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an hour after 6:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump answering our reporter's questions on robert mueller, asking did he act honorably? just hours ach the american people learned mueller found no collusion, no conspiracy with the russians but stopping short on obstruction of justice. what we learned tonight. also breaking tonight, stormy daniels' lawyer michael avenatti under arrest. facing multiple charges. prosecutors say he tried 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 violent seas. americans describing the helicopter rescue right here, a 71-year-old woman and her husband among them.
the college admissions cheating scandal, a dozen coaches accused of taking bribes in court today and lori loughlin's co-stars of "full house" speaking out tonight. two suicides in parkland. a young woman, she just graduated. she suffered survivor's guilt, her family says. and now, a second student. and tonight a father from sandy hook. authorities believe he took his life too. the man hunt at this hour for the gunman who showed up and opened fire in a neighborhood, shooting in homes, apartments and came back the next day, authorities say doing it again. good evening. great to have you with us here on a monday night. we begin with that dark cloud now lifted for president trump and the white house. the mueller report finding no collusion with russia. after nearly two years, robert mueller finding no conspiracy between the president or his campaign with russia.
but the special counsel stopped short of exonerating the president of obstruction of justice. the president's attorney general pick william barr took it a step further in his summary of the mueller report. saying he did not find suspicious evidence to find a 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. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl asking the president, did robert mueller act honorably? >> reporter: 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? >> 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 four-page letter to congress, quotes the special counsel's own words. the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the until after the activities. mr. president, did this turn out to not be a witch hunt after all? you think robert mueller did a 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 lot sooner, a lot quicker. there are a lot of people out 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 that. 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 mueller informed barr three
weeks ago he was not able to reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice. in his letter to congress, barr quotes mueller's words. "while this report does not conclude 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. 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 is released to the american people. the president's lawyer was also asked does it include the president's written answers to the special council? >> the official answer is, that is up to the attorney general as well. i can tell you this, david. 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 too get right over to our chief legal analyst dan abrams back with us tonight. a lot of questions about the special council robert mueller. 22 months, no leaks from his office. no collusion with the russians. but after 22 months, 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 out all 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. because you have an attorney general just nominated in september 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, barr last
year before he was attorney general described the obstruction of justice investigation as fatally misconceived. which makes democrats want to see all of mueller's reasons for indictment even more. >> that battle is on tonight. thanks to you. 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. abc's mary 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 apparently to share the findings with the public. we cannot simply 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." and they are demanding to see 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. >> mary bruce on the hill tonight. mary, democrats and republicans are both 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. barr 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, that hearing 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' former lawyer, facing allegations tonight that he tried to extort more than $25 million from nike. and prosecutors are backing up their plames tonight 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 mask 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 he threatened to go public. in one wiretap, avenatti allegedly warned nike lawyers, "i'll go take $10 billion off your company's value. i'm not expletive around." and abc news has learned one who was not arrested was celebrity attorney 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 into ncaa basketball. and 3,000 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 alleging he stole $1.6 million from a client's legal settlement. stormy daniels who had already cut ties with her former lawyer, today saying knowing what i know now, i am not shocked by the news reports that he is criminally charged. the california bank and wire sfraud charges carry a max of 50 years here in new york. and extortion, another 47 years. if convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. david? >> paula faris, thank you. next we are hearing from many of the americans on that doomed cruise ship and their
nightmare in norway. more than 60 americans were on board the ship when it was rocked by massive wave, tossing people around, 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 12-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. >> reporter: 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? >> eva, thanks to you. next from boston this evening, the first major wave of defendants in court in the college cheating scandal. coaches, college administrators and others who worked with the confessed master mind all pleading not guilty and lori loughlin's former co-stars on
"full house" are now speaking out after she was accused. abc's linsey davis has it all for us. >> 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. wake forest volleyball coach bill ferguson, one of six 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, and coaches the using fake athletic profiles and photos. over the weekend at the kids
choice awards, the cast of fuller house with this message of support for their former cast member lori loughlin who's also charged in the admission scandal. >> a loving family sticks by their family no malter what and they stick by your side no matter what. >> linsey davis now tonight from boston. yale is the latest school to take action in the wake of the scandal? >> reporter: 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. david. >> thank you. tomorrow, a federal ban on the bump stocks. bump stocks are the devices that allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire continuously with one pull of the trigger. owners mufrs destroy or turn them over to authorities. you'll remember 12 rifles with the stocks were in the las vegas hotel room where a gunman killed 58 people. and from parkland, florida, tonight news of an
emergency meeting about the effects of the shooting at a high school. 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 elementary school has taken his life too. here is abc's 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 shooting 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 killed herself. aiello's mother says her daughter struggled with survivor's guilt and ptsd. >> 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 stoneman douglas continues to grow. after what's been a devastating few days. there is another community meeting later this week. they are doing what they can to reach the students but that is difficult with the school on spring break. david. >> the meetings so important. thanks to you. and it's important remind everyone at home, there is help out there. the suicide prevention lifeline on the screen. 1-800-237-8255 and counsellors are always there to help. we turn overseas and tensions rising in the middle east causing prime minister benjamin netanyahu to cut short his visit to the united states. a rocket fired from the gaza strip into israel destroying a home.
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finally tonight here, america strong. a baby ward where they might need fill-in nurses and quick. they have quite the labor issue. the image from maine medical center in portland, maine, tonight, experiencing a baby boom. nine labor and delivery nurses in the hospital expecting soon. >> we started to say we're pregnant. it's a happier announcement each time. and we're all there for each other. >> eight of the nurses revealing
their due dates. all of the babies coming between april and july. we have seen images like this before. last time, the dads sounding the alarm. seven babies in one fire house. the proud new fathers in the glenpool fire department just outside tulsa. the babies there are about a year old now. kendall and avery were first up. >> we were the first ones. started it. >> just one big family makes it special. >> back in maine tonight, the soon to be moms say the same thing. it's like a family. they have so much support there. >> it's really nice coming to work and seeing other people who are just as pregnant, watching their bellies pop and just talking about the experiences that we are going through together. >> we can't wait to see the babies and i hope to see you here tomorrow night. i'm david muir. from all of us here, good night just when you thought it was
over, here comes the rain again. what is shaping up to be a wet week in the bay area. >> there is about to be new potential millionaires in the city, they've forgotten about the people doing the work for them. >> and those who do is that work are ride share drivers for lyft and uber. why their concerns may get ignored. and a about to catch a big wave at mavericks and you spot this. and how the man stopped the shark from likely attacking surfers. >> announcer: this is abc 7 news. shades of the 2016 election meddling playing out right here in the bay area tonight as we learn about what is in robert mueller's report, details are coming in about an attempt to hack into a local election office system. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. we'll get to that story in a moment but first i hope you enjoyed the sunshine. because guess what is back? >> the rain has made its return but not too heavy. let's look at weather with
action 7 news meteorologist drew tuma. >> it is still continuing to come down and the windshield wipers getting a workout and live doppler 7 is tracking it and i want to show you the moisture overhead is only about 50, 60 miles across so not everyone is seeing the rain but we are seeing some good downpours. down to the street level into the east boy with spots of yellow and orange from castro valley to danville and similar setup from oakland to emeryville and showers through the eastern span of the bay bridge. so we'll track the cell to the north and east. so fairfield expect heavier showers, 6:55 and beginning to see showers in palo alto and mountain view. so on the storm impact scale, the system with us tonight will also linger into parts of your day tomorrow as well. we'll go hour by hour and time out this storm which is one of two this week in the accuweather forecast in a few minutes. >> thank you. live d