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tonight, breaking news. forced out. after just 11 days on the job at the white house, the new communications director, anthony scaramucci brought in to clean house, is pushed out himself. the new chief of staff, general john kelly is in, and how the white house is explaining all of this tonight. also at this hour, tropical storm emily hits. the state of emergency. thousands without power. the outrage tonight. the young man accusing deputies of tasing him unnecessarily. dozens of times while in custody, saying he suffered from 40 taser burns on his body. taking down a passenger plane. what authorities are now saying about the alleged device. the escape. a dozen inmates break free using
peanut butter. the reward tonight. and we remember a playwright and actor. you will remember sam shepard's roles. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. he lasted just 11 days on the job. anthony secure mu chi, who was hired by the president as communications director to restore order in the west wing, he has been ordered out and pushed out. he calls himself the mooch, and he was there just this morning as the new chief of staff was sworn in. general john kelly now running the west wing, and how does the white house explain the mooch and his limited run? abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: it was one of the fastest, crudest flameouts in west wing history. communications director anthony scaramucci, known simply as the mooch, forced out after just 11 days on the job by the new white house chief of staff, john kelly. pushing for his departure. scaramucci, a wealthy wall street financier,
hand-picked by the president and his family, cast himself from the start as a personal friend of the commander in chief. >> i love the president! i obviously love the country. >> reporter: but from day one, there was bad blood between scaramucci and former chief of staff, reince priebus. >> we are a little bit like brothers, where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally normal for brothers. >> reporter: it only got worse. >> some brothers are like cain and abel. other brothers can fight with each other and get along. i don't know if this is repairable or not. that will be up to the president. >> reporter: but then, scaramucci redefined what it means to go off message. the communications director calling up a reporter and launching into a tirade. calling priebus a paranoid schizophrenic, threatening to fire essentially the entire white house communications team over leaks, saying, they'll all be fired by me. and i fired one guy the other day. i have three to four people i'll fire tomorrow. he also tore into the
president's chief strategist steve bannon. "i'm not steve bannon," he said, launching into an attack so profane we can't repeat it on television. he then said, "i'm not trying to build my own brand." the white house today said the president who's used some choice words himself in the past, was none too happy about scaramucci's comments. >> the president certainly felt that anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position. >> reporter: the communications director had become the story, his words going viral, his gestures mirroring the president's, mocked on "the daily show." he's made a point of saying he reported only to the president. this morning, following the swearing in of the new chief of staff, scaramucci was in the back of the room. >> i predict general kelly will go down as one of the great ever. >> reporter: and today, the issuing a stunning shift in the chain of command.
everyone, including the president's own daughter and sown report to john kelly. >> all staff will report to him. >> let's get to cecilia vega tonight. i want to show everyone that image today. the president presiding over that cabinet meeting and jeff sessions sitting right across the table from him, and of course, the president has been relentless in his public criticism of sessions. as you know, there had been talk of moving jeff sessions from a.g. over to the department of homeland security where general kelly has just left the post. you were at the white house, and were they pressed on this? >> reporter: sarah sanders was, david, and she said they have no announcement about that, and that quote, the president has 1 100% confidence in his cabinet. that sounded like a vote of confidence for jeff sessions, but despite the drama here today, david, the president seems very pleased. he tweeted, calling this a great day at the white house, david. >> cecilia vega, great to have you. we are following the state of emergency at this hour after
tropical storm emily slammed into florida. tonight a depression. thousands without fire. blinding rain for drivers. high winds coming up short near sarasota, and carving a path across the state. the tiny island of ana maria taking a hit. abc's gio benitez is in ft. beach tonight. >> reporter: tonight, tropical storm emily drenching florida's gulf coast with up to 8 inches of rain. the system rapidly developing this morning. the governor now declaring a state of emergency in 31 counties, some 18,000 losing power. >> i urge you to keep alert, to look at weather and road conditions. >> reporter: a construction worker in st. petersburg shooting this video as emily moved ashore. >> emily has arrived. >> reporter: those powerful winds shutting down the sunshine skyway bridge. the coast guard rescuing two brothers clinging to a navigation light in tampa bay. their fishing boat striking the structure and sinking during the storm. in bradenton, a race to find foster homes for rescue animals. >> a lot of rain, real fast.
dead flat property and the sump pump stopped working so we're trying to catch up. >> reporter: this tractor trailer losing control while driving on slick roads in tampa, dangling over a highway overpass. part of a hotel roof ripped off in ft. mie myers beach. david, much of south-central florida under flood watch tonight. >> we know many parts of the area were hit with a half foot of rain. where is emily now, and where is she headed? >> reporter: right now, you can just see. there is strong winds here at the gulf coast, but i want to you look at this map because emily is over central party. eastern parts of the state will get some rain tonight, and then it just rushes off tomorrow morning. the rest of the east coast should be just fine, david. >> gio benitez with us live from florida tonight. thank you. next tonight here, to three sheriffs deputies accused of excessive force on a teenager in tennessee. the film is difficult to watch. the 18-year-old suspect was tased repeatedly while already restrained. here's abc's adrienne bankert
tonight. >> reporter: tonight, three tennessee sheriff's deputies suspended after this grim surveillance video emerges. jordan norris, eyes wide open, writhing in pain. repeatedly tased while restrained. you can hear one deputy warn the young man. >> i'll keep on doing that until i run out of batteries. >> reporter: norris now suing, claiming excessive force. his lawyer says the then 18-year-old was suffering from a mental health episode, alleging he was tased some 40 times. in filed police reports, deputies say the use of force was justified. brought in on multiple felony drug and weapons charges, they write, the suspect was combative, resisting handcuffs, attempting to bite and spit at officers, even threatening them. >> he made statements that if we arrested him, he would shoot us or kill us. >> we are dealing on a daily basis with bad people, and there are bad people, but that doesn't mean we have the right to
violate their rights and we're not. >> reporter: the three suspended deputies are on paid leave, the sheriff asking the tennessee bureau of investigation for an independent review. david? >> aid jenn bnk arte, thank you. the death of an indianapolis area police officer who was shot and killed while trying to help victims of a car crash. one of the people in that car accused of killing police lieutenant aaron allen, a husband and paur. we have now learned that lieutenant allen was shot 14 times. that suspect is now in custody. next this evening, to the potential terror takedown. where four suspects were about to take down a passenger plane. airports in australia are on high alert as there have been reports about a device. here's abc's james longman. >> reporter: tonight, four men being held by police under special terror laws. >> there has been a major, joint counterterrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane. >> reporter: the motive for that alleged plan to put a, quote, device on an aircraft, all too
familiar. >> what we do believe, it was islamic inspired terrorism. >> reporter: police say they have found a number of items of great interest as raids across sydney continue today. >> until we know what kind of device they were trying to built, screeners around the world will look for unusual objects and things that look like they could be formed together to form an explosive >> reporter: u.s. security already at an all-time high. sources tell abc news that u.s. intelligence officials are closely monitoring this case because of suspected communications between the alleged plotters and isis, david. >> abc's james longman tonight. james, thank you. the kremlin this evening has delivered their own response to congress. voting to put new sanctions on russians for meddling in the u.s. election. vladimir himself with the dismissal of more than 700 staffers in russia.
here's abc's global foreign affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. tonight, russia striking back at the u.s., announcing the expulsion of u.s. diplomats from the country. removing more than 700 embassy staff from their jobs, leaving just 455 -- the same number of russian diplomats working in the u.s. after we expelled certain el last december. russia also seizing two prope y properties used by u.s. diplomats in russia. moving trucks already on the scene. the retaliation comes after that congressional vote to increase sanctions against russia as punishment for moscow's election meddling. president trump expected to sign that bill despite his administration's chris schism -- criticisms of it. it was less than a month ago that president trump and putin had that first face-to-face at the g20. but now, that relationship on a downward spiral. >> a real test for that relationship. martha with us live tonight, and martha, we all saw the u.s.
spopding with that missile intercept test. that test we are told was successful, and here's what the president said about north korea today. >> we'll handle north korea. we're going to be able to handle them. it will be handled. we handle everything. >> we handle everything, but he didn't reveal what the options are, nor would the white house, but do we know, martha, from your reporting? >> reporter: well, i think, clearly what president trump is trying to do is to pressure china to pressure north korea, but david, that has not worked in the past. there are really no good option here. >> martha raddatz with us live from washington. thank you. tonight, the controversial former arizona sheriff arpaio has been convicted of conducting immigration sweeps for 17 months after a federal judge ordered him to stop. arpaio served as the county sheriff for 24 years before losing the election last november. next the evening, we
celebrate the life of sam shepherd, proving over and over again he had the right stuff. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: like the rugged characters he created on stage and on screen, sam shepard had hidden depths. as chuck jager in "the right stuff" he was the unsung hero. an aviator going his own way, and he was nominated for an oscar. >> spam in can. >> reporter: he had leading man looks and the soul of a poet. he won a pull litser prize as a playwright for barry child, and was nominated two more times for "true west" and "fool for love." >> i took her out for dinner once. >> you're a liar. >> okay. twice. >> reporter: a critic once called him the poet lawyer yet. his intimate family portraits full of pain and grace. >> you cause a lot of trouble, you know? >> i'm causing trouble?
you're a pain in the butt. >> reporter: his partner for 30 years was actress, jessica laeng. he never announced hid battle with low gehrig's disease. he died at home in kentucky, remembered by friends and fans as a hero. >> yeah, you damn right it is. >> reporter: sam shepard was 73. david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thank you. overseas tonight, and late today, the u.s. imposed financial sanctions on venezuela after the election that gave the president almost unlimited powers. he celebrated his victory as a mandate from the people, but he is called a dictator. at least ten people killed in riots just during yesterday's voting. and back here at home and to the white house today, president trump honoring a vietnam war hero who ran into danger, saving his comrades, even after he was injured himself. >> in those 48 hours, jim
rescued ten american soldiers, and tended to countless others. he was 1 of 32 men who fought until the end. they held their ground against more than 2,000 enemy troops. >> there for the emotional ceremony, aside from his family, ten men who fought alongside him, and five of those men, he saved. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the mass escape. a dozen prisoners going free. the inmates breaking out, using of all things, pea naught butter. there is a manhunt tonight, and the reward coming up after the break. the near miss as it was getting ready to land. the warning to pilots. what came very close. and the summer olympics with a new home. the american city celebrating tonight. and which olympics are we talking about when we continue? ...it starts a chain reaction... ...that's heard throughout the connected business world. at&t network security helps protect business,
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