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>> tonight as we come on the air in the west, did breaking news, the mueller report is in and so are the first major headlines. the special counsel robert mueller sends his report to the attorney general after nearly two years. 37 indictments, six trump associates. the mueller report now turned in. the white house getting the call first. then congress alerted the report was done. carried by a security officer to the department of justice. tonight what we know already. the letter now from the attorney general william barr to congress, and early word coming in from the a.g. that his first summary could come as early as this weekend. jon karl and pierre thomas with new reporting. also tonight, president trump now responding. sources telling abc news the initial reaction, quote, glad
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it's over. also tonight, no new indictments from robert mueller. dan abrams standing by on what that means. and what's in the report itself? are there any clues yet? tonight reaction pouring in from capitol hill. demands the mueller report be made public, that the american people get to see it. but will that happen? mary bruce standing by live on the hill. also breaking this friday night, the chemical plant fire. worries about the air. and just tonight, the new fire erupting a short time ago. major news on boeing tonight and those new max jets grounded. after news many were missing crucial safety software that cost extra. tonight, the new headline. and the priest attacked during mass, the moment live streamed and what we know tonight. good evening. great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. we begin tonight with the mueller report, now turned in. robert mueller's work is over. his report carried by a security
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officer to the department of justice this afternoon. white house was called at 4:40 this afternoon and told it was done. then congress alerted the 22-month investigation was over. confirming, no new indictments. the attorney general could deliver his first summary of the mueller report by this weekend. as we have reported, the investigation launched 22 months ago, $25 million spent, 37 indictments including six of president trump's associates. national security adviser michael flynn, campaign chair paul manafort, deputy campaign manage rick gates, foreign policy adviser george papadopoulos, personal attorney and fixer michael cohen and along time frill operative roger stone. all but stone pleading guilty. tonight what's in the report remains a mystery at this hour. but let's get right to jonathan karl. do we have any indication if the
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president was given any clues as to what's in the report? >> reporter: at this point all indication are the report remains as much a mystery to the president as the rest of us. the president is telling his friends and aides he's glad it's over. tonight, after nearly two years, robert mueller's work is finally done. late today, a security officer hand delivered his final report to the department of justice and to attorney general bill barr. in a letter sent this evening, barr officially notifying congress, the special counsel has concluded his investigation of russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. the contents of the report, and even the exact timing, have been a tightly guarded secret. this morning, even president trump was in the dark. >> mr president, do you expect the mueller report to be submitted today? >> i have no idea about the mueller report. >> reporter: tonight, barr informed congress, i am
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reviewing the report and anticipate that i may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend. as abc news first reported yesterday, a senior department of justice official confirmed today, mueller is recommending no further indictments. ultimately, it will be up to barr to decide how much of the report is made public. at his confirmation hearing, democrats tried to nail him down. >> will you commit to making any report mueller produces at the conclusion of his investigation available to congress and to the public? >> as i said in my statement, i am going to make as much information available as i can consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations. >> will you commit to making any report on the obstruction of justice public? >> that's the same answer. >> reporter: tonight barr tells congress he is committed to as much transparency as possible. he pledged to consult with mueller, who he has known for decades to determine what other information from the report can
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be released to congress and the public. earlier this week, i asked the president whether he wants to full report released. does the american public have a right to see the mueller report? >> i don't mind. i mean, frankly, i told the house if you want, let them see it. let it come out. let people see it. that's up to the attorney general. we have a very good attorney general. he's a very highly respected man. and we'll see what happens. >> reporter: amidst the anticipation over mueller's last act, the president amped up his attacks on the special counsel, again and again calling the whole investigation a witch hunt. >> i have a deputy, appoints a man to write a report on me to make a determination of my presidency? people will not stand for it. >> so let's get back to jon karl. live tonight. jon, sources say the president's first response, glad it's over. even though we still don't know the contents of this report, there must be some relief for the president tonight and people in his inner circle with the
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news of there are no new indictments. >> reporter: no question about that, david. the president's legal team has put out a statement saying they're pleased the report has been issued, the investigation is over. sarah sanders, the press secretary, said the next steps regarding release will be up to bill barr. she said, david, that the president, the white house, they have not been briefed at all on the contents or conclusions of the report. at least not yet. >> jon karl leading us off. thank you. as we reported at the top the first summary from the attorney general could come as early as this weekend. let's get to abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. that was news as well, that we might see the summary so quickly. it's up to the attorney general william barr what to release how much to release and when. >> reporter: that's right david. bill barr is a veteran of washington. he's under incredible pressure. he knows he has to make some of mueller's conclusions known and quickly. tonight, with that new indication from the attorney general that his first summary of robert mueller's findings will be made by this weekend,
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it's clear robert mueller's work is over. no more indictments, but his findings, not yet revealed. >> mr. mueller, are you investigating the president? >> reporter: for 22 months, robert mueller has been a virtual ghost. letting his indictments and court filings speak for themselves. 34 people charged, 7 pleading guilty. >> where's paul? paul manafort. >> reporter: including the president's campaign chairman. >> mr. manafort, did you commit a crime? >> reporter: his deputy campaign manager. his first national security adviser. and his longtime personal attorney and fixer. >> mr. cohen has cooperated. >> reporter: mueller also zeroing in on the russians, indicting 26 people and unspooling an elaborate scheme to influence the 2016 election by hurting hillary clinton and helping donald trump. >> information warfare against the united states. >> reporter: but president trump seeming to side with putin over the american intelligence agencies.
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>> i have president putin. he just said it's not russia. i will say this, i don't see any reason why it would be. >> reporter: trump attacking the investigation at every turn. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt. they won't find any collusion. it doesn't exist. there was no collusion. there was no obstruction. there was no nothing. >> reporter: mueller also investigating whether the president repeatedly tried to obstruction the investigation. >> why don't i just fire mueller? well, i think it's a disgrace what's going on. many have said you should fire him. >> reporter: the special counsel's team interviewing dozens of witnesses, including around 30 current or former white house officials. president trump himself refusing to sit face to face with robert mueller. >> let's get back to pierre, live in washington tonight. one thing that was made very clear today is that no one stopped robert mueller. no one stood in his way, ever. when he wanted to investigate he was allowed to investigate. >> reporter: that's right, david. barr made clear that mueller was
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a complete professional. there was no lead he wanted to pursue where he was told no. >> that was really important, pierre. pierre thomas, thanks to you. let's get to dan abrams who has been following this. first off, no new indictments. crystal clear. some are going to wonder does that include any sealed indictments left to be opened? >> i think no new indictments means no new indictments. i don't think it's a semantics game. >> what about the other investigations elsewhere that are already reported on. >> those will continue in new york and washington, d.c. what's different now is that those people report to william barr, the attorney general. they don't have the same level of independence that the special counsel had, even though he was also reporting to the attorney general. so i think that those investigations are going to continue, but they're a little bit different than the special counsel. >> you made the point that the biggest mystery inside the mueller report -- we don't know what's in the report -- is why there wasn't an indictment of the president. whether that's because of justice department guidelines or
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whether there was simply no evidence here. >> and the special counsel regulations say he's required to tell the attorney general why he didn't seek certain prosecutions. so the question's going to be -- everyone wants to know was the president not indicted because there's simply no evidence of collusion, conspiracy with the russians? or was there no indictment because he's the president and the president can't be indicted? and that applies both to the collusion question, obstruction of justice, all of it. >> we could know that very soon. >> if the details of the report are made public. >> dan abrams tonight. thanks so much. i want to get right to capitol hill. reaction is pouring in from the house and the senate at this hour. of course it was just last week the house voting overwhelmingly, republicans and democrats, to make the report public. let's get to mary bruce. she's up on the hill monitoring this. we have the letter from the attorney general sent to congress this afternoon. the special counsel submitted to me a confidential report. that's key. confidential. it's his decision how much the american public will see. >> reporter: david, barr has
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promised lawmakers he'll be as transparent as possible, but based on what we are hearing from democrats they won't be satisfied until they see the whole mueller report, any underlying evidence. just barr's summary isn't going to suffice. democrats will use every tool available to get this information. that means brace yourself for more subpoenas. it means we could see mueller and barr testifying here on the hill, and it means we could see a long court battle. remember republicans and democrats are saying after tens of millions of taxpayer money was spent on the investigation that the american public deserves to see some version of this report. david, democrats are bracing for this to be a long fight for them to get the information they want, and in the meantime they are not holding back. they are plowing ahead. they're ramping up scores of their own investigations into this administration. while mueller's work may be wrapping up, the hill is just getting started. >> mary bruce making it clear the next chapter is how much of the report the american public will see. our thanks to mary, dan, jon
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karl tonight and to pierre for leading us off. we'll have continuing coverage on "nightline" and on "good morning america" and on world news. we move to the fire in texas flairing up today and questions about the air. at least two tanks are now on fire. a new plume of black smoke pouring into the sky. the fire burning on and off for days. residents worried about the air quality. abc's alex perez right back on the scene tonight. >> reporter: those towering plumes of smoke filling the air near houston once again. >> it appears as though that the product that has leaked out of the itc plant is now in the ditch and that too is on fire. >> reporter: fire officials say at least two tanks, filled with components used to make gasoline, nail polish glg. >> we will make this right. we will fix it and we will make it right. >> reporter: it was just yesterday when a spokeswoman for
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the company made that tearful apology after an earlier fire at the same chemical plant that lasted for days was finally put out. earlier today officials at the facility announced they were working to empty an estimated 20,000 barrels of liquid from a charred tank that leaked the potential cancer causing substance benzene. the national guard assisting. schools in the area have been closed out of an abundance of caution after the toxin was detected in the air. many nearby residents worried all week. tonight anxious with that smoke back in the air. david, because of all this the coast guard has shut down temporarily the channel that connects the port of houston and the gulf of mexico. that's a busy shipping channel. some encouraging news -- officials say they already have the new flare-up under control. david? >> alex perez tonight. thanks for your reporting. now to the weather. damaging winds expected in the northeast. the states of emergency in the midwest. deadly flooding across several states tonight.
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rain falling through the weekend. several towns ordering mandatary emergency evacuations tonight \after a levee breach in kansas. tornado warnings in texas and the gusty winds and very cold temperatures hitting the northeast. rob marciano tracking it for us this evening. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. winds cranking here. concerned about the storm plowing into the plains over the flood zone. there's that tornado watch that's posted for parts of north texas. this low is swirling around the rain and the snow tonight. winds cranking all day long tomorrow from d.c. to philly to boston, gusting 30 to 40 miles an hour. windchills in the teens and 20s to start your saturday. david. >> rob marciano, we'll be watching you all weekend long. to major news on boeing and those new max jets that have been grounded after news many were missing important safety features that boeing charges extra for. tonight indonesia's
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state-owned airline says it wants to cancel its $5 billion order for 50 new jets claiming passengers don't trust boeing anymore. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: just days after learning the pilot of the doomed lion air jet from indonesia was flipping through his emergency check list before the crashing, tonight word that that country's state-owned airline wants to cancel its 737 max order. garuda air appears to be trying to negotiate to avoid a cancelation penalty on the $5 billion deal. meanwhile, abc news has learned boeing's software update is expected to be certified by the faa early next week. in the first max crash, an improperly installed sensor provided bad data. the one sensor triggering the jet's nose down movement 21 times. boeing's fix? rely on both sensors, initiate a dive only once, and the angle of that dive will be less. >> you need a system that provides additional protections, provides additional information so that these two accidents don't happen again. >> reporter: it's now been five full days since the ethiopians
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received the data from the black boxes from the second max crash, but still no indication of the cause. >> in 2010 the ethiopians tried to manipulate the mishap data from a 737 crash. there's a real fear here that they're going to try and do that again with this mishap. >> we've learned that boeing has invited airlines to its seattle area plant this weekend to talk about this software update and training and that american airline pilots will be in the simulator to test the software update. david? >> david kerley with us all week long as well. thank you, david. there is news about your money your 401(k). your money, a deep do i have on wall street today. the dow jones plunging closing at 25,502. that's the worst day of trading since january. let's go live to erielle reshef on wall street. there was a key area that caused alarm today. >> reporter: that's right, david. stocks plunged among new signs of a slowing global economy and a new worry of a looming recession here at home.
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here's that key indicator. right here the so called yield curve turning negative for the first time since 2007 right before the great recession. sometimes when this happens, it can indicate another recession may be coming, but not always. this comes just days after the fed chairman announced it was unlikely we would see more rate hikes later this year. another sign of a slowing economy. david? >> erielle reshef, live on wall street, thank you. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight." the priest attacked during mass. the frightening moment was seen live because it was streamed. the rush to help the priest and how they stopped the suspect. also tonight the shocking arrest in charlottesville, a city familiar with hate. now a teenager under arrest tonight for threats of ethnic cleansing. schools were closed for days because of this. we sure needed this on a friday night. america strong, the golden retriever named charlie and little maverick. turns out he's an eye seeing dog
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the rain won't stick around for the weekend, but we do have to deal with it a little longer. who's getting rain right now? almost two years in the making, now the wait is over. robert mueller's report is done and delivered. local reaction tonight. cocaine, ethanol and underlying health conditions opinion. the i team digs into the autopsy report of juch adachi. a storm is sweeping across the bay area and lighting up live doppler 7, it ranks as only a one on the abc 7 storm impact scale, which makes it a light storm, but the timing is terrible for the friday evening commute. thanks for joining us. we've been dealing with rain since this morning as you know. this is affecting the entire bay area, and we're looking live at the current conditions. >> on the left side is the south bay, 101 through san jose.
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101 through san rafael. the drivers waiting at the bay bridge toll plaza. >> the go bikes went mostly un used. >> let's check in with sandhya patel. >> reporter: it's going to be winding down early tomorrow morning. your weekend is not going to be a washout. i want to show you live doppler 7 right now, it is pretty wet across many parts of the bay area. let's get you down to street level in the east bay. as you will notice around alvarado niles road. we go down to south bay, into santa clara, north first street, seeing the slippery roadways. across highway 101, petaluma


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