tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC March 28, 2017 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
tonight, several breaking stories as we come on. refusing calls to step down. tonight, growing pressure on the congressman leading the investigation into russia and any possible collusion. devin nunes rejecting calls to leave his post after his secret meeting on white house grounds. also tonight, was there an effort by the white house to
keep the fired acting attorney general, sally yates, from testifying? the white house firing back tonight, and you'll hear it. also tonight, tracking severe storms hitting now. the tornado watch, large hail, damaging winds. the new system we're watching as we come on the air, million of americans in the path tonight. the police officers ambushed, rushed to the hospital in the back of a pick-up truck. their unmarked vehicle riddled with bullet holes. good evening. we begin with several major developments involving the white house and the pressure mounting on capitol hill. the congressman who's leading what suppose to be an independent investigation into russian meddling with the trump team. from democrats saying his on jikt ifr jiktivety is under question. a secret meeting on white house grounds on on the night before that happened. no word who he met with. will this investigation truly be independent. the white house was asked about the cloud of this investigation hanging over the president. the press secretary lashing out.
abc ice mary bruce leading us from capitol hill. >> reporter: the republican chairman is defiant brushing off concerns he's too cozy with the white house. to oversee that investigation into russia's election med ling. >> why not recuse yourself from this investigation? >> i still don't know why. if you guys give me a reason to recuse myself, i might consider it. >> your critics say you are just too close to the trump administration to lead this investigation. >> reporter: other republicans are voicing concerns. >> i think he owes his committee members who he met with. >> reporter: now nunes and the white house are both denying a new report they tried to block former acting attorney general sally yates from testifying before the committee. >> to suggest in any way, shape or form that we stood in the way of that is 100% false. >> reporter: yates was the first official to inform the white house that trump's then-national security adviser michael flynn had lied about his
conversations with the russian ambassador. a holdover from the obama administration, she was later fired for refusing to defend the president's travel ban. she was supposed to testify on capitol hill today as part of the russia investigation, but then, a twist. in a letter, the justice department warned that her conversations with the white house were "likely covered by presidential communications privilege," adding, "she needs to consult with the white house" about whether she could testify. yates's attorney then wrote to the white house council, saying she should be allowed to speak because top administration officials had been speaking publicly about the matter. no response. and that same day, congressman nunes postponed the russia hearing altogether. >> did anyone at the white house direct you to postpone the yates testimony? >> oh, gosh. you guys ask the same questions over and over again. >> but did they? did anyone at the white house -- >> no. that's a total false story. >> reporter: and from the white house? >> if they choose to move
forward, great. we have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple. >> reporter: on capitol hill, democrats demanded the hearing be rescheduled immediately. >> we hope that it will be speedily rescheduled. that's certainly what we're pushing for. >> reporter: but nunes is now going even further, cancelling all of the intelligence committee's meetings. the president tweeting the russia story is a hoax. >> if the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a russian connection. the facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion. at some point, april, you're going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion. >> reporter: but the fbi director has made it very clear. these questions have not been answered. and the agency is still investigating whether there was any collusion between the trump campaign and russia. >> mary sean spicer clearly frustrated there. at some point saying you have to
take no for answer over possible russian collusion. the fbi director told the american people there is an fbi investigation. what support for nunes from fellow republicans on the hill. >> he questions nunes' on jek jektsivety. the speaker of house was asked if nunes should recuse himself, his answer was one word -- no. david. >> mary, thank you. the other major development tonight, president trump taking swift action to roll back much of president obama's climate change policies. the president signing a sweeping order today. the coal miners standing next to him. he would bring back coal mining jobs. the white house was pressed today. how many jobs will this move create and will coal jobs really come back in big numbers for those families who heard the promise. cecilia vega at the white house.
>> our incredible coal miners. >> reporter: surrounded by coal miners, the president, with the stroke of a pen, signing a sweeping order to roll back most of president obama's climate change legacy. >> with today's executive action, i am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on american energy, to reverse government intrusion, and to cancel job-killing regulations. >> reporter: the order calls for a review of rules curbing carbon emissions in the u.s. it strikes rules mandating that climate change be considered in federal policymaking. it does not address the 2015 paris climate deal, an international agreement to cap greenhouse gas emissions. the president also promising to >> we are going to put our coal miners back to work! >> reporter: today, president trump said miners he's met want to get back to work. >> i said, "how about this? why don't we get together, we'll go to another place, and you'll get another job.
you won't mine anymore. do you like that idea?" they said, "no, we don't like that idea. we love to mine. that's what we want to do." i said, "if that's what you want to do, that's what you're going to do." >> reporter: but the white house doesn't know exactly how many new mining jobs will come out of this executive order. environmentalists say the president is overselling the revival of jobs in a declining industry. fewer than 75,000 coal mining jobs remain in the u.s. by comparison, there are more than 650,000 renewable energy jobs. today the sierra club called the president's action, "the single biggest attack on climate action in u.s. history, period." candidate trump called climate change a hoax. >> it's a hoax. it's a moneymaking industry, okay? it's a hoax, a lot of it. >> reporter: today, we asked the white house if anything has changed. >> does the president still believe that climate change is a hoax? >> he does not believe that as i mentioned at the onset, that there is a binary choice between
job creation, economic growth and caring about the environment, and that's what we should be focusing on. >> cecilia vega with us live from the white house tonight. so many coal mining families heard those promises in the campaign from then-candidate donald trump. how many jobs this new executive order would create. >> he didn't have answer. the white house doesn't have an estimate. sean spicer turning the focus from workers to coal companies. the industry is applauding this order. >> cecilia vega at the white house. thank you. we're tracking severe storms. a tornado watch up in several states at this hour. 14 million americans at rick for damaging storms going into the night. a child 24 hours already. this supercell in decaturville, tennessee. in lubbock, texas, hail forcing this driver off the road today.
gingersie tracking the threat into tonight and tomorrow morning. but first, adrienne bankert from the storm zone. >> reporter: tonight, residents of already hard-hit areas of the south bracing for more extreme weather. trees toppling onto cars in tennessee. that photo showing the supercell moving through decaturville. residents believe a tornado tore through here, tossing a mobile home. >> the wind picked it up, rolled it over and threw it against these trees right here and just completely flattened it. >> reporter: a tornado confirmed to the east. in north central alabama, winds gusting above 60 miles per hour disrupting a high school baseball game. [ screams ] and an eerie fog following golf ball-sized hail. >> i have never seen this in the 11 years we've lived here. >> reporter: outside dallas, roofers using drones to inspect for damage ahead of another round of storms. >> we're looking for spots where it's been dented. >> reporter: and on the
ground -- auto glass repairmen racing to fix damaged vehicles. texas in the bull's-eye tonight. we talked to the property owner behind me. you can see that structure completely flattened. he said it sounded like a bomb when the storm rolled through. more severe storm expected. let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee. >> it's happening as we speak. you look at that map there, warnings actually from just north of abilene to just north of childress. the region you have to watch out for, that area where it's elevated risk, lawton to wichita falls. that takes you to 9:00. we took the time out. dallas to austin have damaging winds potential. as we go through early tomorrow morning. tomorrow's threat region, back to shreveport to lubbock.
cyclone slammed into australia's northeastern coast today. hundreds of thousands of people rushed to higher ground. the storm knocking out power to 49,000 homes tonight. so far the good news, though, no deaths have been reported there. back here at home tonight, to a deadly encounter in a suburban american neighbor. authorities say three teens wearing masks broke into a home in broad daylight. and encountered one of the resident who lived there with ar-15. clayton sandelle with the story. >> reporter: police say it began when 23-year-old zack peters woke to the sounds of three masked teenage burglars breaking into this house in near tulsa, oklahoma. >> well, i thought it was thunder. >> reporter: it wasn't thunder, but gunfire. police say peters used an ar-15 rifle, opening fire and shooting all three burglars dead. >> two are juveniles in the range of 16 to 17.
one is an adult male, 18 years old. two of the suspects were already considering armed, one was with brass knuckles, the other one was with a knife. >> reporter: police say the fourth suspect, elizabeth rodriguez, turned herself in and is believed to have been the getaway driver. >> we're trying to clarify as to why they chose that house. was it random, or was there some other knowledge the suspects had that they chose that house? >> reporter: prosecutors say oklahoma law allows for rodriguez to be charged with the three murders even if she did not pull the trigger. those charges haven't been filed. oklahoma's "make my day" law allows homeowners to use deadly force in self-defense. but tonight, prosecutors haven't decided if peters will face any charges. david. >> clayton sandell with us tonight. thank you, clayton. a developing story from peru. images coming in this hour of an airline jet on fire there. east of the capital of lima. just off the runway.
local reports say the plane was trying to land. passengers were evacuated and emergency crews on the scene at this hour. the cause of the fire is unknown. no word yet on any injuries. back here tonight, in washington, former gymnasts testifying about the sexual abuse they said they suffered at the hands of their trusted team doctor. usa gymnastics carried more for medals than safety. >> reporter: emotional testimony on capitol hill today about sexual abuse in gymnastics. >> now i know that i was not alone. more than 100 women have come forward and shared stories shockingly similar to mine. >> reporter: bronze medalist jamie dantzscher and fellow gymnast like jessica howard recounted alleged abuse as teenagers at the hands of larry nassar, team usa's doctor for 19 years. charges he has denied. >> i trusted usa gymnastics, but i was sexually abused, as were
so many other athletes. >> reporter: nassa are is now behind bars. but former gymnasts like dominique moceanu, who was not sexually abused herself, described a culture of intimidation and humiliation. >> everybody around us knew that abuses were going on but they chose not to act because it became part of the cultural norm. >> reporter: usa gymnastics didn't send a witness instead this statement. "we are dealing with a serious problem, and we recommit ourselves to promoting a safe environment for our athletes." usa gymnastics and the former gymnasts say they support a new bill that would make it mandatory to immediately report sexual abuse of amateur athletes to law enforcement. still ahead -- the officer rushed to the hospital in the back of pickup truck. the growing outrage over this video right here and the question tonight, did the tsa go
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sensitive to people touching me. i started having hives a little bit. >> reporter: his mother posted the entire pat-down. earlier this month, tsa announced rather than five different versions. only one pat-down protocol is now allowed. and in this case, the tsa said all approved procedures were followed. >> people have to remember that the tsa screeners can't afford to make any mistakes. >> reporter: the mother said the tsa owes the family an apology. david. >> david kerley with us tonight. thank you, david. when we come back -- ordering groceries at home and then driving to pick them already baghdad for you. multiple shots at their car, rushed to the hospital. we have news tonight on their condition.
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and you for much of that time he had to fight alone, quarantined for a hundred days. he was kept in the hospital for 18 months. kept from loved ones for his own safety because his immune system was so compromised. his family sending signs as carter fight a rare tumor. two bone marrow transplants. a year and a half later he's coming home. what carter didn't know was that the whole town was waiting. >> here we are. cancer-free as of yesterday. >> reporter: here he comes around the door. his batman shirt, his cape. when she saw everyone, just look at his smile. all creating a parade. their shirts reading carter strong. the family, america strong. >> i couldn't be more proud of the young man that he is and what he's taught me and i really
pray that the cancer stays away. and he can be a little boy right now. >> reporter: one step at a time already proving that this fighter is no match for cancer. tonight, his parents sending us this photo. finally home after the whole town welcomed him. >> we love seeing carter home tonight. thank you for watching. i'm david muir. i hope to see you in the morning on "good morning america" and right back here tomorrow night. good night.
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