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wolf blitzer picks up our coverage right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> hello, i'm fredricka whitfield joined by wolf blitzer. breaking news, house speaker nancy pelosi announced members of the house select committee to investigate the deadly capitol insurrection. it includes republican congresswoman liz cheney. cnn has learned that kevin mccarthy is threatening to strip republican members of their committee memberships if they join pelosi's committee to investigate the insurrection. and we're also following breaking news from the u.s. supreme court. a major ruling upholding two arizona voting provisions saying they do not violate the roting rights act. and more breaking news, the chief financial officer of the
trump organization has surrendered to authorities after a grand jury indicted him as well as the former president's family business in connection to a criminal tax investigation. wolf. >> and there is major breaking news here in surfside, florida, as well as the site of the deadly condo collapse. and this is heartbreaking for so many of the families. rescue efforts, search and rescue efforts have been at least temporarily halted over deep concerns right now that the remaining parts of this building potentially could top and endanger the hundreds of men and women involved in this search and rescue operation. president biden and the first lady dr. jill biden, they are now here. they are here in south florida. they're being briefed right now on the disaster. they'll be meeting with family members, search and rescue teams, but this is a very serious and very depressing moment that temporarily they've had to halt the search and
rescue operations. >> yeah, this is a very painful time. we know people want to be hopeful. but we'll get back to wolf in a moment from south florida. now to that breaking news off of capitol hill. let's begin with manu raju with the breaking news on the capitol insurrection select committee. manu? >> eight members the house speaker just named. one republican, liz cheney and she could face consequences potentially for -- from her own party for taking this position. kevin mccarthy has not said publicly what he would do but privately he's warned if you serve on the select committee, they could lose their committees. but cheney is undeterred and moving forward and put out a statement saying those responsible for the attack need to be held accountable and this select lit committee will fulfill that responsibility in a successful and expeditious
manner. benny thompson has gun some investigation but now this select committee will take over this big investigation that could go on for sometime. unlike the outside commission bill which republicans blocked, this one does not have an end date. that one had an end date to the end of the this year and this could stretch into next year in which control of the congress is at stake. i asked benny thompson about the time frame. he doesn't know how long it will go. it will go as long as it takes. and what will they investigate? the root causes of this including donald trump's role, including the role of some republican members of congress and conversations that they had with donald trump in the run up to january 6 and january 6 themselves. when i asked benny thompson last night where wl this committee should investigate kevin mccarthy's phone call on january 6, he said that is part of the evidence that needs to be put out as part of the report. last week mccarthy told me he's open to speaking to the select
committee. he's speaking to reporters in a matter of minutes. but this could move pretty fast. the question now is what will kevin mccarthy do? will he name members, what kind of members will he name and will they be some who voted to over turn the january 6 electoral results, all questions for republican leader as this investigation begins to take shape. >> kevin mccarthy has five to select. we see pelosi has made the selection of her eight and we'll see what mccarthy does next. manu raju, thank you so much. and now to the direction from the u.s. supreme court. coming on the final day of its term. the justices just ruled 6-3 to uphold two voting rules in arizona. arguing that they do not violate the federal voting rights act. cnn's jessica schneider live from washington with the breaking details. >> and the takeaway is that this will make it much harder for people to challenge voting laws that are being furiously enacted all over the country by
republican-led states and that is because the 6-3 decision written by samuel alito coming down along doilg lines. but this decision also now constricted how section two of the voting rights act could be used. this is a section that is become one of the only ways that challengers could fight these laws sin the supreme court in 2013 struck down the preclearance provision of the voting rights act, mandated states with a history of discrimination get preapproved for any voting laws. now that is gone and it is just section two and the supreme court is saying that section two just requires equal openness to the opportunity to vote whereas progressive groups wanted the court so say if minorities were impacted by a law they could challenge it. so this is a fight over how congress wrote section two. and in we're seeing in the 6-3 split is the liberals coming out
against this. elena kagan let her opinion be known. sme wrote this court has no right to remake section two. some think that vote suppression is a relic of history but congress gets to make that call. because it has not done so, this court as duty is to apply the law as written. fledged to give every american of equal race an equal chance to participate in our democracy and now stands as the crucial tool to achieve that goal. that law of all laws deserves the subpoena in power congress gave it and that law should be not diminished by this court. and there was another 6-3 decision coming down along dolg lines, this case eliminated a
requirement in california that charities report who their donors are and that of course has left concerns that even more dark money could really creep into the system, fredricka. so two big wins on the last day of the term for conservatives here and led by this conservative court that is now 6-3 with the additional three justices, from president donald trump, fredricka. >> jessica schneider, thank you so much. let's zero in on the voting issue on arizona. chef jeffrey toobin with me now. so the bottom line, jeffrey, is this ruling said arizona is not zrim fating against anyone nor is it violating the voting rights act so how does the u.s. supreme court come to this conclusion? >> the supreme court, the voting rights act, which is the most important civil rights law in american history, said there are various ways you can challenge
laws that discriminate in how people get to vote. and some of the ways that you get to prove that are the effects zrim nottary or the intent. this case was about the effects. and basically what the supreme court said is these two arizona laws were not proven to be discriminatory in their effects. but in eterms of the big pictur. when you combine with the shelby county decision in 2013, which said that the federal over sight provisions of the voting rights act are essentially defunct. the voting rights act today appears to be closer to a dead letter. it is close to beingir relevant. so when the states pass all of the laws as they have been after the 2020 election, you know the
claim has been, well, democrats, african-americans, people of color, effected by these decisions could just go to court and challenge them. as a result of what the supreme court has done, it is going to be next to impossible for the federal courts to rule to overturn these laws. so the only way the voting rights act is going to become a real serious force in american life again is if congress amends the law. and as long as the filibuster remains in place, even 50 democrats plus vice president harris will not be able to amend the law. so the action really now belongs to congress. because the only way that the voting rights act is going to become relevant again is if congress amends the law which at the moment it looks like they're not going to do. >> and so that could take a lot of time and we already know that at least 14 states have passed
laws that critics say do tighten voting rules. so when you talk about this arizona decision, really zeros in on effect. do you believe that if there are going to be court challenges against any number of those new laws in those 14 states, that they will have to pursue it from an intent point of view in order to be successful? >> well, fredricka, that is a very highly relevant question. because just last week the department of justice challenged the new law in georgia. the new vote restrictions in georgia. and i think they knew this was coming from the supreme court. so they did not use the part of the law about discriminatory effects. they used the part of the law that says laws cannot be passed with discriminatory intent. but again, it is important to point out, the supreme court has narrowed the definition of
intent as well. made it harder to prove discriminatory intent. and if the broader message of the shelby county case eight years ago, this case today, is that the supreme court is going to make it hard to use the voting rights act. so the chances of success of the department of justice case that was filed against georgia last week, it's not directly effected by the result today, but atmospherically it sure is and i would say the attempt to use the courts to stop voting restrictions is gotten harder today and that is going to effect georgia as well. >> jeffrey, hold tight. we have other breaking news. i want to get your reaction to this hour as well. and that is this. breaking news. the trump organization's chief financial officer allen weisselberg has surrendered to
face criminal tax charges after he and and the trump organization was indicted. weisselberg is expected to appear in court in hours when the indictment is unsealed. weisselberg's attorney say he plans to plead not guilty and fight the charges in court. cnn's paula reid joining me now with more breaking details on this. paula? >> reporter: truly an extraordinary development. the namesake company of the former president of the united states has been indicted along with one of the top executives. now long time trump organization cfo allen weisselberg turned himself in this morning and both he and the company are expected to be arraigned this afternoon. now they are expected to face charges related to alleged tax crimes. the allegations is there were certain perks or a warded to employees like free cars, free apartments, even school tuition but many of the parks were not properly disclosed for tax purposes. now, it is unusual to charge a
company for this kind of thing. and trump organization lawyers have met at least twice with prosecutors in the past ten days, they were unsuccessful in trying to convince prosecutors not to bring this case. now an attorney for weisselberg said he intends to plead not guilty and he will fight these charges. former president trump has suggested that weisselberg is being used as a pawn in this case. but these charges, these will increase the pressure on weisselberg to cooperate. i appreciate that he has so far resisted during this investigation. but once he and his attorneys have a chance to assess the evidence, assess the charges, he could potentially change his mind. but at this point there is no indication that the former president or any member of his family will face charges any time soon. especially if prosecutors could not secure additional cooperating witnesses or evidence that has so far alluded them in the past few years. fredricka. >> paula reid, thank you so much. back with me now, jeffrey toobin. so jeffrey, this investigation
into the trump organization lasted more than two years and these are first charges but does that mean more could be coming or is this the only case prosecutors are able to make? >> well, fredricka, let me give you a ringing i don't know to answer that question. we really don't know. >> i like the honesty. >> at this point. but what we also don't know and this is very important and we will actually know this today, is what precisely are the charges. because there have been suggestions that the case is limited to improve tax treatment ever fringe benefits. paying school tuition and company cars, paying for rental apartments. if that is all the case is, you know, the defense might have a pretty good argument that this is -- should be a civil case. because the fact is it is rare that fringe benefit disputes wind up in criminal courts. yes, it often comes up that people have to pay back taxes or
pay penalties as a result of improperly categorized fringe benefits but it is rare that that kind of case winds up in criminal courts sox one thing i'm looking for when the indictment is released, i think sometime in the next few hours, is what specifically are the charges because that might give us a hint of how much the district attorneys office here in manhattan actually has on the trump organization. >> and whatever those charges are, hopefully we'll find out in an hour and a half or so, the organization is facing charges and if found guilty, if convicted, it would face fines. weisselberg facing charges and if convicted faces jail time. the former president heads the organization. how can the organization be scrutinized and potentially penalized and not the head of the organization? >> well that is a great question and it is a reason why a lot of
prosecutors don't like to bring criminal cases against corporations. corporations can do anything. they are pieces of paper. only human beings can do things. it is -- it is legally possible to file criminal charges against a corporation. but it is rarely done because a lot of the purposes of criminal law, deterrence, punishment, retribution, they can't really be effective against a corporation which has no human existence. also, you know, what does it mean that a corporation commits a crime if an individual is not charged. yes, it is legally possible. but it is rarely done. it is almost never tried. there are almost never trialed of corporations when they are criminally charged. they almost always end in some sort of plea arrangements where a fine is paid. but the reason why these cases
are rare is because it just doesn't seem to fit within the criminal context, although the law does allow criminal charges to be brought against corporations. and sometimes there are consequences that are beyond fines. sometimes banks will not deal with a company that has a criminal charge or other entities won't. so there could be those implications. but it is unusual. >> well both fascinating and complex. jeffrey toobin, thank you so much. and this quick programming note, michael cohen will join all alisyn camerota this afternoon live at 3:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. let's go back to wolf in south florida. wolf? >> reporter: yeah, fred. there have been some major breaking news here in surfside, florida. very depressing information. as especially for the families
praying for the miracle that their loved ones will be found alive. the search efforts here in surfside have halted temporarily due to major concerns that the remaining part of this condo tower may actually collapse. it comes as president biden is here to meet with first responders and families. he's on the the ground. the first lady is on the ground. much more on the the breaking news when we come back. ancestry, with documents, with photographs, i get to define myself through the scores of people who lead to me. bring your family history to life like never before. get started for free at ancestry.com
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deep concerns that the remaining parts of this building could topple and endanger the hundreds men and women part of the search and rescue operation. president biden and the first lady dr. jill biden are here. they're here in south florida. they're getting briefed on this disaster. 18 people are confirmed dead. 145 others are unaccounted for. one week after part of this condo building, a huge part came crashing down. two children are among those killed. a 4-year-old and a 10-year-old. president biden is about to thank first responders. he will also meet with families of the victims very, very soon. cnn's rosa flores is with me here. she has more information on this breaking news. they were working so feverishly, searching, hoping, families were praying for miracles that loved ones were alive and in the last hour or two they announced it has to stop because they're afraid the remaining part of
this hower could go down endangering perhaps or skbinjur or killing some of the rescue workers. >> you are right. very intense overnight when the monitors went off, they say there was a column dangling from the still-standing structure on the south side of the building and it was swaying six to 12 inches. now the concern was two-fold. first of all, like you mentioned, the brave men and women sifting through this rubble. the second concern was the fact that this column could fall and also damage some of the support spell of the stranding structure, bringing it completely down. >> that was one of the big concerns. then they saw movements of a concrete slab on the south side of the structure and movements of pile. i asked the fire chief what triggered this, what was it exactly that they -- that happened because he and i have
been talking about how dangerous this work is, every inch of debris they move, they have to calculate it and they have engineers monitoring the stability. he said there was no particular event per se, but that the monitors did go off at that point the brave men and women that are sifting through this rubble looking for signs of life had to run for their own lives, wolf. now, it is important to note that the first who were notified about this happening were families. which is important here. now the fire chief also mentioned some very intense moment very early on during this search. he said that they could hear the voice of a woman coming from this building and that they've been doing everything that they could to get to her. but they haven't. take a listen. >> unfortunately, during our initial search and rescue efforts while we were working under the structure, the same
structure that significantly compromised right now. we did hear audible sounds and they were searching for a female voice is what we heard for several hours and eventually we didn't hear her voice any more. we continued searching. and again that is exercising the magnitude of what we're going through. you know, the efforts, that all of our fire rescue personnel and everyone that is here on scene trying to do the best we can in these heroic efforts. an unfortunately we didn't have success. >> and wolf, no word yet as to when this search and rescue effort will resume. >> the hours are precious right now as we all know. it has been a week already. and these families obviously are so worried, they're praying for miracles. unfortunately that search and rescue operation at least for now has halted. rosa, thank you very much. let's discuss the late breaking developments with tom vanes enwho has deeply involved
in the 9/11 search and rescue efforts underway after 9/11 as well. tom, thank you very much for joining us. correct me if i'm wrong. but i seem to remember on several occasions you after 9/11, had you to halt temporarily search and rescue operations fearing that other parts of the buildings around there could would also crumble endangering the men and women involved, is that right? >> absolutely, wolf. the similarities to the small scale but all of the same problems that we had. and it is just heartbreaking listening to the chief. as you could see how personal it has become for him. the idea of hearing a voice and then to have to stop trying to find that voice or unsuccessfully finding those folks, those underneath -- >> the search and rescue efforts that are now temporarily halted because of the concerns of the
stability of the remaining part of the tower, how precarious is that portion of the building based on what you're hearing, tom, based on your own personal experience. a week into this they wouldn't cut off the search and rescue operation unless they were deeply concerned about the safety of the hundreds of men and women involved in this search and rescue operation. >> they've been monitoring any kind of movement in that building from probably the first day or the second day when so many more experts and engineers and people from management team, the teams came in to help them and in addition to the laborious and dangerous work of the rescue, there is a lot of people using all of the technology available to make sure that they know if there is any movement in that building and they noticed it yesterday or late last night and that is why they had to pull these folks off. it happened to us a lot trade center site.
remember, we had 14 acres so you were able to keep search going in some spots and have to stop it at other spots. but this is a much smaller area. so they're afraid of any movement, hurting the folks that are underneath and already the brief falling on top of the guys and folks on top of the pile. >> they've been searching for survivors for a week now. and these are critical days. if their going to find any of the individuals who are god willing are still alive, they have to really pursue right now, day eight, day nine, day ten, if they're going to find people alive. 145 people are still unaccounted for. and these family members are distraught which is totally understandable. what needs to happen, tom, before officials could actually resume the search and rescue operation? >> well, the incident commander
i'm sure is trying to make a hard decision now. what to do with that column that moved quite a bit from the reports i heard. they've have to decide whether to try to maybe break it and have it fall. or then decide if they could figure out a way to shore up underneath it so if it falls it doesn't hurt people. they don't know how much is going to fall. maybe not the whole building. but they don't know if a consider amount of concrete has falled and if it falls 12 floors, you can't be near it. so they have a tough decision to make there right now. and the best people you could have, all of the engineers from the miami, from fema and everybody trying to help. >> these are really life and death decisions that these authorities on the ground here have to make. tom vonnesen, thank you for your service and not just during and
after 9/11. fred, we're watching this story very carefully, the president and first lady are on the ground. later this hour, our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is here with me. we'll discuss with her what the president and the first lady are up to, lots more coming up from down here, fred. >> thank you, wolf. coming up as well, the u.s. supreme court upholding restrictive voting measures in arizona. i'll speak with the secretary of state about this major ruling next. to gelato made from scratch. raise the jar to all five layers. raise the jar to the best gelato... you've ever tasted. talenti. raise the jar.
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back to one of our top stories. the u.s. supreme court upholding two restrictive arizona voting laws ruling they do not discriminate and do not violate the voting rights act. joining me now is arizona secretary of state katie hobbs. a democratic candidate for arizona governor. to good to see you, secretary. so your attorneys argued to the court that these two measured disenfranchise voters of color and violated section two of the voting rights act. and let me remind people, the provisions would not allow
ballots to be cast outside of voter precincts or allowed to have spun else to return a completed ballot. so the supreme court majority ruled against you. what is your reaction to that? >> well, this was an expected outcome. but what this ruling underscores is that urgent need for action at the state and federal level to protect voting rights. and what we're seeing right now is a move across country to go in the opposite direction. and in that context, this decision is very harmful and it is going to make it harder for anyone to be able to challenge discriminatory voting laws. >> and so like you said, this is not just about arizona. there are at least 14 other states that have passed laws restricting voting access. and there are more bills being introduced. so where does this leave you and other democrats who were trying to push back, particularly against republican-led state legislative efforts?
>> well, look, we know how to conduct and over see elections and they are very challenging in trying circumstances. we did that in 2020 and saw historic participation. so we're going to keep that fight up. we did it in 2020 and we're going to work every day to make sure that every arizonan who is eligible to vote has access to the ballot box despite these b barriers. but it is unfortunate that the barriers exist and under this ruling will be able to continue to be easier to put up for voters. >> and there have been attempts in congress to strengthen the voting rights act, but it hasn't gone any why because the democratic majority doesn't have 60 votes to move anything past a filibuster. so your own democratic senator kristin cinema supports the filibuster. do you have a message for her today. >> i have a message for everyone in congress. that we need to take urgent
action on upholding voting rights for all americans. and if the filibuster stands in the way of that, we need to do something about that. and i've been very clear about that. action right now is urgent. >> arizona secretary of state katie hobbs. thank you very much. we'll take a short break for now and we'll be right back. at carvana, we treat every customer like we would treat our own moms, with care and respect. to us, the little things are the big things. which is why we do everything in our power to make buying a car an unforgettable experience. happy birthday. thank you. we treat every customer like we would treat our own moms. because that's what they deserve. uno, dos, tres, cuatro! [sfx]: typing [music starts]
[sfx]: happy screaming [music ends] the house minority leader kevin mccarthy is speaking. >> to bring attention to the gut-wrenching scenes we have seen coming out of florida. since this building first collapsed more than a week ago. we mourn the loss of the 18 lives who have perished including the two children ages just 4 and 10 whose bodies were found just yesterday.
we continue to keep the families in our prayers and the one more than 145 individuals who are still waiting to hear updates about their loved ones. i also want to thank all of the first responders. i want to thank israel for sending over their team as well. i know they're working round the clock and i know it is tedious work and it is difficult. but i want them to know that we appreciate it as well. just moments ago, i made a unanimous consent request on the house floor to fund israel's critical iron dome defense system. we have the president of israel here this week. israeli government requested resources from the united states to help them replenish the weapons system supplies and equipment which is vital to protecting the jewish state from terrorist attacks. as many of you know the iron dome is a defensive protection. we watch the number of missiles come. >> we're going to continue to monitor kevin mccarthy. we anticipate he's going to be speaking about this new special
select committee being formed to investigate the january 6th insurrection. we'll get back to that. meanwhile, major breaking news unfolding here in surfside, florida. the search and rescue efforts sadly have been at least temporarily halted over deep concerns that the rest of the building may crumble and endanger the hundreds of men and women who are deeply involved in the search and rescue operation. the miami-dade fire chief said there has been what he described as slight movement in the concrete slabs and their worried about a large column hanging from the structure that potentially could fall. president biden and the first lady dr. jill biden are here now. they're meeting with first responders. they will be meeting with members of the search and rescue teams just ahead, of what is expected to be potentially a three hour very emotional visit with family members who are desperately praying for miracles right now. they want their loved ones to be found alive. but sadly the entire search and
rescue operation has been temporarily halted. our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is joining me right now. kaitlan, i'm sure for the president and the first lady, they've gone through their own grief over the years. this is so, so sad. >> reporter: right. and we talk about how president biden is so good at these kinds of things but no one is plead for this kind of a response for something like this that you do not see happen very observe. so the white house, officials we talked to last night said they were bracing for what that meeting was go look like. they're saying the hardest meeting for last. he started out meeting with the local officials and a florida governor and they are praising the president saying that he has been on top of this tragedy since day one. that is someone who is a close ally of the former president. he met with the mayor of miami-dade county and believes the federal government is going to be able to pick up 100% of the cost incurred to the state and the county. so that is significant. then he's going to go and meet with the search and rescue
teams, working minute-by-minute ever since this building collapsed. but then the tough meeting an that is the one with the families of either -- they know that their loved ones have died in the collapse or still waiting to hear what is happening as the search and rescue efforts have been paused but underway. that meeting is going to be really tough and behind closed doors. but to just give you a sense of how much time they've dedicated, they've blocked off over three hours with president biden. so they expect it to go on for sometime as he is meeting with them and talking them through this. and he said there he thinks this is going to be something that of course is not going to be solved in a day. these families are going to have this anxiety and this grief for months and years to come. and so he said he believe that they'll need help going forward from a mental health perspective. that is a going to be a challenge for him. and white house officials say he is likely going to be exhausted after that because it is going
to be such an emotional experience, they expect. >> and what is so encouraging is that there is this cooperation between the governor, ron desantis who may run for president in 2024, they're working closely together. their supporting each other and democrats and republicans, they're for getting politics at least here in surfside, florida, and they recognize they have a major mission. >> and the white house did not want this to be a political visit. they tried to keep politics out of this, when there were questions whether he spoke to the florida governor and we foe he spoke last friday and he was seated there in the briefing earlier today and the praise went back and forth between the president and governor, saying we're here to help and focus on the rescue efforts and be there for the families experiencing such a tragic time. >> and as depressing as this whole situation is, and i've been here for several days now, it is even worse now for the families because it has been a week. they were praying for a miracle and as all of the search and
rescue efforts, operators were telling them, still possible. some people may be alive. we're continuing to search but now day eight, day nine and day ten and now the entire operation has ground to a halt. it will make the president and the first lady's mission today when they speak with the family members even more painful. >> these families are angry. and they're grieving. for what they don't understand. what they don't know. these are so many unknowns here about what happened to their family members. why did this happen. those are all of the questions that i think they're going to have. we know that from reporting they've been angry with some of the officials in some of the briefings. completely understandably. because of the situation that is unfolded here and these -- their mothers and fathers, their brothers and husbands and spouses. so that is is what at play. >> kevin mccarthy is now answering reporters' questions. let's listen in. >> so when jeff van drew got
his -- lost his committee assignments from the speaker and got them from the republican conference. when justin amash left, he then went and got his committee assignments from the speaker. i don't know in history where someone would go get their committee assignments from the speaker and expect them to have them from the conference as well. >> you haven't -- criticized your members like andrew clyde would said it was a normal tourist visit that day but they want to investigate what happened -- >> let me be very clear. i'm not threatening anybody with committee assignments. what i'm saying is, it was shocking to me that if a person is a republican, they get their committee assignments from the republican conference. for somebody to accept committee assignments from speaker pelosi, that is unprecedented. yes. >> do you regret not supporting
the bipartisan commission idea now that you have to deal with a committee you have less over sight over and arguably would be more political. >> no. i regret the politics of nancy pelosi. for six months, she played politics with this. so what has transpired in the six months. in the six months in the senate, they had two committees, bipartisanly investigate this and give a report. the fbi has arrested almost 500 people. the architect of the capitol has been given $10 million. pelosi continues to make this nothing about politics. that is why no one really take this is serious based upon the direction of what she wants to go. if you have read the senate report, you'd be very concerned. you're concerned about what happened on that day but you're concerned what happened on the days before it. the cause of -- that caused that day to happen. why wasn't the national guard here. there is a lot of questions why
that determination was made. national guard were doing street patrol but not on the capitol. it is concerning where the speaker would narrow the scope. something happen in the summer to make the decision not to bring the national guard here. why were the riot gears locked in a bus that people couldn't get to. all of that preparation ahead of time. why was the intel not provided and moved further. sergeant of arms never spoke to me prior to the meeting, prior to this sixth, during the sixth, after the sixth. there is a lot of questions that raise. and you got the senate that went and did the work and we got a speaker that did nothing but play politics and try to drive it that way. >> well >> when i have news on that, i'll give it to you. >> reporter: do you intend to name members to this panel, and if not, last week you met with
officers. they were here last week and urged you to take this seriously. so -- so are you taking this seriously? >> i take it very seriously. >> i'm wondering, you just named a number of entities that you think are to blame for potentially the -- you have questions about it. >> yeah. >> reporter: do you believe that president trump, former president trump is accountable in some way for what -- the events leading up to january 6th? >> what i looked -- have you read the senate report? did you read the senate report? did you have questions about how the -- the prep we had for this capitol? were you concerned about when they found ieds in the morning, did we not call the fbi? were you concerned about the idea that the sergeant after arms provided but it wasn't passed forward? were you concerned if we had
that information, why didn't we have a different presence built here? if you were concerned about riots, why would you put the riot gear in a bus that was locked in a route down the way? if there was -- in the time of the riot took place, why was there not communication that had direction from leadership? because leadership wasn't talking? there's so many failures along that way that happened the days before that allowed individuals to get into the building. that's what we want to make sure never, ever happens again. >> former president trump was the president at the time. does he have no responsibility? >> i was going to ask whether you -- whether you were going to -- she has a quorum now that she's appointed cheney. >> she plays politics all the time. >> reporter: it would appear to be in your interest to get people on this thing now. >> you think it's in my interest that it's a political game of what she's playing. when i have news on this, i'll provide the news. did i upset you last time? >> reporter: no.
>> oh. i thought from your article, i must have upset you. i feel gray hair is positive. you're younger on me. i hope you feel better after the article. >> reporter: do you want to answer my question? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: do you have by cheney accepting on january 6th, she's left the republicans? >> i was shocked she would accept something from speaker pelosi. i would seem to me since i didn't hear from her, maybe she's closer to her than us. i don't know. >> reporter: the assignment -- >> i was trying to give you an example based on how when somebody comes here, how they get their committees. i mean, take, for example, when liz cheney came to congress, she came to see me about and the other members on steering about committees assignments as every other reason did. no democrat came to see me about
assignments, the only time jeff van drew came was after he left. it would be shocking to me for anybody from a party on the other side to come and want to accept -- >> all right. we're going to get back to kevin mccarthy c but you can see these are live pictures coming in. the president meeting with first responders right now. members of the search and rescue teams. he's going to be spending most of the day with the first lady down here in south florida dealing with this crisis which all of a sudden got even worse. if you can leave believe that. 145 people are still unaccounted for. 145 people still unaccounted for. and sadly, the entire search and rescue operation has at least temporarily been halted out of deep concerns that remaining parts of the towers of the condominium building, the parts that remained intact are very, very tenuous right now,
potentially could crumble, collapse endangering the hundreds of men and women. you're seeing some of them who have gathered with the president right now. could endanger them from continuing if they were to continue the search and rescue operation. it's an enormously difficult, dangerous situation that has unfolded right now. sadly, for the family members who will be meeting for about three hours or so if not longer with the president and the first lady later today, they were praying for miracles. now those miracles become more difficult. let's see if we can hear what the president is saying.
>>. >> saved my wife and my family. i want to extend my -- so what you do -- >> what would you do to our battalion chief for task force one? >> what's your name? [ applause ] >> i want you to know that we unde understand. what you're doing now is hard as hell. psychol psychologically, and i want to say thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. as you all know, it's only what you do now, but your brothers and sisters across this country are having more pressure because
of -- i was on a call yesterday with all the western governors. and you know what they're asking for? we need more firefighters, because last year the fire scene didn't start this early, and the territories on the ground, bigger than the size of rhode island, and already it's started early. you i want to say thank you. as i said, i promise you we know. we know. what you're doing here is incredible. having to deal with the uncertainty of worrying about the families. anyway, thank you.
thank you. take care. >> all right. so the president of the united states meeting with the search and rescue teams. the first responders who are here in surfside, florida. they are not as we've been reporting the major breaking news out of here, the entire search and rescue operation at least for now within a week of this major operation has been temporarily halted out of deep concern that the hundreds of men and women involved in the search and rescue operation potentially could be in danger because the remaining part of the building
is very unstable right now. there is fear that building could collapse, injuring and god forbid, even killing some of the men and women, and as a result, they decided out of abundance of caution, to more search and rescue operation at least for now. the president meanwhile, will continue meeting with first responders and others eventually with family members. much more coming up as our special coverage here on cnn continues. front desk. yes, hello... i'm so... please hold. ♪ i got you. ♪ all by yourself. ♪ go with us and get millions of flexible booking options. expedia. it matters who you travel with. two out of three guys experience hair loss by the age 35. kind of scary. that's why i use keeps. keeps offers clinically proven treatment, and the sooner you start the more hair you can keep. get started for $1 a day at keeps.com.
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