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capitol that day amid concerns for her safety, insider cassidy hutchinson testifying trump wanted metal detectors removed so more people could go to his rally and that he had been warned they were armed. and the committee revealing that after the attacks cabinet members considered invoking the 25th amendment to strip the president of power the former president reacting tonight also, we're in texas with the shocking details after dozens of migrants died in an apparent smuggling tragedy. the calls for change tonight. plus, as the death toll rises, we speak to the boy scouts who raced to rescue passengers from the flipped cars of that derailed amtrak train. inside the new surge in demand for abortion pills could some states block women from accessing them and in texas the judge's order temporarily blocking a full ban my exclusive with the transportation secretary ahead of the july 4th holiday after
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so many travel nightmares ghislaine maxwell's 20-year sentence for sex trafficking underaged women for jeffrey epstein. and our exclusive with the tennis player who had the ultimate save >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everyone jaw-dropping testimony here in washington in today's short notice january 6th hearing focusing on former president donald trump's actions that day that may have included trying to wrestle away the wheel of the presidential vehicle in order to get to the capitol where his supporters were gathering we were also told today the ex-president waved off concerns about armed supporters at his rally that preceded the attack. trump quoted as saying "they're not here to hurt me. let them in. let my people in." the stunning stories came from the day's only live witness, 25-year-old cassidy hutchinson, an assistant to former
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trump chief of staff mark meadows she was in the west wing on january 6th and is now offering potentially valuable insight into what the president and his closest aides expected to happen that day donald trump denying hutchinson's accounts tonight. it's where we start this evening with peter alexander. >> reporter: tonight explosive new testimony from a trump white house insider, cassidy hutchinson, that as the riot was starting to unfold at the capitol on january 6th there was a dramatic physical confrontation inside the presidential limousine between former president trump and the head of his own secret service detail, bobby engel, after mr. trump was told his security would not take him to the capitol. >> once the president had gotten into the vehicle with bobby, he thought they were going up to the capitol and when bobby had relayed to him we're not, we don't have the assets to do it, it's not secure, we're going back to the west wing, the president had a very strong, a very angry
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response to that >> reporter: hutchinson, a top aide to chief of staff mark meadows, says a senior staffer told her what happened in the motorcade moments after the president's speech, that an irate mr. trump tried to grab the steering wheel. >> the president said something to the effect of "i'm the effing president take me up to the capitol now. to which bobby responded "sir, we have to go back to the west wing. the president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. mr. engel grabbed his arm, said "sir, you need to take your hand off the steering 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 toward bobby engel and when mr. ornato had recounted this story to me he had motioned toward his clavicles >> reporter: hutchinson saying even before his rally mr. trump was aware of the potential for violence at the capitol when he was told some supporters were armed
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and would not go through security >> i overheard the president say something to the effect of "i don't care that they have weapons. they're not here to hurt me. take the effing mags away let my people in they can march to the capitol from here. >> reporter: all as security had spotted trump supporters carrying ar-15s. >> i've got three men walking down the street in fatigues while carrying ar-15s. copy at 14th and independence >> reporter: hutchinson said she first heard of plans for president trump to make an unannounced trip to the capitol from rudy giuliani days before january 6th, plans alarming then white house counsel pat cipollone. >> mr. cipollone said something to the effect of please make sure we don't go up to the capitol, cassidy keep in touch with me. we're going to get charged with every crime imaginable if we make that movement happen >> reporter: and she described flashes of anger from the president saying she walked in after he threw his lunch across the room following attorney general william barr's declaration that there was no widespread
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voter fraud. >> i first noticed there was ketchup dripping down the wall and there was a shattered porcelain plate on the floor >> reporter: there was no cross-examination today on the democratic-led committee that republicans have slammed as partisan. while mr. trump responded "i hardly know who this person cassidy hutchinson is," calling her "a total phony and leaker" who he says is very upset and angry because he turned her down for a job when he left office, writing "her fake story that i tried to grab the steering wheel is sick and fraudulent her story of me throwing food is also false. and "i didn't want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech who would ever want that?" punctuating today's hearing accusations from the committee about efforts to pressure witnesses to give false testimony citing examples of what they described as serious concern over an intimidation campaign and a call one unnamed witness received >> quote, what they said to me is as long as i continued to be a
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team player they know i'm on the right team, i'm protecting who i need to protect. you know i'll continue to stay in good graces in trump world and they have reminded me a couple of times that trump does read transcripts and just keep that in mind as i proceed through my interviews with the committee. >> peter, i know you've just spoken to a source who has a strong response to hutchinson's allegations. >> yeah, that's right, tonight, late tonight in fact, lester, a source close to the secret service tells nbc news that both the lead agent and the limo driver are prepared to testify under oath, that neither man was assaulted and that mr. trump never lunged for the steering wheel meanwhile, hutchinson also said today that she heard mr. trump had agreed to deliver a speech on january 7th condemning the violence only after aides warned him that the 25th amendment might be used. we should note we also reached out to mark meadows and rudy giuliani, lester so far they have not commented. >> all right, peter, thank you for that let's get to that tragedy involving migrants in south texas.
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more than 50 are dead after the truck they were being smuggled in was abandoned in scorching heat morgan chesky now with late details >> reporter: on the edge of san antonio a horrific human tragedy. officials confirming 51 migrants died after being packed inside a semi tractor-trailer the truck discovered late monday, baking in the texas summer heat. >> quite a few of them are already deceased >> reporter: firefighters arrived after someone reported hearing calls for help opening the doors to a grim scene >> with no water, no air-conditioning, no means for ventilation, and they suffered. they suffered before they died. >> reporter: 16 survivors including four children were rushed to nearby hospitals. several later died bringing the death toll to 39 men and 12 women. mexican authorities identified 22 victims as mexican nationals seven others from guatemala. and two migrants from honduras
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police took three people into custody. a mexican government official says one of the suspects in the alleged smuggling plot is a u.s. citizen. calling the tragedy preventible, san antonio's mayor called it due to gridlock over immigration >> this is another manifestation of an immigration system that lawmakers who are in charge of it refuse to deal with >> reporter: you believe the system has failed >> it's failed these families it's failed our country. it's failed the entire north american continent. >> reporter: texas governor greg abbott also sounding off, writing "these deaths are on biden and a result of his deadly open border policies." in a statement president biden said, "exploiting vulnerable individuals for profits is shameful, as is political grandstanding during tragedy. back at the site angelita olvera placed two crosses to pay tribute. "i didn't know them, but they are human," she told us. "it's so sad we should all have an opportunity for a
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better life. and tonight we're learning more about two of those three individuals arrested police identifying them as two mexican nationals who live here in san antonio who had not only overstayed their visas but were in illegal possession of multiple firearms lester >> okay, morgan, thank you. now to that amtrak train disaster in missouri four people dead, more than 100 injured after the train hit a dump truck and derailed we speak to the heroic boy scouts who raced to the rescue. here's maggie vespa. >> reporter: new details emerging about the moments after the deadly amtrak derailment boy scouts racing to the rescue, pulling fellow passengers from flipped cars >> i'm just going to immediately start helping as many other people as i physically can. >> reporter: the crash happened monday afternoon in mendon, missouri an amtrak train colliding with a dump truck, sending eight cars and two locomotives careening off the tracks four dead, including the truck's driver 15-year-old elijah scripsack said he provided aid to the driver during his last
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moments. >> what were you hoping to do for him >> just try to give him comfort, just try to slow down the blood loss >> it happened >> reporter: at least 150 transported to hospitals. >> i looked out the window, i saw the dust cloud and the next thing you know the car's rolling. >> we hit a truck. >> reporter: the dump truck, investigators say, sat at a passive crossing the national transportation safety board now on scene >> there were no arms. there were no warning lights there were no bells. >> reporter: tonight farmer mike spencer says he's known this crossing was dangerous for years. >> amtrak comes through here at anywhere from 75 to 100 miles per hour if you make a mistake, this has got the potential of happening just like it happened. >> reporter: records indicate the state of missouri had also flagged this crossing for safety improvements transportation secretary pete buttigieg telling lester the white house is pledging more than half a billion dollars to eliminate dangerous
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crossings. >> we know this is an issue and it's an issue that has affected many communities. the fewer points we have in the country where it's even physically possible for a train and a car to collide, the safer this country will be >> reporter: scout leaders from wisconsin praising their troops. >> i mean, for 14 to 17-year-old boys to keep calm more than everybody else, i mean, that's something that you don't see a whole lot. >> i think it's just kind of instinct for all of us because the first thing that came to my mind was just to make sure that everyone was okay. >> reporter: inspiring courage amidst another tragedy on the rails maggie vespa, nbc news, mendon, missouri new fallout tonight after the supreme court overturned roe v. wade in texas a judge temporarily blocked a full abortion ban, allowing procedures to resume for up to six weeks. but in south carolina and tennessee new laws are now in effect banning abortions after the six-week mark of pregnancy.
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while in wisconsin the democratic governor backed a legal challenge to stop his state's ban. now many women are turning to medication abortions, leading to increased demand for abortion pills with more on that here's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: today the hhs secretary pledging to make the abortion pill more available. >> hhs will take steps to increase access to medication abortion. >> reporter: the demand is there. within hours of the supreme court decision to overturn roe v. wade the phones at the repro legal help line were ringing off the hook >> we have seen an unprecedented number of inquiries coming through. >> reporter: the organization answers women's legal questions about accessing abortion pills. >> our job is to tell people what the legal landscape looks like, what their rights and legal risks are. >> reporter: more than 50% of all abortions are medication abortions, using a two-pill regimen called mifeprex or its generic version. the fda has approved the drug for up to ten
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weeks into a pregnancy. with six states currently enforcing total abortion bans with limited exceptions and more likely to do so soon, women in those places who want the pills are pursuing a wide range of options each with legal, logistical and potentially health risks. some are going out of state for the required telehealth appointments and to get shipments of the drug the pills can only be prescribed by certain providers and sold by a limited number of suppliers, according to fda regulations >> the traffic to our site just exploded on friday we went from about 3,500 visits to 209,000. >> reporter: plan c is an online portal that provides state by state information on how to obtain abortion pills, including how to get them from overseas, from suppliers the organization has vetted but that don't have fda authorization. >> doesn't the fda specifically warn people not to do that? >> the fda does warn people not to go to
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overseas pharmacies, but they don't actually prohibit it we know that self-managing abortion with medication abortion pills is safe >> reporter: but there can sometimes be complications. and the fda recommends follow-up care which women may be reluctant to get in states where abortion is illegal. law experts also wonder what legal steps those states may take to block the use of the pills >> how do states stop people from getting and using these pills unless they're willing to punish the people who live in their own borders. >> reporter: right now no state has gone that far, but the legal landscape is changing quickly and the abortion pill is right in the middle of it. stephanie gosk, nbc news in 60 seconds, our exclusive with transportation secretary pete buttigieg. his response to concerns we will see even more delays this july 4th, and his challenge to airlines. challenge to airlines. i've been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years.
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return to the skies has been a nightmare, with high demand, unpredictable weather and pilot shortages leading to more than 20,000 cancellations and 173,000 delays since memorial day i sat down exclusively today with transportation secretary pete buttigieg to ask him what more can be done ahead of july 4th. >> is the july 4th holiday a recipe for disaster given the issues with the system right now? >> there are going to be challenges, but we're watching it closely and we're talking to the airlines every day about their responsibility to make sure that they can accommodate any issues that weather or other curveballs might throw at them. a lot of people, including me, are expecting to get to loved ones over this holiday weekend. and we need a system that is resilient enough to get them there. plus good customer service when an issue does come up >> the airlines got a lot of money, over $50 billion. a lot of that, the idea was that you wouldn't have to lay
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off people, that you could keep people employed >> so the point of this taxpayer funding was to keep people in their jobs and one of the best things about the rescue plan, for example, was the news that airline employees were told to tear up their furlough notices when it came through but we also saw that a lot of people including pilots were nudged into early retirement by the airlines that certainly is something that reduced the labor force that right now we're really counting on. often we're hearing the lack of a pilot ready to go cited as an issue or a problem that's contributing to a delay or a cancellation >> would you support raising the mandatory retirement age for pilots right now it's 65. would you support moving it past that? >> right now we have these kinds of requirements based on safety judgments and i haven't seen any change in the safety rationale for that >> you seem to be pointing the finger at the airlines they're pointing the finger back, saying that the system is not working, the system is not staffed, the air
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traffic control system >> the majority of cancellations and the majority of delays have nothing to do with air traffic control staffing but when there is an issue, we're working that issue jacksonville is a good example. they're really a perfect storm, where you had staffing concerns, space launches, military activity affecting the air space, and weather all hitting at once. so we took a collaborative approach, got with the airlines, worked on what was changing, especially in terms of more passengers than they expected coming back, and the need to allocate air traffic resources from faa to work toward solutions. >> you say there's no staffing issue with air traffic control. are there other issues, though, within your purview that are slowing the system down >> let me be clear we have had our challenges with air traffic control, but they do not explain the majority of the cancellations and the delays that we've seen out there. >> mr. secretary, when is this going to get better when can people make an airline reservation and have a pretty good feeling about actually being on that flight
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finally, tennis players rely on their quick reaction so when a ball boy fell ill in the middle of a match at wimbledon, jodie burrage says she just followed her instincts. here's kelly cobiella. >> reporter: british tennis player jodie burrage never imagined this would be her wimbledon moment >> you've gotten a lot of attention the past 24 hours >> yeah. it's been a little bit mad. my phone's been, yeah, popping off a little bit. but i guess it's a good thing >> reporter: ten minutes into her match monday burrage put her game on hold to serve up comfort to a ball boy who clearly wasn't well giving him her sports drink, energy gel, and candy from a fan the wimbledon crowd cheering the player's compassion >> hats off to jodie burrage. >> reporter: on social media, "can we please
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stop the tournament and proclaim burrage the champion?" and "she's already won. everyone's hearts. >> did you ever think that this would go kind of crazy like it has? >> not really, to be honest yeah i wasn't really expecting this at all. i'm pretty sure what i did with that ball boy anyone would have done yeah, i just tried to make him feel better than what he was >> reporter: burrage said helping the ball boy helped her she says she hit her best serve when play started again. burrage didn't win her match, but she put on a show few will forget, reminding the world what it means to be a good sport. kelly cobiella, nbc news, london >> and that is "nightly news. thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night from washington
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i'm raj mathai, next on nbc bay area news, what the president trump know about the riot and what did he do about it? >> it was un-american. we were watching the capitol building get defaced over a lie. >> explosive testimony from a former white house aid. we'll break down the key moments. also kicked out of an exclusive marin county school after questioning the curriculum. >> our second grade daughter was in a classroom, there was nothing that we could do. >> this mom says her kids got a raw deal. the gender identity lesson at the center of the drama. and the fda pushing for a new covid booster this fall. what will be different about it. and where's the money? a

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