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tonight, breaking news from the white house and on wall street. the dow plummets. president trump's lead personal attorney on the russia investigation suddenly resigns. tonight, what's behind it. and what the president said today about robert mueller. also tonight, the dow plunging, closing down more than 700 points, after the president's new move on china, igniting fresh --s of a trade war. the chilling new video right here, before the las vegas massacre. the gunman inside the hotel, the casino, and the questions so many had. how did he get his massive arsenal up to that 32nd floor hotel room? tonight, right here, the answer. the deadly police shooting, and the video. the unarmed black man shot and killed. 20 shots fired. tonight, it is unbelievable, but yet a new snowstorm now brewing. several states will get hit tomorrow. and new york city tonight,
two separate blasts rattling nerves at this hour. and a driver entering an american base, reportedly briefing the main gate, then crashing. reports of possible propane tanks inside and an explosion. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with major turbulence on wall street and inside the white house. the president's lead personal attorney general on the russia investigation suddenly resigning, and tonight, word of a new national security adviser. also tonight, the president taking dramatic action on china, right there, signing his order for tar riches on imports from china. well, then, the dow plummeted, down 724 points, fears of retaliation now from china. a possible trade war. we have it all covered, beginning with that search for a new lawyer, and a new national security adviser. the tweet from the president just moments ago. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: with his legal team
in turmoil, the president today said he actually wants to answer questions from special counsel robert mueller. >> mr. president, would you still like to testify to special counsel robert mueller, sir? >> sure. i would like to. i would like to. >> reporter: just this just after the president lost his lead attorney on the russia investigation, john dowd, the man negotiating the terms of an interview. in fact, dowd met with mueller just last week. but today, he quit. sources familiar with their relationship tell abc news dowd felt the president wasn't taking his advice. they had been at odds for a while, first over the mueller interview itself. trump told us back in january he was eager to do it. are you going to talk to mueller? >> i'm looking forward to it, actually. but i would love to do that, and i'd like to do it as soon as possible. >> reporter: but that night, dowd told abc news that he, not the president, would decide if mueller got the interview. at the same time, dowd counseled the president not to criticize mueller.
not to even tweet the special counsel's name. advice the president ignored, tweeting this weekend, "why does the mueller team have 13 hardened democrats, some big crooked hillary supporters, and zero republicans?" while mueller has hired several democratic lawyers, he himself is a republican. perhaps in a bid to encourage the president to leave the attacks to his lawyers, dowd put out his own statement over the weekend, calling on the deputy attorney general to end the russia investigatiinvestigation quote, follow the brilliant and courageous example of attorney general jeff sessions, who had just fired deputy fbi director andrew mccabe. dowd added the investigation was, quote, manufactured by mccabe's boss, james comey. today, a very different sort of statement from dowd. "i love the president and wish him well." as for the president, if any of this was troubling him, he wasn't showing it. rattling the financial markets, he announced his intention to
impose punitive tariffs on china to fight back against china's unfair trade practices. >> if they charge us, we charge them the same thing. that's the way it's got to be. >> reporter: shortly after that, he shared this light moment with a group of young conservatives. >> what advice do you give to the 25-year-old donald trump knowing what you know today? >> don't run for president. >> reporter: the president went on to say he got great media coverage before his campaign. now, he says, that's all changed. >> so, let's get to jon karl, live at the white house tonight. and jon, the lead personal attorney general resigning. this leaves a big vacancy. the other headline breaking at this hour, general h.r. mcmaster now out, a new national security adviser coming, jon? >> reporter: that is exactly the case here, david. h.r. mcmaster, there have been reports about him getting fired for months. now, he is out. the white house said it was a mutual decision. the new national security
adviser will be conservative john bolton. he served in the bush administration, both at the state department and as the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. >> all right, jon karl with the breaking news, just as we come on tonight, thank you. and as i mentioned, the president's other muse today on china led to major jitters on wall street. the dow plummeting today, closing down 724 points. so, let's get right to rebecca jarvis tonight. what happened? >> reporter: that's right, david. the reaction was immediate today, as the president announced those new tariffs against china. the very industries meant to benefit here in the u.s. aerospace, machinery, i.t., had some of the biggest losses. with fears of wall street of retaliation. what if china strikes back? and one more driving force today. the controversy swirling involving facebook. up to 50 million accounts allegedly exploited during the campaign. ceo mark zuckerberg saying i'm sorry, what happened with cambridge analytica was a breech
of trust. facebook fell today, as well as a number of other tech names. >> very turbulent day today. rebecca, thank you. we also have new reporting coming in right now involving a troubling security breach as a u.s. air force base. a driver breaching the main gate at travis air force base, then crashing. the suv explodinexploding. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, authorities investigating this deadly incident in california. the driver reportedly going through the base's main gate before crashing last night. officials on the scene say the vehicle exploded upon impact. the driver died in the crash. these videos posted online. federal officials are combing through them as part of the investigation. there were no additional injuries or fatalities. the entrance, closed in the direct aftermath. people urged to stay away. it has now been reopened. tonight, the military only saying the person in the vehicle was a civilian and they have to let the investigation take its course.
and david, officials are saying, no shots were fired in this incident. the air force and fbi are working together in this joint investigation. david? >> marci gonzalez live in california, thank you. next tonight, to that chilling new video from las vegas, in the days leading up to that massacre. at the time, there were so many questions, how did the gunman get that arsenal up to the 32nd floor hotel room? well, tonight, the video shows how. here's abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman, back in las vegas. >> reporter: the man who turned his xury hotel suite into a sniper's den moved through the mandalay bay like any other guest. the newly released surveillance video shows stephen paddock checking in on september 25th, walking up to the v.i.p. counter a full six days before the massacre. alone, he sits down at the sushi bar. lebron james on the screen above. it's only hours later he begins to bring in his arsenal. paddock pulling his car around. a bellhop brings over a cart. and together they wheel five large bags to the hotel's
service elevator, heading up to that suite on the 32nd floor. that was only phase one. police photos later revealed a massive cache of weapons, 23 in all. rifles everywhere, on the bed, by the bar. on the floor, thousands of rounds of ammunition. they were brought in methodically, one trip after another after another, over the course of several days. none of it raising any flags. paddock casually chatting with a porter, handing him a tip. seven more bags on a cart heading upstairs. most nights he played high stakes video poker, sometimes working two machines at once. shaking hands with a casino employee. he was a regular. and they knew him there. on the video, he seems relaxed. an unassuming presence, moving among the hotel guests. politely making way for tourists toting inner tubes. on the day of the massacre, hauling one last load of luggage up the 32nd floor. ten hours later, he opened fire. [ gunshots ] days after that, we got a birds
eye view of the aftermath. it doesn't look so much like there was a concert there, but that a tornado swept through there. those overturned lawn chairs, we've seen strollers there, we've seen walkers there. evidence of just the absolute chaos. what the video couldn't show is how paddock rigged his room. his own surveillance cameras under that plate, the barriers on the door, the hammer he used to shatter the window in his sniper's perch. and finally, his lifeless body among the bullet casings. >> matt gutman with us again tonight. and matt, the hotel is releasing the very say lens, saying that it shows howl paddock was able to blend in without raising red flags? >> reporter: that's right, david. they say it shows the extraordinary lengths he went to to try to hide his activity, bringing those weapons in on five separate occasions. sometimes in the middle of the night, indicating that there was virtually nothing that could have been done to have stopped him. now, one mystery remains here, and that's his motive. he killed himself without leaving a trace. david? >> all right, matt gutman, thank
you. we turn now to newly released images from the sacramento police department, after an unarmed black man was shot and killed. video showing officers chasing the man, then unleashing 20 shots. abc's kayna whitworth, and we should add tonight, the images are difficult. >> reporter: it's not just the disturbing manner in which stefon clark died. >> show me your hands! >> reporter: but what happened after this split-second decision by police -- and why they turned off their microphones. >> hey, mute. >> reporter: that has so many in sacramento, including his family, outraged tonight. >> he was shot so many times. >> reporter: police say it started when neighbors called 911, reporting a man breaking car windows, then hiding in a backyard. police seen going door-to-door, looking for the suspect. in the air, a police helicopter, zoning in on someone running
south, then hopping a fence. >> just broke the window. all can i tell, he geets a hoodie on. he's looking into another car. >> reporter: that car, parked at clark's grandmother's house. seconds later, you see police approaching him. >> shots fired. shots fired. >> reporter: police say they fired 20 rounds because clark advanced towards them holding what they believed to be a gun, and that they feared for their safety. >> we can't go over to get you help unless we know you don't have your weapon. >> reporter: police held their positions for nearly six minutes, waiting for backup before administering cpr. soon after, their body cams going silent, as officers discuss what happened with a sup supervisor. >> when they fired their service weapons, they believed that this individual had a firearm. >> reporter: bodycam footage showing the father of two holding just an iphone. no weapon was found. and david, tonight, police are launching an investigation, and the two officers involved remain on paid administrative leave. david? >> kayna whitworth with us tonight. thank you, kayna.
next, it is hard to believe, but just as we finish with this nor'easter, and it was the fourth one, yet another new winter storm is brewing. let's get to rob marciano, tracking it all. this is part of the system that is blasting the west coast tonight. >> all week long, california has been getting hit hard. the land near the burn scars have held, but we have more rain coming. at least tonight. the main plume is north, just east of sacramento. flash flood watches up through tonight, but then we should be done as this pushes east into the cold air of the planes. here's where the snow starts. tomorrow night in through saturday, it does weaken a little bit, so, we don't think it will become our next nor'easter, but six-inches plus in a long swath there. >> spring in the united states. rob, thank you. next, to new developments tonight after that death of that suspected serial bomber in austin. what investigators have now found in mark anthony conditt's home, in the locked room where he worked. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, as teams
pour over the home of suspected austin bomber mark conditt, officials say police have found a locked room in his home used to make bombs. along with a hit list of potential targets and addresses. >> they went out to these residences and then swept them to make sure there were no explosive devices. >> reporter: it comes as new images surface of conditt buying electronic parts days before the first deadly package bomb exploded. kxan-tv obtaining surveillance from that store. video turned over to the atf more than a week ago. investigators painstakingly put the bombs back together, finding parts like nails and screws, then tracing them back to possible stores. clearly closing in, but the big break coming when conditt walked into that fedex dropoff and mailed two bombs. police sharing details about a 25-minute confession recorded on conditt's phone just hours before that explosive takedown. >> there were indications that he stated in the video that he
felt like we were getting close to him. >> reporter: the 23-year-old repair technician had been home-schooled, dropped out of college and was unemployed. his chilling final words, according to kvue, "i wish i were sorry, but i'm not." >> it's the outcry of a very challenged young man, talking about challenges in his personal life, that led him to this point. >> and pie year thoims -- pierre thomas with us from washington tonight. we heard the police chief talking about challenges in the suspect's personal life. his family saying they had no idea of the, quote, darkness in their son's life, and his mother posted very typical things on facebook about her son. >> reporter: that's right, david. the post is from 2013, and it reflects more innocent times. his mom talks about how he just graduated from high school and her hopes for his future. the family says they never saw this coming, david. >> pierre thomas with us again tonight. congress has just over 24
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child, and do they have the right to do it? here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: 2-day-old ingrid in the arms of her adoring mother, rebecca sanders, a member of the miccosukee indian tribe. the father, justin johnson, nearby. a happy family, until police moved in and took the infant from a florida hospital. >> a police officer and a few security guards came in the room, asking me if i knew what was going on and i said, "i don't know what going on." and he told me that i no longer have custody of my daughter. >> reporter: the baby's grandmother, betty osceola, taking custody after having the miccosukee tribe issue this tribal order. sanders says her mother didn't want the baby to grow up with a white father. the grandmother claiming johnson was abusive towards sanders. miami-dade police officers were there when miccosukee police took the infant to, quote, "maintain the peace." in a statement, the hospital says, "it's our hospital's policy to cooperate with law enforcement as they enforce court orders." and now word late tonight, after a day-long hearing, baby ingrid will be reunited with her
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finally tonight, opening night, "frozen" on broadway. fans already with the chills. deborah roberts takes us behind the scenes. >> reporter: for the first time, "frozen" on broadway. ♪ for the first time in forever ♪ >> reporter: the musical, part of abc's parent company, partnering with the actors fund, spotlighting women working in theater. women from all walks of life on broadway are here today to talk about women. let's go downstairs and meet a few. making our way backstage. tony winner chita rivera is back here. come on. chita rivera. the singing, dancing, force of nature. what do you want them to learn from you? >> courage. a feeling of themselves. >> reporter: and also a lifeline for some here, like actress jane beller, who is battling cancer. give me a sense of how meaningful this is to women to realize there are other women out there who've got your back.
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breaking news out moccasin dam. it's part of the water system that provides 85% of san francisco's water supply. right now the department of fish and wildlife is evacuating the moccasin fish hatchery. >> the moccasin dam should be contained. we'll have updates throughout the eej for you. >> here in the bay area, drivers this morning had to deal with heavy downpours, gusty winds and water everywhere. several crashes slowed the commute throughout the bay area. >> so did this, a huge tree t t that -- about a mile from highway 17 where they got a lot of rain, let's head now to the
forecast with spencer christian. >> right now we're experiencing a period of relatively quiet weather. in fact we even have partial to mostly clear skies, over much of the bay area, we'll have more showers coming in later today. but we do have gusty winds. gusty winds at half moon bay, 30-mile-per-hour gusts in many inland locations. let's move on to the sierra, an outbreak of widespread thunderstorms moving into the sierra foothills resulting in a flash flood warning being issued. for portions of mariposa area of the dam break there. let's move over to the sierra right now, where a winter storm warning is in effect above 6,500 feet after