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answering your questions. have a great day. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the dangerous and deadly heat wave spreading from coast to coast. a verdict in the steve bannon trial. but first, new developments on president biden's bat really covid. the president making an appearance today at a virtual meeting with economic advisers. his voice deeper, with a slight cough. the president saying he feels fine one day after testing positive. president biden's personal physician saying biden had an elevated temperature, runny nose, fatigue, but overall is improving. and taking the anti-viral p paxlovid. the vice president and first lady testing negative. dr. anthony fauci. what he has to say about the president's condition and his own recovery from the virus.
also tonight, one of former president trump's long time allies steve bannon found guilty on two counts of contempt of congress for refusing to comply with the subpoena from the january 6th committee. pierre thomas with late reporting. the bannon verdict coming less than 24 hour after that dramatic public hearing. the january 6th committee sharing testimony from former top trump officials showing how the former president failed to act. the dramatic secret service recordings from agents protecting then vice president mike pence. the testimony that some feared for their lives, calling to say good-bye to their families. and the outtakes of the former president refusing to say the election was over 24 hours after the mob stormed the capitol. jonathan karl standing by. the dangerous and deadly heat wave sweeping from coast to coast. 94 million americans in 28 states under heat alerts. rob marciano timing it all out. new video just coming in. the moment a small plane crashed into the water off a crowded
beach in southern california. the tragic sudden death of a former notre dame football star. paul duncan. what we're learning tonight. new word the pentagon is considering sending war planes to ukraine. the idea in the preliminary stage as the fighting rages on. and "america strong" tonight. the thousands of beagles rescued and now looking for a home. gd . i'mt johnson in for david. several developing stories as we come on tonight. the dangerous heat wave coast to coast as we head into the weekend. the dramatic new testimony from the january 6th committee. but we begin with president biden and news on his health since his covid diagnosis. his physician reporting the president's symptoms improved. a message press secretary, the
he's still putting in eight plus hours of work a day. to prove his point, president biden making an appearance at a virtual meeting with advisers on lowering gas prices. speaking in a raspy voice, he says he feels better than he sounds, earlier tweeting this photo, saying the president is continuing to work, including speaking by phone with his national security team. the white house saying they have identified 17 people as close contacts now, including first lady dr. jill biden and vice president kamala harris, and so far, none of them has tested positive. abc's senior white house correspondent mary bruce leads us off at the white house. >> reporter: in his first event since testing positive, president biden with a thumbs up, eager to reassure americans he's feeling fine. >> let me start by apologizing my voice. i'm feeling much better than i sound. >> reporter: his voice noticeably deeper. the president at one point reaching for a cough drop. but in a letter biden's doctor says his symptoms have improved.
he is tolerating treatment well and will continue taking the antiviral drug paxlovid. biden still has a runny nose, fatiguem and the occasional loose cough. his oxygen levels are normal. the president did have an elevated temperature last night, 99.4 degrees, which isn't considered a fever. he was given tylenol, and his temperature has been normal since then. >> as you all saw just a few minutes ago, the president is doing better. h slept well last night. he ate his breakfast and lunch. [ laughter ] i -- fully. [ laughter ] he actually showed me his plate. [ laughter ] >> reporter: the white house today say it identified 17 people determined to be close contacts of the president, including members of his senior staff, but so far none of them have tested positive. at 79 years old the president is at a greater risk for more severe illness from covid. covid response coordinator dr. ashish jha crediting his mild symptoms to the fact that
biden is fully vaccinated and double boosted. the white house reminding americans they have the same tools. >> we are now at a point, i believe, where we can prevent nearly every covid death in america. that is a remarkable fact. >> mary bruce with that update on the president's condition today. but mary, i want to get to something you asked in the briefing earlier and what we're learning about americans under 50 could be eligible for the second booster like the president. >> i pressed the white house on when all americans would be eligible for the second booster, and dr. jha told me it depends on the fda. they are reviewing this, but we're learning the administration may hold off until the fall when new vaccines that might hold more protection against these variants are expected to become available. whit? >> mary, thank you. joining us now, dr. anthony fauci, chief medical adviser to the president. thanks so much for speaking with us tonight. first on president biden and his covid diagnosis, we learned toot
that he did have an elevated temperature for a period of time, a loose cough and runny nose. is there anything about his condition that gives you reason for concern? >> well, right now, no. as a matter of fact, he's better today than he was yesterday. it's entirely understandable and predictable that when you have infection, even a mild infection, you're going to have a runny nose, a bit of a cough. the fact that he has a low grade temperature, which responded very well to tylenol, brought the temperature right down, he was involved in activities today virtually, so as a matter of fact, given the fact that he's vaccinated, doubly boosted, on a very good anti-viral, we fully expect he'll do well. and as a matter of fact, the first 24 hours is indicating that he is actually feeling somewhat better. >> so you're seeing those signs of improvement there. we also heard the white house
stressing repeatedly the benefits of paxlovid, the anti-viral president biden is taking. you took that treatment yourself when you had covid recently but had a so-called rebound case. could you describe your own personal experience? and what would you tell others considering the drug? >> well, first of all, the drug is given in order to prevent you from progressing to severe disease that might lead to hospitalization and tragically, in some cases, death. so if a person is eligible for paxlovid and would benefit, it is strongly recommended. you get a rebound in some cases, a relatively small proportion of cases, in which an individual might be negative for a few days in a row following the five-day course of paxlovid and then get
a case that may or may not be associated with mild symptoms. that's exactly what happened to me. however, that is not a reason not to give paxlovid, because paxlovid succeed in the helping me get through the course really rather unscathed. >> thank you for your time this evening. we're glad to see you're doing better. we move on to steve bannon, president trump's one-time chief strategist found guilty today of contempt of congress for refusing to cooperate with the january 6th committee investigating the capitol riot. but bannon remaining defiant, his attorneys say they'll win on appeal. for months, bannon refused to cooperate, claiming executive pri. though he left the white house back in 2017. bannon now facing time in jail. and here's abc's chief justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, steve bannon's open defiance of a congressional subpoena has end in the a guilty verdict and likely jail time.
after just three hour of deliberation, a jury in washington finding bannon guilty on two counts of contempt of congress for failing to produce a single document and refusing to sit down for a deposition in the january 6th committee's investigation. >> we may have lost a battle here today, but we're not going to lose this war. >> reporter: on the day before the riot, bannon, a podcaster and former adviser to president trump told his listeners all hell is going to break loose. >> it's not going to happen like you think it's going to happen, okay? it's going to be quite extraordinarily different, and all i can say is, strap in. >> reporter: he refused to cooperate with the january 6th committee, claiming executive privilege. but the judge appointed by president trump did not buy it. after all, it had been three and a half years since bannon had worked in the white house. prosecutors were blunt, arguing bannon chose allegiance to donald trump over compliance with the law. bannon's team called no witnesses, and he did not take the stand himself.
but he was up on the big screen at last night's primetime hearing. the committee playing audio of bannon from before the election even happened, saying donald trump planned to declare victory, whether he won or not. >> and what trump's going to do is just declare victory. he's going to declare victory. that doesn't mean he's a winner. he's just going to say he's a winner. >> reporter: bannon's attorney says he'll appeal his conviction. he becomes the first person in trump's inner circumstance toll become convicted of a crime. this is the first successful contempt of congress prosecution since watergate. >> thank you. now to the dramatic testimony of the january 6th committee. during the primetime hearing lawmakers insisting as the capitol riot played out, former president trump did not fail to act, he chose not to act. and chilling new insight into the threat to former vice president mike pence. frantic radio transmission from his secret service detail, and the testimony that some even called to say good-bye to family
members. and never before seen outtakes from the day after the riot. the president unwilling to say the election is over. and tonight, former president trump and his former vice president facing off, campaigning for competing candidates in arizona. here's abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: mke pence warmly welcomed today by a republican crowd in arizona, a day after the january 6th committee showed new evidence of how donald trump's actions put his life in danger. >> the secret service held vice president pence -- >> reporter: the committee played for the first time radio dispatches from the secret service agents charged with protecting pence as the capitol came under attack. you could hear the fear in their voices. >> if we lose any more time, we may have -- we may lose the ability to leave, so if we're going to leave, we need to do it now. >> they've gained access to the second floor, and i've got public about five feet from me
down here below. >> reporter: an unidentified white house security official claimed the agents feared they could be killed by the mob. >> the members of the vp detail were starting to fear for their own lives. there was a lot of yelling, a lot of, um -- a lot of very personal calls over the radio. so -- it was disturbing. i don't like talking about it. but there were calls to say good-bye to family members. >> reporter: the committee showed this picture of donald trump in the oval office just minutes after he finished his speech before the attack. several trump aides described how trump then watched the violence unfold on television, doing nothing to stop it. >> are you aware of any phone call by the united states to the secretary of homeland security that day? >> i'm not aware of that, no. >> reporter: after more than three hours he finally agreed to tape a message calling on his
supporters to go home, but still not condemning the attack. >>so go home. we love you. you're very special. >> reporter: and when trump spoke, the mob listened. >> i'm here delivering the president's message. donald trump has asked everybody to go home. >> that's our order. >> he says go home. he says go home. >> reporter: 24 hours later, trump still absolutely refused to acknowledge that biden had won the election. >> this election is now over. congress has certified the results. i don't want to say the election's over. i just want to say congress has certified the results without saying the election's over, okay? >> reporter: congresswoman liz cheney warned the american people that trump must never be given a chance to do this again. >> and every american must consider this -- can a president who is willing to make the choices donald trump made during the violence of january 6th ever
be trusted with any position of authority in our great nation again? >> jon karl joining us from washington mow. we heard congresswoman liz cheney challenging her fellow republicans to stand up to donald trump. what are those republicans saying today? >> reporter: well, republican leader have been largely silent on this, whit. in fact, republican house leader kevin mccarthy, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell, we both reached out today to ask for their reactions to the hearings. neither of them put out any statement. neither of them responded to our questions. whit? >> jon, we know you'll stay on top of it. thank you. now to the dangerous heat extending through the weekend. 94 million americans on alert from coast to coast. the heat intensifying in the northeast. daily record highs possible sunday for philly, new york, and boston. a heat emergency in effect in several cities, including washington, d.c. let's get right to abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano, and
rob, when could we get some relief from all this? >> substantial relief, whit's, not going to come until next week. a couple of pop-up thunderstorms for people who are lucky, and tomorrow will be drier. but still sizzling up and down the east coast. temperatures will feel like 90s to 100 degrees. heat warning across the southwest. 112 tomorrow in vegas. those warnings have been up all week long. sunday, that's when the humidity increases along the i-95. 100 is what it will feel like in new york city. monday, temperatures will be in the 90s. seventh consecutive day of 90-degree temperatures until a cool front arrives. until then, a smoking hot weekend for millions. >> still have the wait. rob, thank you. now to the dangerous moment for the republican candidate for governor of new york. congressman lee zeldin speaking to a small group when a man climbed up on stage and attacked him.
zeldin wasn't hurt. investigators tell abc news the suspect is a 43-year-old army vet who receives treatment for alcohol abuse and anxiety. he was released less than 24 hours after the attack. it's being called a beacon of hope in the war for ukraine. russia agreeing to allow ton of ukrainian grain to ship out. and for the first time, the pentagon exploring the possibility of sending fighter jets to ukraine. ian pannell joins us now from ukraine. ian, good evening. reporter: whit, this is a major breakthrough deal in the midst of a global hunger crisis. lifting the russian blockade of more than 20 million tons of grain that's stuck in ukrainian black sea ports. russia and ukraine signing, though not with each other. aid agencies say millions are now facing starvation. the u.n. calls this a beacon of hope, but it's going to take two weeks to implement, and some aid agencies are warning that it isn't going to stop the slide to famine in some parts of the world. tonight, the white house also confirming the pentagon is
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moving forward findingilding a a solutions. this is abc 7 news. terrifying day at a southern california beach a small plain crash lands in the water right in front of dozens of sunbathers and in the east bay a family-owned business terrorized by an angry customer, and it's not the only problem there. good afternoon. i'm amade and i'm dan ashley. thanks for joining us. we'll get to that in a moment, but for the second time in his many months the world health organization is meeting to determine if the ongoing global outbreak of monkeypox infections warrants a public health emergency. this comes as the cdc ann. today the first two confirmed cases in children one is a toddler in california monkeypox spreads through close skin to skin contact which in the case of children could include holding cuddling feeding as well as through shared items, california has the second most cases in the us behind new york most of the california cases are in the bay area. new data shows the latinx community in san francisco is being disproportionately
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