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we'll see you right back here at 6:00. .:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on. omarosa's secret recording in the situation room. president trump's outspoken former adviser releasing the audio from the moment she was fired, claiming she was threatened by chief of staff john kelly. the white house firing back. showdown in the streets. the far right group rallying just steps from the white house. counterprotesters with their own show of force, one year after the deadly violence in charlottesville. the flood emergency at this hour. city streets and cars under water. lightning bolts tearing across the sky. new details on the man who stole a plane, taking it for a joyride before dying in a fiery crash. fighter jets scrambled in moments. and, did video games help the thief take off with no apparent training? suspended from duty, an officer repeatedly beating a man on the street.
the city's top cop calling it deeply disturbing. the video now raising more questions. and, the high seas drug bust. a military chopper chasing alleged drug traffickers, forcing them to abandon ship. what they found onboard. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with omarosa's secret recording, and the war between president trump and his former white house aide. omarosa releasing the recording she says was made in the situation room. claiming it's from the moment she was fired by john kelly. she says kelly threatened her, and she is also doubling down on claims she heard audio of the president using the "n"-word. the white house launching a full counterattack. tara palmeri leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, omarosa
revealing what she says are secret recordings she claims she made inside the white house situation room when chief of staff john kelly fired her. >> i think it's important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, we can all be -- you know, you can look at your time here in the white house as a year of service to the nation. >> reporter: omarosa saying she felt threatened by kelly during the closed door meeting. >> and then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation. >> because this is a white house where everybody lies. the president lies to the american people. >> reporter: in the former reality star's new book, "unhinged," she calls president trump a racist, misogynist, and bigot. the white house firing back, saying the book is "riddled with lies." the president responding for the first time this weekend. >> lowlife. shlowlif >>ter: iclaimshr people told he president saying thed on but she wrote she never heard it
herself. the existence of the tapes never been proven. but now she claims she has heard the recording. >> it confirmed what i feared the most. he is truly a racist. >> reporter: omarosa says by the time she heard it, it was too late to update the book. >> after i closed the book, i had an opportunity to go out in los angeles and sit down with the person who actually has a copy of the tape, and i heard his voice as clear as you and i are sitting here. >> reporter: counselor to the president, kellyanne conway, asking why omarosa never spoke up about these accusations while she worked at the white house. >> but why didn't she tell us at the time? why not tell abc news the day after she was fired that that is in fact what she witnessed? >> reporter: in fact, after she was fired, she told abc news this. >> i would never sit nor work for someone who i believed to be a racist. >> reporter: now, omarosa blames herself for her role in the administration. >> i was complicit with this white house deceiving this nation. they continue to deceive this nation.
>> tara, i understand you have new information? the white house is looking into legal options to take against omarosa? >> reporter: that's right, not just to punish her for secretly recording, but also to stop her from releasing future recordings. sarah sanders saying she showed a disregard for national security, and a lack of character and integrity. tom? >> tara, thank you. now to the showdown in the streets of the nation's capital. on the one year anniversary of the deadly violence in charlottesville, the small group marching outside of the white house. billed as a white civil rights rally, just feet from the white house. president trump criticized for blaming both sides for the charlottesville chaos, this weekend, condemning all racism. david wright, following the demonstrations today. >> reporter: tonight, at the president's doorstep, a backlash
one year after the unite the right melee in charlottesville, some of the same protesters tried to organize an encore here in the nation's capital, billing it as a civil rights rally for white people. >> i'm focusing on white people because we don't have civil rights advocates. >> reporter: but they met with fierce resistance. by 2:00 p.m., it was clear the counterprotesters were out in numbers. >> we are not going to stand for hatred and fascism in the united states of america. >> reporter: do you think it's gonna get violent? >> no. if anyone tries to get violent it's probably going to be the right. de >> reporter: law enforcement from multiple different agencies determined to keep things calm. about 3:00 p.m., they arrived in d.c. a crowd there to greet them, and not in a friendly way.
this massive crowd is people who are either counterprotesters or police, and they far outnumber the protesters themselves. in lafayette park, right across from the white house, barricades and a buffer zone kept the two sides far apart. the president is not home today. up in bedminster, he tweeted, "the riots in charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. we must come together as a nation. i condemn all types of racism, and acts of violence. peace to all americans." >> reporter: a few trump supporters ventured out among the counterprotesters. they got an earful, too. and at the podium, the organizer of this event -- >> i'm not a white nationalist. but i'm okay with sharing this country with people from around the world. but if you bring in too many people at once, it's not the same country anymore. and that's what they're doing, and that's why a lot of white people feel aggrieved. >> reporter: a day full of
grievances, but thankfully no real violence. >> david, police going through extraordinary measures to keep the streets safe? >> reporter: that's right. mother nature has helped, too. the skies have opened up. the crowd is starting to disperse. but police are focused on trying to keep these two sides apart, trying to keep clashes to a minimum. and they seem to have succeeded. >> david, thank you. we turn to the new developments in the extraordinary case of a stolen plane in seattle. the fbi now in charge of the case. an airline worker stealing the empty plane from sea-tac airport. performing stunts before dying in a fiery crash. authorities trying to learn how richard russell with no apparent training was able to climb into the cockpit and take off. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: tonight, investigators are sifting the key question, how did richard russell, an airline
ground worker with no known pilot's license, steal a plane? >> holy [ bleep ]! >> reporter: trailed by fighter jets. flying barrel rolls and steep dives. >> there were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers with the aircraft. >> reporter: on the radio, russell, a 29-year-old horizon airlines employee, tells an air traffic controller he didn't need help flying. >> i've played video games before, so i know what i'm doing a little bit. i know how to put the landing gear down. >> reporter: suggesting russell may have taught himself using an inexpensive flight simulator. >> today, the sad fact is that you don't have to go a terrorist training camp to learn how to build a bomb, and you dont need to go to school to learn how to fly an airplane. all you have to do is go online. >> reporter: the fbi says russell was not a terrorist. >> i'm just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, i guess. >> reporter: but the idea of a stolen airliner in the post 9/11 era is prompting a hard new look at this potential security
loophole. >> security and law enforcement officials will want to look at this incident to see what lessons can be learned, and what measures need to be changed. >> reporter: russell's fatal flight ended with a fiery crash, a devastating shock to the people who knew him. >> he was a faithful husband, a loving son, a good friend. >> reporter: government security experts tell us the system isn't designed to catch people like russell who appear to have a clean record. the question now, were there mental health warning signs that may have been missed? tom? >> clayton, thank you. now to the flood emergency in the east. cars submerged in heavy flooding in massachusetts.and wedding day. a new round of storms on the way. here's rob marciano. >> reporter: tonight, dangerous thunderstorms soaking the east. millions from florida to new
england getting hit again. up to five inches of rain soaking parts of new jersey on saturday, turning this highway into a river. >> oh, my god, these cars are completely under water. >> reporter: the raging floodwaters sweeping away a line of cars from this little falls dealership. stranding a bride and wedding party en route to the reception. the storms accompanied by lightning, setting this house in edison ablaze. north of boston, more than a half foot of rain falling in under 12 hours. >> you people are in trouble. >> reporter: the rushing water inundating roadways, swallowing these cars. and to the west, floodwater in texas prompting at least 27 high water rescues, including this one west of san antonio. in las vegas, storms knocking out power to nearly 60,000. this time lapse capturing a massive wall of dust engulfing the strip. >> some incredible images. you were telling me, in the east, we're going to get
back-to-back storms? >> yes, tonight, and flash flood watches from d.c. and northern virginia. the heaviest rain, the low drifts back inland. through tuesday, an expansion of the storms. already seen some flooding across west texas, i-35 could see 3 or 4 inches of rainfall. and they could use it in the west. over 50 large fires burning. evacuations across parts of south ko and the heat unrelenting in the west. >> rob, thank you. and we turn to a police officer suspended after video surfaced showing him repeatedly punching a man and shoving him down. the interim police commissioner saying he's deeply disturbed by the video. here's adrienne banker has been described as excessive use of force captured on video. baltimore police say deshawn mcgrier was known by this officer, who asks mcgrier for his i.d.
look closely, mcgrier shouts something, then slaps away the officer's hand. that's when the officer begins repeatedly punching mcgrier in the head and body. mcgrier's pushed to the ground. the officer appears to pounce on top of him. >> it was something significantly personal. it had nothing to do with serving and protecting. >> reporter: mcgrier's lawyer claims the officer had previously arrested the 26-year-old for assault and resisting arrest back in june. the video, painful to watch for his family. >> i was angry. i was crying. i was hurt. the level of force that was used with that officer was unnecessary. >> reporter: the mayor posted on twitter, "i have seen the very disturbing video of an encounter between a baltimore city police officer and baltimore city resident, and have demanded answers and accountability." police suspended the officer immediately, and ask for we reached out to the police union, they did not comment. all of the charges against
mcgrier in this recent incident have been dropped. police say this officer had only been on the force one year, and they will be reviewing body cam footage. >> adrienne, thank you. new developments in the growing turmoil at the university of maryland. the head football coach suspended after a player collapsed in practice and died of heat stroke. the player's family says the coach should be fired amid allegations of a toxic culture inside the football program. here's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: just three weeks away from kicking off a new season, the university of maryland now placing head coach d.j. durkin and three other athletic department staff members on leave while the school investigates multiple allegations detailed in an espn report following the june 13th death of one of its players, jordan mcnair. >> we have an individual that's hyperventilating after exercising, and is unable to control eintnd rmerland stasources are speakin. many alleged the program flourished "on fear and
intimidation." >> he should be fired because of what happened, for his role in it, for the culture that he established. >> reporter: but others have come to his defense. >> i know d.j., he worked for me for four years at the university of florida. he treats people with respect. >> reporter: in a statement, maryland's athletic director said these alleged behaviors are not consistent with my expectations. and we must do better. espn is reporting mcnair was carried off the field with a body temperature of 106 degrees. we reached out to the head coach for comment, but he has not responded. >> zachary, thank you. and much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the high-speed chase. alleged drug traffickers trying to outrun the law. the chopper chasing them from sea to land. what police seized. plus, why are some turning on the newest ride share they're now all over the
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. tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, emotions running high in the east bay after a deadly crash. now the driver is in custody. the bay area sending prayers and offering hope tonight in the effort to find a missing woman. new evacuations for one expanding bay area fire as another is fully contained. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. she disappeared almost without a trace. tonight an east bay community is turning to prayer, hoping for the safe return of mollie tibbetts. good evening, and thanks for joining us. >> i thomas. mollie tibbetts grew up in the bay area. she disappeared in iowapiedmonte is getting under way. >> reporter: we are at corpus
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