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of all the victims of this horrific virus be a blessing. democratic congressman jamie raskin, incoming chief of staff ron klaim, hr mcmaster and number two democrat in the senate dick durbin, 9:00 a.m. on sunday. our coverage continues. see you sunday morning. washington, d.c. is a fortress tonight as the city and all 50 state capitols are on high alert, fearing assaults by terrorists emboldened by last week's assault on the capitol.
eight agencies warning domestic extremists pose the most likely threat to the presidential inauguration, especially those who believe the incoming administration is illegitimate. the u.s. attorney for the district of columbia says 275 cases have been opened, investigation into the capitol insurrection. all of this, as federal prosecutors allege in a filing that some of the rioters intended to, quote, capture and kill elected officials. let's start with brian todd. this criminal investigation is rapidly expanding. >> it is, wolf, as you just mentioned. investigators say tonight they opened 275 criminal cases. they've charged nearly 100 people in connection with the capitol siege. also, the acting u.s. attorney for d.c. says they have indications that current and former law enforcement officers, who may have been off duty, might have taken part in the
riot. this comes as security perimeters have been dramatically stepped up, like razor wire on the fence surrounding the capitol tonight, and new information on the threat assessments as well. tonight, unprecedented security measures across the nation's capitol. razor wire now on top of high-security fences near the capitol building. this comes as cnn obtains a new bulletin from the fbi, the department of homeland security and other agencies, saying domestic extremists pose the most likely threat to the inauguration, particularly those extremists who feel the incoming biden administration is illegitimate. >> they have united under the banner of this president. they have embraced his cause, the lie that the election was stolen. and that is not going to go away. it is fueling them. it's adding logs to that fire of grievance and hate. >> reporter: homeland security officials now say the rehearsal for president-elect biden's
inauguration is postponed a day. internet and social media chatter about potential threats for this sunday, they say, prompted the department to make that call. >> there's a great deal of very concerning chatter, and it's what you don't know that we are preparing for. so, i don't know if anyone has raised their hand to say we are coming, we will be there, but we are preparing as if they are. >> serious questions are being raised about the capitol siege. there's evidence that rye the ou rioters planned to capture and assassinate elected officials. who told them that? jacob chansley. >> there's no direct evidence at this point that capture teams and assassination. >> still, this man, retired air force reservist gary broch
carrying zip tie like restraints may have intended to use them to restrain people he viewed as enemies, particularly lawmakers. he says he picked them up off the ground and intended to give them to a police officer. the mob came closer than previously known to vice president pence. as the mob made its way through the capitol, they were 60 seconds way from actually seeing the vice president in the hallway as he was being rushed to safety. >> white sfreemists stormed the capitol building who were trained and organized and seemingly with the intent to capture the vice president of the united states and perhaps harm other lawmakers. >> reporter: sources tell cnn tonight some members of congress have told party leadership they fear for their lives and the lives of their families, and several of them have taken new security measures. >> they have now become direct targets of anti-government and anti-establishment militia-style
extremists. 100%, they should be taking every possible option available to them to provide their own security. >> reporter: tonight, d.c. metropolitan police officers give frightening accounts to cnn of what it was like battling the mob. officer michael fenon says as he was injured on the ground, rioters were tasing him, stripping him of his gear. >> someone started to get ahold of my gun and they were screaming out, you know, "kill him with his own gun." >> reporter: officer daniel hodges was seen in disturbing video being crushed against a door frame. he told cnn how zealous the rioters were. >> he was ripping my mask off, ripped away my baton and was beating me with it. he was practically foaming at the mouth. these people were true believers in the worst way.
>> reporter: meanwhile, no arrests yet in the death of capitol hill police officer brian sicknick, who died as a result of injuries suffered during the riot. they're making progress in that investigation. two law enforcement officials tell cnn they're looking at several people in connection with that officer's death. wolf? >> brian, stay safe over there. we'll get back to you. we're following a critical development of president trump's impeachment. a source telling cnn house speaker nancy pelosi is expected to send the article of impeachment, charging the president of inciting insurrection to the senate next week. how quickly will things go from there, manu? >> the second she sends it over there, it would kickstart a process leading to the impeachment trial beginning the following day at 1:00 in the afternoon. senate doesn't come back until january 19th. if she does go forward and submit the article of
impeachment, transmit it from the house and senate, joe biden's presidency, the early days, will be consumed by this impeachment trial. she would not say explicitly today when she would send it over. she refused to comment. i asked her to consider if she would withhold the articles all together, something she would presumably do to delay a trial indefinitely. she would not respond to that question. there are question discussions ongoing about how to schedule the trial, trying to divide up the senates' days, to deal with confirming some of joe biden's nominees to his cabinet posts early in the day. because a trial would begin at noon on each day once those articles are sent over and once a trial begins. but they'll need cooperation, democrats will, in order to get those nominees confirmed quickly. on top of that, the question is how long a trial would even go. in the past, it could go at least three weeks, trials that have taken place in the senate.
if that were to happen, this could go until mid-february. if democrats push for witnesses, it could prolong the trial, too, wolf. democrats are talking about whether to bring witnesses. the secretary of state of georgia, brian raffensperger who is mentioned in that article of impeachment, they may bring him in. there's discussion of that. we'll see if that's where they ultimately come down. key decisions democrats have to make as they juggle with advancing biden's agenda. >> what a way for a new administration to begin four years in office. amazing stuff going on. manu, thank you very much. let's go to the white house right now. chief white house correspondent jim acosta is joining us. there is high anxiety here in washington. indeed, across the country, in all 50 state capitols. the president, for all practical purposes, has all but vanished. >> that's right, wolf. on this last friday in office, president trump remains in
hiding. vice president mike pence continues to form the duties of almost defacto commander in chief. he has called incoming vice president kamala harris to congratulate her. president trump is expected to skip the inauguration january 20th and instead hold his own brand departure ceremony which could include a military band and 21-gun salute, a strange sight as the world watches this transfer of power. ♪ [ hail to the chief ] >> reporter: even as he carries the shameful stamp of being impeached twice, president trump plans to leave with one last moment. on the morning of joe biden's inauguration, the white house is expected to stage a grand departure ceremony for trump which may include color guard, military band, 21-gun salute and red carpet. unlike his own inauguration, when he was greeted by barack and michelle obama, trump won't do the same for the bidens. [ bleep ]
>> reporter: after last week's bloody siege at the capitol, trump allies say it's probably better that way. >> maybe that's best now, given the situation we're in. and it seems to me that the president is ready to move on. >> may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> reporter: vice president mike pence is expected to attend biden's inauguration, acting commander in chief, calling his successor kamala harris to congratulate her after thanking national guard members to protect capitol. he was at the capitol and fled the rioters as some were trying to hunt him down. as senator ben sasse said in a statement, every american needs to understand what the department of justice just made public. investigators have strong evidence to suggest that some of the rioters who stormed the capitol planned to kidnap and possibly assassinate the vice president. house speaker nancy pelosi wants an investigation as to whether
some members of congress aided the insurrectionists. >> if it is found that members of congress were accomplices to this insurrection, if they aided and abetted the crime, there may have to be actions taken beyond congress in terms of prosecution for that. >> reporter: that could include lawmakers, like republican mo brooks of alabama. >> today is the day american patriots start taking down names and kicking ass! >> reporter: questions have also been raised about white house involvement as well, as top aides and members of the trump family were on hand for the rally that sparked the violence. >> mark meadows, one of the few. >> reporter: before his own speech at that rally. >> we fight like hell. if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: cnn has learned the president was back in touch with his former strategist, steve
bannon. sources say bannon, facing federal fraud charges, is seeking a pardon from trump. he called for officials to be executed. >> i put the heads on pikes, right? i would put them on two corners of the white house as a warning to federal bureaucrats. >> reporter: now after trump arrives in palm beach, florida, on biden's inauguration day, one thing the president will not be able to do is trump will be remain permanently suspended on social platform even after he leaves office. one thing we want to call your attention to, wolf, and your viewers, we saw earlier this afternoon one of the president's visitors or one of the visitors over here to the white house was mike lindell, the founder of my pillow. we have some video of him right here. this goes to show you that the white house is still welcoming people over here to the west wing, who have fringe views about the election. lichlt ndell has been on social
me media, questioning the election results. there have been photographers over here, wolf, who zoomed in on some of the notes that mike lindell was carrying around. they appear to have very fringe ideas, just unbalanced views when it comes to the election. we're digging into that, trying to get more on all of that. it goes to show you even after everything that has transpired, they are still welcoming people over the white house who have fringe ideas about what happened on november 3rd. >> so disturbing. jim acosta, thank you very much. >> let's get more on the breaking news. chief political correspondent dana bash and "new york times" white house correspondent and political analyst maggie haberman. dana, i want to begin with why your new reporting that capitol police had banned tours for january 6th, the day of the deadly riot, after democrats raised security concerns. you obtained a copy of that memo. tell us what it reveals. >> that's right. our colleague, annie grayer and ryan nobles obtained the copy of that memo.
i've done reporting along with them about perhaps what the genesis is of rereleasing the guidelines for no tours in that memo. and the answer is, we talked to a lot of lawmakers who were very alarmed at seeing tours in and around the capitol in the days leading up to january 6th. and they were alarmed because there weren't supposed to be tours. there were not supposed to be any, not just for security reasons but also because of the pandemic. for one example, i talked to one lawmaker who saw a group of people, tourists perhaps, wearing maga attire, hats and other things. and this lawmaker went up to a capitol police officer and said why are they here? and why aren't they wearing masks? and the cop said there's nothing i can do about it. they were brought here by a member. so, that is not an isolated
anecdote, the one i heard. i heard similar from others. the question is, who were those members? we don't know the answer to that. and why did they bring those tourists around? there's no evidence that we know of, that we have heard that there was a reconnaissance mission, as some lawmakers have suggested. but even nancy pelosi said today if there were any lawmaker who acted as an come police to this, they should be facing criminal charges, not just some kind of punishment in congress. >> so disturbing. and she was very, very blunt in making that charge. you know, maggie, as washington transforms into, if you drive around a little bit, into a fortress ahead of joe biden's inauguration, president trump remains largely out of sight. what's going on, based on all of your reporting, inside the white house? >> sure. so, wolf, one adviser to the president described him as, and i quote, s. lking.
less that he's railing around, scre screaming at people. though he has often done that. but mostly he is snapping, angry. everything that we know he has been at various points when things aren't going his way. that's what we are seeing right now. the concern for some advisers who have remained in the white house is what happens in the final few days? what will he try to do something to push back or get attention on himself as this, as you put it, fortress has been created around a president ial inauguration, something we've not seen before in this way, at least not in modern history, where people just can't come. and he, i think, very happy that he's doing things to try to take attention away from joe biden. that has often been one of his m.o.s. but he will do, supposedly, a flurry of pardons. i think we will see them in the coming days. there's a divide among his advisers as to whether he ought to go ahead and he shall a bunch of prepardons basically before charges have been filed to a number of people, including
members of his family. but that's what we're watching for right now. >> bracing for that, too. every journalist here in washington is getting ready to see those pardons. dana, typically in the days leading up to an inauguration. you and i, maggie, we covered inaugurations over the years. we've seen preparations being made for revelers to gather on the washington mall, to watch the president being sworn in, catch a glimpse of the parade. now it resembles a war zone. we've never seen anything like this, have we? >> not even close. it's so true what you said. there's usually an excitement in the air, no matter which party's president has won and is about to be inaugurated. and the opposite is in the air here. it's -- there's a lot of anxiety, a lot of anxiety. and the fact of the matter is, we cannot underscore this enough. tens of thousands of national guard troops are guarding this
city, the nation's capitol, because of a threat that was incited by the president of the united states, who is on his way out and couldn't accept the reality and is still not accepting the reality in any way, shape or form, either in private or in public. we talk about the fact that there aren't tanks in the streets and now it's pretty close. it's a shame. >> you broke the news, maggie, that mike pence finally, finally called his successor, kamala harris, to congratulate her and offer his assistance. that's something that president trump has not done yet. this is but the latest example of the many ways the president is totally abdicating his responsibilities in these final days in office, isn't it? >> it's true, wolf. i should say my colleague jonathan martin broke that
story, not me. i, once again, was riding his coattails in a shared byline. it's absolutely true. mike pence is making this call. it's a traditional call in a normal scenario. you have the vice president making that call almost immediately after the election and if not immediately, then a short time later. we are now, many, many days from november 3rd, the election, and pns is just doing this because the election has now been certified and is, as you say, some of the most extensive outreach we've seen from this administration to the incoming white house. you've had complaints from various agencies, some which trump officials have pushed back on, pu particularly department of defense, that there were some issues in terms of transition. i think biden -- excuse me, pence belatedly, is trying to send that message that we are here to move forward. but there's been a lot of tdamae in the last many days. it's not just what took place on january 6th, but that was certainly the most visible example. >> guys, thank you very, very
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security is traumatically ramped up here in washington. really, to extraordinary levels and amid preparations for president-elect joe biden's inauguration and president trump's impeachment trial in the senate. let's discuss all of this with u.s. senator chris murphy of connecticut, key member of the foreign relations committee. senator, thanks so much for joining us. a source tells cnn house speaker nancy pelosi intends to deliver that one article of impeachment to the senate next week. what does that mean for the timeline of the senate impeachment trial? >> well, that's obviously going to be a question that chuck schumer and mitch mcconnell are
going to have to discuss. listen, i could speak for myself. i'll have input in that decision. but my priority is to get joe biden's cabinet into place. i think especially at this moment, with an ongoing insurrection still being mounted against the federal government. we need to have those people in those positions. in addition we need his covid team ready to go to fix this broken vaccination distribution system. then we need to move on legislation. joe biden outlined a fantastic plan last night to get the economy going and to tackle this virus. so those are my priorities. and my hope is that if we are going to process an impeachment trial, we would do it in a way that would allow us to get the cabinet in place and get this legislation moving first. maybe we can do all of it at the same time. i don't want to be spending the first two weeks on impeachment alone. >> it's pretty hard when you think about what you have to do in a formal senate impeachment
tr trial. senate members need to conclude each day and that could go on for some are suggesting weeks, which could delay other business, including confirming an incoming cabinet. >> listen, what i know is that civilizations and countries that have attempted coups that skip the accountability phase never recover. the rule of law is the foundation of this country. and the rule of law is about when you violate a norm or a law, there's accountability. there's consequences. so, yeah, i understand it's not a great time for us to do an impeachment trial. but at the same time, i think in order to right this wrong and send a signal to future presidents that you're not going to get away with this kind of anti-democratic behavior, we have to process the article sent to us.
we're not talking about kicking a sitting president out of the oval office. maybe that means that the trial itself doesn't need to take as long as previous versions did. >> a joint bulletin, senator, from the fbi, department of homeland security, other agencies now warning that domestic extremists pose the most threat to president-elect biden's inauguration. how concerned are you about these threats? beyond biden and kamala harris, the safety of people like you, members of congress? >> i'll be at the inauguration. we'll put on a great show for the world. i've received a classified briefing on security measures for the inauguration. security is always tight in inaugurations. this is unprecedented. and it is simply not going to allow for these hooligans to be able to disrupt the proceedings. and if they try, they're going to go to jail for a long, long time. we weren't prepositioned last wednesday in order to
immediately arrest everybody that was trying to break in or successfully broke in to the capitol. we will be positioned to arrest anyone if they try something on wednesday, and i think we're ready to meet the challenge if it arrives, and i think it's going to end up being a great day for joe biden and a great day for this country. >> good luck, senator. be careful out there. obviously, we'll watch every step of the way, senator chris murphy, appreciate it very much. >> thanks a lot. >> coming up for the first time, police officers are speaking out publicly about their harrowing fight with the capitol rioters. these are stories you will want to hear. also, president-elect biden releases new details on how he plans to speed up the desperately needed coronavirus vaccinations.
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following this afternoon. president-elect joe biden announced his plans to try to speed up coronavirus vaccinations here in the united states. it comes as we've learned that despite earlier promises, the trump administration has no, repeat no reserve of second doses. hard to believe, but that's the latest information. let's go to cnn's jeff zeleny, joining us from wilmington, delaware, where he's covering the biden transition. what about the biden plan? what do we know right now, jim? >> wolf, president-elect joe biden said first and foremost he wants to speed through the bureaucracy and streamline the process here, trying to get more vaccination to more americans in a faster way. now all of this is coming as a new variant is, you know, about to potentially take hold even
more here in the u.s. now, president-elect joe biden called it a dismal failure, the vaccine rollout plan of the trump administration. they're even changing the name of it, doing away with operation warp speed. this is what he had to say specifically about his plans. >> our plan is as clear as it is bold. get more people vaccinated for free. create more places for them to get vaccinated. mobilize more medical teams to get the shots in people's arms. increase supply and get it out the door as soon as possible. this will be one of the most challenging operational efforts ever undertaken by our country, but you have my word, we will manage the hell out of this oper operation. >> reporter: even as he pledged to manage the operation in a much better way, also did not sugar coat the task at hand, and the deep challenge at hand here, coming up. now he did say within the first
month of his administration, americans would see in gyms, in baseball stadiums and other big places in communities, there would be major vaccination centers. but there's also one problem. there's still only two vaccines here. the biden administration very much dependent on producing more vaccine. and he said he would, you know, call on companies to do so using the defense authorization act -- defense production act, excuse me, if he needed to do that. wolf, he certainly has laid out a plan but did not say it would be easy because that, of course, simply isn't true. >> both of these vaccines need two doses not just one, three to four weeks apart. >> right. >> jeff zeleny, thanks. also tonight, horrifying details of what police officers actually went through during last week's riot and insurrection at the u.s. capitol. i want to bring in our crime and justice correspondent shimon pr okupecz. you've done excellent reporting.
what have you learned? >> reporter: first time, we get to hear from these officers. some of them, we've seen the video being crushed and pushed by many of the members of that mob inside the capitol, wolf. >> when i first entered the hallway, which was completely engulfed in cs gas, i could only see about maybe -- there was probably about 30 officers that were inside the hallway. a lot of them were fatigued. they had been, you know, directly engaged in that, you know, brutal, medieval style combat for about an hour, with no relief. it was difficult to offer any resistance when you're only about 30 guys going up against 15,000. i mean, it was like real-life 300 without the six-pack abs. guys were stripping me of my gear, these rioters, pulling my badge off my chest. they ripped my radio off of my
vest, started pulling like ammunition magazines from their holder on my belt. and then some guy started getting ahold of my gun, and they were screaming out, you know, "kill him with his own gun." at that point, you know, it was just like self preservation. how do i survive this situation? >> there was a guy ripping my mask off. he was able to rip away my b baton, beat me with it. he was practically foaming at the mouth. so, just these people were true believers in the worst way. that was all i really had to defend myself against the crush. i was holding on. but eventually he was able to get away from me because my arms were pinned. i couldn't think of a way to defend myself. i was calling out for all i was worth. an officer behind me was able to get me enough room to pull me
out of there and brought me to the rear. i was able to exticate myself. >> i remember seeing metal objects flying. they were throwing anything and everything at us. it was two to three hours of bravery from these officers. they were getting hit with metal poles, objects, pitch forks. they were getting sprayed, knocked down. i remember reinforcements, pulling officers back to heal up and them stepping in to get to the front line, and then they would go down and more officers would step in. the officers that were knocked down, they're better again and they're just battling, because the bottom line is, we're not letting anybody through. we're not letting anybody into the capitol, period. >> reporter: wolf, law enforcement officials we talk to credit their actions, the actions of these officers, for giving time to the capitol police so they could remove many of the lawmakers, fearing that many of the lawmakers would be attacked by this mob that
entered the capitol. and law enforcement officials say based on the video they've seen, the way these officers reacted and the way they acted was heroic, saving lives and letting lawmakers be removed from harm's way. wolf? >> they saved lives, no doubt about that. shimon thank you. the mob reportedly coming within feet and just a few seconds away from the vice president, mike pence. they were threatening him. >> plus, breaking news on the highly transmissible coronavirus variant here in the united states. new information from the cdc. this is information all of you here in the united states need to know. making choices. here's a choice you don't have to make: the largest 5g network... award-winning customer satisfaction... or insanely great value. now, with t-mobile for business, there's no compromise.
we're following a very disturbing report that the mob that attacked the capitol came close rer to vice president mike pence than reported. it was a very close call amongst all the threats they were leveling against the vice president. >> no question whatsoever, wolf, there were people in the capitol hunting mike pence and they very nearly found him. as the mob chanted "hang mike pence" and a makeshift gallows
went up, the vice president, his wife and daughter were seconds away from being found. the timeline tells how it happened. just before 1:00, president trump demands pence toss the election results. >> mike pence, i hope you're going to stand up for the good of our constitution and for the good of our country. and if you're not, i'm going to be very disappointed in you. i will tell you right now. i'm not hearing good stories. >> the senate will now retire to its chamber. >> reporter: pence has no legal power to reject the vote. a little more than an hour as he leads congress in certifying the vote for joe biden, the trump crowd is hammering through capitol barricades. inside -- >> reporter: we have been told by capitol police the capitol is in lockdown. >> reporter: outside, by 2:11, the mob smashes into the building. moments later, "the post" says
pence is hustled out of the chamber. >> stand in recess until the call of the chair. >> protesters are in. >> thank you. >> reporter: capitol police officer eugene goodman is single handedly slowing the surge of rioters, some shouting "where's mike pence"? the few seconds goodman buys, luring the crowd toward other officers, likely giving other lawmakers other time to escape, too. soon after the violent mob seizes the senate floor anyway, taking the very seat the vice president occupied minutes earlier. and president trump, during all of this? he was watching events unfold on tv, according to many witnesses, taking no action for hours to stop the attack, and tweeting at 2:24, mike pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done. it was later deleted.
of course, pence later came back to the chamber and did certify that joe biden was the winner of the election. the secret service says the vice president was secure at all time s, but this new evidence shows us that security was far more t tenuous than we knew. >> tom foreman, very disturbing report indeed. more breaking pandemic news we're following. president-elect biden just announcing his plan to speed up coronavirus vaccinations in the u.s. plus, the reserve vaccine doses that the trump administration promised to release -- guess what? it turns out they don't exist. introducing fidelity income planning. we look at how much you've saved, how much you'll need, and build a straightforward plan to generate income, even when you're not working. a plan that gives you the chance to grow your savings and create cash flow that lasts. along the way, we'll give you ways to be tax efficient. and you can start, stop or adjust your plan at any time without the unnecessary fees.
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. the breaking pandemic news tonight, the u.s. death toll now topping 391,000 people with more than 23.4 million -- million confirmed cases. let's bring in our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. his new book is entitled "keep sharp, build a better brain at any age." there it is. i'm reading it right now. it is so informative. sanjay, thanks first of all for writing this book. the president-elect joe biden just announcing his plan to speed up coronavirus vaccinations desperately needed. if he's successful in doing what he has pledged which includes opening up eligibility to people over 65, creating more places where people can get the shot, mobilizing medical teams, increasing supply, are you optimistic we would finally be getting to where we need to go? >> well, wolf, i think certainly
the goal he's laid out, this 100 million shots within 100 days i think seems very achievable at that point because, you know, you're talking about these community centers. he talked about fema being engaged on day one, national guard in these states, the completely reimbursed by the federal government which would obviously offer a lot more personnel to basically handle this. so i think that the goal they setout is very do-able. and maybe, frankly, they're undershooting a little bit. to get to where we need to go, wolf, that question some 250, you know, million people roughly, that means 500 million doses. that's obviously going to take longer. it's going to require even more of these resources. but one thing i read carefully in his remarks from yesterday, wolf, is that for the goal they setup they think they can achieve this even without any of these other vaccines coming online, the johnson & johnson or the oxford/astrazeneca. so they're quite confident and i
think that goal seems very do-able. >> all this comes as we're learning very disturbing there's actually no reserve supply of second vaccine doses here in the united states despite promises from the trump administration. how could that be? how long will it take to increase supply? >> this is kind of remarkable, wolf. i think it's worth just taking a step back for a second. we've been reporting on this for so long and saying, these are the most precious commodities right now on the planet, these vaccine doses. the fact there's this back and forth and not even really having a full accountability of it, it's a little ridiculous at this point, wolf. the vaccine and the development of the vaccines incredible work. but this distribution, there's a level of sort of incompetence that's sort of baffling. it sounds like first the time was you remember the biden administration said they will recommend and basically release all reserve doses. current administration, hhs said
that's not a good idea. and then they basically reversed course and said we will also plan on releasing the reserve doses. it turns out there really aren't any reserve doses. that was essentially a paper exercise. so i'm not entirely sure what's going on here. frankly, it's been hard to report on this because the number of doses is still a little bit of a mystery. this has to be straightened out. we've got to know how many doses are out there, what percentage are going into arms. it'll let you know how many are being vaccinated but also what's necessary. >> within three or four weeks you've got to take both of these doses. this is all so, so disturbing. sanjay, i know you're coming back next hour. i've got more questions for you. there's more breaking news we're following. right now a federal security warning fueling anxiety and fear of extremist violence as nugen inauguration day approaches. with their financial needs. with over 90 years' of investment experience,
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in the situation room. we're following breaking news. the nation's capitol is fortress tonight just five days before the inauguration of president-elect joe biden. the truly extraordinary new security measures here in washington as well as in all 50 state capitols prompted by growing fears that armed extremists could once again violently target government officials. we've just learned that the pentagon is now boosting the number of national guard troops here in d.c. to 25,000 to secure
the city for the inaugural ceremony. according to an internal bulletin obtained by cnn, the fbi, the department of homeland security and other federal agencies are most concerned right now by the threat from domestic extremists specifically those who reject the legitimacy of the incoming biden administration. also breaking, the u.s. attorney here in washington, d.c. says his office has now opened at least 275 cases in the probe into last week's insurrection at the capitol. for all the late breaking developments on the investigation into the capitol attack let's begin this hour with cnn's senior national security correspondent alex marquart. alex, there are now hundreds of open cases. >> that number of arrests and charges soaring by the day. hundreds of people charged in connection with the insurrection at the capitol january 6th. u.s. investigators a