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>> perfect, righ >> not too hot at all. love it. that's going to do it for us, nightly news is next. >> we will see you at 6:00. tonight -- go directly to jail. a federal judge puts former trump campaign chairman paul manafort behind bars. will he flip while awaiting trial? the president's attorney today rudy giuliani floating the possibility of pardons. trump on the attack. the president comes out swinging on the fbi, mueller and michael cohen, and we've got the fact check. mean with this comment about kim jong-un? >> he speaks and his people sit up at attention. nt my people to do the same. parking lot horror. a child shot dead and his mother and brother in critical condition. and a surviving sibling tells police it was road rage. a suspect now in custody. a night of fun turns into a nightmare. >> the roller coaster completely broke off. we need an ambulance, please.
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>> panicked riders, screaming, hanging on for their lives. and a new food outbreak alert. what you need to know about the next fruit cup or bowl of cereal. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. president trump labeling unfair a judge's decision to revoke bail for former campaign chief paul manafort. manafort who is already under indictment by robert mueller's team for alleged money laundering and other charges was whisked from a courtroom to a jail cell after prosecutors accused him of witness tampering. now the question is, could this change his mind about cooperating with the special counsel? our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: paul manafort's arrival at his st moments as a free man after mueller's prosecutors charged him with
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trying to influence witnesses who might be called to testify about his lobbying for ukraine. in court, judge amy berman jackson said there was no way to prevent him from doing it again. this is not middle school she said. i can't take away his cell phone. federal marshals took him into custody in the courtroom, and just before leaving, he turned and waved to his wife kathleen. she left the courthouse without her husband of 40 years. president trump called it tough. didn't know manafort was the head of the mob, very unfair. today he seemed to distance himself from the former campaign chairman. >> paul manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. he worked for me for, what, 49 days or something? a very short period of time. >> reporter: in fact, manafort worked for the trump campaign 144 days. today's order means manafort will spend at least the next three months in jail waiting for trials in both washington and northern virginia on charges of illegally hiding income from the ukrainian lobbying. a former prosecutor
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says that could cause him to change his mind about fighting the charges. >> going to jail causes defendants often to face the reality that they aren't just going to beat this thing and get out of it easily. >> reporter: manafort's lawyers said they will appeal the judge's order but that's a long shot. >> the odds of an appeal working here and getting him out of jail before trial are somewhere between very small and very, very small. it's highly unlikely. >> pete, what about the possibility of a presidential pardon in this case? >> reporter: lester, the president certainly has the power to issue a pardon even before someone is convicted. he was asked about that today and he said he didn't want to talk about it, but the president's lawyer rudy giuliani says when the russia investigation is over, quote, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons. and a little while later, giuliani said he doubted that would happen, and if it did, it would be against advice of the president's inner
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circle, lester. >> pete williams, thank you. just a short time before his former campaign chairman was sent to jail, president trump made a surprise appearance in the white house north lawn unloading about the fbi, mueller and michael cohen in a morning show interview and 20-minute back and forth with reporters including our own kristen welker who has the fact check for us tonight. >> reporter: president trump unleashed and on the attack. in a free-willing face-off with reporters, the president said that doj inspector general report which sharply criticize james comey and the fbi, lets him off the hook. >> there was no collusion. there was no obstruction. the ig report yesterday went a long way to show that. >> reporter: but that's misleading. the report was only about the fbi's handling of the clinton e-mail investigation, not the russia probe. still, the president slamming the ig reports finding that politics didn't play a role. >> it was a pretty good report, and i say
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the ig blew it at the end with that statement. >> reporter: all of it as the president sharpens his attacks against special counsel robert mueller. last night, his attorney rudy giuliani said mueller's investigation should be suspended. are you thinking of suspending mueller? >> i think that whole investigation now -- look, the problem with the mueller investigation is everybody has massive conflicts. >> reporter: the president changing his tune on fired national security adviser michael flynn. >> some people say he lied and some people say he didn't lie. i mean, really, it turned out maybe he didn't lie. >> reporter: but that's a major shift. the president said he fired flynn for lying, and flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russian officials. the president pressed on his former personal attorney michael cohen and reports cohen is considering cooperating with federal investigators. >> did you hear michael cohen might flip? >> i did nothing wrong. you have to understand. this stuff would have come out a long time ago. >> reporter: it comes just days after the president struck a
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deal with north korea to denuclearize. today reporters pressed him on why he's praising a brutal dictator. >> you know why? because i don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family. >> reporter: and the president raising eyebrows with this comment. >> he's the head of a country. he's a strong head. don't let anyone think anything different. he speaks and his people sit up at attention. i want my people to do the same. >> reporter: when challenged, mr. trump tried to laugh it off. >> i'm kidding. you don't understand sarcasm. >> reporter: the president weighing in on the immigration crisis engulfing his administration with thousands of children separated from their parents at the border. >> no, i hate it. i hate the children being taken away. the democrats have to change their law. that's their law. >> reporter: but nothing in the law requires the administration to separate children from their parents. but there is no law that says families
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have to be separated at the borders. >> the democrats gave now i want the laws to be beautiful, humane but strong. >> reporter: now while the president is blaming democrats for the border crisis, it's republicans who control both chambers of congress, lester? >> kristen, for a president who holds reporters and the press in such low regard, he seems to be spending a lot of time in front of the cameras. how did he end up where you are on the north lawn? >> reporter: this is wild. this is not an area the president spends any time whatsoever so to see him walk up the driveway behind me was remarkable. and we were just inches away from him during the entire back and forth. the president did have a clear strategy. he wanted to control the narrative on a day of mixed headlines, but lester, it was unprecedented. >> well, we certainly all appreciate the access. thank you at the white house. under the trump administration's zero tolerance policy kristen just
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mentioned, nearly 2,000 immigrant children have been separated from their parents in the last six weeks. these children are being locked away in facilities that are hidden in plain sight near the border. we got the first look inside one of the centers in texas last night. and tonight gadi schwartz takes us to san diego where kids are living in limbo. >> reporter: hiding in plain sight, detention centers for migrant children like this one near the mexican border finally coming to public light. we came from inside and one of the first things the kids are told when brought here for processing, this is not a detention center, but this is where they live behind this fence locked away in the middle of this residential neighborhood here in san diego with neighbors around here having no idea what was going on in this facility. today, nbc news got a lo diego where 63 migrant minors are being held. if a family has both boys and girls as children, the siblings are separated. the girls live in a different facility, the boys live here and they only get to see each other about once a week.
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now outrage is building across the country about children being ripped from their families while crossing into the u.s. the department of >> the department of justice will not stand by while laws are being nullified and undermined. >> reporter: for years facilities like these have housed minors that crossed the border by themselves they say it risks scarring children for the rest of their lives. children who live with uncertainty with what's happened to the rest of their family with no solid answers on when they'll be freed. >> and there are two major questions that are being asked over and over again. where are all of the young girls that are being housed in this
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type of situation. where are all the toddlers? at least in this area in san diego, there are two other smaller facilities where immigrant females are being housed. as for the toddlers, we understand the bulk of them are being housed in a facility in arizona. we have requests in to see both of those types of facilities firsthand as well. >> gadi schwartz in southern california, thank you. now to the horrific scene in a parking lot near denver. a child shot dead and his mother and brother in a critical condition and another sibling unharmed. authorities say it was road rage. it unfolded late yesterday as that mother was taking her three kids to the dentist and a man followed her to the parking lot, parked behind her and opened fire. our national correspondent miguel almaguer is in westminster, colorado. >> shots fired at a dentist office. >> reporter: the victims were shot in this parking lot. megan bigelow with her three children, vaughn, cooper and asa, followed here after a case of road rage. court documents say
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the suspect gunned down bigelo opened fire erchildren. >> they do have four victims so far. >> reporter: police say after walking away, the suspect returned shooting one of her children again. the third child ran to safety. the 13-year-old pronounced dead. his brother and mother in critical condition. >> a lot of senior officers last night were just shaking their heads. couldn't believe something like this happened. >> reporter: investigators say a witness was also shot. >> he had two wounds, one to the arm, one to the chest. >> reporter: investigators say 23-year-old jeremy webster faces multiple charges including murder. court documents say webster admitted to the shooting, parking his car here behind the victim. witnesses heard a barrage of gunfire and cries for help. >> pow, pow, pow. like somebody was taking their time aiming at whatever they were shooting at. >> reporter: tonight,
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a shocking and tragic case of road rage leaving a young family gunned down. miguel almaguer, nbc news, westminster, colorado. another terrible burst of violence today. police in kansas say a pair of deputies were shot, one of them killed, in a courthouse when an inmate apparently grabbed one of the deputy's guns and started shooting. nbc's ron mott has late details. >> reporter: trauma outside this kansas city, kansas, courthouse. two deputies shot and one killed after an inmate being escorted to a hearing opened fire. >> when they pulled into the parking lot and ready to transport these inmates, they were overcome. it is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot. >> reporter: police confirmed one of the slain officers as 35-year-old patrick roar who spent seven years with the sheriff's department. the other deputy, a
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female, was injured. police say most detainees getting transported are handcuffed and shackled, though did not indicate whether this suspect was restrained. witnesses describe a frantic chaotic scene. >> there is somebody screaming at us telling us to get back in the courtroom. i went through a panic because i thought somebody -- there was a sniper. >> reporter: another community reaching out to one another over law enforcement's fallen. ron mott, nbc news. now to the price you pay and how it will be impacted by new tariffs announced by the trump administration on $50 billion worth of chinese exports by august. china wasting no time in retaliating. the latestan escalating trade war that involves some of america's closest allies. nbc's tom costello has the story. >> reporter: at the oldest metal pen manufacturer in america, the 40 employees find themselves caught up in international trade war fever. >> i think emotions are running high.
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>> reporter: raw steel prices have suddenly jumped 25% threatening profits and jobs. >> this is hitting our wallet, which is hard. it's creating uncertainty with our business, which doesn't feel good. >> reporter: today, the trade war talk escalated. the white house announcing tariffs on 1,100 chinese products including automobiles, aerospace and communications equipment. not included, tvs and cell phones popular with american consumers. >> because we have to. we've been treated very unfairly. >> reporter: the chinese foreign ministry responded china does not want to fight a trade war but late today announced tariffs on u.s. automobiles, oil, farm and seafood exports. >> the threat is that we get a full-blown trade war and at the end of the day, that means consumers lose with very few beneficiaries. >> reporter: that unease led to reaction.
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is this all gamesmanship? tom costello, nbc news, washington. still ahead here tonight, roller coaster nightmare. riders plunge 30 feet to the ground when it suddenly derails. the troubling details about the ride's safety record coming up. also, not one but two salmonella outbreaks. the warning you need to watch out for.
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we're back with the horrifying moments on a roller coaster in florida. the ride suddenly derailing and sending riders plunging 30 feet to the ground. when so many are heading to amusement parks for summer fun, it raises troubling questions. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more on the rng signs that may have been missed. >> reporter: just hours before this roller coaster went off the rails, state inspectors gave it the all clear after shutting it down last month. a fun night at daytona beach's boardwalk turned into a nightmare.
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>> i heard metal grinding and then heard a boom like something -- i thought it was a car accident. >> reporter: panicked screams. two riders falling out, another desperately clinging to the ride. >> there's a couple people on the ground, and the girl is hanging right now. she can't breathe and we can't get her out. >> reporter: the cause of the accident is still unclear but authorities say it was a 34-foot drop. firefighters raced to the scene. nine people rushed to the hospital. >> it looked like it just flipped upside down like it was part of the ride. >> reporter: the owners of the ride known as the sandblaster could not be reached for comment but it had a history of maintenance problems according to state records including excessive corrosion and damaged cars. roller coaster had at least two stop orders. inspectors shut it down again last month but reopened it just hours before this accident. >> two cars from the roller coaster fell off. there is people on the
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coaster. >> reporter: tonight the question hanging in the balance, were warning signs ignored. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, florida. get ready to crank up the ac. scorching temperatures on the way for much of the country. and two big names joining forces. what oprah is cooking up with apple.
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it's not even officially summer yet but as we head into the weekend, things are about to heat up. 80s and 90s from north to south. 92 in little rock and 93 austin and 97 in chicago on saturday and sunday. seems like only yesterday we were complaining that it was too cold out. this weekend. a food safety warning tonight. two salmonella outbreaks across the country. smks after theecalling an outk if you have a box with a best used by may 03, 2019, throw it away.
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and they're warning people in 23 states not to eat precut melon, watermelon, cantaloupe and honey due. another outbreak that sickened 60 people. oprah is headed to apple. they are teaming up to create programs for the streaming service which they hope will compete with netflix and amazon. oprah will continue to run own, the cable network she founded. when we come back, some very special father's day messages from kids about why they love dear old dad. sexual deviants.-
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next, what we )ve learned about these south bay best friends accused of targeting underage teen boys for sex... and the change one bike sharing company hopes will get their bicycles into more places... next. the news at six starts right finally tonight, it's the day dads wait for all year. father's day is this sunday, the moment to celebrate the men in our lives that mean so
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much to us so we ask kids, what do you love so much about your dad and your grand-dad, too. ♪ >> i love my dad because he's smart, funny and kind. >> he's always there for me. he just loves to be around me, and i love to be around him. >> he makes the best pancakes ever. >> he loves me as much as i love him. >> when he comes, the fun starts to happen. >> he's really funny, and he always tells me these jokes that crack me up. >> he teaches me things that i never knew before. ♪ >> i like to garden with my dad. >> my favorite thing to do with my dad is watch movies. >> my favorite thing to do with my dad is broies crosse. and cookies. >> we do science experiments. >> i like to watch golf with my grandfather. >> we go riding horses.
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>> nice one that spends time with you. >> they care about you. and they always love you. >> tries to make sure you're always happy. >> they know how to bring you up when you're down. >> he shows you different kind of good things. >> a good grandpa is caring and considerate a lot like a good dad. >> happy father's day! >> the young man and littlest holt who for me make being a dad so awesome. thank you for spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thanu now:
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thanks for joining us. i )m janelle wang, in for raj the news at 6 starts now. good friday evening. thanks for joining us. >> a massive plan to defraud investors, doctors and patients. using a glamorous but too good to be true technology. the accusations coming from federal court tonight after were slammed with nearly a dozen indictments. sam brock spoke with the attorneys and fraud experts. here's live from outside the federal courthouse. this is a huge fall from grace for holmes particularly. >> it reall a h
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she was a silicon valley sensation. over night billionaire. dozens upon dozens of doctors and the savviest investors in the world. despite that she resigned this morning. hours later in federal court facing criminal charges. >> at one point the golden girl of silicon valley. is now facing illegal reckoning. the 34 year-old walked out without comment after eleven counts of wire fraud or conspiracy to commit >> he pled not guilty because he is not guilty. we intend to contest the charges. he invested millions of dollars of his money. >> reporter: so did many. hundreds of millions of dollars. >> the bottom line is they got it right. there's a

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