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bleeding on the ground. and good evening, thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and tonight, president trump is calling the military action he ordered on syria a perfectly executed strike. it was a powerful show of force. more than one hundred missiles launched from ships and planes, the u.s., france and the uk all taking part. syria taking defensive action. this image of one of its surface to air missiles streaking over the damascus skyline. but the u.s. claims every missile hit its mark. crippling syria's chemical weapons program. tonight, a new warning from the u.s., if syria attempts another chemical attack on its own people. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz starts us off. >> reporter: a dramatic barrage, designed to send an unmistakable message. the u.s., britain, france, unleashing more than a hundred
missiles from sea and air. this tomahawk launched from the u.s. submarine in the mediterranean. blasting into the sky. powerful and on target. >> i'd use three words to describe this operation. precise, overwhelming, and effective. >> reporter: the backbone of the arsenal, 60 tomahawk cruise missiles launched from destroyers. when the dust cleared and dawn broke, a scientific research center north of damascus, a smoking ruin. the u.s. military says it was one of three chemical weapons facilities destroyed. >> i think it's going to have a significant effect on them, so i think the words cripple and degrade are good, accurate words. >> reporter: the strike came one week after that syrian chemical assault on douma, and those images of families and children gasping for breath. images that outraged the president. >> these are not the actions of
a man, they are crimes of a monster instead. >> reporter: this was the second time president trump has ordered a missile strike against assad for using chemical weapons on his own people, and this time trump doubled down -- sending nearly twice as many missiles. today, u.n. ambassador nikki haley issuing a stern warning. >> if the syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the united states is locked and loaded. when our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line. >> reporter: now the president taking a victory lap, tweeting, "a perfectly executed strike last night. thank you to france and the united kingdom, could not have had a better result. mission accomplished!" that "mission accomplished" drawing immediate comparisons to president george w. bush's iraq war victory lap in 2003,
premature because the hardest fighting was still to come. >> all right, martha joins us now from washington. this strike coming as the president says he wants to get out of syria, we still have around 2,000 troops there. what's the current state of play? >> reporter: well, tom, what they accomplished last night is a very limited punishment for the use of chemical weapons. one-time shot, they will only go back if assad uses chemical weapons again. this is not a continuous engagement. it doesn't change things on the ground. we do have those 2,000 u.s. forces on the ground but they're in fight against isis, a fight the president sees as nearly over. tom. >> martha raddatz starting us off tonight. martha, thank you. and tonight, while the u.s. and its allies are calling the military action a success, a very different story from syria, claiming they knocked down many of those missiles out of the sky. and supporters of the assad regime rallied in damascus today, denouncing the u.s.-led attack. abc's james longman reporting
from the region tonight. >> reporter: the smoldering aftermath of u.s. led airstrikes, but tonight syria projecting strength. this video from bashar al assad's twitter account trying to suggest business as usual for the embattled president. the regime keen for the world to see it has support. celebrations, and claims that 71 coalition rockets were intercepted or shot down. but the u.s. military says that's not true, none of syria's surface-to-air missiles hit their targets. key ally russia, angry at the strike. the defense ministry even suggesting upgrading syria's air defense system. in a security council meeting, russia's u.n. ambassador repeating their wild claim the chemical attack was faked by foreign intelligence services. >> translator: just as one year ago when the airbase in syria came under attack, the united states used as a pretext the staged chemical attack against civilians. >> reporter: adding, their
inspectors found no traces of toxic agents when they visited the sites. and blocking a u.n. investigation into who's responsible. >> james longman joins us now live in beirut. very close to syria. independent investigators are in syria to collect evidence on the suspected chemical attack? >> reporter: that's right, tom. chemical inspectors were due to start their work today in douma, an area of opposition that the syrian regime claims is fully back in their control. tom. >> james longman reporting from beirut. james, our thanks to you. i want to now bring in military contributor, steve ganyard. we just heard the syrians claim they shot down u.s. missiles. the pentagon refuting that and you say it's because of brand-new technology used for the first time? >> tom, we have every reason to believe that all the missiles hit their targets. but one of the things to consider here, the syrian defenses have been degraded here for weeks by the israelis. but the u.s. air force brought in b-1 bombers for the first
time using a jassm missile, it's difficult to detect on radar. the syrian air defenses had no chance against it. >> steve, let's talk about the timing of the strike. a week went by between the chemical attack and the strike along with the president's tweets, do you think the chemical materials got moved out of their sights? >> the pentagon made a calculated risk. if they blew up these bunkers, and there were gas in them, the poison plume would drift away from populated areas. no one really knows what was in these bunkers. perhaps these cruise missiles were hitting empty bunkers. but most importantly, tom, it's the symbol of those cruise missiles hitting those bunkers sending a message to assad not to gas his people again. >> steve, thanks so much. next, to a new excerpt from that blockbuster interview with james comey. sitting down with george stephanopoulos. tonight, comey reveals new details from one of the most controversial choices of his career, why he went public about reopening the investigation into
hillary clinton just days before the election. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: it was the october surprise that hillary clinton believes torpedoed her chance to be president. >> tonight, breaking news, the fbi bombshell for hillary clinton. >> reporter: just ten days before the election, then-fbi director james comey sent a letter to congress, alerting lawmakers the fbi found new e-mails "that appeared to be pertinent," on a computer clinton's top aide huma abedin shared with her husband, disgraced former congressman anthony wiener. >> hillary clinton's convinced that that letter defeated her, what do you say to her? >> i hope not. i don't know. i honestly don't know. i sure hope not. >> reporter: abc's george stephanopoulos pressed comey about that. >> try to realize that i'm not tryin' to help a candidate or hurt a candidate, i'm tryin' to do the right thing. >> reporter: and while comey doesn't admit he handed the
presidency to trump, he does say he assumed, at the time, that clinton was likely to win. >> i don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been. that -- that she's going to be elected president, and if i hide this from the american people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected. >> reporter: at the time, candidate trump applauded comey's decision. >> and it took guts for director comey to make the move that he made. >> reporter: now president trump calls comey "a weak and untruthful slime ball." quote, "his handling of the crooked hillary clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst 'botch jobs' of history." >> comey will be forever known as a disgraced partisan hack that broke his sacred trust with the president of the united states. >> reporter: but comey tells george he's not sure what other choice he had. >> as i say in the book, i -- i think i did it the way that it should have been done. i'm -- i'm not certain of that. other people might have had a different view. i pray to god, no future fbi
director ever has to find out. >> reporter: comey's book comes out tuesday, it's the first big memoir from a major player in the trump white house. someone who's been the lightning rod of so much controversy. the book itself and george's interview sparking new debate about trump and about comey, easily the most controversial fbi chief since j. edgar hoover. tom. >> and we all look forward to that interview. david, thanks so much. and george stephanopoulos will have much more of his exclusive interview with james comey and the fierce reaction to it tomorrow morning on "this week" and of course the full interview will air tomorrow night 10:00 p.m. eastern. and there are new developments tonight in another drama swirling around the president. the investigation of his personal lawyer michael cohen. lawyers for cohen and for the president are trying to limit prosecutors' access to those documents the fbi swept up in their raids, and sources say the president is now angrier about the investigation of his longtime attorney more so than he is about the special counsel's investigation.
here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, this image of president trump's personal attorney michael cohen, enjoying a spring day in new york, as federal prosecutors nearby revealed he's been under criminal investigation for months. attorneys for both the president and cohen in federal court friday fighting to keep seized documents and recordings, swept up in a fbi raid this week, out of prosecutors' hands, arguing attorney/client privilege. >> mr. cohen, why did they raid your office and hotel room? >> reporter: federal investigators are looking into possible secret deals cohen may have made to protect then-candidate donald trump in 2016. including that $130,000 cohen paid just before the election, to adult film star stormy daniels, to stay quiet about her alleged 2006 affair with trump. sources say the president is angrier than ever, currently more concerned about the investigation into his longtime lawyer and fixer than the probe by special counsel robert mueller. the president even called cohen friday to check in. the judge is now ordering
cohen's attorneys to handover a list of clients to help determine what's privileged and what's not. tom, that judge also appeared frustrated cohen wasn't in court so she's ordered that he be there monday before she decides if prosecutors can review those items seized in that fbi raid. tom. >> kenneth, thank you. next to the massive storms sweeping across the country from texas to the east coast. millions in its path. at least 12 reported tornadoes. this one in mountainburg, arkansas, and blizzard warnings and whiteouts to the north. highways shut down and hundreds of flights grounded in minnesota. and at this hour the tornado threat is still in place. abc's marcus moore is in the storm zone. >> reporter: spring hitting hard. more than 250 reports of severe weather tonight from texas to wisconsin. >> holy cow. >> reporter: at least 12 reported tornadoes slamming the south, four of them in arkansas. this highway nearly swallowed outside of fayetteville. debris ricocheting off
windshields. you can hear the terror in the voices of this couple, blindsided by an apparent tornado. seat belts saved their lives. in mountainburg, mounds of rubble where a house once stood. >> i opened the back door and looked out and there was rotation and stuff flying everywhere. >> reporter: in louisiana, a tree toppling on to this rv, killing a 2-year-old sleeping inside. in the midwest, winter isn't going quietly, up to 20 inches of snow in parts of south dakota. this, as wind-driven wildfires rage across parts of oklahoma. one dead and 1400 evacuated. another look at the devastation in the part of arkansas, a 71-year-old woman lived in the house just behind me, she took cover in her bathroom during the storm and is thankful to be alive. >> thanks so much, marcus. i want to bring in weather anchor sam champion now, you were telling me all those images, destruction, one storm
on the move. >> incredible, right, to think that's true, tom, take a look at that board. everything you see going on there, including that fire danger, it's in the winds behind this storm. this storm now moves east. it's massive. on the east coast if you haven't been affected by this storm, you will. there's that ice storm warning near buffalo, tom, a half-inch or quarter-inch ice around the great lakes shore. watch these temperatures. right now, air time, 66 in new york. this back-door cold front drops that cold air from new england with this storm as it moves east. watch those numbers drop. tomorrow night at this time it's 40 degrees in new york, 43 in philadelphia. washington substantially colder as well. hartford -- wos -- boston, spring temperatures everybody else had friday and saturday. >> we'll take what we can get. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday -- the nationwide hunt for a killer. police say this woman shot and killed her husband and is now on
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in iowa. u.s. marshals joining the search for the female fugitive, as she allegedly fled to fort myers, florida, where investigators claim she befriended 59-year-old pamela hutchinson before shooting her to death. >> riess's mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her, and steal their identity. >> reporter: no connection between the two women, police say, except their striking physical similarities. >> it's believed that the same firearm was used in both the minnesota and florida homicides. >> reporter: police say these surveillance images appear to show riess leaving hutchinson's motel. authorities say they found hutchinson's purse "in disarray." all cash, credit cards and i.d.'s removed. according to police, riess' was last seen sunday in corpus christi, border patrol now on alert. tom, she's wanted for murder, grand theft auto and identity theft. she's believed to be armed and extremely dangerous. tom. >> erielle, thank you.
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finally tonight, a coincidence too good to be true. a bus driver in michigan couldn't believe her eyes. two women she knew the spitting image of each other. what followed, an incredible reunion. here's abc's john donvan. >> reporter: it has been a heartbreak of linda moore's life that when family photos were taken, a child was missing from the frame. in 1968 linda gave birth to her eldest, a little girl, and then gave her up for adoption. to a family that loved her and raised her, and gave her the name molly. >> they were told that i had an african-american grandmother, and that my mom was really young. >> reporter: linda, burdened with guilt, never forgot her first baby. >> oh, it was sad. it was hard. >> reporter: and then, a twist of fate. when one of molly's friends, a bus driver, saw something in the face of one of her regular passengers. >> at first it was just her face, but then as i'm noticing they have the exact same hands. >> reporter: her instinct was right, this is molly as a little girl. and this is melanie.
no denying, these two are sisters. so, for the first time in 48 years, molly meeting her sister, and her biological mother linda, who was apprehensive until she heard what molly had to say. >> i expected, "why did you give me away." i did not expect what i got. just pure love. >> reporter: all from a hunch, that proved correct. and also, life changing. john donvan, abc news. >> what a story. we thank you so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "good morning america" and "this week" in the morning. see you right back here tomorrow. have a great evening. good night. tomorrow. have a great evening. good night. see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
it's time now to find a way to bring peace to that country. >> seeking solutions in syria that don't require military air strikes. don't be deceived by the calm you see on live doppler 7. rain is on its way, and it's not coming alone. >> abc 7 news now. >> okay, hopefully you've enjoyed this gorgeous saturday. sunny and clear. as we take a live look outside at your emeriville camry, the sun setting right there. tomorrow though, colder and much wetter weather on the way. >> love that cinnamon color out there. temperatures in the bay area will drop significantly once the rain arrives. >> hi, guys. it's going to be a very different forecast to finish off the weekend.
and showers move in tomorrow afternoon. the south bay, san jose this afternoon and early evening soaked in sunshine, mild temperatures in the 60s and 70s. but that is not how the weekend will finish. here we go. live doppler 7 along with satellite over california, sunshine and warm right now. the storm impact scale sunday it's a level one light system with afternoon showers, rainfall less than .5 of an inch, we'll show you when you can expect the rain where you live. the air s