told me he wants sessions to come back to congress to answer a slew of new questions saying it's time for
the attorney general to speak with a clear and consistent voice once and for all. >> the president say he is unhappy with the justice department. president trump is urging his ag to go after his former rival hillary clinton after a new book bry . did clinton cut a deal with the dnc? tonight it is proof the primary was rigged. mary bruce with the reality check. >> the president says the real story the justice department should be looking at involves his former rival. >> you want to look at hillary clinton and the new book just put out by donna brazile where she basically bought the dnc and stole the election from bernie. that's what you ought to take a look at. >> reporter: in her new book donna brazile writes of a fundraising deal clinton's team struck with the dnc to help pay off the party's debt.
writing an exchange hillary would control the party's finances and adding she had ex-certed this control of the party long before she became the nominee. what did clinton did get from dnc? clinton said the party was broke. >> it was bankrupt. on the verge of insolve venncy and it's data mediocre to poor, nonexistent. wrong. >> senator elisabeth warren was asked if this is proof the democratic primary was rigged. >> yes. >> reporter: president trump saying warren just staying the democrats rigged the primaries. now we are ran is pushing back at the president tweeting i understand your desperation to change the subject donald trump, your campaign manager was just indicted for conspiracy against the u.s. and even the author of this new book about the dnc, donna
brazile is accusing the president of changing her words. tweeting, trump says i said dnc rigged the system. first of all, i don't speak in caps. not what i said. >> let's get to mary bruce live at the white house. bottom line, is this illegal? >> reporter: david, while many may call this unethical this deal was not illegal and tonight republic senator bob corker says the president's calls for the fbi and justice department to investigate are quote, totally inappropriate and a road that american people's confidence in our institution. david. >> senator corker who has been at odds with the president some time. new york city on high alert tonight. what the governor revealed after the deadly truck attack and the nypd saying they quote, remain concerned about international terrorists and domestic extremists potentially targeting the event. and this evening we're learning about the phone call the suspect made right before the attack.
abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight authorities tracking down his last known contact. abc news learning investigators have spoken with the man he called moments before the rampage. investigators not revealing what he told them. tracking others saipov had contact with as we learn authorities have interrogated saipov's entire family and still holding his father and uncle for questioning. saipov's mother passing out in shock after hearing what her son had done. his sister begging president trump not to sentence her brother to death saying someone poisoned his mind. tonight with the famed new york city marathon nearing, officials saying no specific threat but remain concerned about international terrorists and domestic extremists targeting the event. the governor's office announcing enhanced security. >> we have increased the number of observation teams and counter
sniper teams and heavy weapons team. >> the city on heightened alert. authorities have increased security measures on heavily traveled bike path as well? >> reporter: that's right, david. they have installed these concrete barriers hoping to prevent another attack. david. >> so many cyclists and pedestrians have returned in a sign of strength. this evening a stunning look at isis in america right now. diane sawyer and the marine father discovering his own son in his own home had been lured in by isis. but not before it turned deadly for one of their neighbors. >> this is your son? >> yes. >> reporter: a desperate father calls 911 about his son. >> i need somebody as quick as possible. >> we have units en route to you. stay on the line with me okay? >> i don't know if it's isis or what. >> reporter: you can hear his son in the background.
why are you trying to say i'm a terrorist? >> reporter: justin sullivan grew up as a boy in a catholic home with trophies, friends, a bedroom filled with childhood toys. his dad, a retired marine captain, rich sullivan. >> i imagined him joining the military. and to follow in my footsteps. >> reporter: but his high school reported to the parents that justin had violent fantasies in his writing and suspended him. they said he needed serious help. the parents had no idea that their 18 year old son alone with his computer had reached out to isis recruiters. in less than 24 hours, a top captain of isis responded. 6,184 miles away. "welcome brother, blessings upon you. justin is lonely. isis can fix that." then another key step, tap into
the fantasy. and we know justin loves the video game call of duty. if justin takes violent action, they will make him a hero, a celebrity. justin sullivan puts on a ski mask, and murders a neighbor with his father's rifle which he hides. police find the neighbor's body, but have no suspect. and then in a few months, he tells his isis recruiter, he is ready to go big. >> reporter: he is going to get an assault rifle and slaughter people at a concert in north carolina or at a club. but as the clock is ticking down, his parents happen discover a package containing a gun silencer. >> i called the police department, i said, "i need to talk to somebody in homeland security." tonight a father from north carolina has a warning for parents. >> here i am defending our country against domestic enemies, which so happened to be my son. diane sawyer investigating and this is chilling.
her one hour special isis in america is tonight. what authorities are following in this country right now and how isis is recruiting in the u.s. tonight 10:00 p.m. eastern. we hope you watch diane at 10:00. much more ahead. breaking developments. the nypd saying it has enough evidence to arrest harvey weinstein. six firefighters kicked off the job. inside the fire house involving a colleague that got them fired. car jacker just 13 years old chased by police. his victim in the vehicle, 67 years old called 911. president trump's twitter page suddenly going dark. how does twitter explain this tonight? that can take you out of the game for weeks, even if you're healthy. pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that in severe cases can lead to hospitalization. it may hit quickly, without warning,
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evidence to arrest producer harvey weinstein for rape, but said they don't know if it's enough to bring the case to trial. >> we have an actual case here. >> reporter: the case stemming from an investigation into claims that weinstein assaulted "boardwalk empire" actress paz de la huerta on two occasions in 2010. >> in order to arrest mr. weinstein, we would need an arrest warrant. so that requires a court order. so we want to get our evidence first before we go out and do something like that. >> reporter: the actress alleges in one instance weinstein drove her home from a party and once inside, forced himself on her. weinstein's representative has said "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by mr. weinstein." tonight, a possible criminal investigation into actor kevin spacey in london. the guardian newspaper is reporting british police are looking into an assault in 2008 at famed old vic theater while spacey was artistic director. it comes after new allegations from the set of his hit show "house of cards."
>> this chamber chooses to debate me? >> reporter: 8 new accusers speaking anonymously to cnn say spacey's behavior included nonconsensual touching and crude comments. creating a toxic environment for young men on the set of house of cards. no comment from spacey on the latest accusation. >> the latest on spacey. but let's get back to harvey weinstein. police saying they have enough evidence to arrest him. it's rare to off that up. no arrest yet? >> it's not imminent and it is unusual to bring this up but they say this particular accuser had a detailed and credible account they say was backed up from statements from her therapist who was told about the encounter at the time. >> thanks. when we come back how twitter ex-clans president trump's twitter page going dark. who is responsible? the six firefighters kicked off the job. targeting a colleague inside the fire house. mike and jen doyle? yeah. time for medicare, huh. i have no idea how we're going to get through this.
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persons of the week. new york city tested this week and once again responding with strength and resilience. this week a city tested, a city strong overnight a vigil gathering on that bike path lighting candles. that path has reopened. new yorkers returning to send a message. eric fleming honoring the victims. that halloween parade this week marching on. the nypd keeping them safe. >> oh, my god. are you okay? oh, my god. >> reporter: on that school bus students, one of them 17 determined to get back to school the next day to keep his perfect attendance and he did. his mother proud. >> to see that he's unhurt is such a relief. >> reporter: and the officer, 28-year-old ryan nash just five years on the force shooting the suspect. >> although i feel we were just doing our job like thousands of officers do every day, i'm grateful for the recognition we have received. >> reporter: recognition from
the police commissioner who told me that nash and his partner acted with bravery. >> the nypd stepped up and stopped this threat immediately. >> reporter: they did. he doesn't consider himself a hero. >> and you have the opportunity to talk to nypd cops, pretty humble human beings. >> so we choose that hero officer and his partner and new yorkers who proved how a city comes together in the face of ter ore. i'm david muir and hope to see you back here on monday. good night.
on a certain level, it is very, very serious. on another level, it is a grotesque comedy. >> for 11 minutes, president trump could not blame a single tweet. to blame a rogue employee, twitter said it is making some changes. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. >> today both president trump and twitter responded. president trump tweeted, my twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. i guess the word must be getting out. and having an impact. and twitter said, we have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again. a look at why it could be much more than just a joke for that one single twitter employee. >> well, possibly, originally twitter called the account deactivation human error. then said an employee did it on his last day. now the social media network has a new message.
twitter now saying it has implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again. though the social media network won't be sharing details about its internal investigation, or updates to security. >> it looks like they had very bad internal controls over who could do what to people's twitter accounts. it should give pause to any twitter user. >> he says the person responsible for disailing trump's twitter account for 11 minutes may have violated the computer fraud and abuse act. >> you could construe the president being unable to get into his account. >> my twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. i guess the word must be getting out and having an impact. >> you're having the president of the united states who use it to talk to 41 million people a daily basis and this person probably could hav