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tonight, breaking news. president trump, the mueller investigation, and what we've just learned about his legal team. the new move tonight. also breaking at this hour, reports of two deputies shot and killed in an apparent ambush. what we're learning right now. just in tonight, what we never knew about the death of prince. the new images just released from inside his home. what investigators discovered and what they're now saying about the drugs the singer had been given. tonight, new images, seconds after that explosion in midair and how safe are hundreds of 737s flying right now? did southwest do enough to inspect planes after a similar incident? tonight, southwest and their new statement just issued. the fraternity suspended tonight, after this video was made public. frat students at syracuse university accused of saying, i solemnly swear to always have
hatred in my heart. posting racist, homophobic and ant anti-semitic videos. the storm moving across the country. treacherous driving. and now, the new system tonight. and late today, word of the prisoner to be set free after more than two decades on death row. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night. several developing stories, and first here, the president, bringing on a new member to join his personal legal team. former new york city major and former u.s. attorney rudy giuliani will now help the president deal with the special counsel's investigation into russia, and any possible obstruction of justice or collusion. the president's previous lead lawyer resigning weeks ago. and tonight here, what giuliani says he is now hoping for. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: with two big investigations heating up, president trump is bringing in a big gun, adding rudy giuliani to his legal team.
giuliani isn't just the former mayor of new york, he is also the former u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. the very u.s. attorney's office that ordered the fbi raid on the president's personal lawyer, michael cohen. giuliani is also a political bulldog. >> i am sick and tired of the defamation of donald trump by the media and by the clinton campaign. i am sick and tired of it. this is a good man. >> reporter: the giuliani hire comes as the president has turned up the heat on special counsel robert mueller, escalating his attacks on an investigation he calls a witch hunt. but today, giuliani told "the washington post" he has "high regard" for mueller, saying, "i hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country." as for what he'll tell the president, julian gnu says, "my advice on mueller has been this. he should be allowed to do his job, he's entitled to do his
job." >> so, let's get right to jon karl tonight. and jon, president trump has been searching for a new lawyer. the big question, of course, tonight, is rudy giuliani really someone the president will listen to? >> reporter: well, that is the big question. he certainly hasn't always taken his legal team's advice, especially when it comes to talking or tweeting about robert mueller. but giuliani is somebody who is higher profile and somebody who is known -- has known trump for a long, long time. as the president himself said in a statement tonight, rudy is great, he has been my friend for a long time, and he wants to get this matter quickly resolved. david? >> jon, thank you. we turn now to two deputies shot and killed in the line of duty. it appears to have been an ambush. abc's vick to oquendo from florida for us tonight. >> reporter: david, the sheriff's office calling it a terrible tragedy. let's take tow the scene in
northern florida. this is downtown trenton, outside of gainesville. the sheriff's office says there are two deputies shot and killed after a suspect walked up and shot them both through a window. the shooter was found dead when other deputies arrived. attorney general pam bondy saying, my heart breaks with the tragic news of two deputies that were senselessly killed today while in the line of duty. david, the florida department of law enforcement is now responding to this. governor rick scott says that he's been briefed and is offering any support they might need. david? >> victor, thank you. we are also following never before seen images tonight, just released in the prince investigation, from inside his home, his estates right after the music legend was found dead. what investigators are now revealing about the medication prince took, and this question tonight -- did he know what else he was taking? here's abc's eva pilgrim with the video. >> reporter: tonight, never before seen images, moments
after police discovered megamusic star prince dead in his home. a bag and coat placed on a chair this, as minnesota investigators reveal the star may have unknowingly taken counterfeit medication, laced with deadly amounts of fentanyl. >> in all likelihood, prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him. >> reporter: but after an extensive two-year investigation, authorities declining to file criminal charges, saying they don't know how he got those drugs. >> there is no doubt the actions of individuals around prince will be criticized, questioned and judged in the days and weeks to come. but suspicions and innuendo are categorically insufficient to support criminal charges. >> reporter: in april 2016, the singer was found ghed his home. >> we need a paramedic on paisley park, 7801. person blah blah.
>> reporter: pills scattered all over his paisley park estate. some prescribed by minnesota doctor michael schulenberg who admitted to investigators he prescribed prince percoset in his friend and bodyguard's name to protect the musician's privacy. but authorities say it was counterfeit vicodin that killed the star. authorities say someone close to the superstar knows how he got the bad meds, a lack of evidence is now leading them to close this case. one of the major problems they had in this case is that prince didn't even have a cell phone. so, all the communications about these drugs were person to person, not intext. so, it made it very hard to pinpoint who knew about the pills and who was involved in getting them. >> i know you'll be pouring
through that video tonight. e eva, thank you. we turn next here this evening to new questions after the deadly engine explosion on southwest flight 1380. there is an intense focus on that engine, and what the airline did after a similar incident two years ago. also tonight, new video from moments after that explosion, and here again, abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight, new video shows the moments of panic onboard southwest flight 1380. that passenger wearing her oxygen mask, recording, as a flight attendant calls for calm. >> everybody breathe. we are almost there. >> reporter: investigators now pouring over the flight's mangled left engine. the faa is saying they will order more inspections of heavily used 737s. but the action comes a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended more frequent ultrasonic inspections of some fan blades, after a similar ins comment 2016, also on southwest. at the time, southwest opposed the time frame for the
recommendation, asking for more time to complete inspections. >> washington and bureaucracies are horribly slow, they're not insent vised to move quickly. when they have to work with the airlines, the airlines have a say in the directives they issue. so, the whole process can take a long time. >> reporter: the faa says 220 engines should be examined for signs of fatigue, but that number could be much higher. and, for the first time, we're hearing from firefighter andrew needum, who along with others tried to save passenger jennifer riordan, who was fatality injured after being partially sucked out of the plane. >> i felt a calling to get up and do something. stand up and act. i'm no different from any other firefighter in this country. >> reporter: captain tammie jo shults, a former navy pilot, and her crew, also speaking out, "we were simply doing our jobs. and "our hearts are heavy." >> and linzie, southwest issuing
a statement defending themselves tonight? >> reporter: that's right, david. southwest said that while it objected to the timeline of those proposed recommended inspections, it did implement its own inspection process and when this week's fatality happened, they have accelerated those inspections. david? >> linzie janis tonight, thank you. to the developing headline from washington at this hour. former fbi deputy director andrew mccade facing possible legal jeopardy tonight. the justice department's inspector general, who wrote that report that lead to his being fired, we have learned has now referred the case to a federal prosecutor. that prosecutor will now decide if mccabe will face criminal charges, and here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: the former second in command at the fbi now facing a possible criminal investigation by the very agents he once led. abc news learning that the justice department's inspector general has referred the case of former deputy director andrew mccabe to the u.s. attorney's office in d.c. for possible criminal prosecution.
mccabe first came to national attention after president trump fired his boss, james comey, and mccabe vowed to go forward with the russia probe. >> sir, we consider it to be a highly significant investigation. the fbi will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously. >> reporter: he was then fired himself, just two days before retirement, amid allegations he misled investigators looking into his role in authorizing a leak to the media about an investigation into the clinton foundation. a damning report by the justice department inspector general concluding he lacked candor when talking to investigatiors and when talking to comey himself. today, comey saying he could even potentially be a witness against mccabe, offering his former deputy little support. >> conflicted. i like him very much as a person but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn't do. >> reporter: but mccabe's attorneys tell abc news they dispute the allegations and that mccabe should not be the subject of a criminal investigation. >> and pierre thomas back with us tonight on this. and pierre, james comey on that
book tour, we saw him just there, weighing in on mccabe, but comey himself, he's been taking heat over his decision to speak out about hillary clinton's e-mails, just 11 days before the election, while remaining silent about the probe into russia and the trump campaign. >> reporter: that's right, david, but comey says the clinton investigation was already public and that the trump probe had just begun. he said it was way too early to say anything, david. >> pierre thomas with us live tonight. pierre, thank you. overseas tonight, and to syria, after that chemical attack. tonight, the state department now says that the u.s. has, quote, credible information and intelligence, that russian and syrian regime officials are keeping international inspectors away while they remove incriminating evidence. nearly two weeks after the chemical attack, those inspectors have still not been able to reach douma. next tonight, we are hearing from the two member back here at home, arrested at a philadelphia starbucks, after the manager called the police just minutes after they arrived in the store. for the first time, they describe to robin roberts their surprise at being told to leave
and then put in handcuffs. and it comes tonight as the philadelphia police commissioner is now apologizing for what he said. he now says it actually made things worse. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: for the first time today, the two men whose arrest at this philadelphia starbucks sparked protests and outrage, broke their silence. >> it didn't really hit me what was going on, that it was real until i'm being double locked and my hands behind my back. >> reporter: donte robinson and rashon nelson had just arrived for a business meeting when rashon asked to use the bathroom. he says the manager told him no, unless he made a purchase. they say just two minutes later, that manager called 911. >> i have two gentlemen at my cafe who are refusing to make a purchase or leave. >> reporter: police arrived on the scene. >> it was just, "get out. you have to leave. >> we weren't read any rights. just double-lacked, hands behind our backs and escorted out and into a squad car. >> reporter: the philadelphia police commissioner, who initially said his officers
didn't do any wrong, now apologizing. >> my apologies to both them, the police officers and everybody else in this city, but aexacerbated the situation with my messaging. real simple. >> reporter: as for that arresting officer -- >> he has been absolutely mortified. >> reporter: both men say this goes far beyond what happened in that coffee shop. >> it's not just a black people thing. this is a people thing. and that's exactly what we want to see out of this, and that's true change. >> and linsey davis with us tonight. and linsey, what's the next step for these young men? >> reporter: well, both men say that while they appreciate the public support, they really want real change. perhaps policy change. they're working with starbucks to that end. david? >> linsey, thank you. from cuba tonight, an historic change. without a castro at the help. tale, raul castro turned the presidency over to the first vice president, who vowed to carry on cuba's communist revolution. raul castro succeeded his brother, fidel, of course, and together they ruled cuba for
more than six decades. and a groundbreaking day in the u.s. senate today. tammy duckworth, the first senator to give birth while in office. she was welcomed back to the senate floor with her daughter. children under 1 have never been allowed there before, but just this week, her colleagues changing the rule, making it easier for senators to care for and nurse their children while at work. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. late developments, word of the prisoner set to be set free after two decades on death row. also, the fraternity suspended tonight at syracuse university after this disturbing video is made public. those frat students accused obvious saying, i solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart, and what else was captured on that video. also, we're tracking that storm moving across the country. treacherous driving today, and the new system we're watching tonight. and then the deadly tv tower collapse. the worker killed when the nearly 2,000-foot tall tower came crashing down. a lot more news ahead tonight.
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i don't feel good about this. this is troubling to me. >> a sand kwenen death row inmate is now free release the moments ago after his murder conviction was overturned and the district attorney says she won't retry his case. good afternoon and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. vincente benavides was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend hess 1-year-old daughter. but because of changes in testimony his conviction is overturned and he is a freeman. >> abc 7 news anchor eric thomas is live outside san quentin with the latest developments. eric. >> and the meeting up, the relationship with family and his legal team still going on at this moment at the gates of san quentin. let me step out and show you in the jump suit there with his back towards you is mr. vincente benavides. he has been on death row at san
quentin since 1993. as we all know it sits on a beautiful strip of land. but having been in the deg chamber it's a grim place, a place of steel and very nervous guards and people keeping an eye on you all the time. but he was just released within the last 10 minutes. his family members waiteding here for hours. he himself has been waiting for decades to be released. right now they're taking sort of a family photo. as you mentioned, the state supreme court overturned his conviction last month accused of raping and killing a 21-month-old baby that was his girlfriend's baby back in 1991. part of this case hung on testimony from doctors that she had been sexually assaulted. but it turns out that that evidence could not be supported. that's why the supreme court threw it out. and a judge today ordered his release. and let's see what the kern county district attorney that covered this