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like cuts to virginia school funding, and taking away healthcare from thousands of virginians. enron ed gillespie. he's not lobbying for you. . tonight, president trump responds, after being called reckless and, quote, utterly untruthful by members of his own party. also tonight, the president now revealing whether he himself authorized that mission that turned deadly in niger. also tonight, breaking news in the las vegas massacre. what we have just learned about the gunman. major changes when it comes to security and boarding airplanes landing in the u.s. we are also following the takedown today in an american airport. the young mother and wife who claimed she was kidnapped while jogging, said she was held solely by two women. tonight, what police are saying, and the alleged text messages to a man other than her husband. the officers who heard the
call, and the 85-year-old man who needed help after hurricane irma, and then, what the video shows one of the officers doing. and tonight, we celebrate a great. ♪ i found my thrill ♪ on blueberry hill >> the pioneer inspiring elvis, the beatles and jeb rations that followed. good evening and it's great to have you with us on a wednesday night. and we begin with president trump, tonight responding, after soming under attack from two senators in his own party. the president was asked if he accepts any blame of the civility oshgs lack thereof in politics right now. and the president tweeting about a stand og vags he received from republican senators as proof they are not fractured. here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega, leading us off. >> reporter: at the white house today, with his character
president trump brushed aside questions about whether it's time for him to be more civil. >> well, i think the press makes me more uncivil than i am. people don't understand. i went to an ivy league college, i was a nice student, i did very well, i'm a very intelligence person. >> reporter: it comes in the wake of blistering attack from two prominent republican senators who are not running for election. tennessee's bob corker accuses president trump of debasing the country. and arizona's jeff flake delivered this scathing rebuke on the senate floor. >> reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is. >> reporter: do you agree with that, do you bear any responsibility for that? >> well, i think it's sad, but i think to a large extent in all due respect, i think the media causes a lot of it, but
is a rough business, there's no question about it. >> reporter: the president's message, everything is just fine. his party loves him. his proof? the standing ovation he received from republican senators on capitol hill. he's now tweeted about it three times. with corker and flake out, are there any other republicans you want to see out of the senate? >> not at all. >> reporter: everybody is where they should be? >> we have a very good relationship. honestly, the republicans are very, very well united. >> reporter: now, he especially needs them to be united on tax reform. but his mentioned messages on how to pay for those tax cuts frustrate even his own allies. the president has said definitively, there will be no changes to your 401(k), but today, the top republican writing the tax plan said actually there could be changes, including limits on how much people can contribute to that retirement fund. when asked about that, the president said this. >> 401(k)s to me are very
benefits to the middle class. >> reporter: but then, just seconds later, a muddied message. >> well, maybe it is and maybe we'll use it as negotiating, but trust me. >> so, let's get to cecilia vega live from the white house. and cecilia, the president also spoke today about that ambush that killed four american special ops soldiers in niger, saying for the first time that he did not specifically authorize the mission himself. up asked the president about his phone call with the widow of one of those soldiers, sergeant la david johnson. that widow saying the president didn't seem to know her husband's name. here's how he answered it. >> i respect her. i respect her family. i certainly respect la david. he who, by the way, i called la david right from the beginning, just so you understand. they put a chart in front, la david, says la david johnson. so, i -- right from the beginning, there's no hesitation. one of the great memories of all time. there was no hesitation. >> great memories, talking about the chart in
the president seeming to question the widow's account. >> reporter: he is, and sergeant johnson's wife said the phone call made her cry even more. he is continuing to refute her account of the story. today he said, quote, all of these calls are about warmth and nobody has more respect for the families than he did. david? >> cecilia, thank you. we turn next here to that controversial dossier prepared as opposition research on then candidate donald trump. it's believed that firm was first hired by a republican opponent, and then the hillary clinton campaign and the democratic national committee funded it from there. so, tonight we now know who funded it, but some lawmakers say the bigger question remains, how much of it is true? here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: until now, hillary clinton and her campaign team would not admit any connection to the trump dossier. the 35-page document, prepared
the trump campaign colluded with the russians, and includes uncorroborated, salacious allegations about trump himself. it didn't come out until well after the campaign ended. >> it's all fake news. it's phony stuff. it didn't happen. >> reporter: the dossier on trump was produced for a washington-based firm called fusion gps, which had actually started digging up dirt on trump for an unknown republican during the primaries. after several republican candidates dropped out, the clinton campaign and the democrats secretly paid fusion gps to continue their research efforts. the president today said he was a victim. >> i think it's a disgrace. >> reporter: former clinton campaign spokesperson brian fallon said the democrats did nothing wrong. >> i think it's important to remember that opposition research happens all the time in campaigns. >> reporter: in fact, it's standard practice in xaes for both parties. >> i think it's important to know who paid for this dossier. what is more important than anything is whether the allegations in the dossier are true. >> reporter: and now one
question is, which republican first started fusion gps down the road of digging up dirt on trump? >> reporter: do you know who those republicans are? do you have any idea? >> i think i would have, if i were to guess, i have one name in mind. >> reporter: give it to us. >> it will probably be revealed. >> wasn't willing to reveal it himself. brian ross with us tonight. and we know that hillary clinton, the campaign, and the dnc helped fund this, but the question that remains tonight is, which republican opponent in that primary helped fund it, too. >> reporter: right, david. the democrats say the firm first approached them in early march last year, which was just after several republican candidates had dropped out of the race. and their supporters are now the prime systems. david? >> brian ross with us again tonight. thank you, brian. we turn next here to new developments in tin vest game of the massacre in hlas vegas. tonight, abc news has learned what the gunman did to hide his tracks on his computer, and what if anything do authorities know about his motive, now a month later? here's abc's senior
tonight. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned exclusively that the hard drive is missing from the laptop computer found in stephen paddock's sniper's lair at the mandalay bay hotel. some authorities suspect that paddock destroyed or intentionally hid the hard drive to keep law enforcement from information that may have told them why he killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more. >> he would want to erase his digital history so nobody could ever figure out how and why he did what he did. >> reporter: and abc news has also learned that paddock bought software to erase his hard drive. more evidence of his meticulous planning. the fbi and las vegas police continue to interview witnesses and run down leads from across the country, but have been frustrated by the lack of evidence pointing to a motive. >> we have found no signs of ideology of afill ration to any groups. >> reporter: and today, another disturbing twist. stephen paddock's brother bruce arrested and charged with possessing child pornography in a separate investigation that
masscre. >> and pierre thomas with us live tonight from washington. and pierre, almost a month now after this massacre, and authorities still have little idea what motivated him. >> reporter: david, authorities have interviewed hundreds of associates, friends and family, but they don't seem any closer to finding a clear motive. david? >> pierre thomas with us again tonight. thank you, pierre. and we turn next here to gripping testimony in the military trial of army argent bowe bergdahl. you'll remember seeing him squinting in the sun after being freed by the taliban, after being kept in a cage. tonight, perhaps the story you haven't heard from a former navy s.e.a.l., who went looking for bergdahl and what happened to him. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: the military judge about to decide how bowe bergdahl should be punished is hearing tonight from service members, who say they risked their lives trying to rescue bergdahl from the taliban, after he deserted his platoon in 2009. retired navy s.e.a.l. james hatch,ee
court, suffered career-ending injuries during one of those efforts and cried on the witness stand, telling the judge in north carolina today that "everyone on that mission was aware that he walked off." hatch explained how he was shot in the leg and how a service dog was killed, a story he shared with cnn. >> i was laying there, initially i thought, man, i'm dead, because i'm so close and i can't move. >> reporter: in the end, bergdahl's face finally saw the sunshine of freedom after a prisoner swap in 2014. in his first television interview with british filmaker sean langan, bergdahl explains how he was being tortured, and was held in a small cage for years. >> it's a cage that was welded together, about seven-foot long by about six-foot wide. my name is bowe bergdahl. >> reporter: bergdahl says he walked offbase to report on an issue with a superior. donald trump on the campaign trail attacked him repeatedly. >> he's a traitor. a no-good traitor. who should have
>> and steve is with us now. steve, the defense is now using those words you just heard from president trump to try to argue that bergdahl can't get a fair trial now in a military court? >> reporter: they are, but the judge in this case, david, says that not to worry, he can certainly render a fair decision in this case. if he decides to throw the book at that young man, bergdahl could spend the rest of his life in a military prison. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. thank you, steve. next, passengers on all flights to the rust about to face tougher security before they board. in fact, some airlines will begin interviewing passengers as early as tomorrow. here's abc's senior transportation correspondent david kerley tonight. >> reporter: tomorrow's deadline means americans flying home from international airports could face new security interviews. every day, 325,000 passengers board 2,100 direct flights to the u.s. from 280 airports. this is part of the enhanced security ordered b
homeland security secretary john kelly. >> unless we all raise our security standards, terrorists who seek commercial aviation as the greatest takedown will find and attack the weakest link. >> reporter: every airline must meet these new security mandates, but the u.s. is not telling those airlines how to do it. many carriers have decided to conduct these short security interviews, which could be as simple as, where are you traveling, who packed your bag? >> and i think it's a very good thing at some of these locations. i think it's going to be very seamless. the airlines are accustomed to this type of thing. >> david kerley live with us tonight. the bottom line for people watching, for americans flying back to the u.s., how many can expect to be interviewed? >> reporter: it's a good chance that they all could, depending what the airlines decide to do. if you have flown recently, you've been engaged in these simple security questions. has the bag left your possession. it's the israeli model. airline workers looking for anybody nervous or
david? >> david, thank you. from louisiana this evening, the search for a suspect in a double homicide at grambling state university. an argument spilled outside. one of the victims was a senior. the other, his friend from home. the suspect is someone they knew. tonight, the university is stepping up security, but holding classes and other events this homecoming week. next, this evening, a mysterious abduction, right back in the headlines tonight. sherry pa peony, the california wife and mother who says she disappeared while jogging, found three weeks later, tied up alongside a highway. well, tonight here, for the first time, her husband's first call for help, the wife's text messages, who was she texting? and fbi sketches of two women wanted for questioning. here's abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, we're hearing the 911 call keith pa peony made to report his wife missing. >> i just got home from work and my wife wasn't there. >> reporter: the question of who abducted the young mother is one law enforcement is still grap
>> i found her phone, it's got, like, hair ripped out of it in the headphones, so, i'm like totally freaking out, thinking somebody, like, grabbed her. >> reporter: today, the sheriff's office releasing new sketches of the two hispanic women sherry pa peony says abducted her. keith pa peony telling me about the moment he first saw her again. >> one of the officers kind of, like, braced me and kind of put his arm around me, and he said, you know, prepare yourself. they branded her. >> reporter: the sheriff's office also revealing today that papini was texting with a male acquaintance from michigan days prior to her disappearance in an attempt to meet. that man was later cleared. david, law enforcement is concerned about possible inconsistencies in sherry's story. she has claimed that she was abducted and held solely by the women that you saw in those sketches, but police say that they found dna of a female and a man on her clothes and her
matt gutman, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the sheriff's deputy facing charges tonight. you will see the home surveillance right here. the officers had heard a call after an 85-year-old man needed help after hurricane irma. and then, what the video shows one of the officers doing. also tonight, the airport takedown. the suspect accused of making threats inside the terminal. and right here tonight, the effort to save rye knows from extincti extinction. who is profiting? and the american now joining the effort to save them. bob woodruff reporting, right after the break. "volatile markets." something we all think about as we head into retirement. it's why brighthouse financial is committed to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing shield annuities, a line of products that allow you to take advantage of growth opportunities. while maintaining a level of protection in down markets. so you can head into retirement with confidence. talk with your advisor about shield annuities from brighthouse financial
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worth over $300,000 on the black market, it's a brutal trade. but with rhino horn demand at an all-time high, and criminal and terror groups profiting off the sale, rhinos not under lock and key are rapidly being poached into extinction. >> the way we look at it is, one single horn on the black market can buy as many as 1,000 ak-47 rifles. one single horn can keep 75 isis fighters in kit and armaments for 12 months. >> reporter: but there might be some hope. this is rhino 911, a nonprofit co-founded by fred hees, based in nevada. they're working around the clock to protect rhinos and other wildlife. veterinarian gerardhus sheepers, darting the rhinos from the air. the horns are cut and sanded, leaving behind only a couple of inches, so it can regrow.
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finally tonight here, celebrating an american original. there was only one fats domino. >> once again, fats domino! ♪ >> reporter: in the 1950s and '60s, fats domino won so many hearts. 23 gold records, 65 million singles sold. and his biggest hit, "blueberry hill." ♪ i found my thrill ♪ on blueberry hill >> reporter: even elvis called him the king. ♪ on blueber
>> reporter: he was self-taught, those triplets on "ain't that a shame," triple notes that would influence so many musicians after him. ♪ ain't that a shame >> reporter: he often sang about his hometown, new orleans. he and his wife raised eight children. ♪ when the saints go marching in ♪ >> reporter: famously, a man of few words, fats domino preferred to express himself through song. ♪ when the saint goes marching in ♪ >> could listen to him all night. thanks for watching on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.