tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC January 8, 2021 5:30pm-6:00pm PST
tonight, the calls for president trump to resign now growing, or risk facing impeachment, as disturbing new images show the violence on capitol hill. an officer appearing to be crushed as rioters pushed through the door. the officer can be heard screaming for help. tonight, the house moving to begin impeachment proceedings. an article of impeachment drafted for incitement of insurrection. nancy pelosi threatening impeachment if trump does not resign immediately. the republican senator tonight calling on trump to resign. the president-elect joe biden saying the president is not fit to serve, but leaving any talk of impeachment to congress. and tonight, among the dead, a u.s. capitol police officer. the d.c. district attorney vowing to investigate whether the president could face charges. and the president after that message to his supporters the day of the riots, saying, we love you, it's time to go home.
after he told them to march to the capitol. overnight, the new video. this time calling them intruders, saying he is outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. and the video now showing the president and members of the trump family before that rally, saying i'll march and march with you. donald trump jr. taking the video, his girlfriend dancing. the president with ivanka trump at his side. tonight, the investigation. the feds making arrests. the rioter at nancy pelosi's desk in custody, tonight facing federal charges. another suspect held. authorities say they found molotov cocktails and weapons in his vehicle. and the new images tonight of that siege. capitol police outnumbered. some being hit by metal pipes. president-elect joe biden tonight, his reaction to the news president trump will not attend the inauguration. and what about vice president mike pence, who condemned the mob long before the president? the coronavirus tonight.
the disturbing aerial images coming in from los angeles. the bodies of covid-19 victims placed into refrigerated storage that's now been brought in. doctors with patients sharing oxygen. and news coming in on the pfizer vaccine. is it effective against the new highly transmissible variant of the virus? what we've learned. and tonight we celebrate two legends. fans remembering tommy lasorda. and alex trebek's final "jeopardy" episode. and his message. good evening on this friday night as we near the end of another week together here. we have said it so often, but this was truly a difficult week for this country. a very dark chapter that we all witnessed together here. tonight there are growing calls for the president to resign. democrats, and there are republicans too. democrats in the house drafting a single article of impeachment, accusing the president of incitement of insurrection for
the deadly siege on the u.s. capitol. and we have now learned tonight a capitol police officer is among those who have died. president trump could face an historic second impeachment as early as next week. on the day of the riots, the president told his supporters, stay strong, march on the capitol, i'll march with you. then after the violence, saying we love you. and then overnight, calling them intruders instead, saying they defiled the seat of american democracy, that he's outraged by the lawlessness. now saying it's a time for healing and unity. a federal murder investigation now under way for the death of a capitol police officer brian sicnick, who's among those who have died. authorities investigating reports he may have been hit in the head with a lead pipe or a fire extinguisher. and the difficult video of this officer screaming for help as he's crushed by root rioters, pinned between a riot shield and metal door. and also these images, showing
mob swinging pipes trying to force their way into the capitol. now the arrests. the feds moving quickly. there is news about the man in this image, richard barnett, his feet on speaker pelosi's desk. he's now under arrest and facing federal charges. this video by donald trump jr. drawing attention today, too. the president's son showing himself and the president, ivanka trump by his side. then his girlfriend dancing. president trump has been silent on the death of police officer and he now says he will not attend the inauguration. the president-elect responding tonight, saying that's a good thing. jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: horrifying video of trump supporters storming the capitol. >> we need fresh patriots to the front! ter: a police officer e! crushed between a riot shield and a metal door, pleading and screaming for help. >> help! ah! >> reporter: police in riot gear
try to hold the line. the mob keeps pushing. one of them yelling out, grab their damn shields. tonight, the flag over the capitol is half staff in honor of an officer who died in the riot. brian sicnick, a 12-year veteran of the force. the vice president offered his condolences, and the white house put out a statement from a deputy press secretary, but nothing from the president himself. trump, more isolated than ever, remained behind closed doors at the white house today, amidst growing signs for him to resign. republican senator lisa murkowski was blunt -- "i want him to resign. i want him out. he has caused enough damage." democrats took steps towards impeaching him once again. they've already written an impeachment resolution, a single article for, quote, incitement of insurrection, charging trump with willfully inciting violence against the government by urging his followers to march to the capitol. >> we're going to walk down to the capitol.
because you'll never take back our country with weakness. you have to show strength, and you have to be strong. >> reporter: house republican leader kevin mccarthy today said, quote, impeaching the president with just 12 days left in his term will only divide our country more. president-elect biden says impeachment is up to congress but offered a different way to remove trump from power. >> the quickest way that that will happen is us being sworn in on the 20th. >> reporter: in washington, new signs of fury from the president's supporters, hounding senator lindsey graham at the airport after he turned on trump. >> lindsey graham, you are a traitor to the country. >> reporter: today trump tweeted he won't attend biden's inauguration. house speaker nancy pelosi said she made an extraordinary call today to joint chiefs chairman mark milley to, quote, discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the
launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike. on the day of the riot, trump praised his supporters. >> so go home. we love you. you're very special. >> reporter: but amidst the calls for his removal, he finally denounced the thugs. >> i am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. >> reporter: still, on "gma" today, the washington, d.c., attorney general said he'll investigate whether the president is legally responsible for inciting the riot. >> we're going to investigate not only those mobsters but also those who incited the violence. >> reporter: and it's not just the president. he also mentioned rudy giuliani, who said this at the rally. >> let's have trial by combat! >>
reporter: and the president's son don junior, who posted a since-removed video taken backstage at the rally before the riot. the president and his children watching the crowds gather. >> hi, ivanka! >> reporter: don junior's girlfriend, kimberly, dancing as
the trumps celebrated. >> have the courage to do the right thing, fight! >> reporter: this
was don junior's message to supporters before they stormed the capital. >> if you're going to be the zero and not the hero, we're coming for you! >> so, let's get back to jon karl live at the white house tonight. jon, back to the two video messages you reported on from the president. of course, the first words from the president on the day of the violence after those riots seen by the nation and the world, saying, we love you, we know how you feel, but go home. but then last night amid all this talk of impeachment, he then said in that video that they were intruders, that they defiled the seat of american democracy, that he was outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. which is it? and what are your sources telling you tonight? is the president concerned at all about his words and whether they fueled some of this? >> reporter: i see no indication whatsoever that the president has any regret at all for his words. in fact, i am told today he
has privately expressed regret for filming that video where he condemned the violence, saying some of his supporters don't like it. and a major development here tonight as well. we have just learned that twitter has permanently suspended the president's account. in a statement from twitter, they say after a close review of tweets from his account and the context around them, specifically how they're being received on and off twitter, we have permanently suspended his account due to the risk of incitement of violence. that is what twitter said about the president's twitter account. >> jon karl leading us off on a friday night. jon, thank you. there is a nationwide manhunt under way tonight. the feds studying those horrifying images and videos and already making arrests tonight. here's our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas on that part of the story again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, federal authorities are determined to leave no stone unturned, ramping up efforts to bring all the trump supporters who desecrated the capitol to justice. >> i figure, well, i'm in her office.
>> reporter: richard barnett, the man with his feet on a desk in nancy pelosi's office and who admits on camera to stealing from her -- >> i put a quarter on her desk. >> reporter: arrested today in arkansas for multiple federal offenses. also charged, lonnie coffman. authorities claim they found in his truck near the capitol an arsenal for arson. these 11 molotov cocktails along with handguns and an m-4 carbine assault rifle like this one. and fbi officials announcing they arrested west virginia state delegate derrick evans. >> trump! trump! whoo! >> reporter: who livestreamed his breach on the capitol. >> almost in. >> reporter: the fbi and u.s. marshals hunting dozens more, including this man, suspected of planting pipe bombs at the nearby rnc and dnc headquarters. trump supporters spraying police with chemicals and beating them with bats and metal pipes. right wing groups posting their sinister plans on social media
for weeks. inside the capitol, rioters seen wearing shirts bearing slogans praising the holocaust. and tonight, a federal murder investigation is under way into the death of officer brian sicnick. authorities trying to find out whether he was hit with a fire extinguisher or other heavy object. sicknick's brother writing, after a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero. >> we made it. >> yeah! >> whoo! >> reporter: but as the chaos died down, protesters seen filing out calmly. the critical question -- why weren't they arrested? >> the fault unfortunately lies with the capitol hill police. >> pierre thomas back with us tonight at the capitol. we know there has been some reporting the president released that video overnight calling his supporters intruders after having supported them, only after some in his inner circle warned him he could be liable for his own words potentially inciting some of what we saw.
so where does it stand tonight? could the president actually face charges? >> reporter: david, right now the doj focus is on the people who broke into the capitol, but the investigation is in the early stages, and questions about incitement will likely be for the incoming attorney general, merrick garland. david? >> pierre thomas with us here again tonight as well. thank you, pierre. president-elect joe biden tonight reacting to the news that president trump now says he will not attend the inauguration. the president-elect saying that's a good thing. biden just 12 days from taking office. today saying again president trump is not fit to serve. leaving talk of impeachment, though, to congress. and what about vice president mike pence, who condemned the mob long before the president did? will he be at the inauguration? here's mary bruce. >> reporter: with calls to impeach president trump growing, president-elect joe biden today did not hold back, calling trump unworthy of the office and an embarrassment. >> i've been saying for now well over a year, he is not fit to serve.
he is not fit to serve. he's one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the united states of america. and so the idea that i think he shouldn't be out of office yesterday is not the issue. >> reporter: and he had harsh words, too, for the president's supporters who stormed the capitol. >> they're a bunch of thugs, insurrectionists, white supremacists, anti-semites. and they're terrorists -- domestic terrorists, and that will be a judgment for the -- the justice department to make as to what the charges should be. the difference here is this had the active encouragement of a sitting president of the united states. >> reporter: biden making it clear he thinks trump bears responsibility for inciting the chaos, but instead of focusing on trump's fate, he says he's focused on the challenges ahead and hitting the ground running. and on the news the president that trump will not be at the inauguration, the president-elect said this -- >> one of the few things he and i have ever agreed on.
it's a good thing, him not showing up. >> all right, mary, president trump says he will not attend, but a lot of focus on the vice president as well, mike pence, who condemned the rioters long before the president did. and the vice president late that night with harsh words for the rioters. he was then applauded by democrats and republicans in that senate chamber. any word yet tonight, will he be at the inauguration? >> reporter: biden says the vice president is welcome and would be honored to have him there. adding he thinks it's important they try to stick to the peaceful transfer of power. but tonight we're told the vice president hasn't decided yet whether or not he'll attend. david? >> mary bruce tonight. mary, thank you. of course, all of this playing out as the pandemic worsens in this country. this disturbing aerial images from los angeles tonight, the bodies of covid victims placed into refrigerated storage that's now been brought in. you'll see that in a moment. also, reports of doctors with patients now sharing oxygen. and news tonight on the pfizer vaccine.
is it effective against the new highly transmissible uk variant of the virus now seen here in the u.s.? and the numbers tonight. the u.s. with more than 368,000 american lives lost. more than 3,800 dead in the last 24 hours. kaylee hartung on the scene in los angeles. >> reporter: tonight with hospital morgues and funeral homes overflowing, los angeles bringing in refrigerated trucks to store the bodies. today, l.a. county's deadliest day. >> we're just coming off the travel and the congregating and social settings of the holiday season. virtually every day, another record is broke. >> reporter: los angeles hospitals buckling. >> we've taken all of our resources and tried to give them to the patient that's in the most desperate and imminent need. >> reporter: ventilators and oxygen in short supply. >> they literally had the oxygen tubing and had a connector so that two patients were using basically the same oxygen flow at the same time. so it's -- resources are really low. >> reporter: because that was your best option. >> that was the only option.
>> reporter: paramedics telling us ambulances are waiting up to 17 hours outside hospitals because there are no beds. the mayor pleading for federal help and more vaccines. >> give los angeles what we need. and just as we sent doctors to new york and ppe to other parts of the country early on when they were peaking, this is our peak. >> reporter: with that highly contagious variant now confirmed in eight states, tonight some promising signs. a new study from pfizer and the university of texas, not yet peer reviewed, found its vaccine likely protects against those two variants from the uk and south africa. only 30% of the 22 million vaccines distributed have been administered. to speed it up, president-elect biden plans to break with the trump administration and start releasing available vaccine doses immediately instead of holding second doses back, something some governors are pushing for. >> vaccines give us hope, but the roll-out has been a travesty. >> reporter: and tonight, fda commissioner stephen hahn is urging states to open vaccinations to lower priority groups if there's any other
reason those vaccines would otherwise go to waste. david? >> kaylee, thank you. and to other news this friday night. news of an arrest this evening in a case drawing national attention. police in california arresting a young woman seen on video allegedly assaulting a black teenager at a hotel in new york city, wrongly accusing him of stealing her iphone. what she's now saying about her actions. and here's our chief national correspondent matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, the woman in this viral video -- >> this is my phone. >> reporter: now in custody. >> that's mine. literally get it back. >> reporter: 22-year-old miya ponsetto will be extradited to new york on a fugitive from justice warrant. police say on december 26th, she falsely accused jazz musician keyon harrold's 14-year-old's son of stealing her cell phone. >> i'm not letting him walk away with my phone! >> reporter: as she becomes enraged, harrold's disbelief turns to alarm. ponsetto knocking the boy down.
>> my son, being 14 years old, if i wasn't there, who knows what could have happened. >> reporter: today, ponsetto speaking to cbs. >> so basically, i'm a 22-year-old girl. i am -- i don't -- racism, uh, is -- i -- how is one girl accusing a guy about a phone a crime? >> reporter: david, back in may, ponsetto was convicted of a dui and when sheriff's deputies tried to arrest her this morning in california, she allegedly tried to fight them off. she's now being held without bail before her extradition to new york on those felony charges. david? >> matt gutman in california tonight. thank you, matt. when we come back, the winter storm moving in just in time for the weekend. and honoring two greats tonight. when we come back, the winter storm moving in just in time for the weekend. and honoring two greats tonight. ♪
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a final note tonight about something we noticed today. so many americans posting images of themselves visiting the u.s. capitol in better times. britney and chris matthews. britney writing, i believe we can be better than this. this young woman, jade jones, a singer, remembering the time she was invited to the capitol to perform. she said she felt like she had made it. among the many images we saw today. today, a sign of resilience. this flag now up, part of preparations for the inauguration. we know this has been a tough week and we appreciate you being here. i'll see you monday. until then, have a good evening. good night. tonight on abc 7 news at
6:00, one of the bay area regions hit hardest by covid-19 is getting relief. how they plan to ramp up vaccinations in days. a california proud boy gives us a firsthand account of storming the capitol this week. he captured the whole thing minute by minute on video. and hawaii's plan to keep covid out is causing issues for tourists. a bay area man explains why he was forced to quarantine even after a negative test. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc 7 news. we're working to increase and more importantly, to accelerate the efforts of who can distribute the vaccines. >> governor newsom today promising to ramp up efforts to get out the covid-19 vaccine as biden wants to change the plan and release almost all of the current vaccine doses when he
takes office but experts are mixed when the vaccine will be available to you. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dion lim. let's get to abc 7 news reporte, >> reporter: this decision by the biden administration doesn't come without controversy as the nation faces a growing distribution backlog that raises valid concerns could this make it worse? >> i think the way it's being done now is very, very sad. >> reporter: a strategy shift announced today from president elect joe biden revealing after he assumes office, almost all covid vaccines will be immediately released to states that need them. >> i think the shift by the biden transition team is really good development and good policy. >> reporter: joshua solomon studied the d