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tonight, the supreme court showdown. the president names his pick. a judge who took on timothy mcveigh after oklahoma city. who took on the unibomber. but now he faces republican leaders who have intention of taking any action. tonight, the phone call the republican leader who called the judge. the race for the white house. fresh off major victories for donald trump, tonight, trump's new warning. could there be riots if republicans try to block him at a contested convention? new details emerging tonight. the young, undercover detective shot and killed by a fellow officer.
the deadly storm hitting in the middle of the country. drivers losing control. and now five confirmed tornadoes. and the young american, sentenced tonight to 15 years of hard labor in north korea. his tearful plea. the white house responding tonight. good evening. and we begin tonight with the epic battle already under way. the showdown at the supreme court. president obama revealing his choice to replace justice scalia on the court, nominating merrick garland. the president aware of this nation's divided politics, but warning to go down that path would be wrong. tonight, senate republicans vowing the nomination will go no further. at the rose garden ceremony, the president introducing garland, the court of appeals judge long respected on both sides of the aisle, describing him as one of the nation's finest legal minds. but it was not long after, republicans said they will take no action. and tonight, mitch mcconnell and
all of this as 63% of americans in our most recent poll said the senate should hold hearings on the supreme court nominee. abc's terry moran, who has covered the court for years, is back at the court tonight. >> reporter: after weeks of anticipation, there was president obama striding into the rose garden, introducing his nominee. >> i've made my decision. >> reporter: judge merrick garland, standing quietly at the president's side, then stepping forward. the emotion of the moment overwhelming him. >> this is the greatest honor of my life, other than lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago. >> reporter: his family there watching, minus daughter becky. >> i also wish that we hadn't taught my older daughter to be so adventurous that she would be hiking in the mountains out of cell service range when the president called. >> reporter: for decades, merrick garland has been a prominent figure in american law. 63 years old, he's one of the oldest nominees ever.
u.s. court of appeals in washington, where he's served for 18 years, and before that, a top federal prosecutor. >> associate deputy attorney general merrick garland. >> reporter: garland was there in oklahoma city in 1995, as seen here in a video released by the white house today, leading the prosecution of timothy mcveigh, a death penalty case. he carried the names of the victims with him everywhere he went while prosecuting that case. >> we promised that we would find the perpetrators, that we that we would do it in a way that honored the constitution. >> reporter: he also led the prosecution of the unabomber. as a judge, garland is known as a moderate on the appeals court. though he would tip the balance of the supreme court by replacing staunch conservative antonin scalia. now, he faces a partisan firestorm, and in the rose garden, president obama began the fight for his nominee, speaking of the supreme court. >> it's supposed to be above politics. it has to be.
>> terry, we all heard the president there saying this is supposed to be above politics, but is a major political battle inevitable here, and did the president factor that in? >> reporter: it is, david. and it looks like the president did factor that in. on his short list, he could have chosen a more strongly liberal candidate or a candidate offering diversity, to rally the democrats to the cause, but in merrick garland, the president has chosen a nominee who has had support from both sides of the political aisle over the years who in any normal time would be confirmed. it's not a normal time. david? >> terry, thank you. on capitol hill tonight, our team went to ask republicans who say this will go no further, to ask why, and if they would reconsider. abc's mary bruce with what she heard. >> reporter: minutes after that rose garden ceremony, the senate's top republican declared judge garland's nomination was going nowhere. >> it is the senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent. >> reporter: republicans
fall to the next president. senator cornyn, any chance you'll be changing your mind? >> none. >> reporter: we chased down the republican leaders who are refusing to hold hearings or a vote, including orrin hatch who once praised garland. >> he belongs on the court. >> reporter: but today? you said before that he belongs on the court. why not at least consider him now? >> i didn't say that he belonged on the supreme court. i said that he belonged on the d.c. circuit court. >> reporter: why not at least have hearings and consider what has changed since then? >> i think the supreme court has been politicized enough. >> reporter: but late today, signs the republican wall may be cracking. mitch mcconnell, who won't meet with garland, speaking with him by phone. and now other republicans say they will, too, including the powerful committee chairman. what are you looking to hear from him? >> i don't know. he has to talk to me. >> and mary bruce with us live tonight from washington. getting answers from republicans. but republicans have an argument, too, mary, pointing to something vice president joe bide once n once said. >> reporter: they call it the biden rule, referring to the
1992, saying supreme court say can sips should be treated differently during an election year. but today, biden tweeting, he only followed one rule when he was in the senate. that every supreme court nominee get a hearing and a vote. period. david? >> mary bruce with us tonight. mary, thank you. and of course all of this playing out as the heated race for the white house moves forward tonight. donald trump, fresh off major victories overnight, now warning of riots if the republicans try to stop him at a contested convention. trump winning several states, those in bright red on the map. but not winning ohio, which makes it much harder for him to reach that magic number, the total delegates he needs to clinch the nomination before the convention. trump now calling on the party to embrace him, saying, you can't ignore the tens of thousands who turned out for him. warning tonight. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump warning if the republican establishment tries to block his nomination, there will be chaos at the convention. >> i think you'd have riots. i think you'd have riots.
representing a tremendous, many, many millions of people. i think you would have problems like you've never seen before. i think bad things would happen. i really do. i believe that. i wouldn't lead it, but i think bad things would happen. >> reporter: trump's words coming with these images still fresh in american minds. anger and violence at his campaign rallies. trump now saying it's time for, quote, "a natural healing process." >> we have a great opportunity, and the people that are voting are democrats are coming in, independents are coming in and very, very importantly, people that never voted before. it's an incredible thing. >> reporter: this morning, florida governor rick scott falling in line, endorsing trump, telling other republicans "to accept and respect the will of the voters." but ohio governor john kasich, fresh off a big victory in his home state, now vowing to fight all the way to the convention floor, but with a positive message. >> i want to remind you, again
the low road to the highest office in the land. >> reporter: one place we won't see the candidates clash -- a debate stage. today, trump pulling out of monday's showdown on fox. kasich then dropping out, too. >> i think we've had enough debates. how many times can the same people ask you the same question? >> reporter: but today, senator ted cruz, who thrives on debates, mocking trump as "ducking donald." >> and tom llamas with us live tonight. and tom, with all the talk of a contested convention, there's the very real question of who could emerge as an alternative to donald trump and today, house speaker paul ryan making it clear, it won't be him? >> reporter: that's right, david. speaker ryan saying today, if you want to be president, you should run for president, and that there is no situation in which he will accept the party's nomination this year, including at the convention in cleveland, david. >> tom llamas live in florida tonight. tom, thank you. and now, to the democratic side tonight. hillary clinton with a string of
overnight. all of those states in light blue on the map. but in missouri, still too close to call. clinton, when asked by us if the idea of a difficult fight against donald trump gives her pause, she said no. here's abc's cecilia vega now. >> reporter: the democratic nomination now within arm's reach, and hillary clinton is trump. >> we should be breaking down barriers, not building walls. our commander in chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it. >> reporter: trump, today, firing off, too, saying clinton doesn't have the strength or energy to be president, recycling an attack line that's become one of his favorites. >> by the way, hillary's low energy, okay? she doesn't have the strength or the stamina. she's got no strength. she's got no stamina. no, she doesn't. >> reporter: clinton earlier
>> he can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. if he wants to focus on me and talk about me, that's his choice. >> reporter: tonight, clinton closer than ever to locking up this race. and when that happens, she said she will ask bernie sanders for help. >> i would hope to be able to enlist bernie in helping me reach out to his supporters. >> reporter: sanders still defiant. >> don't let people tell you that you can't think big. >> reporter: the vermont senator would need to win every remaining primary state by nearly 40 points in order to clinch the nomination. the path to victory for him now next to impossible. >> and cecilia vega is with us tonight. pretty steep climb for benear sanders. when you talked to hillary clinton, she made it clear, this is his decision to make. >> reporter: that's right, david. she said, even if his prolonged presence in this race ends up hurting her in the end, she told me, quote, i'm never going to tell anybody to step out. david? >> cecilia vega with us again
thank you, cecilia. next, from maryland tonight, new details about a chaotic gun battle right outside a police station. we reported earlier this week that officer jacai colson, undercover and out of uniform at the time, was reportedly killed by friendly fire. well, tonight, the police chief now saying the preliminary investigation reveals what they feared. that it was a fellow officer who shot him. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas now. >> reporter: the tragic death of detective jacai colson has shaken the prince george's county police department to its core. today, the fears that a fellow officer was responsible were confirmed. a/- one of colson's fellow officer's shot him, thinking he was one of the suspects. >> the shot that struck and killed detective colson was deliberately aimed at him by another police officer. there's no intention, as i've seen the facts to indication any
>> reporter: colson was killed during an exchange of gun fire when police responded to the attack. on monday, i asked the chief about the pain of knowing that one of his officer's may have mistakenly shot another. >> you struck another defender down -- that's particularly devastating. >> reporter: police must now resolve critical questions, including how and why this mistake was made and how tragedies like this can be prevented in the future. david? >> pierre thomas in washington tonight. pierre, thank you. we turn next here to the dangerous weather on the move tonight. tornadoes and winter weather battering the upper midwest, turning deadly now. these swirling clouds, an ominous warning in western illinois. tornado sirens sounding the alarm. the powerful winds ripping up trees, damaging homes. also, the snow and icy roads. this tractor trailer jackknifing. abc's alex perez with the threats across the country tonight. >> reporter: tonight, in parts of the midwest, winter refusing to let go. in duluth, minnesota, the driver
i-35. in wisconsin, one passenger killed after a car and semi collide on i-39. this time lapse capturing the dangerous lightning overnight. one strike setting this iowa dorm on fire. another revealing this funnel cloud in illinois. one twister ripping a five-mile scar through rock island county. >> it's going to be a year before i can get back here with my family and neighbors. >> reporter: meanwhile, in the south, a never ending flood emergency. abc's phillip mena is in deweyville, texas. >> the sabine river is running wild again tonight. this is the worst flooding in southeast texas since hurricane ike. nearby, interstate 10, a major artery, overrun with water, causing travel chaos. >> reporter: in tangipaho parish, louisiana, cleanup under way, as the waters finally recede. about 2,000 homes damaged there alone. and david, back here in illinois, there's actually a home underneath this huge pile of rubble.
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