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good morning, america. new overnight, ready to testify. attorney general jeff sessions heading to capitol hill to appear before the same senate committee that heard bombshell testimony from fired fbi director james comey. his side of the story about his contacts with the russians. clashing protests, the dueling demonstrations in several cities over islam. police using pepper spray, making arrests. >> enslavement of women, execution of gays. >> why some say it's an effort to demonize an entire faith. rescued at sea. transatlantic racers ready for a challenge but sailing into a boatload of trouble tossed about in the high seas. the "queen mary 2" coming to the rescue of this damaged
morning. and remembering batman. celebrating a life of adam west, the campy caped crusader who bammed and powed his way into our hearts and reaching a younger generation with cartoon comedy. what he said about how he'd like to be remembered. good sunday morning. you know, someone is waking up much richer this morning. a single ticket matching all six powerball numbers was sold in california. that ticket is worth almost $448 million, one of the largest jackpots in history. >> well, we know since he showed up to work today that it wasn't ron claiborne who bought the ticket although he did walk away. >> checking his numbers. >> it could be that. >> we'll find out. >> here he is.
he's coming back. >> where are you going? >> i was going to go put my contacts in. >> there we go. >> really? >> we love the bespectacled look on ron claiborne. >> we do the show same time every saturday. >> welcome to "gma." >> thanks, rob. we'll have much more on the powerball winner, aka not ron claiborne, coming up. our top story this morning, the attorney general jeff sessions heading to the hot seat. >> just days after that explosive testimony from fired fbi director james comey, a.g. sessions who used to be comey's boss will appear before the same congressional committee that comey did investigating alleged russian meddling in the presidential campaign. >> sessions has been under scrutiny over his contacts with the russian ambassador and got into hot water for acknowledging belatedly two meetings, but there was a third. >> look at this image. sessions standing just feet away from the seated russian ambassador at a trump campaign event. now, the a.g. will likely be asked about this when he appears before congress on tuesday. >> george stephanopoulos standing by.
we're going to start here with abc's mary bruce who is in bedminster, new jersey, where the president, president trump is spending the weekend. mary, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, good morning. well, sessions was supposed to appear before an unrelated committee, but now because there are so many russia-related questions for the attorney general, sessions has agreed to appear before the senate intelligence committee on tuesday to address this issue head on. after james comey's stunning russia testimony -- >> i take the president at his word that i was fired because of the russia investigation. >> reporter: -- this morning the attorney general is now headed for the congressional hot seat. jeff sessions has already recused himself from the russia investigation because of his close ties to the trump campaign. >> i should not be involved in investigating a campaign i had a role in. >> reporter: but comey has hinted there were other reasons. >> we also were aware of facts that i can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a russia-related investigation problematic. >> reporter: investigators are looking at this event, th
year. >> my foreign policy will always put the interests of the american people and american security above all else has to be first. >> reporter: that's russian ambassador sergey kislyak in the front row, and there's jeff sessions. investigators want to know if the two men had any interaction at this event. sessions has already come under fire for initially failing to report two other meetings with the ambassador during the campaign. now in a letter to lawmakers, sessions says in light of comey's testimony, it is important that i have an opportunity to address these matters. now, lawmakers are also likely to press sessions about the parameters of his recusal and ask how he responded to comey's request that sessions not leave him alone with the president after those awkward encounters. dan and paula. >> all right, mary bruce reporting from bedminster, new jersey, this morning, mary, thank you. we want to bring in our chief
"this week" a little later this morning. >> good morning. >> good morning to you, george. so let's talk about jeff sessions, he will be testifying before the senate intelligence committee on tuesday. why would he want to do this? >> mary just laid out the questions he has to answer. i mean, there were a lot of revelations this that comey hearing right there saying he knew of some intelligence that led him to believe that sessions would have to recuse himself. those questions about why he failed in his first meetings with the judiciary committee to reveal his meetings with the russians and the possibility of the third right there and perhaps most important this question of recusal. whether it was proper for him to be involved in the firing of james comey when, in fact, he was supposed to have recused himself from the russia investigation as comey said in his testimony, the president himself said that he fired james comey with russia on his mind. >> we're now three days out from comey's explosive and apparently well watched testimony. what is your sense of how it's playing out now? >> well, what you've now got is
two very different stories from two very different men, james comey and donald trump. direct contradictions. they're basically each calling the other one a liar about the meetings in january in the white house. the meeting in february in the white house. using that word.ally using that that now almost certainly something that special counsel robert mueller has to look at. you know, the president claimed his vindication the fact that james comey said that he wasn't under investigation for the russia -- for any contacts with russia. he is almost certainly now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice given the fact that comey has turned over those memos, and we're going to talk this morning to two people who know a lot about this. number one, preet bharara, the former u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york who was actually fired by president trump like james comey. this is his first television interview since being fired and he knows both james comey and robert mueller very well, and we're also going to talk to a member of the president's legal team, a lot of questions for jay sekulow. one of the president's attorneys to ansr.
>> real quick, you mentioned vindication but trump feels vindicated by comey's testimony as does his base. they are standing firmly by him. what's your take? >> so far. some of the polling shows -- breitbart and right wing media sites are all echoing the trump line right now. there has been some drop in -- drop in strong support for the president. one of the things you saw i think up in the senate at that intelligence committee hearing republican senators, a lot did try to put the best face on trump's actions. i think there's no question about that but you also saw them almost to a person vouch for james comey's credibility. >> sure. >> so i think one of the big questions you're going to see, does the president's story hold up under oath, if, indeed, he does as promise testify about this. >> so important to watch what happens with the trump base. george stephanopoulos, thank you very much. a reminder george as a big show and as he said he's going to go one-on-one with preet bharara for his first interview since being fired by president trump
plus george will speak with jay sekulow coming up later on "this week" on abc. we will move on now to a deadly attack on american soldiers overseas. u.s. officials say an afghan army soldier who is being trained by our troops turned on them opening fire. >> abc's stephanie ramos is in washington with who is claiming responsibility for this attack. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: dan and paula, good morning. the taliban did not waste any time claiming responsibility for this attack. incidents like these have gone down in recent years, but this shooting rampage is bound to influence how president trump and his national security team respond to the fight in afghanistan. american soldiers ambushed in a deadly insider attack in eastern afghanistan. according to pentagon officials, an afghan army soldier aimed his weapon on u.s. service members there to train him as part of the train, advise and assist mission. three u.s. army soldiers killed, one more wounded. the taliban says they're
responsible releasing this photo of the alleged attacker who was killed. >> if you look at the number of insider attacks since the u.s. has been in afghanistan, many of these attacks have come from people who have lived or been recruited from the eastern provinces which are up next to pakistan which is traditional taliban home territory. >> reporter: the attack in the same province where the u.s. dropped its most powerful nonnuclear bomb on isis targets in april. president trump and vice president pence were briefed immediately. >> when heroes fall, americans grieve and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these american heroes. >> reporter: this insider attack typically called a green on blue attack is the deadliest in more than a year, and afghan soldiers, they're also at risk of being targeted by who they think are comrades. dan and paula. >> so sad for those fallen soldiers. stephanie, thank you. we want to turn now to a dramatic rescue at sea. >> a skipper sailing straight into trouble when bad weather
got the best of him. enter the "queen mary 2." abc's erielle reshef is here with more. hey, erielle. >> reporter: hey, good morning. the "queen mary 2" coming about for that stranded sailor and passengers watching the daring rescue after a storm left him stuck in the middle of the atlantic ocean. the luxury liner going into full rescue mode when seasoned yachtsman mervyn wheatley called for help from the middle of the ocean. at around 2:00 a.m., captain chris wells of the "queen mary 2" received a distress call. >> there was a 38-foot yacht in distress in our area. >> reporter: wheatley was competing in the single-handed transatlantic race that set sail in plymouth, england. expected to dock at their final destination later in newport, rhode island. his yacht known as "the tamarind" making its way across the atlantic when a violent unexpected storm whipped up overhead. the boat overtaken by extreme conditions with winds up to 69
with the help of the canadian coast guard the ocean liner carrying nearly 3,000 passengers switching course traveling more than 200 miles out of its way all to save wheatley from his stranded vessel. >> i'm very, very pleased that we were on time, the boat survived until we got there and that we were able to successfully effect the rescue. >> three other boats in that race suffered some damage from the strong storm. wheatley was checked by a medical team, and this morning we know thankfully he's doing just fine. i'm sure very grateful though that that yacht came about. heading to a big day in court. more than dozens members of a banned penn state fraternity accused in the death of a pledge named timothy piazza. >> the hearing will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial and abc's eva pilgrim joins us with what details are expected to be made public. hi, eva. >>ep
will be on the key piece of evidence, surveillance video, video prosecutors say shows exactly what happened the night a penn state student died. for the first time video recorded inside a penn state frat house the night a pledge died will be played publicly in court. >> we expect that videotape to be horrible, that it will be the kind of evidence which will make a significant impact. >> reporter: 19-year-old tim piazza died after falling head first down the stairs of the beta theta pi fraternity house this past february after a pledge party allegedly turned into an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual. the fraternity brothers accused of waiting nearly 12 hours before calling for help. >> we have a friend who is unconscious. he's -- hasn't moved. he's probably going to need an ambulance. >> reporter: monday 18 members of the now banned fraternity are due in court. eight facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault. a judge deciding if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
prosecutors plan to play surveillance video of the incident, hours of footage. >> so, what we have here is evidence which is quite unusual and we're not in this case talking about who said something happened but rather what was recorded as to what happened. >> reporter: prosecutors allege his fraternity brothers tried to cover up their drinking and coordinate a story. one of the members not charged telling our robin roberts he tried to get piazza help. >> i said we should call 911, get him in an ambulance. i got thrown against the wall. i didn't know what to do after that. i felt kind of useless. >> it's nice that he had good intentions at the time, but i don't know why anybody didn't pick up a phone. >> reporter: and one of the defense attorneys agreeing this was a tragedy but saying it doesn't mean there was any intent involved. since piazza's death penn state has permanently banned beta theta pi and added new restrictions for all greek organizations. >> i sat down with the piazza family.
the way cultures operate, especially greek cultures operate on campuses across the country. they're not sure whether they're willing to watch that tape tomorrow. incredibly painful for them. eva, thanks very much. really appreciate it. a lot of other news and for that as always we get it over to ron claiborne who we can confirm is still at the desk. >> without his contacts. >> i returned and i'm staying. >> okay. >> dan, good morning to you. paula and robert, good morning, everyone. we're going to begin with the protesters and counterprotesters gathering from coast to coast clashing over islam. [ chanting "usa, usa, usa" ] in california, demonstrators gathering in san bernardino on 159 saturday at the site where a husband and wife motivated apparently by islamic extremism killed 14 people back in 2015. the event organized by a.c.t., ardent opponents of sharia, or strict muslim law who say the islamic religious
is contrary to basic human rights, their words there. and in germany, three british citizens have been detained following an emergency landing after the pilot was told that those people had had suspicious conversations about, quote, terrorist matters. the jet with 151 people on board headed from slovenia to london was diverted to cologne bonn airport in germany last night. the germany news agency dpa reported that politicized a backpack that belonged to one of the men exploding it outside the aircraft. also in london police are releasing more pictures from the london terror attack. these images are what investigators are saying what were fake explosive belts. each consisted of three disposable water bottles covering with masking tape. police say the three men who launched that attack were all wearing them when they were fatally shot by police officers. from switzerland this video showing ex "top gear" host richard hammond seconds before he veered off the road and crashed in his car worth nearly a million bucks causing it to catch fire. the crash happening while hammon
and it's not you unless you bought that ticket in sun city, california. one ticket matching all six numbers was bought worth, listen to this, $447.8 million before taxes, sold in sun city. officials say it's the seventh largest jackpot in powerball history. officials saying that. the winning numbers that you didn't have were 20, 26, 32, 38, 58 and the powerball 3. >> i wish i had a cousin. >> yeah. but as we always caution winners of these big powerball jackpots, money will not buy happiness. >> more money, more problems. >> exactly. you're better off without it. >> a lot of people go broke after winning the lottery. >> they do. >> because they don't know what to do with it. >> you're better off without it. my grandfather used to say rich or poor, it's nice to have money. >> yeah. >> that's an excellent point. what's going on in the weather? >> nice to have nice weather too. >> it's going to get really hot and our big heat wave, and to do
that, to combat that, you know, why don't you go out and paint your roof white. this is what my man ron claiborne was doing. he didn't know i'm showing this. new york city cool roofs campaign and they paint the roofs of building white to increase the color to reflect that heat so the city doesn't get as hot and the buildings get a little more efficient and that's what ron did for his saturday afternoon. bravo, rc. >> i was helping. >> you were out there? >> 20 volunteers. >> nice. >> he's not the only volunteer. all right, ron, thank you. 92 degrees in chicago. chicago wants your service, ron. so does kansas city, st. louis, they all want to cool down and the heat wave will persist across the northeast today, tomorrow and probably on