ABC News Live: No classified documents found in Biden’s beach home

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Transcript for ABC News Live: No classified documents found in Biden’s beach home
TAKE YOU THERE. YOU'RE STREAMING "ABC NEWS LIVE". HELLO, EVERYONE. I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS. AND TODAY ON ABC NEWS LIVE WINTER STORM WARNING. THE DEADLY ICE STORM CAUSING CHAOS ACROSS THE SOUTH. DRIVERS TOLD TO STAY OFF THE ROADS AS THE NORTHEAST BRACES FOR RECORD . COLD, WIND CHILLS AND THE WARM UP ALL THE WAY. CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS, INVESTIGATION. THE FBI SEARCHING PRESIDENT BIDEN'S BEACH HOME. WHAT THEY REMOVED, PLUS WHAT BIDEN AND SPEAKER MCCARTHY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CHANCES OF REACHING A DEAL ON THE DEBT CEILING. >> AND BOMBSHELL EVIDENCE THE VIDEOS PLAYED DURING THE ALEX MURDAUGH DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL THAT PROSECUTORS ARGUE PUT HIM AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME MOMENTS BEFORE HIS WIFE AND SON WERE KILLED. AND FLOODING IN NEW ZEALAND DIDN'T STOP OUR ROBIN ROBERTS BIRDS FROM VISITING THE VANISHING GLACIERS, EXPERIENCING THE RICH TRADITION AND THRIVING MAORI CULTURE. WE'RE TAKING YOU ON A TREK ACROSS INCREDIBLE COUNTRY. >> BUT WE BEGIN WITH A STORM , A FREEZING RAIN NOW MAKING ITS WAY NORTH FROM TEXAS. THE SEVERE WINTER STORM HAS CREATED DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS AND DAMAGED POWER LINES IN ITS WAKE, WITH OVER 400000 CUSTOMERS NOW WITHOUT POWER IN THE STATE. MIREYA VILLARREAL SHOWS US THE DAMAGE FROM DALLAS, TEXAS. >> TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS PLAGUING THE SOUTH. IN TENNESSEE, A TROOPER RESPONDING TO AN ACCIDENT WHEN THEIR VEHICLE WAS SLAMMED INTO AT LEAST SOME BLACK ICE TO STAY HOME TO STAY SAFE . >> DASH CAM VIDEO CATCHING THIS SEMI TRUCK, LOSING CONTROL AND CAREENING OFF THE ROAD IN OKLAHOMA. AT LEAST EIGHT DEATHS ARE NOW CONNECTED TO THE STORM FROM MOSTLY THE RESULT OF CRASHES ON ICY ROADS IN TEXAS. >> BRANCHES SNAPPING AND TREES CRASHING, POWERLINES TAKEN DOWN, LEAVING MORE THAN 390 THOUSAND CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER ACROSS THE STATE AS TEMPERATURES STAY BELOW FREEZING FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS, NEARLY HALF THE OUTAGES WERE IN THE STATE'S CAPITAL , AUSTIN. >> IN DALLAS, PEOPLE WALKING MILES FOR GROCERIES. >> EVERYTHING IS CLOSED. AND THIS POLICE SUV PULLING A CITY BUS. >> THE SAME PEOPLE THAT GET STUCK OUT HERE. >> WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO HELP THEM OUT. MORE THAN 5000 FLIGHTS CANCELED SINCE THE STORM BEGAN IN THE DALLAS FORT WORTH AREA. ONLY ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR FLIGHTS METED OUT TO AIRPORT. OFFICIALS ARE HOPEFUL THAT THEY WILL GET FLIGHTS BACK UP AND RUNNING TODAY. AS FAR AS THE POWER LINES GO , CREWS ARE RUNNING AROUND THE CLOCK TO TRY AND GET SERVICE BACK ON THERE, EVEN BRINGING IN CREWS FROM OUT OF STATE TO HELP IN THIS MOMENT. RIGHT NOW, THE GOOD NEWS IS , IS THAT WE SHOULD SEE TEMPERATURES RISING THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND WE MAY EVEN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SUN . SO FINGERS CROSSED ON THAT ONE . >> ALEXIS , HOPEFULLY. MIREYA VILLARREAL FROM DALLAS, THANK YOU. THE FBI HAS CONDUCTED A PLANNED SEARCH OF PRESIDENT BIDEN'S HOME AT THE BEACH HOUSE. THE THREE AND A HALF HOUR SEARCH FOUND NO ADDITIONAL CLASSIFIED MATERIAL, BUT AGENTS DID TAKE SOME OF HIS HANDWRITTEN NOTES FOR FURTHER REVIEW. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT MARYALICE PARKS JOINS ME LIVE NOW FOR MORE . SO, MARYALICE, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN STRESSING THIS SEARCH WAS PLANNED. >> IT IS CONSENSUAL. WHAT'S THE LATEST? THE WHITE HOUSE INSISTING THAT THIS IS A PART OF THEM BEING TRANSPARENT, THAT THEY ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS TO GIVE THEM ACCESS TO THE PRESIDENT'S PRIVATE RESIDENCE. IT IS REMARKABLE TO THINK ABOUT A SITTING PRESIDENT GIVING INVESTIGATORS LEEWAY TO SEARCH EVERY ROOM OF THE PRESIDENT'S BEACH HOUSE. BUT LIKE YOU SAID, THEY CONDUCTED THIS THREE AND A HALF HOUR SEARCH YESTERDAY, A LOT SHORTER THAN THAT SEARCH OF HIS WILMINGTON HOME, WHICH LASTED OVER 12 HOURS. AND IN THIS CASE, HIS ATTORNEY IS THE PRESIDENT'S ATTORNEYS ARE SAYING THAT THE DOJ DID NOT COLLECT ANY ADDITIONAL CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS, DID NOT FIND ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS WITH CLASSIFIED MARKINGS, BUT THEY DID TAKE SOME HANDWRITTEN NOTES FROM WHAT THEY SAY WAS THE PRESIDENT'S TIME AS VICE PRESIDENT . AND IF THEY'RE GOING TO FURTHER SORT OF REVIEW THOSE HANDWRITTEN NOTES TO SEE, I SUPPOSE, IF THERE'S ANY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE INCLUDED IN THEM. AGAIN, THIS PLANNED AND CONSENSUAL SEARCH, THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM SAYS, IS A PART OF COOPERATING WITH THE DOJ. >> ALL RIGHT. SO IF NO CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS WERE FOUND AT THAT BEACH HOUSE, WHERE DOES THE INVESTIGATION GO FROM HERE? THERE'S STILL A LOT OF DOCUMENTS TO REVIEW DOCUMENTS THAT WERE FOUND AT THE WILMINGTON RESIDENCE AT THE OFFICE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. YOU THE BIG QUESTION FIRST AND FOREMOST IS WHAT WAS IN THOSE DOCUMENTS? WHAT KIND OF DOCUMENTS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? HOW CLASSIFIED, HOW SECRET, HOW IMPORTANT IS THE INFORMATION THAT'S CONTAINED IN THOSE DOCUMENTS? I THINK THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW. FIRST AND THEN, OF COURSE, WHO MIGHT HAVE ACCESS TO THEM. >> HOW SECURE WERE THEY OR WERE THEY NOT? WERE THEY MOVED MULTIPLE TIMES? THESE ARE STILL BIG, OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS FOR INVESTIGATORS AND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KEEP PRESSING ON . ALL RIGHT. SO SEPARATELY, WE KNOW PRESIDENT BIDEN MET WITH SPEAKER KEVIN MCCARTHY AMID THAT STANDOFF OVER RAISING THE DEBT CEILING. HAS ANY PROGRESS BEEN MADE THERE? >> AND DOES IT SEEM LIKE ANY CONCRETE PROGRESS YET? BUT IT WAS INTERESTING THAT BOTH SIDES CAME OUT OF THAT MEETING WITH A PRETTY OPTIMISTIC TONE THAT SPEAKER MCCARTHY SAID THAT HE THOUGHT THE MEETING WITH BETTER THAN HE THOUGHT IT WOULD, THAT THEY HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION. PRESIDENT BIDEN, JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST, I HAD A SIMILAR TONE SAYING IT WAS A GOOD MEETING. THEY'RE NOT GOING TO AGREE ON EVERYTHING. BUT RIGHT NOW, IN THESE EARLY STAGES, IT SEEMS LIKE BOTH SIDES ARE AT LEAST TRYING TO SOUND HOPEFUL. >> WE HOPE SO. MARYALICE PARKS THANK YOU. HUNDREDS GATHERED IN MEMPHIS FOR A TYRE NICOLS FUNERAL WEEKS AFTER THE TWENTY NINE YEAR OLD DIED FOLLOWING A VIOLENT ENCOUNTER WITH MEMPHIS POLICE. DURING THE EMOTIONAL SERVICE, NICHOLS MOTHER REMEMBERED HER SON AS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON AND CALLED FOR PASSAGE OF THE GEORGE FLOYD POLICING ACT. STEPHANIE RAMOS HAS MORE FROM MEMPHIS. >> THE FAMILY OF TYRE NICOLS LAYING THE TWENTY NINE YEAR OLD TO REST THREE WEEKS AFTER HE DIED FOLLOWING A BRUTAL POLICE BEATING CAPTURED ON DISTURBING VIDEO. >> I SEE THE WORLD SHOWING HIM LOVE, FIGHTING FOR HIS JUSTICE . >> BUT ALL I WANT IS MY BABY BROTHER BACK IN THE SERVICE FILLED WITH SCRIPTURE POWERHOUSE SONGS AND CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. >> HIS FAMILY REFLECTING ON WHO HE WAS, A LOVING FATHER WHO ENJOYED SKATEBOARDING AND SUNSETS. HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON. FOR THIS TO HAPPEN TO HIM, IT'S JUST THE VEGETABLE IN THE CONGREGATION. FAMILY MEMBERS OF GEORGE FLOYD ,ERIC GARNER AND BRIANNA TAYLOR , ALL OF WHOM DIED AT THE HANDS OF POLICE. ALSO, VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS SUPPORTING THE FAMILY AND DELIVERING A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT BIDEN. THE PRESIDENT WRITING IN PART, THE LOVE YOU HAVE RETIREE THAT LOVE WILL BE THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRENGTH. >> REVEREND AL SHARPTON EULOGIZING TYRE NICOLS WITH STRONG WORDS AGAINST THOSE FIVE MEMPHIS POLICE OFFICERS IN THE CITY THAT DR. KING LOST HIS LIFE NOT FAR AWAY FROM THAT BALCONY. YOU BEAT A BROTHER TO DEATH. >> BOTH HARRIS AND SHARPTON CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PASS THE GEORGE LLOYD JUSTICE AND POLICING ACT, WHICH CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE POLICE REFORM AND STEPHANIE RAMOS. >> JOINING US LIVE NOW FROM MEMPHIS. SO, STEPHANIE , I KNOW THERE ARE PLANS IN MOTION TO PASS THE GEORGE FLAWED JUSTICE AND POLICING ACT. WHAT'S THE LATEST? SO AS FAR AS WE KNOW, ATTORNEY BEN CRUMP SAID YESTERDAY, JUST YESTERDAY, THAT REPRESENTATIVE SHEILA JACKSON LEE PLANS TO REINTRODUCE THE BILL RIGHT AFTER THE STATE OF THE UNION. AND IT WILL INCLUDE A TYRE NICOLS DUTY TO INTERVENE CLAUSE, WHICH BASICALLY MEANS IF AN OFFICER SEES ANOTHER OFFICER COMMIT A CRIME, THEY ARE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO REPORT THAT. SO WE SHOULD SEE SOME PROGRESS ON THAT SOON. WILL BE ABLE TO REPORT ON THAT . BUT THAT IS THE PROGRESS THAT THE FAMILY TYRE NICOLS IS LOOKING FOR. AND WE KNOW THIS FAMILY HAS BEEN SAYING THAT YESTERDAY WAS A CELEBRATION OF HIS WIFE. YOU'VE BEEN IN MEMPHIS FOR A FEW DAYS NOW. YOU WERE OUTSIDE THAT FUNERAL YESTERDAY. JUST WHAT IS THE MOOD THERE RIGHT NOW? WELL, I MEAN, THERE WAS A SENSE THERE WAS A SOMBER TONE, BUT THERE THERE IS A SENSE OF SOME PROGRESS BEING MADE. I MEAN, THEY WANTED TO REMEMBER HIS LIFE YESTERDAY. MANY FOLKS HERE ARE TIRED OF SEEING THAT THAT VIDEO. THEY DON'T WANT TO REMEMBER HIM IN THAT WAY. AND LIKE HIS MOTHER SAID JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, SHE STRONGLY BELIEVES THAT HE WAS ON ASSIGNMENT. THE TYRE NICOLS WAS ON AN ASSIGNMENT HERE AND HE FULFILLED THAT ASSIGNMENT BY SPARKE PROTESTS AND GATHERING THIS COMMUNITY TOGETHER. I MEAN, EVEN HIS BROTHER SAYING A FEW DAYS AGO THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO COME TO MEMPHIS. HE JUST DIDN'T FEEL RIGHT BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS BROTHER. BUT AFTER SEEING JUST THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FROM STRANGERS, HE SAID HE HAD TO BE HERE, NOT JUST FOR HIS MOTHER AND HIS FAMILY, BUT ALSO FOR THIS COMMUNITY. STEPHANIE RAMOS IN MEMPHIS FOR US , THANK YOU. THE FBI HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION INTO EMBATTLED CONGRESSMAN GEORGE SANTO'S. AGENTS ARE LOOKING INTO HIS ROLE IN AN ALLEGED GO FUND ME SCHEME INVOLVING VETERANS SICK DOG. SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT RACHEL SCOTT HAS THE LATEST ABC NEWS LEARNING. >> THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING WHETHER GEORGE SANTO'S WAS INVOLVED IN AN ANIMAL CHARITY SCAM. >> ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT BEING PROSECUTED? I HAVE NO CLUE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S ABOUT. >> SANTO'S DENYING ANY WRONGDOING WHEN QUESTIONED BY ABC NEWS THIS WAS TAKEN. >> COULD TALK TO YOU MORE THAN HE TALKED TO ME. I HAVEN'T BEEN REACHED OUT, SO I CAN'T COMMENT. >> BUT NAVY VETERAN RICHARD ALL-STAFF ALLEGES THE NEW YOUR CONGRESSMAN STOLE THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS MONEY THAT SANTO'S PROMISED WOULD HELP HIS DYING SERVICE DOG. >> I DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE ANOTHER PERSON, ESPECIALLY A VETERAN, GO THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS AGAIN. >> I'LL STOP TELLING. FEDERAL AUTHORITIES CONTACTED HIM AS PART OF THEIR PROBE SAYING, I'M GLAD TO GET THE BALL ROLLING WITH THE BIG WIGS. HE SAYS WHEN HIS DOG, SAMPHIRE ,HAD A TUMOR, A VETERINARIAN TECHNICIAN REFERRED HIM TO A PET CHARITY RUN BY SANTOS. >> BUT ABC NEWS HAS REPORTED THAT CHARITY NEVER EXISTED. >> USCIRF SAYS SANTO'S SUDDENLY STOPPED RESPONDING TO HIS MESSAGES, NEVER TURNING OVER A PENNY. >> HIS DOG SANDFIRE PASSED AWAY LESS THAN A YEAR LATER. >> I WAS SUICIDAL AGAIN AFTER WHEN I NEEDED THAT DOG. >> SANTO'S DENIED HE EVER MET AND CLAIMED HE NEVER MET ME AND I NEVER MET HIM. ON THE RECORD. >> BUT A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE FUNMI CONFIRMED THE ACCOUNT BELONGED TO SANTOS. SOURCES SAY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL, BOTH INVESTIGATING SANTOS, ARE LOOKING INTO THE CHARITY ALONG WITH PROBES OF HIS CAMPAIGN FINANCES. EVEN IF ALLEGATIONS HE STOLE CHECKS AS A TEENAGER IN BRAZIL WITH PRESSURE GROWING RON DESANTIS TO RESIGN, THE LONG ISLAND REPUBLICAN IS DEFIANT. >> I KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO CREATE THIS NARRATIVE THAT I . I FAKED MY WAY TO CONGRESS, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY, CATEGORICALLY FALSE. >> GOTTEN ME DECLINED TO COMMENT ON ANY SPECIFIC DETAILS. BUT A SPOKESPERSON TELLS ME THEY ALWAYS COOPERATE WITH ANY ONGOING INVESTA. SANTOS HAS ALREADY ADMITTED TO MISREPRESENTING LARGE PARTS OF HIS RESUME AND HIS BACKGROUND. BUT IT IS THESE ALLEGATIONS OF THEFT AND DECEPTION THAT COULD LAND HIM IN REAL LEGAL TROUBLE. >> ALEXIS SENIOR, CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT, RACHEL SCOTT, THANK YOU. THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS DONE IT AGAIN, RAISING INTEREST RATES FOR THE EIGHTH STRAIGHT TIME. THE CENTRAL BANK RAISED RATES BY A QUARTER PERCENT IN ITS BATTLE AGAINST INFLATION, WHICH HAS SHOWN SIGNS THAT IT IS , IN FACT, COOLING DOWN. ABC NEWS CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT REBECCA JARVIS HAS MORE NOW ON HOW THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR BOTTOM LINE. HI, REBECCA. >> WHETHER YOU OWN A BUNCH OF STOCKS OR NONE, AT ALL, THIS DECISION HAS AN IMPACT ON YOUR BOTTOM LINE. REMEMBER, THE FED HAS BEEN TRYING TO COOL INFLATION BY HIKING INTEREST RATES. THEY'VE DONE THIS NOW EIGHT TIMES IN A ROW AND THEY'RE GETTING SOME PROGRESS. BUT THE JOB ISN'T FINISHED. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE GROCERY STORE, FOR EXAMPLE, FOOD STILL COSTS ABOUT TEN AND A HALF PERCENT MORE THAN IT DID A YEAR AGO. SO WHAT DOES THIS LATEST INTEREST RATE HIKE MEAN FOR YOUR BOTTOM LINE? WELL, IT MEANS THAT CREDIT CARD IS GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE. THE AVERAGE APR ON CREDIT CARDS IS NOW ABOVE 20%. FOR THE TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD, WHICH IS CARRYING ABOUT SIXTY FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF CREDIT CARD DEBT. IT MEANS AN ADDITIONAL ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THREE AND INTEREST PAYMENTS ON MORTGAGES. THEY HAVE BEEN GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE AS WELL. ABOUT A YEAR AGO, YOU COULD GET A 30 YEAR FIXED RATE MORTGAGE FOR FOUR PERCENT. TODAY IT'S MORE LIKE SIX PERCENT. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT ANALYSTS DO NOT BELIEVE THIS LATEST HIKE IS GOING TO MAKE FOR FAR MORE EXPENSIVE MORTGAGES. AND FINALLY, THOSE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. THIS IS THE UPSIDE OF RISING INTEREST RATES. YOU CAN GET PAID MORE MONEY TO LEAVE YOUR MONEY IN THE BANK . THE TRICK IS TO DO A LITTLE DIGGING. YOUR BANK MIGHT BE PAYING YOU SOMETHING LIKE HALF A PERCENT. BUT IF YOU SEARCH FOR AN ONLINE BANK USING SITES LIKE BANKRATE AND NERD WALLET, YOU CAN FIND APIS UPWARDS OF FOUR PERCENT. AGAIN, YOU GOT TO DO THE WORK AND MAKE SURE IF YOU'RE DOING THAT, THAT YOU'REO 1887, GROWINY FIVE THOUSAND VISITORS EVERY FEBRUARY 2ND. THAT SMALL TOWN . ALL RIGHT. COMING UP, THE NEW BOMBSHELLS IN THE ALEX MURDAUGH MURDER TRIAL, INCLUDING THE FAMILY FRIEND WHO SAYS HE HEARD MURDOCKS VOICE ON THE VIDEO. PROSECUTORS SAY IT WAS TAKEN MOMENTS BEFORE THE KILLINGS. ALSO, WE'RE TAKING YOU TO NEW ZEALAND. ROBIN ROBERTS SHOWS US THE VANISHING GLACIERS AND HISTORIC FLOODING THERE AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR THE COUNTRYPEAK LINE. >> WELCOME BACK. A JUDGE IN THE ALEX MURDAUGH DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE WHETHER THE STATE CAN ADMIT EVIDENCE OF THE DISGRACED SOUTH CAROLINA ATTORNEYS ALLEGED FINANCIAL CRIMES. THIS AS A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND GAVE BOMBSHELL TESTIMONY YESTERDAY, SAYING HE HEARD MURDOCKS VOICE ON THE VIDEO PROSECUTORS SAY WAS TAKEN MOMENTS BEFORE THE KILLINGS. EVA PILGRIM HAS THE LATEST ALIBI BLOW. GET IT? GET THIS 58 SECOND VIDEO FROM ALEX MURDAUGH OWN SON DIRECTLY CONTRADICTING HIS STORY. THE STATE SAYING PLACES THE DEFENDANT AT THE MURDER SCENE MINUTES BEFORE HIS WIFE AND SON WERE KILLED. IN THE VIDEO, YOU CAN SEE HIS SON PAUL GOING INTO A PEN ON THE FAMILY'S PROPERTY TO CHECK ON A FRIEND'S DOG IN THE BACKGROUND, YOU HEAR OTHER VOICES, GOVERNOR DESANTIS, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. GUINEA PIGS AND CHICKENS, AMY ROBACH WITH MURDOCH CLAIMED HE DIDN'T GO TO THE FAMILY'S KENNELS THAT NIGHT UNTIL HE FOUND HIS WIFE AND SONS BODIES. HE APPEARED EMOTIONAL IN COURT AS THE VIDEO WAS PLAYED CLOSE. FAMILY FRIEND ROGAN GIBSON, WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO RECEIVE THAT VIDEO SHOWING HIS INJURED DOG, TELLING PROSECUTORS HE HEARD ALEC IN THE FOOTAGE AND WHAT VOICES DID YOU HEAR? >> PAUL'S MATT GUTMAN STATEMENT AND HOW SURE ARE YOU NOW, POSITON? 100%. THAT'S SNAPCHAT VIDEO. >> PAUL SAID THAT EVENING ALSO PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN COURT, SHOWING ALEC AND PAUL ON THE PROPERTY AROUND SEVEN P.M. ALEC SEEN IN DIFFERENT CLOTHING THAN WHAT HE WAS WEARING WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVED AFTER THE MURDERS. >> THAT SPEAKS TO SOMEONE WHO MAY POTENTIALLY HAVE CHANGED CLOTHES BECAUSE IT WAS IMPLICATING THEM IN SOME WAY, SOME SORT OF KNOWLEDGE THAT THE POLICE WOULD SEE SOMETHING ,GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE CLOTHING. HIS FAMILIARITY WITH THE LAW WOULD ALSO GIVE HIM THAT INFORMATION. >> SO I THINK THAT THAT WAS A REAL BLOW TO THE DEFENSE. BUT MURDOCH'S TEAM PAINTING A PORTRAIT OF A HAPPY FAMILY AND THEY PLAYING THIS NEWLY REVEALED VIDEO OF ALEC'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION JUST WEEKS BEFORE, PAUL SEEN BRINGING HIM A CAKE DRINK SO MUCH. >> THANK YOU, BABY . HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PAUL'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FATHER? IT WAS AN AWESOME RELATIONSHIP. AND WHAT DO ME BUT ALSO JUST KIND OF SEEMED LIKE PAUL WAS THE APPLE. >> AND FROM YOUR OBSERVATIONS, TELL THE JURY WHAT WHAT WHAT YOU OBSERVED OF ALEX RELATIONSHIP WITH MAGGIE. I THOUGHT THEY HAD AN AWESOME RELATIONSHIP AS WELL FROM EVERYTHING THAT I COULD SEE. CAN YOU THINK OF ANY CIRCUMSTANCE THAT YOU CAN ENVISION KNOWING THEM AS YOU DO WHAT ALEC WOULD BRUTALLY MURDER PAUL ? >> IMAGIN NOT I CAN THINK OF. >> AND IN THE FINAL MOMENTS OF COURT, SOME MORE FIREWORKS. THE STATE INTRODUCING A POSSIBLE MOTIVE, GRILLING A WITNESS ON IF HE KNEW ALEC MURDOCH WAS CONFRONTED ON THE DAY OF THE MURDERS ABOUT MISSING FEES FROM HIS LAW FIRM. THE DEFENSE OBJECTING THIS MORNING. THERE WILL BE A HEARING TO DETERMINE IF THE EVIDENCE IN HIS ALLEGED FINANCIAL CRIMES CAN BE ADMITTED IN THIS TRIAL. ALEXIS EVA PILGRIM, THANK YOU. I WANT TO BRING IN ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND NEW YORK CITY HOMICIDE PUBLIC DEFENDER BRIAN BUCKMIRE FOR MORE ON THIS. SO, BRIAN , LET'S START WITH THAT EXPLOSIVE DAY IN COURT. YESTERDAY, THE PHONE FORENSIC EXPERT RETURNED TO THE STAND TESTIFYING THAT RECORDS SHOW MURDOCH DELETED CALLS FROM HIS PHONE THE NIGHT OF THE MURDERS. HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THAT AND HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT THE PROSECUTION'S CASE? >> IT IS VERY SIGNIFICANT. THE PROSECUTION IS GOING TO USE IT TO BE WHAT'S CALLED CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT. TO SAY THAT YOU WOULDN'T DO THIS TO A PERSON DOESN'T DELETE THESE PIECES OF INFORMATION FROM THEIR PHONE UNLESS THEY'RE TRYING TO HIDE SOMETHING AND ARGUING THAT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU PUT IT UP AGAINST HIS ALIBI, THERE'S ONLY ONE REASONABLE EXPLANATION. NOW, THE PROSECUTION AND THE DEFENSE CAN'T PROVE WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. BUT DON'T FORGET THE PROSECUTION ONLY NEEDS TO PROVE THIS CASE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. AND THIS, I THINK, CUTS OUT A LOT OF THOSE REASONABLE DOUBTS. >> AND WE KNOW THAT THERE'S THIS CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND WHO TESTIFIED HE WAS 100% POSITIVE THAT HE HEARD ALEX VOICE IN A VIDEO THAT PROSECUTORS SAY WAS TAKEN JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE MURDERS. WHAT KIND OF CHALLENGE DOES THAT PRESENT FOR THE DEFENSE? >> IT'S TWO THINGS. IT'S ONE , THE DEFENSE. YOU AND I ARE VIEWERS TODAY. EVEN THE JURY CAN ARGUE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S ALEC MURDOCH'S VOICE, BUT SOMEONE WHO'S A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND SAYING THIS IS 100% HIS VOICE. IT'S ALMOST UNDENIED. ALSO, FOR LACK OF A BETTER PHRASE, HE'S GOT NO DOG IN THE FIGHT. HE'S NOT PRO DEFENSE, PRO PROSECUTION. HE'S VERY MIDDLE GROUND. SO THIS IS SOMEONE THE JURY IS REALLY GOING TO LISTEN TO AND GIVE CREDIBILITY TO . THE OTHER PART IS WHEN YOU PUT IN THE ANALYTICS AND THE FORENSIC AND FORENSICS AND YOU SEE HOW CLOSE IN TIME, I THINK THE PROSECUTION IS SAYING IT'S FIVE MINUTES APART FROM WHEN THE ALLEGED MURDER, THE TIME OF ALLEGED MURDER HAPPENS. THAT PUTS ALEX MURDAUGH CLOSING TIME, GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT THIS MURDER AND ALSO DESTROYS AN ALIBI. >> NOW, PROSECUTORS SAY A SNAPCHAT VIDEO PUTS MURDOCH AT A FAMILY PROPERTY THAT NIGHT, BUT WEARING DIFFERENT CLOTHES WHEN POLICE ARRIVED. WHAT COULD THIS TELL YOU? I MEAN, GIVEN THE FACT THAT MURDOCH HAS A LAW BACKGROUND, HE'S AN ATTORNEY , AND WHAT COULD THIS MEAN FOR HIS CASE? >> SO WE'RE GOING TO GET A SNAPCHAT EXPERT TO COME ON AND TESTIFY ABOUT HOW LAW WORKS. MY SIBLINGS WILL TELL YOU THAT I'M NOT GOOD AT SNAPCHAT AT ALL. THE QUESTION BECOMES, IS THIS VIDEO THE TIMING? WHEN HE TOOK THE VIDEO, WHEN HE SENT IT? WE'LL GET THAT ANSWER ANOTHER TIME. BUT THIS CHANGING OF THE CLOTHES, AGAIN, IT'S CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT. WHY WOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR PROSECUTOR? YOUR FATHER WAS A PROSECUTOR. HIS FATHER WAS PROSECUTED. EVEN THEIR FATHER WAS A PROSECUTOR. YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO GET AWAY WITH CRIMES. YOU KNOW, ABOUT GUNSHOT RESIDUE OR GSR, BLOOD SPATTER THAT COULD HAVE ON HIS CLOTHES. THIS CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES SO CLOSE IN TIME WITHOUT A REASONABLE EXPLANATION AGAIN, LEADS THE JURY TO I DON'T REASONABLE DOUBT AS TO WHY HE DID THIS. HE MUST BE THE ONE THAT MURDERED HIM. SO I A BIG CHALLENGE FOR THE DEFENSE. >> AND BRIAN, IF THE JUDGE RULES TO ADMIT EVIDENCE THAT MURDOCH ALLEGEDLY STOLE FROM HIS CLIENTS AND FAMILY, LAW FIRM, HOW WOULD THAT CHANGE THINGS IN TO CHANGE THINGS BOTH AT THE TRIAL AND POTENTIALLY AT THE APPELLATE LEVEL? IF MURDOCH IS CONVICTED, YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR A LOT OF FOUR OR FOUR B , THAT'S JUST A FANCY WAY OF SAYING, IS THIS EVIDENCE MORE PROBATIVE? THAN IT IS PREJUDICIAL? AND THE FIRST QUESTION BEING, IS IT RELEVANT? THE DEFENSE IS GOING TO SAY IT'S NOT RELEVANT. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MURDER AND NOT FINANCIAL CRIMES. AND THERE'S NO CONNECTIVE TISSUE BETWEEN. MURDOCH KILLED HIS FAMILY FOR THESE FINANCIAL CRIMES. >> BUT FOR JUST THEORY. AND THE NEXT STEP IS WHAT IS THIS TELLING A JURY? AND IS IT JUST BEING MORE PREJUDICIAL AS A JURY GOING TO DEFINE MURDOCH BASED ON THESE CRIMES AND NOT THE ALLEGATIONS AND EVIDENCE BEFORE THEM? IT'S GOING TO BE STICKY, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW IT PANS OUT. >> BRIAN BUCKMIRE, WE KNOW YOU'LL BE WATCHING FOR US . >> ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON . THANK YOU. COMING UP, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE YOU TO NEW ZEALAND. A ROBIN ROBERTS SHOWS US THE VANISHING GLACIERS THERE AND HISTORIC FLOODING, WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR OUR PLANET. STAY THE STORY IS , WE'LL TAKE YOU THERE. >> YOU'RE STREAMING "ABC NEWS LIVE". WELCOME BACK. WE ARE TAKING YOU HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD THIS MORNING TO NEW ZEALAND. IT'S AN EPICENTER OF ADVENTURE TOURISM, BUT RIGHT NOW THEY ARE DEALING WITH HISTORIC FLOODING. OUR ROBIN ROBERTS TRAVELED MORE THAN 9000 MILES. THEY ARE FOR AN ADVENTURE OF HER OWN AND IS TAKING US ALL ON HER EPIC JOURNEY. >> THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXCITING ADVENTURE. WE ARE HEADING TO NEW ZEALAND. COME ON . MY BUCKET LIST ADVENTURE TURNED INTO AN ADVENTURE OF ITS OWN ON THE WAY TO AUCKLAND THAT I WAS DREAMING ABOUT BEING IN HAWAII. TURNS OUT I WAS NOT DREAMING A LITTLE BIT OF A DELAY GETTING TO AUCKLAND. WE ARE IN HONOLULU, HEAVY RAIN DRENCHING AUCKLAND. HOMES AND STREETS FLOODED AS THE CITY RECEIVED THE MOST RAIN EVER RECORDED THERE IN A SINGLE DAY, FORCING SCHOOLS TO BE CLOSED UNTIL NEXT WEEK. OUR FLIGHT DIVERTED TO HAWAII AS THE AUCKLAND AIRPORT FLOODED, TEMPORARILY HALTING OPERATIONS. >> THE RECORD DOWNPOURS UNUSUAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR AS DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY IS TYPICALLY DRY SEASON IN NEW ZEALAND AND THE OUR JOURNEY TO EXPLORE THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD CARRIED ON NEW ZEALAND CALLS ITSELF HOME TO AN ESTIMATED FIVE MILLION PEOPLE, A PLACE YOU'LL FIND MORE SHEEP THAN LOCALS. FINALLY ARRIVING IN QUEENSTOWN ,A STUNNING DESOLATION ON THE SOUTH ISLAND. THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS WHY I WANTED TO TRAVEL HERE TO NEW ZEALAND, ONE OF THEM BEING THE GREAT OUTDOORS SERENITY. NOW IT'S ALSO HOME TO ADRENALINE FUELED EXPERIENCES AND MAJESTIC VIEWS. SO TO TAKE IT ALL IN, WE WROTE TO THE TOP THAT IS . >> OH GOSH, IT IS BEAUTIFUL TO SEE THE MOUNTAINS GOING UP TO THE SEA, THE LUSHNESS OF THE TREES, ALL OF IT, SO I COULD GET A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. BUT I LOVE SEEING THE MOUNTAINS COME UP AROUND THE LAKE LIKE WE'RE STANDING AT THE TOWERING FIFTEEN HUNDRED FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL WHO THIS GORGEOUS CAN REALLY SEE. QUEENSTOWN. A MOMENT FOR ME TO TAKE IT ALL IN. IT WASN'T EASY GETTING HERE, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS VIEW MAKES IT MORE THAN WORTH IT. HMM. I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. >> THAT IS OUR INSPIRER. OUR THANKS TO ROBIN ROBERTS. AND THANK YOU FOR STREAMING WITH US. I'M ALEXIS. KRISTOFER "ABC NEWS LIVE" IS HERE FOR YOU. ANY TIME WITH THE LATEST NEWS, CONTEXT AND ANALYSIS. AND YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND US ON HULU, THE ABC NEWS APP,

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