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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. president trump's longtime personal fixer and lawyer michael cohen. new filings in court just in tonight. prosecutors in one case saying he committed several federal crimes motivated by personal greed. they're recommending years in prison. also just in, a new filing from robert mueller. what he's now saying about michael cohen and prison time as well. also breaking news on paul manafort, coming in now. also tonight, the dangerous storm system barreling east. conditionsn dangerous togh takaces oemergency clared thrkettdoi ict ju iofourotesters at that white nationalist rally in
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charlottesville, killing a young woman. was it panic, or was it deliberate? what the jury just decided. the manhunt at this hour. an inmate escaping in shackles, stealing a prison van. authorities warning he's armed and dangerous. the oscar shake-up. actor and comedian kevin hart is out as host after the academy tells him to apologize for comments he made in the past. tonight, what he said, and how he's responding now. the porch pirate. a young girl seen stealing a package. investigators want to know who put their little girl up to this. and the major recall this friday night involving common drugs for your heart and blood pressure. good evening. it's great to have you here on a busy friday night. several developing headlines as we come on the air. we begin with the president tonight, and his longtime lawyer and personal fixer, michael cohen. two major filings just a short
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time ago. prosecutors urging a judge to sentence cohen to substantial prison time, 42 months in prison recommended, saying he committed crimes motivated by personal greed. this case, in the southern district of new york. at the same time, another filing involving cohen, this one from robert mueller's team. cohen was interviewed for 70 hours by that team, and they're saying the information cohen provided has been credible and consistent with other evidence obtained. but they remain silent when it comes to any prison recommendation. so, federal prison looks likely. president trump reacting. pierre thomas leads us off. >> reporter: michael cohen, leaving his home today, after imploring prosecutors not to put him behind bars. they did not buy it. tonight, the u.s. attorney in
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new york denouncing cohen's "extensive, deliberate, and serious criminal conduct," saying he "sought to influence the election from the shadows," "motivated by personal greed and ambition." the sentencing recommendation, a "substantial prison term." cohen, president trump's former personal attorney and fixer, pleaded guilty to crimes including tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions. he admitted facilitating hush payments to porn star stormy daniels and "playboy" playmate karen mcdougal to cover up their alleged affairs with candidate donald trump, the man he once said he'd take a bullet for. >> i'm obviously very loyal and very dedicated to mr. trump. >> reporter: but under fire, cohen turned on his old boss, telling prosecutors trump ordered the hush money payments himself. he then sat down for more than 70 hourssel robert m. he sd he was motivated bof famil but the u. attorney dn't buy that either, writing tonight, "any suggestion by cohen that his meetings with law enforcement reflect a selfless
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and unprompted about-face are overstated." that his "consciousness of wrongdoing is fleeting. his remorse is minimal, and his instinct to blame others is strong." for his part, mueller submitted his own court filing tonight. he and cohen struck a deal, with cohen pleading guilty to a separate charge of lying to congress about the president's business dealings with russia during the campaign. mueller did not make a sentencing recommendation, but told the court that cohen has "gone to significant lengths to assist the special counsel," providing "useful information concerning russia-related matters core to its investigation." according to documents, cohen provided investigators new details about russian efforts to contact the trump campaign during the election. they say the information was credible, and consistent with other evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation. >> let's get to pierre live from washington. robert mueller, also filing new documents in the case of paul manafort. mueller cancelled manafort's
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plea agreement, saying he had lied to investigators. tonight, the special counsel explaining some of those accusations? >> reporter: that's right. we have a new court filing, mueller accusing manafort of lying about his contacts with a russian national suspected of ties to russian intelligence. and mueller claims that manafort lied about contacts with officials in the trump administration as recently as this year. david? >> pierre, thank you. one more question on this tonight. let's get to dan abrams. when it comes to michael cohen, there are two cases. one in the southern district of new york, and the other case, the russia investigation. it was the prosecutors in new york urging 42 months in federal prison. robert mueller not getting in the way of this. not recommending any less. >> right, the southern district of new york is talking about campaign finance violations and tax evasion.
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robert mueller is saying he's been helpful, but we're not asking for any additional leniency in connection with that other case. we're okay if he serves his time for us at the same time, but we're not asking for anything below four to five years. >> so, bottom line, a significant amount of federal prison time could be very likely. >> yes, very likely. >> dan, thank you. president trump has been furious michael cohen flipped, essentially cooperating with mueller in the end. tonight, the president tweeting, totally clears the president. thank you. jon karl on the president, who has been taking aim at mueller all day, knowing this was coming. >> reporter: bracing for the special counsel's court filings tonight, president trump launched a series of twitter attacks on robert mueller. and he declared, we will be doing a major counter report to the mueller report. this should never again be allowed to happen to a future president of the united states!
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already 87 pages done, he tweeted. all this, as the increasingly embattled president took fire from the secretary of state he fired. rex tillerson, offering up a harsh assessment of the president he served. >> he is a challenging individual. a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot of things. >> reporter: tillerson saying he needed to remind the president to obey the law. >> we did not have a common value system. when the president would say, here's what i want to do, and here's how i want to do it, and i'd have to say to him, well, mr. president, i understand what you want to do, but you can't do it that way. it violates the law. >> reporter: after tillerson's words today, the president tweeted, tillerson didn't have the mental capacity needed. he was dumb as a rock. he was lazy as hell. >> jon karl with us live tonight
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from the white house. president trump today announcing his nominee for attorney general, who would replace jeff sessions. and could eventually oversee the russia investigation. you have news on that. and more on the tweet from the president, saying it totally clears me, thank you. what does he mean by that? >> reporter: well, there's nothing in these filings, david, that clears the president. so, it's unclear why he's claiming that. nothing in any of these filings says anything that would suggest totally clearing the president. regarding his pick for attorney general, an experienced washington hand, william barr. he served as attorney general for the elder george bush many years ago. >> jon, thank you. and tonight, after turmoil all week on wall street, the dow losing more than 500 points at the close. falling 558 points, and more than 1,000 for the week. fueling new concern today, the
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jobs report. 155,000 new jobs in november, but that was slightly lower than expected. and, of course, the ongoing trade tensions with china. rebecca jarvis, on wall street tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an ugly end to a wild week on wall street. the dow, down nearly 560 points today. more than 4% lower for the week. the worst start to december since 2008. at issue, fears the u.s. economy could be facing a slowdown next year. and worries a prolonged tariff fight with china will harm american businesses and consumers. >> we'll be discussing trade. >> reporter: coming out of president trump's meeting with china's president xi at the g-20 summit, initial optimism over that 90-day tariff truce giving way to uncerta the pr but also that his team is working to see if a deal is actually possible. >> we are one tweet away from the market going up 1,000 points or down 1,000 points.
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>> reporter: for the typical 401(k), the year's earlier gains, now wiped out. if you started 2018 with a $10,000 nest egg in stocks, today you'd have about $150 less. >> rebecca, these wild swings could eventually impact just about everyone, right? even if you're not following a 401(k)? >> reporter: that's right. think about it like this. these wild swings impact consumer confidence, how we spend our money. which has a ripple effect on the economy and jobs. even if you don't have a penny invested in stocks right now, it still hits your bottom line in the long run. >> rebecca, thank you. we turn next to the dangerous storm system barreling east. weathea.ofencylain the system already unleashing g. rescue of two people oat disabled by the storm. this evening, airlines are
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offering waivers already. amtrak offering changes. let's get to rob marciano, tracking it all. several states will be affected this weekend. >> reporter: absolutely. you saw what it did to california and now it's moving to the eastern cold air. and the flood threat in texas is for real. the flood watch up for there and louisiana. and winter storm warnings posted for north carolina. heavy rain across houston. and austin, san antonio, 3 to 5 inches overnight. it should move out quickly, but i think we'll see some flooding. down i-10 tomorrow through new orleans, and pensacola, south of atlanta. owcosee 2 inches just ide ryo next to the breaking news from charlottesville, virginia. there is a verdict in the trial of a man who drove his car into counter protesters. killing a young woman. erielle reshef with the verdict. >> reporter: tonight, that guilty verdict for the man who
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plowed his car into a crowd at a unite the right rally in charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring nearly three dozen. james fields, convicted of first degree murder in the death of 32-year-old heather heyer. fields seen here in 2017 speeding through that group of people and then erratically backing up. a state jury rejecting arguments by fields' attorneys that the 21-year-old acted in self-defense. quote, "scared to death" by the violent protests. a far different picture painted by the prosecution, pointing to images of fields marching with vanguard america, a known white supremacist group. >> white sharia now! white sharia now! >> reporter: chanting a message of white power just before that fatal ramming. david, jurors also convicted fields on several other charges. he faces up to life in prison. he is due to be sentenced monday. >> erielle, thank you. and next to the inmate
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getting away from a prison van, jumping into the van with the motor running, driving away in handcuffs. ramming another policear getting away. officials say there was a firearm in the van. and he should be considered armed and dangerous. today, his fiancee is pleading for him to turn himself in. a heartbreaking new revelation about the massacre in thousand oaks, california. just last month, 12 people were killed, including officer ron helus. we've now learned the attacker shot him five times, but it was a friendly fire bullet from another officer that ended up piercing his heart and ending his life. we're going to turn next to the investigation into possible ballot fraud in north carolina. tonight, the board of elections has named mccrae dowless as a person of interest in an absentee ballot and voter turnout operation that has called the results of one election into question tonight. and steve osunsami tracking him down, the man at the center of
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this operation. what he says. >> reporter: he's in deep trouble, and we found him tonight in rural north carolina. >> i have no comment. >> reporter: mccrae dowless, the hired political hand accused of forging hundreds of absentee ballots to help republicans win the ninth congressional seat. what do you say to people who say you rigged the election? >> no comment. >> reporter: so, you refute any allegations that you rigged the election? >> contact my attorney. >> reporter: state investigators are now calling him a person of interest, and point to these signatures showing he turned in more 500 absentee ballots from rural bladen county. people he signed for are now concerned he may have changed their vote. cheryl kinlaw is one of the people he hired to collect the ballots. >> i feel bad now that i know that it wasn't legal, but i didn't know at the time. >> reporter: less than 1,000 votes decided the election. and the only county where mail-in ballots went for the republican was this one. >> thank god for bladen and union counties.
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>> reporter: on election night, it seemed republican pastor mark harris had defeated democrat dan mccready. but now mccready, a marine corps veteran, is withdrawing his concession. >> i didn't serve overseas in the marine corps just to come back home and watch politicians and career criminals attack our democracy. >> reporter: tonight, harris, who has been subpoenaed by investigators, is breaking his silence. >> although i was absolutely unaware of any wrongdoing, that will not prevent me from cooperating with this investigation. >> reporter: the republican says he would support a new election if the fraud is real enough to change the results. election officials say they may need a new one. a former fbi agent is heading up the investigation. david? >> steve, thank you. and from hawaii, a ceremony to mark the 77th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. the ceremony honoring the 2,400 american service members who were lost that day. about 20 survivors of the attack were there. some of the heroes of the greatest generation. there is still much more
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ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the major recall involving common drugs for your heart and blood pressure. and the mystery involving a missing armored truck driver and missing cash. a lot of it. is he a victim or the suspect? and kevin hart out as host of the oscars, after the academy asks him to apologize for things said in the past. what he said before, and what he's saying about it now. and you saw the images coming back from mars after the new landing. tonit, for the first time, you'll hear what it sounds like on the red planet. we'll play it for you, when we we'll play it for you, when we continue. ♪ you... keep doing you. we'll take care of medicare part d. by helping you save up to five dollars on each prescription, and with free one-on-one pharmacy support, we've filled over 2 billion prescriptions and counting.
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overnight, the comedian took to twitter, writing, "i have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's oscars. this is because i do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing, talented artists." hart's resignation as oscar host comes after critics called out his past homophobic sentiments. >> if i can prevent my son from being gay, i will. >> reporter: hart first responded to the backlash on instagram. >> if you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve, as they get older, i don't know what to tell you. >> reporter: his defiance then fanned the flames, with some calling for the academy to ax hart as host of the awards on abc. hart took to instagram again. >> so, i just got a call from the academy and that call basically said, kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we'll have to move on and find another host. i chose to pass on that apology. >> after initially saying he had already addressed the comments, he apologized for his
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insensitive words from his past. david? >> linsey, thank you. when we come back, the recall for drugs for the heart and blood pressure. we'll go down the list. and we reported on porch pirates this christmas. who put this little girl up to this? investigators putting the image out tonight. and what does it sound like on mars? you're about to hear it tonight. we'll be right back. save up to 10% when you bundle with esurance. including me, esurance spokesperson dennis quaid. he's a pretty good spokesperson. ehhh. so when i say, "drivers who switched from geico to esurance saved an average of $412," you probably won't believe me. hey, actor lady whose scene was cut. hi. but you can believe this esurance employee, ncy abra no emails... no emails. when insurance is affordable, it's surprisingly painless.
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and running with 41. code name timberwolf. just five years ago, when the son of one of his agents was diagnosed with leukemia, the detail shaved their heads in support. the former president did, too. he lost his own daughter when 3 to the same disease. and tonight, the secret service tweeting this image. his final resting place, between barbara and daughter robin. and the secret service writing, timberwolf's detail concluded at 0600 with no incidents to report at the george bush presidential library, college station, texas. godspeed, former president george h.w. bush. you will be missed by all of us. and so we choose the men and women of the secret service for protecting 41. i'm david muir. "abc 7 news" is committed to building a better bay area. when it comes to the big issue of affordable housing, the solution might be to think small. >> police department.
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watch what happened one october night when santa clara police responded to the home of rubin foster on a domestic incident call, something the team says they didn't know about until a month later. tonight, we're live in oakland for the return of first fridays. see what changed to keep the community event safe. live where you live, this is "abc 7 news." we know it is the biggest challenge of our time, so we need to look at every possibility. >> risingohe challenge to come up with ways to keep the city from losing the affordable housing battle while ensuring that folks are not evicted from their homes. good evening, thank you for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. "abc 7 news" is committed to building a better bay area so we're looking at the big issues and what could help make them better. >> you know, issues don't get bigger than housing and san francisco continues to lose affordable housing almost as quickly as it builds it. >> the city keeps track of how many new units are market rate
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and how many are earmark for low income tenants, but for every two new affordable housing units the city loses one existing housing unit. >> that's according to a housing balance report to be discussed at city hall on monday. "abc 7 news" reporter lyanne melendez is in the newsroom with what the city thinks the solution should be. >> you and i know the city forced developers to build mixed use housing, still there's a huge demand for affordable housing. now city hall is thinking maybe we should rely less on the developers and put more resources into public ownership. building more affordable housing has long been a goal of the city, but the battle to keep people here has been more challenging than anyone predicted. >> we have people living there 44 years in


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