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allegations. the reaction tonight devastating new images of that russian attack on a shopping mall in ukraine as the u.s. announces a new show of force in europe hundreds of flights canceled, thousands since the start of the week. the new warning tonight from airlines ahead of the busy holiday weekend. plus the massive fire engulfing a camp dining hall. and a terrifying moment inside yellowstone, a bison attacking a visitor. his condition tonight. and finally a salute to a world war ii hero who showed us the meaning of courage. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everyone she captured the nation's attention with her recounting of what she said she saw and heard from within president trump's inner circle on january 6th. tonight some of the accounts of former white house staffer cassidy hutchinson are being disputed including what happened inside the
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presidential suv when then-president trump angrily demanded to be taken to the capitol where crowds were gathering. tonight her attorneys writing on her behalf, ms. hutchinson stands by all the testimony she provided yesterday. and this evening hutchinson's testimony about senior trump staffers expressing fears that they might end in violence has the january 6th committee looking to speak to a new potential key witness. the then white house counsel who according to hutchinson warned, we're going to get charged with every crime imaginable if we make that movement happen peter alexander now with late details. >> reporter: first cassidy hutchinson's explosive testimony, now the fallout. the committee tonight issuing a subpoena for former white house counsel pa cipollone after hutchinson detailed cipollone's effort to reject mr. trump's original plan to join hi supporters as they converged on the capitol. >> mr. cipollone said somethin to the effect of
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please make sure we don't go up to capitol, cassidy keep in touch with me, we're going to get charged with every crime imaginable if we make that movement happen >> reporter: hutchinson, 25-year-old former aide to chief of staff mark meadows also testified she heard mr. trump demand armed supporters be allowed through security ahead of his january 6th speech >> i overheard the president say something to the effect of i don't care if they have weapons, they're not here to hurt me. >> reporter: mr. trump denies that claim. and tonight other portions o hutchinson's sworn testimony are being disputed like when she said deputy chief of staff tony ornat told her mr. trump got physical with the lead secret service agent, bobby engel, inside the presidential suv >> mr. engel grabbed his arm, said, sir, you need to take your hand off the steerin wheel, we're going back to the west wing. we're not going to the capitol. mr. trump then used his free hand to lunge towards bobby engel. >> reporter: but now a source close to the
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secret service and ornato tells nbc new mr. trump never grabbed the steering wheel and never assaulted engel. and that ornato never told hutchinson those events occurred, but they don't deny mr. trump was furious and wanted to go to the capitol. the secret service says engel and ornato remain close to mr. trump. it says its agents are available to testify under oath also tonight, mark meadows is disputing hutchinson's account that he asked for a pardon meadows is declining to cooperate with the committee citing executive privilege. and former white house lawyer eric herschmann is challenging hutchinson's testimony that she wrote this note with wording from mr. trump to condemn the violence >> that's your handwriting, ms. hutchinson >> that's my handwriting. >> reporter: but herschmann's spokesman said herschmann wrot the note top republicans tonight are slamming hutchinson's testimony. >> it looks like one more day of salacious headlines. this is why pelosi set this up to keep going after trump not to get facts. >> reporter: but committee democrats
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are dismissing any criticism. >> nobody is challenging the central material facts of her testimony that donald trump and mark meadows were perfectly aware that there were armed people in the crowd, which he then aimed like a missile at the u.s. capitol. late tonight hutchinson's lawyers saying she stands by all the testimony she provided yesterday under oath >> now, peter, there's word about whether the wife of supreme court justice clarence thomas will be asked to testify >> reporter: yes, lester, ginni thomas is a conservative activist who sent text messages to mark meadows, pushing the whit house to overtur the election results tonight in a letter obtained by nbc news thomas' lawyer says he has not seen any reason for her to testify and that the committee he says needs a better justification why it's relevant lester >> peter alexander starting us off, thank you. five days after the supreme court overturned roe v. wade the country is now caught in a confusing patchwork of abortion laws and challenges
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with many patients and providers alike wondering what they should do. anne thompson now with the latest >> reporter: the battle over kentucky's abortion trigger law moving to a courtroom today. >> your honor, there is a real vagueness problem here with the trigger ban. >> reporter: kentucky one of 12 states where the future of abortion services is now in court, causing confusion for patients, doctors, and lawmakers alike. >> i don't think it could get more confusing. >> reporter: dr. gabrielle goodrick leads arizona's camelback family planning clinic performing abortions until friday now its website says it's temporarily suspended elective abortions, unsure what's legal >> so none of us want to get involved in a lawsuit or get arrested >> reporter: if you went ahead and provided abortion services, what's at risk >> i think being arrested, charged with a felony, losing your medical license. >> reporter: there are two abortion laws on arizona's books, one
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signed this march which bans abortion after 15 weeks but does not repeal the second more restrictive law. that one enacted when arizona was just a territory bans all abortions unless the mother's life is in danger >> with the overturning of roe v. wade abortion should now be illegal in arizona. >> reporter: abortion rights opponents argue for the older law. in effect, does arizona have two laws on abortion >> arizona does not have two laws on abortion it has one law that prohibits abortion except to save the life of the mother it's not confusing >> reporter: but a county judge blocked that ban in 1973 leaving some to wonder where that law stands. and now the confusion expanding to emergency contraception. a missouri health system stopped providing emergency contraception after that state banned abortion st. luke's healt system concerned its clinicians could be in legal jeopardy tonight it reversed course, providing the
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pills again but saying the ambiguity of the law continues to cause grave concern. >> so, anne, when do we see some clarity here >> that's the big question, lester we asked that question to the arizona attorney general's office and it told me it is preparing a legal brief to be filed in federal court about the state's laws next week. perhaps that will give us some answers. also in kentucky we could get a ruling as soon as tomorrow on whether or not there will be a temporary hold on that state's trigger law. it is very confusing >> it sure is. anne, thank you for that he was one of the biggest names in pop music but today in new york r. kelly was sentenced to decades in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking going back decades. ron allen with late details now. >> reporter: disgraced music superstar r. kelly now likely to spend the rest of his life in prison, sentenced to 30 years, convicted of luring young women and girls into his orbit and sexually abusing and exploiting them.
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judge ann donnelly saying kelly left a trail of broken lives in his wake, he raped them, beat them, separated them from their families, saddled them with an incurable sexually transmitted disease. >> 30 years did he do this and 30 years is what he got. >> i thank all of yo all that have stood in support of us for so long >> reporter: earlier several of kelly's victims confronting hi in court with emotional impact statements calling him shameless, disgusting, a predator i wished i would die because of how low you made me feel said a woman identified only as jane doe >> it happened a long time ago i was 17 i'm 45 today i never thought i would be here to see him be held accountable for the atrocious things that he did to children >> reporter: the multi-platinum artist once known as the pied piper of r&b was convicted of nine counts of sex related crimes last september after decades of allegations of sexual misconduct crimes dating back to the 1990s, among his
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first victims the singer aaliyah who prosecutor accused kelly of marrying illegally when she was 15 to avoid being charged with sexually abusing her. today in court kelly stared down at the defense table, never looking at his accusers and choosing not to address the court. kelly's attorneys say he'll appeal the conviction and still faces more sex related charges in illinois and minnesota. lester >> ron allen, thank you. we want to turn now to that horrific situation in san antonio, texas dozens of migrants trapped in a semi-truck and abandoned in the heat. the death toll has now risen to 53. morgan chesky tonight with new details >> reporter: tonight, stunning new evidence in what officials are calling the nation's deadliest case of human smuggling. this empty trailer now tied to the deaths of 53 men, women, and potentially children left packed inside among the dead four hondurans including two brothers, alejandro and fernando caballero.
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today their mother mourning their loss saying her sons were anxious but excited for a future where they could work to build their mom a new home mexican authorities cooperating with u.s. investigators are painting a grim picture of the deadly journey. after crossing the border in laredo mexican officials say at 2:45 p.m. monday the truck passed through a border patrol checkpoint, the camera capturing the driver identified by mexican authorities as a now-detained american citizen, who then drove through before stopping 146 miles later in san antonio on a 100-degree day. that alleged driver named by the u.s. justice department, and charged with one count of alien smuggling resulting in death. if convicted he now faces life in prison or a possible death sentence >> it's a lot of coordination so suggestive of a higher level organization >> reporter: the special agent runs homeland security
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investigations covering the texas southern border. >> these organizations, potentially cartels, they're really looking at these people as a product. >> just a product, a commodity. i mean it's just simple, more people, more money, more profit >> reporter: on the border governor greg abbott promising additional checkpoints. today alongside th remote road where so many lives were lost a somber memorial marked by flowers and bottles of water for those no longer here. morgan chesky, nbc news, san antonio. tonight the u.s. announcing a major new military commitment in europe in response to russia's war in ukraine. kristen welker was at the nato summit in spain and has the latest >> reporter: tonight new video shows the horror when a russian missile hit that crowded shopping mall in ukraine many still missing from monday's deadly attack ukraine's president zelenskyy says russia is now a terrorist state. all of it intensifying the pressure on world leaders as the
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critical nato summit gets under way in spain. nato today declaring russia its most significant and direct threat >> we're stepping up we're proving that nato is more needed now than it ever has been >> reporter: in an attempt to counter russia, today presiden biden announcing plans to bolster u.s. forces in eastern europe including a permanent u.s. base in poland and increased rotations in the baltics. that in addition to billions in military aid already delivered to ukraine, but president zelenskyy addressing nato today says it's not enough and ukraine needs $5 billion a month in assistance >> we're going to help ukraine for as long as we can for as fast as we can and that's happening. >> reporter: we pressed a key biden national security council official, john kirby. would you say that russia is winning this war right now? >> i would not say russia is winning this war. the ukrainians have an unbelievable ability to defend themselves they are acting bravely and skillfully in the field we're going to help them continue to do
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that >> reporter: another major development. nato officially invited sweden and finland to joi after turkey dropped its opposition, as the war in ukraine enters its fifth month. lester in 60 seconds the massive fire at a summer camp and air chaos. thousands of flights already canceled this week the new warning from airlines ahead of the holiday. this week. the new warning from airlines ahead of the holiday. like the shot they take. the memories they create. or the spin they initiate. otezla. it's a choice you can make. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, you can achieve clearer skin. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. otezla can cause serious allergic reactions. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. otezla is associated with an increased risk of depression. tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or if these feelings develop. some people taking otezla reported weight loss. your doctor should monitor your weight and may stop treatment. upper respiratory tract infection
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finally tonight, he was the last medal of honor recipient of world war ii woody williams died today, but courtney kube takes us inside his remarkable story 98 years in the making >> reporter: today a chapter closed in american history, the last living medal of honor recipient from world war ii, herschel williams affectionately known as woody, he passed away born on a west virginia dairy farm in 1923 he enlisted in the marine corp and was sent to iwo jima in 1945 they'd been fighting to take the island for four days, raising the
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iconic flag. >> it lifted the spirits of america >> reporter: but woody's marines were pinned down by japanese troops firing from fortified bunkers. using a flamethrower woody fought for four hours stopping the attack and saving u.s. lives. >> it wasn't anything outstanding that particular day it was just another day of battles >> reporter: in october 1945 president truman presented him with the medal of honor, but woody said it didn't belong to him. >> he said this medal is not mine. it belongs to all those marines who didn't come back i only hold it in trust. >> reporter: woody returned home and continued to serve for more than 65 more years at the department of veterans affairs and then until his final days working with gold star families >> woody lived a life that reminded everybody how easy it was to do the right thing. he was a mentor to a
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lot of us. >> reporter: the marine corp is fortunate to have many heroes, but there is only one woody williams woody williams was 98 years old. courtney kube, nbc news, the pentagon >> we honor him and all those he represents that's "nightly news" for this wednesday thanks for watching. i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪
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>> kelly: all right! welcome to "the kelly clarkson show"! you are in for a very special hour, we are unlocking the bolt filled with amazing interviews that have never aired before. as you know by now i am at talker, i like to talk. i got sent to the principal it worked out, whatever. people come on because it is a talk show and they like to talk too and sometimes conversations keep flowing in the go so cannon hour.ave more than one guest here at a time. so today we are unveiling new fantastic moments we have had with perfect pairs. ♪ ♪ ♪♪ perfect pairs ♪♪ >> kelly: from couples or chelsea handler and joy joy to. helms and randall park or jenny slate, we have siblings, but
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first, let's begin where we always do, the music. best friends elise and jessica in the audience wanted to hear a throwback, what are you all requesting? >> hi, kelly, we are celebrating their 30th birthday all the way from new jersey! [cheers and applause] and we love kelly-aoke, we sent each other tiktoks back and forth of all of our favorite covers, and we just love that you put unique and beautiful arrangements of songs that we are at 11 then give us new ones. >> kelly: that is also me and jason and jason. >> we will address jason from now on. it's been i have a few things to do. it's because we love of silk sonic "leave the door open," because it was just such an unexpected duet and something we have been singing in the car a lot lately and maybe even try to karaoke. >> we actually met at karaoke when she left the door open and
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i busted in on a microphone. we have not doing karaoke and has a full set up in her house with kelly clarkson microphones. >> kelly: what? >> from the show. >> kelly: i don't even have that! i love that. karaoke is so much fun. i love it. thank you all so much. happy 30th! that is so fun! 30 is a big one. so let's get to it, everybody coming here is mia my band y'all with silk sonic's "leave the door open"! [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ ♪♪ what you doin' what you doin' ♪ ♪ where you at where you at ♪ ♪ oh you got plans you got plans ♪ ♪ don't say that shut your trap ♪ ♪ i'm sippin' wine sip sip ♪ ♪ in a robe drip drip ♪ ♪ i look too good look too good ♪ ♪ to be alone woo woo ♪ ♪ my house clean house clean ♪ ♪ my pool warm pool warm ♪ ♪ just shaved smooth like a newborn ♪ ♪ we should be dancin' romancin' ♪
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♪ in the east wing and the west wing ♪ ♪ of this mansion what's happenin' ♪ ♪ i ain't playin' no games ♪ ♪ every word that i say is coming straight from the heart ♪ ♪ so if you tryna lay in these arms ♪ ♪ i'ma leave the door open ♪ ♪ i'ma leave the door open ♪ ♪ i'ma leave the door open ♪ hopin' ♪ ♪ that you feel the way i feel ♪ ♪ and you want me like i want you tonight baby ♪ ♪ tell me that you're comin' through come on boy ♪ ♪ la-la-laa la-la-la-laa i need you baby ♪ ♪ hey hey i'ma leave my door open baby ♪
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♪ i'ma leave the door open ♪ ♪ i'ma leave i'ma leave my door open ya ♪ ♪ i'ma leave the door open hopin' ♪ ♪ and i'm hopin' hopin' ♪ ♪ that you feel the way i feel ♪ ♪ tell me that you're comin' through ♪♪ [cheers and applause] >> kelly: all right, one more time for my band y'all! [cheers and applause] okay, so come a time to crack open the kelly clarkson show vault and start sharing moments we have never shown before from generally awesome duos. and it all starts with one of television's favorite couples, she has been a newscaster for nearly every major network since the 70s. and he is the longest running daytime host out there, he is just retiring after a whopping
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31 seasons, i love that not at 30, he was like i'll do one extra and make it special. and if you want to know who the father is, he probably knows. so when i hung out with him, when i hung out with connie chung and maury povich when we were in new york and i had asked one of the most obvious questions, so take a look. >> kelly: so how often do people, i have to know this, how often in new york to people just shout outs "you are the father?" >> all the time. everybody says, what is it like? people yelling you are the father or not the father. and i said, how would you like to walk around new york city and nobody knew who you work? what does that mean? it means your show is not working. i mean -- i don't know how you feel about this, kelly, but i know some friends of mine in the business, they don't like to converse with people. they don't like to sign autographs and things like that. and i am saying to myself, are you kidding? this is why you are successful
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because of them, not because of -- >> kelly: and sometimes it is their moment. i get like planning or something, like oh, do you mind waiting till after, but you have to think i've had this conversation with friends and fellow coaches on "the voice" it's their one moment to see you. so just lean in. >> i saw this thing with the rock and he was driving through his neighborhood and the tour bus was coming around and he stops any waves, they took pictures, they were doing selfies and he was just in his neighborhood. >> kelly: i love that! he is like yes, my house is right there! that's amazing. so how annoying is it for you hearing that? do you yell out, original? >> he is not my baby daddy. >> kelly: he was not the father. i love you two. some people also like to remix your

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