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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the bombshell report on james comey revealed tonight. did comey's actions cross the line? publicly chastising hillary clinton for 15 minutes on national tv before revealing he wasn't recommending charges. then 11 days before the election revealing he was investigating again. then saying there was nothing there. and the ig report asking why james comey did not reveal the fbi was also looking into the trump campaign at the same time. and the fbi officials and their personal text messages. what they reveal. also tonight, the destructive tornado slamming the northeast. destroying buildings. several wounded. the manhunt at this hour. the shooter opening fire outside a major airport on several drivers in their cars.hicles hi.
a runway closed. we have new reporting tonight. the deputy attacked responding to a call. the struggle in broad daylight. the growing outrage. parents crossing the border separated from their children. for the first time, we're allowed inside one of those immigration detention centers. what our correspondent was allowed to see, and what he could not record himself. and the woman walking her dogs, attacked and killed by an alligator. tonight the 911 calls and the warning. >> good evening it's great to have you with us on a thursday night back here in the u.s. we begin with the report on james comey from the inspect or general at the justice department. the report criticisms comey for two decisions. first going on national tv with sharp words for clinton and then recommending no charges.
then 11 days before the election reopening the e-mail investigation only to say there was nothing there. the report also asks why comey didn't reveal the fbi was investigating russia and the trump campaign. the report revealing new text message s. pierre thomas leading us off from the fbi. >> reporter: tonight, the justice department's independent watchdog handing down a searing rebuke of fbi director james comey finding the former fbi director made serious errors in his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. the report calls out comey's surprise july 2016 news conference clearing clinton. >> we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges. >> reporter: the inspector general found it "extraordinary," and "insubordinate" that comey refused to tell his justice department bosses what he would say, finding he had "usurped the authority of the attorney general." at that same news conference, comey criticized clinton. >> there is evidence that they
were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information. >> reporter: the inspector general determined those statements "violated long-standing department practice and protocol" since she was not being charged. the report also taking aim at that october surprise, comey announce hg he was reopenling the e-mail probe just 11 days before the election. >> secretary clinton, any reaction to the fbi investigation? secretary clinton, any reaction to director comey reopening his investigation into your e-mails? >> reporter: hillary clinton believes it cost her the election. >> i always thought it would be close. i didn't expect to be totally ambushed at the end. >> reporter: the report finds comey was wrong to go public with the clinton news, while remaining silent on the russia investigioling arod ld trump, accusi comey of "rejecting longstanding department policy." >> given what i knew at the time, these were the decisions that were best calculated to preserve the values of the institutions. >> reporter: but the inspector
general found comey's explanations "unpersuasive," acknowledging he "faced a difficult situation" but concluding that he "made a serious error of judgement." president trump has declared the fbi was trying to help clinton all along. >> she's being protected by a rigged system. it's a totally rigged system. >> reporter: still the inspector general concludes there was "no evidence" that the decision to clear hillary clinton "was influenced by political preferences" or bias. the report's perhaps harshest criticism is directed at two senior fbi officials who exchanged blatantly anti-trump text messages during the 2016 campaign, including two new ones we saw today for the first time. fbi attorney lisa page writing to fbi agent peter strzok in august of 2016 -- "he's, trump's, not ever going to become president, right? right?!" strzok responds, "no. no, he's not. we'll stop it." the report saying that message "implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects," while conceding there's no evidence that actually happened.
determined the messages "cast a cloud" over the investigation and "impacted thretat mey'succs speaking out. >> we've got some work to do. let's also be clear on the scope of this report. nothing, nothing in this report impunes the integrity of our workforce as a whole or the fbi as an institution. >> pierre thomas with us live tonight from the fbi. james comey tweeting he finds the inspect or general's conclusions reasonable. there was another finding in the report. comey's own use of his own private e-mail for work. >> that's right. the report found that comey used a personal e-mail account to conduct unclassified fbi business. that fact was not lost on hillary clinton. look at what she tweeted.
she wrote sarcastic cli, but mys election. >> next to the major tornado in the northeast. it happened in wilkes-barre, pennsylvania. it was one of several tornados hitting and eva pilgrim is there. >> reporter: severe weather on the move tonight. powerful storms already tearing through the east. >> we have a large gas line that has ruptured. >> several building collapses in the area. >> reporter: an ef-2 tornado, with winds up to 130 miles per hour, ripping buildings apart, tossing vehicles like toys in wilkes-barre township, pennsylvania. >> then all of a sudden the building landed on top of my car, and i thought me and my son were going to die. >> reporter: the danger present even after daybreak. they are actually evacuating us from this area right now because of a propane leak, and they have now blocked off this part of the road. this time lapse capturing the storm's fury. sarah smith rode it out in a restaurant walk-in cooler.
>> i called my mom to tell her that i love her, and i didn't know if i was going to make it out. >> reporter: six people were hurt. nearly two dozen businesses damaged or destroyed. and northwest of here, a second ef-2 twister striking several homes in bradford county. david, this storm ripped through right about closing time for many of these businesses. if it had been just a few hours earlier, so many more people would have been caught in this storm. david? >> eva pilgram tonight. thank you. we'll turn next to the urgent manhunt in seattle tonight after someone opened fire on several drivers in their cars outside the airport there. one airport runway shut down for a time. we're hearing will carr reports from seattle. >> reporter: tonight, police searching for the person who fired on at least four unsuspecting motorists driving near seattle's airport before the suspect strikes again. through the passenger side, and i realized it was a bullet. >> reporter: the bullets ripping through drivers' windshields
windows and doors. >> the bullet hole is in the door, bottom part of the door. it's into the seats. the bullet is in the seats. >> reporter: authorities today canvassing this neighborhood with metal detectors, searching for shell casings. >> how much worse could this have been? >> it's amazing no one was struck. >> reporter: investigators believe the suspect fired wednesday from the side of the highway near the busy seatac airport. authorities quickly closing the road, snarling traffic and even shutting down one runway temporarily. but the suspect got away. david at this point it appears the shootings were random. authorities are looking to see if there's a link between thiss. david? >> will, thank you. next tonight the new york state attorney general's office revealing a trp foundati. the president and his three ie suit. it accuses them of using that
money for the campaign including handing out checkins right befo the iowa caucus. here's kyra phillips. >> reporter: tonight new york's new attorney general is suing president trump and three of his children, alleging "persistently illegal conduct" while operating the nonprofit, the donald j. trump foundation. the suit accusing them of using charity funds to pay legal bills, promote trump hotels, and support his presidential campaign. even spending $10,000 on a portrait of trump himself, later hung on the walls of one of his golf clubs. the most damning allegation involves this iowa fundraiser that candidate trump staged instead of participating in a debate. >> we love our vets. >> reporter: that event raking $2.8m for the trump foundation. the lawsuit now revealing an e-mail from campaign manager
corey lewandowski requesting the foundation to make grants in iowa days before the caucuses. >> is there any way we can make some disbursements [from the proceeds of the fundraiser] this week while in iowa? >> we have so many of these checks, they're all over the place. >> reporter: donald trump proudly presenting at least five $100,000 grants to iowa charities just day before the iowa caucuses. >> with 100,000 you can do a lot. >> reporter: the president today slamming the investigation, started by new york attorney general eric schneiderman who resigned in the wake of an assault scandal. trump tweeting, "the sleazy new york democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) a.g. eric schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in. "i won't settle this case." >> this was not a sleazy or political action, nor was it this is a straightforward case of violation of the laws governing charitable foundation
>> kyra what is the new york state attorney general's office. it could shut down the foundation. force the president and his kids pay restitution and make sure they never lead a nonprofit for at least a did he indicate. >> kyra thank you. the growing outrage of families being separated at the border. thousands of children separated from their parents. tonight for the first time we've now been allowed inside one of the immigration detention centers. what our correspondent was allowed to see, but what he >> reporter:as fromston. a look inside the country's largest facility for undocumented children. we're invited in. no recording devices allowed, no cell phones. so many people have been asking what happens to those children facility where they're tak ca o feral
government. this is as far as our cameras are allowed to go. you can see it says "keep out, private property," and this facility is so big it used to be a walmart super center. these images provided by the government. nearly 1,500 boys between 10 and 17 years old now live in a converted big box store. we're shown the boys' rooms, meant for four beds, nw with five. classrooms for civics and english lessons. the kids play video games, pool and foosball, but spend just two hours a day outside. and they're granted just two phone calls a week. the average stay in facilities like this, 56 days. most of these children crossed illegally, unaccompanied, but facilities like this are now running out of space now that families are being separated. elected leaders want answers. senator jeff merkley trying to get inside this very center last week. >> can you please give me a tour of it? >> a tour? >> reporter: but denied entry. >> what is your name again, sir?
i'm sorry, senator? >> senator jeff merkley. >> reporter: and tonight attorney general jeff sessions invoking the bible in defense of the administration's hard line immigration policy. >> you know that the lord told nehemiah that when he got to come back home to jerusalem, to build a wall. that's the first thing he told him to do. it wasn't to keep people in, it was to keep bad people out. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: this mother telling us "what is happening is inhumane." her five-year-old daughter taken from her for days after she illegally crossed the border. she's now worries the little girl may have psychological trauma. today the white house pressed on the enforcement tactics that have separated more than 700 families. >> come on, sarah, you're a parent. don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through? they have less than you do. >> brian! guys, come on, settle down. >> sarah, come on, seriously. >> i'm trying to be serious but i'm not going to have yoye houston.urn. tom, you said the government is running out of space with these facilities. what's the plan moving forward?
where will they put the children? >> there are more than 100 facility across the u.s. they're reaching capacity. they'll have to open emergency and temporary shelters. this shelter in houston may turn into one. this is near the border near el paso, tent like structures going up. we're being told they can house more than 300 children. they're air conditioned. that's a good thing. the temperatures in el paso near 99 degrees. >> tom thank you. president trump with new praise for north korean leader kim jong-un calling him a tough guy and saying they understand each other as the president now faces new questions about what the brutal dictator has done inside his country. ld promises from bei president trump. here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: on north korean state tv today, a 42-minute video documenting kim jong-un's every move at the historic
summit. president trump, called the supreme leader of the united states, shown offering his hand to a north korean general. the general salutes instead, and the president salutes right back. in train stations, north koreans clustered, reading news of the summit. state media reported the president pledged to quote, "lift sanctions as mutual relations improve through dialogue and negotiation." but today, secretary of state mike pompeo said that's not actually the case. >> the economic relief that north korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearization. >> reporter: back at home, the president's gushing praise for kim jong-un is raising eyebrows. six months ago, he said this -- >> no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in north korea. >> reporter: but now? >> i think we understand each
other. >> but he has still done some really bad things. >> yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things. >> reporter: human rights groups say kim's regime has carried out torture, forced starvation and systemic murder of thousands. >> why is he now downplaying north korea's horrific atrocities? >> the president hasn't downplayed. the president has north korea's human rights record and some of the abuses of the north korea regime on a number of occasions. >> he said a lot of other people have done some really bad things. how is that not downplaying the atrocities? >> a lot of people have done some bad things. however, the president hasn't ignored bad things that have been done by the north korean regime. >> the white house is now insisting that president trump raised human right ness that meeting with kim jong-un. sarah sanders told me today the focus was denuclearization, not human rights. >> cecelia, thanks as always. the woman walking her dogs
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