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gulf of mexico and in the southern u.s. live, from cnn center, this is cnn newsroom with kim brunhuber the biden white house is officially hands-off regarding the fbi search of donald trump's mar-a-lago search. it turned up 11 sets of classified materials, including some with the highest secrecy-- privately some white how to officials admit they are worried about what other sensitive documents might be out there. court documents unsealed in relation to the search and into the depths of potential legal jeopardy the former president and his allies could be facing. cnn's jessica schneider has our report. >> reporter: new information related to documents of the mar- a-lago search sharpening the focus on former president trump as a possible subject of a criminal probe.
the application for the search warrant, unsealed thursday, that reveals that among the crimes the doj is investigating includes the willful retention of national defense information. language that could point to the role of trump, who would have unauthorized possession of national documents while in office, but not once he moved out of the white house and mar- a-lago. >> the papers don't specify donald trump specifically, you usually don't specify a person, but we can figure out what they mean by the words they did give us. >> reporter: trump's former attorney, rudy giuliani, who is the target of another criminal probe out of georgia investigating fraud, lashed out defending the former president. >> now they want to make them responsible for taking classified documents and preserve them. really, if you look at the espionage act, it is not really about taking the documents, it is about destroying them. or hiding them. or giving them to the enemy. >> right. >> it is not about taking them and putting them in a place that is roughly as safe as they were in in the first place.
>> reporter: trump and his team continue to push publicly for releasing the full search warrant affidavit, which would have a lot more detail, but they didn't file any motions to that effect in court. a source tells cnn that remains a possibility. while trump is continuing to hunt for additions to his legal team, including someone with experience in florida. >> one thing i did like today and i have to be positive about this, he said, look, it is redacted too much, i'm going to take it and redacted myself. >> since the search, threats against fbi agents have reached unprecedented levels, a source tells cnn, that is why a house oversight panel is calling on social media companies to take immediate action and identify the number of threats made on their platforms since august 8th, the day of the search. the demand comes in a letter to social media companies, including methow, twitter, and tiktok. >> reporter: and demand comes to the affidavit, prosecutors have less than one week to submit reductions to the judge, so he can decide what might be released publicly.
it will likely be a tunnel task for the doj which has repeatedly said any redactions they would propose would be so extensive it would make the affidavit quote, devoid of content. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. senior political analyst, ron, joins me now from los angeles, and he is also a senior editor for the atlantic. thanks so much for being here with us. so, ron, looking at the big picture, on one hand you could say it has been a bad week for donald trump, with the accumulation of his legal troubles and those of his allies and associates, but on the other hand he has reportedly been pulling in millions in fundraising on the back of the mar-a-lago search. so, even if his legal woes worsen it, in the backwards world of donald trump is it actually good for him politically? >> well, i think clearly that even as his legal problems are mounting, his hold on the republican party is tightening. right? i mean, in may, when the
governor of georgia and the secretary of state of georgia who has defended the integrity of the election in 2020 and pushed back against trump's lies, when they won their primaries there was a great deal of speculation that trump's grip on the republican party was loosening in the summer has sent a very, very different message in state after state in wisconsin, in michigan, in arizona, in nevada, in minnesota, trump backed election deniers have won republican nominations, of course, capped by the defeat of liz cheney in the primary this week. the resounding defeat in the primary this week, that meant that eight of the 10 house republicans who voted to impeach him are either retiring or were defeated by republican voters in their primaries. for better or worse, this is donald trump's party, that is the umbrella under which republicans are going to be running in the fall, and i think in the past few months, and so
many republican officials rushed to defend him after the execution of the search warrant and mar-a-lago, without really knowing anything about the case, all of that underscores how difficult it is going to be for anyone to stop him if you wins the gop nomination again in 2024. >> we are seeing more and more measures to erase gender, oppression, so one in schools and libraries, with books being banned, ideas being censored. have we ever seen anything like this before in america, beyond maybe the red scare? what effect might this have? >> well, right. there really isn't much, it is certainly not at this scale. the two examples that people cite in american history was the red scare in the 50s, when there were loyalty oath's when teachers and university professors, and the anti- evolution laws that led to the monkey trial and the scopes trial in the 1920s. but many more red states are moving to restrict the
classroom discussion of race to make it easier for conservative critics to banned books than we saw in the 1920s. and this is part of a much broader development. whether we are talking about abortion rights, voting rights, lgbtq rights, book bans, the right to protest, with heightened penalties for public protests on a whole variety-- and of course the censorship of classroom teachers. you are seeing the red states with the support of the republican majority on the supreme court in many cases, looking to rollback a movement in the opposite direction, since the 1960s, since the 1960s the general direction of american life has been to nationalize more rights, and to reduce the ability of states to restrict those rights, and we are seeing a full-scale counterrevolution, of which abortion is the most powerful symbol and a one that may come back to bite republicans the most. but we are heading toward a world which is really unseen since the 1950s in america, in which your basic civil rights and civil liberties are going to the verge enormously,
depending on your zip code, depending on where you live. and what that means is, essentially, we are going to have one set of rules for half the country, and another set of rules for the other half of the country. >> i mean, all of this ties in with the larger concept of stop the steel as a metaphor, not for vote-rigging, but for the idea that, you know, people don't like democrats, the woke minorities and so on are stealing america itself. >> yeah, stealing our country, right. so, in 2012, after the 2012 election i wrote that we now had a coalition of transformation and a coalition of restoration in american politics, and that is the fundamental fault line between the parties. you have the democratic party that now relies, predominantly, on the places and the voter groups who are the most comfortable with the way the country is changing demographically, culturally, and even economically, in terms of transitioning into the info
age economy, and you have the republican party whose voting base is predominantly centered on those voters, noncollege whites, nonurban whites, evangelical whites, who are the most unhappy about all of these changes, and what you see in the red states, i think, is a broad counteroffensive against a changing america. many of the states that are making it the hardest to vote our states where you now have a republican party that controls statewide power, due to their strength among older white voters, and are facing profound democratic change, in which their majority of the under 18 population are kids of color. >> appreciate the analysis, ron brownstein thank you so much. >> thank you. a federal judge won't delay a ruling ordering senator lindsey graham to appear before a grand jury. he had been fighting a subpoena from a fulton county grand jury investigating republican efforts to overturn the state's 2020 election results. the district attorney argued
friday that graham's testimony is crucial to investigators. and the judge agreed. cnn has more on that from graham's dwindling legal options. >> south carolina senator, lindsey graham, is still keeping up the fight, and having to get out of having to appear on tuesday, before a georgia grand jury invest getting efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the state. now, a federal judge already told lindsey graham she was not going to quash his subpoena. graham went back to that judge and said can you stay your decision, can you essentially put paws on this, because i'm planning to appeal? the judge got back to them on friday saying, senator graham raises a number of arguments as to why he is likely to succeed on the merits, but they are all in unpersuasive. now, graham does have one or iron in the fire. he also filed with an appeals court, saying he plans to file his appeal, and asking that court to put a stay again to essentially pause his tuesday appearance while this appeal plays out. we are still waiting to see what the appeals court says about this.
the district attorney who is investigating all of this in georgia, her office has said that graham is a crucial witness. they are particularly interested in a phone call that graham had with georgia secretary of state, brad ruffin's burger. ruffin's burger came away from that call dealing like the senator was asking him to call away throw away votes in georgia that would benefit donald trump. senator lindsey graham has denied that and we will see what happens for his legal challenges and if he has to appear before that grand jury on thursday. sara murray, cnn, washington. moving to ukraine now, and were that russia is on board with international inspectors going to the zaporizhzhya region nuclear plant. from one, and french government, both say russian president, vladimir putin, indicated his support for the idea. the conversation with the french leader, emmanuel macron. the national atomic energy agency has been pushing hard after several artillery strikes in the area. that has raised fears of a
potential nuclear disaster, which ukrainian president, volodymyr zelenskyy, expressed in very dire terms. here he is. >> if russian black male with radiation continues this summer may go down in the history of various european countries, as one of the most tragic of all time. because, not a single instruction at any nuclear power plant in the world provides a procedure in case a terrorist state turns nuclear power plant into a target. >> meanwhile, these satellite images refute vladimir putin's claim that there has been systematic showing of the plant. cnn compares pictures taken on friday with earlier ones and they show the plant suffered little to no new damage over the past month. president, volodymyr zelenskyy, is taking the bus for its latest batch of military aid to the ukraine, the pentagon says it is spending $775 million worth of equipment, which should help ukrainians go after russian tanks and raiders and clear russian minds. ron lieberman has more.
>> reporter: this is the 19th drawdown of equipment from u.s. inventories to send into ukraine, which now means that since the beginning of the biden administration, the u.s. is committed to sending more than $10 billion of security assistance to ukraine. that is with this latest $775 million package. now, some of what we are seeing here we have seen in the past. more ammunition for the highmore system, that mobility rocket system, a gps guided, sort of medium rocket system that has allowed ukraine to hit russian logistics posts, command and control, as well as ammunition depots. a senior defense official here talking to reporters early on friday said the ukrainians have used it very effectively to be able to disrupt the russian offense of. they don't have all that much ammunition. it is certainly not limitless, but the ammunition the u.s. has provided, that ukraine has used incredibly well, and that is why it is important, the pentagon says, to keep providing this, as this continues, in terms of what else is going in, one of five
millimeter howitzers, and for new equipment, the u.s. is sending in a new type of antitank weapon, as well as the javelins that were used so effectively at the beginning of this conflict. humvees are going in, communication equipment, night vision goggles, reconnaissance drone, and a new capability u.s. is sending in here? mine clearing even. this is important, because russia has heavily mined southern and eastern ukraine. ukraine will need this equipment to clear that area, if they are wanting to carry out any of their own operations or to continue life in these areas, without the risk of minds. lieberman, cnn, in the pentagon. a court with multiple life sentences to an isis member involved in the multiple deaths of people including americans. more after the break. u.s. ambassador to china speaks with cnn and tells us that beijing overreacted to a recent trip to taiwan by the u.s. house speaker. stay with us.
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a senior u.s. official says iran has dropped a demand that had been a major sticking point in efforts to revive the iran nuclear deal. in its response, the european union agreement submitted monday, the official says iran didn't ask for the revolutionary guard corps be removed from the list of terrorist organizations. the u.s. had repeatedly rejected the request. monday's version of the agreement has been described by the eu as the final draft. on friday, the member of an
execution squad, dubbed the isis beatles, for their british accents, was sentenced in a virginia court room. he was given a concurrent life sentences, convicted in april in the hostagetaking and deaths of four americans and several others, including u.s. journalist, james foley. the anniversary of foley's 2013 beheading was friday, the day the sentence was handed down. here is foley's mother on the verdict. >> let this sentencing make clear to all who dare to kidnap, torture, or kill any american citizen abroad, that u.s. justice will find you wherever you are. and that our government will hold you accountable for your crimes against our citizens >> prosecutors said elsheikh helped run a network of nine detention facilities in syria, in which 26 civilian hostages, from 12 countries, were held.
relations between china and the united states weren't great before u.s. house speaker, nancy pelosi, visited taiwan, and in the weeks since, they have approached rock-bottom. now, in an exclusive interview, the u.s. ambassador to china said beijing overreacted to pelosi's visit. have a look. >> u.s. house speaker, nancy pelosi, was in taiwan for less than 24 hours, but the fallout from her visit is still rippling around the world. china swarmed the skies and seas around taiwan with warships and planes, encircling the island in a practice blockade. >> i think there's a lot of concern around the world that china has now become an agent of instability in the taiwan strait and that is not in any one's interest .
>> reporter: in his first tv interview since becoming the u.s. ambassador to china, nicholas byrne says he defended pelosi's visit to beijing. >> the night that house speaker, nancy pelosi, went to taiwan, you were summoned by china's deputy foreign minister. >> i was summoned at exactly the time when the speaker's plane landed in taiwan. we had a very spirited, i would say, quite contentious meeting. the central issue is that the government in china overreacted, did so in a way clearly designed to intimidate and coerce the taiwan authorities. >> patient claims their response was justified, in order to defend its sovereignty. >> after the visit, china said it was going to cut communications with the u.s. on a number of key areas. i mean, how damaging is that, not just to bilateral relations, but to the world? >> it is very damaging. our government, washington, has been talking to the chinese embassy in washington, but there is no substitute for cabinet level senior conversations. the chinese have largely shut those down. >> when we look at this event 20 years from now are we going to see that pelosi visit as something that fundamentally changed u.s./china relations? >> we do not believe this should be a crisis in u.s./china relations a
manufactured crisis by the government in beijing. >> reporter: rush's were in beijing has raised fears in beijing by its more powerful neighbor. >> what you think beijing has learned about the war in ukraine and how might it be applied to taiwan? >> i think the chinese authorities here know that the united states is watching china very carefully, as it conducts its relationship with russia. in the meantime, we have been disturbed by what the chinese government is telling its own people. beijing has been blaming the war in ukraine on the united states. on nato. these are completely specious, inaccurate arguments. >> reporter: u.s./china relations are at the lowest point in decades. mistrust is rampant on both sides of the pacific. what are you transmitting to washington about your key observations were about a reality check on what is actually possible, when it comes to engagement? >> we have a difficult, competitive relationship with
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i am lauren fox on capitol hill, and this is cnn. welcome back to all of you watching us. here in the united states, canada, and around the world, i am kim brunhuber. this is the cnn newsroom. millions of people are under flood watches, as monsoon storms pummel parts of the southwestern u.s. near phoenix flash floods ripped through the intersections, ripping cars to the start side like toys. officials say storms aren't over yet. some are expected to see up to the chances of rain in the coming days. tropical storm warnings are issued for parts of texas and mexico. the national hurricane center says the storm system is likely to intensify, before making landfall. now, let's bring in our meteorologist, derek van dam. derek, it seems like the tropics are starting to come alive again.
what more can you tell us?'s >> yes, that is what we are seeing too across the western gulf of mexico, particularly in the bay of campeche. it is this area of organized showers and thunderstorms that the national hurricane center has drawn attention to within the past few days. now we are starting to see some convective development, showers and thunderstorms rough around the center of the circulation. kind of an ominous sign, but it doesn't have a lot of landing room here. not much room before it reaches land. so, we need the ocean or tropical storms need ocean for its energy. so once it moves overland it will run out of its energy source and basically be a rainmaker, which you will see in a moment. but current statistics on this potential tropical cyclone for 35 mile-per-hour sustained winds. hurricanes have been flying in and out of the system to determine whether it is a tropical storm. we will get an update at 5:00 a.m. eastern standard time. if it is named, it will be named daniel. yes, you are reading this right, the last storm was named
effie. it has been extremely quiet, but looks like it is coming to life. there are tropical storms off of the coast of africa we are looking at. here is the official forecast, you can see it does anticipate this to become a tropical storm before making landfall in extreme northeastern sections of mexico, but they do have tropical storm warnings that include the brownsville, texas region, extreme southern portions of texas, and that, again, extends into the extreme northeastern portions of the country of mexico. so, what is going on here? what's of tropical moisture over the western gulf of mexico now, there is a frontal boundary just to the north. so both of these are going to work together to increase the amount of rain that texas will receive over the coming days. in fact, the next seven days are looking very impressive, in terms of rainfall totals for texas. we are actually going to tap into the monsoonal moisture that is going to impact the
great basin, arizona, new mexico, currently, and the push of moisture from the gulf of mexico associated with this tropical system is going to enhance our rainfall totals for central and eastern texas as well. of course, they have been under drought conditions. perhaps, some good news that will put a dent in that, but perhaps too much too quickly. today we have monsoonal flash flood possibilities today across southern portions of arizona and new mexico. national weather service recognizing that flood watch is in effect phoenix to albuquerque. very busy radar at the moment. we will look out for the potential for more flash flooding next weekend. >> all right, we will keep on top of that. derek van dam, thank you so much. the extreme weather doesn't stop with u.s. places across the globe were suffering, from potential downpours to droughts and wildfires, burning out of control. cnn has more details on the wild and dangerous weather around the world. >> reporter: as though venice needed more water. crowd sheltering from the storm that swept across europe this week. violent winds spread havoc across beaches in tuscany, with two killed by falling trees on thursday.
in corsica, at least five people were killed as heavy rain and wind is bashed the island at 140 miles per hour, uprooting trees and cars. on the french mainland too, standing up to the elements has been improving a losing battle. elsewhere in europe, the rain cannot come soon enough. after weeks of drought and extreme heat. germany's main shipment archery at a standstill. low water levels along the rhine exposing hunger stones that record ancient and more recent drought. 100 degree heat fueling wildfires in sicily. and in eastern spain military units putting down fires reignited, after a brief, but all too short rainfall. in north africa too, at least 37 people have died in forest fires that have destroyed more than two and half thousand hectares of land.
>> such weather patterns, although extreme, are not unheard of in europe. it is more that they are typical of late autumn, than of summer. here, in paris, the parched leaves are already partly on the ground. a dire warning that the worst drought on record could yet cause france lost projects and soaring food prices, come september. farmers rushed to save crops in china's mainland too after the worst heat wave and 60 years. temperatures, soaring along the yangtze river basin for weeks. >> all scorched. you see, they certainly cannot grow. the high temperatures are slowly roasting sweet potato leaves to death. >> reporter: but sudden downpours of rain in northwest china, wednesday, didn't help. flooding and mudslides killed 17 people, according to china's state broadcaster. dozens are still missing. and the difficult weather patterns haven't been limited to the northern hemisphere this week.
in new zealand, hundreds of homes evacuated over fears of landslides. nelson's tasman region declaring a state of emergency after four days of torrential rain. >> it was massive landslide. so, we check outside and then we saw they are rolling straight through our property. >> in south america too, the grasslands on raging fire iran the river delta in central argentina. lives lost, livelihoods destroyed and more damage on the horizon after a week of extreme weather across the planet. melissa bell, cnn. one of iraq's most mystical and lush regions is being battered by the effects of climate change. the mesopotamian marshes, home of the biblical, garden of eden, once a wetland area, and declared a world heritage site in 2016, but years of drought
have reduced it to dried up streams and puddles of muddy water. the iraqis have lived off of the lands, and say they no longer have enough revenue to support their families. still to come, here on cnn newsroom, people forced to leave their homes and everything they have, as they try to escape fierce fighting in eastern ukraine. plus, the united nations is helping ukrainians figure out how to build their lives after the devastation of war, stay with us. now we're shipping out orders 5 times faster and we're saving a ton. go to shipstation.com /tv and get t 2 months free.
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the former attorney general of mexico is now behind bars. he was arrested on friday over multiple charges relating to the disappearance of 43 students back in 2014. it comes a day after authorities determined it to be a crime of the state. it was covered up by the government. the disappearances sparked international outrage. the students were on their way to a protest after they were intercepted by security forces and local police. at the time, authorities that a local drug gang mistook them for members of a rival group and killed them. officials say the remains of only three students have been discovered and identified.
>> there is no indication that the students are alive. on the contrary, all of the testimonies and evidence proof they were cunningly killed and disappeared. as rush's invasion of ukraine clears the six-month mark, the number of civilians fleeing the work continues to rise. as of tuesday, over 6 million refugees have fled ukrainian cities into neighboring countries like poland, slovakia, romania, moldova and other european nations. millions more are displaced within ukraine. late last month, ukraine announced a mandatory evacuation of people from the eastern region, which has seen fierce fighting with russian forces on friday people packed trains leaving a region in the city. >> there are a few complications as of now. still, you feel a lot of pressure when leaving your hometown, your dear place, where you were born and grew up. everything you have is left there. >> the task of rebuilding ukraine will be monumental, not
just rebuilding the shattered lives of the ukrainian people, but also reconstructing crucial buildings like airports, factories, schools, hospitals and churches. ukraine's prime minister estimated at cost more than 700 and if 85 million dollars. for more on the rebuilding efforts happening in ukraine, let's bring in kelly clements, the u.n.'s deputy high commissioner for refugees. thank you so much for joining us. so, to start, you just returned from ukraine, where you met with government officials, as well as many people whose lives have been upended by this war. let's start with the broad strokes. what struck you the most from what you saw? >> well, a couple of things. first off, there is incredible urgency to try and deliver aid in advance of winter, and although the temperatures right now don't seem to indicate it, it is going to be cold soon. so, in our discussions with
government officials at the local level, at the central level, there is a great urgency to deliver and to deliver quickly and that is something that we are dedicated to do and bring in as much aid as quickly as possible to reach displaced people. >> you had been in the country for some 26 years. it must have been really poignant to see just how much damage at how different the country was from when you were last there? >> yeah, it is incredible destruction, and some of the areas that we went, particularly around kyiv. we saw the remnants of what had happened just a months ago. people trying to get about their daily lives, even in apartment buildings that were largely destroyed you could still see signs of life. you see the plastic sheeting on people's windows to try to keep the cold out. you see laundry hanging up, people are trying to rebuild, they are trying to bring some semblance of normality back. but it is huge.
we see this destruction in many parts of ukraine, and from the u.n. refugee agency working very closely with the government and other partners we are trying to bring some light and repairs to shelters, again, in advance of the winter, and trying to bring some aid that is desperately needed by those that haven't been justice placed once, but several times, and this is obviously something i didn't see the last time i was in ukraine. >> yeah. and we are just showing some pictures of your visit, and what strikes me is how severe the damage is. you sort of talk about light and medium damage, but when it comes to people real building their homes, tell me about those efforts. how long might it take to rebuild, and is it just a matter of repair, or does much of it have to be sort of torn down and rebuilt from the ground up? >> it is the whole range, it is from broken windows and complete destruction. we saw both ends of the spectrum. for us, as a humanitarian agency it is really the small- scale repairs are going to be much larger not needs. the government will have to receive
from the international community. and some of it will have to be full-scale reconstruction. now, we saw some of this just in the last few days in ukraine. we saw businesses, gas stations, malls, stores, that sort of thing, already starting to reconstruct, roofs put back on buildings and the like. and some of the houses we have been repairing the same. this late to make sure that the holes in roofs where artillery has landed, and the like, that we can actually repair and some people can have a sense of safety and shelter, particularly as the temperatures change. >> and we are talking a lot about buildings and salons, but it is the people that really matter, i know you met with many women, many strong women in ukraine, are there any stories from those you spoke with that you would like to share that really affected you? >> oh, gosh. i met quite a number of
particularly ukrainian women, both older women, 75-year-old and 82-year-old in a village that had been really devastated, back in march. and the 82-year-old taking care of her husband that was largely immobile, and she runs a little farm. she was showing me where the artillery had landed, and basically destroyed her greenhouse, making it impossible for her to protect her vegetables. but she had incredible strength, and she was talking about how she was going to rebuild, to be able to plant again, to be able to harvest, not just to provide for her own family, but for the neighbors as well. incredible strength and fortitude. and others, you know, in terms of trying to lean on family, on neighbors and some that are really quite alone in this war. also meeting with young mothers and those that have men and husbands and brothers that are fighting in the war that don't know when the war is going to stop. they wanted to stop now,
obviously, and again trying to continue with their lives. >> we only have a minute, but i do want to ask you, the need is so great out there. what more can the international community do to help? >> well, you know, there are 6.6 million internally displaced people in ukraine, and of course many ukrainian refugees that have sought elsewhere. the sustained support will be essential. there is a $4.3 billion appeal that remains to be supported him and that is something that we, as the international community, need to support ukraine going forward. >> absolutely. really appreciate your insights, kelly clements. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you so much. and if you would like to safely and securely help people in ukraine, who obviously need shelter, food and water, please go to cnn.com/impact and you can find several ways to help there. the baseball community is rallying behind one of their own, as an injured little league or makes an interesting recovery.
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