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tonight Robert Muller breaks his two-year silence his first public comments on the Russia investigation Malheur giving answers to lingering mysteries contradicting the president and the Attorney General and reminding Congress whose job it is to hold the president accountable if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so tonight a flurry of new calls for impeachment proceedings Bob Muller was essentially referring impeachment to the United States Congress the pressure intensifying on the House speaker while the president says case closed also tonight more neighborhoods blown away by two straight weeks of tornadoes and violent storms now racing east a major threat from Texas to New York slow motion flood disaster unfolding from Louisiana to South Dakota Alex Trebek stunning news about his battle with pancreatic cancer the update from his doctors that Trebek calls kind of mind-boggling the price you pay in a big surprise about the nation's Airlines what they're getting right and wrong when it comes to customer satisfaction and which one's ranked best and what doctors say is the world's smallest baby ever born to survive she was just eight ounces at birth tonight how she's doing now this is NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt a good evening I'm Savannah Guthrie in for Lester and tonight for the first time in perhaps the last we have heard directly from the special counsel in the Russia investigation after nearly two years of work and official silence robert muller made a surprise appearance before the cameras this morning to underscore his findings and he made clear once and for all that he never considered charging donald trump with a crime because of Justice Department rules that forbid it reaction was swift a growing number of Democrats saying today it is time for Congress to act where the special prosecutor could not our team has it covered tonight including what's next as Congress and the White House stare each other down in a potential impeachment showdown will start with NBC's justice correspondent Pete Williams Savannah Robert Muller spent some of his time today summarizing his now-famous report but because it came from him in his own voice it was a dramatic end to his tenure as one of the most famous prosecutors in US history in the only public statement he has ever made about the investigation Robert Muller was clear he intended it to be his last I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner I am making that decision myself no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter he left little doubt he has no intention of testifying before Congress I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress most of Muller's nine-minute statement today he took no questions summarized his 448 page report but he removed one lingering mystery about the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice he said he and his team made a decision at the very beginning of their work that long-standing Justice Department policy would not allow indicted a president charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider but the Attorney General says he asked Muller in early March whether if not for that Justice Department policy the report would have found that the president committed a crime and he made it very clear several times that that was not his position that's no contradiction of Muller associate says because the policy prevented his team from even considering whether the evidence amounted to a crime we concluded that we would would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime Muller summary of his own investigation of any Trump campaign involvement with the Russians was more limited than the way it was explained by the Attorney General the special counsels report did not find any evidence that members of the Trump campaign or anyone associated with the campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government Muller today did not say that his team found no such evidence in that part of the report this volume includes a discussion of the Trump campaigns response to this activity as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy but in a statement unusual for any prosecutor Muller did not clear the president either if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so and he tellingly noted that the same Justice Department policy says the president can be impeached the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing and with that Robert Muller formally ended his role as Special Counsel Pete Williams NBC News at the Justice Department this is Peter Alexander at the White House after Robert Moeller suggested only Congress could formally accuse the president of wrongdoing tonight escalating pressure from Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings but no change from Nancy Pelosi the case has to be very compelling many constituents want to impeach the president but we want to do what is right and what gets results what gets results the House Speaker so far resisting calls for more than 40 of her colleagues but she may not be able to for long if it happens the impeachment process would begin in the House Judiciary Committee led by Jerry Nadler with respect to impeachment question at this point all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out that moment appearing more likely several 20 20 candidates among those pouncing on Mulder's remarks think it's a fair inference from what we heard in that press conference that Bob Muller was essentially referring impeachment to the United States Congress the message really is over to you Congress former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time saying impeachment may be unavoidable if this administration continues on his path and from Michigan's Justin Amash the only house Republican calling for impeachment the ball is in our court Congress tonight President Trump says nothing has changed tweeting there was insufficient evidence and therefore in our country a person is innocent adding the case is closed press secretary Sarah Sanders defending her boss if Bob Muller had determined that there was a crime he would have had a moral obligation to report it to put that into his report he didn't while the White House braces for the possibility of impeachment we're always prepared but I don't think the American people deserve that and tonight one of the president's close allies tells me despite the White House spin this was a bad day for President Trump that Muller essentially gave Democrats the green light to begin an impeachment inquiry Savannah all right Peter thanks and that brings us to our political director moderator of Meet the Press Chuck Todd and Chuck this really ratchets up the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on this issue of impeachment well it does especially since over the last 48 hours Savannah the member of Congress who's laid out the clearest case for impeachment was actually a Republican member of Congress the gentleman from Michigan Justin Amash and you have basically a longtime Republican political appointee and robert muller sounding like he created a report that was a referral to congress so i think because you have those folks out there look it's still a minority you'll know that things have really changed when speaker Pelosi actually calls for impeachment because for now she is speaking for a majority of her caucus but there's a reason she's changing her rhetoric the dams are about to break all right Chuck thank you very much and of all the things Bob Miller said today his choice of a final message was telling there were multiple systemic efforts to interfere in our election and that allegation deserves the attention of every American with that disturbing reality as the backdrop many states are racing to protect the next election including updating many antiquated and dilapidated voting machines here's Cynthia McFadden tonight this 90,000 square foot voting machine graveyard in Orange County California is testimony to the sorry state of the nation's voting infrastructure we are getting ready to scrap these when we replace the system voters Neal Kelley says the scrap heap of 16 year old equipment is what remains of the country's fifth largest voting system scheduled to be replaced for the 2020 election cycle we're holding it together with band-aid and hope well that's not very encouraging components are no longer being manufactured it's impossible to get some of these parts anymore in truth they don't really have a choice California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla has given all 58 counties in California a deadline get rid of your aging machines and modernize by next March or else what's the penalty for non-compliance not compliance is not an option we know the technology and the policies that will protect our elections the best secretary padilla tells us any County that doesn't comply or get an exemption will face legal action from the state NBC News reached out to all of the state's 58 jurisdictions most believe they'll make the deadline but at least 10 of them are requesting exemptions or protective extensions and many say they're worried about the expense Orange County plans to spend a whopping 18 to 20 million dollars we have done more to respond to hanging chads that we've done to respond to Vladimir Putin and the threats by Russian intelligence officials against our elections secretary padilla says is not just the russians he's concerned about its the voting machinery itself the rules in california are now among the toughest in the country no voting machine or tabulation device can be connected to the internet and all voting machines must produce a paper ballot as backup a paper ballot and a voter verified paper trail is not just an option it is critical for ensuring the security of our elections another critical element he says post election audits every County takes a percentage of the precincts after every election and does a manual tally again to verify the the accuracy of the results as well as the integrity of the results Padilla says the audits protect the system from fraud including critics often legitimate concerns about inadequately vetted manufacturers or possible manipulation of the electronic machines that still does not satisfy some who contend the best system is old-fashioned paper well one thing everyone can agree on is the nation's voting systems need a massive upgrade after all they are critical infrastructure just like the banking system and the electrical grid and the clock is ticking absolutely Cynthia thank you so much well it is a dangerous night ahead for some 85 million people from Texas to New york-new tornadoes touching down late today marking the fourteenth straight day of reported twisters and in the plains a historic flood disaster is unfolding right now we've got it covered for you we'll start with NBC's Gabe Gutierrez in Kansas Savannah good evening the family inside his home survived by huddling in the basement this is a powerful ef4 tornado with winds up to 170 miles an hour the National Weather Service says it was on the ground for a staggering 32 miles carving a path of destruction some but heavy rain and quite a bit of lightning the barrage of severe storms continues tonight pounding North Texas as Kansas recovers from an intense tornado this is the back of our house Deena Duff ins house is in pieces it's hard because 99% of the stuff is gone the violent storms overnight also sliced through the Northeast these homes in Pennsylvania shredded I've lived here for 71 years and I've never seen it this bad ever this is the longest stretch of severe weather since 2011 we've lost everything I had to go borrow clothes to clean up my house with tonight in Kansas shock and for some gratitude this can all go away it can all be replaced live camp Gabe Gutierrez NBC News Lynwood Kansas I'm Kristen Dahlgren in Sand Springs Oklahoma it's being called a slow-motion disaster parts of the Mississippi now seeing the longest-lasting flooding in almost a century outside Little Rock the Arkansas River topped two levees and is expected to rise four feet above its historic crest hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland are already underwater Braga's Oklahoma remains an island no way in or out except for evacuation missions by the National Guard what does it look like the rivers have completely exceeded their banks a lot of times you're just seeing roofs of houses in Sand Springs a Capri came back to check on his neighborhood we should not be able to kayak right over a fence into other people's yards for more inches of rain and he says he'll lose everything and tonight there are new evacuations amid fears one of the levees could breach that as the rains are expected to start back up again Savannah all right Kristin thank you let's bring in out Roker this seems to be relentless no let-up what's happening now well Savannah we've got severe weather in the Northeast right now it's or NATO watches and we've got severe thunderstorm watches also as you move back into the west from Texas all the way to Illinois tornado watches and severe thunderstorm watches we've got a severe threat tonight here in the Northeast nine states fifty-two million could have tornadoes and then we push to the west and you can see from Texas into Illinois eight states we're talking 33 million at risk and as we move into tomorrow look for eight states with again the risk of severe weather flooding a big problem from Texas all the way to the Northeast rain all rates up to 3 inches flooding is going to continue into the weekend Savannah all right now thank you and out of the danger at the top of the world tonight marks the 66th anniversary of the first time Mount Everest was ever summited and pressure is building tonight on Nepal to impose new restrictions on hikers after the 11 deaths on the peak this season NBC's Richard Engel is in Nepal for us the Nepalese government is now considering imposing new regulations including health checks and qualification standards for climbers who want to test themselves against Everest this after at least 11 climbers perished so far this year including three Americans Mountaineers blame overcrowding inexperience and greed in Kathmandu American Ben Jones has been leading expeditions up Everest for a long time the companies need to take responsibility for the climbers that they're bringing here making sure that they are properly vetted they have enough experience janbu sherpa told me it's the climbers who have lost respect for the mountain there are lots of climbers who doesn't want to take the box so so that they can say 381 permits were granted this year for those trying to reach the top but almost anyone can visit the mountain including actress Mandy Moore who reached base camp over the weekend higher up though dangerous log jams conform as climbers try to summit during a brief two-week window when the weather is just right most of the fatalities this year came on the way down with climbers dying from exhaustion dehydration heart attack stroke or simply running out of oxygen savanna alright Richard thank you tonight an amazing announcement from San Diego what doctors are calling the world's tiniest surviving baby just 8.6 ounces when she was born prematurely at 23 weeks well after five months in intensive care the little girl named Sadie is now healthy and she's headed home and we are so happy for her families just ahead the price you pay for summer travel by customer satisfaction with the Airlines is actually at an all-time high and Jeopardy's streebek sharing news about his cancer he calls mind-boggling stay with us in tonight's price you pay it is expected to be a record summer for air travel and a new survey says customer satisfaction is actually at an all-time high even on those low-cost carriers here's NBC's Tom Costello what do you hate about flying I think a Wi-Fi could be better it is uncomfortable they pack people in like sardines sitting in a really tighter plane for a long time that's no fun screening babies surprise a new JD Power survey suggests this may be the Golden Age of air travel customer satisfaction and its highest ever thanks to a combination of relatively low ticket prices newer planes and inflate technology Alaska Airlines Delta and American ranked highest among traditional Airlines JetBlue and Southwest time for the best low-cost carriers so the airlines are investing in people skills and teaching their people to be more friendly and be problem solvers and be more proactive and that's helping alleviate some of the stress of travel today giving customers a sense of control airline phone apps TSA PreCheck in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment yes checking is definitely easier I definitely want the Wi-Fi to be a lot better a happy distraction from the tight squeeze in a metal tube Tom Costello NBC News Washington coming up some good news from Alex Trebek and his fight against cancer we're back now with that encouraging health update from Alex Trebek the news from doctors that the Jeopardy host says is kind of mind-boggling here's Joe fryer for the man who wants answers in the form of a question what is a metal kettle that rhymes this is a positive response jeopardy host Alex Trebek updated People magazine on his aggressive treatment for pancreatic cancer it's kind of mind-boggling Trebek says the doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50% he had said according to doctors he's in near remission Trebek announced his diagnosis in March I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease the five-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer is less than 3% the 78 year old has continued to work while undergoing chemo thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support he tells people I've got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts I told the doctors this has to be more than just the chemo for Trebek that support is part of the answer you'll fire NBC News that's nightly news I'm Savannah Guthrie I'll see you tomorrow morning on today thanks for watching hey NBC News fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

  1. is this a crack baby that cost the tax payers millions to save? only to grow up half brain dead in an abusive environment? WHERE is mom for the cameras? hitting the pipe??

  2. Climate Change is a failed phony science scam (hoax) devised by progressive DEM environmentalist nut-jobs like Al Gore (An Inconvenient Truth) to discredit an almighty, sovereign God of the Bible as the Creator and sustainer of the universe; and to defraud US taxpayers of a massive amount of money and political empowerment? How much will it cost each US family, business and corporation to divert each hurricane, tornado, blizzard, flood and drought? Will there be a money-back guarantee? Who collects, manages and accounts for this massive amount of money to assure it isn't stolen, wasted and utilized to advance only one particular political ideology over all others?

  3. Mueller Conclusion: If you think Trump is guilty you're right; but if you think Trump is innocent you're right? This was a political not a legal conclusion? Innocent until proven guilty? Time to investigate the investigators whom sought primarily if not solely to overturn the 2016 election in which Trump soundly defeated Hillary in 45 of 50 states (306 electoral votes of 270 needed) and holding Hillary to only 5 states (222 electoral votes mostly from CA and NY)?

    Keep America Great! Vote Trump / Pence 2020!

  4. This isn’t the news this is all fodder to feed to the sheople! If you want the real news go

  5. Robert Mueller is the criminal, he sent innocent people to prison. Nancy Pelosi is is a turd with eyes. The people who need to go to jail are the Bush’s, Clinton’s and the Obama.

  6. tell the people voted for the Democrats what are they doing now just going after the president they're not looking out for you there they are not doing their job what a bunch of losers

  7. Hey NBC News why don't you do report on interstate cross-check and gerrymandering that's how Trump and Republicans are winning these elections but I guess your corporate sponsors won't allow you to do such a story

  8. Fake new. Stop ruining this country. Proof that the rapture is coming. Jesus is coming for his church. We are out of here. Time to repent. 7 Year tribulation starts…….

  9. PLEASE! DON'T GO BACK TO PAPER, It's the easiest to manipulate. Those who viewed this full 📼 know what I mean

  10. Congress is wasting our time with this BS.. People dont get impeached unless you get BJ's in the whotehouse like Clinton

  11. Mueller is a liar. The Russians hardly did anything. The Dem party computer & Hill's emails were downloaded onto a thumb drive and sent to Wikileaks. The whole Russian hacking is a lie.

  12. I wish I could have simply went into and stayed at the Norfolk Brig in Virginia. I can only tell you I'll probably end up in hospice real soon.

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