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♪ >>> A STUNNING SCENE IN TEXAS, A SMALL PASSENGER PLANE WITH 21 PEOPLE ON BOARD GOES DOWN NEAR HOUSTON, THE PLANE COMPLETELY IN FLAMES AND YET EVERYONE ESCAPED THE WRECKAGE SAFELY WITHOUT ANY SERIOUS INJURIES. THE PRIVATE JET WAS BOUND FOR BOSTON, EXPECTED TO TAKE PASSENGERS TO GAME FOUR OF THE WORLD SERIES THERE BETWEEN RED SOX AND THE HOUSTON ASTROS.

>>> OVERSEAS TONIGHT A $17 MILLION RANSOM DEMAND. TONIGHT THE FBI IS MAKING CONTACT WITH THE VIOLENT GANG SUSPECTED OF KIDNAPPING 17 MISSIONARIES IN HAITI, 16 AMERICANS, A CANADIAN AND FIVE CHILDREN AMONG THE GROUP. >>> FIREWORKS ON CAPITOL HILL TONIGHT, THE JANUARY 6th COMMISSION TAKING STEPS TO HOLD STEVE BANNON ACCOUNTABLE FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH THEIR SUBPOENA.

>>> RUSSIAN OLIGARCH LIVING IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C., WHAT WE’RE LEARNING ABOUT HIS TIES TO VLADIMIR PUTIN AND FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER PAUL MANAFORT. >>> THE NATIONWIDE SUPPLY SHORTAGE RAISING CRISIS ON EVERYDAY HOUSING ITEMS FROM DETERGENT TO DIAPERS, SCHOOL LUNCHES RUNNING LOW ON FOOD AND SUPPLIES. WHEN WILL IT END?

>>> AND IT’S A NETFLIX SERIES THAT HAS TAKEN THE WORLD BY STORM, GETTING AN UPCLOSE LOOK AT THE TRADITION THAT HAS FANS FLOCKING TO THIS CANDY SHOP.

>> THIS SHOP MADE ABOUT 700 OF THESE AND SOLD IT TO THE FILMMAKERS OF “SQUID GAMES,” AND THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE IN LINE. >>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I’M LINSEY DAVIS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STREAMING WITH US.

WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH SOME SCARY MOMENTS NEAR HOUSTON AFTER A SMALL PLANE WITH 21 PEOPLE ON BOARD CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. MIRACULOUSLY THOUGH EVERYONE ON BOARD THE PLANE MANAGED TO ESCAPE WITHOUT ANY SERIOUS INJURIES. A VERY RELIEVED FIRST RESPONDER CALLING IT A DAY OF CELEBRATION. WHEN YOU SEE WHAT THE PLANE LOOKED LIKE SHORTLY AFTER THE CRASH, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY OFFICIALS ARE SO THANKFUL. BY THE TIME THE FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED THE PLANE WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES.

THE SMALL PLANE WAS HEADED TO BOSTON FOR GAME FOUR OF THE WORLD SERIES. NOW TONIGHT THE INVESTIGATION INTO JUST WHAT HAPPENED IS GETTING UNDERWAY. WHY DID THE PILOTS CHOOSE TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF SO LATE, AND WHY COULDN’T THEY STOP THE PLANE IN TIME? >> Reporter: TONIGHT THICK BLACK SMOKE BILLOWING INTO THE SKY, FLAMING ENGULFING THIS PASSENGER PLANE.

>> I DO HAVE VISUAL OF A PLANE FULLY ENGULFED.

>> Reporter: THAT WRECKAGE YARDS FROM THE END OF THE AIRPORT RUNWAY, FIRST RESPONDERS RACING TO PUT OUT THE FIRE. >> WHAT IT APPEARS IS THAT PLANE HAS VIRTUALLY DISEINT RATED. >> I WAS SITTING HERE AND I SAW IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR, BOOM, AND A BIG ORANGE EXPLOSION. >> Reporter: MIRACULOUSLY ALL 21 PEOPLE ON BOARD, 18 PASSENGERS, THE YOUNGEST JUST 10 YEARS OLD AND THREE CREW ESCAPING FROM THE FIERY CABIN. ONLY TWO PEOPLE SUFFERING MINOR INJURIES.

JUST BEFORE TAKEOFF, EVERYTHING APPEARS NORMAL. THE McDONALD DOUGLAS MD-87 IS SEEN TAXING ON THE TARMAC, SOON BARRELLING DOWN THAT RUNWAY, CAPTURED HERE JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE CRASH.

>> THE AIRPLANE ROLLED DOWN THE RUNWAY, STRUCK AN ACTUAL FENCE. AND FROM THERE BECAME DISABLED. >> Reporter: IN THAT RUNWAY VIDEO, A PUFF OF SMOKE SEEN EMERGING FROM ONE OF THE ENGINES.

EXPERTS SAY IT’S TOO SOON TO KNOW WHETHER THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CRASH. AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT APPEARS TO BE TIRE TRACKS EXTENDING FROM THE END OF THE RUNWAY TO THE CRASH SCENE. >> IT’S CLEAR THAT THE PILOTS WERE TRYING TO ABORT THIS TAKEOFF AT SOME POINT. BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS WHY WERE THEY NOT ABLE TO STOP IN TIME AND WHY DID THEY ABORT SO LATE.

THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO BE ANSWERED BY THE COCKPIT VOICE RECORDERS.

>> Reporter: THE PLANE WAS HEADING TO BOSTON FOR GAME FOUR OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BETWEEN THE HOUSTON ASTROS AND THE BOSTON RED SOX. THOSE PASSENGERS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. >> NO ONE’S DECEASED. THAT IS AN AWESOME FEELING FOR US AS FIRST RESPONDERS. >> ZA REIN SHAH JOINS US FROM THE CRASH SITE.

GREAT TO SEE EVERYONE ON BOARD THERE MADE IT OFF SAFELY. JUST INCREDIBLE THAT THEY ALL SURVIVED. >> Reporter: YEAH, LINSEY. IT’S A HAPPY ENDING. SO, THE REASON WHY EVERYONE SURVIVED IS EXPERTS ARE SAYING THE END OF THAT RUNWAY IS ESSENTIALLY A FARMER’S FIELD.

IT’S VERY FLAT. NO ROCKS, FEW TREES. THE PLANE SKIDDED TO A STOP AND THE EVACUATION STARTED QUICK. >> IT DID DAMAGE, KNOCKING OUT POWER TO NEARBY RESIDENTS. WHAT HAPPENED WITH THAT?

>> Reporter: YES, THE LOCAL UTILITY SAID THE POWER OUTAGE WAS CAUSED BY THE PLANE TAKING OUT A POWER LINE DURING THE TAKEOFF.

ABOUT 2,000 PEOPLE LOST POWER BUT MOST OF THEM HAVE IT BACK. >> GOOD NEWS ALL AROUND. THANKS TO YOU. >>> NOW TO THE PANDEMIC AND THE MAJOR NEWS ON BOOSTERS TONIGHT.

THE FDA HAS SIGNALLED THAT THEY WILL APPROVE MIXING AND MATCHING BOOSTER VACCINES BUT NOT NECESSARILY RECOMMENDED. THIS COMES AS THE CDC IS SET TO DEBATE THE SAME ISSUE. ERIELLE RESHEF HAS THE LATEST. >> Reporter: TONIGHT AN EXPECTED GREEN LIGHT FROM THE FDA COULD BE HOURS AWAY FOR SOME AMERICANS WHO WANT TO MIX VACCINES BY BOOSTING THEIR ORIGINAL VACCINE WITH A DIFFERENT BRAND. A SOURCE TELLING ABC NEWS REGULATORS WILL LIKELY STILL RECOMMEND PEOPLE GET THE SAME VACCINE BRAND FOR THEIR BOOSTER SHOT, BUT IT WON’T BE REQUIRED.

>> WE NOW KNOW THAT J&J WANES MORE QUICKLY THAN THE mRNA VACCINES. AND BEING ABLE TO GIVE MORE OPTIONS TO PATIENTS IS IMPORTANT. >> Reporter: THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO GOT THE ONE-SHOT JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE MAY BENEFIT MORE FROM A BOOSTER WITH AN mRNA VACCINE. A LIMITED STUDY LOOKING ATP ANTIBODIES, WHICH IS JUST ONE MEASURE OF PROTECTION, FOUND THAT AN EXTRA SHOT OF THE SAME JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE BOOSTED ANTIBODIES BY FOUR TIMES. BUT WHEN J&J WAS BOOSTED WITH PFIZER ANTIBODIES JUMPED 35 TIMES AND 76 TIMES AFTER A BOOST WITH MODERNA.

SOME WHO GOT THE J&J VACCINE STILL WANT TO STICK WITH IT FOR THEIR BOOSTER SHOT. >> I’D RATHER STAY WITH THE ONE COURSE AND JUST KEEP IT THAT WAY. >> Reporter: VACCINATIONS ARE DRIVING CASES DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT IN TEN STATES WITH COLDER CLIMATES, AS MORE PEOPLE SPEND TIME INSIDE, CASES AND HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS ARE CLIMBING AGAIN.

>> I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANOTHER HORRIFIC FALL-WINTER WAVE LIKE WE SAW LAST YEAR.

AND I THINK IT’S POSSIBLE. >> Reporter: AND TONIGHT EXPERTS ARE CALLING FOR MORE AGGRESSIVE STUDY ON NEW VARIANTS, A DESCENDANT OF DELTA AY-4.2 MAKES UP 6% OF CASES IN THE UK WHERE COVID DEATHS HIT THEIR HIGHEST POINT SINCE MARCH. RESEARCHERS IN THE U.S.

ARE USING GENOMIC SEQUENCING TO IDENTIFY AND TRACK NEW VARIANTS. >> FROM THE DATA I’VE SEEN, CASES OF AY 4.2 HAVE BEEN SEEN IN ABOUT FIVE STATES, MAYBE SEVEN STATES TOTAL. >> Reporter: 99% OF U.S.

CASES ARE DELTA, BUT SCIENTISTS WANT TO KNOW WHETHER THIS NEW VARIANT IS MORE TRANSMISSIBLE. >> WE NEED TO REMAIN VIGILANT. WHETHER THIS VARIANT WILL TURN OUT TO BE A PROBLEM OR NOT, UNTIL THIS IS CONTROLLED EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WE ALL REMAIN AT RISK. >> ERIELLE, LET’S GET BACK TO THE FDA GUIDANCE ON MIXING AND MATCHING BOOSTERS AND THE NEW STUDY PEOPLE WHO GOT THE J&J VACCINE MAY GET BETTER RESULTS WITH A DIFFERENT VACCINE BOOSTER.

WHERE DO WE THINK THE EXPERT GUIDANCE WILL LAND US ON THIS ISSUE?

>> Reporter: A CDC ADVISORY PANEL IS EXPECTED TO MEET, DEBATE AND VOTE ON MIXING VACCINES ON THURSDAY. THEN THE CDC DIRECTOR CAN SIGN OFF WITH FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS SOON AFTER THAT. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CDC WILL SAY THAT MIXING VACCINES IS SAFE AND THAT IT’S UP TO THE PATIENTS AND THEIR PROVIDERS TO DECIDE WHICH VACCINE TO GET. >> OUR THANKS TO YOU. >>> WE TURN NOW TO WASHINGTON WHERE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE JANUARY 6th RIOT IS MOVING TO RECOMMEND THAT FORMER TRUMP ADVISER STEVE BANNON BE HELD IN CRIMINAL CONTEMPT FOR DEFYING THEIR SUBPOENA.

BUT FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PUSHING BACK, SUING THE COMMITTEE FOR HARASSMENT AND CLAIMING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE TO BLOCK THEIR INVESTIGATION.

HERE’S ABC’S CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT JONATHAN KARL. >> Reporter: TONIGHT THE HOUSE JANUARY 6th COMMITTEE IS VOTING TO RECOMMEND CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST TRUMP ALLY STEVE BANNON FOR REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH ITS INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAPITOL RIOT. >> WE’RE LEFT WITH NO OTHER CHOICE THAN TO ASK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, LOCK HIM UP AND HOLD HIM IN CONTEMPT. AND CLEARLY THAT MIGHT SEND ENOUGH OF A MESSAGE THAT HE WILL AGREE TO TALK TO US.

>> Reporter: IN A 26-PAGE REPORT THE COMMITTEE ALLEGES, QUOTE, BANNON HAD SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE EVENTS PLANNED FOR JANUARY 6th BEFORE THEY OCCURRED.

THE REPORT POINTS TO BANNON’S OWN WORDS ON JANUARY 5th THE DAY BEFORE THE RIOT. >> ALL HELL IS GOING TO BREAK LOOSE TOMORROW. JUST UNDERSTAND THIS. ALL HELL IS GOING TO BREAK LOOSE TOMORROW.

IT’S GOING TO BE MOVING. IT’S GOING TO BE QUICK. THERE’S GOING TO BE MANY MOVING PIECES. >> Reporter: BANNON TOLD HIS FANS, THIS IS YOUR TIME IN HISTORY. >> IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN LIKE YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, OKAY?

IT’S GOING TO BE QUITE EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFERENT, AND ALL I CAN SAY IS STRAP IN.

YOU HAVE MADE THIS HAPPEN. AND TOMORROW IT’S GAME DAY. >> Reporter: BANNON SAYS HE IS REFUSING TO COOPERATE AT THE DIRECTION OF TRUMP HIMSELF IN THE NAME OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, THE RIGHT OF A PRESIDENT TO CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE FROM HIS AIDES, THIS ALTHOUGH TRUMP FIRED BANNON, BOOTING HIM FROM THE WHITE HOUSE MORE THAN THREE YEARS BEFORE THE RIOT. >> AND LET’S BRING IN OUR CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT JONATHAN KARL.

FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS FILED A LAWSUIT TRYING TO BLOCK THE COMMITTEE FROM ACCESSING WHITE HOUSE RECORDS.

WHAT’S THE FORMER PRESIDENT CLAIMING IN THAT SUIT? >> Reporter: THERE ARE A VARIETY OF CLAIMS IN THIS LAWSUIT. ON ONE END THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES THERE IS NO LEGISLATIVE PURPOSE FOR THESE DOCUMENTS. ALSO ALLEGING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IS BEING VIOLATED HERE, THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS A RIGHT TO KEEP HIS DELIBERATIONS WITH HIS STAFF, FORMER STAFF IN THIS CASE, CONFIDENTIAL.

THAT’S THE ARGUMENT. THE BIG PICTURE ARGUMENT, LINSEY, THE FORMER PRESIDENT IS MAKING IS THAT THIS IS A BIASED COMMITTEE, AN ILLEGITIMATE COMMITTEE. IN THE LAWSUIT THE LAWYERS CALL IT — AND I WANT TO READ THE QUOTE DIRECTLY TO YOU — A VEXATIOUS ILLEGAL FISHING EXPEDITION. >> VEXATIOUS ILLEGAL FISHING EXPEDITION. PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS WEIGHED IN ON THE SUBPOENA BATTLE SAYING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD TAKE ACTION.

HOW DID THE WHITE HOUSE RESPOND TO QUESTIONS TODAY ON WHETHER IT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO WEIGH IN. >> THE WHITE HOUSE QUICKLY CLARIFIED THE PRESIDENT’S REMARKS, YOU MIGHT SAY REVERSED THEM, SAYING THIS IS A DECISION THAT WILL BE MADE ENTIRELY BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DESPITE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID.

HE WAS ASKED DIRECTLY, DO YOU THINK THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED IF THEY DON’T COOPERATE WITH THE COMMITTEE. THE PRESIDENT ANSWERED DIRECTLY, YES. BUT JEN PSAKI, THE PRESS SECRETARY SAID THAT IN REALITY HERE THE DECISION WILL BE MADE NOT AT THE WHITE HOUSE, NOT BY THE PRESIDENT BUT BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

>> JONATHAN KARL, OUR THANKS TO YOU. >> THANK YOU, LINSEY. >>> NEXT TO THE FBI RAID ON HOMES IN NEW YORK AND D.C. LINKED TO A RUSSIAN OLIGARCH AND CLOSE ALLY OF VLADIMIR PUTIN.

THAT OLIGARCH WAS PREVIOUSLY SANCTIONED BY THE U.S. AND ALSO APPEARED IN THE MUELLER REPORT LINKED TO PAUL MANAFORT. SO, WHAT’S BEHIND THE RAIDS? HERE’S CHIEF JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PIERRE THOMAS.

>> Reporter: TONIGHT THE FBI RAIDING THE WASHINGTON AHOMES. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS PREVIOUSLY SANCTIONED STATING HE HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND ACCUSED OF THREATENING THE LIVES OF BUSINESS RIVALS, ILLEGALLY WIRETAPPING A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AND TAKING PART IN EXTORTION AND RACKETEERING. THERE ARE ALSO ALLEGATIONS HE HAD LINKS TO RUSSIAN ORGANIZED CRIME. TODAY THE FBI CARTING OFF BOXES FROM TWO PROPERTIES VALUES IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

GARY PASS KA HAS FACED SCRUTINY BEFORE, DETAILING TIES TO PAUL MANAFORT.

SOURCES SAY THE CASE HAS NO TIES TO FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS SANCTIONED SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIALS AND OLIGARCHS L. DEER PASS KA HAS SUED THE U.S. GOVERNMENT CLAIMING THE SANCTIONS AGAINST HIM ARE BASED ON NOTHING BUT FALSE RUMOR.

HIS SPOKESMAN SAID THOSE RAIDED HOMES ARE NOT HIS PROPERTY. LINSEY. >>> NEXT TO THE NATIONWIDE SUPPLY SHORTAGE THAT’S NOW TRANSLATING INTO PRICE HIKES FOR ALL OF US. TONIGHT WHAT PROCTER & GAMBLE IS SAYING AND WHAT PRICES WILL BE FIRST TO RISE.

HERE’S CHIEF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT REBECCA JARVIS.

>> Reporter: TONIGHT PROCTER & GAMBLE, MAKER OF TIDE DETERGENT, ANNOUNCING PRICE HIKES ON MANY HOUSEHOLD STAPLES IN RESPONSE TO MOUNTING PROBLEMS WITH THE SUPPLY CHAIN. IN A CALL WITH INVESTORS TODAY, THE COMPANY, WHICH ALREADY RAISED THE PRICE OF PAMPERS DIAPERS EARLIER THIS YEAR, SAYS IT IS LIMITING HOW MUCH SOME RETAILERS CAN BUY TO PREVENT HOARDING AND CHANGING UP SHIPPING ROUTES. THE NEWS COMES AS A RECORD BREAKING 100 SHIPS WAIT TO UNLOAD AT THE PORTS OF L.A. AND LONG BEACH.

RIGHT HERE IN RECENT DAYS WHAT THE BOTTLENECK LOOKS LIKE UP CLOSE. >> THERE ARE MORE THAN 60 CONTAINER SHIPS ANCHORED HERE. NORMALLY THERE WOULDN’T BE ANY. AND THESE ARE THE ONES WE CAN SEE. OUT BEYOND HERE, THERE ARE DOZENS MORE WAITING TO ANCHOR.

>> Reporter: NOW UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD JOINING THOSE PORTS RUNNING 24/7. ON MONDAY THE AMERICAN APPAREL AND FOOT WARE ASSOCIATION CALLING ON THE PRESIDENT TO INCENTIVIZE THE USE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND/OR UTILIZE NAVAL PORTS TO HELP UNLOCK PORT CONGESTION. SICILIA VEGA PRESSING THE WHITE HOUSE. >> ARE THOSE OPTIONS? >> I’M NOT HERE TO TAKE OPTIONS OFF THE TABLE BUT WE HAVE MADE A GREAT DEAL OF PROGRESS ALREADY.

>> HITTING NEARLY EVERY INDUSTRY, EVEN SCHOOLS. >> IT’S IMPACTING EVERYTHING FROM FOOD ITEMS AND NON-FOOD ITEMS SUCH AS SERVING TRAYS AND PLASTIC WARE. THE SCHOOLS ARE STRUGGLING TO GET THOSE ITEMS. >> REBECCA JARVIS JOINS US NOW. WHILE THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES DEALS WITH TREMENDOUS BACKLOGS, IT SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER CALIFORNIA PORT IS SAYING THEY CAN HELP.

>> Reporter: THE PORT OF OAKLAND HAS STEPPED IN LINSEY. AND THEY SAY WHILE THEY ARE SEEING INCREASED INTEREST IN THEIR PORT THIS YEAR, THEY HAVE NOT SEEN THE KINDS OF BACKLOGS THAT THE PORT OF L.A. AND LONG BEACH ARE EXPERIENCING. SO, THEY’RE SAYING, WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

COME SHIP TO US. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND HERE, WHILE THIS IS GREAT, I MEAN, IT WILL HELP SOME OF THAT BACKLOG. THIS IS A MUCH BIGGER ISSUE THAN JUST SHIPS WAITING AT PORTS.

YOU HAVE FACTORIES THAT WERE SHUT DOWN DURING THE PANDEMIC THAT HAVE GONE DOWN SUPPORADICAY THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC CREATING THESE VARIOUS ITEMS FROM SMARTPHONES TO TOYS TO SOFAS THAT ARE ALL BACKLOGGED YOURSELF. YOU HAVE ON THE FLIP SIDE OF IT HERE ON THE GROUND A SHORTAGE OF TRUCKERS, WORKERS, WAREHOUSE WORKERS.

WHEN YOU HEAR SUPPLY CHAIN, IT IS ALL THESE ELEMENTS OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN, NOT JUST PURELY THE PORTS, WHICH MAKE FOR GREAT PICTURES AND ARE CERTAINLY A BIG PIECE OF THIS SITUATION. BUT I TALKED TO A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND THEY EVEN SAID WHEN THINGS STARTED MOVING 24/7, YES THAT WILL HELP ON SOME LEVEL, BUT THAT’S NOT GOING TO GET A FACTORY THAT SAYS YOU’RE NOT GETTING YOUR ORDER UNTIL FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR TO SEND IT ANY SOONER.

>> REBECCA JARVIS, OUR THANKS TO YOU. >>> FOR MORE, LET’S BRING IN THE VP OF SUPPLY CHAIN AND CUSTOMS POLICY OF THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION, MR. JOHN GOLD.

RETAIL OF COURSE IS THE NATION’S LARGEST PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYER. EACH DAY NOW WE’RE HEARING ABOUT NEW SHORTAGES AND NEW PLANS TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MOST URGENT CONCERN IS AT THIS MOMENT? >> HI, LINSEY. THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON TONIGHT.

I THINK RIGHT NOW IS TRYING TO ADJUST THE ONGOING CHALLENGE OF THE CONGESTION WE’RE FACING IN OUR PORTS. WE’VE GOT TO GET THROUGH THE BACKLOG SO WE CAN GET THE CONTAINERS OUT OF THE YARD AND GET THE OTHER VESSELS IN AND GET THEM UNLOADED. >> WE’VE KNOWN ABOUT THIS BACKLOG FOR WEEKS, EVEN LONGER. IT APPEARS TO ONLY BE GETTING WORSE. IS THE WHITE HOUSE DOING ENOUGH TO RESPOND TO THE SUPPLY SHORTAGES, OR WHO NEEDS TO BE TAKING ACTION AT THIS POINT?

>> YOU KNOW, TO BE HONEST, THE CHALLENGES WE’RE FACING TODAY EXISTED WELL BEFORE COVID BUT THEY’VE BEEN FURTHER EXACERBATED BY THE ONGOING PANDEMIC AND THE SURGE WE’VE SEEN IN CONSUMER DEMAND.

I THINK THE WHITE HOUSE IS DOING A GOOD JOB BY GETTING THE RIGHT STAKEHOLDER AT THE TABLE. WE NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND ADDRESS THE SITUATION AND PLAN FOR A BETTER SUPPLY CHAIN GOING FORWARD. BUT THERE’S SERIOUS ISSUES WE NEED TO ADDRESS IN ORDER TO GET THE CONTAINERS MOVING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. >> WITHOUT CAUSING A PANDEMIC, WE’VE SEEN REPORTS OF MILK AND MEAT AND OTHER STAP MS RUNNING LOW, WHAT ARE RETAILERS TELLING YOU THEY’RE HAVING THE HARDEST TIME RESTOCKING AT THIS POINT?

>> I THINK ACROSS THE BOARD THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN ACROSS THE BOARD WHETHER IT’S MEAT AND VEGETABLES AS WELL AS APPAREL, FOOTWEAR, CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, HARD GOODS, EVERYTHING THAT MOVES THROUGH THE SUPPLY CHAIN HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE.

RETAILERS HAVE CONTINGENCIES IN PLACE THEY’RE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK. >> I THINK MOST EXPERTS AGREE THAT THE OBSTRUCTIONS WE’RE SEEING ACROSS THE BOARD, WE’RE GOING TO SEE THESE WELL INTO 2022. BUT THIS IS WHY WE’VE GOT TO TACKLE THESE ISSUES NOW BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE WILL BE FURTHER DISRUPTIONS IN THE FUTURE. AND WE’VE GOT TO HAVE BETTER RESILIENCY IN OUR SUPPLY CHAIN.

>> VP OF SUPPLY AND CUSTOMS POLICY OF THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION, JOHN GOLD.

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND INSIGHT. APPRECIATE IT. >> GREAT, THANK YOU. >>> WHEN WE COME BACK, MAJOR AMERICAN CITY VOTING TO REMOVE A STATUE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON FROM HIS CITY HALL AND THE BACKLASH THAT CANCEL CULTURE IS GOING TO TOO FAR.

>>> WE’RE STANDING BY FOR THE START OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE HEARING LOOKING INTO STEVE BANNON. WE’LL BRING IT TO YOU LIVE. >>> UP NEXT OUR TEAM ON THE GROUND IN HAITI AS THOSE DESPERATE EFFORTS TO RESCUE THOSE KIDNAPPED AMERICANS CONTINUES. HOW WILL THEY ULTIMATELY BE BROUGHT SAFELY HOME? STAY WITH US.

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>>> NOW WITH SO MUCH ON THE LINE, MORE AMERICANS ARE TURNING TO DAVID MUIR AND ABC’S “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT” THAN ANY OTHER PROGRAM ACROSS ALL OF TELEVISION. >>> THE FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER CABINET MEMBER HAS BECOME THE COUNTRY’S FIRST TRANSGENDER FOUR STAR OFFICER, FIRST FEMALE FOUR STAR OFFICER TO LEAD THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE.

ADMIRAL LEVINE WHO IS THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF HEALTH CALLED IT A MOMENTOUS OCCASION. >>> NEXT TO THE DESPERATE EFFORTS TO RESCUE A MISSIONARY GROUP WHO WAS KIDNAPPED IN HAITI. THE FBI HAS MADE CONTACT WITH THE GANG SUSPECTED OF HOLDING 16 AMERICANS AND ONE CANADIAN.

MARCUS MOORE ON THE GROUND IN HAITI. HE CAUGHT UP WITH A PRIEST WHO WAS KIDNAPPED AND FREED BY THAT SUSPECTED GANG. >> Reporter: TONIGHT THE VIOLENT GANG IN HAITI ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING 17 MEMBERS OF A U.S. CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION DEMANDING $17 MILLION FOR THEIR RELEASE, $1 MILLION PER HOSTAGE ACCORDING TO A SENIOR HAITIAN POLICE OFFICIAL.

THEIR DEMAND COMES AS THE FBI MAKES CONTACT WITH THE 4 MONEY MAWOZO GANG.

>> THE FBI IS PART OF A COORDINATED EFFORT TO GET THE U.S. CITIZENS INVOLVED TO SAFETY, ALSO THAT THE U.S.

EMBASSY IN PORT-AU-PRINCE IS PROVIDING ASSISTANCE. >> THIS COMES AFTER A MAGNITUDE 7.2 EARTHQUAKE DEMOLISHED HAITI’S SOUTH WESTERN PENINSULA BACK IN AUGUST, LEAVING UNIMAGINABLE DAMAGE. IT DESTROYED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND KILLED NEARLY 2,200 PEOPLE. THIS ALL ON TOP OF A POORLY MANAGED RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC, ONLY MADE WORSE AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF JOVENEL MOISE THIS PAST SUMMER.

GANGS WERE PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED RELIEF. >> BEING ANYONE IN HAITI YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE SOME KIND OF FEAR BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.

PEOPLE ARE BEING KIDNAPPED LEFT AND RIGHT. YOU MIGHT GET PULLED OVER. YOU MIGHT GET ROBBED.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. SO, ANYBODY HERE IN HAITI, I THINK EVERYONE HERE IN HAITI HAS SOME SENSE OF FEAR. ANY FOREIGNER, WHITE PERSON IN HAITI, IS A TARGET. YOU STICK OUT. SO, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE MISSIONARIES, THEY HAD DIFFERENT TYPE OF CLOTHES ON, BUT, YOU KNOW, THEY WOULD HAVE STUCK OUT ANYWAY.

BUT NOW IT’S TOTALLY RANDOM. EVERYBODY’S GETTING KIDNAPPED. POLITICIANS ARE GETTING KIDNAPPED. PEOPLE IN POWER ARE GETTING KIDNAPPED. MISSIONARIES ARE GETTING KIDNAPPED.

SCHOOL KIDS ARE GETTING KIDNAPPED. NO ONE’S OFF LIMITS. >> Reporter: THE RISE IN VIOLENCE LEADING TO WIDESPREAD PROTESTS IN THE CAPITAL. THIS IS WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN PORT-AU-PRINCE WHERE AT ANY MOMENT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO STOP VEHICLES WHO ARE DRIVING UP THE HILL.

WE TRIED TO DRIVE UP THE ROAD JUST EARLIER AND WERE TOLD TO TURN AROUND.

THAT’S A BIT OF WHAT LIFE IS LIKE RIGHT NOW HERE IN PORT-AU-PRINCE. PEOPLE ARE ANGRY AND THEY WANT STABILITY IN THEIR COUNTRY. >> Reporter: AND TONIGHT WE’RE LEARNING THE AGES OF THOSE 16 AMERICANS AND ONE CANADIAN KIDNAPPED. ADULTS 18-48 AND AMONG THE CHILDREN AN 8-MONTH-OLD BABY. THE GROUP WAS IN HAITI WORKING ON SEVERAL HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS INCLUDING HOME BUILDING AND TEACHING SCHOOL CHILDREN.

BEFORE THE KIDNAPPING SATURDAY THEY HAD JUST VISITED THIS ORPHANAGE THAT RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE ORGANIZATION. SO MANY NOW PRAYING FOR THEIR SAFE RETURN, INCLUDING THIS FATHER WHO SAYS HE AND OTHERS WERE KIDNAPPED IN APRIL. THEY WERE HELD FOR 20 DAYS AND FREED.

>> WE DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE OUR HOPE IN GOD. >> DIFFICULT TIMES FOR SURE.

MARCUS MOORE JOINS US NOW FROM PORT-AU-PRINCE. MARCUS, HAVE AUTHORITIES SAID WHERE THE GANG MIGHT ALLEGEDLY BE HOLDING THIS MISSIONARY GROUP OR WHETHER THEY’VE MADE ANY DEADLINES TO THAT $17 MILLION RANS SM REQUEST. >> Reporter: A HAITIAN OFFICIAL TELLS US THEY BELIEVE THE MISSIONARIES AND THE CHILDREN ARE CLOSE TO PORT-AU-PRINCE. HE DIDN’T MENTION A DEADLINE BUT HE DID SAY NEGOTIATIONS ARE UNDERWAY AS WE SPOKE TONIGHT. >> YOU SPOKE TO THAT PRIEST WHO WAS BEING HELD.

DID HE HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO ARE STILL BEING HELD CAPTIVE? >> Reporter: HE DID. HE WAS HELD CAPTIVE FOR 20 DAYS, AND HE SAID THAT THE MESSAGE HE WANTED TO GET TO THE PEOPLE RIGHT NOW WHO ARE BEING HELD HOSTAGE IS NOT TO GROW IMPATIENT.

HE SAID HE HOPES THEY WILL KEEP THEIR FAITH AND WILL BELIEVE THAT ONE DAY THEY WILL BE FREED. AND LINSEY, BEFORE WE LEFT THE MONASTERY THERE, HE INSISTED THAT WE AS A GROUP PRAY FOR THOSE MISSIONARIES AND THE CHILDREN, THAT THEY HAVE A SAFE RETURN FROM THOSE CAPTORS.

LINSEY? >> REMAINING FAITHFUL THROUGHOUT IT ALL. MARCUS MOORE, OUR THANKS TO YOU. >>> JOINING US NOW IS ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND FORMER SENIOR OFFICIAL FOR THE FBI RICHARD FRANKEL. RICHARD, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.

IT’S NOW BEEN THREE DAYS SINCE THE AMERICAN MISSIONARIES WERE KIDNAPPED. GIVE US A REALITY CHECK OF WHAT THE SITUATION IS ON THE GROUND FOR U.S. OFFICIALS AND WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GANG THAT’S BEHIND THIS. >> NOT MUCH IS KNOWN ABOUT THE GANG.

IT’S A LARGE GANG BASED OUT OF PORT-AU-PRINCE HAITI, WELL MANNED. BUT WE’RE REALLY NOT SURE AT THIS POINT WHO’S BEHIND THE GANG, WHO’S IN CHARGE AND WHAT THEIR GOALS ARE OTHER THAN JUST TO MAKE MONEY.

WHAT’S GOING ON NOW IS THAT AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THERE HAS BEEN A REQUEST FOR RANSOM BY THE HOSTAGE TAKERS OR DEMAND. THE DEMAND IS FOR $17 MILLION, $1 MILLION PER HOSTAGE. YOU’LL HAVE THE FAMILIES EITHER WORKING THROUGH A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FAMILY, A THIRD PARTY NEGOTIATOR, SOMEBODY WHO WAS HIRED BY THE FAMILY OR BY SOMEBODY ASSOCIATED WITH THE CHURCH BUSINESS THAT THEY ALL ARE PART OF NEGOTIATING WITH THE HOSTAGE TAKERS IN SOME MANNER.

AND IT MAY BE JUST SAYING, OKAY, WE HAVE THE DEMAND FOR THEM FOR MONEY. BUT HOW ARE THEY? CAN YOU SEND US VIDEOS OF THEM, SHOW US IF THEY’RE ALL OKAY, THAT THEY’RE NOT INJURED, THAT THEY’VE ALL SURVIVED, THAT THERE’S NO ILLNESS, EVERYTHING ALONG THAT LINE. >> PROOF OF LIFE I GUESS IT’S OFTEN CALLED. AND AS YOU MENTIONED KIDNAPPERS ARE DEMANDING A MILLION DOLLARS A PERSON.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE NEGOTIATING WITH A GROUP LIKE THIS WITHOUT FURTHER INCENTIVIZING THEM TO UP THEIR PRICE OR KIDNAP AGAIN IN THE FUTURE SO THEY DEMAND EVEN MORE MONEY. >> THAT IS A CONCERN NOT REALLY OF THE FAMILY TO BE QUITE HONEST. THE FAMILIES, YOU KNOW, THEIR GOAL IS TO JUST GET THE HOSTAGES BACK. BUT, YOU KNOW, FROM THE GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE, YEAH, YOU DON’T WANT TO BE NEGOTIATING WITH THEM, GIVING THEM EVERYTHING THEY’VE ASKED FOR AND THEN ALMOST CAUSING MORE KIDNAPPINGS.

SO, YOU WANT TO MAKE THIS AT LEAST FROM THE GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE HARDER FOR THEM.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE IT SO HARD THAT THEY GET ANGRY AND THEN HURT THE HOSTAGES. SO, IT’S A VERY TIGHT BALANCING THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO DETERMINE HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE FOR EITHER LESS MONEY OR NO MONEY, AND HOW DO YOU MAKE IT SO THAT THEY WILL NOT IMMEDIATELY GO OUT AND KIDNAP 17 MORE HOSTAGES. AND THIS IS ALL THAT’S GOING THROUGH THE MIND OF THE HOSTAGE CELL AND THE GOVERNMENT. >> SUCH A DELICATE DANCE YOU JUST LAID OUT THERE FOR US REALLY CLEARLY. AND OF COURSE YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IN HANDLING KIDNAPPING NEGOTIATIONS IN HAITI.

BUT IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS HAITI EXPERIENCED NOT ONLY THE EARTHQUAKE, BUT THEIR PRESIDENT WAS ASSASSINATED. SO, HOW CAN SAFE AND EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATIONS HAPPEN IN A COUNTRY WITH SO MUCH RECENT INSTABILITY? >> YOU’RE GOING INTO MOST OF THE TIME AREAS THAT ARE IN CRISIS. WHEN I WAS IN HAITI IN 2005 THE UN BASICALLY HAD CONTROL OF HAITI. THERE WERE KIDNAPPINGS WEEKLY.

WHILE WE WERE DOWN THERE NOT JUST U.S. CITIZENS WERE BEING KIDNAPPED BUT CANADIANS WERE BEING KIDNAPPED AT THE SAME TIME. SO, YOU’RE TRYING TO WORK THROUGH THOSE ISSUES JUST DEALING WITH THE CRISIS OF THE GOVERNMENT. AND IN HAITI RIGHT NOW, LIKE YOU SAID, IT’S AIN CRISIS.

THEY’VE HAD THE EARTHQUAKE, THEY’VE HAD THE PRESIDENTIAL KILLING. THEY’VE HAD HOSTAGES TAKENEN ON A DAILY BASIS AT TIMES.

AND IT’S NOT JUST FOREIGNERS. THEY’RE TAKING SCHOOL CHILDREN OFF THE STREET. THEY’RE TAKING VENDORS OFF THE STREET.

THEY’RE BASICALLY TAKING ANYONE THEY THINK THEY CAN GET A QUICK BUCK, SOME MONEY TO GET THOSE INDIVIDUALS BACK. AND WHEN THEY DO TAKE WESTERNERS, WHETHER IT’S U.S. CITIZENS, CANADIANS, EUROPEANS, PEOPLE FROM ASIA, IT DOESN’T MATTER TO THEM. ALL THEY’RE LOOKING FOR IS SOMEBODY WHO THEY THINK HAS DEEP POCKETS WHO CAN PAY THE NEGOTIATORS THE TOP DOLLAR.

AND THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO GO FOR. >> MARCUS MOORE SPOKE TO A CAPTOR 20 DAYS EARLIER THIS YEAR. 20 DAY SOCIAL SECURITY A LONG TIME. IS THERE ANYTHING TO ANTICIPATE WITH THE U.S.

INVOLVEMENT AT THIS POINT THAT THIS CASE WILL BE ABLE TO BE RESOLVED SOONER THAN THAT? >> NO. THAT’S THE THING.

YOU KNOW, EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT. IT DEPENDS ON THE HOSTAGE TAKERS, THE HOSTAGES, HOW THEY’RE DOING.

YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES WHEN A HOSTAGE ACTUALLY IS ILL, SOMETIMES IT’S MORE TROUBLE FOR THE HOSTAGE TAKERS, SO THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THE HOSTAGES SOONER. IF THEY’RE IN GOOD HEALTH, THEN THEY MAY WANT TO KEEP THEM LONGER AND TRY TO GET MORE MONEY OUT OF THE NEGOTIATORS. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE 17 KIDNAPPED AT THE SAME TIME, THAT IS — IN MY OPINION, THAT’S GAME CHANGING IN THE SENSE THAT WHEN I WAS DOING IT, THEY WERE KIDNAPPED ONE, MAYBE TWO.

THEY’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE AND KEEP THOSE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, CONTAINED SO THAT THEY CAN GET THEIR MONEY BACK. AND 17, NO MATTER WHAT, THAT’S A STRETCH.

SO, AS WE GO FURTHER INTO THE DAYS, I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THERE PROBABLY IS GOING TO BE A STRAIN ON BOTH SIDES. >> REALLY HUMBLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION. RICHARD FRANKEL, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THANK YOU. >>> STILL AHEAD HERE ON “PRIME,” THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF A FRESHMAN AT YET ANOTHER FRATERNITY HOUSE THIS TIME IN KENTUCKY.

OUR JOURNEY TO THE KOREAN CANDY STORE THAT HAS BECOME A HIT BECAUSE OF THE HIT NETFLIX SHOW “SQUID GAMES,” AND KIM AND YE ARE DIVORCING AND DIVIDING UP THEIR ASSETS. >>> OUR TWEET OF THE DAY. CELINE DION ANNOUNCING SHE HAS TO DELAY HER LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY DUE TO AN UNFORESEEN MEDICAL ISSUE. WE ARE CERTAINLY WISHING HER WELL. >>> IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY.

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KIM HAS PAID HER EX $20 MILLION TO TAKE SOLE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR MANSION AND FORKED OVER $3 MILLION MORE FOR THE FURNISHINGS. MEANWHILE THE RAPPER REPORTEDLY BOUGHT A $57 MILLION BEACH FRONT MEGAMANSION IN MALIBU. FORBES PUTS HIS NET WORTH AT A WHOPPING $1.8 BILLION AND KIM’S AT $1 BILLION. MAYBE THEY SHOULD BOTH BE WARY OF THE GOLD DIGGERS THE GRAMMY WINNER SINGS ABOUT.

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THANKS FOR STREAMING WITH US. >>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU NOW LIVE TO WASHINGTON WHERE THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE JANUARY 6th RIOT IS MEETING TONIGHT IN A RARE PRIME TIME HEARING WHERE THEY’RE EXPECTED TO RECOMMEND THAT FORMER TRUMP ADVISER STEVE BANNON BE HELD IN CRIMINAL CONTEMPT FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH THE COMMITTEE SUBPOENA FOR HIS TESTIMONY. BENNIE THOMPSON, YOU SEE HIM RIGHT THERE AND ITS VICE CHAIR, REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE LIZ CHENEY BOTH SPEAKING TONIGHT. LET’S TAKE A LISTEN IN.

>> WILL DO HIS DUE AND PROSECUTE MR. BANNON FOR CRIMINAL CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS. OUR GOAL IS SIMPLE. WE WANT MR. BANNON TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS.

WE WANT HIM TO TURN OVER WHATEVER RECORDS HE POSSESS THAT ARE RELEVANT TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE’S INVESTIGATION. THE ISSUE IN FRONT OF US TODAY IS OUR ABILITY TO DO OUR JOB. IT’S ABOUT FULFILLING OUR RESPONSIBILITIES ACCORDING TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 5.0.3 TO PROVIDE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ANSWERS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 6th AND HELP ENSURE NOTHING LIKE THAT DAY EVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

WE FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES BY DISCOVERING THE FACTS BEHIND THE JANUARY 6th ATTACK SO THAT CONGRESS CAN CONSIDER LEGISLATION WITH THE FULL UNDERSTANDING OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT LED TO AN ATTACK ON CONGRESS ITSELF. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR JUST HOW ISOLATED MR. BANNON IS IN HIS REFUSAL TO COOPERATE WITH THE SELECT COMMITTEE. WE’VE REACHED OUT TO DOZES OF WITNESSES. WE ARE TAKING IN THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF RECORDS.

WE ARE CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS ON A STEADY BASIS. THIS IS IS SHOE LEATHER WORK OF CONDUCTING A SERIOUS, FOCUSED INVESTIGATION. IT’S NOT FLASHY, BUT IT GETS RESULTS. IT’S ESSENTIAL THAT WE GET MR. BANNON’S FACTUAL AND COMPLETE TESTIMONY IN ORDER TO GET A FULL ACCOUNTING OF THE VIOLENCE OF JANUARY 6th AND ITS CAUSES.

MR. BANNON STANDS ALONE IN HIS COMPLETE DEFIANCE OF OUR SUBPOENA. THAT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE. NO ONE IN THIS COUNTRY, NO MATTER HOW WEALTHY OR HOW POWERFUL, IS ABOVE THE LAW. LEFT UNADDRESSED, THIS DEFIANCE MAY ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FOLLOW MR.

BANNON DOWN THE SAME PATH. FOR FOLKS WATCHING AT HOME THIS EVENING, I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT SOMETHING.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU DID WHAT MR. BANNON IS DOING? WHAT YOU WERE A MATERIAL WITNESS IN A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OR SOME OTHER LAWSUIT, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU REFUSED TO SHOW UP?

DO YOU THINK YOU’D BE ABLE TO JUST GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT. THERE ISN’T A DIFFERENT SET OF RULES FOR MR. BANNON. HE KNOWS THIS.

HE KNOWS THAT THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUTRIGHT DEFIANCE, AND HE’S CHOSEN THE PATH TOWARD CRIMINAL CONTEMPT BY TAKING THIS POSITION.

AND THERE ARE BETTER MATTERS AT STAKE. ONE OF THE MAJOR QUESTIONS THE SELECT COMMITTEE IS DEALING WITH IS WHETHER THE RULE OF LAW WILL BE ABLE TO ENDURE AS A PILLAR OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. AFTER ALL, WE’VE SEEN THE RULE OF LAW PUT TO THE TEST REPEATEDLY IN OUR RECENT PAST. WHILE WE DON’T KNOW ALL THE FACTS, WE DO KNOW THAT THERE WAS A POWERFUL PUSH TO OVERTURN THE LEGITIMATE RESULTS OF THE 2020 ELECTION.

AMERICANS HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE LIED TO ABOUT THAT.

WE KNOW THAT ULTIMATELY THERE WAS A VIOLENT ATTACK THAT INTERFERED WITH THE PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER FROM ONE PRESIDENT TO ANOTHER. WE KNOW THAT LIES ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THAT ELECTION HAVEN’T GONE AWAY. AND NOW WE HAVE A KEY WITNESS WHO’S FLAT OUT REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA AND COOPERATE WITH OUR INVESTIGATION. THE RULE OF LAW REMAINS UNDER ATTACK RIGHT NOW.

IF THERE ARE NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THESE SETS OF ABUSES, IF THERE ARE DIFFERENT SETS OF RULES FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE, THEN OUR DEMOCRACY IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. AS CHAIR OF THIS COMMITTEE, I WON’T ALLOW FURTHER HARM TO THE RULE OF LAW IN THE COURSE OF OUR WORK. MR. BANNON WILL COMPLY WITH OUR INVESTIGATION OR HE WILL FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. MAYBE HE’S WILLING TO BE A MARTYR TO A DISGRACEFUL CAUSE OF WHITEWASHING WHAT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 6th OR DEMONSTRATING HIS COMPLETE LOYALTY TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT.

SO, I WANT OUR WITNESSES TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING VERY PLAINLY.

IF YOU’RE THINKING OF FOLLOWING THE PATH MR. BANNON HAS GONE DOWN, YOU ARE ON NOTICE THAT THIS IS WHAT YOU’LL FACE. THE PROCESS WE’VE BEGUN TONIGHT IS A GRAVE ONE. IT SELDOM HAPPENS, AND WE’D RATHER AVOID IT ALTOGETHER.

BUT IT’S NOT RESERVED JUST FOR STEVE BANNON. IF OTHER WITNESSES DEFY THIS COMMITTEE, IF THEY FAIL TO COOPERATE, WE WILL BE BACK IN THIS ROOM WITH A NEW REPORT WITH THE NAMES OF WHOEVER ELSE MISTAKENLY BELIEVES THAT THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW. WE HOPE NO OTHER WITNESSES PUT THEMSELVES IN THE SITUATION MR.

BANNON HAS, THROUGH HIS OWN CONDUCT, BUT WE CANNOT ALLOW ANYONE TO STAND IN THE WAY OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE AS WE WORK TO GET TO THE FACTS. THE STAKES ARE JUST TOO HIGH.

WE WON’T BE DETERRED. WE WON’T BE DISTRACTED. AND WE WON’T BE DELAYED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE FAVORABLE ADOPTION OF THIS REPORT. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED VICE CHAIR, MY FRIEND, MS.

CHENEY OF WYOMING FOR ANY STATEMENTS SHE WOULD CARE TO OFFER. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. ON JANUARY 6th A MOB BREACHED THE SECURITY PERIMETER OF OUR CAPITOL, ASSAULTED AND INJURED MORE THAN 140 POLICE OFFICERS, ENGAGED IN HAND-TO-HAND VIOLENCE OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD AND INVADED AND OCCUPIED THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING ALL IN AN EFFORT TO HALT THE LAWFUL COUNTING OF ELECTORAL VOTES AND REVERSE THE RESULTS OF THE 2020 ELECTION. THE DAY BEFORE THIS ALL OCCURRED, ON JANUARY 6th5th, MR.

BANNON PUBLICLY PROFESSED KNOWLEDGE THAT, QUOTE, ALL HELL IS GOING TO BREAK LOOSE TOMORROW, END QUOTE. HE FORECAST THAT THE DAY WOULD BE, QUOTE, EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT MOST AMERICANS EXPECTED.

HE SAID TO HIS LISTENERS AND HIS VIEWERS, QUOTE, SO MANY PEOPLE SAID IF I WAS IN A REVOLUTION I WOULD BE IN WASHINGTON. WELL, HE SAID, THIS IS YOUR TIME IN HISTORY. BASED ON THE COMMITTEES INVESTIGATION, IT APPEARS THAT MR.

BANNON HAD SUBSTANTIAL ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE OF THE PLANS FOR JANUARY 6th AND LIKELY HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN FORMULATING THOSE PLANS. MR. BANNON WAS IN THE WAR ROOM AT THE WILLARD ON JANUARY 6th. HE ALSO APPEARS TO HAVE DETAILED KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRESIDENT’S EFFORTS TO SELL MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THE FRAUD THAT THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN.

IN THE WORDS OF MANY WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE JANUARY 6th ATTACK, THE VIOLENCE THAT DAY WAS IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REPEATED CLAIMS FROM ELECTION NIGHT THROUGH JANUARY 6th THAT HE HAD WON THE ELECTION.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO MR. BANNON’S FIRSTHAND TESTIMONY ABOUT ALL OF THESE RELEVANT FACTS. BUT AS THE CHAIRMAN NOTED, MR. BANNON IS REFUSING TO PROVIDE IT. PRESERVING OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW IS A CENTRAL PURPOSE OF THIS INVESTIGATION.

THE PLAIN FACT HERE IS THAT MR.

BANNON HAS NO LEGAL RIGHT TO IGNORE THE COMMITTEE’S LAWFUL SUBPOENA. SO FAR MR. BANNON’S EXCUSE IS THAT FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP WISHES TO INVOKE SOME FORM OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OR A SUBSET OF THE RELEVANT TOPICS. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DIRECT COMMUNICATIONS WITH MR.

BANNON REGARDING THE PLANNING FOR JANUARY 6th. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY PRIVILEGE AT ALL. AND CERTAINLY THERE IS NO BASIS FOR ABSOLUTE OR UNQUALIFIED PRIVILEGE FOR PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS. MORE IMPORTANT NOW, THERE IS NO CONCEIVABLY APPLICABLE PRIVILEGE THAT COULD SHIELD MR. BANNON FROM TESTIMONY ON ALL OF THE MANY OTHER TOPICS IDENTIFIED IN THIS COMMITTEE’S SUBPOENA.

BECAUSE HE HAS CATEGORICALLY REFUSED TO APPEAR, WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SEEK CONSEQUENCES FOR MR. BANNON’S FAILURE TO COMPLY. THOSE CONSEQUENCES ARE NOT JUST IMPORTANT FOR THIS INVESTIGATION.

THEY ARE IMPORTANT FOR ALL CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS. MR.

BANNON’S AND MR. TRUMP’S PRIVILEGE ARGUMENTS DO, HOWEVER, APPEAR TO REVEAL ONE THING. THEY SUGGEST THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF JANUARY 6th, AND THIS COMMITTEE WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THAT. LET ME ADD ONE FURTHER THOUGHT PRINCIPALLY FROM MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. WE ALL AGREE THAT AMERICA IS THE GREATEST NATION ON THE FACE OF GOD’S EARTH.

TRUTH, JUSTICE AND OUR CONSTITUTION HAVE MADE AMERICA GREAT. ALMOST EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOWS IN YOUR HEARTS THAT WHAT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 6th WAS PROFOUNDLY WRONG. YOU ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD ELECTION FRAUD SUFFICIENT TO HAVE CHANGED THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION. YOU ALL KNOW THAT THE DOMINION VOTING MACHINES WERE NOT CORRUPTED BY A FOREIGN POWER. YOU KNOW THESE CLAIMS ARE FALSE, YET FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP REPEATS THEM ALMOST DAILY.

AND HE HAS NOW URGED REPUBLICANS NOT TO VOTE IN 2022 AND 2024.

THIS IS A PRESCRIPTION FOR NATIONAL SELF DESTRUCTION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, PLEASE CONSIDER THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS OF RIGHT AND WRONG HERE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THEY MUST KNOW THE TRUTH.

ALL OF US WHO ARE ELECTED OFFICIALS MUST DO OUR DUTY TO PREVENT THE DISMANTLING OF THE RULE OF LAW AND TO ENSURE THAT NOTHING LIKE THAT DARK DAY IN JANUARY EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK. >> PURSUANT TO NOTICE, I NOW CALL UP THE REPORT ON A RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FIND STEVEN K.

BANNON IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS FOR REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH A SUBPOENA DUALLY ISSUED BY THE SELECT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE JANUARY 6th ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. THE REPORT WAS CIRCULATED IN ADVANCE AND PRINTED COPIES ARE AVAILABLE. THE CLERK SHALL DESIGNATE THE REPORT. >> REPORT ON A RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FINDS STEVEN K. BANNON IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS FOR REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH THE SUBPOENA DUALLY ISSUED BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE JANUARY 6th ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL.

>> WITHOUT OBJECTION THE REPORT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND OPEN TO AMENDMENTS AT ANY TIME.

I’LL RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR THE PURPOSE OF OFFERING AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE NOW AT THE DESK. THE CLERK SHALL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. >> AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE OFFERED BY MR. THOMPSON OF MISSISSIPPI.

>> WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND CONSIDERED BASE TEXT FOR PURPOSES OF FURTHER AMENDMENT. I’LL NOW RECOGNIZE MYSELF TO EXPLAIN THE AMENDMENT. YESTERDAY EVENING COUNSEL TO MR. BANNON REQUESTED A ONE-WEEK ADJOINMENT OF OUR RESPONSE TO A LETTER I WROTE ON OCTOBER 15th, WHICH STATED THAT MR. BANNON’S WILLFUL DEFIANCE OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE’S SUBPOENA WOULD LEAD TO TONIGHT’S HEARING.

WITHOUT OBJECTION I INCLUDED BY OCTOBER 15th LETTER IN THE RECORD AS WELL AS YESTERDAY’S LETTER FOR ROBERT J.

COSTELLO, MR. BANNON’S ATTORNEY. MR. BANNON’S ATTORNEY SAID THEY NEEDED TIME TO, QUOTE, ASSESS THE SELECT COMMITTEE’S REQUEST IN LIGHT OF LITIGATION TILED BY FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DISTRICT COURT YESTERDAY.

HOWEVER, THE FORMER PRESIDENT’S LAWSUIT IS IMMATERIAL. MR. BANNON’S DEFIANCE OF OUR LAWFUL SUBPOENA. I MADE THAT CLEAR IN A LETTER TO MR. COSTELLO THIS MORNING.

WITHOUT OBJECTIONS, MY FULLER IS IN THE RECORD. FURTHERMORE THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY ISSUED A LETTER TO MR. BANNON’S ATTORNEY STATES, QUOTE, WE ARE NOT AWARE OF ANY BASIS FOR YOUR CLIENT’S REFUSAL TO APPEAR FOR A DEPOSITION, END QUOTE.

THE FLORIDA SELECT COMMITTEE SAID THAT, QUOTE, PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS ALREADY DETERMINED THAT AN ASSERTION OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND THEREFORE IS NOT JUSTIFIED WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN SUBJECTS WITHIN THE P PURVIEW OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE, END QUOTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, I INCLUDE THE FULL WHITE HOUSE LETTER IN THE RECORD.

THIS AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE UPDATES, A REPORT TO REFLECT THESE DEVELOPMENTS. AND IT’S NOW EVEN CLEARER THAT MR. BANNON HAS NO LAWFUL GROUNDS NOT TO COMPLY WITH OUR SUBPOENA. IF THERE IS NO FURTHER DEBATE, THE QUESTIONS ON AGREEING TO AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. >> AYE.

>> THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. IN OPINION OF THE CHAIRS, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IN NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE IS AGREED TO. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE VICE CHAIR, MS.

CHENEY, FOR A MOTION. >> MR.

CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE FAVORABLY REPORT TO THE HOUSE THE COMMITTEE’S REPORT ON A RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FIND STEVEN K. BANNON IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS FOR REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH THE SUBPOENA DUALLY ISSUED BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE JANUARY 6th ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL AS AMENDED. >> THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION IS FAVORABLY REPORT TO THE HOUSE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. >> AYE.

>> THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. >> MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE. >> A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED.

THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLE. >> MS. CHENEY. >> EYE. >> MS.

LOVE GRIN. >> YES. >> MRS. LOVE GRIN. >> EYE.

>> MR. AGUILAR. >> AYE. >> MS. MURPHY.

>> AYE. >> MR.

RASKIN. >> AYE. >> MS.

LURIA. >> AYE. >> MR. KINZINGER. >> AYE.

>> HOW IS THE CHAIR RECORDED? >> MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU ARE NOW RECORDED. >> I VOTE AYE. >> MR.

CHAIRMAN, AYE. >> THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE VOTE. >> MR. CHAIRMAN, ON THIS VOTE, THERE ARE NINE AYES, ZERO NOS. >> THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

VICE CHAIR IS RECOGNIZED. >> MR. CHAIRMAN PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2L OF RULE 11 I REQUEST THAT MEMBERS HAVE TWO CALENDAR DAYS IN WHICH TO FILE WITH THE CLERK OR THE COMMITTEE SUPPLEMENTAL VIEWS ORDERED BY THE COMMITTEE TONIGHT. >> SO ORDERED. WITHOUT OBJECTION STAFF IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY TECHNICAL OR CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE REPORT TO REFLECT THE ACTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SELECT COMMITTEE STANDS ADJOURNED. >>> AND THERE YOU JUST HEARD A UNANIMOUS VOTE FROM THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE JANUARY 6th RIOT DETERMINING THAT FORMER TRUMP ADVISER STEVE BANNON SHOULD BE HELD IN CRIMINAL CONTEMPT FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH SUBPOENA FOR HIS TESTIMONY. BOTH LIZ CHENEY, WHO YOU SEE RIGHT THERE, AS WELL AS BENNY THOMAS ON THE SCREEN RIGHT THERE OUTLINING VERY CLEARLY THEY SAY THE EFFORTS THEY MADE TO GET STEVE BANNON TO COMPLY WITH THEIR SUBPOENA AND HIS FAILURE TO DO SO. AND NOW WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL, OF BASICALLY SEEING IF THEY CAN PROSECUTE HIM ULTIMATELY, SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE PUNISHABLE BY 1 TO 12 MONTHS IN PRISON. LIKELY THIS WOULD POTENTIALLY TAKE YEARS BASED ON A NUMBER OF APPEALS AND ACQUITTALS.

WE’LL TALK TO OUR TEAM THE NEXT HOUR MORE IN DEPTH ABOUT THAT AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. >>> THE LADIES YOU LOVE, THE HOTTEST TOPICS HAPPENING NOW. THERE’S ONLY ONE PLACE TO FIND IT ALL. >> YOU GUYS ARE HAVING THE HARD CONVERSATIONS.

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” >> THE MOST WATCHED NUMBER ONE DAY TIME TALK SHOW IS “THE VIEW.” >> NOW STREAMING ON ABC NEWS LIVE. >> LET’S DO THIS! ♪ WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING ♪ ♪ WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING DARLING ♪ ♪ I’LL BE BY YOUR SIDE ♪ ♪ I’LL BE THERE ♪ ♪ BY YOUR SIDE ♪ ♪ I’LL BE EVERYTHING YOU WANT ♪ ♪ I’LL BE THERE ♪ ♪ BY YOUR SIDE ♪ ♪ IF YOU NEED A LIGHT TO SHINE IN ♪ ♪ HOLD OUT YOUR HAND ♪ ♪ LET THE STARS SHOOT AGAIN ♪ ♪ LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN THROUGH THE DARK ♪ >> “GOOD MORNING AMERICA.” >>> HI THERE, I’M LINSEY DAVIS.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR STREAMING WITH US. WE ARE MONITORING SEVERAL GOPMENTS HERE AT ABC NEWS AT THIS HOUR. A FEDERAL GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED A NEBRASKA CONGRESSMAN FOR ALLEGEDLY CONCEALING INFORMATION AND MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO THE DA, LOOKING INTO ILLEGAL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO HIS CAMPAIGN BY A NIGERIAN BORN BILLIONAIRE.

IN A YOUTUBE VIDEO HE SAID HE WAS STUNNED BY THE ALLEGATIONS AND ASKED HIS SUPPORTERS TO RALLY BEHIND HIM. ELIJAH McCLAIN’S FAMILY HAS REACHED A SETTLEMENT.

THE 23-YEAR-OLD DIED WHILE WALKING HOME FROM A CONVENIENCE STORE AFTER ALTERCATION WITH POLICE THAT BEGAN WITH SOMEONE CALLING 911 SAYING THAT THEY SAW SOMEONE SKETCHY. HE WAS UNARMED. HIS FAMILY TODAY SAYING NO AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN BRING HIM BACK. >>> AND MORE THAN TEN MONTHS AFTER A MOTHER OF THREE VANISHED IN CALIFORNIA, POLICE TODAY ARRESTED HER HUSBAND. A S.

W.A.T TEAM REPORTEDLY STORMED INTO THE FAMILY HOME EARLIER TODAY BEFORE THEY ARRESTED HIM. CHULA VISTA POLICE CHARGED HIM WITH MURDER OF HIS WIFE AFTER INTERVIEWING MORE THAN 87 PEOPLE AND REVIEWING MORE THAN 128 TIPS. >>> WE TURN BACK TO WASHINGTON WHERE THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE JANUARY 6th RIOT HAS VOTED TO RECOMMEND STEVE BANNON BE HELD IN CRIMINAL CONTEMPT FOR DEFYING THEIR SUBPOENA.

LET’S BRING IN JONATHAN KARL. JON, I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO GET YOUR REACTION TO THE HEARING BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE AND THE CASE BY THE MEMBERS ON THE NEED TO HOLD BANNON IN CONTEMPT, AND PARTICULARLY LIZ CHENEY BECAUSE SHE ALSO WAS COMING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THIS AS WELL. >> LINSEY, THERE WAS NO SURPRISE IN THE OUTCOME, 9-0 VOTE TO RECOMMEND CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST STEVE BANNON. WE KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, AFTER ALL REPUBLICAN LEADER KEVIN McCARTHY HAS NOT COOPERATED WITH THIS COMMITTEE. THE ONLY TWO REPUBLICANS THAT BELIEVE IN THIS INVESTIGATION IN DEFIANCE OF THEIR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, OBVIOUSLY LIZ CHENEY AND ADAM KINZINGER.

YOU’RE RIGHT TO POINT AT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LIZ CHENEY’S REMARKS HERE. I THOUGHT THEY WERE VERY POWERFUL, VERY POINTED. THEY WERE DIRECTED AT DONALD TRUMP. THEY WERE ALSO DIRECTED AT FELLOW REPUBLICANS. AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS WHAT WAS MOST SIGNIFICANT.

SHE’S SPEAKING TO FELLOW REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE.

SHE SAID, YOU KNOW THAT THIS STUFF IS NOT TRUE. YOU KNOW THAT THE ELECTION BEING STOLE P WAS A LIE. TAKE A LISTEN. >> IN YOUR HEARTS THAT WHAT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 6th WAS PROFOUNDLY WRONG.

YOU ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD ELECTION FRAUD SUFFICIENT TO HAVE CHANGED THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION. YOU ALL KNOW THAT THE DOMINION VOTING MACHINES WERE NOT CORRUPTED BY A FOREIGN POWER. >> SO THERE YOU HEARD SHE ALSO SAID WHAT DONALD TRUMP HAD BEEN SAYING WAS A, QUOTE, PRESCRIPTION FOR A NATIONAL DISASTER.

SO, VERY STRONG REMARKS AIMED AT THE BUSINESS AT HAND, AT THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING BANNON TO COMPLY WITH THIS SUBPOENA AND TO PROSECUTE HIM IF HE CONTINUES TO REFUSE. BUT A MUCH LARGER MESSAGE THAT REALLY, LINSEY, GETS AT THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMITTEE, THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH THAT WHAT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 6th WAS SOMETHING IN THE VIEW OF LIZ CHENEY, SHE HAS SAID THIS PUBLICLY CONSISTENTLY FOR MONTHS AND THE VIEW OF MANY OTHER THAT WHAT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 6th WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS DIRECTED AND PROVOKED BUT MORE THAN JUST PROVOKED, WAS REALLY PART OF THE PLAN COMING RIGHT FROM DONALD TRUMP, COMING RIGHT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

>> YES, SPECIFICALLY SHE WAS SAYING THAT BOTH FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP AS WELL AS BANNON HAD SUBSTANTIAL KNOWLEDGE IN PART OF THE PLANNING. SO, WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE NEED TO WATCH FOR NEXT AS FAR AS THE HOUSE AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ON TAKING THE ACTION ON BANNON? >> THE NEXT STEP IS THE FULL HOUSE WILL VOTE ON THURSDAY TO HAVE A — THIS REFERRAL GO TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THIS WAS JUST THE COMMITTEE FOR THE REFERRAL TO BE OFFICIAL, IT NEEDS TO BE VOTED ON BY THE FULL HOUSE. BUT WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN THAT VOTE, LINSEY, IS, YOU KNOW, REPUBLICANS HAVE A VERY LARGE MINORITY HERE.

IT’S ONLY A THREE-SEAT MAJORITY FOR NANCY PELOSI. I FULLY EXPECT THAT EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT WILL VOTE FOR THIS. IT WILL PASS THE FULL HOUSE. OBVIOUSLY LIZ CHENEY AND ADAM KINZINGER WILL VOTE FOR IT. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER REPUBLICANS?

WILL THERE BE ANY OTHER REPUBLICANS WHO SAY IT IS WRONG FOR STEVE BANNON TO TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY DEFY THIS COMMITTEE, A BLANKET REFUSAL EVEN TO ENGAGE IN NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT TESTIFYING. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS AN ASSAULT ON CONGRESS’ RIGHT TO INVESTIGATE.

AS YOU HEARD LIZ CHENEY, SHE SEES THIS AS AN ASSAULT ON THE RULE OF LAW. WILL ANY OF HER FELLOW REPUBLICANS AGREE WITH THAT EVEN IF THEY DON’T AGREE WITH THE OVERALL DIRECTION OF THIS INVESTIGATION. >> WE HEARD PRESIDENT BIDEN WEIGH IN ON THE SUBPOENA BATTLE AGREES THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD TAKE ACTION.

TELL US HOW THE WHITE HOUSE RESPONDED TODAY TO QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER IT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO WEIGH IN.

>> WELL, BIDEN WAS ASKED ON FRIDAY SHOULD BANNON AND OTHERS WHO DON’T COOPERATE BE PROSECUTED? BIDEN GAVE A VERY DIRECT ANSWER, AS HE OFTEN DOES. HE SAID, YES, I DO. YES, HE BELIEVES THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED.

BUT JOE BIDEN HAS ALSO REPEATEDLY SAID HIS PROMISE DURING HIS CAMPAIGN REITERATED AS PRESIDENT THAT HE WILL LET PROSECUTORIAL DECISIONS BE MADE AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THEY SHOULDN’T BE POLITICIZED. IT IS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO SHOULD MAKE SUCH DECISIONS. SO, WE HEARD FROM WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI REAFFIRMING THE DECISION ON PROSECUTING WILL BE MADE BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

IT WILL NOT BE MADE BY PRESIDENT BIDEN OR ANYBODY AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE’LL SEE WHAT THAT DECISION IS. WE HAVE NOT HEARD WHICH WAY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL GO, JUST A REAFFIRMATION THAT IT WILL BE A DECISION MADE BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FULL STOP, NO POLITICAL INTERFERENCE. BUT MY SENSE IS THAT BIDEN EXPRESSED A VIEW THAT IS PROBABLY ALSO HELD BY HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL. >> AND JON, LASTLY, FORMER PRESIDENT HAS FILED A LAWSUIT TRYING TO BLOCK THE COMMITTEE FROM ACCESSING WHITE HOUSE RECORDS. WHAT’S THE FORMER PRESIDENT CLAIMING IN THAT SUIT?

ZB >> WELL, HE’S CLAIMING HE HAS THIS BLANKET RIGHT TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, THAT NONE OF THESE WHITE HOUSE DOCUMENTS CAN BE TURNED OVER. HE’S GOING FURTHER THAN THAT. HE’S ALSO OFFERING ANOTHER ARGUMENT THAT THERE IS NO LEGISLATIVE PURPOSE TO THIS REQUEST, WHICH IS AN ARGUMENT THAT THIS WHITE HOUSE HAS USED IN THE PAST TO BLOCK COOPERATION WITH CONGRESSIONAL REQUESTS.

IT IS NOT A PARTICULARLY STRONG CASE, ACCORDING TO MOST LEGAL EXPERTS THAT HAVE LOOKED AT THIS. AFTER ALL, THE CURRENT PRESIDENT HAS SAID THAT THIS IS NOT A QUESTION OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, THAT HE WANTS TO SEE THESE DOCUMENTS RELEASED.

BUT THERE IS — THERE ARE MULTIPLE AIMS HERE, LINSEY. ON ONE HAND, OBVIOUSLY THEY’RE TRYING TO WIN THIS CASE. BUT IF THEY’RE NOT GOING TO WIN THE CASE, THEY WANT TO DELAY. THEY WANT TO DELAY THIS HEARING. THEY WANT TO DELAY THIS INVESTIGATION.

THEY WANT TO DRAW THIS OUT IN THE HOPES THAT REPUBLICANS WIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, WHICH THEY VERY WELL MAY DO NEXT YEAR, AND THAT THIS INVESTIGATION WILL BE SHORT CIRCUITED BEFORE IT IS DEPLETED. >> APPRECIATE ALL YOUR EXPERTISE.

JONATHAN KARL JOINING US FROM THE CAPITOL TONIGHT, THANK YOU. LET’S BRING IN RICK KLEIN. RICK, WE CERTAINLY DON’T HEAR HEARINGS LIKE THIS IN PRIME TIME.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT COMMITTEE WAS TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE HERE? >> NO QUESTION, LINSEY. THIS WAS AN UNUSUAL HEARING IN TERMS OF THE TIMING, IN TERMS OF THE FORMAT, AND THE FACT THEY PUT CONGRESSWOMAN LIZ CHENEY FRONT AND CENTER TO DELIVER THAT MESSAGE. THE TESTIMONY OF STEVE BANNON WOULD BE VERY INTERESTING TO THIS COMMITTEE, BUT THEY’RE UNDER NO PRETENSION ABOUT THE IDEA HE WOULD SUDDENLY FLIP ON DONALD TRUMP AND GIVE OVER ALL OF HIS PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS, EVERYTHING HE SAID AND HEARD THAT DAY EVEN IF HE WERE COMPELLED TO DO SO, EVEN IF THEY WERE ULTIMATELY JAILED.

IT’S NOT LIKELY HE’S GOING TO PLAY BALL WITH THIS COMMITTEE.

BUT WHAT THE COMMITTEE IS TRYING TO SAY HERE IS THAT FOR ALL WITNESSES THAT MIGHT HAVE RELEVANT INFORMATION, THEY’RE GOING TO PRESS THIS AND PRESS THIS HARD AND THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE THIS CASE DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC TO REMIND PEOPLE OF THE HORRORS OF JANUARY 6th, OF THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE STILL OUT THERE AND MAKE THIS MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WITHIN THE FOUR CORNERS OF A COMMITTEE HEARING ROOM. THEY WANT THIS CASE TO BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE PUBLIC. IF THAT MEANS BRINGING HEARINGS IN PRIME TIME, IF THAT MEANS MAKING SPLASHY EFFORTS TO TRY TO COMPEL TESTIMONY, THAT’S PRECISELY WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO. THE MESSAGE THAT CONGRESSWOMAN CHENEY HAD FOR HER REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT YOU ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND THIS IS ULTIMATELY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE FOR DEMOCRACY. THAT’S A POWERFUL MESSAGE AND THAT’S WHAT I THINK THE COMMITTEE IS GOING TO TRY TO SHOW CASE GOING FORWARD.

>> WE HEARD FROM BENNIE THOMPSON SAYS AS WELL, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU DID WHAT STEVE BANNON HAS DONE, MAKING IT PLAIN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL, WHERE DO MOST AMERICANS STAND RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS HOW JUSTIFIABLE OR NECESSARY THIS COMMITTEE’S WORK IS AT THIS POINT? >> IT’S INTERESTING WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE LATEST QUINNIPIAC POLL, MOST AMERICANS FEEL LIKE THEY KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT JANUARY 6th THAT THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE THERE’S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NECESSARILY THAT COULD BE GLEANED FROM THIS EFFORT. BUT THAT SAME POLL ALSO HAD A MAJORITY, 51%, SAYING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY SINCE JANUARY 6th.

AND A LARGER MARGIN OF THAT, 59%, SAYING THAT IN THEIR VIEW JANUARY 6th WAS AN ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY.

SO, PEOPLE HAVE INTERNALIZED THIS. I THINK THE QUESTION FOR THE COMMITTEE IS HOW MUCH YOU CONTINUE TO HAMMER THAT HOME, REMIND PEOPLE OF WHAT HAPPENED JUST NINE OR TEN MONTHS AGO AND AGAIN HOW TERRIBLE THAT DATE WAS. EVEN THOUGH RIGHT NOW THERE IS A SENSE AMONG THE PUBLIC THERE ARE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. CLEARLY THERE ARE QUESTIONS WE DON’T KNOW. WE MAY NEVER LEARN EVERYTHING AROUND IT.

AS JON REPORTED HE COULD BE PLAYING THE CLOCK OUT QUITE A BIT HERE OVER THE ENSUING MONTHS. THE EFFORT BY THE COMMITTEE TO KEEP THIS IN THE NEWS, KEEP THIS IN THE HEAD LINES, AS A FOCUS IS GOING TO BE A BIG ONE. >> WE KNOW SO MUCH SURROUNDING THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN CLOUDED BY POLITICS. IF THIS PROCESS DOES GET DELAYED THROUGH COURT CHALLENGES WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DO YOU THINK THIS COULD HAVE ON MIDTERMS ON PRIMARIES AND IN THE GENERAL ELECTION NEXT FALL? >> IT’S FASCINATING.

IT MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS IN DIFFERENT PLACES. CONGRESSWOMAN CHENEY HAS A PRIMARY CHALLENGING SUPPORTED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND THE MESSAGE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TRYING TO SEND TO ALL REPUBLICANS IS IF YOU CROSS HIM, YOU DO IT AT YOUR POLITICAL PERIL. THE MAIN STREAM MESSAGE TO OTHER REPUBLICANS, QUIETLY CONCERNED ABOUT HOW TRUMP HAS HANDLED THIS, THE MESSAGE IS YOU’RE GOING TO PAY A POLITICAL PRICE FOR THAT. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE REMINDED OF WHAT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 6th.

AND THE TIMELINE HERE IS SO INTERESTING BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE CLOCK BUT SO MUCH OF THE INFORMATION COULD BE CONTROLLED BY FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM. THE DEMOCRATS COULD SPREAD THIS OUT AS MUCH AS THEY WANT. THEY COULD WRAP IT UP AS QUICKLY AS THEY WANT. THEY WANT TO REPORT OUT IN TIME FOR THE MIDTERMS SO THEY CAN TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE FINDINGS BEFORE NEXT NOVEMBER. THE CLOSER YOU GET TO ELECTION DAY THE MORE POLITICIZED IT’S GOING TO BE, THE MORE POLITICAL IT LOOKS.

THEY DON’T WANT TOO MUCH TIME TO BE SPACED OUT THERE. IT’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF A DANCE BETWEEN ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT ENTITIES OVER THE NEXT 13 MONTHS OR SO.

>> RICK KLEIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR INSIGHT AS WELL. >>> AND NOW WE MOVE BACK TO THE DESPERATE EFFORTS TO RESCUE A MISSIONARY GROUP THAT WAS KIDNAPPED IN HAITI.

THE FBI HAS MADE CONTACT WITH THE GANG SUSPECTED OF HOLDING THE 16 AMERICANS AND ONE CANADIAN. THEY ARE DEMANDING MILLIONS FOR SAFE RETURN. MARCUS MOORE ONCE AGAIN ON THE GROUND FOR US IN HAITI TONIGHT AND CAUGHT UP WITH A PRIEST WHO WAS KIDNAPPED AND FREED BY THAT SUSPECTED GANG.

>> Reporter: TONIGHT THE VIOLENT GANG IN HAITI ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING 17 MEMBERS OF A U.S.

CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION DEMANDING $17 MILLION FOR THEIR RELEASE, $1 MILLION PER HOSTAGE ACCORDING TO A SENIOR HAITIAN POLICE OFFICIAL. THEIR DEMAND COMES AS THE FBI MAKES CONTACT WITH THE 400 MAWOZO GANG, WHO HAITIAN AUTHORITIES SAY ARE HOLDING THE GROUP HOSTAGE. THIS IS WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN THIS PART OF PORT-AU-PRINCE WHERE AT ANY MOMENT PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE TO STOP VEHICLES THAT ARE TRYING TO DRIVE UP THE HILL. WE TRIED TO DRIVE UP THE ROAD JUST EARLIER AND WERE TOLD TO TURN AROUND. SO, THAT IS JUST A BIT OF WHAT LIFE IS LIKE RIGHT NOW HERE IN PORT-AU-PRINCE.

PEOPLE ARE ANGRY, AND THEY WANT STABILITY IN THEIR COUNTRY. >> Reporter: AND TONIGHT WE’RE LEARNING THE AGES OF THOSE 16 AMERICANS AND ONE CANADIAN KIDNAPPED.

THE ADULTS RANGING IN AGE FROM 18-48 AND AMONG THE FIVE CHILDREN, AN 8-MONTH-OLD BABY. THE GROUP PART OF THE OHIO BASED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES AND WAS IN HAITI WORKING ON HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS INCLUDING HOME BUILDING AND TEACHING SCHOOL CHILDREN. BEFORE THE KIDNAPPING SATURDAY THEY HAD JUST VISITED THIS ORPHANAGE THAT RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE ORGANIZATION.

SO MANY NOW PRAYING FOR THEIR SAFE RETURN, INCLUDING THIS MAN WHO SAYS HE AND NINE OTHERS WERE KIDNAPPED IN APRIL BY THE SAME GANG. THEY WERE HELD FOR 20 DAYS AND FREED. >> WE DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE OUR HOPE IN GOD. >> KEEPING THE FAITH THERE. OUR THANKS TO MARCUS.

>>> AND NOW TO THE LATEST IN THE PANDEMIC. NEWS FROM THE FDA ABOUT MIXING AND MATCHING BOOSTERS, THIS HAS MORE PEOPLE GET VACCINATED.

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS, DEATHS APPEAR TO STEADILY FALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MEANWHILE THE BATTLE AGAINST VACCINE MANDATES CONTINUES. >> Reporter: TONIGHT AN EXPECTED GREEN LIGHT FROM THE FDA COULD BE HOUR ASWAY FOR SOME AMERICANS WHO WANT TO MIX VACCINES BY BOOSTING THEIR ORIGINAL VACCINE WITH A DIFFERENT BRAND.

A SOURCE TELLING ABC NEWS REGULATORS WILL LIKELY STILL RECOMMEND PEOPLE GET THE SAME VACCINE BRAND FOR THEIR BOOSTER SHOT, BUT IT WON’T BE REQUIRED.

>> WE NOW KNOW THAT J&J WANES MORE LIKELY THAN THE mRNA VACCINES. AND BEING ABLE TO GIVE MORE OPTIONS TO PATIENTS IS IMPORTANT. >> THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO GOT THE ONE-SHOT JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE MAY BENEFIT MORE IF ARE A BOOSTER WITH AN mRNA VACCINE. A LIMITED STUDY LOOKING AT ANTIBODIES, WHICH IS JUST ONE MEASURE OF PROTECTION, FOUND THAT AN EXTRA SHOT OF THE SAME JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE BOOSTED ANTIBODIES BY FOUR TIMES.

BUT WHEN J&J WAS BOOSTED WITH PFIZER, ANTIBODIES JUMPED 35 TIMES AND 76 TIMES AFTER A BOOST WITH MODERNA. SOME WHO GOT THE J&J VACCINE STILL WANT TO STICK WITH IT FOR THEIR BOOSTER SHOT. >> I’D RATHER STAY WITH THE ONE COURSE. >> Reporter: VACCINATIONS ARE DRIVING CASES DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT IN COLDER CLIMATES CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE CLIMBING AGAIN.

>> I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANOTHER HORRIFIC FALL-WINTER WAVE LIKE WE SAW LAST YEAR AND I THINK IT’S POSSIBLE.

>> Reporter: EXPERTS ARE CALLING ON MORE AGGRESSIVE STUDY ON NEW VARIANTS, A DESCENDANT OF DELTA NOW MAKES UP 6% OF CASES IN THE UK, WHERE COVID DEATHS JUST HIT THEIR HIGHEST POINT SINCE MARCH. RESEARCHERS HERE IN THE U.S. ARE USING GENOMIC SEQUENCING TO IDENTIFY AND TRACK NEW VARIANTS. >> FROM THE DATA THAT I’VE SEEN, CASES OF AY-4.

2 HAVE BEEN SEEN IN ABOUT FIVE STATES, MAYBE SEVEN CASES TOTAL. >> 99% OF U.S. CASES ARE DELTA, BUT SCIENTISTS WANT TO KNOW WHETHER THIS NEW VARIANT IS MORE TRANSMISSIBLE. >> WE NEED TO REMAIN VIGILANT, WHETHER THIS VARIANT WILL TURN OUT TO BE A PROBLEM OR NOT, UNTIL THIS IS CONTROLLED EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD WE ALL REMAIN AT RISK.

>> OUR THANKS TO ERIELLE FOR THAT.

>>> SWITCHING GEARS TO JESSICA SIMPSON. SHE IS BACK IN CHARGE OF HER BILLION DOLLAR EMPIRE. REBECCA JARVIS HAS THE STORY AND HOW SHE DID AND WHAT OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS CAN LEARN FROM HER EXPERIENCE. >> THIS IS YOU.

>> THE BRAVE ME. >> ENTERTAINER TURNED BUSINESS MOGUL JESSICA SIMPSON IS TAKING FULL CONTROL OF HER BILLION DOLLAR BRAND ALONGSIDE HER MOM, TINA. JESSICA AND HER MOM NEGOTIATING FOR FULL OWNERSHIP WITH PARENT COMPANY SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP WHO FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY EARLIER THIS YEAR. JESSICA TELLING FOOTWEAR NEWS, IT MEANS THE ABSOLUTE WORLD TO ME TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OVER COMPLETE OWNERSHIP OF MY BRAND.

AFTER 16 YEARS IN BUSINESS, I FEEL READY TO MEET THIS NEXT EXCITING PHASE WITH OPEN ARMS.

>> JESSICA SIMPSON REGAINING CONTROL OF HER BRAND IS ENSURING THAT THE BRAND JESSICA SIMPSON DOESN’T LOSE VALUE AS IT GETS PASSED ALONG FROM SELLING AND RESELLING. >> THE STAR ALSO ADDING, I KNOW THE SKY IS THE LIMIT WHEN MY MOM, OUR INCREDIBLE TEAM AND I LOCK INTO OUR CUSTOMERS COMPLETELY. THE BRAND FOUNDED IN 2005 KNOWN FOR FUN AND FLIRTY LOOKS LIKE THESE INCLUDE SHOES, APPAREL, ACCESSORIES AND HOME GOODS. JESSICA TELLING SHE WANTED THE BRAND TO REFLECT ALL WOMEN. >> I WANTED TO CELEBRATE EVERY WOMAN AT EVERY SIZE.

I’VE BEEN A SIZE 2 UP TO A 14. I WANTED WOMEN TO KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, BEING PERFECT IS NOT FUN. AND NOBODY CAN BE. >> AND WHILE JESSICA AND HER MOM GET BACK TO RUNNING THE BUSINESS, HER EXPERIENCE REVEALS LESSONS FOR ANY BUSINESS OWNER. >> IN MOST INSTANCES WHEN YOU SIGN A LICENSING DEAL, YOU DON’T HAVE CONTROL OVER WHERE YOUR NAME IS GOING TO GO, WHAT PRODUCT IT’S GOING TO GET ASSIGNED TO.

NOW JESSICA AND HER MOM WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES AND FIGURE OUT WHAT PRODUCT IS IN LINE WITH THE BRANDING AND MAYBE EVEN EXTEND IT TO A DIFFERENT PRODUCT MIX. >> OUR THANKS TO REBECCA JARVIS. >>> AND NOW TO AUTHOR MICHAEL WOLF BEST KNOWN FOR HIS THREE BEST SELLERS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP. NOW HE’S OUT FOR A NEW BOOK CALLED “TOO FAMOUS: THE RICH, THE POWERFUL, THE NOTORIOUS, THE DAMNED” WHICH INCLUDES CONVERSATIONS WITH JEFFREY EPSTEIN.

DEBRA ROBERTS SAT DOWN WITH WOLF.

>> Reporter: IN HIS NEW BOOK, MICHAEL WOLF SAYS INTOXICATING THIRST FOR THAT BRIGHT LIGHT OF FAME HAS SENT PEOPLE SPIRALING. >> EVERYBODY WANTS MORE AND MORE IS WHAT LEADS TO TOO FAMOUS AND TO DESTRUCTION. >> IS FAME NECESSARILY CORROSIVE? >> YEAH, I THINK IT IS. IT IS OFTEN RUINOUS.

>> HIS LIST OF TOO FAMOUS SUBJECTS INCLUDING DONALD TRUMP, RUDY GIULIANI, HILLARY CLINTON AND CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER JEFFREY EPSTEIN.

>> EPSTEIN PROPOSED THAT I WRITE A BOOK ABOUT HIM AND HE GIVES ME ACCESS TO HIM ON A FREQUENT BASIS, ACCESS TO WHAT WAS GOING ON IN HIS HOUSE. SO, I KIND OF — >> SO, YOU WERE A GUEST IN HIS HOME. >> YES. I’M NOT SURE ANYONE WHO I’M WRITING ABOUT QUITE MAKES THE DISTINCTION ABOUT WHETHER I AM, YOU KNOW, A FLY ON THE WALL OR A GUEST AT THE BANQUET.

>> WOLF CLAIMS THAT IN 2019 HE WAS IN THE ROOM AND RECORDED THIS NEVER RELEASED AUDIO AS POLITICAL OPERATIVE STEVE BANNON TRIED TO MEDIA TRAIN EPSTEIN FOR A POTENTIAL TELEVISION INTERVIEW.

>> BANNON DISPUTES YOUR ACCOUNT IN THE RECORDINGS AND EVEN TOLD “THE NEW YORK TIMES” THAT HE DID NO MEDIA TRAINING FOR EPSTEIN BUT THE INTERVIEWS FOR ABOUT A DOCUMENTARY. >> WELL, IT’S JUST NOT TRUE. THE ENTIRE DISCUSSION WAS ABOUT MEDIA TRAINING. >> HE SAYS EPSTEIN WAS MATTER OF FACT ABOUT THE YOUNG WOMEN IN HIS LIFE, SAYING THAT SOME LIED ABOUT THEIR AGES.

>> DID JEFFREY EPSTEIN REALIZE THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT OF HIM AS A PREDATOR, AS A BAD GUY? >> OH, YES, ABSOLUTELY. >> HE HAD A GRASP WITH THAT? >> COMPLETELY. >> WOLF IS NO STRANGER TO CONTROVERSY HIMSELF AND HAS FACED CRITICISM FOR NOT ATTRIBUTING SOURCES.

>> DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A JOURNALIST OR A WRITE SENATOR. >> I CONSIDER MYSELF A WRITER.

I WANT TO BRING YOU INTO THE EXPERIENCE. I WANT YOU TO BELIEVE YOU ARE IN THE ROOM. >> WHAT MAKES THEM TALK TO YOU?

>> I HAVE NO IDEA. >> ARE YOU SHOCKED THEY TALK TO YOU? >> ALWAYS. >> DESPITE THE BRUTAL PORTRAYALS OF HIS SUBJECTS, WOLF SAYS THE TOO FAMOUS OFTEN SOUGHT HIM OUT ANYWAY TO WRITE ABOUT HIM LIKE HARVEY WIEINSTEIN. >> HE SAYS COME DOWN TO THE SHOW, THE TRIAL.

>> HE REALLY CALLED IT A SHOW. >> YEAH, NO. WE’LL ARRANGE GOOD SEATS, THE WHOLE THING, AS IF THIS IS A PREMIERE. >> I SAID, HARVEY, I AM NOT GOING TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT YOU. AND HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, YOU THINK I’M A NICE GUY, BUT, YOU KNOW, I CAN TURN INTO MICHAEL CORAL YOAN LIKE THAT.

AND MINUTES LATER I START GETTING TEXTS FROM HARVEY, HE DIDN’T MEAN IT. I’M SO SORRY. AND HE HAS NO IDEA THAT THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, CRAZY BEHAVIOR. >> BECAUSE HE BECAME TOO FAMOUS. >> EXACTLY.

>> REALLY FASCINATING CONVERSATION THERE.

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WE ARE TRACKING SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES AT THIS HOUR.

DOZENS ARE DEAD AFTER TORRENTIAL RAIN TRIGGERED MASSIVE FLOODS IN NORTHERN INDIA. ACCORDING TO LOCAL OFFICIALS, SOME PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE MISING WHILE OTHERS ARE TRAPPED UNDER DEBRIS. LANDSLIDES AND FLOODS ARE COMMON IN INDIA’S HIMALAYAN REGION, BUT SCIENTISTS SAY THEY ARE BECOMING MORE FREQUENT AS A RESULT OF GLOBAL WARMING. >>> TODAY MARKS ONE MONTH SINCE THE VOLCANO ON THE SPANISH ISLAND OF LA PALMA HAS BEEN SPEWING LA VA.

1,800 BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. THE LATEST SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS MOLTEN ROCK. >>> CUBA IS PREPARING FOR MONTHS OF INTENSE DEBATES SURROUNDING A NEW LAW THAT WOULD ALLOW SAME SEX MARRIAGE AND SURROGATE PREGNANCIES. THE LAW WOULD CHANGE THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE, WHICH CURRENTLY SPECIFIES AS ONLY BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. SOME CHRISTIAN LEADERS FROM HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THE PROPOSAL.

>>> FINALLY TONIGHT THE COMPLETE STRANGERS BECOMING BEST FRIENDS AFTER A CHANCE ENCOUNTER LED TO A LIFE SAVING PROCEDURE. ASHTON PACKER FROM OUR AFFILIATE WGXA IN GEORGIA HAS THE STORY. >> Reporter: MEET THE GEHRIGS AND THE MOODIES.

THIS PAST SPRING, THESE ACQUAINTANCES BECAME EACH OTHER’S CHOSEN FAMILY. >> I GREW UP BY MYSELF, ONLY CHILD.

AND I FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE SISTER. SHE’S SUPPOSED TO BE MY SISTER. >> Reporter: IN JANUARY CHRIS GARY BEGAN STRUGGLING WITH HIS HEALTH. HIS KIDNEYS WERE SLOWLY FAILING HIM. HE NEEDED A TRANSPLANT TO STAY ALIVE.

HIS CHANCES OF FINDING A VIABLE DONOR WERE SLIM TO NONE. JUST 8% OF WHITE AMERICANS HAVE O NEGATIVE. FOR BLACK AMERICANS IT’S ONLY 4%. WITH NOTHING TO DO BUT WAIT, CHRIS WENT ABOUT HIS LIFE IN PAIN. THEN A MIRACLE HAPPENED.

>> SUNDAY SCHOOL. WE WERE IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND IT CAME UP AS A PRAYER REQUEST AND THAT’S WHEN WE FOUND OUT HE WAS ON DIALYSIS. WE DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE. HE HID IT REALLY WELL. >> WITHOUT KNOWING IF THEY WOULD BE A MATCH OR KNOWING CHRIS AT ALL, JOSH MOODY MADE UP HIS MIND TO BE THE DONOR.

>> I WOKE UP THE NEXT MORNING AND I KNEW — BASICALLY GOD SAID, YOU’RE GIVING CHRIS A KIDNEY.

>> IT WAS A PERFECT MATCH. >> 98% MATCH. THE ONLY THING CLOSER WOULD HAVE BEEN IDENTICAL TWINS. >> TOGETHER CHRIS AND JOSH WENT THROUGH THE TRANSPLANT PROCESS FOR MONTHS.

>> THE LORD KNOWS HOW MUCH BLOOD WORK. I THINK THE FINAL COUNT FOR TESTING WAS LIKE 67 VILES OF BLOOD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. >> BOTH THEN MADE FULL RECOVERIES WITH NO ISSUES. ALL FOUR SAY THAT THE ORDEAL WAS NOTHING OTHER THAN A MESSAGE FROM GOD, DIVINE INTERVENTION. >> JUST KNOW 100% THIS IS MY PURPOSE IN LIFE.

THIS IS WHY GOD CREATED ME WAS TO DONATE THIS KIDNEY TO CHRIS. >> THE MODI’S AND THE GARY’S SAY THE EXPERIENCE WAS MEANT TO BRING THEM TOGETHER TO SHARE THEIR STORY WITH ANYONE WHO EVER QUESTIONED IF THERE IS A HIGHER POWER. >> GOD IS REAL AND YOU MUST HAVE FAITH. >> THE FOUR SAY THEIR MISSION NOW IS TO START A KINDNESS CHAIN TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LEND A HAND NO MATTER HOW BIG AND TO BE OPEN TO THE FACT THAT THE PERSON YOU NEED MOST IN YOUR LIFE MIGHT BE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.

REPORTING FROM JONES COUNTY, ASHTON PACKER.

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