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tonight, major developments. the russian meeting revealed. donald trump jr. now under the microscope after meeting with the russian who he believed had dirt on hillary clinton. did his father know about the meeting and what the white house is now saying tonight. on life support, senate republicans and their plan to repeal and replace obamacare. the protests across the country. americans concerned they are about to lose their coverage. tonight, which republicans have now bowed out. breaking news tonight. the fbi hunting for four young men outside philadelphia who suddenly vanished. penn state and the frat brothers accused of waiting nearly 12 hours before calling for help. the student dying. tonight what has now been reveal. you will see the text messages from inside the house. the bear attack. the teen camp counselor who woke up while being attacked.
and your money tonight. christmas and july. how you can get the deals on amazon prime day even if you are not a member. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. we begin tonight with donald trump jr. acknowledging he did meet with the russian who he thought had damaging information on hillary clinton. campaigns often seek out opposites in research on their opponents, but did donald trump's son think he was about to get help from a russian lawyer with ties to the kremlin in going after hillary clinton? tonight, who else was in that room and when did his father know about it? abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, leading us off. >> reporter: today, donald trump jr. sarcastically dismissed concerns about his meeting last year with a russian lawyer tied to the kremlin, tweeting -- "obviously i'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent. went nowhere, but had to listen."
while it is commonplace for a campaign official to meet with somebody offering negative information about an opponent, it's highly unusual for that meeting to be with somebody lobbying on behalf of russian interest. the meeting, which took place in trump tower last june, was attended by the very top people in the campaign. not just don jr., but also campaign chairman paul manafort and trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. in the past, don jr. has denied having any contact with the russians about the campaign. >> it's wow a question, you know, reads and smells like a witch hunt. >> reporter: but saturday, he acknowledged the meeting with the russian lawyer saying, we m primarily discussed a program about the adoption of russian children. that was a line echoed by chief of staff, reince priebus. >> it seems to be on the end of the trump individuals. >> reporter: but just hours later, don jr.'s story changed.
he said the meeting was set up by a contact with the miss universe pageant in moscow, by an individual who i was told might have information helpful to the campaign. he added, it quickly became clear she had no meaningful information. the president has repeatedly denied any contact between his campaign and the russians. after his first press conference as president-elect as trump mov moved through the crowd, abc's cecilia vega asked him point-blank. >> did you or your campaign have any contact with russia leading or up to the program? >> reporter: no, trump said. none at all. today white house secretary sara huckabee sanders said the president learned about don jr.'s meeting over the last couple of days. >> no one within the trump campaign colluded in order to influence the election. >> all right, so let's get to jon karl live at the white house tonight, and we're learning the senate intelligence committee investigating russian meddling will start interviewing former trump campaign officials this
week? >> reporter: and donald trump jr. says he is more than willing to talk to the committee, tweeting today, happy to work with the committee to pass on what i know, and the top democrat on that committee, senator mark warner says that he absolutely wants to talk to him. donald trump jr. by the way, david, has now today, we have learned, hired a lawyer to deal with all issues related to that russia investigation. >> all right, jon karl leading us off. thank you. the other story, republicans in their effort to repeal and replace obamacare. they can only afford to lose two republicans. tonight, the list is growing. abc's mary bruce keeping score on capitol hill where there were protests and many arrests today. [ chanting ] >> reporter: senate republicans today received a bruising welcome back to capitol hill. protesters taking over offices, blocking hallways. then hauled off and arrested. >> you are killing people. >> is this going to get done?
>> reporter: from ohio to arizona. [ chanting ] republicans were pummelled during the recess by americans worried they could lose their coverage. and tonight, the gop bill is on life support. senate republicans can afford to lose just two votes. at least ten republican senators are now a no. many of those republicans who oppose are receiving praise from their constituents. >> i want to applaud your position on the current health care bill. >> yes. thank you. >> reporter: at stake, 22 million more americans could be uninsured under the gop plan. and nearly $800 billion slashed for medicaid. republican leaders are hopeful they can salvage the bill. the president today tweeting, i cannot imagine that congress would dare to leave washington without a beautiful new health care bill fully approved and ready to go. >> is it time to move onto other options? >> it's time to cut like we say
in louisiana. >> reporter: they have been placing the blame elsewhere, even on hillary clinton. asking, where's your plan? clinton fired back tweeting a link to her plan from the campaign, saying, right here. includes radical provisions like how not to kill 23 million people off their coverage. feel free to run with it. >> and mary bruce live from the hill again tonight. the clock issic thing, mary. republicans and democrats know the stakes here, and one republican really essentially saying we better get this done or else? >> reporter: david, senator chuck grassley says republicans should not only be ashamed, but they could go from the majority to the minority. if they can't get this done before they head home for the august recess, republicans could hit that six months mark without a single legislature victory. >> mary bruce as well. thank you. there are breaking developments coming in from just outside philadelphia. four young men vanishing. the fbi tonight is now involved and authorities say they do believe there was foul play.
abc's eva pilgrim is on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, outside philadelphia, the fbi joining the search for four men missing since last week. officials suspecting foul play. >> this investigation, the leads are incredibly hot. >> reporter: 19-year-old jimi patrick was last seen wednesday. 21-year-old tom meo, mark sturgis, 22, and 19-year-old dean finocchario were all last seen on friday. investigators fear their disappearances are connected. >> we have information that they know each other. >> reporter: this morning, police scouring this wooded area using a helicopter. and over the weekend, searches at several locations, including this home. so far they've found vehicles belonging to two of the missing men. one of the cars was found inside this garage, which is part of this abandoned property which sits on the edge of the field that authorities are now searching. police taking a man whose family owns the land on an unrelated
gun charge. >> i have spoken to all of the families of the four young men. they are very prayerful. they are very, very anxious. they are fearful, but they maintain some hope. >> reporter: and, david, this right now they say residents do not need to be worried, but authorities are on high alert. now to penn state, and the frat brothers accuse of involuntary manslaughter. timothy piazza did not survive, and we see the text messages from the students. what they saw and feared as those hours went by. abc's gio benitez at the courthouse tonight. >> reporter: today, a pennsylvania prosecutor arguing why 18 members of a penn state fraternity should stand trial in connection with the alcohol-fueled death of 19-year-old pledge tim piazza. >> we have a friend who's unconscious. he's -- hasn't moved. probably going to need an ambulance. >> reporter: that call for help 12 hours after piazza had fallen head first down the stairs after an alleged hazing ritual called "the gauntlet" -- an obstacle
course of alcohol. the prosecutor, today, saying as piazza lay dying of brain injuries in the hospital, one brother was texting "he drank because we hazed him." another brother writing he "didn't want to go to jail" for it. and one writing, "i think we are expletive." as in, i think we are in trouble. piazza's parents there listening to it all. >> it is excruciatingly difficult for them to sit and listen to the callous and reckless misconduct of individuals who cost them their son. >> reporter: today, one defense attorney arguing that the pledges weren't physically forced to drink. another saying this tragedy was not a crime. >> none of them had the intention to harm timothy pia a piazza, and they are trying to figure it out. >> reporter: we're learning two security guards hired by penn state were checkingen to that frat party just minutes before piazza's fall. the students will be back in court tomorrow face a range of charges, including involuntary
thought, david. >> gio benitez, thank you. we turn next to the emergency playing out across the country. 68 major fires burning tonight. thousands of families. even young campers escaping the fires. children in tears and there are red flag warnings up tonight in at least six states. abc's senior national correspondent, matt gutman, from california. >> reporter: tonight, with those fires ripping across california, the aerial assault. more than 6,000 firefighters deployed. some 8,000 evacuated statewide. the alamo fire north of santa barbara, consuming 45 square miles. the nearby whittier fire engulfing this highway. the blaze so fast it trapped a group of 90 campers and 50 counselors over the weekend. >> they had flames directly in front where they could not access these children. >> reporter: a bulldozer finally breaking through to kids like 9-year-old finnegan mcweeney. >> we drove straight through the fire. there was these trees super high that were exploding. >> reporter: with towels on
their heads and tears in their eyes they were bused to safety. >> i'm going to see if my house is still here. >> reporter: michael lopez taking our marci gonzalez along. >> it didn't burn the field, but it burnt my house. my god. rr his fee yaup say crushed, their home gone. >> 56 years of memories. >> reporter: david, even though what you see behind me is wild land, it is still the focus of much of firefighters' efforts here. because behind those flames and that column of smoke is what's called communications peak. and if that burns, then nearly all the communications in all of santa barbara county go down. david? >> matt gutman in california. thank you, matt. we have new reporting tonight after the arrest of an active duty army sergeant. the arrest on terror charges tonight. an fbi s.w.a.t. team arresting a sergeant first class in honolulu. he is accused of swearing allegiance in isis, attempting to pass military documents to the terror group. there are celebrations in iraq tonight in the fight against isis. the prime minister in mosul declaring, quote, absolute victory against isis.
the u.s. coalition commander supporting the iraqi troops calling it a decisive blow. some remain inside the city, and after years of war, mosul is now the scene of a humanitarian cries crisis. back here at home, you remember the pictures of chris kiss ti on the beach closed to the public. today, the governor guest hoet hosting on sports radio, and some of the callers giving hip an earful. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: today, on one of america's most popular sports radio shows, america's least popular governor. new jersey's chris christie was feeling the heat for that family beach day on the jersey shore. >> mike in montclair. what's up, mike? >> governor, next time you want sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat [ bleep ] in a car and go to one that's open to all your constituents. >> hey -- >> reporter: christie's beach outing over the july 4th holiday
caused a national scandal because this particular beach was closed to the general public due to a state government shutdown. >> you know, mike, i love getting calls from communists in montclair. >> communists in montclair? you're a bully, governor, and i don't like bullies. >> you know what? and listen -- i'm not the one who came on the air -- >> you're a bully. >> hey, hold on, mike. >> your entire career. >> i'm not the guy came on the air, swore on the air -- >> who swore? get the heck out of here. >> you're swearing on the air, mike. you're a bum. >> reporter: first there was bridgegate, and now beachgate. it's taken a serious toll on christie's popularity. a new poll out today shows his approval rating at a dismal 15%, david. >> david, thank you. from colorado this evening, a harrowing story of survival. the team camp counselor who says he woke up to the sound of crunching. a bear attacking his head. abc's clayton sandell with the teen who survived.
>> reporter: this 4:00 a.m. wake-up call nearly killed dylan mcwillams. >> it was just a loud crunching sound and a lot of pain and then i realized i could hear the bear. i could smell him, i could feel him and it wasn't stopping. it was growling. >> reporter: a 280-pound male black bear dragging mcwilliams out of his sleeping bag. but mcwilliams, who teaches wilderness survival at this camp near boulder, colorado, fights back. >> yelling, screaming, hitting it and trying to poke its eyes, anything tender. i was pulling on its nose as hard as i could. >> reporter: his injuries severe. >> possible bear attack. there's lots of bleeding. >> reporter: but with the help of his co-workers, mcwilliams gets away. >> very, very lucky. like i feel like god had a hand in it. >> reporter: colorado wildlife officials say bear sightings are up because they're hungry. >> freaking bear, get out of my garage! >> reporter: and without recent rain, natural food sources have dried up. this bear caught rummaging through a house in colorado springs. the bear that attacked mcwilliams was trapped and killed. and david, an attack like this is extremely rare.
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>> it was great seeing my dad holding my baby girl. carter louise definitely has him wrapped around her finger. >> reporter: will's co-workers had a surprise. off highway 315, in hardeeville. the billboard, announcing to everyone it was a girl. >> oh, my gosh, what have they done? because the billboard is so pink. i think its one of the coolest gifts that somebody can have. to see your brand new baby daughter up there on that billboard is very cool. very cool. very heartfelt. >> reporter: carter louise tired from all the attention, the video they sent us just this afternoon. spoiled. i'm david muir. i hope to see you back here tomorrow. until then, good night.
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