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tonight, breaking news. the fbi raids the office and home of president trump's lawyer, michael cohen. federal agents executing search warrants, seizing documents. what they were looking for. also, as we come on the air tonight, president trump now saying a decision on u.s. military action against syria could come within 24 to 48 hours. after those horrific images, women and children, in that suspected chemical attack. the president calling assad an animal. and what he says when we ask, is vladimir putin responsible, too? the deadly police shooting. the man holding a screwdriver, tasered several times, then shot and killed by police. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg on capitol hill, swarmed by reporters. what he now acknowledges. the deadly fire at trump tower. and the question now, why were
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there no sprinklers? did donald trump and other developers fight against them? the high school students on this bus, the driver going under a bridge. the top of the bus sheared off. and tony robbins under fire tonight. what he said about women, the me too movement, and what led to this moment, fist to fist with this woman in the audience. good evening. and it's great to be back with you. and we do begin tonight with two major stories, potential u.s. military action against syria. a decision coming within just hours. but first, the raid late today of president trump's personal lawyer and friend, michael cohen. the fbi raiding his office, his home and a hotel room, seizing records and files. what was the fbi there for? and president trump just moments ago, unleashing. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off. >> reporter: this hotel where michael cohen, the president's personal attorney, is currently staying, along with his offices
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and home, all raided today by fbi agents in new york city, in a highly unusual and aggressive step. sources familiar with the investigation telling abc news fbi agents took a host of documents, including some related to cohen's $130,000 payment to porn star stormy daniels in the days leading up to the 2016 election. the raid comes four days after president trump made his first comments on daniels, saying he did not know anything about the hushed payment. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no, no. what else? >> why did michael cohen make it if there was no truth to her allegations? >> you have to ask michael cohen. michael is my attorney and you'll have to ask michael. >> reporter: daniels says she had an affair with the president back in 2006, something the white house denies. >> it was entirely consensual? >> oh, yes, yes. >> reporter: tonight, cohen's attorney, stephen ryan, calling the raid, quote, "completely inappropriate and unnecessary," adding, "it resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected
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attorney/client communications between a lawyer and his clients." ryan also said the raid was a result of a referral by the special counsel bob mueller. a source tells abc news the fbi raids were not about russia. tonight, the case is being assigned to federal prosecutors in the southern district of new york. during the campaign, cohen became known for his sharp attacks supporting his boss and friend. >> but you guys are down, and it makes sense that there -- >> says who? >> polls. >> reporter: daniels, cohen and the president now locked in multiple legal battles. daniels' attorney claims their hush agreement is void because the president did not sign it. and in the past 24 hours, filed a new motion to depose the president. attorneys for cohen have filed their own lawsuit, attempting to bring the matter into arbitration. >> and pierre thomas with us live tonight from washington. and pierre, just a few moments ago, as you know, the president weighing in about this raid. let's listen. >> so, i just heard that they broke into the office of one of
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my personal attorneys, good man, and it's a disgraceful situation, it's a total witch hunt, i've been saying it for a long time. >> as you heard the president say there, he believes the fbi broke in. those were his words. why would the fbi raid cohen's office, his home, the hotel room, rather than simply subpoena him, pierre? >> reporter: david, they clearly wanted to catch him offguard. and in cases like this, there is also typically a concern that documents might get destroyed without an element of surprise. david. >> abc's pierre thomas leading us off tonight. pierre, thank you. and, of course, all of this comes as the president now weighs u.s. military action against syria, saying a decision is coming within 24 to 48 hours. of course, it comes after that suspected chemical attack, women and children among the victims. the images difficult to see, but seen around the world. the president calling syrian president assad an animal. and what he said when we asked if vladimir putin shares the blame. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight.
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>> reporter: president trump called the attack barbaric, and said he has little doubt who was behind it. >> it was an atrocious attack, it was horrible. this is about humanity, we're talking about humanity. and it can't be allowed to happen. >> reporter: the horrific images of what looks like a chemical weapons attack came in over the weekend. at least 40 civilians killed, survivors sprayed with water to wash away the chemicals. a little boy wiping his burning eyes. another child given an inhaler to help breathe. all of it in an area just outside damascus that is controlled by rebels opposed to syrian dictator bashar al assad. just hours later, the president's first responses on twitter. for the first time, the president directly criticized russian president vladimir putin, assad's most powerful supporter. "president putin, russia and iran are responsible for backing animal assad. big price to pay."
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today, we asked the president about that. does putin bear responsibility for this? >> he may, yeah, he may. and if he does, it's going to be very tough. very tough. >> reporter: he will pay a price if he is behind this? >> everybody is going to pay a price. he will, everybody will. >> reporter: the president said he would be making a, quote, major decision over the next 24 to 48 hours. >> we cannot allow atrocities like that. >> reporter: just last week, the president said he wanted to pull american troops out of syria soon. >> i want to get out. i want to bring our troops back home. >> reporter: but senator john mccain said the president had, quote, "signaled to the world that the united states would prematurely withdraw from syria." saying assad was "emboldened by american inaction." sarah, didn't the president, by saying that he wants to get out of syria, essentially give a green light to assad to do this, as john mccain has suggested? >> look, we're still there. and i think that it is outrageous to say the president of the united states green lit something as atrocious as the
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actions that have taken place over the last several days. >> and jon karl with us live tonight from the white house. and jon, the president saying he expects to make a decision as early as tonight or tomorrow. as you pointed out earlier, he's been meeting with his national security team, including his new national security adviser john bolton? >> reporter: john bolton was sitting right behind the president today. it was his first day on the job. and the president speaking just minutes ago said that the chemical attack will, quote, be met forcefully. david? >> jon karl asking the questions there in the cabinet room today. jon, thank you. and what would a u.s. military strike look like, and how soon could it come? i want to bring in abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz, also live with us tonight. and martha, last time, a year ago, images of a chemical attack in syria, president trump acting within three days. what are we looking at this time? >> reporter: well, it was extraordinarily fast retaliation last time. the u.s. firing those 59 tomahawks at the syrian airfield where that chemical-laden plane had taken off. but the u.s. had strong
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evidence. radar had spotted the aircraft dropping those weapons, which appeared to intentionally target a hospital, operated by a rebel group. but that syrian airfield was back in use just days later, despite those tomahawks, so, if trump decides to launch missiles again, it could be a broader and larger strike. missiles launched from u.s. destroyers, submarines and possibly b-2 stealth bombers, in hopes assad takes it seriously this time. >> and martha, one last question. i know you've been talking to your sources at the pentagon, and getting definitive proof that this was a chemical weapons attack could prove difficult? >> reporter: it would be very tough to get access to this particular site and hard for anyone to get soil or tissue out. but they're looking for whatever they can find on satellites or signals intelligence, but the state department has already said those images clearly show the affects of a nerve agent, so, that may be enough. and we heard that strong appeal from nikki haley, urging the international community to
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investigate. she vowed that either way, the u.s. will respond. president trump said that, as well. and i don't think he will wait long. david? >> martha raddatz with us following this. thank you. president trump says he has no doubt about this chemical attack, but rt, russian television in moscow, saying it's fake news. warning that the u.s. not take action. the russians showing this video today of their own team, they say, on the ground there, saying they found no evidence of a chemical attack. but we should point out, there has been a strike on syria already. tonight, the pictures here, and who was behind it. abc's james longman in the region for us. >> reporter: david, a u.s. official tonight confirms israel was behind the air strikes 24 hours after that suspected chemical attack. you can see here flickers of light showing the overnight strike. russia says two israeli f-15 jets launched eight guided rockets from air space here in lebanon, and that syria shot down several of them. some rockets did hit the airbase, killing 14 people, according to activists.
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iranian forces are stationed on the base, and israel does not want iran, which is propping up syria's president assad, to continue building its own presence in syria. david? >> all right, james longman with us tonight. james, our thanks to you tonight, as well. back here at home, facebook's mark zuckerberg on capitol hill today, and what he acknowledged. he's there for meetings and hearings after the scandal involving the abuse of millions of users, the use of their personal information. abc's mary bruce is right there on the hill. >> reporter: the tech giant arrived on capitol hill in full-on damage control mode. making his way through throngs of reporters, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg came armed with a suit and an apology. in prepared testimony, he admits facebook was used to spread "fake news," "hate speech" and allow "foreign interference in elections." "it was my mistake, and i'm sorry," he says. "i started facebook, i run it, and i'm responsible for what happens here." >> we didn't take a broad enough view of what our responsibility
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is, and that was a huge mistake. >> reporter: facebook said it would inform 87 million users today that their personal data was improperly harvested by cambridge analytica, the political consulting firm hired by the 2016 trump campaign. and all 2.2 billion facebook users were supposed to receive this notice with instructions for how to see what information they've shared with apps and how to limit access to their data. but so far, neither of those things have happened. mr. zuckerberg, are you doing enough to protect your users? one of the senators zuckerberg met with today says the facebook founder claims he was misled by cambridge analytica. >> i believe that, but i think, in today's world, that's naive. >> so, let's get to mary bruce live up on the hill for us tonight. mary, you pointed out there that facebook promised to inform those 87 million users this morning with alerts to their own news feeds today, alerting them whether their own personal data had been accessed by cambridge analytica. any update on that? >> reporter: david, we are still waiting on that.
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we're told that information is still supposed to post sometime later this evening. no word yet on why the delay. but facebook is clearly trying to show that they're taking this seriously, that they are open to making changes. now, whether that's enough to satisfy lawmakers, we'll have to see at tomorrow's hearing. david? >> mary bruce on the hill for us tonight. mary, thank you. next tonight, to louisville, kentucky, where authorities have just released police body cam video of a deadly police shooting. the suspect refusing to drop a screwdriver. he was shot and killed. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> he's got a knife or a screwdriver in his hands. >> reporter: louisville police are explaining tonight why the man seen in this police body camera video holding a screwdriver would end up dying. >> drop it! drop it! >> reporter: police were responding to a call about someone being drunk and out of control, and when they arrived, 45-year-old russell bowman was talking back and telling them to shoot. >> upon approaching mr. bowman, he became confrontational. he told the officers to shoot
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him. >> drop it! >> reporter: you see three officers fire their stun guns and he's still standing. >> just drop it. we're not trying to hurt you. >> reporter: this is where he starts charging towards one of the officers, and they start shooting. it's clear in one of the police body cameras that he's running with the tool towards an officer. police aren't saying if this is suicide by cop, but say this illustrates what their officers are up against, and the split-second decisions that they have to make every single day. david? >> all right, steve osunsami. thank you, steve. we turn next tonight to that deadly fire at trump tower here in new york city. we have new details tonight from the investigation. one man was killed in his apartment there. in the building where the president has his own penthouse. and tonight, this question -- why do the apartments at trump tower not have sprinklers? here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, abc news learning what may have caused the deadly fire at new york's trump tower. flames and billowing smoke seen from fifth avenue. sources now say the fire appears
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to have been accidental, caused by electrical malfunction in the apartment, like an appliance or device. >> there is a heavy body of fire on the 5-0 floor. searches are underway. >> reporter: the preliminary findings also show that the apartment on the 50th floor did not have working smoke alarms. 67-year-old todd brassner died from smoke inhalation in the blaze. the president tweeting his thanks to first responders. trump tower was built before the law mandated sprinkler systems in apartments like brassner's, something trump himself and other real estate developers fought against at the time. now tonight, one new york city councilman is calling for new legislation. >> i think it's time that we bring the law up to date to protect new york citizens and residents of the city. >> reporter: and david, tonight, fire experts tell us the best way to see if your state requires a sprinkler system is by going to david? >> all right, thank you, gio. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the high school charter bus crash. the bus driver going under a
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bridge, the top of the bus sheared off. what was shouted and how it may have saved so many lives. yet again tonight, the snowstorm moving across the country. where it's hitting at this hour, headed for the northeast again. brutal cold from d.c. up to new york to boston. and tony robbins under fire tonight. what he said about women, the me too movement and what led to this moment, fist to fist with a woman in the audience. a lot more news ahead.
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>> reporter: the website "now this news" posted this clip of his exchange with audience member nanine mccool. >> i think you misunderstand the me too movement. i think the -- >> not for you personally. i'm not knocking the me too movement, i'm knocking victimhood. >> reporter: even asking mccool to put up her fist to help him illustrate his point. >> why are you pushing back? why are you pushing so hard? when you push someone else, it doesn't make you more safe. it just makes them angry. >> reporter: robbins went on to mention a powerful man he knows who felt he couldn't hire an attractive woman. >> the woman was better qualified, but she was very attractive and he knew, i can't have her around, because it's too big a risk and he hired somebody else. >> reporter: online, reaction was swift. the founder of #metoo, terana burke, posted, "if you talk to more survivors and less sexist businessmen, maybe you'll understand what we want. we want safety. we want healing. we want accountability." robbins now says he's sorry, writing on facebook, "all of our growth begins with learning.
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it is clear that i still have much to learn. i need to get connected to the brave women of #metoo." in robbins' apology, he also stated that his own childhood included abuse, and he says that he has a profound admiration for the me too movement. david? >> linsey davis, thank you. when we come back tonight, the new storm, when it hits here in the east. when will this end? and that high school charter bus crash i mentioned, right into a bridge, the top of the bus sheared right off. we'll be right back. which is breast cancer metastatthat has spreadr, to other parts of her body. she's also taking prescription ibrance with an aromatase inhibitor, which is for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive her2- metastatic breast cancer as the first hormonal based therapy. ibrance plus letrozole was significantly more effective at delaying disease progression versus letrozole.
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canceling their home opener, but out on the field anyway. the snow and cold moving into the northeast tomorrow. wind chills in the 30s from d.c. up through boston and snow. rob telling us warmer weather in many places late in the week, 70s in new york, 80 in d.c. we'll believe it when we see it. and it's a girl. senator tammy duckworth giving birth to her second daughter, becoming the first u.s. senator to give birth while in office. they named the baby maile pearl bowlsbey. congrats. when we come back on a monday night, the marathon runner, her boyfriend, and going the extra mile to keep a promise to one another. you have to see this. it's america strong.
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finally tonight here, america strong. the boston marathon runner keeping a promise to her boyfriend and to herself. one mile at a time. kaitlyn kiely and matt wetherbee met seven years ago. but one night, their lives would change forever. while playing basketball, matt fell head-first into a wall. it would cause a catastrophic spinal cord injury. he was paralyzed from the shoulders down. the couple was determined to adapt to a new life together. a one-floor apartment. the physical therapy. >> what's up, matt? you ready to work today? >> reporter: five days a week. and along the way, kaitlyn deciding to test both of them. she would run the length of the boston marathon while pushing matt in a wheelchair. their sponsor, hotshot, a muscle cramp treatment. they made their way to the starting line today. >> scary. i've never pushed him before this long. so, i'm excited. >> we're showing everybody that nothing can, you know, stop us.
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>> reporter: friends and family cheering. boston pd clearing the way. crossing the finish line together. and afterward -- >> hi, david. >> reporter: kaitlyn and matt checking in with us. >> we just finished the marathon. >> woo. just crossed the finish line. five hours and 28 minutes. >> reporter: and how do they feel? >> i feel pretty good, i mean, i was just sitting the whole time. not too bad. >> it feels awesome. >> reporter: the couple today saying the race, like life, is a marathon, not a sprint. isn't that true. kaitlyn and matt, they're something. i'm david muir. great to be back. i hope to see you tomorrow. good night. six months of past since the north bay wildfires.
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tonight hearing stories of both frustrations and resilience. police officers may need to make a different experience than they have. should mark zuckerberg stay ceo of facebook. get out your phone melted wine bottles symbolize the damage done by the wildfires. >> good evening, i am dan ashley. >> and i am dion lim in for ama daetz. >> the north bay wildfire killed 44 people. destroyed 8900 buildings.
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>> today is the deadline for property owners to clear away debris. >> the county says getting rid of debris is essentil because a lot of it is hazardous. property owners may meet penalties from both the cities and the counties. >> let's begin with laura anthony live in napa. >> reporter: the physical scars from those napa fires are still certainly here. we are just on the edge of the silverado resort. the recovery process is well underway. but difficult memories still fresh. >> everything was, you know, dark and smokey. you couldn't see anything really. >> reporter: it has been six months but a night