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deeply uncomfortable uncomfortable with the likeness of a slave owner nearby. the city is trying to find out a new place for the statue. that's all the time we have for "inside politics." ana cabrera picks up with more news now. have a good day. hello and thanks for joining us. i'm ana cabrera in new york. in just hours a critical vote on capitol hill, and what happens will significantly shape how the investigation into the january 6th capitol riot moves forward. this vote will decide whether trump ally steve bannon should face criminal contempt charges for defying a congressional subpoena. two big questions here. if this vote passes and clears the full house as well, will the department of justice move forward with prosecution, and if that happens would bannon change
his tune? all this as former president trump files a new lawsuit against the january 6th committee and the national archives. trump's trying to stop this committee from seeing secret white house records. we have a legal expert standing by but first cnn's whitney wild is here to break down tonight's vote. the committee has laid out exactly why they are moving forward with this vote in a matter of hours now. what do they say? >> they say they have gone back and forth with steve bannon enough and now it's time to move forward with the criminal contempt. what they think he knows, they think he was at the very center of this effort to spread this election lie that ended up, you know, erupting at the stop the steal will rally which then proceeded this violent insurrection on january 6th. specifically the committee is looking for bannon a list of around 17 key areas of investigation, and, for example, what they want is for him to cough up any communications he
may have had with far right extremist groups like the proud boys and oath keepers, many of whom are now facing conspiracy charges. further, they want bannon to produce, you know, communications with former president trump. this is where this concept of executive privilege comes in. he maintains that because the former president is trying to assert executive privilege he doesn't know what he's allowed to say or not. until the courts can way in he's not going to comply with this speena. >> however, the committee is saying that's totally ridiculous, for a list of reasons, not the least of which steve bannon wasn't an employee of the white house at the time so theoretically that executive privilege should not extent from the president to steve bannon so they are lay out reasons why they are not accepting steve bannon's arguments. gone down this line far enough and now it's time to throw the book at him. as you mentioned, the next step is for the vote that will happen at the committee to the at 7:30. then it will hit the house floor
where it will very likely pass and then it goes on to the department of justice and they have the final say of what they are going to do here, anna, but what they are trying to do because the likelihood that bannon sees the inside of a jail cell is slim, they are trying to get as much leverage to compel his testimony that they feel is critical to figure out how this all happened. >> appreciate that. let's bring in elie honig from the southern district of new york. first, the bannon vote and congress is about to vote. walk us through this and the expectations for the timing of this process. >> yeah. three key decision points. first of all, the january 6th committee will vote tonight at 7:30 on whether to recommend contempt. at that point it goes to the flor of the house of representatives where it will take a majority vote in the house to officially hold steve bannon in contempt. at that the point it goes over to the justice department, and that's where the final make-or-break decision will be made it. will be presumably be made by the attorney general, by merrick garland. this is going to be a
legacy-defining decision for merrick garland. look, he's under political pressure, adam schiff and other members of the committee have been out there essentially saying we're counting on you, mr. attorney general. joe biden was asked by our kaitlan collins do you think bannon should be charged with criminal contempt and he said straight up yes, i do. doj pushed back on that, but ultimately it will be merrick garland's decision. >> so remind us about how criminal contempt stacks up in the committee's legal toolbox because it is rarely used and what kinds of consequences are there if convicted? >> yeah. so there is a federal crime for contempt of congress. if a person receives a subpoena and defies it without a good legal reason, that is a crime. now, it's a misdemean are o. misdemeanors are the less serious variety of crimes or the more serious crimes so the maximum penalty is one yore or 12 months behind bars and a $1,000 fine. however, an interesting wrinkle here is there is a mandatory minimum of one month in prison, so if steve bannon is convicted here, he will be locked up.
that's a big if. what do we have to see before we get there? well, first of all, if prosecutors are going to seek a charge, they have to go to a grand jury or likely will go to a grand jury and then steve bannon will make his defense motions asking a judge to throw the case out. he'll say executive privilege or whatever else he might need to say to get out of this. then like any other criminal defendant there will be a trial. the prosecution will have to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and finally if convicted he'll get to appeal as any convicted defendant does, so this really could take months and months to complete this process. >> wow, and what does his try tell us about how likely it is that bannon ends up, you know, inside a jail? >> there is a fascinating and sort of bizarre history behind this law. the last time the justice department prosecuted somebody for contempt of congress was 38 years ago, 1983. a person named rita lavelle who worked at the epa. since then they have not brought charges. in the last decade there's been four different people held in
contempt of congress. all four times the justice department declined to bring criminal charges. the big reason is the justice department has an internal policy recommending against charging an executive branch employee with a contempt of congress. of course, steve bannon was not an executive branch employee at the relevant times. >> and we're getting words that bannon's lawyers are trying to delay tonight's vote and is bringing up this new lawsuit that trump just filed against the committee and the national archives. he's trying to prevent the committee from getting records from his presidency by claiming executive privilege. right now we know the records are set to be turned over to congress the next month. the national archives says it plans to comply unless the court steps in. does trump owes lawsuit have legitimate legal standing? >> it has very little legal merit. probably not a coincidence that bannon is looking to delay because i think that's really what's at play with trump's motion. trump makes three main arguments. first he says the subpoena is just an an tempt to intimidate and harass. that's really got nothing a to
it legally. that's sort of name-calling, nothing there. the next argument that trump makes is that there's no legitimate legislative purpose, meaning the committee can only subpoena documents if they are going to pass new laws or recommend new laws. first of all, that's not legally correct. the committee does have investigative power. they may well recommend new laws, the 9/11 commission did that and finally trump argues executive privilege. now, a former president can have some ability to assert the executive privilege and the law and precedent is fairly clear, if there's a conflict it's currently up to the current president. joe biden has officially made clear to the archives in this case he's not invokesing executive privilege meaning he wants the or kifz to turn these records over to congress so i think donald trump has a serious uphill battle here legally, but, again, it seems the objective is to drag feet and delay. >> elie hone quick, always great to have you. you make it so much easier for us to understand. thank you, sir. >> thanks, ana. let bring in cnn chief political
analyst gloria borger. so far bannon has remained defiant and even if he doesn't comply and even if it does get dragged out in court, how important do you think that this committee move forward with a criminal contempt charge? >> i think it's hugely important because what's at stake here is the question of whether a separate branch of government, ie the congress, can hold a president accountable for his actions and his behavior, and i think the committee is well aware of what they are doing, and bannon, of course, was the easiest person to hold in contempt at first because as elie pointed out he wasn't even working in the white house at the time. so he really has no claim to privilege whatsoever and they are using it at a way to say you can not do this. congress's responsibility is oversight over the executive branch, and you can't fool with us anymore. we are serious about this, and this is the message they are
sending not only to bannon but to the other officials that they are talking to, that they intend to get to the bottom of this and that they are not harassing as bannon's lawyer would have you believe, but in fact they are fact-finding, and trying to get to the bottom of who was responsible for inciting january 6th. >> and we have now obtained audio of bob woodward's july 12th interview with the late colin powell. i want you to listen to powell's take on republican lawmakers and the insurrection. >> these guys all bad mouthed him, you know, right after the riot and the white house. >> yeah. >> but two weeks later they were all back in his camp. >> what did you think of that riot and assault on the capitol? >> it was awful. he was going in there to overturn the government. >> gloria, trump didn't comment
on powell's death yesterday, but he did release a statement today saying in part, quote, powell was a classic rino, republican in name only, even that, always being the first to attack other republicans. he made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace. your reaction? >> well, i don't even want to dignify that statement about colin powell who was an american hero who served his country, a true public servant to democrats and republicans who was lauded yesterday and so what trump stayed said about him honestly i don't want to spend a lot of time ton. >> i only read a portion of the statement because so much of hits statement was about him. >> of course. >> he made it about him. >> of course. >> and in true trump fashion. gloria borger, it's good to have you with me. >> thanks, ana. breaking news right now into
cnn. the fbi is at this washington, d.c. home. we're told this is the home of russian oligarch derepaska. our shim owen prokupecz has more on that. what are you learning about this? >> reporter: this has been an ongoing investigation. many will remember his name that surfaced during the mueller investigation. he has close ties to paul manafort who who is convicted and also investigated by the mueller team so this all goes back for some time. the sanctions that you talk about, this investigation has been going on for quite some time. it is out of new york. no one was home at the time, i'm told, when the fbi went to the home. they are conducting a search warrants. it's not entirely clear what they are looking for but
certainly the fbi has been interested in this oligarch for quite some time, on the radar and been investigated by the fbi for quite some time and also the mueller team. when mueller was running his investigation into russian interfirns he was part of this. all of this could be stemming from way back then, from the mueller investigation, and we may be seeing some sort of end here by the fbi as they execute the search warrants at his home here in washington, d.c. >> you'll recall that he was sanctioned back in 2018 and among the reasons given he was being investigated for money laundering, illegal wiretapping, government official taking part in extortion and racketeering. i want to bring back in elie honig and get a legal perspective here. what do you make of this, elie? >> this is out of new york, even though it was executed in washington, d.c. we don't know if that's the southern district of new york, my office or the eastern
district of new york. however, both of those offices specialize in large complex fraud, laundering type of cases. the only other thing we know for sure in order to get a search warrant as a prosecutor as happened here you have to go to a judge. you have to be able to write out in a document your probable cause which means you have to explain to a judge, we have good reason, over 50% reason, to think that a crime was committed and think when we do this search warrant we're going to find further evidence of that grime so we know that doj is fairly far down the road here. >> elie, thank you. shimon, if you're still with us. do you know iff he was at that home? >> we don't know why the fbi chose to do this again.
we could be nearing the end of an investigation. usually see this kind of activity at the end of an investigation so we could be at that point. we don't know what the fbi was looking for, just that they were conducting the search warrant. of course, this all goes back to russia in some way perhaps and to sanctions issue and exactly what the eastern district of new york has been investigating. we believe this is where this investigation is. of course, some of the muller investigations were picked up by the eastern districts of new york so that's perhaps where all this started and the reason why this oligarch is so important in all of this is because of his close ties to russia's president vladimir putin. you know, that, of course, kind of playing out behind the scenes in all of this. >> so much more to learn obviously. thanks to you and thanks to elie honig. the supply chain nightmare and how tim packets you. we're going to talk more about that. shipping containers piling up. gas prices rising, and warnings of a not so happy holiday season
growing louder. the u.s. commerce secretary joins us next. plus, a private school in florida under fire for asking parents to keep kids home for 30 days if they get vaccinated. why is makes absolutely no sense just ahead, and $1 million per person. the violent gang that kidnapped 16 americans and one canadian in haiti releasing their demands. stay with us. mission control, we are go for launch. ♪
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already he met with senator sinema, one of two key holdouts in the senator along with senator manchin. white house officials say progress has been made, even as senator manchin stands in the way of certain climate provisions. let's bring in cnn chief congressional correspondent manu raju. manu, what are you learning? >> yeah. just moments ago joe manchin made clear he's opposed to another key climb provision this, called a carbon tax, something that a number of democrats have pushed to one he's already proposed, a plan that would incentivize coal companies and utilities to use more clean-burning fuels such as renewable sources of energy and have a goal to reduce carbon emissions to 2030. manchin says no and also saying no to imposing a carbon tax. however, he's indicating that he's in deep discussions with the white house and with others. he talked to bernie sandersier. he also talked to another congresswoman pramila jayapal,
someone who represents the congressional progressive caucus. manchin, having these conversations with the president also made clear that he believes that the house should move forward on passing that infrastructure plan, that passed in august in the senate arguing to progressives he's having these talks in good faith so in the meantime pass this bill. this will be good, he argues, for joe biden. >> i truly believe that if we work in good faith and we understand where we are today and where our country is and the needs we really have and in the aspirations that we have further down the road, let's get together and get that piece of legislation together so we can work the framework of that and put that together and that being said and we have the trust of each other we should be able to vote immediately on the bipartisan infrastructure bill which is a tremendous piece of legislation for the president to take with him to glasgow. >> >> reporter: so that comment he made there, it's going to take a little while. he is suggesting that a deal on
that larger social safety net package that would potentially include some climate provisions, that could go beyond october 31st. that's the new deadline that democratic leaders have set to get that larger package done. meantime he wants the smaller package, the infrastructure bill passed by the house but progressives are saying they won't spot that until manchin and kyrsten sinema get behind the larger deal. at the moment they are not behind the larger keel which is why today's meetings are so critical. joe biden will meet today with house moderates to try to get them on board and democrats hope he comes to that meeting with specific appropriate salts and what he'll ultimately accept. can they get there. at the moment senate democrats are behind closed doors. >> and it sounds like there's urgency in all of this. >> a key backdrop to the talks is america's economic recovery in serious jeopardy thanks to major bolt next in the global
supply chain. logjams and shortages that worsiened this summer have now carried over into the fall and could make for some empty christmas stockings this winter. cnn's vanessa yurkovich reports. >> reporter: in this small new jersey office, a herculean attempt sunday way. it's the unofficial logistics center for carreira ravel working desperately to get the toys to the u.s. in time for this holiday season. >> okay. just giving you an update on the container situation at the moment. >> reporter: president frank thiessen is manning the operation. have you ever worked in logistics before? >> not directly. >> reporter: why did you need to get directly involved in the logistics? >> because of the global sly problems we're facing. >> reporter: orders, arrival dates, all tracked with precision. >> pretty much first thing in the morning is really chaking the backlog in the warehouse.
boxes of toys at the well-known slot carmaker are stuck in their warehouses in china waiting for a ride. >> we still have about 25, 30 containers which are just not missing, which will not be here. >> reporter: that's 30% of their holiday product, one of many companies dealing with a supply chain nightmare with port congestion and containers shipped to may are just arriving in atlanta five months behind schedule. >> we have seen such a surge in the last 90 days. >> reporter: angela higgs runs the freight forwarding company for carreira ravel task with receiving the toys and getting them out to retailers as soon as possible. >> it's been one delay after another and we, of course, have been pushing and pushing and those delays are inevitable right now. >> reporter: with nearly every u.s. port facing a backlog the warehouse is using all of them, piecing together a work supply
chain. >> we're just going everywhere we can. otherwise these goods are not going to get to the stores and i'm not going to have anyone missing out on their toys this season. >> reporter: to try to help with that, president biden announced two major ports in california will move to operate 24/7, but for thiessen the problem now moves from the sea to the land. does that help you guys? >> no, it doesn't help. it just doesn't alleviate the problem which we then have once the contowners are off the boat. there's not enough tracks or freight trains to move the goods to land. we're joined now by congress secretary gina raimondo. he just said this 24/7 port plan doesn't actually address the latest problem because there aren't enough trucks and trains to move the backlog of those containers and we're learning
cargo owners aren't actually utilizing the overnight hours so what is the administration doing on that front? >> yeah. so it's good to be with you. good afternoon. the administration is working day and night on this in partnership with business. i mean, it is important to remember that supply chains are run by private companies, private logistics companies, private -- all private consumer goods companies, so fundamentally, you know, they need to work through the logistical issues in their supply chain. what we are doing is working on the infrastructure, working on the ports, having the ports go 24/p which has been very helpful, not with every issue but with that issue, making investments so people can go back to work, getting everyone vaccinated so they can go back to work. i mean, fundamentally what we have sheer a demand issue. the economy is doing better. since the president in office we've created 5 million jobs.
people have money in their pocket and they are spending that money. demand is through the roof and supply has to catch up, so we are doing everything we know now do, and it's going to take a little time before the bottlenecks work their way out. >> in fact, we're hearing it could take into next we are for that to get sorted, but here's the thing. if these containers shipped in may are just now getting to the warehouse, that's five months behind cycle, just liking at basic sly and demand us a outline, this doesn't bode well for consumers. can we assume more price hikes? >> i don't think you can necessarily assume more price hikes. i think you -- you know, there are pockets of improvement already. now, again, i'm not minimizing this. it's -- it's tough for americans right now to see prices going higher. goods -- >> where are the pockets of improvement? >> you know, we've seen lumber prices come down.
we have seen everything in the all housing supply prices have come down pretty significantly. you're starting to see some improvements in some of the supply chains, the fact that the ports are going 24/7 i think is an improvement so we are seeing improvement, but clearly it's not enough, not fast enough. what's your advice for buying holiday gifts? is now the time to pull the trigger or judd they wait? >> that's up to individuals. i'm smiling because i'm always behind. >> and i guess i ask because as you talk about, you know, the supply chain sort of getting worked out and improvements, obviously people are going to be paying top dollar right now. if they wait a while maybe that's advantageous in the hopes of not paying such high prices, but at the same time if wait being means, you know, your
christmas presents are not arriving that could be a huge problem, right? >> yeah. i see your point. so, look, i don't have a crystal ball, and i don't think anyone does. the reality is this. we have never seen anything like this before. like we shut the economy down a year ago. manufacturers told all their employees to go home because of covid for months. shut down manufacturing operations, and now we're trying to switch it on again and oh, by the way demand is through the roof because the economy is recovered more quickly, so it will take a little bit of time. there is no -- no magic wand to this. what i can tell you is we in the administration are focused like a laser beam on it and trying to make progress on a daily basis. >> one more positive thing about the market is that it's up is
because corporate profits are beating expectations but the average many american is getting crushed by the rising gas prices, by the shortages. how are you going to address the disparity? >> the most important thing we can do to address that is for the congress to pass the president's build back better plan. his appropriate sam is to raise taxes a bit on these corporations that as you say are more profitable than ever and are paying less taxes than they have forever and then make investments in infrastructure, broadband, child care, job training. that's what we need to do to help the american people and to increase productivity. you know, the single best thing that we could do in the supply chain is to have women go back to work. why? because they don't have access to child care. child sayre is unavoidable and
unavailable. the president is calling on it for it to be available. in congress did that millions of women could go bang into the were workforce. in my mind it's equipment simple that it needs to be done. we need to make more investments to expand the labor force. democrats could get this done without republicans. our panu raju just reported that dems are getting annoyed over senator manchin's position in these talks. are they giving senator manchin too much leverage? >> i don't think so. we need the 50 votes and the president is spending time with many members of congress. many members of the house and many members of the senate. i'll say as a former governor, i'm so impressed with president
biden and how much time he's spending himself engaging with individuals and members of congress in the senate. we need to find compromise, but most important we need to get this done. i mean you said yourself that the american people are struggling in certain ways. we know what people want. they want better infrastructure. they want child care and they want job training. let's deliver on that. second gina raimondo, thanks for joining us. thanks for taking the time. >> tune in on thursday for a cnn exclusive. president joe biden taking questions from the american people and anderson cooper will moderate a cnn presidential town hall with joe biden that begins thursday night at 8:00 eastern here on cnn. >> still to come a school in miami is telling kids who have gotten a covid vaccine to stay home. all based on unfounded, baseless and flat out false c claims.
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there were 21 people on board this plane, but as you look at these pictures. incredibly no one was killed and only two people were sent to hospital with injuries. brynn gingras is joining us with reporting on this. what are you learning? look at those images. local officials in that houston area saying this is a miracle and there is a lot of reason to celebrate right now. let me explain sort of what happened, what we're learning from officials there is that that plane, which is a very large plane, if you think about the flights that we fly commercially, it's an md-87 which is about a medium-sized plane. this was being flown privately, and as it was taking off the runway it never actually took flight and it crashed into a fence and then ignited on fire and, again, miraculously, the 21 poem that were on board, 18 people and 3 crew members were able to get off so quickly that they were off the board before emergency responders were even
there on the scene. as you mentioned, ana, two people went to the hospital. we know one of those people who was on board was a 10-year-old. the plane was headed to boston and this happened about 10:00 local time there. as you said in that rural area outside of houston, but now the faa and ntsb are both going to get on the scene and determine what caused this. unbelievable as you look at the images that the first respond remembers putting out. flames are out and all those flames and, again, those people are very, very happy, lucky to be alive right now. ana. >> thank god they got off. they survived this. unbelievable. thank you, brynn gingras. >> yeah. a private school in florida has made headlines before and now it's at it again citing disproven information. an academy in miami is telling students who get vaccinated to stay home for 30 days. the same school earlier this year told its teachers that if they got vaccinated they need not return to work.
cnn's laila santiago is joining us live from mime. what exactly is this school's argument here? >> reporter: well, you can sort of get an idea of what their argument is in this letter that was sent home to parents obtained by our affiliate wsvn. i want to get right to that and quote directly from it, ana. in part the school says if you're considering the vaccine for your student, we ask that you hold off until the summer where there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding on to others to decrease. that was in a letter sent home to parents. that is false. that is not true. there's not a single credible study out there that talks about any concerns of transmission or shedding of covid-19 coming from this vaccine, but as you mentioned, ana, this isn't the first time that we have heard this private school here in
miami make false claims to ask people in their school to hold off on vaccines. they did it in april with teachers, and in a statement to cnn they told us that this decision, this latest one for students to stay home for 30 days if they get the vaccine was based on anecdotal reports because they want more information, and that is something that is very familiar from the last time when i interviewed them in april. i want you to listen to the exchange i had with the ceo and co-founder. >> let's get more information hand let's learn more about this. >> yes. >> that's all i want. >> i want more information. >> have you looked at the fda? have you looked at the rdc and world health organization because they do say that this is effective. >> it's an experiment right now. >> so six months ago they said that they wanted more information. they are echoing those sentiments today, but when you
speak to the experts in the medical community, the signs-based studies, you will find time and time the scientific-based studies have found that the covid-19 vaccine is not only safe, ana, but also effective. >> and crucial for helping people stay alive. >> life-saving. >> thanks for that reporting. let bring in dr. jorge rodriguez, a viral researcher and internal medicine specialist. doctor, your reaction to this school. their actions and their policies don't seem to be grounded in any reality. >> no. it's bizarre. and i don't know really what their motivation is nor do i care to speculate, but let's just hit this with facts. first of all, none of the vaccines have even a live virus so there is no way that you can get a vaccine and then spread the virus. it just isn't possible. the mrna vaccines cause your body to make a small portion of
the virus, the spike protein, that doesn't even contain any of the viral genetics, so the fact that even implicate that if you get the vaccine you can spread it to somebody else is completely false, ludicrous, you know and just bizarre. >> thank you for putting the facts first for us there, dr. god res. meantime on the west coast, washington state university just fired its head football coach and four of his assistants for refusing to comply with the state's employee vaccine mandate. he had asked for a religious exemption but ultimately was fired for choosing not to get vaccinated. here's the school's athletic director. >> we've had conversations that date back months, so, i mean, he was resolute in his stance, and he's ready to make a choice. that choice did not put him in compliance with the proclamation from the governor and that's why we sit here today. >> full disclosure. this one hits close to home.
wsu is my alma mater. here's the thing though. the coach who has had mixed success on the field, he's leaving millions of dollars on the table over a vaccine. i mean, talk about dug in. is there anything you can say to convince someone like that to get this vaccine? >> well, you know what the point is i don't really think that you can convince like that. you know the prior subject that we talked about, that -- that school is a private institution. they have the right, you know, to put their own qualifications for people to come in, and washington state university also has the right to put whatever requirements they have to protect their students in their eyes. they actually actually require that you have the measles vaccine. this coach. i mean, he knows that he cannot change the rules of a football game and say, hey, i want five downs just because i think we'll do better. these are the rules, and he has chosen not to abide by the rules.
he has freedom to choose so, and he's done so, so now these are the consequences, and there's nothing you can do. obviously he's chosen his beliefs over something else. you have to respect that, but by the same token the school has a priority. you suffer the consequences if you don't fulfill the requirements. it's not a mandate. it's a requirement. >> absolutely. well put. dr. jorge rodriguez, good to have you here. thank you for all you do. appreciate you joining us. >> thank you. gabby petito's mom is speaking out today. hear her message to brian laundrie and his family next. ♪ happy so happy ♪ ♪ let's hit the open road ♪ ♪ camp without a tent ♪ ♪ talk without a phone ♪ ♪ kick off your boots ♪ ♪ cook something new ♪ ♪ the meeting just started d ♪ careful you're on mute. ♪ catch a snuggle bug ♪ ♪ warm-upup your buns ♪ ♪ bring your friend dave and the only song he knows ♪ ♪ host a movie night ♪ ♪ get your zen on ♪ ♪ nice to feel at home ♪
anger and frustration from gabby petito's mother. nicole schmidt speaking out about her daughter's death. she says she wants to see petito's fiance, brian laundrie, behind bars. schmidt tells 60 minutes australia she urged her daughter to be careful as she and laundrie set off on a road trip across the country. >> i worried. i told her to be careful, be safe, you know, make sure that -- to be aware of your surroundings, you know, don't trust everybody.
i knew. but i felt safe because she was with brian and i felt like she would be okay. i thought he would take care of her. i just want to get him in a cell for the rest of his life. >> brian laundrie has not been charged in petito's death and he remains missing. over the weekend, petito's family posted photos from wyoming, where her body was found. the family has received petito's remains, so now they can lay her to rest. a judge denying bail for a once prominent south carolina attorney embroiled in a string of scandals and tragedies. alex was in court just a short time ago for a bond hearing. this is the man whose wife and son were murdered, the same man who allegedly hired a hitman to kill himself. and now he's facing charges of misappropriating money from a settlement involving the death of his family's long-time housekeeper. cnn national correspondent dianne gallagher joins us from columbia, south carolina.
fill us in on the judge's decision and the charges against him. >> reporter: well, the judge said there is no amount of bond that can be set that can safely protect him or the community. those were his words as he denied bond this morning here in columbia, south carolina, courtroom. now, these particular charges against that once-prominent attorney, alex murdaugh, are for obtaining property under false pretenses and as you said, ana, they're related to the 2018 death of the family housekeeper, gloria satterfield. her family was in the courtroom as the bond hearing was taking place. according to the state attorneys, they say that murdaugh set up the satterfield family with an attorney who brokered a $4.3 million settlement, $3 million of which was supposed to go to the satterfield family. but instead, that money was put in an account that alex murdaugh ran, and they claimed that he used some of that money for
personal expenses. the satterfields never saw a dime of that money. now, the judge did add some stipulations, saying that he wanted to require alex murdaugh to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and at that point, at a later date perhaps, they could reconsider bond. he has been in drug treatment facilities in both south carolina and florida. he was arrested at a drug rehab center in florida over the weekend for these charges, and his attorneys say that is something they think they're going to be able to get done by the end of the week or early next week. >> we understand the judge's concerns about alex's mental condition. we're more than happy to comply with his request. his mental status is, i mean, good. you know, i spent -- jim and i spent a year and a half with him and maggie and paul when apparently he was on oxycontin and opioids and he seems much
more clear-headed today than i've ever seen him. >> now, during the hearing today, there was actually an agent from the state law enforcement division, ana, that stood up and sort of issued this list of other cases and investigations that they have right now into alex murdaugh. his attorneys have said that he is still undergoing that treatment for a long-held drug addiction and that he is, as they put it, the healthiest they've seen him. attorneys do expect they'll see him in court again in the coming days. >> what a story. dianne gallagher, thank you. up next, the latest on the search for the 17 missionaries kidnapped in haiti. as the gang responsible demands millions in ransom. (phone beep) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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the haitian gang that kidnapped 16 americans and a canadian says it wants $17 million for their release. cnn's matt rivers is in haiti. what's the latest, matt? >> reporter: yeah, $1 million per captive, that is what the gang has told the christian aid ministries, the group that is -- the missionaries are a part of.
$1 million per person is what they're asking for. several calls, we know, have taken place between that group and the gang since they were taken on saturday, the first call coming in just a few hours after they were kidnapped. we also know, though, from a source in haitian security forces that at this point, the hostages are safe. >> thank you for the update. that does it for us. see you tomorrow at 1:00. see you tomorrow at 1:00. the news continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, thank you for joining us, i'm victor blackwell. >> and i'm alisyn camerota, a pivotal hour for president biden starts right now at the white house. he has gathered nine progressive members of congress together to talk through their desire for more programs and spending as part of their social safety net package. then, later today, he'll meet with a group of moderate democrats who do not want all of those things. exactly how this will resolve something is unclear