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tonight, president trump fuming. his new demand onboard air force one, telling his attorney general jeff sessions to hunt down the author of that anonymous op-ed in "the new york times," the enemy within the trump administration, and as he was talking, so was a former president. president obama and the rare move breaking precedent and attacking president trump. also this friday night, the potential major hurricane headed for the east coast. tonight, the new track just in as tropical storm florence now grows closer. multiple pathways where this could hit and when. the chilling new video just out tonight. the gunman walking into that office building taking aim. you can then see the officers shooting from outside the building right through the glass, trying to get the gunman. the fire.
trapping drivers on thor and state. some forced to jump from their cars and tonight, hundreds of families forced to evacuate. the lines of cars and trucks unable to move. our team reporting in from the scene. the breaking headline tonight. an arrest warrant coming for a police officer. authorities say she walked into the wrong apartment thinking it was hers, shooting and killing her neighbor. the tv anchor who read a story about her own daughter. why she decided to do it. heartbreaking moment right here. and together, they were movie magic. sally field, and what she is now saying tonight about burt reynolds who long ago said she was the one who got away. good evening, and it is great to have you here with us on a friday night, and we are watching the potential hurricane, the east coast, the possible track. but first, the other storm. only growing in washington tonight, unleashed by that anonymous letter and this evening, president trump while on air force one making it clear what he wants done. he wants his attorney general
to find the author, whoever that senior administration official is, and he wants them turned over. and as the president was unleashing on air force one, something we have not seen yet. former president obama breaking precedent and taking aim at president trump by name. it was a rare moment, and all of it playing out at once. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: enraged at the idea of an enemy within his own administration, president trump declared today that attorney general jeff sessions should launch an investigation into "the new york times" essay written by an unnamed senior official. >> jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was because i really believe it's national security. >> and is there an action that should be taken against "the new york times" for publishing it? >> well we're going to see. i'm looking at that right now. >> reporter: the essay described a, quote, quiet resistance of unsung heroes in the trump administration working to frustrate parts of the president's agenda and his worst inclinations.
>> an anonymous -- really an anonymous, gutless coward. he just -- look. he was -- nobody knows who the hell he is, or she, though they put he, but probably that is a disguise, that means it's she. >> reporter: abc news has learned aides close to the president have compiled a list of about a dozen suspects on the president's team. one trump ally, senator rand paul, has even suggested lie detector tests for senior officials. >> is it subversion, is it treason? it's a horrible thing. >> reporter: the memo echoes the theme of bob woodward's new book that senior officials are trying to protect the country from the president they serve. woodward describes former top economic adviser gary cohn swiping a document off the president's desk so he wouldn't sign it, quoting cohn explaining, "got to protect the country." >> did gary cohn actually take a memo off your desk and is he a traitor? >> no, he never took a memo off my desk. >> how did woodward get it? >> gary cohn, if he ever took
a memo off my desk, i would have fired him in two seconds. if he did that, i'd never speak to him again. i'd never speak to him again. >> reporter: all of this raises a fundamental question. can the president trust his own top advisers? >> do you trust the people that are around you? >> i do, i do, i do, but what i do is now i look around the room and i say, hey -- if i don't know somebody -- let me just tell you this. we have a really well-run, smooth-running white house. >> reporter: in fact, the president says nobody's done a better job than he has. still, at a rally in montana, he told supporters he could be impeached if democrats win control of congress. >> if it does happen it is your fault because you did not go out and vote. you didn't go out to vote. you didn't go out to vote. that's the only way it could happen. >> jon karl with us live tonight inside that white house briefing room there.
president trump as you reported is calling on the justice department to investigate that letter in "the new york times." is there anything illegal about what the author did, and what can the justice department do here? >> reporter: there certainly doesn't seem to be any classified information in there, so it's unclear what law could possibly have been broken. we have asked the justice department if they are actually investigating. they said simply the department does not confirm or deny investigations. and "the new york times" responded with a statement, harshly worded statement saying, we are confident the department of justice understands that the first amendment protects all american citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power by launching such an investigation, david. >> jon karl with us all week long. jon, thank you. as i mentioned at the top there, former president obama who has largely stayed out of the spotlight since the election, took the very rare step today breaking precedent and taking aim at a sitting president, talking about the, quote, crazy stuff coming out of this white house. here's abc's senior national correspondent, terry moran tonight. >> reporter: it was an extraordinary break from
tradition. a former president lashing out at his successor. barack obama denouncing the politics of bigotry and division and blaming donald trump by name. >> it did not start with donald trump. he's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years. >> reporter: obama summoned the ghosts of charlottesville. [ chanting ] president trump said there were very fine people on both sides. obama argued that bedrock american values require a lot more than that. >> and we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to nazi sympathizers. [ applause ] how hard can that be? saying that nazis are bad? >> reporter: the former president also invoked the so-called quiet resistance within the trump administration. >> the claim that everything will turn out okay because there are people inside the white house who secretly aren't following the president's
orders -- that's not how our democracy is supposed to work. these people aren't elected. they're not accountable. they're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90% of the crazy stuff that's coming out of this white house and then saying, don't worry. we're preventing the other 10%. >> reporter: one hour later, a withering review from president trump, going after obama, something he has done from the start of his presidency. >> i watched it, but i fell asleep. i found he's very good -- very good for sleeping. >> all right. terry moran joins us tonight from our washington bureau. former president barack obama has kept a low profile since leaving office. today's speech changes all of that. i gather we'll see more of this as the midterms approach? >> reporter: across the country, beginning tomorrow in california. the country will have the spectacle, unprecedented of two presidents barnstorming the country, campaigning in midterm
elections. david? >> the times we're in. terry moran tonight. terry, thank you. we turn next tonight to that potential major hurricane headed for the east coast. dangerous rip currents and high surf already being reported. the so-called spaghetti models showing florence right there and its possible path up and down the east coast, and, in fact, it's one of four tropical systems brewing in the atlantic tonight. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all. we are in peak hurricane season right now. >> indeed, and those computer lines you just shows, they're a lot more jam-packed hidden in the u.s., so there is reason to be concerned. even though florence is over 1,500 miles away, the weakening phase is over. we expect it to become a hurricane over the weekend, and maybe a category 3 or 4 by thursday or wednesday. problem is, blue waves forcing potential tracks to the south, and our more reliable models are pointing this towards the carolinas. meanwhile as you mentioned, there are two depressions and another wave closer to home. this is the peak of hurricane season, and folks who live on the coast should prepare and
plan for anyone who could get potentially hit. >> water and supplies ahead of time. rob, thank you. from cincinnati tonight, the new stunning video tonight out this evening of the gunman who walked into that downtown office building. the moment he takes aim. the surveillance video also showing the gunman walking calmly through that lobby firing straight ahead. police bodycam then shows the officers from the outside shooting through the windows to try to get to the gunman. authorities say this all shows it could have been much worse, and here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, our first look at those chilling moments of panic in cincinnati. surveillance video capturing the gunman, identified as 29-year-old omar perez, entering the lobby about 9:06 a.m. and randomly shooting people. horrified, unarmed security guards help move people to hiding places. 55 seconds after those first shots, calls to 911 start streaming in. >> we saw someone that looked like they had a gun. we're hearing what sounded kind of like gunshots. >> reporter: 3 1/2 minutes later, officers on the scene,
following the sound of gunfire. >> shots! shots! >> reporter: outside, officers zero in on the gunman through the window. in a split second, they move in, firing through the glass killing the suspect. >> i got him covered. i'm with you. i'm with you. >> if he had been there a little bit earlier or longer, many, many more people would have been killed. >> reporter: the gunman who police say legally bought his gun, killed three people. court records indicate he had mental health issues. david, two victims remain hospitalized, including one woman who was shot 12 times. miraculously, authorities say she is in stable condition. david? >> that is good news, alex thank you. in the west tonight, the drivers on the interstate that was suddenly engulfed in flames. that fire growing tonight. that major highway still shut down. trucks and cars at a standstill. flames on both sides of i-5 between california and oregon. trapping drivers in their vehicles, some of them jumping out to get away from the fires and you can see here the lines of cars and trucks unable to turn around or go back.
abc's will carr right there on the fire lines in northern california for us. >> reporter: david, tonight crews are fighting fire with fire. they have started this back burn. you can see and hear those flames eating through the bone-dry brush. the crews trying to use their flames here to cut off the fire's path. you can see the flames still running along i-5 here. this is shut down for more than 45 miles. flames are running on both sides. it's still a very volatile situation heading into the weekend. david. >> will carr on the scene again for us tonight. thank you, will. we turn next to the breaking headlines out of dallas at this hour. a police officer now facing an arrest warrant. authorities say she walked into an apartment thinking it was her own, and then shot and killed her neighbor. there are disturbing questions tonight about how this could happen, and abc's marcus moore from dallas. >> reporter: police in dallas tonight investigating a puzzling death inside this apartment building after a man was killed by one of their own.
>> standing by at 1210 south lamar gunshot wound. >> reporter: it happened late thursday. an off-duty female police officer calling 911, telling authorities after returning home from her shift, she walked into an apartment she thought was hers and fatally shot the man who lived there, 26-year-old botham jean. >> there are more questions than we have answers. >> reporter: dallas police chief rene hall revealing little about if the two knew each other beforehand or if the doors were even locked, saying her department is filing an arrest warrant for the unidentified officer. >> that warrant is for manslaughter. >> reporter: the off-duty officer was still in uniform during the incident. tonight, the family of jean who served as a youth pastor demanding answers, including a mother on her way to bury her son. >> she could never give me my son back. so just speak the truth. >> reporter: and david, jean's mother also said she approved of her son's apartment because she thought it was secure, and in a safe area just a block from the police station. david? >> marcus, thank you. next tonight, the sentencing
this evening of a member of president trump's campaign team, in the special counsel to russia investigation. george papadopoulos, a trump campaign adviser has now been sentenced. tonight we are also hearing from president trump who is now distancing himself from that former adviser. here's abc's chief justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> reporter: former trump campaign adviser, george papadopoulos today making his way to court to learn his fate. >> congratulations. you'll look great in orange. >> reporter: his wife by his side. she had pleaded with the president for a pardon. >> i trust and hope and ask to president trump to pardon him. >> reporter: inside a federal judge handing down the sentence. 14 days in prison, a year of supervised release, and 200 hours of community service. papadopoulos telling the court, i made a dreadful mistake, for which he was ashamed. he was part of the trump campaign's foreign policy team. seen here in that infamous photo with jeff sessions and four seats from the candidate who praised him during the campaign. >> george papadopoulos, he's an
oil and energy consultant, excellent guy. >> reporter: but just hours before today's sentencing the president saying he didn't remember him. >> i don't know papadopoulos. i
don't know him. i saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me. that's the only thing i know about him. i don't know him, but they got him on, i guess, a couple of lies is what they are saying. >> reporter: papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with a professor who claimed the russians had obtained thousands of hacked e-mails from hillary clinton. the fbi suspects the professor of being an operative for the russian government. his attorney just told me outside the courthouse papadopoulos can't recall who, if anyone, he told about those hacked e-mails, but we believe that this is something that robert mueller is pursuing, david. >> pierre thomas with us on a friday night. thank you, pierre. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the tv anchor who found herself reading a story about her own daughter. why she decided to do it. the heartbreaking moment just ahead. also news tonight about tesla ceo elon musk. the moment he smokes marijuana
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my talented, smart and beautiful daughter, emily. >> reporter: the news anchor at south dakota's kelo-tv going public with her personal plea in the belief that her daughter's death might help abolish the stigma of opioid addiction. >> my only hope in the face of such devastating loss is that emily's story, my family's personal tragedy, can be a catalyst for change. if 72,000 people were dying from any other cause, we would be uniting to end the suffering of so many families, so many mothers. >> reporter: that veteran news anchor has set up a fund in her daughter's name to make treatment more accessible and affordable for everyone. emily died just three days before she was scheduled to be checked into a treatment center, david. >> we're thinking about angela and her daughter and the whole family tonight. thank you, linsey. when we come back, the "20/20" exclusive. the woman held captive in a shipping container in a backyard for nine months, forced to wear a shock collar. how she escaped. and then that cruise ship stranded off the east coast
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>> reporter: they never did get married, even though there was a real life romance, a relationship that would last nearly five years. >> i just go from place to place and do what i do best. >> what's that? >> show off. >> yeah. you do do that well. >> reporter: they would go on to star in three more films together, and decades later and after many other loves, burt reynolds in an interview with "vanity fair" in 2015 would call sally field, the love of my life. just three years ago saying, i miss her terribly. even now it's hard on me. he went on to say, i don't know why i was so stupid. men are like that, you know. and sally field now sharing this tonight. there are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. they stay alive even 40 years later. my years with burt never leave my mind.
he will be in my history and my heart for as long as i live. rest, buddy. >> take your hat off, if you want to. ♪ they call you the bandit ♪ they call you the bandit ♪ >> hard to beat that chemistry, on screen and off. thank you for watching here all this week. i hope to see you later tonight for "20/20" and of course, right back here on monday. i'm david muir. good night. i'm david muir. good night. we have a trial date for the ghost ship warehouse fire.
two defendants are charged, but their lawyers say they're not the only ones responsible, and they'll use the trial to prove it. tesla in turmoil. people are moving out. others are moving up, and everyone wants to talk what the ceo was seen smoking. and didn't think there was anything left of the old bay bridge to blow up? well, there is, and it will be gone within 24 hours. >> live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> people who are, you know, creating an environment that is not healthy for other people i think cannot be forgiven for that. >> have the vision and quirkiness of tesla's founder finally crossed the line? what's more, what could his antics cost his company? good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze in for ama daetz. it's been a tumultuous 24 hours for tesla. most recently we learned of the
promotion of several staff members to positions. >> the head of human resources has announced departure. the changes are all overshadowed by the ceo, elon musk. >> he was smoking marijuana last night while being interviewed on the joe rogan experience, a podcast shown on youtube. >> we can't show you the entire exchange, only a portion. it's important to see the context here. the host is the one who lights up. >> i mean, it's legal, right? >> totally legal. >> okay. >> how does that work? do people get upset at you if you do certain things? >> musk takes a puff before handing it back. some call tesla's found area visionary. others are less favorable. >> let's go live to david louie at a tesla charging station in san jose with a look at what else the company is dealing with tonight. david? >> well, dan and kristen, this big management shake-up announced just a few hours ago. we don't know whether it was timed in order to divert attention away