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listening so they know what to watch out for. >> they got hit by a big one on monday. i'm jacqueline london. have a good night. tonight, trump's russia bombshell. >> russia, if you're li listening -- >> an extraordinary play urging a foreign power to commit espionage against hillary clinton. alarm on both sides of the aisle. star power, obama and bide en coming out swinging in defense of hillary clinton. what will obama say tonight about donald trump? set free the man who tried to assassinate ronald reagan but instead got jodie foster, outrage from reagan family and friends. and dropping all charges for all remaining police officer ings awaiting trial in the death of freddie gray, a st stunning end in the tragedy that plunged
the city of baltimore into turmoil. "nightly news" begins right now. >> the democratic national convention, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt, reporting tonight from philadelphia. >> good evening. donald trump's attempt to steal away some of the spotlight from what's going on here with the democrats and the convention may have backfired today. he sparked some serious new controversy when at a free wheeling news conference in florida he looked into tv cameras and invited a foreign power, russia, to cyber. >> and expose her e-mails. tonight, the hillary clinton campaign is claiming trump is encouraging the espionage of america. it goes with the theme tonight as president obama expresses the gravity of being commander in chief.
>> i'm not going to tell putin what to do. why should i tell putin what to do. >> donald trump se sending shock waves around the world today encouraging a foreign government to hack into clinton's e-mail. >> russia, if you're li listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails missing. >> trump asked about the 30,000 e-mails believed to be hacked from the russians instead deleted personal e-mails from her private serve sneer do you have any qualms about asking russia, china or anybody of fear to hack into a system in this country. >> let the president -- >> does that not give you pause? >> it gives me no pause. you know what gives me more pause, that a person in our government, crooked hillary clinton. be quiet. i know you want to save her, that a person in our government, katie, would delete or get rid of 30,000 e-mails. that gives me a big
problem. >> i find it deeply troubling any american let alone one running for the president of united states would encourage russian espionage. unprecede unprecedented. >> while trump was speaking, his campaign blasted out a statement from his running mate, governor mike pence contradi contradicting him saying if russia was interfering i can assure you both parties and the united states government will insure there are serious consequences snchbt b but the republican nominee wasn't swayed tweeting if russia or any other country or person has hillary clinton's 33,000 deleted e-mails perhaps they should share them with the fbi. the fbi investigated clinton's personal server and recommended no charges be filed. he drew immediate rebewkes, and saying he's either inviting a foreign intelligence service to steal sensitive government information or invi inviting a on for service to invade the
privacy of an individual. >> privately republicans think what he did today was reprehensible, calling on russia to hack into a private entity. >> reporter: he will get his first international security briefing that the candidate admits might change things. >> and he said they should include enhanced interrogation or what many call torture. lester. >> katy tur in miami starting us off. trump may have grabbed the headlines from democrats today but they will try to make him pay for it, his russia comment offering new lines of attack, as president obama, vice president biden and vice-presidential nominee, tim kaine take the stand behind me with high wattage star power. and a preview of what they will say, andrea
mitchell. >> reporter: donald's trump's latest bombshell landing at the democratic national convention just as his critics are blasting him unfit to be the president in chief. >> set aside the nuclear codes, what i think is scary is a president who doesn't know their stuff and doesn't seem to have an int in learning what they don't know. >> reporter: the vice president on "morning joe." >> donald trump knows nothing about foreign policy. >> reporter: clinton's running mate. >> donald trump is a one man wrecking crew. >> reporter: the fiery reaction to trump tonight from democrats. >> that borders on treason. >> reporter: clinton's aides believe this latest firestorm while distracting helps make their case. >> donald trump, who is seeking to become our commander in chief is now openly inviting russia to engage in cyber attacks to the united states. this is a bridge too far. >> reporter: tonight, tim kaine's debut in
primetime but the most critical moment when the commander in chief takes the stage in two days they believe they've unified the hall and now to persuade a skeptical public at home that hillary clinton can be trusted. >> in the spring of 1971, i met a girl. >> reporter: trying to portray hillary clinton the ultimate washington insider as a candidate of change. >> she's the best da darned change maker i ever met in my entire life. >> reporter: the biggest change of all, her historic role as the first woman to shatter the ultimate political glass ceiling. but tonight, a new complication to their sales pitch on trust. a stumble over the sticky trade issue, the holy grail to bernie sanders suppo supporters. when asked if clinton would flip-flop on her opposition to the tpp trade deal, her pal, terry mcauliffe said, yes, listen, she was in support of it.
>> reporter: they think you are sending a signal she will compromise her commitme commitments. >> there are things in the agreement she does not agree with, unless she gets things she's not happy with she will not support it, plain and simple. >> reporter: the question is how is tim kaine received in this big hall in his first debut with many progressives saying he is too conservative on key issues. lester. >> andrea mitchell. let's bring in our primetime team. two questions to you, chuck. did trump offer a slow pitch to speakers tonight and how does this play outside the hall? >> i think he did. you will probably hear a lot of russia remarks tonight and probably revised remarks, vice president biden and leon panetta, former head of the cia. on the outside what surprised me today is the lack of collective republican outrage. there's been some, paul ryan and mike pence and maybe it's because trump confla conflated what russia has done with hillary
clinton and her e-mail issue and conflated it very cleverly. perhaps republicans are afraid to speak out on this because it looks like they're helping hillary clinton because it looks too partisan. this is a violation of the sovereignty of this country. the idea that there is even tacit encouragement, this was public encouragement of russia doing this. i guess i am floored by the lack of bipartisan outrage. there is some but i'm surprised they haven't dropped the hammer and sickle on him. >> and to the speakers tonight, barack obama is speaking. you have insight. will he mention donald trump? >> he will. early on it seemed like the president went out of his way not to mention his name and he will call him out and take him on commander in chief and this notion trump considers himself a man of the working people and the style white house uses as authoritarian although the president won't use those words. i'm also told this
will also be a hopef fful patriotic optimistic speech while he acknowledges the fears and anxieties they have, no doubt they want a contrast between trump's acceptance speech last thursday and what our president has to say and, of course, pass the baton to hillary clinton. >> we will see both of you for our primetime coverage, thank you. a federal judge ruled today, john hinckley jr., the would be assassin that shot president reagan in 1991 in a twisted attempt to impress jodie foster can be released from a mental hospital after 35 years. that decision not sitting well with the reagan family as our justice correspondent, pete williams, tells us. >> a federal judge s says 35 years after john hinckley jr. shot president reagan and three others outside a washington hotel, he's not the profoundly disturbed 25-year-old he was then. now, at age 61, is no long ear danger to
himself or others. starting next month, hinkley can stop living at the mental hospital where he's been treated since 1982, where a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity and live full time with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community two hours south of washington where he's been st staying up to 17 days a month. reagan's oldest son, michael tweeted his father forgave hinkley adding maybe we should do the same. daughter, patty davis said forgiving someone doesn't mean you let them loose in virginia with a dark agenda he may hold dear. some say they're worried. >> bring him here and put him under the care of his 90-year-old mother seems to be a pretty foolish decision. >> the judge ordered hinkley to continue psychiatric treatment, get a job or do volunteer work and stay away from government officials and have no contact with the reagan family or jodie foster, the
actress he was trying to impress by shooting president reagan. if all goes well, hinkley can start living on his own a year from now. the man who prosecuted hinkley says that should never happen. >> i don't think anybody who tries to nullify a national election with a bullet should be walking free no matter their state. >> they say the mental health system and the courts worked well. turning overseas where pope francis is warning quote the world is at war, after a catholic preach was murdered at a church in france by two terrorists pledging allegiance to isis. while the pope refused to categorize this war as a religious one he said all ridge religions require peace. he did travel back home under strong security. hikers trapped by days by a massive
wildfire were finally found and evacuated and crews try to reduce the flames that has turned deadly. and now for those on the front lines. >> reporter: a tragic day on the firelines after a bulldozer driver was overtaken by flames. he was at the fire with a blaze that has destroyed 22 homes raging out of control near california's famed big sur forest. hours before the dozer operator was killed, other dozer crews rescued eight hikers who had been lost in the back roads. >> thank you, sir! >> reporter: for at least four days they wandered through smoke. >> they're really hungry. >> reporter: clearing these fires is critical near los angeles, nearly halfway contained and thousands of people and animals allowed back but for some utter destruction. >> the history lost today is a tragedy. >> reporter: the loss even more painful for
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there were dramatic developments today involving the baltimore police officer s accused of causing a fatal injury to freddie gray, man who died in their custody last year. after failing to secure guilty verdicts against four officers brought to trial, prosecutor s dropped the charges as the prosecutor suggested the legal system worked against her. >> reporter: caught on video last year, the arrest of 25-year-old freddie gray, pushed into the back of a police van. just an hour later he
was rushed to the hospital with a broken neck. his death touched off weeks of unrest and riots in baltimore and federal investigation into police brutality. >> we have probable cause to file criminal charges. >> reporter: the newly elected baltimore prosecutor quickly filed charges against six officers. after four trials and no convictions, today the prosecutor dropped the remaining cases while accusing the police and justice system of undermining her case. >> there was a reluctance and an obvious bias that was consistently exemplified not by the entire baltimore police department, but by individuals within the baltimore police department at every stage of the investigation. >> reporter: but many legal experts have long questioned the charges. >> i feel like the prosecutors were overreaching from day one and she was as indignant and defiant at the end as she was in the beginning of this case. >> the case helped energize the national black lives matter movement with
demonstrations in ci cities across the country and a group of mothers taking the stage at the dnc last night. >> this is about saving our children. >> reporter: today, naacp leaders suggested the case had led to changes in police procedures. >> because of what she did, the state's attorney bringing charges, now we have cameras in the van. >> reporter: in a peaceful baltimore today, a mixed reaction. >> the prosecuted them or brought charges up maybe to stop the ri riots. >> i don't think anything will change in this city, we've been the same way for many years. >> reporter: tonight the chrpolice commissioner and union say they're transparent in the investigation and the six officers could return once everything six officers could return once everything ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, isn't it time to let the real you shine through?
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looking across the convention floor, day three well under way at the democratic convention. finally, tonight is a night about making the case for hillary clinton but also about coming full-scale forward. president obama's legacy. he first addressed the democratic national convention in 2004 addressing the party and causing many to predict he would be president some day. what few could predict was that it would happen just four years later. here's kristen welker. >> reporter: it was 12 years ago to the day a 42-year-old senate candidate stole the spotlight at a democratic national convention. >> there is not a black america and white america and
latino america and asian america, there is the united states of america. >> reporter: poignant memories for a president now poised to leave office, telling savannah guthrie. >> i can't believe i got elected to anything at that point. i looked like i just got out of college. >> out of many, one. >> reporter: he's electrified the party faithful. >> america, we cannot turn back. we are moving forward, america. >> reporter: but there is perhaps no more critical speech than the one he'll deliver tonight for hillary clinton. this time his legacy is also on the line. >> all the things he's fought for, more economic opportunity, more fairness, more tolerance in america, a smart cooperative foreign policy, all these things are at stake. >> reporter: within his first year in office he sparked controversy revariation number of president bush's policies and now donald trump vows to do the same on obamacare.
>> obamacare is a disaster and people are dying with it. >> reporter: trump one of the original ba backers of the birther movement. >> he doesn't have a birth certificate or he hasn't shown it. >> reporter: the president turning that into a punchline. no one is prouder to put this birth certificate a matter rest than the donald. that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. like did we fake the moon landing? >> reporter: tonight, mr. obama won't be the first member of his family to take on trump from this convention stage. >> don't let any ever tell you that this country isn't great. >> reporter: the pressure is on. >> you know what, i'm not going to hit that bar. >> reporter: as he tries to pass the torch of his presidency to another candidate who has also made history. kristen welker, nbc news, philadelphia. >> that is going to do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. see you back here tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern, 7:00 pacific for primetime coverage of the democratic convention. for all of us at nbc
she cracked the ceiling. but a deep divide still remains. tonight, the big names hoping to bridge the gap. and make the case for hillary clinton. it's night three of the democratic national convention. >>announcer: you're watching nbc 10, live from the democratic national convention. and good evening, i'm jim rosenfield, live inside the wells fargo center. night three, and we'll see big names take the stage tonight. president obama, vice-president joe biden will both make the case for hillary clinton tonight. we'll also hear from