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tonight several developing stories as we come on the air. bombshell decision. army sergeant bowe bergdahl learning his fate. after deserting his post, the blinding sun after five years, most in a cage held by the taliban. tonight president trump blasting the judge's ruling. under fire. attorney general jeff sessions how did he forget what was allegedly said in this meeting about the russians? then candidate donald trump and vladimir putin. tonight president trump wants his ag to do after hillary clinton after a new book. was the primary rigged? on high alert. what new york's governor revealed about 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 deserting his post in afghanistan and endangering his comrades who went to find him. president trump calling the sentencing a complete and total disgrace. abc's chief global affairs correspondent 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 s.e.a.l. 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 critical of bergdahl than then candidate donald trump. >> he is a traitor, a no good traitor who should have been executed.
>> reporter: after today's verdict, those feelings emerged once again. president trump calling the court decision " a complete 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 russians. some asking how did sessions forget what was discussed at
this meeting with the campaign advisor who has pleaded guilty. and is cooperating with special counsel robert mueller. abc's chief investigative correspondent 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 every time it just seems to get worse and 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 potential for the future. >> if donald trump was elected? >> yes. yes. >> reporter: as for the president, he too, 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 course 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 we know jeff sessions met twice with the russian ambassador during the campaign 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. brian, thank you. this question tonight, president trump is urging his ag to go after his former rival hillary clinton after a new book written by the one-time chair of the democratic party. this is the question. did clinton cut a deal with the dnc? tonight the president says 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 the former chair of the dnc writes of a fundraising deal clinton's team struck with the dnc to help pay off the party's debt.
writing an exchange for raising money and investing in the dnc, hillary would control the party's finances, strategy and all of the money raised adding she had exerted this control of the party long before she became the nominee. what did clinton did get from dnc? clinton said the party was broke. >> i mean, it was bankrupt. it was on the verge of insolvency and it's data mediocre to poor, nonexistent. wrong. >> senator elisabeth warren was right by clinton's side was asked if this is proof the democratic primary was rigged. >> yes. >> reporter: president trump pounced calling warren a name and saying warren just stated the democrats rigged the primaries. let's go the fbi and justice department and now warren 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 fundraising 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 not only undermine our justice system but erode the american people's confidence in our institution. david. >> senator corker who has been at odds with the president some time. thank you. new york city on high alert tonight. what the governor revealed after the deadly truck attack and the nypd reporting on the marathon this sunday and 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 saipov's 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. >> we're going through every possibility. >> this as we learn authorities in as 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. after this week's attack. >> we have increased the number of observation teams and counter
sniper teams. there will be substantial number of heavy weapons teams. >> the city on heightened alert. gio live with us tonight from the scene of tv deadly truck attack. 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. thank you. in the meantime tonight as authorities investigate the suspect in the truck attack, his pledge to isis, 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. >> you're going to throw me in jail my whole life and kill me. 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 fantasies.
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. 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 discover a package containing a gun silencer. >> i called the police department, i said, "i need to talk to somebody in homeland security." >> reporter: 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
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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 her apartment, 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: eight 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 offer 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 explains president trump's twitter page going dark. who is responsible? the six firefighters kicked off the job. fired tonight. the disturbing discovery. targeting a colleague inside the firehouse. targeting a colleague inside the firehouse. time for medicare, huh.
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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 terror. i'm david muir and hope to see you back here on monday. good night.
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