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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. after two years of silence, tonight, we hear from robert mueller. for the first time, what he says he found, adding, if we had had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. tonight, the president's reaction. also breaking as we come on, tornado watches and warnings right now in several major cities. new york, philadelphia, washington, baltimore, all the way down to dallas. and just in tonight, the tornado near kansas city. it was an ef-4. winds of 170 miles per hour. rob marciano has the timing and the track for tonight. the urgent manhunt after a gunman opens fire at a business, killing a woman and shooting a deputy. after that 17-day survival story, the woman found. tonight, news coming in on the other hiker missing.
what we just learned. the dangerous jam atop mt. everest. those two americans dead. and after those chilling imap scen last seen dg a child off at hearing. news of a deadly midair collision tonight between two planes. your privacy. what alexa can hear you saying, and this evening, the new step. what you can do to erase what alexa heard. the major headline involving the "game of thrones" actor kit harrington. and news coming in tonight from alex trebek on his battle with cancer. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. we're following those tornado warnings and watches, but we do begin tonight with that seismic moment. silent for two years, we hear from robert mueller for the first time tonight. and he made it clear today why
he did not decide on obstruction of justice. he also said today this, quote, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. but mueller also said department of justice policy limited what he could do, saying charging the president with a crime was not an option. dication of where he thinks this should go next. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off. >> reporter: after nearly two years of silence, we heard bob mueller's voice today -- >> good morning. >> reporter: -- blunting saying that if he was confident the president did not commit a crime, he would have made that clear. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> reporter: and mueller went further, saying he did not determine whether or not the president committed a crime because of the long-standing justice department policy that says you cannot indict a sitting president. >> we did not, however, make a determination as to whether the
president did commit a crime. under long-standing department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. that is unconstitutional. charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. >> reporter: so who then should decide? >> the opinion says that the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing. >> reporter: but president trump's new attorney general stepped in before congress could, indicating there was not enough evidence. and we pressed barr weeks ago, was it mueller's intent to have barr decide? did the special counsel indicate that he wanted you to make the decision, or that it should be left for congress? >> special counsel mueller did not indicate that his purpose was to leave the decision to congress. i hope that was not his view. i didn't talk to him directly about the fact that we were making the decision. >> reporter: tonight, pressure
mounting on house speaker nancy pelosi, who urged fellow democrats to move slowly and follow the facts. >> many of them are reflecting their views, as well as those of their constituents. many constituents want to impeach the president, but we want to do what is right and what gets results. what gets results. >> pierre thomas with us live tonight at the justice department. and pierre, we all watched at robert mueller began and finished his remarks today, talking about russian interference, russian intelligence officers and the effort to hurt hillary clinton and regardless of where americans stand in this country, he said americans should be concerned. let's listen. >> there were multiple systematic efforts to interfere in our election. and that allegation deserves the attention of every american. >> and so, pierre, mueller doubling down on russian interference, russian efforts and explaining his reason why not deciding on obstruction. >> reporter: that's right, david. mueller found that the russians targeted the election to hurt
one campaign and help another. he made clear that he believes that the interference needs to be addressed. on the question of obstruction, mueller said because of do guideli guidelines, he was not allowed to make a decision. mueller also made clear he does not want to testify before congress, saying that his report speaks for itself, david. >> he did make that clear today. pierre thomas leading us off today. pierre, thank you. president trump responding tonight, saying there was inuft evidence, the case is closed. let's get right to jonathan karl, live at the white house tonight. jon, what are you hearing from the president tonight, from his team? >> reporter: david, the president stayed behind closed doors today, no public comment besides his tweet shortly after mueller spoke. he wrote, "nothing changes from the mueller report. there was insufficient evident and therefore in our country, a person is innocent. the case is closed." but david, that is not what robert mueller said. robert mueller did not say the case was closed. in fact, when it came to obstruction of justice, he, as you heard pierre thomas report, said, if we had confidence that
the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. we did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president committed a crime. and mueller made it quite clear that that determination is not up to the justice department or the criminal justice system, it is up to congress. david? >> jon cart at the white house tonight. jon, thank you. and one more note on this tonight. with many of the democratic candidates carefully dancing around the issue of impeachment, tonight, after mueller's words today, several conditions are calling for impeachment. joe biden saying he agrees with speaker pelosi that no one would relish a divisive impeachment process, but it may be unavoidable if this administration continues on its path. kamala harris saying what mueller did was brasically retun an impeachment referral. we need to start impeachment proceedings. and senator elizabeth warning, one of the first to call for impeachment last month, saying today, it's up to congress to act. they should. meantime, to the other major story tonight, tornado watches
around warnings as we come on. the risk stretching from dallas to washington, d.c., from philly right up through new york. and you can see the threat here in the northeast at this hour. this is the radar for the new york city area, philadelphia, washington, baltimore, as i mentioned, on alert, too. more than 20 reported tornadoes in just the past 24 hours. and we have learned it was an ef-4 that destroyed this home in kansas. winds up to 170 miles an hour. and look at this tonight. a stunning time lapse of what's being called a mother ship tornado. that's in colorado, of course, all part of these relentless storms. 85 million americans bracing for severe weather again tonight. we have the track for you. and gio benitez is in the storm zone. >> reporter: tonight, new damaging storms striking from the heartland to the northeast. >> make sure you're inside, not playing with any electricaldy vices in the interior of the home. >> reporter: this, after that monster mile-wide ef-4 tornado west of kansas city tuesday. >> it is definitely rain-wrapped, this is the most dangerous kind, of course. >> reporter: winds up to 170
miles per hour, on the ground for more than 30 miles. ripping apart home after home, decimating neighborhoods. ten members of george grieb's family emerging from the basement to find their roof completely gone. >> well, i mean, it was just disbelief because, you know, i walked up our basement stairs and i looked up into the sky. >> reporter: at kansas city's landing on the airfield. in the northeast, an ef-2 tornado touching down knost of philadelphia. and an ef-1 in sussex county, new jersey, as students were gathered for a high school track and field banquet. >> it all happened so fast. we didn't have time to react and run. >> gio benitez live with us from kansas, where i mentioned that ef-4 tornado hit. i know there were some injuries, gio, but remarkably, everyone survived this. >> reporter: yeah, it's just incredible, david.
18 people injured, but no deaths. so many are crediting those early warnings from the national weather service and thank goodness for those warnings, because just take a look behind me. look at all of this damage. so much debris, so much to rebuild. david? >> heeding the warnings for sure. gio, thank you. and let's get right to rob marciano, who has been helping to get the word out for days now, and rob, another unsettling night ahead here. >> reporter: yeah, here we go again, david. nearly two weeks in this pattern. we had a couple thunderstorms come through new york. now it's just a heavy rain. even a tornado warning earlier in trenton, new jersey. some roads closed in new jersey because of all of this rain. philadelphia, you're about to get clipped. another rough night for pittsburgh with flash flood watches there. the back side is the bigger side of this with st. louis, springfield, down to dallas. a couple of reported tornadoes already east of dallas. you're under a watch until 8:00. this whole area from austin to atla cincinna cincinnati, ohio, pittsburgh, philadelphia and new york city. after this, this weekend, it does get much quieter, but the next 36 hours are going to be
dicey. david? >> all right, come on back inside. rob, thank you. and we should mention that flood emergency continues across the center of the country. dams are under increasing pressure tonight. and now, authorities this evening are faced with a difficult decision. do they release more water, knowing they will flood communities downstream? abc's will carr tonight at the keystone dam in sand springs, oklahoma. >> reporter: david, tonight every county in oklahoma is under a state of emergency. the arkansas river is swollen and threatening thousands of homes. behind me is the keystone dam. this is the last line of defense to stop catastrophic flooding from here in oklahoma, all the way down to louisiana. right noarurg out enough water to fill more than three olympic-size swimming pools every second. that has flooded hundreds of eanes downriver.tionarisweepin n more rain or more water released
from the dam. engineers here tell us they're lowering the water behind the dam right now, but this is a volatile situation that is changing by the hour. david? >> will carr with us tonight, as well. will, thank you. and we're also following a breaking headline out of louisiana at this hour. lawmakers there have just passed a strict ban on abortion, as early as six weeks, with no exception for rhame ape or ince. and here's abc's steve osunsami tonight. >> reporter: with protesters marching outside for days, lawmakers in louisiana joined a chorus of states voting to outlaw abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when supporters of the law believe a fetal heartbeat can be detected. >> when a person's heart stops beating, you know their life has ended. when you can hear a baby's heartbeat, that is proof that life is present. >> reporter: opponents tried to make exceptions for women who are victims of rape or incest. >> you're interested in pro-birth.
but you're not interested in what happens to that child. >> reporter: but they failed. >> 79 yeas, 23 nays. the bill is finally passed. >> reporter: in missouri, where lawmakers have already approved their own new restrictions, the state is threatening this clinic, the last in missouri, by friday. tomorrow morning, the st. louis clinic is asking a federal judge to step in. >> when women don't think there's an option for a safe, legal and accessible abortion in their state or near them, they're going to seek whatever care they can find, and many women are going to be hurt. or potentially lose their life. >> so, let's get back to steve osunsami on this story again tonight. and steve, opponents of the new louisiana law are vowing to challenge it immediately? >> reporter: that's right, david. the governor is promising to sign it. he's a democrat. in a way, though, it's already being challenged. the way this law was written in the legislature, its fate is tied to a similar law in mississippi that is already being challenged in federal court. david? >> all right, steve, thank you. there is also news coming in tonight following a deadly shooting and manhunt. a gunman opening fire at a
business, killing a woman, shoo s rien tse housting to business and a shootout with a responng the incident sparked a massive manhunt for this man, pavols have vido, considered armed and dangerous after a woman was found dead. >> my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. >> reporter: police suspect vido broke into this plumbing business, waiting until employees arrived, firing on them mercilessly. authorities say he was living on the same property and may have recently been served an eviction notice. vido allegedly opened fire on a responding sheriff's deputy who noticed his getaway car. >> we have an officer shot. >> reporter: that deputy was shot in the neck. several schools on lockdown. the 65-year-old ditching his car and later found by search dogs hiding under a boat. when confronted, he killed himself. david, two people remain in the hospital in serious condition, and that deputy is in stable
condition tonight. david? >> adrienne bankert, thank you. and now to the dangerous jam at the top of mt. everest, where 11 people have now died, including those two americans. we showed you the the man who took this dghe harrowing scene on that climb, the jam at the top. abc's james longman asking authorities there, is anything being done to stop those dangerous jams? james is in kathmandu again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, we talked to the man who took that infamous photo of hundreds of climbers gridlocked at the summit of everest. tensions running high. >> there was a bit of an argument when i took the pictures, because people who were coming up wanted to go fast and people who summited wanted to go down, too, as well. >> reporter: he says he spent 90 minutes in the crowd directing traffic at the top of the world. >> somebody had to take the lead, because if you don't manage that, everybody is going to get stuck. >> reporter: but 11 climbers were lost in just ten days,
including two americans. climbers telling horror storieso >> ver dl the w aea my guide and i checked, she was definite lly dead. >> reporter: nepalese officials say the images of everest crowds don't capture the whole picture, but they're now considering more restrictions. >> there are many ways to control the tourism and business here. we can learn from this season. >> and james longman reporting in again tonight from kathmandu. and james, i know you asked authorities in nepal if they are taking steps. they indicated they were, so, what are they considering tonight? >> reporter: well, there are a number of options, david. they're considering asking all climbers to show proof they've reached a minimum altitude in previous climbables before they attempt everest. david? >> james, thank you and the team again tonight. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the search tonight for a missing mother of five, last seen dropping a child off at school. also news of a deadly midair collision tonight between two
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finally tonight, we loved hearing this news from alex trebek. >> alex trebek! >> reporter: tonight, alex trebek, three months after revealing his battle with stage four pan cattic cancer, now saying doctors believe he is in near remission. we remember he vowed to fight it. >> with the help of your prayers also, i plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. >> reporter: trebek telling "people" magazine said the doctors hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory. some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50%. he adds, it's kind of mind-boggling. i've gone from where i was to this.
the doctors are so excited, just beside themselves with joy. and trebek again thanked the millions who have sent good wishes. i told the doctors, this has to be more than just chemo. i've had a couple million people out there who expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy and their prayers. the doctors said it could very well be and important part of this. no doubt it is and we're always rooting for alex here. stay safe if you're in the storm zone tonight. i'm david muir. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night. now, news to build a better bay area from abc 7.
>> they chided with the rear end of a golden gate trans it bus. we've been trying to piece everything together. trying to figure out what happened zbhchlt a devastating collision on the bay bridge leaves one man dead. two others seriously injured. bringing the morning commute to an absolute stand still. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. >> an investigation is now under way into the deadly accident. so far authorities are saying very little about it. at this point the name of the victim has not been officiallyen the box truck that smashed into the rear of the bus around 4:30 this morning. our reporter is live in oakland hi. itook,sou can see, is one fatal accident on the bay bridge to totally decimate the morning commute both on roads and on bart. first, we have to take a look at the fatal crash. a 23-year-old man died on the bay bridge at 4:30 this morning
on his way to san francisco in a box truck with two colleagues. this is what the truck look like after it smashed into the rear of a golden gate trans it bus on the westbound bay bridge. the driver was headed to fifth headquarters in the city to refill vending machines according to his distraught girlfriend. two other passengers in the truck were seriously injured. >> due to their severe injuries, i think the last thing they want to talk about is how it happened. we're focusing on what we can do to help them and comfort them. >> a truck struck the rear of the bus that departed from the mcarthur bus station to take 20 passengers to the sales force transit senter in san francisco because bart recently stopped running service between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. for constrti