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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the first person working inside the white house to testify in the impeachment inquiry. defying white house orders not to appear. a national security official, a decorated iraq war vet, who listened in on president trump's phone call with the president of ukraine. what he says he heard. and then reported more than once. and tonight, the other breaking headline. the shouting match that erupted during that testimony. were members of congress trying to get him to reveal the name of the whistle-blower? also breaking tonight, the raging fires in california, and the major new concern at this hour. tonight into tomorrow, now bracing for the worst winds yet. hurricane-force wind gusts.
and tonight, already in los angeles, homes have burned to and to the north in san francisco, more than 100 homes and structures gone. the horrific scene in the northeast tonight. the plane crashing into a neighborhood, setting homes on fire. there is news coming in tonight about the pilot. boeing's ceo grilled by congress, confronted by families holding up pictures of loved ones, one year after the first deadly crash of that 737 max jet. how he responded. that cruise ship tragedy, a toddler, a granddaughter falling from that cruise ship window. tonight, her indiana grandfather charged with negligent homicide. the family defending him, and what they're now demanding to see. the deadly earthquake tonight. buildings shaking, homes and schools destroyed. breaking news in the urgent manhunt for a missing 14-year-old girl. a confirmed sighting tonight with the suspect. and the horrific attack at a mcdonald's drive-through and the motive behind it. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin tonight with the first person working inside the
white house to testify in the impeachment inquiry, spending hours already answering questions, defying a white house order not to appear. lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, a decorated iraq war vet and the top ukraine expert on the national security council, his office in the white house, and he listened in on that call between president trump and the president of ukraine. what he says he heard on that call and then reported on multiple occasions. and tonight, what we have just learned from inside the questioning, the shouting that erupted. were members of congress trying to get the witness to reveal the whistle-blower? abc's mary bruce leads us off from the hill tonight. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, a decorated combat veteran, arriving on capitol hill today. the first person working inside the white house to testify, and the first witness who listened in on the phone call between president trump and ukrainian president volodoymyr zelensky. vindman, who works on the national security council, telling lawmakers that he was concerned that on that call,
trump was pressuring zelensky to investigate joe biden and his son, hunter. in his opening statement, vindman said, "i did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a u.s. citizen," adding that it would "undermine u.s. national security." he said he was also troubled by the behavior of gordon sondland, the u.s. ambassador to the european union. in a meeting with ukrainian officials, vindman recalled "ambassador sondland started to speak about ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the president." he says then national security adviser john bolton interjected, cutting the meeting short. later, vindman recalled he himself "stated to ambassador sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate biden and his son had nothing to do with national security." vindman's testimony raising questions about what sondland told lawmakers. the ambassador claimed no one ever raised concerns with him about his approach towards ukraine. vindman says he reported his concerns about both the president's phone call and
sondland's comments to his superior, citing a, quote, sense of duty. republican leader mitch mcconnell today refusing to comment on these latest allegations. does it concern you? are you worried about the president's behavior at all? >> look, i'm not going to question the patriotism of any of the people who are coming forward. the action is in the house now. >> reporter: on twitter, the president, without evidence, labeled vindman a "never trumper." some of the president's allies are questioning the colonel's loyalty to the u.s., because vindman and his brother immigrated here from ukraine when they were just 3 years old. their story captured in the ken burns documentary, "statue of liberty." >> our mother died, so, we went to italy, then we came here. >> reporter: he went on to serve in the army for more than 20 years, receiving a purple heart after being wounded in iraq by a roadside bomb. today, republicans on the hill were quick to defend him. >> we're talking about decorated veterans who have served this
nation, who have put their lives on the line, and it is shameful to question their patriotism, their love of this nation and we should not be involved in that process. >> reporter: the colonel today described himself as a "patriot," insisting, "it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country, irrespective of party or politics." >> all right, so, let's get right to mary bruce, she's live up on the hill tonight. and mary, we know democrats have now unveiled their plans for the public phase of this inquiry, public hearings. i know republicans could potentially call their own witnesses. that full house vote could happen as early as thursday. but you also have new reporting tonight about the shouting match that broke out inside today's hearing? >> reporter: well, david, this deposition got heated, with lawmakers shouting at each other. democrats are accusing republicans of pressing vindman in an effort to reveal who the whistle-blower is. but the colonel insists that he is not the whistle-blower and says he does not know who that person is. david? >> all right, mary bruce leading us off again tonight. mary, thank you. and now the other major headline tonight, raging wildfires across california and
there is a major new concern tonight. the strongest winds yet, tonight into tomorrow, in fact, hurricane-force wind gusts. tonight, more than 100 homes and structures burned in the kincade fire in the north and new evacuations under way there. and look at this. this video emerging from sacramento showing how difficult it was for families, trying to escape down a hill. that's interstate i-5 there. and tonight, southern california bracing for the strongest santa ana winds yet, including los angeles. abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman is right there. >> reporter: for firefighters in southern california tonight, time is the new enemy and wind is the looming threat. >> these are probably going to be the worst winds that los angeles has seen in the last two to three years. >> reporter: on the front lines of the getty fire, brutal conditions in the hills just above some of los angeles's most exclusive neighborhoods. these fires from the air and on the ground. they have these firefighters here trying to cut lines, because this part of los angeles is so incredibly remote.
and in northern california, winds are already picking up, where 4,500 firefighters are battling the 75,000-acre kincade fire. visibility near zero as these crews put out hotspots in sonoma county. more than 150,000 evacuating. >> i have car keys. >> reporter: our will reeve with this family leaving the home they moved into just three months ago. >> i hate to say it, we're experienced. >> yeah. hate to say that. >> and you shouldn't be experienced in something like this. >> reporter: losing their home in a 2017 fire, hoping they don't return to another scene like this. and new video shows the danger drivers faced in sacramento on sunday. >> let's go, let's go, let's go! >> reporter: a man guiding drivers as they flee from a grass fire along interstate 5. >> follow those cars! >> reporter: escaping through that gap in the fence. winds gusting to 40 miles per hour, fanning flames just feet away. and tonight, north of san francisco, long lines for gas amid power outages across the state. nearly 600,000 customers could soon be in the dark.
>> when will it end? matt gutman joins us live from los angeles tonight. and matt, we know officials are very worried about these winds in the coming hours. and where you are, this part of los angeles, very vulnerable to these fires in the hours ahead? >> reporter: that's right, david. this area hasn't burned in decades, and the last time it did, hundreds of homes ended up looking like this one. you can see those crews coming up the hill right now to continue working. and it's not just in this part of california. 43 counties under red flag warnings tonight. that applies to 27 million people. david? >> all right, matt gutman there tonight again for us. matt, thank you. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano, also live in california, because these winds are a real danger in the hours ahead. rob, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, here we go again, david. yet another big wind event coming in just the last couple of weeks. and as you mentioned, this could be the worst, not just this year, but in athre matt mentioned a huge expanse. we've got high wind warnings that have just been upgraded across southern california.
the winds have been picking up all day across northern a nsornia. critical conditions up there. we go extreme here in southern california, beginning around midnight. then that area gets expanded through los angeles all the way down east of san diego during the day tomorrow. look at the wind gusts, we expect to see in the cities, 30, 40, 50-mile-per-hour gusts. along the ridges, where those fires start and explode, potentially as much as 80 or 85 miles an hour. peaking tomorrow, but lasting at least through thursday, david. >> wow, gusts up to 85 miles per hour. all right, rob, our thanks to you again tonight, as well. to the other news, a deadly plane crash in a new jersey neighborhood, about 25 miles outside new york city. in fact, look at this doorbell camera. it captured the cessna plunging from the sky there in the distance. slamming into a home, erupting into flames. a second home going up in flames, too. abc's gio benitez is on the scene tonight. reporter: tonht, er scenaneomsh
>> at one point, it looked like it was doing fine, but it was low, and then they heard a loud bang when it, of course, hit the house. >> reporter: a doorbell cam capturing the moment the plane fell out of the sky. you can see it diving straight down. the fire damaging at least three homes. neighbors rushing to help. a woman inside one of the homes that caught fire was able to run out just in time, uninjured. >> we made sure we had someone to check on the two houses next door, because the flames were about 30 to 40 feet high and the whole first floor, second floor was on fire. >> reporter: the plane was flying from leesburg, virginia, and crashed just before getting to the airport in linden, new jersey. >> my god. >> reporter: the pilot was the only one onboard. and was killed in the crash. no one else was injured. and david, investigators from the ntsb are here on the ground right now. they're going to be here for the next few days. they say that the pilot did not make any distress calls, so this investigation is just beginning,
david. >> all right, gio benitez in new jersey tonight. thank you. on capitol hill today, on the one-year anniversary of the first deadly crash involving boeing's new 737 max jets, the company's ceo coming under fire. the ceo apologizing to families of the victims.anding with onin. d eing igne wain? and on tonight's one-year anniversary of the first 737 max crash, boeing ceo dennis muilenburg faced congress. >> we've made mistakes and we got some things wrong. >> reporter: listening, family members of some of the 346 who were killed in those two crashes. >> they were in flying coffins as a result of boeing deciding that it was going to conceal mcas from the pilots. >> the premise that we would lie or conceal is just not consistent with our values.
>> reporter: mcas, a system added to the 737 max, which misfired, repeatedly nosing down those two jets. >> you have now put into a system that overrides the pilot in command of that aircraft. you set those pilots up for failure. >> reporter: senators from both parties demanding to know if boeing intentionally concealed defects in the mcas system from the faa. >> so basically, i lied to the regulators -- unknowingly. >> reporter: that from a message between two test pilots in 2016 appear to suggest problems with the mcas, but the ceo says he didn't see those until earlier this year. >> you're the ceo. the buck stops with you. >> i would walk before i would get on a 737 max. >> reporter: also, for the first time, muilenburg met privately with those family members -- who seemed unsatisfied. >> he gave some flimsy excuses on why they did not ground the max after lion air. >> reporter: both republicans and democrats in congress, which mandated the certification
system nearly 15 years ago, now say changes do need to be made. the boeing ceo hopes the max flies before the end of the year. others, david, think it's going to be sometime early next year. >> all right, david kerley, who covers aviation for us. thank you. there is new heartbreak tonight for the indiana family who lost their little girl when she fell from the 11th floor of that royal caribbean cruise ship docked in san juan, puerto rico, when her grandfather lifted her up to see out the window. her grandfather tonight has now been charged with negligent homicide. tonight, the little girl's family is standing by the grandfather. they blame royal caribbean. and what they're demanding to see. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: three months after chloe wiegand plunged 115 feet to her death from a royal caribbean ship, her grandfather, sam anello, now facing a charge of negligent homicide in puerto rico. the family is reeling tonight. >> they've already been grieving so tremendously that to compou kicking a man when he's down. >> reporter: their lawyer telling us chloe's parents are
standing by her grandfather's account, saying he brought the 18-month-old to this area near the ship's waterpark to look through the glass. her mother at the time telling nbc he had no idea that window was open. >> he was extremely hysterical. the thing that he has repeatedly told us is, "i believe that there was glass." he will cry over and over. to lose our baby this way is just unfathomable. >> reporter: royal caribbean calling it a "tragic incident," saying they have assisted authorities. but chloe's family says the cruiseline didn't follow safety guidelines and wants to see the ship's surveillance. >> i think the surveillance is just going to show exactly what sam has testified to all along. >> reporter: chloe's grandfather was released on bond. he's due back in court next month. the family plans on suing royal caribbean. david? >> victor, thank you. and there is new reporting tonight about the operation that took down isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi. tonight, the kurds say there was a kurdish secret informant who helped the cia, who it's believed provided crucial aid to
the u.s. intelligence, and they say he was at the compound when those special forces arrived, that the informant left when they did and with them. tonight, abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell inside one of those isis prisons, and one prisoner's message to america. >> reporter: tonight, new details about the operation that ended with the death of isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi. kurdish sources telling abc news they had an informant inside his inner circle. providing critical details including the location of his compound, its room-by-room layout, even giving them a pair of baghdadi's underwear and a blood sample for dna testing to prove it was him. the informant, they claim, was critical to the successful american mission and left with u.s. forces. but thousands of isis prisoners and fighters are still alive, some in prisons like these, overflowing. many foreign fighters pleading to go home. today, we met one of them in a
top security jail in iraq. do you think people are any safer now that baghdadi's dead? >> no. how many baghdadis go, another one pops up. >> reporter: the man now wants to go back to his wife and children in germany, but he shows no remorse. what would you say to the parents of kayla mueller? of steven sotloff? of james foley? what do you say to them? >> this is not my -- i didn't write their destiny. this is their destiny. this thing will not stop. it will not stop until the end. >> reporter: and that prisoner also telling me to expect fresh isis attacks in europe as vengeance for baghdadi's death. david? >> ian pannell in the region again tonight. ian, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the late development in the urgent manhunt for a missing 14-year-old girl. authorities and what they confirmed just a short time ago. the deadly earthquake overseas tonight. the images coming in. buildings shaking. homes and schools destroyed.
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police say they were wearing dark or camouflage clothing, different from what they left in, and lynch has changed hiss appearance, now clean shaven. search teams quickly set up a perimeter, hoping to close in without success. >> there's a high probability that they haven't really gone far, that they've just gone back into hiding. >> reporter: police say that lynch may be carrying a handgun and his family says that in the past, he's expressed suicidal thoughts. david? >> all right, linsey davis, thank you. when we come back, that frightening attack at a mcdonald's drive-through. and the awful images coming in, that deadly earthquake. heum. because there are options. like an "unjection™". xeljanz xr, a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well enough. xeljanz xr can reduce pain, swelling and further joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections like tb; don't start xeljanz if you ha ainctn. taking a higher than recommended dose of xeljanz for ra can increase risk of death.
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