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tonight, breaking news in the fbi investigation into allegations against the president's nominee, judge brett kavanaugh. the president's combative news conference. pressed on whether he's imposing limits on what the fbi can do, who they can talk to, and what the white house then did late today. and the president repeatedly talking about kavanaugh and drinking, saying the judge had, quote, difficulty with drinking. and just tonight, what we've learned about the alleged third person in the room, mark judge. also tonight, we're on the scene of that catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, the wall of water crashing in at nearly 500 miles an hour. the staggering death toll mounting. more than 800 killed. the frantic search for survivors continues tonight. there is news tonight about that mystery car explosion, two
men and a 2-year-old boy were killed. the passenger plane crashing into the sea. the u.s. navy responding. and tonight, the stunning under water video. and here in the u.s., two plane crashes at the same airport less than 24 hours apart. now one year since the las vegas massacre, our team promising to go back. and tonight, they're there with a reality check. are bump stocks, those attachments that allow a rifle to shoot like a machine gun, still readily for sale in the u.s., after promises to get rid of them? and the medal of honor tonight, the american hero on the battlefield. good evening. and it's great to start another week with all of you at home. and we begin tonight with fast-moving developments in that fbi investigation involving allegations against judge brett kavanaugh. this monday marked the first day of the supreme court's new term starting one justice short. and today, president trump lashed out when the questions came about his supreme court
nominee. the president did say he was surprised to hear kavanaugh talk about liking beer, saying kavanaugh has had, quote, difficulty with drinking. and the president was pressed, is he limiting what the fbi can look into? and by the end of the day, the new message from the white house on this investigation. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: in the rose garden today, president trump gathered his top advisers to celebrate his new trade deal with canada and mexico. he did not want to answer questions about his embattled supreme court nominee, at least not at first. >> question, yeah? go ahead, sure. she's shocked that i picked her. like in a state of shock. >> reporter: i'm not, thank you. >> that's okay, i know you're not thinking. you never do. >> reporter: i'm sorry? >> no, go ahead. go ahead. >> reporter: in a tweet this weekend, you said it's incorrect to say you're limiting the scope of the fbi investigation. >> what was that have to do with trade? i don't mind answering the question, but i would like to do -- >> reporter: it has to do with
the other headline in the news, which is the kavanaugh nomination. >> i know, but how about getting to trade and then we'll get to that? >> reporter: eventually, the kavanaugh nomination taking center stage. in a statement this weekend, you said it's incorrect to say you're limiting the scope of the fbi investigation. but your own statement on friday made it very clear, you said this investigation must be limited in scope. so, which is it? >> well, no, i didn't say anything on friday. what i said is, let the senate decide whatever they want to do is okay with me. and also the fbi. i think the fbi should do what they have to do to get to the answer. >> reporter: are you saying your white house has put no limitations on -- >> no, my white house is doing whatever the senators want. no, no. you don't -- >> reporter: -- who they should interview? >> my white house will do whatever the senators want. i'm open to whatever they want. >> reporter: the president was reminded, it is actually his decision. >> just for clarity, so that it's clear, in fact, it's up to you to instruct the fbi what to do. >> it is up to me. it is up to me. but i'm instructing them as per
what i feel the senate wants. the senate is making this decision. and i'm instructing them as per what the senate is looking for. >> reporter: it is a stark reversal from his initial order, strictly limiting the scope of the fbi's new investigation. the president also repeatedly pressed about judge kavanaugh's drinking. >> i drank beer with my friends, almost everyone did. sometimes i had too many beers. sometimes others did. i liked beer. i still like beer. but i did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and i never sexually assaulted anyone. >> reporter: christine blasey ford alleges kavanaugh was highly intoxicated when she says he assaulted her. he bristled under questioning from minnesota senator amy klobuchar. >> you're saying there's never been a case where you drank so much that you didn't remember what happened the night before or part of what happened? >> you're asking about blackout, i don't know, have you? >> could you answer the
question, judge? just so -- that's not happened, is that your answer? >> yeah, and i'm curious if you have. >> i have no drinking problem, judge. >> nor do i. >> okay. thank you. >> reporter: after a break, judge kavanaugh apologized. today, the president was asked about his testimony. >> there are now concerns that he may have lied or mischaracterized his drinking while testifying. if they find that he did, do you think that bars him from being your supreme court nominee? >> well, i watched him, i was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer. and he's had a little bit of difficulty, i mean, he talked about things that happened when he drank. the interesting thing is, though, nobody asked him about what's happened in the last 25, 30 years during his professional careers, because i -- there were no bad reports. >> and so let's get to cecilia vega, with us live from the white house. and cecilia, the president made it clear that he's standing by his nominee.
we also took note, he also said he's keeping an open mind until the fbi completes this investigation? >> reporter: yeah, david. he says he's keeping an open mind, because whoever is on the supreme court is going to be there for a very long time. but in the short-term, there's not a lot of time. remember, this fbi investigation needs to be wrapped up by this friday. today, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said the senate will be voting this week. david? >> all right, cecilia vega starting another week on her beat at the white house and we appreciate it. thank you, cecilia. it was not long after the president was pressed by reporters on whether he was limiting the fbi investigation, the white house then clarified, saying they will put no restrictions on who the fbi can interview in this investigation. with that friday deadline approaching, tonight, who the fbi has now already questioned, including the alleged third person in the room, mark judge. that interview has happened. and abc's pierre thomas tonight on what we've learned. >> reporter: dr. christine blasey ford has named him as the other person in the room, watching as brett kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. mark judge, seen here in his high school yearbook.
>> a couple of times i made eye contact with mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not. >> reporter: tonight, his attorney releasing a statement -- "mr. judge has been interviewed by the fbi, but his interview has not been completed." dr. ford says she doesn't remember exactly where the party took place or exactly when, but the fbi could help her jog her memory by talking to mark judge. she says she ran into him shortly after the alleged attack at the grocery store where she says he worked. >> i could be more helpful to everyone if i knew the date that he worked at the safeway, so that i could give a more specific date of the assault. >> reporter: mark judge has released statements saying that he doesn't remember the party of the assault dr. ford describes. a recovering alcoholic and cancer survivor, he also wrote a book, "wasted: tales of a gen x drunk." one of the characters, a high school student passed out drunk. the character's name?
>> are you the bart o'kavanaugh that he's referring to, yes or no? >> you'd have to ask him. >> reporter: tonight, the white house is authorizing the fbi to interview anybody it needs to. republicans were hoping to limit the interviews to just three four people. the three people who christine blasey ford says attended the high school gathering where he was allegedly assaulted, and deborah ramirez, who told "the new yorker" judge kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at yale. >> i don't know how long it takes to interview four people. probably not that long. we'll see what they say, and vote this week. >> reporter: but senator jeff flake, the key republican who said he would not vote for kavanaugh without an fbi investigation, today insisted the bureau should not be handcuffed. >> we certainly want the fbi to do a real investigation. it does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover, for example. we actually need to find out what we can find out. >> reporter: democrats now releing a list of 24 p
they want the fbi to talk to. sources telling abc news fbi investigators have already interviewed ramirez. and today, p.j. smith, one of the teenagers dr. ford said was at the party, released a statement saying he spoke to agents, as well. that he truthfully answered every question the fbi asked him and indicated that he has no knowledge of the small party or gathering. judge kavanaugh's drinking in high school and college could also come under scrutiny. today, in a statement to "the new york times," one of kavanaugh's yale classmates said what he told congress was not true, that in college, kavanaugh was a heavy drinker, and when he got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. but tonight, one of judge kavanaugh's college suitemates paints a different picture. in a statement released by the white house, dan murphy saying, "i never saw brett black out or not be able to remember the prior evening's events, nor did i ever see brett act aggressive, hostile or in a sexually aggressive manner to women." >> all right, so, let's get to
pierre thomas. he's live at the fbi tonight. and pierre, the fbi has until friday, we know, to complete this investigation. so far, they have not interviewed dr. christine blasey ford. and for many that are versed in this, that doesn't come as a complete surprise? >> reporter: that's right, david. dr. ford's attorney says she's not been contacted by the fbi. in some cases, the fbi will wait to talk to a primary witness. but dr. ford maintains she's 100% certain that kavanaugh is the one who assaulted her, a claim he flatly denies, david. >> pierre thomas at the fbi tonight. we move on this evening to that scene of desperation in indonesia, after that deadly earthquake and tsunami sending a wall of water crashing into the shore at speeds almost impossible to believe. hundreds may have been swept out to sea. abc's james longman from indonesia tonight. >> reporter: tonight, indonesia's race to find survivors, as it counts the cost of an earthquake and tsunami that's now known to have killed more than 800 people. but authorities say those numbers are set to rise. a massive wall of water surging
at nearly 500 miles an hour, ripping through sulawesi island friday. waves reaching as high as 20 feet. rescuers now picking through the carnage it left behind. sky news' siobhan robbins is in palu. >> this is where the tsunami came in. you can immediately see the force of the wave here. it's knocked down this pylon, not just cement, but reinforced with metal, as well. and as it came in, it also washed down around 50 houses, which we understand were standing here, and if you look in the rubble, you can see the remnants of people's lives here. so, a teddy bear. in the back there, a car. >> reporter: the magnitude 7.5 earthquake causing the soil to liquefy, sending homes sinking into the ground. the waves and tremors ripping apart bridges, roads and communication. over a million said to be affected. and no dignity in death. victims now being buried in mass graves. the red cross telling us the bodies of at least 34 children at a bible camp have been found in the rubble. survivors crowding the airport to get on a flight out.
others lining up for food, gas and water. those necessities scarce and desperation has turned to looting in some areas. but this disaster has its heroes, too. an air traffic controller staying behind after the earthquake hit to help one last flight out of palu, losing his life. there's some suggestion that tremors could have knocked out the power to the warning system, but an official for the disaster mitigation agency has said sensors in the ocean that are meant to detect tidal activity haven't worked properly for six years, possibly leaving those people on the beach with no idea of what was coming. david? >> all right, james longman in indonesia for us. james, thank you. back here at home tonight, and it is hard to believe it's been one year now since the massacre in las vegas. 58 lives lost, 58 families changed forever. a makeshift memorial still honors the victims. we have promised to stay on this story. and tonight, our team is back with this question -- after promises from the white house and others, are bump stocks, those attachments that allow a rifle to shoot like a machine gun, still for sale across this
country? abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman is back in las vegas tonight with what he found. >> reporter: investigators have poured over endless surveillance videos of stephen paddock toting his deadly stockpile, but tonight, are no closer to determining his motive in the massacre. >> by all accounts, stephen paddock was an unremarkable man, whose movements leading up to october 1st didn't raise any suspicion. >> reporter: answers lost when paddock killed himself after firing at police through this door. investigators now know his savings had plummeted, from $2 million to half a million dollars. in the wake of the tragedy, there was pressure to ban bump stocks, which enable a semiautomatic weapon to fire continuously like a machine gun. tonight, 12 months later, bump stocks remain on sale for less than $150. do you still feel pain? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: because you still have that shrapnel in your body? >> right. >> reporter: todd wienke was hit three times while shielding oshia collins-waters from the bullets.
>> he says, no, i've been shot. and my response to him was, please don't die on me tonight. >> reporter: they ferried others from the kill zone. todd's shirt soaked with blood. but tonight, they're trading in that pain for a vegas wedding. >> we both knew exactly where it had to be. it had to be vegas and it had to be october 1st. he's my soulmate. he's my biggest support. >> and matt gutman with us live tonight from that memorial in las vegas. and matt, you mentioned bump stocks still legal across the country. but today, the president when pressed on this a year later said there's going to be movement on this? >> reporter: he did, david. the he said, we're knocking out bump stocks. and that this would happen over the next few weeks or so. now, the justice department also confirming to us that it has proposed a rule to ban bump stocks nationwide. now, that proposal is still under review. it could last 90 days or so. david? >> so many people gathering there at the memorial. matt gutman tonight, thank you. and meantime, the president
is celebrating his biggest trade achievement yet, unveiling a new north american trade agreement. he's renaming it the united states/mexico/canada agreement. among the key components of the deal, it allows american farmers and drugmakers to sell more in canada, and provides u.s. tech and finance companies stronger intellectual property protections. and its top goal is to ensure that more car and truck parts are made in north america with higher paid workers. >> this landmark agreement will send cash and jobs pouring into the united states and into north america, good for canada, good for mexico. >> the president earning rare praise tonight from senate democratic leader chuck schumer, who gave the president credit for taking steps to improve the deal. there are new clues tonight in that mysterious car explosion in allentown, pennsylvania. authorities have now identified the victims of the blast, a father and his 2-year-old son and another man. the adults were friends, according to authorities, who called the blast a criminal act on sunday, but today, offered few details about how or why that car exploded. only saying this is an isolated incident. they continue to investigate. there is still much more
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finally tonight here, america strong. the young husband and father and hero on the battlefield. tonight, army medic ronald j. shurer ii recognized with the nation's highest military award, the medal of honor. 9/11 inspired staff sergeant shurer to join the army. a green beret, two deployments to afghanistan. he is third from the left there with fellow members of operational detachment alpha 3336, a special operations task force. on april 6th, 2008, shurer and his fellow soldiers were ambushed by some 200 enemy fighters, taking on heavy machine gun, sniper and rocket-propelled grenade fire. braving the onslaught, shurer, the only medic, immediately and courageously began treating more than a dozen wounded. sprinting through enemy fire while returning fire. climbing a mountain to treat the wounded. for more than six hours, he
bravely faced down the enemy, using his own body as a shield. even taking a bullet to his helmet. he would survive that day. >> not a single american died in that brutal battle thanks in great measure to ron's heroic actions. >> reporter: he would come home to his wife miranda and sons cameron and tyler and he would continue to serve his country as part of the secret service counterassault team. and with his wife and sons looking on today, sergeant shurer stood to receive the medal. and we salute staff sergeant shurer tonight, and all of those troops who came under attack that day. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. from all of us here, have a good evening. good night.