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carbs can right now on "america this morning," text messages revealed. the committee investigating january's attack on the u.s. capitol reveals what donald trump jr. and various fox news personalities told white house chief of staff mark meadows as the attack unfolded with the president inside the white house. the next step in the investigation this morning. the faces of the tornado disaster. what we're learning about the youngest victim, a 2-month-old baby and the new questions about the workers inside that candle factory that took a direct hit. were they told they'd be fired if they left the factory? the company responding this morning. as covid cases surge, the supreme court weighs in on whether health care workers can be required to get vaccinated.
a monthly fee? the car company that wants to charge owners each month to use certain smart features of their car. plus, a runaway truck goes flying out of control. and from the brawl inside a casino to a big announcement about the super bowl to hallmark christmas movies taken to a new extreme. it's tuesday, december 14th. good tuesday morning, everyone. we begin with major new developments from the investigation into january's attack on the u.s. capitol. >> during a vote last night on whether to hold former white house chief of staff mark meadows in contempt of congress lawmakers investigating the attack revealed text messages sent to meadows by former president trump's son as well as messages sent by various fox news personalities. >> these communications raised more questions about what meadows knew on january 6th and when he knew it.
this morning, newly revealed text messages show former president trump's closest allies wanted him to take action on january 6th as rioters were storming the capitol. congresswoman liz cheney quoting this text message sent to then chief of staff mark meadows from donald trump jr. >> he's got to condemn this [ bleep ] asap. the capitol police tweet is not enough, donald trump texted. meadows responded, quote, i'm pushing it hard. i agree. donald trump jr. texted again and again urging action by the president. >> reporter: and as rioters stormed the capitol, fox news hosts
laura ingraham, brian kilmead sent these messages to meadows. >> quote, mark, the president needs to tell people in the capitol to go home. this is hurting all of us. he is destroying his legacy, laura ingraham wrote. please get him on tv, destroying everything you have accomplished, brian kilmead texted. quote, can he make a statement, ask people to leave the capitol? sean hannity urged. >> reporter: the texts were revealed last night as the house committee investigating the riot voted to hold meadows in contempt of congress. he's refusing to testify even though he provided the messages to the committee. the hearing was not carried live on fox news and the channel did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the text messages. congressman adam schiff also read a text message sent to mark meadows the day after the rioters from an unnamed republican lawmakers. >> we tried everything we could in our objection to the six states. i'm sorry nothing worked. the day after a failed attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of
power through violence an elected lawmaker tells the white house chief of staff, i'm sorry nothing worked. that is chilling. >> reporter: the full house could vote as early as today on whether to ask the justice department to prosecute meadows for contempt of congress. in a separate development organizers of the january 6th rally near the white house are suing verizon trying to prevent the company from sharing phone data with the house committee. the death toll from the tornado outbreak across the midwest is rising as search crews comb through the rubble looking for survivors, people trying to pick up the pieces of their lives are now struggling without heat, water or electricity. abc's ike ejiochi continues our coverage from hard hit mayfield, kentucky. ike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mona. the search for the missing hasn't stopped here in kentucky. now we're learning more about the victims including a baby who's likely the youngest person killed in this disaster. this morning one of the youngest victims of the deadly tornado
outbreak has been identified as a 2-month-old girl from kentucky. >> i didn't want her to suffer any longer than what she was suffering. it was like i was in the tornado all over again and my world got flipped back upside down again. >> reporter: douglas says the ferocious winds sucked him and his family out of their home. doctors thought his daughter oakland had suffered minor injuries but tests showed swelling on her brain. monday the family agreed to take her life support. >> i am going to miss her crying in the middle of the night and waking me up. i'm going to miss her not wanting to be put down. >> reporter: the round of 24 twisters is now the deadliest tornado outbreak in the u.s. in more than a decade. the death toll in kentucky rising to at least 74 with more than 100 people still unaccounted for as of late monday. >> like the folks in western kentucky, i'm not doing so well today and i'm not sure how many of us are. >> reporter: but now authorities believe everyone who was working inside this destroyed candle factory in mayfield has been
accounted for. eight people did not survive when the building took a direct hit, but dozens were initially feared dead in the collapse. this morning the candle company is denying a report that employees were told they would be fired if they left the factory as the storm approached. >> hell like a war zone. unimaginable. >> reporter: homeowner marty janes considers himself fortunate. he and his wife were trapped after their house collapsed. once they made it out, his wife was rushed to the hospital with two broken legs. the couple now back together. >> what was that moment like when you finally got to embrace your wife again? >> oh, i started crying immediately. it was just -- i don't wish this on anybody ever, unbelievable. >> reporter: in illinois a federal investigator is nowing looking into the chance of an amazon warehouse which killed six people.
osha, which investigates all workplace deaths will determine whether safety rules were followed as the storm approached. a spokesperson says the company will cooperate. back in kentucky, these images are lifting spirits recovering the flag from the rubble of a courthouse. and one man is helping his neighbors by playing a piano that is still standing inside a roofless home. >> i don't want to face this storm or any other without walking with christ, and so in those trying times and even in the good times, that's where i want to be found. >> and president biden will be here in mayfield tomorrow to survey the disaster zone. mona. >> ike ejiochi in mayfield, kentucky, thank you. incredible stories of survival are emerging. we're now hearing from a worker at the candle factory who found himself buried under tons of rubble. jim douglas told our david muir he could breathily breathe with all the twisted steel pressing against his chest. >> i was at the bottom of the
pile, and all the rubble i'm guessing was like 15, maybe 20 feet deep of rubble, so it was -- it was cutting off my breathing. i was able to get my arm right like this is the only thing i could move. everything else was pinned, so i could kind of push myself up and get a breath. >> truly remarkable. douglas was trapped for four hours. rescuers had to cut the steel to save his legs before pulling him to safety. it was through a shattered door frame. turning to the pandemic the supreme court is refusing to block new york's vaccine mandate for health care workers. meanwhile, as covid cases surge california is imposing its indoor mask requirement once again and people dining inside restaurants in philadelphia will soon be required to show proof of vaccination.
>> 41 states are now seeing a significant jump in new covid infections. the average number per day is up more than 40% since thanksgiving and overseas in the uk the omicron variant is spreading fast. it is expected to become the dominant strain in london by tomorrow. people there are lining up for booster shots. experts warn omicron could spread rapidly here in the u.s. as well. >> so, yes, a lot of the cases seem to be mild, but we don't have clear-cut data about how it will affect those high risk, people that are unvaccinated, people that haven't gotten a booster or third shot. just because cases are mild i don't think it's something we sit back and say, big deal, it's coming. we still have to treat it for what it could do to us in 2022. >> meanwhile, that omicron variant has spread to at least 30 states. time now for a look at your tuesday weather. a major storm is dumping heavy snow in the mountains of california into the rockies while southern california gets
heavy rain today with possible flash flooding. farther north heavy winds may be to blame for a scaffolding collapse in the bay area. three cars were damaged. on the radar other than the storm in the west it's expected to be clear across much of the country today. today's high temperatures, mild ahead of the storm system, 65 in denver but chilly in the northwest. 42 in portland. coming up, an iconic casino in las vegas changes hands. also ahead, the request made in court by the michigan school shooting suspect and the judge's response. why today may be the best day to shop online this holiday
a truck goes airborne, flying over a wall to the street below. police in connecticut say the parking brake was not engaged so the truck kept rolling. the owner got a ticket. no charges are being filed after this brawl inside a new jersey casino. chairs were being used as weapons during a real estate convention in atlantic city. one person was treated for a minor injury. they did not press charges. and the iconic mirage hotel and casino in las vegas is changing hands. mgm is selling it the hard rock international for more than a billion dollars. it plans to build a guitar-shaped hotel. here's abc's christine sloan. >> reporter: this morning, a michigan school district on-edge. oxford community schools
cancelling classes once again today, after repeating what officials called an image from social media that included a specific threat. it comes just two weeks after the mass shooting at the high school. the 15-year-old crum crumbley, charged as an adult. move him from an adult jail to a juvenile facility. >> this is someone that has never been in trouble before. because of his age or any other negative contact with his peers. this one isolated incident. >> reporter: that request coming after his court-appointed guardian claimed that crumbley is close to too many adult inmates in the jail and should be moved because of age. >> he could --
>> reporter: prosecutors objecting. >> calling this an isolated incident does not do it justice. this was a mass murder at a school, judge. >> reporter: the judge sided with prosecutors and denied the request to be moved. meanwhile, his parents, james and jennifer crumbley, are set to appear in court today. they are charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly providing him with the gun. sadly, today is also the ninth anniversary of the sandy hook school massacre in connecticut. advocates gathered yesterday demanding stronger gun laws. mona? andrew? >> thank you. coming up, a contest controversy. the event that had teachers racing to scoop up cash for their classroom. and the outcry this morning. ahead, how many americans are cutting back on their holiday shopping because of inflation? why hide your skin if dupixent has your moderate to severe eczema or atopic dermatitis under control? hide my skin? not me.
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>> now, covid rul rul recommendations reinstated as california tries to fight a winter surge. the three big things you need to know including the return of the statewide mask mandate. >> a major vote in connection with the january 6 insurrection. the newly revealed text messages from president trump's closest allies. >> we are not done with the rain yet. mike tells us what to expect and when the next wave of wet weather will be here. welcome to tuesday, december 14. you are watching abc 7 mornings. >> let us start on the check of the weather with mike. mike: good morning. we will start with live doppler 7 and showing you that this will be the timeframe for the next hour to hour and a half of widespread showers throughout the rest of today. one last chunk of energy coming through and some showers