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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump answering our reporter's questions on robert mueller, asking do he act honor bli. found no collusion, no conspiracy with the russians but stopping short on obstruction of justice. also, stormy daniels' lawyer michael avenatti under arrest. he trieded to extort more than $20 million from nike. how did a cruise ship get in so much trouble? more than 600 americans on board, losing power on seas. a rescue helicopter here, a
71-year-old woman and her husband among them. the college cheating scandal, a dozen coaches accused of taking bribes. and the co-stars of "full house". two suicides in parkland. a young woman, she just graduated. she suffered survivor's guilt, and a second opportunity. and tonight a father from sandy hook. authorities believe he took his life too. the man hunt for the gunman who showed up and opened fire in a neighborhood, shoots in homes, apartments and came back the next day, authorities say doing it again. good evening. great to have you with us here on maund night. we begin with a dark cloud now lifted for prt trump and the white house. the mueller report finding no collusion with russia. after two year, robert mueller finding no conspiracy for the
president or his company with russia. and stopped short of exonerating the president of obstruction of justice. the sum ray of the multer report, dhe not find suspicious evidence to find alt crime. tonight, and news said he could not reach a conclusion on obstruction. does it set up a battle? the end, it was the president's recent pick for attorney general who cleared him. jonathan karl asking the president d he skkt honorably? >> today from a president feeling vindicated, an entirely different tone towards the special counsel. a man he's long accused of leading witch hunt. >> mr. president, do you think robert mueller acted honorably? >> yes he did, yes he did. >> reporter: mueller's 22 month
investigation concluded definitively russia interfered in the 2016 election but he found no collusion between the russians and team trump. attorney general william barr, in his 4 page letter to congress quotes the special counsel's own words. the establish that the members of the trump company con fired until activities. mr. president, did this turn out be mueer d a itch hunt after fair -- >> it lasted a long time. we're glad it's over. it's 100% the way it should have been. i wish it could have gone a lotu there who have done some very, very evil things, very bad things, i would say treasonous things against our country. we can never let this happen to another president again. i can tell you. i say it very strongly. very few people i know could have handled it. we can never, ever let this happen to another president again. >> reporter: a senior justice
department official tells abc news that mueller informed barr three weeks ago he was not able to reach a concluding on whether the president obstructed justice. in his letter to congress, barr quotes mueller's words. "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." but barr goes on to say both he and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein determined the evidence "is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense." today the president was asked if the entire mueller report should be made public. >> up to the attorney general. but wouldn't bother me at all. >> jon karl with us at the white house tonight. we heard the president say it wouldn't bother him if the mueller report was released to the american people. the president's lawyer was asked does it include the president's written answers to the special council? >> the official answer is, that is up general as
well. the white house could at any time release the answers to the american people. i can tell you also, i do not expect that to happen. david? >> jon karl, thank you. i want to get to dan abrams back with us again tonight. a lot of questions about the special council robert mueller. 22 month no leaks from his office. no collusion with the russians. but after 22 month, he could not come up with an answer on obstruction of justice? why not? >> he clearly thought that was a more difficult question there. but he did lay lay out of of the reasons why you thought you could indict and all the reasons he thought against indictment and that is going to be critical information. >> doesn't it set up a political battle immediately. you have an attorney general just nominated in november by president trump and given what he said about obstruction of justice before. >> there are questions whether the attorney general should have weighed in at all at this point. but in particular, bar.
>> reporter: last year before he was attorney general. stribed the obstruction of justice investigation as fatally misconceived. which makes democrats want to see all of mueller's reasons for indictment more. >> that battle is on tonight. thanks to you. >>s the democrats and republicans on capitol hill want the mueller report made public. the democrats want to see the same evidence that led the attorney general to clear the president of obstruction. marry bruce on the hill. >> reporter: president trump says he's vindicated but tonight on capitol hill, the political battle over the mueller report is just getting started. >> there are a lot of open questions. >> reporter: democrats are pointing fingers at attorney general bill barr. >> the president has not been exonerated by the special counsel, yet the attorney general has not decided to go further or to share the findings with the public. we can't rely on what may be a hasty partisan interpretation of
the facts. >> reporter: they say barr "is not a neutral observer," citing that memo he wrote less than a year ago calling the obstruction investigation "fatally misconceived." they are demanding to see robert mueller's full report. but republicans say it's case time for democrats to move on. >> now it's time for them to get over the but they don't get over it. >> marry bruce on the hill tonight. they are calling on william barr to testify on capitol hill. they want the attorney general up there. >> reporter: david, they have reached tout barr asking him to testify here some time soon. he was scheduled to be here on the hill early next month for a hearing on the budget. if we don't hear from him before then, it is almost certain on the mueller report. >> thanks to all of you tonight. and the meantime, to the other breaking headline this monday night there is news about a long time antagonist of the president, michael avenatti. stormy daniels' stormer lawyer,
and news that he tried to extort more than $25 million from nike. and they backing up claims with wiretaps. paula faris on what we know so far. >> reporter: tonight michael avenatti facing sweeping charges on both coasts. federal prosecutors in new york accusing the lawyer of trying to extort up to $25 million from apparel giant, nike. >> a suit and tie doesn't hide the fact that at its core this was an old fashioned shakedown. >> reporter: prosecutors saying avenatti claimed to have a client. a coach who had damaging information about nike payments to high school basketball players and their families and threatened to go public. in one wiretap, avenatti allegedly warned nike lawyers, "i'll go take $10 billion dollars off your client's market value. i'm not expletive around.
his attorney is mark geragos. and today, avennati was arrested just 15 minutes after this tweet, threatening to disclose "a basketball scandal perpetrated by nike." nike says they are cooperating with ncaa basketball. 3000 miles away in los angeles, prosecutors unveiling a separate case against avenatti. >> the federal criminal complaint charges mr. avenatti with wire fraud and bank fraud and contains a series of allegations that paint an ugly picture of lawless conduct and greed. >> reporter: prosecutors alenling he stole $1.6 million from a client's legal settlement. stormy daniels saying knowing what i know now, i am not shocked by the news reports that he is criminally charged. >> reporter: it carries a charge of 50 years in new york. and extortion, another 40 years.
if convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. da >> you. we are hearing from many of the americans on that boomed cruise ship and their nightmare in norway. the ship was rocked by massive wave, tossing people, nearly running aground. helicoptering lifting hundreds to safety. among those rescued, a 71-year-old american and her husband. they are speaking out tonight. eva pilgrim on the major question this evening, how could this happen to a new cruise ship? >> reporter: tonight after a terrifying ordeal for passengers on board this cruise ship -- an investigation is under way into why it set sail at all despite warnings of dangerous weather. nearly 1,400 passengers aboard the "viking sky" left norway for a twelve day northern lights cruise when the ship's engines
failed in rough seas. passengers recording as furniture goes flying, parts of the ceiling collapsing. >> water came bursting through that door. we have water all over the ground. >> repor rescuers rappelling from choppers airlifting hundreds one by one. among them susan and allen dolberg from novato, california. >> i'm 71 and he's 74. they took us up together and we got hooked in and lifted up. that was quite a jolt! >> reporter: tugboats finally helping the ship with 900 still on board back to port. nine passengers hospitalized. one in critical condition. the chairman of viking ocean cruises is personally apologizing tonight. the ship's next cruise has been canceled. david? >> thanks to you. next from boston in evening, the first major wave of defendants in court in the college scandal. coaches, college administrators and others who worked with the confessed master minld all
pleading not guilty and lori loughlin's co-stars "on "full house" are now speaking out. linsey davis with more. >> reporter: despite being dogged by questions. each of the 12 defendants entering this boston court today silent and stone faced charged with racketeering conspiracy in that massive college cheating scandal. all 12 pleading not guilty. volleyball coach bill ferguson, one of 6 coaches accused today of taking bribes proclaiming his innocence through an attorney. >> no one was admitted to wake forest who didn't earn it. as a student, and as an athlete. bill ferguson does not belong in this indictment. >> reporter: among those charged alleged associates of rick singer, the alleged mastermind of the college admissions scheme who allegedly took $25 million from wealthy parents to bribe
test proctors, at the kids choice awards over the weekend, the cast of fuller house with this message of support for their former cast member laurie loughlin who's also charged in the admission scandal. >> a loving family sticking by their side no matter. >> i know that yale is the latest school to take action in the wake of the scandal. >> yeah, yale tells us they have rescinded the admission of one student, and lori loughlin and felicity huffman are expected in court here next week. tomorrow, a federal ban on the bump stocks. that allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire continuously with a trigger. owners must now turn them over to authorities. 12 rifles with the stocks were in the las vegas hotel room
where a gunman killed 58 people. and from parkland florida, we reported about the young graduate who took her own life. the family says he had survivor's guilt. news of a second student, apparent suicide as well. and from connecticut tonight, the father of a 6-year-old who was killed in sandy hook element school has taken his life too. here is victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight the grief-stricken father of a child killed in the sandy hook massacre apparently taking his own life. flowers at the front door of the newtown, connecticut, town hall where 49-year-old jeremy richman had an office. his body found there monday morning. just last week richman was in florida speaking at an anti-violence summit not far from parkland where two survivors of the massacre there apparently committed suicide within days of each other. police say one student was found dead saturday, less than a week after, 19-year-old former student sydney aiello, apparently comitting suicide. aiello's mother says h
>> listen to your teachers. listen to your parents. >> reporter: counselors and community leaders led an emergency meeting sunday. the mayor saying that while there is concern the two suicides could lead to more, it is more dangerous not to discuss what happened. >> we just have to keep talking to each other and really come together as a community. >> reporter: the memorial outside stonman douglas continues to grow. they are doing what they can to reach the students but that is difficult with the school on spring break. >> thanks to you. and it's fortunate remind everyone at home, there is help out there. the suicide prevex lifeline on the screen. 1-800-237-8255 and counsellors are always there to help. we turn overseas and benjamin netanyahu cuts short his visit to the united states. the go aza strip in israeli
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