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hundreds more. world news night is tonight, breaking news here in new york city. the courthouse drama. president trump's personal attorney, michael cohen. stormy daniels arriving at court, too. the president's lawyer asking a judge to protect what was seized in that fbi raid. the judge's decision moments ago. and tonight, what stormy daniels then promised outside that courthouse. also tonight, the white house reacts, after the james comey exclusive. telling george stephanopoulos president trump is morally unfit to be president. and george asks, do you think the russians have something on donald trump? and did comey's decision to go public about hillary clinton's e-mails 11 days before the election cost her the presidency? what comey now says. just in tonight, police body cam and dash cam video of an officer-involved shooting that prompted a lockdown of several
schools for hours. the storm blasting the east, also bringing deadly tornadoes. among the victims, a 2-year-old. heavy rain flooding subways in new york. rescues near philadelphia. and yet another new snowstorm we're tracking tonight. the starbucks controversy. two african-american men arrested. the video here tonight. but why were they arrested in the first place? and what we're now learning about former first lady barbara bush. her family at her side tonight. good evening. and we're back from beirut and back to start another week tonight. and we begin with the courtroom battle playing out here in new york city today. president trump's personal lawyer, michael cohen, who was raided by the fbi, he's now trying to protect what was swept up in the raid. also arriving in that courtroom, stormy daniels today. it was michael cohen who paid her for her silence not long before the election. tonight, what the judge ruled about those seized records and
what stormy daniels then vowed afterward when she approached the mike. abc's kyra phillips leading us off tonight. >> stormy! >> reporter: a crush of cameras as stormy daniels arrived in federal court today. >> stormy -- >> reporter: the porn star, and those clamoring to get a glimpse of her, tripping over barricades. security rushing her inside. >> stormy, do you have a message for the president? >> reporter: less fanfare for michael cohen -- >> any comment on the allegations against you? >> reporter: -- the president's long-time personal lawyer, who paid for daniels' silence. cohen fighting for control of items swept up in those raids one week ago. a new court filing from cohen's attorney revealing cohen did work for three clients over the past year -- donald trump, republican fund-raiser elliott broidy, and a third client cohen said wanted to remain anonymous. cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to daniels days before the election, and a reported $1.6 million to a model
broidy allegedly had a relationship with. today, the judge ordering the name of cohen's third client be revealed -- fox news anchor sean hannity. a few minutes later, hannity on live radio. >> it's very strange to watch my own television network having my name up as a lower third in terms of it being a story. i had no idea all these media people liked me so much, and now they have to listen to the program. >> reporter: hannity then downplaying his legal relationship with cohen. >> michael never represented me in any matter. i never retained him in the traditional sense, as retaining a lawyer. >> reporter: saying he never paid cohen legal fees. >> i never received an invoice from michael. i never paid legal fees to michael. but i have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions, about which i wanted his input and perspective. >> reporter: hannity in recent days giving his perspective on those federal raids of cohen's office, home and hotel. >> the liberal mainstream media,
they've gone totally off the rails over the fbi's highly questionable raid on michael cohen, and, of course, president trump's harsh criticisms of robert mueller's witch hunt. >> reporter: federal prosecutors say cohen has been under investigation for months. the raids, in part, to look for information about possible secret cash deals made outside the campaign to protect donald trump, possible campaign finance violations. cohen's attorney calling the raids "unprecedented," arguing against having a separate team of prosecutors go through the materials to decide what's privileged and what belongs with investigators. the president's attorney agreeing. but the judge rejected their request, saying, "i have faith in the southern district prosecutors that their integrity is unimpeachable." inside the courtroom today, stormy daniels not allowed to speak. cohen not even looking her way. after court, stormy daniels' attorney inviting her to come to the mike. >> for years, mr. cohen has
acted like he is above the law. he has considered himself and openly referred to himself as mr. trump's fixer. he's played by a different set of rules, or, should we say, no rules at all. he has never thought that the little man, or, especially women, even more women like me, mattered. that ends now. my attorney and i are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened. and i give my word that we will not rest until that happens. thank you very much. >> and kyra phillips joins us outside the courthouse tonight. and as you reported, kyra, we've now learned that cohen has been under criminal investigation for months. you talked to michael cohen today. and we also know that cohen's been in contact with the president since the fbi raid? >> reporter: yes, david. we know they spoke as recently as three days ago. and he's on the record as saying, quote, i will do anything to protect mr. trump. david? >> kyra phillips here in new york tonight. kyra, thank you. next tonight, new fallout from the james comey exclusive. the white house responding.
comey telling george stephanopoulos he believes the president is a serial liar and is morally unfit to be president. and george asks comey, does he believe the russians have something on the president? and tonight, did comey's decision to go public again about hillary clinton's e-mails just 11 days before the election cost her the presidency? what comey now says. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: we tried, but as he left the white house this morning, the president would not answer questions about james comey. did you get a chance to watch the comey interview, mr. president? mr. president, comey says you are morally unfit to serve. any reaction, sir? in his interview with george stephanopoulos, the former fbi director offered a damning assessment of the president. >> a person who sees moral equivalence in charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters
big and small and insists the american people believe it, that person is not fit to be president of the united states on moral grounds. he's morally unfit to be president. >> reporter: comey's most startling statement? he tells george he believes the russians may, in fact, have dirt on president trump. >> do you think the russians have something on donald trump? >> i think it's possible. i don't know. these are more words i never thought i'd 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 wish i wasn't saying it, but it's just -- it's the truth. >> reporter: and comey suggests the president may have been committing a crime by allegedly asking him to drop the fbi investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn, telling comey, "i hope you can let it go." >> was president trump obstructing justice? >> possibly. i mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. >> reporter: the president has denied it all. >> did you, at any time, urge former fbi director james comey
in any way, shape, or form to close or back down the investigation into michael flynn? and also, as you look back -- >> no. no. next question. >> reporter: the president has spent the last 48 hours savaging comey on twitter, calling him "slippery," a "slimeball," "the worst fbi director in history," even saying, "he is not smart." comey also famously infuriated hillary clinton supporters, when, 11 days before the election, he announced he was reopening the investigation into her e-mails, upending her campaign, only to announce three days before the vote that nothing improper had been found. george asked comey, why not first go through the e-mails before going public? >> you could try to find out first whether or not they were indeed relevant, whether there was evidence there of a crime. >> well, maybe. and maybe another director might have done that. my view is, that would be a potentially deeply irresponsible and dangerous thing to do. >> reporter: comey acknowledges
he thought clinton was going to win. >> i don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been, because i was operating in a wrorld 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: but she did not win. something comey says was painful to his wife, who went to the women's march right after the inauguration with their daughters. >> i wanted a woman president really badly, and i supported hillary clinton. a lot of my friends worked for her. and i was devastated when she lost. >> reporter: james comey's new hope, that trump is soundly defeated in 2020. >> values matter. this president does not reflect the values of this country. >> jon karl with us live tonight from west palm beach, and jon, james comey attacking president trump's character in that interview.
the white house firing back today. and this was kellyanne conway, you saw her with george on "gma." take a look. >> this man, jim comey, loves to be within the proximity of power. he loves having dinner alone with the president. if he hadn't, he should have invited someone else or asked who else was going to be there. he loves being alone in the oval office. he wanted a piece of it. he loved being in the proximity of power, until he got fired, and then wrote a book. >> jon, the white house clearly portraying comey as someone hungry for the spotlight. >> reporter: the white house has responded to all of this with an all-out assault on comey's character, rather than going through and offering a point-by-point rebuttal. the white house strategy here has been to issue a blanket denial and to say comey simply is not credible. david? >> jon karl with us tonight. jon, thank you. new developments tonight after the u.s. military action on syria. the pentagon video shows a tomahawk missile launched in the mediterranean. one of more than 100 missiles. meantime tonight, new word syrian and russian forces are blocking international chemical weapons inspectors from visiting the site of the suspected chemical attack that provoked the strikes from the u.s., the uk and france.
and after u.n. ambassador nikki haley said the white house would impose new sanctions on russia, the white house now says tonight, they're considering the move. "the washington post" now reporting tonight president trump opposes them at this time. back here at home tonight, and starbucks under fire after an incident at a starbucks in philadelphia. two african-american men who asked to use the bathroom, and then sat down when they were refused, later handcuffed and taken away by police. well tonight here, the video sparking the firestorm, and starbucks' ceo now apologizing. what he told abc news. abc's linsey davis in philadelphia. >> reporter: protests shut down this starbucks in philadelphia today. the outrage comes after this now viral video of two black men escorted out of the starbucks in handcuffs. >> what did they do? someone tell me what they did. >> they didn't do anything. i saw the entire thing. >> reporter: police say the men were sitting at a table, but had not made a purchase. when asked to leave, they refused.
that's when the manager called 911, reporting the incident as trespassing. this man says they were real estate agents who were just waiting to meet with him. >> what did they get called for? because they're two black guys sitting here meeting me? >> i sat in there the other day for an hour and no one asked me to order anything or leave. >> reporter: the police commissioner says his officers did nothing wrong. >> three different warnings to leave suggest that there wasn't a rush to judgment. >> reporter: tonight, that starbucks manager is no longer on the job. the ceo of the starbucks is calling the incident reprehensible. >> there's training that we're going to do, with our store managers, not only around the guidelines, but training around unconscious bias. what happened to those two gentlemen was wrong. >> reporter: the ceo of starbucks also expressed that it was important to him to sit down with both men face-to-face to apologize. david? >> linsey davis, thank you. and next tonight, seven inmates were killed in a riot at a maximum security prison in
south carolina. the violence raged for nearly eight hours inside lee correctional institution outside columbia. 17 people were also injured, but no police officers or prison employees were hurt. the facility houses 1,500 inmates. former first lady barbara bush is resting at home tonight, surrounded by her family, deciding to no longer seek medical treatment. her health may be failing, but her family says barbara bush's spirits and her grace remain strong. abc's marcus moore in houston. >> reporter: tonight, the nation waiting for word about beloved former first lady, barbara bush. the 92-year-old, who is suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic respiratory illness, has "decided not to seek additional medical treatment, and instead will focus on comfort care." the matriarch of the bush family, often referred to as "the enforcer," is surrounded by family tonight. the bush family saying in a statement, "barbara bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself, thanks to her abiding faith, but for others." by her side, her husband of 73 years, president george h.w. bush. >> i, george herbert walker
bush, do solemnly swear. >> why do you think we call you the enforcer? >> because i enforce. >> reporter: on her 90th birthday, bush was interviewed by her granddaughter, jenna bush hager, daughter of the second president in the family, george w. bush. >> i've been the luckiest women in the world, truthfully. >> reporter: this morning, holding back tears, hager calling her grandmother a fighter. >> so, we're grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she's in it. >> and there are a lot of prayers for her, we're thinking about the whole family tonight. and marcus is in houston. barbara bush's five children are with her tonight, and you've learned, her husband, the former president, is there, as well? >> reporter: that's right, david. right there by her side. and several grandchildren are also here in houston. and granddaughter jenna bush hager is quoted as saying she spoke with her grandmother just last night, and she was in great spirits, and, once again, she is a fighter. >> her true fighting form. marcus, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight"
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