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news in america this morning. right now on "america this morning," trump under pressure. the president facing new calls to resign amid claims that he incited the deadly riot on capitol hill. another member of his cabinet stepping down. but this morning, a new message from the president calling for healing and reconciliation. will it be enough to squash talk of impeachment? what we're learning. also breaking overnight, a fifth person dies after wednesday's violence. this time a police officer. new details about the growing manhunt for the rioters who stormed the capitol and the concern about sensitive documents that may have been stolen. vaccine victory. what pfizer and moderna are now revealing about the coronavirus vaccines just as more states confirm cases of that new
mutation of the virus. behind bars, police arrest the woman seen in this viral video falsely accusing a black teen of stealing her phone. the new accusations against her. boeing pays up. the massive settlement after the two deadly plane crashes involving the max jet. and later, jumbo jackpot. the lottery fever on this friday morning. and good friday morning to you. i'm mona kosar abdi. >> i'm alex presha. kenneth is off. we have several breaking headlines stemming from the violence in washington this week. >> we learned overnight that a capitol police officer has died from the injuries he suffered during wednesday's chaos. his family saying, quote, after a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero. more on the officer's death in a moment. in the meantime, president trump has released a new video in which he admits losing the election, but this morning he's
under growing pressure to resign, and now another member of his cabinet has resigned in the wake of the capitol hill riots. this morning, president trump's attempt to overturn the election appears to be over. >> serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime. >> reporter: in a video posted online last night, trump acknowledged his defeat for the first time. >> my campaign pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. my only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. a new administration will be inaugurated on january 20th. my focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. >> i come before you -- >> reporter: in his message 30 hours after a mob of his supporters stormed the capitol, the president condemned the deadly riot but also defended his response. >> to those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. and to those who broke the law, you will pay.
i immediately deployed the national guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. >> reporter: but sources tell abc news the president initially rebuffed efforts to call in the national guard until white house officials intervened. the president didn't name the group behind the attack and did not acknowledge criticism that he fueled the riot. and this morning "the new york times" reports that trump initially resisted taping the video but then agreed after the u.s. attorney in washington said that prosecutors looking into wednesday's riot are looking at all actors including whether there was some sort of, quote, command and control. critics claim the president incited violence with this statement wednesday. >> we're going to walk down to the capitol because you'll never take back our country with weakness. you have to show strength, and you have to be strong. >> reporter: at the same rally the president's lawyer, rudy giuliani, called for trial by combat.
in the meantime, growing backlash from within the president's cabinet. overnight education secretary betsy devos resigning calling the capitol siege an inflection point. transportation secretary, elaine chao, senate majority mitch mcconnell's wife also resigning and former attorney general bill barr calling trump's conduct a betrayal of his office and supporters. now, there is a growing call to force trump out of office before his term ends in 12 days. >> removing donald trump as president is urgent. he has stopped the responsibilities of president. for the last two months since the election he hasn't been dealing with the pandemic. he's been tweeting and golfing and spinning up conspiracy theories. >> reporter: former chief of staff john kelly also supporting trump's removal, and the editorial board at the "wall street journal" calling on trump to resign saying what he did was impeachable writing, when some in the crowd turned violent and occupied the capitol, the president caviled and declined for far too long to call them off.
when he did speak, he hedged his plea with election complaint. as for the president, he hasn't been seen in public since the day of the riot. he spent thursday at the white house awarding the medal of freedom to three golfers. meanwhile, sources say the president has discussed with his advisers the possibility of granting himself a pardon before he leaves office. more on that later this half hour. the president posted his new video on twitter last night, but he remains banned from facebook at least until his term ends. ceo mark zuckerberg says the president creates too much risk. now to the investigation into wednesday's violence in washington. the fbi overnight releasing more pictures of suspects just hours after the capitol police chief resigned amid outrage over how that mob was able to storm the capitol and police are investigating the death of a capitol police officer as a homicide. abc's faith abubey is here with the very latest. faith, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, mona. the capitol hill police officer who died is 42-year-old brian sicknick.
law enforcement officials telling "the new york times" he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. and now he is the fifth death connected to the violent attack on the u.s. capitol, that attack now the subject of a massive and growing investigation. breaking overnight, police launching a manhunt for the person who planted pipe bombs around the capitol wednesday. investigators offering a $50,000 reward for any information and releasing this image of the suspect. that person, one of dozens of suspects wanted for their role in wednesday's chaos. the mob taking over the capitol erecting effigies and hanging nooses. some rioters armed with pepper spray. others using stolen police shields to block the cascade of mace and bashing windows with makeshift battering rams. once inside rioters ransacking the building destroying offices, stealing furniture, even taking official letters from speaker nancy pelosi's desk. >> i put a quarter on her desk
even though she ain't worth it. >> everybody down. everybody down. >> reporter: inside the house chamber a surreal scene. >> shots are being fired inside the capitol. >> you could hear from the windows the yelling and the shouting and the protesters. >> i was thinking in my mind if there was a broach of security and somebody came in with a semiautomatic, what do we do. >> reporter: lawmakers jumping in to help police barricade doors. >> they were kicking on that door. i mean, they wanted in. the scary point in time is when they started breaking the glass on the door. >> reporter: and now we're learning just how dangerous the situation was. >> help. >> reporter: five firearms were recovered including a military style assault rifle. two powerful and functioning pipe bombs, as well as 11 molotov cocktails authorities say were, quote, ready to go. the capitol building now surrounded by seven-foot high fences and thousands of additional national guard troops
are headed to washington. but new questions are swirling after images emerged of officers seemingly opening up barriers for the mob. this one even stopped to take a selfie with one of the people in the crowd while another person was allowed to walk away despite breaking into the senate chamber. >> we can't allow terrorists to come in and invade the capitol of the united states. it's completely unacceptable. >> reporter: the chief of capitol police now resigning amid backlash over the failure to control the situation. >> there was no intelligence that suggested there would be a breach of the u.s. capitol. >> reporter: still some officers are denying they knew of any security threat despite intelligence documenting messages on social media pointing to potential acts of violence. >> we were told that was all in place and that this was -- there was no doubt that they were completely able to keep us secure in the capitol.
>> reporter: meanwhile, concerns about the risks to national security. prosecutors say the rioters stole a trove of items including potentially sensitive documents, and now officers are using social media to try to identify the suspects in that violent attack. more than 80 people now arrested. mona. >> faith abubey in washington, thank you. now to the pandemic. for the first time more than 4,000 americans have died in just one day from the coronavirus. the more contagious mutation of the virus has now spread to eight states but overnight some good news. pfizer says its vaccine appears to work against the mutation, and moderna says its vaccine can offer protection from the coronavirus for two years. los angeles, the epicenter of the covid crisis, reported 259 deaths from the virus wednesday. ambulances are waiting up to 17 hours for a bed to open at hospitals. the mayor is requesting more help from across the country. nearly 90 refrigerated trailers are being deployed across california to be used as
temporary morgues. doctors are warning americans about new challenges when it comes to slowing the spread of the virus. new data suggests 59% of covid cases are likely spread by those who are asymptomatic. earlier i spoke to dr. alok patel about why this was so important. >> and one of the biggest take homes is that those temperature checks and those symptom screening measures are not enough, and if the pandemic is really being pushed on by people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic, then you need every single protective measure in place. >> and dr. patel says until most of the population is vaccinated, people should assume any new contact is a potential exposure to the virus. and time for a look at the weather this friday. we're watching two storm systems in opposite corners of the country. the storm system in the southeast will bring heavy snow to the mountains of georgia, north carolina and virginia with rain along the coast, and the
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>> reporter: this morning new details about 35-year-old ashli babbitt, who was shot and killed by a capitol police officer. video captures the moment she fell to the ground during the chaos. >> he's got a gun. >> reporter: as others warned of the danger, medics then rushing her to the hospital, but she later died. a documentarian says he witnessed the shooting. >> she was going, like going strong, and the next thing i know, she was shot. i do remember yelling guns when i saw guns and trying to warn her from going in but like it was very slow motion because i was trying to in my mind trying to capture the scene. >> reporter: inside the house chamber -- >> they broke the glass. >> reporter: -- lawmakers were hiding including congressman markwayne mullin who is defending the officer's actions. >> he didn't have a choice at that time. the mob was going to come through the door. there was a lot of members and staff that were in danger at the time. >> reporter: babbitt was a 12-year air force veteran living in san diego with her husband. her family describes her as loving and says she was a
staunch supporter of the president. >> she's the only granddaughter. i'm sorry. >> reporter: her grandfather says babbitt attended every trump rally she could. >> a patriot, an avid donald trump fan, and she served time in the military and she's passionate about everything, particularly donald trump for some reason. >> reporter: the u.s. capitol police officer who shot babbitt is now on leave pending an investigation. mona, alex. >> our thanks to andrea. coming up, can president trump pardon himself? a top expert weighs in. also ahead, the woman seen on this viral video falsely accusing a black teenager of stealing her phone is taken into custody. what happened when police tried to arrest her. u're often tired during the day, you could be missing out on amazing things. sunosi can help you stay awake for them.
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