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your time. we'll see you again at 6:00. >> bye-bye. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the panic, this time a terror attack in paris. tourists running for their lives at one of the most popular tourist sites in the world. notre-dame cathedral. we have new surveillance. the suspect with a hammer and the knives. on the inside, the people with their hands in the air. what the suspect was shouting. our correspondent on the scene. here at home tonight, the countdown to comey. we have exclusive reporting. what abc news has learned, what the fired fbi director is prepared to say in front of congress and the american people. the top-secret document leaked. the 25-year-old air force veteran, behind bars tonight. and what the classified document reveals about the russians and efforts to hack software used in voting machines across this country. the moment arrives for bill cosby. his accuser on the stand across from him.
what she said today. and the flight leaving atlanta. the passenger who says a service dog attacked him onboard. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin tonight with the newest terror attack, this time in paris. tourists trapped inside the notre-dame cathedral. we have exclusive video tonight of the attacker, targeting a police officer outside the cathedral. inside, look at this. hundreds trapped. you can see their hands in the air. so far, it appears the attacker was working alone but tonight, paris is on edge, and abc's john -- james longman leads us off from the scene. >> reporter: panic today in the heart of paris, throngs of tourists sent running, as shots ring out in front of one of the world's most iconic cathedrals. the drama began at 4:20 p.m., surveillance cameras trained on the crowded plaza in front of notre-dame capture the moment an attacker lunges at three police officers, striking one of them
with a hammer. shouting "this is for syria." one of the other officers draws his gun and fires. the attacker falls to the ground. you can see the man lying on the ground here, an officer standing over him. the cellphone video recorded by an american tourist, kyle riches. >> we heard two gunshots and then, at that point, my wife and i ran to the corner, and then we turned back around and that's when we saw police officers pointing their guns at a guy on the ground who was bleeding from his leg. >> reporter: as police rushed to the scene, frightened tourists scatter. >> you didn't know what was happening, people running towards us, so you have to keep running. >> reporter: inside the ancient cathedral fear and confusion, people told to put their hands over their heads. nancy soderberg, a former american ambassador to the u.n., was in one of those pews. >> they made us put our hands
up, saying that there may be accomplices there so we're going to search everything. and that's when people got really quiet, and very nervous. and that was kind of scary, because people thought there might be one of the attackers inside the church. >> reporter: as police officers methodically check each pew, priests try to soothe the crowd, reciting "the lord's prayer" in english and in french. this mother and daughter from new hampshire were also inside the cathedral. >> it was nice to be around people from all over the world. kind of getting through it. sitting calmly together. >> reporter: it was two hours before they were allowed to leave. tonight, the attacker is recovering in the hospital. his identity still unconfirmed, he was carrying the i.d. card of an algerian student, sources tell us he is 40 years old. in addition to that hammer, he was armed with couple nichen knives. a top french government official noting a different kind of terror. "we have passed from a very sophisticated terrorism," he said, "to a terrorism where any instrument can be used for attacks."
>> and let's bring in abc's james longman in paris tonight. he's joined our team of foreign correspondents. james, great to have you on the team. a tough story here. the police officer attacked is in the hospital recovering tonight. this is not the first time police officers have been targeted in france. >> reporter: that's right, david. just in april, that a police officer was shot in the head on the champs-elysees here. but we know that isis is specifically asking its followers to target law enforcement. david. >> james, thank you. all of this comes after the terror attack in london. the truck barrelling over the london bridge, hitting pedestrians. then, the knife attacks that followed. why so many attacks in so little time and tonight, the major warning signs missed as authorities now brace for more, and could any of these attackers have come to the u.s. with the same plan? here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: with these new scenes in paris, and just days
after the london bridge rampage, authorities tonight are asking if a new wave of terrorism is about to hit europe. >> the fact is that, however good the police and security services are at responding, the attacker always gets the first blow. >> reporter: authorities tonight have now named all three london attackers, identifying the 22-year-old moroccan man, youssef zaghba. like the ringleader khuram butt, he too was well known to british authorities as a potential threat, especially after he had tried to go to syria to join isis. but neither he nor butt were being tracked by the british, nor were they on any u.s. watch list either. which the homeland security secretary today said, means the u.s. was also vulnerable. >> they would have certainly been able to buy a ticket and fly to the united states. >> reporter: also tonight, new pictures and accounts of khuram butt, and his confrontational behavior reported to police again and again. the person whose family took these pictures said, he called police last year after a physical confrontation with
khuram butt, who called him a bad muslim for supporting gay marriage. >> he ran at me with an expression of hatred in his face. a scuffle broke out, and at one point i helped wrestle him to the ground. he was full of hate. >> and brian is back with us tonight. we have heard so many people who have complained to police about that man before the attack. police there have acknowledged they're overwhelmed. >> that's right, david. there are some 3,000 people in britain who are considered the highest priority threats and another 20,000 they're trying to keep an eye on. 23,000 in all. every day they have to make a decision about who's the greatest threat. >> 23,000 cases. brian ross tonight. brian, thank you. we turn next here to the showdown looming on capitol hill. former fbi director james comey to testify on thursday about his meetings with president trump and the memos he wrote after them before he was fired. tonight, we have exclusive reporting. what abc news has learned, what the fired fbi director plans to tell congress and the american people. and there's also late word
coming in tonight, has the attorney general jeff sessions offered to resign to president trump after what the president said about the justice department. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: at a meeting with republican leaders today, the president was asked about jim comey's highly anticipated testimony. >> what message do you have to jim comey ahead of his testimony? >> i wish him luck. >> reporter: but tonight, a source familiar with comey's thinking tells abc news that the former fbi director will directly contradict what the president wrote in that letter notifying him he was fired. "i greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that i'm not under investigation." it's a claim the president has repeated. >> i said if it's possible, will you let me know, am i under investigation? he said you are not under investigation. >> reporter: but according to our source, comey will dispute that. but the source says comey will also testify that he does not believe the president was obstructing the fbi
investigation, when trump allegedly told him he hoped they would be able to drop the investigation into fired national security adviser michael flynn. still, the conversation concerned comey enough, that he documented it in a memo he wrote shortly after. as the white house braces for comey's testimony, sources tell abc news there is major tension between president trump and his attorney general jeff sessions. >> we need to make america great again! >> reporter: sessions was the first senator to endorse candidate trump and the first person nominated to a cabinet post after he won. but trump was furious when sessions recused himself from the russia investigation back in march. sources say, more recently, trump has again lashed out at the attorney general, blaming the recusal for many of his current problems. today, press secretary sean spicer refused to say if the president still has confidence in his attorney general. >> i have not had that discussion with him.
>> reporter: so you can't say if he has confidence in his attorney general? >> i said i have not had a discussion with him on the question. i don't -- if i haven't had a discussion with him about a subject, i tend not to speak about it. >> so, let's get to jon karl. live at the white house tonight. from his words, the president clearly seems frustrated with his attorney general. and tonight, your sources now telling you that frustration goes both ways? >> it does. in fact, david, i'm told after the president recently lashed out at the attorney general yet again, attorney general sessions said that he was more than willing to resign, when i asked -- when we asked the spokesperson for the department of justice whether or not in fact he had offered to resign, we got simply a decline to comment. david. >> jon karl with us live from the white house. more to come on this story for sure. in the meantime, on thursday, abc news will carry director comey's testimony live with a special report at 10:00. right here on abc. among those watching thursday's hearings, the president's sons, donald junior
and eric. tonight, in an exclusive interview with abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas, don trump jr. speaking about the russian investigation now entangling the white house. >> a lot of people, including trump supporters have described this whole thing as a witch hunt. do you really think it's a witch hunt? >> to me it's not without a question reads and smells like a witch hunt. because i have no other proof or evidence to show otherwise. >> tom with us here in the studio. great to have you. another headline breaking while we're on the air, involving the president's sons. a charity golf tournament, forbes magazine reporting a portion of the money raised went back to the trump organization and you reached out to family. >> this story actually just broke, "forbes" is accusing eric trump of self-dealing when it comes to running his charity golf tournaments for st. jude children's hospital. the magazine reports that eric trump the charity gets to use the trump golf courses 100% free of charge, that's a quote, for benefits.
but in reviewing irs filings that doesn't appears to be the case. the charity's last golf tournament ran up costs of more than $300,000 for a day of golf and a dinner gala. in 2014 alone, the charity paid the trump organization more than $87,000. now eric trump has released a statement through his spokesperson, here it is, contrary to recent reports, at no time did the trump organization profit in any way from the foundation of any of its activities. it's donated more than $11 million to the st. jude children's hospital. now, eric trump's foundation said that number is close more than $16 million. >> clear dispute over the numbers here. next tonight, to the arrest tonight of a government official after a top-secret document leaked. the alleged leaker is an army veteran and a language specialist, tonight she's facing charges. and that document, could it be first significant
proof that russia also wanted to get to the software found in so many voting booths across this country? here's abc's justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, this 25-year-old air force veteran landing in federal jail, accused of leaking top-secret information. >> any disclosure of classified or sensitive information can clearly threaten our national security. >> reporter: reality leigh winner, an nsa linguist trained in farsi and pashto, who received an air force commendation medal, is described by family as a patriot. a young woman into fitness, seen here on facebook discussing yoga instruction and competing in weight-lifting. but tonight, her disclosure stunning. revealing a classified nsa report about russian meddling in the 2016 election. efforts by russian military intelligence to hack the software of u.s. companies involved in voting machines and voter registration, as well as cyberattacks on more than 100 local election officials. a key senator saying the extent of the attacks is much broader than reported so far. >> i think it's important that the american people understand
that the russian attempts to break into a number of our state voting processes was broad-based. >> reporter: winner faces up to ten years in prison and is the first arrest in the trump administration's promised crackdown on leaks. >> we're gonna find the leakers. they're gonna pay a big price for leaking. >> reporter: according to authorities, winner illegally obtained the classified report on may 9th, printed out a copy and mailed it to an online media group called the intercept, leaving a trail of clues. a scanned copy of the document shared by the media outlet with government officials revealed to investigators it had been folded or creased, suggesting it had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space. an internal audit at the nsa showed only six people had printed out the report and after examining their computers only ms. winner allegedly had been in e-mail contact with the intercept. >> this is amateur hour for not only the leaker, but also the news organization reporter. >> she now awaits her fate.
in the meantime, pierre with us live from the fbi. pierre, we want to get back to what that classified document could reveal, we know this election was decided by less than 100,000 votes in three states. pierre, do we know of any evidence that any voting machines or election software was compromised on election day in this country? >> david, so far no evidence of that. but the investigations are continuing and sources say, the russians are still launching cyberattacks and could pose a threat to upcoming elections. david. >> pierre, our thanks to you again. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday -- the service dog mauling another passenger on a delta flight. what passengers saw. more on that coming up. also, the moment arrives. in court for bill cosby and his sexual assault trial. his accuser on the stand right across from him. and what she told jurors today. the new study tonight and what it reveals about the risk of moderate drinking, just a handful of glasses of wine a week, what it says. and big news coming in from
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constand says cosby then sexually assaulted her. "i wanted it to stop," she said as she cried on the stand. at one point when her testimony got somewhat graphic, cosby, who had been sitting rather stoically until then, vigorously shook his head in disagreement. >> the direct examination is the easy part. she gets to talk to the prosecutor about what she says happened. but her credibility will be judged based on the cross-examination. >> reporter: cross-examination continues tomorrow. the defense is now beginning to pick apart constand's prior statements that are at odds with her testimony today. david. >> linsey davis in the courtroom again tonight. when we come back -- a service dog mauling a passenger on a flight. and that health headline for you this evening. what a new study reveals about the risks of moderate drinking now. just five glasses of wine a week. we'll be right back. and you'reg to your rheumatologist about a medication... ...this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain... ...and protect my joints from further damage. humira has been clinically studied for over 18 years.
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alex honnold of sacramento has been perfecting the ropeless climb for a decade. look at this breathtaking moment, about to reach the 2500 foot summit of el toro in mexico. alex has been climbing all his life. what he told us two years ago. >> i go through the same calculation anybody else does with risk taking, is it worth taking this risk? i'm like, yes, it is. >> reporter: more than 60 practice crimes on el capitan. alex told us today what he was thinking as he neared the top. >> when you're free-soloing something like el capitan it's not like your mind is wandering. >> reporter: look at the drop below. >> let's see what happens. 2500-foot drop keeps you pretty focus. i looked down from time to time. and enjoy the view. but i was mostly looking up. i was pretty excited. i was charging pretty quickly and climbing ahead. >> reporter: in 3 hours, 56 minutes, he had made it to the top, becoming the first person to scale el capitan alone without ropes or safety gear.
and what did his mother say? >> she was glad that i hadn't told her anything beforehand. >> historic climb filmed by national geographic documentary films. >> with free-soloing i have never really dreamt of anything bigger. i can't imagine anything cooler than el caps. i don't know if there's anything better. >> reporter: which explains the smile after this american climber reached the top. that was the key there, you don't tell your mom until after. thanks for watching here. i'm david muir and i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night.
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