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tonight, president trump slamming the growing impeachment investigation. this, as his own vice president is asked to turn over key documents. trump saying he never offered ukraine a quid pro quo to investigate his political rivals including joe biden. but tonight, newly released text messages tell a different story. the pipe bombs arrest. the florida woman in custody tonight, allegedly obsessed with mass murder. and the shocking arsenal discovered by investigators. two dozen bombs, more than 20 knives, and a hatchet. police say she wanted to, quote, "hurt people." why authorities are praising her parents. the dramatic kidnapping rescue. the police chase. a suspect with a victim inside his car, taking off on foot. turning and firing on police. the entire shootout caught on camera.
also tonight, the harshest sentencing yet involving a parent in the varsity blues scandal, who spent $100,000 and used a photo of someone else's daughter playing water polo. the pictures coming in. a massive plane slamming into the ground. rescue teams swarming the crash site. a survivor pulled from the wreckage. plus, the jurors in the amber guyger trial breaking their silence about that high-profile sentencing. and what the victim's brother said about that emotional courtroom embrace. and can you feel the heat? the summer swelter now deep into fall as millions suffer through record-breaking temperatures. g. it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. we begin with several breaking stories, including major developments in the impeachment showdown. just moments ago,
issuing a subpoena to the white house for documents related to ukraine. the president insisting the phone call had nothing to do with the 2020 election. mitt romney calling president trump's latest actions both wrong and appalling. jonathan karl leads us off. >> reporter: today, president trump insisted his calls for ukraine and now china to investigate his potential 2020 opponent joe biden have nothing to do with politics. >> i don't care about biden's campaign, but i do care about corruption. >> reporter: yet today the trump re-election campaign told abc news it's spending $1 million this weekend on ads attacking biden and his son hunter on the very issues the president is asking ukraine and china to investigate. >> hav leaders for any corruption
investigations that don't involve your political opponents? that is, are there other cases where you've asked for corruption investigations? >> you know, we would have to look. >> reporter: today senator mitt romney put out a blistering statement, saying, "when the only american citizen president trump singles out for china's investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated." romney called the president's outreach to china and ukraine, quote, "wrong and appalling." the only other republican senator who ventured to criticized the president, ben sasse of nebraska, who put out a terse statement saying, quote, "americans don't look to chinese commies for the truth." contrast that with florida's marco rubio. >> do you think it's okay for president trump to ask china to launch an investigation of joe biden and hunter biden? >> i don't know if that's a real request or him just needling the press knowing that you guys were going to get outraged about it. >> reporter: in iowa, a constituent practically begged senator joni ernst to say something about the president's
actions. >> where is the line? when are you guys going to say enough, and stand up and say, you know what, i'm not backing any of this? >> okay, so, president trump. i can say yea, nay, whatever. the president is going to say what the president is going to do. >> i understand. it's a non-answer answer. and understand that, i get it. i know what you're saying. >> i can't speak for him. i'll just say that i can't speak for him. >> i know you can't speak for him, but you can speak for yourself. >> some tense moments there for republicans. jon, you've learned president trump reached out to republicans today trying to rally support? >> reporter: i'm told the president made a surprise appearance on a conference call with republican members of the house. saying he has done nothing wrong, and portraying the
impeachment effort as trying to repeal the 2016 election. it may well have been the beginning of an effort to come up with a response to this. >> jon, thank you. now to the new developments comingin. a subpoena to the white house, pulling vice president pence. asking for any ukraine related documents, and now we're learning about the text messages. mary bruce is on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, democrats are now reaching deep into the white house, investigating the role of the vice president. issuing a subpoena to mike pence, demanding documents about "any role you may have played" in the effort to pressure ukraine to investigate the president's political rivals. >> we have concerns about the role the vice president played in this presidential extortion scheme. >> what are you going to tell them? >> reporter: we're learning new details from the first
eyewitness to testify before congress, former u.s. envoy to tained babne, volker describes a president obsessed with a debunked conspiracy theory that ukraine, not russia, meddled in the 2016 election to help democrats. and volker handed over a trove of text messages that appear to show top u.s. officials dangling a potential white house visit as leverage to get ukraine to investigate trump's rivals. in one text, volker tells an aide to ukrainian president zelensky, "heard from white house. assuming president z. convinces trump he will investigate, get to the bottom of what happened in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to washington." that message was sent just hours before the phone call that sparked this impeachment inquiry, when trump personally asked the ukrainian leader to, quote, "do us a favor" and investigate the democrats and joe biden. even some republicans say the texts are troubling. >> some of the text messages individually is concerning.
there's no doubt about that. >> reporter: volker says he tried to convince the president's personal lawyer rudy giuliani that biden had done nothing wrong, telling lawmakers, "the suggestion that biden would be influenced in his duties as vice president by money for his son simply has no credibility to me. i know him as a man of integrity." but those words seemed to have no effect. >> why is it so hard to get biden investigated? >> mary, you're learning just moments ago, congress issued a subpoena to the white house? >> reporter: democrats just issued this subpoena for records related to ukraine. saying the president's actions have left them with no other choice. and if the white house continues to stonewall this, they say this will only boost the impeachment
inqui inquiry. >> thank you. and parents discovering a stockpi stockpile, calling police on their 27-year-old daughter. with enough explosive material to possibly kill hundreds of people. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, florida authorities say this young woman was obsessed with how to kill people and was secretly amassing a shocking arsenal in her home. >> the amount of highly destructive materials we found in this home were astonishing. >> reporter: sheriff deputies claim 27-year-old michelle kolts had two dozen pipe bombs loaded with nails and screws for shrapnel, 23 knives, pellet guns, bows and arrows, and an assortment of dvds and books about assassins, serial murderers and mass killings, ranging from the columbine massacre to the oklahoma city bombing. >> if used, these bombs could have caused catastrophic damage and harm to hundreds, even thousands of people.
>> reporter: police say when she was arrested koats said she wanted to, quote, "hurt people." but this story comes with a tragic and simultaneously noble twist. kolts was turned in by her own parents, who discovered the arsenal and called police. if found guilty, she could face up to 15 years in prison. her parents must be devastated. tom? >> pierre, thank you. to politics and breaking news from the campaign trail concerning bernie sanders. the presidential candidate leaving desert springs hospital in las vegas a short time ago. you see him right there. doctors revealing he suffered a heart attack. let's get right to terry moran. this is big news. >> reporter: it sure is. and as you saw, bernie sanders left the hospital, saying he's feeling great. heading home to vermont for a few days. a short time off, but as you point out doctors confirming
when he showed up complaining of chest pain, he was diagnosed as having a heart attack. and they inserted two stents. all other arteries were normal. sanders saying he will attend the democratic debate. >> thank you. and news tonight in the college admissions cheating sta scandal. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, napa winemaker agustin huneeus slapped with the toughest sentence yet for any parent in the varsity blues scandal -- five months behind bars. huneeus had agreed to pay $300,000 to rig his daughter's college entrance exams and to exaggerate her athletic skills, sending this water polo photo to usc as part of her bogus application.
it turns out that's not his daughter. in a phone call recorded by the fbi, ringleader rick singer told huneeus he wanted "to make sure that you and i are both on the same page" about telling the irs the cash was intended as a donation "for underserved kids," not bribes. huneeus replying, "dude, dude. what do you think, i'm a moron?" huneeus saying in court, "today is a hard day. i want to pay for my crime and atone for the harm i have caused. 14 other parents have pleaded guilt. including actress felicity huffman, who will spend 14 days in jail later this month. loriloughlin is fighting the charges. >> thank you. and the northeast getting ready for its first freeze of the season. rob marciano live in gainesville, florida. where, rob, it's a hot one.
>> reporter: it is. back in the 90s, with record-shattering temperatures. montgomery hitting 102 today. but the script has flipped in the northeast. freeze warnings pennsylvania, northern new england, and maine. the front will squeeze more potential record-breakers in the south. but it should cool off soon. >> thank you. overseas, prince harry announcing plans to sue two major tabloids for alleged phone hacking. accusing them of intercepting voice mail messages. here's lama hasan. >> reporter: tonight, prince harry stepping up fight with the british tabloids. this time taking aim at the owners of "the sun" and "the daily mirror" after his voicemails were allegedly hacked. >> allegations of phone hacking
have happened before. but harry is confident they can win this trial, they have enough evidence. >> reporter: it comes just days after the duchess of sussex filed her own lawsuit against "the mail" on sunday for publishing a personal letter she penned to her estranged father thomas markle. the prince accusing the tabloids of creating "lie after lie at her expense," even invoking his mother princess diana. "i lost my mother and now and i watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces." the couple, fresh off a successful tour of southern africa, where they were warmly welcome and were widely praised for their charity work. tom, tonight there's not comment from "the mirror" but rupert murdoch's news group, which publishes "the sun," says they're aware of the prince's claim. >> thank you. back here at home, and the murder trial, two jurors breaking their silence about the
sentence given to amber guyger. we're now hearing from the victim's brother. here's marcus moore. >> reporter: two of the jurors who convicted former dallas police officer amber guyger of murder tonight taking us into that jury room. >> there was a lot of crying. >> a lot of crying. >> reporter: prosecutors were allanded at ten.ars. >> i told everyone, we all agree it was a mistake. and i don't think bo would want to take harsh vengeance. i think he would want to forgive her. >> reporter: guyger shot and killed botham jean when she entered his apartment mistaking it for hers. >> you can't compare this case to any of those other officers killing unarmed black men. those officers that killed unarmed black men, when they got out, they went back to living their lives. amber guyger, she showed remorse in that she's going to have to deal with that for the rest of her life. >> can i give her a hug, please? >> reporter: this extraordinary
moment of forgiveness from jean's brother right after sentencing, giving these jurors some peace of mind. >> it kind of helped us feel like we ended up with the right decision. >> reporter: brandt jean today speaking to "good morning america." >> who am i not to forgive someone who asks? i waited one year to hear i'm sorry, and i'm grateful for that. >> reporter: the jurors telling me that's all they needed to hear to find her guilty of murder. and the u.s. adding 136,000 jobs since september. unemployment falling to 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years. the report helping boost the stock market. the dow gaining 372 points today, closing at 26,573. still ahead on "world news tonight" this friday, the dramatic kidnapping rescue. the suspect taking off on foot
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the morning of september 24th. a kidnapping victim in his front seat. you see him make a run for it, while firing at officers from a gun in his right hand. >> shots fired. i got you, i got you. get down, get down. >> reporter: in the video they even circle the muzzle flashes, so there's no confusion about what's happening next. the police fire back and find him dead in the woods. back inside the car, they rescue a very frightened victim. it's not clear tonight if ramirez was killed by an officer's bullet, or his own. tom? >> thank you. when we come back, the moment rescuers pull a survivor from the wreckage. also, losing a trailblazing actress today. e inspired by dentists, with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's gentle rounded brush head removes more plaque along the gum line. for cleaner teeth and healthier gums.
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bay area from abc 7. >> it's a different story this year. >> this is all new for all of us. thanks for being patient. we'r the hardly strictly bluegrass festival just got a lot stricter, fences, security and a lot of waiting. the changes come more than a month after the deadly gilroy garlic festival shooting. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. spencer christian will have the festival forecast. we'll begin with cornell barnard and a look at the many changes this year. cornell? >> reporter: that's right, larry. all in the name of safety and security. that's what we're talking about. that's what we're talking about when it comes to changes at this year's hardly strictly. you notice those things as soon as you arrive. that's a hydraulic barrier to prevent cars from going in and out. this is one of the entrances here. lots of people coming through. there are new rules about how you bring your stuff inside. ♪ ng si
they're just one of 83 acts performing this year. shannon mcginn has never missed it. >> i've been coming for 19 years. it used to be one stage and pretty much bluegrass. obviously it's exploded. ♪ >> like the name says, it really is hardly strictly bluegrass. >> folk, soul, blues, indie rock, singer and songwriters. >> reporter: new security measures slightly delayed the opening of the festival even though the event is free there are miles of fencing. attendees must carry belongings in a clear bag or have their bag searched at four entrances. it's all the result of the deadly gooding at the