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crossed the bike path on the eastern span of the bay bridge. a great day for it. >> awesome weather. >> youia. with that, that's abc7 news at 5:00. thank you for joining us. we will see you back here tonight at 6:00. tonight, br mueller report. tonight, br a major victory for president trump. the special counsel, robert mueller finding no collusion. no conspiracy between president trump or any of his aides with russia. on obstruction of justice, robert mueller stops short of exonerating the president. but the new attorney general went further concluding mueller's investigators lacked sufficient evidence to establish the president committed obstruction. also breaking, the president's first reaction coming in, speaking just a short time ago. >>t's a shame our country had to go through this. to be honest it's a shame that your president had to go through this. >> the attorney general william barr has read the
mueller report, barr's own summary now sent to congress, setting up a battle tonight. how much of robert mueller's report will the american people actually see? a key republican saying it's a great day for the president. a leading democrat saying they will call the attorney general to testify. the other news this sunday night. the chain-reaction crash in heavy fog on an american highway. nearly three dozen vehicles, dozens of injuries -- a toddler in critical condition. the nightmare at sea. the cruise ship with 1,300 passengers trapped in a storm. the horror playing out inside. tonight, you'll hear from american passengers on board. and the disturbing headline unfolding tonight. first the young woman, the parkland graduate who took her own life. she battled survivor's guilt. tonight, news of another apparent suicide. the urgent call for help. good evening. great to have you with us on a busy sunday night. we're in because of the major
story breaking, a major victory for president trump. robert mueller's report turned in on friday. tonight, just two days later, the summary now from the attorney general who said mueller and his team found no collusion, no conspiracy with the president or his campaign and russia. when it comes to obstruction of justice, robert mueller stopping short of exonerating the president, but the attorney general' essentially mueller's team lacked sufficient evidence to establish the president committed that offense. just in tonight the president's first reaction. >> it was a complete and total exoneration. it's a shame that our country had to go through this. to be honest it's a shame your president has had to go through this. before i even got elected it began. it began illegally. hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side. this was an illegal takedown that failed.
hopefully somebody's going to be looking at the other side. so it's complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction. thank you very much. thank you. >> the president also tweeting something very similar. no collusion. no obstruction. complete and total exoneration. our cameras capturing william barr leaving the justice department. shortly after delivering his summary of the mueller report to congress. it now sets up a battle tonight on the hill over how much of the mueller report will be seen by the american people. robert mueller spotted by the white house today going to church. his work 22 months after he started is over. tonight here our first look at what mueller found and what he didn't. pierre thomas leading us off. >> reporter: after months in the shadow's today's special counsel robert walking past the white house with his wife heading from church. the attorney general leaving his
home in virginia heading to the justice department where he and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein sent a letter to congress. at about 3:30 p.m. today that letter went out. that letter says there were two main influences. one a social media disinformation campaign designed to sew discord. a plot to hack computers and the democratic national committee uzing intermediaries like wikileaks. barr writes the special counsel's investigation did not find that the trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with russia in its influence the 2016 presidential election despite multiple offers from russians to assist. in his letter, barr laid out the vast sweep of the investigation. mueller employed 19 attorneys,
used 40 fbi agents and experts, issued 2,800 subpoenas and executed 500 search warrants. the special counsel's team interviewed approximately 500 witnesses. for nearly two years the president dismissed it all as a witch hunt. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt. >> it's a witch hunt. >> that's all it is. >> reporter: his relentless attacks on the investigation including his decision to fire former fbi director james comey led to questions about whether he obstructed justice. barr said the special counsel sets out evidence on both sides of the question. mueller writes "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." still the attorney general says mueller didn't draw a conclusion one way or the other. in his letter to congress barr draws a conclusion writing that he and his deputy rosenstein believe the evidence developed during the special counsel investigation is not sufficient
to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense. barr's summary, a brief three and a half pages. in his confirmation hearing democrats making it clear they expect a lot more than that. >> will you commit to making any report mueller produces at the conclusion of his investigation available to congress and the public? >> as i said in my statement, i'll make as much information availae as i can consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations. >> america was watching that. pierre thomas is live in washington. in his letter to congress the attorney general says it's his goal and intent to release as much of the special counsel's report as he can consistent with applicable law, regulations and departmental policies. pierre, break through that. what's the next step? >> barr said he'll be working with rosenstein and mueller to figure out how much of the special counsel's report can be released to congress and the press. a process that sources tell us may take days if not weeks
because of the classified an grand jury material. i was just told the process is already under way. >> poor with us all day long. pierre, thank you. president trump flying back to washington after spending the weekend keeping a low profile at mar-a-lago. there were no tweets, no public comments about the mueller report after it was turned in on friday. not until today when we got news of the attorney general's summary. no collusion, no conspiracy with the russians. i want to bring in cecilia vega. she's live at the white house. we watched the president today. he said more than what we showed at the top there. he said something that sounds like what he has maintained all along. >> after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side where a lot of bad things happened, a lot of
horrible things happened, a lot of very bad things happened for our country, it was just announced there was no collusion with russia. the most ridiculous thing i've ever heard. there was no collusion with russia. >> cecelia, on friday night, no more indictments from robert mueller. a huge sigh of relief for those closest to the president. now tonight no collusion. this white house has to be feeling vindicated. >> yeah, david. you could see it in president trump. he walked over to the cameras. he wanted to take a victory lap. for 22 months this has been a cloud hanging over this white house. now tonight every one of the president's allies, the president himself, the message is we told you so. sarah sanders saying quote the findings of the department of justice are a total and complete exoneration of the president of the united states. for president trump, david, this is personal. he said as much today.
he said it was a shame the country and that he had to go through this. david, tonight his re-election campaign is out fund-raising off these findings. they just texted supporters asking for donations saying now it's time we fight back. >> cecilia vega, you've been covering this for the 22 months. thanks to you. let's get to abc's chief legal analyst dan abrams. i want to break this down for folks at home. this summary and robert mueller was very clear when it came to collusion. the summary rights he did not find the trump campaign conspired with russia. it doesn't get any clearer. >> pure vindication for the president on that critical issue in this investigation. they did point out the report outlines the russia effort to influence the election, but no connection to the trump campaign which was the key. >> the russians meddled, but no conclusion. on obstruction of justice, william barr writes --
on obstruction of justice robert mueller wrote this report doesn't conclude that the president committed a crime. >> the special counsel determined not to make a prosecutorial judgment. i interpret that to mean that mueller believed the president is immune from prosecution because he is the president. as a result he decided not to make a judgment. attorney general barr and rosenstein did make a judgment. in saying in part because there was no collusion, there was no conspiracy, it makes the obstruction case harder. there will be questions about whether the attorney general should be weighing in. the reason you hire a special counsel is because there's a potential conflict with the attorney general. >> and to draw a conclusion independently. >> correct. >> dan abrams thanks to you on that. the new attorney general william barr essentially clearing the president on obstructions writing his summary based on what he read in the mueller report which sets up the battle. will the american people get to
see the same report that william barr wrote his summary on. let's get to mary bruce live on the hill. republicans saying this is a very good day for the president. mary, democrats saying they'll get the attorney general up there on the hill. >> the chairman of the house judiciary committee jerrold nadler said he wants the attorney general to testify before congress in the near future. democrats are zeroing in on the fact that mueller was unwilling to fully exonerate the president. now they want to know why. tonight schumer and pelosi are questioning the attorney general saying he has a record of bias against the special counsel and he's not a neutral observer. republicans are saying case closed. we've heard from senator lindsey graham, he says this is a great day for the president. he said the cloud hanging over him has been lifted and now it's time to move on. >> a busy week for mary bruce.
thanks to you, cecelia, dan and pierre. we move to other news and that cruise ship in norway. americans on board sharing what happened. the viking sky crippled after being rocked by dangerous waves. you can see the furniture there. we are hearing from some of those american passengers. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: scare at sea. tonight that cruise ship stranded off the norwegian coast safely docked as several american passengers recount their nightmare ride. >> water came bursting through that door. >> reporter: furniture sliding, parts of the ceiling crashing down. people in life vests stranded for hours. it was supposed to be an idyllic 12-day sail, a northern lights tour. but the 1,300 passengers and crew aboard the viking sky hit bad weather saturday. the 2-year old cruise liner putting out a mayday call after
suffering engine failure. >> we looked at each other and we said this is really happening. >> reporter: emergency helicopters and boats rushed to the scene, battling high winds and waves to airlift more than 450 people one by one to dry land. >> we went up on a helicopter with a sling, the two of us together and it was quite scary. >> reporter: two cargo ships and one tug boat eventually helping the cruise liner to shore. coast guard officals say this was very close to being an even more desperate situation. the ship was 300 feet from hitting rocks under the water when it stopped. david? eva pilgrim tonight. eva, thank you. back here to the massive pile up in southern california. 30 vehicles colliding in the fog on interstate 5. dozens injured including a baby, now in critical condition. abc's will carr tonight. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: a frightening scene on a california highway. watch as flames shoot from these two vehicles.
>> southbound 5 near fort tejon. multi-vehicle accident, possibly up to 30 vehicles. >> reporter: officials say at least 30 vehicles crashed into one another in los angeles county, shutting down this freeway's southbound lane for hours. >> this is bad. >> reporter: and clogging traffic for miles. police say thick fog and rain triggered the pile-up. >> that caused a chain reaction slowdown which then caused two subsequent traffic collisions. >> reporter: dozens of firefighters and rescuers racing to the scene. >> we have near zero visibility. >> reporter: families stranded on the side of the road for hours. at least 30 people injured, including a 21-month-old boy. >> medevac 1, stand by pending weather. >> reporter: he was flown to the hospital in critical condition. and a tragedy for the owner of a horse that died in the crash, the animal was inside a trailer. tonight, that toddler is still in the hospital. after being shut down for hours, the interstate is back open. david? >> will carr, thank you.
>> we'll move on to the young woman, the parkland graduate who took her own life. she battled survivor's guilt after last year's deadly shooting. tonight news of another apparent suicide and the urgent call for help. here's abc's diane macedo. >> reporter: tonight, a second student from marjory stoneman douglas high school has died in an apparent suicide. >> this is heart breaking. it was hard enough to lose the 17. it adds to the heart break this community has suffered. >> reporter: police say the student found dead saturday less than a week after, 19-year-old former student sydney aiello took her own life. aiello lost several friends last february when a former student allegedly went classroom to classroom opening fire with an semi-automatic rifle. 14 students and 3 adults were killed. aiello's mother says her daughter struggled with survivor's guilt and ptsd. >> for people who developed ptsd after the shooting, returning to the school could be a major trigger. >> reporter: "the miami herald" reports the second suicide
victim was a male sophomore and his death has experts gravely concerned. >> if a terrible event occurs and you're struggling or you notice someone who is struggling, get them help. >> reporter: david, it's unclear if this second suicide victim was enrolled at the school at the time of the shooting. still, we're learning parents and county officials met today to discuss how to prevent any more suicides. david? >> really important conversation. thank you, diane. it's important to remind everyone at home there's help out there. the suicide prevention life line 1-800-273-28255. the suicide help line is right there on your screen. counselors are there to help. we turn overseas to our team on the ground. we have continue our reporting here on the massive relief efforts. abc's ian panel is on the scene with the desperate call for help. >> tonight some signs of hope. people calling for help and finally starting to get it. aid agencies pushing deeper
after the cyclone ravaged parts of southern africa. greeted with keer cheers with those suffering without any food for nearly ten days. we saw firsthand how dire situation has become. flying with the world program program and this man who sailed from his village to bring back help. when we arrived incredible scenes. a true hero's welcome. he was praised for bringing food home. amidst the celebration, heart break. the death toll climbing, now 700 across the region. thousands displaced like the hundreds of families living in this primary school. fastina lost everything but the baby in her arms. they're homeless, penniless and like so many in need of serious health. an american aircraft now being do employed to the disaster zone to figure out the need.
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feeling the burn today as democratic candidate for president senator bernie sanders held a rally attracting thousands of supporters. abc7 news reporter cornell barnard joins us live from ft. mason, where sanders wasted really no time addressing that report. cornell? >> reporter: yeah, dion, you're right, bernie sanders got right to it, blasting the summary of the mueller report and telling the crowd why he should be president. from bernie bears to a rainbow of "feel the burn" t-shirts and lots of buttons, the welcome mat was out for this candidate. >> san francisco, thank you! >> reporter: senator bernie sanders got a big welcome from his bay area supporters. he wasted no time criticizing a summary of the mueller report which finds no trump/russia conspiracy. >> well, i don't want a summary of the report. i want the whole damp report,