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>> there's no chance she'd forget. >> i'm kristen zee. tonight, the bombshell development. the president's long-time fixer and personal attorney surrounded by cameras today, after pleading guilty to lying to congress and revealing he has now entered a plea deal with special counsel robert mueller. what michael cohen has already told mueller. the president furious, calling him weak today. and why the president has now abruptly canceled his weekend meeting with vladimir putin. also breaking tonight, scenes of chaos on american highways. big rigs and cars crashing. the accidents mounting tonight, as a sweeping system moves from the west across the country and into the northeast. rob has the new track. the family killed in a massive fire weeks before christmas, and tonight, what authorities have now revealed. who's been charged? the breaking developments in the national case, the husband who killed his wife and two young daughters, putting them in
oi the travel nightmare. the couple discovered inside an airbnb, dying from carbon monoxide. the shark attack. the family in the water with nurse sharks, often told they're docile, when one of those sharks attacks their boy. and pay less or pay more? the shoe chain that changed the venue, gave it a brand new name and raised prices. a $35 pair of shoes could sell for more than $600. who's paid these prices already, and where? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we have a lot to get to. but we begin with what could be a seismic development involving the president and special counsel robert mueller. the president's long-time fixer and personal attorney surrounded by cameras today, after pleading guilty to lying to congress in federal court, about a proposed trump tower in moscow that was being discussed during the
campaign for president. the president immediately lashing out, calling cohen, quote, weak and a liar. the president saying he had every right to pursue his business interests during the campaign. tonight, what has michael cohen told robert mueller already, after spending more than 70 hours answering questions from mueller's team. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off tonight. >> reporter: michael cohen, the president's former personal attorney and fixer, swarmed today outside of federal court in lower manhattan, after pleading guilty as part of his bombshell plea deal with special counsel robert mueller. >> mr. cohen has cooperated, mr. cohen will continue to cooperate. >> reporter: sources tell abc news cohen has already spent more than 70 hours talking to mueller's investigators about the 2016 campaign and president trump's business ties to russia. today, he pleaded guilty to lying to congress about plans to build a trump tower in moscow.
cohen had told lawmakers the moscow project was abandoned in january 2016. he now says that's not true, that the project did not end until june, deep into the campaign. but cohen now says he briefed the president and members of his family on multiple occasions. the next month, candidate trump said this -- >> i have no relationship to russia. >> reporter: cohen now admits he also discussed trump tower moscow in 2016 with top officials in the russian government, and he planned to visit moscow that june. according to court documents, he even spoke to a trump business associate about the possibility of trump himself traveling to russia "once he becomes the nominee after the convention." that didn't happen. cohen once said he would take a bullet for donald trump. >> i'm obviously very loyal and very dedicated to mr. trump. >> reporter: today in court, cohen said he lied to congress "to be consistent with individual one's political message and out of loyalty to individual one." individual one is president trump.
the president once praised cohen to the skies, saying he's always respected him. >> but i always liked michael, and he's a good person. >> reporter: but this was the furious president today. >> he's a weak person and not a very smart person. what he's trying to do is end -- and it's very simple. he's got himself a big prison sentence, and he's trying to get a much lesser prison sentence by making up a story. very simply, michael cohen is lying. >> pierre thomas with us tonight live in washington. and pierre, you reported there michael cohen has spent more than 70 hours already with robert mueller's investigators, obviously, that's a lot of time than just plans for trump tower moscow. do we know anything more, pierre? >> reporter: that's right, david. those 70-plus hours of interviews with investigators covered a wide range of topics, including questions about possible obstruction of justice and whether the president discussed pardons. david? >> pierre thomas leading us off tonight from washington. pierre, thank you. the president, as you saw
there, was furious today, and made the point that he had every right to continue working on his business during the campaign, saying that if he had lost, he would have gone right back to work. but tonight, after saying this was also a good time for a planned meeting with vladimir putin this weekend, that meeting, an hour later, was abruptly cancelled. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl is in argentina tonight. >> reporter: after calling michael cohen a liar, a defiant president trump today did not deny that he was working on a moscow trump tower deal during the campaign. >> when i run for president, that doesn't mean i'm not allowed to do business. i was doing a lot of different things when i was running. after i won, obviously, i don't do business. >> reporter: he says he ditched the moscow project in early 2016, well before he clinched the republican nomination, but he said he didn't have to. >> there would be nothing wrong if i did do it. i was running my business while i was campaigning. there was a good chance that i wouldn't have won, in which case
i would have gotten back into the business and why should i lose lots of opportunities? >> reporter: business deals aside, donald trump has lavished praise on vladimir putin. he's done it as president, and he did it repeatedly during the campaign.inhe i n tell youha unlike what we have, we have a pathetic leader. >> reporter: and today, just minutes before departing for argentina for a big summit with the leaders of the world's top 20 economies, he confirmed plans to have a one-on-one meeting with putin, who is also attending the summit. >> i think it's a very good time to have the meeting. >> reporter: but less than an hour later, president trump canceled his putin meeting with a tweet while he was aboard air force one, citing russia's seizure of three ukrainian ships earlier this week. >> and jonathan karl with us live tonight. and jon, we know president trump was also asked about trump tower moscow, the project. he was asked by the special counsel, too, in the written answers and questions. a key question tonight, though, is whether anything in the president's written responses
might fight what we learned cohen has now said. >> reporter: that is a key question, david. the president's legal team today said that the president's written answers were largely consistent with what cohen said about that moscow trump tower project, but that would seem to suggest that the president's written answers are contradictory to what he has said publicly over and over again over the past two years, that he simply had no business dealings whatsoever with moscow. david? >> jon karl is in argentina for the summit. and jon, we'll see you tomorrow night right here. in the meantime tonight, we are also watching a major storm system already creating chaos tonight, sweeping from the west, then to the midwest and all the way to the northeast. dangerous driving and accidents across southern california already. semitrucks jackknifing and sliding off the highways. a chaotic scene. traffic at a standstill in the rain. as i mentioned, that severe weather headed to the northeast eventually. and we have the new track tonight. abc's will carr in california. >> reporter: tonight, a bone dry region thirsty for rain, getting
too much too quickly. the weather creating havoc on california highways. a big rig slamming into two cars before sliding off the side of the freeway and down an embankment. four firefighters hurt in a crash after a driver spun out on a slick road and smashed into their truck. overnight, tractor trailers jackknifed and crushed. this car flipped over. the driver rushed to the hospital. traffic snarled for miles. and watch first responders make a daring swift water rescue on the l.a. river. tonight, mudslides also rushing across areas recently ravaged by wildfires. >> just a lot of mud coming down at a very rapid rate of speed now here in rice canyon. >> reporter: evacuations now underway in butte county. this man riding his horses to safety, not far from the city of paradise, the community wiped off the map from the camp fire. >> so, let's get to will carr, he joins us from agoura hills, california. will, i know that there's still a risk of mudslides made even worse because of the fires that simply cleaned away the landscape. >> reporter: david, with more
rain on the way, all eyes are on the burn scars, because there are no trees to stop all of that rock and mud from rushing down and slamming into homes that are still standing and communities like this that have already been devastated. david? >> they certainly don't deserve this. all right, will, thank you. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano, he's tracking this system as it moves from the west all the way across the country. rob? >> reporter: that's right, david. it's a potent pacific system, going to impact the entire u.s. but california clearly getting the worst of it right now, and there's another storm behind it, so, an active pattern. tonire in the plains. and now, after that, it will be a severe weather component. dallas to little rock to new orleans. big-time hail, big wind, maybe some tornadoes pushing across the gulf coast. on saturday, heavy snow in nebraska, and that rain shield, heavy rain moving into the northeast by saturday night. david? >> a very messy week ahead. all right, rob, our thanks to you. as you all know at home, we spent days anchoring this broadcast from california during
the fires, both in the north and the south. and tonight, a piece of video just now emerging that left us speechless. a sheriff's deputy racing to rescue people trapped by the devastating camp fire in paradise, california. and it gives a real sense of how quickly the flames moved in, surrounding homes and people who were trying to get out. you are watching what butte county sheriff's deputy aaron parmley thought could be the last moments of his life. he was responding in paradise, california, the town destroyed. but tonight, these images just now emerging. the camp fire had just broken out and four nurses from feather river hospital were trapped. there is fire all around him. >> oh. >> reporter: you can hear a woman yelling for help in the distance. >> help! >> reporter: and you can see what it was like. the unthinkable scene, as thick smoke and flames close in on homes. so many of them with people still inside. you can hear his breathing. deputy parmley racing toward the flames. the burning embers blowing across the street. he radios in. >> county 13, it's bad.
>> reporter: they try to find a way out. one nurse asking the deputy, is anyone coming? >> are they coming for us? >> come on. >> watch out, watch out. >> reporter: you can see the nurses wearing their surgical masks. suddenly, they spot a bulldozer coming toward them. officer parmley uses his flashlight to try to flag it down. the bulldozer stops, half of them get in, the others follow right behind. >> can we get in? >> yeah, come on. >> reporter: they had discovered a way out. deputy parmley making sure everyone was safe before climbing in himself, shutting the door, driving out. they all survived. one deputy who saved those nurses. so many first responders risking their lives to save others. but we do move on here tonight, and there are new charges in the gruesome deaths fily in new jersey, just weeks before christmas. their home destroyed by fire. we reported on it here. the husband, wife and their two
children who lived there were all discovered dead. tonight, the husband's brother is now charged with the brutal murders and with arson. abc's linsey davis with what prosecutors say motivated such a deadly family feud. >> reporter: it was all about money. that's the reason tonight prosecutors say paul caneiro allegedly killed his younger brother, his sister-in-law and his young niece and nephew before setting their home, and later his own, on fire. >> it is our theory and belief that that fire was effectively a ruse, designed to make it appear as if the overall caneiro family was somehow targeted. >> reporter: around 4:00 a.m. on november 20th, prosecutors claim the 51-year-old first went to his brother and business partner's new jersey home and fatally shot him. they say he then shot and stabbed his brother's 45-year-old wife jennifer and stabbed his own 11-year-old nephew and 8-year-old niece multiple times, killing them all, then starting a fire in their basement. around 5:00 a.m., the d.a. says paul caneiro started a fire at
his own home with his wife and daughters inside. they were all able to escape unharmed. initially charged in that arson, caneiro now faces four counts of murder. police saw they're now launching an investigation into the finances of both problbrothers. paul caneiro plans to plead not guilty to all charges, including the horrific crimes that took place in the house right behind me. david? >> all right, linsey davis tonight. linsey, thank you. next tonight, to the video never seen before. the chilling confession of that colorado father who pleaded for the return of his pregnant wife and his young daughters, even though authorities say he had already killed them. chris watts is heard at first telling investigators that it was his wife who killed their daughters. investigators say lying as he said he killed her then out of rage. abc's clayton sandell tonight with the video. >> reporter: this is the moment chris watts finally admits to murder. >> i just felt such anger, that nothing -- i didn't feel anything. >> okay. all right. >> but if she did nothing, nothing bugged me. >> reporter: telling his dad in
august he strangled his wife shanann in a rage, because he claims she murdered their two young daughters as their marriage was imploding. >> i could see like, she was on top of cece. >> what, choking her? or -- did she kill them? >> they were -- they were blue. >> both of them? >> yeah. >> she choked both of them to death? >> i freaked out and did the same thing to [ bleep ] her. >> reporter: but investigators say that claim was a lie. that he killed shanann and his daughters celeste, 3, and bella, 4. >> hi, are you chris? >> chris, yes. >> reporter: video and audio evidence released today shows watts letting police into their colorado home when his family was first reported missing. >> chris, did she drive her car from the airport? >> no, nicki dropped her off. >> reporter: officers with dogs searching every room for clues. but investigators say watts knew
they were already dead, having just returned from dumping their bodies at this remote oil field. >> why take their bodies out of the house and bury them? >> i was scared. i didn't know what else to do. >> reporter: watts also admitted to having an affair with a coworker, nicole kessinger, keeping photos of her hidden in a secret app on his phone. watts pleaded guilty to all three murders and last week he was sentenced. he'll spend the rest of his life in prison. david? >> clayton sandell with us tonight. clayton, thank you. we're going to turn next to the american cupping found dead in mexico, they had checked into their airbnb rental, where the la landlord then found them days later, victims of that silent killer, carbon monoxide. and tonight, their family is now struggling to bring their bodies home. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, the family of ed winders and barbara moller struggling for answers and with mexican officials to return the couple's bodies after the two were found dead. both killed inside their airbnb by carbon monoxide poisoning while vacationing in san miguel de allende.
>> it's hard to make sense of something that doesn't necessarily -- you know, we all pass at some point in time, but it just seems wrong. >> reporter: the landlord, after not hearing anything from the couple, finding them nearly two weeks ago. mexican authorities now investigating if a heater was the source of the carbon monoxide. the listing removed. airbnb saying in a statement, "we are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with ed and barbara's families." tonight, that family eager to bring the two back home. >> my dad was my best friend, my sister's best friend. he's just a larger than life figure. >> reporter: the family now urging anyone traveling this holiday season to a vacation home to ask about carbon monoxide detectors, and if they don't have one, you can bring one like this just in case. david? >> an important tip. victor oquendo, thank you. and there has been an arrest in the shooting in an alabama mall, that was the case in which police killed a man they mistakenly believed to be the gunman. aaron brown has been arrested at
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victims as rain hits the burn scar. here in the bay area, quieted down. the damage caused by the latest storm, and when the rain returns. evacuation at san francisco's hall of justice, the scare that led to a lockdown and canceled court proceedings for the afternoon. >> live, where you live, this is "abc7 news." first, fire, now flood. evacuation orders and warnings are in place in beaut county tonight as the storm is bringing a new set of problems for the victims of the camp fire. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze. right now, a flash flood warning for paradise and surrounding communities. >> carlos? >> reporter: as you know, this community has been through so much the past few weeks. some residents who were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes, but now, they have to deal with flooding, and even more evacuations. overflowing water has blocked
off roadways, while heavy debris flows have knocked down fences and caused evacuations in the burn scar areas near chico. safety officials trying to rescue as many people as possible. >> we have done some rescues. we have gotten people out of their houses. we did have a vehicle stuck in get out by any means, including horseback. this man rode out with his horses after not being able to drive out his truck. deputies have been going door to door on honey run road, urging residents to leave. some choosing not to. >> if we do, we're going to lose it. if we don't, we can fight it. which is what we've been doing. we're channeling water away from the house. >> reporter: first responders say if you're asked to evacuate, leave immediately. >> our worst
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