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showing what could be his pearly whites. the series is tied at one. >> tonight, president trump's chief of staff fires back moments ago. this evening the chief of staff john kelly unleashing after a new report claiming he has repeatedly called the president an idiot. kelly and the white house doubling down tonight. what kelly just said. the dramatic prime time presentation. the israeli prime minister pulling back the curtain. on what he calls the secret files. what he says they prove about iran and how the white house is responding. the showdown on the u.s. border with mexico. the caravan with 150 men, women and children from central america arriving at the border. what happens now? we're tracking the severe storm threat. possible tornado and giant hail across several states and the storms coming mid week. the abc news exclusive. fighting back. ashley judd taking on harvey weinstein tonight. her brand new lawsuit. the proof she says he tried to
destroy her career. the major movie she says he blocked her from getting. the pictures coming in tonight. six people trapped under a falling tree at a high school ball field. we have news coming in on their condition. >> announcer: this is "world news tonight" with david muir. it's great to have you with us to start a new week here. we begin with chief of staff john kelly firing back after a report that he repeatedly called the president an idiot. the nbc report saying kelly said about the president we've got to save him from himself. tonight general kelly now talking about his quote candid and strong relationship with the president adding i am committed to the president. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega leads us off. >> reporter: white house chief of staff john kelly tonight, making a rare public statement to defend his relationship with his boss. it comes after nbc news reported that kelly has repeatedly called president trump "an idiot."
in one meeting on immigration, kelly reportedly trash talking the president saying, "he doesn't even understand what daca is. he's an idiot. we've got to save him from himself." nearly immediately, kelly fired back. in a statement he said, "i spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. he always knows where i stand and he and i both know this story is total bs. he called it "another pathetic attempt to smear people close to president trump and distract from the administration's many successes." one aide who was also in that meeting backed kelly's denial, telling abc news "he never said that." kelly has come under fire for his handling of the ouster of former staff secretary rob porter. kelly initially defended porter as honorable amid allegations of domestic abuse. just last month, the president praised his chief of staff. >> you know, we have general kelly here, four star. and he's doing a great job in washington.
>> reporter: but they have had their differences. in january, kelly committed one of the cardinal sins of a trump confidant. when he seemed to publicly embarrass his boss over his number one issue, the border wall. >> he has evolved in the way he's looked at things. campaign to governing are two different things and this president has been very, very flexible in terms of what's within the realm of the possible. >> reporter: the president fired back on twitter, openly contradicting his right hand man, saying, "the wall is the wall, it has never changed or 'evolved' from the first day i conceived of it." >> so let's get to cecilia vega. she's live from the white house. a forceful denial from john kelly. what are your sources telling you about the relationship? >> general kelly has been on the job for nine months. during this time there have no doubt been varying factions about him. there are those who are loyal to him, those who put a target on his back. president trump has not been happy with the limitations general kelly has put on who can access the oval office and talk to the president.
right now sources telling us right now anyway these two stand on solid ground. david. >> cecilia vega leading us off on a monday. thank you. we turn now to the dramatic presentation playing out for the world today. it was in prime time. the prime minister of israel benjamin netanyahu literally pulling back a curtain revealing what he claims are the secret files he says prove iran lied about its nuclear program. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: the dramatic prime time presentation was broadcast live on israeli tv. but prime minister benjamin netanyahu seemed to be speaking to an audience of one, president trump. >> i'm sure he'll do the right thing. the right thing for the united states, the right thing for israel, and the right thing for the peace of the world. >> reporter: today, netanyahu pulling back the curtain to reveal what he said were secret files seized from a bunker in tehran. proof, he claimed that iran never came clean about its nuclear weapons program.
a violation of the 2015 agreement. >> iran lied. big time. >> reporter: today in the rose garden, the president seemed persuaded. >> it's a horrible agreement for the united states. >> reporter: trump is now eager to strike a nuclear deal with another country, north korea. at a weekend campaign rally in michigan -- >> all: nobel! nobel! nobel! >> reporter: supporters calling for president trump to be awarded the nobel peace prize. >> that's very nice. nobel. haha. i just want to get the job done. >> reporter: he took to twitter to conduct his own poll about possible meeting locations, including the dmz. the highly militarized border between north and south korea. "just asking," he wrote. >> there's something i like about it. you're there, where if things work out, there's a great
celebration to be had on the site. not in a third-party country. >> martha raddatz with us tonight from washington. martha, president trump planning that meeting with kim jong-un even suggesting, as you point out, holding the meeting at the dmz. as you know the iran nuclear deal comes first. the may 12th deadline fast approaching. >> it sure is, david. president trump giving strong hints he'll rip it up. it could be a negotiating tactic to get a better, stronger deal. the iranians say it's a childish game and the israeli documents presented today pre-dated the nuclear deal. either way you can be sure kim jong-un is watching carefully what president trump does in iran. david. >> martha raddatz tonight. martha, thank you. closer to home tonight the showdown on the u.s. border. the caravan of men, women and children from central america arriving at a u.s. border post. the question tonight, what happens next? abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman on the border tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, that standoff at the mexican border intensifying. some scaling to the top of this border fence, but not crossing. customs and border patrol claiming some migrants have now illegally entered the u.s. they had made the 2,000 mile, month-long trek from southern mexico on buses, train and on foot. mari martinez said her family of nine has been pursued by the gang ms-13. [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: she said if i stay in my country, i'll be killed. president trump tweeting the migrants are openly defying our border. >> are you watching that mess that's going on right now with the caravan coming up? >> reporter: but the migrants here say they won't give up. david, by far the longest part of the journey happens when they're actually in the united states. it's the process of being granted or seeking asylum. it can take years. it hinges upon something called
a credible threat interview. basically these migrants have to prove they face persecution if they're sent back home. a majority of them are sent home. david. >> matt gutman on the border. thank you, matt. there are developments in the serial killer investigation in california. investigators tonight on why they believe that former police officer went on a reign of terror allegedly. joseph deangelo behind bars tonight. authorities believe he committed 12 murders, more than 50 rapes. tonight right here what might have fueled his rage. here again is abc's witt johnson. >> reporter: tonight, investigators revealing new details about what may have fueled the rage of accused golden state killer, joseph deangelo. one rape victim in 1978 describing how her attacker sobbed while saying, "i hate you bonnie. i hate you." >> that name told me that he had some significant female in his life named bonnie. and he had some anger against what bonnie or what he perceived bonnie had done to him.
>> reporter: it turns out deangelo was engaged in 1970. the woman? bonnie jean colwell, who eventually broke it off. as investigators were narrowing their search through a dna profile, another clue. they learned deangelo, a former police officer had allegedly threatened to kill his police chief after he was fired back in the '70s. >> i have a lawyer. >> reporter: the man accused of 12 murders and more than 50 rapes appearing dazed in his first court appearance. families of his victims saying it's all an act. >> in court he turns into this incompetent man who can't even stand up, who can't even speak. what a coward. what a tremendous coward. >> witt johnson with us tonight. witt, many victims and their families were stunned to see him in court in that wheelchair barely audible. you're learning what he was doing in the days before his arrests. >> that's right. one of the lead investigators in the case describing deangelo
as agile and active. said he was even seen whizzing around town on a motorcycle a week before his arrest. david. >> in stark contrast to what we saw in the courtroom. thank you. next tonight the investigation into a key member of president trump's cabinet and how he spent tax payer dollars. your money. epa chief scott pruitt, his first class travel, a $43,000 secure phone booth for his office and raises for favored staffers. hear the whistle blower who claims he was sidelined because he spoke up and questioned his boss. abc's kyra phillips and the interview tonight. >> reporter: he was part of donald trump's presidential campaign from the start. >> he's great. he's been with me right from the beginning. he's tough as hell and he's great. >> reporter: kevin chmielewski then got a ticket to washington, eventually becoming deputy chief of staff for epa administrator scott pruitt. but tonight, chmielewski says what he saw there, and what he said about it, cost him his job. he describes how a manager told him bluntly.
>> administrator pruitt wants me to fire you or put you in a office where he never has to see you again. >> reporter: chmielewski says he raised concerns about lavish spending early on. like the $43,000 secure phone booth for pruitt's office and he says a plan he over heard for the agency to rent a private jet for $100,000 a month. >> i said, "do you realize we can't do that?" and she just said, once again, "this is what the administrator wanted me to look into." >> reporter: the deal never happened. chmielewski also tells us he drew the line on first class tickets to morocco. >> i refused to do it. and, once again, i think that was some of the beginning of the retaliation. >> reporter: chmielewski said he was fired in february, months after raising concerns over unethical spending. the epa says chmielewski resigned. just four days ago, pruitt was grilled by congress about allegations of retaliation upon anyone who defied him. >> i don't ever recall a conversation to that end. >> reporter: when pruitt testified to congress recently, he said he was not aware of any employees being pushed out for
raising red flags, was he just straight out lying? >> bold-faced lying. >> kyra phillips live tonight. pruitt is of course under investigation by the inspector general. he's been grilled by congress. he's made it clear he has no plans to resign. >> more than 170 members of congress including several republicans have called for pruitt to go. he says he's here to stay. he also has the support of the president. the whistle blower says despite his feelings about pruitt, he still backs president trump. david. >> kyra, thank you. overseas and to a wave of violence in afghanistan. 31 people killed including an american service member and at least ten journalists. one of the deadliest attacks involving journalists. worldwide. the highest toll from a double suicide bombing in the capital. first detonating a motor bike bomb near the u.s. embassy. a second attacker blending in with arriving journalists and
then blowing himself up. isis claiming responsibility. in eastern afghanistan, a u.s. service member was killed and another wounded during u.s. combat training. the first death since january there. next to the abc news exclusive. ashley judd fighting back against disgraced movie producer harvey weinstein. judd filing a new lawsuit claiming he damaged her career, detailing how it was he blocked her from getting major movie roles. she says it was retaliation after she rejected his sexual advances. abc's amy robach with the one on one. >> reporter: tonight, actress ashley judd sitting down for her first tv interview after filing a new lawsuit against harvey weinstein. you are filing this lawsuit against him. why now and what do you want? >> what i want is for mr. weinstein to be held accountable for his illegal conduct. >> reporter: one of weinstein's most vocal accusers now suing the disgraced former movie mogul claiming he hurt her career for decades. "retaliating against" her "for rejecting his sexual demands" in an l.a. hotel room back in 1997,
where she says she narrowly avoided sexual assault. >> it has now been found. >> reporter: judd said a year later she was in talks with director peter jackson to play a role in the block buster trilogy "lord of the rings." weinstein allegedly telling filmmakers, "she was a nightmare to work with" and "should be avoided at all costs." >> my rebuffing illegal sexual harassment in a hotel room that harvey weinstein lied about me and interfered with my economic opportunity and blocked me from being cast in "lord of the rings." >> reporter: in an interview peter jackson said, "he'd been fed false information." that he now realizes it was a "smear campaign in full swing." >> reporter: we heard from director peter jackson and he said weinstein torpedoed your incredible professional opportunity to star in the "lord of the rings" franchise. what was your reaction when you heard him say those words out loud and publicly. >> i felt very sad. i had a lot of processing to do.
i felt -- i'm going to get upset. it's very upsetting. then all of a sudden we never heard back. >> reporter: you thought you were going to be used in this franchise. >> i was being invited to consider which of the two roles i preferred. >> reporter: then all of a sudden it was poof. >> it was just poof. i was being maligned and defamed. >> reporter: judd's attorney acknowledges there are a lot of people going seeking damages from harvey weinstein. >> the evidence of peter jackson. we've got strong legal theories. we are going to collect money and put it to a good cause. >> judd said she'll donate any money she wins to the times up movement. weinstein has denied any sexual assault. he's not yet commented on ashley judd's lawsuit. he said in the past while he and his brother bob were executive producers in the film they had zero input on casting. david. >> amy robach tonight. amy, i know you'll have more
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mr. cosby admitted to giving these quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them. >> reporter: we're now hearing just what was going on inside the deliberation room during bill cosby's retrial thanks to juror number one, harrison snyder. but when you entered the room for the first time, were you sure that he was guilty? >> no. >> reporter: the jury delivered the stunning verdict on thursday. finding cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting former temple university employee andrea constand in 2004. >> some people have said they still think he's innocent. and i just tell them, "if you were there, you would say the same thing. you would say that he's guilty." >> reporter: sitting here today, is there any doubt in your mind that you guys came to the right conclusion? >> no, i have no doubt at all. >> we now know just today bill cosby was fitted for a gps ankle bracelet. he's not to leave his pennsylvania home with the exception of medical and legal matters. david. >> linsey davis with the exclusive. thank you.
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finally tonight "the avengers infinity way" from our parent company disney setting the all-time record for the weekend. much was filmed right here in america. >> reporter: it is the battle on screen that had audiences running to theaters. "avengers, infinity war." one of the stars first seeing it himself. >> i saw it. i'm covered in goose bumps. i'm not even joking. >> reporter: tonight it has set
a new record. the biggest opening ever. $640.9 million worldwide. spiderman, thor, ironman all trying to save the galaxy. where was a large part shot? it turns out in georgia. >> get an opportunity to save the world. >> you're an avenger now as well. >> reporter: the sound stage in fayetteville, georgia. >> we're in atlanta. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: at the time the project was top secret. you could see the signs all around atlanta. figaro. the block buster employing more than 3,000 georgia residents. while we might not know what happens in the next installment, we know a good deal of it has already been shot in georgia. >> code name reveal. thank you for watching on a monday night. i'm david muir. breaking news, a chp car
rear-ended. blocking lanes and backing up traffic. and the officer is not the only person hurt. shaken awake. team coverage on why we are seeing quake swarms. here from neighbors who never thought this would happen where they live. >> i was telling everybody i am getting a puppy. >> her new puppy turned out to be a scam. "7 on your side" michael finney finds out this bay area family isn't alone. and that breaking news is just past vallejo where sky 7 is live by the red top road exit. a serious accident involving a california highway patrol officer. the officer was rear-ended by a
white mitsubishi mirage. three other people in the mirage suffering major injuries in the crash. >> rescuers had to use jaws of life to rescue the victims. >> let's show you where this happened on the map. eastbound 80 shortly by red top road. two lanes are closed because of the crash speculation cand you resulting back up. >> the backup extends well into vallejo. the highway patrol specialized unit has been called to the scene for this investigation. thank you for joining us,