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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the new report tonight that special counsel robert mueller, has now empanelled a grand jury in the russia investigation. the probe is intensifying. what we have learned tine, and what president trump's perch lawyer said just moments ago. also tonight, the young woman who texted her teenage boyfriend, encouraging him to kill himself. he did. well, today, the judge delivers the sentence. deborah roberts inside the courtroom. record-breaking heat. the wildfires and severe storms hitting in the middle of the country tonight. now moving east. severe turbulence after an american airlines jet takes off from the u.s. the pilot calling for help. dozens of passengers injured. the stunning images. what happens when you don't wear a seat bemt in the backseat.
and breaking now. images congress in tonight. the high-rise on fire. residents racing down stairwells as the alarms go off. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin tonight with new signs the special prosecutor looking into russian meddling and any possible collusion with the trump campaign is now ramping up his investigation. the wall street journal reporting late today that robert mueller is putting a grand jury to work. key questions, for how long now, and what evidence are they looking at? and the president's own attorney reacting a short time ago. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, a sign the russia investigation has entered an entirely new phase. t"the wall street journal" reporting special counsel robert mueller has empanelled a grand jury. the journal reports that grand jury has been secretly working for weeks as mueller investigates whether president trump or any of his associates colluded with the kremlin. the president's personal lawyer
insists there is still no indication the president himself is a target. >> with respect to the empaneling of the grand jury, we have no reason to believe the president is under investigation here. >> reporter: the news comes amid growing questions about the trump tower meeting organized by donald trump jr. with a russian lawyer who he was told had dirt on hillary clinton from the russian government. this week learned the president himself dictated don junior's initial response to that story, a misleading statement that said the meeting was primarily about russian adoption. the president has denounced the entire russia investigation as a witch hunt, acknowledging it was on his mind when he fired former fbi director james comey. >> when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. >> reporter: but today, the white house said, they are, quote, fully committed to cooperating with the special counsel. the president has told me he
is even willing to testify under oath. so if robert mueller wanted to speak with you about that, you would be willing to talk to him? >> i would be glad to tell him exactly what i just told you, jon. >> reporter: but the president has also been trying to discredit mueller. >> i can say that the people that have been hired are all hillary clinton supporters. some of them worked for hillary clinton. i mean, the whole thing is ridiculous if you want to know the truth from that standpoint. >> reporter: and now in another sign mueller's probe is expanding, the special counsel recently hired greg andres, a former top justice department official, and expert on fraud and foreign bribery cases. >> let's get to jon at the white house tonight, and with mueller's investigation now intensifying, there is a move from democratic and republican senators to make sure he keeps his job? >> reporter: there are two separate bills in the senate, with a democratic and republican sponsor to prevent the president from firing mueller without cause. these are a sign that if the president tried to fire mueller, there would be an july heave on
capitol hill, and that continues to say the president has no intention of firing the special counsel. >> jon, thank you. in the meantime tonight, the white house furious this evening over new leaks. the phone calls that made headlines early on, president trump and his first calls to world leaders. it turns out, though, the tension on the phone was worse than first reported. tonight here, the actual transcripts from those calls. here's abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega. >> reporter: tonight, classified documents reveal the true nature of president trump's phone calls with world leaders in the days after his swearing in. "the washington post" published leaked transcripts of two contentious conversations. the first with mexican president enrique pena nieto, all about that wall. >> who's gonna pay for the wall? that wall will go up so fast your head will spin, we are building the wall. don't worry. [ cheering ] >> reporter: but on the phone, the mexican president is firm, calling the idea that mexico will pay "completely unacceptable."
president trump responds, "the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind, because i have to have mexico pay for the wall. i have to. i have been talking about it for a two-year period." he tells pena-nieto the funding will "work out in the formula somehow," adding, "it will come out in the wash and that is okay." in fact, the president was already publically laying the groundwork for the u.s. to pick up the initial tab. >> are you going to direct u.s. funds to pay for this wall, or will american taxpayers pay for the wall? >> we're gonna be starting those negotiations relatively soon and we will be in a form reimbursed by mexico which i -- >> so they'll pay us back? >> absolutely. 100%. >> reporter: the wall was president trump's signature campaign promise, but in that phone call, he tells his mexican counterpart, "this is the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically, this might be the most important." still, peña nieto insisted mexico will not pay, so president trump implores "you cannot say that to the press. the press is going to go with
that and i cannot live with that." in their conversation president trump complains drugs are flowing across the border into the u.s., adding, "i won new hampshire because new hampshire is a drug-infested den." tonight, a new hampshire senator calling the president's comments disgusting. telling our mary bruce -- >> what an outrageous statement for him to make. >> reporter: the transcripts leaked today showing how bad things got between president trump, and australia's prime minister, malcolm turnbull. >> when you hear about the tough phone calls i'm having, don't worry about it. >> reporte >> reporter: on the phone, the president furious about inheriting an obama-era deal to accept 1250 refugees from australia, telling the prime minister "this is going to kill me. i am the world's greatest person that does not want to let people into the country." he says the deal will make him look "terrible," like a "weak and ineffective leader," and a "dope." the president abruptly ending
the conversation, "that is enough, malcolm. i have had it. this is the most up pleasant call all day. putin was a pleasant call. this is ridiculous." >> and cecilia vega with us live tonight adds well as rain comes down there in washington. we knew about these calls. you reported on them, but we did not have such detail. >> reporter: david, this is excruciating detail for this white house, and now even the top democrat on the senate committee is calling for an investigation. mark warner is saying this is troubling, and he says a president should be able to have confidential conversations. >> and one more question for you, cecilia. the president after signing those sanctions. he defeated today, our relationship with russia at the lowest level in some time, and forcing democrats who forced hiss hand, but tonight republicans are firing back. senator corker saying, don't blame them. blame putin. >> he is an affront to the american people to have an
effect on the election outcomes here. it had to be spoken to. i think we did it, in a very appropriate manner. putin, through his actions, is the one that has taken this relationship back to levels we haven't seen since 1991. and it's up to him to change his behavior, to move it in a different direction. >> cecilia, you heard it there. republicans saying, blame putin. not them. >> reporter: they are firing back at this president on this one, david. they say that the blame for the relationship with russia rests squarely on vladimir putin. they say they understand the president's fraus tragss, but those sanctions were in the interest of this country. >> we thank you for braving the leapts tonight as always. the other major headline this evening. the judge's decision. the sentencing in a landmark case tonight. a young woman convicted for sending text messages and calls, encouraging her boyfriend to kblit suicide. he then took his own life. abc's deborah roberts was in the
courtroom for the sentencing. >> reporter:. woman at the center of that case, her head bowed. after three years and an emotionally charged trial that raised new questions about the power of the text, a judge sentencing 20-year-old michelle carter to 15 months in jail. >> she is a bright young lady, did well in school, and i am satisfied that she was mindful of the actions. >> reporter: but carter found guilty of encouraging boyfriend, conrad roy, to kill himself through text messages and phone calls, remains free tonight. a judge delaying jail time during appeal. the roy family in anguish. >> there was no closure for us today. they have been dragging this through so long, and it's going to keep going. >> reporter: in 2014, carter, then 17, exchanged thousands of tex messages with 18-year-old roy leading you have to his suicide. he wavered saying, i'm freaking out again. i'm overthinking.
she replied, i thought you wanted to do this. the time is right, and you're ready. you just need to do it. hours later, roy dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his own truck. today before sentencing, his father and sister speaking of their loss. >> knowing i'll never be an aunt to conrad's children or see him getting married is something i ever thought i would have to live with. >> she has not shown any remorse. how could michelle carter behave so viciously and encourage my son to end his life? >> reporter: but the defense arguing that both teens struggled with depression and that carter was overwhelmed by her own mental illness. >> miss carter will have to live with the consequences of this for the rest of her life. >> reporter: calling the case a tragedy for the two families, the judge giving a clear order to the woman who sent those tragic texts. >> part of the motivation for this activity that led to your conviction was a sense of self-a ran diazment. this court now orders that you
are not to profit from the events of which you now stand convicted. >> and deborah roberts was live tonight from outside the courthouse, and deborah, we heard you report there the family of that teenager who took his life, conrad roy, saying there is no closure for them yet. any remorse or reaction from michelle carter? >> reporter: well, david, michelle carter was clearly emotional. trembling and weeping. he didn't speak. her lawyers say she is deeply remorseful, be you the family says they don't see that, and that's what troubles then. and the fact that michelle is at home with her family tieptd, and will remain there for weeks, if not, months until her appeal. >> deborah will have a special on this 2010 twn friday night at ten. we turn to the other news tonight, and the chemical leak at a pool sending dozens of children to the hospital. they were struggling to breathe, and they describe the sip sip somes as they began to breathe in those chemicals.
abc's steve osunsami in north carolina. >> reporter: authorities in durham county north carolina, who raced to this ymca and had to triage young children in the parking lot are tonight, releasing the 911 calls. we hear from witnesses who could smell the chemical spill from the street. >> those kids were coughing and hacking and under duess. >> reporter: they were in the middle of swimming lessons at the indoor pool, when a lifeguard opened the door to the pool's pump room and was overcome by chemicals leaking onto the floor. 40 children and two adults were rushed to hospitals. >> they say i had to meet them in the emergency room. >> reporter: the parents of kamali siler couldn't get to the e.r. fast enough. >> everybody came out coughing, choking, spitting up and then they told everybody to get out of the pool. >> reporter: the ymca tells us the pool is being repaired. >> they've been working on site today to fix the mechanical issues in the pump room, so that we can safely re-open to members of the public. >> reporter: the cdc reports that chemical injuries sent more than 5,000 americans to emergency rooms every year.
most of those, children. tonight this pool remains closed, david. >> steve osunsami on the story again tonight. thank you, steve. we turn next to the state of emergency in oregon. a record-breaking heat wave and wildfires. this one, burning 10,000 acres, and 0% contained tonight. they have something on their hands here. severe storms with heavy rain and hail. this is from chicago not long ago, reaching the northeast tomorrow. it will be a tough 24 thours ahead. let's get to rob marciano with us tonight as well. tracking it all. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. thankfully tonight in the northeast, not as many storms as last night, but it's getting hotter across the northwest as the heat wave peaks there. look at washington, oregon, northern nevada, and the air quality choking those cities. even though we're peaking today, the next few days will be above normal, and clearing of the smoke on saturday. tomorrow, the high impact zone for severe weather will be columbus, pittsburgh, and up
through syracuse. it could be a tough drive for those getting out of town this weekend. >> rob marciano, thanks as always. ex-in tonight, to some eye-opening images for the whole family. they showed the dangers of riding without a seat belt in the backseat. a new survey finding a surprising number of adults fail to buckle up. especially on short trips, even when taking taxis on ubers. here's abc's eva pilgrim with the video tonight. >> reporter: tonight, dramatic crash video. a warning to passengers riding in the back seat, buckle up. watch the unbelted woman on the left slam into the car window and another passenger. and this crash, a family not wearing seatbelts. the father and son violently thrown from their seats. according to a new survey from the insurance institute for highway safety, adults in the back seat are far less likely to buckle up than when they sit up front. >> we've been telling people for years that it's safer in the back seat, but people have
gotten a misunderstanding about the safety of the rear seat. >> reporter: and in this crash test, the unbelted passenger in the back seat crushes the driver into the steering wheel. many of those surveyed say they'd be more likely to buckle up in the back, if it was the law. only 20 states allow police to pull you over if someone isn't wearing a seatbelt in the back seat, david. >> all right, important reminders. wear a seat belt in the backseat. eva, thank you. there is much more ahead on be the "world news tonight" this thursday. the high-rise fire right now. residents using stairwells to flee as flames climb the mattive tower. pictures are coming in, and they are horrific tonight. the severe turbulence on an american airlines plane. several passengers injured. the pilot calling for help. and tonight, the new list is out. the ten most stolen cars in the united states. they are very common makes and models, and many of to them very likely parked in your driveway
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next tonight, a major crackdown this evening on those illegal robo calls. many of them coming during the dinner our. the fcc hitting one company with a huge fine, and this evening, one of their new trick. in fact, disguising the number coming into your phone. here's abc's chief business correspondent, rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: they're a nuisance. [ ringing ] and your top consumer complaint. >> hello this is rachel at cardholder services. >> reporter: tonight the fcc cracking down on one man and his company. >> mr. roesel was responsible for more than 200,000 robocalls a day. 21.5 million all together. >> reporter: philip roesel of best insurance contracts, hit with an $82 million fine. officials say he preyed on the elderly and poor, and disguised the origin of the calls by making it look like they were coming from different phone numbers. it's called spoofing. >> the record shows that he instructed his employees which consumers to pick on. as commissioner clyburn pointed out, his victim was "the dumber and more broke the better."
>> reporter: regulators also warning consumers to stay on high alert for scams like this which claims you owe the irs money. >> don't disregard this message and do return the call before we take any action against you. >> that's really something. rebecca with us now, and as she said, the companies accused of actually disguising the phone numbers that come up on your phone to make them look like local calls. how do you block it? >> some of the carriers are offering free call blocking. there are apps to help, but there's no foolproof sclugs yet. what you have to do is let those calls go to voice mail if you don't want know the numbers. >> good thing horts on it pit thank you. when we come back here, the severe turbulence on an american airlines plane. several passengers hurt, and pilot calling for help. and the high-rise fire. many rushing to escape. new details after the break i thought i was doing okay...
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