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you're likely going to hit some showers on saturday. >> sounds good. thank you for joining us. we'll be back at 6:00. tonight, the nation riveted by the mueller report. the most anticipated document in a generation finally publict detailing explosive revelations about president trump's repeated effort to thwart the investigation and how he was stopped by the people around him. mueller laying out a case for obstruction of justice but explaining why he did not reach a decision. the president declaring victory as mueller finds no evidence with conspiracy with the russians. >> this hoax, this should never happen to another president again. >> democrats blasting the attorney general over his description of the report and what mueller actually says. no charges but a new fight just also t health officials say even if outbreak spreads. you've gotten the vaccine in the past, you might need to get it again to make sure you're protected.
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new developments on a scare for saint patrick's a day after the inferno, a man arrested with two full gas cans and tools, enough to start a massive fire at the most famous cathedral in america. changes to your uber ride after a murder that shocked the nation. a young woman getting into what she thought was her ride share. instead, police say it was a deadly trap. tonight the security measures going into effect nationwide. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. well, good evening, everyone. here it is. this is the mueller report that's held the country in suspense for nearly two years. 448 pages, lots of redactions and fina but not before attorney barr made a rosie take with no collusion and expressing empathy for the president's predicament but tonight the deep read into these pages reveals a president that sought to influence the investigation in ways we knew
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and didn't know. pete williams leads expanded coverage. >> reporter: the day robert mueller was appointed special counsel, may 17th, 2017, president trump learned about it in the oval office according to the mueller report, slumped back into his chair and said, oh, my god. this is terrible. this is the end of my presidency, i'm f-ed adding this is the worst thing that ever happened to me. the special counsel investigation concluded neither the president nor anyone in the president's campaign helped the russians hack into democratic computers to steal and post emails or set up william barr said today that's good news. >> that's something americans can and should be grateful to have confirmed. >> reporter: the report said several actions of the president were investigated as potentially amounting to obstruction of justice. some are well known like the firing of the fbi director, james comey, and the way the
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president explained it to lester. >> when i decided to do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. >> reporter: the report says substantial evidence indicates that the catalyst for the president's decision to fire coy wathat comey wouldn't say the president was not personally under investigation. the report says the president's conduct changed after he realized that he was under investigation and that he repeatedly tried to force mueller's removal. it says he told the white house counsel don mcgahn to fire mueller but that mcgahn decided he would rather quit than carry out that order fearing another saturday night massacre. the report says the president asked his former campaign manager lewandowski to resay the mueller investigation was unfair to the president. that message was never delivered although the president remained furious he took sessions out because he campaigned with the president. >> the attorney general says i'm
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going to recuse myself. and i said, why the hell didn't he tell me that before i put him in? >> reporter: for the trump tower meeting in june 2016, the report said the president made misleading public statements but did not try to mislead investigators. ten actions in all were investigated but mueller concluded the evidence wasn't clear enough to firmly establish the president intended to obstruct justice because some things happen in public view, it was hard to determine the president's intent and because there was no other crime to cover up. but mueller's team says if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. muelld hwre gotten a gra jury subpoena to try to force the president to answer questions. we chose not to do so mueller said in view of the substantial delay such a step would produce at a late stage in the investigation. the president did respond to written questions saying he didn't recall or didn't remember
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in 35 of the answers. other than declining in person interviews, the white house cooperated with the mueller investigation. as for the critical question why no indictment, mueller says he's bound by a long-standing ban on indicting a sitting president for that reason, his report reaches no conclusion about whether president trump obstructed justice. >> department of justice policy precludes charging a sitting president. the mueller team was bound by that policy. so therefore they couldn't recommend charging a sitting president, either. >> reporter: the report implying the evidence of obstruction is substantial and it's up to congress because it has the power of impeachment but general barr said he and rod rosenstein felt they had to reach a conclusion and felt the evidence did not reach obstruction. >> that's our responsibility and that's why we have the tools we have acte information and throw it to the public.
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>> reporter: the report is more definitive about russia to influence the campaign. it says russia perceived it would benefit from the presidency and the trump campaign expected it would benefit from the information the russians stole but the investigation did not establish members of the campaign con spared or cooperated with the russians. the report says there were numerous contacts between the russians and members of the trump campaign but did not amount to illegal influence and no member acted on behalf of the russian government nor does it say anything to suggestion vladimir putin had any hold over president trump. as for those redactions, the section dealing with obstructions is only lightly blacked out but the other examining contact with the russians has some heavy redactionings many citing ongoing investigations. barr said he'll let some members of congress see a version that's only grand jury information blacked out which he says he's legally required to keep secret. >> pete joins us now.
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one thing we noticed, a big difference between what this report said and the way william barr summarized it last month. >> reporter: the report suggests that the mueller team thought the evidence of obstruction was strong, but barr said today mueller told him a month ago that the evidence wasn't definitive, that it pointed in both directions and that the lack of conclusion about obstruction of justice in the report was not based on this constitutional ban city indicting a sitting president. >> pete williams, thank you. the reaction is fast and furious with the president and the white house and his lawyers declaring victory and democrats plotting their next steps. we have it covered starting with peter alexander. what is the latest from there? >> reporter: lester, good evening. the president is projecting confidence and his personal lawyers are feeling so emboldened they might not put out a counter report, eager to turn the page but will the report's details allow them to
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move on? just moments after the redacted report was released, president trump interrupting a celebration of wounded warriors labeling it a personal victory. >> they're having a good day. i'm having a good day, too. it's called, no collusion, no obstruction. there never was and never will be. >> reporter: the president casting himself as a victim. >> this hoax, this should never happen to another president again. >> reporter: on a day president trump has waited nearly two years for tweeting a game of thrones theme game over. his aides ecstatic. >> the best day since he got elected. >> reporter: his personal lawyers granted permission to view the report ahead of time calling it a massive win. >> even under a twisted theory of obstruction, obstruction, i call it obstruction by tweet, even under that twisted theory, they could not write up a report on obstruction.
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>> reporter: but while the special counsel's report didn't put the president in immediate legal jeopardy, politically gives democrats new ammunition, especially on the issue of obstruction. the report paints a remarkable portrait as the president as a man obsessed with the russia investigation trying to seize control of the inquiry through his white house aides and highlights ten current and former administration officials or associates that did not carry out his orders including don mcgahn that refused to tell the acting attorney general to fire mueller. >> should mueller testify? >> reporter: tonight the president ignoring questions offering only smiles and waves. the report he thought might end peter alexander, nbc news, the white house.sie nt on capitol hg out at the attorney general. >> we clearly can't believe what attorney general barr tells us. >> reporter: saying a redacted mueller report isn't enough now threatening to subpoena the full
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report with the underlying evidence and demanding to hear from the special counsel in person. >> i want to be able to ask mr. mueller who is a former republican appointed fbi director about what happened with this investigation. >> reporter: today the attorney general saying he's fine with mueller appearing. >> i have no obstruction to bob mueller testifying. >> reporter: mueller said there wasn't enough evidence to charge the president with a crime, democrats are zeroing in on the issue of obstruction citing this passage in the mueller report which says congress should make a decision write, quote, congress may apply the obstruction laws to the president's corrupt exercise of powers of office. >> in terms of obstruction of stice, certainly mr. mueller had the opportunity to say there was no obstruction of justice, he did not. that question is now open for the american people to conclude. >> reporter: all of it adds fuel to the several investigations that house democrats already have under way. into everything from the president's finances to possible abuse of power but tonight, republicans are insisting the mueller report should close this
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chapter. >> i think our friends on the othedesiill try to destroy their reputation because they don't like what they are hearing. you shouldn't buy that. >> reporter: barr is set to testify before congress in just two weeks and democrats want mueller to testify before may 23rd. they have promised subpoenas that for the unredacted report any day now, lester. >> kasie hunt, thank you. >> let bring in chuck todd, moderator of "meet the press." you've been going through the pages all day. what's the biggest take away? >> the headline is no collusion, no exoneration as the trump administration and bill barr set us up for three and a half weeks. when you read through, you see mueller found attempted obstruction and attempted conspiracy. on the obstruction, the president was essentially protected by a staff that refused to follow he his orders and on the conspiracy, basically a keystone cop's aspect of the trump campaign, they wanted to
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the right opportunity to do so. so this report gives a lot of ammunition to congress to keep investigating. >> hallie to you, what does the trump administration going to do to make sure it doesn't happen again? >> the department of homeland security for example is part of a push to shore up state and local election infrastructure and president trump signing an executive order last fall to threaten sanctions on those who do interfere and the national security agency attacked a russian troll farm. they say they don't have enough teeth to be effective. they say there is no leadership. they want to see president trump be tougher in the face of putin's denials since intelligence leaders repeatedly warned that russia and others are at it again come 2020. >> thanks to both of you. a lot to digest here. you can read the entire report at nbcnews.com. we'll turn to something now
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you need to know about whether you and your family are really protect from the spreading measles outbreak. man says he ge measles even though he thought he had been properly vaccinated. nbc's miguel almaguer has the story. >> i need you to hear my story. >> reporter: he posted his story on youtube hoping his message would spread faster than the meals view us he was inspected with. born in the '60s he was given a single-dose first generation vaccine believing he was immunized. when he thought he had the flu, neither he nor his doctor others in his detroit community were sick with the same symptoms. >> several of us had phenomena, bronchitis, hearing impairment, vision impairment that went on for two weeks. >> reporter: after he was diagnosed, freedman learned his childhood vaccine was not effective.
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if you're 62 or younger and only got one dose, you'll need another one know. if you were vaccinated between 1963 and '67 it may have been ineffective. any doubt, get vaccinated again. a booster shot won't harm you. children today who are getting two vaccines are safe. the bottom line is if you're not sure, you can't find your records and your parents don't know, it doesn't hurt to get a second vaccination. >> reporter: today the new york city health department closed four schools and threatened to fine three people for failing to comply with emergency vaccination orders. in california a new case at google as measles continue to spread at historic rates. now those who thought they were protected may need to think again. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> we're jdrres. going to see this and be worried. can you be under vaccinated? does it hurt to get another one just in case? >> lester, if you got two measles mmr vaccines as a child, you're protected for life.
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children now are safe from the measles. it doesn't wear off. if you're not sure you got two, it doesn't hurt to get a booster. >> those of us that had it as little kids, does it cover you? >> yes. severe storms rolling across the country from the great lakes to the gulf coast triggering tornado watches and the threat lasts right into the night. the storms pushing to the east expected to cause a travel mess tomorrow on this holiday weekend. check the travel plans. there is more ahead tonight. a man arrested with gas cans and lighters charged just days after the notre dame inferno. then our nbc news exclusive, new safety alerts coming to your uber app in the wake of a college student's murder.
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next tonight, investigators are still trying to determine what caused the devastating fire at notre dame. and here at home, ahead of the easter weekend, scares at two other cathedrals are bringing calls for tighter security.
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let's get more from nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: tonight, st. patrick's cathedral under stepped up security after a new jersey man allegedly walked in with all he would have needed to start a massive fire. >> over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something that we would have great concern over. >> reporter: 37-year-old mark lamparello a phd candidate and professor now charged with attempted arson, a trespassing. he s stopped by a cathedral security guard who notified nypd counter terrorism. >> his story was he was cutting through the cathedral and his car ran out of gas. we looked at the vehicle. i was not out of gas. he was taken into custody. >> reporter: he was also arrested earlier this week refusing to leave newark's iconic cathedral and before going to st. patrick's, booked a one-way ticket to rome. >> the places that are most
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sacred where people should be most safe and secure have been violated. >> reporter: tonight, police are saying they have found no link to terrorism or terrorist organizations but in light of recent events, some calling for stepped up security at places of worship into the holiday weekend. >> kristen dahlgren in new york, thank you. >> coming up, what uber is doing to protect you. new safety features announced after a college student's tragic death. ck now with our nbc n
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exclusive. uber's top security officer unveiling to us the new safety features coming to your phone app after the murder of a college student in south carolina. here is nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: university of south carolina student samantha josephson got into a car she thought she ordered from uber. it wasn't. the driver pretending to work for the ride share allegedly killed her. in the wake of that tragedy, the university and uber announcing a new partnership focused on safety.
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>> every time someone use as ride share service, they should stop before entering the vehicle and ask the driver plainly, what's my name? >> reporter: on uber's app, a is w these safety features work. you open up the app as you normally would and right away there is a reminder, a banner at the bottom that says check your ride every time. that means three things, the license plate, the car details and the picture of your driver. two more safety reminders before the car arrives. hi, who are you here to pick up? >> uber for stephanie. >> reporter: there are stories around the country for years about fake uber drivers. should uber been more proactive sooner? >> you'll never hear me say we did enough on safety. it the commitment of the entire company. >> reporter: the new safety measures come as uber is getting ready to go public. >> there is no question i think there is a bus imperative to
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making sure that we are being safe, but i do think one of the important north stars our company, it is a cultural norm, is to do something simple. >> reporter: the message is simple. check your ride, always. stephanie gosk, nbc news, san francisco. up next, he helped save a tracked soccer team and now he's the one thanking rescuers. we )r.
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a paddle boarder lost at sea near half moon bay. we have a crew at the beach. and a grandmother is accused of killing her three year old grandson. the tough spot investigators are in with the family. that )s next. right now at 6: a san jose hospital on lock down because o finally the hero fiver that needed saving himself months after he helped to free a trapped soccer team, kerry sanders has his dramatic rescue. >> reporter: after 27 hours, an unexpected celebration. that diver josh, one of the
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british divers that helped rescue the soccer team from thailand. this time the rescuer became the rescued. the crisis unfolding in gains borrow, tennessee. the water 55 degrees and so muddy he and four others couldn't see their hand in front of their faces. like a long belly of a snake, they inched under ground and he got separated and couldn't find his way out and with air tanks low, he found a void and surfaced and remained in the air pocket for more than a day. rescue diver ed sorenson brought him out. >> he was very calm. >> reporter: calm and saying this uneasy experience won't stop him from cave diving again. kerry sanders, nbc news, gainsboro, ten tennessee. >> what a remarkable rescue. they say it was his previous experience that helped save his own life. that's "nightly news" for this thursday. i'm lester holt.
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for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. n because of a man claiming to have a gun. hear from the nurse who police right now at 6:00, a san jose hospital on lockdown because of a man claiming to have a gun. tonight the nurse who police say is the real hero. plus. i'm scott budman a tech ipo. what it's like on the very first trade when all these people get rich. also a brawl at a kids' indoor playground, and what this video shows one of the teenagers doing that made matters even worse. the news at 6:00 starts right now. we begin with breaking news. the search for a missing teen in the waters near half moon bay, the coast guard, firefighters and chp all on site. we are live at poplar beach with
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the late-breaking details. >> reporter: unfortunately, we don't have good news. as we were arriving there were rescue crews already breaking down and leaving. we have been told unfortunately, this rescue effort has now turned into a recovery effort. we're told part of the issue that was hampering some of these rescue efforts was the fog. they did launch two helicopters to help, but unfortunately, they were not able to provide all that much help becausehe low fogthis afternoon, a few ho, san mateo deputies responded to the possible drowning of a 18 year old male resident. he fell off of his boogie board.

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