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>> wne tampering. already under house arrest. this morning new accusations nst a former trump campaign chairman. former president bill clinton goes in depth on the "me too" movement and monica lewinsky. >> i have not talked to her. >> do you feel like you owe her an apology? >> no. i do -- i do not -- i never talked to her. but i did say publicly on more than one occasio was sorry. and the arizona serial killer that authorities a conne six murders. disinvited by donald trump. the super bowl champion philadelphia eagles no longer welcome at the white house.
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new reaction and what's ahead today. and your shot of the morning as "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> good to be with you on a tuesday. i'm frances rivera. we begin with overnight developments in the russia probe. president trump's former campaign chairman paul manafort now being accused of witness tampering and could spend the next several months behind bars. court documents filed by robert mueller allege manafort attempt itted to dahl and tex using encrypted messaging happens two people na worked for the hapsburg group. >> manafort continues to face charges of money laundering, bank fraud, and failing to register as a foreign agent. he's been under house arrest since his arraignment last fall. now federal prosecutors are looking to revoke or modify paul manafort's bail following those allegations of witness tampering. if a judge agrees to have a hearing on the issue, she could
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revoke manafort's bail. that would put former trump campaign chairman in jail at least until his trial this fall in washington. manafort's team had no immediate comment for nbc when reached. meanwhile, the wife of a former trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty in october to lying to the fbi about russian contacts during the campaign is now pleading with the president. the wife of george papadopoulos went on fox news last night to directly address the commander in chief. >> i honestly know how much dedicated and committed he was in the trump campaign. i know he did an excellent job. i know he's -- because of this incident, his freedom is challenged. so i trust and hope and ask to president trump to pardon him. i hope he will. >> george papadopoulos is currently cooperating with federal investigators in the russia probe. canceled. the president saying in a late night tweet, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event.
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staying in the locker room for the playing of our national anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. while several eagles players have staged protests during the anthem, the team didn't kneel nor stay in the locker room last season according to cnn. the decision sparked harsh criticism out of philadelphia. mayor jim kenny called trump a fragile ego maniac obsessed with crowd size. and this splashed on today's front cover of the philly daily ne the eagles didn't acknowledge the cancellation in a statement but did say in part, it has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first super bowl championship. we are truly grateful for all the support we have received. a crucial question rattling washington. is the president of the united states above the law? it seems to be what the current commander in chief believes claiming he has the absolute right to pardon himself. he's posting tweet after tweet claiming to have the power to grand himself a pardonho need while blasting the mueller investigations unconstitutional. >> it's all part of mr. trump's all-out campaign to discredit
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the work of the special counsel and survive unscathed. but is his pardon claim a step too far? nbc's peter alexander has more. >> reporter: from president trump, a vision of unlimited presidential power, tweeting about t russiainvestigation, i have the absolute righto pardon myself, while maintaini he's done nothing wrong. an audacious claim, unprecedented. >> does the president believe he is above the law? >> certainly not. the president hasn't done anything wrong. >> does the president believe the framers envisione a system where the president can pardon himself or the president could be above the law in. >> certainly the constitution very clearly lays out the law. once again, the president hasn't done anything wrg. >> reporter: president he personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, agrees a self-pardon is possible but not would just be unthinkable, and it would -- it would lead to probably an immediate impeachment. >> reporter: the republican chairman of the judiciary committee pushing back. >> if i were president of the
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united states and i had a lawyer that told me i could pardon myself, i think i'd hire a new lawyer. >> reporter: giuliani even arguing hypothetically the president could shoot james comey and not be prosecuted, g awayith rd but concedes he'd be impaemped the next day. a idt' power to pardon himself igniting a fierce and unsettd leg debate. >> i happen to believe that a president can grant a pardon to himself. i also believe that that would be a horrendously ignoble act in our history. >> i think a judge would say that the presidentoesn have the power of self-pardon, and if he says it or tweets it, that doesn't change it. >> reporter: the president also tweeting, the appointment of a special counsel is totally unconstitutional. mr. trump's most aggressive attack yet in his relentless assault on the legitimacy of robert mueller's investigation and at odds with what he said in 2016 about hillary clinton. >> special prosecutor, here we come, right? reporr: also this morning, the white house wouldn't rule out the possibility that
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president trump could at some point pardon himself. on what was day 500 of his presidency, he's still fuming about what's loomed over much that time, the russia investigation. phillip? >> peter, thank you. in a highly 'ed decision, the u.s. supreme court has ruled in favor of a colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing religious freedom. supporters of the american civil liberties union, which represented the couple and others, gathered outside the supreme court to protest the decision, which comes during pride month. the decision is a victory for the baker, but it was a narrow one and fails to answer some larger constitutional questions. nbc's jennifer johnson hashe details. >> reporter: the supreme court handed a narrow victory to a colorado berefused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. but that couple, charlie craig andave mullens say they have
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no regret. >> we do feel we've raised a lot of awareness for people on discrimination against lgbt people in businesses open to the public. >> reporter: but the 7-2 decision did not address the biggest question in the case, whether businesses can refuse to serve people based on their sexual orientation. the court found only that tack phillips, whose lawyer is calling this a victory. >>plll strongly have convictions about that they must obey god, they're going to keep doing what they're doing and their freedom is at stake. >> reporter: the court acknowledged the fight isn't justice anthony kennedy writing for the majority said thesetespuust shall resolved with tolerance without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs and without subjecting gay persons to gn >> i think the justices are sending a signal to the country and that is be reasonable. respect the rights of gay couples, but also respect people's religious views.
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>> r weporteh n set, this controversial issue now rests with future cases. washgton.johnson, nbc news, > a four-day killing spree in arizona has come to a dramatic end with the suspected shooter turning the gun on himself as police closed in. authorities say 56-year-old dwight lon jones shot himself in his hotel room. >> police believe jons linkedo the murders of at least six people who may have been connected to his divorce case. nbc's migue almaguer is in arizona with the eporr: itame t at this motel in scottsdale. the alleged serial shooter opening fire on police. the man investigated for killing six found df self-inflicted gunshot wound. law enforcement sources tell nbc news the suspect is 56-year-old dwight jones. >> what's the apparent motive here in. >> we're taking a look at the relationship between the suspect and the deceased. >> reporter: the murder spree, perhaps tied to a long and
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bitter divorce, started thursday with the execution of dr. steven pitt. our phoenix affiliate reporting the psychiatrist conducted a mental health evaluation on the suspect during h divorce. >> visited with your husband a couple days ago for about four hours. >> reporter: thisvideo, which appears to have been posted by the suspect on youtube, seems to show dr. pitt interviewing the suspect's ex-wife. after killing pitt, police say the gunman shot two paralegals friday at the law firm of his ex-wife's divorce attorney. >> someone took a very good person and left two boys with no mo that's sad. >> reporter: sunday, police discovered their fourth victim, marshal levine, a counselor who worked in the same building where the gunman reportedly was seeing a therapist. at this home, detectives are investigating another double murder connected to jones.
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>> pretty scary? >> yes. >> reporter: six lives lost in a killing spree fally over. investigators say all of the victims are connected to the suspect through a twisted web linked to his divorce proceedis. at the crime scenes, investigators have discovered ballistic as well as dna evidence. they say the investigation could take weeks more to unfold. ces, back to yo >> miguel, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> good morning. showers rolling down through the great lakes this morning. cleveland had a brief period of wet weather. this will be the trend through the northeast today. not everyone is going to get wet, but if you do, it's going to be brief. we will see some shors and thunderstorms along thatront as it pushes southward. by 8:00 p.m. it's right over the top of northern virginia, west virginia. not a huge ordeal, but if you're one of those people who doesn't want to get wet at all, carry that umbrella with you. from boston all the way through
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bany and pittsburghalthe greate northeastnuestioday with highs in the 60s. we'll continue to watch the warming trend in the middle of the country. no relief in sight. >> bill. thank you. d.c. was not soaked, but it was bathed in red this morning after a dominant performance in game four of the stanley cup final. look at that sea of red. the washington capitals squared off against the vegas golden knights. they never let up for the entire 60 minutes, blowing out the golden knights 6-2. game five will now be back in las vegas on thursday, and you can watch it all unfold right here on nbc. still to come, we'll remember an nfl legend. and then bill clinton gets candid about the "me too"
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questions abo monica lewinsky in the era of me too. at an event in new york, clinton ad quote, g hot under the collar by questions from nbc's own craig melvin on whether he owes lewinsky an apology. bieves two points weret the media reporting that followed. >> so the first point is i did. i meant it then. i meant it now. alogized to my family, to t t arican people. her family, the second is that i support the "me too" movement and i think it's long overdue. >> these latest remarks come after a tense interview on the "today" show with the former president. >> looking back on what happened then through the lens of me too now, do you think differently or feel more responsibility? >> no. i felt terrible then, and i came to grips with it. >> did you ever apologize to her? >> yes.
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you are giving one side and omitting facts. >> mr.president, i'm not trying to present a side. >> you asked me if i agreed. the answer is no, i don't. >> i asked if you ever apologized and you said you have. >> i have. >> you've apologized to her. >> i apologized to everybody in the world. >> it is important to me has bew that the sorrow i feel is genuine. first and most important, my mily. also my friends, my stf, my cabinet, monica lewinsky and her mily >> but you didn't apologize to her. >> i have not talked to her. >> do you fee like you owe her an apology? >> no. i do - i do not -- i never talked to her, but i did say publicly on more than one occasion that i was sorry. that's very different. the apology was public. >> that public apology did not take the spotlight off monica
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lewinsky grateful to the myriad people who have helped me evolve and gain perspective in the past0 years. >> and you don't think a private apology is owed? >> let's talk about -- you know, let's talk about jfk. lbj. stop already. >> i don't think -- you think president kennedy should have resigned? do you believe president johnson should have resigned? someone should ask you these questions because of the way you formulate the questions. i dealt with it 20 years ago plus, and the american people, two-thirds of them stayed with me. and i've tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my that's all have say to you. that was nbc's craig melvin. we are exactly one week away from president fe to face meeting with north korea's kim jong-un. we will take you to singapore for a preview next. only belo.
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we are now exactly one week from president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un's scheduled summit in singapore. as preparations and speculation continue, authorities in singapore have annnced t multiple dates for a special event area located downtown, indicating the summit could nbc's hans nichols is live in singapore with the very latest. hans, good morning. >> reporter: good morning,
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frances. we know when the summit starts. it starts at 9:00 a.m. on the 12th, but we don't know when it ends. we just know the government in singapore has designated a special event area forhe following three days.ctually a . it's going to be on lockdown. it's an indication how this city is scrambling to thi summit prepared and get it ready because there's a lot teone on t logistics end. they need to make sure the zone is secure. they need to figure out where they are going to be staying, both kim jong-un and president trump. and importantly where will the actual summit be held? now, this area that the city has drawn is down in central singapore. it could, according to local press, there's some speculation that i i decoy. back to you. >> hans, we'll see because the president said he could walk out during that meeting or actually extend it r. thank you. stay with us. you're watching "ear today." psoriatic arthritis got really bad, it scared me. and what could thain mea
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in your news by t numbers, the fossilized skeleton of a 150 million-year-old mystery dinosaur sold for $2.3 million at an auction in paris. it was installed on the first floor of the eiffel tower ahead of the sale and the new buyer says he will keep it on public display. a rare van gogh on the international market sold for almost $8.3 million at auction. it's the first to be sold in france in more than 20 years. and a 1963 ferrari gto known as the holy grail just sold for a world record of $70 million. the rare car one of only 36 built between 1962 and 1964, and is a road legal racer with a top speed of 174 miles per hour. >> goodness. speaking of by the numbers, eight, that is the number of states with primaries today.
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with voters expected to line up and choose their parties' nominees for this year's midterms in alabama, california, iowa, ssmontana, new jersey, new mexico and south dakota. make sure you go out and vote. after nearly a month out of the public eye, plenty of scrutiny. the first lady has now reappeared. melania trump along with the president attended a ceremony for gold star families at the white house. the event was closed to the press but the first lady tweeted these photos saying she was honored to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. it was her first official event in 24 days after undergoing treatment for a kidney condition. actress reese witherspoon can pull her elle woods iconic prada heels out of the closet and out of retirement. pla the the fashion forward attorney. she has yet to comment, though, on this news. the legallyndd, though, post images of herself on instagram with fellow big little lies cast members nicole
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live look at downtown san jose - good tuesday morning to you. 4:30 right now and let's start the day off right as we take a live look. well, look at that, golden gate bridge and can't see too much there. that's not the way our morning is going to look. thank you for waking up with us. i'm marcus washington, mike is here and we'll start out with kari coming in it was nice and cool. windows down. >> nice and cool and the fog is back in parts of the bay area. it's going to be a cooler day an we do srt out with mostly clear skies for the inland areas and here's a look at the cool temperatures right now as you get ready to head out, we're starting out with some 50s around the bay area. it's 55 right now in

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