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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump and the robert mueller investigation. tonight, what we've learned about the president's white house lawyer, don mcgahn, who has cooperated extensively with the special counsel. mueller's team conducting hours of interviews with him, the most of any white house witness. what did mcgahn witness inside the white house before james comey was fired, when the president was raging against a.g. jeff sessions for recusing himself? also tonight, late developments in the trial of paul manafort. the jury asking to extend their day. what this could mean. we'll go live to the courthouse. the severe weather threat as we come on tonight. at least five reported tornadoes already. new alerts across the heartland, headed east next, from d.c. up the coast. disturbing new details in the murder of a pregnant
colorado woman and her two young children. the husband charged. and tonight, right here, you will hear from the last friend to see the wife alive. why she says she knew something was wrong. the urgent manhunt at this hour. authorities say the killing spree in the south. late today releasing names and photos of the suspects wanted in several killings, including the double murder of two friends celebrating a birthday. the deadly alligator attack. a woman walking her dog, pulled underwater by an eight-foot-long gator. and, the deadly plane crash. the plane can be seen plummeting to the ground. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a very busy monday night. we begin with president trump and the mueller investigation and one of the key witnesses. don mcgahn, hours and hours of questions for him. more than any white house witness. the president unleashing on twitter after the "new york
times" first mcgahn has been cooperatinining nine months. g access to a witness like this is like having the keys to the kingdom. president trump's personal attorney, rudy giuliani, saying it was the president who gave him permission. and saying truth isn't truth. what did he mean? here's kyra phillips. >> reporter: don mcgahn, the top lawyer in the trump white house, a key staffer, often seen, rarely heard, but today -- >> was it a mistake to have you speak without limits to special counsel mueller? >> did you confide because you thought the president would betray you? >> reporter: we are now learning mcgahn has become one of special counsel robert mueller's most important inside sources. prosecutors spending more time with him than any other white house witness. "the new york times" reporting mcgahn has met with mueller's
team at least three times for a total of 30 hours. he knows so much about the inner workings of the trump white house. right there at so many key moments, from the president's firing of fbi director james comey. to trump's rage at attorney general jeff sessions for recusing himself from the russia probe. >> if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and i would have, quite simply, picked somebody else. >> reporter: mcgahn also knew the president considered firing robert mueller. the "times" reporting mcgahn cooperated fully with the special counsel, fearing trump's team may have been setting him up as a fall guy. the president's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, says he's been assured by the president's former legal team that mcgahn supports the president. >> john dowd yesterday said, i'll use his words rather than mine, that mcgahn was a strong witness for the president. >> reporter: president trump himself blasted the "times'" story, tweeting it implied, quote, "that because white house counsel don mcgahn was giving hours of testimony to the
special counsel, he must be a john dean type rat. but i allowed him and all others to testify. i didn't have to. i have nothing to hide." dean is the former white house counsel for richard nixon who famously flipped on the president during the watergate investigation. today, dean tweeting, "mcgahn is doing right." but the president's legal team seems to have been unaware of just how much mcgahn's been talking, and the president hasn't decided whether to sit down with mueller himself. giuliani saying they're worried about walking into a perjury trap, raising eyebrows with this comment. >> and when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he's goind he shouldn't well, that's so silly because it's somebody's version of the truth. not the truth. he didn't have a conversation -- >> truth is truth. i don't mean to go like -- >> no, it isn't truth. truth isn't truth. >> kyra with us live. president trump weighing in on the mueller investigation in a
new interview, saying he has decided to become involved in the investigation, not to interfere? >> reporter: that's right. when asked about the investigation, the president went as far as to say, i could run it if i want. as for sitting down with mueller and answering questions, he still will not say if he's going to do that. the president himself now raising the question of whether this could be a perjury trap. david? >> thank you. there are also late developments in the paul manafort trial late today. the jurors asking for longer. what could this mean for both sides? here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: late today, lawyers for paul manafort were summoned for a conference. saying the jury wants to work late, until 6:15 p.m. with three full days, the jurors
have been pouring over a mountain of evidence. asking for a larger room to contain it all. 388 exhibits in total. they point to $60 million nk accounts. telling the jury, use your common sense. does it make sense that he forgot to report them? manafort says he's innocent. and president trump weighing in. >> i think it's a very sad day for our country. he worked for me for a very short period of time, but he happens to be a very good person. and i think it's very sad, what they've done to paul manafort. >> reporter: the president refusing to rule out an eventual pardon if convicted. >> let's go live to pierre
thomas. the jury requesting extra time to deliberate, past the 5:00 p.m. time. right straight through 6:15, they asked for. but moments ago, we learned they went home for the night, no verdict? >> reporter: they just wrapped up. they wanted to work the extra 45 minutes. it's not clear why. it could mean they're getting closer to a verdict, or just wanted to put in the extra time. but the defense told us they believe continued deliberations are good for manafort, but we don't know. >> pierre, thank you. in the meantime, there's also new reporting after the horrific story out of colorado. the young mother and two daughters killed. the husband pleading for them to come home, but hours later reportedly confessing. we're hearing from the woman who was the last time to see the mother alive.
here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: tonight, formal charges filed in a horrific and incomprehensible triple murder. chris watts, accused of murdering his pregnant wife shanann, and two daughters celeste, 3, and bella, 4. >> he was the one for me, and he is amazing. >> reporter: nickole atkinson was the last friend to see shanann, dropping her off 2:00 a.m. friday from a late business trip. shanann goes missing later that day, but atkinson says chris seemed unconcerned. >> he just kept saying that he didn't know where she was, that she was on a playdate, but he couldn't give us the name of the friend. >> reporter: atkinson says a neighbor's security camera should have seen them leaving for that playdate, but she says the footage only shows chris, driving away in his work truck at 5:15 a.m. what does that tell you? >> that there was something seriously wrong.
>> reporter: atkinson says that the wife told him her husband had been acting strangely. the bodies of all three found thursday in a colorado oil field, shanann in a shallow grave, the girls concealed in nearly full oil tanks. watts has reportedly confessed. >> i didn't want to think that they weren't coming back. >> clayton joins us outside the watts family home. christopher watts has a court appearance tomorrow. coming after the charges have been revealed. >> reporter: that's right. watts will be back in court to hear the charges for the first time. he has not entered a plea. and you can see the memorial to the wife and girls, it continues to grow. >> thank you. we're also following severe weather at this hour. dangerous storms blasting through the heartland.
several reported tornadoes from the system already, and new alerts up now. at least five tornadoes reported from oklahoma to missouri. trees torn from the ground. rooftops ripped apart in oklahoma. a dangerous start to the week. let's get right to ginger zee. good evening, ginger. >> reporter: good evening, david. a tornado warning is moving across interstate 55, south of memphis. you can see that's among many that have popped up in the severe thunderstorm watches. but it's not just the cold front that's producing those storms. it's the low itself. you see the rotation that has dropped more than ten inches of rain in iowa in the past 24 hours. this means it's powerful, and we have the potential for damaging winds from erie to richmond.
david? >> thank you. we're going to turn to the urgent manhunt. police releasing images and names of the suspects, calling them cold-blooded killers in nashville. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: nashville police tonight have arrested 24-year-old demontrey logsdon, who has a robbery conviction from november, and they say they're still looking to question 24-year-old lacory lytle, who already has a felony assault conviction. at this point, police aren't saying if they're the same two men seen on surveillance video in this black chevy sedan, robbing and killing across the city. >> i've been in nashville all my life. i've never gotten up every morning to see two people shot. >> reporter: there's a visitation tonight for one of the victims killed friday. 33-year-old bartley teal was out celebrating his birthday. >> 2511 gallatin ave at the cobra bar, advising someone shot. >> reporter: he and 30-year-old jaimie sarrantonio were robbed and killed walking from the bar. last tuesday, it was kendall rice, shot and killed on
the way to a bus stop. police say the killers made off with two other robberies that same night, shooting another man who survived. a new case tonight. sunday, august 12th, a carjacking where the victim got away. police are putting that one on coris williamson, already in jail. behind me is the bar where two victims left before they were killed friday. there is a funeral tomorrow. >> thank you. tonight, an actress' behavior is under the microscope. apparently paying a settlement to a young actor. you may know her name and face because she had been dating anthony bourdain before he took his life. here's linsey davis tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, shocking sexual abuse allegations against the italian actress asia argento, seen in this photo hugging movie co-star and former child actor jimmy bennett, the man she's accused of assaulting. argento and bennet first met when the then 7-year-old played her son in the 2004 film "the heart is deceitful above all things." >> i want my mama! take me home! >> reporter: "the new york times" reports it received settlement documents from an anonymous encrypted e-mail, outlining a $380,000 settlement between argento and bennett, alleging that argento sexually assaulted him in a california hotel room. claiming argento gave him alcohol, and kissed him before engaging in sexual activity. at the time, bennet was 17, and argento was 37. the age of consent in california is 18. argento, prominentoice in the #m publically to fellow movis. who still ha tbe held accountable for eir condt agnswomen.orr:ccding to e
dates in the dument, discussions for the payout began one month after that bombshell "new yorker" article came out in which argento accused harvey weinstein of rape in 1997, when she was 21. in a statement tonight, harvey weinstein's lawyer says these revelations demonstrate to everyone how poorly the allegations against mr. weinstein were actually vetted. argento is not one of the victi victims involved in the case against weinstein. the los angeles county sheriff's department tells abc news detectives are reaching out to bennet and his attorney. david? >> thank you. overseas tonight, pope francis breaking his silence over the grand jury report. condemning the atrocities in the church sexual abuse scandal. more than 1,000 victims, spanning 7 decades.
the pope saying, we showed no care for the little ones, we abandoned them. and vowing never again. back here at home tonight, first lady melania trump is speaking out against cyber bullying. her spokesperson did address the criticism her husband is facing. warning about harmful uses of social media. >> let's face it. most children are more aware of the benefits and pit falls of social media than there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the plane falling from the sky. and the alligator attack. the woman pulled under water by
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