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lost and his claims of voter fraud were bogus. former attorney general william barr testifying he feared trump had become detached from reality. and the advice the committee says trump took from an allegedly drunk rudy giuliani instead of listening to his own campaign team on election night. what giuliani is now saying also this evening, wall street in free fall stocks closing in bear market territory for the first time in more than two years growing fears of a recession with all eyes on what the fed will do this week. the bipartisan breakthrough in the senate on gun safety what's in and what's out. the 31 suspected white nationalists arrested in idaho, released on bond. police saying they planned to start a riot extreme heat spreading across the u.s. and heavy rain. the national park closed off by floods and our exclusive amber heard, her first interview since the defamation case verdict.
what she says about the jury after they sided with ex-husband johnny depp. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening the words of some of donald trump's closest legal and campaign advisers formed what the january 6th committee believes is a powerful narrative about the ex-president's false claims of a fraudulent and stolen election. day two of the hearings kept the focus on mr. trump witness after witness describing a president who ignored clear evidence of his election defeat, adopting baseless conspiracy that aides told him were completely nuts. his former attorney general bill barr saying president trump had become detached from reality another aide saying mr. trump took advice from an inebriated rudy giuliani to declare victory in spite of the results the committee focused today on establishing what it describes as the big lie, that it says mr. trump used to create a movement that
ended in the riot of january 6th. garrett haake is covering the hearings. >> reporter: the january 6th committee's second hearing today hammering home a single message. donald trump lost the 2020 election, and he knew it. >> as a result of his loss decided to wage an attack on our democracy. and in doing so lit the fuse that led to the horrific violence of january 6th >> reporter: the committee relying on the taped testimony of top trump campaign staff who urged caution as election night returns showed joe biden winning. >> there were suggestions by, i believe it was mayor giuliani, to go and declare victory and say we had won it outright >> reporter: miller claiming giuliani was intoxicated. his attorney telling nbc news giuliani wasn't drinking at all. trump campaign manager bill stepien backing out of a planned live appearance this morning at the last minute after his wife went into labor. instead the committee played this videotape
of stepien earlier saying he also disagreed with giuliani >> ballots were still going to be counted for days, and it was far too early to make any proclamations like that. >> reporter: but the president declared victory on election night anyway. >> frankly, we did win. >> reporter: creatin a rift in his inner circle that only grew as courts rejected 61 of 62 legal cases filed by the president's team >> we called them kind of my team and rudy's team i didn't mind being characterized as being part of team normal. >> what they were proposing i thought was nuts you know, the theory was also completely nuts >> reporter: the president's embrace of the so-called big lie of a stolen election ultimately leading his attorney general to resign >> i thought, boy, if he really believes this stuff he has, you know, lost contact with -- he's become detached from reality if he really believes this stuff >> reporter: republicans largely
ignoring the hearings they've called partisan >> even with hundreds of witnesses, thousands of hours of testimony, no ability for republicans to do any type of cross-examination. i still don't think there was anything new there. >> reporter: tonight attorney general garland saying the justice department is tracking the testimony. >> the january 6th prosecutors are watching all the hearings, as well. >> the justice department is going to be a major topic at the next hearing on wednesday. how so >> reporter: that's right, lester. the committee wants to examine how former president trump tried to use the doj first to investigate and then to advance his claims of a stolen election on thursday we'll hear about the pressure campaign the president waged against his own vice president, mike pence. lester >> garrett haake o capitol hill, thank you. it was another brutal day on wall street the dow plunging 876 points the s&p falling into bear market territory. it comes as the fed prepares to raise interest rates again to combat inflation, and gas prices top $5 a gallon here's tom costello.
>> reporter: gloom and red arrows on wall street today as sky high inflation and a potential recession weigh heavily on investors. after being down 1,000 points the dow closed down 876 today, now down 16% for the year. the tech and biotech heavy nasdaq down 30% year to date, and the broader s&p index common in americans' portfolios sliding into bear market territory, down 21% year to date all of it real money for americans saving for their retirement, college savings or a new home >> the two things you can control even in a market like this is how much you save and how much you spend. and it's really important to stay on track. >> reporter: to tame 40-year high inflation the federal reserve is expected to raise interest rates again on wednesday, perhaps by another three quarters of a point. >> the fed has to worry about whether or not it can stick to those game plans and whether or not wall street will believe them down the line that's why fed
credibility so to speak is so key right now. >> reporter: it comes as inflation is forcing americans to adjust their spending from los angeles -- >> road trips, there's no way it's just ridiculous it's cheaper to fly. >> reporter: to boston >> it feels like you can't catch a break almost >> reporter: where sophia lee is parking the car, riding her bike to work, and even baby-sitting to offset skyrocketing gas and food prices. >> it's just difficult to save up for the things i do need in the long term. >> reporter: an economy and country increasingly on edge >> tom, let me ask you about cryptocurrency stocks they have been sliding fast what's happening there? >> yeah, bitcoin the biggest cryptocurrency down 66% from its november highs increasingly these stocks are tracking the stock market and the economic concerns out there so this slide has cost a lot of investors a lot of money. >> okay. tom, thank you tonight gun safety advocates are calling it a good first step, that rare bipartisan framework of an agreement that while less what the president wanted is
still the most significant gun plan in years gabe gutierrez has the latest >> reporter: what's being touted as the most significant gun legislation in decades could be on the president's desk in weeks, says the gop's lead negotiator. >> i think there's a desire to get this thing done sooner rather than later. >> reporter: the framework agreed to by at least ten republicans needed to pass the bill includes incentives for states to enact so-called red flag laws that allow courts to temporarily take guns away from people deemed dangerous. the plan also includes more money for mental health and school security and sets up a mandatory review of juvenile and mental health records for gun buyers under 21. that step may have stopped the 18-year-old uvalde shooter from buying his weapons. today residents there reacting to the proposed deal. >> i think the bipartisan deal that they may pass is a small first step i think they have a long way to go
>> reporter: other communities rocked by gun violence are also watching closely, from new town to parkland >> i don't think this package goes nearly far enough >> reporter: while the bill's exact language is still being crafted, the agreement would also close the so-called boyfriend loophole preventing dating partners not just spouses in domestic violence cases from having guns >> i think that it's a start in the right direction. >> reporter: do you think the system failed your daughter >> oh, definitely. >> reporter: pamela riley's daughter rose marie was a nursing student in michigan when her ex-boyfriend shot and killed her and then himself in 2016 >> to me the only justice for her is that she wouldn't have died in vain by helping other families >> reporter: the nra has opposed closing the boyfriend loophole before, but the group has not taken a position yet on the framework for the gun deal saying it will review the final bill. lester >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. in idaho tonight, police have released new details after dozens of members of a white supremacist group were arrested.
police say they planned to riot at a gay pride event. miguel almaguer now with that story. >> they're getting arrested >> reporter: tonight authorities say all 31 members of a white supremacist group on their knees and zip tied before being charged with conspiracy to riot are now out on bail two days after this startling video of their arrest >> these guys stopped a u-haul full of dudes. >> reporter: it happened in coeur d'alene, idaho, after a 911 call from someone who saw the men pile into the back of a u-haul dressed like a small army and headed towards a gay pride event. >> i have no doubt in my mind that had that van stopped at the park or much near the park that we still would have ended up in a riot situation >> reporter: facing a misdemeanor charge police say the suspects called the patriot front had shields and shin guards while also recovering a smoke grenade and document outlining their operations plan.
authorities say the pride in the park event they planned to riot at is where families gathered with children >> it's quite a scary sight. it was very intimidating for all of us. >> reporter: with no response yet from the group's leader, patriot front was formed after the unite the right rally in charlottesville, part of a network of hate groups say experts who try to spread fear -- >> did you guys call the cops >> reporter: like this group in the bay area, said to be members of the proud boys who police say could be charged with a hate crime after hurling homophobic insults saturday during pride month at a library >> people are lashing out at a greater rate, and we're seeing a huge spike in foreign extremists seeking to disrupt peaceful events >> reporter: tonight hate converging with pride in what could have been a violent weekend. miguel almaguer, nbc news we're following a twin weather threat this evening in much of the nation. tens of millions at the grip of extreme heat or facing possible severe
storms dylan dreyer was following it all what are you looking at >> it's all connected. you have these extreme temperatures with high humidity and it's triggering some significant storms just moving east of cincinnati and also had some north of chicago. derechos are also possible with these storms which i basically a long track storm that stays on the ground for a long period of time and produces very gusty winds. we could see wind gusts over 75 miles per hour, very large hail, isolated tornados especially in that dark red area, as well and look how expansive the heat advisories, watches and warnings are. 100 million people impacted by this heat, and we are looking for several days of record breaking high temperatures with your heat indices up around 110 degrees. in st. louis, cincinnati will feel like 111 and then as we go into wednesday we're going to continue with this extreme heat as temperatures remain close to 100 degrees and, lester, it look like it's going to last unfortunately all week long. >> good to have you here tonight thank you. and record flooding has forced yellowstone national
park to close all entrances after almost three inches of rain yellowstone officials cited extremely hazardous conditions in the park with more rain expected. in ukraine tonight russian forces gaining more ground on the eastern front. more than 11 million people have now fled ukraine but many children with disabilities have been left behind. richard engel takes us inside an orphanage where many face heart breaking conditions. >> reporter: the vilshani orphanage is home to more than 200 physically and intellectually challenged ukrainians. they're not really orphans. nearly everyone here was abandoned. >> mama. >> reporter: and now russia's invasion has made their lives even more difficult the facility is overcrowded after similar shelters in eastern ukraine were evacuated. masha just came from the east she's alert and bone thin with a trail from
tears down her temple. this is not a hospital they don't do advanced treatments or give much medication. hi you've got such a lovely smile the most we could give was attention, touch, and affection. catherine lit up when i rubbed her hand. you don't want to let me go. i don't want to let you go either. many are clearly starving for love and their families >> mama. >> reporter: for the last several hours vlad here has been calling out to his mother, and it's one of the hardest things you can see because a lot of the kids here have been calling out to mom and dad, and they're not coming >> mama. >> reporter: vlad's parents fled to germany as refugees along with his three healthy siblings this war has a dark secret many able-bodied children were taken out of ukraine while the profoundly disabled were often
left behind in shelters like this the director says he had to suspend modernization plans because of russia's invasion this damn war set back their development, he says victims of a cruel biological fate and an outdated medical system, they are now also victims of a war that has left them more isolated than ever richard engel, nbc news, ukraine. >> wow, heartbreak on top of heartbreak. in 60 seconds so many families getting squeezed as soaring rents hit a national milestone. we'll look at the reasons in one of the hardest hit states in our series "priced out.
may. sam brock explains >> reporter: the only thing hotter than the south florida summer sun might be its real estate market, which can jolt families like loran padlen's did you have any sense that this was coming >> no. i saw what was happening but i didn't think it was going to hit me >> reporter: padlen had been renting this aventura home for two years when that jaw dropping e-mail came the $4,000 rent would rise to $6,500, a 63% increase her landlord told us that his rent went up so he had to raise theirs at any point did the thought go through your head, this might make our family homeless >> absolutely. i saw us on the streets because there was nowhere to go. >> reporter: loran lucked out a friend had a home to rent her under market value, rare good fortune in florida where the population grew by more than 360,000 in 1 year of
the pandemic with many flocking to warmer weather and looser covid rules. a recent realtor.com report found miami metro tops the country for rent increases, a staggering 58% between march of 2020 and 2022 with florida notching two other cities in the top five >> success has led to this crisis, and we're attacking it aggressively by helping people in the short term with rental assistance >> reporter: miami-dade's mayor signed a tenants bill of rights offering more legal protections, but she says rent caps can only be implemented at the state level, with no sign of that on the table. and in the scalding hot market it's not just the high-end properties >> more basic homes for blue collar workers that are working, you know, your regular job. >> reporter: hector alvarez was one of the few landlords willing to talk with us. his family owns ten properties in this neighborhood where he says, yes, he's raised rent but by the
hundreds not the thousands like other landlords. >> the people coming in can afford to pay more because they have higher income, especially if they come from california or they come from new york >> reporter: so you think part of it is opportunism. >> opportunism part of it and part of is just blatant unfairness and being rude, crazy. >> reporter: greed >> that's the word, greed. >> reporter: whatever you call it -- >> it's just sad, very sad. >> reporter: -- it's a market sending some renters packing. sam brock, nbc news, miami. up next for us tonight, our exclusive with amber heard telling savannah guthrie why she thinks the jury didn't believe her. that's next.
now to our exclusive with amber heard, speaking out for the first time since the verdict against her in the johnny depp case savannah guthrie asked her if she blames the jury >> there's no polite way to say it. the jury looked at the evidence you presented, they listened to your testimony, and they did not believe you. they thought you were lying. >> how could -- i'll put it this way. how could they make a judgment how could they not come to that conclusion they had sat in those seats and heard over three weeks of nonstop relentless testimony from paid employees, and towards the end of the trial, randos, as
i say. >> so you don't blame the jury >> i don't blame them. it wasn't -- i don't blame them i actually understand. he's a beloved character, and people feel they know him he's a fantastic actor. >> much more of savannah's exclusive with amber heard tomorrow on "today" and on a special "dateline" friday night. up next for us here tonight, how jennifer hudson scored a rare entertainment grand slam
it's one of the rarest achievements in showbiz. jennifer hudson becoming 1 of just 17 artists ever to earn an egot status, an emmy, grammy, oscar and now a tony morgan radford on th historic moment. >> reporter: from her debut as a young contestant on "american idol" almost two decades ago -- >> absolutely brilliant, the best singer i've heard so far. >> "a strange loop." >> reporter: to one of it most coveted honors in entertainment jennifer hudson taking home a tony as a coproducer of "a strange loop," a broadway musical about a young gay black man working to write a musical of his own that award for best musical propelling her to an egot, an emmy, grammy, oscar, and tony >> once i fell in love with music i said this is who i am, this is what i'm going to do ♪ you better move ♪ >> reporter: from the chicago native's first oscar win in 2007 for best supportive
actress in "dream girls" to a 2009 grammy for her self-titled debut album. and daytime emmy just last year for the animated short >> jennifer hudson is now 1 of only 17 people ever to complete the egot, and she's the youngest woman ever to complete an egot. ♪ you're going to lov me ♪ >> reporter: an honor for an artist whose dreams are still coming true. >> i've done every form of a stage there is from even on the sea. the only place i ain't been is to the -- outer space, and i'm going to get there one day, too okay >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news, new york that's "nightly news" for this monday. thank you for watching, everyone. i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
threats made against the lgbtq community in the midst of pride month. >> they were just hurling insults. >> what happened, and what's now being done to those who are responsible? also: >> honestly, i'm just very confused. i don't know why anyone would like shoot me. >> a 15-year-old girl in the hospital after a pellet gun attack. and we're breaking down the market meltdown and what it means for your finances.