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another day another bombshell. the nation is understanding new details around president trump's request to fbi director james comey to end the mike flynn investigation. the white house tells a different story. major senators whispering watergate and impeachment. new detailsnd global reaction. parts of the country facing severe weather later today after separate tornados struck tuesday. wednesday could prove more dangerous with active weather patterns headed for millions. >> while you slept another symbol of the confederate era removed in the dark of the night. for those who can't sleep, a new device that may help 18 million of you. "early today" starts right now.
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i'm frances rivera. watergate size and scale, that's what republican senator john mccain calls the developing story regarding a bombshell report dogging the white house. nbc news confirming a "new york times" report that president trump asked then fbi director james comey to halt his probe of mike flynn, mr. trump's former national security adviser who was forced out after weeks on the job. trump apparently asked comb tee ease off the investigation in to flynn according to a memo the former fbi chief wrote himself shortly after speaking with the president. a source close to comey confirms the existence and contents of the memo with trump telling comey quote i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go to letting flynn go, according to the memo. the source confirmed that comey wrote a memo about nearly ever interaction with trump. the white house denies the report releasing a statement that reads quote the president has never asked mr. comey or
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investigation including any investigation involving general flynn. this is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and mr. comey. but members of congress are up in arms over the ordeal. >> if true this is yet another disturbing allegation that the president may have engaged in some interference or obstruction of the investigation. enough is enough. congress needs to get to the bottom of this. >> if it did happen, is it obstruction of justice plainly? >> well, it's as close as one can get to have the president of the united states contact the lead in an investigation by the federal government and to criminal activity. >> in a week full of revelation after revelation, on a day when we thought things couldn't get any worse, they have. >> i think it would be helpful to have less drama from the white house. >> the republican chair of the house oversight
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chaffetz is demanding comey's memo. the number 4 republican calling on comey to testify. the case adds to a number of headaches for the white house with veteran operatives including a former watergate prosecutor now openly speculating the president is inching closer to impeachment. >> after watching the clinton impeachment i thought i'd never see another one. >> we are well on our way to impeachment because i think there's a clear set of facts that show obstruction of justice. >> this bombshell news trump urged comb tee ease his investigation into flynn comes just 24 hours after another report rocked the white house. claiming the president revealed code word intelligence to russian officials during a meeting. a meeting the press was controversially blocked from. cia director mike pompeo briefed members of congress we learned it was
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classified material. it's putting the relationship between the us and key ally in jeopardy. hallie jackson brings us more. >> reporter: the white house dodging, deflecting but not denying the president shared classified information with russia, and neither is he. >> we had a great meeting with the foreign minister so we're going to have a lot of great success over the next coming years. >> reporter: nbc news learned the intelligence came from israel according to three government officials familiar with the matter, naming that country as the key partner which provided the isis-related information, diplomatic dynamite six days before the president's set to visit jerusalem. the israeli ambassador says his country has full confidence in our intelligence sharing relationship with the united states. >> i'm obviously pleased to see the ambassador's comment, we appreciate the relationship with israel and the exchange of information. >> president trump acknowledges he did discuss
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facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. "the washington post" says it went further, with the president describing elements of a specific plot by isis, naming the city in the islamic state's territory where the u.s. intelligence partner detected the threat. officials warning the paper revealing that would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities. the national security adviser wouldn't confirm specifics but argues the president did nothing illegal. which is true. and he says nothing improper either. >> what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate. th conversation was wholly appropriate. the flood of news from the white house days ahead of the president's first foreign trip and it's casting a shadow on an itinerary that starts with saudi arabia, israel, and rome and italy. lucy is tracking foreign reaction to the controversies for us in london of it c
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not only those countries watching but certainly the world as well. >> reporter: absolutely. the world is watching. good morning, frances. international leaders somewhat reluctant to publicly weigh in on president trump's information sharing but it's clear there is shock and frankly disbelief. one of the biggest concerns being expressed today is that foreign intelligence services will now start to hold back or question sharing critical sensitive information with the u.s., because they don't trust president trump to keep a skrek, frankly. the intelligence on isis mr. trump shared is believed to have come from israel so it was considered so sensitive in fact that the u.s. reportedly hadn't shared it with its closest allies. israel's ambassador did try to quiet the up to roar saying the israelis have full confidence in their intelligence sharing with the u.s., the defense minister tweeting a similar message. we can expect tough conversations behind closed door,
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is furious, one lawmaker saying if the u.s. president passes sensitive information to other governments at will then trump become a security risk for the western world. as you say this very much does cast a shad on on mr. trump's trip and he will attend a meeting in brussels, learning that nato leaders are putting a time limit on speeches due to mr. trump's short attention span. this is not business as usual at all. >> certainly a lot to watch. critical with those relationships and security as well. thank you. now to weather. 27 tornados ripped through the middle of the country, in wisconsin one person is dead and another 25 injured after at least one tornado tore through a trailer park destroying dozens of homes. farther south in mclean, texas, storm chasers captured this tornado. and in oklahoma, a massive funnel cloud. and the front windshi
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under the raging fury of the storm. another driver captured this stunning near miss. a pickup truck spins out of control on the left side, launched across the highway toward oncoming traffic. fortunately no one was hurt in that incident. once the storm moved out workers and residents came out to assess damage. fire officials said at least one person was killed and 40 homes destroyed. bill karins has more on where these storms are coming up. we'll bring you that information in a few moments. private chelsea manning is set to be released from prison. the transgender soldier was convicted for giving classified government materials to wikileaks. now in kansas she was sentenced to 35 years under the espionage act. president obama granted her clemency. manning will remain in active duty in a special status called voluntary excess leave.
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care but can be punished for new violation of military rules. new orleans is in the process of removing a third confederate monument, this a statue of general p.g. the boreguard. the monuments pay honor to slavery and do not represent the city's values. supporters gathered around the site in peaceful protest argue the memorials are a way to honor part of american history. the memorial is the latest of four set to be relocated. the last month the battle of liberty place monument was dismantled followed by the jefferson davis monument last week. the memorial to general robert e. lee is slated for removal. now back to our weather and bill karins who is here with what's ahead for today, especially with the threat of severe weather. bill? >> we're watching yesterday's severe weather outbreak, beginning to end. still strong thunderstorms in areas of the
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26 tornados, 104 hail reports and 83 damaging wind reports. today's threat right in the heart of iowa, a little sliver of minnesota, a lot of wisconsin and northern missouri. and then later purk into illinois. 9 million at risk. a few tornados are possible up to rochester, minnesota, those are the areas that need to watch out. them heads up for tomorrow. tornado outbreak possible areas of western kansas, western oklahoma, already moderate risk a dangerous day tomorrow. that's a look at the big weather story of the day. now a closer look at the day ahead. you can see the colder air on the back side, we haven't had a lot of mention of it but we are getting snow at the high elevations in the rockies, how about that mini heat wave coming today for the mid-atlantic. 94 today from richmond all the way to d.c. we'll talk more about that heat coming up. >> i want to show you this. dad envy. look that the awesome creation. an arizona family
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very own pirate ship in their back yard. look at this thing. it was inspired by the black pearl from the pirates of the caribbean movie. it took a year to build as a tree house there, this is three stories high, taller than their own town city hall building. look at the kid. he is going to grow 1 that ship in the background. hope they have permits for it too. ahead, details of the largest cock fighting raid. what led to chaos in washington as protesters clash at the turkish embassy.
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one was charged with assaulting a police officer. california authorities seize about 7,000 birds in what they say was the largest ring of illegal cockfighting in u.s. history. the operation involved about 100 also led to the seizure of firearms and steroids for the birds. about 10 people were detained. law enforcement expects several more arrests. cockfighting is illegal in every state in the united states. if you are tired like all of us are here, me especially, new hope for antibioticone who battles to get a good night's sleep. then jimmy kimmel's update on i'm just a bill. to bring children up to date on the new american way we took a cue from school house rock, you remember school house rock, and hopefully this will explain how it all works now. >> the white house, so cool. but i wonder who that sad
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fast forwarding today, president trump will give his second commencement address in a week, when he speaks to graduates at the u.s. coast guard academy. closing arguments in the 2016 shooting involving oklahoma police officer betty shelby after the defense rested its case, the officer pleaded not guilty first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of a 40-year-old. prosecutors say she overreacted when she shot him on a highway. the boston celtics getting the number one draft pick for the first time in a half century. ounding out the top five, the lakers, 76ers, suns and sacramento kings. the draft set to kick off here in new york on june
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good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. right now at 4:26. a popular place where children play turns into the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in d.c. why police say they were forced to open fire on everyone. new developments in the latest bombshell in the white house. what the white house is reporting after reports say that president trump asked the fbi to end investigations against michael flynn. and metro's garbage turned into someone else's treasure. the pop-up shop opening in an old railcar today. >> announcer: "news4 today" starts now. first, though, we have been
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now, our wednesday weather warmup is here. >> and we are working to get you ready as the mercury rises, we're going to check in with our team of meteorologists in just a minute. but first, melissa mollet has traffic. >> we're talking 95 in virginia, south at dale, we are shut down. the express lanes are jut fine this morning. you can see the traffic moving very, very slowly. police are letting that traffic there on to dumfries road. that is the movement that you're seeing but you cannot continue on 95 near dale city. you can access route 1 and get to the 95 lanes. the main lanes past the crash to get around this one. inner loop at braddock road blocking the left lane there. taking a look at 270. northbound, after old hundred road getting by. good
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>> good morning. it's not too bad. >> no, i don't even need a jacket this morning. one thing you need to know before you walk outside, you don't need a jacket this morning. >> i have a jacket. >> well, you do. >> another thing you have to know, air quality alert, the gray-shaded areas. poor air quality day. blah do what does that mean to you? you need to limit your time outside even if you have heart problems. and a few spots in the mid-90s today, the record at reagan national is 92 degrees. we're forecasting 93. sheena and i will be talking about how long the heat's going to last coming up in a few minutes. we're following a developing story this morning. three men are on the run after murdering a man at an apartment in waldorf. right now, detectives believe the victim may have known his killers. chopper 4 was over the scene la
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evidence. here's what police say happened. three suspects entered an apartment on promenade place and shot a man. he was pronounced dead on the scene. police say the victim was in his 30s. we're also working to find the name of a woman shot and killed at d.c. police. this happened around a popular rec center where children were playing. police were called to the place on juliet street. they saw a woman with a gun and told her to drop it. when she didn't, two officers opened fire. >> the police told her to put it down, then when she didn't, we heard four or five shots. >> we'll, of course, take a look and see if the body camera was activated. and multiple cameras up there in the area. >> police will also look at the cameras on a metro bus that was driving by at the time of that shooting. the woman died at the hospital. it'
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cleaning up after damaging storms and tornadoes. angie goff live at the live desk. good morning. >> not only damaging but deadly as well. two people have died and dozens hurt after tornadoes blew through parts of wisconsin and oklahoma. take a look. this is what some people are favoring. this is just west of oklahoma city. heavy rains and dangerous, trying to escape, the many caught on camera like this one. we know that a mobile home park was completely flattened as well. more than two dozen twisters were reported across five states. aaron. another bombshell development rocking the white house this morning. nbc news has confirmed that former fbi director james comey wrote a memo claiming president trump urged him to shut down the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn and

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