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tonight, the attorney general in the hot seat. jeff sessions before congress and the american people. the combative moments. sessions pressed on meetings with the russians. grilled on that moment in the oval office when the president asked everyone to leave except for james comey and is he asked, is the president recording conversations also breaking tonight, the young, american prisoner on his way from north korea. the urgent manhunt in this country. armed and dangerous, two escaped prisz ners on the run the invisible danger, dozens of people sickened. a woman collapses. they fall ill. emergency teams rushed to the scene. and the major break, the murder spree, the mother and her two daughters from college, and another couple in their home.
tonight, the takedown. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. we begin with attorney general jeff sessions, on capitol hill, under oath. he said he would defend his honor. calling any claims he colluded with russian a quote a detestable lie. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off. >> reporter: in front of the cameras, and the american people, attorney general jeff sessions in the hot seat. >> do you solemnly swear? >> i do. >> reporter: sessions defiant, saying he recused himself from the russia investigation the very start because he was on the trump campaign. >> i recused myself from any investigation into the campaign
for president but i did not recuse myself from defending my honor against false and scurrilous allegations. >> reporter: but sessions was repeatedlied press ed about any meetings -- with the russians, as a member of the trump campaign. in particular, a possible third meeting he never acknowlegdged. when then-candidate donald trump was invited to speak, and the russian ambassador was there. >> if any brief interaction occurred in passing with the russian ambassador during that reception, i do not remember it. i have never met with or had any the suggestion that i participated in any collusion that i was aware of any collusion with the russian government to hurt this country, which i have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process is an appalling and detestable lie. >> pressed further, sessions acknowledged there is video of the ambassador at the event. >> i recently saw a video of him
coming into the room. >> but you never remember having a meeting with ambassador kislyak. >> reporter: senators also grilled sessions on interactions between fired fbi director james comey and the president. that meeting in the oval office when the president asked everyone, including the attorney general to leave -- and kept comey there alone. >> we were there. i was standing there. i did depart. what that's what i recalled. >> reporter: sessions was then asked about what comey told congress and the country. that during the one-on-one meeting with the president allegedly asked him to go easy on retired general mike flynn -- >> i believe it was the next day that he said something, expressed concern about being left alone with the president. but that in and of itself is not problematic. >> reporter: later sessions signed on to the recommendation that james comey be fired. his reason? how comey handled the hillary
clinton e-mail investigation. even though the president said on network tv russian was on his mind when he fired comey. >> do you concur with the president he was fired regardless recommendation because of the russia investigation. >> senator feinstein, i'll let his words speak for themselves. >> you have no verbal conversation -- >> i can't confirm or deny this nature of private conversations that i may have had with the president. >> reporter: sessions repeatedly proo ticketing any conversations we had with the president. >> i believe the american people have had it with stonewalling. >> i'm not stonewalling, there's justice department policy -- i'm protecting the president's
constitutional right, by not giving it away before he has a chance -- >> has the president asserted executive privilege? in the case of your testimony here today. >> no. >> then what is your basis of your refusal to answer these questions? >> reporter: and then very bluntly, sessions is asked, did russia interfere with our presidential election? >> do you belive the russians interfered with the 2016 election? >> it appears so. >> reporter: sessions is then asked about whether he had business meetings -- >> i'm not able to rush this fast. it makes me nervous. >> he was pressed on which longstanding justice department policy he was talked about when he repeatedly said he couldn't share conversations with president. pierre, republican senator marco rubio asking very bluntly is the president roording
conversations. >> do you know if the president records conversations in the oval office or anywhere in the white house? >> i do not. >> if in fact any president was to record conversations in their official duties in the white house would there be an obligation to preserve those conversations? >> probably so. >> when did we learn those tapes exist, will the ag provide that longstanding policy he cited that protects conversations with the president. >> david the white house said they'll soon give answers on whether those tapes exist and the attorney general said he'll give additional answers about that longstanding policy. >> pierre, our thanks to you. while attorney general jeff sessions was testifying on capitol hill, president trump was on a road trip to talk about jobs in this country, following him to wisconsin, this question tonight, is the president now considering firing special prosecutor robert mueller who is now overseeing the russia
investigation? here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega. >> reporter: in the white house today, president trump ignoring the question. >> should robert mueller be fired? >> reporter: that after his close friend chris ruddy, a conservative media mogul and abc news contributor, said the president is indeed contemplating firing the man leading the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and russia. >> i think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. i think he's weighing that option. >> reporter: but the white house is pushing back, saying ruddy does not speak for the president. house speaker paul ryan jumping to robert mueller's defense. >> i think the best thing to do is let robert mueller do his job. >> reporter: president trump cannot directly fire mueller himself, but he could instruct his deputy attorney general rod rosenstein to do so. but today, on capitol hill, rosenstein said that's not happening. >> i appointed him. i stand by that decision. i think it was the right thing
to do under the circumstances and i'm going to defend the integrity of that investigation. >> reporter: even if there's a direct order from the president. >> have you seen any indication of good cause to fire mueller? >> no, i haven't. >> cecilia, also breaking news on the effort to repeal and replace obamacare. congressional sources saying, the president told senate republicans the bill passed by the house was quote, mean, according to ap late today. what have you learned from the white house. >> david, the bill also said that the bill the senate is working on should be more generous. tonight, david from the white house, no denial but sources telling me they won't comment about rumors, about private conversations they may or may not have happened. >> cecilia, the senate version, the president is hoping is quote, more generous. next to the other major
headline at this hour, the american student on his way home right now. after being released from captivity by the north korean. otto warmbier sentenced. his parents have been begging for his return. their son was in a coma for more than a year. here's terry moran. >> reporter: this afternoon, the medevac plane bringing back otto back, his 17-month nightmare in north korea finally over. his release coming after secret talks in oslo between u.s. and north korean officials and the revelation last week that he's in a coma. it all began with this incident. warmbier allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster like
this one while staying at a hotel. he was quickly arrested. his stunt considered a serious crime in that repressive country. >> please, i have made the worst mistake of my life. but, please, you have to save me. >> reporter: but the north koreans showed no mercy. he was sentenced in 2016 after a trial that lasted 16 hours. to hard labor. >> please save my life. please think of my family. >> reporter: his parents, after a year of keeping a low profile on the advice of u.s. officials, went on fox and friends last month. >> otto, we love you. you're an amazing guy. hang in there, tiger boy, you're coming home. >> reporter: today, secretary of state rex tyrellson announced his release. >> at the president's direction the department of state has secured the release of otto
warmbier from north korea, he's on his way home to be reuniting. >> reporter: as dennis rodman arrived in north korea. some say dennis rodham said he was playing a role in his release, but they denied it. >> dennis rodham's visit had nothing to do with this release, meanwhile the plane carrying warmbier is expected to land on u.s. soil. >> he's expected to land in ohio late tonight. his family released a statement today, saying in part, we want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized by the pariah regime.
>> terry, thank you. we turn next here at home, the desperate manhunt the inmates getting away in a stolen vehicle they car jacked. officials now warning they're armed and dangerous. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: georgia authorities tonight tell us they're stepping it up. >> they need to surrender before we find 'em. i saw two brutally murdered corrections officers. that's what i saw. i have their blood on my shoes. >> reporter: police are desperately searching for these two fugitives -- 43-year-old donnie rowe and 24 year old ricky dubose, both are career criminals who were serving hard time, and police say one of them is a member of the ghost faced gangsters, a white supremacist prison gang. >> there's a deputy on the scene. i'm assuming that the shooters
have escaped. >> reporter: the bus ride, where they escaped early this morning was unscheduled, and was moving 33 inmates from one prison to another. police say the two men broke through a locked barrier in back, and attacked prison transfer sergeants, christopher lamonica and curtis billue. they were killed with one of their own guns. >> be advised, just been they carjacked a white male in a graygreen honda automobile. >> reporter: police are looking for this green honda. late this afternoon, they believe they broke into a home north of here and changed clothes. next to a chaotic and deadly scene here in new york city, after reports of a carbon monoxide leak. the first clue that came in, the woman who collapsed in front of everyone. abc's gio benitez on the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a scare in one of new york's busiest neighborhoods. as carbon monoxide in a building just 3 blocks from the world trade center began seeping through the floors.
those inside, overcome, escaping outside and laying down on the street trying to catch their breath. >> in the first floor of the basement people were passed out and people were out on the street at that time. >> reporter: 32 sickened in all, as authorities rushed in to contain the emergency. this 65-year-old building manager with leukemia carried six people on his shoulders up two flights of stairs. >> i had to back downstairs there was two ladies still downstairs and luckily i was able to bring them upstairs. >> reporter: it all began at 8:22 am. 911 callers initially believing this package which had been opened near the leak caused people to collapse. but the bomb squad cleared that package. >> we found a defective boiler down in the basement with some kind of broken pipe that was producing the co. >> reporter: and david, those 32 people are still recovering tonight, they're expected to be okay. officials say carbon monoxide levels were so high, they could knock out a person after just two or three breaths. david. >> gio benitez with us.
gio, thank you. the heat wave closing schools in the east. more than 30 reported tornadoes in the past 24 hours. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all for us. rob, good evening. >> reporter: hi, david, just sizzling here in the northeast. cool front dropping south stirring up strong storms in new england through the ohio valley. that larger system will prove for an active evening across the plains in nebraska and south dakota. chicago, st. louis, kansas city, they'll stay hot through the week. the northeast will cool down. david. >> all right, we're waiting for it. rob, our thanks to you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday -- breaking developments in the texting suicide trial. the young woman who was in high
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this is "jeopardy!" let's meet today's contestants -- a communications coordinator from rockaway beach, new york... a broadcast journalist from lafayette, indiana... and our returning champion, an esl teacher from tucson, arizona... ...whose 2-day cash winnings total... and now here is the host of "jeopardy!" -- alex trebek! thank you, johnny. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. some of you will recall that i started yesterday's program talking about momentum and wondering if tucker's momentum, established on friday with a big win, would carry over into yesterday. well, it did, in a sense.