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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the russian meeting at trump tower. we have now learned there were others in the room when don junior took that meeting with a russian lawyer. tonight, the man born in russia, who allegedly once worked in soviet military counterintelligence. why was he also in the room? and why wasn't it revealed? also tonight, the devastating images. homes swallowed by the earth, families barely escaping. we're on the scene. inside the killings. what we did not know. authorities now revealing what happened on that property to those four young men who vanished. severe storms hitting as we come on the air tonight. a treacherous commute. and now, flood watches from ohio to new york. o.j. simpson on the eve of his parole hearing. will he now go free?
deborah roberts and what's she's learned. and, the bridal nightmare. more than 60 stores suddenly shuting down. brides, wedding parties wondering if they'll ever get their dresses, after handing over their cash. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with what we did not know about the meeting at trump tower. president trump returning from his trip to france, as his son faces new questions. tonight, this man, born in russia, once accused of being been a military counterintelligence officer, now saying he was in that room, too. were there documents left behind in the room? here's brian ross tonight. >> reporter: as the president returned home tonight he was met
by an afternoon rainstorm and new questions about whether his son don junior has told the full story of his meeting with the russian lawyer. >> my son is a wonderful young man. he took a meeting with a russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a russian lawyer. >> reporter: but don junior agreed to the meeting only after e-mails to him said he would be seeing a "russian government attorney" with dirt on hillary clinton. and tonight, a major new revelation. in addition to that lawyer coming to trump tower, another person, rinat akhmetshin, once accused of having been a soviet counterintelligence officer, was also in that meeting. he was born in russia and is now a washington lobbyist. don junior failed to mention him this week when he said he was being fully transparent. >> i'm more than happy to be transparent about it, and i'm more than happy to cooperate with everyone. >> so as far as you know, as far as this incident is concerned, this is all of it? >> this is everything. this is everything. >> reporter: but it wasn't. at first, the only participants
don junior mentioned were himself, trump son-in-law jared kushner, campaign chairman paul manafort, the russian lawyer, natalia veselnitskaya, and the public relations man for a russian billionaire who set the whole thing up, rob goldstone. now, we know there were at least two other people in the room, the russian-born lobbyist, plus a russian interpreter. something the younger trump failed to tell sean hannity when asked a precise question. >> did you ever meet with any other person from russia that you know? >> no, i don't even know. i've probably met with other people from russia. >> i mean during the campaign. >> certainly not in the context of a formalized meeting or anything like that because why would i? >> reporter: the russian lobbyist in that trump tower meeting also told the "washington post" today the lawyer left behind documents for the trump team, without saying what was in them. >> zero happened from that meeting, and honestly, i think the press made a very big deal over something, that, really, a lot of people would do. >> reporter: the president says he only learned of the meeting in the last few days, but on the very same day his son agreed to
sit down with the russians, candidate trump made this promise. >> i am going to give a major speech on probably monday of next week and we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the clintons. i think you're going to find it very informative and very very interesting. >> reporter: since then his son's story has been constantly changing. in july of last year, just a month after the meeting, he denied having any knowledge that the russians were trying to help the trump campaign. >> it's disgusting, it's so phony. i can't think of bigger lies, but that just goes to show you what the dnc and the clinton camp will do. they'll lie and do anything to win. >> brian with us now. two quick questions. first, the lobbyist, what do we know about his past? >> he sold the associated press, he did serve in a soviet military unit, but insists he was not trained as a spy.
>> in the meantime, president trump beefing up his legal counsel? >> his name is ty cobb, he will be setting up a war room in the white house to respond to the allegations about russia, at taxpayers' expense. and a slow-motion disaster in a florida neighborhood, homes swallowed by a earth. this home tearing apart, falling right in. dozens of families forced from their home. here's russell oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, that massive sinkhole outside tampa florida growing swallowing two houses and threatening more. the family in this house getting out minutes before the ground gave way. >> it was so emotional. i started crying and everything. we got the dogs out and we couldn't save anything else. >> reporter: their home sinking into the mud.
>> everything is gone. >> reporter: a little earlier they were calling 911. >> there's a sinkhole right next to our neighbor's house, and it's literally eating the house completely. >> reporter: within minutes it was crumbling. you see how it expanded to about 250 feet wide by 50 feet deep. so far, 11 neighbors evacuated. grabbing what they could carry as the earth crumbled. >> you could just see in people's eyes the anxiety level. they're fearful and unfortunately, we can't give clear answers, because this is mother nature. but to everybody in this community, we stand with you. >> reporter: officials say a sinkhole was here five years ago, the house stabilized last year. david? >> victor, thank you. as he joins our team, welcome. and authorities revealing
what they say played out on the property after four young men vanished outside philadelphia. the prime suspect confessing, and investigators now offering other details. his cousin, allegedly helping him murder the other three men, and allegedly burying them on the property. eva pilgrim, at the courthouse tonight. >> reporter: tonight, prosecutors say cosmo dinardo, the man now charged with killing these four men and burying their bodies on his family's farm, lured them with the premise of a drug deal. and they say he had an accomplice. his cousin, sean kratz, arrested overnight. >> we did find three of those young men buried deep within the ground under an old oil tank that was converted into a cooker, about 12 1/2 feet down. >> reporter: dean finocchiaro, tom meo, mark sturgis, and jimi patrick had been missing
for over a week. authorities laying out a twisted timeline of events. they say on july 5th, jimi patrick went to dinardo's property to buy marijuana. they walked to a remote part of the sprawling farm and dinardo murdered patrick with a .22 caliber rifle, burying him in a six-foot hole. two days later, they say, dinardo meets dean finocchiaro on the property for another pot deal. this time, bringing along sean kratz, they walk to this barn where kratz shoots finocchiaro in the head. later that day they say dinardo and kratz meet tom meo and mark sturgis at the property, shooting them both in the back. firing at sturgis as he tries to flee. a neighbor hears the gunfire. >> it was literally almost like somebody was hunting people down in the woods. like chasing them, and was really trying to fire enough shots to hit them. >> reporter: prosecutors say they tried to burn the bodies in a large metal tank, ultimately burying them in that 12-foot grave. >> i'm sorry. >> reporter: dinardo, who has a history of mental illness, apologizing to cameras last
night. >> eva back with us live. and they're still hunting for a motive in this case? >> reporter: that's right. the d.a. says we may never know. both men due back in court july 31st david? >> thank you. and the severe weather threatening at this hour. flash flood watches from ohio to new york. this runway in chicago closed by the flooding rain. gio benitez in the storm zone. >> reporter: tonight, those powerful storms moving east, threatening millions. it's 4:00 p.m. and the same storm system is now reaching new york city. severe thunderstorm watches are in effect through the night across the atlantic. this timelapse showing severe weather moving through washington, d.c. blinding rain for virginia
drivers. east of columbus, ohio, high water shutting down part of interstate 70 today. parts of the midwest reeling from multiple rounds of rain. our alex perez north of chicago, the governor warning of possible evacuations. >> reporter: here in gurnee, illinois, residents are on high alert. more than 100 homes and businesses already flooded and the river here expected to continue slowly rising until tomorrow. >> reporter: residents in the area trying to keep that water out. and david, the threat of severe storms continues through tonight. the roads already slick and potentially dangerous. >> thank you. let's get right to rob marciano. >> reporter: just a few more hours of rough weather. our nation's capital getting hit the hardest. rough storms moving through maryland and delaware. the cold front will nudge the
storms offshore. drier air moving to the south. and pop-up thunderstorms in florida, to the southeast tomorrow. but severe stuff, through the upper great lakes. wisconsin will get hit, i think, again tomorrow. >> rob, thank you. overseas tonight and from jerusalem, violence inside a site sacred to both muslims and jews. the attackers are shot dead in the fierce gun battle that follows. afterward, the palestinian president made a rare phone call to the israeli prime minister, condemning the attack. and the 15 marines and one navy sailor have some longtime veterans. they hail from every corner of the country. authorities say the cargo plane
developed problems high in the air, crashing in mississippi. next here on a friday night, o.j. simpson, days from his parole hearing. deborah roberts with what are o.j.'s chances of going free? >> reporter: in less than a week, o.j. simpson will plead for his freedom. convicted of a botched robbery to reclaim memorabilia from a las vegas hotel room. >> i didn't mean to steal anything, and i'm sorry for all of it. >> reporter: now, some of the men with simpson that night, revealing details to abc news. >> i say, o.j., what if they call the police? and he used a four-letter word that starts with "f" and ends
with "k," the police. >> reporter: they went back to that lobby, now under renovation. you goather with these guys. who is in charge? >> mr. simpson. >> reporter: what did he say? >> some guys will come this way. when we got to the door, mr. simpson asked me to show my gun and look menacing. >> the minute i pulled the gun out, i'm like, man, this is a robbery. this is going to be on national news. you're going to jail for this. >> reporter: and simpson did. a 9 to 33-year sentence. but next week, it could be over. >> i think there's a 52% chance he will get parole. but if he weren't o.j. simpson, i'd say it would be 92%. >> fascinating from dan abrams, who said if his name was john simpson, he would have a 90%
chance. >> the legal experts say he should be a perfect candidate for parole. but because he's a celebrity, it's much more complicated. >> and i know you have new reporting tonight on how he's preparing behind bars for either outcome. it's a special "20/20." o.j., his last play. at 10:00 p.m. eastern. and stocks soaring, the dow up, the third record close in a row to round out the week. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the deadly fall on the set of a popular tv show. a stunt man, missing the safety pad by inches. what went wrong.
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