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comical paintings from the haunted mansion. that could bring six figures. >> that's really cool. lester holt is next with "nightly news." >> see you at 6:00. breaking news tonight, the extraordinary moment in the impeachment saga president trump launching an attack on a top diplomat in realtime as she testified. >> it's very intimidating. >> the presidential tweet that had democrats accusing him of witness intimidation the ousted ambassador testified she felt personally targeted by the president in his ukraine call. >> it didn't sound good soded like a threat. >> the president responding tonight. also the verdict is in. president's long time ally roger stone found guilty of lying to how long stone could spend in prison. jumping to his defense. the the nfl reacting
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to a vicious on field attack, the cleveland browns star ripping off the steelers quarterback's helmet hitting him in the head his new punishment and what he's now saying. breaking his silence, prince andrew in his first interview about his friendship wit jeffrey epstein. >> i kick myself on a daily basis. >> the woman who says she was directed to have sexual encounters with the prince while she was a teenager how the royal is responding tonight. and a breaking headline with time running out, a death row inmate getting a stay of execution. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, everyone the impeachment ef president trump turn testimony of the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine. marie yovanovitch was abruptly removed by the president in may as part of what she believes was an orchestrated smear campaign by trump and his operatives in today's hearing she described feeling threatened and intimidated by the
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president. and then in the middle of the hearing trump himself weighing in by tweet with what democrats tonight are calling an act of witness intimidation our team has it all covered and we begin with peter alexander. >> reporter: tonight, deformer ambassador to ukraine marie yovanovitch focusing on why the respected anti-corruption champion was abruptly removed from her job. >> why did rudy giuliani want her gone and why did donald trump? >> reporter: in at times personal terms - >> what i do wonder is why it was necessary to smear my reputation. >> reporter: yovanovitch describing what she says was a campaign against her by the presintattoey rudy giuliani. saying she was stunned to learn from a state department official she was being recalled from her post. >> he said the words that, you know, every foreign service officer understands, the president has lost confidence in you. that was -- you know, a terrible thing to hear. but no real reason was
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offered as to why i had to leave. >> reporter: her testimony also drawing realtime reaction from president trump. noting the president can remove an ambassador for any reason, tweeting they call it serving at the pleasure of the president. but also this attack everywhere marie yovanovitch went turned bad. she started off in somalia. how did that go? then fast forward to ukraine where the new ukrainian president spoke unfavorably about her. >> would you like to respond to the president's attack that everywhere you went turned bad >> well, i -- i mean, i don't think i have such powers, not in mogadishu, not in other places ukraine, for example, where there are huge challenges but they made a lot of progress since 2014 including in the years that i was there. >> and now the president in realtime is attacking you. what effect do you think that has on other witnesses' willingness to come forward and expose wrongdoing?
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>> well, it's very intimidating. >> reporter: the president defended the tweet. >> you know, i have the right to speak, i have freedom of speech just as other people do but they have taken away the republicans' rights. >> sir do you believe your tweets or words can be intimidating >> i don't think so. >> reporter: the republicans are questioning why yovanovitch was called to testify before given she was gone before the july phone call that's central to the case requesting president zelenskiy investigate the bidens and the 2016 election. while withholding military aid. >> did you ever talk to president trump in 2019 >> no, i have not. >> exactly not sure what the ambassador's doing here today this seems more appropriate for the subcommittee on human resources at the foreign affairs committee if there's issues with employment. >> reporter: but democrats point to the president's criticism of yovanovitch in that
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july call telling ukraine's leader the woman was bad news adding, she's going to go through some things. >> she's going to go through some things didn't sound good it sounded like a threat. >> did you feel threatened >> i did >> have you ever heard of a president of the united states recalling another ambassador without cause based on allegations that the state department itself knew to be false? >> no. >> reporter: republicans tried to poke holes in the democrats' case arguing that yovanovitch's replacement as the top diplomat, bill taylor, is a man democrats had just praised in wednesday's hearing. >> if recalling ambassador yovanovitch was part of the sum scheme by trump and pompeo and giuliani to get zelenskiy to do an investigation, why would they replace her with the star witness, bill taylor i mean, that's the plan, not the
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best plan i have ever seen put together >> reporter: but yovanovitch says her dismissal has a cost. >> shady interests the world over have learned how little it takes to remove an american ambassador who does not give them what they want. >> peter, democrats are hoping in on this tweet by the president about yovanovitch today. >> yeah, lester, democrats are saying it amounts to witness intimidation and bolsters the case for obstruction as an article of impeachment. thanks let's bring in andrea mitchell and chuck todd now chuck, i begin with you. it's day two of the historic public hearing, did the former ambassador's testimony move the needle >> it may have and frankly it which is to ve remind folks she wasn't there for the most controversial parts of what if president may have done with the aid and with president zelenskiy and they had an opportunity to sort of minimize the impact of her, but
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the president's attack on her i think elevated the importance of her. i think she actually gave more credence to the issue of why we're here at an impeachment proceeding better than any other witness so far. >> yeah. andrea, yovanovitch said she felt personally targeted by the president. did she put a human face on this >> absolutely. here you had a career veteran diplomat who had served in conflict zones since the reagan years. yanked from her post in the middle of the night on a call, with no cause. an at the same time, being told that she is in her testimony today being attacked by the president on twitter in realtime smeared an attacked by the president of the united states. that's unprecedented. >> all right, andrea and chuck, thank you. while all that was playing out, the president's long-time friend and former campaign adviser roger stone was found guilty today of all charges stemming from the russia investigation. here's pete williams. >> reporter: it took the jury just over one day to reach the verdict, guilty of lying to congress
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no comment today from roger stone still under a gag order. a far cry to fight the charges when he was arrested ten months ago. >> i believe this is a politically motivated investigation. >> reporter: stone was convicted of lying to a house committee about trying to find out what wikileaks founder julian assange was up tth lied because the truth looked bad for donald trump and he was guilty of urging a radio host credico to lie about his conversations with stone about wikileaks and he told him to act like a character in a godfather movie who lies to congress among the prosecution witnesses, steve bannon who said stone bragged about having a back channel to wikileaks. >> there was no getting away from the fact that he did lie to congress. >> reporter: after today's verdict, president trump tweeted a list of political enemies and asked didn't they lie? stone still out on bail the maximum is 20 years and he won't face that much but this
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long-time friend of president trump's likely will serve some time in prison lester >> pete, thank you. breaking news from texas where a court has now blocked the execution of rodney reed just five days before he was scheduled to die ron allen has more. >> reporter: just five days ago, rodney reed's scheduled execution has been put on hold tonight, the court of criminal appeals agreeing to a delay. reed claims he's innocent o the 1996 murder of stacy states in a small texas town and today that the charge that the state something new is coming out. supporters have been holding vigils and celebrities like kardashian-west and oprah ground and ending up one on top of the planes collide on the other.
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nbc's tom costello is joining us. tom, what can you tell us about this? >> reporter: this involved two private planes at the san antonio airport. the faa tells us one plane was taxiing when it clipped the wing of the second plane that was parked as you can see, one plane ran right up on top of the other one. both planes are cessna citations. the fire department says nobody was injured and the faa has for years worked to reduce the danger from so-called runway incursions and taxi way accidents when one plane runs into the other one on the ground we don't know the speed at which the taxiing plane was moving but the damage does appe picture. all right, tom, thank you. there are new questions about the weapon a 16-year-old used to kill two classmates yesterday at his school in search for a motive miguel almaguer has details. >> reporter: the day after five students were gunned down by a classmate in santa clarita investigators still have no motive on the 16th birthday in 16 seconds, detectives say the
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shooter killed two students including gracie muehlberger who was in the choir this afternoon the suspect died in the hospital law enforcement officials tell nbc news the weapon used may have been a ghost gun. similar to these easily purchased online and assembled at home. >> they're even on youtube how to do it you convert that kit into the gun. it's not registered, and it's untraceable. counted his shots.firing at ram before shooting himself with the final bullet the three surviving victims are all expected to recover. >> they held their composure shot in the torso is a big deal. >> reporter: classrooms have keep e pressure bleed kits that may have saved lives a sad new reality of keeping students safe in america. miguel almaguer, nbc news, california. just a day after another deadly school shooting, we are talking to one of the 2020 cric voters told
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us is important to them -- gun control. senator kamala harris tells harry smith how she'd tighten gun laws as part of our series "what matters. >> at our gathering of democratic voters, ron schueler is an air force veteran and retired police officer. we showed senator kamala harris what matters to him. >> would you support moving assault weapon into the class 3 weapon category which requires a more enhanced background check and greater hurdles to >> what did you think of what ron had to say what he is saying is that, you know, reject the false choice which suggests you're either in favor of theec you want to take everyone's guns away it's a false choice. there are certain types of weapons that should not be on the streets of a civil society. >> reporter: harris agrees she wants universal background checks and a renewal
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of the assault weapons ban. she supports a mandatory gun buy back so say you have a couple hundred thousand off the streets, i mean, isn't that just a drop in the bucket an incentive for people to turn them in and buy them back but when we're talking about weapons of war, i mean, it literally is this simple 5 million assault weapons on the streets of america, period >> reporter: and if congress won't act, harris says as president she'll take executive action harry smith, nbc news, new york. tonight new images of the russian takeover in northern syria. vladimir putin's forces moving to fill the void left behind by u.s. troops leaving. we get more on that from nbc's richard engel. >> reporter: russian television did some gloating showing them take up position on the u.s.
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base in syria. last month, president trump ordered u.s. troops to withdraw from northern syria and instead guard syria's oil fields creating an opportunity for russia and a catastrophe for u.s. allies, the kurds, who without american protection have come under fierce attack by their old enemy, turkey. general joseph votel recently retired as the head of centcom. >> it makes it difficult for those who have served here to watch this occur and it doesn't seem very honorable to me to stepy partners and happen >> richard, you have followed up with kurdish officials. what are they telling you? >> we have been talking to them tonight and they say they're still under attack by turkey and they are appalled that while this offensive continues, president trump met with turkey's president erdogan and gave him a big reception. >> thank you very much. you can see much more in the
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special, on assignment, american betrayal, sunday 10:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. just ahead here for us, what britain's prince andrew is saying in a revealing new interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. also a big suspension after that stunning fight at last night's nfl game after that stunning fight at last night's nfl game. i've got to tell you something important. it's not going to be easy. quicksilver earns you unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, everywhere. actually, that's super easy.
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financier, jeffrey epstein. the duke of york was caught on camera at the doorway of the epstein new york mansion after he was designated a sex offender >> i stayed with him that's the bit that -- that's -- as it were i kick myself for on a daily basis. because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family. >> reporter: but the duke flatly denied epstein set him up years before with virginia roberts, pictured here with the duke when she was 17 roberts told savannah guthrie she was directed to have sex with the prince three times. first at a home in london >> for a little bit i or e recollection of ever meeting this lady none whatsoever. anything about >> i have no >> you don't remember meeting her? >> no. >> he knows the truth. and i know the truth. >> reporter: tonight, prince andrew trying to put allegations the palace has called false and without foundation to rest for good kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. up next for us tonight, that wild night in the nfl
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all right, now that disturbing and dangerous fight at the end of the browns/steelers game last night a hit with the helmet getting a football superstar a big penalty. stephanie gosk has more. >> whoa! hello. whoa >> reporter: the announcers were stunned. >> gosh, that's one of the worst things i have ever seen on a professional sports field. ive end myles garrett hit the steelers quarterback in the head with a helmet it started with a late sack on mason rudolph, turning garrett ripped off rudolph's helmet and then violently swung it. >> oh, gosh. >> man this is a multiple game suspension right here. >> reporter: and garrett is out at least through the end of the season possibly longer. >> what i do is -- it was foolish and i shouldn't have allowed myself to slip like that. >> reporter: today in a statement, garrett apologized adding i made a terrible mistake. both teams have been
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slapped with $250,000 fines. for garrett it had been a rocky season there was this punch in week 1 and a fine after a late hit in week 2. >> these are images that the nfl doesn't want parents to see because this is the kind of thing that causes a mom or a dadurn their son ancong down almost as stephanie gosk, nbc york. swiftly as on their service the blow itself. my tribute and their reflections on their service. and it's time for our best offer of the year! during the ford black friday event. now, for a limited time, get 20% estimated savings on select 2019 ford models plus earn complimentary maintenance through ford pass rewards. the ford black friday event ends soon so hurry in today! now get 20% estimated savings on the 2019 ford edge, plus earn complimentary maintenance through fordpass rewards. the black friday event ends soon. skip to the good part with alka-seltzer plus. through fordpass rewards.
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surely this is more than just a job. >> the first torpedo got us and the ship vibrated and shook. >> reporter: the archives has collected more than a thousand voices in an oral history told by you learn to look to want to protect the person to your right and left, there's no me it's just us. >> reporter: a succession of me. great generations. we see them as ten feet high, superheroes. but they're also unapologetically human. >> i wasn't scared until we landed and then i look around that's when i got scared. >> reporter: mortal but resilient and with an appreciation for the meaning of freedom forged in unimaginable adversity. >> we walked across the bridge and there was a marine standing there. i threw my arms around him. i kissed him
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he said, welcome home, son. >> reporter: they serve and adapt to the shifting tides of political policy and public sentiment. patriots every one and what we owem one day. our salute to duty, their service and sacrifice. that's "nightly news" for this friday. i'm lester holt. from all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. from all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good right now at 6:00, bernie sanders in the bay area. the presidential candidate continues to push for health care reform and it urns him a huge endorsement. plus after 12 days of deliberation, a verdict in a murder trial that captured international headlines. the tough decision for the d.a.
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also, the contra costa sheriff called the scene in orinda a blood bath. the news at 6:00 starts right now. >> tonight a verdict in the high profile murder trial on the peninsula. the real estate heiress whose wealthy family is in china has been found not guilty of murder. >> tiffany li and her boyfriend were accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, keith green. green was the father of her two children. robert handa joins us from redwood city. >> reporter: it was a day of emotional scenes from extreme anger to relief. at this point no one really knows if anyone is going to be held accountable for the murder. >> reading the verdict of not guilty is not guilty. that's all you need to know. >> reporter: tiffany li was allowed to leave the courtroom shortly after the jury found her not guilty in the murder of her
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ex-boyfriend keith green in a dispute over their two children. li and her boyfriend were accused of luring him to the home and shooting him. the jury w


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