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>> have a great day. making news in america this morning, the man who once said he'd take a bullet for president trump implicates him. michael cohen pleads guilty to illegal campaign contributions claiming trump directed him to make those payments. this morning, what cohen's plea deal means for the president and word the trump team is worried about impeachment now more than ever before. also this morning, a developing story, a congressman who was one of the president's earliest supporters is indicted along with his wife. what the charges reveal. breaking overnight, a hurricane warning issued for hawaii as hurricane lane now a category 5 storm makes a dangerous approach. this morning the schools already closed. new details about the undocumented immigrant charged with killing iowa college
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student mollie tibbetts. the farm where the suspect worked now says he passed a background check. and later the treasure found gathering dust in one grandmother's garage and what it could be worth. and we say good morning on a busy wednesday. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm lynda lopez in for diane macedo. we begin with president trump's former personal attorney now facing prison time and implicating the president in a felony. >> michael cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations including illegal campaign contributions telling the judge he was working at the direction of then candidate trump. now, the guilty plea came on the same day that former trump campaign chairman paul manafort was found guilty at his tax fraud trial. >> both cases dominating the front pages of newspapers around the world this morning. one tabloid headline here in new
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york saying do.e rk t cohen case and what it could mean for the president. abc's janai norman has the latest from d.c. this morning. >> reporter: kendis and lynda, good morning. michael cohen is facing up to five years behind bars. he's expected to be sentenced in december, but it's the implication for president trump that is in the spotlight after that historic guilty plea by his former fixer. >> michael, what's your message to the president? >> reporter: he was in the president's inner circle but now on the outs. longtime personal attorney and fixer michael cohen who once said he'd take a bullet for donald trump pleading guilty to illegally paying hush money to silence two women who claim to have had sex with the president. telling a judge he was working in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office. cohen's lawyer lanny davis telling msnbc -- >> it was a crime for president trump to direct michael cohen to the crime of a campaign finance donation that exceeded the legal limitations. >> reporter: 11 days before the election, he paid off porn
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star stormy daniels who claimed she had a one-night stand with trump. >> did you know about th $130,000 payment to stormy what else? you'll have to ask michael cohen. michael is my attorney and you'll have to ask michael. >> reporter: the president denied knowing about it though prosecutors say cohen was reimbursed by the trump organization. >> there's a cover-up here by our now president of the united states that is undeniable. he directed michael cohen to make this payment of $130,000. >> reporter: cohen also paid off karen mcdougal, the former "playboy" playmate who claimed to have had a year-long affair with trump who also denied knowing about that payment and the president's lawyer rudy giuliani saying there is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government's charges against mr. cohen. it is clear that as the prosecutor noted mr. cohen's actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time. confenformigt trump was man wouldn't turn on him. michael cohen once saying he'd
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take a bullet for the president cut a deal.clearly looking to court documents showing donald j. trump was the candidate cohen was helping when he was committing those crimes. >> janai norman, thanks so much. a "new york times" reporter who covers the president and has for years tweeted this analysis after cohen's guilty plea. maggie haberman saying trump folks are worried about impeachment more than before. the thinking goes like this, this is something tangible, not a theoretical, and it didn't come from mueller. it does not mean it will happen but this has moved to a different stage in their minds. well, now to president trump's former campaign chairman, paul manafort, who could face the rest of his life behind bars. the jury in his tax fraud trial has found him guilty on eight counts. it's the first prosecution by special counsel robert mueller's team. >> mrs. manafort, any response? >> reporter: the verdict for paul manafort came after four y on eight counts including tax evasion, bank fraud and failing to report
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a foreign bank. they were unable to reach a verdict on ten other counts. >> mr. manafort is disappointed of not getting acquittals all the way through or a complete hung jury on all counts, however, he would like to thank judge ellis for granting him a fair trial. >> reporter: the government argued that before manafort ran president trump's campaign, he stashed $60 million in 31 offshore accounts. prosecutors saying manafort used the money to live a lavish lifestyle buying several homes, fancy suits, even an $18,000 python jacket. >> paul manafort has done an amazing job. he's here someplace. where is paul? paul manafort. >> reporter: just two years ago he was running the trump campaign. >> they're going to see a leader. they're going to see a decisive person with a human side who cares about people. >> reporter: last summer a dozen armed fbi agents raided his apartment in northern virginia seizing a trove of documents amid a swirl of stories about
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his work for ukrainian officials with ties to russia. manafort's trial marks the first court test for the special counsel, robert mueller, who was appointed to investigate interference in the 2016 election. an investigation president trump continuously slams as a witch-hunt. before his rally in west virginia last night, the president reacting to the verdict. >> i still feel, you know, it's a very sad thing that happened. this has nothing to do with russian collusion. this started as russian collusion. this has absolutely nothing to do. this is a witch-hunt and it's a disgrace. >> manafort faces a maximum sentence of 80 years but the total will likely be much less. he faces another trial next month on money laundering and witness tampering charges in d.c. one of the first congressmen to support president trump's campaign has now been indicted for alleged corruption. duncan hunter and his wife are accused of misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for a lavish vacation and other expenses.
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the congressman's local newspaper, "the san diego union-tribune" now calling for him to resign but so far hunter is still running for re-election. a powerful earthquake has shaken venezuela. the 7.3 magnitude quake is the strongest to jolt that country in more than a century and sent people running into the streets. but it struck deep off the northeast coast and, therefore, caused only some limited damage. it comes as venezuela struggles with an economic crisis and a new currency. a hurricane warning has been issued this morning for the big island of hawaii as hurricane lane approaches. it is now a category 5 storm packing winds of up to 160 miles an hour. let's get a check now on your wednesday weather forecast. hurricane lane, you see there, expected to approach hawaii's big island by tomorrow afternoon. it should weaken to category 3 as it moves northwest. the path there. hawaii's governor says all
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public schools on the big island and maui are closed beginning today until further notice. the storm could dump 10 to 15 inches of rain. meantime, back on the mainland in central florida, flash flooding left cars underwater. in parts of orange county more showers and thunderstorms are possible today in the carolinas. coming up, some fishermen get a whale of a surprise. but first what supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh is now saying about abortion rights and roe versus wade. for the first time in 116 years anim reese witherspoon tonight dare to dream big. on friday, sept 7th, join stand up to cancer for all the inspiration all the laughter kevin heart if you change one letter in 'cancer' it becomes 'dancer', what!? all the stars tom hanks keep this movement going strong. every network every star kevin bacon dream big with us. one night to save lives get ready to see it all
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there you have it, that whale of a surprise for fishermen off the coast of new e humpback breaching a few
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feet from their boat. they say they were surrounded by bait fish at the time and the whale couldn't resist a quick lunch. president trump's nominee for the supreme court brett kavanaugh believes roe vs. wade is settled law. that's according to republican senator susan collins who met with kavanaugh tuesday. collins has said she would oppose any nominee who's hostile to the landmark decision. the senate's top democrat, chuck schumer, isn't buying kavanaugh's statement, though. schumer says kavanaugh refused to answer when he asked if roe v. wade was correctly decided. his confirmation hearing begins september 4th. a disturbing new allegation against a catholic priest in pennsylvania. 30-year-old reverend kevin lonergan now faces criminal charges of indecent assault against a 17-year-old girl. he's accused of sending her nude photos and groping her. the charges are separate from the report released by the pennsylvania grand jury just last week accusing more than 300
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in the days since that report, hundreds of people have called a clergy abuse hotline. actress asia argento, one of the leaders of the me too movement is denying accusations that she gave alcohol to a 17-year-old and sexually assaulted him. she says she never had a sexual relationship with actor jimmy bennett even though she reportedly paid him a $380,000 settlement. argento has revealed that her boyfriend, the late anthony bourdain, provided the money and says the two of them felt sorry bennett was having money problems and wanted to avoid negative publicity. facebook says it has shut down more than 650 bogus pages linked to russia and iran. they were aimed at spreading political disinformation. the company says the sites had more than 1 million combined followers. facebook says it's working with u.s. authorities on the investigation. the animals adorning your animal crackers box are now uncaged.
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the bars that used to hold the lion, the gorilla, all their little friends are now gone. the newly designed box shows the animals standing out in the grassland with a few trees. the animal rights group peta pushed to change nabisco's famed design as part of its fight against the mistreatment of circus animals. and coming up, surprising news about aretha franklin and her finances. but first the fallout from this photo of two chicago police officers sleeping on the job just as the city grapples with a wave of crime. and up next, an undocumented immigrant is charged with the murder of iowa college student mollie tibbetts. now we hear from the farm where the suspect worked for years.
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before finally landing safely outside new york city. he later told tmz he hates flying and he needed a beer after all that. >> and a glass of wine. >> and a glass of wine. >> quite a combo. police in little rock, arkansas, have released this video of a helicopter test that just went wrong and crashed. they say wind tipped the chopper off the staging area. one officer suffered some serious injuries. we turn to the new information we're learning overnight in the murder of an iowa college student, mollie tibbetts. authorities have now charged a mexican immigrant in the united states illegally with her murder. >> the farm where the suspect worked has released a statement saying he did pass a background check. meanwhile, an autopsy will be done today on mollie's body with several questions still unanswered in the case. a tragic end to a tireless search for a missing college student in iowa. >> a body was discovered early this morning in a farm field southeast of brooklyn, iowa.
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the identity has not been confirmed, however, we believe it to be the body of mollie tibbetts. >> reporter: authorities also announcing in addition to finding the body, a suspect is now under arrest. cristhian rivera, a 24-year-old man who police say was in the u.s. illegally and living in the same county where mollie tibbetts disappeared. rivera now in jail charged with first degree murder. officials revealing that surveillance video provided detectives with images of a suspicious vehicle. >> we identified that vehicle belonging to mr. rivera and then we located him, interviewed him and subsequently he led us to her location. >> reporter: the 20-year-old university of iowa student disappeared on july 18th. last seen going for a run in brooklyn, iowa. when she did not show up for work the next day, her co-workers got worried and her family reported her missing. according to police, rivera was brought in for questioning on monday. >> he tells us he ran alongside her or behind her and then at
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one point he tells us that mollie grabbed ahold of her phone and said you need to leave me alone. i'm going to call the police. and then she took off running. he in turn chased her down and then he tells us that at some point in time he blacks out. >> reporter: the suspect worked at a local farm for four years. yarrabee farms has now released a statement saying rivera was vetted through the e-verify system and was an employee in good standing. the farm says it keep records on all employees and has shared them with authorities. authorities are not yet commenting on the motive for mollie's murder. prosecutors in colorado are deciding whether to seek the death penalty against a father charged with killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters. chris watts did not enter a plea during his court appearance, only answering yes, sir, when he was asked whether he understood the charges. in the meantime, his wife's father, you see him there, broke down in court. watts was allegedly having an
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affair with his co-worker and claimed that he killed his wife only after she strangled their daughters. he's due back in court in november. two chicago police officers caught sleeping on the job will now face disciplinary action. the pair were seen napping in a police vehicle saturday. the department is denying claims they were exhausted due to mandatory overtime. the city is pushing police to work longer hours in the wake of increased gun violence. nearly 60 people were shot in chicago over the weekend. six people died. the queen of soul aretha franklin apparently did not have a will, and that could raise questions about what happens now to her estimated $80 million fortune. her four sons have reportedly filed a document listing themselves as interested parties in her estate. franklin's niece has asked to be a personal representative of the estate. meantime, look what happened and what appeared as fans remembered franklin at last night's detroit tigers game in downtown, a rainbow suddenly formed during the moment of silence.
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already selling pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin beer. well, there is one good part. pumpkin beer is already available. >> that's understandable. >> in some liquor stores. yeah. all right, so we think we uncovered the ultimate garage sale treasure. >> a student found a lamborghini and a ferrari gathering in her grandmother's house. the classics are worth more than $550,000. they were bought by the student's late grandfather for his exotic car rental business. but grandma says she's not willing sell them yet. >>next to the dark knight's it. apparent run-in with the law. ♪ >> video from ontario, canada, check it out, appears to show a man dressed as batman getting pulled over. the caped crusader seen jumping out of the batmobile and talking with an officer. >> so the superhero look-alike has since come forward. his real name is steven lawrence and he says that he's been portraying batman for 20 years. lawrence says that he flagged the officer down because people on the road were not driving
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good morning, bay area. a thanyou for joiniw eays when it of b and ready to go? that's not one of these days. >> no. >> no. >> so hopefully we're here to energize you and get you up. >> yes. see what we can do to help that. there is less drizzle this morning. how about that? your commute won't be as moist as it was yesterday. it's not quite as breezy as we look at live doppler 7. 17 mile-per-hour winds. we have a little drizzle near the coast. you can see not much of a sea breeze out. there because of the lack of moisture, i think we'll see the sunshine faster. that means land neighborhoods will warm a little
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down on hawaii, we'll get into that. >> so far so good on the roads. we don't have any major problems to talk about. 205, 26 miles per hour. pretty much the same at 580. and westbound 80 filling in through the stretch as well. but so far, everything looking okay. we'll head to antioch next. >> mike mentioned it, this morning our eyes on the eye of a monster storm headed right for the hawaiian islands. >> hurricane lane is the category 5. right now the big island bracing for what could be a big impact. abc 7 news reporter amy hollyfield is live at oakland international airport. amy? >> we're at the alaska check in counter where they have a flight
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headed to kona at hi mog. pele are startin in. but alaska is willing to give passengers a break if they're having second thoughts. take a look at this statement on the airline's website saying that they will waive change fees if you want to go ahead and delay this trip. they do want you to make the trip by next thursday. hopefully the storm will be long gone by then. on the islands, people are frantically trying to get ready. they are buying all the supplies they can think of, water, essentials, generators, also they're trying to stay calm. >> we're anxious. we looked at the track this morning. and saw that it's coming nearer than we thought to us. so trying to prepare. >> here's a look at hurricane lane from outer space. it's a category 5 hurricane packing winds at 160iles p hour. the big island is under a hurricane aroundomoru
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reporting live in oakland, amy holyfield. it is now 4:30. let's talk more about that track of the hurricane. mike is standing by. you've been looking at this all week. what does it look like now? >> looks impressive, doesn't it? very donut shape, very tight. wind gradient. that's why it increased in strength up to a major category 5. we're starting to see weakening. you notice the red starting to shrink a little bit. that is going to be the case. it is supposed to weaken as it heads up towards the big island. should be there, passing right by at 11:00 tomorrow evening with at least 110 miles per hour winds. it will skirt maui and just barely miss kauai at least the eye. your in that northern quadrant which is where the fastest winds will be and the heaviest rain.


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