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before the pandemic, and that has some officials sounding the alarm. and republicans are preparing for potential pitfalls as the january 6th house selection committee gets underway. we're talk about it with the committee chairman. he's standing by live. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> this is cnn breaking news. >> all right. we got breaking news coming out of florida. brian todd is on the scene for us. brian, important new developments just revealed in that news conference that a lot of us were surprised to hear from the mayor. >> that's right, wolf. she has signed an order for the demolition as soon as engineers and others in charge of this can draw up the plans and get it all underway. this could take some time.
what i found was interesting about what the mayor said was she said it would not compromise the search and rescue mission. i think maybe we should all try to press her on why she feels that way because, again, we're going to show you what she's talking about here. this is the building. this is the part where we presume where the rest of it will be demolished in the days ahead. when she says it's not going to compromise the search and rescue mission, that's what's going on to the left. you see all these people on top of the rubble and there could be people between that view and where this building is where we cannot see where this hotel below us is obstructing that part of the view. a key question is how are they going to do it so it doesn't compromise anything that's going on over there and doesn't eng danger those people. i'm sure they will pull people out when they're demolishing it. but how does it not compromise what's going on there just to the left where they're trying to pull possibly some victims out of the rubble? are they going to demolish the
building so it falls towards collins avenue to our right here. presumably that's what they're going to do and of course they have the no how to do that. look at how close all of this is. and the mayor says it is not going to compromise the search and rescue mission. whenever they can do it. and that's a key question. when is this going to get underway. we spoke to a structural engineer from the town of surf side has hired to make sure the building like the one we're in are not compromised. he said that he doesn't think this will start any time soon because to demolish a building you have to haul in a lot of heavy equipment that he says is not here and may not even be close to here. so time line on how they're going to demolish this building and the method with which they're going to do it, those are two very, very important questions that i don't believe have been answered yet. but a dramatic development to demolish the rest of the towers south complex here behind us with all of its debris, all the
concrete slabs, all the other material hanging off it so dangerously. that has been just signed. and the mayor saying another grim update today, confirmed 22 dead. they found two more bodies over the last several hours. they did confirm that the seven-year-old daughter of a miami firefighter was also pulled from that horrible development there. that firefighter was working this scene, was not there when his daughter was pulled out, but was called over to the area to be informed of that. horrible, horrible news today. the latest figure is 126 people remain unaccounted for. again, 22 deaths confirmed, wolf. very dramatic developments on this day. the only positive thing to come from this. they had good weather today, but that comes with a caveat. they have a possible hurricane on the way. >> yeah. they're really worried about this hurricane elsa. they're fearing it could
severely impact that whole area in surf side, florida right now. that's a big problem as well. she described what's going on as an unprecedented disaster. brian, standby. i want to bring in rick slider, a structural engineer, president of slider engineering and michael, a certified emergency manager. rick, let me ask you first. the mayor just announcing she signed this emergency order to go ahead and demolish the r remainder of the building, those condominium apartments. they're still standing barely. but experts need to sign off on how and when to do that safely. she wants it done quickly. what factors do you think your fellow engineers will consider as they prepare for this building to come down? >> sure. and if you remember from her discussion, she's already indicated they're a structural engineer on site. in part their role is to make sure the site is safe enough for the workers to be there. it is my expectation there are
teams of other engineers doing several other things. one in correlation to the safety at the site right now. it is my expectation they would have other teams actually analyzing a process and a methodology to remove the existing materials. i do believe it will be a slow process. again, my expectation is it will be removed in pieces and parts, and it will take some time. there is probably a team of engineers already analyzing the building from the original set of construction drawings, and their input as well would help them developing this program to remove the material. >> michael, what will the demolition of this building mean for the search and rescue operation? >> most likely, it will slow it down or stop it for the moments when the building is brought down by the engineers. it will hamper it as your other colleagues have mentioned a few moments ago. >> michael, hold on. i will get back to you but they're answering reporters questions now. let's listen in.
>> recommendations of the engineers as we stated yesterday and as i stated today. that is going to take time. it is going to take most likely weeks. it is not possible either from an engineering or any other perspective to move more rapidly than that. >> mayor, address a little bit the towers being evacuated. is that part of your order? >> the city of north miami beach has taken the steps that we recommended to review to make sure that the recertification process was being done on a timely basis. and as i understand it, as a result of that audit, they found a building that had not been recertified and when the information came in, they took some steps. >> [ inaudible ].
>> first and foremost, i want to stress that our objectives remain the same. search, rescue and assistance of the survivors. looking for survivors, i should say. we have formed a comprehensive plan with the division, with fema. our local partners, to discuss safety. we have identified a safety zone and we are going to evacuate as necessary certain aspects of our materials and resources that we provide here and we'll provide a safety zone with respect to flying debris and other items. so we continue to lockok at tha and assess.
we provide up to the minute forecasts at this location. so we will continue to monitor that and we will adjust as necessary that safety zone with respect to the building. >> how soon could we see possibly efforts to stop because of elsa? >> we're monitoring this storm very closely. depending on the strength of the wind and the path, we will make that determination. i don't know if charles you want to say anything more about that. that's the answer. >> we're very concerned to not compromise our search, but we also know that the building itself poses certain risks. so we have to balance those things and of course we want to continue our search and rescue
efforts now in the areas where it's safe to do so. >> [ inaudible ]? >> yes. ultimately these are my decisions, but i do it in conjunction with the experts in my department of fire and rescue, and they are in constant communication with their engineers as well as engineers from the federal and state government. i think our chief should answer the question. thank you. >> yeah. so it will be a collaborative decision. obviously, the safety of our personnel is paramount. so we want to be working out there as long as we can. if winds increase, depending on the calculations and what the engineers advise us, we'll make that decision. we have several safety officers out there monitoring the work site constantly. and we try to go as long as we can, but you have seen unfortunately with other inclement weather and lightening that comes through, we have had
periods where we had to stop. >> nothing has been specific yet. the engineers are definitely doing calculations and then they will go into details and they will make a decision on what direction to go into then. >> demoing the building and [ inaudible ]? >> so, again, we cannot move swiftly to demolish this building. the building needs to be carefully evaluated. we have many engineers working together to look at all of the circumstances, make the determination on the time line. it cannot be before this storm. however, it is storm season. we know the building is unstable. we are going to move forward with demolition. we just have to do it in the safest, possible fashion. as to where the demolition would
fall, that is part of the calculus. there are many, many factors. there are many choices to be made, and all of that is being reviewed by the engineers. >> we are getting some reports that firefighters who are not vaccinated came down with covid. >> yes. one of the teams in florida but came outside of miami-dade, they did have a few covid individuals. so we do have our medical procedures in place. you know, unfortunately, this is another challenge, but something that we have been dealing with for over the past year in regards to the medical field and our first responders, you know, responding and managing throughout covid. so we remain within our protocols in that circumstance where we isolate. we go through a process, and that task force also has now been demobilized. >> is there a number of cases?
>> six. >> thank you. >> thank you, all. >> all right. so there is the end of the news conference. there was significant information released. by the way, the mayor is going to walk over to our microphone shortly. we will continue the conversation with her. we will ask some more questions. we'll standby for that. but, brian, you heard her just say they're going to go ahead and demolish the building. you have a perfect van teenage point of what's left of that condominium tower. she said it's not going to happen before the storm. this hurricane elsa is out. they're preparing for bad weather in the next few days. but the building, she says, is unstable and it's got to come down because it poses a major threat to all the men and women working there as part of this search and rescue and eventually search and recovery operation.
>> that's right, wolf. we'll show you what she's talking about again. this is what's compromising their safety that the mayor referenced. all that concrete hanging down over there. you have the rescue workers here to the left. there could be some between what you see there and that facade there that's just been sheered away. you see the concrete column. you see the concrete slabs hanging off, the cables, everything else. you see air-conditioners hanging off there. all of it is so dangerous. of course that tropical storm may be a hurricane on the way in the next couple of days. it is extremely dangerous here. we have been watching these guys hammers away, picking debris from buckets, putting in lifts and lifting it out. it is very dangerous work. this is what the mayor is referring to. it seems to get more dangerous by the day, wolf. >> you're there, brian, and i was there with you for the past week. i came back to washington earlier today. but when you are there and you see it, it looks one way on
television. but when you are up close and see it up close, it is so tenuous, so potentially vulnerable, what has remained of that building and all of us have seen the video of the other parts of the building going down within a matter of 11 seconds. >> that's right, wolf. it really is, pardon me, tenuous. and you can see just -- i mean, it is incredibly dangerous when you see what's hanging off there. i can show you one other thing. if you want to go down to where the pool deck collapsed there. i was looking at this with a structural engineer. look at where the pool deck collapsed. you see the one place where the two people are. then you see the self eight feet below it, that was all one deck. look at that. you had the one that's collapsed there. then you pan over to the right where those two cars are. just beyond those two cars, it collapsed again. the structural engineer we spoke to said what they have to try to determine is whether those two collapses of the pool deck might
have collapsed columns in the garage that might have triggered some of the larger collapse behind us. so those are all clues they have to go over, wolf. >> all right, brian. i want you to standby. we're going to get back to you. but the mayor of miami-dade county is joining us right now. major, i know it is incredibly busy and we're grateful for you for all you're doing. thank you for joining us right now, as usual. you just announced two additional victims were recovered, bringing the death toll up to 22 people. our deepest, deepest condolences to their families. tell us what first responders and families are facing right now, mayor, if this rescue mission stretches into another night because i know you spent a good chunk of the day speaking with the rescue workers and the families. >> this is so excruciating for everyone, the waiting and waiting and hoping and praying for the families, especially, of
course and also for the first responders. this is really their passion. it's a calling for them. they rush back to the scene. they don't want to miss any opportunity, any moment to be saving lives. and, so, it's just been a nightmare scenario for everyone involved. and now with the hurricane coming. >> the hurricane is right off the coast, hurricane elsa, and that could really, really impact what's going on over there. it's an awful situation. the number of people still unaccounted for in the collapse, as you know, you know better than anyone, dropped from 145 people yesterday. it's now 126 unaccounted for. can you explain how you reached this number? because the confirmed death toll went up to 22. >> so it's a very fluid list because we're getting this information from multiple sources. people are calling in from overseas.
sometimes they're giving us the name of a person and it doesn't quite match because they might not have the apartment number, so there are duplicates to be called. sometiming they're naming one person and it turns out there is a whole family group that might otherwise be in the rubble but now is marked safe. so it is very important to understand that we're constantly updating this information. >> and from the beginning we have been saying these numbers are fluid. they're going to change and they have clearly changed. 22 confirmed dead. 126 right now unaccounted for. you also just announced, mayor, that you have already signed, just signed an emergency order to demolish the remainder of the collapsed building. so walk us through. when do you expect the demolition will actually take place? >> so engineers have told us that it takes a while to determine the best way to do the demolition. there are different technical ways to do it.
there is different directions that the debris could fall. there is processes that have to be undertaken and permits that have to be received. it's quite an elaborate process. and we must not proceed quickly. we do not want it to jeopardize our search and rescue effort. basically, this is the beginning of the process. >> what part of the demolition of the building, what will that mean for the search and rescue mission which everyone says remains priority number one? >> correct. well, there are definitely ways that we could demolish the building that will make sure to allow the search to continue, but, again, this is going to take weeks to move forward. so we'll be making critical decisions in the days and weeks ahead. also, the building itself is a safety public health and safety hazard for the rescue workers
but also for the buildings and the vicinity, so we know the building is unstable and we know it has to come down. >> as we know, survivors, a lot of them from that part of the building that didn't come down, they would love to get back into their condominium apartments and bring out their valuables, photographs, jewelry, whatever fr precious items they have. will they have a chance to do that? will someone help them bring out valuable material? >> at this time we're told that the building is unsafe. people are not going into the building. that's not anybody. so i do not know how that could occur. obviously it is important for them to catalog their belongings and we're setting up a process for them to do so and, sadly, most likely that will be as we comb through the debris. >> you're also warning about the threats of this incoming storm, hurricane elsa is out there in
the atlantic right now. that could be the next few day ifs it has an impact in the area over there at surf side where you are. but what are you actually bracing for from this storm? >> so it has been upgraded to a hurricane, but it could still diminish back to tropical storm force winds. and the direction has slightly moved west, which is good for us. so it is too early to know for sure that we are in danger. but nonetheless, we have to prepare. and, so, we have started that process and urged everyone to make the necessary hurricane preparations and we'll be monitoring the storm so that if it seems that the wind strength will be too high for us to safely continue the search and rescue, we'll have to put a pause. >> and you say the demolition will not take place before that storm. it will take place after that storm. we'll see how long that takes.
it was a heart-breaking development earlier today, mayor. i know you were in pain. i was in pain when we learned about it. we learned that a seven-year-old little girl, daughter of a miami firefighter actually died in the collapse of that condominium tower. have you spoken, mayor, to the firefighter who was working at the scene when his daughter was discovered? >> i am making sure to honor the terrible privacy needs right now for this individual. but we have been speaking to other first responders. they clearly rushed to save every single person in that rubble pile. when it's one of their own, of course, it hits especially hard and i know it was a very terrible moment when this body was discovered last night. >> deepest, deepest condolences
to that family and all the loved ones of the 22 confirmed dead so far. so, so heart-breaking to speak with those family members, to hear their pain. they're still praying after a week of this disaster. mayor, thank you for all you're doing. thanks for joining us. we'll continue our conversations. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. thank you so much. and just ahead, we'll stay on top of this story. but there is another news we're following. important details about both party's strategy about the house committee strategy about the january 6th insurrection. the chairman of the new committee just been formed, there he is. he's standing by live. we'll discuss. not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage. that's how you do it right. usaa insurance is made just the way martin's family needs it with hassle-free claims, he got paid before his neighbor even got started.
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there is more important news we're following right now. republicans are plotting a strategy to discredit the new january 6 house committee as the democratic-led investigation gets underway. ryan nobles is up on capitol hill for us. so, ryan, what exactly is the gop planning? because there is a lot of focus on this important development that's unfolding right now? >> yeah, wolf. you're right about that.
at this point republicans are not being cooperative about how public they will be. but behind the scenes, they're already starting to plot their strategy. remember, kevin mccarthy will be able to name five name, five republicans to sit on this committee. and some of those republican members are already forecasting they will attempt to turn the tables on the house speaker, nancy pelosi, suggest that perhaps her leadership led to a slow response to the backup of law enforcement and capitol police that were overrun by the rioters on this day. that is in part because democrats saying they would be willing to call some republicans in front of the panel if that's where the investigation leads them. among them, the house minority leader kevin mccarthy who spoke on the phone with donald trump that day. mccarthy not the only one. greg pence, another member of dock, the brother of the former vice president mike pence, he also was with mike pence on that day as the rioters started to crush the capitol.
so this is an example of why this could be a dicey situation. it could turn into a partisan fight between republicans and democrats of where the goal here is just to find out exactly what went wrong on that day and then try and prevent it from happening again. again, nancy pelosi said over and over again that her goal is to find the truth and be as transparent as possible and that's what this committee is designed to do, wolf? >> ryan nobles on capitol hill for us. thank you very much. let's discuss all of this with the new chairman of the select committee investigating the january 6th insurrection. congressman is joining us, democrat of mississippi. thanks so much for joining us. lots of questions. but as you know, the speaker, she made a major decision. are speaker pelosi's decision ahead of january 6th, do you believe that would also be fair game for republicans if they joined this committee to investigate? >> well, no, i don't, wolf.
let me say that as you know, i tried to negotiate with my ranking member on homeland security a commission agreement where republicans and democrats could work together. we accepted everything minority leader mccarthy asked for. and then at the last minute, he told his republicans he wanted them to vote against it. but we got 35 votes. but unfortunately when the product was passed out of the house and went to the senate, it was defeated. so speaker pelosi waited six weeks after that legislation for us to do something. we waited on the senate, and they never acted. what happened on january 6th, we absolutely have to investigate it. and come back with the facts and make sure that it never happens
again. so we're here. we have an eight-member committee right now. there are five vacancies waiting on minority leader mccarthy to make recommendations to the speaker. he can't actually. he had everything he wanted and voted against it. so what we have to do now is what's in the best interest of not just the united states capitol, but it's our democracy that's at risk if we don't do anything. >> clearly, historians will always say if you don't learn from mistakes, you are about to repeat those mistakes. obviously everything involved in this january 6th insurrection has to be studied, learned in order to be avoided down the road. do you have any sense, will mccarthy name five republicans to join your committee? >> well, i hope so. let me tell you.
democrats and republicans on january 6th had their lives threatened. a lot of us who had come to the capitol to watch the certification of the election, our lives were put at risk. coming to work in the united states capitol should not be a death sentence for anyone. so what we had happen that day, what millions of viewers see time and time again, that was an insurrection. that was not to the capitol. those people came prepared to not just harm the vice president and the speaker, but they harmed the capitol police. they harmed the staff in the restaurant. they threatened people who worked in the credit union, just people who just want to work. and all because in their mind something went wrong with the election, which we know now that
didn't occur. so we have an obligation to members of congress to get to the bottom of what happened. but also find out what went wrong with a lot of things we missed in terms of our systems. we need to identify them so that we can come back with our report so that we can fix them and so that this will never happen again. we are the shining example of democracy, and all but a few moments we could have lost it all on january 6th. so it's a serious effort. i take my chairmanship serious. i look forward to working with the other members on the committee. as you know, liz cheney is on the committee, and her comments
rang so clear that she's putting patriotism above politics. and i think that's where the entire committee is working from. >> all right, congressman. mr. chairman, thank you very much. we'll see if mccarthy does name five republicans to the committee and if nancy pelosi accepts those recommendations. we'll watch it together with you. thank you so much. good luck. we appreciate your efforts. >> thank you. coming up, millions of americans are traveling for the holiday weekend as the covid-19 delta variant takes route across the u.s. will we see a post holiday surge in cases? ts, weekends and right now, to give you exceptional care and 20% off your treatment plan. new patients, take the first step with a complete exam and x-rays that are free without insurance. because our nationwide network
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the july 4th holiday weekend is here and millions of americans are traveling after being largely unable to do so for more than a year. but the spread of the highly transmissible covid-19 delta variant has some health officials sounding the alarm including out in california where the positivity rate has doubled within a matter of only a few weeks. cnn's nick watt has the latest from los angeles. >> reporter: boy was it crowded at lax this morning, holiday travel plus a suspicious package. this weekend expected to send pandemic era travel records. millions on the move. >> we are celebrating as a country at the same time as we recognize the fact that we're in a serious situation for those who have not been vaccinated. and the message is get
vaccinated. >> reporter: why? because of the delta variant. >> another wave could become a very real possibility. >> reporter: 506 new cases confirmed in los angeles thursday. >> we have enough risk and enough unvaccinated people to pose a threat to our recovery. and masks up now could prevent a resurgence in transmission. >> reporter: nationwide still under half the population is vaccinated and the average case count up 10%. >> i thought that we were going the right direction. we were seeing weeks and weeks of declining infections. >> reporter: the cdc calls the delta variant hyper transmissible and it's being detected in all 50 states and d.c. >> currently approximately 1,000 counties in the united states have vaccination coverage of less than 30%.
>> reporter: in arkansas, 99% of those killed by covid-19 since late january were unvaccinated. >> we expect to see increased transmission in these communities unless you can vaccinate more people now. >> reporter: johnson & johnson just joined pfizer and moderna confirming its vaccine does protect against the delta variant. >> one of the most sort of pleasantly surprising things is how well these vaccines are holding up against the variant. so far against all of them. >> reporter: wolf, as you mentioned in the last two or three weeks, the percentage of tests coming back positive here in california has about doubled. it's still low, but double. and of those new cases in the state, more than one-third of them are the delta variant. >> nick watt out of los angeles, thank you very much. let's get some more on this.
cnn medical analyst is joining us. she's an emergency room physician. city health commissioner, medical health expert is joining us. we're seeing some of these trends. they seem to be pretty concerning that the delta variant continues to spread and spread. california's covid-19 positivity rate as you just heard as doubled in recent weeks. do you fear the same could soon be true in other parts of the country? >> yes. and, in fact, we are already seeing that in different parts of the country where the delta variant is getting -- is becoming the dominant variant. in the five states with the highest rate of covid-19 spread, the delta variant is more than 50% of the cases there. arkansas is 50%. utah 60%. missouri is 70%. this is a highly contagious variant. i think we have to keep in mind, too, the statistics of who is getting ill. by and large, it is unvaccinated people. if that's 95% or more of people
in the hospital are dying from coronavirus are those who are unvaccinated. so i think it is so important for us to keep in mind if you are vaccinated, you are very well protected, including against the delta variant. but if you are not yet vaccinated, you are at very high risk. >> just to be precise, we know this delta variant is very dangerous for those who are not vaccinated, but vaccinated people like you and me, are we well protected? >> we are well protected. now we have data for johnson & johnson as well. previously we knew that if you got the pfizer or moderna, two of those vaccines that you are well protected. now we know if you got johnson & johnson, you are also well protected. you are extremely well protected from having severe illness and well protected from contracting covid-19. if you are in an area where there is a lot of transmission, a lot of virus around you, think about it like a hurricane.
even if you have a great raincoat, you may still need an umbrella on top of that. you may need to mask indoors in an area with a lot of transmission even if you are vaccinated. >> as we head into this 4th of july weekend, you have young kids, children that are too young to get the shot. how should families in the same situation celebrate while keeping everyone safe? >> the safest thing to do is to celebrate outdoors. for us, we're certainly happy to see everyone outdoors even go to large celebrations and fireworks outdoors because the risk of transmission is so low. we're also happy to see other people who we know are fully vaccinated. that's because we have unvaccinated children. unvaccinated people should not be mixing with other non-vaccinated individuals. >> thank you for joining us. hope you can enjoy this 4th of july weekend. you have been very, very busy. thanks for joining us. just ahead, we will have the
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we're tracking fall-out from the indictment of the trump organization and one of its top executives on tax fraud charges. our senior legal affairs correspondent is here in the situation. paul, lots of unanswered questions, but you are getting some new information. >> the question people had is who is this unindicted coconspirator number one. prosecutors allege this person was involved in this tax scheme.
some people were speculating this was the former president. but a source tells cnn this was actually jeff mcconney. he's testified before the grand jury. so with that mystery solved, the next big question is what is allen weisselberg going to do? is he going to plead? is he going to fight? he says he's going to fight. but, wolf, this case was much more substantial than many people expected if you look at the weight of the charges, the weight of the evidence that they're presenting in this stage. even though he says he's going to fight, i think we will hear more about what he's going to do when we learn more about the charges. what did his wife know? also his son, barry, who of course works for the trump organization. do any of his family members
have exposure? that will weigh heavily on him in this decision. >> i know you are looking at your sources. thank you very, very much. let's bring in our chief legal ana analyst. what does this unindicted coconspirator, reportedly the controller over at the trump organization tell you about the case that the prosecutors actually ocho as far as weisselberg is concerned is simply put, the money. the apparently off the books money that went to him. you know, if this case were just about a company car or a corporate apartment, i don't think there would be anyway to make this a criminal case, but weisselberg's big problem is the college -- is the high school tuition that the trump organization apparently paid for his grandchildren. that is simply way over the line in terms of anything i have ever
heard of as a corporate perk. plus, he has the problem that there is this ledger, this spread sheet that apparently shows, according to prosecutors, that his salary was decreased for every amount that he got in these perks. in other words, the perks were just salary that wasn't taxed, and that is just an open and shut tax fraud case and, you know, he's not just looking at the criminal exposure, he's got ten years, i believe it's 15 years of backper penalties to pay. so it's a life changing experience for him and he's going to have to decide what to do. his options at this point don't look great. >> eric trump was on fox news last night to defend the corporate perks, which he claims are totally above.
listen to this. >> these are employment perks. these are a corporate car, which everybody has. i guarantee you there is people on this network with corporate cars and people in every company in the country that have corporate vehicles. this is what they're going after. this isn't a criminal matter. >> what's your reaction to hearing that defense? >> well, you notice he focuses on the car, not on the grandchildren's tuition. you know, it is true that the tax treatment of corporate cars has been a subject of controversy and it would be inconceivable to me and the new york district attorney to build a criminal case about whether somebody's corporate car should have been taxed or not. but first of all, it's not just as paula said, it's not just weisselberg's car, it's his wife's car and more importantly, it's not just cars. it's the apartment and tuition. the tuition is the thing i think pushes this into the criminal
realm. that will be the hardest to explain why the trump organization is paying for his gran grandkids' tuition with money weisselberg is not paying taxes on. that's a very hard problem. >> jeffrey toobin, thank you very, very much. obviously we'll stay on top of this story. we have breaking news coming into "the situation room." stand by. we're getting details of an evacuation just ordered at another condo building. this one in north miami beach. stick around. we'll be right back.
officials no north miami beach florida, not far from the site of the deadly surfside condo collapse have just ordered the evacuation of the another condo building after finding it structurally unsound. rosa flores is reporting from the scene for us right now. rosa, tell us what is going on. what are you learning? >> reporter: well, we just learned from city officials here that the evacuation order has gone out and wolf, i was just handed the report here and i'll read a few lines here to give you an umdnderstanding what is going on here. according to city officials, because of the collapse at surfside, all of the buildings in miami beach were asked to evaluate the structural stability, evaluate the structures, every single structure in this city. according to city officials, this building and i'm going to quote here is structurally not safe and electric ally not safe.
it has 156 units and all are being evacuated. i asked how many are in this building? they don't have a complete manifest but that's something they are working on. i can tell you we seen people woke walk out towards this building and walk towards a church where they plan to ask for help. in the past few days, wolf, we've become very familiar with some of the words being used to describe these buildings. i'll quote from this report. if there is cracked and spaulled masonry units, the same thing for reinforced concrete tie columns, tie beams, as well. there is cracked and spaling also in stucco areas. it also says that the beams, columns, slabs, walls, seals,
there are cracks. so wolf, again, this is specifically related to what happened in surfside and now out of concern -- >> and that's the building right behind you, right? >> reporter: that is. that's the building right there, wolf. >> all right. we'll watch it together with you. that's very, very disturbing information. they're checking a lot of buildings in that area. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer "the situation room." erin burnett "out"outfront" sta now. a capitol rioter shows up at the southern border. this as kevin mccarthy won't commit to naming any republicans to the special committee investigating the insurrection. plus a blow to the defund the police movement. a judge orders the city of