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a record $5 billion fine for failing to protect the privacy of billions of users. why some say it doesn't go far enough. nbc news investigates the new warning about certain breast implants and their links to cancer. today the fda asks for a recall. what women need to know. a bison in yellow stone charges and attacks a young how close is too close in the wild? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. he was the reluctant witness, robert mueller who for two years had the country holding its breath went public today testifying about his russia report. the former special counsel as promised didn't stray much beyond his written report, but none the less made headlines. acknowledging president trump was untruthful in his written answers to investigators, calling the trump campaign's embrace of wikileaks problematic and firmly rejecting the president's
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characterization of the report as a hoax which is exactly what the president called it again late today. pete williams starts our coverage. >> mr. mueller, what's your message to the president? >> reporter: robert mueller arrived in hopes to the democrats that the message would spread to millions that never heard it. the opening minutes appeared to show that promise with jerry nadler zeroing in on what president trump has said about it. >> the president repeatedly claimed that your report f it completely and totally examine rated him. but that is not what your report said. >> correct. it is not what the port s >> the report did not conclude that he did not commit obstruction of justice? is that correct? >> that is correct. >> and what about total exoneration? did you actually totally exonerate the president? >> no. >> republicans pressed mueller on just that issue and the report statement that while it, quote, does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. republicans said that sentence took away his
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presumption of innocence. >> can you give me an example other than donald trump where the justice department determined that an investigated person was not exonerated because their innocence was not conclusively determined? >> i cannot -- this is unique. >> donald trump is not above the law. he's not. but he damn sure shouldn't be below the law which is where volume two of this report puts him. >> reporter: but in two hearings mueller revealed nothing new, sticking to his pledge to talk about only what was in his report. democrats threatened to get him to read from examples but mueller more than 200 times declined or gave such short answers they did not amount to a cohesive narrative.>> no, ye generally correct, yes, yes, generally yes, yes, that's accurate. >> reporter: but republicans said mueller was never prevented from doing
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his job. >> were you ever fired as special counsel mr. mueller? >> no. >> no. were you allowed to complete your investigation unencumbered? >> yes. >> mueller pushed back against legal team included hillary clinton supporters. >> i've been in this business 25 years and i never had an occasion once to ask somebody about their political affiliation. it is not done. what i care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and quickly and seriously and with integrity. >> and he showed a spark when asked for his reaction to repeated statements about donald trump posting the emails it stole from the clinton campaigns. >> wikileaks, i love wikileaks. >> problematic is an understatement in terms of -- it displays in terms of giving some, i don't know, hope or some boost to what is and should be illegal activity. >> mueller said his investigation was no witch hunt and that russian acts of meddling through phony social media and the hacked emails were real and dangerous.
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>> would you agree that it was not a hoax that the russians were engaged in trying to impact our election? >> absolutely. it's not a hoax. the indictments we returned against the russians, two different ones, were substantial in their scope using that scope word again. and i think one of the -- we have underplayed to a certain extent. >> reporter: mueller said as the report does that though he wanted to interview president trump, the special counsel team decided not to put up a fight. >> the expectation was if we did subpoena the president, he would fight the subpoena and we would be in the midst of the tant >> reporter: the president did submit answers in writing though not to every question the special counsel team asked. >> where he did, his answered showed he wasn't always being truthful? >> i would say generally. >> pete joins us now. pete, it's not lost on
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anyone who watched the hearings today that director mueller seemed to be struggling at times. you covered him for years. what stood out to you? >> we last saw him testify six years ago and this was not the hard charging robert mueller we saw then when he was the fbi director. today he was halting and sometimes unsure of himself. he's older now. he turns 75 in two weeks. and he clearly did not want to be there today. he appeared only because he was subpoenaed and he didn't want to say anything more than what's in his report. >> pete williams, thanks. the president spoke out late today celebrating the hearings calling them a disaster for mueller and the democrats. it didn't take long for him to speak out publicly. >> reporter: not at all, lester. there's a palpable sense of vindication at the white house, the president triumphant over what he perceives as a good day for him. robert mueller raised several issues today like acknowledging the president wasn't
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always truthful in his written answers to the special counsel. for the president's part he says he has no regrets about not sitting for an interview with mueller and repeatedly blasted the former special counsel. >> the performance was obviously not very good. he had a lot of problems. but what he showed more than anything else is that this whole thing has been three years of embarrassment and waste of time for our country. and do you know what? the democrats thought they could win an election like this. i think they hurt themselves very badly for 2020. >> reporter: bottom line, the president's allies hopes this turns the page on something that's loomed over this white house for more than two years. but with democrats continuing their invest kbagss on capitol hill, that seems unlikely. >> hallie, thanks. our political director and moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd was watching the hearings. where does this go from here? >> is today going to be an epilogue to the mueller report and a final quota, mueller's
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public explanation for what was in the report, or will this do what some democrats in the house and committee hoped it would do which is both convince speaker pelosi and the public at large that more needs to be done. but ultimately this is going to be in speaker pelosi's hands. does she believe the politics of impeachment are so lethal in a negative direction that she decides not to do this or does she roll the dice, open the inquiry, and then suddenly it's katie bar the door? >> chuck todd, analysis, thank you. hat north korea has fired two missiles into the sea. andrea mitchell is here with us. andrea, what do we know about this? >> we're learning more about these two missiles, lester. two apparent short-range missiles launched by north korea. the missiles travelled the waters in ee north korea a. in may nnge missiles alarming south korea and japan and violating un resolutions. president trump down
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played those launches because they didn't threaten the u.s. he went ahead with the surprise visit to meet with kim jong-un at the end of last month at the dmz and stepping into north korea. kim may be flexing his muscles in anger as the u.s. and south korea plans next month. tonight tech giant facebook is facing the biggest fine the u.s. government has ever imposed agreeing to pay $5 billion for widespread privacy violations. the company is being forced to make big changes in how it operates. but some critics say the move doesn't go far enough. here's tom costello. >> it's a giant find for the giant of social media, $5 billion for failing to protect the personal information even after facebook ceo mark zuckerberg >> facebook betrayed
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the trust of its users and deceived them about their ability to control their personal information. >> the government accuses facebook of sharing users' personal information with third party apps including phone numbers and whether they liked certain postings. some shared with cambridge analytica, a political consulting firm that worked with the trump campaign. an optional face recognition technology turned on by default. facebook is not admitting guilt though it's agreeing to government oversight for 20 years. also a new independent privacy committee. and mark zuckerberg himself will have to certify every quarter that the company is adhering to privacy agreements. zuckerberg today. >> we're going to change the way that we operate across the whole company from the leadership down and the ground up. we're going to change how we build product. and if we don't, then we're going to be held accountable for it. >> reporter: facebook the first silicon valley company to have imposed on it.
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>> i think facebook has the opportunity to be the first company to do this correctly. i do hope they take it. >> reporter: critics say facebook got off easy, buying blanket immunity for everything that's happened and no restrictions on what happens in the future. now to a major development in the story we first brought you last year about an emerging health risk for women. today the fda asked a maker of textured breast implants to pull them off the market after more evidence they're linked to cancer. here is investigative and consumer ceant vicky win with what patients need to know. >> reporter: tonight this cancer survivor is celebrating. >> i'm speechless. it's going to save lives. >> reporter: she's had cancer twice. after a mastectomy, she got textured implants. five years later, those implants caused bia alcl, a cancer of the immune system. >> i don't want anyone else to go through what i've been through. >> reporter: the fda
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revealed there are 573 cases of this cancer worldwide including 33 deaths. most involved textured implants made by allergan. they issued a voluntary recall and said in a statement it's taking this action as a precaution after seeing the latest research. patients and doctors have raised concerns for years. >> they actually can come, point. >> reporter: pointing networks on social media to warn women. >> the textured surface is like a tiny velcro. it grows into the woman's body. i believe that's the source of the lymphoma because there's an interaction between the woman's body and implant. >> reporter: last november, nbc news in conjunction with the international consortium of investigative journalists found the disease could be more dangerous than previously thought with rates as high as one in 1,000 with women with implants. >> we have a lot of work to do because there's thousands of women with the implant >> rayline is cancer
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free. doctors say if the cancer is caught early, it can be treated successfully. >> so, what should women do if they have these implants? >> the message from the fda is if you have these implants you don't have to have them removed unless you're showing symptoms. that being said, watch out for rash, swelling, pain. if that's the case, call your doctor. the uk has a new prime minister. boris johnson took over today from theresa may sealing the transition of power with a handshake from the queen all under a looming cloud of brexit. bill neely is in london. >> reporter: a new job, a new home, and new protests. his car blocked by climate protesters as he went to meet the queen. it's her 14th prime minister. he bowed, then broke the rules by telling his new staff what she said, reportedly, i don't know why anyone would want the job. more protests at his speech, johnson vowing to pull britain out of
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the european union by the halloween deadline. >> the british people have had enough of waiting. >> reporter: president trump said he'll be great. johnson quoted truman. watching his girlfriend, 24 years his junior. johnson is leader because theresa may failed, the brexit crisis broke her. it's now his to solve. tonight it's ruthless boris. he's fired more ministers than any british leader in history. next it's talking trade with president trump. lester. >> all right. bill, thank you. new developments tonight in the massive man hunt for two teens wanted in the deaths of three people including a young american woman. the suspects on the loose and considered armed and dangerous. nbc miguel almaguer now on the new discovery. >> reporter: in the rugged mountains of british columbia, a man hunt for two teenagers who police now suspect of three murders. but thousands of miles away, today investigators confirmed they've
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recovered the torched car they were using, the duo believed to be on the run, perhaps in disguise, may be armed, and dangerous. >> this is a complex ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions. >> reporter: first feared to be missing, the teens are now suspects a week after the bodies of american china diess and her boyfriend lucas fowler were found dead. on a road trip across canada, police say the couple was quietly shot on a quiet highway. >> none of this will bring my sister back and none will bring lucas back, but we hope they can find who did it. >> reporter: the bodies of diess and fowler were recovered 300 miles away from another remote canadian road where police discovered an unidentified body. investigators have found two burned out vehicles left by the suspects. they have not released a motive. >> i hope they get caught and i hope this never happens to
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charges plowing into a 9-year-old girl launching her several feet into the air. the shocking video taken close to old faithful geyser where wild bison graze in clusters. >>they can move quickly and they can get bothered in a moment's notice. >> reporter: the girl rushed to a nearby clinic. rangers say she was lucky she was not seriously injuried. although bison attacks are rare, it's not the first time tourists have gotten too close. rangers say stay at least 75 feet away from animals like bison or moose and more than 300 feet from bears or wolves. >> they're wild animals and they're huge. they can kill you. >> reporter: according to park officials, 50 people were standing just feet from the bison before it started charging. >> getting close to wild life is not a smart idea. i know everybody likes get that selfie, likes to get that great photo, but safety needs to come first. >> reporter: park officials decided not to issue citations to the girl's family.
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a final thought as we end our broadcast tonight. mueller, his 448-page written report pmaybedeven reinforce the separate universes which we often exist. but the matters at hand viewed from any angle remain too important to turn our backs on. that's "nightly news" for this wednesday. i'm lester holt from all of us at nbc news thank you for watching and good night. love. >> i'm usually really tired but y wife has frissier ideas.
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-- frskier ideas. made geoffrey owens headlines. >> worse than i ever imagined. announcer: what's he doing now? steve: this thing quickly turned into a positive. >> i'm glad i hung in there. announcer: put your hands together for your host, steve harvey! y'all? nd applause] i appreciate that you know something? i think that we all are supposed to follow rules. right? they have rules in place because you're supposed to follow them. we don't. i don't really follow all the rules. i've never been that guy, but
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some of the rules that people break, i think they should start creating fines for certain rules that people break. because it is stuff that you think is little stuff and you get away with it. but there ought to be some fines for this stuff. so i have a list that i put together of things that i think people ought to get fined for. the sad thing that i'm about to share with you is i have done most of these. [applause] i just have to be real with you. i have done most of these or some version of it. if you can find yourself on this list, just laugh about it and let's have a good time. ain't trying to make you mad or nothing. ain't trying to call nobody out. just need to go over a couple of things. like how many of y'all in here are using a friend's log-in to watch netflix?
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[cheers and applause] huh? that ought to be a fine. now, i don't do that. but when i was growing up, i had ht rio shackecause i and ran it over to my aunt's house.

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