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long refugees would be able to stay for free. for more information on how you can help afghan refugees during this crisis go to cnn.com/impact. and cnn's coverage continues right now. very good tuesday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. a race against time in afghanistan and today good news. record progress in the evacuation effort. more than 21,000 people evacuated from the country in just the past 24 hours. it's a new record. it's also an enormous logistical achievement. an estimated 4500 people are now waiting for evacuation flights inside the kabul airport this morning. and now president biden faces a big decision today. will he extend the deadline to withdraw u.s. troops with that august 31st date fast approaching? u.s. military leaders say the
decision must be made today in order to provide enough time to withdraw the 5800 troops on the ground in kabul, as well as equipment and weapons. minutes from now, leaders of the group of seven nations are set to hold a virtual meeting where u.s. allies are expected to ramp up pressure on the president to extend that deadline. we are covering this story from all angles, like no one else can. let's begin this morning on the ground in kabul where that dramatic increase in evacuations is unfolding as we speak. and sam kiley is there live. sam, tell us what you're seeing there. this is an enormous number of flights in the past 24 hours. >> reporter: yeah, it's a gigantic number and they have been continuing all day today. of course as well, jim. so, as of about two hours ago, military officials here were telling us the u.s. alone had flown out some 9,000 evacuees. when i was on the main area where the refugees and the evacuees were gathering
yesterday, jim, there were about 10 1/2 thousand had been evacuated leaving behind about 10,000. that figure is now down to about 4,600. the gates are closed at the moment, but small numbers of people with the special immigrant visas are being filtered through, just in ones and twos and there are some covert extractions going on, partly run by some of the afghan national army special forces, former government special forces trying to bring their friends and families in. but also some more unorthodox routes being taken by the americans to go out and get small pockets of people who can't make it into the airport. on top of that military officials, jim, are saying the cordon around the airport is extended and hardened by the taliban. there are fewer people pressing up against the gates as of early, about midday today, there were 9,000, they believe. those numbers have been going down. this may also reflect an
increase in a large number of people that have gathered at the serena hotel following reports they might get help from the qatari embassy. that report is overwhelmed. on top of all that, jim comey, there was a very extended fire fight to the west on the edge of the airport for about an hour in the early hours of this morning. and the taliban, we have information on the ground from kabul, have arrested at least four people they suspect of being isis infiltrators who they suspect were filming targets for possible attack. and that really is the security concern that is preoccupying not just the united states, but also the taliban, which arguably part of the reason why there was a meeting with the c.i.a. director on monday to discuss reportedly a large number of modalities of what has to be achieved by the october 31st deadline so that it doesn't necessarily have to be extended, jim.
>> understood, and that's a deadline we're going to discuss in a moment. sam kiley, good to have you at the airport. please keep you and your team safe. so, let's go to cnn's jeremy diamond at the white house. jeremy, as you know, u.s. military leaders are advising president biden that if he's going to extend this deadline, these evacuations, he ought to make a decision today because they have to then make plans for getting all those troops, thousands of troops managing the evacuation. are you hearing anything from inside the white house as to where the president expands on this? >> reporter: well, listen, jim, it does appear today will be decision day for the president on this decision of the august 31st deadline. as you mention, the military officials advising the president that preparations need to get underway now beginning today if indeed those 5800 troops who are assisting the evacuations are going to get home by that august 31st deadline. in addition to that, we have this g7 leaders meeting today where the president will be sitting down in just the next half hour actually, virtually
with those g7 leaders, 78 of whom have already been leading a kind of public pressure campaign on the united states on the president to keep u.s. troops in country past august 31st. one of the things to keep in mind here is the fact that it is the united states that is facilitating the withdrawal, not only in the evacuations not only of u.s. civilians and the afghans who have helped the united states, but also all of the other coalition partners including france, including the united kingdom. so they can't continue those evacuations unless this u.s. troop presence remains on the ground. administration official has told us that this decision could come today in this meeting with the g7 leaders. we also expect the president to deliver public remarks around noon today. so we could potentially hear from him on that decision. it is important to keep in mind the president so far has said that he believes this can be done by august 31st, and that is the goal that he has in mind. but it's also important to note that the president has said, he is committed to bringing every american who wants to come home from afghanistan, to bring them
home. and he also said last week, jim, that that commitment extends also to all of those afghans who have helped the united states. and if this august 31st deadline is not extended, it is hard to see how the president maintains that commitment. even as the united states is ramping up these evacuations, 20,000 plus evacuated by u.s. military as well as coalition flights in the last 24 hours. there are still potentially tens of thousands of afghans who want to get home or who want to get out of the country and to the united states. jim? >> and the simple fact is, and the white house has to be aware of that, that many of those afghans cannot as much as get to the airport to get out, and time is waning here. we'll see how that factors into the decision. thanks so much, jeremy. let's speak now to cnn diplomatic editor nick robertson. good to have you. the president will get pressure from the allies. they depend on the u.s. presence for what they are doing, taking
evacuees out. how severe do you expect that pressure to be? >> yeah, these leaders like boris johnson hosting the g7 has faced a lot of domestic pressure for the way the withdrawal has gone down in afghanistan. you know, albeit, under the leadership of the united states, they still get pressure at home. so that there is on them, you know, an increased focus on making sure they get all the afghan nationals out who helped them and all their own nationals out. so the pressure is on them they feel they need more time. i think the reality of the situation, the pushback we've heard from the taliban, the pushback that has become apparent from the taliban in the past 24 hours is a new reality here. and we heard a reflection of that from the british defense secretary ben wallace speaking earlier today. >> i think it is unlikely, not only because of what the taliban said, but if you look at the public statements of president
biden, i think it is an unlikely -- it is definitely worth us all trying and we will. >> you know, what the g7 is going to focus on today is not just the number one top priority issue of getting nationals and afghans out who helped the british, the french, the germans, et cetera, et cetera, to get them out of the country. there is going to be an effort here. we've heard this from boris johnson over the past week saying, we need to have a coordinated response about how to deal with the taliban. and there are some really important underlying factors here. europe is very concerned about a massive influx of afghan refugees. they are concerned because they witnessed what happened to europe during that massive influx of syrian refugees around 2014, 2015. it's very destabilizing. it's led to an increase of nationalism in europe. there are political costs, you know, associated with how afghanistan press goes from here. one of the things they will try to get out of the g7 is
humanitarian aid. and this, jim, is the real lever over the taliban. one of the last remaining levers there is. they need that international support. what does the g7 say about the cond conditionality of the support they talk about. >> i spoke with rory stuart, a british mp. his comments were blistering of the u.s. saying the european allies felt let down, they felt shut out of this entire decision in afghanistan. i wonder, are you hearing similar? and how severe that damage is? >> yes, frankly, we are hearing -- rory stuart, perhaps of all british mps knows afghanistan more than anyone else. his insights were then and remain today remarkable as head of the charitable foundation there. the pushback has come because there is a real sense that
britain's best interests would have been to stay engaged diplomatically, militarily, and inside afghanistan, and that the rapid draw down has been, you know, has allowed the taliban to walk to power. and this was not something the british had any control over. so the prime minister has taken big pushback on that. >> nic robertson, fissures within the alliance. tlank thanks very much. we are learning burns held a meeting with the de facto leader of the taliban monday. since the militants took over the afghan country, much of the country, natasha bertrand has more on this development. it's interesting given the c.i.a. was looking to arrest this guy in years past and now the director is meeting with i am had. what's the intention? >> reporter: what a difference 20 years makes, right, jim? what we are learning is that the
c.i.a. director did go to kabul yesterday and he met with the taliban leader there in a sign that the biden administration really needs a seasoned diplomat, one of the trusted veteran diplomats in the biden administration to really get a read on how the taliban is perceiving a potential extension of the u.s. presence there past august 31st. now, we heard, of course, the taliban say august 31st deadline is a red line and they want all americans out of the country by then. but it is seen within the biden administration that if anyone can negotiate with the taliban, it is william burns. of course, he's a very seasoned diplomat, formerary, now heads the c.i.a.. the c.i.a. is viewed by the taliban is a very credible i interlocutor with the united states. they are trying to get a read of
whether they will permit any extension on the ground. >> natasha bertrand, thank you very much. the question on many parents minds perhaps you as well is when can children under 12 get vaccinated. dr. anthony fauci gave an important update on that. you'll want to hear it. plus, a house divided. house democrats holding a key meeting as moderates within the party threaten to derail president biden's economic agenda. we're going to be live on the hill for an update. and the governor of kentucky imploring the national guard as hospitals in that state are overwhelmed by covid patients. the governor will join us.
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dr. anthony fauci laying out perhaps a new time line for a return to normalcy. >> if we can get through this winter and get really the majority, overwhelming majority of the 90 million people who have not been vaccinated vaccinated, i hope we could start to get some good control in the spring of 2022. >> those are two key steps to make that happen, getting children under 12 vaccinated and full approval for the other main vaccines, moderna and johnson & johnson. cnn senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins me now. let's begin with children under 12. i'm watching this closely because i have a couple of them, and i've heard different time lines as i'm sure many folks listening have heard. so what's the latest? what's most likely? >> you know what, first let me
explain why we've heard so many different things, and the reason why is that this is a whole new set of clinical trials, because you have to be super careful. kids come in different sizes and you have to make sure you get the dosage right. too low and you haven't really vaccinated them. it has no effect. too high, and you may cause side effects. so you have to get this right. it's very, very precise, and they're being careful. so that's a good thing. so let's take a listen to what dr. anthony fauci said when he was asked about the time line for kids and vaccines. >> what's the likelihood that that group is going to be able to get the shot before the christmas holidays? >> you know, i think there's reasonable chance that will be the case. i hope all of that process will take place expeditiously, and that we will have it on the timetable that you just mentioned. hopefully by the mid-late fall and early winter. >> so that's actually very
similar to time lines that dr. anthony fauci has laid out before. children by sort of this fall, by the end of the year. i think one big issue is going to be will children get -- will parents get their children vaccinated against covid-19. let's take a look at the 12 to 15, that's the youngest age group right now. it's going okay, but not great. so, 7 million children 12 to 15 have gotten at least one shot. that's about half of that age group. so half have and half haven't. and remember, vaccinations for this age group started may 10. it's been months, plenty of opportunity. only half have. jim, if you look at adults, it's more like three quarters. i think while we're thinking about how do we get the right dosage and all of that, i'm really hoping that the cdc and others are thinking, how do we message parents they need to do this for their children for 12 to 15 now, and younger when that's allowed. >> i will say 47% with at least one shot is higher than i thought it was in that age group.
these things move. too slowly, but they move. so let's talk about the other two vaccines. you have full fda approval for pfizer yesterday. what about moderna, particularly johnson & johnson, right? because there have been questions throughout. >> there has. you know, it's interesting. we sort of hear less and less about johnson & johnson. it's hard ter to get when you g on the vaccine finder online. it's harder to find. johnson & johnson hasn't applied for full approval. let's take a look at where all these different companies stand. as we know, pfizer just got their -- actually first let's look at the numbers. pfizer 205 million doses have been given out. moderna 143. johnson & johnson 14 million. you can see how it's just not such a big player in this field. and now if we think for a minute about where all these stand, moderna applied for full approval about a month after pfizer did. about a month after. so we may be seeing full approval for moderna in about a month. johnson & johnson hasn't even applied yet.
it sort of makes you wonder, are they ever going to apply. jim? >> interesting, but great to see those numbers on those first two. elizabeth cohen, thanks very much. >> thanks. >> let's speak now with the dean of brown university school of public health. dr. jah, good to have you back. goodness, a lot of folks thought, myself included, we would be back to some semblance of normalcy now. of course, the dell ti variant as well as vaccine hesitance has gotten in the way of that. do you agree with dr. fauci's assessment if you get full approval for these other two vaccines, but also start getting children vaccinated at higher rates, that means maybe springtime is something to look forward to? >> yeah, good morning, jim. thanks for having me back. i do. i look -- maybe i'm a bit more optimistic and i'll tell you why. so i do think we're going to get kids under 12, 5 to 12 probably vaccinated over the next couple of months, at least we should have an authorization by then. i think that will make a big difference. that's going to add a bunch more
obviously protection for the kids and add more population immunity. i think you'll see parts of the country, the northeast with very high vaccination rates. other places do reasonably well this winter. at least i'm hopeful that is going to be the case. and so my hope is if a lot more americans get vaccinated with full approval, you're going to see a lot more mandates, you're going to start getting some semblance of normal as we head later into the win der and early spring as dr. fauci said. >> let's talk about those under 12s, dr. fauci talking about maybe by christmastime you have approval before that, but a lot of kids vaccinated by christmastime. what is your time line on that? i know, listen, at the end of the day they have to do the science, right. there's a reason you do the studies. for safety, for efficacy. but just so folks at home have a sense. are we talking weeks, are we talking months? >> it's a good question. the short answer is none of us know for sure. last week katy porter wrote a letter to the fda asking them to layout the time line more openly
and transparentsly for the american people. a letter which i thought was fabulous. my sense is we're going to have data in the next month. we're going to see data in the next month. probably by the end of september. my hope is that the fda acts expeditiously after that assuming the data is good and strong, and maybe by later october we might see an authorization. we don't know and i don't want to second guess the time line of the science, but that's what i'm hoping for. >> we have seen in recent weeks something of an uptick in the daily rate of vaccinations. i think for three days in a row above a million, haven't been that way since july. what you hear from doctors is that some people who were hesitant prior are now being scared into it, right? because they're seeing people around them go into the hospital, particularly low vaccination states. is that uptick significant enough to take a bite out of what we're seeing from the delta variant? >> yeah, i think it's going to help. and i think what else is going to help is the mandates that are starting to come. just yesterday after the pfizer full approval, you saw a whole
slew of more mandates. i think you're going to see more this week. i think that combination is going to help a lot. >> yeah, well, it's finally, you might say. the other question, of course, is masking. you are seeing -- kids are going back to school, right, you've had this -- made a political issue when it's really a public health issue. but a lot of school districts even in the states, florida and texas, banning the mandates are going ahead with masking anyway. what are you seeing from the data so far in terms of this as kids go back to school? >> yeah, first of all, jim, like the fact we turned masking of kids into a political football is just crazy. it's a disservice to our children. we should be guided by the data here. what i believe and the evidence i think is pretty good on this is that masking is helpful. it's not the end all be all, but it is helpful. we should be doing it right now, especially in high transmission
areas where kids are getting sick and very high numbers and getting high numbers. where you are see masking you are seeing lower lefvels of infection. that makes sense. masking among other things can help kids go back to school safely. we have to do the whole package. >> by the way, the whole position is contradictory. the politicians banning it want the schools to be open. schools that don't have masking have outbreaks and they have to send the kids home. dr. hashish jha, thank you so much. can the party reach an agreement on biden's economic agenda or will moderates continue to hold up negotiations? we're monments away from th opening bell on wall street. futures edging higher showing optimism on the approval of the pfizer vaccine. the nasdaq composite reaching a new all-time high.
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the bipartisan infrastructure bill on the floor first for a vote before the larger budget resolution, this $3.5 trillion deal with a lot of other democratic priorities. so far they're not backing down. cnn's jessica dean, john harwood following all this. jessica, they're meeting. i know there have been lots of ideas floated for how to move this forward without sinking the agenda. where do those negotiations stand right now, and is it your sense they're going to reach agreement? >> reporter: well, we are hearing that we think we could expect something today. it's a little wishy washi at this point, jim. what we know for sure is house speaker nancy pelosi is working hard to get these moderates on board. remember there is only a three-seat margin in the house. going forward she's going to need their support because they could tank it. they fo they thought they found a solution with the legislative core put together which they could pass what's called the
rule, they would have to vote on it once. it was put together with the budget as well as the john lewis voting rights as well as infrastructure. it sets out the terms for the debate on the bill, that sort of thing. it's a rprocedural vote. they thought that would be enough to accommodate the moderates. well, midnight came around, they still had no deal, everybody went home, they're back here. house democrats once again hashing it out trying to figure out what it's going to take. is it possible that perhaps they build in, you must vote on infrastructure by x date into this? that could be, but at this point we've heard from some of these moderates. they say they're working together. that they are hopeful that they can get a deal done. but that remains to be seen. if today is anything like yesterday, jim, this could go back and forth and up and down all throughout the day. >> i think the technical term is a fudge. john, i'm sure the white house is frustrated by this, not to mention they have afghanistan on their plate. does the president, does his
team believe they're going to be able to get over this hurdle? >> reporter: yes. and of course they're frustrated. as you indicated, jim, this is a moment of heightened vulnerability for president biden because of the situation in afghanistan. his numbers are down. they've been creeping down related to covid and maybe to some degree on afghanistan in recent days. this is the reality of the democratic governance in washington. zero margin for error in the senate. as jessica indicated, just a three-vote margin in the house of representatives. any small group of democrats in the house can bring down the president's agenda if they want to. and the question is do they ultimately want to? they're trying to -- democrats are trying to keep their team together. they've been able to do it so far on important things like the american rescue plan. it is critical from the white house point of view and from the view of democratic campaigns at large that they show the
american people that they're getting things done for them. very tangible things like in the reconciliation bill. child tax credits, universal pre-k, free community college, expanded benefits under medicare, and the infrastructure bill, roads, bridges, broadband, all that sort of thing. but you've got individual members, democrats trying to maintain their leverage throughout this process. the moderates are trying to keep leverage over the reconciliation process, in part, because some of them, josh the leader of them, has concerns about the tax portions, the tax increases that are in that reconciliation bill. and the longer they can hold out, they could try to squeeze some of those down. so the question is can they hold the democratic team together? joe biden's been trying to lower the temperature between democrats and republicans, but especially between -- among the democratic party and they're betting they still can do that. we will see in the next few
hours. >> when lawmakers have leverage, they like to use it. john harwood, jessica dean, thanks very much. this just in to cnn. we're learning that vice president harris' travel delegation was delayed from departing singapore due to a report of a health incident. the details of this potentially alarming. cnn's natasha bertrand is here to explain. health incident, what are we talking about here? >> an anomalous health incident. that's what the u.s. calls havana syndrome. it is a weird constellation of syndromes that has sickened american diplomats over the years, things like traumatic brain injury, vertigo, in some cases forcing u.s. government employees to retire. this is a remarkable incident if it is confirmed. and the fact that they're being transparent about it is also kind of interesting. we have not previously reported
that any of these cases have come out of vietnam, but they have been popping up all over the world. from europe to south america to china. and it's unclear at this point, the u.s. intelligence community doesn't exactly know what's causing it. they don't know if it's someone that is targeting these diplomats, for example. but it is notable and we have reported in the past that about 100 of the people that have experienced these symptoms and reported them have been c.i.a. personnel. obviously the vice president's team thought that this report of a potential incident was serious enough to delay her trip there. >> the work in theory has been, or at least the possibility this is some sort of directed energy weapon, perhaps something aimed at someone's device to steal data from it, which causes this -- these symptoms is the suggestion this happened to a member of harris's team or someone else and they're trying to protect harris's team from this? >> we don't know. there are advance teams on the ground before the vice president actually gets there.
but the statement we received from the u.s. embassy there did not specify anything really. all they said was they received a report of this anomalous health incident and out of an abundance of caution they delayed the vice president's trip there. >> i know you've been covering this sometime. no definitive answers, but to date when u.s. officials you speak with talk about a most likely culprit, they say? >> they say russia. russia is the most likely culprit at this point. they have been testing these kind of directed energy weapons for years now. they have motive obviously. but the intel community is obviously being very careful and the u.s. government officials are very careful to even call these attacks. they say that right now all signs point to this potentially being russia, but again, they don't know whether this is a weapon or just some kind of collection device that is having adverse impacts on government employees. >> the impacts severe and lasting. natasha bertrand, thanks so much. we'll bring you more details as we get them. another story we're following, a record number of
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staffing shortages. at least one has been enforced to enact disaster plans. look at that graph. it's going in the wrong direction. joining me now is kentucky governor andy bashir. good morning. >> good morning. >> the court ordered you to rescind your mask mandate, but the state board of education, it's still requiring masks in public schools. i'm talking about a mask mandate for students. so some students have to, others don't. i just wondered does that create confusion for parents? >> well, there shouldn't be any confusion because the science is clear. school districts that require universal masking are doing all right. they're keeping their kids in class. they're keeping cases and quarantines low. but everywhere that we don't have universal masking, it fails. it's everything from a district in kentucky that went back for three days masking optional and had 700 quarantines in just the
first three days. i think they're up to 1500 now, all related to just three days. that west texas school district where the entire school district is quarantined, think about that. and we've got studies that come out now that say 90% of students in a classroom unvaccinated will end up quarantined within a semester. listen, there's the smart decision and then there's the one where we host a giant chickenpox party, but it's with the third leading cause of death. let's just make a smart decision. >> yeah, if only. as you know, some school districts in florida and texas where governors have banned mask mandates said they've just gone ahead and defied the statewide bans and said, we're doing it. would you recommend the same to communities in kentucky? >> well, there is nothing in kentucky that prevents a school district from putting this into place. and, listen, i was willing to make the tough decision, the unpopular decision with some to require universal masking in all
our schools. why? because i care about my two kids and i care about everybody else's, too, and i want this to work. i want them to be in class and i want to make sure we don't impact our work force. our hospitals are overrun right now. a quarantined child of a nurse is likely pulling that nurse out of the hospital. a quarantined child of a doctor likely pulls that doctor out of the hospital. and then there are fewer staffed beds for us to take care of people. so i was willing to do it. our supreme court has now said, i'm not going to have that authority, and so i very seriously hope that our state legislature will give it strong consideration because there are only two things that can blunt the delta variant. vaccines and masking. and we need both tools in place to protect our people. >> okay. so let's talk about vaccines and the question of mandating vaccines, at least for certain categories of workers. as you know, the fda granted full authorization out of the
pfizer vaccine. a lot of republican and governors in banning vaccine mandates cited the fact that until now it had been emergency use authorization. now that there is full authorization for at least one vaccine, do you plan on mandating vaccines or attempting to for any category of worker? >> right now in kentucky what we are seeing is the private sector stepping up, even before this full approval and requiring it. it's all of our major hospital systems that set a deadline for it. it's a number of our major companies. it's national companies like tyson that have large groups in kentucky where we're seeing vaccinations pick up. but again, what we've seen across the country are court decisions that end up limiting the powers of a central executive to make the tough calls and to make the hard calls. so it's going to be a real challenge on the authority side to be able to do that in kentucky.
but, listen, full approval ought to be a game changer because for those legitimately skeptical but open, this was the main criticism, that it was rushed, that it didn't go through what everything else did. this is probably the most studied vaccine this time in human history and half of all americans have taken it. we know it's safe. it's time for folks to go in, get that shot and help us beat the variant. >> the number on our screen says 353 million doses so far. do you sense a change -- you're a democratic governor in a red state. you have to talk to a lot of democratic voters and republican voters. do you sense a change of view on both vaccine and masking even among republican voters who might have shared some hesitation to do this or even outright hostility to do this as you've seen infections ramp up, as you've seen hospitals being
overwhelmed? >> well, certainly the delta variant rightfully scares people and we are at a critical stage all across kentucky. we have multiple hospitals bursting at the seams. we've had one set of triage tents outside because they can't handle the push in the emergency room. the one that's got its disaster plan in effect has turned about every operating room into a new covid wing. you go across our state and we just had another request for national guard at another hospital that just reported being at that critical stage. so we're at the point where, in many areas, if you're in a car accident, you're in big trouble because there's not the staff and the bed to take care of you. if you have a stroke, if you have a heart attack. so, the possibility for excess death and for more loss is real. and so we're starting to see our vaccination rates tick up. we're starting to see more people masked.
but we have to have a lot more than what we're seeing. ticking up and people getting a little bit more interested in wearing masks isn't going to defeat this variant. we need everybody loving themselves and protecting their brother. >> at least follow the golden rule. governor andy bashir, thank you for coming on. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. that help unleash your energy. loaded with b vitamins... ...and other key essential nutrients... ...it's a tasty way to conquer your day. try centrum multi gummies. now with a new look. tempur-pedic's mission is to give you truly transformative sleep. so, no more tossing and turning. because only tempur-pedic uses a proprietary material... that adapts and responds to your body. so you get deep, uninterrupted sleep. and now save up to $700 on adjustable mattress sets.
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telecom companies and social media outlets to save records and phone calls and messages for people under investigation and those people include members of congress. whitney wild joins us now. so how many members of congress and what exactly are they trying to discover here. >> reporter: well we don't know how many members but there might be hupndreds hundreds of t are targeted and so they're asking to preserve the records an then the subpoenas come and then they get the records an then thet get into the meat of the investigation. they look for communications between members of congress and the white house on the day of the riot and then the question is who either within members of congress or who within trump world were talking to people that might have been at the riot themselves. >> there have been public intimations about republican members of congress talking to some of the folks.
>> right. and that is the big question. and that is what they'll drill down on. and this new piece of information that my amazing colleagues on capitol hill have broken and setting the tone for their reporting, i have to give them so much credit. this is the first window into the scope of the investigation which could be massive because like i said, there could be hundreds of subpoenas, hundreds of invitations to testify. first they probably want to get the paper then ask the questions. but what we know is that the resolution that is standing up this committee, basically said take all of the time you want and there is no limit on money here. >> unlike the prior bipartisan plan which was rejected. >> exactly. which have a limitation. a timer on it. exactly. >> carries it right up to the election. whitney wild, thank you very much. in just minutes we're getting a briefing from the pentagon. the latest on the u.s. military massive evacuation effort out of kabul. we'll bring that you to live. that is where it is going to happen right there.
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very good tuesday morning. i'm jim sciutto. evacuations from afghanistan accelerating, a new record in the last 24 hours. but president biden under pressure now and on the clock. happening right now, president biden is holding a behind the doors virtual meeting with leaders of the group of seven nations. they are expected to press him on extending the self imposed u.s. august 31st deadline to withdraw all u.s. troops from afghanistan. those troops making the evacuation possible. and they are expecting to discuss whether they should jointly recognize the taliban