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developing news tonight, trump transition in turmoil. the president-elect's team plagued by in-fighting. first a shake-up, now reports of a purge. all in the family, new concerns as nbc news top-secret security clearances for his children. should they have access to america's most sensitive information? focus tonight centering on the role of trump's powerful son-in-law jared kushner. deadly airport shooting. an employee gunned down, flights grounded as police hunt for a killer. and hitting home, mortgage rates spiking after the election, pushing buyers to act. homeowners racing to refinance. why it's happening and
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. six days into the trump transition with the president-elect holed up with his team inside his tower here in manhattan, there are major signs of strain emerging. first came word of a shake-up at the top of the transition team. now comes word of a purge, with some out. all of it happening as donald trump and his team face a massive test of filling powerful cabinet jobs and preparing to take over the white house with the far-reaching federal government. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: as president-elect donald trump huddled inside trump tower with vice president-elect mike pence, signs the trump transition may be in turmoil. former congressman mike rogers, who had been advising trump on national security abruptly announcing his departure, that
exit. >> i think he did a great job for many, many months under governor christie's leadership, and we're grateful to them for doing that. >> reporter: but sources telling nbc news, rogers' departure was a port of a stalin-esque purge, aimed at ousting christie and his allies. tonight the new picture of trump's cabinet emerging, top trump loyalist, former new york mayor rudy guiliani, now eyed for secretary of state. supporter john boltop, former u.s. sbeerd to the u.n. under george bush. >> john would be a very good choice. >> is there anybody better? >> maybe me, i don't know. >> reporter: giuliani could face questions about conflicts of interest. he was paid millions as a lawyer and consultant for foreign governments. a transition official insisting every candidate will be
course, these processes even out and it will seem not quite so chaotic in the choices down the road. >> reporter: but tonight, democrats still pouncing on trump's pick of a chief strategist, steve bannon, former head of breitbart, with a following among the alt-right. >> this is a man who says, by his very presence, that this is a white house that will embrace bigotry. >> reporter: traveling overseas, president obama didn't weigh in on trs the dangers of, quote, crude nationalism. meanwhile, a senior trump official tells nbc news, mr. trump received his first intelligence briefing as president-leak today. >> kristen welker, thank you. new questions raised this evening about the president-elect's tangled web of business ties at home and around the world. many of which remain hidden because he's not released his tax returns. that is prompting concerns about possible conflicts of interest.
will play in the white house, in particular, the strong influence of trump's son-in-law jared kushner. we have it all covered for you, starting with nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: when donald trump takes the oath of office, he'll be able to see his newest property from the capitol steps. the old post office, trump's d.c. hotel is owned by the federal government. so trum is now his own landlord. blurred lines across a trump administration, how much will trump be involved in his own buss involved in his presidency. nbc news has learned from a senior government official, the transition team inquired about top secret security clearance for trump's adult children. >> these are just regular inquiries among many that are made when folks are transitioning into a new administration. >> reporter: on the campaign trail, trump often said if elected his kids would run his company. what he didn't say is they could get security clearance too. >> if we're concerned about the blending of political power with
the clinton foundation, we should be asking hard questions about how president-elect trump divides his political and business interests. >> reporter: trump owns 65 properties around the world and 500 companies in 27 countries. while the president is exempt from conflict of interest laws, even the appearance of conflicts can pose problems. >> you want to know that your president is totally devoted to his decision-making in the interest of the the personal self. >> if he wanted to enrich himself, he wouldn't have run for president. >> reporter: that may be true, right now all the public has is trump's word, since he still has released his taxes. >> obviously the public didn't care, because i won the election very easily. >> reporter: but democrats care. tonight calling for a congressional investigation into trump's finances. katy tur, nbc news, new york. >> reporter: i'm andrea mitchell. thut a tough campaign,
trump's husband, was never far from donald trump's side. >> jared is a very successful real estate person, but you think he likes politics more than real estate. >> reporter: so what kind of influence will the 35-year-old wield once his father-in-law is in the oval office? one clue, while trump was meeting with the president, kushner was conferring with dennis mcdonough. and tonight nbc news has learned that trump has asked for kushner briefing once he gets a top-secret security clearance. i've anka converted to judaism when they married. >> she always has it in her to accomplish whatever she puts her mind to. >> he's the person i lean on the most. >> reporter: jared took over his family's real estate business when his father went to prison in 2005, pleading guilty on tax and conspiracy charges. the prosecutor, then u.s. attorney, chris christie. >> mr. kushner engaged
co-conspirators. >> now kushner is at the center of the purge removing christie from the trump transition team. >> obviously his son-in-law is going to be very involved in decision making. >> reporter: but anti-nepotism laws enacted after bobby kennedy served as attorney general would prevent kushner from holding an official federal job. >> the idea that someone would be a formal adviser and also have those powers is a contradiction. >> reporter: whether official or not, there's son-in-law will play a big role in the new white house. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. now to a major effort to protect white house north, trump tower located on fifth avenue in the heart of new york city city. and it's a lot harder to secure than kennebunkport or crawford, texas. the area surrounding trump tower is becoming a fortress tonight. we get the latest from nbc's cynthia mcfadden. >> reporter: can a 58-story glass tower
place for the president and his family? that's a question on the minds of many in the secret service and the new york police department tonight. william bratton was the police commissioner in new york city until a few months ago. >> they will at all times and at all costs keep the president safe, but the level of difficulty cannot be underestimated. >> reporter: already with the transition team holed up here at trump tower, trump has not left theui since thursday. security challenges are mounting. what if this becomes penthouse one? >> this building is going to have to be secured for four years, eight years, for as long as the president-elect lives. it's not a one-shot affair. that changes the complexion totally about how you plan security for it. >> does it make it harder? >> definitely makes it harder. >> reporter: the president-elect's penthouse is on the top three floors of trump tower.
apartments in the building, each worth millions. below that, 26 floors of offices. and on the first few floors, a variety of stores and restaurants, including starbucks, an ice cream shop, and nike and gucci. still open to the public, but today more police than shoppers. move outside and the problems multiply. from street level, discussions are under way about whether fifth avenue will be shut down when mr. trump is in residence. the side street nex already closed. and questions about vulnerability from above, as skyscrapers surround it. >> it's not just the president, but it's also the presidency that we're moving. we see it all the time with president obama, whenever he comes up here. it's seven to ten helicopters. it's closing down airspace. >> a senior new york police department official says that a long-term plan is still being developed. and the secret service confirms they're working with the nypd.
can't be done yet, but an nypd source says it will be a very significant expenditure of taxpayer dollars. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. a tense manhunt is under way tonight after a deadly shooting outside oklahoma's busiest airport. the victim an employee of southwest airlines and father to an nfl star. and for panicked flyers being the entire situation has turned into a travel nightmare. we get details from >> reporter: tonight the oklahoma city airport is at a standstill, and an urgent manhunt is under way. >> making certain the suspect is identified, found, and making sure that he's not a danger to anybody else out here at will rogers world airport is a top priority. >> a victim has been shot on the sidewalk outside the southwest ticket counter. >> reporter: the gunfire erupted this afternoon in a parking lot outside the airport. one person shot. police urging travelers to shelter
suspect. we have not positively identified the suspect. at this point, i don't have anything to release. >> reporter: late today, police identified the victim at 52-year-old michael winchester, father of kansas city chiefs player, james winchester. southwest releasing a written statement, we extend our heart-felt sympathies and support to his family. mean wile, frustrated flyers stuck on the tarmac, tweeting, i don't understand closing the whole airport. gh the suspect remains on the loose. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. a horrifying scene today inside a utah high school, where five students were injured in a stabbing rampage. the 16-year-old went on the attack in the boys locker room before turning the knife on himself. he sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is now in custody. the victims range from critical to fair condition.
now to the news hitting home tonight for a lot of families. mortgage rates are spiking in the aftermath of last tuesday's election. pushing some who may be looking for a new home, to act faster before they climb any higher. nbc's jo ling kent explains why. >> it's fabulous. >> reporter: jenna had no plans on rushing her house hunt. >> i've been looking for a home for about a year and a half. >> reporter: but the victory of president-elect donald trump sent her interest a race to >> beautiful. >> we decided to lock in immediately. >> reporter: she was right. the 30-year fixed rate has spiked .4%, the biggest increase since 2013. that means the payment for a $200,000 mortgage has gone up by about $56 a month. >> we've seen a sharp rise in mortgage rates over the last week because of the speculation that a trump administration is going to mean more government borrowing, more government spending, and over the long-term, higher
for those who want to refinance. chbl i'd refinance now. we don't know where the interest rates are going in the future. >> reporter: despite an increase in rates, realtors say it's still a sellers' market. although mortgage rates are ticking up, they remain at historic lows. and they say people shouldn't panic. >> you don't rush to buy a house any more than you rush to get married because of a sale at the bridal shop. >> the difference between locking in last week and this dollars a month. and that difference would have made it impossible for me to move into this home. >> putting down new roots just in time. jo ling kent, nbc news, new york. still ahead, the big change coming to social media. what some internet giants are doing about all those bogus headlines crowding your feed. also fox news star megyn kelly opening up about what it's been like in the cross hairs of donald trump
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news from several of the nation'sre biggest social media sites, taking action to address some growing problems and issues. twitter announced itself users will be given better tools against bullying. and other sites are trying to limit the be in of fake news stories flooding users. >> reporter: for millions of americans, facebook is much more than just a powerful social media platform. according to one
turn for a source of news. >> i get a lot of my news from social media, like facebook, twitter, snapchat stories. >> reporter: but tonight, facebook and google are combatting a problem that's trending, fake headlines. trump winning popular vote. the clinton foundation buying arms, and pope francis endorses trump, a story shared nearly a hundred thousand times bef many sources impacted this election. >> reporter: facebook ceo mark zuckerberg rejected the notion fake headlines altered the election. to pull the plug on false news, facebook and google now say they will bar fake websites to using their system to sell ads, removing a financial incentive without sensoring free speech. >> they are essentially facilitating the sharing of news
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megyn kelly made headlines this year during her highly publicized feud with donald trump. then with reports she took a stand during the ousting of fox news chief roger ailes, who was accused of sexual harassment. during that time, we didn't hear from kelly herself. she's now speaking out as nbc's stephanie gosk reports. >> reporter: megyn kelly said she never wanted to become the news herself. but as she writes in her new book, that is
describing what it felt like to savannah in an interview airing wednesday on "today." >> i had a lot of tearful nights. >> reporter: it started at the first republican debate. >> you've called women you don't like, fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. >> reporter: donald trump attacked on twitter calling kelly overrated, unwatchable, and crazy. she received death threats. >> i had people yelling in my face on the street, violent things in front of my kids. i didn't go many places this past year without an armed guard. of another big story, after allegations of sexual harassment against former head of fox news, roger ailes, by former anchor gretchen carlson and other women. the 45-year-old writes that the accusations prompted her to talk to her bosses about her own experiences with ailes early in her career. >> he tried to kiss me. and then i pushed him away. he tried to kiss me again. i pushed him away again. he asked me when my contract was up, and then he tried to kiss me for the third time.
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us in tonight's making a difference report. >> reporter: this may look like typical dinner prep. but for the young people here, it's preparation for life. kathie fletcher and david simpson started welcoming kids into their home years ago when kathie's son santiago was in middle school. >> he would bring kids home who needed a meal, a shoulder to rye on, some advice. >> reporter: one friend led to many and a new tradition was dinner for kids in need. as many as 25 gathered around the table. four of the kids moved in. >> i wouldn't send one of these children to a homeless shelter or to a soup kitchen. i feel like a child deserves to have a home. >> reporter: 18-year-old ed yearby is one of them, grateful for their guidance getting him into college this year. >> being around all these people has helped me learn to love everything.
mentors like dr. michael peter. encouraging kids to dream big. >> that's what some people used to have, some of us haven't had it either ever or in a very long time. >> reporter: to keep this going, david quit his job and started a non-profit. working with kids full time. >> a lot of these kids have parents that love them very much, but we're extra parents. >> we're the village. little we're the village. >> reporter: the table is full of thanks. >> you've been there for me, so i appreciate that a lot. >> y'all speak up for me and proud of what i do. >> reporter: but dinner feeding bodies and minds, and most of all, nourishing spirits. rehema ellis, nbc news, washington. >> some big hearts. that's going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us nbc news, thank you for
hold on everybody. 122million votes, billions of dollars in political ads, and what if all of that, the entire presidential election really comes down to some dude in denver named mike. >> my name is michael, i'm a graduate student at northern arizona university, and sorry what was the last question? >> the last question is how michael became our lead story.
elector. a member of the electoral college. and he's pledged to hillary clinton, but he's trying to lead an up rising to throw the election to any republican besides donald trump. this is beyond a long shot, but it's technically possible. >> i'm a former united states marine, and you know the core values of honor, courage, and commitment, i don't believe donald trump has that. >> it sounds like you summabled into being an elector. >> oh, yeah, i signed the paperwork and then i was asked to run. >> i understand there's not a law that binds you to casting for hillary clinton, but you don't feel like you violated your word to voters when you said you would elect her? >> no, absolutely i did violate my word, and the votes haven't been casted yet, but i don't think the majority of the