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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the white house bombshell. the stunning exchange today, the white house acknowledging a quid pro quo with ukraine. acting chief of staff mick mulvaney acknowledging to our jon karl u.s. military aid was withheld from ukraine in part to pressure them to investigate the democrats. mulvaney saying, "get over it. this kind of thing happens all the time." and just before we came on the air tonight, mulvaney this evening trying to walk back the comments. and late today, the other headline, the cabinet member now resigning. also breaking tonight, president trump celebrating what the u.s. is calling a cease-fire involving turkey. a week and a half after president trump talked with turkey's president, announcing he was pulling u.s. troops out and that turkey would be moving in, the president now calling
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this is "great day for civilization." and tonight, turkey is not calling this a cease-fire. the deadly nor'easter. a half million without power tonight. winds gusting up to 90 miles per hour. and the new system we're now watching. the massive teacher strike in chicago tonight. the white house revealing the g7 summit will be held at the president's own golf resort. the crash involving an oscar-winning actress. her suv struck at an intersection, flipping onto its side. we do have news on her condition. the offduty sheriff's investigator appearing to pull a gun on a teenager because of loud music. and tonight here, the tributes for congressman elijah cummings. the civil rights leader remembered for his tireless work for justice and equality. and what his wife has now revealed. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we have a lot to get to. and we begin with the eye-opening comments at the white house today. acting chief of staff mick mulvaney acknowledging a quid pro quo with ukraine.
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acknowledging u.s. military aid was withheld from ukraine in part to pressure them to investigate the democrats, saying, "get over it. this type of thing happens all the time." that's not what the president has been saying for weeks now, that there was no quid pro quo. and tonight, just before we came on the air, mulvaney releasing a statement, trying to walk back what he said today. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl asked the question that led to it all, and he leads us off. >> reporter: at the white house today, the president's acting chief of staff admitted something the white house has long denied, that the president cut off military aid to ukraine in part to pressure them to investigate democrats. >> did he also mention to me in the past the corruption related to the dnc server? absolutely, no question about that. >> reporter: i asked him to clarify. so, the demand for an investigation into the democrats was part of the reason that he ordered to withhold funding to ukraine. >> the -- the look back to what happened to 2016 -- >> reporter: investigation of democrats. >> -- certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about
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in corruption with that nation, and that is absolutely appropriate. >> reporter: withholding the funding? >> yeah. which ultimately then flowed. >> reporter: but to be clear, what you just described is a quid pro quo. it is, funding will not flow unless the investigation into the democratic server happens, as well. >> we do that all the time with foreign policy. and i have news for everybody. get over it. there's going to be political influence in foreign policy. >> reporter: it contradicts what the president has been saying for weeks. >> there was no quid pro quo. at all. >> reporter: and it seemed to blindside his allies on capitol hill. >> mick mull vail mulvaney said that aid to ukraine was frozen in part to pressure ukraine to investigate the democrats. do you still think there's nothing to see here? >> what did he say? >> he said -- he admitted that military aid to ukraine was frozen in part to pressure -- to put pressure on ukraine to investigate democrats. >> so mick mulvaney just said what you said? >> yes. >> okay, i don't know. i would like to know what that means.
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>> reporter: democrats have been investigating whether there was a quid pro quo. >> things have just gone from very, very bad to much, much worse. >> reporter: today, another key witness testified behind closed doors. gordon sondland is u.s. ambassador to the eu and a central figure in the president's ukraine policy. according to written testimony obtained by abc news, he told lawmakers president trump directed that matters related to ukraine go through his personal lawyer, rudy giuliani. sondland said he and his fellow u.s. diplomats were disappointed, but ultimately decided to do as president trump directed and talk to mr. giuliani. ambassador sondland said giuliani told him if the ukrainians wanted a meeting with the president, they would have to issue a statement promising to investigate the dnc and burisma, the company that paid hunter biden to serve on its board. "my understanding," sondland told the committee, "was that the president directed mr. giuliani's participation, that mr. giuliani was expressing the concerns of the president."
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in a previously released text message, the top u.s. official in ukraine raised concerns with sondland, writing, quote, "i think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign." sondland said when he got that text, he called the president. "i asked the president, what do you want from ukraine? the president responded, nothing. there is no quid pro quo. the president repeated, no quid pro quo multiple times. this was a very short call and i recall the president was in a bad mood." sondland then relayed that message back to the top u.s. diplomat in ukraine, texting, "i believe you are incorrect about president trump's intentions. the president has been crystal clear, no quid pro quos of any kind." >> let's get to jon karl at the white house tonight. and jon, acting chief of staff mick mulvaney acknowledging to you there that u.s. military aid was withheld from yu krein in part to pressure ukraine to investigate the democrats. it is made immediate headlines everywhere, as you're well aware. but just minutes ago tonight, in
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fact, right before we came on the air, mulvaney trying to walk that back now? >> reporter: mulvaney has put out a statement, david, that accuses, quote, the media, of misconstruing what he said. mulvaney is now saying there was absolutely no quid pro quo between ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election. but david, that is not what he said in that briefing. in fact, when i followed up and asked him directly if he was saying it was a quid pro quo, not only did he not deny it, he said, as you heard, we do that, we do that all the time with foreign policy. now, mulvaney's statement came out after a statement from the president's legal team was released, distancing itself from what he said. the legal team said, quote, the president's legal counsel was not involved in acting chief of staff mick mulvaney's press briefing. david? >> much more on this to come. jon, thank you. meantime, the resignation making news tonight. late today, president trump confirming that energy secretary rick perry will resign. the resignation by perry, who has been described by colleagues
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as one of the, quote, three amigos on u.s. policy in ukraine, comes amid questions about his role in the white house effort to pressure ukraine into launching an investigation into the president's political opponents. he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. the president says perry will leave at the end of the year. the other major story playing out today involves turkey, and tonight, president trump celebrating what the u.s. is calling a cease-fire, saying this is a "great day for civilization." it was a week and a half ago, president trump talked with turkey's president, then president trump suddenly announcing he was pulling u.s. troops out of a key part of syria. the white house issuing a statement at the time that turkey would be moving in. now, the president is taking credit for this cease-fire, and tonight, turkey is not even calling it a cease-fire. they're calling it a pause. democrats and some republicans are livid by this and the horrible sequence of events that played out after that phone call with turkey. one key republican calling for an investigation tonight. and mary bruce is on the hill. >> reporter: emerging from a five-hour meeting with the turkish president, vice
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president pence today declared they have a deal that will save lives. >> a week after turkish forces crossed into syria, turkey and the united states of america have agreed to a cease-fire in syria. at all.rter: b just a pause. the turkish foreign minister saying their forces are not withdrawing from syria. they're just giving kurdish fighters five days to get out. in exchange, if the fighting ends, the u.s. will lift sanctions imposed on turkey this week. president trump is declaring victory, even though he helped create this crisis when he abruptly withdrew u.s. forces from syria, giving turkey a green light to invade. >> great day for the kurds. it's really a great day for civilization. it's a great day for civilization. and we've gotten everything we reporr:ut on capito hill, even his republican allies aren't buying it. >> it does not appear to me, however, with all due respect,
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that this is really a cease-fire. it is more an ultimatum, because what it basically is saying, is under erdogan is saying, here's land that i intend to take. i intend to drive every kurd out of this area and i intend for turkey to control this area in northern syria as a security zone, as he calls it. >> reporter: senator mitt romney says trump is giving turkey everything they want. >> the announcement today is being portrayed as a victory. it is far from a victory. are we so weak and so inept diplomatically that turkey forced the hand of the united states of america? turkey? >> reporter: according to the kurds, since turkey invaded last week, 218 civilians have been killed, including 18 children. tens of thousands have been force to flee. romney is demanding senate hearings to investigate the president's decision-making. >> the cease-fire does not change the fact that america has abandoned an ally. what we have done to the kurds will stand as a bloodstain in
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the annals of american history. >> so, let's get to mary bruce, she's live up on the hill. and mary, just to keep track of this timeline tonight. when president trump had his phone call with turkey's president erdogan a week and a half ago, the white house then released a statement that sunday night after the call, acknowledges that turkey was moving ahead with its operation, saying, "moving forward with its operation into northern syria." but today in announcing the temporary cease-fire, vice president pence saying the u.s. never supported that operation? >> reporter: well, david, the white house never supported the operation, but they also didn't object to it when they first learned of it. and now here on the hill tonight, the president is being slammed on both sides of the aisle for claiming to have solved a problem they say he helped to create in the first place. david? >> mary bruce with us again tonight. mary, thank you. to the other news this thursday night, and the deadly nor'easter slamming the east from washington, d.c. to philadelphia, new york city, up through cape cod. the wind and rain slamming boats against the shore. this is scituate, massachusetts. gusts in nearby cape cod reaching 90 miles an hour. the wind fueling the flames on
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new york's fire island, destroying several homes there and leaving a trail of downed trees and power lines across the region. in fact, a half million without power tonight and it's not done. and now, another system elsewhere we're watching, as well. abc's whit johnson from hyannis. >> reporter: tonight, that powerful storm lashing new england. amid ferocious winds, rough seas and heavy rain. at boston's airport, gusts reaching 70 miles per hour, ripping the roof right off this delta hangar. on cape cod, trees crashing onto power lines, sending sparks flying. more than half a million customers losing power in the storm zone. and in duxbury, firefighters responding to dozens of calls. >> the damage we see is town-wide. i mean, you can't get from one side of town to the other, because the amount of trees and wires that have been taken down. >> reporter: those violent wind gusts taking down two trees re, car, shattering the glass. the other, crashing through the roof of this home. the woman inside was not hurt.
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those falling trees wreaking havoc across the region. >> big, loud bang, like -- like -- almost like a bomb went off. shook the whole house. >> reporter: in new haven, connecticut, firefighters battling 30-mile-per-hour wind gusts while bringing this two-alarm fire under control. david, the owner of this boat tells me that it was anchored about 1,000 feet offshore before those powerful winds ripped it from its moorings. the cleanup here just getting started as the storm moves out. david? >> just an incredible image there behind you whit, thank you for that. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano, tracking the nor'easter and another system we're watching tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. this is a powerful, record-breaking storm for he l abl got cou t off to the east. gulf of mexico, that disturbance, 600 miles from new orleans. forecast to become a tropical storm. so, warnings have been posted from louisiana to florida, forecast to make landfall as a
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tropical storm early saturday morning, somewhere along the florida panhandle, but impacts there will be felt by this time tomorrow. david? >> all right, rob marciano, thank you. now, to the other headline today drawing immediate scrutiny, the white house announcing today that the next g7 meeting with world leaders will be at the president's own golf resort. here's abc's senior national correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: it was a major announcement and a major promotion for the president's brand, straight from the white house podium. white house chief of staff mick mulvaney revealing that next year's g7 summit will be at the trump national doral, the president's resort near miami. meaning world leaders, their staff and security will all be paying the trump family when they check out. >> it's not the only place. it's the best place. >> reporter: mulvaney said staffers started with a list of a dozen or so potential summit sites, from hawaii to michigan to florida and that it was trump himself who proposed the doral. >> we sat around one night, we were back in the dining room and he goes, what about doral? that's not the craziest idea.
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it makes perfect sense. >> reporter: the doral is an 800-acre resort. it is reportedly struggling to be profitable. the president made a personal pitch at the last g7 summit in france in august. >> with doral, we have a series of magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows. we have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants. it's like -- it's like such a natural. >> reporter: mulvaney claims the doral summit will save taxpayers millions of dollars. >> he's not making any money off of this, just like he's not making any money from working here. >> reporter: but the decision has ethics watchdogs and democrats outraged. house judiciary chairman jerry nadler calling the move "among the most brazen examples yet of the president's corruption." mick mulvaney claimed the president isn't going to make any money, but the white house offering no explanation of that, saying dollar figures might be released afterwards. and he also noted, when asked if this is a branding opportunity for the president, donald trump's brand is probably strong enough. david? >> terry, thank you. next tonight, to chicago. and the teacher's strike in the
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nation's third-largest public school system. 300,000 students had school canceled today as 25,000 teachers protested. they are demanding smaller class sizes and more support staff. chicago's mayor tonight saying they don't have the money. negotiations are ongoing. and we move on tonight here and to the tributes for congressman elijah cummings. the civil rights leader remembered for his tireless work for justice and equality. and this evening here, what his wife is now saying about his final days. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: the son of sharecroppers, tonight, elijah cummings is being revered for his ascent to the height of power in washington, remembered fondly by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. he started as a defense attorney, reportedly once saying that he was inspired by the tv character perry mason. from there, he entered the world of politics. known for his booming voice, a tell it like it is tongue and a dogged pursuit of civil rights. his quest as a champion for all people evident even in his first speech on the house floor.
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>> our world would be a much better world and a much better place if we would only concentrate on the things we have in common. >> reporter: he often challenged the trump administration, as chairman of the powerful house oversight committee. >> come on, man. what's that about? >> reporter: and defended his hometown when the president called it rat and rodent-infested. >> come to baltimore. do not just criticize us. >> reporter: during the freddie gray riots, during some of baltimore's darkest hours, he grabbed a bullhorn and urged a better way. he leaves behind three children and a grieving wife. elijah cummings was 68. cummings had been suffering from health complications. today, his wife wrote he worked until his last breath and he believed our nation's diversity was our promise, not our problem. quite a legacy, david. >> worked until the end and universally praised today on both sides of the aisle. linsey, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the crash involving an oscar-winning actress.
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happened just before 5:00 in los angeles on wednesday, according to law enforcement. hunt was in the backseat. the 56-year-old actress won an oscar for her role in "as good as it gets." >> what good does that ever get anybody? >> reporter: and tonight, she's recovering at home after being released from the hospital. and david, while she was shaken, hunt's spokesperson says she suffered no major injuries and los angeles police say that crash is under investigation. david? >> all right, kayna, thank you. when we come back, news tonight after the murder at the home of the famous actor who played tarzan. what we've now learned about his son. and the famous quarterback and a very big day for his wife. big day for his wife. us. the way you triumph over adversity. and live your lives. that's why we redesigned humira. we wanted to make the experience better for you. now there's less pain immediately following injection. we've reduced the size of the needle and removed the citrate buffers.
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months of physical therapy. the triumphs and the setbacks, she revealed it all. and now home, kelly revealing something else to our partners at espn. >> i wanted people to know that it's okay to be scared. i was terrified. i was terrified to -- to not be here. i wrote everyone who was there letters that was in that waiting room. >> reporter: tonight marks six months to the day since that surgery. she is back with her children but aware of her new normal. >> you know, i yawn and one side kind of moves a little more than the other or when i cry i only cry out of this eye. >> reporter: her husband in awe. >> obviously learned -- not that i didn't know it already, but just how tough she is. >> going through this, we really learned how strong we were. nothing else matters. just family. >> kelly stafford. she's an inspiration. she's an inspiration. i'm david muir. lasting images from loma
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prieta. the ceremonies marking today's 30th anniversary of the devastating earthquake. >> the 15 seconds of shaking forever changed santa cruz, just nine miles from the epicenter. we take a look back at memories from the beach city. and are you ready for the next big one? which parts of the by area are most at risk of seeing major damage. >> now news to build a better bay area from abc7. [ bell ] >> 5:04 p.m., less than an hour ago local officials commemorated the moment the loma prieta earthquake struck 30 years ago today. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. the epicenter of the 6.9 magnitude quake was in the santa cruz mountains, as you may recall, just about nine miles northeast of santa cruz. 63 people died and the destruction was widespread. >> yeah, the number of fatalities could have been higher, but the giants and a's,
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