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tonight, new reporting just in. what to expect from president biden tonight. his historic address to congress and the nation. and the developing headline today. the federal raid at rudy giuliani's home. but first, president biden tonight and his address to a joint session of congress. 99 days into his presidency. and tonight, we have just learned some of what he'll say to congress and to the american people. also tonight, how the house chamber will look different, just 200 law makers and dignitaries distanced in this pandemic. the first lady, but no guests. and the history that will b made right behind the president. and the president aware most americans support his handling of the pandemic. now he tries to sell the next part of his jane day. inf infrastructure, jobs, universal pre-k and paid leave. but tonight, the cost and the
questions. mary bruce live at the capitol. the developing news today involving rudy giuliani. sources telling abc news the fbi seized electronic devices, including his cell phone, as part of a federal investigation. what our jon karl has learned tonight. the coronavirus in the u.s. and news tonight on the pfizer and moderna vaccines. the new study seniors 65 and older and how effective these two vaccines are in keeping you from the hospital. also tonight, for the first time, we hear from one of the jurors who convicted derek chauvin of murdering george floyd, telling us he did not feel pressure to find chauvin guilty. he and the other jurors studied the evidence. and the one charge that took them the longest to deliberate. and what he revealed about the jury, wishing derek chauvin had taken the stand. what the juror told our robin roberts. breaking news tonight in the death of ahmaud arbery in
georgia. tonight, news coming in. new federal charges, hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges for three suspects accused of shooting and killing arbery while he was jogging. pierre thomas standing by. with president biden set to pull out u.s. troops from afghanistan by september 11th, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, tonight here, the chilling interview with a taliban commander and the warning now to american troops. ian pannell live in afghanistan. zbland tonight, remembering an apollo 11 astronaut who made history. good evening and it's great to have you with us on a wednesday night. that developing headline tonight, the federal raid on rudy giuliani's home here in new york city. jon karl on that in a moment. but first, what will be an historic night in our nation's capital. just a short time from now, president biden will deliver his first address to a joint session
of congress and to the american people. the president speaking to the nation on the eve of his first 100 days in office. this is day 99. he took office, of course, at a time of great challenge, this once in a century pandemic, millions of jobs lost and he's expected to declare tonight that this country is turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, setback into strength. but it will look a lot different tonight. just 200 people in the house chamber in this pandemic. usually about eight times that, about 1,600 lawmakers and dignitaries for these addresses to congress. but in this pandemic, they will be socially distanced and there will be no guests. it will be far more intimate. president biden with a chance to address a nation, millions at home who are, of course, hoping for a new chapter in this pandemic. but there are also so many other issues. the long overdue reckoning on race, justice and policing. the economy, jobs, climate and a president who knows this is a nation deeply divided. he's been working on his speech for days, fine tuning, they say, his message. the capitol tonight will be
under tight security. the speech delayed in part because of the pandemic, his work on his covid relief bill but also because of security concerns after the attack on the capitol. and the president will try to leverage support from the american people on his handling of the pandemic on what comes next. he hopes infrastructure, jobs, universal pre-k and paid leave. critics asking about the cost already. here's our senior white house correspondent mary bruce leading us off from the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, president biden putting the finishing touches on a presidential address like none we've ever seen before. the usually packed house chamber will be largely empty, just 200 people instead of the usual 1,600. only a fraction of congress will be there. from the supreme court, just chief justice john roberts attending. the full cabinet won't be present either. so no need for the usual designated survivor. no special guests in the first lady's box, either. everyone who is in the chamber, socially distanced and in masks.
but there will be history made. for the first time ever, two women, the vice president and the house speaker, will be sitting over the president's shoulders. the speech, a chance for biden to tout his accomplishments so far. according to excerpts, he will tell americans "100 days since i took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family bible, and inherited a nation in crisis. te worst pandemic in a century. the worst economic crisis since the great depression. the worst attack on our democracy since the civil war. now, after just 100 days, i can report to the nation -- america is on the move again." one day after telling vaccinated americans they could lose their masks outside -- >> good afternoon. >> reporter: -- his handling of the pandemic will be front and center in tonight's remarks. >> we're saving thousands of lives and more and more as each day goes by. >> reporter: but the president will also highlight what comes next -- his recovery push. urging congress to pass his
$2 trillion infrastructure bill and unveiling a new sweeping child care and education plan. calling for universal pre-k for all 3 and 4-year-olds. two years of tuition free community college. subsidized childcare for low income families. and 12 weeks of paid family leave. the cost? $1.8 trillion. >> another multitrillion dollar smorgasbord of liberal social engineering. >> reporter: the president asking congress to pass $4 trillion in new spending, and to pay for raising taxes on the most wealthy americans. >> mary bruce live at the capitol. and mary, president biden has watched so many speeches in that chamber. 36 years at a senator, eight years at vice president, standing behind president obama. tonight, of course, it's his turn and he will try to rally the country, declaring, as you said there, that america is on the move again. >> reporter: david, the president is going to try to build off the good will he's
earned through his handling of this pandemic. but he will argue that the country still has a lot to prove, saying, quote, we have to prove democracy still works, that our government still works and can deliver for the people. david? >> all right, mary bruce, thank you. mary will be right here with us tonight. i hope you'll join uses right here for the president's address. i'll be joined by mary, martha raddatz, cecilia vega, jon karl, our political team all here. live coverage of president biden's address to a joint session of congress, 9:00 p.m. eastern, right here on abc. in the meantime, we continue with the news tonight and the other developing headline involves the federal raid involving rudy giuliani. federal agents and police raiding the new york city home and office of former president trump's personal attorney. authorities waking him up at 6:00 a.m. sources telling abc news the fbi seized electronic devices including his cell phone, all part of a federal investigation. here's our chief washington correspondent jonathan karl on what he's learned tonight. >> reporter: new york city police officers were seen this afternoon leaving the apartment
building on the upper east side of manhattan where rudy giuliani lives. giuliani was awakened at 6:00 a.m. this morning by federal agents armed with a search warrant. they seized his electronic devices, including his mobile phone. they also raided his office and seized the computer of his long-time assistant. >> put your mask on put your mask on. >> reporter: it's an extraordinary turn of events for the former mayor of new york city, who has served as the personal lawyer for president trump. it also marks a dramatic escalation of an investigation that has been underway for nearly two years. today, giuliani's son lashed out. >> this is disgusting, this is absolutely absurd, and it's the continued politicization of the justice department that we have seen. and it has to stop. if this can happen to the former president's lawyer, this can happen to any american. enough is enough. >> reporter: a source briefed on the investigation tells abc news federal prosecutors wanted to do this last fall, but their request was denied by the trump
justice department, because it was too close to the election. last year, giuliani dismissed speculation he was seeking a presidential pardon. >> what is your response to claims your seeking a pardon? >> i'm not. >> reporter: according to giuliani's lawyer, federal agents were looking for information related to giuliani's activities in ukraine in 2019, when he was attempting to get the ukrainian government to investigate joe biden's son hunter. they were also looking to see whether he was acting as a foreign agent on behalf of his own clients in ukraine. giuliani has long insisted he has just been fighting the good fight for donald trump. >> i started my career and maybe i'll end it rooting out corruption at the highest levels of government. >> reporter: but now giuliani finds himself investigated by the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york, a high-profile post where giuliani himself made his name. the bar for getting a search warrant for a lawyer, especially a lawyer for the president, a former president of the united states, is high. prosecutors, david, would have had to convince a judge that the search would likely produce evidence of a crime.
meanwhile, giuliani's lawyer is saying, quote, that prosecutors are trying to make rudy giuliani look like a criminal. david? >> all right, jon karl on the developments involving rudy giuliani. in the meantime, the coronavirus here in the u.s. and the push to vaccinate millions of americans who have yet to get the shot. and tonight here, the new study on pfizer and moderna and seniors, showing the vaccines are 94% effective at preventing hospitalizations among those 65 and older. here's eva pilgrim tonight. >> reporter: across the country, vaccination sites running out of willing arms. in philadelphia, a push to get through 4,000 doses of the pfizer vaccine before it expires tomorrow. >> i don't want to do it. but i'm going to do it, because i want to go see my grandson and my daughter. >> reporter: it comes as a new cdc analysis of real-world data of the pfizer and moderna vaccines shows that fully vaccinated adults 65 and older are 94% less likely to be
hospitalized with covid-19. still many people still don't want a vaccine. >> i heard a lot of stuff. and i'm afraid. >> reporter: with the push to get everyone 16 and over vaccinated, a tragic reminder of the threat for those who are still unprotected. in hawaii, a boy under the age of 10 vacationing with his family died after getting the virus. health officials say the child, who had underlying health conditions, began showing symptoms shortly after arrival. his parents were vaccinated and had tested negative before traveling. overall, cases across the country are dropping. just a month after the cdc director warned of impending doom, today a hopeful tone. >> we think this is related to increased vaccination, increased people taking caution and so i'm cautiously optimistic that we're turning the corner. >> reporter: and in philadelphia, they were able to get through 1,000, at least 1,000 doses of today. but again, those vaccines will
expire tomorrow. david? >> vae pilgrim here in new york tonight. eva, thank you. new developments in a case that made headlines. a federal grand jury charging three men in connection of the death of ahmaud arbery in georgia. arbery was shot and killed last year. let's get right to pierre thomas following late developments tonight. bee ware? >> reporter: david, federal charges just being brought with the justice department making stark and sobering allegations. prosecutors claimed that ahmaud arbery is dead because of his race. they claimed that arbery, who was simply jogging on a public street, was targeted, kidnapped and fatally shot because he's a black man. father and son and their friend william bryan are charged with federal hate crimes. the men also face state murder charges, but tonight, the justice department's weighing in, alleging that arbery's several rights were violated. david? >> all right, pierre thomas who has been following this case for
months. pierre, thank you. for the first time, we are now hearing from one of the jurors who convicted derek chauvin of murdering george floyd. telling us he did not feel pressure to find chauvin guilty, that he and the other jurors studied the evidence. and the one charge, he says, that took them the longest. and what he revealed about the jury, wishing derek chauvin had taken the stand. what the juror told our robin roberts and here's abc's alex perez tonight. >> members of the jury, i will now read the verdict. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, we're hearing from one of the jurors who convicted derek chauvin of murdering george floyd. >> first, wait to start off by sending my condolences to the floyd family. >> reporter: juror brandon mitchell speaking to our robin roberts on gma, about that gut wrenching video of chauvin pinning floyd at the neck. >> what was the impact of that 9-minute, 29-second video and was that the difference-maker? >> seeing the multiple angles of it from the body cam, from the other cell phones, it was probably the most important
piece of evidence. >> to understand the knee on the neck -- >> reporter: mitchell says the jury relied heavily on testimony from dr. martin tobin, the prosecution's expert on lung function and breathing. >> by him saying, like, when the last breath was, from his perspective, that stood with all of us. >> reporter: when it came time to deliberate, mitchell says they discussed each charge individually, revealing it was the third degree murder charge that took the longest to agree on. >> it was one person that was still kind of like they were unsure. they were like, maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, they needed more time to sit with it, and to talk about it. >> find the defendant guilty. >> reporter: the jury would find chauvin guilty on all charges. mitchell, a banker and high school coach, also sharing the toll that the trial process took on jurors. he says he became emotional when floyd's brother took the stand. >> i shed some tears in the court room, and nobody noticed just because i lifted my mask up high enough to where it caught my tears. i really felt like that could
have been more or my brother. >> reporter: mitchell says they focused squarely on the trial and the evidence in front of them. he says some jurors hoped to hear directly from chauvin himself, but he ultimately chose not to testify. david? >> all right, alex perez, our thanks to you tonight. there is also news this evening about the deadly police shooting of andrew brown jr. in elizabeth city, north carolina. a judge today blocking the release of that police body camera video for at least a month. while authorities conduct their investigation. the family says brown was in his car, his hands on the wheel and not a threat when deputies opened fire. the d.a. says video shows he hit deputies with his car before he was shot. overseas tonight and to u.s. troops in afghanistan. and with president biden addressing congress later tonight and the american people, the president, of course, already promising to pull all u.s. troops out of afghanistan by september 11th, the 20th anniversary of 9/11. tonight here, our team in afghanistan, the interview with a taliban commander and his warning now for american troops. here's our senior foreign
correspondent ian pannell from kabul. >> reporter: as u.s. troops prepare to withdraw, afghan forces prepare to battle the taliban alone. america may have signed a deal with the taliban but the security situation here has gotten worse and number of attacks are starting to increase again. tonight, america's sworn enemy emerging from the shadows. declaring victory over america as the troops ready to leave. now in an exclusive interview, a taliban commander brazenly warning the u.s. must stick to the original withdrawal date of may 1st or face consequences. he says, "if something happens, it will be unfortunate for america." that sounds like a veiled threat. the commander was released early from prison as part of the u.s./taliban deal. he's already back on the front lines. president biden says the threat to the u.s. homeland has been removed but many here disagree.
>> either fight them here or wait and fight them near your shores. >> reporter: so, in your analysis, president biden's just made a terrible mistake. >> history will prove him wrong. >> reporter: few regret america's departure more than the women and girls of afghanistan. this school forced to close by the taliban. today, the girls are back, but fear the militants' return. do any of you have concerns about the future? what are your thoughts? >> when americans leave our country, we think we will face a war in our country and it will develop our education. all girls want to live in peace. >> really global concern after so much progress for women and children there. ian pannell joining us from kabul tonight. as the u.s. keeps close watch on these threats you report about here, we learned just this week that the u.s. is also as part of all of this ordering a pullout of all nonessential staff from the u.s. embassy in kabul? >> reporter: yeah, that's right and it's for security reasons. it is also security that's
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shot vaccine was a being offered. or people willing to get get ge >> reporter: kristin, it wasn't that long ago we would show up at a location like this and people were telling us they would hold out for the johnson & johnson. they wanted just that one does. this is a pop-up location. they are offering one vaccine a particular type today. today it happens to be johnson & johnson. that reality had some people spinning on their >> it happened more than once. once a person realized the vaccine available today at this pop-up clinic in pittsburgh was the johnson & johnson, they walked away. >> i don't know. i would rather take the double one. took . they are fine. >> reporter: contra costa county's resume use of the j&j vaccine in several of its clinics.