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breaking news tonight. a new report of a big move by special counsel robert mueller empanelling a grand jury in washington. what it means for the trump campaign russia investigation behind closed doors. suicide texting sentence. judgment day for a young woman convicted after urging her boyfriend to kill himself before he took his own life. a case garnering national attention. a big police department under fire. officers accused of planting evidence. we'll show you what was caught on their body cameras leading to dozens of cases being overturned. backseat hazard. an alarming new look at the dangers of not buckling up in the back of the car. it's not just your own life you're putting at risk. and a great american success story celebrating a
lives. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, and thank you for joining us tonight. the slow drumbeat of the russia investigation that has haunted the trump administration all summer long is picking up tempo tonight with reports special counsel robert mueller has now impaneled a grand jury. if true, the move opens up broad new running room to an investigation that has apparently now expanded beyond just the question of whether there was coordination between russia and members of the trump campaign. our chief white house correspondent hallie jackson has details. >> reporter: tonight, the special counsel investigating russian election interference is entering a new phase of its inquiry, assembling a grand jury in washington, d.c., as first reported by he
mueller's investigation, which has dogged the administration and infuriated the president, will stretch on for months if not longer. nbc news has not independently confirmed the report, but the grand jury would be empowered to hear testimony and get records from people or businesses. >> the fact that special counsel robert mueller felt compelled to empanel a special grand jury in washington suggests he wants a group of grand jurors focusing only on the trump russia investigation and nothing else. >> reporter: one of the president's outside attorneys tells nbc news we have no reason to believe president trump is under investigation. a former senior intelligence official with knowledge of the discussions has told nbc news mueller is looking at whether the president may have obstructed justice. president trump's new white house lawyer, brought in specifically to deal with the russia investigations, says he wasn't aware mueller had started using a new grand jury. calling those matters typically secret. adding the white house
favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of mueller's work fairly and is committed to fully cooperating. mueller has recently added even more former top prosecutors to his team as he assembled high powered experts on everything from foreign bribery to public corruption. >> the team mueller has assembled is a strong team of seasoned veteran prosecutors. this the varsity. >> reporter: the president has repeatedly lashed out at mueller's investigation. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt. >> reporter: now on capitol hill lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are today introducing bills to help protect mueller and his investigation. >> some people can say flexing your muscle but it's really just doing exactly what the founding fathers wants us to do, to have three strong co-equal branches. >> reporter: remember, congress is also running its own parallel investigations into russian interference. and today we're learning one senate committee plans to interview donald trump jr. and former campaign chair paul manafort over this august break with the potential of a hearing with them this fall. >> hallie jackson in a stormy washington tonight, thank y
evening, the white house is also dealing with fallout from the president's private phone calls with world leaders. transcripts of sensitive conversations stunningly leaked and exposed for the whole world to see. nbc's peter alexander has details on some eye-opening comments from the president. >> reporter: tonight the president's private calls unfiltered. one week after taking office, admitting to mexican president enrique pena nieto he's publicly cornered. i have to have mexico pay for the wall. i have to. i've been talking about it for a two-year period. who is going to pay for the wall? >> mexico. >> who? >> mexico! >> reporter: in transcripts of the calls obtained by "the washington post," the president pressures pena nieto to stop publicly saying mexico won't foot the bill. you cannot say that to the press. still, mr. trump concedes the money will likely come from elsewhere. it will come out in the wash, and that's okay. on
into the u.s., i won new hampshire because new hampshire is a drug infested den. in new hampshire today, residents displeased. >> i think using drug-infested den is harsh. >> i would never say new hampshire's drug infested. i would say new hampshire has its share of the problems like the rest of the country. >> reporter: another contentious call the next day with australia's prime minister. the two leaders clashing over an obama era agreement that the u.s. admit detainees held in australia. kill me. because i'm the greatest person who does not want to let people into the country. before ending the call, mr. trump exasperated, i've had it. this is the most unpleasant call all day. putin was a pleasant call. this was ridiculous. >> reporter: the white house denied to confirm the authenticity of the transcripts. but the president has preetedly railed against leaks. >> we're going to find the leakers. they're going to pay a big price for leaking. >> reporter: tonight lawmakers condemning the leakers. >> these people should be fired. they should be out of government.
our government. and i hope that that's what's going to happen. >> reporter: tonight president trump back on the road in west virginia where support remains strong. >> problems this country's facing were not built in a day. they're not going to be fixed in a day. it's going to take time. >> reporter: lester, these really are uncharted waters, even veteran national security officials say they've rarely seen leaks like this. that seem to be focused on exposing the president's behavior. the transcripts are normally kept to a pretty tight circle, rarely outside the white house, but even the president's critics say that these leaks go too far. that they risk having a chilling effect on those private conversations between the president and foreign leaders especially if leaders become concerned about being candid because they fear those conversations could become public. lester? >> peter alexander tonight. thank you. the sentence has been handed down in an emotional and controversial case that has captured national attention. in massachusetts a
ordered to serve prison time for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide over text messages. he, in fact, did take his own life. our morgan radford has more on today's sentencing. >> reporter: michelle carter wiping away tears, sentenced today after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter, accused of encouraging her boyfriend, conrad roy, to kill himself. >> now sentences you to 2 1/2 years in the bristol county house of correction. >> reporter: but tonight she's free until her appeal can be heard. her victim's family outraged. you wanted to see her walk out of here -- >> in cuffs! why not? this girl's getting to go to the prom, disney world. she gets to do all of that, so i don't think there's any justice. >> reporter: the emotional reaction coming moments after roy's family took the stand. >> he gave me an amazing 13 years. >> reporter: his father pleading with the judge for a harsher sentence. >> michelle carter exploited my son's weaknesses and used him as a pawn. >> reporter: carter's attorney begged for probation arguing that the then-17-year-old
>> adolescents are not as culpable as full grown adults. >> reporter: indicator's case gathered national attention after thousands of texts were discovered between her and roy in 2014. tonight is the night, she wrote. it's now or never. when roy texted, i'm freaking out again. i'm overthinking, carter responded, i thought you wanted to do this. the time is right and you're ready. you just need to do it. that night he sat in this kmart parking lot outside of boston and filled his grandfather's truck with carbon monoxide. at one point roy got scared and left the truck, but carter told him to get back in. a choice the judge decided was manslaughter saying she must now be held accountable. >> i have not found that ms. carter's age or level of maturity or even her mental illness have any significant impact on her actions. >> reporter: her actions leaving two families shattered. michelle carter has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years behind
bars, but only 15 months of that sentence is actually mandatory. for now, she remains free as her case goes through the appeals process, but that could take months if not years. lester? >> morgan radford tonight, thank you. now to a big city police force under fire. officers in baltimore accused of planting evidence. scenes caught on their own body cameras leading to dozens of cases being overturned. it's another problem for a force that has seen its share of controversies in recent years. nbc's stephanie gosk has the new details. >> reporter: shamir collins was pulled over by baltimore police late at night last november. >> you're locking me up for what? i think they put something in my car. >> reporter: officers are seen searching the car on body camera video. after a 30-minute gap, body cameras pick back up, and police pull what they say is heroin from the car. >> i put the handcuffs on you because there's drugs in your car. >> you didn't show me any drugs.
[000:09:58;00] told you they found marijuana and heroin in your car, what was your reaction? >> my reaction was how? you understand what i'm saying? how? where? >> reporter: internal affairs is investigating. >> it's no doubt that the video that we see, the piece of video that we see is ugly. >> reporter: the baltimore police department is in crisis, accused of tampering with evidence in the collins case and another from january. when an officer apparently unaware his camera was recording appears to plant drugs in a cluttered backyard. >> we're looking at the possibility that this could have been the re-creating of the discovery of the drugs that weren't recovered when the body camera was on. >> reporter: that officer was suspended. his two partners put on desk duty during the investigation. >> i think the videos highlight not only what our clients have been telling us for a long time but just a deep level of disrespect. >> reporter: prosecutors have now tossed out 46 criminal cases connected to the officers in both videos, with dozens
more under review. the baltimore pd w after the death of freddie gray. a body cam program was launched to help improve trust. now new guidelines. cameras have to be activated at a scene and at no time should officers attempt to re-create the recovery of evidence. collins says she's scared of the police. >> i'm not saying all of them are bad, but it's just like the ones that are bad are making them all look bad. >> reporter: making the job of policing an already tough city even tougher. stephanie gosk, nbc news, baltimore. it is scorching in the pacific northwest. third straight day of triple digit temperatures, highs there reaching 20 to 30 degrees above average. not helping matters, smoke from fires in british columbia polluting the air over washington state and oregon. even animals at the oregon zoo are struggling to beat the heat. 14 million people are under heat advisories or excessive heat warnings through
tomorrow. tonight officials in minneapolis say body in the rubble after a natural gas explosion ripped through a historic academy during summer school. two employees, a receptionist and a janitor, were killed, several others were injured. authorities are still working to pinpoint what triggered the blast. tonight there's news that every parent or grandparent of a teenaged girl will need to hear. word of an alarming rise in girls taking their own lives, suffering from depression and often not seeking the help they need. federal health officials are now shining a light on the warning signs you should be on the lookout for. we get details from nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: 15-year-old kirsten killian battled depression since she was a little girl. >> when she was 9 is when she had threatened suicide. >> reporter: last year she made another attempt, taking an overdose of pills, but reached out to her parents for help. >> and every day i'm so grateful that she did. >> i didn't want to leave my siblings
without their sibling. numbers from the cdc shows too many teenagers are not getting the help they need, especially girls aged 15 to 19. the rate of suicide in that group has doubled. cases jumping from 260 to 524 in eight years. for boys, the rate jumped 31%. parents will be looking and saying, what can i do? >> the first thing parents can do is to become knowledgeable about mental health. >> reporter: experts say there's no single cause, but point to the overwhelming prevalence of social media and cyber bullying as factors. and depictions of teenaged suicide like this netflix series "thirteen reasons why," a tv drama about a high school girl who killed herself, have coincided with an increase of internet searches about suicide. is there anything that parents should be on the lookout for? >> be on the lookout
for changes in your child's patterns of behavior. their sleep patterns, their eating patterns, the way they talk about certain topics. >> reporter: other advice -- have specific conversations about how your child is feeling. don't lecture, and check in often. >> no one should feel ashamed if they're struggling. depression is nobody's fault. >> reporter: kirsten beating the odds and offering wise advice for teenagers and people who care about them. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. >> some important information tonight. turning overseas now, a massive inferno is burning at one of the tallest residential towers in the world. videos from social media show the flames spreading up the side of the building which is over a thousand feet tall in dubai. emergency officials say it's been evacuated, but it's unclear whether there are any deaths or injuries. that same tower was also damaged by fire in 2015. still ahead, as we continue here tonight, think you're safer in the back seat? think again. an alarming new wake-up call about the dangers of not
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