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>> amyman mohyeldin, thank you very much. craig melvin picks up the coverage now. >> good morning. i'm craig melvin in for stephanie ruhle on this thursday. this morning, an nbc news exclusive. intelligence officials say vladimir putin himself directed the dnc hack. why did he do it? as part of a personal vendetta against hillary clinton. donald trump reacting just moments ago. >> all in the family, the president-elect kids stirring up more controversy, sitting in on a meeting with those tech titans. and why wasn't twitter invited? plus, closing aurments starting this hour in the trial of dylann roof. it was another gut-wrenching day in court. one survivor forced to listen to this newly released 911 call she made during the shooting. >> oh, god, please help me. please help us lord. >> plus, the biggest hack ever. 1 billion, yes, billion yahoo!
accounts hacked. what you need to do right now to secure your information. we start with the bombshell report, top u.s. intelligence officials telling nbc news about russian president's role in trying to disrupt the presidential election. the officials have a, quote, high level of confidence in the intelligen intelligence. in other words, nearly incontrovertible. we're going to start with senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden with the exclusive details. >> this morning, nbc news has learned from senior intelligence officials that russian president vladimir putin was personally involved in the campaign to undermine the u.s. election. the officials tell us that new information derived from diplomatic sources and spies working for u.s. allies points directly to the russian president. with one high level official saying that putin's role was to direct how the hacked material from democrats was used.
his objectives, multifasedded. it began, one official says, as a vendetta against hillary clinton after the former secretary of state criticized russia's parliamentary elections back in 2011. >> we do have serious concerns about the conduct of the election. >> but trying to hurt clinton's presidential chances soon morphed into an effort to show corruption in american politics. attempting to split off key american allies, hoping to prove the u.s. is not a credible global leader. the stunning revelation comes after the cia's recent assessment that the russian government wanted to elect donald trump. a view that the fbi and other intelligence agencies don't fully endorse. and neither does the president-elect. >> there's great confusion. nobody really knows. >> trump calling the ci arsh's assessme assessment ridiculous. >> they have no idea if it's
russia or china or somebody sitting in a bed someplace. >> this morning, the russians seem to agree, telling richard engel, western media have gone beyond the reach of reason. now, with evidence against the russians mounting, the question is, will president obama respond before he leaves office? president obama has already ordered a full intelligence community review of foreign efforts to influence recent presidential elections. once the review is complete, intelligence officials will be ready to brief the congressional leadership. but the material is highly classified. and what if anything will be shared with the public is still unclear, craig. >> cynthia, fascinating report. the president-elect tweeting just a few moment ago, about 20 minutes ago, i believe we have it. if russia or some other entity was hacking, why did the white house wait so long to act? why did they only complain after hillary lost? does he have a point there, cynthia? >> i think he does.
i think another point that needs to be made, no intelligence assessment has been made that says that the russian campaign was successful. to the extent that they did or they did not want to see donald trump in the white house. clearly, our reporting suggests that that is certainly not how it began. it began as a vendetta against hillary clinton. an attempt to undermine the u.s. with our allies, and that whether, you know, there's an argument that if you heard hillary, you help whoever the republican nominee is, but it's clear to the intelligence community this did not begin that way. >> our senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden, a fascinating piece. we'll spend time with you next hour as well. thank you for that. i want to bring in richard engel, live on the phone. he's in moscow for us. richard, how is this reporting playing there, sir? what are they saying about all of this? >> well, officially, there's been very angry denials. we have spoken to a spokeswoman
for the foreign ministry who said this is beyond the scope of reason. that journalists are being manipulated, and that journalists have a responsibility not to allow themselves to be manipulated by power centers, intelligence agencies. putin's spokesman later dismissed the claim as ridiculous. it's getting a lot of attention on the state media as well. but effectively, it's being lampooned and that the same message that we have heard from russia consistently about allegations that it was putting its hand on the scales of the u.s. election to favor donald trump. >> richard, this idea that vladimir putin has a vendetta against hillary clinton or had a vendetta against hillary clinton, why would he have that vendetta? why would he not like her? >> well, i think it goes back to that point that cynthia mcfadden just mentioned. back in 2011, 2012, there were
serious protests on the streets here in moscow. you have to remember the environment. the environment was the arab spring. there were protests spreading all croesus the world. the first time people were waking up to the power of social media, to mobilize crowds. and it rattled the kremlin. and there was a belief by putin that hillary clinton at the time as secretary of state was if not orchestrating it, was deeply involved and supporting it. i think from then on, there has been a lot of animosity directed at her, and then i'm actually with some russians right now, some pro-kremlin youth group, and people here say that they have very negative opinions toward hillary clinton because of her comments that she made during the debate talking about russia as an adversary and they're much more favorable or hopeful about what the new administration will bring. >> our chief foreign
correspondent ritual ich richarl on the phone. >> evan mcmullin was a presidential candidate this year and also served in the yia as an operations officer for more than a decade. thanks for being with me. the cia, as you know, has concluded that russia wanted to help elect trump. but does it seem now that this was more about hurting clinton and hurting america in general, and that maybe donald trump was just the beneficiary? >> i think we're naive to believe that he was just a beneficiary. for about a year or more, rt america, the kremlin's cable channel in america, has been promoting donald trump while undermining america's trust in their democratic institutions. the kremlin also has relationships with the alt-right and the white supremacist movement in the united states. there have been a range of other activities, the hagging, of course, that we're talking about now. but there's been a suite of efforts coming from the kremlin to influence our election. all of it has been pro-trump and
then some of it, the hacks especially, against hillary clinton. look, it is clear that russia's undermined our elections. yes, we don't know if they were successful in tipping the election one way or another, we will never know that. but in fact, that's not the only point. the bigger point is that we have a foreign adversary attacking our democracy and our president-elect is welcoming it and wants to make our relations closer with that adversary, even as it attacks our democracy. so we need to think about the investigation that's happening in congress, that's good. but that's backward looking. we need to think about the future. the fact that donald trump wants to align our country with an adversary that's attacking our democracy should be very concerning. do we think those attacks are going to be less if donald trump is lowering our defenses to this country? to russia? no, the attacks will not be less.
we have a growing threat of russia's interference in our democracy, and we should all be very concerned about it. >> it sounds as if you're saying there's little question that the president-elect himself knew about the extent of putin's involvement before the election. is that what you're saying? >> no, i haven't said that. i don't know what he was aware of officially or not. i would have no idea. but it should be obvious to all of us, and i know many people are not used to seeing this sort of thing, but coming from the intelligence world, if you work in intelligence, you understand this very clearly. you see it very clearly. donald trump, given that he benefitted from it, or stood to benefit from it, i think probably saw it clearly, too. there are few things donald trump was consistent about in the race. maybe only one thing. that thing was his admiration for vladimir putin and russia. that was the only thing that i can think of, the only major
thing he was consistent on other than his love for himself. so it stands to reason that he understood that he somehow benefitted in some way from that relationship that he and his staffers had with russia. >> looking more deeply here, in our reporting, quote, intelligence officials say the u.s. has solid information tying putin to the operation. their use of the term "high confidence" that language there, as a former cia guy, what kind of evidence would you have to have to tag it with high confidence? >> it means that the source information that you're basing the assessment on is highly reliable. it's coming from a source that you have probably a long period of experience with. a source that has been reliable in the past. a source that is well understood whether it be a human source or an electronic source. that's what it means.
but i'll tell you that we shouldn't need this kind of intelligence reporting to tell us that vladimir putin would be leading this effort. this wasn't sort of a one-off rogue operation. i mean, there were, again, this was a multi-facetted operation that includes everything from rt america's promotion of donald trump here in the united states, the hacks, the relationship with the alt-right and the white supremacist movement in the united states, positive statements by putin about donald trump. threats by some of -- by putin's positive comments from putin about donald trump. comments from some of putin's advisers that electing hillary clinton would result in the third world war, a nuclear war. all of these things have an impact. i know because when i was running, people would approach me and say if hillary clinton is elected, will there be nuclear war with russia? it did weigh on the minds of some people.
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the chance to evacuate that city. just last hour, we got this video in, showing people loading onto buses. you can see it, just moments ago there in aleppo. the buses set to leave the city, according to the international red cross, 13 ambulances, 20 buses, have already crossed the front line. they are headed into western aleppo. rural aleppo. matt bradley following all of this for us from london. what else can you tell us about what's happening on the ground in aleppo? >> thanks, craig. as you mentioned, there latest is the evacuation of civilians finally. it's finally beginning. this is also as you mentioned a very hard one, very delicate cessation of hostilities. if you remember from yesterday, there had been a deal late on tuesday evening to get noncombatants out of the city. that deal was delayed on wednesday morning and finally scrapped. leaving what's thought to be tens of thousands of people trapped in besieged aleppo. what you're seeing now live is
footage of a new deal that's emerged just this morning very early. those people are leaving under a new deal, and it includes something of a quid pro quo. the civilians that were blockaded into pro-government villages in idlib north of aleppo will also be evacuated, and this was at the insistence of iran. the russian ministry of defense said this morning that the first convoy of buses carrying some 5,000erab5 tho5,000 rebel fighters and the families had left the previously rebel-held neighborhoods of aleppo. most will be taken to idlib, a rebel-held province in northern syria. >> matt bradley, thank you. >> back here, closing arguments beginning shortly in the trial of dylann roof. roof has confessed to killing nine black people in a mass shooting at a historic south carolina church. that churchl in charleston, south carolina. emanuel ame. on wednesday, defense attorneys rested their case without
calling a single witness. before that, prosecutors ended their case with the emotional testimony of one of the survivors. her name is polly sheppard. she told jurors she hid under a table while that shooting was going on. nbc's gabe gutierrez remains on duty for us in charleston. gabe, hearing that 911 call, it sent chills down by spine yesterday. polly sheppard saying roof spared her life so that she could tell the world what happened inside that church. >> reporter: yeah, craig. that's right. incredibly chilling to sit there in that courtroom and listen to polly sheppard's testimony. known to many as ms. polly, she was incredibly graceful, as she walked up to the witness stand, and her testimony was simply incredible. she told just a gripping tale of what unfolded inside that bible study that she and her friends had welcomed dylann roof into
that bible study and that he opened fire while they were praying. she laid out the story in chilling detail, and i want to play for you part of the 911 call that was played in court for the first time publicly. this is the beginning of that call. take a listen. >> please answer, oh, god. >> 911. what's the address of the emergency? >> emanuel church. there's people shot down here. please send somebody down here. >> emanuel church. >> emanuel church ame. >> there's people shot? >> they shot the pastor, all the men in the church. please come right away. >> now, craig, you were here from the very beginning covering this story. we all know the horror that unfolded. but to hear that, to hear those moment in realtime, she at that point was -- she didn't know what was going to happen next. she did not know if dylann roof would come back. she heard him reloading. she told the dispatcher.
and was just simply chilling to hear that all unfold in that 911 call. now, that was the prosecution's last witness. the defense attorney instead of cross-examining her, walked up to the witness stand and said i'm so sorry. i have no questions. so the defense, we should point out, craig, they have not disputed the facts of the case as you bow. they have offered repeatedly to plead guilty in exchange for the death penalty taken off the table. the prosecution has refused every single time. closing arguments, again, expected to begin in just a few minutes. we expect the jury could have this case around the noon hour. and then they will consider 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, and we also spoke with a family members of one of the victims. the brother of cynthia herd, and he said that it was important to listen to that 911 call, as disturbing as it was, because he said it was important to put racism and hatred on trial. in this case. craig. >> my goodness.
gabe gutierrez, thank you so much for your reporting there from charleston this morning. the biggest hack ever. chanceerize you're affected. 1 billion yahoo! aebltccounts h been compromised. what you need to do right now. >> also, the biggest names in tech meeting the president-elect at trump tower. a total of $3 trillion were seated at that table. the big question this morning, why were trump's children also there? their appearance reigniting the debate about conflicts of interest.
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what are they saying they found? >> what they're saying, this is an investigation that has been ongoing for several months, after they repocovered the bodi. they have been able to trace explosives on some of the human remains. they haven't identified what the nature of the explosives are. what this gives us, and although the investigative committee which is the central authority investigating this right now, hasn't come out and said this is definitely a bomb, but they're saying explosive residue suggests that it could have been a bomb. that is one of the theories they had been looking into for the past several months. this is a significant development because there were reports early on that there was smoke detected in the plane. there was some belief that it may have been a fire that was accidentally started onboard. the fact they're coming out and saying they have found explosive residue sends the investigation into a slightly different direction. >> to be clear, no group ever claimed responsibility.
up until now, we essentially had no idea what had happened. >> that's is something that is in itself interesting. if you recall the russian metro jet flight that took off from egypt in october, about eight months earlier, there was a claim of responsibility for that. groups came out and said they were able to smuggle a coke can on the plane with some explosives and able to this this down. this one never had a credible claim of responsibility behind it. so it left investigators and a lot of international terrorism experts puzzled because if there was a genuine explosive on there, there would have been an attempt to claim responsibility. in this case, we haven't heard that. this statement is coming out from egyptian officials, it sends the investigation into a different direction. >> ayman mohyeldin with breaking news. ayman, you spent a great deal of time in egypt, so -- >> absolutely. >> thanks for that. we'll continue to follow this story. coming up next, more on that exclusive reporting. vladimir putin himself directing the hack of the dnc.
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good thursday to you. i'm craig melvin in for stephanie ruhle. time for your morning primer, everything you need to know to start your day. we start with the latest in the humanitarian disaster in syria. a tenuous cease-fire appears to be holding right now, as wounded citizens have been boarding buses to begin evacuating aleppo. some video in just a short time ago. 50,000 people are still believed to be trapped inside that decimated city. >> sanctions on iran have been renewed, despite president obama's refusal to sign the bill. the white house had said the iran sanctions act was unnecessary when the senate passed it, but president obama had said he would sign it before this last-minute reversal. >> a new report claims that recent satellite images appear to show china has installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile
weapons on all seven of its new manmade islands in the south china sea. >> and the rnc has a new chair. president-elect trump announcing michigan gop chairman rona romney mcdaniel will be his choice to head up the republican national committee. she's mitt romney's niece. >> tonight is opening night for star wars rogue one. people have been doing what they do for these kinds of movies, lining up for days to be the first to see the latest installment from the star wars universe. the spin-off film getting mostly positive reviews. it is expected to gross well over $150 million this weekend alone. back to the big news of the morning, nbc news has been told by top intelligence officials that russian president vladimir putin led the covert effort to interfere in the presidential election himself. peter alexander live outside trump tower. what is the trump camp saying
about all this? >> reporter: not so much from the trump transition team, but donald trump tweeted in the last hour. he wrote the following, he said, if russia or some other entity was hacking, why did the white house wait so long to act? why did they only complain after hillary lost? in fact, as a point of fa, the white house and others have been overtabout this. public for many weeks now, dating back at least to october 7th when the director of national intelligence and the department of homeland security made it clear they believed that senior government officials within russia were responsible for these hacks. josh earnest, the press secretary at the white house, talked about this very topic in october as well. and marco rubio, as you'll remember, even said the intelligence shows that foreign governments are behind this. basically said he wasn't going to touch it for campaign purposes and recommended others not do thal either. this comes as donald trump said over the course of the last week he believed the reports
initially from "the washington post" that this was done with an intention by russian hackers to tip the scales of the election to trump. he said it was ridiculous, just another excuse. the bottom line right now is that donald trump remains defy ntd on an issue that has dogged him for some time now. most notably, recently as he hired or picked for his secretary of state rex tillerson, a man who has his own close ties to vladimir putin. >> let's talk about the meeting yesterday, a number of silicon valley ceos, along with three of donald trump's children as well. what was the tone of that meeting? and how has the trump transition team justified having donald trump's children in the room once again? >> well, the bottom line is we know very little about exactly what was talked about in the meeting. the conversation was likely to focus on immigration, jobs, and privacy concerns, about customers' data. what was striking and raising new concerns today on this, the day that donald trump initially
said he would be announcing how he planned to separate himself from his business interests was the fact that in the room of 25 individuals, five of them were members of his family, his own three adult children, jared kushner, and trump himself. trump about the business interests also tweeted on that topic today. he wrote, the media tries so hard to make my move to the white house as it pertained to my business so complex -- when it actually isn't. when we speak to transition officials, they say the announcement scheduled for today is delayed is because it's such a complex issue that they're still trying to get clarity on. >> peter alexander, thanks, as always. let's bring in daily beast columnist jonathan alter, and "time" columnist elise jordan. good to see both of you. thank you for being with me. i want to start with you, jonathan. we heard top of the hour here,
this idea that vladimir putin has a personal vendetta, had a personal vendetta against hillary clinton. why would that be? why would he not like her so much? >> well, he believed that she was involved when she was secretary of state in prompting demonstrations in moscow, that he found very unsettling. he's known her for a long time. and she's been a bit of a hard liner on relations with russia. so we have known formany months that russia favored trump. they did it through rt, their television network that airs in parts of the united states and in other ways. this is no surprise. what's unusual about this nbc news story is we have now a direct connection between putin himself, not just russian sources who are doing this. so this is an attack on the united states. it should be viewed as an attack. i believe as we get into the hearings and all the investigations, to come, and this story is not going away, we're going to learn that this
was the most serious effort to intervene in an american election in the history of our country. >> at least one of the thing s troubling to a lot of folks, despite 17 intelligence agencies saying here's what happened, the president-elect is saying, no, i don't buy it. is this something that is going to dog president trump forty-four years? >> absolutely. and donald trump hates questions about this because it questioned his legitimacy. that's why he's fighting this so hard, just on the base level. he would be smarter just to say this is a national security issue and we're going to protect and defend ourselves against any threats to american sovereignty. he can't do that, though. what is interesting is if you remember at his last press condprnls he gave back in july, he said specifically, he asked for russia to hack hillary clinton. so if they did, it's actually following through on something that he had requested that later he said, oh, you know, not take him seriously.
>> right. that last news conference, literally, 140 days ago. you mentioned the last news conference. he talked about it a fair amount on the campaign trail. here's just a bit of a sound mash-up, if you will, of him talking about the hacking. take a listen. >> hillary clinton was sending highly classified information through her maid. this just came out. wikileaks. you know, they said about hillary, she's got bad instincts. you know who said that? podesta. you didn't know there was a thing called wikileaks. >> i love reading the wikileaks. >> wikileaks, wikileaks. >> he's using the fruits of an espionage operation, an attack on the united states, to score political points against hillary clinton. craig, there are so many strands of this that will be investigated for the next four years. this is not just a passing news story. it does remind me of watergate. i'm not saying it's going to lead to trump's impeachment. i don't know how much trump knew about this in advance.
i'm not suggesting that. but in terms of the strands of this, in terms of the shadow that this will cast on the trump presidency, it is very much like waterigate, which was about the 1972 election and then the next three years until nixon's resignation, were all dominated by that. >> to be clear, this is not right now at least, this is not a partisan issue. you have the senior senator from south carolina, lindsey graham, the senior senator from arizona, john mccain, other prominent republicans as well saying there may be more to this than meets the eye. let's pivot. i want to talk about the news conference. we were supposed to hear from him today about his business entanglements, if you will. that did not happen. peter alexander reporting it's because aait's so complex, they need time to figure it out. here's what kellyanne conway said about it on "morning joe." >> getting this right before you announce it is what's important. that's what i have been told by the legal experts and protocol experts, to make sure the structure put in place shows the
complete separation so donald trump himself as the president of the united states, steve, can focus 100% on being the president of the united states. >> she's a little off message from her principle who tweets out that the media's the problem, making this complex. he really -- they have to decide which path they're choosing. you know, trump surrogates can say, oh, it's so complicated, but if the boss isn't in line with that message, it really falls flat. >> and it is comicated. he can present it's not, but if you have global business holdings, especially a lot of them, according to his own son, involve russian investments, you have these two stories kind of coming together. and he has never released his taxes so we don't know yet. >> you think he ever will? >> no. i am highly doubtful that he will, but there is subpoena power. a lot of ways to get at what trump's russian connections are. and we'll find them in the next few years. >> i tell you what would also be helpful? a news conference.
>> supposed to be one today and there's not going to be. i love how he doesn't have time for a news conference, but he does have time to meet with kanye. plenty of time for that. >> and a host of other people as well. >> important people. >> elise, always good to see you. mr. alter, always good to have you as well. one more note. a trump supporter and a protester he sucker punched at a trump rally, they made peace in court on wednesday. this was that punch in fayetteville, north carolina. you remember that. this was at a rally back in march. 79-year-old john franklin, the fellow in that cowboy hat, john franklin mccraw, he hit ruchemojones as he was being escorted out for disrupting the rally. in court, the two made nice. >> you know what you did and i know i did. i'm not going to say you're right or i'm right. it's between two men. we're caught up in a political
debate. you and me, we have to heal our country. >> thank you, man. >> how about that? mcgraw pled no content to misdemeanor charges of assault and battery. he received a 30-day suspended sentence and 12 months of unsupervised probation. >> a brutal deep freeze set to ice out 50 million americans. take a look at this. well, that's not the deep freeze. that was reince priebus and donald trump there. but trust me, there's a deep freeze coming. we'll tell you about it right after this. there is no typical day.
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crash into a parked truck, prompting a chain reaction crash. luckily, no children on the bus or the driver were seriously injured in the crash. ron mott is in chicago for us where the problem is not snow but it is the bone-chilling cold. how cold is it? hocold does it feel, my man? >> reporter: hey, craig. good morning. it's cold out here. it's almost an understatement to say it's bitterly cold. it's awful. it's raw, nasty, and it's especially on the skin, you can see it on our screen. 2 degrees in chicago this morning, with the windchill down into the mid-teens, 15, 16 degrees below zero. we have the sun up, so it's warming the heart but not much else. up to about 10 today and then snow coming tomorrow afternoon to come along with the cold. it's going to get really cold saturday into sunday, and you can see soldier field. the bears are hosting the packers on sunday. those folks with tickets might want to reconsider the game.
the forecast high for sunday, the forecast high temperature, 1 degree below zero. if the forecast holds, it will be the coldest kickoff here at soldier field since the bears started keeping track back in 1963. it's going to be a tough football game for the bears. not a great season for them, and especially for those fans in the stands because you can't quite build a fire there in the stands. craig, send it back to you. >> there is nowhere near good enough to justify sitting in soldier field in temperatures like that. >> you said that, not me. >> that's right. now everybody from chicago will send me a note. good call, ron. bill karins now. >> just the opposite. you want to be at that game. >> do you? do you want to be there? >> you can be part of history. one of the top ten coldest nfl games other. >> i would like to be part of other history. where else is it going to be cold? how long is it going to last? >> the dangerous of stuff is now arriving in new england. snow squalls and as we go throughout the night, the winds are going to howl. tomorrow at noon, the noon hour, boston, negative 16 windchill.
new york city at zero. that's not dangerous where you're going to quickly get frost bit, butcolder than we have experienced. ron is mentioning the next cold shot behind this one looks even worse. this will be centered over the northern plains into the midwest. bismarck down to negative 34. billings, nothingative 36. then sunday, we were mentioning the kickoff at zero degree temperatures. windchill, negative 19 for that game against green bay. then we're going to push the cold air through the great lakes into areas of monday. here we go again, tracking one cold blast after another. in between, we have snow. heavy lake effect snow continues. we had a lot this morning around cleveland. in the this storm in the west is going coast to coast and it's going to be a snow storm across the country. 3 to 6 inches, almost a foot in wisconsin, michigan, and portions of western new york. this is winter. >> oh, man. it is. it is. i think we had gotten spoiled
because it had been nice. >> a nice november. >> in large swaths of the country for so long. thanks. coming up here, the mistrial bombshell. dahlia dipolito trying to hire a hitman. why couldn't the jury convict? she's speaking out. you're going to want to hear what she has to say. t airline. wait...is this where you typically shop? you should be getting double miles on every purchase! switch...to the capital one venture card. with venture, you earn unlimited double miles on every purchase, everywhere, every day. not just ...(dismissively) airline purchases. seriously... double miles... everywhere. what's in your wallet?
prosecutors will retry a florida woman a third time after a mistrial declared in her murder for hire case. in 2011, dalia dippolito accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband. that conviction later overturned. dippolito telling dateline nbc this has all been a witch hunt. >> no one has seen what's taken place before that. it's he said, she said. all of these scenarios and
putting me in these situations that look horrible. >> joined now by attorney. talking to an undercover officer about hiring someone to kill her husband. take a listen to when she's asked. this is when she's asked to go through with it. >> i'm positive. like 5,000% sure. >> positive. you got it. and then a fake crime scene and told her her husband was dead. >> i'm sorry to tell you, he's been killed. >> no, no. >> how could there be a mistrial? she's on tape. i'm positive i want to do it. >> this seems to be the month of mistrials. we just learned there was a mistrial in the michael slager case with the shooting death of walter scott, but what i think is most interesting about this case is it's so 2016.
you have this reality show involved. you have the cop show involved and then to stage a fake crime scene, i think, is something her defense attorneys sort of honed in on and focused on in terms of trying to tell the jury, you know what? this was a set-up. this was elaborate. they questioned the investigation that the police did and three out of the six jurors bought it. >> it surprised me. did it surprise you? >> yes, since she was convicted the first time. those six yejurors came back within a conviction with three hours and this jury, you have another six people. it took them over 2 or 3 days, 9 hours and they came back with the hung jury. typically, a judge will declare a mistrial when they believe it's fundamental. >> should the state spend the money to retry her again? >> i think they should. the state's job here is justice.
and justice is going after someone who attempted to kill someone. i believe she gave a deposit of $1200 to get it done. i think that the prosecutors owe the people of the state of florida, they owe the people in that county to pursue this. this is what justice means. >> it sounds like you think if they hadn't created that fake crime scene or put the show or the entire thing on the show "cops," that perhaps there would have been a conviction the second time around. >> it was over the top. and all you need to do is throw shade into the mix and let the jurors start thinking about, well, wait a minute, this is a little bit too much. and start to question the investigation and the methods that the police officers underwent in order to try to build their case against her. >> thank you for coming by. thank you for that perspective. and again, "dateline" will have much more on the mistrial with
dalia dippolito. 9 eastern, 8:00 central on nbc. a consumer alert right now. the biggest hack ever has hit one of the most popular e-mail services in this country. more than 1 billion accounts, that's billion with a "b" have been compromised. that's equal to roughly one seventh of the world's population could account for every current active member's accounts. e-mails, birthdays, passwords, security questions, answers to those questions, all of them stolen during a breach. if you have a yahoo account, if you're concerned or if you got an e-mail like this one, like the one i got, you should change your password immediately. coming up, we'll have much, much more on that hack and also much more on nbc's exclusive reporting about vladimir putin's direct involvement in russia's hacking of the dnc. top democrat on the senate
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deciding today whether confessed killer dylann roof is considered guilty of a federal hate crime but we start with that bombshell election revelation. u.s. intelligence officials say they now believe with a high level of confidence that russian president vladimir putin was personally involved in a covert campaign to interfere with our presidential race, even directing how hacked material from democrats was leaked and used. this hacked information was used aggressively by donald trump in the final week on the campaign trail. >> did you see where on wikileaks, there was announced they were paying protesters to be violent? $1,500. did you see another one that came in today? this wikileaks is like a treasure-trove. >> we start with nbc news senior investigative and legal correspondent cynthia mcfadden.