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the drive through. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. a report getting a lot of attention tonight is adding to the grows mystery and controversy surrounding the white house and republican head of the house intelligence committee, the man in charge of the russia investigation. it leads back to the still unsubstantiated claim by president trump that president obama wiretapped trump tower. the mystery centers on what congressman devin nunez told the president and reporters about intelligence he had seen about government surveillance. that might at first glance appear to support some of the president's story. it didn't and now tonight "the new york times" is reporting that the trail leading to the source of the intel is a very short one. peter alexander has details. >> tonight that new york times report says a pair of white house
officials played a role in the stunning allegation eight days ago. the republican chair of the house intelligence committee devin nunez charges u.s. spies surveilled president elect trump. >> the president elect and his team were, i guess, at least monitored. >> reporter: now the times identifying those officials as 32-year-old michael ellis a white house lawyer who form early worked on a white house intelligence staff and 30-year-old ezra watnick. a protege of michael flynn. nunez repeatedly refused to reveal his source but said even though he reviewed the information on white house grounds, white house officials were not involved. >> in fact, i'm quite sure people in the west wing had no idea i was there. >> reporter: if the source was a white house official, it would be a twist in what critics say started an effort to
back up the claim he was wiretapped by president obama. last wednesday nunez comes under fire when he shares the new information not with committee colleagues but the press and president who said he felt somewhat kin ka vindicated. sean spicer dismissed suggestions nunez got the information from the white house. >> i don't know he would go to the president on something we gave him. i'm not aware but doesn't really pass the smell test. >> reporter: today spicer deflecting questions about the report. >> i'm not going to get into further details. >> reporter: instead, inviting this letter to review newly discovered evidence that may show information collected about americans was mishandled or leaked. >> we are willing to provide them with the information we have the materials that we have come across and i think that is an important step. >> reporter: the top democrat on the house committee accepting that offer but pouncing on the times report and questioning the white house's transparen
transparency. >> is this instead a case where they wish tofectively launder information through the committee to avoid the true source of the information? that question the white house really needs to answer. >> reporter: with the house committee paralyzed, the senate panel with the first russia hearing and taking a shot at the colleagues. >> the vice chairman and i realize if we poll lit size this process, the efforts will likely fail. >> reporter: a top white house official says whoever originally accessed the intelligence reports shown to nunez must have been an insider here at the national security counsel because no one else they say would have had access to those secure computers. lester. >> let's bring in our moderator of meet the press chuck todd. these rev lauelationrevelation the white house gave this information, what's the fallout. >> the fallout is big. a classic case is the
coverup worse than the crime itself? what's being investigated obviously is very serious here, but the fact of the matter is this would be an indication the white house is now interfering with an investigation and the fact is, it is amazing that the white house essentially now is being consumed by this russia story and perhaps the president itself because at the end of the day, this sort of consuming by the russia story led to the president's tweet which then in turn created a series of events that is essentially unravelled on the white house. it got the director of the fbi to not only push back on the accusation but then confirm there is an investigation. it is undone the house investigation. it is probably permanently poisoned devin nunez ability to conduct an investigation. somebody once a white house ally and now they are in a situation where their own credibility is being called into question on everything. this is a situation where they have had a bad problem on their
hands in russia, lester and their own actions have made it worse. >> all right. chuck todd, thank you. in the meantime the man ultimately at the center of the investigations in congress, russian president vladimir putin spoke out today and flat denial borrowing a famous american phrase. take a look. >> you and the russian government did never try to influence the outcome of the u.s. presidential election and there will be no evidence found. >> ronald reagan once debating about taxes and addressing the americans said watch my lips, he said no, watch my lips, no. >> of course, it wasn't regan who said read my lips, george h.w. bush who went on to break the promise when he raised taxes. another challenge for the president, the revolt by members of his party and it had the president lashing out today at the group of conservative republicans. he warned unless they fall into line he would help defeat them in the next election,
but there were more defiance today. let's get the latest from nbc's kristen welk welker. >> reporter: tonight less than a week after praising those in the house caucus that rejected his obamacare repeal, president trump casting blame intensifying attacks in a new tweet this morning suggesting he might back primaryp freedom caucus will hurt the agenda if they don't get on the team and fast. we must fight them and dems in 2017. >> most people don't take well to being bullied. it may allow a child to get his way but that's not how the government works. >> reporter: many fla blame the group for blocking the health care bill. a frequent faux of the freedom caucus, house speaker paul ryan not taking sides. >> understandable the
president is frustrated. >> reporter: but unleashing his warning. >> this republican congress allows the enemy of the good, i worry will push the president into working with democrats. >> reporter: now new indications tonight the president is trying to bounce back. a source familiar with the president's thinking tells nbc news he's working to build a consensus of moderate republicans and even eyeing some democrats and he could make this fight very personal. >> they are willing to send the president and his big plane to these freedom caucus districts. trump is not an i dalog and if you go against him, he'll go against you. >> reporter: george w bush sending his message about the president after watching mr. trump's inauguration speech, three people reported to the new york magazine and said that was some weird expletive. the president targeting three members of the freedom, check mmeadows a sign he isn't backing down. >> kristen welker,
thanks. in the senate a close vote on an anti abortion measure, so close the vice president had to be called in for a second time to break a tie. the bill would have state policies that block planned parenthood clinics and providers. the measure was tied after two republicans, susan collins of maine and alaska voted against the bill. it passed after mike pence passed the vote. in north carolina the legislature repealed the so-called bathroom bill after a year of controversy that included a major backlash by the business community but as nbc's maya rodriguez reports, it's replacement is drawing fresh criticism from supporters and opponents. >> what do we want? >> reporter: after a year of protests and debate. >> house bill 142 is adopted. >> reporter: today a deal to replace north carolina's bathroom bill. lawmakers were under intense pressure from the ncaa, which gave
them a deadline. repeal the bill this week or face five years without any championship games in the state. >> today we repealed house bill two and we begin to end discrimination. >> reporter: house bill 2 known as the bathroom bill required people in north carolina to use the bathroom for the gender on their birth certifica certificate. critics called it discriminatory, supporters said it was an issue of public safety. is this bill an improvement? >> well, no. house bill 2 we believe is the best bill of this subject matter in the country. >> reporter: although the controversial deal repeals the bathroom bill, it leaves the door open for state leg slislatures to revisit and allows cities to pass anti discrimination ordinances until 2020. >> it's not real repeal. it doubles down by saying local towns and cities can't pass
vital non-discrimination ordinances for four years. >> reporter: the original law cost north carolina big bucks. musicians including bruce springstene cancelled concerts. the nba moved the 2017 all-star game from charlotte to new orleans. and companies like paypal yanked jobs. all part of a potential loss of $3.7 billion in business in north carolina over the next 12 years according to the associated press. tonight, no word yet if some of the lost business will return. as the debate seems far from over. maya rodriguez, nbc news, raleigh, north carolina. we turn to the horrific collision on a texas highway. emergency calls about a pickup truck driving erratically shortly before a head-on crash between a crush and a church van carrying senior citizens. 13 killed and tonight investigators trying to figure out what happened. nbc's jacob rascon has
details. >> reporter: investigators want to know why this pickup truck veered into traffic after slamming into a church bus. minutes before the accident, at least one other driver called police to report the pickup truck driving errat erratically. just one bus passenger would survive a devastating loss for first baptist church of new braunsfels. >> it makes you grateful that god allowed you to cross their path. >> reporter: the victims were senior citizens, most of them widows returning from a three-day church retreat. the bus driver 67-year-old barrett, a form erma reer marine and teacher. 87-year-old rosemont was retired and loving it. all 13 deeply missed, especially at first baptist. >> it's just hard to know you were singing with them that morning and they are in heaven tonight, you know. >> reporter: the investigation will consider whether
alcohol, drugs, speed or distracted driving were factors in the crash as the church focuses on praying for all involved including the truck driver and his family. >> it's just going to be difficult to keep going but we have jesus and he is our strength. still ahead as we continue, the increasingly dangerous path for pedestrians. the alarming death rate among people simply crossing the street and what may be behind it. an emergency in the cockpit of a boeing 73
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