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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the abc news exclusive. one-on-one with president trump tonight. george stephanopoulos and the interview just moments ago. the president on 2020, on the new polls that show several democrats beating the president in head to head match-ups. and george asks if a foreign power, russia or china, offers dirt on his opponent this time, would the president take it? several other breaking headlines tonight. the new surveillance just in, as authorities now call it a coordinated assassination attempt on david ortiz. you will see multiple angles just released by investigators. jon stewart and those first responders from 9/11 here in new york city. and the horrific toll on their health. tonight, after blasting congress for threatening funding, dragging their feet and taking aim at politicians who were
no-shows, what's now happened tonight. the plane crash into the water and the discovery at this hour. the son of a sheriff's deputy tonight charged with a federal hate crime, accused of torching several black churches. bad weather moving into the east and what could bring dange driving and flight delays. the stingray scare off the coast. up to 15 people stung. the new warning. actor cuba gooding jr. says he will turn himself into the nypd for questioning. what we're learning in this case tonight. and america strong. the father and daughter and the dance. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we have several developing stories. but we begin tonight with the exclusive interview just before we came on the air tonight. president trump with our george stephanopoulos. the president talking about the race for 2020 and those new polls, getting a lot of attention, that show several democrats ahead of the president in head to head match-ups. joe biden with the biggest lead
over the president. tonight, the president saying those polls are untrue, and telling george he has a strong case to make to the american people on why he should be re-elected. and george asking the president, if the russians, if china have dirt on his opponent this time around, would he entertain it or would he call the fbi? let's get right to george live at the white house tonight where this interview just wrapped up. george? >> reporter: good evening, david. it was and extraordinary 48 hours. access like we've never seen before to the president of the united states. on air force one, in the oval office, where the president took on those polls he calls fake. as we walked into the oval office, president trump had already tweeted about new polls showing him behind the democrats. clearly not happy. why does it bother you so much? >> because it's untrue. i like the truth. you know, i'm actually a very honest guy. if i thought they were correct, i wouldn't be complaining at all. i understand that. it's like the witch hunt that goes on. >> reporter: the russia
investigation. a topic he raised first and returned to again and again. as we spoke in the white house, over on capitol hill, donald trump jr. was arriving to testify again. >> are you here to correct your testimony? >> nothing to correct. >> reporter: your son, don jr., is up before the senate intelligence committee today, and again, he was not charged with anything. in retrospect, though -- >> not only wasn't he charged, if you read it, with all of the horrible fake news, i mean, i was reading that my son was going to go to jail. this is a good, young man, that he was going to go to jail. >> reporter: in june of 2016, just months before the election, don jr. received an email from a business associate promising dirt on hillary clinton from the russian government. don jr.'s response, "if it's what you say, i love it." the conversation led to a meeting in trump tower that included the president's son, his son-in-law, jared kushner and a russian lawyer. don jr. insists nothing came of it, and special counsel robert mueller did not find
evidence to charge conspiracy. >> then the report comes out and they didn't even say, they hardly even talked about him. >> reporter: should he have gone to the fbi when he got that email? >> okay, let's put yourself in a position. you're a congressman, somebody comes up and says, hey, i have information on your opponent, do you call the fbi? i don't think -- >> reporter: if it's coming from russia, you do. >> i'll tell you what, i've seen a lot of things over my life. i don't think in my whole life i've ever called the fbi. in my whole life. you don't call the fbi. you throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do -- >> reporter: al gore got a stolen briefing book, he called the fbi. >> well, that's different, a stolen briefing book, but this is somebody who said, we have information on your opponent. oh, let me call the fbi, give me a break. life doesn't work that way. >> reporter: the fbi director said that's what should happen. >> the fbi director is wrong. >> reporter: your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if russia, if china, if someone else offers you information on opponents, should they accept it or should they call the fbi? >> i think maybe you do both. i think you might want to listen. i don't -- there's nothing wrong with listening. if somebody called from a country, norway, we have information on your opponent.
oh. i think i'd want to hear it. >> reporter: you want that kind of interference in our elections? >> it's not interference. they have information. i think i'd take it. if i thought there was something wrong, i'd go maybe to the fbi, if i thought there was something wrong, but when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research. oh, let's call the fbi. the fbi doesn't have enough agents to take care of it. when you go and talk, honestly, to congressmen, they all do it. they always have, and that's the way it is. it's called oppo research. >> so, let's get back to george tonight. george, it's very clear, the race for 2020 is also on the president's mind, the tweets, already trading attacks with joe biden. and he told you he has a strong case to make for reelection. >> reporter: he's excited about that case, david. and he's excited about relaun relaunching next tuesday in orlando. says over 70,000 people will attend. he's ready to make that case. but it is also clear, david, that he's angry at the press, angry about those polls and still very concerned and interested in that russia investigation.
>> all right, incredible access over a couple of days. george stephanopoulos at the white house tonight. george, thank you. and of course, george will have much more first thing in the morning on "good morning america," and a primetime special in the coming days, that date and time coming. in the meantime, we do move onto the other major news this wedn in the dominican republic now claim the shooting of baseball legend david ortiz was a coordinated effort to kill him. they released the new surveillance just today of that crowded club and the gunman shooting ortiz in the back, just one part of what you're about to see right here. and tonight, we have new information coming in now on ort ortiz's condition. tom llamas in boston again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, in a dramatic move, the chief of police in the dominican republic holding up the gun he says was used to try and kill david ortiz. announcing they arrested the alleged hitman who pulled the trigger, along with others. and releasing this surveillance video, showing what he describes as a coordinated effort to kill.
in that video, you can see two hyundais parked in front of each other. one man getting out one of the cars, a motorcycle nearby. that motorcycle, the alleged getaway vehicle, shown moments later with two men on it, driving down the street moments before the ambush. police say the suspects stalked ortiz while he was out at a nightclub in santo domingo on sunday night. the gunman, wearing a baseball cap, soon walking up to big papi, shooting him in the back. the sound of gunfire sending club-goers running from their seats. and today, police announcing that alleged gunman is this man. he's under arrest along with five other men, in custody for the attempted murder of ortiz. police say they are still looking for at least one more suspect. and that the bounty to kill the baseball great was less than $8,000. tonight, ortiz's wife says the former swl eer slugger was able up and take some steps but will remain in icu. >> tom llamas live for us in
boston. in the beginning, police said robbery was not the motive. have police revealed any motive or reason for the alleged hit? >> reporter: david, it's very strange. today, police gave us so much. they revealed the alleged plot, the suspects, they say they have confessions. we have the who, but we don't have the why. for some reason, police will not reveal why those men got together to allegedly try and kill david ortiz. there are several rumors right now circulating around the dominican republic, but for now, they remain rumors. david? >> tom, thank you. it was last night here we showed that emotional moment on capitol hill. jon stewart was first responders from 9/11, blasting congress for drags its feet, for threatening funding and blasting politicians who didn't show up. 24 hours later, what's happened now? let's get live to terry moran in washington tonight with more on the vote that took place today. terry? >> reporter: david, this is a big step, and one that no doubt made possible by that passionate advocacy of jon stewart. the full house judiciary committee, democrats and
republicans, unanimously voted today to pass and fully fund the 9/11 victims compensation fund. and make it easier for those first responders to file claims and get them heard expeditiously. doesn't happen much in this town when we get a bipartisan majority like that. it now goes to the house floor, where it is expected to pass. the key person now, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. he said today he hadn't looked at the issue lately. that triggered senate minority leader chuck schumer to say, please put it on the floor and get it done. that should come later in the summer, but stay tuned. a big step today, in large part thanks to jon stewart. david? >> we'll be watching. terry, thank you. next tonight, there are new federal hate crime charges in a string of arson fires that destroyed african-american churches in louisiana. the son of a sheriff's deputy, holden matthews, is now facing those charges, and here now abc's steve osunsami tonight.
>> reporter: federal prosecutors tonight are saying it was his hatred for religion that moved this 21-year-old son of a local sheriff's deputy to burn down three black churches in st. landry parrish, louisiana. holden matthews is now facing both state and tonight federal hate crime charges for the church burnings on march 26th, april 2nd and april 4th. >> all stations, we have a church on fire. >> reporter: the clue that led investigators to the deputy's son was a red gas can found at the third fire on april 4th, here at mt. pleasant baptist church. authorities traced that can to a local walmart and see that receipts and surveillance video show matthews buying the tools he needed to start the fires. they say surveillance video shows him driving his father's gold pickup truck at each location. a go fund me page set up to help the church rebuild has now raised more than $2 million. matthews is pleading not guilty to the state charges. if convicted of the federal ones, he could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. david? >> steve osunsami who has been following this case for us.
steve, thank you. next, the weather threat on both coasts tonight. the east bracing for heavy rain. this could be dangerous driving and flight delayseatoou, rob. reason nice to see you, david. another late season soaker here in the east, the carolinas and the georgia area. very saturated, they are getting the opening round. the rain shield extends all the way back into missouri, because the upper low is over michigan. going to take a couple of days to get through. the focus will be on the coastal low. i-95, getting heavy rain. new york and boston with maybe more rounds in the evening. in the west, another record-breaker for portland and seattle. pacific breezes kick in tomorrow, but the heat's going to be up there again in phoenix and vegas right into the weekend and getting in and around here in the northeast, david, is not going to be easy. david? >> all right, rob, thank you. next, to a major development in that college admissions scandal. a federal judge handing down the first sentence tonight to a coach who pleaded guilty. prosecutors asked for 13 months, but what that judge gave
instead. abc's whit johnson in boston. >> reporter: tonight, no prison time for the former stanford university head sailing coach. instead, a judge sentencing john vandemoer to just one day, time served, and two years supervised release, as part of that college admissions scandal. >> this mistake impacted the people i love and admire most. >> reporter: vandemoer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. in one case, prosecutors say he created a fake sailing profile for chinese student yusi zhao after receiving a $500,000 bribe from the scheme's accused mastermind, rick singer. >> mid september, i'm going to stanford. >> reporter: her family allegedly paying $6.5 million to singer, but never charged, arguing they were tricked into believing the money was going to charity. zhao no longer attends stanford. what makes mr.vandermo's dn't pocket any of the money, it all went to the
university. >> reporter: stanford says it plans to donate that money. today's sentence a potential setback for prosecutors who had asked for 13 months. felicity huffman, who also pleaded guilty, will be sentenced in september. seen this week at her daughter's high school graduation in pictures posted by "the daily mail." but lori laughlin and her husband, fighting back, both pleads not guilty. >> and whit johnson joins us live tonight from the courthouse there in boston, and whit, prosecutors asked for prison time, did not get it today, so, a lot of folks are going to be won'tering what this could mean for felicity huffman and lori loughlin. >> reporter: the stanford coach is likely the least cup pbl of all the defendants. with her guilty plea, prosecu r prosecutors are recommending four months in prison. lori loughlin and her husband could face years behind bars if convicted. david? >> whit, thank you. overseas this evening, and those pictures from hong kong, where tens of thousands are sending a message to china, protesting new legislation that would allow people to be sent to china for trial.
some protesters clashing with police. abc's james longman is on the scene tonight. >> reporter: armed only with umbrellas and their youth, thousands of protesters clashing again with hong kong police. rubber bullets and tear gas raining down on the huge crowds, blocking roads through the heart of this global financial center. advancing riot police ripping through barricades, officers taking direct aim. there's been this cat and mouse between police and the students all day, but now, tear gas is being deployed. we heard it just behind this building here. at least 72 in hospital, some with serious injuries. fighting for their future, many we saw just teenagers. angry at a proposed extradition law which would send those wanted by chinese authorities back to the mainland. they say it undermines hong kong's special status and beijing could use it to target political and economic rivals.
the day ended with lawmakers suspending their debate, as many couldn't reach the chamber. but the government here is adamant -- thelongman reporting in tonight. we do know that that street has now been cleared. and ooechbd though these protesters, james, have a temporary victory, lawmakers are still vowing to push that bill through, allowing china to essentially come calling? >> reporter: that's right, david. authorities have only just opened this street, but protesters are clear, they will be back on these streets and they will stay until a vote on this law goes ahead and beyond. david? >> james longman reporting in from hong kong. james, thank you. and back here at home tonight, there was a very rare sight in the skies over washington, d.c. today. a marine korms f-35 fighter jet flying over the washington monument and the white house, as president trump and the first lady, along with the polish president and his wife, watched from the rose garden. the flyover marked poland's agreement now to buy f-35s from the u.s. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. actor cuba gooding jr. says he will turn himself into the nypd
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finally tonight here, america strong. even when the odds were against him, the father determined to dance with his daughter. after all, he is the father of the bride. this is the story of a father determined to dance with his daughter, the new bride. a dance that looked unlikely. harmony walton's father, bruce walton, is an ex-nfl player. about two years ago, bruce suffered a series of health batters which took his hearing and left him using a walker. so, when it came time to prepare for harmony's wedding, they came up with an idea. bruce picked the song "over the rainbow" because he knows the words. and he chose the version of that famous song. and in front of that wedding part rmony' han t >> reporte yin the wds to
her father. harmony telling abc news, we were totally on beat, and then came the ugly cry. and her faw saying it was very emotional for us both. i had zero rhythm with my dance moves, but i didn't care. it was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. harmony and her father, bruce, and their dance. thanks for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. from all of us here at abc news, have a good evening. good night.
getting ready to say goodbye to oracle arena. >> he's having a hard time with it. with the love of our family and our faith in our god, he'll be okay. >> his mom talked about her fears when she saw that injury on tv. >> it is official. kevin durant rupt you ared his achilles' tendon in the nba finals. he posted this instagram photo saying he has already undergone surgery. my road back starts now. i got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. i'm hurting deeply but i'm okay. basketball is my biggest love is i wanted to be out there that night because that's what i do.
i wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. it is the way things go in this game and i'm glad i gave it all i physically could. i'm proud my brothers got the w. it's going to be a journey but i'm built for this. i'm a hooper. i know my brothers can get this game six and i'll be cheering. there's been a lot of talk about who should we blame and who is responsible for this. the most notable thing is, i wanted to be out there because that's what i do. i wanted to help my teammates. nobody had a gun to his head. maybe did he feel some internal pressure because he wanted to play. but it wasn't like this decision was something that -- >> that somebody forced. >> they all want to get back out there. >> exactly. players want to plaflt i hope this puts the q rest. >> a