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tonight the michael flynn bombshell. president trump's former national security adviser pleading guilty to lying to the fbi. the white house caught by surprise. flynn has now agreed to cooperate with the special counsel. brian ross tonight on whether flynn will testify against president trump. and this evening jared kushner and what we have learned about him. also breaking at this hour, your money, your taxes. president trump's tax plan. the showdown in the senate at this hour. does he have the votes? we're live on the hill. the verdict in the outrage the undocumented immigrant acquitted of murdering kate steinle who was walking with her father. the search for a teenager who have ran off with a high school soccer coach. what we have learned.
holiday packages arriving at your door. you're about to see the neighbors who jumped in. my three sons. our unbelievable milestone. who is our person of the week? good evening and it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with michael flynn and his guilty plea. president trump's former national security adviser admitting he lied to the fbi. arriving with his wife at federal court in washington already processed and fingerprinted as part of his plea. with the deal, flynn is now agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel. could that mean flynn will testify against the president? we begin with brian ross. >> reporter: he was one of the president's closest advisers, one of his first major appointments, but today as general michael flynn walked out of court in washington, protesters chanted, lock him up. >> lock him up. >> reporter: an echo of flynn's own words about hillary clinton. >> lock her up. >> reporter: flynn pleaded guilty today to lying to the
fbi, telling associates he is prepared to testify, if needed, against president trump and others in the white house. >> how many more figures have to be brought to justice because of their ties with russia before we end up connecting all these dots? >> reporter: flynn now admits he lied about his conversations with the russian ambassador sergey kislyak during the transition period. the white house had claimed it was unaware of the substance of those conversations but today's court documents show flynn says he was acting with the knowledge of transition team officials. on the same day president trump proposed tough sanctions. the russian ambassador contacted flynn. flynn consulted with a senior transition team official who said the trump team did not want russia to escalate the situation. a request flynn are made to the
ambassador. president trump tweeted great move by vladimir putin. i always knew he was very smart. the documents show that a very senior official on the transition team told flynn to contact the russian ambassador about a u.n. resolution involving israel. we are learning that senior official was the president eason in law, jared kushner. the president has insisted he did not tell flynn to make the contacts with russia. >> i didn't direct him. but i would have if he didn't do it. okay. >> reporter: according to a confidente of flynn's he is prepared to testify that trump contacted the russians during the transition as a way to work together against isis. >> it's at odds with what he has been saying publicly from day one. >> the plea documents suggest that mueller's investigation may be focused on president trump's firing of fbi director james comey. flynn lied to the fbi on january 24th. on january 26th acting attorney general sally yates told the
white house he had lied. january 27th the president invited the fbi director to a private dinner. >> the dinner was an effort to build a relationship. in fact, he asked specifically of loyalty in the context of asking me to stay. >> reporter: two weeks later flynn was fired and comey says the president later asked him to go easy on the general. >> i understood him to be saying was drop any investigation connected to flynn's account of his conversations with the russians. >> reporter: even after flynn was gone, the president still praised him. >> general flynn is a wonderful man. i think it's a sad thing that he was treated so badly. >> reporter: and david, a clarification on something one of flynn's confident's told us. he said the president asked flynn to contact russia during the campaign and now saying according to flynn candidate trump asked him during the campaign the fine ways to repair relations with russia and after the election the president-elect
told him to contact russia on other issues including fighting isis. >> we do have a statement from michael flynn. he said i accept full responsibility for my actions. >> that's right. flynn's confident says he was going broke with crippling legal fees and made this deal for his family. his son, michael junior had also been under investigation but he was not charged today. we have a swift response from president trump's lawyer tonight. did the white house know that this was coming. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: this was the only glimpse of president trump today before the television cameras. ignoring questions about the indictment of his former national security advisor. >> mr. president any comment on michael flynn being indicted, sir? can you comment on michael flynn being indicted? >> reporter: a few minutes later, the white house abruptly canceled a planned photo-op with the libyan prime minister,
avoiding questions altogether. the flynn indictment cuts close to the president, he was most prominent former national security official advising the trump campaign and played a key role in the transition, taking part in president-elect trump's classified briefings before his vital role inside the white house. today, the president's lawyer, sought to downplay flynn's role, saying in a statement, "today, michael flynn, a former national security advisor at the white house for 25 days during the trump administration, and a former obama administration official, entered a guilty plea nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than mr. flynn." >> jon karl with us from the white house. jon, did the white house have any indication this guilty plea was coming down or were they taken by surprise with this? >> reporter: top officials at the white house, the president's legal team and the president himself, david, learned of this when they read it in the news.
so the news of this indictment and more importantly, the news that michael flynn has agreed to cooperate fully came as a surprise today. >> jon, thank you. how damaging could this development be for president trump himself? we know that michael flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about conversations with the russian ambassador but many have pointed out don't all incoming presidents and their teams start to reach out to other countries during the transition? let's get to dan abrams tonight. we get it. lying to the fbi is no good. but many people have pointed out these transition teams reach out to other governments. so what is it about this conversation that's a problem? >> part is the timing. president obama had just issued sanctions against the russians for meddling in the election and you have flynn calling the russians and saying please don't retaliate and then president trump saying oh, it's great that president putin didn't retaliate. you could argue that's a technical violation of the logan
act which prevents a private citizen from intervening in foreign affairs but i think it's unlikely they're going to rest it on that. >> we both know the logan hasn't been successful. >> were there any conversation for the russians during the campaign? and was there any coordination that could be deemed to be criminal? >> dan, thanks as always. one more question on this michael flynn pleaded guilty as part of this deal. it's believed he could have faced more but will cooperate will robert mueller. let's go to pierre thomas live at the fbi. flynn has been charged with the one count of lying to the fbi. robert mueller a seasoned prosecutor. is he trying to show as little hand as possible? >> reporter: david make no mistake, mueller approved this deal to get something. he is an aggressive, cagey prosecutor who is now targeting the trump campaign, the transition and potentially the white house inner circle. flynn now faces hours of fbi
interrogations in the coming months, subject to lie detector tests along the way to prove he's telling the truth. mueller wants to know, did other trump campaign officials and white house advisers know about any illegal contacts with the russians? to impact the election. and david, those transition advisors mentioned in today's charges face the possibility of being called before a grand jury. and if they have already been interviewed, they better have told the truth. david? pierre thank you. we move on this friday evening to your money and taxes. president trump's tax plan at this hour, does the president have the vote? the republicans believe he does. tonight the bottom line for you. how will the middle class fair and what about writing off local and state taxes, property taxing? these are the states where more than 30% of filers claim those state and local deductions. income taxes were taken out and so were property taxes. but one of them put back in in a
scramble and now with a limit and congress' own joint committee finding the plan will add a trillion dollars to the deficit over ten years. mary bruce back on the hill tonight. >> reporter: after 14 hours of frantic negotiations mitch mccontinm mcconnell announced they have the votes. >> the american people have a right to know what is in this proposal. >> reporter: what is in the bill? it eliminates the obamacare mandate. cuts the corporate tax rate to just 20 percent. doubles the standard deduction, but gets rid of all individual state and local income tax deductions and caps property tax deductions at 10,000 dollars. a last minute concession to get senator susan collins on board. >> there's always horse-trading when you're trying to put a piece of legislation together. especially a tax bill. >> reporter: for jeff flake it was a promise to protect dreamers. >> they're working with us. there are no firm guarantees
that are iron clad in politics. >> reporter: there are also provisions that have nothing to do with tax reform. like opening the arctic national wildlife refuge to oil drilling. the president vows the bill will help the middle class, not the wealthy. >> this is not good for me. believe me. >> reporter: but analysts say that's not true. make more than $100,000 a year, you will likely see big tax cuts. while most americans earning less than $75,000 dollars are projected to pay more over the next ten years. the price tag. it adds a whopping $1 trillion to the deficit. that's too much for senator bob corker. the only republican to announce he's a no. >> i know i'm a dinosaur in that regard. i still have fiscal concerns. >> mary bruce from the hill. mary this fight is far from over? >> reporter: there are still significant differences between the senate and house versions that have to be worked out. republicans know this is do or
die for them politically but there isn't a lot of time left. they want to deliver on the president's promise to give the american people tax reform for christmas. >> mary, thank you. next to the outrage here after a verdict in san francisco. a jury acquitting a homeless undocumented immigrant in the killing of kate steinle who died on a pier by the bay walking with her father. the jurors were only asked to consider the facts of the case including whether she was targeted or whether the bullet ricocheted off the pier. >> reporter: for kate steinle's family, the "not guilty" verdicts are the latest shock. after the 32-year-old was gunned down in 2015 while strolling along san francisco's waterfront with her father. >> she was fighting, gasping for every breath and fought right up to the end. >> jose garcia-zarate was
charged with murder. the case becoming a political lightning rod because garcia-zarate, was in the u.s. illegally deported five times already. >> he was an illegal immigrant came over, went to san francisco, we have to end this sanctuary cities crap fast, fast. >> reporter: but jurors were not told that about three months before the shooting, garcia-zarate had been in jail on drug crimes, but san francisco authorities released him. ignoring a request to turn him over to immigration agents. he never denied shooting steinle. >> did you shoot kate steinle the lady who was down on pier 14? >> yes. >> reporter: but using crime scene data, defense attorneys argued steinle's death was a freak accident. he says the gun went off on its own. the bullet apparently ricocheted off the pavement, traveling about 80 more feet, hitting steinle in the back. jurors acquitted him of murder and manslaughter, but found him guilty for possessing a gun. >> the verdict that came in today was not the one we were hoping for but i think it's
unequivocal. both sides gave it their all. >> reporter: because of that gun conviction he could spend additional time in jail but after that, federal authorities want to take him into custody and hope deport him for the sixth and final time. david. >> clayton, thank you. next tonight here the search intensifying for the missing toddler in jacksonville, north carolina. 3-year-old mariah woods woke up at mid night and was told to go back to bed. teams searching at this hour and what authorities have sent to quantico. here's steve osunsami. >> please just stay in your line. >> reporter: this is their fifth night searching the forest for the missing 3-year-old and today authorities in jacksonville, north carolina were joined by more 700 volunteers seen here lined up, and using walking sticks. >> i'm really encouraged that we're gonna find her. >> mariah woods disappeared from her family's mobile home early
monday morning. investigators are talking with the girl's mother and the mom's boyfriend. >> please bring her back and i love her. >> reporter: police say they have searched through 95,000 pounds of trash at a nearby landfill. items they found have been shipped to quantico, virginia for testing. the girl's biological father says he can't understand how no one heard a thing. >> four people in the house. somebody just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out? >> reporter: search teams collected more items but not sure if they're connected to this case. still much more ahead on "world news tonight." new developments in the search for the missing team who ran off with the high school soccer coach. the discovery just today and what police are now saying tonight. also, the massive fire. nearly 2 dozen buildings and authorities are blaming a suspect trying to imitate they say something he saw on tv.
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triplets, now 18 are legally blind and so is their father, olly. he adopted them because of his own life story. >> having the boys in my life has been nothing short of a series of miracles day after day after day. >> reporter: relying on the sound from the video games they're able to play like other teenagers. they all chip in in the kitchen. >> i'm making tacos. >> reporter: olly always wanted to create a normal life for his boys. fishing with their dad. an extraordinary journey. graduating from high school and for six years the three brothers working toward one more goal, earning 21 merit badges and tonight they are all eagle scouts. >> i don't think it would have felt the same if we had done it with exceptions or special considerations. i made it the same way as other eagle scouts. >> eagle scouts, leo, nick and
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now it began with a carjacking of a state localry v lot have i v lottery van and ended with a shooting. the investigation just getting under way. thanks for joining us. >> and all of this began with a carjacking at 10:30 this morning on 23rd street. it ended in the bay view when a san francisco police officer fired a fatal shot. marl melanie woods row is live with the latest. >> reporter: and police are not suspect shot and killed. four others were also detained in the incident. and the woman that was driving that california state lotto van that was car jacked is shaken but not seriously injured. from sky 7, you can see a police cruiser with a shattered window, a blood splatter on the door and
clothing on the ground. san francisco police say officers fired at least one round shooting and killing a carjacking suspect. >> the body worn cameras have been retrieved, and they will be reviewed for evidence. >> reporter: the carjacking happened at 10:30 this morning. california lottery officials tell abc 7 newses driver is shaken but she is not seriously injured. >> tailgate was open, and it was loaded with different items. i have no idea what was inside. >> reporter: san francisco police say the carjacking suspect drove the van to alice griffith housing projects with police not far behind. >> the suspect exited the vehicle and an officer-involved shooting occurred. >> reporter: the suspect pronounced dead at the hospital. the police say it's too early to say whether the suspe