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in paris for a busy day. also a rare press conference, but back at home pressure continues to build on the russia investigation. >> if hillary had won, our military would be decimated. our energy would be much more expensive. that's what putin doesn't like about me. >> to breaking news overnight, in a major update in the search for four missing pennsylvania men. president trump's choice for fbi director facing fire and many questions to loyalty to his new boss. incredible images out of china of a massive car-crushing mud slide caught on cap camera.
and the cringe worthy moment of the espys "early today" starts now. good to be y with you. president trump has just arrive ed in paris for a major mote, u be first a new development over donald trump jr.'s meeting with a russian lawyer. the e-mail claimed the russian government claimed his support. >> if hillary had won our military would be decimated. our energy would be much more expensiv expensive. so when i keep hearing he would have rather had trump, i think probably not. >> peter alexander r has more on the latest twist in the russian controversy. >> reporter: this video shot exclusively by nbc shows donald trump in 2013 attending a birthday party in moscow for his former business partner tied to vladimir putin. also there his son emmit, who asked a a trusted associate to
set up a meeting with donald trump jr. and a russian government attorney. >> you like russians? >> i like russians. >> reporter: with the white house under siege, the president is asking as defender in chief. many people would have leld that meeting arguing he does not fault his son declaring hymn innocent. calling the russia investigation the greatest witch hunt in political history. even as the younger trump acknowledges regrets. >> i probably would have done things a little differently. hindsight is always 20/20. >> no meaningful information was exchanged adding he never told his father about the meeting. >> it was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell. >> reporter: the president's lawyer fending off accusations. >> there's no law that's been. violate d here. the meeting that took place is not illegal. >> reporter: also asked if putin's denial of meddling, something happened and we have
to find out what it is. while touting america's improving relationship with putin. >> there are many other cases where getting along can be a positive thing. but always putin is going to want russia and trump is going tot he mting was an ideal outcome not for president trump and america's interests, but for putin and russia's interests. >> and now president trump is in paris for a meeting with the french president later today. the two leaders will be commemorating the entry into world war i which happened 100 years ago. american soldiers and french servicemen will be marching side by side as the two presidents come together. despite their clashing world views. kelly is in paris this morning. what can we expect from this presidential meeting today? >> reporter: francis, there will be a fair amount of pomp and ceremony throughout the day today and into tomorrow. the official welcoming ceremony happens in a couple hours from
now at the site of napoleon's tomb. that's where the president will officially welcome president trump with a a very e llaborate ceremony in a private tour of napoleon's tomb. then a meeting between these two le leaders. what are they expected to discuss in that meeting, a variety of things. their common interests according to staffs on both sides. the global fight against terrorism, the fight against isis, what's next for syria once raqqah, the so-called capital of the islamic state is defeated and recovered. climate change could also come up. it's not officially on the agenda, but it's well known that the two leaders differ significantly when it comes to climate change and president trump pulling out of the paris climate accord. criticizing him for that decision. it will be interesting to see
how the two leaders interaction once they have this press conference. the president is known to not back down. he was very confrontational when president pooutin was here. it will be interesting to see if he does the same once standing side by side with president trump later today. >> kelly, thank you. breaking overnight, human remains have been found in pennsylvania where authorities have been searching for four missing teens. cadaver dogs led police to a common grave where the remains were found. the body of one of the missing teens was positively identified. the bucks county da says this is a claer case of homicide. he and three others disappeared last friday. the da promises he will not rest until all the young men are found. >> we're strong and we're going to remain strong and we're going to see this investigation to the end. we're going to bring each and every one of these lost boys
home to their families. >> ndrew, what more have we learned? >> reporter: the district attorney promised major developments in the case and he came out to tell us that a 19-year-old's human remains were discovered in a 12-foot grave. people have been working out on this rural farmland outside of philadelphia since earlier this week. it was late last week when four young men were reported missing. now the person they have identified was a 19-year-old from this area and the three others they think are in that grave as well. they have photo made that positive identification. they are finding those human remains thanks to cadaver dogs that led them to that site. police have made an arrest in the case, but they have not directly charged the young man with homicide. he's a 20 yoerld. his parents own the property where this gruesome discoveries was made. now back to you. >> thank you. now to the good samaritans in california who came to rescue
of a a family trapped after a car crash. by standers rushed to the van a after it ran into a fire high brant. you can hear children crying from inside the car. an infant is rescue d. six people were pulled out and taken to the hospital. their injuries are unknown. police say the crash happened when an suv driver lost control and slammed into the mini van. that driver was arrested on suspicion of dui. president trump's fom knee for fbi director apierce to be heading for confirmation this hearing morning. he pledged he would resign if the president asked him to do something illegal. christopher ray is widely regarded as well qualified to lead the fbi. after the messy fireding of james comey, ray faced unusual pointed questions. pete williams has details. >> christopher ray entered the hearing with one overriding mission. demonstrate his independence from the president who nominated
him after firing james comey. >> i will never allow the fbi's work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. period. >> he said no one, including donald trump, asked him to it pledge loyalty, something kocom said the president asked of him. >> it got then awkward and i then said you will always have honesty from me. >> to one asked me for a a loyalty oath at any point during this process and i didn't offer one. >> if the president asks you to do something unlawful or unethical, what do you say? >> first, i would try to talk him out of it. if that failed, i would resign. >> wray is a former federal prosecutor and a senior official in the justice department at a ti w deputy attorney general and his boss. he was careful to defend comey's
character discounting the president's description. >> you don't think dr. comey is a nut job. >> that's never been my experience with him. >> he said he was wrong to publicly criticize hillary clinton's handling of class 32ed e-mails announcing she should not be. charged with a crime. >> he says he would have everything needed to examine the russian meddling, despite the president's dim view of that investigation. >> i'm asking you as the future fbi director you consider this endeavor a witch hunt? >> i do not consider director mueller to be on a witch hunt. >> he has no reason to doubt russia was cyber hack iing the election. >> now pete williams reports it appears that he will be confirmed with bipartisan support. now the midwest flooding, a a powerful wave of storms left chicago's northern suburbs under water and thousands without power. and wisconsin's fox river swelled to over 3 1/2 feet above
flood stage. homes and business. s are impacted knocking out electricity to 20,000 customers. let's turn to meteorologist bonnie snider with what's ahead for us. >> all of that rain that hit chicago is pushing to the east. it's impacting dpan at this house. lansing getting powerful thrls. this thunderstorms. 19 million americans facing that threat of e severe weather. another huge story is the heat. excessive heat warning for philadelphia. a watch for new york city down through washington. temperatures will climb into the mid-90s, but it's going to feel even hotter than that. expect temperatures to feel like
ed at least one of these men have been found. we have live team coverage. >> and lawmakers are pushing for change on college campuses and it comes following the death of a fraternity pledge. >> and how to stop mosquitos in their flight. >> nbc news today starts right after "early today." snacks and e gone, people. and one of us used up all the sunscreen! i wonder who... . we're gonna need some reinforcements...quick. copy that. walgreens makes it easy when summer needs a little help. your summer base camp is just around the corner so you can get in, out and back to those summer shenanigans.
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>> and this morning the search continues. >> investigators are combing through a farm as they look for signs of the other three men. >> and man being called a person of interest in the case and we're learning more about his past. >> police make a grim discovery in the search for four missing men in bucks county. we learned overnight that the remains were uncovered on a
farm. remains were found buried underground more than 12 feet down and they're still searching for signs of the other three men. cosmo dinardo is being held on bail. what's happening right now? >> reporter: well, tracy, nothing going on exactly right now at the moment but i have to tell you, we've been covering this all week and the d.a. gives us an update at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. we knew when they called us down at midnight something big had happened. we learned that cadaver dogs pointed authorities to the exact location as what they have discovered as a common grave. multiple human remains were found in that grave underneath.
authorities have not said how he died but say this is a homicide and at this time they do not know how many homicides they have. the bodies were discovered at a property owned by the family. we'll have more on that later in the show. as you may know from our reporting though, there are still three more families awaiting word on their missing loved ones. this is what investigators wanted them to know sending that news last night. >> we're strong and we're going to remain strong and we're going to see this investigation to the end and we're going to bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families one way or another. we will not rest until we do