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>> that's it for abc 7 news at 5:00. i am welcome to "world news tonight." the comey showdown. just hours away. the fired fbi director speaking out in our abc news exclusive. president trump's counterattack before the interview airs, suggesting comey should be in jail. that he's a, quote, "slimeball." comey now responding. the breaking headline tonight about the health of former first lady barbara bush. her family saying the ailing 92-year-old will not seek further medical treatment. a deadly spring slam. a twister outbreak across the south. new tornado watches in effect as another snowstorm buries the midwest. putin's threat. the russian president, saying there will be a price to pay for another missile strike against syria. courtroom face-off. the president's personal attorney, due in federal court. will he come face to face with stormy daniels, now expected to
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be there? and, the starbucks arrest. outrage mounting after two black men are asked to leave, then led away in handcuffs. onlookers stunned. the video going viral. and tonight, the company apologizing. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the showdown between president trump and james comey. and new attacks just hours before our exclusive interview. the bad blood simmering long before trump fired comey, and getting more personal by the moment as comey's book is set for release. the president questioning comey's handling of classified information and the hillary clinton probe. insisting he never demanded loyalty.
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calling comey a, quote, "slimeball." there will be much more when the full interview airs tonight. george joins us in a moment. but pierre thomas leads us off on the comey showdown. >> reporter: the war of words escalating between the former fbi director and president trump. tonight, with the exclusive abc news interview hours away, the president tweeting, "slippery james comey, out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the worst fbi director by far." >> if you knew that letter would elect donald trump, you'd still send it? >> i would. >> reporter: comey providing new details about how torn he was about informing congress that he had reopened the hillary clinton e-mail investigation just 11 days before the 2016 election. >> 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. >> at some level, wasn't the
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decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that hillary clinton was going to win, and your concern that she wins, this comes out several weeks later, and then that is taken by her opponents as a sign that she's an illegitimate president. >> it must have been. i don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been. because i was operating in a world where hillary clinton was going to beat donald trump. and so i'm sure that it was a factor. like i said, i don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, 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, the moment this comes out. >> reporter: the revelations on clinton left the president furious, firing off a series of tweets early this morning. "unbelievably, james comey states that polls, where crooked hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the clinton e-mail probe. in other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and wanted a job. slimeball!" trump and the white house now
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treating comey like a political opponent. today, the white house on the attack. >> the clip you played just a few minutes ago says i can't be sure. i'm sure that was part of it. i think, i thought about it. i mean, give me a break. the guy knew exactly what he was doing. he thought hillary clinton would win. and he thought this would give him some cover. >> reporter: comey fired back on twitter tonight, "three presidents are in my book. two help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership, one serves as a counterpoint." the fired director's interview includes details about dramatic encounters with the president, like the first time the two met and the topic was russian meddling in the election and the most salacious, unverified intelligence. >> as you headed into trump tower that day, were you nervous? >> yes. i'm about to meet with a person who doesn't know me, was just elected president of the united states. by all accounts, and from my watching him during the campaign, could be volatile.
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and i'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in moscow and that the russians taped it and have leverage over him. >> and pierre joins us from washington. in one of the president's tweets today, he implied that comey should face jail time? >> reporter: the president accused comey of leaking classified information, but has provided no evidence. comey has said the information he provided to the press was not classified. tom? >> pierre, thank you. >> and george joins us on set. did you get a sense that james comey thinks president trump obstructed justice? >> he does go a little bit farther in the interview than he did in the book. it's a tough one, because he's going to be witness if indeed robert mueller brings a case. he wants to be careful, but certainly doesn't rule it out. >> in this interview, we see an image of james comey that goes against the boy scout image.
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using phrases like, lordy. do you think this was about settling scores for him? >> he says he was just being honest. and that was his honest impression at the time. but he has drawn a fair amount of criticism, but he said he's going to be as honest and transparent as he can be. >> there will be much more from george's exclusive interview with comey, tonight at 10:00 p.m. on abc. next to a major development involving former first lady barbara bush and her help. the bush family revealing she will no longer seek medical attention in the face of failing health. marcus moore is in texas with those details. >> reporter: tonight, former first lady barbara bush, in failing health and no longer seeking medical treatment. just hours ago, the bush family releasing a statement saying, "she will instead focus on comfort care." >> i, george herbert walker
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bush, do solemnly swear -- >> reporter: wife to one president, and mother to another, barbara bush is famous for her fierce loyalty. >> i hated it when anyone criticized my brilliant husband and i was furious when they criticized my son. >> reporter: and razor sharp wit. >> that same fella that i used to yell at to please pick up his room, to see him as president is truly amazing. >> reporter: despite the political spotlight always shining on the bush dynasty, family has always remained her top priority. >> my dream for our family has always been, they grow up, they get a good education, they'd be happily married or they find someone they could be happy with. give back to the country, because they are so lucky and my dream has been answered. >> marcus, what else have you been able to learn about the former first lady's condition? >> reporter: we've learned that mrs. bush has been suffering
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from congestive heart failure and respiratory illness. and we are told she is at home, resting with her family. >> marcus, thank you. now, to president trump's personal attorney expected in court tomorrow, after the fbi raided his home, office, and hotel room. possibly seizing information about secret deals, including one with stormy daniels. according to her attorney, she'll be in court as well. here's david wright. >> reporter: tomorrow, michael cohen, the president's personal lawyer, will likely come face to face with the porn star he paid off, in federal court in new york. citing attorney/client privilege, cohen is seeking to block fbi investigators from reviewing recordings and other evidence they seized. the president himself, highly interested in the outcome. president trump is outraged by the fbi's raid on his lawyer, tweeting, "attorney/client privilege is now a thing of the
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past. i have many lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices or even homes are going to be raided." investigators are looking for possible secret deals cohen may have made to protect then-candidate donald trump, one of them with adult film actress stormy daniels. daniels claims to have had a sexual encounter with trump in 2006. just days before the election, cohen paid her $130,000 to keep quiet. today, in a tweet, her attorney michael avenatti, in a tweet referencing this scene from "the godfather part ii." where the mere presence of a familiar face in the back of the hearing room prompts the star witness to recant. >> i never knew no godfather. >> reporter: today, avenatti confirmed his client will be in court tomorrow. even though she's not a party to this hearing. >> is that intended to provoke him or get into his head? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: cohen and his attorneys are ordered to hand
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over a list of clients so the judge can determine what evidence federal investigators will be allowed to review. one reason cohen needs to be in court tomorrow, he needs to identify his clients so the court can make some judgments about the documents his lawyers want to keep out of the hands of the fbi. tom? >> david, thank you. overseas, russia standing by syria, and ratcheting up rhetoric. russia's vladimir putin warning any more missile launches could cause international chaos. meanwhile, the u.n. saying more sanctions are on the way. james longman, reporting tonight from beirut. >> reporter: syria called it their scientific research center, now apparently wiped away by u.s.-led airstrikes. chemicals once used to hit civilians, now themselves the target. and yet a week since that
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incident and still chemical inspectors wait to begin their work. today, meeting with syria's deputy foreign minister at their damascus hotel, the site of that suspected chemical attack still a no-go zone. even though russian troops had almost immediate access, and said they found no signs of toxic gas. the white house disputing that claim, saying they have evidence that sarin and chlorine were used in the attack. u.n. ambassador nikki haley declaring the u.s. is set to announce new sanctions against russia. >> they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to assad and chemical weapons used. >> reporter: this, as syria's president bashar al-assad met with a russian delegation today, expressing gratitude for russia's military help, which syria claims helped them shoot down 71 coalition rockets. the pentagon denies any of them were stopped. truth has long been a victim in the long civil war. russian president vladimir putin today saying any further strikes could lead to, quote, "chaos in international relations," a
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warning, or a threat? this war is far from over. >> james, thank you. back here at home, and dangerous weather possible for millions. with tornado watches in effect across the carolinas and virginia. take a look at this, a confirmed ef-2 twister in mississippi. 115 miles per hour. winds ripping off that roof. at least 20 twisters reported in 7 states this weekend. in the midwest, another blast of spring snow. hundreds of wrecks reported including this jackknifed big rig in wisconsin. and the morning commute in the northeast could be a nasty one. here's sam champion. >> reporter: this massive spring storm has it all. watch this ef-2 tornado tear through a neighborhood in mississippi. 115 mile-per-hour winds shearing the roof right off this house. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: this, just one of
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18 reported tornadoes in 5 states since friday. five of those twisters slamming arkansas, daylight revealing a wasteland of debris in mountainburg. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: from tornadoes to this water spout, spinning on shore in mississippi. in louisiana, 110 mile-per-hour winds toppling a tree into this rv near shreveport, killing a 2-year-old inside. and, record-breaking snow. up to 20 inches of snow in parts of south dakota, marking sioux falls' snowiest april on record. wisconsin getting up to two feet. this semi overturned on i-94 in green bay. in minnesota, ice and snow being blamed for 550 crashes in 48 hours. >> and you were saying, there's another 36 hours before the storm is gone? >> before it's off the coast. exactly right. this is a mass f storm. two-thirds of the country will have been affected by the storm
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since friday. watch the heavy rain, the tornado watches, and then watch the line with the heavy rain move right towards philly and new york. we stopped it at 7:00 p.m. to let you know, the heaviest rain moves into those areas, and even d.c., at exactly the time you're going to work on monday morning. that makes the commute a mess. that ice pulls into maine and a little bit towards boston, but mostly rain there. that's 7:00 p.m. that's why we're telling you, late monday night, early tuesday morning before the monster is offshore. tom? >> strong start to the week. sam, thank you. still ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday, the threats against one school, and the arsenal of weapons and ammo police say owned by the man making the threats. two black men handcuffed at a starbucks while sitting at a table. the viral video outrage. what the coffee giant is saying tonight. and homeowners, and firefighters forced to team up. stay with us.
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school, her children right by her side. but dig a little deeper, and this moment is about more than a diploma. houston resident iesha champs was once homeless. 19 when she started to have children. then things got even more complicated. >> i lost my job, i lost everything i had in a house fire. i'm pregnant, i just found out my kids' father has cancer. >> reporter: she would go on to raise her five children by herself, at one point hitting rock bottom. >> i literally tried to commit suicide. it was just that bad. >> reporter: but then about ten years ago she found a church, and a pastor who had a message for her. >> god told me to tell you that you need to go back to school to get your ged, because that lawyer you wanted to be, you're going to be it. >> reporter: so iesha listened, getting that ged and not stopping there. but trying to balance five children and law school, she hit another breaking point. >> i would hear her crying, so i would take my brothers and
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sisters, give them a snack, fix them some food so she wouldn't have to get up from doing her schoolwork. >> reporter: then all of her kids started to pitch in, helping with flash cards and serving as a mock jury. so graduation was a family affair. >> that was the reason behind the signs and including them in the graduation photos. i look at these graduation photos and i say, "this here is a woman who knew that the odds were against her and she destroyed them. wow." >> reporter: wow is right. it's amazing, just like iesha. tonight, we salute iesha for that incredible comeback. thanks for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. stay tuned for the comey interview with george stephanopoulos tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. have a great evening. good night.
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as you headed into trump tower that day, were you nervous? >> high expectations for big revelations ton on abc 7 news at 6:00 what to expect from the exclusive tell-all interview with the former fbi director. we are following the developing condition of former first lady barbara bush, now surrounded by family. and rain is here. well there's more unusual weather headed our way for april. how much? drew will tell you. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> announcer: live, where you live, this is abc 7 news. well we take a look that blanket kwoeb green covering the jean screen. >> that's live doppler 7 showing rain arrived. and tomorrow bringing more. good evening and thank you for joining us i'm eric thomas. >> i'm dion lim. you may have noticed the
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temperature dropped. people getting soaked getting into tradeder joe's as you using umbrellas and anything they could grab to keep dry. >> the rain came down hard before it slowed a bit. >> in the sierra snow you can is he see the snow at heaven lip mountly resort let's get to drew with more about the storm. >> yesterday's warmth a distant memory. it's about colder air and showers with it. live doppler 7 showing axe across the region right now. let's zoom in to where we have much of the rain focused at this hour hf live doppler 7 showing much of it is light. indicated by green but a few pops of yellow here and there indicate a couple of downpours as it slowly moves to the south. on the storm impact scale this evening we're tracking light to moderate showers. rainfall less than .5 of an inch. winds gusty, 20 to 35-me-


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