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comfortable. that's a nice place to go. >> for all of us here, i'm jim rosenfield. >> "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. tonight no charges recommended against hillary clinton by the fbi, despite calling her private e-mail use extremely careless and revealing hostile actors possibly hacked her account just hours before she campaigns with barack obama for the first time. and donald trump deals with his own firestorm over accusations of anti-semiti anti-semitism. tonight a new threat of tornadoes and floods. american murderers, police make an arrest in the death of a u.s. college exchange student just hours after arriving in europe. guilt free eating, a surprise for your
waistline if you like foods like this. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt." hillary clinton got some very welcome news today from the head of the fbi but it came along with a virtual public shaming. james comey saying he's not recommending criminal charges against hillary clinton because of her personal e-mail server while he was secretary of state. he called her handling of sensitive e-mail -- pete williams begin s our coverage. >> reporter: there's never been anything quite like it. the director of the fbi publicly announciannounce ing his agency's recommendation after
announcing -- >> although the department of justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing that justice in our view is no charges be pressed in this case. >> reporter: comey confirmed that him clinton had more than one server. discovering in all 113 e-mails containing classified information, eight of them top secret. a picture very different from the one she has described, a blistering attack of her handling of government secrets. was the e-mail marked classified? >> i never received or sent any e-mail that was classified at the time it was sent and receiv received. >> any person who was in an executive position should have known that san unclassified testimony was no place for that conversation. >> reporter: was her private server safe from hacking? >> it was on property,
guarded by the secret service and there were no security breaches. >> all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers. >> reporter: comey said she sent and received e-mails to and from her staff while he was out of the country. comey said the slopiness did not meet the standards of bringing criminal charges in past cases. past prosecutions he said involved willful mishandling or disloyalty to the u.s. or vast quantities of classified material. a former federal prosecutor agreed. >> no charges have ever been brought when there wasn't evidence that someone intentionally mishandled classified information or gave it to someone who wasn't entitled to have it. >> reporter: the full-blooded italifribi's
recommendation now goes to the attorney general and it's a virtual certainty that they will go along with comey's recommendations. that announcement went out just minutes before hillary clinton hit the campaign trail with president obama. >> reporter: the fbi's bombshell announcement spoiling what president obama and hillary clinton were hoping would be the political picture of the stay, stepping off air force one together, after pointedly not discussing the investigation on the flight down. former rifles now campaigning as a team. hillary clinton even using the rallying phrase. >> we are fired up and ready to go, ready to win this election. >> hillary! >> the fbi backing
up -- in a statement concluding we are glad that this matter is now resolved. but it's the fbi's stunning rebuke of clinton. >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. >> reporter: that's ready made for republican attacks, donald trump already tweeting, fbi director said crooked hillary compromised our national security, no charges, wow. rigged system. along with a chorus of republicans led by house speaker paul ryan, saying comey's recommendation defies explanation. all this complicating a trust deficit for clinton. in our latest poll, 69% questioning her honesty. >> i personally know i have work to do on this front. >> reporter: president clinton with a 56% approval rating can help her fix that problem. >> there has never
been anyone, man or woman, more qualified for this office than hillary clinton. >> reporter: and take down donald trump. >> everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you have sat behind the desk. >> reporter: but today those attacks on trump overshadowed what the fbi director said about clinton. >> she laid out a nonlegal, but political indictment about what hillary clinton did with her e-mails. >> reporter: here in south carolina, a state obama narrowly lost in 2012, but the clinton campaign still believes they have a good chance of winning despite what happened today. fbi director james comey when announcing the agency's finding on clinton did announce -- comey is no stranger to such highly charged controversies. kristen welker has more on the fbi boss who stepped back into
the spotlight today. >> reporter: he's a long-time prosecutor who has never shied away from big battles. something james comey confirmed today. with a history of fighting terrorism cases and white collar crimes, comey is the seventh director of the fbi. president obama nominated comey in 2013, praising his 15 years as a freshman prosecutor and his integrity. >> he doesn't care about politics, he only cares about getting the job done. >> reporter: comey famously prosecuted the martha stewart fraud case. david kelly succeeded him there. >> we have never shied away from tough cases. as a prosecutor, as fbi director, you don't really get to pick what cases you do, you really have to do the cases that need to be done. >> comey went on to become the deputy attorney general in the george w. bush administration.
bun night in 2004, as then attorney general john ashcroft lay ill in a washington hospital, white house counsel alberto gonzalez and andy card stood by ashcroft's bedside, seeking his approval toof a then secret program. >> i think i just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man. >> reporter: comey has faced a very direct threat of homegrown terror like the attack on orlando three weeks ago. and the married father of five made yet another mark on history. donald trump wasted little time in blasting the fbi's recommendation not to charge clinton very, very unfair. trump however is facing hiss own controversy after posting an ad on social media labeling hillary clinton
anti-semitic. >> reporter: donald trump getting fuel for hiss fire today. >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless. >> reporter: after that scathing fbi rebuke, the rnc quick with a match. >> based on what the fbi director said today that hillary clinton doesn't have the judgment or character to be that type of president. >> reporter: and donald trump following up with a statement saying hillary clinton lied about sending classified information. the candidate is trying to recapture the narrative after losing it this weekend when a detail that appeared anti-semitic appeared on his feed. the image was deleted then corrected and reposted. trump then blamed the media and clinton for the outrage, blasting the criticism as ridiculous. but the anti-defamation league argues trump has done this before. >> enough is enough. it's an easy layout for the campaign. acknowledge the error, apologize to those who were offended, and
accept the fact that as stated in a clear way, anti-semites have no place in this campaign. >> reporter: this morning speaker paul ryan, again forced to distance himself from his nominee -- just like he did after trump's attacks on a federal judge's heritage and an anti-muslim ban. sweltering temperatures are gripping much of the nation and tonight the heat wave is spreading up the east coast. while in the midwest and plains, thunderstorms are bringing the threat of damaging winds, large hail and potential tornadoes, nbc's blake mccoy has more on these weather extremes. a suspected tornado, touching down today in western minnesota as a huge swathe of the upper midwest is bracing for more severe weather tonight. hail, thunderstorms, and tornadoes all possible. the threat comes after this tornado ripped through the town of
louisa, kentucky last night, today declared to be an ef-2, with 120-mile-per-hour winds, damaging cars, and homes, and tearing apart this walmart. heavy rains over the holiday weekend caused the arkansas river to flood itself banks, now the threat for kansas on east is sweltering heat. all that humidity will be spreading to the east coast, places like washington, d.c., philadelphia and new york city will have temperatures in the 90s for the next couple of days. >> reporter: the holiday weekend over but punishing heat, leaving many wishing those holiday beaches would have lasted a little longer. homicide so far this year, already up nearly 50% over last
year. nbc news spent the holiday weekend tracking the violence on the streets with police and found an image that set it all, don't shoot, kids at play. today the grim tally is in, 50 people shot this weekend, three of them children, three adults were killed. tonight our ron mott takes us on to the streets with those trying to end the bloodshed. >> reporter: since the beginning of the year, chicago has more homicide than new york and los angeles combined. >> two little kids are among the victims of gun violence in chicago. >> reporter: caught in the cross fire last night, two young kids playing at a holiday celebration. >> it's sad, because i fried to protect my kids as much as possible. so for somebody to come out and just [ bleep ] open fire and shoot my baby like that, that's crazy.
so -- >> reporter: during the weekend we spent on the streets, we tracked shootings near play grounds and schools. this block is empty and maybe this has something to do with it. >> that's a shame, manage. that we have to have our kids gated in in order for them to play. >> reporter: raymond richards is a grandfather now. can they stop it? >> every one of us is better than any one of us. police, elected officials, we must all come together. >> 72 homicide in june is just ridiculous. that's just unacceptable. >> reporter: before the weekend, a gang roundup, 88 arrests, mostly convicted felons, superintendent eddie johnson calling all hands on deck. at the information
center, officers keep close watch over a vast network of surveillance cameras. this weekend a little progress, fatalities down from previous holidays. flo there are police everywhere, that's not sustainable is it? >> i am encouraged. >> reporter: tonight this 11-year-old is one of three kids recovering from gunshot wounds. >> the doctor said that this bullet was meant to kill someone. >> reporter: a city struggling to contain it's violence. >> a grim realty in america. still ahead tonight, it's what every parent fears when their child travels overseas, now an american student killed so soon after arriving for studies in europe. also the kindness of strangers, opening their homes so
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we're back now with the arrest in a shocking crime, an american student killed in europe. he had just arrived in italy, ready to begin his studies when the worst happened. days later, he was found dead and tonight police have a suspect in custody, even as the motive remains a mystery. nbc's bill neely has the details. >> reporter: he had been in rome just
hours enjoying a night with friends. this bartender says they were all gentlemen, paid their bar bill and left. he was 19, a student from wisconsin, in rome to learn italian. jake solomon, his older brother. >> we called the credit card company and realized that thousands of dollarsed that been charged on his card. >> reporter: police have arrested a homeless italian man on suspicion of aggravated murder. his brother smoke before knowing of beau's death. >> an amazing kid. when he grows up he wants to be a politician. >> reporter: another brother remembers his courage overcoming childhood cancer. >> he had 15 or 20 procedures growing up throughout his life and was able to overcome all of that. >> reporter: police don't know exactly why beau solomon was killed. both parents have now flown to rome to
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