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thanks for joining us here at 5:00. lester holt is next with "nightly news." breaking news tonight, and it's a bombshell. the fbi raids the office of president trump's personal lawyer michael cohen. a stunning turn as the feds reportedly seize a wide range of records including payments to porn star stormy daniels. also tonight, we're awaiting the president's critical decision on syria. will he order a military strike after the horrifying chemical attack? was your personal data misused? facebook set to reveal who got hit as mark zuckerberg prepares to get grilled before congress. a tragic mixup in that bus crash that killed ten young hockey players. >> everybody's heart is broken open for them. there is just no way to measure the pain that everybody is feeling. >> authorities say one teen who they thought survived actually perished.
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while another family preparing to bury their son is told he's alive. an nbc news exclusive, my candid conversation with loretta lynch on clinton, comey and more. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and thank you for joining us. welcome to our viewers in the west. we begin with word on an fbi raid on the offices of president trump's personal lawyer michael cohen. he's the same lawyer that facilitated that large payment to adult film actress stormy daniels and agents hit his hotel room seizing records after a referral from the special counsel's office. but nbc news learned the records in question relate to the daniels case, not the mueller investigation. nbc's kristen welker has details. >> reporter: tonight, a dramatic fbi raid at the new york office and hotel room of michael cohen, the president's personal attorney who paid off adult film
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star stormy daniels for her silence about her alleged affair with mr. trump 11 days before the election. law enforcement officials say the fbi is investigating that $130,000 payment to daniels, which watchdog groups have called a campaign violation, and today, investigators seized e-mails, tax documents and business records according to "the new york times" which first reported the news. tonight, law enforcement sources tell nbc news federal prosecutors in manhattan obtained search warrants after a referral from special counsel robert mueller who found evidence of a potential crime but determined the matter didn't involve the russia investigation. cohen's attorney lashing out calling the move completely inappropriate and unnecessary saying the fbi seized privileged communications and arguing cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities. >> this means that prosecutors believe they have probable cause to show a crime has be committed and will find evidence in mr. cohen's office, what crime and who committed it? that we don't know. >> reporter: tonight the
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president sounded off on the fbi raid. >> i just heard they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man, and it's a disgraceful situation. >> reporter: and on special counsel robert mueller. >> it's a real disgrace. it's an attack on our country in a true sense. >> and kristen joins us. >> reporter: lester, the department of justice had to sign off on it. in this case, legal sources say it was deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who gave the approval. now rosenstein, as you remember, oversees the russia investigation but this latest probe is separate. now, as for the president's comments about mueller tonight, they will undoubtedly raise some eyebrows. his legal team is in the process of negotiating a potential interview between the president and mueller. the president's legal team has
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insisted the best strategy is to cooperate with mueller to end the investigation quickly, lester. >> kristen welker with that late breaking news, thank you. to another major story, the suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in syria. president trump condemning it today as a barbaric act vowing to determine a response in 24 to 48 hours. after the world witnessed those graphic horrifying images of syrian men, women and children said to have been killed or injured in the attack. we have it all covered with nbc chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. hallie good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it seems like a matter of when, not if president trump will respond to that devastating attack. what we don't know is what that response might look like. any minute more missile strikes maybe, nearly a year to the day after the last round with president trump now promising a decision fast. >> we'll be making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours. we're talking about humanity. and it can't be allowed to
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happen. >> reporter: nothing is off the table he says. blaming animal assad, his new nickname for the syrian president and notably putting not just iran but russia on notice. >> if it's russia, if it's syria, if it's iran. >> reporter: for the deaths of dozens of civilians outside damascus. in some of his strongest terms yet, the president is calling out vladimir putin. >> he may, yeah, he may. if he does, it's going to be very tough. >> reporter: last april, a similar attack, similar horrific images and a similar warning. >> these heinous actions by the assad regime cannot be tolerated. >> reporter: back then, the president fired 59 tomahawk missiles on an empty syrian airstrip, a strike meant to stop the regime from gassing its own people. assad struck again anyway. is the white house worried that assad is making a mockery of president trump's threats? >> not at all.
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what our concern is about is the fact that the assad regime has taken an outrageous action. >> reporter: the white house dismissing critics who point to these remarks from the president last week. >> we'll be coming out of syria like very soon. >> reporter: some like republican senator john mccain worry that emboldened assad. now a president reluctant to keep the u.s. military involved perhaps perceives no choice. hallie jackson, nbc news, the white house. >> reporter: this is bill neely. horrific images of syrian children fighting for breath of entire families killed in their homes, the u.s. accusing russia and syrian president assad of the chemical attack. >> who does this? only a monster does this. russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted. >> reporter: overnight, action from israel. war planes striking a syrian air base also used by iran.
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it's really war planes hit the same base two months ago. they launched this overnight attack from here inside lebanese air space firing eight guided missiles. such attacks failed to detour assad who killed more than 1,000 civilians with chemicals five years ago. russia threatening that any u.s. military action could have serious consequences. bill neely, nbc news, beirut. >> i know, some tough images the world is reacting to tonight. a flurry in the halls of congress this evening as facebook's mark zuckerberg makes the rounds prepping for a public grilling from lawmakers and facebook prepares to let users know who had their personal data misused. we get the latest from nbc news business correspondent jo ling kent. >> reporter: tonight facebook ceo mark zuckerberg taking his apology tour to capitol hill. >> are you putting
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profit over people? do you have comments to the people believe that they can no longer trust facebook? >> reporter: facing reporters and senators one day before what's expected to be a grilling before congress. >> if we don't reign in the misuse of social media, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore. >> reporter: facebook is under fire for its role in russia's election meddling and for a scandal with cambridge analytica. that harvested 87 million facebook users person data without their knowledge. facebook says zuckerberg will tell congress we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake. it was my mistake and i'm sorry. facebook struggling with more bad news today. apple co-founder steve wozniak joining the "delete facebook movement, criticizing the social media network for giving away too much information about users. >> everything you ever give, it's oh, we own it now. we can sell your pictures and
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make money and even get money for them and you don't get any money for them. that's been going on for a long time. >> reporter: facebook today says it started notifying millions of users whose data was accessed sending them a message on their news feed with a privacy tool to see where their information went and how to delete it. but does that go far enough? >> what will matter is not what mark says, which is a lot of things we've heard before but how he says it. facebook has to prove it can be trusted. >> reporter: today, facebook announced a new independent election research commission. it says it wants to study the impact of social media on elections and democracy. lester? >> jo ling kent, thank you. to new details in the horrific bus crash that killed 15 people in canada, including ten young members of a junior hockey team. in a tragic mistake, authorities mixed-up the identities of a survivor and a victim who died in the crash. nbc's ron mott is there and has more. >> reporter: tonight, heartbreak in humboldt, canada. magnified by a government mixup.
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18-year-old xavier labelle thought to be dead, survived mistaken for parker tobin. >> i want to apologize to both of the families. on behalf of the office of the chief coroner. a lot of these boys looked alike. they had blonde hair supportive of their team and for the play-off run and similar build. >> reporter: xavier's house mother tweeted good-bye. her other house sons, adam who would have turned 17 on thursday and 18-year-old logan hunter died in the crash. in all, ten of the 15 fatalities were players. age 16 to 21. logan was captain and 42-year-old darcy hogan was head coach. >> everybody's heart is broken open for them. >> reporter: brody an 18-year-old for the team volunteered at a soup kitchen. >> if you needed his help, he was there. that was his character. >> reporter: at a vigil, the team's chaplain fought back tears. >> i walked up to a scene i
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never want to see again, to sounds i never want to hear again. >> reporter: detailing the horrors he encountered moments after the wreck. >> it's an unquenchable thing. nothing you can do will make it go away and that feeling of hopelessness is just hell. >> reporter: a tight-knit hockey town reeling anew with sadness. ron mott, nbc news. we'll take a turn and turn to an nbc news exclusive. former obama u.s. attorney general loretta lynch is speaking out for the first time since leaving the job. it was under her watch that the fbi investigation was launched into hillary clinton's use of a private e-mail server while secretary of state. a case that took unexpected turns and made lynch a political lightning rod for republicans before the election. i met up with her in manhattan. the timing of the clinton investigation and in the middle of the presidential election, i know that shouldn't color any decisions you make but you
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certainly weren't ignorant of it. >> it's all around you. my favorite question from reporters when they say when are you going to wrap this up? they would also add because she's running for president, you know. and it's part of the context of it but it cannot figure into the decisions that you make. >> still, loretta lynch's decisions on the clinton e-mail investigation were questioned after she ran into former president bill clinton on an airport apron five months before the election. >> it was still 107 degrees outside and i was told he wanted to come on the plane and say hello. >> did part of you go no, no, no, no turn him around? >> at first my thought is i speak to people all the time. people in public life, people not in public life. >> but his wife was under investigation by the justice department. >> she says they made
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mostly small talk, nothing about mr. clinton's wife and her e-mail server. did you have any moment you said mr. president, this is probably not appropriate or this is going to look bad? >> well, i will say that in the course of the conversation, we spoke and it seemed that we were going to say hello, hi, how are you and move on and the conversation would continue. >> in this hyper-partisan environment we're in, did you ever once consider recusing yourself from the clinton investigation? >> that's always an issue. at the time i knew it would raise questions in people's minds so what you do is consult the legal experts. you always get a legal answer whether or not recusal is required. had it been, that's what i would have done. >> instead, she announced she would abide by whatever decision career prosecutors made in the case and was surprised when fbi director james comey made this announcement. >> in looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. >> rod rosenstein wrote in his memo recommending
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comey's dismissal, he was wrong to usurp the attorney general's authority in july 2016 and announce his conclusion that the case, the clinton case should be closed without prosecution. was comey wrong? did he usurp your authority? >> it certainly was an unusual move. it was a different way to deliver a recommendation to the attorney general. i have not had any of my other law enforcement agencies deliver a recommendation in a case to me in that way. >> unusual but either right or wrong. was it right or wrong? >> you know, i think he's going to have to speak to why he took those actions. >> what was your reaction when you heard comey had been fired? >> well, you know, i was as surprised as any american. i don't know the circumstances behind it. >> did you at any point wish he had been fired? >> no, i think the fbi director and other leaders of the law enforcement agencies of the department carried out their tremendous responsibilities
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under a great deal of pressure. >> the fbi investigation into possible ties between russia and the trump campaign also began under lynch's time as attorney general. she cites the ongoing mueller investigation for reasons of not speaking in detail about it but did defend the actions and integrity of the fbi in its handling of the case. still ahead, the nation's biggest pet store chain petsmart under fire for dog deaths. what you need to know this evening. before you book your summer travel, which airline scored highest in the latest quality ratings. we'll have them for you.
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>> we're back to tell you about the growing outrage against the nation's biggest pet chain. at least four dog owners claimed their pets died in the last five months during grooming appointments at petsmart stores. nbc's kristen dahlgren has been investigating the allegations and has details for us. >> reporter: the latest dog to
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die abby died march 29th in toms river, new jersey after being dropped off for routine grooming. >> she's being taken to flemington vet. >> reporter: danielle says she got this call about her dog scruffles during grooming at a flemington, new jersey petsmart last december. by the time she got there, the 8-year-old dog was dead. they are filing a lawsuit claiming petsmart violated policy by using a dryer on the english bulldog, a breed prone to breathing difficulty. she is shocked by how many owners reached out with their allegations. >> i cannot count there is so many. i cannot count. >> reporter: in a statement petsmart calls the incidents unrelated adding it's deeply saddened by the deaths but pointing out its investigations revealed associates followed rigorous practices and pet parents have refused to share their animal's autopsy reports, which could show preexisting conditions. the company did recently form a task force to evaluate
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grooming procedures, adding its groomers already undergo 800 hours of training. currently no states require a license for dog groomers but laws in new jersey are pending named after dogs who have died like scruffles. >> she's the little girl bulldog that change the rules. changed the rules. >> reporter: a family hoping its loss could help save others. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new jersey. we'll take a short break and coming up, the senator and mom who just made history doing something no senator has ever done before. also, the wild protest as bill cosby goes on trial again. her connection to cosby's sitcom past.
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at stanford health care, we can now simulate the exact anatomy of a patient's brain before surgery. if we can do that, imagine what we can do for seizures. and if we can fix damaged heart valves without open heart surgery, imagine what we can do for an irregular heartbeat, even high blood pressure. if we can use analyze each patient's breast cancer to personalize their treatment, imagine what we can do for the conditions that affect us all. imagine what we can do for you. a chaotic start outside the courthouse in pennsylvania at the retrial of bill cosby who
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was charged with drugging and sexual assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. an allegation he has denied. ahead of opening statements, a topless protester who appeared on the cosby show as a child jumped the barricade and got within a few feet of cosby. she says her goal was to make him uncomfortable because quote, that's what he's been doing for decades to women. the new list of the top quality airlines is out and alaska airlines is on top. the list is based on several factors including on time performance and mishandled bags. delta was in second place followed by jetblue, hawaiian and southwest. and a first for the united states senate. senator tammy duckworth of illinois gave birth to a baby girl making her the first senator to give birth while in office. our congratulations to her and little baby maile. when we come back, epic journey inside nasa's critical mission right here on earth. after he threatened to k
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people in san francisco -- but now, he )s behind bars...
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next, what set him off and how he was finally caught. we have the exclusive interview. that )s next. finally tonight, let's take a breathtaking journey to one of the most remote places on earth. nasa has a mission at the top of the world that could prove critical to the future of our planet. our jacob soboroff takes us along for the ride. >> reporter: back home in washington, whether or not climate change is real seems to be up for debate but right here 750 miles north of the arctic circle on the sea ice of greenland, there is no debate at all, climate change is real, it's happening and this is ground zero. this is the coldest place, possibly the coldest moment i've experienced in my entire life. how is this ground zero for climate change? >> thinning ice. shrinking ice coverage. >> reporter: and that leads to climate change? >> yes.
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>> reporter: this year during the coldest part of the year, the arctic experienced its warmest levels ever recorded in the second lowest sea ice levels. collecting this data is central to nasa's operation ice bridge and we join them on their flight. >> this glacier is one of the few glaciers left in greenland that has an ice shell at the end of it. in other words, floating ice that is attached to the original glacier. hang tight. hold on. >> reporter: after a successful eight-hour mission we landed back at the base and even though it looks like a frozen tundra, the warming world may effect long-held traditions here like dog sledding routes. part of the reason we came here was to go with nasa and look at the melting sea ice, climate change. >> translator: it would be sad when the sea ice melts. >> reporter: this place may seem far away but turns out it's closer to home than any of us may have realized.
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jacob soboroff, nbc news, greenland. >> an amazing but troubled part of our world tonight. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this monday. i'm lester holt and for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. right now at 6: an nbc bay area exclusive. a jailhouse interview with the man accused of stealing guns from his parents home in san jose -- and threatening to an nbc bay area exclusive. a jail house interview of a man accused. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for being with us. >> it's an arrest that could have saved lives. today, in an odd interview, dustin told us he was very serious about shooting police officers if they tried to close
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his homeless camp again. we first broke this story of his disturbing 20-page manifesto and we learned how bad things could have gotten if they had not caught him. >> reporter: good evening. this is where dustin hamilton was arrested, where i'm standing now. by his own admission, if he had more forewarning, he would have used violence. you can see all the people gathering this time of day, or the morning, as the case would be, in danger. luckily he was not holding any loaded weapons at the time. >> if i had about 50 feet between us, a few minutes warning, then i would have. >> do you think you would have fired? >> oh, yeah.

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