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tonight, the president walks out. the high stakes meeting in the situation room lasting just minutes late today. what was said in that room. what we've learned tonight. the shutdown reaching day 19, hundreds of thousands of american workers will not get their paychecks. the violent arrest here in new york city. the mayor breaking his silence. tonight, the investigation. what led to this moment? the urgent manhunt, the armored car guard who disappeared, and so did $850,000. police tonight washing he is armed and dangerous, and where this happened. aor stot hit with a er winter storm? rob has the new track. the man who has been overseeing the mueller investigation is now on the way out. rod rosenstein planning to leave. today, our correspondent asking the president's new pick for a.g., will he protect the
mueller probe? what he said. new developments tonight involving r. kelly, after that docuseries and the disturbing allegations. authorities visiting his recording studio. the woman seen on surveillance, at first, police were told she stole the car and the baby inside. but tonight, what police are now saying about the baby's father, the woman getting into that car and this question -- where is the baby? the divorce making news. he's worth a reported $137 billion, and now jeff bezos is getting divorced. his own message tonight about it all. and the man charged with stealing his roommate's scratchoff ticket worth $10 million. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. we are going to begin with that clash at the white house late today. the president addressing the nation last night from the oval office, making the case for his border wall and a $5.7 billion
in u.s. taxpayer money he wants for it. he had said mexico would pay for it. but late today, after his trip to capitol hill, a meeting in the situation room of the white house. when nancy pelosi said no money for the wall, he said bye-bye, got up and left. the meeting lasting just 14 minutes. all of this with the shutdown now reaching day 19, and 800,000 workers will not get paid this week. and the president telling our jonathan karl the vast majority of those workers are on his side. >> reporter: total breakdown. democrats emerged from the white house tonight saying president trump demanded money for the border wall and stormed out when they wouldn't agree. >> it's cold out here, and the temperature wasn't much warmer in the situation room. our meeting did not last long. in a matter of hours, or just a few days, many people, federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks and what that means in their lives is tragic in terms of their credit rating,
paying their mortgage, paying their rent. the president seems to be insensitive to that. he thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money, but they can't. >> he asked speaker pelosi, will you agree to my wall? she said no, and he just got up and said, then we have nothing to discuss, and he just walked out. again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way and he just walked out of the meeting. >> reporter: all told, the meeting lasted just 14 minutes. >> well, the president walked into the room and passed out candy. it's true. >> he never raised his voice. >> i don't -- i don't recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand. >> reporter: earlier, we asked the president about the 800,000 federal workers caught in the crossfire. mr. president, what do you say to those federal workers, security guards, secret service agents, tsa agents who are now going without pay? >> i think they have been terrific. these are terrific patriots. a lot of them agree with what i'm doing.
>> reporter: but these people have to go without their paychecks. some are being forced to work without pay. some have been furloughed. these are -- >> they're all going to get their money and i think they're going to be happy. >> reporter: not everybody will get their back pay. thousands of workers on government contracts could be out of luck. and tonight, several republican senators, including alaska's lisa murkowsi, say the president should sign bills to open parts of the government not related to border security. so why not sign the other bills so some of these workers can get paid? >> do you think i should do that? no, no, do you -- you think i should do that, jon? >> reporter: it's not for me to say that. >> i've watched your one-sided reporting. do you think i should do that? hey, jon -- no, seriously, jon, do you think i should just sign? >> reporter: well, the argument is -- >> no. no, tell me. tell me. >> reporter: you can sign these bills that have nothing to do with border security. >> jon, do you think i should just sign? >> reporter: i'm saying that if you sign that, these workers can start getting paid. the government can start -- >> so you would do that, if you were in my position, you would do that? >> reporter: i'm not in your position. i'm asking you if that's something you would do. >> i'm asking you, would you do that if you were in my position?
>> reporter: i -- >> because if you would do that, you should never be in this position, because you'd never get anything done. >> all right, jon karl, we're glad you're in your position at the white house tonight. and jon, speaker pelosi, they she said democrats are for border security, but the preside president wants the wall that he promised during the campaign, and democrats saying today, yet again, that he's not going to get it. >> reporter: and you have a breakdown in talks. ou have a total state mate. considering a national emergency. he said what would trigger a decision to declare a national emergency, he said, if he could not get a deal. now, a deal seems to be as far away as it ever has been. i just asked a senior white house official who said there is still no decision on doing that yet. david? >> and we cannot forget the hundreds of thousands of workers who won't get paid this week.
jon karl, thank you. we are going to turn now to a dramatic police takedown on a new york city street. witnesses say two men lunged at police officers. those officers striking those men. the two men fighting back. then undercover officers suddenly appear and it becomes an all-out brawl. the mayor calling the incident tonight troubling. abc's whit johnson with what set this off. >> back up. let's go! >> reporter: tonight, this violent arrest prompting an nypd investigation. officers hitting two suspects repeatedly with batons. the wild melee in the middle of an intersection. watch as one of the suspects actually chases after an officer. several more officers in plain cloths rushing to assist, taking the man down. an officer cracking his baton on the suspect's head. then, more baton strikes while the man is on the ground. a witness who shot this video says the officers were defending themselves. >> two of them actually lunged at one of the officers.
he went for a tackle. >> reporter: police telling abc news that before the video began, the men were harassing commuters on the stairs of a subway station. they say 36-year-old aaron griessom took a swing at one of the officers, and that 37-year-old sydney williams attacked when the other officer stepped in. and tonight, video surfacing of grissom appearing to threaten police. >> keep [ bleep ] me, police, i'm going to show you what it is. these hands, these hands work. >> whit johnson with us live tonight. and while the mayor called the images troubling, you're learning that the two suspects do have lengthy criminal histories? >> reporter: david, that's right. police say both men have been arrested multiple times before, including several alleged incidents of assaulting officers. david? >> whit johnson with us live tonight. whit, thank you. we turn next here to the nationwide manhunt at this hour for a suspect in an armored car robbery in louisville, kentucky. he's the guard for the truck.
he's now missing and so is $850,000 in cash. and they warn tonight, he's armed and dangerous. here's abc's steve osunsami now. >> reporter: the fbi tonight says that what happened in an armored truck outside this louisville shopping mall was an inside job, and they've named the driver one of their most wanted. 29-year-old mark espinosa went missing last month while his partner was inside jefferson mall moving cash. when espinosa disappeared, about $850,000 disappeared with him. the money was sitting in the truck. in radio calls from police, you hear them explain that the truck with still running. >> truck running, along with a weapon in the vehicle. >> reporter: investigators now suspect that espinosa left his weapons in the truck so he could get past airport security and fly away with the bags of cash. >> at this time, we believe mark espinosa has taken steps to plan out this theft and has taken steps to cover up his planning. >> reporter: they believe he's somewhere across the country, counting the money.
pino should dered eful informata ard and vi >> steve osunsami with us again tonight. next this evening, to the winter weather alerts from west virginia all the way up to maine. lake effect snow already across the northeast and all the west bring storms to the east this weekend. a driver skidding on an icy road in auburn, maine, slamming into that house there. heavy snow in watertown, new york. cars landing on the side of the road. and that system on the move, i mentioned. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all tonight. rob? >> reporter: hi, david. the winds still ripping here in the northeast. across those unfrozen lakes. as you mentioned, the lake effect snow machine is cranking. winter storm warnings are posted all up and down the lakes, into the mountains of the west virginia area. look at the wind chills in chicago. 7. feels like 12 in detroit. next stop up, hitting california now. that gifts into texas and the plains on friday. mostly rain there. look at snows int. louis,
cincinnati. saturday afternoon in d.c., and it lasts through the weekend. still early for details, but it's likely to be a significant winter storm this weekend. david? >> all right, we'll be tracking it. rob, great to have you back. next tonight, there are new developments involving r. kelly, after millions watched the dock ewe series "surviving r. kelly" that included disturbing claims. prosecutors are now urging alleged victims to come forward. tonight, what they've revealed, as police paid a visit to his recording studio last night. here's abc's linsey davis again tonight. >> reporter: a rally tonight outside r. kelly's recording studio in chicago, on the heels of a visit by police. authorities found the studio vacant. this, as new calls are coming into law enforcement, after an illinois prosecutor asked for alleged victims of the singer to come forward. >> we don't have the ability to deal in rumor and innuendo. we have to deal with facts and evidence. >> reporter: all triggered by lifetime's explosive dock ewe series, "surviving r. kelly,"
which included interviews with several women, including some who claim to have had sex with kelly when they were teens. angelo clary says his daughter got involved with kelly at age 17, and claim she's being held against her will by kelly. kelly's lawyers tell abc news the claims in the series are nothing, and that if mr. kelly had done anything wrong, you would expect to hear facts, not the pitch fork posse, as for the investigations, they will find nothing, because he has done nothing wrong. today in r. kelly's hometown of chicago, an editorial in "the chicago sun times" calling for radio stations to #mute r. kelly and stop playing his music for good. >> linsey, thank you. word that the man overseaing the robert mueller investigation, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, will soon step down.
our pierre thomas asking the new a.g. pick how he assesses the job rosenstein has done. that new a.g. also asked, will he protect the mueller probe? >> reporter: tonight, word deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, the man who launched the special counsel russia probe, is expected to leave the justice department as soon as the new attorney general is confirmed. the president's nominee, william barr, meeting with senators on capitol hill today. how do you assess the job that mr. rosenstein has done? >> excellent. >> reporter: if he's confirmed, barr will oversee the russia investigation. senators he met with today say barr expressed deep respect for special counsel robert mueller. >> i asked mr. barr directly, do you think bob, mr. mueller is on a witch hunt, he said no. are you committed to making sure mr. muller can finish his job, yes. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham says barr told him he is confident mueller would be quote, "fair to the president and the country."
se desi tresign i asign the mueller investigation may? ces ar tli , da elr is in the final stages of the russia investigation, and my sources say they do not believe rosenstein would leave unless he believed mueller was in good shape. david? >> pierre thomas, thank you. a former commander of the u.s. navy base at guantanamo bay has been charged with obstruction of justice in the mysterious death of a civilian worker at the base. captain john middleton was removed from command after the body of christopher turr was found in the water in 2015. middleton is now accused of failing to tell investigators that he fought with turr and having an affair with turr's wife. authorities say he is not charged this the man's death. next, the richest couple in the world is calling it quits. amazon chief jeff bezos and his wife are divorcing after 25 years. they got married before bezos founded amazon and his other businesses. they issued a public statement today on twitter, and their g t
divorce settlement could set a record. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight the worlds richest couple calling it quits. amazon ceo, jeff bezos and his wife mackenzie announcing the surprise split on twitter, "after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends." but no word as to what happens to bezos' estimated $137 billion fortune. >> this is going to be one of the biggest ticket divorces ever. >> reporter: the two have been married for 25 years and have four children. they met in the early '90s while both were working at a new york-based hedgefund, soon marrying and moving to seattle, renting a one-bedroom apartment as bezos launched amazon. they are now one of america's largest property owners. >> it is in both of their interests to try to keep this as quiet, as amicable as possible. >> reporter: the couple, maintaining the appearance of peace in their statement, saying, "we feel incredibly
lucky to have found each other. if we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again." and the big question tonight, was there a prenup or postup in? that's important, because in washington state, any wealth made during a marriage can potentially be split equally without one, meeting mackenzie besoes could be entitled to more than $60 billion. david? >> a lot of eyes on this divorce. all right, eva, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the woman seen on surveillance, at first, police were told she stole the car and a baby inside. but tonight, what police are now saying about the baby's father. the woman getting into that car. and this question -- where is the baby? the patient in a vegetative state for years gives birth to a baby, and now authorities are making workers in that health care facility submit their dna. and the train derailment today. a real scare for that community.
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finally tonight here, america strong. a father, a daughter and a promise kept. ever since she was a little girl, mary roberts and her father jim would dance to this lee anne womack song, "i hope you dance." ♪ i hope you dance >> reporter: their plan, to dance to it on her wedding day. they did not oaexpect jim woulde diagnosed with cancer. he was still determined to keep his promise. and just before new year's, he escorted his daughter down the aisle. point clear, alabama. and after the wedding, the dance.
and the song they always listened to. ♪ i hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean ♪ >> reporter: jim in a wheelchair, it hardly mattered. father and daughter on the dance floor, just as they had always planned. mary bourne with a twist and a hug and a promise kept. and her father, singing the words. ♪ i hope you dance >> reporter: tonight, the video has been seen nearly a half million times. and mary bourne telling us she's thankf fuful more people are prg for dad because of it. so many prayers for her father and for the beautiful bride. thank you for watching here tonight. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night. night. >> annncerlive, where you live, this is abc 7 news.iforni
fiona ma gave a new meaning to swearing in in san francisco today. good afternoon, i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm larry beil. and today fiona ma who had her official swearing in held a community inauguration here at home. but her speech raised eyebrows and possibly her profile for the trump administration with choice words toward the president. >> kristen zse is here with more now. >> well choice word as in the f-word. and the gesture to go with. the state treasurer wanted to make sure president trump knew who she was, she succeeded with her speech today. a california new straight treasurer fiona ma, the local swearing in sa-- the ceremony w a public affair in san francisco. her mentor and former power
broker john burton administered the of the sta of california against all enemies foreign and domestic. >> the former supervisor wasted no time calling out who the domestic enemies might be singling out president trump including cutting programs that millions of low-income californian's depend on and she promised to use her office to fight back. >> that is what i'm here about and my team is here about. it is about leveling the playing field and building that financial wall around california to combat the white house. [ cheering and applause ] >> ma's wall may have been economic, but her anger at president trump soon became personal. emotions may be offensive. >> there is press here. all of you know what i normally say when i say that. in the