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on that note that is our broadcast for this busy evening. thank you for being here with us. good night for all of us from new york. breaking overnight, a massive apartment building in london goes up in flames. this morning, first responders confirm people have died. jeff sessions' tense testimony on capitol hill. the attorney general slams allegations that he or anyone in the trump campaign clued with russia. i am ayman man with ya.
many of the building residents were sound asleep. london fire brigade commissioner says there are multiple fatalities, can't confirm number due to size and complexity of the building. more than 50 taken to five area hospitals. more than 250 firefighters and 40 engines working what officials call challenging and difficult conditions. witnesses say streets up to a mile away are covered in a layer of ash. another saw children dangled out of windows while others jump out due to conditions. bill, what can you tell us? >> reporter: this fire broke out before 1:00 this morning.
there are flames, smoke can be seen all over london. there are 120 homes in this building. it is not clear how many people were in when the fire broke out but it spread very, very rapidly. i have just been talking to a couple of residents who said it went up like a flash. and very distressing stories. they're talking about hearing people screaming from upstairs windows, saying save my children. some people jumping from upper floors, children being thrown into arms of many firefighters at the scene. flashlights, flashing from top floors as if people were signaling, sos, save us. a really horrendous scene. there are multiple fatalities. this building was renovated in the last year. the mayor says there are serious questions to be asked about how the renovation was carried out.
this operation is on-going. lots of firefighters still here. ayman? >> bill, this is i can't say minimum, any idea why this may have happened? is it too early in the investigation for that? people are looking at the renovations that took more than a year, more than $11 million. a local action group has been concerned about the fire issue at this block for some time. sent numerous e-mails warning of poor safety standards. during the renovation, it was said all those concerns had been addressed, but the mayor clearly thinks there's plenty to be addressed. there was plastic put on the outside of this building, there are suspicions that may have
been what spread the fire so quickly from where it broke out on lower levels right the way up to the top. >> incredible to see the images there. certainly thinking of families and people experiencing that all night. back to the united states. attorney general jeff sessions appearing before the senate intelligence committee, denouncing that he had meetings with rugtsz. he would not comment on conversations with president trump in case the president wants to invoke executive privilege later. last week, former fbi director james comey said in all his conversations with president trump, stopping russian cyber attacks never came up once. >> did the president in any of those interactions you shared with us today ask you what you
should be doing or what our government should be doing or the intelligence community to protect america against russian interference in our election system? >> i don't recall a conversation like that. >> never? >> no. not with president trump. i attended a fair number of meetings about that with president obama. >> yesterday, attorney general jeff sessions revealed he never personally inquired into the extent of russia's involvement. take a listen to that. >> do you believe the russians interfered with the 2016 elections? >> it appears so, the intelligence community seems to be united in that, but i have to tell you, senator king, i know nothing but what i read. >> you never asked for a briefing, attended a briefing, read intelligence reports? >> you might have been very critical of me if i as an active part of the campaign was seeking intelligence relating to something that might be relevant to the campaign. i'm not sure -- >> i'm not talking about the
campaign, talking about what the russians did. you received no briefing on the russian active measures in connection with the 2016 election? >> no, i don't believe i ever did. >> ag sessions told john mccain and joe manchin he and the russian ambassador discussed the russia invasion of ukraine but little else about policy was mentioned in their meeting. >> did you raise concerns about russia's support for the violence against his own citizens, including use of chemical weapons? >> i don't recall whether that was discussed. >> raise concerns about russia's interference in our electoral processor interference in the electoral process of our allies? >> i don't recall that being discussed. >> at these meetings, you speak with ambassador kislyak as a member of armed services committee, presumably talked about russia related security
issues you demonstrated to you as important to the committee? >> did i discuss security issues? >> i don't recall you as particularly vocal on such issues. what russian related security issues did you hold hearings on or otherwise demonstrate a keen interest in? >> we may have discussed that, i just don't have a real recall of the meeting. >> did you have any discussions at all, have you had any discussions or said anything on any type of meetings or recommendations made to remove the sanctions? >> i don't recall any such meeting. >> time and time again, the nation's top attorney contradicted james comey, said his recommendation for comey's firing had nothing to do with the russia probe and he disputed comey's suggestion that he was looming over the on-going investigation and that there was something problematic about his recusal. >> basically recused myself, the
first day i got into office because i never accessed files, i never learned names of investigators, i never met with them, i never asked for any documentation. >> general sessions, respectfully, you're not answering the -- >> what is the question. >> the question is mr. comey said there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and he couldn't talk about them. what are they? >> why don't you tell me? there are none, senator wyden, there are none. i can tell you that with absolute certainty. you tell, this is secret innuendo being leaked out there about me and i don't appreciate it. >> in his testimony, the former fbi director said he confronted jeff sessions about concerns about direct contact from the president in the wake of the february oval office conversation. quote, i told the attorney general that what had just happened, himt being asked to
leave while the fbi director who reports to the attorney general remained behind was inappropriate and should never happen. he did not reply. >> i responded. he didn't recall this, but i responded to his comment by agreeing that the fbi and department of justice need to be careful to follow department policies regarding appropriate contacts with the white house. >> joining us from washington, reporter for the hill, molly hooper. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you saw a marked change in tone from last week's hearing, in fact, democrats much more aggressive with their former colleague, but interestingly enough, we saw some republicans seemingly ready to move from accusations of collusion. >> slultly. i mean, i thought tom cotton's question was interesting, but it
was a very interesting hearing in that basically senator sessions came out, wanted to clear his name. keep in mind, after jim comey's memos came out throughout the hearing last week senator sessions' name came up a lot of times and he hasn't really had a chance to speak out against what comey was saying, so it seems to me this hearing really was more about sessions clearing his name as you saw when he was talking to senator wyden, more so than getting to the bottom of the counter intelligence investigation into russia's interference in the u.s. election, and that's what the intelligence committee, senate intelligence committee is trying to get to the bottom of, not necessarily the relationship between attorney general jeff sessions and former fbi director jim comey. that seems more like it would be in senate judiciary committee. sessions has not agreed to discuss this in the senate
judiciary committee yet. >> molly, there was also a lot of frustration from democrats for the attorney general not answering questions pertaining to president trump. let's take a look at this. >> how does the president invoke executive privilege in the case of your testimony today? >> he has not. >> what is the basis of refusal to answer questions. >> the president has a constitutional. >> i understand that. but the president hasn't asserted it. you said you don't have the power to exert executive privilege. what is the legal basis for refusal to answer. >> i am protecting the right of the question, i'll assert it if he chooses, there may be other privileges that could apply in this circumstance. >> well, i don't understand how you can have it both ways. >> molly, if you compare his testimony to jim comey, he was much more frank. anything he didn't answer, he turned to closed session
instead. the ag only taking that open session. you could hear the frustration in his voice as well. >> absolutely. jim comey, keep in mind, he basically admitted you can take my word for what it is, but remember, i was fired. i'm coming from a specific perspective here. jeff sessions is very much the attorney general right now and needs to sort of -- the way he was speaking, he was protecting basically that position and watching his words, so to speak. i know senators on the judiciary committee as well as appropriations committee who fund the justice department want to hear directly from senator sessions. yesterday, senator sessions sent rod rosenstein to talk about the budget. there are more questions they want to ask. the intel committee seems is more involved in counter intelligence investigation, not as much as what's going on
between the former director mueller and sessions. >> i can imagine this is still only the beginning. >> only the beginning. >> a lot ahead. thank you. >> thank you. senate republicans continue to work on health care legislation behind closed doors. president trump seemed to be criticizing the bill passed by the house last month. two senate aides tell nbc news that he described the house legislation as mean in a lunch meeting with republican senators. the associated press was first to report the president's apparent comment. in response, the white house issued a statement saying we aren't going to comment on rumors about private conversations that may or may not have happened. senator john thune who attended said president trump discussed the idea of a more generous health care bill, wouldn't confirm whether he called the house legislation mean. >> his message was there's a sense of urgency, can't afford to fail. got to get it done, and
certainly fine with the senate taking different direction than the house did. he talked about making sure we have a bill that protects people with pre-existing conditions and helps people, talked a little about the tax credit, how we make that work for lower income elderly people, design it differently than what they did in the house. >> remember after the house passed its health care bill last month, president trump hosted an event in the rose garden to celebrate what he then called a great plan. still ahead, american student detained by north korea is back home in the u.s., but was reportedly evacuated in a coma. a manhunt under way for a man who police say killed two prison guards during an escape. those stories and a check on weather when we come back.
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22-year-old university of virginia undergrad otto warmbier is back on american soil after being released from north korea, arriving last night in ohio. >> the department of state has secured the release of otto warmbier from north korea. we continue our discussions with the north korean regime regarding the release of the three other american citizens that have been detained. we have no comment on mr mr. warmbier's condition out of respect to him and the family. >> and he was convicted back in march of 2016 of attempting to steal a propaganda poster, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. he was reportedly evacuated out of north korea in a coma. officials say the north koreans claim he contracted botulism and fell into the coma after taking a sleeping pill, but the explanation hasn't been verified. three other u.s. citizens there are detained by pyongyang.
authorities are offering a $70,000 reward for two escaped prisoners who allegedly shot and killed two state corrections officers. they were being transported on a bus early tuesday morning when they managed to get into the driver's compartment and killed two officers before escaping. the fugitives described as armed and extremely dangerous. officials now believe they're responsible for a residential burglary where the home was ransacked and were apparently seen at a family dollar store. let's get a check on weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. if you live in the midwest, probably a good day to break out the umbrella. >> thunderstorms, heat, you name it. air conditioning straight to umbrellas this afternoon. happy to report from the northeast, the heat wave broke overnight, temperatures and humidities coming down during the day today.
des moines has thunderstorms rolling through, much of the state of iowa, and kansas, we have some storms there, trying to approach kansas city during the morning rush hour. indiana, a few thunderstorms popping up to the northwest of indianapolis. for today, severe threat, 31 million people in it. monday, we had 30 tornadoes. yesterday we had about 13 tornadoes. we had quite a two days. didn't have deaths or injuries yesterday. isolated tornadoes for more populated cities, chicago, st. louis, kansas city. here is the timing on this. this is at 8:00 a.m. numerous storms in northern indiana. going through the afternoon, storms bubble up. indiana will get a couple of rounds during the day. notice they're hit and miss. not everyone getting storms. by the time we get to thursday, we continue to watch that plow into the east. new storms in central new york, a few near cleveland, 8:00 p.m. thursday. friday, some storms make it towards the east and northeast
down the mid-atlantic. we track the storms the next couple days. the other story coming up is the heat wave for the desert southwest. more coming up on that, that could be historic this coming weekend. >> some folks in the northeast are going to welcome the drop in temperatures. >> it was 101 at laguardia. >> wow. you could feel it yesterday. still ahead. the pittsburgh penguins say they'll visit the white house to celebrate their championship win, not sure when it comes to golden state warriors. we'll tell you about that next.
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welcome back. time for sports. newly crowned golden state warriors reporting they voted to skip potential white house visit honoring the nba title. while the warriors didn't confirm or deny reports, the team released a statement saying today is all about celebrating our championship. we have not received an invitation to the white house but will make those decisions when and if necessary. warriors were honored at the white house last year after the 2015 championship. stanley cup champion pittsburgh penguins took a public stance on the subject. the team president, david moorehouse in a prepared statement said the penguins would make the trip. he said the pittsburgh penguins would never turn down a visit to the white house and if invited we would go as a team. lord stanley's cup made the rounds at pnc park before the
5-2 victory with the rockies last night. playoff mvp sydney crosby delivered ceremonial first pitch, did a pretty good job on the mound on that one. in minnesota, the twins teed off on the mariners. three home runs, adding to a franchise record 28 hits in the game, that's right, 28 as they beat seattle 28-7. and to cleveland. bell in injury enters the history books after a pair of homers in the 7-5 win over the indians. the kid becomes the only player in mlb history to wrap up four multi run home games. he hit 17 since his debut on april 25th. puig stole the show, flashing double middle fingers at heckling fans in progressive field stands following his second inning homer. gave the dodgers a 2-0 lead.
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welcome back. i am yasmin vossoughian with ayman mohyeldin and louis berg door of. let's start with the morning's top stories. following news out of london overnight and that massive fire that ripped through a towering apartment building. officials there say multiple fatalities have been confirmed, can't confirm the number, size, complexity of the building. more than 50 people taken to area hospitals. a live report from london on the latest in a couple minutes. a university of virginia graduate back home. otto warmbier arrived in ohio from north korea. he was convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster, sentenced to 15 years hard labor, was reportedly evacuated out of north korea in a coma. let's turn back to the big story that dominated headlines. jeff sessions answering questions ranging from the russia probe to firing of fbi director jim comey. over the course of the hearing
before the senate intel committee, he slowly inched toward acknowledging he may have met with the russians ambassador at the mayflower hotel in 2016, an encounter he had not previously disclosed. take a listen. >> i did not have any private meetings nor do i recall any conversati conversation. i recall several that i had during the prespeech reception. i do not have recollection of meeting or talking to the russian ambassador or other officials. if anything occurred during that reception, i do not remember. i understand he was there. i don't doubt he was. i believe that representation is correct. i recently saw video of him coming into the room.
>> you never recall having a meeting or conversation with kislyak? >> i don't remember that. i can assure you nothing improper if i had a conversation with him, and it is conceivable that occurred, i just don't remember. >> the attorney general was forced to clarify one of his answers after being questioned whether he would resign from president trump's campaign if he witnessed collusion with the russian government. >> based upon your experience and based on your participation in the campaign, did you hear even a whisper or suggestion or anyone making reference within that campaign that somehow the russians were involved. >> i did not. >> what would you have done if you had heard that. >> well, i would have been shocked and known it was improper. >> and headed for the exit i suppose? >> maybe. >> if you had known there had been anything untoward with regard to russia and the campaign, would you have headed for the exits?
your response was maybe. why wasn't it a simple yes? >> well, there was an improper illegal relationship in an effort to impede or influence this campaign, i absolutely would have departed. >> i think that's a good answer. >> he was also grilled on changing list of reasons from the trump administration as to why former fbi director james comey was fired. take a listen. >> did you ever have a conversation as superior with director comey with failure to perform, accusations that he wasn't running the fbi in a good way, somehow the fbi is in turmoil, did you have any conversations with director comey about those subjects? >> i did not. >> you were his superior and there were harsh things said about director comey, never
thought it was important to raise those concerns before he was terminated by the president? >> i did not do so. >> this was based on mr. comey's handling of the investigation involving hillary clinton in which you said that he served the authority of prosecutors at the department of justice? >> yes, that was part of it. and the commenting on the investigation in ways that go beyond the proper policies. >> isn't it true that the russian investigation did not factor into your recommendation to fire director comey? >> that is correct. >> the memorandum written by the deputy attorney general, your letter to the president forwarding that recommendation didn't mention russia at all. is that your recollection? >> that is correct. >> let's get into this. joining us again from washington, capitol hill reporter molly hooper.
once again, good to talk to you. give me your thoughts on this. did yesterday's testimony reshuffle the deck per se on the way in which people perceive jim comey, jeff sessions and the white house in general? >> i don't really think so in that jeff sessions came out and largely confirmed what jim comey had said. keep in mind, jim comey was privy to information that jeff sessions was not. remember, jim comey said when he approached jeff sessions after that february 14th meeting when the president asked him to hold off on the investigation of flynn that comey did not tell sessions of that part of the conversation, so sessions didn't know why necessarily jim comey was coming to him or the impetus for comey coming to him and saying don't leave me alone with the president. and so again, he really confirmed a lot of the things jim comey said with the exception that he did push back
saying that day after conversation sessions says no, i said yes, we need to follow appropriate protocol but keep in mind sessions said that comey had met with presidents one on one at least six times prior, including meetings with obama. so it was interesting just to hear sessions go after, try to defend himself and actually get ahead of the story, calling these lies and innuendos and what not. seems like it was more so an attempt to clear his name than to just what he said with comey. >> we have been talking, molly, all morning about jeff sessions. another important hearing was happening on capitol hill that we haven't spoken about, which is going to shed new light on the russian investigation. rod rosenstein was asked repeatedly about reports of president trump considering
firing special counsel overseeing the probe. rosenstein who took over the investigation as many remember after sessions recused himself insisted he has no plan to let that happen. let's hear that and then talk. >> as i understand, mr. rosenstein, in this matter you are actually the one exercising hiring and firing authority because attorney general sessions is recused. is that correct? >> yes, that's correct. >> and at this point have you seen any evidence of good cause for firing of special counsel mueller? >> no, i have not. >> if president trump ordered you to fire the special counsel, what would you do? >> senator, i'm not going to follow any orders unless i believe those are lawful and appropriate orders. >> is there anything to some secret plan that's out there from you or anyone in the administration to try to go and remove the special counsel? >> there is no secret plan that involves me, no, senator.
>> what do you make of that particular announcement, pushing back a little against reports that were coming out earlier this week attributed to the ceo of news max saying he had it from a good inside source that the president was considering shutting down or firing at least robert mueller. >> i thought it was fascinating. keep in mind, that was the hearing sessions was originally supposed to appear to talk about budget issues at the appropriations committee. but i thought it was fascinating. it was really interesting. rosenstein kept pushing back, saying only with good cause would i fire mueller, only if it is lawful. then senator manchin asked a question, what about you, can you be fired? rosenstein said yes, the president doesn't need good cause to fire me. and manchin said is that a possibility? and rosenstein says anything is a possibility. >> leaving it pretty open to say the least. republican leaders on the hill say it is not a good idea.
stick with it, let mueller do his job. let mueller prove that there was no collusion and trying to talk trump down or rumors to get to the business of working for the american people as they've said many times. melania trump has taken on a temper at tone calming him down after appointment of robert mueller and enraged him, the first lady with several white house aides, including the chief of staff warned president trump he would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe if he fired mueller. according to two sources, melania told the president she believed appointment of mr. mueller would speed resolution of the russian scandal and expressing her view he would be exonerated. times notes that push back shows
a willingness to keep trump from making damaging mistakes. back to breaking news out of who london. officials say there are multiple fatalities from the overnight inferno which destroyed an apartment building, can't confirm number due to size and complexity of the building. more than 50 taken to area hospitals. the 24 story tower constructed in the '70s underwent an $11 million renovation completed just over a year ago. they say they posted numerous warnings about the quote, very poor fire safety standards at that tower. a resident of the building tells nbc news although an alarm went off, quote, it was barely audible, certainly wouldn't have woken you up. joining us now, the nbc news correspondent, bill, we can see that smoldering tower over your left shoulder. do you have any new details on what may have caused this blaze?
>> reporter: good morning. the fire chief says it is too early to attribute cause. nearly ten hours after this fire started, flames coming out. amazingly, firefighters are going floor to floor, trying to see frankly the number of casualties and if there's anyone else left to be rescued. fire chief a few minutes ago gave an update on the situation. he said this is a 24 story building, by the way. he said there were 192 homes in that building with between 800 and 1,000 residents. i have been speaking to a couple of people living in the block nearby, they've told distressing stories of seeing people at windows, seeing people with their children, screaming for
help. in some cases throwing children out into the arms of firefighters. one man told me it was like 9/11, looked just like pictures from the twin towers in new york. really distressing scenes. the fire chief says there are multiple fatalities, but the exact number still isn't known. this was renovated in the last year. residents long complained about fire hazards in the building. it was renovated at a cost of $11 million, including it was said the fire safety systems. but mayor of london said this morning clearly questions need to be answered about this. all around here, there are residents wondering what's happened to their neighbors and in some cases to their families. very distressing scenes here. >> staggering ten hours later, still in flames. bill neely on the seem.
thank you very much. >> you see why it is challenging for them to get to top floors of the building, burned to a crisp there. still ahead. the ballot set for the governor's race in virginia. what the primaries could mean for the next year's mid term elections. 31 million people facing potential for severe weather today. bill karins has all of the details on who is at risk when we return.
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barely survived. stewart led by fewer than 5,000 votes. he made protecting confederate monday utilities a pillar of the campaign. voter turnout stunned many fellow republicans. stewart didn't concede and said he wouldn't back gillespie as nominee. >> there's one word you will never hear from me, that's unity because look, folks, we've been backing down too long. we've been backing down too long in defense of our culture, our heritage and our country. >> all right. let's check the weather with bill karins. storms in the midwest, we get a reprieve from the heat. >> three or four days in the 90s, mentioned yesterday that crazy temperature at laguardia of 101. temperatures have come down. relief has been found. buffalo, windows open, 59.
northern new england in the 50s. 60s many areas. cooler air settling to the south. you'll feel it today. the morning will be humid, this afternoon nicer from philadelphia to new york, boston, hartford, providence. the heat is on. upper 70s to start the morning. 80 in st. louis when you walk out the door. that's where the heat and humidity remains. 94 in st. louis, 94 in oklahoma city. you'll probably be happy to get afternoon thunderstorms to cool you off, chicago included in that, mississipnneapolis, too. midwest and northern portionings of wisconsin, 34 million at risk. it is hit and miss, not everyone getting hit. how about this story, heading to the upcoming weekend, already 19 million under excessive heat watches. the heat will build in california and desert southwest. temperatures this weekend, sacramento, 104 sunday. fresno, 105. this is nothing to the desert
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apparently on management skills and senior execs will fill in for him. mr. holder put forward about ten recommendations including a new independent chairman and oversight committee as part of the board of directors that's been unanimously approved by the board. one of those individuals on the board belongs to tpg, one of the private equity firms. he's resigned following sexist comments to roll out new proposals. another story, u.s. insurance giant centene will expand obamacare coverage, that comes as a number of other insurance companies pull back on the obamacare coverage. i think they have 1.2 million customers across the u.s. another thing to watch is the federal reserve, expected to raise interest rates about a quarter percent today.
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labor department today where he's expected to sign an executive order as part of his workforce development week. according to reports, the order would shift to grant recipients, a move that would eliminate government oversight. >> meanwhile, as we mentioned a short time ago, the federal reserve is expected to announce today's rising interest rates. if rates go up today, it would be the third hike in seven months. it's a party in pittsburgh as the penguins celebrate their 2017 stanley cup championship. fans expected to pack downtown to watch the parade take a similar route as the championship parade in 2009 and 2014. >> that does it for us this morning. i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside ayman mohyeldin and louis burgdorf. "morning joe" starts right now. >> i have never met with or had any conversation with any russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign
or election in the united states, and the suggestion that i participated in any collusion, that i was aware of any collusion with the russian government to hurt this country or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process is an appalling and detestable lie. >> there was a lot he could not recall, joe, but a defiant jeff sessions insists he had nothing to do with russia's role in the presidential election. still the attorney general chose not to answer key questions particularly over the firing of james comey. today we have kamala harris, chris coons, richard blumenthal, claire mccaskill, jack reid. our hotlines remain open to any republican senator -- >> any republican at all. >> who would like to join the conversation. >> if you feel the spirit -- if