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>> he said am i blaming him for my allergies. i said no. i blame mother nature. see you at 6:00. tonight, nbc news exclusive reporting, bombshell claims from president trump's doctor. >> i feel raped. that's how i feel. raped, frightened. >> the doctor detailing what he calls a raid on his office by the president's bodyman and his lawyer, making off with medical records. did someone violate the la gas prices hitting a three-year high headed towards a $3 a gallon national average. tonight, the expert tips to save you money at the pump. a frightening medical mystery. why do dozens of people who went to the save university have the same rare cancer in their eyes? doctors try to solve an alarming puzzle. >> a new health warning as spring finally starts to heat
up -- diseases from mosquitos and ticks are soaring. how to protect your family. and if you rebuild it, they will come. wait until you see what's happening at the real-life field of dreams. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and welcome to our viewers in the west. president trump's doctor is making news again tonight, this time it's the civilian doctor who treated him for decades when he was private citizen trump. and tonight in an nbc news exclusive, that new york physician is describing how his relationship with mr. trump abruptly ended after he said some surprised office visitors demanded he turn over the president's medical records. peter alexander has details. >> reporter: donald trump's doctor for more than 35 years is telling details about the raid as he describes it that abruptly ended that relationship. >> what were they looking for? >> all his medical records, pictures, anything they could find. >> reporter: bornstein says two weeks after the inauguration, three men including mr. trump's
long time personal bodyguard keith schiller, then the head of oval office operations and the top lawyer for the president's business, the trump organization, showed up unannounced at bornstein's medical office and took the president's medical records. >> i feel raped. raped, frightened and sad. >> reporter: the incident happened two days after bornstein provided private medical information to the "new york times" revealing that for years he'd prescribed mr. trump propecia, a hair growth medication. that disclosure an apparent violation of medical privacy laws that bornstein is still defending. >> it's certainly not a breach of medical trust to tell somebody they take propecia to grow their hair. what's the matter with that? >> reporter: tonight, the white house denies bornstein's office was raided. >> as is standard operating procedure for a new president, the white house medical unit took possession of the president's medical records. >> reporter: bornstein acknowledges he may have handed
over the documents in violation of privacy laws. >> dr. bornstein told me he felt intimidated, that this was not routine at all and that he never received a medical release form signed by the president. >> reporter: the president's veteran doctor, who once praised his patient as the healthiest individual ever elected, says the men asked him to remove this framed photo from his wall. that "new york times" article quotes bornstein recalling that he told mr. trump's long-time personal assistant that he should be the white house physician. but after it was published, he says he received a curt phone call. >> she said so you wanted to be the white house doctor? forget it. you're out. >> reporter: tonight, the trump organization lawyer declined to comment and nbc news could not reach the president's former bodyguard but we have confirmed that they took the original medical records, leaving dr. bornstein without any copies. lester? >> peter alexander at the white house tonight. thank you. now to the fallout from that stunning leak to the "new york times" which published dozens of questions that special counsel
robert mueller reportedly wants to ask president trump. the president is calling the leak disgraceful, though there are a lot of questions as to where the information may have come from. as nbc's hallie jackson reports, they may reveal clues about where this investigation is headed. >> reporter: outside today -- >> the rose garden, very special. >> reporter: plenty sunny, but the cloud of the russia investigation has the president stewing. sarcastically tweeting about a "new york times" story that reportedly reveals questions the special counsel wants to ask him. he writes "so disgraceful that the questions concerning the russian witch-hunt were leaked to the media, no questions on collusion." but 13 of the 49 questions published by the paper do deal with collusion. why is he mischaracterizing these reports? >> once again, i'm not going to get into the back-and-forth on matters involving the special counsel. >> reporter: the president's personal attorney is declining to comment on the list of questions which the "times" says was provided to them by the some one outside the legal team. one especially intriguing
inquiry asks about ties to the kremlin. "what knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by paul manafort, to russia, about potential assistance to the campaign." other questions revolve around potential obstruction of justice as it relates to the firing of james comey, including one on what the president said to lester a year ago. >> i was going to fire comey knowing there was no good time to do it. and, in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. >> these are not softball topics and what the mueller team wants to do is frame for the president's lawyers the topics they want to cover. but if there are surprise or difficult questions, i can assure you that the mueller investigative team will save that for an actual interview. >> reporter: tonight the man overseeing the that counsel special investigation, rod rosenstein is out with surprisingly strong pushback against some conservatives in congress floating the possibility of
seeking his impeachment. rosenstein says the department of justice is not going to be extorted. lester? >> hallie jackson, thank you. elsewhere in washington today, secretary of state mike pompeo, fresh off his first overseas trip in the new job to europe and the middle east arrived at the state department greeted by cheers and vowing to breathe new life into american diplomacy and, in his words, help the u.s. get back our swagger. now to the battle at the border. out of the 150 or so people in that caravan of migrants in limbo there, 25 people have now been allowed into the u.s. to be able to plead their cases for asylum. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer is with the families who hope they'll be next. >> reporter: as news spreads across the caravan, reason to celebrate. 25 migrants from this group of 150 allowed to surrender to border patrol seeking asylum in the u.s. wendy garcia with son oscar fleeing corruption in el
salvador says "it gives up hope. we'll wait here as long as it takes." after a gruelling month-long journey, many fear they'll be forced to return to the violence and persecution they fled. but surrendering at the border they face another wall -- families can be separated, some detained as the fight for asylum can take years. >> it's incredibly challenging to prove your case for asylum, particularly if you're detained and don't have access to police reports that you may have filed in your country. >> reporter: border patrol agents arrested 11 who they say tried to enter the u.s. illegally. justice department officials suspect they were part of the so-called caravan. >> nobody on either the organizing team or the legal team of this caravan has ever encouraged anyone to cross illegally. >> reporter: just on the other side of the border, volunteer
blair overstreet is opening her home in san diego. >> these are people who we need to welcome in as our neighbors. >> reporter: tonight, there are no guarantees. arriving at the border doesn't mean safe passage, but for these families, there's nowhere else to turn. with what appears to be a slow trickle under way of migrants now surrendering themselves to border patrols, more than 100 families here are so close yet so far away from the u.s./mexico border. many lawyers fear tonight, despite everything they have been through here, these families will never make it to the other side of the border. lester? >> quite a scene there, miguel almaguer in tijuana. thank you. now to the price you pay to fill up your car. gas prices are hitting a three-year high, up 42% a gallon on average a year ago and headed to the dreaded $3 a gallon average nationwide. but experts say there are things
you can do to save yourself money at the pump. nbc's blake mccoy has our report. >> reporter: this california florist isn't worried about what's blooming this spring but what's burning. >> yeah, it cuts into the bottom line for sure. >> reporter: as gas prices soar, drivers out west are being hit hardest. the average in california now $3.61 a gallon. up and down the west coast over $3. pennsylvania, too, places like new york, michigan, and d.c. are getting close. so you say when it goes from $2 to $3, that's when people take notice. >> that's right. not only $2 to $3 but then $3 to $4. whenever you see the first digit change it's like what happened? >> reporter: a new survey by gasbuddy.com shows drivers
making common yet costly choices. choosing gas stations by location over price. paying with card over cash, despite cash discounts, and running on empty, waiting until they drop below a quarter tank to fill up. why don't you shop around? >> because i'm lazy. >> reporter: back in california, hank morris warns he can only absorb the growing cost for so long. >> at a certain point, we'll have to increase our delivery charges to make up for the increasing gas costs. >> reporter: a ripple effect could soon be felt beyond the pump. blake mccoy, nbc news. i want to tell you more on that alarming medical mystery. dozens of people who have developed a rare eye cancer, many of whom say they went to the same university. doctors are puzzled and they're trying to figure out if and where there is a connection here. nbc's gabe gutierrez has details. >> reporter: these four women all have something in common. all of you went to auburn university. and all of you got cancer. >> yes. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: a rare type of cancer in their eyes, ocular melanoma. it's usually found in just six of every one million people.
julie lee was just 27 when she started to see strange flashes of light. >> you just feel like your whole world has been shaken. it's just news that you never dream of hearing. >> reporter: then came her friends laurie and ashley. >> it's not like a one-time thing, it's daily recognizing that your life can change on a dime. >> reporter: to help find answers, ashley started her own facebook page. she says 38 people have responded that they also attended auburn university and were diagnosed with ocular melanoma. separately, researchers in huntersville, north carolina, are looking into 18 cases that have been reported in that small community. so far, there's been no proven link. >> it's just hard to believe that there's not a common thread here. >> reporter: the alabama department of health says it's too soon to say if there's an official cancer cluster. >> there's a lot of features
that warrant further investigation. the fact that it's happening in younger patients than we typically see, that it's happening in really small, dedicated communities. >> reporter: allison allred is now back in treatment. the cancer has recurred nine times, including now in her brain. >> that's pretty scary information to get. god has just given me strong faith that he's carried me through 17 years of this and i feel he will continue to carry me through and is healing me. >> reporter: doctors are studying these patients, trying to solve this medical mystery. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, alabama. tonight, storms sweep through portions of the u.s. with hail, damaging winds and tornados. some potentially very powerful. the threat carries overnight through tomorrow when some 31 million people will be under a severe weather threat. now to the powerful messages being aimed at our nation's children. some 17 million kids in america have a mental health issue that requires medical attention. and tonight as we mark the start of mental health awareness month, celebrities are sharing their own personal struggles as part of a campaign to let kids know they are not alone.
nbc's cynthia mcfadden has more in our series "1 in 5, kids at risk." >> reporter: whether it's the red carpet, the podium at the olympics or an instagram feed, we live in a world of curated perfection. >> don't be fooled by this game of perfection humans play. >> reporter: that's why the campaign #myyounger self started by the child mind institute in new york is so important. real celebrities -- >> my name is james van der beek. >> michael phelps. >> everyone is human, everyone has problems. >> reporter: too help real teens with mental health issues. kids like jacqueline. >> getting out of bed was so anxiety provoking for me because i was so scared of, like, what would happen. >> and sebastian. >> i have adhd with ocd and anxiety and in fifth grade and sixth grade i struggled. >> and colette. >> i missed a ton of school and
i would go to, like, the stairwell or something and i would just be crying and i would call my mom. >> reporter: what do they think about the campaign? >> it was comforting to me to know that, you know, i'm not the only one. >> it does get better and easier as life goes on. >> people have dealt with it. it makes me so happy to see that because i'm like i can actually do this. >> if you have diabetes you take medication. if you have some mental health issues, you also take medication. and it's no big deal. >> that really resonated with me because i think sometimes people are like looked down upon kind of like for taking medication. >> once i found that it was okay to talk to somebody and seek help, i think that's something that has changed my life forever. >> it was kind of cool to see, like, you know, to always have that mind set, if they can do it, i can do it. >> there's so many people that suffer in silence because there's such a big stigma around mental illness. >> if anyone is weird about it, that's their hangup. >> reporter: what would you say to your younger self? >> there's help out there.
and it will get better. >> asking for help is extremely hard sometimes and it's okay not to be strong. >> reporter: the doctors at the child mind institute tell us their young patients are responding to the my younger self campaign. as for the teens in our story, jacqueline is headed to nursing school, sebastian will start high school this fall and colette, she's determined to become an actress. brave kids. >> good for them. there's nothing worse than feeling you're the only one suffering. this is so important. thank you, cynthia. still ahead, spring health alert as the weather warms up. the cdc warns of a major surge in diseases carried by outdoor pests. also, keeping the dream alive. the real life field from an american movie classic.
families have been cooped up all winter head outside. federal health officials say cases of insect-borne diseases are surging, citing 640,000 cases over the last dozen years. nbc's ann thompson now on how to protect your family. >> reporter: you know the names -- zika, lyme, west nile. some of the diseases spread by mosquitos, ticks and fleas. now just in time for summer, the cdc says insect-borne illnesses are on the rise, tripling in 13 years, from 27,000 to 96,000, warning states should be doing more to fight off the insects. >> what we found is that four out of five mosquito control operations in the country are not fully prepared. >> reporter: bob sabatino, a retired new york city cop, says lyme disease nearly killed him. >> at the worst of the condition, i couldn't walk, i had bell's palsy, i couldn't
speak. >> reporter: the cdc reports there are new insect-borne diseases in the u.s. nine of them, including zika. >> wherever there's warmer weather, it tends to produce more outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases but also causes ticks to spread into new areas as well. >> reporter: increased global travel and trade play a role, too. to protect yourself, the cdc suggests wear insect repellent, control ticks and fleas on family pets, and drain stagnant pools of water outside your home where mosquitos like to breed to make sure the summer of 2018 is healthy and safe. ann thompson, nbc news, chicago. coming up tonight, they look like things kids love but are filled with nicotine. a big crackdown on e-cigarettes. and the nominations are out for broadway's biggest night.
showering the street and neighboring builds with fiery debris. officials say the building was abandoned but some 150 squatters were living there. e-cigarette companies have been put on notice to keep their products out of kids' hands. on the right of this image are real juice boxes. on the left are vape products made to look like them. now federal regulators have warned 13 companies to stop packaging in ways like these that appeal to children. in recent years, poison control centers have gotten thousands of reports of kids exposed to liquid nicotine. a big day for one of our favorites around here, tina fey, her "mean girls" musical scored 12 tony nominations, leading the pack along with "spongebob squarepants" the musical "the band's visit "carousel" and angels in america" got 11 nominations each and "harry potter and the cursed child" got ten nominations. we'll take a short back. when we come back, the community teaming up to make this famous baseball field a place where
when the officer )s gun accidentally went off. bay area families say the ground made them sick! the action they )re taking over a radiation cleanup job. we investigate. next the news at six starts right with baseball season in full swing, we journey to the famed corn field diamond from the classic movie "field of dreams." it's seen better days but folks there hope if they build it people will come back. here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: on a chilly spring morning in a fabled iowa corn field, it's a beehive of volunteers for the boys and girls of summer. does it give you a bit of a warm feeling on this day? >> it's a lot warmer in my heart than outside today. >> reporter: for this diamond in the rough is the field of dreams.
immortalized in the 1989 film with kevin costner about a farmer's encounter with former baseball great shoeless joe jackson. >> if you build it, he will come. >> reporter: this year they are rebuilding after a teenage vandal in a car wrecked the field. $15,000 in damage. >> they have one person tear it up in a matter of minutes, it's disheartening. but the good thing is, like in the movie, there's second chances. >> reporter: on this day they put their anger aside for the sake of the national past time. >> this is a sacred national landmark like baseball is a sacred game for us. >> reporter: kids and local businesses pitching in for a new pitcher's mound and green grass by summer. what are you doing out here?
>> we're helping. we're in iowa, when you're in iowa you come together as a community. this is what we do. >> reporter: the turf may have been torn but not the fabric of this place where they will come again to play ball. kevin tibbles, nbc news, diresville, iowa. >> looks to me like a home run. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us, that is "nightly news" for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. : good evening and thanks for joining us. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for being with us. >> a teenage joyride ends with police gunfire. a 16-year-old was injured by a police officer. police are apologizing say the gunshot was an accident. the bullet ricochetted off the ground and a fragment hit the girl near her eye. >> the police chief tells me that officer is remorseful. according to the chief, this happened on sunday night after officers chased a 16-year-old
boy who was on a joyride with two teenage girls in this stolen van. officers forced the van to spin out. it crashed into a fire hydrant, sending water shooting into the air. the girls got out and walked toward the officers who had pulled their guns. the chief says one of the officers accidentally fired his gun toward the ground. a fragment from the bullet hit one of the girls near the eye. she had to go to the hospital but was treated and is recovering at home. the police officer is now on paid leave. >> he was exceptionally remorseful for what happened. none of us ever want to discharge our firearm, period, let alone to have something like that happen. so he is especially concerned about the welfare of the injured teenager and much like us, he certainly wishes her a full and speedy recovery.