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breaking news tonight. a bombshell from the fbi director, 11 days to the election, the feds investigating newly discovered e-mails related to the hillary clinton private server case. found during a separate probe into sexting allegations against her top aide's husband, anthony we. coming in, donald trump seizing on a stunning turn of events. more breaking news. emergency at o'hare, an american airlines jet burst into flames on the runway, panic on board, smoke billowing from the plane as passengers race to escape with their lives. and baby powder and cancer. a jury awards a woman $70 million after she claimed it caused her ovarian cancer. did johnson & johnson fail to warn the public about a possible link? "nightly news" begins
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. with 11 days to go, the head of the fbi dropped a bomb in the race for president this afternoon. one that has the trump campaign celebrating and the clinton camp scratching its head. director james comey revealing that newly discovered e-mails have turned up that have fbi agents once again back on the trail of hillary private e-mail server. the source of the e-mails is the other big surprise here. nbc news has learned they didn't come from clinton's server, or even wikileaks, but rather they were found on a computer belonging to anthony weiner, the estranged husband of clinton's long-time aide huma abedin, and the target of a sexting investigation. for clinton, it's too soon to know the legal consequences, but the political fall-out may be immediate. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has late
saying its investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail server was over and recommending no charges, fbi director james comey said new e-mails have come to light. in a letter to congress, he said the e-mails surfaced in an unrelated case, and quote, appear to be pertinent to the investigation. he said the fbi cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant and that agents will now determine whether the e-mails contain classified information what the unrelated case is, but law enforcement officials say the e-mails were found on a laptop computer belonging to former congressman anthony weiner. his wife, huma abedin, was a top aide at the state department and is now one in the campaign. the fbi has been investigating whether wiener broke the law by sending sexually explicit photos and messages to an underage girl. officials say investigators discovered that abedin
examine those e-mails, said to be in the thousands. the official also said there's no indication so far that anyone was withholding evidence. fbi officials say comey sent the letter today out of an abundance of caution and that investigators have no idea whether the e-mails would change his conclusion in july about whether her use of a private e-mail server for classified information was a crime. >> our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> unless there's evidence that shows intent or withholding, it's hard to see there would be a different that were went by the same method. >> reporter: fbi officials insist tonight the case is not being re-opened. they say the case had not been formally closed, largely because of pending freedom of information act issues. >> comey said he felt obligated, though not legally required disclosing this new development after telling congress in july that the investigation of the private server was
is there a timetable as to whether they might have resolution? >> well, no, comey says in the letter he doesn't know. and officials have no idea whether the new e-mails contain classified information or not, and it's possible some may duplicate what the fbi has already seen, but there's absolutely no way it will be done by election day, lester. >> pete williams in our washington newsroom, thank you. as you can imagine, this stunning news sent both the clinton the clinton campaign now demanding the feds release more information to the public. donald trump down in the polls, pouncing on these new developments. we have it all covered starting with nbc's kristen welker. with the clinton campaign in iowa. kristen, what's the word there? >> lester, good evening. tonight, clinton campaign officials tell me they learned about the fbi's news -- decision from news reports. stunned, they quickly went into damage control mode. now they're calling on the fbi director to release a whole lot more information,
into republicans' hands. tonight the clinton campaign calling the fbi director's move extraordinary for its timing. >> it boggles the mind why this step was taken with just 11 day days to go. >> reporter: the political bombshell hitting before hillary clinton even landed for her first event in iowa. on the plane, the campaign touting its early voting numbers. >> that hillary coalition is turning out in record levels across the country. overall, we're seeing very high turn-out. >> reporter: but then moments later and in mid flight, news that months, her e-mails, was back. clinton slow to get off her campaign plane after huddling with staff for over 20 minutes and a photo shoot with photographer annie leeb vits. ignoring reporters' questions. in iowa she rallied her most dedicated supporters, women. >> we've got work to do. >> reporter: but no mention of the fbi's announcement. it's an issue her team thought she put behind her. >> i made a mistake
>> reporter: and it comes after a rocky week, days of headlines about hacked e-mails released by wikileaks, including a 2011 memo where a top aide to bill clinton describes what he called bill clinton inc. a strategy for securing millions of dollars in speaking and consulting fees for the former president from clinton foundation donors. clinton's team hoping to move that story off the front page with reports she was looking past election day, considering joe biden to be secretary of state. although biden tonight saying he's not interested. so could the fbi announcement be a voters reacting today in battleground florida. >> it is very, very concerning. we want to know all the facts. we have to find out what's going on. it's alarming. >> for weeks, james comey has been the clinton campaign's best friend. he gave hillary clinton a clean bill of health. now he's injected at the last minute, major uncertainty into this race. >> reporter: on a day where the clinton team appeared upbeat and optimistic at the start, tonight, more
big hurdle. kristen welker, nbc news, des moines. >> reporter: this is katy tur covering from the trump campaign. a reenergized donald trump took the stage in new hampshire this afternoon. >> the fbi have discovered new e-mails pertaining to the former secretary of state hillary clinton's investigation. >> reporter: after weeks down in the polls, today's fbi news came as a shot in the arm to trump's struggling campaign. >> this is bigger than watergate. >> reporter: trump, who has called the election rigged, the system corrupt and suddenly changed his tune. >> it might not be as rigged as i thought, right? right? >> reporter: the trump team hoping to regain momentum, long saying anthony weiner would prove to be a problem for hillary clinton. >> anthony weiner, who's a sleaze ball and a pervert. >> reporter: the gop nominee is welcoming the distraction from a slew of headlines questioning his commitment in the
contributed $30,000 to his campaign this month. trump's big cash promise, made as recently as this afternoon. >> i'll probably have over maybe close to or over $100 million of my money spent on the campaign. >> reporter: so far, falling short. now trump is saying he gave his campaign $10 million more. nbc news has learned from campaign sources this latest donation is intended for battleground state tv ads. someh with a renewed attack line. >> i don't know if it will change the race in his favor. it does, i think, put a pause to, you know, maybe some of the movement towards hillary clinton. >> reporter: i just spoke to a source close to the campaign who tells me donald trump didn't mention anthony weiner at his last event because we wants to keep the focus on this negative headline for hillary clinton for a change and not his reaction
into tonight. lester? >> katy tur, thanks. let's bring in our political director, moderator of "meet the press," chpolitical director moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. i know we're hours into this, but 11 days from the election. what are the potential political ramifications? >> well, you see it by watching the reaction in who jumped on this first. there wasn't a republican in washington, there wasn't a republican on the ballot, that didn't jump on this news in a hurry. and this week alone, i do think we may see this add to the republican candidates down the ballot, a closing argument, saying, hey, if it is a president hillary clinton, don't you want us to keep an eye on her? as for the presidential, i really think, if it has an impact, we got to know more information. what is it? and i have to say, i think i will be surprised if director comey thinks he can just let this sort of meatball hang out there for 11 days without providing more details. this is something that
voters. you heard partisans on both sides being upset, but you're throwing this out there without details, what does it mean? i got to think the fbi can't let this wait until after the election. >> chuck todd, i know you'll have a lot on "meet the press" on sunday. thank you very much. now to the emergency on the runway in chicago, an american airlines jet aborted takeoff and caught fire at o'hare has passengers rushed to escape as smoke and fire engulfed one side nbc ron mott is at o'hare with late details. >> reporter: panicked passengers rushing off a burning american airlines jet at o'hare today, single file, urging one another to go. >> go, go, go! >> we started to take off. we didn't get in the air, and the right -- seemed like the right side engine blew. >> reporter: video captured by one passenger recorded the frightening exit, some passengers tumbling down the exit.
plane they just escaped go up in flames. >> oh, my god! >> chicago american 383, we're evacuating. >> second, 383, roger, trucks are on the way. >> reporter: the chaos began as american 383 rolled down the runway, the airline said, headed for miami, when the right wing caught fire and partially collapsed. >> and we heard a loud pop, and then flames. >> reporter: officials say all 161 passengers and nine crew got off the plane safely as firefighters fought the flames on the other side of the character. seven passengers and one crew member suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. >> we were 30 seconds into the safety video about, do not grab your luggage in an emergency. probably seven or eight people that stopped and went overhead and grabbed their luggage, which made everybody start falling forward wp. >> reporter: a ground stop was ordered, bringing flight operations to a halt
o'hare. though flights began taking off about an hour later. the ntsb is sending investigators to o'hare to look into the incident. tonight they say it was an engine fire, the cause so far unknown. and developing news of yet another plane emergency, this time in ft. lauderdale, where a fedex dc-10 cargo jet caught fire after its landing gear collapsed. crews quickly covered the plane in foam putting out that fire. and with the national transportation safety board are looking into another scary plane incident involving republican nominee mike pence in new york. 48 people were on board. no one was injured, but there are a lot of questions about exactly how it happened. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: on the tarmac today, ntsb investigators were examining the mud-covered landing gear of the charter plane that carried governor mike pence. it was just before 8:00 p.m. on a rainy, windy night, when the
landing. suddenly, trouble. >> he says stop, stop. >> reporter: the plane was too far down the runway. >> we have an emergency in the airport. >> felt the plane fish tailing a little bit, then it slid sideways and when we saw the mud splash up on the windows up in the front of the aircraft. >> reporter: on board with pence, nbc news campaign embed vaughn hillyard. >> soon as the impact happened, you know, brace for impact, and we started to go and slide off. that's when we cameo >> reporter: the plane stopped 300 feet from a highway, thanks to the crushable concrete arrester beds at the end of the runway. so far the black boxes have revealed nothing about the plane's performance. the question, did the pilot land too far down the runway, or did he skid? were the wind and rain factors? >> in determining the point of touchdown will be key to this investigation. it's no secret that many airplanes landed ahead of this airplane
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with a massive $70 million verdict over a product millions have used for decades. it was handed down in a lawsuit that claimed johnson & johnson failed to warn the public about a possible link between its popular talcum baby powder, and cancer. now as our stephanie gosk explains, the company faces thousands more legal challenges. >> reporter: johnson's baby powder has been around since 1894. one of the country's most recognizable your life it's been a part of your life ?? >> reporter: for the fourth time, a jury has ruled that johnson & johnson failed to inform the public about a possible link between ovarian cancer and its signature product. awarding a california woman diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, $70 million in damages. >> it's been a long-fought battle. >> reporter: for decades she used the product for feminine hygiene. >> i hope that johnson
and take responsibility and post a warning on their product that says, this is not as safe as you may think it is. >> reporter: johnson & johnson says, in part, we deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. we will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science which supports the safety of johnson's baby powder. the american cancer society says scientific findings there is an increased risk, the overall increase is likely very small. johnson & johnson is appealing three decisions. but it's succeeded in having two cases in new jersey thrown out by a judge who ruled there's no reliable scientific evidence to support the claims. still, the fight is not over. >> this was a goal for me to help bring
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i have now seen director comey's letter to congress. we are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes. voting is already under way in our country. so the american people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately. the director himself has said he doesn't know whether the e-mails referenced in his letter are significant or not. i'm confident, whatever they conclusion reached in july. therefore, it's imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay. so i look forward to moving forward to focus on the important challenges facing the american people, winning on november 8th, and working with all americans to build a better future for our country. thank you. >> secretary clinton
tell nbc news, the newly discovered e-mails were found as part of an ongoing probe involving sexting allegations against former new york congressman anthony weiner, the estranged husband of clinton's top aide, huma abedin. investigators discovered wiener and abedin used the same laptop, and that laptop contained e-mail between abedin and hillary clinton. the fbi is now checking those messages to see if there were any classified e-mails exchanged on them. let's bring in nbc's kristen welker. what are you hearing from the clinton campaign, kristen? >> reporter: well, lester, i can tell you that they found out about the fbi's decision at the same time that we all did. and i asked secretary clinton about that today, i said, when did you learn about the fbi's decision? she said, from news reports, essentially. she got a number of questions during that press conference which was aimed at really turning around the headline from this bombshell october
has been ahead in most polls, she said she believes that voters' perceptions are already baked into the cake, and she put the focus back on early voting, which is why she is here in the battleground state of iowa. she was also asked if she had heard from the fbi. she said she has not. and she stressed what you just played, lester, that she believes any new inquiry will come up with the same result. ultimately, of course, fbi director james comey did say she was careless, but said bring any charges. as secretary clinton was leaving the room, i asked her if she thought this would sink her campaign, she laughed at that question. lester, she has had a strong couple of weeks and then some thorny questions this week, due to those wikileaks revelations. so this is yet another difficult headline. again, she, right now, still has a lead in most polls. the campaign hoping that this doesn't cause voters to decide to stay home or not vote for her.
chuck todd. is there a there there with what the fbi director put out, and does that make it more complicated? >> well, that's the question. there's rare agreement between hillary clinton and donald trump and there's rare agreement between democrats on the ballot and republicans on the ballot. they are all calling for comey to put out more information before the election. and one way or another, hillary clinton has said it, the trump campaign has said it, senators that are involved with this have asked for it. so i do think the weight of her words, added to the weight of all of these other -- i think the pressure is on director comey to bring forth more information before the election. this is, like i said, this is hanging out there 11 days before. voters have a right to know what exactly is going on. the last thing voters want to know is to find out after something they've cast their vote. >> all right, chuck todd, thank you. much more information all night much more information all night on nbc news.com and
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