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tonight, several breaking headlines as we come on the air. president trump tonight, doubling down. his new threat to strip security clearance. our correspondent asking the president, are you trying to silence your critics by taking away their clearance? what the president says, and tonight, what just happened when 60 former cia officers have now done. also breaking tonight, the severe thunderstorm watch in parts of the northeast just as we come on the air tonight. damaging winds, lightning expected. the system already flipping a plane, leading to rescues. rob has the new track. new york city and boston watching closely. also developing, what the judge in the paul manafort trial has now revealed.
the threats, why the u.s. marshals are now involved. jurors already ask for a larger room. the husband and father under arrest after police believe they found the bodies of his wife and two daughters. tonight what we did not know, and the interview with him just hours before his confession. the stand your ground case. that moment in the parking lot, and for the first time right here, the audio, the emergency calls. >> i need help now. the hot car rescue. the deputy rushing a child to the hospital, left overnight in the car. when will they prosecute the woman who pushed her friend from that bridge? the d.a. revealing his decision tonight. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy friday night. those severe thunderstorms set to hit shortly, and rob is standing by, but we will begin with the other storm. this one surrounding the president's threat to strip
security clearance from others now, that the list will grow lp he already stripped john brennan of his clearance, and tonight, our chief white house correspondent, asking the president. what do you say to those who are saying you're just trying to silence your critics? and late today, the new list. this time from 60 former cia officers who are joining the others in the intelligence committee who have already told the president, this is an abuse of power. jonathan karl leading us off with what the president told him today. >> reporter: under fire by virtually all the nation's former intelligence chiefs, democrat and republican, president trump today defended his decision to take away former cia director john brennan's security clearance. >> mr. president, what do you say to those who say you're trying to silence your critics by taking away their security clearance? >> there's no silence. if anything i'm giving them a bigger voice. many people don't even know who he is. now he has a bigger voice. that's okay with me because i like taking on voices like that. i have never respected him. >> reporter: but the president's move against brennan, and his
threat to do the same to others who have criticized him, prompted an extraordinary statement denouncing the decision that was signed by cia directors who have served under every president since ronald reagan. "you don't have to agree with what john brennan says, and again, not all of us do, to agree with his right to say it," they wrote. "we have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool as was done in this case." this follows a searing rebuke from retired admiral bill mcraven who oversaw the raid that killed osama bin laden. mcraven writing the president has "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation." none of this seems to bother the commander in chief. >> i have had a tremendous response for having done that. >> reporter: but the president is backing down from another controversial decision, his plan for a giant military parade in november. ♪
he fell in love with the idea after witnessing a massive bastille day spectacle in paris last year. >>i don't know we are going to have to try and top it. >> reporter: but after a government estimate yesterday projected the cost of the parade to be a whopping $92 million, the american legion called on the president to use the money to support veterans instead. and the white house decided to call it off for mow. >> postponed for now. jon karl at the white house, and to what you reported at the top. president trump prepared to revoke even more security clearances, but tonight, the opposition from those who have served presidents from both parties is growing. 60 former cia officers now speaking out? >> reporter: david, these are 60 former officials who served throughout the cia under republican and democratic administrations, and they are adding their voices to those condemning the president's move to strip the security clearance from john brennan. they write in their letter,
former government officials have the right to express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national security issues without fear of being punished. david? >> all right. to be continued on this front as well, jon. thank you. now to developments late today in the paul manafort trial. jurors are now deliberating manafort's pate. the note they gave the judge, and they already asked for the larger room for the evidence. as the judge reveeps he is receiving threats and that the u.s. marshals are now involved. abc's chief justice correspondent, all day at the courthouse. >> reporter: just hours ago, the manafort jury sending a note up to the judge, a question late on friday afternoon. would they be able to leave at 5:00 p.m.? a clear sign their work was not done yet. the six men and six women pouring over 388 exhibits, requesting a larger room to hold all the boxes. taking their time with this complicated case, but even as they deliberate, president trump weighing in, defending his
former campaign chairman. >> i think it's a very sad day for our country. he worked for me for a very short period of time, but you know what? he happens to be a very good person. i think it's very sad what they have done to paul manafort. >> reporter: music to the ears of manafort's attorney. >> what is your reaction to the president today? >> i was very happy to hear from the president, and that he's supporting mr. manafort. >> reporter: prosecutors accuse manafort of masterminding two schemes. one to hide millions of dollars from the irs. the other to defraud banks into lending him millions more. they say he stashed more than $60 million in 31 offshore bank accounts, telling the jury, use your common sense. does it make sense that paul manafort had 31 overseas accounts and he forgot he had to report on day one of the deliberations, jurors asking judge t.s. ellis to explain what constitutes "reasonable doubt." and tonight, as they head home
for the weekend, president trump refusing to rule out a pardon. i don't talk about that now. >> i don't talk about that now. >> not ruling it out, and pierre thomas from alexandria, virginia, and now the judge revealing he is receiving threats? >> reporter: that's right. judge ellis says he has u.s. marshals protecting him because of those threats. he won't even go back to the hoe tole at night without security. he said he had no idea this case would incite such emotions. >> pierre thomas following the case all week long. thank you. now to the severe thunderstorm watch up as we're on the air tonight for a good part of the northeast. they are warning of damaging winds and lightning. new york city through boston, all watching this tonight. the system already bringing heavy rain, flooding interstate 43. that's from milwaukee right there, drivers in their cars stranded in both directions. strong winds strflipping over a small blane in tulsa. let's get right to our meteorologist, rob marciano. working double duty this friday night. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david.
we are seeing widespread coverage of strong thunderstorms inland, to the northeast and even to our west. it's shrouding the sunshine, and here's our radar. watch from 11:00 from pennsylvania through southern parts of new england, and a lot of these areas have seen twice the normal amount of rain for a month in the last round of rain, so saturated soil, could see more in the way of flooding and it could be through. not really tomorrow night, so another round coming through tomorrow afternoon, and it lingers to the south for more lingering storms through sunday, david. >> right through the weekend, and thanks to you. next tonight, authorities are revealing new and disturbing details about that case involving the pregnant mother and her two young daughters who went missing in colorado. tonight new reporting here about where police believe they have found the three bodies, and you will hear the interview with the father who just hours before, his confession was pleading for his wife to come home. abc's clayton sandell from colorado tonight.
>> reporter: these videos posted on facebook seeming to show chris watts as a devoted father. >> he reads me books. he ties my shoes. >> reporter: but investigators say his wife and children became his victims. they were found submerged in an oil tank. chris watts, emotionless in court saturday. stunning drama beginning monday around 2:00 a.m. when shanann watts returns from a business trip. he tells reporters he had a disagreement. >> we had an emotional conversation. i'll leave it at that, but it's -- i just want them back. >> reporter: he claims he leaves shanann, bella and celeste for work around 5:15 a.m. monday, but when shanann, who was pregnant, fails to show up for a doctor announcement, around 2:00 p.m. a concerned friend calls police. by tuesday at 1:00 p.m., chris
is on tv pleading for help. >> i need to see everybody. i need to see everybody again. this house is not complete without everybody here. >> reporter: former fbi agent brad garrett telling david trained agents would find him uncon victimsing. he looks down a couple of times and he talks in generalities. >> reporter: just after 11:0030 p.m. wednesday, watts is taken into custody and transported to jail. his story, changing to a confession. family members tell abc the couple was having marriage troubles, but whatever so shattered a seemingly idyllic family life, prosecutors are looking into. other details of the crime are hidden in sealed court documents and we hope to get a lot more on monday, when charges are filed and those documents become public. david? >> thanks. new this evening in that
stand your ground case in florida. the white man shooting and kill a black father in an argument over a parking spot. his son watching. they said it was stand your ground, and prosecutors said they would charge him. tonight, his not guilty plea, and the audio. the emergency calls from that parking lot for the first time. here's abc's >> i need help now! >> reporter: in the calls for help released tonight, you hear the voice of brittany jacobs, the girlfriend of the young man seen on this security camera taking a bullet from a stranger, and then running back into this clearwater, florida convenience store with a fatal wound. >> okay. where are you? >> i need help now. >> i'm outside the convenient store. i just need help. >> reporter: 28-year-old markeis mcglockton died, and 48-year-old michael drejka is in jail tonight. police originally declined to charge him saying he was covered by florida's stand your ground law. prosecutors now say drejka began
the trouble, arguing with jacobs on july 19, because she and her children were parked in a handicap spot while her boyfriend and their son were inside the store. when mcglockton comes out and sees the yelling, you see him push drejka to the ground. that's when drejka brings the gun in his pocket to the argument. >> i came outside and watched it happen. dude got shot point blank. >> reporter: police say this is at least the fourth time drejka has fought with strangers over parking spaces. >> out here he said he'll shoot called me [ bleep ] and stuff like that, so i mean, i think it's a racial issue. >> reporter: drejka is charged with manslaughter, not murder, and tonight he's officially pleading not guilty, david. >> steve, thank you. and now to the dramatic rescue in florida. we have reported here on this danger often, children trapped in hot cars. tonight here, newly released video of a 3-year-old girl found locked in a super heated car, slipping in and out of consciousness. she was saved, but as you are about to see, it had a profound impact on the deputy pulling her out. here's abc's whit johnson. >> reporter: tonight, newly released video showing a desperate race against time.
a florida deputy clinging to an unconscious 3-year-old girl, trapped in a hot car overnight for nearly 12 hours. >> can you talk to me? talk to me, sweetie. >> reporter: seminole county deputy bill dunn rushing the girl into his patrol car, immediately blasting the ac. >> sadly i didn't think she was alive when i got to her. i felt for a pulse and didn't feel a pulse. >> reporter: the deputy encouraging her -- >> you're okay. >> reporter: then signs of life. as he races to the e.r. >> she is in and out. very, very hot. >> reporter: the 3-year-old arriving at the hospital in critical condition. that deputy feeling overwhelming relief, collapsing on his car. >> my legs were a little weak. >> reporter: investigators say the mother is facing charges of child neglect. that little girl survived. days later, reuniting with deputy dunn. in another incident in atlanta this week, a 4-year-old boy was rescued from a day caravan after
honking the horn repeatedly, even taking off his shirt and shoes as he was overheating. and sadly tonight, we're just getting word of an infant who died in florida after being left in a hot car. david? >> all right, whit johnson. whit, thank you. there is also news tonight about tesla ceo elon musk, shares of the electric car company plunging nearly 90% today. they are concerned about his behavior and use of ambien to sleep, and calling it excruciating. and with the midterm elections fast approaching, president trump praising the economy saying it will help colleagues on election day. abc news launching their forecast model for november 6th. given the current data, giving democrats a 3 in 4 chance of winning control of the chance, and the gop 1 in 4 chance. it indicates democrats are most likely about to pick up 35 seats they say. they need to flip at least 23 to
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colleagues shared fond memories of fallen chp officer kirk griess, known to many as hollywood. >> when he took off his helmet, you couldn't tell, his hair was still perfect. >> you have that light in the office, you have that officer that's so positive, always had something to bring you up and cheer you up. that's why -- that's him. >> reporter: the former u.s. marine turned chp officer reflected his commitment to serve. one of his daughters following in his footsteps, about to finish the police academy. >> now i have 25 days before i graduate, if he were here, he'd hold my face and tell me to finish. >> reporter: he was conducting a traffic stop a week ago, a civilian was also killed in the crash. the suspect was driving reckless and was distracted by his phone. a tragic loss the family hopes turns to a teachable moment. >> to kirk's