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the committee revealing the mob invaded the capitol came within 40 feet of pence as he was rushed to a secure location never before seen images of pence sheltering underground as the capitol was overwhelmed. the heated oval office call between trump and pence after pence refused to carry out the president's demands. what ivanka trump and other insiders say they heard our team at the capitol. also tonight, growing concerns for two american veterans missing in ukraine what the fiancee of one of the men fears has happened. new reports a third american is now missing. extreme weather. more than 80 million under heat alerts. severe storms in the midwest and southeast. and new images, the flood disaster that has closed yellowstone park economic anxiety president biden's new message that a recession is not inevitable but the stock market taking another plunge. and our one-on-one with the fake heiress who inspired the hit show "inventing anna" after scamming new york's elite.
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does she feel like she owes an apology? >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening. as riveting as the stories were, it was who was telling them that gave way to chilling testimony before the january 6th committee today about donald trump's pressure campaign on his vice president, mike pence, to stage an illegal one-man attempt to overturn the presidential election results one pence adviser calling it constitutional mischief another warning it risked the election being settled in the streets. members of pence's inner circle testifying about the presidential tweets, public taunts, and angry phone calls any they say pence was subjected to the panel releasing never-before-seen photos of vice president pence sheltering during the capitol riot reading a trump tweet as rioters roamed the grounds above him. pence praised by the committee for refusing to go along with the plan to reject the electoral votes.
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garrett haake is at the capitol with details. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: tonight the january 6th committee presenting new evidence of what was happening behind the scenes as the mob surged into the capitol. what they say is a culmination of a failed pressure campaign by former president trump designed to force mike pence to overturn the election results in newly revealed testimony close aides and advisers detailing a private phone call between the president and vice president the morning of the 6th. >> the conversation was pretty heated. >> i remember hearing the word wimp, either he called him a wimp -- i don't remember if he said you are a wimp. >> like you're not tough enough to make the call >> it was a different tone than i had heard him take with the vice president before >> do you remember what she said her father called him? >> the "p" word. >> reporter: pence relying on advice from his legal team stayed firm, even after coming within 40 feet of the rioters
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>> he resisted the pressure he knew it was illegal. he knew it was wrong we're fortunate for mr. pence's courage on january 6th. our democracy came dangerously close to catastrophe. >> reporter: pence was evacuated to a safe location deep beneath the capitol. these never-before-seen pictures showing the vice president making calls to pentagon officials and congressional leaders working through the attack and refusing to leave the capitol. >> the vice president did not want to take any chance that the world would see the vice president of the united states fleeing the united states capitol. he was determined that we would complete the work that we had set out to do that day. >> reporter: the committee says the plan to have pence reject the election results began with a lawyer named john eastman who witnesses say knew the idea was illegal and unconstitutional and who later requested a presidential pardon.
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>> i said, are you out of your effing mind? i said you are completely crazy are you going to turn around and tell 78 plus million people in this country that your theory is this is how you're going to invalidate their votes because you think the election was stolen? i said, they're not going to tolerate that you'll cause riots in the street >> i assert my fifth amendment right -- >> reporter: eastman repeatedly pleaded the fifth when questioned by the committee republicans continuing to pan the proceedings as a distraction. >> we got record inflation, soaring gas prices what are they focused on what gets primetime billing? it is their seething hatred for donald trump and anybody who's ever supported him. >> garrett, tonight the committee is taking the unprecedented step of asking the wife of a supreme court justice to come testify. explain what that is about. >> that's right, lester the committee is inviting ginni thomas, the wife of supreme court justice clarence thomas, to testify
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after "the washington post" reported she corresponded with john eastman about the election tonight she's telling "the daily caller" she can't wait to clear up any misconceptions. lester >> thank you. in ukraine growing concern tonight about two u.s. military veterans who joined the fight there on their own and have been missing for days a third american may be missing as well molly hunter is speaking with the family of one of the americans tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the families of these two missing american veterans who volunteered to fight in ukraine say they fear they have been captured by russia 39-year-old alabama native alex drueke, a former u.s. army staff sergeant who served two tours in iraq according to his family, and 27-year-old andy huynh, a former marine, both were serving near the eastern city of kharkiv and according to andy's fiancee joy black they went missing last thursday. she got the dreaded call from a friend of andy's in ukraine on monday >> he told me how during an operation they got separated and that andy and alex did not make their
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rendezvous point. >> what did you do then >> my mom has a big pillow on her bed and i just kind of lik fell on it and cried a lot. >> reporter: back in april 21-year-old black dropped off her new fiance at the airport. >> can you tell me the last time you saw him? i know it's hard. >> i gave him a hug, and he kissed me, and he told me he loves me and he'll be back soon >> reporter: like black alex drueke's mother last heard from her son on june 8th. >> i wrote back, stay safe and i love you. and he wrote back -- i'm sorry. he wrote back, i love you, too and that's the last i heard from him >> reporter: and tonight the state department not confirming the disappearances, now saying there are unconfirmed reports of a third american who traveled to ukraine to fight now missing in action >> we don't have independent confirmation of their whereabouts. >> reporter: joy believes and prays that andy is still alive. >> we really miss you
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and love you, and i know you're doing your best to stay safe and come home. >> reporter: now the russian foreign ministry is saying the u.s. has not contacted them about these reports. the state department is saying tonight that there's no indication that russia is holding these americans. lester >> thank you for that. one day after the fed's big interest rate hike an about-face on wall street today the dow losing 741 points the s&p and nasdaq also down. tom costello was watching it all and a development that could affect your summer vacation tom, what's behind the sell-off today >> a real concern that the economy may be in a recession already or certainly headed for one, although president biden says he does not think a recession is inevitable we saw market debate today. did the fed do enough or not enough? in the meantime, the transportation secretary met with airline execs today and he said he does not want to see a repeat of the mess we saw at airports over memorial day >> reporter: with as
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many as 2.3 million passengers flying every day this summer now approaching 2019 levels, the airlines are under pressure to avoid a july 4th repeat of the memorial day meltdown when 2,700 flights were canceled nationwide. >> hopefully trying to get there with no more complications, no more delays >> reporter: late today transportation secretary pete buttigieg gathered airline ceos in a virtual meeting asking for assurances that the rest of the summer vacation season will go smoothly. >> i let them know this is a moment we're counting on them to deliver reliably for the traveling public look, there is a lot of pent-up demand out there. >> reporter: among the biggest choke points, florida. passenger traffic has surged more than 100% over pre-pandemic levels at virtually every airport in the state. sarasota up 133% miami up 113%. tampa up 105 increased military and spaceflights have
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further restricted airspace, just as virtually every airline trims its schedules or parks planes due to a shortage of pilots today delta's pilots union in contract talks issued an open letter to customers acknowledging a rough start to vacation season saying, we empathize and share in your frustration over the delays, cancellations, and disrupted travel plans you've experienced the union says pilots are exhausted from working overtime and are now calling out. >> i have to say, i'm tired. i've done enough and i'm going to make that tough call. it's a tough call. >> reporter: delta tells nbc news, we continuously evaluate our staffing models and plan ahead so that we can recover quickly when unforeseen circumstances arise. meanwhile, sources say the faa is adding 30 air traffic controllers to jacksonville to help relieve staffing issues at a critical chokepoint lester? >> tom costello, thank you. tonight more dangerous heat and other severe weather in much of the eastern half of the country. while president biden declared a major
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disaster in montana. after that devastating flooding in yellowstone national park. here's miguel almaguer >> reporter: tonight with 81 million americans broiling in record and deadly heat, states like kansas and ohio feel like an oven in the midwest, a double threat. excessive heat and damaging tornadoes carving through wisconsin. >> hey, boys, we got a tornado. let's go >> reporter: while extreme weather has moved out of montana, the disaster here is still far from over. there are literally bridges to nowhere and a multimillion if not billion dollar cleanup. new video of flooded roads into a washed out yellowstone show mass devastation >> this is a historic event, a thousand-year event. >> reporter: because some entrances into america's oldest national park could be impassable for months. today the only way we could reach the park's superintendent was by zoom >> there are a lot of things to do, not only
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in yellowstone, but also outside of yellowstone, our gateway communities but it is going to look a little different when it comes to figuring out how to manage visitation in only half of the park. >> reporter: hoping to re-open yellowstone's south entrance within weeks, a limited number of visitors could be allowed in to see old faithful, the stunning majestic meadows, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the free roaming bison all un-impacted by the floods >> you should receive an email pretty quickly confirming that cancellation. >> reporter: but for businesses like paradise adventure company, dependent on the nearly 1 million summer tourists who visit yellowstone every month, the floods could sink their bottom line. >> i love our town, and i love my staff, and i don't have jobs for them right now it's really hard >> reporter: tonight one disaster has passed but another perhaps even more devastating could lie ahead. when yellowstone
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re-opens, access will be limited to smaller crowds the floods here just before summer couldn't have happened at a worse time lester? >> all right miguel, thank you. in 60 seconds a real estate catch-22 potential home buyers being squeezed out by big corporate buyers and forced to rent some of the same houses they wanted to own. it's in our series "priced out.
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well, imagine finding your dream home only to lose out to a corporation sweeping up houses and then renting them out. it's a scenario squeezing americans in many areas including indiana. antonia hylton reports in our series "priced out. >> reporter: for years john and angie collier saved. >> this is nice. >> reporter: eager to buy a first home i fishers, indiana attracted by the good schools and proximity to work but pursuing the american dream has proved daunting. >> oh, sorry outbid. >> reporter: fishers
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named by one of the best places to live is part of a national trend as real estate investment groups buy up houses in cash and rent them out in some cases to the very families who dreamed of owning them in january 33% of all homes purchased in the u.s. were bought by investors, often wall street backed companies with multibillion dollar funds. the colliers currently rent in a town near fishers from one of the nation's biggest house rental companies, their rent recently raised 8% >> good to see you come on in >> reporter: four times in recent weeks they've been outbid by investors with all-cash offers. >> that can be discouraging when you get overbid by, you know, companies. >> how do you save when you're spending 2,200 a month just to rent >> so these companies have you on both ends? >> yeah, it's definitely a conundrum. >> reporter: in some fishers neighborhoods investors own more than half of the homes according to realtor laura turner >> this is one of the neighborhoods that investors have
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targeted they're coming in and buying with cash and hold them as rentals. >> reporter: fishers' mayor scott fadnis is discourage by the landscape of faceless landlords have you been able to talk to they any of these companies? >> it's very difficult. take for instance if you have a high grass and weed issue, code enforcement issue. i mean, if they own 4,000 homes who is the individual that you can go talk to about a specific problem? >> reporter: the national rental home council says nrhc member companies own just a fraction of the homes throughout the state of indiana and that its five largest member companies maintain an "a" plus rating by the better business bureau. builder steve lanes argues they're not taking away possibilities from families but in many cases creating them. >> there are a segment of people no longer able to buy a home because they can't afford the home but don't want to be in an apartment and looking for opportunities to rent in those communities. >> reporter: after getting outbid time and again, the colliers say they've given up on fishers. is the american dream still accessible >> i think the american dream is
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changing our society may be going in that direction where we are getting further away from ownership, but i don't think it's the right direction. >> i love this screened in porch. >> reporter: they put in a bid on a home in a town farther out their american dream modified, not broken antonia hylton, nbc news, fishers, indiana. up next tonight, our interview with a convicted scammer made famous in the netflix series "inventing anna."
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back now with our one-on-one conversation with anna
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sorokin, the fake german heiress whose socialite scams inspired a hit netflix show she is now awaiting possible deportation due to an expired visa inside an i.c.e. detention center where she had a rare conversation with savannah sellers >> reporter: anna sorokin, better known as her alias anna delvey -- >> i have a talent for business >> reporter: -- wa brought to the mainstream by the hit netflix series "inventing anna. do you feel you owe anyone for an apology? >> you mean for what i'm not a 12-year-old kid to apologize. >> reporter: sorokin was accused of trying to scam financial institutions, businesses and friends out of more than $22 million. ultimately convicted of grand larceny and theft of services, charges amounting to more than $200,000. >> who would i be apologizing to that for that >> the banks you tried to take the money from. >> i don't think they care. >> do you think that was wrong? >> yeah, that was definitely unethical.
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>> reporter: she says there was never any malicious intent. >> i'm not just like this vicious scamming person trying to take advantage of anybody who is like just stupid enough to fall for it >> then how do you square the lifestyle aspect of what people see as the scam, the staying at extremely nice hotels, shopping? >> staying in a hotel made sense for me because i was struggling so much i was not staying like in a vegas penthouse >> reporter: her new project? giving buyers access to live streams with her. >> why should someone buy something that you're selling >> i don't know. that's a good question, but i don't know, because i guess i changed so much. >> what does the reinvented anna look like >> hopefully i'll be given a chance to like focus all my energy into something legal. >> reporter: she says her supporters admire her resilience. >> there's always a way to turn something bad into something good obviously there's a line which would be drawn to which methods you should resort while trying to achieve what you want.
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>> do you think you crossed that line? >> well, the government definitely thinks that way. >> what do you think >> my case is still on direct appeal so i'll take it up in court. >> savannah sellers, nbc news, new york up next for us tonight celebrating the country's latino heritage, our first look at a groundbreaking exhibit.
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finally tonight the brand-new smithsonian exhibit honoring the contributions of latinos in the u.s. and "inspiring america. tom llamas with your first look inside before this weekend's grand opening. >> reporter: you're looking at a first of its kind exhibit at the smithsonian, not just artifacts this is an initial victory in a long battle to build a museum celebrating the american latino. ♪ from the cultural contributions of salsa music to the mexican american heroes of the workers rights movement to the vivid risks so many took to come to america. you look at this and you think how could somebody cross an ocean in this, but then you think, why would someone cross an ocean in this. it's these pieces, they make you stop and just think >> this object really speaks not just to the cuban american story but also just to immigration stories around the world >> reporter: and the struggle for latinos continues even with this museum. what does the
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financial situation look like right now? >> it's a little daunting when you take on a task like this because it's exciting because opportunities are there. >> reporter: cuban american jorge is leading the efforts after congress allocated funding. they still need to raise $500 million find a prime d.c. location, and acquire artifacts spanning more than a century. do you see any kind of symbolism in trying to get this museum off the ground and sort of the latino experience in america essentially coming here wanting something so bad, starting with nothing? >> i do. that's one of the reasons i took this job. i felt like it was a calling. >> reporter: that same calling inspiring artists like this woman known for her tree of life pieces. all handcrafted from her studio in san antonio. [ speaking foreign language ]
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>> reporter: recognition and a new museum that will finally fill a void. >> i want to make sure that our future generation, your kids and my grandkids, will be able to come to d.c. and go to a museum and say, i can't believe my story is being shared here. >> reporter: a home for so many to share those stories, look back and create that tide to keep pushing forward. tom llamas, nbc news, washington. that's "nightly news" for this thursday be sure to check out an all new "nightly news" kids edition streaming right now. thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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next on nbc news tonight they broke up storytime in the threatening to come back. new details we're uncovering about a far right disrupting a children's event in an east bay library and the message a local lawmaker has for them. >> to the problem is what i tell you today talking to this group you have nothing to be proud of for what you did to children. >> plus former president clinton former secretary of defense leon and the mayor, willie brown. the heavy hitters in politics gathering in san jose to honor norman. >> norman spent a lifetime trying to be a builder, not a breaker.


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