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this morning on "world news now" -- the comey hangover. >> the fallout from fbi, former fbi director james comey's testimony before congress and american people. the white house now firing back and disputing almost everything comey said with one major exception. we'll fell you what that was and what's next for the russia investigation. we will also talk to a former fbi special agent live. >> comey's testimony watched by tens of millions of americans. a sort of daytime drama that would make nixon proud. the high profile hearings part of modern day culture. a look back at the nation's made for tv historic moments. >> breaking news, calls for england's prime minister to
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results. no longer have an overall majority. >> outrage on the streets of rhode island, one street. angered neighbors are protesting a road being built out of old clam shells. what's not to love about that? um, well, if you thought that sound fishy. that's because the it does. the investigation later. in this half-hour on friday june 9th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> like who came up with the idea? >> i don't know. trying to preserve the world. >> have a great idea. put clams there. sure it will just be all right. >> yeah. >> we'll dig into that. of course, a lot of people dissecting all that took place yesterday. with the comey hearing. james comey appearing on capitol hill for several hours. >> he delivered a blunt account of his interactions with president trump marred by deep distrust. he
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outright lying defaming him and the fbi. >> comey said the president asked him to drop the investigation into michael flynn which he interpreted as an order. the surprising headline he admits to leaking his own memos to the press after the president fired him. let's start with justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: with the eyes of the nation upon him, former fbi director james comey emerged from seclusion to tell his story. >> director, you are now under oath. >> in his first public appearance since being fired, comey accused the white house of smearing his name. >> the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the fbi by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leader. those were lies, plain and simple. >> comey describes his growing unease with the president. starting with their first one-on-one meeting at trump
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got into his fbi vehicle parked outside, and began taking notes on his laptop. >> what was it about that meeting that led you to determine that you need to start putting down a written record? >> combination of things. i think the circumstances, the subject matter and the person i was interacting with. honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting. thought it was important to document. >> then what was the most disturbing interaction of all, february 14th meeting in the oval office with comey, the president and his top advisers. at the end, the president tells comey to stay, ordering everyone else out of the room. including attorney general jeff sessions and jared kushner. >> my impression was something big is about to happen. i need to remember every single word spoken. my sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving, which is why he was lingering. i don't know mr. kushner well, i think he picked up on the same thing. and so i knew
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about to happen that i needed to pay close attention to. >> reporter: when they were alone, comey claims the president asked him to back off the investigation into fired national security adviser michael flynn. saying he is a good guy and has been through a lot. i hope you can let this go. senators on both side asked about that wording, the president saying, i hope you can let this go. i took it as a direction. the president of the united states with me alone saying i hope this. i took it as this is what he wants me to do. i didn't obey that. that's the way i took it. >> why didn't you stop and say, mr. president, this is wrong. i cannot discuss this with you? >> a great question. maybe if i were stronger, i would have. i was so stunned by the conversation that i just took it in. look, i have seen the tweet about tapes. lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> three months later, comey was fired. he says he quickly wanted to get
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and he planned to use those detailed memos of his one-on-one conversations with trump. >> i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with the reporter. didn't do it myself for variety of reasons. asked him to. i thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. >> do you believe this will rise to obstruction of justice? >> i don't know. that's bob mueller's job. >> reporter: there is no question in comey's mind about one thing, why he lost his job. >> there was an explanation, i don't buy it. it is my judgment i was fired because of the russia investigation. i was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change the way the russia investigation was conducted. that is, that is a very big deal. >> reporter: mueller has the the memos and is assessing them. comey clearly trying to make the case that mueller must investigate the circumstances of his encounters with the president to determine if a crime was committed. >> going to pick up where he
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committee now plans next week to speak with the special counsel, robert mueller. >> senators want to review comey's memos and notes he turned over to mueller. they plan to question key witnesses including the president's son-in-law. sources tell abc news, jared kushner expected to be interviewed within the next several weeks. >> congress is pressing the was to release any tapes that might exist of meetings between comey and the president. >> interestingly president trump has been utterly sigh le lly si comey's testimony and tweets so far. we're told the president did watch part of the hearing and received updates from aide throughout the morning. his personal attorney did speak publicly firing back at comey disputing almost everything he said with one notable exception. >> mr. comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told president trump privately. that is, that the president
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not under investigation as part of any probe into russian interference. the president never suggested that mr. comey, "let flynn go." >> donald j. trump. >> toward the end of comey's testimony the president trump left the white house and headed to a friendly environment, annual gathering of christian conservatives. >> the president did not mention comey but blast his critics telling the crowd "we are all under siege." >> they will lie. they will obstruct. they will spread their hatred and their prejudice. but we will not back down from doing what is right. i want to know who are the 19%? >> the president thanked evangelical community for support and promised to safe guard freedom. >> he urged the audience to help him stop democratic obstructionism and send more republicans to congres
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year's midterm. >> we turn to steve gomez, special agent in los angeles, thank you for joining us. first, foremost. >> good morning. >> you heard comey's testimony, former fbi director admitting to giving his notes to a friend at "the new york times." at a maximum is this legal, at a minimum is it ethical? >> well it is at the minimum, it is a problem from a couple stand points. one, as the former leader of the fbi he was a role model for all of the organization. and that isn't exactly the example you want to set for fbi agents, analysts and personnel that, if you don't like something, then you leak it to the media. that's really a problem. we have seen other issues like that from the nsa contractor and so on. that is a problem there. whether it is legal -- that's, that's a question that is debated. has been debated by legal scholars. the fact is wh
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investigator, you, you have an interview or any kind of encounter with anybody and you take notes there is a reason for taking the notes. he took the notes. typically you would take the notes and place those in an envelope to be held in an investigative file for down the road, recollection, so on. it should technically be part of a file. the fact it was released there will be some debate about whether that was legal or not. >> lot of questioning into that. the fbi pride itself on being independent. how unusual for a president and the head of the fbi to have nine one-on-one communications? >> that is fairly unusual. especially in light of the situation with these investigations. the fbi director is supposed to be independent objective nonpartisan. when there are investigations whether it is directly involving another government official like the president or even
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tangentially involving in this case the trump campaign there should be every effort to stay away from having that kind of conversation as they did as was described in the testimony. so, the fact that that is something that came up and the, the director, the former director didn't push back, that's a big concern. because the that's what you have to do. we have seen that with louis freeh, former a.g., janet reno. >> during the clinton years indeed. steve gomez. from los angeles. thank you for joining us. >> the hearing attracted millions of viewers across the country. >> interestingly watch parties springing up across the u.s. people were riveted to screens at homes, offices, bars nationwide. this was easily the most talked about congressional hearing in recent memory. >> yeah, some say important for the theater of it alone. others are happy americans actually want to stay informed. >> it is actually
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reassuring to me that people are active and interested. >> most exciting time to live in isn't it? fbi director is calling trump a liar on national television. what a hoot. >> what a hoot. >> what a hoot it is. some people needed to just a big deep breath. little sigh, little ohm. people took a zen approach to the hearings in los angeles. had chilled champagne. chilling out with yoga. >> drinking parties. waiting for presidential tweet. in which bars were going to have the entire first round. didn't happen. didn't even hear the word. >> apparently, yoga, they namaste-ed away from partisanship. >> stunning election results coming in, call for the prime minister's resignation. >> plus the very long tradition of high profile congressional hearings as america hangs on every word from former fbi director james comey. looking back
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historic moments that have aired live on tv. >> first this moment caught on surveillance camera. a woman so distracted by her cell phone, she fell through a sidewalk access door. this is a horrible situation. tell you how it all ended. >> literally my nightmare walking through new york. remember find us on facebook, wnnfans.com and on twitter. as abcwnn. glad you are watching "world news now," glad you are with us. i love you, but sometimes you stink. ♪ new febreze air effects with odorclear technology cleans... ...away odors like never before. because the things you love the most can stink. and try febreze small spaces to clean away odors for up... ...to 30 days. breathe happy with new febreze. not all fish oil supplements provide the same omega-3 power.
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ntsb looking into the deadly crash of a church bus filled with high school students. it struck a vehicle on the way to the atlanta airport. one person was killed. the students from huntsville, alabama, were headed on a mission to africa. >> breaking overnight, political uncertainty in britain after the snap election. calls for prime minister may to resign after early results show a major set back for her party.
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longer have an overall majority in parliament. it is a stunning setback for may who was expecting historic landslide. may called the early election hoping to gain a wider majority. a landslide would have strengthened her hand in talks with brexit, which was the vote to leave the european union. >> we are learning details about the government contractor charged with leaking classified u.s. documents. her name reality winner appearing there in a georgia courtroom where she pleaded not guilty to charges. prosecutors released information in their case against winner, including a notebook entry which said she wanted to burn down the white house. they warned the judge she may have more stolen secrets. she was denied bail. >> this woman was apparently so distracted by her cell phone, she fell six feet down a cellar opening, in plainfield, northern new jersey. the 67-year-old woman may have been texting or playing a game
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emergency crews rescued her, rushed her to the hospital. remains in serious condition. authorities say the access doors were open because of gas line repairs. >> that is terrifying. when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. or in florida get a surfboard. >> surfboard. record rains, the past few days left streets filled with water. so much water that a couple guys in north lauderdale decided to hang ten. they attached the board to a truck. >> one guy tweeting he was finally able to accomplish one of his dreams. dream big. dream big, folks. >> that is one big dream. okay. coming up. political drama playing out in daytime. >> looking back on some of the other big moments coming up next. ♪ ♪ rient blends fueling hair 100% stronger that's instantly smoother and tangle free. because strong is beautiful.
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>> called himself and said can you come over for dinner. i hung up had to call my wife and break a date with her. supposed to take her out to dinner that night. >> one of the all time great excuses in breaking a date. >> in retrospect. i love spending time with my wife. wish i had been there that night. >> one question i will not follow up with. >> valentine's day. lighter moments from the widely watched testimony of former fbi
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hearing into an event reminiscent of some of the biggest, dramatic moments in political history. tom llamas gives us a look back. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman. >> it depend on what the meaning of the word is, is. >> president bill clinton in 1998, forced to admit on primetime television before 70 million people his relationship with white house intern monica lewinsky. >> i did have a relationship with ms. lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact it was wrong. >> reporter: every moment gripping the nation including the impeachment hearings. >> the evidence suggests the eight months included false statements under oath, false statements -- >> reporter: earlier sexual harassment allegations against clarence thomas which he denied. the drama playing out in realtime. more than 20 million tuning in.
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conversation to a discussion of sexual matters. his conversations were very vivid. >> this is a circus, a national disgrace. and from my standpoint, as a black american, as far as i am concerned it is a -- >> in the 80s, oliver north brought his feisty lawyer to answer questions about iran-contra. >> letting the witness on jkt if -- letting the witness object if he wishes to. >> maybe most famous of all, the investigation into watergate. >> i'm not a crook. >> reporter: that had the most dramatic finale of all. >> i shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. >> reporter: the famous wave and unforgettable exit on live television. tom llamas, abc news, new york. >> quite a few big moment there in the history. >> at the very least get
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watching. >> that is true. >> "the mix" is next. we'll be right back.
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it is time now for "the mix." i'm struggling with how to explain the next story. because the it just makes no sense. but let's see if you guys understand it. neighbors are furious in rhode island because there was a man who decided to build a road, driveway, out of smelly clam shells. i guess he decided they were biodegradable. >> makes sense to me. >> they were fit for a road. he did this, the problem its you imagine the stench. so neighbors have complained. and police are now investigating. spending their -- time investigating. >> maybe need to quit whining. a nice smell. >> shell of a problem. >> it gives you, just need to get used to the beautiful smell. >> ode de
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>> their biggest problem is all the people who are honking because it stinks. we get the stories once in a while. a guy buys a ring, years ago at a garage sale. $13. in the 1980s. brought it to an auction recently, actually worth $850,000. >> why does this never happen to me what i want to know. i need to go to garage sales. >> you're buying from the cracker jack box. >> the polka. ♪ politics and foreign wars all right weather all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ tapes that roll in way too slow stuff you saw on koppel's show ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ grab your mug and everybody dance ♪ ♪ have some fun be a pal every anchor guy and gal ♪
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this morning on "world news now," breaking news from the uk, voters deal a stunning set back to the prime minister there. the cause for her resignation, growing louder now. we'll bring you the latest. >> bombshell of the day in washington with former fbi director, blasting president trump and the white house over what he calls "lies." what's next in the russia investigation? we'll have the answers. >> new this half-hour, chaotic and tense moments at a grocery store. >> man turning against his co-workers killing three people. the chilling video he posted just before it happened. >> and we'll switch gears, and turn to "the skinny." if you thought they were ready to bury the hatchet, think again. the bad blood is still real.

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