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good morning. good morning. i'm diane macedo. >> i'm kendis gibson. here are some of the top headlines we're following here on "world news now." james comey telling it all. the former fbi director is casting president trump as a morally unfit president. he's also talking about obstruction and whether the russians have dirt on the president. much more from our abc news exclusive coming up. a source says barbara bush is suffering from heart and respiratory failure. the 92-year-old former first lady is resting at home. she's been married to former president george h.w. bush for 73 years. a balloon suffered a crash landing in the same area as one last spring. and a wreath was laid at the
finish line of the boston marathon. today thousands will confront cold and rainy conditions at the marathon. those are some of our stories on this monday, april 16th. from abc news, this is "world news now." we do say good morning, everybody. and the weather for the start of the marathon will not be pretty. in the 40s and rainy there in boston. wind and rain, so wish them the best of luck. but we're going to start this half hour with former fbi director comey mincing no words, blasting president trump as morally unfit for office. >> comey slammed the president for his treatment of women and accused him of constantly lying. he said there was some evidence of obstruction of justice. >> comey said he thinks it's possible the russians have something on the president that could be used to blackmail him. and he talked about the
president's reaction to that now infamous dossier. >> i think as graphic as i needed to be. i did not go into the business about people peeing on each other. he went on to do i look like a guy who needs hookers. i said sir, we're not saying we believe it, but we want you to know. >> what was the look on his face? >> he was very defensive and how he hadn't done this, he hadn't done that. >> did you believe his denial? >> i honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth. but i don't know whether the president of the united states was with prostitutes in moscow 2013 with them peeing on each other. it's possible but i don't know. >> the president accused comey
of leaking classified information and suggested he should be jailed. >> a lot to unfold there, and the interview kicks off a public rollout of comey's book "a higher loyalty." >> in it, he tries to explain his controversial decision involving the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. >> the moment that totally rocked the political world was when james comey admitted that when he reopened the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails his decision to go public might have been influenced by her poll numbers. >> i don't remember consciously thinking about it, but it must have been. i was operating in a world where hillary clinton was going to beat donald trump, so i'm sure 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. >> this caught the ire of democrats who say comey treated
clinton unfairly but also republicans who now say comey's squeaky-clean image is gone. i spoke to white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> it's an extraordinary admission because you would think that the credo of a prosecutor would be to let the facts drive your actions, not political calculations. >> remember, comey said it makes him mildly nauseous that he could have impacted the election. but when george asked him if he would make the same decision again, he said he would. we will have a full breakdown this morning on "start here." check it out on your favorite podcasting app. >> we'll have more from the comey interview coming up ahead this hour. breaking overnight, president trump has formally asked a federal judge to let his legal team review evidence seized by the fbi from his personal attorney michael cohen, citing attorney-client privilege. he made the request as cohen is
due later in court today, and the porn star, stormy daniels plans to appear today too. >> reporter: michael cohen will likely come face-to-face with the porn star he paid off. president trump is highly interested in the outcome. he is outraged by the fbi's raid on his lawyer, claiming attorney/client privilege is a thing of the past. i have many lawyers, and they're probably wondering when their offices and homes are going to be raided. investigators are looking into possible secret deals cohen may have made to protect candidate trump, one of them with 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. her attorney, michael avenatti in a tweet referenced this scene from "the godfather ii", where the star witness recants. avenatti claims she will be in court even though she's not a party to this hearing. >> is that intended to provoke him, to get into his head? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: cohen and his attorneys are now ordered to hand over a list of clients so the judge can determine what evidence federal investigators will be allowed to review. cohen needs to be in court for one thing, to identify who his clients are. so that the court can make some reasonable judgments about the thousands, if not millions, of pages of documents his lawyers want to keep out of fbi's hands. david wright, abc news, the white house. kentucky's governor is apologizing for comments he made, but many aren't accepting
it. the republican governor there, matt bevin declared that children had been sexually abused at home all because of last week's teacher protests that closed schools. he said he was sorry that some people were hurt by that comment. even state legislators in his own party voted to condemn the remarks. a new york man is under arrest after police investigating a school threat found an arsenal in his home. >> robert zach allegedly left a phone message for a worker at a special needs school he once attended. police say when they went to his house in lindenhurst they found weapons and a silencer. they believe he is holding a grudge from a teacher 16 years ago. marathon day, patriots day, but five years since that finish line bombing.
>> a group of runners had a special way to mark the anniversary. they ran a course over the weekend that spelled out the city's name. >> yeah, they used a gps tracker to do all of that. >> spell it all out. marathon day's usually a great day in boston where you went to school. >> everybody sits out on the streets. the whole city comes to life and they're cheering everybody on. the weather is supposed to be bad, but i can assure you, the sidelines will be crowded. >> they will have a beverage to warm them up. >> they will have a few of those. >> the red sox have already canceled their game. >> the weather's that bad. >> noted. >> okay. guess more people will be there on the marathon course. coming up, the latest effort to save toys "r" us. >> and the interview with comey. what the president whispered in his ear. first here's a look at today's temperatures.
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hawaii's governor has declared a state of emergency on the island of kauai after 28 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. flash floods and landslides washed away or blocked roads and swept away homes and cars as well. many residents are cut off with no power or water supply. the coast guard and army are helping with search and rescue operations, and there's more rain in the forecast. a canadian couple is facing charges of assault for what they said was an act of protecting their daughter from rape. >> they allegedly used zip ties to restrain a 28-year-old man when they arrived at their home. they say he was there to see their 13 year old daughter. the incident was posted on facebook. >> the parents claimed police weren't doing enough about his explicit instagram messages, so they reportedly took matters into their own hands and invited him into their home. police say he was already under investigation and this may
happen any prosecution he may have. he has not been charged. more than 200 million eggs are being recalled due to salmonella. >> they were produced by rose acre farms. 22 people have become ill. the eggs were sold in nine states, mostly along the east coast. consumers are urged to contact rose acre farms if they are worried their eggs may be subject to the recall. and the recall falls the recall on lettuce. 35 people in 11 states have reported becoming sick at the end of last month. all the victims reported eating at restaurants that used bagged romaine lettuce. the next step in the bid to buyout the toys "r" us chain will be decided by a bankruptcy court. a $900 million bid was given.
and they only came up with about $59,000 in three weeks. a little short. while bankruptcy proceedings move forward, there are liquidation sales nationwide. we will have more on the interview with former fbi director james comey. >> he calls president trump morally unfit and describes his final flight on the fbi jet. you're watching "world news now." now." his final flight on the fbi jet. you're watching "world news now." actually, you do. harmful bacteria lurk just below the gum line, and if you're not taking care of your gums, you're not taking care of your mouth. so now i use this. crest gum detoxify. introducing new crest gum detoxify... it works below the gum line and is clinically proven to neutralize harmful plaque bacteria and help reverse early gum damage. new gum detoxify, from crest. gums are good. so is my check up! crest. healthy, beautiful smiles for life.
probably all five of my kids wanted hillary clinton to be the first woman president. i know my amazing spouse did. >> i wanted a woman president really badly. and i supported hillary clinton. i was devastated when she lost. >> reporter: the next day, comey's invited to a reception for law enforcement officials at the white house. >> you didn't want to go. >> remember, there were a whole lot of people who thought i helped elect president trump. why would i want to go to a public reception with the president two days after he takes office. >> reporter: he's determined to keep his distance. >> i walked into the blue room. i was as far away as physically possible. >> reporter: the fbi director, 6'8" tries to become invisible. >> i'm wearing a blue suit, how great is that. i got a little camouflage. so i start moving over, and i pressed myself against the blue curtain, thinking this is my
save. this will save me from having this public embrace with the president. >> reporter: well, that doesn't work. >> he's become more famous than me. >> i remember the walk. it seemed like a thousand yards. my family has had a time watching my face. they know that's my "oh, no" face. and so i'm walking forward thinking, i'm determined there's not going to be a hug. i'm not a master of television, but i knew that would be a real problem. our arms are tense, and he gets far enough that i get something worse than a hug. the whole world saw him kiss me. he didn't kiss me, he said i really look forward to working with you. >> reporter: what do you think is going through his mind? >> i think it's about establishing dominance and making everyone part of the family. >> reporter: james comey was talking to employees at the los angeles field office when a breaking news bulletin catches his eye.
>> the room had televisions on the wall, and i saw comey resigns on the back screens. >> reporter: resigns? >> yeah, said resigns. and then it changed to comey fired. and now i'm staring at it, and the audience can see my face change. they start turning around, looking at the back. then i went into a room to find out, have i been fired? because i did not expect to be fired. >> what's your first thought? >> that's crazy. how could that be? >> weren't you angry? >> i don't remember being angry. i thought it's crazy to fire me. i'm leading the investigation into russian influence and in particular anyone in the trump orbit had conspired with the russians. that makes no sense at all. >> reporter: stunned by the news, comey heads to the airport. it would be his last flight on the fbi jet. >> so you're in that private jet basically alone. what did you do? >> i drank red wine out of a paper coffee cup and looked down at the lights of the country
that i love. over in a flash. >> reporter: almost a year's passed since comey was fired by president trump. since then, he's come to some stark conclusions about the use of power and moral leadership. you write that the president is unethical, untethered to the truth. is donald trump unfit to be president? >> yes. but not in the way i often hear people talk about it. i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. he strikes me as a person above average intelligence tracking conversations and knows what's going on. i don't think he's medically unfit to be president, i think he's morally unfit to be president. the person who sees moral equivalence in charlottesville, the most important in our country is truth. this president is not able to do that. he's morally unfit to be
president. >> if you're right, what is the remedy. should donald trump be impeached? >> impeachment is a matter of law. i think impeaching and removing donald trump from office would let the american people off the hook and let something happen indirectly that i believe they're duty bound to do directly. people need to stand up, go to the voting booth and vote their values. impeachment in a way would short circuit that. >> some of the other headlines, of course, him saying that he thinks the president is compromised possibly by the russians. we talked about that plane flight. there was a little bit of debate going back and forth on whether or not he would be allowed on that plane. >> he got the good wine in the good cup. wine in the
♪ "quiet place" is hanging in ♪ "quiet place" is hanging in there. >> sh, i still want to see it. "rampage" rocked the box office. "a quiet place" slid very quietly to second. >> nobody wanted to play "truth or dare." $19 million. there is so much to talk about, beyonce, and the most popular concert. and the strike on syria and the response from abroad. >> a short time ago i ordered the united states armed forces to launch precision strikes on
targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of bashar al assad. they are crimes of a monster instead. >> a dramatic barrage, designed to send an unmistakable message. the u.s., britain, france, unleashing more than 100 missiles from the air and sea. >> i'd use three words to describe this operation. precise, overwhelming and effective. >> comey does not say he believes he handed the presidency to trump but does say he assumed at the time clinton was likely to win. >> 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. >> this image of michael cohen, enjoying a spring day in new york as prosecutors reveal he's been under investigation for months. snl not missing the chance to get in on the controversy. >> you know how much evidence i have in my office? i'm donald trump's lawyer. i have a whole hard drive labeled "yikes." >> violent storms across the south. this video capturing the moment an ef 2 tornado rips through a mississippi neighborhood. the wind shearing the roof off the home. >> the man is suffering from hypothermia, but otherwise, amazing he was okay. ♪
this morning on "world news now," one on one with james comey. >> the former fbi chief in his first interv now," one on one with james comey. >> the former fbi chief in his first interview since president trump fired him nearly a year ago, attacking president trump and revealing he believes the russians may have compromising information on trump. plus, the weekend tweets from the president about comey, not holding back. also this morning, former first lady barbara bush is said to be in failing health. the 92-year-old won't be seeking any additional medical treatment. more about her health battles ahead. and a powerful storm system on the move. tornados hitting southern states as well as the midwest. snow causing slips and slides and many accidents. we're tracking it all. and in sports, lebron james gets blown over by a familiar foe, the cavaliers.
and they got knocked around by the pacers, but who will get the last laugh? i think it might be kendis on this monday, april 16. >> that video is awesome. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> man, there were a lot of people who were booing the cavs during the first half of their game, so quite a series there. there was quite a bit of back and forth that took place over the weekend involving the president and the former fbi director, james comey. he had a blistering attack of the president, calling him morally unfit for the office. >> in his first interview since being fired, comey told abc's george stephanopoulos that the president does not adhere to the country's core values. he also said it's possible the russians have compromising information on the president and that there is certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. elizabeth hur has more.
>> the interview, james comey. >> reporter: former fbi director james comey sitting down with abc's george stephanopoulos in his first prime time interview. >> and what part of you is thinking i helped elect donald trump? >> a whole lot of me was thinking, oh, my god, did we have some role in this? >> reporter: revealing new details of some of the most controversial choices of his career. >> the norm is, if you can avoid it, you take no action that might have an impact on the election, and i can't see a door that's labeled no action here. >> reporter: just 11 days before the election, comey maintains he had no choice. he also recalls his first impression of president trump. >> he had impressively coifed hair. tie is too long as it always is. he looked slightly orange up close. >> reporter: he likened trump to a mob boss.
>> not trying to suggest that president trump is out breaking legs and shaking down shopkeepers. what i'm talking about is that leadership culture. >> reporter: in a series of tweets sunday president trump fired back, insisting he never demanded loyalty, writing slippery james comey out of whack. he's not smart, will go down as the worst fbi director in history by far. >> you write that president trump is unethical, untethered to the truth. is donald trump unfit to be president? >> yes. president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. the most important being truth. this president is not able to do that. he is morally unfit to be president. >> reporter: comey says his new book is about ethical leadership, tweeting that three presidents are in his book, two helped illustrate the values of leadership and one serves as a counterpoint. kendis and diane?
>> that book is going to be released tomorrow. there were quite a few headlines that came out of that. >> a lot to digest. one of them being that the russians might have something on the president. >> that the president might be compromised. >> he's super vague about that. it's something i don't really know, but i can't say i feel sure that it's not. it's all these double negatives. >> he's a trained law enforcement person. there's no way he would say anything that would damage the investigation that is ongoing right now. so the entire interview was five hours. all we saw was about 45 minutes. interesting stuff out there. >> there's a lot in that book. we also have a new abc poll out with the "washington post." that found that 48% of americans compared to 32% said they found comey to be more credible than
the president, but the poll also found only 30% view him favorably, 32% said unfavorably. neither one of them is looking super great to the american public right now. >> there's still a gap between how many people believe the president versus jim comey. >> versus the former fbi director. >> mm-hm. it's a he said-he said right now. and the president wants himself to first comb through all the recordings and documents before investigators are allowed to review them. it will be a showdown today, michael cohen has been ordered to appear in court and stormy daniels is also expected there. that of course is the porn star that cohen paid to keep quiet about an alleged affair with the president. >> i strongly believe within the next 90 days we're going to see an unsealing of an indictment against mr. cohen for a host of very serious offenses, and i believe, jake, that is going to be a significant domino that's going to fall in connection with this.
>> in requesting that review, the president's lawyers cite a vital interest in attorney/client privilege. the president tweeted attorney/client privilege is now a thing of the past. i have many lawyers, and they are probably wondering when their offices and even homes are going to be raided. the former first lady, barbara bush is now surrounded by family members who say she's in failing health. she is suffering from heart and respiratory failure. family members started gathering last wednesday to be with her. she's being offered what's called comfort care instead of additional medical treatment. bush is the second woman ever to be the wife and mother of a u.s. president. she of course has been married to george h.w. bush for more than 73 years. and the u.s. will follow airstrikes in syria with new sanctions against russia.
over the weekend, u.s., britain and france fired more than 100 missiles on three chemical weapons sites and the military says they successfully hit every target. >> 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 incident and still chemical inspectors wait to begin their work, meeting with a deputy foreign minister at their damascus hotel, it's 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. nikki haley declaring the u.s. is set to announce new sanctions against syria. this, as syria's president bashar al assad met with the russian delegation expressing gratitude for military help
which they claim helped shoot down 71 coalition rockets. truth has long been a victim in syria's long civil war. they warned that any further strikes could lead to chaos in relations. this war is far from over. james longman, beirut. there is a massive spring storm affecting much of the country. >> it brought heavy snow to the great lakes and severe storms to the south. another tornado brought heavy rains to charlotte. the air control tower was even evacuated for a short time. >> in the midwest, they're saying why, though, a winter storm warning is in effect
overnight in western wisconsin, travel was all at but at a standstill. this is interstate 94. we get the latest from paul williams. >> good morning, we have a double-headed monster, one that's going to bring heavy rain to boston and new york and an icy mix in maine, vermont and new hampshire and another low pressure system that's going to be widespread snow and flurries throughout the ohio valley region. unsettled for the northwest part of the country, and in the southwest, we need the rain because now we have a high fire danger, with winds at 55 miles per hour. kendis, diane? and a florida woman says she's appealing after a judge ordered her to share her dog with her former neighbor. >> tina walker bought the lab two years ago, but her neighbor recently sued for custody, claiming he was the dog's main caretaker.
>> a judge in st. petersburg decided they both spend a lot of time with the dog, so they will have to share custody. the judge even worked out a schedule. he stays with the neighbor every other weekend. >> how does that even happen? >> split the baby, solomon. >> exactly. coming up, one of the most cringe-worthy renditions of the national anthem yet. a pop star known for singing fight song battled through the anthem. a grandmother suspected of a double murder is now the focus of a nationwide manhunt. authorities believe she could strike again. you're watching "world news now." strike again. you're watching "world news now."
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>> reporter: this minnesota grandmother the subject of a manhunt and murders 1700 miles apart. police say she shot her husband in their rural minnesota home in march, then took off in their cadillac escalade, soon spotted at a casino. she allegedly drove to ft. myers florida and befriended pamela hutchinson, a stranger, bearing a similar appearance before shooting her to death. police revealing these images that show her leaving her hotel. they found the victim's purse in disarray. cash, credit cards, ids missing. her white acura sedan stolen. >> her mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity. >> reporter: officials connecting the crimes.
>> we believe the same weapon was used. >> reporter: the stolen car police believe she may be driving last seen a week ago in corpus christi, texas, three miles from mexico. border patrol now on alert. >> she knows that what she's doing is not going to last very long. in other words, she's on a very self-destructive course. >> reporter: erielle reshef, abc news, new york. >> authorities say they don't really think she's crossed the border as of yet. but she could be anywhere. >> doesn't sound like it's going well. coming up, the backlash brewing after two black men were arrested at a starbucks. sparking protest and outrage. the nba playoffs tipped off, but lebron's early exit has people not hailing the king. that's next on "world news now." people not hailing the king. that's next on "world news now."
w welcome back. we have monday morning sports action for you now, and the first competition in the first round of the nba playoffs. >> before we show you how the king was slain in cleveland, let's get to the best of the west and the houston rockets, the nba's top seed survives a frantic end to their game one game against minnesota. it was really kind of crazy. chris paul throws the ball away. jimmy butler takes a two for some reason. and missed. houston winning 104-101 to go up 1-0 in the series. harden with the beard and all. >> lebron james had his hands full with lance stephenson. he was amped. head butted the padding on the basket after a dunk. >> stephenson was like, "is this your king"?
you may remember this meme with him blowing into lebron's ear. but the pacers would have the last laugh, sending lebron running to the locker room before the game even ended. cleveland stunned, 98-80. >> wow. at the end of regulation in boston, things got interesting with the celtics' terry rozier shaking his defender and landing this three pointer with less than a second left. and the miracle three just before the buzzer! that ties the game. in overtime, the celtics hung on. they won their first game of the series. >> meantime, on the ice. >> the penguins scored twice in five seconds. check out the one-timer followed
by crosby's assist. penguins win 5-1 and lead the series, 2-1. >> they've been keeping track of that record. >> 53 years. >> outdoor sports were hampered by rain. the outcome of the food city 500, it will be raced later today after multiple postponements yesterday. and the mlb honored jackie robinson for breaking the color barrier. his wife rachell at citifield, queens new york. six games were postponed due to weather. this one's fun to watch. in houston, the man nicknamed
big sexy, bartolo colon, he is on his ninth team. but for a little while he had a perfect game. >> do you think big papi's wishing he thought of that nickname first. >> and finally, the national anthem by rachel platten. ♪ o say can you see >> she had a few more mistakes. eventually she had the help of a helpful crowd and she eventually was able to finish. >> the crowd had to feed her lines for the national anthem. >> correct. >> somewhere i think -- >> not even far in the song. she got to "the dawn's early light." >> those are the easy parts. somewhere colin kaepernick is shaking his head. >> come on, girl, you can do it. >> we have a very fun mix for you coming up next.
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not supposed to do that either. anyway, an investigation is under way there in georgia. you might remember a couple weeks ago i got to hang out with sofi, a contortionist who shoots a bow and arrow with her feet. she has perfected this move. but now a 11-year-old girl apparently is hot on her tail. a girl from greensburg, pennsylvania is also a contortionist and dancer, and she has now figured out how to pull off the same trick. she wants to try for the world record in doing that stunt. she has several balloons and she nails each target. very impressive. >> her neighbor's reaction is, can you knock it off. >> you're making me nervous.
a certain sighting was making people nervous in a connecticut backyard. and here's why. bears gone wild. >> oh. hey, there. >> so amy foster noticed a playful bear there on their trampoline. somehow got in there, used its bear claws to ruin the netting, bounced a while on the trampoline for a while. it's not just for kids. over to green bay, wisconsin where a man named greg found a new way to plow the snow, making it a little more fun. rather than using his snowsuit, he decided to go in a bathing costume, a very revealing bathing costume at that. >> is that why we have that big blur that is getting smaller as he gets closer to the camera? >> not only was he plowing the snow, that wasn't enough to express his excitement for an upcoming motor contest. he had to go a little further than that. >> woo-hoo! >> oh! thanks for that, greg. >> oh, that will --
you think the russians have something on donald trump? is donald trump unfit to be you think the russians have something on donald trump? is donald trump unfit to be president? should donald trump be impeached? >> this morning on "world news now," one on one with former fbi chief james comey. we're breaking down the interview, plus new reaction from the republican national committee. starbucks apologizing after accusations of racial profiling. >> two black men allegedly asked to use the bathroom without a purchase and were asked to leave. if you're looking for some reason to bow down, now's your chance. we're still trying to take in what we witnessed this weekend. beyonce took us back to church, took us to band camp, took us to the '90s with a reunion.
the world may never be the same. it is monday, april 16. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we both watched it. we were texting each other during it. at the start of the performance, beyonce said coachella, are you ready? by the end of it, we all realized the answer to that was we were not ready. we had no idea. >> no. no. although my husband was sleeping and i'm sitting there doing the single ladies dance in the living room, trying to be quiet. >> so many of us were embarrassing ourselves at 2:00 in the morning. >> we will give you more on the incredible performance in a moment, but first we have james comey speaking out, slamming president trump's fitness and integrity. >> before comey's book hits store shelves tomorrow, he told
george stephanopoulos, there's some evidence of obstruction of justice. he said trump cleared the room and then brought up the investigation into michael flynn. >> he's asking me to drop the criminal investigation of his now former national security adviser. >> direction. >> i took it as a direction. his words were, though, i hope you can let it go. i took the expression of hope as this is what i want you to do. >> the president says he didn't say that. >> yeah. what am i going to do? he did. >> did you at any time urge former fbi director james comey in any way, shape or form to close or back down the information on michael flynn? >> no, no. next question. >> he says i hope you can let it go. what do you say? >> he had said he's a good guy. i hope you can let it go. i just said, i agree he's a good guy. then there was a brief pause and the meeting was over. >> should you have said, mr. president, i can't discuss this. you are doing something
improper. >> maybe. but if he didn't know he was doing something improper, why did he kick out the other leaders of the intelligence community. why am i alone, if he doesn't know the nature of the request. it's possible in the moment another person would have said, sir, you can't ask me that, that's a criminal investigation, you could be obstructing justice. >> was president trump obstructing justice? >> possibly. certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. >> he said he found out he was fired from the news. he said he didn't think it could possibly be true. >> he also weighed in on what should happen if the special counsel meets the same fate. >> what will it mean if president trump tries to fire robert mueller?
>> it would, i hope, set off alarm bells that this is his most serious attack yet on the rule of law. and it would be something that our entire country, again, democrats and republicans. that is higher than all the normal fights about policy. and it would be to the everlasting shame of partisans if they were unable to see that higher level and to protect it. >> and has the president of the united states been compromised by the russians? >> do you think the russians have something on donald trump? >> i think it's possible. i don't know. these are words i never thought i would utter about a president of the united states. but it's possible. >> that's stunning. you can't say for certain that the president of the united states is not compromised by the russians. >> it is stunning, and i can't believe i'm saying it, but it's the truth. it always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, but i would say with high confidence about any other president, but i can't. it's possible.
>> the president said the pressure on him had been relieved. comey says that shows that the pretense that he was let go over the clinton e-mail investigation was melting away. >> in his book, comey calls the president unethical, untethered to the truth in his words, and he told george that he's also unfit. >> is donald trump unfit to be president? >> yes. not in the way i often hear people talk about it. i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. he strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations. i think he's morally unfit to be president. a person who sees moral equivalence in charlottesville, treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the people believe it, that person is not fit on moral grounds.
our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country, the most important being truth. this president is not able to do that. he is morally unfit to be president. >> he says he believes the president is mentally fit but morally unfit. he says he doesn't think the president should be impeached but americans should vote trump out if that's how we feel. despite all the headlines that we hear, about the president might possibly be compromised by russia, twitter was all excited about the news that comey drank red wine from a paper cup on his way back. that was the big headline. >> when you found out you were fired, drank red wine from a paper cup. >> he looked down at the city lights of this country and drank from -- it's okay, jim, i've
drank from the box. >> keepin' it classy. also he was asked about the president continuing to say he's a liar. he said what am i going to do, people are going to have to make their own judgments. republicans are blasting the book continuing to say that he's a liar and leaker. >> and the rnc chair says it proves his loyalty is to himself and president trump was right to fire him. former first lady barbara bush is surrounded by family at home in houston where a spokesman says she is not seeking additional medical care. >> she is 92 years old. she is suffering from heart and respiratory failure. she has been married to the former president 41 there, since 1945. their 73-yearlong marriage is longer than any presidential
couple in history. president trump's personal attorney, michael cohen due in court today after that raid on his home, office and hotel room. stormy daniels is also expected to show up in the courtroom. the $130,000 payment she received from cohen to keep quiet about the affair with the president is among the secret deals cohen is investigated for. he has been ordered to answer questions about his legal practice and clients. overnight, the president asked a federal judge to allow his legal team to review evidence before the government sees it citing attorney-client privilege. fall, winter, spring, back to winter, spring for a day and back to winter. >> yeah. >> we have a blizzard in april that has stopped travel in the upper midwest and moving into the east overnight.
>> that same storm system spawned tornados in the south. at least one person died in greensboro, north carolina. >> and what was possibly a tornado tore through the lynchburg, virginia area overnight. cars were flipped over and huge trees uprooted. no serious injuries reported. down under in australia, authorities think a wildfire that destroyed more than 6,000 acres was set on purpose. >> they say it's safe to go home now. no major damage reported. >> there's a little bit of a happy story here out of the wildfires. the rescue of a koala. the animal was hosed down and had a drink before being wrapped up in the firefighter's jacket. is that the cutest thing you have seen? >> he looks pretty cozy. coming up, the apology from starbucks. and later in "the skinny,"
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from now on you will speak only when spoken to. and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers is sir. >> that is the opening scene from "full metal jacket." he died from complications caused by pneumonia. he was the voice of "sarge" in "toy story." sergeant ermey was 74. now to the incident of two men, both who are black. >> the police commissioner defends the officers' actions and starbucks is now apologizing. >> reporter: this video of an arrest showing two black men
inside of a starbucks in philadelphia sparking outrage. according to their lawyer, those men in handcuffs came inside for a meeting. in fact, they were early. this gentleman, a family friend, coming to meet the two men, both real estate brokers outraged while he watches them being hauled out. >> what did they do? >> reporter: while customers inside demand answers. >> they didn't do anything. i saw the entire thing. >> reporter: police say a starbucks employee called 911 because both were trespassing. one of them allegedly asked to use the bathroom without buying anything. philadelphia's police commissioner justifying the arrest. >> it is important to emphasize and underscore these officers had legal standing to make the arrest. >> reporter: starbucks ceo apologizing, calling it disheartening. >> i asked for the bathroom
code, used the bathroom, said thank you and left. i did not get arrested. >> reporter: protesters demanding accountability as starbucks begins an investigation into their practices. both men were arrested but released after starbucks declined to press charges. both men are considering legal action. zachary kiesch, abc news, philadelphia. when we come back, we're breaking down the biggest musical events of the weekend. >> from "american idol" to everyone's idol, the yodelling kid. and beyonce did something. next. once did something. next. i'm never gonna be able i'll take a sick day tomorrow. on our daughter's birthday? moms don't take sick days... moms take nyquil severe.
♪ ♪ skinny ♪ just give me "the skinny" skinny time. and we ♪ ♪ skinny ♪ just give me "the skinny" skinny time. and we are kicking things off with the biggest music event of the weekend. >> yes. so of course we are talking about the one and only beyonce and her moment in history. her record-breaking performance at coachella. >> amazing. >> what are you doing? >> hey.
>> i've got some bad news, guys. >> what are you doing? >> this is the only time i'm going to say this. i'm here, and i'm not here to talk about beyoncé. >> so the biggest musical event of the weekend. it was huge. >> coachella was amazing. >> you guys, you have the wrong, i'm here to talk about "idol", guys. i'm so sorry. >> okay, fine. we will get to beyonce. >> we will always get to beyonce, there's always time for beyonce, but there were good performances on "idol." >> so the idol apology tour. >> title of my memoirs. before we get to the music, i have to talk about show-stopping fashion choices. i want you guys to weigh in. we'll start with katy perry who this episode was wearing this very busy patterned jumpsuit. socks included. >> oh, okay. >> so what do you think, hot or
not? >> i'm good for it. i dig it. >> my eyes are having trouble focussing. >> it took me a while, but i think i dig it too. it took me all two hours of "american idol" to decide i like it. next up, i want to talk about amelia, who channeled her inner jerry seinfeld and busted out the puffy shirt. it's a little bit prince as well. pirate chic or shipwreck? >> it's kind of like the outfit from "beauty and the beast." >> i would never have thought of that, but. >> it feels a little too, i'm trying to be prince. >> and finally, poppy in these pants that were giving me skittles vibes. so what do you think, taste the rainbow? >> do, do, do, do, do, do, do. >> listen to "brand-new key."
♪ i've been lookin' ♪ and you got something for me ♪ i got a brand-new pair of roller skates ♪ >> thank you, you know what's happened every time i say it. >> i know, they're gone. >> just say you like her. >> i like her. bye. i'm nervous to say she's my fave. crossed fingers that it doesn't backfire on her. take a listen to this song and then katy's comments after. ♪ ♪ it's a new day >> you've heard the expression wig snatched? wig flew. >> wig y'all, wig. >> emotions were running high all night long.
several contestants were crying, including mara justine after the performance, and it wasn't just the criticism she got from her mentor, bobby bones. >> hair pop, boom. >> three, four, hair pop, boom. there's the hair shimmy. >> she makes a lot of them. watching video of themselves performing. i don't know if you hate it as much as i do. >> it's cringe worthy. >> she has this hair pop thing. >> and the other contestant he made watch was garrett. and you remember the dance moves? he made garrett watch himself dance. >> it's exactly like "hitch." >> i don't know if he's doing any better than garrett was. >> that's true. >> i don't know if camera two can go to the floor. do you see these shoes that will -- >> boom, i figured we were talking fast.
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♪ ♪ and just walked away ♪ pretty much paved the way >> that is carrie underwood making her first public appearance since getting dozens of stitches in her face. >> she performed the new song "cry pretty." she looked absolutely beautiful, at least watching from home it was really hard to tell she had ever been injured at all. she also sounded amazing. >> as always. taking home the top prize for that award show was jason aldean. >> entertainer of the year. >> on to coachella. cardi b tried her hardest to slay like beyonce, she didn't let her growing baby bump get in the way.
she even did some twerking. baby bump and all. >> get it, girl. >> shaking for the crowd there in the so cal desert. and as much as we like seeing cardi at the festival. it has been renamed to bey-chella. and this is the reason why. beyonce's performance with multiple wardrobe changes of course, and an hbcu-inspired stage show. >> they had a destiny child's reunion with kelly and michelle. they didn't do "bugaboo", but i was so glad to see them together. >>. >> and jay z. listen to jay z. ♪ ♪ what's the difference >> they had some fun together on stage and say this was a little preview of their summer "on the run" tour.
>> there were many, many guests. yeah, solange even got on stage. >> yeah, they boogied down. >> yes. >> it was a party. only beyonce can have you stay up at 2:00 in the morning east coast time for a live concert, on a saturday morning. >> thousands of people around the world watched that live stream, including the two of us, and another singer. >> oh, there goes adele. >> adele said this was her mood as she was watching beyonce. and here's another who joined from home. that is kendis. >> that was 4:00 in the morning. >> nice pajamas pants. nice moves. >> and a fan favorite. that walmart yodel kid, mason ramsey from "american idol" went from serenading shoppers with his unique style. >> to coachella. ♪ his unique style.
maki making news in america this morning, fired fbi director james comey goes on the attack calling president trump a serial liar. >> i think he's morally unfit to be president. >> reaction this morning to the explosive interview. >> do you think the russians have something on donald trump? >> plus, comey reveals what he thought during his one-on-one dinner with the president and now the republican party responds. breaking overnight, deadly storms, reported tornadoes tear through homes and schools and emergency crews going door to door conducting searches. meantime, a messy morning commute for the northeast and six-foot snowdrifts in the midwest. former first lady barbara bush now in failing health is declining medical treatment. this morning what she says gives her so much strength. those stories, plus the new technolo