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tonight, the town hall fury. members of congress return home to anger across this country. frustrations boiling over. [ chanting ] some calling out president trump. others fed up with congress. tonight, the white house calling some of them professional protesters. president trump tweeting about the so-called angry crowds. also breaking news tonight on two girls found dead in the woods. authorities now releasing sound of the suspect. investigators believe one of the victims secretly recorded him before she was killed. the off-duty officer who opens fire after a confrontation with a group of teens. the video now revealed chlgts at this hour, police moving in at the controversial dakota pipeline. fires set, protesters under arrest. and lucky seven.
the stunning discovery in space. tonight, seven earth-sized planets all orbiting a nearby star, and what else they have now revealed. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night, and we begin tonight with americans across this country determined to have their voices heard, and their target, members of congress home for break. what they are getting instead is an earful. others angry with trump, and others angry with congress. voters are demanding to know what the the relacement for obamacare if it goes. others investigating who is investigating russia's meddling, and voters putting these missing signs on milk cartons to call them out. the white house is calling some of the voters professional protesters. president trump with a different description. abc's matt gutman leading us off. >> reporter: across the nation, scenes like this.
long lines of people filing into town hall meetings venting their frustration at the republican congress and the republican president. >> you work for us! you work for us! >> reporter: in iowa, senator charles grassley confronted with questions about president trump. >> i am so unsettled. it feels like we've got a juvenile running our country. >> here here. [ applause ] >> reporter: iowa's other senator joni ernst jeered at her town meeting. >> do your jobs! >> reporter: leaving after just 45 minutes, protesters following her to her car. >> shame on you! shame on you! >> reporter: the common theme, concerns about republican efforts to repeal and replace obamacare. >> let me explain to you what the problem is. the problem is obamacare has just collapsed.
>> no way! boo! no it hasn't! boo! >> reporter: the senate's top republican confronted in kentucky. >> the veterans are sick. the veterans are broken down. they're not getting what they need. if you can answer any of that i'll sit down and shut up like elizabeth warren. >> i hope you feel better now. >> i do! >> what do we want? >> town hall! reporter: dozens of republicans have avoided holding public events in their districts at all during the congressional recess, critics plastering their faces on milk cartons. for a second day in a row, hillary clinton taking aim. this time at the lawmakers avoiding their constituents, clinton tweeting, "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the congress." here in california, jeers erupted at a health care town hall organized by labor unions after congressman darrell issa turned down an invitation to speak. >> where's darrell!
>> reporter: some constituents decided to show up outside his office. he came out and took their questions. >> are you willing to do that? and cross party lines when necessary? >> okay. the answer to that question, from my standpoint is i cross party lines all the time. >> reporter: today we drove the meet the congressman. and ask him about the divisions in those town meetings, and whether president trump can do anything about it. one of the things that you said is the president has to did a better job unifying. is that something you're willing to say to him personally or publicly? >> i am. the reality is that the president has won an election. now he has to win the post-election period. nobody can be more of a unifier than the president if he puts his mind to it. >> but he hasn't yet you're saying. >> he has not yet done that. >> reporter: at the white house, president trump tweeting, "the so-called angry crowds in home districts of some republicans are actually in numerous cases planned out by liberal activists. sad!"
>> the president referred to so-called angry crowds in this could. is he suggesting this is manufactured anger and this is not real anger and real concern? >> thanks. i think there's a hybrid here. i think some people are clearly upset, but there is a bit of professional protester manufactured base in there just because they are loud, doesn't necessarily mean there are many. >> matt gutman with us live tonight in california, and matt, eight years ago after president obama was elected, a lot of angry town halls then, too, about the idea of obamacare, giving rise to the tea party, and their voices were heard in the elections that followed. >> reporter: that's right. that was a real anger, and it resulted in one of the biggest losses for democrats since the 1930s. so right new, the republicans have to be thinking, "a," what kind of stinging power that anger has, and "b," what effect it might have on the elections. >> matt gutman, thank you. we have breaking news on the
air tonight. a dramatic final showdown over the pipeline in north dakota. police moving in right there to make their arrests. abc's phillip mena is on the scene in north dakota. >> reporter: tonight, police moving in in north dakota. face a 2:00 p.m. deadline to evacuate or face arrest, some protesters began ceremonily setting fire preferring to burn it rather than have it seized and destroyed. >> that's all done with the intent of getting this area cleaned up. this area could be face a flood soon. >> reporter: this day was inevitable. after president trump signed executive actions last month moving the pipeline plan forward. undoing what president obama did, blocking it. protesters gathering here last april, opposing the construction of the 1,200-mile dakota access pipeline that would run from
north dakota to illinois. they say it would disturb native american sites. and they say it would be cheaper than trucks or trains. police have turned violent in the past. at its peak, the movement drew thousands. today, we saw many of the few hundred left, packing up and moving out. >> i don't know what to do. i'm a mother. i'm not trying to get hurt, and i'm not trying to get arrested. and i'm not a criminal. >> reporter: david, once all the protesters are removed from the campsite, the massive cleanup effort will then get under way. the company building the pipeline says it could be operational in as little as two weeks. david? >> phillip mena on the scene for us. thank you. we move onto an unexpected moment today after the disturbing issue from st. louis. the knocked over jewish cemet y cemetery, and the fbi investigating the threats across the country. many had been demanding the
white house do more. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: vice president mike pence today making a surprise visit to that vandalized jewish cemetery near st. louis bullhorn in hand. >> there's no place in america for hatred, or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-semitism. >> reporter: that cemetery desecrated more than 150 tombstones overturned. the vice president praying with workers in hebrew and pitching in with the cleanup. his visit comes a day after the president finally denounced the recent spate of anti-semitic threats and attacks. the fbi now investigating 68 threats against jewish community centers around the country. >> the anti-semitic threats targeting our jewish community and community centers are horrible, and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root
out hate and prejudice and evil. >> reporter: tonight, the response to those scenes of desecrated jewish graves overwhelming. muslim-american groups launched an online fundraiser to pay for the cemetery cleanup. the $20,000 goal surpassed in just three hours. they've now raised more than $90,000. the vice president today call it inspiring. >> i want to thank you for that inspiration. for showing the world what america's really all about. >> cecilia vega live at the white house tonight. cecilia, vice president pence was invited for that visit to the cemetery by the governor of missouri? >> reporter: david sh he was, and he mentioned that invitation to the president during their weekly dinner. a white house source tells me the president strongly encouraged the vice president to go. >> cecilia vega at the white house for us again tonight. others we're following tonight and developments of two teenagers being killed while
hiking in indiana. police releasing the sound of the suspect. they say one of the girls secretly recorded him before they were killed. abc's alex perez in indiana tonight with the audio. >> reporter: tonight new chilling evidence indiana investigators believe could help them solve the murders of abby williams and libby german. >> down the hill. >> reporter: that voice, police say, is the killer, demanding the girls move down a hill. authorities playing the short clip on a loop. listen again. >> down the hill. down the hill. down the hill. down the hill. >> we think that there's enough there that somebody would recognize that voice and we want that person to call us. >> reporter: the girls vanishing during a hike last week. their bodies discovered the next day, near this nature trail in delp delphi. investigators today revealing that voice along with the image of their suspect were captured on libby's phone. it's unclear if the voice came from that suspect or another man. the 14-year-old pressing record before she was killed. >> she's a hero because she had the presence of mind. she didn't feel comfortable about something, and she turned
on her video camera. >> reporter: earlier, libby snapchatting this picture of her friend abby on a railroad bridge near the trail. authorities now hoping libby's valiant effort to record her alleged killer -- >> down the hill. down the hill. >> reporter: will lead to a tip and an arrest. >> even with technology we need human intelligence. in other words, we need you. >> reporter: and david there is now flowers, a makeshift memorial here at the bridge. investigators say they are analyzing more video and evidence from libby's phone. david? >> alex perez tonight. thank you, alex. to california this evening where there's an investigation tonight. authorities say an off-duty police officer fired hiss weapon during a confrontation with a group of teens. and the video here and what led to that moment. it's part of the investigation, and here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: the tape begins with a noibd argument in progress. that man in the plaid shirt, an off-duty lapd officer, anden a crowds gathering. anahe
anaheim, california, tuesday. an off-duty officer begins to pull the boy, and you can hear these words. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: and then this. >> i'm 13! >> reporter: they come to a stop at the hedge. there is now a second boy involved and in an instant, a third boy charging from the left, knocking the officer over. he grabs one of the boys from the hedge, and at that moment, you see the officer reach with his left hand into his pants, pull out a gun. a second later, this. a shot heard. everyone scatters. two minutes later, police arrive on the scene and begin to question the man and the teen. tonight, anaheim police telling abc news no one was injured and there had been ongoing issues with the kids walking across the officer's property. kayna whitworth, abc news, los angeles. >> thank you. to the flood systems and storm system in the west. tonight the number of rescues growing. several areas of san jose
underwater. 14,000 people under mandatory evacuation. more than 400 rescued by boat now. tonight, as i mentioned, that storm system moving east, and that same system will cause more problems. possible tornadoes, and rob marciano with us tonight with the track. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. that california storm is holding itself together in the mountains, and will only strengthen as it marches across the country. look at the advisories up. blizzard watches and warnings, and critical fire danger, and we will have wind, and we have the record-breaking heat ahead of it. those air masses will wind the storm up, and it will start snowing tomorrow morning in sioux falls and sioux city, and ahead of that, we'll see damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. there's a price to be paid when you get this winter warmth we
have had. >> rob marciano, thank you. parents poring over a close encounter. landing his plane on a taxiway over a small jet that was about to take off. investigators looking closely at the strode figure out how this happened. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: just how close did harrison ford's plane get to that jetliner? watch carefully as the shadow from ford's single engine plane passes right over the front of the 737. as the actor mistakenly lands on a taxiway. the video from three airport cameras showing how quickly the aircraft got so close. the american airlines jet is taxiing, waiting to cross the runway for take off. ford, an experienced pilot acknowledges he's to land on runway 22 left. but he's actually lined up for the parallel taxiway to the left which brings him right over the jetliner at what appears to be just more than 100 feet before touching down on the taxiway, a
serious mistake. >> it wasn't a last minute decision to move over and land onto the taxiway. we know he asked the tower, and said, "why is that american 737 underneath me?" >> reporter: the faa investigation continues tonight and ford is expected to be interviewed in the near future. he could face punishments ranging from no action to the loss of his license. >> thank you, david. much more ahead on this wednesday. air fare wars and what you have to give up. the plane crash, this one into a swamp. struggling to reach the scene. there is news about the victims. also tonight, the developments involving a former teen doctor for usa gymnastics. the new allegations, and michigan's attorney general calling him a mobster. and the stunning discovery in space. seven earth-sized planets, orbiting a near star, and what they have released about these planets when we come back. hashtag "no sleep." i got it. hashtag "mouthbreather."
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