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another terror attack in kabul is likely saying quote another terror attack in kabul is likely. it a direct quote and the next few days they say will be quote the most dangerous for american forces. and this is just one day after isis-k claimed responsibility for the hoffrrific suicide mission. >> this is the most dangerous part of the mission. there is an on going and acute threat from isis-k. so that is what they are facing. >> on going and acute. and the pentagon, you know, the words you heard from jen psaki, the pentagon says that these fears are based on very specific intelligence. >> the threat from isis is real. we have additional information and so what i would tell you is what you're seeing us act onto the degree we can talk about it is based on information that we
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have. >> this comes as the death toll and the attack is actually going up. now more than 170 people are confirmed dead in that suicide attack. more than 200 more wounded. the 13 slain u.s. service members are now confirmed as 11 marines, one navy sailor and one army soldier. and the 18 u.s. service members wounded in the attack are now being treated at the air base in germany. the white house today also not holding back when asked what president biden meant when he vowed to hunt those down responsible for the deadliest day in afghanistan in a decade. >> i think he made clear yesterday that he does not want them to live on the earth anymore. >> at this hour thousands of u.s. troops are still on the ground assisting in the evacuations of u.s. citizens and afghan allies. there are only four days left before the u.s. deadline to leave the country, but the pace is slowing down.
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there is equipment they need to take out and the soldiers themselves, administration just announcing roughly 4200 people were evacuated in the span of the last 12 hours compared to 12,500 in the prior 24-hour period. you can see the slowdown. the state department saying it is still working to evacuate about 500 americans, that it knows wants to get out and still awaiting word from several hundred other americans and of course, there is all the afghan special immigrant visa app applicants hanging out there. president biden saying the airport attack or threat of other attacks will not detour the united states. >> i met with my commanders this morning, first thing in the morning and got a detailed briefing about yesterday's attacks and the measure they are taking to protect our forces and complete the mission and we will complete the mission. >> phil mattingly is "outfront" at the white house to begin coverage. phil, you've been talking to officials in the administration today. just how afraid are they? they used the word acute,
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specific intelligence. how are afraid are they isis will carry out another deadly attack on isis? >> the concern to some degree and anxiety is p pal pable. you hit on a key point when you talked about the u.s. military drawdown. that add as level of complexity and openness to potential attack that just hasn't existed in the last 24 hours when that last attack transpired. the way officials frame things right now as they look at what is going to be happening over the course of the next couple days is military assets start to draw down and leave the country is not just every day, every single hour becomes more dangerous than the last. house security operates, who is guarding the perimeter, how they continue to evacuate individuals. you noted the numbers went down compared to the similar 12-hour period from yesterday. however, pentagon officials have made clear they will continue to evacuate individuals whether american citizens of which there
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are several hundred left on the ground or afghan citizens that have been allies the united states up until the last flight leaves. as long as that is still going on while military personnel are withdrawing, the risk only grows. the terror threat is clear. they have been aware for days. the intelligence has only grown more acute as the days have gone on and white house officials told me they're on the edge of their seat looking at their phones and computers, waiting to see something bad happen. they believe the plans they have in place as related to the white house by the pentagon are effective. the pentagon has made clear repeatedly to the president that's the case force protection is a priority but just no way to change the dynamics that make this danger very, very acute and real, erin. >> so thank you very much, phil. as phil was speaking, we got breaking news, and this is the identity, the identity of the first u.s. service member killed in kabul that we have been able to confirm, and we can tell you
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about 20-year-old marine riley mccollum from wyoming. he was on his first deployment since evacuations began. his sister says he was manning a check point. he was 20 years old. he's expecting a baby with his wife in the next few weeks. orin is "outfront". what else do you know at this point? >> of course, this was all of course difficult enough at the pentagon where people described it as a traumatic day, shocking day, sad day and doesn't get easier because a few hours pasted. it gets harder as we learn about 13 u.s. service members, u.s. marine riley mccollum. a native of wisconsin who had always dreamed of being in the marines and being infantry and
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on his first deployment deployed just as the evacuation was ramping up. i'm not going to try to starten this statement in any way. i'll read this statement in full from his family. riley was an amazing man with a passion for the marines. he was a son, a brother and a husband with a baby due in three weeks. he wanted to be a marine for his whole life. he was determined to be in infantry and this was his first deployment. he was sent to iraq when the evacuation began. he wanted to be a history teacher and wrestling coach when he was done serving. he is a tough, kind kid that made an impact on everybody he met. his joke and whit brought so much joy. he was family. riley will always be a hero not just for the sacrifice he made for the country but impacted every life around him for the better making us stronger, kinder, teaching us to love deeper. we love you, riley.
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i think there is a little more i can say about how powerful that statement is from his family and that's, of course, not the only statement. el we'll be expecting the department of defense to issue notification of all the service members killed. 11 marines, a sailor and soldier and we expect that and more as we move through the hours into tomorrow. >> thank you very much. so hard to hear just to imagine that loss. his wife and siblings, his sister, his parents to lose a 20-year-old. first tour going to help in the final days. americans and afghan whose are there, the americans there still manning those posts facing the threat of more isis-k attacks. they're doing it knowing the threat is acute and it's going to happen and doing it anyway amid the rapidly approaching deadline. sam kylie is "outfront".
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>> reporter: crowd control, taliban style. a day after 13 american service members, two british citizens and at least 170 afghans were killed by a suicide bomber afghans are still trying to get to kabul's airport and to freedom. just over the blast walls, the mission continues. nearly 13,000 people flown out in 24 hours. the wounded american service members have been transferred to the regional medical center in germany. now, there is a second mission. hunting down the isis-k terrorists behind thursday's attack. to accomplish that, america will need continued cooperation from the taliban, which still controls check points like this one in kabul filmed today. they're implementing a hard earring around the airport and crowds have thinned. the gate where the attack occurred remains closed. >> we still believe there are credible threats. in fact, i'd say specific
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credible threats and we want to make sure we're prepared. >> reporter: the pentagon warning those could be rocket or vehicle bombs. in kabul, families collect the bodies of loved ones and survivors come to terms with what has happened. this man says that he was an interpreter for the british and among the hundreds of afghan wounded. i fell into the stream and thought i was the only one alive. i saw all the other people were dead. more than 5,000 evacuees are waiting for flights attica beau kabul's airport and italy and spain ended their missions in afghanistan. >> we have the ability to include evacuees on u.s. military airlift out of afghanistan until the very end. >> reporter: the walls of kabul's airport are stained with blood as afghanistan counts down the final days of america's longest war. erin, this is the bloodiest attack committed by isis-k but
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not the only bloody attack they commit in kabul. the last major one they killed 84 school girls, mostly at a double car bombing at a girl's school. this is now their whole capacity now has been increased following the collapse of the government administration and the release of prisoners. several hundred believed to be isis prisoners have been released into the population and no doubt, joining up and thickening the capacity of isis-k to commit more atrocities, erin? >> sam, thank you very much. we'll have much more on that, the issue of the prison releases. i want to go now to an investigative journalist still in kabul tonight and i'm glad to talk to you again. i'm glad you're safe. i know you've been at the hospitals. we saw some pictures from inside. you've been there where they're trying to treat some of the wounded. what are you hearing from the
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victims? >> hi, there. the victims, for them it was one of the bloodiest days they've seen in recent times, as well. most of the hospitals that i visited, i visited two, emergency and the government-run hospital. at the second hospital, the morgue assistant notified me he had to family hand wrap over 100 bodies himself and basically couldn't talk because he was so traumatized from what he had seen the night before. i mean, the numbers don't really tally up because just at that hospital alone, he told me they had received over 150 dead bodies. you know, and the entrance to the hospital, the dead bodies lay in the garden because there was nowhere else to put them so
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you had loved ones sitting out on the green next to their perished family members in black body bags. that is the scene currently in kabul and in islamic practice, they had to bury their loved ones within 24 hours but couldn't because of far too many people with a backlog. >> thank you very much. thanks for telling us the tragedy, the loss of life as we find out the name of the first marine, the tragedy for the afghans who lost their lives. thank you very much. please be safe. we'll talk to you very soon. i want to go now to fareed zakaria, of course, the host of "fareed sazakaria gps." you heard the horror of the dead bodies piled up and
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administration used acute in terms of the threat now as these next few days are the most dangerous. they're saying that with the context of a bomb attack that just killed, you know, more american forces than anything in at least a decade in afghanistan but say the next few days are the most dangerous. how dangerous and crucial are these days? >> i think you can't exaggerate the degree to which there is no real danger for everyone around that airport and the reason is this. what we have now discovered is that there is a very bitter rivalry between the taliban and isis-k, the other terrorist organization. one fact to notice last week when the taliban took kabul, they did not execute anyone. in fact, they went into prisons and let most of the prisoners out, the taliban and non-taliban
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prisoners. there was only one group of people they executed, nine people and that was the leader of the isis-k who was sitting in a kabul jail and his aide associates. this is a battle of sworn enemies and it is erupting just as the united states is trying to get out. it may well be, one can never tell, but it may well be this is the beginning of another afghan civil war. because it's not just isis-k there are other groups and militants who don't like the taliban, so, you know, we may find that the united states was able to keep this thing together in a way that it will not be able to as it crumbles. >> so let me ask you about that because last night the former defense secretary and director of the cia said something that has gotten a lot of attention, rightly so. here is what he told me he thinks is what is ahead in
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afghanistan. >> erin, bottom line is that our work is not done in afghanistan. we're going to have to go back in to get isis. we're probably going to have to go back in when al qaeda rest recollects itself as it will with this taliban. they gave safe haven to al qaeda before and probably will again. yeah, i understand that we're trying to get our troops out of there but the bottom line is we can leave a battle field but we can't leave the war on terrorism, which still is a threat to our security. >> he didn't missnce words, is right, fareed? >> he's right the united states will probably have to do battle with isis and al qaeda but we've been battling forces like that all over the greater middle east in mali and somalia and iraq and
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yemen, in syria. so the question is do you need to have a large permanent position, you know, occupation of afghanistan to fight the war on terror and what president biden is arguing it is possible to fight the war on terror using counterterrorism tools, using special ops, using drones, using intelligence and you go to where they are and you hit them but then you don't sit there, and i think, you know, there is certainly many, many very effective counterterrorism operations that the united states has done in the last 20 years that have not required an in person presence in the sense that we had one in afghanistan. i think leon is right but i think he might be -- i'm not sure he meant it but i don't think he meant that we have to reoccupy afghanistan. i think he's saying there is still going to be a lot of
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fighting between the united states and these terror groups. >> so when you say groups plural and you had referenced the taliban as a terror group, by the way, leon panetta did, as well. the united states is negotiated with the taliban and without formally recognizing them essentially doing so in practice with how we're working with them and phil mattingly asked the white house press secretary today if the white house working with the taliban was, you know, the best of bad options or the only option? i want to play part of her response for you, fareed. >> we don't trust the taliban. this is not about trust. but there is a reality on the ground, and the reality is the afghan -- the taliban control large swaths of afghanistan including the area surrounding the perimeter of the airport. so by necessity, that is our option to coordinate with to get american citizens out, to get our afghan partners out. >> so by necessity, do you agree
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that it is what it is, that the united states will have to continue to coordinate, work with, respect, not trust but do everything else with a group that, you know, terrorist group? >> well, i agree. it's inevitable. it exactly what we should do. i wouldn't use the word respect but i'd say deal with because look, they're the power on the ground. they will have control over highways, roads, police, all that kind of thing and the united states also had a lot of leverage. the taliban is in a difficult position as attacks make clear and a difficult position economically. there is no money in the country and they need to pay government salaries. the united states can ask for things in return like the safe passage of the americans and most importantly, the afghans left behind. there are very few americans left behind but tens and tens of thousands of afghans. the americans should get out first. that's the priority. you cannot leave behind tens of
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thousands of people who have worked with you, fought with you, supported you for 20 years. that should be the number one ask in a sense to get these americans and afghans out and there are things the united states can do to help the taliban and in that circumstance. >> all right. fareed, thank you very much. later on tonight, i'll speak with one of those afghans, ten years working with the u.s. defense contractor stuck in afghanistan tonight. the taliban hunting him. next, the pentagon does admit that the taliban freed thousands, their words, thousands of isis-k fighters from prisons in afghanistan. plus, demanding answers from the white house. cascading failures led to this moment in afghanistan. and ron desantis' ban on mask mandates tonight shot down by a judge. that's why they customize your car insurance, so you only pay for what you need. oh, yeah. that's the spot.
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tonight, as u.s. forces prepare for more terror attacks in kabul, the taliban released thousands of iris-k fighters from prison in afghanistan. >> i don't know the exact number. clearly, it's in the thousands when you consider both prisons because both of them were taken over by the taliban and emptied. >> "outfront" now douglas london, the cia's former counterterrorism chief for the region and author of the soon to
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be released book "the recruiter" spying in the lost art of american intelligence and major general spider marks, analyst. douglas, appreciate your time. let me start with you. we're hearing u.s. officials warn another terror attack is likely in kabul describing specific credible threats are acute, we're hearing that. we're also learning that thousands of isis fighters will join the taliban. how high do you think the threat is right now? >> when they use credible, imminent, that is a certain level of confidence an attack is coming and inevitable. that's the language we use to reflect that level of confidence and detail in our reporting. the spokes, the number of thousands of isis-k sounds a built high. thousands, yes. thousands of isis-k less likely
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and i believe that the taliban would be more likely to separate and call the isis-k prisoners and execute them as they did with the more senior members. it's problematic what we're dealing -- >> right, yeah. >> it is problematic when we're dealing and depending on the taliban as our security partner, though. >> yeah, right. so let me ask you about that. major major general marks, the biden administration say they are sworn enemies and douglas is referring to we did see the leadership, right, the eight leaders plus the top leader executed them when they released them from a specific prison and you have other numbers. whatever they may be. whether it's thousands or slightly less as doug thinks it might be. do you believe that there is on any level there is any collusion between the two groups or believe on all frobnts, all dir
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enemies they wouldn't have released them? >> there is not reason to believe isis-k and the taliban will court nordinate overtly. there may become common purpose go after different targets. what i see with the release of these prisoners again, credible as apparently it is i see that as a longer term issue as opposed to immediate influx of fighters who are going to join some end being consistent plans that about to be executed plans that are about to be launched. these prisoners are going back to the pool and isis will embrace them and give them additional training as necessary and in a long term strategy that the united states needs to address in terms of isis' capability in country, and certainly the taliban in terms of their desire to try to establish governance in kabul,
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then try not to lose all of this ungoverning space to other elements like the isis. that's a longer term concern. immediately these prisoners are not necessarily going to affect what might be listed as douglas indicated as credible targets that will be hit here shortly. >> which is incredible. it's sober whaging what you're saying. there is an acute threat and threats against the american homeland, as well. who knows. we don't know what we don't know. douglas, to your point it not just isis-k. the current taliban is made of members of other militant groups. the state department spokesman was asked today specifically about whether the united states is sharing intelligence with the tall ambiban and that intellige some has been shared to get americans out, where they are and who they are, whether that information is reaching the other fterror groups. let me play the exchange. >> does that coordination extend
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to members of the hakani network who are providing security. >> no, it does not. the taliban and haqqani network are separate entities. >> i understand they may be in someways from state department but when you get to the ground, are they separate entities? do you have an idea what you give the taliban and who is getting it? >> calling them separate entities is like referring to the navy and marines as separate entities part of the same team. the chief of security for kabul, the taliban is kalil haqqani. there is a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture or death and that is now the individual in charge of security. he's been haqqani's with the
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army and intelligence service. so there is a number of counter intelligence implications and sharing information with kalil and the taliban, which can reveal our capabilities that we use against them and other groups that we're pursuing. there is also legal issues for the intelligence community to consider where we can't pass information to a foreign government unless we can speak to their human rights record. now despite depictions of taliban 2.0, i believe the taliban are really unchanged and i think their human rights record will bear that out which will make it difficult, not impossible to share information but there is a lot of risk and consequences of doing so. >> general marks, how worried are you when you hear senior u.s. officials respond like that, though? just to say they're separate entities? >> major concern. there is a distinction without a difference and any discussion of taliban 2.0, i think is academic and a friendly face with the
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taliban hopes to be putting on now because they need desperately need global support. we have to wait to see what their behavior looks like. we're going to find out, i guarantee, that there will be more similarities than there are differences between taliban 2.0 and taliban og. >> all right. thank you both very much. appreciate your time. and next, was president biden given bad military advice on afghanistan? the white house tonight says no. my next guest a democratic congresswoman says the evacuation was egregiously mishandled and a very real possibility some in afghanistan whose lives are in danger may not get out. i'll speak to one of them. a man who says he helps the united states and worked for the united states for years. give you a sort of white smile.t try new crest whitening emulsions for 100% whiter teeth. its highly active peroxide droplets swipe on in seconds. better. faster. 100% whiter teeth.
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tonight, the white house rejecting the notion president biden was given bad military advice saying he will not ask any of the generals to resign in the deadly attack that 13 u.s. troops died. some republicans called for biden's officials to resign
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introducing inpmpeachment artics for antony blinken. up next, is member of the foreign affairs committee demanding answers over an evacuation that she describes as agegregiously mishandled. i appreciate your willingness to speak out what happened. you're talking about your words cascading failures to led to this moment. what kind of accountability are you demanding from biden and his administration? >> erin, thank you for having me. let me express my sympathies to the wife and family of ralylee mccollum. my heart goes out to them and the families that will be hearing terrible news over the next hours. i want to explain what i mean by cascading failures and want to tell you i 100% agree with the president's decision to withdrawal from afghanistan. it was a brave and necessary decision that no president in the last ten years was willing to make and i'm not piling on
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with gkritcriticism. we know we needed to get the afghan allies that work so closely with the troops out of the country and the siv process had completely shut down under the trump administration. that's one of those cascading failures. we know thousands of taliban prisoners had been released following the u.s. taliban agreement negotiated by secretary of state pompeo over the objections of the afghan president beghani. that's another cascading failure. i support president biden's decision, here is what i think we needed to do before that happened. we had to get the siv process rebooted and running efficiently. and frankly, we should have started the withdrawal process earlier, months ago which would have given us the ability and time to get more people out without antagonizing the taliban because they would have known we were on our way out. so, you know, and lastly, i
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think there must have been intelligence. i don't buy that the president had bad intelligence quite frankly based on everything i've heard from my colleagues on the intel committee. i believe there was intelligence that the afghan government and military would quick ly get out. the cascading failures are not just attributed to the biden administration. i want to make that clear. >> i understand what you're saying. okay. all your points here are important but to the point you just made about the intelligence, right? you know, as you point out. you can go to this point or this point or this point but on that specific point, right, you're saying that you believe this intelligence was available. that's a pretty significant thing. first of all, if it wasn't available, how the heck could they have missed this in such a huge way? i understand that question. if it was available, did -- were they afraid to tell president
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biden? did they tell him and he didn't listen? what the heck do you think happened? >> i don't know what happened and quite frankly that's what congress is charged with the obligation of oversight on the foreign affairs committee, i assure you we'll be having many, many hearings on this subject and get to the bottom of that. was the intelligence good and were there decisions made to proceed not with standing the intelligence or was the intelligence bad? we simply can't answer at this point. with our oversight capabilities, w we will get to the bottom of this to learn from this and never ever repeat this kind of mistake. >> yeah, just horrible. as you say, as we learn about these marines, these horrible holes that are put in the lives around them. appreciate your time. >> thank you so much, erin. next, four days, that is all the time left before american troops are gone, completely.
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a little preparation will make you and your family safer in an emergency. a week's worth of food and water, radio, flashlight, batteries and first aid kit are a good start to learn more, visit tonight, stuck in kabul fearing for his life. that is the reality for our next guest, he was an interpreter for u.s. defense contractors for more than a decade in afghanistan and he's tried now several times to get to the airport in kabul. he hasn't made it yet. he's asked me tonight to use a
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different name to protect himself and his family. he joins me by phone from afghanistan and akmad, you know, even as our producer tried to reach you today, you were fearful that the taliban was close by. how concerned are you for your safety and your family's safety as you're still in afghanistan? >> yes, it is really difficult time. i'm really, really concerned about me and my family because taliban in different occasions actually tried to, you know, get me, but fortunately, you know, i escaped from them and it is very, very dangerous time. >> and i know that you have an application, what we call a siv, the special immigrant visa and you have that to leave the country. you've provided as part of that
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akmad, an incredible amount of evidence about what the taliban has done, the threats they have made against you and your family. what can you tell me about the threats you've received and what they say they'll do to you? >> to be honest, you know, the people we have worked with the u.s. organizations taliban call those people as traitors. so far taliban say traitors and the sentence for the traitors is death, beheading, actually. yeah, i have seen, you know, the things on facebook and social media that they behave and people who work for the u.s. so if the taliban catch me or
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any other interpreter or person who worked for the u.s., you will be death. you will be died. you will be died and the worst thing, you know, after killing the person, they take the wife or sister with them and take them with them, actually. that is really bad. that is what makes me uncomfortable, actually and really disappointed about this. >> akmad, do you feel abandoned by the american troops knowing you may be left behind? >> i'm left behind i'm sure and, you know, in the organization around 80 people and we are all left behind. instead of help, the people who
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didn't work for the u.s. even for a day, some of those people got out. i don't how they got out. how they boarded on the flight and they are in qatar and u.s., but the people who worked and put their life in danger on the line, they're still here. >> akmad, thank you very much for talking to me. i hope that they hear this, and hope against hope you're able to get out here in these next few days. thank you very much for sharing everything with me. >> thank you. appreciate it. thank you, ma'am. "out ffront" next, worries tonight about violence that could be sparked by a rally in support of jailed capitol rioters as capitol hill police officers sue trump over the january 6th insurrection.
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lawsuit against president trump. several right wing extremist and rioters who stormed the capital on january 6th. the lawsuit saying trump and his allies encouraged and supported acts of violence knowing full well among these rioters were extremists like proud boys who demonstrated their propensity to the use of violence. outfront now is ed kasper. so your lawsuit focuses heavily on trump's actions both on but also before january 6th. why are you specifically focussed on the former president? >> well, erin, what you have to understand is that these plaintiffs have 150 years of service to their country and to protecting the congress and the capital. and when they showed up on january 6th to do their job, they were brutally attacked by a mob of thousands. they saw their colleagues beaten and trampled and bloodied, and it was extremely traumatic.
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they're bringing this case so that this kind of thing will never happen again. and they know that the best way to make sure it doesn't happen again is to hold these defendants accountable for what they did. >> so i want to talk about these officers. we have not heard them speak. one of them is a black officer who experienced racist attacks as he was trying to secure the senate chamber. attackers then breached the senate chamber, physically assaulted the officer and hurled racial slurs at him, including the n word. he suffered physical injury from being physically struck by attackers and by exposure to pepper pray, bear spray and other pollutants sprayed by attackers. can you tell me more about him and what he went through on january 6th? >> he is like the rest of these capital police officers who served on january 6th.
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these seven officers are just like me. they showed up to work to do their job, and they were brutally attacked. and what you have to understand is that what the defendants tried to do was to take away the votes of 155 million people and to install their own man in office through violence. other clients know that in the united states we chose our own government and we choose it with votes, not violence. and that's why they're bringing this case to make sure that doesn't happen again. ed, let me talk to you about the former president. his lawyers in similar lawsuits they have argued consistently that he has absolute immunity for official actions taken while he was in office and they claim that his comments, whatever they were, comments about the election, are shielded by the first amendment. what is your response to that
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argument. >> well, we sued defendant trump in his personal capacity. he has no presidential immunity for what he did. our case is probably the most well supported, the most comprehensive and the strongest case to arise out of the capital. all of the cases so far are very important, and they all support each other. but this case is going to be prosecuted vigorously and we are very confident that trump and the other defendants will be held responsible for what they did. >> all right. thank you very much. ed, i appreciate your time tonight. and next, we have learned some more about riley mccollum. the 20-year-old marine from wyoming who was born just months before 9/11. because we were created for officers. but as we've evolved with the military, we've grown to serve all who've honorably served. no matter their rank, or when they were in.
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program with more on lance corporal riley. the 20-year-old marine from wyoming who has just been identified as 1 of the 13 service members killed in kabul. we have pictures of mccollum. we want to show them to you so you can see the face of this son, brother and husband. his grieving sister says he was on his first deployment. he was manning the check point when he was killed in the suicide attack. his dad telling "the new york times" that he just knew when he heard about the bombing. rylee was 20 years old. he was nine months old on september 11th. nine months old, a little baby. and his wife will have their baby, it will be his first and only child, in just a few weeks. he was, quote, a beautiful soul, according to his father who also told the times that rylee loved america, loved the military. tough as nails with a heart of
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gold. rylee mccollum was hailed as a hero by congresswoman liz cheney and by all of us who thank him for that ultimate service and sacrifice and service to his country that he gave yesterday with his colleagues. thank you so much for joining us. it's time now for ac360. good evening. we begin tonight with a name, rylee mccollum, the first of 13 names, of 13 people that should not be forgotten. he was a marine. he is just 20 years old. he was as old as the war he served and died in. his sister says he wanted to be a marine his whole life. as a toddler he walked around with a toy rifle in his diapers and cowboys boots. she said this was his first deployment and had been manning